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Monday, May 21, 2018

The last few classes

 Life has been a bit hectic lately and even though the regular card classes have been going on I have not had time to show any of our creations. So hopefully today you can see what we have been up to and I should now be back on track to post each week on our classes.

We did one on borders. Sometimes a border can be created just using a mask and sponging around the edge.
Techniques class- borders this on is masking

Techniques class-masking for borders

 Then of course is the Mitred border that everyone thinks is so hard when really it is easy peasy.

Techniques class- borders how to mitre

A border can also be placed just on one side. Love this Harvest stamp set, it creates quite a lovely side border.

Techniques class- borders thank you

Techniques class- borders happy birthday

Friday, May 18, 2018

Mini Embroidery Hoops from an Artisans perspective

My friend is a quilter and she uses Embroidery Hoops to create her wonderful quilts. Little did I realise that I would be seeing an Embroidery Hoop on a card and looking very classy.

One of my card class ladies had just purchased a set for one of her friends who is into scrapbooking. I have asked her to send me a photo of her creations when she has finished. In the meantime I have found one of our Artisans Kim McGilliss from Canada has come up with a fabulous card with lots of layers and using a Mini Embroidery Hoop.

Kim McGillis design admired by Zenas craft studio

Another inspiring Artisan

Language is no barrier when it comes to creativity. Jessica Winter is another of our Stampin' Up! Artisans and I love what she has done with one of my go to stamp sets, that is thankfully not retiring.

Jessica is a demonstrator from a small village of Leonstein, Austria and she has created just the perfect card using the Sweet Cake Soiree bundle. What do you think of this gorgeous creation, I love it.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Some of our Artisans

Stampin' Up! each year introduce a new Artisan Design Team. They are talented demonstrators from all over the world. I love following their projects as this amazing group has lots of inspiring ideas, projects, and techniques to share!

One of my favourites this year is just over the "ditch" from us in New Zealand. Susan Wong is so creative and I just adore this little cutie. The stamp set our little Kanga is from is Animal Outing and will be in the new catalogue coming out on 1st June. I will definitely be getting this set.

Baby Card with Animal Outing By Stampin' Up! - Susan Wong for Just Add Ink


There’s nothing subtle about how gorgeous the Subtles collection is!
Sometimes a loud and bright card is just what the occasion calls for, but when you want something understated in its beauty and elegance, the Subtles collection gives you the exact colours you need. These new colours will be available on 1st June, the new purple is called Highland Heather, it's very yummy!!
I can't wait...!!

New subtles collection

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Maddy is 2

My great niece has turned 2. This means a new picture for her frame.

We wanted to start a tradition so last year for her 1st birthday I created this frame for her.

This birthday I have made her another. So last years will go into her photo album along with her birthday pics and this one will go into the frame. I hope over the years she will enjoy this little tradition from her great aunty and uncle.

Early Release Share What you Love

Stampin' Up! have created the perfect bundles for every crafter!
Take a look at this video and see what you can get in this early release. I think the Just Getting Started bundle would be perfect for a new person starting out on their crafting journey.

I really love the Make a Difference stamp set that is in the "A Little More Please bundle", it can make up so many sentiments and who isn't looking for different sentiments that are not always included in all the stamps sets we seem to collect?

Follow this Share What You Love link, have a look at all the exciting things you can get in this early release. Shop online or email me and I can placec the order for you.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Retiring Colours and a Colour Revamp


The spice of life is variety, and that’s especially true in the world of colour. Stampin’ Up! makes a point to keep an eye on colour trends across different markets and industries. When they see changes happening, they review their colour spectrum to ensure that they remain consistently on top of the trends. This brings us to the 2018 Colour Revamp!

In order to keep bringing you the most current and on trend colours, Stampin' Up! decided it was time to give our colour collections a makeover.

With this revamp, you’ll not only have new products to excite you, but also have a new variety of shades that will inspire creativity and allow you to explore more sides of your crafting.

