Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Matchy matchy punch board gift box

I needed a little gift box to match this card in a box (apparently my most popular post ever), so of course I turned to my trusty envelope punch board to make this floral box.
 Pretty, quick & easy - yay! I used the same size box as my Christmas ornament box - see it & instructions here, so no figuring out required. The colours & theme match this card in a box - see more pics & measurements in this post.
Hope this gives you some ideas to make your gifts matchy matchy. Thanks for stopping by.
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies
Stamps: Petite Petals
Card/Paper: calypso coral, crisp cantaloupe, pool party, whisper white card, Subtles DSP stack (so saffron & calypso coral)
Ink: calypso coral ink pad
Accessories: basic pearl, dimensionals
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot, Floral Collection Framelits, Blossom Punch,  Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Quick tissue paper flowers - with instructions

I shared this super quick & easy tissue paper flower on my fb page on Friday, so I thought I'd share it here too with some quick instructions. The instructions will take me longer to write than the flower takes to make. I'm sure you'll be adding them to all your pressies!

Tissue Paper Flower Instructions
1.  Cut 12 flowers using the Floral Collection framelits with your Big Shot. Tissue is very thin, so I easily cut 6 layers at a time. I used the second largest flower in the pack.
2.  Arrange the flowers so the petals are mis-aligned, then attach all layers together at the flower centre with staples or a brad.
3.  Pull up each tissue layer towards the centre of the flower, gradually forming a flower shape. The first layers will be more much tighter & upright than the last layers. Scrunch a little if you want a more distressed look.
4.  If attaching to a gift, adhere a few dimensionals to the back of the flower.

Variations
 - Add colour by very lightly spritzing the tissue with a ink refill/rubbing alcohol mix in a spray bottle.
- Use SU filter paper for longer lasting flowers.

Get these dies for 15% off or FREE in August.
With our Big Shot + Bundles offer, buy a Big Shot this month & you can choose the Flowery Daydream Bundle free. If you already have a Big Shot, buy the bundle for 15% off.
The Flowery Daydream Bundle includes the Flower Collection framelits & Daydream Medallions stamp set. Available in wood in wood mount for $93.25, or cling mount ($82.25).
There are 4 other great bundles to choose from too. See all the Big Shot + Bundles offer info here.

That's all from me for now. Until next time, inky wishes from me.
Di

Friday, 1 August 2014

Big Shot & Bundles - with Christmas sneak peek!


You know the Big Shot is my all time fave tool so I'm super excited to share our new fantabulous offer for August. Simply...

1. Buy a Big Shot & choose a FREE stamp & die bundle, &/or
2. Buy discounted stamp/die bundles at a 15% discount.

There are 5 bundles to choose from - including brand new Christmas sneak peek 'Bright & Beautiful' Christmas stamp set & matching star framelits - gorgeous!
These special bundles are only available during August. See them here in my store or download the flyer. Bet you can't pick just one bundle!
I've compiled an extra page to fully show you all the stamps & dies included in the bundles too:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-vLPiDO8NjOMkM0RmJwTWd0WXc/edit?usp=sharing


Want to see the Big Shot in action? Check out this vid showing some new Annual Catalogue Big Shot goodies. If you're local to me, even better. I'd love to show you more of what this amazing little guy can do.

I've never seen an offer like this in my 7 years with SU, so don't miss this chance to get a Big Shot at & bundles at amazing prices.
Inky wishes, Di

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Blendabilities colour sampler template pdf

I thought it would be useful to create a Blendabilities sampler sheet to easily see the individual marker colours, so, I created one. This is it!
Since my customers & fellow demonstrators might find this helpful too, I've shared them below, so you can download a pdf version. (SU Demos can also find them on Stampin' Connection).

Download Blendabilities Sampler pdf  
Choose your region - I've included local prices for each listed.
Canada pdf
UK / Europe pdf

Note: If you'd like to share this document with others, please share the link to this post, rather than hosting the document on your site. Please feel free to pin it too. I left it free of my demonstrator/blog details, so please respect the time & effort it took to create it. Thanks :-)

Note - google weirdness:
- When you view the pdf in google drive, the fonts look different....but should look like the above pic when you download it.

- Please don't request the Google drive option to 'share' the doc in google drive Just select the option to download it to your computer. Thanks.

Edited: 4 August 2014I've added a UK-European version above for my Euro demo cousins too.


Inky wishes, Di

Friday, 4 July 2014

First play - Blended Bloom & Blendabilities

Today, I'm sharing a couple of cards made on my first play with our new Blendabilites markers. Blendies (as I'm fondly calling them) open up a whole new world of colouring options, all of course in SU colours for matchy matchy girls like me. I'll share more info on Blendies below, but I know you're here for the pretty pics first, so here you go.
I've kept the card very simple, to let the flower shine. I wanted a soft, light flower, so I used the 2 lightest Calypso Coral pack markers, together with the Blush marker from the Skin Tone pack for the petals & and the skin tone mocha marker for the centre. Here's a closer look.
I've never used alcohol markers before, so was pretty pleased with this first effort. There's definitely a learning curve to find your favourite way to colour, so plenty of play time will definitely improve my technique.

