ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

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This Blog Hop, is featuring projects using the Holiday Catalogue, which remains current until 3rd January 2017.   I enjoy being part of the ESAD Blog Hops, I find it so inspirational and love the way the team at ESAD are so willing to share ideas, techniques and advice.

“What is ESAD?” I hear you ask………

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You may have started the Blog Hop from here, or you may have joined from Megan’s post.  I am sure you would have found some great ideas from Megan.  Grab a cuppa, because this is one of the best Hops I have been involved in, 27 inspirational posts full of ideas!

Now onto my projects……..

The theme of this Blog Hop is our favourite products, well, I must admit my first project uses product which I haven’t used until today.

The Here’s to Cheers is such a novel idea, and I really had to buy the bundle as I could see it has such potential for those last minute gifts as well as host gifts over Christmas, (you know the ones, where you pop into the bottle shop on the way to friends because you cannot turn up empty handed and you have run out of time.)

Just spreading cheer this Christmas is perfect for the bottle topper.  All of the stamps in Here’s to Cheers coordinate beautifully with the Cheerful Tags (available in a bundle to save 10%).  I simply stamped in Real Red Ink onto Whisper White Card stock and mounted onto a Real Red 2″ circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  This was finished with Silver Glitter ribbon for added sparkle.

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A quick and simple tag was next on the agenda.  This would look so cute taped to a small gift wrapped in plain wrapping.  It would add a big pop of colour.  Don’t you love the silver foil filigree?  It really shows some dimension.  I used the fine tipped glue pen to adhere this to the inside of my tag.  I think Emerald Envy is a great Christmas Green.

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For my final project using the Here’s to Cheers stamp set, I made a little gift bag with the Gift Bag Punch Board,  to present chocolates or maybe even some shortbread.  I plan on making one for each of the guests at our family’s Christmas Day celebrations.  We all know that we can never eat all the delicious food on Christmas day, so why not have some classy way of taking it home!  I have again dressed up the tag with the Combo Glitter Ribbon and think the Sweet Sugarplum and Silver combo is gorgeous.  I will also have some gusseted cellophane bags to put the treats in before putting into the decorated gift bag.

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The second stamp set I am featuring uses the Paisley and Posies stamp set.  Paisley is so on trend right now.  I was at a wedding in Chapel Street in South Yarra yesterday and the shop window next door was focusing on paisley – men’s shirts, ties and even ladies patterned stockings.

I really am enjoying stamping with our 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! In Color range at the moment.  I love the way they all coordinate so well together, and I keep hearing Bonnie say – she didn’t think they worked well together – I must say I don’t often disagree with Bonnie but on this occasion…..well sorry Bonnie!

I used a selection of the stamps and created my own Designer Series Paper (a.k.a. DSP).  I used Smoky Slate and Rich Razzleberry, along with Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum.  For the band, I used our Sponge Brayer to layer the Sweet Sugarplum ink onto Whisper White, as I was hoping for a bit of darker colour.  It think this worked.

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I hope I have been able to give you some inspiration.  It’s now time to Hop on over to Nicole’s Blog.  Don’t forget to trip all the way around.  In case you get lost along the way, there is a list of the participants below.  I would love for you to leave a comment also.  Thanks for stopping by.  🙂

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Product List

Here's To Cheers Clear-Mount Bundle

$78.25
Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer Bundle

$77.25
3/8" (1 Cm) Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack

$10.50
Sponge Brayers

$14.00
Sweet Sugarplum A4 Cardstock

$14.00
Emerald Envy A4 Cardstock

$14.00
Real Red A4 Card Stock

$14.00
Whisper White A4 Card Stock

$15.75
Silver Foil Sheets

$7.00
Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad

$11.50
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad

$11.50
Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad

$11.50
Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad

$11.50
Rich Razzlebberry Classic Stampin' Pad

$11.50
Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Pad

$11.50
Big Shot

$159.00
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

$70.00
SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

$10.00
Fast Fuse Adhesive

$13.00
Stampin' Dimensionals

$6.00

Our Blog Hoppers:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Chloe Evans
  4. Jackie Noble
  5. Josie Dean
  6. Libby Dyson
  7. Rebekah Crisp
  8. Rebecca Jacovou
  9. Andrea Buckland
  10. Leonie Schroder
  11. Delys Cram
  12. Rose Desmond
  13. Cathy Pinchbeck
  14. Peta Stephen
  15. Monique Fielder
  16. Narelle Fasulo
  17. Nerida Carter
  18. Courtenay Heuston
  19. Megan Lenske
  20. Carly Middleton  <—- You are here
  21. Nicole Wilson
  22. Renee Lynch
  23. Nicole Osborne Ashton
  24. Amity Knight
  25. Rachael Lewsley
  26. Cheryl O’Bree
  27. Tanya DeRoy

Speedy Recovery Card

It’s been such a long time since I have posted.  It was great to be back creating cards. 

