31 July 2009

Shelli's card from Convention

This was one of my favourite cards demoed at convention by none other that SU! co-founder & CEO Shelli Gardner.

I must admit I went to my first poppin' pastels class at my upline's a few months ago & just loved the technique - it certainly wowed me.

So thought I'd like to repeat the experience for my class attendees & thought immediately of this card - like Shelli I've dyed the white ribbon from Dress Up originals with coffee - very scrummy.

Stamp set: Friends 24-7, Friendly Words Wheel
Ink: Versamark, Basic Brown, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss
Paper: Pink Pirouette (textured), Kraft, Natural Ivories
Other: Pretties flower, rhinestone brad, Dress Up ribbon hand-dyed, blender pen, aquapainter, Stampin' Pastels, sponge daubers

Cutting dimensions
Pink Pirouette: I used 12x12" CS for the base & chopped of an inch to give 11x12"piece & then cut at 4" to give me 3 pieces of card per piece; final card 4 x 5.5"
Kraft: 3-½ x 5"
Natural Ivories: 3-½ x 4-¾"

30 July 2009

Getting ready for Christmas?

Yes the spring mini has Christmas stamps & this is the swap I received from Debbie Lamb using the soon to be released Tree Trimmings stamp set - in traditional Christmas colours green & red but as I'm in love with Kiwi Kiss I think this is traditional but modern teaming it up with Riding Hood Red. Love my card Debbie - very inspirational!

My team the WOW paperKRafters is holding a Christmas in August event the last Saturday in August - so let us help you get ready for Christmas, I hate to say it - it's not that far away.

Contact me to find out more or sign up for my monthly newsletter (left hand side bar).

Thanks for poppin' in!

29 July 2009

Tangerine II

Can you believe this 2 posts in 2 days with my least favourite in-colour!

One of the great things about being a demonstrator is that SU! provide us with ideas for workshops etc - this is my take on one of their ideas for August. I just had to make it as it uses my favourite stamp set Cheep Talk & it was so easy as they provided all the cutting dimensions for me. I just swapped Tangerine Tango for Pumpkin Pie as I'd been so mean about TT & it works great & I used my markers to stamp the bird up.

Stamp set: Cheep talk
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Taken with Teal (marker), Pumpkin Pie (marker), Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Paper: Tangerine Tango (textured), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP

28 July 2009

I could learn to love Tangerine Tango??

Well I must admit this is not my favourite in-colour but much prefer it to Only Orange (which kinda screams at my sensibilities) so when my attempts to remember how a never-ending card works weren't working and more and more of my 12x12" Pacific Point card stock was going into the bin. I thought stop wasting it & use that yucky colour to practice with. What a laugh next one in TT worked perfectly & I do love the card I created with it & Haiku DSP & Eastern Blooms stamp set - so good I had to share it with you.

This is the first opening:
This is the 2nd opening (lift the large panels to flip them):
This is the 3rd opening & the back of the card (lift the middle panels apart):

27 July 2009

Corrosive Challenge 21

Our inspiration came from this & I could see bright colours & funky girls & I thought of Pink Flamingo DSP - could have sworn I ordered some but no, so Washington Apple DSP - which kind of sets the colours (Bashful Blue, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie). The funky girl (who I thought was perfect) comes from one of the following: my lovely SBS sisters Leslie or Janet or Tracy J from NZ who have kindly sent me stamped images before.

Don't ask me where the circle idea came from but it looks good with the cut out girl, and don't ask me why I wanted to cut her out (as it was harder than it looked & I only had one image i.e. no mistakes allowed). But I'm really pleased with the final card - it's fun & suitable for a teenage i.e. my nieces - they'll love it.

Stamps: Really Retro (word), ?? girl stamp
Ink: Black, various Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Bashful Blue, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Washington Apple DSP
Other: Creative Memories cutting system, 1-¼" circle punch, 1" circle punch, word window punch, dimensionals

So hope you can play along too (there's always a wee random prize - this week a $10 voucher for Hanna stamps) - click HERE to see the other great entries. I'm really interested in what everyone comes up for this one!

