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March 2018

Saleabration ends Saturday night

This is one of my favourite Saleabration stamp sets - Heartfelt Blooms.  In this layered card (inspired by a Brian King creation) I've stamped it in Crumb Cake ink on a Crumb Cake base.  The greeting is in Early Espresso. 


Saleabration ends Saturday night so last couple of days to grab your favourite freebie with a $90 or $180 purchase.  Check them out here:  Saleabration freebies

These 6 little notecards feature the Sweet Soiree Memories and More notecards.  Use them in your memory keeping albums or they're also great for whipping up a quick batch of cards.  I've used the small cards here to add to a notecard.  Simply add a greeting and all done. 



And Epic Celebrations stamp set is another favourite - featured here with one of my salt background experiments (this time on glossy cardstock.) 

Epic celebrations

Wishing you a happy Easter long weekend.  I hope you get some creative time to chill out and play with your craft supplies. 

Get in touch if you'd like to take advantage of Saleabration before it ends Sat night.  

I'm keen to add one more person to my Think Ink team - let me know if you'd like to grab those 2 free stamp sets with your starter kit.  Just $169 for your kit and you get $235 of products of your choice, PLUS the 2 free stamp sets - any value - if you join before end March. Free shipping. Great deal. Holler if you'd like more info or put together your kit list and head over here:  Yay Join Now

Happy Easter,

Cheers, Sue


March April and May Card Classes: Avondale Heights

Are you keen to come along to a card class in the coming months. I've got a few spots left this week if you're quick, plus dates up for April and May.  Bookings essential. 

Class fee is $25 which includes all tools and materials.  Suitable for beginners and fun for experienced crafters.  We try out a new technique each month, and make 3 great cards.  

Get in touch if you'd like to book in for a card classes, or if you have any questions about classes or about Stampin' Up. I'd be happy to help.  Classes are held at my place in Avondale Heights, in Melbourne's west. We've been running for 10 years now and classes often book out as there's only 4 dates per month.  

Ph: 0417 377 057 or email: to join in the fun.

Our March technique is the Stained Glass technique. So simple yet so soft and beautiful.

Thursday 22nd March: 7.30pm - 9.30             1 spot now available for tonight - be quick!

Friday 23rd March: 10am - 12                    2 spots left

Book a spot for one of our April technique classes.

Wednesday 18th April: 7.30pm - 9.30             4 spots left

Friday 20th April: 10am - 12                   2 spots left

Thursday 26th April: 7.30pm - 9.30                 This class is booked out.

Friday 27th April : 10am - 12              5 spots left

MAY DATES: Tear and tape
This will be my popular 'say goodbye to our DSP patterned paper' class. We'll be making a range of cards using our favourite papers. Always a fun class each year.

Wednesday 16th May: 7.30pm - 9.30           5 spots left

Friday 18th May: 10am - 12                            6 spots left

Thursday24th May: 7.30pm - 9.30            This class is booked out.

Friday 25th May: 10am - 12                         6 spots left


Hope to see you at a class in 2018.  Classes are fun and friendly and a great way to get some creative time into your month.

Cheers, Sue



Salt Background Technique

Last month in class we got the salt shakers out and tried the Salt Background technique.  Teamed it with the Saleabration stamp set Heartfelt Blooms as our feature layer.


For this technique you need some watercolour paper.  Spritz it liberally with water til it is quite wet (or dab on some water with an aquapainter or wet brush.)  Drip on some ink with reinkers.  We used a few colours.  Now shake on some salt - table salt, rock salt - try out some different sizes or just use whatever is in the cupboard.  Leave to dry then brush off the salt.  The salt absorbs some of the surrounding liquid and draws some of the ink towards it, leaving you with a nice dappled effect. 

Here's another example that I used on a notecard with just a simple greeting.


In class we stamped Heartfelt Blooms (Saleabration - free with a $90 purchase) in a coordinating colour.  We had a choice of how to finish it off depending on how much cutting we felt like doing.

No cutting - use the stitched shape framelits instead ....


A little cutting ......

The leaves here are from the Petals and More Thinlits.


Or stamp the big flower twice and layer for a more 3D effect.


Which is your favourite? 


All of these cards feature our soon to retire set of in colours - Dapper Denim (left), Flirty Flamingo (centre) and Sweet Sugarplum (right.)  Along with Peekaboo Peach and Emerald Envy these colours will be leaving us soon.  Grab your reinkers and cardstock to go with your ink pads this month if you need them as they're likely to be sold out early next month when the retiring list comes out.  (Going off previous years.) 

Just a couple of weeks left of saleabration and there's some extra choices for your freebies. Check them out here: Saleabration section

Host code this month is H4F4C9TM.  Add it to your online order and I'll pop a sample in the mail next month.

April and May class dates have just gone out in my March newsletter.  I'll have them up on the blog tomorrow.  We're booking out super fast these days so get in quick if you're after a spot.  A spot has just become available for this Thursday if you're keen to try Stained Glass technique and Embossing Paste backgrounds.  Be quick!

Happy Stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Saleabration: Party Pandas Are So Cute


Aren't these pandas just too cute?  I love them.  I've teamed them today with the stunning black and white DSP Petal Passion.  What a cute combo!


Let's take a closer look.


I've cut the pandas with the versatile Stitched Shapes framelits.  The greeting is from the Party Pandas set too and I've punched it with the Classic Label punch.

Not sure if it shows up but I've stamped the panda in Archival Basic Black then clear embossed it for a glossy finish.  (Thanks Carmen from my team for the tip!)


Some Stampin' Blends to add a touch of colour to the hat and the balloon.



If your stamp collection needs some panda cuteness - they're one of the free options with a $90 purchase - but only until the end of March.

Order online or get in touch if you'd prefer to order by phone/email.

The March Host Code is H4F4C9TM.  Pop that on if you're ordering online and I'll send a little product sample in the post next month.

Happy stamping!  I hope you've got some creative time in your weekend.

Cheers, Sue

Here's a squiz at the products I've used for these cards. Click any pic for more details.

Product List

Heat Tool


Some Extra Saleabration Choices

We've got a few extra choices of freebies for the last couple of weeks of Saleabration. Check them out here.

Saleabration extra

Saleabration ends on March 31st so pop an order in of $90 or more if you've got your eye on one of the free items. 

Holler if you've got any questions.

Cheers, Sue

March Classes - Spaces Filling Fast

Latest newsMarch card class spots are filling fast.  Get in soon to grab your seat at the table. 


Build your own stamping technique book. Each month we'll have a new stamping technique. I'll give you a little printed 10cm x 10cm instruction sheet to paste into your book, and we'll make a sample to paste in beside it. BYO blank book - an A5 art journal works well. I have spares here for $6 if you need one. Over time we'll build up a lovely resource with samples of a range of techniques.

We'll make a card showcasing our technique of the month, plus some other cards as well featuring other products.

Class fee is $25 and includes all materials. We'll usually be making 3 cards with envelopes plus our technique sample.


Wednesday 14th March: 7.30pm - 9.30            4 spots left

Friday 16th March: 10am - 12                 This class is now booked out

Thursday 22nd March: 7.30pm - 9.30     This class is now booked out

Friday 23rd March: 10am - 12                3 spots left

Bookings are essential.

Get in touch if you'd like to book in for a card classes, or if you have any questions about classes or about Stampin' Up. I'd be happy to help.

Ph: 0417 377 057 or email:

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

PS: Saleabration finishes up at the end of this month.  Have you got your eye on any of the items that are free with a $90 or $180 order.  Grab them before the month is done.