Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Secret Card Tutorial

1) Cut a piece of card stock to 10" x 6" and score along the 10" side at 2.5", 5". 7.5"

2) Then fold at the score lines in a concertina fashion. You will end up with a 'W' shape

3) Open the card up and then fold in half. 2" from the top and 2" from the bottom (these don;t have to be exact measurements) cut from thecentre fold to the crease.

4) Out of a contrasting card stock cut two strips 2 7/16" x 6". You may wish to use a paler colour or this as you will stamp on this.

5) Open the card out fully and then weave the two card strips through the slits you have made.

6) This is the basis of your card. When you first open the card this is the part you will see.

7) To see the 'secret' part you hold the middle section together and pull the central card tab in the opposite direction to either the top or the bottom one

8) You will then see the internal 'secret' pages. To reset the card back just pull the edges outwards.

9) Flip your secret card over so it makes an 'M' shape and stic some sticky strip to the two ends

10) Cut two pieces of card stock to 4' x 6". and stick these on so that the edge lines up with the fold line.

11) Flip the card over again and now it is the right way round. If you look carefully you can see there is a line where the two card layers overlap eachother, you can disguise this line by adding a strip of contrasting cardstock and making a feature of it.

Secret Card!

OK, as I said in the previous post I made this card last night for my son's friend's birthday. I saw a tutorial on this fun project and thought it would be great to do for a child, in fact for any age group - I myself have sat down playing with it for ages (although that does not mean much as far as maturity levels go!)

I used the Unfrogettable stamp set as it has so many images in it to fill up all the space,(I am a little worried as I have a feeling this set will be retired when the new catalogue comes out next year, it has been retired in both the US and UK markets!). After making it I suddenly realised I was going to make him a pirate card as he wants a trip on the pirate boat for his birthday - darn it!

So here is the front of the card

I used watercolour wonder crayons to colour in the image after I stamped it with Black Stazon. I find them the best material for getting deep colour on Whisper White card stock without saturating the card and causing it to pil.

The picture above is how the card looks when you first open it (I should have taken the pictures before I wrote inside it!), the 'secret' of this card is that their is a hidden page in it, between the panel with the snail on it and the one with the frog and greeting on it there is another section which is not obvious initially, but if you pull it apart gently then you see the picture below!

It is incredibly simple to do. First I will give you the card 'recipe' and then I shall explain how to make it!

Stamp Set: Unfrogrettable
Card Stock : Real Red, Green Galore, Whisper White
Inks: Black Stazon, Versamark
Accessories: Bold Brights Waterc olour Wonder Crayons, Aqua painter, Real Red Grosgrain, Crystal Effects and a pair of googilie eyes!

Form and Function!

I have well and truly been absent from any serious blogging for far too long, I think since earlier this year. I blame my trip to the UK and working so hard which made me ill for a long time and then more recently a 20ft container full of all our stuff from the UK was delivered to our door and I had to find room for it all (this is an ongoing process!). You can imagine having lived without it for over two years you could kind of just chuck it all out but it is all the sentimental stuff,. letters and toys from my younger days, my old teddy bears, photos of the kids etc.

It has kept me busy for the last three weeks. Of course it is not as simple as just unpacking, first I have to organise what I already have and make space for the rest - one small job ends up causing more mess and chaos than one can imagine. My aim is to try and get the car back in the garage before Christmas! In many ways it has been good, I have delved in to areas of the house which I was preferring just to shut doors on as it was 'too hard' to tidy them and now I feel that in at least some areas of my life there is 'form and function'!!

I have reinforcements now in teh shape of my mum so between us we should be able to get things done (husband is about as much use as a chocolate teapot!).

After spending a mammouth two days sorting out the craft room (husband calls it an offcie - get real he has just one small corner!) we finally sat down and did some crafting last night. It is my youngest son's best friend's birthday today so I made a 'secret' card for him. I shall put details on the next post!

Saturday, 27 September 2008

I've been Tagged!

I received a comment on my blog a couple of days ago and had to leave it until I had time to look into it! Apparently someone who has seen your blog and enjoyed it, tags you. You then pass this tag on to others!

So I have been tagged by Tasha all the way from the US. You can see Tasha and her lovely blog HERE

Tagging Game Rules:

  1. Link your tagger and list the rules on your blog.

  2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog--some random, some weird.

  3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

  4. Let them know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So here you go, seven things about me...

1. I have had four sons but one of them is now our angel.

2. I grew up in Susex in the UK, stayed there until I was 19, I spent some time in South Africa and then moved to the East Midlands to continue my studies and stayed there, married had kids and now we all live in Tasmania, Australia!

3. I love sailing although I am very much a beginner. Nothing quite like being on the water when the dolphins, seals and penguins are about - AWESOME!

4. I believe chocolate is the answer to everything!

5. Two things I really dislike are car parks and when coat hangers get tangled up - I see red in both cases!

6. I used to be a science teacherI taught biology, chemistry and physics to kids upto 16 years old and then biology and environmental science to 16-18 year olds

7. I am a first dan in karate (that means I got a black belt!) and used to teach it.

So here are my 7 taggees in alphabetical order, all of them are talented crafters, most I have never met, two I know very well, one of which is my mum!

