Aug 29, 2010

Some creating...

Hi Everyone,

Well, it ended up being a really busy week and weekend - sick kids, a migraine and just playing catch up all week really tired me out! Any downtime I've have I've flopped in front the tv and vegged out rather than made any cards (that I'm happy enough to show anyone)... That said, I did manage this card after being inspired with a Just Add Ink Challenge here to use my wheels again.

I've used the Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel again and did manage to make a few other cards but you'll have to wait until after Father's Day to see them.

Hope you find lots of time for stamping this week!! Only a couple of 3sleeps until the new Idea Book is released!! Yay!

Thanks for looking,

Aug 26, 2010

Additional Last Chance List Discounts!!!

Hi Everyone,

There's less than a week until the new 2010-11 Idea Book is released and Stampin' Up have announced some extra discounts of selected Last Chance List Products.

These are:

Item #116342      pg 42      Big Bold Birthday  NOW $26.98

Item #116408     pg 100     Seeing Spots NOW $ 14.98

Item #116344     pg 121      Big Deal Alphabet NOW $ 38.98

Item #116208      pg  126    In Color card stock (A4) NOW $ 7.25

Item #105538     pg  127     Bold Brights Stampin' Write markers NOW $ 43.46

Item #105537     pg  127     Soft Subtles Stampin' Write markers NOW $ 43.46

Item #105540     pg  127     Rich Regals Stampin' Write markers NOW $ 43.46

Item #105541     pg  127     Many Marvelous Markers NOW $ 175.46

Item #105550     pg  128     Bold Brights Classic Stampin' Spots NOW $ 31.46

Item #105551     pg  128     Earth Elements Classic Stampin' Spots NOW $ 31.46

Item #105539     pg 128     Earth Elements Stampin' Write markers NOW $ 43.46

Item #105552     pg 129     Rich Regals Classic Stampin' Spots NOW $ 31.46

Item #112042     pg 132     Urban Garden Designer Series paper NOW $ 8.48

Item #112041     pg 134     Bella Rose Designer Series paper NOW $ 8.48

Item #107305     pg 152     Oval Large punch NOW $ 15.48

Item #113692     pg 152     Eyelet border punch NOW$ 15.48

Item #109043     pg 152     Scallop Circle punch NOW $ 15.48

Item #113694     pg 152     Heart to Heart punch NOW $ 15.48

Item #112082     pg 152     Wide Oval punch NOW $ 15.48

Item #112091      pg 152     Scallop Edge punch NOW $ 15.48

Item #113693      pg 152     Full Heart punch NOW $ 15.48

Item #104310     pg 155     Crafters' Tool Kit NOW $ 58.46

Item #112004     Autumn Mini pg28    1-3/4" Circle punch NOW $ 15.48

Item #116629     Carry over flyer    Butterfly punch NOW $ 15.48

If you would like to order anything from the Last Chance List, please email me your order by 31st August (which is the final day for the Autumn Mini catty too).

Thanks for looking,

Aug 23, 2010

Stamp {Day} Camp

Hi Everyone,

Over the weekend, Andrea had her annual stamp camp. Once again I was only able to attend for the day, but what a day it was! Thank you to Andrea and everyone else there! My mum came with me and we decided that we wouldn't take anything extra with us to do as last year we filled the entire day by making all the Shoebox Swaps.

For those that don't know what a Shoebox Swap is, its when you design a card and provide everything needed to make the card on the day (so basically what I do for anyone who attends my classes/workshops). The idea is to make everyone's card and then you have a gorgeous collection to add to your stash. We had about 18 to make and got 14 of those done. Mum and I didn't worry about making one another's cards as we decided we could do that any time and had 2 left to complete after tea but a phone call came through from my hubby about Miss 3 being sick so we had to race off home.

Anyway, this is my card for the Shoebox Swap and I'll photograph the ones we made and post that another day...

Materials Used:
Big Shot & Top Note Die
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Only Orange & Handsome Hunter (Only Orange and Handsome Hunter are both retiring at the end of the month)
Red Gingham Ribbon (retiring)
1" Circle, 1/2" Circle, Heart to Heart & Oval Punches
White Gel Pen

In amongst the card making, we also had morning & arvo tea, lunch and a 2 page quiz! Even as a demonstrator, I didn't get all the questions right... It was a marvellous day,only dampened by having to leave early and the trememdous amount of rain we had in the afternoon - there was massive puddles to drive through on the way home across parts of the road. And Miss 3 is fine, just a tummy bug, but she was back to herself by breakfast time - kids are amazing how quickly they bounce back from being sick!!

Oh and I did see this card somewhere out in blog land, I just can't find the right person to credit the idea... I'll keep searching through my notes and if I find it, I'll update my post.

Have a great day everyone!

