10 Stampin’ Up! Cards you can make in minutes. Part 3

It’s the last week of August which means here in Australia the shops are already starting to sell Christmas decorations.  Of course as cardmakers we like to start our Christmas cards nice and early to have enough cards to mail out nice and early in December.

Today’s card is part of my “10 Stampin’ Up! Cards you can make in minutes”.  It might not look like this card was quick but it certainly was and it was loads of fun to make.  I’ll be making a whole lot more of these.

Stampin' Up! Nordic Noel card by Angela Sargeant

 

For this card I started with a piece of A5 card (that’s A4 cut in half and then one of those halves folded to create a base card).

The glittery background is Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper that I trimmed down to the length of the base card then freehand I ran a Stanley Knife (Utility Knife) in a wavy line to give it those curves and then I glued it down to the base card.

Those sweet Nordic looking houses weren’t stamped and brilliantly coloured in, they are in fact off a sheet of patterned paper which I just cut out.  Amazingly they are very quick and easy to cut out as there’s not much detail at all around the edges and the white border makes the cutting out look nice and clean.

The two stamped images on this card is the Santa Sled with reindeers and the Christmas sentiment and they were both stamped with the Smoky Slate inkpad. The sentiment was punched out with the Modern Label Punch.  Lastly some little detail was added with snowflake sequins glued to the card and little rhinestones pressed to the snowflake centres.  To make those sequined snowflakes stand out a bit I used mini glue dots to stick them down but folded the glue dot over to make it thicker.

Quick & Easy Cardmaking Tip: Use a patterned paper as I have, or die cuts, to make your cards super speedy.

Hope you like my quick and fun Christmas card.  If you’d like to see the last two cards in my “10 Stampin’ Up! Cards you can make in minutes” series, you can click here and here.

By the way, if you don’t recognise some of the products I’ve used here, they are from the new Stampin’ Up! Australia Holiday Catalogue which is available now.

If you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products (or receive a catalogue), please feel free to email meOr you can just click the button below to shop now 24/7.

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And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Cardstock/Patterned Paper: Soft Sky (131292), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315), Nordic Noel (135822), Whisper White (106549)
Rubber Stamps: Holiday Home (135095).  Photopolymer stamps from the new Stampin’ Up! Australia Holiday Catalogue
Inkpads: Smoky Slate (131179)
Tools: Modern Label punch (119849)
Accessories: Frosted Sequins (135835), Basic Jewels Rhinestones (119246)
AdhesivesSNAIL, Dimensionals, Multipurpose Glue (to stick down the sequin)

10 Stampin’ Up! Cards you can make in minutes. Part 2

Here’s the second card in my series of creating quick cards, I’m hoping is one of those “this took me minutes, but still looks stylish and striking”.

Stampin' Up! Work of Art card by Angela Sargeant

Although I didn’t start with a ready made card base, the measurements are super easy.  Just fold a piece of A4 cardstock in half then trim down to a square (14.8cm x 14.8cm).  The centre white cardstock again is a square cut down to the size that you feel will fit your design, in this case approximately 9cm x 9cm.

Once you have your card base and centre, it just a matter of stamping a background and a sentiment then adding a little embellishment.  I used Stampin’ Up!’s Work of Art stamp set as it has several background type images that I can stamp in coordinating colours to create a quick background. In fact I might recreate this card using the other backgrounds just to give it a different feel. I wanted to stamp the sentiment in a dark colour to stand out but instead of black which can look a bit harsh, I’ve used Blackberry Bliss, I feel using deep purples or very dark browns are a nice alternative to black and still does the same job.

Finishing the card off, I punched out a butterfly with some glitter paper then added a little heart sequin to the middle and a tiny pearl on top of the sequin.

Quick & Easy Cardmaking Tip: Use an abstract stamp to create a quick and fun background.  You can use a brushstroke one like I did, or splotches, or stripes, etc. If you like the idea of quick cards that you can whip up in minutes then tune in for more, you can also see click on my quick Stampin’ Up! card idea to see the first card in this series and stay tuned because there’s more of these fast Stampin’ Up! cards to come.

If you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email meOr you can just click the button below to shop now 24/7.

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And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Cardstock: Whisper White (106549)
Rubber Stamps: Work of Art (wood: 134111) (clear: 134114)
Inkpads: Pink Pirouette (126956), Blushing Bride (131172), Calypso Coral (126983), Blackberry Bliss (133642)
Tools: Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526)
Accessories: Basic Jewels Pearls (119247)
AdhesivesSNAIL, Dimensionals, Multipurpose Glue (to stick down the sequin)

10 Stampin’ Up! Cards you can make in minutes. Part 1

I don’t think we tell people enough that we are thankful for them or how much we care.  Sometimes we’re just bogged down with our own life and concerns, forgetting though how making a card for someone else can be a wonderful distraction for us and can mean so much to someone else. Recently I decided to sit down and make 10 cards to send out to some friends and customers. When I finished all the cards I realised that each card could so easily be made in minutes now that the designs were done. So starting today I’m going to post a series of blog posts for you, each one showing a card that you can easily make in minutes.

