Saying Goodbye

Thank you for joining me and my fellow Stampers by the Dozen for this months Blog Hop. You may have landed here after visiting Tricia’s Stampin Creations or you may be starting here, but please be sure to visit and be inspired by all our group.

It is that difficult time of the year, when we say goodbye to some of our best friends from the last 12 months. In our SBTD Blog Hop this month, we are featuring items which were listed on the retirement list.

I will be quite sad to see the Painted Harvest stamp set retire. I think it is so very versatile and it made me feel like a real artist. My first card was inspired by a little Echidna which was roaming around my sisters estate.

I stamped using the masking technique in Basic Gray and Smoky Slate. His face is stamped in Crumb Cake. His facial features are from an older retired stamp set.

This stamp set is so versatile, even though the image is a sunflower, and we all know the traditional colours of sunflowers, but dont these images look pretty too.

Thanks for visiting and see you all soon.

Carly

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SBTD Blog Hop Parisian Beauty Bundle

Welcome to our March SBTD Blog Hop. This month we are Casing the Catalogue. I have chosen a Bundle from the January to June Mini Catalogue called Parisian Beauty. I must admit, Paris is on my Bucket List and I do hope to travel here one day.

For those whom are wondering what a “Casing the Catalogue” is, well I hope I can explain this for you. In Stampin’ terms CASE is where you Copy and Share Everything, it’s great to do when time is limited or you have lost that Stampin’ mojo, as all you need to do is take a project you like and you can either copy it straight and simple, or change it up with different colours, stamps or layout.

There are several different cards created by the artists at Stampin’ Up!® which have been published in the Mini Catalogue, so the choice was difficult which one I would CASE. I hope this will encourage you to explore the Mini Catalogue, as it is a wealth of ideas to get you Stampin’.

I made a mat out of Night of Navy and used my Bone Folder to separate the fibres of the cardstock. I then ran each edge over the Night of Navy Ink to darken the edge for when I laid it on the Night of Navy card base. I also highlighted several areas of the mat by dabbing (offical term) the ink pad.

I used the die from Parisian Beauty to cut out the Eiffel Tower in Copper Foil Sheet. I layered the sentiment on the Copper Foil Sheet and Night of Navy after I stamped on Whisper White.

It is a simple card, but looks very striking.

For the centre of the card, I layered a Whisper White Card base after I stamped the border stamp on each edge in Night of Navy.

Thank you for visiting and please don’t forget to click the next button to visit Courtenay

SBTD January Hop A Time to Celebrate

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Thanks for joining me as again as I share a Stampin’ creation with my worldwide friends and fellow Stampin’ Up! ® demonstrators.  We have some exciting times ahead as we welcome new members to our Stampers by the Dozen Blog Hop.  If you are interested in joining our group, please let me or one of the other members know.  We look forward to continuing to grow our membership.  You may be starting on my blog, or you may have hopped over from Tricia, either way, thanks for joining me.

January to March is a fun time in Stampin’ Up!© as we introduce FREE product to our customers through the Sale-A-Bration promotion.  I say it every year, but I think this is my favourite Sale-A-Bration that I have been part of as a Demonstrator.  There is such cute FREE product with every qualifying order, depending on your market.  Contact your Demonstrator for more details.

Our theme for this months SBTD Blog Hop is Celebration.  I am celebrating a friends birthday this month who works at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.  When the new hospital opened, the Melbourne Zoo partnered with the Hospital to have a space dedicated to housing Meer Cats.  When I saw The Gangs All Meer stamp set, I thought of her straight away.

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The next stop on the world wide SBTD Blog Hop is Sharleen.  Thanks for joining me and please leave a comment.

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SBTD Christmas Blog Hop

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Welcome to our small blog hop group from around the world.  This would have to be my favourite time of the year……Christmas.  And our posts are all featuring Christmas projects this month.  I am following on from Judi Anderson this month, so please make sure you click through each post and leave us some encouragement.  We did change our date this month due to many of us attending our local OnStage Demonstrator Only events.  I spent the weekend in Sydney with approximately 600 of my closest friends 🙂

My project features the cheery bunch from Christmas Crowd Cling Stamp Set.  I wanted to feature, or should I say, use some products which remained untouched since I had received them.  I am still practicing with the Stampin’ Blends too, so colouring this stamp was another challenge for me.

