Saturday, 31 July 2010


I decided to enter my first challenge, this one is with Just Add Ink and it involved using three colours to create "A Man Card" the colours to be used were Chocolate Chip, Kraft & Baja Breeze. Now unfortunately my collection is not complete when it comes to all the colours so I used Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze & Whisper White along with Versamark and Clear Embossing Power to create the card below.

• Happy Moments
• Whimsical Words
• Friendly Words (Jumbo Wheel)

• Chocolate Chip Card Stock
• Baja Breeze Card Stock
• Chocolate Chip Designer Paper Series
• Whisper White Card Stock

• Versamark

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• Clear Stampin' Emboss Power
• 1/2" Circle Punch
• Wide Oval Punch
• Scalloped Edge Punch
• Round Corner Punch
• Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, 30 July 2010

Masking Technique

So while surfing the internet today I found this adorable card that I just had to case, full credit to brierrose from Splitcoast Stampers, unfortunately I couldn't find a blog for her. Her card was in a lovely bright yellow.

I put this together in hoping that my supplies would arrive today as the twine would look great holding the bird cage up as per the sample however it didn't arrive so until it does my poor bird is floating in mid air.

The masking technique is what you can see around the bird cage. To get this affect I stamped this image on another piece of paper, cut it out and placed it over the image on my card and sponged the Stampin' Up! Pastels over the top and around it.

• Happy Moments

• Going Gray Card Stock
• Almost Amethyst Card Stock
• Tea Party Designer Paper Series
• Whisper White Card Stock

• Going Gray

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
• Brads - Earth Elements - Old Olive
• 1/2" Circle Punch
• Stampin' Pastels - Old Olive
• Stampin' Glue Dots

Month of August

So I've decided that since this is my FIRST month back with Stampin' Up! and I'm on a rolling start so I've arrange some personal specials for orders placed with me.

If you pre-pay for your copy of the 2010 - 2011 Ideas Book & Catalogue you will receive a free copy of the 2009 - 2010 Ideas Book & Catalogue (RRP $12.95)

Shipping & Handling
If you place an order with me before the end of August you'll only pay for HALF of your shipping

Work Shops
If you attend 3 workshops over the next two months your 4th will be free of charge.

So why not join in the fun of my first month back and take on board these awesome specials. (this is a personal sale and is not valid with other demonstrators)

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Patch Work

Today I spent the morning until early afternoon with Tia, and she had put together a workshop for us to complete. This involved the Patch work technique which I have fallen in love with, they are simple yet extremely affective and just a change of colour makes a huge difference. We made a Gift Box with a matching Card.

• Whimsical Words

• Pretty in Pink card stock
• Regal Rose card stock
• Patterns Pack II Designer Series Paper - Regal Rose (Level 2 Hostess Gift)
• Whisper White card stock (behind patchwork)

• Pretty in Pink

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
• Big Shot
• Top Note Die Cut
• Scallop Circle Punch
• 1 1/4" Circle Punch
• Horizontal Slot
• Going Gray Stampin' Write Marker
• Stampin' Dimensionals

Once I came home I decided to try another one with different colours and a slightly different layout on my card.

• Vintage Labels
• Enjoy Every Moment

• Pumpkin Pie Card Stock
• Chocolate Chip Card Stock
• Whisper White Card Stock
• Sweet Always Designer Series Paper

• Chocolate Chip

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• Big Shot
• Top Note Die Cut
• Curly Label Punch
• 1 1/4" Square Punch
• Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker
• Stampin' Dimensionals

and one last shot from my last two nights playing in my craft room...

WHAT A MESS!!!! fingers crossed all my organizing and storages ideas will create less mess once I'm all set up...

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Stampin’ Up! Needs All Kinds Of Demonstrators

Which demonstrator would you be?

Discount Demonstrator: Likes the idea of buying stamps for personal use at a 20% discount and occasionally sells to neighbors, relatives, friends, etc.

Short-Term Demonstrator: Sells for a short period of time to earn a specified amount of money and stops when the goal is reached.

Seasonal Demonstrator: Works hard at the business during September, October, and November for seasonal money and maintains minimum orders and sales during the balance of the year.

Hobby Demonstrator: Loves doing workshops and earning extra money when it’s convenient; works a lot some months and very little other months; likes to do workshops that are easy to book; doesn’t like to work too hard to book workshops.

Career Demonstrator: Views a Stampin’ Up! demonstratorship as a viable business with long-term career potential; pursues management and wants to move up the career ladder; loves attending Stampin’ Up! Events and has developed close social relationships with other demonstrators; works at her business in a consistent and outgoing manner.

As you can see, this is a flexible, fun business you can build to suit your needs and desires. Make it fit for you by using your unique talents and style.

If any of these ideas appeal to you, ask me for more information
about becoming a demonstrator!

