Monday, 12 November 2018

On Stage Auckland 2 Forever Lovely

As well as presenting Forever Lovely at On Stage Auckland, I also had a board to display other samples for people to look at. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so here are some of the other ways you can use Forever Lovely, whether you are an avid, casual or beginning crafter.

The edgelit in the Forever Flowers die set matches that pretty floral fretwork spray, so it was just begging me to use in with an acetate window.


Inlaying die cuts can be a demanding task but the new Take Your Pick tool made manipulating those tiny pieces easy-peasy.


Something less demanding is to stamp the two-step spray twice, with a 180 degree rotation. The flowers have a coat of clear Wink of Stella that really sets them twinkling when they catch the light. If you're not a Valentine's day person, grab out Itty Bitty Greetings and change it to what you want: You're Engaged, Happy Anniversary, Many Thanks... you choose.


For something really quick and easy, how about these lunchbox love notes or briefcase billet-doux? That little distinKtive heart cluster is a quick, sweet background to any sentiment.


If you're liking the look of the Forever Lovely bundle, it will be available in January and there will be more to see in tomorrow's post.








Sunday, 11 November 2018

The Paper Players 418 - Design Team Card


This week at The Paper Players, it's colour challenge time. Laurie's chosen an interesting trio of colours.


Timeless Textures is one of my favourite sets, so it's the basis of this card. I love the way the different elements combine together to create a shabby chic kind of look. I paired it up with a new acquisition of mine - the Stitched Label framelits. Aren't they pretty? They give you so many more options for glamming up the sentiment on any card.



I used the dark Poppy Parade Stampin' Blend to colour a few rhinestones to pop in amongst the grunge spots.


Visit the rest of the Paper Players team to see what they've done with this trio, then why not join in with us?

Here's a quick reminder of our few rules.
  1. Create a new paper project.
  2. Upload your project to your blog with a link back to The Paper Players.
  3. Provide a direct link to your blog post for your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than FOUR challenges (including ours).
  5. Enjoy!
Please take not as entries that do not comply will be deleted from the gallery. 

If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. 

And, of course, you can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking any of the products pictured below or the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar of this blog or you can message me.


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On Stage Auckland

Yesterday was  very exciting as I was at OnStage in Auckland. It was also nerve-wracking, as I was giving a ten-minute presentation to showcase a new product.

On Stage is a Demonstrator only event held to launch new catalogues and, in this case, also to celebrate Stampin' Up's 30th birthday. It's an event held simultaneously around the world with the main one this time being in Orlando and others held in Brisbane, Melbourne, Berlin, Paris, Birmingham and Utrecht. So it was a global event in that all centres followed the same programme and did the same activities in as close to the same time as possible.

However, at each event local demonstrators are given the chance to do a Product spotlight - and this time it was me! Who knew that happiness and stressfulness could co-exist so well?

I was privileged to be able to participate in this way and was given a very pretty, romantic set called Forever Lovely. This will be available to customers in January.


During the presentation, I had to show four cards. One had to be for an avid customer, who likes to craft and enjoys a challenge, so I made this pocket card that shows off the lovely two step floral spray and coordinating die cut. What a fantastic wedding card or invitation this would make!


One card had to be for a casual customer - someone who just likes to come to class and make cards so I did this one, which you could stamp with a sentiment for any occasion: engagement, birthday, anniversary or just a hello to you card - if you aren't a Valentine's Day kind of person.


One card had to be for a beginning stamper - super easy and using only stamps, ink and paper. Wouldn't this make a lovely Mother's Day card?


My last card could be one that I'd done that made me fall in love with the set, so I chose this one because I love all the extra die cuts that come with the Forever Flowers framelits. They're perfect for adding to layered clusters. I love the way that sweet foliage stamp works perfectly to stamp in the round with Stamparatus and I thought the clear epoxy heart, coloured in with a Soft Sea Foam Stampin' Blend was a sweet finishing touch. I also liked that this card showed you don't have to dominate a love themed card with pink and indeed, this card would work perfectly well as a birthday card or a pick-you-up/thinking of you card.


Since I was using Stamparatus with this card, I stamped the sentiment in Crumb Cake then overstamped it in Versamark and clear embossed it to give the sentiment a bit of shine.


In addition to the four cards I showed, I submitted an extra six items for display. If you're liking the look of this set, I'll be showing some of the other items over the next few days.




Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Retro Rubber 99 - Design Team Card

This week at Retro Rubber we have an Anything Goes challenge - but of course, not quite anything as you still need to use at least one stamp that's older than a year AND give us an approximate age for it.


It's always nice to get out old favourites and combine them with some new things. One of my favourite Christmas sets is Oh What Fun, from the 2015 Holiday Catalogue. I've gold embossed a couple of stamps from that set, cut them out with framelits and added them to some of the gorgeous designer paper from All is Bright.



So, why not pop over to Retro Rubber and have a look at what the rest of the team have done, then get out some of your old stamps and show them a bit of love?

I've also taken inspiration from the fabulous sketch at Fab Friday.


If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. 

And, of course, you can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking any of the products pictured below or the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar of this blog or you can message me.

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Note: Oh, What Fun is a retired set.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

The Paper Players 417 - Design Team Card

It's theme week at The Paper Players and this week our theme is to give thanks.


There is no equivalent holiday to Thanksgiving in New Zealand, and it's rapidly heading towards summer here, but there's always room for Thank You cards in the stash. I opted for some autumnal colours for this card though, brought on by the sunflowers and leaves in the challenge graphic.



I totally fell in love with Floral Statements when the set first appeared in the Stampin' Up stable and now that I've got Stampin' Blends as well as coloured pencils to use with it, I love it even more! The blends are also really useful for giving us fully customised embellishments - aka coloured rhinestones.


I borrowed the little 'so much' from A Big Thank You, a real go-to set for all kinds of thank you cards. I used the label die from Petals & More and cut it shorter to suit the sentiment.

I also took inspiration from the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.
We'd love to have you join us at The Paper Players and show us how you're giving thanks. Before you do, just check out our few rules:
  1. Create a new paper project.
  2. Upload your project to your blog with a link back to The Paper Players.
  3. Provide a direct link to your blog post for your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than FOUR challenges (including ours).
  5. Enjoy!
Please take note of these few rules as entries that do not comply will be deleted from the gallery. 

If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. 

And, of course, you can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking any of the products pictured below or the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar of this blog or you can message me.

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