Melbourne Convention Workshop WOW #2

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So I have made another one. I think this one is one of my favourites out of my presentation. It’s a little different but very striking, not my usual style, but hey, we have to try new things, and sometimes they work out well {we won’t mention the mishap to my butterfly onstage…okay?!}

This time round I embossed in black on Baja Breeze, bleached the image out, then dried it thoroughly with the heat tool because I used the markers to colour the image in. You don’t want to bleach out the tip of the markers so make you sure you dry it well! I used Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and So Saffron.

It doesn’t matter what step you do first. You can do your bleaching and colouring or the butterfly cut. Whatever you feel comfortable with,

On the Beautiful Butterflies die you will notice the two half butterflies on the die. These are what you will use to cut your butterfly. Cut the big one first like normal, then place the butterfly back on the die over the top of the small butterfly. Placement can be a little tricky, you have to make sure the butterflies wingtips will not be cut by surrounding dies as they are rather close

but once you find that “sweet” spot on the die use tape to mark the position for the large folded butterfly…..like this -

It will be much easier for future use or if cutting multiple butterflies.

Well I hope you enjoyed my little presentation and I taught you something “new” at convention, also the people who couldn’t attend and are reading my blog now. I must say though the people who didn’t attend didn’t laugh at me!!! LOL! I had a blast though, and would do it again in a heartbeat!

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Melbourne Convention Workshop WOW!

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I know that I have been promising that I would have the projects I made for my Workshop WOW uploaded and explained, but……you won’t believe this……I have to make the projects again! LOL! Unfortunately before leaving for Melbourne I forgot to take photos of all my samples. All my samples, by now, would be back at home office in NSW. So I cannot take photos of them now, LOL! So I hope to get one created each day until they are all made and I will post them here and on stampin’ connection for all to see. I do apologise. I am just lucky I have friends who have taken photos of my work up on the board at convention so I can recreate them perfectly!

Okay, for my presentation I was undecided on what technique or tip I wanted to show. I had two options that were sticking out for me. The Beautiful Butterflies die and the technique, Bleaching. In the end I decided to combine both and the two B’s were born! LOL!

My first project highlighted a simple bleaching technique, and here it is-

I stamped the image from Elements of Style {LOVE} in Versa Mark on Pretty in Pink CS. I then heat embossed clear embossing powder. Using my aqua painter filled with bleach I “coloured” the image in.

To give you a good idea what your CS will look like punch a little piece of CS out of every colour and bleach half of it so you can see what the end result will be. They don’t all go white like Pretty in Pink, Baja Breeze, Regal Rose, just to name a few. Some go yellow or in Soft Suede’s case a soft mustard. Then punch a whole through them all and place on a metal ring for future reference. This is the one I made

I keep it in the colour families for quick reference, the only colour it doesn’t seem to affect is Basic Black. Whisper White seems to lose it shiny appearance, but doing something on white would seem rather pointless! LOL!

Anyway I best be off and make those other projects.

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A Princesses Castle!

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I know, I know……SHOCK, HORROR! I am doing a blog post that isn’t  an Inkspirations Challenge! LOL! It had to happen sometime right?

This particular post is about my upcoming workshops here in Gatton and local city Toowoomba. After coming home from convention I was chock block full of ideas and inspiration. The inspiration for these creations originated from a swap I received from Pat Carr. Pat is one super creative punch art designer and I had a blast recreating it.

Have a look a the card class-

a closer look-

I love how cute this is and I have a recipient already in mind. She is my little princess Akayla. When she saw this she ooohhed and aahhhed for ages. Sometimes hinting at having one of her own, God Bless her! Her favourite colours too! LOL!

Okay, I also do a scrapbook workshop and I usually keep it the same theme as the card class. This makes life much easier for me, as I tend to take to looooooooong thinking about scrap pages.

I must say my daughter Jemma was horrified when she saw this photo. LOL! I think she forgot on the day of her 6th birthday party she had her face painted like a cat and then ran around for the rest of the day. She ended up looking like a witch NOT a princess!! LOL! I do love how this page turned out, but the photos doesn’t do these projects justice.

I have taken some closer ones though-

Gotta love that Champagne Mist shimmer paint and the clear embossing. I also sponged a lot of edges to add some definition to the page. I am sure the girls will love creating these projects. Thank you Pat for the inspiration!

