Friday, 28 January 2011

Wet Paper Stamping and SAB

Wow!  Two posts at once!

This was my last workshop on the SAB sets where we focused on the Wet Paper stamping technique, the Colour Coach and the Distressing Essentials (which are fantastic!  And not at all scary once you've used them!)

I demonstrated how to use lighter colour ink on Watercolour paper and then make it 'bleed' into the super heavyweight textured beautiful paper by giving it a spritz of water.  I prepared a couple before the workshop and left them to dry.  I then stamped the same image over the top in a darker contrasting colour, which was helpfully suggested by my amazing colour coach...

(little aside, the Colour Coach can also be used for clothes buying and house decorating as well as being amazing for mixing up your cardstock and making amazing colour suggestions.  Better than any paint colour cards or colour-coordination phone apps that you can buy!)

...I then used Soft Suede to add a watercolour effect to the background cardstock (can also use VersaMark), I added the little butterfly with some Stampin' Dimensionals, a bit of bling with the basic rhinestones (beautiful), some linen thread around the bottom and a slice of texture with my ripped edges and textured cardstock (Recipe at the bottom)

Soft Suede, So Saffron and Regal Rose.

And another colourway using my Colour Coach. Soft Suede, Baja Breeze and Cherry Cobbler.

Wet paper stamping recipes:
Watercolour paper                      105019   £5.95
Ink Spots -subtles                      119712   £18.95                              
Neutrals cardstock assortment     121699   £6.25
Subtles card assort.                    121697   £6.25
Linen thread                              104199   £3.75
Basic Rhinestones                      119246   £4.50
Soft Suede Stampin' Pad              115657   £4.95      

Purchase these to receive your free SAB stamp set, choice of four.

Another demo Sale a Bration card:

Recipe:  Marina Mist cardstock and ink, Curly Label punch, Eyelet Border punch, Marina Mist satin ribbon, Fresh Cuts set, Watercolour paper, Old Olive cardstock and Night of Navy cardstock and ink.

Purchase the above and receive the Sweet Summer Set for free! Email me with your order before the end of February.

Make and Takes:

On the night I actually had 14 attendees who very patiently took turns in getting parts of the Distressing Essentials at a time and made the following card.

Firstly, we used Old Olive cardstock for the base and rolled over it with Early Espresso ink and the Texture Wheel. 

We then stamped the background flourish in the Blue ink spot from the Essentials. 

We used Very Vanilla cardstock and used the Stamping Off technique with the Teabag Stain inkspot to stamp a flower and then stamp off a fainter image onto the same card. 

We used Charcoal inkspot for the Bliss greeting and the Mahogany inkspot for the butterfly. 

We ripped the Very Vanilla along each edge and scrunched it up a little (some were braver than others, it takes practise learning to crumple your lovely card!)  We brushed the edges using the plain stamp in the Distressing Essentials and gently across the front too. 

We added a Neutrals button with linen thread and a glue dot (or a Basic Rhinestone) and double raised the butterfly with two Stampin' Dimensionals, one stuck on top of the other.

Lastly, we stuck the Very Vanilla using sticky strip and some of us gracefully landed a butterfly on the front of our envelopes too!

With fourteen attendees and only one Distressing Essentials kit and Texture wheel we about three chains going but everyone got to use everything in the kit and got to watch the people about doing theirs too, which was really great!!

Looking forward to the next workshop which I'm hosting at the beginning of Feb (date and time to be confirmed!)  Let me know if you would like to attend or host your own workshop with these great techniques.

Recipe for Make and Take:
Old Olive cardstock           106576  £6.25 (24 sheets)
Distressing Essentials       118762  £14.95
Very Vanilla cardstock       106550  £7.50 (40 sheets)
Basic Rhinestones            119246  £4.50   (150)
Stampin' Dimensionals      104430   £3.25  (300)
Sticky Strip                      104294  £5.50 (around 9 metres)
Texture wheel                  116685  £8.50

(Makes approx 48 cards!  That's just over £1 per car and you only need to replace the Old Olive card to go again!  Great offer!) 

Purchase the above and receive a free SAB set of your choice!  Email me at or call 01806 522482

Sale a Bration workshop using the colour coach and stamp-a-ma-jig

I thought I'd better show you some recent workshop examples that I've actually done!  These are examples of demonstrations and the make and take from my last workshops using our wonderful free Sale-a-Bration sets.

The first workshop we looked at two of the Sale a Bration sets, Sweet Summer and Bliss.  I showed everyone how to use the stamp-a-ma-jig and watercolour crayons.

Here are my examples with the Sweet Summer set. (Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant and watercolour paper)  I used a very simple design and added a few extras including basic pearls, clips, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon and also used the Occasional Greetings set along with the watercolour paper, pencils and blender pen.  I also stamped the images in Elegant Eggplant and Wild Wasabi.

And using the colour coach we tried a bolder trio (swapped Very Vanilla for Pacific Point and reused Elegant Eggplant and Rose Red) I use the colour coach a lot to get out of my colour ruts. Changing only one colour made a big difference.  This time I stamped the images in Basic Black.  This card has a big impact but I'll have to add some extras...!

We used the stamp-a-ma-jig on the bird images below and used the colour coach again for both.  Just shows what a difference your choice of colour can make...
Night of Navy, Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler... yum!  The little bird is in More Mustard and I've also added Neutrals buttons, linen thread, versamark flourish background, and an eyelet.  The set is the Bliss Sale-a-bration set.  My absolute favourite and absolutely free!

Without stamp-a-ma-jig

This is Bashful Blue, Early Espresso and Pink Pirouette.  Probably three of my top five colours...

With stamp-a-ma-jig!
And the make and take (a project that everyone has a go at and takes home with them and an envelope for giving it to someone of course!)  My great attendees made this using watercolour crayons and blender pens and the stamp-a-ma-jig to get the butterly sitting in the right place...

I used the scallop trim border punch, Whisper White cardstock, Early Espresso cardstock and ink, Baja Breeze cardstock and ink, watercolour crayons, blender pens and stamp-a-ma-jig, Neutrals buttons, linen thread and Nursery Suite speciality paper (my favourite!) 

A really lovely evening.  If you would like to see any of these products demonstrated in the comfort of your own home please get in touch.  Stampin' Up! hostesses earn free stamp sets and their choice of free products with workshop sales of £150 and more.  All you have to do is set a date, invite and I'll do the rest!

Workshop recipe:  Order the following and receive one of the SAB stamp sets free (see SAB tab for other two choices)
Colour coach                      122228  £13.50
Watercolour pencils           101879  £19.25 
Blender pens                    102845  £7.95
Neutrals buttons               119743  £7.75
Linen thread                     104199  £3.75

Plus a free stamp set!
Sweet Summer stamp set   121849 wood mount     
                                      123214 clear mount  
Bliss stamp set                 121851 wood mount   
                                      123217 clear mount

Monday, 24 January 2011

My First Post!

I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Brae, Shetland.

This is my first short post to get me started!

A few beautiful scrapbook, card and box examples from Stampin' Up Convention 2010!


 Fabulous Shelli Gardner (Stampin' Up! CEO and co-founder) doing a demonstration

If you're inspired by any of these creations, please get in touch to book your own Stampin' Up! workshop.

Rhoda x