Tuesday, 19 August 2008

We are permanent!

We have lived in Australia now for 2 1/2 years, coming over on a temporary business visa with my husbands job and with plans to stay for just 12 mths! I still remember when the suggestion to come to Tasmania was first put to me."where the bl@!*y hell is that?" were about my first words! I didn't even realise it was a real place, I thought it was a place just dreamt up to go with the Taz from Warner Brothers!

Well anyway, we are still here and despite missing home ALOT we do like it here. I have come to the conclusion that everything I love about England, the higgledy piggedliness of the villages, the old stone houses and cottages, the great manor houses, the little country lanes, the rolling green countryside, the history etcI am never going to get here, but on the flip side what we have here we would never be able to afford in England. It is all about making decisions about what is best for the family as a whole and not just me and at this time in our lives here is the better option and it is a pretty good option!

Our visa was coming to an end in mid July so at the end of June we submitted a permanent residency application and to our surprise, just over a week ago it was accepted. We expected it to be such a long drawn out process but I guess they realised we were a safe bet! Today I went and got the visas placed in our passports and applied for a full Medicare card. It was a very satisfying experiencing but somewhat underwhelming.

I suppose we expected a bit of a fanfare, you know helium balloons with 'Welcome to Australia' on them, a letter with gold embossed headings etc but instead we got an email with the documents basically saying "you're in mate"!!! I am guessing there will be a whole heap more pomp and ceremony if we go for Citizenship!

It is nice though and I do feel less of an intruder now and more part of Australia. I doubt I will ever get the accent, I cannot even pretend to do it! Even the older two (10 & 7) have very English accents, our little 3 year old has no real accent as yet but he does say 'gum boots' and not 'wellies' as we do, he also says 'lollies' and not 'sweets' as we do and he says "no" just as if he has walked off a Kath and Kim set!

So that is our news!

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Fun in the Snow!

Last Thursday morning we awoke to a slight smattering of snow which the kids just loved! It wasn't deep at all, I know other areas were pretty deep but it was enough to throw the odd snowball!

We decided that if the kids were a little late for school it wouldn't matter, they should just enjoy the snow whilst it lasted. the dog absolutely loved it too!

Our youngest was so keen to go out and play he didn't even change out of his PJs and it was all I could do to get a coat, hat , scarf and gloves on him! Here is a picture of him pulling a funny face!

I do miss the proper snow we got in England (even though that is not as common as it once was). there was nothing like waking up in the morning and everything would just sound different and you'd open the curtains and there is was, deep fresh snow. The only footprints would be that of the milkman who always seemed to manage to deliver the milk. the funniest thing was when the milk froze in the glass bottles, it would expand and push the foil lid up and off! I expect nowadays no milk or post would be delivered as some union somewhere would decide it shouldn't happen!

Our youngest has spent most of his life here so has never truly experienced 'proper' snow, we shall have to take him skiing next year!

Crafting with the Girls!

Last night I actually had an evening put by for me. I went to a friend's house for a carft evening. She used to run a scrapbook shop in town but when she gave that up sh decided to run a monthly craft night for some of the ladies she made friends with through her shop.

It is lovely to go as you can spend an evening just chatting or you can craft as much as you like. I am always overwhelmed with the fab layouts others achieve. I am not a scrapbooker, that is I have done a few layouts but I struggle. They are all very inspiring in what they do!

I managed to put together 3 cards, I always plan to do more so cart more stuff with me than I need but actually achieve very little!

The first card I did was based on a card my colleague, Claire, created the other day. Basically the technique is trying to make the card resemble the style of a bandanna, hence it is called a Bandanna Card! I have this rather lovely pink bandanna/headscarf which is gorgeous (in fact I have put it on our new dogs a few times!) so I decided to copy that.

I used Pretty in Pink cardstock, with Basic Brown ink for stamping and higlighted areas with a white Signo pen. As I have only just taken the picture and it is evening, the colours haven't come out great. I may try and retake it in the morning.

