Sunday, 24 February 2008

You know you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator when...

This is a title of a thread on a forum I visit and it does make me laugh when I read it and I think I now well and truly qualify for most of the replies given! Just the other day I was driving back home and one of the houses being built down the road had been painted. It looks really nice and I though how lovely, they have painted it Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa and Naturals Ivory!!

The whole way I look at colours in my life is through the Stampin' Up! Colour Families, Neutrals and In Colours! Just as well they have such an expansive colour choice! I am sooo

I was trying to think of some incentive gifts my mum could give to her SU! hostesses in the UK, they don't as yet have any stamps available for that purpose as we do here in Aus. I thought the mini Post It notes would be quite sweet if I made a littel card cover and covered that in some paper which has either been stamped or is part of the Designer Series range over there. So I had a little play using some of my stock and this is what I came up with.

I used the Recollections range of papers as these are the ones I had and teamed it up with Mellow Moss and Burgundy Grosgrain Ribbon. The finished project is really sweet. I really do love making little books and things!

And now for something a little more tasteful!

If I haven't scared you away with the previous post, I thought I would share another card I made recently. The reason I made this card was I just took delivery of some Karft card stock and had it on top of a pile of scrap bits I needed to put away.

When I was putting it all away I saw three colours together which I thought looked very nice, these were Kraft, Very Vanilla and Naturals Ivory. The are very clean, simple colours so I kept the card very clean and simple too. It does look a little flat so added a little glitter to the top of the flower after I had taken the picture. it does look much better, if I get time I will retake the the picture and post it!

The ink used was Sahara Sand and the Natural Hemp Twine was used with some of the Narturals Ivory c/s wrapped around the ends of the twine.

A Garish Challenge...

Last week whilst walking around the city with my mum we saw a shop that had a very striking window display, it was a rich purple and a strong orange. We decided to set ourselves a challenge to make a card using those two colours. We chose Lovely Lilac and Only Orange, we also added the option of using Green Galore and any neutral card stock we wanted.

OK, so here are our efforts. First of all here is my mum's card, she chose not to use the green. The stamp sets used were French Script and Heartfelt Thanks

Here is my attempt, I did choose to use the green and as well as Whisper White Neutral I used Basic Black. Ordinarily I would never make a card with these colours, or at least not in this way, but I decided to go all out for it!!! I randomly stamped some images from the Time Well Spent stamp set and coloured them with the Stampin' Write Markers. As I said in the title, the challenge was particularly

And with the left overs.....

I decided to used them up to make an equally garish place name card and a little gift card!!

Of course, I have to admit, I am not a total stranger to this colour combination. I have used it before when I made some examples for my masking workshop. It was the Jelly Bean one!

Sunday, 17 February 2008

A new technique to try!

Well I was browsing the internet, as one does, yesterday, looking at all the incredibly cards people can make (I actually find it all a bit overwhelming - some people are just so darn clever!). Anyway I happened upon a technique called Faux Wood and it seemed pretty easy.

I quickly read various different ways of achieving the look , grabbed what I had and headed off to my friend Sarah's house.

Sarah used to own a scrapping shop in town but after leaving she decided to maintain contact with her customers by holding regular craft night at her home on a monthly basis. It is great as you get to spend time with other crafters. I probably achieve less when I am there than I would at home but just being out of the house and amongst friends is fantastic! (There was a rather lovely 6 wk old baby boy there as well and now I feel soooo broody!)

Anyway, I am rambling on and not getting any The long and short of it is that I had a go at this technique and it is so easy it worked first time. My mum wants me to show her so I will do that probably this evening and try and take some photos of each stage and put them up on here, if not today then I will do it soon!

I thought the finished effect would go well with the Long Time Friend stamp I used the other day. I shall be so sad when this one is retired at the end of March- I hope it comes out in the new catalogue in April. If you like this stamp set then get your orders in now as they may no longer be available. You can of course contact me and don't forget that I am offering free postage on all orders made through the website.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Notepad and pencil...

