Sunday, 31 May 2015

Who Loves to PARTY???

Hello wonderful Blog followers!

Todays Blog is all about the up and coming Catalog-Do you live in Launceston, Tasmania (Australia) YOU are invited to come to my catalog launch!  Im SO excited (and a little nervous...) Ill be hosting my very FIRST one! (even though I've been a Stampin' Up demo now for 3 years!)

Ive booked a venue in our little Town of Evandale, at the wonderful Prince of wales Pub. (why not stay for dinner after the launch? I recommend their amazing chicken parmie-SO YUM!) I'm planning a massive Launch....Balloons, Wine and Nibbles, give aways, and Prizes-As well as the opportunity to make some wonderful goodies.... a lovely gift box, a gorgeous card, and a gift Tag! It's going to be so much fun! and I want as many as possible to come along-Heres my flyer-

Feel free to copy the Picture, and pass it to as many as possible!
email or phone me reserve your booking!
Ive got LOTS of things planned-it will be a blast!  I would LOVE to see you there! If you want to take this opportunity to come along-please email me ASAP as I need to have YOUR goodie bag prepared!!

I have blog posts planned for everyday this week, So please come back tomorrow for some marvel-ous fun in Carls "create with Carl post"

 email me to make a booking, and secure your sample bag today

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Just add ink blunder

I decided this morning I would do a challenge form the Just add ink Challenge blog. I typed "just add ink" into google- and found the Just add ink challenge page. It was a colour challenge-I struggled with these colours, I made quite a few blunders, but after a few attempts got a card I was fairly happy with.
My challenge rejects...

 Then I went to upload it on their site....Ummmm-big time blunder!

#note to self-ALWAYS check the date of the challenge before starting!!!! The challenge I did was from APRIL! Oh, well......... Im still super happy with this Card. Im not an overly Pink person- and Im not really confident adding it into my card designs, so this was a good lesson in colour for me- and I think its teamed really well with the smokey slate and the blackberry bliss. I'd love to hear what you think as well!

Stampin' Ups new You've got this stamp. 

the sentiment was made with the Alphabet Rotary Stamp.

I Love the new Designer series Paper stack designs!

In the end I love these Colours together! Melon Mambo, smokey slate and Blackberry bliss.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Petras Mojo Monday card

this is the second Tailored craftiness post today- Carl has already posted a Mojo monday card- check it out HERE

Challenges like Mojo Monday and think ink really push you out of your comfort zone. Most card makers and scrapers have a "go to" layout, one that works every time-but it's great to switch things up, and try something different. I love this weeks challenge. Because it's a "tall and skinny" challenge, the sizing was different, and I really like it. I cut my whisper white cardstock at 11" x 3.5" smaller that I normally do. I'll definatly try and use it a bit more often.

What do you think? I adore these colours together. As I said in carls post, I LOVE the new Incolours. Can you tell which ones my favorite? I think I've used it in every card I've mad for a while. Yes, watermelon wonder will appear frequently this year I think. Definatly one to get!

The stamp set I used is a new hostess set- floral wings. It's gorgeous. As a hostess set its one you can only get if you host a workshop with me- and it's crazy cheap if you do!! (10 stamps for Only  $18!!!) dont live in launceston Tasmania? That's ok! Host an online launch party on face book! Id love to host one for you. I've run many successful facebook workshops, getting the hostesses lots of lovely FREE goodies! They are easy, don't require a lot of you time, just a few crafty friends who are on face book! That it! AND you get a free catalog! Cool huh!? Email me today to book your date and time!

I'm so glad you popped by and I hoped you gained inspiration from today's challenge cards- remember to stop by tonight and check out Carls tip of the week! 

mojo monday 399- create it with carl!

As we said last week, using card sketches is a fantastic way to develop your skills as a card maker. They really make you think outside the square..... 

Carl used the stamp set "you little furball" and the "hardwood" background stamp.
I love the Way he made a slit in the hardwood stamped piece and added the matted circles (cut with the circle framelits on the big shot) The linen thread adds some nice texture to his card. Or circle as the case may be! 

