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October 2011

Once Again With Blush Blossom

Here's the other colour variation of the card we've done in workshops this month. 


Same as the one in this post  but just using Blush Blossom for the crimped panel instead of Wisteria Wonder.

The butterfly looks quite nice done with markers - Wisteria Wonder, Blush Blossom and Cherry Cobbler.



Give me a holler (OK maybe a phone call or email - grin!) if any Stampin' Up products have caught your eye and you'd like to place an order. 

Happy almost Cup Day and almost November - wow that came round quickly!  Wasn't it just September!

Cheers, Sue

Wisteria Creative Elements Card

Hello, how are we all?  I've conducted a couple of Stampin' Up workshops in the past couple of weeks (waving a hello to Michelle and her guests and Marie and her guests.)  I thought I'd share the project we did for our make and take. 


Colours:  Confetti White base, Wisteria Wonder, Blush Blossom and Cherry Cobbler.  (Be back soon with another colour combo for this card, actually no - the same combo but different colours featured!)

We stamped the swirl from Creative Elements then added some texture using a crimper.  The butterfly is done with 3 markers for a multicolour effect.  I love the Lace Ribbon Border punch - in Cherry Cobbler here.  The Wisteria ruffled ribbon and a string of 5 pearls are the finishing touches.


This card was inspired by one of our make and takes  at Convention 2011. 

One more pic of the crimping.  Doesn't it bring back memories of 80's hair styles! 


Speaking of hair - we've been doing some major practising lately of independently looking after long hair at our place in preparation for camp.  My little crafting girl is off at camp this week.  Looking forward to seeing her again tomorrow and finding out about all the fun things they've been doing.  Jack's been quite enjoying having his parents all to himself but I think he'll be happy to see Hannah again tomorrow too. 

And camp has inspired a new milestone - washing, drying, and deknotting long hair without mum.  Now just to get Jack up to jumping in and out of the shower all by himself and I can sit on the couch with a glass of wine and celebrate.  :-)  

Happy stamping!    Cheers, Sue

Blog Hop: Big Shot Theme

I've been enjoying the blog hops my stamping friends hold each month.  Thought I'd get myself organised and join in this month.  Our theme is the Big Shot - my favourite crafting piece of equipment.  

You may have come from Nikki's gorgeous project over at Inky Art  or perhaps you're kicking off from here.  There are 6 stops on the hop today.

As well as being blog hop day, it is also Hannah's birthday.  She's 9.  Thought I'd use the Big Shot to make her card.  Now Hannah being a very girly girl, I went straight for my drawer of pinks and plums, and grabbed the Beautiful Butterflies die.   I was a little inspired by the kite on page 156 of our catalogue - done with a mixture of embossed textures, so I grabbed 4 embossing folders too. 


Petals A Plenty, Finial Press, Dots and Stripes.   Butterflies cut out with the die and embossed with the folders ......  The Big Shot makes it quick and easy. 

Then it was just a matter of arranging the butterflies onto my card.


Colours:  Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink, Rose Red, Perfect Plum and Shimmery White.



One of my most used punches is the Scallop Trim border punch.  Perfect when you just need a little extra something.  And works so well with pearls.


And since Hannah is not so much of a 'less is more' girl, I threw a few more butterflies and pearls on the inside.   (Was rather late at night I must confess so throw is rather accurate!)


Ooh nearly forgot to show you the shimmer.  I love the shimmery white cardstock (page 125) and get it out for special occasions (and special girls.)  Hard to photograph but here's a try.


Now what did I do before I had my Big Shot and Embossing Folders?  Such a nice way to add texture to a card.

Before I sign off and send you on your way, and while we're talking Big Shots, here's some creations Hannah and her two friends Georgia and Olivia made at our place on the school holidays.  They had a ball with my Big Shot, Box #2 Die,  Flirtatious fabric, Top Note Die and lots and lots of bling!   Kids just love to crank that Big Shot handle.  They were very impressed with their cards and boxes.  Bit of a rhinestone party happening there!


Time to head on to the next stop on the hop.  You'll find the talented Kathryn Ruddick over at Katlo Designs with some more Big Shot Inspiration. 

