Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Bear with me!

I know I have been a bad blogger these last days! Firstly I was madly cleaning as I had a bee in my bonnet about the sticky finger marks everywhere, then my father and step-mum arrived from France and then I injured my shoulder sailing.

I am trying to spend as much time with my dad as I seem him so rarely so I haven't spent some time in my room crafting. I have however made a few things but I can't post them yet as they are for some workshops I am running and I don't want to spoil the hopeful 'wow' I'll get on the day (one needs to be optimistic!)

I am off to Melbourne first thing tomorrow to see the tennis, My dad and step-mum shall be looking after the kids so wish them luck!!!! I fly back Thursday afternoon and then drive straight from the airport to one of my workshops. Tracey, I am praying there will be no delays!!

Take care everyone, I am loving the comments and the emails so keep them coming!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Comments, comments, comments....

Good morning....

This morning we are meant to be heading of to Littler Nippers, one of my sons goes but this morning he has decided to have a paddy and doesn;t want to go as he has no friends there and life is just oo hard and we don't understand what it is like for him (he turned only 8 this last week, he sounds like a teenager!). The reality is they had a late night last night, fish and chips down at the beach, and we are paying the price! It is a shame as he is just built for this nippers thing, he is fast on land, fast in the water good with the board he could go far but he is just too darn stressy!

All hell is about to break loose now as their dad, quite rightly, is kicking them off the xbox, it is a lovely hot day and they are turning into to electronic game junkies - my worst nightmare come true, we didn;t move 11000 miles away from home to give them a better lifestyle for them to sit in front of a screeen day in and day out!

Anyway, rant over and on to the topic of the title! Now I know I get lots of visitors to StampINKins which I just love as the whole idea of a blog is to share your creations with others, but I get very few comments (OK, this is where you all feel sorry for me). I would really love to hear from all my visitors, I would love to read what you think about a project I have made or if you have a question or just general chit chat. I would really like you readers to be part of this blog.

There are a couple of way you can do this, there is a little box on the right menu where you can just type comments or you can add a comment after any post! You never know I might start offering Blog Candy!

So if you have time or the inclination then I would love to hear from you.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Princess!

Last night I decided to ahve a go at yet another challenge, most unlike me but hey ho!

Now on teh demonstraotr area of SCS their is a challenge called WICKED. basically there are 3 challenges, you can opt to do just one, two or all three of them, you can combine them in one card etc...

I decided to have a go at combining all three in to one card, that is a combination of a technique, a colour combination and a card sketch.

Colour combo = Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom & Baja Breeze (we don't have that here in Aus yet so I substituted Brocade Blue)

Technique = dazzling stained glass

Sketch = landscape card, central strip, large square panel to left and 2 smaller square panels adhered as diamonds on top of each other on the right!

It is a very girly card which is perfect as my youngest son is going to a very girly birthday party this afternoon (he is going to be the only boy!!)

I really enjoyed this challenge and for once I was actually quite pleased with how it ended up!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Perfect Princess
Card Stock: Brocade Blue, Blush Blossom & Cameo Coral
Inks: Brocade Blue, Blush Blossom & Cameo Coral Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories : double stitched grosgrain (Groovy Guava), Half Pearls (pretties kit), Stampin' Dimensionals, Acetate, SU! Chunky Glitter (Summer Mini), Crustal Effects

Friday, 9 January 2009

Sketch Challenge...

There are a number of sites/blogs around where people will designa 'tenmplate' for a card and ask people to interpret than in their own way. It is a great source of inspiration as everyone will interpret them differently.

Today I had a go at Roxy's SCS sketch challenge. This is what she gave us

This is my interpretation of it



This is actually a big card, A5 size, the colours are very striking, but I quite like them!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Eastern Blooms
Card Stock: Rose Red, Whisper White, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Inks: Rose Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories : 1" double stitched grosgrain, Flower Fusions, Finger Daubers, Stampin' Dimensionals, Earth Element Brads, Old Olive & Pumpkin Pie DSP

If you would like to have a go at this sketch, please do and email me a picture of your card, I'd love to see it.

Even more Sale-A-Bration

Having been spending time in the garden and working very hard I decided to take a day off yesterday as I was tired and it was really cold! Instead I spent a few hours tidying my craft space (doesn't look like it!) and crafting (OK I spent more time crafting than tidying!).

