Just Add Ink #457…”Sketch”

What do you do when your stuck for ideas…find a challenge! That’s what I have done today….well I think it found me really. Came across a post from Just Add Ink on Facebook and it was for this great ‘Sketch’ Challenge…..so why not!

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When you have finished reading my Blog go and have a look at the Just Add Ink Blog and give the challenge a go, its a lot of fun. Also the Just Add Iink Designer Team have some wonderful examples of what you can create using this ‘Sketch’. Just click on their badge above to go to their Blog.

How did I use this Sketch…

As I haven’t had a chance to play with any of the new products in Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue, I thought I’d give them ago today.

The stamp set I used is called ‘Free as a Bird’, it’s part of the ‘Bird Ballad Suite’ and aren’t these birds cute? I love them. The suite also has this amazing Designer Series Paper, the designs and colours are stunning. The Nested Label Dies are going to be a must and you will be able to purchase the stamp set and dies as a bundle.

The stamped image I coloured using Stampin’ Up! Blends in the colours – Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Calypso Coral Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede. These colours are the same ones used in the Designer Series Paper.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my card as much I have enjoyed showing it to you. If you ‘Live in Australia’ and would like a copy of the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue let me know and I will get one to you.

If you have any questions about the products used or would like to ‘Join my Team’ then please contact me.
All available products will be listed below and link to my On-Line Store. Other products used will be available from 2nd June 2019.

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Its here….now is the time to order your ‘Hugs from Shelli”

Today is the 15th May….I know, your all saying “we know this……so what?”
Well, today is my sisters birthday, that’s good to know…right!
But is that what is so important about today….yesss..but today is also the FIRST day you can place an order for the ‘Hugs from Shelli’ Paper Pumpkin Kit.
Well I’ve been talking about this in class and sharing on line and the day is now HERE.
Now for those that attend my class…yes I stayed up until midnight and ordered our kits…there on their way…YAY!
This kit will only be available here in Australia for ONE MONTH or UNTIL STOCKS SELL OUT!
So you really do need to place your order soon..
So why do you need this kit….it’s beautiful, its designed by Shelli – Co-founder of Stampin’ Up!, its excessive… I could go on..
This kit you can do at home at your own pace, in your own time. All you need besides the kit is ‘D’ Acrylic Block…everything else is there. It even comes with all the instructions to put the cards together….You don’t even need me to hold your hand..but I will if you want.

So grab yourself one of these kits…and maybe one for a friend. Its great to craft with others. I still have 2 spots left if you want to attend a class and just make 4 of the cards for $22 (check out my Events or contact me) Or buy the kit through me and come along for FREE and that’s only $37…What a saving!
** Don’t forget you do need that acrylic Block…118485 $14 AU
To order your own Kit go to my Online Store…

Geared Up Garage

‘Geared Up Garage’…WOW! Great stamp set by Stampin’ Up! to use for those men that are into anything to do with cars. It is so much fun…with the gears and the vintage style signs for ‘Fathers Day’ or ‘Birthdays’, the car, tool box and oil can.

This stamp set is part of the Geared Up Garage Cling Bundle from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. Just look at those dies….LOVE the gears. I have a house full of boys so this set was a must for me.

You can also purchase this 15 x 15 cm Designer Series Paper and the dies match some of the designs. The gears fit perfectly over the paper with gears, so you can cut them out and add to your card just as I have done in one of my cards below.

These products plus more are in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue, by purchasing the stamps and dies as a Bundle you will save 10%. The good thing is the stamp set and dies will be carrying over to the New 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue..but not as a bundle (it will have new ordering codes). So if you want to get the bundle and the Designer Series Paper then order it now!

Fridays Card Class

Last Friday we made the cards below using the stamps, dies and designer series paper.

On this card we cut the gears from the Foil Paper that I got from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. Unfortunately that is now discontinued but you could use any of the other Foil Papers. The car was stamped in Momento onto Whisper White cardstock and coloured using the ‘Real Red Blends’, then cut with the coordinating die. The sentiment was cut out using the Rectangle Stitched die also found in the Occasions Catalogue.

TIP: When using DSP or coloured back grounds and you don’t want the white boarder around the stamped/coloured image …Run the brush tip end of the ‘Light Smoky Slate’ around the image before cutting. It will then blend into the background. See pictures below.

