Monday, 31 December 2007

As promised....

Here are a couple of cards I made from one of the Sale-a-Brate stamp sets available to you over the months of January and February if you spend $100 on SU! Products.

This set is called 'Merci' and is so pretty and cute. This first card was another card where my creative juices just weren't flowing and I struggled with it but as is often the case I was happy with the final outcome.

I used watercolour paper to stamp the image on and then applied the Stampin' Write Markers directly to the paper. This is the only time you can do this as the watercolour paper allows you to work and blend the ink without already have soaked in. If you tried this on standard card stock it WOULD NOT work! You can still achieve the same water colour effect on standard card stock by using the watercolour pencil or crayons, you just need to be aware not to use too much water as the card will break down.

I used Barely Banana cared for the main body of the card, I have never used this colour before and I was not happy last night but than this morning I have looked at in in a different light and I love it!
I finally managed to work out how to get the cut curved corners made with a simple circle punch and they are all the same size and shape!

For those that would like my hot tip, here it is!

  1. Put the corner of the card into a corner of your grid paper and mark of 1cm on both sides of the corner (this distance you can alter depending on how big you want your curve)
  2. Repeat this on all four corners
  3. Turn your circle punch upside down (I used the 1 3/8" one, but using different sizes will give you a different depth to the curve) and place the corner of your card in to it.
  4. Adjust the card so that the 2 pencil lines you have made are touching the outside edge of the circle.
  5. Punch and then repeat on the remaining 3 corners!

Yes I know some of you are probably thinking "That is sooooo obvious" but it wasn't to me - until now....hehe...
The second card I made for my Auntie Pam who is ill in hospital over in the UK, this again is using the Merci set with the text coming from Sincere Salutations.

I randomly stamped the butterfly and flower on to Whisper White card stock pre-folded in to a card and then used the SU! Water colour pencils and the Aqua Painters to colour them in. I then stamped two more butterflies on some scrap card, coloured them in and cut them out. I then covered these in Crystal Effects which gives them a gloss like finish (you do need to let this dry for an hour or so before handling), it doesn't show up too much on the picture but it does in real life! As I couldn't be bothered to cut around the antennae I actually cut them off and with some thin gauge silver wire I made some more and stuck them on.

The final stage was to bend the wings up slightly on my two butterflies, apply a Stampin' Dimensional pad (cut in half and placed length ways) to the bodies of the butterflies. Of course I then placed these on top of two butterfly images on the card itself. I am really pleased with this card, it is very effective and very simple and very economic on card stock!

Busy busy busy!

Well over the last couple of days I have grabbed the odd moment here and there and managed to come up with a couple of new cards.

This first one is using a set from the new Summer mini catalogue (which is great by the way!), this set is called Mon Amie and as my step mother lives with my dad in France I thought what better set to use to make her birthday card this month! I hope she likes it but of course I have to get it in the post before she even has a chance of seeing it, and that is something that defies me more often than not!

It was a bit of an experiment, the central square was cased from the actual front copy of the catalogue! You can't see it so much here, but it is actually built up of layers which have been cut and decoupaged.

The next card is a new baby card for a friend of mine who had her baby in November! I have already seen the beautiful little girl and given a present but never found the time to make the card which is a rather poor show!!

I really suffered from creative block on this one, nothing seemed to be quite right and although I am not 100% happy with it, it has turned out a lot better than I envisaged it would half way through the project! So welcome to the world Lavanya (I think this is Indian for 'Grace')

The final card for this post is one I based on a card from the display board at the SU! Regional Seminar. It was so simple to make and I really like it.

Friday, 28 December 2007

Get ready to Sale-a-Brate!

Well 2008 is just around the corner and to celebrate Stampin' Up! is giving away freebies for TWO entire months, January and February!

For every $100 dollars spent on merchandise you can chose one of four beautiful stamp sets absolutely free! (lets face it, it is not hard to spend a $100 on SU! products!!)

