Stamping Joy ~ Nerida Carter

Stamping Joy ~ Nerida Carter

Friday, July 31, 2015

Butterfly "Best Thoughts" gift cards

I love a simple gift card. Whether its a simple thank you or a "for you" sentiment.
How easy were these cards to whip up? 
Lots of white space, a butterfly stamp and splash of colour.
And the gifts?
The gift bag punch board is my go to tool. I scan make bags in small medium or large widths as well as any height up to about 30 cm high. They make nice rectangular boxes too!
Add a bit of ribbon, Thank you card and I am ready to celebrate!

By the tide ...

We live twenty minutes from the beach so it's not surprising many of my friends and relatives are into fishing, swimming, surfing and walking along the sand collecting shells.
My friend Jo has a fabulous aquarium in her lounge room and so she didn't have to look far for inspiration for the theme of her card making class. 
I have used a decorative mask to sponge the blue green background. I think it resembles the seaweed like the beads of Neptune necklaces that you find at the beach.
This one is a triangular mask that I've sponged in Pool party, Mint Macaron and Soft sky ink, with a touch of wild wasabi. It is almost an ombré technique where the colours blend from light to dark.
Another card using the same stamps came together with the colours crumb cake and Mint Macaron. I've added a piece of twine and some sequins for embellishment, all in the nautical sea side theme.
I've used crumb cake, soft suede and Minrptmacaron inks to create depth on the sandy base of my ocean.
There's also the stamping technique of the acrylic block on there too.
Stampsets featured: By the Tide. Gorgeous Grunge.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ronald McDonald house charity stamp - sprinkles of Life

Each year Stampin' Up! brings out an exclusive stamp set, which raises funds for Ronald McDonald house charities.
This year the stamp set is "Sprinkles of Life".
I love that the set has 22 stamps. With words: Happy Birthday, thanks, every cloud has a silver lining, Hope your day stacks up to be one good thing on top of another, that kind of thing...
Isn't it a versatile set? I made this triangle easel card using four stamps from the set.
It has images of Ice cream cones for birthday cards, cupcakes, trees, clouds, apples, a candle and bunches of flowers.
To top it off "with sprinkles" $3 from every sale is donated to RMHC Australia which is used to purchase supplies and food for the families of sick children.
It is a clear mounted photopolymer set which means the stamps need to be used with a clear block.
 There is also a matching tree builder punch... I'll show you that next time :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Did you miss the New catalogue launch?

Did you miss the chocolate Florentines? 
It was a cold and chilly night but we turned up the heat and launched Stampin' Up!s newest annual catalogue with over 30 excited crafters.
We did things a little differently this year. Focussing our launch more on activities, three separate projects, winning chocolates in a catalogue scavenger hunt and playtime at the product playground. Here's my first table of ladies creating a new style of easel card.
We did three make and take projects - I really enjoyed meeting everyone in the room by rotating and moving people around to different tables. What did you think?
My project used the new Ronald McDonald fundraising set: "Sprinkles of Life".
We created an ice cream cone and played with all the new incolours!
So yummy - Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon wonder, Tip top taupe and Delightful Dijon.
This gorgeous new set has a matching punch that cuts out the icecream scoop, the tree top, the cloud shape with birds, apples, raindrop shapes to match the images in the stamp set.
Stampin' Up! Donates $3 of the sale of the Sprinkles of Life stamp set to Ronald McDonald house charity and this funds family rooms in our local hospitals. We ran a guessing competition to raise some extra donations too! Linda's son Ben counted the jelly beans very carefully.
Courtenay created an amazing display near the tool and product playground. With gift bags made on the gift bag punch board and Gorgeous new Designer series patterned papers, Project Life cards and page protectors, card kits and  lace ribbons in all the new colours.
And yes there are lots of new butterfly stamps, butterfly Framelits and flowers too!
We made cards using the "Water colour wings" stampset and a book mark using the "I think you're great!" Stamp set.  
Now don't forget our launch week only Specials! 
If you Spend $50 on Stampin' up! products with me,Stamping joy,you will get your shipping for Free! 
Or spend $100 worth of product and receive either a pack of glimmer paper or a roll of lace dotted trim in the colour of your choice. (Valued at $10.50.)
Or spend over $150 and receive  a pack of A4 cardstock, or a big shot embossing folder, or 6"x6" paper stack valued at $14.
If you have an order to place from the new caty, just let me know by email
Do you have an order for $200 or more?
Perhaps you should consider having a workshop with me. You would be able to earn yourself some stamping rewards to purchase a hostess stamp set or two and share creativity and fun with a group of friends.
Nerida :)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The launch ...

