SBTD February Blog Hop Featuring the Occasions Catalogue

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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 featuring projects using the products from the Occasions Catalogue.

I have created my card today using the Amazing Life Stamp Set.  I think it is easy to be scared off by smaller images, such as the cake stamp.  I have stamped this image in StazOn Jet Black and coloured it with Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Markers before cutting out with the Oval Stitched Framelits.  By double mounting it on the Oval Stitched Framelit cut out in the contrasting Lovely Lipstick Cardstock, it makes a feature of this small stamp.  To ensure my theme carried through, I also double mounted my sentiment also.  I am not a huge fan of white space, however, need to ensure that I remind myself less is more!  I thought the border stamp included in the set filled this space nicely, without going over the top.

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I have set myself a challenge for 2019, to decorate the inside of cards too.  Why go to all the effort of creating a gorgeous card if the insert is blank!  I am creating the hashtag #dontforgettheinside!

The Amazing Life stamp set has some lovely corner stamps which fit the bill nicely.  Following the same colour theme, I simply stamped the simple sentiment and then decorated each corner.  So simple and easy – I just need to do it!!

 

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Anyway, thanks for visiting.  Dont forget to visit my fellow Stampers by the Dozen by clicking the next button to visit Sharleen’s post.  I look forward to seeing you next time.

 

SBTD January Blog Hop – Special Fold

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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 “Special Fold”.  I have chosen to highlight the Z Fold technique.

I have a friend going through some tricky times at the moment and so I was thinking of her when I created this card.  I wanted it to be bright and cheery and I think this was achieved.  I incorporated the Lovely Lipstick, Shaded Spruce and Pineapple Punch – all part of the 2018-19 In Color Collection.  The stamp set is Incredible Like You.

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This photo shows the card in a closed position, perfect for fitting into the envelope.

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This photo shows the card fully extended, showing all layers.

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Photo showing the Z fold.  The smaller card holds the Z together and in shape.

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I left the third section mainly blank, for the message to be hand written.

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Anyway, thanks for visiting.  Dont forget to visit my fellow Stampers by the Dozen by clicking the next button to visit Sharleen‘s post.  I look forward to seeing you next time.

 

12 Weeks of Christmas – Merry Christmas

🎄 Merry Christmas 🎄

Thank you for joining me on my 12 Weeks of Christmas blog.

Today, being Christmas Day in Australia I’m celebrating with my Husband, Mum, Dad, Sister and Brother-in-Law.

My sister and I are doing presents for my parents a little differently now and so we present them with a gift certificate. I made the belly band to match their card. I love the Stylish Christmas stamp set.

What ever you are doing to celebrate Christmas, please be safe and I look forward to sharing more of my creativity in 2019.

Cheers

Carly

12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 12

As an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I am always amazed at the creations of my fellow demonstrators from around the world.  I follow many of their blogs and gain so much inspiration.  One trend I have seen a lot of over the years is the “12 Weeks of Christmas” blogs.  I started my blog, funnily enough with 12 weeks until Christmas.  Welcome to week 12! Next week will be a special post on Christmas morning.

This weeks card I opened my DSP and again coloured the happy little cooking Santa.

Join me next week for my final addition to my 12 Weeks of Christmas blog.

Thanks

Carly

SBTD December Blog Hop – Non Holiday

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Thanks for joining me as we again hop with my Stampin’ friends from around the world. Stampers by the Dozen is a small group of demonstrators who share our love of creativity using Stampin’ Up! Product. We are a bit smaller than normal, as we have two members who were unable to hop this month, its such a busy time.

You may be starting at my blog or may have joined me from Tashana

The theme this month is Non Holidays. I have been so focused on Christmas that it was lovely to just stamp for a non Christmas themed card.

The stamp set First Frost is such a beautiful stamp.  It is the “Distinktive” style rubber stamp.  This style adds a layered look by only stamping once.  It is so effective and easy.

I stamped in Merry Merlot and Blueberry Bushel before fussy cutting the flowers.  Each of the flowers is mounted using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment was stamped in Blueberry Bushel also, as I didnt want it to add any more white matting.

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The card is actually a fancy fold.  I started with a standard card base and then folded the top corner down to a point of a triangle.  I created a mat with Whisper White and Blueberry Bushel.  Stamped a stem in Mossy Meadow before layering my flowers.  When the card is folded it lays flat but as you open it, it creates a diamond, as the next two photos show.

