Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monthly Stamp Classes --- will start up again in Feb 2011

I will be holding a regular monthly stamp class at my home. Come along and learn new techniques and different ways to use your stamps and punches. Make greeting cards and other papercraft items with me in a fun and relaxing environment.

Classes will be limited to 8 people so that I can give everyone lots of assistance and instructions. Everything you need to complete your projects will be included in the class, all you need to do is pay the fee to secure your spot and turn up at the designated class time! All projects will be explained step-by-step and a kit will be provided for you so that you can start creating right away.

When: First Friday in the month -- next class 4 March 2011

Where: my home (details will be provided upon registration)

Time: 7 pm - 10 pm

Cost: $10 includes everything you will need to make a project, lucky door prize, use of my equipment, tea/coffee etc.

Payment will be required two weeks in advance of each class to secure your spot and for kit preparation. A full refund will be provided with one week's notice of your inability to attend, after this time project kits will be provided for you to complete at home.

Spaces are strictly limited so contact me today to secure your place!

If you have any questions about my classes, please contact me on:

maecollins2@gmail.com
or phone (03) 6265 9121 or 0409 557 313

Reminder - Inventory Clearance Sale On Now!

Just a reminder that Stampin' Up! have an Inventory Clearance Sale (items available while stocks last). Up until 24 January 2010 you will get amazing discounts on select, high-quality Stampin' Up! products with no minimum purchase, and no limits to how many you can purchase!

Simply click on the image below to see the complete list of items and their discounted prices and then email me your order before 24 January 2010 - remember items are only available while stocks last!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Animal Bookmarks

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas and a lovely time sharing with family and friends. In between spending time with family I have been making things in preparation for a market stall that my friend Jodyann and I are going to have at the Dodges Artisans & Farmers Market on Sunday 3 January.

Some of the items I have been making include 'Animal Bookmarks' using Stampin' Up! punches as I like to have items on my stall not only for adults but for children too and I think they will like these. Here are some pictures of a few that I have made:





I also want to thank my mum who was down visiting us over Christmas and punched out lots of the pieces I needed (using up much of my bits and pieces of cardstock - great use of these!) in preparation for making more bookmarks should they prove popular! Thanks mum!

I also got started on another item that I had in the pipeline but not completed and that was a 'Punch Art' booklet showing the pieces needed to create various characters and the final product. It always feels satisfying when you keep on track and finish a partly completed project!

Maybe that can be my New Year's resolution - finish what I have started (and clean my craft desk between projects!) before starting on something else! LOL

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. May the coming year ahead be filled with good fortune and fun times.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and to the lovely comments received this last year, I enjoy reading your feedback.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Beaded Bracelets

I had recently made some paper beads on an earlier project of mine as toggles to close a concertina card tote and then I saw some of them used to make a bracelet on Jayne Mercer's blog and so thought that I would give this a try! Jayne shows step-by-step how you can make these and has made some into wine glass charms (such a novel idea!).

I experimented with how I glossed mine as I had previously rolled my toggles over a versamark ink pad and then clear embossed them, however, I have found that using a small paintbrush and a small coating of Crystal Effects works better. Especially once I got the knack of how to coat them and not my fingers lol! Oh well, not too much anyway as you do need to turn them occasionally on the skewer to stop them sticking to the skewer. I also coated some with Dazzling Diamonds mixed in with the Crystal Effects to give a dazzling effect!

I made a couple smaller in size for a child by using less beads.



I hope you like them as much as I do and thanks for stopping by! I am off to make some more and in different colours!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Gift - Desktop Calendar

Today was my first day for a couple of months that I have been "home alone" and could craft all day without feeling guilty or having someone need my attention (especially as my house was tidy and in order and I had been putting the washing out in the lovely sunshine during the morning craft time!). Therefore, I managed to complete a Christmas gift that I wanted to make for a friend (I don't think she is a regular visitor to my blog but if she is she will get a sneak peak before she receives it later this week, lol!)

What I made was a desktop calendar and I have only taken a photo of the front cover and a few of the months. I should have taken a photo of the side view so that you can see how it stands - I used an A4 sheet of cardstock scored and folded in half and then I scored 4 cm away from and on both sides of the half fold line. This allows it to fold flat for wrapping or posting.

