Cards · Facebook Live · Technique

Artistic dies and negative stencilling.

On last week’s Wednesday Night Live over on Facebook I shared how to create a negative stencil using Stampin’ Up!’s Artistic dies, part of the Artisically Inked bundle. If you didn’t catch me live you can view the replay at the end of today’s post.

I first saw this card shared by fellow demonstrator Laura Seki and thought it would be a great way to use my blending brushes.

This technique using the “negative” portion after you cut out a die to create the stencil.

I started with a regular basic white card base and and die cut the front panel with the large intricate flower from the Artistic Dies. The negative space then became my stencil. I love how there’s no need to tape it down and no risk of the stencil moving while you’re blending. I used blending brushes to lay down different colours keeping in mind what would show through after I add my die cut back in.

Once I’d finished blending I cut the back panel off the card base and adhered the die cut with multipurpose liquid glue.

I decided to keep the card simple and let the beautiful die be the focus. I stamped the Hello from the Artiscally Inked stamp set in Polished Pink directly onto the panel and layered on a Polished Pink mat. Of course I had to add bling so a few of the new In Colour jewels were perfect.

I decided to make a second card while I had all the tools out. This time I used the blending brushes with the same colours to colour the die cut itself.

Watch the video

If you didn’t catch my Facebook live you can watch the replay here. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel while you’re there!

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Cards · Catalogues · Specials and Promotions

Up to 50% off Retiring Mini Catalogue Products

The retiring January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue products are on sale starting today! If you have any items still on your wish list now is the time to get them before they’re gone for good. You might even find they have a hefty 50% discount. More money in your kitty to pick up some other items off your list.

As with all our retiring products, everything is “while supplies last” ad some favourites will sell out fast. So be quick and avoid disappointment.

Shop the Last Chance Products HERE

Reminder: If you have a big wish list check out the Starter Kit. Fully customisable so you can add all those favourites off your list and save big with free products and shipping. Details here

Cards · kits

Introducing – The Kits Collection by Stampin’ Up!

I’m excited to share with you a new line of creative products called the Kits Collection by Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! has taken the guesswork out of creativity and done the hard parts, and you get to do the fun stuff: craft!

The Kits Collection by Stampin’ Up! makes creativity easy! All-inclusive kits have everything you need to get started – including artistically designed projects, step-by-step instructions, precut pieces, and more.

There is an assortment of options designed in a range of styles for a variety of occasions. New kits are added regularly and available while supplies last.

Kit Collection Product Details

Kits for Every Occasion and design style

Stamping Kits

Non-stamping Kits

As you can see, there’s a wide variety of kits for all different occasions, and new kits are being added regularly. You can shop the current selection in my store. Kits are available only while supplies last!

Pick a kit that is right for you.  

If you live in the Australia, I would love to be your demonstrator. If you would like to purchase any of these products you can click on the Shop Online button at the top of the page or contact me and I can place an order for you.

Alternatively you can also contact me by email. Please be sure to use the monthly code available in the sidebar below the Shop button and I’ll send a little something out to you the following month to say Thank You!

Classes · Make it by Mail

Hand Penned – June Make it by Mail

Hello crafty friends

I’m excited to share with you June’s Make it by Mail class – featuring the beautiful Hand Penned Suite.

This class will showcase the elegant Hand Penned Collection, full of hand drawn images, lovely soft florals and pastel hues. Perfect for all occasions!

We’ll be creating 4 cards and one 3D item.

The class will be held live via Zoom on Tuesday 29 June 2021 @7.30 – 9.30pm (AEST) where we will craft together to complete the projects. Can’t make it to the live class – don’t worry pdf instructions will be included along with a recorded video of the live class.

COST: $58.00 plus postage to you ($9.40 tracked satchel). Local pick up is available (no charge).

What’s Included:

  • Hand Penned Petals stamp set (valued at $38) – can substitute for another set of same or lower value.
  • 1/4 pack of the Hand Penned Designer Series Paper (valued at $5.00)
  • 4m of co-ordinating ribbon (valued at $5)
  • 1/2 pack (50) Genial Gems (valued at $7)
  • 6 x Vellum Doilies (valued at $2.20)
  • FREE card class kits for 4 cards and a 3D project
  • FREE PDF with measurements and steps to make all the projects (plus recorded video of the live Zoom class)

If you would like to add on the Penned Flowers dies ($43) and receive the 10% saving for the bundle (plus save yourself a heap of fussy cutting) you can let me know when you register.

To Complete the cards at home (exactly like the samples) you will need:

  • Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad
  • Ink pads in Blushing Bride, Highland Heather, Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaron.
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Basic stamping supplies – Trimmer, Adhesives, Paper Snips etc.

Class Registration will be open until 9 JUNE 2021(midnight AEST). Australian Residents only please.

