Monday, 20 October 2014

Extra Special Christmas Supplement - starts today

Because you can never have enough Christmas ideas, our Extra Special Christmas Supplement is here to provide even more Christmas than you already love in our Holiday Catalogue.
Inside, you'll find kits & stamps & new Christmas Project Life - all designed to make your Christmas preparation quick, easy & memorable.

My fave item is the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit, which includes 26 Christmas star decor boxes, ready to make & add sparkle to your Christmas decorating... & some to share with friends & family too. The largest star (shown on the cover above) is 38cm & the smallest, a cute 5cm. Here's are some more pics of the kit & finished stars. Cool huh!
The best way to see the Supplement is up close & personal, so contact me for your free copy. If you can't wait...

All items in the Extra Special Christmas Supplement are only available while stocks last, so please call or e-mail me directly, or order online from my online store.

Inky wishes, Di

Edited: 21 Oct 2014
I just found these great SU vids showing the kit. This one shows how to put the boxes together...

...& this one shows even more ways you can use it - love the cute Christmas trees & how you can alter the box to fill with treats.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Tutorial time - Christmas tree gift card holder

Today I'm sharing a fun gift card holder with a Christmas tree theme & file folder edge, plus a tutorial so you can make them too. This was a project from my Christmas packaging & gift class last November, but somehow didn't make my blog. In any case, I've just reviewed & revamped the instructions, so hope you find it useful since we seem to be racing towards Christmas.
I love these funky little Christmas trees. They're made with punched pennants (or you could use our new Christmas tree punch) & are a quick & easy way to create a cute Christmassy look with scraps. The star punch I used is now retired but is easily substituted with the current star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents pack.
I added a file folder edge & rounded corners with my Envelope Punch Board - is there nothing that board can't do. Open the front & this is what you see - another little tree.
Flip the right panel to see a message panel (more trees - can't resist them) & gift card pocket.
Want to see the other side too?

Gift Card Holder Tutorial
Follow the links below to view, download & print the pdf tutorial-instructions.
Measurements are provid
ed in centimetres & inches to match the regular sized cardstock available, so cm measurements are based on A4 cardstock. Inch measurements are based on standard 8-1/2 x 11 inch US cardstock.

Notes about downloading the document:
* The tutorial is a small pic to show what the instructions look like. Follow the link to download the pdf document.
* My docs are hosted on Google Drive. Just click on the link to view the pdf doc, then click on the 'download' icon to save the pdf to your computer-device. Please don't select share, as google just sends me an e-mail request & doesn't help you access the tutorial.

Step back in time -
Original gift card folder

Today's gift card holder was actually adapted from one I made back in 2010, which was in turn based on this gift card holder shared by Heather Summers. Good ideas grow!
Anyway, I was trying to link back to my original folder, but I apparently didn't blog it either... so I'm sharing my original instructions from 2010 here too. It's still a really useful design even thought the stamps, papers etc are well retired.
Note: These instructions are only listed in cm's. If you need inches, use the measurements from the Christmas tree version above, as they're the same.

Thanks for visiting & I hope you enjoy trying both tutorials. If you blog your creations, please link back to this post so others can enjoy them too. Leave me a comment if you've any questions or would just like to say hi. I'll be back soon with another project.
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies - Christmas Tree Gift Card Holder 
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one. Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Stamp, Stock & Save - October 1-6 only

World Cardmaking Day is October 4th & we're celebrating with a brilliant sale on your favourite basics:
* 15% off your favourite stamping essentials - including ink pads, cardstock, envelopes and adhesive, plus
* 20% off 5 great stamp sets
All items can be ordered from my online store or by e-mail, so please contact me if I can help you with anything.
Remember to check out our Weekly Deals & Clearance Rack for even more bargains.

Stamp Sets on Sale
Inky wishes, Di

Pick a paper - free paper for 6 months

Want a free pack of paper?  How about 6 free packs?
Join Stampin' Up! during October & you'll earn one FREE package of Designer Series Paper each month, November to March. Awesome, huh!

October is a great time to join as you'll have until the end of March to settle in & meet your first quarterly minimum. Christmas cards, gifts & decorations - sorted!

Joining online is quick & easy - get started here
- Choose $235 of Stampin Up! products from any current catalogue - pay just $169

- Goodies will be shipped to you within 2 days
- Receive confirmation & access to our demo resources via e-mail from SU in minutes.

After joining...
- Choose your free paper each month from November to March.
See all the promotion info here 
- Buy just for you or share with others - the choice is totally up you.
Receive a minimum 20% discount or commission on what you buy or sell.
- Your first $300 order within 45 days of joining earns you 30% discount or commission
- Earn extra perks if you're interested in the SU business opportunity.

