Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fifth Avenue Floral Ink Refill Spread.... And the last Deal of the Week!

Hi everyone,

Well, hasn't the month flown by - here we are at the last Deal of the Week! Check out the details of this latest fabulous offer (please scroll down - for some reason Blogger is insisting on adding a huge white space here and I can't delete it!):




Regular Price

Sale Price



Square Ice Rhinestone brads




Circle Ice Rhinestone brads




Square Fire Rhinestone brads




Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon




Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon


We've really been spoiled this month by Stampin' Up!, what amazing value for money! These deals finish on Tuesday June 29th, so don't forget to let me know which ones you're keen on. Me, I might get them all...

This card is one of the projects I taught at my Techniques class on the weekend. I love hunting around for the coolest techniques to share. I didn't have to look far with this one - I first learned this technique while on holiday in Hawaii, my fabulous Demo friend Gari let me watch a couple of DVD's she had from Stampin' Up! (yes, I went on holiday and one of the most exciting things I did was to watch a cardmaking/scrapbooking video and go to Gari's class!).

Anyway the Ink Refill Spread technique was demonstrated at a USA regional training event by Connie Ingram from Seattle. Some of my team members have been trying out this technique and since it's been on my list since January, I had to give it a go!

The layout for this card I cased from the very talented Marelle Taylor from Australia. Marelle made a set of cards using Fifth Avenue floral which was recently published in a cardmaking magazine in Australia. You can read all about it on her blog here. Way to go and thanks for the inspiration Marelle!

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, En Francais, Best Wishes & More, Best Yet
Cardstock/Ink: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Kraft, Watercolour paper, Versamark ink
Other: Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon (you've got to feel this ribbon - oh so luxurious!), Eyelet border punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, White Embossing powder, Stampin' Dimensionals

I decided to completely change the colours and the stamping that Marelle used (other than the flower) as I wanted something a bit different, so this rose is done in Pacific Point ink. I have no idea whether this colour of rose would ever exist in nature, but that's the beauty of stamping, you can make it whatever colour you want! I think it's a pretty striking colour combination on this card myself - but I can't take credit for that either, as it's a suggested colour combination from a colour chart that Stampin' Up! put together for Demonstrators to use. See - to make a fabulous card you just take a great layout from one place, a cool colour combo from somewhere else, tweak the stamping to put your spin on it, and voila! you have a card you'd be proud to share.

As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I have access to an unlimited source of ideas from our Demonstrator website and forum, and from my fellow team members on our team forum. And of course there's a lot of ideas out there on the world wide web. I have so many project ideas in my head... So to those of you out there who say "I can't be a demo, I don't have enough ideas", you really have no reason not to join my team! Click here to contact me and ask all the questions you want the answers to, about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and part of my amazing team. Remember the starter kit is 20% off until the end of July!

Till next time, happy stamping!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Deals of the Week 3 - and a Patchwork card

Hi everyone!
Gosh I must be crazy, staying up late so I can find out the latest Deal of the Week! But, it's a fabulous one, check out the details:




Regular Price

Sale Price



A Happy Heart stamp set





Greetings Eight stamp set





Bella’s Bloom stamp set





Enjoy Every Moment stamp set





All Scallops stamp set



Would now be a good time to confess that I already have all of these? I think my favourite of these is A Happy Heart. My team and I used this set a lot around Valentine's Day for our stamping events. I love to use the heart and emboss it and then sponge ink over it, that's called Resist Embossing. The effect is just gorgeous.

Greetings Eight was one of the first sets I purchased from the current catalogue, as it was available for Demonstrators in our pre-order. And Bella's Bloom was a set that I earned for free at last year's Convention, for one of the awards I earned. Getting your hands on sets before anyone else can, not to mention free stamps, are just some of the many benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, so if you like free stamps, do come and join me! The starter kit is only $299 until the end of July, that's an $80 saving, for a collection of products and supplies that is worth well over $600, it's an amazing deal!

I'll have to go and dig these sets out and have a play again. It's nice to be reminded of the fabulous products that are waiting patiently in my craft room! In the meantime, here's a card that I made when the Autumn-Winter mini arrived. I had seen cards everywhere that used the Top Note die to make a patchwork-type pattern, and couldn't wait to make one myself. And cram the card full of the new mini products as well!
Stamps: Cottage Garden
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White, Old Olive
Ink: Old Olive
Other: Cottage Wall DSP, 2 step bird punch, Big Shot machine, Top Note die, Polka Dots embossing folder, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Wide Oval punch, Lots of Tags die set, Stampin' Dimensionals.

If you have any questions about this card, you'd like to order one of the deals of the week, attend a class, host a workshop, request a free, no-obligation information pack on joining my wonderful team, or you simply want to let me know what you think of my new blog layout (I was playing and can't change it back even if I wanted to, the only way is forward!), then please drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you! Click here to contact me.
Oh, and if you have attended one of my team's Extravaganzas before (or even if you haven't), seats are filling fast for July 24th here in Auckland, you don't want to miss it, the projects for this round are awesome!! Contact me now for details!
Have a happy week!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Deals of the Week 2 - and a Sweet Treat Treat!

