Friday 30 May 2014

Ready Set.....Retiring Soon!

It’s that time when we need to let some goodies go to make way for fun new products in our new Annual Catalogue – coming 1 July.  You can see & order all items retiring at my online store or order directly from me by phone or e-mail.
So, grab a cuppa & walk though the lists with your catalogue in hand, or browse though the store. Just don't wait as all items are only available while stocks last, until 30 June.

Retiring Stamp Sets
Retiring Stamp Sets (sorted alphabetically) - stock availability updated daily
Retiring Stamp Sets (sorted by catalogue page number)

Retiring Accessories
Includes all other retiring goodies, eg. wheels, ink, paper, dies, punches, ribbon & more.
Retiring Accessories (sorted alphabetically) - stock availability updated daily 

Important things to note 
  • All 2012-14 in colour products will retire (midnight muse, gumball green, raspberry ripple, primrose petals & Summer Starfruit), These are usually the first items to sell out – especially refills.
  • All Stampin’ Around wheels & accessories are retiring & will not be in our new catalogue, so this will be your last chance to purchase wheels & ink cartridges etc.
    All current paper packs except colour collection DSP stacks are retiring.
  • Many of our Big Shot dies are retiring (including my fave butterfly die) & most do not have an alternative in the new catalogue, so please make sure you have all you need this month.
  • Items currently sold as discounted bundles (eg .stamps + punches or dies) will no longer be available at the discounted price after June. These bundles are included on the list, even though the individual items will still be available.

    Ok, I'm off to look at the lovely goodies I can pre-order from our new catalogue & play with with some convention freebies. LOVE being a Demonstrator
    Inky wishes, Di

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Watercolor Wonder Note Cards Class

 Today I'm sharing the projects from  my Watercolor Wonder Note card class in April. We made 5 cards - each using a different base from the Watercolor Wonder card pack & different techniques. There are lots of pics so lets get started with the sharing...
Card 1 - The pretty flower & leaves from Peaceful Petals was heat embossed in white on watercolour paper & watercoloured with an aquapainter, tangerine tango & gumball green ink pads. I think this one's my fave of the group...maybe.
Card 2 - More watercolouring with Peaceful Petals. This flower was stamped in black stazon & coloured with daffodil delight & gumball green ink.
Card 3 - For this one, I cut the note card in half & mounted it on a crumb cake base to make a larger card. The Vivid Vases stamp is inked with stazon ink & watercoloured. I added stems to the inside of the vases, so that I could create the look of water in clear vases & a horizontal line between the vases to ground them on the page. Bakers twine adds a little extra texture.
Card 4 - This one is super quick & easy. I stamped the swirl (Everything Eleanor) in gumball green on top of the colourwash look base. Then, stamped & punched out Petite Petals flowers & added a sentiment (Regarding Dahlias). This was inspired by an idea from Patty Bennett.
Card/s 5 - the gals chose to make 1 of these cards, since I couldn't decide which I liked more. Both use images from Chalk Talk  stamp & die bundle. We converted the note card into a regular sized card by cutting it down (9 x 13.3cm to suit a regular half A4 base), hiding the initial score line under the ribbon & adding some extra mats to step up the design. Here's a closer look at the stamped elements.
I cut around the stamped image, then cut another tag using the matching framelit die to add some depth. A Petite Petal flower adds a bit more pretty. We cut out the stamped image for the second version & added a cut frame too.
After seeing the finished cards, I thought you might be wondering what the basic Watercolor Wonder Note Cards look like. So here they are, a-la-naturel.
The pack includes 20 watercolour paper note cards (4 each of 5 patterns), plus envelopes for just $22.95 (plus s&h). The cards are printed front & back for a really finished look & are really sturdy to use as card bases. You can make twice the cards by cutting them in 2 to use on a regular card base (as I did with card 3). You'll find them in our Occasions Catalogue or here in my online store.
These brilliant cards (& Peaceful Petals stamp set) will probably only be available until 30 June, when the Occasions Catalogue ends, so please make sure you order by then if you love them too.

Thanks for visiting & I hope you've enjoyed seeing what we made. If you have any questions, just drop me a line or leave a comment.
Inky wishes, Di

Stamps: Peaceful Petals (1,2), Vivid Vases (3), Perfect Pennants (3), Chalk Talk (5), Petite Petals (4,5), Regarding Dahlias (4)
Card/Paper: Watercolor Wonder Note Cards, watercolour card, pool party (1,3), daffodil delight (2), tangerine tango (2), smoky slate (4,5) whisper white (4,5)
Ink: ink pads - tangerine tango, smoky slate ink pads (4) daffodil delight (2,3), gumball green (1,2,4), tangerine tango (2), smoky slate (4,5) whisper white (4,5), pool party (3,4), strawberry slush (4), calypso coral (3), versamark ink pad, black staz on ink pad (2,3)
Accessories: crisp cantaloupe ruffled ribbon (1), calypso coral bakers twine (3), basic grey taffeta ribbon (retired), basic pearls, basic rhinestones, white embossing powder (1)
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits (5), petite petals punch (4,5), Itty Bitty punch pack, Essentials Piercing Template, Piercing Tool & Piercing Mat

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Cara's 13th birthday - thankfully not hand-cut

I haven't had much crafty time lately, but my big girl officially reaching her teen years resulted in this fun & different creation for her.
 Now you might be thinking "she's a whizz at cutting out" or "she's just crazy"but no - to the cutting out anyway. I was lucky to receive an electronic cutter for Christmas so I used its design program to create & cut out the framed text (in red). I think the font is CK Typist (an old Creating Keepsakes font), which created a fun, irregular look. The cutout frame is mounted onto the striped dsp panel with dimensionals (adding the dimensionals took longer than cutting the whole piece since the text was so thin). Some glittery punched hearts & it was done. The finished card front  is a half A4 sheet, in case you're wondering. Here's another pic - not sure if you can see the raised red panel better here.
I know this isn't a stampy creation like you're used to seeing here, but I was really pleased at my first play with text & frames & wanted to share. I promise I'll be back next time with some stamping goodness.
Until then, thanks for hanging in there with my lack of posts.
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies (All SU unless noted)
Card/Paper: Pool party, real red card, I am me DSP, red & silver glimmer paper
Tools: KNK Zing e-cutter (not SU), Heart to Heart punch (retired)

Wednesday 7 May 2014

SU Weekly Deals - May 7 - 13

 Wednesday means new weekly deals. My faves this week are 25% off my fave butterfly die & our fabulous heat tool. See everything on sale here in my online store.
Place your order directly with me by phone or e-mail, or online by next Tuesday.
Inky wishes, Di