I also took delivery of a parcel from SU! It is like Christmas when they come, I love opening the box and seeing all the new stuff in its cellophane packaging. Sadly most of it was not for me but for one of my customers, so Susan your order is here and will get to you today!!! (She has already sent me a 'where is it?' email, she is as impatient as me!!)

So I guess you are all dying to see what I made ....

Bear in mind the pictures were taken last night so not very good (edit...I have replaced some!) as it was past 11pm and the lighting was not good, indeed the lighting was absent as it was totally dark!



Again this a little 3 x 3 card, for some reason it looks 'messy' on the photo but in real life it doesn't, there is pink sponging around the white background piece but with the lighting only some of it is showing up so it looks like dirty finger prints (phew think I got away with that one!)

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches, Occasional Greetings
Card Stock: Rose Red, Whisper White
Inks: Regal Rose, Rose Red
Accessories : 1" grosgrain, Finger Daubers, Stampin' Dimensionals

I based this one on a card I made for valentines last year when we had the lovely set Happy Hearts.



Card Recipe..

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches, Occasional Greetings
Card Stock: Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla
Inks: Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel
Accessories : Stampin' Dimensionals

This one has not showed up really well but it is one my fave colour combos and it reminds me of my brother and sister-in-laws fireplace. My sil tiled the back of it in all these great colours which I love so when I put these colours together I thought of her. her birthday isn't until the end of March and the chances of me still knowing where this card is then is pretty slim but I can try! (I had to laugh as when I stamped the word 'Favourite' I realised I had stuck the stamp on upside down - doh!)



Card Recipe..

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches, Wonderful Favourites
Card Stock: Rose Red, Whisper White, Perfect Plum, More Mustard, Old Olive
Inks: Rose Red, Perfect Plum, More Mustard, Old Olive
Accessories : Stampin' Dimensionals


Now this one really hasn't shown up, I used a technique called 'Ink, Spray, Smash' only I forgot the spray part, to make a back ground.

It is very simple, you get two bits of glossy white card stock, on one bit (glossy side up) you add a few drops of your lightest reinker, then a few less drops of the next lightest and then even less drops of your darkest one, the second stage (this is the one I forgot to do!) you spray the glossy side of both bits of card stock a couple of times with water, and finally you put the non-inked glossy piece on top of the inked piece and 'smash' it down and gently rub (very messy, use a plastic covering underneath and wear gloves or use a brayer).

When you pull the two pieces apart wipes them over with a soft dry cloth and hey presto, you have two beautiful bits of card to use in your card making!



To go with the colourful background I wanted my images to be colourful too, now I could have inked them up with my markers but I thought I would try yet another technique, the Baby Wipe Technique, this is very easy, get a baby wipe, fold it over a couple of times, place it on a piece of plastic or on a saucer and drop some ink from your reinkers on to it. You can then use this as an ink pad, it is very effective, you can even put a piece of card stock upside down on to it ans see what background you get from it. This works really well with solid stamps.


The final little thing about this card is the way I have used the dimensionals (I'll try and take a better picture to show), but the scallops on the front are at 3 different dimensions, the pink one is adhered directly to the base layer, the green one is popping up using 3 dimensionals and the turquoise one is popped up using a double layer of dimensionals, that is that two of the 3 are two deep and the one directly on top of the green scallop is one deep - not sure if that makes sense or not!

edit..


Card Recipe..

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches, Wonderful Favourites
Card Stock: Tempting Turquiose, Pixie Pink, Green Galore, Glossy White
Inks: Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink, Green Galore (all as reinkers)
Accessories : Stampin' Dimensionals, circle scallop punch

Now this final project is one I made VERY quickly. I invited two of my 'crafty' neighbours over for some crafting last night only to find that they had already conspired to get together and watch Mamma Mia (one of them as a proper movie room in her house) so instead of crafting I gatecrashed their movie night but had no goodies to take with me.

Using my cool new Big Shot and Pillow Box die I made some little gift boxes and filled them with M&Ms. SO you could see what was inside I punched out a little oval window with my nestabilities and replaces it with a little acetate window. I used the punched out bits of card stock to make little tags and the SAB set I received that day was perfect for the sentiment!


Project Recipe..


Stamps: Yummy
Card Stock: Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange
Inks: Basic Black
Accessories : 1/4" grosgrain, acetate, sticky strip, nestabilites, Big Shot

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Back to the Summer Mini

Here is another CASE, the actual layout, stamps etc is a direct copy but I changed the colour theme. This is copied from again, another Aus Demonstrator, Alisa Tilsner. She used the same pack of DSP, even the same pattern but the one she chose was the Tempting Turquoise colour them and to make it different I chose to use the Pumpkin Pie one! I do like how it came out but I do prefer the colours in hers I think, they are more bold. Having said that the more I look at this card, the more summery I feel!

