Sunday, December 14, 2008
In the meantime thanks for stopping by and hopefully next time I will have something to show you (in picture format!). I hope this time of the year has not been too stressful for you all and that you get to spend some quality time with family. We will be having a quiet Christmas at home with just the four of us as my lovely husband will be nursing over Christmas and the New Year. Looking forward to our two weeks off together at the beginning of February 2009.
In case I don't get a chance to blog before Christmas I will take this time to wish you all a very happy and merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
If any of these items are on your wish list then consider placing a regular $20 order (that is only one stamp pad and some cardstock or a medium or large punch that you have had your eye on).
So don't forget all the offers that are on at the moment:
Single Stampin' Write Markers @ $4.95 - extended to 14 December 2008
Tying Up Christmas (spend $20 get 20% off select items) - 1-31 December 2008
Summer Mini Catalogue - 1 December 2008 to 31 March 2009
And coming soon in the New Year:
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If you live in Australia and wish to place an order simply click here to email me your details. If you want to book a workshop (in Tasmania) or to place a catalogue workshop order (minimum $300 to qualify for hostess benefits) then email me. Book your workshop with me now for the Sale-A-Bration period (1 Jan - 28 Feb 2009) and receive as an additional bonus (a promotion by me not Stampin' Up!) of a FREE Classic Stamp Pad (value $9.95), redeemable when your workshop is held in the specified time period.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Please note that the Stampin' Write Markers single purchase promotion has been extended until 14 December 2008, so if you have not already ordered your favourite pen colour then think about doing it soon! Remember that Stampin' Up!'s cardstock, inks and pens are colour coordinating to ensure your projects look the best you can make them.
Just to tempt your taste buds for after Christmas (January-February 2009) -- Stampin' Up! will have their annual 'Sale-A-Bration' promotion which means you can earn FREE stamp sets as a customer, hostess or recruit and the sets on offer are not available at any other time! I will give more details later.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Step 1. Start with an A4 sheet of card stock and score the long side in at 6 cm. Do this on both long sides.
Step 2. Score the short side in at 12.5 cm. Do this on both short sides.
Step 3. Measure 5.5 cm from the score line on the long side and mark this point with a pencil. Do this twice on each of the long sides. Score from each point in to its closest intersection of the previously scored lines.
The picture below shows the score lines as light grey lines and shows the measurements for the 6 cm, 12.5 cm and 5.5 cm to get a visual of what is written in steps 1 to 3.
Step 4. Crease all lines by folding the card stock in toward the centre on all straight lines and folding the card stock out on the diagonal score lines. This will cause opposite peaks and valleys between your straight score lines and the diagonal ones.
Step 5. Stamp the outside of your pouch if you want to. I used Versamark and the Season of Joy stamp set which seems to becoming a favourite of mine at this time of the year.
Step 6. With the card stock flat, take one corner and fold in at the straight score line long side, and then fold closest diagonal line back (I hope you can see this clearly from my right hand in the photo below). Repeat with each corner. This should give you a small box-like base with two long sides and two short sides.
Step 7. Pinch the long sides together and seal using Hodgepodge Hardware or ribbon (or both as I have done!). I also decorated mine with an additional accent and greeting on the front panel of the pouch. I also added a rhinestone brad to highlight a spot on the christmas tree.
As you can see with my open pouch below it easily fits three or four delicious Lindt chocoloate balls or any other little Christmas gift you may like to give to someone.
I think this A4 pouch is so quick and easy to make and with different stamp sets and card stock it can be a popular one throughout the year to package small gifts and treats.
I hope you found these instructions clear and easy to follow and that the pictures help to understand the folding process. Feel free to post a comment with a link to your blog or website if you have a go at this easy A4 pouch and thanks again to Aaron for sharing this with us at Hobart Regionals.
