Stampin Up Convention Fun 2015

I’m Back!!!!!

After an amazing time in the Gold Coast for convention, where I managed to let me hair down a little and have some much needed ‘me time’ and lots of fun, fun, fun.

As a mum to four who works part time in another job and works as a demo and what seems like a million and one other jobs, I don’t tend to get a lot of ‘me time’.  I love Stampin’ Up! as I do consider that my down time and it allows me to relax and unwind…..but being away from everything, with just the girls, well thats completely different!

As you can see here…..Yes, thats me clearly having fun photobombing at our team dinner! Lol.

But seriously, convention was a blast. There is nothing like gathering together with 600 plus other demonstrators who share your passion for stamping and creating.  Not to mention those fantastic perks of receiving a new catalogue and product!

A bit of convention star spotting with these gorgeous ladies….

And some sneak peaks of product, project ideas and the NEW IN COLOURS!!!! Have you seen them yet?

I absolutely love them and can’t wait to get playing with them….lucky my preorder arrived today! Just Another demo perk!  Have I told you how much I love this job!!!!

And I can’t wait to order a couple of the amazing kits that are in this catalogue!

There is SOOOOO much more!!!

Are you getting excited yet???

I would love for you to get a catalogue of your very own! Why not come along to my Launch Party on the 13th of June….There you will receive your catalogue, make and takes, afternoon tea, door prizes and more! All info under the Classes Heading at the top of the page!

Why not join my team and get these fantastic perks all for yourself! I would love to have you ๐Ÿ™‚

So what are you waiting for….get creating!

Stampin Up Twinchie Convention Swaps

I am part of an absolutely AMAZING Stampin’ Up! Team called the Eureka stampers.  I have never seen such support and friendship develop so quickly before.  We are a fabulous team to be a part of.

At convention we have a team dinner and do a team swap.  This years theme was doing a twinchie. Whats a twinchie I hear you ask  …
Good question! A twinchie is a two inch square decorated that you can then pool together in a frame or on a card front, etc…. Traditionally and inchie – our team made a twinchie ๐Ÿ˜‰  Our theme was the bright colour range and a party theme.
Here’s what I came up with….

And a close up…

I had so much fun making these…. 40 white card bases; 40 embossed Bermuda Bay squares; 80 starbursts in Bermuda Bay and Tangerine Tango (those colours go amazing together) and a glass from  the Happy Hour Stamp Set inked in Daffodil Delight, filled with crystal effects and sprinkled with dazzling diamonds whilst still wet.  The effect is hard to see here, but they looked brilliant!
I will be revealing the team twinchies when I return, so make sure you sign up to follow my blog by email, or on bloglovin ๐Ÿ™‚
I would love to know your thoughts, so please leave a comment too!
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Suitcase Roomie Gifts for Stampin Up Convention

I cannot wait to get to convention!!!

3 whole days of creative, crafty goodness with hundreds of like minded people.
Its a great time to make fantastic friendships, get to know those in my team who are far and wide across Australia.
Last year was my very first convention.  This year I know what to expect and I know that it will be amazing! I thought I would share with you these cute little roomie gifts I have made.  When I saw them I thought they were so appropriate considering we would be travelling together!
I saw the original project on a blog by Laura Mackie – a demo in the UK.  Her blog is www.lauramackie.co.uk – she has an instructional video there too. If you would like to have a go at making them yourself click HERE to see how she does it!
So here it is!
Aren’t they cute as!!!!
I stamped them with the I Love Lace stamp – soon to retire ๐Ÿ™ I love that stamp! And used our in colours of Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Baked Brown Sugar – also retiring!
Check out the retirement list by clicking on my shop link – some of those items have sold out fast, so hop to it so you don’t miss out on items up to 50% off!
Have you ever thought about becoming a demonstrator! I has been fantastic for me! I love the social side of being a demo and the great new friends you make – all whilst doing what you love! It really is extrodinary!  Not to mention the income!
If you want to know more – feel free to contact me using the contact tab at the top of the page. I would LOVE to hear from you!
See you all on the other side of convention!!!!
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Retirement List Blog Hop

Hello all and welcome to our Eureka Stampers 2015 Retirement List Blog Hop.

You may have hopped over from the talented Carly Middleton, or you may be starting here. Either way, hop on around and take a look at what our talented group has made to say a fond farewell to some of our favourites from the Annual Catalogue.

The great news is that the brand NEW Annual Catalogue is on its way. So make sure you sign up to follow my posts by email (left hand side bar) and / or like my page on Facebook, so you can keep up to date with all the latest news – that way you won’t miss anything!

My project is inspired from another in our team – Maureen Crameri.  She made these adorable little boxes for our team day swap back in February. You can see more of her work here.

Fast forward a few months to my daughters birthday – she wants a Red Carpet Party – these gorgeous boxes immediately came to mind!  A little birthday present where you pull out all the party details on a ‘red carpet’!  I tried to talk her (my daughter) into using Baked Brown Sugar or a similar colour – but she was having none of that – so Strawberry Slush it is! One of our 2013 – 2015 In Colours that is retiring.

I teamed that with our Silver metallic Ink to add some extra sparkle to the numbers from the Memorable Moments Stamp Set!  All the important party information is created using our MDS program…all of which are retiring :'(  I did add a little embossing powder in the end to brighten up the silver a bit more.

These boxes are the smallest boxes using the Gift Box Punch Board, with the folded corners simply trimmed to make a simple box fold.  I attached the ‘carpet’ to one of the inside flaps of the box.  The box is turned upside down for this project to work.  I must admit – getting the folding right was the trickiest part of the box for that bow to sit just right!  The bow is of course made with the Bow Builder Punch from the occasions catalogue, using silver glimmer paper.