This means, if you spend $200 you get two stamp sets, if you spend $300 you get three stamp sets etc... There is no maximum amount you can get, you could get more than one of your favourite set and give one away as a gift!

If you would like more details on this or you would like a brochure sent out, contact me

Otherwise come back here 1st January to see what you could get! In the mean time I shall see if I can whip up some cards made with some of these great sets to tempt you in to parting with your money!

and here they are...

As a special New Year gesture from myself I will also offer FREE postage on any orders made through this website for the month of January 2008!

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Simple Lidded Boxes

Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you had a great time and are still enjoying all the festivities!

We had a great time here, the children seemed very happy with their lot, I was totally exhausted as I suffered from a nasty sickness bug just before the weekend which knocked me out for two days and it took a lot of work and late nights to catch up!

Hobart is a fantastic place to be at this time of year, tomorrow we expect the first Sydney-Hobart yachts in so, we can see them come past our window which is very exciting. The whole of the harbour area comes to life and this excitement is closely followed by the Taste of Tasmania festival which has a fantastic atmosphere!

What with Christmas and illness I have not been able to devote much time to crafting, but today I allowed myself the luxury of a little play!

I have some of the Christmas double sided paper left over so I thought I would play about with that and create some boxes. A friend asked me if I would have any tutorials on here, as I haven't got any yet I thought this would be a perfect place to start.

How to make a Lidded Box

Lidded boxes are incredibly easy to make, you only need to have a very basic equipment list.

This is what you will need:

  • Card stock or design series paper
  • A bone folder
  • A ruler
  • A cutting system of some kind
  • Double sided tape
The actual principal of measuring is very simple. The first thing you need to decide on is what size box you want, it can be square or rectangular. Once you have decided on the dimensions of your box you need to do a simple sum to get the measurements
A square box

size of card/paper to cut to get base of box = width + (2 x depth)

For example, I am making a small square box with a base of 4cm x 4cm and a depth of 4cm, the size of card I have to cut is a 12cm square.

A rectangular box is slightly more complicated, but not a lot!

width + (2 x depth) = overall width of card to cut length + (2 x depth) = overall length of card to cut

You may want the lid of the box to be the same depth as the base or you may want it to be shorter. The width must stay the same as the base but the depth can vary but must be the same or smaller than that of the base.

size of card/paper to cut to get lid = width + (2 x depth) + 2mm

don't forget if you are making a rectangular box you need to work out the second equation too to get the length and add 2mm!

In my example the lid piece is a 12.2cm square.

Once you have done this, use a ruler and bone folder to score the depth distance around all four sides of the base card and the lid card, fold, flatten and open out again. In my case I have scored 4cm all the way round.

The next step is very simple, simply cut into the corners and remove a small triangle. The thing to remember here is to make sure the 'straight' cut is always on both sides of one section. If you look at the picture I have posted you will see what I mean.

You then apply glue or double sided tape to the 'angled' corner bit and simply assemble the base and the lid. If you use glue you may need to use paper clips to hold it in place until the glue dries. I find the snail adhesive is not really strong enough for this.

As the lid is the same depth as the base it can be quite tricky to get the lid off so on opposite sides using a circle punch I have cut out a semi-circle so the box is easier to open.

I have also made a second box to the same dimensions, except this time I made it so the lid is not as deep as the box, the dimensions I cut for this was an 8.2cm square.

4cm width + (2x 2cm depth) + 2mm = 8.2cm

This box is easy to open as it stands but you can see I added a ribbon loop, more for aesthetics than anything else.

Double sided DSP is fantastic for this as the inside of the box is patterned as well. You can use these basic equations to make boxes for special cards you have made, it really is very simple and makes such a statement.

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Teachers pets....

I cannot believe it has been so long since my last post. Life is totally hectic at the moment as it always is at this time of the year, made worse by the fact that my husband has been away for12 days and is away for another 9! I am playing catch up ALL the time and not feeling as if any one job is ever complete.

