Sunday, August 31, 2008

Workshop samples...

This Friday evening, 5 September, I am holding one of my regular bi-monthly workshops at my home for my friends and local Stampin' Up! customers. The techniques I will demonstrating are 'Faux Silk' and 'Reverse Spotlighting' and so I have created a few samples in readiness.

If those who are coming browse my blog they can see some samples in anticipation of the night. We always have such fun creating together and the night usually produces beautiful cards! Thanks for looking!

Happy stamping!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

What a lovely surprise!

I thought I would log on and check my emails and then maybe quickly drop by a few of my favourite blogs before I took a short snooze as I feel so tired. Now I feel like going in to my craft room and creating something! The reason for this inspiration is that when I checked Kristina's blog I noticed she had listed the top 10 designs for her recent colour inspiration and also her ten randomly selected - what a lovely surprise it was for me to find my card in the ten randomly selected and this was only my third attempt at her colour inspirations.

Go to her blog and check out some of the lovely creations!

Happy stamping!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Free wheelin' promotion

During September (1-30 Sept) Stampin' Up!® have a special deal on preselected stamp sets, that when you buy them you'll receive the coordinating Stampin' Around™ wheel absolutely FREE!

The sets on offer are:
  • Merry, Merry Bundle (p 29) - $45.95
    (includes Merry, Merry stamp set and All about Christmas jumbo wheel)
  • Artfully Asian Bundle (p 48) - $45.95
    (includes Artfully Asian stamp set and Whatercolor Vine jumb wheel)
  • Nursery Necessities Bundle (p 59) - $56.95
    (includes Nursery Necessities stamp set and Nursery Letters jumbo wheel)
  • Bodacious Bouquet Bundle (p 80) - $58.95
    (includes Bodacious Bouquet stamp set and Bdacious jumbo wheel)
  • Carte Postale Bundle (p 94-95) - $48.95
    (includes Carte Postale stamp set and Leaves à la Carte jumbo wheel)
  • Priceless Bundle (p 105) - $48.95
    (includes Priceless stamp set and So Swirly jumbo wheel)

If any of these stamp sets or jumbo wheels are on your 'wishlist' then you may like to think about hosting your own workshop duing September to participate in this offer and to receive other FREE hostess gifts. Or you may like to simply place an order to receive this 'wheely' great deal! If you are interested please contact me.

If you do not have any jumbo wheels then you will also need to purchase a jumbo handle ($10.95) to use the wheel in. You can use these wheels by running over your stamp pads or better still using an inked cartridge ($13.50) of your favourite colour for continuous ink coverage. If your favourite ink colour is not available in a preinked cartridge then you can ink your own with an uninked jumbo cartridge ($13.50) and an ink refill ($4.95) of your colour choice - like I did for the In Color Purely Pomegranate.

Stampin' Around™ wheels can quickly add depth and dimension to your projects, both cardmaking and scrapbooking--and I would be happy to show you how.

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Kristina Werner Colour Challenge #20

When I browsed on Kristina's blog again tonight I noticed she had posted yet another Colour Challenge and so of course I had to give it a go! I looked at the image and colours she had posted and tried to picture a design in my head by locating my Stampin' Up! stamp pads and pens of the same colour (I selected Pretty in Pink instead of the US's In Color - pink pirouette) and placing them in front of me on my workspace. This is the card that I finally created from her Colour Challenge pictured below my card.

Stamp Set: Garden Whimsy
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip and Regal Rose
Technique: Masking

If you think this was my first inspiration, then think again! In fact I tried a design using a Stampin' Up! wheel and masking butterflies with the colour combinations and my art critics (son, daughter and husband all liked different elements of what I was doing and encouraged me to keep experimenting). These I will turn into cards later. So I played some more and even then I did a few 'practice' runs (first picture below) criticising elements of them myself - like having the snail in front or behind the flowers, placement of the tulips etc! Everyone liked what I finally created and so second picture below you can see my messy workspace which I will leave to tidy tomorrow to have a clear work area so I can create another time as it is now 11:00 pm and time I was in bed as I have my 'regular' 9 to 5 job to go to tomorrow. I will hopefully find some more time to be creative on Friday my day at home and over the weekend as well as sharing with you all on my blog.

Happy stamping!

Best of intentions!

I always have the best of intentions and goals to organise my yearly birthday cards in advance - but it never seems to happen! So yet again I have within the space of a week six birthday cards to create. One of the designs I used for my previous Kristina Werner Colour Challenges I modified slightly to become an 18th birthday card and having had a few 'practice' pieces from previous cards I created (as I find it hard to throw these away, unless they are really bad - as often what seems to be a mistake can be modified and made into something else!) I managed to put together a couple of similar themed designs. I was also commissioned to recreate an earlier version of my Whale Wishes birthday card for a work colleague to send to her friend in England. Anyway here is the start of the few cards that needed to get in the post first.