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I added the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint to highlight Santa’s suit and beard, and it was perfect for adding dimension to the baubles on the hats and of course the snow ball being aimed by Mr Snowman.  To the Snowman I added the new Shimmery Crystal Effects and to the Polar Bear and Penguin, I felt the Wink of Stella was enough to highlight them.

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I applied the Golden Glitz Delicata Metallic Ink using the Stampin’ Blend pen.  It helped that I was using the heat tool for the Snowfall Puff Paint because this helped the Golden Glitz dry also.  It does dry quickly when stamped but I used the refill to apply so it was a little bit thicker.

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The next stop is Courtaney. Thanks for visiting and see you next month.

Carly


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SBTD October Blog Hop – Autumn Theme

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Thanks for joining me as we again hop with my Stampin’ friends from Stampers by the Dozen.  We are a very small group of demonstrators this month, who share our love of creativity using Stampin’ Up! product. We are spread throughout the world and come together each month to share a project, following a theme.  You may be starting on my blog, or you may have hopped over from Judi.  Unfortunately, we are not always all able to hop, so if you are interested in joining our group, please let me or one of the other members know.

This months theme is Fall.  In Australia, we call this Autumn, however as we are on the other side of the world, we are currently in Spring.  For my project today I used the Painted Harvest stamp set.  I was really excited to see this set had carried over, but am sad to say, this is the first time I have inked it up in a very long time.

My card today is a non-traditional size.  The card base measures 21cm (8 1/4in) x 20cm (8in) and I scored at 10cm (4in).  I stamped the sunflower in colours which I relate to Autumn – Mango Melody and Pumpkin Pie.  I just love that this stamp looks like many layers, but really it is only stamped three times.  The ribbon is from the Magnolia Melody set.

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The next stop on our hop this month is Courtenay.  Dont forget to leave a quick comment to let me know you have visited 🙂

 

Thanks for stopping by, see you next time.

Carly

SBTD August 2019 Blog Hop

Blog Hop BannerThanks for joining me as we again hop with my Stampin’ friends from Stampers by the Dozen.  We are a small group of demonstrators who share our love of creativity using Stampin’ Up! product. We are spread throughout the world and come together each month to share a project, following a theme.  You may be starting on my blog, or you may have hopped over from Tashana.  This months Stampers by the Dozen are celebrating our second birthday or anniversary!  Unfortunately, we are not always all able to hop, so if you are interested in joining our group, please let me or one of the other members know.

I received my order just last week, and today was the first day I was able to play and experiment with my new sets and embellishments.  I thought for todays blog, I would use the same set, two ways.

I used the large flower from the Band Together stamp set and embossed the flower in Copper Embossing powder.  I repeated this on both Early Espresso Card Stock and Whisper White Card Stock.  I also Copper Embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set.

On the Whisper White version I used my Stampin’ Blends in Pineapple Punch and Granny Apple Green to colour the image.  To add a little dimension to the card, I used the Woven Threads Trim.  With this trim, I simply removed the lower over locked section which allows the tassels to be free.

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On the Early Espresso, I simply embossed and decorated.  The Organdy Striped Ribbon is fantastic by itself, however on this card I used my Heat Tool to melt the ribbon which adds a lovely texture to a flat card.

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I invite you to keep on hopping through our groups monthly blog hop.  Next stop is Sharleen.

SBTD June Hop – A blend of old and new!

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Thanks for joining me as we again hop with my Stampin’ friends from Stampers by the Dozen.  We are a small group of demonstrators who share our love of creativity using Stampin’ Up! product. We are spread throughout the world and come together each month to share a project, following a theme.  You may be starting on my blog, or you may have hopped over from Tashana.  This months theme is a blend of the old and the new.  Our 2019/2020 catalogue went live this month and as you can no doubt imagine, there are so many new things to play with.

I thought I would use the Magnolia Lane Memories & More Cards to make two quick and simple cards.  The first I mounted the vellum piece onto the Crisp Cantelope card base.  I then layered one of the smaller cards from the pack, following the magnolia theme.  I finished it off with the sentiment from the Tropical Chic stamp set (carry Over) and a double bow feature using the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo.

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Again, I have mounted two different Memories & More cards onto my card base and my carry over items are the sentiments from Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set and the Copper Trim.  I am really happy that the Copper Trim has carried over.  It really adds something to my cards.

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I invite you to keep on hopping through our groups monthly blog hop.  Next stop is Sharleen.

