Sunday, December 30, 2007
This card has been made using the "Merci" Sale-a-Bration set (I tell ya, the worst thing about this year's sets, is deciding which one to choose!) Did I say "one"?? What am I thinking?! Of course you can't choose just one! ;-)
The colours I've used are Apricot Appeal, Tempting Turquoise and Rose Red, with just a dash of Certainly Celery. It's difficult making a card these days without the wide grosgrain ribbon. I can't wait until we get it in more colours! I've stamped in Very Vanilla Craft ink on the Tempting Turquoise piece. The main image has been stamped on watercolour paper in Black Stazon. I've coloured using markers and Blender pens, and added a turquoise brad to the flower centre. I nipped the edges with my Slit punch, and then sponged with daubers in Apricot Appeal. The little sentiment is from "Lots of Thoughts" (another Sale-a-Bration set). It fits perfectly in the Word Window punch. I've stamped the little heart from "Merci" in Rose red (stamped off once, so it's not too dark), and sponged the edges too.
I'll be placing an order on the 1st January, so let me know if you'd like to order $100 of Stampin' Up! goodies and get a Sale-a-Bration set for free. I can have your order shipped anywhere in Australia, and I take credit card too!
Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
So, you might be relieved to hear that this chocolate is the non-fat kind....it's the Au Chocolat paper in the Summer Mini catalogue:
I've stamped on it with the outline flower from Bud Basics, and cut around it, and also cut out a flower centre using another piece of the paper. I stamped the outline flower again on Very Vanilla cardstock in Chocolate Chip ink, and then stamped the leaves in Certainly Celery (there was no need to mask, since the flower will be stuck over the top). The rest of the card is really simple: some more Chocolat paper, some lovely crinkly ribbon from the 'Flirty' Ribbon Originals (also in the Summer Mini), and a little 'hinge' embellishment made using the Word Window Punch and a circle punched from yet more of the gorgeous Chocolat paper.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I've used markers to ink the stamp with 3 flowers on it from 'Friendship Blooms'. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp a row of greetings, and then stamped one in Tempting Turquoise and punched it out with my Square punches.
This was such a quick card to make. The colours I've used are Marigold Morning, Tempting Turquoise and Rose Red.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
The Bud Basics set is such an easy set to use. The bold flower and the outline are designed to be 2-stepped, but as you can see here, they work very nicely on their own too!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I've been having so much fun with my new Sale-a-Bration stamp sets, and I've been itching to show you. Now that those 12 days of Christmas are over, I can!
This is my favourite set "Friendship Blooms". It's just so pretty!
The best thing about it though, is that it's FREE! All you have to do is place an order for $100 from any current catalogue, and it's yours. Sale-a-Bration starts on the 1st of January, and lasts until the 29th of February – so you don’t have much time to make the most of this great offer.
Once Sale-a-Bration is over, these stamp sets will never be available again.
During the Sale-a-Bration Promotion, you’ll earn FREE stamp sets when you purchase products, when you host a Stampin’ Up! workshop, or when you sign up to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.
All the details are in the Sale-a-Bration brochure. Let me know if you don't have one yet, and I'll pop one in the mail for you. It has lots of gorgeous samples and project ideas.
And for those of you in the Sydney area...
I'm having an Open House on the 1st of January from 2pm-5pm, so you can come and try the sets for yourself. There will be nibblies and champagne, a Lucky door Prize or two, and make-and-takes. Email me to book your place!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Blush Blossom, Certainly Celery
Ink: Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I cut all my cardstock to the right size first. This card opens so the spine is at the top...perfect to hang on a piece of string, so it's still the right way up! I stamped 'merry& bright' in Elegant Eggplant and punched them out with the Small Oval punch. The star has been stamped in Bordering Blue, which has been stamped off once. Next I stamped the little row of asterisks from "All in a Row"...by eye, I might add! I got pretty good by the 100th one! The 'branch' is the swirl from"Scribble This". Next I stamped the two ornaments, and I used a ruler to draw the string with my Bordering Blue marker, and drew the little bow by hand. Then came the task of putting them all together. There's nothing for it but to put on some Christmas Carols and sing along as you work (I'm sure this makes the cards come out better!).
