Saturday, February 25, 2012

Easter Workshop

This is a late post for the projects that I made for last Saturday's Easter workshop that a customer requested. I was really pleased with how they turned out and so were the hostess and guests.


I demonstrated the greeting card first showing the guests how easy it was to emboss some of Stampin' Up!'s beautiful Designer Series Paper (DSP) and added an additional texture to the beautiful patterns. I demonstratred the use of Stampin' Write Markers to colour in stamped images and as you can see my second bunny (on the gift card) I used Blush Blossom as opposed to the darker colour of which I think I used Crumb Cake, thinking Soft Suede (which was my contrasting border cardstock) would be too dark for the bunny. I also showed them the technique I learnt at last Convention (Melbourne 2011) from the very talented Teneale Williams on how easy it is to adhere and ruffle our lace ribbons simply using a glue stick. So easy!

My sample card also had a mistake in it which I notice every time I look at the card but which I decided to still show while putting together another as part of my demonstration. Can you see it?

I asked the ladies to let me know if they could spot my mistake and nobody did which goes to show that often when we put our cards together a mistake can often be not that noticeable...it is the fact that the right DSP strip was not cut straight and even so that when I adhered them to the Soft Suede cardstock the top edges almost touched. However, with the bunny image and ruffled lace embelishment the focus is not on that area anyway. What do you think?


For the workshop Make 'n' Take (where the guests get to make a project and take it home with them) I demonstrated how easy it is to make a box using the Big Shot and the Box No. 2 die. Before I put it together I showed them how to use the Stampin' Around Wheels to decorate it and again colour in the image using Stampin' Write Markers. The colour focus was the In Colors of Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral and Poppy Parade along with Soft Suede, which match perfectly with the Everyday Enchantment DSP (available in the current Sale-a-Bration promotion).


Using one sheet of A4 cardstock for each guest they were able to make the box and matching gift card, along with an offcut of Whisper White. They were able to also make a tag from the Lots of Tags die either in their colour choice, for a monochramatic look, or swap a piece with a friend to have a contrasting tag.

My sample box and gift card went of course to the hostess and the box was filled with...mini easter eggs of course!

It was a fun workshop and now I have another one to prepare for next week for one of the guests! Workshops are so much fun. If you want to book one with me just send me an email or give me a call (details on my blog above right). Don't forget that until 31 March we have the Sale-a-Bration promotion, a copy of the online brochure can be downloaded by clicking the image on the top left of my blog.

Friday, February 24, 2012

JAI #106 - Sketch Challenge

This week at Just Add Ink we have a sketch challenge for you...


As my previous post showed, I have been busy helping my husband create a new craft space for me, and so not only have I struggled with my stamping MOJO but also the time to sit down and just create something. Therefore, my submission for this week's JAI challenge is not one that I am particular happy with. Although I was happy with the colour combination and the fact that I made a masculine card and that I showed how you can flip the sketch to create a card rather than taking it literally as it displays. I just felt that it was too simple with no effective techniques or skill...just paper stuck on card to create a card!

Here is my card anyway...


How would you change it to give it that 'wow' factor?

Don't forget to pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see the fabulous creations put together using this sketch by the other Design Team members and then show us how you can use it in your project for this week!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Craft Space - work in progress!

As promised I am showing you some of the progress shots of my new craft space that is being created for me. This will mean I get out of the walkway area that I currently craft in - you can check out an earlier post where you might see just one side of the area (walkway) that I have for my stamping and cardmaking...I don't think I got around to sharing the other side of the walkway which houses my stamps and other craft supplies in a couple of cupboards.

Anyway on to my new area that is taking shape from what used to be my son's bedroom when he was a little boy and then got turned into an office, and on the otherside of a dividing wall my daughter's bedroom, which she has now moved out of and into a new, bigger room we just finished renovating for her. This space, 25 years ago when we first moved into our home was a add-on verandah type area, which we originally had as our bedroom...you can hear the waves so well from this room and see them too...I will have to remember to take a photo of the view I will have from new craft room!

