Sunday, 12 November 2017

My Swaps for Onstage

So, to get all those wonderful swaps in my last post, I had to make swaps myself.  As I hadn't been to onstage before I wasn't sure exactly what was expected, so I made a variety of items.

I chose a theme for card swaps and decided on the "Checkered Card with Focal Point" Theme.  I made 50 cards, 10 of each style.  I also made some 3-D projects - see below.

Basically, these are made by cutting different coloured squares of 4cm x 4 cm and then using any stamp set or dies as the focal point.  On the Christmas card I used Designer Series Paper, but all the rest I chose a stamp from the stamp set and used that to create my own Designer Series Paper. 

Card 1
Here I chose Calypso Coral and Peekaboo Peach  Cardstock and Ink as the main colours.  I used the Cool Treats Stamp Set and coordinating Frozen Treats Dies.  I used the Triple Banner Punch for the sentiment and stuck it all together - too easy!

Here I used Pool Party and So Saffron Cardstock and ink.  I stamped the Bird and sentiment in Archival Black.  The Bird and branch is from the Best Birds Stamp Set and I cut it out using the coordinating dies.  The bird and branch are coloured using the Stampin' Write Markers.  The background is stamped using smaller stamps in the stampset.  Again, I used the Triple Banner Punch on the sentiment.   

For this card I used some Designer Series Paper from the Be Merry Paper Pack.  The Snowman and Reindeer are stamped using the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set and cut out using the Seasonal Tags Framelits.  They are coloured using the Stampin' Write Markers.  The sentiment is stamped from the Labels to Love Stamp Set and Punched out with the Label Punch.  A quick, easy and gorgeous Christmas Card.

The Cardstock and Ink Colours used on this card were Island Indigo and Rich Razzleberry.  Again the background is created with stamps within the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set.  Cut out with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.  A bit of wink of stella and some Rhinestones make this card pop.  The sentiment is from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set and punched with the Triple Banner Punch.   

This card uses Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock and Ink.  The Stamp Set Used is the Flower Shop and punched out using the Pansy Punch.  The sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.  The Triple Banner Punch is used on the sentiment.  

So as you can see, the theme is the same, but the focal point makes it a different card.  I also made several other cards using the same theme which I will showcase over the next couple of weeks.

I also made some 3-D projects as a swap. 

This is my One Sheet Wonder Box.  It is very easy to make and I will add the template to the bottom of the post.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  I made 30 of these, 6 of each In-colour - Pink Pirouette, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist.  Inside was the instructions on how to make the box and also a yummy treat.  




One Sheet Folding Box

·        Start with a piece of cardstock measuring 8 x5 ½ inches
·        On the 8 inch side, score at 1”, 3 ½ “, 4 ½ “and 7”.
·        On the 5 ½ inch side, score at 1”, turn 180 degrees and score at 1” again.
·        On the 8 inch side, cut the score lines up to the 1” score line on both sides (not along the 5 ½ “ side).
·        Cut on the small sections on an angle as per the diagram.
·        Using a score tool, burnish all score lines. 
·        Fold the tabs inside and the box folds up on itself to form the shape required.
·        Glue just the tabs.
·        Decorate. DSP: One  3 ¼’ x 2 ¼’ (top) Two 3 ¼ ‘ x ¾ ‘ (sides) and two 2 ¼ ‘ x ¾’ (sides)

·        I used the ½ inch circle punch just on the lid flap to make it easier to open.


Template - Click HERE


Hope you like my swaps.  Please leave a comment if you have any questions, or contact me on the contact page.  

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 


Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 





Onstage Local 2017 - Melbourne



I was lucky enough to go to Onstage Local - South Pacific - Melbourne for our Stampin' Up! Convention.  It was an amazing day and I had the best time.  It was my first onstage experience and I wasn't disappointed.  It was organised so well from start to finish.

