Friday, May 27, 2011

Stampin' Up! Convention 2011

In mid-May, I attended my first Stampin' Up! Convention in Melbourne. I learnt a lot and met some very lovely people. Approximately 450 demonstrators from all over Australia and NZ were there. As part of the Convention culture, people make swap card samples (just the card face) and swap their ideas with each other at Convention. I really like this form of idea exchange and it's really mind blowing how much effort the other demonstrators put into their swaps - particularly when some of them make 100 - 300 swaps! I only managed to get 50 made. Here's a variation of what I made - only a very slight change.

project recipe
stamps: Fine Flourish (WM 121833), Well Scripted (retired), Season of Joy (WM 113023)
ink: Classic Stampin' Pad - Garden Green (102272)
card stock: Garden Green (108605), Very Vanilla (106550
tools: Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die (118138), Blender Pen (2102845), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Stampin' Sponges (101610)
the added pizzaz: Antique Brads (117273) 

 cardessence tips
  • to achieve the shading when colouring any part of the stamped image, I pick up the GG ink with my blender pen and scribbled lightly on a piece of scratch paper first to get the washed out colour;
  • remember to not keep going over your card stock as this will saturate the card stock and the fibres will start to come off - ensure your coloured sections are dry before going over with a stronger shade of GG (don't scribble off ink uptake);
  • it is completely your choice where you want to have the darker shading - whether you want to shade the tapered ends darker or vice-versa or randomly but always remember to feather your strokes to avoid harsh lines;
  • I stamped the background with the swirly stamp from Season of Joy but any image will work - don't worry that it looks messy as the primary layer will cover it up;
  • in my Convention swaps, I stuck a rhinestone on a small punched out circle in GG card stock and popped it in the middle of the image with a dimensional - a cheaper option than 50 Antique Brads; and I omitted the butterflies as well.
Thanks for stopping by, TTFN

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Nature Walk

Well, who doesn't like colouring in?  I for one love using my Stampin' Markers and Blender Pen.

Here's a card I demonstrated as a Make & Take at my 2011 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue party. This botanical card was stamped with the very lovely Nature Walk set and I absolutely love it. I chose to use vivid colours but one could mute it down easily with neutral colours or not colour in at all.

project recipe
stamps: Nature Walk (WM 123559), Well Scripted (retired)
ink: Classic Stampin' Pad - Not Quite Navy (103008), Night of Navy (102977), Old Olive (102277), Pear Pizzazz (119784); Stampin' Write Marker - Cherry Cobbler (119681), So Saffron (10006), Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad (101406
card stock: Crumb Cake (121685), Cherry Cobbler (12168), Very Vanilla (106550), Watercolour Paper (105019)
tools: Scallop Border Punch (11988), Blender Pen (2102845), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

 cardessence tips
  • there are 2 ways to achieve the 2 colours on the plant stamp - you can either use only markers or you can first ink up the whole plant in Old Olive or Pear Pizzaz and remove the ink where the flowers are with a cotton bud before inking them with the Cherry Cobbler marker.
  • ink up the bird and butterfly with the StazOn Jet Black and stamp on the Watercolour Paper
  • Bird: start with So Saffron marker first, colour around the eyes, a large area under the wing, beak and legs; use the blender pen and pick up Cherry Cobbler ink from the ink pad and apply a light "wash" on the bottom of the bird, blending into the SS colour; add a thin bold CC marker swatch at the base/upper legs before switching to the blender pen to pull and blend the darker colour into the SS part (this technique will give you the desired shading effect); pick up Not Quite Navy ink from pad with the blender pen and colour in the top half of the bird, blending into the SS around the eyes; add shading with Night of Navy.
  • Butterfly: again start with SS marker; with the blender pen, pick up NQN and fill in the rest of the butterfly - blending into the SS areas; use NON to add a darker shading at the wing joints.
  • always begin colouring with a light colour and progress to the darkest.
  • to avoid a harsh line where the colour transitions into another, use feathery strokes.
  • the Watercolour paper is 100% cotton, cold-pressed paper and is able to withstand 9 passes of colour; a worthwhile investment if you want to achieve proper colour saturation and vividness.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Happy May!

April roundup: I had a fabulous day at the Stamp Your Heart Out fundraiser on Saturday. I met some lovely people and enjoyed myself thoroughly. Lucky me, I even won a raffle (no, it wasn’t rigged). That night, I was so exhausted, I fell asleep on the couch watching TV and when I woke up to go to bed, I couldn’t get to sleep. So what did I do (you ask)? I stamped and made a card of course! It was play time for me as I had little of it with the lead up to the fundraiser. Before I go any further, I would like to give a Big Big Big Thank You to my wonderful friends, Ping, Karen, Elke, Yvonne, Cherie and Lisa for donating their precious time to help me prepare for the SYHO fundraiser. Your generosity, caring and community spirt is invaluable.

Anyway, May is turning out to be quite a busy month for me. I have to churn out 80-100 card fronts to swap at the Annual Stampin’ Up! Convention which begins Thursday next week. Apart from that, I’m having my SU 2011 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue party this Friday night, classes/workshops to organise and hold, attend the SU Convention, and a few birthday parties to attend.

2011 May Specials: Deals of the Week
May is also the time to grab a bargain or more. Throughout May, SU is releasing weekly specials on items that are discounted up to 40% off their normal price. The first deal of the week began 1 May 2011 and the products listed will only be available at their discounted prices until midnight Tuesday 10 May 2011. Then from midnight 11 May, the 2nd Deal will begin. I will keep you updated each week but you can also check it out yourselves HERE every Wednesday of this month.

The card to your right was made with the lovely Cottage Garden stamp set that’s on sale this week. I made it for my husband’s aunt last year. The photo doesn’t show it but the large flowers were actually stamped separately, cut out, curled and stuck on the card with dimensionals to make the card “pop”. The ultra feminie ink colours are Rose Red, Pretty in Pink and Old Olive. Like it?

Don’t let the deals get away! Contact me to place your order.

May Events

Click here to view  My Events. Please note that classes are limited to 8 people, all materials are supplied and precut but colours may vary. Alternatively, if you prefer to arrange with a group of your friends to have your own private in-home classes, contact me.

2011 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue Party
Last week, I sent out invitations for this party. I do hope that you can and will come this Friday evening for a fun evening. You’ll get to use the Create a Cupcake and Nature Walk stamp sets for your Make & Takes. Please call me or email me that you are coming by Thursday.


Simply Said Cards (4 cards)
We will use the “Simply Said” stamp set (116414 p43 of IB&C), 2-Step Bird punch (117191 p146 IB&C) and Full Heart punch (119883 p146 IB&C) to create these 4 beautiful cards with a variety of sentiments to suit your purpose.

Punched Flower Scrapbook Box
Interested in creating something other than cards? Well come along and learn how to make the gorgeous flower and set it on the lid of a box. The box opens up as a scrapbook page where you can decorate with photos and embellishments. The flower is approximately 9cm in diameter and the box dimensions are 10cm x 10cm x 10.5cm. This is a stunning gift idea.

happy stamping