Art With Heart Team May Stampin' Up! Blog Hop - 2017 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peeks!

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Hello there. It's blog hop time again with my super talented team members from the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team in Australia. Today we would like to preview some of the amazing new products from the upcoming 2017/18 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue which launches on June 1st. Be sure to ask any of the girls along the way for a copy of the new catalogue! We love to share what we are making with each other and with the stamping community. This is just one of the fun sharing activities we do each month, so if you are looking for a fun community of stampers to join ask us how quick, easy and affordable it is.

I am focusing on the Daisy Delight bundle of stamp set and punch for my cards. These will be available to purchase June 1st and there is a lovely coordinating Designer Series Paper as well.

  Stampin Up 2017/18 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek Daisy Delight stamp set / Daisy Punch / emboss resist technique / seaside embossing folder / Powder Pink / Berry Burst

For this card I have embossed the daisy twice onto Shimmery White cardstock and then watercoloured over the top using two of the new InColours, Powder Pink and Berry Burst. Once dry, I cut out with the daisy punch and layered with a dimensional. The new Faceted Gems (also coming June 1st) are perfect flower centres, They come in clear (shown here) and gold.

Stampin Up 2017/18 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek Daisy Delight stamp set / Daisy Punch / emboss resist technique / seaside embossing folder / Powder Pink / Berry Burst

In my second card, I have featured some of the  Beautiful Daisy Designer paper, along with paper from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (LOVE THIS!). You will also spy a new punch shape, and a new greeting from a great birthday stamp set / bundle called Happy Birthday Gorgeous. This time I have stamped the daisy in Wisteria Wonder ink onto the same coloured cardstock. I have used a cold faceted gem for the flower centre.

Stampin Up 2017/18 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek Daisy Delight stamp set. Daisy Punch, Beautiful Daisy DSP, Wood Texture DSP, Pretty Label Punch, Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Faceted Gems

My final card features what I am sure is going to be one of my new favourite colour combinations for the new catalogue - Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide. This time I curled the daisy petals a little and added some Lemon Lime Ink (which turned out too hard to see because it's such a perfect match to the cardstock). For the flower centre, I have coloured some of the Perfect White Accents (in current catalogue) with a black sharpie and grouped them together.

Stampin Up 2017/18 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek Daisy Delight stamp set. Daisy Punch, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, watercolor background, copper trim

For my background, I smooshed (that is a word you know!) onto a non stick BBQ sheet and then spritzed it and pressed the Shimmery White cardstock onto it (I did each colour separately).  You will also notice a new trim - and it's COPPER!! It's a loose -weave copper trim with zig zag stitching and will be available on June 1st. The cool thing is you can spread the fibres out which gives a great distressed look. 

Stampin Up 2017/18 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek Daisy Delight stamp set. Daisy Punch, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, watercolor background, copper trim

 

I have you have enjoyed my sneak peek. I am sure you are going to love everything the girls have for you tonight. We get so excited when it's blog hop night, as the process of sharing with each other is equally as exciting for us as sharing with you! We have such a lovely group of friends in our team and it's great to see some of the newer team members developing the confidence to start blogging and sharing their creations. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, ask about joining our fabulous Art With Heart Team.  It is such a friendly and supportive stamping community.

Next up on the blog hop is my lovely friend Sharon Davern. Sharon has recently returned to blogging after a longish break so we are very excited to have her sharing her creations again, The blog hop is full circle, so if you have any problems, you can just click on a name below to get started again. Now off to Sharon's Blog.

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  1. Tina Gillespie
  2.  Ros Davidson
  3.  Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  4.  Kate Morgan
  5.  Andrea Robert
  6.  Rachel Palmieri
  7.  Alisha Watson
  8.  Kimberly Hern
  9.  Monika O'Neill
  10.  Claire Daly  (<--- you are here)
  11.  Sharon Davern
  12.  Rachel Woollard
  13.  Caroline Manwaring
  14.  Judy May
  15.  Catherine Proctor
  16.  Rebecca Jacovou




Stampin' Up! New 2017 Eastern Palace Bundle Thank you Card

Today I have a card for you using one of the product suites which have been released early from the new Stampin' Up! 2017 Annual Catalogue. You can buy a bundle with these products and a free gift plus 10 free tutorials, during May only. The bundle also includes 3 new Stampin' Up! In Colour stamp pads.

Stampin Up 2017 Annual Catalogue Eastern Palace bundle card (bundles with free items and tutorials available May only). Card by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

This card shows off three of the new In Colour stamp pads, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig.You will love all the great products in the bundles (the tassels and gold vinyl stickers are GORGEOUS) and you only get the bundle pricing and free gifts and 10 free tutorials if you purchase the bundle in May. Here's a look at what you get in each of the bundles.

Browse the Eastern Palace Bundles in my Online Stampin' Up! Store 24/7.

Don't forget to use the May Monthly Hostess Code if you are shopping online. 4MREMTC9

Premier Bundle:

Stampin Up 2017 Annual Catalogue Eastern Palace bundle  (bundles with free items and tutorials available May only). Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

Starter Bundle:

  Stampin Up 2017 Annual Catalogue Eastern Palace bundle (bundles with free items and tutorials available May only). Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

 

You will love the 10 free tutorials by myself and 3 other lovely ladies in the Art With Heart team (these will be emailed to you after the purchase of either of the bundles).

Stampin Up 2017 Annual Catalogue Eastern Palace bundles. Available May only with free gift and 10 free tutorials.  Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

 

What's Happening in May:

Enrolments now open for my Marker Club and Stamp at Home clubs - get extra products and monthly tutorials, all from the comfort of your own home. Be quick to sign up.

