You’ve just got to love Stampin’ Up! products. They brought out the clear mount blocks to go with the clear mount stamps, so everything teams together. I love the Clear Mounts as they are easy to transport (you can take more with you to workshops or on holidays) and they are so easy to use.
Clear-Mount Blocks

Features & Benefits

Made from high-quality, sturdy acrylic

3/4″ thick with letter etched on side for easy identification

Available in nine sizes:

  • Block A (3 x 3.2 cm)
  • Block B (4.1 x 4.9 cm)
  • Block C (5.1 x 5.7 cm)
  • Block D (7.3 x 6.8 cm)
  • Block E (8.7 x 11.3 cm)
  • Block F (12.4 x 15.2 cm)
  • Block G (6.4 x 1.9 cm)
  • Block H (11.3 x 4.1 cm)
  • Block I (14.9 x 5.7 cm)

The acrylic block bundles include one block of each size. Clean most inks from acrylic block using Stampin’ Mist 
All the clear-mount block sizes you’ll need for one or more images. High-quality, sturdy acrylic. Each block etched with a letter for quick identification. All four sides of blocks are grooved for easy gripping. Clear-mount stamps sold separately. Stamps in the catalogue are shown at 100% to make it easier to match your stamps with the right blocks

For Your Information

To adhere the stamp to the clear block, press it on the block using moderate pressure and hold for a few moments.

Stamps will adhere best to a clean block. Although you don’t need to clean the block after each use, you’ll need to clean it occasionally so the stamps adhere well.

You can remove most ink stains from the block using Stampin’ Mist.

Do not use StazOn cleaner on the blocks. StazOn cleaner will leave an oily residue on the blocks, making it difficult for stamps to adhere to the block. Avoid staining the blocks with StazOn ink.


Clear Block Caddy

Features & Benefits

Helps you organise clear-mount blocks

Holds 1 of each clear block size that we offer

Foam insert holds each block in place; separate foam insert goes between blocks to protect them when caddy is closed

Finger holes in foam insert make it easy to remove blocks from caddy

Opens flat

Built-in handle; easy to carry

Use this compact caddy to hold one of each size of our clear-mount blocks. Foam insert holds blocks in place with finger holes to easily remove blocks. Additional foam insert sits between blocks to protect them when caddy is closed. Caddy opens flat for easy access to blocks. Caddy shuts tightly and locks and includes a built-in handle for easy carrying. Clear blocks sold separately.

Now if you have Clear Mount Stamps, you then need to buy the Clear Mount Blocks and some Stampin’ Mist spray to clean the stamps and the blocks.
Of course if you have a number of blocks, why not buy the new Caddy? Contact me today to order or find out more about Stampin’ Up”.
Thank you for stopping by. Now don’t forget to pop back tomorrow at 1pm (AEST) to see what I have made for the ESAD blog hop. I’m also off to Regionals tomorrow and will take my camera with me so I’ll be able to share with you when I get back.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …
My goodness, time seems to be flying. My lovely DH said yesterday it’s only 16 weeks until Christmas. Is he right? So in view of that, I am sharing with you a Christmas Decoration – Tea Light Candle Holder. WARNING: DO NOT USE A NAKED FLAME IN THIS DECORATION – USE ONLY BATTERY OPERATED TEA CANDLES. I wouldn’t like anyone to have an accident while using this, so please be careful 🙂
Recipe:
A4 card stock – Cherry Cobbler
Vellum – 2 1/2″ square
Platinum Shimmer Paint
Sponge dauber
Snail adhesive
Dimensionals
Scallop Trim Border
Ornament Punch
Circle punches – 1″ and 3/4″
Red sticky strip
Rhinestones
Delightful Decorations Stamp set
Battery operated tea light candle

