Thursday, 30 July 2015

The quilted effect

For the cards in last week's card classes I choose to show the ladies the quilted effect. It really is simple to achieve but gives a great effect.

To tell you the truth, the cards I envisaged in my head were a lot nicer than the samples I made for the classes. I fretted all the previous week that the cards were not that great and the ladies would not like them. Well I had  nothing to worry about because they all loved them. Even the green and brown one that I nearly didn't take along with me...lol

The quilted effect is very easy to achieve. You create the design on the front of your card and then run it through an embossing folder.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

For the first card above, we punched out the hexagons and adhered them to a piece of whisper white card stock. Then we ran it through the big shot using the argyle embossing folder. The sentiment was stamped on another piece and adhered using dimensionals. Some thick bakers twine was wrapped around the whisper white layer then mounted using dimensionals onto a layer of So Saffron. This then was adhered to the Pistachio Pudding card base. 
 And yes I know I have used some retired product here, but the classes are designed for ladies who come for some time out at a community centre. So my main aim is to teach them techniques and not sell product.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

For this second card, the one that I nearly didn't take because I didn't like it...lol...we stamped the leaves all the way around the piece of very vanilla card stock, then embossed the Argyle embossing folder. The sentiment was stamped and raised using dimensionals and some cotton ribbon was cut and tucked behind.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

This third card had the leaves stamped onto a piece of whisper white card stock. Then the top and bottom flowers were stamped onto another piece, punched out and then adhered to the whisper white card stock. This was then run through the Big Shot in the Argyle embossing folder. The middle flower was stamped, punched out and then mounted onto the whisper white card stock with some green die cut leaves tucked behind.

These are the three cards that I had planned for the classes. In the previous week's classes one of the ladies had mentioned about starting Christmas Cards. Well to tell you the truth I had never even given Christmas a thought yet. So I made this extra card and the ladies then had a choice of which 3 cards they made.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

For this card the hexagons were punched out, adhered to the whisper white card stock and then it was embossed using the Argyle embossing folder. The flower was stamped 3 times on another piece of whisper white. Three layers were hand cut and mounted with dimensionals under each layer. Again the die cut leaves were tucked in behind.

All the ladies did  a fantastic effort on their versions of my cards. Even the fussy cutting of the christmas flower was done with skill, patience and lots of smiles.

Oh and I apologise for the quality of the photos. My parents are visiting from interstate and it always throws me out of my routine. So I just took the photos on the dining table using my phone rather than my lightbox and camera...lazy hey? ...oh well, better than nothing I guess...lol

I hope you enjoyed looking at my cards and I have given you a little inspiration.

Thanks for dropping by.
Have a great day.
Cheers,
Narelle



Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Moments Like These

Narelle Fasulo - Moments Like These


Last week, after hearing news about a life lost too young, I was reminded that we need to make the most of every day. We need to tell our children we love them and just embrace the every day hum drum of life.

And what a better way to do this, than take photos every day and record your life.

Stampin' Up! makes this easy with our exclusive Project Life kits. Have you checked them out in the catalogue yet?

Here's a look at one by the creator of Project Life herself, Becky Higgins.



Make sure you check out her blog post too.


To grab this collection and all your paper crafting supplies, head over to my online shop.




If you order online, be sure to add this Hostess Code to your order (for July only)
 - HS29SHZ3
If you do, then you will go into the draw to be mystery hostess*. If you don't know how to apply the Hostess Code, then see the instructions below.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day.
Cheers,
Narelle

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Monday, 20 July 2015

A Thank You for Everyone

Did you know that for every order, I send a Thank You card. I just love making cards and inspiring others, so what better way to do this than to send a card for every single order I receive.

When I do my Thank You cards, I  do a whole heap at once. That way it isn't a chore, and I have a  lovely stockpile to quickly grab one as soon as an order comes in.

Last night I decided to make a batch of Thank You cards while my daughter and I watched The Voice on TV. She thought it was a great idea to do some craft of her own as well.


I must say though, it was a tad unstable. The Seven Dwarfs book wasn't as good a surface as a table top...lol...but I persevered.



I love that my daughter loves to craft. We often spend some quality time together making cards or doing scrap pages. And last night we did it while watching one of our favourite shows at the moment.

Here is the Thank You card that was made in bulk. 

Narelle Fasulo - Floral Wings


I absolutely love this stamp set, Floral Wings. I think the roses in the butterfly are a brilliant idea, and the vine just adds the finishing touch. This stamp set is just my style. I love a bit of floral, roses and a bit of a shabby chic style. If I was at my desk, I probably would of cut out another butterfly using the Bold Butterfly Framelits to pop on top.

I hope you like this card, and if you want one, then all you need to do is place an order.

As always, if you need any supplies at all, please visit my online shop.



