Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Star Card

I made a card to match the box from my last post (it should have gone up sooner but I managed to pick up a nasty bug from doing parents help in my childs' class which has put me out of action for a few days this week - why do parents send their children to school sick - it just infects everyone else - sorry rant over!). This card isn't hard, you have to make sure that all of your scoring is accurate otherwise it won't hold together accurately.

Stamps: Perfect Punches,
Ink: Basic Black & Real Red
Card Stock: Real Red, Whisper White & Newsprint DSP
Accessories: Decorative label punch, Oval XL punch, Dimensionals, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, stamping sponge.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Star Gift Box

So I'm back working a 5 month contract with the STAR programme at the moment & to celebrate we made this cool box and a matching card in a class recently (I'll show you the card in tomorrow's post). These boxes are terrific as they are fairly simple and you can embellish them any way you chose. The template for it can be purchased here.  They are perfect for holding chocolates, or a small gift nestled in shredded paper.

Stamps: Perfect Punches,
Ink: Basic Black & Real Red
Card Stock: Real Red, Whisper White & Newsprint DSP
Accessories: Decorative label punch, Oval XL punch, Dimensionals, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, stamping sponge.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sneek Peek - Hello Delicate Doily Posy Punch

Here's a card I CASEd from Debbie N. using a new Big Shot die called Fun Flowers and new stamp sets called Delicate Doilies & Posy Punch (I am so loving that hostess set!). Each layer was separated with Dimensionals and I added some basic rhinestones to jazz it up just that little bit. Want to get your new catalogue at a discount with some freebies & also vouchers exclusively redeemable with me to use throughout the year - order your copy now! or to come play with new products for free come along and join in the fun of the new catalogue launch. Melon Mambo looks so nice with Basic Grey - don't you think?

Stamps: Delicate Doilies & Posy Punch
Ink: Basic Grey, Melon Mambo & Pretty in Pink
Card Stock: Basic Grey, Melon Mambo & Whisper White
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Fancy Flower Punch XL, Big Shot, Fun Flowers die, Melon Mambo 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, SNAIL, Dimensionals, 1" circle punch.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sneek Peek - Hello Punch Posy!

I'm so excited only 8 days until the new catalogue is released! Here's a sneak peek at another of the new stamp sets, this is an exclusive hostess one, the hostess programme is changing from the 1st of September and honestly as a hostess you will be able to earn a lot more benefits from hosting workshops - so excited for you all - if you want to book a party, contact me here.

Stamps: Punch Posy
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Early Expresso
Card Stock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Early Expresso
Accessories: Fancy Flower XL punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, neutrals buttons, linen thread, Dimensionals. SNAIL, Big Shot, Finial Press die, stamping sponge.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Chocolate Top Note Treat Holder

All of my customers who place orders with me get a thank you item, sometimes it's a card, sometimes it's some product samples and other times it's chocolate! This time I made up some chocolate holders using the Top Note die - two cut in card stock and one in co-ordinating designer paper. I love how the Top Note die has that perforated inner line - perfect for cutting along!

I added a little thank you sentiment and here is it filled with a yummy little chocolate treat! Don't you love how those perforations are a nice contrast to the card stock?

Stamps: Taking Care of Business
Ink: Baja Breeze
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Elegant Soiree, Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note die, Scallop oval punch, large oval punch, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, 
Non SU!: Cadbury Freddo frog

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bleaching & Adding Colour

The last bleach technique that we did in this weeks technique class was adding colour back in after we had bleached it out of a design. This is such a cool technique and awesome for creating lovely effects with a single layer of card stock. The colour you add back in can be from Classic Ink pads, Stampin' write markers, pastels, water colour crayons or water colour pencils - so lots of options! This card was CASEd from Kristy B. who demonstrated it at the 2011 Stampin' Up! convention in May. It works well with any open line stamp image.

Stamps: Elements of Style
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede
Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Accessories: Heat tool, clear embossing powder, Aqua painter, SNAIL, stamping sponge, stamp-a-ma-jig
Non SU!: bleach

Friday, August 19, 2011

Corner Rounder Punch Video

I did a post a while ago about the corner rounder punch here, but if you a more visual person you might like to see the video on You Tube that Stampin' Up! head office in America made especially for people who want to learn how to use this punch more efficiently.
For AUD$13.95 it's a great addition to your card making kit #119871 3/16" (0.5cm) corner small.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bleaching Out Colour

The second card we made in the techniques class this week was using the gorgeous All A Flutter stamp that is retiring *sniff* I love how realistic this butterfly is. The technique is simple enough, I chose to use a dedicated Aquapainter filled with bleach as I do this technique regularly and like the way that the Aquapainter contains the bleach fumes so preventing me from getting headaches as opposed to using a nylon bristle brush with a little pot of bleach (which also works, but do this in a very well ventilated area where you know that the pot won't be bumped or at risk of spilling).

