Sunday, 30 May 2010

Convention Gifts

One thing I love about going to Convention is making little gifts for roomies and team members. Here are the gifts that I made. I had 3 roomies so I will start with their gifts first! I used a box that our stamps came in and then decorated them! Inside the boxes were a notebook and pen, a handmade necklace and some Tim Tams. Each box was made the same…I just changed the DSP and colours for each.

Kims Box Kims Box Inside

For Kim’s box, I used Raspberry Tart DSP as my colour palette.

Alices Box Alices Box Inside

For Alice’s box, I used Cottage Garden DSP as my colour palette.

Tinas Box Tinas Box Inside

For Tina’s Box I used Autumn Traditions DSP as my colour palette.

Two of my Sienna Stampers team members also came to Convention for the first time this year. To celebrate their first Convention, I made them a little box with lollies and a handmade necklace inside.

Cassies Box Cassies Box2

For Cassie’s box I used Raspberry Tart DSP to decorate the box.

Mays Box2 Mays Box

For May’s box, I used Washington Apple DSP to decorate the box.

The girls all loved their boxes and I was so happy to make these little gifts!



Saturday, 29 May 2010

Convention Swaps

Part of the fun of Convention is to make cards to swap with other Demonstrators. Here are the swaps I made for this year!! Some of them have been inspired by other demonstrators from all over the world but I have forgotten who so please contact me if you recognise your card and I will give you credit!!

Bird in Nature

Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Heard from the Heart Paper: Night of navy, Baja Breeze, Glossy White  Ink: Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Whisper White  Accessories: Top Note Die, Bird Punch Inspired by: A card by Michelle Zindorf

Birdie Spots

Stamps: Cheep Talk Paper: Confetti White, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango  Ink: Tangerine Tango Accessories: 1 3/8” & 1 1/4 Circle Punches, Tangerine Tango Striped Ribbon

Butterfly Thanks

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly Paper: Confetti White, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie Ink: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo Accessories: Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon, Scallop Circle Die, Timeless Type Alphabet Dies

Fancy Bella

Stamps: Flower Fancy, Best Yet Paper: Confetti Cream, Bella Rose DSP  Ink: Black Stazon, Kiwi Kiss Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds

Washington Balloon

Stamps: A Little Treat Paper: Confetti White, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Washington Apple DSP  Ink: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie Accessories:  Large Oval Punch


Paper Flower

Stamps: Warm WordsPaper: Confetti White, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Old Olive Ink: Old Olive Accessories:  Circle Punches, Scallop Edge Punch, Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon, Bird Punch

Kiwi Leaves

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss Ink: Whisper White Accessories:  Little Leaves Die, Corner Rounder Punch


Stamps: Best Yet, Priceless Paper: Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom Ink: Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral, Sahara Sand, Blush Blossom Accessories:  Scallop Edge Punch


Stamps: Warm Words, Pick a Petal Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip Accessories:  Large Chocolate Brad


I made over 50 cards and none of them made it home with me so that is a good sign.



Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Sydney Convention

Stampin’ Up!’s Convention this year was in Sydney. I flew down with many of my Inkcredible team members on Thursday morning ready for 2 days of fun- swapping cards, making projects, hearing about new ways of conducting my business and catching up with my Stampin’ Up cyber friends.

Our first night was drama packed as we were evacuated TWICE from our apartment due to a faulty fire alarm system.


Here we are out in the street in our jammies waiting for the all clear.


Here I am with Tina and Alice outside the main stage area where we had our general sessions and our make and takes!IMG_3713-300x199

On the last night, there is the awards dinner. We were lucky enough to have Shelli and Stirling Gardner sit with us. Shelli is the co-founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up! and it was lovely to spend time with her and her husband.

Next year Convention will be in Melbourne and will be for 3 days!! Can’t wait!!



Sunday, 16 May 2010

May’s Technique Class

This month for my class we looked at the versatility of Stampin’ Up!’s Watercolour Wonder Crayons. I just love how easy they are to use and the different effects you can get using them. We made 5 cards.


Technique: Colouring the Background Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Heard from the Heart Ink: Whisper White Craft, Night of Navy Cardstock: Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Watercolour Paper Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Large Bird Punch


Technique: Direct to stamp- bold Stamps: Flower Fancy, Heard from the Heart Ink: Rose Red, Bravo Burgandy, Garden Green Cardstock: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke, Whisper White Accessories: So Saffron Marker, Colour Spritzer Tool.


Technique: Direct to stamp- bold Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral Ink: Rose Red, Whisper White Craft Cardstock: Rose Red, Confetti Cream, Watercolour Paper Accessories: Manhattan Flowers Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon


Technique: Watercolouring using a Blender Pen Stamps: Boatloads of Love Ink: Black Stazon Cardstock: Watercolour Paper, Taken With Teal, Apricot Appeal, Perfect Plum Accessories: Word Window Punch, 1/4” Circle Punch


Technique: Watercolouring using Aqua Painter Stamps: Embrace Life, Sanded Background Stamp, Stem Silhouettes  Ink: Close to Cocoa, Black Stazon Cardstock: Watercolour Paper, Blush Blossom, Kraft Accessories: Paper Piercer, mat pack, Close to Cocoa Marker

Please let me know if you would like to learn how to do these super easy techniques…I am happy to show you!!



Friday, 7 May 2010

Not Long Now!!

It is not long now until I leave for Sydney for Stampin’ Up!’s annual Convention. I am very excited and have been busy making swaps and pressies…that is why I have been so quiet. I can’t show you what I have made yet…it has to be a surprise…but I will as soon as I get back..I promise!!

In the mean time…I will show you the projects we made in April for my Mother’s Day-Big Shot class.

April Class4

We made a box using the BIG SHOT die and 6 cards to go inside the box. The colours looked so pretty together and the POLKA DOTS EMBOSSING Folder seemed to make the cards POP! The flowers were made using the FAUX SUEDE technique and circle punches.

April Class1 April Class

Cardstock: Confetti White, Close to Cocoa, Barely Banana, Blush Blossom, Bordering Blue, Mellow Moss, Pretty In Pink, Perfect Plum. Inks: Barely Banana, Blush Blossom, Bordering Blue, Mellow Moss, Pretty In Pink, Perfect Plum Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Circle Punches, Word Window Punch, Large Oval Punch, Silver Brads.

It was so much fun making these little cards!!