Live the Life You’ve Imagined!

Hello everyone,

Since I did the big move to Southbrook I restarted some workshops and quickly found that a scrapbook workshop is the popular choice here in this quaint little town. I haven’t shared any of these projects on my blog and thought I should start. This particular page I am sharing today was this weeks workshop.

Live the Life You've Imagined

I used quite a few stamp sets, six in fact. It is one of the reasons I love Stampin’ Up! The stamp sets coordinate well with each other. Another item I love about Stampin’ Up!, and it is totally free, is the brown packing paper in the Big Brown Box that is filled with your goodies. I use it on my projects as a DSP (designer series paper). You can tear it, scrunch it, stamp on it, spritz ink on it, anything you can think of really. It’s a great neutral ‘filler’ for your layout. It especially looks good on boy themed layouts. Can you tell I love it?!

Live the Life You've Imagined

I sprinkled Whisper White ink in one of my Stampin’ Spritzer bottles over the layout and added a few Candy Dots for a pop of colour. I also outlined some pieces including the DSP with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker. I use this technique to make that particular element stand out, but it’s not too much that it takes away from the photo. I used Dimensionals to lift the photo off the page and slide my three tags beneath it. I will use the white for journalling and the other two will be fillers or you can put some smaller photos on them.

Live the Life You've Imagined

It’s a great simple layout anyone can do and the ladies attending loved the workshop. It  also gave me a good excuse to crack open the NEW KRAFT CARDSTOCK!! This stuff is awesome. It is heavier than our regular CS and this is a more natural Kraft colouring. Be sure to check that stuff out, plus any of the other gorgeous products I used.

Thanks for dropping by,

Kirsty

Brand New Annual Catalogue!

Hello everyone,

IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE!!

New Catty

2014-2015 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue (click on catalogue image below or in my sidebar to view the catty),

2014-2015 Stampin' Up! catalogue

and she is BE YOU (TIFUL)! lol Just one of the sentiments in my favourite stamp set in this catalogue. Ordering goes live at 8am AEST this morning. I cannot wait.

But first, some information to share….

Blendabilities

Blendabilities are live today, some colours are available now with the rest available 1st August Check out this PDF to see what is available now.

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Fine Feathers!

Hello everyone,

I just held my retirement workshop yesterday and I have one of the cards to share. I used my most favourite stamp set that is retiring from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue this year, Fine Feathers. I definitely didn’t get enough use of this set, so I might just hang onto it for hobby use.

Fine Feathers

There is a lot going on on this card, but I think well worth it. After creating a circle mask with the circle framelits, I stamped the Hardwood background, followed by gold embossing the feathers. I sponged with Crumb Cake ink and then splattered the background with Calypso Coral and Whipser White.

The sentiment piece consists of Burlap ribbon, Modern Medley DSP, paper doily, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Vellum clear embossed stamped feathers, Linen Thread, the Oh, Hello stamp set, punched with the decorative label. All this on the base of Naturals White card stock. I told you there is a lot going on, right?!

I love how this one turned out. I must say there are few of its sisters sitting in the bin all crumpled up. We won’t go there……all I’ll say is I’m rusty.

Fine Feathers

The girls enjoyed making this one, which was good news. I love working them hard. LOL!

Thanks for dropping by!

Kirsty

Heartfelt Event 2012!!

Yesterday, in Brisbane, My best friend Sandy and I attended Stampin’ Up!’s Heartfelt Event. It was an absolute blast. This year was the introduction of a brand new format to the show and I loved being able to wander around and have a look around at all the product suites, displays and WOW’s at will. There were so many demos showing and teaching us their wonderful talents with paper and ink. Loved them all. The whole event was so relaxed and loved how I met so many more people this way!

This year I had the huge honour of being a presenter on stage. My theme was Packaging and Wrapping Ideas. As soon as I was asked I was brimming full of ideas with what I could create. Some of you may remember when I presented at Canberra convention a couple of years ago and I made did a WOW doing things with Butterflies and Bleaching. I quipped I had a thing for the “B” words, well I continued tradition with creating Bows!! Four different designs in fact and I also shared some awesome ideas with BDivided Page Protectors!

But enough talk I will share with you the pictures from the event, my presentation and some shots of my projects. I will also share with you the measurements for my bows, because I am sure some of the people who attended would love to hear them again!

First off, I know this isn’t a very good shot, but this is Sandy and I doing our own ‘selfie’! LOL

This is a pic with my display.