This is a photo of my friend and fellow demonstrator Maggie Griffin and myself at onstage.  #Loveitliveitshareit


Part of the experience is to do swaps.  I had so much fun doing this.  In fact, it was almost the best part of the day.  It was a great way to stop, talk to and meet other demonstrators from around Australia.  I met people not only from Melbourne but from Sydney, Adelaide, Tasmania and even Perth. 

The idea of swaps is to learn new techniques and gain inspiration from fellow demonstrators.  Stampin' Up! is a great big family and demonstrators across the globe are supportive of one another, not competitive.  The majority of demonstrators get into the business due to their love of craft, stamping and sharing our creativity with others.  For some it is a huge money making business but for most it is a personal passion and expression of who we are.  We are kindred creators...

Anyway, following are pictures of the swaps I received.  I have listed who they are from underneath each photo.  A huge thank you for all my swaps.  I am overwhelmed by your creativity and thank you from the bottom of my heart for swapping with me. 

L-R 
Top: Alysia, Louise Colvin, Lorin Goodchild & Heather Sherry
Bottom: Joanne Foster, Cristina Martin & Vanessa Chivers

L-R
Top: Sophie Kerr, Kylie Mitchell, Sara Wilkins, Danni Clark
Bottom: Rosie Spezzano, Kylie Page, Jan White & Johanna Hetherington

L-R
Top: Mel Roberts, Karena Johnson, Charlotte Roberts & Marian Fleming
Bottom: Louise Frazer, Nicola Bushell, Andrea Damiani & Alison Linnett

L-R
Top: Maggie Griffin, Mae Collins, Katie Scott & Di Dunk
Bottom: Sam Wilson, Particia Quintas, Tracy Held & Julie Kirby

L-R
Top: Pam Cetinich, Siobhan Fitzsimmons, Kayla Rennee & Tatiana Tobin
Bottom: Liv Ingle, Janice Booth, Debbie Rolls & Alison Pretty

L-R
Top: Julie McKee, Maryke's Crafts, Desmond Cheah & Amy Pugh
Bottom: Sharon Cornish & Jenny Tomisic

L-R
Top: Sheila Pybus, Allison Laing, Kristel Rimmer & Rebecca-Jo Unwin
Bottom: Beryl Crisp, No Name, Heather Tiley & No Name

L-R
Top: Kristy Maloney, Tracy Bish, Pat Carr & Sheree Tindall
Bottom: Debbie Blake, Susan Tilstra, Roz Butterworth, Paula Lucchese & No Name

L-R
Top: Maggie Griffin, Kat Priestly, Susan Stork-Finlay, Sue Madex, & Jac Slegtenhorst
Bottom: No Name, Mandy Depiazzi & Leanne Ross

L-R
Denise & Amy McCall


The rest of the day allowed for presentations, freebies galore, early preview of the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration catalogue (😍😱) and time to stamp and create 4 projects.  I can't post them yet as per policy.  

Will definitely go again if I get the chance in the future.  A great perk of being a demonstrator!!!

Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

Floral Statements on Vellum

I have seen a lot of cards on Pinterest using the Floral Statements Stamp set.  The stamps are absolutely gorgeous and can be coloured in many different ways.  



I chose to stamp the Thanks with the roses stamp onto some Vellum using the Basic Black Archival Ink.  I quickly sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and embossed it.  The great thing about the Stampin' Up! vellum is that it will take the heat gun well and wont warp.  

I coloured the roses and leaves from the back of the vellum, giving it a stained glass look.  I used the Stampin' Write markers - Berry Burst and Pear Pizzazz.

I mounted the Vellum using glue dots behind the letters on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and matted it on Basic Black Cardstock (all measurements below).  I popped this up on dimensionals onto the Berry Burst background which is layered on the Basic Black card base.

