Paper Crafting Blog Hop – The Gang’s All Meer

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I hope you are enjoying this month’s Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator’s Blog Hop featuring Sale-A-Bration projects. Fellow demonstrators from all over the globe are participating so we have lots of fun projects to share with you. You may have arrived from Maureen Rauchfuss’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

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I wanted to use The Gang’s All Meer stamp set because it’s SO cute. And I love the Stone Embossing Folder! When my friend and downline, Vicki, opened her Demonstrator pre-order, I was with her and she pulled out this folder and said “What is this? I didn’t order this!” So we searched the documentation and found that it came as a Sale-A-Bration freebie, bundled with the Power of Hope Stamp Set. Then we both decided that we loved it and had to use it on everything.

I was really happy with this card. Bermuda Bay is one of my favourite colours and I think it looks great with the Stone Texture. The DSP ties all the colours together and the new Stitched So Sweetly Dies are a whole new level of sweet, with the petite scalloped edge as well as the stitching.

Supplies used:

Stamps: – The Gang’s All Meer (free during Sale-A-Bration when you spend AU$90)

Card: – Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper (January-June Mini Catalogue)

Ink : – Memento Tuxedo Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso and Night of Navy Watercolour Pencils.

Tools: – Stone 3D Embossing Folder (free, as part of the Power of Hope Bundle during Sale-A-Bration, when you spend A$180), Stitched So Sweetly Dies (January-June Mini Catalogue), Blender Pen

Embellishments: – Sequins

What do you think? Please add a comment and let me know what you liked about my design.

Thanks for hopping with us. Now click the next image to zoom to Krissi Hannah’s blog in the United States to see what fun ideas she has designed.

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Here is a list of hoppers in case you get off the trail!

Shirley Merker
Tracy Held
Sue Boerner
Terri Stewart
Sandra Roberts
Sandy Ward
Sue McDonald
Maureen Rauchfuss
Annette McMillan YOU ARE HERE!
Krissi Hannahs

All the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here.

If you live in Australia and don’t already have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I would be delighted to have you join me. Click “Contact Me” at the top of this page or click here to get the conversation started. Thanks!

If you would like to purchase Stampin’ Up! products at a discount and/or run your own business I would love to have you join my team of demonstrators. Click “Contact Me” at the top of this page or click here. I would love to hear from you.

That’s it for now, thanks for hopping by………………………..til next time

Netty xx

Christmas in Australia

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I wanted to share how I spent Christmas here in Australia.

We spent Christmas with our 2 adult children at the south coast of NSW. It is a spot I have been visiting since before I could walk and where I have spent most of my Christmases. It is also where my parents lived before they died.

As you probably know, fires affected a large part of this area and while we were there we were inconvenienced in several ways, particularly by being separated when the highway was closed. But we were not directly impacted by the fires and we left before new year. Unfortunately, the smoke from the fires followed us but we are thankful to be safe and still have our home.

I wanted to share this photo because I thought it might appeal, particularly to those in the northern hemisphere. This was a traditional way the fire service raised funds for many years but as far as I know it had not been done for quite a while. On this trip, the fire truck was welcomed by everyone and it was an emotional opportunity to thank the brave fire fighters for keeping us safe. Santa had a good supply of lollies (candy) which he threw at the kids. So everyone lined the streets to say thanks and donate; I think it is so uniquely Australian!

Also Santa must have been quite hot in his suit in the very hot conditions.

I hope you appreciate this non-crafting post.

Bye for now……………………………………………………………………………………..til next time,

Netty xx

Paper Crafting Blog Hop -Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper

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I hope you are enjoying our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator’s Blog Hop featuring Gift Packaging projects. Fellow demonstrators from all over the globe are participating so we have a wide range of fun projects to share with you. You may have arrived from Katie Johnson’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

I wanted to use the Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, even though we don’t have frosty or snowy Christmases in Australia, because I just love this paper. I decided to use the silver-foiled side and I wanted to make a treat sized gift package. This is small enough to hang on the Christmas tree but will hold a good number of treats or small gifts, or even cash.

I found a design I liked on Youtube by Crafty Caroline. Here is the link.