I hope you like it, and I truly wish I could have sent one to all of you. Merry Christmas and thankyou all for your support!
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Bordering Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy
Stamps: Scribble This, Hung Up on the Holidays, All Year Cheer I, All in a Row
Other: Large Oval punch, Small Oval Punch, Rich Regals Markers
In the meantime, I just wanted to share a Stampin' Up! Offer too good to refuse.
This is THE best Starter Kit Promotion I have seen since Stampin' Up! started in Australia. If you join Stampin' Up! during Sale-a-Bration (Jan 1-Feb 29), you can choose ANY stamp set (up to $80 value!) to add to the 5 sets that you already get in your kit. Plus, email me and I can tell you how to get an extra 10% off your Starter Kit, a saving of over $32!
January is also a great month to join because it is the start of a new quarter, which means you have 6 months to make your first quarterly minimum.
There are many benefits to being a Demonstrator, including coming to my classes for half price, buying your products at a discount, and receiving all the catalogues first, for free!
If you have any questions, or if you would like an obligation free Information Pack, just let me know!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Tomorrow is the last day! And the good news is that I mailed all my Christmas cards out yesterday, so some of you should receive yours today. I only wish I could have sent a card to everyone who has supported my business over the last year, but at least you'll all get to enjoy the virtual one!
Monday, December 10, 2007
I've used the Cranberry Stitched ribbon from the Spring Mini (no longer available *sob!*). The word 'Merry Christmas' is from "Many Merry Messages", stamped in black, and sponged in Always Artichoke with a Sponge Dauber. I used my leftover stockings from Teneale, and hung them on some Copper Cord, attached with Copper Brads. I used some of the Holiday Thyme paper (don't forget you only have a couple more days to order this!) for the bottom half of the card, and sanded and distressed the edges with my Sanding Blocks. The very bottom of the card has been stamped with the little sentiment from "Crazy for Christmas".
So there you go Glenys, is that what you had in mind too?
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
This is a quick card I made using the 'Crazy for Christmas' set again. The colours this time are Ruby Red, Old Olive and Confetti Cream. I've used a Spectrum Inkpad to make this super quick and easy, but you could also use your markers, and then you could make the card in whatever colours you choose! the background is a little stamp from 'Fresh Fillers' stamped in Versamark ink. I've wrapped some gold cord around it (this would have to be one of the biggest bargains in the catalogue...did you know it works out at around 17c per metre?!) I made the little tag by inking up part of the 'Crazy for Christmas' greeting with a Ruby Red marker, and punching it out with my word window punch. The long needles from the Crafter's Tool Kit come in really handy for threading the cord with!
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
I've used 'Bouquet' Jumbo wheel on a piece of Kraft cardstock, cut to the size of my cardfront. If you wanted to make a whole batch of these, you would leave your sheet A4 size, and cut it in quarters after you had stamped. I love the Bouquet wheel. I can use it all year round as a florally background, and then colour it green and red, and viola it's a Christmas wheel!
I've used my Aquapainter and a couple of drops of re-inker onto my inkpad lid for a good depth of colour. I've added some highlights with the White Gel Pen (I can't tell you how many of these I go through... I use them all the time!)
The rest of the card is really easy. I've used Always Artichoke as my card base. Just tear off part of the front, and attach your Kraft piece behind the tear. It all looks nice and neat on the inside too. Liz has taken it a step further in this post on her blog, by using the torn-off piece too. Clever!
I've stamped Season's Greetings (from 'Many Merry Messages') in Whisper White ink, and coloured a couple of extra leaves and berries, and stuck them on with the 2-way glue pen as a simple little embellishment.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
For the focal image, I inked up the branch in Mellow Moss, stamped off once onto scrap paper, and then rock'n'rolled the edges of the stamp in Mellow Moss again. This gave me a paler centre part of the image, so the greeting stands out more. I've stamped on Confetti Cream cardstock, which has a lovely fleck in it.