Now onto the presentation. Thank you Kirri for taking these photos for me. These pics are not top quality (no offence intended Kirri, LOL), they are taken of a huge video screen taking a live feed and the screens were a little grey from the lighting. I have photoshopped them to the best of my ability (obviously I need lessons, LOL).

This is the 1st bow, aptly named the ‘Gift Bow’ the measurements are

  • 3/4″ wide (all pieces)
  • 3 x 12″
  • 3 x 11″
  • 3 x 10″
  • 1 x 5″

Here are the pics of my projects making this gorgeous bow

Now for the next bow,

The second bow I called a ‘Figure 8′ bow. The measurements  for the smaller one are

  • 1/2″ wide
  • 4 x 6″
  • 3 x 4 1/2″
  • 1 x 2 1/2″

I also made a big version,

  • 1″ wide
  • 6 x 11″
  • 4 x 8″
  • 1 x 3″

Here is a better photo of the finished project

Now bow #3

I called this one the ‘Double Bow’. Measurements are,

  • 3/4″ wide
  • 1 x 7″
  • 1 x 5″
  • 1 x 4″
  • 1 x 2″

Remember you only bow fold the 5 and 7 inch pieces.

Here are the projects using this bow

Now for the last bow, the ‘Big Tail Bow’, bow number four!

Measurements are,

  • 2 @ 5  1/2″ x 1  1/2″
  • 2 @ 3/4″ x 6″

On both of the bigger pieces measure 1 3/4″ at each end in on ONE of the long sides.

Here is the finished project

I shared a couple of other packaging ideas that I think are super cute, have a look

Plus a gorgeous tag I created using some new product that will release early next year. So here is a sneak peek

The next part of my presentation was all about the Divided Page Protectors. I Lurve these things they are great as scrapbooking pages, they make it so easy and quick to scrapbook a page. But I used them as gift tags, have a look

I did some splattering on the gift box and showed all the lovely ladies how I did that plus a simple masking.

Can you see the splatters in the top left and aver the scrapped page?

I also took the Top Note Reindeer out of the page protector and quickly attached him to a Fancy Favor box to show just another cute gift box, and that my friends was the end of my presentation.

Please be aware I put this post together mainly to remind attendees the measurements for the bows and remind them of some elements I used. I decided not to do a full instructional post as this would be too much and it is already such a long post, not to mention I have a lot to do in my home to get it back in shape after three months of continual crafting for the Craft Show and the Heartfelt Event.

I hope you enjoyed my presentation if you attended and have inspired everyone with some ideas for Packaging and Wrapping!

Thanks for dropping by!

Christmas in the Country Craft Show 2012!

Hello everyone!

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!

Thanks for dropping by!

Happy Day!

I thought I would share with you all a card I made recently for all the Stampin’ Up! parties I did in November. It has to be one of the quickest and easiest cards I have made in quite a while……and you know what? I love it!

I have used the stamp set Awash with Flowers {LOVE} and this set just so hppens to be on sale this month only along with a whole heap of other goodies available only from Stampin’ Up! Click on the pic below to open the pdf

What fabulous savings all those goodies anywhere from 30-50% OFF! If there is anything you like just EMAIL me and I will order it for you and have it delivered to your door.

Thanks for dropping by!

Christmas Stocking!

Hey everyone!

I thought I would share with you all the current promotion with SU. It is a hostess promotion and it is super cute, wait til you see it.

If you hold a workshop in the month of October and reach sales of $450, then you will receive the Stitched Stocking SS (wood or clear mount) plus the Stocking Builder punch FREE!!!! Isn’t that super awesome?!

Pretty Cute HUH?

I have seen some beautiful things made with this set. I particularly loved the hobby-horse one. I will have to make one and share it with you all. But this is what I have made with it just recently

I just used the punch for this one and punched out some Designer Series Paper. In this case I used the Beau Chateau Range. The Polka Dot one though, is from the Mocha Morning Range. I used the Vanilla Seam Binding and twisted the tails to curl and adhered them down with Mini Glue Dots. I have accompanied this card with SS’s Creative Elements, French Foliage and Established Elegance.

If you would like more information on this promotion and/or you would like to host a workshop and you live in the Lockyer Valley or Darling Downs area I will be more than happy to help. Email me today!

Thanks for dropping by!

Forever Brayer!

Hey everyone!

Can you believe I have blogged two days in a row??! LOL! I am in shock too don’t worry! I did however make this card  a couple of weeks ago and taught it in a workshop. I challenged myself and decided to do a brayered image. I haven’t played with the brayer too much, I know the basics and would love to play with it some more to learn about creating more intricate designs. Maybe a river or some mountains or both. I think I might check out Michelle Zindorf’s blog as her brayer work is simply stunning.

