Monday, 26 January 2015

Stampin' Up! A World of Dreams

A World of Dreams stamp set by Stampin' Up! is another silhouette style stamp set that is great for stamping over brayered backgrounds and on lightly patterned Designer Series Papers.

My card today uses some Designer Series Paper (Watercolour Wonder -retired - sob!) as the background, and I've stamped over it using
Island Indigo Classic ink from Stampin' Up! It is one of the colours from the papers and just another way Stampin' Up! makes it easy for you to be creative by having papers and inks coordinating.

The details show the use of linen thread and a brushed gold button. I love these buttons that can be purchased in either gold or silver from my on-line store and if you hurry you can get the gold ones at a discount! 

The image has been matted onto a piece of Island Indigo card and then onto whisper White that has been embossed with the very useful Decorative Dots embossing folder. Of course you need a Big Shot for embossing!

This is a simple quick card - hope it inspires you to try stamping on patterned papers.

Until next time,

Sunday, 25 January 2015

I Love Using Different Techniques When Stamping.

Tonight I've been preparing for our annual Australia Day picnic. This is something we have done every year with friends since 1988. We head down to Lake Burleigh Griffin for breakfast and enjoy the beautiful Canberra sights and morning festivities that come with Australia Day. It is wonderful living in the Nations Capital - we are very lucky and thankful. Now, however, it is time I caught up with some posts on my recent creative exploits.

This year I've started a  monthly Techniques Class, and I'm really enjoying trying out many new techniques and revisiting some that I've used over and over again. We had our first class in January and because I had a group with mixed experience I decided to show a couple of techniques using MASKING  methods. 

The first sample was the traditional paper masking using a sticky note.

The idea of the class is to try out the techniques, keep a record of them and then try them out on cards or other projects. The birds from A HAPPY THING  stamp set - one of the free offering in the Sale A Bration catalogue make a great little duo sitting on the branch. They have been coloured using Blendabilities.

The second technique is fun and gives a different finish. I think it works well for children's cards, so I chose this set from the new Occassions Catalogue.
The image is part of a set named HEY VALENTINE, but it becomes a terrific set for a young person when you mask off the greeting. 

The image is stamped and coloured with Blendabilities, then covered with Versa Mark using a Versa Marker pen. Clear embossing powder is heated over the top and then background colour is sponged over the image. I love how I got little bits of colour in areas where the embossing did not take, and this is a great way to add an interesting background. The background is sponged on and then the image is buffed with a tissue. 

I hope you'll enjoy these technique posts

Thanks for visiting

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Sale A Bration is Irresistibly Yours!

Irresistibly Yours - the name for the designer series paper pack that is one of the free offerings from Stampin' Up! during Sale A Bration this year.

It is absolutely stunning paper that has a versatility all of its own. You can leave it plain as I have done with this box.

The beautiful embossed pattern of Irresistibly Yours (#138635) is so elegant, and the box is made in just a couple of minutes using the Gift Box Punch Board (#135863). I've tied a little White Jute Ribbon (#137904) together to form a base for a flower made using the scallop circle punch.

I mentioned earlier the Irresistibly Yours paper was very versatile. You can colour it in a number of ways too. It works beautifully with Blendabilities, watercolour, spritzing and inking with a sponge or dauber. Using these methods will bring out the pattern as it colours the background and leaves the pattern white. Don't forget to buff the embossed area with a tissue to ensure it shows up beautifully. 

Because this is a Stampin' Up! Sale A Bration product, you must earn it for free. You cannot purchase it. That is easily done by place an order for $90 or more.

You can view the newest catalogue here.

Enjoy the experience as this is one of our best! 

After you've browsed the catalogues you may have a huge Wish List of items, so think about joining Stampin' Up! There are special incentives for new members joining during Sale A Bration, and demonstrators receive a great discount on all their purchases.

and if you love what you see..

Let me know if I can help in any way

Best Wishes

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Stampin' Up! Sale A Bration - A Happy Thing

A Happy Thing stamp set (139131) is just one of the free offerings in the 2015 Sale A Bration catalogue by Stampin' Up! ... and it is indeed a happy thing. 

At first glance this stamp set shouts out to be coloured with Blendabilities, and that is exactly what I did with it. I also had a class on flip cards, using the Stampin' Up! Circle Card Framelit (#133480) so combining the 2 criteria, I came up with this sample.

It is such a happy card, and the lovely colours and patterns in the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (#137784) match beautifully. You'll find these gorgeous papers in the Occasions Catalogue (p. 19) plus you'll see lots of ideas of how to use these papers. 

Notice how the card is held together with a belly band made from Melon Mambo card stock with some adhesive lace on it? You can see a video on You tube that shows details of how to use these framelits to create a card with extra length. 

This photo shows the opening mechanism of the card. Simply slip the belly band off and open up - the circle will then flip to reveal the greeting on the other side.

If you would love to own this set, you can place an order for $90 of Stampin' Up! products from any of the current catalogues and you can choose it for FREE.
 This is only available during the Sale A Bration  promotion (until March 31, 2015) and you cannot buy the set.

You can order via my on-line store, or you can contact me with your order. Either way you will have your goodies within a week. How easy is that?

I hope this card has inspired you to take a look at the fabulous opportunities available during the Stampin' Up! Sale A Bration promotion.

If you are looking for a hobby or home based business that pays you to have fun, then Sale A Bration has something extra for you too

Best Wishes

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalogue Launch

A new catalogue is always exciting and this one from Stampin' Up! certainly does not disappoint. It is filled with gorgeous stamps, accessories and loads of ideas. To celebrate the launch of this catalogue, I held an event for some of my customers. 

