Class News and Projects

More Christmas In July Class Cards

Goodness, what a busy month of orders as everyone grabs their favourites from the Going Going Gone list.  I think I could wallpaper my house with the brown packing paper just now! 

In between unpacking retiring products for my ladies, I've got a few cards to share from our Christmas In July class.  This design was CASEd from this lovely card created by my talented team member and friend Tina Gillespie.  I love visiting her blog for a dose of card making and scrapbooking inspiration.

We tried it out with Dasher (on our retiring list so only available while stocks last.)


He's embossed with gold embossing powder then we gave the cardstock a spritz of our magic sparkle spray (mix Isocol rubbing alcohol with some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, spray and then go aaaahhhh.)

The scallops are done with a 1" circle punch and our fabulous glimmer paper.  (Coming very soon in champagne - can't wait.)


For those who prefer their festive cards in blues we had this option, complete with glitter panel. 


Oops - slightly patchy glitter panel, I must have been in a bit of a rush!  The retiring Baroque Motifs is helping out with the background, and Snow Swirled stamp set is featured too.  Marina Mist and Early Espresso cardstock. 

To make the glitter panel, stamp your cardstock, cut using the labels framelit, tap the whole panel onto a Versamark pad, tip Heat and Stick Powder on and tap off excess, heat until tacky, tip Dazzling Diamonds Fine Glitter on and tap off excess, heat again briefly just to set.  Voila, step back and admire your sparkly feature.  If you find that you have a few bare patches - just colour them with a Versamarker pen and repeat the steps. 


If you're one of my class regulars or local customers, you might just want to give me a buzz and swing by if you're in the area.  The postie has been.  Wink wink! 

Don't forget to book your spot for my New Catalogue Launches - Wed Sept 19th or Thurs Sept 20th, 7.30 - 9.30pm.  Spots are starting to fill up.  Details here

Happy Stamping!

Cheers,  Sue

Some More 3D Scallop Circle Flowers

Here's another of the 3D flowers we did last month at our flowers class.  They're quite quick and easy to make - even for 3D challenged people like me!


We made good use of the lace ribbon border punch.  That punch along with the triple layer punches retired recently in the US so I am quietly expecting them to be on our Last Chance List of retiring products.  This list will be released on August 1st and products on the list will be available in August while stocks last. 


Colours: Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo, Baja Breeze and the card base is Confetti White. 

The flower above was my first go - I got a little better with my second try with the addition of some sponging and a little more time arranging the petals. 


Colours: Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry. Card base is Shimmery White.


Thanks to Miriam Spiess - one of my fellow demonstrators - who showed us how to make these flowers from scallop circles at last year's Melbourne stamping day at the Convention Centre. 

If you'd like to come along this year to be inspired by some talented papercrafters and get a sneak peek at lots of yummy holiday themed goodies coming soon in our Holiday Catalogue, registration closes tomorrow for the Heartfelt Stampin' Up event on Saturday August 4th.  More details at the end of this post or phone/email if you've got questions or would like to book in.  I've got 5 guests coming along so far - would love to add a few more. 

We're almost at the end of Christmas in July week at my place so I'll have some sparkly Christmas projects to share with you soon, plus for those of you always on the lookout for projects for the guys in your lives - we've got a masculine themed project blog hop coming Saturday morning so be sure to grab a weekend cuppa and have fun browsing through those posts. 

Cheers, Sue

A Touch Of Quilling and A Special Guest

I was tempted to call this post Fiddly Farty Flowers - we did these little rose type flowers at my June classes.  (Thank you to Lyn who showed me how to make them.)   I'll have some step by step pics in my July newsletter.  Sign up box at the top right there if you're not on my newsletter list and would like to join.


We had a couple of choices for our card ...   either a simple base like this one .....



Products: Confetti White cardstock base, Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Leaves Sizzlit, Square Lattice embossing folder, 1" circle punch and one larger circle punch

Or we could add a little stamping, embossing and ribbon to the base like this ......



Products: Naturals Ivory base, Rose Red, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, leaves are from the bird builder punch, En Francais background stamp, the dotty embossing folder, pleated Blushing Bride ribbon

We had a bit of an 'open pantry' class so the ladies could raid the scraps box and use different colours if they'd like.  I loved this card that Mel put together using colours in the Brights range. The base is Shimmery White and you can just see the sparkle in the picture. 


I'll share our other flowers cards another day.  In July we've got Christmas In July classes happening.  A few spots left on the Tuesday night if you're keen to get an early start on some festive cards.  Details here. 


Today is the last day to get your free Reason To Smile stamp set with an order of $125.  Phone or email your order through before 9pm if you'd like to take up this offer. 

Have a super weekend and happy school holidays to anyone having those.  We're off to a Prep birthday party today so I'd best get gift wrapping! 

Cheers, Sue

Class Update

Hello - a quick note to let you know June class dates have gone up on my class page.  In June we're dabbling in paper flowers.  Should be lots of fun.  9 spots full already so check your diary and get in touch if you'd like to join the fun.

Here's a peek at our May classes .......



We're in full swing for this month's rosette making and fancy fold card class.  Last week's ladies made some gorgeous creations.  You've got a choice of a range of papers and colours.