I have to admit to having felt quite virtuous on Thursday though as I managed to catch up on all the washing, all the ironing, tidy the older boys' bedrooms amongst a few other little, but significant jobs. Of course it is now Saturday and I am already behind again!

I have been making my Christmas cards and even got most of them sent, I only made 40 this year as I really didn't have the time or energy to make more and of those I still have a few left to send. I won't post what I made as it will ruin the surprise for some people!!!

I have also been busy making the boys' teachers a present. I decided to make a card wallet for each of them, which contains 6 co-ordinating cards in them, 2 each of three designs. They can use these to send to friends and family throughout the year.

One I made totally nautical as this teacher sails, I do have the Stampin' Up! Set Sail set but I didn't use these, I used some other stamps I had which suited the theme I was looking for a little more.

For the other teacher I chose a much more feminine look, using the Certain Celery and Rose Red combination accented on same cards with More Mustard and Very Vanilla as the neutral. The stamp set I chose to use was Natural Beauty - oh I do like that set!

This first picture is of the closed wallet, it is A5 size.

The second picture is of the wallet open, I used a 12 x 12 sheet in Certain Celery for the main wallet.

The next three pictures are the three designs I used, I changed the text on the other set and two remain blank. You may recognise 2 of the designs from previous cards I have made, one is a complete copy and the other is a copy but with a different colour scheme. I used the Spritzer tool on the Very Vanilla one, just to give it a subtle confetti look. it is the first time I have used it on a card and I really liked the effect. I am not sure if you will see it on here.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Summer Mini Catalogue is now out!

Don't forget to check out Stampin' Up!'s new mini catalgue. it is jammed packed with some must have stamp sets!

If you would like your own catalgue then please contact me and I will endeavour to send you one (Australian addresses only).

Don't forget if you would like to order anything then please contact me, I can take payment by direct bank transfer, PayPal, Card Payments (via Paypal) ot cheques.

Monday, 26 November 2007

It's a cracker........

I had my last workshop demonstration before Christmas last week and the hostess requested a Christmas theme so I wracked my brain for a few different things to do. I had not placed my order for Christmas paper in time so I decided to decorate some card stock with embossing, make a mini cracker and use it as a place card and demonstrated how you could place a small gift inside for your guest.

Here is my sample one which is a little different from how I actually made It. In the workshop I used Night of Navy card stock, silver embossing with silver cord and I made it so that the name tag stuck out at an angle a little. People really liked it and it definitely had the WOW factor! I only used half a toilet roll tube and an A5 piece of card. The whole cracker is only about 19cm long.

I decided to use the faux metal technique again but actually as a demonstration, given the chances of this going wrong I was either very stupid or very lucky as it worked! This was my practice card, the actual workshop card was nicer as it was on landscape which I preferred. I really scrunched up the True Thyne card stock so it was like handmade paper. It is definitely a technique I will use again.

My husband is off overseas for a couple of weeks shortly so I am hoping to have some time to make some more cards but I also need to make my cards to send overseas...yikes!!!

Watercolouring and more...

I think my most favourite technique of stamping is water colouring the image afterwards. I find it really therapeutic and love the fact that every single time you watercolour an image it is slightly different from the time before.

For this reason, I jumped at the chance of attending a water colouring course designed specifically for stampers. it was not run by Stampin' Up!, it was run by an Australian stamper, Jeanette Trapette. She works primarily with Judikins stamps which I also love greatly.

I was so pleased when one of the projects was some topiary trees, I love this stamp. We were told to consider each tree as a separate entity, so that is why my colours are not actually very co-ordinated, but the overall affect is very colourful!! The idea was to bring some depth to the picture and enhance the natural shapes of the objects.

We also had a go at a lady's face, at the time I was not so happy with my end result but actually looking back at it now I really like it. I think everyone interprets the colouring and shading very differently so when you are in a class situation you can't help but compare yours to someone elses', which is constructive but at times also destructive!