I punched a hole through the top tabs and threaded some of the stunning Seaside Spray Ribbon through. I added a simple tag and some some Rhinestones.

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Supplies used:

Card: – Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper

Ink : – Night of Navy Marker

Tools: – Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips

Embellishments: – Seaside Spray 6.4mm Metallic Ribbon, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

What do you think? Please add a comment and let me know what you liked about my design.

Thanks for hopping with us. Now click the next image to zoom to Shirley Merker’s blog in the United States to see what fun ideas she has designed.

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Here is a list of hoppers in case you get off the trail!

Shirley Merker
Tracy Held
Sue Boerner
Sandra Roberts
Sandy Ward
Sue McDonald
Katie Johnson
Annette McMillan YOU ARE HERE!

All the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here.

If you live in Australia and don’t already have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I would be delighted to have you join me. Click “Contact Me” above to get the conversation started. Thanks!

If you would like to purchase Stampin’ Up! products at a discount and/or run your own business I would love to have you join my team of demonstrators. Click “Contact Me” above. I would love to hear from you.

That’s it for now, thanks for hopping by………………………..til next time

Netty xx

Fancy Fold Gift Voucher Holder

Hello there, welcome to my little corner of blog land!

Today I wanted to share a gift voucher holder I created for a customer. Her husband asked me for a voucher for her for Christmas. Below is what I came up with on the outside.

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Supplies used:

Stamp Set: – Winter Woods, (retired stamps used for greetings)

Card: – Real Red, Old Olive, Gold Glimmer Paper

Ink : – Real Red, Old Olive, Versamark

Tools: – In the Woods Dies Set, Stitched Rectangles Dies, (retired star punch)

Accessories: – Stampin’ Dimensionals, White Embossing Paste, Gold Embossing Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, (retired gold twine).

Apart from those which have retired, all the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here.

I wanted to add a little element of surprise so I gave it a pop up feature. The panel behind the inside greeting lifts up the voucher when the card is opened. Pretty cool, I thought.

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I can create gift voucher holders for any event or amount and can arrange delivery. Just give my contact details to your loved ones, or contact me yourself!

If you live in Australia and don’t already have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I would be delighted to have you join me. Click “Contact Me” above to get the conversation started. Thanks!

If you would like to purchase Stampin’ Up! products at a discount and/or run your own business I would love to have you join my team of demonstrators. Click “Contact Me” above. I would love to hear from you.

That’s it for now, thanks for popping by………………………..til next time

Netty xx

2019 Onstage Sydney

I traveled to Sydney by car the day before Onstage with 3 Stampin’ Up! buddies. Can’t believe that was 2 weeks ago. I finally got to photographing the loads of treasure I brought back with me. It might take me more than one post to cover it all!

I thought I had shared my swaps here but as I haven’t, that is what I will share with you first up.

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Supplies used:

Stamp Set: – Everything Amazing

Card: – Blueberry Bushell, Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick

Ink : – Blueberry Bushell , Lovely Lipstick

Tools: – Balloon punch, aquapen, Chalk pen

Accessories: – Night of Navy Twine (retired)

I wanted to use some DSP in the background but didn’t have any with the colours I wanted to use, so I made some by painting the 2 colours on with an aquapen, lifting the ink from the lid of the inkpads. I was pretty happy with the results. I’d love to know what you think.

Next up is a swap I did with the Geared Up Garage Stamp set and Dies.

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Supplies used:

Stamp Set: – Geared Up Garage

Card: – Real Red, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Mango Melody, Shaded Spruce, Soft Suede

Ink : – Real Red, Smoky Slate

Tools: – Garage Gears Dies, Layering Circles Dies, Tailored Tag punch

Accessories: – Stampin’ Dimensionals

The Gear Die for this is one big die so I cut several in each colour then cut them up and swapped out the colours.  I don’t think I realised what I had set myself up for but the task was aided by the use of press n seal to keep the bits organised while I put the glue on the back.

