Just Add Ink #360 – Sketch

At Just Add Ink this week, we’re creating using an awesome sketch created by Narelle – that lady is a master at layouts!

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I know I say it every time, but I really do love sketches – they open up a world of possibilities and give you the perfect starting point for your own unique design!

Make sure to visit the Just Add Ink blog and see what the JAI design team created!

You can also add your own creation to the link up and join the weekly challenge.


I was delighted when I saw the sketch components for this challenge – because they fit perfectly with the Yummy in my Tummy monster stamp, which I wanted to share with you one last time before it hits the officially retired list for Occasions 2017!

How cute is that monster!!!

I stamped the monster onto DSP from the Cupcakes & Carousels stack, cut him out, then stamped again onto Daffodil Delight & Bermuda Bay cardstock and cut out the horns, paws & tummy before sticking them into place.

The rest of the supplies in this card are all sticking around, so there’s no hurry, but if you love that monster, he’s only here until 31st May (or sold out).  The same goes for the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP (which is on special!).

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I’m looking forward to using that Hexagon Folder for another year!

And although I’m sad to have some favourites on the retirement list, there’s a beautiful new catalogue ready to launch in 2 weeks!!!


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I Told You Exercise Was Bad For You!

One of my besties broke her hip last month – at the ripe old age of 32!

After the amazing effort of running a half-marathon, she pulled up sore – to be expected of course!

But even an R&R holiday in Bali wasn’t enough to aid in recovery and no wonder, when scans showed she’d fractured her hip!


I’m a half-hearted exerciser.  I love the concept, but rarely get around to doing it – I’d rather be crafting!

Plus, how many times do you hear of people who exercise getting hurt!

So, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to pop out my ‘exercise is bad for you’ mantra for a sassy get well card!

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The little bandaged up ‘Mummy’ is from the retired Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set.

I’m so glad I kept it!  It fits with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch which is carrying over to the next catalogue.

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I’m sure she’ll be back to running in no time!  Albeit with a more metallic composition than previously!

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OnStage 2017 – Affirmation Swaps!

Hello!  As this post goes live, I’ll be starting my day at the Perth OnStage event.

The excitement will be buzzing around the room as approx 175 Stampin’ Up! demos share their love of paper, stamps and ink with each other!

Part of this wonderful day is swapping creativity with each other.  It’s optional to join in with swaps but fun to do so!

“Swaps” can be cards or 3D items.  The only requirement is that they use current Stampin’ Up! products.

I’ve been a touch cheeky on the ‘current’ and included the retired Bermuda Bay glimmer paper from Sale-A-Bration… but it went with my colour theme!

And since we only find out today what’s retiring from the Annual & Occasions catalogue, there’s a chance there’ll be a few more retiring products on my design list.

But that’s ok – because what I wanted to share with my fellow demos was not how to use the products I’ve chosen, but the idea.

These super cute little affirmation bottles came about after a late night Facebook conversation with one of my Stampin’ Up! team.

Kristen is a doTERRA rep who joined Stampin’ Up! to purchase materials for thank you cards, packaging and to celebrate her team.  While chatting about the products we have in the range, the concept of affirmations came up – and from there, affirmations in a bottle!

The wonderful part of this idea is there are so many stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! range that have positive & uplifting sayings in them that could be used as affirmations.

Or, you can do as I have and use word & phrase builder sets to create your own affirmations.

The ‘you are’, ‘amazing’ and ‘inspiring’ stamps are from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set which is currently in the Annual Catalogue.

The ‘awesome’ and ‘great’ stamps are from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set – also in the Annual Catty.

The affirmations are stamped on plain copy paper – this was the easiest to roll up tight to fit in the bottle.  Our beautiful cardstock is too thick!


Of course, the little bottles are so cute when decorated with our pretty Stampin’ Up! embellishments.

I chose butterflies, glimmer, sequins & ribbons.

I used all the current sequin colours – gold, silver, Blushing Bride & Bermuda Bay, together with 1/8″ gold & silver ribbon and the Bermuda Bay stitched ribbon.

And used 4 coordinating glimmer colours – gold, Bermuda Bay (SAB offering), Silver & Blushing Bride.

Each embellishment segment is hot glued together and then hot glued to the glass bottle.


Here’s a close up of each colour combination…

Gold  & Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride & Gold

Silver & Bermuda Bay

Bermuda Bay & Silver

I packaged the swaps into the 2″ x 8″ cello bags (trimmed down before packing) and topped with a Decorative Label topper.

I made quite a few affirmations because I really wanted to spread the love!  I hope the other demos enjoy reading their message.

I know I’m going to get some amazing swaps back – I’ll share some with you this month.


I’m sure the mini bottles are available from a range of places.  I got mine on eBay – 5mL size.

Please use this idea for your own direct sales business as team gifts, or for your customers – or make some up to give to your friends, or as Random Acts of Kindness.

It’s a beautiful way to brighten someone’s day!


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CASEing the Catty #122 Falling in Love

Hey, hey!  It’s Sunday!

And April at that!  I know I say it every month, but where is this year going?

