Inkreators Blog Hop – Gift Packaging

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Welcome to another installment of the Inkreators Blog Hop.  This month we are featuring Gift Packaging, just in time for all those Christmas presents.  I especially love to create something special for those little gifts which without the extra fluffing might appear ordinary.

You may have already hopped from the super talented Lauren Matthews at Love Life Lauren who no doubt had something extra special to share with you today.  If you’ve started here then welcome I hope you enjoy the projects I have for you today and are inspired to add that little bit extra when gift giving on those special occasions.  Don’t forget to hop all the way around just click on the button at the bottom of this post.

I decided to go with a 3 piece ensemble with a ‘Kraft’ feel and using the lovely vintage Home for Christmas designer series paper.

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I love the Petite Cafe bags they work perfectly for sweet treats  – both of the chocolate and the cookie variety.  They are the ideal blank slate to be dressed up with stamps, pretty paper or washi and ribbon.

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If you’re anything like me you will have saved lots of the brown packing paper that comes in the box with your Stampin’ Up! order.  With a bit of dressing up it makes perfect wrapping paper for large and small gifts.  I’ve stamped this piece using the small snowflake grouping stamp from the Wonderland set, wrapped a belly band of the Home for Christmas dsp around and tied it with some ribbon.

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The third project in my ensemble is a gift card holder.  Whilst I do love to pick a special present for family and friends I often find myself time poor these days.  This usually results in me resorting to gift cards.  Bujt that doesn’t mean you can’t dress them up and add your own twist to make them special.  I have to thank the lovely Claire Daly over at Art with Heart for this inspiration for this little beauty.  You can get three out of a single piece of A4 cardstock and the opportunities for embellishment are endless.

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I hope you like my projects and if you’d like to create some for yourself just click on the product list below which will take you direct to my online store.

Now it’s time for you to hop on over to the next blog and Laura’s gorgeous project.  Enjoy!

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Inkreators Blog Hop – Hostess with the Mostess

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It’s October!  Can you believe it?  I’ve been so busy this last month I’ve no idea where the time has gone.  I wish I could say that it’s all been stamping but sadly not.  But I did find time to put together some projects for this month’s Inkreators Blog Hop.

If you’ve  arrived from Love Life Lauren then you would have already seen her beautiful work using the Stampin’ Reward set Best Thoughts – weren’t they just gorgeous.  If you’ve started the Hop here then welcome and I hope you see something that gets your creative mojo going.

I don’t have a lot of hostess sets -maybe it’s because they’re at the back of the catalogue which means I’ve already blown my budget by the time I get there lol!  So many beautiful Stampin’ Up! products it’s hard to stay on budget.    But when I saw this beautiful Stampin’ Rewards set  Happy Birthday Everyone I just knew I had to have it.  It’s such a versatile stamp set with lots of coordinating sentiments perfect for everyone.

I’ll be celebrating birthdays with some some wonderful women over the next few weeks so the “to an amazing woman” sentiment was perfect for this gift card holder.


Here’s a view of what the card inside looks like.  I’ve stapled a strip of the Watermelon Wonder designer series paper across the bottom to form a small pocket for my gift card.  The fancy little Cucumber Crush scroll underneath the pocket is from the Tin of Cards set.



These sentiments work perfectly on their own or paired with the large Happy Birthday image.  Here’s one paired with the “Thanks” from the Hello You Thinlits and the gorgeous butterfly from the Butterlies Thinlits.  I’ve been seeing a lot of cards lately with backgrounds using the watercolour wash technique.  If you’ve never done one before you should give it a go.  It’s very simple and you’re only limited by your imagination.  I just used the one colour here – Watermelon Wonder – but you can use as many or as few as you like.