You are invited to:
My 2015 Stampin' Up! Catalogue launch party!
@7.30pm on Friday, 19th June 2015.
Where: Niagara Park girl guides hall
There will be:
# three make and takes, 
# a scavenger hunt,
# a new product playground ( to try out all the latest tools),
# Lucky door prize and prize patrols,
# A New catalogue for everyone,
# Idea and sample boards,
   and a light supper to share.
Cost is $20 for a fun and creative night out.

To join us, send me a message or text on 0468877125
There are limited places so don't delay.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Convention 2015 Wednesday to Friday

Wednesday's lunch was at a tepanyaki restaurant at Broadbeach. We had a relaxing afternoon did some shopping and...
That night we went to pick up our convention bags and start swapping our cards with other demos.
The swaps I made ( above) the swaps I brought home (below).
 How exciting is the first day?
We had a make and take session each of the three convention days. This was day 1.
A very simple little notecard but a great technique using sponge daubers and using Mint Macaron and Cucumber  crush inks.
And there is of course a brand new Ronald MacDonald house charity stamp set (which from the sale of each set) $3 is donated to support families of sick children in hospital.
The in-colours were up on the display board! Why are they all food related? 
Watermelon wonder with Mint macarons? 
Tip top taupe spread with delightful Dijon mustard anyone?
Washed down with a cucumber crush.
Every morning was another fun adventure. What will be revealed today?
New stamping kits to create with- this wish list is getting incredibly long.
There are many changes going on at Stampin' Up! 
Changes to the stamping rewards and hostess dollars - no MDS, no more Blendabilities.
But we've had a very strong first quarter of the year... Best sales figures ever in fact!
Here's Wanda winning the prize patrol !
And the Australian office manager Aaron, giving us a demo of how to indoor skydive. 
I forget what the point of this was but it was kind of funny at the time.
On Friday night we did have a category 1 cyclone but did that deter us from going out to the awards night party?
Not at all because we knew that this gorgeous lady Bonnie Thurber would be there ( now married for  two hundred and six days).
Wanda meeting Bonnie because we just love her to bits and all want to have a hug of her.
Here is us in front of the main stage.
And here is moi with the lovely Denielle.
Another make and take on day 3. Love the watercolour paper with watermelon watercolouring!
This is the coolest stamp set.
Random selfie photo time ... Far more difficult with a real camera than a phone I can tell you.
These were my room mate's swaps - lots of excellent card ideas.
And last pic for today me eating an icecream Sunday on Saturday!
Note the bag full of stampin up gifts to my left.��

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Convention 2015 inspire.create.share.

Each year for the last six years I have made an annual trip to convention to be inspired, to create and share. This year, We did all of that and more!
A few of my Fellow stamping friends and I have just returned from the Gold Coast having survived a category 1 cyclone and the last Stampin Up ! Convention ever as we know it.
In the opening session we received the new 2015-16 stampin'Up! catalogue. 
700 very excited demonstrators took home a copy of the new catalogue to read in cafes, planes and trains.
We were inspired by 25 staff from the Riverton office US, plus Australian and NZ demonstrators.
We created some gorgeous cards during the make and take 
and learned how to share the fun!
This year CEO Shelli Gardener was on something or other in Hawaii with her husband Sterling.So here I am getting to know interim CEO Sarah Douglass. We had an in depth conversation about the weater and humidity in Australia and what it does to our hair. As you can see Sarah has a stylist and I have well rain frizzed kinky hair, but she complimented me all the same.
So photo above is the location shot of our apartment in relation to the Gold Coast convention centre.
It's the small block next to the pink building, one block back from the beach.
I stayed with three awesome room mates: Wanda, Linda and Courtenay.
Here's a better photo of me showing my new proper hair cut and colour. I had done before convention. I'm looking pretty happy here because its day one and I've had a good night of sleep before the excitement of the next three days begins.
I was going to post these photos in chronological order but instead you'll be enjoying them as they come.
Our view from the balcony overlooking the water. I was glad we were this far back as the waves got a little high and wild during Friday nights cyclone adventure. 
At each of the general session new stamps, new products and in-coming colours were revealed.
The flower above is made with new cotton paper which scrunched easily and beautifully to form a rose. That went straight on the wish list for me. Imagine every gift box getting one of these on top?
There were display boards filled with creative ideas using new stamps, new papers, interesting techniques and  those in-colours.
Lace dotted ribbon, patterned paper and flower embellishments - they're on the wish list too!