Hello!

July 6th, 2008 by Louise

Well this has certainly been a long time coming.  I have been trying to get this off the ground for a long, long time however a few nights ago my darling husband and I were going through what we had done so far on my website and decided to scrap the lot and just go with a blog.  Oh well all that hard work wasted but I think this will be much easier for both you and me!

I hope you enjoy seeing some of my work and reading some of the things I get up to in my life with Stampin’ Up!  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think and what you would like to see more of.

I aim to use this blog as my main source of communication with my customers and trust that it is informative and enjoyable for you to read and view.  I’m new at this so please be kind!

So we have to start somewhere don’t we?  Ok, so first cab off the rank so to speak….

There are soooo many sets in the new Catalogue that I have fallen in love with and I have to say that the more I play with each one, the more I love them all.  My very first new set was Baroque Motifs and I must say that I certainly put it to good use in the first few weeks, along with the new In-Colours.

My photography skills are not the best so you’ll have to hope I get better with practice!

  

 

This is a gift set I gave Mum on Mother’s Day using an A4 sheet of the Purely Pomegranate cardstock to make the gift folder and 3 matching cards and envelopes.  I have also used River Rock, Wild Wasabi and Groovy Guava inks and cardstock to complete the set, along with some new embellishments, the scallop punch (my favourite, most versatile new punch), the half pearls from the Pretties Kit and the double stitched Purely Pomegranate ribbon.

Recently I was involved in a Set Swap with a number of my fellow demonstrators.  The set I chose was of course Baroque Motifs and here are the 5 cards I made for the swap. 

 

Mini Accordian Album

Below is my first attempt at a mini accordian album and I am quite pleased with how it turned out.  I just LOVE the Secret Garden Simply Scrappin’ kit and have used it quite a lot for scrap pages, cards and this album and still have plenty left over. I have used the River Rock textured card stock, the Simon Lower Chipboard Alphabet and some more bits from the Pretties Kit.  I have softly coloured the flower with my aqua painter using the Groovy Guava.

 

                                        

Now for some scrapbooking…

I don’t do a lot of scrapping but I have to admit I just LOVE the Simply Scrappin’ kits and boy do they make it easy to pump out a few pages here and there.  Here are two I have made using the Secret Garden kit on an 8×8 layout.

The designer papers in this pack are divine and the colours beautfiul.  This layout of myself and my sisters uses the Groovy Guava and Always Artichoke textured cardstock (loving that texture) and everything else you see on this page is a sticker from the kit.  So easy!

This page uses the same cardstock but in reverse and stickers also from the kit with the simple added touch of a half pearl from the Pretties Kit.

This page is of course my boys.  Very cute pic I just couldn’t go past scrapping.  This is a 12×12 CASE from an overseas Stampin’ Up! magazine and fellow demonstrator Claire Daly.   I have used the white Anchored Rub-ons for the circular piece, the On Board Accents for the stars which I have coloured using my daubers and the ink pads, together with the Blue Bayou textured cardstock, Choc Chip strip which I dry embossed using the Cropodile, Certainly Celery Designer Print paper, the tab punch and the circle punch.

Ok, so that’s it for my first entry.  I hope to be back soon with some more samples and ideas!

Lou

 

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18 Responses

  1. Julie Ellery

    I’ve never added a comment to a blog before so am not sure I’m doing this right…anyhow here goes.

    I love your creativity Lou! Your colours are brilliant, it makes me want to go home and make cards all night! The Baroque Motifs and the Secret Garden kit are gorgeous and I want to buy them all! And the sisters mini and other family photos just brought tears to my eyes.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us. Love always, your sister Jule

  2. Leonie Schroder

    Lou this looks great! I just LOVE your baroque motif cards (who doesnt love that set??) and also love the Secret Garden kit too! Wish we could buy those papers in a DSP!

  3. Jen McCann

    Lou, beautiful! Colours are gorgeous and I love the Baroque Motifs too. Mmmmm. Thanks for putting our heads on your blog!

  4. Fiona O'Meara

    STOP APOLOGISING ALREADY! You look like a pro already!
    Blog – great idea. Is it that different from a website.

    Now you know I am not into stamping so much – it is your thing I love that – BUT….GET ME A BAROQUE SET ASAP. Don’t even know what I would do with that sucker – but its so hot right now!

    Love you Lou and will be a reg to your blog. Maybe one day I will even learn your language -what is a DSP??

    Fee x x

  5. Monique

    Hi Lou! Thanks for the link to your blog. It looks great and I love all the cards & scrapbook pages you’ve posted so far. Can’t wait to see more of your projects. I’ll send you a couple pics in a second from the stampathon. TTYL.
    Monnie Moo xx
    ps: can I add a link on my blog to yours?

  6. Nicole Hinton

    Lou, you clever gal you, love it love it love it, you are so inspirational, I can’t wait to see more.
    Nic xx

  7. Katie Crocker

    This is awesome Lou! Very professional and creative. Your cards are even more amazing than before…if that’s even possible!!

    I love it!

    xxxx

  8. Rachel Theunissen

    This is my first visit to a blog of any kind (that I know of) and I am very impressed. I love the cards and other bits and pieces. Hope you had as much fun creating it as I did visiting,
    R : )

  9. Lauren Garvey

    Awesome! You’re so creative – they all look fantastic. I love the Baroque Motifs…

    I always love getting cards from you for every occasion and I have kept quite a few over the years, as they are always so beautiful.

  10. Chantelle

    Hi Louise, great to see you’ve got a blog. I really love your work so will be great to keep up with it here and be inspired. Your scrapbooking is gorgeous – makes me think about getting some of those Scrappin’ Kits – I haven’t tried them out yet. I’ll link you to my blog!!

  11. Wendy Parker

    Cant wait to show my friends over here in the land of “stampin” how very talented you are. Blog is fab, and as usual your work is brilliant. Have not done any stampin’ for yonks now, but you may just have inspired me to get to it !!! Miss your face, Wendy

  12. Sandra

    Hi Louise!! This is fantastic!! You’re soooooo clever…I definately need to dust off the stamps and get busy!!
    Thank you!! Sandra x

  13. Anonymous

    Hi Lou,
    was lovely to meet up with you again this year at Stampathon and you are looking really well. Hope you Workshop went ok Sat night, and i am sure you slept well too!
    Well lovely to find you blogging your gorgeous work. Look forward to more of your creations.

  14. Makeesha Byl

    OH WOW it is Live now!!! YAY! Well you have done an awesome job getting this together,( I bet you feel relieved!) and I hope you have great fun with it.
    Looking forward to more creations soon! Talk soon, Love Keesh x

  15. Judith Pilatti

    Hi Lou

    How fantastic and clever are you. I loved the cards you gave me for my 60th birthday as well.

    I have no idea what you are talking about and I don’t have a creative bone in my body but I love everything that you have done.

    Keep on stamp2it.

  16. Gay Skinner

    Hi Lou, I luuurve looking at this. I am SO motivated now to get that album underway now for Mumsie’s birthday. I grabbed an album from you-know-where like you suggested! Thats the easy part done, now I need to get cracking on the rest. See you next month. Gay x

  17. Brenda Pegrum

    Hey Louise,
    It was great to meet you and a few other girls on Tuesday at Ngaire’s. Your Blog is lovely. I’ll be adding it to my favourites.

  18. Marcia Pringle

    Hi Louise, finally found some time to check this out. Thank you for the comments you placed on my blog. You have done wonders with this in the short time you have had it. Great projects too. Have added you to my google reader to keep up to date.

    Take care, happy blogging
    Marcia
    The Stamp Spot

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