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Handy Technique for Swirls and Flourishes

Published by under cards | Jul 13 2009

Here’s a simple but effective technique to try with all those beautiful stamps with swirls and flourishes…

Stamp the image in StazOn black, then add colour to selected areas with the sponge dauber after smooshing it into your ink pad (here I’ve used Bashful Blue). Finish up by highlighting the details with a StampinWrite Marker (Mellow Moss above). Hmmm, will have to go try this with my So Swirly jumbo wheel. I can just see it down the side of a scrapbook page… (hmm, thinking, thinking)

Before I go, I just want to say hi to the lovely ladies who attended the Christmas In July class on Sunday. What a great way to spend the afternoon! I’m now taking names for the next class: the All Occassions Stamp-a-Stack, on Friday 31st July at 7pm. Spots are filling fast so if you are interested contact me to reserve your spot.

Simone Bartrum

Snow Swirled stamp set (p30 Idea Book & Catalogue), sponge daubers (p156), Ink and co-ordinating cardstock in Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss and Whisper White)

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Christmas In July Part 2

Published by under Christmas,classes,Designer Series paper | Jul 10 2009

 

 

As promised, here are some more samples from our Chrismas In July class which will be on this Sunday in Creswick.

All these cards feature the Season of Joy stamp set (p31 Idea Book & Catalogue) and the very versatile Holiday Treasures designer series paper (p134). Don’t you love how the look of a card can be totally altered just be changing the orientation from portrait to landscape? (See cards above) Ahhh, it never ceases to amaze me!!!

(I’m easily amused, I know 😉 ) 

 

To reserve the last spot in the Christmas In July class email me, and you’ll be able to join us for some festive fun (yep, 5 months early!)

Happy stamping,

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Christmas In July

Published by under Christmas,classes | Jul 09 2009

Season Of Joy dazzling diamond card

"It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…." in my craft room, that is! Christmas is still a loooooong way away (thank goodness) but it’s never too early to make a start on this year’s Christmas cards.

I’m holding a class this Sunday on just that very topic, so I’m feeling kinda festive at the moment 🙂 It’s a Stamp-a-Stack event so everyone will go home with plenty of cards and inspiration. And a few little surprises!

Here are some of the projects my special guests will be making…

The blue cards feature the Snow Swirled stamp set, and even though it doesn’t show up in these pics there is sparkling Dazzing Diamonds on the tips and centres of the snowflakes.

These cards below feature the very funny Holiday Lineup stamp set and not-so-common Christmas colours. Fun cards.

 

 

And a close up of these funny fella elves…

 

This class has been booked out for the past month BUT due to an unexpected cancellation there is a spot (possibly two) available. Contact me ASAP if you are interested. More details here.

Check back tomorrow for more samples!

Happy stamping,

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Flower Pot Card

Published by under cards | Jul 01 2009

How sweet is this?! I got a lovely surprise in my letterbox from my Secret Sister! I don’t know who she is but I know she is a very talented papercrafter and she has great taste in Designer Series Paper (I LOVE the Bella Rose papers).

Secret Sister is an initiative of one of the demonstrator forums I’m on (ESAD-SU), where we are each allocated a different ‘sister’ to send little cards and surprises to – it’s a bit of fun, and who doesn’t love to get happy mail?

Lots of reasons to be happy this week. My mum came out of hospital after a number of operations, and she’s doing really well. Speedy recovery Mum!!

School holidays started in Victoria this week, so good luck to all the mums and grandmums reading this blog 😉 

Happy stamping,

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Baby Cards

Published by under Paperific | Jun 19 2009

A friend asked me to make some baby cards, so I had lots of fun with one of the cutest sets of all time (in my humble opinion!): Wild About You.

Recognise the lion’s mane? Yep, it’s one of the felt flowers from Flower Fusion Too (p144 IBC).

On Saturday I’ll be at Paperific with some other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators doing what we love to do… making cards and talking about stamping! There’ll be Make & Takes all day long, as well as demonstrations. Make sure you come and say hi!

If you’re visiting this blog after meeting me at the show then Welcome! Thanks for dropping by. If you’d like more info about anything we chatted about at Paperific, or just to say hi, then drop me an line and I’ll get back to you in a jiffy.

Happy Stamping,

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Faux Silk

Published by under cards,stamping techniques | Jun 13 2009

Faux Silk

Today I’m sharing some cards made with the Faux Silk technique, which was our focus this month at Stamp Club. Faux Silk is a deceptively simple technique that uses very few extra supplies: tissue paper and a glue stick is all you need. I LOVE the effect!!!

Here is a brief How To:

1. Stamp your image in StazOn Black ink onto tissue paper. Water colour as usual.
The cards above feature the Level 2 Hostess Set Echoes Of Kindness, watercoloured with Kiwi Kiss, Pale Plum and Perfect Plum inks using a blender pen.

2. Scrunch the tissue paper! Yep, screw it up into a ball (very therapeutic!)

3. Gently open the tissue paper to flatten it. There will be creases all over the tissue paper.

4. Cover a piece of cardstock using the Stampin’ Up! glue stick (it has square edges which makes it very easy to reach right into the corners).
The cards above use Whisper White as the base cardstock.

5. Stick the tissue paper to the cardstock. Trim and layer to your card front.

If you’re keen to get the Echoes of Kindness stamp set, don’t forget the fantastic Hostess Promotion for June and July. With qualifying workshop orders of $600 or more you could earn yourself this set for FREE plus at least $110 worth of Stampin’ Up! products of your choice (it’s usually $70 but for now you can grab an extra $40!). 

Contact me to organise a workshop, OR if that’s not your style why not host a catalogue party? Your own purchases plus orders you collect from your stamping buddies combine, and you keep the hostess benefits! Very easy.

Happy stampin’ (and faux silk-ing),

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