Saturday, 30 May 2009

Marelle's may challenge

Well just scraping into May here but I loved this challenge. On Marelle Taylor's website she set a challenge to take a project directly from the catalogue and copy it exactly, or as close as you can get, then using the same layout make it again but substituting different colours, stamps and embellishments. So this is the box from page 82 (minus the buttons as I don't have them...yet) Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2009 This uses Fifth Ave Floral, Baja Breeze cardstock and inkpad, Choc Chip cardstock and watercolour crayon, Kiwi Kiss cardstock, Whisper White grosgrain and cardstock, Stazon, aquapainter, acetate and Sticky Strip. and this is my variation. Mr Sock Monkey. Can you believe some fellow demos think he looks evil? Look at that face!!! not an evil bone in his body... in fact I don't think a Sock Monkey has any bones in his body and he certainly wouldn't pick a bone with anyone. This cute little party box uses Sock Monkey and Accessories, Riding Hood Red cardstock & inkpad, Pacific Point cardstock & inkpad, vellum, Tangerine Tango cardstock and ink pad, Whisper White grosgrain and cardstock, watercolour crayons - Choc Chip, Creamy Caramel, Gable Green & inkpad, Stazon, Aquapainters, Crystal Effects, Linen Thread and Sticky Strip. Hope you like it!

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

new york journals

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2009 I made these journals for my sister and niece who have recently gone to live in New York. It is their first time living in a different country and I thought a notebook which they can journal or scribble notes about where to go, who they met etc. may be helpful. The obvious choice was the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set to decorate these books. I had to have a go at watercolouring the rose - I think I need a bit more practice on that! One of the reasons why I love this set is it's versatility. It looks fantastic stamped as a line-art image but also watercoloured, sponge daubered or paper pieced. I'm looking forward to playing with this set to see it's full potential. For the next book I used Heat and Stick powder and the Chunky glitter to give the rose something different. I also used slightly softer colours. I have to say my hubby did a great job buying the notepads. He went to the shops with the instructions "a notepad with a clear cover and dividers if possible". He returned home with what's called Pukka Pads which were perfect. The colour inspiration came from the colour of the dividers though I could have made my own using the Round Tab punch and different colours if I preferred. So I set to work and had three of these done by the next evening. When I showed him the final product he just cracked up laughing. And this is apparently why they are so hilarious. Now I've never really done the whole ribbon thing before so it is my first attempt but I'm not really sure if you can go that wrong. It's suppose to look like an explosion of ribbon right? Perhaps someone who has a bit more experience in ribbon embellishment can give me some tips, but it was fun and took far less time than I thought to run a lighter over the ends of each ribbon to prevent fraying. The third version is one a have kept for myself and I'll show you that one later.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Giant Craft Sale

This Saturday is my teams GIANT CRAFT SALE. We have cleaned out our cupboards, and have lots of Craft Goodies that need to find new homes. There are stamps (both Stampin' Up! and other), scrapbooking supplies, ribbons, embellishments, plus handmade cards and gifts too, and lots more! Everything will be priced to sell, so come along and grab a bargain! We'll also have Lucky Door Prizes to be won. When: Saturday, 23rd May 10am -2pm Where: The Church Hall (Blacktown East Presbyterian) Cnr Heffron Rd and Gallop Gve, Lalor Park Hope to see you there!

Monday, 11 May 2009

Designer Series Paper Special

So the customer special of the month. Buy 3 Designer Series papers and choose another one for free! From these selected papers. Item Page Description 112042 132 Urban Garden DSP112470 132 Haiku DSP 113976 132 Pink Flamingo DSP 112468 132 Sweet Always DSP 113992 133 Tea Party DSP 113975 133 Raspberry Tart DSP 113966 134 Good Morning Sunshine DSP 112469 134 Holiday Treasures DSP 112041 134 Bella Rose 113974 134 Bella Bleu DSP 113978 135 Urban Oasis DSP 112461 135 Washington Apple DSP 112039 135 Windsor Knot DSP 113980 135 Candy Lane Email me to order these by 31st May. I don't like to call these scrapbooking papers as you can do so much more than scrapbooking with them. I love using them on cards, 3D project and gifts and they take all the stress out of choosing a colour scheme! I'll be showing samples of using DS paper throughout the month.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Fantastic Offer

