Social Stamping | subtles

Hello! Thanks for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host. This is the final hop in this series and I’m delighted that my stamping friends & I are sharing projects made using colours from the Subtles Collection.

These colours form some of my favourites in the SU! range and are always a pleasure to create with. They are soft but not meek with the prettiest of tones and the ability to step in for the projects that we need a little elegance for.

My projects today all use a fancy fold that I’ve lifted from a card I got sent for my birthday by my gorgeous friend Elizabeth Gross. I haven’t seen this fold before – I have no idea what’s it’s called but it’s had me at the clever use of DSP.

The card features a tri-fold using the DSP, which opens out and displays both sides of the DSP. Remember when I said in my Stamp Review Crew profile that one of my biggest challenges was choosing the side of the DSP I wanted to use on a card – well this fold solves that problem for you!!!

Every card sits closed using the seashell tab on the left to keep it all together, but when the right side is opened, you can start to see the DSP patterns revealed.

The fully opened card shows the writing panel…

I’ve made a video to show the fancy fold in all its glory – its so simple but so magnificent!

I’ve used three different patterns from the Sand & Sea DSP. And there’s really no better example of when it seems a shame to only use one side than this pack. It retires at the end of the June (when the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue finishes) so you’ll want to stock up ASAP in June. As a wonderful parting gift, this DSP will be available from 2nd June at a 50% discount. Order via my online store next Wednesday to secure yours plus so many amazing specials as the Last Chance Retirement List takes over. Click here to see what else you can get a discounted price. Click here to shop online.

The stamp & die bundle for these cards is the Friends are Like Seashells stamp set and Seaside Shells Dies. They are part of the Sand & Sea Suite and coordinate beautifully with the DSP.

The ribbon is from my collection and I have no idea which combo pack it was from – it could be retired!! I’m terrible at keeping all the ribbons & embellishments I ever buy and never being able to keep track of what’s in a catalogue and what’s out! As long as it still looks good, it’s ok to use – yes!?!

Did you spy the three Subtles I used in the cards? My favourite is always Blushing Bride, but there’s nothing like a pretty DSP to urge me on to add in different colours. The other two I’ve used are So Saffron and Balmy Blue. The coordinating neutral is a long time favourite – Sahara Sand.

Next up on the hop is Julia Quinn. Julia has been a part of every single hop since they started last year. That’s an amazing commitment – thanks Julia!

You can see the full participant list and a few of my thoughts about our current COVID situation here in Australia over on the main Social Stamping Blog Host post.

I hope the rest of your weekend is amazing!

Social Stamping Blog Host | subtles

I started the Social Stamping Blog Hosts more than a year ago as we were starting to feel the effects of a new world influenced by COVID. None of us were to know what path the virus would take us on and for the most part we are still none the wiser about where to next.

For many of us, and for Australia as a whole, the strategy undertaken by the government to control the virus by controlling the people is keeping us safe. Virus numbers are low and we (for the most part) have the freedom to continue to live a COVID controlled life. I can’t help reflect though what a strange place COVID limbo-land is.

In many parts of the country it’s business as usual. But that’s not without a toll that we simply can’t measure by the number of cases of a virus that is ravaging the world. Our international borders have been closed since March 2020 – no travel out and no travel in without permission from the government. The borders between states have been in & out of closure and the risk of within state restrictions is forever on the agenda. Currently, the state of Victoria are in a week long lockdown because of new COVID cases. There is just as much a risk that this could happen to any state, at any time.

This continues to have a significant impact on Australia’s citizens – particularly those who are already under stress, those with mental health issues and those with employment in areas most affected by lockdowns & restrictions – hospitality, tourism, arts and the aviation industries. My heart breaks for the ongoing pressure on people who are constantly having to rethink, replan and revive themselves and their businesses time after time.

These blog hops have been a wonderful way to connect with stamping friends and provide a regular opportunity to share projects with you – wherever you are around the world.

Today’s hop will be the last one (for now). We finish up with one last colour theme – Subtles. The pastel tones of this colour range bring with them a sweetness and calmness that we sometimes need to wash over us and remind us that everything is going to be ok.

