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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Off to Convention!
I am heading off to Canberra for the Australasian Stampin' Up! Convention. I am so excited but nervous too as I am teaching there, doing a product showcase. I was finishing all my samples for the display today. I would love to show them to you but it will have to wait. Instead I can show this lovely invitation card that I received from the Head Office to attend the Manager's reception dinner.


I am always inspired by the many creative people who are part of the Stampin' Up! family. As demonstrators we get to share with each other and swap ideas. We also have a magazine that features new projects each month. I loved May's workshop idea of the matchbook post note holder. I taught it to my class changing only the colours. If you are a fellow demonstrator you will recognize it. If you are not a demonstrator but would like to join up, I would throughly recommend it. Being part of the Stampin' Up! family is a lot of fun and you do get tons of support too.





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Monday, 21 May 2012

Spirelli Card and Gift Box
At my last class, I taught the ladies how to do simple string art.
It took me back to my school days. I remember making big string art pictures, winding the string around nails on a wooden frame. We also made cards but we used a needle and thread and poked holes in the card to thread the string through.

I found using the scallop circles or scallop squares to be super quick and easy and yet still have a great result.

To make this Spirelli (string art) embellishment, punch out a scallop circle and tape end of the string to the centre of the scallop circle (at the back). Bring the string around to the front of the scallop circle, resting it between any two scallops, count 5 bumps or scallops and put the string down between the 5th and 6th scallop, taking it to the back.

*NB In my card sample above, I counted off 4 bumps not 5.

Wind the string around the back and bring it up to the front again at the scallop directly to the right of where you started.
(If where you started, you call scallop one, then where the string comes back around to the front would be scallop two.)


Count off 5 bumps and take the string behind again to wind it around the back of the scallop circle. It goes around to the back at the direct right of where it went around the first time. So each time you bring the string forward or take it to the back, you are just moving it to the right by one bump. Continue in this way until you have completed all the bumps

Cut the string and tape down at the back.

When you have completed the whole circle, between each bump or scallop will be two pieces of string, one string looks like it goes to the left and the other looks like it goes to the right. Use the photo of the completed card as a guide.

You can try and create different looks by changing the amount of scallops you miss in the first step. That is, instead of  counting off 5 bumps, try counting off 3, 4 or 6.
The spirelli embellishment on my card is made by counting off 4 bumps. The more bumps you miss, the closer in to the centre the spirelli circle becomes (only a small circle of the background card is revealed).
If you make one by counting off 3 bumps, you will end up with a wide Spirelli pattern and a big circle of card being revealed.
The number of bumps you have will also determine the pattern. A square scallop gives a diamond centre rather than a circle centre.

Happy Creating From Rhonda


Tea Shoppe

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Saturday, 12 May 2012

Mother's Day
Tomorrow is Mother's Day in New Zealand and with that in mind I created this card with the Tea Shoppe stamp set (available now from the autumn winter mini catalogue).
The big tea cup stamp is a solid image stamp. I have used white embossing powder and the emboss resist technique to put colour into the flowers. I wanted to try and create the look of a china cup...

The steam is hand drawn with a white gel pen.

And again in a different colour combo...

Here is a quick and easy gift idea to let someone know that you are thinking of them.
I used to make these a lot when I first started demonstrating with Stampin' Up!. The words come from the Loads of Love Stamp set which was the first Stampin' Up! set I brought. If you don't already own this set, it is worth looking at as it is very versatile and has stamps suitable for Christmas, Valentines, Kids, Male etc

Time for a cuppa!
From Rhonda


Big square cards

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Friday, 04 May 2012

This week I have been making big square cards, to fit inside the Stampin' Up! big square envelopes.
My cards measure 5 1/4" square.

The first card features the new 'Elegant Bird' Bigz Die and the new Blossom punch which punches out the big six petal flowers.

The next two cards are made to look like a quilt. I have punched out designer series paper with a square punch and adhered them to white card, then I ran it all through the square lattice embossing folder to give it a look of fabric. I was playing around with the petal blossom builder punch and created this cute little bunny, so I have decided to make my cards into baby's cards. Do you like them?

