Saturday, January 31, 2009

Inspiration from others and shared around

I just wanted to share with you a link to OSW's that were inspired by templates I created and shared here on my blog and which have now inspired me to do more and have given me some different ideas! I really like this project style as a way to quickly boost my card stash as well as to make a coordinated gift set to give to someone.

Donna and Cathy are 'Chicks with Inkpads' who have each made a set of cards with very different results from one of my OSW templates - check out their results here! Great to see some different takes on the same templates! Thanks for sharing and the lovely comments on your blog.

Happy stamping!

Metric to imperial in OSW templates

I have had several requests for my OSW templates to be in imperial measurements as the people who have been using them have cutters with inches rather than cms (my cutter has both so I am lucky!). Over time I will convert all the templates that I have on my blog to both metric and imperial measurements, however, as a start I have converted my recent A4 OSW to both measurements and have reloaded the template to that particular post.

To assist you in converting the measurements I located a calculator on the web that converts inches & centimeters so this may help until I can update my template images.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Happy stamping!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A4 One Sheet Wonder - that I created today!

Today I was self involved and spent all my day stamping and creating (as my husband sad 'what a thing to do on your holidays!'), and then it has taken me all night to get my creations ready for loading to my blog. One of the time consuming tasks I had to do was recreate my watermark image to reflect 2009 in the text. The first one I designed in Photoshop I did not create in layers and so forgot what fonts I used and layout designs etc - so this time (after having some tutoring by my son's friend a few months ago) I had to practice what I learnt. I created my watermark image in layers, so next year it will simply be a matter of opening the image and selecting the layer with the year text and changing it to 2010, that is the plan anyway!

Recently a few New Zealand ladies have been visiting my blog to see my One Sheet Wonder designs (thanks for the comments!), where you use one sheet as the main feature to create (reasonably quickly - depends on how much embelishment etc you do with them!) a suite a cards. The previous ones that I have done have been based on a 12x12 stamped sheet (or one sheet of 12x12 designer series paper).

This time I thought I would do a different size, using one sheet of A4 Whisper White cardstock stamped with my own pattern, and see what template and designs I could come up with. In the end I created nine cards and I used a monochromatic colour scheme - Whisper White as the card bases and Old Olive and Certainly Celery as the coordinating colours. I used the Stampin' Up! stamp set 'Friendly Flowers' to create the A4 feature sheet. Here is a group photo of the nine cards, below this is the template I designed with cutting measurements and below that is a link to an album displaying each of the cards photographed individually.



Feel free to use the template and have a go at designing your own A4 patterned paper to then create a suite of nine cards. If you also make a coordinating box to present them in they make a lovely gift - I did several for Christmas presents last year! I will try to get around to making an image of my measurements and show you how I put my box together to fit my cards in at another time on my blog.

Let me know what you think of One Sheet Wonders (OSW) and feel free to include links to your sites/blogs etc where you have your creations on display as I would love to see what you made!

Happy stamping!

Male cards...

I always find it a challenge to make male cards, especially for teenage boys or adult males. So below you can see two that I created (not today, just ones I had not managed to post here earlier).

The first one is using the surfer from Stampin' Up!'s 'Seaworthy' stamp set. The background again is an easy technique but very effective - I simply stamped randomly three blue colours using the Stampin' Spots onto Glossy White card stock and then polished off the excess ink with a cloth.
This second card is using Stampin' Up!'s watercolour paper, markers and aqua painters. The feature stamp is from the 'For Father' stamp set available in our Summer Mini Catalogure.
I hope you enjoyed looking and may find some inspiration from these designs. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy stamping!

Gitter Windows and Bandanna Technique

I demonstrated 'Glitter Windows' and the 'Bandanna Technique' at a workshop I held this past week and the ladies enjoyed themselves and were proud of what they produced. The 'Glitter Windows' technique is very effective, yet very easy to do and can be found on the Splitcoast Stampers website under their resources section for step-by-step instructions. Here are samples of what was demonstrated at the workshop and what the ladies did for the 'make-and-take':


I liked the technique so much that I created by nephew's birthday card using it and a retired stamp set 'Very Puny'. The cows were chosen as they live on a dairy farm. Below you can see a close-up shot of the glitter window that I made as the feature window.