The photo below was quite hard to take due to the angle of the room (sort of 'L' shaped) even with all the office furniture removed.

Old office, son's 1st bedroom
This next shot shows the view through part of the wall my husband had already demolished into my daughter's 1st bedroom. As you can see I will have to have a colour change as one room is bright blue and the other purple! I haven't as yet decided on a colour...any suggestions?

Looking into daughter's old room.

The photo below shows the remaining dividing wall, on the other side of which is/was a built in wardrobe, which at the time of taking this photo hadn't been moved. This was was put in years ago by my brother Leslie (who is no longer alive) as a way to make two small children's bedrooms from one long room. It needed to be in this shape to allow for an extra door to be put in and as it was not a weight bearing wall or structural wall, it was easy to remove.

Dividing wall being demolished.

Below is a shot of the wardrobe moved to an outside wall of the old office (son's bedroom), which will be used to store some of my craft supplies...but they won't all fit into this one space alone!

Wardrobe relocated.

The photo below shows the wardrobe relocated and the remaining wall demolished. You can also see the issue we have now of filling in the space that used the be the wall and that not only do I have two colours but also two different types of floor coverings to deal with - floorboards and carpet! Since taking these photos we have now resolved the flooring issues as I have found a floorboard of similar pattern to the existing one (this was discontinued) and we will take up the carpet section and replace it with floorboards. My knees are already aching from the thought as my husband, Gary, and I had laid the office floorboards one Saturday and it took us all day and we both had aching joints afterward, although a very satisfying feeling of completion.

Two rooms become one!

The space is quite large, although hard to photograph well, and now we just need to fix some of the walls, flooring, ceiling, lighting, painting etc. before it is completed. Our home was originally a shack that had add-ons before we bought it and now anything we do to it not only takes longer than expected but has to be fixed as things are often not even or aligned or properly done!

I am going to need help organising this space as I am better at organising other people and their spaces than my own...I think it is because I can't step back from it all. Any suggestions, advice welcomed so feel free to leave your comments for me!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Just Add Ink Colour Challenge #105

As I started to write this post for this week's Just Add Ink challenge I realised I should be taking photos to share with you of something that is happening at my house (and preventing me from going to Stampin' Up! Convention this May!)...that is the creation of a dedicated craft room for me! Well it will be a dedicated craft room when I don't have to give up half of it to visitors!

We have just finished painting and decoarting a bedroom (which initially was going to my husband and my new bedroom) but in to which we have allowed our 18yo daughter, Emily, to move into as she has really outgrown her little girl's bedroom! You should see the clothes and accessories etc that she had to fit into the new bigger wardrobe...I don't know where she put it all before!

Then we intend to knock out the dividing wall between her old room and the current study to turn it back into the long room it was when we first bought the house 25 years ago! It had initially been an add-on verandah to the original house I think! We had divided the space for my son and daughter to each have their own room and now it gets to turn into my craft room! Hubby is on 4 weeks holiday and so guess what I have got him working on! So I will get my camera out and take some progress shots to share with you here and to get ideas on how I should set it up. I am better at organising other people's spaces rather than my own!

Well on to the real reason for this post...that of letting you know what the current challenge is over at Just Add Ink. This week the lovely Kim Badelt has put forward a beautiful colour challenge for us. When I first saw these colours I thought of a floral or a baby card and as a few of the team had already gone with the floral theme I thought I would stick with the baby theme... especially as my friend's daughter Eliza is about to give birth any day now and I have also been making baby cards for a friend's shop as well!

Here are the beautiful colours...

Now here is my card that I created from these...

Project Supplies:
Stamps:
Baby Tees Jumbo Wheel, Well Scripted (Retired)
Cardstock:
Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Basick Black, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Stampin' Write Markers, Victoria Crochet Trim, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive  


Now pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see what beautiful creations the other Design Team members came up with using the colours Kim challenged us with. Then have fun with them yourself and link up your project to share with us all.

Thanks for stopping by and I will try to remember those work-in-progress shots! I also have to take photos of the Easter projects I created today for my Stamp Workshop on Saturday and share those with you too.

