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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Little Lady

One of my special friends had a birthday recently. She is special so I had to make her one of my  special Little Ladies.

She has a beautiful voice so my lady is holding a sparkly microphone. The dress top is made from one of our paper Doilies. Also a little piece was used for the cap. The background was made from Espresso Coordinations card. She loved it and I loved making it for her.


I forgot Christmas

Well actually I didn't really forget Christmas. I just forgot to post my last class for the year in which we made some lovely Christmas gifts.

Dare chocs, wine and tinsel all set the scene. Of course my favourite tool the Envelope Punch Board had to perform for us. We made delightful gift cards and a little holder for them.

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A Christmas tradition and my trusty Envelope Punch Board

Each year I give my friend a Christmas Ornament. I like to find something handmade as she is a quilter and loves anything handmade. This year I found a lovely glass Angel and I found it from a new shop opened at Wellington Point called Quirkylicious. The best thing about this is, that it is run by a Paper Angel (a Stampin' Up! colleague) So I am very excited that I have found a lovely gift for my friend and at the same time can promote a lovely shop.

Envelope Punch board box made for angel stampin up


Of course I am still addicted to the Envelope Punch Board, sooooo, I had to make a box to hold the Angel. She nestles quite nicely in this box. If you are wondering how I got the measurements for the box I will try and explain how you can make any size box using these rules.

(I am using inches as I find it easier for my brain)
If the card or in this case Angel measures 41/4" x  51/2" Find the closest card measurement on your Envelope Punch Board. I was lucky there was a card size for 41/4" x  51/2". Then check the paper size you need. In this case it said 8x8.

Now this is the rule - add 11/4" So you need to cut your Paper Size to 91/4" Now place it on the Score line that it says, for me that was 31/2", punch and score. Move the paper along one inch to 41/2 (I only wanted my box one inch deep), punch and score. Now turn the paper and just follow the score lines punching and scoring all the way. If this sounds a little confusing this is all that you need to know.
  • Add 11/4" to any paper size and then use the usual score measurements for that size . 
  • Slide along one inch for the depth of the box. I found one inch was a good depth. That's it. I hope you have fun making some boxes using these rules.
This is the box for my Angel

Envelope Punch board box made for angel stampin up





Lovely angel in Envelope Punch board box made for angel - stampin up


My Digital Studio - PPA 185

Hi to every crafter around the world. I hope that each of you had a very wonderful Christmas! Mine was fantastic, I got spoiled by my family. Today, I’m sharing my first card in the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge.

I am a hands on crafter I like to feel the paper and the card, so when My Digital Studio was released I was rather reluctant to give it a go at first. However I soon realised it has so much potential. The stamp that I used on this card has been manipulated to the size I wanted.  The zig zag stitching has also been manipulated. If I wanted to, I could print this card out and add more embellishments. How cool is that.

Stampin' Up! have a Free Trial of MDS if you want to have a little play around.

Here is my card:
My Digital Studio card made for PPA185



Thursday, December 19, 2013

Must have Stampin' Up! tools for beginners

Many of my new crafters ask what they should invest in first, and what are my must have tools from Stampin' Up! 

The following tools are my absolute must have items. Every day these tools are pulled out and used.

Paper trimmer

When working with paper, you need a paper trimmer.  There are so many on the market and I have had quite a few of them. However the Stampin' Up! Trimmer is perfect, it cuts accurately and crisply. It is a cutting and scoring tool made with crafters in mind!
It can cut anywhere, in any direction. Full 12" cut or score. I love that you can keep the scoring and cutting blades on the track at the same time. It has an extending arm that takes the measurement out to 151/2". It even has a storing compartment underneath to store blades, scoring stylus, etc!

Adhesives
Depending on the project, depends on the adhesive. Once again I have tried so many over the years and have very firm favourites.

Snail Adhesive, applies a controlled amount of permanent adhesive directly to your project, so your hands and work area never get sticky. A small amount creates a strong bond, so your cartridge lasts a long time. It has refills that slip right into the cartridge very easily.

Stampin’ Dimensionals are the easiest way to give your projects an instant 3-D look. Just stamp an image, trim around it, and then use a Stampin’ Dimensional to attach it to your project. They are also great for making greetings stand out and attaching 3-D objects such as tags and bows.

Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive has a dual tip for placing adhesive exactly where you want it. Place an exact small amount using the small tip, or spread the adhesive over a larger area using the wide tip. It is a latex rubber acrylic resin adhesive so is acid free. I use it as a permanent or temporary adhesive and it is just fabulous to use with Stampin Glitter.

Mini Glue dots are super sticky, double-sided adhesive dots for use on 3-D accents for cards, scrapbook pages, and other projects. This fast, clean adhesive is safe for kids, too. No fumes, no mess, and no drying time required. There are 300 per roll so lasts for ages. I use them for attaching embellishments. They adhere to paper, fabric, wood, foam, plastic, and more.

