Saturday, 24 January 2015

Hello Life at Sydney Party Time

Time flies! This time last Saturday I was having a lovely time at the Stampin' Up! Party Time Demonstrator event at Waterview, Bicentennial Park in Sydney with 140 other demonstrators, so today I'm going to reminisce with some ideas from the day.
The event was organised by the super talented Teneale Williams with support from Stampin' Up! Australia & she put together a wonderful day. There was a very inspiring display with projects made by four talented demonstrators Dawn Ferguson, Chloe Evans, Katie Legge & Michele Le Breton.
There were more awesome ideas & samples shared in the presentations throughout the day too. I presented about Project Life, but I'll share more on that & some of my fave display projects next time.

I was also very lucky to be asked by Teneale to make some sample projects using the cool Hello Life Project Kit & coordinating products from our Occasions catalogue.
First up, I made one up, mostly as designed by Stampin' Up!  Miss Cara saw me putting it together & said it looked really cool so I decided to make it to hang in her bedroom.... which Cara was very impressed with indeed. Apparently a good teen gift according to my 13 yr old.
Everything you see plus lots more extras is included in the kit (see it here) & the coordinating Hello Life stamp set. The only other items I used were the whisper white & Memento black ink pads. One thing I must mention is the black chalkboard paper which works brilliantly with the white ink.

My inspiration board
I created an inspiration board for my stamp room with a second kit. I customised it with some of my favourite colours, stepped up some of the elements. I used the black, white & silver elements from the kit & added some pool party, coastal cabana, bermuda bay & calypso coral - simple!
If you'd like to make your own...
- Create board - has window sheet (acetate) piece in front of the paper to serve as a white board for reminders of cards & projects I need to make. I added some DSP backing card to make it thicker.
- Heart colours - Sweetheart & confetti hearts punches used for coloured hearts (they're the same size as heart elements in the kit).
- Stamps - from So You stamp set - perfect words in an all time fave font (Amelie - see my blog header?)
- Happiness quote - is a Project Life card from the Happiness Is collection.
- Enjoy die cut from the mini treat bag collection
- Pegs are from the in-colour collection - even though my colours are diff, they worked well.
- Shaker card 'happy' image coloured with Blendabilities
PS - the silver elements are definitely silver, even though they look gold-ish in the pic.

Fun with extras
I had lots of extra kit pieces to play with so I used them in some other projects like these mini treat bag treats. I forgot to take pics of the insides so I'll add some to the post later.
The coastal cabana bag has a thank you can with gift card inside. The black & white version has a clipboard with some Project Life grid cards ready to write on. I used a little leftover scrap DSP to cover the clip.

Since Valentines day is coming soon, I made some super quick curvy keepsake treat boxes too.
I could have made lots more with the extra bits & probably still will but I ran out of time before the event. That's all I have time for now so I'll say bye & hope to see you again here again soon.
Inky wishes, Di

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. 

Friday, 23 January 2015

JAI 247 - Just add love blog hop - chocolate slider

Excitement plus today - it's my first challenge post as a Just Add Ink design team member & we're starting 2015 with a blog hop too!
This week's challenge theme is Just Add Love with a tag & sketch, so follow the hop to see lots of love & tags. Play along with your own creation too by linking it here. If this is your first visit, welcome! (waving). You might have arrived from the talented Jodene's blog or another way, but I'm glad you're here & hope you enjoy hopping with us.

This is the challenge sketch:
& here's what I made - a pretty & yummy chocolate slider.
You'll see I flipped the sketch. My take on the love theme was: Chocolate + kindness + thanks = love. 
Maybe a little random but that's me ;-)
Back to the project - I used my Blendabilities™ markers To colour the Love is Kindness stamp image - blush (skin tone pack), light & medium calypso coral tulips, wild wasabi leaves & a little light smoky slate on the newspaper blended with the colour lifter. I fussy cut the bouquet, burnished the flower petals for more dimension & mounted it over another stamped image (coloured in the lightest blendies colour only). Click on the pics for a bigger image.
Here's a peek of the choc inside the slider - a Lindt Creation divine hazelnut block. Yum!
Choc sliders are so quick & easy to make - they're really just a narrow open ended box. The ribbon wraps around the chocolate bar, then is fed through two holes in the top of the box & tied in a bow or knot. Here's a template & quick instructions for you.

