Saturday, 18 November 2017

Panda Party

Sale-A-Bration is my favourite time of the Stampin' Up! calendar. Every year from early January through to 31st March, you earn bonuses with a purchase which allow you to choose fantastic stamp sets and other products for FREE! It is still a long way off, but as a demonstrator who attended Stampin' Up!® Onstage, I have already earned some sets with my pre-order from the Occasions catalogue which kicks in, just as the Holiday catalogue finishes on 3rd January 2018.

Party Pandas immediately caught my eye and I was just a bit excited that it was a set I could choose NOW. If you'd like to get your hands on new products early, you could join my team and order yours from December 1st. Ask for more information if you're interested, because it might not be as big a commitment as you think.

There are three panda images in the stamp set and I've used them all on the card above. Nothing better than a group of tumbling pandas! I do hope that a boy turning four isn't too old for cute.

This is a simple card using a half sheet of the Tutti Frutti DSDS from the Occasions catalogue, as I said, available to customers in early January, but demonstrators on December 1st. The sentiments are from another Occasions Catalogue stamp set, Petal Palette. I chose apples, as this is for a group of nurses, and an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but no way am I giving them apples - chocolates all the way for these wonderful women!!!


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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Case A Colouring Project CTC154

Welcome back to another round of blog hopping with the CASE-ing The Catty Crew. My name is Rachel, and I'm a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator in South Morang (outer Melbourne) in Australia. All of the crew members are from the South Pacific (Australia & New Zealand) so if you are looking for a demonstrator, one of us should be nearby. You can order from my online shop from anywhere in Australia and your order will be shipped straight to you, costing a minimum of $5.95.

 The assignment, yours too if you choose to take it, is to CASE any colouring project from either the holiday catalogue or the Annual catalogue. You'll find lots of inspiration in both. I turned to page 17 of the Holiday catalogue and decided this sketch was perfect!!! I'd bought Santa Paws on a whim, but it is proving to be a fun stamp to work with. If you decide to join the challenge, this button (below) will take you right to the Facebook page where you should pin it, and let us know which project, page etc you've CASE-d.

This card has ended up fairly similar to the original - so long as you don't mind the different colour scheme and stamp set! That's actually how easy it is to CASE. I've taken the circular shaped and squished it to an oval, plus the banner holding the sentiment isn't quite as long. When colouring the dog's face with Stampin' Blends, I may have made a mistake and coloured a part that should be white fluff hanging from the front of his hat. I don't mind that it makes him look grumpy/bemused!!!

The cats card is quite similar without an extra sentiment. A piece of ribbon to separate where the two papers join was substituted. The Pool Party DSP is part of the Christmas Around The World DSP, such a lovely range of papers in there.

It is so relaxing to do a little colouring when time permits, so I have a stamp case with some stamped images ready-to-go, in a bag with my Blends pens.

This card is the last stamp from Santa Paws, and it has been selectively coloured to highlight a few animals. I hope it doesn't look half-done this way. The ginger cat is one of my favourites in this cute 'tree.' you should find lots of inspiration at your next stop, the lovely, talented Julia Quinn, who is actually back at the beginning. Only 7 of us this week, everyone has been too busy with Stampin' Up! Onstage (our company conference and product release).


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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Onstage Swaps Melbourne November 2017 (Long Post)

I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for almost 7 years. I joined up during Sale-A-Bration, which runs every year from early January through to the end of March. We had recently moved and I finally had a large craft studio, and I wanted/needed supplies. I thought it would be fun to get several of the SAB free stamp sets while earning a discount off my own scrap booking and card-making supplies. I didn't do much the first year, I was busy getting my head around everything. Saying that, I did have friends over to stamp and I began making cards for everyone, but in my second year I attended a Stampin' Up! convention and began to see that I might take this a little further.

