Hope you have a safe and enjoyable day with your families no matter where you are and what you are doing.
In my "We Create Wednesday" class this week, we created some pretty Easter projects.
We decorated the mini egg cartons by spritzing with Mint Macaron Ink Refill, and wrapping with Sweet Sugar Plum Patterns Paper from the In Colour Paper Stack.
The little bunny stamp is from the Made With Love stamp set, the gorgeous greeting stamp is from Suite Sentiments stamp set, the little lamb is from Barnyard Babies and the "eggs" are upside down balloons with the knot cut off, from the fun stamp set, Balloon Adventures.
These were all really quick, easy projects and next time Easter falls right at the end of the school holidays, projects similar to these would be great to make with the kids when you start to hear, "Mum, I'm bored!"
It's great when you've worked out a design you love, and can then quickly cut up the card stock and stamp out all the images in a very short amount of time.
However, it's no so much fun when you work so quickly that all of a sudden you have 48 card fronts stamped and cut, and then you have to do some colouring in, and add ribbon and embellishments, and adhere them all together! That can sure take a while!
And here's proof!
This was me two weeks ago, sitting on my Qantas Flight to Brisbane for Stampin' Up!s Onstage Live event, with my fast fuse in one hand and my swaps spread out on the tray table so I could start sticking the layers together!
See, not even coloured in yet, and ribbon needing to be attached - oh, but you can't CUT ribbon on a plane because you can't take scissors!!
Later on, in the hotel room, sitting cross legged on the floor at the coffee table with two of my team-mates helping me . . . cut, colour, attach . . . cut, colour, attach . . .
And bagging them up in cello bags, and sticking labels on the backs . . .
I loved the finished item with it's super quick collage stamping, and high-lighting the stunning stamp from Fabulous Flora stamp set. There were eight variations - a portrait and a landscape version in four different colour versions - featuring Tip Top Taupe, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder.
I loved working with these colours - and you know what? I loved the design idea so much, I have now made another half a dozen variations, but I'll show you those another day!
And you know another really cool thing? I got the idea for these cards straight out of the catalogue. That's right, the flower image is from one of our hostess rewards stamp sets called Fabulous Flora and the sample shown on page 199 of our annual catalogue was all I needed to see to inspire my 48 card front swaps for On Stage.
I adore the Stampin' Up! Project Life card collections - the colours and themes are so lovely - it's that same feeling like when you walk into a stationery store and you want to breathe in the smell and touch all those beautiful rainbows of pens and papers - there's nothing like that slightly musty "tons of paper and dusty old shelves" smell, and the excitement of seeing all those colours!
You know what I mean don't you? LOL
My trouble is, I am not a BIG scrapbooker. Not that I don't want to, I've got tons of photos to scrapbook! It's just that I love cardmaking SO much, that I never prioritise my time to do the memory keeping!
However, that doesn't mean that I haven't collected squillions of the Project Life By Stampin' Up! (PLxSU!) kits! You know, those ones I am saving for that rainy day when I get around to printing all the photos and deciding to pop them in pockets in an album!
Anyway, recently I decided that I better do something about that and I pulled out a stack of tiny 2" x 2" PLxSU cards from the Hello December 2016 Project Life Accessory Pack and made them into cards!
Yes!!! I know!! Unbelievable right??
I teamed the cards with the Stitched with Cheer stamp set from the same Holiday Catalogue, and used our Notecards & Envelopes to quickly whip up about 15 cards in just a couple of hours! (I made a hash of one, so it's not in the photo - just in case you think I can't count).
I love how quick and easy these were, and a wonderful way to show off the gorgeous theme in the Project Life cards and the stamp set!
If you have never sampled Stampin' Up! Project Life cards, the Hello December 2016 Collection is a great way to give it a try - much smaller set of cards, beautiful accessories - document your December, or do what I did and whip up some Christmas cards!
This week is my Stamp Club night - it's normally the third Thursday night of each month, and it's a night I really look forward to each month.
The Stamp Club ladies have become firm friends, and I really love planning special projects just for them each month.
Last month we were really getting into kicking off our Christmas crafting (you know how close it's getting, right??) and so we started with a really busy Stamp Club night, where I confess I cracked the whip a bit, getting them to make THREE Christmas Gift Tags and FIVE cards each!
