Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Stampin'Up Demonstrator Web Site

Stampin'Up! has created a new web page facility for it's demonstrators in Australia and NZ to have their own web page. I've created my page - and there is a link to it on the sidebar any time you would like to go and visit.

I will update it with projects - the Christmas bagalope is on there, plus it shows my calendar of events.

Please stop by and take a peek. If you would like a workshop or class you can contact me through the site or if you would like to become part of my great team of demonstrators you can sign up directly online - how good is that!

You are also able to view all the current Stampin'Up! catalogues there and it will be constantly updated by Stampin'Up! with all their latest special offers.
Of course I can't just have a post with out a card so here is another of my brayered background cards. I LOVE this technique! This time I used Inspired By Nature and the inks are So Saffron. More Mustard and Really Rust. Love the effect masking creates to make the sun image.
Hope you enjoy!

Bleached Out Image Card

Isn't this so cute! It's such a simple little gift card using Spring Song stampset and a technique called Bleached Out Image. It's another of the techniques at this months classes.

It is very easy to do and creates some lovely images. What you need to do is stamp your image on coloured card in Versamark and clear emboss it. Then with a paintbrush dipped in household bleach paint the areas you want to highlight. It's amazing to watch the colour bleach outof the card.

Different coloured card will give quite different results. Check out the Seaworthy version below! As you can see the effect is quite different. I made quite a few different versions using this set. The surfer stamp in this set comes up really well using this technique.

Melbourne Stampin'Up! Regionals

Better late than never! We recently had our annual Regional presentation day from Stampin'Up! here in Melbourne. It was such a fun day and we received a lovely new stamp set and wheel from the new Summer Mini catalogue to be released on December 1st ( you will love the new items in this mini!). Here is a pic of my wonderful team members - The INKsationals who were able to attend the day. 18 out of 34 was terrific turnout.

A couple of weeks before I received a phone call from Hollie at Demonstrator Support in Sydney asking me if I would do a business presentation at Regionals. I was absolutley stunned but very excited to be asked! My talk was on "How do I make workshop booking statements during my workshops". I think it went quite well once I got over my nerves!!!!

One of downline was also asked to do a presentation - Simone Bartrum. I was ever so proud of her! She did a fantastic Wow presentation showing how to stamp on candles. It was soooo good. I'm now going to do it as a technique at next months Technique Classes. I've loaded a photo of her lovely projects here.

Regionals were also a chance to catch up with other demonstrators and here I am with my wonderful (former) upline Naomi Swan. Naomi has recently resigned from Stampin'Up! to take over Paperific Paper Expos. I know she is going to do a fabulous job running these shows. The next one is on in Melbourne in November. Do come along and say hello - it is a terrific show for all things paper and rubber!

The last shot is of the 6 demonstrators who presented at Regionals. Simone is on my right and next to me are Cheryl O'Bree, Sue Maddex, Angela Dickins and Cameron Bath. They are all lovely demos and did wonderful presentations.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Brayered background card

Hi ! Just a quick post - I was so pleased with this card that I created last night when preparing for Technique class this week that I just had to share!

It certainly is not up to Michelle Zindorf's standards and she does the most amazing creations but for my first attempt I was rather chuffed with my efforts!

Colours used were Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise and Brilliant Blue. I love this combination of colours and took inspiration from a piece of pottery I saw years ago and have always loved. The stamp set used is Upsy Daisy - love this set! It is so versatile!

If you are one of my class regulars you will get the opportunity to create this at this months class!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Reverse Spotlighting Card

Lucky last technique from last months tech classes! This one is Reverse Spotlighting. There is a great tutorial using this stamp set and this technique at .

The stamp set used here is A Beautiful Thing. Card and ink colours are Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow and Pumpkin Pie.
The other example is a Christmas version using Snow Swirled and Spotlight On Christmas. Colours are Ballet Blue, Night of Navy and Silver.
Great fun technique to do when you want to try something different!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Faux Silk Technique

I'm off to Stampin'Up! Regionals tomorrow so thought I'd better do a post now. Regionals are great fun and we will be receiving a surprise new stamp set from the Summer Mini catalogue to be released in December. All very exciting!!!!

These cards are from another of my technique classes. It is Faux Silk and again it is very easy to do!

First off stamp your image in Staz On ink onto tissue paper. I used the type you buy to wrap your pressies. Colour in the images using a blender pen and inks or markers. Or the other option as in the butterfly card is to stamp solid images over the tissue paper. Next is the fun bit! Scrunch up your tissue paper into a soft ball then smooth it out but not completely! Apply Glue Stick all over a piece of Whisper White card cut to the size you require for your finished project and place your stamped piece of tissue over this and firm down. Smooth out most of the wrinkles but not all as that is part of the effect. Trim off the excess tissue paper and finish off your card.

The one with the bamboo leaves is one I CASED from Splitcoast Stampers tutorial for this technique. Just made a few teeny changes. Stamp set is Embrace Life, word is from Lovely Labels set.

