Monday, 28 December 2009

Stationery Book

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, it is funny how all the planning, preparation and stress is all over in such a short time!

I have spent some time today putting together a tutorial for a project I designed a couple of months back. It looks like a book but opens up to be a set of 8 cards, a beautiful gift to give to someone!

This was my 'prototype' one

This next one is the one I made so I could photograph the steps to make the tutorial. On this one I decided not to put sentiments on the cards, but instead, make it so each card had a space for a sentiment and then supplied a number of sentiments that were prestamped and punched and the reciprient of the gift could choose the sentiment they wanted.

If you would like to purchase a tutorial for this project you can, for just $6

You can pay by PAYPAL by following THIS link

Here are some others stationery Books made by people who purchased the tutorial

Crafty Squirrel 1
Crafty Squirrel 2
Stamp Happy Jackie
and her cards

If you would like to add a link to your Stationery Book, please mail me with it or mail me a photo and I can add it for you!

Monday, 30 November 2009

He makes me laugh!

I designed a project over the weekend and decided to make a tutorial of it. I have been looking for my camera for a few days to take some pictures of projects but couldn't find it so I asked my 5yo son if he had seen it. He said he hadn't and then five minutes later he gave it to me and said "I think someone put it in my room whilst I was asleep, perhaps a ghost or something".

I said I thought it was most likely him and he absolutely denied it and went off to watch a DVD. So I had a look at the pictures that had been taken on it and guess what?.......

This is what I found, a very close up, unflattering shot of the culprit! When presented with the evidence he just fell on the floor laughing and said "it was me mummy, it was me!" No way, I'd never have guessed!!!

He drives me insane at times but he really does make me laugh!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Sneak Peak

I had a quiet afternoon today and wanted to keep myself busy so I thought I would have a go with some of the new stamp sets I recently obtained. Our current Spring Mini runs out at the end of this month so if there are any stamp sets, papers etc you would like from there then you need to get your orders to me ASAP! Check out the link on the right hand side to view the online catalogue.

On the 1st of December out new Summer Mini is!!! So much to choose from I had to really hold myself back from ordering everything!

Today I concentrated on one set 'For Everything', it reminds me of the set Priceless from out main catalogue but a little more whimsical. When I look at it I think of bright colours and summer so used that idea in some of the cards I made today.

So here they are................ (*new in the Summer Mini Catalogue)

Card Recipe..

Stamps: For Everything*
Card: Whisper White
Black Stazon
Accessories : Polka Dot Grosgrain*, Stampin' Write Markers, Pop Up glue Dots

Card Recipe..

Stamps: For Everything*
Card: Whisper White
Bashful Blue, Real Red, Summer Sun, Certainly Celery
Accessories : Striped Grosgrain, Sponges

The above two are what are called Single Layered Cards, that is, the only card is the base and there is no more layers. They are very clean, simple and fresh. For the one immediately above I used scrap paper and the Dotto to mask off a rectangle and sponges to ink lightly round the edges to give the appearance of another layer.

Card Recipes..

Stamps: For Everything*
Card: Whisper White, Candy Lane DSP
Black Stazon
Accessories : Grosgrain, Eyelet Edge Border Punch, Satin Ribbon, Markers, Scallop Oval and Wide Oval Punches, Jumbo Grommit*, Bone Folder

Card Recipe..

Stamps: For Everything*
Card: Kraft, Metallic Gold, Chocolate Chip
Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Gold, Versamark
Accessories : Grosgrain, Gold EP

These next two were inspired from cards I had seen made by others using the set Priceless. I cannot remember who they were but they were lovely ideas, hence I decided to copy them, albeit with a different stamp set!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: For Everything*, Best Yet
Card: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Black
Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories : Gingham Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Dimensionals

Card Recipe..

