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Swaps for SU Convention – Canberra 2012

Hi Crafters,

Excitement Plus!! I am at the Stampin’ Up! Convention in Canberra. Thursday morning is traditionally a time for getting together and swapping ideas and meeting up with those we have only met via the internet or playing catch up with those we only get to see once every 12 months or so. I thought I would schedule this post for Thursday morning and you can then see what I am swapping this year.

I like to try and do some card fronts and some 3D items to swap. I enjoy swapping as it gives me so many more ideas when I come home.

Now onto my first swap, one you may have seen a couple of weeks ago as I did submit a very similar one to this for a challenge at Sunny Challenges and Creations.

Card Front I am swapping at Convention

On the original card, I had brads to match and didnt like the way they sat in the ribbon and I didnt have 150 laying around in my drawer in green. I changed it to putting 3 of the Itty Bitty Flower punches there instead and placed some pearls in their centres. I have made 50 of these little gems and I still go swapping with workshops or classes in mind. I have used the aqua pen and stamp pads for water colouring and this has been done direct to Very Vanilla card not the water colour paper, for placement, used the Stamp a Ma Jig so there is quite a  bit of scope for a class or workshop.

Here is my next swap and its the first of 2 x 3 D items I made.

Twitterpated Kanzashi Flower Brooch

I just love how these turned out and the buttons came from an enormous stash I have and I was lucky to find coordinating buttons. Here is how they are packaged for swapping.

Twitterpated Kanzashi Flowers bagged with the info enclosed.

I will post more information about these a bit later on in a separate post, I just wanted to give an idea of what I was swapping. I have made various ones out of all the different fabrics from Stampin’ Up!. I ran out of the lovely wooden buttons and the brooch backs to continue making more.

And one more using Timeless Portrait.

I really enjoyed making these and my sewing just keeps getting better and better.

I promise that I will post more information about these easy to make flowers using a template.

Here are my final swaps, they are paper snip or mobile phone charms, mine is on my paper snips.

Paper Snip Charms

More information on will be posted on these after I come back from Convention and run up a bit of a tutorial as I did some step by step photos while making these with the Blossom Punch and Mixed Bunch Stamp set out of the Autumn – Winter Mini Catalogue. Here is a group of them ready to go into their little boxes.

Black Red and White Charm

I have either coloured them using Water Colour Crayons or directly off the stamp pads using an aqua brush. Lastly the one I chose to keep to put on my old paper snips so I can just keep an eye on which ones I use for certain jobs.

One on my paper snips. They are blue hues.

Ok I am sitting here Tuesday afternoon rather relaxed, packed, and just about ready to go, I need to swap over a bag and my Spicey wallet to take with me and make sure I have my last minute packing stuff ready to go and wondering how I am this organised that this will post while I am actually swapping in Canberra. So off I go to do my last minute things.

“May the Stamps be with You”

xxTessxx

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Under the Big Top

Hi fellow crafters and thank you for stopping by. I am feeling more energetic as my chest infection starts to clear up. Its been a long haul, I have been sick for over 6 weeks with it. This is something that I am not used to at all, I usually bounce back pretty quick from everything. So, I wanted to get back into some sort of routine and get some craftiness happening.

Sunny Challenges and Creations always have just the thing to kick start some mojo. This weeks challenge is no exception. Use the sketch and the in colours that unfortunately will be retiring for Australian and New Zealand Customers in August this year. Not to weep too hard as there will always be lovely colours to replace them in September. We still have a little while before they retire!!!

Here is my entry into the challenge this week.

Under the Big Top

The In Colours I used were Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz and the fabulous Peach Parfait. I used the Under the Big Top stamp set and masked the words under the ballerina. To be honest this is only the second time I have used this set and the first time was at Brisbane Regionals last year. With this in mind I decided to challenge myself a little more and use this set. I water coloured the image that has been stamped onto just ordinary Very Vanilla card. The sentiment I used is from the Creative Elements stamp set and goes perfectly with the stamped image and shows that while I would consider Under the Big Top more a stamp set for little ones, it can show its versatility with a more “mature” card.

This post is short and sweet, but I will have more coming shortly. Until next time take care

“May the Stamps be with You”

xxTessxx

Unfinished Objects (UFOs)

Well what a week it has been!! I have a lot of bits and pieces laying around unfinished!!

I want to be a bit more organised with my Stampin’ Up! I start to dig through and first I find the 2011 Regioanl Training Make & Takes, still in their shrink wrap. Time to get them done, with my creativeness running at an all time low, I started! I find following a recipe or tutorial especially these kits we receive for attending, helps sometimes with refueling me for other projects! Here is a group photo of what we all made at Regional training in 2011.

2011 - Regional Training Make and Takes

A close up of the cute little 'card cart' and some of the 3 x 3 cards

You can see more here

Next onto another lot of UFOs. These ones from the 2011 Melbourne Convention. Having to fly to Melbourne, I thought it may have been a good idea to keep all of the Make and Takes in their shrink wrap kits, nice and flat. Here a couple of the projects we made while there:

Grouped Shot of the Melbourne Convention Make & Takes

A Close up of part of the Mini Banner we made

More Melbourne Convention 2011 Make and Takes

I know you are probably thinking right now, that I ought to be ashamed of myself and I admit it, I am! Here is another confession, there was something not finished from the make and takes from my first ever convention. This was in Sydney 2010!! The Group shot and the offending UFO!

Group Shot of the Make and Takes

The Matchbox Album that I finally finished this week!!!

More Sydney Convention pics

I found, the most UFO  after going through the unfinished Stampin’ Up! Event Make and Takes, the main thing I hadn’t completed were the little scrap book pages. This is mainly due to the whole thing being a secret until we get there. Its always such a great suprise to get new and unknown things, especially at Convention, as this happens in May and we have to keep it all a secret until the new Idea Book and  Catalogue is launched in September!! Such a long time to keep a secret from our customers!! Just another of the fantastic things that I enjoy through being a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator. If you are interested have a look, join now and there are more benefits for becoming a Demonstrator like me, until the 31st of March 2012!

I am so glad I have completed these now for pictures you could have a look at my albums on my Facebook Page

That’s my UFO journey for the week. Thank you for stopping by. Until next time….

“May the Stamps be with you”

xxTessxx