We had a go at a lot of different types of stamping, I did learn a lot and was totally overwhelmed by the end! I had a go at making a 'collage' card, I was very apprehensive at the time as it really is different to my usual style, but again I found I really enjoyed having a go and was quite happy with the end result. it really shows you that stamping is not as hard as it looks!

Well I hoped you enjoyed looking at them, I shall be adapting some of these techniques to some Stmapin' Up! sets in the near future so keep on checking in!

Monday, 19 November 2007

A serendipidous find....

Oooh I love that word!! I was looking at my little camera the other day and noticed I had some pics of cards on there I had given away and thought I had forgotten to photograph but I hadn't!!!

This first one is using one of most beautiful sets, In Full Bloom,I believe the layout was one used in a SCS demo thing from way back but my mind is addled nowadays so I may be completely wrong!

The second card I cannot remember why I made it and who received it. I think I can safely say it was not overly successful attempt, I should have known when to stop as it is far to cluttered but I still like the colour combination and the actual main part of the card.

Of course I have used the ever faithful In Full Bloom stamp set again. It is such a pretty set and suits so many different colourways and styles.

The final card is again using one of my fave sets, Lovely as a Tree. I made a few of these for a card swap I did, it was very simple to make and could suit almost any circumstance with the right wording and embellishments. With a little glitter it could even be Christmas...hmm now that has got me thinking!

Sail away..sail away...

Makes me think of Enya - gee she was big in the eighties for while there!

I am sorry I have not updated the blog recently, time has been so short that I have just not had a chance to keep up. I am finally catching up with myself (as long as we don't include ironing!!!) so will have more time to get back on track with this site.

The title for today's post is inspired by the card I made my step-father earlier this month. This was one of the first stamp sets I bought, even before becoming a demonstrator. It is one that I think is very much underused which is a shame as it is so versatile and one of the few sets which has a definite 'male' orientation to it.

You can see, I have used the Hodgepodge Hardware on this card. I only use it on really special cards where I know the person will keep the card and not just discard it. I always avoided buying it as I felt it was too expensive but now I do have it I realise it will actually last a long time and is really worth having as it does add a certain 'something' to the finished product! I should say that the 'Happy Birthday' on this card is not a Stampin' Up! one, it is another one I had that just happened to fit the hardware really well!

Monday, 12 November 2007

Long time no blog!

Well it has been a few days since I last posted. Life as always has been very hectic, I lost my favourite necklace, my purse, had a birthday and then a weekend away in Melbourne!

Whilst in Melbourne I attended the Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar which was great fun. I am not sure how much I took away from the actual seminar but it was great to meet other demonstrators and come away with some swaps! There are some very talented people out there!

I completely forgot about making any swaps myself so I was up until the early hours of the morning on a couple of days putting mine together. I am so glad I did otherwise I would have had no swaps to bring back with me.

Whilst at the seminar I received the Simply Said set of stamps, it has been on my wish list for a very long time so it was very nice to get my hands on it! We had a couple of projects to make on the day which were very sweet, I made my first 6x6 scrap page and decided I would quite like to make a few pages this size, it is a lot less daunting than the 12x12 size! I shall post some pictures soon as I am sure you will like them too.

It is a countdown now until the new mini catalogue is available, I really cannot wait to show you some of the beautiful stamp sets and paper in this mini catalogue, they are just gorgeous!

Keep checking up as I shall be updating more rgularly again now and don;t forget to check out the current promotions!

Sunday, 4 November 2007

For the person who has it all!

Don't forget if you are stuck for a Christmas present for that person that has everything, why don't you consider one of our Simply Sent card kits. Beautifully packaged these kits contain all the stamps, inks, card stock and accessories to make 10 cards (5 each of 2 designs). It comes with full instructions and of course even when the cardstock has run out, the stamps and inks can still be used!

