Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Looking back at my favourite tool

The Envelope Punch Board is still the best tool in the Sampin' Up!catalogue. Each time I look back over items I have made with it in the past, I still get a thrill.  Look at these darling Bon Bons, guess how long they take to make! Score, score, score, punch, punch, punch, glue, glue, glue. Done.

Well maybe a few more scores and punches, but they are super fast to put together.

Brayer background

I love techniques and the Brayer offers a chance to make some lovely background on cards. If you look closely you will see two techniques using the Brayer. The sky came together by brayering layers of blue, getting lighter and lighter. The river was created using the brayer with fine cotton wound around it. Do you recognise the punch I used for making the railing?
My little lady was hand drawn and then cut out and put back together after I coloured and dressed her. Now what else can I look back on?

Did you recognise this punch as the railings?

Still looking back

I made this card for my grand son who was turning 13. He was so excited when he got this card, he loves getting my hand made cards and always looks forward to them, soon he will be 14, how am I going to top that?

Monday, December 5, 2016

Time to look back

Now that Christmas is fast approaching and the New Year is just around the corner, I thought I would take a little journey back over the year at some of the projects that I made.  hope you enjoy the journey with me.

My daughter married on a lovely river bank in a place called Bellingen.  I made this quirky little wedding card with punch art ladies. their bodies were made out of our old butterfly punch, I made them sitting on some rocks as they shared the couples big day. Hearts, repunched were their arms and the owl punch was hair for two of them and the middle gal had a lovely hat made with our retired oval punches.

Can you see the shape of the bodies?

Friday, December 2, 2016

Quota Craft and Gift Fair

I must apologise this post is a little late in coming, as all the exciting Close outs sales and retiring list had me a little preoccupied. However I did want to tell you about my first foray into being a stall holder at an event instead of being the coordinator of the event.

Each year Quota International of Carindale holds a Craft and Gift Fair to raise funds for Cleft Pals and Asperger Syndrome. I am usually one of the coordinators of this fair, however this year I had to stand down to support my husband as he underwent surgery for Stage 3 melanoma. I am happy to report that all seems to be going well.

Anyway because of this I was free to concentrate on my Stampin' Up! hobby, in between hospital visits. My team grew to 5 and what a lovely group of women they are. Having a team made me feel a little bit responsible for getting them going, so I accepted an invitation to become a Stall Holder at the Quota Craft and Gift Fair. What a strange feeling that was.  From Coordinator to stall holder, I can now see both sides of the coin. It was very exciting, some of my team agreed to come along and sell their hand made products.

Sarina Cardillo and Kerry Kelly two of my team

We set up some lovely displays and demonstrated my favourite tool the Envelope Punch Board.

We had complimentary make and takes.

There was also a lucky door prize to be won.
Packing up for the day was interesting. Look what I can fit in my front seat!

Thank you for reading to the end of this post. This was a very exciting day for me and both of my team members that attended. We met so many lovely people and had lots of laughs, actually I think we may have been the nosiest stall there as we all seemed to be getting excited about something. I just love how crafting brings out the kid in us all.

Thank you to everyone that came and visited our stall, we really appreciate you all!

Don't forget the clearance rack

We have all been looking at the Holiday Catalogue products in the last few months and what a bonzer lot of goodies to be had. However don't forget the clearance rack and just a little reminder, the Christmas Tree punch is going so if you have the Festival of Trees stamp set which has just retired and had thought you may want the coordinating punch, then quick, quick, it will soon be gone as well.

Christmas tree punch Zena Kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

If you order through my Online store, everything will be shipped directly to you in time for Christmas. Also if you use my December Host code I shall send you a bonus gift at the end of the month.

Hostess code W4KTS7R4

Retiring list

Only a month to go and the Holiday Catalogue will be gone. It had some beautiful products in it that I just had to have. I think the Cookie Cutter was one of my favurites and who would have thought we could make a kangaroo out of a gingerbread man!! Yep a fellow demonstrator Caronlyn Bennie has made a great little tutorial on it.

Oops I digress, where was I? Oh yes the Holiday Catalogue will be gone soon and that means some nice little discounts. So here is a list for you to peruse and see if there is anything still on your wish list that you really can't do without. If you want to order any of these items you may use my Online store and they will get shipped straight to you, don't forget to use the December Host code so I can send you a bonus gift for ordering Online
Hostess code W4KTS7R4

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Just CASED the catalogue

CASED - Copy and Share Everything. I love that we all do that and I have just had the most wonderful few days at a Stampin' Up! event called OnStage Live. We CASED many cards and had so many ideas planted in our heads. It has been an absolutely mad world wind of events as I still needed to hold my classes and visit Bluecare. So to ease the burden, what better way than to CASE the catalogue.