Stamps: For Everything*
Card: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink Passion
Basic Black
Accessories : Vintage Brads, Dimensionals

Bits & Pieces

I was looking through the pictures on my camera and I came across a few I don;t think I have posted before so here they are!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, En Francais
Card: Barely Banana
Always Artichoke, Bordering Blue, Close to Cocoa
Accessories : Grosgrain, Vintage Brads

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Short & Sweet
Card: Naturals Ivory
Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip
Accessories : Dazzling Diamonds, Paper Piercer

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Card: Old Olive, Basic Black, Naturals ivory
Old Olive, Basic Black
Accessories : Sponge, Grosgrain

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, So Sirly wheel
Card: Basic Black
Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red
Accessories : Grosgrain, Eyelet Punch Border Punch

This last one I did a couple of week back for a challenge on the internet. There is a website called Mojo Monday or something like that and they provide some really lovely sketches to inspire the card makers out there and you can enter what you create in to a competition. I made the card but didn't enter.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Together Forever
Card: Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Black Stazon
Accessories : Markers, Grosgrain, Rhinestone Brad, Dimensionals

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Gift Bag

I have seen this little gift bag around quite a bit so really it was only a matter of time before I had a go making it. It takes one sheet of 12 x 12 DSP and a few folds so very simple indeed. I found it wasn't really that strong so I lined it with coordinating card stock to give it a little more substance.

I found some little, very strong, magnets and I encased these withing the round tab punch so the bag snaps shut very firmly, I kind of enjoy hearing the little click as it closes, very!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: None
Card: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip
Accessories : Round Tab Punch, Sweet Always DSP, jumbo eyelets, Choc Chip grosgrain, Wide Satin ribbon (retired)

Note Card Gift Set + Gift Tags

I saw a box like this on the internet but it was made using dimensions for the US envelope size and did not fit the Aus envelopes so I redesigned the template, strengthened the construction and came up with this. It is very simple to make, expecially as each of the notecards is basically the same design. I designed an acetate lid to go on top of it just to finish it all off so it will make a perfect gift for someone. I will be coming up with a tutorial for this very shortly!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: A Rose is a Rose
Card: Riding Hood Red, , Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP
Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red
Accessories : Scallop, 1 3/8", 1 1/4" circle punch. Double Striped Grosgrain

Using a similar idea I made this little gift box, I would have loved to have filled it with chocolates but as I had none I made some very quick and simple gift cards! I made this a couple of months back which was quite bizarre as a couple of week ago I attended a Stampin' Up! field trianing even here in Tasmania and they demonstrated something very similar although, to be big headed my box is better, it is much stronger, sturdier and easier to that does sound boastful!! Again, watch this space for a tutorial.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Live Like You Mean It (level 1 hostess)
Card: Summer Sun, Whisper White
Basic Brown, Summer Sun, Pacific Point, Always Artichoke
Accessories : Scallop Square, Oval & Circle Punch, Curly Label Punch

Rustic Rooster

Again this was a card I made for the Techniques class, it is called 'Faux Torn Paper'. It is a very simple technique, you simply get a piece of scratch paper and tear it. Temproarily adhere the paper to your card base with something like the Dotto and using a sponge cover the area that is not covered, if you make it slightly darker at the edge it is more effective. I also stamped the large background stamp 'En Francais' over it whilst the paper was still adhered. I then removed the paper and stamped the other side with a flourish from the Rustic Rooster set. You can use the other side of the torn paper as a reverse mask when you do this.

I also made five card fronts for a card swap with some UK demonstrators, I am still awaiting theirs!!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Rustic Rooster, Baroque Motifs, En Francais
Card: Naturals Ivory, Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red
Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories : Twill Tape, Torn Paper

Spring ATC

I belong to a papercrafts group here in Hobart, we meet once a month and when i get a chance I try and get involved in teh swaps. This one is from a couple of months back. The swap was an ATC and the title was 'Spring'. I saw a card made like this on SCS and thought it was just lovely so adapted it for an ATC, I would give credit to the orignal designer but it was so long ago I ahve totally forgotten!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful
Card: Whisper White, Mellow Moss
Inks: Mellow Moss marker

Accessories :Soft Subtle buttons (retired), gingham

Ahoy Matey

My youngest's son's best friend had a Pirate Birthday party about one of the wooden pirate ships we have here on the River Derwent,. My son refused to go as a pirate and went as Superman but other than he got in the spirit of the even and we made this pirate card for his freind.

This set was retired from SU! a couple of catalogues back, it is a shame as it is such a lovely set, especially for boys of this age.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Ahoy Matey (retired), non SU! Greeting, Short Order Nos. (retired)
Card: Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Basic Black
Black Stazon, markers
Accessories : Gold brads

Brayered Plaid

Finally I have my computer and I have adobe and both are working so I have been able to resize my pictures and start posting again!

These cards I made in preparation for one of my techniques classes. I was playing with a technique called 'Brayered Plaid' I quite enjoy this technique but I have to say my ladies weren't so keen. I think it was because they wanted perfection. for all the lines to be equal thickness and equal distances apart but sadly it does not work like that!

