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Your Creative Connection 106: My Favourite DSP

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Hello papercraft friends. Today it's time for another Your Creative Connection global Stampin' Up! showcase. In this round #YCC106, my global friends and I are creating with our favourite Designer Series Paper (DSP). I'm really looking forward to visitig each person to see which paper pack they chose. I tried to guess for a few, let's see how well I have done.

My choice was Perennial Essence Designer Series paper. As soon as I saw this paper launched at OnStage Live in New Zealand I was IN  LOVE. Not only because of the colours and beautiful imagery, but the Monet like look of the paper. I was lucky enough to have a trip to Paris booked with a friend 3 months after On Stage, and we had already booked our tickets to visit Monet's Garden in Giverny.

Perennial Essence B

Perennial Essence DSP is a 12x12" sized pack with 6 double sided designs. The imagery on this paper was actually handpainted by the artists at Stampin' Up! The designs are so soft and beautful and it coordinates with at least eleven different Stampin' Up! colours: Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Blueberry Bushel, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Petal Pink, So Saffron and Whisper White. It is also part of the Perennial Essence suite, so has coordinating items (see links list at end of post).

Perennial Essence A

The sad bit is though, as this paper has been around for a year, it is retiring on June 2nd or until supplies last, whichever is earliest. If you want to buy it, I would get in fast. I jumped in today and purchased some more myself as I am not ready to see it go yet and want to use it for my Monet's Garden mini album (retiring products lists for the 2020 Annual Catalogue and 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue are linked towards the end of the post).

I had originally planned to make 1-2 cards for this post, but once I started playing I made 6 cards in an afternoon. I used Crumb Cake as the base on four of them, and Purple Posy on the other two. Neither of those colours are on the official coordinating colours list for this DSP (these are listed in the catalogue net to each DSP, in the online store and also on the packing cardboard on the paper pack itself), which shows you how versatile this paper is.

Stampin' Up!  Perennial Essence DSP 2020 cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for YCC106

For these first two cards, I have just used one cardfront sized piece of patterned paper. I think this sheet is my favourite in the whole pack. You could even frame it. To complete these cards, I have used die cut labels from the Detailed Bands Dies and greetings from the Ornate Thanks and Band Together stamp sets. You will see the layered and slightly crumbled little flowers on a few of my cards. Those were made using dies which are included in the Ornate Border Dies (all links at end of post).

Stampin' Up!  Perennial Essence DSP 2020 cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for YCC106

Stampin' Up!  Perennial Essence DSP 2020 cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for YCC106

For these next two cards, I just cut two different patterned rectangle pieces of the DSP both ways on the diagonal, and then  interchanged two pieces. For this first one, I used the Ornate Frames dies for a big thank you.

Stampin' Up!  Perennial Essence DSP 2020 cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for YCC106

In this second card I used the Detailed Bands dies again, with the greeting from Band Together stamp set (these products can be purchased as a bundle).

Stampin' Up!  Perennial Essence DSP 2020 cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for YCC106

My final two cards are both the same, so I will just show you one of them. In these cards, I adhered the paper strips to the Petal Pink cardstock and then placed that through the Subtle 3D embossing folder. The effect of doing that is AMAZING with this paper. It looks like a painted canvas. To finish these cards off, I offset two medium daisys and placed an adhesive Perennial Essence Floral Centre in the middle (the floral centres are another thing I added to my order today - they are so realistic). The greeting is from Peaceful Moments in the 2020 January to June mini catalogue, and I have cut it out with the Timeless Label Punch.

Stampin' Up!  Perennial Essence DSP 2020 cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for YCC106

Before we head off around the world to visit my crafty demonstrator friends, I wanted to share a couple of special pictures with you from my visit to Monet's Garden in Giverny. This was a dream destination for a garden lover like me to visit, and it didn't dissapoint! I can't wait to complete my mini album and will be sure to post pictures here on my blog when I do.

