Monday, 15 January 2018

Stamp Review Crew - Picture Perfect Birthday

Welcome back to another Stamp Review Crew blog hopThe Stamp Review Crew is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world that get together on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month for a blog hop. Each hop we showcase one stamp set and show you just how much you can do with it. Get ready for lots of inspiration and lots or reasons to use (or buy😊) this stamp set! Currently you are visiting Lou Kitzelman, Sunshine Coast, Australia. Hi!

For this hop we are featuring Picture Perfect Birthday.
This was a set that I received in my goody bag at the November OnStage event for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. (Pssst registration for the April event opens tomorrow so why not join my team so you can come with me?) I might have skipped past this set in the catalogue so I am glad I was given it. There are fab sentiments and the images are so versatile. As soon as I saw the 'Treat Yourself' stamp I thought of making some gift card holders and dug out class notes from years ago. (Everything old is new again!). I was quite proud of myself that I was able to use every stamp on these 4 cards.

I've had a request to make some male and teen cards for an order so these were perfect. I have included the instructions for you at the end of this post. You get 2 cards from an A4 piece of cardstock and from a 10 cm strip of Designer Series Paper you get 2 card fronts and the strips inside plus some mats for the front. Multitasking at it's best. I used both sides of this True Gentleman DSP.

When you open up the card there is a pocket for your gift card or scratchies.

I love how it stands up by itself. Apologies for the photo quality. All of these colours seem hard to capture. Well it was in our sweltering Australian heat wave yesterday! I used the Everyday Label punch (which has carried over from the Holiday Catalogue) to create the pocket opening.

I had fun using all of the images and sentiments in this stamp set. I love this bow!

There are lots of little images that you can use for confetti and borders. It is a quick way to add a bit of interest to your card insides. This shot gives you a better idea of how I punched the pocket opening. I punched in from each side making sure to line them up. I might have to made a video of this! I am gathering up the guts to give videoing a go FYI.

The Bubbles and Fizz DSP - free with qualifying orders - has some great patterns and colours in it. Perfect for some birthday and celebratory cards. I love the blower thing. I am sure it has a name but I just can't think of it.

And you can even make some candles from this set!

I love the small Happy Birthday stamp. It is one that I will use a lot.

Here are the  measurements in case you would like to make one yourself. They are super easy! Fold on the score lines and add tape on the inside of the 10.5 cm line and the sides. Make sure you don't tape along the 14 cm line as this is where you will punch your pocket opening from. Once you cut, and score you can look at my pics above and it will all make so much more sense. Trust me!

Make sure you hop around to see what all the crew have done with this gorgeous stamp set. Next up is Ann Schach.
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Sunday, 14 January 2018

ESAD 2018 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration blog hop

Welcome to our first ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators) blog hop for 2018. We have lots of new products from the 2018 Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues to show you. Whether you are starting with me or have hopped over from seeing my talented friend Sharon Dalton's gorgeous creations, get a large piece of paper and a pen ready. Your wishlist is about to be filled!

You know I am a sucker for a moving card so it will be no surprise to you that I fell in love with the Barn Door bundle. You see a barn door - my brain sees a moving part that I can whack lots of different things on! The bundle comes with thinlits that easily cut the tracks out in one go - no messy measuring! So onto my first card using the set without too much tweaking.

Okay - one tweak!

These cute pandas are from Party Pandas - free with qualifying orders. I love how the door slides to reveal the 2 different sides

On the back there is a message panel with sentiment and confetti from Picture Perfect Birthday. I couldn't resist playing with more of my new goodies!

If not a door then what?

A sliding cake ..... of course! This is my version of something/someone jumping out of a cake! The Cake Soiree bundle was a quick way to whip up a cake! No calories.

Then I looked at the thinlits sideways and saw a present..... of course!

The sliding mechanism is really easy to do. Watch this Stampin' Up! video for more information. If you can't get washers small enough you can use Thick Whisper White cardstock and a 1/2" circle punch. The Whisper White panel on the front that hides under the sliding door is 6 x 10.5 cm.

Make sure you check out each blog on the hop - so many more products will be added to your wish list! Next up is Carly Middleton.


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5. Lou Kitzelman - That's me!

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