On my cover I also tried the new technique of making my own buttons that I saw on Claire's blog recently and was inspired to have a go - she described it as her new obsession - I can see how useful this can be when you want a coordinated embelishment for a card or scrapbook layout!





Stamps: Embrace Life, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers
Paper: Ginger Blossom DSP, River Rock, Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Cameo Coral
Ink: River Rock, Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Cameo Coral
Accessories: River Rock Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, 1" Circle Punch, Crystal Effects, Chipboard Numbers (not sure of the brand), Book Rings, Bone Scorer, Adhesives


I hope she likes it and thanks to one of my other friends Jodyann for giving me the idea!

Thanks for stopping by.

Inventory Clearance Sale

Stampin' Up! have just relased an Inventory Clearance Sale (items available while stocks last). Up until 24 January 2010 you will get amazing discounts on select, high-quality Stampin' Up! products with no minimum purchase, and no limits to how many you can purchase!

Simply click on the image below to see the complete list of items and their discounted prices and then email me your order before 24 January 2010 - remember items are only available while stocks last!


Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Gift Giving Guide - ends soon!

Just a reminder that the Christmas Gift Giving Guide offer with a FREE Square Scallop or Boho Blossoms punch (value $30.95) for orders of $85+ ends soon - 14 December 2009 to be exact!

If you wanted to take up this offer make sure you contact me by midday 14 December 2009.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Some items still available from the Spring Mini...

Great news! A few of the popular products from the Spring Mini Catalogue are still available for purchase although the sales period for this mini is now over. These products will also be available in next year's Idea Book & Catalogue (due for release sometime around Sept 2010).

Here is a list of the still-available products:








Item No.DescriptionPrice
112534Jumbo brads 5/16" Neutrals Assortment$15.50
112533Jumbo brads 5/8" Neutrals Assortment$13.50
114889Scallop Oval punch$30.95
106960StazOn ink pad (White pad and refill)$22.95
109196StazOn Cleaner$9.95

So if any of these items are still on your wishlist and you thought you had missed out, you can still order them! - just send me an email.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

More Christmas Cards...

As I was writing in my Christmas Cards I realised that I would have to make a few different designs from those that we made at my recent Stamp-a-stack as I did not want to send a card design to my friends who had attended the workshop and made their own. I stumbled across a blog I hadn't been to before by Tina Dickman and was inspired to CASE a card that she had made for the recent Stampin' Up! Perth Regional Training Seminar as her swaps. I really liked the effect of a white embossed snowflake on vellum, although I did not use my white embossing powder that I have mixed with Dazzling Diamonds which would have had even more impact, I just used the plain white embossing powder. I might have to try and remember this design for my next year's Christmas Stamp-a-stack as I am sure my friends/customers would love to recreate this one for themselves as well.


Stamps: Snow Swirled
Paper: Whisper White, Real Read, Old Olive, Ski Slope DSP, vellum
Ink: Whisper White, Real Read, Old Olive, versamark
Accessories:White embossing powder, heat tool, brads, Old Olive and Real Red grosgrain ribbons, Scallop Edge and Scallop Circle punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive


I really liked the effect of the white embossed snowflake on vellum punched out with the Scallop Circle punch!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Quick Gift Card Holders

Last night I began my Christmas preparations (a bit slow I know!) and writing in my Christmas cards ready for the snail mail. In doing so I realised I needed to make a couple of quick Gift Card Holders so these are what I created:


The basic design is cutting a 12 cm x 17.5 cm piece of cardstock (4 3/4" x 7" for those who prefer imperial measurements) - I used Brushed Gold and Brushed Silver cardstock from Stampin' Up!'s Brushed Metallic pack. I then scored on the long edge at 3.5 cm (1 1/2") and again at 10.5 cm (4 1/4"). I folded the cardstock on the 3.5 cm (1 1/2") score line and adhered this with Sticky Strip to create a pocket for the gift card. I then folded the holder in half on the 10.5 cm (4 1/4") score line. Using a piece of coordinating Designer Series Paper, cut to 11 cm x 6 cm (4 1/2 x 2 1/2"), I adhered this to the front of the holder. Using Stampin' Up!'s Slit Punch I punched a slot out of the front of the holder. Then I attached two pieces of ribbon to the front of the holder just behind the slot and I used some Sticky Strip and a gold/silver split pin to help attach the ribbon to the cardstock. I had one piece longer than the other so it would wrap around the back of the gift card holder to then be tied at the front. I stamped Season's Greetings from the Snow Swirled stamp set to the front of the pouch area which can be seen when the holder is opened. The one I made using the imperial measurements had a smaller gold border around the DSP as I used the easiest/quickest measurements I could see on my cutter for speed of the design, you could cut the DSP slightly smaller to create a wider gold border if you prefer.

