Monday, 22 August 2016

Stars Framelits Framing Angels - Stampin' Up! Christmas Card

With August fast flying us by, it is time for all of us to get started on our Christmas cards. I host a Christmas Stamp A Stack all through the year, but as Christmas approaches the urgency to be prepared becomes more acute. 

For my August class I decided to use an old favourite stamp of an angel combined with the Stars Framelits and the versatile Timeless Textures stamp set. 

 I love that I can water colour the angel in any colour I choose and then create a background to either contrast or harmonize with the colour range. 
The backgrounds are stamped randomly using 2 or 3 of the stamps from Timeless Textures.

The star has been cut out on the Big Shot using 2 framelits at once. I used Gold Glimmer paper for these stars

I stamped on Whisper White  card using Archival Black Ink, and then used an Aqua Painter to lightly brush some colour onto the angel. This is a very quick way to add colour.

The angel has been fussy cut and a couple of the lovely string sequins are separated and adhered with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  The variations that can be achieved with the layouts of this card are numerous and it is fun to change things a little for each card. I get bored making the same thing over and over. 

You can find a list of the current product I've used at the bottom of this post. If you'd like to purchase any of the products you can do so via my on-line store . Don't forget to add the Hostess Code - (top right side bar) and you will be in the draw for free product.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Canberra Craft Fair Activities and Stampin' Up!

Hello friends, 
I seem to have been missing in action for a few weeks, but I have been flat out preparing samples and kits for the Canberra Craft Fair that was on for 4 days last week. It is my biggest event of the year and along with my friend Lorraine from Papercraft To Inspire ( we craft for months preparing for this event. 

Once again we had many compliments on our display of wonderful Stampin' Up! products and samples we made to display and sell. Setting up takes us the best part of one day, but eventually it is all worth it. This year we displayed all the Stampin' Up! colour families as stars, creating a galaxy of colour winding across the back of the stall.

Kits were very popular this year and by the end of the 3rd day we had to start taking orders as stock had sold out. that's a pretty good position to be in. I find it really interesting to note the various trends of customer preferences - each year it changes a little and it is challenging to guess what will be our best selling items. 

We were quite distressed to notice before the show opened that the Stampin' Up! sign had been printed incorrectly, and I had to try to re-create the background of the sign to get rid of the offending "g" at the end of Stampin'.  It looked awful, but nothing else could be done about it. 

As well as selling our creations we each present a Make and Take class. This year I did a class on a Shaker Card and one of my favourite Christmas ornaments. The classes were very popular and resulted in more sales for us. As an ex school teacher, I love the teaching part of crafting and find sharing my knowledge of these techniques lots of fun. 

 Interactive cards are right on trend now and the class participants loved them. Many of them went away with ambitions to create more for themselves at home. Mission accomplished! 

The ornament presented some problems because of our time limits and glue drying, but I had prepared them to the stage of pegging and gluing the patterns and decided in the interests of the class following me, that I would not provide glitter, so we just managed to squeeze everything in. 

It is now time for us to continue preparations for our stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets here in  Canberra. We have a lovely client base that visits us each year and Christmas items are very popular. 

Better get busy!

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Foxy Friends Slider Card

I'm loving the trend of interactive cards and today I made my first slider card - what fun. It is so exciting when the image actually slides and tumbles!

I used the Sliding Star Framelits by Stampin' Up!® and decided to branch out a little and use stamps that I already owned to create some different cards. 

I also used the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack - a stack of coordinating papers 15.2 x 15.2 cm (6 inches square) to create quick, coordinated backgrounds. 

The first card uses the front and back of one sheet and I stamped the little fox in Pool Party with Memento Black details.
The greeting is a combination of 3 stamps from the Endless Birthday Wishes Photopolymer stamp set. It is really good to be able to compose a greeting with the photopolymer stamps as you can see exactly what you will be getting.  I also like the contrasts in the styles of script.

