5 September 2012 – Belated Father’s Day

Father’s Day always creeps up on me and catches me by surprise!!  I was just a little bit late giving my dad his card and present (sorry!!).  I am so glad that The Open Sea stamp set has carried into the new catalogue.  It is a great masculine set.  I have cased this card from fellow demonstrator, Kim Stathakos.  One of the great parts of being a demonstrator is that you get access to Stampin’ Connection which is a forum for all Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world, which is where I found Kim’s card.  I’ve changed it a little as US card sizes are bigger than ours here in Australia.  I hope you like it.

I’ve used Midnight Muse which is fast becoming my favourite blue!!  Although there is a special place in my heart for Marina Mist as well.

Stamp Set:  The Open Sea

Ink:  Midnight Muse

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla

Accessories:  brads.

Wow, I’ve just realised that I didn’t use the Big shot or a punch.  That’s a first for a while!!

1 April 2012 – It’s here!!

I’m so excited to share with you the latest Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalogue.  The Autumn Winter mini is here!!!  There are so many gorgeous new products that it’s hard to chose something to share with you!!!

There’s the Simply Scored scoring tool (which is simply amazing!!), framelits and edgelits (woo hoo!!), pleated ribbon (to die for!), new punches, delightful paper, and of course, amazing stamp sets!!!

I have cased a lovely card from here for a special customer’s birthday.  I’ve used the new Adorning Accents edgelit die and the co-ordinating embossing folder, which look so lovely.  I think they will take a bit of practice to get the hang of but well worth it!  I’ve also used the new Blossom punch and matching stamp set.  I love it when it all goes together!!  Takes out all the guess work!!

If you would like a copy of the latest catalogue, please email me at stampinwithrebecca@yahoo.com.au or call on 0408 193 792.  If you would like to host a workshop, I’d love to conduct one with you.

Here’s a close up of the bling.

Stamp set:  Mixed Bunch,  Happiest Birthday Wishes

Paper:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze

Ink:  Island Indigo

Accessories:  Big Shot, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Whisper White Organza ribbon, Brights glitter brads, blossom punch.

 

18 January 2012 – Spice Cake

No, I’m not cooking a spice cake today, but I am in love with the Spice Cake DSP in the latest mini catalogue!! The pictures really don’t do it justice.

I’m attempting to be more organised this year and actually send out more birthday cards this year.  To this end, I’ve been thinking about a birthday card folder where I can get the cards ready at the start of the month, including addressed, stamped and written in and then just be able to whip the card out a week before and post it off.

I’ve had lots of cardboard used as stiftening for projects so I thought it would make a good base for the folder.  I was going to use a different DSP for each month but I fell in love with Spice Cake so the whole book will be the same paper.  I’m also using the matching stamp set, Spiced Paisley.

Of course, my photo really doesn’t do it justice but you get the idea.  I’ve usedthe Timeless Type Alphabet Junior Sizzlits for the title and the very glittery Silver glimmer paper.  There’s also the new velvet ribbon for the border and flowers.

January

Here’s close up of each page.  Special birthday’s are indicated by a rhinestone.

February

March

April

I’ve still got a few pages to go but I’ve run out of paper!!  And I think I might need some bigger rings as well.

Stamp Set:  Spiced Paisley

Paper:  Spice Cake DSP, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, River Rock, Very Vanilla.

Ink:  More Mustard, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, River Rock, Very Vanilla.

Accessories:  Big Shot, Timeless Type Alphabet Junior Sizzlits, velvet ribbon, Silver Glimmer paper, various punches and big shot dies, brads, paper flowers.

 

Happy New Year!!! – 2 January 2012

Happy New Year!!!  Can you believe that we are now in 2012!!!  I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year.  I spent Christmas day going to church and then with my parents and in-laws at my place.  We were stuffed by the end of the day!!!  Santa was also very kind to me and I got just about everything on my list, including a silver pandora bracelet!!  Now to fill it up!!

Stampin’ Up! have announced that the Stocking Tag punch will not be continuing into the main catalogue later this year and when stocks run out, that’s it!!  So if you were thinking about purchasing this punch, you need to get in quick.  Contact me at stampinwithrebecca@yahoo.com.au or 0408 193 792 to order.

I’ve had to work between Christmas and New Year so I’m just getting into playing with some of the new products from the Summer Mini.  One of my goals this year is to be more original with the cards that I post on my blog.  So I’m going to try out a few of the sketch challenges that are out there. This week, I’m trying out one from Mojo Monday, who have a great sketch every week.  This one has already closed but I thought I would give it a try anyway.

