Favourites from the 2017/18 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue


Hi, I am excited to welcome you to my latest blog post, as I take part in another ESAD Blog Hop, this time featuring some of my favourite items from the new catalogue which was released at the start of June.  A quick explanation of who and what is ESAD can be found below.  If you are a demonstrator and would like to know more, please let me know and I would be happy to assist.

You may be beginning at my post, or you may be visiting from Richelle‘s.  I love how active Richelle’s blog is and use this as one of my inspiration points.  Thanks Richelle for sharing so freely 🙂

My projects for today used three different stamps sets (all new in the catalogue), however I have included one other new item which I think is very versatile.  The Glitter Enamel Dots……Wow!  The Glitter Enamel Dots have an ombre effect in four colours – Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst and Old Olive.

All three cards I have made to show how simple, yet effective flat cards can be.  Not all cards need a lot of detail or added extras – just a clean cut of card stock and an ink pad.

First up I have used Great Big Greetings and Dapper Denim to make a masculine thank you card.  This sentiment reminds me of Star Wars.   It is one big photopolymer stamp and is perfect for a quick and clean card.  The Glitter Enamel Dots add a little extra.


My second card used the Ribbon of Courage stamp set designed by Patty Bennet.  The sentiment I think says it all “Live every moment.  Laugh every day.  Love with all your heart.”  I wanted to show that this stamp set is versatile and although perfect for different fundraising events (Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea pops straight to mind), it can also be used as a pick me up, no reason needed card.  Again, I have popped some Basic Jewel Rhinestones on to add some sparkle.


My third card is a quick and simple thank you card and…..well who wouldn’t want to feature the little piggy!?!?!  I think this will be a well utilised stamp within my collection.



Now that you have finished my post, you can head off to Josie‘s Blog, but I would really love to hear what you thought of my projects, please take a few minutes to leave me some feedback.  A full list of the hop participants is below. 🙂



Blog hop participants:

  1. Josie Dean
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Carolina Evans
  4. Kim Oliver
  5. Sandra Mastello
  6. Lou Kitzelman
  7. Kelly Kent
  8. Cheryl Algie
  9. Rebecca Scurr
  10. Sharon Dalton
  11. Leonie Schroder
  12. Monique Fielder
  13. Courtenay Heuston
  14. Terri Hawke
  15. Barbara Williams
  16. Kristel Rimmer
  17. Maree McIntosh
  18. Kathryn Ruddick
  19. Rosalie Desmond
  20. Linda Whalley
  21. Amity Knight
  22. Peta Stephen
  23. Megan Lenske
  24. Richelle Fletcher
  25. Carly Middleton – Lucky Last 🙂

Product List 

This Little Piggy Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Ribbon Of Courage Clear-Mount Stamp Set


Great Big Greetings Photopolymer Stamp Set


Whisper White A4 Card Stock


Fresh Fig A4 Cardstock


Dapper Denim A4 Cardstock


Daffodil Delight A4 Card Stock


Powder Pink A4 Cardstock


Glitter Enamel Dots


Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad


Fresh Fig Classic Stampin' Pad


Powder Pink Classic Stampin' Pad


Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad


Rhinestone Basic Jewels


SNAIL Permanent Adhesive


Fast Fuse Adhesive


Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek Blog Hop


Hi and welcome to our latest Blog Hop with the team from ESAD.  Thanks for joining us.  You may have joined me from Jenny Hayward’s post or you may be starting here, either way, please make sure you stop by all of the posts (the links are at the end of today’s blog in case you get lost. 🙂 )


This Blog Hop is focussing on the NEW!!! Stampin’ Up! Catalogue, which is being released to our customers for purchase On 1st June.   As a demonstrator, I am able to place a pre-order from a selection of products released.  I have used two new stamp sets which I am focusing on today and you may also spot some new In Colors too!

My first project is using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set, which is released as a bundle with the Happy Birthday Thinlit Die.  You heard right – a Happy Birthday Thinlit Die!


I created the background using the dotty balloon in Lemon Lime Twist, I literally just covered the whole card front!  I am a big fan of the rose stamp (there is a big one and a small one).  I used the large rose and in opposite corners stamped in Berry Burst and the leaves are stamped in Tranquil Tide.  Don’t you just love the new colours!

The Happy Birthday Thinlit die, in Berry Burst, I cannot believe how much it just pops.  I used the Thin Tip Glue Pen to adhere today, but in the new Catalogue there is Adhesive Sheets, which will make this so much easier.  I cannot wait to get my hands on some of this.

My second project (because I really couldn’t choose which one to feature) is using the Fabulous Flamingo stamp.  I wasn’t into the flamingos in the old catalogue, but my word – yes I have been converted.  This set is so easy to make a real scene and I think it is a work of art.


I used Sweet Sugarplum, Powder Pink, Pool Party and Always Artichoke.  The Flamingo is a three time stamp.  I love how the layering of the Powder Pink adds shadowing to the flamingo’s body.

Well, that is all from me for today, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any further posts from me.  If you are able, please leave me a comment – I enjoy reading your words too!

