Sunday, May 31, 2009

Catty Casing….

Friday night was stamp night and I was determined to make at least a few cards on the night. All too often I get chatting and eating and don’t end up making anything and considering we usually stamp for 5 – 6 hours that’s really not good.

I decided that I would CASE a card from the current IB&C and then recreate something using the same layout but different stamps, colours, etc.

The first card I decided to case is using a Level 1 Hostess set called Organic Grace. This card is on page 17 of the IB&C.

Organic Grace 1

The colours used are Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Mellow Moss and Whisper White.

Sticking with the layout I decided to go with something more bold and came up with this.

Petal Pizzazz 1

The colours on this card are Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Pacific Point and Whisper White. I’ve used the Petal Pizzazz and On Your Birthday stamp sets.

The next card I decided to CASE from the IB&C is this one which is on page 54 and is using the Cheers to You stamp set.

Cheers to You 1

The colours used her are Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip with the images stamped onto Watercolour Paper using Stazon Jet Black.

Again I stuck with the layout and created this card.

Pocket Silhouettes 1

This card is using the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set along with Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White.

I managed to CASE one other card from the IB&C but I’m still working on my alternative for you so hopefully I’ll have that and more to share with you over the next few days.

Happy stamping,

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Post-It Note Holders

Each month at my Stamp Club the ladies get to make a little something and this month it was a Post-It Note holder. This tutorial is from Splitcoaststampers and is by who other than Makeesha Byl. I’m sure you all know by now how much I love the projects Makeesha comes up with.

This is my first Post-It Note Holder I had made up to show the ladies. Yes I’ve used Fifth Avenue Floral again.

Fifth Ave Floral front Fifth Ave Floral inside

On the night I make one to demonstrate and the ladies work along with me. For this one I decided to use Washington Apple DSP and I’ve only just finished decorating the front using the Petal Pizzazz stamp set.

Petal Pizzazz front Petal Pizzazz inside

It’s amazing how many different colours and sizes the Post-It Notes come in these days. I won’t tell you how many I purchased in varying sizes and colours but keep checking back as I’ve altered the pattern for the holders to make some larger size ones which will hold a pen instead of a small pencil. I still need to finish decorating though so and will share soon. Some of the colours go lovely with Stampin’ Up’s Designer Series Papers.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Lovin’ the In-Colors

I loved the first In-Colors we had, last years were even nicer but I have to say that I like this years even more and am so happy that we will have them till 31st August, 2010. It actually surprises me how much I like them as when I first saw them online after they were released in the US on the Incentive Cruise (I think it was then) I didn’t think much of them. Seeing them in person is so much different though.

I have 2 cards to share with you today and both of them contain some In-Colors and also some of the lovely coordinating DSP which is part of the May Promotion ending 31st May. Check out the details here.

This first card was my Secret Stamper card which is for a monthly swap on an online stamp group I’m in. I found this lovely card by Ilina Crouse on SCS and made a few alterations and came up with this.


Fifth Ave Floral 1

Fifth Avenue Floral would have to be one of my favourite stamp sets in the new IB&C. Mind you there are a few favourites……lol. My favourite Hostess set would have to be the Level 1 set ‘Best Yet’. I just love the fonts used, the layout and words. It’s a very versatile set and was the one on my first order. The new eyelet border punch adds a lovely delicate touch to cards too and of course I can’t miss commenting on the gorgeous Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon (it’s Kiwi Kiss one side and Very Vanilla on the other).

Stamp sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Best Yet
Card: Basic Black, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Urban Oasis DSP
Inks: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Silver Hodgepodge Ribbon slide, Eyelet Border Punch.

This next card is using the Upsy Daisy stamp set. There are lots of variations and similar cards out there like this one. This card was made for my April GTKY (Getting To Know You) partner which is another monthly swap on the online stamping group.

Upsy Daisy 1

I’ve stamped the daisies twice. First time in Baja Breeze and then the second time in Not Quite Navy which is slightly to the right of the first image to give a shadow effect.  Unfortunately it’s not very visible in this photo but I’m sure you can imagine what it looks like up close.

Stamp sets: Upsy Daisy
Card: Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Urban Garden DSP
Inks: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Convention Swap cards

I had planned to share my swap cards with you as soon as I returned home from Convention. As I mentioned in my last post it’s been pretty hectic playing catch up and doing a few other things that had to come first.

This year I made 5 different card designs and a total of 120. I did manage to swap them all (I did give a couple away) but not until lunchtime on Saturday. That’s a first for me but seeing that we went down and checked in and did the Momento Mall thing at 7am we then went and had some breaky and didn’t get back early enough. A lot of demonstrators had already swapped all theirs out but I did manage to find some and even a few demos who were saving a card just for me. That was nice.

