Inspire Create SHARE

It’s Leadership Day of the South Pacific Inspire Create Share convention. Hundereds of SU demos across Australia and New Zealand have flocked to the Gold Coast to learn, create and catch up with friends. Sadly this year, I’m not one of them. Earlier this year I made the decision to quit my job and with school fees to pay, this is just not the year for me. Of course I’m sad but thanks to social media, I still get to be part of the fun and even better, Stampin’ Up! is actually taping and posting videos of this convention online for the first time ever.

Something I do get to be a part of is a swap with the CASEing the Catty design team girls. I posted my swaps to a friend who is at convention, she’ll distribute them for me and send some lovely happy mail back to me.

I had a few week’s notice about the swap and I had a great idea. I tried it out but then had to wait until the Retirement List was released. It only gave me a few days to complete them but I couldn’t really see the point in making something that couldn’t be used in the coming year.

I actually think these swaps are one of the best projects I’ve ever made. I guess that’s a good thing! I should be growing and improving my style right? I think these are totally me! And I should do more of this style. It’s so fun!

Amazing colourful Birthday swap. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge, White StazOn, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo inks...Oh it makes my heart happy just looking at it. I cannot get enough of colour!

The stamp is on window sheet and stamped in White StazOn. This rests over the top of some watercolour paper which I splotched and spritzed with a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge, coloured ink and water. You have to do one colour at a time to avoid a big brown puddle so i used my heat tool because I’m impatient! When you spritz the next colour, it does revive the other colours a little so you do get just a little blending which is perfect.

Amazing colourful Birthday swap. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge, White StazOn, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo inks...

The rest of the card is pretty straight forward. Add your favourite DSP strips and accessories. I jazzed mine up with some pinking shears – gotta stand out from the crowd! I also used just the gold strand from the Gold Baker’s Twine and it wouldn’t be right without some stitching. I used coloured thread for the first time on a card and I’m so glad I did. I think it’s perfect with the rest of the colour.

Amazing colourful Birthday swap. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge, White StazOn, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo inks...Amazing colourful Birthday swap. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge, White StazOn, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo inks...

I hope my recipients like them and I hope you do too!

You’ll find all the supplies listed below. Don’t forget to check the most discounted Retirement List ever. Stock is limited!

Jess x

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Re-visiting for Roomie Gifts

I know convention finished a little over two weeks ago now (is that all? Feels like I’ve been back to regular programming forever!), but I’ve neglected to show you the little pillow gifts I created for my roomies. It’s a bit of a tradition to create a small gift for people you’re rooming with, or in our case sharing an apartment with, and I was on a quest to come up with something a bit different. I’m a HUGE fan of cheesy plays on words and I stumbled across a collection of roomie-gift inspired sentiments by blogger Jamie Dorobek. The one that particularly took my fancy was ‘I was soapin’ you’d be my roomie’. Hilarious – it still makes me laugh! So, I began my hunt for the perfect soaps to become the star of my gift. Eventually I stumbled across a collection of handmade soaps at a local store. There was only one problem… I needed a male gift too. One of my team member’s hubby stayed a couple of nights with us to celebrate both her birthday and her achievements on Awards night. Back to the blog for more inpsiration. ‘Orange you glad we’re roomies?’ Gold! Choc-orange balls for the win!

Fortunately, Stampin’ Up! has so many divine packaging options and settling on one was the hardest part. I actually re-sized these Tag-a-bag Gift Boxes (see a video tutorial here) to become the perfect size. I wanted to create a little crate for my soaps and what better stamp to use than Hardwood? Just the thing! I added some feminine decoration around the soap bars and nestled them on a bed of brown paper packaging strips.

The tags were made in MDS which had a bubbles stamp (another win). Some quick re-colouring, copying and pasting and they were done.

Convention roomie gifts. More details @

Hope my team enjoyed the fun gift as much as I enjoyed making them!




Inspire.Create.Share 2014 Part 2

On with the show…

Days 3 and 4 were packed full to the brim with classes, staff presentations, make and takes and workshop demonstrations. Here are just a few highlights.

Firstly, always the most teary part of convention (although Bonnie’s class came a close second), the Heart of Stampin’ Up! Award. Shelli always reads some amazing tributes to awesome women. Just inspiring and makes me so want to be just like them! That, along with the rest of the awards was followed by an after party featuring Bjorn Again. How fun to get funky listening to ABBA tunes. Some people that really enjoyed it were Brian Pilling, Aaron Scott and Scott Nielsen. Hilarious to see Stampin’ Up!’s Director of Communications, South Pacific boss and Chief Financial Officer bustin’ some BIG moves! And, what after party is complete without a photo booth these days?? The last photo shows a make and take and if you look, well not so closely, you’ll see a ton of sneaky peeky new product.




