Thursday, April 30, 2015

Stampin' Up! Convention, Queensland 2015 is here!!

Oh my goodness!! I have been so crazy, busy with life that Convention has crept up on me... Suddenly we are in Queensland, on the Eve of the biggest meeting on our Stampin' Up! calendar - The Inspire, Create, Share Convention!!

This event, held for all Australasian Demonstrators allows us to see & use the latest products that are being released, so that we can then inspire you!!!!

During this 3 day meeting, many of the Demonstrators choose to make various cards or 3D items to swap with others, therefore sharing ideas & finally getting to meet those that we have spoken to via various outlets - the family of SU! is amazing with the support we give each other, this is a great way to celebrate it.

And we get to see the new catalogue that will be released in just a few months!!

So with this in mind, here is my swap for others to gain ideas from me - I hope they are happy with my contribution....
(Sorry for the long post, but I want to share everything with you!!)

First of all, I cut a heap of various colours of cardstock into 1 cm thick peices.
I then twirled them around & around & around a very thin sewing needle, just like the quilling technique, until I got it to the size that I wanted.

This is what I ended up with, lots of lolly type shapes!!

I then spent a fair bit of time pouring Crystal Effects onto each side of the cardstock rolls, allowing them to dry overnight before doing the nest step.  
When the top and bottom, (with the ring) was completely dry I then painted around the edges of the cardstock, using a small brush...

This is my new use for the amazing punches available through SU! (Please note, some particular Punches may retire shortly, but we will get a fantastic new catalogue full of new products to explore!)

The next part of my project was to have the rings presented in something, of course! My gorgeous friend & upline, Mel suggested using acetate to make a box to use for them. I decided to make a base for the ring to sit on and then a box to hold ring, the base& the recipe of how I made this altogether.

I am super happy of how this all came together! For someone who was not making any swaps, within 4 days of beginning, they were made! And now all that is left, is to share our love for Stampin' Up! products at tomorrow's Convention - Im almost too excited to sleep!!

Stay here to see more gorgeous work from fellow friends & Demonstrators in the next few posts!!

Happy Stampin'....

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Christmas Wreath

Before Christmas, Rachelle, (13 years old), my daughter and I began to make these wreaths for gifts to close family & friends.

We made these from using old books from the Op Shop and spent lots of time laughing & chatting the nights away while we did... Each of these wreaths, (& later, some trees..) took about 7 hours each & all looked different when finished.
If you look closely, you can see this one has lights attached to the polystyrene and paper. It just looks stunning in the light, too!

When it all came together, it looked wonderful. I think my favourite was the one that Rachelle gave to my mum, it hung from her backdoor beautifully on Christmas day!

Thanks Rachelle, I loved making these with you!!

Stay close and I will have the tutorial for you soon :))
Thanks for stopping to look :))

Monday, April 6, 2015

My Easter Gift

Wowzers, it's been a while since my last post... Work deadlines, migraines and school holidays have caused all that, sadly...anyway, back to why we are here, right :)

Our  family does small gifts at Easter, so I decided to use one of my many, many Maccona jars for one of them.  My gorgeous neice Rillie loves all things a bit freaky, so this fitted the bill, totally!!

I decorated the jar using retired Designer Paper and the Bow Tie punch, amongst others, coming up with this funky bunny to match the belly band around the jar.

And in all the yumminess of chocolate, I buried these hair ties. a bit cute, hey?
I hope Rillie doesn't think that we are only giving her a jar of chocolate, 'cos these will look great in her stunning hair!!