Friday, June 27, 2008

Where did the time go?

Hi everyone,

Well I just don't know how two weeks have passed since I last posted anything on here! The year is really getting away from me. I was away on a business trip last week (with my day job, the one that funds my stamping!) and have been busy either side of that, preparing for the trip and catching up on work afterwards. But of course I couldn't have no stamping or crafting for that time, so I did take some supplies with me and worked on my latest swap cards in my hotel room, every chance I got! Only slightly anti-social - but when you're away from home with no little fingers to get into your stamps, you make the most of it!

Here's the design I came up with:

The theme of the swaps was cards for children, and I now have a fantastic range of cards to display at my workshops, after swapping with the other demonstrators I work with (hi ladies!). I will have to post pictures of the others at some point so you can see some of the fabulous work my team do.

Here's the "recipe" for this card:

Stamp set: Perfect Princess

Cardstock: Chocolate chip, Purely Pomegranate, Close to Cocoa, Whisper white (for the inside)

Ink: Whisper White, Chocolate chip, Purely Pomegranate

Other: Designer Series Paper - Berry Bliss, 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (Pretty In Pink), 1/4" circle punch (to do the notched corners), Crystal Effects, Stampin' Dimensionals

If any of you are in Rotorua, I'd love to see you on the weekend - I am heading down there in the morning to attend the Lifestyle Expo there at the Events Centre which is on Saturday and Sunday. We'll have a free make n take on our stand and lots of fabulous projects to have a close look at, so come and see us if you're close by!

Thanks for visiting, I promise I'll post sooner next time!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

My Baby Girl

Here's a layout I completed recently to put on display at our stand at the Dunkleys Craft Show. The photo is of my daughter Emma, taken a couple of years ago. She looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth! I thought the colours in her shirt went really nicely with my favourite designer series paper from the current Stampin' Up! Catalogue, Berry Bliss. It has the most beautiful combinations of some of my favourite colours, especially Purely Pomegranate which I just love!

It's probably hard to see but in this layout I've used a base of our lovely new textured cardstock in Close to Cocoa, and layered a strip of paper from the Berry Bliss collection, tying some gorgeous Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon around it. The photo is matted on Chocolate Chip cardstock and I used the fantastic new photo corner punch to make a layered photo corner with Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink cardstock, and punched a tab in Pretty in Pink to write the date on.

The chipboard "smile" word is from our On Board Lots of Letters collection which I've inked up with a subtle pink and then clear embossed to seal it. The chipboard flower from the On Board Blossoms & Basics collection is covered with the same Berry Bliss paper, then sponged with Close to Cocoa ink on the edges. I added one of our new Rhinestone Brads to the centre to finish off with a bit of bling.

It's a simple, non-fussy layout, quite different to some of my early work as a scrapper (sorry, I'm not showing you that stuff!), I am definitely leaning towards the clean and simple look which lets the photo speak for itself. I figure this style of scrapbooking is also faster, which is always good!

If you'd like to see this layout up close in person, just drop me a line and book a workshop and I'll bring it with lots of other samples for you to see. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Dunkleys Craft Show

I'm back! Sorry to keep you waiting, it's exciting to see that my blog is actually getting some hits (probably thanks to the promotion by my designer Karen, thanks Karen!). As mentioned earlier, I got together with some of the others from my fabulous Stampin' Up! "Creative Inkers" team and we had a stand at the Dunkleys Craft show on the North Shore, Auckland at the weekend just gone. We were there as a scrapbooking stand, and were asked not to display or use stamps, since there were already three stamp retailers booked in to do the show when we signed up for it. Of course it probably confused some people, to see "Stampin' Up!" as our name but not see any stamps at all! Here's a picture of the others in the morning before the show opened. All of our display items on the walls were scrapbooking layouts or samples of our gorgeous patterned papers, which we used for our make n takes - cute little journalling tags.
If you came to the show and heard about our exciting Extravaganza event coming up, and you'd like to attend, don't hesitate to contact me to book your seat as it is filling up fast! These events are fantastic value and lots of fun - 5 projects for just $35, including $10 towards an order on the day, with spot prizes to be won as well! Gather a group of friends and come together!
Thanks for dropping by, Happy Stamping!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Just bear with me...

Hi Everyone!
There are probably very few of you reading this yet, since only a few of my wonderful Stampin' Up! team know this blog even exists right now! I have to admit that the fabulous Karen actually wrote my first post for me, and set up my blog; when I have figured this all out I will put a link to her blog on here as well so you can see all the great work she does.

I've just come home tonight from a very busy weekend, as some of my Stampin' Up! team had a stand at the Dunkleys Craft Show on the North Shore. We had great fun together and enjoyed introducing people to Stampin' Up!, so now we're all busy following up with the people we met over the weekend. I took some photos of our stand so I will post these on here hopefully during the week - once again after I've worked out how to do that!

Have a great week and I'll be back soon!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Announcing Extravaganza II Sat July 12th, 2-6 pm

$35 for 5 projects with $10 shopping on the day. This time we'll be holding the event in Birkenhead. Contact me to reserve your space now as seats are limited.

Wow where does the year go - it been just over 6 months since the Creative Inkers team put on our first extravaganza - this was the card/project I created for our last one - a Jacob's Ladder card - it's very deceptive as it contains a secret compartment for writing sentiments that you may not want to share openly. If you would like to know how to create this I am available for home workshops & demonstrations.