Here’s one card I made today using bits and pieces from Stampin’ Up!’s Everyday Occasions Card Kit.

Everyday Occasions Thankful card by Angela Sargeant

 

The base patterned card, heart, silver banner, white banner and button were all from the kit, all I needed to do was stamp the sentiment on the white banner and stick them all down.  I also added some little pearls to button to dress it up a bit.

If you’re wondering where that beautiful sentiment came from (don’t you just love that font?!), it’s from a special new stamp set to be released soon that you can receive free with a qualifying order.  Stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, I set you the challenge to go out there and make a card for someone you appreciate :D

If you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email meOr you can just click the button below to shop now 24/7.

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And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps: Good Greetings (135014) – ask me for more details
Inkpads/Markers: Pool Party (126982)
Cardstock & Die Cutes and Button: Everyday Occasions Kit (134797)
Accessories: Basic Jewels Pearls (119247)
AdhesivesSNAIL, Dimensionals, Glue (to stick down the button)

Stampin’ Up! Australia Retirement Lists

Stampin' Up! Retirement List

There’s only one month left of our current catalogues and the Retirement List is out!

Please note: Retiring stamps and accessories are only available while supplies last.  I know that everyone thinks there’s plenty of time but year after year I get customers still looking for items that have retired the day after the products have gone.  Please, to avoid disappointment take a look at the Retiring Lists in case there’s something there you really want, especially since some items are discounted up to 40% off.You can download the Retirement List for stamps by clicking here


and the Retirement List for accessories by clicking here.You can email me to place your order or just click on the Shop Now button below.

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I’ll be back soon with some of my latest creations!

Limited Time Stampin’ Up! Offer

I’m back from the Australian Stampin’ Up! Convention that was held in Melbourne this past week and I have some fun photos to share.  In the meantime though I want to share with you an exclusive offer which I can offer to you only because I was at the Stampin’ Up! Convention.

Exclusive Stampin' Up! Bundle

15% off this fabulous bundle which includes stamps, washi tape, foil vellum and gift bags. You can email me to place your order or go straight to my online store by clicking on the “Shop Now” button.

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Item number for woodmount option is: 138102
Item number for clear mount option is: 138103

This special offer is only for a few days, until 28th May.

 

 

2014 Stampin’ Up! Cruise Swap Cards – Vintage Style

Every year all Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators have the chance to earn an all expenses paid ‘Grand Vacation’ for two somewhere yummy and/or exotic.  We always have a chance to swap some handmade cards with others on the Grand Vacation and this is the card I made multiples of to swap with others on the cruise.

Stampin' Up! Vintage style card by Angela Sargeant

I know I’ve made these vellum flowers before but I really enjoy making them so I decided to use them again.  Plus there will be lots of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators on the trip from the United States, Europe, Canada and New Zealand so I’m guessing  there’d be very few (if any?) who saw my vellum flowers anyway – may as well resurrect a fun idea!

This card has a lot going on in it so I’m going to give brief instructions about all the bits and pieces rather than step by step, but please feel free to comment or email me to ask if you have any questions about the card.

* The centre of the card has been sanded down with some sandpaper to reveal the ‘white core’ of the Core’dinations cardstock and then I stamped over the top of it randomly.  This gives that vintage/shabby chic feel to it with a bit of depth – kind of reminds of of old wallpaper.

* To get the Seam Binding ribbon all scrunchy, I simply put my hand under the tap with running water,then (away from the tap) I grabbed the whole ribbon and scrunched it up.  This made the ribbon damp and scrunched without being soaking wet and then I let it dry in the sun.  You can use the heat gun on it if you want to speed things up.  The bow is also a ‘double bow’ – quite simply I made one bow then threaded some more ribbon under it and made another bow.  Just makes it look fuller.

* The clear Vintage faceted button has been attached by threading some Linen Thread through the button and tying it around the middle of the bow with the knot underneath.

* The little butterfly is simply punched out from Natural Composition Specialty Paper which already has the embossing through it.  Gorgeous paper! punching a tiny bit out doesn’t do it justice but I love the extra texture.

* The greeting is from a bigger image that has flowers with it, but punching it out I was able to use just the greeting.

That’s about it.  Here’s a close up for you.

close up of greeting on Stampin' Up! vintage card by Angela Sargeant

Hope you like my card!  If you have any questions about it at all please just ask.

 

If you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email meOr you can just click the button below to shop now 24/7.