Just a quick post today. My hubby had a total knee replacement today and so I thought I’d make a special card, just for him and to add some cheer to his next few days!

It’s not a great photo, but I hope you are able to see it well enough. I was inspired by Julia’s Cards and you can see her original post here

I’ll be back to post again soon.

Stamp Club

With our new Stampin’ Up! catalogue being released next week, I used Stamp Club today as a free reign…….

On one table sat all of my retiring stamp sets and I explained that we would be using Pinterest to inspire projects…….

I myself didn’t stamp but loved watching the girls interpret their choices.

Thanks Monica and Kylie for letting me share your creations.

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Created by Kylie (inside card)

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And I must say, BRING ON THE NEW CATTY!

If you would like a copy, please let me know, and I would be happy to send you a copy.  I can be contacted on 0431 466 255 or via cards.by.carly@hotmail.com

#OnStage2016

I have travelled to the sunny Gold Coast for Stampin’ Up! OnStage 2016. Stampin’Up!  is holding events around the world – all on this weekend. 

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The event in Salt Lake City started at about 4am our time and I have been fortunate enough to be able to watch some Periscope videos as recorded by some US demonstrators.

Click here to see the Periscope of all 900 demonstrators arriving in auditorium in Salt Lake City.

I’m currently sitting in my Gold Coast apartment waiting for the rain to clear. 

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My downline Kate and I are going to be doing a bit of a wander round the shops today before our big #OnStage2016 event tomorrow.

I may not be able to share alot with you…..but I will be receiving a shiny glossy version of the new Annual Catalogue for 2016/2017.  Stampin’ Up! policy doesn’t allow me to show this in pictures until later in the month, so watch this space.

Anyway, just a quick post for today.

And now for another Botanical Bloom

At first, I didn’t really need to purchase this stamp set and coordinating frailest, but boy oh boy am I pleased I did!

I have made so many cards with this set now, I think it is a keeper.  The set offers so much versatility, don’t forget to tell me what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Looking back at all of my creations using this set, I have tended to use the same colours (unconsciously).

I really do love the deep tones of the Regal Collection and Cherry Cobbler does tend to be my go to colour.  On this card, I used the Note Tag Punch for the sentiment, layering the Whisper White over the Cherry Cobbler for a little accent.  To carry through the centre of the flowers and finish off the tag, I added two It’s My Party Enamel Dots in Daffodil Delight.

You could really create any coloured flower, however I think by coordinating the Cherry Cobbler with the Pool Party adds a lighter touch to the card.

HAPPY STAMPIN’

Carly

Cards by Carly – Pakenham

Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator

Product List

Cherry Cobbler A4 Card Stock

$12.25

Whisper White A4 Card Stock

$15.00

Pool Party A4 Card Stock

$12.25

Old Olive A4 Card Stock

$12.25

It's My Party Enamel Dots

$7.00

Note Tag Punch

$31.00

Sky Is The Limit Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$0.00

Botanicals For You Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$0.00

Rose Garden Thinlits Dies

$54.00

Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad

$11.50

2016 SALE-A-BRATION LAST CHANCE BLOG HOP

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On the 5th of January, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world were super excited.  In just a few days we will be super sad as we are about to say……. Goodbye! to all of the wonderful goodies (freebies) within the 2016 Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  So, just in case you have been sleeping under a rock, Sale-A-Bration is the time of the year where for any purchase of $90 (in Australia) you can choose a free product.  These products are exclusively chosen and brand new for the Sale-A-Bration festivities.

I have again joined the Team at ESAD for a blog hop.  You may have started at my post, or you may have hopped on over from Jackie Noble.  What did you think of her project, wasn’t it snazzy?  I have been following Jackie’s blog for a little while now and always find a lot of inspiration.

 

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I think this Sale-A-Bration promotion has been my favourite in my 4 years of being a Stampin’ Up! (c) demonstrator.  If I was to create a list of my favourites from the 2016 promotion, it would look something like this:

•  Botanicals For You Stamp Set

•  Memories in the Making Project Life Specialty Card Collection

•  Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper

•  Hello Stamp Set

But, my most favoured items are the Honeycomb Happiness and the Metallics Glitter Tape.  My project today is going to use both of these items (and I hope it spurs you on to think about different ways to use Washi Tape of all descriptions).

