Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Blog Comp Entries Part 6...

A few more entries for my blog comp!

This beautiful card is from my cyber-friend Kristie:

Then there is this lovely contribution from my great stamping buddy Di:

And, finally (for now) there is this wonderful card from Debbie:

I have had so much fun receiving all of your entries girls...thank you! I might have to hold one of these comps again....SOON!

It is not too late to enter...I will accept entries until midnight AEST tonight (30th September 2008). The full details can be found here.

Talk to you again soon,

PS. I think that I am up-to-date with posting all of the entries that I have received notice of so far. So if you have made an entry, and you haven't seen it on my blog yet, please drop me a line tonight on: navarino@yahoo.com and let me know. Thank you!

My second card class card...

This is the second card we made at my card class here last Wednesday night...

This card is a CASE of one shown to us at our recent Stampin' Up! Regional training event in Sydney. We were shown how to make this card by a very talented fellow demonstrator, Tracey Eaton. I believe that she said she got the idea for it from Kerri Hunter. Thank you very much for this groovy idea ladies!

This card uses the masking and reverse masking techniques, and gives a fabulous effect IMO! The card uses: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Whisper White cardstock. I have rolled the Blue Bayou cardstock with the Speckled wheel (repeatedly)...which gives, what I call, the 'blizzard' background effect ;-). I crimped the Soft Sky layer using....drum roll please...the crimper! WOW, bet you never saw that coming. This layer is also mounted up on dimensionals.

The baubles are made using both the Round Tab punch (punched at right angles to create a large circle mask), and the 1 3/8" circle punch. The baubles are sponged using Soft Sky ink first, then the shadow effect is added (in this case in the bottom left hand corner) using Blue Bayou ink...also sponged on.

The bauble decorations are stamped on, with the outer mask still in place, using the Snow Burst stamp set. The bauble string is from the Hung Up on Christmas stamp set, but you could easily freehand these in with a marker too. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Many Merry Messages stamp set, and has been stamped in Basic Black ink.

Once the card is fully assembled I have traced over some of the Snow Burst snow flakes using the two-way glue pen, and sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds...because a bitty bit of bling is a very Christmassy thing!

Thanks again Tracey for a fabulous demo!


Monday, 29 September 2008

Blog Comp Entries Part 5...

I've got some more pretties to show you!

Check out this fantastic card by Kellie:

Averil L. has sent me another entry...aren't these gorgeous?

Love the candle Averil...I will have to find out how you did that!

And check out the work that went into this beautiful card by Kim B....

Thank you so much for your entries girls!

Not long to go now :-).


New baby card

The idea for this card came from Lauren Meader, and inspiration to use the So Swirly wheel to decorate the body of the outfit came from Jayne Mercer:

We made this card at a recent workshop. The card base is Whisper White, trimmed with either Pretty in Pink or Bashful Blue scalloped edges. We inked the body in either Pretty in Pink or Bashful Blue ink using the So Swirly wheel. We also used coordinating taffeta ribbon and buttons...and that's all. It is a very simple card to make...but looks so effective (IMO).


PS. If you look at the large version of this photo I think you can see the red dirt on the wall where I stood the cards for this photo. Every now and then we get these red mud rains in the ACT...probably because of the drought. So any lovely stamping ladies who live out west of the ACT, if you are missing some dirt, I have it here....would you like it back?

Blog Comp Entries Part 4...

I have a few more entries for my blog comp to show you:

The first card is by Averil L. It is so pretty!

And this beautiful creation is by Mandy...

Thank you so much for your entries girls!

The comp finishes tomorrow, 30th September....then I'll get hubby to pick the winner!

Talk to you all soon,

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Christmas Card Class Card...

Here is one of the cards we made at my Wednesday night card class, an origami Christmas Tree card:

I first saw the instructions on how to make these origami Christmas trees on Juliann's blog Pixie Too, but I was inspired to use our Wintergreen DSP when I saw this card on Michele Force's blog.

