Saturday, February 10, 2018

Fast Fuse is Retiring....Nooo!


I thought I would pop in and let you know the latest update on Fast Fuse.

Some of you may have seen on US demo sites recently that they had a special offer on Fast Fuse, buy a Fast Fuse and receive two free refills. This special sold out their stocks so quickly that SU! informed demos of the fact that Fast Fuse will be retiring and won't be going through into the next annual catalogue coming out in June.

Currently our South Pacific market still has stock of Fast Fuse and refills, however, they will only be available while stocks last.

Fast Fuse has recently been my favourite go to adhesive and I for one will be sad to see it go!  So I will be stocking up on my supplies before it is gone for good! I don't know how long it is going to be available so I thought I would let you know so you can shop for your supplies now too!
While there is still inventory available in your market, it is available only while supplies last. Once the current inventory of Fast Fuse applicators and refills has been used up, we will not be reordering.

So here are the links to both the Fast Fuse applicator as well as the refills.



Stock up now!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Chloe Layout Design Process

Our friend Karene took some beautiful photos of my husband having some surfing fun with hers. I hadn't realised she had taken these photos until she sent them to me in the post, along with a photo of our dog Chloe, the reason for this post.

However, before I go into the process of designing my Chloe layout I thought I would first share the Memories & More page that I did of my husband surfing, as I just discovered that I had not shared it here on my blog, but just on my business Facebook page.


Tips:
  • If you have to cut a photo to split it over two pockets, don't cut through someone's face or neck etc., be careful choosing the photo to divide.
  • Visually use a Z-Pattern design which traces the route the human eye travels when they read — left to right, top to bottom. You can see this with my photos in the layout above.
  • Don't be afraid to put an embelishment on your photo.


I am liking using the Memories & More Card Packs that Stampin' Up! have in our catalogues as they help a page come together so quickly, whether you want to do Pocket Pages or the traditional style of layouts, which I did featuring Chloe.

When I do traditional layouts I seem to struggle with my design layout, although I Google and use Pinterest, I still seem to doubt myself in design. I can pull together products and elements that I know will go or that I want to use on my layout, especially as our Stampin' Up! products coordinate so well. So what other resources did I use in my design process this time.... of course my friends near and far who I admire for their creativity and the way they bring their layouts to life! 

While I was trying to get my elements laid out I notice that these friends were online and so with the ease of cyber connections I called upon their advice and input as if I was having a private class or face to face session with them. Thanks to Susan Wong (NZ), Tania Brown (NW Tassie) and Delys Cram (NZ) all of whom are fellow Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrators too!

So I am going to show you images that I took as I worked through the process, sharing these with them all and getting their input and suggestions.

This is the first photo I sent them of my layout with my elements laid out around the feature photo - Chloe! As she is a black and white Maltese Shitzu crossed with a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, I thought I would focus on the black & white them, picking up some greenery of the grass in the photo. So out came the Petal Passion DSP and a leafy DSP sheet from the Daisy Delight DSP, plus, some cards from the Petal Passion M&M card pack. They all agreed that had the right elements there.


Then I sent them this photo with my first placement and although they said I was on the right track the common thread was to get rid of the b&w striped paper. 


Another comment was to group the embelishments together so a suggestion was to remove the card at the top right of the photo and work on placing things on the bottom left as the text fitted the photo well. I started placing various elements on the left and then took the advice to group them. I also removed the heart on the top right. 


As you can see in the photo below I dropped the text card down and grouped the elements, however, this took it too far down and so I changed my elements about to bring it back up closer to the photo. I also received a suggestion to put three brads or rhinestones on the top right of the photo and of course our black rhinestones from the previous Holiday Catalogue fitted the bill so well!


Delys also suggested putting a thin black strip of cardstock down the length of the green leafy DSP sheet and I couldn't believe how much a contrast and impact this had on my layout... good advice there!


