Sunday, December 27, 2009

ESAD Secret Santa

Merry Christmas Everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season.  It has been a quiet Christmas in the Stedman house this year. Most of our extended family was away this year and normally we would have heaed to Perth to be with my sisiters, but with the extended retail hours we were unable to go  to Perth. My own thought is that the shops should not be open Boxing Day, but judging by the crowds that go each year I guess I am in the minority. So if you are shopping on the holiday days, spare a thought for the workers who are not able to be with their family. And that's my whinge for the day!!

Now to the more important things. As I said it was a quiet day for us, a trip to church in the morning and an afternoon visit to Matt's Aunt and Nana and all meals at home with just us. The kids were very excited with their Nintendo DS, one each. Matt got one too so the four of them were happy playing games together!!



And what did I get? An Ipod and earrings. Thank you to my my hubby and kids. I also got a special gift from my Secret Santa from the ESAD group. I think my Santa is Kim Conway, a talented crafter and very generous gifter!  There was  notebook decorated with kaleidoscope DSP from the Summer mini and my name in chipboard and glitter (Isobel wont be stealing this one!), a cutter kit, heat & stick powder, dazzling diamonds and a gift box made from the I Wish simply scrappin' kit. Below is a photo of all the goodies inside.


Thannk You Secret Santa!!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Inventory Sale!!

Stampin' Up! are having a sale!! YAY!! This doesnt happen very often so it's a really big deal. With 23 different stamp sets from 25 - 50% off this is a sale not to be missed!!  There are also ribbons, dsp, hodge podge and other accessories all going cheap. All items are from the current Idea Book and Catalogue. This sale finishes on the 24th January or until stocks last, so make sure you get in early to secure your goodies. Check out the Stampin' Up! customer homepage (link in the right hand column) for all the details and then give me a call.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Stocking Gift Holder



Gift cards are a great idea for those hard to buy for people, the only drawback is the boring old envelope its normally delivered in. So this gift card holder is perfect for brightening the card and celebrate Christmas. I found the template on Splitcoast amongst the new technique challenges.  It is just a simple stocking shape on two pieces of cardstock, taped together and a flap from the back piece to hide the card. I have used last year's incolour and designer paper as I had heaps of the Christmas paper left over so didnt buy any this year.



Project recipe:
Stamp set: Snow Swirled
Cardstock: whisper white
Ink: purely pomegranate, wild wasabi (both retired)
Accessories: DSP  and purely pomegranate ribbon (retired), scallop circle and 1 3/8" circle punch, eyelet border punch



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Summer Mini Catalogue Blog Hop!!

The Summer Mini Catalogue is here!! This blog hop is designed to give you  a chance to see the great products in the new catalogue and ideas on how to use them. Not only do you get to see most of the new catalogue in action, but you could also win a great prize!

The event has been organised by Leonie Schroeder, leading lady at ESAD-AU. ESAD stands for Extra Special Aussie Demonstrators and is a yahoo group for Stampin' Up! demonstrators in Australia and New Zealand. With hundreds of members throughout the region it is an invaluable resource for ideas and inspiration. If you as a crafter have a question about products or projects and I dont know the answer ESAD is the place I go to. I ask your question and I guarantee by the end of the day I will have half a dozen responses from other demonstrators. There also craft challenges, business tips and photo albums full of beautiful items these talented ladies have created. So if you are a SU! demonstrator and not a member, just click the button for an invite.








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And this is my project for the Blog Hop!! This Valentines card was made using a new stamp set called I (heart) hearts. It is a set of 8 stamps and I love it! It is made up of  hearts in different sizes and patterns. but best of all it co-ordinates with both of the heart punches available in the 2009-10 Idea book and catalogue. I also used 3/4" polka dot ribbon, new in the mini. So where are the polka dots? On the reverse side! Yep, the ribbon which is a gorgeous real red colour can be used two ways making it even better value!


Project Recipe
Stamp set: I (heart) hearts
Ink: Real red
Cardstock: whisper white, real red and basic black
Accesorries: 3/4" polka dot real red grosgrain ribbon and scallop square punch.