I tried to explain that it doesn't matter if it is not perfect as no one else will notice, hopefully they will believe me and give this a go in different colours!

So here are my attempts, as you can see I was determined to stick to a perticular colour scheme!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: A Rose is a Rose
Card: Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Gable Green, Whisper White
Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Gable Green
Accessories : Brayer, SAMJ

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks, Short & Sweet
Card: Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Gable Green, Whisper White
Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Gable Green
Accessories : Brayer, Eyelet Border Punch, Word Window Punch

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks, Short & Sweet
Card: Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Gable Green, Whisper White
Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Gable Green
Accessories : Brayer, Eyelet Border Punch, Word Window Punch

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Card: Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Gable Green, Whisper White
Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Gable Green
Accessories : Brayer, Rhinestones,

Card Recipe..

Stamps: A Rose is a Rose, Short & Sweet
Card: Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Gable Green, Whisper White
Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Gable Green
Accessories : Brayer, SAMJ, Word Window Punch

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Thomas Peter

I am going to be away for a few days soon, I am going interstate, it was going to be for one reason and not on my own but now it is for another reason and on my own, I am hoping to come back a little more on top of things and regain a little control of things.

Until then I am allowing myself a few days of self pity. This time of year is such hard work, 7 years ago today my little baby lost his fight for life and died during preterm labour. He had fought for so long against conditions that were nothing to do with him but in the end he just couldn't fight anymore. A few hours later he was born, he was lifeless but so beautiful, so perfect and when he died part of me died too.His anniversaries are hard as he died on the 27th October but was born just past 12am on the 28th, it seems so wrong to have a death date before a birth date, I never know which day is really 'his' day so I blur them and given him both days.

Each year it gets harder to mark his anniversaries as everyone around you expects you to be 'over it', even those who you would think would have as much attachment as me. Life is hectic with three boys to run after now but everyday I wish it was four boys, every day he is missed, every photo there is a gap where he should have stood, it really is very hard. As the years go on it doesn't get any easier at this time of year, my grief is just driven underground a little more.

I have had every comment under the sun, "he was too precious for this world" or "too perfect" but they really don't wash as I think my others boys are precious and perfect and they do just fine here on Earth. No it makes no difference that he wasn't my first, I don't love him any the less, the fact he didn't got to term makes no difference, is there a difference between an 8 wk foetus, a 6 months one or a full term one? I think not, they are all someones baby. If Thomas had survived birth he had a chance of surviving life.

I know I sound like a miserable old bag, I am sorry, but I gave birth to a gorgeous little man and I spend so much of my times devoted to his brothers, a few days a year spent thinking of him, wondering how things could have been if he had lived, wishing things could be different etc is not too much to ask.

There are so many beautiful poems out there about child loss, here is one I have chosen to use today

I once had a son

I once had a son who now lives with God above,
I never got to know him and I never knew his love,
I once had a son whose heart beat close to mine,
I never knew his beauty for I never got the time,
For my son he was taken before the dawn could break,
He's now sleeping in my heart where his share of love he takes.
When I see my children who now walk here by my side,
There's a sweet image of my son mirrored in their eyes,
When I see a rose bud dropped to the ground too soon,
It reminds me of my baby who was gone before he bloomed,
If God should stand before me and grant me one last wish,
I'd wish my baby in my arms to on his head bestow a kiss.
I know I have my children who to me are very dear,
But there's an empty place within my life for which I shed a tear,
So I question God each day as to why he couldn't stay,
Why my son was given to me then silently taken away,
But I know I have to be patient and wait till I go home,
Then within the grounds of God's heavenly home
my son and I will roam.

by Heather Pauwels of Calvary Chapel Perth

Getting back in...

I have been an absent blooger for a few months, things have been going on in my life that I have had no control over, thatnhave made me very sad and I guess taken over so much. I have cradfted and I ahve taken pictures of my work butmy computer was unreliable and photoshop kept crashing so nothing ever get posted. I have been without my computer for a couple of days and I have jsut got it back so hopefully I can get back in the seat again!

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Card StorageTote

No excuses for slackness, just accept I am bad!

In my absence I did design a little card storage tote, my colleague Claire and I were throwing some ideas together for a Stamp Camp, she mentioned some sort of card storage, we had some cardboard album covers and then inspiration hit me. I rushed off to make a prototype, made loads of mistakes some fortuitous, other most definitely not. I showed Claire, she loved it, went off and made one and I made another photographing every step so I could produce a finished tutorial.

