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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cards from our bleaching technique class

This is such a great technique, as long as you wear old clothes and keep the bleach away from anything that you don't want it to come in contact with.

These cards are all very different and I hope you like them enough to try for yourself.

This one is so easy, the only thing I must reinforce is, please make sure you pop your stamp in water as soon as you have finished stamping with it.

Bleaching technique card class

I folded a piece of Chux cleaning cloth to use as the stamp pad. I added about a cap full of bleach over this pad. (don't put too much bleach, as it will be far too wet)
Tap the stamp on to this pad and then onto your card. (I used Crumb Cake card). You will see it gradually appear. I then sponged bleach around the edge with a piece of sponge.
I embossed a strip of our lovely Copper foil with the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The base card was also Crumb Cake.

The next card is my Arty Farty one. I do love creating a background with Write Markers and spritzing, it is so effective on creating something very unique.

Silver embossing powder used in Bleaching technique

To create this background I scribbled randomly on to an acrylic block with 3 different colour Write Markers. I then spritzed the block with some water to blend the colours. We let this card dry and then embossed the image with Silver Embossing powder. We then painted bleach into the flowers and leaves to pull out all the bleach. Some of the ladies used a paint brush dipping it in a little pot of bleach. Others used our Aqua Painters that had been filled with bleach.

Each card looked different depending on what the background looked like. The base card got matched up to the dominant background colour.


Then this lovely soft card I just love and I know exactly who is going to receive this card already.

The base card was Pool Party and as I had some retired Pool Party embossing powder I decided to use it to emboss the image. (If you don't have any of this powder, you can stamp your image with Versamark and then with Pool Party ink and then emboss with Clear embossing powder.)

Pool Party embossing powder used in Bleaching technique

Once the image had been embossed, the petals and the leaves were again painted with bleach. A simple  double layered banner with some twine finished this simple card off.

So what do you think of these gorgeous cards. Is bleaching something you would try? I do hope you will give it a go and I would love to hear how they turn out.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Embossing technique class

Heat embossing is a little bit of magic. It still excites me when I see the powder melt and the glossy images appear.  I have experimented with this technique and come up with some lovely cards for this weeks class.



If you would like to attend this class and make these 3 gorgeous cards, please let me know as I need to prepare the kits.

When:Wednesday 26th April 10am
Cost: $10
Where: Zena's Craft Studio in Wellington Point (email me for the address)

Please RSVP so that I can prepare all the kits. Please bring your ‘basic kit’ to each class. This includes a paper trimmer, tape runner, double sided foam tape, multipurpose liquid adhesive and scissors.

 * If you are a beginner and do not have a kit, there will be kits available for sale.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

New products show and tell

I am very excited about the new products from the upcoming catalogue and without further ado here is what I bought. I can't wait to experiment and make up some samples. Please excuse any imperfections in this video as it is my very first.

Thank you for watching.

In the meantime don't forget that many products are retiring. Head over to my Online store and see what is sadly going.



Stay tuned as I make up samples from these products.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A lovely surprise

What a lovely surprise I got yesterday. I had passed on a friends details to a fellow demonstrator over in Western Australia that lived nearby. My friend is now going to her classes and is very happy.

 Melissa Gifford was the demonstrator and yesterday I received a little thank you card and a cute packet of goodies from Melissa for passing her name on to my friend. We have such lovely people in Stampin' Up!, so nice of her. Isn't it a sweet card and the packet was one of her swaps that she had at a Stampin' Up!event in Perth.

Thank you card from Melissa Gifford

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Being creative has more than one meaning...

I sponsor a child in Myanmar, Burma and I was sending her a letter. The people taking the letter had asked us not to enclose anything in the letter and not to make it too special as not all the children in the orphanage are sponsored. They don't want them singled out as special, which would make the others feel not so special. So it got me thinking, why not make all the kids feel special by making them a card.

So I gathered up some stamps, ink and card, packed it in a box and trotted off for coffee with 2 of my stamping friends. When I arrived, I explained my quest of sending 100 cards for the children. They were to be images in black Stazon that the children could colour in. Not a problem for us stampers, right!!

Oops, I forgot the acrylic blocks!! No problem, out came the mobiles.

cards for Myanmar

No, we weren't calling for help! They became our blocks. Pretty creative don't you recon?

Coffee, cake and cards.for Myanmar

It didn't take us very long, I had already made some at home so we only had to complete 40 more.
Coffee, cake and cards. What a great morning!


I felt they needed just a tad of colour, so my darling husband was tasked to cut the edges off the Washi Tape I had attached.

#menofstampinup helping cut washi tape

washi tape added to the card for Myanmar

They looked great, the Washi Tape did the trick. The cards have now been bundled up with some instructions to the couriers that the cards are to be coloured. They will be heading over to Myanmar in the next few days, along with my letter to our sponsored child.

I'm happy to say that the ladies that helped this morning will be helping with some more of these stamping sessions for Myanmar. If anyone else would like to participate in this, please contact me and I will let you know when the next session will take place.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Technique class Wednesday

Bleach is not something we associate with card making, however, I love what it looks like when you stamp with it or paint with it. This next weeks technique class is all about using bleach to make 3 lovely cards.

Using bleach zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

If you would like to attend this class and make these 3 gorgeous cards, please let me know as soon as possible as places are filling fast.

When:Wednesday 19th April 10am
Cost: $10
Where: Zena's Craft Studio in Wellington Point (email me for the address)

Please RSVP so that I can prepare all the kits. Please bring your ‘basic kit’ to each class. This includes a paper trimmer, tape runner, double sided foam tape, multipurpose liquid adhesive and scissors.

