Monday, May 25, 2009

OMG! I scrapbooked!

Just had to share with you some scrapbooking. I have not touched my 3 year old's baby album in soooo long but I finally did a couple of layouts for him. I really need to catch up on my scrapbooking. (Don't we all??) I have it all planned out for my second child - I have kits bought and ready to go! LOL! My main problem is just getting the photos actually printed out! And then sorted out too...

You can't really tell from this photo but the hanky on Toby's head is actually a ginham patter no it matches this paper really well. I've used mostly Stampin' Up! products for these layouts although a lot of it is retired stuff I've stashed away for my personal scrapbooking use.

I just knew that I would need this Au Chocolat papers after they retired! It goes perfectly with this teddy bear layout. You can't see it but I've used textured Very Vanilla cardstock here and it's totally gorgeous in real life.

I haven't added the jounalling yet but I'll get to that eventually! LOL!


(Apologies for the poor photography - it has been overcast here for days on end so it's been hard to get a good photo. I ended up just doing it and having to try and adjust the exposure etc.)

This card is one that I have been demonstrating at my recent workshops. I've used this card to show water colouring. I wanted to show people how easy it is to water colour, even when you're not much of an artist. The trick really is to use the proper water colour paper. If you use that, you just can't go wrong! If you're trying to colour on Whisper White there's not as much scope for fixing mistakes. Water colour paper allows you to even remove colour if you need to! It can cope with much more water than Whisper White and this means you can keep going back and adding on extra colour.

Stamps: Pun Fun
Inks: Staz-on Black
Paper: Water colour paper, Basic Grey, Regal Rose, Patterns Pack 2 (hostess level 1)
Accessories: Regal Rose wide grosgrain, Neutrals and Rich Regals Watercolour Wonder Crayons
Tools: Corner Rounder Punch, Aquapainter

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Owen's First Birthday

Can you believe my little baby is one already?? One of the funny things at Convention this year were the comments from the other Paper Angels about how I was much bigger I looked at LAST year's Convention! Sure I was, 8 and 1/2 months pregnant!!

Owen is such a little character and had very little interest in the whole birthday party ritual. All he wanted to do was play on the grass!

I thought I would share some pics of him on the day and his cake, along with pics of the card I made for him.

I made a pop-up card! I can't remember the last time I made one of these...
Ooh, and did you notice I used BOLD BRIGHTS??? I know! I hardly ever do the Bold Brights thing but hey, I gave it a go!

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Polkadot background
Inks: Tempting Turquoise, Staz-on Black
Paper: Watercolour paper, Yo Yo Yellow, Gable Green, Whisper White, Lovely Lilac
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise grosgrain, Linen thread, Bold Brights Brads, Watercolour Wonder Crayons (Bold Brights)
Tools: Wide oval punch, Large oval punch, Aquapainter

Monday, May 18, 2009

Mothers Day card from my hubby

Just a quick post to show you the Mothers Day card my husband made for me. He whipped it up while I was having a sleep in on Mothers Day. He raided my stash of scraps and pre-stamped images and this is what he came up with. All he then had to do was colour in the flower. I think he did a great job, especially since he did it on the fly while I was sleeping and he was watching our two little boys!

Patterns Gift Set

My friend Raelene is having a birthday this month so I made her a card and a little gift set.
Here's the card:
Stamps: Short and Sweet, Fun and Fast Notes, Frames with a Flourish
Inks: Basic Grey, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, Certainly Celery
Paper: Patterns Pack 2 (hostess only), Basic Grey, Whisper White

The idea for this gift set was inspited by a make and take we did at Convention. The bag is made by placing a piece of double sided DSP in a cello bag and punching out a handle with the Word Window punch.

Before I posted the gift off to Ralene I popped in a White Gel Pen so that she can write on the inside of these cards without having to put in another layer of lighter cardstock or paper. The white gel pen show up beautifully on the Basic Grey and the pen looks cute inside the bag too!

Stamps: A Flower for all Season, Short and Sweet
Inks: Basic Grey, Regal Rose, Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Apricot Appeal
Paper: Basic Grey, Whisper White, Patterns Pack 2 (hostess only)
Accessories: Cello Bag, Brocade Blue wide grosgrain
Tools: Word Window punch

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Fabulous Starter Kit Offer

Stampin' Up! is offering a FABULOUS starter kit this month. It will cost you $150 to join (for this month only), but for that, you will get a stamp set ($77.95 value), a Simply Scrappin' Kit, 12x12 Textured cardstock, an inkpad and Craft and Rubber Scissors. That's all worth over $180.

You also get some business supplies to get you started: Idea Book & Catalogue (8), Getting Started DVD, Getting Started Guide, Guest Invitation Postcard (100), To My Hostess Envelope (10), Project Sample Sheet, Recruit Brochures (20), Hostess Brochure (20), Hostess Benefits Form (10), Customer Order Form (50).

If you decide down the track that you no longer wish to continue as a demonstrator there are no penalties. You've paid for your Starter Kit so it is yours to keep.

I provide as much or a little help and support to the ladies in my team as they want or need. If you wish to be a hobby demonstrator you can - you never have to do a workshop if you don't want to. You would still be welcome at all my meetings, classes and other events.
If you wish to be more of a "business" demonstrator I can assist you with information, training and support. I'll even conduct your first workshop for you!

There's room for all kinds of demonstrators in my team.

What are you waiting for? There's nothing to lose so give me a call today! We need to get your paperwork in before the end of May for this special offer. Of course the normal Starter Kit is also available during this time.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Convention Highlights

Hi everyone,

For those that didn't already know, I spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday in chilly Canberra for the annual Stampin' Up! Convention. It was so much fun!

I haven't had time to edit and crop all my photos yet but here are some that I've done so far:

This is a shot of some of our Paper Angels team on the first day. Ursula (bottom right with the pink halo) organised our shirts with a hot pink Paper Angels logo on the back. She also made cute little angel name badges for everyone and even beauty queen sashes with the Paper Angels logo too! She made a special sash for our team leader Liz - she added the word Queen and a little crown. I'll have to get Liz to send me a photo or put one on her blog.

Our whole team was so pleased to see our Liz win the best award of the night - the Heart of Stampin' Up! award. Liz does so much for our team and for charity so we all put in our nominations. Not a dry eye amongst the Paper Angels as Shelli read excerpts of the nominations. You can see in the pics below the beautiful necklace that was awarded to Liz.Here's a pic of me as I walked across the stage to collect my award. I was so pleased to receive my pin and stamp set. I'm aiming to walk across twice next year and to earn the incentive trip to Hamilton Island as well! Gotta dream big!

And finally, all 16 of the Paper Angels team who attended Convention 2009. Who's coming with me next year??