These were so quick and easy to make and made the presentation of my gift cards so much nicer, what do you think? I hope my instructions are clear and you can follow them to make your own personalised gift card holder.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

ESAD Summer Mini Blog Hop

If you want to find some inspiration for products to be found in the new Summer Mini catalogue then do what I just did and participate in the ESAD Summer Mini Blog Hop - I started at Leonie Schroder's blog (which is a favourite of mine to visit!) and hopped from one blog to the next until I returned to Leonie's blog. It gave me some new ideas to try!

There is also some blog candy to be won if you leave a comment on each of the 30 blogs involved and send an email to Leonie to go in the draw.

One of the girls, Claire Harrison, who is in our team the Tassie Inkydinks took part as a contributor and as always she does some great work - I loved her scrapbook layouts, about the baby elephant at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, using the new Tall Tales DSP - click here to see her projects.

I found the blog hop truly inspiring! Some very talented people out there who are willing to share their ideas and projects.

If you want to receive a free copy of the Summer Mini or some products from it (and you live in Australia) just email me.


Monday, November 30, 2009

New Summer Mini is here!

Well here it is, the new Summer Mini Catalogue from Stampin' Up!

It is full of new stamp sets, Designer Series paper, Rub-Ons, accessories and so many other products to choose from! I just love the Something Sweet stamp set and matching 1 3/4" Circle Punch and accessories and have already used it to create two birthdays cards in an earlier post. Who doesn't love something sweet?

There is plenty here in the mini to add to your wish list and keep you busy creating for hours! So go ahead and browse through it by clicking on the catalogue image below.


If you want to receive a free copy or place an order from the Spring Mini through me (and you live in Australia) or you want to hold a workshop to sample some of the products from it, then click here to send me an email. I can accept payment by PayPal, Direct Deposit or Credit Card and any orders placed through me during the first week of the mini's release (1 - 7 Dec) can be shipped directly to you and you will not be charged shipping & handling - I will cover this cost personally (note: this is my special offer and NOT an offer from Stampin' Up!).

This Summer Mini Catalogue runs from 1 December 2009 through to 31 March 2010. Don't forget coming up in the New Year will be the Sale-a-bration promotion - more details soon!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

CASED cards...

When I need to make bulk cards quickly I use the OSW technique, but if I am pressed for time and therefore often ideas I do what many of us do - take inspiration from others! Therefore, the following cards are cased from ones I have found through the wonderful world of the Internet and sites I regularly visit (and then I often branch off from when I see lovely ideas, techniques etc.). I have given credit to the individuals that I have CASED (copied and shared) as these are not my original ideas!

This card is a direct case from 'mum of 2+2' from Splitcoast Stampers because I liked it's simplicity and colour combination - great for a birthday card for my nephew.


Stamps: Wild About You, Sanded (background stamp)
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, dauber, square punch, spiral punch, large oval punch


Another cased card from Splitcoast Stampers, Krista Fox (which was also originally cased from Gretchen Barron - although I did not find the original cased card). Made a great card for my nieces birthday today!


Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, Petals and Paisleys DSP
Ink: Taken with Teal, Old Olive
Accessories: Flowers from Accents & Elements, rhinestone brad, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, adhesives


I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have created lately and thanks to those who gave me the inspiration for these cards, they were fun to make!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Spring Mini Ending Soon!!

Just a reminder that the Stampin' Up! Spring Mini Catalogue is ending this coming Monday, 30 November 2009 so if you wanted anything from this catalogue (and live in Australia) you will need to get your order to me before Monday. To have another quick look through the Spring Mini click here.

