Pucker Up!!

Sorry Blog for neglecting you! It has been a r-e-a-l-l-y long time since I last posted – just over 10 months.

Today I am part of an awesome Blog Hop with a bunch of very creative & talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, including the ever-so-talented Sue Madex, whose Blog you would have arrived from.  This month we are showing you various techniques, that can be used on your cards, scrapbook pages or 3D projects.

I LOVE this easy technique, that I am going to show you. It’s called Kissing – with a twist – it’s used with a Big Shot Embossing Folder. This technique works best with a solid  image stamp – not an outlined image stamp.

These are the basic products you need – light coloured ink pad, darker coloured ink pad, solid image stamp, embossing folder & a brayer.

You need to ink up your stamp using the light coloured ink pad (eg. Wisteria Wonder), ink up the inside of your embossing folder (either debossed side or embossed side – both sides work well) with the dark coloured ink pad (eg. Elegant Eggplant) using your Brayer, with your stamp which has been inked, press stamp onto the inked embossing folder, lift off & stamp onto either Very Vanilla or Whisper White cardstock.

What you will see is a pretty pattern highlighted on your image. Check out my design below.

The purple flower is created by using the embossed side of the folder & the blue flower below is using the debossed side of the folder.

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White & Regals Patterned Paper pack

Stamp Sets: Button Buddies & Inspired by Nature

Ink: Lucky Limeade, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Wisteria Wonder & Elegant Eggplant

Other: Antique Brads, Scallop Circle Punch, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder & Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, 1/8″ Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon.

 

Hope you enjoyed learning the Kissing with a Twist technique & now your next stop on this Blog Hop is the gorgeous Nikki Sadler.

 

Here is a listing of the other lovely ladies participating in this Blog Hop:

Ros Davidson http://www.rosdavidson.typepad.com

Sue Madex http://www.madexcreations.com

Nikki Sadler http://www.inkyart.com.au

Di Dunk http://www.stampartbydi.typepad.com

Alisha Watson http://www.ratherbstamping.blogspot.com

Kathryn Ruddick http://www.katlodesigns.com

 

Thank you!

 

Margaret xx

 

 

 

 

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Just Add Ink 88 – Just Add a…….Die Cut

How appropriate I needed to create a Wedding Card for a lovely couple, who have been together for an amazing 25 years & finally “tied the knot” yesterday. Congrats Rachael & Steve!

This week’s Challenge at Just Add Ink was to create something using a Die Cut. Here is my lovely creation.

Cardstock: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride & Whisper White

Ink: Early Espresso

Stamp Set: Tiny Tags

Other: Tag Punch, Basic Pearls, Scallop Circle Die, Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder, Full Heart Punch, In-Colours (2010-2012) Patterned Paper Pack, Chiffon fabric (non-SU!)

The happy couple are away on their honeymoon, but this little card will be waiting for them in their mailbox upon their return.

Convention Photos

Thought it was time I showed you some of the fantastic photos fron this year’s South Pacific Convention held last month. I was only one of approximately 460 stamp-crazed fans consisting of Demonstrators & Guests at this years Convention, which was conveniently held at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

I’m sure some non-Convention attendees thought I was weird taking a photo of a sign! But it wasn’t just any sign – it was THE SIGN! To show me the way to my 3 days of indulgence & fun!

Here is the Welcome Sign – pretty bright isn’t it? Matches well against the Orange Stairs – don’t you think?

After we registered & collected our Bright Pumpkin Pie & Pretty in Pink bags & FREE stamp sets (can’t tell you about them just yet), we lined up for Memento Mall (there was no queue when I went there). These ladies are queueing up to grab their bargains – wonder how long they were waiting for? These bags stood out around Melbourne – we knew each other where part of a special “society”. lol!

When at Convention, YOU MUST have a photo taken with Shelli Gardner – I felt like I was lining up to see Santa! She constantly had a BIG SMILE on her face. She was very inspirational to listen to & cracked some very funny one-liners. It was awesome to meet her in the flesh.

Some more photos to highlight:

Top to BottomSarah Fisher (my SU! sideline) I was looking out for her (as I had never met her before), but fate stepped in & she came & sat down for a rest next to me. Marija Paic met her on the first day – she was at Convention by herself & was also a Convention “Virgin”. Although I wasn’t in the same group as Sarah & Marija, we always managed to catch up with each other.

Card Displays – I couldn’t believe my eyes, when I saw my Regional Swap up on the board at Convention – woohoo! It’s the one in the centre with the pretty Butterfly. I was very chuffed!

Gala Dinner: Showcasing the yummy dinner, menu, flowers on the tables & the way the Waiters brought out the food – very “high tea”ish – don’t you think?

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Last but not least – one of my favourite photos. This is a photo of me & the lovely Charmaine Black. Charmaine & I have been emailing back & forth over the past 3 years. Charmaine lives in Perth & it was totally awesome to catch up with her & actually meet her in the flesh. She gives the best hugs! Charmaine also received many Awards & is also a Top 25 Demonstrator. Congrats Charmaine!

That’s the end of my Convention journey – well a very small version of it anyway. I’m really looking forward to September, when we can show you the new stamp sets & other surprizes being launched.

Thanks for visiting!

Designer Series Paper Blog Hop!

Oh boy! How slack have I been lately? I haven’t blogged since last month’s Blog Hop – bad girl. But there are reasons – birthdays, sick relations & other various commitments.

