Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Card Picks from Julia Emms

Card by Jenny Soulsby:

Julia says: "Ahhh, Christmas.... my favourite time of the year (and creeping up on us so quickly!). I absolutely love how Jenny has used the background tree image of the two-step tree from Solemn Stillness and stamped it repeatedly with varying amounts of ink to create the Christmas Tree forest and I like the inked edges of the cardstock. This helps to blend all the greens together. She has made a very classy card and it reminds me of the stillness and peacefulness of a snowy day. Also, is that just a hint of glitter on the trees? A beautiful card, Jenny!"

Card by Jacqui Corbett:

Julia says: "This is a beautiful card made by Jacqui. Personally, I love the swirly and filligree-styled stamps, so I felt attracted to it straight away. The choice of colour is wonderful and I love the hint of the small flower image in amongst the main stamped image. Again, thanks to Stampin' Up! the Grosgrain ribbon is a perfect match to the card and ink, and finishes the card off perfectly! A beautiful card! Simple, yet high impact."

Card by Juliann Williams:

Julia says: "This card is a favourite of mine - for a number of reasons: I just love the chocolate colour of the card and ink, and the white makes the images very crisp. I love monochromatic cards as they are very simple to create and have a big WOW factor! The design is great too - at first glance, I thought that the roller was a Jumbo wheel, but it is in fact the regular wheel used twice for a Fantastic effect. Lovely!"

TEAM BIO - Shirley Barber

Hi I'm Shirley, at 62 years I 'I've probably been a late bloomer, as far as craft is concerned.
After retiring from managing our own businesses , Hubby and I now live in Campbelltown , Adelaide.

I have my craft room , where I spend many hours of absolute bliss.Card making has been my hobby for a few years but I am a newbie to Stampin'Up. THANK YOU ROZ.
I love paper and stamping , reading craft magazines and craft shopping. I find buying from the catalogue just the best way to add to my stash. Their large range of inks compliment their papers and card stock which are amazing, while the stamp sets come in containers. [Great for storage.] And it sure beats driving all over town hunting for good deals . Of course , having a group of like minded friends who are happy to share their passion is another bonus.

As a hobbyist I only have occasional workshops but a few friends and rellies get their craft supplies from me, which helps with my restocking.
Always enjoying a challenge , I am trying my hand at a blog site now.

Shirley Barber

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Northern & Southern Stamping & Scrapbooking Fairs

Come and visit us at the following shows:

Southern Suburbs Stamping & Scrapbooking Fair:
October 19
Reynella Easy Primary /High School Gymnasium

9am- 4pm- $2 entry

Stampin’ Up!
Kaye’s Creative Creations
Bella-Kay Scraps & Beads
Creative memories
Scrappin’ with Jessie-Lee
Paper Craft 4 U
Album Memories

Northern Suburbs Stamping & Scrapbooking Fair:
October 26
Playford Civic Centre, Elizabeth

Cost: $5 entry, 9am - 4pm

Stampin’ Up!
Kaye’s Creative Creations
Bella-Kay Scraps & Beads
Creative Memories
Scrappin’ with Jessie-Lee
Paper Craft 4 U
One Craft
Stamps and Stuff
Blue Edge Craft
Heaven Sent Scrapbooking

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Kerrie-Ann's Card Choices

Card by Juliann Williams:
Kerrie-Ann Says: "I like this one because it's very simple in design but with a change of colour or sentiment, it would suit any occasion. I can see it as a nice, simple sympathy card just as it is. I do like the blue colouring on this card, I don't often use blue so it makes a change, I guess I'm more girly and stick with pinks and pastels for my cards.

Card by Kay Koufalakis:
Kerrie-Ann Says: "I just love the look of this card, again it's quite simple but stunning with the pearls and ribbon. I can see many different uses for a card like this too, wedding, anniversary, valentine as well as a special birthday. Purely Pomegranate is my favourite colour at the moment!