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So there you have it.  I hope you enjoyed my creations and I look forward to seeing you back next month when will be getting into some “Gift Packaging” just in time for Christmas.  Next stop on the hop is Laura.  Enjoy xx

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Oh What Fun….the Inkreators Blog Hop

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It’s the 1st of September and I’m excited to be back with another Inkreators Blog Hop.   If you’ve hopped on over from the lovely Lauren Matthews at Love Life Lauren then I’m sure you’re already inspired but if you’re starting here then welcome.

This month  features our favourite products from the Holiday Catalogue which goes live today.  I’m sure you will fall in love with some of the beautiful holiday products as you hop along today.  Make sure you have pen and paper handy so you can start a wish list of your own.

There are so many fabulous products available in this catalogue I really had trouble deciding which ones to use.  I finally settled on the “Oh, What Fun Tag Kit” and coordinating stamp set.  I love Stampin’ Up! kits – everything you need is right there at your finger tips so you can get straight down to crafting.

This gorgeous kit makes 3o tags – 3 each of 10 designs and features Mint Macaron, Real Red and Garden Green as the coordinating colours.  I think the Mint Macaron and Real Red will be my go to colours this festive season.


Not only will these tags work perfectly with your Christmas present wrapping they’d also make quick last minute gifts for friends and family.  I’ve whipped up a small box using my Gift Box Punch Board and embellished the front using one of the gold glitter snowflakes from the kit and the  Merry Wishes stamp from the coordinating stamp set.  One full set of 10 tags fits perfectly in the box.

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The great thing about these tags is that they make wonderful additions to other types of packaging.  Here’s one paired with one of the cute dotty glassine bags – filled with lollies of course.   These will make perfect gifts for the kids teachers at the end of the school year.

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Here’s a pic of my two extra projects together.  The different options for using the kit are endless I’m sure you can come up with lots more or your own.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on this gorgeous kit and are inspired to try it for yourself.   Now it’s time to hop on over to Laura and see what she has in store for you.

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If you’d like your own copy of the new Holiday Catalogue to drool over let me know and I’d be happy to post you one.


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Michelle xx

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Every stamper needs a good alphabet in there collection…. for me it’s the new Layered Letters Alphabet.  One of the things I like the most about the set is the fun circle and rectangle splotches which you can use on their own or combined with the letters for a funky art look.

I think I have already used this set more than any other alphabet set I’ve ever had in my stash.

Today’s card was a bit of a whim.  I have been itching to use new Go Wild paper stack I picked up from the Weekly Deals a couple of weeks ago but didn’t have a project in mind.   Layered Letters was still on my craft desk from a previous project so I decided to combine the two.  This card has a distinctly masculine feel  (look out Mr Mac) but  would work just as well in softer colours for a feminine look.

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All products used are available from the current Annual Catalogue and can be purchased from my online store by clicking on the product thumbnail.

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Inkreators Blog Hop – Pretty Petals

Welcome to the first ever Inkreator’s Blog Hop.  If you’re joining me from Love Life Lauren then no doubt you will have already been inspired by the uber talented Lauren Matthews or if  you’re starting here then make sure you hop all the way round just follow the link at the end of this post.

Each month we will be showcasing one particular product, tool or theme using current Stampin’ Up! product.

First up this month is the Pretty Petals designer series paper.  I love the bold flower patterns but if you prefer a smaller more generic pattern then the reverse side of these papers will be right up your alley.  It comes in the new 15.2 x15.2 cm stacks which are perfect for card making and have a coordinating cardstock pack – and this week your in luck the Pretty Petals stack is on sale in the Weekly Deals.

My first card for you today features the paper in a wide banner behind my stamped image.  I’ve kept the layout simple which allows the flower, from the set Remarkable You, to be the focal point.  The flower was stamped in Staz-on on watercolour paper then coloured using Calypso Coral ink.   A custom envelope finishes it all off.  How I love that matchy matchy feeling when you  line the envelope with coordinating paper.  I think it satisfies my OCD tendencies!