Wednesday is booked out but I've got space left this Thursday 7.30 - 9.30pm if you'd like to try some rosette making, and find out how to use the labels framelit to make a fancy fold card.  You can also do a little watercolouring if you're in the colouring mood, or my Thursday night ladies created a lovely alternative using embossing folders if you're not!  (Thanks ladies - loved what you came up with.)


Have a great week,  Sue

Crayon Resist Technique

We've been having fun at class this month trying crayon resist technique.  We had a choice of several different colour schemes for our Fabulous Florets card. 

Here it is in lovely soft pastels with the Lace Border Punch for a trim .....


Colours: Wisteria Wonder, Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Blushing Bride

And here in a lovely combination of Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry ....

(Inspired by a Claire Daly card)


For the trim this time we've used the Scallop Trim Border Punch and the Top Note die.

I'll be back soon with our other two colour/finishing combinations and our Surf's Up crayon resist card.


I've got space tonight at 7.30pm if you'd like to have a go at this technique.  Drop me a message at 0417 377 057 if you're in the mood for a last minute evening of stamping.  More details here.


These finish on the weekend.  Place your orders by phone or email before Saturday evening if you'd like to grab anything from the Summer Mini before it finishes or take advantage of Saleabration.

Cheers, Sue

Top Note Spice Cake Card

Camera finally unloaded so time for a card.  Here's one we made last month at class using the Spice Cake range of products from the Summer Mini and the Top Note die. 


We used the Spice Cake DSP and coordinating cardstock - More Mustard, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla for this one.   The background stamping is done with the Spiced Paisley stamp set, and the ribbon is the lovely soft Velvet Designer Ribbon.  You can find all of these on pages 10 and 11 of the Summer Mini.   The greeting is from Happy Greetings on page 22.  I've also used the Lace Ribbon Border punch and the Decorative Label punch plus the Finial Press embossing folder and Top Note die.   We glued all the strips down onto a rectangle base using a glue stick, then popped the whole lot onto the Top Note die and ran it through the Big Shot.


All of our cards turned out a little differently at class depending on what colours we featured.  We had Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede bases, and a range of ribbons to choose from.

Keen to come to a class???  Details here - Class Page

SAB-front-cover-175Summer-mini-130The Summer Mini and SaleABration come to a finish on March 31st.  If you'd like any of the Summer Mini products, or would like to take advantage of SaleABration this year to get a freebie with $100 purchase - get in touch and I'd be happy to help.  

I've had quite a few ladies this month taking advantage of the specials to cross a bunch of things off the wish lists - with a $300 order you get to choose 3 Saleabration items, plus get $50 hostess dollars to spend.  You can use your hostess dollars on the specially priced hostess items at the front of the catalogue, or on anything you like from the current range. 

Back soon with more cards to share.

Have a great week,   Sue

Dasher Christmas Card

Back again with the last of the cards we did at Christmas In July classes. 


This one features the stamp Dasher and the Petals A Plenty embossing folder, along with one of the striped grosgrain ribbons.  They look so lovely cinched in with an antique brad don't they.  Dasher is stamped using Platinum Shimmer Paint (just daubed straight onto the rubber.)  A pearl for an eye, and some vellum for the matting.  The embossed panel is Very Vanilla.  Some ladies used black ribbon, some used olive and some went for the red - they all looked very striking I thought. 

Here's another shot with a bit more of that texture showing. 


We're making a nifty box, and two more Christmas cards at my August classes - the last chance to catch a class for a little bit.   There's space left next Wednesday 17th and also on Thursday 18th, at 7.30pm if you're keen to get some ideas for Christmas cards.   Phone or email to book a spot.


Here's the link to the page where you'll find the retired list if you wanted to check the latest updated list.  Retired List Info

A few things have sold out including quite a few of the retiring punches, eyelets, some stamp sets - Sanded, Full Calendar, Garden Whimsy, Choo Choo, and some of the packs of 12" cardstock.  (The packs of 12" cardstock are being reconfigured, not disappearing altogether. Get in touch if you need more details.) 

Customers/Class Girls:  Are you after a copy of the new catalogue?  $10 if you pick it up, $15 if you'd like me to post one to you.   All set to go. 

Yay Cadel

Jack and I enjoyed adding our claps and cheers to the big crowd in the city today for Cadel Evans.

Here's our view of one of the big screens ....


And my view of Jack saying, 'Can you pick me up please mum?'


Have a great weekend!

Cheers, Sue

Hanging Ornament Christmas Card


Here's another of the cards we made last month at my Christmas In July classes.  This one uses the ornament from Delightful Decorations, the ornament punch and the Lovely As A Tree stamp set too.  Plus lashings of Heat and Stick Powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter to make the gorgeous sparkly panel, and a nice coating of Crystal Effects for that glossy shine.


Colours:  Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla - an elegant combination for Christmas I think.

The Always Artichoke panel is stamped with En Francais, with some sponging around the edge for that nice added depth.  Tip: I ink up the stamp and place it on the table, rubber side up.  Then I lay my cardstock on top and press to make sure it contacts the rubber all over. 


