Sunday, May 30, 2010

Remaining Unconventional Swaps

Here the rest of the Unconventional Swaps.
Debi Ryan's
Lisa Bullock's #1
Lisa Bullock's #2
Natasha Lipsey's

Thank You ladies it was a great pleasure to recieve such beautiful cards from you all. 
You are all very talented.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

3 parcels in 3 days

I have been very lucky this week, I have recieved 3 parcels in 3 days.
The first was from Alison my Upline congradulating me for reaching $20000 in sales, and telling me my name was on the board at convention. She made me a beautiful card and there was some chocolates and 3 Stampin' Up pens, I was so spoilt. 
 Alison has used Old Olive, So Saffron and Whisper White Card Stock and Tall Tales DSP (retired).
Thank you Alison.
Yesterday I recieved My Unconventional Swaps in the post, it was so exciting to open it and see what all the talented ladies had made.
This is Keryn's swaps (she made 3).
Keryn's #2
Keryn's #3
Julie Woolner's
Nadine Potroz's
Dee Sturgeon's
Don't you think they are just fabulous, I certainly do.
This is only half of what recieved, I will post the rest tomorrow.
Thanks ladies you are all so talented it is a pleasure recieving swaps from you.
The 3 parcel arrived today from mainly music HQ, thanking me for stepping in last weekend at conference when I saw that they needed help, inside there was a card, snack bar and a Latte.
Thanks Elaine.

Friday, May 28, 2010

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You can enhance your kit by adding scrapbooking products with our Stampin' Memories add-on for only $90.
So contact me today to begin a fun and flexible career with Stampin' Up! or simply enjoy getting a fabulous product discount.

This is a fantastic offer.

Don't forget the June Promotion...!!

Starting 1st June Stampin' Up! is pleased to announce an exciting new promotion.  Every week for the whole of June, there will be a brand new deal on select products from the current Idea Book and Catalogue! 

If you want to know what the deal is, you will have to login onto my site to see it. So bookmark the site now, as I love a deal as I'm sure you do too! 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Unconventional swaps

.As you most proably are aware that a lot of SU Demos have just returned from Convention in Sydney.
For these of who couldn't go some of us took part in a Unconventional Swap.
I did 2 different designs 6 of each for swaps and I will get swaps in the mail later this week.
This is the first design I made.
This is the second swap, that I watercoloured using Aqua Painters and Ink 
 If you would like to learn watercolouring email me to book a workshop.
I will show the swaps to you after they have arrived.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Stampin' Up Site

Click here to get to my official Stampin' Up site. Now how easy is that. Do have a look around. I do recommend you have a look around as there are some very cool projects online; this is my favourite at the moment - isn't it cute - full details on how to create it are on the site.

Starting June 1st Stampin' Up! are having a deal of the week for the whole of June - if you want to know what the deal is you will have to login to my site to see it. So bookmark the site now as I love a deal & I'm sure you do too! Well I'm heading of to Christchurch tonight, Savannah has a optometrist appointment early tomorrow morning and I have a mainly music conference on Saturday.
So have a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


I held my first Stamp - a - Stack yesterday morning, they made 9 cards, 3 cards of 3 different designs.
1st is a Patchwork Top Note card. We used Bella Bleu DSP and So Saffron Card Stock.
So Kind Card, we cut a Top Note then embossed using Manhatten Flower Embossing Folder and lightly sponge over the emboosed flower in Rich Razzleberry Ink.
Tulip Card, these tulips are made using the wing of the XL 2 Step Bird Punch, a must have tool.
Email me to order yours.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Scallop edged Circle

I made this thank you card for Keryn and Tanya for organizing the unconventional swaps. 
I'm so looking forward to all the swaps arriving next week.
I found this on internet somewhere and didn't bookmark it, so I don't know who to give the credit to.
A big thank you if it was you.
This is a very easy edge to do around a circle or oval.

