Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Kristina Werner Colour Inspiration #53

This is a very busy week for me at work yet I still found time to create a card based on Kristina Werner's Colour Inspiration #53 - although it has taken me until now to upload it to a post on my blog. I have just got home from work at 8:30 pm (having started at 8:30 am) and worked on Saturday (9 am - 1 pm) and late last night and we will be working late the next two nights and again on Saturday! I also worked on my regular day off last Friday but this Friday I said I could not work extra hours -- I have a blood pressure check up with my doctor (what a week to have it!) and the oasis in my week is Friday afternoon! Friday afternoon I am getting together with a couple of my lovely Stampin' Up! customers to show them various ways they can use their brayer (roller). Elizabeth and Vicki I am so looking forward to this and having some 'downtime' crafting with you both!

When I looked at the picture Kristina used to select the colours for the challenge, I immediately thought of my son Dylan when he was a little boy and loved playing with transformers and legos etc. So I went with the obvious and made a robot birthday card, using punches, which I think any of my young nephews would love to receive! Here it is...

Stamps: Occasional Greetings (Retired)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, Pacific Point, Summer Sun, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: various punches, split pins/brads, daubers

The punches I used included: square punches (Creative Memories ones as I already had these before I started in Stampin' Up! and have been building my collection up of other shapes from Stampin' Up!'s range), Photo Corner punch for the legs and arms, circle punches, double rectangle punch, horizontal slot punch, and part of the round tab punch for his hat.

I have to go now and do the dishes which are mounting up in the kitchen before I hit the sack, so thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment letting me know of what you think of my card, how you use punches on your designs or how your week is going. Have a lovely week!

Happy stamping!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Being brave or stupid...

Most of us who blog are more than likely to only put up our designs that we are happy with or that we think are worth sharing. Well I am going to be brave (or maybe it is being stupid) and put up a card that I started off with what I thought was good ideas, and was fiddly, but then turned into a disaster (or atleast I think!). I am also going to be brave and still enter it into the Kristina Werner challenge that I had the intention to do, only because I am not sure that I will have time this week to do another and also because maybe others can see the initial ideas that I had - the intent was there!

Well here it is:

And this is the colours that Kristina gave us to work with:

To see the other entries you can click here and it will take you to Kristina's blog.

But before I go I will quickly explain my process and where I felt it went wrong. To start off with I put the Stampin' Up! inks that I was going to use on my craft table: Whisper White, More Mustard, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise and Sahara Sand, to see what they might inspire. I then decided I wanted to use one of Stampin' Up!'s new stamp set and because I think 'Window Dressing' has so much potential (both looking into and out of a window) I decided to use that one and put it on my table. Then the ideas started flowing. As we are heading into winter I thought the little girl could be looking out at a wintry scene complete with snowmen and I could then get to play with my 'Snow Writer pen' that I bought a few weeks back.

I used Stampin' Up!'s background stamp 'Sanded' to give some detail to the Sahara Sand card base which was to represent the wall of the house and then I played with creating a tiled roof (now completely lost under the snow!). I stamped the window onto More Mustard cardstock and cut out the window panes which were replaced with clear acrylic. I created a curtain topper with Tempting Turquoise and stamped some small butterflies on ('Beyond the Basics' - retired set), used the scallop edge punch to make a ruffle. Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig I stamped the little girl onto the acrylic window and added a bow out of Tempting Turquoise cardstock (wasn't that fiddly!). I stamped the snowmen onto Whisper White cardstock and added a piece of Whisper White for the snow on the ground. I placed a piece of So Saffron cardstock inside the card and which represents the inside wall of the house as seen through the window.

Then this is where it all went pear shape - my use of the Snow Writer pen! My effects of snow become a mess and so I tried to fix it on the roof but the more I tried the worse it seemed to get. Anyway I thought rather than hide it away I would share my disaster with others and also welcome any feedback or suggestions on how I could have done this better or how best to use a Snow Writer pen and make the snow realistic. Or perhaps you might be willing to share one of your failures with me and what you did with it.

Anyway thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great week! :)

Happy stamping!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Making new friends...

One of the things I love about my hobbies (stamping and scrapbooking) and about being a 'blogger' (thanks to my daughter's help) is the opportunity to make new friends and to share ideas and techniques with one another.

Last night I held a stamp workshop at my home as a result of my local friends and customers wanting to get together to stamp and use my stamp stash (and do I have an addiction!) as well as a request from a lovely lady from Queensland, Debbie who frequents my blog and was visiting in Tassie with a few of her friends and wanted to join in one of my stamp classes. She was originally inspired by my one sheet wonder templates and loves stamping and scrapbooking. So she and her friend Dianne came along and shared some 'creative time' with us, it was so nice to meet new people. [I did think of them today as they intended to go to the Salamanca Market and it was such a cold wintry day today! Oh well, maybe they will come back in summer time and can appreciate it more then.]

L-R: Sally, Debbie and Dianne

L-R: Bianca, Sarah, Sally, Raewyn (obscured)

Not only have I made friends with Debbie and Dianne but I am also networking with some lovely ladies from New Zealand (and one who has flown the coop from NZ to Queensland as well) and we are participating in a 'circle journal'. A Circle Journal is a small booklet/album created on a personally chosen theme and in which you list any specific instructions you may have (eg a colour theme, no metal embelishments etc), have a sign in page for the participants to introduce themselves and then each person contributes a page or two based on the topic of the circle journal. It is passed around the group 'round robin' style until it comes back to you completed. My circle journal was titled 'Circle of Friends' and on the topic of friendship. I did not decorate the cover to allow for any 'bumps and bruises' as it travels about but will decorate it when it returns to me. Silly me forgot to take photos of my journal before I put it in the post to Julia in NZ (and I wanted to share what I started here on my blog - now I will have to be patient for 10 months for it to return to me as that is how many people are participating in this activity).

