Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cardmaking with Paper daisies and a new in colour

Can you pick the in colour in this photo?
Correct! Its Poppy Parade !!!
It is a very bright red... a little on the orange side compared with Real Red but I am quite liking it for birthday cards and even an early Christmas card colour too!
This is a CASE of my launch night birthday card substituting the Early Espresso flower for Poppy parade ink and cardstock. While I love the neutrals, bright colours are so exciting and fitting for Spring... and did you notice the rhinestones? Stampin' up now have stick on rhinestones (and Pearls).
Card Recipe:
Stampset: Punch potpourri, Curly Cute
Cardstock: Poppy Parade, very vanilla
Ink: Poppy Parade, Early Espresso
Accessories: Early Espresso striped grosgrain ribbon, Boho blossom punch, paper daisies, vintage brads, mini glue dots, Rhinestone stick ons, snail adhesive.
Tools: Big shot machine, vintage wall paper embossing folder.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dasher in the Christmas tree forest

Old stampset meets new ... Here is my Season of Joy Christmas trees on a new card fold.
And behind the trees stands "Dasher" a single a la carte stamp (from the last page of the caty).
I like how his antlers refect the swirls on the Christmas trees.
I folded this piece of rich razzleberry cardstock into four zig zag panels (two mountain folds)
then decorated it with cut out trees, a sentiment: Merry Christmas and placed Dasher on the back panel.
Here it is from above showing the piece of tafetta ribbon glued across the card and tied in a bow.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Elements of Style

It is the beginning of the School holidays here and I woke up early for some reason at 5.30am and made this card while I waited for the day to awake.
It is very simple, just a layer of white on an Early Espresso card base.
All these stamps are from the Elements of Style stampset: Bird, words and  roses.
Mostly I love the beautifully swirled flowerstem and I quite like the humming bird too.
Here is a close up of the ribbon detail and the "for you" circle punched out and raised on dimensionals.
It is my style definitely!
Card Recipe:
Stampset: Elements of Style
Ink: Early Espresso, Sahara Sand
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Whisper WhiteTools and Accessories: 1" circle punch, tafetta ribbon, dimensionals, mini glue dots.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Are you ready: My Top ten stampsets from the 2010/11 Idea book

I can't say it is in any particular order, because I am drawn to each for different reasons and purposes and  I dont even have photos of them in action, just lots of ideas in my head!
So here are my faves:
    1. Elements of Style p.99 (Life is a matter of stylish moments and this set will do for most of them): I think I will use it for Christmas, birthdays, weddings, and watercolouring ...
    2. Morning Cup p.40 (where would I be with out my...)
    3. Style beautiful  p.97 ('cause I love the elegant swirls and I love the samples of it on the front cover)
    4. Friends Never Fade p.71 (it goes with the matching paper)
    5. Punch Potpourri p.10 (If you have or want the punches you will love this set ...)
    6. Curly Cute p.110 (swirly curly words for the main occasions in life)
    7. Heard from the Heart p.104 (words that swirl across the page)
    8. Artistic Etchings p.95 (take a trip to Paris ...)
    9. Party this way p.35 (for the balloons, the happy birthday, lots to do with it...)
    10. Printed Petals p.74 (I am scrapbooking with this set - it is very girly in pink)
    There you go my ten favourites???? with a few bonus faves ... which just proves I can't count or I have too many favourites!
    There is Contempo Christmas OR Delightful Decorations (can't decide on this one)...p.23-25.
    Just Believe p.79 (my daughter believes in faeries...)
    and ...Perfect Punches p.93 (another punch addicts dream stamp set)
    So, which ones do you like?

