Enjoy The Little Things in Life ~ May Video Blog Hop

Hi everyone, you are visiting Kayla MacAulay's blog from Tasmania, Australia. Can you believe it is almost the end of May? We are almost half way through the year which is an exciting and sad time at Stampin' Up! because it does mean that while we are saying hello to lots of great and gorgeous new products, we are also saying goodbye to some.

I am so happy and blessed to have been asked to be a part of the "Enjoy The Little Things In Life" Video Blog Hop team where we are sharing a new blog post and video each month. 
This month is my first month and the month where we are featuring our favourite retiring stamp set and retiring colours!

At the end of each annual catalogue we say goodbye to set a five In Colours but in fact this year we are saying goodbye to lots of colours as Stampin' Up! have decided to have a colour revamp and refresh their colour families, which meant saying goodbye to some!

I decided to focus on a couple of the retiring In Colours which happened to be my favourites, Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy.
I really wanted to give watercoloring a go on the gorgeous Shimmery White A4 Cardstock. I hope you enjoy my project and my video.
Be sure to check the end of the post for all the supplies I have used and links to all the other gorgeous blogs that have taken part.



Here's a look at my completed card.
I really enjoyed the watercoloring process on this card. I do have some tips for this on the video so be sure to check that out.

Here's a look at my corresponding video for the hop:



I have also used quite a few retiring products including the Badges & Banners Stamp Set and coordinating Badge Punch as well as the Birthday Mini Binder Clips and Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper. I also used the retiring Dapper Denim and Soft Sky Cardstock. I will be sad to see them go.

I accented the card with a few products that are actually carrying over to the new catalogue including the Metallic Sequin mix, Linen Thread, Tabs for Everything Stamp Set and the beautiful Vellum.


It's an amazing hop and you can see all the other gorgeous blogs and videos here.




Here's a close up of my completed card. How gorgeous do these colours look blended together in the watercolour? I think I will be doing this again.

I hope you enjoyed today's post. Be sure to check out all the other blogs and be sure to leave a comment. I would love to hear from you. 

Happy crafting. xx

SHOP ONLINE: My online store is open 24/7 and you can always shop for the supplies I have used to create any of the projects on my blog. Click on the images of the products at the bottom of the post to be taken right to my online store. 

QUESTIONS: Do you have any questions? Please leave me a comment or send me an email to kaylarenee@stampinwithkayla.com

ARE YOU IN AUSTRALIA & NEED A CATALOGUE? Let me send you one (if you don’t already have a demonstrator) Email me with your postal address to kaylarenee@stampinwithkayla.com










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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop ~ Stamparatus

Thank you for stopping by my blog (Kayla MacAulay), from Tasmania Australia.
Welcome to my very first blog hop with Stamping Sunday...the great blog hop hosted by the lovely ever so talented Sara Levin!
I am so thrilled to be part of this hop with a bunch of talented and amazing crafters from all over the world.

I can't wait to share my projects for today using the ever so amazing STAMPARATUS tool. This tool really has been amazing and has changed the way I stamp! I love the amazing possibilities that is provides for some absolutely amazing techniques. It really is a 'must have' for every crafter and should be a staple on your desk. It really sets itself apart from all other stamping positioning tools on the market because it has TWO removable plates meaning you have FOUR sides to work with and can use it for both photopolymer and red rubber stamps! It is a nice size to work with, has grid plates that won't wear with cleaning. I can't stop boasting about it!

I really wanted to go back to basics with today's post and talk about what it does best and that is stamp positioning, so I set to work with one of the amazing new host sets from the new catalogue which is called Hand Delivered. This set is a great example because it has a lot of two step stamping involved. I created one card with the lady holding balloons and the other holding a sign.
Sometimes these types of stamps can be tricky to line up, but with the help of the Stamparatus, it is a breeze!
It also means that if it doesn't stamp quite right the first time, it's easy to just ink up and stamp again for a perfect impression! Doesn't get much better than that!

Without further ado, here are my finished cards...


I love how they turned out and I went to town colouring them with the Stampin' Blends, which will be available to order again very soon *wink*
I think some are already back in stock!

It is important when using the Stampin' Blends to ensure you are stamping with the Memento Black ink to ensure that it does not smear or smudge the stamped image due to the alcohol content in the markers.


Here's a closer look at the Hand Delivered stamp set that I used for these cards and so you can see why the Stamparatus is such a handy tool to use when stamping these! 
I love that you can stamp a lady for a birthday, thank you, congratulations, graduation, sympathy or get well card! There are so many things you can do with this stamp set!

Better still you can earn this for FREE or for a discounted price as a special 'host only' stamp set simply by placing a workshop order or hosting a workshop (online or in person) with friends or by placing an order of $250 Australian Dollars or more. Ask me how!





