Watercolour with Blender Pens

Watercolour is one of the biggest trends in paper crafting at the moment.  Luckily, there are many techniques that will allow you can incorporate that look into your cards, without requiring you to be a painting expert!

Learn more about this months class kit HERE

In this technique based class you will learn

  • How to use  a blender pen for best results
  • Watercolouring using Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pad
  • How to create shading with just one colour
  • any many more…..

the only class supplies you will need is …..


Learn more about this months class kit HERE

The Basic Card Making Supplies Every Stamper Needs

The Basic Card Making Supplies Every Stamper Needs

While you could dive into the world of paper crafting with a pair of scissors, some construction paper and a bottle of white school glue, a few basic paper crafting tools can really take your craft to the next level. By investing in a few beginner card making supplies, you’ll be creating projects with professional results and a lot less frustration!

Here, I’ll walk you through the basic tools every papercrafter needs

Paper trimmers

A paper trimmer is a must for card making and scrapbooking. It keeps your edges straight and square, and makes cutting so much faster. Your paper trimmer should have a trimming tool (for cutting paper) and a scoring tool (for creasing paper).

I recommend using a paper trimmer like the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer. First off, I have to say that every tool from Stampin’ Up!  is really great quality. I haven’t tried a tool of theirs yet that I wouldn’t recommend.

Why this particular trimmer? Full 30.5 cm cut or score cards for easy folding.  1 cutting and 1 scoring blade.  I love the ability to cut and score all with one tool. Ruler and grid protected by durable plastic cover.  Point on cutting / scoring handle for precise measuring.   Right side grid for cutting thin strips Plus, it has paper trimmer must-haves, like a ruler along the top.

The size of this trimmer is nice, too: It’s a great size for easy storage and has an extended arm ( 36.5cm) when you want to cut or score a full 12″ x 12″ piece of paper.

Circle punches

I have a small collection of circle punches that I use often.  I would recommend getting a variety of sizes of circle punches. They’re great for layering papers for tags and other embellishments on cards. Circle punches come in a wide range of sizes — Stampin’ Up! have handheld punches that measure 1/16” to ¼” which I love, too.

Tip: Flip the punch upside down so you can see the area you are punching out. This will help you get more out of page and punch your circles more accurately.

You can also buy punches for other shapes, but you’ll find circles to be very versatile, and you’ll love how crisp and perfect the results are.

Staplers

Every paper crafter needs a stapler, and I love this little stapler.  I usually use it to attach small tags or other ephemera to gifts bags and cards. The size adds a special touch to every project. The thin design helps you to get into tight places that would be hard to reach with a regular stapler.

Handheld Stapler

Handheld Stapler

Adhesive runner

When attaching photos and paper to cards, scrapbook pages and gift bags, you can’t just use school glue or tape. What you want is something lightweight but strong enough to hold paper together. An adhesive runner, like SNAIL, or Fast Fuse does the trick..

Before trying this tool, know that SNAIL it’s not strong enough to hold everything. I don’t use it for gluing on thick embellishments like chipboard or holding together any 3-D projects like boxes, but Fast Fuse works a treat.

Liquid glue

For 3-D projects like gift boxes or thicker card embellishments, you’ll need a strong liquid glue. I discovered the Multi purpose Liquid Glue and love it! Once this glue dries (and it dries quickly — only a minute or two to set), it holds everything perfectly in place. None of my boxes or other 3-D projects fall apart when glued with this adhesive. 

This particular bottle has two dispensing ends, which makes it a versatile choice for whatever project you’re working on. I always use the thin pen tip because I am usually gluing small areas. It also has a broad tip, similar to the size of a glue stick, for larger projects.

Foam adhesive dots (Stampin’ Dimentionals)

Stampin’ Dimentionals great for emphasising embellishments. Because of the foam, they elevate elements off the page, really making them pop. Put them behind a sentiment, flower or another embellishment on a card to really bring it to life. They are a great alternative to a hot glue gun with some materials.

