Monday, June 27, 2011

FREE Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote!

LAST WEEK of this offer! Yes, I still haven't given away this gorgeous tote to a new demonstrator who has signed up with me, a few are thinking, and I have had many an offer to buy it but I am not selling it Iwant to give it away to someone who joins with me in Stampin' Up! You don't need to do workshops or stamp classes if you don't want to, you can simply join SU! to receive the continual 20% discount on your personal purchases to fulfill the needs of your hobby/addiction like me when I first started four years ago!

Who doesn't love getting things for FREE or at a great discount?

Well I have my own personal special (not a SU! promotion) on until the end of this month (June 2011)....how would you like to get for FREE this gorgeous Greenhouse Gala Tote (value $45)?


I bought one for myself and an extra one from Momento Mall at Convention especially for this purpose (an idea Delys gave me while at Convention and being tempted by all the lovely goodies available to us demonstrators!). This is my personal (not SU!'s) recruiting promotion, where if you sign with me as a SU! demonstrator then you get the regular benefits of being a demonstrator PLUS this lovely tote for FREE! So, in addition to your starter kit which you pay for ($289…worth $515), you will enjoy a 20% demonstrator discount and tons of other great benefits,... AND you get my special. 

Email me today if you want to join my team...you don't need to be in Tasmania, but you must live in Australia.

You can sign up to be a business demonstrator, full-time or part-time, or a hobby demonstrator (who just buys for herself). I will give you all the support that you need to achieve your goals as a demonstrator.

Ready to sign up right away? Just click here to go direct to my Stampin' Up! website, all you need is a valid credit card.

If you want to find out more about the benefits of being a SU! demonstrator check out my page of information by clicking here or email me with any of your questions and I will be happy to answer them for you, no obligations.

Here is an image of the tote I found on the web full of SU! goodies...
You never know where this adventure will take you...but I know I have meet some amazing and talented people in my four years of being a SU! demonstrator and continue to enjoy my SU! journey.

Friday, June 24, 2011

JAI#73 - Sketch Challenge

Friday again, which means another Just Add Ink challenge and this was a simple sketch put forward by me and I think I had the most trouble with it...I made three cards before I finally settled on this one. Shh, but if you look closely you might see some sneak peaks in this card of a stamp set coming out in the next IB&C, but it's a secret until September, sorry!


As you know after SU! Convention I have been inspired to sometimes decorate the insides of my cards and this is one of them, although the photography is not too good...a bit blurry, my camera seemed to focus in on the DSP background rather than the stamped image on the inside of the card...I am no photographer that is for sure!


Here is the sketch that we had to work with...


Now I encourage you to pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see how other members of the Design Team interpreted this sketch in their projects for the week...and then you might find some time to play along too and link up your creations for us to ooh and aahh over!

You will also notice that at over at JAI we celebrated our 500th follower during the week which is so exciting. We also decided to carry on this excitement and so for this week's challenge we are actually offering a prize for the 'Top Pick' (or winner) and also a random entry...so an extra two reasons to get out your stamps and craft supplies to create a project using this sketch as inspiration!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

More birthdays and sneak peaks!

Well I had a lovely night out tonight with my boy and his fiance. We shopped for a suit for him for an interview he has this coming Thursday, then tea at Nando's and then we all went to see the movie Oranges and Sunshine. It was good movie, worth seeing. It tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom to Australia.

Before I went out I did manage to finish a couple more birthday cards, which I also got in the post to my nephew and niece, who celebrated their birthdays yesterday and tomorrow, respectively. When I am pushed for time I love to look through my 'To Case' file and make a card quickly without too much thought to design, colour etc. This afternoon was no exception and I was pleased with the card I CASED from Christine Blain using Extreme Elements. Christine had used Cajun Craze, whereas I chose to use Cherry Cobbler plus I also clear embossed my bike after colouring in parts of it. Sorry for the poor lighting but it was quite overcast and getting late in the afternoon when I took the photo.


Here's where the sneak peaks comes in on the birthday card I created for my niece...these cute pigs can be found in a new stamp set coming out in the next IB&C, to be released in September. Also the strip of ribbon Ice Cream Parlor is part of a special bundle available next month, I mounted it onto a thin strip of Marina Mist card for added dimension...more details in a later post of this special.

Can you see that I have poked the poor pigs eyes out with my paper piercer (how cruel can I be!), and backing the front panel on Basic Black makes them stand out more! I also added some cute pink buttons I had for their snouts...so cute!


Well I am finally starting to get tired so night peeps I am off to bed!

Birthday cards and a Sympathy card

There are a few birthdays this month for which I hope to make cards and today I want to share two that I made last night...a little late I know...for my son's fiance and her twin sister who celebrated their birthdays yesterday. My nephew Reuben's was yesterday too and I haven't yet finished that one!

Megan's card
  
Sarah's card
I did them both slightly differently. For Megan's card I stamped the Elements of Style image in Basic Black and Versamark ink and then clear embossed the image before colouring with my Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker. For Sarah's card I stamped first in Basic Black ink and then coloured the image with my Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker after which I coloured it with my Versamarker and clear embossed the whole image. I am not sure which method I prefer as they both give different results.

