Thursday, 19 April 2018

Next week's Technique class on the Central Coast - Bokeh

Bokeh is one of those techniques that has been around for a long time... but every time you create with this lovely technique, it looks fresh and new.

Next week I have my monthly technique class and we are doing this beautiful Bokeh technique.  I've moved around the dates a bit this month (due to other commitments) and so the dates will be as follows:

Tuesday 24th April @ 7.30pm
Thursday 26th April @ 11.15am

Note there is no class on the Wednesday as that is Anzac Day. 

The cost for technique classes is $25... and you go home with 3 lovely projects that you made yourself! At the time of writing I still have spots in both classes.

Today is a little sneak peek at one of the class cards.... I am trying to use my favourite sets before they are gone... and the beautiful Butterfly Basics stamp set and matching framelits are on the retiring list.... so that means i need to use them NOW!  Both the butterfly framelit sets will be saying goodbye... so that's the Butterfly thinlits set AND the Bold Butterfly thinlits.  I for one will miss them... but Ive certainly had amazing mileage out of them!  Here they are:

Product List

If you wish to purchase any of these before they retire you can click the images to be taken to the Online Store.  Or you can also click the SHOP NOW button above to see the full list of retiring products.  Whilst you are there don't forget to check out the clearance rack as they have added more bargain items in there this week! 

Enjoy my little card today, and if you are able to make it to class next week click HERE to email me and let me know! 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Alaska Achievers Blog Hop - Onstage Inspiration!

Welcome to this month's Alaska Achievers Blog Hop... this month we are showing off lots of ideas, pictures and inspiration from our recent Onstage event.  Ours was held in Sydney, and I had the massive privilege of being a presenter at the event.  You can read more about this HERE.

Onstage events are the most awesome days of learning, fun and creativity.  Stampin'Up put them on twice a year, and there's no way I would miss one!  But the best bit is hanging out with 600 other demonstrators who love what you love! What a fantastic day we had together!

I had nearly 50 of my team attending this past Onstage.  Most of us were in Sydney, (one was also at the Perth event... hello Gail!) and one of the things I love to do at each Onstage is to give my ladies a team gift.  This time they were relatively simple, but I think they liked them!  Firstly I asked on our team facebook forum whether people preferred tea or coffee (or neither), and once I had an idea of numbers, I made up these cute little pouches.  The long ones were perfect for either coffee or hot chocolate, and the smaller ones were just right for the English Breakfast tea bags.  To make the pouches I used the Lots to Love box framelit dies in Crumb Cake and then decorated them with the Coffee Cafe DSP.  (And both of those things are retiring!)

I also added little critter-themed post it notes so that they could mark their brand new catalogues with their favourites! (Getting the new catalogues at these events is a big perk of going to Onstage... those who go get to see all the new stuff first!)

The bad news is that Onstage is only available for demonstrators.  The good news is that if you are a demonstrator, you are very welcome to attend!  The next Onstage will be in November and Im already making my plans to be there!  Onstage is such a perk of being a demonstrator.... its just a fantastic day out!  (And if you want to attend... now is a great time to join as a demonstrator so that you can come too!)

I hope you enjoy our blog hop today! (Click the name below mine to continue the hop)

Linda D x

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Daisy Delight with a cute Bubble Wrap Brusho background!

Yesterday I did a class up in the Hunter for a lovely group of ladies.  These girls get together regularly for card making and sometimes they ask a "professional" (haha) like myself to come along and teach them something new.  I had a lovely afternoon with them and we made a couple of cute projects together.

The card you see above is one of them.  Bubble Wrap backgrounds are so fun to make.... and great for anyone from a beginner through to a more seasoned crafter.  You just need your cardstock (I used Shimmery White), Brusho,  Water spritzer and of course some bubble wrap!   A while back I made a video to show how this is done so Im popping the video again below so that you can check it out if you havent seen it:

For the Daisy I used the Daisy Delight bundle (stamps and punch) which is in our current Annual Catalogue.  Please note that although these two items will be available in the next catalogue, they will no longer be a bundle... which means you will have to purchase them as separate items.  So if you are after the bundle (which is a saving of 10%) then get it NOW, before the 31st May!  As of June 1st, the bundle price will no longer be available.

