Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Delightful Daisy

I have been playing with the Daisy Delight bundle, which will be available from 1 June in the new Annual Catalogue, and you may have seen on my Facebook business page this image showing my work in progress.

I found inspiration for this card from my very talented friend (and Just Add Ink team member) Tina Gillespie (see her card here). I loved the simplicity of her layout and that the card featured the beautiful bold flower.

I used her layout and recreated my card with a different colour combination. I focussed on Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral, with a hint of Sahara Sand. I stamped the flower three times in Calypso Coral and coloured it carefully (as Whisper White cardstock can pill if wet too much) with Daffodil Delight ink using my aqua painter. Then after punching each out with the coordinating Daisy punch, I layered each flower, offsetting them, to create a fuller flower head.

I used the Timeless Textures stamp set to create the background under the flower with Daffodil Delight and Sahara Sand ink. This set is carrying over in to the new catalogue which I am pleased as we no longer have the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.

Did you see another sneak peak of a new product? The centre of my flower is one of the new faceted gems, soon to be available, in clear and gold. These are gorgeous and come in different sizes.

I tied some linen thread around the top of my card panel and then mounted it on a card base of Daffodil Delight.

Stamping Supplies:

Global Design Project - Colour Inspiration

I haven't played along with any challenge sites for a while, but when I saw the Colour Inspiration palette on the Global Design Project blog, I immediately thought the colours would work well with a new stamp set that I received at OnStage... Fabulous Flamingo!

Although, at the same time I recalled something a graphic designer said to me many years ago "usually the first design is something everyone would think of and so you need to create a couple of designs before you get that unique design". However, as I am often short on creative time I decided that what I had in mind would be what I made and it also gave me another reason to post on my blog!

Here is the colour palette...
For my flamingo I did play around with some variations and the different stamps available, such as black legs and outlines over my image, however, I much preferred the single colour option. I first stamped full strength Calypso Coral with the legs and body image and then using the same colour stamped off (stamped some ink off on to my grid paper before stamping again) and then stamped the feathers and top section of the head. The photopolymer stamps make it easier to align your two-step stamping images!

I also used the 'stamping off' technique with my leaves, first stamping full strength leaves in Old Olive and then stamping again giving a lighter image. This allows for depth of colour and the appearance of depth in the leaves. Same process was used with the reeds on the bottom section of my picture.

My panel of designer series paper (DSP) was from the new Delightful Daisy DSP pack and coordinated well with this image. I mounted everything on Basic Black cardstock, with just a slim border. I even gave my flamingo a little black eye with my Stampin' Write Marker! I had considered a tiny rhinestone but felt that might put too much of a focus on that area of the flamingo.

Inside I put an thin strip of the DSP and stamped some reeds in the bottom corner carrying over the front theme to the inside.

Although it might be predictable in design I was pleased with the results and felt the colours worked extremely well with this new stamp set. Another new product that has now seen ink!!

The new Annual Catalogue 2017-2018 goes live on 1 June! So if you don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Australia and would like to receive a copy of this fabulous new catalogue then email me today: maecollins2@gmail.com

Have a great week!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Preparation for My Upcoming Catalogue Launch Events!

It has been awhile since I have posted to my blog, as I have been doing more instant posts on my business Facebook page, and getting prepared for my upcoming new catalogue launch events this coming weekend.

This is one of the make and takes that will be available to create at my launch focussing on the Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating punch (the Bundle will be available from 1 June at 10% saving!). Love the bright Daffodil Delight colour of this beautiful bold daisy.

The centre of the daisies is the lovely new Faceted Gems (available in clear or gold).

Don't have a copy of the new Annual Catalogue 2017-2018 yet, and you don't have an Australian demonstrator, then contact me today and I will be your demonstrator and organise to get a catalogue to you!


  • Check out the Retiring Items, while stocks last! - click here
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Supplies used:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Upcoming Stampin' Up! Products - video profile

With a new catalogue, coming 1 June, comes new products!

Stampin' Up! shared some wonderful videos on their YouTube Channel showcasing some of the new suites and products in the 2017-2018 catalogue and I thought you might enjoy viewing them to learn more.  If you don't have a demonstrator and need a catalogue, please contact me and let me know so I can send you one!  (maecollins2@gmail.com)


If you have a 2017-2018 catalogue, turn to page 10-11, to see the Soft Sayings card kit and all of the wonderful products it includes!  This card kit makes 20 cards, 2 each of 10 designs, using the included Soft Sayings Stamp Set and supplies. Plus, as an added BONUS....there is also a refill kit so you can make more! Isn't that great? :)

Watch the video above as Stampin' Up! trainer, Holly, gives you some tips and tricks for creating the cards that come in the kit.

Available to order from 1 June, #145466 - $61.00



Now flip to pages 158-159 and check out the lovely Wood Textures Suite. Now you can bring the look of the outdoors inside with natural, rustic patterns. I love the look of this 6" x 6" paper stack!

Watch the video above as Stampin' Up! trainer Andrea showcases projects made with this charming suite of coordinating products, including crates and cards!

Available also 1 June!



If you love colours and what you see in nature then you will love the new Color Theory Suite! Turning to page 146-147 you will see this stunning colour palette - the accessories, stamp set and dies! Create for all seasons!

Watch the video above to get a more details of this lovely product range and add it to your wishlist, available 1 June!



Flip to page 54 and check out the At Home With You bundle, stamp set and coordinating dies, and by bundling it you get a 10% saving!

Watch the video above as Stampin' Up! trainer, Brandi, showcases the At Home with You Bundle from the 2017-2018 annual catalogue and open the door to your creativity.

Available 1 June, #145351 - $85.50



Retiring Products - click here!

Clearance Rack Items - click here!

My DSP offer - click here!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

FREE Designer Series Paper Pack Offer with $50 Purchase!

Special Offer from now until 31 May 2017 only!

FREE Stampin' Up! 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Packs from Mae with a $50 online store purchase.

Take advantage of savings on select items up to 50% off while you shop for retiring Stampin' UP! products, or, shop for any Stampin' Up! products in my Online Store HERE and receive a FREE pack of 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper from me for every $50 you spend!

Spend $50.00 to $99.99 and receive 2 pack from me

Spend $100.00 to $149.99 and receive 3 pack from me

(you get the idea)

Fine Print:
  • $50 is before shipping & handling
  • All packs contain 12 sheets of 6" x 6" Stampin' Up! designer series paper
  • Packs are randomly selected and mailed to you within about a week of your order

Monday, May 1, 2017

Eastern Palace Suite - available now!

Happy Monday!  Good news to start off your new week and to begin the month of May!

You can now order the Eastern Palace Suite (including three of the five NEW In Colors!) as of today! That's a full month before the new catalogue is live!

There are two bundles to choose from - a Starter Bundle or if you want the lot, then the Premier Bundle is for you!


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