Here's a close up of the card, I love the depth removing colour from the card stock creates, nice effect isn't it? So what other techniques would you like to see me do in a class??

Stamps: All A Flutter, Because I Care & Very Vintage Jumbo Roller wheel
Ink: Versamark
Card Stock: Baja Breeze & Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Paper snips, Dimensionals, SNAIL, clear embossing powder, heat tool, powder pal, embossing buddy, basic pearls, Aquapainter.
Non SU!: bleach.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Background Bleaching

Yes - finally something for more exciting to do with bleach than clean the toilet! The technique class that I am running this week involves three different stamping techniques all using bleach - don't worry the bleach smell doesn't stay on the card stock after you have applied it! Lots of fun - still spots available if you want to join us - details are here.

Stamps: Just Believe
Card Stock: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip & Old Olive
Accessories: Paper piercer, jumbo brad, scallop trim border punch, Dimensionals, stamping sponge, basic pearls, 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon (retired), stamp-a-ma-jig, SNAIL.
Non SU!: bleach

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Big Shot Butterflies

Finally here's a card!! Yes it's been a while, but here is a card - although I confess not made by me, it was the ever talented Michelle C. it was part of our demonstrator swap a few months ago when the theme was Big Shot............isn't it gorgeous - it uses the retiring Simply Scrappin' Kit papers from Love Letters - for the full retiring list click here.

Card Stock: So Saffron, DSP from Love Letters Simply SCrappin' Kit
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Pretty In Pink 1cm Taffeta ribbon, 1" circle punch, Big Shot, Top Note die, Beautiful Wings embosslit die, Dimensionals.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New Catalogue Launch Party!

You’re Invited to the
2011-2012 Stampin’ Up! New Catalogue Launch

Are you as excited as I am about the new catalogue & idea book that Stampin’ Up! is releasing soon? Come along to a FREE evening of creative fun from 7.30pm – 10pm on Friday 2nd September
(NB: There is no charge for the evening, but please RSVP is essential prior to August 31st to secure your place and kit)

§  Look at the new catalogue
§  Two make & take items using all NEW stamp sets
§  Make an exclusive colour swatch featuring all fifty of the Stampin’ Up! colours
§  Door Prizes*
§  Refreshments

Would love for you to join us for an evening of creative fun – if you have any queries or want to RSVP please contact me today or 0421 482 578. See you there, Ann.

*Earn bonus door prize tickets for:
Each friend you bring along who is new to Stampin’ Up!
Purchasing a catalogue either on the night at normal price or pre-ordering one
Booking a workshop or private class
Placing an order
Taking part in a product share

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pre-Order 2011-12 Catalogue NOW!

Pre-Order your 2011-2012 Stampin’ Up! Catalogue & Ideas Book and not only will you get it at a special price, but you will also receive some bonus freebies!

For the special price of $10 (save $2.95 off RRP) you get the new catalogue, plus you get a:           
v   SHEET OF 12 vouchers – a different coupon for every month of the next Stampin’ year – when you order with me!
v    magnetic BOOKMARK to mark your favourite page
v    Stampin' Up! PEN to fill in those wish lists!
v    A5 SAMPLES of the five brand new IN COLORS 
v    Extra door prize ticket in the catalogue launch party draw on             Friday 2nd September

Payment due on or before 31st August 2011, either via cash or direct deposit to take advantage of this special offer. ANZ bank account BSB: 016016 Account: 476967137 under name Ann Gerlach. Please leave your SURNAME as reference for me.

Of course if you don't live local - I'll happily mail you this offer for an extra $6 or you could get it for free by hosting a workshop after September 1st - so many options!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Last Chance List Released!

Yes it's that time of year again............the Last Chance List is out................some things have to be moved out of the catalogue to make room for the new stuff that is coming soon! Some items are up to 40% off RRP so grab a bargain, or grab that stamp set and/or accessory you've been debating about now - as once items run out - they will not be coming back! I will be posting regularly what has run out so contact me sooner rather than later to place an order for the Last Chance List.