26 July 2009

Countdown to SPRING

Well Spring mini that is, my team the WOW paperKRafters are meeting today & the best thing are the swaps - spring mini ones today, can't wait.

Here's my swap a case from the new mini showing the new designer brads we're getting too (they come in Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron & Pretty in Pink).

Stamp sets: Forest Friends, Baroque Motifs (look hard there's a chocolate KIND beside the flower brad)
Ink: Chocolate chip, Going Gray, Old Olive
Paper: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White
Other: Dimensionals, So Saffron striped grosgrain ribbon, designer brads, 1" circle punch, dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds glitter (for the cotton tail)

25 July 2009

Cool tutorial find - mounting your stamps PERFECTLY

Check out this cool TUTORIAL to see how to use your stamp-a-ma-jig to mount your stamps perfectly. It works great

I used vellum card stock to stamp on originally (so didn't get dirty fingers or need baby wipes) and I transferred the sticker to another empty transfer sheet and it was easy to pick up with the double sided adhesive.

So thanks Ilana it's a really cool tip.

Stipple Shapes

My SBS sister Stephanie is starting up a Yahoo Forum group click HERE to join: Stipple Shapes

From Stephanie: I have a lot of things in store for all the members once I have enough signed up! Monday Mailer's RAKS, COTM, SWAPS things like that! I promise it will be a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people and learn new techniques! I would like to explain one of the programs I want to promote which is a "Monday Mailer" program with enough people I will partner up 2 people and for the entire month you would send a card to the person you are partnered up with. There will be theme's, say for instance August the theme will be "Summer" so any cards that remind you of Summer! You have to send "4" cards to your partner for that month and they are due by each Monday of each week well at least mailed by that Monday. I hope that sort of helps a little bit as to what I am wanting to create. RAKS are Random Acts of Kindness, COTM are Card of the Month and of course Swaps.

I've signed up so come & join us.

24 July 2009

Bella's fantasy box revealed

This is also known as a stepper box & it was one of those projects that I bookmarked nearly 2 years to go & never did make one. So when I had to come up with ideas for classes for SENZ this was top of my wish list for a project with a bit of wow.

I think everyone that did the class would agree it is WOW. It was really nice as they were obviously showing people at the show their boxes after the class & then they came down to say how cool - which as you can imagine is very pleasing. It's really simple & I followed this amazingly great tutorial of Terri Digness

My only advice is we/I used textured card stock as it's much easier to fold the small origami boxes or "steps". As well as using sticky strip to hold the boxes to the walls - use it to hold down the last folds of the box too; works best adding to the side of the walls - thanks Bernie from Whangarei (I think) who came up with this tip at the class.

The pretties flower was hand dyed by putting your hand inside a plastic bag & then rubbing the bag on the ink pad. Turn the bag inside out & spray a few times with a water mist bottle, throw in the pretties flower & scrunch it all up until the colour is even.

I think that's the last post from me regarding SENZ projects though I have a few kits left over for this, so think you'll see a few different colour combos appearing.

Well it's just on a week to the launch of the Spring Mini catalogue so don't forget I have an open home Friday August 7th 7pm onwards - you'll get to play with the new stamps, pick up a mini, and have supper on me, plus an opportunity to win stuff & it's all FREE. So RSVP your spot today as my house isn't that big so numbers are limited!

22 July 2009

The card that never ends

This is a cool project & it certainly gets a lot of ohhh - there seems to be a lot of different versions on the web but this is my compilation of them all and is what my upline Jacque taught me - reading them all, this is supposed to be the "easiest way".

You need 4 pieces of 6x3" card stock, which you score at 1-½" & 4-½" vertically & also at 1-½" horizontally. Loosen the score lines gently.

Butt 2 pieces of the card stock with the central score line lying horizontally - it should look like a 6x6" square. Add lots & lots of adhesive to the 4 corners. Then overlay on top exactly the other 2 pieces of card stock with their middle score lines lying in a different orientation. I hope the diagram below is explanatory.
To me the trick to make the never ending card move/never end is to fold back the behind piece - it should look like a H.
I've then decorated as below. Confused come to a class at my house in August (date & time to be announced) & see how easy it really is.