Cardstock

To craft with paper, you definitely need, well, paper! I like to keep a supply of A4 smooth, Thick white cardstock on hand for making cards. Cutting one of these pages in half and folding it makes the perfect sized card. Hint: You can also buy “Note Cards & Envelopes” which are pre-cut and pre-folded cards to save yourself  a step.

I prefer smooth cardstock for the base of my cards because you can easily write your sentiment on the inside. However, textured cardstock is great for decorating and embellishing.

Patterned paper

I love stampin’ Up! Patterned paper, The paper packs often include coordinating embellishments, ribbon and more. It makes creating a cohesive card or project so easy. I also love the Memories & More collections. It comes with different size cards, washi tape, chipboard embellishments and more that all work well together. Plus, it’s really pretty!

With these supplies, you’ll have enough to get started. Once you’re comfortable using these, you might even graduate to more advanced supplies like Die Cutting or Heat embossing.

What’s NEW for 2018?

The start of a brand new year inevitably leads us to thoughts of making resolutions to change a bad habit, to improve our skills or to get more organized.  Here, at Kristy Coromandel dot com  it’s no different. I recently sent out a survey to my newsletter subscribers for their input into the changes coming in 2018.  Let me share with you what’s coming new in 2018.

NEW! Tips & Techniques

I love learning new techniques and also a new way to use those old techniques that we love. Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month I will share a tip and /or technique beginning Wednesday 7th February 2018.

NEW! Make It Monday

Previously known as Make A Card Monday, but this year we’re calling it Make it Monday where we will feature more than just a cards.  These projects will include Greeting cards plus scrapbook pages, gift ideas etc.    Each Monday I will be bringing you fun tutorials with measurements and complete instructions so that you can start your week creating!

Of course some features will be staying the same

 Class-To-Go

These classes have been more popular than I could have ever imagined. The monthly class-to-go is staying right here.  Each month we will bring you a new class to go featuring the latest Stampin’ Up! products.  These classes will continue to include video tutorials and PDF handouts for each projects.

I have a few other fun surprises in store so if you don’t already subscribe to my newsletter, take a minute to sign up. HERE  I promise, I won’t spam you or sell off your email address.  Join  others who love inspiration in their in-box weekly!

 

 

SALE-A-BRATION is coming!!!!!

SALE-A-BRATION is coming!!!!!

SALE-A-BRATION is coming!!!!!  It’s almost here!

Sale-a-Bration is like a second Christmas for stampers – add to it a new Occasions catalogue and what could be better?

It’s a gift with purchase kinda thing that lasts for three months!

Sale-a-Bration starts on January 2nd, as does the Occasions catalogue.

Need Catalogues?

Need a copy of both the catalogues?  Simply fill out this form HERE and I will pop one in the mail for you.

In the meantime, you can download the PDF for both the Occasions Catalogue HERE and Sale-a-bration catalogue HERE.

What is Sale-a-bration

Sale-a-bration is when you spend $90 in product before shipping you get to choose a free stamp set, ribbon pack, designer series paper packs, thinlit dies, Memories & More card packs all kinds of great things.  Anywhere where you see this icon below, you can get that item for free with a $90 purchase.

For every $90 you spend, you’llreceive a free Sale-A-Bration product. For anyone who has enjoyed Sale-A-Bration in the past, we have an exciting new announcement for this year: We now have a new reward level, giving you more flexibility and options for your free items.

Let’s break it down:

  • If they spend $90 you’ll get one free level 1 product.
  • If they spend $180 you’ll get one free level 2 product, OR, they can choose two level 1 items.
  • If they spend $270 you’ll have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item, plus $27 in stampin’ rewards.

This new option allows everyone to create a personalised Sale-A-Bration experience!

Sale-a-bration and the occasions catalogue officially kick off Wednesday 3 January.

 

 

My Top 9 Projects from 2017

My Top 9 Projects from 2017

It’s hard to believe 2017 is almost over, but before the clock tick over to 2018.  I wanted to share with you my Top 9 projects from 2017.  Shimmer on Vellum Card was the most popular one for 2017, and this was also my favourite.

