Sunday, 12 November 2017

My Swaps for Onstage

So, to get all those wonderful swaps in my last post, I had to make swaps myself.  As I hadn't been to onstage before I wasn't sure exactly what was expected, so I made a variety of items.

I chose a theme for card swaps and decided on the "Checkered Card with Focal Point" Theme.  I made 50 cards, 10 of each style.  I also made some 3-D projects - see below.

Basically, these are made by cutting different coloured squares of 4cm x 4 cm and then using any stamp set or dies as the focal point.  On the Christmas card I used Designer Series Paper, but all the rest I chose a stamp from the stamp set and used that to create my own Designer Series Paper.

Card 1
Here I chose Calypso Coral and Peekaboo Peach  Cardstock and Ink as the main colours.  I used the Cool Treats Stamp Set and coordinating Frozen Treats Dies.  I used the Triple Banner Punch for the sentiment and stuck it all together - too easy!

Here I used Pool Party and So Saffron Cardstock and ink.  I stamped the Bird and sentiment in Archival Black.  The Bird and branch is from the Best Birds Stamp Set and I cut it out using the coordinating dies.  The bird and branch are coloured using the Stampin' Write Markers.  The background is stamped using smaller stamps in the stampset.  Again, I used the Triple Banner Punch on the sentiment.   

For this card I used some Designer Series Paper from the Be Merry Paper Pack.  The Snowman and Reindeer are stamped using the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set and cut out using the Seasonal Tags Framelits.  They are coloured using the Stampin' Write Markers.  The sentiment is stamped from the Labels to Love Stamp Set and Punched out with the Label Punch.  A quick, easy and gorgeous Christmas Card.

The Cardstock and Ink Colours used on this card were Island Indigo and Rich Razzleberry.  Again the background is created with stamps within the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set.  Cut out with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.  A bit of wink of stella and some Rhinestones make this card pop.  The sentiment is from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set and punched with the Triple Banner Punch.   

This card uses Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock and Ink.  The Stamp Set Used is the Flower Shop and punched out using the Pansy Punch.  The sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.  The Triple Banner Punch is used on the sentiment.  

So as you can see, the theme is the same, but the focal point makes it a different card.  I also made several other cards using the same theme which I will showcase over the next couple of weeks.

I also made some 3-D projects as a swap. 

This is my One Sheet Wonder Box.  It is very easy to make and I will add the template to the bottom of the post.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  I made 30 of these, 6 of each In-colour - Pink Pirouette, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist.  Inside was the instructions on how to make the box and also a yummy treat.  

One Sheet Folding Box

·        Start with a piece of cardstock measuring 8 x5 ½ inches
·        On the 8 inch side, score at 1”, 3 ½ “, 4 ½ “and 7”.
·        On the 5 ½ inch side, score at 1”, turn 180 degrees and score at 1” again.
·        On the 8 inch side, cut the score lines up to the 1” score line on both sides (not along the 5 ½ “ side).
·        Cut on the small sections on an angle as per the diagram.
·        Using a score tool, burnish all score lines. 
·        Fold the tabs inside and the box folds up on itself to form the shape required.
·        Glue just the tabs.
·        Decorate. DSP: One  3 ¼’ x 2 ¼’ (top) Two 3 ¼ ‘ x ¾ ‘ (sides) and two 2 ¼ ‘ x ¾’ (sides)

·        I used the ½ inch circle punch just on the lid flap to make it easier to open.

Template - Click HERE

Hope you like my swaps.  Please leave a comment if you have any questions, or contact me on the contact page.  

If you live in Australia, feel free to contact me for support, tips, hints or help with building your supplies.  Happy to answer any questions - follow the link to the Contact me page. 

Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits. 

Onstage Local 2017 - Melbourne

I was lucky enough to go to Onstage Local - South Pacific - Melbourne for our Stampin' Up! Convention.  It was an amazing day and I had the best time.  It was my first onstage experience and I wasn't disappointed.  It was organised so well from start to finish.

This is a photo of my friend and fellow demonstrator Maggie Griffin and myself at onstage.  #Loveitliveitshareit

Part of the experience is to do swaps.  I had so much fun doing this.  In fact, it was almost the best part of the day.  It was a great way to stop, talk to and meet other demonstrators from around Australia.  I met people not only from Melbourne but from Sydney, Adelaide, Tasmania and even Perth.

The idea of swaps is to learn new techniques and gain inspiration from fellow demonstrators.  Stampin' Up! is a great big family and demonstrators across the globe are supportive of one another, not competitive.  The majority of demonstrators get into the business due to their love of craft, stamping and sharing our creativity with others.  For some it is a huge money making business but for most it is a personal passion and expression of who we are.  We are kindred creators...

Anyway, following are pictures of the swaps I received.  I have listed who they are from underneath each photo.  A huge thank you for all my swaps.  I am overwhelmed by your creativity and thank you from the bottom of my heart for swapping with me.

Top: Alysia, Louise Colvin, Lorin Goodchild & Heather Sherry
Bottom: Joanne Foster, Cristina Martin & Vanessa Chivers

Top: Sophie Kerr, Kylie Mitchell, Sara Wilkins, Danni Clark
Bottom: Rosie Spezzano, Kylie Page, Jan White & Johanna Hetherington

Top: Mel Roberts, Karena Johnson, Charlotte Roberts & Marian Fleming
Bottom: Louise Frazer, Nicola Bushell, Andrea Damiani & Alison Linnett

Top: Maggie Griffin, Mae Collins, Katie Scott & Di Dunk
Bottom: Sam Wilson, Particia Quintas, Tracy Held & Julie Kirby

Top: Pam Cetinich, Siobhan Fitzsimmons, Kayla Rennee & Tatiana Tobin
Bottom: Liv Ingle, Janice Booth, Debbie Rolls & Alison Pretty

Top: Julie McKee, Maryke's Crafts, Desmond Cheah & Amy Pugh
Bottom: Sharon Cornish & Jenny Tomisic

Top: Sheila Pybus, Allison Laing, Kristel Rimmer & Rebecca-Jo Unwin
Bottom: Beryl Crisp, No Name, Heather Tiley & No Name

Top: Kristy Maloney, Tracy Bish, Pat Carr & Sheree Tindall
Bottom: Debbie Blake, Susan Tilstra, Roz Butterworth, Paula Lucchese & No Name

Top: Maggie Griffin, Kat Priestly, Susan Stork-Finlay, Sue Madex, & Jac Slegtenhorst
Bottom: No Name, Mandy Depiazzi & Leanne Ross

Denise & Amy McCall

The rest of the day allowed for presentations, freebies galore, early preview of the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration catalogue (😍😱) and time to stamp and create 4 projects.  I can't post them yet as per policy.  

Will definitely go again if I get the chance in the future.  A great perk of being a demonstrator!!!

Also, if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Follow the link to my online store for any supplies or contact me for more information.  I can even help you to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which has fantastic benefits.