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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Storage Ideas With Kathe: Big Shot & Bundles and Storage



If you're anything like me, you absolutely love when BIG opportunities come your way. And because we all know the Big Shot is a big deal, Stampin' Up! thought they'd offer you something you couldn't miss; an exclusive Big Shot opportunity that lasts for the entire month of August!
Stampin' Up! want to put a Big Shot into the hands of every customer before the holiday catalogue — full of sweet Big Shot accessories.
That's why with every purchase of a Big Shot in August, YOU, the customer will receive one of five free stamp set/framelits bundles below, of your choice! That's up to a $130 NZD value!!
Not only that, but if you already own a Big Shot, they can still purchase these designated bundles at an amazing 15% off! 
This is one deal you won't want to miss—only available from 1-31 August—as these bundles are one-time only exclusives.

Two Choices:
1) Buy a Big Shot and get one free bundle below.
  and/or
2) Buy a discounted bundle below at a 15% discount.




And don't forget Storage Solutions...
"Shelf Mantelpieces" by The Sellers Room: I still have some "Shelf Mantelpieces" by The Sellers Room left, and will order another batch to be cut.
They are $15 per set, and are really easy to assemble, please see my Blog post here for more storage ideas.


And for your Big Shot ...



Monday, 28 July 2014

“Create With Kathe” For Thursday 24th July 2014


Ab-so-toot-ly loved what we made this past Thursday.
I love to teach the ladies new techniques each week, and was squealing with excitement, waiting to show the ladies the “Baby Wipe Technique”.
Our first project was an xtra cute card featuring the “Pictogram Punches” and “Really Good Greetings” stamp sets + the “Stars” Framelits.
The second project featured the gorgeous and very versatile stamp set “Gifts Of Kindness” + “Papillion Potpourri”, the “On Film” Framelits, and … the “Baby Wipe Technique”!

Project 1”Star Shaker Card”


The card-base for this card is Basic Gray, with a layer of So Saffron, and on the inside, the insert is Naturals White.
Fold a piece of A5 Basic Gray cardstock in half.
Cut a piece of Basic Gray cardstock 5 5/8”x4” for the overlay.
On the Basic Gray overlay cardstock, emboss with White Embossing Powder the words ”You’re A Star” from the “Pictogram Punches” stamp set.


Use the “Stars” Framelits to cut 2 Stars, and use the Star from the “Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack” to cut another 4 stars.
Punch a heap of small stars with the new In Colours Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon and Tangelo Twist from the Designers Series Paper Stack, + 1 star in Champagne Glimmer Paper.
Cut a piece of Acetate and the So Saffron cardstock 5 3/8”x 3 ¾”.


Layer up as follows: So Saffron, heaps of stars, Acetate, Basic Gray + 1 Champagne Glimmery Star on the 2nd largest Star.
Adhere the above to the Basic Gray card-base.
Now for the inside of the card …
On the 5 5/8”x4” Naturals White cardstock, stamp the words “finally a day that really is all about you!” from the “Really Good Greetings” stamp set, using the Stampin’ Write Markers Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon and Tangelo Twist.
Place the punched stars, working from the middle out, i.e. the Tangelo Twist Star first, on either side of the punched Stars, stamp a small Star from the “Pictogram Punches” stamp set in Gold Encore Metallic Ink.
Using the Decorative Masks “Hearts & Stars”, sponge the Stars in Lost Lagoon.
Finally round the corners of the insert, and adhere with tape.


Wah-lah ”Star Shaker Card” done!

Project 2 ”Baby Wipe Technique”


I designed this card in muted tones, keeping in mind that it could be used for a bereavement/sympathy card, or for someone suffering from illness.
The cardbase for this card is Basic Gray, with a layers of Coastal Cabana, Whisper White and Vellum.


{Baby Wipe Technique - Afternoon Class}

Fold a piece of A5 Basic Gray cardstock in half, and emboss the front with the “Fancy Fan” Embossing Folder.
Stamp 2 butterflies from the “Papillon Potpourri” stamps set in Bermuda Bay on Whisper White, and punch with the Elegant Butterfly Punch, also punch 2x Butterflies in Vellum.
Layer the Butterflies, and add 3x Basic Pearl Jewels to each Butterfly.


