Friday, September 30, 2011

How to wear stampin' up fabric...

You do not need to be a able to sew to use stampin' up fabrics... not at all!
The fabulous Big shot makes it easy to cut out as many FUN Flowers
 as you need to layer a gorgeous flower
that you can wear on your lapel, your hat, or in your hair.
Ellen, Penny and Nerida (wearing my Fun flower brooch).
With a brad, hot glue, or just a safety pin, or perhaps a single stitch you can bunch these flowers together and dress up that suit, shirt, beret or headband.
Here's Jess wearing a Fun Flower on her beret (for multi cultural day) and a
Fabric Artistic Etchings coaster on her t-shirt.
Supplies used:
Fabric: Timeless Portrait
Trinket key
Big shot
Fun flowers die
one stitch
a safety pin
and a beret!
(Fabric coaster was made by Denielle B)
Merci Au'voir!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fabric and ribbon bookmark

Every month I receive a free magezine from Stampin' Up called "Impressions" there is always something in it to give me a new creative idea. Its a bit like an extension to the idea book and catalogue except it has instructions and a list of materials that makes it easy to whip up one of your own.
Mine never quite come out like the sample in the magazine but that is the great thing: you get the idea, you use the supplies you have and change it to suit your own style. 
 It is made with a piece of wide striped grosgrain (mine is Basic Black) and I have cut out three of the beautiful butterflies dies in Fabric using the Big shot.
 (The fabric is the Cherry Cobbler piece fromTimeless Portrait).
I've Stuck it on with a brad and pieces of cardstock front and back.
 The front piece is covered with multipurpose glue and champagne glass glitter.
You wont lose this bookmark on a dark night... and I have pinched the front piece of ribbon with a thin ribbon (Basic black tafetta) to make the antenae.
I used sticky strip and dimensionals to attach cardstock circles to a piece of hat elastic.
The elastic is stretchy enough to wrap around my Stampin' up catalogue or a regular novel.
One of the best book marks I've made.
What do you think?
Now if you are wanting to receive the Impressions magazine and discounts on all your new products give me a call 0468 877 125.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Big shot Fun Flowers and a Pocket full of Posies

 What do you do when you have a box of new Stampin' Up goodies?
You make things ... you play with all your toys and see what you come up with.
I love creating, copying, designing and giving away my creations.
This Fun Flowers die is so so versatile: I have made it using "Pocketful of Posies" designer series paper.
What I love about this die is you can cut it out in fabric, cardstock, chipboard, acetate (window sheets), velum, felt, cork and it will cut through 8 layers of fabric with ease.
The Pocketful of Posies papers have a great selection of colours:
Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, Soft suede and Poppy parade.  It coordinates with just about anything.
It even works with my favourite Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon.
Now shall I pin this on a card, a box, my shirt, a hat or bookmark?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Multi-colour Button Buddy

On Friday I met up with friends from my Mother's group... 8 years and still going!
We have something in common of course.
We love to stamp and make cards, even the occasional scrap page gets done.
 On this occasion it was a card using the new in-colour Island Indigo and two new stampsets: Button Buddies and Friendly Phrases.
I was inspired by my daughter's colouring of this flower and so we used a bunch of Stampin' write markers to ink up the rubber, huff  and stamp.
Colours used: Daffodil delight, Peach Parfait, Rose Red, Poppy Parade, Marina Mist, Concord Crush and Pear Pizzazz.
A veritable who's who of coloured markers.
And the friendly phrases stamp had the same treatment with Poppy Parade, Concord Crush and Marina mist hi-lighting different words.  The large oval punch fits these words just perfectly.
Did you notice that this flower fits in the smaller of the two scallop circle punches?
Lastly it needed a ribbon, I don't yet have the pool party ruffled ribbon so...
a new punch was called for:  The Dotted Scallop ribbon border punch !!!
Stampin' up don't skimp on quality, and they don't skimp on adjectives either.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Two Tags and Triple Treat flower

Another project in Concord Crush and Wisteria Wonder?
My favourite dynamic duo ... gradually I am branching out into the other new in-colours but you will have to be patient while I catch up with the cards I have made, so far.
This little basket is made with the larger of the Two tags die. They are folded along a pre-scored line so that they overlap on the base and have a neat little box inside.
Here's a photo showing the edge. The First edition Specialty paper is lightly stamped with a new Hostess stampset called Simply Soft.
The Wisteria Wonder belly band is embossed with the Petals a Plenty embossing folder. 
Are you liking this Triple treat flower stamp yet?
It comes as a single stamp in our A La Carte selection. Made to coordinate with the Fancy flower punch, Five petal flower punch and 1/2" circle punch. It can look so pretty stamped with markers direct to rubber.
Stampset: Triple treat flower $16.95, Simply soft (hostess)
Paper and Cardstock: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White.
First edition Specialty paper
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush.
Big shot, Petals a plenty EF, Two Tags die.
Ribbon: Wisteria Wonder ruffled.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Creative Elements butterfly - featuring Ten new products

