Monday, 30 April 2018

Grab a bundle, Share What You Love, 1-31 May 2018

Stampin Up share what you love gotta have it all bundle

How exciting, as we head into the last few weeks and are full of excitement for the new Stampin' Up! catalogue, on 1 May through to 31 May, you can get your hands on the Share What You Love suite early and some exclusive new products that are in the 2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue - and one that is not!

The bundles are amazing and there is a bundle suitable for every type of crafter, even better, each of the bundles contain FREE product! There are three bundles which vary in cost and what you get in them, and in the larger bundle, there is the exclusive special edition statement of the heart stamp and this will not be available to purchase separately and is not  in the new catalogue.

Bundle 1, the Just Getting Started Bundle includes a FREE pack of Very Vanilla notecards and envelopes, it also introduces one of the new in-colours, grapefruit grove.

Bundle 2, A little more, please. In this bundle you receive for FREE a pack of very vanilla C6 envelopes PLUS the share whatyou love embellishment kit.   You also get the share what you love cardstock pack, some beautiful pearls and more.

Bundle 3, Gotta have it all. In this bundle you get three FREE items, which includes the exclusive statement of my heart single stamp.  The gorgeous share what you love designer papers (this pack contains a whopping 24 double sided sheets with some of them having a lovely pearlescent effect), the embossing folder and much more.

It doesn't stop there, you can get your hands on the brand new in-colours before the catalogue goes live. PLUS, only during the pre-release, you get 10% off the collection of ink pads.  You can get inky with blueberry bushel, call me clover, grapefruit grove, lovely lipstick and pineapple punch.Classic Stampin' Pad Assortment In Color 2018-2020Click me! In Color collection 2018-2020

I hope you enjoy some early catalogue shopping, and I'd love to see what you make with these brand new products.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Daisy Delight Stamp Set bundle and save 10%!

It's an annual spring clean in the crafting department!  You may have noticed as you check through the retiring lists for the annual catalogue and occasions catalogue, that  all the bundles in the 2017-2018 catalogue sales period are retiring.   Although the stamp set, punch or framelits may be available in the new catalogue when it is released on 1 June, they will not be in a bundle and you will miss out on the 10% savings on both the stamp set and co-ordinating product.

Daisy Delight

Daisy Delight is another stamp set that is not retiring along with the coordinating punch, but the bundle (the stamp set and punch) is! If have this on your list, you can save 10% by getting the bundle by ordering by the 31 May 2018, and don't forget to add in the paper, these are retiring and are not in the next catalogue.

 Daisy Delight


 Daisy Delight

Creative card making day

Get out those shoe boxes!  Not quite but I have joined in a shoe box swap.  A group of crafty friends get together and we each create a card.  We then put all the contents to make it into a box (with enough of the supplies for each person - think card kits) and then pass the boxes around so we all get to make a card that one of us has designed.  It's a fun event, and you come away with not only a card, but lots of ideas.

This is the card I have made for my swap.  I have mixed some of the 'old' being the happy birthday gorgeous stamps which are carrying over into the new catalogue, along with the brand new papers from the share what you love pre-release on 1 May and other new products, (check the leaf, mint macaron is coming back!) along with the stamp set and ink pads.

Stampin Up share what you love

I have simply cut a wide strip of the paper to and popped half of a doily underneath this.  Punched a starburst and stamped with the soft suede ink.  I also stamped the make a wish with pear pizzazz.  Made a little banner (which is the reverse of the larger strip) and popped a leaf behind the circle using the leaf punch.

You can't see here very well, but the main strip has a pearlescent effect. As it's such a lovely effect, I took a snapshot of a piece! Isn't that divine (and it does come in a 12x12 sheet!)

pearlescent paper

{Share What you Love products, available in bundles during 1-31 May}



Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Feeling witty! Birthday Wit Stamps

A favourite set with customers, the Birthday Wit stamps are on the retiring list and available (currently) in either the cling mount or wood mount.

Birthday Wit Stampin' Up! stamps retired 2018

Birthday Wit stamps Stampin' Up! retired 2018

How much do we enjoy receiving that piece of card that is folded in half!? I also like the other sentiments, that come in the stamp set.

Stampin' Up! birthday wit stamps

You can stamp the fat free, sugar free... stamp in different colours or stamp on different coloured cardstock and snip them out to make them more offset. You can have great fun with it.

Stampin' Up! birthday wit stamps

You can find lots of ideas on Pinterest and I love this one created by one of our Canadian demonstrators.  You can go as wild as you want and I like the way that Alison has stamped with black ink on plain white cardstock and cut them out and used colour on the base card.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Create something magical

There is still time, or at least while stocks last, for you to create something magical with the Magical Day Stamp Set and coordinating Magical Mates Framelits Dies.  Available separately, or save some money and buy them in a bundle, these are perfect for you to create cards for your favourite, magically-minded dreamers.  Don't forget to add the myths and magic designer series paper and create something that is full of sparkle and charm before the stamps, framelits and papers are all gone.

Stampin' Up! Magical Day

While you are checking the papers and stamps, don't miss the 6x6 coordinating glimmer papers as these are also retiring.  If a product in the retiring lists has 'low inventory' then the stocks are diminishing and when they are gone they are gone.


