Retiring in-colours (2015-2017)

Well, it’s almost that time of the year in the Stampin’ Up! world where we wave goodbye to a set of 5 “in-colours” and welcome 5 new ones. I used the upcoming retirement of Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder as inspiration to use up some of my supplies.

Last weekend, I caught up for a craft session with my up line Laura, and I decided to get out all my envelope paper and create a pile of envelopes, as this paper had been sitting unused for more than a year. Seriously, I made a huge stack of envelopes!

The little itty bitty ones on the top are made to hold 3×3 cards. Tonight, I set about creating some little itty bitty cards to match.

First, I created this cute set of 5 mini note cards with matching envelopes. The cards are 3×3 inches with the Whisper White measuring 2 7/8 square. I used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

While my mojo was still with me, I used the Balloon Adventures stamp set to create a second set using the same dimensions as the first set.

These will be a great gift idea, and would box up nicely. 

I hope this blog post inspires you to use up some of your retiring in-colours!

Violette 💟

Stampin’ Up! Colour Guide

I’ve been very busy over the last few days because I’m wanting to become more organised with my Stampin’ Up! supplies. I feel like a highly organised workspace and headspace frees up the mind for creativity.

So, one thing I’ve done to help allow this to happen is create a colour guide chart thingy – a super technical name!

It shows you all the shades of colours across all colour families, including the two in-colour sets for 2016-2018 and 2017-2019.

I hope you find it useful! Feel free to share it with your customers, but I do ask that you keep my watermark on it so that my hard work is credited 🙂

Let the countdown begin for the new Annual Catalogue on June 1! I can’t wait 🙂

💟 Violette 

ESAD 2017 Last Chance Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop

Welcome to my first ever blog hop! You might be just starting here, or perhaps you’ve come from Rachael – Either way, welcome, and I hope you enjoy the journey!

The theme for this blog hop is Sale-A-Bration (SAB) – the one time of the year when every $90AUD you spend earns you a FREE product. This promotion runs out at the end of this month, so we thought we’d all get together and share some projects we’ve each made, featuring a SAB item.

I’ve recently purchased the Paisleys & Posies stamp set and coordinating framelits, and decided to mix and match with the SAB So Very Much stamp set.

I chose Rich Razzleberry as my main colour and teamed it up with Emerald Envy, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Soft Suede and copper.

Here’s what I created (scroll down for measurements):

It’s a larger square card with a stamped Very Vanilla card lining to write your message on inside.

I used the Paisleys & Posies stamp set to create my own DSP – stamp in Basic Black, emboss some copper highlights and colour with markers. Very soothing and relaxing 😊

Here’s the all-important measurements, so that you can make your own!

  • Rich Razzleberry card base 14.8 x 29.6cm, scored on the long side at 14.9cm
  • Very Vanilla cardstock for DIY DSP 14.3 x 14.3cm
  • Copper foil sentiment mat 11 x 11cm
  • Rich Razzleberry sentiment cardstock 10.5 x 10.5cm
  • Very Vanilla card lining 13.8 x 13.8cm

I used dimensionals to adhere the sentiment mat to the front of the card, to give it more depth. 

I just love the finished product, and I think I’ll make some more of these to add to my stash!

Well, that’s it from me, but please fasten your seatbelt and hop safely to the next destination on this blog hop – say hi to Monique Fielder!

Happy stamping!

Love Violette 💟

Paisleys & Posies with some mindful colouring

Hi all,

Manic Monday definitely hit me hard today! So after a full-on day at work, some calming crafting was on the menu. I decided to finally play with my Paisleys stamp set. When I first saw this in the catalogue, it didn’t really catch my eye. Once I started seeing creations online though, I simply had to have it! Scroll down to see my first finished project as well as the measurements 🙂

Colours used: Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron and gold.


  • Card base – half an A4 (21 x 14.9cm) scored in half at 10.5cm
  • Mat 1 – 9.5 x 13.9cm
  • Mat 2 – 9 x 9 cm
  • Very Vanilla – 8.5 x 8.5cm
  • Sentiment in Very Vanilla – 9.5 x 3cm

On the Very Vanilla cardstock, I randomly stamped various images from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set with Basic Black ink.

And then used my Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker to add a hit of colour. I found this very calming & soothing after the hectic day I had!

I finished it off with a couple of dies from the coordinating framelits, and voilà!

Hope you enjoyed this simple and calming project.


Violette 💟

Quick & easy ‘Balloon Adventures’ card with instructions

Happy weekend everyone! I don’t know about you, but my life has been crazy hectic since school went back, so I haven’t had much of a chance to do some crafting. Today I sat down and created these super quick & easy cards using the Balloon Adventures stamp set. Hope you enjoy this project 😊

First, you’ll need to get your cardstock ready. You’ll need half an A4 sheet of cardstock in the colour of your choice for the card base, scored in half. You’ll also need a 7.5×13.9cm piece of Whisper White cardstock and some small scraps of cardstock in your choice of colour for the balloon.

I’m making a bulk lot, using Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight. I made one earlier using Sweet Sugarplum.

After you’ve scored your card bases in half, it’s time to stamp some balloons on the right edge of each card, using the matching ink colour. I used the dot balloon and the stripe balloon alternately, beginning at the top and working my way down. You’ll fit 4 balloons down the edge.

Put the card bases to one side, and get ready to stamp on those Whisper White pieces of cardstock. Stamp a ribbon and bow on each piece – I used Smoky Slate. Make sure you leave enough of a gap at the top to fit the balloon. Then use your matching ink again to stamp a sentiment.

Next, you’ll need to choose a coordinating colour to go with each card (perfect time to use up some scraps) for the balloon. For example, on my Sweet Sugarplum card, I used Flirty Flamingo for the balloon. Use either the dot or stripe balloon and stamp using the matching ink colour. Then use the balloon punch to punch out the balloon. Adhere it to the Whisper White cardstock with a dimensional.

Lastly, adhere your Whisper White strip to the left side of your card base, using 5 dimensionals (one in each corner and one in the middle). They’re now ready to give!

Hope you enjoyed this quick project and that the rest of your weekend is super!


Violette 💟