Thursday, 25 June 2009

A little girl's birthday...

Some of you may know that as well as SU! workshops I also go along to little peoples' birthday parties and the children make cards. A little like a party entertainer but not so

Last weekend I had a party, it was lovely, just 6 little 8 year olds, 4 girls, 2 boys, all very creative and all very well behaved! The birthday girl (or boy) always gets a card from me. I thought I would share the one I made this weekend.

I knew which stamp set I wanted to use so I had a look on the Internet and came across a lovely card by one of my favourite card makers called Laurie. I basically copied the card, changing the colours, patterned paper etc but basically the card is the same! The card is 14cm x 14cm so bigger than what I usually work with.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Garden Whimsy,
Card Stock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Red Riding Hood
Inks: Bashful Blue, Red Riding Hood
Accessories : Washington DSP, large Oval, Trio A Scallop Oval punches (last one is a gift from my mum in the UK, not available yet in Aus!), grosgrain, dimensionals

If you live in the south of Tas (Within around 40 mins of Hobart) and are interested in finding out about having a party for your child then please

I can cater for 7yrs - adults!!

Monday, 15 June 2009

I'm soo sorry!

I thought

school holidays = plenty of time to blog

I was so wrong! It is true, the days seem so much longer without being cut in half with school pick-up and after school activities but the days are full!!!

I have had little chance to craft in the stamp and ink way although I have been keeping myself busy with knitting! I used to do it a lot and then stopped for a while, it is something I go through periods of being a really Knitting Nanny to nothing at all.

It was all started by my eldest son growing out of his favourite top which is a knitted cardigan with a zip front, I couldn't find another one like it so he had a look at a few patterns and chose one he liked. So far I have knitted the back, the two siedes and half a sleeve, just 1 1/2 sleeves to go, a hood, make it up and work out how to put a zip on it as the pattern he chose has buttons - arghhh! It is lovely and soft though as it is made of baby angora wool (I know a bloomin' nightmare' to wash!)

Of course the other boys have now requested various jumpers, scarfs etc that they want but we shall see how this goes I think!!

I am missing my stamping so rest assured I shall be back soon!

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Non-Stamping Stamp Camp

Yep, that's right, June's stamp camp will involve no stamping!

The idea was passed on to me by Claire, she had received an idea to do a project using entirely rub ons. I have to say it appeals to me as I have bought a fair few sets of rub ons from SU! over the last year but have never used them, I guess I am a Stampin' Gal at heart and rub ons seemed a cheat.

Seeing the sample that Claire made changed that though and I thought I would give it a go.

So yesterday I put together 6 cards and a box to store them, using entirely Kraft card stock and some oddments of Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango and Rose Red., a couple of bits of Kraft taffeta ribbon and Choc Chip grosgrain, a few punches and one of the two sheets from the bright Delights Rub on set. the only ink I used was Whisper White just to sponge the edges of some layers. Here is my finished result!

here is the box, it is made using one sheet of A$ card. Claire did not give me the dimensions of the box so I kind of made it up as I went along, i think it worked out just fine, I actually really like it!
Here is the Box open

Here are the cards. Now they don;t photograph exceptionally well, i think the slight shine of the rub ons glares back at the camera so they are not great pics. A couple of the cards I am not yet happy with and would tweak them if I could remove a rub on and reuse it, but you can't so I shall have to remember to make the changes next time round!

Card 1

I'm happy with this one, looks must nicer in 'real' life

Card 2

I am happy with this one although may add a Kiwi kiss layer under the Choc Chip Ribbon

Card 3

Not so happy with this one, a little too plain. I was desperate to use stamps to decorate the green panel but didn't. I think I will use a choc chip marker pen to make the piercing in to faux stitching and also wrap some hemp twine around that part too!

Card 4

Really don't like this one. I had a plan which was scuppered when my Full heart Punch which had never been used just would not work. I have a replacement on it's way so when it arrives I will fix this card up to how it was meant to look!

Card 5

I quite like this one, it is fun and bright!

Card 6

Now I like the idea of this one just not the card it's self, I know exactly how it needs to be changed and will do that in time for the stamp camp. It means I shall have to break in to my other sheet of rub ons.

The Non-Stamping Stamp Camp was going to be 13th June but due to illness of both Claire and I we have been too disorganised so we will have to postpone it, most likely to Sunday 21st June. Detials on timings and costings will be available shortly, feel free to express your interest in attending and I can put a place aside for you.

Some other Oldies

There are still a few cards I made a while ago which I don't think I shared with you so here they are.

This first one is ribbon weaving. I lvoe some of the effects peole ahve been acheiving with these, it reminds me of a little stool my nan made for me as a girl so i ahve been keen to ahve a go.