 Here is another card I prepared for my launch.
 It was on the display table but did not make it into the launch "make and take" short list.
As you can guess it uses almost all new Stampin' up products from the Idea book and catalogue.
New stampsets: Creative Elements and Friendly Phrases.
New embossing folders: Designer frames and striped embossing folders.
New Two tags die (which may I add, fits the oval designer frame perfectly on its end, as I have shown here).
New colour: Wisteria Wonder cardstock and ink.
New Ruffled Wisteria Wonder ribbon (cant get enough of this pretty frilled ribbon).
And a NEW punch: The Dotted scallop Ribbon border which I have tried out on the newsprint specialty paper for a vintage-type edge.
 So there it is one small card with ten new products featured on it!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Button Buddies and one layer cards

 Beautiful flowers, buttons, cute pigs, snowmen, cherries and vases of flowers ... its all in the Button buddies stampset. I have only just scratched the surface with the cards I have made so far.
 This one is a CASE from from the Idea Book and Catalogue. A quick and simple card with a button attached using a mini glue dot.
 Next I wanted to stamp all the in-colours and make centres of the flowers with the new glass glitter.
It sticks on perfectly with the multipurpose glue.
 Then next is a cute little piggy in Melon Mambo with the perfect bow attached at the top and a button for his nose! Faux buttons work just as well (using the button embosslit die).
 Shelli demonstrated this stampset up on stage at our Stampin up Convention back in May.
The last one is made by my daughter, Jess. She wanted to colour every petal a different colour (but her mum would only let her use the retired brights colour markers .... and none of any new ones).
Not surprising, It came out very pretty on these pre-punched cards.
She has used the Friendly phrases stampset for her words- Wow you're the Best!
 We have school holidays for the next two weeks - I'm looking forward to lots of crafting! 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Launch party - three make and takes plus a launch week special

On Tuesday night we made three projects using new products in the 2011-12 Idea Book and Catalogue.
Here's what we made:
 Fabric Flower, Flocking and Designer Frames card:
Specialty paper Mocha Morning p.127
Designer Fabric: Timeless Portrait p.140
Fun Flowers die $59.95 p.160
Embossing Folder: Designer Frames p.157
Stampset: Creative Elements. p.89
Ink and Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler
Seam binding ribbon: Cherry cobbler
Champagne Glass glitter. 
Launch week special #1:
Purchase the
Specialty mocha morning Paper $24.95
Fabric - Timeless portrait $19.95
Multipurpose liquid glue $7.50
For $52 and recieve a free container of Champagne Glass Glitter (value $7.95)

 Triple Treat Flower Tissue Box:
Triple Treat Flower stamp p.14
Cardstock: Concord crush and Wisteria Wonder
Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade and Wisteria Wonder.
Multipurpose glue and Champagne glass glitter.
Big shot and Two Tags die.
Ribbon: Ruffled wisteria wonder.
Launch week special #2.
Two tags die $39.95
Designer Frames Embossing folder $16.95
For $55 and get
The triple treat flower stamp
 for half price ($16.95) just $8.50 
Sambo Twist boxes:
Designer series Paper - Pocketful of Posies p.128
Builder wheel - p.162
Spindle and spacers $7.50
 uninked triple cell cartridge $16.50
Wheels: Bees and Blossoms p.72.
 Birthday p.37 $9.50 ea
2 1/2" circle punch p.154
Stamp: Hostess set Happiest Birthday wishes. p.8
Launch week special #3.
Builder wheel package:
2 wheels $19
Spacer set $7.50
uninked triple cell cartridge $16.50
For $43
choose a reinker colour for free (value $5.95)
Lauch week special #4
Purchase 2 fabric packs ($39.90)
and receive a packet of trinket keys for half price just $6.
Email me at or SMS 0468 877 125 to place your order.

What does $169 buy you in the Mini starter kit?

 This month, you can join Stampin' Up as a demonstrator with our special "Mini Kit".
It's valued at over $310, and during September* it is just $169.
Why pay full price for all your products when you can get your wish list at a discount?
 and if you have been a demonstrator before, and are looking for an opportunity to rejoin... this is a the best price you will see in a very long time!

What do you get for $169 in the Mini Kit?
* Easy Events Clear-Mount Set
* Pennant Parade Wood-Mount Set
* Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
* Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
* Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
* Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
* A4 Smooth Card Stock Assortment
* Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper
* Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon
* Note Cards (20)
* Clear-Mount Block C
* Blender Pen (1)
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Business supplies

You get products valued at $310 for only $169!!!
Plus your future purchases at a 20% discount.
Your kit can be customized by substituting many of the stamp and colour items to suit your stamping style.
The other Amazing offer this month is to buy our Full stampin up starter kit - valued at OVER $610!
During September, it is 20% off... You will pay $231.20 for $610 worth of product.
That's a good deal, no matter how you look at it.
What you do with your kit is completely up to you. Become a hobby demonstrator, buy products for your friends and family or strart a small business.  Stampin' Up is a very flexible option with so many exciting oportunities for creativity and making some extra money o to fund your crafting habit.
*Offer ends 30 September 2011.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Regional Training - part 2 - swaps