I think this bundle is great value!  Its only $54.75 for the stamps AND punch... and the punch is normally $31 just by itself! So that bundle represents excellent value!  No wonder it went onto backorder when it first came out last year!  Thankfully it is now back in stock and waiting to be ordered :-)

If you would like to place an order (OR just look at the retiring items!) then click HERE to visit the Online Store. Or you can click the SHOP NOW button above too.  I've also included a product list below for you.

Have a fabulous Tuesday!

Linda D x

Product List

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Sydney Onstage Event... Introducing my Presentation on Lilypad Lake!

I know it looks as though I have been very quiet over the past week or two.... I've certainly been posting less projects both here and on my Facebook Business Page and Instagram.  But the truth is that I was actually EXTRA busy.... getting ready for our Onstage training event in Sydney.  (and then recovering! lol)If you are a demonstrator and you've never been to Onstage... why not????   These are the most amazing days... and its a perk of being a demonstrator that we get to attend.  (If you are a customer and you think these days sound like fun... my suggestion is to join as a demonstrator so that you can go too!)

Onstage happens twice a year in lots of regions around the world. Here in what they call the "South Pacific" region (doesnt that sound exotic???) we had our Onstage Local event in Sydney this time.  They move them around so that everyone has a chance to go.  But I actually don't care where they are..... in almost 12 years I have never missed a Stampin'Up training event... they are THAT GOOD!  Last November I went to the Melbourne event (there was one at the Gold Coast as well, but I cant be everywhere at once or I would have gone there too).

What happens at an Onstage event?  Well the number one thing is FUN.  But Onstage is also where they release new products and catalogues, supply awesome training, give away lots of prizes and tell us about upcoming exciting stuff.  But the best part of Onstage in my opinion is meeting other demonstrators and lifelong friends!  There is something about sharing with others that love the same stuff as you that just makes it so special!  I laughed a lot and may have shed a tear or two during the day too!

Would you like to see a couple of my presentation samples? One is at the top of this page and here is another:

Don't worry.... there are more and I'm looking forward to sharing them over the coming weeks.

There is so much exciting NEW stuff coming your way!  And you don't have long to wait to find out ether.   The new Annual catalogue will be released to customers on the 1st June (demonstrators can start ordering some products earlier).

I was one of the presenters at Onstage last weekend!  Its been keeping me very busy over the past few weeks. I was given a brand new bundle of products, and had to create some cool projects with it, and use those projects to present it to our Onstage group (about 600 people!)  Its such an honour to be asked to present at these events..... so of course I said yes!  I had to zip my mouth shut before the event because it had to be a surprise!  My job was to show off the new bundle, and show some different techniques with it, and also talk about how I can use it in my business.  Here's a cool pic of me doing my 10 minute presentation on the stage.....

And up on the boards....

And for me, it was possibly even cooler that I got to see one of my own team members also present and she did an AMAZING job.  I felt like a proud mother hen!  Here is a pic of the awesome Johanna Hetherington doing her presentation....

Something else exciting?  Sara, the CEO of Stampin'Up (and Shelli's daughter) was our MC for this event.  We loved having her with us, and it was so good to be able to chat with her since the smaller local event is more suited to that (Sara usually attends the bigger LIVE events... these are like Onstage on steroids.... 3 days of all this and more!)  Here's a pic of myself, Sara and my team member Jo Hooper.... it was the end of the day and we were all tired, but we still fronted up for a quick photo!

The entire team who helped us put this event together were simply awesome! I LOVE this photo of them all in front of Luna Park (which is where the event was held.... this is the second time we have had Onstage at Luna Park... such a great venue)

Stampin'Up is celebrating its 30th year this year! So our event had an 80's flavour... lots of colour and all day they played 80's anthems.  What did they play when I walked out on stage?  Eye of the Tiger of course!  No, I didnt choose it.... but I guess it is fitting since I consider myself a Survivor!