Paper Snips These small thin-bladed scissors are perfect for reaching into tiny areas and allowing precision cutting.  While large cutting can be done with a paper trimmer, you will soon find times when you need to cut out an image free hand, perfect cutting in even the tiniest areas.
  

   
Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist Cleaner

 When I first started stamping, I cleaned my stamps with baby wipes, water and paper towels.  I felt that I could manage and that the Stampin' Scrub was an unneccessary expense.  But, once I finally purchased a scrub, I realised that it is a tool that we should all have to keep our stamps in good condition.  The Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner makes cleaning stamps easy and I appreciate knowing that the rubber is being conditioned with each use.  A small refill bottle lasts me for ages, so the cost per use is minimal.

Of course there are many more must haves, but I really think these are the first "must haves" for a beginner. One or two good punches are then the next items to think about.

If there are any other "must have" items, I would love to hear. Leave me a comment and everyone can benefit.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gift Voucher for Christmas

Wanting to give someone a Stampin Up gift but not sure what they want? Did you check out the Wish List idea and still not sure what to do? Why not give them a voucher. All you need to do is decide how much you want to spend on them and contact me to organise the gift voucher.

Stampin Up gift voucher - Zena Kennedy Independent Demonstrator

Please note: Postage is $5.95 so this will need to be added on to the value of the voucher.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Stampin' Up! Christmas Wish List

Now is the time to ask Santa for something you really really want. Especially if it is Stampin' Up! goodies you want for Christmas. I can help make this happen. All you need to do is print and fill out this Wish List then give it to your loved ones or friends and ask them to contact me to place your order. I can ship it direct to them, or to anyone. If you are local, I can have it shipped to me and wrap it for them if that is what they would like.

Stampin' Up! Wish List Zena Kennedy

Monday, November 25, 2013

Birthday wishes

A good friend turned 75 and so a special card was in order. Isn't it funny how you can make heaps of cards to choose from but it never seems to be the right one. Well in this case I made two that I wanted to give her.












I gave her the Crumb Cake 75 card. What one would you have given her?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Pushing the envelope

Turn your envelopes from boring to brilliant. Why go with boring, white, normal-sized envelopes when you can use colourful paper to create everything from itty bitty to long and skinny? Our creativity-boosting Envelope Punch Board makes it easy to customise envelopes in up to 66 different sizes!

I am very excited about this tool. I can see so many more possibilities. It doesn't just make envelopes, it can make boxes of any shape as well. How good is that.

Check out the Stampin Up Video on this "Must Have" I am so excited.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thanks for the silliness...

Friday classes should be renamed maybe I should call it the Naughty Night. It must be the end of the week that brings out all the naughty, silliness in my ladies. Thanks ladies it was a great night and we even managed to make 12 beautiful cards. There was a new lady in the group as well, welcome and I think you will fit in perfectly.

What do you think of our lovely stamp a stack cards? If you would like to join in my Friday class or my Wednesday ones send me an email and I will add you to my invite list.

Inspiration for this card came from our very talented Teneale Williams

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 I love Festive Flurries stamps and the matching framelits. These cards were inspired by Deena Boos another very talented demonstrator.


All the DSP I used came from the Festival of Prints stack. Such a great pack and it doesn't have to be used for Christmas themes. I used 4 of my favourite card colours, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse and Cherry Cobbler.




Sunday, November 3, 2013

Stamp a stack class

Who is ready for another stamp a stack class? Once again we will be making 12 Christmas cards.

There will be 3 cards of 4 designs a total of 12 cards.

Class details:
**Please BYO basic tool kits and adhesives 
Wednesday morning 6th - 10am
Wednesday evening 6th - 7pm
Friday evening 8th - 7pm

Please RSVP by email or mobile 0402441964 so that I can prepare the kits

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Specials for Stampin' Up's 25 year anniversary

Oh my goodness I nearly missed this one.


I have been on a little trip and haven't been keeping an eye on what is happening in the Stampin' Up! world.

They are having a 25% off 25 stamps as part of their 25th year and they are awesome stamps. So if you have had your eye on any of them now is the time to grab them. Sorry I didn't get this out earlier but I've just arrived back and read about it.

 
Guess which ones I'll be ordering.
Hint: One of them is a single stamp

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Charity Craft and Gift Fair

The Craft and Gift Fair is on today. Don't forget to come say Hi! to me and support a very worthy cause. You will see some lovely things to buy for Christmas and if you want to get your hands "dirty" there are 6 tables of workshops going all day.

So come on along to the Belmont Service Bowls Club Narracott St Carina. Doors open at 9am the entry fee is $6.00

Zena Kennedy, Janette Taylor, Liz Collett, Lyn Whiteoak

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Join Stampin' Up! for $25

This great deal to join Stampin' Up! for $25 has begun! What a fantastic offer if you have been thinking about joining up but haven't taken the plunge now is the time to test the waters.

