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.