Friday, February 28, 2014

Hip Hip Hooray.....new card kit available!

This card kit is simply perfect for beginner cardmakers and experienced ones alike!  You get a heap of stuff in the kit which will set you up to make 20 cards!  With the kit priced at just $34.95, this works out to be less than $1.70 per card.  Imagine how much money you will save by not having to buy any greeting cards for twenty separate events!

If you had to buy 20 cards at the newsagents, you could easily be up for around $120.  Wow.  You have to agree that this offer is a great saving.

So what is in the kit?
Remember, if you order this kit before Sunday night at 10pm through me, you will also get 5% off!

Would you like some ideas on what cards to make with this kit?  Then simply click HERE to download the flyer and there are 20 ideas on how to use the kit.  Excellent!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Scrapbooking class on Friday

Just a quick reminder, that my quarterly scrapbook class is on THIS FRIDAY (my birthday!).  For this class we will be making and decorating a mini album which you will be constructing yourself using the new Envelope Punch Board!  We will also be using a number of items from the Retro Fresh Suite in the Occasions Catalogue (pg 19)

I only have a spot or 2 left, so if you want to grab one, let me know by TOMORROW (Tuesday) and I will send you through the list of things that you will need to bring to the class, including a basic kit and photos.

The cost of the class is $25pp if you bring all your own adhesives ($30pp if you use mine).  Start time is 7pm at the old convent complex in Fireman St.

Contact me tomorrow if you would like to take part!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Everyday Impressions...YOUR turn!


OK, as promised, I am posting a picture for YOU to use as an 'Everyday Impression'.  Simply do as I have done for the past week - use the picture as inspiration for a card or 3D project and then use the inlinkz list to load your picture up on my blog.  If enough people play along...I might even draw a present!





Thursday, February 20, 2014

Day 7 of Everyday Impressions

Here is it.  We finally got through a week of cards.  Did you enjoy it?  Are you ready to do it for yourself?  Well, check back tomorrow for the Everyday Impression that I will post for you to make a project from.  Exactly what I have been doing for the past week.  It is super easy and helps you get out of a crafting block!

For this round's final project, my husband, Mark, actually chose the inspiration for me.  I was looking at something else and he fronts up with this!  Mind starts ticking over and this is what I came up with....

Here is the inspiration....
sorry ladies....it is empty.  Courtesy of my hubby!
....and here is the card.
I stuck with the shape of the design on the box and initially I was just going to do the whole card white. But then I thought, "why not step it up a notch and introduce the window sheets?"  So I did.  I improvised on the silver writing by adding a pattern from the Mosaic Madness set around the outside of the box.  I actually added to it, because if you look on the chockie box, there is no writing down the bottom.  But that didn't make my card look centred.  So I added the strip along the bottom too.  This was heat embossed using silver (gee...I have done a lot of heat embossing on these cards!  If you want to learn the technique, give me a call and I am happy to show you and some friends just how quick and easy it is to do!)

Because the whole card is see through, there is not a lot of room to write your message.  So to overcome this and to also hide all of my adhesive work, I simply cut a matching piece of white cardstock for the inside of the front cover and stuck it down with dimensionals.  And tada!  Somewhere to write a message!
If you have never worked with the window sheets, then you should give it a go.  They are really easy to work with and can really add a wow factor to your cards.  I mean, they are just so unusual and not something that you would buy in the newsagents!

Don't forget....come back tomorrow for YOUR project and have a go at doing this sort of thing yourself!!!  I hope you have enjoyed yourself with this series!

Materials used:
Cardstock - Whisper White, Window Sheets
Stamps - Petite Petals*, Creative Elements, Loving Thoughts
Ink - Real Red, Versamark
Other - Silver embossing powder, Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Petite Petals punch*
Items in PINK feature in the Occasions Catalogue
*You can buy the Petite Petals stamp set AND the Petite Petals punch as a bundle and save 15% on the usual price (if purchased separately).  See page 33 in the Occasions Catty.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Second last day for week of Everyday Impressions!

Phew...up to day 6 already (notwithstanding the break in transmission thanks to the cuppa!!)

Today was a hard day.  A. VERY. HARD. DAY. Inspiration was sitting there for me and I knew EXACTLY what to do.  However, there are times in all our creative lives, when how we image something in our mind, simply does not transfer to paper.  Darn it.

This was one of those times.

To give you a look at the project -
This is the inspiration.....
a candle from our bathroom...hence the crinkled label!
...and here is the card.

Ok, you're probably thinking that I have done pretty well.  BUT.  There are a number of things wrong with this....so much so, this card will no doubt be taken apart and the base at least, be used for something else.  Normally, I would never put such a crappy card on my blog, however, I think it is important that you see that even us demos have rotten days where things do not go to plan and the card is a bit of a failure.

