Sunday, 31 May 2009
The base is Pink Pirouette stamped in Pink Pirouette with Polka Dot background, and there is as many co-ordinating pinks and pink-toned reds as I could find to stamp in and on for the circles. Circle Circus has a great selection of designs, I think I've said that before - very versatile. I've made the card a gatefold for something a little different, and I've lapped some of the circles over the join, and tied with some white tafetta ribbon. It is intended for one of two new baby girls in my circle of friends, and I plan to make a couple of boy versions too for the two new baby boys! it's been a bit of a baby boom around here. That's it for today, feeling a little ordinary with a rotten headache. But, there is more to show in the days ahead, so do check back soon :D
Saturday, 30 May 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Monday, 18 May 2009
Also coming up this busy week is a workshop tomorrow, Stampin' Crop day THIS SATURDAY (just a few spots left so ring 9484 9447 to book in) and another workshop on Sunday - best get back to it!
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
On to the card!!
The base layer is So Saffron, and the middle layer is Bashful Blue, with a thin strip of Pacific Point at the top. The flowers are made with the Scallop Circle and Circle punches of various sizes, stamped with So Saffron, Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango inks and these are mounted on thin strips of Kiwi Kiss to form stems. Brads and a button from the Button Latte collection ad the final touch to the flowers. The base of the card is stamped with the bubble image from the Circle Circus set and the Thinking of You sentiment is from the Trendy Trees set. Kiwi Kiss striped wide grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the card front and tied to complete.
More about Circle Circus - this set can be found on page 104 of the catalogue, and consists of 10 stamps with various patterns and sizes. It is an extremely versatile set, which can be used for multiple occasions and cards for men, women and kids. The designs vary from geometric patterns, to floral, oriental and whimsical, and it co-ordinates with the Haiku and Patterns Designer Series papers in particular. It's great value at $52.95, so contact me today to add it to your collection!
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Here are two cards, one made for me by my husband Andrew, with layers this time (constructive comments from a previous creation were taken on board!) He even used the colour wheel to select a combination pleasing to the eye. Cute hey! I've put it under the "masculine cards" label, since it was made by one!
The other is one I made for my own mum, who's favourite colour has always been red - Riding Hood Red would be her favourite kind of red, so that's what I picked. I made it a gatefold card using my Scorpal, and added a panel across the front (attached at the left side only) The other colours are Very Vanilla and Kraft. I sponged the edges also for definition. The panel is stamped with Upsy Daisy, a silhouette image - entirely appropriate as mum is a keen gardener. It has been stamped first in Sahara Sand and then the Stamp a ma jig has been used to offset the second image, to create a shadow effect. A piece of Vanilla taffeta ribbon is adhered under the panel, so the opening can be secured at the side. Both cards use the mothers day stamp from the Occasional Greetings set - probably one of the most useful sets to own - check it out on page 112 of the Idea Book and Catalogue.
Saturday, 9 May 2009
Friday, 8 May 2009
Thursday, 7 May 2009
One of the resources available to us as demonstrators is an instructional DVD called "First Impressions". I give it to people interested in finding out more about Stampin' Up in my Joining Kits, and I still have some copies, although it is no longer available from Stampin' Up! in disc format. However, especially good for those of you who would rather look first, ask questions later, the video has now been added to the Stampin' Up! Customer Website
(it went for a little holiday, but it's back again now!)
It is just a wee bit "american" in style, but it gives a great introduction to how the company works, and how you can make your demonstratorship fit with your lifestyle. There is an even more comprehensive DVD in your starter kit, called "Getting Started" - just another example of the support available to you, along with myself as your upline. So, have a look today, giggle at the accent, then contact me to find out more!
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
One of the things I love about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is that I get to attend 'training days' with my local upp-est upline, Jayne Mercer as the co-ordinator. We make stuff and share ideas. All day. And we can call it work!! Sooooo cool!
We also have awards nights where we recognise the achievements of members of the team,congratulations to members of the INKLings who took out the prizes for this year!