 

Thanks

Carly 🙂

ESAD Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek

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Hi and welcome to my blog as I join the group of talented Stampin’ Up!© Demonstrators from around the Australia and New Zealand to explore and highlight new products which will be available on 4th June 2019.  More information about the group from ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators) can be found below.

Today’s Blog Hop is all about the NEW – yes it is that time of year – CATALOGUE!!  Our projects are to feature predominantly new products.  As a demonstrator, we are able to take advantage of a preorder period which allows us to get our hands on new product.  I haven’t had much opportunity to spend much time in my Stampin’ Zone of late, so I love that I am able to take part in today’s hop.

You may have started at my blog or you may have clicked over from Peta Stevens.  Please make sure you have a cuppa and can keep clicking your way around our hop – you are about to be inspired by 25 clever Stampin’ wonders.

For my first card is using the Free as a Bird Stamp Set and Stitched Nested Label Dies.

I stamped the image in Memento Ink as I wanted to colour the image using my Stampin’ Blends®.  I used both the light and dark Daffodil Delight, light Calypso Coral and light Old Olive.  After I coloured, I used the Stitched Nested Label Dies to make the birds a stand out feature of my card.  Before I mounted the Daffodil Delight onto the Crumb Cake base, I placed a length of the linen ribbon with white edges before layering with three lengths of the mossy meadow linen thread and topped it off with a bow.  These two products are from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo.  I mounted the bird image with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give it a little height above the ribbon detail.

And I finished it off by stamping the sentiment in Memento Ink.

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Because I was unable to choose which stamp set was first on my wish list, I made a second card using the images from Over the Moon.  One of my dear friends loves cows and I think of her each time I see this stamp set.

I stamped the images in StazOn ink before using my Stampin’ Write Markers to colour the cute and happy cow.  I wanted to keep this one a bit simple – just stamp, card and ink – but I am in love with the Stitched Rectangular Framelit Dies, so I needed to feature these too!  After colouring, I simply used Snail® to adhere it to the Early Espresso Cardstock before again snailing to my Crumb Cake card base.

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Well, thank you for stopping by, please leave a comment – I love your feedback as this is how I grow.  Click on the Next Blog Arrow below to hop on to Lisa Whitehead’s blog for inspiration.

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As promised, here is a little information about ESAD.  If you are located in Australia or New Zealand, and would like to join this super talented and inspirational group, please reach out – I would love to see you online!

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Blog hop participant list:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Rochelle Blok
  3. Kelly Kent
  4. Jo Stubbings
  5. Nicole Wilson
  6. Denise Buetler
  7. Sandra Mastello
  8. Rochelle Laird-Smith
  9. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  10. Shannon Kissane
  11. Libby Dyson
  12. Jo Weedon
  13. Peta Stephen
  14. Carly Middleton  <== You are here 🙂
  15. Lisa Whitehead
  16. Bronwyn Eastley
  17. Cathy Pinchbeck
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Rebecca Scurr
  20. Richelle Fletcher
  21. Jackie Noble
  22. Mandy Depiazzi
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Maree McIntosh
  25. Samantha White

SBTD May Hop All About Flowers

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Thanks for joining me as we again hop with my Stampin’ friends from Stampers by the Dozen.  We are a small group (unfortunately a little smaller this month) of demonstrators who share our love of creativity using Stampin’ Up! product. We are spread throughout the world and come together each month to share a project, following a theme.  You may be starting on my blog, or you may have hopped over from Tashana.  This months theme is All About Flowers.  Stampin’ Up! encouraged us demonstrators to promote our projects to suit our customer types.  Three customer types have been identified – beginner stampers, casual stampers and avid stampers.  I am currently challenging myself to promote projects for the beginner stamper, so today’s card is using just stamp, ink (and Blends) and paper.

My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful holiday in the Cook Islands (google search it – the photos are real!)  Every morning the resort I stayed at placed fresh flowers in our foot bath.  We were located directly on the beach (perfect I hear you say……..well yes it was).  I have based my card today on the beautiful flowers which I found on the Island of Rarotonga.

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I chose Calypso Coral for my flower colour and Old Olive for the leaves.  I need to keep practicing with my Blends.  I fussy cut the flower to provide some dimension to the card.  I really need to work on keeping it simple for our beginner stampers.

Anyway, next stop is Anastasia.  Thanks for visiting.

Carly

 

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Susan Simpson

Tricia Butts

Courtenay Heuston

Tashana Lundy

Carly Middleton

Anastasia Radloff

Laura Mackie