Monday, 21 May 2018

Video Tutorial: Stamparatus Basics for Perfect Stamping

Are you ready for the Stamparatus???

This amazing new tool officially gets released on the 1st June.... and you are going to love it.  A few lucky customers were able to get one on pre-release, but even if you didnt get one yet, its worth taking a few moments out to check out the video tutorial today to see what its all about.  If you have seen or tried other stamp positioners it might seem at first glance to not be very different.  But there are a number of things about the Stamparatus that make it completely unique, and I've highlighted a couple of them in my first video that goes over a couple of basic ways to use it.

Because there are so many different things you can do I'll be doing several videos over the next few weeks.  I had fun making this first simple video for you today..... so please come back over the coming days to check out some of the other ideas. Or better yet... subscribe to my YouTube channel and you will get a notification when I've uploaded a new tutorial.

If you want a Stamparatus of your own, and you are in Australia, then I recommend that you click the SHOP NOW button on this page, and order yours as soon as you can after June 1st.  Or contact me and I'll make sure your order goes through as soon as they are available.


Friday, 18 May 2018

What you need to know about Stampin'Up Australia retiring products!

Hello Everyone!

I thought I'd pop in today with a couple of reminders for you about what is happening right now.  As you may know our Retirement List is out, and that means that there are items selling out almost every day.  So if there are retiring items on your wish list you need to check out the list.  Some items are marked down too!  Use the SHOP NOW button to visit the online store and you will find these items listed under "LAST CHANCE PRODUCTS".   Remember, they are only available until May 31st or until sold out.  (I've popped the already sold out list below)

Every year I hold my "Retirement Afternoon Tea" and its tomorrow!  What happens is that I put out all my retiring and currently retiring items out and then my customers come along and go through them all. All items are marked down!  I have a very special offer for those that attend on the day OR if you cant make it tomorrow, you are welcome to make an appointment to come and view the items any time next week... dont worry, there is always plenty left! The special will be available to those that come by appointment next week too, but I cant extend it after that.

The Retirement afternoon tea is kinda like an "open house" event... come along any time between 2.30 and 5pm, on the 19th May.   Stay for a cuppa and a chat. And of course have a look through the retiring goodies to see what you would like.  There is no charge to attend.

So let me know if you can come tomorrow OR please make an appointment.  To contact me click HERE.

Disclaimer: The afternoon Tea may or may not include scones as pictured.... it depends on how organised I am. But I can confirm there WILL be Tim Tams!

Here's one of our retiring sets that is retiring.... the gorgeous Rose Wonder set, AND the Rose Garden framelits!  (And there's another pic made with this one at the top of this post!)

For this card I used Brusho Crystal colours to get that "splatter" effect.... I really like it!

Below I have listed for you all of the Retiring items that you can no longer order from Stampin'Up Australia as they have sold out.  I've listed the Annual Catalogue first, followed by the Occasions Catalogue.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE NOW UNAVAILABLE!  

Please note that these lists are growing every day... so if you dont want to miss out on your favourite retiring products you need to order them before they are gone forever! 

I hope I see some of you at tomorrow's afternoon tea!  And if you cant make it tomorrow but would like to make an appointment for next week please be sure to CONTACT ME

Linda D x

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Welcome to the Alaska Achievers Blog Hop - Share what you Love!

Hello and welcome to this month's Alaska Achievers Blog Hop.  This month we are focusing on the beautiful Share what you Love bundles and you are going to love them all!  Here are my projects for you today:

Im actually making this card design at one of my classes this week.  I just love this embossing folder that is part of the Share what you Love suite.  Its called the Lovely Floral Dynamic Embossing folder.... and if you've never used a Dynamic Embossing folder you are going to love them!  They are super thick  to give you a really deep impression in your paper, and that means they also colour up you can see in this card example.  I actually used the DE-bossed side of the paper, and brayered over the top with my sponge brayer to give an ombre effect.  Simple to do, but so effective!

I added a little strip of the co-ordinating DSP into the mix as it is too beautiful not to use!  I did use a strip of Fabulous Foil acetate on both cards too - silver on one and gold on the other. The acetate is retiring this month and will no longer be available... so my advice is to get that now too! Its available until May 31st OR until sold out.

For the whole month of May these bundles are available to customers.  There are 3 different bundles to suit you, depending on your budget.  For me of course I couldn't help myself and I got the "Gotta Have it All" bundle (plus I REALLY wanted that DSP!) but check them all out as there is sure to be a bundle to suit you.

But here's a fantastic solution for anyone who truly loves a bargain. Why not sign on as a demonstrator for $169 and get the "Gotta Have it all Bundle" as part of your kit?  Because when you buy the demonstrator kit for $169 you get $235 worth of products and its your choice what those products are!  So if you got the Gotta Have it All bundle you would still have a little left over to choose something else!  And with a new Annual Catalogue coming out next month, now is such a good time to join!

