Friday, May 29, 2015

Washi Tape Card

 When I was at Convention earlier this month I received a swap from the very talented Marelle Taylor. Marelle, like myself always put a technique into her swaps and hers this year was terrific. As soon as I was back in my room that day I was deconstructing it to see how she had made it!

Once I was back home I made the cards below for my Team Meeting that month for my down line demonstrators to create as a make and take. So below is the first one.

 I love how it uses washi tape in such a new way and I was so intrigued as to how the butterfly was reversed. Read on and I'll let you know how it's done! Now the card above and below are done with washi tape from the current 2014 catalogue and these are both on the Retiring List of products from that catalogue.

Now this one is a sneak peek using new 2015 washi tape from the 2015 catalogue that goes live on June 2nd.

 Now how to create this piece - Stick washi tape across the top of your cut card piece and make sure it wraps under the card about a third of the way, round the corners using a corner rounder punch. Punch out the butterfly using only half the punch, flip the punched half over and you will have it covered with washi tape, position it to the side of the washi panel and mount both on your embossed card with dimensionals foam shapes. the sentiment is stamped using black Staz-On ink and done before mounting the panel onto the card.

      And here is Marelle's original card that I received as a swap. You can read her post on her blog here.

 I love it when I get inspiration from the swaps I receive at Convention - thanks Marelle for the great swap!

Enjoy recreating this card and check out the links below for the items required for making this card which you can order in my online store.



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I Think You're Great Stamp Set Sneak Peek

I had a lovely weekend working with my team of demonstrators at Picture to Page Show. The stand looked great and everyone loved the ideas we ad on display. Plus I love the excitement when customers come rushing up to the stand to get their brand new 2015 annual catalogue! We had a lot of very happy customers! You can see the stand on my Facebook page.

Below is one of my sneak peek cards from the new catalogue using a new stamp set called " I Think You're Great" 138712.

A very quick and easy card to create. The splodge stamp used for the background comes from Awesomely Artistic 139950.

Card - Lost Lagoon and Very Vanilla

Inks - Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss

Extras - Gold bakers twine, dimensionals
The countdown is on - June 2nd the 2015 Annual Catalogue goes LIVE!



Sunday, May 17, 2015

Celebrate Today Make & Take Cards for Picture to Page Show

Next weekend here in Melbourne, my team and I are exhibiting on the Stampin'Up! stand at the Picture to Page Show at Cardinia Cultural Centre, Pakenham.  We will be selling the NEW 2015 ANNUAL CATALOGUE so make sure you come and see us! We will be running a make& take and these are the cards you can create using the Celebrate Today stamp set and Balloon framelits from the Occasions catalogue. If you purchase these two products as a bundle you will get them at a 15% discount plus as a show special we will give you free postage. Now that is a great deal!

The top card is created using two of the 2015-2017 In Colours - Cucumber Crush and Mint Macaron. Love the Cucumber Crush it is such a vibrant green!

For show details visit here.

My team and I look forward to seeing you there!



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Stampin'Up! Awesomely Artistic Crayon Resist Card

My big, brown box of Stampin'Up! preorder goodies arrived yesterday and I have been busy playing. I've got loads of new cards to show you but where to start? I think with my favourite creation so far!

When we had our Managers Reception at Convention Stampin'Up! gave us a beautiful stamp set fro the new 2015 Catalogue titled "Awesomely Artistic" 139950is the code you need for ordering when the new catalogue goes "live"on June 2nd. This stamp set would rate as my favourite from the new catalogue so how lovely of Stampin'Up! to have chosen that set as our gift!

My "sister" demonstrator Julia whom I shared a room with at Convention made me a pretty card using this set and I will show it off to you in another post. Here is the card I made Julia to thank her for being a terrific roomie and for spending her Convention time with me.

I am rather keen on making Crayon Resist cards at the moment. You may have seen the one I did last month using Four Feathers stamp set. I thought I'd give it a go with this new set and I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

I was going to put a sentiment on the card front but it just did not look balanced so I left it plain and added the "Friend framed sentiment to the inside of the card. This stamp set has so many lovely images - dragonfly, two fern frond stamps, flowers, a great little splatter image plus a frame stamp that works with one of the Project Life framelit sets.

When you get your new catalogue make sure you have a good look at this lovely set of stamps.

Cardstock is Mossy Meadow, Basic Black and Whisper White

Inks are Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, and Staz-On black

Extras - white crayon, tissues

I'll be back with more new creations over the next few days.



Saturday, May 9, 2015

Single Layer Sponged Clean & Simple Card

Here is another of my display cards from the recent Paper Arts Show. Always love a quick easy card and this one is a terrific example of that.

