Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lovely Surprise!

Look at this gorgeous card I received from my terrific downline Simone Bartrum the other day. I was having a very unwell day so it was a wonderful surprise and made me feel heaps better! Thankyou Simone for your thoughts and super card!

Here is the card I am sending to Simone with my thanks and further congrats on her awesome achievements with Stampin'Up! at our recent Awards Night and Convention.

It's a CASE of a card I saw on Mary Fish 's webpage when I was having a surf around recently and had earmarked as one I just had to try making. I've made a couple of subtle changes to make it fit our Australian A4 size card fronts. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out and have made several more since!

The stamp set is Clearly For You from the current Mini catalogue and it has been stamped up in Pear Pizzazz and mounted on matching cardstock.

The flower was made using the Birds and Blooms die. An antique brad makes the centre and I spritzed it with Champagne Gold Shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol. Victoria lace is the trim which you can still purchase, it has carried over from the previous mini catalogue which is fantastic!

Thankyou Simone for being such a lovely downline and friend.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Quick and Easy Card

Here is a quick card I rustled up when I had a few free moments to "play". I like the simplicity of the black and white colour scheme.
The stamped image is from the stamp set Just Believe. I stamped it up in Black Staz-On. If I had more time I could have done it in Versamark and embossed it in black for more of a wow effect.

The embossed border is from the current Autumn mini catalogue and is the Framed Tulips Embossing folder.

So there it is - one very quick and easy card!

Friday, May 20, 2011

I'm In Print!!!!!

I'm so excited! My very first project that I have ever submitted was selected to be published by Australian Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine! Plus one of my cards made it onto the front cover! That's it on the upper right, the flowerpot card. You can find all the instructions for this card and another flowerpot card on page 82 of the magazine, Vol 17 No 4.
What a great way to top off an amazing week!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Australian Stampin'Up! Convention May 2011

 Here are just a few more random shots from Convention. I've only now gone through all my photos properly! That's the problem of coming home from Convention and going straight back onto 3 nights night duty and dealing with a messy house, I have to admit that housework took a back seat as I prepared all my team swaps and general swaps for Convention!

Here is photo of some of the gift bags I gave my team attending Convention. I made 20 of them and filled them with survival needs for Convention plus a little appreciation gift from me.

Below is my Prize Patrol gift! When you win one of these random prize draws you get to jump up from your seat and do the crazy dance!!!! Something I finally got to do at this Convention! My pack included the clear stamp set - Clearly For You and the a la carte stamp - Hello Blossoms.
Now if you are a devotee of all things Stampin'up! you may know that this year Stampin'Up! is celebrating 5 years in Australia. This photo shows the giant birthday cake card we all got to sign to celebrate this terrific milestone for Stampin'Up!

One of the fun aspects of Convention or Regionals is swapping your handmade cards or 3D items with other demonstrators. Here is the display walls where everyone who placed a swap in the Stampin'Up! basket had their cards displayed. It was fabulous to see everyone's creativity! So many ideas - so little time, I've got all that housework to do!!!!!

Finally here is pic from our Awards dinner. I had to have a photo of the scrummy desert with its celebratory chocolate 5 celebrating 5 years in Australia. For the record it was delicious and it was white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake! Very, very yummy!

Thanks for sharing my memories of Convention.
Hope to see everyone again in Canberra next year!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Australian Stampin'Up! Convention May 2011

Hi Everyone!
I thought I'd show you one of my favourite projects that Shelli created at Convention. I love this box using the Box 2 die. What makes it is the gorgeous stamped image using the Hello Blossoms stamp from the Autumn mini catalogue. It just happens to be one of the stamps I won in my prize patrol gift pack!!!!!
What makes it pop is the glitter brads in the flower centres and no I'm not letting anything out of the bag here! They are made using the jumbo brads from the current IB&C. Shelli demo'd how to roll the top of the brad in a Versamark pad, dip it into Heatn'Stick powder, heat with glue gun by holding the brad with a pair of tweezers (all comments about forests deleted here for those of you who were there you know what I am talking about!!!!!), then dip the top of the brad into fine glitter. Easy peasy!!!!
Sorry the pic is a bit blurry - very hard to focus when trying to get photos surrounded by lots of eager Stampin'Up! demonstrators!!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Australian Stampin'Up! Convention May 2011

I'm so sad to say that Convention is over.....but what an amazing three days we had last Thursday, Friday and Saturday!