The full participant list for this hop is below. I want to extend my most sincere thanks to every blogger who joined in with a hop over the past 15 months. And another huge thanks to everyone who visited the blogs, enjoyed the projects and gave us purpose to share with you each time.

Stay safe, be kind and putting all the good vibes out there that some time soon we’ll move into a post COVID phase!

Participant List
1. Kelly Kent
2. Julia Quinn
3. Lou Kitzelman
4. Lisa Whitehead
5. Denise Buetler
6. Sandra Collett

Sweet As a Peach Fancy Fold

Not all fancy folds need to be complex with lots of instructions. The fold I’m sharing today is a great option for changing up a classic A5 card using a couple of dies from your collection.

I cut the cardstock at 5-7/8” (the usual width of an A5 card) x 5-7/8” (usually this would be the length of A4 cardstock – approx 11-11/16”). I then used one of the dies from the Basic Borders Dies to cut one edge and scored at 4-1/8”. The folded flap forms part of the front of the card.

The rest of the front panel is made using the largest stitched scallop die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I’ve attached to the middle of the border so that it lines up with the bottom of the card. If you don’t have either of these dies, you can use similar die in your collection – or leave the top flap & front panel as rectangles.

The middle of the card is 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” with 1” pieces of DSP on each edge. You can see these when the card is closed, so it provides a pretty finish both open & closed.

The card is embellished with products from the You’re A Peach suite – Sweet As a Peach stamp set, Peach Dies and You’re A Peach DSP. I’ve used some of the coordinating colours in this suite – Pale Papaya, Petal Pink and Pear Pizzazz plus Blushing Bride & Basic White. They really do make for such sweet card. The ribbon is Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon – it’s so lush in a big bow at the top of the card.

You could also make this card with a side fold. I’ll share a sample soon using that variation.

Have a great weekend!

For the Love of Sharing | Bunnings Bricks

Did you know that Bunnings – Australia’s favourite hardware store – sells block building kits to create some iconic designs. You can build your own playground, cafe, forklift, truck, warehouse and mini trolley!

We visited the Bunnings warehouse & cafe yesterday, played on the playground and pushed around a mini trolley. Check out my cute coffee cup – this design would make a fantastic DSP!!!

The block sets make great gifts for little tradies who aren’t big enough to build with real bricks yet. A great gift needs a fun card to go with it – so this is what I created using a range of my supplies including a few retired favourites.

The bricks are from a set I have kept for many years and used over & over – the Boys Will Be Boys stamp set. The “3” is from the Large Numbers Dies (always a keeper) and the circle is the Starburst Punch.

In the catalogue, you’ll find the happy birthday in the “A Grand Kid” stamp set, the bricks using the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder and the star from the Stitched Stars Dies. The colours for the card are classic Bunnings – Real Red and Garden Green with some Crumb Cake & Basic White in the mix.

I love the range of Bunnings blocks but I’m sure the regulars are all asking the same question as me – where’s the sausage sizzle???

ESAD Blog Hop | 2021 Annual Catalogue

Hi there! Thanks for joining us for an ESAD 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue Blog Hop. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to join in with one of these great hops, so I’m excited to be sharing projects this afternoon with this amazing group of stampers.

The theme is the new catalogue and I’m looking forward to seeing the showcase of products available for the next year.

I love a large percentage of the new catalogue (too large for my budget!) and think Stampin’ Up! nailed the new offerings. As well as some usual favourites, there’s some new themes. Today I’m sharing one of the bundles I was most excited about – the Hats Off stamp set and Hat Builder Dies.

This bundle is one for all genders, all ages and all occasions. The hat makes a great masculine card for guys of every age including those difficult to craft for teen boys. I also love that it has a good number of accessory pieces that are great on hats, but also complement other themes.

Here’s the two projects I made to share with you today – a forest themed man card and a rocket themed kids card.