Happy stamping!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Birthdays galore!

Second post in one day! My daughter made sure I took these photos of cards I made for people I work with who all celebrated birthdays this week along with a couple of others at work - one of them was a milestone birthday and so you can see the small '50' on the Whale Wishes card. Since I had the photos I thought I would share them on my blog.

Technique used: Fossil Stone (as shared on friend Claire's blog)

Technique used: Two-step Stamping

Technique used: Faux Silk (as viewed on Splitcoast Stamper's website)

Happy stamping!

Kristina Werner Colour Challenge (my second one!)


One of the blogs I like to visit is Kristina Werner's (who is a graphic designer from Utah) as she puts up these great Color Inspirations for people to design from. I did one just recently (see my earlier post) although it was after the deadline of being able to submit it through her blog. However, today I happened to notice her latest Color Inspiration #19 and as today is my day at home from my 'regular' job (in which I should be doing housework but instead I usually distract myself with my crafts and walking on the beach with my friend and our dogs) I can attempt this challenge and submit it before the deadline!

Here is here Color Inspiration #19...

And instead of just doing one card I created two - although I like them both I will submit my first attempt.

Stamp Set: Tres Chic, Sweet Serendipity (from new Spring Mini Catalogue)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brushed Silver (as I had no Basic Gray), Basic Black, More Mustard
Inks: Basic Gray
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware (from new Spring Mini Catalogue), ribbon, Spring Flower Bouquet punch, brads

Stamp Set: Tres Chic, Simply Said
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Brushed Silver
Inks: Whisper White, Basic Gray
Accessories: More Mustard Stampin' Write Marker, Corner Punch (to create the scalloped edge), ribbon, flower and rhinestone brad, paper piercer

Thanks again Kristina for the inspiration!

Happy stamping!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Spring Mini catalogue

Stampin' Up!'s Spring Mini Catalogue (available 1 August - 30 November 2008) is full of new stamp sets, rub ons, designer series papers and much more! As an added bonus all stamp sets in the mini catalogue are die cut for your convenience, so all you need to do is peel away the adhesive backing and position the stamp on the wooden block. If you would like to host a workshop in your home, would like to order some items from the Mini catalogue (or regular catalogue) or would like me to post a Mini catalogue out to you please email me your details.

Stamp Set: Enjoy Every Moment (available only in the mini catalogue)
Cardstock: Only Orange, Bashful Blue, Green Galore
Ink: Only Orange, Green Galore, Versamark
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Rhinestone brad, Die-cut Blooms

Happy stamping!

Colour Inspiration and more...

A lot seems to have happened since my last post and the biggest of all of them was my baby boy turned 18! He is madly into computers, reading books and playing poker! One of his favourite films lately was Casino Royale and as a spin off from this he decided to have a 'poker night' with his mates as his birthday celebrations. So on Friday night, 1 August seven of his mates arrived (and his sister of course went to stay with her Granma - too much testosterone about!) and after a bit of time discussing the value of each coloured chip they got down to a game of poker! My husband and I simply feed and watered them and later that night, or should I say early the next morning they all crashed on the lounge room floor! I believe they all had a good time.

In keeping with the theme I created the card below for him. Although I did not use Stampin' Up! inkpads (I used ColorBox Chalk inkpads) I did use Stampin' Up! Glossy White and Not Quite Navy cardstock. I used real playing cards (not what they were playing poker with) to give him a Royal Flush - I think that is the hand correctly named as I am not a poker player! I was encouraged by my family to post this card to my blog as they thought it was an original design and they all liked it. As his grandfather's watch, he used to wear, had broken we bought him one for his birthday - he chose it as he has a particular taste - chunky and unusual.

We also had a family celebration on his actual birthday, 3 August at Da Angelo's a great pizza and pasta restaurant in Battery Point, Hobart.

I have often been inspired by the cards created on various blogs that have been orginally inspired by the Colour Inspirations posted on Kristina Werner's blog and so today I thought I would give it a try myself. This is the colour inspiration that Kristina posted (and I was too late to submit it to her blog as she has reduced her deadline due to the number of people who participate).

And here is my creation...

Cardstock: Basic Black card base, Green Galore, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red
Ink: Basic Black, Rose Red
Stamp Set: Scribble This
Accessories: Celery 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Ice Circles Rhinestone Brad

Happy stamping!


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