It took me hours and hours and fine adjustments have been ongoing but I think perhaps now it is safe for the general public!

OK well my prototype is the one that is on the front of the Tutorial, it is the brown spotty one. If you get the tutorial you'll see that various things are off centre etc, these have since been corrected!!!

This is my second attempt and further fine tuning has occurred since then too, in fact this little tote now has corner embellishments!

My mum also had a go at making one and here is her fantastic effort.

Claire and I held one class together and yesterday I had two ladies for the day and they made one each. they all looked so gorgeous, I will have to share the pictures when they are sent to me!

So what does the tote do? It is for organising birthday anniversary cards. You can make the card in advance, list the special date on the calendar index card and check it periodically to see whose special date is coming up and send them the card you have already made. you could make all your cards for the year in the month of January as your New year Resolution! It is also the perfect gift for the person who is disorganised!

I will definitely be using mine as despite making a lot of cards no one in my family ever receives one, at least not on time, as I always forget!

The tote will hold C6 cards, a pen and there is even a pocket for stamps - how cute! It will take envelopes too, but they will stick out the top unless you fold them in half.

If you would like to have a go at making this little tote you can purchase full instructions with step-by-step photos and diagrams, plus a calendar template for just $8.50 (Aus).

I have move the Buy it Now button to this page

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

How slack have I been?!

Well this has to be a record in my bad blogging! It has been a difficult few weeks on many fronts! The good news is Pepper the puppy is better, she spent a few days in the vets on a drip, they decided she didn't have parvovirus and things began to improve. After a few days at home though the upset tummy reappeared although fortunately no blood present! I stopped her from swimming in the sea for a few weeks, fed both dogs chicken and rice for a week - boy they loved that and things seem on track again!

A couple of weeks back we had just got in doors, it was a windy day and as I put the shopping bags on the kitchen bench this huge gust of wind came. It was so Strong it actually picked up our huge, heavy BBQ and threw it across the garden and then roof tiles fell from the sky and smashed all over the place. I was standing in the kitchen with the kids looking at the back garden in shock, I then looked into the front garden, saw the boys soccer boots had blown across the lawn, went out to retrieve them only to see my car, tiles had blown off the roof at the front as well and landed on my car, the whole front end was dented and scratched the windshield was obliterated, tiles were smashed all over the drive and those that hit the lawn were deeply embedded. I felt physically sick because literally moments before that gust came the kids and I were taking shopping bags out of the car. Even now I feel positively ill when I think what could have been, if one of those tiles had hit us we would be dead, if you saw the damage they did to the car there is no way you would survive it if it hit your head or chest, if a tile had hit an adult's limb the tile would have smashed the limb for sure.

The damage to the roof was so extensive and as it was still very windy not much could be done that evening to fix it, even temporarily. The insurance company sent out a plasterer to make good (A plaster for goodness sake?!). Needless to say at 2am we were woken to water pouring in through the light fittings , window frames etc. A call to the insurance company stated nothing could be done until 8.30am when the hire shop opened to so they could hire some tarpaulins! Well excuse me, next time we have an emergency we will ensure it is in shop opening hours - grrr! As it turned out the dmage was just to huge for even tarpaulins to be used, some new tiles were purchased and jsut slotted in place until the job could be done properly.

Needless to say the last few weeks have involved coordinating the repairs. I haven;'t slept much as it has been so windy and I can hear the tiles miving on the roof! The carpet blower has caused the carpet to stretch so now we have to have the carpet refitted, that is happening this morning, I hope it is done well! The roof was properly repaired on Monday, just some pointing work to do, (I hope that means I can sleep better now!), the decorators arrive on Thursday to repaint the water damage, the BBQ and sun shades are being repaired/replaced on Thursday along with teh last of the insulation batons, the car is mostly repaired, just waiting for the sunroof to be looked at and some new trim to arrive for the inside where it was damaged by all the glass. It is a relief to see everything coming good, just my personal life that needs work but that is a whole other story!!!

