Just last week, we Stampin' Up! demonstrators were given the heads up about a new product that was being released ahead of next year's Annual Catalogue, and just like that, with the beginning of November, here they are! I can't profess to know the ...

 

A month of savings and *NEW* Stitched Shapes and more...



A month of savings and *NEW* Stitched Shapes

Just last week, we Stampin' Up! demonstrators were given the heads up about a new product that was being released ahead of next year's Annual Catalogue, and just like that, with the beginning of November, here they are!

I can't profess to know the whys and wherefores of how decisions are made about product releases outside of official catalogue dates, but I don't really care to, all I know is that these new Framelits are taking their rightful place in my collection ASAP!

Check them out in this fun and informative video...

 

The Stitched Shapes Framelits are available RIGHT NOW, but before you head off to my online store, you might also like to know that this month, there is also a select range of stamp sets for 25% off the retail price...

Click image to view larger flyer or HERE to shop now!

Click image to view larger flyer or HERE to shop now!

In all of the Stitched Shapes and discounted stamp sets excitement, don't forget that your $100 order (before shipping) qualifies you for my Stampin' Spoils gift for November, so don't forget to add the host code to your online order..!

GET THE CODE AND ALL THE DETAILS...

I'm off now to finish packing before flying out to Brisbane this afternoon for the Stampin' Up! OnStage Live event! They're releasing the upcoming Occasions Catalogue to attending demonstrators and I'll be basking in the new catalogue glow with several hundred of my closest stampin' friends all weekend! Can't wait to share what we see (but don't hold your breath, we're sworn to secrecy until some time next week!)

 

Designer Series Paper Sale - buy three, get one free!

It's a brand new month and there's a brand new promotion to go along with it - and it's all about pretty paper!

My whole stampin' story started with a love of paper, established many years ago when I would collect pretty paper as a child. I would never actually use it for anything, I just liked to own it, look at it and marvel at the colours and patterns. Not much has changed all these years later. I do at least use it these days, but sometimes the first cut into a fresh sheet of 12x12 can be tough!

During October, you can stock up on your own stash of Designer Series Paper with a buy three, get one FREE special!

Click to view and shop for available paper packs

Click to view and shop for available paper packs

If you're quick, you can combine this great promotion with a special offer to celebrate today's World Card Making Day, with up to 25% off a range of great card making essentials!

Click to shop for these special, but BE QUICK - these offers are ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 5TH!

Click to shop for these special, but BE QUICK - these offers are ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 5TH!

Of course, you'll also want to combine all of these great offers with this month's host code to score an extra gift from me!

Righto, I'm off to watch the remainder of the thus far nail-biting AFL Grand Final! I don't have any particular allegiance to either team this year, but do love a hard fought, well played match and it hasn't been disappointing up until now!

 

Thankful Thursday - CASEing the company

I had reason to need a thank you card this week, and going by the assumption that my eldest daughter's netball team's umpire doesn't read my blog (or likely even know my last name!) I feel safe to share it here before we give it to her on the weekend.

My girls are playing their last game of netball for the season this coming Saturday. I was always a netballer at school (and again recently), but this is the first season my girls have played, as they went down the dancing/acrobatics route instead. They've loved playing, once they figured out which positions were allowed in which thirds and managed to master the pivot. If there's one thing that is really evident to me about junior sport, having witnessed it first hand for the past several months, it's that much is owed to the small group of very committed people who show up rain or shine (or rain, or thunderous storminess or rain - it was a wet season, can you tell?) every weekend and do what needs to be done, whether that's to grab a whistle and run the sidelines, serve post match chips in the canteen or teach the skills of the game. 

So as well as being for our umpire, this thanks is also for all of those who spend time in the sometimes wet and muddy but rewarding trenches of junior sport - I salute you.

