Tuesday, May 3, 2022

2022-23 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue - Now Live!

The NEW 2022-23 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue is NOW LIVE!

PLEASE NOTE: this blog is not being regularly updated. To stay up-to-date with Stampin' Up! promotions, catalogues and new products etc go to my Demo Website:





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Sunday, April 10, 2022

You Are My True North

Well it has been a very long time between posts and I am not going to apologise for it as life is often taken up with more important matters such as family.

This is also the reason for this post as my dear husband is celebrating his 64th birthday on Tuesday and of course I had to make a special card for him and to remind him that he is still my true north even while suffering with dementia and living permanently in residential care.

There are times when I miss him at home so much but I know that Korongee, a specifically designed village for those living with dementia, is the best place for him to get the care that he needs and so that I can be his wife in the best way possible.

Needing a jump start to my card creation of course I popped on to the Just Add Ink blog to see if they could provide some inspiration and sure enough they did with a colour challenge: Misty Moonlight, Sahara Sand and Cherry Cobbler

Great colour combo for a masculine birthday card and of course a nautical theme as Gary loves the water and boats. He often asks for me to take him to the waterfront.

I always love using the Sailing Home Stamp Set and coordinating Smooth Sailing Dies [which I believe are retiring with this current Annual Catalogue, but not leaving my craft supplies] when I create masculine cards and especially those for Gary.

I used a card base and matching envelopes (which I stamped a sailing boat on) from the Heart & Home Memories & More Cards & Envelopes. I used a printed card from the Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack and mounted it on some Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I used my Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends to colour the boat to match and also stamped on some birds in Sahara Sand.

I stamped a compass in Sahara Sand ink and mounted it on some Sahara Sand cardstock and then to go with my theme I stamped the "You Are My True North" greeting in Sahara Sand on the bottom of the front card panel.

A die-cut Sahara Sand rope thread and of course a "Happy Birthday" banner completed my card front. I gave some shimmer and shine to both the compass arms and the sails with some Wink of Stella.

Inside the card I have adhered a coordinating panel from the Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack where I can write my personal birthday message to my man.






Thank you again girls for providing me with the inspiration needed and to actually get in to my craft room again!

Thank you to those who have popped in here to see what I created and give your loved ones lots of hugs and enjoy the time you spend with them because you never know how long you have them for. x

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Stamping Sisters Non-Traditional Christmas Tutorials for November

 


Hi, and welcome to my blog. It has been a while since I posted here and my creating has been very limited and short-lived these past few months. Generally at this time of the year it is because it is 'tax season' (Jul-Oct) and I am extremely busy with my work as a tax consultant. However, this year has been an extremely difficult one for me on a personal level and most of it all came to a crux during tax season, if that wasn't stressful enough, and you can glean a little more about it in this article in the Australian if  you are interested (click here). Plus, a few other difficult situations added in to the mix!

It has also been a huge year for many of the other Stamping Sisters and so we’ve decided it’s time to take a break from our monthly Stamping Sisters tutorial bundles. We'd like to thank you for your interest and support by offering our new November tutorial bundle free.

All previous month’s bundles will remain available to purchase too. You can find more details about our other tutorial bundles on my page here.

Our November bundle includes 4 Christmas card tutorials with the them being 'out of the box' or non-traditional. 

I am having trouble creating my usual PayPal button to purchase and download the link to this tutorial bundle so if you are interested in receiving this November Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundle for FREE please email me at: maecollins2@gmail.com

If I don't respond straight away know that I will respond and email you the link the full tutorial bundle, which includes step-by-step instructions to recreate our cards.

My choice was a non-traditional colour choice for my Christmas trees and I also created an alternative project with a rainbow of Christmas trees.



Thank you again for the support of the Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundles, especially those who purchased during the year or joined my team and gained a bundle for FREE, and we hope to see you all again in the New Year.

Have a safe and happy Christmas season and may you find time to rest and rejuvenate your energies as I hope to do over the next few months as I continue to adjust to the changes in my life and find my creative spirit again.

Take care,
Mae x

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Stamping Sisters October Tutorials - Traditionally Christmas



It's October already and it will soon be Christmas! So for this month's Stamping Sisters Tutorial bundle and blog hop we have gone with the theme of "Traditionally Christmas". 

I'm excited to share with you our beautiful collection of traditionally themed Christmas projects for you, just in time to celebrate World Card Making Day, and to help you get ready for Christmas and a head start on those Christmas cards you want to make ready to send! 

Hi and welcome to our blog hop, whether you've arrived here from the beautiful Cazz's blog or some other way, hop around and see what inspiration we have for you and enjoy making some cards today.

In our October tutorial bundle you'll find five Christmas themed cards of all styles that we think you’ll love making. Hop with us and you'll see five more bonus projects inspired by our tutorials too.

Here's a peek at this month's tutorial bundle projects...


My October project features hanging baubles with the popular Christmas Gleaming bundle that was a returning favourite in our current Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue. I love colouring in with our Stampin' Blends and you can make your baubles any colour you wish, however, I have used the traditional green / red / gold of Christmas colours this time. I hope you like my project.


Let's Hop!

For this card I used similar elements in my tutorial project, like the leafy branch with hanging bauble, and again the use of the word 'JOY'. However, I changed the traditional green colour from Old Olive (used in my tute) to Shaded Spruce and for this card I used our Adhesive Foam Sheets to pop the word up off my card front.

These baubles are lovely to colour with our Stampin' Blends and a sprinkle of stars made it complete!



If you like this card, you are sure to enjoy re-creating my tutorial card, and of course all our other traditional Christmas projects so make sure you get your bundle from your regular Stamping Sister.

Once you're ready to continue the hop - your next stop will be our fabulous Ellen Woodbridge.


If you get lost along the hop or want to revisit a project or purchase a tutorial bundle from your regular Stamping Sister, here's the full Design Team and Blog Hop order:

Mae Collins (that's me) - Ellen Woodbridge - Di Barnes

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Get Your Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundle Today!

So how do you go about getting your hands on these awesome tutorials? Easy! We have three different options for you:

Option 1 - It's yours for FREE! Yep that's right. If you place a qualifying order of $60* or more through your regular Stamping Sister's online store, that month's bundle will be sent to you, absolutely free. It's our way of saying Thank You and we really appreciate your on going support.

Option 2 - You can also purchase the monthly bundle, simply by clicking on the Buy Now Button on your regular Stamping Sister's blog post/page. This means our tutorials are also available to crafters from all across the world including our fellow demonstrators too. Cost of each tutorial will $15AUD, that's only $3.00 per tutorial!!. Once payment is made, we will grant you access to the tutorial file.



Option 3 - Join your regular Stamping Sister's Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Team and as a little welcome, you will receive that current month's tutorial bundle for FREE!

Full details available on my Stamping Sisters Tutorial Page 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!

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