Sunday, September 29, 2013

Vintage Christmas is my version of the Vintage Christmas card challenge that I posted early hours of Saturday morning!  I would love it if you could play along...and you could win a prize for your efforts!  Simply link your creation to this blog by using the button located at the top of this post.
I would like to point out that except for the greeting - of which I used the new thinlit dies in the Holiday catalogue - NOTHING on this card is exclusively Christmas.  The tree was stamped from one of the images out of the set Lovely as a Tree, the DSP is from our Naturals Composition pack, which I coloured by swiping an ink pad across.  I have also used Gorgeous Grunge, Creative Elements and Clockworks on here as well.

This is an example of how to do a Christmas card without using traditional Christmas stamp sets.

For those that are booked into my Christmas card class on October 19th, this is one of the cards you will be making.  If you are not yet booked in, places are now EXTREMELY LIMITED.  The class is almost booked out and this is a bigger class that usual.  Contact me to reserve your place now.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Vintage Christmas challenge...PRIZE available!!

As I mentioned in my newsletter that went out recently, it is NOW that we need to start thinking about our Christmas card designs if we are intending to make them this year.  After all, it is (scarily) not that long until Christmas.

The workshops that I have been running recently - including one tomorrow - are focussing on Christmas projects.  I have been humming away at home, making things out of the Holiday catalogue.  I just received some of the single Christmas stamps in the mail today for a couple of customers and I was so surprised and pleased with the size of them, that I am rethinking my own Christmas card designs!!  Oh dear....another order is coming I feel!!!

To get you all thinking of Christmas (if you aren't already), I am putting a challenge to you.  And this is one to play along and possibly win a PRIZE!!!

I would like you to make a VINTAGE CHRISTMAS CARD.  Sound hard?  Don't have any vintage stamp images in your stash?  Well let me put this to you......have a look at your stamps in a brand new light.  Think about how some of them could be used in a different way.  You may find that a completely non Christmas set can be indeed used for the festive season.  Think about vintage colours and textures as well.  Whilst I would love you to stick as much to SU! products as possible, feel free to pop on some other trinkets that may help your project.

For those of you that play along, I will be giving away a pack of Season of Style Washi Tape (p25) AND a set of the Season of Style Designer Journaling Tags (p22).  Simply link your image by using the link button at the top of this blog (I will leave the link list at the top of the blog until the competition ends).

I will post a photo of my vintage Christmas creation Sunday....I want you to have a think first and not be too influenced by my style!  Good luck.

(*disclaimer: prize will be awarded based on judges decision [me and my hubby!].  A minimum of FIVE (5) separate user links must be received for prize to be awarded - so pass on the message to other crafters to enter!  Postage is included if required. Existing SU! demos are ineligible for prize, but please feel free to link your creation....just type 'demo' after your name).

Monday, September 23, 2013

Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser

For those of us with kids, we know how much worry we go through when one of our children are unwell.  You are filled with anxiety for them.

Well imagine if your child was sick enough to be admitted to hospital.  In Melbourne.  And you live in country Victoria or another state.  And this all happens in the blink of an eye.  And you have no relatives, friends, support networks to call on.

What do you do?  Where do YOU go to recharge your batteries?  And what if you are there for MONTHS?  Think about it.

Well this is exactly the case for more than 7000 families every year around Australia.  Those families are assisted by Ronald McDonald House Charities who provide a bed, food and a welcoming living environment (not to mention a shoulder to cry on).

As most of you know, I have 4 kids of my own, two of which have medical issues.  One of them has required hospitalisation in another town.  While we were very lucky in that Biddy (my daughter) did not have to stay long in hospital (3 days), I now have the empathy for those families that have to battle it out over a longer period of time.  And especially where their child is critically unwell.

As a demonstrator in country Victoria, I can't do very much in the way of volunteering at RMH.  I can't go and make beds, or do their shopping, or go and clean a few rooms.  But what I can do, is make some cards that the residents of the house can use whenever they need for various occasions.  I can also raise money to help offset the costs of running these vitally important resources.

As I have already mentioned in my monthly newsletter, I am running a HUGE fundraiser for RMHC on OCTOBER 26th in Colac.  Cost is $40 per person and everything, including lunch and refreshments, is supplied.  The day will run from 10am through to 4pm and during this time, we will all be making 4 cards - 1 which you will keep and 3 to donate - have guest speakers, door prize, prize patrols, demonstrations, guessing games and MORE!  Also, each guest will receive a gift bag containing some craft gear.

Registrations are now open.  Bookings and payments must be received by OCTOBER 14th.  Due to seating and insurance, I am limited to how many people can attend.  SO DON'T MISS OUT.  I already have a fair number of people booked in, and we have some wonderful sponsors on board as well.

Contact me today to book your place.  Payments can be made in cash (to me personally), or posted cheque or deposit in my bank account.  Contact me for postal address or bank details.

This day is shaping up to be a FANTASTIC day for all and I am really excited to share it with you all.  I would like to stress that this day is not only for hard core cardmakers.  Even if you have never picked up a piece of cardstock and tape, you will be FINE.  There will be helpers available to step you through the whole process.  I am hoping as many novice cardmakers as possible attend, just to show you how great this can be!