For only $25 you can join Stampin' Up! and enjoy demonstrator benefits until at least the end of April 2014! 
Join Stampin Up with Zena Kennedy

This has been a popular offer already and signing up is easy online by selecting the Join Now link and following the prompts.

The promotion runs for two weeks only, YES it is on NOW!

Dates: 7-21 October 2013
The Fine Print:
  • This offer is only good for two weeks, so take advantage of it right away!
  • During this offer, only the special $25 starter kit will be available; the regular $169 starter kit will not be available.
  • The $25 Starter Kit includes
    • $26.95 worth of Stampin' Up! product (it must be more than $25, but not more than $26.95)
    • Business pack which includes
      • A box of annual catalogues
      • A package of the current seasonal catalogue
      • Getting Started DVD
      • Starter Kit Business Brick
      • Customer postcards

  • Who can join?

    Anyone!

    The Hobbyist - to enjoy a 20% discount on the products you love.
    The Part Time Demonstrator - enjoy your discount and sell some products to friends to help fund your hobby.
    The Business Demonstrator - plan parties to grow your customer base and enjoy a steady income doing what you LOVE!  I have only been a demonstrator for a year and in that time I have made such wonderful friends.

    And that's not all.....

    How would you like some free products?
    You can get an extra $25 worth of free products when you place an order or have party sales of $400 or more!
    Earn Stampin Up hostess dollars from Zena Kennedy

    The Fine Print:
    • All order types qualify for this promotion (customer, demonstrator, workshop). 
    • Hostesses may use their additional hostess dollars on any current catalogue merchandise. 
    • Orders larger than the qualifying amount are not eligible for more than $25 extra hostess dollars.

    Are we done yet?.....

    Nope, not on your Nellie. We have Single Stamps.
    Because it is Stampin' Ups! 25th anniversary they are bringing back favourite stamps from the past 25 years. Maybe this month you will see one of your favourites from years past.


    Wednesday, October 2, 2013

    Update on Christmas Card Workshop

    My last post about the Charity Christmas Card Workshop that the Paper Angels runs every year has a mistake on the Pine Rivers date and venue. If you are planning to attend the Pine Rivers workshop the correct details are.....
     Sunday 20th October, Pine Rivers Bears Rugby League Club, Petrie.

    Rebecca Ross is the convener of this workshop so please email her if you have any questions.
    I will be at the Canossa one and also the Wellington Point one so if you haven't already booked then now is the time. You will have a fun day and you will take home15 projects and maybe some great raffle prizes.

    I can't wait!!!!

    Annual Christmas Card Workshop will find Zena Kennedy
     

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    Christmas Card Charity Workshop

    I am very excited! It is that time of year again for our annual Christmas Card Charity Workshop. It is held at many locations and at different dates so there should be a date on your calendar that will suit. Those that have been before know what fun the day is and know what we are supporting with this event. If you are new and would like to know more about the charity we support, head on over to the  Footprints Program page and read the article Liz Collett has written.

    As Liz says "whilst a footprint record may seem like a small gesture, it is a meaningful record that can be shared, as grieving parents come to terms with their loss."

    I will be at both the Canossa Kindergarden Coorpooroo  venue and the Wellington Point Venue.  You are also able to attend any of the other venues but I may have another demonstrator looking after you if I am not able to attend that particular venue.

    The day runs from 10am to 4pm with a break for lunch in the Bistro (please BYO cash for your lunch) and the afternoon tea will be provided. (Please note: Canossa Kindergarden does not have lunch facilities so you will need to BYO)

    If you have any questions at all please contact me on 0402441964 or email zenakennedy@lizzy.com.au
    I am taking bookings and payments starting NOW! So book in ASAP to reserve your spot. Bookings will close 2 weeks before each event to ensure enough time to order all the materials.

    Please note: Pine Rivers Venue is now Pine Rivers Bears Rugby League Club, Petrie


    Make a difference while having fun

    Tag It is the Ronald McDonald House Charity stamp set. Each year Stampin* Up! has a stamp set designed as the Ronald McDonald House Charity stamp set. To date, Stampin' Up! have donated over US$1 million to RMHC.
    I'm so happy that Australia now gets to be part of Stampin' Up!'s sponsorship of this charity.  $3 from each set sold will be donated to our Ronald McDonald House Charities.

    Ronald McDonald House provides a ‘home-away-from-home’ for families of children with serious illness. These families often have to spend  birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries and so on living in the house. So I would like to help by making packs of cards for the house families to use.

    Would you like to help? 
    I am inviting everyone to come and make cards with me. I will supply all the card and embellishments. All I ask of you is to bring glue. Stay as long as you like.

