Thursday, 26 February 2009

Gift Card Set

The other weekend I held a workshop organised by one of my customers, she didn't want a standard workshop so I did it as a class workshop where people paid. It was jsut a little one, just four people which was very nice!

We made a box and 5 little cards to go inside it. I decided to use the Fall Flowers Designer Series Paper to base the cards around. It is a really pretty set of papers I had overlooked before.

These are the cards in close up, each card is 7.5cm x 7.5cm.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Short & Sweet
Card Stock: Kraft, Really Rust, Old Olive
Inks: Old Olive
Accessories : Jumbo Eyelet, Crop-a-Dile, Mat Pack, 3D dimensionals

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Seeing Spots
Card Stock: Kraft, Really Rust, Soft Sky
Inks: Soft Sky, Really Rust
Accessories : Scallop punch, circle punches, fishing line

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Simple Somethings
Card Stock: Whisper White
Inks: Soft Sky, Really Rust
Accessories : Square punch, Post It notes, markers, sponge

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Oh So Lovely
Card Stock: Really Rust, Soft Sky
Accessories : Distressing tool, grosgrain, watercolour paper, markers

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Warm Words
Card Stock:Old Olive, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Inks: Old Olive, Really Rust
Accessories : Oval Punches, two-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, 3D dimensionals

Please leave a comment, I always love to read what you all think about my projects!

My Summer Highlight...

Last night I went to a craft group that I belong to, it is not a SU! one so I get to play with lots of different things. Last night we played with Opals, it was great fun!

Each month we have a title for a swap, this month it was 'My Summer highlight' My intention was to make the card below but sadly I only had time to make one and so didn't participate in the swap :(

When I made the card I was thinking of water lapping up whilst a little boy built his sandcastles as this summer we spent a lot of time at the beach just playing or if the boys had Nippers. Of course my youngest son is too young to be involved this year in Nippers so he spent his time building and digging in the sand.

When my eldest son saw the card he thought of sand dunes with a sky with clouds in it which I can totally see and almost prefer! Just goes to show how things look so different with a different pair of eyes!

I used a brayer to get the sand and sky effect with torn paper as a stencil. The colours blue and sand colours are lovely but I felt they were a bit too washed out on their own so as the starfish was orange I thought why not add that in a bit more, so that is what it did and I really liked how it brightened the card up but not too much! I simply coloured the image in using the markers as if they were textas.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Summer by the Sea
Card Stock: Brocade Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Sahara Sand
Inks: Sahara Sand, Brocade Blue, Craft Whisper White,
Accessories : Brayer, grosgrain, Stampin' Write Markers, Sponge

Recent 'Bushfire' Workshop

Last week I held a workshop for one of my customers so I thought I would share what we did, well most of it!

All the sets I chose for this workshop were sets from the Bushfire Appeal stamp sets, the commission I made from this workshop went to the Bushfire Appeal. Don't forget, Stampin' Up!'s support still is valid until the end of March, if you want to treat yourself and help others then purchase one of the stamp sets listed in THIS post

I started the workshop with a little box, it was a very easy template which I simply decorated with the 'swirl' from Baroque Motifs, I really think this is one of the most versatile and easy stamp sets we sell to use for so many different types of projects! I then stamped the floral stamps from this set and layered them with dimensional pads, stamped the word out, used some ribbon, filled a cellophane bag with some goodies et voila!

Project Recipe..

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Card Stock: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Inks: Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Accessories : Vintage Brads, Sponge, Grosgrain. Stampin' Dimensionals, small & large oval punches.

The next card I made I cannot show you as the sample I made in advance went as the door prize, and the one I made at the w/s went to the hostess. I used the stamp set Priceless, I shall make it again and post it another time as I loved it. It was a direct CASE of a card I found before so I will give full credit when I have remade it (unless fo course Clancy or Tracey want to take a picture of it and send it to me)!

For the make and take I decided we would make a very bright card us9ng the very easy set, Seeing Spots! The colours were inspired by an apron I bought at Cadbury World here in Tas. I just think these are such fun and vibrant colours! Each person had a choice of card base colour and then accessories to go with it, so everyone's card looked very different and some didn't even look overly bright, with the choices of stamps and colours they used they got such a different look. I am always so inspired by customers and workshop attendees as despite them feeling they are not very creative they are!!!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Seeing Spots
Card Stock: Whisper White, Gable Green, Summer Sun, Lavender Lace
Inks: Gable Green, Summer Sun, Lavender Lace, Elegant Eggplant, Versamark
Accessories : Grosgrain. Stampin' Dimensionals, Circle punches

Christmas Club

Once again I have been busy and not updated my blog! I have been crafting, it has been computer time that has been limited!

