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Monday, July 17, 2017

Bonus Days promotion reminder

Do you remember last years first ever Bonus Days promotion that was offered around this time last year. It proved to be such a hit, that it's back again, perfectly timed to allow you to take advantage of the new Annual Catalogue.

To take part you will need an email address as the coupon is emailed to you.

So what is all this about?
During the month of July any purchase you make and every $90 increment (before shipping and handling) will earn you a $9 coupon to redeem against products of your choosing in August!

  • Spend $90, get one coupon. 
  • Spend $180, two coupons are yours
  • Spend $270, you'll get three coupons, as well as Stampin' Rewards 

It's a great way to make a dent in your new catalogue wishlist, as well as stock up on some free dollars to spend next month too!
Don't forget !! Coupons are delivered via email, so make sure your email address is correct, if you order online.

I am happy to put in your order, all you need to do is contact me.


Ho, ho, ho! Christmas in July joining promotion

Christmas in July promotion zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator,

Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator!

Don't panic though, being a demonstrator does not mean you have to go out and sell or have workshops and parties. When I joined I only wanted the 20% discount. So let me tell you about the promotion, because it is the best I have seen.

Only for the month of July if you join you get $235 of product for $169.
Also Stampin' Up! are giving an extra FREE gift.  The Essentials Gift Pack it includes our Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks and a Bone Folder.

You are looking at $86 of FREE product.

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So what do you think? Pretty darn good I recon, but that's not all...

Also, Stampin' Up! are including the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue for FREE ($35 value!). Lucky you I don't even have that one yet.

So do you need any more convincing? Would you have spent $169 on your crafting needs this month? If you answered YES then, contact me or just go online and use the Join Up link.




Sunday, July 16, 2017

Let's be silly Wednesday card class

Why do we want to be silly?
Everyone I talk to seems to have a story to tell about a loved one having a hard time this winter, this winter seems to have brought out some awful colds and flu. I felt it was time to bring on the sunshine with a little silliness. So these cards are all about having fun with paper and ink.

Do you need a bit of sunshine therapy?

Let's be silly card class zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator
 If you would like to attend this class and make 3 fun cards, please let me know as I need to prepare the kits.

When:Wednesday 19th July 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.

Retiform fun

The Retiform technique is not for everyone, but I actually love it. I suppose because it brings a little bit of creativity into the equation.

We had a great Wednesday morning cad class and made some lovely cards that were all slightly different. We started out a bit differently, instead of creating one card at a time, The Retiform base was created first, a little bit like a one sheet wonder but this time it was a half sheet wonder.

This was the sponging and masking part done. We used Crumb Cake and Soft Sky.

Retiform technique zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

This was the stamping part done, I used the Awesomely Artistic stamp set. This was the base completed for 3 cards. Some of the ladies used 2 different stamp sets and decided to cut their card first and then stamp.

Retiform technique base zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

The first card was layered on to a pice of Crumb Cake and then on to Soft Sky base. The happy Birthday came from the Happy Birthday thinlits die, which is part of one of the bundles that I couldn't resist.

Retiform technique happy birthday zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

The next card was layered on to Soft Sky and then layered on to the Whisper White base. The sentiment Let's Celebrate was stamped onto the banner stamp that is sadly retired. It was the Balloon Adventures stamp set.

Retiform technique lets celebrate zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

Finally the last card, it was mounted on a Crumb Cake base. The little strip of Soft Sky was run through the Woodgrain embossing folder. The sentiment was stamped in Crumb cake and then layered using the Layering Ovals Framelits.

Retiform technique just for you zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

The cards that everyone made were so individual and I loved what they all did with them. Here are some of them. Aren't they just so unique?

Retiform technique just for you by Pat zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

Retiform technique just for you by Astrid zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

Retiform technique just for you by Bev zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

Retiform technique just for you by Nikki zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Get the Look You Want with Naturally Eclectic

Naturally Eclectic suite

Check out Stampin' Up!s latest projects using the versatile Naturally Eclectic suite. I'm loving this suite for all of its fun pieces you can layer to create varied looks from pretty and floral to eclectic and bold. And don’t forget the suite’s remarkable coordination with pieces such as the Naturally Eclectic Card Overlays they used on the Missing You card. Look at the variety of samples using this suite, and check out the project ideas they’ve provided above!


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wednesday morning technique class

Goodness, has a week gone by already?