If you're not convinced that you need these products then click through and see all the fabulous creations here on this blog hop.  Because everything matches so beautifully, its so easy to make perfectly co-ordinated and beautiful projects with this suite.  I've included a product list of these bundles for you below.

To continue the hop, click the name below mine in the list below.... and ENJOY!

Linda D

Product List

Monday, 14 May 2018

Saying Goodbye to Butterflies and Fabulous Foil Acetate

As we continue through retirement month (May 2018) I am having a little "last hurrah" with some of my favourite products.  Today I used my much loved Fabulous Foil acetate together with the Butterflies Framelit dies.  I've kept the colour palette simple so that these beautiful products would stand out even more.

Why do I love this acetate?  Because it goes with everything for starters!  But also because its silver on one side, and gold on the other.  Because you can hide mini glue dots behind the designs.  Because it always looks elegant and classy... ON EVERY CARD!  Its still available right now, in the Online Store, but only until the 31st May or until stocks run out.

Its worth noting that ALL our current butterfly framelits are retiring.  Today I used the Butterflies thinlit dies to cut the silver foil paper (thankfully the foil is NOT retiring!)  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is  from the "We Must Celebrate" stamp set (also retiring).

This card is a simple one, but I think its quite elegant.  And all that silver really packs a punch dont you think!?

To order you just need to click the SHOP NOW button on this page.  This will take you to the Online store.... orders are delivered directly to you, no matter where you are in Australia.

Have a fabulous Monday!

Linda D

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Share What you Love in So Saffron

We all have our favourite colours.  Mine are blues, teals and turquoises.  I probably use them a little too often. Today I've chosen a colour palette that I rarely use.... I used the So Saffron background in this DSP as my inspiration.  So Saffron is a colour that Im not especially fond of.... and yet I absolutely LOVE this card!  I love the way the colours work together... I paired So Saffron with  Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla and gave it a vintagey feel with Lace and Gold embossing.  (There's a little bit of Burlap trim in there too!)

The stamps and gorgeous DSP are from the Share What you Love suite of products which you can get your hands on right now.  Dont you just love the shimmer in the DSP???  There are 3 different bundles available to suit your budget and each bundle also includes free product too!  You'll find them in the Online Store... click the SHOP NOW button on this page to go there!

Happy Stamping!

Linda D x

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Video Tutorial: Quick Tip for creating scalloped frames with Punches

Today I have a little video for you.  I created this card yesterday with the gorgeous Paisleys and Posies stamp set (which incidentally is another retiring set!  Check out our Retiring products by clicking on the SHOP NOW button above.... they have marked some items down today! You'll find them in the Last Chance Products section.  While you are there also check out the Clearance Rack - there are some great bargains in there at the moment!)

Back to today's card.... I stamped the Paisleys and Posies stamp set ($37) in Calypso Coral and Fresh Fig ink on Vanilla Cardstock.  I then lightly coloured around the shapes with my Aqua Painter and a little Calypso Coral ink.  The sentiment is from the same set and also stamped in Fresh Fig, on a vanilla oval cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits.  I then used my Scalloped Tag Topper punch to create the scalloped "frame" at the outside of my oval (I used Gold Glimmer paper for this)  You can see exactly how I did it in the little video I have made for you.  Here it is:

I hope you enjoy this quick tip today..... and don't forget to check out the Online Store for a bunch of awesome products, many of which are marked down.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, 7 May 2018

Love what you do, Share what you love.....

This, my friends, is called the "Statement of the Heart".  This is the motto that Stampin'Up have always worked under, and I absolutely love these words.  Why?  Because its not just some feel good words with little meaning.... THIS is the way Stampin'Up do business, and its truly what its all about. Every day in my business I get to share what I love to do, and that is at the heart of why I do this!  If it was just about money and overseas trips, I probably wouldn't have been able to keep going long term (dont get me wrong the income and trips are awesome too!).  But at the heart of what I do, this is about connecting with people and the relationships that we build.

My absolute favourite thing about Stampin'Up is the relationships and friendships I have formed over the past 12 years.  Not only with my customers, but also with other demonstrators and Stampin'Up staff.  Its been an amazing journey!  And best of all, its not over yet!  Im hoping to be able to do this for many many years to come!

This card today was one of the ones I featured in my live video on my Facebook Business Page... (head over there if you'd like to check it out!) and that video showcases the gorgeous "Share what you Love" suite.  The DSP I've used on this card is part of that suite and it really is awesome!  And that "Statement of my Heart" stamp is also free with the largest suite.  To purchase these suites for yourself head over to the Online Store.