Card by Kerrie-Ann Rootsey:
Kerrie-Ann says: "I chose this one of mine because it was the first card I made from the new spring mini catalogue and I was so inspired by this whole set. I looked at the stamped image and it just screamed at me "Orange Poppy", so that is what it became."

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Jacqui Corbett's Card Choices

Card by Juliann Williams

Jacqui Says: "This card is gorgeous because the colour combination is simple and soft. I love how the background looks like textured wallpaper and the polka dots add a cute touch. The scallop circle punch with the happy thoughts stamp really combine cute with old fashioned in a stylish way."

Card by Cindy Banks

Jacqui says: "One of my favourite colour combinations is pink and chocolate. I run out of Choc Chip cardstock more than any other colour! This card is simple to stamp and put together but good colouring like this takes talent.I love the way Cindy has turned this stamp into a work of art. It is a card for any occasion."

Layout by Melissa Cutts

Jacqui says: "I love pretty much everything Melissa makes. Her work has a very naïve and free-spirited feel.Her use of In-Colours that complement each other and the very cute Pick a Petal stamp set mirror the pure joy of her daughter in the picture.The layout is simple yet striking and exudes a feeling of happiness."

Images © 1990-2008

TEAM BIO - Jacqui Corbett

My name is Jacqui Corbett. I’m 32 and live in Woodcroft, South Australia. My husband and I have been married for 18 months but have been together over 14 years!We have three children aged six, three and eight months. I am very busy but as a working mum I need an outlet that is all mine.

When the routine of the day is done and the kids are in bed I unwind by playing around with my craft stuff – in peace!

I began cardmaking when my friend Tracie invited me to a craft workshop and I fell in love instantly. Some of my earliest works are quite embarrassing when I look back! Until I met Roz and Stampin’ Up! I would spend a lot more time and money trying to find card, stamps and embellishments that worked together. Roz opened up a whole new world of simplicity to me. How genius! A huge selection of stamp SETS with cardstock, ribbon, eyelets, brads……everything matches!

And then there was the catalogue! I wore my first one out! It had post-it notes hanging out everywhere. I had lists of things I wanted to buy and techniques I wanted to try.In the next year my friend Tracie joined. I held back another six months or so - my reservations at holding parties weighing on my mind.

I was crazy to think I couldn’t do it. I’ve worked in a bank. Sales and customer service are major requirements. After my first party I knew I had a fulfilling hobby I could earn money from and fund my craft habit. I don’t spend hours and hours banging away at a fruitless job. Oh – yes I do! I also work two days in a surgery!

But my point is that being a Demonstrator has enhanced my love of craft. I’ve met a great bunch of girls to share this love with and I get to share it with others too. I can decide how much time I want to put into my business and how much I want to earn. It’s perfect for someone like me who can’t work solidly every month. My best advice to anyone considering joining is don’t wait until you have a whole room full of stuff you could have bought at 20% off!

I love the fact we all contribute to this blog and share our ideas. We really are a great team and many of us also have our own blogs to showcase our creativity.

Thanks for visiting and please check back often.

Stamping By The Sea

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


My name is Kerrie and I'm probably one of the oldest members of the team at 51 and no, I don't mind admitting it. I was born and raised right here in Adelaide. I have been stamping and card making for many years utilizing many different forms of the craft.

I had actually gone off stamping because I wasn't getting any inspiration from the stamps I had or those that I found in shops. Late last year, a friend showed me a flyer advertising Roz's craft fair at Elizabeth and I gave her a call asking if I could be sent a catalogue. Well, it arrived a few days later and I was over the moon about the wonderful stamps and other things in it. Without even touching a Stampin' Up! stamp set, I decided I needed to join, even if only to get my own stamps at a discount. So, that means I have been a member of the team for almost 12 months now.

