Stamp Camp 2021.

Stamp Camp 2021.

Last month was our annual Creative Crafts Stamp Camp. Once a year team members from all over the North Island gather in Rotorua for a two night stay, crafting camp. We get to see new product demonstrations, to participate in card swaps, to share our own creativity with displays, to make projects using new product designed by four different presenters, and most importantly we get to see each other in person again.

Designed and presented by Sylvia Patterson.

The first make and take project we got to make was this one featuring products from the Dandy Garden Suite. How cool is the yellow and black colour combination?

We stamped the dragonfly onto vellum and punched it out using the Dragonflies punch. This was then layered onto a punched Basic White piece of cardstock also stamped with the dragonfly image.

Designed and presented by Jan Clothier.

The second project was designed using the Sand & Sea Suite of products. I just love the colours used in this design. We used the new Blending Brushes to create the focal piece background. The brushes make easy work of sponging colour over a large area in a smooth manner.

Designed and presented by Jacque Williams.

Our third make and take project featured the Hydrangea Haven stamp set. This shabby chic design was created by sponging a piece of Whisper White with Rococo Rose, and another with Crumb Cake using the Blending Brushes. We dropped little droplets of water, and also spritzed the Crumb Cake sponged layer with Frost White Shimmer Paint.

Designed and presented by Karen Hadler.

The fourth project of our Stamp Camp weekend was this 3×3 inch notecard and coordinating box made using the Simply Succulents Bundle. I really enjoyed colouring the stamped succulent, you really can chose from a wide range of colour combinations for succulents. Have you ever googled them to see what colours are out there in the world? Karen Hadler showed us a pic she found online, and then used for inspiration in her crafting.

Designed and presented by Tee Jay Horrell.

Our fifth and final make and take project of the weekend was made using products from the Love You Always Suite. We die cut a piece of Love You Always Foil Sheet to create the focal piece, and then embellished this using some Matte Black Dots, a length of Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon, stamped and coloured flowers, a bow tied with the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack, and a length of Basic Black die cut with mini hearts. To add some fun texture to the background we sponged using the Blending Brushes, and then we spritzed using Rococo Rose Blends.

Overall it was a fun weekend away with likeminded people, dedicated to crafting. I mean, what more could you want?! Do you fancy joining me at Stamp Camp in 2022? Join my team as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and not only will you receive discounts on Stampin’ Up! product, but you will gain access to Demonstrator only events such as this one. Email me at megantearemade@gmail.com to ask any questions, or view the ‘Join My Team’ tab at the top of this page.

Happy crafting x

Megan

OnStage November 2019.

OnStage November 2019.

This weekend I was able to attend the Stampin’ Up! Auckland OnStage. One of the many perks of being a demonstrator is attending this one day event; we receive a goodie bag at the door with free product, recognition throughout the day; we receive prize patrols, and get to see new product and catalogues and complete make ‘n takes using the new product.

A major bonus is being able to catch up with our wider team mates from around the country. Some demonstrators choose to participate in ‘swaps’. This is where each demonstrator will make multiple projects in the same design, and literally swap them with other demonstrators on the day.

The swap I made. The design was CASE’d from Pinterest. I have forgotten the name of the demonstrator, but will update this post when I find it again.

Swaps are a great way of sharing inspiration and design ideas. Check out the swap I made, and the many swaps I received.

OnStage was an inspiring day; I’ve come away with new ideas for 2020. Watch this space for new class details.

Happy crafting.

Megan x

Team Swaps AC 2019-2020.

Team Swaps AC 2019-2020.

A fun part of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is attending team training days. As well as connecting with my wider team, these team days provide valuable crafting and business insights to help motivate and drive demonstrators. We often participate in a system called ‘swaps’. This is where we sign up and commit to making multiple copies of the same card or 3D project to have one per person on the list. When we see each other at the team day, we then go ahead and swap one of our own creations for one of the others on the list. So after making, say, 10 of the same design, I would come home from the team day with 10 different designs… 1 of my own, and 9 from the others on the sign up list.

I wasn’t able to make it on the day, but was still able to participate in the swaps because my fabulous upline, Alicia, was in attendance and swapped on the day for me.

Watch this space for a look at the swaps I received.

I choose to highlight the gorgeous new 2019-2020 In Colours. Stamping tone-on-tone as I did for the background is an easy way to add dimension to a card front without needing lots of cardstock layers or die cut pieces.

The stinking cute pandas are stamped using StazOn black ink on Shimmery White cardstock. This cardstock will handle a little water colouring; better than Whisper White cardstock. (Please note that Watercolour cardstock is by far the best for water colouring.) The Aqua Painters are perfect for this kind of water colour wash. Squeeze the lid of the ink pad into the centre to get some ink in the lid. This is then your pallet for water colouring.

I then die cut a Stitched Shape circle from Whisper White cardstock, and the leaves are a die from the Animal Friends Thinlets Dies in foil. The layer of vellum was punched out with the Everyday Label punch.

I love using white Stampin’ Embossing Powder on coloured cardstock like this. The Basic Grey cardstock complimented each of the In Colours. The metallic sequins and black Bakers Twine were perfect for tying together all of the elements.

Purple Posy.

Pretty Peacock.

Rococo Rose.

Seaside Spray.

Terracotta Tile.

For more information about how you can join me at team training days, click on the ‘Join My Team’ tab at the top of this page.

Happy crafting.

Megan x