Friday, February 10, 2012

JAI#104 - Back to School

Here in Tasmania many children have gone back to school, some schools may have even started last week. I am not exactly sure any more now that my children are teenagers and working! However, to help celebrate or support those going through the process of starting off a new school year, whether it be their first time or just going up a year, Just Add Ink decided to set this week's challenge as...

Back to School

I decided for this week's challenge to allow myself to make something that I have been wanting to do for a while now...a ribbon headband, following Sarah Klass' tutorial (past JAI Design Team member too!)...as all little girls need to have their hair back at school, to keep it out of their eyes while working and to help prevent sharing crawlies! Now, don't start itching!

I know it is not traditional school colours, but I wanted it to be pretty as well as being practical.



I had actually made the fabric flower before decorating the headband with ribbon and felt that my original flower was too big, so I made another smaller version. I wasn't going to let the first flower be set aside so I simply turned it into a hairclip.


Thanks to my daughter, Emily, for modelling my projects, even though she doesn't need to wear them for school. These might find their way to my next market! I might also find time to make a few more!

Don't forget to pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see what other inspirational ideas the Design Team came up with, including our newest Design Team members! Then join in the fun, make your own project and link it up at JAI to share with us all.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Selling Retired Stamp Sets!

Just letting you know that I have finally got around to sorting through my stamp sets and I have currently sold some off to customers and the rest that are Retired and which I don't want any more I have listed on eBay.

Your can check out my listing by clicking here!

Happy bargain hunting!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Too many butterflies?

I have finally got around to doing a card for the latest Mojo Monday sketch challenge...it has been a while!

Here is their sketch...

Now here is the card I made using their sketch as inspiration...

Project Supplies:
Cardstock: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Everyday Enchantment DSP (current SAB promotion) 
Ink: Poppy Parade
Accessories: Big Shot, Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Dies, Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die Set, Ribbon Originals Mistletoe, Bow Ezy, Stampin' Dimensionals, Adhesive

Do you think there are too many butterflies?

When I was placing out my pieces on my card I felt the 'Love' tag was too small for my card size and layout and that the ribbon was also a little too narrow and therefore created too small of a bow as well. However, as I had already adhered my ribbon onto my DSP I felt I had to go with what I had, so I thought to add the bigger butterfly to my card and then I just got carried away and added the others too! Do they look like they might be flying off my card? Is it too much?

Overall, I am happy with my card and I loved playing with the new DSP available in our current Sale-a-Bration promotion, but I just couldn't decide if I should have put ALL the butterflies on or not!

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 3, 2012

JAI#103 - Valentine's colours

Well Valentine's Day is just around the corner (14 February) and so it is fitting that this week's challenge at Just Add Ink is to use Valentine's colour combo...Red and White!
I have chosen to use the traditional Real Red as my shade of red and added no other colour than white. Lately I have been forgetting to include the supplies I have used in my project so this week I decided I would include them below the photo.

Project Supplies:
Stamps: Fresh Vintage (SAB), You Are Loved 
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder,Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die Set, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Sponge and Snail Adhesive

Have some fun yourself and create a card for your Valentine, whether in secret or not!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Finally!

Finally I have put together my Christmas present to myself! This past Christmas DH and I couldn't decide what to get each other for Christmas so we decided to buy ourselves something each...he bought himself a nice surf fishing rod and I went with a Ribbon Carousel (bought from here).

It has sat in the box, after I eagerly opened it when it arrived of course, until last night when I finally got around to putting it together and now it is sitting proudly on my craft desk.

I had fun sorting through my Stampin' Up! ribbons and putting them on the 4 spools, coordinating the colours of course! However, I did decide to put the 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon rolls on to the bottom of one spool and not with their respective colour groups as they were such wider rolls which didn't look right throughout the columns.

Here are a couple of pictures of the fully stocked carousel. Does that mean I can't buy any more ribbon? :(

I don't think that will stop me some how!



Thanks for stopping by and let me know how you store your ribbons, as I still have a couple of rolls not on the carousel as well as some ribbon shares to keep sorted.

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