When it came to deciding what to make for my swaps, I just couldn't decide which stampset to use and which colours to play with. What technique to share?
Eventually, I asked myself with the new catlogue out now what is it I want to enjoy most?
And it came down to the new in-colours!
Here is my swap:
I have punched five butterflies in the latest new incolours:
Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Island Indigo.
The technique is simply gluing the punched shapes to a piece of cardstock (in this case Early Espresso), and running it through the Square Lattice embossing folder with the Bigshot.
You get this great embedded tapestry look.
Now I know you are wondering -
How can I get a sample of all these great new colours?
Take a peak at page 120 of the Idea book and catlaogue.
You can buy 5 incolour inkpads (valued at $11.95 each) and 24 sheets of mixed coloured cardstock (valued at $13.95) for just $56.95.
That's like getting an ink pad and a third of the paper pack for free!
You can also get 5 in-colour markers for $27.95.
Now, back to the Regional training in Sydney on the weekend...
I made just 9 swaps and managed to bring home ten. 
Karen Cummings made this very clever little chocolate frog holder. It is made with the Two tags die and looks so gorgeous in Cherry Cobbler cardstock and patterned paper. For those emergency chocolate moments, such a sweet idea.
 This one is from Bettina Hogerzeil - using the very pretty "Friends Never Fade". So pretty in these colours and the variety of ways she has stamped and textured them.
 Vanessa Webb is one of my favourite demonstrators and designers, her card uses the "Forever Young" stampset and "Parlour prints" background stamp with the Timeless portrait designer series paper.
 Ellen Woodbridge made this lovely bookmark - what an excellent idea for a gift.
"Forever young" and "Parlour prints" stampsets used with three of the in colours: Island Indigo, Pool Party and Calypso Coral.
The girl on the swing image just says Spring, warm weather and laughter.
 Heather Partridge has used "Creative Elements" on this creative tryptich layout, layered on the square lattice embossing folder. Dont know about you but I love butterflies and flowers. This is a perfect set for all different card styles.
Kay Jacob, Stacey Fitgerald  made these great little projects. Using my favourite purples!

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Catalogue launch party this Tuesday night.

At this time of year Stampin up parties are going on all over Australia to celebrate the launch of the latest Idea book and Catalogue.
This year my catalogue launch is on
Tuesday 13th September at 7.30pm.
The venue is the Narara Baptist Church Hall at 127 Narara Valley Drive, Narara.
Seats at my table are limited so email me at or SMS: 0468 877 125 if you want to be the first to play with some of the newest stamps, tools, ink and cardstock colours at our launch night.
 At the launch you will:
  • play with heaps of new products
  • receive your own copy of the new catalogue
  • make 3 great take home projects
  • win prizes from the prize patrol!
  • be in the draw for the main Lucky door prize 
  • Enjoy tea, coffee and a light Supper with like minded friends.
So, come along and be part of the fun!
Your night out with the girls will cost just $20
Which includes your copy of the catalogue to take home, three make and take projects, and a light supper.
(All materials and tuition included) on the night.
Email me : or SMS 0468 877 125 to reserve your place. 

Sydney training day (part 1)

What a busy week we are having ...
On Saturday Stampin' up ran their annual training day for Demonstrators and their guests.
Our day started early at the Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour.
There were presentations from Stampin up staff and some very talented demos:
 Beth Stewart, Kerry Bunting, Linda Higgins and Marelle Taylor
 Here is my upline: Linda getting "miked up" for her presentation on stage.
She demoed a fabulous workshop WOW using a water colour resist technique and another called acetate resist. Here are some the samples she made with this technique.
 Aren't they just gorgeous? I know I will be having a go at this with heat embossing and coloured reinkers.
 Stampin up trainers showed us wonderful new things to do with the big shot and dies.

Sophie Zadeh showed us how to tint, brayer and emboss velum with differnet ink colours.
While Clare Martin gave us a presentation on using the Builder wheels, cartridges and spotlighting with the bevelled windows. We tied the perfect bow using a kitchen fork with Amanda Maycocke. So many new ideas and products to combine with fabric and cardstock.
It was a fabulous day with much sharing and swapping of ideas. Here are just some of the lovely ladies I shared my day with: Ellen, Penny and Nerida (me)!
Tenielle, Penny and Ellen.
We had such a fun day.
I will post again later with my swaps fom the day.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Growing Green Thank you!

Today's card is also made with the
 growing green stampset
and it was a little more time consuming (but not by much) as it has been watercoloured, sponged and stamped.
I have stamped the flowers in Early Espresso and watercoloured with melon mambo ink (using an aquapainter). By roughly masking the three flowers I was able to stamp the background leaves (in lucky limeade green) and sponged around the edges for a little depth.
Featured stampset:
Growing Green, page 66 (2011-12 Idea book and catalogue)
Wood mount $39.95
Clear mounted $29.95
Aquapainters (2) $19.95