We walked away from Saturday's event with our hearts full... and our new Stampin'Up bags full of free products!  But I am just so glad I was able to be part of this year's event.  All the presentations were amazing.... we have so much local talent.... and it was wonderful to see so many people and enjoy hugs, laugher and awesome conversations all day long.  Here's the bag we filled up with lots of goodies:

Its reversible so you can decide what colour bag you want that day....

Thank you Stampin'Up for looking after us and being the BEST company to "work" for.....EVER!  Bring on the next 30 years!

Linda D

Friday, 13 April 2018

Scrapbooking Layout for this month's Scrapbooking class in the Hunter Valley

Every second month I run an all-day scrapbooking class in the Hunter Valley, at Pokolbin to be exact.  I travel up there (it's not that far really) and spend a wonderful day with some lovely ladies and we get creative together.  They bring their photos and I help to customise my designs to suit them.  I thought you might like to see one of the designs from this month's class.

Even though it's a relatively simple design, I love this one because it really helps to show off the photos.   I've used our Decorative Masks and embossing paste in the background to create the awesome texture on this layout.   Our large letter dies were the perfect size to create the ombre lettering (sponged with our Sponge Brayers)... I used Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo ink.   I also added some Myths and Magic Washi tape to the bottom of the page, which is so sparkly and fun!

Lastly I used the lace stamp from the Touches of Texture stamp set to add some soft detail around the edges of the page.  I love that stamp!!  The colour I used for this is Soft Suede.. which is perfect paired with the Crumb Cake cardstock.

Classes are held at the Taste of the County cafe in the Hunter Valley Gardens at Pokolbin.  If you are interested please contact the cafe directly.  But numbers are limited and book quickly, so book in early to avoid disappointment.  Our next class will be June 14th. 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The 2018 Retiring list from Stampin'Up Australia is out TODAY

Yep... its here!  The big list of retiring products!

And it is a huge list of items this year.  In particular you will notice a huge exodus of inks and colours.... we are having a COLOUR REVAMP!  So they are saying goodbye to many colours, and on June 1st will have a host of new colours heading your way.  Dont worry... we get to keep many of our favourites... but I've seen all the new colours and they look AMAZING together!

One thing to note in the list is the ink pads... all of them are on the list! This doesn't mean that all the colours are retiring... but it DOES mean that the inkpad style will be changing, and so all the pads in their current form will be retiring.

PLEASE make sure you check out the list... and soon!  The easiest way to see it is to visit the ONLINE STORE..... all the items are listed there, broken down by stamps, bundles and "everything else".  You can also click the "SHOP NOW" button above for this option.  But if you prefer it in pdf list form you can post the links below into your browser:

Occasions Catalogue retiring list:

Annual Catalogue retiring list:

Yep.. the Daisy Delight Bundle is going! (Not the stamp set or punch but they will no longer be a bundle so get them together whilst they are 10% off!)  The colour Tempting Turquoise, and the DSP on this card are also retiring.

Any questions... please ASK!  That's what Im here for.   To email me click HERE.  I will check my emails as often as I can.  Just don't miss out on the items you love if they are on the list... as I expect many items to sell out quickly.  I will come back and give you updates as items begin to sell out.

Have a wonderful day!

Linda D

Monday, 9 April 2018

Beautiful Day Butterflies in Blues

Today I am showing off these cute but simple cards... Im actually doing them as part of a class this week in the Hunter Valley.  I love these Butterflies.... they come from this awesome stamp set called "Beautiful Day".  Here is the set:

I have found this to be such a great set for all kinds of techniques... various colouring techniques, embossing and for backgrounds too.  And the sentiments are lovely.  Its a great set!

This is actually one of my card designs at a class I am doing in the Hunter Valley this week.... its great for new stampers, and I hope they love it!

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon Share!

As we approach the end of our current catalogue (can you believe that this year's retirement list will be out NEXT WEEK???) I have started thinking about all the things I am going to miss when they retire.  So even though the current catalogues do not end until the end of May, many items will be discontinuing, and many will sell out prior to the catalogue end date.