Retiring products still available until sold out - some discounted up to 50%

New annual catalogue coming in the second half of May. Anyone who purchases $50 product from me this month will automatically have one sent out (unless you are already on the list).

May Hostes Code

Thanks for stopping by today, see you back here tomorrow for some more inspiration.

Claire


Stampin' Up! New Catalogue Sneak Peek: Fabulous Flamingo

Had a fun day stamping with a couple of friends last week, and got to play with a new soon to be released Stampin' Up! stamp set called Fabulous Flamingo. It will be in the new 2017/18 Annual Catalogue which I am distributing to my customers this month (click HERE to see how to get yours).

I'm not sure where my love affair with Flamingos began, but I totally love them. I haven't seen many in real like, but they are so graceful in pictures and they seem to be very on trend in beach wear, clothing, stationery etc.

Stampin Up 2017 2018 Annual Catalogue sneak peek Fabulous Flamingo. Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

This is the second Flamingo themed set we have (the other being Pop of Paradise which is more of a solid stamp). I really like that this new one has many different options, with three layers to the stamp. I have stamped the darker pink in Flirty Flamingo ink (I find it works best to stamp that one first), the lighter pink is Pink Pirouette and the outline in black. My background layer and water is stamped in Smoky Slate.

Stampin Up 2017 2018 Annual Catalogue sneak peek Fabulous Flamingo. Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

 

What's Happening in May:

Enrolments now open for my Marker Club and Stamp at Home clubs - get extra products and monthly tutorials, all from the comfort of your own home. Be quick to sign up.

Retiring products still available until sold out - some discounted up to 50%

New annual catalogue coming in the second half of May. Anyone who purchases $50 product from me this month will automatically have one sent out (unless you are already on the list).

NEW Stampin Up 2017/18 Annual Catalogue. Get yours today (Australia)

New release Eastern Palace bundles available NOW (including 3 new ink pads and free gifts / tutorial with bundle).

Thanks for stopping by today, see you back here tomorrow for some more inspiration.

Claire


Stampin' Up! Rose Garden Thinlits and Beautiful You 2017 Mothers Day Card

Today I'm blogging a layered mothers day card I made for 2017, using the Stampin' Up! Beautiful You stamp set and the Rose Garden Thinlits.

Stampin Up 2017 Mothers day card using Beatiful You stamp set, rose garden thinlits, stitched shaped framelits and paper piecing technique. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I have used the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper (loved the copper foiling in this paper) - This product is retiring, but still available until sold out in the retiring products section of my Stampin' Up! Online Store. I have used the paper piecing technique for the dress, and a block pattern on a later of Crumb Cake cardstock as the second layer on the card. See the links at the end of the post for the remaining products I have used (the greeting is from Oh So Succulent stamp set).

Stampin Up 2017 Mothers day card using Beatiful You stamp set, rose garden thinlits, stitched shaped framelits and paper piecing technique. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

 

What's Happening in May:

Enrolments now open for my Marker Club and Stamp at Home clubs - get extra products and monthly tutorials, all from the comfort of your own home. Be quick to sign up.

Retiring products still available until sold out - some discounted up to 50%

New annual catalogue coming in the second half of May. Anyone who purchases $50 product from me this month will automatically have one sent out (unless you are already on the list).

New release Eastern Palace bundles available NOW (including 3 new ink pads and free gifts / tutorial with bundle).

 

Thanks for stopping by today. You can find all the products I have used in today's card by using the links below my signature (te Affectionately Yours Paper Pack wasn't showing, but as of today is definitely still available in the online store HERE) . Have a great day.

Claire

Product List 

Beautiful You Clear-Mount Stamp Set
$49.00
Rose Garden Thinlits Dies
$54.00
Mint Macaron A4 Cardstock
$14.00
Crumb Cake A4 Card Stock
$14.00
Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
$50.00
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$10.00
Oh So Succulent Photopolymer Stamp Set
$36.50

Stampin' Up! Eastern Palace Suite early release! Get 3 new Incolour ink pads early plus free gift and 10 free tutorials with bundle purchases.

Excited to tell you about some new products available to order FROM TODAY! These are brand new products from the 2017/18 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue which have been released early to give you a taste of the fabulous new 2017 In-colours (the bundles contain 3 of the 5 new InColour ink pads!

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These bundle offers with free gifts are ONLY available May 1-31st and you can't buy any of the products individually in May. Trust me though, the products are SUPER VERSATILE and VERY YUMMY. I have already ordered more to do some scrapbooking after making so many cards with the first lot.

PLUS Stampin' Up! are giving you a FREE Gift (or 2) with the bundle purchase - woohoo! These gifts are new products as well and coordinate with the product suite. There are packs of Very Vanilla note cards and also THICK Very Vanilla cardstock - same great smooth quality, just thicker and sturdier like the Whisper White option that was introduced last year.

PLUS I am personally giving you 10 FREE step by step PDF tutorials using all the products in the bundle (there is actually 17 project ideas included within the tutorials)! These are ready to email to you as soon as you place your order, This is not a Stampin' Up! offer - these tutorials were put together by myself and 3 other members of my team.

Eastern Palace Graphic

There are two different bundles available May 1st to 31st only:

Starter Bundle

Purchase or view the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle in my online store HERE

(I'll email you my free tutorials after purchase - please allow 12 hours to receive). Don't forget the May hostess code if you order online - 4MREMTC9

You can also order by email or phone and pay be credit card or direct deposit - contact details HERE.

