Wednesday, 30 July 2008

A sneak preview!

You may well have noticed that I have not updated much on my blog since I got back from the UK. I am still recovering in many ways from a very exhausting trip, having just a week to get ready for the craft show then the actual show then our friend dying and then I was involved in a car accident. it was not the worse accident in the world but I have been haunted about the 'what could have happened' scenario which left me feeling emotional and a little unsettled.

It has been a long running saga over this last week and been very inconvenient and all my crafting days have been taken up with organising transport of some kind or another. Today has been a total right off whilst I spent four hours doing something which should have taken just 30 mins and by the end of it I was actually no further forward than I was to start with, all that happened is the rental car I returned was reissued to me (on a negative note it is still KIA Carnival and didn't magically transform in to a Porsche Cayenne, but to find the positive, it had been detailed!)

I have also had a rotten cold thing for a number of weeks now which has settled in to a lovely dry cough, you know that one that makes you cough unproductively all night, you sound like you are faking it and all in all it is pretty depressing!

One thing which is lovely, albeit very hard work, is we have adopted a beautiful 12 mth old Border Collie. She has the most beautiful nature but is totally undisciplined! I don't blame her previous owner as the dog was brought up to exist in her life and I know how totally devastated she is to have to give her little baby up, it is just that our life is very different and the lovely canine is going to have to relearn some things to fit in. She is so worth it though, a real gorgeous little thing. One of our previous Border Collies, pre-kids, was not suited to family life it appeared and it was totally our fault, we had encouraged behaviour in her we thought was funny but the reality is it just didn't work with kids around and made her dangerous. We had to have her re-homed and it broke my heart.

Anyway I am rambling on, my main aim is to try and be more regular with my posts and believe it or not, I have managed to make a couple of cards this week so i shall share them with you.

This first one is from the new Spring Mini, it is a tri-fold card using some of the Designer Series Paper which will be available, called Summer Picnic, and the stamp is from a really fun set called Tart & Tangy which I just love! The sentiment is from Greetings Galore.



It is a very simple card to make, I think I shall make it at a workshop I am demonstrating at this Sunday. The dimensions of this one were a strip of DSP 28 cm long by 10cm wide. I scored at 9cm and 18cm. When folded this left a 1cm edge sticking out which is a great way of showing that the DSP is double sided and equally lovely on both sides!

Using the slit punch I punched a slit so the first two section of the card can be tucked in to close it and I embellished it with some coordinating ribbon. Using the 1 3/8" circle punch and the scallop punch I punched out a circle from the middle card section and made a frame. It is really very simple to do. there is loads of room to add more sentiments and more embellishments but time was the biggest factor against me!

This second card I 'threw' together late this afternoon between the car nightmare and meeting some friends for dinner. I used colours from this weeks Colour Combination on SCS and also used the sketch from this weeks Sketch Challenge - double bubble then!

I think to say I hate this card may be an exaggeration, but it is close. I actually like the colours together, I like the layout, I am just not happy with it. It may be my mood, what do you think?


The colours are Groovy Guava , Sahara Sand and Whisper White. When the new In Colours came out , Claire, one of my colleagues called it Gruesome Guava and to be honest I thought so too but I have made efforts to use it and it is becoming less and less gruesome as time goes on! In fact I may go as far as to say I actually quite like it! -there I have said it now - Claire, what do you think 3 months on?

Right, as much as I would like to sit and play, I need to give our little canine friend some love and attention so I shall try and post tomorrow with a card I am making a lovely little 3 year old girl who makes me the most gorgeous cards (I have known her for over a year now, I see her a few times a week, her mum and I are great friends, she really likes me but has yet to speak a word to me....lol!)

Monday, 21 July 2008

Just a hello!

I have nothing to show right now but thought I'd pop on to say hello!