Friday, November 28, 2008
I decided this week not make a card but to use the template that Aaron from Stampin' Up! used at the Hobart Regional session to demonstrate a quick and easy pouch using one sheet of A4 cardstock. I have modified his measurements slightly to make it easier to remember and will make my own template from this to use in the future. If you stop by my blog again later I will post the directions to making this pouch as I took photos as I went along, but do not have time now to post these as I need to take several teenagers up to town!
Anyway here is my entry into this week's challenge:
Thanks for dropping by. Don't forget to stop by again in a few days when I should have my step-by-step instructions and photos up so you too can make a simple pouch which would be great to give as a gift the Christmas filled with lollies etc.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
A good friend of mine, Jodyann and I often get together to be 'crafty' as I put it, where we either scrapbook, create cards, try new techniques, design projects etc. As our menfolk were away this weekend either working or watching cars racing around the track at Symmons Plains we decided to get together for a craft session.
I felt some of the cards in my last OSW were not quite to the style or standard I like and so Jodyann and I decided to re-use the same template, using one sheet of DSP - Ginger Blossom (from the upcoming new Summer Mini Catalogue) - and we picked a sheet and matching cardstock - Very Vanilla, River Rock, Ruby Red, Groovy Guava and Cameo Coral (the Cameo Coral is not a colour we use often and this combination was definately not a favourite of ours, but we decided to put ourselves outside of our comfort zone and see what we could produce!). We deciding by re-using the same template, together perhaps we could modify the template or card designs to better effect -- and I must say we were pleased with the results! I modified my template slightly, in particular card design Nos 7, 10, 13 and 14, and we added some background stamping to some of the card bases, as well as adding some additional layers to others!
Here is a photo of all 15 cards and the modified templates we used. You can click on the video link below to view the cards individually and let me know what you think of our results. Feel free to use the template to create your own suite of cards and if you do, then leave a comment here on my blog with a link to your creations as I would love to see what you do with the templates.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Stamps: Infinite Goodness (Level 2 Hostess gift), Seasons of Joy (for the words)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Inks: Close to Cocoa (to stamp the image several times to create the wreath), Elegant Eggplant (words)
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers (So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie), gold thread, paper piercer, Crystal Effects, Grosgrain Ribbon (Elegant Eggplant), snail adhesive and mini glue dots for the bow
If you look closely you will notice that I weaved some gold thread through the wreath. By clicking on the card image above it will enlarge it so you can see more of the detail including the gold thread weaved through and some of the berries have been covered with crystal effects to shine more - I need to practice with my photoshop program to highlight parts of my image to show the detail in close-up!These were the colours Kristina gave us and as you can see I was also inspired by her image.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my design and I will now go and check out the others to see how they were inspired. Thanks again to Kristina for the challenge!
Here is another card that I created for a work colleague who is leaving today to take up a new job in Canberra -- best of luck Simona!
Stamps: Live Your Dream (Summer Mini Catalogue)
Cardstock: Carousel Notes (Soft Sky), Designer Series Paper (Afternoon Tea) (Summer Mini Catalogue), Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Inks: Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky
Accessories: Double Stitched Ribbon (Groovy Guava), Hodgepodge Hardwar (Styled Silver), snail adhesive, Paper Piercer
Simona likes my cards so much that she is buying some from me. If anyone likes a card in particular that they see on my blog and want to commission me to make one especially for them then simply email me and list the ones you want me to make - price will depend upon the design (time taken to create, embelishments used etc) and postage required to get them to you.
Thanks for dropping by my blog!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Below is the card that I created for my daughter to give to her friend - I altered it from the first one I did using the Carousel Notes for my niece Holly - which Emily requested I do another for her. Emily especially liked the card design using two Carousel Notes although I would not do this all the time as they increase the expense of the card. The next one I do I will try using the die-cut on a card front as a feature rather than a card itself.
I also want to acknowledge Margaret Raburn whose card I cased from Splitcoast Stamper's. I especially liked her colour combination and use of the designer series paper Afternoon Tea (which will soon be available from the Summer Mini Catalogue 2008-2009).
