Thursday, August 15, 2013

Family Birthdays

Two very special people have birthdays in August. My daughter, Sarah, who is 18 tomorrow and my Daddy ... who isn't 18!!! I think he's 79. Gosh, can that be right? He's amazing, most people would think he's in his 60's. I wonder if you can guess which card is for whom?

Sarah's card uses one of the new Thinlit "flip flop" dies with the hostess set "Morning Meadow" and Dad's card is a tag card using "Wetlands", both new sets in the 2013/14 Catalog.

We are in the middle of moving house so once we're settled and my craft room is up and running, I hope to be a lot busier on my blog :)

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Club Projects

I haven't been stamping or blogging for a few months, long and personal story which I can't share on the internet, but I did want to just share some Club projects today. My Club has kept me stamping recently ~ this first picture are the projects for April.

Here are the 2 projects we made in May using new catalogue products.

This weekend we made 2 more projects. This first card is a special fold I found on LeAnn Greff's blog. It's quite effective and the best thing is, it only uses the 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock, I don't like having to use 12" x 12" for a card! Directions can be found here.

I used the new Gingham Garden suite of products. LOVE THEM!!!

I then made a very easy and simple card with the new Flower Shop set and the Pansy Punch. Very easy and so effective (love that stretchy ruffled ribbon). My friend Debra sent me this YouTube link on how to make lining up these flowers fool-proof! If you have this set & punch, you won't want to miss this video!

Stamp sets include : Wildflower Garden, Modern Mosaics, Flower Shop, Kind and Cozy
Colours include the new 2013 In-Colours

Friday, March 29, 2013

Club and a new Technique

Thanks to Pinterest, I found this great technique to share with my Club ladies tonight. Here's a link to the creator, Amy K. Thanks Amy for sharing this with us all ~ LOVE it! Hope my ladies will too.

Stamps : Secret Garden, A Round Array, Sweet Essentials (sentiment)
Ink : Versamark, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Gumball Green
Cardstock : Crumb Cake
Accessories : Big shot, Labels Collection Framelits, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Aquapainter, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SU Photopolymer Set

Had fun today playing with Stampin' Up's new 'photopolymer' stamp set called Typeset. Photopolymer is more commonly referred to as clear, or acrylic so the stamps themselves aren't the traditional red rubber, but clear instead. Stampin' Up have decided to introduce this set into their range of products and I am hoping for many more sets to follow, because the quality of the photopolymer is VERY high, and they stamp beautifully. I took lots of photos so you can see for yourselves.

Stamps : Designer Typeset, A Round Array
Ink : Midnight Muse
Cardstock : Twitterpated DSP, Going Grey, Pink Pirouette, Shimmery White
Accessories : Big Shot, Edgelit, Baker's Twine, Midnight Muse Ribbon, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sophie's 21st

I am so happy I "had" to stamp this week for my niece Sophie's 21st. We've been going through some trying times as a family and with the stress and anxiety, my ability to create ANYTHING flew out of the window. Luckily, with the help of Penny Smiley's lovely card, I was able to pull together a CASE I think is not too shabby :)

I will let the photos do the 'talking', all details of the recipe are at the bottom. Let's hope I can find my groove and start being more creative, it really is a cure-all.

Stamps : Everything Eleanor
Ink : Primrose Petals, Wild Wasabi, Pretty in Pink
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Wild Wasabi
Accessories : Big Shot, Bigz Alphabet Typeset, 1/2 Pearls, Hexagon Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Monday, January 28, 2013

Birthday Banners

Here's the sketch I used today, it's "Clean and Simple Stamping's" FTL225. I used the new SU DSP, Tea for Two and the Collage Curios Set. Easy peasy!

Stamps : Petite Pairs (sentiment), Collage Curios
Ink : Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake
Cardstock : Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade, Tea for Two DSP
Accessories : Bottle Caps, Sewing Machine, 1" Circle Punch, Raspberry Ripple & Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write Markers

Friday, January 25, 2013

January Club Projects

Sale-a-Bration is underway and my 2013 Club starts this weekend! Our projects include the 'Chalkboard Technique', a 3x3 notecard set with vellum box and a pom-pom flower made with the new crepe paper. All fun to make, can't wait to get together with my Ladies again!

Projects include the Spring Mini set "Oh Hello", "Hearts a Flutter" and the SAB sets, "Madison Avenue" and "Vintage Verses".

Over the weekend, I will make a quick photo tutorial on how to make the flowers and the vellum box. Until then, Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

By The Tide & Rain or Shine

I made two cards for an organised Leadership Swap. Lyssa Zwolanek does a brilliant job of gathering 100+ Stampin' Up demonstrators and keeping us in line for this HUGE swap! Thank you, Lyssa!

Here are the 2 swap cards I made. This first one is a new set called 'By the Tide'. I love this set and got some great sample ideas from the display boards, and from this swap. It makes a wonderful masculine card.

Stamps : By the Tide, Netting (Background Stamp)
Ink : Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Cardstock : Very Vanilla, Midnight Muse
Accessories : Midnight Muse Ribbon, Linen Thread, 1/2 Pearls

And here's my other swap card using 'Rain or Shine'. I love the fresh, crisp look of this. I used some core'dinations pool party cardstsock for the clouds behind the brolly. A little bit of sanding gave GREAT added texture.

Stamps : Rain or Shine
Ink : Primrose Petals, Pool Party
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Primrose Petals, Pool Party core'dinations
Accessories : Primrose Petals Ribbon, Labels Collection Framelits, Oval Framelits, XL Oval Punch, Vine Street EF, Big Shot

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

25th Year Anniversary News

During leadership, Stampin' Up announced many exciting NEW things they will be trying during this anniversary year, 2013. 

Stampin' Up are launching a monthly subscription club called "my paper pumpkin". If you subscribe, you will receive a box containing all you will need to make the project of that month, the photo below is an example of what's available in March. You can stop your subscription whenever you like, there's no 'time' obligation to fulfil. Visit the website for all the details.
Stampin' Up will also be offering MORE SINGLE STAMP options. Here are some examples and a link to Assortment 3 and Assortment 4 These single stamps are available for order NOW!

One of my favourite singles is this one which is only $5.95, item number 132665:

These anniversary promotions just keep on coming. Stampin' Up BEST OF stamp sets: This is an image of the first Anniversary Set available for purchase, Item No. 132929 $14.95.

Here's what Stampin' Up have to say about the Anniversary Sets : 

As part of our 25-year anniversary celebration, we're bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!
Some things to remember:
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month, all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, starting in February we're including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.

I know I just bombarded you with information, but we are going to need to keep up with the wonderful new promotions Stampin' Up have in store for us in 2013!

Please remember that you can order from my online store ANY TIME :)

As always, any questions, just let me know.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Leadership 2013

I am going to post some pics of Leadership 2013 in this post. I shan't write a long blurb ... but let me start off by just saying I made MANY new friendships this trip, I met my long lost twin, Tina Weller, and I also met my new BFF, Brian. It was love at first sight (for me) when I watched this video, and I'm glad to say I stalked him and found him and we're now BFFs! Look, how perfect do we look together?

... and here are the obligatory "Stampin' Boards" pics :)

This is inside the Chapin Theatre, waiting for the fun to start ....

... and this is what 'main stage' looks like when someone is presenting. It doesn't matter where you sit, the huge jumbo-tron screens make it easy to see everything!