This is the front of the card:

This is the first opening:
This is the 2nd opening:
And the "backside":
Stamp set: Cheep Talk
Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Ink: Kiwi Kiss
Stampin' Markers: Taken With Teal, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip

20 July 2009

SENZ 2009

As you may have guessed myself & 4 others from my team had a stand at SENZ: Jacque, Rachael, Kelly and Denise. Hopefully now that we've all had some sleep we can reflect what a great time we had meeting so many people that were/are as crazy as us. Looking at my quick pics of my stand maybe I need to be less crazy, buy fewer stamps & buy a new camera. I'm sure you'll get the idea how fantastic it all looked though. To all those that visited, attended our classes, demonstrations etc and made the weekend so much FUN many thanks.

Congratulations to Judy Honey who won our gift basket - she was a Saturday attendee as I got to ring her & tell her the good news. Also it was great to catch up with a few friends from around the country deep south Diane called in looking gorgeous & the very lovely Tracy Jackson AKA Stamping All Seasons was up - Tracy has some amazing blog candy so you should check her blog out (but I want to win it so forget I told you this).

Here's Kelly AKA Shelli to her SU! friends.

The make n' takes some of you may have created at the show.

Mine for Friday's was cased from the IB+C.

Rachael's Saturday one was a modification of Kelly & mine's flowerpot card we did at the last team extravaganza. It was so stinkingly cute!

Kelly who loves Shelli & anything that has Shelli's tick cased her wee tag from the IB+C too!

Corrosive Challenge Week 21

This week's Corrosive Challenge from Janet Rossi is a sketch and I don't like ovals so this was as hard as making a DOG card!

Not sure if I like next week's one either but am always happy with the final card so that what is cool about challenges they push you outside your comfort zone!

Last week our challenge was to make a card with a dog image & I didn't own any dog stamps so thought I'd buy one at SENZ & yep you guessed right I bought another cat stamp - but isn't he GORGEOUS; so as I was being naughty I've coloured in the flowers with Twinkling H2Os (and I remembered how much I love them so I shouted myself some more today, I love them even more now that I own an aqua painter too)!

Not sure if you can see them twinkle in the photo but try clicking on the picture to enlarge. And I've used for my embellishments these sparkly iridescent flowers I bought at SENZ 2 years ago - well if you're going to be naughty & have a break from SU! I might as well be really naughty!

I do hope you can play along too, Janet always has a prize drawn randomly - my friend Judy won week 19 and wait for this Anne Brignall a fellow SU! demo from my team & based in Christchurch won week 20. The kiwis are on a roll! This week's prize is a SU! Simply' Scrappin' Christmas kit.

18 July 2009

Fancy Folds Part 1

This was the first card my class attendees made yesterday (hi ladies) & they all did so well!

This is what I call the secret compartment card as there's a trick to find the middle compartment - the only problem is the person receiving the card doesn't know it's there either but it's a very cool card.

Stamp sets: Good Friend, Cheep Talk, Really Retro
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip Creamy Caramel
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Other: Sponge, dimensionals

This is the secret compartment revealed:
If you want to know the secret to this card book a workshop or a class with me. I can be contacted by e-mail HERE.

I've also released it has the right colour combination for Kristina's latest colour inspiration as it has a red, an orange, a yellow, a green & a blue in it.

17 July 2009

More notecards

This is the wee set I designed to match Bella's Fantasy Stepper Box class for SENZ and I just love them. Bella's Bloom is a really cool stamp set $28.95 for 4 stamps ( 2 images & 2 sayings). I've also re-created the cute quick gift card holder - a medium sized cellophane bag, a piece of designer series paper, word window punch & lovely ribbon.
Stamp set: Bella's Bloom
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Stampin' Write Markers: Ruby Red, Old Olive
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP
Punches: Scallop circle, 1-⅜" circle, 1-¼" circle, wide oval, designer label, scallop edge border, eyelet edge border
Ribbons: Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain & Riding Red Hood tafetta