I haven't had too much time for crafting as you can imagine, we are in the second week of the school holidays, the older boys took part in a four day sailing camp which they absolutely adored, they were naturals!!! then we headed up the East Coast for a few days although I came down with a hideous cold so it was not as fun as it should have been! My cold is drying up now but I am left with all the gunk which I am desperately trying to clear as I can feel it working down towards my chest and I really don't want a chest infection on top of everything else! This week I have been catching up on jobs around the house and I even tidied my craft area yesterday so I can get started on some projects!

So please do forgive me for being a Bad Blogger, I do have a good excuse!

Thursday, 13 August 2009

So what do I miss about the UK?

There have been periods over the last 3 1/2 years when I have felt very distant from home, not a part of where I live now and very homesick. Most the time I am happy where ever I am, so long as I have my husband and kids with me I can make a home anywhere but it doesn't stop me pining for what I have left behind.

I love England, it is my homeland and I loved my life there but I totally understood that my husbands life was far from ideal with 5 hours commuting each day and not being there to see the kids get up in the morning or go to bed at night. Australia provides a much better family life for our family unit and it provides so many more opportunities for the children and it is beautiful, especially where we live here in the stunning state of Tasmania.

I am finally feeling part of the state, it has taken a long time as it is a close knit community. No one here is horrible, in fact everyone is very friendly but I think it is hard to break in to the community as although people will chat to you at baby groups, at school etc you never get invited over for coffee or out for a trip. It took me a long time to understand why but I know now, it is because many people have all their family near by, they have life long friends nearby etc, their lives are full, rich and busy and they don't realise yours isn't and that although they don't need your friendship, you need theirs - desperately! I found in the early months all my friends were from overseas, like myself, or were people who had moved in from another state.

Stampin' Up! has been fantastic for me as from being a demonstrator I have met so many people and people that share the same hobbies I do. I can walk around in town and actually bump in to people I know. When someone says "oh yes your a SU! demonstrator, I have heard of you" I feel really happy. I love the craft nights we have here as they are a real laugh and so many of my customers are now most definitely my friends. I now feel a lot more part of Tasmania than I did even 12 months ago.

Having said all that by the time we get back to visit England I wouldn't have set foot there for over 2 years and there is so much I miss

Things I miss....

  • The countryside, the amazing greens and lushness of everything. The higgledy-piggledy layouts of the villages, the old buildings.
  • The history, ruins, stately homes and estates, hedge rows, stone walls, horses, tractors and combine harvesters all going past my front door.
  • The morning bird chorus
  • The smells
  • The supermarkets, espceially Sainsbury's & Ocado Online!
  • Argos!
  • The familiarity, during a lifetime you pick up so many hints and tips about the country you live in, you understand the systems and how to achieve things, in a new country every single thing you do requires a steep learning curve.
  • Family
  • Friends, especially those I only saw a few times a year due to distance but when I did see them it was like we had always been together. In a new country you only have local friends and no one to go away and visit for a day.
  • My childhood, it is not easy for me to share my childhood with my children as I can't easily show them the places I used to live, visit, play at etc, I feel very removed from it.
  • English Marmite
  • McVities Jaffa Cakes
  • Jelly Tots
  • Galaxy Chocolate
  • Nice Cadbury's Chocolate
  • The relatively good driving!
  • Free Banking
  • Reasonable mobile phone deals
  • SKY Plus
  • Easy international travel
  • Foxes, badgers and hedgehogs
So it is only fair to say what I love about Australia

  • The patriotism, Australians are so proud of their country, I love that! England has lost it's identity. My kids sing the Australian national anthem with pride at school, they don't know the words to the English one as it was never sung at school as it was politically incorrect!
  • It is so beautiful in so many ways
  • I can afford to go sailing, a hobby I could never have had in the UK because of costs and location
  • The beaches and beach lifestyle (yes even here in cold Tassie!)
  • The intimacy of Hobart, you can live in a city without all the hustle and bustle!
  • The history of Tassie
  • The people!
  • My new friends!
  • The wildlife (except spiders, sharks & snakes!)
  • There is so much to see on a scale which is unimaginable to and Englishman!

A Challenge...

Well I am sitting here waiting for the vets to call, it is crucial to know whether our little puppy was able to drink the water and eat the food without it causing her any form of upset so to keep myself occupied I shall post a picture of a card I made this morning.

I received the Weekly Inkling from SCS and the tutorial this week was a recessed window card. I decided to give it a go and came up with the card below.