This next card definitely didn’t turn out like I saw it in my head.  Does this ever happen to you?  I’d planned to use one of the bolder floral patterns but to be honest it was just too busy.  So I just turned the paper over and used the reverse pattern which in retrospect I think I like more.  The flowers are from a 2-step set called Wild About Flowers and coordinate well with several of the Pretty Petals designs.



That’s it from me today.  Make sure you hop on over to Laura Browning’s blog, I’m sure she has something fabulous to inspire you.  Don’t forget to leave a little comment love on the way.

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This week’s deals are guaranteed to warm you up…….and that’s saying something if you live anywhere along the eastern coast of Australia. It’s been mighty chilly these last couple of weeks. I know it’s winter and we should expect it to be cold right?? But seriously I’m over having to double up on my socks and sleep with a heat bag.

But new Stampin’ Up! product always warm my heart and at a discount – that’s even better!

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If you’d like to order any of this week’s products just click on the thumbnail to go directly to my online store (and shop warm in your pj’s) or call/email me and I’ll place your order for you.

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ESAD Sale-a-bration Blog Hop

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Welcome to the ESAD 2014 Sale-a-bration Blog Hop.  Have you had a chance to look over the SAB catalogue yet, if not I suggest you do it before it goes live on Tuesday.  Don’t have one – contact me and I’ll pop one in the post for you.

Today I’m excited to be previewing some of the fabulous product you can earn free during Sale-a-bration. starting the end of January.

If you have been following the hop in order you will have come from Gail’s blog #23 on the ESAD Blog Hop.  If you get off track at any time you can see the full lineup at the end of this post.  Just click on the next link and you’ll be on your way again.

I have two projects to share with you today featuring the gorgeous Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper (133521) and the You’re Lovely (133575 wood & 133578 clear) stamp set.  The colours in this paper are fantastic, subtle and soft with a hint of black to make  them pop.  They coordinate beautifully with the stamps sets from the Sale-a-bration catalogue.

First up is a gift card holder which uses the pop’n’cut die as a base.

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The gift card slots neatly into a secondary flap inside the card.


My second project is an envelope card.  I love the simplicity of a card and envelope all in one and the belly band holds it all together nicely for posting.  The cute little Banner punch (133519) also gets a guernsey here – it’s so easy to whip together a banner using patterned paper or pair it with the Banner Blast (133551 wood & 133554 clear) stamp set, also free during Sale-a-bration, for your own unique creation.

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I apologise for the poor photography.  I was really struggling with these pictures but I’m not quite sure what the problem was.  This was the first project I’ve done since returning from my Christmas break so maybe I’m just a little “off my game”.  Hopefully it’s not a trend lol!

Make sure you head on over to the next blog on the hop and see what Sally has in store for you.  Thanks for visiting and I hope I see you again soon!

Supplies: If you don’t already have your own demonstrator, you can order any of the supplies used to make these projects through my online store.  Or if you’d like to host a party and earn yourself some freebies – who doesn’t love freebies right! – contact me and we’ll organise a date.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up! demonstratorsur.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge,  ideas & friendship, and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to leave me a comment with your Email address and I’ll contact you with information on how to join our wonderful group.

Here is the complete blog hop list just in case you get lost.

1.  Narelle Hoggard

2.  Kathryn Ruddick

3.  Nikki Sadler

4.  Emily Campbell

5.  Keryn Campbell

6.  Leonie Schroder

7.  Chloe Evans

8.  Amity Knight

9.  Alisha Watson

10.  Ann Gerlach

11.  Delys Cram

12.  Monique Fielder

13. Andrea Buckland

14.  Paula Reid

15.  Pauline Bennetts

16.  Dianne Dunk

17.  Tamsin Adams

18.  Corina Beyer

19.  Richelle Fletcher

20.  Mel Sharp

21.  Christie Kunkel

22.  Nerida Carter

23.  Gail Kirby

24.  Michelle Grech – You are HERE!

25.  Sally Williams

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