Friday, July 31, 2009

Spring Mini Catalogue Preview!!!

Just one day to go until I can blab about the pretty things in the new Spring mini catalogue! The catalogues are out there, and I have some to give away too, but as a matter of good style, I'm saving my "Ta-dah!" until the day the catalogue officially starts.

Which is tomorrow.

But today, I can offer you a very special preview,
brought to you in Altered-Penguin-O-Rama.

First preview is a Stampin' Around wheel - yes, I've bought my first wheel! Shame I didn't remember to order the handle at the same time. Ah, well, I'll be making an order tomorrow or so, it can go on that one. Then I'll be set - after all, you only need one handle. Don't you love the design? It goes so well with this stamp set :

Which is sure to be a hit with young boys in particular!

While this set is rather boy-oriented, there's another set in the catalogue that young girls will go nutty over. Less young girls will love it too - I know, I did!
Then we come to the finale of my preview - this!
I know, I know, we've been waiting, and it's here. And the thing that goes with it too. And it goes so well with the other two things that are just like it but different. You'll love the cool results - highly suitable for scrapbooking as well as stamping.

Well, I do hope you've enjoyed my preview. Come back tomorrow for a slightly more informative one.

If you fancy a copy of the mini catalogue for yourself, let me know, and I'll have one to you in a jiffy.

And guess what - I'm planning an EVENT! A no-stress, all-for-fun, get-your-hands-inky, open-house catalogue launch, and you're invited! Mark the evening of 12 August in your diary, and the details will be here tomorrow.

Oh, and if you're not on my mailing list, why not join now? Then I'll invite you properly.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Our Day out at the Quilt and Craft Fair

This past weekend, a group of Stampin' Up demonstrators had a stall at the Quilt and Craft fair in Melbourne.

We had a lovely time - here's a photo of our stall, with Flick and Chris looking like they know what they are doing (actually, they do).

Here's the door prize we gave away - ooh, everyone loves a door prize.

And here's some of the samples we had on display. The awesome, very decorative ones are by Flick, and the choo-choo train blocks, and penguin box, are mine. The box I made is a template from the demonstrator web site - a nice benefit of being a demo is access to great tools like that.

And here's what we like to set up at our stalls - LOTS of samples. It's a good idea to come by and just look. Up in the top right corner you'll see Chris' One Sheet Wonder - I have to do one of them one day.

And here's Flick's own photos, including one of ME at the stall!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

More Penguins, more craft show

I spent some of Friday at the Quilt and Craft fair, chatting about Stampin' Up, and I'm off there again today.

Due to fantastic sales of cardstock and ribbon, I'm predicting there's some free space on the table now, so I made a box! I used a template from the Stampin' Up web site (another sneaky benefit of being a demonstrator) so it was pretty quick and easy. And I made a different type of punched penguin for the decoration. You likin' the fish? Me too!

The penguin is made of the small and large oval punches, the 1 inch and half inch circles, and the word window punch. Too easy!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Penguins for sale at the Craft Fair!

Yes, actual penguins (see?)

This is a punched card I've made. At the Stampin' Up stall, we're offering handmade cards for sale, something we usually don't get to do.

So I've been busy making multiples of my recent favourite design, the little penguin. Want one? Sure you do! Come to the craft fair and buy one.

Want to make your own? Well, I could just tell you how, but if you live near me, I could come on over with all the gear, and show you! How's that for a deal! Just get some friends together (a few is fine, more is fine too) and we'll have a night of stamping and punching fun. That, my friends, is how easy a Stampin' Up workshop is. I might even bring cookies.

The colours here are some real favourite; Old Olive and So Saffron, as well as Basic Black and Whisper White.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Altered Penguin's going to the Craft Fair!

Hot on the heels of Paperific (one of the most exhausting weekends of my life!) comes the Craft and Quilt Fair at Melbourne Exhibition Centre. And a group of us Stampin' Up Demonstrators are having a stall!

