Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Demonstrator Team Night

Susan Stork-Finlay

For our team's monthly get together we make 3 Make and Takes this time around.

The idea is to share a simple design that can easily be utilised in classes or demonstrations.

These are the cards we made.

The card on the left was designed by Susan Stork-Finlay and uses the Climbing Orchid Stamp set. I just love the font on the message in this stamp set. Lots of cutting out dies with the Big Shot for this card.

Janine Rawlins

Janine Rawlins' card uses the very popular Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating Daisy punch. It features the Gold Faceted Gems as the centre of the flower.
Fleur Llewelyn

Fleur Llewelyn's card uses another very popular stamp set - Birthday Delivery. This set comes with a coordinating die set as well to save yourself all of that fussy cutting. This stamp set is effective just stamped or coloured in as well.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Embossing Paste

For this month's craft class I was trialing the new Stampin' Up! Embossing Paste. This comes in a tub, is white and the consistency of toothpaste. It is applied with a plastic spatula. The thing to remember is that this paste is fast drying, therefore it is a good idea to wash off all instruments used immediately so it is not like concrete.

To achieve individual colours I simply mixed in a drop of my desired reinker colour.

I have used the Decorative Mask SU template sheets for the patterns. The colours I mixed in are Bermuda Bay ink and Melon Mambo ink. 

This product could become a bit addictive, particularly if you are like me and love to add dimension to your cards. There are some lovely ideas on the internet where people have made their own masking sheets - an endless opportunity.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

September Craft Class

We will be making cards using the new Stampin' Up! Embossing Paste. Please bring along your paper trimmer, all supplies included in the cost.

Places are limited to 8. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Hope to see you there.

Where: Nicole's Place, Mitcham Victoria
When:  Friday 8th September 2017
Time:  7-9.30pm
Cost:  $20

Monday, August 28, 2017

Birthday Delivery

Whilst I had some time off work recently I had a couple of crafting days with some of my friends/fellow SU demonstrators. This is a good time to use each others stamps that we may have not purchased ourselves yet.

I got to use the gorgeous set Birthday Delivery. This is a reasonably large stamp set with 23 stamps in the set. It also has a matching die cut set. A great set to try out some colouring and water colouring. 

With this type of stamp set I love to use minimalist colouring and feature a little bit of colour to make it a highlight. I matted Whisper White Cardstock onto a Pool Party card base. I used an oval from the Stitched Framelits set to feature the character I was using.

Basically the only colour I added was watercolouring with Basic Gray and then a touch of Real Red. I love the effect this produced - giving each card some clean lines. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Unicorn Birthday Card

My niece recently turned 7 years old and loves everything unicorn at the moment - even her birthday cake was a unicorn.

There was no question that I had to buy her a soft toy unicorn as her gift. Therefore, naturally I had to make her a unicorn card to go with it all. At the age of 7, as with so many little girls, her favourite colours are pink and purple.

I have used some of the Glimmer paper that was a special release for this year's Sale-a-bration to add her must have glitter. I also white embossed the body of the unicorn and finished the mane and tail off with Wink of Stella.

From the mount of babes - 'You make all of your own cards? You never buy a card? Your cards are so good I thought you always bought them for me?'

Yep!! I am the favourite Aunty for this week (again).

Sunday, August 20, 2017

CASEing The Catty 142 - Love and Sympathy

Welcome to the CASEing The Catty Sunday Blog Hop for this week which is CASEing from the Love and Sympathy section of the catalogue, pages 86 - 101. I am honoured to be a guest designer this week.

I decided to use the image and colours from a card on page 86 and create my own version.

Swapping out the stamp set to use the very cute and versatile SU hostess set In The City. This set comes with so many images and a real variety of words that can suit so many occasions. 

To make this card I used a base of Pear Pizzazz card stock which I embossed. I stamped my selected images onto Whisper White card and coloured them in with inks. As I did not have any coordinating patterned paper on hand I made my own with Crushed Curry ink - just randomly adding splotches of colour with the now retired (and favourite) stamp set Gorgeous Grunge. I also made my own version of a ribbon using Pear Pizzazz card stock which I worked between my fingers to break the fibres, therefore softening the card stock. I then finished this with Wink of Stella.

