Friday, May 27, 2011

JAI#69 - Fussy Cutting!

Have you heard of the term 'fussy cutting' in card making or scrapbooking? Well, if not, today you will because this week the challenge from Just Add Ink is just that 'fussy cutting'! 'Fussy cutting' is where with a good pair of scissors, effort and patience you cut out a design from Designer Series Paper (DSP) or a detailed stamped image and adhere it to your card or layout.

As you would probably know by now I have just recently returned from Melbourne where I attended a Stampin' Up! Convention and from which I received lots of inspiration and ideas. One of the very talented people who did a Workshop WOW was the lovely Teneale Williams who shared some great tips and techniques with ribbon and I so wanted to use her ruffled lace idea using our glue stick that I just had to add it to my card for this week's Just Add Ink challenge.

Sympathy cards are not ones that I usually make and they are not ones that you want to rush, so the patience of fussy cutting lent itself to this card for me. I was very happy with how it turned out and I used Stampin' Dimensionals to add layers to my handcut images. You may not be able to see it in this photo but the top flower is actually raised above the others by simply adding two levels of dimensionals underneath.

Stamps: Thanks for Caring (AUT-WIN Mini)
Cardstock/Paper: Greenhouse Gala DSP, Baja Breeze Textured Cardstock
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Paper Snips, Lace, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Teneale not only inspired me with the ruffled lace on this card, but to decorate the inside of my card as she does on most of her cards (which I usually leave blank!), and so hers are works of art on the inside as well as the outside...she is such an inspiration!

Inside View

If you have the patience and a good pair of scissors then why not try your hand at creating a card, layout or 3D project using fussy cutting! Pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see what the rest of the team created using this technique.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Deals of the Week

Here is the final 'Deals of the Week'. Contact me by Tuesday, 31 May to take advantage of these great specials!

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
113838 62 Right on Track Stampin' Around Wheel $11.95 $8.37
115619 68 Retro Remix Stampin Around Wheel $11.95 $8.37
119975 134 Vintage Type Rub-Ons $15.95 $11.17
118760 134 Play Date Rub-Ons $16.95 $11.87

Monday, May 23, 2011

Extra! Extra! Hostess Promotion

Do you still have lots of items on your Stampin' Up! wishlist? Then this is the promotion for you...earn an EXTRA $70 free product, over the usual hostess benefits, when you hold a $450 workshop (including GST & shipping, yes you read correct, this offer is inclusive of GST & shipping, a first for SU!). This offer is only for the period 23 May to 30 June 2011, so get in quick to earn this extra benefit before the time runs out and my limited workshop spaces get booked!

I have got lots of ideas and inspiration from Convention so this is a great time to book a workshop. Haven't got time to hold a workshop then consider putting an order through with a few of your friends, to a total of $450, and I will still give you this EXTRA $70 benefit!

This is a great offer and one that will fill my calendar quickly over the next few contact me today and book your spot in my diary!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Convention 2011 Highlights

Time to come back to my 'real world' after an awesome week spent in Melbourne...firstly for the 2011 Stampin' Up! Convention, then to spend time with my sisters, and lastly to fulfil my daughter's dream of skydiving for her 18th birthday! It was such a blast going to my very first Stampin' Up! Convention and so I thought I would share a few of my highlights with you...this could be a long post so you might like to go get yourself a cuppa before reading on!

Firstly, a snapshot of the Melbourne skyline taken from the Convention Centre where we spent a fabulous few days being inspired, WOWed and meeting some very talented SU! demonstrators. One of those tall buildings on the right was where we roomies were the awesome JAI DT members Bronwyn Eastley, Delys Cram and Paula Dobson, plus the lovely Moana (sorry forgot her surname) and Andrea Morgan (Delys' sister).

Melbourne Skyline

Meeting the JAI Design Team members, who were able to get to Convention, was one of the things I was looking forward to most about going to Melbourne, and here we are...

Back (L-R): Tania Gould, Bronwyn Eastley, Jodene Tripp, Paula Dobson, Jo Eades
Front (L-R): Kim Badelt, Nikki Spencer, Me, Delys Cram
It was so funny getting our photo taken at various times as we seemed to have our own Paparazzi...see below. The photographer on the right was taking professional shots during the Convention and you can one of his shots on Shelli Gardner's blog, we felt so special.

