Sunday, June 1, 2014


I recently attended Stampin' Up!'s fabulous Inspire.Create.Share.2014 event in Melbourne; as always, our annual Convention was A-MA-ZING. I was lucky enough, along with about 690 others, to receive some of the new Blendabilities alcohol markers!!  We received a pack of the Calypso Coral Blendabilities, along with a gorgeous stamp, as an all-attendee giveaway.   LOVE Stampin' Up!'s generosity.  As a result of this gesture on their part, it's entirely possible that the Australian/New Zealand blog world, of Stampin' Up! demonstrators, will in coming weeks be saturated with images coloured in Calypso Coral!  I have new colours on the way, so will try to mix it up a bit.

I'm a bit sad to see the lovely Secret Garden stamp set and framelits on the Retired List this year; they are available to buy only until the end of this month.  Our new catalogue, which launches 1st July, does however have a new, gorgeous, floral stamp set and matching framelits, so I won't be bereft for long!

One of my FAVOURITE things about now having alcohol-based markers in our range, is that I'll be able to custom-colour rhinestones, pearls, buttons, and other embellishments.  Check out how pretty these rhinestones look, coloured with the darkest of the three markers in the Calypso Coral Blendabilities pack:

I used the Blendabilities to colour both the flowers and the rhinestones.  Here's my card, in its entirety:

Stamps: Secret Garden, Blooming With Kindness
Card: Calypso Coral, Whisper White
DSP: Epic Day This & That Designer Series Paper
Ink: Memento Black inkpad, Calypso Coral and Basic Gray stampin' pads, Calypso Coral Blendabilities
Other: Adorning Accents Edgelits and embossing folder, Chalk Talk framelits, Secret Garden framelits, Delicate Details Lace Tape, Epic Day This & That washi tape, Calypso Coral baker's twine, Basic Gray stitched grosgrain ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, sponge dauber, Neutrals button (retired), glue dots


  1. Lovely - Andrea & the dogs!

  2. What a beautiful job you've done of this! Love that you coloured the rhinestones too! I haven't cracked mine open yet but I have added a few new colours to my pre order - not yet submitted, must check it again to make sure I haven't missed anything lol.

    Was sooooo good to spend some time with you in Melbourne. Wish we could do it more often!!! xox

  3. So pretty Christine, love the matching rhinestones and the Basic Grey ribbon.

  4. Wonderful that you received the Blendabilities!! You've put them to work beautifully on the Secret Garden flowers. Looks like you've easily mastered the blending technique. A gorgeous card, Christine!

  5. Hey great ideas and tips on how to use these Christine - and what they can be used for. I'm looking forward to having a go with them too - but a little scared at the same time! This card is lovely - I love the little boarder and touch of gray too. Chantell