On the card insert, which is Whisper White, and 5 5/8”x4” in size, stamp the words “Hoping that each passing day brings you closer to a brighter tomorrow” in Bermuda Bay on Whisper White.
Round the corners of the cardstock and adhere to the card base, add a single butterfly to the bottom corner.
Now to the front of the card…


{Baby Wipe Technique - Evening Class}

Stamp the words “Thinking Of You” in Bermuda Bay on Whisper White and punch using the “Word Window” Punch.
On a scrap of Coastal Cabana cardstock, punch using the “Modern Label” Punch, and layer with Dimensionals, to the Word Window “Thinking Of You” sentiment, and adhere to the bottom corner of the card with Dimensionals.
Using the “On Film” Framelits, in Coastal Cabana cardstock, cut a Polaroid Frame.
Now to the Baby Wipe Technique …
I came across this technique by Amy White on her Blog "Whitehouse Stamping".
On a single baby Wipe {I used Pam’s brand}, drop single drops of “Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills” in Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, and Real Red.


You may need to drop a couple of drops of each colour, until the colours bleed into one another {as above}.
Using the flower stamp from the “Gifts Of Kindness” stamp set, use the baby wipe like an ink pad and stamp on the baby wipe, ensure that the whole stamp is covered in ink, then stamp down onto the Whisper White cardstock.
Cut the cardstock to fit inside the Polaroid Frame, and adhere to the card.
I made several cards {which I have already given away}, experimenting with straight and diagonal placement of the Polaroid Frame, and adjusted the butterfly to suit.
I love to add a layer of Vellum over my Butterflies, as it softens the effect.
Wah-lah ”Baby Wipe Technique” done!


With the Baby Wipe Technique, no two images will be the same.
For my afternoon class, I did one baby wipe per 3 people, however for the evening class, I accidentally left the baby wipe on the bench, and only remembered a couple of hours later. There was enough ink left on the baby wipe, to do another 12 images, so one baby wipe serviced 15 images!



 

 
 

I simply love this effect, and have another project planned for this weeks Class, which I am really excited about!

Recipe Ingredient List
Stamp Sets: “Gifts Of Kindness”, “Papillon Potpourri”, “Pictogram Punches”, “Really Good Greetings”,
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Lost Lagoon, Gold Encore Metallic Ink
Stampin’ Write Markers: Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon and Tangelo Twist
Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills: Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, and Real Red
Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, Naturals White, So Saffron, Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon and Tangelo Twist from the Designers Series Paper Stack, Champaign Glimmer Paper and Vellum
Punches: Corner, Elegant Butterfly, Modern Label, Star from the “Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack”, and Word Window
Framelits/Dies: On film, Stars
Embossing Folders: Fancy Fan
Xtras: Acetate, Baby Wipes, Basic Pearls Jewels, Decorative Masks “Hearts & Stars”, Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder

Special Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Magnetic Platform, Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Cleaner, Stampin’ Trimmer 


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

“Create With Kathe” For Thursday 17th July 2014


Thursday we had a full house, with every seat taken!
After my very large Stampin’ Up! order arrived, I was itching to try out some new stamps sets!
First on the list was my new favourite “Kinda Eclectic”, I simply love this stamp set!
And of course I couldn't resist the “Something For Baby” stamp set and matching “Baby’s First” framelits …

Project 1 “Kinda Eclectic” Card


The card base is “Marina Mist”, with the inside insert of “Naturals White”.
Ink Pad colours are Early Espresso, Old Olive, and Crisp Cantaloupe.
The sun is embossed in Gold Embossing Powder, with “Champagne Glimmer Paper” for the centre of the Sun.
The butterflies are first stamped in “Crisp Cantaloupe” on “Blushing Bride” cardstock, and then punched with the “Elegant Butterfly” and “Bitty Butterfly” Punches.
On the front of the card 3 small Basic Pearl Jewels are added to the centre of the butterfly, and on the inside of the card Linen Thread is used to create the antennae of the butterfly.