Here is the finished product!

This is what the pull out looks like. Its attached to the one of the flaps at the base of the box, and the bow is what you pull to ‘drag’ the information out.  I had to add a white strip to the red carpet so the information could be read clearly. Nothing worse than Party Date confusion!

The box is made using the smallest measurements on the Gift Box Punch Board.  I then added a small ‘slot’ in the middle square using a craft knife.  Then trim off the ‘corner folds’ that help create the box, but leave approx 1/4″ extra from the score line on the left and right sides opposite the slot.  I have completed one side in the picture below – you need to repeat it on the other side.  Those 1/4″ flaps is what you will use to join your box together.

Pictured below are the folds that hold the party information.  For privacy -This is the back view ๐Ÿ˜‰
I used a piece of our real red yardstick and trimmed it 1 3/8′ x 11 1/4″ (long length of card stock).
I then scored it at 1″ intervals.  I needed to trim off excess at the top end that joined to the bow.  The main thing to watch for is that you can see all the information when you extend your strip from your box.

I hope you enjoyed this.  Don’t be too sad with all the retired products….just think about all the brilliant things that will replace them…..I CAN’T WAIT!

Now it’s time to hop on over to the amazing Rebecca Scurr by clicking HERE to see what she has created for us!  I have added all the links below so you don’t get lost along the way ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy creating everyone!

6. Mel Pagano – YOU ARE HERE!

Amazing Owl Punch

I absolutely adore owls … I have no idea why ….but I LOVE them!
I have had a plan to make Bronwyn Eastley’s 3D owl using the Top Note Die for soooooo long now.  Luckily I finally got around to planning the class for it this week, because the Top Note Die is on the retirement list.
Isn’t he just the cutest owl you have seen!
We also created a card using the absolutely awesome and amazing Owl Punch! Do you own it?  Have you ever tried it?  Here’s the card we made – i did end up adding some little flowers to the grass area to lift it a little.  It was LOTS of punching out – but he pops out of the tree trunk and it looks really effective!
There are LOADS of ideas and inspiration for using the owl punch all over Pinterest – but here are some of my most favorite images to create with the owl punch :
What do you think??? Is it now added to your list of must haves!  Now I’m off to attempt a unicorn for my daughter’s birthday….wish me luck!
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Retiring List for 2015

The retiring list has arrived for this year!
An amazing List, with amazing bargains!

Click on my ‘Shop 24/7’ button in the left hand side bar to go directly to my shop and find the retiring products in two different lists…

or

download the entire list here...

But you had better be SUPER QUICK! With these discounts everything goes fast!

Cant wait to share the new catalogue launch with you all in a few weeks time! So stay tuned…..

Easter nest with Bouquet Bigz Die

I had a dear friend suggest this idea to me, so I thought I would give it a go!

And Its so good to know we can get uses out of our tools other than what they are initially intended for – it really enables us to expand our uses for them.
So a little nest was born out of the Bouquet Bigz Die from the occasions catalogue.  Matched with the bird punch and some easter eggs, its makes a very cute easter gift don’t you think?
This was so easy to make.  Using the same steps that we use to create the flowers from the Bigz Die (you can find more on You Tube from Stampin’ Up! if your not sure here)…I used 8 of the smaller flower petal.  You will need 8 pieces of Designer Paper or Card Stock cut to 2 1/2″ by 2 3/4″.  Remember that you can run 3 pieces through at a time with these steel dies….  I used four of them spread apart for the bottom layer and 4 glued closer together for the top layer.  Add a bird punch and sentiment and you’re done!
See Simple!
Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment….I LOVE comments ๐Ÿ™‚
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Four feathers

This card was very popular last night at class. Everybody loved it, which is funny, because I wasn’t so sure :-/

Gorgeous grunge was whipped out again to add a bit extra to this card. Stamped images of feathers in Blackberry bliss were spritzed with a bit of water while wet to create the blurred background. I then stamped on to vellum and used white embossing powder for the feathers. 
Blรฎng it all up with a gold button, some sequins and my all time favourite linen thread and you’re done!
Simple and effective and can be used as a masculine as well as a feminine card….now to try it in grey and black tones!
And today is the last day of Saleabration – if you still have a wishlist, you still have time to click on my shop online button and place your order…Once they are gone, they’re gone for good!
We had some very popular items from Saleabration that are already sold out!
I would love to hear what your favourite product was this year!

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Love No Limits with Butterfly Basics!

One of my favourite things about stamps is that you don’t have to be an artist to create something artistic. Because trust me……I am definitely no artist!
I’ve seen lots of these little canvases around and was keen to make one of my very own. I’ve been very impressed with the versatility of the Butterfly Basics stamp set as you would have seen if you follow my blog. I thought it would be great to create this little project to….and I love that sentiment!
So here it is….it looks so much better in real life! (the picture is a little fuzzy).

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Bouquet Bigz Die Gift Box Topper

I Finally got to have a play with my Bouquet Bigz L Die found in the occasions catalogue….and I was so impressed with the result! It makes flower making so darn easy!  I really can’t wait to create some more of all the different sizes.

The paper used is the Best Year Ever DSP.
I used the Stampin’ Up! You tube clip to guide me in making this flower. My version was really very big and topped of the box I had made using the Gift Box Punch Board really nicely.
A quick tip when making gift boxes that use such a lovely big decoration on the top – turn the box so it can still be opened from the bottom, so your hard word isn’t destroyed in the opening of the box!
I love comments…so I would love to hear what you think – just leave a comment below the pic ๐Ÿ™‚
Now…..go create!

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