Well that’s all I have to show you today!

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Inkspiration Challenge #71

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This weeks Inkspiration was a little tough for me…..I am not even sure why. It is a gorgeous sketch and easy to work with….maybe it was all the options that were leaping at me as soon as I saw it. It is hard to narrow it down sometimes. I also picked up a couple of tricks at convention I wanted to try. Teneale’s ruffled ribbon and Delys’s Shimmer paint and chalk mix. The perfect set to combine these techniques was the Nature Walk set.

Here’s a closer look at that fabulous bird

To colour him in I mixed Not Quite Navy Chalk with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint. After the initial all-over coat. I dabbed the bird with the brush to give more texture. I then used an Early Espresso and Crumb Cake marker to colour his beak and feet in. So simple but so effective. Thanks girls for all the inspiration at convention. I am full of ideas, I just now have to adapt them to my projects. All the DSP is from the coordinating pack Botanical Gazette. Love this paper and must buy more.

Well I hope you have a chance to play and head over to the Inkspiration Challenge Blog to submit your creation and check out the rest of the DT.

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Melbourne Convention 2011!!

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WOW! …….that is the first word that comes to mind about this years convention for the South Pacific region of Stampin’ Up! Melbourne was the venue and the weather was……well not the best, but hey, that’s not why we were there, LOL! This particular year though, was a little bit extra special to me. You may be all aware of a previous post of mine where I announced that I would not be attending this years convention. The year started off for the Brown family badly, illness, problem neighbours who threatened our lives, floods (which of course affected thousands), more medical problems and many other things that crop up when you have 4 children. We did decide however, to donate the furniture in our storage shed to the flood victims of Grantham to make there lives just a little bit easier. These goods were going to be my ticket to convention but it just didn’t matter anymore……It was just our little way to help. But, to my surprise a very good old school friend who is also a fellow demo asked around a few other demos and started to organise for me to attend. This was totally unexpected, and I am totally blown away by how generous these girls are. These girls know who they are and I have thanked them already at convention……but I want them to know if there is anything I can do for them just let me know!

Now back to convention……..this is where I must warn you that this post is quite long, so please go grab a cuppa, sit back and have a bo-peep at my convention pics and read my chit-chat.

First my swaps- This year I ran out of time to do decent swaps, by that I mean more involved, LOL!

So there is a bit of everything there….mostly out of the Autumn/Winter Mini…LOL! I would also like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that I swapped with. I received some awesome ideas and hope to use them all soon. I love swapping because when I am struggling with ideas or I need to freshen up some projects, swaps are great inspiration.  You receive a huge compliment of different stamping styles, tips, tricks and ideas when swapping. So it’s probably my fave part of convention. LOL!

Next is some pics, when I say ‘some’ I really mean HEAPS!!, of the people I caught up with. Some pics unfortunately didn’t turn out to well and I could not fix them, so please don’t take offense if you don’t see a photo that was taken of us. Maybe next year we will get a better one! LOL! Canberra HERE I COME!!

Every year SU have a new motto…..Share what you Love was this years. This tag was huge and on the main stage with enormous blocks of wood resembling stamp blocks. Simply awesome!

The gorgeous Shelli herself. Simply beautiful and of course gracious! Love her! Not liking the bit of me though LOL! But I will say I did work hard that morning behind the counter helping to check in demonstrators and hand out reward pins. I worked up quite a sweat! LOL!

The beautiful Shannon West! Super clever to boot. I always learn something new from Shannon and her work is just divine!

So now for those who don’t know…..the reason this event was extra special for me was that I was asked to present a Workshop WOW! I know Super Exciting right?!! Regionals was so much fun when I presented there, so when SU asked me to do one for convention I said YES, of course!! It did take me a while to figure out what I was going to present and WOW everyone with. In the end it was a cross between the Beautiful Butterflies die and the Bleaching technique. I will show those goodies at a later date.

Shelli on stage. I had to add this shot……I adore the clothes Shelli wears and this outfit was no exception. Aren’t those shoes gorgeous?! lol!

The rest of the photos were from the awards night. You can tell by my face that I had an absolute ball and enjoyed every moment.

Here we have Louise, Lee, Sarah-Jane and Sarah. A lovely group of ladies who I totally adore and of course make me laugh.