There is no cutting, no messy adhesives, just plenty of fun and something to show for it at the end.

Use these kits
  • on long distance journeys
  • for hospital stays
  • when you know someone who would love to have a go at card making but is a little overwhelmed by it all
  • for someone who is pretty much housebound
  • for someone who has everything else
These are just a few ideas, I am sure you know just the person who would love to receive one of these. To see our full range of Simply Sent kits visit our online catalogue and go to pages 18-20.

As an early Christmas present I will offer these sets with a 10% discount of their full price, just until the end of November!

Christmas Wishlist...

Dare I mention the 'C' word, I guess I better as we are now counting weeks before it arrives and no longer months!

So how fed up are you of receiving lovely presents but they are not quite what you want, or what you even need?

Well how about registering a Stampin' Up! Wishlist with me and asking those near and dear to you contact me and find out what you really would like!

Since 'growing up' one of the sad things about Christmas I have found is that you open your presents but there is nothing to play with, you watch the children with their new bits and there is nothing for you to do other than pack the new pepper mill into the cupboard next to the one you got the year before!

Let this Christmas be the one where you can go off and 'play' with your presents!

If you would like to set up a wish list then please mail me to register. This offer is open to anyone who resides in Australia.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Working on a Gallery...

With a little help from my computer literate husband (OK a lot!), I am trying to put together a gallery where you can see the cards, in their Stamp Set groups without having all the blurb!

In the most basic form it should be available in the next couple of days but I will be fine tuning it as I learn how it all works, a little like this site - a work in progress!

Keep on checking in to see where I am at!!

Night night all

Lynda x

Today's second card....

I really should wait before I post these so that when I am having one of creative blocks I still have something to post! I am just so excited about getting this site up and running I cannot contain myself. I just need SU! to get back to me so I can go 'live' officially!

Well my second card today used vellum with some watercolouring. I don't used vellum very often, I don't know why as when I do I love it. One of my favourite stamp sets is In Full Bloom and one of my favourite colours is Rose Red from the Rich Regals colour family so I thought I would combine the two and add in the lovely Vintage Violet card and ink from the current In Colour range.

I used the Stampin' Write Markers to watercolour the flower and when it was dry I covered it in Crystal Effects to give it a raised, glossy effect. I left the vellum loose at the bottom so it can flap up so the decorated cardstock beneath can be seen and it gives the card a little more movement.

Faux Metal...

Well this is the first of today's projects, I was looking through SCS last night and was inspired to try some new things. I really liked the look of the Faux Metal so I had a go. I used the 'wisdom' stamp from the Kanji set and was really pleased with the result. It came out a little too shiny so I sponged some black ink over it which gave it a more aged appearance.

I didn't really know how to present it on a card, I had a bit of a creative block so I referred to card I received in a swap from my colleague Claire. Her card did not use faux metal but it did use the same stamp. I changed the colours and the text et voila....

I wasn't so happy with the original layout I did and posted so I have pulled it apart, as I suspected I would, and reconstructed it. I am much happier now!

Yayy it is the weekend!

Things have been a bit hectic the last few days, we have had trips to the vets for little Ziggi who had to have the drain taken out of his abscess. It looks so much better now and definitely less macabre now the tube is out, it looked like he had some extreme body piercing fetish before!

My eldest son has been away on camp and returned back with a suitcase full of washing, and my husband has been away too and also arrived back with a suitcase full of washing! I feel slightly angelic now as all washing is up-to-date and the ironing almost is! I therefore allowed myself an hour or so of card making between supermarket shopping, food preparation and general refereeing between the various children's arguments!

I will show you two of my three projects from today, one I have to keep quiet about for a week or so as I think I will do it for a card swap with my fellow downliners and my upliner.