Daffodil Blended Bloom

I coloured this flower using the Daffodil Delight & Pumpkin Pie marker packs & mounted it on a pool party hexagon hive panel, with some pretty paper from the Moonlight DSP stack & nee lost lagoon ribbon. Here's a close up of the flower.

Blendabilities Basics

Blendabilities are Stampin' Up! own exclusive range of alcohol markers, designed to add luscious & beautifully blended colour to your projects. Each marker has a brush and fine tip end & are a wonderful tool for anyone who loves to colour. Blendabilities come in a 3-pack of light, medium & dark shades (plus a 6 marker skin-tone pack) & work perfectly simple whisper white (or any SU) card. Use them to colour ribbon, on acetate & many other surfaces. Use our new black Memento ink pad to stamp images to be coloured. Please don't use staz on ink with blendies. It's alcohol based too, which means it will bleed & ruin your markers.
There are currently 12 Blendabilities colour packs & you can see them in the above pic. 6 packs are now available to order, with the remaining colours available to customers on 1 August. See the available Blendabilities here in my online store.
Check out this intro vid by Stampin' Up!'s lovely Carrie Cudney, to see them in action too.
I'm sure you'll see lots more Blendie projects coming as I get time to play. If you have any questions, about the cards or Blendies, leave me a comment or drop me a line.
Until next time, inky wishes, Di

Supplies
Card 1: Calypso
Stamps: Blended Bloom, Express Yourself (hostess-retired)
Card: calypso coral, crisp cantaloupe, whisper white, In Colour 13-15 DSP Stack - baked brown sugar
Ink: baked brown sugar ink pad, black Memento ink pad, Blendabilities - calypso coral, skin tones
Accessories, gold sequin trim, baked brown sugar thick bakers twine

Card 2 - daffodil
Stamps: Blended Bloom, Perfect Pennants
Card: crumb cake, pool party, whisper white card, Moonlight DSP stack
Ink: lost lagoon ink pad,
black Memento ink pad, Blendabilities - daffodil delight, pumpkin pie
Accessories: lost lagoon stitched satin ribbon, large basic pearl
Tools: Big Shot, Hexagon Hive die

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

It's here & in a word....brilliant!

July 1st means many things to many people but it's the happiest day of the year in the Stampin' Up! world so, Happy New Catalogue day!
This year's Annual Catalogue has 250 beautiful pages of ideas & products to help you with your card, gift, packaging, or memory keeping needs & more. As a demonstrator, I've been fortunate to have this baby for over a month now & I'm still finding new ideas every time  I look, so....

You'd like a catalogue of your own?

 Go digi: Download the Catalogue pdf here 

Save it on your computer, tablet, ipad or phone for anytime viewing.
You can also download & save the Project Supply List, to see what's used to make your fave project.

Pretty Paper version: If you'd like all 250 pages in print,  just contact me to pick one up or have one mailed to you.

We'll help you find what you need

The catalogue & online store is organised into useful groups so you can find the solution you need quickly & easily.
http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?dbwsdemoid=4000625&categoryid=1031

What's New

You know to expect fabulously co-ordinated new stamps, accessories & tools, but here are a few extra special goodies that I'm especially excited about.

Photopolymer Stamps - meet the new totally clear addition to our fab wood & cling mount range. Perfect placement every time. Here's a peek from my fave new stamp set "Flower Patch'.
Project Life® by Stampin' Up! - get your photos off your computer & capture your memories with Becky Higgins super simple & stylish album system - now in exclusive Stampin' Up! colours & themes.
Blendabilities - our new range of alcohol markers In Stampin' Up! colours, designed for beautiful colour & blending.
New in-colours - say hello to our 5 in-colours for 2014-16
 
I could keep going for ages about all that I love, but I'll stop now & leave you to make a cuppa, download your catalogue or browse the store. Drop me a line or give me a call if I can help you with anything. I'm really looking forward to sharing some more brilliance with you soon.
Inky wishes, Di

PS: Thanks to the totally brilliant 'Cabin Pressure' radio show writer, John Finnemore (& his brilliant character Arthur Shappey) for helping me find an appropriate adjective to describe the new catalogue.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

EPB Gusseted Treat Pouch Tutorial

Wow, I've never had as many comments on a post as I've received in the past few days. The reason - apparently you'd like a tutorial to make the envelope punch board treat pouches I shared this week. I've remade my favourite version (thank goodness I had some paper left), taking pics all the way. The pouch is made from basic envelope punch board principles with a little twist, so I'm sure you'll have tons made in no time.
Here's are pics from the side & open so you can see the gusset.