EP starter bundle EP starter bundle 2
Premier Bundle

Purchase or view the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle in my online store HERE

(I'll email you my free tutorials after purchase - please allow 12 hours to receive). Don't forget the May hostess code if you order online - 4MREMTC9

You can also order by email or phone and pay be credit card or direct deposit - contact details HERE.

EP premier bundle

EP premier bundle 2

You are going to totally LOVE these brand new products!

The new InColours are really awesome. You get Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide in these bundles, with the other two colours available June 1st. Here's a closer look at the 2017/19 InColours.

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Here's a closer look at the Framelits (SO VERSATILE), Stamp Set and Designer Series Paper (with gold foil) in these bundles:

EP Framelits

EP DSP

 

EP stamp set

Enjoy this exciting new product release! I was so excited with all the fabulous tutorials our team put together. Really high quality products including candle holders, many different cards and envelopes. You will love them and be happily crafting all month with one of these bundles. I'll be posting more Eastern Palace projects on my blog (and other sneak peeks) during the month as well.

Be back soon with more news for you. Lots happening in May.

May Hostes Code

 Claire


Grab the 10% off pricing on Stampin' Up! bundles before it's gone!

Hello there. Today I wanted to highlight some price savings for you if you have your eye on any of these bundles. Even though some or all of the products in these bundles are carrying over to the new catalogue, the 10% off bundle pricing isn't. This means if you want to get these bundles at the best price, get in before the current catalogue ends on May 31st. After that the individual components will be available, but you won't save 10%.

Here's a look at and links to all the current bundles which will return to full price after the end of the 2016/17 Annual Catalogue and 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Just click on any image to be taken to that item in my Online Stampin' Up! store. If you are shopping online, don't forget to use this month's hostess code so that you can get a free gift sent out mid May.

April Hostess Code

 

 

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Saying Goodbye is Hard to Do: April Art With Heart Team Stampin' Up! Blog Hop

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Today I am participating in a Stampin’ Up! Australia blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some projects using our favourite retiring products from both the 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual and 2017 Occasions catalogues!

Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off but are only available until sold out. Be sure to place orders before the sun sets on these items on 31 May. You don’t want to miss out – ask me how!

My favourite retiring product by far from the last year is everything Mint Macaron! One of the product suites I have most loved pairing with Mint Macaron this year is the beautiful specialty Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper, the coordinating Affectionately Yours Washi Tape and the Love and Affection stamp set. I have created a card with a coordinating envelope and bookmark using these products. Lots of these items are reduced in the retiring products section in my online store, but only available until sold out so get in quick.

Stampin Up retiring 2017 Affectionately Yours paper and washi tape, love and affection stamp set, mint macaron, copper, bookmark, card and envelope. By Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Victoria.

I just LOVE the copper foil highlights on this sheet of the paper. The Washi Tape is also beautiful and has a roll included with copper foiling as well.

Stampin Up retiring 2017 Affectionately Yours paper and washi tape, love and affection stamp set, mint macaron, copper, bookmark, card and envelope. By Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Victoria.

As well as copper, I have used the retiring Lace Doileys from the Occasions catalogue on each of the projects. For the envelope, I used the doiley as a stencil with Mint Macaron ink sponged over the top.

Stampin Up retiring 2017 Affectionately Yours paper and washi tape, love and affection stamp set, mint macaron, copper, bookmark, card and envelope. By Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Victoria.

Finally I made a coordinating bookmark to pop into the card (I think I will be sending these projects to my Mum as a happy hello - pretty sure she isn't reading my blog!).

Stampin Up retiring 2017 Affectionately Yours paper and washi tape, love and affection stamp set, mint macaron, copper, bookmark, card and envelope. By Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Victoria.

As hard as it is to say goodbye to favourite retiring Stampin' Up! projects for 2017, the good news is we are less than 2 weeks away from demonstrators being able to pre-order even more lovely brand new products! Join the Art with Heart team from May 2nd and you can include new catalogue goodies in your awesome value starter kit. You can join just for yourself too. Any of the girls on todays's hop (including me) will be able to help you with information about joining our team. You can also request a brand new catalogue from them (available mid to late May) if you don't already have a regular demonstrator.

Now it's time to follow the blog hop onto our next participant, Andrea Roberts. The blog hop goes full circle and there is a list of participants at the end if you get lost along the way. Until next time, happy crafting!

Claire

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1. Catherine Proctor
2. Ros Davidson
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Monika O'Neill
5. Rebecca Jacovou
6. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
7. Rachel Palmieri
8. Kate Morgan
9. Judy May
10. Rachel Woollard
11. Claire Daly
12. Andrea Roberts

 


Stampin' Up! Retiring Products List 2017 - Save up to 50%

Retiring

The list of products which wont be continuing into the next Annual Catalogue is out! 

There are savings of up to 50%, but the products are now only available until sold out.

Shop the Retiring Products in my Online Store

Download a PDF of the list here:  Download Retiring_List_SP

If you are shopping online, don't forget to use this month's hostess code for a free gift mid May!

April Hostess Code

 

Enjoy!

Claire


Stampin' Up! Easter themed projects for the Art with Heart Team bloghop.

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Today my super talented Art With Heart Team ladies are showcasing their creativity again, in a team blog hop. We thought it would be fun to share some Easter projects, seeing as Easter is only about 3 weeks away!

Blog Hops are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next one. There is also a list of participants at the end in case of any broken links. Now let’s get started!

There's just 10 days left to get your hands on this 6x6 multicolour glimmer paper pack as a free Saleabration gift. It makes fabulous Easter eggs when cut out with the Oval Layering Framelits.

Stampin Up Easter Card 2017. Basket Bunch stamp set.

