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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Stampin' Up! Color Coach - Card #6 - Dynamic Duos of Smoky Slate + Basic Grey

Smoky Slate Card #3

Dear Stampin' friends

This card is both a Dynamic Duos creation and the sixth card for my self-imposed Color Coach Challenge!! This combines two shades of grey....Smoky slate and Basic Grey....


When I sat down stood up (I craft standing!) to make this card, I grabbed my Basic Grey scraps and found that I had kept a 'negative' from when I made some grey leaves from the Little Leaves sizzlit. I put it against some Smoky Slate cardstock and it WORKED!!! Add some images from the Happy Day stamp set and some pearls and a card was born!!! :)Please visit the rest of the team from the Dynamic Duos Challenge blog to see what they did with Basic Grey....

Don't forget that you can order any of these items at my online store or by sending me an email or calling 0413 405 139.

Materials used:
Stamps - Happy Day
Ink - Basic Grey
Cardstock - Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla
Accessories - Pearls
Tools - Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot, Little Leaves sizzlit die, SNAIL

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Stampin' Up! Color Coach - Card #5 - Layered Labels Birthday Card

Smoky Slate Card #2

Hello Stampin' friends

Today, on my Color Coach blogging challenge I have paired Smoky Slate with Daffodil Delight and Whisper White. I used the Layered Labels stamp set and also used a BRAND NEW stamp set to enhance the base....can you see it!? I can't tell you what it is called but if you are blog-stalking and Pinterest-ing then I'm sure you will guess the name. I just can't tell you the name until the new catalogue launches here in Australia. :) 

If you would like to order any of these items online just head to
my store. :)

Alison xx

Materials used:
Stamps - Layered Labels + a sneak peek
Ink - Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight
Cardstock - Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight,
Daffodil Delight DSP (soon to be retired in this pattern)
Accessories - Pearls, Daffodil Delight button (soon to be retired)
  Tools - Big Shot, Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Paper Snips,
Oval Scallop Punch, Oval Punch, NEW PUNCH (avail 2 July 2013),
Apothecary Accents Framelit Die, Glue Dots, SNAIL

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dynamic Duos #58 - Stampin' Up! Love & Sympathy

Dear Stampin' friends

Cajun Craze!!! Are you kidding me? :)

Here's the monochromatic combo on offer from Dynamic Duos this week. Don't be frightened and procrastinate like I did with this challenge.....jump in and play along! :)

I wanted to do a bit of a colour wash with my Tangerine Tango and Cajun Craze ink and experimented a bit on Naturals Ivory cardstock. I liked the result and I stamped over it with the flower image from Stampin' Up! Love & Sympathy. The Crumb Cake looked lovely but it didn't stand out so I went over the stems and the underside of the petals with my Crumb Cake marker and it brought out the image a little bit more.

I layered it on some Cajun Craze cardstock & the two colours of DSP. It's not my 'normal' style of sympathy card but it does look nice in real life.  

Be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team....

Alison xx
Materials used:
Stamp - Love & Sympathy
Ink - Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake
Cardstock - Naturals Ivory, Tangerine Tango DSP,
Cajun Craze Textured CS, Cajun Craze DSP
Accessories - Neutrals Brads, Pearls, Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon
Tools - Stampin' Trimmer, SNAIL, Dimensionals, Aquapainter, Paper Piercer

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Stampin' Up! Convention - Brisbane 2013 .....sneak peek of new product!

Hi Stampin' friends

At the end of May, I attended the Stampin' Up! Convention here in Brisbane with about 700 demonstrators from Australia & New Zealand. It is an amazing convention and one that I would encourage everyone to attend.....demonstrators and their non-demo guests are welcome!

Here's why I think Stampin' Up! Convention is so cool.....
1. I got to hear Shelli Gardner, the Co-Founder and CEO of Stampin' Up! present and create beautiful projects onstage. She is warm & funny.....and so inspirational!!

2. I got to hear other inspirational and creative people from Stampin' Up! head office talk about the exciting things coming our way......and I got a copy of the BRAND NEW CATALOGUE!! Eeeekkkkk  

3. I got to watch some talented demonstrators present on stage and share what they love about Stampin' Up!

4. I got to catch up with some beautiful fellow demonstrators who I am blessed to call friends.

5. I got to create some cards using NEW colours and NEW stamp sets during the Make & Take sessions

6. I got heaps of FREE stuff!! (not the most important thing as Stampin' Up! President Rich Jutkins most eloquently explained to us....but free product IS exciting to receive :)

Speaking of free stuff.....here's a sneak peek using two of the many stamp sets I received at Convention. I was inspired by this week's Dynamic Duos combo of Pear Pizzazz and Black. Yay for Pear Pizzazz returning as a core Stampin' Up! colour. :)

For my card, I used the "Bouncing Brayer" technique which was shown to us by Paula Dobson. I used Pear Pizzazz for my brayered background and used a new stamp set for all the background splotches and "tracks". My sentiment is also from a brand new stamp set!! Aren't they both cool!!?

