Monday, 23 March 2009

Sneak Peak

The new Stampin' Up! catalogue will be released in only 8 moe sleeps and as a demontrator I get a sneak peak of what will be in the new catalogue. I also get the chance to order some of the fabulous stamps that will be in it.
I have used one of the new Level 2 Hostess sets called Echoes of Kindness.

For this card, I just had to use for the last time, before it retires, Groovy Guava. I stamped the the flower in black Stazon on watercolour paper and coloured it in with my Aqua painters. I coloured the flowers with Guava and Rose Red. I coloured the stems in Always Artichoke and gently coloured the background in Soft Sky. I added some Afternoon Tea DSP and some Guava ribbon. I added some Pewter brads and completed the card with a sentiment from A Perfect Day rub-ons.

I love the finished look of the card and I hope you do too!


Saturday, 21 March 2009

It's Party Time

Tomorrow is my DD's 6th Birthday. So today we are having a birthday party for 16 of her friends from school at Hungry Jacks. If you have ever been to a party at HJ's then you know that they feed them burgers and chips and give them a box of stuff to take home but they don't give you a lolly bag. So, with my daughter in hand, we headed to the shops to buy lollies and gifts to go in the bags. I did have grand ideas of stamping little paper bags but as life gets so busy, and after making my Easter bag from my last post, this is what I decided to do for her lolly bag. My DH thought I was insane when I told him... he thought I should just give them one of then ones that you buy!! "But I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!!!" I yelled...."Store bought isn't for me!!!"
So I found some scrapbooking paper that I had bought years ago from Big W and starting chopping! I had 18 bags to make!! And really... it didn't take too long at all. Withing an hour and half, I had them all made!

So here they are, in an SU box all ready to take to the party.

I had to make both boy and girl bags as Hayley invited 4 little boys to come as well.

And here is a close up of the birthday girl's bag.
I hope they all love their bags!

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Chicken Basket

So... last night I was blog hopping and I found this fabulous project by Monica Gale. It was just sooo cute that I had to try and make my own then and there.
Monica has a great tutorial and it was very easy to make.

I used some Summer Picnic DSP that I had laying around on my very messy desk. I also used Old Olive carstock and some Ice rhinestone brads. I also used some Pumpkin Pie ribbon to tie the colours together.
I had my basket made in about 15 minutes and I am definitely going to make some more!
Thanks Monica!

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Easter Class

I had a fabulous class today with 5 wonderful ladies We used the stamp set- A Good Egg and the Bali Breeze DSP- to make Easter cards and treat boxes!

I saw this great project on SCS by Jenn D and I decided to make this for my class. We used the scallop edge punch to cut the ends of the envelope. We used the DSP and the egg stamp to decorate the envelope. We also added brads to decorate the egg. We finished it off with Pumpkin Pie ribbon.

The next project is a Peek-a-boo box designed by Brenda Quintana. We stamped the chicken on Whisper White and also on Rose Red DSP and cut out the egg part.

Our last treat box is the fries box also designed by Brenda Quintana. I just love the cute little chicken from the Good Egg set so we used it again. The box is made in Tempting Turquoise and we used Pumpkin Pie to match in with te DSP.

For our first card, I cased this design by Whitem at SCS andchanged it a bit. I chose 3 lots of DSP from Bali Breeze that had lots of Rose and Turquoise and made our cards. We also added some bling using Dazzling Diamonds and Mono Multi glue. I love how different these 2 cards look even though they are exactly the same except for the DSP. For the top card, we dyed the white taffeta ribbon to match the rose card.

Our last card is also one that I cased from Stampaddit77 at SCS. We don't have the Bigshot here in Australia so we didn't have a textured background. The colours we used were So Saffron, Old Olive and Rose Red.

It was such a fun day and I love all these projects. Bring on Easter because I am ready!!!

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Be Happy

I am sad to see the Be Happy set retire. Although I haven't used it a lot on my cards, it had been a must have when I have created many of my little favours that I give guests at my classes and demos. I have made 3 cards using this set for you today. I made them a few weeks ago but I am only now getting the chance to show you them. I know that I got inspiration from SCS but I can not find the cards now... but thank you to the creative people who share at SCS.

This is a very simple card that took about 10 minutes to make. Using Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana and Certainly Celery, I stamped the "smile" on a strip of Whipser White and then layered it on slightly larger strips of Banana and Celery. I tied some Pink ribbon and added some piercing to the Celery layer and then stuck the whole lot onto a Pretty in Pink cardbase.

Easy card number 2!! I stamped the "flower" in Wasabi and mounted it on Wasabi cardstock. I then added a band of Certainly Celery for the middle. I added a background on my Banana cardbase with Banana ink using the little dots from Itty Bitty Backgrounds. Again.. it only took about 10 minutes to whip this card up!

My last card is definitely one I cased from #1 Volunteer at SCS and was a lot more involved. I think I used every stamp in the set for this card. The colours I used were Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi and Chocolate Chip. I stamped all the images in Guava and then sponged the edges in Chocolate Chip. I love the layers in this card and depth that the sponging has given it.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, 6 March 2009

Boy Cards

Boy cards are so hard to make. I am not sure why...but I struggle all the time to make them. Tomorrow my DD is going to a birthday party for one of the boys in her class. I dragged out Wild About You (thank heavens it's not retiring) and came up with this card:

I stamped the crocodiles in Green Galore. Then using Glorious Green and the dots from Itty Bitty Backgrounds, I used the kissing technique- not that you can really tell. I punched them out using the 1 1/4" square punch and sponged the backgrounds in Barely Banana using my sponge daubers. I attached the squares to Whisper White to make them look like polaroids. The Sentiment is from It's your Birthday and I did the same with it too. I tore the bottom section off the Kraft cardbase and added a strip of Banana cardstock that I had stamped with the same Itty Bitty dots stamped in green galore. I also added some hemp twine just for interest.

I hope you are all having a great day. I want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers during the last few weeks. It has been tough at times but we are getting through each day as best we can.


Sunday, 1 March 2009

The Retirement List

Retirement List is out..
..and it's a big one! I can hardly believe that this Stampin' Up! year is almost over. Today Stampin' Up! released their retirement list. This list contains all the stamp sets and accessories that will not be available after March 31st.

The other exciting thing is, that Stampin’ Up! have discounted a selection of the retirement list by 25%, with a couple of things at 50%!

Keep in mind, the retirement list is “while stocks last” so once the item is sold out, there’ll be no more, so get your order in now to avoid disappointment!

Oh and a little tip! It looks like the fabulous Ink Pads will be increasing in cost (I’ve always thought they were far too cheap for how great they are) and will $11.95 in the new catalogue, so you may want to pop a few on your order and save even more money! :)

Several items have already sold out in the lead up to this date. An up to date list will be on my blog in the side bar when Stampin' Up! announce anything that has sold out. If there's something on the list that you've been thinking of getting now is the time to place your order.

Click here to see the list!