Thursday, 18 September 2014

Seasonally Scattered - with the Emboss Resist Technique

Last week I accidentally acquired a new stamp set. How could such a thing happen you ask?  Well, I had made a mistake putting through a customers order and accidentally ordered two instead of one. Whoops! Luckily it was a set I've been eyeing off anyway (perhaps it was wishful thinking?) and so the solution was easy.. to send it back or keep it?  Guess which one I chose? (Don't worry.. I paid for it!)

So i've been having a bit of a play and i love it!  The set is called "Seasonally Scattered" and is on page 43 of our latest 2014 Holiday catalogue, available from Stampin'Up Australia!

To get the effect on this card I stamped the image in Versamark clear ink and then clear embossed it. I used Crisp Cantaloupe and Cherry Cobbler ink to sponge colour over the top, so that the clear embossing resisted the ink. You can use either sponges or sponge daubers for this step.  I added some snowflake embellishments and gold sequins to finish it off. (I admit to using a gold sequin to hide an ink mark that I had accidentally made on my card.  No such thing as a mistake right??

The full card, and the products used are shown below.  Don't forget if you want to order any of these lovely products you can do that by visiting the Online Store. Just click HERE.  

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Bravo to my wonderful Team Members!

I have a wonderful team of demonstrators that I "work" with.  We have our own Facebook forum that allows us to talk to each other, to ask questions and to share products. We have monthly challenges, and lots of inspiration to share.  Having a team is for me one of the most satisfying parts of being a demonstrator with SU.  Last week there was chat on the forum about how we each came to be involved in paper craft and with Stampin'Up Australia.  There were some really touching stories, and it is good to remember that we don't just do this business for monetary benefits, but also for all the wonderful social and therapeutic benefits that is brings to us.  Some found SU at very difficult times in their lives (myself included) and it provided us with focus and something just for us.  I think that's really important.

So I've been making Congratulations cards for some of my team members again.  This one went out yesterday to a team member who had an AMAZING month in August and went far beyond her previous targets.  Even better she is on target for the Hawaii trip next year, and I am really excited at the prospect of sharing it with her.

This is the card I gave her.  I hope you like it too. It features a new technique I've been playing around with (Blendabilities and Embossing)… I thought I might do a video tutorial on this one. What do you think??

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Bright and Beautiful star frame card

This afternoon I am holding a workshop with a lovely hostess and I wanted to show you the card I have created to make together with her friends. Its a simple card, but there is some Big Shot stuff and it showcases the Bright and Beautiful stars really well. I've had a lot of fun with these lately!

I'd love to be able to make a project with you too! Right now is a great time because from now until the end of October when you host a qualifying workshop you also get a free 19-piece stamp set that includes the following stamps:

You can have it in your choice of Wood mount or clear mount.  And its completely free ON TOP OF the existing hostess benefits. How cool is that? You can't purchase it, and it won't be available to buy later.  Its a hostess-only special right now.

So don't miss out.. CONTACT ME to host your own workshop. Its easy.. just a few of your friends around your dining table, and everyone enjoys their creative and social time and goes home with something beautiful that they made themselves.

If you want to make this card above.. let me know, or we can make something else that you have in mind. :-)

Thursday, 11 September 2014

CASing the Catalogue - Bright and Beautiful stars

I am running a little challenge over on my team forum this month to copy something or be inspired by something in our current catalogues. This is known in the paper craft world as "to CASE".. it stands for "Copy and Share Everything" and it is thoroughly encouraged.  So here is the card that I came up with.. inspired by a pic of a journal on page 40 of our new Holiday catalogue. I think it came up beautifully.. what do you think??

