Pansy Patch

I have my own pansy patch at my front door and when I saw the Pansy Petals Suite on the pre order list for demonstrators from the new catalogue I just had to grab it. That is just one of the many perks of being a demonstrator. Not only does it give me a great sense of friendship with others, it also gives early access to new products! Click here to see what is available in the suite.

Bridge Fold Card using the Pansy Patch Bundle

We made this card in my monthly card class last week. A simple but effective Bridge Fold Card. This card folds flat, allowing you to post without any problems. I am loving one of the new in colours for 2021-2023 Soft Succulent. This green is so pretty, a softer look to Just Jade in colour 2020-2022 which I already love. I really like Soft Succulent as a new addition to my craft room.

Now I must admit, cutting all the bits and pieces out for my pansy does prove to take some time, but I believe the effort is certainly worth it. Alternatively, some of the pansy dies cut out pansies on the coordinating DSP so if you are chasing a quicker option, this is certainly for you.

However I don’t mind taking my time, I love the impression that the dies make on the pansy to give that 3D look. For my pansy, I used White, another new in colour Fresh Freesia, Bumblebee and Black for the centre of the flower and Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent for the stem and leaves.

The DSP in this suite is so pretty! My favourite would have to be the green toned striped sheet. I think it is a great option away from flowers.

Another favourite of mine on the pre order was the Scalloped Contours Dies. I just had to have these! I also bought the matching stamp set which I will share with you all soon. I have used one of the dies from this set for the insert with a sentiment from the Pansy Bundle. You might be wondering where you write on this card but I have that covered.

Close up of one of the gorgeous dies in the Scalloped Coutours Dies makes a great place to write. Available 4 May.

A pansy was stamped on the back of the card using Fresh Freesia, Blackberry Bliss, Bumblebee, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen.

How cute is that little bee embellishment?! I love him.

I am loving the font from the Pansy Patch bundle, easy to fussy cut around if needed like I have done around the Happy Birthday. Did you see the cute little bee embellishment? So easy to add to your card with a glue dot.

There are so many lovely new sets in the new 2021 Annual Catalogue which launches on 4 May. What will be on your wish list? My list is growing everyday!

If becoming a demonstrator interests you, there is a new joining special coming soon. If you sign up between 4 – 31 May 2021, you will receive AUD$283.00 worth of products for only AUD$169.00! Oh and don’t worry, becoming a demonstrator does not mean you have to do classes and workshops. It simply can mean that you can join and receive a great discount off all your crafting needs or you can do what I do and run classes and workshops and meet lots of amazing people along the way. The choice is yours! If this interests you, send me an email or a message and lets chat!

I look forward to sharing some more new goodies from the new catalogue soon. If you live in Australia and don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I would love to be your contact. If you want a new catalogue, get in touch and I can mail one to you.

Wishing you a crafty day!

ESAD Farewell Annual Catalogue Blog Hop

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It is almost time for our current annual catalogue to retire and with that means some of our favourite stamp sets and supplies must also retire. Today, I am joining my demonstrator friends with the ESAD Farewell Annual Catalogue Blog Hop.

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I am sharing a card that we made in our last month’s Social Stamping class. Social Stamping is held on Monday mornings at the Taste of Dalyellup Cafe. I hold these classes shared with my gorgeous friend and upline Kelly Kent, we run alternative fortnights of the sessions. Social Stamping is a fun and relaxed way to get together, chat, craft and uplift each other. Stamping is so much more than stamping for a lot of us. For me, I love the stamping side of things but I treasure the connection and friendships, it really boosts my mood! I love connecting with people and hearing their stories. I think we can learn so much just by listening to each other.

On the retirement list is a blokey favourite of mine, Geared up Garage. I quite often hold onto my male inspired stamp sets after they retire to keep in my stash as there is always a good reason to keep hold of them!

