Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Another proud moment being a Paper Angel!

A lovely certificate arrived in the post today for The Paper Angels
in appreciation of the ongoing support we provide to the
Mater Mothers' Bereavement Support Program.

A little note was also attached that said...

'Just a little reminder of how much we appreciate your ongoing generous contribution to the families at the Mater Mothers. We love & sincerely thank you.'

If you would like to help us to support this very special program...
it's not too late to join us at one of our Christmas Card Workshop Events in October.
Please click here for more details.

I am so proud to be a part of such a special group
'The Paper Angels Group' xoxo

Saturday, September 26, 2009

WIN Fabulous Stampin' Up! Prizes...

There are limited places still available at our beautiful
Victoria Point Venue on Sunday 11th October
for our famous annual Christmas Card Workshop!
(Click here for more info)

We have extended bookings for a couple of days
but we must finalize all bookings and payments
by THIS TUESDAY 29th September.

This is an event you DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON...

We have fabulous prizes! In fact over $800 in Stampin' Up! Product will be raffled to support our charity - imagine winning a basket of gorgeous Stampin' Up! product - tickets at the event are only $2 each or 3 for $5

We also have a fantastic venue at the Sharks Club. The function room opens out to a beautiful courtyard, where you might like to enjoy your scrumptious afternoon tea.

Last but certainly not least, you will enjoy a great day with like minded people. Come by yourself and make some great new friends or organize a girls day out and book a table!

You receive a stamp set and make 8 fantastic projects, yours to take home complete with instructions to make many more!

Contact me today to have your name placed on one of our last seats!

Please NOTE: there are also only a handful of spaces left at our newest venue Springwood on the 10th October and I will be attending both of these events.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My friends love Circle Circus as much as me!

I received a lovely email from my special friend and Paper Angel Ursula this morning sharing that she is in love with
Circle Circus as much as me!

Here are two fabulous cards of Ursula's made with Circle Circus.

This one she explains she had spotted at Bec's house (Bec is who had made the Christmas one on my previous posting). Ursula loved what she saw so much she re-made it herself and didn't change a thing. How's that for inspiration!

It has been created with White StazOn ink,
new in our Spring Mini Catalogue.

Ursula also shows here a fabulous male card using Circle Circus.

It really is an ALL ROUND stamp set!!!!!!

Remember during this month Circle Circus is on show as my
You can bring the circus to your place to play with for only $45.
A saving of over 15%.

8 days left until the 'Big Top' is taken down!!!!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Circle Circus Style!

Circle Circus is being featured through out September
Roll out the red carpet for this one though... coming through,
this Circle Circus card has some real style!

We have had lots at fun at my most recent workshops creating this card with lots of different circle punches, and 4 out of 10 of the stamps from the Circle Circus set. The colours I have used are Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, & Baja Breeze. Although it doesn't show up in the photo too well, the scallop embellishment is layered in two tiers with dimensionals, and really stands out with class!

Like what you see?

Fancy a bit of Circle Circus Style in your life too?

September is the month to save over 15% on Circle Circus.

Order this set from me during September 2009 and you won't pay $52.95, you will pay my super special price of $45.

Hurry, only 11 more sleeps and this Circle Circus show is leaving town!

Little Forest Friends

I knew as soon as I set my eyes on Forest Friends in the Spring Mini
I just had to have this cute little set!
Here is a card we made with 2 of the cute little characters and the tree
at my workshops today here on the Island...

This neat little card flips open at the front from just under where the flap with the bow is. I have combined Chocolate Chip with Old Olive and Almost Amethyst to create a 'forest' mixed with 'cute' feeling. The tree was coloured with Stampin' Write markers to give it two tones, and the little characters have been popped out with dimensionals to bring the card to life!

Forest Friends is on page 12 of the Spring Mini Catalogue RRP $24.95

This card would be a delight to give to anyone of any age or gender... isn't it just soooo cute!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Brighten up your day with Circle Circus!

Roll up, Roll up... the Circle Circus show is still on!

After making the cute little handbag punch card
I must say handbags have become a little faze for me.
Here I have made some with Circle Circus!

Circle Circus not only makes great backgrounds by mixing and overlapping any of the 10 stamps in the set, but it also fits perfectly with Stampin' Up!'s circle scallop and varying sized circle punches. Here I have put both to use with a bright background and complimenting, eye catching, circle scallop embellishments. The colours for this card were inspired by wanting to use some of the lovely new So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon only available this month with a purchase of $100+, so I got out the old faithful Colour Coach Wheel and dah dah dah DAH... it told me to mix it with Cameo Coral and Ballet Blue! What a great mix these 3 colours make...

Enjoying Circle Circus so far?

Circle Circus can be found on page 104 of Stampin' Up!'s
09/10 Idea Book and Catalogue. (RRP $52.95)

As the show rolls on this month with lots of
fabulous ideas for Circle Circus,
I am offering you the opportunity to purchase this set from me
at my very Special "Show" price of $45!
That's a super saving of over 15%
Available only for the month of September 2009

Stay seated for more Circle Circus coming to you soon!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Having a Blast with Circle Circus!

