Friday, August 24, 2012

Betsy's blossoms Sneak peak

Hi My Stamping Friends!

I just can't keep it all in - I have to share SOMETHING with you from the new catalogue. I have all these lovely goodies sitting here and I want to share!! 
Can you spot... a new stamp set... and a new colour?

Please contact me if you would like a new catalogue (due for release Sept 1st but you can look sooner). And please don't forget to place your orders for retired stamps by emailing me. Retired lists end August 31 but items are selling out quick!
Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Step it up cards

Hi My stamping friends!

Hope you are all well! We are busy here but always time for a little stamping (it keeps me sane!).

Today I want to share with you three cards, all similar but just to show you how you can use what you have to make a simple card but then how you can also step it up to something more if you have more tools available.
We made these cards at my recent get together with the girls from my Stampin up team who are based here in Cairns.  The girls adapted them to make the version they wanted to.

The first card uses stamps and markers only. I have used the Hello Blossoms stamp, Cottage garden stamp set (little background flowers), 4 markers - Rose red, Lucky limeade, Daffodil delight and Tempting turquoise and a sponge dauber for the background.
The second card also makes use of the Friendly words wheel and some 1/4" grosgrain ribbon in Rose red.

And card number 3 has used the Bigshot vintage wallpaper embossing folder for some texture. I would probably add a ribbon to this card if I was to do it again!
 A few of these lovely products are retiring, including the Hello blossoms stamp ($13.95), Friendly words jumbo wheel ($15.95) and the 1/4"grosgrain ribbons ($10.95)

If you would like to order any of these items or others that are retiring please email me
Happy stamping!
Love, Claire

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My news

Hi my stamping friends!
It’s been so busy here lately! Lots of fun things are happening with Stampin’ up! plus we have some personal news that I need to share with you all! 

My very talented hubby has accepted a new job with Tiger Airways! It’s all very exciting but also a little daunting (and life-changing) as it involves our family relocating to Melbourne!! We are from Melbourne and love the place and all the wonderful friends and family we have there... but it means we have to leave all of our beautiful Cairns friends behind L We have had two of our three babies here in Cairns and also bought our first family home here, we love the boys school and kindy and will miss all the people from our church and of course you Stamping girls! It’s been a huge decision to make but we do feel it is where God is leading us at this time.
We will be moving in mid October and I have to just wait it out and see as to whether my Stampin’ up! business will continue. Of course I just love this job and all the perks but I know I will need to be 100% focussed on helping us all to settle into a new environment so just have to see how it all turns out. I am sad to say at this time I will not be taking on any further workshops as there is just too much to be organising at home base right now.

I have just one more class and workshop and then I will be packing up my stamps for a couple of months - that will be hard!

I am still planning to blog and who know what the future holds! I would be thrilled to keep you up to date with Stampin' up via my email newsletter. Just email me and I will happily add you to my list. 

That's all for now - I will be adding some more cards up on my blog soon.
Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire

Monday, August 20, 2012

Vintage Apothecary Arts

Hi my stamping friends!

Time to share a card with you that is a little bit vintage. I am loving these Label shaped framelits and the Apothecary arts set. It's so simple to use them together for a beautiful effect. You just stamp your image and then place the frame over the image and run it through the big shot to cut it out.

Apothecary arts is a beautiful set for watercolouring. Here I have used a combination of Stampin' write markers and aquapainter to colour the image.

I have also embossed the Crumb cake cardstock with my favourite, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and sponged it lightly with Whisper white craft ink. 

The ribbon is the Chantilly crochet trim, only available until August 31, 2012 and is finished off with a charming rhinestone brad.

Don't forget to place your order for retiring items. Some items have sold out already!
Happy Stamping!
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