Sunday, 25 January 2015

Seasonal Sheltering Tree

I finally got my hands on the new stamp set Sheltering Tree and I am totally over the moon with it. It's such a gorgeous set, that I think it will be a keeper long after it retires.

My first card I made with it, I can't actually share with you all yet, as it was made with someone in mind and it's currently in the post winging it's way to them. It's not my usual style but fits the person it's for perfectly.

So after making "THAT" card, I then decided to have a play and make a set of seasonal cards that I had in my head and here is the result:


So simple and unfussy, but I think they are beautiful. I'm actually going to run a class on them as I loved making them so much. They would also look beautiful in a frame I think.

Now before you mention it, yes there are four seasons and yes I've only got three cards. The reason is, I do have an Autumn tree but I've actually run out of the baked brown sugar sequins in the in-colour sequin pack... yep that's right, I've actually picked out every, single last sequin!!

Here is a close up of each of them:

Spring: Reminded me of the Cherry Blossom

Summer: Full, green and bushy

Snow covered with sparkly icy sequins
As soon as my new order of sequins arrives, I'll get busy finishing Autumn and then will upload and share it with you all. Oh and don't forget to check back in later, to see the other Sheltering Tree card.

Have Fun,
Chlo

Ingredients
Stamps: Sheltering Tree
Ink: Soft Suede, Whisper White Craft Ink, Mossy Meadow, Strawberry Slush and Pistachio Pudding
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Mossy Meadow and Lost Lagoon.
Other: In-colour Sequins.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Stampin' Up! Party Time in Sydney

Wow that was one amazing weekend. I always love going to any Stampin' Up! event and the Party Time event in Sydney was awesome.

I guess I'm especially excited as A) I had two full days without my three kids, for the first in 5 weeks!! and B) I was asked to be one of the 4 demos to help with making the displays and showcase.

I can tell you now, when Teneale Williams rang me to ask if I would be interested , I literally spent the whole conversation, shouting in my head "Bloody Hell Teneale Williams is on the phone to ME!!!

So after sleepless nights and long crazy craft days, my goodies and I were all packed up in the back of the car with my mate and fellow demo Tracy. We had so much fun on the way down and after a quick trip to Ikea (Obviously) we met up with another demo and my beautiful friend Renae who offered us her spare room for the night, where we were treated like royalty and had lots of laughs. Honestly demo's are the nicest people you'll ever meet!!

I took loads of photos during Party Time, but I've managed to cut it down to just a few of the really important (and fun) ones:

Our name badges that I whipped up.

Tracy and I on the stage taking a selfie lol.

Part of the amazing display.

Renae from Crozlow Crafts and Tracy from Made By Me 2444

Girls getting busy with the Make and Takes. Never heard them so quiet!!

Time for some "Frame Time" Honestly Renae and I had far too much fun with these.




Our three gorgeous make and takes using the 'Choose Happiness' Stamp set.
Ohhhhh.... look who's name was almost up in lights lol!!

Didn't it look like fun!! I always learn so much when at these events, but what I love most it all the amazing new friends I meet.

So I'm guessing you want to see my special creations??? Ok well here they are:

Part cut-out notecards, using the Butterfly dies and Painted Petals DSP

Yet another Exploding box but using the Butterfly dies and the matching stamp set 'Butterfly basics'

Cute little notecard. I love the new hearts embossing folder

This was my favourite card. Matching the 'Swallowtail' stamp and the Butterfly die together.

Super quick card to whip up. The double mounting of the butterfly die really makes it pop.

Little notecard and a matching mini treat bag envelope.

A little fussy cutting is great for the soul!!

 Wow, longest post EVER!! I honestly had a ball and I would highly suggest, if you ever get a chance to attend a Stampin' Up! event... DO!!!

Have Fun,
Chlo


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Start of Sale-a-Bration and Occasions Catalogue!


Woo Hoo... I love waking up to a new Catalogue day. It's a bit like Christmas for Crafters. And today is extra special because today is also the start of Sale-a-Bration.

Sale-a-Bration or SAB is the biggest sale Stampin' Up! has each year. It's a great way to earn free, exclusive items with every $90 order and of course anyone hosting a party receives lots of extras too. Oh and don't forget SAB is also an awesome time to join our Stampin' Up! family.




It's simple - one free product with every $90AUD you spend (before tax and shipping) Get those product you've been wanting and earn more for free at the same time!!







Book in for a Sale-a-Bration party and check out the Hostess chart (below) to see what you can earn!!
  
 
It's a great time to join Stampin' Up! as a New Demonstrator! Choose one of the following Limited-time Sale-a-Bration offers when you join between 6th Jan - 31st March '15.

So what are you waiting for!!! Pop on over to my online shop to place you order today. If you would like to Host a party or want more information on joining my Stampin' Up! family The Closet Crafters, the drop me an email!!

 Have a great day and Happy Sale-a-Bration!!
Chlo

Friday, 2 January 2015

Mini Treat Bag Die - Occasions and SAB Sneak Peek

Happy New Year guys!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and an amazing New Years Eve.

With the busy season all me around I haven't had chance to get in the craft room much. Three young kidlits will do that to you sometimes, but while they are running around outside I thought I would nip into the studio to play around with Stampin' Up! new little treat bag die. And all I can say is I'm in love!!

Everything I made today is a Case from either the new Occasions Catalogue or the Demo only magazine called Impressions. First up is the cute Treat Bag Die and a CASED note card from the new Occasions Catty (available from 6th Jan... 4 days to go!).


