Our catalogue launch

We had a great day at the Virginia Golf Club on Saturday.  We have had some great feedback, if you haven’t been to one of these card making days I hope that you will be able to join us one day in the future.

I am going to show you each of our cards over the next few posts to spread them out (cause I am mean)….

Here is one of my cards:

bundle spinnerYou may not be able to tell but the little circle part with the outfit on it spins around.  I have used the new “Baby Bundle” Stamp Set, along with the Baby Tees wheel.  The colours used are Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Bashful Blue and Pink Pirouette.

We got to use the Big Shot on several of the cards and I did hear many of the ladies comment on how versatile it was, and how easy it is to use.  As you can see here I have used the Polka Dots embossing folder.  I have also gone crazy with punches on this card, using Scallop Oval, Large Oval, 1 3/8 inch Circle, 1 1/4 inch Circle, 1 inch Circle, Scallop Circle and Scallop Edge Border punches.

Gotta run, it is book week “family afternoon” at the school and no doubt my girls will find a book (or two) that they simply cannot live without! Plus a sausage etc etc etc 🙂

Happy Stampin’

Bec.

Bye bye Pretties Kit…Sob!

I think the one thing that I was the most upset to see on the Retiring List was the Pretties Kit.  I love it!  I love the hat pins that are just impossible for me to get anywhere else.  I love the beads.  I love the flowers and pearls.  I have seen the new Catalogue and I know that I can still have the flowers and pearls BUT what about all those other beauties????

With that in mind I would like to share some projects with above mentioned items…

I recently got some lovely happy mail from a Demonstrator in New Zealand.  I thought it was a lovely gesture, not only had she sent a card but she had also organised for 10 other women in her team to contribute cards/notebooks and sent them over.  To say thank you I made each of them a bookmark but also a Stepper Box and a few other items just for her.

IMG_0925The Stepper Box, covered with DSP Candy Lane, and some Felt Fusion flowers, they have a Rhinestone Brad through the centre.

Once you take the lid off the box opens out and this is what it looks like on the inside:

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Inside was some earrings (Stampin’ Up! aside from the metal jewellery bits):

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Some scissor/mobile phone charms:

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And the bookmarks that use the Scallop Square Punch along with ribbon and beads:

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Happy Stampin’

The White Winged Warrior

Hey there Stampers!

My Dad retired at the beginning of the year and it is lovely to see a lot more of him.  I am very lucky to have my parent’s help, especially with babysitting on the day that I work.  While they are here they tend to get busy, it is amazing how much they get done.  I will often come home to a clean house, empty ironing basket and dinner! (No you can’t have them).  Dad has also nominated himself a “Mr Fixit” and potters around doing odd jobs. One of his projects has been enhancing the lives of our chooks, and he now refers to himself as “The White Winged Warrior”.  After a recent installation of some fabulous new nesting boxes I made him this card (cased from Tanya Kitto):

IMG_0737It seems you either love or hate this stamp set, “Rustic Rooster” from our nearly retired Catalogue.

The colours used here are Riding Hood Red, More Mustard and Bordering Blue.  I love the tearing, I think it suits the rustic style of the stamp, but once again I know a lot of people don’t like that look.

Thanks for looking!

Bad Blogger!

Hi all!!!

Well after I have jumped onto my blog and deleted the 140 spam messages waiting for me I FINALLY have a post to share!

I am sorry about my absence, lots of boring excuses, I’m looking forward to a much more productive time ahead.  Our new office is getting some use, in fact Pete and I are sitting out there right now!  We are both completely in love with the new space and the fact that we have our bedroom back (for the last couple of months I was pretty much standing at our doorway and lunging for the bed as the path to get into bed was getting more and more narrow as all my craft stash was in there!  We are going to touch up the ceiling and some more electrical work needs to be done but I hope to have it to the stage of a launch party very very soon.

Anyway back in July I had a birthday, Pete gave me an iPhone that I had been nagging him for for ages.  I love it and as expected it has enhanced my life as much as I thought it would.  I got lots of other lovely bits and pieces that will feature in my office that I will share as they get placed/hung but I can share Linda’s gift.

july-photos-112The gorgeous packaging and card (I stole the piccie from Linda’s site).  Actually I have been turning the room upside down tonight to find the gift!

As you can see Linda has used Vintage Vogue (I’m so happy that this stamp set has made it to our new Catty so I will be able to keep using it for at least another year).  Linda has been using this combination of Certainly Celery and Pink Pirouette quite a bit lately, it looks fabulous.

IMG_1194 And here is my beautiful gift from Linda, that her Mum Sandra made.  I love it and have wanted one of these for ages – a stylish place to put all those bits of rubbish that you accumulate during a decent papercraft session!

Happy Stampin’

Bec.

Convention!

The Annual Stampin’ Up! Convention that was recently held in Sydney was FANTASTIC.  I loved it all and learned so much.  I got the chance to meet Shelli, Stampin’ Up! Co-Founder and CEO.

shelliShe is a genuine amazing lady and I feel blessed to be a part of a company lead by her values.  Her husband Sterling was even there packing our purchases from Momento Mall!  No airs and graces that is for sure.

We had our two days of presentations, the chance to use some new stamp sets and win some more, and then the awards dinner.  Thanks to you and your support I walked across the stage to recieve a milestone award for my sales (and another two free Stamp Sets that will not be available until September).

These are the gorgeous table centrepieces that lit the room for our dinner:

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The next Convention is going to be held in Melbourne. I am now looking forward to that.

I had a lovely time being with my Stampin’ Up! mates, lots more photos were taken and I’ll upload them here when they become available.

I am so inspired to do even better this year and look forward to sharing more Stampin’ time with you.

Happy Stampin’

Scrapbooking!

Yes, don’t fall over….I have done some Scrapbooking!

I have a scrapbooking class coming up so needed to get organised in giving them a sample project.lily fox  As you can see it similar layout to the one on page 29 Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue but I decided to change the colours a bit (actually that is not really true…I went to make this layout exactly the same but had a mini panic attack when I realised that I didn’t have any 12×12 Kraft so I had improvise).

Here is the girl version.

Stamp Sets: Fox and Friends, Defining Alphabet, Short & Sweet.

Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette.

Inks: Mellow Moss, Pink Pirouette, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip.

Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch (yes, we do have one, it was accidently left off the catalogue). Dimensionals, Stamp-a-majic, Silver brads and 1/16 hole punch.

The boy version:

zane foxEverything as above except add some Bashful Blue cardstock and ink, and also some Brocade Blue ink for the little whale.

You could do lots more journalling on that blank block, I was time poor so just added the little “love you” stamp.

 

 

 

 

I wanted to make a more neutral page that did not require photos so quickly whipped up this one:

neutral boxThose blank boxes could be filled up with any journalling that you wanted, such as Birth details.  They are also a place to put stamped sentiments or other words using the defining alphabet stamps such as “love” etc.

The coloured block is So Saffron.  The little fox is Pale Plum and all other colours as listed above.

This is a super easy page, the blocks I have used are 5 cm x 3 inches (sorry about the two different types of measurement!)

Happy Scrapbooking and Stampin’

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