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November 2014

Card Making Ideas - "Blessed by God"

Stampin' Up! - Blessed by God Stamp Set

 Baptism Card Ideas

At our little kiosk at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre last month, a lady asked me if I could make her several Baptism cards - not for baby baptisms, but for older teens, young adults, making their own choice to dedicate their lives to Jesus.

She picked out the Blessed by God stamp set from the Stampin' Up! annual catalogue and asked could I do a variety of cards in several colours.

Here are some of the ones I came up with - using inspiration from actual cards in both our current catalogues for inspiration.

Blessed by God Baptism Card

This Wisteria Wonder and Blackberry Bliss card uses stamps from Blessed by God stamp set, Chalk Talk Stamp set and from our Holiday Catalogue - For All Things stamp set, along with a scrap of paper from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper (DSP) and some of our delicious Burlap Ribbon.

Oh, and a little trick - see the Baker's Twine in the button? It's roughly coloured with the Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Write Marker.

Blessed by God Baptism Card 1

The second card uses two of the same stamp sets - Chalk Talk and Blessed By God, and combines Early Espresso ink, Under the Tree Specialty DSP, Crumb Cake Ink and Card, Marina Mist card, Pearl Jewels, the retired Eyelet Border Punch, the new cute flower from the the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and the Window Frames Collection of Framelits.

Love these colours together!

I made four feminine cards, but my customer also asked for one male card, in blue tones. Love our card stock Vellum and haven't used it much lately, so it was perfect for creating a subtle effect card front.

Blessed by God Baptism Card 2

Layered beneath the vellum is Soft Sky Pattern Stack Paper, stamped with the grass from Wetlands stamp set, and a wooden cross, made using panels from the Hardwood background stamp, stamped on Soft Sky card and sponged in Marina Mist Ink.

The greeting is stamped in Jet Black Stazon on top of the Vellum Card Stock.

Love how this softens the cross, and helps the greeting to be the focal point for a simple, elegant card.

I loved that I got to experiment with these designs, and play around with colours, and I guess most of all, I love that someone told me what she needed, and that my "job" allows me the freedom of creativity, the awesome tools and plenty of inspiration, so that I can now go back to my customer with several cards that fill her need.

In this case, Blessed by Stampin' Up!

Did you know, you too, can be a member of the Stampin' Up! family and enjoy the satisfaction of making beautiful things to bring smiles to the faces of others?

In the coming week, from Tuesday 25th November until Tuesday 2nd December (only), the Stampin' Up! starter kit is being reduced in price by 25%. You still get $235 worth of products, plus an $80 business pack, but instead of paying $169, take 25% off the kit price! PLUS get an extra 5% cash back on any orders placed in December! How good is that?? Not just a discount on the great value starter kit, but extra money back on any orders in your first month.

Ask me how - it's an offer too good to refuse when you realise you also get the Summer Autumn Catalogue Sneak Peak in December, AND like other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, will be able to earn free Sale-a-bration gifts during December too - how exciting! Message me today to find out more!

Card Making Ideas - Stampin' Up!

Hey there, how are you going fitting in some creative time in the lead up to the busiest time of the year?

This is the time of the year when cardmakers I know, all go into production line mode, churning out dozens of cards at a time.

I'm not immune to it myself, and just over the last few days since Caulfield Stitches and Craft Show finished, I've had a couple of different production lines running!

The first was at our kiosk at Chirnside Park where the projects have to be fairly simple and not require too many materials - as we have limited space and have to cart it all in and out.

Last Friday I thought I'd have a play with Washi Tape.

Washi Tape???? Well!!! Those of you who know me well, know that I have bought every roll of Washi Tape that Stampin' Up! have ever put out, but have I ever used it? . . . . ummmmm, no!

Well, that's now fixed! On Friday, I made a firm start on 20 Washi Tape cards! They needed some small flowers and rhinestones to finish them off, which I did today, so 20 cards completed in a very short time!

Washi Tape Notecards (499x373)

Another production line that's been happening lately is the whole Christmas card thing . . . yowsers - how many people are on your list?

In case you missed it, we ran a card class at Caulfield Stitches and Craft Show last weekend, over Thursday to Sunday. Some of you weren't able to attend, so I am running this class again, in two timeslots.

One is this Friday morning 7th November, 10 a.m. in my stamping room in Croydon North. We will be making four cards - 2 each of 2 designs, but lots of extra inpiration.

For those who can't attend on a weekday, I will be running it again next Saturday 15th at 2 p.m. also in Croydon North. Please R.S.V.P. to 0418 361 931