The INKreators Blog Hop- One Sheet Wonder


We’re back for another INKreators Blog Hop and rather than showcasing particular stamps or product we’ll using a technique – One Sheet Wonder.

If you’re already on the hop then you’ve arrived here from LoveLifeLauren and I’m sue she had something wonderful to inspire you.  If you’ve started here then welcome I hope you enjoy today’s showcase.

With this technique we had the option to either use DSP or make our own – I chose to make my own background paper using this month’s new exclusive and limited time bundle Thoughtful Branches.

I’ve used the single leaf and I think it’s a small branch, a bit like holly berries, and a sheet of A4 vanilla cardstock to make my own DSP.  The leaf was stamped in Wild Wasabi ink and the branch in Real Red.   Now I got a bit ahead of myself and chopped up my stamped background before I photographed it but here is a small piece I had left over.  You should still be able to get an idea of what the whole piece looked like.



From there it was just a matter of cutting up the sheet to fit my cards.

My first two cards feature some more stamps from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.  There are a total of 23 stamps in this set with a great mix of images and sentiments.  It also lends itself well to Christmas projects with some great tree images and those cute little birds.


For my third project I decided on a Z fold card.  These are incredibly popular right now, I’ve been seeing them all over the Pinterest.  The stamp set is a new hostess set from the Annual Catalogue called Time of Year.  


Once again thanks for stopping by and make sure you hop on over to Liv Ingle to see what great projects she has to created for you this month.



Don’t forget the gorgeous Thoughtful Branches bundle is only available this month or while stock lasts so get in quick to be sure you don’t  miss out.  Onee stock has depleted it will no longer be available for purchase.  If you earnt Bonus Days coupons in July you can use them towards this bundle.  Click here and order yours now before they’re gone.



Happy Stamping


Michelle xx


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The INKreators Blog Hop – New Annual Catalogue


Hello again!  Well we are a full month into the new 2016 Annual Catalogue and how good is it!  Fabulous stamps, gorgeous papers and some incredible new dies and thinlits plus some really cool tools.

So a new catalogue means a new blog hop to show them off.   You may have started here or are joining me from the wonderfully talented Lauren Matthews.  Either way welcome and enjoy this month’s hop.

For my projects I decided to showcase the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set (pg 156) and the Playful Palette paper(pg 174) and washi tape (pg 179).  I may of snuck in the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits too!  I love that this paper features 3 of the new in-colours – Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.

Being the owner operator of two teenage boys I find lots of my gift giving these days is done in the form of gift cards – who knows what to buy teenage boys right!  So first up is a neat little double pocket pouch perfect for gift cards and a simple note.  I first saw this project featured on Dawn Olchefske’s blog last year and I’ve been making them ever since.  You can find her post and instructions here.


For my second project I’ve made a card to go with the gift card.  I give lots of cards in person these days so the Mini Treat bags make perfect envelopes for a single layer notecard.   I wanted to add some pattern and texture to the notecard without adding too much bulk and what better way to do that than with Washi tape.  Did I already tell you how muck I love the range of colours featured in the Playful Palette paper stack.


All the sentiments from the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set (pg 159) work just as well for cards as they do for gift giving and packaging.  I’ve added the swirly die from the Swirly Scribbles thinlits (pg 196) cut from Basic Black cardstock as a highlight to the Happy Day sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you found something to spark your creative mojo.  Please leave me a comment I’d love to hear what you think.  Make sure you hop on over to the fabulous Liv Ingle I’m sure she has something super in store for you.



Happy Stamping

Michelle x


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The Inkreators Blog Hop – Scrapbooking


Happy Monday and welcome to another blog hop from the Inkreators team.  Our theme this month is scrapbooking.  You may be starting here or have come here from the talented Lauren at LoveLifeLauren either way you can follow your way around be clicking on the “next” button at the end of this post. That way you won’t miss a thing.

Now to say I am a “scrapbooker” would be stretching the truth, not to say I don’t love it I just never seem to have the time to finish a complete layout.  That’s why I love Project Life from Stampin’ Up! it’s quick and easy.  All you need is your photos, some pocket pages and  your Project Life card collection and you’re up and running.