I used some DSP I had just previously admired but never used any of it - I am on a mission to use my DSPs more as I cannot keep stashing it! I also inked one of my most favourite stamp sets for the first time, Upsy Daisy - I am shocked as this was on my Top 3 sets of stamps I wanted when our current catalogue was released and I got it straight away but I just haven't got round to using it- how bad is that?!

I went for a relatively masculine colour scheme, you can get away with flowers on a card for a man if the colour choice is

I am not sure that this picture really shows the dimension of the card, the pale square in the middle along with the stamped image is actually recessed about 7mm in. I'll try and take another picture tomorrow to highlight it a little more.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Card: Basic Gray
Inks: Basic Gray

Accessories : Boho Blossoms & 5 Petal Flower punches, Clear rhinestone brads, semi-pearls from Pretties kit, Urban Garden DSP, Taffeta ribbon

Another one of those weeks!

It must be the time of year! The weather here has been atrocious, it has been like living back in the UK, non stop rain , cloud, dampness and gray! This afternoon is the first time in literally days when it hasn't rained. Tomorrows forecast is OK but after that it is more rain - oh joy!

Our little man has been off school all week, he was sick throughout Saturday night and has not been right since. He hasn't had an overly high temperature but he has just been out of sorts, very lethargic, no appetite and today he seems to have pulled a muscle in his groin and is struggling to walk- poor little thing is very sorry for himself!

We have made some bread this morning and then made some cup cakes, he managed to eat 2 of those! As you can see he enjoyed decorating them,

and was very proud.

Our poor little puppy is also poorly, she is currently at the vets in their equivalent of Intensive Care. She had haemorrhagic diarrhea and initially they thought she had contracted Parvovirus despite being immunised but now they just think it is 'a' virus. the earliest she will be back with us is Saturday morning. We are hoping when they introduce water and food to her today she is able to cope with it.

this was her last week at the beach.

Get better soon my little one!

Thursday, 6 August 2009

One of Kind or Playful Petals and more...

Another post, two in one day - my word!!!

Well I was looking through some of my fave blogs and came across this lovely fresh and very simple card by Kate Lewis (Yours Truly)

I decided to have a go at recreating it, she has written that she used the stamp set One of kind so I dutifully got it out and started stamping and colouring and realised in fact that is not what she used but instead she had used Playful Petals. it was at that point that I realise that apart from the inside bit the stamps from both sets are exactly the same shape and size - well wouldn't you know! All we need now is for SU! to bring out a punch that fits.

So what have I changed from hers? Not much really! The text as the one she used is now retired here in Aus but I have to say I am pleased to have been reminded to use this lovely sentiment! I have also changed the colouring on the flower, everything else is the same. I might add here that on a card that has lots of layers on it I tend to have it hinging out from the left as it stands up better, I find with Tent fold cards (hinged from the top) if there are lots of layers they keep falling flat so I end up have to make a tab to lock them in place.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Playful Petals, Wonderful Favourites
Card: Whisper White, Tempting Turquise
Inks: Stazon Black

Accessories : White gel pen, dimensionals, brads, corner rounder punch

This card is just one single layer. I was browsing the other day through the web, as one does, and came across this very simple mosaic stamp. you basically stamp iit on to your card and then use each section and some masking. I don;t possess that stamp but decided to recreating just by drawing lines with a marker and ruler (in hindsight I should have used a brown marker not a black one for this project!).

The design needs some work, it isn;t a very well thought out mosaic but the idea is there! using post it notes as masks I decided which rectangle was going to eb thr top one and worked on that and then worked downwards from that point. I should have used my SAMJ to get various stamps straight - specifically the main sentiment!!! Next time........

Card Recipe..

Stamps: En Francais, Dreams du Jour
Card: Very Vanilla
Inks: Creamy caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss

Accessories : black marker, ruler, Post-It notes


just found the stamp I saw here,
it is in the US so will have to wait until I have spare pennies to purchase, in teh mean time perhaps I will have to keep drawing my lines!


There are so many fantastic card makers out there, I call myself a 'crafter' and consider myself competent but some people are more than just crafters they are artists as well. One of my son's, friend's mum makes the most beautiful cards, they are simple but are of drawings she has just whipped up and watercoloured - they are stunning - she is an artist.

Another artist I really admire is Michelle Zindorf. In the card making world she is right up there at the top! I subscribe to her email updates and this morning I received one which had a card that I loved and I even had the stamps to recreate it. At this point I looked at the housework and thought - nah! No doubt my husband will moan that I am spending too much time on my 'hobby' but today that is what I am going to do!!!