Measurements: Card Base - 21cm x 14.5cm
                          Berry Burst Layer - 10cm x 14
                          Basic Black - Inner Layer - 9cm x 12cm
                          Whisper White - 8.5cm x 11.5cm
                          Vellum - 8.5cm x 11.5cm

Supply List
Stamp Set: Floral Statements
Cardstock: Basic Black, Berry Burst, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Basic Black
Markers: Berry Burst, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals & Glue Dots

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 


Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Wetlands with Polished Stone Background

I really enjoyed making the polished stone background, I decided to do another one in blues.

Love how this card turned out.


The colours I used on this were Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise and Garden Green.  See previous post for the Polished stone technique.

I stamped the Goose in Archival Black Ink.  I allowed it to dry and then very gently water-coloured using a blender pen.  I stamped on Whisper White cardstock, so you need to be very light with the blending or the paper will pill.  Ideally I should have used either Shimmery white or Watercolour paper which take the technique much better.  I water-coloured using markers on an acrylic block - markers used were garden green, tempting turquoise, island indigo, Calypso coral (beak) and So Saffron (brushes).

The goose, greeting and reeds are all from the Wetlands Stamp Set.  Sadly this stamp set retired, but I like to use both my old and new items.  

The goose is layered on a Garden Green Mat which is also layered on another piece of Whisper White.  The card base is Island Indigo. 


I added a small amount of fine tip glue to the goose's chest, wings, cheek and also the brushes in the weeds and sprinkled them with a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter for a little sparkle and bling.  

Inside, I used another stamp from the set for the birds and lightly water-coloured the water they are standing in.  The sentiment is from the Special Celebrations Stamp Set in the new annual catalogue.  I really love this stamp set that is all sentiments for all different occasions.  


Supplies List
Stamp Sets: Wetlands & Special Celebrations.
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Old Olive and Glossy (for the polished stone background)
Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink, Island Indigo, Garden Green & Tempting Turquoise
Markers: Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise, Garden Green, Calypso Coral & So Saffron.
Other: Rubbing Alcohol & Cotton Balls (for polished stone technique), Dazzling Diamonds,  & Fine Tip Glue.

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 


Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 

Monday, 31 July 2017

Tranquil Tulips - Host/Hostess Set


I so love this Hostess Set.  This card is very simple, yet elegant.  

The Tranquil Tulip Stamp Set is available for anyone who purchases over $250 worth of product.  This can be achieved by hosting a workshop/party event, or by your own sales.  You do not have to host a party to get the host sets.  

The tulips and created using the 2 step stamping technique.  I just used Real Red for them and achieved the variation in colour by stamping off for the bottom layer.  I actually stamped the tulips first so that they were positioned exactly where I wanted them.

I then stamped the stems, followed by the leaves.  The stamp set is Photopolymer, so you can see straight through them for perfect positioning.  If you aren't very good at lining up your stamps, use the Stamp-a-ma-jig - it is positively awesome.  I use it for most of my greetings as I have a habit of stamping them crooked!

The card is made with the following measurements:

Base of card measures 21cm x 15cm (basically A4 cut in half) and scored at 10.5cm
Real Red mat is cut at 14.5cm x 10cm
Whisper White mat is cut at 14cm x 9.5cm.  


Supply List
Stamp Sets: Tranquil Tulips & Soft Sayings Card Kit (Sentiment)
Cardstock - Real Red, Whisper White
Inks: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi & Crushed Curry

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 


Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Birthday Butterfly with Polished Stone Background


I got the idea for this card, the colour and butterflies from the very talented Dawn Griffith.  Dawn has been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the USA for a long time and is a fantastic teacher.  If you haven't checked out her YouTube videos do yourself a favour.  

Now that Stampin' Up! has returned the Glossy cardstock, the polished stone technique is a no brainer.  It is so easy to do and it makes the perfect background.  All you need is glossy cardstock, cotton balls, re-inkers and rubbing alcohol.  I purchased mine from Coles.  You get a big bottle for about $8.


