Thursday 31 January 2013

Seasonal Catalogue Sneak Peek 2: More Amore Heart Framelit Valentine

I have seen lots of cards made with the framelits and with Valentines Day around the corner I thought I would give it a try with the Hearts Collection Framelits in the Annual Catalogue (p.191).

The More Amore DSP has lots of different patterns, some vintage, some clean & clear.  I love this little grey heart pattern so chose to use this as a focal pattern on my card.  I used the Pennant Parade stamp set for the sentiment & actually combined two of the stamps in this set to get the "Love U" sentiment.

Heart Framelit Valentine Card

Heart Framelit Valentine card inside detail
I hand cut the arrow & inserted it through the heart.  Inside I used Wacky Wishes Hostess stamp set & a few Small Heart Punches.

Stamp Sets:  Penant Parade, Wacky Wishes(hostess).
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Regal Rose, More Amore DSP (Seasonal).
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla, Pool Party.
Cool Tools: Snail, Hearts Collection Framelits, Small Heart Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Paper Snips.

Thanks For Looking,

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Sale-A-Bration Extravaganza Day - February 23rd, 2013 - Geelong

Here is a little sneak peak of one of the projects you will make.


Saturday February 23rd, 2013

Come along and join in the Sale-a-bration fun and spend the day crafting to your hearts content. You can choose the fully catered package and have all your projects fully supplied or just BYO your crafting goodies and make what you like. Either way you will enjoy a fully catered morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner, with a chance to win one of our lucky door prizes.

There will be lucky straws and a raffle going towards our huge fundraising evening after dinner, which includes a group of cards, raffle, random prizes, a delicious lolly buffet, with all proceeds going to Leah McDonald Equipment Fund.

Option 1: Fully Catered Package - $80
We have prepared two gorgeous projects with all supplies included. Please bring own scissors / tape.
Also includes all your meals, lucky door prize entry and fundraiser event.

Option 2: BYO Crafter Package - $50
Bring your own sewing, card making, scrapbooking or craft supplies and spread out on your own table.
Includes all meals and lucky door prize.
you have the option of joining the fundraiser activities for an additional $10.

Please bring own scissors / tape.
Venue: Geelong Area
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Please advise any special dietary requirements when booking. Contact me on 0411113530 or via email to book your place.

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Spritzer Butterfly Card

I wanted to feature the Spritzers for Stamp Club recently and found a great idea on that uses the butterfly punch as a mask.  I also wanted to teach emboss resist so I combined the two techniques to create this card.

Birthday Butterfly Spritzer Card
We started with Whisper white and heat embossed the Alhambra wheel with clear embossing powder. This was then sponged with Island Indigo over the top.  The butterflies were punched out & placed on Whisper White card stock randomly.  I mixed up Champagne Shimmer paint & Midnight Muse into a spritzer bottle & spritzed all over.  Once the butterflies are moved you get a lovely masked effect.  We then stamped the sentiment and clear embossed it.

A new stamp club is starting in late April, 2013.  If you would like to join these technique classes then please email me or phone 0411113530 to book your place.  These classes will now be held in my purpose built stamp room in my new house (YAY!) in Torquay, Victoria.

Stamp Sets:  Alhambra Jumbo Wheel, Beautiful Birthday.
Paper:  Whisper White, Island Indigo.
Ink:  Island Indigo, Midnight Muse, Champagne Shimmer Paint.
Cool Tools: Pearls, Stampin' Spritzer, Sponge Dauber, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat tool,  Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bigshot, Finishing Touches Edgelits.

Thanks For Looking,

Monday 28 January 2013

Sale-A-Bration 2013 Bloomin' Marvelous Card

With Sale-A-Bration on now I thought I had better show you another card using some of the products on offer this year.  For this card I have used the Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set, Sycamore Street DSP & the Vine Embossing folder all available FREE during Sale-A-Bration!  

Bloomin' Marvelous Vine Embossed Card

Stamp Sets:  Bloomin' Marvelous (SAB).
Paper:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, Sycamore Street DSP.
Ink:  Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango.
Cool Tools: Paper Snips, 1" Square Punch (banner), Big shot, Apothecary Accent Frames, Vine Embossing Folder (SAB)

Thanks For Looking,

Saturday 26 January 2013

Patterned Occasion Sale-A-Bration Card

If you have sunglasses... now is a good time to put them on - isn't it bright!  I just love that little elephant from the Patterned Occasions stamp set so had to make another card to show you using him.  
I received a swap recently from Jenny Stewart & I based my card on her layout.  I have used quite a few Sale-A-Bration products on this card including the Vine embossing folder & Sycamore Street DSP & Ribbon.  