Amongst the first things to go will be the 2016-18 In color items.. especially the ink refills!  If you don't have refills for your ink my suggestion is to grab them now!!!  Other In Color items such as cardstock and accessories are likely to go quickly too.

I have many items that I love in this catalogue, but I want to grab some of my very favourite ribbons - the Crinkled Seam Binding ribbons - before they are gone.  I love this ribbon!  Its so easy to work with and ties beautifully.  And I love ALL these colours!

I thought you might like to grab some too?  If you are in Australia you are very welcome to put your hand up to be part of this share.  There are 4 rolls of the ribbon in the colours you see in the picture above, and there is 9.1m of ribbon on each roll.  So I will run shares of 4 people.... as many as are required... and I will divide the rolls into 4 so that each person will receive approximately 2.25m of each colour.   The cost per person is $15.  So you get 1/4 of each roll of each colour... for a total of $15 including postage.

To be part of the share click HERE to email me and let me know.  Use "Ribbon Share" in the subject line of your email.   I will add your name to the list of those in the share and send you payment details.  I will close off the share signup as at Friday 13th April.

See you soon!

Linda D

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

All Star Tutorial Bundle April Blog Hop!

I am thrilled to be this month's "Guest Designer" with the All Star Tutorial Bundle Team.... and today we are blog hopping together!  You are in for a treat as 12 of the most talented crafters from around the globe (plus me!) strut their stuff and showcase our awesome Occasions products.  Here is the line up:

You may have hopped to my blog from Kimberly Van Diepen's blog.... or maybe you came straight to me... either way, a big welcome to you as we showcase projects made with our gorgeous Occasions catalogue products!

Today we have this blog hop to show you the products we've used in our tutorials.... although we are being a little sneaky and not actually showing you the exact projects.... that's just for people who purchase the tutorial bundle!  And the tutorial projects are completely exclusive... you won't find them anywhere else!  But today you get to see the products we used and get even more ideas of what you can do with them.  This month's tutorial features cards AND 3d items and there is something for everyone!

Would you like a sneak peek at the projects in the tutorial bundle??  Here they are:

My tutorial project uses the gorgeous Petal Palette bundle.  So for today's hop I have created a card that uses this same bundle.  The bundle is so pretty with its lovely flowers and soft elements.... and so completely versatile! I wanted to give the roses a really soft look on this card so I heat embossed them in clear on shimmery white cardstock, and then coloured them with ink sponged gently over the top in my chosen colours (Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive).  I love this look!

Here is a close up for you:

The tutorial bundle this month is SUPER COOL... so many great ideas that you are going to LOVE! In fact, when they bring in a guest designer they call it a "Super Bundle"!  If you've never purchased the All Star Tutorial Bundle I can let you know that it is super professional and well put together.... and to make it easy for you, the tutorials are in both metric AND imperial measurements - so it works for everyone, no matter where you live!  To make any of the projects we have step-by-step instructions, and lots of photos that you can follow.  I highly recommend this bundle!

Here's a sneaky peek at my project in the tutorial bundle:

There are 3 ways to get your hands on this month's tutorial:

1. If you wish to purchase the tutorial, please click on the Paypal button below. The cost is $20aud, but it doesn't matter where you live, Paypal does the currency conversion for you.  I will email the tutorial to you once you have made payment.

2. Or if you are placing an order through my Online store this month and it is over $50.... you will receive the bundle as my gift to you.

3. If you are in my team of demonstrators I am running a challenge this month so that you can earn the tutorial for FREE! So its a perk of being in my team... you just need to check out the team forum for instructions on how to earn the tutorial for yourself!

Dont forget.... there are 13 super awesome and easy-to-follow projects in this tutorial bundle... you don't want to miss it!

Here is the list of awesome designers hopping today... click through the list to see them all!  I am listed at number 12... so the one after mine is 13... Erica Cerwin.  She has a super cute card with a Springtime feel. Enjoy!