Here's another picture of the finished cards. I didn't use the Stamparatus to stamp those little flowers, instead used an 'A' sized clear block and stamped them towards the end as I had to stamp them multiple times.

I then accented the cards with a mixture of Sequins, Linen Thread, some new ribbons, Wink of Stella and some of the beautiful new Share What You Love Artisan Pearls. They look so cute in the flower centres. I must admit I am little addicted to the soft texture of the beautiful new tulle spotty ribbon! It ties such beautiful bows also!

Here's some close ups of the finished cards...


This one ended up being my favourite and I must admit I just love sending thank you cards because in this beautiful crating community I have so many people I can thank.

The picture doesn't really do the card justice as I have added lots of fun Wink of Stella accents to the skirt and it really makes it shine!


This one is super fun and I can't wait to send this to someone as a Congrats card. I mixed up the layout of this one a little, tying the Linen Thread around the centre and accenting with a tulle bow. 
I had the time of my life colouring with the Stampin' Blends on this one, it's so relaxing!

I hope you enjoyed my projects today and found some inspiration. The Stamparatus is really a gem of a tool and makes stamping precisely and perfectly so easy! It's well worth the investment, you won't regret it - I promise!

For more inspiration please do go check out the blogs of all the other gorgeous people that took part. There are some amazing projects all using the Stamparatus to inspire you! Thanks for stopping by!



Happy Crafting! xx

SHOP ONLINE: My online store is open 24/7 and you can always shop for the supplies I have used to create any of the projects on my blog. Click on the images of the products at the bottom of the post to be taken right to my online store. 

QUESTIONS: Do you have any questions? Please leave me a comment or send me an email to kaylarenee@stampinwithkayla.com

ARE YOU IN AUSTRALIA & NEED A CATALOGUE? Let me send you one (if you don’t already have a demonstrator) Email me with your postal address to kaylarenee@stampinwithkayla.com










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Random Acts of Kindness ~ May Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my blog (Kayla MacAulay) from Tasmania Australia.
I am really excited to be popping by here today and sharing a brand new card that I made featuring some brand new Annual Catalogue supplies for a Random Acts of Kindness card I made just this week. I love taking part in these blog hops to share the amazing challenge and fun that I have making and receiving RAK cards from all over the world.

I am blessed to be part of such an amazing group on Facebook where I make and receive cards regularly and it really reminds me of one of the amazing reasons I love Stampin' Up! and paper crafting. Sharing what I love is one of my favourite things to do and I love to brighten someone's day.

Here's a look at the RAK card I made this week...


This card was actually for my trainer in my recent Community Services course. She provided so much support and training and incredible friendship during our course and I really wanted to show her how much it meant so decided to create a RAK card for her.
She loved it!

I used the brand new million dollar achiever stamp set by the lovely Mary Fish called Varied Vases to create this card. I used a mixture of new colours including; Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Soft Sea Foam, Gray Granite and Granny Apple Green.
I don't actually usually reach for purple at my craft desk as it isn't naturally a favourite colour of mine but I love how it turned out on this and I think I am going to be using purple more often.



I was also really inspired by the lovely Billie Moan (so sad she is no longer a demonstrator) to create one of her Billie Bows with Linen Thread. Linen Thread is still one of my definite favourites and it jumps into my shopping cart every order!

I combined this with some gorgeous new leaf trinkets from the Nature's Poem suite, some Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and some gorgeous Pearl Doilies from the Share What You Love suite.


Once again I am so excited to be taking part in such an amazing blog hop and I can't wait to see what everyone else has made. Be sure to see towards the bottom of this post for all the links.


Here's a close up look at the finished card where you can see all the detail.
I punched the vase base out with the coordinating punch from the Varied Vases bundle. I love the bit of sparkle it adds to the card.

I also added some machine stitching to the edge of my card.

As per usual I decorated the inside of the card and created a coordinating envelope.

Here's a look also at some of the amazing RAK cards I have received in my mail box this month. I absolutely love receiving happy mail, it really does brighten my day. My four year old son and I loved reading these together. Thank you so much to the beautiful Jessie Holton, Amanda Shields and Sherry Dawson.



If you would like to hop along and check out all the other amazing crafters that took part in this swap, check here!



Happy crafting. xx

SHOP ONLINE: My online store is open 24/7 and you can always shop for the supplies I have used to create any of the projects on my blog. Click on the images of the products at the bottom of the post to be taken right to my online store. 

QUESTIONS: Do you have any questions? Please leave me a comment or send me an email to kaylarenee@stampinwithkayla.com

ARE YOU IN AUSTRALIA & NEED A CATALOGUE? Let me send you one (if you don’t already have a demonstrator) Email me with your postal address to kaylarenee@stampinwithkayla.com










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