Sunday, 25 March 2018

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Cathy Caines


Welcome to the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with special guest Cathy Caines.   Cathy is a member of the Stampin' Up! 2018 Artisan Design Team and is so talented.  It's a real pleasure to hop along with her today!

I was going to be organised and create my card earlier in the month but I had a lot of trouble deciding which of Cathy's creations to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) as they're all so amazing,.  When this card popped up recently though, I fell in love with the layout and knew straight away what I wanted to do.

I'm usually drawn to floral stamps but I wanted to try something a bit different this time and create with a stamp set I haven't used yet, so I decided to use the We Must Celebrate stamp set.

I stamped the critters onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and coloured them using Stampin' Blends in Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake and Pink Pirouette.  I also used the confetti stamp to create a same tone background using Pink Pirouette cardstock and ink.

I layered these panels together using a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock and then adhered it to a Whisper White card base.  I also used a sentiment from the A Little Wild stamp set.

The little critters are so cute!  I'll definitely be using them again, particularly as they're so quick and easy to colour.

That's all from my today.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I'd love to hear from you so please feel free to leave a comment.

The rest of the blog hop lineup is listed below so don't forget to take a look at the amazing creations everyone's put together!


Sunday, 11 March 2018

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Janet Wakeland


Welcome back to another Crazy Crafters Blog Hop.  Today we are joined by the amazing Janet Wakeland.

I've been following Janet's work for a long time so it's very exciting to have the opportunity to hop along with her and CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) one of her designs.

The card I chose to case today is this one.  I love how the embossed background frames and showcases the image.

To create my card, I decided to use the same layout and just change up a few elements.  For my focal image, I used the lavender stamp from the Lots of Lavender photopolymer stamp set.  I stamped this using Tuxedo Black, Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake inks.

Next up, I created a window and frame using the 2 largest dies from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and then embossed the cardstock using the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I then adhered the window panel over the stamped image.

The complete the card, I used the Celebrate You Thinlit Dies to die cut the word 'amazing' from Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White cardstock which I then layered together to create some depth and make it stand out more.

That's it from me.  Thanks for stopping by.  I'd love to hear from you so please feel free to leave a comment.

And don't forget to check out the rest of the blog hop.  The full lineup is below.  I promise you won't be disappointed!


Sunday, 25 February 2018

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Wendy Lee


Welcome to our Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with special guest Wendy Lee!

Wendy is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from North Carolina and is very talented. I love her creations and I'm feeling very lucky to be hopping along with her today.

For todays blog hop, I decided to case this card that Wendy made recently.  I love how crisp and clean this card looks, with the white space and image stamped to the side. 

I decided to follow suit with my card but rather than use a patterned paper for the background, I dry embossed my cardstock using the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.

For my stamped image, I used the large flower image from the Petal Palette stamp set and coloured it in using the Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends.  As I wanted to keep this as the focal point of the card, I only added a little bit of colour behind the image, layering it onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock.

I chose a greeting from the Birthday Blooms stamp set to finish off the card.

I enjoyed making this card so much, that I made a few more, using different colour combinations and changing the layout slightly on some of them.

That's it for me today.  Thanks for stopping by.  I'd love to hear from you so please feel free to leave a comment!

The rest of the lineup is listed below, so don't forget to check out the other amazing creations the Crazy Crafters have put together to share with you!


Sunday, 11 February 2018

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Allison Okamitsu


Welcome to another Crazy Crafters Blog Hop.  Today we're joined by special guest Allison Okamitsu who is all the way over in Canada.  I've been following Allison for a while as I love her card designs and style so I'm pretty excited that she's joining us today!

While I was browsing through Allison's blog, looking for a card to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit), I came across this card.  I've seen a few cards lately where die cuts have been used to create the background and I really like the effect so I knew straight away that this was the card I was going to CASE.

To create the background for my card, I used Pink Pirouette cardstock and die cut a number of different size circles using the Layering Circles Framelits Dies and the 1-3/4" Circle Punch.  After working out their placement, I then adhered them onto another piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock and trimmed the cardstock down to size.

I then stamped the unicorn from the Magical Day Stamp Set and coloured it in using Stampin' Blends (Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Pink Pirouette) before cutting it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.

The 'happy birthday' greeting is from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set and I created a little banner for the greeting using the Classic Label Punch

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my creation. I would love to hear from you so please feel free to leave a comment!

Make sure you check out the rest of the blog hop as there's plenty more to see and lots of amazing creations to inspire you.  


Sunday, 28 January 2018

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Rose Coleman


Today I'm taking part in another Crazy Crafters Blog Hop and this time around we are being joined by special guest Rose Coleman.

Rose is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from Calgary Alberta, Canada, and I absolutely love her creations.  They're so bright and colourful which make then loads of fun to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit).

The inspiration this week came from this card that Rose made at the start of the year.  I love the patterned background and the layering of the banner over the stamped image and these are the elements that carried over into my creation.

Rather than use patterned paper for the background of my card though, I decided to try a technique I recently saw online using bubble wrap and Brusho Crystal Colour.  This technique is so simple and fun - you just sprinkle Brush Crystal Colour over some bubble wrap, spritz with water, and then press a piece of Watercolour Paper down over the top to transfer the pattern.

