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 email@example.com, 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.
I just love, love, LOVE the Stampin' Up! 2013-3015 In Colours. They are SO Gelati fresh and work so well together, or with some of the other colours in our range.
It was such a pleasure to make these four cards using the Chalk Talk bundle, starting with a similar base idea, but adding elements to each one, working with our lovely colours!
This is Coastal Cabana, matched with a tiny touch of Bermuda Bay. It's hard to tell from the photo but the biggest layer of Coastal Cabana has been embossed with our Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder for some extra texture, and to compliment the In Colour Pattern Stacks Paper on the higher layer.
The Strawberry Slush card has been been stepped up a little using a more decorative embossing folder - Beautifully Baroque, a bolder pattern from the In Colour Pattern Stack, and different placement of the larger Rhinestones.
In this card, two of our In Colours - Calypso Coral and Baked Brown Sugar have been combined for a bit of extra contrast, a banner added behind, and the In Colour Boutique Details embellishment adds extra interest.
I love Pistachio Pudding and this time I decided to turn the card to landscape instead of portrait and add a big delicious bow from our Chevron Ribbon range. Again I've switched embossing folders, and added a Boutique Detail embellishment.
I am pretty convinced that I haven't finished using these colours - not by a long shot! Can't wait to see what comes in our new Seasonal Catalogue in February that I can co-ordinate with these five lovely colours!
I created one other card for my poster, and I'll show you that now too - although you'll have to excuse the photo - the colours are so light, it was hard to get a good clear image.
This Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White card is one of my favourites for all it's layers and for the fun Paper Clay flowers that give it lots of texture.
Don't you LOVE the Delicate Designs Embossing folder for the scallop border, teamed with the Doily?
I tried something new for this card which I will definitely be doing more of in 2014 - the lovely double bow with our seam binding ribbon. Seam Binding isn't the most fun thing to tie bows with - but boy does it look awesome when its done! LOL
Well, as you've seen over the last few days - I really had a ball using the Chalk Talk stamp set and framelits and our lovely colours to make a collection of varied cards.
We'll be at our kiosk at Chirnside Park shopping centre this coming Friday 13th December if you'd like to see some of the Christmas goodies we've been making.
Having had the Stampin' Up! stand a two major shows in October, there was plenty of need for creativity and lots of cardmaking ideas being worked on during September and October.
One thing everyone having a part on the stand must do is contribute to the displays and we make the set up and pack up of the stand easier on ourselves by all producing posters full of cards that can just be velcroed onto the stand walls.
This year I chose to do a poster using the Chalk Talk Bundle stamp set and Framelits. You may have seen my complete poster a few weeks back. Well, today I wanted to take another closer look at some of the cards on the poster.
I just love this one using Daffodil Delight, Basic Black and Whisper White, and whilst there are a few components on the card, the design is really quite simple.
Its a single layer base card, embossed with the Modern Mosaic Embossing folder and then the elements just layered on.
Very cheerful colours!
Here's another single layer card - just build up with Gingham Garden Washi Tape, and a popped up element in the middle. Love the fresh colours and simplicity of this design.
The last one I'll show you today contains a few more embellishments in the form of our Rhinestone Jewels, Frosted Finishes embellishment and White Organza Ribbon.
I just love the Smoky Slate and Crushed Curry colours in the Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paperpack and have made lots of projects in the past few months with this colour scheme or slight variations. This is definitely a colour palette I will take with me into 2014 for more beautiful creations.
I'm loving the Chalk Talk stamp set and Framelits - and I also love how the framelits fit many of our other stamp sets too.
I'll be back soon to show you five more cards I made, including using our five 2013-3015 In Colours with the Chalk Talk Bundle. Love Them!!
Just realised I haven't posted for a couple of days, nor have I made any new cards! That's what happens when you have another job elsewhere . . .
Then I remembered I still had items that went into last year's Mystery Box challenge that I hadn't shared with you yet. I SO loved that Mocha Morning Designer Series Paper!
One of the months our challenge was to make five gift cards - all along the same theme of papers and colours, but all different.
Well, you know me! If I'm going to make five co-ordinating gift cards, they have to have a gift tag holder! The stamp set is Everything Eleanor and the matching card stock is Early Espresso.
I added just the slightest touches of Pretty In Pink and some half pearls to some of these cards, and DON'T forget the matching envelopes!
Have you seen the Stampin' Up! envelopes in real life? Think Very Vanilla or Whisper White cardstock in a paper weight - same beautiful semi-gloss smooth surface which is soo beautiful for stamping on!!!!
Card 1. Stamping direct on the DSP. Love the different effects you get when you try this!
Card 2. More stamping direct on DSP, and some spotlighting - LOVE this!! Notice the tiny touches of Pretty In Pink marker on the petals of the flowers?
Card 3. Bit of layered punching. Sometimes it's good to punch on an angle instead of straight!
Card 4. More stamping on DSP, more Pretty In Pink on the petals, and more layered punches. See how the cards use all the same sorts of items and yet they are each so different?
Card 5. More stamping direct on DSP, more layered punches - but this time a Vintage Brad is the focal point on what could almost move into the elusive "masculine" card category!
Well, as you can see from these, I absolutely adore the Everything Eleanor stamp set, the Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper as well as the First Edition Specialty DSP, and the lovely colour combinations with Early Espresso card and ink!
I do have a few more creations from last years Mystery Box Challenge, so I will come back and share some more soon.
I have a techniques class tomorrow (Friday 8th) 12noon - 2pm in Croydon North. First one for the year and there is room for a couple more ladies, so if you're interested, $20.00 and please rsvp on 0418 361 931.
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me . . . 10 decorations . . . all sparkling on a white tree!
I found a lovely little tree in Spotlight - as soon as I saw it, I thought hmmmmm I can see that with cute things pegged onto it!
And most specifically, I could see ornaments made with the Ornaments Keepsake Bundle, and I could see lovely labels from the gorgeous Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (page 12 of the Holiday Catalogue) all schoozied up to brighten the tree.
I looked at what colours were in the printed tags, and then cut out a heap of letters using the Timeless Type Bigz Alphabet Dies to make four letter words (nice four letter words!!) that related to Christmas.
These were arranged on the tags, and then bows and some Champagne Glitter Glass were added to give them that real Christmas Bling!!
Oh, and then there's the tag with the reindeer taking up space on it, so that needed just a three letter word!
And don't you love those tiny pegs? They actually came out of the Snowflake Season Simply Scrappin' Layout Kit on page 21 of the Holiday Catalogue (love those silver snowflakes!).
So here's the whole look brought together :
Now, if I can get the wind to not blow it over, I think it will make a gorgeous decoration on the table for our outdoor Christmas lunch . . . otherwise it may just have to take pride of place on the sideboard in the living room, competing with the real tree, which is still on my shopping list!