This card shows off the Designer Series Paper, used as the card front and the paper with the Gears cut using the matching die . Again we stamped and coloured the car with ‘Blends’, but this car has a sheen.

How did I do this!

  • Stamping and colouring the car – DO NOT CUT IT OUT
  • Wipe VersaMark ink pad across your image a couple of times making sure its well covered,
  • Sprinkle on ‘Clear Embossing Powder’ and heat with heat gun, until it has all melted.
  • When cool and dry cut out the car with die.
Embossed Car.
Top car with out Embossing Powder, bottom car with Embossing Powder. Also showing the Smoky Slate line around the car.

The ‘All Geared Up to celebrate’ sentiment was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock in full strength Gray Granite, Oil smudges stamped with stamped off Gray Granite Stampin’ Pad to give a grunge look. Using the Star Burst Punch, punch out the sentiment and add some Black Thread looped on the back and adhered to card front with dimensionals. The car was glued to the to the Star Burst and a dimenstional added to under car front.

This last card we stamped the Happy Fathers Day sign in Tranquil Tide first, masked it of with ‘Post-it-Notes’ (cut using the matching die) and then stamped the oil smudges with Gray Ganite Stampin’ Pad- which was first stamped off. The nuts were stamped with the Basic Gray Stampin’ Pad. Peel of the mask. On a piece of Whisper White Card Stock Stamp and colour the car with Light and Dark Balmy Blue Blends, cut with die and adhere on top using dimensionals.

Thank you for reading my Blog today, if you have any questions please contact me. All the products used will be listed below and linked to my Online Store.

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Autumn Leaves

Autumn in Moss Vale, one of the beautiful towns in the Southern Highlands of NSW and where I live. The Southern Highlands is know for the beautiful gardens in Spring and the stunning colours of Autumn.

My card was inspired by those beautiful leaves that as soon as the cool winds touch them, they turn into golds, reds and rusts.

Colourful Seasons stamps and coordinating Seasonal Layers dies by Stampin’ Up! was the perfect match of this card.

What I used…

  • A mix of Brusho colours on wet watercolour paper – Moss Green, Prussian Blue and Brilliant Red, mixed together gives an array of beautiful Autumn tones.
  • Once completely dry use the skeleton leaf die to cut the leaves.
  • Add some copper highlights with Copper Embossing Powder by wiping VersaMark in couple of places on the leaf. Use the corner of the pad so you don’t get it all over the leaf.
  • Card Front- add a wash of Yellow Brusho on the watercolour paper and let dry.
  • The sentiment and a single leaf stamped in Cherry Cobbler using the Stampartus to make sure you get a nice clean image.
  • The card front was then adhered to a Cherry Cobbler mat and a Tranquil Tide card base.
  • Glue Dots adhere the leaves to the card front so they look like they have just fallen from those trees in the main street of Moss Vale.
  • Inside the card is a Very Vanilla Panel stamped with the leaf image down the right hand side.

If you LOVE this card then please VOTE for me on Kylie Bertucci’s International Stampin’ Up! Blog Highlights.

To make it easy for you to find where to vote click on the image below…you get to vote for 5 of your favorite cards – just make sure one of them is mine (LOL!)

All the products used will be listed below and linked back to my On-Line Store. If you have any questions about my card or the products used please contact me.

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Top Ten Winners Blog Hop -April

Thank you to all the lovely people that for voted for me. It is wonderful to be a part of ‘Kylie Bertucci’s International Highlights Top Ten Winners Blog Hop’ again.

For you, Amazing Friend

Last week I watched a video by Jennifer Mcguire Faux Textured Metal Paper with Perfect Pearls….I love her videos and techniques. Now she didn’t use any Stampin’ Up! products in her cards and so I wondered if I could do something similar but using our wonderful products.

