I held my April card classes last week and we made the following cards using the Handsomely Suited Bundle. They were fun Covid-safe classes, with five groups of ladies over three days.
I cased this from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue but made a few changes.
This card is so stylish and is a great masculine card. The handkerchief was stamped using the tip of the Tie stamp and hand cut to fit.
I cased this card from Stamp it up with Jaimie.
I changed the colours of the DSP and ties. This is another simple but very effective masculine card and the ladies at class had fun changing it up more to make them individual.
I love seeing the creativity of my happy stampers when they finish their creations.
I cased this next card from Juleen Henderson.
We used the retired Cable Knit Embossing Folder as it was highly effective. I love the simplicity of this card but you do need to think about the order of layering before you stick pieces together.
I found popping the collar up on dimensionals looked great and made adding the centre strip easier.
I wanted to use this bundle to show that you could make feminine cards with it too.
This was my design after lots of playing. I wanted to use the bows in the bundle but ended up using ribbon. The V can be cut using the dies and the Dainty Diamond embossing folder added a lovely texture.
I used the button die to cut silver foil for the necklace and the stitched strip as the waist band on the dress. I hope you like it.
They were the four cards we made at class but here’s a few more that I made as samples to show the versatility of this bundle.
I came up with this design while playing around. It has a lot of pieces and detail that was layered. I added a double lapel using contrasting Very Vanilla for the collar.
The detail in the pocket is lace ribbon and the necklace was made using gold cord, a tiny flower from the Hydrangea Dies and a Pearl. I used the Ornate floral 3D embossing folder to add texture to the jacket.
I even added some skin tone above the collar.
I hope you like my card.
This card was very simple, the bow used as the embellishment is from the Handsomely Suited dies, I ran it through the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder for extra detail.
I had fun creating this card at my last retreat. I cased it from Danielle Howard who cased it from Pinterest.
I made a few changes and added my twist. I love the simple, clean look of this card.
The tee-shirt with red bow tie gives it a ‘Sheldon’ look. The lapel and pocket was covered in packing tape before cutting it out with the dies, this give it the shinny look.
The maid part of the suit was run through the Subtle embossing folder.
The ladies from Wednesday night class – thanks for allowing me to share your photos.
I love seeing your variations of the cards. Creativity was flowing!
We’ll be creating four cards using the Butterfly Brilliance bundle for our next class.
The Treasured Tags Pick a punch is so versatile!
You can get so many different combinations out of this one punch!
Watch me demonstrate this punch
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Here’s a few snippets of our March Craft Retreat.
The next one is 16-19 July 2021 if you want to come along.
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What a wonderful weekend we had at our Sale-A-Bration retreat! We had loads of craftalicious fun, laughs, crafting and sharing at Bornhoffen.
I had 31 beautiful ladies join me for the weekend in this beautiful setting. The food was amazing too! Apparently everyone is going on a diet when they got home.
Bornhoffen PCYC is situated in the Gold Coast hinterland, a few km south of Natural Bridge. It’s surrounded by rolling hills and is such a tranquil setting.
I arrived early to set up the room with the help of Teresa and Meg 😘
I was fundraising for Breast Cancer Research. I combined my online Pink Run fundraiser with my retreat. I completed a 5 km walk on the day because I wasn’t able to run but I’ll be able to do that soon…
The donations from the retreat attendees came to an amazing $1167.50!!!
Other online donations received from my Stampin’ Up! Family totalled another $265 and the over all total of donations received is $1781.50!
First prize was the Mini Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine! Congratulations Belinda!
There were lots of other prizes generously donated by several people attending and others who weren’t at the retreat. Thank you Anna, Peta, Jackie M, Laura, Meg, Jenny S and Maureen for donating to the prize pool.
I am humbled by your generosity. Thank you for supporting a worth cause. 100% of money raised is going to Breast Cancer Research.
We had a wonderful display and it was set up by my team member Meg. Thanks so much for your help.
I also had Jackie McGee provide a lovely display board for me.
We even got to celebrate a Birthday on Saturday – Happy Birthday to Colleen!
Chef Donna made a special cake for the special occasion.
Here’s our wonderful groups of crafters who had a great time with good fun being had by all!
I loved walking around and chatting to everyone and seeing what they had been creating.
The talent is amazing!
I also love the generous nature of everyone, willing to share their ideas and projects, and help each other out.
Here’s just some of the MANY projects that were created over the weekend. Some ladies were very productive!
On the other hand… I managed to complete 2 cards 🤷
I want to say another big THANK YOU to all of you who came. Thank you to all of my wonderful helpers behind the scenes, before the event with setting up and pack down and clean up.
