Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Remembering my little man...

I know it has been a long time since I was a regular blogger, I promise things will get better!

My mum has been over from the UK for a few weeks so I have been spending time with her, She is a SU! demonstrator in England, she lacks confidence a little (I don't know why as she is VERY good!) so I have been giving some pointers - not that I can do anything she can't!

Anyway she flew off this morning and as I post she will be on her way to Hong Kong. The boys were devastated this morning saying good bye and she was pretty cut up too. We shall all miss her, I wish we cold move all our families over here too. Anyway she will have to come back soon as already the ironing pile more than fills one basket!!

I find this time of year a bit of a struggle, my creative juices don't flow as I think of my little man, Thomas, who dies just before birth 6 years ago. Yesterday would have been his 6th birthday, the build up to it is very hard. You kind of feel as if you are wading through treacle. You just cannot 'gee' yourself up and everything falls in to the 'too hard' basket. Many of my friends both here and back in the UK have sent lovely messages, it is nice to know that he is not forgotten yet sad that some people who were close to me at the time and still are never bother to remember.

A comment was made to me earlier this week when I mentioned it was Thomas' birthday coming up, "it is nice you haven't forgotten him", my answer was you cannot ever give birth to a child and forget them and their answer was "some people do, it depends how they deal with it". I didn't really know what to make of that, does that mean I have not dealt with it? What it really means is the person that said that has never lost a much wanted and much loved baby, they are making the assumption that some people just move on and 'forget'. Perhaps it is attitudes like this that make people like myself, who have lost a baby, feel they need to keep their emotions hidden?!

Thomas is never far from my mind, there is a definite void in our family that only he can fill. At his funeral my mum read out a beautiful poem called Forget-me-Not. I would like to share it with you now and perhaps you can spend a moment thinking of my little Thomas and all the other babies that die during pregnancy or soon after birth.


We are the ones God chose to take
We are the ones you could not awake
We are the buds you see on a tree
We are the ones whose spirit runs free

We are the bulbs you may plant in spring
We are the sound when you hear the birds sing
We are the ones that could not cry
We are the ones He chose to die

We are the bees you hear hum
We had no voice to call you mum
We are the forest that fragrance the wood
To be with you, if only we could

Forget-me-nots that's what we are
We grow in your garden not very far
We are a heart broken in two
We are the ones who belong to you

We are the ones you could not share
We are the empty space you see there
So really you see us in every way
Forget me not for every day

Author Lanette Lusk

Goodnight my darling little boy, you are loved and missed daily and most certainly never forgotten.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

For Sale

brand new
Stamp'n'Write Markers

The colour families I have are

  • 1 x Rich Regals
  • 1 x Soft subtles

They are $55 each and that includes postage to anywhere in Australia.

Please note the pictures shows the full set, you will receive a pack of 12 markers from the chosen colour family.

It will be strictly on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested then please contact me.

Monday, 20 October 2008

All Aboriginal

The other day whilst browsing I came across the SCS challenges for last week. One was to make 4 small card from one sheet of A4 which either had to be thank you cards or place setting names. No ribbons, brads etc were allowed. The colour challenge was The colours were Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie and More Mustard plus Very Vanilla.

There were a lot of things to think about! Now the challenges are set primarily by Americans so the cards were because Thanks Giving is just around the corner and the colours were because they are about to come in to autumn. Now we are coming in to spring and don't have Thanks Giving here so I decided the colours suited something we do have here, beautiful Aboriginal art.

This is what I came up with

I came a little stuck as the All Aboriginal stamp set has just 3 images so the fourth card is not overly exciting - I apologise for that.

All the images were stamped in Basic Brown and left to dry and then coloured in using an Earth Elements water colour crayons with an aquapainter. If you click on the picture you will see it on a larger scale and it will be clearer.

I actually preferred the cards before I added the sentiments and if I was making them again I would not add these, but it was part of the challenge so I had to! Small cards like these are very cute and fun to make.

Card Recipes...

Stamp Sets: All Aborriginal, Much Appreciated, Short and Sweet
Inks: Basic brown
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Very vanilla, Pumkin Pie, More Mustard and Old Olive
Accessories: Earth Element crayons in the above colours plus Summer Sun, Spritzer and Markers, dimensionals, Word Window punch

Monday, 13 October 2008

Ribbon Pack Prices

1/4" (o.64 cm) Grosgrain Ribbon
5 Colours*, 2m of each $12*

* choice of colours from
Basic Black (BB), Whisper White (W), Very Vanilla (V), Pumpkin Pie (PuPi), Apricot Appeal (ApAp), Pretty in Pink (PrPi), Real Red (ReRe), Bravo Burgundy (BrBu), Elegant Eggplant (ElEg), Night of Navy (NiNa), Tempting Turquoise (TeTu), Bashful Blue (BaBl), Certainly Celery (CeCe), Old Olive (OlOl), Mellow Moss (MeMo) and Always Artichoke (AlAr) Chocolate Chip (ChCh)

More Mustard (MoMu) is now reitred although available until my stocks run out.

