Archive | June 2012

Grunge Rock boys’ birthdays

With two boys, one in Kindy and the other in Year 1, we’ve had a few boys’ birthday parties to go to already this year!  So, I found a layout that I really like using and I’ve just varied it a little each time.  I have used the Grunge Rock and, sometimes, Extreme Elements stamp sets .  I loved the colour combination of Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango and Night of Navy.

The next card I added the birthday boy’s age “5” by using the Big Shot and Simple Numbers Bigz Die and gorgeous red glitter paper.

And the next one I added a “6” and stamped the “Happy Birthday” in a different spot:

Such an easy card to make and so many variables! 

Thanks for looking 🙂

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Josh’s Extreme Elements 6th birthday

Well, my special middle boy, Josh, turned 6 back in March.  It was a bit of a crazy time in March as we had been given notice to vacate our home (the owner wanted to move in) so we were running around looking for somewhere to live in between packing, school, work, my business and all the usual fun of life!  Josh had a big party last year for his 5th birthday, so this year was a quiet affair at home.  This was the card I made for him – I really love how it turned out!

I used the stamp sets Extreme Elements and Happiest Birthday Wishes with the colour combination Real Red, Basic Black and Crumb Cake.  I love the Big Shot and I couldn’t have made this card without it – I’ve used the Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die and Simple Letters Alphabet and Simple Numbers Bigz Dies to cut out Josh’s name and the number “6” (which doubles as the number “9”). 

I think that SU’s glitter paper is the best paper out there – I hope we get more colours in the new catalogue!!

Thanks for looking 🙂

Rue Des Fleurs dress for 10th birthday card

One of the most amazing ideas I saw at Convention, and adored, was a very, very clever way to use the umbrella in Rue Des Fleurs as a dress!  Now, I’m so sorry, I don’t know who to credit for this amazing dress.  There could be others out there on the internet, but my inspiration came from the very clever demo who displayed her work at Convention in Canberra – and the project was amazing too!  If anyone can tell who this lady was or provide a link for my inspiration, please do! 

I made this card slightly different to the one I saw at Convention (it was embossed in gold and coloured with Cherry Cobbler), but this card was for a good friend’s daughter, who is turning 10, so more pink was appropriate!  I embossed the image using clear Versamark, inking in Cherry Cobbler and then the Cherry scented Embossing Powder – so this project has a YUMMY smell 🙂  I coloured in some of the embossed image with my Pink Pirouette market. 

I used the stamp sets, Rue Des Fleurs and the sentiment from Bring on the Cake.  I’ve used the colour combination Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Pear Pizzazz. 

The itty bitty flower shapes punch was perfect for the flowers, which I scrunched up and sponged before popping a pearl on each flower.  A little sponging the Very Vanilla edge finished off the card!  Now that you’ve seen an alternative use for this stamp set – don’t you feel justified in wanting to buy it (if you haven’t already!). 

If you really want it, because you’ve been inspired like I was inspired, you can see more than one use for this lovely stamp set, and you live in Australia, simply email me at rachel.capps@yahoo.com.au, mention this post by saying “you feel justified”, place your order with me for this stamp set at $42.94 (clear mount) or $53.95 (wood mount) and I will arrange for it to be shipped to you, where ever you want (home or work), for FREE.  This is a once-only offer which ends with the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue on 31 July 2012.

Thanks for looking 🙂

Kindness Matters Swap for Canberra Convention 2012

Well, another Stampin’ Up! Convention is over for Australia – and it was FUN!!  To all from Stampin’ Up! who entertained, made us laugh out loud and awed us over our time in Canberra – thank you!  You’re inspiring! 

There are so many amazing and talented ladies over Australia making cards, scrapbooking and other fabulous projects (and 1 guy too!!).  At Convention, we get to swap card fronts with other demonstrators (and guests – guests are welcome at Convention!).  I made 25 of these and I find swaps are a great way to try different effects and do lots of stamping!  It’s a great time to make and play … this was my swap:

 

I used quite a few stamp sets for this card – Kindness Matters, French Foliage and Rue Des Fleurs.  And my colour combination is Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  Now I know Blushing Bride is retiring soon, and I usually try and create a swap that is current and hopefully will be current for the new catalogue … but I couldn’t go past Blushing Bride.  I just love this colour and I’m really, really going to miss it.

I did lots of sponging on my swap – with Soft Suede ink and Champagne Shimmer Paint.  Love this effect!

Thanks for looking 🙂