It was a pretty casual event with one side of the work tables covered in samples and new products, while the other side had work stations for everyone to try out a couple of select products.

One of the first projects you see is the gorgeous flower posie on the front cover of the catalogue. I made one up to decorate the table and I have to say - it is stunning. It took me a while to get the hang of it, but now I'm looking forward to making a few more. Kits are such a great idea for gifts and lots of fun for classes.

There are stamp sets galore in this Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue, and they come in a variety of wood mount, clear mount or photopolymer, giving you lots of options and price ranges. 

Look out also for Bundles - you'll save 15% on them, while getting accessories that help speed up the crafting process. 

Here are just a few of the stamp sets that were on display! They generated lots of interest and ideas for using them were shared around. 

This Occasions Catalogue comes with a bonus as it is part of Sale A Bration. 
Stampin' Up! has this great promotion at the beginning of each year and everyone can earn free products. All you have to do is spend $90 on product from any of the current catalogues, the Clearance Rack and the Weekly Deals and you can choose one item from the Sale A Bration Catalogue

Take a look at the catalogues on-line and if you would like a hard copy, contact me and I'll send one to you. If you would like to place an order you can fill your shopping basket here!

The order will be posted directly to you. You can pay securely with credit card and shop from the comfort of your home.

Enjoy the catalogue and stay tuned for some fun samples

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Final Days Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale

A heads up to Stamping friends.....

Order Here! 

This is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of up to 80% discount on some select  Stampin' Up! items.


You'll have to hurry as this special promotion finishes on JANUARY 5, 2015.

If you need any assistance please CONTACT ME and I'll be happy to help. 

Stock up on those consumable items while they are so affordable.

You should also take a look at the WEEKLY DEALS

Every Wednesday new deals on current stock are offered to everyone. Check my website each Wednesday for the latest deals and save even more!

Happy Shopping & Happy New Year!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas....

to all my blog friends.  I'll be taking a short break in order to spend time with my lovely family, but look forward to posting more projects in January.

I'm very excited by the new Occasions Catalogue that launches January 6, 2015.

If you'd like a copy please contact me with your address and I'll post one to you. 
I will also have links to the new catalogue on this page

Best Wishes


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Visions of Santa

The Stampin' Up! stamp set: Visions of Santa is just so cute - I love it. I love the humour and the cute images. At a recent Christmas Tag making event I held we made a couple of cute and very quick little tags using some of the images from this set. 

The tags are made by cutting 2 inch strips of Real Red card and 1 and 5/8 of the red patterned paper that comes from the Santa and Co. Designer Series Paper. Both of these items an be found in the Holiday Catalogue on page 29.

After adhering them together, I used the Angled Tag Topper Punch to shape the top and punch the hole for the gold cord. The Santa images are stamped onto Whisper White card using Memento Black ink, and coloured with the gorgeous new alcohol markers by Stampin' Up! - Blendabilities. I've just added a cute gold button from the Gold Basic Metal Buttons (p. 41 of the Holiday Catalogue) and a couple of flags for the greetings.

When you combine these tags with a box made out of the Santa & Co. DSP, you have a beautifully presented gift. As one of the stamps in this set says: 
"Tis the season to be fancy!"


Monday, 1 December 2014

Stampin' Up! Stall at Old Bus Depot Markets

I know it's been ages since my last post but I have just been so busy with classes, parties, getting items ready for markets every Sunday, interstate travel to Gold Coast and Darwin, and babysitting 2 little ones 2 days a week. My days just fly on by... I'm not complaining, I just wish there were more hours in the day and that I was 25 years younger!

Very popular items at the markets this year have been these snowflake ornaments that are made out of Stampin' Up! Whisper White card, some of Stampin' Up! retired stamps and framelits and the gorgeous Dazzling Diamonds.

They take a lot of cutting out strips of white card stock, but they go together pretty easily and are fun to try all different sizes. I use the Tombow glue and some bull dog clips to hold the strips once they are curved, and hot glue to attach them to the centre round. Then I use a 2 way glue pen to draw around the edges of each piece of paper and sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds over the top. 

I am really enjoying these ornaments and hope you do too.

Until next time

Friday, 31 October 2014

Blendabilities Ornament

It's been a while between postings this month but I have still been doing plenty of creative work. Classes and workshops, plus preparations for our annual couple of months at the Old Bus Depot Markets here in Canberra, have kept me busy. Plus I've been renovating my office at home - a very slow process that should be finished by next week. 

I am so in love with Blendabilities by Stampin' Up! 

They have many benefits, no matter what your experience or expertise at colouring. 
For example, the colour goes on smoothly and you can add layer after layer of colour without the surface of the card stock being effected.
You get 3 different shades of the one colour so blending is simplified.
You can create different effects by referring to Art Movements such as Pointilism
you can work on a variety of different surfaces. 

Here is a card I made using the Christmas Bauble stamp by Stampin' Up! It is great for colouring and gives plenty of room to practice your shading techniques.

I used the Night of Navy set of Blendabilities for the colouring and punched out the centre of another image and raised it up with dimensionals. I also used the Silver Dazzling Details for highlights and a bit of glitter. This can be seen more easily in the next photo. 
The entire image is hand cut and adhered over a silver embossed sunray image from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set - also by Stampin' Up!

I've tried this image in a number of different colours but I think the blue is my favourite. 

If you would like further information or if you would like to order the products used, you may do so on my Demonstrator Business Website