This blog hop has 30 people involved, so make sure you have time to check them all out. If you do and leave a comment on every post you will go into the running to win some great Stampin' Up! prizes.  Once you have been to all the blogs and left a comment you need to send an email to Leonie at leonie@stamp-a-latte.com to let her know. It doesnt matter where you start in the hop, it works as a circle just keep following the links at the end of each post. Next you will go to see Chantell Randalls's blog.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

It's a Blog Hop!!!

The Summer Mini Catalogue is nearly here!! The official start date is the 1st of December and it is full of gorgeous stamp sets and DSP as well as some super cool new accessories to make your creating even easier!! To celebrate its arrival a few of the demonstrators (including myself) from my demonstrator group are doing a blog hop, displaying items using products from the new catalogue.

For those who dont know, a blog hop is a group of posts by different people all on the same theme. At the end of each person's post is a link to another preson's blog and so on in a big circle. There are about 20 demos involved in the hop creating cards, scrapbook layouts and 3D items all using the different products from the summer mini.

So make sure you check here on the 1st of December and follow the links!!  I will hopefully also have a link to the new catalogue.

PS The Spring Mini finishes Monday 30th November, so this is your last chance to order.

Monday, November 16, 2009

November Cyberstamp

This weekend just gone was another great weekend of challenges and chat with my yahoo demonstrator group, organised once more by the lovely Tanya Kitto. This time around I got to set one of the challenges for the first time - a scrapbook layout which required people to use a certain number of different products and techniques. The idea being that the page would give a good indication of the way SU! products could be incorporated into scrapbooking. I have set up a slideshow of all the work I did on the weekend.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pink Ribbon Fundraiser

Hi Everyone

A big Thank you to all who participated in our Pink Ribbon Fundraiser. Although we only had a few ladies here on the night, we had a great time chatting (and eating) and decorating a paper sack. Lots of people who couldnt make it on the night were kind enough to give a donation or buy raffle tickets and other products.

Altogether we raised nearly $500 for the Cancer Council!! THis is a huge effort from a small group.

The winners of the raffle were: 1st prize: Fiona Holmes
2nd prize: Patricia Pfieffer
3rd prize: Melissa Chandler
Congratulations to all three ladies. Thank you to Stampin' Up! for donating all the prizes.

So from Debbie Robinson and myself, thank you to all of you who helped to make this such a great fundraiser and we hope to be able to repeat the event next year!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thanksgiving Card


Now I know we dont celebrate Thanksgiving here, but my secret sister in The USA does. So, as with the halloween card, I thought I would give myself a bit of a challenge. I found the instructions for the pumpkin on Splitcoast and then teamed it with Window dressing (level 3 hostess set).


Stamp Set: Window dressing, weathered BG

Cardstock: close to cocoa, whisper white, ruby red and pumpkin pie

Ink: close to cocoa, pumpkin pie, bravo burgundy and garden green markers

Accessories: wide oval punch, ribbon originals - pigtails, brass eyelets.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

WA Regionals Swaps


Every year all the Stampin' Up! demonstrators in WA have a chance to attend a training day in Perth. This is a great opportunity for us to catch up with old friends (and make new ones) while learning about new products and techniques from those in the know at SU!. Part of the fun is making and swapping cards and other projects with other demonstrators. THese 2 cards are the ones I made (with a bit of help from friends). I swapped 40 cards, so I have lots of new ideas and designs. If you want to see all the others, you will have to book a workshop and I will bring them with me!
Dont forget the Pink Ribbon fundraiser Saturday night here at my place, 7pm cost $10!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

New address

Hi Everyone

Exciting news, I have my own domain name!! This means that the address for here is even easier to type.

www.carolestamping.com

Easy peasy!! You can still use the old name and you will be automatically diverted.

I know it now has only one s in the address, blame Matt for organising this before 7am with only half a cup of coffee in him!!

Take care
Carole

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pink Ribbon Fundraiser Take 2!!

Unfortunately, due to scheduling problems, Debbie and I have had to cancel the Stamp-a-thon. But we still have all those SU! goodies to give away. Sooo..we have decided to just have a coffee and supper evening at my place instead!!