Colours used to sponge are retiring In Colours Strawberry Slush and Crisp Canteloupe and current In colour Hello Honey.

The stamp set is An Open Heart 134999

Card is Whisper White, Basic Black and Strawberry Slush.



Friday, May 8, 2015

Stampin'Up! Convention Gold Coast , Australia 2015 Day 3

         All great things come to an end unfortunately, and so we reached the last day of Convention but at least we had clear skies!!!

Morning session saw a great presentation by Carrie Cudney on using the new Hostess sets for your workshops. The samples were gorgeous!

Don't these cards make you itch to get stamping????
Brandy Harmer then gave us a demonstration on the new gift bag punch board. I was not keen on this when I saw it in the Demonstrator Resource Centre but after Brandy's presentation - you guessed it, the punchboard is now on my shopping list!

At Convention a demonstrator just has to have a photo in front of the Convention theme board - so here's mine!

 Before lunch on the last day we asked Stampin'Up! photographer Tom to please take a team photo of my team who were at Convention. Isn't this a great photo and it was posted on the Stampin"up! South Papcific Convention photo page. Thanks Tom for a fabulous photo!

Last seesion we had Bonnie back to tell us all about the new Bohemian Borders Suite of products. 
here is a clean and simple card created using the Boho Chic embossing folder.

Bonnie also showed off a new product which had caught my eye in the catalogue and intrigued me - the Cotton paper Assortment. Page 148 of the new catalogue. I love the flower Bonnie created with this paper! I'll be trying this out as soon as my preorder arrives!

One last surprise from Stampin'Up! to finish off the session and 2015 Convention, an all attendee giveaway of Bohemian DSP and Fast Fuse! I adore the colours in this paper pack - lovely peacock colours I reckon! I am now a master of using Fast Fuse after several plays with it at the Demonstrator Resource Centre!!

Remember those koalas I kept posting about, well it became a bit of a game to get a photo of them all ( they are dotted all over the Gold Coast so I only saw a few of them!) so just I had to share the Mickey Mouse koala with you! That's the rear end of the Wonder Woman koala in the background!

Nice sunny pic by this koala unlike the one the night before after awards night and we stood in the howling gale and took a group shot, we looked very windblown!!!!!!

 And so to our last night on the Gold Coast, a sunset photo! A big thankyou to my lovely team of demonstrators who joined me at Convention. I hope you had as fabulous time as I did. I loved spending time with you all and I look forward to doing it all again in November here in Melbourne!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Stampin'Up! South Pacific Convention Day 2

On day two we woke to this - gales and horizontal rain!

Bare feet and rolled up pants was the only way to walk to and from Convention and save our shoes from a soaking!

Here is another one of the koala statues that I mentioned in my last post. This one was inside the Convention Centre - out of the rain!!! that's the Convention bag I 'm holding.

Sara Douglas did a wonderful stage stamping demonstration highlighting the new 2015 Ronald McDonald House Charity Stamp set - " Sprinkles of Life" 139971. When you purchase this set Stampin'Up! will donate $3 from the sale to RMHC.

Sara displayed several lovely cards created using this stamp set. A definite MUST buy! Plus there is a co-ordinating punch - Tree Builder.

More lovely samples from the morning session. This one showcases the Build a Birthday stamp set.


A great example using the new In Colours.


Make and Take session.

Another of the pretty cards from the Tins of Cards Project Kit.

Can't get enough of these new In Colours. I'm hoping my preorder turns up tomorrow to start playing with them!

 A wet walk back to our apartment to change for Awards Night and a taxi ride back to the Convention Centre in our finery. I made a stage walk for a milestone award but the night belonged to my downline Tracy Penn! Placed second for sales in Australia, earning a Performance Bonus and the Incentive Trip! I am so thrilled for you Tracy and your success! Well done!

Simone Bartrum also had a successful night being awarded the Incentive Trip. Simone joined my team nearly 8 years ago. She has had a wonderfully successful Stampin'Up! career!  I am so proud to have both of you as my downlines. You are fabulous demonstrators and you have a terrific team of demonstrators! Enjoy Hawaii next week!

The Photo Booth is a fixture at the After Party now! It's always fun dressing up and striking the pose! This pic was taken side on as we set our pose. Love these girls - my Convention roomies!

Now you have to be quick with these photo booths - 3 photos taken in quick succession, I wasn't quick enough to remove the glasses! But I do like this photo!

It was a super fun evening of entertainment. And we still had another day of Convention to look forward to!




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