JAI Paparazzi

Notice the person on the left, that is the very talented Christine Blain and it was so great to meet her as I stalk her blog often. I also met and made friends with Di Barnes (but can't find a photo of us together). Another person I was able to meet was the very funny Bonnie Thurber...her presentations are always a laugh and I so needed the tissues that Paula had kindly packed in our 'roomie gift bags'.

Bonnie Thurber and I
Not only did Bonnie do a great presentation but many others including our own JAI team leader, Delys Cram. Her scrapbooking and 3D projects were a great inspiration. Others who WOWed us with their ideas and techniques, just to name a few, were Sharnee Torrents, Teneale Williams and Kirsty Brown. I have so many ideas and inspirational tips going through my head that I am not sure where to start. Looking forward to sharing some of these with my lovely customers at my next Stamp Class as well as the two workshops I booked while at Convention with Ange Arnold and Letitia Hallsworth - can't wait ladies!

Delys Cram on stage!
 Not only were those who presented inspiring but the samples displayed on the swap boards were too!

Swap Boards - very inspirational
To finish off the Convention there was a dinner and presentation of Awards...of which I qualified for one much to my surprise! For this I received a pin and new stamp set to be released in the IB&C coming out in September and which I can't share with you at this time, sorry!

My Roomies
L-R: Bronwyn, Moana, Paula, Delys and Andrea
Back (L-R): Christine Blain, Kim Badelt, Tina Gillespie, Bronwyn Eastley, Jo Eades, me, Nikki Spencer, Jodene Tripp
Front (L-R): Moana, Paula Dobson, Delys Cram, Andrea Morgan
What a Convention, lots of sneak peaks, new promotions released, ideas, inspirations and WOWs a plenty...not to mention the opportunity to meet many of my online friends and colleagues!

This wasn't the end of my time in Melbourne though. The next few days I spent with my sister and her family and of course this allowed for a very rare sister's get together, which of course meant a photo opportunity.

Ann-Mary, me, Jannette (youngest to oldest)
Ann-Mary very kindly chauffuered my daughter and I around while we shopped until we dropped and of course got in the ultimate 18th birthday present for my daughter Emily - a skydive!

Emily hanging around in preparation with Cleave
Flying high!
Check out the full video clip on YouTube - click here!
What a blast!
These were just some of the highlights of my week away...this post would go on and on and on if I tried to share with you everything that I did and enjoyed so I had better stop now.

As you can see I just love being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, sharing what I love and inspiring others in their creativity. If you would love to be a part of this great family contact me today and I can share with you all the other great benefits of joining up.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Deals of the Week - Week No. 3

Today the third week of Stampin' Up!'s May Specials will be announced and as I will be still on the mainland after Convention, I won't have the opportunity to post (or email) the latest specials, so I will instead direct you to My Stampin' Up! Website to check out the details - click here to be directed to my promotions page!

I will be home this everning and so if you wish to place an order for any of these items then just send me an email with your details and method of payment.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Convention Swaps...

Well here it is Friday again and this week we don't have a new Just Add Ink challenge, as the one from last week is running for two weeks, because most of the JAI Design Team are having fun together at Stampin' Up! Convention in Melbourne. By the time you read this post we will be into the second day of Convention and I am sure having an absolute ball catching up face to face with one another, chatting, stamping, swapping, shopping, eating, I said having a ball.

So I thought I would quickly post these images of the swaps I made for Convention - sorry for the bad photography as I took them so quickly the day before I flew out and typed this up after I had finishing packing and making sure I had everything I needed for my week away. NO, Convention is not going for a week, I have just added to my time away to spend time with the girls before Convention and then three days with my lovely sisters who both live in Victoria, plus my daughter will be joining me for these last few days.

So without further ado here are my swaps...
Group shot
I made 56 swaps in total.

Swap 1 - inspired by Laura Fredrickson
Showcasing Wheels and the Shadow Technique

Swap 2 - inspired by my friend Raewyn
I liked her layout and colour combo, a nice CAS card!

JAI Convention Swap - my design!
Although my sponging ended up darker than I had intended.