I went away this weekend with a girl friend to Melbourne. I was meant to have gone on the Thursday evening but had to change my flight to attend my friends' funeral on Friday morning. It was so incredibly sad, even those that had managed to keep a dry eye broke down when his son started to sing "you raise me up". I hope I can be a good friends to them in these coming weeks. I didn't have time to attend the wake which I regret as I could have given myself a little time to compose myself. Instead I turned up at the airport with puffy eyes and kept bursting in to tears (I had many odd looks!) It was nearly the end when I sat down in my extra-leg room, pre paid, emergency row seat only to have someone else board with the same seat allocation! I think the look in my eyes told them not to even consider asking me to move!

Despite feeling poorly with a cough and a cold and feeling low I did have a nice time. It was lovely to be able to just get up and go everywhere without trailing a child with me or thinking about getting back in time for something or other. My friend and I had a great time, even our nightmare trip to IKEA was bearable...lol I would have loved another day there but perhaps next time! I think we shall hit Sydney next!

Ooo ooo something funny that made me laugh, I was in the newsagents at the airport and there was this soft toy, it was the character my youngest has drawn in the earlier post! In fact not a Muppet but a Sesame Street Character - all my little one had missed off were the ears! Of course I had to take a picture of it, which of course I can't download as I have the new technology (an iPhone!) but no idea how to use it! Instead I scoured the net and here is.........

picture of Daddy aka Bert!




I shall add my son's again so you can see the comparison!



Uncanny eh?!

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Candles...

I finally remembered to buy some candles the other day so I could try this project- I just loved it! It is a way of getting stamped images, whether they are solid stamped or coloured on to a candle. Just think of all the gifts you can make with this!

The technique is very simple and is definitely going to be used in on of my project classes. I won't post a full tutorial here as so many other have done it and probably much better than I could, but I can give instructions!

  1. Stamp your image on to tissue paper and colour as desired.
  2. Tear or cut round the image quite close to the edges.
  3. Place image on the candle where you would like it to be
  4. wrap greaseproof paper/baking paper/wax paper (I think they are all the same thing!) around the candle and hold it tight. Use it almost as a handle at the back of the candle with the image at the front.
  5. With a heat gun heat the area where the image is. Don't hold the gun in one place, wave it.
  6. Gently rub over where the image is with your fingers
  7. Remove to paper and your image should now be embedded in the candle. If the tissue paper is sticking up anywhere just rewrap in teh paper and heat again.
  8. You can build up teh images one by one.
  9. I am not sure yet how it burns, but the rule with a candle is you never leave it burning unattended anyway so so long as you keep an eye on it, it should be fine.
Here is my first attempt using elements from a stamp set founf in teh new mini called Always (have I told you ALL the sets in the mini are DIE CUT, it is fab, so quick and easy to construct!)


It is so effective isn't it?! It made me think how much I trawled the local shops to find a 'birthday' candle for our son, Thomas, who was stillborn. On the date of his birth/death I like to have a candle burning as we never forget him,. I have never found the perfect candle and often make do but this year I shall make him a cool one with Spiderman on etc. all the things a 6 year old boy would want!

I also found that you can reverse the images simply by putting them on back to front! I did this with the birds, you can't really see it but there is a bird either side of the heart and both have their beaks facing the heart.

Here is a little memorial one I made. The Stamp is not a SU! one, they don't have an angel ones. this is a Judikins stamp but I hate to give them all the credit as I found this image on the web many years ago, long before Judikins adopted it and then copyrighted it! I particularly like this angel as the halo is slipped and he/she is praying with his/her eyes open, it suggests a certain amount of cheekiness and if Thomas' brothers are anything to go by, Thomas is bound to be a cheeky angel! I have the ''good' angel version of this stamp too!


I did both these candles very quickly so not a lot of time was spent being exact and worrying about 'design and layout', I jsut wanted to see it work! This is my excuse for all the letters and numbers being wonky on Thomas' candle!

Just too cute....

I had to share this with you! This evening before bed, our 3 year old drew a picture of his daddy! I always said my husband was a Muppet, obviously our youngest thinks so too!



Just as well Muppets are kind of cute and funny!

CLASSES

I have finally sat down with my diary and organised what I am able to do with regards to classes. I have so many people ask me about them and I have always been to disorganised to sort it so now I have!