Let me talk you through the blunders.

  1. In trying to partly cut out the label (using the Deco Labels framelit), I found that it was impossible to actually see where I had to cut to and as such, the label itself is not cut evenly
  2. When I went to emboss the white onto the Bermuda Bay cardstock (up the top), I forgot to swipe the cardstock with my embossing buddy.  hence, white embossing powder clung to parts of the cardstock that it shouldn't have and when I hit it with the heat gun, it stayed there.  Forever.
  3. Then I look at it, and I have embossed the sentiment crooked anyway.
  4. The candle jar has silver and I was able to replicate this well with the card base, however, there was just too much fiddling about for me to get a fine frame in silver paper.  And unlike the first Everyday Impressions card I did (click here), I had used the smallest framelit already to do the cutting, so I didn't have another size down to run a silver pen around and get a nice even line on the inside.  So I had to wing it and freehand the silver line around the entire shape.  And I was not great at that.
  5. And the silver pen didn't actually show up all that well on the Bermuda Bay cardstock, and it looks grey on the Pool Party.  Sigh.....

But, you can see where I got my inspiration from.  I gave it a red hot go.  Sometimes these things will work, other times they won't.  But you'll never know unless you try.

Come back tomorrow and check out my final 'Everyday Impressions' for this series.  On Friday, I will put up a 'Everyday Impression' for you to do and will provide a linky list to which you can load your finished projects and show us all.  I plan on offering this on a fortnightly basis, so you can play along on a regular basis if you'd like.
Materials used:
Cardstock - Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Brushed Silver
Stamps - Creative Elements, One in a Million, Pennant Parade
Ink - Marina Mist, Versamark
Other - Silver and White embossing powders, Silver pen, Deco Labels Framelits, small oval punch

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Day 5 Everyday Impressions project

How are you going, following along with this?  Is this series of projects stirring some creativity inside of you?  Am I helping you to see how everyday items around your house can easily transpose into a card or other project?

Today I have THE EASIEST card known to man.  Honestly.  This one has been swimming around in my mind for ages...possibly years...and I finally did something about it.  But not before SU! did something similar as well (sheesh....).  I'll get back to that.

So here is the inspiration for the project....
my son's undershirt
....and here is the card.
(in my finished version, I actually put faux stitching using the chalk pen around the edge of the black box)
The background on the card was achieved by simply using three different colour markers (in this case, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay and drawing lines across the page using the thick (brush) end of the marker.  That's it!  The stamp image was from the Cool Kid set and the dog was heat embossed with Early Espresso and the saying with white.  Simple, easy, eyecatching and kid friendly.  And such a time saver!  Do one yourself and see how easy it is!

Oh, and the work that SU! beat me to the punch on this with?  See page 5 of the SAB catalogue.  You'll see what I mean.  Sigh.....
Materials used:
Cardstock - Whisper white, Basic Black
Stamps - Cool Kid 
Ink - Real Red, Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay markers, Versamark ink
Other - Early Espresso and White embossing powders, chalk pen (in other finished version)
items in PINK feature in the Occasions catty

I'm back....with the next Everyday Impressions instalment

Sorry for the delay in posting these projects.  A HUGE problem at my house.  I spilt coffee all over my laptop keyboard.  Disaster.  Coffee running out of places that no coffee should ever go.  I nearly cried....but not as much when I got the quote to fix it.  OMG.  I need to sell a heap more Stampin' Up! product.

Luckily, I got it into the fix-it shop right away and being a Mac, there was minimal damage.  Although that minimal damage can prove to be quite expensive in the long run.  The keys were sticking and some moisture made its way into the inner workings.  At first I thought I would need to replace the keyboard (top plate) but as the day has progressed and I have used it more, the keys have freed up and are working fine.  Time will tell if the innards corrode, but I hope we dried it all out fast enough.

Anyhow...that is why there was a hiccup with my uploading of projects for this.  But, we are back to normal programming and I bring you DAY 4 in the series of....
Today's card was easy enough to construct, but I did struggle over which image to use.  I have discovered that I have a distinct lack of kiddie stamps (images for kids).  I need to rectify this.  But I did have this little single stamp on hand and seeing as it had only seen ink once, I thought it might be nice to break it out.

So, here is the inspiration...
the box from one of my kid's crockery sets
...and here is the card

close up of the stamped image
Easy enough to see that the colouring and the background design were what I drew from, and the bold type up the top and the lines of text down the bottom.  I did, however, forget to add a touch of red in there, but....meh!  I think it's fine.

