Thursday, August 30, 2012

Paperific Class

Hi Everyone! Well Paperific gets underway tomorrow and we are looking forward to a fabulous show. Did you see the double page spread on Paperific in this months Scrapbooking Memories magazine and Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine? It is a lovely article detailing the history of Paperific from when Stacey set it all up and running to present day with Naomi.

I will be on the front desk and my Stampin'Up! team will be manning the Stampin'Up! stand, doing demonstrations with the Simply Scored Tool, free make and takes and teaching classes. I'll also be teaching a Quick Class in the afternoon -  a cute pouch with Christmas tags which would make a great teacher gift. That's it below.

If you would like to do this class you can book at the Stampin'Up! stand. My class starts at 2.30pm. You can book for all our Stampin'Up! Quick classes at our stand and the cost for each class is $10.

Do come by the stand and get your new 2013 copy of the Stampin'Up! catalogue plus the new Holiday Seasonal catalogue. You will love them! The stand theme is Christmas and you will get heaps of inspiration from all our lovely displays using new products from the new catalogues which go live on September 1st.

See you at Paperific!!!!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Paperific is on this weekend!

Yes it is time again to get excited about Paperific being with us again! It's on at the Melbourne Showgrounds from this Friday August 31 until Sunday September 2. You can get details here.

Our Stampin'Up! stand will be an exciting place to visit as we will have the new 2013 Catalogue available for you PLUS the new Seasonal Holiday Catalogue too! Do come by and get your copies and see all the fabulous new items the team and I have created to show off all the wonderful new products from these catalogues. My personal favourite is the Champagne Glimmer paper - LOVE it!!!!!!!

Here is one of the new stamp sets you will see in the new Seasonal catalogue, it is Merry Minis and it has a matching Punch Pack you can buy to go with it. A globe punch, Christmas tree and star all perfectly matched to co-ordinate with the globe, tree and star stamps in Merry Minis.

This card is among the new sets used on items on display on the stand. It is also a card from my No-Cut card presentation at the Heartfelt Stampin'Up1 Event.

The globes were stamped in Lucky Limeade and Elegant Eggplant. I drew the cords in with black marker. I do like the effect of the globes "hanging " off the Lucky Limeade bakers twine.

The greeting is from another new set Greetings of the Season, also in the Holiday Seasonal catalogue.

I do hope you can make it out to the Showgrounds for a terrific show - 44 stands full of paercrafting items and ideas. As the slogan says "Heaven on Earth for Papercraft Lovers"!!!! See you there and please say hello to me as you come through the registers where I will be working each day. I'll be teaching a quick class each afternoon as well. I'll post about that tomorrow - right now I'd better get ready for work, night duty calls!

Farewell to Awash with Flowers

This is the last week of the Stampin'Up! retiring list and at the end of the month all those lovely items will no longer be available. Better get your orders in if you haven't done so yet!!!

 I bought Awash with Flowers with the idea of doing some great cards with it but like a lot of ideas it got put on the back burner - my problem is I am too addicted to buying stamp sets I love and not getting enough time to use them!!!! I tell myself I'll use them one day - when I no longer work! In the meantime I have to find more space for another two delivery boxes of retired stamps. With over 5 years of retired sets I am running out of room this year!

So as I packed my retiring sets away I resolved to create one more time with some of them. I used a recent "Clean & Simple" layout for this card. You can find a link to their blog on the right of this page.

Cardstock is Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, Early Espresso and Whisper White.

I made the card for my wonderful downline Simone Bartrum as a congratualtory card on her recent promotion to Counsellor with Stampin'Up! So proud of you Simone!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Creating Image Overhang Using Framelits/Edgelits Tutorial

Here is how to create the effect on your cards that I showed you in my last post. Trying out this technique will have you looking at your stamps in a whole new way when it comes to using them with your Big Shot and Framelits/Edgelits.

1. Stamp up your chosen image. Here I have used the baubles from Merry & Type.

2. Place Framelit over image deciding which section of image you would like to be outside the frame. Temporarily fix in place with post-it notes.

3. Using a sharp pencil trace inside the Framelit for approx a centimetre in either direction from where image joins Framelit. Remove Framelit.

4. With scissors cut up from base of image, cut around image to pencil marks and cut along your pencil lines.
See image below.

5. Now with your Framelit/Edgelit slide it under your cut out section and position in place so as it sits snugly under the image and around your stamped image. Keep in place with post-it notes.

6. Run through your Big Shot machine and cut out your image. Rub out any pencil marks and with a bone folder run over any crease in the overhang piece.You are now ready to create your finished card.

Here is the finished result below!

Enjoy playing with this fun technique!
Let me know how you go!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Heartfelt Card Presentation (5)

I'm not sure what to call this technique! Maybe "Cutting outside Framelits/Edgelits" or "Creating image overhang using Framelits/Edgelits"? Have a look at one of my samples and see what you think.

The stamp set used is Polar Party. What I have done is rather than cut out the whole image and use dimensionals to raise the image off the page as in the catalogue page 23, I have stamped the image directly onto my card so as the bear is grounded on the card and then used my Adorning Accents Edgelit to create the snow and create a 3D card.

Here is another example using the stamp set I Dig You.

I have a photo tutorial to load up on here for you so come back later to see how to create this effect on your cards.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Apothecary Art

A quick post to show you the birthday card I made Naomi Swan, my Paperific boss and former Stampin'Up! upline. Speaking of Paperific, I had a lovely surprise this morning as I was reading my latest copy of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine. I turned the page and there was a lovely photo of the Paperific team and great article all about Paperific tracing it's history from conception by Stacey to present day with Naomi. I had seen the mockup planned for Scrapbooking Memories magazine but none of us knew it was also appearing in Cardmaking magazine. So yes what a lovely surprise!!!!

Any way back to my card! The stamp set is Apothecary Art. I am so pleased this stamp set continued from the recent mini catalogue into the new 2013 catalogue. There is a retiring item used on this card and that is the embossing folder - Finial Press, oops there's two items! The Pretty in Pink satin ribbon is also retiring, along with all the other satin ribbons. Better get an order in by August 31 if you are a lover of satin ribbon!

The spotty framelit die piece is vellum that has been embossed using the Polka Dot embossing folder just for something different.

See you later!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Heartfelt Card Presentation (4)

Okay let's move onto my next series of cards that I presented at the Heartfelt Stampin'Up! Event. The technique is bleached painting and the style of card is a diamond fold card.

Bleached painting is a great technique for Christmas cards, especially for snowmen as you will see from one of my samples. Experiment with different card colours as you will get very different results from each colour of card as the bleach reacts with the paper dye.  Here's how you do it.

1. Ink your image with Versamark ink and stamp onto coloured card.  Sprinkle over clear embossing powder and heat set.

2. Fill a small dish or cup with fresh bleach. Did you know bleach actually goes off? With a fine paint brush or you can fill an aqua painter with bleach, paint the areas of your stamped image you want "coloured" with bleach. I prefer a fine brush as I feel I have better control of the bleach and where it goes on the image. Give it a few moments and then you will start to see the colour fading out of the area you painted.

See how well this works with a snowman image. The stamp set is Snow much Fun from the new 2013 catalogue. The card used below is Baja Breeze and for the Merry & Type card above the card used is Marina Mist.

It is a lot of fun doing this technique and seeing how different colours react. Look at how Perfect Plum turns out in the card below.

I loved how the chrysanthemum image turned out when bleach painted. The image is from the set Blooming with Kindness which is another of the new stamp sets in the upcoming 2013 catalogue. All the demonstrators who were Manager and above when we were at Convention earlier this year received this set as a gift when we attended the Managers Reception at Parliament House. You have to love the perks that come with being a demonstrator with Stampin'Up!!!!!! In case you were wondering the Whisper White matt under the bleached image was edged using the Scallop Trim border punch and matching Scallop Trim corner punch.

I'll pop a tutorial on here soon on how to create the diamond fold card.

See you again in a day or two!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Pocket Silhouettes

How sad this lovely set is retiring. If you don't have it in your stamping stash you only have until the end of the month to get it as the Retiring List ends August 31st.

I had to have another play with it the other day and made this card for my lovely downline Martina to congratulate her on her promotion. I've used the masked sponged background technique. Inks used were Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive. The images were stamped off before doing second and third imprints on the image while still masked. Early Espresso ink was used.

Another retiring item is the Lace Ribbon border. I've used it differently here - as a stencil! Theresa Dabrowski showed us this clever idea at Convention earlier this year. the bottom one is sponged using Old Olive ink and the top one used Tempting Turquoise ink.

If you decide you have to have this set or punch you had better email your order to me before August 31! Email me

I'll be back with another heartfelt card presentation soon.

Heartfelt Presentation (3)

My next presentation used the Big Shot to do a technique called Double Embossing. Here are my samples.

 This one uses the stamp sets Watercolour Winter and Greetings from the Season  from the new Holiday Seasonal catalogue due out September 1st. Notice too the embossing folder I used - Lacy Brocade also from the same catalogue.
Another couple of new products used on this one too. Wild Wasabi stitched ribbon and Cherry cobbler Dazzlin'Details glitter glue.  Stamp set is Pennant Parade.

And for other times of the year and occasions - the same technique done using Zoo Review stamp set. There is Dazzling Diamonds for snow at the feet of the penguin but it does not show up that well in the photo.

Now how to do this technique?

1. Emboss card with embossing folder. Use Big Shot multipurpose platform without tabs one and two. This saves your card from over embossing. You can do the whole card or leave part unembossed so as to stamp a greeting.

2.Using Designer Frames embossing folder of choice, emboss the frame onto chipboard and cut out around frame. This will be your shim. You may need two pieces together depending on chipboard thickness and your Big Shot calibration. It took me awhile to get the thickness of chipboard to a degree I was happy with.

3. Place designer frame in place over previously embossed image, making sure it is central. Place shim chipboard over top of designer frame. Place on Big Shot multipurpose platform using tabs one and two and NO lower cutting pad but a cutting pad on top. Run through Big Shot. Your card piece will be ready to decorate. A slight impression of the first folder can be seen but will be hidden when you add your stamped image.

4. Cut/punch card to size of frame and stamp image. Attach to inside of frame.

5. Add sentiment and ribbon and attach to folded card.

Hope you have fun trying out this technique! Let me know how you go!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Heartfelt Card Presentation (2)

Thanks for coming back to see my presentation samples. My next item was to show how the catalogue is a great resource for layout ideas. I loved the card sketch on page 18 of the new catalogue (due Sept 1st but if you are a demonstrator you already have yours!!!!) of the Christmas Deer, so using stamps available to me that are continuing and a set I was able to preorder for my presentation I came up with the following versions of the same card sketch. I love how you can get so many ideas from the Stampin'Up! catalogues, they are such a valuable resource!

Here is my first creation using the stamp set Beautiful Season. I stamped it with black Staz-On ink onto watercolour paper and coloured it using inks and a blender pen. I added a twist to my card by heat embossing the Petals-a-Plenty embossed card piece by brayering the embossing folder with Versamark ink and once out of the Big Shot I sprinkled iridescent ice embossing powder over the piece and heat set it with a heat gun. It adds a lovely sparkle to the card. The background card is Cherry Cobbler and the trim is Garden Green. I used Cherry Cobbler embossing powder for the Christmas sentiment which was then punched out using the Modern Label punch.

Here is the same sketch but done in a landscape orientation. Don't you like how the change in orientation changes the whole look of the Framelit and the card?

The stamp set is Rejoicing With You from the new 2012-2013 catalogue. The sentiment is also from a new stamp set, this one from the new Holiday Seasonal catalogue - Greetings of the Season. How spoilt are we with two new catalogues starting September 1st!!!!!

I have created the two tone effect on the angel by stamping the angel onto Whisper White card with Versamark. then I sprinkled gold embossing powder just on the wings, head and horn. I shook off the excess making sure to tip the card in a direction that the powder would not go over the other parts of the image. then I sprinkled Tempting Turquoise embossing powder over the rest of the image tapped off the excess and heat set it with a heat gun.
I did the same iridescent ice embossing trick on the embossed background. The sparkle does not show up that well in the photo. The border has been done with the lace ribbon border punch and brushed gold cardstock. I'd put the card together and then realised that the punch is retiring so made my second copy of the card for the display boards using the scallop trim border punch.

So don't under estimate the value of the catalogue as a resource when creativity is failing you momentarily!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Heartfelt Card Presentation (1)

For those of you unable to attend the recent heartfelt Stampin'Event here in Melbourne, I'd like to show you my cards that I presented in my Heartfelt Card Class.

I started off demonstrating a quick and easy card design, one I used to do in workshops a few years ago. It was an idea I saw on Marelle Taylor's blog when I started demonstrating over 5 years ago. It is called a No-Cut card and is very suitable for doing when needing to do a lot of cards in a hurry.

It involves stamping up your neutral A6 piece of card - here I've used Jolly Bingo Bits,
fold your A5 card in half,
stamp your greeting and punch it out - thhis is important as you need to know how much card to leave when tearing so as your greeting will fit,
now the good bit - tear down your card from top to bottom,
attach ribbon,
adhere stamped card piece to underside of torn front piece,
adhere punched greeting,
your card is done!

Card - Real Red, Confetti White
Ink - Real Red, Garden Green
Ribbon - from the new catalogue Whisper White stitched grosgrain

I've got other samples that I will post a a later stage. I have to leave something in reserve for when I haven't had time to create!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stampin'Up! Heartfelt Stampin' Event

Now what has occupied my time so intensely for the last three weeks?

My preparations for the Heartfelt Card  Presentation Class I was asked to give at the Stampin'Up! Heartfelt Stampin'Event which was held here in Melbourne last Saturday is the answer! It was a half hour stage presentation to all the lovely demonstrators and customers attending the event.

Since Stampin'Up! have been in Australia each year they hold events known as Regionals in all the capital cities, well this year they have made a big change to the format and are now focussing on making the day more product orientated and more for customers and their demonstrators. There was so much to see and learn! Plus you got to get your hands inky by playing with loads of new products that will be coming out in the new catalogue and Holiday Seasonal catalogue. It was fabulous day and the atmosphere and vibe was terrific.The masses of amazing displays by the many talented Victorian demonstrators taking part in the Event were amazing! So many tips and new techniques to try out. There were display booths and product playground areas to try out new items such as the new format ink pads, class presentations like the one I was presenting and a tag area where if you created a Christmas tree decoration and hung it on the Christmas tree you received a free stamp from the new catalogue! You can see the fully decorated tree below.

I was very lucky to be able to get my hands on some of the gorgeous new products from the upcoming catalogues to use in my presentation, so I had a lovely time coming up with ideas that I hoped would make everyone inspired to try them out for themselves. I'll show them off to you over the next few posts.

Here I am on stage doing my presentation! I am very pleased to say I had no bleach or embossing powder accidents during either of my presentations!!! Always a worry when your hands are shaking!!!!!


Above is one of the cards I presented. The theme for the event was Christmas and so everything we played with was orientated towards Christmas as were all the displays. Perfect timing for everyone to start planning their Christmas card making wishlists!!! Below are some of the product display boards.

I had such a busy day setting up for my class presentations and catching up with so many demonstrator friends and customers that I did not get to try out everything on offer, or do my make and takes and I did miss some of the booth presentations but those I did see were fabulous. I'm even contemplating going to one of the other three events on offer just to see what will be displayed at those events and to have a better try out in the Product Playground. If you have the chance to attend one of the upcoming events, I would thoroughly recommend it! The new format is much more relaxed and informal and encourages a lot more socialising...... plus where else would you see Stampin'Up! staff dynamos Bec and Clare doing the "Happy Dance"!!!

                                              Thanks Stampin'Up! for a terrific day!!!!!

Scrapbooking Retreat

Last weekend was spent having a lovely time at the Scraptacular Retreat at The Country Place up in the Dandenong Ranges. It was wintry and rainy all weekend, perfect scrapbooking and stamping weather! This has become an annual event for my stamping/scrapbooking friends and I. What could be better than spending a weekend away with 60 like minded ladies and all your meals are catered for. You eat and stamp and scrapbook for 48 hours. Pyjamas are the fashion item of choice!!!!!

Here's me hard at work creating items for my upcoming presentation at the Stampin'Up Heartfelt Stampin'Event. Note - no pyjamas in site at this stage! Love the view out the window.

