Painted Harvest Bundle – SBTD hop Sept 2017

Welcome to our second Blog Hop with the Stampers by the Dozen Stampin Up demonstrators. We are a group of 12 ladies from 4 different parts of the world.

This month the theme is trees, branches &/or leaves.

My project for this month is something I’ve been carrying around in my head for quite some time.

I used all 3 components of the theme – the tree is the felt embellishment, the branch is poking out from under the banner and the leaves speak for themselves.

For this project is used a number of leaf dies and almost all the green cardstock colours SU has, except the pastel greens. I cut or punched a heap of different shapes and then lay them into a wreath shape on a piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, which is a 6 x 6 paper stack.

I added some bling and some felt embellishments, and finally a banner to hold the greeting. I am more than happy with how the project turned out – it’s almost better than what was floating around in my head.

A side note or two! – I have just noticed that the sequin trim is actually on back to front!! I hadn’t noticed that before and I don’t think it detracts from the project at all. I had aimed to use the Painted Harvest bundle for this project, but in the end only used the leaf punch as I couldn’t keep this wreath project off my mind!

Supplies used are – AC= Annual Catalogue HC = Holiday Catalog

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack ( AC 144177)

Cardstock – Garden Green (108605 ), Emerald Envy (141420 ), Lemon Lime Twist (144250 ), Old Olive ( 106576 ), Tranquil Tide ( 144252 ) + Window Sheets (142314 )

Dies – Christmas Staircase Thinlits ( HC144679 ), Pretty Pines Thinlits ( AC 141851), Leaf Punch ( HC 144667 )

Bling – Mini Sequin Trim in Gold ( AC 144128 ), Metallic Sequin Assortment ( AC 144214 ), Wink of Stella ( AC 141897 ), Glitter Enamel Dots ( AC 144200 )

Stitched Felt Embellishments ( HC 144619)

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my project. Please click next below and move on in our hop to see what others have done for this theme.

Rachel Pine – that’s me!

Karie Beglau

Judi Anderson

Susan Simpson

Tricia Butts

Lyndsay LaRae Carara

Courtney Heuston

Tashana Lundy

Carly Middleton

Sharleen Luciano

Vicky Thompson

Anastasia Radloff





Demo Casing :: Joyce Wagner

Being a demonstrator with Stampin Up allows us to join a group of fellow demos on Facebook, and share our creations with one another. I get heaps of inspiration from the ladies who share and have decided to case some of the projects that ‘speak to me’!

For my first effort I cased a card by a US demo called Joyce Wagner. She has a facebook page and it can be found here.

I really liked the simplicity of this card she posted to our group and it got my juices flowing.

Her card –

I liked the tone on tone, the use of an embossing folder and the present shape – she used washi (retired) to achieve this.

This is my interpretation of her card –

When I saw her card I knew I wanted to give it a go with the new Christmas Quilt products. I used Lemon Lime Twist for the card base and the embossed layer (144250). The embossing folder is Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (HC 144687).

Then using the largest of the square Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372) I cut a piece of Whisper White card (106549) that measures just over 2.5 inches. To this I added 4 strips of Quilted Christmas DSP  (HC 144617) cut to 0.5 x 2 inches. I wrapped a piece of Real Red 1/8 Solid Ribbon (HC 144631) round the present. Then I used the tag from the Ornamental Christmas Framelits (HC 144680) and stamped a greeting from Santa’s Suit (HC 14487) in Basic Black Ink (140931) to finish the card.

Then, after all that good work, I adhered it crookedly on my card base!. Having used Fast Fuse (129026), I was unable to correct my mistake!. Thankfully it’s not as noticeable as it could have been it the card base and that layer were two different colours!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

*HC = Holiday Catalogue, and those items are only available until 2 Jan 2018.


Challenge Time once again! :: GDP102

I felt it was about time I started doing some challenges again, now that my mojo has returned and I’m all fired up by the goodies in the Holiday Catalog that went live to customers 1st Sept.

The challenge over at Global Design Project this week is a sketch challenge and it appealed to me, so I gave it a go with the new Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack.