 * If you are a beginner and do not have a kit, there will be kits available for sale.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

100 cards for Ronald McDonald House

Each month I take a card class at Ronald McDonald House in Herston, teaching cards to any of the residents that need a break from the daily hospital visits or the long waiting times for babies to arrive or grow big enough to take home.
It has taken me a while to streamline my packing and I thought I had it pretty much down pat a year ago. However I have managed to get even smarter and now have it all in one plastic box. I do love it when things come together.

 In this box I have 3 card kits and all that is needed to make them.


As well as doing the class I drop off cards for the residents to use. This month I was happy to leave 100 cards in the office.


The ladies in the office have these cards on hand for anyone that needs them, residents don't always have time to think of a birthday or anniversary, when there are more pressing things happening right now. So these cards are gratefully received.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Avant Garden is a bonzer stamp set

I was lucky enough to earn this stamp set as one of my FREE items during Sale-A-Bration (Still 2 more days to go) Well I love it and had to play with it as soon as I laid my hands on it. We made these gorgeous cards in class. What do you think? Is it a bonzer little set? I recon it is!!

Avant Garden

Avant Garden

Avant Garden stamp set

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Thank goodness I still have 3 more days

We know that Sale-A-Bration has had some amazing products, and apparently everyone seems to think so as well! Stampin' Up! have exhausted their supply of item number 147360, which is the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and it will no longer be available for redemption.


Gosh I can't believe how popular this Sale-A-Bration has been. I do hope you have all managed to put in your orders.

Here is a recap of the newest FREE items, still available.






Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sale-A-Bration final days

Sale-A-Bration has flown by! Times flies when you’re having fun, though, right? Only a few days are remaining during Sale-A-Bration— the year’s biggest promotion. Stampin' Up! have added additional products for you  to finish off Sale-A-Bration as so many of the other products have already run out.

Don’t forget you have until 31 March to earn free products, rewards for joining and hosting rewards.


* Please note, to receive one of the Sale-A-Bration final day’s products for free, you will need to use the item code noted below and not the regular item code.



Sunday, March 19, 2017

13 Days left of Sale A Bration

Oh no how am I going to cope with not getting extra goodies in my orders! I have been making the most of Sale A Bration as with every order of $90,  I get a FREE item, plus because I am a demonstrator I also get 20% off. This is the best time of year in my books.

Would you like to get 20% off your products? If you join now you can choose $235 worth of products for $169 plus AND you can choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes project kits, bundles, and Sale-A-Bration sets.) Plus, the kit ships for free!

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Would you like to join
You will have so much fun!
Contact me for more information!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

GLIMMER PAPER ASSORTMENT PACK

Sale-A-Bration ends March 31, so be sure to contact me or order online if you are wanting to get some FREE products.

Add some sparkle and pizzazz to your projects with our 6 x 6" Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack. This can be yours for FREE with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration!

We will be using some of this paper in our Sunday class. Have you booked in yet?


Friday, March 17, 2017

Easter/Birthday card class - Sunday morning

This special Easter card class is going to combine with a Birthday card class. I have decided to combine them for the ladies that do not want to make and send Easter cards.

This is what we will be making and you may choose what sentiment you stamp. The card was inspired by a card created by Wendy Klein. This is my take on her card.


This one I love as it has a strip of glimmer paper that matches the Mint Macaron card. So pretty. I got my inspiration from an Easter card from a fellow demonstrator Jerry Hall.


For the third card, there is the choice of 2 Easter cards and one birthday card to choose from.



If you would like to attend this class and make 3 cards of your choice, please let me know as soon as possible as places are filling fast.

When: Sunday 19th March 10am
Cost: $10
Where: Zena's Craft Studio in Wellington Point (email me for the address)

Please RSVP so that I can prepare all the kits.

Please bring your ‘basic kit’ to each class. This includes a paper trimmer, tape runner, double sided foam tape, multipurpose liquid adhesive and scissors.

 * If you are a beginner and do not have a kit, there will be kits available for sale.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

#menofstampinup

When my Big Shot starts squeeking and grinding, who ya gonna call? #menofstampinup aka, my clever husband.  I was having a little panic, thinking that my poor Big Shot was going to come to a grinding halt in my class. Never fear, he says and takes out his trusty screw driver.

#menofstampinup

So after removing several screws, the machine lay in pieces on my bench along with dust, tiny bits of card and a thinlit that I had lost 6 months ago.

#menofstampinup

So after cleaning up and putting back together, the test. Will it work, without grinding and squeeking? You bet it did! Thank you so much my dear husband. Good as new.

What does #menofstampinup mean? It all started at a Stampin' Up! event where our CEO Sara Douglas talked about giving thanks to the men around us who support us. So the hash tag was born, pretty neat don't you think?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Challenge entry #C105


This card was inspired by the Colour Inkspiration challenge on facebook #CI05 and is my entry in the new Colour Challenge.

The colours this fortnight are Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand.

 blushing bride, soft sky, sahara sand,zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator,

I used my Stampin Spots that I have inked up in all the colours. (Read previous post on why I have done this)

I tapped each of them on to a sheet of acetate, spritzed and then smooshed the card over the acetate.

blushing bride,  Soft  Sky, Sahara Sand, Stampin Spots,

Card made using blushing bride,Soft  Sky, Sahara Sand by Stampin' up! Australia - zena kennedy,

I love how these colours blended together, giving a soft gentle feel to this card. A nice card for someone just to tell them you are thinking of them. This one will be going to a dear neighbour of mine that is going through a bad time at the moment.