Saturday, 26 September 2009

More recycling!

Some friends came over last night for some stamping therapy - hi girls! - and I decided to re-purpose some more leftover M&T packets.

This M&T was originally supposed to look like this:

And this is what I did instead, as I need some more birthday cards.

I coloured each party hat with a blender pen dipped in ink from the lid of the ink pad directly to the rubber, and "huffed" as I would if I were using a marker.  That's because we don't have in-colour markers, and I wanted to use Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, and Riding Hood Red.  A bit of glitter applied with 2 way glue and I was done.  I think this could be used for either a male or a female.

I love my monthly Stamp Nights!  I was having a grouchy day yesterday, but after a little stamp therapy and conversation, I felt so much better.

And I've just invested in Photoshop Elements 6 - which explains my photos.  I'm playing with Photoshop but haven't worked out how to use it properly yet!

Monday, 21 September 2009

Sweet Baby Girl

An old friend recently had her first baby - I'm so pleased for her!  LOL after four babies of my own you'd think I would have had enough, but no, I love new babies!

I made her a card, of course:

Stamps:  Nursery Necessities
Paper:  Sweet Always DSP, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose, chocolate chip
Other:  white grosgrain, soft subtles brads, scallop edge punch

I also forgot to show you the bag and gift tag I made for my Dad on Father's Day, so here it is:

a close up of the tag:

Stamps: Circle Circus, Best Yet
Paper:  Kiwi Kiss, Kraft, White Paper Bag (non SU)
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Other:  Scallop Circle Punch, 13/8 inch circle punch, jumbo pewter eyelet, Crop-A-Dile, hemp twine, tangerine tango ribbon
It was very quick and easy to make, and used up some scraps I had lying around.  Looks effective though, don't you think?

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

SAVE THE DATE: 31st October 2009 World Cardmaking Day Event

Yes, I know World Cardmaking Day is actually on 3rd October, but I'm celebrating all month long in October, which will be my one year anniversary of joining Stampin' Up! (Where has the time gone?)

3 of my sister Demos and I are combining our talents to put on a Northside WCMD on 31st October. Places are limited and it will be a first come, first served basis.

Contact me to register for our WCMD Event, as soon as possible. Please note a $20 deposit is required to secure your place.

I'm so excited! This will be heaps of fun!

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Recycling Retired Make & Takes

I was cleaning out my craft lair on the weekend (don't die of shock! I didn't say I finished the job, LOL) and found a lot of old Make and Take packets from the past 12 months of classes, workshops etc. A Make and Take packet is a paper bag filled with cardstock and ribbon etc cut and prepared for someone to make a card in a workshop or class environment. I found a dozen I'd made for a workshop I did during Sale-A- Bration in the beginning of the year - I massively over-prepared. I decided to make up the cards for my own personal use throughout the year, as my store of cards has somewhat depleted.
I particularly thought I'd make some sympathy cards because when there is a crisis, the last thing you want to do is think about a card to make, yet it is so very appreciated by the recipient.
Because I'm a Gemini, I get bored easily if I'm doing a repetitive task. I challenged myself to make each card slightly different while using the same prepared cardstock and colours in all of them. Please note that the cards were made with Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. Groovy Guava is retired, and no longer available for purchase. I really love this combination, which is funny because I HATED Groovy Guava when I first saw it, and didn't even purchase any until it had less than six months to go.
Anyway, the main theme here is that even if you use exactly the same colours and sizes of cardstock, you can get completely different cards. Try it yourself sometime!

The ingredients are as follows (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated):
Stamps: Polka Dot BG, Sanded BG, En Francais BG, Organic Grace, Echoes of Kindness, Garden Whimsey, Best Yet, Really Retro, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Groovy Guava (retired), Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Groovy Guava (retired), Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Other: Groovy Guava ribbon (retired), Eyelet Border Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Sponges, Felt flowers, buttons, twine, half pearls, clear embossing powder, heat gun, pewter brads, large chocolate chip brads

Friday, 4 September 2009

A peek at what we will be doing at the class on 17th

Just to whet your appetite!

On consulting my diary, I've realised that I can do an evening class for this project over the school holidays if there is demand for it, so let me know!

This cute little box and co-ordinating cards is from a clever design by Kristina Werner, with a couple of changes.
Let me know if you'd like to join the fun!

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

September Promotion!

FREE RIBBON! Yes, you read it correctly. For the month of September, Stampin' Up! is giving customers and hostesses the opportunity to earn a free ribbon bundle two ways:
  • Purchasing $100 worth of Stampin' Up! products, or
  • Hostesing a $600 workshop.
The ribbon bundle includes 9.14m of Certainly Celery poly-twill ribbon (1.59cm wide), and 9.14m of So Saffron grosgrain (1.59cm wide) (see picture above).

So contact me to earn your free ribbon!