I've got lots more to show you in the coming days so make sure you check back.  Also this week's classes in my studio feature the "Black Resist" technique so click HERE to book in if you would like to join us!  (I run cardmaking and paper craft classes on the NSW Central Coast... click the Class and Event schedule tab above if you would like more info)

Linda D

Friday, 4 May 2018

Share what you love with a gorgeous new Suite of products!

Today on my Facebook Business Page I did a little Facebook Live video and I got to show off some of the beautiful new products in the Share what you Love suite.  These are seriously beautiful products for anyone to own... and so far I have loved each and every card I have made with the products in the Suite.

Stampin'Up have released these products early, ahead of the Annual Catalogue release on June 1st.  Its always nice to have some fun stuff released early, and this year is no exception.  And although I love everything in the suite... my favourite item for sure is the GORGEOUS Designer Series Paper.  I also love that this paper comes in a double pack... so that means there are 4 sheets of each design (rather than the usual 2).  So there are even more reasons to chop it up and USE IT!

One side of the DSP has a pearlised silvery finish..... almost like embossing, but without the raised texture.  Its completely beautiful!  Already I have made lots of cards with this paper, but Im sure you will see lots more.   Here's a little video that Stampin'Up have made to introduce the suite to you:

My card today is a very simple one.... I made it a few minutes before I went live today.  I just wanted another sample to show off, and by putting the paper, one of the doilies and a sentiment together, the card was very simply made. Of course I added a little silver glimmer (because, you know, glimmer) and the twine is from the co-ordinating Embellishment pack.

To order any of these products use the "SHOP NOW" button on this page.

If you aren't seeing my Facebook Live videos then I suggest you head over to my Facebook Business Page and hit the "Like" button... you'll be notified when Im going live so you can watch in real time.  Or just watch the replay later... its up to you!  And don't forget to comment and let me know what you think!

Happy stamping!

Linda D x

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Black Resist is our technique this month! Come to a class and learn how!

Emboss resist has long been one of my favourite techniques, and this month's class technique is a twist on a classic.  Black backgrounds certainly create one of the most dramatic looks, and here I have paired black with a great colour  - Tempting Turquoise.   Not only is is one of my favourite combinations, but I am also wanting to use Tempting Turquoise because its about to retire!  So I have only a few more weeks to use it before its gone for good.... so naturally I am giving it a last hoorah!

We are losing 13 of our core colours this time... but dont worry, its not to late to get them or to stock up on your refills.  And of course we have lots of new yummy colours coming your way on June 1st!  To order retiring or current products click the "shop now" button on this page.

If you are coming to class next week you will get to make this card with me.  Plus 2 more projects that you can create and then take home.  Technique classes are held on the second week of each month, and cost $25.  This covers all supplies and refreshments. You dont need to bring anything else as a general rule.  My classes are held on the Central Coast and are suitable for beginners right through to more seasoned paper crafters.  If you would like to book in, click HERE to email me.

To read about other upcoming classes and events, click the Class and Event schedule tab at the top of this page.

I'd love to see you at a class soon!

Linda D

Monday, 30 April 2018

Welcome to the INKsomniacs Team Blog Hop - Sharing what we Love!

Welcome to our latest team Blog Hop!  My team of Stampin'Up demonstrators are called the "INKsomniacs"... and this month a group of us are showcasing some brand new products for you to check out!  Fun!  You may have come here via Jo Hooper's blog or directly to mine, but no matter how you arrived, I hope you will hop along with us and check out all the cool projects that the team have made.  Click the "Next" button below to visit the next blog on the list.

Here is my project for the blog hop today:

Its the very last day of April.... and although the new Annual Catalogue is coming your way on the 1st June, Stampin'Up have given us an Early Release in May!  It is the gorgeous "Share what you Love" suite of products and you are going to love them!  Already I just love the Doilies and the Dynamic embossing folder, and the co-ordinating stamp set. But you know what my favourite item in the suite is?  The Designer Series Paper pack!  You can see just a little of it in the pics here... but they dont do it justice.  Its a DOUBLE pack of paper.... and one side has a shine to some of the images.  You can see just a little of it in the second picture below.

Incidentally, this is also one of the cards from my class this week.  I have a Stamp-A-Stack on both Tuesday night (1st May) and during the day on Wednesday (2nd May)... you can read more about these classes HERE..... or click HERE to let me know you are coming along!

This card is made with products from the "Share what you Love" suite.... our EARLY RELEASE suite of products!  This means that you can play with these products now and can even purchase them early.  There are 3 bundles available, depending on your budget, and there are free items included in each bundle too.  You can read more about them by clicking HERE.... or head over to the online store from tomorrow to check them out there too.

Stampin'Up have also released a video to show you all the new items in the Suite... so if you would like another way to learn more about these products, here is the video:

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  Please click the "Next" button below to visit Courtenay Heuston's blog and see her awesome projects!  Thanks for stopping by!

Linda D x