    Friday, September 24, 2010

    Idea Book Top Ten

    Who hasn't seen the new Idea Book and Catalogue yet? If you haven't click here.
    It is a stunning book with new colours and over 200 ideas for cards, scrapbook pages and projects of all types to make or to just lay on the lounge and create your imaginany wish list from.
    As you can imagine my wish list is as long as the idea book is thick!
    So here is my top ten favourite products from the catalogue:
    1. Satin ribbon: 1.6cm wide (5/8" wide) 13.7 metres on a roll for $16.95
     (or go into our ribbon share -$29 for an eigth of a share of 13 ribbons).
    2. Antique Brads (you get 20 thats 4 each of 5 different designs) page 139.
    3. Paper Daisies. Page 140 (you can colour and dye them, stain them, stamp on them... add other embellishments and accessories to make yours unique).
    4. Designer Buttons in four different colour combinations. check them out on page 138.
    5. Stampin' around Standard wheels : like "Take a sip" for $11.95 (use one cup alone or all of them in a row) and there is a matching stampset "Morning Cup".
    6. Designer Series Papers on page 124-127. I am loving the Greenhouse gala, Love Letter, Lap of Luxury, Elegant Soiree, Blue Berry Crisp and the Jolly Holiday ... not to mention the sweet and sour specialty papers in pumpkin pie and Rose red.
    7. My new Big shot: Textured impressions Embossing folders like Vintage wall paper with the scallop circle die that you can make a gift card with ... ask me how!
    8. Embosslits Dies: like "Beautiful wings" that simultaneously cut and emboss!
    9. The new paper piercing tool for only $6.95 if you have the Mat pack you have to try this excellent go-with-it tool.
    10. Last one ... does it have to be ?  Well it could be the shimmer paint on page 143, I haven't used it yet, but seeing it done is on my wish list, 
    it could be the Watercolour Wonder Crayons p.142 in 17 new colours.
    or the in-colour markers - 5 markers for $27.95
    or it could definitely be the in-colour stitched-poly ribbons?
    Then, there is the in-colour ink and cardstock kit (5 stamp pads and a pack of mixed incolours for $56.95) on page 117. That has to be the best deal in the catalogue I think... you get $16.75 off the usual price)
    And, I haven't even started on my top ten stampsets yet!

    Thursday, September 23, 2010

    Friends are flowers that never fade.

    I dont think this card needs much explanation - A beautiful blue like Marina Mist speaks for itself ... (prounounced "mar-eena" as in the place boats are tied up overnight).
    You guessed it - it's my new favourite blue ... with new ribbon and ink and cardstock to make it all coordinate beautifully.
    And check this Designer Series paper out - it's chocolate, pear pizzaz, baja breeze and whisper white with...
    Camelia flowers ! Thats what you make tea leaves with so how lovely is that?
    Too pretty that Camellia in pear pizazz on a Marina Mist background.
    Flowers do fade way too quickly for some,
    And I am sure many friendships do fade away ...
    So you'd give this card to a friend whom you wished the friendship to never, ever fade!

    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    Curly Cute Paper Daisies

     A stamped Paper flower, a punched flower centre, a strip of striped wide ribbon and an antique metal brad.
    When I made this card I sat back and thought- now this is the style of card I like:
    simple colours, not too fussy and a bit vintage classic.
    I just love textures and neutrals - they work for any occasion by just changing the sentiment.
    I'd be saving this card for someone special - It uses two of my favourite new stamp sets: "Punch Potpourri"
    And a new sentiment stampset "Curly Cute" that I can see I will be using a lot!
     How easy was this card to make? But very satisfying ....The new Early Espresso is my new black!
    Card Recipe:
    Stampsets: Punch Potpourri (just used the heart to stamp the paper daisy and the blossoms) page 10 of the Idea book and catalogue. Free when you hostess a party and reach the first level of sales.
    Curly Cute (for the happy birthday words) $34.95 wood mounted or $29.95 clear mounted.
    Cardstock: Early Espresso and Very Vanilla
    Ink: Early Espresso
    Paper daisies: 40 for $13.50
    Antique Brads: 20 for $11.25
    Tools: Big shot machine,
    Vintage Wall paper embossing folder
    Boho Blossoms flower punch

    Ribbon: Early Espresso striped grosgrain p.137
    Just one of the gorgeous colours this ribbon now comes in!

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

    Artistic Etchings and a Concord Crush

    We made this 3 D project at the launch last week and for those who couldnt make it ...
    Here's the supplies list:
    Stampset: Artistic Etchings, En francais background
    Cardstock: whisper white, New in-colour: Concord crush
    Ink: Concord crush, Marina Mist, Early Expresso
    Ribbon: Early Expresso striped grosgrain
    Tools: Vintage wall paper textured embossing folder.
    Big Shot machine, brad, dimensionals.
    12 month Calendar  and a Stampin' Up pen!
    I think this idea would be great as a teacher's gift as the end of year present.
    Or a calendar for your desk, mind you in a few months you may be wanting to book a holiday to Paris ... to visit the Tour de Eiffel  and a few royale chateaux ... the images have that very detailed and antique look.
    I have used the En francais background stamp in Marina Mist with a collage of crowns and key stamps in a kind of bright vintage style.
    For the Top note we used a new technique which I call: Inked embossing folder which fairly much describes how it's done.
    We inked up the sizzlet embossing folder with concord crush classic ink, just by rubbing the ink pad on the positive side of the folder, and placed our piece of white cardstock inside.
    After rolling it through the Big shot machine it comes out with purple ink in the negative part of the texture...
    OK you had to be there, you have to see it in real life ...
    Concord Crush and Marina Mist just go so well together and the ink just washes off in water.
    Be back with another card tomorrow.

