Saturday, 26 January 2008

Open Night make and takes

The Stampin' Up! ladies crammed in so much last night at the Open Night in Birmingham. Shelli Gardner demonstrated the Simply Sent Kit (p74-75) which contains everything you need to get started in rubber stamping and the Stamp-a-ma-jig (p81) which aids precision stamping. She also had a very nifty glitter trick up her sleeve!

There were also demonstrations from a lady called Donna (I can't remember her surname) from the head office in Utah, USA. She demoed several items, including this froggy card, which was our  first Make and Take. 

To colour the image - which is from Unfrogettable (p33) we used the Aqua Painter (p81).  It's a hollow paintbrush which you fill with water and it makes watercolouring so easy. You can use it with several different media; we used the Watercolour Wonder Crayons (p82). We coloured the image roughly with crayons, then wet it with the aquapainter to blend the colours. For detailed areas, we used the aquapainter to get colour directly from the tip of the crayon. I got a bit carried away and made my paper too wet and there was no time to dry it out, so it wrinkled quite a lot. 

The envelope is made from paper as smooth as Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White cardstock, so is beautiful to stamp on. We were told that Stampin' Up! never like to send out an envelope "naked" so always stamp on them. I must try to do this more often, as it does look lovely. 

Our second Make and Take was this little Love Note (p78). For this we used the two-step stamping technique and the stamp set Two Cute (p55). I'd completely overlooked this set but love the cute little card we made!

The greeting is from Basic Phrases (p65). 

We were also given a free catalogue each and there were several prize draws - my friends Alison and Betty were both lucky enough to win a stamp set, which made the evening all the more exciting!

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  1. How exciting to read about the night in the UK! I've been wondering how it would go. Congrats on having SU arrive, you're pocketbook is in trouble now...LOL. Thanks for sharring the M&T's!

  2. Great make n' takes. Sounds like you had a great evening. I love, love, love my Stamp-a-ma-jig - I highly recommend it! CC

  3. These look like great projects - sounds like it was so much fun! LOVE your blog!

  4. These are bothe perfect projects! Love them. The flower on the second card is really lovely! Often the simple things are the best!

  5. I love these both!!
    very clean ans simple, yet cute!!!

  6. I love these m & t's, so wonderful! I enjoyed reading about your evening, so fun!

  7. these look like some fun make and takes..

  8. Wow...this is Amazing!! Love your creation's.

  9. sounds like you had quite a good time! too bad youdidn't win any sets, though :) i can't say enough great stuff about the stamp-a-ma-jig --- it is a wonderful tool!! every stamper should have one :)


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