GWPC – Little Letters Cards

Sorry about the short break in transmission here – a few unexpected things cropped up this week that I needed to deal with!  On Saturday I attended Stampin’ Up!’s wonderful Party Time event here in Wellington.  It was a great day spent with 50 fellow demonstrators – there were presentations, hands on product play and lots & lots of inspiration!  Stampin’ Up! events are just 1 of the things I love about being a demo – if you would like to know more of the reasons why you should consider joining us then please email me.  Remember, if you join before 30 October you will receive a FREE pack of Designer Series Paper EVERY month for SIX months!

Righto, back to the projects from the Great Welly Paper Caper!  Todays projects are the cards that the wonderful Rachael van Rij taught – and they were awesome:

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Everyone attending camp received the Everyday Occasions Card Kit on arrival and we used items from the kit for Rachael’s class and also my layout projects I shared with you last week.  Rachael shared several great ideas using the Little Letters dies and Alphabet stamps.GWPC_Rachael Card 2_Magpiecreates

This last card was supposed to have a greeting stamped with alphabet stamps but as I didn’t get a chance to complete it at camp I didn’t have the wonderful stamp sets at my disposal when I created it at home!GWPC_Rachael Card 1_Magpiecreates

Stamps/Cardstock/Ink/Embellishments: Everyday Occasions Card Kit
Other: Big Shot, Little Letters Thinlit Dies


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GWPC – Bokeh Card & Shaker Tag

As promised I am back with more of the projects that we created in class at the Great Welly Paper Caper!  Today I am featuring the projects that Paula Dobson taught – an they are AWESOME!!

First up is the Bokeh technique card – I LOVE this card and can’t wait to have another go with different colours:

GWPC_Bokeh CardThe bokeh card required a bit of drying time so while we waited we made this super cute shaker tag using the Shaker Frames and Frosted Sequins.  I have had Shaker Frames in my stash for years but had never gotten round to using them – I’ll definitely be dusting them off now!

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Stamps: Bright & Beautiful, Endless Wishes
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Window Sheet
Ink: Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Whisper White Craft, Versamark
Other: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Frosted Sequins, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, White Bakers Twine, Lost Lagoon Ribbon

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GWPC – Project Life/Everyday Occasions Mash-up!

As promised I am back to share the projects we created in class at the Great Welly Paper Caper this weekend, starting with the layouts everyone created in the Project Life class.  Everyone received the Everyday Occasions card kit as a welcome gift at camp and we used items from the kit in 2 of the classes.  It was a great way of showing everyone how Project Life doesn’t have to be limited to JUST the card collections, but enhanced with anything in your stash:Fluffy Love PLxSU_Magpiecreates

These are all pics of my older daughter – at age 1 & 3.  She is about to turn 8 so it’s great to have some of these older stories told!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with the projects we made in Paula’s class!


The Great Welly Paper Caper Wrap

This past weekend I teamed up with fellow demo & good friend Paula to run our third Great Welly Paper Caper!  Also known as Stamp Camp, it’s a whole weekend of crafting, classes, chatting, sharing and FUN!  We stay at Silverstream Retreat which is a fabulous venue – lots of space, fully refurbished rooms, nice gardens, spectacular food (honestly the food this weekend was phenomenal!)

Everyone arrived Friday afternoon/evening and this year everyone was straight into their crafting:GWPC Craft Room

We always have treats available all weekend for people to nibble as they need to:GWPC Snack Table

Saturday morning we kick off with the first of 3 classes.  I was up first this year sharing everything I know about Project Life and ways you can use it to preserve your memories:GWPC Sharlene Class

After an amazing lunch (honestly we rolled back into the crafting room!) we had class number 2, which was Paula showing us the Bokeh effect and also shaker cards!  I loved this class – I’ll share the beautiful cards with you later in the week!GWPC Paula Class

The rest of Saturday is just free crafting time – everyone brings their own projects to work on.  This is by far my favourite part of the weekend – I actually managed to get some projects completed this year (go me!) – but what I love the most is listening to everyones happy chatter!  Everyone was so generous with their knowledge, time and expertise – sharing with each other the projects they were working on, giving little impromptu demonstrations of different techniques/tools/ideas to each other etc.  It truly was wonderful to walk around and see what everyone was doing!  This year we also introduced a share table where everyone could display the projects they completed over the weekend for everyone to see – it was AMAZING!  The talent in the room was so good:GWPC Sample Table

We always have lots of giveaways during camp and this year was no exception – 11 prize patrols, an all-attendee giveaway, and beautiful pillow gifts for everyone too!

By Sunday morning everyone is looking a little worse for wear – but still smiling!  Each year we have a guest tutor to teach a class and this year we were incredibly lucky to have the wonderful Rachael van Rij sharing her typography tips with everyone!  Unfortunately I missed this class as my Miss 7 had her ballet exam at the same time so I needed to pop out and put my Mum hat on for a short while.  When I got back everyone was RAVING about the class and enjoying creating their projects -here’s a little peek of some of Rachael’s projects, I’ll share them all later in the week:GWPC Rachael Class

We finished up with another wonderful lunch before packing up and heading home – tired, but VERY happy!  This year we finally remembered to get a group picture of everyone:GWPC Group Pic

We have rebooked for next year so if you would like to join us for a fun weekend of crafting, book 16-18 October into your diaries now!


Cased Vases

Happy Monday morning – I hope you all had a great weekend!  Saturday was of course World Cardmaking Day and I got to spend the afternoon crafting with a lovely group of ladies, followed by a little more crafting at home once my kiddies were in bed.  Yesterday I went to see WOW (World of WearableArt) with my Miss 7 – it was my 4th time attending this incredible, inspiring extravaganza where fashion, art & performance collide.  I hadn’t intended to go this year but after visiting the WOW Museum in Nelson last year Miss 7 begged me to take her -  I am so pleased I did as she was absolutely mesmerised for the whole 2 hours (and who can blame her)!  This years show was an absolute stand out in terms of both the art but also the performance and theatre of the show – if you ever get the chance to attend then you absolutely should you will never regret it!

Righto, now on to the stamping!  This card was created way back in July and is a case of the Annual Catalogue.  It uses the Vivid Vases stamp set and Stampin’ Blendabilities.

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Stamps: Vivid Vases, Gorgeous Grunge
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Neutrals DSP Stack
Ink: Crumb Cake, Memento Tuxedo Black, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie & Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities Collections
Other: Tea Lace Doilies, Coastal Cabana Think Bakers Twine, Corner Rounder Punch

Did you know?
After conducting extensive testing, Stampin’ Up! found that Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers work well with several of our Classic Stampin’ Pads. Using different colours for your stamped outlines gives you several different looks with your colouring (and even more versatility!) Enjoy playing with these new colour options:

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* colours not listed are prone to smearing and aren’t recommended for use with Stampin’ Blendabilities