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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.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Our masculine cards

We struggle so much with making masculine cards. We have such pretty stamps and bling, that it always so easy to make our cute, gorgeous cards. So last Wednesday's class we boldly went into the male realm. I think what everyone produced was pretty good, bonzer in fact!

This card was created using my favourite tool the Envelope punch board. I got the inspiration from a fellow demonstrator Carol Payne  I decided to emboss the vest rather than add a layer of DSP. The bow tie is from the Holly Berry Builder punch.

Envelope Punch board shirt and vest

I love this card, it is a type of Dutch Fold card but this one just opens up just above the centre. Such a quick and easy card.

Dutch Fold card wednesdady morning masculine card class

I love, love love this card. I got the idea from one of our new stamp sets. However I am not lucky enough to have that stamp, YET!! So I just cut a pocket out of the Dapper Denim sponged the edges and did dot, dash dot dash all around the edge with a Dapper Denim marker. The spanner is from the retired Nailed It stamp set. The sentiment is from the B.Y.O.P. stamp set.

Dapper denim card wednesdady morning masculine card class

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wednesday morning class

I am a tad late getting tomorrows class details out. My dear husband has the flu and seems to need water and wheat packs, so my schedule has been a bit hit and miss.

Tomorrow we will be making 3 cards using scraps of DSP and using them as though we were designing a quilt.

Wednesday card class with 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 I need to prepare the kits.

When:Wednesday 14th 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.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Another challenge at Colour INKspriation

The next challenge from Colour INKspiration is all about Autum colours.


The colours for this fortnights challenge are Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate and our retired Delightful Dijon.

I have decided that the challenge is going to be my personal challenge. I spend so much of my time preparing for classes that I seem to have lost the me time in my craft. So I have decided these challenges will be my personal challenge. Because of this I have broken away from creating a card for the challenge and I am going to try and replicate the Inspiration piece that is given to us.

This is my version of this piece and if you like what I have done you can also hop on over to the Facebook group by clicking here and voting for it.
Each panel I have tried to replicate the original using all Stampin' Up! products.



The little lady panel was created by first drawing her on our old Blossom Pink card and then paper piecing her. I used an Aqua Painter to paint on her clothing. The hair was made from our thick white twine and I dyed it with a few drops of Cajun Craze ink. Once I had drawn and painted the face I cut a slot in her head "ouch" and wound the hair around. The plait was then glued and attached at the back.



I didn't have any small leaf punches to create the heart shape, but thought the retired Confetti Stars Punch would work perfectly. First I sponged a piece of Whisper White Card completely with Delightful Dijon and Cajun Craze, then punched out several lots of the stars.

The background is Smoky Slate card that is sponged with Smoky Slate and Cajun Craze and a dash of Island Indigo. I stamped some Autumn leaves from an old set in Cajun Craze and then glued the stars to form the heart shape.



This panel was sponged the same as the others but this time I dropped water on the paper and then dabbed it off. The woodgrain effect was made using our Woodgrain Stamp and masking where I didn't want it to stamp. The maple leaf was created using the new Colourful Seasons bundle.


I didn't know what to do with the top right image as to me it looked like it could be a Pumpkin Pie in a ramikin. So this is my Australia take on it. The cupcake is from Sweet Cupcake Stamp set and the styalised pumpkins are the Beach ball stamped twice from Day at the Beach stamp set


Finally the centre panel was once again using the masked Woodgrain image and the two step maple leaf from the Colourful Seasons bundle.


I am happy enough with my project, my lady hasn't got the same sweet face of the inspiration piece but after tossing a few on the floor I settled for the one you see.

This project is entered into the  #CI10 Colour Challenge on Facebook.  If you would like to give this challenge a try, or maybe just get inspiration from others, then click on this link to join the group.


Voting goes live from either Tuesday 13th or Wednesday 14th June, not quite sure.  You can vote for my project or any other project that you love.

I was very excited to be chosen as one of the Top 5 last fortnight and thank everyone that voted for me.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Out with the old and in with the new

Sadly I had to say farewell to the old catalogue and some of the gorgeous stamps, ink and paper. BUT, WOW you should see what is in the new catalogue.

Each year it takes me a little while to warm to the new colours, not so this year I love them all.


Our Annual Catalogue is now live for all to see. Which means lots of new goodies and you can access it online and make your wish list, and you can start ordering from my online shop!

If you are ordering online, please use the hostess code 4QSZXTBD.  This can be found in the box in the bottom left of your shopping basket.

Please phone 0402441964 or email me at zenakennedy@lizzy.com.au  if you would like to place an order that way.

I'm off to play, so stay tuned for some projects that I shall be putting up soon.
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