Method:
  1. Trim A4 cardstock to 5 3/4″ x 11″
  2. On long side score at 3″, 5″, 8″ and 10″
  3. Turn and score at 2″
  4. Cut to the 2″ score line and cut a small wedge off each piece so when folded it is easy and neat.
  5. On one of the wider panels, trim back to 3/4″. Fold this up and then punch your shape into that panel. The punch should reach beyond the bit that is folded up, so you are only punching 1 thickness of card. Make sure you try and centre it in the panel.
  6. Use the Scallop Trim Border punch and punch along the top edge of the box. Trim the scallops off the smallest section. Use a sponge dauber and dip it in some of the Platinum Shimmer Paint and dab the paint over the scallop edge. Use post-it notes to mask/give you a defined edge. Wait for it to dry and do the other side. (I didn’t do that but will later as I think it will make the finished project look much better.
  7. Adhere the Vellum to the inside of the box and position it equally over the ornament punch – ise Snail adhesive.
  8. Using the sponge dauber and the platinum shimmer paint ink up your stamps from Delightful Decorations and stamp onto the left over Cherry cobbler you have. You will need 2 large and 4 small. Punch the shapes with the circle punch so that your have 2 x 1″ and 4 x 3/4″ images punched out. Place dimensionals on the back of each and arrange as desired. Place rhinestones in the centre of each shape. I used larger rhinestones in the larger images and smaller ones in the smaller images.
  9. Use red sticky strip to fold up the bottom edges to make your box. I fold mine up without tape first and mark with white pencil which edges need tape. I then apply the tape and stick it all together.

Your project is now complete. Other ideas to make this project WOW:

  • While the Shimmer Paint is still wet, you could add glitter or embossing powder and heat set
  • Before putting it all together, put your card through your Big Shot and your favourite textured impressions folder
  • You could also stamp on the Vellum using one of the Shimmer Paints
  • Decorate each side.
  • Use a different stamp set
  • Use flowers dyed with your favourite re-inker, chalk etc.
 With the Tea Candle light

I hope you like this project. It is quick and easy and quite effective. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll pop back again soon.
On Saturday (Aussie time) I will be participating in a Blog Hop to celebrate the 2011 – 2012 Idea Book and Catalogue. The hop is being hosted by ESAD (Extra Special Australiasian Demonstrators) and there will be Blog Candy. What better reason to pop back then, but to be in the draw for some blog candy.

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Gorgeous, dainty cotton flowers.

Add a floral flair with these white cotton paper daisies. Colour, dye, stamp on them,

or add other adornments to make them unique. 

  • 40 daisies per package
  • 10 each of 4 sizes: 1.6 cm, 3.2 cm, 5.4 cm, and 7.6 cm
  •  Whisper White
What can you do with them? They can be:
  • stamped
  • coloured
  • dyed using Stampin’ Pastels, Watercolor Wonder Crayons or Classic Stampin’ Ink
  • spritz with the shimmer paint
  • stamp off and then colour with pastels or lightly sponged on ink
 You could use:
  • Classic Stampin’ Ink
  • Mini Glue Dot
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Stampin’ Pastels
  • Watercolor Wonder Crayons
  • Stamps with simple images or text
  • Stampin’ marker with the Colour Spritzer tool
How to use:
To adhere Paper Daisies you can use:
  • a Mini Glue Dot
  • brad
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
To colour Paper Daisies
  • add a few drops of Classic Stampin’ Ink to a small container of water; stir. (Add more ink for more saturated colour.)
  • submerge flower in the coloured water. Remove flower and let dry before using.
  • use the colour spritzer tool and stampin’ markers
  • make up a solution of shimmer paint (15drops to approx 30ml of rubbing alcohol)

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The 2011 – 2012 Idea Book and Catalogue launches today. I know you’ve all been waiting to see the new catalogue, and you won’t be disappointed.

Book a demonstration or workshop today and see some of the gorgeous new prodicts and some projects I’ve created using new products.
Now if that’s not enough, there is another promotion if you join the Stampin’ Up! Family as an Independent Demonstrator.

Dates: 1-30 September 2011

Promotion Details: September’s Share What You Love promotion! New recruits can choose two different options:

  • The $169 Mini Starter Kit
  • The standard Starter Kit at a 20 percent discount

What a fantastic opportunity for you to take advantage of this exclusive offer. Get the products you love at a 20% discount in addition to the many other benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  

$169 Starter Kit (item 127499)

Contains over $310 in products and business supplies-including new products from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue! All items are recommended, but a new demonstrator can substitute a similar item of equal or lesser value. As well as this great offer, my usual incentives still apply during this promotion. So what are you waiting for? Contact me today to join my team in September.

