2016 Sale-a-Bration!

2016 Sale-a-Bration has started!! This is such an exciting time of year for me as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, with soooo many gorgeous new goodies to share, and lots of free things for you to earn as well, all of them gorgeous, of course!
So, without further ado, here are the new catalogues.  Feel free to click on them to view them online, or if you would like a hard copy, just send me an email or leave a comment, and I will send one out to you (Australia only, please).

The new Occasions Catalogue has too many gorgeous goodies in it…….

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And then, when you buy just $90 from either the new Occasions, or the Annual catalogue, you get to choose free yummy stuff from the Sale-a-Bration Catalogue.

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You can choose a free item for every $90 order that you place, so trust me, with all the gorgeous stuff in the Occasions catalogue, it won’t take you long to get hold of all the Sale-a-Bration freebies.

To make the most of this years Sale-a-Bration, contact me to book a time for a free stamping get together, class, party, workshop…. whatever you would like to call it.  Or, get together some of your crafty friends, work out a group order between you and earn the benefits. Or thirdly, talk to me about joining Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator, whether that’s as a business or hobby, you will get heaps of benefits.
And, of course, if you would like to place an order, just send me an email.
Enjoy browsing the catalogues, and happy stamping!
Chris

Something old, something New!

I am a little late with my post for the newest Crafty Boots challenge, as we had a couple of severe storms here yesterday which had our internet out for quite some time.   But all is well, and so here it is……

This fortnight, our challenge theme is “Something old, something New”.  I have chosen to use some “old” stamp sets and dies, along with some “new” papers from our Sale-a-Bration catalogue, and I have made 2 children’s cards.

Both cards use the new “Irresistibly Yours” Designer Series Papers from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue, as a background.  I have then coloured the paper using inks and an aqua brush.  While this has made the paper quite wet, it does dry well, and can be straightened easily if it warps, by placing under a large book or similar.  I, however, was trying to get them done quickly and so didn’t give them enough time to dry well before making up my cards, and so they are still a little warped around the edges.

Here are the cards, one at a time:

As you can see, the ink colours the background, and allows the glossy pattern to emerge.  In the case of the first card, the glossy pattern is the dots.

I have kept the cards simple to allow the background colours and patterns to be more of a focus.  The glossy pattern on this card is the small stars.

This is a great challenge which you could interpret in lots of ways, so why not make up your own project using “Something old, and Something New” and share it with us at Crafty Boot Challenges.  We love seeing what you come up with.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Sweet Sorbet

Using more of the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper today, and of course my fabulous Envelope Punch Board, to create another cute gift set.

The card also features the Love You More stamp set (#131853 Clear, #131850 Wood), which is available during the “Whole Lot of Love” promotion until the 27th January 2014 or until sold out.  And while this set is a Valentine‘s set, I think this particular one has a whole lot of other uses! 🙂

And I have lined one of the standard white Stampin’ Up! envelopes with the papers to match the set.

This cute little pouch can be made in a number of different sizes using the same sized piece of patterned paper, just changing where the punches are made to create the different sizes and shapes.  It just uses a belly band around to keep the pouch closed, but is so quick and easy to make – perfect for those last minute gifts.

 

The idea came from a fellow demonstrator from the UK Michelle Last, you can see her blog and video on how to make the pouches here.  Thanks for sharing Michelle, love how simple and easy your instructions are.

Hope you are celebrating the holiday season with some crafting time too!
Happy stamping!
Chris

Last day of Sale-a-Bration

Last chance today to pick up some of the gorgeous free stuff that is available during Sale-a-Bration.  Lots of gorgeous stuff this year, it is hard to choose a favourite, but this cute little stamp set has to be one of them…..

It’s called Patterned Occasions and I think it is a really versatile set.  Just a simple set of cards, but the images are pretty cute!
If you would like to get this set for free, or any of the other products that are available, all you need to do is contact me today with your order and payment worth $100.  The order must be placed today, as these will not be available come tomorrow!  And for every $100 you spend you get 1 free product.  And there’s lots to choose from this year, stamp sets, papers, punches…….


Anyway, send me an email or give me a call.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Dynamic Duos #43

More gorgeous colours for this week’s Dynamic Duos challenge:

And as always, so many ideas came to mind!  This time I chose to use them to make a card for a colleague who is having a baby boy soon.

I think the “peek-a-baby” image is just too cute, it comes from the Hostess stamp set called “Happy You” and the greeting is from Baby Prints.  The patterned papers come from the gorgeous Sycamore Street DSP which is available from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue but only until the 22nd March.
For some reason the photo has made the card look a little lop-sided, but I assure it isn’t really.
Lots of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team as always, and we look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

More Masculine Cards

In some of my previous posts, here and here, I started giving you some tips on making masculine cards, and I wanted to keep going with those and show you a few more that I have made recently.
In my previous posts I spoke about using Textured Embossing Folders, and also patterned papers on your masculine cards, and today I am going to look at torn paper or cardstock.

I have two cards to share with you today.

With this first one, I have stamped the image first and then torn around both the stamped piece of cardstock and then separately torn the Early Espresso layer.  I have made the two layers about half a centimeter different in size  so that the bottom layer does show underneath.  This card also uses some patterned papers from the Comfort Cafe DSP and a button from the Artisan Embellishment Kit.

The second card has a torn edge at the bottom of the Cherry Cobbler layer.  Both times, the torn edges give the cards a nice vintage feel to them, and adds some texture and interest to the card.

Both cards make use of the fantastic Feeling Sentimental stamp set, which is an exclusive Sale-a-Bration set, so make sure you order it while you can! It’s a great set for masculine cards, but I have seen some really nice feminine cards made with it too.

I have heaps more to share with you, there has been lots of crafting in our house recently, so stay tuned!
Happy stamping!
Chris

Patterned Occasions

I couldn’t resist this gorgeous stamp set, called Patterned Occasions, mainly because of the cute little Ellie…. isn’t he gorgeous?
So I have spent some of my morning making up some thank you cards for my customers. I have also used the Sycamore Street papers – love the colours!

Don’t forget, you can also get this stamp set, and also the papers, during the Sale-a-Bration promotion, between now and the 22nd March.  You get one product free for every $100 spent, and there are heaps of lovely things that you can get free.  Love it!
Just send me an email if you would like to make the most of the Sale-a-Bration promotion, and place an order.

Sorry for the short post today, I am a little weary, having spent the weekend in Sydney.  Be back real soon with some yummy new stuff from the new catalogue (rubbing hands together!) 🙂
Happy stamping!
Chris