When we made this card at my Stamp-a-Stacks, we also used heat-and-stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to add some sparkle to the centre branch. There's nothing like a bit of sparkle at Christmas!
Monday, December 03, 2007
Some of you may recognise this card if you've attended a workshop of mine lately.
I've wheeled the Orchid Opulence piece using the Twinkle wheel, by rolling it in my Versamark pad. TIP: make sure your pad is nice and inky, or your wheel will come out a bit patchy-looking. This has to be one of the most versatile wheels to use all year round! I've also made this card using Pink Passion instead of the Orchid, and it looks fab too!
When the Versamark is dry, paper pierce the top edge using your Piercing tool and mat pack. Next, stamp your ornaments on Whisper White cardstock. I've used Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise and Orchid Opulence inks. Stamp the strings in Going Gray ink. This is a softer alternative to black, when you don't want something quite as stark. It's a lovely silvery grey colour, which I also use a lot for shadows in my watercolouring. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp my strings in the position I wanted them...well worth the little bit of extra effort! My biggest tip for this tool is to leave it out of it's box, right on your workspace, so it's no effort to get it out!
I made a wavy edge on the bottom of my Whisper White piece using the Cutter Kit. Just do a freehand wave using the cutting blade. Practise on some scrap cardstock first!
The final step is to use a Green Galore marker to ink "JOY" from the "Peace Joy Love" stamp in All Year Cheer I.
A bright and cheery card in some non-traditional colours!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
This is another simple card that I made 200 of for the Haemophilia Foundation. Colours are Not Quite Navy, Garden Green and Kraft. I've stamped in black Stazon on the Kraft piece, and watercoloured using Blender Pens and Inkpad lids. Then I highlighted areas using my White Gel Pen. I love the effect of watercolouring on Kraft cardstock. I encourage you to try it if you've never done it before! The little sentiment stamped down the bottom, and a piece of Silver Organdy ribbon tied in a knot finishes it off.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
I know the 12 days of Christmas are supposed to start AFTER Christmas, and involve lots of birds and prancing men, but I'm doing my own version...there's not a partridge in sight, I promise! The 1st of December seems like an appropriate time to start showing you a Christmas card a day for the next 12 days, finishing off with my own Christmas card that I'll be sending out this year. The idea is that I'll actually have mine in the post to some of you before then, so as not to spoil the surprise. Maybe this will make me get a wriggle on!
So, card number 1!
This card is super easy and quick to whip up a whole bunch of, if you haven't even started yet ('Fess Up...I know there are some of you!). It's very RED and cheery. I've used Little Pieces, but it would work well with Big Pieces too, or Seeing Spots. The background is stamped in Versamark on the base card too, but it doesn't show up very well in the photo. I've used Big Deal Alphabet for the word 'joy' and some red gingham ribbon just tied in a knot and secured behind the Whisper White piece. How simple is that?
Thursday, November 29, 2007
18cm x 5cm Whisper White Cardstock; Double Rectangle Punch; Tag Punch; Red Gingham Ribbon; Bone Folder; Terrific Tags, Holiday Wishes, Hung Up on the Holidays Stamp sets ; Inkpads (I've used Real Red and Pink Passion); Paper snips
1. Score Whisper White cardstock at 8, 9 and 10cm. 2. Fold along score lines and burnish folds with the Bone Folder.
3. Stamp tag from 'Terrific Tags' in Pink Passion, and Rock'n'Roll in Real Red. Make sure you stamp above the score lines.
4. Stamp reverse side with your greeting (the tiny greeting from 'Holiday Wishes' fits perfectly) Again, make sure you stamp above the score lines5. Accordion fold the score lines so they are folded up inside the tag
6. Punch out tag, punching through all the layers of cardstock, but being careful not to punch the bottom edge.7. Fold out the middle section and punch through the 2 layers with the Double Rectangle Punch.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
If you can't make it, just a reminder about the All in the Family promotion, which finishes in a couple of days (I'm offering this set at $59.15), and also the Spring Mini Catalogue which will also be gone. Let me know by November 30 if you would like anything!
