Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 Stampin' Up! Catalogue Launch

It is time for the long awaited new Stampin' Up! Catalogue to be released.

I am hosting a launch party showcasing some of the great new products. door prize and giveaways.

Come along and make 2 cards with new items.

Where: Nicole's place, Mitcham Victoria
When: Saturday 3rd June 2017
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Cost: FREE

If you wish to get your own copy of the new catalogue they can be purchased on the day for $5.00.

Please book your spot early to avoid disappointment. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May Craft Class Cards


For my craft class last week I decided to use the ATC swap I made for my teams swap at the April Stampin' Up! OnStage event. 

The card on the right features the ATC. My aim this year is to teach 3 cards each class that show how you can take a basic idea and build on it to produce 3 cards of different levels of difficulty.

This class showcased the bumblebee from the Pun Intended (hostess set), leaves from Flamingo Lingo stamp set and my favourite - Gorgeous Grunge which I used to make a background paper.

Using only 3 inks it appears there is so much more depth to these cards. The colours used are Daffodil Delight, Basic Black and Basic Grey. I achieved the different yellow colours on the background paper by stamping in more than one layer.

Added little features are the Black Metal Wire and Wink of Stella on the wings - in the daylight they glimmer.

I must admit I will be very sad when the Pun Intended set retires and totally devastated when Gorgeous Grunge retires.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

April Stampin' Up! Onstage Post Team Swap

After Stampin' Up! events a group of demonstrators from my extended SU team do a swap of ideas using the newly received products and stamp sets.

In this way we get to see multiple ways of using new products and perhaps encourage each other to purchase a product or stamp set that we may have not previously thought of getting before.

In this card I have featured the Pocketful of Sunshine Stamp Set and the Fabulous Flamingo Stamp Set. The colours used for the tag and the Flamingos are the new in-colours as well.

The Flamingos are triple stamped on Whisper White cardstock in the following inks - Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig.

The card base is Crumb Cake, Pocket is Pool Party and Banner is Powder Pink.

I am looking forward to seeing other people's swaps with the new products and broadening my options with their use.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Pocketful of Sunshine

This cute stamp set is another of the soon to be released sets from the new Stampin' Up! annual catalogue.

It is called Pocketful of Sunshine. The set includes a few different items that can be featured in the pocket. This card has been cased directly from the catalogue and the pocket is open to add items.

This would make a great card for putting in a gift voucher or similar. 

The colours I have used are Pool Party. Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Basic Black.

To coordinate with this stamp set is the Pocket Framelits Die - which makes life much easier for assembling 3d versions of the pocket.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fabulous Flamingo

Coming soon – the launch of the new Stampin’ Up! Annual catalogue – a much anticipated arrival. The embargo has lifted and I can show you a few of the new stamp sets.

Here I have featured the Fabulous Flamingo. As I attended the Sydney OnStage Local SU Event in April I was lucky enough to receive this stamp set as a giveaway. Flamingos may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I really love them. I supposed it comes back to my love of retro products and 1950’s items.

This stamp set is a multiple layer stamp set. You can ink up the base colour, stamp a complimenting highlight colour and then top with the outline. This gives the project great depth and really does make it seem 3 dimensional.


The colours I have used are Blue Bayou (retired), Vellum, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Flirty Flamingo.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Hey Chick - AGAIN

As you have probably guessed this is one of my favourite stamp sets at the moment - I promise I will find a new set to replace it.

This card is so cute though and lucky for me the judges in the CASEing the Catty competition thought so too. 

Colours used are Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Smokey Slate. I have coloured the head and tail directly onto the card and watercoloured the shadow. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hey Chick

I am so very sad this stamp set has now retired as it was a Sale-a-bration item. I made this card to enter into the online competition for the group Can You Case It. The theme was a specific set of colours and fortunately I was picked as one of the judges winners!!!

I embossed the chick in Copper embossing powder which added an extra layer to this card. The background was stamped with the Hardwood Stamp in Mint Macaron colour. The embossed piece is using Dapper Denim Colour. 

The chick has been watercoloured and the ribbon is a steal from a fellow demonstrators staff of stuff, (thanks Nicola).