The Designer Paper pack I have used here (Succulent Garden) has also been added (for the last 10 days of Saleabration) as one of the free choices with a $90 order, along with 7 other items.

Stampin Up Easter Card 2017. Basket Bunch stamp set.

Here's the other 7 newly added items you can choose as your free gift with a $90 order - but just 1 week remaining. You must order by March 31st for your free gift!

Items for SAB

Now it's time to move onto my lovely team member Kate Morgan's  blog. I am sure Kate and the other girls listed below will have some lovely projects to share with you.

 

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1. Judy May
2. Catherine Proctor
3. Ros Davidson
4. Rebecca Jacovou
5. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
6. Claire Daly
7. Kate Morgan
8. Monika O'Neill
9. Tina Gillespie
10. Rachel Woollard

Thanks for stopping by today,

Claire


Stampin' Up! So Very Much 2017 Saleabration stamp set - time is running out!

I love this big 'thankyou' stamp from the Stampin' Up! So Very Much stamp set in the 2017 Saleabration catalogue. These were the thank you cards for last months online hostess club customers. Just place an online order using this months hostess code and you can receive a card too.

Stampin Up So Very Much Thank you card for Saleabration 2017. Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I have gold embossed the greeting onto Shimmery White cardstock. The beautiful background paper is from the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper. Just a few bits and pieces of embellishments finish off the card (see all the links below for product I have used). 

Stampin Up So Very Much Thank you card for Saleabration 2017. Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

The beautiful metallic gold flecked ribbon is one of the Saleabration choices too. You get  Pack which has 6.4m of the gold flecked and 6.4m of the silver flecked. Awesome ribbon!!

Stampin Up So Very Much Thank you card for Saleabration 2017. Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

 

I think this Falling in Love Designer paper would be perfect for scrapbook pages, wedding and engagement projects and much more. It's just so pretty, Find it HERE in my online store.

Falling in Love DSP Stampin Up - Available in my Online Stiore

I love the Classic Label punch I have used for the 'so very much' smaller part of the sentiment too. It too me a little while to warm to it, but now I have it I LOVE it! It's a more modern version of the Word Window punch for me, and is perfect for those smaller sentiments. You can view it HERE in my online store.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. See you back here again soon,

Claire

Classic label Punch from Stampin Up - available in my Online StoreDon't forget - just 16 days to earn those Saleabration bonus products (see my post below re the list of what you can choose).

Also just 16 days to take advantage of this fabulous offer to join Stampin' Up! and save over 60% - more details HERE.

 

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Stampin' Up! Moon Baby and Paper Piecing Technique

A lovely friend recently had a baby girl, so I got to make a girly card. This was lots of fun since I have a house full of boys here. I turned to the lovely Stampin' Up! Moon Baby stamp set from the 2017 Occasions Catalogue. This stamp set has been proving very popular for colouring, but I decided to use the paper-piecing technique instead.

Stampin Up Moon baby  card, Occasions 2017, paper piecing technique. Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

The beautiful Sweet Sugarplum Gingham paper is from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper. There's also a little bit of the Falling in Love DSP in there (the small banner piece behind the banner and paper-pieced in the umbrella.

Stampin Up Moon baby  card, Occasions 2017, paper piecing technique. Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

Here's a look at the lovely Moon Baby stamp set.

Moon Baby Stamp Set from Stampin Up - perfect for baby cards. Available in my online store.I hope you like today's card. You can check out all the supplies I have used to make this card using the link at the end of the post.

 

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Saleabration & Monthly Hostess Code

Just 18 days left to earn your choice of these free goodies with a $90 order. If you are placing your order online (see three ways to order HERE), then don't forget to use this months Hostess Code to get a free extra gift in April.

March Code

Saleabration Freebies available until March 31st 2017. Choose one with each $90 in an order.

 Oh and if you want the absolute best deal of all - don't miss the amazing offer to join up as a happy hobby demonstrator! Details HERE.

Join Stampin Up as a hobby in Australia. Ask me how.

Thanks for popping in today. See you back here again soon,

Claire

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My Mum's Stampin' Up! Birthday Card.

Special Mum = special birthday card! It's fun to go all out on a special card sometimes, and my Mum definitely deserves that!

Stampin Up Flourish Thinlits Birthday card using Rose Wonder stamp sets and Falling In Love deisgner paper. Occasions 2017 Catalogue. Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I went for the pretty colours of Sahara Sand and Blushing Bride with a touch of gold. The background paper is from the Falling in Love DSP pack (links to all products at the end of the post) and it's on a base card of Sahara Sand. There's also a little of an a coordinating sheet of paper behind the lace doily.

Stampin Up Flourish Thinlits Birthday card using Rose Wonder stamp sets and Falling In Love deisgner paper. Occasions 2017 Catalogue. Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I have cut the floral die cut from Blushing Bride cardstock using the Flourish Thinlits and my BigShot. The gold embossed greeting is from Rose Wonder stamp set. A few coordinating embellishments finish off the card.

Stampin Up Flourish Thinlits Birthday card using Rose Wonder stamp sets and Falling In Love deisgner paper. Occasions 2017 Catalogue. Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

Got a Big Stampin' Up! Wish List?

Why not take advantage of the awesome Starter Kit deal on at the moment until March 31st (only 23 days left)? You can join just for yourself as a hobby - no parties, no obligations, just lots of products and fun! For just $169, you can get:

  • $235 of anything you like in either catalogue
  • 2 extra free stamp sets up which can add up to $179 to the value of your kit
  • FREE postage
  • FREE catalogues (8 Annual, 8 Occasions)
  • Me and my fabulous team to support, guide and inspire you. 