The cardstock colours used are: Always, Artichoke, Soft Sky, and Whisper White. I have also used Wintergreen DSP; Soft Sky, Always Artichoke and Versamark inks; Stampin' Up!'s small star punch; gold brads; Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon (for the tree trunk); stamps from the Many Merry Messages and Short and Sweet stamp sets; the retired Twinkle wheel and the Linen background stamp....and that's about it (except of course for SNAIL adhesive and a whole bunch of dimensionals [I hate it when my raised layers sag.......there will be no sagging I say!]).

I love how this card turned out :-).

Thanks for dropping by...again!

Delightfully Dashing!

I just wanted to show you a little Christmas card that I made last weekend. I got inspiration for this card from this beautiful creation by Laurie Schmidlin.

The colours are Real Red, Old Olive and Very Vanilla. I have also used some of Stampin' Up!'s fabulous 'Dashing' Designer Series Paper (DSP), Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, a metal edge tag, and the stamped sentiment is from the Merry, Merry set (which comes with the free matching jumbo wheel - worth $15.95 - if you purchase it during September).

I made this card as part of a hostess gift, and decided to make these packs of coordinating 6 x 6 inch Dashing DSP squares as well.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! I'll be back later with some more cards and some blog comp entries too.


Thursday, 25 September 2008

Blog Comp Entries Part 3...

Hey everyone,

Just thought I'd pop on here and show you some more beautiful cards that have been made for my blog competition.

These two very pretty cards have been made by Dani:

Thanks Dani!


Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Christmas Card Class Tonight...

...Just a little reminder that I have a Christmas card class tonight (Wednesday 24th September) at my home in south Canberra.

We will be making two Christmas cards using different techniques, including paper folding and masking. The class starts at 7:30pm and costs $10 per person (refundable if you place a Stampin' Up! order of $100 or more with me on the night).

The cost includes all the materials you will need for the two cards (including envelopes and a sample sheet for your technique journal) and a light supper (which includes the chocolate cake I just pulled out of the oven ;-).

I have a couple of places free tonight (maximum group size is 6 people), so if you are interested in joining us, please send me an email at: navarino@yahoo.com and I will get back to you.

Here is a teensie pic of one of the cards we will be making tonight...just to whet your appetite.

Have a lovely day (isn't the weather in the ACT beautiful today :-)!

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

More lovely Blog comp entries...

Having a little competition on my blog has been very exciting! I am loving getting new entries. It is not too late to enter, so if you are keen to have a go the details can be found in this post.

The latest entries are all beautiful!! Poor hubby is going to have such a hard time choosing. I've told him what his duties are, and he is up for it. I may also ask Miss 4, who loves checking out cards, to choose her favourite too...and there might be a little something in it for that person too :-).

Ok.....the first lovely card I have to show you is by Caroline:

Then there are two beautiful cards by Karen...you can also see them both on her blog here and here:

and the final gorgeous entry for now is by Jean:

Thanks again girls for taking the time to create for my challenge. I love your cards...and they are giving me lots of inspiration :-).

Have a great day,

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Noel, noel...

I was doing a bit of tinkering today, and this is what I came up with...

The colours are Real Red and Whisper White. The design on the background cardstock is from the Peaceful Wishes Christmas stamp set, it has been stamped in Real Red Classic Ink, and the berries highlighted with a white gel pen.

I used 5/8" Real Red grosgrain ribbon and Real Red Striped grosgrain ribbon. I have also used a large Aluminium Circle tag and the Noel sentiment is from the Many Merry Messages stamp set.

It is a simple card, but I think it looks effective!


Some blog comp entries...

I was very excited to receive some entries in my 20K blog competition last week...see this post for the details. Ladies, I am so sorry it has taken me this long to post the pictures here.

The first entry comes from Angela K. Thanks Angela....your card is beautiful!

The second entry is by Robyn Clarke, a fellow Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator. Isn't it gorgeous?!

Ngaire has also taken up my challenge, and this is her lovely card!

(Unfortunately Ngaire can't win due to the comp only being open to current Oz residents, but I am so pleased that she submitted a card anyway!).

Thank you again ladies for taking up my challenge! For those still thinking about entering...the comp closes Tuesday 30th September, so there is still plenty of time to get your entry photo to me ;-).


Wednesday, 17 September 2008

For a friend...

This card is for a good friend who is retiring...