    What's in it for me?
    Being surrounded by a group of ladies willing to spare some time out of their busy lives to help a very worthy cause.

    What's in it for you?
    Getting  a warm and fuzzy feeling for helping support RMHC, with the bonus of getting card classes for free.

    Would you like to buy the Tag It Stamp set?
    Head over to my online shop or call me and place an order.

    I haven't set a date for this event yet as I would like to know numbers first. Please let me know if you are interested in coming. I am open to day, night or weekends.


    Sunday, September 8, 2013

    September Class - Background technique

    Put your hands up if you don't seem to have enough time to get everything done. I have both mine up. I seem to be chasing my tail the entire time. I have heaps of things to update you all on, so keep coming back to see what is next on our busy agenda.
    This months card classes are all about background techniques. You will incorporate sponging, stamping and bleach and make three lovely cards.


    This class can get quite messy so please make sure you are wearing something that you will not be concerned about getting any bleach on.

    September classes – Please BYO basic tool kits and adhesives
    Wednesday 11th - 10am
    Wednesday 11th - 7pm
    Friday 13th - 7pm

    Please RSVP by email or mobile 0402441964 so that I can prepare the kits

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    Holiday Catalogue now available on Stampin* Up! Australia website

    I have been waiting for sometime for the Holiday Catalogue. As demonstrators we have the privilege of getting to see and also buy before anyone else. But now you may all take a look.

    Also Stampin* Up! has a few more promotions that are quite exciting.
    The Papillon Potpourri stamp set and punch are being offered as a bundle, you will save 15% by purchasing them during the month of September

    Also just a reminder that there are only two days left to stock up on Designer Series Paper. If you buy 3 you get a fourth for FREE.



    The Best of Christmas  stamp set now available. That’s right, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas again. Lucky for you, as part of Stampin* Ups 25-year Anniversary celebration they’ve brought back three of our favourite images from past catalogues. They have also created a never-before-seen image that coordinates perfectly with the Christmas Ornament Punch.


    Saturday, August 24, 2013

    Christmas comes late or is that early?

    My late Christmas in July class is done and dusted. What fun. I love my classes and recon it is great therapy for anyone feeling a bit blah. 

    Amongst all the silliness we still managed to make 12 cards. Three of Four designs. This first one uses the Mosaic Madness bundle, a new favourite of mine. The next two use the Merry and Type stamp set another favourite.




    This last card used the Tag It stamp set. Every set that is sold  Stampin* Up! donates $3.00 to our Ronald MacDonald House.


    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    Mens business made for womens fun...

    Bet that title had you guessing! Just me trying to be a bit clever, not sure if it worked but ah well, let me explain.
    My dear husband was being installed in his club and part of that installation was for his wife to provide the activities for the morning. To me the best activity when you don't know everyone very well is card making.

    I decided to use the Tag It stamp set as Stampin* Up! donate $3.00 to our Ronald McDonald House for every stamp set sold. My thought was that each person make two cards. They keep one and then give me back the other so that I can pack them up and give them to Ronald McDonald House. Everyone thought this was a great idea and some even donated both their cards. This has made me think about having a few sessions of card making and also donating them to Ronald McDonald House in the future, so stay tuned.

     
    Also I decided to make Thank You cards for everyone that attended. As it was a Tuxedo event I thought a card with a Tux on the front would be perfect. I made 90, and everyone loved them.
     

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    Make a Statement Digital Tour Brisbane

    Another wonderful event by Stampin' Up! I have just come home inspired and ready to play after attending the Make a Statement Digital Tour Brisbane "Un convention".
    For those that love the feel of paper and card, and have the need to add bling and glitter everywhere, working digitally may seem a bit dull.

    Well, it doesn't have to be, for the ones that like plain and simple then a card or scrapbook page can be created in a jiffy and then printed out. However I am one of those that loves adding embellishments. This is still something that can be done but the bonus of My Digital Studio (MDS) is that the stamps can be manipulated to a bigger or smaller size and so can the punches. Actually anything can be manipulated. Once a project has been created then it can be printed out and then the embellishments can be added. What a way to have your cake and eat it too!! Love it.

    Now you might think MDS is only for making cards and photobooks. Not on your nelly! Check out all these cute ideas.

     
     

    Having a party? Print out the invites, bottle labels, cupcake toppers, lolly bags etc
    How fun is that?
     
     
    Planning a wedding. Why not be individual and creative. Make your own invitations, matching place names, bonbonniere and  wedding favours. Create a guest book for the day and Thank you cards. Wow, wouldn't that be a money saver?
     
     
    Then of course everyone has baby showers. Aren't these ideas cute.

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    Gosh I could ramble on all day about the great things you can do with MDS. So if you are a touchy feely person like me, have a go at MDS and be surprised and delighted. There is a FREE Trial that you can download, find out how useful it can be as an added tool for your hobby.
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