Find out all the information you need HERE or contact me for an obligation free chat or to have any questions answered by completing this form.

 

Have a great day. See you back here again tomorrow,

Claire

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Five Ways Stay at Home Mums can build their business skills and earn and income from a low outlay online home based business.

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First, let me tell you my story ....

This is me, in 2006, with my two beautiful children.

They had both taken a while to conceive (the first over 3 years), which to me gave me a feeling of wanting to hold on tighter (although I now know every parent holds on that tight). Up until having children my employment had been a big part of my life. I had worked in state Health Departments in both practitioner and management positions in nutrition and health promotion, as well as in the Anti Cancer Council and Heart Foundation.  I loved those jobs, worked hard and had developed great skills in many areas. But then came children.

I am sure that every Mum (and probably many Dad's) have that feeling that nothing else matters once their children come along. That deep feeling of wanting to be there to help them grow and develop  and navigate their way in their early years before they start school. I just don't think I was prepared for the depth and strength of those feelings.

We don't all have the luxury of being able to manage on one income (my family certainly didn't), so it can be a real dilemma about what to do with work. I tried to go back to work part time. Work at that stage was my own private practice as a Dietitian. I could set my own hours as I owned the practice, but it also meant hiring more staff which meant more work behind the scenes. It also meant leaving the home, which meant juggling child-care (and a few arguments with my husband about who's work was more important when one of my children were unwell and couldn't go to childcare - I am sure many can relate).

In late 2006, my world came crashing down when my brother died suddenly. The grief exacerbated my working mum's exhaustion and I just wanted to hold on even closer to my children, having lost a family member who I adored and had grown up with. I needed a break from my practice, and decided to take one years leave to have some time at home with my children just enjoying them and life. Scrapbooking was a really important part of my relaxation and therapy at this time. I had started scrapbooking in 2002 when my first child was 6 months old. I loved it, but during the time after my brothers death it was even more important to me. I journaled about my children, my brother and how much I missed him and also about my life (so it was written down for my own children). This time was so healing for me.

It didn't take long for my entrepreneurial streak to raise it's head again though. I had enjoyed using stamps in my scrapbooking, and one day came across an advertisement for Stampin' Up! in Creating Keepsakes magazine. It had only been in Australia about 6 months and I loved the products, so bought the kit to save some money on some stamps. 

That was 10 years, 2 months and 3 days ago.

I didn't really intend for any of this to happen, but in that time I have built a thriving business entirely from home, which exceeds the income I was earning in healthcare. It's not the money though. It is HOW I have been able to do that which has been the greatest gift to my family. It just suited us so perfectly (no more child care arguments) and most of all. met my needs to have something for myself and to to be continually learning new things and building on my business and employment related skills. 

All for the price of my Stampin' Up! Starter kit (which at $329 back then was more expensive than it is now at just $169).

If you and your family are looking for a way to add a second income, DON'T dismiss direct sales, and Stampin' Up! You honestly can have this for your family if you are prepared to do the work around your children's needs. The cool thing is that it can also grow in size as your children become more independent.

Work from home for just $169 outlay

So here are my 5 ways Stay at Home Mums can build their business skills and income with a low outlay online business.

One

First you need to purchase our Starter Kit, which is just $169. That will give you products to play with, but also importantly you get Catalogues of our gorgeous coordinated quality stamps and papercraft supplies. People LOVE these products, I remember people telling me in the early stages of my business that these products sold themselves. They DO! This is all the very basics you need to get started. If you are building a business, I recommend you get your Starter Kit from a demonstrator who has done what you are wanting to, especially when it comes to building the business around a family. That's so important as there is no point trying to duplicate something that someone has done who doesn't have that need, or is working 7 days a week day and night. I can help you of course, and you can read all the reasons why HERE. Importantly you DON'T need to be an expert papercrafter! I had never made a card when I started, and it's more about having a can do attitude and being prepared to work that will make you successful.

Two

Because you want to work from home (or maybe supplement another full time job) I strongly recommend our company maintained online store (yes company maintained!). You get your very own Online Stampin' Up! store (see mine HERE) where people can go to to place an order with you. When you first join, you get this free for 2 months. After that it's just $19.95 a month. That's basically the commission on one average order, so it easily pays for itself. You can be doing the school run, doing reading in class, shopping for groceries and your customers can still be placing orders in your online store.

Three

You will develop great skills in Social Media. or build on ones you already have (hey - who doesn't already have Pinterest or Instagram browsing or chatting on Facebook skills?). What we do is so beautifully visual (and if you don't create your own projects to start with, the company gives you LOTS of fabulous images you can use in social media through their great Demonstrator website). People are really int DIY these days and want to see beautifully visual creations. So while the children are having a nap, or the kids are at school, you can be sharing images of our beautiful products and creations on Social Media, and answering questions or chatting to customers. We provide training in setting up your pages, and my team even has a dedicated Blog and Social Media help forum, as well as ongoing training and social media tips. I had no skills in social media before I started. Now I have a Facebook Business Page, Pinterest and Instagram. You don't have to worry about any of that spammy stuff - I mentor my team members to act respectfully on social media.

Four

You will develop great skills in online selling and the internet sales cycle. Internet selling is my thing (I am one of the biggest Australian online sellers with Stampin' Up! and was blogging even before I started with the company). I do team training on blogging and selling online, and we also have a dedicated Blog and Social Media support blog. So on the days you aren't working on social media, you might find yourself writing a blog post and tweaking it with some tips I give you. I have been known to write blog posts and social media posts in the car waiting for school pick up. Our mobile devices make running an online business so easy.

