Saturday, July 17, 2010

Quadrangle Scrapbooking by Liz!

This is straight from Liz's Blog... (I spotted my face on there, funny!)

Check out this groovy way of scrapbooking - quadrangle style!!!!

This is a really simple, yet effective design that you can use
whenever it is possible to trim photos down to 4 inch squares.
1. Divide a 12x12 base into quadrangles and add four mats measuring 5 3/4 inches square.
2. Cut the photo mats to 4 1/2 inch squares.
3. Adhere the top right and bottom left photos to the mats and raise with dimensionals.
4. Adhere the top left and bottom right photo mats directly to the base.

Liz has used 'Haiku' Designer Series Paper with some Rich Razzleberry thrown in to create a layout for the page above which she made for Jeanette, who is one of our Demonstrator Support Agents in Sydney. Jeanette and I had a great time catching up at our recent Convention in Sydney - as you can see, we had lots of fun posing for the camera. I bet she just loves this page Liz has made for her.

Here's another great page Liz has made of her daughter Dana and friend Jess, using a colour scheme inspired by Jess's shirt - Orchid Opulence, Basic Grey & Basic Black...

And another great layout, a perfect Christmas Page of her 4 kids...

The sky is the limit in terms of choosing your colour scheme and embellishing the lower right quadrant. Liz used 'Friends 24-7' Stamp Set in the first two layouts shown above and then for the third layout, she used 4 photos and popped an embellishment in the middle - easy!

I'd love to see your Quadrangle Creations, send me a pic if you make one!
Thanks Liz for this fabulous idea!

Happy Scrapbooking! xo

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Paper Flower Tutorial

With thanks to Jayne Mercer for sharing this great tutorial how you can make a simple flower from just 3 scallop Circle Punches... I have made this Birthday card for my mother-in-law (well not official, but officially in my books) for her special day tomorrow.

Stamps: Heard from the Heart (mini catalogue)
Ink: Handsome Hunter (retiring)
Card: Whisper White, Handsome Hunter (retiring), & Regal Rose
Accessories: Split Pin
Tools: Circle Scallop Punch, Paper Crimper, Piercer (for brad), Big Shot & Little Leaves Die, and Adhesives.

Happy Birthday Annita (Grandma) xoxo

Here's the tutorial so you can give these flowers a go too!

1. Punch out 3 scallop circles
2. & 3. In order to make this type of flowers you need to break down the fibres in the cardstock. If you've got a crimper, simply put the scallops through the crimper several times in different directions. If you don't have a crimper simply jump to step 4.
4. Screw up the scallops (if you haven't crimped you'll probably have to scrumple, unscrumple, and scrumple again a few times).
5. What you're aiming to get is the cardstock starting to separate.
6. Gently pull apart the two halves. You'll end up with a soft textured side - almost like suede.
7. Repeat with all 3 scallops
8. Stack the 6 scallops textured size up and put a brad through the middle of all of them.
9. Screw up tight the first layer around the brad.
10. Repeat with all 6 layers.
11. Gently unfold each layer to your liking.
12. Add to card.

Have fun and feel free to email me a photo of your creations!

Friday, July 9, 2010

"My Street" a story of the wonderful friends you meet through the love of Paper Craft!

I love many things about Stampin' Up!

One of those things that really stand out in my mind though is the wonderful new friends I have made through sharing Stampin' Up! at workshops. I have met guests who have a shared love of Paper Craft as well as those who have never picked up a Rubber Stamp.

Many of the guests I have met have become regular customers and hostesses and over time we have together shared tips, ideas, and stories of our common love of Paper Craft.

Those that have been introduced to Stampin' for the first time have often caught the 'Bug!'. For most, I've watched their joy as they created their first ever Paper Project.

I love that I have sooooo many friends in my Paper Craft Circle of Friends, and I love knowing that it is through Stampin' Up! that have met these friends.

I also love all the gorgeous cards that I get to see that these ladies have made. Often I will get an email with a photo attached saying "look what I made today!". On many occasions I'll get a "come check this out" when I drop in with a delivery, and hostesses that share with me their craft rooms. I love it all!

Here is a card that I was shown last Sunday when I dropped by to deliver Barbara's order. I grabbed out my phone and took this pic, isn't it just adorable!

Barbara was a first timer when I met her at Margaret's (a special friend going way back 10 years of Paper Crafting Together) workshop in October 2009. She took in all I had to share that day, and from the minute she inked up her first stamp was "hooked!". Barbara has since been a regular participant in all my classes, Paper Angels events, a hostess, and a regular guest at every workshop in her circle of friends. Barbara took no time introducing Stampin' Up! to her daughter, Jennifer, and now share together a hobby they both enjoy and spend time together creating on many occasions. It goes to say that Barbara and Jennifer have built a collection of Stampin' Up! Stamps/ink/cards etc that could put mine to shame! giggle.

Margaret & Barbara both live in a street known as
"My Street" when it comes to Stampin' Up!
My car goes into auto pilot when I head in that direction for deliveries and workshops.
This street is the perfect example of why Stampin' is so much fun and a great way to meet and make wonderful friends.

