Let’s Get Hopping 43: New Technique.

Let’s Get Hopping 43: New Technique.

Hello, welcome to my blog! Today I’m sharing another project with you as a part of the Let’s Get Hopping team. Our brief this month was to try something new! The technique I chose to experiment with was using Stampin’ Blends and alcohol on Vellum.

If you are following along with the hop you would have come to me from Mikaela Titheridge.

I have been crafting quite a bit with the products in the Expressions in Ink Suite, and I wanted a different way to show off the large leafy die cut piece rather than leaving it in one long branch. To do this I cut the branch into three or four pieces to tuck in behind a length of Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon.

To decorate the card and to really highlight the new (to me) technique I cut a piece of Vellum that would fill two thirds of the card front. To do the technique I coloured one side of the Vellum using a mixture of Misty Moonlight, Blackberry Bliss, and Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends then sprayed it with isopropyl alcohol using a Stampin’ Spritzer. Depending on how much isopropyl you spritz on, you can come in with a brush or even a Clear Block to smoosh the ink around.

The card base is Merry Merlot with a Basic Black layer. I stamped the sentiment in Merry Merlot, and finished off the card using Gilded Gems.

Once you give this technique a go you will struggle to stop! There are so many possibilities – create a fun background, a unique die cut accent, a fun punched or die cut sentiment shape, and more.

Be sure to hop along to see what the other hoppers have created. You’ll be visiting Rachael Merrick next.

Happy crafting x


2021-2022 Annual Catalogue DSP Share.

2021-2022 Annual Catalogue DSP Share.

1. Standard DSP Share Cost $35.00.

Includes: 60 pieces of 6×6 DSP. One of each pattern from these packs: Each DSP pack will be in a separately packaged and labelled.

· Beauty of the Earth (6 sheets)

· Bloom Where you are Planted (6 sheets)

· Pansy Petals (6 sheets)

· Simply Elegant (6 sheets)

· Expressions of Ink (6 sheets)

· Hand-Penned (6 sheets)

· In The Wild (6 sheets)

· Sweet Symmetry (6 sheets)

· Tidings of Christmas (6 sheets)

· You’re a Peach (6 sheets)

2. Optional Extras

You can chose any or all of the shares below, just let me know which ones you want and the extra cost can be added to your Standard Share.

These optional extras will be pieces of 6×6 DSP.

· In Colour 2021-2023 (10 sheets – 2 sheets in 4 designs in 5 colours) $6.06

· In Colour 2020-2022 (10 sheets – 2 sheets in 4 designs in 5 colours) $6.06

· Ombre Specialty Paper (4 sheets) $5.25

· 21-23 In Colour Shimmer Vellum (5 sheets) $3.16

· Gold & Rose Gold Metallic Specialty Paper (2 sheets) $2.63

· Linen Specialty Paper (Adhesive Sheets!) (2 sheets) $3.13

I will be placing the order for the Share items on Friday 4th of June. This will be the last day to participate. Simply email me at megantearemade@gmail.com, or via Facebook Messenger to let me know you are in, pay before the 4th of June and you will be all set!

By the time the order arrives to me, and I prepare the individual shares, they will be ready to distribute around Friday 18th of June. Please note this is around two weeks just to allow plenty of time due to Queens Birthday public holiday.

Payment Details are: Made by Megan 12-3253-0013778-50. Please use your Name and DSP Share for the reference.

You are welcome to arrange to collect the share from me, or pay extra for postage.

Happy crafting x


Let’s Get Hopping 42: Returning Favourites.

Let’s Get Hopping 42: Returning Favourites.

Hello, welcome back to my blog! I’m very excited to join the Let’s Get Hopping team again this month and I’m excited to share this project with you. You’ve come to me from Nina’s blog here.

This month’s blog hop theme is Returning Favourites. Stampin’ Up! have released the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue and it is full of great new stamp sets and coordinating products. What is very cool is that a number of stamp sets and other products have carried over for another year of crafting potential.

I really enjoyed working with the Timeless Tropical stamp set and coordinating In The Tropics dies in the past year, and I’m looking forward to getting more use out of them.

For this design I looked to the Stampin’ Up Colour Coach for colour inspiration. The combination is So Saffron, Gray Granite, and Poppy Parade. I was hesitant at first – this is not a colour combo I would have chosen for myself! That being said, it is good to challenge ourselves when being creative. I am very happy with the outcome!