Five

You will also develop great skills in business management and planning for success. I've learned a lot about direct sales in the 10 years I have been with this company and my biggest goal in my business is to pass that onto my team members so you can duplicate that success. That is what direct sales is all about, helping people to do what you do with selling quality products. You can practice goal setting and planning and tracking your success - all valuable skills to develop. You can choose how little or how much training and practice you want in this area. I offer weekly newsletters, 2-3 training events a month and 1 on 1 coaching calls, so you choose a little or a lot!

 

Honestly, that's all you need to get started on your journey with me - $169. There is so much I haven't even touched on in terms of the skills you can use and develop, and the ways that you and your family will benefit. I just wanted to touch on the basics here though, so you can take on more as your business grows and or your children become more independent.

Want extra value? There is up to $179 extra value in the starter kit for MARCH ONLY. You could end up with up to $414 worth of product in your Starter Kit, and I can help you choose. You need to sign on by March 31st for that deal though.

As my experience has shown, this isn't just something fun to do for a while. This can be something GREAT for your family. Extra income, a bit of pocket money for a retiree, a family holiday. Imagine the possibilities.

Ready to have an obligation free chat? I promise I won't share your details with anyone else.

Just submit this form with your details and I'll give you a call. You can also email (cdaly@bigpond.net.au) or text me (041 212 0498).

 

Don't need a chat and ready to just jump in? It's quick and easy to join online!  

Here are the steps:

  1. go to my online join up page (CLICK HERE)
  2. read through the demonstrator and online agreement and check the box to acknowledge
  3. choose your starter kit and then choose products up to the value of your kit which is $235  (you cant go over, it has to be up to so it's a good idea to make some notes of what you want first and work out the totals. I'm happy to help with ideas.). 
  4. During Saleabration (4th Jan to 31st March you also get to add 2 FREE stamp sets of your choice which adds up to $179 value to your kit!)
  5. fill in your personal details and pay the $169 for your starter kit by credit card.

You will then get your demonstrator number and invitation to join Stamping Connections, the online demonstrator community. I'll personally send you the details about how to get onto our team groups.

 


Traditional 12x12 Stampin Up Layout using Urban Underground Designer Series Paper Pack

Remember when I used to scrapbook. Me too! I love it and miss it. So I did a 12x12 page, my favourite kind of Scrapbooking. The colours in this gorgeous Urban Underground Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!'s 2017 Occasions Catalogue are perfect for black and white photos. This photo of our new rescue cat Teddy isn't technically black and white, but close enough due to his colouring.

Stampin Up 12x12 scrapbooking layout using Urban Underground Designer Series Paper from Occasions 2017 Catalogue. Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

This was a super simple layout! Just a 5x7 photo, a few strips of the coordinated paper nd a journaling block. I did the small 'the story of' on my typewriter. The letters were from my scrapbook stash. The Stampin' Up! colours in this awesome Urban Underground paper are Basic Black, Basic Gray, Delightful Dijon, Silver and Whisper White.

Stampin Up 12x12 scrapbooking layout using Urban Underground Designer Series Paper from Occasions 2017 Catalogue. Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

Here's a closer look at the paper and the coordinating embellishments. You can see each item in my Online Stampin' Up! Store by clicking the links at the end of this post.

Stampin Up Urban Underground 12x12 paper from Occasions 2017 Catalogue. Available in my online store in Australia.

Stampin Up Urban Underground Washi from Occasions 2017 Catalogue. Available in my online store in Australia.

Stampin Up Urban Underground embellishments from Occasions 2017 Catalogue. Available in my online store in Australia.

Thanks for stopping by today, see you tomorrow.

Claire

 

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Stampin' Up! Reverse Words for Saleabration 2017 - Four Ways!

Hello there. Today I am showcasing one of the recently released extra Stampin' Up! Saleabration items, the Reverse Words stamp set. Here's four ways to use this stamp set. 

For the first two cards, I have teamed it with the Mixed Drinks stamp set (see links below) - it has some great images and sentiments which match the cheers theme! I particularly love this sentiment. My colours here are Smoky Slate and Sweet Sugarplum with Basic Black. I love how the Reverse Words stamp sets so cleverly combines the watercolour wash look with the crispness of the reverse word.

Stampin Up Reverse Words (Saleabration 2017) and Mixed Drinks stamp set. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

For this card, I have made a cocktail using lots of stamps from the Mixed Drinks stamp set (so easy to line up with the photopolymer). Another great greeting to match the cheers theme. My reverse word is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum and I have used Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry on the cocktail.

Stampin Up Reverse Words (Saleabration 2017) and Mixed Drinks stamp set. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

This one is a birthday card which was super easy to make. I just punched a couple of balloons from the Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper using the Balloon Punch. The greeting is from the Custom Tee stamp set. I just made the balloon strings using a Project Life marker. My ink colour here is Mint Macaron.

Stampin Up Reverse Words (Saleabration 2017) birthday card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I've needed lots of these cards for my awesome team and their promotions this month. It was quick and easy to create. The sentiment is from the Mixed Drinks stamp set and the reverse word is in Mint Macaron again. I used the Medium Star Punch to cut a star from the Sweet Sugarplum glimmer paper and attached some silver sequin trim.

Stampin Up Reverse Words (Saleabration 2017) congratulations card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

As you can see, the Reverse Words stamp set is super versatile! Place a $90 order during March and you can choose it as a free gift! Here's a look at all the free items you can choose from.

To see three ways to order from me click HERE.

To visit my online store click HERE.

