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September 2016

September Stamping Retreat

If you are in Victoria, Australia and are looking for a little weekend get away, we have a couple of beds left on our upcoming Stamping Retreat near Creswick out Ballarat way. Dates are 5pm Friday 23rd September until 4pm Sunday 25th September, it's fully catered AND it only costs $200.00 per person!

You bring your own stamping supplies to work on your current projects for the whole weekend, and we will have a few nice little surprises thrown in for each person. It is set in a rustic, bush setting in basic bunkhouse style dormitories, with a large dining hall, and seperate recreation hall so we can keep our projects set up all weekend and stamp as much (or as little) as we like.

Current people registered to attend are all Stampin' Up! demonstrators from Victoria, mostly Melbourne and a couple from the Western Districts. We are friendly, caring, inspiring, sharing, and we would love to have you come along. Bring a friend so you can share a room with them, or throw yourself in with our lovely girls.

Phone me on 0418 361 931 or email me kathryn@katlodesigns.com to get all the details.

The retreat is less than three weeks away so I need dietary requirements and room requests locked in with payment by the end of this week.


Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalogue

 

 

ESAD 2016 HOLIDAY CATALOGUE

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Wow! We ARE loving all the new products in the 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue - there is such variety, something for everyone, and so it's great to share that not only with you, our regular blog readers, but with our fellow demonstrators in a blog hop. It's amazing to see what different tastes we all have, and what projects we have come up in the short time since we were able to pre-order the products.

I knew straight away I wanted to order the Wonder of Christmas Stamp Set. I could see the cute angel not only coloured in with water colour, but also paper-pieced. Those of you who've known me for a while, know that I don't mind a bit of fussy cutting with the fine scissors and I loved laying out all the new papers to see which ones would work well with the angel.

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I'll show you some close up photos in a second, but before that, in case you are just joining us here (or have received this as an email as one of my blog subscribers), today is ESAD Blog Hop Day!

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we're always there to help and support each other. So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.

You may have arrived on my blog from Papillon Papercraft - or you may be just starting here. Welcome, enjoy the wonderful inspiration.

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So, more details of my projects!

My team always does a product share when there's a new catalogue, so we all get samples of all the new papers / ribbons / embellishments etc. So when I was looking for a patterned paper for my paper pieced angels, I layed out all my samples of the Designer Series Papers and straight away I settled on "Warmth & Cheer Paper Stack". 

At first the designs and colours didn't really appeal to me, but when looking at the style of the angel, something about these rustic, homey, folk arty, old fashioned quilt type images jumped out at me and screamed patchwork angels!

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I settled on three combinations using 6 sheets of the paper, along with Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Basic Black Card Stock

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This first one is a "Z-fold" card, which laid flat looks like this.

It's such a simple fold, and when standing seems less flimsy than a normal card.

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For my second card, I went for exactly the same folds, but when you place them vertically, they become a really simple easel card.

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For my third design I also wanted a fancy fold card rather than a flat card, so I rewound the clock about 2 years and created another square pop-out window card - remember those?

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I am just so happy with how cute those papers work in making some rustic, olde worldy patchwork type Christmas Cards - love them! Can't wait to try some other designs!

I hope you love them too, but now I really need to send you on your way to the next blog on the blog hop, that of my lovely friend Michele Jutrisa. Click on the blue arrow and enjoy Michele's work. You can click on the blue arrow at the bottom of each blog to do a full circle. Enjoy the inspirational journey!

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