I was hesitant about putting a bow on a card for a man, but I am happy with the end result and hope that he will like it too.

The stamped image is from the retired (how appropriate) Stampin' Up! set, Fun & Fast Notes, and has been stamped on watercolour paper in black Stazon. I have watercoloured the image using an aquapainter and classic ink. The background card is in Tempting Turquoise. The next layer is a piece of More Mustard DSP from the East Coast Prep pack. Then there is a piece of Real Red which I have cuttlebugged, then a piece of Wild Wasabi. The ribbon around the Real Red layer is from the Jersey Ribbon Originals pack.

I have received two beautiful entries for my 20k blog candy competition which ends on Tuesday 30th September. I will try and post pictures of those cards later today. Thanks so much for entering ladies!

Back later,

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Merry, Merry Christmas

I've had this window/shaker card in my head for a while now......and no, there wasn't a lot of spare space up there while it was 'on the inside' ;-). It didn't come out exactly like I'd imagined...but I can always tinker with it later...

The cardstock is Night of Navy and the stamps are from Stampin' Up!'s Merry Merry set. Merry, Merry is available during September as part of a promotion where you buy the set, and get the matching jumbo Stampin Around wheel free. There are five other sets and matching jumbo wheel available as part of this deal click here for more information.

But back to my card...The front panel is mounted up on a double layer of dimensional edging (the left-over strips from around the edges of sheets of dimensionals). I have also inked the edge of this piece using a sponge and Whisper White craft ink. The window was cut out using one of the Nestabilities Petite Oval Dies in my Cuttlebug. I have stamped images from the Merry, Merry set on a piece of acetate using Cotton White Stazon, and then stuck it over the window with sticky strip (on the underside). I did try to emboss the acetate in white, but the heat of the heat tool melted the acetate...DOH! I am going to get some different types of acetate and give them a try, apparently the old OHP acetate works, as might the laser printer acetate.

I stamped the large baubles from Merry, Merry in Versamark Ink, onto the background cardstock, and then embossed these white. I dumped a GINORMOUS pile of Dazzling Diamonds onto the background cardstock (a la Derek! - if you were at the recent Regionals you might know what I mean) before I stuck down the window layer on top. If you find you have any Dazzling Diamond 'leaks' in the corners of the window you can 'fix' them using Crystal Effects (it is all hidden under the top layer, so you won't see it). I have tied a piece of White Taffeta ribbon around the base of the card. The sentiment is a Rub-On from the Cherished Memories set.

...and thats's it! Definitely not one to be making 50 of though....imagine the mess...UGH!!!!!

Monday, 8 September 2008

A groovy little gift idea...

I wanted to show you just one of the amazing swaps I got at Regionals on Saturday. This one is from my fellow demonstrator, Veronica. Isn't it gorgeous?!

The cardstock colours are: Mellow Moss, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip and Confetti White. The stamps are from the One Of A Kind stamp set. Veronica has also used a Mellow Moss eyelet, a Mellow Moss button, the paper piercer and the slit punch. The beautiful little candle inside is a PartyLite "cherry orchard" tealight (Mmmmmmmmmmmmm....:-). The tealight is held in place with a dimensional.

While I was outside with the kids this afternoon I couldn't resist taking some snaps of one of our beautiful Magnolias which is in full bloom at the moment.


Sydney Regionals 2008 - Swap Card

I went to Sydney on the weekend, and spent a fabulous day at the Convention Centre being WOW'ed, and swapping, and making cards, and hearing business tips and meeting up with lots of demo friends. It was great fun, and I've got lots of ideas to share with you at upcoming classes and workshops.

I managed to make some swaps last week, and this is my card:

My swap was only the card front, but I recently used this design at a workshop and we made the whole card (of course ;-), and this is the inside:

This card uses Always Artichoke and Purely Pomegranate cardstock, Holiday Harmony DSP, Purely Pomegranate satin ribbon and the Season of Joy stamp set, the latter three being available in the current Stampin' Up! Spring Mini Catalogue. I have also used gold brads, sponges and Purely Pomegranate Classic Ink, dimensionals and glue dots.

I had originally designed this card as follows:

But the opposing angles felt a bit odd, so I did not end up going with it in the end!

