Stamping Joy ~ Nerida Carter

Stamping Joy ~ Nerida Carter

Sunday, February 15, 2015

ESAD occasions Catalogue blog hop

Welcome to the ESAD Occasions Catalogue blog hop.
“What is ESAD?
 ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators.
 We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we're always there to help and support each other.
So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.”
My cards all contain products and stamps from the Occasions and Saleabration catalogues:
This first project is a gift card holder made with some gorgeous Coastal Cabana cardstock and Saleabration patterned paper. Have a close look at the tag on the front it is punched with the newest Tag topper punch. Top and bottom of the 2" wide piece is punched so that there is a hole top and bottom to thread a ribbon through.
Pull on the ribbon at the top and out comes the gift card. A very simple gift card holder.
My second project uses the bow builder punch this is a favourite as is so easy to punch out a few pieces and stick them on with glue dots.
As you can see the tails of the bow can fold behind or below the bow. The words say Many Thanks, and are from the "Crazy For you" stamp set.
On my late night creative adventures I found a beautiful flower made with the build a bow punch. I had to have a go at it using some pretty floral paper like the Painted blooms DSP. My sentiment is also from the "crazy for you" Framelit and stamp bundle.
This morning I put my Butterfly Basics bundle to work to create this CASE of Deb Valder's acetate window she calls laser cut technique.
I've used some of the delicious Sahara sand lace ribbon and a "Something borrowed" embellishment to the ribbon.
So there are my four projects using stamps and products from the Occasions Catalogue and Saleabration catalogue.
When you're finished here please hop along to Mel Pagano's blog:

If you've lost your way just jump in anywhere and hop onto any of these creative blogs-

1. Libby Dyson -
4. Leonie Schroder -
7. Helen Williams -
11. Keryn Campbell -
12. Clare Mcilhatton -
14. Kathryn Ruddick -
17. Nerida Carter -
19. Rachael Lewsley - 
22. Norelle Targato -

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Bokeh technique

Recently I've seen quite a few YouTube videos showing cards with the "bokeh technique" as a background. So I just had to give it a go.
"Bokeh" is a photographic effect when the background points of light are out of focus and appear as circular shapes.
So as you do, I decided to have a play at this technique and came up with these.
The paper used is thick water colour paper, coloured with stampin up inks, water and white craft ink sponged on with a mask of punched circles.
To start I sprayed the water colour paper with water, just a fine mist. 
I added ink with a sponge dauber using crisp Canteloupe, Coastal Cabana and Blackberry Bliss.
Let it dry a bit. Sunshine and a breeze does the trick.
 Then i cut circles in a piece of plastic/ acetate and sponged the holes with white craft ink.
Then using the sponge dauber I added a few spots of white. Maybe I did too some spots.
The craft ink takes a few hours to dry so you can hit it with the heat gun or leave it overnight.
Then I stamped some leaves from the "Butterfly basics"  stampset and the happy birthday.
Lastly I added the butterfly Framelit die cuts on dimensionals.
Ta dah! the Bokeh effect!!! Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sale-a-bration favourites

Saleabration is my favourite time of year. Why wouldn't it be?
For every $90 spent on anything from any catalogue you get to choose something Free from the Saleabration catalogue.
Free product Includes the gorgeous Specialty paper "Irresistibly yours".
A white paper with a glossy white pattern embossed so that when you sponge, spritz or ink it your colouring reveals the amazing pattern underneath.
I've combined it with the free SAB Lotus Blossom stamp. 
I quite like the painted look of this three step stamp and words. 
The irresistably yours paper is special because You can stamp over it and then wipe the ink off the white shiny bits. There's a list of techniques to use it with.
My fave is to use a mask to sponge lines or shapes. This one is patterned with tiny stars perfect for a baby birthday. This next photo shows the before and after papers. Un-stamped and stamped.
There are lots of free stamps offered. 
The "Big Day" stampset is another firm favourite as it fits perfectly on the new Ornate Tag topper punch. 
We made these three cards last week at a mini launch party at a friends place.
Would you like to make some too?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stampin' Up! Party time - amazing!