I used the stamp set One of a Kind from the new Spring Minim, it is a very lovely set! I then added some of the wide satin chocolate chip ribbon from the mini as well.

The next card I designed as I basically wanted to try out the Purely Pomegranate wide satin ribbon I had! Using another great set from the Spring Mini, Always, I stamped the heart one on to PP card stock and again on Whisper White c/s. I sponged PP ink on the heart and then using a blender pen I picked some ink up from the pad and coloured in selected areas of the heart. Then I highlighted areas with the White Signo Gel Pen.

I then cut the heart out within the dotted surround and adhered it to the PP hear with Stampin' Dimensionals. The rest is self explanatory I hope! (I used one of the small flowers from the set and Versamark to make the subtle pattern on the background).

The third and final card was one I cased from a person called Dorothy Cates. I really love the Soft Sky from this years In Colours, it has certainly made saying goodbye to Cool Caribbean easier (I so love that colour too!)! Again I used the Always set and I used the heart from the set and a different stamp from the set to make the versamark background.

To get the difference in shading on the heart I lightly sponged it in Soft Sky getting more intense around the edges and then finally used Blue Bayou to really darken them. Sadly I did not bother to get teh Stampamajig out to place the wording so it is crooked - oh well!

Christmas in August!

Information on the InkyDivas next Stamp Camp!

We are sorry this is so late but our busy lives, and illness, have eaten in to our schedule! Anyway, enough of the excuses, here is what you have been waiting for!

Christmas in August!

When: Sunday 31st August 2008*

Where: North Hobart or Tolmans Hill

(to be confirmed nearer the time!)

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

Cost: $55

* If demand is high and enough people who would like to come but can’t due to other commitments it may be possible to hold a course on another day, please contact us to express an interest.

So what will we be doing?

There will be four projects to do on the day.

1) Prepared by Claire, a quick and simple Christmas card which will be great to make ‘in bulk’ yet holds the ‘wow’ factor.

2) Decorate a candle with Lynda, learn how to use your rubber stamping skills and then apply them to a candle – this can be the centre piece of your Christmas table!

3) Make a card which is more involved with Claire. This will include all the Christmas favourites of embossing and glitter!

4) Following on with the table theme make a mini cracker with Lynda which can be used to provide a home for a few mini chocolates and becomes a perfect place card holder. You will be using SU! card stock, lots of embossing and of course lots of glitter.

All the projects will focus on teaching you new techniques and ways of using your rubber stamps.

Check in here over the coming days for some sample pictures of the projects

What will you need to bring?

You will need to bring your own adhesives, paper trimmer, scissors, a heat gun (only if you have one), and some little treats to put in your cracker and of course your own lunch. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided – please advise us of any dietary requirements.

Demand has already been high for the spaces available so it really is a case of getting your name down ASAP. Places can ONLY be confirmed with full payment, no exceptions. We have recently had people book places and not turn up on courses and not pay, not only are their financial implications for us it is the hours spent preparing kits that are wasted which saddens us the most!

To book you place contact me Lynda

Even if you have already told us you would like to come can you please confirm your spot again!

Friday, 15 August 2008

New Classes Added!

I have just added the timetable for the October Classes so in summary here are the classes available over the coming months


Project Class - Wednesday 3rd (10am or 7.30pm) - $10
Waterfall Cards -I will show you how to create a 'flip' system on your card to show off a number of pretty stamped images! This can be adapted to use photos on a scrap book page!

Technique Class - Tuesday 9th (10am) or Thursday 11th (7.30pm) - $10
Fossil Backgrounds - A fun technique using re-inkers, a brayer and some plastic sheets! Once you start with this technique you won't be able to stop. You'll get to make 2 cards from the backgrounds you create!

