31 October 2009

Window punch challenge

Better late than never - even if I have to extend the deadline.I issued the challenge to create a card following Jacque's video on NZSU Blogs

I've used the Parisian Breeze designer paper that is currently available until November 30 which is card stock weight and the fabulous Friends 24-7 stamp set.

Stamp: Friends 24-7
Ink: Basic Brown, Baja Breeze, Mellow Moss, Riding Hood Red
Paper: Parisian Breeze, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
Other: 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" square punches, dotto adhesive (removable), word window punch, blender pen


30 October 2009

Inspired by Nature

This was one of the projects that we did at my home class last week on watercolouring. We stamped directly on the stamp with Elegant Eggplant, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive watercolour crayons & then misted lightly with a water spray bottle. The original design was created by Jacque Pedersen.

Stamp sets: Inspired by Nature, Best Yet, Friendly Words (jumbo wheel)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Other: Cutter tool, spritzer, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, 1/2" circle punch, dimensionals, water colour crayons & Old Olive Marker, sponge

20 October 2009

Christmas swaps with snowman

I'm sad I know but I love snowman on Christmas cards - they make me smile. At my last team swap of cards I received 2; both of which I adore.

The first is from Lisa Bullock AKA Daffy Scrapper (but trust me she's not Daffy!). She kindly has the link on her blog on how to create this fun card so I'll let you check out all the finer details for yourself by clicking HERE.

The 2nd one was from my very talented upline Jacque Pedersen, I do love how she's used the chunky sprinkles glitter with the dazzling diamonds glitter - so simple but so effective.

The stamp sets she's used for the card are a  Level 1 & a Level 3 hostess set so maybe it's a good time to think about hosting a party so you too could own them too.

Contact me if you'd like to know how you could earn them.

18 October 2009

It's been a crafting weekend

Talking to lots of ladies & helping them create a wee card. I've just worked at the Dunkley's Craft Show at the North Shore Events centre with Yvonne,  Rachael, Bronwyn & Julia. The winner of the gift basket was Lynda Spicer who visited on Saturday so well done Lynda.

We've talked & stamped up a fest & eaten too much chocolate & nuts! I also managed to buy some Christmas presents. Here's our wee Christmas gift card we got everyone to make (this seems to be the Creative Inkers favourite at the moment) - we even had a 2 year old girl create one too plus wait for it ... not 1 but 2 MEN!!

Stamp sets: Spotlight on Christmas, Short & Sweet
Ink: Real Red, Baja Breeze
Paper: Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP
Other: Dimensional, large star punch and lots of Dazzling Diamonds glitter (well that's what everyone that made one did).

The lovely Bron has taken some much better shots of the stand than I did (Santa I need a new camera please) & she also got one of the 3 of us that worked on Saturday : Bronwyn (L), Rachael (sitting), Karen (R).

Yes this was a before photo but no it was a great weekend sharing my love of Stampin' Up! with you all - so if you called in & said hi - thanks. I even had someone from Nelson that was up here visiting tell me she reads my blog - so a BIG hi to her.

17 October 2009

Swirly Season of Joy

So Swirly must be the most versatile jumbo wheel ever - it just looks great with everything. In this latest round of demo swaps, some of the team have really used it to great effect to highlight the Season of Joy stamp set  and make it even more special.

From Sally Williams (this would be perfect for mass producing your own Christmas cards with pizazz but with ease!):

From Kristine McNickle (I just love the reverse masking):

15 October 2009

Dunkleys Craft Show at North Shore event centre

Hi all I'm working at this show with Rachael, Julia, Yvonne and Bron this weekend so if you're around call in and see us.

I'm attaching a discount voucher that you can save and print off to come in for a cheaper price.

Whatever you're doing I hope you have a great one.

Take one stag

Here's 2 demo swaps I received in the weekend (the theme was Christmas - so expect to see lots & lots of Christmas cards).

Both demos have used the stag stamp from Winter Post & Kraft card stock - they're both great but so different!

The first one was created by Debbie Lamb

The second one was by Kelly Slatterly 

- this would also be a great card for "stamping up a stack". The Winter Post stamp set is $56.95 for 7 stamps.

12 October 2009

Stamp a Stack Sunday Part 4

This was the final card for my Stamp A Stack - this was my favourite - I just loved the wee bows! Loved it so much I created 25 of them for my team's recent training to swap.

Stamp sets: Tree Trimmings, Occaional Greetings
Ink: Real Red, Sahara Sand
Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Real Red
Other: Corner rounder, Scallop edge punch, 3/16" hand held punch, linen thread, mini glue dots, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Stamp-a-ma jig.

Yes we still are selling a corner rounder - it was left out of the catalogue but can be purchased for $15.95.