The ladies of Teal!!! LOL Genevra, Tracey, Wendy and Carol. How stunning they looked. It also seemed to be a very popular colour next to black.

This one is a little blurry….. but these are my roomies. Genevra, Wendy and Deb. A very lovely bunch of ladies! See you next year girls!

The lovely Tracey! Hubby is a little jealous of this one!!!! ROFLOL…..sorry personal joke. Love ya Trace!

This is the lady, and of course her husband that was behind the organisation in getting me to convention, God Bless Them! Probably the most lovely people you will ever meet. Thank you both! Michelle and Terry Cox.

These ladies were a blast, lots and lots of giggles I assure you. Nicola and Charmaine.

My upline Madonna. There is a reason why I am looking like this…..but that reason is below the shot, LOL! Too bad I had that zoom lens on huh?!

A lovely pair of New Zealand belles! So very talented too! I love their work. Delys and Paula.

Another lovely lady who creates beautiful work and inspires me all the time, Kim

The lovely, adorable and very clever Sophie Zadeh. Sophie is part of Australia’s home office and is our Training Facilitator.

The lovely Bonnie Thurber. This lady is a gas. So very very funny and extremely talented. Bonnie is from the American office.

I had a hard time tracking down this lovely lady on awards night…..LOL! I know the pic is a little blurry, but I had to put it in. The ultra lovely Shannon West. Shannon helped me get organised for my presentation, showed us all how super talented she is with her beautiful work and was always very helpful.

Okay, my last photo is a little strange. Aaron and Emma riding camels??? I must say it was super funny! LOL! They were advertising the 2012 Incentive Trip……. Cable Beach at Broome! Wouldn’t it be lovely to achieve something like this?! Hhmmmm….you never know, I might just give this a go! LOL!

Any names in this blog post that is not highlighted, I do apologise, I don’t have a link to a blog. If you are one of those people and you have a blog please let me know, I will link it!

Oh and I won a prize patrol this year!!! That was super exciting! My first ever win! LOL! There was also lots of sneak peeks of what’s to come in the new IB&C. It’s all hush hush though. You just have to wait until I can show you later. LOL Such a tease huh?! But I do have some information that I will put up on my blog tomorrow. You are all gonna LOVE IT!! So make sure you come back tomorrow to find out!

Well if you made it all this way, you are quite possibly hankering for another coffee! LOL! Thanks for following me in my endeavours and listening to my rambling. I promise to be shorter next time!

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Inkspiration Challenge #69

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Right now I am at convention……I am sure I am having an absolute blast, LOL! I will let you know all the deets when I get back. I will have lots to tell you!

So this weeks challenge!

Isn’t that a super cute sketch?!

My submission,

I really love how this one turned out. I haven’t played with faux roses for a while……actually ever since my presentation at Brisbane Regionals. With this card I was actually going to do it in all brown tones for that vintage look…..but I just couldn’t do it….Cherry Cobbler was screaming at me to be pulled out of its slot in the ink caddy! LOL! I also then added Pretty in Pink and Old Olive. If you’re wondering how I stamped the main image, I stamped it with Early Espresso and then clear embossed it, but that was when I thought I was doing all brown tones. I used the Aqua Painter to colour my image.

To make these particular flowers I first did the Faux suede technique where you separate the papers fibres in two. This made the flowers more pliable to create the rolled petals. I used the Little Leaves die and cut it up for the leaves.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the DT at the Inkspirations Challenge Blog  and submit your design for all to see.

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Inkspiration Challenge #68

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Time for another Inkspiration challenge, this week it is a colour challenge and the colours are of a subtle variety.

They are my favourite subtle colours…..except the blue, I lean more towards the Baja Breeze for a blue. Not sure why, I just do. LOL!

Here’s my submission,

I hadn’t played with the For Everything stamp set for a while, it also suited the subtles perfectly. I stamped the sentiment and embossed it in white. I then coloured in the word Thanks with a white gel pen. I could have also used the embossing pen and white embossed again. My way was the lazy way! LOL! I used a blender pen to colour my images and of course a Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the stems and leaves. This card is actually quite pretty in real life. My photos just could not capture the beauty!! LOL!

Don’t forget to head over to the Inkspirations Challenge Blog and check out the rest of the DT and have a play with our challenge.

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