It is the first time I have inked the stamp set, Occasional Greetings, I finally gave in and bought it a few weeks back as I just love this particular stamp, it is not often I love the words and the design of a greeting stamp to use it as the main image. Now I have the set I can see all the other useful words and phrases I will definitely use and




Card Recipe..

Stamps: Eastern Blooms*, Occasional Greetings
Card Stock: Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Whisper White
Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Accessories : 1/4" grosgrain, , Eastern Elegance DSP*, finger daubers

*from the current Summer Mini Catalogue. Don't forget you only need to spend $100 on merchandise from the main catalogue and/or the Summer mini to get a free stamp set from the SAB brochure!

More Sale-A-Bration...

We have just returned from a jaunt to the beach with our neighbours so I am all sandy. It was lovely and sunny but boy was it blowing a gale! I am sure i would have paid a fortune at a beauty parlour to have that kind of 'exfoliation' treatment - talk about being sandblasted!

The kids had an absolute ball though, we had a playmate with us for our youngest son and the older two played with the neighbours girls and their friends, a bit of boogie boarding, a bit of rock hopping, rock pooling etc etc..

I just love living near the sea, the fact you can just go to the beach for a couple of hours and then be home in 10 minutes is fantastic, back in England it had to be for a whole day as it was over 2 hours for us to get to the ocean. Our second son goes to nippers and it is such good fun, I wish our older one would go too.

Before I went out I took some pictures of a couple more cards I had made so I will share those with you. the first is more of a 3D project than a card. I recently purchased a Sizzix Big Shot die cutting system and one of the dies I have is a small pouch box. Having being inspired elsewhere I made an acetate pouch/pillow box.


The ribbon is from the Summer Mini, 1" double stitched grosgrain in Rose Red, the flower is from the SAB set Polka Dot Punches. Since taking this picture I stamped another flower in white on Rose Red card stock and punched it out and layered it beneath this one on the picture, it looks better for it! Their are four stamps in this set, the one above which is designed to fit perfectly in to the five petal flower punch, the swirly one which fits within the circle scallop punch and the small flower which fits neatly in to the 1" circle punch. There is also a lovely heart but sadly here in Aus we do not have the punch for that but to be honest it is actually very easy to cut out.

Don't you just love how well this little box works with the Jelly Belly's in it? It is so cute, these will make perfect little hostess gifts!

This second one is a direct CASE off another Aus SU! Demo, I only know her as Melbarkwith on SCS. Now this is unfinished, on hers she has stamped the sentiment and framed it in an oval frame from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit and placed it on the right side at the level between the bottom and middle circle. I am not yet certain what sentiment I will use so have left it off for the moment.

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Botanical Blooms
Card Stock: River Rock, Rose Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Inks: Rose Red, River Rock
Accessories : 1", 1 1/4' & 1 3/8" circle punches, Rose Red DSP, Stampin' Dimensionals

I made this card soon after making the Worst Card in the World, still not entirely happy with it but it is better! It is crying our for some kind of sentiment/greeting on the wide ribbon at the bottom, i will need ot put some thought in to that one!

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Botanical Blooms
Card Stock: River Rock, Purely Pomegranate, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Inks: Rose Red, River Rock
Accessories : 1", double stitched grosgrain, round tab punch, stampin' dimensionals

Sale-A-Bration Samples

Ok, now don;t get too excited... well remember when I mentioned that I made some cards I wasn't happy with well here they are..

the funny thing was I went to visit my friend Claire and she showed me card which was, as she said the worst card that has ever been made, I fell about as I said I could top hers with bells on. Well hers wasn't actually too bad but when she saw mine I think her silence spoke volumes....

I wanted to achieve the very busy layered style card that some people achieve effortlessly and they always look stunning. Obviously this is not my type of card and I have very little talent in that department. So this is officially THE WORST card ever made!

I will not even bother with a card recipe on this one as it is not worth it, however, I did quite like the colour combo which is River Rock, Purely Pomegranate and Chocolate Chip. the stamp set is Botanical Blooms from the current SAB catalogue and it is actually a nice 2-step-stampin' set. I will happily send this card to the first person who asks for it in a comment....lol

The next card is not so bad, it definitely falls in to the 'simple' category and is actually better in 'real life'/ It can be either landscape or portrait as I have not added yet the something else it needs (still working on that!)

