Bandana Technique Meets Flourishing Paisley & Posies

When I got my first sneak peek of the new Holiday Catalogue in August, I knew straight away that I NEEDED to order the stamp set Paisleys & Posies – not because I am a paisley fan, but because there were two special instructors in my life that I wanted to make a card for using one of the sentiments – I ordered the set 2 months ago, but only just gave them their cards this last week, definitely in catch up mode!


I think my watermark may have obscured some of the sentiment, but if you are optically challenged the sentiment reads “I thank you for your part in my journey”. I took the colours and technique from a few years ago and updated it with new in colours (if you haven’t done the bandana technique you can see a step by step of it here from umm 4 years ago – not sure where that time went). I love this technique as it’s so personal, each card is unique depending upon the sponging and white chalk pen highlights – the chalk pen is more transparent than the original white gel pen that I used in the original post, but I just go over each dot or line twice and it seems to come out fine.

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21 days of September Specials!


Each week for 3 weeks in September there will be 25% off a select range of items, this week it is the items below. Specials change each week, so these are only available until the 14th of September Screen Shot 2016-09-11 at 1.05.49 PM


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Holiday Catalogue is here!

The new Holiday Catalogue is here and it is chocked full of amazing products, ideas and inspiration to cover all sorts of special events in our lives that are coming up over the next few months.


Apart from the fabulous hostess sets, a couple of my favourite items in the catalogue include the card and tag kits, mini bells (that actually tinkle), copper foil paper and the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set & punch.

If you would like a copy of the Holiday Catalogue, please let me know as I’d be happy to send you one.



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Angel Policy & new stamp set

Stampin’ Up! have just released a beautiful new stamp set called “I Stamped This” and is a collection of 16 rubber stamps and is available in wood mount #137049 $44.00 or clear mount #144274 $31.00 from now until the end of the current annual catalogue on May 31st 2017. This set is the perfect way to let people know that you have created something just for them, be it baked, sewn, stamped or just because!

137049GTwo of the images comply with our Angel Policy (as does the ones from the “Better Than Email” stamp set) where:

Stampin’ Up! welcomes artists who would like to use our stamp images in their own handstamped craftwork that they produce to sell. Therefore, we give permission in the form of a limited licence to use any Stampin’ Up! stamp images for the purpose of creating craftworks for sale under the following criteria:

  1. Each craftwork created for sale must be personally and individually hand-stamped by the selling artist and may not be reproduced or copied in any form by any means-graphic, electronic, or mechanical-including photocopying. Mass production, assembly-line construction, production by workers for hire, or syndication of hand-stamped craftwork for sale is strictly prohibited.
  2. All of Stampin’ Up!’s images are copyrighted, meaning that they may not be copied without permission. To help protect the rights granted by these copyrights, all craftwork created for sale using Stampin’ Up! images must be marked with one of the images from the official Stampin’ Up! Limited Licence stamp sets shown in the Idea Book & Catalogue.
  3. There are no quantity limits on for-sale, hand-stamped craftworks that abide by the restrictions as stated in this policy.
  4. Completed, hand-stamped projects may be sold at competitive and non-competitive permanent retail locations, as well as temporary craft events, community fundraisers, and over the Internet. In selling hand-stamped projects, the seller must make it clear that the items are hand-made, and not a product of the company. The seller may indicate that the supplies used are from Stampin’ Up!, but the Stampin’ Up! logo may not be used in any way for the sole purpose of promoting the sale of hand-stamped projects.
  5. Stampin’ Up! images may not be used to create logos or trademarks.
  6. Persons creating hand-stamped items for sale are responsible for complying with any state, territorial, or local business and tax regulations.
  7. Persons participating in this Angel Policy assume all liability for suitability of their work and agree to indemnify Stampin’ Up! and its artists from disputes arising from their work.
  8. Stampin’ Up! Australia Pty. Ltd. is incorporated in Australia as a Proprietary Company. The company is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. The laws of the State of New South Wales and the federal laws of Australia shall govern this policy. The District Courts of New South Wales and the Federal Courts situated in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, will have exclusive jurisdiction over any proceeding arising from this policy. Any failure by Stampin’ Up! Australia to enforce any of its rights will not constitute a waiver of such rights.
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Baby Bear

How realistic does this baby bear stamp image look? He’s such a beautiful vintage bear and he is doubly special as he was my OnStage prize in Sydney so he was my beautiful gift for being a demonstrator, Stampin’ Up! really are very generous.

