Thursday, August 27, 2009

I do scrapbook too!!

I have gotten so caught up in the whole cardmaking arena, that I have let my scrapping slide somewhat. But let me assure you that it has not gone completely. In fact, for those that are not aware, scrapping is my background and (if I were honest), my preferred craft.

I got into scrapbooking as do many people......because of the birth of a child! So I have been at it for just over 4 years now and I really enjoy it. But I empathise with those of you out there that say that whilst you also enjoy it, you just never have the time.

I guess it is like everything. You have to make time to do it. Let's face it, there is always other stuff that needs to be done (like washing, cleaning, bookwork etc), but at the end of the day, if scrapping is the way that you are able to get "ME time" then I say go for it. I know that sounds easier than it is, but life is too short to not get some time for yourself and enjoy yourself.

Very profound!

Anyway, I thought that I should start getting some scrapbooking layouts up on here, as Stampin' Up! also cater for the scrappers amongst us.

This 12 x 12 layout of Biddy (@ about 14 months old) was one I actually created for my mini catalogue launch as it features designer series paper - 'Walk in the Park' - from that catalogue. In fact, everything on this LO is Stampin' Up! products which is a good indication of how the embellishments and stamps can work together.

Product list:

  • Stamps: 'Always' (pg 95, $55.95)
  • Cardstock & Paper: 12 x 12 textured Pink Pirouette cardstock, Basic Grey cardstock, Baja Breeze cardstock, Walk in the Park designer series paper (from mini catty)
  • Inks: Whisper White (Craft), Pink Pirouette, black Stampin' write journaller
  • Embellishments: metal edge tag, designer buttons (button bouquet), hemp twine, jumbo brads (from mini catty), dazzling diamonds

Monday, August 24, 2009

Something new and exciting!!!

Ok fellow creative buddies! I have something new in the wind for you all. Whilst I absolutely love running classes and I think that they are a great way to learn heaps of tips and tricks, I also know that a number of you can't attend them due to a variety of consraints (ie. distance, time, availability of baby sitters etc). So I am going to offer 'Classes by Mail' just so those of you that really want to do a class but can't don't miss out.

I am going to announce details of this in my next newsletter and will also place the same details on here, but I wanted to give you all a heads up and start the excitment!!

The main detail will be that I will do a bulk order for all the supplies on a set date. That will mean that you will need to confirm and pay me before I place the order. After that, the supplies and the class instructions will simply arrive on your doorstep. Of course, I am still available to provide any help, but honestly, I doubt that you will need it!

So how good is that?!

Also, just to let you know that a bulk mailout of mini cattys is going to happen this week. For all my past customers and hostesses, you are already on the list to get a copy, as is anyone that has caught up with me in the past couple of weeks and requested one. However, if you are not a past customer, you are still able to get your hands on one of these beauties. Simply email me with your contact details (mailing address) and I'll make sure you get one ASAP. The mini catalogues are FREE, so there is no reason to not get one!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Look what I found!

Have a look at the picture below. It is a picture of a CD storage rack that is located in my stamp area ( is holding up a great deal of debris). It contains all manner of old CDs, DVDs and computer programmes, many of which never see the light of day. But what else is there? Have a GOOD look.

Can't see anything out of the ordinary? Well let me show you the picture again, with a particular section highlighted and the offending item removed from CD case.

Yes! It is the missing 'Tree Trimmings' stamp set! My darling daughter had put them in the CD storage thingy and pushed them right in. Obviously she thought it was a great game, sticking them in and taking them out....except she stuck them in, forgot about the game and walked away. I was talking to my mum about the set not turning up after a whole week and that I had to buy a new set. And just as the words were out of my mouth, I happened to glance down and spot the edge of the plastic box.


Now, if only she would put her toys and things away so efficiently.............

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mini catty launch pictures

I thought that you might be interested to see some of the samples from the mini catalogue launch that I held last Sunday. I ran 3 demonstrations and had 2 'make and takes' available.

Demo 1: this card uses the new design series paper 'Walk in the Park', the stamp set 'Great Friend' and a jumbo brad (white) which are all in the mini catty.

Demo 2: this was the replacement demo card I had to quickly come up with after 'loosing' the 'Tree Trimmings' stamp set ( is STILL missing). This card shows how to incorporate a stamp set from the IB&C with some of the new stuff. I used the 'Christ is Born' stamp set out of the main catalogue and teamed it with the new design series paper 'Ski Slope' and some of the extremely yummy Red Riding Hood grosgrain ribbon from the mini catty.

Demo 3: thanks go to fellow SU! demonstrator Alisa Tilsner for this idea. Alisa got this idea from another stamper, which just goes to show what a caring, sharing lot we are!! The new designer series paper 'Parisian Breeze' was used on this card. This is WONDERFUL stuff. I love it. Just ordered myself another 2 packets. It is card weight cardstock and is perfect for OTP projects. Plus, the patterns and colours are divine! I also used one of the new corduroy brads/buttons and the sentiment stamp is one of the individual stamps that you can get from the mini catty. This card also demonstrated the technique of putting 2 colours onto your stamp at the same time. I used Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip on the 'Circle Circus' stamp and I think the result is striking. By the way, this little card is just 4" square.