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Anyway, thanks for visiting.  I hope you are managing well through this busy time.  Dont forget to visit my fellow Stampers by the Dozen by clicking the next button to visit Sharleen‘s post.

Karie Beglau

Judi Anderson 

Susan Simpson

Tricia Butts

Courtenay Heuston

Tashana Lundy 

Carly Middleton  <—- you are here 🙂         

Sharleen Luciano

Deb Naylor

Dena Albee

12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 10

As an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I am always amazed at the creations of my fellow demonstrators from around the world.  I follow many of their blogs and gain so much inspiration.  One trend I have seen a lot of over the years is the “12 Weeks of Christmas” blogs.  I started my blog, funnily enough with 12 weeks until Christmas.  Welcome to week 10!

Don’t forget to visit next Tuesday, when I will continue my “12 Weeks of Christmas” series.

Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment to let me know your thoughts.

Thanks

Carly

12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 9

As an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I am always amazed at the creations of my fellow demonstrators from around the world.  I follow many of their blogs and gain so much inspiration.  One trend I have seen a lot of over the years is the “12 Weeks of Christmas” blogs.  I started my blog, funnily enough with 12 weeks until Christmas.  Welcome to week 9!

A totally non traditional Christmas Card this week.

At OnStage, Shannon West from the Home Office showed a technique to create a Sunset image. This is what inspired my card this week.

To create this card, I used what I am calling the ‘Ink Pad Swipe’ technique, with only four colours. By overlapping the colours it naturally creates more.

I stamped the images from Waterfront Stamp set in Night of Navy.

I used Wink of Stella to highlight the trees and moon.

To finish, I used the Celebrate framelit and stamped the Christmas, again in Night of Navy.

Don’t forget to visit next Tuesday, when I will continue my “12 Weeks of Christmas” series.

Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment to let me know your thoughts.  The Product List is shown below if any of these items are of interest to you.

Thanks

Carly

12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 8

As an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I am always amazed at the creations of my fellow demonstrators from around the world.  I follow many of their blogs and gain so much inspiration.  One trend I have seen a lot of over the years is the “12 Weeks of Christmas” blogs.  I started my blog, funnily enough with 12 weeks until Christmas.  Welcome to week 8!

This week I have cracked open some DSP (Designer Series Paper) to use as the background.

Stampers by the Dozen – November Hop – All about Christmas

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Welcome to the next Stamper’s By the Dozen Blog Hop.  This little group is made up of 12 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world.  I feel very privileged to be part of this group of inspirational and talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators and look forward to sharing my creations.  You may have started your Blog Hop Journey here with me or you may have joined from Tashana Lundy.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  If you have been following my blog, I have been doing a 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog.  This was a challenge I set myself but I have been having so much fun!  So lets continue with the Christmas theme.

At OnStage, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators event, I was introduced to simple stamping – Ink, Stamp and Paper.  I am not too good at simple!  I also added Water Colour Pencils, Aqua Painters and Blender Pen!  Each Santa is coloured using a different tool, but in the same Stampin’ Up! colours.  I used Old Olive, Real Red. Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point and Basic Grey.  Each of the Surfin’ Santa’s has been stamped onto Whisper White using Staz On Jet Black Ink.  I used the Layering Square Framelits to frame each of the images before mounting them on a four inch square card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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This first one is coloured using an Aqua Marker and our Ink.  I simple squeezed the stamp pad together to gather some ink on the lid and used the Aqua Painter to pick the ink up.  I used quite a dry Aqua Painters so the colour is more intense.

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The second one is coloured using the Water Colour Pencils and I used a Blender Pen to blend the pencil.  This colour is much softer.

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The third card I again used Water Colour Pencils however this time I blended the colour with an Aqua Painter.  I found this method was much less forgiving, however, I don’t mind when the colour goes outside the lines of the stamp.

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I finished each of the cards off with some Winks of Stella for Santa’s beard and hair.

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you are inspired to get your stamps out over the weekend.

Your next stop on the Stampers by the Dozen Blog Hop is Sharleen

Stampers by the Dozen Blog Hoppers:

Karie Beglau

Judi Anderson

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