The Tutorial
I used cardstock for the main tutorial pics, as it was a bit tricky to see the scores on the checked paper. Rather than adding all the pics here in the post & leaving formatting to Mr Google, I've created a downloadable PDF. Just one request, If you wish to share projects made with my tute, please direct people back to this post to download or pin the tutorial, rather than sharing it from your own site or editing it. Thanks :-)


Here are some screenshots of the tute pages to give you a peek. Clicking on these will take you to the pdf download too. Don't just save the pics as they're just low res images.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-vLPiDO8NjOR3AxM0o5YUJwbG8/edit?usp=sharing
 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-vLPiDO8NjOR3AxM0o5YUJwbG8/edit?usp=sharing
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you find this tutorial useful & enjoy making lots of little pouches. I'm going to have a play to make some bigger versions & will share them if I do. Don't forget to leave me some comment love if you liked the project...& pin away. Hope you have a happy Sunday.
Inky wishes, Di

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Bargains, bargains & farewells

Just popping in quickly to tell you that lots of Christmassy goodies from our last Holiday Catalogue have been added to our Clearance Rack today. See them here in my store.
If you'd like a paper version, you can download this quick summary. See the store for bigger pics & more info on the products.

Remember we also have great new weekly deals announced every Wednesday on current stock. These deals are available until 1 July WHEN OUR NEW ANNUAL CATALOGUE LAUNCHES, squeeeeeeee :-)
http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?dbwsdemoid=4000625&categoryid=955

Only 4 Days 'til they're gone

http://dianebarnes.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/ready-setretiring-soon.html

30 June is the last day to order retiring items from our annual catalogue & lots of items have sold our already. See & download the retirement lists here & order them in my store or directly with me.

Occasions Catalogue ends 30 June


Our Occasions Catalogue period also ends on 30 June. Some items are carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue but many are not, so please order your faves by 30 June.
See all Occasions Catalogue goodies in my store

Well there's a lot going on, so contact me if you need any info or would like to order any items.
Inky wishes, Di

PS: Thanks muchly for all your comments on my convention pouch post. I'll be working on a tutorial so stay tuned for a post soon.

Monday, 23 June 2014

My convention treat pouches

I can't believe it's already been a month since Sth Pacific SU Convention in Melbourne. I could go on all day about the four wonderful days of fabulous friends, fun, fantastic ideas & inspiration, but today I'd like to share a little convention project. Each year, I like to make a little something to share with friends - generally including some sort of chocolate treat. This year I made little gusseted treat pouches with my trusty envelope punch board (EPB).
The idea was a happy accident discovered while playing with little scored pouches & envelopes with the EPB. I had a thought to combine the two - luckily it worked!  Unfortunately my little brainstorm happened just before I left for Melbourne so most of the actual pouches were actually made in my room the night before convention started (explaining the very rustic pics taken on my dull balcony).

The pouches are really quick & easy to make with the EPB, but I don't have time to share instructions today. Just leave me a comment if you'd like me to put together a tute & if I get enough requests, I'll make one for you all :-)... it's now done. See bottom of post :-)
Anyway, here's a closer look at my original design.
This one used Retro Fresh DSP for the pouch with Flower Shop & Perfect Pennants stamps to decorate. Here it is open...
& from the side so you can see the gusset (click for a bigger pic).
The next 2 pouches were a popular variation on the original. These were quicker to make as I could punch both flag pieces using the hexagon punch (the original was cut by hand). Btw, I coloured the flower with my pink pirouette marker. Purty!
 
Sorry again for the not so great pics. Thanks very much for visiting & remember to leave a comment if you'd like me to share the instructions for the pouches.
Inky wishes, Di

Edited 29 June 2014Tutorial is done & posted! See & download it from this post :-)

Supplies (all SU unless stated)
Stamps: Flower Shop, Perfect Pennants, Regarding Dahlias (hi)
Card/Paper: Retro Fresh DSP, Gingham Garden DSP, tangerine tango, pool party, strawberry slush, whisper white , very vanilla card
Ink: tangerine tango, bermuda bay, coastal cabana, strawberry slush ink pads, pink pirouette marker
Accessories: mini glue dots, dimensionals, velcro dots (non su)
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, pansy punch, hexagon punch, stamp-a-ma-jig

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Bye Bye Betsy

Each year, our retirement list brings lots of "nooooooooo, I love that one" thoughts & this year is no exception with Betsy's Blossoms on the list - she's so fresh, cute & flexible. To give Betsy a proper farewell, I'm sharing a few creations that somehow never made my blog.
 Here's a little selection of Betsy mini cards from one of my classes.
And here are a last couple where I've punched the large flower circle stamp with the blossom & scallop circle punches.
 
So to refresh your memory before I go, here's Betsy in full. Available in clear mount for $39.95, or wood mount (at 25% off) for $37.46 while stocks last, or until 30 June.
& matching wheel - just $7.67
So there you go. I hope you enjoyed this little tribute to Betsy. If you don't own her already, don't wait! Until next time, thanks for visiting.
Inky wishes, Di

PS: You can see all the retirement lists here in this post.

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