Don’t forget The Hills Stampin’ & Scrappin’ Club meets friday 2nd September from 7pm at Beaumont Hills Public School – cost $10 (includes supper and a make and take). Other classes will be available at an extra cost. I will also have some new Stampin’ Up! products and samples made from the 2011 – 2012 Idea Book and Catalogue. Please let me know if you’re attending – phone or text 0410315786.

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Today’s tutorial is a simple card – no new technique or shape but I’m hoping you will gain something from it.

All products used are Stampin’ Up!® and ©  by them unless stated otherwise.
 

I love this stamp set and the matching Designer Series Paper. Those of you who live in Australia or New Zealand will be able to order these products from Friday (1st September) when the 2011 – 2012 Idea Book and Catalogue go live. How exciting, I can hardly wait. Mind you I think I will have to get another job or work twice as hard at Stampin’ Up! as there are so many wonderful products that I need 🙂

Recipe:
Stamp sets – Forever Young and Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink – Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler
Punches – Word Window and Modern Label
Big Shot – Top Note Die and Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impression Folder
Card – Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Timeless Portrait Designer Series Paper
Accessories – Sponge Dauber, Stamp-a-ma-jig, rhinestones, adhesive, velvet ribbon (from my stash)
Cutting:
Base – Cherry Cobbler 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored and folded in half
Layer 2 – Basic Black 5″ x 3 3/4″ and a scrap for the Modern Label punch
Layer 3 – Very Vanilla 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
Layer 4 – Timeless Portrait DSP 3 5/8″ x 2″
Layer 5 – Top Note Die – Very Vanilla
Embellishments:
Ribbon – tie in a bow and attach where desired
Sentiment – Very Vanilla using the Word Window and Basic Black using the Modern label Punch and rhinestones

Method:

  • Cut your card/dsp to the sizes above
  • Adhere the Basic Black piece to the card base
  • Layer the Timeless Portrait DSP to the lower edge of the Very Vanilla adhere in place. Pop this layer into a Textured Impressions folder of choice and run through your Big Shot
  • Adhere this layer to the Basic Black which is on the card base
  • Run Very vanilla through the Big Shot with the Top Note die
  • Use your stamp-a-ma-jig and stamp on the sheet or vellum in Basic Black Ink
  • Now line the plastic sheet/vellum onto the Very Vanilla where you want the image to be. Line up your Stamp-a-ma-jig, remove the plastic sheet and stamp.
  • Look at the card above and trim the Top Note piece where desired. Ink distress with Cherry Cobbler the Top Note piece and then adhere to the card, as the next layer
  • The sentiment embellishment was made using the Teeny Tiney Sentiments stamped onto Very Vanilla and punched out with the Word Window Punch, then ink distress with Cherry Cobbler
  • Using Basic Black and the Modern Label punch, punch out 1 shape and adhere the Very Vanilla piece to it.
  • Add dimensionals to the back of the sentiment piece and place on the card where desired. I added some rhinestones instead of brads on the Modern Label piece.
  • Tie your ribbon and adhere where desired.

This piece is the centre of the card. I cut a piece of Very Vanilla just a little smaller than half the card. Sponge in Cherry Cobbler around the outside of the piece. Stamp and image in Basic Black and adhere to the inside of the card.

Other:

  • With the inside, I actually stamped the frame onto the Very Vanilla and used the stamp-a-ma-jig to place the ‘head’ stamp inside the frame. I added rhinestones to the centre top and bottom of the frame.
  • Ribbon – I didn’t have any satin ribbon so I used a piece of velvet from my stash. You could just cut a short length of Basic Black satin and cut a ‘V’ in the end and adhere under the Top Note layer
  • You could change the arrangement of the embellishments by swapping the sentiment with the bow.
  • Try it with a different colour way and Designer Series Paper.
  • Click here, to see how to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig. This is a must have tool.
Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …
Over at Sunny Challenges and Creations they have another card sketch challenge up. You have until Sunday 3/9/11 to get your card made and enter your details in Mr Linky. Gwen, Kris and Vicki do a fantastic job on this new challenge site, so pop on over and check it out or better still, why not make a card and enter the challenge.  This week’s sketch is:

The only rule is you must use Marina Mist somewhere on your card. Now that’s easy. I decided to check on my Stampin’ Up! Colour Coach to see what they suggest to team with Marina Mist. I’m glad I did that as it made me use colour combinations I wouldn’t normally think of. The Colour Coach is a must have in my book. I also helps me identify what colours I have floating around not filed where they’re suppose to be :). So below is my interpretation of the sketch ;