The star of the show with this set in my opinion is the cog wheel die. I have cut this out with silver foil with some double sided adhesive on the back for easy adhering to my card. This saves me getting glue every where!

I have used colours Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Just Jade. A great colour combo paired with the Silver Foil.

I love using background stamping if I am struggling to find any designer series paper to match. Just use what you have and stamp away! All you need is stamps, paper and ink.

The sentiment is cut out using the stitched rectangle dies that are thankfully sticking around for the next annual catalogue – yay! The Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder was used on the Just Jade card stock and I am happy that this product will also be staying for a while longer too.

I love the grungy look to this card, perfect for any car loving guy in your life. I have included two different orientations to this card which gives my Social Stampers a choice of their preferred layout. All the kit pieces are the same just choose your layout. Our Social Stamping Classes also include an envelope to stamp and of course a little stamping on the inside.

If you are local to me and want to come along and try out Social Stamping, we are starting back again week 3 on 3rd May. These sessions are lots of fun and I guarantee you will walk away feeling inspired and with some extra friends. We all need more friends in our life, am I right?

I hope this blog hop has inspired you, using some of our retiring favourites! Don’t forget these retiring items will soon be gone (3 May) so if you are chasing anything that is retiring, don’t delay placing your order. Only available while stocks last!

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has made to show us of their retiring favourites, a full list of the participants is below. Next up is Sue Vine and she always makes something amazing so make sure you check it out. I’m going to grab myself a drink and hop on through and be inspired.

Until next time,

Take care

Participant List

  1. Sue Vine
  2. Rochelle Laird- Smith
  3. Narelle Sim
  4. Nicole Wilson
  5. Narelle Fasulo
  6. Monique Fielder
  7. Lou Kitzelman
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck
  9. Sharni Haines
  10. Cheryl Algie
  11. Jackie Aitken
  12. Tracy Held
  13. Tanya Rees
  14. Denise Buetler
  15. Maree McIntosh
  16. Rochelle Blok
  17. Mandy Depiazzi

Playing with alcohol inks

When I first saw the front cover of the new annual catalogue I go so excited to see alcohol inks! I frantically looked through the whole catalogue at that moment searching for them only to realise that it was designer series paper not making your own alcohol ink backgrounds. Whilst I am in total love at the look at this paper, I still longed for the opportunity to make my own alcohol ink backgrounds so I decided it was time to make my own!

The process to make it yourself is pretty simple. I coloured a piece of vellum cardstock randomly with my blends. For this card, I used Old Olive, Granny Apple Green and Just Jade. Then I sprayed some isopropyl alcohol (purchased from Bunnings) over my coloured piece of vellum. You want a good amount of coverage but not too much. Then I simply used an ear syringe from the chemist to squeeze and blow the ink around. Once I was happy with the look I put this aside to dry.

Once dry, I used a stamp from the forever fern stamp set, inked up in versamark. Heated some heat and stick and added gilded leafing. I love this stuff! A bit messy to play with but I love it.

I found layering my piece of vellum onto a piece of white a great idea to allow the colours to pop. Before adhering these together, I stamped a leaf image on the piece of white. I think it looks lovely with the leaves peering through the layer of the vellum.

A brass butterfly was cut using the Brilliance Wings Dies. The brass foil is on the retirement list, I am glad I still have some to use! If you want to stock up, be sure to place your orders quick!

The Forever Greenery Trim is just perfect for this card paired with some Just Jade in Color Ribbon. The sentiment I used is from Peaceful Moments. I absolutely love the font of this stamp set.

Recently, I attended OnTour which is an event hosted by Stampin’ Up! This event was held over zoom (isn’t lots of events nowadays?! I am looking forward to attending our live events again one day soon, fingers crossed!) This event is for Demonstrators to connect with other Demonstrators from all different locations. We were asked to make a card using a new stamp set, Etched in Nature that we were sent. I made this card with the same technique of the alcohol inks.