To finish the card off I used a few accents to add a bit of dimension to a card with  Dimensionals Wink of Stella, Fine Tip Glue and a gold Faceted Gem. Personally I like all of my cards to 'pop' off the page - I find this adds to the texture and individualisation of a hand crafted card.

I have included some smaller pictures here to show the extra detail on my made patterned paper and home made ribbon. As well as the 3D feature items like the plane that are done using the fine tip glue. I used this on the trees and cars as well.

I hope you like my case on the card featured in the catalogue and continue to enjoy your journey through the Blog Hop. Next up is the very talented Angela Meiritz-Reid. Please join in the challenge and post your photos to the Facebook page.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Christmas In The Making

I love most things retro and vintage, therefore this brand new Stampin' Up! stamp set Christmas In The Making is set to become a favourite of mine - it was the first item I absolutely had to buy from the new Holiday Catalogue.

We had a demonstrator team night tonight and I volunteered to share a make and take with everyone - I just had to use this set.

The card background is an in-colour Tranquil Tide card stock with a Vellum circle stamped in Melon Mambo ink. To get this design I used the tree leaves from the Sheltering Tree set. The Whisper White circle has been cut using one of the Stitched Framelits dies. 

The embossing has been done with the Softly Falling embossing folder - just turned 90 degrees to give it a different look.

The lady from the Christmas In The Making stamp set is water coloured in Tranquil Tide and Melon Mambo. I have used Wink of Stella on her dress and given some features a 3D effect using the Fine Tip Glue. 

Finishing details include Rhinestones, Silver Wire Thread and a Melon Mambo banner. 

I think she is so cute I am going to be hesitant to give this card away. I hate when that happens as I end up with a stock pile of cards that have no new home. Definitely a habit I need to work on.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mini Pizza Box

Stampin' Up! have their new 2017 Holiday Catalogue due to be released on 1st September 2017. As a demonstrator one of the perks is we can see this gorgeous catalogue early and can order items from it before any of our customers.

One of the very cute items being released is this Mini Pizza Box. It is coated on the inside so it can hold edible items such as cookies for a gift. They fit 3" x 3" cards and envelopes inside too. 

I have decorated the outside of my box with some decorative Vellum, Lemon Lime Twist card stock and a belly band in Berry Burst with a tag topper made using a brand new set called Merry Little Labels that has a coordinating punch.

For the inside of my Mini Pizza Box I have made a set of cards in Berry Burst card stock with a border of Silver Glimmer Paper stamped and water coloured with another new stamp set called Christmas In The Making. This set features 1950 style women and is just made to colour - very retro and on trend.

Such a beautiful gift for a friend - I think I will use this one as a hostess gift for my next Stampin' Up! party.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Fairy Celebration

Recently I went to a friends 50th Birthday and I made her this card. As she started her card making journey through me I wanted to make it something a little special too.

I have used the Fairy Celebration stamp set along with the Brick Wall embossing folder.

This is the first time I also got to use the increasingly popular Stitched Framelits set. I have added bling by using the Thin Wire, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Sequins, Rhinestones and Glitter. I just kept building it up and up until I was finished with the design.

The wings have been made from Vellum and Wink Of Stella pend - punched out using the Butterfly Punch. 

I cannot recall how many times I 'finish' a card only to leave it sitting on the bench so I can view  it each time I walk pass. Constantly adding a little bit more and more until I am completely, (well almost), happy.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August Craft Class

We will be making cards using the Message In A Bottle stamp set. Please bring along your paper trimmer, all supplies included in the cost.

Places are limited to 8. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Hope to see you there.

Where: Nicole's Place, Mitcham Victoria
When: Friday 4th August 2017
Time:  7-9.30pm
Cost:  $20

Message In A Bottle - Mermaid - CTC139

CTC139 CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge. I have used the Message In A Bottle Stampin' Up! stamp set. This time featuring the mermaid. 

The base card is Dapper Denim in colour and I have mounted a piece of Crumb Cake card, stamped in the same colour ink with the Hardwood background stamp, onto a piece of Basic Black card. 

Decorations used are the gold Faceted Gems, Black Wire and the new Copper Trim that I have stretched to look like seaweed. 

The mermaid is decorated using water colouring in Pool Party and Melon Mambo inks. The black tag has been embossed with the message in clear - hard to see in these photos.

