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!

Monday, September 21, 2020

24-hour Stamp Sale!


THE HOTTEST STAMP SALE OF THE YEAR!

Stock up on stamp sets at a stellar price! For ONE DAY ONLY, you can purchase select cling and photopolymer stamp sets at a 15% discount. This short, stamp-tacular sale only happens once a year—you won’t want to miss out on these super savings!

WHAT IS A 24-HOUR STAMP SALE? HOW DOES IT WORK?

For 24 hours on 23 September—from 12:00 AM to 11:50 PM (AET) online—a select number of cling and photopolymer stamp sets from the 2020–2021 Annual Catalogue will be available for purchase at a 15% discount.

You can shop directly through my online store - click here. Our shop will have a category entitled “Stamp Sale” that displays every stamp set on sale to ensure a quick and easy shopping experience.




CLICK HERE for a full list of the stamp sets on sale for you to browse and mark off your wishlist and get ready to order them early as popular stamp sets will fly off the shelves at these prices and after the 24-hours prices will go back to normal!






Don't forget to add my monthly Host Code to share in Stampin' Rewards for this month.



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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!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Stamping Sisters September Tutorial and Blog Hop - Rainbow Colours!

  

Hello and welcome to our Stamping Sisters September Blog Hop and Tutorial Bundle launch. I wasn't able to join in last month's blog hop due to personal reasons, but I am back now, although still struggling to find the time to create and share much here on my blog and social media platforms. 

This month's theme is Rainbows of Colour (and I just spotted one out my window as I was typing this!) and we have five tutorials for you and that many blogs to hop around! If you have come from the lovely Cazz's blog (Carolyn Boylan) then welcome! If not, start here and continue around the five Stamping Sisters bogs.

I think we can all use some rainbows in our lives as they usually inspire hope, luck and often new beginnings. I know I can use some beautiful rainbow colours in my life right now and they definitely added some cheeriness to my projects. I hope we can inspire you too with our projects showcasing a rainbow of colours!


Let's Hop!

My blog hop project features the same Emboss Resist background of rainbow colours as the project in my tutorial.

The card base is a bright and cheery Mango Melody and I have a banner of Rainbow Glimmer Paper to mount my 'Cue the Confetti' greeting. The greeting was stamped in Versmark and embossed with white and then fussy cut out and popped up on some Stampin' Dimensionals.


To continue the theme of confetti and to add some "bling", I added a few randomly placed Blue Adhesive-backed Gems.

Here is another sneak peak at my tutorial project before you hop along to the next blog. I had fun using my new Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine for the first time on this project and our Foam Backed Adhesive Sheets to make my greeting stand up off the card front.


Now hop on over the fabulous Ellen's blog for more rainbow inspiration!


If you get lost along the way, the order of our blog hop is as follows - Mae Collins (that's me!), Ellen Woodbridge, Di Barnes, Chloe Evans and Carolyn Boylan.

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!

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Twelve cards from one sheet 12x12 DSP


I have been really busy this past week in my 'other job' as a tax consultant with H&R Block, getting ready for the 2020 tax season and training staff, that I wanted to find some time this weekend for some 'me time' in my craft room. I went in there this afternoon after doing some household chores that needed to be done, as yesterday was a family day, and found that I didn't have any mojo! I just couldn't find the motivation or excitement to create a unique card that I was hoping to create.

So I decided that I was going to make something, as I always need cards to send (although I have been a bit slack in this department too lately!) for birthdays and customer thank yous etc, and so create I would!

In this type of situation I usually decide to CASE (Cope And Share Everything) a card or create one based upon a previous layout/design that I have used before and hope that gets the creative juices flowing!

With this in mind and a pack of Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper sitting on my desk I decided to take out one piece of 12" x 12" and create a stack of cards just using this one sheet. This was the piece I chose and then cut it up into 12 pieces of 3" x 4" (I was using the daisy pattern side), basically what some often call a One Sheet Wonder (OSW), although with these cards they will all be the same design.


I then prepared my other supplies so I could just mass produce them in a form of assembly line process. The supplies I used and prepped were...

  • One 12" x 12" sheet DSP - cut into 12 pieces of 3" x 4"
  • Twelve card bases, colours chosen from the colour palette of the DSP, and what I had on hand (only one sheet left of Bumblebee cardstock, need to replenish!) - 6 A4 sheets coloured cardstock - 10.5 cm x 29.7 cm, my cards are landscape, side opening
  • Two sheets A4 Basic Black cardstock - 12 pieces 10.5 cm x 8 cm (cut A4 sheet at 10.5 cm on short side and then on the long side cut at 8 cm)
  • You will have four pieces of Basic Black off cuts of 10.5 cm x 5.6 cm approx, cut on the long side at 3.5 cm and 7 cm, giving you 12 pieces of 3.5 cm x 5.6 cm (these you will use to white heat emboss your greetings on)
  • Twelve Whisper White liners for inside cards (I always add liners in my cards, especially if the card bases are coloured, and usually my offcuts of DSP, however, in these cards I didn't have any!)
  • 12 x 25 cm lengths of Bumblebee Ribbon - I just tied mine pieces in a knot and then trimmed to wrap around the DSP panel
  • Adhesive of choice - I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' SEAL & Stampin' Dimensionals



This was my production line process:
  1. Cut one sheet DSP into twelve 3" x 4" pieces.
  2. Cut two A4 sheets Basic Black cardstock into twelve pieces 10.5 cm x 8 cm as indicated above and cut the four off cut pieces into three equal pieces 3.5 cm x 5.6 cm.
  3. Cut, score and fold twelve card bases using coordinating colours - Bumblebee, Terracotta Tile, Old Olive, Mint Macaron, Early Espresso.
  4. Adhered the Whisper White card liners to the inside of the prepared card bases.
  5. Cut twelve pieces of Bumblee Ribbon.
  6. Stamped various greetings using Versamark Ink and White Emboss Powder, heat set.
  7. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue, as it gives a bit of wriggle room to straighten DSP panel when adhering, and mounted these on to Basic Black larger pieces. Completed all twelve.
  8. Tied a knot in the Bumblebee Ribbon and trimmed close to knot on one side and using some Stampin' SEAL adhesive to attach underneath, and wrapped around the front of the DSP panel.
  9. Added Stampin' Dimensionals under each of the twelve mounted DSP panels and attached them to the front of a card base.
  10. Added Stampin' Dimensionals under each Basic Black greeting piece and attached to right, over the Bumblebee Ribbon.
And here are the 12 completed cards...


Here is a look at each colour way. I was very happy how they all turned out and at the end of it I have twelve cards ready to go!

Bumblebee

Early Espresso

Mint Macaron

Old Olive

Terracotta Tile

Which colour palette is your preference?

Sometimes when the inspiration doesn't flow, you just use a simple design, or CASE and you will find your mojo or at least I felt I accomplished something that ended up looking good and is now on hand to send out.

The other thing I was pleased about was that there was very little wastage, just slithers off the Whisper White card lines, to allow a border edge inside.



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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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