Friday, 30 November 2012

One down, three to go!

My eldest child finishes school for the year today, so I sent off her teacher present yesterday. I was also responsible for making a card and gift card holder from the entire class - also done!

I haven't had time yet to upload all the photos of the presents I've made, but I still have three teachers to go - my younger three finish school for the year next Friday.

Here's a collage of the gift card holder I made (with a dummy iTunes card to check for size) and the matching card from the class:

It looks a little small - I did the collage from my iPad while still in bed this morning!  

Monday, 26 November 2012

More Christmas Tags

I love using my scraps to make gift tags - so handy to have a stash of them; and a bundle of them make a nice present too!

These are some I made recently for the Mistress of Spice at Gordon Park.  The Mistress of Spice sells fabulous gourmet fresh and frozen yummy curries from around the world  (handy for the nights you don't feel like cooking) and also has an extensive array of cooking-related gifts and accessories.  A one-stop shop!  She also sells Handmade By Lou cards and gift tags!

Also, in case you were wondering, I can make a beautiful Gift Voucher up for the Stamper in your life - it would make a fabulous Christmas gift!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Brisbane Heartfelt Stampin' Event

I know I haven't posted in a little while, but I'm sure you understand how crazy this time of year is! Lat weekend, I was lucky enough to attend the Stampin' Up! Heartfelt Stamping Event at the Brisbane Convention Centre. Three of my Downline attended with me, and it was so fun to go together.

What is a Heartfelt Stamping Event? It is a one day mini Convention. Half the day was made up of classes given by talented Stampin' Up! Designers and Demonstrators; the other half was made up of displays, a product playground where you were encouraged to get hands on with various tools and products, as well as interesting presentations given by talented Demonstrators.

It is also a chance to catch up with Demonstrators from all over the place, meet new friends, and get better acquainted with old friends.

I came away feeling energised, inspired, and once again proud to be part of this fabulous creative company. I learned new techniques, saw fabulous creations I can't wait to try to recreate myself. I also got two free stamp sets and the kits to make my own gorgeous projects - which of course, I didn't make there, because I was too busy chatting!

It also made me even more excited about Convention next year - because it will be held in the same venue! Awesome!

My friend, and upline Stephanie Pike gave an amazing presentation on using your clear acrylic blocks to stamp gorgeous backgrounds.  Can't wait to try these techniques!

These gorgeous creations were made by the talented and lovely Liz Collett who gave a class on how to make these pretties! 

I don't know who made this, but I love it!  This was one of the displays.

Kirsty Brown showed us how to make gorgeous paper bows and pretty wrapping for gifts - and I loved this cute "Teacher Gift" idea for Christmas Cookies in a jar.

One of the cards made by Steph with her clever clear block techniques.

Presents!  Each attendee had the chance to get a free stamp from "Santa" (aka Aaron Scott) when we made a decoration and added it to the tree.

One of several display boards filled with samples made by demonstrators.  My sample is there too!

My sweet friend and downline Michelle Hindmarsh made sure none of us faded away by bringing snacks to share.  Cute, colour co-ordinated snacks of course!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Christmas Stamp a Stack - what you missed!

I'm posting these photographs taken at 11:00pm with my iPhone - so please excuse the quality!  Better to have poor photos than none at all, right?

Because I've just waved off my lovely customers from the Stamp-a-Stack I'll probably need to edit this post with further details later, I'm too tired to type much tonight!

Here are the cards we made - we did two each of five designs.

The first card used Cherry Cobbler and Wild Wasabi, and the Daydream Medallions stamp set (I love using a non-Christmas set for a Christmas card!  Shows how versatile this stamp set is), and the matching framelit.  This is the quickest and easiest card to make in bulk, I think.  

The second card is pretty much the same - same colour combination and stamp set (Daydream Medallions) but I made a more obvious Wreath this time.  The red dots are Cherry Cobbler glitter glue. I also used Cherry Cobbler embossing powder on the "Noel," but it looks a little pinker that Cherry Cobbler in this photo.

This was a break from the traditional red and green combination - Summer Starfruit and Raspberry ripple instead.  I also used the stamp set and framelit set in the current promotion for November.

This one is CASE'd from a card in our Demonstrator magazine, Impressions.  I changed it up by using the music notes roller stamp and embossing the background with Irridescent Ice embossing powder.  It looks gorgeous and sparkly in real life!

Finally a second card using Summer Starfruit and the stamp set and framelit combo in the promotion.  

I hope you've enjoyed them!  I'm off to bed now.