Tomorrow I'll be putting up that tutorial I promised you earlier this week, so stay tuned!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The main flower has been inked with Versamark and white-embossed. Watercolouring is so easy when you emboss. It forces you to stay in the lines! The leaves are actually petals from the large Scribble flower.
The background has been stamped on Pixie Pink cardstock in Whisper White Craft ink, and coloured with Blender pens. I just used the Blender pen to pull the ink from the stamped image, and fill in the larger areas for a soft effect. The sentiment has also been embossed with white powder. I mounted it all on a Certainly Celery card.
Hope it brightens your day! (it's pouring rain here...)
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I've had a busy couple of weeks, and this week I have my "Out with the Old, In with the New" Mini Catalogue Party on Wednesday night. It's going to be heaps of fun. There's a Special Guest stamper, free make-and-takes, prizes, Special offers and a goody bag to take home! I only have a couple of spots left though, so email me if you'd like to come! Then it's Jacob's 7th birthday on Thursday, so I think I'll be partied out by the end of the week.
This is one of those oh-so-difficult masculine cards, made easier with the help of the Round tab punch and the 'Tagger's Dozen' set. I used my trusty markers to ink the stripes individually and echoed the stripes by also inking the candles individually. Then I've echoed (lots of echoes here!)the asterisk candle flames with the 'twinkle' wheel, in Versamark ink, to give a tone-on-tone effect. I punched a window in the stripes with my square punch, and the "Birthdays are the Best" stamp fits perfectly in there.
cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Really Rust, Whisper White
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Really Rust, Mellow Moss, Brocade Blue
Stamps: Dream Come True (stripes), It's Your Birthday, Tagger's Dozen, 'twinkle' wheel
Other: Round Tab Punch, 1 3/8" square punch, Markers
Thursday, November 22, 2007
This is another set I'm really going to miss when the Spring Mini disappears at the end of this month. This colour combination was inspired by this gorgeous card of Carol's. Make sure you check out her blog...she does lots of gorgeous stuff! This was an old Sketch challenge of Beate's that you can see here. The front of the card is just a half-flap, so it's a bit different to your everyday card!
I went a bit mad with the white gel pen on this one. I love that pen!!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Almost Amethyst, Pale Plum, Cool Caribbean
Ink: Pale Plum, Cool Caribbean, Certainly Celery
Stamps: Polka Dots and Paisley
Other: Large Oval punch, White gel pen (lots of!), Celery Ribbon, Paper Piercing tool and mat pack
Monday, November 19, 2007
Cardstock: Cool Caribbean, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Old Olive, Whisper White
Stamps: Scribble This, Little Pieces
Other: Paper piercing mat pack, white gel pen
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This is Christmas shopping made easy, and makes a perfect gift for anyone crafty (that's you!). The best thing about it is that you'll have some $$ to spend during Sale-a-Bration in January and February, when you can earn stamp sets for free for every $100 you spend!
Just get your loved ones to send me an email with Gift Certificate in the subject line, and I'll take care of the rest! Or do your own Christmas shopping right now, and get one for someone you love.
And here's how to make your own!
1. Cut your A4 sheet to 21 x 25.5 cm
2. In Landscape orientation, score at 8.5 and 18.5 cm
3. Fold along score lines and burnish the creases with a Bone Folder
4. Add Sticky Strip to the sides of the bottom flap
5. Adhere bottom flap and slip gift certificate inside
6. Decorate outside with stamps/patterned paper of your choice
7. Tie closed with ribbon or belly band
Monday, November 12, 2007
I've made mine using the new "Holiday Thyme" Double-sided Paper, which is only available until the 15th December, and for a special price too! Only $14.50 for a pack of 12 double-sided sheets! You can see the Promotion here. They also look gorgeous in vellum, with Silver or Gold Embossing on them.
We demonstrated and displayed these at the Penrith Papercrafts Expo, and they WOW'ed everybody. The lovely and talented Petronela was at the Show with us, and she has put together a fantastic tutorial to show you how to make these. Check it out here.