For this card I used a base of Whisper White card stock (106549 ) and a piece of Quilted Christmas DSP (144617 ). To each edge of the DSP I added some washi tape from the Basics Pack 2 (144222). I stamped out a sentiment from Labels to Love (144970 ) in Garden Green Ink (126973) and punched that out with the Everyday Label Punch (144668  ). Finally I added some strips of Real Red 1/8th Ribbon (144631) under the label.

Other than the white cardstock, the washi and green ink, all other products are from the Holiday Catalog and are avaliable through until 2nd January 2018.

Thanks for visiting.



Embossing Paste part 2!

Two posts back I share a project and a half that I’d made with the new embossing paste from the annual catalogue. Remember this?! –

Well, I finally finished it!…….

In my head I had always thought I’d use the lamp post from the new Brightly Lit bundle in the upcoming holiday catalog, but what else I was going to do/use was still a mystery.

So I sat down and just played and eventually settled on combining two of the new bundles for this card – Brightly Lit (146040) and Ready for Christmas ( 146056).

Both these bundles are available to demonstrators now and customers from 1st Sept.

To make this card I use an  Old Olive card base (106576), then a layer of Whisper White card stock (106549). To that I added my Real Red card front (106578) to which I had added the embossing paste (141979) mixed with a drop of Real Red ink (103287) and used the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks (144103).

I cut out the lamp post, lamp shape, banner post ( all in Basic Black (121688) and banner from the Brightly Light bundle. I stamped the greeting from that same bundle in Old Olive (126953) on Whisper White. I cut out a small shape of Crushed Curry card stock (131288) to use behind the lamp shape and added some Wink of Stella (141897) to give the effect of lamp glow.

From the Ready for Christmas bundle I cut out 3 presents and the dog. I used Real Red (126949), Old Olive (126953) and Crushed Curry (131173) ink on the presents, then used a blender pen (102845) to add some more Crushed Curry to fill the ribbon in on that present and applied a layer of Wink of Stella over that. For the dog, I again used the blender pen to colour him in using the same 3 colours for his jumper and Soft Suede (126978) for his fur. I gave the red band of his jumper the Wink of Stella treatment as well!.

Finally I popped up the lamp shape, the presents and the dog for some extra dimension.

I really love the way the embossing paste has brought texture to the card – expect to see more of it!.

Thanks for visiting.


Stamper’s By The Dozen Blog Hop August 2017


Welcome to the very first Stamper’s by the Dozen Blog Hop. A group of Stampin Up demonstrators have got together and created this hop to help share inspiration and love of our products. There is 12 of us in the group and we come for 4 different countries. I hope you enjoy what we come up with.

This month we feature items we as demonstrators were able to pre order for the up coming Holiday Catalog which will go live to customers on Sept 1st.

I have chosen to highlight the Iconic Christmas Bundle. I liked the clean lines of the stamp set, and there are dies to cut out some of the images. This set is a two step stamp set.

Once I started I couldn’t stop and ended up with 4 different cards!.

In the above example, I have highlighted the main large stamp image using Cherry Cobbler ink and card stock. I then wrapped some silver thread around the tree as you would tinsel!. While I just love the simplicity of the card I made, you could also take this design, stamp the image in black ink and then colour in some or all of the details.

For the card above, I used the Merry Christmas sentiment and the reindeer stamp to create a clean looking card that only needed a bit of washi and some gold sequins. I used Crumb Cake ink and card stock, Cherry Cobbler ink on a white square cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits, and the washi is from the Basic Pack 2 in the Annual Catalog.

For card number 3 I used the large details stamp again, and this time cut out the tree shape that has windows to see what is stamped below.I stamped the detailed stamp in Garden Green on the same colour card stock. On the layer below, I had stamped the same image in Cherry Cobbler and then stamped the fill in detail stamp in Lemon Lime Twist. I then placed the Garden Green tree over the top and stamped the sentiment below the tree to mimic the trunk. This was then placed on a card base of Garden Green.

For my 4th card, I decided to use the cut outs from card 3 to make a shaker card, which I’ve never done before!. I placed a selection of the shapes and some sequins in the circle created from the layering circles and stitched shape dies. I placed the circle on a piece of DSP from the Quilted Christmas Suite in the Holiday Catalog.