There is sooooo much to tell and sooooo much I can't tell you, we are sworn to secrecy about keeping all the fabulous sneak peeks we saw from the upcoming Idea Book & Catalogue due out here in September to ourselves.
I had a wonderful time with my amazing team of demonstrators from the Inksationals and I am very proud of all their achievements with Stampin'Up! Many of the team made the stage walk and received awards at the closing evening session of Convention when The Demonstrator of the Year is announced and many have achieved personal goals with Stampin'Up! during the year - well done Girls!

I was such a proud mother hen of my team as when the Demonstrator of the Year Awards were announced we had FOUR girls from the Inksationals in the Top 25 in Australia! Plus Simone was placed as Number One in Australia for Leadership - Big, big congrats Simone!

I love this photo taken after the awards. It shows Maureen Crameri - No 10, myself - No 24 ( that was a wonderful surprise!), Our Stampin'Up! founder and CEO Shelli Gardner, Tracy Penn - No 6, and Simone Bartrum No 7.

Convention was a fabulous time for catching up with friends, making new friends, meeting the team behind Stampin'Up! and most of all learning loads of wonderful new stamping and crafting ideas! This has to have been the best Convention ever!

Stampin'Up! was amazingly generous with the prize patrol gifts ( achieved an ambition there I finally won a prize patrol! Free stamps!!!!!!), and extra free gifts we toatlly did not expect! Think new stamps and goodies from the upcoming big catalogue!!!!

PLUS our customers are going to receive gifts too! From May 23 to June 30 if you host a workshop / catalogue party / place an order and it is over $450 you will receive an EXTRA $70 on top of the $40 and free hostess stamp set you already receive!!!!!! HOW GOOD IS THAT!!!!! So please give me a call if you would like a workshop or catalogue to host your own catalogue party.

The other great piece of news is that to share in the fun of being part of Stampin'Up! as a demonstrator you NO LONGER NEED TO HAVE AN ABN NUMBER to sign up! Joining in the fun has become so much simpler! You can get more details here. By joining now you will get to take advantage of the $70 free hostess money when you make your first order! Becoming a part of Stampin'Up! means you can join in the fun of Convention and you too could walk the stage one day at Convention! If you have any questions please drop me a line.

I'll be back soon with more fun from Convention! See You!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My Convention Swap for my Team

It's starting to get exciting here as the Australian Stampin'Up! Convention starts tomorrow here in Melbourne!!!! Three days of stamping, creating and being inspired by Shelli our Stampin'Up! CEO from the US.! We have a Managers Reception with her tomorrow night, talks each day and it all finishes off with the Awards Dinner on Saturday night.

I am particularly looking forward to the dinner as 3 of my downline are going to receive the Incentive Trip to Fiji plus I am sure they are going to do very well in the Demonstrator of the Year Awards - Go Simone, Maureen and Tracy, I am so proud of you, your achievements and to have you as my downline!

Here is the swap I have made for my downline. It will be going in the cute gift bags I have ready for all of my team attending Convention. I'll post a photo of those later. I've used the Faux Material / Inlaid Embossing technique to emboss the die cut Beautiful Wings butterflies to the background card. The lace edging was done using the scallop trim border and corner punches.  One of the very talented US demos has tutorial on how to create perfect sized matts using this corner and edging punch. Visit Gretchen Barron's tutorial here if you would like to know more.

The cardstock colours used for this card are Poppy Parade, Concord Crush, Old Olive and Basic Black.

Thanks for looking and I will keep you updated on all the news from Convention as best I can over the next few days. Melbourne is not going to put on a very good weather display unfortunately. It is currently bucketing with rain, freezing cold and not likely to improve over the next few days.......

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Extreme Surfboard Card / Faux Mother of Pearl

Hi There!

Here is one of the samples I have made up for my May Technique class. If you would like to learn this technique plus learn how to do Inlaid Embossing then email me to book your place in my classes. You can see samples of Inlaid Embossing in a blog post I made last month.

Dates are Thursday May 26th at 7.30pm
and Saturday May 29th at 1.30pm.

Class cost is $15.

Email me at to book your place.

This card is also one of my swaps for the Australian Stampin'Up! Convention this month!!!!!


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