Friday, 27 May 2016

New Catalogue Product Swap for Stampin Up Mediterranean Grand Vacation

Today I have some details of the 3rd swap that I participated in on the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation to the Mediterranean. By the time you see this,  I will be enjoying all the sights of Italy and heading towards France - a dream come true for sure. 

This swap had the parameters of using only product that will be available in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. Contact me if you would like a copy. As demonstrators we are able to pre purchase a limited supply of products and it is so much fun to try them out and prepare samples for our customers.

For my swap I reverted to one of my favourite techniques - water-colouring. 
I love the freedom this technique gives and especially when you stamp onto wet water colour paper, as I did for this sample. 

The stamp set I used is a Hostess Only stamp set (Gift of Love) that includes 3 stamps to create this gorgeous floral image and 6 different greetings. I have combined the set with a stamp from Timeless Textures, and I also used the splatter from Gorgeous Grunge, another of my much loved stamp sets. 

Don't you just love the texture the water colour paper gives you? I added a little bit of depth to the stamped flower by using a slightly darker red tone and my Aqua Painter. Colours are Rose Red and Cherry Cobbler, and the leaves are Old Olive. I stamped the outline with Archival black ink from Stampin' Up! It is all matted with Basic Black and added to a Crumb Cake card base.

The script on the greetings in this stamp set is really delightful and stamps very crisply. These words are stamped on water colour paper to maintain the textural element of the card, but just imagine how crisp they would look on Whisper White card. 

That's it for a few days. I will have lots to post when I return from the trip, so come back and visit me often

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

South Pacific Grand Vacation Project Life Card Swap

I am participating in 3 swaps for the Grand Vacation and this one is just for the South Pacific achievers. We decided that a Project Life sized card would be ideal for when we all create our wonderful Project Life Memory albums from this trip of a life time that we've earned through being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. 

My card is quite generic, but I've been inspired by the curvy lines of Gaudi architecture that is found in Barcelona and the vibrant and colourful ambience of this Spanish city.

The card is 3 inches  x 4 inches and uses one of my new favourite stamp sets from Stampin' Up!
- Timeless Textures. (if you haven't fallen in love with this set, you will as soon as you use it!)

Please forgive the "blueness" of the  photos - I'm not sure what happened when I was taking them, but it only seems to be the white that has a blue tinge. (I will take new photos when I return from the trip.) Classic ink colours used are: Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay.

I used the shaving cream technique for the background and stamped over the top with a variety of stamps from Timeless Textures. Then a little banner with a greeting from one of my Project Life stamp sets, a small portion of a Tea Lace doily (and who would have thought they would be on the retirement list? ) and a punched flower in Watermelon  Wonder card complete the card. 

Great fun making these and I can't wait to see all the other creations from my clever colleagues. 

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Stampin Up Grand Vacation Mediterranean Swaps

When you read this post I will already be on the beautiful Norwegian Epic sailing towards Italy from Barcelona, and then onto France and back to Barcelona. And this is all thanks to the wonderful company I work for - Stampin' Up! 

One of the traditions of these Grand Vacations is for demonstrators from around the world, who have achieved the GV, to create swaps so that we can all share our ideas. It is amazing how different the ideas can be using products from the Stampin' Up! catalogues, and it is fun trying to design something a little different.

This year I took my cue from one of our new products - the adhesive strips. They will be in the new Annual Catalogue that starts June 1st, and they indicate to me that Shaker Cards are going to be one of the "in" styles for the next season. Shaker cards are lots of fun, and of course can take on many styles - my card is somewhat traditional, and uses a number of different techniques and products. 

This is what I designed.

My colour choices for the background are, Bermuda Bay, Wisteria Wonder and Blushing Bride. This is a combination chosen by my 4 year old grand daughter one day when we were playing around with the Shaving Cream technique. I loved her choices so used them as the basis for my card.

The technique I used for the stamped image is the Marker direct to Rubber technique, where I used the brush end of my Stampin Up Markers to colour directly onto the stamp. It is such a fun technique and I love the serendipity of not knowing exactly how it will turn out. My aim was to create a bit of dimension in the flower using the same 3 colours plus Elegant Eggplant. You can see this in the detail photo below.