I’m still oh-so in love with Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent – which are perfect forest colours, so they formed the colour scheme for my card. I added in Just Jade for another green tone. The DSP is a reverse side pattern from the Pansy Petals DSP. Perhaps not your first thought for a manly card – but those green toned strips were perfect for what I needed!

I love the stitched texture of the hat die! I added in a birthday sentiment from the Artistically Inked stamp set and used the Stitched Rectangle Dies for some extra detail on my card. The Bark 3D embossing folder added great tree-like texture to the Basic White layer behind the hat.

The second card moves away from the hat theme but still uses the stamps and dies from the bundle. I love it when products have lots of variety in how they can be used. The rocket theme in the Hats Off stamp set works so well in partnership with the Stellar Birthday stamp set.

The colour theme for this card is Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry. I love these colours together for a boy card.

The repetitive rocket stamping in the background with the star stamp from the Hats Off stamp set and star die from the Hat Builder Dies create a great space theme for this birthday card.

I feel like I’ve only just touched the surface of what you can make with this bundle – it has so much potential!

To see more creative projects from the new catalogue, keep hopping by clicking on the next button. There’s also a full list of participants at the bottom of this post in case of any broken links. Next up is my lovely friend Rebecca Scurr.

Thanks for spending some of your Sunday with us! All your favourite products from this hop are available via your local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and in the online store – http://www.stampinup.com.au.

Have a wonderful week!

Participant List
1. Sharni Haines
2. Nicole Wilson
3. Narelle Fasulo
4. Monique Fielder
5. Sue Vine
6. Tanya Rees
7. Lou Kitzelman
8. Melissa Gifford
9. Teresa Leggo
10. Tracy Held
11. Delys Cram
12. Kelly Kent
13. Rebecca Scurr
14. Denise Buetler

Quiet Meadow

I’m sure you’re all in the same crafting boat as me – you’ve flicked past a bundle lots of time in the catalogue thinking it wasn’t for you, and then someone shares a project online and suddenly it’s in your cart! The same thing happens for me when I craft with friends or attend classes. Quiet Meadow wasn’t on my radar until a friend let me play with it and then I couldn’t resist!

The stamp set and dies are great for a variety of occasions including love, sympathy, thinking of you and friendship. If you add in a sentiment from another stamp set, you can use the dies for almost every occasion you’d need to craft with. Nature elements are so versatile.

The first card I’m sharing today is a sympathy card. Often hard cards to make, but always so appreciated to receive.

I used a combination of the stamps in the set to create a layered look in a variety of neutral colours – Sahara Sand, Vanilla, Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Night of Navy.

I used the label from the Succulents Dies – it was the perfect size for this project. The DSP is from the In Good Taste pack – which carried over from the last annual catalogue to this one. I’ve ripped the edge for a textured finish and added more embellishment with Linen Thread and Early Espresso Faux Suede Trim.

The second card was for friends of mine to celebrate their wedding anniversary. I’ve used a Meadow Die Cut in Basic White on three rectangle panels – So Succulent, Pale Papaya and Calypso Coral (wedding colours). I’ve embossed them with the new Bark 3D embossing folder to add nature themed texture.

The sentiment is from the Many Messages stamp set and cut using the Messages Die. These are carryover products from the Jan-June 2021 Mini into the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. There’s also another coordinating stamp set to go with this one cut – many pieces die – Many Happenings – with more great sentiments. Between these two stamps, you’ve pretty much got all your sentiments covered.

The die cut is stuck to the card using clear wax and a hydrangea flower from the Fiona Ariva range. These wax seals are great for envelope sealing but amazing on the front of cards too.

What product has someone enabled you to buy recently? There’s nothing like seeing or using a product to make it a must have! I always wait to put my order in until after a team meeting because I know there’ll always be something in the swaps I receive or the make & take that adds to my shopping list.

If you live in Australia, you can find all your Stampin’ Up! supplies in the online store. Happy shopping!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | In with the new

Hello! We all made it to the end of the week! How was yours? I’ve had a really lovely week filled with work, stamping, and family – all of which brought me great happiness.

