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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.
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