The second card uses different colours with a dominance of Calypso Coral. Again this is the front and reverse of the one sheet of DSP.

With both backgrounds I fussy cut along the design to give the background a bit of interest. You will notice that the fox tail has been cut and realigned closer to the fox body. I did this to keep the unit more compact and therefore more easily moved.

I used washers and dimensionals as shown in the video by Stampin Up! and found that it is important to ensure the washers are placed exactly on top of each other.

Here is a video of my card in motion. 


If you would like to try these cards, you can purchase the Stampin' Up! products from my on-line store or you are welcome to contact me for further information.

Here is a list of the products used in this project:

Friday, 15 July 2016

Best Birds Watercolor Cards using Stampin' Up!® Supplies

This week I have focused on another of the new bundles from Stampin' Up! The Best Birds stamp set coordinating framelits and I had already pictured what I wanted to do with this set. 

As usual, with my eclectic style I had to use some complimentary stamps and for this set of cards I chose the versatile Water color Wash large background stamp.

Here is the card

This is the first of 8 cards I made; all slightly different but staying within a similar theme. You can see that I've used the lovely crosshatched stamp over the Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wash stamp and then dry embossed with a now retired Folder.

See how beautifully the framelits cut out the birds and branch shapes?

Lots of slight variation in colour combinations and arrangements of the birds and branches, but I kept the cards similar by stamping everything in Soft Suede and limiting the water colouring to Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Old Olive and Soft Suede throughout. 

I sponged the edges of the card with Soft Suede to achieve the look I wanted. And I used both the Blender Pen and an Aqua Painter for my colouring.

If you would like to create with this stamp set you can order it on-line via my Stampin' Up!® store
or contact me via my Demonstrator Business Website

As an added incentive for the month of July you will receive a Stampin' Up! Bonus Coupon to spend in August. The coupon is valued at $9 for each $90 you spend. There is no limit and there is a fabulous new Bundle coming in August that will only be available throughout August. So stock up on those essentials now and you will have free dollars to redeem in August. You will need to provide an email address to receive your voucher. Contact me if you would like further information.

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Fairy Celebration With Stampin' Up!

When our new Annual Catalogue was released in June I immediately fell for this very cute stamp set - Fairy Celebration. I love fairies and enjoy colouring too, so this set was a "must have" for me.
I stamped onto water colour paper then coloured with Stampin' Up!® Classic Inks and an Aqua Painter.

The card base was a little plain so I added some white and silver embossing using stamps from Gorgeous Grunge. This is my go to stamp set for backgrounds and I love the variety of combinations you can use from the stamps in the set. 

The detail shows the little bits of "fairy dust: on select areas of the image - this is created with the Wink of Stella Clear brush - so delicate and pretty. 

Hope you like my little bit of fantasy land! 

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Stampin' Up! Mediterranean Cruise Highlights Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my contribution to the Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop for the month. It is all about the highlights of the trip for each demonstrator and I'm sure there will be some similar themes running through these posts, but you will also see all the fun we had, how we were showered with gifts and treated so very well.

I was particularly thrilled to achieve this vacation as I have studied Art History and indeed had a career in art education before retiring and becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Italy, France and Spain are rich in art and rich in history as well as gorgeous scenery so I was thrilled to be able to share this with my husband (who really did not want to go - I dragged him along and he actually had a great time!!) When I heard that the next Grand Vacation was going to be the Mediterranean, I decided I really wanted to go, so I set myself some goals and worked hard with my team members to earn the necessary flex points. It was just a matter of trying to keep to my target each month and I made it!

We were lucky to get an upgrade with Qantas and flew to London via Dubai and although the stop was just a couple of hours at the airport it has enticed me to make a visit there at another time. Look at this gorgeous airport.

So the highlights for me:

Beautiful Barcelona - gorgeous architecture, great food and wonderful weather. Pictures tell the story better than I can so here are a few. The Gaudi architecture is inspiring in its creativity, but learning his story made things really come to life.

