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Last Days of Sale-a-bration 2014

Time is almost up to get your FREE products. Sale-a-bration must end tomorrow!

Remember that for every $90 you spend you can choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration range. No limits.

Online orders must be completed by 11.50pm tomorrow (Monday) evening.

Click image to view brochure online

 In case you need some last minute inspiration here are a few projects using Sale-a-bration products: 


A simple gift basket using the Sweet Sorbet paper and the You’re Lovely stamp set. This one was a hostess gift filled with a range of sample products.


This card has the Sweet Sorbet paper and the matching thread from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory kit. That gorgeous stamp is So Very Grateful and it’s in the Occasions Catalogue so will be hanging around for a while longer. You can see more details on this card here!


And both of the cards above use paper from the Sweet Sorbet pack. Boy am I going to miss this paper, it just brightens up everything it’s used on.

Don’t forget you can make up your $90 with any items you choose but there are some great examples of bundles in the Sale-a-bration brochure.




So Very Grateful for Stained Glass

It’s been a while since I’ve played with the Stained Glass technique but I knew the So Very Grateful stamp set would be just perfect for it.

Here’s a card I made recently for Wonder Hubby’s mum who is out with us from the UK for a while.

The aim of the technique is to give the appearance of a stained glass window by embossing an image onto Vellum Cardstock so that you can see through it. Using a black, silver or pewter powder adds to the look of the ‘leadlighting’ and colouring with markers on the reverse side adds the ‘stain’ to the ‘glass’.

To get the full effect of the vellum I cut a window into the card to allow the light to flow through. Alternatively you could mount it onto a light coloured background so that the area is at least highlighted even if it’s not completely transparent.

This picture shows what it looks like when held up to the light.

I love, love, love this stamp set. I know it’s going to get a lot of use!

So Very Grateful (Occasions p32)
Wood (133050) $39.95
Clear (133053) $31.95



Engagement Card In A Box

The Card In A Box is another design that’s hugely popular at the moment and I have no idea who to credit as its source.

One of the reasons it’s so popular is because it’s so stunning and yet so simple once you know how.

I made this one for one of my cousins who recently got engaged. The invitation to the engagement party was all in Vanilla and Black. I wanted to match their colour scheme but was struggling to make it work without a feature colour to make it pop. I settled on red and was so pleased when I got to the party to discover the bride-to-be had done exactly the same with her party decorations!

You can ‘fill’ the box part with whatever images you like, in as many layers as you like. This one has two layers, plus the back, as you can see from the bird’s eye view. 

And there’s plenty of room on the back to write your message.

The best thing about it is that if you design it well, it will all fold flat and fit inside a standard C6 envelope.

The Card In A Box is so popular and so many people have asked how they’re made that I’ll be including one of these in my April class. Keep an eye out for more details soon.



A Different Way To Use The Scallop Tag Topper Punch

You can see how this punch can be used for decorative edges on tags and bookmarks, but what else can you do with it? 

Scallop Tag Topper Punch (Occasions p35)
(133324) $39.95
Also comes as an Angled Tag Topper Punch
(133323) $39.95

  What about a fantastic new way to create a closure for a card? This is not my idea and you might have seen it from many different sources like I have so I’m afraid I have no idea where the original idea came from. Whoever it was though is amazing! What a clever idea. 

How pretty does that look on the front of the card!

The idea to use the punch might not have been mine but these designs are. I’ve teamed a background piece of patterned paper with the simplicity of a greeting from the Label Love set. The coordinating punch makes this so easy. Stamp the greeting, punch it out. Punch out a second Artisan Label from coloured cardstock, cut it in half and adhere it behind the greeting. Done!

This one uses the colourful paper from the Watercolour Wonder pack in the Occasions Catalogue.

And I’ve used a bit of a trick with the ribbon. It might look like there’s one piece that goes across the card and then gets tied through the scalloped flaps but it’s actually done in two pieces. One is adhered flat to the card front, and only the small piece is tied to the closure.



GO Festival Make & Take Mini Cards

Here’s our gorgeous stand at the GO Festival at the Royal Exhibition Buildings…

We met loads of lovely new ladies and introduced them to the art of stamping with some Make and Take mini cards.

Everyone who stopped by could choose to make a card using the Banner Blast Sale-a-bration stamp set and matching Banner Punch…

…or using the Petite Petals stamp set and matching punch.

There were lots of choices to be made with a bunch of greetings from the Occasions catalogue and a huge range of colours to mix and match.

It was so much fun chatting away all day and discovering that many had never stamped before. I loved seeing their faces when they made cards that looked just like the samples and couldn’t believe they’d done it by themselves with their own two hands. This is what my job is all about!



Stampin’ Up! are GO for the Girls Only Festival

If you’re in Melbourne this coming weekend come and see our Stampin’ Up! stand at the GO (Girls Only) Women’s Expo…

(click image to view the official website)

We’ll have displays, demonstrations, prizes and the chance to make a free card. 

There’ll be a few designs to choose from and you can create with the Banner Blast set and matching punch from Sale-a-bration:

Or if florals are your thing you can use the Petite Petals stamp set and coordinating punch instead:

All in your choice of colours!


Which one is your favourite?




Best of…Autumn

As part of Stampin’ Up!s 25-year anniversary celebration we’re releasing some favourite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 11 sets, which will be released one per month until April 2014. Even better, along with some great classic images from our previous catalogues there will be ones that never made it to Australia AND each ‘Best of’ set will also have a never-before-seen image!

The March set is keeping it seasonal…
Best Of Autumn: 

134390 Best of Autumn
(available in clear-mount only) $25.95

This set will be available until 30th April 2014 unless sold out earlier.

Let me know if you’d like to purchase this set

or order it online using the direct link below:

Remember ‘Best of Flowers’, ‘Best of Butterflies’‘Best of Shelli’‘Best of Christmas’‘Best of Birthdays’ , ‘Best of Sale-a-bration‘,  ‘Best of Love’,  ‘Best of Brides & Babies’  and ‘Best of Greetings’ are still available too!



MARCH CLASS – Watercolouring

Learn how to add colour to stamped images!

Come and try your hand at watercolouring as we add splashes of colour to three different line image stamps. 

All three cards use stamp sets from the new Occasions Catalogue.



Thursday 6th MARCH

8pm – 11pm


$20 per person


Friday 7th MARCH

10am – 1pm


$20 per person

Children able to entertain themselves in the next room are welcome!


Friday 14th MARCH

10am – 1pm


$20 per person

Children able to entertain themselves in the next room are welcome!

Click here to book now


Here are the three projects in a little more detail. First up the Vivid Vases card:


For this one the shading and the grounding are the focus.


Then we’re going to use the Whitewash technique.


This allows us to add pale colours to coloured cardstock.


And for the last card we get to cheat a little bit using the new Happy Watercolour stamp set:

Happy Watercolour (Occasions p22)
Wood (133188) $51.95

Clear (133191) $41.95



Some of the colouring is done for us but there’s still a little to do ourselves.

Bookings essential





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