We used the Festival of Trees stamp set and punch bundle from Stampin' Up! and then mixed it up a bit with a new set called Lots of Joy which has some some really nice greeting stamps in it, as you can see from the photo.
We also enjoyed adding in the star elements using the Confetti Stars Border Punch and a small star punch.
I have a couple of spare seats in my Thursday night stamp club, so if you are interested to find out more about it, please give me a "Hoy" either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, phoning or texting me on 0418 361 931 or leaving a comment below in the comments box.
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What's one of the most fun things with Christmas Crafting?
Churning out lots of cards in a very short time . . .
And what's one product I always have to buy, but then love so much I can't bare to use them up?
Yep, that's right, Stampin' Up! Buttons!
So, in the lead up to our big "Get into the Festive Spirit (or get your Christmas Crafting On) Christmas in July event, I decided to combine the two, using an extremely simple card layout to create lots of cards quickly!
And the bonus thing with this is, I have so many buttons, and so many different patterned papers, that I was able to create card for all occasions without even having to change the card sketch. How much fun is this?
If you have a big stash of gorgeous buttons and paper, why not get them out and have a quick play and see what lovely creations you can whip up!
Last year I particpated in a 12 month Mystery Box Swap where we worked on a set range of projects, to our own theme, over the whole year and at the end of the year, exchanged them with another stamper.
My theme was Black and White, and one of the projects towards the end of the year was gift tags. I never did get around to showing off my tags, because by the time the projects were exchanged, the 2014 Holiday Catalogue had finished and the gorgeous stamp set Festival of Trees and co-ordinating Tree Punch were no longer available to purchase.
But, NEW Annual Catalogue, and which lovely bundle of products has re-appeared?
And yes, these are the three tags I completed for the Mystery Box Swap.
When I was planning for my team's Christmas in July event last month, I remembered that some of my lovely stamp club ladies had asked if we could do tags like these, so with the new catalogue in hand, and a list of replacement product options for the Designer Series Paper and the fabulous Banner Bigz L Die which were no longer available to purchase through Stampin' Up!, I sat down and created three more tags that the ladies could create as a Make & Take project at our fantastic event.
Without the Banners Die, the shape was going to be different, and I decided to go with the awesome Tag Topper punches, the Scallop Tag Topper and Ornate Tag Topper which meant the tags were also much smaller. I wanted to keep the overall design simpler because there were so many projects for the ladies to create at the Christmas in July event, that these needed to be easy to make.
So I eliminated the extra banner shape layer and also the stamped greeting. I love how striking they are with the Cherry Cobbler, Black and silver colour combo.
Shortly after this (before I had finished packing away all the equipment and materials from that event), I promised to put in an entry for a colour challenge on one of our demonstrator forums. The colours were Island Indigo, Old Olive and Silver and the sample card was Christmas themed.
Right away I thought of recreating these tags again, but with a new colour combo. This was fun, and I just love how they came up.
Did you know that the Festival of Trees Stamp Set and the Tree Punch are still available as a "Bundle and Save 15%" item in the Annual Catalogue? In fact there are 35 stamp sets available in 65 Bundle options in the Annual catalogue, where you save 15% by purchasing the coordinating items together. That is totally awesome!
I will be featuring lots of these bundles during August, so click on the subscibe button at the top of my blog page to enter your email address to make sure you don't miss out on seeing any of these bundles in action!
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Have you seen one of the popular techniques going around at the moment?
Pop-Out Swing Cards
Everyone's making them and when I had to make a birthday card recently for a special person, I decided I would give it a go, instead of just making a standard card.
I actually can't believe how easy it was to just whip this card up!
For the front panel, I used the Square Framelits to cut the window - they just happen to be on the Weekly Deals this week (Wed 5th Aug to Tues 11th Aug) in case you were thinking they might be a must have in your collection!
Welcome to our inspirational exploration of the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. You may be one of my regular visitors, or you may have arrived here via the ESAD blog hop, from the blog of the lovely and talented Pauline Bennets. Either way, welcome!
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I'm always getting asked how do I watercolour, so today I wanted to show you just how easy watercolouring is, showing off the gorgeous flower stamp in the Stampin' Up! stamp set Awesomely Artistic- there are pretty much just three easy steps.