Unfortunately, I not only wanted to make birthday cards but a sympathy card as well for a close friend who lost a mother, mother-in-law, nan...my thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Here is the front of the card, again using the same image from the Elements of Style stamp set...you can see how versatile this stamp set is, as I have been using it a lot lately for a variety of card types. This card was also inspired by the very talented Tania Gould's card, although I couldn't just add stamps I had to also include some lace for my card.


After coming back from Convention and being inspired by the very talented Teneale Williams, I am also decorating the inside of some of my cards as well. I was quite happy with how this turned out.


Well I had better go now and finish off some of the other birthday cards that I need to make, before I have to leave for a night out with my son. I am collecting on my IOU that I received from Dylan for Mother's Day, dinner for two and a movie! My option was to have it with him or for my husband and I to enjoy a night out ... I have chosen to enjoy a special night just with my son, especially as it was a Mother's Day gift.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Gift cards


I find my friends at Just Add Ink so inspirational, that when I need to get motivated I can just stop by one of their blogs and it gets my creative juices flowing so that I should quickly get into my craft room...and today was no exception!

I popped in to the very talented and lovely Paula Dobson's blog and was inspired by her Inlaid For You cards that I wanted to have a go at this technique myself...I have seen it several times lately and today I just felt that I had to give it a try and with the Big Shot it is sooo easy!

I also had several of the littlest butterflies cut out already from the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die in Pretty in Pink cardstock and so I thought this technique would be a great way to use them up...I hate to throw anything away that I could possibly use in a project...which is why I have so many bits and pieces lying around waiting to be used ONE DAY!

I didn't have the Little Leaves Sizzlet Die so I decided to simply stamp this element in Wild Wasabi using an image from the Just Believe stamp set, which is also where the greeting stamp is found.

Here is the set of five small gift cards that I created...I was so pleased with the result that I am definitely going to do this technique again and again...and I might even demonstrate it at one of my upcoming workshops!


Thanks again Paula for the inspiration and I hope she doesn't mind but I have simply repeated her instructions here on how to do this technique.

How to:
1.  Select you die cuts and cut your peices out.
2.  Using Tombow Multi Adhesive lightly adhere the pieces on your card stock.
3.  Insert your carstock into your embossing folder of choice and run through the Bigshot.
4.  Adhere with Dimensionals to you card base.

It is that easy! 

If you would like me to demonstrate this technique at a workshop in your home, or to see how easy it is to use the Big Shot and use these lovely embossing folders and dies, then contact me today!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Just Add Ink #71 - Black & White

I just love the weekly challenges we have over at Just Add Ink, they keep me crafting and inspired, and this week's challenge is no exception - challenges are up every Friday. For this week, Paula challenged us to a Black and White colour challenge ...that's it. JUST BLACK & WHITE...no other colours!
I knew exactly what I had in mind to do for this week's challenge - the Split Negative Technique - and of course my most recently purchased stamp set that I am just having so much fun inking up, 'Elements of Style'. As a result of using the Split Negative Technique I of course ended up with, not one but two cards, each being a reverse of the other. I couldn't decide which one I liked best, can you?



Stamps: Elements of Style, Well Scripted, Tiny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock/Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink:Basic Black, Whisper White Craft Ink
Accessories: White and Black Embossing Powders, Curly-Label Extra Large and Decorative Label Punches, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Adhesive


Why don't you hop on over to the Just Add Ink Challenge Blog to get some wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team and link up your entry.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

10 Minute Birthday Card

Today my parents and nephew Adam came to visit and Adam asked me if I had any birthday cards around fishing as one of his friends was celebrating his 21st. Unfortunately I did not have any fishing stamp images, but I said I was happy to make a masculine birthday card for him if he wanted me to. So I showed him a couple of the masculine stamp sets I had and he chose the surfer and also told me his mate liked St Kilda, so I based the card around the red, white and black colour scheme.

I really had no idea where I was going with the card, but what I ended up with in about 10 minutes, he and I were both pleased with...


What do you think? Not bad for a quick card, eh?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Making Alterations...

When I made a recent birthday card I was basically happy with the layout, colours and general design but I thought I had placed my ribbon and embelishments a little too low down on the card and so I wanted to recreate the design with a few alterations.

Here is my first attempt...

 
Stamps: French Script, Medallion, Cute by the Inch, Vintage Vogue, So Happy for You (SAB)
Cardstock/Paper: Very Vanilla, Neutrals Patterns DSP, Pretty in Pink
Inks: Bravo Burgundy, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestone, Adhesive


Not only did I think I had placed my ribbon etc a little low, but you really couldn't see the impact of the Medallion stamp on the DSP along with the French Script. Therefore, I made a few alterations and came up with the card below...