So this card has been made following Michelle's fantastic tutorial. Obviously it is not as good as hers, as bright as hers and certainly not photographed as well as hers but it is inspired by her

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Inspired by Nature and Garden Whimsy
Card Stock: Whisper White, Perfect Plum
Lots! Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Really Rust, Apricot Appeal, Versmark
Accessories : Prismacolours, brads, grosgrain, clear EP, sponges, brayer,

This next card is one I made eons ago and I am not sure if I ever did post it or not! the layout was inspired by a card I made before which was inspired by one made by Joanne from mainly Flowers. The technique used to colour the flower and leaves in is called Re-inker Splash I think! Basically they were stamped with Versmark on watercolour paper and embossed with white EP, Each image was then flooded with water and drops of re-inkers were added with an aquapainter and played around with until the desired effect was achieved. The images were then left to dry completely (took some time!) and then cut out.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Playful Petals
Card Stock: Mellow Moss, Pale Plum
Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Bashful Blue
Accessories : White EP, Heat Tool, Watercolour paper, Aquapainter, Mat Pack, White Signo Gel Pen, Grosgrain, Eyelet Border Punch

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Spring Mini Samples....

Now don't get too I haven't really had a proper play but I thought I would share what I have achieved so far.

This first one is a little card I sent out with the new mini to some of my customers. I saw a card using the stamp and similar colours and liked the plain'ness (not a real word!) of it.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Just Beachy
Card Stock: Kraft, Whisper White & Sahara Sand
Sahara Sand
Accessories : White Signo Gel pen, dimensionals

This next card I am not 100% happy with, I was only playing about but I didn't want to waste it so I kind of threw a card together. I am sure someone somewhere will like it.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Unchartered Territory
Card Stock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Red Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Baja Breeze, Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy, Black Stazon
Accessories : Water colour wonder crayons, gingham ribbon, dimensionals

This card just uses one stamp from the very cute set, Forest Friends. I inked the tree with Kiwi Kiss and then used a black Stampin' Write marker to pick out the truck and brances. I also cheated here and used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to dry emboss the Kiwi Kiss background. I know it is ow an SU! product but I know crafters source their stuff from all over and as we don;t sell an equivalent I feel justified in showing this off!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Forest Friends
Card Stock: Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss & Basic Black
Kiwiw kiss and Basic Black
Accessories : Brads, Dimensionals, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Cuttlebug Embossing folder

Boxes Galore....

This first little box is a trapezoid box I drew a template for. It is very small, about wedding Favour size, the top dimensions are 7cm x 5cm. It is very sturdy as I drew the template so that the front section folds down inside and forms an extra base layer too. The picture isn't great as I couldn't stop the shadows getting in and time is of the essence!

Project Recipe..

Stamps: Snow Swirled, So Swirly wheel
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss
Inks: Versamark, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories : Clear EP, Dazzling Diamonds, Trio Flower Punch, Heat tool

This second box is very roughly made, I designed the template as I went along. it needs some decoration on the inside yet but I will get round to that at some point - you know how it is?! I don;t know what kind of box you would call this, kind of a 'surprise box' as the sides fall down to leave a box still in place. I saw the idea on ILWS and thought that I could make one too!

Project Recipe..

Stamps: none!
Card Stock: Kraft & Bordering Blue
Inks: Bordering Blue
Accessories : 5 petal Flower Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, Clear Rhinestones, Wide grosgrain ribbon, Bella Blue DSP

I am in the process of converting all templates in to PDFs with instructions of any boxes I have personally designed a template for. these will be available at some point!

Monday, 3 August 2009

Life in general.....

I know I am bad, I haven't been good at creating these last days and I really wanted to WOW you with some goodies from the new catalogue. I have been trying to catch up a bit with jobs at home so crafting has taken a back seat. It is funny how we feel we have to earn our time to play but I guess in a busy family that is just the way it goes!

Of course there are all the trials and tribulations of family life that prevent you from allowing you creative juices to flow, for example.....

Our youngest son was kicked in the nose in March by an older boy. Apparently my 4yo son had his hands round this boys neck, I struggle to believe it as he has never done that before and unless this other boy is a contortionist I am not sure how he could have been grasped at the neck and still kicked my little boy in the nose, also it does not tie in with two other 'eyewitness' accounts! Look at me going in to 'mummy defence mode' The only trouble is that it caused major nosebleeds at the time. We even ended up in A&E as we could not stop it bleeding but 8hrs later at 2am he was asleep and the doctor didn't want to disturb him so told us to come back the next day despite being able to see the wound - I think not!!

