I feel like the luckiest woman in the world!

On Wednesday, my Husband informed me that he was tired of asking me to pack my craft things away from my table (in our theatre room) so that he could watch movies – and followed this with the exciting questions of “why don’t we convert the front entry/study area into a craft room for you?” and then “What would you need?”

Oh My God! Three and a half hours at Ikea, a trip to the paint shop and 3 days later, and this is what we came up with:

Can anyone recognise the paint colour? Yes I had the gorgeous girl at Bunnings whip up a “Baja Breeze” inspired colour for me – isn’t it lovely?

             

This is a really calm and inspiring space now, and I finally have a room in which I can surround myself with all my favourite things – my big task is to convince my 3 and 5 yolds to keep their hands off my candles, vases, boxes and books that have never been so close to the floor before!!!

I want to create most of the artwork in my craft room myself and set about the first project today – a scrapbook layout that would provide the centrepiece to my display wall:

This is one of my favourite photos of Me with Laurenz and Kyan – it was taken in September last year (2009) when we christened our new pool on the first 25 degree day since it’s completion – can you tell the water was freezing? My legs were numb and the kids were trying desperately to keep their feet out of the water!!!

The supplies used are mostly Stampin’ Up! with the exception of a few buttons and cutting templates:

Card – Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP, Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel

Ink – Versa Mark, Not Quite Navy

Stamp Sets – School Book Serif, Garden Wmimsy

Accessories – HodgePodge Hardware, Choc Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Hemp Twine

Punches – Full Heart, Large Oval

So now you have seen a wee slice of my stamping space, why not book a spot at my craft table for a Valentines Stamp-a-Stack in February ( we will be making cards for other occasions too), or one of the Upcoming Easter Classes? All Supplies are included in the class price so you just need to bring yourself!

Email me at stampingelegance@live.com or call 0400200177 to learn more or book your place!

I will be back over the next few days, with details of a great promotion coming up from Stampin’ UP!

Be sure to check back soon!

How Versatile Can One Stamp Set Be???

Hi there and a very Happy New Year to you all!

Over the next week while I am still on holidays from work I am hoping to post quite a few new things for you – particularly a few scrapbook layouts that I have had so much fun creating recently! Stamping really does open up a whole new world of handmade embellishments – no need to stop by the craft shop every two seconds when you have a few simple supplies on hand!

I created these cards and scrapbook pages for a December Workshop and I think they really highlight how versatile one stamp set (life’s a breeze) can be with a little change of colour and stamp choice…

It all started with a 12 x 12 layout set around some gorgeous photos of Laurenz I have been itching to scrap…

 

Pacific Point, Summer Sun and Whisper White

 

My scrapping style is definitely “simple with clean lines” – It think this is probably a result of mostly scrapping pictures of my two boys – I love the shabby and antique looks that are so popular but when I combine these with pictures of the bruisers, it just doesn’s add up!

After completing this layout, I went ahead to create a 9 x 9 layout to demo at my workshop, along with a boys birthday card…

Using the same colour combo as the 12 x 12 layout, I’ve played around with placement of the images, and added a little Pacific Point DSP to the scrapbook layout as added interest…

For my birthday card, I’ve used the Schoolbook Serif Alphabet Stamp Set with the sentiment from the bottom of one of the Fun and Fast Notes Stamps (stamped on the edge of the stamp pad so that only the sentiment is inked)… The effect is a card wishing “Six happy birthdya wishes) – I now have a template to use for any age – and as you can see below – girl or boy!

For my girls card, I have used a colour combo of Pretty in Pink, Whisper White and Riding Hood Red on the Kraft Card Base.  I’ve girlied the sentiment up a little by stamping on the edge of the Life’s a Breeze sentiment to only ink the scroll and of course chosen a different combination of images.

Basically what I have here is a template for my kids birthday cards this year – mixing colours and possibly stamp sets to come up with any age or sex – as I play with my template I will post each new combo for you…

If you like what you see here – this stamp set is on special as part of the Inventory Clearance Sale – Check out the link here!

Cute Thank You Treat Pouch

 
One of the best things about being a Stampin’ UP! demonstrator has to be access to the demonstrator website with it’s wealth of information and templates to browse through!

I’ve made this little pouch from a printable template on the demo site,( it couldnt have been easier), and then set to embellishing it with one of my favourite techniques dating back to 2003 when I embossed the heck out of my wedding invitations!!!  

Colour Combo - Cameo Coral and Green Galore - LOVE IT!

  

   

Using the White Craft Ink Pad and my Simply Said stamp set, I stamped a strip of Cameo Coral, covered the inked image with white embossing powder and embossed it with my heat gun, and then cut a large oval out of one section and several flowers out of another.  

