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

SBTD April Hop – Birthday Month

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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 Birthdays.  I think birthday cards are my most made cards.

I have made an acordian style card for my Mother In Laws birthday and I think it looks wonderful.  This was also another way to encourage me to use my DSP (its so pretty, I don’t want to cut it!).

The first photo shows the card laying flat, and then as you move through the other photos, you will see it in all its glory.

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You will notice I used many different sentiments on the small sqaures, the opportunities are endless.

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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.

Step it up – SBTD March Blog Hop

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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 Step it up.  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.  Our theme this month will help to promote this.

My Nephew and  his wife recently announced they were expecting their first baby and would be holding a Gender Reveal Party.  I have based both my cards on this occasion.

My beginners card simply uses the Chase Your Dreams framelits, along with “Congrats” from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits.  Following my theme of Gender reveal, I kept my colours to Blushing Bride and Balmy Blue.  I mounted the card front onto a Whisper White card base.

I stamped the feathers from Follow Your Dreams stamp set in Blushing Bride and Balmy Blue and used the framelits to cut them out (I’m not a fan of fussy cutting!).  On the Blushing Bride card stock, I used the large dream weave circle and cut two images before layering the Balmy Blue Dream Catcher over the top.  I placed the Congrats over the top of the bottom dream weave circle.

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Now lets Step It Up!!

On the card front, I used my Aqua Painters and added a light water wash to the Whisper White Card Stock using the Blushing Bride and Balmy Blue reinkers.  I then followed the same idea of using the large dream weave circle down the side of the top layer, but I cut three out this time.  I stamped the large Dream Catcher from the Follow Your Dreams stamp set onto a scrap of Whisper White Card Stock before using the framelit to cut it out.  I also had cut a dream weave circle out of Balmy Blue to layer over the top.  I stamped the flower from Follow Your Dreams in Balmy Blue onto Blushing Bride Card Stock and this was placed on Stampin’ Dimensionals to give it a little bit of height.  I also used Stampin’ Mini Dimensionals to place the feathers.

Sticking with my theme of “Is it pink or blue?”  “Is it boy or girl?” I have cut the Congrats out in both Blushing Bride and Balmy Blue as well as doing a water wash on Whisper White in both colours.  I layered these together so they ‘shadowed’ each other.

To add a little more bling, I added a twist of Gold Metallic Thread behind the dream catcher.

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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.

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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