The 'Bandanna Technique' I picked up from Claire's website and one of the things I learnt from doing this techniques is the best white gel pen to use is the one I bought from Stampin' Up! which is a 'Uni-ball Signo broad' pen - pigment ink. I have two others, another Signo pen but that one does not indicate it is 'pigment' ink, although it runs better than my other white gel pen which is a 'Hybrid' one.

The technique is very easy. I stamped on Whisper White card stamps from the Polka Dot Punches (SAB promotion) using Staz On black ink. I then sponged or brayered over the Pumpkin Pie ink (I showed both ways at my workshop) and then highlighted areas of the design with my white gel pen (pigment ink one!). One of the ladies had a go using Wild Wasabi and she really noticed the impact that the white gel pen gave to the design.


Have a try at one of these techniques I am sure you will them easy and effective! Let me know when you do so I can see what you design or leave your comments via the link below this post.

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Winner of my blog candy!

I have my first follower confirmed on my blog - Chook, I think her name is actually Helen - she has a blog which I check out from time to time when I get a chance to look beyond my stamping space to others! Anyway thanks Chook for being the first 'registered follower' of my blog, email me at maecollins3@iprimus.com.au your postal details and I will put your blog candy in the mail to you.

Tomorrow is a day at home for me and which I intend to spend as much time in my craft area as possible and will also take some photos (in daylight as it shows the colours better!) of my latest creations and upload them to my blog tomorrow evening.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How exciting over 10,000 visitors to my blog!

I dropped by here to my own blog the other day and noticed that 950 people had visited (or hits had been made on) to my blog and thought I should do something like giveaway 'blog candy', as it seems to be known by some, for when it reaches 10,000 visitors to my blog! Well what do you know I have had far more than 50 visitors to my blog in the last couple of days, atleast 300, that is so nice and encouraging that people see my blog as something worth dropping into whether on a casual or regular basis to see what I have been creating lately.

So I have decided to add a new feature to my left-hand sidebar, that of 'Followers of my blog' and as part of this additional feature I am going to giveaway some Stampin' Up! items to the first person who signs up as a 'follower' of my blog - will it be you?

As it is late now, 11:30 pm, I am not going to take time uploading some images of cards I have created recently but will do that in the next couple of days. I also had made a calendar topper for my mother-in-law using two photos she had given me of two of her grandchildren jumping (obviously from a trampoline due to their height and action) and which she wanted title 'Jumping in to the New Year'. I was pleased with the result but realised I did not take a photo of it until after I had given it to her so can not share the vivid colours and great photos of the boys!

Anyway it is getting late and I need my rest, so thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment of what you see here.

Happy stamping!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

No time to blog lately!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, however, as you would have noticed I haven't had time to update my blog lately as I have been busy with lots of other things - mainly getting things organised for my son to start Uni in Launceston, which is a three hour drive from where we live in Dodges Ferry.

Tomorrow is my last day at work before three weeks holidays (so I had better head off to bed now!). I have a breakfast meeting at 8am, which is normally my day off, Fridays, but I switched it with Monday this week so that we could travel to Launceston to sign Dylan's lease and get the keys, move some furniture in ready for him to start in a few weeks.

So hopefully between getting Dylan reading for Uni and my daughter, Emily, ready for school - she is in grade 10 this year, I will find some 'me' time and time to stamp and scrap. I have a Stampin' Up! workshop next Tuesday evening so at least I will have to do some stamping and creating in preparation for this - looking forward to it Vicki (if you drop by my blog!).

Again, thanks for dropping by and please feel free to leave a comment on what you see or would like to see on my blog. It is fun communicating with so many people from far and wide, the Internet sure makes us all seem so much closer.