Of course for a Shaker Card you need some dimension and this is where the fabulous new Foam Adhesive Strips come in so handy. They are flexible so you can shape them in a variety of ways, and they are just perfect for shaker cards. You can find them on page 182 of the new Annual Catalogue. I created the little heart shaker pieces using the Confetti Hearts Border punch on Blushing Bride Glimmer paper and Bermuda Bay card stock. Love this result against the marbled background.

The flower image is from the lovely Butterfly Basics stamp set, and I think I'm just a teeny bit crazy stamping and fussy cutting 27 of these cards. However I'm pleased that the result is what I was looking for when placed over some window sheet.

Finally the greeting and banner stamp are from a lovely and very versatile new stamp set named Thoughtful Banners, and as good management would have it, there is a coordinating punch that cuts these banners out perfectly. It is so easy to place the words on the banner too, as this is a photopolymer set that enables easy alignment.

I can't wait to swap with my fellow demonstrators and look forward to sharing pictures of some of those swaps with you.

Remember you can start ordering from the new Annual Catalogue on June 1st and although I will still be overseas, if you just can't wait for new products you can use my on-line store to order your products from June 1st, 2016 onwards. 

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

New Stampin Up Annual Catalogue is here!

Wow, wow , wow is all I can say about the new Annual Catalogue by Stampin' Up!®
I received my copy on Saturday at the Stampin' Up! On Stage Local event at the Gold Coast. - a couple of weeks ago now and it's been so hard not to share it with you all.

Better still why don't you contact me via my Demonstrator Business Website and ask  me to send you a catalogue. I would love to do that for all my customers, and if you are not yet, but would like to be a customer just let me know.

The catalogue is packed full of great ideas that are both easy to achieve for beginners and provide inspiration for the more experienced stampers. We also have all Inclusive Kits, lots of new framelits, some new Big Shot products, 5 new In Colors in ink pads, card stock, Stampin Write Markers and ribbons AND  of course there are lots of new stamps.

We all love our stamps and it is really great to see that a lot of our favourite sets will still be available.

I can't show you what's inside the catalogue yet but you can see the cover....

It's lovely and light and bright and I promise you will love the contents. In fact you'll want so much from this catalogue that it will be a wonderful opportunity to join me at Stampin Up and receive all your products at a 20% discount after the purchase of your kit. The kit is fantastic as it is fully customizable and you choose exactly what you want/need to continue your crafting journey, and all this at a very good discount. Check out the information today.

You could also benefit from hosting a party where you will be eligible for Hostess Rewards of product dollars to spend as you wish. If you would like to discuss this please use the CONTACT ME form on my Demonstrator Business Website and I will be in touch,

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Mothers Day Card with Butterfly Basics & Gorgeous Grunge

Mothers Day has snuck up on me this year - I thought I had another week, until I received a lovely card in the mail from one of my daughters. Eek, that meant I needed to get a card in the mail for my dear mum who lives interstate. 

Luckily I made this card with her birthday in mind, last week, and although it was originally a Birthday card, it was easy enough to remove the greeting and add a different one. I have another week until her birthday!!!

I used the very versatile Butterfly Basics stamp set from Stampin' Up! with the Marker direct to Rubber technique. I love using my Stampin' Write Markers directly on the rubber of the stamp - it is such an easy way to get multiple colours on one image. 

Here is the card: 

My mum has always loved red and it variations. 
I used Crumb Cake as the card base and Whisper White on which to stamp the image. The colours in the image are Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke. 
And of course I just had to use a little Gorgeous Grunge in the background. I probably break all the rules when using this stamp as I do not bother mounting it on a block - I simply press it into the ink and stamp with uneven pressure onto the card. This gives me a more grungy look.

The butterfly is cut out of a Gold Foil sheet using the Bold Butterfly Framelits and this has been topped with a bow of Linen thread. Currently the framelits and stamp set are available as a bundle, but this will change with the new Annual Catalogue on June 1. If you want to save a few dollars (15%) then you should consider getting it now

I added a little Venetian Crochet Lace to one side and blended some of the outline colour into the centres using a Blender Pen. Stampin' Up! Classic Inks are perfect for this technique, and as the Markers contain the same ink as the ink pads, you can achieve the same results.

The card is in the post and I hope mum likes it - it is always difficult being so far away on special occasions and a phone call just doesn't seem the same as being there in person. 