For the 1st time, Stampin' Up! are offering some Sale-A-Bration choices from the Annual Catalogue.  Here I used the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set which is one of the main catalogue items on offer.  I have a link on the right of my blog that takes you to the brochure that shows you all 19 of the items on offer FREE during Sale-A-Bration, however you can CLICK HERE to see them all now! 

Stamp Sets:  Patterned Occasions (SAB), Itty Bitty Banners (Annual & SAB)
Paper:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Sycamore Street DSP.
Ink:  Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Pool Party.
Cool Tools: Itty Bitty Punches, Glue Dots, Sale-A-Bration Island Indigo Ribbon, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits, Rhinestones.

Thanks For Looking,

Thursday 24 January 2013

Sale-A-Bration 2013 Jewellery Making 101

Before I start I have to warn you I am no jewellery maker, in fact this was my 1st attempt ever at making jewellery.

I was looking at the Soda Pop Caps that are available in the Seasonal Catalogue ( February 1st, 2013) & was thinking now what am I going to do with those!  I googled them & saw that you could make jewellery out of them so figured, why not give it a go?

 The Soda Pop Tops come in two sizes so this was perfect for what I was about to do.    I squashed them in my big shot with the platform on tab 1, & sandwiched them between two old cutting plates.  I placed mine flat side down, but it works both ways.  I wanted to make a Sale-A-Bration version so used the Sycamore Street DSP as my background.   Now, my 1st attempt didn't work so well.  I used the butterfly out of the Lovely Little labels set & also the matching Little Labels punch then used Crystal Effects to set it all in place.  The ink bled but it still looked cute!

Stampin Up! Soda Pop Top Necklace

After that disaster I decided to heat emboss the picture which helped a little when the Crystal Effects goes on.  Here is my 2nd attempt.  This time I used the owl from the new Itty Bitties stamp set (Available February 1st).  To anyone who has put their set together I want to congratulate you - the stamps in this set are seriously small!  For the purpose of making this jewellery the smaller the stamp image the better though. 

Soda Pop Top Jewellery Set
 Once again I have to re-iterate I am no jewellery maker and this was my 1st attempt ever at making anything jewellery related.  It was not that hard as long as you buy some links (also know as Jump Rings) to attach your necklace/earrings to the Soda pop top.  I got mine at Spotlight in a bag of 20 for $2.  The earrings were in a bag of 10 for $2.85 & the necklace I made from twine & the Sycamore Street Tagerine Tango Ribbon (Free during Sale-A-Bration).   To make the hole in the Soda Pop Tops I punched the edge after I squashed them by using the 1/16" Circle handheld punch.  It punches through the metal easily.  The final step is to cover the image in the Pop Top with Crystal Effects.  I filled mine to the top.  Leave for 24hrs at least to dry.  Attach Jewellery items.  These would make nice charms or even scrapbook embellishments too.  

And here is my daughter wearing the set.....She loved them & if you look closely I even made a ring to match.
Earrings made with the small Soda Pop Tops

Then I thought....hmmmm those Designer Builder Brads in the Seasonal Catalogue also look kind of like jewellery.  SO, I had a go at making a set with those too!  The circle in these is so small I just added the Sycamore Street DSP but they look really nice don't you think?  

Jewellery Set made from Designer Build a Brads (seasonal catalogue)
 I made a matching ring using the Designer Builder Brads as well.  As long as you remove the brad prongs from the back, these sit nice & flat on a ring base.   
Ring made from the Designer Build a Brads
Stamp Sets:  Itty Bitties (Seasonal Catalogue Available February 1st), Lovely Little Labels.
Paper:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, Sycamore Street DSP.
Ink:  Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango.
Cool Tools: Designer Builder Brads, Soda Pop Tops(Seasonal Catalogue),  Sale-A-Bration Tangerine Tango & Island Indigo Ribbon, 1 1/6" circle Handheld Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Little Labels Punch Pack, Crystal Effects, Big shot. 
NON SU PRODUCT: Jump Rings, Ring Base, Earring hooks, Chain.

Thanks For Looking,

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Sale-A-Bration 2013 Bloomin' Marvelous Card

Well, how quick did that arrive!  There I was doing a nice little countdown to Sale-A-Bration & look at that it is already here.  I have heaps of samples to show you so there will be quite a few more posts using these products.  It arrived a lot quicker than I could type up posts!

