Friday, 24 November 2017

Video Tutorial: Happy New Years Eclipse Card

I don't know about you, but it feels like 2017 has just zoomed by!  And suddenly 2018 is looming just around the corner!  I've had this idea to make this card rattling around in my head for quite some time, and I actually created it last week, but today was the day I sat down to create a video tutorial for you all.    Isn't this a fun card?  Im not one to send "New Years" cards as a general rule, but this one seemed to tick all the boxes for me.  Eclipse cards are so "in" right now, and a couple of people have lamented to me that the Large Letters framelits were a little out of their budgets at the moment... so my answer to that is to get the same effect with the Large Numbers rather than the letters.  And this paper is so gorgeous.... it says "Fireworks" to me... so it really all goes together to make a Happy new 2018 card!

If you wish to purchase any of these items I've included the codes and prices in the video too.  (Or just hop over to the Online Store to order)  I hope you enjoy it and dont forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you would like to see more of my tutorials and creations. 


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Mini Pizza Boxes by Stampin'Up... perfect for little Christmas gifts!

If you are looking for a great way to package up small gifts for Christmas... this might just be your thing!  These mini Pizza boxes are available in our current Holiday catalogue that will end at the end of the year, and they are just perfect for gift packaging!  You can decorate them anyway you like which means that they are totally customisable.  And for those wanting a way to package food (eg an awesome cookie!) they are food safe.

Best of all, you get 8 ready-to-assemble boxes in a pack and they are only $10!

Today I've used the Merry Music DSP as my background and kept it pretty simple with a sentiment from the "Feeling of Christmas" stamp set.  I've used gold glimmer paper (currently on sale in our Online Extravaganza Sale!) as well as our Black and White striped ribbon from the Holiday catalogue  The leaves are punched out with the "Leaf punch" (what else??) in garden green cardstock.  I love how these elements all work together!

While you are here today click the SHOP NOW button to visit the Online Store and see all the other items on special... deals range from 10% - 40% off!

I hope you like my little pizza box today... check back again for more ideas and inspiration! Or head over to my Facebook Business page and hit the "Like" button for even more ideas!

Linda x

Monday, 20 November 2017

Online Extravaganza is on now!

Today and for the next few days Stampin'Up Australia is holding their Online Extravaganza sale..... its a chance to grab some great bargains.  And we are starting today with a 24 hour sale on selected stamp sets. Of course that means there's not much time left to grab yours, but then we also have a 10% - 50% off sale on various selected items in the coming days.  Click HERE to see the list or you can hope over to the ONLINE STORE and grab your bargains whilst they last.

I hope you find yourself some awesome bargains this week (and great for Christmas gifts too!).  Have fun!

Linda x

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Vintage Christmas with Stampin'Up Australia

This week I am running a couple of card classes and today's class was in the Hunter Valley.  Such a beautiful Spring day to be in amongst the vineyards!  I so enjoy the drive there, and then to spend a fun day creating in a beautiful cafe is the icing on the cake!

At these classes we make 6 cards over the course of the day, and enjoy Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon tea (and coffee!) at the Taste of the Country cafe at Pokolbin.  I've been doing these for some time now, and I really love spending the day with the lovely ladies who come to class.  Really, I do have the best job in the world!

I thought you might like to see one of the cards we made today.  This one has a vintage/antique feel, and yet it is a fairly simple card... using the Merry Music DSP (over which I added a layer of Soft Suede ink with my brayer) and then cut my Gold foil snowflakes in half and added them to the Cherry Cobbler layer. The sentiment is from the "Feeling of Christmas" stamp set.

My ladies today told me that they loved this card. We also played around with the new Stampin' Blends (alcohol markers) - see the cards we coloured with them by clicking HERE.

And my ladies honoured me with some beautiful Christmas gifts that made me feel so special!  Such a surprise!  I am so grateful for their thoughtfulness...  Thank you gorgeous girls!

Dont forget that from Friday 17th November - 30th November you can reserve your Stamparatus positioning tool for delivery in February 2018. You'll reserve it through my online store from Friday onwards.  (You won't pay for it until it is shipped in Feb!)  If you would like to check out the Stamparatus, below is a great little video to tell you how it works and why it is simply amazing!  (And yes its different to what else is out there!)

I'd love to know what you think!!!

Linda x

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Stampin' Blends are so easy to use - get them here from Stampin'Up Australia

Today I am preparing for a class and these cute square shaped cards are going to be featured.  I must tell you how beautiful these Stampin' Blends alcohol markers are to use.   Just lovely to use!  I've been playing around with lots of colour combos, but these autumn colours are some of my favourites.  I hope my class ladies love them!

In case you haven't seen it yet, here is a great video to show off the markers and to give you a step by step tutorial on how to use them... check them out!


Linda x

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Copper embossed Foil Snowflakes for a dramatic but elegant card

Do you have a style... or a "thing" that you think of as yours??   For me its a couple of things... I love Copper, Dioramas and lots of bling/glitter/glimmer/shine.... and you will often see these things popping up in my work.  I think of these things as "mine"... and they definitely are in my comfort zone.