Gingham Ribbon (0.48 cm)

6 Colours*, 2m of each $15*

*Black, Red, Light Blue, Light Pink, Moss and Carmel

Light Blue, Light Pink, Moss and Carmel are now retired although still available until my stocks run out

Striped Grosgrain (1.59cm)

6 In Colours*, 2m of each $19.50*

*Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango

Double Stitched Grosgrain (2.5cm)

1m of each of 3 colours* $8

*I currently 3 colours avaialable Rose Red, Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip

To purchase these packs

to pay by direct bank transfer or you can use your credit card and pay by PayPal, no payPal account is required just contact me and I will send you a PayPal invoice*.

*If you pay using PayPal there is a small charge of 50c per ribbon pack to help cover the charges I will incur.

Ribbon For Sale

Those of you that are familiar with the Stampin' Up! colour families will know that one of the biggest plus points is not only can you get the A4 cardstock, the 12 x 12 cardstock, the ink pads, ink sots, watercolour wonder crayons, the pastels, brads, eyelets and Stampin' Write markers to all totally coordinate you can also get a selection of ribbons in a number of styles to coordinate perfectly with everything else.

One problem I hear many of my customers say is that yes they love the ribbon but almost 14m of ribbon is far too much for their needs so they don't buy any at all. Well I have thought about this and have decided that I will put together some ribbon packs. Initially I decided I would work with the 0.64cm widths of grosgrain ribbon*.

Each pack will contain 5 lots of ribbon of your colour choice and each piece of ribbon will be approximately 2m long (no less)

The colour choices available are...

Black, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Apricot Appeal, Pretty in Pink, Real Red,Bravo Burgundy, Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke.

These colours can be seem more clearly on p146 of the catalogue (please bear in mind if you have your own copy the Always Artichoke is displaying the wrong colour).

If you would like to order this then it will cost you

(including all posting and packaging to any address within Australia)

If you would like to take advantage of this offer please EMAIL me with your colour choice and you can pay either by direct bank transfer or I can send you a PAYPAL invoice for credit card payments (there will be a 50c charge for this per ribbon pack)

* Gingham Ribbon and Double Stitched Grosgrain now also available!

Friday, 10 October 2008

Sketch Challenge and Colour Combination

I visited SCS yesterday adn had a look at teh current sketch challenge and colour combination to see if I could combine teh two. I had just 40 minutes before school pick up etc so time was limited but the reality is that when you are given a base to work with the card making only takes a few minutes so I had plenty of time!

Well the sketch cahllenge was this

and the colour combination was Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive (actually it was slilghtly diferent but as we don't have the US In Colour range here these were the colours suggested to put in their place. You are allowed to add in one neutral colour as well.

So this was my attempt!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Wonderful Words, Bud Basics and Basics Outline Jumbo Wheel
Card Stock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Inks:Cocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: dimensionals, Pumkin Pie grosgrain

Scallop Daisy

Once agian I cannot take credit for this idea, I have seen it numerous times on the web but finally ogt my act together and tried.

Now this card did evolve, I started just trying out just trying to make teh daisy, then when I did that I thought I could use my Stem Sayings stamp set which has been gathering dust so tried that and one thing led to another. It is definitely not a 'usual' card I make but it is kind of sweet!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Stem Sayings, Daisy Field Wheel
Card Stock: River Rock, Whisper White, Pink Passion, Garden Green, Only Orange
Inks: Garden Gree, Pink Passion
Accessories: White Grosgrain, Scallop Punch, White Signo Pen

Copic markers...

I have seen a lot of cards on the web that have used Copic markers to colour the images. I have always loved the very intense colours they give but having seen a few tutorials and visited some excellent sites I have felt totally overwhelmed by how to achieve all the amazing effects you can with them (some people are so talented!) but despite that I decided to have a go - ironically my mum asked for a tutorial from me on them so I was teaching how to use them the first time I had really played with them myself - and no. I am no expert!

These are not Stampin' Up! products but I chose colours I thought would work well with SU! card stock. You can most definitely get a similar effect with Stamp'n'write markers but you would need to use watercolour paper and either an aqua painter or a blender pen to blend the colours.

So this was my attempt, I am happy enough with it, my mum wants this car to take back to the UK with her so I guess as it is my youngest sons 4th birthday next week I shall have to try and recreate it!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Boatlaods of Love
Card Stock: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Brilliant Blue
Inks: Black Stazon
Accessories: Real Red eyelets, hemp twine, white signo pen, copic markers, nestabilities

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Birthday Promotion!

Stampin' Up! has now been in existance for 20 years, can you believe it?! Of course it has only been in Australia for a fraction of that time but even here it is going from strength to strength!

As a celebration of the 20 years this months promotion is a huge discount of 20% on selected stamp sets is available from 1st October-31st October! All you have to do to qualify for this discount is spend just $20 on regular merchandise from the current Idea Book & Catalogue or the current Spring Mini Catalogue.

If you live in Australia and would like to take advantage of this fantastic offer then please contact me, I shall look forward to hearing from you!