Don't forget the FREE Scallop Square Punch or Boho Blossoms Punch when spending $85+ from the Christmas Gift Giving Guide (available until 14 December 2009).

The Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalogue will be available from 1 December 2009 (ends 31 March 2010).

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sneak peak at Summer Mini plus more!

Hi all

Welcome back to my regular visitors and hello to anyone who has dropped by for the first time. I hope you all find something inspirational or of interest on my blog. I love to receive comments on what I share on my blog as this guides me as to what readers like to see here, so feel free to provide comment, feedback, suggestions via the comment link below this post or others that you feel inclined to comment on.

Anyway on to what I have to share today which is a couple of birthday cards I made recently, one for my niece Holly and one for my father, using new products from the Summer Mini catalogue that will be available from 1 December 2009 - 31 March 2010 (if you would like to receive a copy of this mini catalogue please send me an email with your postal details to maecollins3@iprimus.com.au, Australian customers only!).


Stamp set: Something Sweet (Summer Mini Catalogue '09-'10)
Cardstock/Paper: Purely Pomegranate (In Color '08), Baja Breeze (In Color '09), Whisper White
Ink: Purely Pomegranate (In Color '08)
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch (NEW in Summer Mini), Sweet Treat Cups (NEW in Summer Mini), Purely Pomegranate 3/8" Double Stitched Ribbon.


I really enjoyed making this card for Holly and next time I make one like this I think I would try to find the smaller sized jelly beans so that I could fit more in the cup.

Stamp Set: Something Sweet (Summer Mini), Lots of Thoughts (HAPPY to imitate magnification), Occasional Greetings
Cardstock/Paper: Chocolate Chip, piece of scrap DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Acetate (for glass section of magnifying glass) - hard to see in photo that this has been raised off the card with Stampin' Dimensionals, Twill Tape


I can see this stamp set being very useful, you could make a multitude of shaking type effects - baby rattle, snow globe, fill with sand, falling autumn leaves etc. Just a matter of letting the imagination run free!



PS - Not only is the Summer Mini coming out soon but as always with the start of a new year, Stampin' Up! will being having their 'Sale-a-bration' with rewards for customers, hostesses, new recruits, and demonstrators--Sale-A-Bration gives everyone a reason to celebrate! They will have four NEW stamp set products available (I really like the Whimsical Words set!).

Customers: Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $100 purchase (no limit!).

Hostesses: Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product with a $600 or more workshop, in addition to the regular hostess benefits.

Recruits: Choose any retail stamp set (a value up to $79.95) from the current catalogue when signing up during the promotion.

If you would like to ensure your opportunity to receive one of these stamp sets FREE, send me an email (maecollins3@iprimus.com.au) to book in your workshop during the 'Sale-a-bration' promotion period: 25 January-31 March 2010.

Thanks again for stopping by, have a great day and happy stamping!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Commissioned box of cards...

It is such a nice compliment to your craftwork when someone asks that you make for them a box of cards (to purchase) from seeing a birthday gift you gave someone else. That is what has happened to me recently, I gave a box of cards as a gift to my mother and as a result of seeing this one of her friends asked if I would make her two boxes of cards for her to give as gifts at Christmas. She did not want a box of Christmas cards but a mixture of cards for all occasions. To help make this a nice coordinated gift box, yet with different greetings, I utilised yet again the technique of a 'One Sheet Wonder', this also helps me with making bulk cards in a short timeframe. I utilised the recent A4 OSW template that I posted earlier on my blog (sorry for those waiting for me to "polish" this template up with a better image and both metric/imperial measurements, I have yet to complete this) but with a few minor adjustments that the design of that template allows.

I used the sections for 'B', 'C' and 'D' cards and the alternate 'A' section as a feature piece for my box top (see box image below). With section 'B' I made cards B6, B7, B8 and B10 but I swapped B9 for the full piece used in section 'A' as card A5 (B9 and A5 are the exact same measurements). I made cards C11 (although due to the stripes on my designer series paper you can not see the splits!), C12 and swapped card C13 for the design of card D16. From section 'D' I made cards D15 and D16 but swapped card D14 design for another using card C12 design (D14 measures exactly as the two pieces for C12 together). Therefore, in total adjusting this template instead of making 16 cards I made 11 cards and a matching element on my box. Although I only boxed up eight of these cards for one of the boxed sets (as the box I made was not deep enough to hold more than eight with their envelopes and the embelishments I used).