Thanks for looking,

Aug 20, 2010

Happy B'day Lee-Anne

Hi Everyone,

Today I thought I'd show you a card I made for a dear stamping friend Lee-Anne... It was her b'day last week and whilst I was a little late posting her card, she should have it by now and I hopefully won't be spoiling the surprise by showing you all a photo...

This was the first time I've used any of the flowers from the little bundle sent by Fiona Platzer, my secret sister earlier this year.... I think I'll have to get some more of these flowers as they are such a 'wow' :)

Thanks for looking,

Aug 19, 2010

New 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue Launch Night

Hi Everyone,

Please join me for my

Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalogue 2010-2011 Launch Night
on Friday 3rd September

Location: Canning Vale, WA (full address will be provided via email)

No charge - just come along to view the new IBC and make a card

Any new workshops booked at the launch will receive a bonus gift as well as many other great hostess rewards.

Please RSVP by 31st August
Thanks for looking,

Aug 18, 2010

Last week for Helping Hudson Challenges

Hi... I'm back.....

This is the last week for the Helping Hudson Challenges and I've actually managed to do all three last night...

Ok, Challenge #7 was to use this sketch:

And this is my card:

Challenge #8 was to use sponging and embossing, so this is the card:

I've used my Big Shot and Manhattan Embossing Folder for the focus point, and I've even tried stamping my sentiment in Versamark and then using white embossing powder. The flower is also layered on some rich razzleberry but I didn't realise it isn't really showing in the pic until now.... Oh well, you'll just have to take me word for it :)

And the final Challenge #9 was to use 1 colour and 1 neutral (but different shades are ok)....

I've used White as my neutral and then different shades of black through to light grey as my colour....Now I know there's always debate as to whether black and white are even colours but hey, I was really happy with this card and my aqua painting so I'm entering it!! lol :)  Oh and the sentiment meant says "miss you so much".

Now if you'd like to take part in these challenges, pop over to the Helping Hudson website, you have until the weekend to join in. And if you'd like any info on my cards, please ask.

Thanks for looking,

Just Add Ink - Just Add Wheels

Hi Everyone,

Here's a super quick but really effective card using one of the Jumbo wheels and a little bit of ink...

The challenge this week at Just Add Ink was to use a wheel somehow on your card... I decided I would use an actual Stampin' Up wheel, in this card its the Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel. I've inked my wheel with Black Staz-on ink, rolled onto a strip of white glossy card then sponged So Saffron and Riding Hood Red all over it. Add a little bit of ribbon and some card punched with the eyelet punch and voila, an easy card ready to go.

Ok, I'll be back with more later on today (hopefully! the girls are a little restless on this wintery day here in Perth).

Thanks for looking,

Aug 16, 2010

Another of Makeesha's Challenges

Hi Everyone,

Well it finally came together... This card was one that just didn't want to work for me... I had so many bits of cards and different centre images it was getting crazy!!! Anyway, this is what I came up with for Makeesha's Sketch Challenge #34

And this was the sketch I was using:

In the end, I'm happy with the result - now to work out what to do with all the leftovers... Can I take the easy option and just pop them into my daughters's craft box? hehhehhe

Thanks for looking,

Big Shot Information Page

Hi Everyone,

I've just added in a page dedicated to the Big Shot explaining everything about it!!!

You can find the page here
Hope you find it interesting and if you have any questions, please ask!!

Thanks for looking,

Aug 14, 2010

Helping Hudson Challenge #5

Hi All,

I made this card during the week and almost forgot to post it before the midnight closure of the Helping Hudson Challenge #5....

Here's the sketch:

And here's my card....

This challenge is a perfect example of why the Circle Scissors are on my wish list!!! lol :)

Thanks for looking,

Aug 13, 2010

Stamp and Stack Fathers Day Class

Hi All,

Just a quick post today, to show what we made on the weekend at my Father's Day Class.

I designed the card for the Helping Hudson Challenge #1 last week, so you probably saw it here. However, I have to tell you about this box. It's so easy to make, I followed the tutorial on Marelle Taylor's blog,and 'blokeyfied' it by using Close to Cocoa Designer Series Paper and Card. My guests all had the choice of stamping several images over the box before adhering it but I choose to leave all mine plain.

A tutorial for the bow on the top of the box can be found here, they are a little fiddly but once you've done a couple, I think they become easier and easier - and you'll never need to buy a bow again! lol

Materials Used
Stamp Set: Loads of Love, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Weathered
Close to Cocoa Designer Series Paper
Very Vanilla & Close to Cocoa Cardstock
Black Ink
Close to Cocoa Ink
Button from my stash
Blender Pen
Close to Cocoa & Mellow Moss Stampin' Write Markers

Thanks for looking,

Aug 11, 2010

Helping Hudson Challenge #4

Hi Everyone,

Ever had one of those days were you have a million ideas and things to do but don't really get many of them done, well at least not as man as you'd hoped. Today was one of those days.... I thought with a kid-free afternoon I'd be able to get heaps done! Ah, ummm nup! Instead, I've been in a bit of a fog after a shocking headache yesterday and I had to sort out a new fridge as our one semi-died earlier this week. Wondering about the "semi-died" part, well our fridge is working like an esky instead of a fridge. It's cold but not as cold as a fridge should be... Anyway, enough of my babble...

