Friday, May 23, 2008

Long while between posts...

Hi, it has been a long while between posts (so much for my good intentions of updating my blog on a weekly basis!) but I have been busy with helping my mother-in-law move over here to Tasmania from Victoria to live, working overtime in my regular job, and general family commitments. However, I have managed to find time in between to do a little scrapbooking, see my layout below. I have also held a Stampin' Up!® workshop with some lovely ladies where I demonstrated the technique of embossing and emboss resist. They made some lovely cards and at the next workshop we will be doing the brayered sky technique. I have taken a photo of a sunrise from my lounge room window which inspired me to replicate it in a card (so watch this space for when I manage to get to this!).

You may have noticed the catalogue picture on the left which links to the Stampin' Up!® online catalogue has changed. This is so that I conform to the guidelines as stipulated by Stampin' Up!® for websites and blogs etc. Feel free to browse the online catalogue and should you wish to order anything please send me an email to maecollins3@iprimus.com.au.



This layout is of my father (who is Dutch, therefore the name Opa) and his latest (19th) grandchild Damian. I just loved the expressions he was making when dad was talking to him and it is nice to scrap a photo series to tell a story. This layout was created using Designer Series Papers, chipboard letters, twill tape, Hodgepodge Hardware pieces, and after covering the letters with DSP I then covered them with Crystal Effects to give them a glossy dimension. I love how I can embrace Stampin' Up!® products into my scrapbooking hobby. Tomorrow I am going to an all day event to scrapbook, so even though I am not organised for it yet, I am sure I will have fun socialising and will even create a few pages - maybe I might even load some to my blog if I am happy with them to share!

A longer post than usual so hopefully this makes up for my lack of updates. Catch up with you all soon via my blog.

Happy stamping!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

New Look Blog Header!

Thanks to Liam (my son Dylan's friend) I have a new look to my blog header! I am much happier with the design than my previous one and he even added a few additional touches that I did not know was available - a satin look background and my son suggested the gradient colour look!

I am most appreciative of what he created and said he could get into the business of designing blog headers for us with less skills and knowledge of what can be created.

Let me know what you think of my new blog header by posting a comment on my blog (I think I have adjusted my settings to allow for comments - my daughter said it was initially restricted.)

Happy stamping!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

New blog header coming soon!

I haven't been completely happy with my blog header, but with my limited blogging skills I have made do with the one that I initially created. However, my son's friend has the ability to use Photoshop better than I currently can and is going to give my blog header a new look! So keep checking my blog to see what he manages to design for me. I have given him a brief overview of what I would like it to be like and he says he thinks he can come up with something for me that I will be happy with. I can't wait!

Last night a few ladies and one friend's daughter, Megan, got together at my place for a regularly bi-monthly stamp class/workshop. I featured the various 'tiling' techniques and then everyone had a go at experimenting with this technique and adding their own creativity! It's great to be able to bounce ideas and creativity off one another. One of my friend's Sarah had fun with her inner child and used Megan's creative flair to bounce off from and create a lovely tiled card with the Wild about You stamp set.

While everyone was happy stamping, I also had the opportunity to try the 'Fossil Stone' technique that Claire from our Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators group the Tassie Inkydinks demonstrated on her blog. I will take some photos of what I created from this technique and load them to my blog over the weekend.

Happy stamping!

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