Step 3. I chose Crushed Curry and Old Olive inks and came back with the blender pen to add some depth and shading to really make those flowers and leaves jump off the page.
These projects were inspired by one I saw on Pinterest about 6 weeks ago, by Tricia Raineri, another Australian Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I copied Tricia's sketch and changed the colours for some variety.
One of my very favourite things about this time of year is what's flowering in the garden, and this year is no different. Every time I walk out my back door to go to my stamping room, or to pick some winter vegies out of our garden, I am greeted by glorious Daphne!
I was pondering what other ways I could colour the flowers in the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, and it suddenly hit me! It looks like Daphne!
So out came the Rose Red ink pad and blender pens, and this time for the leaves I did a gentle (think, very light-handed here) combination of Cucumber Crush and Old Olive for the leaves.
It doesn't look exactly like Daphne, but you can see the colour inspiration!
I decided on the same sketch for the first one, but changed it up a bit for the second "Daphne" card.
On the second sample, the background leaves are stamped using Pear Pizzazz ink, but I stamped it off onto scrap paper first, before stamping onto my base card.
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Well, that's probably enough inspiration from me, please leave me a comment below to let me know what you thought of these sweet cards using the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, then please continue on the blog hop to see the work of the other ESAD ladies.
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 and 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, please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address and I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.
Next person in the blog hop is Barbara Williams.
Please click on the arrow picture to continue on the blog hop, but don't forget to leave a comment before you go! Thanks for stopping by!
I had every intention - with enough Stampin' projects created and photos taken, to do a blog post every couple of days until Christmas, to share with you some of my Christmas projects, and some of the antics of our hilarious little fluffball, and to start talking about and planning next year and especially Sale-a-bration, Stampin' Up!s biggest promotion of the year.
Then early in the morning on Thursday 12th December we heard tragic news which kind of threw everyone's Christmas and end of year plans into oblivion as we all swooped on Tasmania to be together with family.
Now that Christmas has come and gone (with lots of last minute shopping and frantic cooking) it's time to regroup, start planning again for 2014, catch up on some last minute tasks that got dumped in a heap a couple of weeks ago and to look forward to a whole new year.
This is how Tinkerbelle enjoyed the last few weeks - what a life!!!
At the start of December I did a Fun Run. Now that the Christmas goodies are just about cleaned out of the fridge, its time to get out in the fresh air again and burn off a few extra calories, so I can do it again!
And what about all that frantic creativity at the start of December? Well, this year I did manage to make around 80 Christmas cards, although they didn't all get posted!
Whilst I like to get the production line happening, this year I was all for fast, simple, clean lines . . .
These were quick and cute, using the Merry Little Christmas Bundle on page 27 of the Holiday Catalogue and I loved the layer inside with the cute little tree stamped on it.
What little tree?
Oh, I did a few tree cards too!!
How many? Oh, quite a few!
These are done with one of our hostess sets from the Holiday Catalogue. The set is called Warmth & Wonder, and its so easy to line up the little baubles over the tree to double stamp.
These made elegant single layer cards and were quite quick to do. Of course I had to do the little single tree on the inside of these ones too!
Then I got a little carried away with the other batch of cards. I wanted to use the Festive Flurries bundle of Snowflake stamps and framelits - so I enlisted hubby's help to do all the Big Shot rolling while I stamped. We did 30 sets of these :
. . . which as you can see, also included stamped and punched labels, and some punched stars.
The lovely big Postcard stamp also came out and got a bit of use, and the red glimmer card really shone!
These cards also had snowflakes stamped and red glitter stars stuck on the inside . . . Loved them!
Now I am looking forward to sorting all this stuff back into the right places on the shelves in the stamping room, and getting out some new things to play with. For Stampin' Up! demonstrators across Australia and New Zealand, we have the chance to pre-order some new Seasonal Catalogue products starting on the 3rd of January and some of us have already started earning some free Sale-a-bration products.
I did a little bit of creating with some of the new paper last week - it is absolutely delicious, and I can't wait to show if off to you. In the meantime, if you don't follow my Facebook page, you will have missed the elves and another 3D project I made last week. I will post them on here tomorrow for you to see. And maybe a sneak peak of the new paper LOL.