First of all cut your circle using your Circle Scissor Plus. I cut my at 8cm across.
Stamp your image.
Cut 3cm strip of Card Stock (A4), Use Eyelet Border or Scallop Edge Punch all the way across the strip.
Then cut from bottom edge to about 2mm from top at the valley.
Put Snail all round the back of the circle and adhere Eyelet Edge strip ajusting as you go to get the look you are after. I started at the back and turn it over and worked from the front.
When you have completed the circle trim off remaining card and mount on to card
 Back view of completed pendant.
Supplies List
Stamp Sets: Pendant Park and Teeny Tiny Sentiments.
Card Stock: Old Olive, Whisper White and Cottage Wall DSP.
Ink: Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.
Extras: Eyelet Border Punch, Word Window Punch and Stampin' Dimensionals.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Second Entry In JAI#17

After seeing Delys tutorial on Brayering as part of the JAI blog hop, I had to use my brayer for the first time. It had arrived in my last order, I had been inspired by Michelle Zindorf, (she does the most amazing brayering and sponging) to buy my brayer. Her blog is a must visit blog, she has over 300 excellent tutorials.
So here is second entry for JAI#17
So here is my first attempt at brayering. The Tree is from Lovely as Trees Stamp Set.
Supplies List
Stamp Set: Lovely as Trees. 
Card Stock: Soft Suede, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla and Whisper White.
Inks: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss.
Extras: Brayer.
Here's the 2nd card using my brayer. For this card I used the tree from Thoughts and Prayers and the vines are from Vintage Vogue Stamp Sets, then I applied some Glue and sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds on.
I'm very pleased with the effect and I will doing some more cards using my brayer it is a great technique.
Supplies List
Stamp Sets: Thoughts and Prayers and Vintage Vogue.
Card stock: Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Very Vanilla and Whisper white.
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Night Of Navy, Pacific Point and Brillant Blue.
Extras: Brayer, 2-way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds. 
Thanks Delys and Michelle for your Inspiration.
If you haven't had chance to do the Just Add Ink Blog Hop, I do recommend that you find the time there are some really great tutorials.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

In The Mood for Blog Hop, Go Visit Just Add Ink.

The girls from Just Add Ink have a real treat for us all this week.
They have got a Blog Hop for us with lots of great tutorials, I recommend a visit.
For thier challenge this week (JAI#17) is Just add ... Technique from the Blog Hop.
The choices are just so good you won't know what to do first.

The Technique I chose was Paper Beads and Faux Silk, the great tutorial was by Bronwyn Eastley.
After reading Bronwyn's blog it joggged a memory of Carole' Anne Blog, I had bookmarked awhile ago to do.
So today cards have been inspired by both these 2 talented ladies, Thanks Bronwyn and Carole'Anne.
I wanted a asian feel to this card. So I used Asian Artistry Stamp Set (Level 2 Hostess), I'm enjoying using this set at the moment, if you would like to earn this set for free, email me and book your workshop.
I did a google search for asian knots and sent most of last night trying different knots. I coloured household string with Real Red and Basic Black Ink Pads, very messy and my fingers are still stained (all in the name of craft) I was very pleased with the end product. This is the first time I have used household string in my work I was inspired by Danielle Daws who can't live without her string.
The Bead are made using Pink Flamingo DSP and I rolled them in Crystal Effects.
I thought this card would make a very nice wedding card, so I stamped Mr and Mrs from Occasional Greetings Stamp Set on the front.
The inside of the card I have a strip of Faux Silk and stamped For The Newlyweds from Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set Autumn-Winter Mini.
Here is card number 2.
This is very similar to the first card, I Have used different stamps from the same Asian Artistry Stamp Set.
I embossed the red tissue paper to make the Faux Silk, using Gold Embossing Powder.
Supplies List
Stamp Sets: Asian Artistry (L2 Hostess), Occasional Greetings and Teeny Tiny Sentiments.
Card Stock: Real red, Basic Black, Whisper White and Pink Flamingo DSP.
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black and VersaMark.
Extras: Gold Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Powder Pals, Crystal Effects, Snail, Glue Stick, 2-way Glue Pen and Daubers.
Red Tissue Paper not Stampin' Up.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Laying low

Hi sorry that I haven't blogged this week, I have been laying low. Yesterday was the first day that I wasn't doped up on pain killers.
I got some things done around home, and I started working on some swaps.
Stampin' Up has a Convention in Sydney next weekend unfortunely I can't made it.
So some of the demos are doing an unconventional swap, these are the swaps I have just this morning completed. I will post then to Keryn this afternoon, then she will post us all the swaps after the 25th May. I will be watching the mail box closely.
Here is a card we did for a make and take at a workshop last Saturday.
It is using the XL 2 Step Bird Punch, Big Shot, Top Note Bigz Die then embossed with Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder and I sponged over embossed flowers with Rich Razzleberry Ink. The back ground is Rich Razzleberry Card Stock stamped a flourish from Pricless Stamp Set in Rich Razzleberry Ink, the sentiment is from Best Yet Stamp Set Level 1 Hostess Set.
Here is a close up of the embossed Manhattan Flower, I'm really impressed with the embossing folder and the Big Shot. How did I do without?
To order your email me today.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Asian Artisry