Hi everyone,

Here's the news you've been waiting for - week 2 of the Deals of the Week! I apologise if you have trouble reading the details in the table below, I've had a bit of trouble trying to format it properly (I can be a little technically challenged from time to time!). The latest promotions are always shown on my official Stampin' Up! website, which you can view by clicking here.

If you'd like to take advantage of these great prices, drop me an e-mail to place your order (click here). Please note that the usual 5% shipping cost is additional to these prices. This special is only available until June 15th, so don't delay!

Since it's nice for you to see something in addition to the latest promotion when you visit my blog, I thought I'd share one of my recent class projects with you.

One of my guests asked me to teach them how I make trapdoor cards using the Sweet Treat cups - so you don't have to destroy the card to get the treats out. So I did just that - I love the challenge of teaching the techniques or projects that my class attendees request. I included the boiled candy sweets in the cup for each of my guests too! To get those out, you just pull on the tab on the right hand side of the card to open the trapdoor and retrieve your treat!

For this card I used the new Polka Dot embossing folder that is in the Autumn-Winter mini, along with the crimper to make the leaves. I love adding texture to my projects! The flower petals are stamped using the A Little Treat stamp set, also from the mini. I believe that in the USA this set is part of a larger one, with Halloween images in it. The butterfly image is from the Cottage Garden stamp set, and matches the butterfly in the Cottage Wall DSP. Don't you love the font in that sentiment image? It's from Heard From the Heart and it's one of the first sets I ordered when it turned up in our mini catalogue. I saw this months ago in the USA catalogue and have wanted it ever since!

I used Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette and Close to Cocoa colours for this card, I am definitely going to miss Close to Cocoa once it retires for us at the end of August! If you haven't read about it already, Stampin' Up! has done a big review of the colour range and we'll be moving to a new set of colour collections. If you want to know more about the changes, just let me know. I'm excited about the new colour collections, and can't wait to start using the new colours! There are a few I'll miss, but I'll get over it. Most of the colours that are retiring, I didn't use an awful lot, to be honest.

If you have any questions about how I made this card, click here to e-mail me and ask. Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Deals of the Week and my Convention Swaps!

Morning everyone,

Oh wow have I got a deal for you! Stampin' Up! have announced that during June, we're going to have "deals of the week" where we can get up to 50% off fabulous products from the Idea Book & Catalogue, how cool is that?!

This is the first week's deal:

For one week only, you can purchase any or all of these large punches for just $23.37 each, plus shipping (which will be 5% of your total order), these are normally $35.95! Check out the first three on page 152/153 of the catalogue (click on the picture in the sidebar to view it online).

- 112081 Scallop Square punch
- 109183 Trio Flower punch
- 110711 Boho Blossoms punch
- 114889 Scallop Oval punch (this was in our Spring Mini catalogue, and is still available!)

If you don't already have the Idea Book & Catalogue, be sure to contact me as I still have copies here - I might even be persuaded to give you one for FREE when you're one of the first to place an order for one or more of these punches... but you'll need to be quick as the offer closes on June 8th! Click here to e-mail me now!

Now it just so happens that I used the Boho Blossoms punch on my Convention swaps, and I'm finally revealing them here! I used it to make the little flowers that I layered up to embellish some little boxes. Me being me, I wanted even more detail - so I used my paper snips to cut between each of the petals. I made 100 of these boxes to swap at Convention, and more than one person has said to me "I can't believe you did that". The things we do to share what we love, right?! I made these boxes over a few weeks, so it wasn't all done at once, and I had a little factory line going whenever I sat down to work on them. Usually it was in front of the TV! The flowers were the first thing that I put together, actually, and that was one of the fastest bits! Oh, I must mention and thank my fabulous friend Denise, who did spend a few hours helping me make these. She did all the embossing with the Polka Dot embossing folder! Thanks Denise, you're a gem!

So here's the box closed:

Here's a close up of the embellishment on the top. Lots of detail and layering. I admit after punching out 200 of those leaf stem things, I did have a bit of a sore arm!

And here it is open so you can see how it folds flat(ish). I wouldn't have fit them in my suitcase if they hadn't been able to fold like this!

And here's what 100 of them all together, ready for swapping, looks like. Well in fact you're looking at 101 here, as the one that's on the top is the first one I made, and is the only one I still have in my possession!

Finally, here's the recipe (everything from Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Tiny Tags (from the Autumn-Winter mini)
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White, Old Olive
Ink: Old Olive (not much stamping on these boxes, just the tag!)
Punches: Medium jewellery tag, XL Two-step bird punch, Boho Blossoms, 1/16" hand held punch, 1/2" circle punch
Other: Big Shot & Curly Label Movers & Shapers die with Holiday Windows set, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Cottage Wall DSP, Linen thread, Silver Brads, Paper piercer, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

Hope you like them! Gotta have that Boho Blossoms punch now, don't you??
Have a fabulous day!