Click the link to Register


Invoices will be issued within 48 hours to the email address provided at registration. Payment will be due on receipt of the invoice.

Kits will be sent by me once materials have been received and packed. I estimate mail outs to be around 18 – 20th June.

If you have any questions about the class or anything else please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by phone/txt 0419 340 918 or by email

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you visit again soon.

Clubs · Product Shares

2021-2022 In Colour Club

Do you want to build your collection of the new 2021-2023 In-Colours?
My In-Colour Club is the perfect way to add them without breaking the bank. You will receive all of the products listed below in one of the five new In-Colours each month for 5 months, June through October.

Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink, Soft Succulent, Pale Papaya & Evening Evergreen.

Monthly Product Include:

• Classic Stampin’ Pad
• A4 Cardstock (4 sheets)
• 6″ x 6″ patterned paper (8 sheets)
• Open Weave ribbon (2metres)
• Stampin’ Write Marker.


  1. Handmade card as a thank you when you register.
  2. FREE Full pack of In Colour Jewels in your 5th month.
  3. FREE Colour Coach
  4. FREE copy of the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue (if you haven’t already received one from me)
  5. Each month you will also include a card using your colour that month for inspiration.

Cost & Payment details

Cost: $30 month (plus $9.20 postage if required).

The club runs June to October and by registering you are committing to all five months.

First payment will be due by May 15th (I will contact you with payment instructions after registration) and you will receive your first share at the beginning of June.

During the months of June through September I will invoice you on the first day of the month. Payment will be due by the 10th of the month and can be paid by direct deposit or credit card. Orders will be placed on the 11th of the month and ready for collection/postage as soon as I receive them.


Australian Residents only

Classes · Make it by Mail · Sale-a-bration

New Fine Art Floral Class by Mail

Hello my crafty friends

I’m super excited to be kicking off 2021 with a new Class by Mail featuring the gorgeous Fine Art Floral suite from the January to June mini catalogue. You’ll love what you can do with this collection. All occasion stamp sentiments and patterned paper created from real, hand painted canvases coupled with new gold leafing work together for a fine art experience.

With the world still a little crazy and some unpredictability around product availability and shipping I’ve decided to revamp the format of my Class by Mail to ensure I can continue to deliver you quality classes.

The class will run over four (4) months and be a subscription based program. Each month you will receive a package from me including product from the suite and a consumable card kit to make 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs). By the end of the 4 months you will have received all the items from the suite plus card kits for 24 cards. You will have lots of product left over to continue creating with this beautiful suite.

On the last Thursday of each of the 4 months you can join me via ZOOM where we will craft together to complete the month’s cards. Can’t join me – don’t worry, pdf instructions will be emailed to you each month.


  • $50 a month for 4 months ($45 for local pick up).
  • Registration closes 31 January 2021
  • I will invoice you monthly – first payment due 1 February 2021.

What’s included in the Fine Art Floral Suite

  • Art Gallery Bundle;
  • Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper (cut to 6′ x 12″ for posting);
  • Golden Garden Designer Specialty Acetate (cut to 6 x 12″ for posting);
  • Painted Texture 3D embossing folder;
  • Fine Art (1cm) Ribbon;
  • Gilded Leafing Embellishment;
  • Heat & Stick powder.

BONUS: You will also receive a FREE level 1 Saleabration item with your first month kit. I will contact you after registration to confirm your selection.

What’s NOT included

You will need some basic items of your own

  • Co-ordinating ink pads – Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Poppy Parade, Bumblebee and Pool Party
  • Black memento ink pad
  • Versamark
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesives (including dimensionals)


Registration for this class closes on 31 January 2021. Click the link below to register.


I’m really excited about this class and hope that you are too. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have just email me or contact me via phone (details in the contact page at the top of this blog).

Thanks for dropping by my blog today. I hope to see you again soon.

Happy crafting

Michelle x

Catalogues · Sale-a-bration · Specials and Promotions

It’s time to Sale-a-brate!

Hello my crafty friends

Happy New Year. Yes I know I’m more than a few days late and I’ve been MIA! I’ve been “off the grid” enjoying some well deserved time with family and friends, which included a short break away on a houseboat with absolutely no internet or phone service, I have to say it was lovely to unplug for a while.

Now I’m back re-charged and ready to create.

January is a big month on the Stampin’ Up Calendar. First of all a brand new 2021 January to June Mini Catalogue


Next is Stampin’ Up’s biggest promotion of the year – SALEABRATION which looks a little different this year. It will run for two months January /February and then again in July/August so you’ll have twice the fun! There are lots of opportunities to earn FREE product when you SHOP, HOST or JOIN my Team during Saleabration.