So what do Stampin’ Up! have that I can use-

  • Cardstock – Yes, Whisper White. Masked off the white area with low tac painter’s masking tape. Later Changed this to Thick Whisper White…
  • Inks – Yes, Stampin’ Pad Flirty Flamingo and Poppy Parade. Brayered these colours on using the Sponge Brayers, Flirty Flamingo at the top and Poppy Parade at the bottom. These colours blend beautifully together.
  • Perfect Perls – ‘NO’, Stampin’ Up! don’t have that but we do have the Champagne Shimmer Paint. I tried to sponge it on with a dauber but it removed the colour I just brayered onto my card front…OOP’s…
  • Start again…This time I mixed it with some Rubbing Alcohol in a Stampin’ Spritzer and sprayed it on….‘NOPE’ … looked OK but the card stock is too thin.
  • This time I tried it with Thick Whisper White cardstock ……Looks great! It doesn’t have a metal look but it does have a nice sparkly look.
  • Embossing folders -Yes, have those….choose my current favorite ‘Country Floral Embossing Folder’. Put this through gently, as I didn’t want to spray the card stock with water and ruin the colour again!. I only had to touch up a couple of spots where the cardstock cracked a little.
  • The card from was adhered to a Calypso Coral mat – where the Flirty Flamingo & Poppy Parade blends it is so close to Calypso Coral and was the better match as a mat. This is then attached to the card base in Poppy Parade.
  • Inside the card is a somple Whisper White panel to write on.
  • All that’s left to do is add my sentiment…The word ‘Amazing’ comes from the Celebrate You Thinlits 146840 in the Annual Catalogue, was cut out in Basic Black. ‘For You’ & ‘Friend’ is part of the Well Said 148796 stamps in the Occasions Catalogue, were stamped in Poppy Parade on Whisper White.

To sum it all up…

This was a simple card to make…the products used by Jennifer could easily be swapped out for products that Stampin’ Up! have in their range. All the products I have used will be listed below along with links back to my On-Line Store so you can easily purchase them yourself. If you have any questions please contact me.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you have enjoyed my Blog post today. Below is the list of the others taking part in this Blog Hop. Click on the link to see each one and remember…. leave a comment so we know you visited.

NB. Some of the products used may be in the Last-Chance Products and they will only be available until 3 June or while stocks last. The Country Floral Embossing Folder was from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue and is at present unavailable.

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Everything is Rosy

We hope you’re ready for a ray of sunshine in your life, because the Everything Is Rosy Product Medley is here! This exclusive, limited-time collection of coordinating, petal-packed products has everything you need to let your creativity bloom.

The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley will be available for purchase from 1st May to 31st May
Everything Rosy Product Medley 150059 – $139

To see what is in this exclusive Medley watch the video below

All the good things…..

Did you know that…

‘The koi fish is symbolic in Japanese culture and is closely associated with the country’s national identity. The koi fish is a symbol of luck, prosperity, and good fortune in Japan. Swimming koi represent advancement and determination. Fish in general symbolize wealth and surplus, and the Chinese believe koi particularly represent good fortune in business and academics. Buddhists on the other hand see koi as representations of courage. Together in a koi pond, they represent love and friendship. ‘ Koi – Wikipedia

Koi Fish Meaning – General Symbolism
By Karen Frazier Feng Shui Teacher and Energy Healer

Many of the attributes of the koi symbolize several lessons and even trials individuals often encounter in life. The koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. Some of the characteristics associated with the koi include:

  • Good fortune
  • Success
  • Prosperity
  • Longevity
  • Courage
  • Ambition
  • Perseverance

So what did I use and how did I colour my Koi?

The stamp set used is ‘All the Good Things’, Stampin’ Up! and technique is ‘ Baby Wipe Technique. This stamp set is on the ‘Last-Chance Products’, so if you are wanting this set then order it now because it will be gone by June.

Click on the Image below for my On-Line Store and Last-Chance Products

The Products used-

  • Stamps- All the Good Things 146558 by Stampin’ Up! This is a ‘Distinktive Stamp’ – ‘Distinktive stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image for realistic depth and intensity’.
  • Cardstock- Bermuda Bay , Pacific Point, Whisper White
  • Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill- Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana.
  • Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies 148551

So what is the Baby Wipe Technique?

The Baby Wipe technique is where you make a stamp pad out of Baby Wipes. I use about 3-4 baby wipes folded in half and layered on top of each other. Make sure you have these sitting on a plastic surface such as the inside of a unused stamp case or a plate. (just in case the ink goes through, you don’t want it to damage the surface underneath). This technique works well when using solid stamp images.

Apply re-inkers to the baby wipes… I like to use 3 colours as you don’t want your colours to become muddy. The colours I have used are – Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana.

  1. Starting with darkest colour drop about 4 drops of ink in one spot, spacing them apart add more spots randomly. As the ink absorbs into the wipes it will spread so make sure you leave enough space for the next colour. You want to finish with an area bigger than your image.
  2. Add the next color next to the first spots leaving space for the lightest colour.
  3. Use the lightest colour to fill in the left over spaces.
  4. Tap your stamp lightly into ink and stamp onto your cardstock.

