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"colour me happy" - 5 new articles

  1. Online Extravaganza Sale: 20-27 November
  2. JAI386 Just add R - Ribbon of Courage thank you
  3. Meet Stamparatus - your new stamping best friend
  4. More blended Birthday Blooms
  5. JAI 384 inspiration challenge - Blended Blooms
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Online Extravaganza Sale: 20-27 November


http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?dbwsdemoid=4000625&categoryid=300050

Shop our Online Extravaganza with me this week and get a great deal on fabulous crafty goodies. Shop online in my store or contact me to order. There are different deals available on different days so make sure you get your favourites.

20 November only - Save 20% on selected stamp sets
20-26 November - Big Shot goodies, punches, accessories, & Watercolour Pencils
27 November only - more one day deals coming soon!


24 Hour Sale - 20 November only

Selected stamp sets are 20% off on 20 November only. If I could only pick one, I'd definitely choose the Number of Years stamp set, especially teamed with the coordinating Large Numbers die set. I've used it so much for all sorts of milestone events like birthdays & anniversaries. You can see some projects here. I also really like the Super Duper stamp set for masculine birthdays.




On Sale from 20-26 November
 

Get a deal on selected tools & accessories all this week too. There are so many great choices in this list to choose just one, but definitely don't miss getting a great deal on our wonderful Watercolour Pencils. I also love the Up & Away hot air balloon dies, Rose Garden dies, Detailed Dragonfly dies, Cookie Cutter builder punch &...too many more. Check them all out below.

Most of the punches and dies have coordinating stamp sets too, which open up so lots more creative options, so don't miss them either.

Note: Items marked with an asterisk "*" below are available as a discounted bundle, where you get 10% off the individual prices when you buy the bundle. So check these to see which option meets your needs more & may be cheaper. Contact me if you have any questions.



So, what's your favourite bargain? Remember to pop back by November 27th to see our final one day deals. Contact me to order or order online 24/7.

Inky wishes, Di
    
 

JAI386 Just add R - Ribbon of Courage thank you



This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is to Just add 'R', so our projects need to include a colour, technique, Stamp set, or any other element beginning with the letter R. This is my card.


My R challenge element is the Ribbon of Courage stamp set & dies bundle. I made this card as a thank you to those who generously contributed to my Alzheimer's Australia fundraiser, in honour of my Mum, who's living with late stage Alzheimer's.


 

The Alzheimer's support ribbon in Australia is a teal colour, so I used mainly Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends, with a touch of pink pirouette to colour my ribbon - no blending required. I love the pretty doodle details on the ribbon image. It looks great simply stamped but is lots of fun to colour too.


I teamed the ribbon with a fun, hand painted effect striped paper from the Whole Lot of Lovely paper pack. The lovely scripty thank you sentiment (Flourishing Phrases) on a banner, and some of my favourite Year of Cheer silver washi finishes off the card. Clean, simple & fresh.

The Ribbon of Courage stamp & die bundle is such a fabulous one for all sorts of occasions. It has a useful collection of sentiments & the die set includes the sweetest flower & leaf combo. You can see it in more detail in my supply list below. Click to see larger images & order the supplies from my store, to make your own version.

Remember to head over to the Just Add Ink blog to see all the wonderful R's they've used for their projects and make your own R project too.

Thanks for visiting today & I hope you're inspired to make something yourself. Pop back soon for more ideas.

Inky wishes, Di


Project Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.

Note: Actual items I used are listed first. Alternative purchase options are listed at the bottom of the supply list.
Product bundles noted are discounted by 10% off individual purchase prices for a limited time. Items can be purchased separately after bundle offers end.

Stampin' Blends markers available to order as single markers, or 2 pack colour combo packs, or you can order them all. Combo & Full collection linked below.  See all Blends products here

 
Print Recipe
 
Big Shot
$159.00
    
 

Meet Stamparatus - your new stamping best friend



I'm so excited to introduce you to our new stamp positioning tool - the Stamparatus (Stamp-a-rat-us).
Designed by & exclusively for Stampin' Up!, it's going to be your new stamping best friend.