Stamps: Endless Thanks, Writing Notes Paper: Whisper White, Whisper White thick card stock, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack Ink: Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Cameo Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Memento Tuxedo Black Accessories: Metallics Sequin Assortment, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Stamps: Endless Thanks, Writing Notes Paper: Whisper White, Whisper White thick card stock, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack Ink: Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Cameo Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Memento Tuxedo Black Accessories: Metallics Sequin Assortment, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

I have loved the Endless Thanks stamp set since I first saw it in the previous Annual Catalogue, and like many of the sets in my collection, it hasn't seen nearly as much ink as I would like it to have. Neither has the Writing Notes stamp in the background #virgininking but I digress...

A quick Google search presented me with myriad options for use, but I couldn't go past this one and CASEd it almost to the letter. Often, I will use a card idea that I see as a starting point and end up somewhere else altogether, but this one was perfect in its perfection, so I hardly altered a detail.

When looking up the details of who to credit for its creation, I discovered that it was pinned to one of Stampin' Up!'s own squillions of Pinterest boards, where they share card ideas from their own concept artists, as well as from blogs of demonstrators from around the world. If you're ever in need of inspiration of the stampin' variety, or just like to look at pretty things, I would highly recommend a visit.

Speaking of visiting, you might want to swing by my online store for the newest batch of Special Offers or check out the recent updates to the Clearance Rack - there are bargains of all kinds on offer!

And thanks for visiting with me today :-)

Stampin' Supplies

Please click on images in the product gallery below for detailed product information and shop online convenience!

Endless Thanks Photopolymer Stamp Set Endless Thanks Photopolymer Stamp Set $28.00 Writing Notes Wood-Mount Background Stamp Writing Notes Wood-Mount Background Stamp $35.00 Writing Notes Clear-Mount Background Stamp Writing Notes Clear-Mount Background Stamp $26.00 Whisper White A4 Card Stock Whisper White A4 Card Stock $15.75
Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock $12.25 Brights Designer Series Paper Stack Brights Designer Series Paper Stack $38.50 Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad $11.50 Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad $11.50
Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad $11.50 Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad $11.50 Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad $11.50 Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad $10.00
Metallics Sequin Assortment Metallics Sequin Assortment $8.75 Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments $8.75 Stampin' Dimensionals Stampin' Dimensionals $6.00 Fine-Tip Glue Pen Fine-Tip Glue Pen $12.00
 

Creation Station Comeback - Holiday Catalogue faves

It's such a long time since I joined in the Creation Station blog hop, but I'm back amongst the action today as we share idea using some of our favourite products from the newly released Holiday Catalogue.

The hardest part of this was choosing favourite products...

In the end, I decided to go with a stamp set that I loved on sight, which can be used with a minimum of time and energy to create gorgeous Christmas cards...

Wonderful Year stamp set | Wood mount | Clear mount

Wonderful Year stamp set | Wood mount | Clear mount

Minimum of time and energy are the key points for me when creating cards to send out for Christmas. Making cards in bulk at a time of year when everything else (school events, work functions, dance concerts etc) also require time and attention has resulted in occasions where I have neglected to send out cards at all. More than once *gasp*

This stamp set makes use of stunning typography, which takes care of the cute factor, and the size of the sentiments means that you really don't need to be adding too much in the way of other embellishments to compete with them.

The other bonus of the stamp set is that it lends itself to several stamping techniques, so you're not limited to churning out masses of the same card, you can mix it up a little!

The first set I made makes use of the current trend of a watercolour wash in the background...

Stamps: Wonderful Year Paper: Watercolor Paper Ink: Versamark, Pool Party Accessories: Whisper White notecards & envelopes, Clear embossing powder, heat tool, Aquapainter, Rhinestone basic jewels

Stamps: Wonderful Year Paper: Watercolor Paper Ink: Versamark, Pool Party Accessories: Whisper White notecards & envelopes, Clear embossing powder, heat tool, Aquapainter, Rhinestone basic jewels

The second set allowed me to add colour with Stampin' Write Markers applied directly to different parts of the stamp...

Stamps: Wonderful Year Paper: Whisper White Ink: none Accessories: Whisper White notecards & envelopes, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Real Red, Early Espresso & Crushed Curry markers

Stamps: Wonderful Year Paper: Whisper White Ink: none Accessories: Whisper White notecards & envelopes, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Real Red, Early Espresso & Crushed Curry markers

In the final set that I created, I brought back chalk board, which was the golden child of stampin' techniques in the not too distant past...