The make and takes we made were:

M&T 1: this one interested participants mainly because of the little hidey hole in the front of the card. Stamp sets used here were 'Forest Friends' and 'Oval All'. The 'Oval All' s/s fits perfectly inside the scallop oval punch which is also available in the mini. 'Walk in the Park' DSP also used as well.

M&T 2: Thanks go to Marelle Taylor, another SU! demonstrator, for posting this one on her blog for me to CASE (stands for Copy And Share Everything). After making a number of samples of my own for the launch, I started to zone out and need some inspiration! This card mainly features the 'Great Friend' stamp set which I think is one of the most versatile and lovely sets I have used in a while. You get 5 stamps in this set and for $31.95, I think it is terrific value.

I have more pictures of samples made with items from the mini catty, but I don't want to overwhelm you in one go, so I'll post them over the next couple of weeks. If you see something you like, drop me an email or give me a call and place and order. Remember, the mini catalogue has a definate lifespan; it concludes at the end of November, and at the rate that this year is going, it will be here before we know it.

Monday, August 17, 2009

A lesson to be learnt

Just before I show you a picture of one of the cards that will be made at my class on Saturday, I wanted to relate a 'life lesson' to you.

As you know, I held my mini catalogue launch on Sunday (more about that in another post). For the couple of weeks prior to it, I had been busily making samples using products from the mini catty so that I could inspire others to maybe get some of the products for themselves. One of the products that I simply love is the 'Tree Trimmings' stamp set (page 21). It is a lovely set, it stamps beautifully, is intricate and I think is very versatile. The set I was using however, was not mine, but my mum's.

So I made a few things using this set and one in particular was going to be one of my demonstrations (the Pacific Point -blue- and Whisper White card that is in one of the posts below). I felt that this card had a few things going for it. 1) it is a Chrissy card but in non traditional colours, 2) it uses the Stamp-a-ma-jig, and 3) is visually appealing.

So Saturday night at about midnight, I am packing my stuff up ready for the launch the next day, when I discover to my annoyance that the stamp set is missing. After hunting around and then doing a MASSIVE clean up of 2 offices, my stamping area, the kitchen table, and peaking in the kids rooms, I concluded at 3am that it has disappeared. And I have a sneaking suspicion that my 19 month old daughter (bless her) may have put them in the rubbish. Because she is currently going through a phase of picking stuff up and putting it in the bin. I will have to now replace the set that is missing and hope that I don't end up with 2 sets!

The moral of the story? Kids and stamping don't mix! No, not really. The moral is to keep your stamps away from prying little hands, until little hands are attached to little minds that understand that these cute little stamps are actually mummy's work! The ladies at the launch thought it was highly amusing. And of course, I had to quickly come up with another design to demo!

And now, without further ado, I show you one of the cards that you can make if you attend my class on Saturday. All details for the class are in the post below. I would dearly love to see you at the class, so give me a call to book your place and ensure I have supplies for you!

Classic Stars wheel and star punches used to create this card.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Upcoming class - cards for men

In the hype surrounding the release of the new mini catalogue, I don't want anyone to forget that I still have my regular classes on offer.

The next class I am holding will be focussing on creating cards for the men in our lives and with Fathers Day coming up fast, this is an ideal opportunity for you to have at the very least, a beautiful handmade card to give to the special man in your life on September 6th.

When: Saturday, August 22nd
Where: the old convent complex, 1 Fireman St, Colac (where the mini catty launch is to be held)
Time: 1.30pm
Cost: $20 per person. Price includes everything you will need for your cards, use of my stamps and equipment, light refreshments and room hire.

In order to have enough supplies for everyone, bookings are essential. Numbers are limited, so don't leave your booking until the last minute!!

Making handmade cards for men seems to be one of the biggest hurdles people face in the cardmaking arena. During the class I will also highlight various products in the Ideas Book and Catalogue and the new Spring Mini Catalogue that you could also use to make masculine cards and scrapbook pages.

Email me today to book your place and avoid disappointment!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

It's here!

Yes the Spring 2009 mini catalogue is ready for viewing! As of this weekend, you can get your hands on all new stamp sets, designer papers, embellishments....oh, it is truly grand!

Come along to my mini catalogue launch on Sunday 16th August for a hands on look at some of the new stamp sets and other products. I have also been busy making up a variety of samples using things out of the mini catty and I am confident that you will be inspired. See my post below for all the details.

If you can't make the launch but would like to still get your hands on a catty, don't despair. Simply email me and I'll get one out to you in the post. This mini catty is FREE!