Saturday, March 31, 2012


  Autumn winter mini
Hi there everyone! I am so excited about the new Autumn - Winter Mini Catalogue.    
It is packed with so many gorgeous products.  I know that this one is the best so far.  I am sure you will be thinking the same. For starters we have the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  This is something that we have all been waiting for. It also has a few accessories that you can purchase. As you know normally the scoring boards come in inches but now you can buy a metric plate to place on top. We also have markers so that you dont have to keep looking for the place to score.  The marker tells you straight away where to score. The Simply Scored Stylus is a very strong ergonomic and comfortable tool.  If you would like to see what it looks like then click this link to view in video.
We also have some Framelits Dies, Edgelits Dies and some edging Textured Impression Embossing Folders.  Click here to see how the Edgelits Dies and Embossing Folders work. There are lovely stamp sets, papers, punches and Brads.  We even have Scented Embossing Powder in Vanilla, Melon and Cherry. Need I say more. I am sure I have your fingers itching to get their hands on the new mini catalogue.
    Please look down the right hand side for the Autumn-Winter mini icon and click on it. You will be taken to the catalogue and you will be able to see page by page all that Stampin' Up! has to offer in the new mini. Please email me if you would like to order. Lets see how long your wish list will be. You have until the end of July. Thanks for popping by :) 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March Workshop

My little group of ladies is growing. Its nice to see everyone having fun and hearing the laughter. This week I think I made them too simple as they were finished in no time. I had a busy weekend as I had a workshop on Saturday, Monday and then off to Ngaires on the Tuesday night for our Stamparoos get together.  One of our lovely ladies, Lynda Winfield has flown the coup and moved to Melbourne. She will begin her Stampin' Up! journey over there once she has set herself up. We will miss her dearly but we will be able to catch up with her at Conventions. It does not make it seem like its forever then. She is such a talented lady and I will miss seeing all of her lovely creations and of course at Stamp Camps.
Back to my workshop. These are the projects my lovely ladies made this time.
The idea from this one came from Convention last year in Melbourne. Here it is here.  Sometimes you just need to create ideas by looking at another card and taking it from there. I liked the way the crimper was used and how we dragged our stamp pad over the corrugation to give it the rustic look. This was how I built the idea for the Happy Birthday one below. I love the butterfly in this card and we used markers to colour it. We also used the Dotted Ribbon Border Punch just a little under the image.  Below you can see the card I created from the idea I got from Convention.                                               
For this one I have used the following: -                      Cardstock - Confetti White, Pear Pizzaz, Early Espresso    Stamp Set - Best Dad Ever                                Stamp Pad - Marina Mist, Pear Pizzaz, Early Espresso Accessories - Early Espresso Marker, Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon, Crimper                                                    First of all I cut a piece of Confetti White 6 x 8cm. I inked up my stamp with Pear Pizzaz and then rock and rolled with Marina Mist. (To rock and roll you need to gently roll your stamp around the edges onto your ink pad to give your image an extra colour or shade) I then went around the edges of the stamp very gently with Early Espresso. This is to highlight the edges and then I  huffed to moisten the stamp and stamped it onto the Confetti White Cardstock. I ran my Pear Pizzaz cardstock 9.5 x 14.5cm 3/4 way through the crimper and then went over the crimped area with my stamp pad giving it a rustic look. I tied my ribbon in a knot to accentuate the ties knots. I love the colours used in this card.
I just love this next one as I love the nautical image of The Open Sea.  This stamp set unfortunately will disappear once the Summer Mini Catalogue finishes on 31st March. I have heard it wont be appearing in the new catalogue but one can only wish.  This one is also a very simple one and very effective using the following products :-                      Cardstock - Soft Suede, Whisper White, Pool Party          Stamp Pad - Pool Party, Soft Suede                                         Stamp Set - The Open Sea 
Accessories - Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dauber                                        I love simple and effective cards dont you?   This idea brought me to another idea. We had to do a swap with 1 layer only.  There were some lovely ideas and it is amazing what you can create with just one layer. Here is mine using The Open Sea.  I scored a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3 & 9cms from the top of the card. I then masked the outside area and stamped my image onto the cardstock. I used the Scallop circle punch to create the clouds by sponging.  I used a dauber for the water and Teeny Tiny Sentiments for the sentiment. A very crisp and clean card.  I seem to have been doing a lot of masculine cards lately which is odd as I tend to have trouble trying to think of ideas for the men. I will come back later and show you the other lovely cards I received in the swap. There were only 9 of us this time so a lovely little bunch sharing stories and saying our farewell to Lynda.                              