When: Saturday 31st October 2009, 7pm til late
Where: My place (address given when you RSVP)
Cost: $10 which includes supper and door prize entry ticket
RSVP: 29th October
Email: Me at carole@stedman.net.au
Debbie at buzzcat2@bigpond.com

We will have hand made cards and pink ribbon merchandise to sell, as well as a raffle and a silent auction. So even if you are not into stamping come along for coffee and company and help raise money for Breast cancer research!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Halloween

Back from holidays and straight into a few cards. This is one I have made for my secret sister in the USA. Halloween is not a holiday we celebrate here in Oz, so I had to get the imagination going. I have no halloween stamps or papers so I had to improvise. I dry embossed the spider web and then wiped it with white ink. THe spider was created from a number of different size circle punches. Next month I have to make a Thanksgiving card and again I have no stamps!

Cardstock: basic black, pumpkin pie and real red
Ink: whisper white craft ink and white embossing powder
Punches: 1.5", 1" and 1/4" circles
Stamps: best friends alphabet lower (no longer available)
Accessories: pumpkin pie ribbon, white gel pen, black marker

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Holidays!!

Well it's finally arrived!! The school holidays have started and we are all heading to Perth today. Isobel is competing tomorrow in gymnastics State finals, she is a bit nervous as you can imagine. Then on Tuesday Matt and I fly to Melbourne for a weeks' holiday. The kids are having a holiday with Nana and Grandad which they are really excited about (or maybe its the no parents thing)!! We will all be back home again on the 7th October.

So I wont be checking my emails very often, but if it is urgent you can call me on my mobile. So enjoy your school holidays everyone, coz I know I will!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pink Ribbon Stamp-a-thon

October is Pink Ribbon month to raise awareness of and money for breast cancer research. Those who know me well will realise how important this charity is to me. Fourteen years ago I lost my Mother to this awful disease. She was only 56 years old. Mum died before I met my husband, before mine and my sister's children born. That's 5 children who will never know what a special person Nana Margaret was.

So for my Mum and all the other ladies who have suffered, or know someone who has suffered from this disease, Debbie Robinson and myself are having a Stam-a-thon to help do our part to raise money for breast cancer research. You will get to make all 6 gorgeous projects shown above and have the chance to win stacks of Stampin' Up! prize packs.

When: Sunday18th October 2009, 1 - 5pm
Where: Girl guide hall, Parker St Lockyer
Cost: $50, includes everything you need to make the projects, door prize entry, afternoon tea and SU! Spring mini catalogue ($25 deposit required by 10th October)

So email me, leave a comment with this post or call me to book your place. Tickets are limited so get in early!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Pop-up Rose Card


Every couple of weeks I get together with my friends Kathryn and Fiona for a day of stamping. Usually one of us has a new technique or tool to show the others. This time around Kathryn showed us 2 new techniques. The first was using the brayer and creating a sunrise/sunset background. I think I need a bit more practice before showing any cards I make using the brayer!


The second card is this pop-up card. The little tag at the top folds in when the card is folded flat to fit into a standard size envelope. This particular card will be going to my secret sister from SCS. I stamped the large flower from the 5th Ave floral set onto vellum with white ink and then white embossed it. It is then backed with riding hood red cardstock, held together with a pink rhinestone brad, and cut out.


Stamp Set: Fifth Ave Floral and Botanical Blooms (SAB 2009), Perfectly pretty wheel Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, kiwi kiss, riding hood red, whisper white, vellum
Ink: Riding hood red, whisper white craft
Accessories: Bella rise DSP, white embossing powder, riding hood red taffeta ribbon, 1" and 1.5" circle punches and scallop border punch.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Stampin' Up! September Promotion..Free Ribbon!!


Hi Everyone, Stampin' Up! has come up with a great promotion for this month only. With every purchase of $100 or more, you get 2 free spools of ribbons!! The 2 free ribbons are: 9.1m of So saffron 5/8" grosgrain and 9.1m of Certainly celery 5/8" twill ribbon, valued at $30. These are an exclusive offer for the promotion and not available in the catalogue at this time. I will be putting an order in myself on the 16th September or you can call me anytime to place an order and I will have it shipped straight to your door! For further details just click on the picture above (woohoo I've learnt how to link pictures!!).