Go see if you can find them in the catalogue and let me know what page you found them on.

These were such easy cards to create and the best part was that this last card ended up being changed at one of the classes. My friend needed a 40th birthday card and this last stamp set just so happens to have the large numbers. So after a little bit of umming and aahing we came up with this one.

The Number of Years stamp set is such a versatile stamp set. What do you think of this whipped up version.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mum do you have a fascinator

Melbourne Cup is here again and that means dressing up and of course wearing a hat/fascinator. My daughter came down to my studio all dressed up for the days events, asking if I had a fascinator.  Um, looking around my studio I spied a decorated box among my Envelope Punch Board samples. (did I tell you I love that tool?)

I removed the flower and spritzed it with some Bermuda Bay, to match her dress. Then spritzed with Smokey Slate, added a pearl. Stapled the Jute on the back, held together with a bobby pin.

There ya go. Mum do you have a Fascinator?
Yes darl, just whipped it up for you. I love my job!!

Angela and her Fascinator Zena Kennedy Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator

Casing the Catty Class

Tomorrow my class will be CASing the catalogue. Sometimes we wrack our brains trying to think of lovely new designs to make. When all the while they are right under our noses in the Stampin' Up! Catalogues. CASE means, Copy and Share Everything - isn't that a lovely idea.

CASing the Catty class with Zena Kennedy independent Stampin Up demonstrator

Class details: Wednesday 2nd November 10am
Friday 11 th November 7pm
Cost: $10
You will make 3 beautiful  cards

Please RSVP with the class you wish to attend so I have enough kits prepared.

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 do not have a kit, there will be kits available for sale.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Hi I'm back and heading for ALASKA

What a busy few weeks I have had. Hopefully I am now on track for ALASKA!!!

What!... Alaska, you are asking?! Let me explain.

At our last Stampin' Up! convention it was announced that the 2018 Incentive trip was to be a 7 day Alaskan Cruise!!! Yep Alaska, one of the great perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is the chance to earn a fabulous all-expenses paid trip for 2 each year.  I have always been just a hobby demonstrator, having classes in my lovely studio that my wonderful husband built for me and doing the occasional workshop. However when I heard about this trip, I decided that I had to try for it.

My husband and I have talked about going on river cruises and also the Alaskan cruise, so  I have decided that this trip to Alaska is going to happen. I want to be able to take my husband on this holiday of a lifetime. I want to be able to say "Thank you" for all the things he does for me, the support he gives me.  I am putting it out to the universe. So as well as the support from my husband, I would like to say a big "Thank You" in advance to the support of my team who are always providing me with encouragement. Also a big "Thank You" in advance to my stamping and non stamping friends, who want to see me succeed, who come along to my classes and hold workshops and have events. I couldn't do this without you all.

Oh and in case you want to make the trip as well...

It’s not too late for you to earn the Alaskan Cruise yourself! Join Stampin’ Up! with me and we can work towards being on that ship together. Contact me today and we can make this happen.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Another deal from World Card Making Day

What’s better than giving a handmade card? Having a tin of handmade cards ready to give! This is another one of those deals for World Card Making Day.

 Make a stack of all-purpose cards using precut, color-coordinated paper and accessories, then store them in a pretty tin until you need them. See for yourself how easy creativity can be!

Let's try Fast Fuse

During World Card Making Day Fast Fuse can be purchased with a FREE refill. This is great BUT please watch the video as it is very, very sticky which means once you stick it down you can't readjust. It is great for 3D projects but please take the time to watch the video and see how to use it.

Designer Series Paper Sale

Between 1-31 October, you can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free!
That’s great news since everyone can use more Designer Series Paper. This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual catalogue and the recently released holiday catalogue (not including Specialty Designer Series Paper or Designer Series Paper Stacks).

Download the flyer below to see which papers are part of this promotion.

Friday, September 30, 2016

World Card Making Day celebrations

Do you remember the last time you received a card in the mail? In a sea of junk mail and bills, a card is a simple thing that really stands out to the person who receives it. Sending a card is a small gesture that shows just how much you care about that special someone in your life.
With World Card Making Day coming up on 1 October, celebrate by making and sending a handmade card to someone who could use a little recognition, love, or just a boost (which is anyone, really!). It’s also the perfect time to inspire you to send cards on 1 October too! And in celebration of World Card Making Day, from 1-5 October, you can save up to 25% on cardmaking essentials that can be used to share your love all year long! Check out my tips on making the most of this World Card Making Day promotion, download the flyer so you can quickly see which items are included in this promotion.  Guess What! The Envelope Punch Board is on this list, yipee!!!