If you would like to know how to make this card, email me - I'd love to demonstrate for you at a workshop!

Don't forget to visit the rest of the Design Team to see their wonderful creations....

Alison xxx

Monday, June 10, 2013

Stampin' Up! Color Coach - Card #4 - Subway Art

Smoky Slate Card #1

Dear Stampin' friends

Today on my Stampin’ Up! Color Coach Blog Challenge ,I introduce to you.....SMOKY SLATE
.....and I can fast see this becoming a favourite neutral colour....it is lighter than Basic Grey with almost silvery purple tones. :)

The color coach combo today is Smoky Slate....Soft Sky...and Calypso Coral....a bit weird but it really makes for a modern looking card. I used some clear block stamping technique and did some 'subway art' stamping. It's a very easy 'one-layer' card....give it a try!! :)

Alison xx

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Stampin' Up! Color Coach #3

Dear Stampin' friends
Color Coach Card #3

I'm still intent on completing my mission to blog my way through the Stampin’ Up! Color Coach!!

Here's the final card using the Color Coach suggestion for Crushed Curry.....(the RGB code is R-254 G-194 B-64 btw) this has Daffodil Delight as its analogous colour. You can see the difference quite well between the two colours. The second photo is the first version of the card before I added the embellishments and the sentiment. I thought that it needed a few more embellishments + a sentiment......(plus something to cover my careless smudges from the embossing!).I think it would make a nice wedding card actually. :) 

You will be able to order this new colour and this gorgeous stamp set from me come 2nd July. If you would like a brand new catalogue for free.....just email me with your address details (Australian addresses only).

Alison xx

Materials used
Stamps - can't say just yet!! :)
Ink - Versamark
Cardstock - Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White Textured CS (retired, but Coredinations would do), Vellum
Accessories - Shimmer Brads (Gold & Champagne)
Tools - Stampin' Trimmer, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Paper Piercer, SNAIL

Dynamic Duos #56 - Baby Card!

Hello stampin' friends!

What have we here for you this week at Dynamic Duos??

........................it's a return of Blushing Bride to the family of Stampin' Up! colours....teamed with the tried & true Soft Suede.

I made my card for a friend who had a little baby girl a short time ago....Blushing Bride is the perfect soft pink for baby girl cards and I had some pewter embellishments that I wanted to use so I modelled my shapes and 'blocking' around those. I used some leftover Very Vanilla Textured cardstock as I wanted a clean but textured finish to the main body of the card.....since there is so much of it! :)

Hope you can join us and celebrate the return of this fabulous colour.....check out what the Design Team have done this week.

Alison xxx

Materials used:
Stamps - none!! **gasp**
Ink - none **gasp**
Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride DSP (retired)
Accessories - Everyday Enchantments Brad (retired), Very Vanilla Flower brad (retired), Pink pearl, misc pewter embellishments
Tools - Stampin' Trimmer, SNAIL, Dimensionals, Paper Piercer, Petite Curly Label Punch

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Stampin' Up! Color Coach #2 - Birthday Card

Dear Stampin' friends

Well I'm up to #2 on my Color Coach blogging journey.....here's my second card using the Color Coach suggestion for Crushed Curry. This card uses Crushed Curry with Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo which I think makes a perfect birthday card! 

I decided that maybe the Crushed Curry was a little bit TOO represented on the previous card, so I toned it back a little bit and used the sketch from the Mojo Monday Challenge No. 296.

Here's the sketch:

I really wanted to add that third circle but I really couldn't make it 'work'.....I hope it's acceptable.

I've also used another couple of new stamp sets on this card. Aren't they cool!? :)

If you are itching to place an order, you can pop over to my online store - just choose me as your demonstrator, and away you go! :)

Alison xx

    Materials used:
Stamps - ssshhh!
Cardstock - Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie DSP
Ink - Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Accessories - Neutrals Brads (White)
Tools - Stampin' Trimmer, 1" square punch, Paper Piercing Pack,
Paper Piercer, 1 3/4 scallop circle punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, dimensionals

Stampin' Up! Convention Brisbane - Make 'n' Take

Hello Stampin' friends....

A quick post to share one of the Make n Takes that we did at Convention last month. This card showcases TWO new stamp sets, heaps of new colours, plus a couple of new accessories.


Alison xx

Stampin' Up! Color Coach #1......plus sneak peeks...

Hello Stampin' friends!

So....here's the first post of my epic blog-a-thon....

I was going to do the posts in order of the colours of the Color Coach, but there are some fab NEW colours coming our way so I thought I would showcase those first....because I just can't help myself...



