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April 2008

Poppin' Pastels ...

Hello again, hope everyone had a great weekend.  John and I took the kids to the footy on Saturday.  John barracks for the Roos and Hannah has just announced she does too.  I am a 3rd generation Hawk (although admittedly a bit of a half hearted one, no membership!) so I have now officially started my brainwashing campaign on Jack!  He liked the train trip in and the siren the best.  (Toot toot.)

Yesterday I spent a lovely afternoon conducting a workshop at a friend's place in Point Cook (hi girls!)  Everyone had fun making  a card.  I should have taken my camera to take some snaps of the different creations - it is amazing how different the cards looked in the range of colours people chose.   My friend's card even looked good after I offered to trim off a little edge piece, then forgot that I was using a different paper slicer to the one I normally use at home and trimmed a few cm in from where I was aiming - oops sorry Sev!  It still looked a nice creation - just a slightly unconventional shape - won't do that again!   Here is my card.

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This card uses a technique called Poppin' Pastels.  First we did the white strips.  I used the stamp set Seeing Spots (thanks again mum!) and a Versamark pad.  (A colourless sticky ink that leaves a watermark effect on coloured card, and has a range of other uses including this one.)  Then I grabbed a cotton ball and dabbed it into my Stampin' Pastels ® and tapped it onto the Versamarked image.  The chalk sticks to the Versamark and voila!  Colour.  We used the colours that matched the cardstock we were using to make the card.  (Colour coordination is the magic of Stampin' Up! No more searching through racks of colours for a match.  The Stampin' Pastels are a great buy as they have all 48 colours from our 4 colour families in one set.  Most useful.)

 

Back to our card.  Next I matted the white strip onto 2 coloured pieces and tied a piece of ribbon around  it.  (Some of the ladies left off the ribbon or glued it across the top or bottom for a border.  Nice to see some different ideas all using the same materials.)  I used the now retired greeting stamp set Warmest Regards in black ink at the bottom.  (Waiting on my new greetings to arrive!  There are lots of great new word/greeting stamps in the new catalogue -hard to choose!)

We had a nice afternoon and my friend enjoyed choosing her free stamp set and other free merchandise at the end of the workshop.  I hope I am an easygoing demonstrator - no pressure on your guests to order or to book their own workshops.  My focus is on guests trying some new stamping techniques, having fun making a card each and then helping with any questions.  If you think you'd like to host a workshop at your place,  give me a call (0417 377 057) to arrange a date.

Now don't you hate that - I just lost the rest of this post somewhere in cyberspace. "Where are you??"   Nope lost.  Just a few bits about upcoming classes plus some snaps of the kids.  Jack is up from his nap now so will have to come back later and add those! 

Cheers,  Sue


Rich Regals and Greetings Galore ...

Hello again,

I had a friend ask me about what cards she could make using a Rich Regals cardstock pack, Greetings Galore Stamp Set and a set of the Rich Regals Markers.  Now I can't resist a challenge so got busy last night and made a few simple cards using just these items.  (OK actually I cheated and added a strip of patterned paper left over from one of the sets I had from the last catalogue - sshh don't tell!)

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Did you know you can use your Stampin' Write Markers to colour directly onto your stamp - that is what I have done for these cards.  Quite handy if you want to use more than one colour on the same stamp.  I made the horse tail and mane a darker shade of pink and blue on the baby cards.   You use the brush end and I use the side, not the tip mostly.  The great thing about the markers is that they match the cardstock so it is easy to get a coordinated look.  The little pink card there is attached to the top of a cellophane bag, ready to fill with gifts for a new mum, dad or bub.  Hmmm - can you package up some sleep! 

And now for another card.  I borrowed mum's Seeing Spots stamp set to make this card.  (Thanks Mum!)  And Sincere Salutations for the greeting.

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I used Perfect Plum for the base card and stamped it with Versamark and Whisper White craft ink.  Versamark is great as it leaves an image just a shade or two darker than the cardstock - great to use if you don't have many ink  colours.  I like it for backgrounds. On the Confetti White strip I used  Perfect Plum ink stamped off twice on scrap paper to make a light background, then stamped the greeting straight on so it was a darker colour than the spots and flowers.  I layered it with a thin strip of Perfect Plum and a wider strip of Pale Plum.   

And a quick family snap to finish off today.  Some relatives were staying with us recently and brought a giant watermelon that neighbours had grown, so we have been eating watermelon every day.  Here is someone who enjoys his!!  (You can get a glimpse of what is left of the melon in the background, and check out how many slices Jack has devoured!)

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What a cutie.  Anyway - we are about to head off for a catch up with some of Hannah's playgroup buddies (and my Mum's Group friends) so better go get organised. 

Cheers,  Sue


And the winner is ......

Congratulations to Robyn who won my March Blog Subscribers Competition.  A brand new catalogue is on its way to her (posted it yesterday.)  Here is Hannah drawing the winning name out of the basket.  Hope you enjoy browsing through all the goodies in the new catalogue Robyn!

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There are some great hostess sets in the new catalogue for anyone considering hosting a workshop (or collecting orders of $300 or more.)  Here is a card I made with one of the level 3 sets - Time Well Spent.  It has 12 stamps in total.  I borrowed it and stamped a few images to colour and create with later.  Here is what I came up with last night.  It is based on the design on page 23 of the Idea Book and Catalogue, always nice to have some inspiration to get started.

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I used my Rich Regals markers to add some colour to the stamped image.  The great thing about Stampin' Write Markers is that they match the cardstock so it is easy to get a coordinated look.  I used Regal Rose, Taken With Teal and Rose Red markers and cardstock, plus some Whisper White.   I used my circle punch to punch out a circle for the butterfly to sit on.  My paper snips (great scissors for cutting fine shapes) can be found on page 149.  I stuck the butterfly on with a Stampin' Dimensional - an adhesive foam dot - so that it stands out from the page a bit.   I don't think it shows in the photo but the Time Well Spent section is stuck to the lower layers with foam dots too.  To finish off I used a paper piercer and my mat pack to make a 'dotty' butterfly path.   

Anyway - speaking of time spent with friends, I have some coming over this afternoon so had best get cracking in the kitchen.  Some muffins need baking (I'm afraid they are of the just add water and stir variety - not a handed down recipe from nana - oh dear) and some more tidying up wouldn't go astray!

Before I go, thought I'd add a photo I snapped of the kids 'helping' me unpack the other day.  Yep they unpacked their toothbrushes and hats and thought they'd put them straight to use.

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Have been busy making lots more cards so stay tuned - will post some more later this week.

Cheers,   Sue


Its Here .....

Well April has clocked over and it is time for the new catalogue.  Here is a peek at the gorgeous new cover. 

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Lots of great goodies inside.  You can click on the link in the left column and have a browse through online, or get in contact with me to order a copy for yourself.  If you are in the neighbourhood (Avondale Heights) you might like to come along to my New Catalogue Launch Evening next Tuesday 8th April at 8pm.  We'll be having a look at the catalogues, trying some stamping on candles and making a card too.  Phone or email to book a spot.

OK gotta go and put my first order in! What to pick, what to pick.    Scrapbookers - you should see all the great new doublesided papers, only $11.95 for a pack of 12.  Wow!

Cheers,  Sue