Friday, June 19, 2009

Too busy to craft!

Hi to those regular visitors to my blog and to anyone new who has popped in. I am sorry but I have been too busy with my regular day to day job to craft or find any time to blog! I have been working long hours, on my days off and often at the weekend too! The end is in sight, things should get better in July. I have been so busy and stressed that I ended up with a migraine the other week and could not get out of bed to go to work and the worst of this was that I could not even do a Stamp Workshop with some of my regular customers, a group of lovely ladies who I seem to hold a workshop with every 3-4 months or so! I was so disappointed, hopefully we can get together in July - so sorry to Laura and her friends!

Please drop back again in a couple of weeks time to see what I can do when I find that 'free' time again to craft! Enjoy your day/week/weekend etc.

Happy stamping!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Haylee!

Happy Birthday to my niece Haylee - her birthday was actually last Friday and I am so slack in finishing her birthday card that I am going to post it on my blog for her to see before she gets it in the mail!

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to create and it just took me a while to put it together, anyway here it is...

Haylee is studying at University and sharing a house with my son who is studying (I hope, for his exams this week!) in Launceston as well. She has still a few years to go before she graduates but I thought a 'wise' owl with a slater board hat would fit the current situation. I also got to use a new technique that I played with this last week that of 'faux wood' which I used to create my picket fence. When I have more time I will show you how I did this, must go now as my friend has arrived and I can get to stamp some more!!!

Happy stamping!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Best of intentions and another OSW!

I intended to create a new One Sheet Wonder (OSW) template that included my favourite card designs and a new one or two, as well as creating a useful handout as a resource for a Stampin' Up! One Sheet Wonder workshop - oh well best intentions die hard! It took so long putting together the template - which didn't really include variations in design - that I felt I rushed the creating and embelishing of the actual cards! Although I did like my stamped cardstock, I think the colours and stamps go well together!

For those who drop by my blog on a regular basis will know that one of my favourite techniques is that of creating One Sheet Wonders - which is a catchy name for a fun method of making lots and lots of cards quickly. You start by stamping a blank sheet of cardstock (either A4 or 12x12) with stamps and colours of your choice - or you can use a sheet of designer series or double-sided patterned paper to make it an even quicker process!

Then based upon a template (or you can cut up your cardstock however you like!) you cut up your stamped sheet of cardstock (or DSP) and use these pieces as your feature elements on your cards. Then you add contrasting cardstock of your stamped colours and embelishments as you fancy. Remembering this technique is usually to create bulk cards quickly, therefore, I tend to use less embelishments in this process and it is also a way of making cards not only quickly but more economically. However, in saying this I am not always happy with the results of some cards, as was the case today - I don't particularly like the design of card no. 8 too plain!

As I know many people from across the globe drop by my blog to gather templates for OSWs and have requested the measurements in both metric and imperial, I tend to take the time to make up my templates to share with others - this is the lengthy part of the process for me as is the process of photographing my cards, adding my watermark image and uploading them to my blog or other stamping/crafting sites that I visit and who promote this technique.

Anway here is my third A4 One Sheet Wonder template and cards that I created - notice one piece of the stamped sheet was used to decorate a box that I created to store the cards and envelopes - which turns it into a lovely gift to give!

Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment, Sincere Salutations
Very Vanilla
Inks: Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze (new In Colors)
Accessories: Pacific Point ribbon, sponge daubers

Click on the video below to view each of the cards individually and the box I created.

The box was made from two sheets of Stampin' Up!'s Natural Ivory cardstock cut to 20cm x 24cm and I scored each of the four sides of one sheet at 4cm and each of the four sides of the other piece at 3.8cm to create a bottom and lid. I used the slot punch to punch out finger grips on the long side of the lid of the box. I put used a piece of the stamped cardstock to decorate the top and adhered a piece of Pacific Point ribbon around the lid.

Some tips when doing One Sheet Wonders:

  1. When stamping your blank cardstock piece, remember not to leave too much 'white space' as when you cut the pieces some edges/sections may look empty.
  2. Stamp your larger images first and then fill the 'white space' with smaller images.
  3. Cut the full straight cuts first (eg in this template the first cut is half the longside of the A4 sheet).
  4. Be careful when turning the cardstock around for ease of cutting that you don't confuse yourself with the measurements.
  5. Number each piece, when cut, on the back with a pencil so you remember which piece is for which card.

Have fun and don't forget to let me know if you find the templates useful and I would always love to see what you create - feel free to leave links within your comments to where you have shared your results from these templates for others to get inspired and see new ideas!

Happy stamping!

Friday, June 5, 2009

June / July Promotion

It pays 'more' to have fun! Have some fun during June and July by hosting a workshop---and Stampin' Up!® will give you even more hostess rewards!

During June and July when your workshop totals $600 in orders (before shipping and handling) then not only do you receive the regular hostess gifts but an extra $40 to spend on whatever products you like in the current catalogue - so get out your wishlist and see what you can get just for having some fun!

A $600 Stampin' Up! workshop will qualify you for the following:
  • A FREE Idea Book & Catalogue
  • Your choice of one of either the Level 1 or Level 2 hostess stamp sets
  • FREE product to the value of $110 (usually $70 but for June/July an extra $40)
I will demonstrate some techniques for you and your friends and you will all get to make and take something home that you have created at the workshop --- and the hostess gets to keep whatever I make in my demonstrations.

So why not get some friends together for a fun time of crafting and earn some lovely FREE stamp sets or crafting products along the way!

Please note that I do not have any time available in June - but my July diary is waiting for a workshop of two! So email me today if you would like to book a workshop or if you live outside of Tasmania (but still within Australia) and want to organise a catalogue workshop (or some other format) then contact me and let us see what we can arrange.

Happy stamping!


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