Friday, June 14, 2019

It's Still My Birthday!!

Happy birthday celebrations continue for me!!

I was lucky enough to receive these two cards, during the week, so even though it is almost 3 weeks after my 10th SU! birthday, Im still receiving cards!!

Im happy with that!! LOL!!

This first card is from Mandy, a fellow demo in Sydney. We became strong friends recently when we attended a SU! event & have chatted since.

Mandy has used the gorgeous Beauty Abounds stamp set, markers and a touch of Wink of Stella, (this adds so much sparkle to a project!!) Ive always loved green & purple together, so the matching of Granny Apple Green with Highland Heather is just perfect, to me!!

This next card is from Kelly, who I met again in November, at OnStage last year!! Her smile is infectious and her work is always stunning!

Using the Mosaic Mood Specialty paper, Kelly simple used the matching dies to cut out the image from another sheet of DSP, propping it up on Dimensionals!! And using the Stitched Nested Labels to create the tag, coming down from the top of the page, is a great additiion!!

The sheen on this Specialty paper is just stunning - you dont need to add much more, it speaks for itself!! The embossing on the paper is beautiful.

So thankyou Mandy and Kelly, your cards and thoughtfulness put a smile on my face for days!!

I'm very grateful for all the support, love, laughs & creativity I receive from you both,

Jo x

Friday, June 7, 2019

Feeling The Love!!

Last week I mentioned that it was my 10th birthday as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator...

I've had such a great reaching out of friendships from those who have traveled any part of those 10 years with me, it truly was a great week.

I was lucky enough to receive a couple of cards in the mail, along with many messages of support via text or messenger, so I certainly felt the love!!

The first card I received was from Alison, who I spent the day with a few weeks ago... We have been friends for a long time now and are always a great support to each other, about SU! and all things in life, really!
She used the now retired Broadway Bound DSP to make a double opening card - probably the wrong name for it, but I love it either way!!

 The SU side of the card than also opens to her gorgeous message to me. Just beautiful!

The other card that I received is from Ellen, who has a stunning smile and wicked sense of humour to match!! She has used the new stamp set, Crafting Forever with the Lovely Lipstick cardstock.

How fun and bright is her card - these women know how much I love the Bright family

I just love the friendships that I have made throught SU!, they are life long!!

I thought I would also show you the second of the 2 cards that I made to say thankyou to my fellow friends & demos of SU! This was to thank them for their support during the last 10 years of my time with them.

Here I have used the Love What You Do stamp set, the Brayering technique, with the Stitched Nested Label Dies, (what a mouthful, lol). I made 20 of these to send out & I am still amazed that I didnt get bored with making so many of the same things - maybe because I knew how important they were to me?

Well, I'm off now, to catch some sleep before I travel to the other side of town tomorrow with my youngest, Darcy. He will be refereeing all day for a  basketball tournament while I catch up with a special friend - I may even have something to share with you, if we get to create, fingers crossed!!

Happy stamping x

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Cooooeeee - Creativity Is Calling!!

Gosh, Im loving these Blog Hops!! I think I need to commit to more, 'cos it gets me thinking & creating, of course!!

And I get to share the items with you, how is that not a win-win!!

You've just come from Libby's blog & she will not have disappointed you with her work, I always love what she has created!!

So apart of this Blog Hop is to create items that use the new items from the 2019-2020 catalogue, going live in just 1 more sleep!! Wahoooo, hey!!

To show off some of the new products, I've used the Come Sailing Away DSP with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

I've allowed the various designs of the paper to speak for themselves!! I don't usually use so many options of the DSP at once, often i simply use one side, maybe 2, so this is a big deal for me!! :)

 The compass image uses a 1.5" circle punch & the 1 3/4" circle punch for the Night of Navy cardstock behind it. The dies for the arrow simply adds dimension to such a image, right?

Yesterday, amongst trying to prepare for the Blog Hop and life, it was our youngest's 15th birthday. Darcy has always loved basketball & is now a B grade referee for various games throughout the week, so of course, the card HAD to be basketball related!

And while this Sea of Textures stamp set isn't new, I think I had discovered a new use for it, so I'm showcasing it... I've stamped the net image in Night of Navy, free-handed the edging of the net & attached the top of the ring with Night of Navy also.

To give the card a bit of dimension, I folded a short piece of acetate on itself, glue dotted it & stuck this to the basketball - I remember doing this in art in Primary School, haha!!

The third project I have to share with you, is a card that I sent out to a few fellow demonstrators and/or my support crew over the past 10 years as a Demo. I am so very blessed to have had many women who have supported me in so many ways.

This card uses the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, one that will be a popular item, I believe & I have cased it almost completely, from the catalogue itself!!

The annual catalogue is such a great resource for ideas and techniques!!

I made 20 of these & 20 of another design that I will share with you in my next post.

The inside needed something special also, so I added a simple image of the budding magnolia, here.

Thanks for stopping by to see my projects, I truly enjoyed making them for you!!

Be sure to leave a comment, so I know you have visited & enjoy the next trip along the blog hop!!