Click on the images below to view the video tutorial for each project.

 

Leave me a comment and let me know what type of projects, techniques, or solutions you would like to see in 2018.

FREE Shipping – 24 Hours Only

FREE Shipping – 24 Hours Only

Stampin’ Up! have issued an early Christmas surprise… Free shipping for the 24 hours only.

Looking for last minute Christmas Gifts, I highly recommend the Soft Sayings All-inclusive Card Kit and Love Today Planners (below)

Want delivery before Christmas

Today is also the last day to order to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas, be sure to stock up on stocking stuffers like adhesive, punches and small embellishments


End of Year Clearance Sale

End of year clearance sale is still on be sure to order your favourite items from the holiday catalogue before they’re gone and our clearance Rack has some amazing discounted items also

There is a lot you can shop for to take advantage of this one day FREE shipping special. I’m off to place an order right now.  Visit my online store to place an order today!

 

Reserve your Stamparatus today!

Reserve your Stamparatus today!

Did you miss out on reserving your new Stamparatus tool?   The first Stamparatus reservation window reached its maximum number of reservations in just 15 minutes. It turns everyone LOVES  and MUST HAVE this new stamping tool! I must admit I was super excited!  In fact, your response was so amazing that Stampin’ Up! decided to make some important adjustments to the reservation process.

Exciting News

You can reserve your Stamparatus tool from  6–31 December; however, during this reservation period Stampin’ Up! will take as many orders as they receive (yay!) and not close the window until 31 December. So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open! (YAY!!!!!!)

Reserve your Stamparatus today on this link HERE

Please note the following Stamparatus reservation changes:

  • Beginning 19 March, Stamparatuses will ship in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in our warehouse. Because shipment dates are based on manufacturing lead times, not all of the reservations made during the 6–31 December window will ship on 19 March (as was previously announced).
  • In order to accommodate demand, there is only one reservation per customer (and one per demonstrator).
  • Because Stampin’ Up! is not limiting the maximum number of reservations for this window. Therefore, this is the last chance for you to reserve a Stamparatus

The reservation window will open at 8:00 AM (AEDT) on 6 December

I can’t wait for you to get your hands on your very own Stamparatus and look forward to seeing the projects you’ll make with this incredible stamping tool.

How to reserver your Stamparatus

Reserve your stamparatus in four (4) easy steps

Reserve your Stamparatus today on this link HERE

This Little Piggy Class to Go

Ths month’s Class Kit we’re featuring “This Little Piggy” Stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

You will need to provide a few supplies yourself including Ink & Adhesive

Product List

Each class kit will arrive at your front door sorted and organized by project. I will do all the scoring, punch, cutting and prep work for you.
There are 3 options to choose from

Option #1 (All-Inclusive Kit) $60

This is the full Class To Go Kit. It includes the clear mount This Little Piggy Stamp set  (a $35 value!), Video tutorials, PDF handouts and four Make and Take materials. Learn More and register on this link HERE  

Option #2 (Class Kit) $27

This is the Class to Go Kit for those of you who already own the This Little Piggy Stamp Set. You will need the stamp set to create these projects, so only choose this option if you already own them. You will receive a four  Make and Take materials, plus video tutorials and PDF Handouts. Learn More and register on this link HERE  

Option #3 (Online Class) $20

Online Class only- want to cut your own cardstock and already own the products? This is the option for you. If you purchase the Online Class option (includes video tutorials and PDF handouts) you will receive instant access.  Purchase this class HERE

Free Shipping – 24 Hours only

Enjoy free shipping on all orders placed in my online store on Monday 27 November.  Shop on this link HERE

2 Days Left of Stampin’ Up! Sale

Today and tomorrow and then this Holiday Extravaganza sale is over!  Stampin’ Up! doesn’t extend this sale, so be sure to order what you want now as many supplies are while supplies last.

Don’t wait another moment to place your order.

