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October 2012

Guest Projects: Flower Arrangement and Frames

I've got some special guests today in my patch of blogland - two lovely ladies who have been customers and class regulars since way back when I first started with Stampin' Up in 2008.  Thanks Cecile and Claire for letting me share your gorgeous projects with the crew here in cyberspace.

First up is Cecile's beautiful flower arrangement. 


Isn't it just gorgeous.  What a beautiful gift it would make for someone special.  Hmmm - for someone VERY special!!

Here's the materials Cecile has used for the project.  "The flowers and the leaves were all made by using the Big Shot Dies and the Large Scallop Circle punch with Stampin' Up cardstock.  Then large brads or some large self adhesive 'sparkly' buttons for the flower centres.   I used florists wire and tape, oasis floral foam, and a small round vase with shredded cellophane to cover the oasis."


And one more view ......


Just fabulous - and it'll last for ages without any water, bonus!!

Next up two terrific framed pieces of art from Claire - just perfect for popping in a child's bedroom. 

I love these owls .......


Materials include the owl builder punch, the leaves are from the bird builder punch and I think that is the background woodgrain stamp.  We've got the woodgrain embossing folder too now which would work well also. 

Here's another frame from Claire with a nautical theme using The Open Sea stamp set and some nautical DSP (retired.)


A big thanks again to Cecile and Claire for letting me share their projects.  (I knew you'd love them.)

Happy creating everyone,

Cheers, Sue

PS I am creating this week too = creating a BIG mess as I embark on attempt number 347 to clean out my study and transform it into an area a little more conducive to feeling artistic!  So far I've gotten to the "drag a whole heap of stuff out into the living areas and make a big mess" stage.  Wish me luck.  :-)

Ribbon Week: Serene Silhouettes

Another card today with some of the In Colour Ribbon from the October ribbon special.  This card just needed a little something to finish it off so I was glad I had the coordinating ribbon. 


I've used the new Naturals White as my base.  A gorgeous white with a bit of a fleck through it.  I had a framelit window left from another card so used that as a template for some sponging.   (Tip: I had trouble getting this straight on my first attempt so for this one I first popped the cut out framelit on in the correct position, then positioned the 'window' around it, then removed the framelit shape.  Hope that makes sense.) 

I stamped the image from Serene Silhouettes (pg 75)  over the top in Midnight Muse ink.  I love silhouette stamps.  A vintage faceted designer button added a touch of shine. (pg 176.)

Have I shown you this card?  It was one from our Christmas In July classes a few months ago.  The little bundle of ribbons idea was inspired by Teresa Dabrowski from her presentation at convention.   The card was inspired by one Di Dunk shared with us on our team facebook group.



I've been keeping my little ribbon offcuts since I saw this idea - so easy to just grab a little bundle of them and add them to a bag or card. 

Well, I'd better go.  Off to help celebrate my great uncle's 90th birthday today with a whole swag of the Madex clan.  

Have a terrific weekend,

Cheers, Sue 


Ribbon Week: Snowflake Christmas Card

Back again with a Christmas version of my "go to" squares card. 


Products:  Snowflake Soiree (Holiday pg 5), Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder (Holiday pg 6), Snow Flurry Die (Holiday pg 14), the new Large Pearls (pg 175)

Colours: Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue, Midnight Muse, Naturals White cardstock

A touch of silver glimmer paper adds a little sparkle.  This gorgeous sparkly glimmer paper is now available in 3 colours.  You can find the red and silver on pg 160 and the new champagne on page 18 of the holiday catalogue.  Two 12" x 12" squares for $8.95.


I've used the Midnight Muse ribbon on this one.  You can choose a roll of this ribbon (5 colours to pick from) this month with every $60 purchase.



Just one munchkin home for the next couple of nights while Hannah enjoys lots of adventures at Grade 4 camp.  They've been arguing the last few weeks but I bet he'll miss her while she's away.  I'd best get off this computer and go label a few more bits of camp gear! 

Last chance to grab a spot at an October class - there's a few spots tomorrow and Thursday. 

Cheers,  Sue

Ribbon Week: Butterfly Card

Gave my camera a workout today so I've got lots of cards to share this week.  I thought I'd show you a few ways I've used the new In Colour ribbon.  (Get a free roll this month with each $60 of products purchased.) 


Base card is Elegant Eggplant stamped with the beautiful swirl from Everything Eleanor (pg 112)

The feature panel is Naturals White (pg 160) embossed with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder (Holiday pg 6.)

The squares are punched with the Postage Stamp punch (pg 182) and feature the Papillon Potpourri stamps - pg 115 (and coordinating Elegant Butterfly Punch pg 184.)  Colours are Old Olive and Raspberry Ripple.  Some pearls to give our butterfly a nice finishing touch.


If you've been visiting my blog for a while you'll know that I use this card layout heaps.  Quite a handy one - you just need some sort of square punch and can make use of offcuts and small scraps.  I'll be back tomorrow with a snowflake Christmas version. 

If you'd like to gather a group of friends to make this card (or another design), I've got a space on the calendar the last weekend in November for a card party.  Just get in touch to book your date. 

Before I duck off today I thought I'd share this cartoon my son (6) Jack drew last week to go with a birthday letter for his poppy (my dad.) 


That's me on the couch giving directions, "Write a letter to Poppy."  And Jack and his big sister Hannah replying  "OK"    "OK"

I think I'll title it  "Bossy Mummy".   :-) 

Happy stamping (or bossing!)

Cheers, Sue

October Classes: Emboss Resist Christmas Card and Gift Box

I'm looking forward to classes over the next couple of weeks.  We're adding a technique card to our books - emboss resist technique.  And we'll be making a gorgeous snowflake Christmas card and matching gift box.  Here's a peek at the box.  I've got one other little teeny surprise project too for our October classes. 



Check available spaces here  and contact me  to book your spot if you'd like to join us for some October craft time. 

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue 

Free Ribbon With $60 Purchase During October


Got your eye on some craft products from our two gorgeous new catalogues?  During October you'll get a bonus - a free roll of ribbon with every $60 purchase

Choose from our 5 new in colour stitched ribbons (listed as number 4 on the ribbon page in our annual catalogue.) 

$120 purchase = TWO rolls of ribbon

$180 purchase = THREE rolls of ribbon       ..... and so on

Spend $300 and you'll get FIVE free rolls of ribbon, PLUS you'll also get $50 to spend on regular products or hostess products. 

Need some ideas for what to do with your free ribbon.  Check out this clip for a bit of a giggle!


Get in touch if I can help you with a purchase and don't forget to choose which colour ribbon you'd like.


Order by phone or email.  Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard or direct deposit.  Delivery to anywhere in Australia by Aussie Post.  (Around 1 - 2 weeks depending on where you're located.) 

Happy selecting!   And happy school holidays for those of you having those just now.  We're having jammies day here!

Cheers, Sue