Stamps: Wonderful Year Paper: Basic Black Ink: Whisper White craft ink Accessories: Whisper White notecards & envelopes, White embossing powder, heat tool, Stampin' Sponges

Stamps: Wonderful Year Paper: Basic Black Ink: Whisper White craft ink Accessories: Whisper White notecards & envelopes, White embossing powder, heat tool, Stampin' Sponges

So there you go - a single stamp set, a handful of simple techniques, some note cards plus a few other bits and pieces make for cute and fuss-free Christmas cards!

Thanks for hopping past today and make sure to continue on the hop for more festive inspiration. You can head backwards to see what Nicole Tugrul has created, or forwards to my dear friend Julie Kettlewell's blog...

Stampin' Supplies

Please click on images in the product gallery below for detailed product information and shop online convenience!

Wonderful Year Wood-Mount Stamp Set Wonderful Year Wood-Mount Stamp Set $49.00 Wonderful Year Clear-Mount Stamp Set Wonderful Year Clear-Mount Stamp Set $35.00 Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes $10.50 Watercolor Paper Watercolor Paper $8.75
Basic Black A4 Card Stock Basic Black A4 Card Stock $14.00 Whisper White A4 Card Stock Whisper White A4 Card Stock $15.75 Versamark Pad Versamark Pad $15.00 Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad $11.50
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad $14.00 Brights Stampin' Write Markers Brights Stampin' Write Markers $51.00 Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers $40.75 Regals Stampin' Write Markers Regals Stampin' Write Markers $51.00
Heat Tool Heat Tool $50.00 Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder $8.75 White Stampin' Emboss Powder White Stampin' Emboss Powder $8.75 Aqua Painters Aqua Painters $20.00
Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments $8.75 Stamping Sponges Stamping Sponges $6.00
 

Thoughtful Branches for August (and beyond!)

I've started this post about seven times and each time, I have deleted the first sentence. I have no words sufficient to explain and/or excuse my absence from here since June.

JUNE!

So please accept my grovelling apologies and allow me to share with you a card that I made using the Thoughtful Branches bundle - originally exclusively available during August, but now extended while remaining stocks last!

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz Ink: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits,  Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Burlap Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz Ink: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits,  Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Burlap Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

This card was one of the three offerings for my Tuesday club this past month. We made masculine cards in preparation for Father's Day next month. I was desperate to get ink on my Thoughtful Branches bundle and hoped that this would pass as masculine in order to fit with the theme.

What do you think, does it pass...?!

Tuesday Club happens in a local (to me!) church hall on the first Tuesday evening of each month and is designed as an opportunity to get/keep stamping! We make three cards around a pre-arranged theme and none of the cards are overly technical, nor do they employ any tricky techniques, so are more than suitable for the beginner as well as a more experienced stamper that just wants a reason to create on a regular basis.

Next month (next week!), we're getting festive with some brand new offerings from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue.

Won't you join us?

The best place to keep up with what's going on in terms of events and stampin' opportunities is over on my Facebook page, or feel free to contact me to book yourself a spot.

Do also feel free to get in touch with your best time management/life juggling tips. I fear for the future of my blog with my recent track record and an impending change to my non-stampin' work schedule that will leave me with less time again to focus on all things inky... *gasp*

Stampin' Supplies

Please click on images in the product gallery below for detailed product information and shop online convenience!


Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Bundle Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Bundle $90.75 Big Shot Big Shot $159.00 Layering Circle Framelits Dies Layering Circle Framelits Dies $58.00 Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder $13.00
Crumb Cake A4 Card Stock Crumb Cake A4 Card Stock $14.00 Very Vanilla A4 Card Stock Very Vanilla A4 Card Stock $15.75 Card Stock A4 Pear Pizzazz Card Stock A4 Pear Pizzazz $14.00 Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad $11.50
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad $11.50 Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad $11.50 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Burlap Ribbon 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Burlap Ribbon $12.25 Stampin' Dimensionals Stampin' Dimensionals $6.00
 
 
 
   
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