Sunday, September 27, 2009

Wild and Windy Weather!!!

Before I lose my internet connection and the power again I thought I would quickly post some photos taken from our front balcony of the weather we are expressing here at Dodges Ferry, South of Tasmania. This seems to be the worst southerly winds that I can remember in my 20+ years at Dodges Ferry and it is blowing a gale! The house is creaking and groaning and the tree tops are being blown about!





We were meant to be moving my mother-in-law's furniture today as she has permanently moved in with us and I will help care for her, but I think we will all stay inside and keep safe and try to keep warm. A good reason to go and clean up my craft space so I can get the creative juices flowing again when I have some spare time.

I hope the weather is much better where you are!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Blog Candy Winner!

Hi all, thanks to everyone who commented on my blog on the last post and shared with me where they are from and what they like about my blog.

Congratulations, the winner of the blog candy is Rhonda Mitchell who wrote:

"Hello Mae! My name is Rhonda Mitchell and I live in Lansing, MI. I receive regular updates as I subscribe to your blog. You truly are very creative and full of inspiration. Please keep up the great work and I look forward to seeing more from you."

Rhonda please email me your mailing address to mailto:maecollins3@iprimus.com.au within 30 days and I will put this stamp set and the 16 cards in the mail to you.

Thank you to everyone that played along.

I have not yet finished the latest OSW template or made any cards etc to share with you as this past week I have been busy settling my mother-in-law into our home as I have now become her carer and she will be living with us from now on. As soon as things settle down I will have some things to share with you all. In the meantime keep crafting yourselves and have fun!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Blog Candy!

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by my blog and and sharing with me my love of stamping, scrapbooking and papercrafting! As I want my blog not only to be something I enjoy but also an inspiration to or enjoyment for others who drop by I am looking for some feedback from those who visit here, whether as a follower, regular or casual visitor.

Therefore, I am offering some 'blog candy' to some lucky visitor (to be selected by a random generator) - see pictures below. On offer is a retired stamp set Botanical Blooms (unmounted) and the set of 16 cards that I created from my recent OSW template using a Designer Series Paper sheet from Bella Blue pack, Kraft and Very Vanilla cardstock.



All you have to do to enter this give away is leave a comment on this post answering the following three questions:
  1. Where do you live? (by Town, Country eg Dodges Ferry, Australia)
  2. Are you a follower, regular or casual visitor to my blog?
  3. What is it that brings you back (or would bring you back) to my blog to visit? (eg OSW templates, Stampin' Up! specials, new product ideas etc)
If you are getting this blog update via e-mail you will need to click this link and then leave a comment at the bottom of the post: http://maecollins.blogspot.com/2009/09/blog-candy.html

You have until next Friday, 25 September at 5 pm (my time!), to leave your comments.

I will leave this post at the top of my blog until then as I will not be making any postings during the coming week. I will be using this time to tidy my craft area, get my latest OSW template/handout finalised and get some other items created to share with you that have been on my 'to do' list for ages!

Good luck to all!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tidying up my blog!

I thought I would quickly post a note saying that I am about to undertake a little tidying up of my blog and so would forewarn anyone who may get multiple notifications that I have updated my blog - if you have requested notifications of when my blog is updated - and all I have done is made some changes to what is already there. Sorry in advance!

What I am about to do is tidy up the number of 'Categories' that I have currently displayed to a more manageable and streamlined listing. To do this I will need to edit each post to update the 'labels' applied to them which populates my 'Categories' listing.

I also have a few more ideas of what to do with my blog after my son Dylan chatted with me and who inspires me more and says he is proud of what I have developed it into. Isn't it great when we not only encourage our children but they also encourage us to greater achievements!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy to have my daughter home from New Zealand

My post today is not about anything craft wise but just to note that I am happy to have my beautiful daughter back home from her school trip to New Zealand, she was gone for 14 days! Although she missed us all and was glad to be home she had a great time and took some great photos, which she has asked me to scrapbook into an album for her - I will share some of those pages here when I can. After looking at her photos I too would love to visit New Zealand as it looks such a spectacular place to visit and she enjoyed some fun things in Queenstown (nothing like the Queenstown in Tassie!).

Here are just a couple of my favourite photos of what she took and one of her:





Hello to my visitors regular or casual from New Zealand, you have a beautiful home country and it so reminded me of our home state here in Tassie, at least some of the countryside scenery shots she took. I will enjoy sharing her holiday again by putting an album together with and for her.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Not just a catalogue but also a great ideas book!

One of the things I really like about the Stampin' Up!® catalogue is that it is not just that, not just a catalogue, but an Idea Book & Catalogue and therefore it can give you ideas to recreate a card exactly as it is displayed or use it as a springboard for another slightly different design. I decided to use it in this way today to create two cards that I need for upcoming birthdays.

The first card was using the cute greetings set Three Little Words as displayed on page 114 of the Idea Book & Catalogue 2009-2010 and casing one of the cards displayed there. I used Sage Shadow as my foundation colour and Chocolate Chip as the contrast colour. As I didn't have any grosgrain ribbon in Chocolate Chip I used what I had which was Taupe. I also used Stampin' Dimensionals to lift off the card the flourished 'T' and the flower head to add extra dimension to my card.