Seeing as this blog is going live on Good Friday Eve, I immediately thought of creating a cute Easter card, with the chick being the centre of attention.  Now, isn’t the chick just the cutest thing you have seen in a long time?

Although she is stamped onto Shimmery White Card Stock, I have been reading and seeing projects where you can also use the Winks of Stella pens just like Aqua Painters.  I am really happy that the photo has picked up the sparkles left by the Winks of Stella (clear) pen.  I picked up Daffodil Delight and coloured as if I was aqua painting.  It is a bit clever, because my Winks of Stella has not held onto any of the colour.

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And seeing as I was unable to choose just one favourite items from the 2016 Sale-A-Bration, I also included the Metallic Glimmer Tape to add a special sparkly border to my card.

As explained on a previous blog, I am making a concerted effort to also decorate the inside of my cards.  On this occasion, I have carried through the theme, although, I didn’t include any Winks of Stella this time, I used the Aqua Painter with the Daffodil Delight.

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Well, thanks for visiting, and I would love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to leave a comment.

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Your next stop on the hop is Barbara Williams.  I wonder what she has in store for you.

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Product List

Metallics Glitter Tape

$0.00
Honeycomb Happiness Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$0.00
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

$14.00
Aqua Painters

$20.00
Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad

$14.00
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad

$11.50
Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin' Pad

$11.50
Basic Black A4 Card Stock

$12.25
Shimmery White A4 Card Stock

$14.00
Easter Lamb Wood-Mount Stamp

$17.00
Stampin' Dimensionals

$7.00
SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

$12.00

Please take a trip around and visit the whole blogging ESAD team:

1. Emily Campbell

2. Rachael Lewsley 

3. Monique Fielder

4. Kathryn Ruddick 

5. Nicole Wilson

6. Amity Knight

7. Kelly Kent

8. Lou Kitzelman

9. Pauline Bennetts

10. Narelle Fasulo

11. Jackie Noble

12. Carly Middleton   <—  You are here!🙂

13. Barbara Williams

 

April is birthday month……

And so that means, I need to be organised.

Not only is it my birthday (Yippee!) but it is also my Mum and Mother In Laws.  One of the training managers at Stampin’ Up! Head Office has started a cause in 2016 to #I’mbringingbirthdaysback.  So, although I have done really poorly so far, I am aiming to ensure all my family get a handmade birthday card.

This is the card I created for my Mother In Law.

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I know we all love a bit of sparkle, and the Glimmer Paper says happy so well, while still being a very girly card.  The Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper is that something which we have all been waiting for.  Yes the Gold, Red, Silver and Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Papers are awesome, but this Blushing Bride is better again.

I used the Balloon Punch (yes, something else we have all been waiting for) and punched an assortment of balloons in the Gold and Blushing Bride.  I then adhered some with Tombow Multi Purpose Glue (I find this stronger for the glimmer paper) and then I choose to highlight some balloons by raising them on a Stampin’ Dimensional.  The balloon strings have been created using the Gold Metallic Thread (and a lot of patience).

I hope my Mother In Law loves her handmade card.

Cheers

Carly

Cards by Carly – Pakenham

Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

Product List

Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper

$8.75
Gold Glimmer Paper

$8.75
Balloon Bouquet Punch

$31.00
Gold Metallic Thread

$5.25
Butterfly Basics Clear Bundle

$88.25
Whisper White A4 Card Stock

$15.00
Card Stock A4 Blushing Bride

$12.25
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad

$11.50
Liquid Multipurpose Glue

$7.00
Stampin' Dimensionals

$7.00

It’s Easter Week

I must say I really love the month of March this year, all of these shorter working weeks.  Although, it hasn’t really opened up a lot of free Stampin’ time unfortunately.😦

Today is a quick post of my Easter card made for my Parents In Law.  We don’t really ‘celebrate’ Easter, but I think it is always nice to send a hand made card.

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For this card, I have used the cute little Easter Lamb stamp (isn’t she just so cute?)  I stamped her in Archival Black Ink and used my Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker to highlight her cheeks and ears.  To make it look like she is peeking through the bushes, I used the Wondrous Wreath (see, its not just for Christmas) and then punched our some Watermelon Wonder flowers using the flower from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I layered this on a Whisper White background, embossed using the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Everyone loves a bit of sparkle, so I added some Jewels Basic Rhinestone.  The Washi Label Punch was just the right size for the sentiment, which I layered onto the Watermelon Wonder Stitched Satin Ribbon.