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Snow swirled Christmas

It's that time of year again. Time to start getting organised to make your Christmas cards. Last year there was a huge backorder on the different green and red cardstocks and Christmas stamp sets, especially those in the mini catalogue. This meant that many people didnt get their supplies until much closer to Christmas, leaving them little time to make their cards. Make sure you dont get caught out this year!! The Spring mini catalogue has a few stamp sets, ribbon and designer papers just perfect for Christmas. So just click on the caption below the catalogue and take a look. Remember: the earlier you order your supplies, the more time you will have to make your cards!!

Stamp set: Snow Swirled
Card: Real red, old olive and whisper white
Accessories: versamark, cuttlebug and gold stickles

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tri Shutter Card


This great card is just one of the cards I have to make for Fathers Day. This one is for my hubby Matt and I will make 2 more smaller versions for the kids grandads. It is called a trishutter card and the tutorial is on the splitcoast stampers webpage in the resource section or ask me to demonstrate it at a workshop for you!
The stamp sets used are Sense of Time and Oval All from the Spring mini catalogue available now. If you would like a copy of the new mini, just drop me a line and I will pop one in the post for you. I will have a link on here within the next few days, I'm just waiting for Matt to give me a hand!
Stamps: Sense of time and Oval all (spring mini catalogue)
Cardstock: Choc chip, more mustard and very vanilla
Ink: Choc chip
DSP: Wanted (no longer available)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Card Organiser


A few weeks ago my friend Debbie expressed an interest in a Birthday card organiser and how to make one. Well after a thinking about it, finding a template on Splitcoast Stampers and help from my upline Cathy Clark, I have managed to create one for Debbie's birthday next week. I used a scrapbooking kit from Fiskars and Heidi Grace that I got at the Craft show. Green and orange is a combination I dont normally put together, but being a kit this combo works. The pages are 12"x12" cardstock folded and covered with DSP and then embellished with flocked add-ons from the kit.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My Blog List

I am always on the lookout for new ideas and inspiration to help me when making cards. Blogs are a great way of seeing what others are doing and creating. The newest blog I have just added is special as it belongs to my Divine secret sibling for this round on splitcoast stampers. Susan creates the most beautiful cards with the best watercolouring and sewing on her cards. She also has inspired me to decorate the inside of my cards. This is something Susan does and it adds something special to each card. So while you are checking out what I am up to, make sure you take a look at the blog list and see what some other people are doing!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ESAD Cyberstamp

The best thing about being a SU! demonstrator is not the discount or the commission earned or even the sneak peeks and preorders on new catalogues. The best thing about being a demonstrator is joining the family of other demonstrators!! I had a ball this weekend at a cyberstamp organised by another demo, the gorgeous Tanya Kitto. I spent the weekend chatting and creating with other demos from across the country without even leaving my home. Many of these women I have never met and some I hadnt even spoken to before, but it didnt matter. We all had a common passion for papercrafts and Stampin Up! Several different members set us challenges such as a colour, sketch or 3D object to make. In all we had 7 tasks to complete by Monday night. As I completed an item I had to take a photo of it and post it to the site for everyone to see and comment on! Its a great way to see what others are up to and get ideas and inspiration. It also meant I ordered a few extra sets after seeing what people have done!! I would love to show everyone's work but its just not possible, so I will put up a slideshow of my own.If you check out some of the other blogs listed you may get to see their creations from the weekend.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

My Cuttlebug Birthday




As you all know I had a birthday a couple of days ago, and as promised my hubby Matt and the kids bought me a cuttlebug die cutter and embossing machine. Well after a couple of days of playing I have created my first card. So thank you to Teresa from the Papercraft shop for all her help and advice, and to my secret sister Susan for the gift certificate so I could buy some embossing folders. And thank you to my friend Debbie, who was staying with us for my birthday and made my malteser ice cream cake!!
Stamp set: Echoes of kindness
Cardstock: mellow moss, regal rose, brocade blue and whisper white
Ink: regal rose and always artichoke
embossing folder: stylised flowers and rose red pastels.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Candle and Card


Last night I had a great night catching up with friends and doing a bit of stamping. Thank you to Ruth for providing her home and to Kathryn for supplying the candles for us all to stamp on. This is a simple technique where you stamp your image onto tissue paper and then melt it onto the candle using wax paper and a heat gun. The image is from the Upsy Daisy stamp set using markers to ink up the stamp. This is the easiest way to get the 3 colours onto one stamp.
The card uses the Tea party DSP and Echoes of kindness stamp set. The card is going to be sent to my secret sister and I think I will keep the candle as a door prize or a hostess gift at a workshop!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