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And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps: Creative Elements (woodmount: xx) (clearmount).  People like you (woodmount only: xx)
Inkpads/Markers: Soft Sky (131181) – some cards in Pool Party (126982) and Blushing Bride (131172)
Cardstock & Paper: Whisper White (106549), Gold Foil Vellum (133363), Subtles Core’dinations (129954); Champagne Glimmer Paper (127885); Natural Composition Specialty Paper (126917)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Adorning Accents Edgelits (125595), Magnetic Plate (130658) for the Big Shot is optional but super handy when using Edgelits. Decorative Label Punch (120907); Blossom Punch (125603); Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)
Accessories Basic Jewels Rhinestones (119246), Vanilla Seam Binding; Linen Thread; Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Antique Brads (117273); Vintage Faceted Buttons (127555)
AdhesivesSNAIL, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Stampin’ Up! Project Life now also Digital

Fantastic news for Project Life Scrapbookers.  The first release of Stampin’ Up! Project Life products are available as digital downloads today!

The downloads match traditional Project Life products and for those who use Stamin’ Up!’s MDS digital software or other digital scrapbooking, you’ll find them compatible with those programs.

Just print and start adding these awesome images into your Project Life scrapbook.

You can click on the photos below to take you straight to my online store for easy shopping.

Stampin' Up! Project Life now also Digital

 

Here’s two more downloads available right now.

Project Life months and days digital download

 

and

Project Life arrows, brackets and fun stuff digital download

Free Online Stamping Class with purchase

Stampin’ Up! Australia has just released these two fantastic Photopolymer stamp sets just for May.  And if you buy both sets of photopolmer stamps then you will receive an exclusive online class.

The class is 6 PDF documents including written instructions, step-out photos, instructional videos and supply lists for 15 projects.  Topics covered in the class are: backgrounds, building, layering, versatility, gift giving and memory keeping.

Stampin' Up! Photopolymer stampers

 

 

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Each Photopolymer stamp set is $23.95 but you can get both sets together with the class for only $47.90.  The stamp sets and offer are only valid until 31st May 2014.   You can purchase these now at my online store by clicking here.

 

 

Count down to the Stampin’ Up! 2014 Caribbean Cruise

Only 5 more sleeps until I leave for the US to get on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Liner, Allure of the Seas and join other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world to go on our Grand Vacation (Incentive Trip). Of course I can’t just go off on a holiday without going shopping first right? And while I was out shopping I found some fab presents for the ladies on my Stampin’ Up! team who will be joining me on the cruise. I won’t give away what’s in the boxes but I will show you a photo so I can share how a little ribbon and very simple tag can dress up any gift.

Stampin' Up! Cruise 2014 Elite Stampers Team Gifts

Here’s a close up of the tag.

close up of Stampin' Up! round gift tag with lace

Easy as 1, 2, 3.  Just punch out the circle. Add some lace tape (trim off any excess tape). Punch a hole and add some Bakers Twine then stick a self adhesive rhinestone on top.

If you have any comments, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email meOr you can just click the button below to shop now 24/7.

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And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this tag:

Cardstock & Paper: Modern Medley (126926); Very Vanilla (106550)

Tools: Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324)

AccessoriesKraft Gift Box (124106); Victoria Crochet Trim (118481); Pearls Basic Jewels (119247); Very Vintage Designer Buttons (129327); Blushing Bride Chevron Ribbon (130013)

AdhesivesSNAIL, Sticky Strip

Vintage style gift box

A big part of the fun in my Stampin’ Up! business is preparing gifts for my customers and team members.  I know people say it’s better to give than to receive but it’s more than just “better” – I get super excited wrapping up a gift or decorating a gift box to go out because I imagine the surprise on the face of the person when they receive it.

I’m having a big “gift giving marathon” this weekend which is super fun for me and here is one of the gift boxes I’ve decorated.

Stampin' Up! vintage style gift box

By the way, if you’re not a fan of my Facebook page then you would have missed out on seeing other gift boxes too as I usually post them there.  If you’re on Facebook then please click here to go ‘like’ my Facebook page as sometimes I post things there that I don’t put on my blog and there’s also the occasional competition over there.

So the Kraft Gift Box is actually ready made that you can buy from Stampin’ Up! and then all I did was the fun part which is to decorate it.  The tag was very easy to make, I just cut some music patterned paper to fit in to the Scalloped Tag Topper punch and punched it out.  The punch is pretty cool because you just slip the card or paper in and it punches out the top to make a tag for you but you can have any length tag you want.  I decorated the tag by adding some  Crochet Trim across the bottom and attached a button to it with some linen thread.  A row of self-adhesive pearls at the top and bottom of the lace gave it that extra ‘rich’ feel.  To hide the ends of the Crochet Trim which I taped to the back of the tag, I just punched out another tag – this time in Vanilla cardstock and adhered it to the back of my tag with some Sticky Strip.  This also gives you a ‘white’ area to write on the back of your tag.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my little gift box that I decorated.  Let me know if you like this seeing this sort of thing on my blog and I’ll try to post more gift wrapping items here in the future.

If you have any questions about how I made the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email meOr you can just click the button below to shop now 24/7.

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And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Cardstock & Paper: Modern Medley (126926); Very Vanilla (106550)

Tools: Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324)

AccessoriesKraft Gift Box (124106); Victoria Crochet Trim (118481); Pearls Basic Jewels (119247); Very Vintage Designer Buttons (129327)

AdhesivesSNAIL, Sticky Strip