So here are the designs that I made.

Convention Swaps 2009

I’ll list the card and supplies going clockwise from top left.

Thinking of You
Stamp sets: Thoughts & Prayers, Polka Dots
Card: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Kraft & Whisper White
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Real Red & Bashful Blue
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon.

Stamp sets: A Rose is a Rose, Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel
Card: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Stamp sets: Always
Card: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Paper Piercing template & tool

Stamp set: Fifth Avenue Floral
Card: Real Red, Kraft, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Kiwi Kiss, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Paper Piercing template & tool.

True Friends
Stamp Set: Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel
Card: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Candy Lane Dreams – Mojo Monday Week 88

It’s been a while since my last post but life was hectic leading up to Convention and then it hasn’t changed much since. I have a few things to show you over the next few days, including my Convention Swaps, and hopefully I’ll be finding more time more frequently to stamp, create and share with you again.

It was Open Day at my youngest 3 girls school today but due to the poor weather we visited their classrooms and then the rest of the planned performances were rescheduled till later in the term as we don’t have a school hall yet.  It’s on it’s way though. I was meant to be at our P & C display for the day also but we’ve rescheduled that too. Doing so allowed me to come home and play instead so I decided to make a card for the Mojo Monday Sketch.

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in the Mojo Monday sketches and to have it done so early in the week is just wonderful. 

Here is the sketch:


and this is my creation.

Card 1

Stamp sets: Dreams du Jour
Card: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Candy Lane DSP
Ink: Basic Brown, Versamark, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Round Tab Punch, 1/4” circle punch(retired), Blender Pen, Clear Embossing Powder, Crystal Effects.

I love using DSP (designer series paper) in my cards and this months promotion was wonderful to make use of and stock up on my dsp supplies. If you weren’t aware of the May Promotion you can check back on this post. The promotion ends 31st May so if you need to place an order please do so by 9pm Sunday 31st May by email or you can phone me on 02 9620 9092 or Mob: 0418 218 467.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

It’s Party Time!!!!

It’s Party Time at my house tonight with my 3rd daughter, Lauren, turning 9 years old today. We decided no big party this year but she was allowed to invite 2 friends to Pizza dinner and a DVD.

To make it a little more special I decided to make some of the lovely Handbags that the gorgeous Makeesha Byl demonstrated at Convention for her party/lolly bags.

Here’s a picture of one empty handbag.

Party Handbag empty x 1

Isn’t it gorgeous. Makeesha is such a clever lady and so generous to share her wonderful ideas and tutorials with us all and for FREE……. I’m not sure if this tutorial is on her website yet but if you haven’t seen her other ones then pop over to her website and check them out. 

Now I needed to make 7 all up which is 1 each for her friends, her 3 sisters, our neighbour and my good friends little girl and of course for Lauren too.

I literally whipped up the 7 handbags last night and have just finished doing the contents. I’ve used retired DSP as they will appreciate them regardless and it helps get rid of some of my surplus……

Here are the 7 bags full with their goodies.

Party Handbags x 7 - Lauren

Don’t they look fantastic? Well I think so anyway.I’m not even sure which one is my favourite.

Would you like to see what’s in them?

Party Handbag & contents

Inside each handbag is a Lolly bag which I’ve made a matching bag topper for, a pen and mechanical pencil which has matching dsp inside and a glow stick bangle. 


Now I better get a move on and finish cleaning the house and do some decorating before it’s time to pick my 4 girls up from school. I’d better make that Birthday card too…nothing like leaving things till the last minute now is there…

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

May Promotions

This month is National Scrapbooking Month and in honour of this Stampin' Up!'s promotions are all to do with scrapbooking.

There are 2 Promotions running this month with the first being the wonderful Designer Series Papers. During May you have the opportunity to purchase 3 Designer Series Packs for $16.95AUD each and receive a 4th for FREE.

Now if you're not a scrapbooker you can still benefit from this promotion. Designer Series Papers can be used in all kinds of projects from cards, boxes, bags and many other 3D items. I guarantee that once you use some in your projects you will be wanting more.

The packs you can select from are:







Urban Garden Designer Series Paper



Haiku Designer Series Paper



Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper



Sweet Always Designer Series Paper



Tea Party Designer Series Paper



Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper



Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Paper



Holiday Treasures Designer Series Paper



Bella Rose Designer Series Paper



Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper



Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper



Washington Apple Designer Series Paper



Windsor Knot Designer Series Paper



Candy Lane Designer Series Paper


The 2nd Promotion is for anyone thinking of joining Stampin' Up!. For a limited-time (till May 31st) you have the opportunity to join Stampin' Up! for only $150AUD with the Scrapbooking Starter Kit!.