Today we were due out this morning but my eldest decided that despite plenty of opportunities he was still not going to tidy his room, so I blew a gasket and told him he couldn't go out (of course that meant that neither could I - it was the principal So why everyone else is out enjoying the sunshine I am stuck at home, saying every five minutes "have you finished yet?" and he is procrastinating and not achieving much!

I decided to tidy my work area and came across some notepads I bought a few weeks back, here in Tas we have a shop called Chickenfeed, some of the stuff in their is a bit cheap and nasty but some of the stuff is just great, really useful things at fantastic prices.

To cut a long story short, I bought a stack of pads from in there the other days, it is about $2 for 10 pads, they are 7.5 x 12.5 cm in dimensions, not expensive paper and each pad is about 0.5cm deep. All ten pads are stick together when you purchase them.

Well seeing these pads made me realise that instead of tidying I could actually create (I am as bad as my son!). So using some card left over from the inside of a new school shirt, I cut 2 pieces 8.5 x 13cm and one piece 8.5 x 1cm. I stuck these down on a piece of 12 x 12 designer series paper in the order of one long piece, the small piece and then the final long piece. I trimmed around the outside edges and glued these over. I then cut out a narrower strip of coordinating paper to line the inside. I broke off two of the small pads and glued those inside and 'hey presto' I had made a little notepad holder.

I should have taken photos of each step, but I was on a roll and forgot, hopefully you can work it from the retrospective photos. I had some round pencils so I cut a small strip of DS paper and using glue adhered it round the pencil. I am not sure if the pencil will sharpen very well, it may have to go in the bigger size hole you get with dual sharpeners (such as the Stampin' Up! one). I also stamped an image using the Heartfelt Thanks stamps in Mellow Moss and Cranberry crisp, backed them and adhered it to the front of the holder.

Of course no gift is finished until you have made a gift bag to go with it, so I made one of those too, again using coordinating DS paper, some eyelets and Burgundy grosgrain ribbon.

In the time it has taken me to do all the my son has still NOT finished tidying his room and is still in his PJs!!! Better go off and yell some more!!

Friday, 15 February 2008

Sale-a-Bration Deadline..

There are only 14 days left now of the Sale-a-Bration offer. It has been incredibly popular this year and many people have taken advantage of the great sets of stamps available. Of course the best thing about these stamp sets is that they are absolutely FREE. There are four great sets to choose one and you get one set for every $100 you spend. All orders have to be in before 29th February 2008.

If you would like to take advantage of this fantastic offer I will also offer free postage on any orders from now until the promotion ends!

Contact me for more information

Playing with resist techniques...

and no I am not talking about resisting chocolate etc...there is no known 'technique' available for that - you just give in!!!

I am talking about ink resist stuff.....

I was showing my mum the crayon resist technique which I have done before on here. I was quite pleased to have another go as I felt using the watercolour crayons was a bit wasteful as the crayons are so soft that you could visibly see them wear down and as they are not cheap to replace I wondered if standard crayons would work, well the news is.........YES THEY DO! I even used coloured crayons and so long as you use glossy card stock the colour rubs off and you get left with a white area where you drew.

I bought a set of Crayola Twistables - I think they will last a life time!!

The second technique we had a go with was resist using good old Versamark (it really is very versatile!). I stamped an image in Versamark on the glossy card and then in black and using a brayer and the Cotton Candy Kaleidoscope ink pad I brayered the back ground, mounted it on complimentary card stock, added a few embellishments and made a card! It really is that easy and if you don't have a brayer you can easily sponge the image on, it gives a lovely effect as you can see in the first card.

Kickstand Card

Well I have been really slack this week and haven't posted anything. The older boys have been back at school this week which has been great but getting back into the early routine has been somewhat of a struggle!

On top of that I had one of my oldest friends come over to visit. She has family in Brisbane so popped over to Tas to see me. Although we have had family stay this is the first time I have had a UK friend over, it was good!

Anyway, she has now gone and things are getting back to normal and yesterday afternoon my mum and I had a go at a challenge on SCS. It was to make a a kickstand card which I have never heard of before, let alone made! Actually the principal is very easy and I will definitely make one again.

