Friday, September 26, 2008

Item for sale!

Hi, thanks for stopping by.

I currently have a stamp set available for sale - Lots of Thoughts. This is a NEW and unmounted set of 6 stamps. It was a set in the 2008 Sale-A-Bration promotion and is no longer available. The sentiments read:

merry wishes 'Tis the Season Season's Greetings Merry Christmas
many thanks You're Appreciated Thank You Thanks So Much
cheers to you It's Your Special Day Happy Birthday You're the Greatest
happy hellos Just a Note You Make Me Smile Have a Great Day
party time You're Invited Time to Celebrate Please Come
note of love With All My Heart Hugs and Kisses Happily Ever After


I am selling this set for $20AUD + postage & handling (which will be an additional $6 if posted to a location within Australia). Email me if you are interested. Payment is required within 3 days of your acceptance to buy, confirmed via email from me. I can accept payment by Paypal or direct deposit to my bank account.

Happy stamping!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Black & White Scrapbook Challenge

Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog. I hope you find some inspiration and enjoyment in what I share in this space.

Every Monday evening I go (or at least try!) to attend a local 'crop' night where a group of friends and acquaintances get together to share our enjoyment of scrapbooking and papercrafts. Each month we are given a challenge in which Niki (the organiser and hostess of the evening - thanks Niki!) gives us a few items with which to use on a scrapbook layout - it is great to see the different ideas we create with the same items - and then someone within the group also gives us a separate challenge for which we have approx. six weeks to complete. This time Mel gave us the six week challenge which was simply 'Black & White'. We were allowed to interpret that in whichever way we liked - I know most will think of black and white photos! I know I did and I also kept my layout to a black and white colour scheme. Although I did give some thought to adding just a 'dash' of a colour somewhere on the layout, maybe that is something I can try another time!

Anyway here is the layout that I created for our 'Black & White' challenge, it is a photo of my family when we celebrated Dylan's 18th birthday at Da Angelo's. (I still have yet to put the final touches on, photograph and load to my blog the double-page spread that I created for his album in memory of this special occasion). Apologies for my poor photographic skills!

The Stampin' Up! products that I used on this layout were 'Cherished Memories' rubons, Designer Label punch and matching Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware label holder. The 'always, always, always remember' and four flowers down the side were Sei Every Day Moments iron on art (felt-like embelishments) and I used a Crafty Originals laser cut chipboard embelishment.

Although I have prepared this post on Sunday evening, 21 September I will not post it until after we share our challenges on Monday evening as I know some of my scrapbooking friends drop into my blog now and again and I don't want them having a sneak preview!

Postscript - the challenges were great! So many different styles and interpretations. A few with coloured photos but a complete black and white layout, a couple of wedding layouts - which the style of black and white blends well with!

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Kristina Werner Colour Inspiration #23

Well it's that time of the week again when Kristina Werner posts another Colour Inspiration on her blog and the colours she put together this time were: Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron and Old Olive. As she said great autumn colours!


Immediately I had two ideas come into my head for this colour inspiration - naturally (no pun intended!) a stamp set that goes well with these autumn colours is the 'Lovely As a Tree' set, so that's the one I used for my card below:

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink/Markers: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, So Saffron
Embelishments: Jumbo eyelet (pewter), 2.5cm wide Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon

I inked my tree with So Saffron and then using sponge daubers I dabbed on some Pumpkin Pie and Bravo Burgundy ink over the tree tops. I used the Chocolate Chip and Old Olive markers to ink up the tree trunk and grass. After stamping one tree I masked it and re-inked my stamp and stamped a second image and continued masking, re-inking and stamping until I had the picture I wanted. I used the Seaside Sketches stamp set to stamp the birds in Bravo Burgundy on my picture. I inked the edges of my Whisper White with Chocolate Chip ink and then mounted it on So Saffron cardstock and then again on Old Olive cardstock. I then used my Crop-a-dile to set my jumbo eyelet (easily through this card thickness!) and then threaded through a small piece of the Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon. Then I mounted my picture onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock using Stampin' Dimensions to give it a bit of a lift and to account for the ribbon underneath. This was then mounted on a card base of Chocolate Chip cardstock.

To save wastage of cardstock (if you could pull my card apart) you would see that I had also punched out tag shapes etc from underneath the mounted pieces to use for other cards or to make 'card candy'.

As I wanted to get atleast one card listed on Kristina's blog before the deadline and with the time getting late (and I have to go to my 'day' job tomorrow - and it will be very busy due to recent ministerial changes!) I will have to create my second idea another time and post it here then!

Thanks for looking.

Happy stamping!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack / World Card Making Day

I am getting prepared for some Christmas Stamp-a-Stacks. This is where participants get to make 12 cards of 4 different designs for $15. It is a great idea for getting those Christmas cards prepared in advance and in bulk. Some of my regular customers/hostesses decide to hold one of these instead of a regular workshop where they usually get to make only one 'make and take' at no charge.

I will be holding two Christmas Stamp-a-Stack sessions (3 1/2 hours) at my home on World Card Making Day - Saturday, 4 October 2008 - first session at 1pm - 4.30pm and the second session at 7pm - 10.30pm.

Numbers are limited to 8 people for each session (as I do not have a large space and we usually do these in my kitchen and occasionally spread into the lounge area). Participants supply: adhesive and basic craft tools and I supply: cardstock, tools and accessories to create the designs.

A sneak peak at three of the designs that will be included in my current Christmas Stamp-a-Stack are pictured below (which includes brayering, spotlighting and use of ribbons):

The fourth design is to be something to look forward to (a surprise!) but it will include embossing and gold colour!

If you want to know more about my Christmas Stamp-a-Stacks send me an email and I will give you more details.

Happy stamping!

Friday, September 12, 2008

One of a Kind

One of the techniques I enjoy using with my stamps is 'masking', where you stamp the first image and then cover that with a previously stamped and precut image, and then stamp another image overlapping the first one. A point to remember is whatever image you want to appear to be at the front is the one that you should stamp first before masking it and stamping the other images. This is a great way to create 3D effects or to show dimension in a stamped picture (similar to how I created my garden card on an earlier post for a Kristina Werner challenge).

At a recent workshop where I had demonstrated this technique using the Wild About You stamp set I had an image come into my head about creating a card with a flock of penguins (is that what a group of them is called?) stamped in black and white and having one penguin stand out in a different colour, so creating a unique individual. Well this weekend my friend Maree's daughter was having a birthday and for some reason I felt that this design could create the birthday card that I wanted to make Erin feel special and 'one of a kind'. We all deserve to be special on our birthday. So here is the card that I created...

Happy stamping!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Workshop success

Getting together to share ideas, techniques and your love of crafts is always a fun thing to do and last night was no exception. The workshop I held at my home in which I demonstrated the techniques of 'Faux Silk' and 'Reverse Spotlighting' was very enjoyable and those who were able to attend created some lovely designs of which they were happy for me to photograph and share on my blog.

Here a couple of photos of the workshop, where I always manage to hold it - in my kitchen! This is the only space in my home that I can cater for these workshops and sometimes we spread into the lounge room (if my family are not there watching tv!).



Sallie's designs (loved the fish birthday card for her husband)...
Vicki's designs (who spotlighted a great Father's Day card along with her love of dogs!)...
Raewyn's designs (great colour combo and use of Blue Bayou)...
Sarah's designs (my son's girlfriend) who had come for the first time - I really like her butterfly card...

I just love seeing what people can create when given the ideas and tools to make something special themselves!

If you would like to hold your own Stampin' Up! workshop in your home and have the opportunity to receive free stamp sets and products, to learn new techniques and to create your own something special just send me an email to maecollins3@iprimus.com.au or you can find a demonstrator in your own area through the Demonstrator Locater on the Stampin' Up! Customer Website (Australia). If you would simply like to purchase a current Ideas Book & Catalogue to browse through or to place direct orders just send me an email.

Happy stamping!

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