I added a touch of bling to this image (the treasure chest) by using some of the gold glitter that can be found in our Occasions catty (p32), which is a carry over item from the previous Holiday catty.  As for colouring the image in, I used my ink pads and my blender pen.  I went a bit crazy adding colour to my fishes and I did get a bit of pilling, but this is more a technique thing and because I haven't practiced this enough lately, I found I rubbed way more than I should have.

I f you would like to learn how to use blender pens and existing ink pads to colour in your images, then simply book a workshop with me and I would be happy to show you and some friends how to do it.  And holding a workshop during SAB is even better, because you can earn SO MANY freebies, by doing nothing more than placing an order!

Or, if you would like to learn how to do a heap of techniques, I am starting a NEW techniques club VERY SOON.  Come along and learn how to get more use out of the tools you buy and learn some cool stamping and cardmaking techniques.  These hints and tips will transform your cardmaking!

Contact me today.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the next Everyday Impressions project!

Materials used:
Cardstock - Marina Mist, Pool Party, Whisper White
Stamps - One in a Million, Fishin' Around
Ink - Soft Sky, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Stazon
Other - itty bitty punch pack, gold glitter, two way glue
items in PINK feature in the Occasions catty

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

and another Everyday Impressions!

I've been in Melbourne until early this afternoon and I only just managed to get this card done!  This card is for a special friend of mine that just recently made a wonderful achievement!  It's very nice to make a card for an actual purpose rather than just making sample cards.

So this is the inspiration....
my son's hair wax
...and here is the card.
Obviously, the colour scheme and the text layout were what I drew the majority of the inspiration from.  The silver paper that I used is our silver foil cardstock and I simply stamped the flourish in Versamark and heat embossed in white emboss powder (told you I love this technique!)

To make the card round, I used my circle framelits.  Just make sure that when you are making the base that you allow some of the card to NOT get cut by the framelit, otherwise you will end up with 2 big scallop circles rather than having the joined.  Mine is joined at the top under the ribbon.

I will be posting one of this Everyday Impressions project each day for 7 days.  On the last day, I invite you to join me in doing this.  I will post a Everyday Impressions item and you need to draw inspiration from it.

The other thing that I want to draw your attention to about this card was the text on the blue section.  This was created in MDS using a number of different bits and pieces.  It was very simple to do and because I could resize everything with ease, I could make it fit exactly how I wanted.  Because this card is made up of both traditional cardmaking products and digital resources, this is known as a hybrid card.  So if you are a traditionalist cardmaker, don't dismiss the notion of incorporating some MDS into your projects.  Your world will definitely open up by using it.  Because NOTHING runs out!!!

Materials used:
Cardstock - Whisper White, Silver Foil
Stamps - Petal Parade
Ink - Versamark
Other - Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon, white emboss powder, My Digital Studio
Items in ORANGE feature in the SAB catalogue

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Another Everyday Impressions project

As promised, here is my second Everyday Impressions project.  I should say, that not all the things I put up will be cards.  Some will be scrapbook pages, some of them party favours, others will be home decor.  Just whatever takes my fancy really!

Today's card was inspired by a product I use a lot.  I mean it.  A. LOT.  After the cupcake wrapper, this was really the next thing that grabbed my eye.  And with the new Starburst Framelits, I just knew how this was going to take shape.  Super quick and easy.

First, the inspiration.....
 ...and now, the card.
This is pretty self explanatory really.  The card layout could easily be made to give to any age group or sex, just by changing the baby sentiment and the colour scheme.  If you are stuck for how to combine colours, then turn to your trusty Colour Coach.  Don't have one?  Then you NEED one!  I use mine all the time.  Add one to your next order.  Quick!

The Starburst sentiment was stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed in white on top of MArina Mist cardstock.  I love heat embossing and to be honest, my heat gun is the only thing I have at the ready all the time.  It is forever plugged in, so this becomes a real 'go to' technique or tool when I want to put a bit of WOW onto my cards.

Play along.  Find something around your house and challenge yourself to make a card.  It's really super simple!

Oh, and FYI...the Starburst Sayings and the Starburst Framelits are able to be bought in a bundle....saving you 15%!!!!

Materials used:
Cardstock - Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Marina Mist, So Saffron
Stamps - Dictionary, Starburst Sayings, Bitty Banners
Ink - Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Versamark
Other - Sponge, White emboss powder, heat gun, White taffeta ribbon, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, Starburst Framelits, 
Items marked in PINK feature in the Occasions catalogue

Monday, February 10, 2014

Where do you get inspiration?

