Friday, May 20, 2011

Birthday Gift

Isn't it annoying when you forget to take a photo of a creation, well I did just that last week in all the excitement of the SU Convention. This was a birthday gift for a lovely friend (who kindly took a photo for me).

The card and journal above were made using the Sepia Technique that you can see in a previous post here. This time I used the gorgeous hydrangea from the Because I Care Hostess Stamp Set. I stamped it in Chocolate Chip onto Crumb Cake cardstock and layered it on Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and some Sahara Sand Patterned DSP. I love the vintage brads and these finished it off perfectly with a touch of lace ribbon.

The front of the journal was made just the same way.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Convention 'Roomie' Gifts

There was 4 of us who stayed together at Crown Casino for the Melbourne SU Convention (boy it was a lot of fun). I wanted to have a little something for my roomies so I created these little boxes full of gooodies. I case'd these from Monica Gale (a talented UK SU Demonstrator) you can check out her creations here.

Here is a close up of the Elegant Soiree one, the others were made from the Sweet & Sour Speciality DSP.

The flower on the side is from a die that a friend of mine had (so I used the opportunity to cut some flowers - I hope we get this in Australia soon).

I included some handmade goodies in the box - a little journal, a little box and a mini post it note holder.

The other goodies included - a giant freddo, lip balm, fizzy fruits, pen and ear plugs (just in case anyone snored).

Attending the SU Convention is not just fun for sharing with team members, but also for getting to meet some of the other lovely SU Demonstrators that have fantastic blogs that I love to follow. This year these included the lovely and talented Christine Blain, Petronela Hardy, and Paula Dobson. I have admired these ladies from afar for quite a while, I just wish I could spend more time following their blogs.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Convention Bag Tags

We all get a Convention Bag at the Stampin' Up! Convention, but with over 450 of the same bag you need to put something on yours to differentiate it from all the others. This year I made a couple of tags for those who I was staying with during convention. They are simple but after experience from last year to much attached will sometimes just fall off!

These all use the plastic convention tag holders (or whatever you call them!). I used the beautiful image from Friends 24-7 stamp set (stamped off once or twice to give a soft effect), then I die cut the initials and used the butterflies embosslit to cut some butterflies in matching patterned DSP. Of course it just didn't look right without a little bling so I added three tiny pearls to each of the letters.

The colours are Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist and Rich Razzleberry.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Convention Swap 2

I did 2 different Convention Swaps, mostly because it adds some variety when you are making a lot (32 of Swap 1 and 44 of Swap 2). For my second swap I did a traditional card front.

I love the Square Lattice Embossing Folder it gives cardstock and paper such fantastic texture and is so versatile. I also find I quite often have lots of scrap Designer Series Paper left over from projects, so I put the two together and came up with these.

You will see there is actually more than one design, I used 6 different sets of DSP and punched a 1 1/4" square from each of the 12 different designs in each pack. Because the papers in each pack co-ordinate together so well, they came together so easily.

Greenhouse Gala DSP

Elegant Soiree DSP

Play Date DSP

Botanical Gazette DSP

Sweet & Sour Specialty DSP

Sweet Stitches DSP

Apologies for the photo quality (late at night, and last minute photos before going to convention).

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Convention Swap 1

I know it has been such a long time, this is why - SU Convention 2011.

Well it is that time of year - time for the Stampin' Up! Convention. This year it is being held in Melbourne (yes - cold, wet, Melbourne). The Convention is so much fun, we get to check out some new products, catch up with lots of old friends, and connect with new friends.

As part of Convention we make 'swaps' to share with fellow demonstrators. This first swap is not actually a card but a matchbook style post it note holder.

I used the Nature Walk Stamp Set from the new Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue and the Framed Tulip Embossing Folder.

By positioning the cardstock in the middle of the embossing folder, I was able to get just the edge embossed. I used the Naturals Ivory cardstock, and spritzed it with Soft Suede.

Apologies for the quality of the photo it was a 'dark' day and I needed to take the photos before I left for convention.