Happy stamping!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Time to create in 2009

Believe it or not I have had a week off from my normal 'day' job and yet I have not found time to spend in my craft space creating cards or scrapbooking layouts --- reflects the busy time Christmas and New Year is --- or more realistically for me, a time that I have just done not much, watched DVDs, taken walks on the beach, had numerous coffees and chats with my friends and flitted from one thing to another (a bit of housework, a bit of tidying up my craft space, a bit of whatever the mood took). As my husband said it is what a holiday should be - time out to relax and unwind!

Well anyway, as I looked at my birthday calendar for this month I thought I had better make a start on the cards I needed to send to family and friends as there are six birthdays this month without our own 23rd Wedding Anniversary to celebrate!

Here is what I created:

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches (Sale-A-Bration reward), Occasional Greetings
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Groovy Guava
Ink: Groovy Guava, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Scallop Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Double-stitched Ribbon (Groovy Guava), snail adhesive

The next card was inspired by one created by Lynda who is a one of my team the 'Tassie Inkydinks' - I loved her design so much that I recreated it only changing the colour combination and adding my greeting. Thanks for the inspiration Lynda!

Stamps: Live Your Dream (Summer Mini Catalogue), All Scallops (Summer Mini Catalogue), Occasional Greetings
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers - Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Scallop Edge (Summer Mini Catalogue), Grosgrain Ribbon (Orchid Opulence, Certainly Celery), Hodgepodge Hardware


And my last one for today (at least at the moment!). This one was also inspired by one of my 'Tassie Inkydinks' team members - Claire who had explained the 'Bandanna Technique' on her blog and which I have been meaning to have a go at but not got around to it. Well today I finally did and thought this would make a nice male birthday card (which I don't seem to create many of).

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches (Sale-A-Bration reward), Occasional Greetings
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Real Red
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Sponge, Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Black brads

Looking for this technique again on Claire's blog I noticed she had been creating today as well and had made some lovely cards using the 'Colour Blocking' technique, which I too had used on scrapbooking layouts but not thought to translate this to cards. I will have to give this technique a try too! Thanks for more inspirations Claire!

I still have more to make for this month's celebrations but I must get back to some domestic duties - the grocery shopping and collecting my son, Dylan, from work. So thanks for stopping by my blog, feel free to leave comments and be sure to come back again to see what I create using the 'Colour Blocking' technique.

Anyone who wants to place a Stampin' Up! order, book a workshop, earn free Sale-A-Bration limited edition stamp sets, or join me in this wonderful business (and receive a 20% discount on your own personal craft supplies, plus many other benefits!) contact me today!

Happy stamping!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year and Sale-A-Bration time is here again!

Happy New Year to everyone - family, friends, my Stampin' Up! customers and anyone else who pops in to view my blog from time to time! May this year be a better one than the last with many new adventures, happy surprises and beautiful memories.


Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration time is here again! What does this mean? FREE products!!!

Every year Stampin' Up! gives customers, hostesses, and new recruits the opportunity to earn fantastic, FREE, limited-edition stamp sets they'll enjoy for years to come.

Here's how Sale-A-Bration works:

Customers
When you spend $100 on Stampin' Up! merchandise, you'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration reward. There's no limit--for every $100 you spend, you can select another free Sale-A-Bration reward!

Hostesses
When you host a workshop of at least $600 (before tax and shipping), you'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration reward--in addition to all of the regular hostess benefits!

Recruits
During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator can choose any stamp set--a value of up to $79.95--from our current Idea Book and Catalogue! A bonus on top of the already reduced demonstrator kit. There are all types of demonstrators---click here to see what type you would be!

The Sale-A-Bration promotion starts today (1 January) and runs through to 28 February 2009, so don't miss your chance to earn free products! Email me today to book your workshop or learn more about this promotion. You can view the full-colour Sale-A-Bration brochure online to see beautiful project ideas you can make using these limited-edition Sale-A-Bration sets.

What a fabulous way to start the New Year!

Happy stamping!


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