November 2016, Brisbane with Natalie from Stampin' Up Demonstrator Support

The format of these gatherings has changed and they tend to be 1-day events now, held every six months in November and April. They tie in with a release of a new catalogue, in April the new Annual catalogue (customers don't see it till 1st July) and in November it is the Occasions and SAB catalogues which begin in January. This is so we can plan our upcoming events, and make samples for those. If you'd like to be a part of this and you live in Australia and aren't already working with a demo, I'd love you to join my team. You can join for the discount, or to see and purchase new product ahead of every one else. You might have a big plan to try running your own business, or maybe supplement the family income. Another great reason to join Stampin' Up! is for the joy of friendships with others who love crafting as much as you do. Below is the fabulous Jackie Noble from New Zealand and a like me, a member of the CASE-ing The Catty crew and also Colour INKspiration.

Jackie Noble demonstrating in person & via the big screen 

As this post goes live, I am at the Melbourne event. LIKE my Facebook page if you want any live updates through the day. The event goes from 8am-5pm and will be a full-on day of chatter, crafting, meeting up with on-line friends, a much-needed break for a supplied boxed lunch and an opportunity to see some other very experienced demonstrators introduce some new products. Even better, we walk away with some new free product in our hands and a 3 day period when we can order ahead of everyone else. Swapping card fronts is another part of the day and it begins early, outside the venue anytime from 7a.m. onwards. This is the full card version of the swap I made, I will pin this on the display board.

There are two stamp sets here designed by Million Dollar Sales achievers, Mediterranean Moments and Half Full. These stamp sets seem to complement each other perfectly and I began stamping the card front quite a while back. Stampin' Up! hasn't yet contracted anyone to produce a Precision Stamping Tool (apart from the Stamp-a-ma-jig) so I gave in, and ordered one from another supplier after I saw it wasn't in the Annual catalogue. Very handy for repeat stamping projects like swaps, and also makes it easy to restamp if the image is a bit faint.
EDIT: Little did I know that at this Onstage they announced the release of the STAMPARATUS, which looks heaps better than this one I used. It is very, very popular and I didn't manage to pre-order one for myself during the first pre-order period. Another will take place on 6th December at 8 a.m. You are actually reserving it at that stage as, they won't bill you until it is available to ship (probably April).

I began by stamping the scene from Mediterranean Moments in the upper right corner. Mine is a wood mount stamp, so I had to do these the traditional way and there is some variation in the placement. I had a few dummy runs with the placement of Half Full, to get them straight mainly.

You can use the grid lines on the lid to help line things up straighter, but I also had to move them in closer together.

The most time-consuming part of the procedure is changing the card front (it is held down with magnets) and inking up the stamps. Despite this, it didn't really take too long to stamp 40 card fronts.

Next step along was to colour them and I had only just started with ink and an Aquapainter, when it was announced that alcohol-based Stampin' Blends were available for Demonstrators to pre-order. I was a big fan of the previous product which had unceremoniously been withdrawn after quality issues, so I ordered the colours I needed to work on these cards. Can I just say, I love them!!!

The glass of wine in this picture has been coloured using ink and an Aquapainter and those already done, I left as they were, so they are a brighter (rosè) shade. Rich Razzleberry, Light and Dark were for the wine. Old Olive light and dark for the lid of the bottle. The tablecloth was outlined in Pool Party light, and the greenery was coloured using mainly light Old Olive and some had yellow added too. The board was outlined in bronze and the label of the bottle and the paper on the board are Ivory.

I ended up with 32 swaps which met my standards. I love the 'infinity shot' an idea I have copied from US demonstrator Brian King. It gives you an idea of the amount of work there is in making swaps!!! Originally my husband should have had surgery at the end of October but the surgeon post-poned and it is still to happen. I was going to colour these while sitting with him, but I've managed to do a little after work each day instead. I skewed the art piece on the textured embossed piece to give a slightly better view of the texture, or I could have saved myself the trouble and used plain Fresh Fig card. It is cut 10 cm by 14.3cm so it can be mounted easily onto a standard Australian card base.

We place a 'recipe' on the back of swaps and I over-stamped mine with a bunch of grapes from Tuscan Vineyard.

There were some where I coloured too close to the line with Rich Razzleberry and I have made a couple of stepped up cards after cutting the wine bottle or glasses out. I don't mind as I have a couple of demonstrator friends who I'd like to give a 'stepped up' version of the card.

The wine bottles 'overflowed' so I've cut around them and trimmed the panel narrower which gives a much better view of all that texture embossing I did with the Garden Trellis TIEF. I like the glimpse of brighter Melon Mambo too.