I’ve also had the pleasure of sharing quite a few projects with you this week as part of my design team commitments and tonight’s a fabulous hop with my Paper Adventures Team. The theme is ‘In with the new’ and I can’t wait for the team to show you all the ‘new’ crafting they’ve been doing.

We welcome my gorgeous friend Narelle Farrugia, Artisan Design Team alumni, as our guest designer. Thanks for joining us Narelle – so great to have you share your talents on our blog hop.

My project from today uses my very favourite suite from the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue – Expressions in Ink. I love every part of this – the stamp set (great sentiments), the die set (amazing centrepiece die), the DSP (oh my – watercolour!) and the ephemera pack (bling!).

I used all the elements of the suite to make this sweet card for a new team member who joined our Paper Adventures team during the Join+ promotion. Christine purchased her Starter Kit for $169 and received $283 of her favourite Stampin’ Up! products with free shipping and a discount on all her future purchases until at least the end of October 2021. If you’d like to take advantage of this great offer, click here to join.

The big floral die in the Artistic Dies adds a wonderful wow factor to all your projects. You can use it plain, cut the pieces apart or add stamped flowers behind the die cut like I have in this card.

The dies in the set also cut the stamped flowers and leaves from the coordinating Artistically Inked stamp set. This set has a watercolour effect. Christina Wrede shared a great tip on Instagram during the week to apply ink to your watercolour style stamps with a blending brush. I found that a combination of techniques worked for me – inking directly from the ink pad and then smoothing the ink out with a blending brush was perfect.

The DSP has gold foiling on one side of each of the patterns – it’s so wonderfully deluxe! The ephemera pack has gold die cut accents and adhesive backed sequins that add the perfect finishing touch to all your projects. Stampin’ Up! have kindly provided a suite code – 155459 – for this great product range – making it easy to order it all at once (because you know you *need* it!).

To shop your favourite Stampin’ Up! products – head over to my online store. Stampin’ Up! offers amazingly low shipping of $5.95 for all orders under $120 and just 5% for overs over $120. Have it delivered to your door and be crafting with new products in no time at all.

Next stop on the team blogging adventure is Narelle Farrugia – I know you’ll love what she’s made, I always do!

Thanks for joining us, I hope you have a great weekend! I have more projects to share with you across the weekend, so I’ll see you then! To get every new post straight to your email address, fill in the subscription form below

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Just Add Ink #555 | colour combination

Hello! We have a fabulous colour combination for you this week at Just Add Ink – who doesn’t love pink & teal together? Add in the aqua tones of Pool Party and it’s just divine.

I used this inspiration to spark the idea for the second card we made at Social Stamping this week. Using the Pretty Perennials stamp set we made this fun fold card –

The flowers are stamped in Magenta Madness, Just Jade and Pool Party ink – using a combination of stamping with full strength ink and stamping after stamping on scrap paper. This technique gives great variations in tone using the same ink pad.

The tag on the right side nests into a slot made using the Classic Label punch. This retired last month but we used it today because punches are so easy to use with groups. If you’re making this card at home and you don’t have the label punch, you can use any long, slim die you have in your die cutting sets.

We used the Delightful Tag Topper punch to finish the end of the tag where it slides into the space on the front of the card. You could leave this as a square edge or cut it into a banner/triangle shape.

I added a touch of Just Jade DSP (from the 2020-2022 In Color DSP pack) under the tag which is a nice finish for the middle panel, but you can also see it when the card is closed, for some extra colour.

On the front, I’ve added finishing touches of die cuts from the coordinating Perennial Petals Dies to the Magenta Madness flowers and Pastel Pearls to the Pool Party flowers.

This bundle didn’t carry over into the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue and won’t be available after the end of next month. It’s one of my all time favourite bundles made by Stampin’ Up! If you haven’t got yours yet, make sure to add it to an order soon!

We’d love to see your creations with this colour combination. If you don’t use Stampin’ Up! colours, please still join us by matching the closest colours in your collection. Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog – add your card to the gallery and see the other design team creations.

Thanks for being part of the Just Add Ink challenges – it’s so special to see people join in each week.