In keeping with my stamp set of the month Circle Circus, I decided to make a card that's a little "out of this world" for my friend's boy Angus's 4th Birthday.

I had so much fun creating this card,
and this is what I came up with...

Circle Circus made the perfect background for my rocket ship from the Pun Fun set. I have used water colour paper to stamp the rocket on and coloured it with an aqua painter and the ink from the lids of my stampin' pads. The colours used are Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, and Bashful Blue. I stamped my rocket in Basic Black as it is waterproof and doesn't bleed when water colouring. I added a silver eyelet to the rocket window and ran the Kiwi Kiss backing through my crimper to give lots of dimension.
Then the fun really began... with 3 of the stamps from
Circle Circus I created the groovy background. The ring stamp was clear embossed and after I did this I punched away the centers of each ring. To give myself somewhere to write on the inside of the card I added a strip of bashful blue, and wrapped it all up with hemp twine for a finishing touch.

What a super cool card it turned out to be!
This card is so out there... it's ready to blast off!

Like what you see? You can have a blast with Circle Circus too. Circle Circus retails at $52.95 and can be found on page 104 of Stampin' Up!'s 09/10 Idea Book and Catalogue.

During the month of September 2009 I am offering you the opportunity to purchase Circle Circus from me for my very special price of $45.

That's a blast of a saving of over 15%

Keep posted for more fabulous ideas of how to make the most of Circle Circus as September rolls on, and grab your set today at this 'out of this world price!'

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Annual Charity Christmas Card Workshop 2009

Yey... that time of year again for our very special
Christmas Card Charity Workshops!

For those who have attended in the past,
not only do you know what great events these are, but also what a
very special charity it is that we support.

Last year we had over 250 keen paper crafters attend in aid of raising money to support the Mater Mother's Bereavement Support Program. This allowed us to create 'Angel Boxes' filled with the tools and supplies required to be able to make special footprint and name cards for bereaved parents after the loss of a baby. We also gave a huge donation to the hospital to help them provide many other services to families who's life has been turned upside down through their unexpected loss. As a mum of three very special angel babies who were taken from life in our arms before we got to know them, I know too well how important this program is.
How important it is to have those little prints of our babies feet
as a memorabilia to reflect upon,
and how by the Paper Angels Group holding events like these,
we will ensure that all grieving families have such
special prints of their babies feet too.

There is no footprint too small
that it cannot leave an
imprint on this world xo

This year we will continue to support the
Mater Mother's Bereavement Support Program,
and due to the popularity of our 'Angel Boxes' we have decided to
spread our wings a little further.
Our aim is to begin supporting the many other
Maternity Bereavement Programs through out Brisbane Hospitals as well. In addition to this we would also like to begin supplying the Children's Hospital with Paper Craft Activity Boxes for children who are hospitalised for long term treatments.

I invite you to join us for our 2009 Charity Christmas Card Events
Spotlight on Christmas

Venues & Dates:

Springwood Hotel - Saturday 10th October

Victoria Point Sharks - Sunday 11th October

Carina Leagues Club - Sunday 18th October

Macleay Island Community Hall - Saturday 24th October

Pine Rivers Bowls Club - Sunday 25th October

Redlands Sporting Club - Sunday 1st November

Each event will run from 10am - 4pm

Cost: $65

Each person who attends our events will receive their own
Stamp Set Spotlight on Christmas
and a 1/4 share of Ski Slope Designer Series Paper

As well as all the materials and instructions to
complete 8 gorgeous projects
including cards, photo cards, tags, & bombonierres.

Afternoon Tea also included.

There will be door prizes and our famous and very popular
prize baskets will be raffled at each event.

Don't wait another second...
contact me today and have your name booked in
for your chosen venue.
(We have had venues book out within a couple of weeks in the past).
Please note: Payment is required at the time of booking
to ensure your place
and guarantee we have your Stamp Set available for you on the day.

Help us Spread our Wings... please forward this to all your family, friends, neighbours, workmates etc. Have your buddies come along with you to join the fun!

Leonie Conyers
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
Inspiration Angels - Paper Angels Group or 07-3409 5101

Friday, September 4, 2009

Birthday Celebrations for a special 4 year old!

Today Elana turned 4!

So celebrations for the 'Star of the Show' called for a very special birthday card, featuring of course, Elana's favourite stamp set
(and this months stamp set of the month)...
Circle Circus!

As she whispered in my ear before falling off to sleep
for the last time as a 3 year old...
"mummy are you going to make me a pretty card for my birthday?"
I was already creating the perfect little card in my mind
for my little girl.

And here it is... dah, dah-dah, dah!

Pretty in Pink and Circle Circus, WOW, what a wonderful combo they turned out to be!