This is an exciting week for me – because the Stampin’ Up! event OnStage happens next weekend.

A whole day of fun with stamping friends – new & old.  We get to see & play with new catalogue products (hello June sneak peek!) and indulge in what we love.

A few more sleeps to go!!!


This week at CASEing the Catty we are sharing projects we love inspired by the Falling in Love section of the catalogue.

I’ve been waiting to incorporate a square frame into one of my cards since seeing this cool feature on cards by some of my stamping friends.  Check out Lou & Rochelle‘s gold designs.

So, CASEing the elements from this card from the top right of the Falling in Love suite picture….

I added in the frame and made this pretty card…

I love white on white (or vellum on white in this case) with a colour feature.

And I love all the layers!!!

Taking all the elements from a card into the catalogue and reordering them is a great way to transform a project and make it into something unique!

I have intentionally kep the sentiment for this card vague.  Celebrate can be used for so many things from a wedding to a birthday to a promotion.


Please join us for CTC this week and upload your creation to the Facebook page.

And be sure to have a looksie at all the creations from the CASEing the Catty Crew.

Click on next to see what the beautiful Judy May has made.  I’m so excited to see Judy again at OnStage!


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CASEing the Catty #121 Sale-A-Bration

Welcome to CASEing the Catty #121 – our final hop featuring the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

That’s right!  As of the end of this month, Sale-A-Bration 2017 will be finished and there won’t be any further chances to redeem Sale-A-Bration products.

There’s lots to choose from across 3 releases – see the gallery at the end of this post for all the choices.


You’re going to love the projects the crew are sharing today.

My CTC projects were a little multi-taskng opportunity.

I caught up with a fabulous friend this weekend who asked me to bring along any blank / no sentiment cards I had lying around.  I was under strict instructions not to make any extra work for myself.

I completely followed those instructions – and created these lovely sentiment free cards for her as part of my CASEing the Catty requirements.

Sneaky – huh?

I love a ‘no sentiment’ card, so these were super fun to make.

What did I CASE you ask???

Well, it was the 2nd release flyer that was part of my plan, since I haven’t yet featured this in a CTC post.

Specifically, the cards on the front cover…

From those samples, to these inspired creations…

The first card used the doily feature, watercolour centrepiece & some of the pieces from Carosels & Cupcakes stamp set.

The next card uses the Stylish Stems Framelits along a centre panel with some of the Sale-A-Bration glimmer paper as a feature.

And the final card uses the sketch layout from the card – but in a monochromatic Night of Navy & Whisper White theme (with a touch of burlap / Kraft).

I can’t pick a favourite… can you?


With Sale-A-Bration nearing to an end, it’s time to stock up on any of your basics and/or buy the items on your wishlist.

You can shop in my online store 24-7 (host code: BCXWWYKA), or email me your order.

Please join our weekly challenge over on our Facebook page.

If you need a little more temptation before Sale-A-Bration finishes, then keep hopping to visit Julia‘s great projects.


Sale-A-Bration 2017 – 1st release

Sale-A-Bration 2017 – 2nd release

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A Basket of Birthday Wishes

I’ve been having a heap of fun using the Basket Bunch stamp set and matching Basket Builder Framelits to make cute little Easter gifts this year.

But, as with so many of the Stampin’ Up! products, it’s not just limited to an Easter theme.

The artwork in this stamp set is fun & playful – I love the style!

I used it this week to make a birthday card for a demo friend.

The flowers in this set are so cute and look beautiful with a bold splash of colour.

They are finished with a liberal application of clear wink of Stella – which of course is hard to catch in a photo!

Happy Birthday Megan – I hope you have a truly amazing day!

PS, there’s only 1 week left of Sale-A-Bration.  That means…

  • One week left for free gifts with every $90 spent
  • One week left to join – $169 for your Starter Kit which includes $235 of product and 2 free stamp sets
  • One week left to take advantage of extra hostess rewards – earn $40 extra with every $400 order

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CASEing the Catty #119 Sale-A-Bration

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Hello!  Hope you’ve had a great week.

Welcome other CASEing the Catty blog hop where we show you creations that have been inspired by the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

Today we’re being inspired by the Sale-A-Bration catalogue for the second last time.  There’s just over 2 weeks until your chance to earn Sale-A-Bration products is finished for another year!

If you see anything you like, Sale-A-Bration rewards in Australia are earned with any $90 purchase until 31st March 2017!


Along the blog hop today you’ll find projects that were inspired by pages 16-19 of the SAB catalogue.

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This the one that caught my eye on page 18…

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I took the box in the middle and used the key elements to changed it into a kids birthday card!

I just love the Happy Birthday stamp from Designer Tee!

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Can you see the design parallels?

The blue horizontal stripy panel, happy birthday stick, ribbon & twine feature, a blue, white & yellow main element and the touches of gold were all carryovers from the original sample.

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I love how this turned out and have already used it for a sweet little 3rd birthday card.

Next up on the hop is the lovely Rebecca Scurr

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If you’re keen to join us – please visit our Facebook page and upload your entry!

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Thanks for stopping by!  See you next week,

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