There are 3 different ways to EARN fabulous products during SALEABRATION

SHOP – When you shop during SALEABRATION you will earn free product from the Saleabration brochure for every $90 you spend on product from any current Stampin’ Up! Catalogue. You can earn FREE products at two different levels ($90 and $180 orders) – images of both levels below (or click on the Saleabration image above to view the pdf).

Saleabration items available with a $90 order

Saleabration Items available with a $180 order.

HOST – Host a party, combined orders or place an individual order of $500 or more and earn this exclusive stamp set in addition to your FREE Saleabration products.

JOIN – Join Stampin’ Up! during Saleabration for the low price of $169 and get an assortment of five 6″ x 6″ paper stacks (that’s 200 sheets) of our newest Designer Series Paper in addition to your choice of products to the value of $235 plus free shipping. That’s $335 worth of crafting goodies at almost 50% off.

If you’ve ever thought about starting your own creative business or you just love Stampin’ Up! products and want to get them at a discount then now is the perfect time to join. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact me.

There is lots going on this month with new classes for 2021, lots of creating with new product so make sure you visit regularly or simply follow my blog (click on the follow thinkoutloud link in the sidebar) to receive notifications when I add new content.

Thanks for dropping by today and I hope to see you again soon.

Happy Crafting

Michelle x

Catalogues · Specials and Promotions

Giant End of Year Close-Out SALE!

What better way to say goodbye to our retiring August to December mini catalogue products than with a MASSIVE end of year SALE! Starting December 8th through to 4th January 2020 get up to 50% off many of your favourite Christmas products.

So if you still have unchecked items on your Wish List now’s the time to tick them off. But be quick! Sale items are only available while supplies last and I’m sure they sell out fast.

You can place your order via my ONLINE SHOP or if you prefer you can contact me direct by phone/txt on 0419 340 918 or email to place an order for you with a credit card. Make sure to use December’s Host Code 4ZSKFRGP to receive your FREE gift for orders over $50.

Download a copy of the August to December 2020 Mini Catalogue Retiring Sale list.

Copies of the new January to July 2021 mini and the 2021 Sale-a-bration catalogues are in the house and I will be posting them next week. If you have ordered from me in the last six (6) months you will automatically receive these in the mail. If you are new to Stampin’ Up! or do not have a current demonstrator and would like a catalogue email me your details and I’d be happy to send one to you.

Happy Crafting

Michelle x

Cards · Specials and Promotions

24 Hour Annual Catalogue Sale – Tuesday 24th November

Get 10% of nearly all the Annual Catalogue products tomorrow Tuesday 24 November starting at midnight.

There are heaps of items available including tools, bundles, embellishments, cardstock, dies and embossing folders and lots, lots more!

Click here view the list of items which are excluded from the sale.

Shop online using November’s Host Code EAE2GDGV and receive a free gift from me in December, or if you prefer CONTACT me and I can place an order for you with a credit card.

Happy Crafting


Cards · Christmas · Specials and Promotions

Introducing Curvy Celebrations – Early Release Products

Hello Crafters

Can’t quite believe we are in November already. Despite being in ISO for most of this year the time has flown by and now we’re almost at Christmas. With the easing of restrictions in Melbourne over the last couple of weeks I’m cautiously excited about being able to meet up with family and friends to socialise and embrace the Christmas spirit.

Today I’m excited to bring some new exclusive and early release products. First up lets start with the Quite Curvy bundle, stamp set and dies which is an early release of product from the January to June 2021 mini catalogue. Co-ordinating with the Curvy dies is the limited time only Curvy Christmas stamps and Classic Christmas 6″ x 6″ patterned paper pack. All of these products can be purchased from TODAY in the exclusive Quite Curvy Variety Bundle. This bundle offers a 10% discount on all the included products.

You can see these products HERE in my online store.

These are some of the cards I made on my Facebook live event on 31 October using the Curvy Christmas stamps and dies and the patterned paper pack.

Here are some cards from the talented Stampin” Up! designers which feature the Quite Curvy bundle (Note the Quite Curvy Bundle will be featured in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue but it is only available as part of the Variety Bundle until 4 January 2021)

I’m loving creating with this bundle so much I’ve decided to put together a PDF tutorial of 8 of my favourite cards. When you purchase the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle from me prior to 4 January I will send you the PDF tutorials for FREE. This is such a versatile bundle I know you will be able to create with it for many years to come.

You can order your bundle in one of 2 ways either HERE in my online store or email me and I can order it directly for you. You can pay via credit card or direct deposit. IF you’re ordering online don’t forget to use November’s host code EAE2GDGV to receive your small gift from me next month (if your order is over $250 DO NOT use the code as you will receive your own host rewards).

I’m really looking forward to creating lots more with this bundle over the coming weeks. Make sure you stop by for more inspiration. All the products used here are available from my online store.

If you have any questions about the class or anything else please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Have a crafty day

Michelle x