I did use a fantastic post from Pinterest as the inspiration for this card. (Thanks Chloe Evans) As I work through each different stamp in this set I am finding more and more gorgeous posts of cards that are a must make. 

I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the Crew Picks for entries in the challenge for this card.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Message In A Bottle - Can You Case It? Challenge Group

The final challenge from the group Can You Case It? was the following layout. 

My entry is below. I have used the new stamp set Message In A Bottle. I love this versatile stamp set, maybe it is my obsession with unusual and vintage glass bottles and jars or the fact my husband and son are scuba divers.

What better way to display something on a card front than to make it seem like it is contained in a jar?

My card base is the new in colour Lemon Lime Twist. I have used Vellum to make my DSP by using a sponge dauber and dabbing on both Lemon Lime Twist ink and Smoky Slate ink. I love making my own background papers, therefore my cards have a unique feature (also saves on buying lots of DSP that I find too lovely to actually use).

The octopus is inked in Emerald Envy and the little heart is stamped in Real Red ink. I have used a bit of the Fine Tip Glue on the heart and the eyes on the octopus.

The ribbon used is the new Smoky Slate gingham - this is gorgeous and also comes in Night of Navy. 

The circles on the card are cut from both Silver Glimmer paper and Smoky Slate. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sprinkles of Life - CASEing the Catty #CTC137 Entry

My entry for CASEing the Catty CTC137 this week. I have cased the card for Paint Play page 161 using Sprinkles of Life stamp set. 

You cannot really see the detail on the leaves of the tree - some are emphasized with the fine tip glue. 

The card base is the ever faithful Crumb Cake - one of my all time favourites. I have used a piece of the Wood Textures DSP as the base and built on this. The 'ribbon'* is made from one of this year's in colours - Tranquil Tide card that I softened the fibres in by using my bone folder. This is decorated with a Gold Faceted Gem. 

I have used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set for the pot and tree. Inks used are Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Emerald Envy. I took a thin piece of Very Vanilla card stock and punch holes along the edge for a little pop out feature in the background.

To finish it all off I stamped the message of Very Vanilla card stock in Emerald Envy ink. Tied on a piece of Linen Thread and emphasised some of the leaves with the Fine Tip Glue to give them an embossed look and feel. This card has been given a bit of depth by using Dimensionals to set the tree and message of the card front. 

TIP * Even though you don't always have ribbon or twine in coordinating colours a good way around this is to make your own. Rather than dying some woven ribbon I chose, on this occasion, to make the ribbon from card stock. To make the card as pliable as paper you just need to work with it a little to break down the fibres, therefore it will move and act like a piece of fabric. A great way to add your own little designer finish.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fairy Celebration

I have borrowed this stamp set from my SU downline, Susan, to make a few cards. I have seen quite a number of gorgeous cards made with this set and as I have 6 nieces thought it might be a useful addition to my ever growing stamp collection. 

It is a set of 8 stamps and features 3 different fairy stamps. On this card I have showcased 2 on the front of the card and the other is hidden away on the inside. Carrying the decorating onto the inside and sometimes even the back of the card is a nice way to tie it all together.

Whilst my water colouring skills need a bit of work I have used my aqua pens to colour these fairies. Colours used are Marina Mist, Real Red, Wisteria Wonder, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke, Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip and Basic Black.

The actual card front is stamped onto a piece of Brown Paper and adhered onto a Whisper White card. As demonstrators in Australia all of our SU orders come packed amongst brown paper - so we have heaps of it to use in alternate ways other than scrap paper.

To make the jar I used the Jar of Love stamp set, but I double stamped the tallest jar to make it even longer to fit more of the fairy in. This way I couldn't use the die cuts, but I just fussy cut the jar out. The lid of the jar is made from the Silver Foil Sheets - to replicate a metal lid.

I found this card design originally on Pinterest by Laura Kant and thought it was so cute I had to replicate it. Thanks for sharing Laura.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Craft Class - Shaving Cream Technique

Recently I held a Craft Class and showcased the Shaving Cream Technique for the attendees. Above is a sample of the 3 cards we made.

This technique whilst being a bit messy is also fun to make. Each and every card is unique as the ink in the shaving cream tends to have a mind of it's own. 

The 3 colours we used above were Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo. 