One for my Secret Sister

It's been a busy week and this is the first chance I have had to do any kind of stamping for over a week. I just found out my little sister from the splitcoast site is pregnant, so I wanted to make her a card to wish her luck and congratulations. The stamp is not SU! but actually belongs to a friend of mine and thank you to Fiona for letting me borrow it. The secret sister game has been alot of fun and full of inspiation. The idea for the double row of scallops came from my current Big Sis (thanks for the idea Painter) and the stickles for the glittered centre of the flowers were a gift from my Big Sis in the last round (thanks CJ)!
Stamp: Flower frame from Stamp-It and Sincere salutations from SU!
Inks: Going gray, certainly celery
Cardstock: going gray, certaily celery, whisper white
DSP: Tea Party

Monday, June 1, 2009

SU! Hostess Promotion

June and July are great months for hostessing a workshop. When its cold and wet outside, what better place to be than inside with your friends creating and sharing good times. And now Stampin' Up! wants to reward you for enjoying yourself!! For June and July, all hostess who have a workshop with sales over $600 will recieve an additional $40 to spend!! Normally a $600 workshop will earn the hostess a choice of a level 1 or level 2 hostess set and $70 to spend, but for these 2 months only you will get an extra $40 taking your total to $110!!! So who is ready to start spending those free dollars??? Call me ASAP to book a workshop, I plan for you ladies to keep me busy over the next 2 months!!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Stamping Class

Sorry everyone, I have to cancel this class. I will try to reschedule it for another time.

Next month I am planning another stamping class, this time with a bit of a twist. People have asked me what else can you do with stamps besides make cards? Well next month, I will show you a great gift idea - stamping onto candles! This is much easier than it sounds, but is done in several steps which is why I dont demonstrate this technique at workshops, it would take too long. And while we have the heat gun out, I thought we could do some embossing. Heat embossing adds texture and a bit of sparkle to any project. The card shown here has silver embossing of the seaweed behind the fish. This is also another technique that I dont demonstrate as it takes too long. So the only way you can try these ideas is at my class!!

When: Friday 19th June 2009 at 7.30pm
Where: My place
Cost: $10, which includes the candle!

So call or email me as booking are essential!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Inspired by Nature


Hooray!! New stamp sets!! Always a good reason to create and have fun. This lovely card is for my mother in law who is having a birthday at the end of the week. It is hard to see, but the pink actually is alot darker in real life.
Stamp set: Inspired by Nature, sincere salutations
Ink: kiwi kiss, pretty in pink and baja breeze
Cardstock: pretty in pink, kiwi kiss and whisper white

Perth Craft Fair

I have just got back from the craft fair in Perth. I had a great time with my sister Sue and friend Kathryn checking out all the displays. I wanted to go to see what was on offer in Perth that we might not get down here in Albany. I am happy ( and sad) to report that there wasnt really anything we havent seen before. It's good to know that we keep up with the latest equipment available in Perth, but I know there is more out there that hasn't made it west at all. It was also pleasing to see that the SU! products more than held their own as regards to quality, price and choice. I saw alot of cheaper stamps, but you certainly get what you pay for, quite often there was no foam under the rubber or the image and rubber was very thin so the stamped image was not very good.

So what did I learn about stamping? I now know I dont like foam stamps as they dont give a crisp image. I discovered that acrylic stamps often leave an edge around the image. Give me a wood mounted stamp any day!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Not a Card


One of the great things about being a SU! demonstrator is the chance to get together with other demonstrators and share ideas. This idea came from the convention and was shown to me by my friend and fellow demonstrator, Debbie Robinson (who did go to convention). This notebook started the day as a plain black plastic book, dull and boring. But with just a sheet of DSP, some ribbon and a couple of stamps it has become an inspirational journal for me to write down or draw favourite ideas for cards and scrapbooking pages.
Stamp sets: Life definitions, Mini alphabet
Ink: Old olive
Ribbon: Old olive, pretty in pink and tempting turquoise.
The DSP is from the last catalogue and no longer available, but any DSP will do just match with your ribbons and ink.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Unconventional Convention Cyberstamp

So what was I doing while the convention was happening without me? I was attending the first (and hopefully annual) Unconventional Convention cyberstamp!! A bit of a mouthful, but so much fun. From my craft desk I was able to hook up with other demonstrators online who couldnt make it to convention and chat and create. It was organised by the fabuluos Tanya Kitto of Mingenew who set us a series of challenges including cards, scrapbooking and 3D objects. Starting on the Friday and finishing on Sunday, it meant that whenever I had the time I could log on to chat while we worked and then show photos of all the items as we made them. I have added a slideshow of all the projects I completed.

Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue 2009/10

Last weekend was the annual national convention for SU demonstrators in Canberra. This is a huge event in the Australian SU calendar, up there with the annual launch of the new catalogue. Although I wasnt able to attend, I have heard that they all had a great time. Its a great opportunity for demonstrators around Aus to meet and share ideas and experiences. It is also when the management of SU makes there big announcements, and this year is no different. As you know, SU is an American company which has spread across the globe. Now to bring our catalogue in line with the US catalogue it has been decided to extend the validity of the current catalogue. What this means is that the current catalogue will be valid until September 2010!! This gives you more time to buy all those great new items that arrived in the catty. There will also be 3 mini catalogues between now and Sept 2010, with the possibility of new hostess sets in one or more of them. As soon as I know more, I will let you know too.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Card Making Class


Take your card making to a new level with just a few punches and square cuts. Join me as I show you how to make these gorgeous children's cards as well as a waterfall card. For just $10 I will demonstrate these 3 cards and provide all the materials for you to make them as well.
When: Saturday 9th May 2.30pm
Where: 16 Burville street. Spencer Park
Cost: $10, includes all materials and Afternoon tea.
Bookings essential. Phone me or send an email by Thursday 7th May 2009.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Mothers Day Cards


I thought I would get an early start on my Mothers Day cards this year. I usually make at least 2 cards, one for Matt's mum and one for my stepmother and any I need for the kids great grandmothers (they have 3 of them!!). This year I am also going to do a few for the Mothers Day stall at the kids primary school.
Stamp set: Echoes of kindness level 2 hostess set
Cardstock: Pink pirouette, kiwi kisss, perfect plum, pale plum and whisper white
Ink: Pink pirouette, kiwi kiss and versamark
Accessories: clear embossing powder, scallop circle punch, scallop edge punch and self adhesive rhinestones.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fresh Cuts and In Colour

I thought I would take advantage of the hour of quiet I have while the kids are playing next door. It isnt often all three kids are gone at the same time, so a little bit of peace is to be put to good use! I wanted to achieve three things: 1. use a new stamp set I hadnt used before, 2. use the new incolours and, 3. get a head start on my cards for the next round of Divine Secret Siblings! With this card I have done all three.

Stamp set: Fresh Cuts
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Choc. Chip, natural ivory and pumpkin pie
Ink: kiwi kiss and pumpkin pie

I also used a watercolour pencil (orange) to give some extra colour to the main image and went over the solid areas of the image with kiwi kiss ink and a blender pen to make the leaves stand out.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

2009/10 SU Idea Book & Catalogue

Hooray!! It's finally available for everyone to look at! Thats right, the new catalogue can now be viewed online, just click on the picture of the catty in the right hand column and this will take you directly to the catalogue on the SU website. Now you can have a look for yourself at all the great new stamp sets, DSP and other new stuff. Of course to get a good look at the catalogue you need to be here tomorrow night or book a workshop and get your own copy free! If you wish to place an order or book a workshop just give me a call or send me an email.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sneak Peek



My preorder has arrived, full of stamp sets from the new catalogue. I couldn't resist this set, it is so pretty and great for watercolouring. And I love this DSP, its on the retired list and such a bargain at less than $9.

Stamp set: Bloom Away

Cardstock: Real red, old olive, tempting turquoise and whisper white

DSP: Petals and Paisleys

Ink: black stazon

Accessories: watercolour pencils and real red ribbon

Inkers Card Swap


Every two months the Demonstrators in Albany and surrounding region get together. We learn new techniques and talk stamping stuff. We also do a card swap with a particular theme. This month it was to make a male card using a set included in the new Catalogue. This is my swap sample.
Stamp set: Seaside (thanks Fiona for the loan!)
Cardstock: Old olive, basic black, natural ivory and more mustard.
Ink: Old olive and black stazon
Accessories: old olive 5/8" ribbon
If you want to see all the other Demos cards you will have to come to the launch next week!