There are four main classes of of groups you can come to!

1) My Technique Classes - these will run for about 2 1/2 hours, they will be $10 per ahead and in this class you will learn a technique and get the chance to put it in to practise on either 2 small projects or one larger one. All you need to bring is yourself and some adhesive! Refreshments included.

These classes will run on the 2ndTuesday of each month from 10am or the second Thursday of the month from 7.30pm.

2) My Project Classes - these will run for about 2 1/2 hours, they will be $10 per ahead and I will demonstrate a project which you will be able to replicate. It may be making a gift box, decorating a candle, making an 'out of the ordinary' card or scrapbook page element. All you need to bring is yourself and some adhesive! Refreshments included.

These Classes will run on the 1st Wednesday of each month at either 10am or 7.30pm.

3) My Stamp'n'Stuff' Group - this is merely a chance for a few people to get together for an informal evening of crafting. All my non consumable Stampin' Up! products will be available for use ie Stamp Sets, Punches, Crop-a-Dile, I also include inks pads in that. You can use these on your own projects or simply just come along for a chat. I will be there to offer any advice on products or to carry out impromptu demonstrations. There is a $5 per head charge on this but it will be refundable with any order $50 or more. You will need to bring yourself, your basic craft kit, card stock and what ever project you are working on. Refreshments included.

These groups will be on the third Friday of each month! I have booked out for them to be from 7pm (if demand is high I can schedule a day session too where perhaps it could be informal enough to have preschool children there)

ALL THE ABOVE GROUPS WILL BE LIMITED TO 8 PEOPLE PER SESSION AND MUST BE PREBOOKED

4) Inkydinks Stamp Camps - these days will be run by myself and my colleague, Claire. The event will either be an all day event or the option of attending just a morning or afternoon session. The format will change and will be anything from a spotlight on one technique with a number of projects for you to make, to a Stamp-a-Stack or a spotlight on a particular product range and how to get the most out of it/them. We limit numbers to a maximum of 20 per session so we can provide the best service and attention for everyone. Morning and afternoon tea are provided as well as all day refreshments. Prices will be announced nearer to each event as they are variable. These events are always really popular so book early!

Stamp Camps will be on the last Sunday of each month!

A timetable of events can be found on the right hand side of this page

Classes will be held at my home Nr Mount Nelson

To register on any of these classes contact me, Lynda, on 0438 545202 or by email

Monday, 14 July 2008

The hardest cards to make...

are by far Sympathy cards for people you know. I have not felt much like card making the last few days as I knew the next card I would need to make would be hard.

Last night we lost a friend, he was young and has a young family, life is cruel. His death was expected but that does not make it any easier for me and most especially his family and those really close to him. I sat here this morning knowing I had to make a sympathy card but I know when my son died I hated the word 'sympathy' as to me it was like 'pity'. I was pretty unreasonable at the time I think, I was was surrounded in my own grief and thought people should choose better words but now I know they didn't know what words to use as there are none when you lose someone so dear to you.

Even so I didn't want to use the word but at the end of the day that is what it is. I just couldn't think of an original card to make so I sat and scoured the cards people post on the net and I came across a lovely card by Michelle Zindorf which I decided to case. On her card she used trees, I chose to use a boat as my friend worked on the water and boats were a huge part of his life. The colours are the same as Michelle's as they are so apt for a male, I also added a moon to mine which Michelle didn't have. I chose to do that as a moon is restful to me and I think of my friend at rest now.

So here it it is, it was so hard to make


Rest In Peace

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Super Starter Kit Savings..

Well if you have been thinking about becoming s Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, well now may just well be the time to get started!

As from the 1st of July this month right up until the 15th August Stampin' Up! is taking $25 off it's already low priced Starter kit.



That basically means for just $299 you get $560 worth of Stampin' Up! products, everything you need to get your business started!

I know some of you that want to just be hobby demonstrators (ie. just become a demonstrator to receive your own personal discount on your craft materials) are often put off as the Starter kit includes order forms, catalogues etc which you won't use. Well my deal for this offer period (it is my deal and not offered through Stampin' Up!) is that I will buy the administrative items that you don't want back off you if you sign up to be a SU! demonstrator through me!

