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.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia - CASEing The Catty - Stampin' Up! Nordic Noel Santa


At CASE-ing the Catty this week, we are exploring the various Christmas Cards 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 "Get Your Santa On" card on on page 30 of the Holiday Catalogue.

    Here's what I made:

    Isn't he cute!!!?

    Rather than a Sahara Sand base layer I layered my card onto Whisper White with a mat of Garden Green. The DSP is from Nordic Noel - a fun patterned paper pack from the 2014 Holiday Catalogue. The Nordic Designer button and Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon are also from the Holiday Catalogue. 

    I rounded the top left and right corners of my DSP and Santa layer with the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch

    Santa from "Get Your Santa On" is coloured with Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, Smoky Slate Blendabilities and the Skin Tone Assortment Blendabilities. I coloured his cheeks with the 'Naturals' marker and his face with the 'Nude' marker. 

    You can't see it in the photo, but I put some Dazzling Details sparkle on the pom-pom on his hat for some added bling. :)

    I hope you like my card, and please play with us at CASEing the Catty.....get ahead on those Christmas Cards! :)

    All the supplies and links to my online store are below. :)

    Alison xx

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    Stampin' Up! Australia - Stampin' Up! Boys Will Be Boys Robot Birthday!


    It's been a while since I played in a Pals Paper Arts Challenge and when I saw Shannon Jaramillo's perfect CAS card during the week, her design inspired me to play along.

    My friend's son has a birthday coming up soon and so I thought he may like the robot stamp from the 'Boys Will Be Boys' stamp set.

    As an aside, I do think that Stampin' Up! could have thought of a different name for this stamp set...in the interests of promoting gender equality and gender-neutral toys for kids.....I mean girls like robots too, girls like lego and building blocks and yo-yos....and I'm sure girls play with parachute soldiers too! "Kids Playground" would have been a better name. :) Okay...off my feminist soapbox.

    Here's my card:

    Hope you like it!

    If you are inspired to buy any Stampin' Up! products or supplies, just click through any of the images below to be taken to my online store. 

    Alison xx

    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