So today's card was a very "comfortable" card for me to make.  Our foil snowflakes come in Silver and Gold, but I wanted copper... so that meant I had to emboss them myself. I used Versamark ink over my snowflakes (on the reverse "non shiny" side) and then sprinkled copper embossing powder on it, before heating it with the heat tool to melt the powder.  I popped them onto a panel of black cardstock and trimmed the excess around the panel.  The copper strip at the bottom of the "Joy" sentiment is one of the metallic washi tapes in the "Year of Cheer" washi.  All up, its a simple enough card, but taking that extra step of embossing the snowflakes and sentiment makes it a little bit special don't you think??

Our current Holiday catalogue will run until the end of the year, and already I know I am going to miss these snowflakes if they retire.  So I'm using them as much as I can!  Make hay while the sun shines right??

I'm off to Melbourne this weekend for the Stampin'Up! Onstage training day.  I LOVE these events.... mostly because I get to catch up with so many of my awesome stamping friends, but also because we will be getting our first look at the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration offerings for 2018.  VERY exciting!

And its a chance to get away and refresh!  Cant wait to share these exciting things with you all.

Enjoy today's card and I'll be back soon.

Linda x

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Easy Colouring with the new alcohol markers from Stampin'Up Australia!

How beautiful are the colours in our new range of alcohol markers!  They are called "Stampin' Blends" and I am LOVING the effects I have been able to achieve with them!

Firstly I have used Light Pink Pirouette for the background and then added my other colours... light and dark in Bermuda Bay and Pool Party, and light and dark in Rich Razzleberry and Pink Pirouette.  I also used a little light Smoky Slate to add shadows to my feather. I love how they turned out!

If you would like to learn how to use these beautiful markers, please come along to class either tonight or tomorrow (click HERE for times and details).  I am looking forward to classes of colouring and creating together!

And Im thinking I might do a Facebook Live video on how to use these too... if that sounds interesting, please head over to my Facebook Business Page and hit the "Like" button so that you will know when I am doing the video. I plan to do this within the next few days.

Linda x

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Stampin' Blends for beautiful colouring from Stampin'Up Australia

As many of you may know, we were excited for the release of the new Stampin' Blends just last Wednesday, November 1st.  This weekend I have the privilege of demonstrating them at the Penrith Craft Show.  I'm so pleased to report that people are so excited about these new Alcohol markers, and the results speak for themselves. Not only are they easy to use, they make you feel like a real artist!  I created the card you see above by simply colouring with several of the autumn tones on our "Just add Colour" speciality DSP.  I also used the light Pool Party marker as a background colour.  I love how it turned out.... and this was actually my first attempt at colouring this paper.  So even though its not perfect, Im still pretty happy with the result. After colouring with them at the show over the past couple of days, I am starting to feel a little more competent, and I think my colouring is getting a little better. But even with my beginner skills, the colours are so vibrant and look amazing.

I've included a list below to show the colours I have used.  (And included a link to the entire collection if you are wanting to purchase them all!)  You can purchase the markers individually ($7.75 each) or in a pack of Light and Dark of the same colour ($15.50 per combo pack) or you can purchase ALL of the markers in all their glory (full set of 26 colours plus the 2 Skin tones and a colour lifter) for $209.25.  For me Whisper White is my favourite cardstock base to use (personally I prefer the  original Whisper White rather than the thick cardstock, but they are both awesome).  I am still experimenting with other cardstocks as well.

For the card above however I really enjoyed colouring on the "Just add Color" DSP... it is fabulous to colour on and you will see me using several of the lovely designs in future posts.  Today I am featuring the leaves.  Aren't they lovely?!

To order your blends (or anything else your Stamping heart desires!) visit my Online Store

If you are around tomorrow, come see us at the Penrith Paper Crafts Show and visit our Stampin'Up stand. I am doing a live presentation of the beautiful Diorama cards at 11am, and will be demonstrating these beautiful Blends markers at various points during the day.  Tomorrow will be the last day of the show!

And of course I have my Blends technique classes next week if you would like to attend my classes here on the Central Coast.  For details click HERE.  At time of writing I have 2 spots left!

Enjoy today's card and stay tuned for more!

Linda x

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Stampin' Blends are here and available NOW!

Today is the day! Stampin' Blends are here... and already the buzz on them is awesome!  I am loving being able to colour and blend with markers again.... and the results speak for themselves!

Today's card is actually a simple one. I've coloured the rose from the "You've Got this" stamp set with the Rich Razzleberry Blends, and the leaves are coloured in Old Olive.  Please note... I won't be making this card in a class!  Reason being that I actually took the time to carefully cut around my image, and I rarely ask my class students to do much in the way of cutting!  But I decided for this card that it was worth it.... and I think the finished card speaks for itself!

The DSP is from the "Whole Lot of Lovely" pack, and I finished the card with a silver embossed sentiment from the same stamp set.

I was really happy with this card!

The blends are available now through the Online Store.... click to see them all!

Next week I am running two classes to show you how to use the Blends.  Details are below:

Tuesday 7th November @ 7.30pm


Wednesday 8th November @ 11.15am

Please note that cost for this class is $30 and you will receive a pack of Old Olive markers as part of your class (rrp $15.50).  That makes this class great value! 