Monday, 23 April 2018

Have you seen the rabbits?

Hey, dear reader.  This is not a crafting post, shock, horror!   You may have caught from my Instagram feed that we have some furry friends in the house.  We have the joy of some house bunnies.  Genny had two for her birthday one year.  And, yes, they are house trained (mostly!) and have poop-decks! (Think cat litter tray).

Let me introduce you to the team:

Daisy.  Daisy is a delight although she is sometimes grumpy.  She's a girl, she has the right even if she is a rabbit!  She tends to blend into the rug downstairs.  I think there was some kind of subliminal thing going on when I chose the rug.  Daisy likes lots of hay, carrots, greens (cabbage, brussel sprouts, dandelion leaves...), wall paper, door frames, boxes and she is partial to some fresh herbs from the garden.

Daisy on the Ikea doll bed!!

Daisy House Rabbit

The bunny tail

Daisy bunny tail

Duke.  He is the man, called duke as he has a 'tache.  He is really, really laid back, he does a lot of 'the flops'.  One minute sitting up and the next you hear a slight thud as he does the rabbit flop. He also has the same eating habits as Daisy.  He is more cuddly than Daisy, although neither of them are lap bunnies.  You can still sit with them and give them some cuddles and they do the bunny purr (grinding of teeth).

~ Duke, when he was smaller ~

Duke the man (rabbit)

Company when crafting - a bit like a dog lying at your feet but here is a rabbit!

Duke splat rabbit

New addition: Tilly

Tilly is adopted and joined us just a week or so ago (April 2018).  She is a cross with a lion head rabbit and not sure what else, maybe a Rex.  She is very friendly, although Daisy has some issues to work through with having another woman in the house, but they are getting there.  We knew it would take some time with introducing another rabbit to the Daisy-Duke partnership (they are brother and sister), but it there is some improvement in the 'getting to know each other' stage. Duke doesn't care, he has another woman (all rabbits have been 'done'), and has been friendly towards Tilly (no more than that when we are around anyway!).  We're getting used to having ears up as Duke and Daisy are lops.

~ Tilly, investigating the camera ~

Tilly House Rabbit

Ears!  Not used to having them 'up'

Tilly House Rabbit

There are also a couple of chickens, they live outside in their Egglu and are currently not free-loading. They have been known to wander inside to check things out.




Sunday, 22 April 2018

Stampin' Up! new style ink pads

Hello dear reader

I have had some questions about the new style ink pads and rather than trying to show you in pictures, I have done a video!  A first as well for me having got myself one of those clip thingies to attach my iPad to and film.  So, bear with me on this one, as I said it is a first.


If you have the carousel, the new style pads will fit in them.  Note though that the carousel is retiring from the catalogue and will therefore not be in the 2018-2019 product line.  Also take a look at the share what you love embellishment box, they are great little storage boxes as well!  For more on the product suite and the early release, you can see my earlier blog post with details of the bundles.


Saturday, 21 April 2018

Share what we love

Hello dear reader

I have cracked open my delivery of the 'want it all' bundle for the new product suite, share what you love, a celebration of the 30 years that Stampin' Up! has been sharing, creating and inspiring.

The suite includes a glorious paper pack, larger than usual, as this one is a pack of 25 double sided papers.  They are also a heavier weight, ideal for gift boxes.

stampin up share what you love

Aren't they gorgeous.  The picture below doesn't really do them justice as you cannot see the delicate pearlescent effect which is on 4 designs of the papers.

stampin up share what you love

And here is a quick card using the papers, the FREE limited stamp (only available in the 1-31 May bundles).  Sentiment stamped in the new grapefruit grove ink.  We also have some beautiful pearls, which I had stuck on as an afterthought to the card, so not shown here.

stampin up share what you love

I'll be playing some more once I have sorted through some crafting supplies.  These will end up on the my outlet here on my blog eventually.

Resources (paper, pearls and ink pad available in the bundles, or in the new catalogue released 1 June 2018) 

Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper

Share What You Love Artisan Pearls

Grapefruit Grove Classic Stampin' Pad

Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes



Thursday, 19 April 2018

Thinking of you card making

I love my Wednesday (day off), I can veg in the crafting cave at my leisure and do some crafting interspersed with some household chores.  You know, like checking up on the house rabbits!

In the crafting cave today, I've made several cards and just wanted to show you this one.  Do you remember the stamp set gorgeous grunge, that set is not retired but have you seen the timeless textures set?  This is, in my view, a great replacement if you love the grungy style.  I have also used a sentiment from the hopeful thoughts which is retiring from the 2017-2018 catalogue.

As I didn't want a messy card, I had punched the starburst out from a post it note, popped this on the card and then stamped over this using the flowery stamp from the timeless textures set.

Timeless textures

When you remove the post-it, you can have a nice clean edge. You could stamp in the middle and leave the card as it is.

timeless texture stamps

As I was building my card, I added some metallic silver thread to the back of the 'red' punched starburst and placed this where the post it note was.  Then I added some washi tape, and having stamped a sentiment from the hopeful thoughts punched this out using the tailored tag punch. I went around the tailored tag punch out using the chocolate chip marker.  I hope you like it.

card timeless textures stamps from Stampin' Up!