"Look it has a little Elana" came the words of our
very excited birthday girl,
as she spotted the little girl inside....

I can safely say this card was a hit!

Creating this card I have used Circle Circus, All in the Family, Best Yet (Level 1 Hostess set), and Birthday Wish (mini catalogue). Pretty in Pink and Whisper White. The little "Elana" and verse on the front have been stamped in Basic Grey. I have also used the 1 3/8" circle punch and Scallop Circle Punch, and finished the card off
with a Pretty in Pink taffeta bow!

Circle Circus can be found on page 104 of Stampin' Up!'s
09/10 Idea Book and Catalogue. (RRP $52.95)

During this month though,
I am offering you the opportunity
to purchase this set from me
at my very Special price of $45!
That's a super saving of over 15%

Keep posted for more Circle Circus through out September.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Circle Circus September!

STOP the suspense...
the stamp set of the month for September 2009 is...
drum roll please...
Circle Circus!

September is the month our little girl Elana came into our lives...
and this year (tomorrow actually) she will be a big 4!

So.... I asked her to choose the stamp set of the month for September,
and she chose her favourite set 'Circle Circus!'

Pretty good choice I say as there is so much you can do with this set. I think Elana's love of it is that she can use mummy's punches as well as do some stamping, and that's a big deal to her as touching mummy's punches is usually a big "no no!" lol

So I have put up the Big Top this month and set myself up for a show and a half...

Starting with a baby card for my friend's little girl.

This card is so much more adorable in the flesh than in this photo, and the little face is a real button!

Using the color coach as a guide for a 'dynamic duo' I have combined Rose Red with Regal Rose for a card fit for the cutest baby girl card this show has to offer! I have created a patterned paper look using 3 of the stamps from Circle Circus in the two colours, overlapping them and stamping some twice to get darker and lighter shades. I was really happy with the finished effect. The Rose Red ribbon was wrapped around the card by punching a small opening in the top of the card (over the fold) with the Word Window punch. My button feature has been popped on with dimensionals... and I actually did a big "rare" move for me and hand wrote the words!

Circle Circus can be found on page 104 of Stampin' Up!'s
09/10 Idea Book and Catalogue. (RRP $52.95)

As the show rolls on this month with lots of
fabulous ideas for Circle Circus,
I am offering you the opportunity to purchase this set from me
at my very Special "Show" price of $45!
That's a super saving of over 15%

So roll up, roll up...
Circle Circus September has just begun!!!!

Fathers Day! (not for dad's eyes until after Sunday)

Only 3 sleeps until fathers day...
so I thought I better get busy and make a card
ready to pop in the post for my dad...

I was inspired to make this card by Linda Heller.
Isn't it just so funky!!!!!

If you are like me and have left making a card until this last minute, maybe you would like to make one like this too! Here are the instructions for you... (it's a really great card as you don't need a lot of materials to make it)

Fold a white A5 card in half. Completely cover the front with coloured paper (DS) to fit neatly. I have used a plain sheet of Brocade Blue from the 6x6 Patterns Pack of DSP which is a level 1 hostess reward. Now at the top of your card come down 1" and trim in from each side 1 1/2". You are cutting through both layers of your card to do this. Open up your card and trim off this section now from the back/inside piece of your card only and throw away. The piece still attached at the front has now become what you will fold inwards to make your collar. (This is the white collar). Corner the tops of your card with a corner rounder. To make the pocket use a tag punch. Punch a piece of the matching DS that you have used for the shirt. Only punch it as long as you are wanting your pocket. ie: not quite the full tag, so long as you get the 'tag bit' as this is the bottom of the pocket. With a white gel pen create some little stitches around the outside of your pocket. Attach the pocket on with some dimensionals.

Creating the tie: I have made mine with a striped piece of DS from Washington Apple. Cut your patterned DS Paper to a 3 3/4" square. Start with your paper's chosen pattern side down, then fold in half along the diagonal. Unfold. Fold the outside corners into the center, making sure that the edges line up along the center line. Repeat this step again (this is the tie, less the knot) Hold your tie up to you card and decide how long you want it to be. Snip off the top piece that you don't want. (I snipped off about 1.5cm). Making the knot, in matching DS, punch a 1 1/4" square. Turn this over so your DS pattern is on the bottom and is in front of you in a diamond shape. Fold the top and bottom corners to meet in the middle. Flip back over so your pattern is now facing up. Stick this to the top of your tie and fold the sides around so that they are a little wider at the top than the bottom. There you have it! Your tie!!!!Adhere the tie to the front of your card and use a glue dot under each of the points of your collar to hold it down to the top of the tie.

Here is another nifty idea that we made at our Macleay workshops just the other week.

Decorating a plain white paper gift bag is always fun!

Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there, but a special mention to my Dad also known as "Gumpy", my Father in-law Manfred also known as "Grandpa", and to my loving partner Mark also know as "Daddy" xo xo xo