Christmas in the Country Craft Show 2012!

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Long time, no post! It has been a crazy few months here in the Brown household. I must confess at this point, about 2 months ago I was seriously considering stepping down as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator (that’s how crazy it got). A lot of factors were in play as to the reason for ceasing my role. The worst I think was when I had a very bad party/workshop experience. I had never met such a rude bunch of ladies. So bad in fact I drove away from the event crying vowing never to do another party and to date I have kept that promise. I also lost inspiration for new fun and creative ideas to do at my regular workshops/classes. Basically I felt I had done all I could do with my Stampin’ career. I also didn’t know whether I would be taking part in the BIG annual Christmas in the Country craft show I always attend.

I think though the fact that we had a lot of changes at home in regards to David starting a new career, which resulted in him being away for a week at a time, and my youngest starting school, which resulted in me taking on a lot more volunteer work at the school with tuckshop, uniform shop and in class work., has also been a factor in my near demise of being “Kirsty Brown Independent Stampin’ Up! Dempnstrator”.It was so bad in fact that until last week I hadn’t ordered anything out of the brand new Stampin’ UP! catalogues, which released in September. Hopefully my new goodies will be here early this week and I can have a good play with some fun new stamps.

Well as you can tell by the title of this post I did go ahead with the Craft Show and I have lots of pics to share of the event (something like 16 of them). I had a very similar display to last year but with loads of new projects. Take a look

So that’s it! If you are a liker of my FB page you would have already seen these over the past few days, as this event started Thursday night and finished Saturday afternoon. I am so glad I decided to do this event as I met a whole new bunch of ladies who would like to attend my workshops/classes and would love to learn how to create all the things they had seen at my stall. Not to mention the fabulous sales I had. This event is actually the main fundraiser for Peace Lutheran Primary School to which my children attend so it is quite special to me and I hope my stall has done them proud and made lots of money for them too. To all those people close to Gatton, you really should come check it out next year, it is absolutely fabulous with the best the valley has on offer. I always find fabulous Christmas gifts here every year, and everything is handmade. So I will see you next year!

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Cute Little Box!

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I have a super cool little project to share with you all. While at retreat Kirri {one of our fellow demos}, showed us a cute little box and shared the template and instructions with us all. Isn’t she the sweetest! Here’s my version -

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I used the super cute Sale-A-Bration DSP Everyday Enchantment. Thank you Michelle, you were super kind to give me some. I am thinking an Easter project for this box would look fabulous. What do you think?

I still have a few more creations to share so come back soon

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An Inkspiration Christmas!

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This week for Inkspiration we are doing a Christmas showcase. The ones I am showing are projects I taught in my very last workshop for the year. I had a great time and the girls enjoyed themselves too! I got the ideas for these little beauties in several different places. Delys Cram for the Jelly Bean Elf, Julia Leece for the cute santa owl and I have seen heaps of different candy cane mice, but not sure whose first I saw. Thank you ladies for the wonderful inspiration.

Aren’t they just the cutest?! I am going to make more Elf legs for the kids at Christmas and hang them in the Christmas tree, but I will be putting red and green M&M’s in those. Maybe even some of those mice! LOL!

Don’t forget to go to the Inkspiration Challenge Blog to check out the rest of the DT creations and link us to your Christmas creation!

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Framed Flowers

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There are so many cute samples in this years catalogue that I want to CASE. Here is one

So very quick, simple and cheap plus a great pre-teen girls room decor piece. I know because my 10 yo daughter keeps asking for it! LOL!

This was made with a variety of punches and scraps of CS. After assembling all the flowers I gave it a light spray of the Vanilla Smooch Spritz. LURVE this stuff and I think I need to order another bottle or two.

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Another Easter Workshop!

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I couldn’t help it….I had to make some cute Easter goodies. My kids love these sort of designs. I do too!

Aren’t they adorable?! I of course took some closer shots for you all!

This one reminds me of one of my old Easter boxes I made last year. I put a 50g bunny and solid minis inside with some shredded paper. So very easy and just a teeny bit cute!

Of course I had to use the Mini Milk Carton too. It is simply adorable and reminds me of the Cadbury Cartons. Another very simple creation. I used the teeny bunny in the Nursery Suite SDSP to put on the box amongst the hand cut grass. A couple of the punched flowers from the Itty Bitty punch set and you have a cute little garden scene.

This one is just too cute! Can anyone have enough cuteness in their life? I got the idea for this creation from Theresa Anne Rafter She has some beautiful creations for Easter on her blog. Check them out!

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

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Easter Blossom Silk!

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I have workshops this week and I decided I would teach my class the Faux Silk technique and combine it with an Easter theme. I’m not an Easter card maker and sender, but I do love creating gift boxes for the chocolatey goodness. This time though I made a matching card for the box.

The box design is very similar to the one on page 8 of the Summer mini catalogue but with a few of my own touches added to it.

The card and some closeups of the box’s finer details

Oohh I am liking these closeups!! I might have to do that more often! LOL! The brown paper is the packing from SU deliveries. I just passed it through a shredder. The eggs are Cadbury Mini Eggs and resemble Smarties, M&M’s and the like, they are crisp shell with chocolate inside…..MMMmmmmm…YUMMY!!! I made this project with these eggs in mind. I bought them last year and just loved them. I made this project before I bought them and was hoping that they would make a comeback this year so I could use them specifically for this project. I used colours Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride and Perfect Plum.

Well I best get packing for my workshop!

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Starry, Starry Christmas!

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I had a fabulous evening yesterday creating some super cute Christmas Gift Boxes. Everyone (meaning the Inkspirations Crew), has been inspiring me to use other than traditional Christmas colours of late…..have you seen their work?? Simply stunning. So I thought that’s what I would do last night. I thought what would be one colour that is not usually associated with Christmas……..Purple was the answer. Rich Razzleberry in fact. I know it goes well with Pear Pizzazz so I used the colour coach, checked out both colours and on the Pear Pizzazz chip I found the combo Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise……perfect!

The template is a Lauren Meader creation (LOVE her templates) So I bet you’re dying to see it!!……well are you?…….okay, okay, here it is

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Of course I had to use the shimmer paint…..no Christmas bauble should be without it!! LOL! This time after I stamped the image I used a paint brush and painted the shimmer on. Super easy!! You should all have a go if you haven’t yet!

Well I have workshops to organise so I best be off!

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