Click on the blue arrow, to move onto Peta's blog & enjoy the amazing work that she has created for you...
Peta's blog :)
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Curvy Keepsake Surprise!

As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I celebrated my 10th birthday/anniversary as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator this week & the class of women that I teach card techniques to, happened to be on the actual day!!

So imagine my surprise when I arrived to find this little treasure on the table, for me!!

I have always liked the Curvy Keepsake thinlits, (now retired), and teamed with these colours, it is just gorgeous!!

Deborah, who made this for me actually looked up the colour combination of a 10 year anniversary & now we all know that blue and silver is it!!

And a touch of bling adds to the special-ness, (cos that is 'totally' a word!)

I must say that the Lindt chocolates that were in this couldn't be photographed....ummm, they are otherwise enjoyed and eaten!!

Thanks Deborah, I really appreciate this little surprise & this treat will take pride of place on my shelves in my stamping room :)

Stay warm during the Melbourne cold spell...brrrrr... Jo.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Happy Birthday To Me!!

Hip Hip Hooray!!

Today is the beginning of the 10th year of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!! A-MAZ-NG!!

I would never have realised how many experiences, interactions, friends and projects I would have made when I was signing that paperwork, with Mel as my Up-Line.

Here we are in 2014, with Shelli, the CEO of Stampin' Up!, (in the middle). Mel has always been the person I could turn to when unsure of a market I wanted to do, a card layout or a business idea. Her honesty has helped me get through to 10 years!!

But above that, we have become firm friends!! We have weathered the storms of family illnesses, life's challenges, deaths & things that we could only get through BECAUSE of each other... I am forever grateful for her friendship...

As a thankyou to just some of the people that have supported, listened & guided my throughout my 10 years, I decided to make 40 cards of 2 designs, to send out.

This took some time to work out who I would like to send a card to, hunt around for their address, make the cards and then write in them before placing them into the letterbox...but I loved it!!

And  I also wanted the smile of receiving a card, to carry along the way through the post buildings, postmen or women, so I made 40 envelopes from various DSP sheets and labelled them.

I will share the cards that I made to send out, later in the week, as I'd like the recipients to enjoy the experience of opening their envelope without having seen the design here - so come back, please ")

I'm still growing in every way: business, personally, tutorial wise, presentation of my projects, everything...and Im okay with that, but the tribe that has carried my along the way have been incredible!! They certainly deserved recognition!!

I am so grateful for every interaction, late night conversation, swapping of card fronts, stamping idea or business pointers that anyone has offered me - I only hope that I gave some of it back.

Thanks for celebrating with me, I cant wait to see what the next year brings for me...

Keep smiling & stamping, Jo

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Getting Together...

Last Friday I was lucky enough to travel out to Ballan, a beautiful part of Victoria, to share the day with Alison. We've known each other for a while, but haven't managed to get to each other's home for a stamp...?

Her home was in the middle of this gorgeous little town & the rain that fell during the day only added to the atmosphere of being all snuggly & warm while sharing ideas about SU! products and the new catalogue!!
Most of Australia has been in a draught for a long time, so the rain is absolutely welcome - I just didn't like the aquaplaning that occurred a couple of times as I drove the 35 minutes to Alison's home...eeek!!

Throughout the day we shared thoughts of the retiring stamp sets that are leaving us and of course, the new crisp catalogue that is just gorgeous!!

We eventually began to work with the new stamp sets, the new In-Colours & embellishments that we are able to purchase BEFORE the catalogue goes live, just one of the perks of being a SU! demonstrator!! 

To show off the new In-Colours of Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray & Purple Posy cardstock, it was Alison's idea to make a bookmark to hand out.

How good do they look :)

This helped us to settle in, to work with the Magnolia Lane & Woven Threads DSP & a few of the stamp sets. We used Good Morning Magnolia, Above The Clouds & the new Story Label punch.

You are just going to love them, there is such a range of themes & occasions throughout the catalogue - there is so much to drool over!!

I truly loved spending time with Alison, her husband, Tod and Poppy, their mini Schnauzer. 

Thanks for opening your house for me, Alison, I promise I will be back xxx

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Happy Birthday to me!!

It's my birthday, my 10th Stampin' Up! birthday this month, actually!!

I can't tell you how happy, blessed & grateful I am to be celebrating 10 year of fun, giggles, unreserved support, tears, hugs and of course, Stamping!!

I have learnt how to create items for an order, produce products that people want to buy & cards that make others want to create - all because of the people that are also involved with Stampin' Up!

So this month will see me showing you various items, photos, moments & products that have come about because of my decision to sign up as a demonstrator, choosing Mel as my Up-Line.

This is Mel, she immediately became so much more than an Up-Line. We now are an important part of each lives and families.

Over the years we have seen such a change in stamps, their images, the way they are made and the quality of the image they produce!

The one on the left is the first catalogue I was actively apart of & soon we are welcoming the 2019-2020 one & it's just stunning!!


Come back in a couple of days to see what my next post will be about - maybe some of my sadder attempts at making a card, some memories that make me smile & other goodies,

Jo x