My Stampin' Up! Alaska Incentive Trip swap card, featuring Very Vintage stamp set.

Hello stamping friends! I'm so excited to be back from holidays and the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Alaska (yes really I am) and blogging for you again. I had a fabulous holiday, and I hope to bring you a highlights post very soon. It's always lovely to come home though, and I love creating and sharing with you.

Today I wanted to share with you the card I created for the demonstrator swap on the Incentive Trip. We needed to make 26 cards, of which one went on display and we got 25 back. I will be sharing some of my favourite swaps over on my Facebook Business Page over the next few weeks, so make sure you follow me over there too. For me, the swapping is all about the fun of just sharing what we love though. I love the process of getting my swaps ready before the trip (yes really I do) as it gets me into trip mode. I love hearing from other demonstrators who received my card too.

So here's the card I created 26 of.

Stampin Up Alaska Incentive Trip swap by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! demo Melbourne Australia. Using Very Vintage and Rooted in Nature Stamp Set.

My base card is Fresh Fig, and that was stamped onto with Fresh Fig ink using the Very Vintage stamp set (one of my absolute favourites in the  catalogue). It's in the Stampin' Reward section, which means the clear mount version can be chosen FREE with a $250 order all through the life of the 2018 Annual Catalogue. Here's a closer look at it. Isn'y it gorgeous?

Very Vintage 1

The sponged panel on my card uses the following ink colours: Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody and Rich Razzelberry. The images are just stamped over that in Memento Black. To add a bit of extra texture and shine, I added an embossed copper greeting, and also a copper foil mat on the sponged panel. 

Stampin Up Alaska Incentive Trip swap by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! demo Melbourne Australia. Using Very Vintage and Rooted in Nature Stamp Set.


What's happening in August?


Get a $9 coupon voucher (to spend in September on any amount order, even a small one) with each $90 spent in one transaction during August 1st to 31st. There is no limit to the number you can earn in one order, or the whole month. You just need an email address so the coupons can be automatically sent to you after the order. The bonus coupons apply to any order type, including online orders or orders by phone, email, in a class or at an event. Yeah!


We have some exclusive products available in August: The Blended Season stamp set and coordinating Framelits, as well as new colours in the watercolour pencils. The stamp set and Framelits can be purchased individually or in a bundle, and the watercolour pencils in the 10 pack.

Here's a quick look at the products, but for all the details, check out the Colour Your Season section in my online store. Remember it's August only for these products. The stamp set and framelits wont be  available at all after that, but the watercolour pencils may be available in a current catalogue.

August Hostess CodeDon'f forget to use my August code if you shop with me online, as you will receive a free gift in mid-September if you do. For information about how to order with me, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon. 

If you haven't already, don't forget to SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a thing.


Product List

Stampin' Up! Southern Serenade Vintage Birthday Card

Welcome to April friends, and blessed Easter Wishes to you and your family.


What's happening in Stampin' Up! in April?

Next weekend, demonstrators around the globe will be gathering at OnStage events for the unveiling of the 2018/19 Annual Catalogue, which will be available for customers during May for a June 1st start (to register your interest in receiving a catalogue when they become available, go here). I will be heading to Sydney with lots of my team which will be lots of fun and excitement. This year will be even more fun, as it's Stampin' Up!'s 30th Anniversary and we are celebrating like it's 1988.

I'll be able to tell you all about the OnStage event, and give you some sneak peeks from Tuesday April 10th.

To catch some bits and pieces of the fun that I can show earlier, make sure you are following me on Facebook and Instagram.

I can't wait to bring you the fun and excitement of OnStage!

Being the start of the month, we also have a new monthly hostess code to use with online orders. Pop this code in when your are prompted in your order, and you will qualify for a small free gift mid May.

April Hostess Code


Today's Card

Today I have a vintage style birthday card for you, using one of the lovely stamp sets from the Occasions Catalogue called Southern Serenade. Sometimes we miss these stand alone stamp sets while we focus on bundles, but this stamp set is too pretty to miss. I particularly like its vintage style and the beautiful fine lace image.

Southern Serenade

I have used Shimmery White to stamp on, and Crumb Cake for the stamping of the lace images. I have stamped the floral image in Basic Black Archival and coloured with watercolour pencils.

