Thursday, November 26, 2009

Easel Card

Another sneak peak using more product from the New Summer Mini Catalogue. These easel cards have been doing the rounds on various blogs, so I thought I would have a go at making one also.
All of the photos below are of the same card, I just photographed it from a few different angles as I wanted to show you different views so you get why it is called a easel card.
They are very easy to make, it's all in the folding!! My finished card is 4x4 inches when folded flat.
Out of one sheet of 12x12 cardstock you can make 3 cards. To make the card stand like a easel, you need something along the bottom piece which acts like a wedge. On this card I just used another piece of paper in which I stamped my sentiment and then I placed Stampin Dimensionals underneath to raise it and it allows the easel to stay in place. I have seen other cards that have used items like buttons, ribbons and brads which is enough to act as a wedge.

The Summer Mini is jammed packed with heaps of new Stamps and Accessories and covers everything from Valentine’s Day to Easter, 2 NEW Punches, a new Cutting Tool plus heaps more gorgeous Papers and Accessories.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Another Sneak Peak

So here is another card I made using some of the new products from the Summer Mini Catalogue!
I won't list the items I have used, as I don't want to spoil the suprise for others who have to wait until the Summer Mini Catalogue is available on the 1st of December (I know some of you all ready have copies).

I have been busy this afternoon in my craft room making cards! So far I have made 22!
16 of the 22 are actually swaps, as on Saturday I am off to Brisbane for a Stampin' Up! training day. I was undecided up until lunch time today as to do swaps or not but the more I thought about it, the more I thought I should! (nothing like leaving it to the last minute).
I thought I would try and do about 30, so half way there! I am doing all the same base design, but I am changing all the colours and using different Designer Series Papers. I'm happy with what I came up with. I will post photos of my swaps after Saturday.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Bella Bleu

Last week I posted 4 cards that I made using the Bella Bleu Designer Series Papers, well here is a photo of all 4 of them together!

I'll pop back later with another Sneak Peak from the Summer Mini Catalogue.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


One advantage of being a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator is that we get to see New Catalogues or Mini Catalogues about a month in advance before our customers do. We are able to pre-order some of the products so we are able to get a head start on making samples that we can show our customers and let them what to expect!

So the New Summer Mini Catalogue will be available to purchase from on the 1st of December.

From now until the 1st of December, I will be posting Sneak Peaks of samples that I have been making over the past few weeks!

If you would like to receive your own copy of the New Summer Mini, please contact me.

Don't these colours just scream Summer!

You can probably tell from my usual style and colours, that I tend not to use alot of the colours from the Bold Bright Colour Family.
Well with one of the new Designer Series Paper Packs, Kaleidoscope, which is in the New Summer Mini, it certainly has taken me out of my comfort zone and over the past few weeks has pushed me to try new colour combinations. All of the colours above all match perfectly with it! They are so bright and fresh.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Card 4 from Bella Bleu

Well here is the final card in the set I made using Bella Bleu Designer Series Papers.
This card is a little different to my standard cards that I make, and this will fit into a SU C6 Medium envelope.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Fresh Cuts
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: Bella Bleu
Inks: Note Quite Navy
Punches: Scallop Square, Horizontal Slot
Other: Cuttlebug, Borderbilities, Wide Satin Ivory Ribbon


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Card 3 from Bella Bleu

Ok, so for card 3 from this set.This would have to be my least favourite of the 4.
I think it is a little too busy. I don't like the row of Pearls on it, but when I tried to remove them it tore the paper a little, so they had to stay, so if you can picture this card without the row of Pearls!!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Fresh Cuts
Cardstock: Kraft, Not Quite Navy
Designer Series Paper: Bella Bleu
Inks: Not Quite Navy
Punches: Scallop Oval, Large Oval,1/2 inch Circle
Accessories: Taffeta Ribbon-Kraft,Build A Brad Pewter
Other: Cuttlebug, Borderbilities, Pearls


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Card 2 using Bella Bleu

Another card I made using the Designer Series Paper Bella Bleu. There are 4 cards in total that I made in this set, so I might actually make up a nice gift box and give them as a gift!
This is quite a simple card, I just love patterns on the paper they have such a elegant feel to them and the colours all go perfectly together.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Fresh Cuts
Cardstock: Kraft, Very Vanilla and Not Quite Navy
Designer Series Paper: Bella Bleu
Inks: Not Quite Navy
Punches: Scallop Square, 1 1/4" Square and Eyelet Border
Accessories: Taffeta Ribbon-Kraft


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bella Bleu

Now I must admit when I first saw the Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper in the current Catalogue,it wasn't one that I knew I had to get straight away. I recently purchased a pack and when I laid it out with the co ordinating cardstock and ribbon I was actually suprised at how much I liked it!

So, I've been playing with this DS pack and over the next few days I will post all of them here so you can have a look and let me know what you think! They aren't my usual style but sometimes you need to break away and do something a little different!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets:Sense of Time (Spring Mini Catalogue)
Cardstock:Note Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper:Bella Bleu
Inks:Not Quite Navy
Other: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities and Wide Satin Ribbon


Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas Gift Tag Accordian Book

The original idea for this Christmas Gift Tag Accordian Book was from
K.Werner Design
When I saw it I thought it was a great idea. I also made mine in a Christmas theme but you could very well change it and fill it with Gift Tags for all different occasions eg; Birthday Tags.
You can keep it quite simple by reducing the amount of stamp sets that you use also.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Holiday Line Up Stamp Set,Spotlight on Christmas,Snow Swirled,Christmas Classics
Cardstock: Baja Breeze Textured Cardstock, Whisper White Textured Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Cardstock, Real Red Cardstock, Old Olive Cardstock
Pattern Papers:Ski Slope Designer Series Paper
Inks:Stazon Black and White,Old Olive, Read Red
Punches:3/4" circle punch,
Other Accessories:Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon,Stampin Write Markers:Basic Black,Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and uni-ball Signo White gel pen, Earth Elements Water Colour Crayons, Aqua Painter
Other:Cuttlebug,Assorted Nestibilities and Twine