You can see mine HERE!

Here is the mojo Monday sketch for this week-
And here is Carls entry-


Hi everyone its Thestampinupbloke (Look me up on Instagram!)"aka" Carl, Petra's husband. As you might have seen I was a bit inspired by the recent "Inspire Create Share" convention and have been having a red hot go as we say.

I thought I would give you a bit of an insight into my card making thinking. As a brand new paper art person I have not got the years of Pinterest ideas and other thoughts that most have, so I am sorry if my offerings are a bit simple, however there are lots of brand new crafters and we all have to start somewhere. I hope I can inspire some more blokes to have a go as well it is kind of fun to see the look on your better half's face when you can give her something you made. And no it doesn't make me or you a girly man I am very much a Bloke. 

So I don't think in thoughts of "that looks pretty" so I will make that way.  I usually see something and make a representation of that. For example the card above is a cat on a fence silhouetted on the moon. Now it may not look like that to you but that is was my inspiration from the sketch. I have found the sketches to be very good to start me off as it gives me some guidance. Petra is a big help as well sometimes my ideas are too big and crazy e.g. the butterfly stained glass window card from Monday, but with a bit of guidance as to how to make it work I am quite happy with the result. By the way from the first time I saw that butterfly die I thought of a stained glass window I had seen years ago.

Now as a newby like me you may not have all the resources of your other half. If you do be careful the craft room is a sacred place and there are lots of things it is best not to touch, just yet anyway, however so long as you close the ink pads and clean the stamps you should be ok. If you are starting out brand new come on the journey with me and we can have some fun I will post some tips that I have learned along the way each week and hopefully this will help you as well. (we can both get the benefit of Petra's 10 years of making cards and looking at Pinterest.) 

If you are new or are a bloke please let me know I am not alone and leave a comment. I hope my inspiration will give you some fun times and lots of small bits of paper to pick up.  

For my first tip of the week on our blog I will show you the quickest masking demonstration ever. 
Now masking I have found to be great as I don't always want all the words from the sentiment (thats what the little wordy bits in the stamp sets are called).  As I said, I see things a bit differently so words are usually the last thing I think about and then nothing suits the card I have made, so i mix and match a bit and thats how I got the purrrrrfect word in the card for this weeks mojomonday.

Till next time-happy crafting-"may all your cuts be paper"

Carls "tip of the week for new paper crafters" on Instagram

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Create with Carl

There's nothing nicer than recieving a card with lots of lovely heartfelt words from someone you love.... Except when they have made it themselves..... And this is what I recieved yesterday. How lucky am I??

 Carl came home from work, and said.... " I've had an idea!!- where's the big shot and those butterfly dies???"  And then he ushered me out of the kitchen. 
I snuck 1 photo, (and got in trouble) of him creating what became the back panel....

This is the card closed. It's so pretty. 

The butterfly hangs in mid air.... Stunning. 

Seen with light behind it- it's like stained glass.....gorgeous. 

I just wanted to share. Carl has never made card with me up until 2 weeks ago. And he is already creating really stunning cards..... And if YOU are new to card making, YOU Can too!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Crazy crafters blog hop

Welcome to the crazy Crafters Blog hop!! If you have "surfed" here from the Big World Wide Web, please feel free to check out all our Crazy Crafters Creations-they are sure to inspire you!!

One of the AWESOME things about being a Stampin Up demonstrator, is that we get a good look at the new catalog before its on sale to the general public. PLUS we have the opportunity to purchase "sneak Peek items" so that we can get everyone excited about the amazing offerings in the soon-to-be-released Catalog. 

Prepare to get excited!

When I first saw this punch, I was at convention and my up-line leaned over and whispered to me "how fantastic is that!" and I remember thinking "??????????? REALLY?????????"  I didn't see the value in a punch that cut a shape that I thought I could as easily make with paper snips.... 
Well, I was wrong. TOTALLY AND UTTERLY WRONG. This punch is amazing-yes, it can do, like, 100 banners in a matter of minutes, but it ALSO makes chevrons. Oh my goodness, its awesome!