All products used are Stampin’ Up!® and ©  by them
  Recipe:

Watercolor Wonder Crayons – Cajun Craze (Regals); Chocolate Chip (Neutrals)
Aqua brush
Stamp-a-ma-jig
Punches – Worde Window; Modern Label; Scallop Trim Border
Classic Stampin’ Ink – Basic Black; Crumb Cake
Card – Very Vanilla; Marina Mist, Cajun Craze; Crumb Cake
Big Shot Textured Impressions Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Stamp Set – Faith in Nature
Vintage Trinkets – 2 brads
Paper Piercer
Adhesive – Snail; Dimensionals

I cut the Crumb Cake and Marina Mist so they would fit across the front of the card base. They looked a bit plain so I made a border using Cajun Craze and the Scallop Trim Border and adhered it to the underside of the Marina Mist and then added the Crub Cake card.
Once these pieces were together I ran them through the Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots folder – I should have been concentrating better as when I looked at the embossed card, the raised surface was on the wrong side (Ho hum). So I just put it back in and tried to off-centre the dots and ran it through again. What a great mistake, it worked and I actually like the effect (must try that mistake again). I do have a friend who says there are never any mistakes but there are always creations :).
For the flower piece I used a mask and the Stamp-a-ma-jig and then coloured with the Watercolor Crayons using different strengths of colour and the Chocolate Chip for some outside and stamen highlights. I ink distressed this piece with Crumb Cake ink and then adhered it to the Cajun Craze tearing so there was a small border around the flower piece.
The last thing to make was the sentiment piece with the brads only going through the sentiment piece and the Crumb Cake layer of the card.
To finish it off, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla to fit half of the inside, with a bit of a border of Cajun Craze showing. I used crumb Cake ink and ink distressed the piece all the way around and stamped the flower in the lower left corner.

Now don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challenges and Creations and see their take on the sketch and see who else is participating in the challenge.

I hope you like my creation I’ve made – mistake and all. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you return in the near future.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …

I really liked the sketch challenge on Sunny Challenges and Creations, this week. I know I’m a little late in playing but it was such a great sketch and a Christmas theme. Below id the sketch.

Here is my interpretation of the sketch.

Recipe:
Card – Basic Black; Cherry Cobbler; Old Olive and Very Vanilla
Textured Impressions Folders – Vintage Wallpaper and Perfect Polka Dots
Ribbon – Basic Black Striped Grosgrain
Big Shot – Ovals Die
Punch – Decorative Label
Stamp set – Beautiful Season
Other –  Water Colour Pencils, Aqua brush, Sponge Dauber, Snail Adhesive; Dimensionals and Platinum Shimmer Paint; Rhinestones

I’ve used the Vintage Wallpaper folder on the Cherry Cobbler and the Perfect Polka Dots folder on the Old Olive. I’ve sponged around the oval with the stamp and again around the Cherry Cobbler backing on the sentiment. After colouring the bird and branches I placed some rhinestones on the berries.
This is such a great stamp set.
Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back on Tuesday with a new tutorial, so I hope you can pop back then.

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Bevelled Windowpanes
Features & Benefits

Acrylic embellishments
Sized to use with the Clearly for You set
You can stamp on these using StazOn ink
Sized to fit 1/4″ to 1/2″ ribbon
12 total panes, 4 each of 3 sizes: 1″ x 1″, 1″ x 1-1/4″, and 1-1/2″ x 2″

Bevelled Windowpanes were featured in Stampin’ Up!’s® mini catalogue earlier in the year and they make a comeback in the 2011 – 2012 Idea Book and Catalogue. These little gems highlight images beautifully and give them a glassy look. They come in a pack of 12 (3 different sizes) – they have ribbon slides on two sides so that you can anchor them to your project.

I’m finding that they are so versatile. You can dress them up in many different ways!! You can switch up the sizes, images, ribbons that anchor them down!!..there are so many options. The images look so cute with the “window” over it!!

There are a number of videos on You Tube that show you different ways of using them Here’s one that may interest you.

The 2011 – 2012 Idea Book and Catalogue is due to be released on 1st September, so you’ll be able to order these embellishments then.

 Thank you for stopping by.