Monet Garden 1

Moents Garden 2

Now it's time to head off around the world (luckily we have virtual travel like this in times of social isolation), and visit my lovely global demonstrator friends to see which DSP is their favourite. Next we are off to visit Dawn Olchefske in Minnesota, USA.


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If you get lost anywhere along the tour, here is a list of all the Your Creative Connection posts today.

Jenn Tinline - Canada

Jennifer Pauli - Germany

Janneke Dijkstra - de Jong - Netherlands 

Michelle Last - UK 

Claire Daly - Australia

Dawn Olchefske - USA 

Barbara Meyer - Austria 

Kristine McNickle - New Zealand

 

Retired Products Lists Out Today - Some items reduced up to 60% off

Retiring product links here are for those products retiring permanently on June 2nd (or sooner if they sell out) from the 2019 Annual Catalogue and 2020 Jaunary to June Mini Catalogue. Three things to remember about these lists:

  • The products are only available until sold out, or June 2nd, whichever comes first. There will be no backorders on these products.
  • Even if product bundles are carrying over, the 10% discount price WILL NOT carry over (but there will be new bundles in the new cataloge at the 10% price).
  • It's first in best dressed. Some products sell out fast. 

View the retiring products lists in the online store 

Download Retiring Products 2019 Annual Catalogue PDF

Download Retiring Products 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue

Contact me if you have any inquiries or would like to place an order by email or phone.

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Get the new 2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue products FIRST and save $$

Join with me (you can include any retiring products or Ornate Garden Suite products in your starter kit) and you will be able to preview the new Annual Catalogue online TODAY. Demonstrators can then preorder select products in the 2020 Annual Catalogue from May 5th (at a 20% discount too), nearly a month before customers. All the details HERE.

 

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

Claire

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Stampin' Up! Retiring Products / Last Chance Lists for Australia

Retiring product links here are for those products retiring permanently on June 2nd (or sooner if they sell out) from the 2019 Annual Catalogue and 2020 Jaunary to June Mini Catalogue. Some discounts up to 60% off.

Three things to remember about these lists:

  • The products are only available until sold out, or June 2nd, whichever comes first. There will be no backorders on these products.
  • Even if product bundles are carrying over, the 10% discount price WILL NOT carry over (but there will be new bundles in the new cataloge at the 10% price).
  • It's first in best dressed. Some products sell out fast. 

View the retiring products lists in the online store 

Download Retiring Products 2019 Annual Catalogue PDF

Download Retiring Products 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue

Contact me if you have any inquiries or would like to place an order by email or phone.

Use the monthly Host Code with any online orders and receive a free gift from me midway through the following month.

April Host Code


More Stampin' Up! NEW Release Ornate Garden Suite cards / Tips for getting a great diecut with the Ornate Layers Dies

Hello lovelies. I hope you are all safe and well and managing OK in social isolation. Today I have some more Ornate Garden suite cards to share with you. This brand new suite of products was only released to customers on 1st April and is an early release of products from the 2020/21 Annua Catalogue which commences on June 3rd.

First up are my customer thankyou cards for this month. I loved making these sweet cards to express my gratitude to customers who support my business. Some months things get crazy, but one of the silver linings for home isolation for me has been time to create in bulk and also more importantly, time to handwrite in cards, and post them. That's where the magic happens, right?

Ornate Garden 2020 bulk thankyou cards by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I used the note cards and envelopes for these cards because they are a great size and a really affordable way to make a bulk lot of cards. I used the Ornate Layers Dies  for the Blushing Bride and Mint  Macaron piece (there are so many other colours that coordinate - see below), There are some tips to getting a great effect when using these dies which I have outlined in my tips. To finish my cards I have used the greeting (stamped in Early Espresso) from Ornate Thanks stamp set (just LOVE all those little script text lines you can add before and after the words), some scalloped lace trim and an adhesive pearl.