Now, here's what we're going to be doing : at any time, one of us will be demonstrating. Each demonstrator is doing her own choice, so if you keep coming back, you'll keep learning new things. We'll be offering our famous showbags for $10, containing not only the HUGE Idea Book and Catalogue (worth $12.95 alone) but also the gorgeous mini catalogue for August. You won't be able to order from the mini catalogue for a few days, but you can lodge your request with a demonstrator.

We'll have a splendid display of all kinds of stamping, all done with Stampin' Up products. We should be able to name every stamp and accessory used, so the display alone is a great learning tool.

We'll be offering cardstock in neat A5 packets, in the colour families, at 24 sheets for $6. This is a great way to get your hands on a nice variety of colours already cut to card size. If you fancy the bigger A4, or even 12x12, packets, you can place an order on the day.

We'll be offering ribbon sampler packs, with 1m lengths of several ribbons. We've grouped them beautifully, so whatever you choose will be really useful. Our ribbons match our cardstock and inks - don't get me started on how important that is! If you love a ribbon and want a whole roll, you can order it on the day.

We'll also be ducking out to browse and have coffees. Oops, I think I was supposed to play that bit down. But really, 'working' for Stampin' Up is all about sharing what we love, so a day out wearing your Stampin' Up apron is really a play day!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New Art - those wonderful crayons

Check it out, I drew this with a black Stampin' Write marker, and coloured it with Stampin' Up watercolour crayons. The crayon colours were just spectactular - Garden Green with Always Artichoke made an excellent avocado skin colour.

Phew, I don't usually draw - at all.

Oh, maybe I should let you in on the secret.

It's ... tracing paper! I traced a photo from a catalogue. And I did the colouring on the reverse side! Looked great.

The only thing is, the tracing paper I used was rather lightweight, and buckled a bit with the watercolouring. I think I'll get some Stampin' Up Vellum (it comes in paper and cardstock weight) and try again. Mmm, card weight vellum, that has possibilities.

And of course, you could exploit this technique with stamps and stamp pads, in place of drawings.

The really neverending card!

Did you like the Neverending Card in my last post? Here's a better look at it, through the magic of stop-motion animation. What fun!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Never Ending Card

One of the nice things about being a Stampin' Up demonstrator is that you don't do it alone - your upline, and her "family" all work together as a group. I'm a member of Gail Force Stampers - the group that comes under - you guessed it - Gail! Just this week, the Gail Force Girls got together for a special afternoon - Flick, another group member, showed us how to make the wonderful "Never Ending Card".

Well, it was marvellous! The table was set with card cut and scored for us already (that's the kind of thing we do when setting up a workshop - just to guarantee that everyone gets success). It didn't look like enough card, but what do you know? It was! All the interesting construction comes in the first step, which is so easy to do (when someone clever shows you!).

Then we spent a lovely afternoon decorating our cards, gossiping, and snacking.

We used some small bits of Designer Series Paper, and everything else was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock. I enjoyed helping myself to Flick's huge marker collection. Wow, you can do a lot with markers! I inked up a number of the stamps with markers (the pink/green cupcakes, for example) - that's one way to get two colours into an image. I also used markers to colour the sprinkles on the larger cupcakes, and to add a touch of detail to the cake cups. Oh, and the cherries, of course! So, although nothing is "coloured in", the card looks very colourful.

You'll see I've also used a bit of sponging - the very edges of each white piece are sponged with a colour from the range I was stamping with. I was pleased to try the official Stampin' Up sponges - turns out they are excellent, and great value at $6.50 for a set of three. I've been using some less good sponges for a while now, and they really need retiring. I'll be thrilled to get smooth new ones.

I'm thinking this would be a terrific project to show to others. Probably not for a general workshop, but great for a class or club setting. Hmm. One of my goals is to get a stamp club together. Well, I already run a stamp club, but I'd love to host a Stampin' Up one, where I present a new project each time, and we all stamp away, enjoying the company, and having a go with stamps and goodies. That's something to work towards.

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®
Supplies used:
Stamp set: Party Hearty, Crazy for Cupcakes
Ink and markers :
Summer Sun, Pixie Pink, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Ruby Red
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black