Not being sure how it would work I chose colours depending on which ribbons I ahd the most of (i.e. which ones I don't really use!) Once i made my little ribbon panel I didn;t really know what to do with it so the card is a little thrown together with co,ours dictated by the ribbon i used, Apricot Appeal and Bravo Burgundy - they are not too bad together!

The funny thing is (well it isn;t really funny at all - excpet for m - maybe!), I made this and then a week later I received the latest copy of the SU! Demonstrator publication and it featured Ribbon Weaving - now theres a thing eh?!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Eastern Blooms
Card Stock: Bravo Burgundy, Apricot Appeal
Inks: Bravo Burgundy
Accessories : Bravo Burgundy & Apricot Appeal grograin, vintage brads, mat pack, 1/4" circle punch

The next two cards are ones I desgined for a small group of ladies who come to my house every 6-8 weeks for classes. They choose what technique they would like to do each time. This time round they wanted to look at watercolouring. I started the class showing them all the different ways you can watercolour with Stampin' Up! Products, there are quite a few let me tell you!!

They had a go using the ink pads and blender pens or aquapainters to make the focal features for two cards, on e regular sized one and one girft card size. They coloured on Karft carsdstock and WHisper White.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Echoes of Kindness (level 2 hostess)
Card Stock: Choclate Chip, Rose Red
Inks: Basic Brown, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories : Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, Bella Rose DSP

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Pun Fun
Card Stock: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Inks: Black Stazon
Accessories : SU! Water Clour Pencils. Aquapainters, grosgrain, star punches

A little box...

OK, so I didn't deliver on my promise to post pictures of a little box I made, i really didn't feel up to it, I didn't even let the kids make cards either, i just felt too yukky! Instead I took them to the cinema, they watched A Night at the Museum 2, so I had a couple of hours of just sitting and sniffing!

The good news is I feel a lot brighter today! The weather is horrendous, it is rain, rain and more rain so a day inside for all. The two older boys have been great, kept themselves occupied so far and kept their rooms tidy. the little one, on the other hand has been very occupied in messing up his room! they have all made their birthday cards for their Uncle over in the UK so we can get them posted soon, and then in a few days they will need to make cards for their dad!

I have had a lazy morning on the whole but the dogs have kept me on my toes. The silly animals will not take shelter when it rains, they sit outside getting wet and muddy and look forlorn which is just madness when they have an under cover area with beds and a lovey cosy kennel - I thought Border Collies were meant to be smart?!! Perhaps the Cocker Spaniel is teaching it bad habits!! the issue is every time they come in I have to towel them off and wash the floor - arghhh!

I also managed to tidy my desk a little which was looking somewhat like a disaster zone! So now I am ready to share my creations!!

Now this title box is as far as I know unique, I don't think I have seen anyone else do one like this but having said that, nothing in crafting is truly unique as two people can come up with exactly the same thing totally independently which is why it makes me laugh when people copyright their card layouts etc. How do they know they were the first person to ever think of that and what right has someone to copyright how you arrange bits of card on a scrapbook or card - beggars belief really!

As far as I know this was something I thought up independently but I am almost 100% sure that someone else would have come up with it to, so there is no copyright on this I happy to share it with all and will of course accept the tremendous accolades it (wink)

So after all that build up, it is not really that exciting anyway and will be much better with the instructions, which I will post soon enough!

So here it is!

The box is made up using card cut out with the Petal Card Sizzix Bigz Die.

In brief I cut four of them out. on two of these I cut off two, opposite 'petals'. I then stuck the four of them together in a cube, using the petals as tabs. The four petals that were on the bottom folded in the same way the petal card fold and were stuck together and the lid closes in the same way!

To make it sturdier I adhered a square piece of card in the bottom of the box to hold the base petals in position. It really is a sturdy little thing!

Now all these instructions will become clear, I just need to write the tutorial!!!

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Suffering...sympathy needed!

Well I am still suffering from the dreadful lurgy! I think I have reached my peak of 'unwellness' so hopefully after today I will start to feel better although I have a horrid feeling this little cold is going to stay on chest for a bit!

I have tried to be all normal with it but with school holidays here and only half way through them (3 weeks they will have!) my patience was running a little thin yesterday. I shouldn't expect the kids to understand but I do, I want them to know that when I feel unwell, I feel as bad as the do when they are yet I still have to do everything and no one asks me how I am!! There was a too much bickering yesterday and every time they called me they would say 'mum; 5 times without a break and as I explained, perhaps if they say it once and wait for more than a micro second I may actually be able to answer them. I am beginning to think my name is not 'mum', but 'mum-mum-mum-mum-mum-mum'!!!