It's so fast and easy it is to create multi layer images like the butterfly above, using clear mount rubber or photopolymer stamps.  Don't get a complete image first time you stamp? You can re-stamp for a perfect image. Make more cards, quicker, to help you send lots more handmade love and it's truly a stamping game-changer.

We saw the Stamparatus in action at our Onstage demonstrator event last weekend & I'm sure everyone in the room wanted it NOW! I've not been as excited to get my hands on a new tool since I got my Big Shot.


Lets take a closer look what's included with the Stamparatus.


Stamparatus
includes:

- Magnetic base with ruler grid. Our Australian version has both cm's & inches.
- Two sides of base are open to hold larger paper sizes.
- Foam mat - to cushion photopolymer stamps. (see it below on the base)
- Two double sided clear stamping plates - this mean 4 stamping surfaces to use. The plates can be moved along the hinged base to stamp multiple images.  We call this the hinge step.
- Two super-strong bar magnets hold your projects in place while you stamp.
- Non-skid back to hold with space to hold magnets (see below)




All that adds up to fun, fast & easy stamping.
Watch this video to see Stamparatus in action & all you need to know.


 
 

Want one? - Reserve Your Stamparatus

The Stamparatus will fully launch in June 2018 with our 2018-19 Annual Catalogue, but it will be pre-released gradually from February, through a reservation process.

Like all the best things, we'll have to wait for a little while to get it, while Stampin' Up! make enough to satisfy the expected demand. The awesome news is that you can start reserving yours from this Friday, November 17, for delivery in February. Here's how you reserve yours.

1. Go to my Stampin' Up! online store. Log in to your account.
    If you don't have an store account yet, create a new account.
    Remember to choose me as your SU Demonstrator. Thank you :) 

2. Go to the Stamparatus page & click on the reserve link.
    There are 3 reservation windows. Each window will remain open between the dates below until
    maximum manufacturing capacity is reached. You'll get a message if the current window is closed.
  • 17-30 November  (Available to ship approx 1 February 2018)
    edited: this reservation window has closed early due to unprecedented demand.
  • 6-30 December  (Available to ship approx 19 March 2018)
  • 16-30 January  (Available to ship approx 15 April 201)

3. Provide your mastercard/visa payment details.
    Important: your card will only be charged when your Stamparatus is available to ship
    and you choose to complete your order.

4. Click 'Reserve'
    A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to your inbox.
   Please e-mail me if you reserve one, so that I can help you with any additional information.


Download Stamparatus Flyer, Reservations instructions and Q&A

What happens next?
Stampin' Up! will contact you when your Stamparatus is ready to ship. To finalise your order then, you'll go into your online account, add anything else you'd like to order, finalise & pay for your order. I'll provide more information on this process when it's time.

I'll keep you updates on progress towards delivery as it's available. Want to know more in the meantime? Just ask.

Inky wishes, Di







    
 

More blended Birthday Blooms


If you liked yesterday's Birthday Blooms card, then hopefully you'll like today's two cards too. The Birthday Blooms flower is so lovely to colour with that I used it to make a cards for two very special lovelies this week. First up is this one for a dear friend.


The images are all coloured with Stampin' Blends markers:

Petals & centre: dark Pink Pirouette & light rich razzleberry (I love to mix & match colours to create new shades)
Leaves: light & dark Old Olive
Background: light Pool Party

 I topped the petals with clear Wink of Stella - so sparkly in real life.


I teamed the blooms with a sentiment from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous, with some simple layers & washi tapes (stripe from Basics 3 & silver from Year of Cheer),


Some more blossoms, sentiments & washi inside too.



Eclipsed Blooms for Mum

My dear Mum turned 88 years old this week, so I made her this card. I've seen so many cards lately showing the eclipse technique so I thought this would be a good opportunity to try it. Things didn't quite go to plan but I'm sure Mum wouldn't have minded. Here's version one of the card.