I then distressed the edges of the oval.  Cutting a smaller oval out of Green Galore, I stamped it with my Outlined for Fun “thanks” stamp and embossed that too.   

All that is left to do is distress the edge of the smaller oval, add them together, with your cut out flowers as accents and you have a really cute tag!  

 Here is a close up of the embossed and distressed feature tag:  

  

   

    

Fill the pouch with treats, fold down the top flaps and this makes a great thank you gift…  

Summer Brights Fun

I am having so much fun with my Bold Brights card stock and Stampin’ Pastels at the moment and couldn’t resist sharing my latest birthday card with you – how good do these colours look together?

I’ve used Pink Passion and Tempting Turquoise Cardstock and Stampin’ Pastels as the main colour theme, and repeat stamped the Happy Birthday Wishes from Fun and Fast Notes in Chocolate Chip, missing out the sentiment (stamp on edge of stamp pad) for the end images.  Then using applicators I have pasteled the images with Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, Yoyo Yellow, Green Galore and Not Quite Navy.  You might notice that the strip of Eyelet Border at the top is raised on dimensionals – this just gives the card that all important 3rd dimension.

Now I know that colouring with Stampin’ Pastels can be time consuming but I find it soooo relaxing and really satisfying when the end product looks like this! As my husband shook his head at me – I just smiled and said “If only I could do this as my full time job I would be in heaven!” Alas mayby one day….

Jan xxx

Christmas Gift Bags in Non Traditional Colours

My inspiration for these gift bags came from Michelle’s Stamping Spot (and Makeesha Byl’s Tutorial) – and my challenge to myself was to use Parisian Breeze DSP with it’s soft muted colours to create a Non-Traditional Christmas theme

I plan on finishing these gift bags off with some choccies and will give them to my work colleagues as Christmas Gifts…

Button, Ribbon and Reindeer not Stampin' UP!

Because the Parisian Breeze is thicker than the usual DSP, you don’t need to use the backing card, which makes these gift bags super-quick (as my five year old says in his quasi American accent thanks to Foxtel).  I love that you can see the reverse pattern on the paper as well. 

 

I have coordinated different prints with some Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy Strips for the feature on the front, and created a nice highlight with my So Swirly Stampin’ Around Wheel in Basic Grey. I’ve then added a punched tag with a Quick Christmas sentiment and VOILA! I think it looks pretty special – and is just Christmassy enough (with the sparkly reindeer I just couldn’t resist…but you could use any Stampin’ UP! Christmas stamp you like)

And variations of the same theme:

 

Challenge Complete – you can create beautiful christmas looks without the traditional colours of Green and Red!

For this project you will need

Stamp Sets

Level One Hostess Set Occasions for All

So Swirly Stampin’ Around Wheel

Ink

 Stampin’ Write Marker Not Quite Navy

Jumbo Wheel Cartridge Basic Grey

Punches

Scallop Circle Punch

Large Tag

Card and DSP

Backing Card (optional) from paper packs

Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP (Soon to be disappearing from Spring Mini 30th November)

Not Quite Navy Card

Baja Breeze Card

Basic Grey DSP

Accessories

Hemp Twine

Brads

Non Stampin’UP! Ribbon, Reindeer, Button (Stampin’ UP! offers all of these products, but I had these ones lying around in my stash!)

My first 3D Project (and my first blog!)

As I slowly build my collection of Stampin’ UP! products, and attend stamp-a-stacks at my (now upline) Michelle Scott’s house, I find there are so many new techniques to try! I found this purse template on Andrea Walford’s blog andreawalford.com  and couldn’t wait to try it out – I really wanted to show my work colleague what I was so excited about (stampin’ up products) so I filled the purse with six blank cards with different sentiments that she could use at her leisure.  

   

3D project 1 Purse
Here is the purse

  

and a close up of the detail on the front – my first attempt at watercolouring unsupervised!  

  

I then set about creating 6 cards that tied in together with theme and colour etc, but could be used for a variety of occasions:  

Card 1 Happy Birthday - I took my inspiration from a patchwork card in the current Stampin UP! catalogue 2009-2010

  

Card 2 - Embrace Life

  

Card 3 - So Kind

  

Card 4 - more kindness!

  

Card 5 - Happy Birthday

  

   

and Card 6 - thank you

  

I popped all the cards with their matching stamped envelopes inside the purse and wrapped it in a cellophane bag, tying off with ribbon:  

  

And now the finished project, wrapped in Cellophane with a Gift Tag attached: 

  I was really happy with the way this project turned out and can’t wait to give it to my friend as my first hand-made Christmas Gift.  One of many I am sure! 

Jan x