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting

If you would like to make a card like this you can order the following products at my on-line store. The stamp sets will be carried over into the new Annual Catalogue (you can see this on June 1) so it is well worth getting them. As always if I can assist you with further information about this card please contact me.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop - Baby Love

Welcome to the April Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop. This month our theme BABY LOVE is close to my heart, as I have a lovely new baby grand daughter. There is nothing better than grandma cuddles!

I'm sure you will enjoy some baby love inspiration from each of the Stampin' Up!® demonstrators  from around the world who are taking part in this blog hop.

So let's get to some "baby love".....

I chose to use the "Made with Love" stamp set and combined some background stamps from Gorgeous Grunge.  Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake classic inks are used for all stamping and water colouring.

I used to dabble in quilting and like to find inspiration from many different crafts, so today I have made some little patchwork squares and filled them with stamped images and little animals.  I fussy cut the animals so they would fit inside the squares. The little patchwork squares are created using the 1 3/8" circle punch and  the 1" square punch.  Simply place the cut out square inside the circle and fold the edges inward. The paper I used is English Garden Designer Series Paper.

I coloured the baby animals  using an Aqua Painter - I love water colouring!

 I hope you enjoy this card and will follow along to the next person on the list below.

Until Next time

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Final Days of Weekly Deals from Stampin Up

Many of you have been enjoying the savings from the Weekly Deals offered by Stampin' Up!® , but sadly it is time for them to finish.

There are just 2 more offerings and there are lots of products in those offerings. This week April 6 - 12 have some excellent stamp sets, so I thought I'd just show you a couple of samples I made for a class this week to help you envisage how useful they can be. 

I've chosen 2 Christmas sets: 
Reason for the Season
Holly Jolly Greetings.

I chose these sets because they are really versatile and at such a good price, you may decide you need them too!
Images from both sets can be used to stamp randomly on your paper, creating lovely backgrounds for a simple Christmas Card.

We'll start with the Reason for the Season set.
It is photopolymer so very easy to place the stamps in the 2 step stamping process.

 I stamped the outline image in Archival Black Ink, then stamped  real red for the petals and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.
I really like how this gives a "casual" feel to the images as they are not meant to line up perfectly.

I added a little bling - because I just cannot do Christmas without bling - using a 2-way glue pen and some Stampin' Up! Gold Glitter.

The next card is made from the snowflake image from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set.
I made the background with my brayer, (Pear Pizzazz) ensured it was really dry then randomly stamped  the snowflake images using Versamark, over the background. I heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder

I cut the image into 3 equal parts, matted it onto Gold foil and then added a greeting (not from this set) 
I tried this technique in a few colours and matted them differently. Here is one using cherry Cobbler.

These cards are really quick to make a bundle of, and show just one way you can use these versatile stamp sets
If you would like to order them you will need to be quick. Use the Hostess code when ordering on-line via my website. The code for this week is: CJHFWTPN
You will be entered into a draw to win additional product if you use the code - Good Luck!
These sets are on special until April 12.

If you prefer you can email your order to me.

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Flowering Fields Note Card.

This Flowering Fields stamp set from Stampin' Up!® has really caught my attention - I love the simple sketched flowers and the variety of techniques that can be used with the set. 

Today I've used a note card from the Note Cards & Envelopes pack by Stampin' Up! and used a couple of techniques that I think compliment each other quite well.

The first technique is Heat Embossing. I've stamped the images in Versa Mark and poured White Embossing Powder over them. This is stamped on Pink Pirouette Card Stock. Next I used a rectangular piece of paper to create a Mask and sponged around it with bot Soft Suede and Blushing Bride ink. 

To complete the illusion of an additional piece of card I did some free-hand faux stitching using a White Gel Pen. These techniques can be used in so many different ways and with lots of different stamp sets.

Below you'll find a list of what I used in this project. You can purchase these and other  Stampin' Up! products via my on-line store. Simply follow the link, place your order and it will be mailed directly to your nominated address. (Australian residents only)

Don't forget to add the CURRENT HOSTESS CODE (top right side bar of this blog) to be eligible for the monthly rewards. I draw out one customer name out each month, and if you are the lucky winner I will notify you of the amount of your spending spree.

Until next time

Happy Crafting