Like the previous card I started by stamping & colouring a row of blooms across the card with my Stampin' Blends.

Then it was time for the eclipse technique. I cut out 'Mum' from the coloured image & backed the remaining coloured piece in night of navy. Then I mounted the letters on foam adhesive strips & placed them back in the cut-out. This creates a shadow or eclipse effect. I did make a major boo boo too but don't look for that.

I then added some copper washi (the Year of Cheer washi is my favourite ever) & sentiment from the Number of Years stamp set.


So, after I'd finished & photographed the card, I felt like 'Mum' didn't have as much contrast-definition from the background as I'd hoped, & darling man thought so too. I've come to the conclusion that the large coloured images were maybe too bold?

Anyway, I couldn't do anything about the background so I adhered vellum letters over the images to create some difference. I also Wink of Stella's them but you can't see it in the pic. This was the result.


At this point I had to tell myself to 'step away' from the card. Do you do this too? I do like it, but sadly not as much as I'd hoped, given it was for Mum.Anyway, you can decide now whether you like it with or without the vellum.


I'd like to try this technique again - perhaps only colouring the cut words & leaving the background black & white. Anyway, another time. 🙂

So that's if from me for today. I have sooo many cards to share but little blogging time to do it. But I promise I'll be back soon with more. Thanks for visiting today. Pin my cards for later inspiration too & check out the supply lists below to see & order the items I used.

Inky wishes, Di

Project Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.

Note: Actual items I used are listed first. Alternative purchase options are listed at the bottom of the supply list.
Product bundles noted are discounted by 10% off individual purchase prices for a limited time. Items can be purchased separately after bundle offers end.

Stampin' Blends markers available to order as single markers, or 2 pack colour combo packs, or you can order them all. Combo & Full collection linked below.  See all Blends products here


Pink Birthday Blooms


 
Eclipsed Blooms for Mum



Big Shot
$159.00
    
 

JAI 384 inspiration challenge - Blended Blooms



This week's new challenge at Just Add Ink is a inspiration challenge, based on this bold image featuring a fabulously bold flower. How amazing is nature?


Inspiration challenges generally seem to be the most challenging for me so I kept my card simple this week, taking my cue from the image colours & pretty flowers to make a fresh, springy birthday card.


I used my new Stampin' Blends markers to colour the stamped floral pattern I created with the gorgeous flower & sentiment from the Birthday Blooms stamp set.  I find myself reaching for my Blends at every chance - a girl's got to practice her colouring you know. 😃
The brilliant news is that you can get your own Stampin' Blends now too!

Speaking of colouring, the Blends colours I used are:
Petals: Daffodil Delight light & dark (combo), Calypso Coral light, Bronze
Centre: Bronze
Leaves: Old Olive light & dark (combo)
Background: Pool Party light & dark (combo)

To add some a little sparkle (or a lot), I Wink of Stella'd the all the petals & added some Iridescent Sequins. As always, Wink is tricky to photograph but you may see it better in this pic.


On the inside, I used my favourite sentiment from the Colorful Seasons set & more pretty blooms.


 So that's my take on the challenge image - what do you think? Head over to the JAI blog to see how the team were inspired by the image. Hope you'll play along with the challenge too. Here's a final image of my card before you go, to pin for later inspiration.


Thanks for visiting today. I have so many projects to share with you, and not much time to write, but I'll definitely be back soon with more. If you'd like to know more about Stampin' Blends or order the supplies to make this card, read on below.

Inky wishes, Di

More about Stampin' Blends markers

http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?dbwsdemoid=4000625&categoryid=302004

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-vLPiDO8NjOSlZqNEJTbHV5ZEE


Project Supplies 


To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.

Note: Actual items I used are listed first. Alternative purchase options are listed at the bottom of the supply list.
Product bundles noted are discounted by 10% off individual purchase prices for a limited time. Items can be purchased separately after bundle offers end.

Stampin' Blends markers available to order as single markers, or 2 pack colour combo packs, or you can order them all. Combo & Full collection linked below.  See all Blends products here


    
 

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