Friday, May 25, 2012

From Picture To Page

If you're at a loose end this weekend and can make it to The Whitehorse Club in East Burwood, you might like to drop into the Picture to Page show being held on Saturday May 26 (from 9:30-4:30) and Sunday May 27 (from 10:00-4:00).  Come along on the Sunday and say hi to me on the Stampin' Up! stand :-)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

More Shabby Chic

After all this time, looking sadly at other people's amazing "shabby chic" style cards and wishing I had whatever it was that it takes to create such pretty things - I may have cracked it!

First this ...

And now this:

I'm particularly proud of this one - and it is so much prettier in real life!

Originally I sat down with elements of this card in mind - I liked the combination of Framelits and Designer Frames Embossing Folder and wanted to see what I could come up with.  But I also had an idea that I should use a colour that hasn't been getting much airtime - so out came Calypso Coral.  I have to admit, this is not a favourite colour of mine, so it has sat untouched and unloved in my collection.  I had no idea what to pair it with.

So I did what I always do when I don't know - than you Google - and voila!  I found this beautiful card made by a fellow SU demo in Perth, and my colour combination (and some of my inspiration) was complete.  Who knew that Calypso Coral would look so good paired with Pool Party and Soft Suede (with just a touch of Old Olive)?

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamps: Creative Elements, Vintage Vogue

 Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Suede

 Cardstock: Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
 Other: Eyelet Border Punch, Labels Collection Framelits, Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Extra-Large Oval Punch, Crimper, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Bird Builder Punch, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Basic Pearls

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Fancy a cuppa?

There's nothing like sitting down with friends and chatting over a cup of tea (or coffee, I suppose ...).  This set, Tea Shoppe (available for a limited time only in the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue) was a must-have the minute I saw it - I love vintage style!

Now, I know the large greetig on this card says "tea for two" but I could realistically only fit one "teabag" in the cup.  And I was going to put a real teabag in, but it turns out they're full of tea and kind of bulky - so I used the Tag Punch to make my own.  I did steal the string from a teabag though - it was small and flexible enough to work well here.

Take a close look at the Concord Crush layer behind the oval punch.  Recognise it?  No?  I punched a flower out using my new Blossom Punch (Autumn-Winter Mini again) then trimmed off the top two and bottom two petals to leave an interesting shape for layering - who said you have to use the punches "as is"?

And finally, here's a closeup of the Very Vanilla layer, showing a little of the scored detail - I used my Simply Scored tool to accurately score exact distances just to give the background a little texture.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamps: Tea Shoppe

 Ink: Concord Crush
 Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Concord Crush, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
 Other: Wide Oval Punch, Blossom Punch, 1" Square Punch, Tag Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Simply Scored

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Daffodil Daisy

Don't you love a quick and easy craft project, for those days when you want to make something but just don't have the time to spend hours on something?  This card is exactly what I was after the other day when I took myself off to stamp club.

I was inspired by these, which worked out a lot better than mine - I still have to work out how to get the petals to curl up properly.  However I'm still pretty happy with it.  Shame that the gorgeous bright Daffodil Delight cardstock and ink hasn't translated to the screen as well as I would have liked.

I have used the stamp set Mixed Bunch and the matching Blossom Punch (they're currently available in the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue) - the stamp set contains three large flowers in varying styles to suit the punch, and three smaller designs to use as the middle of the flowers.  If you look closely, you'll see that I have layered one of those smaller stamps onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock which was put through the Square Lattice Textured Impression Embossing Folder for a bit of visual interest.  And right in the middle, one of the tiniest pearls from the Basic Pearls packet.  So sweet!

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamps: Mixed Bunch

 Ink: Daffodil Delight, Punpkin Pie
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie

Other: Blossom Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Join the Fun - now only $169

Effective May 1, 2012, it's now even easier to join the Stampin' Up! family.  For the new low price of  $169 you can choose up to $235 of your choice of current product to kick-start your business.

Already have a bunch of SU products?  Top up with paper and ink!  Love the Big Shot?  Choose a bunch of accessories to go with it!  Die-hard scrapper?  Stock up on Designer Series Paper, punches and Simply Scrappin' kits!

The choice is solely yours.

Read more about this amazing offer on my SU Website - you can even join up directly from that page (just click the pink "Join Now" button to start the process).  There's even a couple of sample lists to give you some ideas.

Or contact me to find out more about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator - remember that it's your business, your way and whether you want to change the world one stamp at a time, just buy for yourself at a discount, or anything in between, that is entirely up to you.

And a quick note:  If you join during May 2012, you also get a FREE Designer Series Paper pack every month until the end of the year.  Read more over at the SU Home Page.

Who's up for a Paper Party?

You know you love the quality of Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper ... and you know you want more of it.  Well, May is your month!  From May 1-31, 2012, if you order three packs of Designer Series Paper at one time, you get a fourth pack FREE (sorry, guys, this offer excludes the Specialty Paper).  That's a 25% saving!

AND, if you really can't get enough paper, you could sign up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator during May (now only $169 with a fully customizable Starter Kit) and receive an additional FREE pack of paper every month till the end of 2012.  Another 7 packs?!  Outstanding!

Read more about this promotion over on my SU business website or on the Stampin' Up! customer page.


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