Thursday, 19 November 2009

More Christmas Cards

I've been making Christmas cards over the last month or so, using different techniques, designs, and supplies, including 3D stickers, chunky glitter, jac paper, embossing folders with an embossing machine, a die cutting machine, and various double sided papers I have in my stash.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Free Ribbon!

From 1-30 September, you can get an exclusive Ribbon Bundle* FREE when you spend $100 on any Stampin' Up! products or host a $600 workshop.

*Ribbon bundle includes 9.1 metres each Certainly Celery 5/8" poly-twill ribbon and So Saffron 5/8" grosgrain ribbon.

Both of these ribbons aren't in our catalogue, so this will be your only opportunity to get them. So let me know if you want to order some stamping supplies so you can take advantage of this great offer.

Christmas Cards 2009

Would you like to get started on your Christmas cards for 2009? Christmas comes around too quickly, and before you know it there are parties to go to and presents to buy, and no time to make cards. Here are a few ideas.

If you would like to make Christmas cards like these, book into a card class soon.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

"CASE-ing" myself

An acronym often heard in the cardmaking and scrapbooking community is "CASE", which stands for "Copy and Share Everything", or "Copy and Steal Everything". In this instance, I'm actually basing cards on something I've made previously.

This is another version of a card I did earlier in the year, which you can see in this post. The variation being that I've added another colour of cardstock, Apricot Appeal, as a mat. The vertical panel has been changed from Whisper White on the original card to Tempting Turquoise, and a white gel pen has been used to add on the flowers which have been stamped in Versamark.

I had a few card kits left for these basic cards, the originals of which can be seen in this earlier post. I use the card kits to demonstrate simple card techniques at stamping parties. As both Petal Prints and Artfully Asian stamp sets are now unavailable, I decided to use Heartfelt Thanks, which is an oldie but a goodie, and still current.

So don't worry if you want to make a card like one from a blog or a magazine, and you don't have the same stamp sets - just use what you have and you can come up with a nice variation.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Spring Mini Catalogue!

The new Spring Mini Catalogue is here, with some lovely new stamps, fabulous designer papers, scallop oval punch (I'm a punchaholic), and some more great embellishments.

If you would like me to post you a Spring Mini Catalogue, please email me, or you can view the on-line version HERE.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

June Scrapbooking Retreat

Are you behind on getting your photos into photo safe albums?  Whether your scrapbooking style is simple or fancy, we all need to set aside time to complete our albums.

Over the last few years, I've been fortunate enough to attend a long weekend scrapbooking retreat with some other scrapbookers.  At these events I've managed to get lots of ideas and inspiration to get lots of pages done in my scrapbook albums.  We've also shared stories, laughed a lot, and enjoyed the break from husbands and kids!

This year, we will be hosting a Scrapbooking Retreat in my brand new house and studio, at 2 Parsons Grove, Park Holme.

Dates: From 3pm Friday 5th June until 5pm Monday 8th June.

Meals:  Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch and dinner, Monday breakfast and lunch.

Accommodation options:  Sleep in your own bed and travel to and from my place each day (leave your scrapbooking gear here), or BYO bedding and sleep on a fold-out bed in the house.

Cost:  $25 to cover meals and snacks.  Spaces are limited, and bookings are essential.  Email me if you are interested, and I will send you further details such as what to bring, and the proposed menu.

If you are unable to attend the whole weekend but would like to come along for a day, let me know and we can work something out.


Friday, 24 April 2009

The finished cards from the One Sheet Wonder

The cards shown above are made with the panels from the One Sheet Wonder, plus coordinating cardstock. The colours used are Taken With Teal, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery and Tempting Turquoise. With a couple of them I used Whisper White as the base card colour. I used all of the panels cut from the one sheet wonder, only trimming off a small amount on a couple of them to suit the card.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

One Sheet Wonder

I've seen different versions of this idea on blogs, so I thought I'd have a go myself.

For this set of cards I've used the Friendly Flowers set from the Summer Mini Catalogue, which finishes on March 31 (so if you want to order it, you'd better do so asap).

I used one A4 sheet of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped the images using Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery and Apricot Appeal stamp pads. Some of the images have been stamped off first so as to make the image a lighter colour.

I also overlapped some of the images to fill in the white areas more.

Then I cut the A4 sheet into various sized panels, which will be used to make several different cards. I didn't do any real measuring apart from when I cut a panel into thirds. I just cut each piece in half, then in half again.

The picture at the top of the post shows 3 cards made with panels from this sheet, I've still got a few more cards to finish, so I'll post pictures of them when I can.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

The list just keeps on getting longer

Well, I was going to add more things to the sold out list, but as this is being updated and added to every day, it's probably just better to contact me if you want to order anything on the retiring products list, and I'll check to see if it's still available...

