Thursday, 31 March 2011

Autumn's here!

And it brings a new Mini Catalogue from Stampin' Up! I am posting a bunch of catalogues tomorrow so if you are not on my mailing list, shoot me an email and let me know if you'd like one too.

I will post some samples I've been working on over the next few days, so look out for them.

Here is a scrapbook page I did using some of the NEW big buttons, pom pom trim, DSP, and a new die!

I promise to edit later with a better photo! I shouldn't even bother trying tp photograph at night with an iPhone!

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Simple boy birthday

My standard "go to" stampset for the 8 + year old boys is "Just Rugby". As usual, I stamped some recycled brown paper for the wrapping! It is a pretty clean and simple card, but I figured9 year old boys aren't really into cards as much as I am, and of course, I was in a hurry, so simple was the order of the day. This is a great little set, useful for boys of all ages.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Walking the cat and other sports

I had to share this.
My husband is trying to teach our kitten to walk on a lead. Why? I don't know. He has succeeded in proving that cats do whatever they want.

The Hello card is made with one of the SAB sets you can still earn when you spend $100, but only until the end of the month!

The next photos show the card we made last night at Kelly's workshop - hi Kelly! We used products from the Summer Mini and showed how an "Easter" stamp set could be used to make a birthday card. The other two cards are stepped up versions to show what a bit of bling can do!

We had a lovely time and chatted till late!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Hope you have a good one and remembered to wear your green today!
Here's a quick photo of the cards my kids gave their teachers today.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Bliss Part 2

Twice the Bliss! These are the other two cards I made with the colour combination Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, and Perfect Plum. Again, they were inspired by the talented Marelle over there on my blogroll.

I've also used another SAB set called So Happy For You. Only available until the end of March, so hurry if you don't wish to miss out!

Blushing Bliss

I CASEd this card and the next two from Marelle Taylor (her blog is over on my blogroll) but I changed up the colours. I challenged myself to use a new (for me) combination and the Colour Coach picked this out: Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum and Blushing Bride.

The stamp set used is one of the SAB sets you can earn until the end of the month - Bliss. I think it is my fave.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Easter Class

I held my March Easter class yesterday (I'm also holding it tonight) and I have to admit, I was not sure it would be a success.

Being organised, I'd decided ages ago on the project, but left it until the night before to prep and make my own sample.  And at 11pm I decided I HATED it, but it was too late to design a new project!

Of course, in the morning, after a cup of tea and actually finishing the project off I decided it wasn't so bad.  Thankfully my lovely customers agreed!    We made a project I discovered on UStamp, a pretty woven basket with a matching gift card.  The original was designed with a set of cards, but this one has chocolate eggs in it.

Ink:  Black Stazon, Versamark
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Stamps:  Tiny Tags, Easter Blossoms
Other:  Black satin ribbon, crochet trim, Black embossing powder, heat gun, 
Hodgepodge Hardware, Tombow Multi glue, Sticky Strip.
My main problem was that I was rushing and not allowing the glue time to dry - which made for a sticky, frustrating and lopsided project!  I must say the baskets my ladies made were much nicer than mine!

Lovely Michelle and her basket of goodies!

My baby sister Jane

Beautiful Sarah - see how much neater her basket is?
I didn't get a photo of my other customer's (my cousin Sarah) basket, but believe me, all these girls outdid me, hands down!  I suppose slowing down, starting it at a decent hour, and letting the glue dry before trying to weave will help!  That and having a good teacher, right?  *crickets*

The stamp set I used for the gift card is from the Summer Mini - such a gorgeous sillhouette!  We heat embossed it with black embossing powder and it looks fantastic on the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Elegant.  Remember that the Summer Mini will finish at the end of the month, so don't delay if you want it!