Before I do however, here is a card I made for the group I am in, all of us have birthdays within weeks of each other so this is the card I made for them. It is based on another card I saw, again I cannot remember where or by who, they had used a beautiful background paper which I did not have for the strip across the back so I had to improvise. I used the Bloomin' wheel and rolled it twice and then watercoloured it using Stampin' Write Markers.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

All in The Family...

Sadly, Stampin' Ups! Australian General Manager, Dave Abbot, recently died after a long battle with a rare blood disorder. This stamp set is being released for this month only and 100% of sales of this set will got the Dave Abbot Family Fund.

This is a superb stamp set, which will be in the new Idea Book and Catalogue, due for release in April 2008, is now available for just the month of November. After the 30th November this set will not be available again until April next year.

Download the flyer to view stamp set images.

As you will see, there is so much potential with this set, cards, scrapbook pages, kids projects to name but a few, can you afford NOT to have it?

The price of this set is $73.95AUD, postage for this item is $5.95. If you chose to go ahead and purchase this set I will take 10% of the purchase price and not charge postage - yep FREE postage!

This means it can arrive on your doorstep for just

(if you have further merchandise you would like to order with this set, I will honour the free postage up to a total order value of $119)

If you would like to purchase this set of stamps, please contact me. I can accept Paypal, or Direct Deposit.

Just in Thyme...

The November promotion is HERE! Visit the Stampin' Up! home page to see the beautiful Christmas paper which is only available from today, 1st November to the 15th December. Its value is $16.95 but will be available for the fantastic price of $14.50.

Needless to say it coordinates perfectly with a huge range of Stampin' Up! Card Stock - Christmas cards this year should be a breeze!

I am placing my order today, if you would like to place an order to, please contact me and you could be the proud owner of this gorgeous paper! Of course if you order one set, why not two? After all this paper is only on offer for a few weeks.

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Almost at an end...

Well I have almost posted all of the cards I can. There are a few left but it is getting late, I am tired and it is an early start in the morning. Of course even once I have posted them all I shall keep creating so it will be never ending!

I am still waiting for Stampin' Up! to get back to me, I guess it has only been a couple of days but I am impatient as I want to start promoting this blog and allowing some of my regular customers and hopefully future customers to be preferably inspired but possibly learn 'what not to do'!!!

Night night all

Another girly fix..

This card is so pretty although it doesn't photograph well, it seems to lose colour (most likely the photographer messing it up!)

It was very simple to make and has a lot of texture and of course has the 'must have' glitter required for all little girls' cards!

I am not totally happy with the tag but I was running out of time and inspiration so I left it as is, and will improve on the design at a later stage.

This was one of the hostess sets I resisted getting as I felt with only 3 stamps in it I would be limited but as I use it more and more and see what others have achieved with it, I now think it is a lovely little set.

Crafty Nights..

I went to a friends house a few weeks back (yes I am talking about you Sarah!), as she generously has monthly craft nights at her home. Many of us come along when we can, sit, chat, each chocolate and occasionally create something! This was one a few cards I managed to make. I was really pleased with how it turned out. I really struggled with the colours, I tried using the Colour Wheel but it wasn't working for me that day so I just went with my gut. I think the colour wheel only really helps me if I have not got a clue where to start. I think also I need to keep reminding myself that it doesn't always mean it has to be that colour card, it could be the colour I use when colouring in a stamped image, it could be a piece of ribbon or some hardware etc.

I am so happy with the French Script background stamp, I really must get it out and use it again. A friend saw one of the other cards I made that night and made huge hints that she wanted that for her birthday card - I am just hoping I remembered to take a picture of it before I gave it to her. I made loads of cards this weekend, all of which are in the post and I totally forgot to take ANY pictures - grrrr

Another card swap creation

Another card I made for a swap with the downline group I am in. This was a 'male' theme. This stamp is so beautiful in fact the whole Lovely as a Tree set is!

The colours on this are very autumnal and makes me want to put on a warm jacket and go for a brisk walk!

A refreshing Christmas..

