Friday, 13 January 2017

Easel post-it calendars - Up & Away

It's all go in the Barnes household due to some much needed garden renovating happening while my darling man is on leave. Sadly this means no stamping for me this week... & my latest order has just arrived too :(

However, I want to share this project with you - an easel post-it calendar I made for my lovely Diamond Stampers team members.

My friend & Just Add Ink teamie, Patrice made me a lovely easel calendar last year which I loved, so I thought it would be a fun gift to make.  I added a post-it-note (sticky note) pad to the bottom of mine, as who doesn't love a  post-it? They're certainly one of my stationery geek obsessions.

Of course I HAD to play with some new goodies from the Occasions Catalogue, so I used the large intricate balloon & backing dies from the new Up & Away die set (part of the Lift Me Up stamp & die bundle) with the coordinating Carried Away paper pack. Carried Away is a Sale-a-bration exclusive you can get FREE with each $90 purchase until 31 March, it's not available for regular purchase.

Here's a closer look at the front.

Choosing my colour palette was easy - I used the colours in the Carried Away paper, which are watermelon wonder (base & balloon), night of navy (balloon & sentiments), peekaboo peach (calendar mat & balloon) & mint macaron (balloon).

I stamped the 'live, laugh, love' sentiment (Layering Love stamp set) directly onto the patterned paper in night of navy.

Do you love the love the intricate pattern of the balloon? It gives me happy memories of a hot air balloon I saw in Paris long ago.  You may think it took ages to make the multi-coloured balloon? No! Thanks to SU cleverness, there are 6 dies that each cut a coordinating section, as you can see below.
I used card scraps to cut mine & cut a whole balloon in one pass of the Big Shot. Win!

Back to the calendar, here's a better view of the easel stand.

On the back I stamped an awesome brand new sentiment from the Balloon Adventures stamp set (also available as part of the Balloon Adventures bundle). This set includes a great choice of large birthday sentiments that I will use lots for the inside of my cards

Finally, if you need to post a calendar, it folds flat & fits a regular card envelope.

If you'd like instructions to make this easel calender, leave me a comment & I'll prepare a tutorial if there's enough interest. In the meantime, you can see more of my easel cards here.

Want to see more about the Lift Me Up - Up & Away bundle?
Check out this vid from Stampin' Up! At 30 secs in, you'll see how you can make multicoloured balloons like I did here.

So that's all from me for now. Remember to leave a comment if you'd like me to make a calendar tutorial & pin a pic for later inspiration too. Thanks for visiting today. Hope to share with you again soon.

Inky wishes, Di


To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Actual items I used are listed first. Alternative purchase options are listed at the bottom of the supply list.

Carried Away paper pack
is a Sale-a-bration (SAB) exclusive. Choose a pack free as your SAB reward with each $90 purchase (exc shipping) during Sale-a-bration. See this Sale-a-bration post for more info.

Calendar tabs were purchased online. Google 'calendar tabs' to find them in your country.

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Happy new year & new catalogue day too!

Happy new year! I've been enjoying some time off with family time since Christmas but I'm excited to be back home ready to create with my new goodies, available to you from today.

Say hello to our all new Occasions Catalogue & Sale-a-bration, our most popular promotion of the year. I've so much to share so let's get started.

New Occasions Catalogue

This beautiful Occasions Catalogue cover really says Summer to me & gives you a tiny taste of all the fun & fabulous new goodies you'll love creating with.

Inside you'll find all you need to create simple & super special projects for all your family & friends' special moments - birthdays, babies, weddings, thanks & everything in between. I'm sure you're excited to see what's new so take a look...

See some Occasions Catalogues faves in action on Stampin' Up!'s youtube channel

Sale-a-bration means freebies!

Sale-a-bration starts today & as always this means awesome FREE goodies for you. You'll find all you need to know in the Sale-a-bration (SAB) catalogue.

3 ways to get Sale-a-bration freebies

You'll find all you need to know on pages 2 and 3 of the Sale-a-bration Catalogue. Here's a quick summary.  Choose the deals that suit you best & yes, you can double dip!

1. Choose a free SAB catalogue item for every $90 you spend (excl shipping).

 - 12 exclusive items to choose from (more items coming on 21 February)
  - Freebies include stamp sets, paper packs, accessories & a kit.
  - No limits on how many freebies you can earn. Phew! :)
 - Many SAB freebies coordinate with Occasions Catalogue items to so creating with them will be so easy.

Want more? Then...