With my foggy brain, I did manage to do up a couple of cards including one for this week's for the Helping Hudson site is a colour challenge using these colours:

And this is my card:

I'm not too happy with ribbon but a bow or knot was too chunky and the old foggy brain wasn't working so I left it (for now lol).

Thanks for looking,

Aug 9, 2010

My JAI #29 entry

Hi Everyone,

Over the weekend, I managed to get some card making done... I gave one card away before I photographed it -oops! but I did take a picture of my Just Add Ink entry for this week's challenge.

Challenge #29 is to use these colours:

And this is my entry:

Now I didn't mean to have my badge over this card twice, but somehow it is, I think my computer is simply getting too old and kept freezing when I use my photo editing program. And I'm too impatient! lol :P

I held my father's day class on Saturday, so I'll post some pics of what we made later on too.

Thanks for looking,

Aug 6, 2010

Last Chance List Update

Hi Everyone,

The last chance list under way and some things are already running low! Don't freak out though, I can tell you what they are....

So the items running low are:

Stamp Sets:
  • A Rose is a Rose $66.95
  • Playful Petals $39.71 (this is the sale price, its 25% off)
  • Totally Tabs $ 29.95
  • Short Order Alphabet $77.95

  • Basic Black 12x12" and A4
  • Basic Grey A4
  • Sahara Sand A4
  • Kraft A4
  • Real Red Stampin' Around Cartridge
  • Pop-up Glue Dots
And these items have already sold out:

  • Close to Cocoa A4
  • Sweet Slumber Specialty Designer Series paper

Don't miss out if you "need" any of this items, order them today!! You can view the entire Last Chance List here

Thanks for looking,

Aug 3, 2010

I'm back with JAI #28 this time!

Hi again,

I also had a go at this week's Just Add Ink Challenge to use these colours and create a man's card:

And this is my card:

Hope you like both my cards tonight... I was happy to get some stamping done in amongst the housework... 

Thanks for looking,

Mojo Monday & Makeesha's Challenge #34

Hi Everyone,

This is the first of 2 quick posts tonight. I had an enjoyable afternoon to myself - a rare event with 2 little kids and a hubby that used to time his early finishes very poorly and interrupt my free time! Sometimes I really do agree that having a husband is like having 3 kids... At least this one is big enough to help cook and clean sometimes.

So, this afternoon, I created this card using the colour challenge set by Makeesha Byl and the sketch layout from Mojo Monday (I don't remember the last time I took part in a mojo monday challenge before it closed.

And this is my card...

Looking at it tonight, there's a couple of things I'd change but I'm not really telling you that as there are no mistakes only a unique touch when it comes to card making! LOL!!

Thanks for looking,

Aug 2, 2010

Helping Hudson - Week 1 - Challenge #1

Hi Everyone,

Are you all drooling over my last post with the last chance list? What a bonus is the discounted stuff available and there's a whole month for you to order!

Anyway, I'm here today to show a card I made this arvo which will also be doubling as the card for my Father's Day Class this coming Saturday.

I started off by using the Sketch Challenge from the Helping Hudson site (you can read all about it on my blog here or go to the Helping Hudson site here

The sketch to follow is:

And this is my card:

This panelling effect of 1 image is something I've been meaning to try for ages and I'm pretty pleased with the results. The truck and trees have been stamped with my black Staz-on ink and coloured with my Close to Cocoa and Mellow Moss Markers (these are 2 of the colours soon to retire). I've sponged and then distressed the edges of each piece of card and adhered the image panels on dimensionals.

Materials Used:
Stamp Sets: Loads of Love, Teeny Tiny Sentiments & Weathered
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa & Very Vanilla
Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa & Mellow Moss Stampin' Write Markers
Close to Cocoa Ink
Black Staz-on Ink
Button from my stash
Blender Pen
White Gel Pen

If you are interested in the class on Saturday its at 2pm in Canning Vale,WA; the cost is $20 and we will be making 2 cards and 2 gifts. Please email me and I will provide the actual address and any other info you need. The details are also on my facebook page, which you can find by clicking here, but again the address will be sent to those who rsvp only.

Thanks for looking,

Aug 1, 2010

Last Chance List is HERE!

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to August and the release of the

There's 8 pages of retiring items from the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalogue. Some of these items are being reconfirgured (like the punches to the new shape) and some will be gone forever.

Place your order soon to avoid missing out! As some items like the Close to Cocoa A4 card, Sweet Slumber Paper have already run out!

Thanks for looking,