This is the first time I have used the stitched framelits diecuts and I love the effect on the outer edge of the cirle. 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ATC Stampin' Up! OnStage April 2017 Team Swap

As opposed to making card swaps for each other at the recent SU OnStage Local event our team of demonstrators chose to make ATC swaps. This is 3" x 4" and there was no theme - free reign with ideas.

I used the Bumblebee stamp from the hostess stamp set Pun Intended. The background cardstock is Whisper White card that I have used to make my own patterned background paper. I stamped it in Daffodil Delight ink using the Gorgeous Grunge stamps. To get the different depth of colours I waited for the ink to dry a little and then added another layer of stamping.


For the leaves I have stamp in both Basic Black and Basic Grey inks using the leaves from the Pop of Paradise stamp set. I made the bee 3 dimensional by adding a second layer and making the wings from Vellum. I added the clear Wink of Stella to the wings to add a little shimmer. Both the wings and the petals of the flower have been curled out to add another layer.

Overall I was very happy with the final card and pleased with the combination of the layers. I added the Black Thin Wire to give it a little 'buzz' feel as well.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

OnStage Local - Sydney April 2017

Last weekend I travelled to Sydney to attend the Stampin' Up! OnStage local event. There were 500 like minded SU stampers there to share in my joy.

The event was held at Luna Park - this venue just projects excitement before the event even begins.

It was a long day on Saturday, but a rewarding and fun one. It is so good to see and get my hands on the new SU catalogue, receive some new products and get to play with some of the new products too. There are some very talented demonstrators who showcased some lovely projects and displayed gorgeous card swaps too.

To add to the excitement of the weekend we have a tradition of making your hotel roomie a pillow gift as a little surprise. This time round I was sharing with just 1 other fellow demonstrator who is a very dear friend. I always try and tailor something to their specific needs and think 'a little outside of the box'. Fi loves scarves and wears one most days. So I thought it would be lovely to make her a muslin scarf stamped in the SU bumblebee that she also loves. Add to this some customised gift wrapping and - voila - one pillow gift completed.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hey Chick Stamp Set

One of this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration stamp sets is the Hey Chick set. At first I was not really drawn to this stamp set but it is quickly becoming one of my favourites. On Pinterest so many talented people are making all sorts of projects with this set and they inspired me to get this card and now I am devising all sort of uses for it.

To keep me on the straight and narrow with my card making I make this card to enter into the Caseing the Catty Sunday Challenge. 

To make the 'cage' effect I embossed some card stock with the SU Honeycomb embossing folder and then sat down to some delicate fussy cutting. I stamp the chickens image onto watercolour paper as this gave me the desired water colouring effect. The card background is Bermuda Bay and Real Red. 

I was very fortunate and extremely excited to be selected the Crew Pick for the week's challenge with this card.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Build A Bookcase Stamp Set

I don't know what it is about Stag Horns but I really love them. Fortunately for me they are really popular at the moment with all of the Scandinavian themed decor. That stamp alone is probably what swayed me to purchased the Build a Bookcase stamp set.

I submitted this card into the weekly CASEing the Catalogue challenge. I also used the Hardwood background stamp inked in Bermuda Bay for the base of the card.

The Bermuda Bay glimmer paper that is a current Sale-a-bration item compliments this card really well. With the Bermuda Bay twine I made my own tassel to coordinate with the rest of the card.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tasty Trucks Stamp Set

The very popular Tasty Trucks Stamp Set can be used in so many various ways. 

I entered this card in the weekly CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge. I love when a Stampin' Up! stamp set is versatile. As you have probably noticed my stamping style is less is more - the simplicity of a card is what draws me. 

Real Red, Whisper White and Crumb Cake are one of my favourite colour combinations and they compliment each other perfectly for this card.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Beautiful You Stamp Set

Using the very popular Stampin' Up! Beautiful You stamp set I submitted an entry into the Casing the Catalogue Challenge for this week.

I was lucky enough to be selected a joint winner with the card featured on the left. This is a great boost to reaffirm I am doing something I love - and doing it well enough. 

I love cards that have a 3 dimensional part to them so I decided to 3D the skirt on the dress. I used the packaging brown paper that comes in the box with all of our Stampin' Up! deliveries. Lots of clever people have many uses for this paper that we receive in abundance, so this was my very small contribution to recycling it.

