Thursday, July 31, 2008

Look Familiar?


Hi everyone!
Well in case you were wondering, the workshop I'd planned for Saturday didn't happen, due to this lovely weather we've been having. My hostess Gail (Hi Gail!) called me to let me know that she only had two people coming, the others had had to cancel on her. So, we decided to postpone which meant I didn't have to drive over the harbour bridge in the storm, honestly I wasn't about to complain! Although Gail and her friends didn't get to have a fun afternoon stamping with me and play with everything before placing their orders, by doing a catalogue party instead, Gail will still earn some fabulous freebies! And, the workshop will still happen, just a bit later than we planned, so I'm really looking forward to that.
Anyway, on to tonight's card. Sometimes, I sit down and flick through magazines for inspiration, and spend an hour or more messing around with different stamps and colours (and usually come out with a completely different design from the one I had in mind when I sat down). But lately I've been thinking, why make it hard for myself, designing from scratch every time, when I have the perfect source of ideas right in front of me, in our Idea Book and Catalogue? It's full of gorgeous projects that professional designers have come up with to showcase Stampin' Up! products. Yes, I do like to design my own, but I don't always have the time!
So, do you recognise this card? The colours are not my usual style, I used to almost be allergic to Pumpkin Pie until I took part in a colour challenge that forced me to use it, but this design really works for me! It was a card I'd made a note of some months back, to try and make one day. So with the workshop postponed on Saturday, I suddenly had a bit of time to try it out. The only difference between this card and the one in the catalogue (pg 37) is that I didn't staple any Soft Sky Stitched ribbon on my version. Simply because sometimes I have an aversion to using staples on my cards, and this was one of those times. I figure I can always add it later if I change my mind!
Recipe:
Stamps: Big Bold Birthday, Happy Happy Birthday (jumbo wheel)
Ink pads: Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Wild Wasabi
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Other: Summer Sun marker, Crimper, Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
If you don't have a copy of the Stampin' Up! 2008-2009 Idea Book and Catalogue, e-mail me at dknight@value.net.nz to get your copy for just $10 (retail value $14.95). I will throw in free postage and a free copy of the Spring Mini catalogue which opens for ordering on August 1st!
I should mention too, I still have for sale, a few copies of the retired 2007-2008 Idea Book and Catalogue, so if you didn't get one before it retired, I'm happy to help!
Thanks for dropping by, have a great weekend!
Rachael

Friday, July 25, 2008

P.S...


I forgot to say, I'd like to welcome Samantha, the newest member of my team! So great to have you join us Sam!

I am thrilled with how my team has grown since I joined Stampin' Up! in April of last year. I have a wonderfully talented group of ladies to work with, who inspire me with their creativity and their passion for crafting, and our numbers are growing all the time. If you've ever thought about joining Stampin' Up! and becoming a Demonstrator, I would love to chat with you about it. Not only is it a great way to earn money to pay for your hobby (and other things that you want!), but I am so grateful for the friendships I have made through being a Demonstrator. I have had the opportunity to meet and get to know so many wonderful people!

Now is a great time to join as there's currently $30 off the Starter Kit. Click on the link to the SU website on the left, and you'll be able to see the details there. Feel free to ask me any questions you have about Stampin' Up!, I'm more than happy to help.

Have a great weekend!

Pop Up Card Take Two

Hi everyone,

I'm determined not to let another two weeks go by before I post again, so here's another pop up card I made with the same construction as my Like It a Latte one. I am not usually a "Bold Brights" girl (that's one of the Stampin' Up! colour families for those who aren't familiar with Stampin' Up!) nor have I ever been into "green" but I really like this colour combo.


This card uses the masking technique to get the cute frog to sit nicely on the toadstool. Unfrogettable is the main stamp set I've used here, I just love this set for kids' cards (and cards for the young at heart!). I've also used the Sprinkles stamp set to add a pattern on the green base of the card, it went so nicely with Unfrogettable. I coloured the images using a blender pen and the ink from my ink pads.
Recipe:
Stamps: Unfrogettable, Sprinkles
Cardstock: Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink colours: Basic Brown, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Real Red
Other: 1/4" square punch, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, white gel pen, Stampin' Dimensionals
I have a workshop on Saturday that I've been busy preparing for, I will try and post photos after that of the projects, so stay tuned!
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Design Process

Hi everyone,

Well after a good start with my blog, I seem to be only managing to post here once every couple of weeks. Hmm.... Don't ask me why, it's not actually that difficult! Since my last post, I've run off to Napier and back for a fun weekend at the Dunkleys Craft Show down there (Hi Pauline!). Well, it was fun until I got sick. Really sick (for me) actually, with the flu. Why is it that a virus like that can have you flat on your back for a week in agony??

