Emboss Resist Technique- My first video tutorial

I really enjoyed making this card.  It was one I made last year and we recreated it in a class- but I just stumbled across a photo and realised I hadn’t shared it on my blog.  The technique I used on this card is simple but effective so I decided I’d make a little video tutorial.  Firstly, here’s the card!

I used the En Francais Background stamp- Definitely one of my ‘go to stamps’ (page 129 of the Annual Catalogue)

The other main stamp featured on this card is “Postage Due” (page 108 of Annual Catalogue)

I instantly fell in love with this stamp set after seeing Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up! CEO and Co-founder) create a gorgeous card at Stampin’ Up! Convention.  I just love the effect you get with one stamped image.  For this card- I embossed in clear embossing powder and then sponged over the image using sponge daubers (a technique known as ‘emboss resist’)  You’ll see how I’ve used this technique in my following video tutorial.  I’m thrilled to be sharing my first video Tutorial.   Please just click on the following link! Enjoy!

VIDEO TUTORIAL

Emboss Resist- Smile Friend Video Tutorial

 

Papercraft classes in 2013

I’m very much looking forward to offering more classes in 2013.  I’m still trying to work out my schedule as I have to factor in my part-time work as a Teacher as well as my Kids’ activities and other commitments.  At this time of the year I am still trying to work out which days will fit in best with family life.    To help guide me in my decison-making- please feel free to complete my survey  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5XDGC38

In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of the fun projects class participants completed in some classes prior to Christmas last year.

In one class we focussed on making Christmas tags.  Many of the tags could be used just as they are OR could have been attached to cardstock bases and turned into traditional sized Christmas cards

We also had another fun class where participants got to make a collection of “Reindeer Poop” and/or “Rudolph’s Spare Noses”.  By all accounts those who received these fun gifts at Christmas time really loved them.

As you can see, the class participants had a lot of options to chose from (Some may say I offered too many options ;-)  ) but I really do get a ‘buzz’ from class participants going home happy with what they have made! Here’s hoping YOU can make it along to come classes this year!

2012 Christmas Card

Can you believe it? – It is nearly a full month since it was Christmas but I’ve been enjoying the holiday break and time with my family.   Even the lovely lady at the local drive through liquor store noticed my absence from town.   Isn’t that nice!? ;-)  I just love the flexibility of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! (Enjoy an additional 25% off your Starter kit if you decide to join during sale-a-bration!)

Please forgive me that I’m now only getting around to sharing my Christmas card design for 2012 .  As much as I love Stampin’ Up! products- it those 4 adorable little faces in the picture that really ‘shine’ on this card! But….. perhaps I am a little biased!

This year I made use of the Candelight Christmas Speciality designer series paper from the Holiday Catalogue.

I just love the designs in this pack- especially the gorgeous flocked window sheet.   I made quite a few cards and still have quite a bit of this paper left over. Thank goodness the designs can be used for lots of things other than Christmas projects!

This patterned paper pack is only available for another week (along with many of the other goodies in the Holiday Mini Catalogue)  Please be sure to get in touch with me if there is anything you would like to order from that Catalogue.  Don’t forget that any orders that reach $100 will be eligible to receive freebies from the Sale-a-bration offerings.  Click on the following image to view the 19 ‘freebies’ that are available

It’s Sale-a-bration time!

It seems I’ve come back from holidays at just the right time! Today marks the official start of “Sale-a-bration” It is one of THE most exciting times on the Stampin’ Up! Calendar!

Have your friends over for a party and earn fantastic Sale-A-Bration freebies with a qualifying order! Contact me today to schedule your Sale-A-Bration party.  Earn EXTRA freebies on top of the already generous Hostess rewards!

