Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalogue Out now!!

Hurray!! The new Stampin' Up! Catalogue is here...There are some gorgeous new stamps sets in this lovely new glossy magazine, as well as new glitters, ribbons, papers and much much more. They are now available for purchase at $12.95. Or if you book a Stampin' Up! party you can get your copy for free!!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Stampin Jamboree

About every 6 months or so, a bunch of us (Stampin'
Up! Demonstrators) get together to share a new idea
or stamping technique. Heaps of fun, laughter-and
great ideas. I have included some pictures of what we
came home with-Make sure you check out their blogs
too! (where you can find some great ideas.)
Trina Kellam's gorgeous swap using the new
"Echoes of kindness" hostess set
Robyn Butt's swap using the new "Window Dressing"
Hostess set

This is Katie's swap-which has a real "Wow"
factor. She put in a great deal of work using the
"Tissue and acetate Technique-it really is amazing!

This is Katie's swap

This gorgeous owl punchy card was made by Tanya-he's so cute...

Trina Kellam designed this striking birthday card!
This card technique was "scratch and sniff" (the
cake top smells like strawberry.)

Here's my pastel "take" on Katie's card
This cute little giraffe design is from Katie-my wonderful upline...
This is my shaker card swap using "Window Dressings" stamp set

This is the keyring/pendant idea I demonstrated using the "Always
stamp set

The lovely Robyn Butts showed us this trendy chocolate
box idea-it makes a real cutesy gift!

Oh, and here are just a few of the lovely ladies hard at work-so hard
that they may not have noticed me taking this picture (or perhaps
they were trying to remain unrecognisable) I think they would have
banned me from posting it if they'd known...just so you can see
what hard work stamping is :) Thanks ladies for a fun and productive
day had by all!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bookmark idea

Here's a little idea that I picked up from Splitcoast. Yet another use for the scallop punch. I have made a few with what I have-but there are some cute embelishments/felt flowere that can give them more of a 3-D effect. Use your imagination...and see what you come up with!

Birthday Boy turns Three!!

You can't forget an alien, now, can you? I thought this
was cute-if aliens can really be seen as cute...
At long last, he got to have that long-awaited cake
(it wasn't THAT long waiting really...just a few hours)

Here's some pictures of the birthday boy. He was so excited by having a rocket cake-that he sat and gazed at it sitting on the table for hours, saying, "Is it ready?" He seemed a bit surprised to be given gifts at first-and seemed more interested in the cards. Funny Boy!!! Julia, too , was pretty excited (perhaps even more than he was). She burst out of bed (as she would put it) on the morning of his birthday-so excited that Sami was three at last! Now he has been dubbed "Mr Three"-and has been smothered by love (especially from Jules). Julia drew a fantastic picture on Sami's card to fit in with the spaceship/rocket theme-she draws such detailed, and imaginative pictures- I'll have to post it on here too... I thought I'd also include a piccy of the little lolly bags we had for his party. I made a co-ordinating invitation too-but alas-I didn't make one for us! So I can't show you this.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Kwerner Challenge #45

I haven't done a Kwerner challenge for a little while now-this week's colours were very simple colours-so I kept to the simple theme-and slightly adapted a card which you may have seen before. Simple-ness appeals to me-and generally takes no time at all to "whip up".

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Better Late than Never

Sorry I know I said that I'd update you as soon as the retired list came out-but I haven't had time to post until today-and many things are already running out! It's a long list of things-some are discounted by up to 50% !! Although you had better be quick-you have until 31st March to order these retired items. Click on this link to see the complete list of retired items.

fold-out circle card

I cased this idea from Splitcoast Stampers website-I thought I'd try it out. It did take more time than I usually like to spend on a card-but it was well worth the effort due to the novelty factor.

Easter Treat

This idea started from buying a bag of teeny tiny sugar-coated easter eggs (from Big W). I imediately started brainstorming all the cutsie little things you could make with them. Here's what I came up with. I have made a different version of these-using a chocolate mixture, and larger eggs-but I found the chocolatey nest to be too much of a good thing (too sickly sweet) ...So I thought I'd make them smaller, using a coconut ice recipe. I used the shredded coconut to make it look more like a nest-still sweet, but much smaller. The little chickens reminded me of my own childhood-I remember playing with little chickens much like these.

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