Friday, July 31, 2015

Tin of Cards class** NEWS **

***CHANGED DATE FOR CLASS***

The Tin of Cards class that was to be run on August 8th, has now been postponed to a later date (to be determined).

The reason for the change is that this kit - along with the Cottage Greetings kit and the Watercolour Wonder kit - is so popular, that Stampin' Up! sold out in record time and have had to order more in.  In fact, the first shipment was supposed to last 8 weeks and it sold out in less than 2!!!  Wow.

So, if you missed out on RSVPing for this class, or perhaps the date didn't suit you, then here is your chance to still get in on the action!

The proposed date will be in September, most likely a Sunday.  I will let you know ASAP the confirmed day so you can pop it in your diaries.  But for the meantime, if you would like to do this class, please let me know ASAP so I can put an order in for a tin for you NOW!!!!

**UPDATE** For those of you that have registered via Facebook events, you might have got a reminder that this event is on Saturday.  IGNORE IT.  I have changed to date to Sept 1st, but this is only to keep the event 'live'.  I will post the correct date ASAP.

A little challenge

Do you find sometimes that your crafting mojo has just gone?  You would like to do some cardmaking, but it all seems too much to think about a design and colour scheme?  Well how about getting your ideas out of the SU! catalogue?

So I'll set you a bit of a challenge:

  1. Close your eyes
  2. Open up your catalogue
  3. Pop your finger on a page
  4. Recreate the card or project that your finger is on!

I did this today and I recreated the card on pg 109.

Now I actually have all the items to reproduce the card exactly, but I thought I would do it with the idea in mind that I might not own everything.  Just to show you that you can easily recreate a card even if you don't own all - or any - of the items.

For the tag, I cut a peice of watercolour paper 2 inches wide and 4 inches long.  I punched the top of it using one of the tag topper punches.  Then I wet the entire tag thoroughly and using my aquapainter brush, I picked up some of the Watermelon Wonder ink and brushed it on the bottom left side of the tag working upwards and on an angle.  I then dried the tag using my heat gun (you could just as easily wait for it to dry naturally, but I am too impatient!).  I then wet the top right of the tag and this time, I used So Saffron in the same way as the Watermelon ink.  Again I dried to tag with my heat gun.

I stamped in Soft Suede, the honeycomb image from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (p124) a few times after stamping off first to give some depth to the background.  Then I gave the whole tag a good going over with my embossing buddy.  I did this because the tag was still slightly dampish and I didn't want the gold embossing powder to stick to places I didn't want.

Inking up the verse from the Butterfly Basics set in Versamark, I then sprinkled and heat set in gold embossing powder.  All I did to finish off the tag, was add a stamped small butterfly in So Saffron (and punched out) and the larger butterfly in Watermelon Wonder (cut out using Butterfly thinlits), some of the stitched stain ribbon and linen thread.

The background is embossed using the Arrows embossing folder, which is the same as the card in the catalogue.

Rarely I make a card EXACTLY the same as the one I am copying in the catalogue.  This is really not for any other reason than I tend to want to change the colour or the sentiment to suit the reason for making the card in the first place.  And you should do the same.

So take a fresh look at the catalogue (and past catalogues too!) and get your cardmaking mojo going!!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Tin of Cards class

**REMINDER**

I will be running a Tin of Cards class on August 8th.  Registrations is STRICTLY by July 24th in order to have enough supplies for everyone.  Cost is $55 per person and you will make 16 cards and also get the cool tin to store your cards in.

Please refer to the previous post HERE which gives all details.

Get your punches out!

Following on from yesterday's fantastic class, where we used some of our punches in different ways, I thought that I might run a small competition!

Your task, is to upload a picture of a card where you have used TWO punches.  I have made a card as an example that uses the triple banner punch ($38 p165) and the 2 1/2" circle punch ($31 p165).

I also used the new Awesomely Artistic stamp set (clear $35; wood $49 p125), the English Garden DSP ($19.25 p142), one of the new metal rimmed pearls ($8.75 p161), linen thread and a paper doily to finish up the card.

Upload your creation by next Sunday (26th July) to be in the running for a prize!!!


   

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Monday, July 13, 2015

July class - Using Punches

Ok, most of you have purchased punches and have most likely used them for the purpose that they were designed for.  Punching a shape.  Some punches - a number that Stampin' Up! have recently released - are matched to stamp sets.  These are great because they make fast work of your cardmkaing or crafting needs.  Others are stock standard shapes (eg circle, heart, square etc) that are used as a matting piece.

But punches can be used for a little more than the obvious.

Join me on Saturday to learn a few more ways that you can use your punches and get more value out of them.  You will be making 3 projects as well as seeing a number of ways that you can use other punches.

When: THIS Saturday
Where: old convent complex, COLAC
Time: 1pm
Cost: $25.  Includes everything including refreshments
RSVP: by Wednesday 15th July.  Cancellation policy applies to this class. Bookings are essential.

I look forward to showing you some tips and tricks to using punches!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Product Shares

Just a reminder that I am running 5 different product shares.  If you would like to take advantage of one or more of these, please contact me ASAP.

To read all about the shares, refer to this blog post by clicking HERE!