This stepped up version had a leaking wine glass, so I covered that up with a couple of other glasses, hand-trimmed and raised on dimensionals. This one is a bit more like the original swap which had a tab punched in olive and a stamped piece from Tabs For Everything, and a friendly 'hello'.

One last shot to show you the fun I had raising a couple of elements on the card. If you've swapped with me and come here for more details, thank you, I appreciated the chance to swap with you. If you receive an email letting you know when I have a new post, it's good to see you here today too. If you've just stumbled onto my post, it's good to meet you. Any questions, about joining my team, having a party, products used etc., feel free to ask. I really enjoy my stamping time and I'd like to share it with you too.
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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Eclectic Blooms CI#21

Colour INKspiration is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from the South Pacific, all through Australia and New Zealand. We love to get together for these colour challenges, to inspire each other, and you, to create. We love it when you join in with our challenges to share your work and all you need is a Facebook presence. You can link in here on Facebook.

I thought about this challenge for a while as I could only see the obvious, perfect colours for a flowery card. While I have chosen a favourite flower thinlet, Eclectic Layers, it has been paired with an older technique, which we have the opportunity to explore now that glossy paper has returned to the Stampin' Up!® inventory.
Image may contain: flower and plant

The black layer was cut much smaller than the polished stone layer to show more of the pretty colours, but with my other cards I've kept the two layers even. The black layer was diecut with the flowers but not using the outer edge which cuts them out. For the stems I turned a die upside down and only partially rolled it through the Big Shot. After die-cutting, the black layer was raised on Dimensionals. The Glitter Enamel Dots seemed close enough to the challenge colours to include, for a touch of 'bling'!

This technique is called Polished Stone and to do it - it's very easy! - you need glossy card, rubbing alcohol and reinkers in your chosen colours. I taught this in a class several years ago, and I think it might be a fun one for early 2018, what do you think? I cut the card to 10cm X 14.3cm and coloured in a variety of combinations. Each one turns out differently, even if you try to get the same result.

For these big butterflies the totally pink, peach, yellow piece was perfect, with a sentiment from Butterfly Basics.

Another one using a two-tone polished stone piece for a dragonfly and butterfly combo. This is one-with-the-lot! The pieces have been re-inserted, there is the lovely lacy border, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch and layers - lots of layers, inside and out!
Now it is time for you to head on over to share a project made by Jackie Aitken.

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Heart Of Christmas Blog Hop Week 24

I love joining in with the other team members from Art With Heart whenever time allows, and I have something worth sharing. Recently I was reading the blog of Angie Juda, also known as Chic And Scratch. In 2015 she became a Stampin' Up! Million Dollar seller and was able to design a stamp set to celebrate. Her stamp set is Bella and Friends, which I love and have used for many occasions. Like many Stampin' Up! demonstrators, Angie shares her creativity freely and the gift bag she made had Bella wearing a Santa hat! Oh, that's way too cute!

Santa's hat is from the Santa's Suit stamp and fits Bella's head perfectly. Santa's Suit is another of the very cute stamp sets on offer in the Holiday catalogue, and you are able to dress Santa in a couple of different ways. It is also available in a bundle with the matching dies for a 10% discount on the total, or the dies and stamps can be purchased separately.

At the beginning of October, for 10 days there were some new-release stamps at a discount too. They were part of suites which included patterned paper (DSP) which was on special for the whole of October. If you want to be kept informed of these promotions, make sure you sign up to either my newsletter or your demonstrator's newsletter. Demonstrators get to take advantage of these specials too, so I bought the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp. I might not have bought it otherwise as I haven't any plans to use it in a class, although if you'd like an in-home party, we could make one of these cards with your guests.

I didn't want my cat-loving friends to say I was favouring dogs, so I've made a feline version too. This stamp set is Pretty Kitty, and I do love this one too. Which is your favourite, the dog or the cat? And is that only because that is your preferred pet?

The link below is our team leader Claire, if you'd like to check out what the other Art With Heart team have made for week 24 of the Christmas blog hop.


November is my birthday month so when you use the Host code I will send you a product gift plus a bonus - a handmade birthday card for you to send on to someone. Spread the love by snail mail as well as electronically.