Stamp'n'Stuff - Friday 19th (7pm) - $5

Come over to my place, eat cake, drink tea or coffee and craft. You will need all your own basic supplies and projects to work on, I will have my stamp collections and inks plus expertise on hand!


Project Class - Wednesday 1st (10am or 7.30pm) - $10
Spiral Bound Book - Using some beuatiful SU! DSP and stamps, you will get to make a mini book which we will bind with a metal spiral using the fun ZUtter machine!

Technique Class - Thursday 9th (7.30pm) or Tuesday 14th (10am) - $10
Basic Embossing - Embossing is a really 'wow' technique and once mastered opens a whole door to loads of fun and new techniques. hre I will show you some of the basics to embossing, how to get started, what you need and how to get clean, sharp images every time! Of course you'll get to have a go and make a couple of cards!

Stamp'n'Stuff - Friday 17th (7pm) - $5

Come over to my place, eat cake, drink tea or coffee and craft. You will need all your own basic supplies and projects to work on, I will have my stamp collections and inks plus expertise on hand!

If you would like to book in to any of these classes


all classes are limited to 8 people and it is first come best dressed!

Venue is at my home near Mount Nelson, Tas

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

In Colours..

The other night I was preparing for a workshop, I have some little books I have made to show off some of the DSPs we have and how they coordinate with card stock, inks and ribbons when i thought I need to show off the In Colours some more. The more workshops I do the more I find it hard as I just cannot possibly show off everything I want to, there just isn't the time so I try and devise new ways of incorporating as much as I can in and allow the guests to really see and touch the products.

So I devised this little key fob thingy! It shows how the inks, card stock and ribbons all go together perfectly!

I used the smooth card stock on one side, the side with the two-step stamped flower from Heartfelt Thanks and textured card stock on the other side. The card was obviously punched out with the scallop punch. I sandwiched the ribbon between the two scallops and then tied all the ribbons to a binding ring. I didn't have any Groovy Guava ribbon so had to use just white for that one! If anyone has 10cm of this ribbon they would care to send me I would be very pleased!

If you click on the picture above you will see the texture on the card stock. It is only a small thing to carry round but I am really pleased with it! (simple things please simple minds eh?!)

A bag in a box...

Now I saw this on a few sites around and about and thought how lovely they were and had a go at making one myself. I was really pleased with how it came out and in fact demonstrated one at a workshop the other day. I think they liked it!

Again I shall try and get a tutorial up for this soon! The DSP I used here is from the Wintergreen set which I absolutely adore. It is the same design as the Christmas DSP we had last year which was in the great Cranberry Crisp and True Thyme colours (I still miss those!), only different colours, this paper coordinates with Always Artichoke, Sage Shadow and Soft Sky.

Boxes Galore

I know I have been quiet again but I have had been poorly - I had a cold on top of a pre-existing chest infection so as you can imagine I was pretty blurghhh! The good news is I am feeling much better apart from this never ending cough I seem to be reluctant to get rid of!

Before I go on I would like to ask you all to say a prayer for a friend of ours, he is our sons' cub leader, him and his wife are fantastic with the time they give up to the youngsters and both such lovely people. Sadly on Thursday last week he was hit by a bus in the city centre. He is stable in hospital but in an induced coma due to swelling in his brain. Of course his wife and three sons are beside themselves with worry. It seems that bad things keep happening to the good. Please keep Greg in your thoughts and send him lots of positive vibes for a speedy and full recovery.

Despite being under the weather last week I managed to take my Wednesday project classes and together we made Origami Boxes. Using just one sheet of DSP and two sheets of A4 card stock each, we each managed to make 3 little gift boxes. One very small one and two larger ones.

Here are some pictures of a few i made for demo purposes. The first two are samples of the small box, I have used Old Olive Designer Series paper for these.

The stamp used here to decorate the band around the box comes from the Always set in the new Spring Mini and the scallop punch decorated with a white signo gel pen from the main catalogue.