Stamps: Live Your Dream (Summer Mini Catalogue), Warmest Regards (retired set)
Cardstock: Carousel Notes (Soft Sky), Designer Series Paper (Afternoon Tea) (Summer Mini Catalogue)
Inks: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Satin Ribbon (Chocolate Chip), sticky strip, snail adhesive
This is the one I made for him:
Stamps: For Father (from Summer Mini Catalogue 2008-2009, begins 1 December)
Cardstock: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Inks: Basic Grey, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Watercolour Paper, Stampin' Write Markers, aqua painter, brads, Twill tape, sponge daubers (to ink the edges), snail adhesive
My niece Holly was also having a birthday this week, she turns 5 tomorrow and so this is the card I made for her:
Stamps: Live Your Dream (from Summer Mini Catalogue 2008-2009, begins 1 December)
Cardstock: Carousel Notes (Groovy Guava) (from Summer Mini also), Whisper White
Inks: Old Olive, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Flower Fusion felt flowers (from Summer Mini also), soft subtle brads, Purely Pomegranate double-stitched ribbon, Stampin' dimensionals, paper piercer, snail adhesive
The Carousel Notes are die-cut, scalloped circles and come in three colours: Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, and Wild Wasabi and they come with Chocolate Chip envelopes. To get the nice circular pierced holes I used a Creative Memories Circle Cutter to guide my circle and I guessed the spacing between the holes, I don't think it turned out too bad. I scored down the left-hand side of the front piece and adhered it to the back one to create a folded card.
My daughter like this card so much that she has commissioned me to make another for one of her friends who is celebrating their birthday this week. I then have to make another couple of birthday cards for family/friends celebrating birthdays the week after and I think there is another one or two at the end of the month -- so many to keep track of when you come from a big family!
Thanks for looking and have a great week!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Promotions closing are:
- Spring Mini Catalogue 2008 (click on the link to browse the mini catalogue)
- Rub-ons promotion (receive 20% off rub-ons with a minimum $20 order)
- Single Stampin' Write markers for only $4.95
I know the ladies today at the Christmas Stamp-a-stack workshop enjoyed browsing through my early copy of the Summer Mini Catalogue and we will be sure to be getting together in the new year (when I will get to meet the new addition to the group as Claire would have had her baby by then!). Enjoy passing out those lovely Christmas Cards - Kate, Claire, Laura, Jade and Ruth - always fun to stamp with!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I had intended to create a card earlier this evening but I had an unexpected visitor and when friend's get together it is easy to let the time run away with you.
The colours Kristina gave us to work with this time were: Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand and Whisper White. As our new Summer Mini Catalogue is about to start in December and my pre-order arrived yesterday I thought I should use some of them to get some samples together for a workshop I have coming up this Saturday and here is my first creation with some of these items:
Stamps: Embrace Life, Warm Words
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Inks: Sahara Sand, Old Olive
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware - Styled Silver, Flower Fusion, Spring Flower Bouquet Punch, Certainly Celery Grosgrain ribbon and brads, paper piercer, sponge dauber
I had better go and link this on Kristina's blog now and then head to bed --- leaving my craft table a mess yet again!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I am also a regular visitor to Michelle Zindorf's blog as I enjoy trying her tutorials to try and improve my brayer techniques. I followed her Summer's End- Tutorial #113 but used the colours set by Kristina -- Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and as I did not have Pacific Point I substituted this with Blue Lagoon from my ColorBox chalk inks as I didn't feel that any of the Stampin' Up! blue colours I had were close enough.
I then brayered some Blue Lagoon ink over the top edge of my Whisper White cardstock and then brayered Pumpkin Pie over the bottom edge. I sponged some Blue Lagoon between the two colours to bring them closer together. I then masked the top edge of my card and sponged Taken with Teal from the mask's edge down closer to the Pumpkin Pie colour. I used Pumpkin Pie to sponge the edge of my picture. I used my white gel pen to add the effect of foam at the water edge.