I couldn't tell you how many hours I have spent - usually breastfeeding babies - where I haven't had much to occupy my mind and as such my mind wanders and I come up with all these weird and wonderful things that I should do.  Sometimes these revolve around the farm and our dairy business, sometimes they will be related to the house and my dreams of our renovations (still dreaming on this one), and of course, many of my thoughts revolve around my crafting.

So often, I look around the baby's room and spy something that I reckon I could "knock off" as a card or scrapbook page.  After all, the packaging on products that we buy has been designed by professional advert agencies and the chances that they are a complete flop are minimal.   Even babies clothes can be drawn from (eg colour combos, various designs etc).

So finally, I have done something about it and for the next little bit, I will be putting up some cards that I have created by drawing inspiration from everyday things around me.

I am going to call this series, "Everyday Impressions".  Along with the card, I will also post the object of my inspiration.  How about you join me and make something of your own from something around your house?
So the other day, I bought some little mini cakes from the supermarket for the kids and the belly band that was on the packaging was just so damn cute...how could I resist?  Here is the belly band....
....and here is my take on it.  See how it works?  Easy.
Obviously, the polka dots featured heavily as did the colour red and the oval shape.  For my card, I have used a number of new items out of the Occasions Catalogue (see below).  I just want to draw your attention to the oval.  See the line on the inside?  Wanna know how I did that?  Well I stamped the sentiment first in Real Red and then cut it out with one of the Oval Framelits keeping it on the angle.  I then grabbed the next sized oval down from the one I used and just used it as a template.  I held it in place and using a Real Red marker, simply drew around the inside.  Easy!

Stay tuned tomorrow for another Everyday Impressions.

Materials used:
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Whisper White
DSP: Fresh Prints DSP Stack
Stamp: Perfect Pennants
Ink - Real Red (ink and marker)
Other - Decorative Dots embossing folder, Organza Ribbon, Oval Framelits
Items is PINK are from the Occasions catalogue
Items in ORANGE are form the SAB catalogue

Sunday, February 9, 2014

An Occasions CASE for you

I had a little bit of time today - mainly because I ignored the pile of washing that needs to be folded and the god awful messes in the kids rooms - and as such, I treated myself to a bit of web surfing.  I follow a few different SU demos over in US and Canada, but I have been so busy since before Christmas that I found I hadn't visited them in a while.

While trawling through Diana Gibbs' page, I cam across this adorable card that she in turn had found form another demo and copied (in the trade, we call it CASEing....Copy and Share Everything).  So I CASEd it too.

In my version, I actually took the colours from the DSP and one of the card packs out of the SAB catty.  I also used the sentiment from one of the SAB stamp sets ('See Ya Later').  The embossing folder I used is also the one on the SAB catty ('Decorative Dots').  The little banners was yet another stamp set from SAB ('Banner Blast') and it is perfectly matched with the banner punch which....yes...is ALSO from  the SAB catty!

You can get one or more of these items for yourself for FREE just by placing an order of $90 or more.  SAB is a terrific time of the year, because no matter who you are - hostess, customer or new recruit - you benefit form the wonderful bargains to be had!

Contact me to arrange a workshop or to place an order.  Remember, you can always place an order online through my demo website anytime of the day or night, if you have a valid credit card!  Simply click on the link below to get started.  If you need some help to get going, I have a YouTube clip which steps you through the online account set up process (and also talks about hostess codes too if interested).  Simply access that clip by going to my blogsite and clicking on the TUTORIALS tab on my menu bar (on left hand side).  Or click HERE.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Best of....25 years

Don't forget that the 'Best of 25 years...' stamps are still available.  February's set has just been released and it focuses on greetings.
click on picture to see a bigger version
This, and all the previous sets are still available until April this year.  If you want to see all the previous month's sets, simply go to my online shop and click on "stamps" and then choose "Best of 25 years".

All the sets are clear mount only and are $25.95.  The various flyers will tell you what size clear blocks are used with the various stamps.  Don't forget, these stamp sets are only available until APRIL, so don't delay.  Get your favourite one - or all of them - today!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

stamp club starting March

Hi all.  Just to let you know that I have a stamp club starting on March 15th and I have ONE vacancy.

This is an ideal way to build up your stash of SU! products without breaking the bank and also receive hostess benefits as well.  If you would like to read the fine print, please refer to my groups and clubs page by clicking on the side menu bar or by clicking HERE.

If I have already contacted you regarding this club, then consider yourself booked in and you have no need to respond again.

If you would like to speak to some current club members and get their opinion on being part of this, then let me know and I will arrange you to be contacted.

I would like to finalise this last spot ASAP.  If you are hoping to get in, then please don't leave it too late.  Vacancies are only open once existing members 'drop' and often this doesn't happen.  The next opening isn't until mid year.