Last year I had a stamper wait to place it all as one order, she was able to get things on the one day special, but then the other items she could have ordered before on sale had sold out.

Click here to view all the sale items.  All the photos listed on that page are clickable links directly to the products.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the sale!

Black Friday Sale

Since June 2017 I have offered a new online class each month featuring Stampin’ Up! products.  These online classes are only available for one (1) month after which they’re kept in the vault never to be offered again.  Until Now!!!.  To Celebrate Black Friday, I’m bundling these 5 online classes.

Each class features:

  • 4 Projects featuring a Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set
  • Each project includes a video tutorial
  • plus PDF handout for you to include into an inspiration folder
  • Full supply list and
  • any templates required  to complete projects

Learn more and to register for the online classes click HERE

All you need to know about Black Friday in Australia

Black Friday is an annual celebration held on the first Friday right after Thanksgiving. Hence, it was originally celebrated only by Americans. It did originate in the US. However, unlike any other all-American holiday, this one revolves entirely around the shopping.

It is known for creating one crazy frenzy event every single year. It is mainly caused by the severe price-cuts that occur on that day. So, if you are one of those shopping fanatics that would die for a good bargain then, Black Friday would be perfect for you. All the offers you’ll find that day are probably the best you can get all year round. Honestly, what time would be better than this to start doing some early Christmas shopping? Have I caught your attention yet? If so, read on!!

From Black Friday- Cyber Monday (November 24th- 27th) we’re throwing a celebration in our classroom with special pricing on selected online classes. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list as I will be sending an email early Friday spilling all the details- but you’re not going to want to miss it.

Stampin’ Up! Sale – While Supplies Last!

Stampin’ Up! Sale – While Supplies Last!

Once a year, there is a Stampin’ Up! sale like no other… you don’t wanna miss this one!

Below are the exact details, but before you scroll, read these points you don’t want to miss:

One Day sales:  Monday 20 November

Items are only AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Putting items in your shopping bag does not keep them on reserve for you, they are not yours until you check out!

If you don’t have a Big Shot, there are so many items on sale for the Big Shot, that the savings alone would pay for your Big Shot!

OK, so let’s start with the November 20th ONE DAY ONLY SPECIALS:




There you have it, quite a list of amazing savings to help you stuff your own stocking this year!

Merry Little Christmas Class-to-Go

Merry Little Christmas Class-to-Go

I’m excited to share with you this month’s Class Kit-To-Go!  What is a Class Kit To Go?  It’s a class to go kit that includes four projects along with the coordinating stamp set!

This month’s class features the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card kit.  This card kit can be used for multiple paper crafting projects, including Memory Keeping.

In this class I want to share with you how you can use the Memories & More kit to create greeting cards.

There are 2 ways in which you can participate.

    1. All Inclusive Kit – which includes Merry Little Christmas Memories & More card pack  plus project kit to create all projects
    2. Online Class – Receive the video tutorials and PDF handouts (no supplies)

Learn more and to register visit https://www.kristycoromandel.com/ClassToGo

Stampin Blends are HERE!!!

Stampin Blends are HERE!!!

The NEW Stampin’ Blends are available to order right now! It is such an exciting day.

These Alcohol based markers are the best for blending and colouring. They are going to make you look like a professional even if you aren’t.

There are also some other exciting NEW PRODUCTS that you can have fun with the NEW Stampin’ blends.  It is the Colour Me Happy Bundle.  Here is the stamp set and the card kit.

Features

  • Add just the right amount of colour where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  • Each colour (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
  • We have done in-house testing for evaporation and life testing and are really happy with the results, so you can feel confident sharing them with your customers.
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting colour.

Look how easy they are to use.  View quick short video below

The Details:

There are 27 markers but let’s explore this some more:

  • There are 10 colours plus two neutrals that come in combo packs.
  • There is also an Ivory and Bronze.
  • There is a Colour Lifter – don’t buy any markers if you don’t get the Lifter.

Stampin Blends are best used on   Whisper White or Thick Whisper White card stock.   You will need the Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad if you don’t have one.