I guess you would class me as somewhere between a hobbist and a business demonstrator, I do a couple of demos a month generally as that is about all I can cope with along with everything else I do and the fact that I don't drive also makes it a bit harder for me to do more. I also do a couple of voluntary activies which take up some of my time, but I like doing them or I wouldn't have stayed so long. I love SU stamps because they come in sets and you have everything you need in just one set to create a number of projects, no need to go searching for just the right leaf to go with the flower you have. I guess that's about enough from me but if you have any questions, just email me on kerren9@bigpond.com and I'll do my best to answer them.

Picks from Cindy Banks


Cindy says - "This card really appeals to me, I love the the way the cardstock is torn, the stitching at the bottom makes it a very elegant card."


Cindy says - "I think this card is beautiful, I especially love the way the flower's are stamped on to the top of the tags. I also like the way Roz has threaded the ribbon through the tags on the card."


Cindy says - "I really enjoyed this challenge because it was a challenge. I just adore the Baroque Motifs stamp set and thought how elegant this set would look on a card in black and white."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Picks from Kay Koufalakis


Kay says - "I love the colours used in this card, usual christmas colours without being overly bright, it is a very restful card for the christmas season where some cards can be a bit busy."


Kay says- "Jacquie made this card for the Rich Regal team swap, the rich regal colours are quite elegant and the card Jacquie has designed matches this quite well. I'm a fan of fake stitching and love the way it really enhances the card I'm also quite taken with the way she has attached the ribbon using the horizontal slot punch."


Kay says- "
I think the way Melissa has attached the images to this card is unique, I love the effect of the images hanging off a brad and the scallop,stitching and ribbon really makes it a stand out card."

Images © 1990-2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Christine Rowland's Choices

CARD BY CINDY BANKS - Teenage Challenge

CHristine Says -"This card really appeals to me as I really struggle to make masculine cards, It is really effective but also would be simple to make and all you need is your roller wheel. You could take this layout and use it for lots of different roller wheels and stamps. I also love the DSP, and the colour choice that she has used."


Christine Says -"This card is one of my favourites that I have done, I loved when the Boatloads of Love stamp set came out as I thought that I would use it for boy cards, But in need of a card for my cousins new little girl at the same time that I received this set made me want to do something different."


Christine Says-"This card is something totally different to what I would make and thats why I love it. Her colouring in is beautiful. Card is beautiful without being overdone."

Please leave feedback, we would love to hear your comments!

Images © 1990-2008

Sunday, September 7, 2008

More Belles cards - selection by Roz


Roz says - "I set the pink and chocolate challenge a while back and it is still one of my favourite colour combinations. I really love this card, it is balanced, simple and very easy to duplicate but SO pretty!"


Roz says - "This was a Teenage Boy challenge I set the team and I love this one from Kay. Change the colours and it can be used for any occasion.


Roz says - "Shirley is one of the hobbyists on the team, and is very proud of the fact! She loves her stamping and this card is evidence of that. It is fun and so cute!

Images © 1990-2008

Our first cards - Selected by Tina

Each week different team members will select their six favourite cards from the team's photo files on our Yahoo group. They will give a little commentary about they they like the card.

This week's commentary is from TINA HEWETT. Visit Tina's blog


Tina says - "This card has a great layout which is balanced between the elements. I love the watercolouring of the flower and the spritzing on the white panel and the base card (assuming it is spritzed – It could also be a roller wheel) Whatever it is, it looks great!


Tina says - "This is my favourite card I have made to date, because of using the Dahlia flower fold, and the additional touch of the half pearls from the pretties kit. I chose the colour combination from the in-colour chart that we could download from the SU site. It uses Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky and Blue Bayou".


Tina says - "I like monochromatic cards because they are quicker to make for when you need a card in a hurry. Using the Stampin Around Wheels also makes it quick and easy to decorate a card. This one could be used for any occasion, by just changing the basic colour and the wheel used. It’s a very versatile card".

Images © 1990-2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Welcome to our Blog

Welcome to our Blog!

We are a team of Independent Stampin' Up! ® demonstrators, led by Roz Veevers. We have team members all over the country and we have room for you too!

Enjoy our work and feel free to comment.