Everyone loves a party!
Stampin' up! demos celebrated at Olympic park, Sydney to share, inspire and create together.
This was just part of the beautiful display put on by our Sydney demonstrators. So many ideas to photograph and inspire the creative crowd of about 140.
Linda Higgins and Aaron entertained us on stage. 
During the day we had three make and takes to complete using the gorgeous "Choose happiness" stampset.
I love what you can do with this set.
Linda demonstrated the coffee bag. An appropriate choice. It could contain Tea or biscuits, chocolate or a small gift. We decorated a notebook and a card.
We were asked to make our own name tag. So here's mine made with glimmer paper and some BlackberryBliss cardstock. The letters are cut out with Bigshot Framelits using the negative shape.
And three layers of butterfly Framelits. And I've used another of those Something Borrowed embellishments and some chevron ribbon.
We caught up with friends we haven't seen for months...
And the ones from 'round the corner too.
Plenty of new product ideas to play with ...
Do you have the latest Occasions catalogue? 
Have you seen whats offered for free during Saleabation this year?
Send me a message or give me a call 0468877125 if you'd like a free set of catalogues, 
or thinking of hosting a party-time at your place.
Enjoy, Nerida

Petal Potpourri and adventure Bound with penguins

This is so simple yet very striking especially because the patterned paper is of river pebbles. I've added some Sahara Sand coloured lace and a stamped and punched flower from Petals Potpourri.
The final embellishment is the "Something Borrowed" embellishment from our bridal stationary range. These are so pretty I think you could wear them as Jewellery.
Also today we made cards with the new Crazy About You stamp and Framelit Bundle.
The words are cut out with the framelit letters and the Birthday stamp is from Butterfly Basics.
The cute penguins is not a new punch. Take a closer look...
That's the Owl builder punch in black cardstock, ears removed and re-stuck-on as wings!
I love th is idea for making penguin cards.
I think they're gorgeous, don't you!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Best. Day. Ever.

Sale-a-bration is the best time of the Stampin' Up! Year.
For every $90 you spend with stampin up between 5 January to 31 March you can choose a free stamp set like The best day ever.
Best day ever is also a song which I can't get out of my head at the moment...
On Monday night we made two cards using new stamps and products from the occasions caty.
As you know it's not difficult to spend $90 on craft supplies.
This tag topper punch is also new!
Why not get the tag topper punch $39.95, page 35 and 
the Petal potpourri stamps plus Flower medallion punch bundle for $54.95 (clear) that's 15% off on page 23.
And that will get you the "Best day ever" saleabration stamp set for free!
Contact me at or 0468877125 to place an order or,
 book a party with me and earn lots of free stamps, patterned paper and ink products for free! 

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

New Occassions catalogue 2015

Today's card is made of all new products and feels very hot and summery.
Exciting news today ~
We have a brand new catalogue to browse.
The occasions catalogue goes live from 6 January to 30 June 2015. It covers Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Valentines Day. Not to mention birthday and butterfly day!
Did I say butterfly?
It's also Sale-a-bration time!
From 6 Jan to 31 March is the most exciting time of the Stampin' up year! If you haven't heard of this before it means for the next 3 months every $90 you spend, you will earn a free gift from the 
Sale-a-bration brochure.
So many new stamps, patterned paper, punches, and even free Blendabilities are offered. 
So exciting!!! if you would like your own paper copy of the catalogues contact your demonstrator or message Nerida on 0468877125 and I will post one to your letter box.

Monday, January 05, 2015

December Birthdays ...

It has been a month of celebration of Birthdays. Jess went to a party with request for birthday card in blue with football on it. So Jess drew the character from one of her books and I provided the stars and goal posts. Winner!
There seemed a whole cascade of people having their birthday between Christmas and new year.
Let me show you this one from another angle ... It's a flip flop card with extra flappy bits.
Are you getting the gist of it yet? Lots of extra panels to decorate, so fun to make!
We celebrated a twelfth birthday which was to feature feathers and film...
Colours: Aqua and purple gold or silver ... Thankfully there were a few new stamps in my stash due to A new catalogue coming out next week.
They feature butterflies and sequins ... And then came the actual birthday card with giant gold butterfly and some sneak peek Birthday Bash patterned paper.
I just love a gold foil butterfly on a gatefold card with sequins! Yep made it up at 11.30pm and wrapped a few pressies by midnight the night before said birthday.