Well last Friday was the first event of the year for InkyDivas (myself and my esteemed colleague Claire!). It was the Christmas Club!

Claire gallantly took this one in hand and produced both cards for the occasion, although she threw a curved ball and asked me to demonstrate one which was a little tricky when I had only seen it just before but that was fine and I muddled through (I will get my

These are the cards the ladies had a go at making, despite my watermark being on these please do know they are actually Claire's!! It was amazing as everyone made two card of each design but there was a certain flexibility in layout etc and every single one was slightly different from the other, it was amazing how such small changes could make such huge differences.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Boho Backgrounds, Baroque Motifs. Seasons of Joy
Card Stock: Confetti White, Bravo Burgundy, Wild Wasabi
Inks: Bravo Burgundy, Wild Wasabi
Accessories : Grosgrain.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Seasons of Joy
Card Stock: Sage Shadow, Certainly Celery
Inks: Certainly Celery
Accessories : Soft Subtle brads, wide grosgrain, Wintergreen DSP

You can see these are lovely, very straightforward cards. these ladies now have 4 handmade cards to put towards their stash for this coming Christmas (never too early to start planning!)

Now we have a handful of places still available for the Christmas club, not only will we be doing cards their will be other projects as well. Next time there will one card to make two of and some mini gift tags with matching envelopes, look out for the sneak preview!

These classes take place on the 3rd Friday of each month (although this coming March it is on Thursday 26th !), the class costs $15 and all you need to do is bring your adhesive and perhaps a paper trimmer.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Bushfire Appeal

All of you in Australia will know about the nightmare that has been happening in Victoria over the last week. Almost 200 people, many of which are children, even whole families wiped out in the most horrendous bushfire's Australia had ever know. Hundreds and hundreds of homes have been lost and the families have lost everything, there are thousands of animals, cattle, pets, wild life etc that are also badly injured and are in desperate need of medical help and food and water.

there are many, many ways you can help these people and animals, the red cross website is a good place to go, but really anything will help.

Now there are ways that you Australians can help, if you are a crafter you can buy a stamp set from the list below and half the retail value (that is half of what you pay, not half the profit) will go directly to the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfires 2009 Appeal. and I will donate my full commission on these sets to the appeal as well. This offer is valid from now until the end of March.

So if you would like to order from this list then please contact me ASAP

Here is a list of the Bushfire Appeal sets:

Stamp Set Item Number Page Number in Catalogue Retail Price


112312 105 48.95 AUD/57.95 NZD

Seeing Spots

108909 89 29.95 AUD /35.95 NZD

Baroque Motifs

112380 98 39.95 AUD /46.95 NZD

Live Your Dream

114261 3
(Summer Mini Catalogue)
55.95 AUD /66/95 NZD

Looks Like Spring*

108864 76 58.95 AUD /68.95 NZD

The Snowflake Spot*

108934 27 39.95 AUD /46.95 NZD

Bodacious Bouquet*

108756 80 58.95 AUD /68.95 NZD

Polka Dots & Paisley*

110247 46 35.95 AUD /42.95 NZD

G'day Mate*

111973 115 35.95 AUD /42.95 NZD

Be Happy*

108744 51 39.95 AUD /46.95 NZD

*These sets will appear on the upcoming list of retiring products, so they will only be available for the Bushfire Appeal--while supplies last.

Now as a demonstrator we are not allowed to sell our products overseas, but I am hoping on this occasion they may overlook this, so if you are from overseas and would like one of these sets, please mail me and I will contact Stampin' Up! and see if on this occasion it might be possible, we can only hope! (of course there would be postage to pay on top).

My heartfelt thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by the fire, having been witness to a bushfire over here, albeit on a much smaller scale, I can understand how scary it must be for you all. My thoughts also go out to all the flood victims in Queensland who dealing with so much too.


I found this information posted elsewhere so thought I would put it here

Register to give blood (all around Australia) -

Victorian Bushfire Information Line - 1800 240 667

For accommodation information or to pledge an offer of accommodation please phone the Department of Human Services' 24-hour hotline on 1800 006 468.

Counselling support

Lifeline - 131 114
Parentline - 13 22 89
Kids Helpline -1800 55 1800
Salvation Army - 1800 627 727
Smith Family (Epping) 8401 0138 or 1800 024 069
Brotherhood of St Lawrence - 9483 1183
St Vincent De Paul - 9464 5870 (Lalor)
Red Cross - 1800 811 700
Thank you to everyone who has pledged donations of goods and services to assist with immediate emergency relief and assistance with longer term recovery.

Cash donations to appeal fund (Red Cross) - 1800 811 700
Cash donations at any NAB, ANZ, Westpac or Commonwealth Bank branch and any Bunnings store
Goods and non-perishables: St Vincent De Paul on 9895 5800 or drop goods off at 23 Sherbourne Rd, Briar Hill or 596-598 Plenty Road, Preston.