I am slowly recovering although my balance is still a little out which has me walking into doorways at work sometimes (actually, my workmates might tell you that's not that unusual for me anyway!). My Stampin' Up! team have been really supportive and told me off for lugging tables around at our Extravaganza on the weekend, as I was supposed to be taking it easy. I was really pleased to have been well enough to teach at our event - that's one of the things I really enjoy about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - sharing what I love! If you came to the Extravaganza on the weekend, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Do let me know if you're keen to attend the next one, I'm already receiving bookings!

OK, so I thought here that I would show you a glimpse of the design process. Well, my design process. Which involves having an idea in my head, then turning it into a project, looking at it from all angles, messing with bits of it and finally coming up with the finished article. I'm something of a perfectionist by nature and especially when I'm designing projects for a class or event, I'm not happy until I think the project has a certain "wow" level. Here's a pic showing two pop-up cards which are similar, but different!




The card on the left (and slightly behind) was my first prototype. The card folds flat for posting but has it's own stand when popped up, it's very clever. I'd seen this pop up card design on another SU demo's blog (the very talented Marelle Taylor, she's an Australian demo, she saw it somewhere else) and I wanted to use the design but with the Like it a Latte stamp set. Why that set? Well, it's winter, it's cold, and what better to make you feel all warm inside than a card made with a set like this one! So I played around with the stamps and came up with this first card. But I wasn't happy - it just wasn't quite good enough, there was something missing from it. So after consulting some of my team, and messing around with it, I changed the stamping and used the Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon on it, and made it into a project to teach the masking technique. Those little changes make all the difference, don't you think?


Recipe:

Stamp Set: Like it a Latte (this has 11 stamps in it for $55.95 - great value!)

Cardstock: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper white

Ink colours: Real Red, Chocolate Chip

Other: Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain ribbon, Word Window punch, Horizontal Slit punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges

If you'd like to know how to make this card, contact me at dknight@value.net.nz and we can talk about setting up a class for me to teach you and your friends. Guaranteed fun!

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

OK, so I'm slack at this...

True to the name of this blog, I'm up very late AGAIN. I'm busy packing for yet another trip away. I'll be glad when my travels are done for a while, much as I have been having fun on each trip!
This time, I'm off to Napier, to help out the awesome Pauline with the Dunkleys Craft Show there this weekend. It will be loads of fun - we'll have lots of things to display, free make n takes on the stand, a gorgeous prize basket (entry is free) and we'll be doing a little demonstration each day. How cool is that?! So if you're in the area, come along and see us, we'd love to see you!

Before I run off again though, here's some pictures for you to see what I've been up to. The Rotorua Women's Lifestyle Expo was a great hit. We had a lot of ladies very excited about the products and techniques we had to show! I took my camera but I am terrible at taking photos. So this one was actually taken by the professional photographer in the booth next to us!



From left to right: Sara, Patrice, Kirsty, and me. You finally get to see what I look like, if we haven't already met!

Our stand was well received and the ladies who did the make n take all seemed to really like it. We had a lot of fun too, checking out the other exhibits. We were opposite the Fire Service recruiting stand and over the two days, all established what weaklings we are since none of us passed their squeeze test to check our arm strength and see if we were suitable candidates. We're better off stamping, we decided! At the show there was also a pole dancing stand, which was very popular with spectators... I don't know about the other girls, but I steered right clear of that one in case they tried to get me up there!

Sara and I stayed in a lovely cottage over the weekend, right on the lake edge and with all the comforts of home (except e-mail, which I missed!). We had a roaring fire in the evenings and sipped some mulled wine, what a perfect way to end each day! Nicara Lakeside Cottage is run by Mike and Heather Johnson, who were the perfect hosts, they warmly welcomed us when we arrived and were there if we needed them. Check out their website if you're ever in need of accomodation in Rotorua! http://www.cottage.nicaralodge.co.nz/. Here's some pictures from the day we left, this time I think my photography was OK, although it was such a beautiful view you could hardly photograph it badly!


This photo shows the beautiful back garden. Imagine the BBQs out here in summer! The "building" on the left is a boat shed - we had our own jetty which you can just get a tiny glimpse of in the photo.


Here's the view from the back door, you step out onto a lovely balcony overlooking the garden. It almost looks like a tropical paradise, doesn't it? The day was beautiful, but still very cold!





This is the view of the cottage when standing at the end of the garden close to the lake, how spacious the section is! I guess I'm not used to so much space, living in Auckland as I do. I forget that other parts of NZ still have room to run in their backyards!

Sorry that there's no project photos to show you, hopefully next week when I'm back in town and back at work. I do have lots of photos saved of my cards and layouts, it's just a matter of getting around to putting them on here!

Thanks for visiting!