Here is a technique we played with at the most recent awards event, shown to us by Margaret Crawford. She had been experimenting with the "Inspired by Nature" set, and some watercolouring techniques, and brought along a sample and materials for us to try it for ourselves. It uses a diluted reinker solution, lightly misted onto Confetti cream cardstock. Then, the grass and flower images are stamped onto the moistened and lightly coloured background, using markers and inkpads. It creates a very authentic watercolour painting technique, and I can't wait to give it a try again! I took home my proudly-created panel, and turned it into a card by matting on Kiwi Kiss and Lovely Lilac, and mounting on an Elegant Eggplant base. Gorgeous!! Thanks Margaret! Does this sound like a fun way to pass an evening? If so, look below at the latest promotion for joining Stampin' Up! and give me a call for a casual chat on (02)9484 9447
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
For those of us who are business minded, there were heaps of great ideas to make our workshops more exciting and interesting for you, our friends and guests.
One very interesting point I'd like to share with you was the official banning, by Stampin' Up! Head Office, of the term "JUST" as applied in the phrase "I'm JUST a hobby demonstrator" It was made abundantly clear during the event that each and every one of us is valued immensely, regardless of whether we joined to fund our habit or build a home-based business empire, and anything inbetween. All together now, AAAAWWWWWWW! It's always been what I've loved about SU, the freedom to do what suits me, but knowing that the level of support available to me and my small group of lovely girls is the same as to the demonstrators with hundreds in their teams. See the post below for the great sign-up special if you would like to join this fabulous company with heart.
For now, here is a pic of my swap card - the other thing I love about Stampin' Up! events is the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with like-minded people from all around Australia. Swaps are where we each make a batch of a card, and mill around oohing and aahing over the stunning selection, and it's a great way to collect ideas and samples with a wide variety of stamp sets and styles.
I made my card in two different colourways, shown in the image above.
On the left, the card is made with a Sahara Sand base, stamped with Sahara Sand using Sahara Sand ink and the Damask stamp from the Friends 24-7 set. The bird is stamped in Sahara Sand onto Whisper White, and coloured using a Blender Pen and Watercolor Wonder Crayons. This is matted on Kraft and Kiwi Kiss cardstocks. The ribbon is dyed to match, by using the Kiwi Kiss reinker on white Tafetta ribbon - easy to do, look out for an upcoming tutorial. The greeting is from Friends 24-7, stamped in Kiwi Kiss, onto a stamp from the Curly Label punch bundle set. I simply used markers with this particular stamp, to ink up the frame without the sentiment, and added my own using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
The card on the right is the same design, with some alternative colours. I used Kraft for the background, and changed the matting to Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss. The ribbon on this card is custom-coloured white grosgrain ribbon, and the label frame is inked up in Ruby Red.
I hope my swappees liked my card, I have a gorgeous pile here in return, and I'll show some of them in future posts.
Time to meet the school bus now, back later.....
Monday, 4 May 2009
Item Code Description Retail Value
112231 Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set* $77.95
113059 Simply Scrappin’ Petal Party $36.95
108697 Earth Elements Assorted textured card stock (12″ x 12″) $21.95
105216 Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad $11.95
103179 Craft & Rubber Scissors $37.95
Please note: Each of the products listed above may be substituted for like items - ie, you can change the scrappin kit to another design, the inkpad colour, cardstock colour and stamp set for a non-alpha set if you wish, up to the value of $77.95 for the set chosen.
The Scrapbooking Starter Kit also contains all the business supplies contained in the standard Starter Kit:
Getting Started DVD
Getting Started Guide
Guest Invitation Postcards (100)
Idea Book & Catalogues (box of 8)
Project Sample Sheet
Customer Order Forms
and other brochures to get you off to a flying start.
Interested? Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on (02) 9484 9447 for a no obligation chat. I offer each and every member of my small team as much or as little attention as they want or need. You won't be pushed or hassled, but all the guidance you could need is there for the asking. On offer is access to one of the largest demonstrator internet forums in Australia, with a wealth of experience to willingly share, as well as an abundance of the best friends you could find.
If you would like to read through some information, I'd be happy to send you out a packet containing an introductory DVD, brochures and other details.
I hope to be back tomorrow with some cards - my swaps for Convention, and some photos of the occasion!