LEAVING MY COMFORT ZONE … UPDATE

Just over a week ago I received a very exciting email … from Stampin’ Up!.

My DISPLAY BOARD STAMPER application was successful and I will be creating projects for display at the 2017 Stampin’ Up! On Stage Local event on the Gold Coast in November.

At first, I thought that I could only tell my husband but I can share my exciting news … but nothing else … I am sworn to secrecy until all is revealed in November!

I am so excited that I will have the chance to create projects that other demonstrators will be able to see … living the dream and doing little happy dances!

CLIMBING ORCHIDS CLASS …

I LOVE it when each first and third Sunday comes around and it is time for my mmm…Stampin’ Time class, especially when I have the chance to SHARE ideas and projects that feature new products from Stampin’ Up! and we get to ENJOY a few hours on a Sunday afternoon creating together before the work week begins.

Our July 16 class was all about CLIMBING ORCHID BUNDLE

I found the gift box on Pintrest [below] and it was created by German demonstrator Nadja [http://nadjasstempelkreationen.blogspot.com/]. I was able to watch a tutorial for this giftbox made by British demonstrator Keila Calver to recreate this Tricky-Cube-Box/Little Platform Giftbox … thank you to both of these demonstrators for sharing their amazing work.

 

Here are the three projects we made during our Climbing Orchids class … two cards and a giftbox.

I was surprised by the variety of orchid colour combinations nature has produced … endless options to make this bundle so versatile.

 

This was the first time we used the Ruffled 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and it looks amazing when you use Shimmery White cardstock.

All three projects use the tree branch from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

The giftbox looks elegantly simple but is a bit tricky to achieve the peaked corner … persistence is needed, but well worth the effort.

 

LEAVING THE COMFORT ZONE …

There were so many amazing ideas I brought home with me after attending the 2016 Stampin’ Up! OnStage Live event in Brisbane last November.

One of the challenges, for demonstrators, was to do something outside of their comfort zone … so this is latest I am doing!

Demonstrators, around the world, have been asked if they are interested in applying to be a DISPLAY BOARD STAMPER at one of the OnStage Live or Local events.

So I am ready to submit, via this blog post, my handstamped items: three card fronts (standard card size), one scrapbook page, and two 3D items.

For those of you who have been to any Stampin’ Up! events you know that there have been incredible displays put together for us to be inspired by … so, fingers crossed!

THREE CARD FRONTS:

 Although now retired, the Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies were so versatile. This is one of my favourite cards that I have made. It was inspired by the stunning beauty of the red coral found off the coast of the Island of Capri … and living in Bargara, with the southern parts of the Great Barrier Reef offshore … I wanted to use these thinlits to create a colourful reef scene.

Now onto to some current products …

Both my daughters have lived away from home now for between three and half and seven years. There have been lots of phone calls, separated by 450km, when all you want to do as a mum is reach down through the phone line and hug your child. I think this card is great for that type of moment.

Dragonfly Dreams … silver, black and various green and purple tones watercolured onto Shimmery White cardstock … plus a bit of bling. It was quite calming to build up this watercoloured background – go the aquapainter!

3D PROJECTS

EXPLOSION GIFT BOX

This is such a fun 3D project to make for so many different occasions … this was for the wedding of the daughter of very dear friends.

I had lots of fun making cards using the, now retired, Balloon Pop Up Thinlits Die … but wondered if I could do more with it … and I discovered there was!

SCRAPBOOK PAGE

Living in Queensland, we don’t get to see snow locally. With the new Memories and More Colour Theory Card Pack, I realised it was time to start scrapping our 2007 family holiday to the USA [just a bit behind in my memory keeping efforts]. Add the embossing paste and using masks I made from a few of our new thinlits and I was set.

 

DIDN’T MAKE THE CUT!

At first I thought it would be hard to find projects that I would be happy submitting … then  I found that I had a few more that I could also have submitted … these didn’t make it through!

A three box explosion box for a colleague’s son’s 6th birthday.

A paisley peacock card …

The same giftbox … a Christmas order from a friend for her daughter’s gifts.

A 3D shaker card …