A Candy Dot in Blushing Bride anchors and completes this card.
Gotta say, ♥ this stamp set!

Project 2 “Something For Baby” Card


The card base is “Natural White”, which has been stamped with the “Zoo Babies” stamp set in either “Marina Mist” + “Daffodil Delight” for the baby boy card, or “Strawberry Slush” + “Daffodil Delight” for the baby girl card.
The front of the card is then embossed with the “Alphabet Press” Embossing Folder.
Bakers Twine in Early Espresso it tied in a knot at both ends, then adhered with Glue Dots to form a clothesline.


The Banner Punch is used to punch tiny banners in alternate colours of Marina Mist” + “Daffodil Delight” for the baby boy card, or “Strawberry Slush” + “Daffodil Delight” for the baby girl card.
Hanging from the Clothesline/Banners are a cute baby onesie, tie and booties, all from the “Something For Baby” stamp set, and cut using the matching “Baby’s First” Framelits.


The finishing touch is the Banner at the bottom corner of the card, with the wording “Celebrate You” from the “Cupcake Party” stamp set, which had a Banner cut at one end, and a cute yellow duck at the other end, which has been fussy cut.


On the inside of the card are the words “Wishing you a wonderful journey through a world of dreams come true!” from the “World Of Dreams” stamp set.


This stamp set is a fantastic addition to my craft room, and I am already imagining the possibilities, and my next few projects featuring this xtra cute “Something for Baby” stamp set.  

Stamp Sets Featured:


“Cupcake Party” Stamp Set


“Kinda Eclectic” Stamp Set


“Something for Baby” Stamp Set


“World Of Dreams” Stamp Set


"Yippee-Skippee” Stamp Set


“Zoo Babies” Stamp Set

Recipe Ingredient List
Stamp Sets: “Cupcake Party”, “Kinda Eclectic”, “Something for Baby”, “World Of Dreams”, “Yippee-Skippee”, “Zoo Babies”
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Naturals White, Old Olive, Strawberry Slush, and Versamark
Stampin’ Write Markers: Early Espresso, Old Olive
Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Naturals White, Strawberry Slush
Punches: ¾” Circle, Banner, Bitty Butterfly, Elegant Butterfly,
Framelits/Dies: Baby’s First, Banners
Embossing Folders: Alphabet Press
Xtras: Bakers Twine, Candy Dots, Dimensionals, Embossing Powder {Gold}, Glimmer Paper, Glue Dots, Linen Thread,


Special Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Magnetic Platform, Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Cleaner, Stampin’ Trimmer 

Stampin' Up! WorkShop: For Bev

A couple of weeks ago, my good friend Bev hosted a Workshop, as she wanted to share her newfound love of crafting with her girlfriends.
It was a pleasure to introduce Bev’s friends to Stampin’ Up!




The “Make and Take” is this gorgeous sliding spinning card ...




Colours are "Coastal Cabana", "Crumb Cake" and "Naturals White", "Decorative Dots" Embossing Folder and stamps sets "Wetlands", Flower Shop" and "Something To Say"

The ladies also learnt how to make this cute baby card in 90 seconds {with the “Zoo Babies” stamp set}.



Colours are "Lost Lagoon" and "Hello Honey", on "Naturals White", "Decorative Dots" Embossing Folder and “Zoo Babies” stamp set

How the "Beautiful Wings Butterfly" Embosslits work {the die cuts and embosses the butterflies at the same time!} ...


And how to make a cute Blossom with the "Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds". The white Blossoms are actually made from hot glue {from my Glue Gun}, and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds.


Bev made a yummy afternoon tea of cupcakes, with gorgeous dipped icing {new technique that I learnt!}, Amaretto Bites and Griffin's Choco-ade biscuits.




It was a lovely afternoon spent some new friends {and crafters}, and one of the guests, Pam, has now attended my weekly “Create With Kathe” Craft Classes.

If you too wish to host a Work Shop in your home or mine, here are the Hostess Benefits ... 




























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