Here’s the sketch:

I’ve been wanting to use the Spiced Cake DSP from the Summer Mini.  This paper is just gorgeous and the catalogue really doesn’t do it justice.  I think I set a record on this card for the number of big shot dies that you can use on one card!!  Love my Big Shot!!!

Here’s a close up of the flower (and isn’t the paper lovely)

Stamp Set:  Perfectly Penned

Paper:  Spice Cake DSP, Soft Suede, More Mustard, Pool Party, Very Vanilla

Ink:  Soft Suede

Accessories:  Big Shot, Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die, Oval Die, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Neutrals Flower Brads, Very Vanilla Velvet Designer Ribbon.

I also participated in a Secret Santa swap with ESAD (Extremely Special Aussie Demonstrators) which is a Facebook group that I belong to for SU demonstrators.  I sent a parcel to Richelle and I received a parcel from Louisa.  I was very lucky and got lots of lovely goodies.  Thank you, Louisa!!

All the packages before opening.

After opening!!!

24 November 2011 – Birthday Surprise!!!

It’s so nice to hear rain on the roof today, given how hot it’s been over the last week or so.

Last weekend was Mum’s 60th birthday and did we plan a surprise for her!!!  She didn’t want a surprise party so we decided to give her and Dad a weekend away at Lennox Head.  But that wasn’t the main surprise…. we all came too (me and my husband and my sister and her family)!!!  and so did Mum’s best friend, Pauline and her hubby Eric.

We let Mum know that we were giving her the weekend away a couple of weeks before, so that she could look forward to it and know that we hadn’t completely forgotten her birthday.  Dad was in on the plan and he knew that we were all coming.  He had to have her at the restaurant at 6.30pm on the dot and he did!!

She was sooo surprised!!!  She had no clue that we were going to be there!!  I had tricked her and called in the morning to wish her a good trip and said that I would call on Saturday which was the actual day.  I also had a big bunch of flowers delivered with a message saying that we couldn’t be there.

We had a lovely time away as a family and the beach was great!!  Will definitely have to go back there!!

Mum, Dad, my sister, Sue and I.

I gave Mum a Big Shot and a few embossing folders and dies for her birthday, which is very exciting!!

I made a telescoping card for her birthday.  I used a template from Julie Davison, who is a US Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Closed

 

Open

Stamp Set:  Delicate Doilies, On Your Birthday

Paper:  Whisper White, Rose Red, Specialty Flirtatious DSP

Ink:  Rose Red, Pretty in Pink

Accessories:  Big Shot, Scallop circle die, circle scissor plus, Large scallop circle punch, 1 3/4″ circle punch, glitter brads, blushing bride ribbon.

14 October 2011 – Pussy Cats and Boxes

I thought it was high time I shared a photo with you of my new babies!!  At the start of September, my husband and I adopted two kittens from Little Paws Kitten Rescue.  Shadow and Jaster are about 8 months old and getting bigger every day.  They love helping in my craft room as well as playing in the paper and boxes that my orders come in.  They have also overtaken my craft chair, so now I sit on the uncomfortable office chair and they have the one with a pillow.  If I’m not watching, I lose the office chair as well!!!

Shadow (left) and Jaster - Brotherly love

At the Stampin’ Up! convention earlier this year, Shelli Gardner, the co-founder, demonstrated a really cute box using the cardboard circle from a box of glue dots.  Well, there are 300 glue dots in a box, and it’s taken me until now to use them up!!

How cute is that!!

Now to find someone with an upcoming special birthday to give it too!!  And put something special in it!!

Stamp Set:  Tiny Tags

Paper:  Mocha Morning DSP, Basic Black, Crumb Cake

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories:  2 1/2″ circle punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Antique Brads, Hemp twine, Champagne Mist Shimmer paint, Jewelry tag punch

 

 

17 September 2011 – New Punch

I have recently purchased the new Doily Triple Layer punch and I just love it!!  I can’t wait to show it to my stamp club girls!!

I also got the new seam binding ribbon and it is lovely to use.  So easy to tie into a bow.

I cased this card from Debra on Splitcoast Stampers and just changed the colours to suit what I had.  Thanks also to the Colour Coach for helping with the colours, gotta love it!

A bit fiddly, but certainly has the wow factor!!

Stamp set:  Create a Cupcake

Ink:  Baja Breeze

Paper:  Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Whisper White

Accessories:  Big Shot, Elegant Lines embossing folder, 2 1/2″ circle punch, doily triple layer punch, 2 3/8″ scallop circle punch, word window punch, modern label punch, scallop trim border punch, Victoria lace, baja breeze seam binding ribbon, hemp twine, Antique brads, pearls.