Anyway since then he has had at least one bad nosebleed a week but usually more and in recent weeks it is 5-6 a week. I kept thinking that it would right itself eventually as we did have some 'good' weeks, but that has not been the case. He gets spontaneous bleeds and any slight knock to his nose causes a big bleed. The novelty has worn off for him, he now gets very distressed and so do I as it is horrid seeing him upset. I am fed up with carrying tissues around or having a mad panic when I don't have them. So today I took him to the doctor who didn't see anything so believes the injury is high up the nose so we now need to take him to a specialist at great financial cost. Ironically about 5 minutes of being out of the surgery his nose bled badly again despite the doctor being so gentle.

He has the appointment with the specialist in a couple of weeks, I suspect it will be quarterised but I wonder if it is too high up would he need a GA ( I have a bit of a thing about those as my step brother was brain damaged due to a mess up by an anaesthetist!). I am trying not to worry too much as I am sure it will all be very straight forward and it will be lovely for him and I not to be on constant nosebleed alert. I would love to hear any comments on people that have had treatments for nosebleeds - just positive tales!

On top of all that blood our Border Collie had to have an operation last week as she had a nasty infection on her foot. A grass seed had got in between her 'toes' and caused the infection. Fortunately they found it and were able to remove it. She came out with a very beautiful Pink Passion bandage which ultimately ended up looking more Close to Cocoa after a couple of days. The good news is it wasn't too expensive, she has recovered well and is off for her first walk in a week tomorrow. If you have ever spent time in a house with a 2 year old Border Collie who hasn't had a walk for a week you will understand the tension we have here, we are all being rounded up!

The third thing, there always has to be a third thing, is, our eldest son was sick in the early hours of Saturday morning. I am not good with sick at all, fortunately my husband cleared up the 'main' bit but I was left with the carpet to clean. I had a face cloth with Tea Tree on it over my face to stop me being sick as I desperately tried to get it all off. You have to bear in mind we have white carpets and he had pizza the night before!!! All I can say is Orange Power Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is sooo worth the money and Bicarb of Soda is fantastic at removing smells - all is now good and most importantly he is well and it appears not to be the onset of Swine Flu!

No wonder I haven't been creating much this last week!!!

Lynda x

Friday, 31 July 2009

New Spring Mini

Well here it is, the new Spring Mini Catalogue.

It is jam packed with beautiful stamps, papers and accessories. I haven't had a chance to play with mine yet but I assure you if you keep checking in then you will see what I can cobble together for you.


I will be back later with my personal special offers for this catalogue!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

More Circle Circus....

OK, so I have been on a bit of a 'CASE-ing' hunt for this set. it is such a great set and so many good ideas out there that at times you have to wonder if it is worth reinventing the wheel, so I decided to borrow other peoples' creativity and put my own slant on it!

Original Card designed by Tara

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Circle Circus, Warm Words
Card Stock: Tangerine Tango & Whisper White
Inks: Tangerine Tango
Accessories : Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Striped grosgrain

Original Card designed by Jenn_in_GA

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Circle Circus, Sincere Salutations
Card Stock: Whisper White & Pacific Point
Inks: Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Red Ridinghood Red
Accessories : dimensionals

Original Card designed by Smartblonde_2000
Card Recipe..

Stamps: Circle Circus,
Card Stock: Basic Black, Pink Passion
Inks: Basic Black, Pink Passion
Accessories : 1/2", 3/4" circle pinches, black grosgrain

Original Card designed by Stamptilucramp
Card Recipe..

Stamps: Circle Circus, Sincere Salutations
Card Stock: Basic Black & Whisper White
Inks: Basic Black & Whisper White
Accessories :Scallop & Circle Punches, dimensionals

Original Card designed by Dajanna Donng

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Circle Circus,
Card Stock: Whisper White & Always Amethyst
Inks: Always Amethyst
Accessories : Large & small star punces, 1/2" circle punch

Original Card designed by Laura Fredrickson

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Circle Circus, Greetings Eight
Card Stock: Whisper White & Summer Sun
Inks: Summer Sun, Gable Green, Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac
Accessories : 1 3/8" & 3/4" circle punch, round tab punch