I embossed the flower from the SAB set Polka Dot Punches, in white on Chocolate Chip card stock and then used the gorgeous 1" double stitched ribbon from the current Summer Mini catalogue. The card base is Soft Sky.

This last one I actually quite like, it is just a little 3x3, I can see myself making a little set of these, the cardstock used is River Rock, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White and the image, from Polka Dot Punches, and is heat embossed with white embossing powder

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Sale-A-Bration

Sale-A-Bration (SAB) - yippee it is that time of year again!

Every year Stampin' Up! gives customers, hostesses, and new recruits the opportunity to earn fantastic, FREE, limited-edition stamp sets they'll enjoy for years to come.

Here's how Sale-A-Bration works:

Customers
For every $100 you spend on merchandise from either the 2008/9 Idea Book and Catalogue or the Current Summer Mini you receive one free stamp set from a choice of 4 SAB sets. There is no limit on this, for every $100 you can choose another SAB stamp set absolutely free!

Hostesses
If you host a workshop during the SAB time and that workshop take $600 (pre S&H), then as well as the usual, generous, hostess benefits you get you also get to choose one SAB stamp set absolutely free!

Recruits
If you decide to sign up to be a SU! demonstrator during the SAB period not only do you get a fabulous deal with your starter kit (not to be beaten in discount by any other craft party plan organisation) you can also choose one of the fantastic SAB stamp sets absolutely free!


If you would like to take advantage of any or even all of the above deals then please do contact me (craft@lyndamoss.com)


If you would like to book a workshop, then please contact me ASAP as I have limited availability!

The Sale-A-Bration period lasts from 1st Janauary - 28th February

The online brochure can be viewed HERE or by clicking on the picture below!


I'm back...

Well it is most definitely a case of Long Time No Blog isn't it?!

Well as is often the case, Christmas, School Holidays etc mean that I have precious little time to get on and play with my craft stash and be online. We have also had some pretty good weather so we have been out in the garden tidying up! We have lived in this house for 2 1/2 years but until a few weeks ago we were merely tenants, now we are owners (the truth being is the bank owns it and kindly lets us stay here and call it our own so long as we keep paying them huge amounts of cash!!).

Needless to say the house is looking a bit tired and needs some work and the garden is looking the worst, well that is is was but now it is better. The problem we face is we live on a very steep hill, we are luck and have one of the flattest blocks on the estate but half of our garden is still a rock face - literally! To plant anything on it we need to use a pick axe to dig a hole whilst balancing precariously on a retaining wall we have at the base of the rock face! It sure is an adventure and a steep learning curve as a gardener I am not (saw a psychic once who said lots of things that have come true but she also said I would one day have an award winning garden - well my husband fell of his chair when I told him that but you never now eh?!)

Also this is the best place to be at this time of the year, soon after Chriostmas the Sydney-Hobart yachts all came in , we missed Wild Oats coming in to win but saw Skandia coming in, such amazing yachts, the best part of 100ft long and masts in excess of 120ft - incredible. In my eyes the true heroes of that race are those that come in on much smaller yachts, they are not professional crew, they go without sleep for days on end (there race can be 5+ days not just 2), they are self funded, no fancy sponsors or equipment - they are the true winners!

Not only do we have the excitement of that we have the taste of Tasmania festival which is a fun way to try out lots of Tasmanian produce and cooking, see some street entertainment , there is a real buzz around and it is great fun. We spent the whole day there on Thursday and even the kids, despite intitial reserves, had a really good day.

Yesterday the company my husband works for are part sponsors for some races of the Derwent Sailing Squadron, as sponsors we had some spaces on one of the marker boats for the King of the Derwent race. it is a shame that some of the bigger boats don;t hang around to join in this race, it is good fun. The weather was very changeable yesterday to say the least but it was a good race, once they went round our mark they put up their spinnaker sales which were so cool. some are rather garish colours but it all adds to the overall look. once the last boat went round our mark we followed them in to the thick of it and had a really good time. I took a friend of mine and left her 3 kids and my 3 kids with my husband for 9 hours in total - he did a great job!

In that time I have had small amounts of 'paly' time and have created a few things, but none I really like so I may save them for another time, in the mean time I shall stop this post here and start a new post explaing the latest promotion - it's a good one!