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May 2016

Using Up Your Patterned Paper: More Card Ideas

Today's edition of 'Using Up Your Patterned Paper' features a card design CASEd from the uber talented Carolina Evans.  Here's the link to her design and she also includes a very handy cutting guide for how to cut the patterned paper. 

I loved her card so much I had to go and try one for myself (just changed out the ribbon and greeting for ones I had handy.)


Then I got the trimmer into top gear and cut a few more designs of patterned paper.


Love that greeting.


The silver foil worked well with this patterned paper (love this pack - such great designs.) 

This was our other DSP card design for class during May.  The ladies had a lot of fun mixing and matching the various patterns to create their cards. 

Keen to get creative?  I've got a few spots left for my new catalogue launches in June.  Come along and join in the fun.  We'll be making some cards, a colour chart plus there's lots of prizes to be won.

One more sleep ...... Tomorrow our new catalogue for 2016/17 begins.  Eek I'm still narrowing down my list.  Better go get it out for one last tweak. 

Cheers,  Sue

Using Up Your Patterned Paper: Card Ideas

During May at my card classes we were celebrating the last month of this catalogue and having a bit of a 'let's use everything up' party.  I'm a big paper hoarder - I buy patterned paper then keep it for "something special."  I loved the hashtag my stamping friend Kylie Bertucci came up with #love it chop it.  So feeling inspired by that - we chop chop chopped at class this month. 


The design for these cards was inspired by this card by Wright Crafty.     All you need is your base card - at class we chose from either Shimmery White cardstock or the thick Whisper White cardstock.  Plus another piece - 5cm by 13cm worked for these designs.  Now just add your DSP - the patterned paper for class was cut to 9.5cm x (whatever 1cm less than the card height is, just under 14cm I think.)  We had a range of punches and dies to either cut something from the smaller piece of cardstock, or to add something to it.  Here are just a few variations.  My class ladies came up with lots of other ideas too.  It was such a fun class. 


Some washi tape and some stamping for this 'cuppa tea' card. 


I finally used some of these cute little honeycomb embellishments from the Occasions Catalogue.  Aren't they cute. 


The happy looks great cut from red foil.  I nearly always use a stapler to attach my cut out words.  So easy.  Some more foil behind the star punch to balance it out. 


Hmm - that butterfly green is clashing a bit with the ribbon green but hey - not worrying about that.  I love the DSP background on this one with the hearts.


I'll be back tomorrow to show you the other design we had for class - also featuring a snazzy way to use DSP inspired by one of my talented stamping friends. 

Don't forget tomorrow is the last day for this current catalogue, then Wednesday is day one for the brand new catalogue.  Exciting!

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

New Stampin' Up Catalogue Launch: Dates and Details

Just two weeks until the new Stampin' Up catalogue goes live, and that means it is time to get launch dates in the diary. 

If you are local (I'm in Avondale Heights, in Melbourne's west) and would like to share a bit of the new catalogue excitement with others that like to cover their catalogues with post it notes, then book your spot today.

Catalogue-cover-2016At the launch you can .....

  • Complete two make and take projects
  • Make a new in colour book mark (colour chart)
  • Perhaps win one of our lucky door prizes
  • Place an order on the day for the chance to win one of the hostess rewards prizes
  • Check out some of the new products
  • Try some new tools
  • Have a cuppa and some nibblies
  • See some new catalogue sample projects
  • Have a fun couple of hours with fellow papercrafters

I've got 3 dates to choose from this year and each is limited to 15 people. 

Wednesday 22nd June:  7.30 - 9.30pm

Friday 24th June:  10.30am - 12.3o

Sunday 26th June:  1.30 - 3.30pm

Hope to see you there.  Phone or email to secure your place.

Cheers, Sue

PS  Just two weeks to go on the retiring list.  Have a squiz to make sure there's no 'aaagh I missed it' items on the list. 

Retiring Products Link

May Card Making Class Dates

TrimmerKeen to catch a card making class in May (and pick up a copy of the new Stampin' Up catalogue!) 

Classes are held at my place - Avondale Heights, in Melbourne's west. 

Here are the dates .......

May Classes:

We'll be making 3 cards with coordinating envelopes. 

Class fee is $25.  All materials supplied.

There are 4 dates to choose from this month .......

Thursday 19th May: 7.30 - 9.30pm         Booked Out (Ask to go on the waiting list)

Friday 20th May:  10am - 12       4 spaces available - phone, text or email to join in the fun

Wednesday 25th May: 7.30 - 9.30pm      6 spaces available - grab yours today

 Friday 27th May:  10am - 12       6 spaces available - phone, text or email to reserve your place


Classes are fun and friendly and suitable for beginners or for a relaxing bit of craft time for experienced stampers.

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue


Sponged Rainbow Background: Hardwood Stamp


While I was in a colourful mood recently I made this card.  On the last of my wooden lettering stash - they've now sold out.  I'll miss these.

Tips and Technique:  To make the colourful background I just sponged the inks directly onto the Hardwood stamp.  It was a little tricky to see what was going where but it turned out quite snazzy.  Once I had it all inked up I stamped it onto my cardstock, then stamped again onto another piece for a softer look.  (I'll share that card another day.)  While I was busy sponging I thought I'd add some to my wooden letters.  Rub with paper towel afterwards to remove any excess and give it a bit of a polish.  The vellum worked well as a base so that the greeting stood out.


Retiring List:  Have you checked it out yet? 

You can download the latest updated version here. 

Stampin' Up Australia: Retiring Products List PDF

The little xs in the right hand column show the things already sold out.  Quite a bit has disappeared off the shelves.  Still some lovely things left. 

Or browse the things still in stock here in my online store:  Sue's Store - Retiring Products


Happy Stamping!