Be Inspired Design Team Hop

Welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from the lovely and amazingly talented Stesha Bloodhart from the USA. If you are starting here please make sure you hit the next button at the bottom of this post and hop all the way around. 

The theme for this hop is 'Happy Mail / Just Because', which always seems like such a nice idea, however I'm literally the worst at sending cards. The worst! I always feel like I need to create something epic and fancy each time, when really I just need to keep it simple. Like I did here with this card, where I watercoloured the flowers from the Bloom and Grow stamp set and fussy cut the 'you' and multicoloured the 'make me smile' from two different stamp sets (Free as a Bird and Well Said) and added a linen thread bow and embossed the background with the Subtle 3D embossing folder...yeh, you know, keeping it simple! But I do enjoy creating and when I get started I love to figure it all out and send something special which made from the heart. This card will be going to someone special very soon and they do very much make me smile. 

Bloom and Grow - Page 131

Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is the fabulous Tanya Rees who is also from Australia. I know you will love her creations as much as I do!

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Sharp Family Update: As you may know I haven't been around much lately and unfortunately haven't had much time (or truthfully the inclination) for crafting. We have been selling our beautiful home in Kiama (on the NSW south coast) and with the current housing market the way it is, it has taken us much longer than we ever anticipated. This week we finally SOLD!! Settlement isn't until October and we will be staying in the house until after Christmas, which is great for our situation. I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch, so I'm not going to share the next step in our house journey just yet. Stay tuned! 

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Register for Stamping By The Sea 2019

As you may know, for the past two years I have run a Stamp Retreat in beautiful Kiama (on the NSW South Coast) and we have the best fun - I promise I'm not trying to sell it to you - we literally have SO.MUCH.FUN!!

Friday 9th - Sunday 11th August 2019

Easts Beach Holiday Park, 30 Ocean Street, Kiama NSW

$420.00AU - includes all meals.

Crafting and Demonstrations:
Whether you are a seasoned stamper, the new kid on the block, a mix-media specialist or a devoted scrapbooker - you are welcome to come and join in the fun. If you come with friends or make new ones when you arrive, I absolutely promise it will an unforgettable weekend.
**Stampin' Up! Demonstrators are welcome too! 😊**

Over the course of the weekend you will have time to work on your own projects and also have the opportunity to create several beautiful make and take projects including 3D items. There will also be presentations from talented crafters demonstrating new techniques and products. (If you're lucky you may even get a demonstration from one of my brothers - they show up every year and I put them to work!)

Food (glorious food!):
Let me tell you that you won't be disappointed!
My dear friend and amazing caterer Tracey Tullier will again be filling us with her scrumptious country cooking. Last year she spoilt us with things like fresh scones with homemade jam and cream, caramel slice, melting moments, lemon slice, chocolate biscuits - just to name a few!

Continental breakfast baskets will be placed into your room if staying at East Beach including heavenly homemade jams and treats. Delicious lunch packs will be put together if you would like to walk down to the beach for a picnic.

Gifts, Giveaways and Prizes:
It will all start when you arrive and you get pretty spoilt at my events!
Besides all of the beautiful make and takes and crafting projects, there will be beautiful gifts and giveaways.

The price does not include accommodation and you will need to make your own arrangements. As like last year, the event will be held at East Beach Holiday Park, Kiama on the stunning NSW South Coast. If you do choose to stay where the fun is, Easts Beach is a beautiful and popular holiday park with a wide range of affordable accommodation options.

Cost and Payment:

The cost is $420.00AU with a deposit of $100.00 required to secure your spot by the 30th May. This deposit will be nonrefundable after the 15th June. You can pay by Paypal or into my account.

REGISTER, REGISTER, REGISTER!!!! Spots are limited. You will NEED to register and pay deposit to secure you spot. Click Here or the button below to register. 

If you want to find out what you're in for and the fun we had from last year, you can read more about it >here< on my blog.

Would LOVE to see you there and enjoy a weekend of laughter, friends and of course some crafting! 
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Everything is Rosy Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything is Rosy Blog Hop featuring demonstrators from the INKspired Team in Australia and the Pinkies Team in the UK. If you are starting here please make sure you hit the next button at the bottom of this post and hop all the way around. 

Don't fall over....I haven't blogged in a really long time! *Sigh - unfortunately life has taken over a bit with things a little hectic in the Sharp house. We are currently selling our beautiful home in Kiama NSW to find more land and a bigger home to cope with my craft addiction! Seriously though...I NEED a craft room, it's gone past a want at this stage! 

