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October 2010

Flower Burst Embosslit

I have a confession to make.  I bought this Stampin' Up embosslit:  Flower Burst.  When it arrived I zipped it through my Big Shot then thought 'hmmm, what on earth am I going to do with that!?'   (I think the flu had taken my creative energies away!)


So it was off to Google to see if someone else out there in blogland had been a bit inspired by this little embosslit.  And of course they had.  Isn't that one of the nice things about Stampin' Up!  You can just google your product and boom - a wealth of ideas for ways to use it.   I found this card by Dayanna Donng and it was just the inspiration I needed.

I used my flower burst embosslit to cut and emboss three flowers from some of the lovely Concord Crush patterned DSP.   Then I grabbed a sanding block and sanded off the top layer of paper to reveal the white core and highlight the petals. See what a difference it makes.


And here's the finished card.


I've used my favourite new purple Concord Crush.  It looks great teamed with an old favourite 'Old Olive.'  I love the Little Leaves Sizzlit so have popped some of those on with my trio of flowers.  And that Top Note die is always handy. 

I just wanted a small greeting so used the Thank You from Silhouette Sentiments (one of the hostess sets on page 11.)  Those little stamped leaves are from one of the stamps from this set too.


The dotty Concord Crush paper is from the DSP Pack on page 11 - another Level 1 Hostess option.  Host a workshop or place a $300+ order to select one of the Level 1 hostess sets for free, plus $30 to spend.

I found another fabulous idea for this little embosslit while I was having a little blog browse so will be back very soon to share that one with you.

CraftExpo: Starts Thursday

OK I'd best be getting back to my CraftExpo packing.  We're setting up the stand tomorrow and I can't wait to see how it looks - the posters I've got here from the girls look fabulous. 

CraftExpo is on from Thursday til Sunday, 10 am - 4.30pm each day at the Royal Exhibition Buildings in Carlton.   Stop by our stand if you come for a visit.  You'll find me there Friday and Sunday, and a great team of girls every day. 

Mr Maker

When my two (Hannah 7 and Jack 4) are needing some ideas for crafts they don't google - they head off to check out Mr Maker - definitely the favourite TV show in our house right now.  We found a Mr Maker book on the school holidays and have been trying out some of his fabulous craft ideas.

I liked this one because it only needed paper towels and food colouring - nice and easy!


Fold up the paper towel and dip each corner into a different colour.  It is fun watching it soak up.

Then carefully open it up to check out your pattern.

Between my craft show preparations and the kids' Mr Maker creations - our house is looking rather like a crafts tornado has been through it!   Aaahhh, its all fun isn't it.   Who needs clean and tidy?   Going for messy and happy here this week!

See you soon for my next Flower Burst dose of inspiration!

Cheers, Sue

Butterfly Cards and CraftExpo News

Hello again,

Time to get some more cards on this blog isn't it!   Here's the butterfly cards that were my second project at the Make and Take stand in the Melbourne Show Craft Hub.


These were so quick and easy to put together.  Just run the Marina Mist through the Big Shot with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder.   Then the Beautiful Wings Embosslit cut and embossed the gorgeous butterflies. 

This is a great little embosslit for using up small leftover bits of cardstock as it is about 6 x 5 cm in size.   Arranging our arrays of butterflies was the part that took us all the longest.  A glue stick makes sticking them down easy, with of course some dimensional foam tabs for the big butterfly - I can't seem to make a card without using these handy little hexagon tabs.


I love the new Modern Label punch.  It is a great one to combine with the greeting set Teeny Tiny Sentiments. 


Greetings for so many occasions in that stamp set.  You can find it on page 105.

Craft expo logo 
Now if you'd like to catch some Craft Show fun then you have another chance next week.  

Craft Expo is on at the Royal Exhibition Buildings in Carlton from Thursday October 7th to Sunday October 10th and you'll find me and some of my stamping buddies at the Stampin' Up stand. 

(I'll be there Friday and Sunday, come say hello if you're at the show.)

You'll find all the details here:   Craft Expo website

And you can meet some of the team who'll be on our Stampin' Up stand here:  Try Some Stamping

The display posters the girls have made have started arriving at my place ready for set up day and they look fabulous.  We'll have lots of inspiration for you at our stand with great displays and demonstrations of tools, products and techniques all day.  Hope to see you there.

Some School Holiday Fun ...

Couple more pics before I sign off for today.   I got this nifty idea from my fellow kinder mum Jade Lam.  (She's a fabulous Learning Ladder consultant and you can find her blog here.) 

Bamboo sticks, toothpicks, a bag of marshmallows = building, designing, lots of fun and a yummy treat at the end when we eat some of our construction materials!

Here's Jack busy at work ...

Marshmallow fun 

And Hannah's 3D construction (plus an echidna in front if you look closely ... OK and use a bit of imagination)


Hope those of you in school holiday mode are having a great time, and that my teacher blog visitors are recharging the batteries ready for Term 4 - always a busy one isn't it!

Happy stamping everyone,

Cheers, Sue