Friday, July 24, 2009

Mojo Monday - Oh Well Friday!

I have often thought of participating in the Mojo Monday sketch challenges (and have occasionally used them as springboards for my card designs) and today I finally did - although it is Friday! I have been slow in doing this as after our weekend up the North West of Tasmania to celebrate my aunt's 70th birthday (which was very nice), on Monday evening I was not feeling so well again. I went to the doctor on Tuesday and he said I had Whooping Cough and should take a week of work - what a laugh as I was already into my second week of my holidays and had been not well for most of it! At least with a doctor's certificate for this week I can claim back a week of annual leave to take at another time!

Anway, as I was feeling better today (after several days on antibiotics) and needed to prepare for a stamp workshop for this evening - hello Sallie, looking forward to some stamping fun! - I decided to make a card and participate in the Mojo Monday challenge. I thought that as I often find it hard to make male focussed cards (little boys, much easier!) I would use the design to create a card for a male's birthday and this is what I made from the sketch below...

Stamps: Seaworth, Occasional Greetings
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper
Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Twill Tape, Creative Memories Circle Cutters

Thanks for stopping by my blog and seeing what I have been up to lately. Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, July 17, 2009

This is the card that I made for my friend Maree's birthday (I have known her since grade 2!) and for each other's birthday we usually go to the movies and have supper after and therefore I used the Spiral Punch to make the edge on the black card, however, it does not really suit the picture that I ended up making. I have also been wanting to make a family portrait using the stamp set All in the Family and so that was what I decided to do for Maree's card - I wonder if everyone can recognise themselves in the picture - I am sure Callum can!

20 minute card!

I can't believe I made this card so quickly - in 20 minutes! It usually takes me a while to decide what I want to do and then to put a card together but today I was on a short timeframe to get this card made in between the other things I had to do before I had to go out. My aunt has turned 70 and we are going to her birthday celebrations this weekend and I hadn't yet made her card - so it had to be a quick one, but I also wanted it to be special.

When checking my emails I noticed that Kristina Werner had posted another one of her Colour Inspirations and so I thought I would try and use these colours to get my aunt's card made and then I could also participate in the challenge! This is the card I made and I really liked it (so did my daughter Emily).

It was also inspired partly from one of my customers at my workshop last night where I showed them 'rock and roll' stamping. Kate was experimenting with this technique and trying it out on several different types of stamps and one that she did was using the flourish from the Baroque Motifs set using Tangerine Tango as the base colour and 'rocking and rolling' the flourish again in Kiwi Kiss - it looked great!

So I decided I would use that technique on my card too! I stamped the flourish in So Saffron and then 'rock and rolled' it in Certainly Celery and then stamped it all over my card, back and front. I then used Purely Pomegranate (discontinued In Color) wide satin ribbon across my card as my 'deep red' for the challenge. I again used the 'rock and roll' technique for the motifs, first stamping in Pumpkin Pie and then 'rock and rolling' in Purely Pomegranate. I punched the motifs out using the Scallop Circle Punch and then using my sponge daubers I inked the edges in Ballet Blue. I used a blue rhinestone brad in the centre of each and mounted them on my card using Stampin Dimensionals to raise them off the card slightly. I stamped 'happy birthday' using a stamp from the retired set Occasional Greetings in Ballet Blue and then found some white raised sticker numbers in my stash (using something I have had for a while but not got around to using or forgotten was in my craft stash!), which I inked using my daubers in Ballet Blue.

'Rock and Roll' technique is where you stamp your image on one colour and using a contrasting colour you hold your stamp on an angle and 'rock' and 'roll' it around the other colour just to pick up some of the contrasting colour on the edge of your stamp (I usually also get some ink on my stamp blog as well!).

Thanks for dropping by and looking at what I created, and I still can't believe how quickly I made it and that I am so happy with how it turned out!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Daily posts!

Hi all

During my holidays as I get my crafting mojo back and my blog in order you may notice that I do daily posts (or more). So please scroll down the page and see what I have been up to and leave comments on what you think as I love to hear from those who stop by my blog - whether as a casual or regular visitor - it helps me to know what to share with you.

Some of the posts may be simply ways for me to improve the links that the Blog Fairy put at the top of my blog - for example, the link to my galleries only went to the main one but I wanted it to link to where you can branch off to the various galleries I have depending on what you wanted to view. I realised this is probably best done through linking to a 'post' that I update when I create more albums - such as my liking for One Sheet Wonders.

