Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It's Challenge, It's Challenge Time!

If you know Flight of the Conchords at all you'll know what the title is all about!!! But apart from that I got to have a break from busyness today and got to participate in challenges! How exciting. I got a card made the other week for a challenge and just never got it on my blog due to being unwell. So I feel good to have two cards to share today.

The first is The Inkspirations Challenge. This week Makeesha whipped up a colour challenge for us. Here are the colours

I wasn't sure what to do with these. They are great colours but I they were a bit of a challenge, which I suppose is the whole point really. Here's what I came up with

Stamp Set: Fox and Friends
Ink: Basic Grey
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rose Red, So Saffron, So Saffron Prints DSP Stack
Accessories: 1/2" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, So Saffron Brads, Linen Thread

For this card I wanted to use ribbon but didn't have any that I was happy with so I made my own rouged up cardstock. I did this really rough to give it a bit of different dimension. All I did was give it a light scrunch and then fold it roughly until I was happy with it. I then added some linen thread around it for some extra texture.

The next challenge I participated in was Just Add Ink. This week the challenge was Just Add Sympathy. I don't usually like making sympathy cards just because of what they represent. But I do find them easier because you can use alot of different sets. I love doing brayering on my sympathy cards though. I finally got to use one of my new sets, Just Believe. Its really beautiful.

Stamp Set: Just Believe, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist
Accessories: Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Brayer, Dimensionals, 1 1/4" circle, Post it notes

For this card I embossed the baja background in clear. And also embossed the large image in night of navy and clear embossing. I added the circle punched from a post it note and then brayered adding colours until I got my desired effect. I originally did a sunset and then got a lovely pumpkin pie finger print on the sun so thought it was a sign I should have went with night sky. I am happy with it either way and it was just nice to sit and relax for a few hrs while bubba was at day care.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

ESAD Blog Hop

I hope you’re ready for the ESAD Big Shot Blog Hop!

Hi Guys today I have the pleasure of participating in my first ever ESAD "Happy New Catalogue" Blog Hope. And we all have lots of ideas for you using your Big Shot Machine.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand demonstrators for Stampin’

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors but we share our love for what we do with each other as Demonstrators. We run swaps,
challenges, tutorials, product know how and cyberstamps and we are always there to help and support each other when its needed.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

Now you've probably arrived here from Ann Gerlach's beautiful Blog. If you haven't don't worry I've included a list of all the participants so you don't get lost.

Today I have a project to show you using a technique I've been dying to try. It's called the Faux Metal Tin Ceiling Technique. If you click the link it'll take you to a video tutorial but it's so super easy and really effective. All you do is emboss a piece of cardstock (great you scraps and off cuts cos you don't see whats underneath) in silver embossing powder. Then repeat this a second time so it's nice and coated. Run the embossed cardstock through your Big Shot Machine with an embossing folder of your choice (I used Vintage Wallpaper as my Finial Press hasn't arrived yet) and then simply punch the embossed bits out with a square punch. It is quiet delicate to get into your punch so you do have to be careful. I made mine into a Christmas Card using a new colour, Cherry Cobbler. It's absolutely DIVINE!!! Now I bet you wanna see the card?? Here it is... Ain't it fab?

Here's a front on shot to show you how shiny it is

Stamp Set: Contempo Christmas, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Ink: Old Olive, Vera Mark

Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White

Accessories: Ornament Punch, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, 1 1/4" Square Punch, NON SU Silver Twine, Word Window Punch

I had planned to have other projects for you but due to a chest infection and a very busy week this didn't eventuate. I apologise profusely!

There will be Blog Candy offered for this blog hop and is open to any Non Demonstrators (Sorry to my demo friends). All you have to do is leave a comment here and on all the other blogs in the hop and then email Leonie Schroder and let her know you have left a comment and you could win lots of different product or projects that we have made on the hop.

Here's a list of all the participants in case you loose your way...

  1. Nikki Sadler -
  2. Angela Purdie -
  3. Richelle Fletcher -
  4. Shirley McAvoy -
  5. Carole Stedman -
  6. Carol-Ann Torrie -
  7. Sherylee Tutt -
  8. clare mcilhatton -
  9. Andrea Buckland -
  10. Susan Joyce -
  11. Ann Gerlach -
  12. Dani Fender -
  13. Bron Heslop -
  14. Charmaine Black -
  15. Pauline Bennetts -
  16. Bev Watt -
  17. Vicki Were -
  18. Jo Weedon -
  19. Kim Conway -
  20. Jane Norrish - Http://
  21. Jacinta Argent -
  22. Monique Fielder -
  23. Jan McAnulty -

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy the hop and get lots of inspiration from our projects


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Brightly Printed Petals

Hi guys,

Whilst on the weekend away a few weeks ago I got to play with a few new things from the new catalogue. Today I have a card I made using the new set 'Printed Petals.' Is a really fun set. Now I thought I'd go bright with my colours so whack on some sunnies and check out this cute little card...

The layout used for this card was a sketch challenge on the weekend. Its a really fun sketch. Do you also like the new punch we have??? It's called the modern label extra large punch and its GORGEOUS and fits really well with other punches we already sell. I punched out the happy birthday greeting from family phrases with it.

Stamp Set: Family Phrases, Printed Petals
Ink: Tempting turquoise, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi
Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Dimensionals, White brads, Scallop circle punch, scallop edge punch, modern label XL punch, Crop a dile

Thanks for looking and come back soon to view something really cool I made on the weekend away and a tutorial! My first ever, very exciting!


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Join the IN crowd!

WOW, New Catalogue and a New Special. I didn't expect that. Join Stampin' Up in the month of September and receive our new In Colour Bundle for free. Here's what's included...

"Join Stampin’ Up! during the month of September and get a complete set of In Colors – that’s Classic Stampin’ Pads™, Stampin’ Write™ Markers, and an assortment of card stock – completely FREE along with your demonstrator Starter Kit. The Starter Kit has over $415 worth of stamping and business supplies and is always a great deal at only $289. Add the value of the free In Colors ($84.90), and there is no better time to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!"

Isn't that a fab special? Add to the fact that you get 30% off your first order over $300 if your order is placed within 45 days of signing up. So you'll get 30% off all the new product in the new catalogue!

Also the starter kit has been reconfigured giving you more of a variety of the Stampin' Up range then ever before. You can sign up online in less than an hour on my Stampin' Up Business site or Contact me to sign up via paperwork or discuss this special or becoming a Stampin' Up demonstrator further.



2010 - 2011 Idea Book and Catalogue is released

And it's GORGEOUS!!! It contains 60 new stamp sets, 7 new amazing punches, Lots of ribbon, Beautiful new DSP, Lots of Big Shot Accessories, Our new Colour Palette, A new set of In Colours (And we get markers now!!!!) Stacks of new accessories, Oh I could rave on and on I'm so excited.

If you would like your copy contact me (email, phone, or msg is fine) and I will mail you one out for $15 (Thats a bargain) or you can pick one up from me. Please get in quick as I only have a few left they are selling like hotcakes.

Can't wait to get it in your hot little hands? View it online here or download your copy here.

I'll be back soon with lots more to show you!