- Access our global online community to connect with other Demonstrators & more ideas that you can imagine. 

I'd love to welcome you to my Diamond Stampers team this month (or any month), so if you'd like more info or have any questions, please contact me for a (pressure-free) chat.

Inky wishes, Di

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Creative Blog Hop

Today I'm sharing something a bit different, but I hope you find it interesting. I was invited to join the Creative Blog Hop by my lovely friend, Kim Badelt, of Kim's Stamping Spot awesomeness. Kim's work is always inspiring & includes lots of beautiful details so I feel very honoured she asked me to hop.

What is the Creative Blog Hop? 
It's a continuous blog hop every Monday where crafters answer questions about their crafting & creative process, then tag others to continue on the blog hop the following Monday. I have no idea who thought of this, but such a fun idea. So onto the questions...

1. What am I working on now?
I've finished a tutorial for a Christmas gift card project (sneak peek below), which I'll share in a separate post later this week, & am thinking about my next Christmas class projects. I'm also learning how my e-cutter can help me design 3d projects & doing a bit of reorganising in my craft space, thanks to a new shelf.
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
One of the reasons I love papercrafting is that there are such a broad range of styles, techniques & products to try. My style tends toward colourful, layered projects with mostly clean lines & cards with different shapes & folds. I also love creating boxes & 3d projects - it still gives me a thrill to transform a flat piece of card with just a few cuts & scores. Lately I've been designing & sharing more project templates & instructions. These are always popular with my class lovelies & now with pinners & blog visitors too. You can see my most popular posts on my left sidebar.
3.  Why do I create what I do?
At it's simplest, messing around with paper & ink to create something just makes me feel creative & happy. Even better, I can share what I've made with someone else & hopefully brighten their day too. Looking back, I never thought I'd enjoy sharing my love of papercraft & Stampin' Up! with others, in person & online through my blog etc, but I really do. Papercrafting has brought me so many blessings, the greatest being some of my dearest friendships. What's not to love :-)
4. How does my creative process work?
Class projects generally start with a theme, product or technique. For friends & family, I try to think about what they like (themes, colours etc) & make something special. Most of my favourite projects seem to come together pretty quickly, but in general I'm a pretty slow & messy creator. Like many crafters, I have a lot of crafty goodies, so it's probably a bit ironic that I think I'm most creative when I set limits on what I'm going to use or when I'm using the scraps on my desk.
Of course I'm also inspired to try new ideas shared by papercrafting friends & the papercrafting community in general. How awesome that we have amazing online sites & communtities like Pinterest & Splitcoast Stampers to connect & see creations from all over the world.

Well, that's enough about me. Now I have the pleasure of introducing & nominating a very talented papercrafter to continue the hop next Monday. Please welcome the lovely Emily Campbell of Tiny Kiwi Cards.
I met Emily on one of our online Demonstrator groups & am always wowed by her creations & style. I'm sure you will be too.

I'm Emily Campbell, from Auckland, New Zealand.
I am mum to three lovely daughters, aged 3, 5 and 7, and I started scrapbooking when my oldest daughter was born, although I have always kept diaries, journals, albums and mementos. I've had a love of paper and stationery for as long as I can remember. I have been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for 2 1/2 years and have recently enthusiatically embraced the Project Life memory-keeping system, in addition to my other paper-crafting. I also work part-time at the girls' school. I look forward to joining the Creative Blog Hop next week.

I can't wait to see & hear more from Emily next Monday (6 October) when it's her turn to do the Creative Blog Hop. If you're looking for even more papery inspiration in the meantime,  please do check out the blog faves on my sidebar too.
Until next time...
Inky wishes, Di

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Teen birthday with Age Awareness

Today's share is another card made for a teen friend of Cara. I didn't have any specific requests from Cara so I just had a play with some new goodies & pieces I had on my table... & came up with this.
Some notes on the card...
The happy birthday panel is stamped freehand with the Age Awareness stamp set - one of our new clear photopolymer sets. It was sooooo easy to line up the words & with no stamp-a-ma-jig in sight. I love this set as it's so useful & suitable for lots of people. I've popped it up with dimensionals too.
The silver glimmer paper stars are embedded in the pool party strip. I punched stars in the pool party strip, then placed the punched glimmer paper stars in the holes. They fit pretty firmly, so it's easy to place on the card & stick down.
I made the bermuda bay frame shorter - I hid the joins behind the birthday strip.
The strawberry slush fringing is made with our fringe scissors - easy!
These colours could easily be swapped out for more neutral or masculine colours too.
Anyway, thanks for visiting today & I hope you like the card & find the tips useful.
Inky wishes, Di

Product List To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one. Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
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