Please click on the links below to visit their awesome sites.

Ann at Crafty Squirrel

Cami at Stamp a Little Love Baby

CarrollAnn at CarrollAnns Corner

Claire at Ink Inclinations

Dawn at Dawn's Stampin' Studio

Denise at The paper Landscaper

Joanne at Mainly Flowers

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Stamp Camp projects

You may have noticed that in fact I did not post yesterday as I said I was going to because despite the reinstall on my pooter it still would not let me do what it would not let me do before - have access to all my pictures etc! I had to wait for PC support to come and fix it (that is wait for the husband to get home!)

Anyway it is all dandy now and hopefully it will stay that way.

I just wanted to add a couple of pictures from the Christmas in August stamp camp we had. The first picture is one of Brenda's projects, we made some little crackers that were big enough to hold a couple of little treats (chocolates kindly donated - thanks Susan!)

This was made out of a sheet of A5 cardstock (River Rock) and a 5cm length of toilet roll tube. It was decorated using Peaceful Wishes with Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate ink and clear embossing powder, the ribbon is also Wild Wasabi although it looks like it doesn't match in this picture, I can assure you this was not the case...lol

This next project was made by Kim, using a technique I have previously posted about the class added stamped issues to candles. Kim used the ever faithful Heartfelt Thanks set, Kim is a beginner to stamping is is becoming hooked and also showing a large amount of creative talent. This was the first time she had ever tried double stamping and I think she did very well!

Although the theme was Christmas we decided not to necessarily decorate our candles with Christmas themes, it was more the technique we were trying. For this reason some of the candles don't look very festive, but i think you'll agree they look beautiful!

Now on to some cards. These were the projects the class carried out with Claire. Firstly she demonstrated how to do a quick, simple yet effective card which could be 'mass' produced without too much of a nightmare. These were Suan's cards.

Claire chose to do Glitter Window cards (these are the two smaller ones). I have never tried this technique so I will as soon as I get a chance and tell you all about it! The larger card in the picture was a collage style card which involves a lot more work and would not not something you would feel like making 30 of!

I will post the rest of the pitures on the InkyDivas website.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Good morning!

Well the other day when I made the last post I had every intention of sharing some of the projects made at our Christmas Stamp Camp a little over a week ago but my pooter had different ideas. It has now been reinstalled and I shall try again in a bit!

I cannot believe it but after having had about 3 days of feeling well last week I was struck down with another virus thing, it started on Friday with a very sore throat and when I woke up on Saturday I had NO voice whatsoever, just a few little squeaks! it was quite embarrassing really as I was taking the boys motorcrossing that day and it was the first time I was meeting people and all I could do was sound like a teenage boy whose voice was about to break!

I am glad to say by Sunday it was back mostly although if I try to raise it for any reason it just disappears! My youngest also has it and of course is totally hideous with it, he has spent the last hour and a half screaming and crying because we won't let him have a fizzy drink for breakfast! The only fizzy drink we have is a remnant from weeks ago as we never have it in the house, this is so old that absolutely no fizz is in it at all. What he doesn't know is whilst he was screaming I threw it away so he definitely can't have it now! My husband also has a very mild cold but as you can imagine it is so much worse than mine and he is moaning about it constantly, it is obviously a real 'man cold ' (check out that link - it is hilarious!). The house has not been a happy house this morning, especailly as I told the boys to tidy up their Jenga blocks yesterday - they didn't and now the dog has eaten one of them - arghhhhh!

Anyway, onwards and upwards!

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

AWOL again & New Promotion!

I seem to be forever apologising for not keeping up-to-date with my posts and here I am about to do it again!

I am sorry, we have had a lot of illness here in the Moss household, it seems that everyone has been poorly at one time or another over the last weeks and me the whole time!

I have felt much better over the last two weeks though and I am trying to stay that way although we have just had the first of our family fall foul to the dreadful gastro bug that is going round - how long before it works through the rest of us eh?!

School hols start next week - we are so ready for these, the thought of not having to get up and be anywhere is just too good to believe. Of course I am being totally idealistic about it all because the reality is that the boys will fight non-stop from morn to night and I'll be wishing them back at school before you know it!

So what has been happening in the world of Stampin' Up! Well the first thing is we have a new promotion which started yesterday.

It is called Free Wheelin', it basically involves a free coordinating wheel if you buy one of the preselected stamp sets!

My colleague Claire is kicking herself as she just bought Merry Merry and had she waited she would have got a free All About Christmas Wheel and I feel much the same about the Priceless set I bought a couple of weeks back, had I waited I could have got the So Swirly wheel! Anyway, hindsight is a truly fantastic thing, but despite the fact we missed out, it doesn't mean you should!

Now this fantastic offer is open until 30th September, so to take advantage of this offer