Chocolate Slider Template & Instructions & pdf
1. Cut card or paper 7-1/2 x 6-7/8 inches.
2. Score at 3, 3-1/2, 6-1/2 & 7 inches. Turn & score at 1/2 inch. Fold & flatten all score lines.
3. Cut tabs for bottom folds where shown in red.
4. Fold into box shape & adhere at side & bottom.
5. Punch holes at top for ribbon where shown.
6. Feed ribbon through holes. Push chocolate bar into box, making sure that ribbon is around box. Tie ribbon in bow or knot at top. Chocolate should pull out of box when you pull the ribbon.
This template can easily be adapted to fit any size chocolate bar. Just substitute the bar length, width & depth.

View & Download Template & Instructions pdf

That's it for me for today so thanks for visiting & hopping with us. I hope you liked my slider.
Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Christine Blain, at Happy Heart Cards so click on Christine's name or the blog hop button....
See you again next post.
Inky wishes, Di

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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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

New Blendabilities colours & updated sampler pdf

Today I have awesome news for Blendabilities™ markers fans & I know there are lots of you out there. Our Occasions Catalogue started on Jan 6th & includes 4 new Blendie colour packs (as I fondly call them) - Bermuda Bay, Soft sky, Pink Pirouette & Wild Wasabi. This adds some new & lighter shades to our collection & they all play nicely with our current Blendie colours. Here's how they look in the catalogue.
Updated Blendabilities Sampler Chart
You night remember I created a Blendabilities sampler chart to keep track of all the lovely Blendie shades (& since it's been pinned over 2000 times I think some of you do).
I've updated the sampler chart to include the new colours & this is how it looks. Links below to view & download pdf documents for your country-region.

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.

Get original Blendabilities colours free during SAB
Even more good news - you can choose a free pack of our original Blendabilities colours as your Sale-a-bration reward for every $90 you spend on any catalogue items (excl shipping & handling) until 31 March. There are 12 colour packs (of 3 markers) to choose from.

So, for example, if you ordered our 4 Blendabilities colour packs, plus a Memento black ink pad to use with them, you could choose a 5th pack of Blendabilities markers free!
See all our Blendabilities markers in my store.

Contact me if you'd like more info about Blendies & if my Blendie chart is helpful to you, I'd love you to leave a comment.

Back soon with some projects.
Inky wishes, Di

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Hello Sale-a-bration & our Occasions catalogue

It's finally here - today's the day we say hi to our fabulous Occasions seasonal catalogue. Even better, it's time to welcome Sale-a-bration (SAB) & free stuff! - everyones favourite time of the stamping year.

All my regular customers should already have their free paper catalogues - essential for relaxed reading with your fave cuppa. If not or you don't have a regular Demonstrator, just e-mail me & I'll pop them in the mail for you.

I'll be sharing projects & ideas though Sale-a-bration so keep checking in here. Here's all you need to know to get started.

Occasions Catalogue
Order dates: 6 January - 2 June 2015
Starting with the gorgeous paper bouquet on the cover (yes, it's a kit), you'll find awesome ideas for cards, gifts, photos & more. Celebrate all the important people & occasions of 2015 including birthdays, weddings, babies, Mother's  & Father's days, Valentines & Easter. You'll also find a selection of Christmas catalogue carryover items if you're keen to get an early start.


Sale-a bration runs from 6 January - 31 March 2015 & Stampin' Up! has created an amazing collection of freebies for you. How will you Sale-a-brate this year?

Shop: Choose a free product from the SAB brochure for every $90 you spend (excl shipping).There are 10 new & exclusive stamp sets & accessories or 12 Blendabilities marker packs to choose from. What will you pick?

Host: $400 or more in individual orders or party sales during SAB gives you $40 extra stampin' rewards - that's a minimum of $100 of freebies. This rewards table shows how much you could choose free.
Parties can be online or in person &- it's your choice. Contact me for more info on how to get your freebies.

Join the SU family & my team during SAB & choose your own $235 starter kit PLUS a free bonus project kit from the Occasions Catalogue OR 2 Sale-a-bration freebies.

This would be awesome for you if...
- you have a huge wishlist (who doesn't);
- you'd like get a great discount on everything you buy;
- you'd like to share Stampin' Up with friends & family, or make it your own part or full-time business.

If this sounds like you, contact me for more info & no pressure.
Ready to get started? - our quick sign up is here

Need more info - click away to e-mail me or leave a comment & I'll reply there.
I hope you're excited as I am. Back soon with some project ideas.

Inky wishes, Di

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