A Special Thank You

Today’s card is a Birthday Card, made for a very special lady, who single handedly allowed my Stampin’ Up! business to stay afloat in 2022.

Not only did she consistently place orders with me, but she collected them from a neighbour as well. Enough orders so that I could continue as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator into 2023 and beyond.

So, Anne, thank you is not enough, thank you with all my heart, for all that you have done to help me in the last year. And Happy Birthday.

Every demonstrator needs an Anne!!

The card I made for Anne uses the Abigail Rose Designer Series paper, this time coloured with Watercolour pencils.

The stamped panel uses stamps from the Sentimental Rose kit. And one of the things I most love about Stampin’ Blends is being able to change the colour of the pearls.

The inside of the card features a fold over of the DSP with a separate pull out card underneath for words.

Happy Stamping everyone,

Chris

Sit Stay Relax

Today’s card is inspired by the current colour challenge at TGIF.

I’ve used the Sit Stay Relax Host set and kept the layout nice and simple.

Little kitty has been stamped separately with Memento ink and coloured with blenders, then fussy cut and adhere to the chair. It reminds me of just how one of our own kitties often sits, with one leg hanging over the edge. So cute!

It’s quite a hot day here in my part of Australia, so with all the curtains and blinds drawn against the heat and glare, the Early Espresso looks almost black.

Hope you are having a crafty day. And staying cool!! Happy stamping,

Chris

It’s been 10 months…??

I can’t believe it has been ten months since I last blogged. Ten months or more really, of being without the slightest bit of inspiration, totally mojo-less, and really struggling with everything creative.

Thankfully the urge to create started returning a few weeks ago, yesterday I started de-stashing my crafting space with the intention of sending out a heap of cards to people, and finally, finally getting back into stamping and creating again.

So, without further ado, here it is….

I started with a piece of the Abigail Rose Designer Series paper from the current Annual catalogue, which I have coloured using Stampin’ Blends, the flowers in Mango Melody. The centres of the flowers were coloured with Real Red and Mango Melody blended over the top to change the colour.

I fussy cut two of the flowers, one raised on Dimensionals on the front, the other on the inside of the card.

I love how vibrant these colours have turned out.

If you are still here, and have been patiently waiting for me to return, thank you, I am very grateful.

Let’s hope this year is one of creativity, love, laughter and fun.

Happy stamping,

Chris

Sunshine and Rainbows Card Tutorial Now Available!

The Sunshine and Rainbows Card Tutorial is now available to purchase from here.
I’m very excited about this because it is the first full written tutorial that I have done and put up online.
Here is the card:

If you would like to get the tutorial for free during February 2022, you can place an order of $90 or over (Australia only please) from my online store, then you can choose the gorgeous and very versatile Sunshine and Rainbows Designer Series Paper as your free Sale-a-Bration gift, AND get the tutorial for free.

I had so much fun making this card and the tutorial, and I am looking forward to adding more to my tutorial library.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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Handcrafted Journal

Today I am sharing something I have been working on over the past few days, my very first handcrafted Journal.

I have rather a lot of retired Designer Series Paper – I have a bit of a DSP addiction!! I love it all, and I do use it on my cards and other projects but invariably, there seems to be plenty left over.

So my Journal uses all retired Stampin’ Up!items other than some photocopy paper which I have combined with DSP for the pages, and the Muesli Bar box which was upcycled to form the cover of the Journal.

Each page is different, some are stamped, some have hand cut birds, most are sponged, spritzed and splattered. I had a lot of fun!!

And all the pages are properly bound into the cover.

I absolutely loved making this project and I can see a lot more of them happening in the future, incorporating some mixed media techniques as well .

I think I’ll start on the Jatz box tomorrow!!

Happy stamping, sponging, spritzing and splattering!!

Chris

Stampin’ Up! Calming Camellia

My card today features the beautiful Sale-a-Bration Host Stamp set, Calming Camellia, which I have stamped onto Crumb Cake cardstock with Night if Navy ink. Then using a Blender Pen I have coloured it with White ink on the petals, Old Olive on the leaves and Soft Suede on the stem.

I plan to make a set of these and some tags as well. They will make a beautiful gift.

I hope you are having a crafty Sunday!

Happy Stamping!

Chris

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Playing with Colour

I don’t have a card to share with you today, I am spending the day at the lake while my son sails. And while he is, I am enjoying nature, listening to the beautiful Bellbirds, and enjoying this view.

And also playing with colour with some new images. I’m not sure what I will make with this yet but I will share the finished project soon.

Enjoy your day!

Happy stamping!

Chris

Stampin’ Up! Natural Tone Blends coming soon!

I am sharing a bit of a sneak peek today of a new product which will be available from 1st Feb 2022.
The new Natural Tone Stampin’ Blends!

These will be fantastic for skin tones as well as for animals and, well…. just a great addition to current collection of colours.
They are available as a preorder for demonstrators right now, so if you are interested in getting these now and would like to get a minimum of 20% off your craft purchases, contact me, or you can join here.
These will be available from my online store from the 1st Feb 2022 – start planning your projects!

Happy stamping
Chris

Stampin’ Up! Awesome Otters in Party Hats!

The Awesome Otters Sale-a-Bration set is just so cute that I had to make another card with it today, this time combined with some of the gorgeous Abstract Beauty Designer Series Paper from the new Mini catalogue.

They look like they are having a lot of fun!
The hats have been stamped separately in Basic Gray and then coloured very quickly using a Blender Pen with Just Jade and Pumpkin Pie ink, and then fussy cut with scissors and adhered with dimensionals. There is some Wink of Stellar on the pompoms.
And don’t forget to decorate the inside as well…..

I hope they give you something to smile about today!
Happy stamping
Chris

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[102845]
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January Host Code:

BTZM4CRW

Use this host code when you order, and if you order $50 or greater you will receive a free gift from me!  If your order is $250 or over, please do not use this code, you’ll still get a free gift – your choice of any item valued up to 10% or your order (excluding shipping costs) from the 2021-22 Annual Catalogue or July-December 2021 Mini Catalogue!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive items. (Australian orders only please).

***Make sure that you can see my name on the final checkout page listed as your Demonstrator when you order so that you know that you’re ordering with me and you’ll get my rewards!

Stampin’ Up! Awesome Otters and Gentle Waves Card

Awesome Otters stamp set is one of the great stamp sets available in the Sale-a-Bration brochure for Jan-Feb 2022, and I have combined it with the Gentle Waves background stamp from the Jan – June Mini Catalogue.

The otter has been stamped separately and then fussy cut, and have then added a little shading with ink and a Blender Pen. And the birds come from the Let’s Set Sail stamp set, also from the current Mini Catalogue.
The colours I have used are Crumb Cake, Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight.
I made an Idea Pin for this card which you can watch here: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/265923552988586352/

Did you know you can earn the Awesome Otters stamp set just by spending $90 from the Annual catalogue and/or new Mini Catalogue through my online store? (Australian orders only please) I think that’s a great deal, and since there are so many gorgeous new goodies in the new Mini, it’s not difficult to spend $90!

Happy stamping!
Chris

Product List
Blender Pens
[102845]
$21.00

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January Host Code:

BTZM4CRW

Use this host code when you order, and if you order $50 or greater you will receive a free gift from me!  If your order is $250 or over, please do not use this code, you’ll still get a free gift – your choice of any item valued up to 10% or your order (excluding shipping costs) from the 2021-22 Annual Catalogue or July-December 2021 Mini Catalogue!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive items. (Australian orders only please).

***Make sure that you can see my name on the final checkout page listed as your Demonstrator when you order so that you know that you’re ordering with me and you’ll get my rewards!