To wrap up my convention part 2 post, I’ll leave you with a few pics of upcoming product. Our lovely DS team had created a gorgeous table showcasing all the new DSP and other accessories. SO delicious. SO hard to wait until we can order some for ourselves!



Are you wishing you were there? Ask me how you can join me next year on the sunny Gold Coast. Counting down already!


Inspire.Create.Share 2014 Part 1

I’ve been a little quiet lately due to the fact that I’ve just come home from Stampin’ Up!’s annual Inspire.Create.Share event. I’m chock full of inspiration and ideas and can’t wait to start implementing them in my business and crafting. It really is such a fabulous and valuable time and I love it! I also love the freebies!!!

Here’s a quick run down (with lots of pictures) of the first couple of days…

Day 1: Leadership Classes, convention bag and pictures of the beautiful Myer Mural Hall where we enjoyed an art deco themed Manager’s Reception.
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Day 2: Selfies with friends waiting for general session to begin, trying out new products such as Blendabilities and Undefined. Making our Make & Takes and participating in our wonderful service project making birthday kits for hospitalised children. Inky fingered staff and the most exciting of all… a brand new catty!!!

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Thanks for dropping by to share in the fun. See you soon for more convention fun and frolics.



Some pics courtesy of Stampin’ Up! South Pacific.

Creped Filter Paper Rose Tutorial

Read on for instructions to make my rose using Stampin’ Up! Creped Filter Paper, as shown in the Demonstrator Theater at the South Pacific convention.

Note: Apparently my little old point and click Canon doesn’t really like to focus on filter paper so I apologise for the quality of some of the photos. Have popped in my request to hubby for an upgrade for my upcoming significant birthday!

You will need Creped Filter Paper, Floral Frames Collection Framelits & Big Shot, Paper Snips, Aqua Painter, Reinker in your choice of colour (I used Raspberry Ripple), wire, florist tape and a skewer or toothpick.


Cut one flower using the largest framelit die. Cut one and one half flowers using the second largest framelit die.


Using your paper snips, cut the half flower in half, then partially snip between petals (see picture below) to create joined petals. Repeat for remaining piece.


Snip smaller full flower in half, then snip off one petal completely. Partial snip between three remaining petals. Repeat for second half. Snip full large flower into two pieces, one having three petals, the other, five petals. Partial snip between petals. You should now have 2 x small single petals, 2 x small double petals, 2 x small triple petals, 1 x large triple petal and 1 x large group of five petals.


To make flower, start with single petal and lay wire on top.

Note: I used 28 guage wire doubled because that’s what I had. If you used a stronger wire, a single piece would suffice.


Fold over wire and roll creating centre or rose.


Tape in place with florist tape, remembering to stretch tape to release tack.


Continue to wrap petals around wire, filling in gaps and taping at base after each layer. Start with single petals, then doubles, triples etc. until you have wrapped the final five petal piece around the entire flower.


You should end up with something that looks like this…


Now for the fun part! Colour your flower with your tinted aqua painter (simply fill with water and add desired amount of reinker). Don’t be too careful, just splash it on and try to cover all of the white creped filter paper. Once dry, you can repeat with a second colour to create a dual coloured rose.


Once your rose is dry, it will look like this.


To shape rose, pull back petals until you can access the centre petals. Using your skewer or toothpick, curl sides of each petal toward the outside/underside of the rose. Repeat for each petal.


To finish, be sure to wrap the rest of the stem with florist tape, add calyx and some leaves. Now step back and admire your handiwork!


I hope you enjoyed making your Creped Filter Paper rose! Why not make some more and display them in your home or give them as a gift to someone special. I gifted one to each member of my team at convention. Here they are, all ready to go…


Happy crafting!

Jess x

Bright Lights and Big Stages

A few months ago, I had an AWESOME phone call from the lovely Sophie at the Stampin’ Up! Sydney office asking if I would be interested in presenting at the 2013 Stampin’ Up! convention. Let me think for a millisecond… um, YES!!! This was actually a huge goal for me and not something I thought I would be doing within 3 years of becoming a demo.


My task was to create some projects to help with finding new customers. My amazing and inspiring upline Tracy suggested projects to show at a catalogue launch. I thought it through and agreed. I could come up with something along those lines. I was off and running!


The next couple of months were filled with thinking, planning and creating and it all came to fruitiion yesterday on the main stage at the ‘Be the Difference’ convention. Here are some piccies of me in the bright lights…




I know some of you are waiting for a tutorial or two for recreating my projects but you’ll just have to be patient a little longer! I’ll post them in a few days but for now, I’m looking after my pearls, my little misters 5, 3 & 1 who have suffered a little bit of crafty mummy neglect lately.


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Happy crafting,

Jess x