Sunday, June 22, 2008

Mini Catalogue out soon!

I received in the post this week a mini catalogue from Stampin' Up!® that is to run from 1 August - 30 November 2008 and it has some lovely new stamp sets, rub-ons, a new punch, designer series papers and some lovely new Hodgepodge Hardware®. If you wish to book a workshop (or place a catalogue workshop order) please email me to arrange a time during the mini catalogue promotion.

I look forward to being able to pre-order some of these new products for myself to make some new samples and show you what is on offer!

I will post some images to my blog soon!

Happy stamping!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Stampin' Up!® Specials for June

Just to let you know of what specials Stampin' Up!® has on offer for the month of June.

eScape with Stampin' Up!® by reconnecting with your friends and loved ones through handmade cards - purchase the eScape bundle for $58.80 (25% discount) which includes Love Notes assortment, Circle of Friendship Stamp set and the 1-1/4" Circle punch.

Hostess extra - earn an extra $50 in FREE merchandise during 1 June - 15 July 2008 when a workshop totals $700 or more. This is addition to the regular hostess offers.

Contact me today (maecollins3@iprimus.com.au) for more information or to schedule your workshop! A hostess who books a workshop receives FREE a 2008-2009 Idea Book & Catalogue, if you already have one you can choose a free Classic Stampin Pad to the value of $9.95 (my personal promotion). If you don't wish to host a workshop but would like to take advantage of the above offers, you can use your free catalogue to collect orders and we can process them as a 'catalogue order' and they will be delivered direct to you.


Please email me if you have any questions, want to take advantage of the above offers or to simply find out more about Stampin' Up!®.

Happy stamping!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Another swap process...

Well this is not the post (nor was the one before) that I had intended to do after posting the card I made for my niece's 18th birthday. I was going to post the process I went through to make the wedding theme swap card which is currently displayed on my group Tassie Inkydinks' blog. Oh well, maybe that can come next.

I chose to participate in my first Stampin' Up!® demonstrator swap that was listed on our demonstrator website with other demonstrators across Australia (see my earlier post) and this first card was quite labour intensive (for the number I had to make - seven), but I enjoyed doing it anyway! Unfortunately, some participants did not get their swaps to the demonstrator who was organising the swap and so she asked if a couple of others wanted to make additional swaps (as she had enough to make two groups of eight) - and of course I volunteered.

Here is the process I went through to make the second swap card (of which I had to again make seven) and which I did not want to make as labour intensive as my first one. My aim was to make seven quick but effective cards that I could get in the post soon so everyone who was waiting to receive swaps would get them shortly. I had on my desk a card that I had made at our Tasmanian Stampin' Up!® demonstrator get together in Launceston a few months back and which a demonstrator by the name of Martyn (yes a male demonstrator!) showed us how to create. It was a quick but effective card, of a unique shape and also made efficient use of an A4 piece of cardstock - two card bases could be made from one sheet with no wastage! An additional piece of A4 white cardstock could then be decorated to make covers for three of the card bases - again with no wastage! Here is the process I went through...

I marked 20 cm on the long-side of an A4 piece of cardstock, I chose to use a piece from the new In Color™ range - Purely Pomegranate (the lighting in my craft room did not reflect the true colour or maybe it is just my lack of photographic skills!). I turned the piece of cardstock around and marked 20 cm on the long-side going the opposite direction to the first mark, thus allowing me to cut the cardstock in half on the diagonal (see two photos below).

Next I scored 7 cm in from each edge of the card, creating opposite fold valleys and hills (A4 cardstock is 21 cm wide).
One piece of A4 cardstock will create two card bases (see below).
Next I decorated an A4 piece of Whisper White cardstock with a jumbo Stampin' Around™ Wheel - Scatter Sunshine (or you could use a piece of Designer Paper). As Purely Pomegranate does not come in a jumbo ink cartridge I used an uninked cartridge and inked it up using a Purely Pomegranate ink refill. I could have simply rolled the wheel over a Purely Pomegranate ink pad, however, I find that when I want an even long pattern it is best to use an inked cartridge which gives a continuous flow of ink to cover the wheel pattern for the length of the paper.

I also find that when I am doing a long pattern and want an even coverage I use the Stampin' Around™ Wheel Guide to keep my wheel straight and I find that if I use my grid paper I can move my guide across approx. 5 cm each time (for the jumbo wheels) to get an even coverage. The Scatter Sunshine pattern is also very forgiving if I am not exactly accurate as the pattern is scattered.
Next I cut the decorated A4 Whisper White sheet into three 7 cm wide strips (the width of my card folds). I measured and cut each strip 20 cm and 16.5 cm from the bottom edge, to guide me in cutting a diagonal - to match the front and back panels of my card base. Alternatively, adhere one strip to either the front or back panel and using the card base as a guide trim the excess off which will then match and be adhered to the opposite panel.
I adhered my decorated pieces to the front and back panels of my card bases using Snail Adhesive™ and decorated the front panel with a stamped greeting. I also sponged around the edges of the Whisper White greeting with Purely Pomegranate ink.
My completed tri-fold card.
And my completed tri-fold card swap! I only had to make seven but as each A4 cardstock makes two card bases with no wastage I made eight - one that I can keep and display at my upcoming workshops.
Feel free to have a go yourself and make this card, it is quite easy and very attractive. If you would like me to come and demonstrate this card to you and your friends (if you live in Tasmania of course!) and to show some of the other great products Stampin' Up!® has to offer, as well as the opportunity to earn FREE stamp sets and product then email me at maecollins3@iprimus.com.au. If you would like to place an order or simply want more information about joining the Stampin' Up!® business just drop me an email.

Happy stamping!

Tassie Inkydinks Get Together

Our group the Tassie Inkydinks met on Thursday evening where we share swaps, ideas, techniques and the love of stamping and scrapbooking. At each get together someone does a 'make and take' to share a new technique or idea they have picked up from the many resources we tap into. This week's 'make and take' was shared by Maree and one that I really enjoyed learning as I never done it before and it was so easy with the guided instructions. Maree showed us how to make a 'Double Pocket Card' in two variations, and I promised I would not post them to my blog or our groups blog (Tassie Inkydinks) until I had embelished them. Below are the results of what I created and I am sure to demonstrate this technique at some of my next workshops as it is a great way to us one sheet of double-sided Designer Paper to create a fabulous card, which you could decorate in a multitude of ways. This technique has just been demonstrated also on a site I regularly visit Splitcoast Stampers.



Happy stamping!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

18th birthday celebrations!

Last night we had the opportunity to share a meal with my brother and his family to celebrate their eldest daughter's 18th birthday. Happy birthday for Thursday Haylee! We went to a lovely seafood restaurant 'Drunken Admiral' located on Hobart's wharf area, they have a delicious seafood chowder.

We gave Haylee a gorgeous bracelet, which she loved, and of course I handmade a special birthday card for her (see below). Which was one of the ones that I have been experimenting with to get a wedding design which is the theme of our next Tassie Inkydinks swap (my next post will describe the process I went through in designing the final product, which I will also post soon).



Happy stamping!

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