While you're at it, check out her blog http://www.keepstamping.com/ She also has a Paper Bow Tutorial on there (if you were at Penrith, you might have seen her demonstrating these) and a Two Pocket Tote Bag Tutorial. What a clever cookie!
Thursday, November 08, 2007
I did some more paper piecing here. The baby's face is actually that pale pink spotty paper I used in the background (I chose a bit without spots ;-) and her little suit is the other pink paper. I love the "Welcome Little One" message from Riveting...it seems to make it on to all my baby cards. A piece of pink gingham ribbon fishes it off.... Easy!
Cardstock Colours: Regal Rose, Cool Caribbean, Whisper White
Her dress has been Paper-pieced using Petals and Paisleys DS Paper. I stamped the dress on a scrap of the DS paper, cut around it, and stuck it over the dress that I'd already stamped on Whisper White. The background papers are also Petals and Paisleys, and I stamped the greeting from All Year Cheer I and punched it out with the Word Window punch, and used a Turquoise brad for an accent. I love how you can make the people do what you like; I've raised one of her arms in a friendly wave. I've used Whisper White as my card base for as fresh, crisp look. I coloured the girl and her cat using a Blender Pen and Inkpad lids. Colours are Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Blush Blossom (for her rosy cheeks) and Tempting Turquoise.
In case you don't want to risk "eye-balling" it, here's a link to a tutorial on how to stamp this set using the Satmp-a-ma-jig:
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
For the background, I've used various stamps from "Many Merry Messages" and "Peaceful Wishes", stamped in Mellow Moss ink on Mellow Moss cardstock. I've used Watercolour Paper for the main image, and the main greeting, matted on Buckaroo Blue cardstock. The word 'from' is actually the "From the Heart" message in All Year Cheer I, and I've just inked the word 'from' with a Basic Black marker. 'US!' is Classic Alphabet, and I've used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to add some shadows for depth. I've nipped the edges of the Mellow Moss cardstock with the Slit Punch (I've drawn a dot on the underside of my punch so I can line it up evenly each time), and then some "Vintage" brads in the corners.
Now, I don't think I'll be whipping up 100 of these for my Christmas cards this year, but I'll be doing a few for some special family members!
Monday, November 05, 2007
I would like as many of you as possible to be able to buy this set, so I will be passing my Demonstrator discount on to you. I won't make any money from it, but hopefully I can help raise some money for Dave's family.
You can see the stamp set, and a picture of Dave and his family here. The All in the Family stamp set will appear in the Idea Book & Catalogue 2008-2009 (which will be released in April), but has been pre-released to raise money for the Abbott family. The set will not be available again after 30 November until 1 April.
This Promotion runs from
I am offering it to you at 20% off!
Email me if you'd like to buy a very versatile stamp set, and help out a family in need at the same time. I can ship anywhere in Australia for just $5.95.
Another way to help is to contribute directly to the fund. You may make a deposit into the following bank account:
Westpac Kent Street (branch) 283-285 Kent Street Sydney 2000
As soon as I got this set, I couldn't wait to make my own Family Portrait.
I've stamped my family on watercolour paper in Chocolate Chip ink, and coloured with my blender pen and ink from the Inkpad lids (Buckaroo Blue, Cranberry Crisp and Mellow Moss, and a little Blush Blossom for our cheeks and Marigold Morning for my hair!). The Chocolate Chip ink bled a little (brown Stazon would be better, but I don't have any), so I'm claiming that it all adds to the artistic effect of watercolouring!
The lettering and embellishment come from the "At Home" Simply Scrappin' Kit. These kits make it so easy to make quick cards and scrapbook pages. I love the fact that the self-adhesive die cuts are cardstock, not just stickers, so they look really classy. Here's a closer look:
I've actually been a bit tricky and used the outside "frame" of the die-cut (the bit you usually throw out) and stuck it on vellum, and then trimmed around it. Waste not, want not!
I have 3 more projects using this set, which I'll show you over the next couple of days, so stay tuned!