Anna Wheaton - Independent Stampin' Up! ®
Demonstrator, Burleigh Waters, Q, AUSTRALIA
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June 29, 2012

Another card - two ways

This is another of the special occasion cards we made recently.  A wedding card.  My three thoughts about a wedding card were that it should be rich/regal, have sophistication and be weighty.  You know when you get a wedding invitation in the mail? - it feels heavier than any other mail.

This is the wedding card...

And this is the alternative which has a "For the Newlyweds" sentiment but this could easily be switched out for a Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary.

I found this design on Pinterest.

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits die, Full Heart Punch

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June 27, 2012

Special Occasions - One card two ways

In a recent class we made some special occasion cards and I wanted to some designs that were vesatile for more than one occasion - not everyone has a wedding round the corner, for example.  Here's what I came up with.  For each card, I thought of three qualities to sum up that style of card.  For a sympathy card, I thought it should be simple and understated, with a return to nature.

Our sympathy card, using the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set was simple and elegant.

I saw a variation on this card using the stamp in a completely different way and I tweeked the design so that we could make this card below.  The original was by LeeAnn Greff.

Stamp:  Thoughts and Prayers
Card:  Bashful Blue, Rose red, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black, Bashful Blue
Tools:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Basic Rhinestones

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June 25, 2012

Birthday Wishes II

Here are a few more hand made cards...

This one is made by one of my customers and friends, Jessica.  This is the gorgeous Apothecary Art stamp set teamed with the Twitterpated DSP.  Soooo pretty.

And one from a young stamper, Emma

This is a card I made long before I joined Stampin' Up!  It's not even an SU! stamp.  It was a Mother's Day card which I have put into my boxes to sell every year and it always comes back unsold.  So this year, I tossed it in the bin.  One of Zac's chores is to empty the bins and he has found the card and upcycled it to give to me.  See the sentiment?

Happy Mother's Day has been covered over.  I always say in my classes that you can cover a mistake or cut it off!

And inside...

What a joy my boy is!

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June 23, 2012

Birthday wishes

I recently celebrated a birthday and was delighted to receive a bunch of cards including some beautiful homemade ones.  I thought you might like to see them.

This one is from my sister and her family, although I don't think the rest of the family had a role in making the card!  Love this colour combination!  And this stamp set! 

This one is from my lovely friend and stamping buddy Mary-Ann.  Every term, we fiind a day to stamp together and produce masses of cards..."till our fingers bleed!"  This DSP was one of my favourites but retired quite awhile ago now.

This one is from a family friend, Emily who loves her cardmaking.  I have done a few blogs of presents I have made for Emily in the past.

I have a regular customer who comes to my classes and we are now good friends.  I love the friendships I have formed through Stampin' Up!  This is Angela's card which is such a clever design. What a beautiful combination of stamps, punches and a brad.   I may case it! 

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June 21, 2012

Giant Lego

I made this little set of boxes for a little boy and in each one was a pack of a Lego Mini Figure.  I used the Box no 2 die through the Big Shot.  The 'plugs' are punched out then sponged around the edge to give them depth, then they are popped up using dimensionals.

It was a very quick project to make and a cute way of presenting the gift.

Card:  Pacific Point, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Pacific Point, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie (used on the Daffodil Delight)
Tools:  Big Shot (have you got one of these yet?), Box # 2 die, 1.9 cm Circle Punch, Stampin Sponges, Dimensionals
Accessories:  Real Red 6.4 mm Grosgrain Ribbon

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June 17, 2012

Just a cute pic

I saw this on an ad on the side of a bus stop and thought it was a cute pic to share.  Nothing to do with a card but smile worthy!

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June 15, 2012

Crumb Cake and White

I love this combination and had a request from a customer for some cards using these two colours.  I had made her some white flower designs before but she wanted a new design - you know:  same same but different.

The light is not the best as I took these pics in the late afternoon.  Sorry!

I have sponged the edges of the butterfly layer with Crumb Cake ink.  And the Embossing Folders add to the texture of the cards.