Today I’m sharing some photos from my son’s recent birthday and I’m using one of the 12X12 pocket pages.  But instead of a Project Life Card Collection I wanted to show you how easy it is to make your own cards using stamps and embellishments you already have at home.  So I went about collecting up a few of my birthday sets, including one of my favourites Amazing Birthday – soon to be retired, .

I printed my photos in black and white and just used the pop of colour to add contrast.

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I was surprised at how quickly it all came together.  You will be pleasantly surprised author much you can accomplish in a short space of time.  Maybe it won’t be such a daunting task to tackle the huge backlog of memories I still have waiting to be “scrapped” lol!

In some of the pockets I adhered stamped images directly to the photo.  However for some of the smaller 3×4 pockets I printed photos 2 to a 4×6 print and then created my own card to add to the pocket.  This gave me much more artistic freedom to say way I wanted with my images.

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I know you will love seeing all the other creative ideas from the girls sharing with you today so hop on over to see what the talented Liv at Inkreations has created for you.


Happy Stamping

Michelle x

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The Inkreators Blog Hop – all about the Balloon!


Welcome back to another Inkreators Blog Hop. If you’ve arrived here from Lauren at Love Life Lauren then I’m sure you’ve already been treated to a dose of inspiration.  If you’re starting here with me then hello I hope you enjoy this month’s blog hop.

I have to say I was quite excited when I discovered the theme for this month’s hop- Balloons.  Now who doesn’t love a balloon! There is definitely something magical that happens when you hold a balloon and then let it go and watch it fly away into the sky.

Choosing a stamp set was a bit of a challenge the current Occasions Catalogue has some gorgeous sets featuring balloons.  I finally settled on two – Balloon Builder and Balloon Celebration.  I have to admit I wasn’t a fan of the Balloon Builder set when I first received it.  Other than the obvious balloon shapes all the rest seemed to be just a bunch of odd shapes I couldn’t imagine using. However with a bit of imagination and lots of inspiration from Pinterest I’ve grown quite fond of all the cutesy animals you can create with those “odd” shapes.

My first card today features a balloon animal inspired by the “Easter Bunny” but as Easter has come and gone (and so has all my chocolate) I decided the soft pink bunny would work perfectly on a baby card.  I used both the small and large balloons to create the bunny body and the small bean shaped one for his feet. The soft pastel inks Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron will work for either boys or girls.  I’ve used the Layered Letters set to spell out the word “BABY” on four balloons punched from the new balloon builder punch.


My second card today has the cutest cuddly balloon bear holding tight to a bunch of pink balloons.  These balloons come from the Balloon Celebration set and are stamped in directly onto a card base of “thick” white cardstock.  A small strip of patterned hearts dsp from the ……… stack adds a layer and some dimension to an otherwise one layer card.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects today and are inspired to create your own range of “balloon animals”.  From here you can hop on over to the wonderfully talented Liv Ingle at  Inkreations for some more balloon magic.  I’m sure she has something gorgeous in store for you.


Until next time – Happy Stamping.


Michelle x




Inkreations Blog Hop – the new Occasions catalogue

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Happy New Year and welcome to the first Inkreations blog hop for 2016.  I hope you all had a wonderful festive season and spent some quality time with family and friends.  Hopefully you got a chance to recharge your batteries ready for a new year – and sneak in some crafting as well.

Today we are featuring some of our favourites from the new Occasions catalogue.  I say “some” because there are so many fantastic products its impossible to pick just one I like best.

For those of you arriving from LoveLifeLauren  how gorgeous were those cards.  I sooooo love stamp sets with coordinating punches.

So what did I choose – well I settled in the end for the Love Blossoms suite.  I figured with Valentines day almost upon us it would be the perfect opportunity to create for that special someone.

I love how easily the stamp set coordinates with the patterned paper but that’s not surprising it’s one of the things I love most about Stampin’ Up! products; matchy matchy!

So first up is the card featuring the main sentiment from the set.