I stamped the card base tone-on-tone in So Saffron using the pineapple stamp, and spritzed the cardstock layer with the So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker. I love spritzing for adding some detail. Next, I die cut the pineapple base in Gray Granite and sponged it using a Sponge Dauber. The top of the pineapple was die cut in Sahara Sand foil from the Love You Always Foil Sheets.

To finish off the card I heat embossed the sentiment in White Emboss Powder, tied a bow using White Bakers Twine and adhered both of these on top of the pineapple. A few Adhesive Backed Sequins in Mango Melody scattered around brought everything together.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think about this card, please comment below :). Be sure to hop along to see what the rest of the team have been creating. You’ll be visiting Eimear Carvill from Stamp in Colour.

Happy crafting x


Connect, Craft & Collect.

Connect, Craft & Collect.

From 4 May – 14 June 2021, qualifying orders will receive Stampin’ Up!’s generous Stampin’ Rewards PLUS additional rewards! Host a workshop, or gather orders from other crafty friends, and earn Stampin’ Rewards based on the total order amount.

Outside of the workshop setting, Stampin’ Rewards are available to anyone who places an individual order that meet the order totals shown below.

Questions? I’m here to help! Leave a comment below, or email me at megantearemade@gmail.com.

Happy crafting x


April Cards & Coffee.

April Cards & Coffee.

This month’s Cards & Coffee class theme was Mother’s Day.

To make these cards we used the Floral Essence stamp set and coordinating punch. I am so sad that these items are going to be retired with the next Annual Catalogue! The stamp set is so easy to use, and features some super sweet sentiments.

Inspiration for the colour scheme for these two cards came from another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator named Alisa Tilsner. The colours Alisa had used were Rococo Rose, Blushing Bride, Pool Party, and Bermuda Bay. You can see her original project pictures at the end of this blog post.

To keep the card designs within a beginner/casual crafter level I made use of stamping and sponging colouring, as well as using the coordinating punch to add interest. For this card we used the three petal flower image to create the background in tone-on-tone stamping. This technique is a simple way to make your own Designer Series Paper. We sued the Sponge Brushes to add some colour around the four edges.

For this next card, we used a fun masking technique to add colour to the front panel. The Sponge Brushes are great for adding nice, smooth colour in larger areas. We used a different flower image in the stamp set, and added detail with the small leaf and the flower centre. To add some pizzazz, we spritzed the masked area with Frost White Shimmer Paint using a Water Painter.

A wee heart trinket from the Playful Pets Trinkets pack tied onto the sentiment strip with a length of Blushing Bride Twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack finished off the card nicely.

Happy crafting x


Let’s Get Hopping 41: Colour Inspiration

Let’s Get Hopping 41: Colour Inspiration

Hello and welcome to my blog! This is my first time participating with the group from Let’s Get Hopping and I’m so excited to share this project with you. You’ve come to me from Mikaela’s blog here.

This months challenge was to find an item that we were drawn to and use it as our colour inspiration for a project. Everyday I walk past a Fuchsia I have potted on my deck. It has been a favourite flower of mine since I was a child. I remember Mum having one in the garden outside my bedroom window.

My plant features bright pink and purple flowers, and green foliage. When I thought about these colours the Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper came straight to mind. A few of the pieces of printed paper have ice cream specific images, while the rest have geometric and bold watercolour shape designs.

I heat embossed using White Emboss Powder a sentiment from the Floral Essence stamp set, and fussy cut some of the Terracotta Tile and Blackberry Bliss ice creams to make the focal piece, then chose the coordinating Old Olive patterned paper to match the card base.

To make this quick and easy shaker card I put the piece of DSP into a Clear Medium Envelope. Before sealing the flap down, I sprinkled in some Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles. To make it fit the piece of DSP I simply folded over the long edge and adhered it down with some tape. It is important at this point not to make it too tight otherwise the sprinkles wont be able to shake about.

To pair with the shaker card, I decorated a Love You Always Treat Box using the same sentiment and fussy cut ice creams. This time the ice creams were from a different pattern and included an Old Olive one. The three sit on top of a small rectangle of Subtles Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock. A few Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles dotted about, and a length of Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon tied into a bow were added for final touches, with a bow tied on in Whisper White twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack.

What do you think of this fun shaker card and gift box combination? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you! Happy hopping, you’ll be visiting Nina McMillan next.