Well after that build up I guess I have to show you my efforts, so be prepared to be

This is a set out of the current mini catalogue, Long Time Friend, I watercoloured the image using Stampin' Write Markers and the grey from the neutral Water Colour Wonder Crayons (a very useful crayon indeed for shading!). I chose the c/s from the colours I used to paint the image. They are colours I would never have put together usually but they work really well.

The colours are Brilliant Blue, Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie. I used watercolour paper for this card, usually any pale, neutral c/s is OK but when you want to introduce lots of colours and lots of blending then watercolour paper really is the only option as it really allows you to 'play' with you your colours. It also allows you to use your markers directly on to the paper and blend the colour out, you cannot do this on other c/s. Stampin' Up! sell watercolour paper in a pack of 20 sheets, each sheet measuring 95 X 127 mm for just $13.50. The quality is exceptional and I can usually make at least 2 cards out of one sheet and if I mess up I just turn it over and use the other side so there is very little waste.

Of course if you would like to purchase any Stampin' Materials you can do so by mailing me at I can accept most forms of payment and orders from anywhere in Australia and they will be shipped directly from Stampin' Up! to your door!

Don't forget to ask in your mail what special internet deals I have on offer, you may get yourself a bargain!!

Thursday, 7 February 2008


I had a look at a SCS challenge today and it was a technique called tiling. There are many different ways to achieve a tiled look on a card, I had never tried this technique before so I totally cased pattyb's card for my first attempt. Her card had no stamp on the bottom, I think perhaps her card was smaller so I just added the Mon Amie as it seemed to fit. The stamp sets used were Carte Postale and French Script and the inks and papers were Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa and Naturals Ivory.
here it is.

Then using the same colour scheme and one or two adaptations, I used the Friendship Blooms set of stamps to create this.

I definitely prefer Patty's card, it reminds me of quilt perhaps more than tiles but it is very tasteful. Just as well I now have the scallop punch eh?!

So slack....

I know, I know, you are bored of seeing no change on the site for a week now - sorry! I have been soooo busy. First of all I was madly trying to organised for our Stamp Camp which we held on Saturday.

It was a great success and everyone seemed to have a good time. I never cease to be amazed at all the different things people can create out of the one idea - it is so inspirational! We will definitely hold another one when the new catalogue comes out.

I have also had my mum here so we have been crafting but just dabbling, not necessarily creating a finished product, of course as it is the last week of the hols we have also had some adventures with the boys, body boarding, a visit to Cadbury's World - yummy! yesterday was a joyous day, we had dentist appointments and then of to get school shoes - what a fun day that was!!!!!

On Tuesday we had a SU! group meet where about 6-7 demonstrators all in the same team get together. Our swap them was an Easter card using no specific Easter stamps. I had this fantastic idea of cutting out an oval from the centre of a card and weaving some paper for the centre to look like an egg - I did one and then kind of lost the will to live so decided on another card!

So here is my first attempt - the idea is there, I cheated using the Easter stamp from Loads of Love Accessories. The egg needs some ribbon around it but I didn't have anything to coordinate so it is very bare! Nevertheless you can see where I was going and also why making seven of them was not very I am not too sure on the colour scheme either, it is a Colour wheel one and colours I would most likely not ahve thought of putting together!

The one I decided to do instead kind of ended up being a bit long winded as well considering I was making 7 and was trying to limit the effort involved!

I was going to use clear buttons but as it would have wiped my stock out I decided to recreate buttons by making thicker card stock (sticking 2 bits together). covering them in crystal effects and when that had dried I punched out two small hole and threaded some linen thread through them - I love to make work for myself!

The colour combo here is mellow moss and always artichoke. The flowers are from the Level 1 Hostess set Springtime Stems, the word Happy is from the Sale-a-Bration set Birthday Whimsy and the Easter is from the Alphabits, using a stamp-a-ma-jig I was able to just ink up a single letter and place it where I wanted - not too