I also had inspiration from Kerry Bunting’s creation Thanks Karen!

I used inks, So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Tangerine Tango for this creation. I love how it has turned out, so much so I created another one in different colors

This time I used only two colours and they are Pool Party and Island Indigo. They go together beautifully, don’t you think? I am not sure which one is my fave. Do you have one? I look forward to your replies.

Thanks for dropping by!

I’m still here!

Hey everyone!

I must admit…..I have been a slack blogger these past weeks! But I will also admit I have been one very busy little girl, and I have a doozy of a blog post to share with you all!

I will start with the scheduled post of mine that didn’t publish. It was my submission to the Inkspiration Challenge #85. That little post disappeared into cyberspace and never to return!! LOL! So I apologise for any inconvenience for this little mishap.

I wasn’t totally happy with my card and after I completed it I was like “Oh, I could have done this” or “This would have looked better”. LOL! I have a lot of cards like these, but you know what? It is growing on me. I used one of our new 2011-12 In Color’s, Pool Party and a new Stamp Set available to hostesses only, Ain’t Love Grand, plus one of our new punches, Lace Ribbon Border. This past week a heap of new goodies have arrived on my doorstep and I will show you what I have created over the next few days.

Next up I have some pics of my Catalogue Launch……all three of them. LOL! I held two in Gatton and one in Toowoomba. All one day after the other, the only way to go. I don’t think I got any pics of event number three but it was similar to event number one!

The first one was at my home in Gatton-

The next was in Toowoomba-

As you can see I used the same samples for each, but they look so different in each environment. My little tree was a hit, and you might recognise it from the new catalogue. I didn’t get my new order in time so I made do with what I owned and created similar cards to suit. I totally enjoyed these events and so did the girls. I failed miserably to get shots of the girls from Gatton, which I am sure they are happy about lol, but I did get some of the Toowoomba girls, bar a couple of shy ones!! LOL!

Okay the last event is the doozy, the hum dinger, the event of all events. The Brisbane Papercraft Festival. It is a three-day event at the RNA Showgrounds, which is usually held in February but due to the floods earlier this year was pushed back to September. My upline Madonna Dunn was the coordinator behind this and did an awesome amount of work to make this happen for us. Thanks Mads! I only managed to do one day out of the three but I was able to spend a full day with Mads previous to the event to make a heap of samples. It was agreat day too, lots of side-splitting laughter and food (thanks Mark)….oh and some crafting!

Here is a pic of the display-

Isn’t it fabulous?! I Love the big butterfly colour display, that was Mads creation. You might even recognise my little butterfly tree in there too.

We all took turns at demonstrating, talking and helping with the make and takes. My demonstration was on punch art. I made some cute owls and flowers. It seemed to be popular and people were looking at the Owl Builder punch in a whole new way! I also got to meet some lovely ladies who, would you believe it?, love to stamp. I love that.

Anyhow, that’s what I have been up to. Now I hope to sit down for a few days and create madly with all my new goodies! Would you like to see my stash?? What a silly question.

Any requests?? LOL!

Thanks for dropping by!

New Catty +Join for JUST $169

Hey everyone!!

The new catty has gone live ladies! How super exciting. Here’s a little pic of the cover

Isn’t it gorgeous?! Click on the catalogue picture in the side bar on the right to see it all in it’s glory!

I will be having my launch next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and if you live around Toowoomba or Gatton and would like to attend you are more than welcome to contact me for more details. I would love to have you and I plan on having lots of fun and laughs, not to mention some crafting at this event. You will also be going home with your very own copy to keep beside your bed to browse every night!! LOL!

Now about this fabulous new promotion-

Stampin’ Up! advertised first thing this morning a very sweet joining promotion!!! Have a look-

Check out the FLYER with all the details on what is inside this fabulous kit! The kit is worth $310. What a fabulous saving!

Don’t forget if some of goodies you already have or would like something different you can swap some of them for similar and equal value.

But if the Mini Starter Kit is too small for you, you can purchase the FULL STARTER KIT (page 169 of new catalogue), for $231.20. Usually $289, so that’s a whopping 20% OFF! There’s an even bigger saving on this kit as it is valued at $610. A saving of $378.80 WOW, that is HUGE!!

So if you have been thinking of joining our family of Stampin’ Up! OR if you are a stay at home Mum looking for something to do to earn a little extra cash OR fill in your spare time with a new hobby this is perfect for you!!

Contact Me today if you would like some more information. I would be happy to answer your questions and of course have you on my team!

Thanks for dropping by!