Saleabration Freebies 2017

If you place an order in my Online Store, don't forget to use the March Hostess code so you get a free gift during April.

March Code

Thanks for stopping by today. See you tomorrow,

Claire

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Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Team February Blog Hop: For the kids!

2017 Blog Hop

Today I’m excited to bring you a blog hop with some of the awesome ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team. Today we focus on the kids in our lives, from birthday cards to party ideas.

Sale-a-bration continues and this week we have three new additional items you can earn for free with a $90 order - ask me how!

I have chosen to use Fairy Celebration stamp set from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Annual Catalogue to make a birthday card, and made a cute little gift or weet holder to accompany the card.

Stampin Up Fairy Celebration birthday card by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

 

Girly birthday cards need LOTS of bling, so I have added in some Bermuda Bay glimmer paper (get a 3 colour pack of 12 6x6 free with a $90 order, ask me how), silver sequin trim, adhesive rhinestones and one of the cute Falling in Love embellishments from the Occasions Catalogue.

Stampin Up Fairy Celebration birthday card by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I coloured the image using the watercolor pencils and an Blender Pen. So easy! 

Stampin Up Fairy Celebration birthday card by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

 If you love colouring, this is a fabulous stamp set to purchase.

Fairy Celebration stamp set from Stampin Up - available to purchase in my online store in Australia.

The next stop on the hop is the lovely Catherine Proctor, on the northern beaches of Sydney.

 

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If you get lost anywhere along the way, or find a broken link, here is the full list of participants for this month:

  1. Rachel Palmieri
    2. Tina Gillespie
    3. Ros Davidson
    4. Rebecca Jacovou
    5. Claire Daly
    6. Catherine Proctor
    7. Alisha Watson
    8. Kim Dallinger
    9. Kate Morgan
    10. Rachel Woollard
    11. Monika O'Neill
    12. Tania Johnson

Stampin' Up! Tasty Trucks Saleabration 2017 Stamp Set

One of my favourite childhood memories was visiting the beach with my family. At the end of a fun, sandy day (and often a dumping or two by the waves) we would grab an ice cream from the Mr Whippy van and head back to the car for the drive home. As soon as I saw the tasty Trucks Saleabration 2017 stamp set, it evoked those memories, so I decided to turn my truck into a Mr Whippy ice cream van.

Stampin Up Saleabration 2017 Stamp Set Tasty Trucks as a My Whippy Van. Get this set free with a $90 order before 31st March. Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

The seagulls were borrowed from another stamp set, High Tide from the Occasions catalogue (link at the bottom of the post). I made the custom greeting using my vintage typewriter and the image is watercoloured in Blushing Bride, Basic Grey and Smoky Slate. The patterned paper is from the neutrals Designer Series paper stack (I use this a lot!).

Stampin Up Saleabration 2017 Stamp Set Tasty Trucks as a My Whippy Van. Get this set free with a $90 order before 31st March. Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

There are so many cool things that have been created with this stamp set. It can be a hot dog truck, a taco truck and lots more! This stamp set can be yours free when you place a $90 order either in my online store or by phone / email. Here's a look at all the Saleabration choices available (and lookout on my blog tomorrow for 3 new things being added to the list!

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Here's a couple more creations using Tasty Trucks which have been designed by the Stampin' Up! in house designers.

  Stampin Up Saleabration 2017 Stamp Set Tasty Trucks.Get this set free with a $90 order before 31st March. .

Stampin Up Saleabration 2017 Stamp Set Tasty Trucks.Get this set free with a $90 order before 31st March. .

See you back here tomorrow with some more creations and pictures of the three new Saleabration offerings!

If you are placing an order in my Online Store, don't forget to use this months hostess code for a free gift next month.

Feb 2017 Hostess Code

Have a great day,

Claire

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Oh So Succulent Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! - Perfect for Garden Lovers!

I'm all over this fabulous Oh So Succulent stamp set in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue! I love container gardening, and last year while visiting my in laws in NSW (who have an amazing cottage garden surrounding their renovated church home), I got lot of cuttings and started some succulent pots for myself. I love how hardy they are, but they also add great variations in texture and foliage colour to my garden. I love that I can now send succulent cards to my garden loving friends.

Stampin Up Oh So Succulent birthday card using watercolous pencils. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Melbourne Australia. More details and links to online store on my blog.

The stamp set can be purchased in my online store  either alone, or as part of a bundle with the coordinating Framelits (and get 10% off).

Oh So succulent stamp set by Stampin Up. Avaialble to be purchased in my online store or by phone / email and sent anywhere in Australia. Click for more details. Great for those who love garden succulents.

Oh So succulent stamp set by Stampin Up. Avaialble to be purchased in my online store or by phone / email and sent anywhere in Australia. Click for more details. Great for those who love garden succulents.

I watercoloured the outline images using a Blender Pen and then cut them out with paper snips. I used the watercolour pencils for some colours (Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry) and the inside of ink ads for others (Mint Macaron and Wild Wasabi). You can view and link to the online store for all of the products I have used today at the end of the post. My pot is just a 2" circle punched shape (in Sweet Sugarplum) cut in half and then a tiny bit cut off the bottom.

Stampin Up Oh So Succulent birthday card using watercolous pencils. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Melbourne Australia. More details and links to online store on my blog.

When you purchase the bundle (and save 10%) you will be really close to earning a free Saleabration item too. Just add either the Lace Doileys, or coordinating Designer Series paper, or the coordinating Ribbon pack (all shown in the links below) and you will get to choose one of the things on this list as a free gift (offer valid until March 31st).

  Stampin Up Sleabration items. Choose one free gift with a $90 order with me until March 31st 2017. Shop Stampin Up online.