I am very excited about this next class. I have been seeing a lot of images on the Retiform technique. This Wednesday morning class will be using this technique, with a twist.

retiform card zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

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

When:Wednesday 12th July 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.

Last Wednesday class reveal

How remiss of me I had thought that I had already posted the cards we made last week. Sorry about that friends. Here they are now, better late than never hey!

As I didn't have time to organise a catalogue launch this year I decided that this class would be like a mini launch. So we tried out the sponge brayer and a new embossing folder on our new glossy card stock.

Sponge brayer zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

We used the Petal Burst embossing folder, then softly ran over it with our sponge brayer. Layered it on to Smokey Slate, tied a Melon Mambo knot.

sponge brayer zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

The new Happy Birthday thinlit was cut out of Smokey Slate and adhered to the front.

Happy Birthday  zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

Looks great in Landscape as well...

petal burst zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

We then tried out our Embossing paste and one of our new stamp sets for the balloons, Happy Birthday Gorgeous I am loving the Lemon Lime Twist card stock too.

 Happy Birthday Gorgeous bundle zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

We also used the embossing paste again, this time colouring it with Daffodil Delight ink refill, then added our very popular daisy. The daisy was punched out twice and then sponged with daffodil delight.

daisy punch zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

This stamp set and punch has become the most popular bundle from this catalogue.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Clearance Rack items continued

Well I think this the best of the Clearance Rack deals. I love embossing folders and also Masks. It's possibly the Arty Farty coming out in me.

embossing folder zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

These Decorative Masks would be fantastic in using with our new Embossing Paste.

Decorative masks zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

This is the end of my posts for the Clearance Rack, I hope you took advantage of these great deals. I know I have added a few more things to my stash.

If you would like any of these items please head over to my Online Shop or email me and I can put in the order for you.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

More Clearance Rack items

Did you check out yesterdays Clearance Rack deals? Here are some more, pretty good discounts on these products.

So who wants more ribbon?




These are fabulous discounts in beautiful ribbons. Buy online and get it shipped straight to your door, or email me and I can order for you.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Clearance Rack items

We get so excited about the new catalogue that we forget what bargains can be had from the Clearance Rack.

Are you keen on Designer Series Paper? Then here is a great lot of paper, there are two lots of Christmas DSP and guess what Christmas is just around the corner, so why not stock up now.

Designer Series Paper zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator


Then of course who doesn't need Washi Tape.

washi tape zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

If you want any of these items, you can either shop online and get it delivered straight to your door or email me and I can put the order in for you.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wednesday card making class

This Wednesday morning class is going to showcase the new catalogue. Because of our lovely trip away, I chose not to have a Catalogue Launch and just introduce some new products into my classes.

We will be using the Sponge Brayer, the new Glossy White card, some yummy Embossing Paste. I keep changing my mind about what to show, so there are no sneak peeks. You'll just have to come along and be surprised.


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

When:Wednesday 28th June 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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Coffee Cafe Bundle

Continuing on from the coffee theme the other day for my Colour INKspiration challenge, I thought you might like to see a video on the Coffee Cafe Stamp set bundle. I wish I'd had this bundle when I was doing my challenge. It would have made making dozens of coffee beans so easy.




What goes better together than coffee, stamping and friends? Nothing! It’s the perfect combination! And just like your coffee, you can customise your projects—without the added calories. Try inking just the word “friend” from the Coffee CafĂ© Stamp Set for a personal touch. Use the straw image to stamp a background. Or, colour the inside of the wooden heart with craft ink for added contrast. There’s a whole latte love about this set and the coordinating products in the Coffee Break Suite.

If you like what you see and want to order this bundle, head over to my online shop or conact me zenakennedy@lizzy.com.au and I can order it for you.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I want more please

Stampin' Up! have put out this video to get us all excited about the new catalogue. I have a few of these yummy goodies already but boy does this make me want more...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Colour INKspriation's new challenge

Did you know, Colour INKspiration is on Facebook and this is the eleventh Colour INKspiration Challenge – CI11

This fortnight we have 3 colours Marina Mist, Early Espresso and Soft Suede to use to create our projects. Other neutrals are welcome such as Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand and Metallics.

Colour INKspriation CI11 zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

So would you like to join the challenge? Then jump right in and get your creative hat on, make something with these colours and upload your picture at Colour INKspiration.

This coffee inspired colour palette stumped me for a while as I was wanting to continue on my own personal challenge, by trying to recreate the inspirational piece. The last 2 Inspirational pieces had been a collage of images. These images made it easy for me to create a collage to put into a frame.

