Set Sail….

‘Set Sail in the Direction of your Dreams’ ….Wow! What a wonderful sentiment and what better way to be guided through life but by a light house.

This is such a simple card to make and that’s because of the beautiful Designer Series Paper that Stampin’ Up! have designed for this range.

The Smooth Sailing Dies are also a great item and purchasing them with the Sailing Home Stamp set as a Bundle gives you the bonus of a 10% discount. The dies in the set cuts the anchor, light house, compass, 2 yachts, stitched banner and a stitched label. Plus there are some other extras stirring wheel, length of rope, rope knot, compass needles – all of which also has embossing and seaweed.

Keeping this short and sweet today…I hope you have enjoyed reading my Blog. If your interested in these products they will be available as of the 4th June. Any questions or you would like a catalogue please contact me via my contact form.

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.

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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…
https://www3.stampinup.com/…/3…/shelli-kit-by-paper-pumpkin…

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
https://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/…/AC%2018-19%20Retiring%2…
💙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.

God wanted to Brighten up the World….

God wanted to Brighten up the World……So he made you!

I wanted to brighten the world one card at a time ….or all in one card!

With this card I challenged myself to use colours that were “Bold and Bright”. I wanted to use a stamp set or thinlets that haven’t seen the light of day for a while. There was a lot of ‘ummmming and ahhhhhing’ in what I should do. But I kept coming back to Stampin’ Up! Flourishing Phrases and the coordinating Flourish Thinlet Dies.

The colours I used besides Basic Black (which will make most colours ‘Pop”) and Whisper White are the 2018-2020 In-Colours – Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call me Clover and Blueberry Bushel. These are also colours I haven’t used a lot, not because I don’t like them. Because I do like them, and I love them more now.

If you look closely you will notice the flowers are sitting on a Basic Black mat. This was cut using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies found in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue.

Quick Tip…..

  • Cut cardstock into quarters (10.5 x 14.9 cm) adhere Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to one side. Die cut your Thinlets from that Piece, peel of backing and adhere to card.
  • The Lovely Lipstick flower on top of Whisper White circle I only removed half the backing sheet by peeling back half way and trim away.That way id doesn’t adhere to work below. Or…use the Embossing Buddy and pat on the half that you don’t want to be stuck down.

Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights

The theme for the month of March – Encouragement

I love the sentiment I used on this card because we are all precious to God and his love for us knows no boundaries. There is no better way to encourage someone but to share GOD’S BEAUTIFUL LOVE for us.

This card will be posted on Kylie’s Blog Highlights, so please visit her page and Vote for the cards you like and Please Vote for me too!

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Thank you for reading my Blog today I hope you enjoyed reading about my card. If you have any questions please leave me a message and I will get back to you. Leave a comment below so I know you have visited. All the products used will be listed below and linked back to my On-Line Store.

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Top Ten Winners Blog Hop

WOW……! What a Privilege!

Thanks everyone who voted for me. What a privileged it is, to be a part of ‘Kylie Bertucci’s International Highlights Top Ten Winners Blog Hop’ with all the other great winners.

The theme for this hop is – Encouragement.

‘Wonderful Romance’

Wonderful Romance stamp set is part of the Floral Romance Suite on pages 10 & 11 of Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue. Wonderful Romance Bundle 150592 also includes the Wonderful Floral Framlits Dies.

I love the sentiments used in this stamp set, as they are romantic but still encouraging. “ You are the Best Thing I never knew I needed “.

It is so encouraging to be told “your the best and I need you”

This floral image is beautiful and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to colour it with the Stampin’ Up! watercolour pencils and Blender Pen.

How to…….

I stamped the image onto Shimmery White cardstock with Memento Ink. Then after colouring cut using the framlits from the bundle…No fussy cutting here!

Rich Razzleberry and Blushing Bride cardstock was used for the card base and mat. The sentiment was stamped in Rich Razzleberry onto a piece of Blushing Bride Cardstock then cut using the coordinating tag framelit

Adding a few elements from the coordinating paper – Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper 148586 and Floral Romance Seals 148789, along with the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon finishes this card.

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.

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Dear Doily

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

For the first time I am participating in Kylie’s International Blog Highlights and you get to VOTE for your favorite projects. The top ten winners will get to be part of an International Blog Hop….. so please VOTE for my project.

You can do that here by using this Link…..

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The theme for the month of February is – Encouragement

For this card I used the Dear Doily Bundle 150616 from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue. The Dear Doily Stamps are one of the New Cling Stamps which ‘CLING’ to your acrylic block and they really do stick….. Make sure you check out the video on YouTube by Stampin’ Up! on the use and care of the ‘Cling’ stamps.

TIP: put a small piece of Washi Tape on one edge/ corner of the stamp to help peal it off the block or out of the case.

I have made a short video showing how I made this card….From a simple way of doing the watercolour wash on the card front, using 3 Re-Inkers and Glad-wrap – So Saffron, Mango Melody and Flirty Flamingo. The use of the Stamparatus for the stamping.of the sentiments and the flowers. The large Doily Builder Thinlit used without the out side edge to make a window in card front.

Video Link…..

Thanks for visiting my blog today…..

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All products used are listed below and are Linked to my On-Line Store. If you have any question please contact me.

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Forever Lovely….GDP#174

WOW!……It’s another week….and February already, the first month of 2019 has gone. Christmas and New Year has been packed away and now we are looking toward the next ‘Event’ on the calendar.

Valentines Day – a day where we celebrate those we love whether that is Husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends or family and friends. Its those that we keep close in our hearts, those we want to tell “You are special to me!”

Stampin’ Up! have released in the Occasions Catalogue a beautiful Suite that celebrates ‘LOVE’. I used it last week in the Global Design Project Challenge and I can’t get enough of it. So I’m using it again….‘All My Love’

The card I have made is not a ‘Valentines Day Card’…but I made it in mind for a couple getting married or engaged..

Global Design Project 174 – Sketch Challenge

GDP#174- Sketch Challenge has given us another wonderful sketch to use…if you pop over to their Blog you will find some amazing projects using this sketch. Here’s the LINK to make it easy for you to find..

How was my card made….

Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP) used on this card is part of the ‘All My Love Suite’ which includes the Forever Lovely stamp/bundle and its called ‘All My Love’. The colours that co-ordinate with the DSP are..Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake, Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, Soft Sea Foam and Whisper White. I think I have managed to use all of these in my card.

The flowers were stamped in Flirty Flamingo and the leaves in Soft sea Foam.

Tip 1:

Make sure your ink pad is not too juicy…..I had to used the back of a spoon to push down the ink. These stamps are part of the Distinctive Stamp range which means that you are able to stamp with one colour but because of the texture of the stamp its self you get different tones of that colour. Example you will see on my card some leaves are dark and others are lighter – one colour, one stamp.

The DSP used has loose outlines of the flower and leaves done in white. I would have loved to be able to White Emboss the same on my card…but the are distinctive stamps and its only one stamp…

Tip 2:

So I used a white gel pen to out line my flowers. Before the flowers looked too heavy now the white just pulls it all together. I found it easier to also stamp these images with the Stamparutus.

My sentiments I used comes from the ‘First Frost’ stamps from the 2018 Holiday Catalogue and its one of the carry-over products…“YAY!”  you can still purchase it. The small scalloped edge is from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper.

Thank you for visiting my Blog.

All the products I have used will be listed below my Blog and is linked back to my On-Line Store to make it easier for you to purchase…if you Live in Australia!.

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