Today I thought I would show you a card I made using the Bloomin' Marvelous Stamp set available FREE during Sale-A-Bration to anyone who places a $100 order.

For a bit of added texture I used the Vine embossing folder which is another item available during Sale-A-Bration.  I also used the Petite Curly Label Punch, Sycamore Street DSP,  Button & Ribbon.. well yes, those too are all available exclusively during Sale-A-Bration.  With so many great things to choose from what will you choose?  

Oh and see those little butterflies, well they were made with the Bitty Butterfly Punch available in the new seasonal catalogue due to be released February 1st.  

Stamp Sets:  Bloomin Marvelous (SAB).
Paper:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Sahara Sand, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Sycamore Street DSP.
Ink:  Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party.
Cool Tools: Bitty Butterfly Punch ( Seasonal Catalogue), Glue Dots, Sale-A-Bration Tangerine Tango Ribbon & Button, Petite Curly Label Punch ( SAB)

Thanks For Looking,

Sunday 20 January 2013

Seasonal Catalogue Sneak Peek - Birthday Card

I hope you don't mind just a little interruption to my Sale-A-Bration Countdown posts but .....

Today is my daughter's 9th birthday - Happy Birthday Amelie!
She loves anything with the Eiffel Tower at the moment & requested her card have this image.   I received my preorder for the new Seasonal Catalogue (due to be released February 1st) & could not go past the gorgeous new More Amore DSP along with Artistic etchings (of course!)

I used Primrose Petals as a base, along with Pool Party, Very Vanilla & Basic Grey. I also added a little of the DSP to the envelope.  I have used a teeny bit of Sale-A-Bration Pool Party Ribbon for a bow along with the stitched 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon in Basic Grey.  

Stamp Sets:  Artistic Etchings, Memorable Moments.
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals, Basic Grey, Pool Party.
Ink:  Primrose Petals, Basic Grey, Pool Party.
Cool Tools: Snail, sponge dauber (sponged edges), Glue Dots, Paper Snips, Sale-A-Bration Pool Party Ribbon, Basic Grey 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon. 

Thanks For Looking,

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Sale-A-Bration 2013 Countdown Week 2: Patterned Occasions Gift Card Holder

How cute is that little elephant! He is certainly my favourite stamp in the Patterned Occasions stamp set on offer during Sale-a-bration 2013.  I use a lot of gift cards and thought this stamp would lend itself quite nicely for this purpose.  The Leadership boards had so many ideas & this card is based on one I saw in a photo of those recently.

Sale-A-Bration 2013 Patterned Occasions Gift Card Holder

The Sycamore Street DSP has a Pool Party swirl pattern that looks just like clouds.  I added a little itty bitty punch flower to the image & a tiny pearl.  

Inside the gift card holder

The inside was punched using the word window punch and stamped with the little flower from the Madison Avenue stamp set also available during sale-a-bration.  The "Thanks" sentiment is from the Sale-a-bration stamp set  Vintage Verses. 

Stamp Sets:  Patterned Occasions, Vintage Verses & Madison Avenue ( Sale-A-Bration)
Paper:  Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Pool Party, Basic Grey, Sycamore Street DSP ( Sale-A-Bration).
Ink:  Pool Party, Basic Grey, Certainly Celery, Basic Grey Marker. 
Cool Tools:  Paper Snips, Itty Bitty Punches, Pearls, Snail, White Gel Pen, 2 1/2 " Circle punch, Large Oval punch, Word Window Punch.  

Thanks For Looking,

Sunday 13 January 2013

Sale-A-Bration 2013 Countdown Week 2: Feeling Sentimental Card

While I had my things out making last weeks Morning Post card I though I would create another in the same way. Same, same but different lol.  The Feeling Sentimental stamp in all it's vintage loveliness does not need much embellishment so I have kept this card fairly simple - like me ;)

I spritzed the Naturals Ivory cardstock with a Chocolate Chip & Riding Hood Red Marker.  Then I stamped the lovely vintage penny farthing image from the Feeling Sentimental stamp set (available during Sale-A-Bration only) in Riding Hood Red.  I layered this onto Crumb Cake cardstock then some Fan Fair DSP that was sanded around the edges. All this was then mounted onto a Riding Hood Red card base.   I had a few left overs from the Morning Post card from last week so added those.  A Postage Stamp Punch & a Petite Curly Label punch from the Pretty Petites stamp set.

