Tag Archive | Canberra

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 🙂

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My very special wedding acceptance

To make a wedding acceptance card is easy, right?  Well, when you’ve made the invitations, I found it a real challenge!  In the end, I decided to take the wedding invitation idea one step further … and use one of my new favourite colour combos with a vintage look. 

This is what I made for the wedding acceptance …

So I used the colours Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride.  I sponged Crumb Cake ink over the Vintage Wallpaper embossed image.  Then I stamped the Together Forever in Crumb Cake and kissed it just right using my Stamp-a-ma-jig with the flourish from Baroque Motifs with Blushing Bride ink.  A couple of pearls, a bit of Very Vanilla textured cardstock and some non-SU lace and I had finished!

Of course, I embossed the Very Vanilla SU envelope with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder too.

Thanks for looking 🙂

A very special wedding invitation

It’s sad to come to the end of this wedding invitation journey (and they did take a literal journey from Sydney to Canberra a few weekends ago so my sister could see them) but at the same time, it’s thrilling!  A very special wedding is around the corner for our family in Canberra …

And so, this is the final wedding invitation and you might notice, there is no taffeta ribbon!  It was replaced with the gorgeous SU white satin ribbon 🙂

This is a close up of the punched layers with the Baroque Motifs stamped with a touch of pink over the Together Forever stamped in Basic Grey.  I used my trusty stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure that the swirl and Together Forever kissed in all the right places, lol!

And this is what ninety true-blue wedding invitations look like …

Of course, wedding invitations must be posted!  And so, I embossed SU’s whisper white envelopes with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder … and this is what they looked like all stamped and labelled before posting …

Now, you may have thought the journey has come to an end, but no!  I still must show you my acceptance card.  So come back again tomorrow, lol!

Thanks for looking 🙂

A Wedding invitation’s journey

I have a beautiful sister who is getting married in Canberra on the first weekend in December … and she asked me to make her wedding invitations.  Truly a privilege 🙂

Anyway, I thought I would share with you the journey we had together in coming to a final design for her wedding invitation.  We had to be creative even in reaching a decision as Cath lives in Canberra and I live in Sydney.  So here goes!  

We began with a colour scheme – hers being grey and pink.   Then I emailed her a few pictures of wedding cards on my blog, and some from the ever-reliable www.splitcoaststampers.com.  These cards gave her ideas on stamp sets and sizes.  She emailed me a few of her favourite stamp sets and from there I mocked up a first sample inviation.  Now, as silver is very close to grey and silver paper has such a lovely shimmer, the first invitation was in silver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started with a narrow card with a band.  The base was silver cardstock and I layered it with Whisper White on which I’d stamped in Versamark the gorgeous flourish from the Baroque Motifs stamp set.  Then I embossed the flourish with silver embossing powder.

 The band was made with a strip of Whisper White textured cardstock and then layered with two Curvy Label punched out pieces, Scallop Cirle punched with silver cardstock and Wide Oval.   I stamped the a corner from a Vintage Labels (retired) stamp in Melon Mambo and then lastly added two pearls.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a few more samples.

Thanks for looking 🙂

Parisian Sense of Time scrapbook layout

I mentioned last month a big project I had to complete.  Well, it was a scrapbook album for my step-Nan’s 90th birthday, which she LOVED, I might add.  It was a lovely night with a lot of my step-mum’s family travelling from Sydney to Canberra for my step-Nan’s birthday. 

I managed to complete 13 pages in 3 days.  So, over the next week, I’ll share the layouts with you.  I still have a few more pages to scrap as well, so hopefully I’ll finish them soon too.  This was my first attempt at a 12 x 12 scrapbook!

I’m going to start with my favourite double layout first … a perfect colour combo (in my opinion) for photos from the 1930s 🙂

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I’ve used Baja Breeze textured paper for the base.  Then I’ve used scraps of Parisian Breeze DSP for the brown corners (the scraps are from the front page layout of the album, which I’ll post soon) and two strips of the flower pattern from Parisian Breeze DSP.  I then used Sahara Sand textured paper as a mat for the left hand page and Sahara Sand and Chocolate Chip paper to layer the photos on the right page.

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You can see I’ve used a Pretties Kit big flower and layered it with Flower Fusion Too felt flowers with a rhinestone brad in the centre.  I’ve paper pierced, using my mat pack, around where the photos will go, so the photos are highlighted a little.

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I stamped the sentiment from Sense of Time on Sahara Sand paper, then layered it on Chocolate Chip paper.  I sponged the edges of the Sahara Sand paper with Chocolate Chip ink to give an aged feel.  The jumbo eyelet adds to the aged feel and I’ve threaded the eyelet with Baja Breeze coordinating striped grosgrain ribbon.

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I used my word window punch to add ‘Bondi 1937’ using my Chocolate Chip marker pen, and I layered that on the scalloped oval punch.  I added a bow of Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla satin ribbon and a Pretties Kit pearl to make it look pretty 🙂

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I stamped the clock from Sense of Time in Sahara Sand ink on the left page, and in Chocolate Chip ink on the Baja Breeze textured paper on the right page.  I then alternate stamped the clock mechanics stamp in Sahara Sand and Baja Breeze on both pages, so the clock images flowed from one page to the next.  I used my square punches as diamonds to add the dates to each photo.

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Above is the double layout with photos.

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And lastly each page layout with photos.  I left a few gaps on the first page so that my step-mum can add some jouralling too.

Thanks for looking 🙂

 

Masculine 80th birthday

Last weekend my Dad came to Sydney, visiting the kids, but also to go to an 80th birthday for an old work friend from his Canberra Times days.  While we were out shopping at Rouse Hill Town Centre, he asked me were he could buy a birthday card … LOL!!  I said I could make one!

And this is the card I made …

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Using the colours Kiwi Kiss and Basic Black … I embossed the damask image with black powder and then stamped it off in Kiwi Kiss.  Then I embossed the “Happy Birthday” from the Level 2 Hostess set, Occasions for All, and the “80” from Best Friends Numbers (retired).  I wasn’t very happy with my “80” … it’s a bit crooked!  Oh well, it is handmade!!  A little bit of Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla satin ribbon finished it off.

Thanks for looking 🙂

My sister’s 30th …

Last weekend we were in Canberra for my sister’s 30th birthday … animal print theme!  It was a fantastic party, awesome night (except poor Cath lost her voice) .. and the kids were even good even though it was a late night!

My card is nothing like we were dressed … but this is what I made for her…

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It was an entirely unexpected card, nothing like I had in my head to start with … all I knew was that I wanted a card using my new toy, the Sticky Cut Letters, with Chunky Sprinkles!  After that, I stamped Baroque Motifs in versamark and heat embossed it in white … using the emboss resist technique … I then sponged over the white embossing with Pink Pirouette … rubbed off the excess ink with a tissue and then added the gorgeous and coordinating Pink Pirouette ribbon!  It really only took about 15 minutes to make … once I stopped looking at the blank white paper!!

The papers I’ve used are Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red and Whisper White.

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Thanks for looking 🙂