So there you have it, 4 different cards featuring the Iconic Christmas bundle that will be available to customers from Sept 1st.

Click below to move onto the next blog in the hop and see what wonderful things my friends have created.



Rachel Pine – that’s me!

Karie Beglow

Judi Anderson

Susan Simpson

Tricia Butts

Lyndsay LaRae Carara

Courtenay Heuston

Tashana Lundy

Carly Middleton

Sharleen Luciano

Vicki Thompson

Anastasia Radloff


Embossing Paste

In my last order I got some of the embossing paste (141979 ), decorative masks (144103), and the silicone mat (127853). I’d be dying to try it as I’ve used similar products in art journals in the past.

I just had a small experiment making one card front and started a second, but decided I’d use that with some Holiday Catalog pre order goodies due to arrive this week.

I used the cloud mask to make a background for stamps and sentiments from the Moon Baby set (143082 wood mount; 143085 clear mount) that is just adorable. I used Pool Party cardstock (124391) as the base to mimic the sky, then stamped the image in Basic Black ink (140931) so I could break out my blender pen (102845) once the ink had dried. I coloured the baby’s outfit in Lemon Lime Twist (144086), and the patch on it’s bottom in Chocolate Chip (126979). I coloured the star in So Saffron (126957). Both the star and the moon have Wink of Stella (141897) over them to create a bit of shimmer. I then handcut the image. The sentiment is stamped in Chocolate Chip on a circle cut using one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372). Both the image and sentiment is then raised up on dimensionals.

For the second front I mixed a tiny drop of real red ink (103287) with the paste and using the brick mask, applied that to a piece of Real Red cardstock (106578). I’ll finish this when my goodies arrive later this week. This is just another example of the tone on tone effects you can create with Stampin UP products and why I love them so much!.

It’s important to note here, when using the embossing paste and any equipment, make sure you wash things up immediately as this paste dries quickly.

If you’ve not played with embossing paste before, give it a go! It’s great fun and adds extra dimension to your project.

Stamp Set Spotlight :: In The City

Hi everyone, I wanted to share some projects I made from the hostess stamp set ‘In the City’, which is in the new 2017/18 Annual Catalogue.

When you place a qualifying order you are able to order this set as part of your rewards. In New Zealand that is over $300. The amount will vary depending on where you are in the SU world. Its a fantastic set with loads of options.

So, first off I have a couple of card fronts – not full cards as I was just playing one day!.

The above card uses the sentiment, limo and cans behind the limo from the stamp set, along with a 3×4 card from the Bundle of Love Memories and More pack (144207), some mini sequin trim in gold to match the card (144128) and a few sequins from the Sequin Assortment pack in Metallic (144214). The stamped images are in Basic Black ink (140931) on a Very Vanilla (106550) circle cut with a die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits(145372).

This time I used the stork and sentiment stamps from the set to make a welcome baby card front. I used Powder Pink cardstock (144251 ) and then stamped one black stork (140931) then several powder pink storks (144084 ). To that I added a torn piece  of crumb cake (121685 )and two strips of the new SU washi tape (pink from Basics Pack 1= 144221; black from Pick a Pattern pack = 144166) . I continued the black theme with a small piece of mini sequin trim in black (144259) and stamped the sentiment on a piece of whisper white (106549 ) notched with the banner triple punch (138292). I finished off the front with a few sequins from the Iridescent pack (144212).

Next I made something that had been floating around in my mind since I knew the stamp set was winging its way to me – an art piece!.

I made this over a few days as I was unsure whether I’d add colour to it and what colour layers I’d use under each square. Finally I settled on this design and I just love the clean-ness of it all. I mounted 5 hand cut pieces to add touch of colour but not so much to overwhelm the piece. All images are stamped in Basic Black (140931) on Whisper White cardstock (106549) cut into 2.5 inch squares. They are then layered on 2.75 inch Smoky Slate (131291) squares before being adhered to a 12 x 12 inch piece of Whisper White. I used some softer colours of ink to add the detail, from the top L-R Powder Pink (144084), Lemon Lime Twist (144086), So Saffron (126957), Wild Wasabi (126959) and Pool Party (126982).