Well I couldn't create a collage so decided to just make a card. I brought out my Large Letters framelits and with Washi Tape to hold them in place I cut out the word love on my Whisper White card.

large letters framelits zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

Then I tapped the Marina Mist ink pad on one of my very old and crinkled Big Shot plates, I then tapped the Early Espresso on and finally the Soft Suede.

 zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

Then I spritzed the plate and let them run into each other. It actually made some interesting colours. I then smooshed my card onto the plate.

large letters framelits zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

I then cut out several LOVE pieces and adhered them together and popped into the the LOVE opening. This raised them up quite substantially from the base card. Then I came to a road block. I didn't like it as a romantic style card. Um, what to do!! I cut it and mounted it on a piece of Marina Mist card. I also mounted the off cut on to Marina Mist. This looked wrong as well, so I rubbed up the edges with my scissors to make a shabby frame. All of a sudden the "lightbulb" moment happened. I had a very old retired Coffee cup stamp set Coffee & Friends the perfect blend in my stash and the words on one of the sentiments was "Coffee & Friends are the Perfect Blend" I decided to create a frame after all and have the words LOVE IS COFFEE & FRIENDS THE PERFECT BLEND.

I cut out Whisper White card for the base, stamped the coffee cup stain from the Timeless Textures stamp set randomly over the card. I stamped "IS" by inking up in Marina Mist and then using the rock and roll technique to add some Early Espresso. Below this I stamped the words Coffee & Friends in Early Espresso (I masked the rest of the words out)

coffee and friends zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

The cups were stamped, one using a Whisper White base, the other using a Soft Suede base. The white cup was water coloured softly with Marina Mist and Early Espresso, then a vellum band was added and coloured with Wink of Stella. The Soft Suede cup had the band stamped with the words "the perfect blend" All the rest of the wording was masked.

coffee and friends the perfect blend zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

3 vellum daisies were punched out, with the Daisy Punch, Early Espresso ink was tapped over one and Marina Mist over the other. I pinched the petals and rubbed with a stylus. One I left plain and just used my stylus to create some shape.

 Daisy punch zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

The beans, I drew freehand and cut each one out, gee, I wish I had the new stamp set Coffee Break it has coffee beans in the stamp set.

coffee zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

The Whisper White base looked too sterile even though it had coffee stains over it, so I sponged with Early Espresso and Soft Suede. I screwed it up and sponged on the creased bits to make it look really messy. The last touch was to scrape up the edges.

Now I was happy with the shabby look. I needed the black frame hidden, it looked too stark, so I cut strips of Early Espresso Co-ordination card and sanded it.
The corners, I mitred and adhered to the black photo frame.


So finally my Colour INKspiration #CI11 is now done and dusted and I like it. I am so pleased I managed to make this project and not the card that it started out to be. I am also thrilled that my last project was selected in the Top 5, thank you to everyone that voted for me.

My husband has already decided that it is going to go on our kitchen wall above the coffee machine.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Quilting on a card using your scraps

We have done a class on using up our scraps before, however it is always good to go back and revisit as the scraps just keep coming.

I first saw the design of this card made by my colleague Leisha Ward and kept it in the memory bank for just such an occasion.

This card has scraps of designer series paper from many different themes and yet it does not matter one iota, it all just looks like a fun card. The petals were punched from the retired Blossom Petals builder punch.

blossom petals builder punch zena kennedy independent stampin up demonstrator

This card we used half inch strips of Designer Series paper in a herringbone fashion. I think the best tip I can give you, is to start with the longest piece running across the centre of the paper and then work out at right angles from there. We used the circle framelit out of the Stitched Shapes Framelits, such a handy set. Stamped the sentiment from Watercolour Words stamp set. The base card was Sahara Sand and the small layer was Basic black.

Watercolour words herringbone design  zena kennedy australia

 This was a card I made when I first became a stampin' Up demonstrator 5 years ago. I first did it at a workshop and it was created by Elizabeth Collett. I've been wanting to redo this card for a long time now. I'm so pleased I finally made my wish come true. Can you see something new on this card? It's the new Lemon Lime Twist In Color card stock. Gorgeous hey!

Lemon Lime Twist In Color card stock zena kennedy australia

So have I given you some ideas on what to do with your scraps! If you would like to purchase any of the current products, just head on over to my Online shop and you can get them shipped straight to your door.
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