Ornate Garden 2020 bulk thankyou cards by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrators Melbourne Australia

TIP: As I was making the cards in bulk, I wanted to maximise the use of the gorgeous Ornate Garden DSP. I made the DSP piece 4 inches x 3 inches so I could get 12 from one sheet of DSP. To get an even border of notecard around the edge, I cut 1cm (approx 3/8 inch) from one side of the note card. This was quick and easy to do.

TIP: When using the Ornate Layers Dies with my BigShot, I found I got the best result using the Base Platform (which is slightly raised in the centre), the Thin Die Adapter plate and then the die and cardstock between the two acrylic plates. I place the die in the centre of the platform and put it through vertically (so the thinnest end of the rectangle goes through first). Then I just run it through a couple of times and use my Take Your Pick die brush and mat (brush on the reverse side of the die cut) which gets out mot of the 'bits'. The remaining bits are easily poked out with your paper piecer.

Colours which Coordinate with the Ornate Garden DSP: The colours listed by Stampin' Up! as coordinating are: Early Espresso, gold, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Teracotta Tile. Whisper White and a brand new InColour called Bumblebee. I also found So Saffron, Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride to coordinate well. I  evenused Shimmery White for my greeting labels too, which is a little off-white, and that worked. It's a really versatile DSP.

My other Ornate Garden suite card used one of the decorative die cuts from the Ornate Layers Dies (in Blushing Bride) along with a piece of the DSP lined in Early Espresso. The greeting label is from one of my most used die sets for greeting labels, Stitched Labels from the 2019 Annual Catalogue. My greeting (stamped in Early Espresso) is from the So Sentimental stamp set in the 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue. As you can see the Ornate Garden DSP works great with Crumb Cake cardstock. The little flowers on the greeting label are die cut from the Ornate Layers Dies. I have layered 2 scrunched up flowers with a Dimensional foam dot between them, and an adhesive pearl on top. Finally I added a few more pearls below the greeting and in the flower centres on the decorative die cuts. Even though I have the gold Gilded Gems which were a part of this suite, I think adhesive pearls work really well too as the paper has a a bit of a vintage feel to me.

Ornate Garden 2020 friendship card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I hope this has given you some more ideas for using the beautiful new Ornate Garden Suite. The products can be purchased individually, in a bundle, or in the whole suite. You can find the Ornate Garden Suite HERE in my online Stampin' Up! store and the products I have used on today's cards (along with the suite and 10% off bundle links) are linked at the end of the post. If you haven't ordered with me before, you can read 3 Ways to Shop in Australia with me, and the great benefits I offer my customers. 

Use the monthly Host Code with any online orders and receive a free gift from me midway through the following month.

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Get the new 2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue products FIRST and save $$

Include the Ornate Garden products in a starter kit this month for even more value. If you join now you will be able to preview the new Annual Catalogue online later this week and order select products in it from May 5th (at a 20% discount too), nearly a month before customers. All the details HERE.

 

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Thanks for stopping by today. See you back here again Thursday morning with the Your Creative Connection global blog hop.

Claire

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Stampin' Up! NEW Ornate Garden Suite including the gorgeous Ornate Floral Embossing Folder

Hello crafty friends. I hope you and your families are well and safe at this worrying time in the world. Today I want to show you some pretty things which I hope will make you smile. I have made three cards using the newly released Stampin' Up! Ornate Garden suite. This beautiful suite of products is a new early release from the 2020 / 2021 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue.

All three of my cards feature the absolutely beautiful Ornate Floral 3D embossing folder. I LOVE this new folder and it's delicate design. For this one my base is Mint Macaron.

Stampin Up Ornate Garden Suite Card 2020 card ideas by Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

In this card the die cut foliage is a left over from my third card. I used one of the frames directly onto the DSP which I like the look of. My greeting from this card is from the Woven Heirlooms stamp set (from the 2019 / 2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue).

Stampin Up Ornate Garden Suite Card 2020 card ideas by Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

My second card is an almost identical design, but uses Blushing Bride as the base. 