This box was decorated with a band made from River Rock card stock and I used the five petal flower punch and a button from the Earth Elements button collection. I adhered the button with Crystal Effects as it is a very strong adhesive on top of it's many other uses!

As the boxes are quite tricky to open as the lid and base are the same depth and such a snug fit I used the slit punch to remove a little on two opposite sides of the lid. It would be just as effective to use a circle punch such as the 3/4" one to achieve the same.

Here is a sample of one of the bigger boxes

This one is a little trickier to make as to get the lid to be less in depth than the base isn't as simple as one would think! (of course it may be that I went around it the long way!).

The stamp on the top is again from the new Spring Mini and the set is called One of a Kind. I scored it so that it took on a wavy appearance more as an experiment than anything else, but I kind of like the texture it gives!

The Origami box is actually very simple to make,I shall try to add a tutorial as soon as I can or you can email me for instructions.

I think you will agree they are lovely and with all the gorgeous DSPs SU! have and the coordinating cardstock you can imagine the beautiful boxes the ladies who attended my classes made!

Saturday, 2 August 2008

A Girly Fix....

Having 3 boys in the house Not including the husband and cat!) I rarely get a chance to be girly. I never used to wear pink as a child or young adult, I was a bit of a Tom Boy, but I think being surrounded by males in my home has meant that I now have the urge to be a little more feminine and now pink is one of my fave colours! Of course the boys best friends are boys too so I rarely get an opportunity to make something for a girl so I decided to make a little card for a friends daughter. She is almost exactly the same age as my youngest son and is very cute. She often makes me little cards as presents and they are so sweet so I decided to make her a card too.

I love Gable Green, it is such a lovely colour and goes beautifully with pink and purples. I recently purchased the set Garden Whimsy as it is quite a fun set that I initially overlooked. I thought it would be perfect for this project.

For the main butterfly on the front I re-stamped it on vellum and just taped the body down so the wings could 'flap' . Of course I used LOTS of glitter, and for her name I stamped with the letters and cut them in to odd shaped quadrangles and embossed over them with clear EP a number of times to make some mini tiles.

The cardstock used was Gable Green and Whisper White and the inks were Basic Black, Lavender Lace, Pretty in Pink, Gable Green and Bashful Blue.

Gift cards and Box

I was browsing through the web as one does, marvelling at all the card making talent out there. I came across this website by one of of the UK SU! demonstrators, Joanne. She made this lovely little box which she filled with cards, or indeed I believe she made the cards and the box followed afterwards! Either way here is her entry so you can see for yourself!

I made mine at about 3am as I needed to make some packs for a few people to make them the next day so there are areas where a little more time and care would have meant bits were 'stuck' down better! I have a spare pack so i shall have another go!

The paper I have used here is from the Summer Picnic DSP in the new Spring Mini. It is such a fresh and fun pack - I love it - I shall definitely be buying a few packets of this! It coordinates perfectly with Real Red, Old Olive and Bashful Blue. That is what I like about SU!, you don't spend ours in the craft shop having selected your patterned paper trying to find the exact shade of plain cardstock that matches. I shall use one of the 'Australianisms' I love "Too Easy"!

I have used a mixture of stamps, some from Seeing Spots, Baroque Motifs, All You Have Seen and Think Happy Thoughts and a teeny tiny flower from Time Well Spent! You can imagine the state of my craft area after this - I ended up working on the floor!

If you would like me to send you a pack with all the card stock you need to complete this box and cards then for just $10 plus postage it can be yours with all instructions and embellishments! Contact me for details!

Spring Mini

Yes it is OUT!

It was out yesterday but I didn't have a chance to post so if you would like to check it out then click on the picture below to see all the yummy stamps, papers, rub-ons etc that are in there.

Of course I will be offering a special to all those who order through the website. 10% off any order, after postage. This offer is through me and NOT through Stampin' Up and is valid until the end of August

Contact me, Lynda, to order or if you would like me to post a copy of the mini to you!