Happy crafting x


March 8×8 Sampler Class.

March 8×8 Sampler Class.

Hello and welcome back to my blog. For this month’s sampler class we used the Springtime Joy stamp set to make the Easter themed page. How cute are the lamb and rabbit?! When I first saw this set in the Mini Catalogue I knew it would make a great sampler page.

Inspiration for the ‘Easter’ sentiment was from Alanna Wharf – Sleepless Stamper. I saw a card Alanna had designed on Instagram and just loved the use of the negative cut out as the main sentiment. The co-ordinating Designer Series Paper makes a great background for the letters.

We made the wreath using dies from the Pierced Blooms Dies. The branches are curved in different directions, which makes for a fuller and more natural wreath. Branches and plants in nature are of course not uniform in size and shape!

We used a mixture of the colours from the Love You Always Foil Sheets pack to die cut flowers and additional leaves to add some accents to the wreath. The foil sheets feature Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, and Rococo Rose – such a great mix of colours!

We used Stampin’ Blends to colour the rabbit and lamb, and sponged some colour to the white background using the new Blending Brushes. The Blending Brushes are great for adding colour and texture. For added texture and interest for the background piece, we embossed it using the Old World Paper 3D embossing folder.

Happy crafting x


Waikato Creative Crafts Day.

Waikato Creative Crafts Day.

This past weekend was our customer dedicated craft day. Five Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, including myself, get together and teaching fun paper craft projects across one day. It is a full on day, but makes for lots of crafting and social time together.

This Waikato Creative Crafts Day was focused on the exciting products released in the January-June Mini Catalogue.

I demonstrated this fun tri-fold card using products from the Hydrangea Hill Suite. The dies in this suite have fun touches of texture, such as the flower head which cuts out the hydrangea flower and also cuts petals all over the flower head. Simply bending them up with a Take Your Pick tool gives your project a ton of texture and depth.

The colours featured in the Designer Series Paper are some of my fave to work with. I used Misty Moonlight as the card base, and stamped the hydrangea outlines in Merry Merlot. To fill in the flowers I used a mixture of Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Misty Moonlight, and Merry Merlot. A tip here is to tread lightly with the darker colours! I stamped off two or three times to get a nice mixture of tones. The leaves and stems were stamped with Granny Apple Green and Pear Pizzazz. I like to mix up the colours I use when stamping flowers – because we all know that natural flowers are not uniform in size, shape or colour.

To bring the card together, I die cut the mini flowers in Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate, and then added a bow in Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon. A few Pastel Pearls scattered between the layers on the front of the card just finished it of nicely.

Alicia showed of the super cool (pun intended!) products available as a part of the Ice Cream Corner Suite with this shaker card.

I just love this style if shaker card! It is quick and so easy to make. Alicia cut a piece of Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper to fit the card front, and then put that into a Clear Medium Envelope. Before sealing the envelope, Alicia put some Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles in. To get a nice snug fit Alicia simply closed the top of the envelope, and then folded over the long edge at the back and secured it with some Tear & Tape. A tip for this part is to be sure you aren’t making the envelope too tight, you still want the shaker pieces to move around freely.

Raylene taught the event attendees how to make and decorate this photo album using the Treasures of Life stamp set.

This album makes a great keepsake or brag book for any grandparent. You could swap out the sentiments and colours used to make a birthday, Christmas, Easter … any themed album to keep or gift. Some of the pages have been stamped on, and some have been left blank – making lots of choice for adhering photos or for writing memories or journaling.

Irene demonstrated this soft pastel coloured card using products from the Sand & Sea Suite.

I just love, love, love the Sand & Sea Suite. I grew up in a coastal area, and the sea just speaks to my soul. Irene’s choices for the colours in this card are unique. You might have seen a few samples by now of the products in this suite in action – most of which would have been in bold, bright colours. This design makes the Pearlescent Specialty Paper the star of the show.

Did you notice that the die set and the embossing folder in this suite match up? Irene has highlighted that in this design by first stamping the different shells, then die cutting them, and then finally embossing them with the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder. So many creative possibilities with this suite!

Bev showed how to make this cool fun fold card with the Snail Mail Suite of products.