Another advantage of taking these photos along the way as I had just laid out my elements, not adhered them, was that as I had to take a break to prepare tea and entertain visitors for a while I still had my layout vision. This also helped when I had to move elements off the page to begin adhering them down, I could see where they needed to go back on to the page, and I could also get things aligned better.


I also took Susan's advice of adding some colour to my embelishments, even if it was just the leaves to tie in the green DSP, with our beautiful Stampin' Blends. I chose to colour in the leaves with Old Olive Stampin' Blends and a light touch of Pink Pirouette to the flowers with some Daffodil Delight centres.

So here is the final result of which I am very pleased with and so thankful to my friends for their advice and patience with me!


I hope you have enjoyed reading about the design process that this page took and that it may help you if you are like me and struggle with this aspect of your creativity.

Tips:
  • Take photos as you lay out your design as you can then more easily review what you like and where. Also makes it easier when you go to finally adhere your elements on your page.
  • Use dimensionals to raise some elements off your page a little.
  • Matt your photo to better frame or put a focus to it.
  • Group embelishments together.


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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hello!


Well hello! I haven't posted regularly on my blog for a while and now I go and post several days in a row! I need to somehow get in a better routine for this as I love to share what I create and especially cards that are as beautiful as this one and so easy to do!

This card was made using the Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack. I picked one of the larger printed cards and coloured it with some Stampin' Blends, so relaxing to colour in. I then cut it down in size and matted it on to Basic Black cardstock. This panel was then mounted on to my card base of Pink Pirouette and of course as you can briefly see I decorated the inside with a strip of DSP from the coordinating Petal Passion Designer Series Paper pack. I just love how Stampin' Up! products coordinate to make my cards and scrapbook pages come together quickly and easily.

I white embossed a 'Hello' greeting from the Jar of Love stamp set on to Basic Black cardstock and mounted this on to my card front with some Stampin' Dimensionals. Of course I had to add some extra bling with some Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Following along with my previous post, this card is being sent off to Tania's new recruit, to welcome her to our Tassie Inkydinks team. I love welcoming new members to my team and seeing them get all the great benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, from 20-25% discount on future crafting supplies, getting new products early and of course the great value Starter Kit (only $169 for their choice of $235 worth of product!), plus, FREE shipping and if joining during Sale-a-Bration their choice of not one but TWO FREE STAMP SETS!! What a great time to join!


There is no commitment or obligation to hold parties or workshops, you can simply buy for yourself at a great discount, and you don't need to be in Tasmania to join my team, although we are called Tassie Inkydinks. You can be anywhere in Australia! If you want to join and get all these great benefits and more then click here!

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Monday, January 29, 2018

JAI Colour Challenge #393

I was in need of some stamping time and had a special card to make so I took inspiration from the Just Add Ink's Colour Challenge as well as the cards in our Occasions Catalogue (OC) on page 22.


I had a few sample panels of Embossing Paste, which was of Lemon Lime Twist lucky for me, and so decided I should put them to use in this card project as this was one of the colours to use! I then started with a card base of Crumb Cake and mounted my white panel onto a piece of Tranquil Tide and then used the bottom card on page 22 OC as my inspiration for the top elements.


I die cut some leaves from Tranquil Tide cardstock, the lattice from Crumb Cake and the greeting panel from Lemon Lime Twist. I also stamped a black bird from the coordinating Petal Palette Stamp Set and coloured a little of him with my Lemon Lime Twist Stampin' Write Marker.

I adhered these on the card above with a combination of adhesives (Fine Tip Glue Pen, Sticky Dots and Stampin' Dimensionals) and added a couple of the beautiful metal Petal Passion Embelishments. Can you spot them on the card?

I have a lovely team member, Tania Brown, who recently promoted to Silver by having someone join her as a SU! Demonstrator during January. It also allowed me to retitle back to Silver Elite, which means I now qualify to attend the Centre Stage dinner that is held before OnStage in April, an added bonus for me, thanks Tania! It is a great time to join this family of stampers with all the bonuses of Sale-a-Bration! What to know more with no obligations, just ask me!

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Price: $159.00

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