For my next card I had prepared a bit more this time as I knew there would be some ladies who would not want to get their fingers all inked up. I decided since it is almost Easter that we would use the Happy Easter Stamp Set from the Summer Mini Catalogue.   I used Watercolour Paper and a Blender Pen with various coloured Markers. For the background we used shaving cream and re-inkers. First of all you place some shaving cream onto an old plate or some kind of surface and flatten it out a bit.  I used Baja Breeze and Pacific Point re-inkers and placed a few drops over the top of the shaving cream.  I then used a skewer to swirl the ink around (not too much) to make a pattern. I used Glossy Cardstock and placed this glossy side down onto the shaving cream and lifted it and wiped straight away with a paper towel.  You need to wipe it off straight away or you will be left with unwanted streaks.  It is such a WOW project and the kids would love this one. It can get a bit messy though but it all comes off in the wash.      

The last ones I would like to show you are what we did at one of my workshops recently. My hostess wanted a card for her dads birthday and this is the one I chose. I was already working with the Best Dad Ever stamp set so this is another sequence of masculine cards. These two cards are exactly the same only the first one I used only Basic Black and Very Vanilla cardstock.  I used the First Edition Specialty DSP from the main catalogue and clear embossed the image onto the DSP. I then used my brayer to cover it in black ink and used a tissue to rub off the excess ink from the embossed areas. I spritzed over the card so that it wasnt too bare.
The other card uses Marina Mist Ink Pad and Well Worn DSP.  I used the same technique with the resist embossing and Basic Black Ink.  Quite a stunning stamp set. 
Well I guess that is it for me tonight. I have an early start in the morning so I must get my rest. I was awake until 2am this mornng. For some reason I was unable to sleep.  I know..... these are the times you get up and create. I had to work this morning so I was unable to do that, normally I would. 
Well its bye for now and I hope I made it up to you for being away for so long. Cherio for now and thanks for popping by :)

Mocha Morning Specialty

I am sure that is what a lot of you would like first thing in the morning, a Mocha.  Well this is not quite what I was talking about. This DSP is simply gorgeous and there is so much you can do with it. I have had it sitting in my craft room and have not done anything with it. I tend to do that and I am sure I am not alone when I say that. How many of you buy craft items and dont use them for ages. I read somewhere recently that one of the Stampin' Up! ladies has a little box under her table for new and unused items. She will not put them away in the cupboard until she has used them. What a good idea! Anyway here are a few ideas I came up with this week.
 I had to make a 21st birthday card and this is what I came up with. I have used the following:-
Cardstock - Basic Black, Crumb Cake
DSP - Mocha Morning Specialty
Stamp Set - Outlined Occasions (Sale-a-bration), Calendar Alphabet & Numbers
Stamp Pad - Versamark
Accessories - Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Basic Black Marker, Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/2" & 3/4" circle punches.
The DSP has like a velvet texture and is very pleasing to the eye. The number stamps are the only ones I have so I had to think of a way to accentuate the 21 with it being so small. I was pleased how it turned out. Hope you like it.

 The next one is very similar except that I have used the Polka Dot Folder instead of the ribbon.  I have also used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch and cut it in half so that I could use it for top and bottom. For the celebrate sentiment I have used the Basic Black Marker to colour in between the embossed areas. I was quite happy with this one as well.