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Now I don;t mind fussy cutting but for those of you who hate it the Bloomin’ Heart thinlit die makes cutting those small flowers ever so easy.


The blushing bride ribbon is from the Love Blossoms embellishment kit and finishes off that empty space at the base of the card perfectly.

Next up is little box just big enough for a few chocolates – if you’re anything like me you made the annual resolution to eat less chocolate this year so this will work for you.

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These self closing boxes are really popular right now, you’ll find them all over Pinterest.  A quick google search will bring up heaps of instructions so I won’t bore you with the details here.  The cute little hear under the “it’s in the air” banner features the gorgeous new blushing bride glimmer paper.  This is sure to be a favourite and should go straight on your wish list.

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Thats’s it from me today.  I hope you’ve found a little inspiration in these projects but don’t stop here head on over to Inkreations – I know the lovely Liv Ingle has some great projects for you.

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Don’t forget you can earn yourself free Saleabration product with every $90 spent until the end of March.  If you’d like your very own Occasions or Saleabration catalogue I’m happy to drop one in the post to you or alternatively you can view them online here.

Happy stamping



The Inkreators Blog Hop presents Sale-a-bration

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Well it’s December and we’re on to our last hop for 2015.  I can’t believe we’re here already.  Christmas is just around the corner and I I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t even got the tree up yet.  But my cards are all ready to go – that’s probably why the tree’s still in it’s box (wink wink).

This month is a sneak peak at Sale-a-bration 2016 – Stampin’ Up!’s biggest and most popular promotion.  There are some fantastic products available this year which you can add to your collection for FREE when you spend just $90 on regular item.  Sale-A-Bration products will be available for customer purchase beginning Jan 5 2016.

So let’s move on and have a peak.  If you’ve started hopping here then welcome.  If you’re joining me from Love Life Lauren then you’ve already  seen her beautiful projects using the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack and the  Botanicals for You (141234-wood or 141237-clear) stamp set.


So many stamps to choose so little time, I definitely struggled.  I finally settled for the Hello (141240-wood or 141243-clear) stamp set.


I love the large bold hello font and how cute is that little party hat perched over the “e”.  There are 4 additional greeting stamps which make this a very versatile set for lots of occasions.


I’m sure you’ve all spied those balloons.  They feature the Perfectly Artistic (141021) designer series paper, another item available for FREE during Sale-A-Bration.

The new balloon punch will be available in the upcoming Occasions catalogue also live from 5 January 2016.  I’ll be showcasing some of those products over the next month.


This time I’ve swapped out the cute little party hat for the sun and paired it with the “little sunshine” greeting.  Again I’ve used the Perfectly Artistic (141021) paper but the reverse side which has a marbled effect.


Want a free copy of the Sale-A-Bration or Occasions catalogue?

Leave me a comment or email me and I’ll pop one in the post to you.  For my regular customers they are already ordered for you and should arrive by 5 January.

Well that’s it for my sneak peak today.  Head on over to Laura for some cute cards using the new Honeycomb Happiness stamp set (141288-wood or 141291-clear).

Don’t forget to pop back for some more sneak peaks from both the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues over the next month.

Products from the both these catalogues will be available to order in my online store from 5 Jan 2016. 

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Happy Stamping

Michelle x

End of Year Sale!

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Its the end of the year, so we’re cleaning our inventory to make room for new products – and we’re offering you some great saving while we do it!  We’re adding more products to our Clearance Rack and discounting select items from the holiday catalogue.  Some of the products on the Holiday Retiring List are discounted up to 40%.

During the End of Year Sale you can find all discounted products in one location in my online store under the Year-End sale category.  So don’t stress if you can’t find the Clearance Rack category because it’s been integrated into the Year-End Sale.  But be quick! – these products sell out SUPER FAST and are only available while stocks last.

Also for one week get discounts up to 50% off select annual catalogue product.  This is a limited time offering and will expire on 17 December.  See the full list of products HERE.

So do yourself a favour and add something under the tree just for you!

You can place your order online HERE or email me and I’ll do it for you.

Happy Stamping


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