This was a very successful card to me so I have made 2 other colour versions - Melon Mambo and Smoky Slate. (The brown coloured card was made using a retired colour called baked Brown Sugar.) To make the coloured paper for the skirts I used white tissue paper and dragged the coloured ink pad across the top of it and dyed the paper. The tissue paper gives a fuller skirt as it is far more delicate than the packaging brown paper.

Next I am going to give a patterned skirt a try - maybe using DSP or I might even try my hand at creating my own patterned tissue paper. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tasty Trucks Cards

As a reward for purchasing $90AU of Stampin' Up! items for January - March 2017 you can select a complimentary product from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue. One of the very cute sets is the Tasty Trucks Stamp Set.

In my recent craft class we used the Water-colouring Technique to add some colour to this gorgeous stamp set. From a basic card, building it up into 2 versions of more advanced cards. I love the colour combination of Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay. Voila - 3 beautiful birthday cards.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Casing the Catty Challenge

For the past 2 weeks I have managed to submit entries into the CASEing the SU! Catalogue Challenge. A major feat for me as I generally become time challenged, however I joined this group to make sure I participated and made more cards this year.

Last week I made this bag. The challenge was to case the /sending Love section from pages 14-19 of the 2017 SU Occasions Catalogue. I cased the bag on page 16 - Yummy In My Tummy. I don't actually have this stamp set so I traced the image straight from the catalogue - very challenging.











This week's challenge was to case something from pages 8-11 of the 2017 SU Sale-a-bration Catalogue. I used the Inside The Lines DSP from page 11 and adapted a version of a card I pinned many moons ago from Pinterest.

I am very excited to advice that last night I found out I have won this week's challenge with this card. It is only my 3rd time EVER of entering in a challenge with some of my work, so as you can imagine I am quite chuffed. Thank you to all that voted.


 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Stampin' Up! Team Day Shoe Box Swap January 2017

Julie Higgins
Nicole Goding
This month our Stampin' Up! Demonstrator team got together for a day of card making. Each of us brought along what is called a 'shoebox swap'. Using a stamp set from either of the two new SU catalogues - Occasions or Sale-a-bration - each of us made a card to showcase. These were to be simple cards that could be replicated in classes, demonstrations etc.


Janine Rawlins
Rosie Spezzano
Rosie Spezzano
I have photos below of the cards we got to make. It is a great way to see someone else's interpretation of a stamp set, lovely to get some new ideas and to play with a stamp set that you might not have. Also a great way to decide if you would really use the stamp set in your stamping life - cause no one ever said you can have too many stamps - right?
Simone Bartrum



Fi Cobbin

Fleur Llewlyn
Lifen Sudirjo
Bev
Susan Stork-Finlay
Nicole Bushell











Monday, January 16, 2017

Everyday Hero

This would have to be one of my favourite all time stamp sets that Stampin' Up! have ever released. I love the retro images and the colours that can be used are endless.

I think this will be a timeless stamp set. Doesn't everyone have that little child still hiding inside?

For this card I have CASED the sample from the Occasions Catalogue as the sample is such a cute one.

The only thing will be having to part with this card.....hope my Dad likes it as much as I do.

Friday, January 13, 2017

More birthday cards

Just a few more birthday cards to keep myself out of mischief. 

The new stamp set below 'Beautiful You' is a very elegant style stamp set. Simplicity is the key here. I hope myMum likes it for her birthday.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Birthday Cards

I have been on some holidays over the Christmas period and received and order of some new SU products. I thought I would put them to good use and make some birthday cards. We have quite a lot of family birthdays late January and February. 

The card on the right is the Build a Bookcase set and the one on the left is the Tasty Trucks set that is earned from the Sale-a-Bration promotion. A cute set to get for free.

Monday, January 9, 2017

SU CASEing the Catty

Today I participated in my first CASE the Catty challenge. It is a weekly challenge where the organisers depict a layout/colour scheme/theme etc from the current Stampin' Up! catalogues to be CASED - Copy And Share Everything.

This week it was to follow the Party Animals Pages 4 - 7 from the Occasions Catalogue.

I used the layout from page 7 and adapted some Pop of Pink Washi Tape and the Celebrate Today stamp set.

Colours I used are Melon Mambo and Basic Black.