Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Kelly's Stamping Friends blog hop

Tonight I have the pleasure of participating in a really special blog hop. It is to celebrate the 'stampinversary' of one of my really dear stamping friends Kelly Kent. She is celebrating 5 years of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and asked some of her stamping friends from all over the world to celebrate with her in a blog hop where the theme is 'All things happy'. Kelly had so many keen friends that she had to stage 2 hops - a real testament  to what a fabulous, generous and just all round lovely friend that she is to many. Whether you are starting with me or have hopped over from visiting Rachael Lewsley, you are in for a real treat. Celebrating with Kelly tonight are some of my stamping idols (certainly made it a bit nerve-wracking when creating my card!) so you won't want to miss a single one.

When I was thinking of something to make, I got to thinking about what makes me happy. There are lots of things but right up there is simply creating something and being able to escape the world for even a short time. Combine that with using some beautiful new products (that you can order from tomorrow - yay) and a nifty card fold and well ...... that certainly puts me in my happy place! How perfect is this sentiment from the Lovely Friends stamp set?

I just started stamping and grabbing things from my box of new goodies and it all evolved from there. A vellum punched daisy (love that new daisy punch), some Powder Pink cardstock and coordinating ribbon and some stamped daisies to enhance the sentiment and I was a happy girl.

On Monday I taught the lovely girls in my class how to make Surprise Diorama Cards and thought it would be the perfect fold for this hop. You can find out how to make it here. It is a great fold - super easy but has a bit of a wow factor. Plus it folds flat to fit into a standard envelope. I love the depth you get with the shallow box inside. The Lovely Friends stamp set has gorgeous font, lots of sentiments and little details to add like these brackets/frames. Love it!

I had a left over watercoloured pot from a card I had posted earlier in the week and knew I could plant a Powder Pink gerbera in it. I used an Aqua Painter and ink from the lid of the ink pad to add a bit of definition to each petal.

Gerberas, stamping and good friends - what more do you need to be happy? I am so happy to be celebrating this milestone with Kelly. Stampin' Up! is more than just beautiful products. For me the best thing about Stampin' Up! is being a demonstrator and the networks and friendships that I have been able to make since I became one 4 years ago. It is one of the best things I have ever done and treasure all the friendships I have made and all the fun, support and inspiration that comes with it.

A picture tells a thousand words!

Make sure you hop around to each of Kelly's Stamping Friends. I can't wait to see what they have in store. Next up is the super talented Courtenay Heuston.

Happy Stampinversary Kelly!
List of Participants
  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Billie Moan
  3. Rochelle Blok
  4. Kayla Renee MacAulay
  5. Jacqui Crouch
  6. Tina Gillespie
  7. Kathryn Ruddick
  8. Valerie Moody
  9. Jo Weedon
  10. Danielle Bennenk
  11. Nikki Spencer
  12. Sylvia Verhulst-Batenburg
  13. Richelle Fletcher
  14. Chloe Evans
  15. Rachael Lewsley
  16. Lou Kitzelman
  17. Courtenay Heuston
  18. Denita Wright-Smee
  19. Christine Blain
  20. Martha Groeger
  21. Patrice Easton
  22. Sandra Collett
  23. Cheryl O'Bree
Product List
Daisy Punch

Sunday, 28 May 2017

ESAD 2017/18 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek

Welcome to another ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators) blog hop. Whether you are starting with me or have hopped over from seeing Nicole Wilson's gorgeous creations you are in for a real treat. Tonight we are giving you a sneak peek at some of the products from the new 2017/18 Annual Stampin' Up! catalogue. There are only 4 more sleeps until you can order (but who's counting?).  Be prepared to have a very long wish list by the end of this hop!

I wanted to feature 2 stamp sets tonight - Pocketful of Sunshine and Happy Birthday Gorgeous. Both are so versatile and can be used for all ages and any gender. Here are the 2 pocket cards I made.

The inside got some love too!

I love this girly version. I have used all 5 of the new In Colours. They all work in really well together. The Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set has some fabulous 2 step stamping flowers and lots of little images that you can use to create a design. Perfect for an 'embroidered' jean pocket. There are so many different sentiments as well. This will be popular set.

The Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set has coordinating thinlits - I can't wait to order these on Thursday. I have cut them with scissors for these cards. I used the outline in the catalogue to give me an idea of the borders. You fold these back and that allows you to make the pocket bow a bit or to add things inside.

Of course I had to stamp an envelope while I was at it.

I was asked to make a card for a friend's son who is travelling and will be away for his birthday. What better design than a pocket with sunnies and a map? I had to hack up an old atlas - all in the name of art! I used the same layout as my first card. If you are onto a good thing.....

I love the stitching detail. I think it works really well as a design feature next to the sentiment as well.

Design tip - Ever struggled to get that random pattern that others make look so effortless? Here's my secret. Stamp the images on scrap card and roughly cut out or in this case punch. Move them around until you are happy with the placement and then use this as a guide to stamping. 

Only 4 sleeps until you can order from the 2017/18 Annual Stampin' Up! catalogue. I can't wait. How about you? Ready for some more inspiration? Next up is my super talented friend Kelly Kent. You will love her gorgeous projects.

Blog Hop Participants:
2. Lou Kitzelman - You are here!

Product List

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