Well that is all I have time for to share with you this week. I will update you on all the Convention fun and maybe some new SU! info when I return next week. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Deals of the Week - Week No. 2

Today the second week of Stampin' Up!'s May Specials will be announced and as I will be jetting off to the mainland for Convention and won't have the opportunity to post (or email) the latest specials I will instead direct you to My Stampin' Up! Website to check out the details - click here to be directed to my promotions page!

I will however, be checking in regularly to my emails and so if you wish to place an order for any of these items then just send me an email with your details and method of payment.

Don't forget to pop back there next Wednesday for the third week of specials as I will be flying home late that Wednesday evening!

Friday, May 6, 2011

JAI#67 - Sketch Challenge!

It is that time again of the week for another Just Add Ink challenge and if last week is anything to go by there are a lot of crafters out there who enjoy joining in with our weekly challenges...a whopping 137 entries! I don't suppose that the fact that Mother's Day is this Sunday and the challenge was to Just Add a Flower had a great deal of influence in getting you all inspired and organised for a card/gift for you mother this weekend, LOL?

This week it is a Sketch Challenge put together by the very talented Bronwyn Eastley (don't you just love her easel cards and the lovely work she is doing with those butterflies dies etc!).

As has been the case for me lately my day to day life has become rather busy (doesn't seem logical as I am not working a 9-5 job at present, would love to though, needed the extra $s for next week's trip away for Stampin' Up! Convention!  Whoo Hoo I get to meet some more of the JAI Design Team in person!) and so I didn't have time to put too much thought or energy into my design for this week so it is a CAS card (Clean and Simple).

Here is the sketch...

And here is my card...
Stamps: Just Believe, Well Scripted
Inks: Garden Green, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock/Paper: Crumb Cake, Woodland Walk DSP, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Button, Clear Embossing Poweder, Decorative Label Punch, Sponge Dauber

I am not sure if you can really see from the photo but I actually clear embossed the stamped image. I had first inked up the image with Garden Green ink and then using a cotton bud removed the green ink from the flowers and then recoloured them with my More Mustard Stampin' Write Marker. The stitching is actually faux stitching using a paper piercer and the template from the Mat Pack and then using my Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker to create the stiched lines.

Need to go now and finish the packing of my swaps for Convention, only did 40...20 of 2 designs...have run out of time for the third one I intended to do! Then I need to consider packing my SU! supplies required for Convention and what clothes to wear/pack...I hope the weather is warm as I have more summer weight clothes than winter, which I only discovered the other day when my daughter made me spring clean my wardrobe to see what we could find for me to wear at Convention. I am so looking forward to this week's trip - I get to meet and hang out with a number of the JAI Design Team, other SU! demonstrators, fun at Convention, then spending three days with my sisters during which time my (just turned) 18 year old daughter will come over to Skydive over the Yarra Valley for her birthday present as this got cancelled over here in Tassie for her birthday. Glad it is her and not me jumping out of a plane!

So between now and next Wednesday morning when I fly I have so many things to do and wish there were more hours in the day!

If you can find the time please pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see what the other lovely talented ladies have put together to inspire your creativity and then have some fun and join in with us, using the sketch as your template.

PS - I got to meet in person our new Design Team member Kathy Tanner, who lives not far from me, and who I hope will find some time (after I am back from Convention) to get together with me to stamp and chat...we sure can chat, as we had a two hour lunch the other day...and who might share with me some of inspiration and I can show her a few different things that I have found fun to do.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Deals of the Week!

Get high-quality Stampin’ Up! products up to 40% off during our Deals of the Week! Each Wednesday in May, you’ll find a new list of select Stampin’ Up! products on sale for that week. Be sure to check my website each week to see what the new deals are!
No limits (although if stock run low the products will be returned to their regular price before the end of the week) and no minimum purchase required.

This Week's Deals (1-10 May 2011):
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 08:56:51

Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
121578 37 Tag Alongs Wood-Mount Set $31.95 $19.17
120468 59 More Monkey Accessories Clear-Mount Set $23.95 $14.37
121550 59 More Monkey Accessories Wood-Mount Set $29.95 $17.97
120003 75 Cottage Garden Clear-Mount Set $24.95 $14.97
119163 75 Cottage Garden Wood-Mount Set $32.95 $19.77
121494 98 Compliments to the Chef Wood-Mount Set $35.95 $21.57

Contact me today to place your order.


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