Welcome to this month’s Blog Hop – you would have arrived from the gorgeous Tina Gillespie’s blog & would have enjoyed seeing her lovely creations I’m sure!

This month’s Blog Hop is based on our lovely Designer Series Paper packs – I have a couple of packs of DSP lying around, but couldn’t find them to play with, but I did manage to find one pack & I have also used the Brights Patterned Paper Pack.

I found this noticeboard on this lovely blog –  Anne Hayward .  One of my lovely Hostesses recently received this as a Thank You gift – on the note, it has special reminders incl. my birthday, upcoming dates for Stamp Club, new catalogue release date & more.

Cardstock: Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Crazy Cajun & Chocolate Chip

Other: Greenhouse Gala DSP, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies,  White Gel Pen, Versmark, Crystal Effects, Map Pin (non-SU!) & Corkboard (non-SU!)

This is for someone special – that’s all I can say for now! Shhhh!

Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White & Rich Razzleberry

Stamp set: Thanks for Caring (Autumn-Winter 2011 Mini)

Ink: Tempting Turquoise

Other: Brights Patterned Paper Pack, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies,  1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon – Rich Razzleberry, Scallop Envelope Die, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Antique Brad, Window Punch & Ferrero Rochers

Thanks for visiting, now you’re next stop on the Hop is the lovely Judy May. I used to work with Judy many years ago & recently caught up her last nonth at our Australian/New Zealand Convention. Small world isn’t it?

Look forward to seeing you next month.

Color Coach Blog Hop

Hello & Welcome to my Inaugural participation in a Blog Hop!

What is a Blog Hop? Well, it’s basically hopping from one Blog to another via a link. You would have come from the lovely Alisha Watson’s Blog to arrive here or if you started here, you would then be directed onto the lovely Ros Davidson’s Blog.

A couple of weeks ago, I was very fortunate enough to stay with this group of ladies & attend the 2011 Stampin’ Up! Convention & now they have “adopted” me. It’s wonderful to be part of a passionate group of ladies, who LOVE doing what I LOVE…………………………..Stamping & being Creative.

The theme for this Blog Hop is the awesome Color Coach! Mine just arrived by post yesterday & it is full of fantastic colour combinations! It’s just like looking through a paint palette & seeing all the beautiful colours.

We each chose a main colour & then used the colours that co-ordinated by using the suggestions in the Color Coach. I chose Daffodil Delight as my main colour & Tangerine Tango & Concord Crush as my co-ordinating colours. Bright! Yeah, I know! But Happy Colours too! Hope you enjoyed what I made.

I recently saw one of these little bags made up in a retail outlet, whilst on holidays & memorized it. Actually I made up a “dummy” version as soon as I could – especially as I had to remember which way the folds worked. Phew!

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight Textured , Tangerine Tango, Concord Crush & Whisper White

Stamp Set: Just Believe

Ink: Versmark

Other: Stampin’ Write Markers:- Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz & Concord Crush, Big Shot Top Note Die, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Antique Brad, Eyelet Border Punch, Daffodil Delight 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Jumbo Eyelets (which you can’t see), Framed Tulips Embossing Folder & Polka Dot Embossing Folder

Really not too sure what you would call this type of box? Maybe a Pop-Up Box? It opens at the top & you could use it for lollies, small gifts or a box of kisses!

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Concord Crush & Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Confetti & Punch Potpourri (Hostess Level 1 Stamp Set)

Ink: Daffoldil Delight

Other: Stampin’ Write Markers:- Concord Crush & Tangerine Tango, Jewels Basic – Rhinestone, Boho Blossom Punch & Scallop Trim Border Punch

Finally a card – although Daffodil Delight was not my main colour, but it was still used in this colour combination. I used a Masking technique on this card – reminds me of Spring, when hopefully some warmer weather might come our way.

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Concord Crush & Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Every Month & Just Believe

Ink: Stazon Black

Other: Daffodil Delight 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Write Markers:- Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz & Tangerine Tango, Crop-a-dile, Hemp Twine & Bright DSP Patterns Pack

Well there you go, My 1st Blog Hop has ended……………looking forward to the next Blog Hop at the end of June!

Just another little note: if you are finding it hard to get into Kristine Thompson’s Blog – try here

Hop onto the talented Ros‘s Blog & see what she has created!

Convention Accommodation – Wow!

Hello Everybody

Just thought I would show the outside of the gorgeous Mansion/House/Accommodation I stayed in, with 11 other Demonstrators & a very cute baby girl. The House was located in Fitzroy, just on the outskirts of the City – we could have caught the tram in each day (as the tram stop was right outside our house), but we were lucky enough to be chauffeur driven in by Rachel & Teena.

There were 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms – the bathrooms had NO curtains on the windows, so we had to find spare towels & prop them up somehow.

Unfortunately I haven’t got a photo of the lovely group of Demonstrators I stayed with – but we had a wonderful time getting to know each other.

My Convention Swaps

After I registered for our Annual Stampin’ Up! Convention, about 6 weeks before it commenced, I was wracking my brain for a Swap idea.

As I am a Melburnian & Convention this year was held here – I was thinking of something Melbourne(ish) & decided to dress the Owl  up in AFL (Australian Football League) jumpers to represent the sport that alot of Victorians & Australians love.

Can you believe not one stamp was used in this Swap? I used mainly the Big Shot & the Extra-Large Two-Step Owl Punch.

Very cute! What do you think?