I went a bit crazy making things with him for my catalogue launch party, but this was the first card I made with him that I sent to my uplines as they didn’t get to go to the Sydney meeting for different reasons and I was sad that they missed out.


The bear I prefer to stamp from darkest to lightest inks and were Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede & Crumb Cake and the bow & sentiment were done in Marina Mist and Dapper Denim.




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Thoughtful Branches limited-time bundle

For a limited time, August 2-31st you can purchase the exclusive Thoughtful Branches bundle, if you have Bonus Days coupons from shopping in July you can use those to go towards the purchase of it. It is a super versatile bundle that would suit many, many occasions all year round.

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The bundle features a fabulous thinlits set

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Plus the co-ordinating stamp set (hint you can also cut the apple image out with your Tree Builder punch if you don’t want to use the thinlit).

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Don’t forget if you purchase them as a bundle you will save 10% and supplies are whilst stocks last, available form August 2nd.

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To Chalk Marker or Not to Chalk Marker?

Have you ever made a card and then couldn’t decide whether to add a certain embellishment or not? Normally the result of the addition is a clear yes or no as to if  it improves the final card or not……but in this instance the final verdict is still out!

I was making some thank you cards which means that they would either have a Crumb Cake or Whisper White base as I do tend to favour the notecards for this type of thing and I just used Basic Black ink so as not to overcomplicate things using the new Flourishing Phrases.


I liked the clean look of the card, but then decided to add some contrast to the card with the Chalk Maker pen (because well it was on my desk at the time) and then I couldn’t decide if the card looked better with or without the Chalk Marker – what do you think?


I do have an aversion to naked envelopes, so I added some flowers to the front and my new favourite little stamp for Better Than Email to the back – how true is that sentiment!


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Bonus Days!


Did you get everything you want from the new annual catalogue yet? Since it only came out a month ago, you probably still have some items on your wish list, and
we have some great news for you! For every $90 you spend in between 7 July and 31 July (before shipping and handling), you’ll get a $9 Bonus Days coupon that you can use 2–31 August. This is a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favourite products now or later in August with your coupons!


  • Promotion Period: 7–31 July 2016
  • Redemption Period: 2–31 August 2016
  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
  • It is strongly recommended that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be resent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits.th_social1_bonusdays_demo_july0716_us
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iPod punch art

So I might have a backlog of a few posts – I realised last night when I was having an insomniac moment that I am a couple of years behind with my blogging! I do 40 weeks of Crafternoon Tea classes a year which involves 4 projects each week and have between 5-18 people attending (averages 10), plus team meetings, private classes, fundraiser projects, stamp-a-stack, swaps for convention, custom work, thank you cards………… you can see I’m pretty much creating around 2000 items a year and I’m lucky if I’m blogging 50 of the projects a year……so I’m open to how to resolve this dilemna if you have any suggestions!

Anyway this was a project from like 3 years ago, but I found the punch art card when I was cleaning up last week so thought I’d share it with you now.


Even though the sentiments on the card have long retired, I’m sure you could replace it with something similar.


Have a good week & happy stamping.


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Sprinkles of Life Medley

Opps so I had a heap of blog posts from the last annual catalogue that I forgot to schedule amidst the melee that has been my life for April/May – good news is that things are settling down and our senior instructor is now out of hospital so I’m not working 7 days a week at the moment (three and a half weeks of that was sufficient thanks) & hoping to get some more craft done & maybe even blogged!

I was thrilled to see in the new annual catalogue that the Sprinkles of Life stamp set is carrying over, not at the Ronald McDonald House Charity set again, but just as a normal part of the catalogue. Here are a few of the items I made with it last year, that I didn’t blog, some are CASEd and some are original .

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I can’t wait to order the new Ronald McDonald House Charity set, My Hero, it looks amazingly versatile and great value at $37 for clear mount or $50 for wood mount!


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