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August 2018

Blended Seasons and Ribbon Offcut Tip


A few years back at a Stampin' Up event one of the demonstrator presenters was Jacque Williams.  She shared this great tip for a nifty way to use ribbon offcuts.  Just layer up a bunch of them and choose one longer piece to tie them.  Makes a great textural feature for a card.  I love it with a mix of textures. Here I've used Rich Razzleberry velvet ribbon, some lace ones and some metallic ribbons.  I've taped it on the back and added a glue dot under the knot to help hold it in place. 

I've used that Blended Seasons frame that I keep raving on about again for this card.  (Only around in August remember!)  The DSP is Petal Promenade and this particular pattern looks a bit like crushed silk.  For the greeting I've used Accented Blooms and the coordinating Tailored Tag punch.  A nice mix of bold with the softness of that script - love this stamp set.


I've trimmed the vanilla layer with some copper glimmer paper.  (Coming up soon in the Holiday Catalogue - keep an eye out.)  I'd cut words from the copper but was still able to use this leftover border for the matting piece.  Trying to use scraps up straight away lately. 


Happy stamping!

Bonus Days: Ordering $90 or more in August? Don't forget to hang on to your coupon code ($9 coupon for each $90 spent) so you can redeem it in September.   Ordered this year? Your Holiday Catalogue should be arriving any day now.  Get in touch if you'd like a copy in your mailbox.  Classes: Catch a card class this month.  Dates and details here on my class page.

Cheers, Sue

Here are the shopping links for this project.  Host code this month is QHC24T6B

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Blended Seasons: Uncoloured Card


I've been doing lots of colouring with this Blended Seasons stamp lately but today I thought I'd leave it simply stamped in black.  I wanted to feature this GORGEOUS ribbon that is one of my favourites from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.  It is Glittered Organdy Ribbon in black with sparkles and it is delicious. 


Don't miss out on these framelits.  $57 for Blended Seasons framelits and only this month - they won't be available after that.  I've used the bigger of the frames for the glimmer paper and the medium one for the flower stamped layer.  My shimmery white base layer is embossed using the Garden Trellis embossing folder.  Quite a nice delicate lacy effect I think with that folder.  I love it for backgrounds.  Rhinestones give a touch of sparkle to the flower centres.


Happy stamping everyone! 

You can catch my latest facebook live video here with a few more sneak peeks from our upcoming Holiday Catalogue.

Cheers, Sue

August: Blended Seasons is only available this month.   Bonus Days: You'll get a $9 coupon to redeem in September for every $90 spent on products this month.  Classes: Don't miss out on an August card class.  Check my class page for dates and details.

Shopping links below.  (Except for that ribbon - we'll have to wait until September 5th for that one.) 

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Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Paper


Everyone who sees this Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Paper LOVES it.   You get 4 each of two designs - one is a full 12 x 12 design.  Just snip off the section you'd like and adhere to your card as I've done above.  The other design has 6 note card front sized designs plus some border strips.  One side is vanilla and one is white which makes them extra versatile - or sponge them in a colour of your choice.  Coordinates with the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards and Envelopes.

Tip:  To adhere - use our Multipurpose Glue.  Dab on teeny tiny dots - or even better use a sponge and silicone mat.  Leave for just a tic then adhere. 

For this card I've popped it over one of the designs from Garden Impressions DSP with a vellum matting layer on a navy base. 

This paper is so beautiful - a must have addition for those extra special cards.  A little fiddly and delicate to work with but very well worth the extra effort.

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Shopping links below here if you need them.  The host code this month is QHC24T6B

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Very Vintage Card


Did you know you can earn yourself Stampin' Rewards with an order total of $250 or more?  (From your own wish list on a single order, or you can gather some orders from friends to be delivered to you.)  With a $250 order total you'll get $25 (10%) in Stampin' Rewards.  You can use the on the exclusive Rewards stamps.  You'll find these in the back of your catalogue or check them out online here.  Stampin' Rewards Stamps

One of my favourites is Very Vintage which I've used to make the projects featured here today.  Isn't it lovely.   The card below uses Blushing Bride, Gray Granite and Merry Meadow inks.  (The greeting is from Healing Hugs, punched with the Pretty Label punch.)


Very vintage stamp

Here's a variation on the colours.  This time I've used Crumb Cake in place of the Gray Granite.


I was inspired by this card from our catalogue. 

Very vintage sample

I love the vintage photo effect of this next sample - might have to give that one a go next.  Isn't it pretty.

Very vintage sample 2

This could be yours free with a $270 order this month, plus you'll get $27 in coupons to redeem in September.   If you're ordering online don't forget to claim your Stampin' Rewards products before you check out.  Once you reach $250 in products ordered you'll qualify for rewards.  Just choose the products you're after and click the 'claim rewards' button to get them for free using your rewards. 