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Here’s a card that I made this week using a stamp set that is new in the 2011 – 2012 Idea Book & Catalogue. There are so many lovely new products and I just can’t wait for its release on 1st September 2011.
Recipe:
Card stock – Basic Black, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla
Textured Impression Folder – Petals a Plenty
Ribbon – Very Vanilla satin
Pearls
Ink – Basic Black
Stamp set – Beautiful Season.

There are so many variations you could make from this card. Here’s a few ideas to get your Mojo working:

  • change the colours
  • use brads or rhinestones instead of the pearl
  • change the textured impressions folder that you use
  • stamp the image in Stazon and then colour the image with water colour pencils, crayons, pastels or markers
  • use a different colour ribbon
  • place the ribbon in a different position
  • use the word window and the label punch to create a sentiment embellishment

By just changing a couple of things on a card you can make it look vastly different from the original. I hope you like my card share today. Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget the post tomorrow is Friday Focus where I look at a particular Stampin’ Up! product and write about it, how to use it and other ideas.

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 Robe Card
I know this is a late posting but technically it’s still Tuesday here in Australia 🙂
Now this card was originally made by Penny Wessenauer
I’ve added a few embellishments and an inside to the card.
Basically you will need:
  • Card or double sided paper for the basic card (Basic Black)
  • Designer Series paper of choice (DSP Neutrals Stack)
  • Plain card for the inside sentiment piece (Very Vanilla)
  • Ink (Basic Black)
  • Stamp set for sentiment (Create a Cupcake)
  • Brad (Small crystal)
  • Co-ordinating scraps for lapel flower (DSP Neutrals Stack)
  • Card, paper, ribbon or tape for robe tie (Very Vanilla satin ribbon)
Instructions
I’ll give you some basic instructions here but Penny has a diagram on her Webshots album that may make it a bit clearer for you.

The finished card will fit into a standard sized envelope.

  • Cut card 5 1/2″ x 10 5/8″
  • Score vertically at 4 1/4″ and 8 1/2″
  • With a pencil lightly mark a point along the top edge at 3″ from the left side. Score from pencil mark to bottom left corner and erase pencil mark – this forms the left hand lapel
  • Score from the bottom 8 1/2″ score mark to the bottom right hand corner
  • On the left lapel measure 1″ along top edge and down to left hand corner and cut this section off
  • Now go to the right hand side and measure down the right hand edge 2 1/8″ and drew a line from that point to the score mark at 8 1/2″ and cut that section off
  • Fold the card so that the 2 centre folds are valley folds and the lapel folds are mountain folds.
  • Now make a sash by cutting a piece of card 3/4″ wide and 9 3/4″ long scoring at 3 3/8″ and 7 3/4″.
  • Fold at score lines with a valley fold.
  • Decorate as desired by adding designer series paper or other embellishments. (I used ribbon for the robe tie). You can close the robe sahs band  with a velcro dot, brad, red sticky strip etc.
  • Slip robe sash band over closed card (see photo above)

Now the inside I did the following:

  • Measure the distance between the 2 valley folds and the height of the card. Cut a piece of card just a 1/8″ smaller than that measurement all round. I cut it smaller so that when you close the card there is sufficient space for the card to close without extra ‘lumps’. 
  • I then measured a strip of designer series paper and adhered it to the bottom of the inside card. I used my Stamp-a-majig to position the sentiment and stamped it in black ink.
  • I traced the lapels on the designer series paper I had used and adhered it to the outside.
  • The last little bit was to use the Boho Flowers punch to make a flower for the lapel. I used all 3 flowers and punched twice giving me 6 flowers. I used the paper piercer to pierce the centre of each flower and then layered them smallest to largest on a brad. Spritz the flowers with water and insert the brad into the lapel. I then just scrunched the flowers up a bit, to get the right effect.

You could quite easily stamp and image or sentiment and adhere to one of the sides on the inside of the card.
You could use this card for many different occasions and I thought with Fathers’ Day coming up soon, it would be an ideal card to make for Dad. Where the strip of DSP is on the inside of the card, you could easily make a little ‘pouch’ and have your children write some IOUs to place in it for Dad – IOU a sleep in, car wash etc. or you could use the pouch idea to include a gift card or voucher.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and don’t forget to stop back again next week for another free tutorial. Thanks for stopping by.

Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …