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Kristina Werner's Colour Challenge #53

OK - I must confess that when I saw the inspiration picture for this week's challenge I immediately thought of this cute little clear stamp by Sandylion that I have had in my stash for a while, but haven't used before.
I've put Crystal Effects on all the little red dots and in real life the look really shiny. Again, apologies for the poor photography - very overcast this morning! Recipe: Stamps: Sandylion (don't know the name), On Your Birthday Ink: Basic black, real red, pacific point, yo yo yellow, real red marker Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, YoYo Yellow, Pacific Point Other: eyelets, crystal effects

Circle Circus Congrats

Just a quick post to show the card I made for a friend's graduation from her Nursing Degree recently. I made it out of scraps I had left from prepping the Stamp A Stack, and it came together relatively easilly! The sentiment is from this year's Sale-A-Bration set. The Pink DSP is from Sweet Always. Here's the recipe:Stamps: Circle Circus, Congratulations Paper: Sweet Always DSP, Old Olice, Kraft, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip Ink: Old Olive, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Whisper White Craft ink Other: Regal Rose ribbon, White embossing powder, dazzling diamonds glitter, 2- way glue, snail adhesive, dimensionals, punches.

Stamp-A-Stack Part 1

Here are some of my lovely ladies looking busy at my home yesterday!

And here is what they made - each person went home with SIX handmade cards. It was a lot of fun, many giggles and lots of chatter, with coffee and Tim Tams thrown in.
If you'd like to join in the fun, let me know!

Kristina Werner's Colour Challenge #52

The last (and first!) time I entered this challenge was #37.....oops, time flies!
The colours to use are: Baja Breeze, So Saffron, More Mustard, Sahara Sand, Whisper White.
Apologies for the poor lighting (photos taken at night). If I get a chance, I'll take better pictures in the morning.
Here's what I came up with: The inside: Another view: A fairly simple card, it really didn't take long (I was watching Desperate Housewives at the same time, LOL). I'm pleased with it. I decided to leave the sentiment off, so I can add one later when I need the card for something!
I used Upsy Daisy, clear embossed on WW cardstock, sponged with So Saffron & More Mustard ink. The rest is fairly self-explanatory. Oh, and I found a scrap of retired So Saffron DSP to use on the inside edge so it would peek through behind the scalloped edge.
Please check out Kristina's blog and the other entries, it is amazing how many truly fabulous and creative people are out there !
Inks: More Musta…

Stamp-A-Stack Sneak Peek! plus some distressing pictures.

Here is one of the cards we will be doing this week at my Stamp-A-Stack:

And something that made me cry: My baby (almost 2 years old) went from having a head of cherubic blonde curls like this-
to THIS after Daddy gave him a "grown up haircut":

He suddenly looks like he is ready to put on a school uniform and walk out the door! Waaaaaaaaaaaah! Mummy is NOT ready for this!

Girly Cards

Two little girl's birthday parties this weekend, and I had fun making these girly cards, inspired by the colours in the pretty Always DSP. I've noticed that Garden Whimsey is my "go-to" stamp set when I want to make something for a little girl. It makes it very easy!
I also had my 4 year old daughter help me make the wrapping paper - very cute and a lot of fun. All I do is take some Butchers Paper (buy it by the roll at IKEA), the stamps and inks that match the card I made, and let my daughter go to town on it. The result is a one-of-a-kind cheap as chips wrapping paper that coordinates with the card you spent hours slaving over. The card base is so saffron, with pumpkin pie , whisper white and pixie pink and the little flower accent is punched out of pink pirouette with the three for you punch. The medallion uses the scallop circle punch, the circle punches and a pretty brad. I used the new eyelet punch and the crimper for the border on the bottom - I like the…

Stamp -A-Stack coming up!

I've got to dash off to the Kindy pickup, but thought I'd quickly mention I'm holding a Stamp-A-Stack class next Thursday 21 May, at my home. We'll make 4-6 different cards (time permitting) at a cost of $20. Post a comment, or email me to secure your spot (!
Will post pics later, must dash now.

Convention Make & Takes

Part of the materials I received at Convention was 2 stamp sets - "Circle Circus" and "Trendy Trees." I was very excited about that because they were on my wish list, yay! One of the sessions was a Make & Take session, where we received packets with the instructions and materials for 4 projects using these stamp sets. Of course, I spent most of this time chatting, and had to finish the projects when I got home!
Here they are: First there is a card made with Trendy Trees: I LOVE this stamp set, but I would advise anyone who purchases it to get the Stamp-a-ma-jig as well so it is easy to line up the little tree trunks and leafy bits. One of the reasons I love this card is that in Canberra, all the leaves were changing colour - a beautiful sight we just don't see in subtropical Brisbane! Here are the real trees: Next there is a pack of gift cards, ideal as a little present for someone!
Then there is a card with Circle Circus - LOVE how they co-ordinate wit…

First Impressions Video

First, a little commercial about joining Stampin' Up! with the fabulous May special (join for $150). I am happy to send you the documents or chat with you about any questions or concerns you might have at any time - and if you live in Brisbane, we could have a cuppa too!
Here's a link to the Stampin' Up! First Impressions video.

If you would like to talk to me about joining my team - please drop a comment here or email me at .
I'll do another post a little later with more cards!

More Convention Stuff

Swaps, for those who don't know, are BIG at any gathering of stampers. A swap is a card you have made to exchange with other stampers so you end up with lots of different cards in styles other than your own, or using a stamp set you don't have. It is a lot of fun!
Here are the two cards I made to swap (I have to photograph some of the swaps I received to show you - tomorrow, I hope).
I used Pocket Silhouettes in the first and made a reverse mask from the new Wide Oval Punch, and sponged with Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette. I also distressed the edges of the cardstock. Simple, but easy to duplicate when you are making 20 of them! This was made with the Dreams du Jour set and the Bella Rose DSP.
I will have to finish this topic later as right now my cranky toddler is insisting I do something else.

Ever wondered what I look like?

I don't have a photo of myself in my profile picture because I'm really quite a private person. But I thought I'd show you a couple of photos from Convention of me with some of the fabulous women I met there - "movie stars" from my blogroll!
Here I am with the wonderful and talented Makeesha Byl (I'm the one on the right): Makeesha was one of the guest presenters at Demonstrator Theatre at the Conference, she was fantastic. Such a lovely person, and so very talented.
Here I am again with the lovely Leonie who organised a brunch the morning after the Convention finished for 46 or so demonstrators from around Australia!
And look! It's me with Lin Mei Yap! Swoon! I was soooo excited to meet her as I am a huge fan of her work and her blog. She's as funny and charming in real life as she is on her blog.
And now me with my friend and upline, Linda Craven:
The Sock Monkey came to Convention! It was a bit of an in-joke at Convention; there is a stamp set in…

Want to start your own business for $150 ?

No I'm not joking. You know how on the back page of the Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue they have the fabulous Starter Kit available for only $324 (full of products and business supplies worth $560!)? If you don't know, go now and have a look, the link to the catalogue is over there on the right of my page. I'll wait for you.
OK. Seen it? Well for this month (May 2009) you can purchase a modified form of the Scrapbooking Starter Kit (instead of the full starter kit) become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for only $150! Seriously, if you have ever wondered about joining Stampin Up! just for the 20% discount alone, now is the time to join. You do NOT have to do workshops. You do NOT have to sell a billion dollars a year. You CAN be a hobby demonstrator and be your own customer and fund your passion by selling to yourself, your neighbour and your sister in law.
The Scrapbooking Starter kit contains an alphabet stamp set (valued at $77.95), a Simply…