Product of the week – Curiosity by Kaisercraft

Spring is the most beautiful time of year – the weather is warm without being stifling, trees and flowers begin to bloom again and the natural world around us explodes with colour. With spring just around the corner, the Curiosity collection from Kaisercraft embodies everything that is beautiful about the season – the gorgeous colours, birds trilling, butterflies floating around blooms. These designs are so spot on, they immediately put you in a good mood. Perfect for some springtime scrapping!

To purchase the Curiosity collection, head to Paper Panic.

 

 

Save now at Paper Panic!

Paper Panic can provide a scrapbooker with all the items needed to produce the projects they desire. Paper Panic cherishes its role in assisting Australian artists to preserve their treasured memories of loved ones and special moments in their scrapbooking works. The website strives to provide scrapbookers with a selection of papers, cardstock, stickers, die-cuts, flowers, rub-ons, washi tape, ribbons, chipboard, and twine from leading manufacturers around the world. Paper Panic even designs its own ranges of papers if you’re looking for something new to add to your supplies!

Take advantage of the special offer of free shipping for purchases of $50 or more today!

Product of the week – Fluorescent Acrylic Colors by Golden

Golden Fluorescent Acrylic Colors are high in pigment and will bring a burst of colour to any creation. The vivid colours come in blue, chartreuse, green, magenta, orange, orange-yellow, pink and red, and are produced from dyes surrounded by a polymer coating. The pigments look great as subtle accents or to highlight important features on an all white design, or to add a bit of life to your layout. As the colours are transparent use them on a clean white surface as this will increase the intensity, or apply them over a lighter colour of a similar hue to achieve greater opacity. For more information, visit www.bluebazaar.com.au

 

 

Inspired by chalk – MDS projects by Holly Linford

One of my favourite things about digital design is how easy it is to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and styles!  One of the hottest trends right now is the chalkboard look, and I love how easy it is to incorporate that style in my digital projects! I used Stampin’ Up!’s digital design program, MDS, to create some fantastic chalk-inspired projects.

I always need thank you cards, and wanted to design a simple yet trendy card that I could print whole stacks of to have on hand whenever I needed one. I used the Chalk Talk and Hello World Ensemble downloads to create the following two cards:

These cards were so simple to design! I started with a Basic Black background, and just added the stamps I wanted in Whisper White.  I wanted each card to have a little pop of colour, so I used the stamp image colouring tool to colour the portions of the stamp I wanted to highlight in either Strawberry Slush or Costal Cabana.  It only took me about 10 minutes to design both cards, and I’m so pleased with the way they turned out.

The chalkboard look is also perfect for scrapbook pages! My sisters and I recently finished a photobook of a family trip to Disney World. At the very end of the book, I put in a favourite memories page.

This page is all about the journalling, so there is a lot of text.  But I still wanted it to have a bit of a hodge-podge look, so I added small photo frames all around the outside of the page to make the border.  I love the messy look of having the photos partially off the page — I think it works perfectly with the chalkboard theme.  It was so easy to position the frames where I wanted them and then drag and drop my photos in place.  The background on this page comes from our Convention 2012 download. I used one of the chalkboard backgrounds instead of the Basic Black because I loved the look of the chalk residue.  Then I downloaded a free font (BlackBoard) for the titles.  So simple!

I love that I can use MDS to get a nice crisp chalkboard look like I did on the cards, or a messier more realistic feel like I did on the scrapbook page.

MDS is a simple program to use! Even as a beginner, you’ll be able to create projects like these.  If you would like to learn more, come to one of our Make A Statement Digital Tour events.  We’ll teach you the basics of the program, and you’ll even receive the software free when you register! There is still time to sign up for our events in Brisbane, Perth, and Auckland.  The registration fee is only $35 AUD / $45 NZD for a half day of MDS training.  To learn more details and register for the event, click here.

Cheers!

Holly Linford, Stampin’ Up! trainer

Victorian Masters Tour – Geelong edition!

This past Saturday, Heather McMahon, Beck Beattie and Leonie Neal-Dawson kicked off their Victorian Masters Tour in Geelong with eager participants and a fun time had by all! Attendees learnt the techniques that are part of the signature styles of these three talented Masters. The event was a success and all three Masters are raring to go for the next leg!

 

Classes were full with eager participants.

The next round of classes will be held at The Imagination Factory on 24 August, to be followed by classes at A Fastlane Scrap Supplies on 7 September. For more details on the tour and how you can secure your place in this wonderful event, visit the Vic Masters Tour blog or like their Facebook page for updates.

                       Beck with the lucky winner of a giveaway

Heather passing on some goodies to one lucky lady in her class.

Product of the week – Ranger Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder Kits

Ranger has made an easy to use pigment powder kit that will leave a beautiful pearlescent finish on paper, cardstock and fabric. The pigments can be used easily wet or dry, and can be mixed with mediums such as watercolours, inks, acrylics paints and embossing enamels and powders. Each kit includes four powders in complimenting colours, one detailing brush and dusting brush, and a Perfect Medium pad. Instructions on how to use the kit, and tips and techniques are given in the pack. All that is required to set the Perfect Pearls is water; no heat gun or other special equipment needed. To use the Perfect Pearls dry you will need to use them in conjunction with the Perfect Medium pad. Dab the pad onto a stamp and stamp evenly onto a sheet of paper. After a clear stamped image is imprinted on the page, brush the coloured powders over the image. To set the image just spritz with water. Use black paper for a more dramatic look, and white paper for a more classic and elegant effect. To use the Perfect Pearls as a paint or glaze, simply mix the powders with water and paint onto the paper. The less water you use the more dense the colour. For more tips, techniques and information, visit www.rangerink.com

Flourish Frenzy at Paper Flourish!

Paper Flourish has just launched an awesome new feature on their website, Flourish Frenzy!

A different papercraft product will be released on the site every Wednesday at bargain basement prices! Click on the Frenzy tab every Wednesday to discover that week’s unbelievable deal.

Quantities of the Frenzy product will vary from week to week and will be available until sold out – so make sure you’re checking it out nice and early for your chance at a bargain buy. The deals are for online-only purchases, however there is a pick-up option for local Adelaide customers.

The current deal is Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint, reduced to $3.50 from $7.95. Check out the Frenzy to snatch up this deal quick-smart!