Brandy's Cards 
had a great tutorial for this. I have listed her instructions below.
  1. Fill your paper plate with shaving cream.
  2. Use a stick to smooth the shaving cream out a bit. Then add several drops of each of your re-inker colours.
  3. Mix shaving cream and re-inker in a swirling motion.
  4. Don't blend it too much - you want contrast.
  5. Press your card stock into the shaving cream. If using glossy paper make sure you are putting the glossy side down and it is getting completely covered.
  6. Pull your card stock out of the shaving cream.
  7. Using the edge of a credit card wipe off the excess shaving cream.
  8. Let it dry.
  9. Decorate accordingly.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Teddy Bear - Cookie Cutter Christmas

Here is my case for CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge #CTC135. 

I have used the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and punch from page 116 of the SU Catalogue.

You probably cannot see in this photo but the entire card front is covered in glitter to add pop and the teddy is all glossy.

The card base is Smoky Slate with White stars and spots stamped on it. I have 'borrowed' a small background stamp from the Fairy Celebrations set for this white feature. The little stars are stamped in one of the new in-colours Emerald Envy, as is the message and the bow tie. 

Behind the bear is some Silver Glimmer Paper and Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon, Silver Mini Sequins, Silver Metallic Edge Ribbons and some White Twine. 

I have stamped the bear in Basic Gray Ink, with Basic Black features and used the Fine Tip Glue to make him all shiny (I find it better to do this once the card is assembled as it takes a while to dry).

This stamp set can be used for several occasions as it also has Christmas characters. The coordinating punch also cuts out all the accessories so it makes life a little bit easier - just make sure you cover them up as I sometimes tend to find a little bow tie or dots on the floor later - such a pain when I have been searching for them for a while. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bookcase Builder

The Bookcase Builder stamp set is a new release for this year's Stampin' Up! Catalogue.

I have CASED this card directly from the sample in the catalogue (which is such an inspirational book full of good ideas). 

The base of this card is Whisper White and the shelving is Smoky Slate Ink. The colours I have used for the accessories on the shelves are Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Powder Pink, So Saffron, Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler.

To add a little depth to the items on the shelves I have attached both the little heart and the teddy onto the card front with dimensionals. The twine is just a piece of white.

This stamp set comes with 27 photopolymer stamps and would be a great set for a myriad of projects - so much variety.

I entered this card into the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge #134 - For Babies and Kids Section.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Stampin' Up! Bonus Days Are Back

Has your wishlist grown since the new Stampin' Up! catalogue came out?

Treat yourself to Bonus Days: for every $90 you spend 1-31 July 2017 (before shipping and handling), you will earn a $9 Bonus Days Coupon that you can use 1-31 August 2017.

There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month long!

An email address is required to receive Bonus Days coupon code. Certain restrictions apply.

Christmas In July Promotion

Ho, ho, ho! Stampin' Up! has a fantastic Christmas in July promotion making it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! 

New recruits will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for you and one for a stamping friend!) and a Bone Folder. 

That’s an added value of $86 AUD/$103 NZD! To get a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, Stampin' Up! will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalogue for FREE ($35 AUD/$42 NZD value)! 

With so many basic items provided for you, you'll be able to get your brand, new business off to a fast start—and you can spend your Starter Kit dollars on things like your favourite stamp sets and accessories. 

Contact me for more information. Join my team and receive an extra gift from me as well.


Monday, July 3, 2017

In The City Stamp Set

One of the current Hostess Stamp Sets from Stampin' Up! is In The City. This set has 60 polymer stamps - many varieties of combinations to make each card an individual.

In this sample I had a request for a baby card. I thought this was a perfect card for a little boy. His name 'Oskar' I made to look like a banner being pulled along by the plane.

All of these pieces were stamped onto Whisper White card and fussy cut out. When adhering to the Crumb Cake card front I used both regular double-sided tape and Dimensionals to give the entire picture a 3D effect.

The road was just hand drawn on. You can see in the background I stamped a stork onto the front of the envelope. Not shown in this picture - but I also included 3 houses on the inside of the card. I think it completes the entire package when you go the extra mile by including a little bit of decoration on the inside of the card and also on the envelope.

This is a 2 step stamp set so gives it a rustic finish as well. You will notice on the cars, trees and houses there are some 'white sections' where there are gaps from the second stamp. I quite like this effect.

Another one of my new favourite stamp sets I think. I must have another play and get creative.