Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Giveaway entries....

Here are 2 entries that I have received so far for my Bold Brights Challenge in the "I think it's time for another Giveaway" post.


This first entry is from Carol L.

Carol L - Giveaway entry


Thanks Carol. Love the added bling and I'm so looking forward to the release of the new Idea Book & Catalogue 2008|2009 on 1st April as we will have the Rhinestone Brads available to add bling whenever we wish.


The second entry is from Jenny H.

Jenny H entry


Thanks for entering Jenny. I'm sure many of us will miss this set when it retires 31st March.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Wild Roses Faux Tile

I came across the Faux Tiling Technique a few weeks back and was able to obtain some instructions. I wasn't happy with my results following the instructions so have done this technique minus 1 step from those instructions and am much happier with my results.


I've used current continuing stamp sets in this card as I will be using this technique in an upcoming Technique Class. Check out my Class Schedule on my website.


Wild Roses Faux Tiling



Stamp Sets: Wild Roses, Sincere Salutations

Cardstock: Bravo Burgundy, More Mustard, Very Vanilla.

Inks: More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive.

Accessories: Paper cutter with Scoring Blade, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I think it's time for another Giveaway!!!!


It's been a little while since my last giveaway so I'm thinking it's time for another. This time though there is going to be a challenge for you  to be able to enter.

If you read this past post you would have read that I don't often use Bold Bright colours but I did manage in the end to make 3 cards (pictured in the post).

So what's the challenge?

I'd like to see what you can create using just Bold, Bright colours.

Now if you don't have Stampin' Up's Bold Brights colour range (you could order it from me) or use whatever Bold Bright colours you have on hand. You must only use Bold Bright colours (no sneaking in subtles, regals or earth colours) and a neutral is okay too.

Once you have made your Bold Bright creation then leave a comment on my blog with a link to your creation or if you don't have somewhere to post then you can email it to me and I'll upload it onto my blog.

So, what's the giveaway?

You can select a FREE stamp set from those listed below:

Birthday Whimsy (SAB set)
Friendship Blooms (SAB set)
Lots of Thoughts (SAB set)
Springtime Stems (Level 1 Hostess set)
Riveting (Level 1 Hostess set)
Reason to Smile (Level 1 Hostess set)
Warmest Regards (Level 1 Hostess set)

(All sets are new and unmounted)

Also included in the giveaway will be a reel of Olive and a reel of Navy Organdy ribbon.

When does the challenge end?

31st March (so that should give you plenty of time)

When will it be drawn?

1st April and announce on my Blog.

Who is eligible to enter?

Open to Australian residents only. Demonstrators are not eligible to enter for the giveaway but feel free to leave a comment and a link to your creations.

So get creating as that's all it's going to cost you.

Entries will be allocated a number as received and winning entry will be drawn using

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Bold Brights Challenge.


This past week I held my team meeting and they had requested that we make more cards this month instead of concentrating so much on the business side of things. I still managed to cover business updates, as I chatted while I demonstrated before they did their make & takes.

So that my team could use the cards we were going to make as either a demo or make & take at their workshops, I decided to ask them what stamp sets they still had left after taking away their retired sets and also find out what markers and WWC sets they had to determine what colours I could work with. The end result was for stamp sets: Greetings Galore, Simply Said and Heartfelt Thanks and for colours I was left with Bold Brights as I decided not to use WWC.

Now as I've said before, I'm not a big user of Bold Brights (I love all the colours just don't use Bolds as often as some others and hardly ever stick to just one colour family when making a card), so I took this as a challenge for myself. I decided just to use Bold Brights for cardstock and inks only and only used Simply Said & Heartfelt Thanks for the stamp sets.

Sticking to just these items was a struggle and I was so tempted to grab a few other items but didn't. I wasn't overly happy with my first card and at times just sat at my desk with no inspiration coming at all. In the end the 2 initial cards we were making were made on the morning of my meeting. Nothing like leaving things to the last minute but then again I work better under pressure at times.

In the end we made 4 cards. When they saw the Mother's Day card I had made for my Beginner Class (shown in the previous post) they wanted to make that one too and also another sample card I had made some time back using Simply Said (this card is a CASE from SCS I've just altered some colours).

Here are the 3 cards we made in the end. I was happy with my results but again should make more effort to use Bold Brights.

Bold Brights cards












Stamp sets: Heartfelt Thanks & Simply Said

Cardstock: Yoyo Yellow, Gable Green, Pixie Pink, Orchid Opulence, Green Galore, Only Orange, Whisper White.

Inks: Yoyo Yellow, Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Gable Green, Green Galore, Orchid Opulence, Only Orange, Stazon Black.

Accessories: Tangerine Grosgrain ribbon, Black Ginghan ribbon, Blender Pen, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Roses in Winter is Retiring......


Well you just can't pick what will stay and what will go from the current Idea Book & Catalogue. Each year at this time, Stampin' Up demonstrators eagerly await the retiring list to see what stamp sets, wheels & accessories we currently own will make it, what won't and therefore how much we lose. Well I'm not going to tell you how many I'll lose but it's enough. Good excuse to buy some new one's though in April when the 2008 | 2009 Idea Book & Catalogue is released.

I really thought (or maybe hoped) that Roses in Winter would continue for another year. It's such a lovely set and unfortunately I didn't use it enough but that has more to do with the amount of sets I own and trying to make sure I use all of them at some time. I'll be rethinking my purchases next catalogue to make better use of what I will own.

This past week I've held some Beginner Classes which was attended by some Mum's from my girls school. One of the cards I decided we would do was a Mother's Day card (seeing how that will be here before we know it) and the Roses In Winter set is a perfect one for this.

This is the card we made:

Roses in Winter - Mother's Day











I've used 3 ink and card colours + a neutral which are Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Almost Amethyst & Very Vanilla as the neutral.  For those of you that haven't seen the Roses in Winter set, the rose is made up of 3 stamps and the leaves are using 2 stamps. You don't of course have to have large roses and use all 3 images, as you can see I have 1 smaller rose on my card which just uses the smaller 2. To give the rose some depth, I've stamped the larger image off twice before stamping my card, the 2nd stamp was stamped off once and the last one was stamped directly. With the leaves I've stamped off once for the larger image and the smaller image was stamped directly. The Mother's Day image is from All-Year II which is also retiring. 

Using the same colour scheme of Rose Red, Always Artichoke & Almost Amethyst I made 2 other cards.

This first one I've used one of the verses from the Roses in Winter set, scalloped the bottom edge of the Rose Red layer and also added some Cream Organdy Ribbon (also retiring).

Roses In Winter 3


The last card I've added a 3D rose and also spritzed some colour onto the cardstock using the Colour Spritzer tool and markers.

Roses in Winter 2_edited-1


This set works with many different colours and you can use different shades of a colour to give the rose depth like in this card. I've used Almost Amethyst and Vintage Violet for the Roses and Certainly Celery for the leaves.

Roses in Winter 4


Remember this set retires on 31st March or until stocks are gone. If you would like to order this set or any other retiring item email me. Orders can be shipped anywhere in Australia directly from Stampin' Up.  You can view the retired items list here.

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