I hope you all had a fab-o weekend too!
Thanks for dropping by,

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Little Love Notes

Just some more little fete goodies...

My apologies for the glare from the cello bag. I made them and bagged them up last night and forgot to photograph them first. Even if I'd remembered, it would have been a dodgy photo (my OTT globe died the other week, and I don't have a replacement - actually I did, but now I don't...its a long story, and one that involves considerable stupidity on my part, so lets not go there ;-).

Anyhoo...Love Notes. Two in each pack, plus their own little envelopes. Summer Picnic DSP and Blooms Die Cuts...both my favouritest things in the Stampin' Up! world right now. What more can I say?



...ok, not a Manolo (not even Prada or Jimmy Choo) but it is in a strawberry patch!

I was inspired to make this shoe after I saw another lovely shoe on Shelli's blog. Shelli received this shoe while she was attending the recent Stampin' Up! Australian/New Zealand Incentive Trip 2008 at Palm Cove. I believe that Shelli's shoe was made by the very talented Liz Collett.

I got the template that I have used for my shoe from the Hewlett Packard website. I have done a fair bit of tinkering with it in Photoshop to get rid of the colour and pattern on the original template, and enlarged the size (I wanted it to print out as a plain outline directly onto our Stampin' Up! A4 cardstock). Ellen Hutson also has a pattern for a very similar looking shoe.

My little shoe is made in Real Red, and stamped with the strawberry from the Tart and Tangy set, also in Real Red. The embellishment over the toes is made using the Scallop Punch and both of the large Circle punches. I've also used the strawberry stamp again, this time colouring it with Stampin' Write markers in Glorious Green and Real Red.

I may make some more of these for our upcoming fete, and I think I will clear emboss the strawberry for a little more effect. The lollies inside are strawberry flavoured (well duh!), and I've popped them in a small cello bag and tied the top with Red Grosgrain ribbon. I've used the 'Made With Love' stamp from the Art By Design stamp set (in accordance with the Angel Policy rules), and it looks like the label you find inside shoes (IYKWIM?)...kinda cool! You can also easily add a strap with buckle, but in my shoe that would have obscured the little lolly bag inside :-(. Maybe another time!

Have a great day!

Monday, 1 September 2008

20K Blog Hits - Celebration

I've been feeling like I need to get on the blog candy band-wagon, and with 20,000 hits looming, I thought...what better reason?

I am going to run it like a challenge, using the following image as inspiration:

The fabric swatch image comes from Kelani Fabric. I know the blue in the fabric is closer to Tempting Turquoise, but I wanted Soft Sky! I haven't even used all the colours in the swatch..but hey, I'm making the rules here ;-).

All you need to do is make a card, any style, size and fold you like, but Stampin' Up! products only please. You do not have to use all of the Stampin' Up! colours listed above, but you must not use any other colour (strict aren't I??).

Then either:

a/ load a picture of your creation on your blog (along with a link to my blog), and leave a comment here letting me know that you have made an entry;

b/ email me a picture of your creation (and leave a comment here), and I will load your picture onto my blog; or

c/ send me your creation and I will photograph it and load it here (please also leave a comment on here letting me know that you are doing this). I will not be able to return items submitted this way...but I will treasure them :-).

You may enter as many times as you like. I was going to make it a random drawing, using comment numbers, but Blogger does not appear to number the comments, so I am going to ask Hubby to be the judge instead..it'll be kinda random anyway ;-). I'll ask him to choose a winner based on design and craftsmanship. He will not know who the card creators are.

The prize is: up to $20 (AUD) worth of Stampin' Up! products, redeemable through me, to be chosen from either of the current Australian Stampin' Up! catalogues. The winner will have 1 month from the date of winning to redeem their prize. This challenge is open to Australian residents only, and I will cover the cost of postage and packaging to an Australian address. Stampin' Up! demonstrators and non-demonstrators are welcome to enter.

The closing date for entries is midnight (AEST), Tuesday 30th September. The challenge winner will be announced on my blog on the weekend of 4 - 5th October, 2008.

I think that's all. If you have any questions please comment here or send me an email. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you'll make an entry!

All the best,