Girl Bunny

Boy Bunny

From Rhonda


Using line art stamps

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Saturday, 28 April 2012

My blog this week features two cards from the Every Moment stamp set.
These stamps are line art images which means there are no solid or shaded areas and they look great when coloured in.

I don't tend to use these stamps so much as colouring in is time consuming, however the final result is great and it is a fun thing to do on a rainiy afternoon.

Bluebird Card
This card uses the wet wipe technique of swiping colour onto glossy cardstock to create the stripy background. The bird was stamped over top and then coloured with markers and a blender pen.

Field of Daises Card
This card uses the simple masking technique to make it appear that some flowers are in front of the others. Also please note the new ribbon, available now in the autumn / winter mini catalogue, this ribbon comes already pleated. A real bonus for some of you ladies who like to see your ribbon pleats nice and even. And the work is all done for you!!!



March 2012 ATC's

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Our Artist Trading Card theme for the month of March was... Chocolate!
Only 5 of us took part this time and unfortunately, one set was lost in the mail. So I have 4 to show you.
I think ATC's are a lot of fun because they are small (about the size of a business card) but they are loaded with creativity.

Here is my little card, the shine on the choclate squares is created with crystal effects.

Chocolate Strawberries by Narelle Hoggard. They look so yummy!

Easter Bunneis by Nikki Spicer. This fun card has a pocket to insert the little chocolates into.

All About Chocolate by Julia Leece. I love the embossing powder effect that Julia used to create her Easter egg.

Lastly here is a basket that the ladies who come to my classes made in time for Easter. It is very easy to make and you can get two baskets out of one A4 sheet of card. They would also make nice mother's day gifts, filled with handmade soap or other wonderful smellies.

If you like this basket, check back here in a few days time as I will be putting instructions on how to make this on my tutorials. Thank you for your patience with me as I am still experiencing problems with my computer and are not having pages load as they should.

Cheers from Rhonda



More new products

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Friday, 06 April 2012

Happy Birthday
This card features the new apocathecary art stamp set. It has 3 large labels which you can then stamp any sentiment into.There is also a smaller label and and the words, Happy Birthday and So Grateful. (However the words on this card are from the curly cute stamp set). The label stamps can all be die cut with the new framelits dies. The designer series paper on this card is called "Sweet Shop".

Something Sweet
This card features the sweet shop designer series paper once more and mouthwatering stamp set again (see last weeks post). The setniment is from the crazy for cupcakes stamp set.

I used markers to colour the icecream and ice block stamps. One iceblock uses the thumping technique where you "thump" or bounce the tip of your marker on the inked stamp to add dots of another colour before pressing the image onto your card. The other technique is kissing where you press two stamped images together. I pressed a small petal image from the build a blossom stamp set (inked in calypso coral) onto the iceblock image which was inked in so saffron.

Finally I wanted to show you this cute crocodile that my son made for his girlfriend at Easter. It contains a very large toberone chocolate bar. Pretty clever don't you think!

Enjoy your Easter Break from Rhonda


Fresh N Fruity

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Thursday, 29 March 2012

An Apple A Day...
I have seen punch art apple cores made from the round tab punch but when I was playing around with the owl builder punch I discovered that the owl also makes a great apple core. Just place two of the "apron's" end to end, with the triangle piece where the beak would normally go, facing each other. Actually I cut a piece off each end to make them sit closer together but you could just overlap them. Place the pips where the two pieces join.

Punches I used were:
13/4" circle, 1" circle (to take a slice of the top and bottom of the round apples), scallop oval for bite marks, leaf from the blossom petal builder punch, Owl builder punch for apple core as per diagram below.
The stalks are hand cut.


Just for You
This next fruity card features a wonderful new stamp set that is in new mini catalogue and available from the first of April.
This stamp set is called "Mouthwatering" and has the cherries, watermelon, iceblock and an icecream cone. The images are big and bold and are quick and easy to use.




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