Don't forget to use the February Hostess Code for any orders placed in the online store as that will qualify you for another gift, sent during March!

Feb 2017 Hostess Code

When you place an order with me, you will also be invited to my exclusive VIP Customer Facebook Group, where you get extra interaction with me, inspiration, fun, challenges and prizes. I would love to have you there!

Shop Stampin Up online or by phone / mail with me in Australia and enjoy my special VIP Facebook community with giveways, extra inspiration and interaction and lots of fun!

If you have a big order, don't also forget the awesome deal on the starter kit at the moment.

Great deal on Stampin Up starter kit up to March 31st 2017. Join our fun and friendly large Australia wide team and community of crafters.

Here for you if you wold like to call and chat about any of these cool deals. Thanks for popping by today. Click any of the products below to see or purchase items in my online Stampin' Up! store.

Claire

 

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Cake Crazy / Adding Some Bling Online Class

This month's bundle of the month and 6 card stamp a stack online class features the fabulous Cake Crazy stamp set and the happy and bright Party Animal paper and embellishments from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue. Would you like to know how to rock this stamp set, add bling toyour birthday cards and have all the materials for 6 happy and bright birthday cards sent to you (2 each of 3 designs, stamped images not included).

Stampin Up Cake Crazy Online Class Australia - 6 cards. Click through or details.

 

  Stampin Up Cake Crazy stamp set available in my online store

Party nimal DSP

Party animal washi

 

Class sign ups for this class close Friday 17th February at midnight.

Class with physical kit and/or class materials is open to Australian residents. There are two ways you can purchase:

Option 1: Purchase the Bundle and Get the Kit for FREE

  • The bundle you will receive in includes (you can substitute anything you have):
  • Cake Crazy Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango stamp pads
  • Party Animal Designer Washi Taps
  • Kit for 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs) plus PDF and Video

Total $96.50 plus $5.95 postage and handling - $102.45

You will also need adhesive and a trimmer to complete the class.

To order this option CONTACT ME TODAY BY EMAIL / PHONE / TEXT (you can pay by credit card over the phone or direct deposit)

 

Option 2: Purchase the Card Kit / PDF and Videos only, for $25

You will need to have all the items above to complete the class.

With this option you will receive the mailed out kit plus emailed PDF instructions and video link.

 

 

I had such great feedback to last months online class. I hope you will consider joining me this month. I love teaching and we always need birthday cards on hand.

 

Just a few other things to remind of you of:

Don't forget to use my February Hostess Code with any online orders for a free gift next month.

Stampin Up Feb 2017 Hostess Code Australia

 Saleabration is on and you can get extra fabulous deals with qualifying purchases:

 

Stampin Up Saleabration free stamps Australia

Shopping

Free Saleabration choice with each $90 spent (before postage) in one transaction. See the picture below to see what you can choose for free.

Extra $40 Stampin Rewards on a $400+ order (in one transaction and before postage) in addition to the free Saleabration choices

  Chooe one of these products free with a $90 order in Feb and March. Stampin Up Saleabration Australia.

 

But the absolute BEST deal we have on at the moment is the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit

Get 2 free stamp sets (total value up to $179) in addition to $235 free merchandise (so up to $414 worth) for just $169 and free postage.

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This is a great deal - read more about joining HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Claire


First Art with Heart Stampin Up blog hop for 2017: Occasions and Saleabration Inspiration

Today I’m excited to bring you a blog hop with some of the awesome ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team. Today we focus on the new Occasions Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Catalogue and also Sale-a-bration!

2017 Blog Hop

If you place an order with me or any of my team on the hop here during Sale-a-bration, you can choose a free item with every $90 you spend in one transaction. There are lots of fabulous free items to choose from (ask me for a brochure and an Occasions Catalogue) and the promotion goes right through until 31st March.

Better still, become part of our awesome fun, friendly and supportive Art With Heart team. We have a really large team Australia wide that has been around since Stampin’ Up! came to Australia. We have a very active team forum and also have in person stamp days, challenges, card swaps, product shares and more. When you join with me or any of the team during Sale-a-bration, you get 2 extra free stamp sets (of any value) plus $235 product (whatever you choose). That's up to $414 product for just $169. You also get free postage! Ask me about joining today.

My two favourite items in the Occasions Catalogue are the Beautiful You stamp set and the new Watercolor Pencils. I've put these together for a birthday card today.

Stampin Up Beautiful You stamp set and watercolour pencils. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

 

I used the watercokour pencils for both the background water wash and the image colouring. I love how you can get so many different effects using the pencils. The colours I have used are Melon Mango, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight.

Stampin Up Beautiful You stamp set and watercolour pencils. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

The background cardstock is Basic Grey and the patterned paper behind the image is from Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper. Finally I have popped one of the Finding Love embellishments onto the image to finish off.

Stampin Up Beautiful You stamp set and watercolour pencils. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

 

Here's a closer look at the Beautiful You Stamp Set and the Watercolour Pencils. You can purchae these in my online store using the shop now button in the right hand column or phone / text / email me directly/

  Beautiful You

WC pencils

Next up on the blog hope we have Rachel Woollard.

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If you miss anyone or lose your place, you can just click on any of the names below to get started again,

1. Ros Davidson
2. Rebecca Jacovou
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Judy May
5. Kate Morgan
6. Rachel Palmieri
7. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
8. Monika O'Neill
9. Kathryn Ruddick
10. Claire Daly  (You are here)
11. Rachel Woollard
12. Alisha Watson
13. Kim Dallinger

 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy the blog hop.

Claire