Anyway I received Tia's circle journal late last week and I have managed to find time this weekend (in between typing my husbands Uni assignment) to put my contribution in to her journal. I have taken photos of what I contributed plus her front cover (I hope you don't mind Tia) which I think is great. Her topic was 'Craft tips and Fav techniques'. I shared my enjoyment of simple and economical techniques like 'inking edges', paper piercing, 'faux techniques' - including false stitching, false brads using punched dots etc. As our printer ran out of ink today and I wanted to complete my pages I resigned myself to handwriting it (which we should include on our scrapbooking pages but many of us prefer not to as we often don't like our own writing style).

Stamps: In the Stars (Retired)
Cardstock: Berry Bliss Designer Series Paper (Retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker, Crop-o-Dile to create faux brads, paper pierce, sponge dauber

Another thing I finished this past week was decorating an 'E' for my daughter's bedroom door. She really liked the finished product and I was happy with it too!

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave your comments via the link below this post as I love to hear what you have to say and if you have anything you would like to share.

Happy stamping!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

I hope all you mothers who drop by my blog had a lovely day on Mother's Day and found time to relax and enjoy the company of your family. I could not post my mother's day cards earlier as one of my regular followers of my blog is of course my mum! I hope you enjoyed your day mum and the time we had together for lunch.

Many of us think of bunches of flowers for mum and so what better way to combine that and our love of papercrafts - make a 'flower pot pocket card'. I subscribe to a couple of regular forums on Splitcoast Stampers and one of the recent ones was to make a 'flower pot pocket card' and this was linked to Stephanie Luman's blog as a resource and of course there is an array of variations to be viewed in a specific gallery for the 'flower pot pocket cards' or you can even view a gallery of 'mother's day cards and ideas' (maybe an inspiration for next year!).

Anyway here are my mother's day cards using the technique of a 'flower pot pocket card'. As you can see I made the same design for both my mum and my mother-in-law:

Stamps: Occasional Greetings
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Afternoon Tea (designer series paper)
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Groovy Guava
Accessories: 5/8" Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 5-Petal Flower Punch, Stampin' Write Marker black, Snail Adhesive, Glue Dots and Stampin' Dimensionals

And here are a couple of photos of the special people on my mother's day:

Me and my children - Emily (16) and Dylan (18), aren't they two beautiful teenagers?

My daughter Emily Mae, me, Margaret (mother-in-law) and Emily (my mum), and yes my daughter is named after my mum and me!

I hope you all had a blessed and happy mother's day and enjoyed yours as much as I did mine. Thanks again for dropping by to see what I have been up to - although not a lot of crafting this past week! Please feel free to leave any comments you might like to share on my blog.

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Scrapbooking Promotion - Designer Series Paper...

Dates: 1-31 May 2009

Promotion Details

Buy three packs of select Designer Series paper ($16.95 each), and get one FREE! See selections below:

ItemPage Description
112042132Urban Garden Designer Series paper
112470132Haiku Designer Series paper
113976 132Pink Flamingo Designer Series paper
112468 132Sweet Always Designer Series paper
113992 133Tea Party Designer Series paper
113975 133Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper
113966134Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series paper
112469134Holiday Treasures Designer Series paper
112041134Bella Rose Designer Series paper
113974134Bella Bleu Designer Series paper
113978 135Urban Oasis Designer Series paper
112461135Washington Apple Designer Series paper
112039135Windsor Knot Designer Series paper
113980135Candy Lane Designer Series paper

If you live in Australia and would like to participate in this Stamin' Up! special then email me with your order details today!

Happy stamping!

Scrapbooking Starter Kit Promotion...

Have you ever thought that maybe you might like purchase your own personal Stampin' Up! supplies at a 20% discount or to share your love of stamping, scrapbooking and/or papercrafts with others? If you answered yes to either of these, then the time to join might be now while this $150 Scrapbooking Starter Kit is available.

Dates: 1 May - 1 June 2009

Promotion Details

In celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator for only $150 with our limited-time Scrapbooking Starter Kit. The Scrapbooking Starter Kit contains the following:

Item Code Description Retail Value
112231 Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set* $77.95
113059 Simply Scrappin' Petal Party $36.95
108697Earth Elements Assorted textured card stock (12" x 12") $21.95
105216Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad $11.95
103179 Craft & Rubber Scissors $37.95

*Substitutable for any stamp set up to $77.95 value.

Please note: Each of the products listed above may be substituted for like items. Please contact me to see the Scrapbooking Starter Kit Order Form for details or if you have any questions.

The Scrapbooking Starter Kit also contains all the business supplies contained in the standard Starter Kit:

Getting Started DVD
Getting Started Guide
Guest Invitation Postcard (100)
Idea Book & Catalogue (8)
To My Hostess Envelope (10)
Project Sample Sheet
Recruit Brochures (20)
Hostess Brochure (20)
Hostess Benefits Form (10)
Customer Order Form (50)

Click here to see the type of demonstrator you could be.

Happy stamping!


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