2. Get $40 extra Stampin' Rewards with $400+ orders during Sale-a-bration.

You'll get to choose at least $80 of freebies with a $400 individual or combined party order.
Stampin' Rewards keep increasing as your order increases, so you'll get $100 of freebies with a $500 order. Here's the full table of benefits.

Hosting is easy - Get together with friends, host online, or simply collect orders from friends & family. It's easy - just contact me to set up your online party code.

Double Dip? Yes you can! If you place an individual order of $400, you'll get 4 free SAB items as well as your extra Stampin' Rewards. Yay!

Want even more? Then you'll want to...

3. Get started with Stampin' Up!

Our Stampin' Up! Starter Kit is awesome value all year round but you'll get even more during Sale-a-bration. Choose $235 of products for just $169 PLUS choose 2 free stamp sets. Choose any stamp sets in any current catalogue. That's an extra value of up to $179).

Did you know?
- You can choose any current catalogue or online store products in your Starter Kit.
- Discounted product bundles can be included in your Starter Kit for even more value.
- Receive a minimum discount of 20% on everything you buy after you join us as a Demonstrator.
- Everyone is welcome to join - buy just for for you or sell to others - you choose.
- Stay as long as it suits you - no penalities, no pressure & nothing to return.

I'm here to help you - e-mail me to ask any questions about joining, or help choosing your freebies, Starter Kit or free stamps.

Here's a peek at two Sale-a-bration fun freebies on Stampin' Up!'s youtube channel

Holiday Catalogue Carryover List

The 2016 Holiday Catalogue ended on January 3rd but the good news is that our most popular items are still available to order & listed in the carryover flyer below.  And yes, you can earn Sale-a-bration freebies on Holiday Catalogue carryover items.

So are you excited for the new Occasions Catalogue & Sale-a-bration? What are your favourite new items? I'd love to hear what you'd love & want to see. I can't wait to get back to creating & share lots of ideas here on my blog, on my facebook page & on instagram, so make sure you like-follow me there too.

Want paper catalogues? e-mail me to request a free copy if you don't have a Demonstrator looking after you & I'll pop one in the mail.

Until next time.

Inky wishes, Di

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Santa's Sleigh and Santa too

With all this talk of Santa's Sleigh, have you been wondering where Santa is? Well he's here today.

This was another card I made made back in September for my Holiday Catalogue display that I hadn't shared here. For a change I used traditional Christmas colours (real red & garden green).

I combined elements from 3 of my most used bundles & stamps this year:
* Santa's Sleigh bundle - tree, sleigh & reindeer stamps & dies
* Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle Santa stamp punched with Cookie Cutter builder punch)
* Wonderful Year - sentiment (reminder - this is retiring so get it now).

Did you realise that the sleigh is cut in 2 pieces? The solid sleigh base & an intricate overlay. This lets you combine different elements like card & glimmer or foil. I used real red card for both pieces in this card as I wanted to add detail but not outshine Santa.

Speaking of Santa, he's stamped in black archival ink & coloured in with markers - fun! I used real red, basic gray & smoky slate markers for his clothes & a touch of retired blush blossom for his face. I also fussy cut a second Santa head to give him more depth. Click on the pic to see a bigger version.

On the inside I stamped two more sentiments from Wonderful Year & Santa made another appearance too. This card just makes me smile. I don't know that I'd mass produce it although it's an easy card, but it was lots of fun to make the scene.

While we're talking Santa, here's another much simpler & quicker Santa to mass produce...

Jolly Santa

This card was the third card we made at my Cookie Cutter Christmas card class (you can see the other cards we made here & here, or see all my Cookie Cutter Christmas cards here.
I cut the Jolly with the fun Christmas Greetings thinlit dies & teamed it with sentiments from the coordinating Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set, both from the Annual Catalogue & a pretty holly print from the Presents & Pinecones paper pack (retiring & discounted now)

Like Santa in the first card, he's coloured with markers & also has a extra fussy cut head layer. I'm not a big fussy cutting fan but this was very easy to do.

The inside is almost the same as the Santa's Sleigh version above, using Wonderful Year again - no pic though.

So there you go. Two more Santa ideas to try. Thanks for visiting today. I have more Christmas to share so pop by again tomorrow.

See all my Santa's Sleigh cards here & remember to pin my cards for later inspiration.

Inky wishes, Di

Reminder - Year End Closeout Sale on until 3 January

Get all your retiring Holiday Catalogue goodies, discount bundles, Annual Catalogue specials & retired goodies at ridiculous prices until January 3rd only.

Project Supplies

To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Note - Actual items I used are listed first. Alternative purchase options are listed at the bottom of the supply list.

Santa & his Sleigh

Big Shot

Jolly Santa
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