Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Phew! So that's Paperific!

Well, I've been to every Paperific before, but this time I had a new hat on - Stampin' Up Demonstrator. So I got to demonstrate, run Make and Takes, and chat to people.

I arrived on Sunday morning to find Janine disgruntled - she'd noticed our sign said "Stamping Up", when the company name is really "Stampin' Up!" (yes, the exclamation mark is part of the name). Looking for a good deed to do, I reached up and peeled off the "G", and cut an apostrophe out of the sticky material. I'm sure that gets me some kind of award!

Next step was Make and Takes - I was first up on the Sunday roster. So I got to sit down, and wait for customers. Hah, easy job, everyone knows Sunday morning is quiet. Except that I had two happy stampers immediately, and then another two, and then an unbroken stream of people all the way until the next demonstrator came on duty. She was caught up in something, and I powered on for nearly two hours - loving it, too, it was fun! Here's what we made : a little booklet, with Summer Sun cardstock for the cover, ordinary squares of exercise book paper for the pages, and images from Circle Circus stamped on Very Vanilla, and punched out. Oh, and connected with eyelets, using the Cropadile. I hung the book on a hinged ring, as a cute bag tag.

That scallop circle punch sure is popular - it's fantastic with Circle Circus.

Then I started punching out these shapes out of the scraps. Naturally, people asked to keep them too, so I didn't come home with freebies. Ah well.

Later in the day I got to demonstrate. Ah, sitting down again. I whipped out the watercolour pencils and coloured in the little bird from "Spring Song". Magic, especially combined with the right punches.

I was using my aquapainter for watercolouring. I had recently taken it apart and cleaned it up. I was hoping it would last a bit longer, and guess what - yes it does! This little guy must be six or seven years old, and still going strong for all watercolouring purposes. Aquapainters are available in packs of two (this size, and a bigger one) for $19.95, so that's plenty of watercolouring fun for your money.

What did I make? Check it out! Cute bird, huh? It fits snugly inside the 1 3/8 inch circle punch. I timed myself, by the way. With the base card already cut, I could turn out one of these ATCs in 3 minutes flat! Including colouring, but not including chatting time. So there ya go, colouring doesn't have to take long.

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®
Supplies used:
Bag Tag
Stamp set: Circle Circus
Summer Sun, Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Summer Sun

Accessories : 1 inch punch, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, Scallop circle punch, Cropadile, eyelets

Bird ATC
Stamp set: Spring Song, Organic Grace,
Ink: Basic Black,
Summer Sun
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip

Accessories : Aquapainter, Watercolour pencils, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, Scallop circle punch

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Paperific starts tomorrow!!!

And I'm going to be there!

But not until Sunday, it turns out.

Never mind, I'm there all Sunday, working on the Stampin' Up! stand, and browsing around whenver I'm allowed a break.

Here's a sneak - two cards from my display. They both use one of my favourite new stamp sets : Fifths Avenue Floral. Look out for different demonstrator's takes on this one - EVERYONE is doing something different - it's just so versatile! My two here are pretty different, they hardly look like the same set.

The pink card here uses one of the flower stamps, stamped in black on Very Vanilla, and coloured with Watercolour Crayons (lovely things they are - they come in the 48 special Stampin' Up colours!).

The orange/green/yellow card uses the same stamp set, stamped all over a sheet of Very Vanilla, using Pumkin Pie, Summer Sun and Olive Green (and I think Ruby Red too). These colours all come from the Earth Elements family - that's why they are extra specially harmonious.

You can get this gorgeous stamp set from me by hosting a workshop, or just making an order - it's priced at $45.95 (plus a small postage charge). That's for FIVE stamps in a neat storage box.

Who's "G"? I think it has to be Gail, my upline's upline, and a very nice friend.

So, I'll be running Make and Takes on Sunday at 10 am (first cab off the rank), and demonstrating at 1pm. I'll be swapping ATCs from about 1.05pm (tee hee, can you work out what I am demonstrating?).

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Alphabet to the rescue!

I had a super time colouring this hummingbird with watercolour pencils. I even did research on colours (although I admit I didn't conform all that closely...).

So, pretty bird, ready to go, and I was faced with the big problem - how to actually make it look nice on a card. One big problem; I had stamped and coloured on an offcut of Very Vanilla cardstock - it was an odd shape at the bottom. I couldn't cut it straight (I'd lose a lot of the flower) so tearing was in order.