All you need to do is put some rubbing alcohol on the cotton ball, then drop a few drops of the re-inkers of your colour choice on the cotton ball and then dab away on the glossy cardstock in whatever way/pattern you like.  Hey presto and you have a perfect background or feature for your card.

To finish off this card, I used two different die sets - Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterflies Thinlits Dies.  Finished off with some Rhinestones and a lovely sentiment cut out using the circle punches and this stunning card was done.

Of course the inside is also matted with the Basic Black and Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and then the Whisper White to allow writing.  Stamped with the beautiful butterflies in the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set.  Don't forget any purchase of this stamp set results in a donation to Ronald McDonald House.  



Supplies Used
Stamp Sets: Bunch of Blossoms (sentiment on front of card), Special Celebrations (Sentiment inside card) and Sharing Sweet Thoughts (butterflies inside card)
Die Sets: Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterflies Thinlits
Punches: 1-3/8" Circle Punch and 1-1/2" Circle Punch
Inks: Basic Black and Lemon Lime Twist
Cardstock: Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Whisper White and Glossy.
Other: Re-inkers (Basic Black & Lemon Lime Twist), Rhinestones, Cottonballs, Rubbing Alcohol.  

All the above items can be purchased from my online store - just click on the shopping cart on the top right hand side of the blog and it will take you to my store.

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 

Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Pretty Kitty Twist & Fold Pop Up Card

As it is my daughter's 16th birthday, I decided that I wanted to make something special and something different.  I had seen all these amazing twist and fold pop up cards and decided that I would give it a go.  The hardest thing was that everything was in imperial measurements - inches!  As we use metric here, I spent all day working out the best way to make it.  Lucky you, I have it all here.  I will link a tutorial at the bottom of the post.

My daughter loves cats, so the Pretty Kitty stamp set suited this type of card perfectly.  Here is the finished product 😊 The inside first -

       



   
These are the 4 panels across the centre of the card that pop up.  I added the balloon, party hats and present just as something extra.  The balloon is stamped and then fussy cut out and popped up on a dimensional for pop, as are the little party hats. I also used a little fine tip glue pen on the balloon to adhere some Dazzling Diamonds for more sparkle.  The present has had fine tip glue pen to it to give it dimension.  
     

Of course, plenty of bling was added!

The top and bottom panels were also decorated:
The second panel (with the flowers) is where I wrote on the card.  I used the flowers to tie into the Designer Series paper that I used.  Although this paper (Blooms & Wishes) has retired, the stamp set has not, so this paper could easily be recreated just with the stamps.  

The colour scheme for the card is mainly Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo and a touch of Mint Macaron.  The colouring is all done with Stampin' Write Markers.  A full list of supplies will be included at the end.  

Now the outside:

I used the Happy Birthday Thinlits Dies and the Large Numbers Dies.  I cut out 5 of each to layer them to make them stand out.  For the top layer, I covered it in Versa Mark and then clear embossing powder and heat set.  It is smooth, shiny and gives it a real WOW.  

I had so much fun making this card and my daughter was blown away.  

Good luck - give it a go

TUTORIAL : click here

Supplies Used

Stamp Sets: Pretty Kitty, Birthday Delivery (present, hats & balloon), Happy Birthday Gorgeous (party time sentiment), Text Ya Later (speech bubble and time to celebrate sentiment), Teeny Tiny Sentiments (happy birthday sentiment), Beautiful Bouquet (flowers)
Dies: Happy Birthday Thinlits, Bouquet Bunch & Large Number Framelits.
Inks: Basic Black, Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron.
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Island Indigo
Designer Series Paper - Blooms & Wishes (retired)
Markers - Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, Powder Pink, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
Other: Rhinestones, Sponges, Clear Embossing Powder, Versamark, Dazzling Diamonds and Fine Tip Glue. 

All of these supplies can be purchased through my online store - just click on the shopping cart on the right hand side.  

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 


Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits.