Thursday, April 29, 2010

Stamp a Stack- sneak peak.

You can tell the school holidays are over from the amount I have been posting on my blog - Not at all!! It just gets a bit busy with work and workshops and classes so sorry if you keep checking back and nothing has changed. I know how frustrating that can be.

The next Stamp a Stack, on Tuesday, is fully booked. So I thought I would give you all a sneak peak at a couple of the cards we will be making. We will be making five cards using the new Medallion stamp. The one pictured uses Soft Suede, Basic Black and Very Vanilla. I don't think this photo does it justice, I really like this card. The other five cards we are doing are all made using various Stampin Around Wheels. This one is So Swirly with a couple of the stamps from Baroque Motiff. The colours are Pixie Pink, Pink Passion and Whisper White. I have been trying to use up some of the colours that are retiring at the end of August, so several of the cards this coming week use those colours.

Thanks for looking,


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Next Tuesdays Technique of the Month Class

Over the last couple of days I've been preparing the packs for our next Technique of the Month Class. This month we are making a tote bag which holds five matching cards and envelopes. We will be using the One Sheet Wonder technique to decorate the tote and cards. This means you start off with one sheet of designer series paper or cardstock and you divide it up into pieces and use those pieces to decorate your project. For this project we are using half a sheet of the NEW Cottage Wall DSP from the Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue. It co-ordinates beautifully with the Rich Razzelberry. Old Olive and Orchard Opulence cardstock. There is hardly any stamping on these cards, except for the sentiments. They are quick and easy, but still lovely.

Everyone who is booked in for this class, I hope that you are going to enjoy making these. They will be great to give as a gift. Once you see how simple it is to do, you will be able to make lots more!

Thank You

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Stamp Club Starts Tonight

The New Stamp Club starts tonight. Unfortunately not everyone can make it. They have phoned through their orders, but it's a shame they can't come. School holidays and busy lives!! Hopefully next month everyone will be here. Below is a photo of a little gift I have made for everyone in the club. They are covered notepads. Perfect for Wish Lists!

The next couple of photos are the project we are making tonight. A fold out card. I was given the instructions for this style card ages ago but I haven't gotten around to trying it until now. The person who gave them to me got the intructions from a friend, who according to her blog found them somewhere on the internet. So I'm not sure who actually came up with the design, but thank you whoever you are. I used the DSP 'Kaleidoscope' from the Summer Mini Catalogue. The other colours are Pixie Pink, Pink Passion Very Vanilla, Green Galore and So Saffron. I used 'Petal Pizzaz', 'Baroque Motifs' and 'Best Yet' Stamp sets, and the Slit, Spring Flower Bouquet (retired), Scallop circle and Scallop Edge Punches. We are making matching envelopes too.

This is a Housewarming card I made for a friend who has moved into a new home recently. I used the Jumbo Wheel 'Neighbourhood' and I coloured it with an Aqua painter and water colour crayons.The little trees in the background on the main part of the card are from the sale a bration set Good Neighbours. The cardstock is Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie and Close to Cocoa.

Thanks for Looking.

Photos from Launch Night

Here are a couple of photos of the ladies hard at work at my Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue Launch Night last week.

These are some of the samples I had prepared to show off some of the new products in the catalogue.

Friday, April 9, 2010

My first Colour Challenge

A couple of friends recently got into blogging and seem to be taking part in lots of sketches and colour challenges. (Hi Donna and Sandra!!). So I promised myself I would have a go at it as soon as I got the launch and the SAS done. So yesterday I did just that. I did my first colour challenge. It certainly was a challenge. I decided to try the Curtain Call Color Challenge found here:

I didn't look at any of the other cards that people had made before I did mine so that I wouldn't be influenced. I found it a real struggle using the colours, but then once I had finished and I did look at everyone elses I thought how good their cards looked. Why didn't I think of doing that? Whenever I looked at the colours they seemed so dull and I couldn't work out how to incorporate the Tempting Turquoise. I have to admit I hadn't noticed the Whisper White as one of the colours so there isn't much of that in my card as I wasn't sure about using it, I just used it to stamp the other colour onto. Oh well, not a bad card really, just not the colours I would usually use :)

Thank You for looking.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sharing what I have been up to this week.

