Saturday, May 25, 2019

Artisan Design Team 2019 - Narelle Farrugia's Class

I am currently on a week's holiday in Geelong, Victoria so Gary (my husband) can spend some time with his mum and family members. Today was meant to be a slightly different plan than what happened and so last night Gary encouraged me to do something I would like...so I started searching for Stampin' Up! demonstrators in this vicinity that might have an event on. I immediately thought of my beautiful friend Narelle Farrugia (who I met when on the Just Add Ink Design Team) and who is currently on the 2019 Artisan Design Team. I knew she sometimes held events in or around Torquay and so I messaged her, she had one on today, and is usually only on every two months or so. So how lucky was I that she had one on today and her and the ladies who were attending were happy for me to join in at the last minute. Thanks ladies!!

Here are the cards that we made, which were from Narelle's blog post designs here, and are absolutely beautiful. The stamp set we used was First Frost and some fussy cutting or the coordinating Frosted Bouquet Dies, along with the ink colours of...

  • Calypso Coral
  • Grapefruit Grove
  • Basic Gray
  • Crumb Cake
  • Black Memento Ink for sentiment stamping



My photos aren't the best as I am not home with my light box set up and I haven't waited until daylight tomorrow for a better shot...who knows what I might be doing then when on holidays! The Calypso Coral colouring is looking quite different on my photos between the cards and tags. Please check out Narelle' bog post here to see the cards in better light!

Here are each of the cards individually....



One was a non-traditional Christmas card too....


I was very happy with these cards and tags and was pleasantly surprised to be shown how to make a lovely masculine card with the Come Sail Away suite of products (which is a new set from the NEW 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue and that I have had home yet to create with!). Here is the card we made....


Thanks again Narelle for letting me join in with your class, and thanks also to your mum and her friends for making me feel so welcome, and to invite me back again if I am around at another time you have a class here.

Click here to order Everything is Rosy Product Medley
Click here to order the Hugs from Shelli Kit


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Product Spotlight - Stamparatus

The Stamparatus is must-have tool for a stampers, whether you are a beginner stamper, a casual stamper or an avid stamper.

It helps you perfectly align your stamp images (great for getting your greetings straight and in the exact position), helps with stamping multiple projects quickly and precisely. I am often bulk producing cards and this tool make is so much easier!

I find it also helpful if I want more intense ink coverage and so I can re-ink the same stamp several times over with perfect alignment every time.

This tool is also perfect with any of our two or three step stamps so you can get the alignment perfect each and every time, having the two reversible plates gives you four sides to work with, so no more removing and re-positioning of stamps between stamping.

The open edges of this tool also allows you to use larger paper, handy for scrapbookers!

If you don't have one of these tools in your stamping supplies then I encourage you to order one in my Online Store HERE!





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If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Shop Online With Mae button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email: maecollins2@gmail.com, if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sympathy - Lovely As A Tree & Rooted In Nature

I had to make a sympathy card for one of best friend's whose mother died recently and as she is a good supporter of mine I couldn't post it sooner, plus, I forgot to take a photo of it and so she has sent me one.

In the past I often used the stamp set Lovely As A Tree, which is retiring and has already sold out, and so I used one that is likely to fill its place Rooted In Nature (although we morn the passing of Lovely As A Tree).

Some history, Lovely As A Tree has been around since when I started as a demonstrator 12 years ago and even before that, and so Stampin' Up! recently held an online retirement party for it. To commemorate Lovely as a Tree, SU! are planting a special tree on the SU! company grounds. The top 3 sellers of Rooted in Nature in each country get to have their name on a plaque by that tree! How special is that?

This is the card I made for my friend, doing some emboss resist and brayering, as she is a photographer loves taking photos of nature. I hope it reflected my feelings and the love I put into making this card.


The Rooted in Nature stamp set also has a coordinating set of dies and this can be purchased currently as a bundle with a 10% savings! Although, these items will carry over to the NEW 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue, they will not be sold as a bundle with this discount. So I encourage you to order them now while you can buy two great coordinating products and save!

Here is a video showcasing this bundle...



Please use the Host Code below when placing your order and anyone who places an order for either the Rooted in Nature stamp set or bundle, this month of May, will receive an EXTRA BONUS from me, the Braided Lined Trim. A lovely complementary accessory for this versatile bundle.





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If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Shop Online With Mae button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email: maecollins2@gmail.com, if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

2019-2020 Annual Catalogue Designer Series Paper Share

The NEW 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue is FULL of amazing new products and my favourite is the designer series papers! Want a taste of everything but not break the budget? Then sign up for my 2019-2020 Designer Series Paper Share, where you get a piece of it all, without having to purchase entire packs.

Whether you are a casual or avid crafter, scrapbooker or card maker this is for you! My paper shares come in 12" x 6" pieces so they can be cut to make at least three card front panels or long enough to feature on a standard 12x12 layout.


Sign up today for my paper share!

Designer Series Paper Share - $65 (incl p&h)
66 pieces of 12" x 6" designer paper, in individually labelled plastic bags
- Woven Threads, Magnolia Lane, Garden Lane, Follow Your Art, Bird Ballad, Dinoroar, Perennial Essence, See A Silhouette, Come Sail Away, Mosaic Mood, Noble Peacock, Noble Peacock Foil (pp 165-167 NEW AC 2019-2020)

Please note:
- Pressed Petals Specialty is not included in this share as it has one sheet that has distinct designs to cut and use on card fronts and would be hard to divide evenly.

- This is a reservation only. I will email you a link to pay via PayPal on May 28th (unless you advise me you are paying via a different method - cash or bank deposit). You must be paid in full by June 3rd at 8 pm (AEST). On June 4th I will order the products from Stampin' Up! and work on cutting, sorting, and packaging the shares as soon as they arrive. They should ship out to you in mid/late June. If items are on backorder, shipping may be delayed.

- Due to policy restrictions I can not show images from inside the new catalogue so I can not display any more that the current dsp I have to play with.

Click here to sign up for my DSP Share!


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If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Shop Online With Mae button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email: maecollins2@gmail.com, if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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