It was so exciting to see so many demonstrators from around the world and to be a part of this fabulous vacation.  We had organised a few tours with 2 other lovely Aussies: - Leonie and Narelle, and it was great getting to know them. Can't wait for On Stage in November when we will meet up again.
Our first full day on the ship was a day at sea. We met up with long time friends from the USA (almost family as I lived with Joyce in 1968 - 69)  on the first night and there were lots of hugs and smiles. We spent as much time as we could the following day including lunch, and imagine my delight when Jeff tells us he has invited a couple more to have lunch with us.

Look who it was!
 Needless to say I was delighted and felt so lucky to be able to spend a little time with my family and Shelli and Stirling.

I have been to Italy before and was very keen to see some sights that I had not yet seen so I chose the Amalfi Coast excursion - what beautiful rugged  coastline it is. The bus could hardly fit on the road in some cases, but I would happily peer out the window and enjoy all the sights.

We lucked in with our Rome day as I had booked a driver and a car for my sister and husband and I,  so we weren't affected by the train driver strike. Our driver was hilarious but really great at getting us around all the traffic problems and protest marches that were happening that day. We saw a lot of the sights and of course had to revisit the Trevi Fountain and toss a coin in. (Just so we are sure to return to this lovely city) The history is mind blowing and the beauty of the sculptures and architecture is stunning. We enjoyed a lovely home made pasta lunch with some Italian wine and when we asked Carlo the very best place to get gelato, he took us to his favourite place in Civitavecchia. Yum!

Florence is a beautiful city but I decided to make another visit to the heritage listed Cinque Terre - a set of 5 coastal villages. We were joined by Narelle and Leonie, Joyce and Jeff, and  my sister Linda and the 7 of us, along with our driver, had a very strenuous day climbing up and down the steep roads of some of the villages. They are so picturesque and the weather was kind so we were able to see them by sea and land. I love the narrow streets, the funky decoration on the outsides of the buildings the flower pots and the beautiful Mediterranean colours of the ocean, the boats and the homes.

We enjoyed some "relax" time in France with just a quick trip into Cannes for lunch by the harbour, and in Marseilles we took a tour across to Cassis, a quaint fishing village that had the best croissants!

As the cruise came to an end, many of us were wondering just how we would fit in all the wonderful pillow gifts we received. It was pretty exciting coming back to the cabin each evening  to find a beautifully presented box on the bed - some really great gifts, ranging from dinner and a Cirque Show to T-shirts, bags and SU product. Stampin' Up!® spoil achievers so much. And we had the added joy of a dedicated Hospitality Room on the ship. We were able to pop down there any time for a spin of the wheel to win more products and it was a great place to chat to other demonstrators and to meet up with members of the corporate team and of course the lovely and very hard working SU staff.

We spent another 3 days in Barcelona and took one more excursion to some medieval villages outside of Barcelona. Coming from Australia, the age of these buildings is amazing. There were so many beautiful scenes that will make excellent water colour paintings one day.

Our final day was spent in London - it was cold compared to Spain, but we decided to do a Thames River hop on hop off tour to see some of the main sights. Our hotel was at the airport so we took the express train into Westminster station and hopped straight onto the boat. Again it was the architecture that stood out for me, this time ranging from Gothic Revival to very modern. And I was thrilled to see some Christopher Wren buildings. The views of different tourist attractions from the river were good, but it was so cold on the top deck that we opted for the warmth and a hot chocolate on the lower deck for the return trip.

What a great holiday this was. I am now working hard to achieve the next vacation - Thailand 2017. Only a little way to go for us in the Southern hemisphere and only a few more flex points needed by me.
Thanks so much to Stampin' Up!® for these wonderful opportunities and rewards. This has to be the best company to work for in my chosen field of craft. I love what I do and love sharing that with you.

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!