Mmm, nice tear. Having two torn edges echoing each other makes the tear look "meant"; so does the sponging. That's Rose Red ink, and Rose Red cardstock underneath. I am so enjoying the fact that things match!

Now, we just need something to finish the card. I'm not much of a one for bling, so words are the go. Nothing inspires. Wait, I know, use an alphabet set, and create a short, punchy message.

So, what's a word that suits this picture, nice and sentimental, full of meaning. And it should be three or four letters long. I tried a few on scrap paper :

"Hi" and "Hello" didn't work for me, so I realised "Mum" is my special word. As a bonus, I'm sure it's time to send my Mum a pretty card.

I practiced stamping "mum" at lopsided angles, and chose a favourite. Finally I finished the card.
Phew! And people wonder why I don't turn out that many cards. But what major fun it's been!

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®
Supplies used:
Stamp set: Spring Song, Jumbo Outline Alphabet
Ink: Basic Black, Rose Red

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Always Artichoke

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Altered Penguin's going to Paperific!

I, and about eleven other demonstrators, have taken a stall at Paperific, the papercraftiest paper craft show in town! It's coming up on 19, 20 and 21 June. We're going to be taking turns to demonstrate, run make-n-takes (defn: a free activity where you get to make something and take it home), and offering show specials.

I'm not at liberty to say what the specials are right now, except to hint that they are totally good, properly thought out, and a very good deal. We've priced them to include postage right to your place!

We're also offering some goodies at the stall - showbags (with a thick juicy catalogue in every one), and some excellent specials to buy on the spot.

So I'm busy working out just what I can offer for MY demonstration, and MY make and take. It has to be pretty, easy to transport, eyecatching, and different from what everyone else is doing. Phew! Good thing I like to demonstrate.

Monday, June 8, 2009

A rose is a rose

Well, I'm getting into the swing of this particular blog. Here's another pretty card I made. I adore the 'Fifth Avenue Floral' stamp set, and I've just started playing with it.

I stamped the large rose on Very Vanilla, and coloured it with the watercolour crayons. You see, I do love every watercolour medium.

The special thing about THESE crayons is that they come in the named 48 Stampin' Up! colours. It's pretty hard not to find matching cardstock! I coloured with mostly Rose Red, and a little Summer Sun, and of course those are the card colours I used too. And Rose Red ink on the 'A' monogram too, natch. AND Rose Red ink on Rose Red card for a background. See, it all goes together!

Trivia item : why did I use the "A" monogram on this card? Is it meant for my Aunty Agatha, or my friend Annie? Nope, I only just bought the alphabet, and I have only mounted "A" and "B" so far! Couldn't wait to use it!

I did a variation, which is getting mixed reviews around here : the rose is coloured with just one crayon - Charcoal, from the neutrals set. Perhaps I'll do another one, with ONE coloured flower and some neutral ones in the background.

Like the scalloped edge? So do I! That's one nifty edge punch.

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®
Supplies used:
Stamp set: Fifth Avenue Floral
Ink: Basic Black, Rose Red

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Summer Sun
Other: 1 3/8inch circle punch, circle scallop punch, scallop edge punch, word window punch, watercolour crayons

Welcome to my Stampin' Up blog!

I've started a new blog, to go with my new role as an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Yay! Let's start with a card I just made with goodies that just came in the mail. 'Cos making stuff is what it's all about.

This one uses the very pretty "Spring Song" stamp set, which of course I bought - it has a bird!

I've coloured Mr Birdy with the watercolour pencils - my first time using the Stampin' Up! ones. Wow, they are smooth, and full of pigment! You can tell nice pencils with your eyes shut - just listen to the sound they make when you colour with them. The cheap pencils we give to kids make a "skritch skritch" sound, but good ones just sigh. Ahhh.

My daughter tells me I didn't colour the bird's head right. She says the head should be the same colour as the back. I could scoff and say "what would she know", but she's usually right, so there's my task for next time.

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®
Supplies used:
Stamp set/s: Spring Song, Organic Grace
Ink: Basic Black, Old olive, Not Quite Navy

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy

Other: 1 3/8inch circle punch, circle scallop punch