Pet Accommodation

Victorian Dog Rescue and Resource Group - 0412 105 530
Injured Animals

Wildlife Support, RSPCA, 9224 2222
Wildlife Rescue (Narelle) - 0417 506 941
If you require the assistance of an interpreter, please call 13 14 50

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

and more...

On Monday evening I had a workshop where the hostess already had the Lovely as a Tree stamp set and wanted to know how to get the background effect I often use with this set. The technique is called Brayered Skies, and the master of this is the very talented Michelle Zindorf, it is definitely worh googling her and seeing her amazing work, I would happily hang every piece she creates on the walls of my house.

So this card was just a little sample (based on a previous one I created which I 'cased' at the time!) to show my hostess and her guests how to use the brayer, it is very quick and very simple and a few left the workshop having ordered a brayer and some inks to have a go themselves - I can't wait to see their creations!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Card Stock: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Apricot Appeal
Inks: Not Quite Navy, Apricot Appeal, Bordering Blue, Basic Black
Accessories : Brayer, Signo White Gel Pen, Sponge, Grosgrain. Stampin' Dimensionals

I wanted to make another valentines card for this workshop but as the brayering is a pretty tricky little technique I wanted to keep this one quite simple so opted not to repeat the black and red one from the previous post as it is quite time consuming for a workshop environment and I didn't want to intimidate any beginners. I had a look about and came across a very beautiful card by a lady called Chat. I loved the simplicity of the colours so I chose the same stamp set, the same colours and just adapted the layout and layering to suit what I wanted to achieve.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Eastern Blooms (Summer Mini), Warm Words
Card Stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Kraft, Chocolate Chip
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Accessories : Stampin' Dimensionals (lots of!). Large Oval Punch, Crimper, Mat pack, Jersey Ribbon Originals


My car is in for some repairs today so I am at home twiddling my thumbs - as if! Anyway, I thought I would take some pictures of cards I have recently made for classes and workshops and share them with you, so here are the first ones...

This card I made initially as I was holding an Embossing Class and wanted to emboss on to vellum, the card is very easy to make yet quite striking. In the end I did not make this card as I felt that people don't often have a reason to send a Bride to be card out and I wanted them to go away with a card they could use more easily.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Big on Spring (Summer Mini)
Card Stock: Vellum, Whisper White, Lovely Lilac, Basic Black
Inks: Versamark, Lovely Lilac
Accessories : Gingham ribbon, Brads, Black Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, heat Gun, Aquapainter

Using the design of this card as my base I decided to opt for a valentines card that a lady could give a man as all the people in the class were married ladies (apart from one 14yo daughter!). This is what I came up with...

and just to show how you can make it a little more quirky by angling the sentiment

When I first made this card I thought the background looked too boring so using the tiny heart from the cute set, Short & Sweet, I randomly stamped the base of the black card with versamark, added black embossing powder and heated. It made such a huge difference, rather than looking plain, suddenly the card base looked very opulent. You cannot see it too clearly here on the pictures (maybe if you click on it to get a bigger view you may).

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Big on Spring (Summer Mini), Short & Sweet
Card Stock: Vellum, Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black
Inks: Versamark, Real Red
Accessories : Gingham ribbon, Brads, Black Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Gun, Aquapainter

The next card I am not a huge fan of, but it is more the technique than the card itself. I am not sure what the technique is called but the theory behind it is you randomly stamp smallish images on apiece of card with coloured ink and then using a bigger, solid stamp, stamp with versamark randomly on it and then emboss with clear embossing powder. Once you have done this, either using a sponge or a brayer cover the card stock with a darker ink and then wipe with a soft cloth. What you find is the original design appears bright under the clear embossed pattern but depending on how dark the top coat of ink is you either see the original pattern underneath in subdued colours or not at all.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Eastern Blooms (Summer Mini)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Gable Green, Orchid Opulence, Pixie Pink
Inks: Versamark, Gable Green, Orchid Opulence, Pixie Pink
Accessories : Grosgrain, Brads, Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Gun, Crimper, Spring Bouquet Punch

Upcoming Events

Well I have been really slack, I do have a good ecxcuse though, we went away on holiday, only came back on Sunday, the boys started school on Tuesday and I have family from overseas staying so craft time has not been easy to find!

Before I went away I did manage to catch up with Claire, the other half of the InkyDivas, and we put a schedule together for first few months of this year. there may be some changes to be made as the number of people wanting to become part of the Technique Junkies is high but the day is not good so we shall perhaps look at another day which suits most people or perhaps even run on two day or if I can do one during the day then perhaps we can sort that out.

All the details are over on the InkyDivas blog.