Well, thats all for this Sunday night quick post, keep an eye out because I have actually scheduled posts to come out throughout the week!  Wow I think I can make this blog really work!

Thanks

Carly

Cards by Carly -Pakenham

Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator
Product List

Easter Lamb Wood-Mount Stamp

$17.00
Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer Stamp Set

$45.00
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

$30.00
Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments

$8.75
Washi Label Punch

$31.00
Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

$13.00
Watermelon Wonder 1" Stitched Satin Ribbon

$14.00
Whisper White A4 Card Stock

$15.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Ink Refill

$9.75
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad

$11.50
Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin' Pad

$11.50
Fast Fuse Adhesive

$17.00
Glue Dots

$9.00
Stampin' Dimensionals

$7.00

Eureka Stampers Facebook Party

Simone, our wonderful leader for Eureka Stampers had the great idea of holding a team PJ Facebook party last night, given in Victoria we have a long weekend this weekend.  It was a fantastic time for our team to socialise, even if it was through cyberspace! 

Simone put up lots of different posts and about halfway through she set us a challenge.  Create an image using the Ice Cream Cone from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set with something other than ice cream. 

Well, here is my card…….

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The little bear from Bear Hugs fitted perfectly into the cone.  Bear Hugs is one of my favourite sets at the moment and can be used for any occasion.

The team were all very creative, but as they say,  what happens in the PJ party – stays in the PJ party!

The Sprinkles of Life stamp set is the Stampin’Up! charity set for 2015/2016 and is available until 31st May 2016.  Stampin’Up! Donate $3 from each set sold to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

I’m taking part in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Hop

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I am super excited to be taking part in Kylie’s International Blog Hop.  As I write this blog post from Pakenham, Victoria, Australia, I am wondering who else will be taking part and where in the world are they from?  I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and I would love you to follow me on Facebook at Cards by Carly – Pakenham

Stampin’ Up! has created a great opportunity for me to widen my circle of friends and step outside of my comfort zone with like minded people.  I love that I can create and share what I love, which just so happens to be all things Stampin’ Up!

The theme for this blog hop is Thank You.

I have so much to be thankful for at the moment, but I am going to start with the glorious weather we have been having over the last few weeks.  As I sit here typing away, I am thankful for the beautiful view I have from my Stampin’ room window and I am thankful for the dreams and aspirations I share with my husband for our future designs in our backyard.  There are the whispy white clouds set amongst the bright blue sky and I can just imagine our next summer when our pool has been installed and our backyard is finished.

So this brings me onto my card design for today.  I have used the Sale-a-Bration stamp set Beautiful Ride.  When I first got this set, I saw a lot of potential, however I am sad to say, today has been the first time this set has seen any ink.  I am really happy with the finished product.  The VW Beetle brings back many happy memories for me.  This was my Nan’s car which she loved and cherished, although she never had a surfboard on the roof!

 

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I stamped the images and sentiments in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock.  I then ventured out and used an Aqua Painter to colour the Beetle, surfboard and dog.  The tyres are coloured in Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and the road is actually the balloon string from the Beautiful Ride stamp set.  Although it doesn’t show in the photograph, there is a splash of Winks of Stella on the window, just for that added sparkle.

I am making a concentrated effort to also dress the inside of my cards…….this is taking some practice but it is something I am trying hard to do.  It doesn’t need to be anything big, but I do like that the theme carries over.

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I would like to thank Kylie for the inspiration to participate in this blog hop.  You can visit her blog by clicking here.  Kylie will have all the photos of each of the projects entered by everyone who has joined the blog hop and I encourage you to vote for your most liked project.  You just need to click on the little heart on the project of your choice.

Thank you for visiting, and please feel free to vote on Kylie’s blog post or leave a comment here for me.

Cheers

Carly Middleton

Cards by Carly – Pakenham
Product List

Beautiful Ride Photopolymer Stamp Set

$30.00
Big News Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$56.00
Whisper White A4 Card Stock

$15.00
Calypso Coral A4 Card Stock

$12.25
Card Stock A4 Bermuda Bay

$12.25
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

$14.00
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

$10.00
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

$5.50
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

$5.50
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

$5.50
Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

$6.00
Aqua Painters

$20.00