Monday, March 23, 2009

New Catalogue!!

That's right, the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalogue has arrived at my place!! It is ,of course, gorgeous with lots of new stamps sets and accessories. I've looked through it a couple of times already and my wish list is over $900!! That does include $250 worth of markers and a new cutter coz I've worn mine out. I cant tell you much, you will have to come to the launch to see it for yourself. Dont forget: 3rd April, 7.30pm and I will be giving away prizes from the new catalogue!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Catalogue Launch

To celebrate the launch of the new 2009-10 Stampin' Up! Ideas Book and Catalogue, I will be having a small get together at my place. With door and spot prizes of new and retired products, as well the new incolour cardstock and several new stamp sets on display, it should be a fun evening. So join me for a cuppa and cake as we check out all the new stuff. As another bonus, for that night only, you will be able to purchase the Catalogue for only $10 (saving $2.95) or book a party and get it free!! Call or email me by 30th March to attend.

Joy Fold Card

I really like the way this card turned out. It is called a Joy fold card and the details for how to create it is on the Splitcoaststampers website in the resource section. It is actually quite easily done using two pieces of cardstock. I used Taken with Teal, Rose red and whisper white CS and Bali Breeze DSP from the summer cat. The stamp set is called Winged Things, unfortunately it is no longer available, but you could use any stamp set you want.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Retired List

Each year Stampin' Up! puts out a new catalaogue full of new stamp sets, papers, ribbons and all other good things. In preparation for this, a retired list of all the stuff that is NOT in the new catalogue is issued. This is the last chance to buy a whole heap of items including your favourite incolour card and inks, stamp sets you have been delaying buying, and all those beautiful designer papers. Many of the items have also been reduced in price. So head over to the http://www.stampinup.com/ and take a look at the list and give me a call ASAP. These items are only available until 31 March or when stock runs out.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Be Happy


This card was made using the Be Happy stamp set, which is one of the sets Stampin' Up! has included for the Bush Fire Appeal. It will also be retring at the end of March. The colour combination of Lovely lilac, Sage shadow, Perfect plum and Summer Sun came straight from the colour coach wheel. I knew I wanted to use a purple colour, but wasnt sure what I would put with it. The wheel is great for getting combos outside of the colour families.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Embrace Life


This is a card I have made for my sister's 40th Birthday. Happy Birthday Julie!!


I used the Embrace Life stamp set with crystal effects on the large flowers in the centre for that laquered look. Cardstock: real red, whisper white and tempting turquoiuse. Ink: black stazon, real red and green galore markers. Finished off with a real red ribbon and a bit of bling in the corners.


I love the bright colours of this card and hope Julie will too!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Thomas Kinkade Stamped Card


I would love to be able to take credit for this beautiful card, but it was actually created for me by a friend. I joined a Secret Sister group on the Splitcoast site and each month I get 2 cards from my secret sister and I send 2 cards to someone else! This card was stamped with a Thomas Kinkade stamp, watercoloured and then a 'cracked glass' technique was used to give an aged look. I am not sure how this is done, but when I find out I will post it on the blog.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sale-A-Bration

We are halfway through the sale-a-bration promotion. For those who dont know, this is how it works: for every $100 of SU products you buy (from either current cat.) you get a free stamp set from the SAB cat. There is no limit to the number of free sets ie if you spend $300 you get 3 sets free! As an added bonus if you host a workshop with a sales total greater than $600 you get a free set plus all the usual great hostess benefits. New recruits during this time get to choose an extra stamp set from the Idea book!

Waterfall Card

I was taught to make these waterfall cards at the Inkers Group for SU Demonstrators. One of the other demonstrators (thanks Julie) was very patient teaching us to make these and a onesie card for babies. One of the great things about being a dmonstrator is the great support and freindship you get from other demonstrators and upline. I hope to be doing a class teaching this technique sometime in March.

Stamp set: Garden Whimsy
In colour cardstock and inks