Wednesday, July 29, 2009

More Cards from the Show

I put a few cards up for sale on our stand at the recent Craft & Quilt Fair. Some are posted here, and I thought I'd share some more with you. These are the remainder of the One Sheet Wonder I created for this purpose.

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamp set/s: Baroque Motifs, Inspired by Nature, Best Yet (Hostess Set), Weathered, Simply Said

Ink: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum
Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum, Whisper White
Other: Wide Oval Punch, White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Mat Pack, Uniball White Gel Pen, Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dusting off the cobwebs

Okay, so it's been a while since I updated ... not as bad as some (not looking at anyone in particular but you know who you are) but still.

I have an excuse! We were busy preparing for the Craft & Quilt Fair last weekend, which went really well (hi again to everyone who came past on the Saturday evening and Sunday when I was there!).

I have yet to photograph the One Sheet Wonder display I sneak peeked a while back, which got some lovely comments during both Paperific and the Craft & Quilt Fair, but I hope to get to that this week.

In the meantime, here are some of the cards I put out for sale ... some sold, although I haven't checked to see which ones yet (but it was very exciting, as I've never made cards for sale before). Yes, I have used the One Sheet Wonder template yet again, because it is a great way of making a bunch of cards all at once - once you get the hang of it you can put the lot together in only a few hours.

This is a beautiful colour combination ... it turns out that one of the new In Colors for this year, Baja Breeze, coordinates wonderfully with Not Quite Navy, and I have rediscovered Elegant Eggplant, a dark purple which goes great with Pale Plum.

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamp set/s: Baroque Motifs, Oval All, Best Yet (Hostess Set), Weathered, Upsy Daisy, Wonderful Favourites

Ink: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum
Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum, Whisper White
Other: Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Tag Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, 1-1/4" Square Punch, 1-3/8" Square Punch, White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel, So Swirly Jumbo Wheel

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Craft & Quilt Fair - coming soon!

A Melbourne winter can be somewhat dreary *g*, but if you're looking for somewhere to go that's warm and dry and has a ton of great stuff to look at and/or buy over the four days from July 23-26, why not drop by Jeff's Shed the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and visit the Craft & Quilt Fair?

Of course, if you look hard enough you'll find our Stampin' Up! stand, and if you're there on the Saturday evening or Sunday you'll even find me!

We'll be doing demonstrations throughout the four days, with each demonstrator taking turns doing something different, so if you came past ever hour or two you're sure to see something new.

We will have showbags for sale containing the Idea Book & Catalogue and the upcoming Spring Mini Catalogue as well (ooooh, now that'll be worth buying *g*).

We'll have some great show specials on offer.

We will, as always, have a gorgeous display of samples.

We will have cardstock and ribbon sampler packs for sale, so get in quick for these as they will go fast.

And something new for this craft show - there will be handmade cards for sale! We're excited about this *g*.

Of course, there are loads of other exhibitors at the Fair, with something for every crafter (and I hope to do a little shopping for myself while I'm there!) so swing on by. It's easy to get to either on the train or by car and close enough to the Crown complex for a lovely lunch as well.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Neverending Card

Have you seen a neverending card? They are so easy to make but provide hours (or at least minutes) of fun for the recipient and pretty much anyone else who is about at the time.

Recently, a few of the Gailforce girls visited Felicity, who showed us how to make one of these nifty neverending cards. It was a little tricky working out which panels went where so that they were all up the right way with each turn of the card, but once it's done you get quite a feeling of achievement *g*. And you've got something to play with LOL.

I do still have a little work to do on this card, colouring in and such, but I thought I would share it in it's "unfinished" state.

If you would like to learn how to make one, contact me - I'm sure I could work out some sort of a class to suit you!

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamp set/s: Party Hearty, Crazy for Cupcakes

Ink: Rose Red, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, Old Olive
Other: Bali Breeze Designer Series Paper (retired)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Pocket Silhouettes

I finally caved and bought this set ... it's very sweet and quite reasonably priced too (yes, that was me trying to sell you something *g*).

I'm sure I had a million ideas about what to use these stamps for before I bought them, but as soon as I them all put together I couldn't remember a thing! So to get the inspiration going, I CASEd this card, changing out the layout a little and using slightly different colours.

I'm very happy with the result!

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamp set/s: Pocket Silhouettes, Seeing Spots

Ink: Old Olive
, Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Other: Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Mat Pack

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Using Markers

I'm sure you're aware you can use markers to ink up your stamps. Most water based markers will do the job, although brush tipped markers like the Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write Markers are ideal as you can use the side of the brush tip to ensure a more complete coverage.

I finally got my own set of Inspired by Nature a month or possibly more ago and immediately set to work stamping with it. I coloured the flowers in with Summer Sun, Ruby Red and Old Olive markers, then spritzed it ever so lightly to blend the colours a little and give it a watercolour look (a tip: If you don't have a squirty bottle with a fine spray, you can spray it into the air and sort of "catch" the drops on the stamp - kind of like how you're supposed to "walk into" your perfume *g*) and stamped it on Very Vanilla.

Then my sample piece sat in my craft trolley for a while. A long while.

Until last Saturday when I finally used it to create this finished product. I stamped the grass in Old Olive on Old Olive cardstock to create the background layer. Love that grass stamp!

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamp set/s: Inspired by Nature

Ink: Old Olive

Cardstock: Summer Sun, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Other:Wide Oval Punch, Stampin' Write Markers in Summer Sun, Ruby Red and Old Olive, Stampin' Sponges

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Everything goes with Chocolate Chip ...

... just ask Gail.

I'm starting to think she might just have it right, too. I was playing with my Eyelet Border Punch last night, and just grabbed a random piece of cardstock to use it on - Bashful Blue, as it turned out. Then I decided to use the scrap to decorate a card, but what other colour(s) to use? As far as Gail is concerned, all colours go with Chocolate Chip (and Close to Cocoa in this instance).

I'm still liking the stamp set Upsy Daisy - so simple yet so effective ...

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamp set/s: Upsy Daisy

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue
Other: Eyelet Border Punch


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