This stamp set comes with some lovely accompanying images of the lace and smaller floral images, as well as three very versatile sentiments. It's a great one to add to your collection of stamps and is available in clear mount and wood (see links below). The 'Happy Birthday' and 'Thank You' greeting also fit nicely inside the Pretty Label Punch.

Southern Serenade

Pretty Label

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day!



View specials and three ways to shop with me

Information about joining my Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Team

Subscribe to my blog posts to never miss a thing 

Shop online


Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden with some vintage inspired texture.

Hello lovely friends. 

This week I was lucky enough to attend the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, which is a really fabulous floral, backyard and landscape gardening show in Melbourne. Seeing all the beautiful floral displays motivated me to come home and finish this card I had started at a friends last Monday.

Rose 2

This stamp set is called Gracious Garden and it's from the 2017 Annual Catalogue. I hadn't played with it before, but now I really love it! I coloured it with the Stampin' Blends (light and dark Pink Pirouette, light and dark Old Olive and light Rich Razzleberry). I then fussy cut the image and adhered both the stamped image and stamped rectangle using Dimensionals.

Rose 1

I have used the debossed side of the Garden Trellis embossing folder (I really like how this pattern coordinates with the background pattern in the Gracious Garden stamp set. My greeting is from Cake Soiree stamp set and I have stamped in Early Espresso and cut the greeting out with a 1" Circle Punch. A bit of lace tied around the stem and a White Lace Doily finishes off my card.

Just One Week Left - don't miss out!

Saleabration ends in just one week. This is your last chance to:

Shop with me and get FREE gifts from Stampin' Up!

Free gifts start with just a $90 order (and you can get additional gifts for each additional $90 in your order too!). In addition to that, you start earning free product at $250+ orders, with an order over $400 qualifying for $80 free product of your choice because of a great special on in Saleabration (ends March 31st though, so be quick!)
See the Level 1 Items you can earn for FREE with each $90 spent in one transaction (before postage)
See the Level 2 Items you can earn for FREE with each $180 spent in one transaction (before postage)

Read all about the three ways to shop with me HERE.


Get two extra FREE stamp sets in the Starter Kit plus FREE postage! Ends March 31st.
For just $169 you can join the Stampin' Up! community and my fabulous team. The deal is amazing right now, but ends March 31st, so don't delay! You will get $235 worth of any product you choose PLUS an additional 2 FREE stamp sets (your choice and any value) PLUS FREE postage on your kit. No obligation to sell, do parties or do anything more unless you want to. Plus you will be part of my fabulous friendly and supportive team, and have me as Australia's top demonstrator as your mentor. Contact me for more information or read more HERE.

Have a happy and creative week,

Warm regards


Product List

Stampin' Up! Petal Palette Bundle from Occasions 2018 Catalogue makes it's debut in 4 days

Hello friends. I'm back from some family time over Christmas, so it's time to jump into showing you all the fabulous things coming your way on January 3rd with the launch of the Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions Catalogue and the 2018 Saleabration promotion.

The Petal Palette bundle is part of the Petal Passion suite in the new 2018 Occasions Catalogue. I really like this bundle for the artwork, the vintage look and feel, and because it has a bunch of sentiments included. It's available in wood-mount and clear-mount. Here's my first card with his bundle:

Stampin Up Petal Palette Bundle from Occasions 2018. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia. #stampinup #stampinupaustralia #occasions2018 #petalpalette #vintagecards

Here's Step by Step Instructions:

  1. I started with a top folding C6 card (half sheet of A4, cut in half vertically and folded in half with bone folder).
  2. I die cut the large branch in Crumb Cake and adhered to the left half of card using either glue or snail.
  3. I die cut the long lacework piece in Fresh Fig cardstock and adhered to the bottom of the card, slightly off centre so the right edge is next to the right side of the card.
  4. I embossed the largest flower/leaf image onto vellum in copper embossing powder (i.e. stamp in Versamark, cover with Copper embossing powder, shake off excess, heat with heat gun)
  5. Cut the embossed image out with the coordinating thinlin. Attach to the bottom left corner of card using Dimensionals (I placed the Dimensionals where they would be covered with the bird and greeting).
  6. Stamp the greeting in Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla. Use the label thinlit to cut the greeting out.
  7. Attach the greeting slightly to the right of, and half over the Fresh Fig piece, using Dimensionals to adhere.
  8. Stamp the bird in Fresh Fig ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock, and cut out using the coordinating thinlit.
  9. Using an Aqua-painter, gently pull some of the ink onto the stamped sections of the bird, towards the centre to give a light watercolor effect. Dry with heat-gun.
  10. Attach a tiny pearl to highlight the birds eye.
  11. Attach the bird (slightly overlapping the greeting) using Dimensionals.
  12. Attach some adhesive pearls as shown to embellish and provide balance to the design.
  13. Tie a double strand of linen thread around the top of the card and create a bow, Trim the ends.