Read on for more information!


There are still four colour collections, each with ten colours. There is also a new colour group called Basics.

In order to keep the colour collections to exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours, they moved Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White out of the Neutrals collection. They’ve also moved a few colours into the Neutrals collection, making it more exciting and colourful!

Some additional colours have changed collections as well—you’ll notice this as you look through the new collections below. For example, Poppy Parade is now the brightest red so it is part of the Brights collection.




On 31 May 2018, thirteen colours are retiring.
You might want to grab an ink refill before it is too late, if you have these inks below!!

Always Artichoke
Chocolate Chip
Elegant Eggplant
Island Indigo
Marina Mist
Perfect Plum
Pink Pirouette
Rose Red
Soft Sky
Tangerine Tango
Tempting Turquoise
Wild Wasabi
Wisteria Wonder

The retiring 2016-2018 In Colors are:

Dapper Denim
Emerald Envy
Flirty Flamingo*
Peekaboo Peach
Sweet Sugar Plum
*Please note that while Flirty Flamingo is retiring as an In Color, it will continue to be available as part of our core colour collection.

I do hope you managed to read right to the bottom. This is all very exciting, although a little sad to lose some favourites. Don't worry we will all soon be stamping with new colours and loving them. I would suggest if you have any favourites you might want to put in an order for the coordinating card stock and ink refills. They will go really fast so please don't delay.

Sunday, April 29, 2018


Petal Perfection

A little birdie told us that this gorgeous bundle is carrying over into the new annual catalogue! While the stamp set and coordinating dies are continuing, the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, unfortunately, is not.
So before it’s too late, Stampin' Up! wanted to feature this bundle with its divine paper.

This bundle can work for any occasion, but it’s the perfect time of year to use it to create beautiful sentiments for the women in your life for Mother’s Day.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


I love this bundle and the Designer Series paper that goes with it. I want to create something fantastical with the Magical Day Stamp Set and Magical Mates Framelits Dies while there’s still time. Below are some samples that other Stampin' Up! demonstrators have created. Aren't they just the cutest projects.

Magic in the Making

I have a special project for my great neice, a tradition that we started last year, for her 1st birthday and I want to use this bundle to create another frame and card.

Creating  the perfect birthday card and frame for my favorite magic-minded little niece, is going to be amazing. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Still playing

I am having so much fun playing with my new toy- The Stamparatus.

Every time anyone places an order with me I try hard to give them inspiration by making a Thank You card with something that they have purchased. One of my lovely customers purchased a background stamp that I have as well.

My Stamparatus was sitting on my bench calling out to me, "I'm here for you!"  Well actually we all know that a Stamparatus can't call out, BUT, it had me wondering if I could use it for embossing a background. So follow along with me and see what you think. Sorry in advance it is rather lengthy!!!

My thought was to create a background and then emboss it with Iridesccent Ice. As I wanted the white parts of the background to stay clear of the embossing, I thought that using the Stamparatus would be the best way to go.

1. I lined my gift card up using my special laminated grid paper, popped the magnets just on the very edge as I want all the front to be inked.

2. I wanted the swirly part of the stamp to be used, so I lined this up.

3. I inked up just the section needed with Cajun Craze.

4. A little messy, but looking good. After cleaning off the Cajun Craze ink, I inked up with Versamark and sprinkled on the Iridesccent Ice.

5. You can't see the glittery finish, but believe me it is Dazzling.

6. Now I know this is a bit of an over kill as I could have stamped the last bit without my new tool, but I decided to keep going. I stamped the flower stems from Sprinkles of Life

7. I wanted to place the Thanks A Bunch sentiment right underneath the leaves, so the Stamparatus was perfect to do this. As you can see I used a piece of scrap card and didn't pop it in a corner. I just held it in place with the magnets.