Onto the hop and the Everything is Rosy Product Medley which is just such a gorgeous kit with a collection of stamps, papers, foil sheets, ribbons and rose gold paint. I am LOVING the Melon Mambo and Night of Navy combination.

Louise's Everything is Rosy Class:
I decided to create something that you could easily use in a class or workshop....or even a great collection of note cards to get great value from your kit! The size of these note cards are 3 x 4 1/2" which will maximise the designer paper sheets. I used the Layering Circle Framelits to cut the scalloped circles and I stamped the flowers in Melon Mambo and Night of Navy Ink with the lighter ones stamped off. You will notice each card has 1 x large flower, 1 x small flower, 1 x large leaf and 1 x small leaf. My advise is to give each class participant the kit (preferable cut down to save time) and let their own creativity shine! 

Extra products you will need:
Whisper White Cardstock; Melon Mambo Ink Pad; Melon Mambo Cardstock; Night of Navy Ink Pad; Night of Navy Cardstock; Layering Circle Framelits; Adhesives. 

Next on the Everything is Rosy Blog Hop is fellow INKspired Team member Allison McLeod, also from Australia. Click the next button below for more inspiration!  

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Creating Kindness Blog Hop

I was asked a few months ago if I would like to be a Guest Designer on the Creating Kindness Blog Hop and of course I said yes - what an honor and great opportunity to craft! I'm so inspired by all the talented people on this design team and figured I had plenty of time to get creating. At the time February was so far away and I knew I would have time to create something by it turns out I blinked and February is here! 

As you may know, I haven't created anything in months - life, family, business, lack of motivation, loss of creativity - the usual stuff! I finally sat this week and made a card...and it felt good. I made a giant mess in the process, but it felt good! So here I am, I'm back and hopefully you will see a little more of me.

The theme for this hop is 'Birthday', which is perfect because I made this card for a friend who always sends me beautifully made birthday cards and I neglected to give her one last year (and I think maybe even the year before that!) so I made this 'especially' for her.

I used a stamp set that I have been wanting to use for a long time called Botanical Bliss on page 20 from the Annual Catalogue. The flowers in this set are so pretty and the font is also really lovely. It's a very versatile set and I didn't event notice the 'to:' and 'from:' until I started using it - great to make sweet and simple tags, I might just need to get onto that!

Botanical Bliss

Next on the hop is super talented and ever so lovely Jenny Hall from the USA. Hit the next button below and thanks for hopping with the Creating Kindness crew today. 

List of Participants:
Louise Sharp – Guest Designer - Australia
Jenny Hall - USA
Lou Kitzelman – Australia
Paula Dobson - New Zealand
Jay Soriano – UK
Marcy Denning - Canada
Cheryll Miller – Australia
Danielle Bennenk – Netherlands
Sara Levin – USA
Carolynn Sander - Canada

Thanks for hopping by!
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Global Design Project - CASEing the Designer

As I write this it's 8.54pm on Friday night, the 2nd November and I am completely packed ready to leave in the morning and head to the airport bound for the Stampin' Up! Onstage 30th Anniversary celebrations in Orlando Florida. I am so excited!

Because this post is scheduled to go live on the 12th November, if all goes well I should be currently with my best-friend Mehgan in Phoenix and sharing all my Onstage news and playing and snuggling with her baby boy.

Now, let's get started into the CASE the Designer project. This week over at the Global Design Project we are CASEing ME....which is exciting! As you may know I haven't played along to the GDP in quite a while and Brian King insisted that I should get my act together and at least play along to my own challenge. Yes, I hate it when he's right!
These are my Onstage Swap Cards which were created for an organised swap event with the Inking Royalty Team of Brian King's. It is a card front, however the square on the front is actually a little card of it's own. I am LOVING the Buffalo Check background stamp from the Holiday Catalogue and I had to make sure they were all cut to size perfectly of course! The sentiment and flowers are from Floral Frames on page 135 of the Annual Catalogue.

I had fun creating these, but I can't take all the credit because my dear friend Lisa Eaton helped me with all the cutting out and assembly - thanks Lisa. These literally would not have been finished without her help!

Now I am off to bed to try and get a good nights sleep before my flight. Or as this goes live I'm exhausted from screaming at Onstage and about to enjoy a week with Mehgan. 

I would love you to head over the Global Design Project and if you're feeling all inspired from Stampin' Up! Onstage, I'd love you to play along! 

Thanks for stopping by,
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