I created this card for a card swap for the group of downlines I am in. I used these colours in an earlier card and a scrap book page (To be shown later!) as I think they are just gorgeous together.

I used the Stampin' Write Markers and an aqua painter to give the very pastel colouring to the reindeer and sleigh. I scribbled on a piece of acetate with the pens and then picked it up with the painter. A similar effect can be achieved using the Stampin' Pastels The background and text is heat embossed with silver.

The text is also given a lift using the Stampin' Dimensionals. My first attempt at this card was a waterfall card but after making one I realised I had fallen in to the same trap I always do, I used snowflakes to represent Christmas whereas here in Aus it is summer!!! (I have been here less than two years and only had one Christmas so I am still new to this whole warm Christmas thing!).

I shall post a picture of my original attempt anyway for your perusal!

Tag Workshop..

I had read about these on SCS and decided I might have a go. Basically I invited a number of friends over to share a social evening with me and go away with something they created. I made a really nice little flyer and mailed it to most people and gave it to others. There was a fee of $10 which would be reduced in stages depending if they placed an order but I did stress that it was not about me taking orders, I really just wanted to introduce craft to some of those that have never tried it and thought they couldn't do it!

I half expect a group of just 3-4 to turn up but 16 people said they could come so it was a bit of a creative start just fitting them in and ensuring there was enough accessories for everyone so waiting time was minimised!

I can honestly say I think everyone enjoyed the evening, everyone was so creative they surprised themselves, I learnt so much from them! I did receive a couple of w/s bookings from the evening which was an added bonus. I had enough orders to qualify for a hostess benefit, I donated the stamp set to one of my best customers and kept the free merchandise for myself!

I also had a lucky door prize of a set of Terrific Tag stamps. I was getting disillusioned that I had all the level 1 hostess sets I wanted, so I was really pleased with the idea of hoarding them to give away at various event! These pictures show the kind of thing they made, these were my sample ones. I used the Looks Like Spring set exclusively for the 'green' one to show what can be done with the October Promotion stamps and punch alone, not even considering the papers. On the other sets I used the Greetings Galore set of stamps and for the third one I used the Terrific Tags hostess set of stamps.

I was a little worried that some people might find it a little daunting and would prefer something a little smaller so I made some little Bag-of-Tags as an alternative they could do.

Subtle and simple...

This is a card I saw recently on another website, again I cannot remember which website or who the artist was, if you recognise it as your work please mail me and i will give you the credit!

It is not a total replica as I made a few changes but it is a lovely card, so simple.. Someone has asked me to do it as a demonstration for a w/s next week as a Christmas card. The ribbon was added as I was recycling some masking tape, an area had lost some 'stick' and came up when I was sponging, I couldn't bare to start again so I covered it up! As I always say, you never make a mistake when crafting, you just create a new opportunity to improve!

Hectic day!

I was all up for a nice peaceful day today as my youngest son was at childcare all day and the only person I needed to be responsible for all day was myself - a real luxury. What I didn't figure on was the strife our furry, four legged friend can cause!

Little Ziggi, our 6 month old, male, smoky tabby cat has been a bit sore on his back over the weekend so I took him in today and they prodded and poked and all I can say is EUUUWWWW. Now i know what an abscess really looks like! Needless to say he had to have an opp and is now going round half shave with a very gory looking tube transversing his back and oozing stuff! SO part of my day was spent to'ing and fro'ing from the vets! Another huge part was collecting last minute bits for my eldest son' school camp which he goes on tomorrow until Friday! Very scary, he has never been away from home without one of us for more than a night before.

I managed to find a little time for myself in a cafe, a couple of lattes, some beans on toast and a magazine read with no interruptions - bliss! (I am now SOOO up on Hollywood gossip!)

I spent a little time this evening watermarking a few more pictures to add so my intention is to add some of them tonight.