So did that run down of Convention make you jealous and wish you were there?
Or did it slightly freak you out thinking about 450 women all crazy about stamping? I know I have wide and varied readers and their reactions will be different but I can assure you there was no chanting as I've heard happens at Tupperware (don't get me wrong I love Tupperware but that is kind of freaky!) So here's the goodies I got at Convention
Awesome bag, lip balm, pen and the two stamp sets we were given to use at the Make and Takes, I bought the cute cardi and umbrella (in my most favourite new stamp set Fifth Avenue Floral which I WON at Convention!!!). Well this month there are two awesome specials. One offer is a free packet of Designer Series paper when you purchase 3 packets from the selected range but I'll be back with more about that in my next post. The one that is most exciting is the one that gives you access to a great discount on all Stampin Up! products plus the opportunity to turn it into a business if you so desire - plus of course the opportunity to join the fantastic team I am in and attend training such as Convention - which is in Sydney next year!!!! So if you've been tempted to join the Stampin' Up! family even if it's just to get the discount then email me for a free, no obligation info pack. Or ring to ask questions. I know I had plenty before I joined and I have answers and over two years experience to let you know what it's really like and what it really cost etc. What you will get: access to a website with tons of inspiration, an online forum of other friendly stampers, monthly team meetings, full-colour monthly newsletters, at least 20% off all your stamping supplies (30% off in your first order), plus you can attend all my classes for half price. It will cost you $150 to join (for this month only), but for that, you will get a stamp set ($77.95 value), a Simply Scrappin' Kit, 12x12 Textured cardstock, an inkpad and Craft and Rubber Scissors. That's all worth over $180. You also get some business supplies to get you started: Idea Book & Catalogue (8), Getting Started DVD, Getting Started Guide, Guest Invitation Postcard (100), To My Hostess Envelope (10), Project Sample Sheet, Recruit Brochures (20), Hostess Brochure (20), Hostess Benefits Form (10), Customer Order Form (50). If you decide you no longer want to be a member, you get to keep everything, and simply go back to being a customer. You don't have to meet any sales requirements until the end of September, and then it's a very manageable $550 (incl. GST) per quarter. Email me if you want to know more!

Monday, 4 May 2009

Convention 2009 Canberra

Well I'm back and I know it was only 4 days but it feels like I've been a way for a week. I feel refreshed and re-inspired to create beautiful things. So the fun started on Thursday lunch time when a group of other demos, Jennifer, Rosanne, Jane and I, piled into Jane's comfy Odyssey and headed for Canberra.
Now you may wonder at the end of my recap whether the weekend was really about stamping or more about food but the highlight of our trip there, aside from seeing a live wombat eating grass beside the highway, was a stop for lunch at Berrima and the gorgeous pastries we had there. I just had to take a photo. If you're ever in Berrima it's the pie shop with the red phone box outsidethe red phone box, which actually doesn't have a phone in it...
the pie shop...the citrus tart, which went on to become a theme for the weekend....and my fruit flan...mmmm...
so we settled into our hotel and caught up with other demos at a local Thai restaurant that night then came home to eat the extra citrus tarts we'd bought on our way down. Count - Citrus tarts: 2 Scales: 0 Next morning we were at Convention bright and early - 8:00AM SU! you are mean! - many of us mums, finally away from our kids and very deserving of a sleep in but there was none to be had! Anyway after checking in and receiving our gorgeous Convention bag (photo coming soon) people were swapping to their hearts content. Swaps are a way of getting a whole range of samples various colour schemes using a wide range of stamp sets and accessories/ it's always fun to see what people do for swaps. I'm sure you'll see on many other blogs what people did for their swaps over the coming days. We then went to Memento mall to see the offerings and found a gorgeous umbrella, will show you soon, thankfully I don't have an umbrella of my own so this was actually a justifiable purchase! A very nice cardigan, which will show off my baby bump very nicely, some cute pens and a very handy, and sweet, calculator. There were several other things that were very cute too. The rest of the day was spent listening to Shelli, the co founder of SU!, watching demonstrations, learning new techniques which I am looking forward to showing at my upcoming workshops, listening to business tips and doing Make and Takes. We had a rather large team dinner that night at a local pizza restaurant - I think there was over 70 of us and, thanks to Jayne Mercer who organised it, it was a great night. For dessert there was a selection including rocky road slice but I managed to get... citrus tart! Count - Citrus tart: 3 Scales:0 So day two, the Saturday, started a little more civilised at 9am with my upline, Marelle, giving a demonstration on main stage as to how she runs workshops. She was wonderful as always and had heaps of great ideas and such a natural way of showing how much and why she loves doing what she does. We then had more demonstrations, hot chocolate and lunch where most of our team met up around the table. The afternoon was all together watching Shelli stamp Shelli and me and other fantastic inspiring demonstrations and talks from other SU! staff from the US. That night we had the awards dinner so back to food now, it was delicious and what was the dessert? citrus tart of course Count - Citrus tart: 4 Scales :0 then into the theater to clap and cheer those who had achieved either high sales, high levels of recruits and the heart of SU! award for a demo who has given a lot of time and shown care towards a special cause or person. We cheered our team leader, Marelle, who has built her business very successfully with a lot of hard work and was rewarded with being named the 8th top demonstrator in Australia. We are very proud of her and glad to be in her team. Then after a very heartfelt thank you from Shelli to all demonstrators, hobbyist to business builders alike, we partied on in the foyer of the Crowne til we could party no more. The next morning Jane dropped me at the Big Merino, Goulburn (sorry this was the only shot I got, I know not the best view) where my hubby met me and we spent the rest of the day visiting his brother and nephews. I missed out on the return visit to Berrima's pie shop - very sad. Today my body had just about gone through the withdrawal symptoms of citrus tart cravings when at our team catch up what does Jane bring out for me but two little tarts from the Berrima shop - AWESOME! They were going to be for dessert tonight but I'm afraid they haven't quite made it :) Count - Citrus tart: oh I give up! scales you lose and I've got to go to the obstetrician this week where I get weighed and he gives gold stars if I've put on the right weight range - bugger! I'm guessing no gold star this month...maybe I'll draw a citrus tart on my card instead :)

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