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Updated List of sold out or nearly sold out items

Item Number Product Description Availability
10756 Flip Flops Unavailable
109020 Wild Wasabi Classic Ink Refill Unavailable
109015 Soft Sky Classic Stamin' Ink Refill Unavailable
109016 River Rock Classic Stampin' Ink Refill Unavailable
109017 Purely Pomegranite Classic Stampin' Ink Refill Unavailable
100381 Earth Elements Eyelets Unavailable
100378 Soft Subtle Eyelets Unavailable
109019 Groovy Guava Classic Stampin' Ink Refill Unavailable
108748 Best Friend Numbers Unavailable
107212 Mateys Map Unavailable
105320 Basic Eyelets Unavailable
103195 Gifts Galore Unavailable
107561 Garden Annuals Unavailable
109610 Confetti Simply Scrappin' Unavailable
104279 Leaf Prints Unavailable
110255 Bundle of Joy Unavailable
112402 Short Order Numbers Unavailable
109018 Blue Bayou Classic Stampin' Ink Refill Unavailable
111852 River Rock A4 card stock Unavailable
108720 Ahoy, Matey Unavailable
105316 Rich Regal Eyelets Low Quantity
101259 Black Hemp Twine Low Quantity
108740 Bareback Low Quantity
106662 Dasey Field Low Quantity
108638 In Color 12"x 12" card stock Low Quantity
109186 Theater Ribbn Originals Low Quantity
105445 Soft Subtle buttons Low Quantity
111850 Wild Wasabi A4 card stock Low Quantity
106610 Basics Outline Low Quantity
103981 Earth Elements Low Quantity
103981 *Earth Elements & Neutrals buttons Low Quantity
100900 Gift sacks Low Quantity
108763 By Land Low Quantity
104065 Fishy Low Quantity
112253 *Dad's Day Low Quantity
108849 It's Your Birthday Low Quantity
105531 Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware Low Quantity
112391 Everything Baby Low Quantity
112310 Fabulous Flowers Low Quantity
107464 Rough Texture Low Quantity
107465 Speckled Low Quantity
107467 Birthday Low Quantity
108923 Stipple Rose Low Quantity
112272 Classic Backgrounds Low Quantity
108929 Symbols of Solicitude Low Quantity
112316 Forever in My Heart Low Quantity
105446 Rich Regal Buttons Low Quantity
108746 Best Friends Alphabet Lower Low Quantity
108747 Best Friends Alphabet Upper Low Quantity

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

The List continues to grow

There must be an ordering frenzy at the moment! Here's some more items sold out or running out:

110255 Bundle of Joy - Unavailable
112402 Short Order Numbers - Unavailable
109018 Blue Bayou Classic Stampin' Ink Refill - Unavailable
108720 Ahoy, Matey - Low Quantity
108740 Bareback - Low Quantity
108746 Best Friends Alphabet Lower - Low Quantity
108747 Best Friends Alphabet Upper - Low Quantity

More items sold out!

There are a few more items that are unavailable:

103195 Gifts Galore
107561 Garden Annuals
109610 Confetti Simply Scrappin'
104279 Leaf Prints

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Already Gone!

The Stampin' Up! Retirement List was released today.

You can download the list in alphabetical order, or in page number order from the Stampin' Up! website.

Unfortunately, the following items are ALREADY UNAVAILABLE:
107565 Flip Flops
109020 Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
109015 Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
109016 River Rock Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
109017 Purely Pomegranite Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
109019 Groovy Guava Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
100381 Earth Elements Eyelets
100378 Soft Subtle Eyelets
105320 Basic Eyelets
108748 Best Friend Numbers
107212 Mateys Map

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Stamping and Scrapbooking Fair Success!

Wow, we were sure rushed off our feet last Sunday! The Stamping and Scrapbooking Fair was a success, with lots of people completing cards at the Stampin' Up! stall, as well as watching demos on various techniques. I demonstrated the polished stone technique and two step stamping, shown in the cards above.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Stampin Up's Bushfire Appeal

Join with Stampin' Up! and Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around Australia and New Zealand in helping the victims of the Bushfire tragedy. You can help by purchasing select stamp sets from 12 February through 31 March 2009, and Stampin' Up! will donate 50 percent of the sales of these sets to the Australian Red Cross.

The selected stamp sets are as follows:
Priceless - Page 105, $48.95
Seeing Spots - Page 89, $29.95
Baroque Motifs - Page 98, $39.95
Live Your Dream - Page 3 (Summer Mini) $55.95
Looks Like Spring* - Page 76, $58.95
The Snowflake Spot* - Page 27, $39.95
Bodacious Bouquet* - Page 80, $58.95
Polka Dots & Paisley* - Page 46, $35.95
G'day Mate* - Page 115, $35.95
Be Happy* - Page 51, $39.95

* Please note that stamps with an asterisk next to them will be retiring as of 31st March therefore are only available as stocks last.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Bleaching Techniques

Here are 3 different variations on the bleaching technique, which give very different results.

The first one uses Bleach Stamping: Soak a piece of felt or folded paper towel with bleach. Use as an ink pad and stamp on coloured cardstock. Watch as the bleach removes colour leaving a beautiful faded image. I actually painted the bleach onto the stamp to get a stronger effect. Then I cleaned the stamp thoroughly, with no harm done.

The second one is Brushed Bleaching: Emboss coloured cardstock with black (or other colour) embossing powder. Using a synthetic paintbrush or aqua painter, paint bleach onto a portion of the image between the embossed lines. Different colours (and lots) of cardstock will give different bleached effects. If desired, colour the bleached portions with Stampin’ Pastels.

The third one is Bleached Brayering: Stamp in Black Stazon onto gloss card. Brayer over the top with the spectrum inks, then bleach out any areas you want white.