Every time you stamp the image it will be slightly different and that is the fun of it.

I love this technique and I’m sure you will too. If you have any questions please just ask and I will get back to you as soon as I can. All products used in this card will be listed below and is linked to my On-Line Store.

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Last Chance Products

WOW! Its here..The ‘Last Chance Products’ and the list is huge….
Select products from the 2019 occasions catalogue and 2018–2019 annual catalogue are retiring—and this is the last chance for you to get them!
Something things to remember….
* All WOOD MOUNT products will be deleted but some may be in the NEW Catalogue as CLING MOUNT
* These products are only ‘WHILE STOCKS LAST’ and will be discontinued after 3 June.
* Retiring host sets may be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party only.

Do what I’m doing…Grab a marker or highlighter and go through me Catalogue and mark off which ones are deleted….Don’t leave it too long to order as some of these products will go very quickly..

Here are the links to the ‘Last Chance Products’ –
💙Annual 2018-2019 Catalogue
💙Occasion 2019 Catalogue https://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/…/OCC%2019%20Retiring%20L…

To order go to my On-Line Store – link below

Your space. Your way.

Whether you have an entire room or a small corner in your home for stamping, your creative space should be tailored to you. Our new product line, Storage by Stampin’ Up!, provides you with modular storage solutions that let you organise—and customise—your space your way!

Features and Benefits

Storage by Stampin’ Up! is designed to store and showcase your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Ink Refills, Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, Watercolor Pencils and other accessories. Here are some other features and benefits of Storage by Stampin’ Up!:

  • Keeps products organised, tidy, visible and trackable at all times.
  • Ensures that your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Write Markers and Stampin’ Blends are all stored horizontally, as recommended.
  • Designed to be stylish, durable, compact, stackable and modular.
  • Blends in naturally with most home decor with its white neutral colour.
  • Stacks vertically and can be arranged to fit practically any flat workspace.
  • Easily assembled and disassembled for rearrangement and/or cleaning.

Just a bit of Romance…

It’s so nice when there is a bit of romance in the air.

This is a simple card to make with just a little stamping, some cardstock, two ink pads, Embossing folder, framelits and ribbon….plus a couple of tools.

So what did I use…..

  • Petal Palette stamps 145788
  • Wonderful Floral Framelits 148529
  • Lace Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder 148530
  • Cardstock – Night of Navy, Petal Pink, Garden Green and inside Whisper White
  • Ink Pads – Night of Navy & Whisper White Craft Ink
  • Petal Pink/Whisper White Variegated Ribbon 148776


  • Night of Navy Card Base cut at 10.5 x 29 cm, scored at 14.5
  • Petal Pink cut 2 (one for inside) 9.7 x 13.7cm.
  • Night of Navy cut 1 at 9.5 x 13.5cm – run through Big Shot with the Lace Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder. Using a sponge or dauber lightly rub Whisper White craft ink over the raised embossing to highlight. Adhere to Petal Pink cardstock
  • Whisper White (inside card) cut 9.5 x 13.5cm, stamp ‘Congratulations’ from Petal Palette stamps with Night of Navy Ink. Attach the Whisper White to other Petal Pink panel and adhere to inside of card.
  • With a scrap of Petal Pink approx 8 x8 cm stamp the sentiment in Night of Night Ink and run through the Big Shot with the Tag Die from the Wonderful Floral Framelits
  • Cut 3 sets of leaves in Garden Green cardstock using the leaf die from Wonderful Floral Framelits
  • Wrap a length of ribbon around card front tying in a bow on the left side.
  • Add dimensionals to back of tag and adhere to front panel, using Multi Purpose Glue adhere the leaves tucking then under the tag. I added some mini dimensionals to a couple of leaves to sit them up a little.
  • Add dimensionals to back of card front and attach to card base.

If you LOVE this card then please VOTE for me on Kylie Bertucci’s International Stampin’ Up! Blog Highlights.

To make it easy for you to find where to vote click on the image below…you get to vote for 5 of your favorite cards – just make sure one of them is mine (LOL!)

All the products used will be listed below and linked back to my On-Line Store. If you have any questions about my card or the products used please contact me.

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.