Sunday, 30 November 2008

December Stampin Up Promotion

Tie up your Christmas shopping for family, friends and yourself with great discounts on Christmas stamp sets and accessories from Stampin' Up! From 1 - 31 December, spend $20 on any Stampin' Up! merchandise and qualify for 20% off selected stamp sets and accessories.

Contact me if you would like to order any of these items. If you want anything by Christmas, please order before December 12.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Christmas Cards

Here are the Christmas cards we made in the Christmas card workshop last week. They all use the "Season of Joy" stamp set, which is in the Spring Mini Catalogue, which finishes on November 30. It's a very versatile set as you can see, so I'm sorry to see it go. If you would like to order this set, please contact me asap.
These card designs are "cased" (copy and share everything) from the lovely Marelle Taylor, whose blog is a constant source of inspiration to me.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Bodacious Bouquet

It’s been quite a while since I updated the blog, hasn’t it?

Here are a few cards that use the Bodacious Bouquet stamp set and the matching Bodacious wheel (which you could have got for free in the September promotion).

Cardstock used is Elegant Eggplant for the base, and Orchid Opulence and Whisper White for the panels. Ink colours are Elegant Eggplant, Orchid Opulence and Certainly Celery. A secret technique was used to blend the two purple colours on the flower images.

To finish off the cards I used Certainly Celery wide grosgrain ribbon and a couple of bits of Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Cards Made today

These are cards made in todays card making get together. Ingrid and Carolyn made dahlia fold cards, and Stephanie made a couple of Christmas cards.
The first Dahlia fold card has the flower made from Almost Amethyst designer paper (from the sampler pad that was a special a few months ago). This has been put on Blue Bayou cardstock which has been stamped with the Polka Dot background stamp, layered onto Whisper White, and then onto the Night of Navy card base, which has been stamped with the En Francais background stamp. The card has been finished off with Blue Bayou double stitched ribbon and a few half pearls from the Pretties kit.
The second Dahlia fold card again uses Almost Amethyst designer paper for the flower, layered onto Barely Banana, then So Saffron, and Almost Amethyst cardstock for the base. The Barely Banana panel has been stamped with the Sanded background stamp using Apricot Appeal ink, and the Almost Amethyst card has been stamped with the Paisley background stamp using Almost Amethyst ink. Carolyn used an Almost Amethyst marker to add detail to the White Grosgrain ribbon.
Stephanie made the Christmas Cards using the Bud Basics stamp set and a different shades of red and green cardstock (sorry, I didn't make a note of which ones they were). Versamark was used on the card base, and the images on the Whisper White panel were stamped using Cranberry Crisp (retired) and Basic Black.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Dahlia cards

Time flies when you're moving house... so much to organise, and when it's all done it takes a while to settle in and get back online... hence the time lag between postings...

Anyway, here's a couple of cards I made recently, one was for a friend's wedding. I like how they turned out. This card will be featured in an upcoming class at my place, so if you would like to learn how to make it, let me know.

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Faux Tearing Tutorial

Well, it's been a while since I updated the blog! Here's a tutorial for you.

Faux Tearing

Step 1 - tear a piece of scrap paper, eg photocopy paper and place over part of your card. This will be a mask for the part of the card you don't want stamped. Here I'm using Whisper White as my card panel.

Step 2 - ink up your chosen background stamp. Here I'm using the Paisley background stamp, and inking it with Perfect Plum stamp pad. Note I haven't covered the whole stamp as some of it won't be used, so I'm trying to save on ink. I find it easier to get coverage on the background stamp by rubbing the ink pad on the stamp rather than dabbing.

Step 3 - stamp onto the partly covered up card. With a large stamp or background stamp you may want to rub your hand over it to ensure you get even coverage.

Step 4 - carefully lift off your stamp to reveal your image. You will have an image on part of the card with a slightly rough looking edge where the torn paper was covering up the card.

Step 5 – line up your torn piece of scrap paper with the image, leaving a small gap. Then with a sponge dauber, using the same ink colour (Perfect Plum) as you used for the background stamp, dab along the edge, as shown.

Step 6 – remove your scrap piece of paper to see how you’ve gone.

Step 7 – put the card panel onto a card base and add embellishments to finish your card.

Products Used, all Stampin Up!:
Stamp Sets: Paisley Background Stamp, Polka Dots & Paisley for the flower and sentiment
Perfect Plum cardstock for the base card
Whisper White cardstock for the panel
Elegant Eggplant cardstock for the 2 smaller stamped images
Whisper White Craft Stampin Pad for the flower and sentiment
Perfect Plum Classic Stampin Pad for the background stamp
Basic Black ¼ inch Grosgrain Ribbon
Sponge Daubers

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Some of my cards

I thought I would post a few pictures of some of the cards I've done (and given away).
This was one I gave to my brother in Qld for his 50th birthday.  It uses the Lovely as a Tree set.
This one I gave to my sister-in-law in Qld for her birthday.
This one I gave to my niece in Qld for her birthday.  They all had their birthdays within 8 days of each other.

Monday, 3 March 2008

On the Move

It looks like the Studio will be moving late May or early June, while we bulldoze our old house and build a new one in it's place.  Classes will continue for the time being, until we know official dates.  Hopefully the move won't disrupt the class schedule too much, but we will have to wait and see.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Sale-A-Bration is nearly over!

Time is running out for the Sale-A-Bration promotion, which means time is running out to get your FREE stamp sets. Orders with payment need to be made by Friday, or you'll miss out.

Speaking of missing out, the list of stamp sets and accessories that are being discontinued as at 31 March is available. Some things have already run out... Contact me now if there's anything you want from the current catalogue, and I'll let you know if it's on the list to be discontinued.

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Sale-A-Bration is Here!

It's Sale-A-Bration time at Stampin' Up! and free product is what it's all about! Every year Stampin' Up! gives customers, hosts, and new demonstrators the opportunity to earn fantastic, FREE, limited-edition stamp sets they'll enjoy for years to come.

Here's how Sale-A-Bration works:
  • Spend $100 on Stampin' Up! merchandise, and you'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration reward. There's no limit-for every $100 you spend, you can select another free Sale-A-Bration reward.
  • Host a workshop of at least $600 (before shipping), and you'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration reward-in addition to all of the regular host benefits!
  • During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator can choose any stamp set, a value of up to $79.95, from our current Idea Book and Catalogue!

You can view and download the Sale-A-Bration brochure with the stamp sets you can earn here.