To create the stamped images, I used a greeting and the knight image from the Magical Day Bundle.  I then coloured the knight in using Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends.
The greeting is die cut using the coordinating die from the Bundle and although there is also a coordinating die for the knight, I decided to cut the image out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I adhered this to a piece of Real Red cardstock that I die cut using the Layering Circles Framelits and then attached the stamped images to the background.

To finish off the card, I layered the background piece onto some Basic Black cardstock and then a Whisper White card base.

I love how this card finished up, especially the background, and will be trying this technique out on some more projects.

I hope you've enjoyed the blog hop so far.  If you'd like to see more, please check out the rest of the lineup below.
Thanks for stopping by.   I would love to hear from you so please feel free to leave a comment!


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop - Sale-A-Bration & Occasions Catty Hop


I'm back with my first post for the year and am super excited as I'm joining the Crazy Crafters to showcase some of the amazing products from the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogues.

There are some many fantastic sets in the Occasions Catalogue and it was tough deciding which suite to showcase, but I can't go past the Tutti-Frutti Suite. 

The Tutti-frutti Designer Series Paper is so fun and bright and the Fruit Basket stamp set and coordinating Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack are adorable!  They're the perfect size for making mini 3"x3" cards and that's exactly what I did.

For my first card, I decided to feature the pears, which I stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and Soft Suede.  The pears are cut out using the coordinating punch and then adhered to a circle I cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. For the card base I used Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and the Tutti-frutti Designer Series Paper.

For the second card, I stamped the strawberries in Real Red and Lemon Lime Twist and then cut them out with the coordinating punch.  For the card base I used Whisper White and Real Red cardstock and the Tutti-frutti Designer Series Paper.

These cards were really easy and quick to make.  I'll definitely be playing with this suite more!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the blog hop to see some more products from the Occasions and Sale-A-Brations Catalogues.  The full lineup is listed below.

Thanks for stopping by.   I would love to hear from you so please feel free to leave a comment!


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Introducing the Stamparatus

Hi all!

Sorry it's been a while since my last post.  There's been a lot going on but I'm back today to introduce an amazing new stamp placement tool from Stampin' Up!.

It's called the Stamparatus and it looks amazing!  I can't wait to get my hands on one.

The Stamparatus is completely different to any other stamp positioning tool out there and will change the way you stamp.  It will allow you to:

  •  mass produce easily, 
  • consistently stamp crisp, clean images,
  • easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plate
  • make fewer mistakes, saving time and money.

Would you like more details?
  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps,
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • All this for only $85!

You will be able to reserve a Stamparatus from 17 November, ready for shipping around 1 February 2018, but you will need to get in quick as they only have a limited number available. Please note that you will not be charged until the Stamparatus is shipped.

If you miss out, don't worry as there will be 2 more opportunities to reserve a Stamparatus before it is released in next years Annual Catalogue.

To reserve your Stamparatus on 17 November CLICK HERE

You will need a credit card, and if you do not have an online account you will need to create one.  If you would like to select me as your Demonstrator, my details are:
  • Sarah Newick
  • Karabar, NSW, 2620

For more information on how to reserve a Stamparatus, please refer to the graphic and FAQs below.

Customer Stamparatus Launch Q & A

Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: Normally you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store; in this case, you will click the RESERVE link on the Stamparatus page which will take you to the reservation page. For step-by-step instructions, please see the How to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers.

Q: What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account?  
A: To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, click Create Account on the online store.

Q: Why does it take so long for the Stamparatus to ship?
A: We will place an order with the manufacturer based on how many reservations are made during any given reservation window. Shipping dates depend on how long it takes the order to arrive in our warehouse after the tools have been manufactured.

Q: Will the available-to-ship dates be the same for all markets?  
A: Yes.

Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: No. However, a credit card is required to reserve the product. 

Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus? 
A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalise payment and close your order, the system will charge your credit card.

Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?
A: No. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add other items to your order. Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.  

Q: Will I be able to update my address and credit card information when I open my shopping bag to complete my order?  
A: Yes. 

Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?  
A: You can cancel your reservation at any time. To cancel, please see the How to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers PDF.

Q: Will the tool be available in the 2018–2019 annual catalogue? 
A: Yes. Once the annual catalogue ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as you would any other product. Reservations will no longer be required, and there will be no limit on the number of tools you can order. 

Q: Once the Stamparatus has been added to my shopping cart, how long will it stay there? 
A: Indefinitely. As with all products, it will be subject to temporary interruptions in availability depending on demand.

Q: When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I participate in all three reservation periods?  
A: Yes. 

Q: How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window?
A:  For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window. 

Q: How did we come up with the name Stamparatus?  
A: We landed on an innovative name by combining two words that speak to the end use of the tool as well as Stampin’ Up! branding. 

Stamp: To impress a pattern or mark (especially an official one) on   a surface, object, or document using an engraved or inked  block or die or other instrument

Apparatus: The technical equipment or machinery needed for a  particular activity or purpose

Stamp + Apparatus = Stamparatus

If you have any questions, or would like some more information please feel free to contact me via my Facebook page,