As you can see the symmetrical design/measurements I used for this template makes it a very versatile one where you can take your favourite card layouts and mix and match them to create your own template. To see all the 11 cards that I made based on this particular A4 OSW template click here or view it through my 'Galleries' link above and select the 'A4 One Sheet Wonder No.4' gallery link, the cards are labelled 'DSP2 - relevant card no.'.

For anyone who has used this template of mine to make some cards let me know how you found the template by commenting below and if you have pictures of them accessible on a blog or website I would love to see them. I promise to eventually get this template and measurements "polished" and republished here to my blog, but not sure of a timeframe.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack (more details) ...

My Christmas Stamp-a-Stack workshops are scheduled for:

Day: Saturday, 21 November
Time: 2 pm - 5 pm and 7 pm - 10 pm
Location: my home (contact me for details)
Cost: $20 (you make 12 cards of 4 designs with matching envelopes, afternoon tea/supper supplied, lucky door prizes included)
Limited numbers for each workshop so contact me via email today (maecollins3@iprimus.com.au) if you wish to book your spot, $10 deposit to secure you spot and pre-prepared kit.

Sneak peak below:

My Christmas Stamp-a-Stack designs were inspired by several stampers on the web and Splitcoast Stampers (which is a great resource when you are stuck for ideas or need to get your mojo going again). To acknowledge their influence they were LaLatty for the hanging baubles (although she used the Christmas Tree stamp from which she punched out the baubles), tjdstampsalot (Splitcoast Stamper) for the large bauble design utilising the inverted spotlight technique and sponging and Allison Aylward for the snowflake card (although I am not sure what colour combo she used).

Techniques range from simple stamping, adding dimension, to embossing for added effect.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack ...

Just finished designing my 4 cards for my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack that I am going to hold at my place in the next couple of weeks. Just need to finalise the last few details before advertising it and to take a 'sneak peak' snapshot of them to post here - will do that tomorrow! Hopefully I have ordered enough supplies for those that will attend.

Now it is off to bed and I think I will even leave cleaning up my craft desk until the morning! Good night!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Commissioned card

I was asked by my mother-in-law Margaret, who is now living with us, to make a birthday card for her dear friend Mauveen who is celebrating her 80th birthday at the end of November. As it was a special occasion I wanted it to be a special card and so I decided to follow the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers for a Tri Fold Shutter Card, which I had never yet made but always wanted to give it a try. There is a great video on the bottom of the tutorial page to also follow.

Here is my completed card, with a closed and open view:



Cardstock/Paper: Bella Rose designer series paper, Wild Wasabi (In Color '08) textured 12x12 cardstock, Old Olive cardstock (forgot that the matching color for this dsp is really Kiwi Kiss, but Old Olive worked just as well)
Ink: Old Olive (for front greeting and to ink edges of Whisper White cardstock used to write a personal greeting), Versamark
Stamp set: Oval All (for greeting), Both Way Blossoms (inked with Stampin' Write Markers to stamp the rosebud), Baroque Motifs (flourish stamped with Versamark on the plain Old Olive pieces of cardstock
Accessories: Large Oval Punch and Scallop Oval Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Paper Piercer (I pierced some of the edges which may not be easily to see in the photos), Creative Memories gold rub-on numbers.

I really enjoyed making this card and will definately make some more in this style.

Decorated Journal

My dear friend Jodyann, who is a regular crafting partner of mine, celebrated her birthday a few days after mine and so I thought it would be nice to decorate a Stampin' Up! On Board Art Journal to give her in which she can keep creative designs she comes up with, templates, greetings she likes to use or anything else that she cares to jot in her personalised journal. Here is my finished gift:

Supplies used: Stampin' Up! On Board Art Journal, Fall Flowers Designer Series Paper, On Board Simon Lower letter J and bracket, Bright Delights rub-ons and Making Memories rub-ons for the title.

I think she liked it and I definately enjoyed making it for her!

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