Margaret No.22 held a workshop, from there I met Lesley No.4 who hosted the next. Margaret No.22 quickly put her hand up for another workshop, at which I met Barbara No.29 and Mandy No.6. Both Mandy No.6 and Barbara No. 29 became hostesses and at Barbara's I met Karen No.26 and Ros No.31. Karen & Ros have both gone on to be Catalogue Workshop Hostesses. Yes that's right 6 hostesses in 1 street! The girls in the street often get together once a week or fortnight at each other's house and hold Scrappin/Stampin' Days where they share their punches, stamps and ideas! I know what you are all thinking, "I want to move to that street!"

It doesn't stop there, but I'll save it for another time!

Stay tuned as I share other wonderful stories of the friends I've made through the wonderful time I have of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

If you would like to know more about the opportunity of becoming a demonstrator too,
drop me a line or give me a call.
Remember until the 31st July you can save 20% off when you join.
Click here to find out more!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cards for Troops!

This year at our Paper Angels Annual Christmas Card Events we will have a box where you can donate 'Cards for Troops'!

There are many of our Australian Troops Serving Overseas in many places and most of them won't get the chance to come home and be with their loved ones for Christmas.

'Cards for Troops' ensure that our Australian Soldiers are able to send a special card home to their loved ones such as their kids, spouses, parents etc.
Last year 'Cards for Troops' sent many cards, that were greatly appreciated, and this year we would like them to send many more.

Have you got Christmas cards you made last year that didn't get used?
Have you got the time to set aside a few hours and
make a few Christmas cards to be sent to our troops?
Maybe you could make just one special card this year that can be sent knowing that it will go to an Aussie Soldier who will take great pleasure sending a special message in it back to his/her family this Christmas.

Look for our Box at our Paper Angels Christmas Card events, and pop a card or 2 in there for our Troops. (Please include a blank envelope where possible).

Can't make it to our events this year but you would like to donate to 'Cards for Troops',
Pop them in the mail to me and I will ensure they are sent in with our cards for this
wonderful program.

While we are on the subject of troops, I'd like to say that the spunky model in my photos is my Brother-in-law Jason. Thanks Jason for being my poster boy! Here's my chance also to share a beautiful photo from my Sister Jackie and Jason's Wedding Day in March this year!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Birthday Greetings for Lil xo

4th July
My dear friend Lil's Birthday!

Here is the card I made her for her special day...

Stamps: Inspired By Nature, On Your Birthday, Sanded (background stamp)
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke
Card: Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Bravo Burgundy Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Fine Supernova Glitter
Tools: Stamp-a-Majig, Wide Oval Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Slot Punch, Sponge Dauber, Adhesives including Dimensionals & 2 Way Gue Pen.

Inspired by Suzy Gates (From a swap I had seen at Convention)

Happy Birthday Lil!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Christmas Card Workshops - 10 reason's not to miss out!

Not long now until our favourite events of the year!

Bookings are closing... don't miss out!

Here's 10 reason's why you just 'NEED' to be at our
Annual Paper Angels
Christmas Card Charity Workshops.

1. The wonderful, creative & fun PEOPLE that you will find there!

2. The PROJECTS have been designed to be elegant, simple & repeatable,using a great stash of Stampin' Up! papers, dies, tools, ribbon & bling!

3. The fabulous PRIZES! This year Stampin' Up! have been extremely generous in their support, we have well over $1000 of product to give away at each event!

* The proceeds from these fabulous raffle prizes ensures we continue to support the Mater Mothers Bereavement Footprints Programme

4. There is always a great supply of DISPLAY PROJECTS that you are welcome to photograph!

5. You can enter our CARD COMPETITION for only 50 cents per card. (We would like to see Christmas Cards created primarily with Stampin' Up! Product.) Participants in the Workshop will then vote and 3 lucky winners will share in $250 in prizes!

6. Of course, we always have a lovely AFTERNOON TEA to enjoy together!

7. You can have the opportunity to Support our Troops! This year we will have a special box at all our Christmas Workshops. We will be collecting Christmas Card Donations for our Australian Troops serving overseas as part of a 'CARDS FOR TROOPS' program. These cards will ensure soldiers are able to send a card home at Christmas to their loved ones. Bring along any cards you did not use from last year, or would like to donate for our troops (please provide envelopes with the cards where possible).

8. We will have SPOT PRIZES during the course of the day!

9. COLOR INSTRUCTIONS will ensure you can recreate
your favourite workshop projects at home.

10. Get your CREATIVE MOJO - and take home lots of left over product so you can keep your MOJO FLOWING!

Okay, so there is a bonus number 11 for you...

11. Imagine having all that FUN, in the company of me! lol
Just joking, I really meant to say, imagine having all that FUN, with no husbands, kids, dogs, cats etc interrupting... ahhhh, UN-INTERRUPTED FUN! now doesn't sound too good to be true! giggle.

Sunday 11th July / Coorparoo Canossa Kindergarten
Saturday 17th July / Victoria Point Sharks Sporting Club
Sunday 18th July / Pine Rivers Pine Rivers Bowls Club
Saturday 31st July / Rochedale Springwood Bowls Club
Sunday 1st August / Wellington Point Redlands Sporting Club

I will be attending Rochedale on the 31st July.

You are welcome though to book into any of the venues and be assured that you will be
well looked after by the Paper Angels Group.
Bookings are essential and payment required no later than
2 weeks before your selected event.
ie: Bookings and Payment for the Rochedale Event
on 31st July must be received no later than the 15th.

Feel free to invite all your friends to come along and join in the fun too!

Click here to view Flyer for full info inc price etc.