New Banner punch
Chevrons made out of the banner punch

So here I created a card with chevrons cut using the Banner punch I did another one the other day see it HERE.
I tried for an unfussy card with simple gold accents, making the card POP. 

Do you like the flower? I made it using the new cotton In Colour paper. its a little like slightly thicker tissue paper. All I did was cut 6 scalloped circles, stapled all 6 together and then scrunched the papers individually. EASY! The gold sequins and slithers of Gold foil card stock finish off this striking embellishment. 

Do you love the new in colours yet? Ive seen so many wonderful samples floating through the internet. They are just stunning. It is totally worth adding these to your collection (and they come in a fantastic value bundle, card stock and ink, for only $58-you practically get the card stock for free-Look out for it in the catalog when you get it!) I think the new in colours are a brilliant compliment to our Colour range-They add a vibrancy and modern feel to our projects.                                                     
Friendly wishes card made with Lost Lagoon, Night of Navy,
Cucumber Crush, and Cherry Cobbler


Chevrons were big in our house this week! 
Carl also wanted to have a go in our blog hop. He had some awesome ideas for how to use the "awesomely Artistic" stamp set we  received at convention. 

At first he stamped a stamp from the Chalk Lines stamp set to make the reeds on whisper white , but he recognised that it was a bit bland. and he didn't want to add too much colour... His vision was just reeds from the Chalk lines stamp set and a dragon fly from the awesomely artistic set....  and he wasn't budging. (even when I suggested flowers on the waters edge... LOL) Then I remembered something that helped me tremendously when starting out as a card maker...

Using Designer Series Paper, (or DSP) can help out hugely when you are first beginning.
Dsp helps with getting colour combinations right, (which is notoriously hard when you are beginning) it helps in adding a pop of colour or texture to a simple stamped image. Carl was going for a minimalistic look, and the chevron pattern added interest to stop it looking boring..... and also stopped him adding things which can make a project look "bitty"

Do you like the dragon fly? Isn't it awesome? Originally Carl stamped the dragon fly black stays on, on velum, but said to me, I want it to look real-its too dark. (although, I thought it looked good!) 
I suggested he clear emboss it on velum... he had never embossed before. I LOVE showing people embossing for the first time-it's so amazing as the powder melts and goes all shiny! He was suitably impressed. Carl wanted that shiny look on the dragonflys wings, that real dragonflys have, and found my Dazzling details. Its a glue that drys clear, but it has glitter suspended in it... and I think it adds a beautiful sparkle to His dragonfly.  
Design is stamped straight on to DSP. Using Designer
Series paper in your projects is a great tip for beginners.
The Reeds were very clever too-he pulled through some linen thread, and frayed the ends so it looks like reed tops.  When the design he had created on the DSP was finished he attached it to a treat bag made with our new treat bag punch board. Carl practiced extensively with this tool at the convention. he told me,"its a tool. Men love tools..." 
He's ended up with a treat bag you could give to any man with 
out it being at all "girly" I think its awesome!
 I hope you have enjoyed this months Blog hop!

You are now going to LOVE Sarah Chilbys creations, in the next section of our Blog Hop! ENJOY!!


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Create with Carl- Card Sketches

Create with Carl, Mojo Monday 398
Tip #1
Those of you that have been following my blog, have seen a little bit more of my hubby, Carl, recently. He has discovered that Card making is very relaxing!! It's great to be able to put aside the cares of the day and play with colour for a while.
Yesterday morning I was telling Carl about Card sketches, and how they can help a beginner card maker. They help with the design (obviously) but also about balance.
When you first start in the craft of scrapbooking or Card making, that blank space can be intimidating... And the impulse is to FILL that space. But you can be just as creative with a little less.

Where do you find Card sketches? You can type "card sketches" into google, you come up with thousands of ideas-Or you could follow my pinterest page, I have a folder full of them!

click here to see my pinterest page of card sketches. 