8. I added the flowers the regular way, I also stamped a few more and cut them out for a 3D look

9. I fussy cut the sentiment, punched out a Cajun Craze circle and popped some silver cord behind.

I am happy with the result, the white stayed clear of Dazzling Diamonds which is what my plan was.
If I did this again I would not use the magnets as they got messy. I would use Washi Tape and put it to the very corner top and bottom only.

I gave this to my customer today and she loved it and appreciated the inspiration.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Playing with my Stamparatus

I was one of the lucky ones that managed to get my Stamparatus early. After watching many YouTube videos and playing in my studio I am excited about what I am going to do with many of my stamp and framelits bundles.

I am going to make templates and store them in with my stamp sets. Let me show you my first.
I was asked to do a class on the Oh So Succulent stamp set, however it has so many framelits to go with the stamps that it would not have been possible to do in a class with 6 people in 2 hours.

Now I can see this could be possible.

1. I started with placing all the stamps that I wanted to use on to Whisper White card, these all have matching framelits. Firstly the solid stamps and then pressed the side plate over them. Next I placed the outlined stamps on the Whisper White card, pressed the top plate over them.

2. I used my stamping spots for inking up all the stamps and I was not particularly worried about the colours I used, as this is the template. I stamped the solid stamps first.

3. I then inked the outlined group of stamps.

4. I then stamped the outline stamps over the solid images. Even at this stage I was very impressed with my new toy!!

5. Then I placed the coordinating framelits over the images, running them through the Big Shot.

6. I wanted to make sure they didn't move so held them down with Washi tape.

7. Now to see if the template would work, I cut out all the images in Very Vanilla.
My fingers were crossed at this stage.

8. I placed the Whisper White card (template) back in the Stamparatus and then inserted the Very Vanilla cut out pieces.
Now to see if it would do what I hoped!!!

9. This time I stamped the outline images first.
I was impatient to see if it worked.

10. Then came the solid stamps.
Yes, yes, yes. It all lined up.

11. So now I have a template to use. I am going to cut out as many framelits as I need for my class and  then I'm sure we can get through all the stamping. I will keep this template in with the stamp set.

This got me looking through all my stamps and framelits. I am going to set aside a day and create templates for them all.

Phew did you stick with me till the end? I am so happy with this and can't wait to share it with all my friends and team. Yipee a new favourite tool!! Well who am I kidding, the Envelope Punch Board is still my favourite but this is a close second ;)


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Stamparatus Technique Series: Video #4 Stamping on Pre-Die Cut Pieces

I have been one of the lucky ones that managed to preorder this great tool and I have had so much fun playing with it. You are going to be blown away when you get your hands on one, "it is an amazing tool"
Check out the final technique video.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April Hostess Code

Sale-A-Bration is now over, I do hope you made the most of it! I am now looking forward to the new catalogue in June. In the meantime if you have anything that you need from the Occasions catalogue now is your time to get it before it is gone.

If you are wanting to order online here is the hostess code for April to use. Also as a thank you for ordering online you will receive a gift from me.

Monday, April 2, 2018

One Million Stars

This is not about stamps, ink and paper, but I had the privilege of making some of these stars with my Quota Carindale friends.

What is One Million Stars all about?

Museum of Brisbane will present the One Million Stars installation as part of Festival 2018 during GC2018 in King George Square Brisbane.

One Million Stars to End Violence is a global weaving project created by a local artist and weaver Maryann Talia Pau that has encouraged individuals, groups, and communities to weave stars to inspire light, hope and peace in the world.

Commencing in 2016 Maryann Talia Pau collaborated with the Queensland Government to engage individuals, groups, and communities across the Commonwealth and the world to weave one million stars for an installation. Stars have been received from star weavers across 15 countries including Nigeria, USA, Canada, Kenya, Fiji, Barbados, Tonga, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Samoa, Scotland, England, Cook Island and Australia.

The weaving project will culminate in a large scale immersive installation of one million woven stars in King George Square from March 29 to 15 April 2018

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