Friday, November 06, 2009

Inexpensive Gifts

I love giving gifts to friends, work colleuges and neighbours for Christmas. Every year a few weeks prior to Christmas I try and spend a few days in the kitchen making yummy homemade treats like Rum balls, Apricot balls, (my extra special) Rocky Road, Shortbread, etc and then packaging them up in celo bags and giving each person a small basket full of yummy Christmas treats. Hopefully this year I will be able to do the same. I know this is not possible for some of us!
I also like to have some gifts on hand incase I have forgotten someone or we need to give any last minute gifts to friends who call in.

I have been starting to buy a few inexpensive (pre packaged) food itmes from places like Big W, Woolies and Coles in which I have taken the original boring labels off (or decorated directly over the top) and decorated them with some gorgeous Designer Series Papers and embellishments from Stampin' Up!

Most of these food items were under $10.00, so these could be great gift ideas for neighbours. I love items in tins and bottles as these are easy to decorate.
The items in the photo above are Tinned Biscuits, Jars of Hardboiled Lollies, a bottle of Fruit and Nut Chocolates and a block of Cadbury Chocolate (with the purple packaging removed and then covered the alfoil block). I have also decorated a plain white gift bag with some patterned papar and ribbon to give the gifts in, and again they are more likely to reuse the gift bag, then rip off the wrapping paper!

I have used the Ski Slope Designer Series Papers (112994 416.95) the Tree Trimmings stamp set (116893 $24.95). I love the 1 1/4 inch Candy Cane Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (113099 $19.95)which are all from the Spring Mini (available until 30/11/09).

Next time your shopping, have a look at the supermarket for some ideas, I'm sure there is something that will catch your eye!


Monday, November 02, 2009

Christmas Card Workshop

Here are some cards that I made for a Christmas Card Workshop which was held last weekend.
Everyone got to make a Treat Box, Notebook Holder and 6 Christmas Cards. Everyone used the Ski Slope Designer Series Paper and Tree Trimmings Stamp Set from the current Spring Mini Catalogue.
I love the bright colours in the Ski Slope DS Paper, and that Stampin' Up! have broken away from the "Traditional Red and Green" Christmas colours. (112994 $16.95)
The Tree Trimmings stamp set is so versitile, not only use it for Cards, but it's great to use for making your Christmas Tags, add a few diffent shapes, colours and layers with Stampin' Dimensionals and tadah! "stunning". (116893 $24.95)

** which reminds me, the Mini Spring Catalogue finishes at the end of November, so if you still haven't purchased your favourite Products, then time is running out! Don't forget that some of these sets and items may not be available again, so don't miss out!)



It's been ages since I have posted anything on my Blog. I have been flat out doing other things which have been keeping me away from updating and posting! I have done some cardmaking lately, but unfortunately it has been NON Stampin' Up! related things so I haven't posted them as I try and keep my Blog just for my Stampin' Up! Projects and samples. October was a blur for me, with somthing happening every weekend, from Workshops, Cancer Awareness Fundraising Day, Christenings, etc.

The Pampered Stamper is an idea Tina and I have been busy with trying to get up and running, and finally we are able to offer this to our Friends, Customers and Family. This is available to anyone on the Sunshine Coast, (locals or visiting), just contact either Tina or Myself. (There is a link to The Natural Beauty Retreat on my sidebar)


You are invited to spend a day of fun, creativity and total selfishness pampering with friends …

Saturday 21st November OR Saturday 5th December 10am – 4 pm

@ The Natural Beauty Retreat:106 Thrushs Road, Dulong

Scrumptious Morning, Afternoon Tea and Lunch is provided

Enjoy and relax whilst sitting on the deck looking out over the beautiful hinterland on the Sunshine Coast, in a Peaceful and Tranquil setting.

Cost for the day is $110.00 per person

The Day Includes:
1 Hour of much needed Pampering:
Your choice of either

• Full Body Massage
• Rose Quartz Facial
• Manicure
• Pedicure
Using Ajala Natural Beauty products, which are manufactured through The Natural Beauty Retreat, using ingredients that are all natural and organic.


Exclusive Card Making Class:
Includes materials to make a beautiful handmade box with 8 matching cards and envelopes whilst using gorgeous products from Stampin’ Up!

Learn some great new techniques. The day is suitable for Beginners right through to the experienced Paper Crafter.

To keep the day’s as relaxing and enjoyable as possible; there will be no more than 10 guests on each day. Call today to book as seats are limited.

Below are the Projects in which you will be making with Julie.

Each person will make this beautiful Handmade Gift Box which you can reproduce and send to Family and Friends.
Also included are 8 beautiful Handmade Christmas Cards with Envelopes, in coordinating colours.

**as kits need to be made up in advance we ask that you please respond by the due dates listed below**

RSVP: Monday 16th November for the Retreat on Saturday 21st November And
RSVP: Monday 30th November for the Retreat on Saturday 5th December

Each person is required to bring there own basic tool kit which should include:
Ruler (with inches), Pencil, Rubber, Double Sided Tape or Tabs, Foam Dots, Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Cutting Mat, etc.

If you have any questions about anything above, please contact

Tina on 0438 505 544: The Natural Beauty Retreat
Julie on 0419 758 217: Independent Demonstrator Stampin’ Up!

Thanks Jules


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