Of course things were a little more demanding than that as the two older boys found the knitting they started a year or two back and wanted to re-acquaint themselves with the process. So over the last two days I was teaching them again and after each row I am presented with their knitting to 'fix up'. So no matter where I am or what I am doing I have to stop to help. I have been very gracious about it as they have worked so hard on it but it has been very tiring!!!

I have a few birthday cards to make today so I shall have to do some crafting but I have not done anything recently. The boys also need to make some cards so it will be chaos in the craft room today, (*mental note to self* keep calm!)

I have however got a project I made a few weeks ago to share with you. I have intended to do a tutorial for it before posting but I didn't get around to it, that extra 2 hours a day just never materialised!! Anyhow, the intention is for me to do one but don't hold your breath! I will do some photo editing in a little, resizing etc and put up a post in a while!

I will also share my new punch storage with you!

Monday, 1 June 2009

June/July Promotion

OOh this is a good one.

To all of you out there thinking of hosting a workshop now is a good time to do it! For the months of June and July if your workshop takes in orders (pre shipping and handling) of $600 on top of the amazing hostess benefits you usually get you get an extra $40 to spend on whatever you like from the current catalogue!

For example, for a $600 workshop you will receive
  • A free Idea Book & Catalogue
  • The choice of any one of the level 1 or level 2 hostess stamp set (p17-21 incl)
  • $110 w0rth of merchandise from the current Idea Book & Catalogue

On top of those benefits at any workshop the hostess gets to keep all of the projects I demonstrate on the day and each workshop guest has the opportunity to create a project themselves.

All you need to do is invite some people over, provide some light refreshments or ask guests to bring a plate to share and have some space for everyone to sit so they watch the demo and have a go at a project.

Are you worried about holding a workshop? Well don't be they are great fun!

Things you may worry about
  • I don't have enough room - well I will happily open up my home for your workshop, you just need to provide the guests, the snacks and the refreshments!
  • I have enough room but I don't have enough tables and chairs - don't worry I can bring a table and some seating
  • Nobody will order anything - I do not go in for the hard sell but obviously it is advantageous for both the demonstrator and hostess to take orders on the day. The best way to achieve this is choose people who already have an interest in crafts or who think it is something they would like to try and are open minded. You only need $300 of orders to qualify for hostess benefits!
  • Nobody will come - as the hostess if you choose your guests carefully, invite more than you expect to come and if you phone them a few days before the workshop to remind them and then again on the day then the attendance will be better. people live busy lives and 'forgetting' is an inevitable part of that life and reminders are always good! As a hostess you will receive a pack that includes invitations and some paperwork which will aid you in planning your workshop.
I see it as my job as the demonstrator to make sure the projects I demonstrate are simple enough that your guests are not overawed but have enough 'wow' factor for them to want to try it themselves! I will speak with you a few times before the day and tailor the workshop to suit your individual tastes. If you and your friends are experienced crafters I can 'up' the difficulty level or you can elect to do a workshop where each guests pays a fee in advance and it becomes more of a class and you still benefit from the hostess gifts.

There are a number of different ways of hosting a workshop which are outlined HERE in this post!

If you live in Southern Tasmania and would like to host a workshop them please do

Poor me, I have a cold :(

Finally I have succumbed and have the cold my boys have been trying to pass on to me for the last few weeks! So far it doesn't seem a really bad one so fingers crossed - I am pretty sure it is not Swine Flu!

I wanted to share a card I made very simply with a brayer, some green inks and the gorgeous set, Inspired by Nature. It really is a beautiful set and i will be using it a lot I am sure!

I used used the brayer to add on layers of ink, starting with the lightest one I covered some Whisper White card, I then added the next darkest but covered only 2/3 of the card and then with the darkest I covered just a 1/3. As long as when you roll you keep the brayer moving up and down the card stock you don't get a definite colour change line, the effect is more gradual. I punched a circle out of a Post It! note and placed it on the white card stock right at the start and when I took it off at the end I had a nice white moon. I softened this using one of the green inks (whichever was closest) and sponged a little on there.

The Main stamp from the Inspired by Nature set is a big one, it is also double mounted, you have some gorgeous daisy silhouettes on one side and grass on the other. I chose to use the grass and just the top part of it. I inked it with basic Blank in and stamped it twice along the bottom, re inking in between. Ideally I would have liked the grass to go over the moon a little but it seemed to miss quite by chance!!

The effect has such simple beauty, I couldn't bring myself to add any embellishments or sentiments, I think they can be saved for the inside.

Card Recipe

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Mellow moss
Inks: Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke
Accessories : 1 1/4" circle punch, Post It! notes, Brayer