To keep on moving through the Blog Hop, click on the Berry Burst arrow below to travel onto Rosalie Desmond’s post for some more inspiration.


Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Nicole Wilson
  2. Lou Kitzelman
  3. Kelly Kent
  4. Libby Dyson
  5. Rachael Lewsley
  6. Josie Dean
  7. Megan Lenske
  8. Cheryl Algie
  9. Leonie Schroder
  10. Kristel Rimmer
  11. Jenny Hayward
  12. Carly Middleton
  13. Rosalie Desmond
  14. Tanya Bell
  15. Renee Lynch
  16. Violette De La Croix
  17. Sharon Dalton
  18. Kim Oliver
  19. Peta Stephen
  20. Sandra Mastello
  21. Courtenay Heuston
  22. Monique Fielder
  23. Cathy Pinchbeck
  24. Richelle Fletcher
  25. Maree McIntosh
  26. Rebecca Jacovou

ESAD Eastern Palace Suite Blog Hop


Wow, how awesome are the ideas that you have seen so far?  Hopefully I will be able to continue to inspire you with my projects using the Stampin’ Up! Eastern Palace Suite.  This Suite has been released ahead of the new catalogue and the projects I have seen so far are mind blowing…..there are some really talented people in our Stampin’ world, many of whom you will find amongst the group of ESAD Stampers.


You may have arrived from the blog of Juan Ambida or you may have started here.  Enjoy your hop around while you gather lots of thoughts and ideas using the Eastern Palace Suite.

My projects I have made today are based around the new In Colors 2017-2019 which have been released with the bundles, available to purchase 1st to 31st May 2017.  I am having difficulty in choosing my favourite colour as they all are wonderful.

Now onto my projects…….


The first card I have used Lemon Lime Twist as the card base and then mounted Fresh Fig Card Stock before using Stampin’ Dimensionals to mount the Whisper White Card Stock which I had stamped using the coordinating Stampin’ Ink Pads.


The second card I have used a card base in Fresh Fig and paired this with Very Vanilla.  I have used the photopolymer Stamps and stamped multiple layers for the centre piece in Tranquil Tide, creating a new stamped shape.  I have then used the Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist to create background stamps.


My third card uses the coordinating dies.  These are definitely worth a play as there are so many different combinations available.  Luckily they partner really well with the Layering Circles Framelits.  I look forward to seeing what you can create.

Unfortunately my photography skills do not show the new colours very well tonight, Melbourne’s weather was not too open to good photos 😦

While you will now continue onto Mandy Depiazzi’s blog, please don’t forget to leave a comment with your thoughts on my projects.


  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Lou Kitzelman
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Kim Oliver
  5. Libby Dyson
  6. Cheryl Algie
  7. Peta Stephen
  8. Maree McIntosh
  9. Leonie Schroder
  10. Kristel Rimmer
  11. Jenny Hayward
  12. Narelle Fasulo
  13. Monique Fielder
  14. Ellen Woodbridge
  15. Rosalie Desmond
  16. Cathy Pinchbeck
  17. Juan Ambida
  18. Carly Middleton
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Jessie Holton
  21. Amity Knight
  22. Tanya Bell

Stampin’ Up! Retirement Blog


Thanks for arriving……  You may have arrived from Nicole‘s blog or maybe you are starting here.

Well, unfortunately this Blog Hop did not go to plan.  I had a little, alright a BIG moment there where my blog was OUT OF ORDER……argh, what a nightmare.  Thanks Lou for your help and guidance.  Safari is not my friend.

I have joined the ESAD Blog Hop for the Retirement List projects.  I was flicking back through my previous blog hops and this was my first out in the wide world blog hop, two years ago.  I have since become a little addicted, so watch this space because there are more on the way (and they are exciting ones too……..new catalogue anyone!)


Well I just wanted to highlight some items which I am definitely going to miss, something you may have skipped over in the excitement of getting the Retirement List.

I will list the items for you to refer to:

  • Adhesive Remover – This little $6 beauty has saved me on more than one occasion.
  • 5/8″ Organza Ribbon – I may or may not have stock piled this ribbon.  It is so versatile and you can colour it any colour to coordinate with your project.
  • Blusing Bride Glitter Paper – Why, oh why, what will I do!
  • StazOn Inkpad and Reinker – Still working out how I feel about this and what my solution will be 🙂

Now onto my projects.  I just used the Love you Lots Hostess Stamp Set to create four 10x10cm gift cards.


I coloured the Elephant and Mouse with the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils and used an Aqua Pen to blend the colour.


Again, coloured using the Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils along with the Aqua Painters (I think I will miss the froggie the most)


The Ladybirds are coloured using the Stampin’ Write Marker in Real Red.


And, although it doesnt show very well on the photo, the background has been watercoloured and then I used the Blender Pen to colour the Echidna.

Well, I hope I have inspired you to dig out the Stamp Sets you may not have used and get some ink on them before they are retired.


The next Blog on your journey is Libby Dyson.

