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 then...Ha...as 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

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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! 

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Stamping By The Sea Retreat 2018

Hello! Back in August (which I know seems an eternity ago!) I hosted my second Stamping By The Sea Retreat, in beautiful seaside Kiama on the NSW South Coast. The theme this year was blue and white nautical and everyone who attended loved being part of the weekend which was jam-packed full of crafting and laughs - thank goodness because I made a promise and felt the pressure to deliver! lol

I could write forever about how much fun the weekend was and it's taken me about 4 hours to go through the hundreds of photos I had on my camera and collate them all, so I'll just share the photos and you can see all the fun that was had! 

Thank you to our Guest Demonstrators who contributed to the learning and fun of the weekend:
Clare Langsford - Australian BDM from Stampin' Up! Head Office and cardmaker.
Brian King - US Demonstrator and wonderful friend.
Teneale Williams - Phenomenal crafter and alocohol marker extraordinaire and my fabulous Upline.
Narelle Macey - Aussie Demonstrator, team member and lovely friend. 

A HUGE thank you to my Mum/Phyl, Lisa Eaton, my Hubby/Daniel and my family for all the help and hardwork with the retreat.

Lastly (but certainly not least) my dear friend and partner in crime for the retreat, Tracey Tullier, who worked tirelessly nourishing our crafty bodies and making the most delicious food. (For some reason I missed a photo with Tracey...next year she will not escape me!) 

Next year is going to be even better - you won't want to miss it!

Today I'm jetting off to the US, bound for the Stampin' Up! Onstage 30th Anniversary in Orlando Florida with my lovely friend Kym Byrne from Brisbane. I am sooooo excited. I will share all the news when I return. (I thought I'd better share all the fun from the retreat and empty out my camera so I can fill it with more exciting Stampin' Up! adventures!). Happy crafting friends and thank you for following my blog.

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Be Inspired Design Team Hop

Welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from my lovely friend Carolynn Sander from the Canada. 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 'Kids Theme Card or Project'. As you know I love to watercolour and when I saw these happy little critters from the Postcard Pals stamp set in the Annual Catalogue on page 49 they were on my wishlist!

I made this card for my US best-friend Mehgan who had a baby boy last August and little Reid celebrated his 1st birthday this year, so this is his very first birthday card from Aunty Lou....he won't know it's late right?! ;) 

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT.....I head to the US on Saturday to see so many of my amazing friends at the Stampin' Up! 30th Anniversary event in Florida and afterwards I head to Phoenix to see Mehgan and George and I will FINALLY get my first cuddles with Reid - I am so flippin' excited I can hardly contain myself!! 

Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is my lovely friend Janneke de Jong from the Netherlands. I just adore this girl and I know you will love her project today:

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