The second card that I made was using the stamp set VoilĂ  as pictured on page 40. I used as my base colour the new In Color Riding Hood Red and as I didn't have any matching wide grosgrain ribbon or a chipboard square that appears to have been used I substituted this for a cardstock square background [I need to print a copy off the demonstrator website a page indicating the items used in the pictured samples]. I stamped the background stamp Sanded onto Close to Cocoa cardstock and mounted this onto Naturals Ivory cardstock. Again using Stampin' Dimensionals I raised my chef off the card to give added dimension and I even stamped his trousers onto a piece of designer series paper that blended with the base card colour. I used my Blender Pens to add some colour to my stamped image and found that Sahara Sand was a nice light colour to add some highlights to his white uniform. I was very pleased with the result, what do you think?

So when you get stuck for inspiration don't just turn to what others like myself have to share on the web but also open your Idea Book & Catalogue and take inspiration from what is illustrated there. If you do not have your own copy, and you live in Australia, please email me and for just $13.60 you can have your own copy sent directly to your address. If you want a copy for FREE think of holding a stamp workshop to see other ideas and techniques (if you live within Tasmania) or place a workshop order (minimum $300 entitles you to not only a FREE catalogue but also receive a FREE hostess set and $30 product of your choice, as sales go up so do the hostess rewards). Contact me today to find out more details, my email address is mailto:maecollins3@iprimus.com.au

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully finding some inspiration in what I have to share.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Finally finished the Christmas Card set from my latest OSW template

I have finally finished making the Christmas card set from my latest OSW template that created 16 cards and which my friend Jodyann and I used to make four different sets based on the same template. I now need to polish this template and put it into a more detailed handout to include both metric and imperial measurements for others to use who may be inspired by what we did and how it can be easily modified into other layouts.

I have uploaded a few of my favourites below but you can see the complete Christmas set, plus the other sets, by clicking on my 'Galleries' link at the top of my blog and selecting the OSW template design No 4.




Stamp Set: Snow Swirled (Stampin' Up! new set)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Going Grey (I think that was the name of the shade of grey used)
Ink:
Old Olive, Versamark, Whisper White
[The original stamped sheet was done using Whisper White pigment ink for large snowflake, middle sized snow flake was inked with Versamark and then 'rock and rolled' on Old Olive, the little snowflake was inked in gold pigment ink. Then this was all embossed using a mixture of clear embossing powder and dazzling diamonds, which is why it reflects the light in different ways.]

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my finished cards and if you have used this template yourself leave a comment below and provide a link to your blog or site you have uploaded your cards to as I would love to see your interpretation of the template.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Cards I made recently

As promised here are the cards that I made recently but did not get the chance to upload them to my blog before going away at the weekend.

This first one was a card that I put together using bits and pieces I had sitting around. Often I have off-cuts or stamp an image or greeting etc and then put it aside as I decide that it does not fit with what I am currently putting together. So I therefore end up with lots of bits and pieces that I think I will use 'some day' - well some day was then and so this is what was made.

As it was Father's Day last Sunday of course I had to make a card for my dad and this is what I put together, it went a long with a couple of books for him to read as he is an avid reader.


The third card that I had made was for my beautiful niece Leah's birthday and I just loved the new Forest Friends stamp set in our new Mini Catalogue so that was the basis of my card. I can see this set used for a lovely gift set of notelet cards and so sometime soon I will make these and share these with you as well.

Anyway I must get off the computer now after checking emails, chatting with my sister-in-law on Facebook, and now updating my blog and do some chores - would much prefer to craft but this can be my reward if I get some of the 'have to do's' done! Have a great day and feel free to share how you spent Father's Day - it might cheer me up from sitting here and watching the wet and cold weather outside my window!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Quick update

Hi to all my regular blog visitors and to anyone who has dropped by for the first time. I am sorry but I didn't get a chance yesterday to load the few cards that I made to my blog will do so early next week. At present I am in Devonport (north of the state of Tasmania for my overseas or mainland visitors) visiting my parents - celebrating Father's Day tomorrow! The cards I made were of course a Father's Day card, a birthday card for my beautiful niece Leah and another male oriented card using bits of prestamped pieces that I had sitting around my craft space.

Just a brief update on my family movements - I have resigned from my 'regular' 9 to 5 job due to high blood pressure and stress related issues (will have a few weeks of rest and relaxation before seeing what direction I want to or need to take in this area), my husband is still busy nursing full-time while completing a psychiatric nursing scholarship, my son has just decided to stop his university studies and to move back down the south of the state and he managed to gain a job while on a week's break at home - so he will have something to look forward to (maybe he can support his mother!) and our daughter is currently in New Zealand on a school trip - she seems to be having a good time! So the Collins' family are keeping occupied as usual.

Oh well I should have a bit more time for some crafting and blogging so hopefully you will see a few new projects posted here soon. Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I have been up to, although at this stage not much in the craft space but this will change in the next couple of weeks - a great way to relax and have a break!

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