Stampin Up Ornate Garden Suite Card 2020 card ideas by Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

The greeting from this one is the Ornate Thanks stamp set which is bundled with the Ornate Borders Dies (can also be purchased separately, but you get a 10% discount if purchased in the bundle). It is stamped in Mint Macaron. The little Blushing Bride flowers are from the Ornate Border Dies.

Stampin Up Ornate Garden Suite Card 2020 card ideas by Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

My final card just used Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride cardstock.  I have used both the Ornate Frames and Ornate Border Dies, as well as the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder.

Stampin Up Ornate Garden Suite Card 2020 card ideas by Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I just love these elegant floral borders. For the greeting in the frame I used the Peaceful Moments stamp set. Just a few adhesive pearls in the flower centres and we are done.

Stampin Up Ornate Garden Suite Card 2020 card ideas by Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I hope this has given you some ideas for using the beautiful new Ornate Garden Suite. The products can be purchased individually, in a bundle, or in the whole suite. You can find the Ornate Garden Suite HERE in my online Stampin' Up! store.

You can buy all the products used in today's project from me in Australia, Read 3 Ways to Shop in Australia with me, and the great benefits I offer my customers.

Use the monthly Host Code with any online orders and receive a free gift from me midway through the following month.

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Want a new 2020 Annual Catalogue?

Anyone who has spent $70 with me since 1st June 2019. will be receiving a complimentary 2020/21 Annual Catalogue in the mail (posting from mid May). There's still time to get yourself on that mailing list.

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

Claire

 

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Faux patina stamping technique using Stampin' Up! Parisian Flourish embossing folder

Hello crafters.

A few weeks ago I made a card front faux patina piece for one of my subscriber only Make it With Claire free weekly tutorials (if you missed this one and would like it, there's instructions at the end of the catalogue how to get it).

I had half the panel piece left over, so I made another card using some bits and pieces from the Ornate Border Dies (a pre-release product on sale now from the 2020/21 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue), the Stitched Label Dies and the Parisian Dies.

Faux patina stamping technique using Stampin Up Parisian Flourish embossing folder. 2020 sympathy card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demontrator Melbourne Australia

The faux patina technique is so great for vintage style cards, so the greeting from Woven Heirlooms stamp set was perfect to use on the Stitched Label. The copper rose border piece was cut from the new Ornate Border Dies (new product available now!), and I also cut the edge on the pretty peacock piece using those dies. 

Faux patina stamping technique using Stampin Up Parisian Flourish embossing folder. 2020 sympathy card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demontrator Melbourne Australia

Would you like to get a free PDF step by step tutorial for the Faux Patina Technique (if you didn't already have it emailed to you 2 weeks ago)? Here's how:

  1. Subscribe to my email list for future free weekly tutorials; and then
  2. Email Me and ask me to email the PDF for this one (can only email to those who have subscribed)

Faux patina stamping technique using Stampin Up Parisian Flourish embossing folder. 2020 sympathy card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demontrator Melbourne Australia

 

April Specials / Offers and Reminders

You can buy all the products used in today's project from me in Australia, Read 3 Ways to Shop in Australia with me, and the great benefits I offer my customers.

Use the monthly Host Code with any online orders and receive a free gift from me midway through the following month.

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Ornate Garden Suite Early Release:

The beautiful Ornate Garden Suite is an early release suite from the 2022 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. It's available as a whole suite or the products can also be purchased individually. There's 2 new stamp sets, 2 new ornate die sets (so amazing), and a DSP and coordinating embellishments.

View all the Ornate Garden Garden products HERE in my online store.

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Want a new 2020 Annual Catalogue?

Anyone who has spent $70 with me since 1st June 2019. will be receiving a complimentary 2020/21 Annual Catalogue in the mail (posting from mid May). There's still time to get yourself on that mailing list!

Thanks for checking in today. See you back here again tomorrow,

Claire

 

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