I told him that I try and enter the Mojo Monday and Just add ink challenges, and I showed him the Mojo Monday sketch for this week. He immediately said it reminded him of looking out a window (with jasmine or wisteria hanging from the roof) at the ocean, during a sunset. He wanted to have a go- so here is the sketch again, and his entry-

Isn't it AWESOME? I love it! I think he has done a fabulous Job. He has showed restraint, and still used the sketch in its entirety. It's a great example of what a beginner card maker can do, with Card sketches! 
He used the stamps sets- "a dozen thoughts" and "crazy about you".
He also used the new Banner punch from stampin up, and, the New in colours. The circle is punched out of the 2 inch circle punch
Do you like the curly Bakers Twine?  It is a technique I presented at Convention this year, I was impressed that he had a go at that!! I will be doing a video tutorial this weekend on how to have a go at that- it s very easy!! 

Are you new to card making? I hope you have a go at using Card sketches in the future- I often post the ones I do here on my blog- why not subscribe To our blog posts via email (the button is on the top left hand side of my page) and have a go at the ones Carl and I post here? 

Have a great day, and Thank you for stopping by!!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Mojo Monday challenge!

Because of the excitement over convention, it's been a while since I've had a go at the mojomonday challenges, so I thought this week I would have a go..... Well! What a doozy! It provided me with plenty of challenges, thats for sure!

If you are looking for inspiration and ideas- You will defiantly find it at the Mojo Monday blog. Feel free to click on the card sketch- it will take you to the blog, and you will see all the other amazing entries!

I wanted to use some of our sneak peek products in this challenge- so here's my entry- 

I used the glorious new in colours, which are taken from the "cherry on top" dsp stack.  It also incorporates bemuda bay, and crushed curry. It's a striking, and happy combo don't you think? 

I struggled with the 3 banner/flower combo at the top- my design was already pretty busy! So I added 3 flowers and stems from the  new hostess set- "friendly wishes". The circular sentiment is from the new "I think you're great" set. 
Would you like a new catalog? I'd love to send you one!! 
click on the "email me now" link above. Id be more than happy to send you a catalog!

I hope you manage to squeeze some creative therapy into your day!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

New product samples

I got my big brown box of sneek peek items this week-YAY!!! There's nothing like the excitement of experimenting with new products, and getting them delivered to your door.... Well, it's like someone giving you a gift! So exciting- I love it!!!

I also thought because there was no colour coach in this years catalog, it Might be helpful to start giving you the colours I use in each project- here's my first go... I hope you can case them- Id love to hear how you go- I just love comments! 

So in this picture you see the sprinkles of life stamp set. 
Its a fresh and fun stamp set. what's truly amazing about this set, is it dosent just make you, and the recipient of your card happy- but a portion of the proceeds of this stamp set goes to Ronald MacDonald house charities. Having had some experiance with using these houses, this IS a very worthy cause. My sister needed somewhere to stay when traveling back and forth to Hobart when her Hubbie had cancer. She was very greatful of the Accomedation- a home away from home- something she couldn't have afforded otherwise. It helped making a horrid situation, just that tiny bit easier. 

I was fortunate enough to get it before convention, but I didn't have the tree builder punch that goes with it....Oh what joy- It's  super easy to use- and less fussy cutting YAY! (regulars to my blog know I HATE fussy cutting.) 
You also get a glimpse of the new in colour flower embelishments. A great finishing touch to any project- AND the new envelope paper. It's silky smooth and it's so easy to use with our envelope punch board. 

This is a sample of the lovely floral wings hostess stamp set- book a workshop with me, and get this set ridiculously cheap! Aren't the climbing roses just beautiful? Also, something else you might  have caught is the lovely in colour lace (which again I was fortunate enough to play with before convention) and neutrals DSP stack. This year in the neutrals stack, gold and silver make an appearance! Gorgeous! Plus they have refreshed the designs. 

The very bright and cheery bohemian Dsp range and Petal potpourri stamp set. I've had this for a while, and it's really grown on me..... What I do love in our new catalog is the new speciality pairings of coloured cardstock with our dsp.... Watch out for it in your catalog..... It's a fantastic idea......and if you are struggling for colour combos make sure to book mark the Dsp pages.... Lots of great combos there! 