If you order online, be sure to add this Hostess Code to your order (for July only)
 - HS29SHZ3
If you do, then you will go into the draw to be mystery hostess*. If you don't know how to apply the Hostess Code, then see the instructions below.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day.
Cheers,
Narelle

*if hostess rewards level is met


Saturday, 18 July 2015

Watercolor Wings

There is always one stamp set every catalogue that proves to be very popular. It looks like Watercolor Wings is going to be this catalogues favourite stamp set. And the best bit is that there are matching framelits so you can cut out your beautiful creations and make them come to life. Oh and it gets better. If you purchase the bundle, the stamps and the framelits together, you save 15%. Now doesn't that sound tempting !

I have had this sitting on my desk unopened for over a week. I know, hard to believe right. Well last night I cracked it open and had a play. Here are some of the color combinations I came up with.

Narelle Fasulo - Watercolor Wings


Aren't they just devine. I think these will be made up into cards for a class in the near future.

While I was crafting last night, I was also playing along in a virtual slumber party for one of the Stampin' Up! teams I am a member of. One of the challenges was for a card or project using Black, White and Silver. And since Watercolour Wings was already on my desk, I just used it. This is what I came up with.

Narelle Fasulo - Watercolor Wings


I aplogise for the quality of the photo. It was taken late last night. The silver glimmer paper didn't come up as nice in the smaller die cut butterfly as it should have. But I am sure you still get the effect.

Now you can see why this stamp set is so very popular. It is just stunning.

As always, if you need any supplies at all, please visit my online shop.



If you order online, be sure to add this Hostess Code to your order (for July only)
 - HS29SHZ3
If you do, then you will go into the draw to be mystery hostess*. If you don't know how to apply the Hostess Code, then see the instructions below.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day.
Cheers,
Narelle

*if hostess rewards level is met

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Making Flowers

Today I attended a class held by the lovely Linda Lucas. She taught us how to make flowers using a couple of Spellbinders dies. I haven't actually been to a class as a student for some time, so it was nice to be able to just sit and play. I loved the cards that Linda had produced, and below you will see my attempts to recreate them. I am so glad that you can't see hers beside mine...lol

Simply Stamping With Narelle

The first card we made had this gorgeous camillia on it. I am not sure mine looks like a camellia, but it is a pretty flower regardless.


Simply Stamping With Narelle

This second card has a beautiful lilly on it. Unfortunately the glue on my flower was still wet when I left, so on the way home it got a bit messed up. I can assure you that when done properly, the Lily is absolutely stunning, plus there is none of that horrible yellow stain on the stamens to get on you...lol

As my husband was on night shift last night and was sleeping today, I had to drag my daughter along. I was so proud if her. She sat there quietly for the 3 hours just playing her ipad and turning the handle on the die cut machine when I needed it. Proud mummy moment I just had to share...lol

I thought I would show you something a little different today. There is not one Stampin' Up! product in site...shock horror...if it is any comfort to you, I did use Stampin' Up! adhesives.

Thanks for dropping by today.

Have a great day.
Cheers,
Narelle


Friday, 10 July 2015

Sympathy

It is not very often that I need to make a Sympathy card. Which is probably good. But last week one of my fellow demonstrators passed away after a brave battle with cancer. Her husband knew that Stampin' Up! meant a lot to her, so he put the call out for as many sympathy cards as he could get. He wanted to display them all at the funeral which was held today. Here is the card that I made and sent.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

I have used Sheltering Tree on this card. I love the different moods that you can create with it. 

I hope that it brought some comfort to her family.


As always, if you need any supplies at all, please visit my online shop.



If you order online, be sure to add this Hostess Code to your order (for July only)
 - HS29SHZ3
If you do, then you will go into the draw to be mystery hostess*. If you don't know how to apply the Hostess Code, then see the instructions below.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day.
Cheers,
Narelle

*if hostess rewards level is met

Sunday, 5 July 2015

New Catalogue Blog Hop

Welcome to another Blog Hop. This time we, the members of ESAD, are doing a blog hop for the wonderful new Stampin' Up! catalogue that was released a few weeks ago.

Have you checked it out yet?  Want some more inspiration on using some of the wonderful products in it? Then check out what I have made below, and then make sure you hop along to all the other wonderfully talented ladies on the list.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


I used the Build A Birthday photopolymer stamp set for these cards. I  love the endless possibilities of this stamp set. As you can see, it's not only for birthdays.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


My first card has been made for a Baby Shower and my second card has been made for a Wedding. And you don't only have to make cakes with the bits either. Candles are an obvious choice to make, but I have also seen some other really cool cards made, and one would you believe that was a city scape . It was amazing. So with a little imagination, you can go beyond the birthday with this set.

I do hope you like my cards. Now why not hop along to Leonie Schroder  and see what wonderful creations she has come up with.

If you get lost along the way, then come back here and continue along the list.