Thanks to everyone chipping in with the meal time clean up duties.
Thank you so much to Maree, Teresa and Deanne for your prep and help behind the scenes ahead of the event, Teresa and Meg with the set up of the room, Meg for transporting all the Goodie bags, Raffle prizes and more and Laura for your beautiful make and take.
Thanks to my husband Wade for the many hours you help behind the scenes, the IT stuff, spreadsheets, patience and much more. As well as putting up with a house full of ‘boxes’ for months at a time…
Huge THANKS to everyone who helped with the pack down and clean up, especially Teresa and Danielle!!! I really appreciate all of your help and support.
I am blessed to have such wonderful friends in my life.
Thank you for my beautiful Thank you cards and gifts! It’s so unexpected but very much appreciated.
My heart is full knowing that you all thoroughly enjoyed your weekend away.
Due to popular demand, there’s been requests to extend the retreat an extra day and night.
More to come once I speak to Bornhoffen about dates…
EDIT: Exciting News!
I’ve had lots of requests over this weekend to extend the retreat an extra day and night… due to popular demand… I have great news!
I’ve spoken with Jenna from Bornhoffen and we are able to extend our stay for Sunday nights!
There will be a price adjustment to allow for an additional nights accommodation and extra 3 meals. There will also be the option to leave on Sunday afternoon if you have to work on Monday.
Here are the dates for our future three night retreats.
Save the dates:
I held my March card classes a few days ago and we made the following cards. We used the Hydrangea Hill Suite.
I had five wonderful groups of ladies attend classes and they all left very happy with their creations.
For our first card, we used the brick embossing folder for the background, then to get the shimmer around the edges, we used the new blending brushes with shimmer paint.
The shimmer paint is so easy to use and you get a lovely finish with the new blending brush.
The flower of the hydrangea was cut out of the DSP using the Hydrangea Dies.
The card has a lot of detail with multi layers and is finished off perfectly with the Gorgeous Grape ribbon bow.
We used Rococco Rose cardstock for the base of this card adding a bit of pink.
The background was created using the Old World Paper Textured 3D Embossing Folder which gives a lovely effect. The stem of the hydrangea was stamped using the two-step stamping in the Hydrangea Haven Stamp Set.
The hydrangea flower head was simply die cut using the Hydrangea Dies. We popped the petals out and added extra Gorgeous Grape and Basic White flowers for more colour and texture.
We used Wink of Stella on the hydrangea flower to give it some sparkle and finished the card off using the Pastel Pearl embellishments.
On this card we used Balmy Blue as the card base then we fussy cut the gorgeous Hydrangea DSP to use as a background.
For the stem, we stamped the whole flower image in Memento Black – cut it out with the dies, then added the Old Olive leaf accents which were also cut with the Hydrangea Dies.
We then layered the hydrangea flower over the the top using the solid image, popping up the petals and covering it with Wink of Stella for that extra bit of sparkle.
There are some lovely greetings in this Hydrangea Haven Stamp Set – we chose ‘The world is better because of you’.
What a special sentiment to share with someone.
This Misty Moonlight card is fairly simple with a little bit of layering. Once again we used the gorgeous Hydrangea DSP cutting it out with the dies.
We stamped on the base of the card in Misty Moonlight just to add a little bit of background detail.
The greeting was made using the Triple Banner Punch and the ribbon was fishtailed to match the shape of the label.
The card is finished off using lots of leaves and Pastel Pearl embellishments.
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Some new crafters have joined my class – I want to extend a warm welcome to Leanne and Nicole.
Nicole was the happy winner of one of the lucky door prizes from Craft Alive. I met Leanne and Nicole there when they visited our Stampin’ Up! stall a few weeks ago at the Gold Coast Turf Club.
The last pic is Leanne and Helen showing off the wonderful cards that they made at class. They were very happy with what they made.
Looking forward to another class with you all…
I run card my classes on the first Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the month.
So if you’d like to get creative with like-minded ladies, check out my class schedule for upcoming classes and book one in.
Todays short video explains how to convert Clear Mount stamps into Cling Mount stamps to stop your stamps falling off your blocks.
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Last weekend we had a stall at Craft Alive at the Gold Coast Turf Club.
A group in our team had so much fun meeting, chatting and crafting with new people.
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Here are a few photos showing our display and set up, showcasing our fab Stampin’ Up! products.
Thanks to all of those who stopped to say hello, it was lovely to meet you.
If you are interested in seeing what products Stampin’ Up! offer, check out their fabulous range here.
I also run card classes on the first Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the month if you’d like to get creative with like-minded ladies. Check out my class schedule for upcoming classes.