Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Summer Mini Launch

Stampin' Up! have a beautiful new mini catalogue out for Summer and it's jam packed with gorgeous stamp sets, fun accessories and awesome embelishments! On January 15th @ 7pm I will be hosting a little Summer Mini workshop. It'll be a fun night creating a couple of cards and a sweet little gift box. Cost is $10 for the three projects with plenty of fun and laughs thrown in for free! Contact me if you would like to attend. Please RSVP by January 11.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Some Scrapbooking

I thought I would share with you some scrapbooking that I managed to put together whilst on our trip up North. These are some photos of Levi on his actual first birthday when we went to Muddy's playground for a play and fish and chips lunch. He just loved splashing around in the water there. Ethan popped that little yellow flower behind Levi's ear and it stayed there for a long time. Doesn't he look so happy about life?
I am still defining my scrapbooking style but I would have to say that I am much more into putting a few photos onto a 12x12 layout than just focussing on one shot. However sometimes you do have such a gorgeous picture that it can be the only one on the page.
I used some adhesive die cuts from the Hoppy Memories Simply Scrapping kit and they are so cute. I love the images in this kit with the frogs and turtles and thought this cute little character was the perfect company for Levi's cuteness on this page!
I do have to apologise for the picture quality here. I really struggled to get it all in focus. I do hope you can see it well enough.

Cardstock: Yoyo yellow and Pacific point
Ribbon: 5/8" Kiwi kiss striped grosgrain.
Embellishments: From the Hoppy Memories Simply Scrapping Kit
Marker: Chocolate chip

Happy stamping!
Love Claire
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Monday, December 28, 2009

Pink Daisies

This is an effective way to use your Stampin' write markers. Using a larger detailed stamp such as the Daisies from Upsy Daisy start by using the lightest colour markers to colour in the stamp. I started with Regal rose on the flowers and then added the rose red to the centre base of a few daisies before colouring the stems in old olive. By this time the ink has dried a little so you need to give a good warm huff with your breath all over the stamp to moisten it. Then stamp onto some whisper white cardstock. The card was finished with some pink pirouette cardstock and 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon and a Kiwi kiss base. I stamped the greeting also from the Upsy Daisy set in Old olive as I don't yet own the Kiwi kiss ink.

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Enjoy and Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Something bright and cheerful!

This is a sweet little card using a new set from the Summer Mini. It's a happy little card which can be changed to suit the occasion by your choice of greeting. The stamp set is called Hello again. The card is whisper white with Lovely Lilac and Kiwi Kiss cardstock. I used markers for the flower in Pumpkin Pie and Old olive and the Lavender Lace for the butterfly and greeting. The greeting comes from the Upsy Daisy set but you could also use the 'Hello' which comes in the Hello again stamp set. The ribbon is the 5/8" Striped grosgrain in Kiwi Kiss.
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I hope this is a little bit of inspiration for you!
Happy Stamping!
Love, Claire

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I'm back!

And I have lots to show you :) I took a bunch of stamping things up North with me and had lots of fun creating. It was lovely to have the opportunity to have a stamping night with some of the MAF ladies in Nhulunbuy before we flew out to the little island of Milingimbi. A couple of the girls were keen to make a Tri shutter card and I just happened to have just enough cardstock and patterned paper to make another version of this card using the Butterfly Prints stamp set from the Summer Mini. We had such a great night together.

We used a kraft background with Washington Apple papers, Bashful blue, Real red and Pumpkin pie ink, Bashful blue 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and the beautiful Butterfly prints stamp set. It would have saved us a fair bit of time if I had received my butterfly punch in time... but now I have it and it's wonderful! I love it! And it also co-ordinates with the butterfly images from Flight of the butterfly (p. 82) in the Idea book and catalogue.

I only have a couple of dates available for workshops in January. Contact me if you would like to have a workshop with some of our lovely new products from the Summer Mini.

Also, until January 24th there is a great inventory clearance sale on with Stampin' Up! There are some awesome reductions! Check them out at

Happy Stamping!

PS Stay tuned for some scrapping layouts and more cards over the next few days!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Faux metal effect

Hi girls!

This will probably be my last post until I return from NT. But I just had to share this fun technique with you! This is my latest swap in my Artist Trading Card (ATC) techniques swap and the technique is Faux metal. If you are into heat embossing then you must try this... if you are not yet into heat embossing then you must get into it and try this because it is such fun and a great effect!
There is a tutorial here on Splitcoast. Basically you use versamark ink and Silver embossing powder on cardstock and heat set four layers or so. Then you quickly whilst the embossing powder is still wet press a stamp into it. This is how I made the silver flowers on the ATCs. The recipe is below.

Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper white
Ink: Versamark, Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Accessories: Heat tool, Silver embossing powder, Old olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Snail adhesive.
Stamp sets: Eastern Blooms and Best Yet.
Love, Claire