Sale-A-Bration 2013 Feeling Sentimental card
Stamp Sets:  Pretty Petites, Feeling Sentimental (Sale-A-Bration)
Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake.
Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Chocolate chip(marker for spritzing).
Cool Tools:  Petite Curly Label Punch (Sale-A-Bration), Spritzer tool, Sanding block, Postage Stamp Punch, Itty Bitty Punches, Pearls, Snail.  

Thanks For Looking,

Friday 11 January 2013

Sale-A-Bration 2013 Countdown: Week 1 - Madison Avenue Card

I have been lucky enough to meet some friendly & very creative ladies as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, not just team members, or customers but also long distance blog visitors & demonstrators as well.   As a demonstrator we have access to the Stampin' Connection forum that enables us to talk and share ideas with other demonstrators all over the world.  I met Lisa from Michigan, USA recently on Stampin' Connection.   Her recent blog post using the Madison Avenue stamp set (click her name above to see her card) from Sale-A-Bration 2013 has inspired me to get my own set out and try to create something worthy of your eyes.

I must say I have found this stamp set a bit of a challenge & have looked at it sheepishly of late, often pushing it to the side in favour of all the other sets on offer during saleabration.  Today, after creating not one, but 20 of these cards, we have become good friends this Madison Avenue stamp set & I.

I did find it hard to photograph this card.  The colour I used on the base is actually Summer Starfruit, however in these photos it is coming up a mustard looking colour.  

Stamp Sets:  Madison Avenue(Sale-A-Bration).
Paper:  Naturals Ivory Cardstock, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Sycamore Street DSP.
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party.
Cool Tools: Pool Party Sycamore Street Ribbon ( Sale-A-Bration), Fancy Fan embossing folder.   

Thanks For Looking,

Wednesday 9 January 2013

Sale-A-Bration 2013 Countdown: Week 1 - Petite Curly Label Vintage Card

This week I am focussing on the Petite Curly Label punch & the matching stamp set Pretty Petites from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue due to be released January 22nd, 2013.

I have challenged myself to use some stamp sets that are gathering dust on my shelf.  I loved the Morning Post stamp set in the annual catalogue straight away and had to have it.  But it has sat on my shelf for 5 months without ever being used.   :(

Today I wanted to show you how you can combine the Morning Post stamp set with the Pretty Petite set to get a vintage look.  I love the vintage look but don't often go there as my style is more clean & simple, but every now & then it is good to step out of your comfort zone and do something different.   I even dragged out my neglected spritzer too!

Morning Post & 2013 Sale-A-Bration Pretty Petites Card

Stamp Sets:  Pretty Petites (Sale-A-Bration), Morning Post.
Paper:  Naturals Ivory Cardstock, Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, Fan Fair DSP.
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, Chocolate chip & Riding Hood Red Markers (spritzed)
Cool Tools:  Petite Curly Label Punch (Sale-A-Bration), Victoria Crochet Trim, Postage Stamp Punch, Spritzer tool, Pearls, Itty Bitty Punches, dimensionals. 

Thanks For Looking,

Monday 7 January 2013

Sale-A-Bration 2013 Countdown: Week 1 Pretty Petite Curly Label Cards

Sale-A-Bration is only 2 weeks away.  Wow how exciting!  It my favourite time of the year on the Stampin' Up! Calendar.  Lots of free items this year to choose from - in fact 19!  Figuring out what to choose is the hard part, the easiest part is earning them.  With every $100 spend you get to choose 1 item from the catalogue.

As it is not Sale-A-Bration yet I cant show you the products but I can show you some creations made with these products.  Over the next few weeks you will see regular posts using the Sale-A-Bration 2013 free products so you can start planning your purchases & plan your wish list accordingly.  

My 1st post in this series are a few little thank you cards.  Measuring 8cm x 8 cm, they are great little thank you cards to keep handy.  Anyone ordering through me during Sale-A-Bration will receive one of these with their order.

Sale-A-Bration 2013 Thank You Cards
I have used a few of the Sale-A-Bration products in these cards including the Petite Curly Label punch & the matching Pretty Petites Stamp set.  I LOVE the DSP this year too.  How gorgeous are those colours!  

Stamp Sets:  Pretty Petites (Sale-A-Bration)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, Sycamore St DSP ( Sale-A-Bration) 
Ink:  Tangerine Tango
Cool Tools:  Petite Curly Label Punch (Sale-A-Bration), Snail.  

Thanks For Looking,