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The new Christmas Bauble is so lovely to colour…

I've actually been quite prolific lately with my card production.  I have quite a collection of cards and other projects to show you over the coming weeks. Which is probably a good thing with school holidays coming up at the end of next week.  Tonight I was playing with the new Christmas Bauble stamp.. its a single set available in our new Holiday catalogue, and it offers lots of colouring possibilities.  Today I decided to use our Blendabilites to colour it, and the obvious choice was the Cherry Cobbler set, and the Old Olive set. It came up really pretty.. and so I made it into a card. The supplies are listed below. Enjoy the card, and I'll be back with more to show off soon…

(To order any of these products, visit the Online Store by clicking HERE.  Please note that the Oval Framelits used on the card are actually on special this week.. you'll find them and other awesome bargains int the "Weekly Deals" in the store.)  The sentiment on this card is not available in the store because its a hostess only special for hosting a workshop before the end of October. :-)

Here's a close up of the card for you too…

Monday, 8 September 2014

Perfect Peacock Class… come and get some great ideas! And your Perfect Peacock stamp is included!

One of the favourite stamps from our new Annual Catalogue is the Perfect Peacock stamp.  Everyone loves it.. the only complaint being that people think it has limited usage.  The purpose of next week's Perfect Peacock class is to show you several different ways to use it, and for it to be more versatile. Yes, one of those ways will be colouring with Blendabilities (like the card you see here) but the others will use other techniques.

Cost of this class is $35 and INCLUDES your Perfect Peacock Stamp!!
(If you already have purchased the peacock stamp, or don't wish to,  then your class is only $20)

Dates: Tuesday 16th September @ 7.30pm
THURSDAY 18th September @ 11am

All materials and refreshments are provided

Here's the thing.. I need to order the Perfect Peacock stamp for you to use in your class if you want it included. That means I need to place the order for the stamps by Wednesday night (10th) so that they will arrive in time.  So please let me know soon if you are taking up this option! You can email me by clicking HERE. If you book into class after the cut off, and I don't have enough stamps, we will be able to share. 

I hope you can come.. it should be a fun class!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

8 Years ago today… Happy Anniversary!!!

8 years ago today I became a Stampin'Up demonstrator. And if you had told me 8 years ago how that simple decision would change my life, I would not have believed it.  So today was Father's Day here in Australia, which meant that my 2 children went off to spend the day down in Sydney with their Dad, and I was able to have a relatively quiet day to reflect. Which made me feel very grateful.  And so glad that I chose to do what I do.

After I dropped the kiddies at their Dad's I went to IKEA and thought I would celebrate by buying one of these for my business:

Specifically, its to keep all my Project Life supplies in one place.  I haven't put it together yet, but thats my next project :-)

I wanted to share something else with you too.  Some of you might be able to cast your minds back and remember this image:

I can't believe that I kept this!  It was my first ever contact with Stampin'Up… an invitation to attend my first Stampin'Up workshop.  I went along with no idea of what I was in for, or what would be set in motion!  What seemed like a small decision at the time, turned into a major turning point.  A change of career, a new creative direction, and hundreds of new relationships. I will always be grateful to Alex for inviting me to her Stampin'Up workshop, and to Georgina for being the demonstrator that did the workshop, and who became my upline.  The time was right for me, and I still remember thinking that SU was a perfect fit for me at that point in my life.

Of course, in the past 8 years, it hasn't always been smooth sailing (what is??) but I've learned so much! About business, about myself, and about life in general. It's been a big 8 years.. for lots of reasons! For 5 and a half of the past 8 years I have run my business as a single mum and juggled things around to fit the needs of my changing family. But we've made it work, and I am really proud of what i've been able to achieve.

So here's to the NEXT 8 years!  I hope you will check in to be part of my story.. whether as a customer, as a team member or as a supportive friend..  You guys are the reason I am still here, and will keep doing what I love and sharing it with as many people as I can.

Happy Creating!

Linda xx

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Four Feathers and Back to Black Scrapbook layout

Every second month I have two Scrapbooking clubs that get together to create something scrappy with Stampin'Up products. This month I decided to feature a couple of newish products.. the "Back to Black" DSP, and the Four Feathers stamps and matching framelits.  There's also a couple of new stamp sets on there too… the "Dotty Angles" stamp used across the bottom of the layout, and the "Larger Than Life Alphabet & Numbers" set.. both of these come in the Photopolymer clear and they are so easy to use!

Once I had all the elements organised, this page came together very quickly. I've included the codes and links to the products below so that you can purchase them for yourself if you wish :-)

Here's a close up of the Feathers embellishment