Monday, 12 March 2018

A BLEND of craft and relaxation

A BLEND of craft and relaxation!

On weekends I often find myself sitting out the back with my husband just relaxing. But what relaxing means to some does not always mean the same to others. I really don't know how to just stop, so my downtime often involves crafting aswell.

I used one of these days to create my best friends birthday card for this year.

I sat out the back under the pergola and just wanted to colour. I love colouring with the Stampin' Blends, but what makes it even better is using it with DSP that has the best images to colour. I was able to use the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper to get crafting in a real relaxation mood. I was able to colour in the images, then use my snips to delicately cut out the flower images I wanted for the card.

After a few hours of colouring I was then ready to put these items into use for the card. I wanted a layered card. Something special for someone special. So I layered a card within a card. I continued using more of the Petal Passion DSP, but also incorporated the Lovely Friends Stamp Set to really get the message right.

The front is where my colouring items are showcased. I was able to layer the different floral images on dimensionals to give them some depth. I stamped then punched with the Pretty Label Punch a birthday sentiment.

The layered card inside is opposite the stamped message. Berry Burst, Pool Party and Old Olive were the colours that helped the message pop. I added an extra coloured and fussy cut flower here as well.

I couldn't leave the inside of the internal card blank, so I added one more sentiment and one more coloured and cut out flower. 

I really enjoyed creating this card for my friend. 

If you like the look of the techniques, stamps or products used here, let me know.  You could attend one of my classes, order one of my classes on the run (where you can order the class kit along with the stamp set), purchase some of the products through my online store, or even join my team and receive ongoing support and creative ideas.

Products used that you may also like to purchase via my online store:
  • Paper Snips - 103579 - $17
  • Pretty Label Punch - 143715 - $31
  • Lovely Friends Stamp set - 143763 - $47
  • Petal Passion designer series paper - 145589 - $19.25
  • Stampin' Blends marker collection - 147475 - $209.25 (markers can be purchased individually for $7.75 each)

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Celebrate Sale-A-Bration

Celebrating Sale-A-Bration

Wow! It's been way too long since I've blogged, and for that I'm sorry.
My goal this year is to try to do one at least fortnightly. Let's see how I go.
It's Sale A Bration time, which means new catalogue, great offers, and creative juices flowing everywhere.
Last night I held a class using SAB product. Did you miss out? Here is a peek at what we did.

Party Pandas
Free with a level one qualifying order.

We created 4 different cards using Sale A Bration products. Party Panda the fun juggler, then the Beautiful Peacock, Bottles and Amazing you.

Beautiful Peacock

Free with a level one qualifying order. 

We used Brusho to create the background before heat embossing the white tail. Fussy cutting the Peacock an sticking it with dimensionals made him pop.

Amazing You

Free with a level one qualifying order. 

Celebrate You Thinlits Dies
Free with a level two qualifying order.

Layering helps create depth with the design, and thats what we did with this card. Using dies, embossing, punches and stamping, we layered textures elements to reply make the card pop.

Bubbles and Fizz
Designer Series Paper


Free with a level one qualifying order. 

Our last card was the Bottle card using the Bubble and Fizz Paper. It co-ordinates perfectly with the Bubble Over Bundle (146082 - $71.00) from the Occasions catalogue. Can you see the fabulous droplets too? The Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes (145632 - $12.25) create the right moisture look for the bottles.

If you missed my class but would like to attend an upcoming one - head over to my events page to find a class that would suit you.

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!

Nikki Miers
Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator 
Mobile: 0419 723 097

©Stampin Up!

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Whats hot in Sale-a-bration

Every time a new catalogue launches, I create a Printers Tray that highlights some of the wonderful products.

This month I have created one just for Sale-A-Bration, so in one snapshot you can see just some of the fantastic things you can get for free with every $90 you order.

So let me share with you some of these features. The Botanicals for you stamp set was the first one I ordered. I just love the large sentiment. Here I used just the stamp on Whisper White cardstock.
The next item I wanted to include was some of the Botanical Gardens Vellum. Soft and pretty that fits nicely with all of the Botanicals DSP from the Occasions catalogue, but also looks great behind the Wildflower Fields DSP.

You will notice that I have used the Wildflowers DSP as the background for all other samples on the tray. Which means I used the co-ordinating colours which are: Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive and Whisper White.

I also have the lovely Perfect Pairings Stamp set. These are fantastic words that can be used in so many settings. I can even see them being great for my scrapbooking.