The Pretty in Pink card also uses Embrace Life - such a gorgeous stamp set!!! Words are from Dreams Du Jour. And the butterfly card uses Great Friend from the Spring Mini catalogue stamped in Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss.

Thanks for looking! Must go and pack my swaps for tomorrow!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fresh Cuts Cards

I have been meaning to make cards using the Fresh Cuts notecards and stamp set for months now. They have been sitting on my shelf saying "Please use me!" I just have not had the time! Well I finally made time and I LOVED creating with them. I can see a few potential Christmas gifts happening here. They are so easy to use and create beautiful cards with.

For both cards I placed Designer Series Paper behind the cutout and then added embellishments to the centre of the flower. The Kiwi Kiss card has a Flower Fusion felt flower and Kiwi Kiss corduroy button and to finish it off the Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon is gorgeous.
The Tangerine Tango cards again has Flower Fusion flowers and a clear diamond brad, along with Only Olive grosgrain ribbon.
Words are from the Fresh Cuts stamp set.

These were so quick and easy to create! Another perfect example of how everything Stampin'Up! produces work so well in harmony with each other! Another reason I LOVE Stampin'Up! products.

A tip for you - to get your ribbon sitting flat on your card, first cut a length of ribbon to the width of your card and attach underneath the page using double sided tape like Sticky Strip. Then tie your "knot" separately around the ribbon on your card. It not only gives you a neat looking ribbon feature but saves ribbon!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Glitter Window Cards

Here are some of the sample cards I did to show my technique class last month.

The glitter window is so easy to do and with December just around the corner it would make a great technique to use on your Christmas cards. For these cards I used Cheep Talk and Window Dressing stamp sets.

To create the window, stamp your image on your card, then punch or cut out the shape/window. Turn over the card and apply sticky tape across the cut out area. Turn it back over and sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds glitter over the sticky area and tap off excess. Your glitter window is created! Stamp the images you want to view through your window on card bigger than your window and attach underneath the window. Finish your card!

The Cheep Talk card uses a colour combo as set out by Stampin'Up!'s Colour Coach wheel. I often turn to this when I am looking for colour mixes. This one is Always Artichoke, Real Red and Ballet Blue. the other card uses one of my favourite combinations - Tempting Turquoise Creamy Cocoa and Choc Chip.

Remember you can order your Stampin'Up! products through me. Just email me to place your order!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bagalope for Christmas

Isn't this the most gorgeous bagalope! My lovely and very clever downline Simone Bartrum showed our team of demonstrators at our last team get together how to make this flower/poinsettia embellishment
as a gift tag. I've made heaps since and decided to try them as a topper for a bagalope and was very pleased with the result!

Of course bagalopes are the most convenient little gift bags to make - all out of an envelope! This one has been roller wheeled with the Soft Holly wheel in Garden Green ink.

To make one you cut 1cm off the short end of your envelope and then you score the other 3 sides at 2cm. Fold over all the score lines in both directions and then slip your hand inside the envelope and ease it out into a bag shape - you'll have 2 little "ears" at the base, fold these down and glue/stick in place. Ease in the sides to make a pouch and you have the basic bagalope!

For the top you can make a topper of coloured card as I have done here. Fro a C6 envelope the top is 7.5 x 8cm, scored at 4cm. You can also use a punched out shape such as the scallop circle, fold it in half and place over the top and fix with a split pin/brad.

The flower is made using the 5 petal punch from Stampin'Up! You need to punch out 4 flowers. Two stay intact the other 2 are cut into individual petals. I sponged Garden Green ink onto the Real Red petal cutouts. Position a brad to hold the 2 intact flowers together - here I used the new brads in the Spring Mini catalogue in Very Vanilla. I'd made so many I'd run out of Choc Chip ones!!!!!!! Then glue the individual petals around underneath the flower shape so as they peek out around the edges. The leaves are done by folding a strip of Garden Green card in half and running through a crimper on an angle. The shape is then punched out using an oval punch placed partially at an angle over the folded section of the strip. Adhere to the back of your flower.

I hope this makes sense - any queries send me an email!

Happy creating! Janine

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Reverse Negative Cards

Finally! Here are the cards we did in my Technique class back in August. It has been a long time since I was able to get on here!

The technique is known as Reverse Negative.

Basically you stamp up your image twice - once onto white card with Versamark ink and emboss it black, and the other onto black card with Versamark and emboss it white. Cut down the middle of your image and match to an opposing piece and you are done!

It works well with symetrical as well as asymetrical images. The sets I've used here are Gallery from the current Spring Mini catalogue, Circle Circus and Baroque Motifs. The small flowers added to this last one are done using the Trio Flower punch with the Cropodile used to create the centre pieces.

The words are from On Your Birthday. The stamps in this set are so versatile!
Hope you enjoy these and if you have any questions please email me.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I'm Back!

Well it's been a long month without computer access, but things are on the improve now! I'll get some programmes uploaded onto my new computer and I will be back in business. Thanks for bearing with me during the break in posts.
Will hopefully have some pics up later today.


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