I hope the rest of your week is amazing! Social Stamping is on again on Monday – we’d love to see you there if you are local to the Bunbury area.

Stamp Review Crew | kelly kent

Hi there! The design team from The Stamp Review Crew are taking turns to share a little more about ourselves. You can see my profile and learn a little about me over at the Stamp Review Crew main blog.

The Stamp Review Crew was the first design team I joined back in March 2016 – making it 5 wonderful years with this crew! The Stamp Review Crew are a group of international Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators – coming together on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month to share projects made with the same stamp set. It was an absolute pleasure when I joined and it continues to be a wonderful part of my blogging cycle each month. The crew are crazy talented – it’s pretty special to blog along side them!

I’ve been asked to share a project with you today and breaking tradition of sharing projects using a stamp set, I’m sharing some creations I made using a new die set – the Give it a Whirl Dies.

You’re going to want to get this into your stamp room – because it will add another level of interesting to all the stamp sets you have in there.

There’s a new set in the 2021 Annual Catalogue designed to coordinate with the dies – the Stellar Birthday stamp set. I’ve used the quarter circle cut out so that the astronaut moves up & down when you turn the wheel.

Interactive cards are the best for all ages, but they really add a great option for kids cards. I love that the stamp set has both a girl and a boy astronaut plus accessory stamps that you can use in the windows – or the background as I have for this card.

The second card I’m sharing was a special one I made for my nephew who turned 1 last week.

I couldn’t resist getting my new turtle bundle inky – Turtle Friends stamp set and Turtle Punch. The Give it a Whirl Dies are awesome for creating a scene. When you spin the wheel on this card, it shows three different greetings between the clouds – happy birthday, ‘it’s time to shell-ebrate’ and a die cut “1”.

The Playful Alphabet stamp set is fantastic for customising cards with names, special birthday numbers or custom sayings. The DSP on this card is from the Beauty of the Earth DSP. The main patterns are autumnal nature images but the reverse side are fantastic single coloured patterns – perfect for sky & grass. The Basic Border Dies are another ‘must-have’ from the 2021 Annual Catalogue – great for grass, clouds and other creative cuts.

The Give It A Whirl Dies have great accessory dies including the clouds on the turtle card and stars on the astronaut card. I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas appear on Pinterest for this die set.

You can follow all the Stamp Review Crew hops each month by subscribing to the SRC Blog. Click here to visit.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Butterfly Brilliance

Morning! Today I’m sharing a pretty little bundle that wasn’t a surprise to see in the new catalogue. While we were waiting for the new catalogue to launch, Stampin’ Up! were kind enough to let us order the Butterfly Brilliance bundle early. There was also a special release DSP that sold out in a matter of weeks – luckily there’s lots of other great DSP patterns in the current 2 catalogues that we can pair with this bundle.

You’ll find the Butterfly Brilliance stamp set and Brilliant Wings Dies in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. The butterflies form one large stamp which is perfect to use as one piece – or to cut up and add the individual butterflies to your cards. The die set has options to cut out the outline of the butterflies, detailed butterflies and a series of coordinating pieces.

Although I love the butterflies in this set, it was really the bricks in the die set that made me swoon. Such a cute patch of texture. I’ve cut two brick sets on each card front and layered Ice Cream Corner DSP behind it for a watercolour effect.

The first card is pink & yellow tones – as guided by the DSP. The butterflies are stamped in Early Espresso. I love the richness of this ink and how easy it it to get a full colour on the stamp with minimal effort.

I’ve combined this bundle with the Brushed Blooms stamp set from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue for the sentiment and splatters of texture on the white.

The one piece butterfly stamp gives you six butterflies at a time – more than enough for a couple of cards (inside & out!). The second card uses purple tones – Highland Heather & Blackberry Bliss.

The Pastel Pearl embellishments were the perfect finish for these cards. Large in size and shiny & lustrous, they add a pretty elegance.

If you didn’t get this bundle in the early pre-release, make sure to add it to your wish list for a future shopping cart. Butterflies always make a wonderful crafting staple and this bundle is a great option to add to your collection.

I hope you have a wonderful week!