In the Scrapbooking Starter Kit you will receive these items (you have the opportunity to change the colours/packs included)

Scrapbooking Starter Kit

On top of what is shown you will also receive all the usual business materials that are included with the standard Starter Kit which include:

Getting Started DVD

Getting Started Guide

Guest Invitation Postcards (100)

Idea Book & Catalogue (8)

To My Hostess Envelope (10)

Project Sample Sheet

Recruit Brochures (10)

Hostess Benefits Form (10)

Customer Order Form (50)


So for $150AUD you will receive approx. $186 worth of product + an additional $70 worth of business supplies. What more could you ask for???

Now of course if you would like to join you still have the option of the standard Starter Kit for $324AUS. If you join by the Scrapbooking Starter Kit or the standard Starter Kit you can purchase the additional Stampin' Memories Add-on Kit for $75AUD which you again have the option of changing the cardstock/simply scrappin' pack and stamp set.

Regardless of whether you join using the Scrapbooking Starter Kit or the standard Starter Kit you will receive the same access and information as all other demonstrators which include the demonstrator website (lots of information, samples, templates, etc) and the monthly Impressions Newsletters. You will also be able to attend Regional training and of course the Annual Convention. Next year it's in Sydney.

Joining Stampin' Up! doesn't mean you have to do workshops, classes, etc you might like to join just for a discount on your own purchases. Stampin' Up! welcomes and encourages all types of demonstrators. See below for a list of different types of demonstrators.


Stampin Up! ® needs all
Kinds of demonstrators!
……….what kind would you be?

DISCOUNT DEMONSTRATOR: Likes the idea of buying stamps for personal use at a discount and occasionally sells to friends and family.

SHORT-TERM DEMONSTRATOR: Sells for a short period of time to earn a specific amount of money and stops when the goal is reached.

HOBBY DEMONSTRATOR: Loves doing workshops and earning extra money when it is convenient, works for a lot some months and very little other months, likes to do workshops that are easy to book, doesn’t like to work too hard to book workshops.

CAREER DEMONSTRATOR: Views a Stampin’ Up! demonstratorship as a viable business with long-term career potential, pursues management and wants to move up the career ladder, loves attending Stampin’ Up! events and has developed close social relationships with other demonstrators, works at her business in a consistent and outgoing manner.


For further details or an information pack to be mailed please contact me.

Nicole Stalker
Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
Ph: (02) 9620 9092
Mob: 0418 218 467

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Convention Swaps

I’ve been a little quiet again and most of that has to do with the 3rd Annual Stampin’ Up Convention that I attended last weekend in Canberra.

In the lead up to Convention I was busy making my swap cards. I ended up with 122 swaps in 5 different designs.

Would you like to see them?? Now this is only 1 of each design not the whole 122 of course. If I did that you might not have seen them clear enough……



Convention Swaps 2009

Here is a list of what I’ve used starting back left and working clockwise:

Thinking of You card:
Stamp sets: Polka Dots background stamp, Thoughts & Prayers
Card: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss and Kraft
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Real Red, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch

Rose Card:
Stamp Sets: A Rose is a Rose, Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel
Card: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon

Bird Card:
Stamp Set: Always
Card: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool & Template

Flower Card:
Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral
Card: Real Red, Kraft, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Kiwi Kiss, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool & Template

True Friends Card:
Stamp Sets: Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel
Card: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon

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Giant Craft Sale

I’ve been lucky enough that some fellow SU demonstrators are allowing me to participate in their Giant Craft Sale. That might not sound like a big deal but it is to me as I’m not part of their team so I feel very privileged that they are allowing me to join them for the day. The other good thing is that it’s just around the corner from my house so not much travelling for me……

Now for some details:

When: Saturday 23rd May

Time: 10am – 2pm

Where: The Church Hall (Blacktown East Presbyterian Church) which is located on the corner of Heffron Road and Gallop Grove, Lalor Park

There will be rubber stamps (retired Stampin’ Up and other brands), Scrapbooking supplies, ribbons, embellishments, handmade cards & gifts, and lots more.

Everything will be priced to sell, so come along and grab a bargain. We’ll also have Lucky Door Prizes to be won.

Now all you need to do is mark this date and time out in your calendars and I’ll see you there.

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