To start with, here is one I made for the October Promotion. I wanted to make something with a little class as mostly when I use this set I am drawn to more vibrant colours and the cards are more 'fun'. I thought this could be used as a wedding invite or something similar.

You'll see form the view of the open shot there is a tag inside it. I haven't got any ribbon that coordinates with it as yet so the tag looks a little plain, although it is embossed in gold around the edge.

Monday, 29 October 2007


I have worked hard for much of the day to get this blog up and running. I have many more cards and projects to share with you, but right now I am tired! I have even managed to get the blog to go on to 3 pages - yikes!

I have contacted Stampin' Up! and given them the url to this site, I hope that I am within all the guidelines and I can start promoting the site soon and share all my hard work!

Of course now I have to wonder about my sanity as no one except me, my husband and my mum knows about this site as yet so who on earth am I talking to?!!

Of curse mum, if you do read this, then go on, be a demonstrator, you know you want to, think of all those beautiful stamp sets and cardstock - yummy, yummy , yummy! Stampin' Up! is arriving in the UK mid November - an exciting opportunity to be there at the beginning!

A Christmas Gift...

This cute little purse box was made as a demo at a workshop. Sometimes the simplest of things can be effective. Apart from the ribbon, everything used to make this box is available in the Demonstrators Starter Kit.

I find the boxes and other 3D projects go down very well in workshops as people can see that you don't have to just make cards or scrapbook pages, really it comes down to an individuals imagination and no great skill is required.


This is a dear little book which houses a pad of Post-It notes. I used card that you get inside new shirts when you buy them (always keen to recycle!) and covered them with Stampin' Up! cardstock. It makes a beautiful, inexpensive gift for some one.

I then made a tile using a stamp from the Simple Somethings set, coloured in using Stampin' Pastels and Blender Pens. I covered the image in Versamark and then heat embossed with clear powder. I repeated the embossing a few times to get a thick glossy look and then layered this on to the notebook. You could achieve a similar look with Crystal Effects but you would have to factor in drying time.

I shall put a tutorial up for this sometime in the future.
Of course if the Summer Mini Catalogue is coming out soon it means we are on the last few weeks of the Spring Mini Catalogue. So if there is a stamp set in there, perhaps a punch, a set of papers etc.. that you have longed for now is the time to place that order!

Here are two cards I made with the Like it a Latte stamp set, it is such a great set. My 9 year old son summed it up when he said to me that he looks at the cards I make from this set (in fact he has made a few good ones himself!) and feels 'warm and fuzzy' inside. He said it makes him feel safe and cosy as if he was sitting in a comfy chair by an open fire - I know exactly what he means!

It is a great set to create cards for any occasion and will be used time and time again!

News Flash!!!!

I have got a preview copy of the new Summer Mini Catalogue in my hot, sticky, little hands!!! There are so many fantastic stamps and beautiful papers in there, not to mention other 'must have' accessories, I am positively drooling!

I was hoping I may be able to order some to have a little play, but alas I have to wait some weeks yet! Talk about dangling a carrot! The catalogue will be available for you to view and order from, on the 1st December and will be current until 31st March 2008. I promise, you will not be disappointed! Keep your eye on this site to see some great new projects made from the new merchandise!

On the note of exciting new bits, the new monthly promotion is almost here and it looks great. Only available from the 1st November - 15th December. Be one of the first to order, come and visit me on 1st to see what the excitement is all about!

Ahoy, Matey

I have made so many of this pirate card I have lost track, I even did one for my own sons 3rd birthday just recently. I have a feeling I was 'inspired' by a card I saw before on another website. I have no idea where or who so if this is your card and I have cased it, please remember that you should be flattered!!! Of course if you mail me and would like me to give you the credit then of course I will be happy to do so!

The stamp set predominantly used to make this was the Ahoy, Matey set, the pirate was coloured in using the Stampin' Up! Watercolour Pencils - they are so easy to use and so clean, especially if you use the Blender Pens..cor..that was almost a sales pitch!