Go HERE to see the flier for the day, and PLEASE pass this info along to anyone that you think might be interested.

Hello and Thanks

Just a quick post to say HELLO to any new blog followers who came along to the St Mary's Garden and Lifestyle Expo on the weekend.  It was great to meet so many new faces and I hope that of the many catalogues that I gave out, that some of you will contact me with wanting to run a workshop!

As you could see form my display, I am able to cater for a range of tastes and occasions.  Just get in contact with me to arrange things.  Christmas is coming, so that is popular right at the moment!

And a big THANKYOU to all my regular customers that came along to the Expo as well.  I hope you enjoyed looking at some of my new display items and took away some great new ideas.

I will be back later this week with some nifty card ideas that you can start working on!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

St Mary's Expo sneak peeks!

Want to see some of the things I will have on offer at my stand on Saturday?
Butterfly kisses.....(I can demonstrate these on the day too!)

cards.....(I have many different ones) 
Mermaid wishes.....(oh so cute!)
Come along and check out what else I have.  The Expo is held at the Colac Showgrounds form 9am to 3pm.  There is a great array of different stallholders with goods priced to sell!  Food available and a yummy cake stall will be in operation as well!

Look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

MORE Christmas yumminess!

Just when I thought that I had bought all my Christmas stamps for this year.......Stampin' Up! has gone and released a whole bunch of single stamps!  And they have me drooling!!
Want to see these in a bigger format?  Click HERE and see the pdf file and download it for yourself!

Contact me to place your order, or order via my online store by clicking on my store icon located on the top left side of this blog!

CASE study challenge

Hi all.  I have been motivated to enter a card into this month's CASE study challenge.  The card posted by Kathy Racoosin was the one to inspire us all this month, and I really loved the colour columns on the card front.  I've taken that aspect as the main focus for my card, but I also added the Pleasant Poppies stamp to the left side in an effort to emulate her flower.

So what did I do?
Super easy card this one.  I started with some watercolour paper and I spritzed it liberally with water before I put any ink on it.  I inked up one of my clear mount blocks with ink - that's right, just the acrylic block...NO stamp at all - and then banged it down on the watercolour paper and then dragged it down.  That's it.  Super easy.  I used three of the new in-colours: Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding.  The Pleasant Poppies image was embossed in black purely because my black ink pad is playing up and doesn't want to stamp in a nice crisp image.....(norty thing!).  I wound some linen thread around the front and popped a sentiment on it using the Heloo, Lovely stamp set.  I then matted the whole thing onto some So Saffron card.

What do you think?  I wasn't sure how it was going to come out, but I quite like it.  As I said, this is super easy to do....give it a try.

Sorry for being MIA

If it doesn't pours.  Following on form my infected finger debacle, I have found myself needing to launch straight into getting things ready for the St Mary's Lifestyle and Garden Expo which is to be held this coming Saturday in Colac.  My kids attend St Mary's and I have supported the expo by having a stand at it for the past 3 years.  But it is super intense in the lead up.  This year, I am making a few different nik naks to sell (mainly to little girls with money to burn in their pockets!) and I have also made about 80 cards for sale as well.  I'll hopefully post a couple of sneak peaks in the next day or so, but come along and check them all out in person.

If you are in Colac on Saturday, please come along!  It is the main fundraiser for the school and just about half of Colac rocks up.  There are heaps of stall holders offering some wonderful stuff.  It just gets better and better each year.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

playing catch up

Ugh...I've been sick.  Very sick.  And all from an infected finger.  I was so sick I even had to be put into hospital on IV drugs and I've only just come home after a couple of days.  AND I even had to cancel a scrapbook class on Friday night (double ugh!).

So I am playing a bit of catch up here.  A couple of things I want you to know:

1. Shelli Gardner (CEO of Stampin' Up!) had a fall from a horse last week and is sporting multiple broken bones including pelvis, wrist and collarbone.  If you want to send her a card of well wishes, send it to me and I will packaged them through to SU!.  However, she is in high spirits and is hopefully mending well.

2. The New Holiday Catalogue is now live and you are able to order from it!  I have a bunch sitting here ready to be given out, so if you would like one, please shoot me through a note (ensure I have your postal details) and I will arrange to get one to you VERY soon!!  Lots of exciting things in there!!!

3. The September 'Best Of....' is Christmas stamps and these will be VERY popular!!!  These are all clear mounts and cost $25.95.  The Dasher stamp (the reindeer one) was hugely popular and I think that this one in this set is the same, but slightly smaller, so it would work on smaller projects.

4. The itty bitty butterfly punch and the Papillion Potpourri stamp set are being bundled together and you can save 15% between now and end of September.  Clear mount is $45.82 and Wood mount is $51.77

Keep an eye out for my September newsletter which will hit your inboxes this week sometime.  This will include details of upcoming classes and also a beaut little project form the Holiday Catalogue for you to try!  Make sure you are on the list to get this newsletter by typing in your email addy in the subscription box (on left hand side), or email me.