The branches are from the big tall tree in Lovely As A Tree stamp set.  Once we'd stamped those onto the Vanilla cardstock we tapped the whole panel on to a Versamark Pad then added Heat and Stick Powder.  Heat until it JUST changes to be tacky, then dip it in Dazzling Diamonds.  A quick burst with the heat gun helps to set it.  I love glitter panels - a great feature for an extra special Christmas card. 

I decided to add Crystal Effects to the bauble.  I waited until I'd put the card together, stuck the bauble on with dimensionals and added the rhinestones.  Then coated it with Crystal Effects.  

Tip:  Then put it on the bench and leave it to dry overnight!  Don't go touching it 2 hours later because you want to check - it won't be quite dry and you'll leave a fingerprint which will then annoy you.  (Speaking from experience - grin!) 

One last pic to show that nice glossy ornament and sparkly glitter panel. 


Have a great week.     Cheers,  Sue

Note for anyone emailing:    We're heading up to Rockhampton for John's dad's funeral so I'll be offline from midday today til late Tuesday night.  Back on deck Wednesday. 

Sparkly and Bright and Spiral Punch

Way past time for a card here isn't it!   Here's one of the cards we did last month at my Christmas In July classes.  It is based on this card by Kirstin Davies, and features two items from the Retirement List - Sparkly And Bright stamp set, and the Spiral Punch.  (Going to miss that punch!)


The greeting, Christmas images on the film strip, and the snowflake I've used in the background are all from Sparkly and Bright stamp set (along with a Christmas stocking image that didn't squeeze onto the card.) 

Colours:  Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Basic Black.

Punches: Spiral Punch and Decorative Label


The Decorative Label comes up well when you layer 3.  I've trimmed a little bit off the red and green ones so that it is a bit neater on the sides.  I've used my markers for the greeting so we could get a two toned image.

If you'd like to get an early start on some Christmas card ideas, we're doing festive themed classes in August too - making two cards and a gift box.  Booking up fast! 

Dates and available places here:  Class Page

Sold Out Update:

Five items from the Retirement List have sold out so far - both colours of Jumbo Eyelets, the Metallic Eyelets and the Photo Corners Punch.  Edited to add:   Just adding the Star Punch to the sold out list too.

Another edit:  Not showing as sold out yet on the official list  but I just tried to order the Spiral Punch and the sold out message appeared.

Check this link for the updated list: Retired List Info.      It is updated each business day by 8am. 

Get in touch if you'd like to order anything.  0417 377 057 or [email protected]

Customers/Class Girls:  Would you like something special to read with a cuppa??  The postie has brought some boxes today!!   Let me know if you want to swing by and grab some reading material ($10) or if you'd like it posted ($15.)    (Note: I'll be away Mon lunchtime til Tues night for a funeral.)

Have a lovely weekend.

Cheers,  Sue

Elements Of Style and Bleach

Classes are over for June so I can share with you now what we got up to.  (A big thanks to Kirsty Brown for showing us this technique at convention along with the gorgeous card I based mine on.)

First up we did our technique book sample.   Each class we add a page or two to our technique books.  I just finished my second book so must grab a new one.  (Stay tuned for a covers class too for those girls who've begun a new book and who want to make a gorgeous cover.)

This technique book sample was embossed in black on Baja Breeze cardstock.  The 'painted with bleach' flowers turn a lovely white. 

Stamp Set: The very elegant Elements of Style (Find it on pg 99.)

And here was the card we made using the technique.  (This time the flowers were embossed using clear embossing powder.) 


We stamped the swirly image from the Elements Of Style set onto the base using Crumb Cake ink and sponged the edges.  I'm not sure if you can see in this pic but I also stamped the swirly image under the greeting (stamped off once first onto scrap paper so it wouldn't be too busy.)  There's some Melon Mambo edged with the Scallop Trim border punch tucked under our feature panel, plus a bow with our beautiful White Organza ribbon (pg 136.)  


I love the soft look of the bleached flowers on Regal Rose cardstock.


Now I must warn you - this technique is rather addictive!  The bleach reacts differently on the various colours, some turn white, some only change a little, some go a bit of an icky colour.  So do a test piece first.  I've been playing and trying different colours - love the card I did in Concord Crush.  Will save that for another day, along with our robot bleach card from June classes.

June 30 is fast approaching ...

Jack (4) reminded me (and the rest of us in the car) today that June was almost over. 

Jack looking at date on watch:  Tomorrow is HBA Crunch Time.

Us: What's that?

Jack: Crunch time for HBA is June 30th. 

Us: What is Crunch Time?

Jack: I think it is when you eat a crunchy thing.

Us: What is HBA?

Jack: It is the thing that is having the Crunch Time on June 30th.

Us: What happens after that?

Jack:  The government health time thing will hit hard.  (Slaps knee with fist to emphasise this important point.)

(Hmmm, someone's been watching the ads carefully!!)

June 30th is also the day the Extra Extra hostess promotion ends. 

If you or your craft buddies were planning a little splurge - get in touch before the end of tomorrow.  $110 in free product plus a Level 1 set for orders combining to $430.

Catch you soon!

Cheers, Sue