This card features Crushed Curry with Island Indigo and Real Red.....they are three strong colours which make for a bold colour mash!

I teamed it with a new stamp set and accessory that we received at Stampin' Up! Convention last month....but I can't tell you what they are called....you will have to wait until 2 July....[unless of course you are reading this from the US and Canada and then you probably KNOW what these are...so there's no surprises on this card for you! ;) ]       

Hope you like my first card for this challenge!
Alison xx

PS - if you would like me to send you a free Stampin' Up! catalogue just email me your name and address and I'll send one out to you. Be sure to check out my online store also!

Materials used:
Stamp set - sssshhhhh!Ink - Island Indigo, Versamark
Cardstock - Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Real Red
Accessories - ssssshhh!, White button (from Neutrals collection...about to retire!),
Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Tools - Big Shot, Stampin' Trimmer, Blossom Party die, Floral Framelits, Corner Rounder
Punch, SNAIL, Glue Dots, Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Monday, June 3, 2013

My mission.....and I've chosen to accept it....

Hello Stampin' friends!

After returning from the Stampin' Up! Convention here in Brisbane last month, my mind was swimming with ideas as to how I could challenge myself and inspire others.....so I present to you my exciting....and also quite probably insane....idea:


....so....over the next 12 months, I shall do my best to bring you some fun and cool cards using all the wonderful colour/color combos from the Stampin' Up! Color Coach.

Be sure to check in regularly to see how I'm going and offer encouragement :)

....and some orders would be totes awesome too!!! :)

You can order direct from my online store , send me an email, or call me on 0413 405 139! :)

Alison xxx

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Dynamic Duos #55 - Stampin' Up! Topsy Turvy Celebrations card

Hello Stampin' friends!

This week at Dynamic Duos we have a bold & fun colour combo for you.....

Aren't they just lovely!?

For my card I went with a recent sketch from the Mojo Mondays challenge blog....I liked the juxtaposition of circles and verticle lines and the little flags on the right hand side. I had some leftover retired Sweet Shop DSP & brads from Stampin' Up! which gave my Wisteria Wonder elements a fun feel rather than a soft/subtle feel. I decided to use Stampin' Up!'s Topsy Turvy Celebrations for my image & sentiment and I 'iced' the cake with Dazzling Details! :)


Be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team....there's some wonderful creations this week. I hope you will create something fabulous to share with us!  


Materials used (all SU):
Stamps - Topsy Turvy Celebrations
Ink - Raspberry Ripple, Wisteria Wonder
Cardstock - Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple CS, Wisteria Wonder CS,
Raspberry Ripple DSP, Sweet Shop DSP (retired)
Accessories - Sweet Shop brad, In Color Dahlia (Raspberry Ripple), Rhinestone
Tools - Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Paper Snips,
Glue Dots, SNAIL, 2 1/2 inch circle punch, Dazzling Details
Alison xxx

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Stampin' Up! Best of 25 Years....Best of Flowers

Hi Stampin' friends!

Q. Why are the posts coming thick & fast at the moment?
A. Because there is SO much going on in Stampin' Up! land.....heaps of new things...

As part of Stampin' Up!'s 25-year anniversary celebration, Stampin' Up! is bringing back some of your favourite stamp images from the 25 years and combining them into five sets, which will release-one set per month-until April 2014. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!

This month's "Best of" set is called "Best of Flowers" . The 'never before seen' stamp is that gorgeous daisy in the bottom right hand side. It coordinates with the 1 1/4 inch scallop circle punch. Here's a flyer ..... you're welcome! :)

To order the set, just go to my online store.....the code is 133342 (only available in clearmount)

Alison xx

Stampin' Up! Retirement List.....order now or live with regret!!

Hi Stampin' friends

It's that time of the year again when Stampin' Up! bring out the famous Retirement List and it is your last chance to get 'those wishlist items' that just keep getting rolled over and forgotten - DON'T DELAY!

A lot of items sell out very quickly so the best thing to do is order ONLINE....that way you get instant notification if something is out of stock already.

The sale is from 31st May 2013 until 11.50pm 1st July 2013 (for online orders)

Here are some links:

1. Retiring Stamps List (as PDF) or as excel file
2.Retiring Accessories List (as PDF) or as excel file
3. Shop online direct from me at my online store

......AND.....I should tell you that if you have ever considered joining the Stampin' Up! demonstrator family, then TODAY IS THE DAY......we are in pre-order period for new catalogue product and your first order as a demonstrator receives 30% off rather than the usual 20%. You will receive your products and get to create with them before the new catalogue even goes live on 2 July!!! What a winning deal! :)

You can join up here or give me a call on 0413 405 139 to have a chat about it if you like. :)

Alison xx