Monday, February 21, 2011

Various Stampin' Up! Cards

Hi all,

Just thought I'd show you a few of my Stampin' Up! cards I've done. 

I really only got into cards this last year or so. I never understood the fun of making cards - for me scrapbooking and papercraft was all about showcasing my photography. BUT as I got more into the paper hobby I discovered the love of creating things not necessarily to showcase photos. I made a few cards for some reason I forget and suddenly I saw the light.

It was another way for me to express myself through paper. I have always been useless at the "wifely arts" of cleaning, cooking, sewing, knitting - really useless. So I finally found something else creative that I could do - and I've always LOVED stationery.

I originally got into Stampin' Up! because I am absolutely useless at choosing colours that go together - I like to call it "colour co-ordination challenged" - so I  love that everything matches and they have all the doo-dads in matching colours - ink, paper, brads, ribbon etc... Because I stress and angst about every choice this helps me no end.  I became a demonstrator after I left the Scrappy-go-Lucky business so that I could get my craft items at a discount price, but then I did a few workshops and really enjoyed the challenge of creating a new project for each occasion and teaching (although I still need some serious practice at the teaching part!)

I get lots of ideas from Split Coast Stampers. I do my very best not to copy ideas in full ... I usually like colours from one card, a stamp from another and a design from yet another, then I will rearrange it all and make my card.

If you're interested in Stampin' Up! products the latest Australian catalogue is hereOtherwise, I hope you enjoy a little look at cards I've made ....

This one is so simple. White inked flowers on a blue card then a
simple stamp and sentiment to finish off.

First attempt at a card with the Sweet Treat Cup. 
I need to get some more ideas for these.

I used part of a flower fantasy window sheet (acetate with a design on it) 
from a previous mini catalogue for the front design.

First attempt at scrapbooking with Stampin' Up! kits ... I normally do a double
page layout so I really must finish this off sometime... and journal
(oh how I hate to journal though I know I must) 

Hmmm ... I am seeing a blue and orange theme

Finally used the pretties kit I bought ages ago.

Although you cannot see it all that well I've used clear embossing powder and
dazzling diamonds on  all of the stamped images to give it that bit of extra pizzaz.