Isn't the treat bag darling!! After making it up I realised it's the perfect size for our little note cards, so of course I had to make a matching note card to go in it!! The row of little hearts that I've used on the card is one of the framelit accessories that comes with the Treat Bag Die. Super quick and easy to put together!!

So for my next Treat Bag, I CASED the design from our Demonstrator Only magazine called Impressions. As a demo we are given heaps of resources and ideas to help when the creative juices aren't flowing as freely and Impressions is a bi-monthly magazine, filled with heaps of ideas and handy tips that every demo gets sent.


So this Treat Bag is a little different because it's not flat like the other bag. This one actually has a bottom in it!! So now I can fill it up with lollies and Chocolates!! Again, all little banner and accessories are framelits included with the Treat Bag Die.

Oh and are you loving the DSP used for both Treat Bags?!? That's acutally our new Sale-a-Bration Paper which can be yours for free with a $90 order. Each and every sheet is so gorgeous, that I'm finding it hard to use any of it.

If you would like your very own copy of the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogues and don't already have a demonstrator, then email me you address and I'll pop one in the post for you. Australian addresses only I'm afraid.

Happy New Year and have fun,
Chlo

Ingredients
Stamps: And Many More
Ink: Early Espresso
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Basic Black and Early Espresso
Other: DSP Best Year Ever (SAB) Silver Glimmer, Gold Foil, Treat Bag Die (Occasions), Crisp Cantaloupe Twine and mini clothes pegs.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Sneak Peeks: Occasions and SAB Catty - Lotus Blossom

One of the best parts of being a Demo with Stampin' Up! (and there are LOTS of best parts) is being able to order from our new catalogues early. Demo's at the moment, all over the world are currently able to order from the NEW Occasions Catty, plus earn Sale-a-Bration goodies!! Woo Hoo.

So I'm actually still waiting on my HUGE preorder box of new goodies from the Occasions Catty but I did get a small deliver of goodies last week and in it was one of the Sale-a-Bration freebies that I had earned, called Lotus Blossom.

O.M.G it is a beautiful 3 step stamping set, yep you heard me, 3 STEP stamping. I spent ages playing around with different colour combos, and let me tell you there are heaps of them. So after much stamping I finally put a few of the flowers together and made a card.


I have to admit, I;m totally in love with this card. Every time I look at it, I just think it's simply beautiful. So easy to make too. Oh and did I mention the Lotus Blossom stamp set is out of the Sale-a-Bration catty which means it's actually free with a qualifying order... Gotta love that!!

The little sentiment is from another stamp set out of the Occasions Catalogue called Painted Petals. All the other stamps in that set are beautiful, but I couldn't go past the sentiment, it's so cute.

If you would like a copy of the new Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogue and don't already have a demonstrator send me an email and I'll be more then happy to pop one in the post to you. Australia residents only I'm afraid.

Have Fun,
Chlo

Ingredients
Stamps: Painted Petals (OC) and Lotus Blossom (SAB)
Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake
Cards: Pink Pirouette and Whisper White
Other: Painted Petals DSP and Rhinestones.

Port Craft Expo - Christmas Market

So the Port Craft Expo has finally been and gone and it was fantastic. The girls and I worked pretty much day and night on the lead up to the weekend long market and it was worth every hour of lost sleep.

I chatted and met with so many lovely people, sold lots of our gorgeous creations and hopefully met plenty of new cutomers.

I thought I would share some of the photos I took on the day of our beautiful stall and the goodies we made:





So if you popped down and visited us over the weekend, Thank You!! It was lovely to meet you and I hope we catch up with you again at a Class or a Party soon!!

Have Fun,
Chlo

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Something special for Mum - White Christmas Shutter Card

It's getting to that time of year when we all start thinking about making and sending out our Christmas cards, but if you are like me and have all your family overseas, then we have to get organised alittle bit earlier to beat the Christmas rush.

Now my Mum loves all my cards that I make. She's a huge follower of my Facebook page and always likes, leaves a comment and even shares my cards to her friends. When she comes to visit, she loves to come and make some cards with me, so that she has a stock of handmade cards to give to her friends too.

 Here's a photo of us taken when I visited her in India this year!!

Now my only problem is every year I have to make her a special, one of a kind, card that I know she will keep... no treasure, for the rest of the year. It also has to be something she hasn't seen before.

So today, I'm sharing her card and because she don't visit here often (thankfully) the secret is safe with all of you!


Do yo think she'll like it!! She, like me, lives in a hot country during Christmas and we both miss the cold, dark, snowy English Christmases. The main reason why I brought the White Christmas stamp set was because it reminded me of my childhood Christmas, so of course I had to use it on my Mum's card.

Now I have seen these Shutter Cards popping up all over the internet at the moment and I love to jump on board a bandwagon lol!!! They are so very simply to make and so effective. I cut out the little "Merry Christmas" banner and hung it up between two of the shutters to give it a little 3d effect. It still closes and fits into a normal size envelop, because it slides in between the panels:


Now I'm counting on you all to keep this little card a secret, just in case you run into my Mum. She's such a jet setter who knows where you might find her!!

Have fun,
Chlo

Ingredients

Stamps: White Christmas and Hardwood
Ink: Memento Black and Soft Sky
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon. Soft Sky and Whisper White
Other: Markers - Daffodil delights, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise, Silver Glimmer Paper, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Decorative Label and Scallop Trimmed Punch