The next one you could use it for a lady or a gentleman except I would take the ribbon off for the latter. This one is also using the Mocha Morning Specialty DSP. I have used Perfect Pennants Bigz Dies for this one. I did try threading the ribbon through the holes but I didn't like it so just did the bow instead. I have used Happiest Birthday Wishes for the sentiment and the Scallop Circle and 1 3/8" Circle Punch. I have also embossed Early Espresso with White Embossing Powder for the sentiment. As you can see I have used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch for this one as well. This DSP is only available this year in the Idea Book & Catalogue so if you would like to purchase it you will need to order it by September as it will be gone forever. I know its a long way off but a lot of people have missed out on some lovely DSP and I am unable to get it for them now. Even if you dont wish to use it in the near future. You can alway hoard it along with all the other craft items you have bought. LOL!
Thanks for popping by :)

Is it April already! Well almost!

Well here I am at long last. These past few months have had their ups and downs. I am glad to say I am gradually winding my way back to normality. We have had sickness in the family and I am glad to say that all is well again. I have also had our grandson every weekend from boarding school and I have learnt a lot in that time helping him with his homework. I am quite enjoying it. Last night I photographed all my cards I want to post on my blog ready for tonight. I came home tonight to find my computer playing up and it was saying "logging off". Must have been doing that all day. I waited and waited and waited and then I realised I had just received my new Stampin' Up! Impressions.  I just love to make myself a cuppa and sit and relax and read my new impressions. What did I do? Yes I fell asleep. Oh well back to check on the computer and it is still "logging off"   Anyway luckily for me I have a new Iphone and I quickly did a search on how to rectify the problem (after a few hours of waiting) and there it was. Within a few seconds my computer was back to normal. Technology!
Anyway here I am and I had better make it worthwhile after being out of sorts for so long.  First of all Sale-a-bration is about to close and there are only two more days to order so you had better get in quick if you would like to receive a free stamp set, papers or ribbon and brads.
The new mini is just around the corner and I must say this is definately the best one we have had in a long while. My wish list is the biggest its been for a mini. At last Stampin' Up! are bringing a scoreboard to Australia but only in the mini so you had better save your pennies up if you would like one. Hopefully it will come out in the new Catalogue in September.  We just never know.
Well I had best start off with a few cards from a few workshops ago so that my ladies who have bought card kits are able to see what they are making.
First of all is the cute little handbag that is just big enough to fit in a chocolate for that special person.

 This cute little handbag was one of the swaps from Perth Regionals last year. I am not sure who's swap it was as I was not fortunate enough to have swapped with this lady so thank you to whoever it was. I took photos of Susan Joyce's swap and measured it up on the day.  Its so cute and so easy to make. Please see the template to the left. You can make it whatever size you like.  I have used Paisley Petals DSP and Bravo Burgandy cardstock.
For the buckle I have used the Round Tab punch.

The next card is using the technique Resist Embossing. For this card I have used the following:-
Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Stamp Pads - Versamark, Basic Black,
Stamp Set - Upsy Daisy
DSP - retired but can use First Edition Specialty
Accessories - Embossing Buddy, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Brayer, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dauber, Black Marker, Spritzer, Pumpkin Pie ribbon.
First of all you will need to cut out your DSP and use your Embossing Buddy to gently wipe over so that you dont get the static. Ink up your stamp with Versamark and stamp onto your DSP. Using a heat gun set your embossing powder and then using your brayer go over and over with Basic Black ink until you have darkened the DSP.  Using a tissue wipe gently, polishing the Embossed areas. The rest is pretty obvious.  I have used dimensionals to raise the DSP (on very vanilla). This idea was not mine either and I know I have it somewhere on my computer of where I cased it from. As soon as I find it I will come back and let you know who it was. Thank you to whoever it was. The ladies at my workshop loved it.

The last card for that workshop is a masculine one. A very easy one I must say. For this one I have used the following:-
Cardstock - Not Quite Navy (one of my favourites), More Mustard.
Stamp Pad - Not Quite Navy, More Mustard
Stamp Set - Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess gift)
DSP - Well Worn
Accessories - Big Shot, Designer Frames Folder, Stripes Folder, Corner Rounder, More Mustard Grosgrain Ribbon, Scissors to distress cardstock, Daubers. 
This card is pretty self explanatory just by looking at it. I used the dauber to go around all of the edges to give it a bit of definition as well as distressing. A very simple card that does not take a lot of time if you need a card in a hurry.

Well thats it for this post.  I will close this one off and start another.  I need to catch up on what I have missed out on. Thanks for popping by :)