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Showing posts from September, 2011

A Productive Playdate

The other day my kids and I had a lovely playdate with my Stampin' Sister Amanda, who is an incredibly talented Demonstrator and lovely person. There were seven kids altogether, and they all got along beautifully, setting up tents in the backyard, and making up games. While they were occupied, Amanda and I stamped - I used a couple of her stamp sets that I haven't yet purchased, but are on my wish list: "Dinoroar" and "I Dig You".

Want to see what I did? Here are the Dinoroar cards:

Special Birthday

My little sister  (LOL, I have 3 little sisters), had a milestone birthday this week, and I made her a glam but simple card, because she has an understated, elegant style.  Wish I was more like her!

Pretty, no?  It is a bit sad that the gold ink is no longer with us, I could have used gold embossing powder - and I intended to, but ran out of time as I made this almost on my way out the door (as usual).

Hope the school holidays are treating you well (it is school holidays here in Queensland).  We have been busy with sleepovers, craft activities, swimming, etc.  Fun times!

What We Made Part 4

Last but not least, clever Bec O'Gorman created these lovely cards:

I've noticed that each of us used the Big Shot in some way on at least one of the cards we designed - funny to think the Big Shot was only in our catalogue a year ago, now it is hard to create anything without it!

If you still don't have your own hard copy of the new Idea Book & Catalogue, let me know and I'll get one to you.  It would be the perfect time to book a workshop - Christmas will be here before you know it, so we will be getting busy with Christmas Cards soon too!

What We Made Part 3

Now for lovely Linda Craven's designs.  Her signature colour combination is pink and brown, and she used it to full advantage here!

What We Made, Part 2

Here are the gorgeous cards designed by clever Steph Pike, using the NEW in colours Lucky Limeaide and Wisteria Wonder, new embossing folder, new punch as well as new stamps!

I think we really needed some new masculine stamps, and Need For Speed fits the bill for boys of all ages.  I love how deceptively simple but simultaneously detailed Steph's cards are.  I love how she's used the Pennant Parade stamp and matching punch with the cupcake punch to create an ice cream cone - genius!

Stay tuned for more cards tomorrow.

What we made part 1

As you can tell from my last post, we had a successful New Catalogue Launch on the weekend. Around 60 happy stampers were kept busy making eight cards, and there were door prizes, a raffle and pre-loved retired stock to be purchased at bargain prices.

Here are the two Christmas cards I designed featuring brand new products.

The first card uses River Rock, Not Quite Navy, and Poppy Parade with the new a la carte stamp "Something for Christmas" which we inked up with markers. It also features the new lace ribbon border punch, it is so detailed and pretty, I love it!

The second card uses a new in colour, Pool Party, a new Designer frames embossing folder, and new stamp set called "Merry & Type". It also features shimmery white cardstock, which is gorgeous for special cards - and Christmas is special, right?

I will feature the rest of the cards over the coming days, so watch out for them!

A lovely day

More bad photos

Sorry.  I haven't had time to take new photos, which is a shame because these projects look much better in real life.  This stamp set, called Creative Elements, was given to us at Convention back in May - so I have been biting my tongue for four months!  These projects were done at Convention as Make & Takes (I added the photo of my son later, of course!)
See the ribbon?  Seam Binding!  See the little scrap page - die cuts from the NEW Petal Cone Die!  I have a few more projects to show you with this set, but I'll retake those pictures.  

At present I'm busy preparing for our big Launch on Sunday.  I'll take photos of the cute little decorations I'm making (hopefully I'll finish them today!) and I'll keep the projects a surprise until after the Launch.  I can tell you that I've designed two Christmas cards, using NEW Christmas stamps, and one also uses a new embossing folder.

Stay tuned!

On-Trend: Pennants

Another trend I've spotted everywhere lately is the banner/pennant trend.  Not only do we have a new Big Shot Die, we also have this completely gorgeous new punch that even co-ordinates with two stamp sets!  Swoon.  You know how that makes my heart go pitter-pat.

I know, how cute are they????


Have you noticed that doilies are everywhere at the moment?  Doilies? Those crochet things your Nana used to have everywhere?  Well, you know how the world of design lives to make everything old new again....the Doily is back.

And I must say, I rather like them!

Stampin' Up!  is of course completely on board with this trend, as you can see by the Flirtatious Product Suite.  Suite - as in, a whole range of co-ordinating stuff.  Stamps, DSP, Big Shot Dies and FABRIC.

I haven't used my fabric yet, but I'm thinking of making something like this when I do:

Here are a few cards and a 6 x 6 scrap page I have made....I am really enjoying this trend and love the new in-colours with it!
Again, I've got some photos that are well lit, others not so much because I'd already put them on my display board before I photographed them!  D'oh!

As you can see, I made most of these with the same colours and DSP.  I love that you can stretch out the laser cut doily speciali…

What to show you first?

Decisions, decisions!  I'll start with the new Christmas set,  Tidings of Joy, which is a seriously sweet Nativity scene, and fun to colour!

I like to stamp it on watercolour paper with Black Stayzon ink and colour it using an aqua painter and ink pads.  I have to get the watercolour pencils and more of the crayons to play with too.  You can see by the photos that one was photographed during the day, and one at night!  Oopsie.  They both share a similar layout, but use different colours.  I think this one would be fun to stamp a few times for the kids to colour with their pencils as a Christmas Holiday project.

More projects to come using NEW STUFF!

It's finally here!

The 2011-12 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue is here!

It is so gorgeous!

You can click HERE to read it online right now if you can't wait any longer!

So many new and inspiring things in this catalogue - the best one yet, in my opinion.  Not only new colours, new stamps, new accessories - but FABRIC!  And the Big Shot has gone down in price too!

There is also a new system for Hostess Benefits - which is awesome.  Here are the details:

*Not including shipping.

Hostess Dollars
The new hostess merchandise section of the catalogue will, as always, contain stamp sets and other selected products. These items remain exclusive to hostesses and must be purchased with hostess dollars. You’ll notice there are no longer levels of products associated with workshop sales totals—there are now prices associated with hostess items. This price is not a regular retail price, however, but reflects a discount, so hostess dollars go further when used on hostess products. But hostesses will hav…