I really do hope you manage to squeeze in some creative therapy into your day! Enjoy! 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Create with Carl

Hello wonderful people!
I've posted some pictures, and even a video, of my husband creating at convention recently. It's wonderful to be able to share my love of papercraft with him. And, it hasn't stopped at convention! I want to share this mornings creativity with you. I was struggling with our new bohemian borders stamp set. I REALLY love it, but I hit a wall when actually creating with it. 
Carl had a genius idea. 
I'd like to show you his idea of what to do with bohemian borders.... I think it was inspired by my uplines (Kylie Bertucci) trip to Hawaii tommorrow (she earned Stampin up incentive trip this year.) 

I hope you enjoyed, and are able to case, his idea- and please let him know what you think- he isn't very confident, and he would love your feedback! 

Thankyou so much for your visit- and I hope you are able to squeeze some creative therapy into your week! 

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Crazy crafters convention special blog hop

Welcome to our blog hop today everyone! This is a very exciting one, because the people participating I've actually met in the flesh, and had a fabulous time with, at convention only a few days ago! This time last week we were at our leadership day for managers and above learning all about the new system Stampin up is setting up for demonstrators, And hostesses alike. It's a really positve move on Stampin ups part, and I'm very excited about it! The day ended with a managers reception at the AMAZiNG out back spectacular on the Gold Coast. If you haven't been, definatly check it out on your next holiday, we thoroughly enjoyed it! Here are some pics- We were all bussed (is that a word?) out to "out back spectacular" on the gold coast.

The cheeky Kylie Bertucci (My upline) was at the back of the bus, no doubt causing mischief!! (she looks like she is any way!) and... how awesome- BONNIE was on our Bus!

the STUNNING horses were in inside stables, on show. they were all gorgeous. I was lucky enough to have my gorgeous Hubby by my side- I think he was a little shell shocked. (lol) We me SO SO many wonderful, Talented Demonstrators- Here I am with Shanene Moncrief. (sorry its not the best Photo, but I wanted to add it especially because Shanene was just SO wonderful and encouraging.

This is from inside the brochure- the night was TRULY spectacular!

because Carl came with us, we got 2 lovely photos!
from left to right-
Petra Tailor, Carl Tailor, Michelle Mills,
Kate Benade, Kylie Bertucci

After reception, as we headed to the buses (?) we received this new stamp set- Awesomely artistic- isn't it gorgeous???

My first card with the
Awesomely Artistic set

Carls finished "rebellious"card
(he dosent like to just do what everyone else is doing- he did a swirl instead of a circle, lol)
One of the most fantastic things to come out of this convention was that my husband had a go, and enjoyed himself making cards! even since getting home he has had a go- here is a video of his debut card!

Also, as you know, I did a demo at convention. It went well- although I did manage to stuff up my first demonstration, due to nerves, but the ones after went well. I LOVED IT!! If I EVER got the chance again- I'd JUMP at it!!!

I"ll be adding video footage very soon of me demonstrating, PLUS the tutorials of what I demonstrated at convention- so if you missed seeing me in action- stay tuned!

Not to be forgotten, is my uplines amazing awards- she took out the leadership awards in both categories- making our team AMAZING! Kylie is to be credited for this- she looks after, not only her direct downlines, but everyone in her team- enabling ALL of us- even those of us who still have to work, to get THE best support possible- and hopefully helping us to achieve what she has achieved. Our team works as a team to help one another succeed. What this means for YOU is if you join me on my team, you will receive excellent support to achieve all your Stampin up goals- Hobby or otherwise!

one of the best things about convention was meeting people-heres a just a snippet of some wonderful people I met-

A gorgeous gift from Carrie for demonstrating
(when you get your catalog-
try and find it- the exact card is in the catalog!!)

the wonderful Carrie and Bonnie! I'm star struck!

And of course the amazing Sara! she did a fantastic job as Interim CEO!

Thankyou for allowing me a bit of time to share some awesome memories! I hope you enjoyed it as much as me!