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!

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Forever Brayer!

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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.

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Sunshine fun!

Hey everyone! I’m not too sure what it is but……I cannot get enough of OTP or Gift sets at the moment. I have not made a card for the sole purpose of making a card in about a week! I have made cards for the Stationery sets but that’s all!

My OTP extraveganza became even more infatuating when I found this little website run by Janine Tinklenberg! This particular little box is found under category Templates and Showing Off. Yep! that’s right you can download the template for this box straight off her site! This lady is such a card! Straight to the point and absolutely adores Chocolate! There is even pics of the chockies sitting amongst her tools in the tutorials! Too funny!

Anyway on to the box-


Isn’t it cute? Janine did make this box for Pocket Notes, but I made it for a cute little gift box to put hostess goodies into! It is very quick and easy to make.

I also have some gorgeous shots of my, ‘just turned 8’, darling Jemma to show. I took her outside yesterday evening to take some updated pics of her and also use them in another little project I will be showing you soon! I just cannot believe how much older she looks compared to the last ones I put up!

Enough chit chat onto the photos-



And of course it wouldn’t be my Jemma without some Funny Faces!! A little bit disturbing this one!! LOL!


Oh dear! Gotta love her! It’s my job!

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Just couldn’t help myself!!

Hey everyone! I loved the first stationery box so much I decided to make another one…but this one is a little bit of a sneak peak into the upcoming Spring Mini which is available from August 1st. There are so many cute stamp sets and goodies inside! I love it all!!

So onto the creation…well sneak peak-


What do you think so far?? Don’t you just love that butterfly?! On to the box-


These colours are just gorgeous together. The paper used is in the upcoming mini and it is called Parisian Breeze and it is a Speciality Paper just like the Sweet Slumber selection in the Main Catty. It has a beautiful texture!

Here are some more details-



As you can see this time all four cards are the same! Saved a lot of time I assure you! Here are some close ups-



I will say this I don’t think I will be cutting out that leaf stamp again very soon! I will be very surprised if I do anyway…Veeerrry fiddly. LOL! Everything used except the Ribbon, Card stock and Alphabet stamps are from the new Catalogue…oh yes and the Large Oval and Eyelet Edge Punch. But check out the Scallop Oval Punch! Very cute and the large oval fits inside perfectly!

Not too sure who I am going to give this set to yet! I haven’t made up my mind! I hope they will love it whoever I choose!

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Everyone loves Stationery!!

Hey everyone! I just have to show you all this Stationery Box I whipped up. But all attributions go to Alisa Tilsner  for my making of this box! She gave me the instructions to this beauty of a Stationery Box. Mine is only a touch different to Alisa’s version. But the same base idea! So check it out….you won’t be disappointed!
















So what do you think? I just had to use the Bella’s Rose DSP and A Rose is a Rose set for this one, it matches so beautifully!

As you can see I have made 4 each of matching cards and love notes for the compendium. I had an absolute ball making this and I gave it as a hostess gift to lovely lady today and boy did she love it! {hi Treena} I had great fun ladies…I also had plenty of giggles…..thanks to Beatrice and her lumpy box LOL! I look forward to another day!

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Mother’s Day Workshop!

Well, here it is! The BIGMother’s Day Gift Set I have been working on. I had an absolute ball making this set knowing that after the workshop I will be giving them to mine and David’s mums. I love creating something and giving it with so much love. There is no better feeling! So one of my new resolutions is to do more RAK’S. So look out everyone you are going to be bombarded with hand made cards. Once I make a list LOL!


This is the whole set clockwise- Flower Bulb Gift Box, Mothers’ Day Card, Chocolate Square Box with Lid and a Gift Card Holder. I used the same colour combo with all pieces. They were Mellow Moss, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette and Very Vanilla. All the feminine ‘mummy’ colours. LOL!


The card is very simple but I think very beautiful. You cannot see it too well but Crystal Effects was used on the second step stamp. Actually all Roses stamped in the Gift Set have Crystal Effects used on them. It really make the rose lift off the page. I have a close up photo down below.


This is the Gift Card/Voucher holder. Again very simple but beautiful. I got the idea for this from a swap I received from Ngaire Andersonat the Canberra Convention. Thanks Ngaire!



This box is from the current SU catalogue and I just added my own little touches to suit the Gift Set. It is filled with OH so yummy HEART shaped chockies. I love my MUMMY that much that I’m giving her chocolates that I could be eating myself…LOL!


This cute little box is a creation from the original box the chockies came in. I was about to throw it out when a “Light Bulb” moment happened..hehe. I thought to myself I can use this box to create another for my Gift Set. So I carefully took the box apart and used it as a template and there you have it. I popped inside a bag of Ranunculi Bulbs, so mum can have flowers forever….well nearly! 


All the roses look like this and is very effective. They look like they are all popping of the page, they also look like they have dew on them. But be aware it does make the ink you are covering darker… or maybe it’s brighter. But it does change it a little bit. So what do you think, would your Mum love it?? I know mine will……Oh by the way NO PEEKING MUM!!!

If you have any questions about any of the gifts  email me and I will help you all I can.

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Well that’s it……..


I have a blemish in my record! I have posted everyday for just over 2 weeks straight and then whoops….. I miss one. Oh well, I’m sure you will forgive me on that! Especially if I put in extra BLOG CANDY!!! That’s right you heard me right!!! I’m going to add three things into the Blog Candy Bonanza! But first I want to show you all this.


I got this fabulous idea from Karen Thomas’s blog! She is one ultra talented lady and I love her goodies so if you have that time go and check her blog out! You will not be disappointed!

This is a great little tool for booking workshops. When someone decides they would like to book, they can choose one of the flowers with a flap, and under that flap is a prize just for them. I will then present it to them at their workshop! I loved the idea when I first saw it all those months ago, but just got busy and said “I will get to it”. How many of you say that? I say it all the time…lol.

So here is the BLOG CANDY I promised you all-


This is what I found-

  1. A2Z Scraplet heart (chipboard)
  2. Heidi Swapp 4XL photo corners, Pink Dot
  3. Assorted lot of Prima Flowers

This will be added to the stash and don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see what else will be on offer! If you would like to win my 30,000 hits Blog Candy then go to the post dated the 21st April 2009 and leave a comment.

It’s as easy as that!

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