And only a 135 pieces to cut for this card. Well that's my Christmas Stamp a Stack for 2009. I'm sure all the ladies that attended are well on there way to having their Christmas cards to go as they all made 20 on the day.

11 October 2009

Stamp a Stack Sunday Part 3

This is what I've called Snow Swirled in colour as it uses 3 of the in-colours - Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss plus a wee bit of bling with the addition of gold brads to the Christmas tree.

Snowflakes are stamped randomly in Baja Breeze over the base card stock too.

This was a simple card to mass produce for my stamp a stack I cut 220 pieces of card stock for this project.

10 October 2009

Think pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Traditionally worldwide  Stampin' Up! supports Ronald MacDonald House as it's charity of choice. In New Zealand and Australia this year they are also supporting The Breast Cancer Foundations respectively of both countries. SU! are donating $5  for every new demonstrator that signs up between October 7 & December 31, 2009.

Also all new recruits have an added bonus a Pretty in Pink inkpad and a pack of Raspberry Tart designer series paper for FREE as an extra in their starter kit. I will also augment this and include a Pink Pirouette inkpad to anyone joining the WOW paperKRafters (my team).

I do have a page set up on the right hand side (Join My Team link) with some of the questions about being a demonstrator but am always happy to send out an information pack or talk to anyone about this great opportunity. To see the FAQ & more information about being a demonstrator you can click HERE

I for one signed up originally as a "hobby demonstrator" to get a discount on my hobby/passion but "my business" kept growing. My 2nd anniversary as a demonstrator has just gone.

To celebrate thinking PINK & Raspberry Tart I delved into my stash of cards and found this stunning card I made at one of Jacque's card classes.

Stamp: Eastern Blooms
Ink: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Old Olive, Rose Red, Whisper White, Raspberry tart DSP
Other: Rhinestone brads, chocolate chip wide grosgraon ribbon, large oval, crimper, dimensionals, sponge.

8 October 2009

Stamp a Stack Sunday Part 2

This was the 2nd card everyone created & it worked a real treat. I just love how the white embossed tree really pops out at you - embossing is still my favourite technique - it's so cool.

The lovely Sara Falconer gave me this card at our recent demo swaps, but hers was even more special as she had clear embossed the Merry Christmas and the swirls, but in the interest of time "we" just used Old Olive ink and we were all really pleased how it turned out! So thanks Sara for a great card idea.

Stamp: Season of Joy
Ink: Versamark, Old Olive
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Ski slope DSP
Other: White embossing powder, heat tool

PS this card also had 135 pieces of card stock cut for it - can you see my muscles growing!

4 October 2009

Stamp a Stack Sunday Part 1

The mission was to create 20 cards in 2 hours (4 designs; 5 of each).

9 took up the challenge - if I'd known how sore my shoulder and wrists would have been I may never have issued the challenge :-)

So this was the first and easiest of the cards created and easily managed by all abilities.

Stamps: Priceless, Short and Sweet, So Swirly
Ink: Certainly Celery, Rose Red
Paper: Certainly Celery, Rose Red
Other: Dazzling diamonds glitter, 2-way glue pen.

PS this card alone had 135 pieces cut for it. Who needs a gym when you can stamp! Back soon with Part 2.

3 October 2009

Today is World Card Making Day

Yes October 3rd is WCMD every year and there's nothing better than getting cards in the box. I've been very fortunate this week and received not one but THREE cards in my letter box.

The first two are from my friend and fellow SU! demonstrator Rachael Knight and her lovely wee daughter Emma - now can you guess which one is Rachael's ;-) But truly they are both lovely and I can see that Emma will be as creative as her mum in the not too distant future!

This stunning card is from lovely SBS sister Michelle who has been having a hard time with her job lately, so to make herself  happy she's sent all her sisters (19 of us) a card, paper and stamped images. So we are very lucky sisters indeed.

So a BIG thank you Michelle, Emma and Rachael I am truly blessed!

So if you'd like to make someone's day a wee bit brighter Simply Sent Card Elements Kits could be just perfect for you.

They have all the ingredients to make 12 cards really easily: textured card stock, matching self adhesive die cuts, ribbons, buttons.

World Card Making Day is 3 October, but Stampin’ Up! is celebrating all month long! From 1-31 October, when you purchase Rock Star or Flower Power Simply Sent Card Elements, you’ll get 20 percent off the coordinating stamp set! All the details can be seen HERE by viewing the flyer.

So if you'd like to take up this great offer and make someone's day a better one you can contact me by e-mail by clicking HERE.

So happy WCMD to all may you letter boxes be overflowing with the RIGHT sort of mail!