Card Stock Storage

While blog hopping I found someone who had used hanging files to store their card stock in so I decided to get one that would sit on the top of my desk, unfortunately it's not quite big enough for the current colour range as I currently only have three of the four colour families, the in colours and the neutrals, so fingers crossed that once we switch to the new colour ranges (see earlier post) they will fit in nicely. I am yet to purchase a label maker which will allow me to label these in a clear tape over the sample of paper in each tab.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010


I'm in the process of getting these ready to do a letter box drop around my local area, if you or any of your friends may be interesting please contact me for more information.

Colour Families

There are so many colours within our colour range and they are also about to change.

Come the 1st September the colour families as we know them will no longer be the same so if there is a favourite colour of yours that is being removed from the collection the best thing to do is to stock up on the card stock, ink refills and ribbons. Below you will see the new families

And these are the ones we will be saying a fond farewell to...

This can be a bit daunting for a new stamper or one who is in the process of putting together their collection. So as a suggestion from Stampin' Up! below are the suggested "Getting Started" for your colour collection.

Pretty in Pink
Marina Mist
Certainly Celery
Daffodil Delight
Early Espresso
Basic Black
Rich Razzleberry
Night of Navy
Old Olive
Pumpkin Pie
Real Red
Whisper White

From this collection you'll be able to put together a whole range of different projects for an assortment of occasions

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll be more than happy to help.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Craft Space Project 1 - Complete... maybe...

I have always had issues with my ribbons, was much more drama when I had a range of different kinds but since I've decided to only use Stampin' Up! products they have been stored in a drawer, however I'm a firm believer of out of sight out of mind... so many treasures were found when I emptied out my craft space back in NZ... so I decided I needed somewhere handy, visible and pleasing to the eye... the last part is still to come but I've put together this to store my ribbons.

I found a plain drawer in the IKEA "as is" area that was perfect (white and eye pleasing), grabbed some curtain wire, hooks and eyes and put it together. The ribbon runs a bit "too" freely so I'm going to get some white beads to place between the ribbon reels to fill in some space until I've filled it up *rubs hands together in thought of purchasing more colours and designs*

The plan was to put some designer paper in the back but since it's wider than the 12" I've decided to hold off until I've decided what to do with the bottom part and I've finished my craft room as I'm not sure what colours to use in the background and I'll need atleast 4 sheets of the designer paper or 4+ sheets of stamped A4 paper.

Now onto Project 2... find a way to store my punches so they too are in sight...

Such a long week...

Another week begins and man how fast did last week disappear. With my oldest son leaving last weekend, my mother in law leaving on Wednesday, spent Thursday with a dear friends daughter and managed to slip in the two projects below. Friday was a family day, taking my mum to get an injection in her back and the afternoon with my Nana then the evening was at a dinner for my niece's 2nd bithrday. Saturday we had a 1st birthday party and then dinner at a friends and Sunday was spent at the Redcliff markets. So as you can see since my kit arrived on Wednesday I have not had the chance to catch up on some much needed craft time. So bring on the crafting.... straight after the house work that is...

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Chalkboard Technique

This card was quite quick to put together, yet really says a lot without saying much when given to someone your thinking about.

• Thoughts & Prayers
(115888; set of 8; $45.95)
• Always in Bloom
(113834; Stampin' Around Handle required; $11.95)

• Whisper White card stock
• Old Olive card stock
• Basic Black card stock

• Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
• Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
• Stampin' Pastels - Green Garden
• Scallop Edge Punch
• Horizontal Slot Punch
• Sponge Dauber

Box in a Bag

Well... I've started :-) I've been able to grab a few spare moments to put together my first sample for my workshops. I've had to start again as the samples I've previously created are still in New Zealand waiting to collected by the shipping company.

• Cottage Garden - Wooden
(119163; set of 7; $32.95 AUD)

• Whisper White card stock: flowers
• Old Olive card stock: 4.5" x 4.5", 11.5" x 0.25", plus tags
• Cottage Wall Designer Paper: 11.5" x 5"

• Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Pad

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• Blender Pen
• Sticky Strip
• Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
• Certainly Celery 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
• Scallop Edge Punch
• Horizontal Slot Punch
• Bone Folder
• Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
• Stampin' Up! Lots of Tags
• Stampin’ Dimensionals
• Blender pens

I really enjoyed creating this one, and I was actually able to get a photo of it before my son got to it :-) the last one he flatly squashed within minutes of me finishing.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

:-( Lost in the World Wide Web :-(

I've updated my blog to include my new "name" - Stylish Stamping - and all of my old links have disappeared... I can't believe that they are all gone... sob sob

So please note that I did not remove anyone because I no longer treasured their blog, it was an updating error that went wrong


How Exciting...

Just received my email notification that my two orders are on their way already, this is such an added bonus as I wasn't expecting them to be dispatched until Tuesday at the earliest and even better news is that being that I'm in Australia now (not New Zealand) they will arrive a lot faster... watch this space for my boxes of goodies... I best get a move on with setting up a craft space!

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Coming Back to Life

Good Evening All,

Well I've finally been able to set up home, now in Brisbane, Australia and I'm coming back to Stampin' Up!

Goal is to have first class the last week of July... can't wait :-)