In my order that arrived earlier in the week, was Asian Artistry Stamp Set and my Aqua Painters.
Today I was able to have a play.
 It is a lovely Level 2 Hostess Stamp Set, I especially love the rose stamp.
I have used Classic Stamp Pad and the Aqua Painter to watercolour the rose, I can see that it is a technique I will really enjoy. If you would like learn this technique email to book a workshop.
Supplies List
Stamp Sets: Asian Artistry and Thoughts and Prayers.
Card Stock: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive and Glossy White.
Ink: StazOn Black, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive and Soft Suede.
Extras: Large Oval Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon and Linen Thread.
If you would like this Stamp Set email today and book your workshop, and earn it for yourself with qualifying sales.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Blog Candy Winner

The winner of the Blog Candy is (drum roll please)
Nancy can you please email me with your details, then I will get your new Vintage Labels Stamp Set to you.
A big thank you to all who left a message.
Now here are a couple of cards that I got made today.
They are Quilted Top Note Cards.
I have seen these cards all over the web lately, they are very easy to make.
The very talented Keryn Campbell has a great video tutorial.
I have used Best Yet (Level 1 Hostesss) Stamp Set.
These are fun to made and very effective.
Here is the second card I made.
This card is for Inge and Glenn they have just had a lovely baby boy.
In this card I have used Punches Three (Level 1 Hostess) Stamp Set.
To earn these hostess sets contact me to book your workshop.

May and June are my Stampin' Up Birthday Months. 
I signed up in May and held my first workshop in June.

To Celebrate I am running my own promotion for May and June.
If you host a workshop in May or June besides all the great hostess benefits I will be giving away to the hostess a Free Classic Stamp Pad in a colour of your choice.
Email me to book your workshop today.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Beautiful Blogger

This is the 2nd award I recieved today.
The Beautiful Blogger Award from the lovely and very talented Karen Rogers.

Now I must pass the award on to another 10 Beautiful Blogs AND tell you 10 things about myself.  So without further to do and in no particular order, here are the 10 Beautiful Blogs of 10 beautiful people!

1.  Bron Heslop
2.  Paula Dobson
3.  Tracey Old
4.  Lisa Bullock
5.  Julia Leece
6.  Sarah Gough
7.  Debbie Lamb
8.  Keryn Campbell
9.  Debbie Airey
10. Danielle Daws

This is the hard part, 10 things about me.
1.  Happily Married to Paul (21 years)
2.  Stay at home mother to 3 wonderful kids, Darian (14), Savannah (12) and Samuel (5)
3.  I'm a Christian.
4.  Craft lunatic.
5.  Love been a Stampin' Up Demonstrator.
6.  On the mainly music team (preschool music).
7.  I don't watch much TV now because I'm blog surfing.
8.  I was born in Hull, England.
9.  I spent my 3rd birthday in Taihiti (I can't remember it but it sounds impressive).
10. I love to bake.

There you have it, a bit more info on me.
Thanks Karen for awarding me with this award.

Sunshine Award

Monday has arrived again. 
We had a great mainly music session this morning, I love Mondays and mainly music. 
It's so great to have fun, laughter, singing and dancing with the wonderful preshoolers.
Too my surprise when I got home and went to the computer there were 2 awards awaiting me.

The first 1 was from the very talented Bron Heslop. Thanks Bron for awarding me with the 
Sunshine Award!!

Here are the ‘rules’ for the award.
1. Put the Sunshine Award on your blog and/or within your post.
2. Pass the award to other bloggers.
3. Link the nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they received this award by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award.

Were Do I start?

1. Jo Armstrong
2. Delys Cram
3. Anna Sutherland
4. Karen Rogers
5. Tracee Jones

The other award I will share later I have to go and get the kids from.
See you later.
Thanks Bron for awarding this award to me.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Blog Candy

Yesterday The counter on my blog ticked over 20,000.
As a huge Thank you to you all who read my blog and leave such wonderful comments, I'm offering Blog Candy!!
All you have to do is leave a comment.
And on Monday I will have a ramdom draw for the winner of Vintage Labels Stamp Set!! (retired SAB set).
Close off: 2pm Monday 3rd May.
This is open only for people in New Zealand.

Here's and early photo from my blog on 13th June last year, Hasn't my photo taking improved.
Good Luck!
Have a great weekend.