I completed the piece by putting it in a 12 x 12 frame I picked up at Kmart.

Thanks for visiting.



2017/18 Stampin Up Washi Collection

This week I received my mega SU order and its been like Christmas morning trying to decide what play with next!!.

I ordered the entire SU collection of washi tape – all 20 rolls!. Boy! is it fabulous!!

Just see for yourselves!

15 of the SU colours now have matching washi tape, plus the black and white collection which is so versatile.

I also made a video of putting this page together –

thanks for visiting.

Mojo returning!

Wow! It’s been ages since I posted anything!

Being my mothers carer means there are times when I just can’t create and these past few months have been those times. However, the tide is changing – I’ve just placed an obscenely huge order of goodies and am super excited to share and play, so hopefully this blog will kick back into gear very soon.

stay tuned!

Off the drawing board x 3!

At the start of the year my upline sent me some SU products as part of a challenge for her downlines, and asked us to create as many cards as we could with the product, and any other current product we wanted.

When I first laid eyes on the contents of the envelope I was in trouble! Sadly I forgot to take a photo of the contents but it included Dragonfly die cuts (I was ok with them!), a doilie ( ok), a piece of vanilla ribbon (meh), some tiny paper clips (ok) and 3 6×4 pieces of DSP – one from the Sale a Bration collection Inside the Lines, and 2 from the Occassions collection Falling in Love. Both those DSP collections were not on my wish list so when I saw them I was stumped. Stumped enough that it took me about 3 weeks to finally nail down what I was going to do with the cards – how many and what type they would be.

Now, I’m not a ribbony, flowery, pastelie kind of girl!.

These are my creations – I have got the go ahead to post them now!.


I received the DSP, doilie, paperclip, ribbon and dragonfly cutouts in the challenge. I layered the DSP (Falling in Love OC 142788) on some Very Vanilla (106550) and Blushing Bride (131287)  card stock, I stamped the Thank You in Blushing Bride (from One Big Meaning AC 139420) and cut that out of Very Vanilla with the Stitched Shaped Dies and layered that on a piece of Blushing Bride cut with the layering Squares dies (141708). I added a piece of ribbon attached with the paperclip (OC 142766) . The doilie ( OC 142793) has Very Vanilla face side up ( there is Whisper White on the reverse). The dragon fly cutouts (142749) I stained with Chocolate Chip ink ( 126979) then cut apart.

Just to keep it real, I’ve only now just noticed the sentiment element isn’t straight with the bottom of the card!.


I had to use the DSP ( Falling in Love OC 142788) , the dragonfly cutout and the ribbon. I chose to use Rich Razzleberry ( 119981) as my main base colour and to highlight the dragonfly. I stamped a darker dragonfly (Dragonfly Dreams OC 142924) onto the DSP directly then cut out an oval with the Stitched Shapes dies to showcase the gorgeous dragonfly. The sentiment is stamped in Rich Razzleberry ( 126950) on Very Vanilla, hand cut out and popped up on dimensionals. I added some of the ribbon as an accent.


For this card I had the DSP as the starting point. I used Chocolate Chip cardstock (108599)as the base and Cucumber Crush as the accent colour. The sentiment is from Dragonfly Dreams ( OC 142924) stamped in Cucumber Crush ( 138324) on Whisper White cardstock ( 106549) and cut out from the Stitched Shapes Dies, layered  on a piece of Cucumber Crush (138342) cut from the Layering Ovals dies (141706). The yellow bumble bee is from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Daffodil Delight cardstock 121680 & thinlits OC 142749). I coloured in the DSP ( Inside the Lines, free with qualifying orders) with our inks and a blender pen.

Of the 3, this one is my favourite – most likely because it features Cucumber Crush – oh how I’m going to miss that colour with it retires!.

Note; I’m unsure which ribbon was sent to me so I’m not giving a number for it. It is Very Vanilla and about a 1/4 inch wide. I’m also don’t have the number for the Stitched Shapes Dies as I’m unsure if they are available in all markets but will be in the new 2017/18 Annual Catalog later this year.

Thanks for visiting.