Fun fold cards such as this one Bev has created are fabulous for making a card that the receiver can display in their home. The Snail Mail Designer Series Paper features a fun mix of bright colours, making it a great choice for designs for children and adults alike! I love that Bev has shown how versatile Designer Series Paper really is. You don’t necessarily need to have the coordinating stamp set to make great craft creations – simply fussy cutting some DSP will do the trick! Quick, easy, and cost effective – my kind of crafting.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these projects. Do you have a favourite? I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below :).

Happy crafting x


Stamp Camp 2021.

Stamp Camp 2021.

Last month was our annual Creative Crafts Stamp Camp. Once a year team members from all over the North Island gather in Rotorua for a two night stay, crafting camp. We get to see new product demonstrations, to participate in card swaps, to share our own creativity with displays, to make projects using new product designed by four different presenters, and most importantly we get to see each other in person again.

Designed and presented by Sylvia Patterson.

The first make and take project we got to make was this one featuring products from the Dandy Garden Suite. How cool is the yellow and black colour combination?

We stamped the dragonfly onto vellum and punched it out using the Dragonflies punch. This was then layered onto a punched Basic White piece of cardstock also stamped with the dragonfly image.

Designed and presented by Jan Clothier.

The second project was designed using the Sand & Sea Suite of products. I just love the colours used in this design. We used the new Blending Brushes to create the focal piece background. The brushes make easy work of sponging colour over a large area in a smooth manner.

Designed and presented by Jacque Williams.

Our third make and take project featured the Hydrangea Haven stamp set. This shabby chic design was created by sponging a piece of Whisper White with Rococo Rose, and another with Crumb Cake using the Blending Brushes. We dropped little droplets of water, and also spritzed the Crumb Cake sponged layer with Frost White Shimmer Paint.

Designed and presented by Karen Hadler.

The fourth project of our Stamp Camp weekend was this 3×3 inch notecard and coordinating box made using the Simply Succulents Bundle. I really enjoyed colouring the stamped succulent, you really can chose from a wide range of colour combinations for succulents. Have you ever googled them to see what colours are out there in the world? Karen Hadler showed us a pic she found online, and then used for inspiration in her crafting.

Designed and presented by Tee Jay Horrell.

Our fifth and final make and take project of the weekend was made using products from the Love You Always Suite. We die cut a piece of Love You Always Foil Sheet to create the focal piece, and then embellished this using some Matte Black Dots, a length of Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon, stamped and coloured flowers, a bow tied with the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack, and a length of Basic Black die cut with mini hearts. To add some fun texture to the background we sponged using the Blending Brushes, and then we spritzed using Rococo Rose Blends.

Overall it was a fun weekend away with likeminded people, dedicated to crafting. I mean, what more could you want?! Do you fancy joining me at Stamp Camp in 2022? Join my team as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and not only will you receive discounts on Stampin’ Up! product, but you will gain access to Demonstrator only events such as this one. Email me at megantearemade@gmail.com to ask any questions, or view the ‘Join My Team’ tab at the top of this page.

Happy crafting x


February Cards & Coffee.

February Cards & Coffee.

I’m loving this style of class! My Cards & Coffee class boasts a more relaxed atmosphere, focused on social connection and crafting. With some papers, inks, stamps, and punches we are creating some fun cards, and having fun doing so! This months theme was based around the Sale-a-Bration freebie stamp set A Touch of Ink.

The first card was made using the Oh So Ombre 6×6 Designer Series Paper for the background. This is pack of paper has fun colours in it – Granny Apple Green, Rococo Rose, Bermuda Bay, and Blackberry Bliss – and has either a plain ombre pattern, or a ‘dots’ ombre pattern.

A Touch of Ink stamp set available with a $110 order.

We stamped the sentiment and then punched it out using the Everyday Label Punch. To create the layer behind the sentiment we simply punched a piece of the Blackberry Bliss ombre Designer Series Paper and then used Paper Snips to cut it in half in portrait orientation. This was then adhered behind the stamped piece.

The second card we made really showed off the two-step stamping that the A Touch of Ink stamp set does. We used Basic Gray to stamp all of the outline images, and then came back with the ‘filler’ stamps to add colour. Two-step stamping is a fantastic feature of photopolymer stamps because you can literally see through the stamps to line up the two layers.

Sale-a-Bration is quickly coming to an end. Sunday 28th February is the last day you can place a qualifying order and earn this stamp set, or one of the other awesome free items. As always, you can shop online and simply choose me as your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Alternatively, message me directly and I’ll help you place the order: megantearemade@gmail.com.

Happy crafting x