Stamps: French Script, Medallion, Cute by the Inch, Vintage Vogue,Well Scripted
Cardstock/Paper: Pretty in Pink, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand
Inks: Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Antique Brad, Stampin' Dimensionals, Adhesive

As you can see I swapped the Neutrals DSP for Sahara Sand cardstock and this allowed the effect with the French Script and Medallion stamps to show better, plus I stamped the Medallion stamp in Bravo Burgundy rather than the Pretty in Pink which got lost on the first card.

I chose a wider ribbon and again these cards were inspired by the talented Teneale Williams' use of ribbons in her Convention WOW presentation, plus I added a larger flower from the Vintage Vogue stamp set.

No sooner than I turn around it seems to be someone else's birthday and can't seem to make myself take one from my box of cards...I always have to make a new one! I suppose it is because I often make them with that person in mind or that I want to try a new style or technique.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the cards I have been making lately although they have not been posted in the order that I have made them as I often forget to take photos of my cards before I pop them in the post, these ones I took but didn't get around to blogging at the time!

Birthday dragonflies...

One of the things I love about Stampin' Up! events is the opportunity to get inspiration and ideas from other fellow demonstrators and many of these can come from cards and projects that are on the display boards. One card on the display board at Convention had four squares placed together at the top of the card, but what I liked about them was the way they had been rounded at opposite corners and the other corners left square. You will see what I mean when you look at my card below.

The other idea that I was reminded of was embossing of images on to patterned Designer Series Papers and so I also incorporated this in my card below by embossing dragonflies on to Woodland Walk DSP. I was very happy with the result and I hope the recipient of this birthday card likes it too!

Stamps: Nature's Nest, Well Scripted
Cardstock/Paper: Basic Black, Garden Green, Woodland Walk DSP
Inks: Basic Black
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Adhesive

Monday, June 6, 2011

Better Late than Never - JAI#70!

Well last week's Just Add Ink challenge was a sketch challenge that made me want to try out the very talented and lovely Bronwyn Eastley's famous easel cards...you can check out a tutorial of hers by clicking here! So tonight I finally got around to making one, and with the sketch in mind as well. So as I said in my post header...Better Late than Never!


I also have a special person in mind, whose birthday it is this month, that I want to send this to and I sure hope it brightens up her day when she eventually receives it!


Stamps: Hello Blossoms, Oval All
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Scallop Circle Big Shot Die, CM Circle Patterns, Scallop Oval Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, Brights Designer Buttons, Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals, Adhesive


I really enjoyed making this card and even my husband said it was nice, especially the button flowers! It is a little different.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Commissioned Cards

Before Convention I was commissioned to create several birthday cards for key milestones...1st, 18th, 21st and 90th...as well as a couple of thank you cards. I thought I would share these with you now, although I haven't taken the time to post the supplies used as I usually do.







The person who requested these cards was very happy with the results and so was I. Which one do you like the best?

Thanks for stopping by.

18th Birthday Cards

My daughter turned 18 at the end of April and I made her the following card as she was so excited to be the legal age to enjoy an alcoholic drink now and then.


She liked her card so much she asked me to make another similar one for a friend of hers who was also turning 18.


I was pleased with the results, here they are again side by side...


I didn't get to share these cards with you at the time, so I thought I would post them now.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday fun...

Yes, can you believe it, Friday is here again and that means some weekly fun with a Just Add Ink challenge! It wasn't my turn to design this week and so I haven't yet made anything for this week's sketch challenge and of course when you see it you will know it was inspired by the very talented Bronwyn Eastley. The sketch is another reason that I wanted to finally have a go at making one of the Scallop Easel Card's that Bron is the queen of!

Maybe if I find some time this afternoon I might try to 'whip one up'! Anyway why not pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see what fabulous ways those in the Design Team used this sketch and then have a play with it yourself.

Here is the sketch...
 

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bleached Out Images

Tomorrow night is my monthly stamp class, sorry places are full, and the first one I have held since returning from Convention. I can't wait to share with the ladies some of the excitement I got from attending Convention and the great ideas shared at the Workshop WOWs. One of those demonstrated by the very talented Kirsty Brown is what I will be teaching at my class and that is the technique of colouring an image using bleach.

Kirsty used a beautiful stamp image from the Elements of Style set, which has been on my wishlist for a while now and so after returning from Convention it was one of the sets I ordered and received this week. I have often been inspired by cards made by the lovely Tania Gould who also favours this stamp set.

You will probably not be surprised then to see this set featuring in a few of my cards over the next few weeks!

The card below is a slight variation on the one I will be demonstrating tomorrow night at my class, do you think they will like it?

Stamps: Elements of Style
Ink: Melon Mambo, Versamark
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Aqua Painter, Bleach, Melon Mambo Pom Pom Trim 


I really enjoyed trying this new technique and making this card and I hope the ladies at tomorrow night's stamp class do too.

Dont forget our current Extra Extra Hostess Promotion...if you hold a workshop between now and 30th June and your Total Sales come to $450 or more you will receive a bonus $70 to spend – so instead of receiving a Level 1 Hostess set and $40 to spend you will get a free Level 1 Hostess set and $110 to spend in any of the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogues.

Contact me today to book in your workshop or if you are pressed for time you might like to arrange your own Catalogue Party, email me for details.

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