I think I have already mentioned it a couple of times already, but for anyone who hasn't been paying attention, I had a Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue Launch on Tuesday night. It was great and I think everyone enjoyed it. I thought the three projects we did were lovely so hopefully so did all the ladies who came along. See for yourself. We made this really cute Top Note Box using the Baja Breeze card stock and Designer Series Paper.

A really quick and easy card with the New Melon Mambo card stock, and using the fabulous Stampin' Up! exclusive Textured Impressions embossing folder "Manhattan Flowers". The flower stamp is from Fifth Avenue Floral, this co-ordinates perfectly with the embossing folder. I CASED this card from Kari Hughes, (she sent me a card like this in a swap I took part in recently).

Finally we made the lovely card using the brand new style, 'XL two step bird punch', and the new 'Vintage Vogue' stamp set. I bought this stamp set in the clear mounted option so everyone got a chance to try out these stamps. I think that they were impressed too. The colours used here were Pale Plum and two more new In Colours, Rich Razzelberry and Soft Suede. The leaves are Old Olive and we used the 'Circle Scissors' to make that white circle in the background.

So after a busy night Tuesday I then had to head off first thing Wednesday morning to do a Stamp a Stack for the ladies at the Condingup CWA. My friend Trish came along with me which was a great help. We had a lovely morning with the ladies out there and they all made ten cards and then provided us with a delicious lunch. Thank You Ladies!!

Here are the cards they made.

Thanks for looking, I hope you like what you have seen. I did take some photos of the ladies creating at the launch night. I may put some of them on here tomorrow. I will check them out and see if I think I should tomorrow. It's getting a bit late now and I need to call it a night.

Good night everyone,


Monday, April 5, 2010

But Wait, There's More...

Well, the fabulous Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue started on Thursday 1st April. There are sooooo many gorgeous things in there I just don't know where to start. However, today I see on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator website even more great things available!

Stampin' Up! has announced that the following six products, previously in the Spring 2009 & Summer 2009/2010 Mini catalogues are still available to order:

Contact me if you would like a copy of the Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue, or to place an order.

Thank You,


Friday, April 2, 2010

Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue is Here!!

The Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue has been the most anticipated mini catalogue since I have been involved with Stampin' Up! There are so many new and exciting things in there it is just AMAZING!!

Since I saw the catalogue a month ago (demonstrators get a preview and the chance to pre order from new catalogues), I have been so excited and couldn't wait to be able to share it with everyone.

The first thing, at the top of my wish list was the Sizzix BIG SHOT!! Along with embossing folders and dies, some of which are exclusive to Stampin' Up! I have to admit it was/is a very long wish list.

There are three new punches in this catalogue and they are all a new style. My favorite is the Extra Large Two Step Bird Punch. I Love it! I'm sure you will too. I will be having one of my technique classes based only on things you can do with this punch. Keep an eye out for that in the next couple of months. Did you notice the three punches in the back left corner of this photo? They fold much flatter than the old style punch, so they wont take up as much space in your craft area.

Oh but there's more! Stampin' Up! have introduced clear mount rubber stamps. Enjoy the same great quality rubber & foam you are used to with our wood mounted stamps, in a new clear-mount option. The clear-mount stamp sets, come in a DVD sized plastic box, and take up very little room on a shelf. All the sets that are available in clear-mount can still be purchased in the wood mount style also, you decide.

The stamp sets featured in this mini are truely gorgeous, I want almost all of them.

That's only a selection of the NEW and EXCITING things in this mini catalogue. There are three new In-Colors, Designer Series Papers and so much more. If you would like to view the catalogue click on the link for Stampin' Up! and follow the links to the catalogues. Otherwise contact me and I can mail a copy to you.

Those of you coming to my launch night next week will get a copy then.

Thank for looking.

Have a very Happy Easter Everyone.