Welcome to my blog!

Hi! My name is Alison and I am a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from Brisbane.

I invite you to please visit some of my blog posts below and have a look at the projects that I've created with the wonderful Stampin' Up! product range.

If you would like a current Stampin' Up! catalogue please email me your postage details and I will send one to you absolutely FREE!

If you live in Brisbane or South East Queensland and would like to see some of the Stampin' Up! range and are interested in hosting a Stampin' Up! party in your own home, just call me on 0413 405 139 or email me and I can send you all the details. It is a great way of earning free stamps and Stampin' Up! product.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - The Artful Stampers Blog Hop - Colour Challenge #3 - Hacking your Ink with Blendabilities


Two exciting things today!

One - the brand new Extra Special Christmas Supplement is out today! YAY! Click here to download a pdf of the catalogue or email me if you would like a hard copy sent to you (please, if you already have a current SU demonstrator, please contact them first....if not,  I would love to be your demonstrator and I'd be happy to send you a catalogue). 

Two - it's another Artful Stampers Blog Hop Day!!

Hopefully you have hopped here from Nicole Wilson's blog and have been impressed by all the projects you've seen in these colours. When Alisa set the colours, I had a 'woah' moment....I hardly ever use that many colours at once so it was a challenge for me. :)

The colours are Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake

If you want to know how I got the edges of my petals so dark, here's my 'hacking ink with Blendabilites' technique....

....I got my darkest Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities marker and I dipped it into some Blackberry Bliss ink (from the lid of the ink pad) and then coloured straight onto the card stock. The Blended Bloom stamp was stamped with Blackberry Bliss (not Black Memento Ink) by the way. 

I don't know if this is a new technique, old technique or even something that Stampin' Up! even endorse with their Blendabilities, but it worked and it looks great! :)

Do you want to build a snowman? a breakdown of my card? (sorry, I couldn't help it...the movie is on in the background in my house :) ). 

Blended Bloom - stamped in Blackberry Bliss
Blended Bloom - petals and middle coloured with Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities
Blended Bloom - darker edges of petals coloured with the darkest Rich Razzleberry marker dipped into some Blackberry Bliss ink (from the lid of the ink pad). 
Blended Bloom - pollen coloured with Crumb Cake Blendabilities
Blended Bloom - stamen (I think that is what the little lines are called) coloured with Wild Wasabi marker and then I changed my mind so I coloured over the top with the lightest Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities marker
Dotty Angles - stamped first with Garden Green, then stamped over the top with Wild Wasabi 
Good Greetings - masked the 'give' from the 'give thanks' stamp and then stamped with Blackberry Bliss....remember that you can get this set for free with any qualifying order of $300!
DSP - Wild Wasabi
Cardstock - Whisper White, Garden Green

A supply list with links to my store is below. :)

There! Lots of colours can be done. 

Please visit The Artful Stampers Blog Hop participants (below) and leave some lovely comments. Next on the  hop is Tamsin Adams. I can't wait to see what she's done with the colours. :)

Alison Barclay - that's me!

Cheers and Happy Hopping!
Alison x

Monday, October 13, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Color Coach Card #73 - Wondrous Wreath - The Artful Stampers Blog Hop

Mossy Meadow #1



I've ignored my Color Coach journey a little bit so when my upline Alisa (you may have hopped here from her blog) gave us a sketch challenge for The Artful Stampers Blog Hop I thought I should pay Mossy Meadow a visit.

I absolutely BET that I am not the only participant to use Wondrous Wreath for this sketch...it lends itself so well to a festive card!

The Color Coach combination is Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz which gives a lovely earthy monochromatic tone to my Christmas Card.

I stamped the inside of the card too....the sentiment was in Mossy Meadow and the bow was 'stamped off' in Pear Pizzazz and then stamped on top of the sentiment. It looks beautiful in real life. :)

I love how this card uses two types of card stock, two ink pads and one stamp set/framelit....perfect for economical mass production! 

I used a retired Pear Pizzazz Glimmer brad for the middle of my bow, but you could use an Antique Brad, Candy Dot or a Rhinestone Jewel coloured with an Old Olive Blendabilities marker and it would look just as good. I have included those links below as well as everything you need to make this card. :)

To see what Annette Sullivan has done with this sketch, hop on over to her blog!

If you get lost or if there are broken links, the full list of Blog Hop participants is here:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - Hamburger Box Die - Nordic Noel DSP - CASEing The Catty Challenge


At CASE-ing the Catty this week, we are exploring the various Gift Boxes and Bags of the new Holiday Catalogue. 

CASE - The acronym stands for COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING. The latest Stampin' Up! ® Catalogue certainly encourages crafters to do just that as it is jam packed with amazing, inspirational projects.

The idea is to feature a section of the Stampin' Up! ® catalogue each week using the projects in the catty as inspiration.

You can directly CASE (Copy and Share Everything) or use a sketch/layout, colour combo, embellishment, just to name a few examples, as a springboard for your own creations.

Here's a Badge to paste to your blog:


  •   Create a new project for the current challenge (no back linking)
  • Mention CTC Challenges in your blog post and link back to the challenge blog so others can join in on the fun.
    • Let us know what project you CASED and make reference to the page of your country's catalogue where you got your inspiration. 
    • Only Stampin' Up! products (retired or current) may be used in your projects for CTC Challenges. 
    So let's go!

    I decided to CASE the little gift box on page 14 of the Holiday Catalogue.

    Here's what I made:

    Here's the original idea:

    Isn't it a super-cute box!? It would be perfect for some sweet Christmas treats or for a small gift. I really love the way Garden Green stamps on Whisper White...it is so lovely. 

    Get yourself the Good Greetings sentiment stamp (that's where the 'merry' came from) with any order of $300 until the end of October. :)

    Just drop me an email or order at my online store. All the supply links are below. 

    I hope you are able to come play with us this fortnight. Get some festive crafting happening! 

    Alison x

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    Stampin' Up! Australia - The Artful Stampers Blog Hop - Stampin' Up! Bokeh Everyday Occasions


    Welcome to The Artful Stampers Blog Hop!

    One of the many perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is the sense of community and friendship among the demonstrators. It's sounds warm and fuzzy, but hey....it's all true! I belong to a couple of demo-only Facebook groups in which we share ideas and fun stuff and occasionally we have a blog-hop like today! :)

    So if you've ever thought about becoming demonstrator so you can be part of this fun, then come on over and join my 'Monsters Ink' team (remember that you get FREE Designer Series Paper if you sign up this month) :)

    So, here are the challenge colours that we were given, and since I am totally addicted to the Bokeh technique and learned a few fun tips from my upline, Alisa....I felt it my duty to make ANOTHER Bokeh card. 


    a) the sentiment stamp is from the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit (I love the stamps in this kit!!) and punched out with the 1 3/4 circle punch. 

    b) these 3 ink colours (and many others) are on special ($8.46 per ink pad) until 11.50pm this evening (online orders or phone orders only)

    c) the rhinestone jewels were coloured with the lightest Daffodil Delight marker from the Blendabilities pack. I love how these markers can customise your embellishments. :)

    b) rather than use Whisper White to create my circle patterns, I sponged over the card stock with Coastal Cabana ink. 

    It's always lovely to see how other cardmakers interpret colour challenges, so hop on over to Karlie Yardy to see what she did with the colours. 

    If you get lost or want a list of participants....here they are! :)

    If you like my card and would like to purchase the supplies through me, the links are in the images below. 

    Cheers and enjoy!
    Alison xx