I love these backgrounds! The colours used here are Night of Navy, Highland Heather and Just Jade. With the touch of the gold I just can’t get enough of this technique. It is so easy but so effective.

I hope that has inspired you to try this wonderful technique. I still hope one day soon, Stampin’ Up! will hear me and bring out a Stampin’ Up! colour range of our own alcohol inks but in the meantime, I will have fun creating with my blends, isopropyl alcohol and my ear syringe!

Keep on crafting!

Easter Bunny Boxes

Easter is just around the corner and I always like to make something cute for the kids to give to their teachers and friends. After a google search, I found this cute bunny easter box design and a video from Emma Fawcett. Emma mentions in her video that she cased this design from Michelle Last, you can view Michelle’s video if you click here.

To make these cute boxes I used Sahara Sand and Smoky Slate Card stock. I used my soon to be retiring layering oval dies although you could use our Double Oval Punch. I used Petal Pink for the inside of the ears and nose. The nose is cut out using a die from the retired Home Together dies. This little heart is from the inside of a house and while we don’t use the house on this project you can always use it on another card or project.

I have used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and added some tiny magnets to create the closure on these cute boxes. We don’t want any of our Easter Eggs to fall out after all!

A piece of window sheet has been added where I die cut out a window so you get a sneak peak of what is inside like Emma showed in her video. I stamped and die cut the flower, leaves and stem from the Pretty Perennials Bundle. I used a black pen to draw on he whiskers and for eyes, I used the Matte Black Dots like I used on another blog post recently. If you want to check that out you can see it again if you click here.

I think these are just so super cute!

What are you making for Easter? I am going to make some more of these cuties and give away. I think anyone would love to receive one of these, don’t you think?

Social Stamping In Colours

Hello! Welcome to another Social Stamping Blog Hop with this month’s theme being the 2019-2021 In colours. Each year there are 5 new in colours introduced which means that 5 colours must retire.

So we must soon say goodbye to Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray and Purple Posy.

Seaside Spray for me was a favourite. Being a lover of blue, I will miss my favourite Seaside Spray. Today I have made two cards to show you making my favourite Seaside Spray be the star of the show!

I love easel cards, they’re so easy yet so effective and a lovely display in anyone’s home. This card uses the Jar of Flowers stamp set and punch which I am glad to say will be sticking around in the new soon to be released annual catalogue. If you want to get your hands on a copy, please get in touch with me and I will send a copy to you.

I have used Seaside Spray ink to do a background stamping of flowers, layered a piece of white cardstock cut with a Rectangular Stitched Framelit and embossed with the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder.

I used colours Rococo Rose (also a retiring in colour), Seaside Spray, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate and Just Jade blends to colour my bouquet of flowers.

For the sunflower card option, I used Daffodil Delight, Cinnamon Cider, Mossy Meadow, Calypso Coral and Petal Pink.

A stitched heart die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelit Dies (sadly are on the retirement list) was used for the stopper on the inside of the card to make the easel card stand up.

Some linen thread and a happy birthday sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set completes these two beautiful cards. I would love to know which option is your favourite. I would normally choose the first card option with the Rococo Rose flowers but this time I am really loving the sunflowers! So happy and bright!

I will miss my dear old seaside spray, I have seen the new in colours for 2021-2023 and they’re just gorgeous! Sadly no blue to replace my seaside spray but regardless there is always another favourite to adapt to!

Don’t forget the retirement list is out now and if you want to grab any retiring items make sure you don’t delay as they are only while stocks last. You can shop with me if you visit, click on Find a Demonstrator and enter my name, Mandy Depiazzi. This will ensure that you are shopping with me. There are lots of retiring goodies to choose from!

Thanks for stopping by today, make sure you click on the next button below to see what my friend Narelle Simm from Eleventh Hour Stamping has got to show us. You can also view the entire list of participants in this blog hop if you click on the header at the top of this post.

Enjoy your weekend!