To match the Wildflower Fields DSP, I also have the Flowering Fields Stamp set. On this sample, I inked the flowers only with my marker and then stamped it over a dsp. It looks like it fits nicely.

The Honeycomb Happiness stamp set seems to be favourite, so I couldn't resist and I made the three samples with each of the pictures and the corresponding sentiments.

 The last stamp set featured was the Sky is the limit. This set is only available until 15th February, so if you like this set you will need to get in quick.

Now there is one more limited time only product used in the tray and that is the Perfectly Artistic DSP. Can you spot it. It is one of my favourites, so I will be featuring this product in an upcoming blog - so stay tuned.

If you would like to see more, attend a class or even the catalogue launch, hold you own class, or become a demonstrator yourself - contact me at

I look forward to sharing more with you all.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Cloudy days make the best craft days.

What do you do on a cloudy overcast day?
Get crafty!!!!!!! 

And that's exactly what I did, well after my gym session anyway.

I have been slowly using my new products, one by one, to create samples for my launch and workshops after the new Occasions catalogue and Sale-A-Bration is released. If you would like to attend one, or have your own don't forget to contact me so we can organise something just for you.

For today's card I wanted to use the Party Pop-Up Thinlits. These thinlits create a lovely pop out that you place inside a card. On Whisper White cardstock I created the inside by cutting the pop out, but when I looked at it on the white against the white card I had prepared, it needed something else to make it pop further. Watermelon Wonder sponge to the rescue, or so I thought. It still didn't look finished, so I turned to the new Party Wishes stamp set to the wonderful mini cupcake, mini balloon and mini candle. I chose the colours Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise to add a bit more around my Party Pop.

Then it was time to work on the card itself. The next product I really wanted to use was the new Balloon Bouquet punch. To bring the inside and the outside together I used the Cucumber Crush mini balloon stamp again to create a background. After punching out Watermelon Wonder Balloons I put them through the big shot in the Decorative Dots embossing folder. The balloons needed something to tie them down, that's where the cake stamp from Party Wishes cut downtime in handy. So I used the marker to colour the Make A Wish stamp to only get the words on the cake (which is now a vase - don't you just love versatility) The gold trim from the current holiday catalogue made great ribbons for the balloons, and a sponge of Daffodil Delight around the edge. After putting it all together I was almost happy.
So how did I finish it off? Dazzling Details!!!!!!!! The gold kind. A little on my finger and I smudged it over the balloons on the outside and over the pop on the inside. And now I was happy it was finished.

If you like the look of this card and would like to learn how to make this or others, contact me today. If you would like to purchase any of the products I used here, head over to my online shop.

And don't forget - cloudy days make the best craft days!

Monday, 28 December 2015

Sneak Peek into 2016!

As the festive season comes to a close, I was able to find some time to finally play with my pre-order products from the 2016 SAB and Occasional Catalogue.

I know you are all going to love whats in store in 2016, so I thought I would share a little peek at just some of the new products that you will have an opportunity to play with soon.

The first card was using the SAB - Sky is the Limit. A fantastic stamps that can be yours for free when you spend $90 or more during the Sale-A-Bration period. You will also see a glistening of Wink of Stella just to make the card sparkle. There is also a insight into the Perfectly Artistic DSP, also a SAB special.

The next three cards were a variety from the Botanical Suite (there are items in both the SAB and the Occasions catalogue that sit within the Botanicals suite) 


The Botanical Gardens DSP, The Botanical Builder Framelits, The Botanicals For You SAB Stamp set were all used to make these creations. Can you spot - The sentiment from the SAB Perfect Pairings set, The Gold Embossed Flowers, The woven technique. Creating a variety of cards using one suite that matches makes life so much easier.

The last card I made I used the It's My Party Suite. It's my Party DSP, Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Party Wishes stamp set were used to make this subtle yet effective card. Mint Macaron is the dominant colour used here, but you will notice I used the Wink of Stella Glitter brush again and some Silver Thread just to add a little shine and sparkle.

These products will be available from 5th January 2016. Make sure you subscribe to my newsletter to stay up to date. You can also come along to my catalogue launch on Sunday 17th January if you live in Brisbane - RSVP through my website today. I look forward to sharing these new products with you all. Don't forget you can also hold your very own workshop (in person or online) to also gain the hostess benefits during Sale-A-Bration (all hostesses get an extra $40 on top of rewards for any sales over $400 as well as one SAB product for every $90 spent) Contact me to arrange one today -