Monday, November 3, 2008
This offer is only available 10-30 November 2008, so contact me today!
Urban West Rub-Ons
Cherised Memories Rub-Ons
Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons
A Perfect Day Rub-Ons
*From the Spring 2008 Mini Catalogue
Don't forget that the Spring 2008 Mini Catalogue ends on 30 November 2008. So check it out from the link on the left-hand side of my blog and if there is anything you want from it contact me today!
As demonstrators our pre-order period has begun for the Summer 2008 Mini Catalogue and so keep checking back to my blog over the next few weeks as I begin to create some lovely projects using what is to become available from 1 December 2008.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I have just got back from a few days in Adelaide with my husband, in celebration of my birthday last week - Adelaide is a place I had never been to before! It was such a nice break in which we had no set schedules and no-one but ourselves to think about.
Anyway now that I am back I need to get a few things in my Stampin' Up! world organised - a couple of upcoming workshops and of course the November special --- Single Purchase of Stampin' Write Markers!
From 10-30 November you can purchase single Stampin' Write Markers for only $4.95. If you would like to take advantage of this great offer email me and get your favourite Stampin' Up! colour in a marker (which has dual tips -- one fine for writing and one brush tip for wider colour application) which are great to use on your projects and adding detail colour to your stamps.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Kristina's colour combination was: Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Sage Shadow and Whisper White.
And here is my creation!
Stamps: Delight in Life (retired), So Swirly Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Whisper White
Inks: Sage Shadow, Ruby Red, Versamark
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, heat gun, Pumpkin Pie ribbon, stampin' dimensionals
Happy birthday to anyone else celebrating at this time of the year, may the coming year bring you lots of enjoyment and pleasant surprises.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Here is my group of cards and I also made a matching box to give them in.
To see each of the cards individually as well as the template that I made to create these, click on the slideshow below.
Thanks for looking and I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them.Happy stamping!
Anyway here are the three cards that I created (showing links to Michelle's tutorials).
I was not really happy with my sponging on this one and as I did not have a large flourish I used the "So Swirly" Stampin' Around Jumbo Wheel. It is amazing what 'sins' ribbons can hide, because underneath this ribbon is a mark from my white gel pen that looked wrong. Here is the link to Michelle's tutuorial.
Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Both Way Blossoms" (retired), Jumbo Wheel "So Swirly"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Night of Navy, Soft Sky
Inks: Stampin' Up! Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Night of Navy, Basic Black
Accessories: Sponges, White Gel Pen, Black Marker, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Silver brads
The next card I made was following Michelle's Whirling Leaves of Autumn tutorial and as I didn't have any stamps of whirling leaves I thought I would see if one of my Stampin' Up! wheels would work. At first I did not like my efforts but thought I would see it through and mount the card to see if I changed my mind - and I did, I quite like it when put all together.
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! “Lovely as a Tree”, Jumbo Wheel "It's Beautiful"
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Cool Caribbean ('07 In Color), Night of Navy, Mellow Moss, Whisper White
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Cool Caribbean, Mellow Moss, Basic Black
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Brads, Creative Memories Circle Template, Sponge, Versamark Pad, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun
The third card that I made following Michelle's tutorials was based on her California Sunset tutorial and again as I didn't have any stamps of Palm Trees I thought I would modify this and use a Stampin' Up! stamp that I had. I chose the "Summer by the Sea" set, which I masked before doing any brayering. I also was not patient when I dyed my white ribbon with Pink Passion ink and it was still damp when I applied it to the card, so if you look very close you can see some smudges of where the ink has bled onto the card beneath the brads. Sometimes we just need to be patient for the best results!
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! “Summer by the Sea”
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink Passion
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Regal Rose, Marigold Morning ('07 In Color), Lovely Lilac, Basic Black
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon (which I dyed with Pink Passion), Brads, Sponge, Stampin' Up! Markers, Stampin' Up! Rub Ons