Next up is my personal fave, using Butterfly Wishes

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Supplies used:

Stamp Set: – Butterfly Wishes

Card: – Blackberry Bliss, Purple Posy, Whisper White

Ink : – Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate

Tools: – Stitched Nested Labels, Subtle 3D Embossing Folder

Accessories: – Basic Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals

So, that’s is for swaps, now I’ll show you the bag we were given on arrival.

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Don’t you just love it? These vibrant colours were everywhere in the function room, creating a real WOW effect. 

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Inside the bag was a stamp set from the January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue called Timeless Tulips, pens, notepad and a lanyard and some cute little charms (of course I can’t find these now). Soon after the proceedings began, we were given our copies of the Mini Catalogue and the 2020 Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. WOW, are you gonna love these.

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Three of the four make and take projects are shown above, as well as the Painted Poppies stamp set (which I got to take home) and the Lovely Lilipad stamp set which was my door prize. It is one of the free products which will be on offer during Sale-A-Bration from 3 January 2020, which is also the date when the Mini Catalogue goes live.

The top project used stamp set from the mini catalogue, Forever Blossoms. The one on left used Timeless Tulips, and the other, the Painted Poppies set.

The other make and take project used a stamp set from the 2020 Mini Catalogue, Dressed to Impress, as well as the gorgeous Best Dressed 3″ X 3″ Printed Notecards which also debut in the Mini.

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Now I’ll show you the swaps I received at Onstage

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Christmastimeishere products were used for these projects, the card by Sandra Mastelo, the card by Trish Coote , and the sticky note holder by Karen Gilbertson. The little wallet by Denise Spencer uses products from the Holiday catalogue and the lovely Christmastimeishere gold ribbon.

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I love all these projects which feature Holiday Catalogue products, especially the ice skates card by Bridget Jeffcoat, which also uses the beautiful Silver foil-edged cards and Envelopes from the Annual Catalogue. I ate the candy which was on our table. It was provided by Kathryn Ruddick for her team members. We sat with some of them and they shared.

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The So Many Stars Bundle and the Wrapped in Plaid DSP are great products from the Holiday catalogue.

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These swaps all appealed to me because they used black and bright colours. I love the silhouette cards. The top two used the Friendly Silhouettes Dies which I hadn’t noticed in the catalogue before but aren’t they beautiful? And the circle of Mercury Glass Designer Acetate (Holiday mini) really sets off the skyscape card.

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The cat caught my eye straight away! How cute! All lovely cards, but again I am struck by the unicorn card by Bridget Jeffcote. That must be why I swapped with her more than once. Pauline Bennetts also made clever use of the On to Adventure stamps. Tracey Ross had a great idea to promote organ donation, using the Modern Heart stamp.

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I love the technique card by the talented Cheryl Miller and Kayla Macaulay told me her small son (6yrs?) made these Daisy card swaps. Clever kid!

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I also got an amazing selection of 3D swaps. I haven’t ripped them open to get to the chocolate (yet)!

Well, that’s all my swaps, but I have more to share.

Last weekend, I went to a get together for my downline group, the Avid Inkers. One of them had asked me how to make a Card in a Box. So I led a session showing how to make these, and here are the results.

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I made this card using the Painted Poppy stamp set along with the retired Number of Years Stamp Set and Dies, and other retired Dies. The card is for my mother-in-law who turns 90 next year, so I thought that was an appropriate occasion for this special card. Fortunately she doesn’t have a computer or smart device so is unlikely to see this. The colours are Basic Black, Poppy Parade and Old Olive.

I made another Card-in-a-Box for a friend who was turning 80 last week, using the Daisy Lane Bundle and retired DSP, greeting stamps and dies.

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I used Night of Navy,  Granny Apple Green and Mango Melody. I hope she liked it.  Here’s pic of the card closed.  It fits into a normal size envelope.

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Apart from the items listed as retired, all the supplies used in the projects shown in this post can be ordered through my online store here.

If you live in Australia and don’t already have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I would be delighted to have you join me. Click “Contact Me” above to get the conversation started. Thanks!

If you would like to purchase Stampin’ Up! products at a discount and/or run your own business I would love to have you join my team of demonstrators. Click “Contact Me” above. I would love to hear from you.

That’s it for now, thanks for dropping by………………………..til next time

Netty xx