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Rachael Lewsley
  4. Courtenay Heuston
  5. Narelle Fasulo
  6. Kirrkie Terri
  7. Nicole Wilson
  8. Carly Middleton
  9. Libby Dyson
  10. Rebecca Jacovou
  11. Rosalie Desmond
  12. Megan Lenske
  13. Leonie Schroder
  14. Kristel Rimmer
  15. Tanya Bell
  16. Richelle Fletcher
  17. Pauline Bennetts
  18. Mandy Depiazzi
  19. Ellen Woodbridge
  20. Monique Fielder
  21. Maree McIntosh
  22. Cathy Pinchbeck

CTC118 Challenge

I have bitten the bullet and joined my first ever challenge. The CASEing the Catalogue Crew have a Sunday challenge which runs each week Sunday 7pm to Saturday 7pm. 

This weeks challenge was to CASE a project from pages 32 – 45 of the Occasions Catalogue “Cool Treats Suite”. 

I have only inked the Day at the Beach set a couple of times and thought this would be a great project to try out my new Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils. 

I think it is quite cute!  

Here is the product list, which links directly to my online store, should any of the product interest you. 

Remember with any order greater than $90, you can choose a great free, I will say that again, FREE product of your choice from the Sale-a-Bration catalogues. 

Product List

Day At The Beach Clear-Mount Stamp Set


Watercolor Pencils


Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad


So Saffron A4 Card Stock


Whisper White A4 Card Stock


Dapper Denim A4 Cardstock


Linen Thread


White Stampin' Emboss Powder


Versamark Pad

Suite Sentiments Clear-Mount Stamp Set


It’s all about Occasions and Sale-a-bration

Oh my, oh my…..how can we contain our excitement?  It is nearly that time where we say goodbye to some favourites from the last three months and we fall in love with a whole lot of new toys.  As a Stampin’ Up! demonstator, I feel very lucky to be able to share some new stamp sets and accessories with you, and know that you will be drooling over the new catalogue, just like me.  Don’t forget, you can start ordering from the new Occasions Catalogue on 4th January 2017 (only 24 sleeps to go!).  I have again joined the ESAD Blog Hop, I think these are so much fun and they give me so many ideas.  You may have started here, or may have hopped on by from Leonie.  Make sure you follow Leonie on Facebook, she is a regular poster and provides me with a lot of inspiration.  Thanks Leonie.

My first project is using the Hey, Chick stamp set from Sale-a-Brations.  My friend and downline just fell in love with this set, and so I thought what better stamp to use for her Christmas Card.  I used the Stitched Shape Framelits in two sizes to allow me to mount the smaller piece (whisper white) onto the Animal Party DSP from the Occasions Catalogue.  The Emerald Envy, with the streamers really make the chickens pop!  (Please note, the Stitched Shape Framelits will be available in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue released in June 2017).  The same look could be created with the Layering Circles, Squares and Oval Framelits (available in the annual catalogue).  The buntings, from the Birthday Bright (Occasions Catalogue) stamp set is stamped in Emerald Envy and Real Red.
I have included close ups of the cute chickens for you to enjoy!
 And here is a quick photo from the inside of the card……

My Hubby and I spent the afternoon at a Food Truck Carnival today, and I was totally inspired to create my next card.  This is exactly what I was viewing while trying to choose what to have for lunch.  Tasty Trucks will be perfect for watercoloring with the new Water Colour pencils, however, I haven’t received these yet and used the Stampin’ Write Markers instead.  I love the vibrant colours as much as I think I will love the water colouring effect.

And finally, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my post, it really means a lot to me.  I have combined some Sale-A-Brations with Occasions catalogue products in my final project.  This is a bright and cheery Thank You Card.  I must admit, I am a huge fan of Crushed Curry (but it did take me forever to start using it).
This cute card has been created using the So Very Much stamp set from Sale-a-Bration, along with the little bee from Dragonfly Dreams in the Occasions Catalogue.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to create the Crushed Curry shadowing.  I must say, this script is very nice and I can see so many possibilities for this stamp, whether it be a one stamp wonder, or by stepping it up by stamping a shadow for instance.  Here is a close up of the script.

You may be wondering who or what is ESAD?  ESAD is a group of fun Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators located in Australia and New Zealand.  If this sounds like a group you NEED to be a part of, please contact me.
The next stop on this Hop is the very talented Megan.  Click on the arrow to continue, or you can follow on from the list below.
Thanks for stopping by…….
13. Carly Middleton  <— You are here 🙂


ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop


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………


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.   🙂

Product List

Here's To Cheers Clear-Mount Bundle

Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer Bundle

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

Sponge Brayers

Sweet Sugarplum A4 Cardstock

Emerald Envy A4 Cardstock

Real Red A4 Card Stock

Whisper White A4 Card Stock

Silver Foil Sheets

Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad

Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad

Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad

Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad

Rich Razzlebberry Classic Stampin' Pad

Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Pad

Big Shot

Big Shot Magnetic Platform

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

Fast Fuse Adhesive

Stampin' Dimensionals


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.

Created by Kylie

Created by Kylie (card front)

Created by Kylie (inside card)

Created by Monica

Created by Monica

Created by Monica


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