    Sunday, September 19, 2010

    Join the September Ribbon Share

    Did you enjoy the launch night photos? So many new products, so many new colours to love.

    Just for a moment imagine your favourite colour ribbon ... Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, or the new Marina Mist, or perhaps its now Early Expresso or Daffodil delight?

    Imagine it then, in silky soft satin ribbon?
    Perhaps you are having trouble deciding your favourite: I have the answer -
    Why not get a ribbon sample of all 13 satin ribbons in a 1/8 of a roll ribbon share?
    Here is how the ribbon share will work:
    You get 1.7 metres of each of the new 1" wide Satin ribbons (in 13 colours) for $29.00
    You can pay by cash, cheque or direct deposit and I will post or deliver it to your door. You can e-mail or text me with your request for a share to or 0468 877 125.


    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    Launch night slide show

    What an exciting night we had on Wednesday night!

    There were over seventy women celebrating the launch of our new idea book and catalogue ...
    Feel free to grab a drink and put up your feet while we enjoy the slide show...

    YOU CAN Click on the little black X to get rid of those pets - eww!

    ... what a buzz in the room

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    Launch week specials

    Are you coming to the Catalogue launch party tonight?
    Can't make it but still want to place an order and join in our specials?
    Take a look at these:
    Join in our Satin Ribbon Share $29.00 (page 137)
    * An eighth share of each of the 13 satin ribbons. (Approximately 1.7m of each of 13 colours).

    When you place a $50 order (before 21st September) You can purchase either:
    * "Dasher" p.161 for $10 (valued at $14.95) or,
    *  Paper Daisies p.140 for  $9 (valued at $13.50) or,
    * Antique Brads p.139 for $6.30 (valued at $11.25)
    * Purchase three (3) packets of Designer series paper for $45 (valued at $50.85)
    Contact me today to book your spot in the share or place your order.
     Payment is by cash, Credit card or direct deposit.

    A Tea-rific new stampset ... Morning Cup

    How gorgeous is this little tea pot and it's  co-ordinating stampin' around wheel.?
    Can you pick the new colours I have used in this card?
    Early Espresso for the card base and the striped ribbon!
    I've used it for the outline of the teapot and cups too.
    My Tea pot is coloured with stampin' write markers: Pear pizazz and blushing bride.
    And, I have used all the new in-colours on the wheeled cups ... Peach parfait, Poppy Parade, Concord Crush, Pear Pizazz and Blushing Bride ...
    And I could not resist putting just a tiny bit of Rich Razzleberry cardstock behind my tea pot with the scallop circle punch with this tiny bit of 1/8" tafetta ribbon to hold the tiny tag saying friend.
    Morning cup suits both the coffee addicts and the tea sippers ...
    Lots of ideas here for a tea-rific friend cards, cheer up, get well soon,  thinking of you, come over for a visit, welcome to the neighbourhood, gift cards, and coffee morning invitations.

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    Party this way ...

    I am trying very hard this week to show you lots of new stampsets from the new catalogue without actually showing you what we will be making at the launch on Wednesday night.
    Fortunately there are so many new stampsets and products in the new caty that this is not very difficult.
    We are only making three projects at the launch and I have many more than three new stamps and products to show you....
    This little card was another one we made at convention in May with one of the free stampsets we received, that I wasn't able to show you before September ... Party this way comes with coordinating rub-ons. The word "wish" is a rub on.
    The circle up the top is supposed to have a number like 7 or 8 for the birthday child's age ... but I haven't rubbed it on yet because I haven't sent it yet~!
    The centre party arrow swivels around on its 360 degree axis - don't we love the flippy spinny bits on a card?
    You can do this with a brad, a glue dot and a circle of cardstock at the back.
    And this one comes with its own stamped envelope. It would make a great invitation style card and great for scrap book pages too.
    Stampin' supplies:
    Stamp set: Party this way
    Cardstock: Bashful blue, Crumb cake (previously called kraft), Melon Mambo, Old Olive, So Saffron, whisper white.
    Ink: Melon Mambo, Old Olive, So Saffron.
    Accessories: BDay party rub ons p.134, silver brad, mat pack, paper piercing tool, 1" circle punch, 1 3/8" square punch, stampin' dimensionals, snail, bone folder, and small square whisper white envelopes p.123.