Saturday, July 26, 2008

Leah!

I seemed to have neglected my scrapbooking lately and it has been taken over with card making and learning new skills with Photoshop!

However, I generally try to get together once a week with a group of like minded friends who enjoy scrapbooking. Nikki has a great space in which we get together regularly on a Monday night and share our love of scrapbooking, bouncing ideas and techniques etc of one another. Each month she gives us a challenge (which usually includes two or three items that need to be incorporated on a layout or a technique that we are challenged to try!) and in addition about every six weeks one of the others in the group will put forward an additional challenge to do (to try a new skill or technique).

Recently Raweyn challenged us to do a layout using a 'large photo' as the focal point of the page! I had taken some photos of my nieces while visiting them in Victoria last year and a special one for me was of my niece 'Leah' who says she 'loves Auntie Mae' and we enjoyed colouring in together! So I decided to get this photo enlarged to use for this particular challenge and I really liked the end result - what do you think? Doesn't she have the most gorgeous smile and look at those beautiful eyes!



I used a 12x12 sheet of Stampin' Up! Cool Caribbean from last year's In Color range and stamped it with the Spot On jumbo roller. I can not remember if I used the Taken with Teal or the Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink colour, as our layouts get displayed for the six weeks until the next challenge is due (and of course I did not write down the items used at that time - my memory is definately not what it used to be!). I used a heart from Stampin' Up!'s chipboard range - On Board Accents and used a black Opals Embossing Enamel to emboss the heart before impressing a stamp from the Seeing Spots set into before it set. The title Leah is using Heidi Swapp letters and the blue Bazzil flowers are attached with Stampin' Up!'s Rhinestone brads. Nikki had a piece of ribbon that just went so well with the dress Leah was wearing at the time.

I hope you enjoy looking at this layout as much as I do and get that lovely glow of happiness inside that a child's smile can bring! Leah I hope your mum shows you this when she nexts drops into my blog - I intend to frame this layout and send it over to you all soon.

Happy stamping!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Cute boxes and a sketch challenge!

I have been wanting to try and make some cute boxes that I first spotted on Splitcoast Stampers website and where I found a link to Shelley Hopps' blog in which she gives clear, step by step instuctions on how to make them. So tonight I gave them a try and was very pleased with the results and will definately be making some more! I can see them being a great thank you gift for a hostess or a lucky door prize at one of my upcoming workshops!

I liked the colour combination that I used (again inspired by Shelley) and so continued this into the sketch challenge that I was participating in with Gina.

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Purely Pomegranate
Designer Series Paper: Berry Bliss
Stamp Sets: Sincere Salutations
Ribbon: Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched
[used the Crop-A-Dile to make the holes around the greeting]


Happy stamping!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

One Sheet Wonder 12x12 - Simply Said

I finally managed to locate my Copyright watermark image on our older PC and so have been able to embed this onto my images for loading here to my blog.

I created a One Sheet Wonder using one 12x12 sheet of Whisper White cardstock and stamping it with images from the Simply Said stamp set using Stampin' Up!® ink pad colours of Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive and More Mustard. I then used an additional 3 x A4 sheets of Whisper White, 2 x A4 sheets each of Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive and 1 x A4 sheet of More Mustard cardstock to create 12 beautiful yet simple cards. I added very few additional embelishments to demonstrate how quick and easy this method is to make a stack of attractive cards.

One sheet of 12x12 Whisper White stamped with Simply Said stamps created this...

From this I then cut the sheet according to my template (shown at the end of this post) to get this...
This then created these 12 stunning cards...

This is the template that I designed and used to create the above cards...
Feel free to use this template to create your own collection of cards.

Happy stamping!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

One Sheet Wonder preparation among other things!

It has been a busy week working and rearranging our kitchen to fit into our lounge room so that our kitchen floor could be sanded and varnished this weekend. The floor has now been done and it looks great, so glad we decided to stay with the natural floor boards and not cover them up! Renovating really does disrupt the routine of a household but by the end of this week I am sure we will really appreciate the compromises and the strong varnish smell that has permeated the house.

It did not affect my scrapping/stamping area (other than the smell) so I was able to continue with my preparations for my next stamp workshop to be held here at my home (which was meant to be last Friday, however, it has been postponed for a week to allow the kitchen floor to be completed).

The theme for this stamp workshop is a One Sheet Wonder where you use one sheet of patterned paper (either Designer Series Paper or a self-stamped sheet to create a multitude of cards, you can either use an A4 or 12x12 sheet). I have opted to use a 12x12 self-stamped pattern on Whisper White cardstock, creating my own template of cutting sizes/shapes to then create 12 cards. As many of my friends are scrapbookers I will also be promoting this self-stamped 12x12 sheet as a way of making your own personalised pattern paper as a background sheet for layouts.

I have photographed my 12x12 stamped sheet before and after cutting as well as taking photos of the group of 12 cards and each individual card - these will be loaded to my blog soon (I just need to find my copyright watermark image to embed onto my photos before uploading them and we have recently upgraded our computer!). I have also created my 12x12 One Sheet Wonder template in Photoshop and want to also create basic images of the created cards in Photoshop so that I can share with others my design - again this will be uploaded to my blog when completed and my watermark image has been added. So check back again over the next week or two to see the results or subscribe to receive emails of when my blog is updated (see link on the left).

Happy stamping!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Super Savings Starter Kit

From 1 July through to 15 August (2008) Stampin' Up!® are taking off a further $25 from the already low-priced Starter Kit! So if you have ever thought of becoming a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator this is a good time to join.

For just $299 you will recieve over $560 worth of Stampin' Up!'s high quality products and business supplies to get you started.

There are many reasons to join Stampin' Up!® - whether it is to receive your own stamping and scrapbooking supplies at a 20% discount, to sell to family and close friends, to share your love of crafts with others and to earn some extra money at times that suit your current schedule and lifestyle. Check out my earlier post to see what type of demonstrator you will be!

Look in the back of your Stampin' Up!® Idea Book & Catalogue to see what type of products you receive in your Starter Kit or have look on Stampin' Up!'s customer website to see the current kit. The kit allows you to choose your own stamp sets and some accessories to build a set custom made for you!

If you are interested to find out more or to take up this opportunity then email me.

Happy stamping!

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