 And this is my work space on the last day - looking a bit tidier than it did at other times!

Oooooo now what can you see here that might just be new product coming out very soon in the new 2012 catalogue and Holiday Seasonal catalogue?????

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

More cards!

Here are a few more of my Bright Blossom cards. I had a great time creating all of these cards. Don't you love it when you get on a creative bender!!!!!

This one I CASED from Pinterest. I really like the effect of the embossing on the die cut card pieces.

This card has a trellis background created with the diagonal scoring plate on the Simply Scored Tool. It is such an elegant card!


Another CASE from Pinterest. As soon as I saw this card on Pinterest I knew I would have to make my version of it. It is so clean and simple!

Some More Bright Blossoms!

I've been having computer download problems so sorry for the delay in getting my blog up to date. I'm hoping we are back online okay again now.

Here are some more of the Bright Blossom cards that I made for my display at the Craft & Quilt Show. Some of the designs are originals and some I CASED from Pinterest. I do love that web site!!!!! How about visiting my pinboards some time?

Stamps - Bright Blossoms, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card - Wisteria Wonder, Lucly Limeade, Whisper White
Inks - Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade
Papers - In Colour DSP pad
Punches - Square one inch, Postage punch, Modern Label, Word Window
Embellishments - Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine

Stamps - Bright Blossoms, Parlour Prints, Up, Up and Away
Card - Tempting Turquoise, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Inks - Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Early Espresso
Punches - Blossom, Circle 3/4 and 1/2 inch, Pinking Hearts border punch
Embellishments - Old Olive 1/8 Taffeta ribbon, Brights glimmer brads

Stamps - Bright Blossoms, Solid Stripes ( if you like this better hurry up and order as it is retiring!)Heard from the Heart ( retiring too!)
Card - Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink - Rich Razzleberry, Marker pens - Early Espresso, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Punches - Scallop Circle, Large Oval
Embellishments - Pearls

Lots more to show very soon!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Where to begin......

I am so far behind in updating my blog so I will back track quite a bit and show you what I have been so occupied doing over the past few weeks.

Firstly I was preparing display boards for the Craft & Quilt Show that was on at the end of July.

Here I am on the first day of the show. My display board focused on the stamp set "Bright Blossoms" and here are some of my cards from my board.

Card - Crumbcake, Real Red, Whisper White, Early Espresso
Wheel - Texture (so sad this is retiring at the end of the month)
Punches - Designer Label, Modern Label, Itty Bitty Shapes,Ornament
Stamps - Bright Blossoms, It's Your Day

I'm really pleased with this take on a Christmas card using the Bright Blossoms set.
Card - Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Whisper White
Stamps - Bright Blossoms, Four the Holidays
Accessories - Garden Green grosgrain, Spritzer, Early Espresso marker pen

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back with more of my happenings later.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Great day!

I've just returned from a fabulous day at the Stampin'Up Heartfelt Stampin'Event here in Melbourne at the Convention Centre. There were terrific presentations and lots of new 2012 products to play with. Plus a new hard copy of the new 2012 catalogue for each attendee!

I'll post photos as soon as I can for you to see the inspiring displays. I'll also post photos of my presentation that has occupied all of my free time for the last two weeks!!!!

It was a lovely relaxing day of stamping demonstrations, socialising and hands on playing with new products. My wish list just got even longer and I haven't had time to thoroughly study the new catalogue yet!!!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Retirement List is Here!

Well it is that time of the year again. Time to say goodbye to the current catalogue and await with excitment the arrival of the new catalogue which will go "live" on September 1st.

To see the list of retiring stamps please see here

To see the retiring list for accessories please see here

There are some wonderful bargains to be had so don't delay getting your order to me as some items will sell out fast! Email me with your orders. Payment can be made by credit card.

Be aware some items in the accessories list are being redesigned and will be in the new catalogue bigger and better,  eg. cutter and Stampin'Scrub.
The ink pads are being redesigned as foam pads for better ink coverage.
Stampin'Write markers will no longer be sold individually.
Textured 12x12 card wil no longer be stocked.
Individual colour packs of 12x12 are being reduced to selected colours only.

Sit down with a cuppa and take it all in - there is lots to study and decisions to be made!!!!



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