Happy hopping!

Cheers, Sue

More Creative Elements

I think Creative Elements is having a turn at being my favourite stamp set just now.  Here's the second card we did at Convention earlier this year. 


I like this colour scheme - Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla and just a dash of Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake.  We got the spritzer out on this one for the 'splatter' using a marker.   I liked the effect of scrunching the Not Quite Navy matting piece of cardstock then smoothing it out.  Gives a nice bit of texture in a super easy way and doesn't need any tools.   The Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon is beautiful to work with.  (Just got some in Cherry Cobbler too - yum!)  It is quite fine so you can do lots with it.  I've seen some lovely cards where it has been scrunched and dyed.  Must get some Very Vanilla to dye with reinkers.   Oops I've left a thread hanging - let's snip that off for the next photo.


Hope your weekend is going well.  Jack's wasn't going so well yesterday.  He was busy at the coffee table with paper and textas when he burst into tears.  

Me:  What's the matter Jack?

Jack (5):  I was making a book about animals but I accidently did a page about pancakes.


Happy stamping!

Cheers,  Sue

PS  If like me you're wondering what the Stampin' Up Incentive Trip earners are up to in Fiji this week, Marelle has posted some daily accounts.  Looks like they're having a fabulous time.  Congrats to the 19 girls from Australia and New Zealand who earned the trip this year. 


Creative Elements Butterfly Card

OrangesRunnersHello, how are we all today?  We've enjoyed a lovely relaxing couple of weeks of school holidays and are getting back into routine again this week.  I launched off on a health kick this month and that's going quite well too.  12 days in and I'm still feeling motivated.  Anyone else in a get healthy mood with this warmer weather?   I'm trying the couch to 5K program.  (Really more of a couch to car sort of girl but we'll see how we go in morphing into energetic exercising mama!) 

Haven't had my inks out for a little while but I've hunted through the photo vaults and found a few I haven't shared yet in case you're looking for a bit of card inspiration.  Here's one of the make and takes we did at the Stampin' Up Convention earlier this year.


Features the elegant swirl and beautiful butterfly from the Creative Elements stamp set, markers, crimper to add some texture, and the dotted scallop ribbon border punch.

Colours:  Naturals Ivory, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy and Early Espresso.

I like the size of this one.  It fits the small open end envelopes.  (Pg 126: 17 x 8.9cm) 

Here's a closer look.  The crimps add a nice touch don't they.


Hope your week is going well. 

Happy Stamping!

Cheers,  Sue

Simple Scrunched Flower Card

I've been having fun making some more of those scrunched flowers Toby showed me.  Here's one on a super simple base.  Just black cardstock and the elegant lace border punched strip in Crumb Cake with some narrow black ribbon threaded through. 


 I used the Timeless Portrait DSP for the scallop circles that make up the flower. There's a touch of blue on the reverse side of the DSP which adds a nice little hint of colour. 


The base card would be nice with some clear embossing I think - but then it wouldn't have been quite so quick to put together and this was on a 'quick and easy' day. 

I'm having a lovely quiet day today with the house all to myself.  John's at work and the kids went to mum and dad's place yesterday for a sleepover.    Aaaahhh, peace and quiet.  I tidied up yesterday and voila - it is still tidy!   John and I went out for a late dinner last night - to Sassy Foodroom on Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds.  Nice food, great eclectic decor, friendly service.  Loved it. 

Have a nice day folks. 

Cheers, Sue

Simply Stockings Promotion


During October you can order these gorgeous Christmas products.  They'll be in the upcoming Summer Mini which launches on December 1st, but you can order these guys a little early - during October.   Perfect for some Christmas card creating. 

Stitched Stockings stamp set (7 stamps)  - Wood  $53.95   Clear Mount $42.95

Stocking Tag Punch - $33.95

Click here for a closer look at the products:   Stamp Set and Punch pic

Or earn them both for free with a workshop (or order) of $450 during October.  I'm booked out for workshops but you could get together with some friends to place an order combining to $450+ to get your free Christmas themed stamp set and punch. 

Hope you've had a super weekend.

Cheers, Sue