Card:  Crumb Cake and Whisper White
Ink:  Crumb Cake
Tools:  Big Shot (what would we do without it!?), Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Scallop Square Duo Bigz Die, Elegant Lines TEF, Perfect Polka Dots TEF, Elegant Bouquet TEF
Accessories:  Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Whisper hHite 3.2mm Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls

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June 13, 2012

Mixed Bunch and Blossom Punch

I have been a poor blogger lately so I'll post a few pics at once here.  These are some cards we made at my recent class using the Blossom Punch and the Mixed Bunch stamp set.  These are a great combination and such a versatile set for a beginning or experienced stamper.

This was our first card with simple layering in Pear Pizzazz and Blush Blossom.  I love lots of white on a card.

Our second card used some vellum to add layering to the card.  The vellum is punched out using the Modern Label Punch which fits perfectly with the petals of the Blossom Punch.  This was one of the clever tricks we were shown at Convention.

And the last card we made was a little more detailed - there are loads of variations of this card in blogland.  The punch is used in the negative and the DSP shows through.  The centre of the flower is from the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch.

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June 9, 2012

Convention 2012

Last weekend, more than 450 demonstrators gathered at the Convention Centre in Canberra for 3 days of fun and inspiration.  I had a fantastic time and I am so inspired and enthusiastic for the Stampin Up! year to come.  There are lots of exciting new products coming out and I have lots of new ideas to put into practice in upcoming parties and classes.

Here's a little wrap up.

Firstly, I showed you my bag tags for our Convention bags - well here is the bag:

Every year we wait with excitement to see the bag.  This year's bag was very popular.  The front flap is embroidered and the design of the bag is perfect for packing supplies for a party.

Another part of Convention we always look forward to is seeing Shelli Gardner, the CEO and co-founder of Stampin' Up!  She is a lovely generous woman whose welcoming speech is always inspiring.

Shelli patiently waits while demonstrators line up to have a photo with her.

The theme of the Convention was 'I Am' which also extended to 'I want to be'.  After attending convention, I can certainly say that I am excited and recharged for another year of Stampin' Up!

Another part of Convention was the Resource Room, where there were some fantastic displays of Demonstrators' creations.  Ruth Clark is an amazing sewer (and card maker) and she had many fabric creations on display using Stampin' Up! fabrics and Big Shot dies.

Another thrill of Convention is Prize Patrol.  Everyone receives a patterned arm band on check in and if your arm band flashes on the screen, you win a prize which often a sneak peek of a product from the upcoming catalogue.  A few of the ladies from our team won a prize.  You probably heard their screaming from your own home!!

On the final night of Convention we are treated to a wonderfully delicious dinner followed by the awards night.  This is me with Gaye, my roomie.

The wonderful news announced at the end of awards night is that Convention next year will be in Brisbane!  Mark May 23rd to 25th on your calendars.  It's an event well worth saving for.

I'll show you some of the beautiful Make and Takes in upcoming posts.

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June 7, 2012

Reason to Smile - two great promotions this month

Stampin' Up! has announced two fantastic promotions this month.

For any customer:

During June, any customer can purchase this stamp set OR get it FREE with a $125 order.  This set is only available this month and is not in any catalogue so it's fairly special.


For the hostess: 

We {Heart} Our Hostesses more than ever in June and July

Bask in the extra $90 in FREE products you’ll receive when you host a friend-filled qualifying* party that celebrates your creativity. With hundreds of innovative products to choose from, there’s never been a better time to party! 
The FREE product offer kicks in when party sales reach $650.

If you would like to place an order or book a party, email me at or phone me on 07 55 765 469.



June 2, 2012

Bag Tags

There are eleven Paper Angels at Convention.  Each year, there are always a few team members who give  a little something to everyone.  I got myself organised this year and made everyone a bag tag.  Part of Convention is to receive THE BAG.  Everyone has the same Stampin' Up! bag so a bag tag can help you identify your own bag.

I used a variety of DSP packs.  Some combinations worked really well, others are a bit....unusual.  Here's a single one.

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