My classes are held on the Central Coast in my home studio, address supplied on booking.  

To book your spot click HERE and let me know.  

And if you are planning to visit the Penrith Craft Show this weekend, pop in to the Stampin'Up stand and say hi!  You might even see me demonstrating the Blends there! 


Monday, 30 October 2017

Musical Season for a beautiful Christmas card... come and make it with me this week!

This week is our second last Christmas Stamp-A-Stack of the year... can you believe it??  I run these particular classes in the first week of each month and we are up to November this week!!! Where has the year gone?

Today's card is one of the designs we are creating this week in class... I've used the Musical Season bundle and our Merry Music speciality paper which is a great match don't you think??

So if you would like to come along and make a "Stack" of Christmas cards for your stash... just click HERE to book your spot. Only a couple of spots available for the daytime class, but I do have a bit more space in the evening class.  So don't muck about... book in soon!  Here are the class details:

Tuesday 31st October @ 7.30pm
Wednesday 1st November @ 11.15am

All materials and refreshments provided for $20. You will go home with 6 beautiful handmade cards that you made YOURSELF!  (3 each of 2 different designs)

I hope you can make it.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Snowy Christmas Diorama card

Tonight I had my Christmas stamp club group in my studio and we made these cute Diorama cards.  As you might know, Diorama Cards are one of my favourite card types, and I make them quite a lot!  In fact I've previously made 2 video tutorials to show how they are made... and you can find the links to those HERE and HERE.

For today's card I used the Hometown Greetings dies for my snowy scene at the back of the card... and I also featured the gorgeous "star swirl" stamp from the "Star of Light" stamp set (I heat embossed it in white).  The silver glimmer trees are cut with dies from the "Card Front Builder" dies, and the window shapes are cut with the "Lots of Labels" framelits.  So there is quite a bit of Bigshot action on this card.

Apart from the Big Shot dies though, this card is quite simple to put together... not nearly as hard as it might look. If you would like to have a go, definitely watch one of the previously mentioned video tutorials.

And if you are around on the weekend of the 3rd - 5th November, you might like to head out to the Penrith Papercraft Festival.  I'll be there with some of my demonstrator friends on the Stampin'Up stand.  Im also going to be doing some Live Presentations on stage each day... and guess what I'm going to be presenting.... yep..... Diorama Cards!  So if you'd like to see me make these, definitely plan on being there for my presentations.....Im on at 11am each day.

And if you cant make it to Penrith, and cant make it to class... definitely check out the Youtube channel for lots of inspiration!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Musical Season Bundle with a soft watercoloured background

Hello papercrafters! Today I am working on designing some cards for the upcoming Penrith Papercraft Show which is on the first weekend in November.  (If you would like more information about the show click HERE)  Im working with some of my Demonstrator buddies to put this show together and we are looking forward to a great weekend of creating and inspiration.... if you are able to make it we'd love to see you!

Each of us is working on different suites of products for the show. One of the ones I am doing is the "Musical Season" bundle.... and you might already know that this is one of my favourite bundles from the current Holiday catalogue!  Today's card is made with this bundle of stamps and framelits and it is just the kind of card that I love to make.  I've used the Watercolour block technique for the background in Soft Sky ink, and I love how it came together with just the one colour and a few elements. I've included a product link below for you should you wish to purchase any of these items... but I'm thinking that I might show off this technique in a video as its pretty cool.  What do you think??

Enjoy the card and I'll be back again soon. Maybe I'll even see you at the Penrith Papercraft show!

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Video Tutorial: Eclipse Card for Breast Cancer Awareness

As it is October, I thought it fitting that this card was designed with Breast Cancer Awareness in mind.  Eclipse cards are extremely popular right now, and this card has a beautiful message of hope.

Originally I recorded this as a Facebook Live video on my Facebook Business Page.  But you can also watch it here in this Youtube video.  The tutorial shows you how to make this simple card, and I hope you enjoy it.

Here is the video:

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Copper Reindeer gets the Mixed Metallics Washi treatment!

If this card looks a little familiar, thats probably because I made a very similar card last year that I really loved.  That one was in Red and White washi, with a Dazzling Diamonds glimmer reindeer... click HERE to see it.  This year I've redone it with the Mixed Metallics trend.... so my washi tape is all kinds of metallic bling, and I've paired it with a copper reindeer this time. I have to say Im pretty happy with the result.... Mr Reindeer looks very shiny and regal in copper don't you think??

Let's just say that the best cards are often the simplest :-)

I've included a product list below for you should you wish to purchase any of these items for yourself.  I also used the Timeless Textures stamp set for the little dotty grunge background stamp.  The sentiment however came from the "Merry Patterns" stamp set... which is a current "gift with purchase" when you are putting an order through of $450 or more (or a workshop hostess would also receive that set for free for group orders over $450 aud.

Im still having technical difficulties with uploading videos to my computer, so I'll be doing something live over on my Facebook business page in the next day or so.  If you haven't already... head over there and hit the "like" button so that you see when I am live!


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