  1. Rachael Lewsley
  2. Libby Dyson
  3. Keryn Campbell
  4. Rochelle Blok
  5. Liv Ingle
  6.  Lou Kitzelman
  7. Jackie Noble
  8. Monique Fielder
  9. Ria Kaire
  10. Courtenay Heuston
  11. Richelle Fletcher
  12. Kelly Kent
  13. Andrea Buckland
  14. Narelle Fasulo <<you are here >>
  15.  Leonie Schroder
  16. Pauline Bennetts
  17. Kathryn Ruddick
  18. Barbara Williams
  19. Cherie Davies
  20. Chloe Evans
* What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators. We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we're always there to help and support each other. So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.

Thanks for visiting today. I do love hearing what you think of my creations, so please don't be shy and leave me a comment.

Have a great day.
Cheers,
Narelle

Friday, 3 July 2015

A simple Thanks

You know the part of my job I love the most ? Sending thank you cards to my customers. I love being able to make something unique each time and showing them some of the product from the catalogue that they may not have other wise noticed.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


This thank you card was just one that I recently had the pleasure of giving to a customer. She loved it and commented about the Thanks from the Hello You Thinlits. She said about how sometimes when you see things in the catalogue and you just aren't sure about them, then you see them in real life and  can then imagine all the possibilities with that product.

You know I am the same. Sometimes I will see something in the catalogue and not be too sure whether I like it or not. It doesn't stop me buying it...lol...it just means that I need to play with it a bit. Then I always fall in love with it.

I hope you like this card. As always, if you need any supplies at all, please visit my online shop.



If you order online, be sure to add this Hostess Code to your order (for July only)
 - HS29SHZ3
If you do, then you will go into the draw to be mystery hostess*. If you don't know how to apply the Hostess Code, then see the instructions below.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day.
Cheers,
Narelle

*if hostess rewards level is met

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sheltering Tree

This last week we created cards in class using Sheltering Tree. I love this stamp set. It never ceases to amaze me the variety of looks you an achieve with the one stamp set. And the ladies in class certainly didn't disappoint. They all ended up with slightly different variations on my cards. I love that I can show them the possibilities and they can add their own twist.

Here are the three cards on which the class was based.


Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator - Sheltering Tree


Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator - Sheltering Tree

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator - Sheltering Tree


You may recall seeing the wisteria wonder card before. The inspiration for the previous card was taken from a building display at Vivid. I loved the card so much, I decided to change it just a little and incorporate it into a class. 

The blushing bride card was meant to look like cherry blossoms, well I think it sort of does. 

And the last card led to much discussion in class. When I designed it, I thought they were red apples, eventhough I used the cherry from the Owl Builder Punch. I just chopped a bit of the stalk off. Some ladies thought they were cherries and some thought they were apples. I don't think in the end it matters what they are, it's just a cute card. 

I hope you like these cards. As always, if you need any supplies at all, please visit my online shop.



If you order online, be sure to add this Hostess Code to your order (for June only)
 - 2USXNB4Y
If you do, then you will go into the draw to win a wonderful prize pack. If you don't know how to apply the Hostess Code, then see the instructions below.



And if you have ever thought about joining Stampin' Up! then I have great news for you. If you join between June 2 and June 30, you will get an extra TWO sets of stamp sets FREE. That is in addition to what you already get to choose for your Starter Pack. Great deal huh !

If you need any information on what is involved in joining or any of the wonderful benefits of being a member of my stamping family, then just be sure to drop me a line.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day.
Cheers,
Narelle

Friday, 26 June 2015

Inspired by Nature

Today I have another scrap page to share with you. This time it is for a challenge in Facebook group - Scrap It With Attitude. The challenge was a nature inspired one. Here is my interpretation.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


The photo I took at a local regional park - Fagan Park. It has the most glorious garden displays. I could spend days out there just admiring all the lovely gardens and beautiful flowers.

You may notice the paper I have used is from the Bohemian Designer Series Paper pack. But mine looks a lot less dark. That is because I have used the super cool whitewash technique on it that Bonnie Thurley showed us at the Inspire Create Share event earlier in the year. I have a feeling that this technique will be used quite a lot in the future. I have many many non Stampin' Up! papers in my scrapping stash that I keep going past because they are a bit bright and or bold for my liking. But now I have a wonderfully easy technique to change them and therefore use them.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


These wisteria wonder flowers on this layout have been made by scrunching up wet round disks of card stock that have been held together with a brad in the middle. Then they are dried with the heat tool and they miraculously keep there shape. So easy to make.

I hope you like this layout. As always, if you need any supplies at all, please visit my online shop.



If you order online, be sure to add this Hostess Code to your order - 2USXNB4Y
If you do, then you will go into the draw to win a wonderful prize pack. If you don't know how to apply the Hostess Code, then see the instructions below.



And if you have ever thought about joining Stampin' Up! then I have great news for you. If you join between June 2 and June 30, you will get an extra TWO sets of stamp sets FREE. That is in addition to what you already get to choose for your Starter Pack. Great deal huh !

If you need any information on what is involved in joining or any of the wonderful benefits of being a member of my stamping family, then just be sure to drop me a line.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day.
Cheers,
Narelle