Of course this means that it may well cost you even less that $299!

Don't forget too, that your kit can be tailored to you, stamp sets, ink pads and card stock designs and colours can all be changed!

Just click on the picture above to see what you can receive in the Starter kit and contact me if you would like any more details!

Spring Mini coming soon!

I have had a sneak preview and have been able to order some of the sets already so I can have a play so I can show you some of the new goodies!

Would you like a copy?

If you would like to see first hand a copy of the new Spring Mini, then email me your name and address and I will send it out to you - NOW!

Australian Addresses only please

If you request a catalogue from me and then make an order I will give you 10% off the total amount!


Here is a little sneak preview!

Ohhh I know, it doesn't show you anything - sorry....lol

Just believe me when I say you will love this catalogue, some great sets and embellishments for Christmas. If you love the Hodgepodge hardware well you are in for a treat! All the colours and sets are so fresh and 'tangy' (clue there!) that it will lift you out of that sombre winter mood you are in (or perhaps it is just me?!).

So all you lovely people that booked a workshop with me at the start of August are going to be one of the first to see the catalogue first hand and see some of the stamps but I promise as soon as my pre-order arrives I shall whip a few things up to get you going! I can't wait to receive my goodies!

Remember to contact me if you would like a workshop or you would like to order - don't forget you can order from anywhere in Australia and the order will be shipped directly to your home.

Orders under $120 pay just $5.95 postage and orders of $120 or above pay 5% of merchandise amount.

I shall look forward ot hearing from you and don't forget to check the site on the 1st August so you can view the Spring Mini Catalogue 2008

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

More Show Pics!

Click on the picture below to see some more pictures of the show

Here are some more pictures taken by fellow demonstrators from the North of the state, thanks Michelle and Martyn!

Monday, 7 July 2008

July '08 Stamp Camp

So here it is, the details of our next Stamp Camp!

We have decided to work on the principal of a One Sheet Wonder (OSW). Using a piece of A5 card stock which will be decorated by yourself. We will provide you with a template and further card stock to make five cards as well as giving you guidance on stamping, watercolouring and the use of Crystal Effects to highlight aspects of your cards. There will also be access to a range of Stampin' Up! punches and other embellishments!

The way the day will work is that it will be split in to morning and afternoon sessions, you can choose to do just one session or both sessions!

So here are the details

Date: Sunday 27th July
Where: North Hobart (exact location will be given on confirmation of your place)
Times: Morning Session 9-12pm
Afternoon Session 1-4pm

Costs : Morning Session $25
Afternoon Session $25
Whole Day $40

Morning tea will be provided in the morning and afternoon tea in the afternoon! Refreshments available all day. If you register for the whole day then please bring your own lunch (facilities will be available to warm up food).

You will also NEED to bring permanent adhesive, an accurate ruler, a pencil and a paper trimmer or cutting mat and craft knife.


There will be 8 OSWs to choose from, the choices are below. If you do the whole day you can choose two OSW, if you are just doing one session you get to choose just one OSW. Please email your registration to the Inkydivas by clicking the link below.

Email Registration

On your registration please give your name and the sessions you would like to attend. Please also state which choice which you would like to make (the names of each one are above the pictures).

There are limited places so please do not delay in your registrations. On receipt of your registration an email will be sent to you methods of Payment.

Your place(s) can only be confirmed on receipt of payment.


1. Spring Solitude

The background is chalked to give a 'sponged' effect. The colours used are . Orchid Opulence, Lovely Lilac and Whisper White.

2. Bud Basics

Using 2 step stamping you can quickly cover a large area of an A5 sheet with this set. The colours used are Regal Rose, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant and Very Vanilla.

3. Natural Beauty


Using the lovely Natural Beauty stamp set and watercolour techniques you will produce a subtly coloured sheet you'll hate to cut up to make the cards! The colours used here are Bashful Blue, Perfect Plum, Barely Banana and Whisper White with a hint of Sage Shadow.

