Friday, August 7, 2009

'Bella Rose' Demonstrator Challenge

Each month, Paper Angel Demonstrators put their creative talents to the test and create projects based on a challenge theme. The challenge for the July Demonstrators meeting was to create a card based around the 'Bella Rose' Style Watch, as featured on pages 8 and 9 of the Idea Book and Catalogue. Demonstrators could use any products depicting this style or simply adhere to the colour scheme. Winter flus and a mid week meeting gave us slightly depleted numbers, however, this did not affect the fabulous ideas, now a highlight of our meetings.

Felicity created this gorgeous square 'patchwork' inspired card, featuring the 'Bella Rose' DSP and 'Always' Stamp Set. What a great way to use DSP remnants! Make this project easier by using the 1 1/4 inch square punch for perfect squares. I just love the new Supernova Glitter, which has been used very effectively to accent one of the patchwork squares as well as the belly of the bird - simply beautiful as obviously all our demonstrators thought because this card was voted the winner of the challenge.

Amanda has created some stunning challenge entries and her 3D card creation scored second place. Amanda cut out roses from the DSP and used the 'Best Yet' Hostess Set for the wording. Pretties Kit accents beautifully compliment this card.

Orrell was voted 3rd place with her lovely card, which when unfolded from the envelope, becomes a stand alone 'pyramid' style card. How clever!

Who says you need all the stamps to create a 'look'! Kate successfully created a 'Bella Rose' inspired card by using the 'Heartfelt Thanks' Stamp Set together with 'Bella Rose' DSP and matching inks. Thank you Kate!

Linda also used 'Heartfelt Thanks' along with 'Frames with a Flourish' and 'Bella Rose' Colours to create this very stylish card - thank you Linda

Bec created this very pretty card, inspired by the 'patchwork' look. I just love the Pretties Kit Flower dyed 'Riding Hood Red' with a half back pearl in the centre. Notice the lovely 'direct to paper' inking of the edges of the pink mat - thank you Bec

Robyn created this classically inspired card using 'Bella Rose' colours, background stamps and 'Frames with a Flourish' - this is a very useful stamp set! Love the rhinestone brads - thank you Robyn

Karen created this beautiful card using the 'Embrace Life' Stamp Set. With the 'Bella Rose' colours as a guide and white taffeta dyed pink, Karen has created a mini masterpiece - thank you Karen

Another card by Felicity, I am just busting to save up and buy this cute set. 'Build-a-Roo' is seriously sweet and who would think about popping a 'Bella Rose' flower into the roo's pouch - thank you Felicity

Another card by Orrell, the 'Bella Rose' theme is supported by DSP and the eyelet border punch as a corner punch - tip is to use the punch upside down - thank you Orrell

Wow - Orrell - you have been busy and thank you for sharing! 'Heartfelt Thanks' Stamp Set again showcased as a potential addition to the 'Bella Rose' Style Watch - thank you again Orrell

Another card by Felicity, I think of 'Laura Ashleigh' or 'Holly Hobby' when I look at this card. Simply pretty plus plus plus! Point to note here, is how great the outline image looks stamped in 'Basic Brown' - creating a softer look - thank you Felicity

Kate shows us how easy it is to create a beautiful card using minimal materials. I am a great fan of elegant and simple - how clever to use the 'Bella Rose' Colour Scheme on page 9 to choose the colours, stamped with the 'Eastern Blooms' Stamp Set - thank you Kate

Colleen created this truly lovely landscape card using 'Bella Rose' DSP, 'Dreams du Jour' and the 'Bella Rose' Colour Scheme - the scallop edge punch and scallop square punch match the look perfectly - thank you Colleen

Finally, Amanda has created another 3D card, which folds flat to post. This style of card is often referred to as a diorama card and might be hard to give away once you have made it! Thank you Amanda

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Easy as a 'Walk in the Park'

At our most recent 'Paper Angels' Group Demonstrators Meeting we decided to have a bit of fun and challenge ourselves to see what we could come up with, given selected materials and a 'time limit' - Oh no - the pressure I hear you saying. Well you should have seen these very talented demonstrators have fun creating all sorts of creations using the NEW 'Walk in the Park' Designer Series Paper from the Spring Mini Catalogue, coordinating cardstock, embellishments and a Hershey's Kiss. Firstly I was impressed that no group ate their Hershey, although this might have had something to do with the ready availability of Tim Tams and Mint Slice! It was great seeing each of the 4 groups working together with identical packs of materials to create simply uniquely beautiful ideas. It was a great demonstration of how it is possible to work with limited materials, especially when those materials are from Stampin' Up! as everything is coordinated from papers, to cardstock to ribbon and beyond.

Melissa, Rae, Amanda, Felicity and Bec created an amazing woven bag and gift card and their 'Master Chef' Style 'plating up' was impressive.

Marjorie, Sue, Colleen, Jen and Ursula were on a roll when they managed to use the entire challenge pack to create a variety of projects from a chocolate box to a decorated bag that the challenge materials were packed in!

Kathy, Kate and Faye created a really gorgeous coordinated gift card set, designed to be presented in the decorated bag - so beautiful!

Gail, Jen and Orrell cleverly made the chocolate the star - as should be! They made a cute little pocket on the front of the card to hold the Hershey as well as decorating the bag - another great gift idea.

But that's not all! We all made 2 lovely 'make & takes' and had some demonstrations, including Bec showing us her lovely ribbon rosette! We also had our 'Bella Rose' Challenge, which I will be posting shortly as well as chatting, eating choccy biscuits and generally having a great time.