The different textures and use of Dimensionals gives this card lots of texture and dimension, which I think really suits this style of stamp set.

Stampin Up Petal Palette Bundle from Occasions 2018. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia. #stampinup #stampinupaustralia #occasions2018 #petalpalette #vintagecards

You can get your hands on these fabulous products on 3rd January (just 4 days away).

Stampin Up Petal Palette Bundle Occasions  2018

Check back that day and I will have links available to the Occasions Catalogue and lots more information explaining the benefits available to you during our 3 month Saleabration promotion which starts that day too.

Shop online

New to shopping with Me? Click HERE for 3 ways to buy, latest specials and benefits of buying from me.


Last Minute December Reminders

Only 3 more days to shop the Holiday Catalogue Retiring products in the Year End Sale.

Stamparatus stamp positioning tool preorder ends December 31st, after that the Stamparatus will be available in the 2018 Annual Catalogue.

Decembers Hostess Code for a free gift in January is W7RBJSN4

Occasions and Saleabration catalogues available now - request your FREE paper copy HERE

Subscribe to my blog posts so you never miss a post


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


Product List

Stampin' Up! Australia: Snowflake Sentiments and Winter Wonder Embossing Folder for 2017 Heart of Christmas Wk 19

Hello stamping friends, time for this weeks Heart of Christmas card.


This week I decided to play around with textures and techniques. My plans were to use the crayon resist technique on this embossed image from the Winter Wonder embossing folder, a technique I had recently seen and wanted to try. It involved rubbing the side of my white crayon over the embossed image, and then applying ink with a sponge. I think I pressed a little hard and/or my crayon was too long and I got crayon on other parts of my glossy cardstock. I thought I would apply the ink anyway just to see how bad it looked, and I ended up really loving the effect! It's like the embossed area has been shadowed which really makes it stand out. I love playing around with different effects with ink.

Stampin Up Snowflake Sentiment and crayon resist technique for Christmas 2017. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

My base card is Night of Navy, and I have used a combination of Pool Party ink and Dapper Denim ink for my sponging. To complete my card I have used the Merry Music Designer Paper and silver foil cardstock. I have embellished with some Night of Navy crinkled seam binding ribbon (my favourite ribbon type in the Annual Catalogue), with some mini sequin trim in silver.

Stampin Up Snowflake Sentiment and crayon resist technique for Christmas 2017. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

My greeting is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set in the Holiday Catalogue. I really love the size and classic font of these sentiments for Christmas, and I am one of those people that still associate snowflakes with Christmas, even though it's summer in Australia at that time of year. I discovered something very handy as well, in that four of the sentiments in this stamp set fit very nicely in the Everyday Label Punch in the Holiday Catalogue. Here I have embossed the greeting in silver onto Night of Navy cardstock.

Stampin Up Snowflake Sentiment and crayon resist technique for Christmas 2017. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

Here's a closer look at the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and the Everyday Label Punch. You can buy these in my online store, along with the other products I have used today.  The greetings which fit in the Everyday Label Punch are the three top ones on the left hand column, and the image under the three snowflakes in the right column. The 'to from' greeting would also be good for this punch.


Snowflake Sentiments Everyday Label PunchNow it's time to check in with the Art With Heart team girls, and see what they have made for week 19 Heart of Christmas. I hope you enjoy their lovely creations as much as we do, bringing this to you each week as a fun team activity.

Kate Morgan

Caroline Manwaring

Rachel Palmieri

Rachel Woollard

Sharon Davern

Catherine Proctor

Ros Davidson

Monika O'Neil


Thanks for stopping by today. Pop back in again soon and I'll show you the other crayon resist card I had fun making this week.

Have a happy day,