4. Artfully Asian

With this OSW you will get the chance to use a new technique. Using a Whisper White craft pad you will stamp your images and then using chalks you will transfer the colours to the white ink giving a visually stunning effect. The colours for this are Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Summer Sun and Very Vanilla.

5. Like it a Latte

This is one of my favourite sets, just seeing that cup and the steam makes my mouth water! Using 2 of this years 'In Colours' this OSW is very 'in vogue', if you can say that in the crafting world! It will make cards to suit both males and females. The colours used here are Close to Cocoa, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava and Very Vanilla.

Some sample cards



6. Seeing Spots

This is a very versatile set and makes very quick and easy cards and works fantastically with the bold colours! I have not been too precise with my stamping here, especially with the black bit but I figure you can leave the black bit off until you have cut up your sheet and using some circular sentiments I have that fit round the flower, we can show you how to position them exactly and you can choose your sentiment for each card! The colours used here are Pixie Pink. Brocade Blue, Green Galore, Whisper White with hints of Lavender Lace and Basic Black.

Some sample cards



7. Wild About You

I forgot to take the picture of this before I cut it up so here is a slideshow of the cards you can make! Just click on the picture below!



This is a great funky set for kids and adults alike! The colours used here are Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Taken with teal, Whisper White with a hint of Summer Sun (I think we all need that!).

8. Unfrogrettable

Again some sample cards, but please not the colours on these are not totally representational of the colours we'll be using on the day, they are outlined below!



This is a fun set and very versatile! Again this one suits the bold colours. USing Watercolour Wonder Crayons or Watercolour Pencils you can easily paint up this fun sheet!

The colours used here are Real Red, Green Galore, Only Orange and Yoyo Yellow

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Getting back in the swing of things!

So having returned from the UK having had a very hard time over there I came straight in to preparation for the Hobart Quilt & Craft fair. It was hectic to say the least and I still haven't even unpacked all the bags we brought back with us!

This week has been spent recovering and catching up from jetlag. Even the older two boys were run down and had been neglected, so much so they had a day off school on Wednesday to recover and my eldest hasn't been back yet as he was full of cold. He shall be back on Monday!

It will be nice to get back in to a daily routine and get on top of everything! Claire and I are already talking about our next stamp camp which will be at the end of this month.

We are going to do an A4 one sheet wonder so each person can create 10 cards and at the end, if they would like to swap with others they can do! SO I have been putting together some samples for that.

Here is a picture of me (on teh left, my freind Kim and Claire (on the right) enjoying a quiet moment at the fair!

The fair went really well, my craft circles were backed out within minutes on the first two days and we sadly had to turn people away. I was so worried that no one would come along so it was a relief to see the booking form fill. It was so much quieter on Sunday in every way, I didn't fill me class that day but I had a good number to work with so it was still very enjoyable!

It was a real learning experience being at the show, obviously the other stall holders are seasoned professionals, some of which do 15 shows a year! So we were definitely the new kids on the block. Many things we did were really successful and we would do them again but there are other things which we wouldn't do again and some things we didn't do but perhaps shoudl have done! If you were at the fair and have any feedback then I would love to hear from you!

There was another stall there representing another company which works on the same principle to Stampin' Up! I did get one of their catalogues and it really made me appreciate how user friendly out catalogues are and I love the way SU! works in the colour families so it is really easy to see what is what and match things. I was totally confused and overwhelmed by the other catalogue.

I was also shocked by their prices of stamps. For just two stamps that work together as a 2 step stamping it was $30, to get a smaller version of the same stamp was $25 so to get all four it would have been $55! You can get Bud Basic stamp set with SU! which has 6 stamps which work in the 2 step stamping way for just $33!

One things which was very popular on our stall was how our friend and helper Sarah, used SU! stamps and classic ink to stamp on to fabric. She stamped a couple of child's clothing items, some fabric she used to make a bag and even made a quilt by stamping fabric and watercolouring it! We were in awe of her and are all now rushing out to get fabric to play with!


well I shall elave this post here and start a new one to show some things I have been up to!