Shopaholics unite! For every $100 you spend on Stampin’ Up! merchandise, you’ll get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product!  There are 19 different items you can select from and there are NO limits on the number of freebies you can earn! Anytime you order merchandise up to the value of $100 in an order between 22nd January and 22nd March you can select from the freebies!  No need to host a party- just contact me with your qualifying order.   You can view the products available for FREE by clicking on the following link

Contact me to place your order today. 0419 947 047 or miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

Party all the time when you become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. Plus, when you join during Sale-A-Bration, you’ll get 25% more products for FREE in your Starter Kit! You will be able to choose over $290 worth of product for just $169. It really is an awesome opportunity.    I’d love for some new members to join my lovely team- and I’m looking for those who would love to build their own business as well as people who would simply like to order the products at a discount.  If you have any questions about joining- please be sure to touch base! I’d love to answer any questions you may have.    If you are ready to join my team- Follow the link and Click on “Join Now”   to take advantage of this limited-time offer.  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/miriamthomas/jointhefun

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Here are a couple of cards I’ve made using the Patterned Occasions Stamp set and the Sycamore Street Designer Series paper (2 of the 19 items available for FREE with every $100 order)  Now that I’m back from my holidays- I’m looking forward to pulling out some more sale-a-bration goodness so I can get busy in my craft room!

Some Christmas projects to share with you!

Sincere apologies for my lack of blog posts lately- I’ve been doing what one does during the school holiday break-Enjoying Christmas and the new year and spending quality time with my family and friends.  We’ve just returned from a lovely relaxing getaway.  It was so nice to get away but I despise how a little holiday always results in lots to unpack and mountains of washing when you get home…..  Don’t you agree!?  I thought I’d take a break from unpacking to share some projects with you.  I’ve been itching to share some of my Christmas projects with you….I simply haven’t had the time to sit at my computer before now- I’m sorry if you are a bit ‘over’ Christmas but I’ve had these photos waiting for my computer for ages!  As the saying goes, better late than never….or perhaps I’m getting in early with some ideas for you for Christmas 2013

Here are some delightful little characters that I made with the kids in the lead-up to Christmas….even my husband joined in on the fun and helped with the punching and adding M&sMs to the lolly tubes.  He was the strict one- not allowing any M&Ms to go anywhere near anyone’s mouths.  Thank goodness there were a few leftovers after all of our hard work.

Yes- it took us quite a while- but we really enjoyed ourselves and the kids really enjoyed sharing these with friends at school, kindy and playgroup.  We even had enough to adorn the table on Christmas day!

The little characters have been made using punches from the catalogue.  You’ll find the selection of punches on page 182-185 of the main catalogue

Here are a few close-ups…..

SANTA-

HAPPY CHRISTMAS ELF

…and THE GRINCH

The lolly tubes we used are FABULOUS!  You can find these little beauties on page 161  of the main catalogue (with our other cellophane bags)  They are 2.5cm wide and 20cm long and a pack of 50 is only $4.50.  If you’d like to order some of these to decorate with your own little toppers, please be sure to get in touch with me!

As well as making the little gifts for the kids, I enjoyed making some gifts for my Kids’ Teachers and Education assistants.

I just love making these Chocolate block holders

Pulling on the ribbon box reveals this chocolately surprise

….and for those who know me well, I couldn’t stop at one!

I made use of a few goodies from the Holiday Catalogue which retires at the end of January.   Please don’t forget to contact me to order items from this catalogue just in case they retire with the catalogue.  I used the”Ornament Keepsakes stamp set” and matching dies (pg 3() for the ornament on the front of the chocolate boxes.   I also used the “Snowflake Soiree” stamp set (page 5) on the background piece of garden green cardstock.  Of course- out came the bigshot- I used the “Window Frames Framelits” (page 30) and “Apothecary accents Framelits” (page 191 Annual catalogue) to create the bases for the ornaments.

Some people were lucky enough to receive the gift of Stampin’ Up! products- finished off with “Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags”. These tags on page 12 of the Holiday catalogue could be used as they are or even converted into cards.  With 25 tags in a pack that’s really good value.  (Why not buy some now and put them aside ready for Christmas 2012!?)

I still have more Christmas projects…..and other non-Christmas projects to share- but the next load of washing is ready to be hung on the line.  Back soon!