Happy Stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Watercolouring On Craft Ink: Blended Seasons


We had such a lot of fun with this beautiful watercolouring on craft ink technique at classes in July/early Aug. It looks lovely and artistic and is very easy to do with just a few bits and pieces. 


(Note: Technique inspiration from the talented Patty Bennett.  Find her card, technique post and video here. )

Technique Instructions:

Watercolour-with-craft-inkStamp your outline image in white craft ink and emboss with white embossing powder. 

Squirt a drop or two of white craft ink onto a lid or palette and use a damp aquapainter to pick up some ink.  Use the craft ink to colour your image.  It soaks in a little so you may want to do a layer or two.  Leave to dry thoroughly, or use a heat gun to speed this up a bit.

Now comes the fun bit.  Choose your colours and pop a drop or two of your classic ink reinker/s onto your lid.  Pick up a little ink with your aquapainter.  I like to do a brush stroke or two onto scrap paper first or a tiny blot on paper towel or I seem to get too much ink on that first dab. 

Colour in your image.  It blends beautifully over your base layer of white.  You'll find you'll naturally get more and less ink in places which looks really effective and effortlessly artistic I think!   Leave to dry or use that heat gun again. 

The colour fades a little once dry.  You end up with a lovely soft looking image. 


This sample uses Melon Mambo and Shaded Spruce.  I've used the exclusive August only Blended Seasons bundle for these projects.  Get yours today before it is gone for good.  Blended Seasons Bundle


Here's some more colour combos inspired by the cards my lovely class regulars made.   This one uses a mix of Smoky Slate and Night Of Navy for the flowers with the leaves left white and Wink Of Stella Glitter Pen for highlights.  So sparkly in real life.  (Inspired by class member Maree M - loved this combo.) 



Love this one too with the flowers left white this time with Daffodil Delights centres and a pale wash of Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  Those speckles are the sparkles - hard to photograph. 


Class regular Brenda loves purple.  I gave her combo a whirl too - Highland Heather with a touch of Navy for the centres. 


What's your favourite colour combination?  This is a great technique to try on Crumb Cake cardstock with any of your favourite outline style stamps. 

You can see these cards on this week's Monday video here:  


Happy colouring!

Cheers, Sue

 Shopping from home?  Here's the shopping links if you need them. 

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August Specials: Blended Seasons Bundle and Bonus Days Coupons

Lots happening this month with Stampin' Up!    We've got an exclusive one month only bundle of products plus our popular Bonus Days Coupon promotion.   Here's all the details and some cards as well.

Bonus days sueDuring August for every $90 you spend on products you'll get a coupon for $9 to redeem in September.  Yay - the Holiday Catalogue will be launched then too so you can redeem your coupons for your favourite festive products.

Place a $90 order - get a $9 coupon

Place a $180 order - get $18 in coupons

Place a $270 order - get $27 in coupons ....... plus receive $27 right now in Stampin' Rewards.  Claim your Stampin' Rewards before you check out.  You can use the Stampin' Rewards for the exclusive hostess items in the back of the catalogue (or here) or for any current products. 

Once you've placed your order online you'll get an email with your coupon code.  Keep this in a safe place ready to redeem in September.

If you're ordering by phone or email your code will be sent to me and I'll pass the details on to you. 

Blended season bundle

During August (and while stocks last!!) we'll have this beautiful Blended Seasons bundle from our Colour Your Season special.  I've been really enjoying colouring those lovely leaves and flowers in the last week or so.  Such a great stamp set if you like colouring.  The bit I think is super unmissable though is that framelit set.  Those frames a such a great versatile shape - in 3 great sizes.  One fits beautifully on a card front plus two smaller ones for smaller elements.  And some flowers, leaves and a bow as well.  The framelit set is $57 and only available in August while stocks last so if you like this one as much as me - grab your set before it is gone. 

Here's all the Blended Season exclusive range if you're shopping or would like a closer look:  Colour Your Season products


I'll be back tomorrow to share some details on how I created the card above using the Blended Seasons bundle for our classes last month.  My talented class ladies tried some other colour combos so I've spent this afternoon CASEing some of their favourite colours.

Holiday Catalogue news.  Do you love creating your own Christmas cards and papercraft projects?  Our new Holiday Catalogue goes live on September 5th.  My boxes will be arriving this month and I'll be posting a free copy to my regular customers so watch the post then grab a cuppa and some post it notes for a good browse through all the lovely things. 

If you're a customer who hasn't ordered in a while - get in touch to let me know you'd love a copy so I know you're keen and can pop one in the post for you.  If you're new to Stampin' Up and are looking for a demonstrator I'd be happy to help.  Let me know your contact details for your free copy.  If you have a demonstrator already and are stopping by here for some inspiration - be sure to get in touch with your regular demo, they'd love to help you get your hands on a catalogue. 

Have a fabulous weekend with a nice dash of creativity.

Cheers, Sue