Sunday, June 7, 2009

Workshop Projects

Hi there,

As I mentioned in my previous Post, I have been very busy lately with workshops and working at Craft Fairs plus other family commitments. I'd like to share some of my recent projects with you.

Here are some cards we made at two of my recent workshops.

The stamped image on this card is from the new Stampin' Up! - Pun Fun set which features 8 cute animals and greetings.

This little guy is actually a skunk hence the greeting 'I stink you're sweet'.
I stamped him in Chocolate Chip ink and coloured in the flower using markers from the Earth Elements colour family. The white stamped card was layered onto Chocolate Chip then onto the
Tangerine Tango base card.
I attached a strip of Haiku DS paper to a piece of Kiwi Kiss card which had been scallop-punched along one edge.
A strip of Old Olive grosgrain ribbon was then wound around one end (securing it at the back with some double-sided tape) and using another small piece of ribbon, I tied a knot around the centre of the ribbon strip.
The layered strip was then attached to the base card to complete the design.
This card is very easy to make for first-time stampers and it was a hit with all the girls.
Another card we made at each of the workshops was also suited to novice stampers.
This one features the new Fifth Avenue Floral set which is easy to use yet produces stunning results.

The base card for this one was Chocolate Chip and the floral images were stamped in Kiwi Kiss,
Baha Breeze and Chocolate Chip on Whisper White card.
The white stamped panel was then attached to the base card and a strip of co-ordinating Haiku DS paper was attached across the front of the card.
I then stamped a greeting onto white card using Baha Breeze ink and punched it out with the Square Scallop punch. Using a sponge and some Kiwi Kiss ink, I sponged around the scalloped edges of the greeting to co-ordinate with the paper strip and the flowers on the central panel.
This card can then be jazzed up a little with self-adhesive pearls or rhinestones if you want to give it a more elegant touch. I have also at times, used glitter on the flower centres when making this card for personal friends.
The beautiful images of this set make it very easy to create simple yet elegant and stunning cards.
I was also working on the Stampin' Up! stand at the recent Picture to Page craft show held in Burwood, Victoria and designed this liitle Matchbook Tea Bag Holder for my 'Make and Take' project.

I offered a few variations so that customers could choose the colour of their choice. It's a simple design of a piece of cardstock which has a scalloped border punched at one end and the card is then scored close to the scalloped edge and again near the centre of the card.

The card is then folded at each of the scored lines, a staple is inserted close to the bottom fold and the top fold then tucks under the scalloped edge, holding the cover in place.

The front of the matchbook was stamped in two colours using the leafy branch from the Fresh Cuts stamp set and a strip of co-ordinating DS paper was attached across the centre.

Using the Best Yet Hostess set, I stamped a greeting on white card and after punching it out with the Square Scallop punch, layered it onto a square of coloured card which was then attached over the paper strip with 3D foam dots.

I slipped a tea bag into the holder and closed the cover to hold it in place (no glue needed). This little project proved to be a hit with the customers who visited our stand and as a treat, I offered them a choice of flavoured teas to put into their finished tea-bag holders.

This is a simple gift item which can be used with tea-bags or individually wrapped After Dinner Mints or Chocolate squares if you prefer. It can be slipped into a greeting card or attached to a wrapped present as a little 'surprise gift' or you can place them around the table for your dinner guests which is sure to be a talking point!

I demonstrated this project at a recent workshop and the ladies there liked it so much that they made a couple of versions each to take home with them. As most of them had never stamped before, the design was easy enough for them to make and after their first tentative steps at stamping, they were away!

It was lovely to see the proud looks of accomplishment on their faces when they had completed this project and the floral card - that's what is so satisfying about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, sharing ideas with others and watching them enjoy themselves as they discover their 'hidden talents' which just need a little help and guidance to emerge !

I also brought along a matching set of 3D items to showcase our new DS papers.

This little handbag and Post-It Note holder were easy to make and would make a sweet little gift for someone - I actually made one of these note holders for my workshop hostess as part of a Thank You gift.

I used Baha Breeze cardstock and some of the new DS papers from the Urban Garden set.

The paper strip on the note holder was punched with our new Eyelet Border punch and I added some self-adhesive pearls to 'dress up' this little set. The bag closure is a small velcro dot cut in half and each piece attached to the cardstock under the flap.

The bag is roomy enough to fit in a small gift - e.g. lollies, chocolates, earrings or other small item of jewellery, miniature bottle of perfume, etc.

If you like the paper designs on these projects, check out our catalogue to see the whole range on offer.

We have 14 different sets to choose from plus another 8 sets of monochrome Designer Prints in 8 different colours which co-ordinate with our cardstock, inks, markers and ribbons so there is bound to be something there to suit everyone's taste but beware, these gorgeous papers are addictive and once you buy one or two sets, you'll find yourself wanting them all !!

Well that's it for another Post - come by again soon to see my next creations.

Thanks for visiting - see you next time.


  1. WOW - Ramona, you have been very busy!! Lotsof fantastic projects and ideas here, am trying to pick a favourite but can't - love 'em all!! Great job!

  2. I can see you have been busy Ramona creating some simply stunning projects! They all look fantastic.....


  3. Oh these are wonderful, i love the colour combos and papers


Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments about my creations - I appreciate every one. Cheers, Ramona.