My Galleries

Mae's Cachet (main gallery)

One Sheet Wonder Galleries
A4 One Sheet Wonder
(makes 9 cards - monochromatic theme, Friendly Flowers stamp set)

A4 One Sheet Wonder No. 3
(makes 8 cards in a box - using 2009/10 In Colors, Enjoy Every Moment stamp set)

A4 One Sheet Wonder No. 4 - four different sets (makes 16 cards)
(Simply Said stamp set, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip and Pink Piroutte colours)
(Bella Blue DSP, Kraft and Very Vanilla)
(In the Stars, Pacific Point, Basic Black and Grey)
(Snow Swirled, Old Olive, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Going Grey, Gold)

12x12 One Sheet Wonder
(makes 12 cards, Simply Said stamp set)

12x12 One Sheet Wonder
(makes 13 cards, Wild About You stamp set)

12x12 One Sheet Wonder No. 2
(makes 15 cards, presented in a box, Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper)

12x12 One Sheet Wonder No. 3
(makes 15 cards, Ginger Blossom Designer Series Paper)

Feel free to CASE (copy and share) for personal use, but please do not use my ideas for publishing, challenges or contests! It is also nice if you find inspiration from someone else's work that you give credit to them and link back to the original site, including mine if you find inspiration here.

All images © Stampin' Up! 1990-2009. The content is my sole responsibility as an independent Stampin' Up!® demonstrator. The use of, and content of the classes, services, or products offered on this blog is not endorsed by Stampin' Up!®.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Box in a Bag (take 2)

I had a bit more of a search on the web for a 'box in a bag' using a full sheet of 12x12 designer series paper but did not find much different in sizing from those I originally made. I did however find a few that were taller.

So I decided to experiment a bit myself with the base size. The tutorials that I followed in my previous post used a cardstock size of 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", scoring each side in at 1". So I decided to just increase that to a 5" x 5" piece of cardstock again scoring in at 1" all sides. However, this size created a base that was slightly too large for a sheet of 12x12 to neatly wrap around with a small piece overlapping, there would have been a gap left. I next tried a 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" square piece of cardstock, again scoring in at 1" for the sides. This allowed me to successfully wrap the 12x12 sheet right around the base with a piece overlapping. It only made the base slightly bigger but gave me a much taller bag as I used the full sheet of 12x12 DSP!

This size might be a nice way to present some chocolates like long Toblerone bars or maybe a bottle of dessert wine (or both!), being careful to carry one with a bottle though!

From my experimentation I think I will stick with the original size base and only adjust the height if I have a particular gift in mind that requires more height! It was fun to experiment though. Again I used the Bella Rose DSP and matching Chocolate Chip cardstock and ribbon. I emblished this one with items from the Pretties Kit.

My photo is not the best, and having done a recent Photoshop course, I should be able to get rid of some of the shadow etc but I have not yet practiced what I learnt. I should be able to even paint our unpainted wall, and in a colour that I like, since we were shown how to change the colour of a tulip in one exercise! Oh, well another time maybe!

Box in a Bag

How often do you save techniques/tutorials to your favourites when surfing the internet for craft, stamping, and or scrapbooking ideas or when visiting your favourite blog sites etc saying "I would like to try that sometime"? Well I often do and today I thought it was about time that I tried to make one of those items that I had occasionally seen on various blogs and websites. Most call it a 'box in a bag' and with Stampin' Up!'s beautiful range of designer series paper (DSP) and time on my hands to enjoy my craft I thought I would give it a try.

I had two sites marked in my favourites where I thought the tutorial on how to make them was clear and easy to follow (there may be more out there and perhaps for different sizes - I think I could see this technique being done using a full 12x12 sheet of designer series paper to make a larger sized bag - I must have another look online and see or make up my own measurements!). Anyway I decided that I would make two, one following each tutorial. I did not photograph each of my steps as I think the tutorials I acknowledge here show quite clearly how to make them - thanks Diana and Paula. They look quite large in my photo here but they only stand approx. 15 cm tall.

I first made the one on the left following Diana Gibb's tutorial using Stampin' Up!'s Bella Rose DSP and matching Kiwi Kiss cardstock from the new In Color range. I used a white gel pen for the faux stitching technique on the bottom trim (edged with the Scallop Edge Punch) and handles, which were made using the Round Tab Punch, and embellished the front using the Boho Blossoms Punch and small buttons, tying it off with some Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon.

The second one (0n the right) I made following Paula Goff's tutorial again using Stampin' Up!'s Bella Rose DSP and matching Chocolate Chip cardstock - Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip go well together! For this bottom trim I used the Slit Punch to create the scallop edge and again used the Boho Blossom and Round Tab Punches for the embelishments and handles. I tied this one off with wide Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon.

The two things that I decided, should I make more of these, was as Paula suggested and that was to cut the long narrow strip used for the bottom trim first (and set aside for later) and then cut the piece for the box base. The reason for this is if you are using an A4 sheet of cardstock and cut the base first you will most likely need to use another piece of cardstock to get the desired length for the 11" strip, therefore, it is best to cut this strip first for economy of cardstock usage. The second thing with this strip is that it does not have to be cut as wide if you use Stampin' Up!'s Scallop Edge Punch rather than the Slit Punch to create the scallop edge, you do not need such a wide strip on the bottom edge, unless of course that is your personal preference.

If anyone has or knows of a site where this 'box in a bag' is done differently or with a full sheet of 12x12 designer series paper please leave me a comment and link to the site so that I can see how they made a larger one or altered them from those demonstrated by Diana and Paula.

I think the sizes I made will make great gifts (with something special inside) for my Stampin' Up! hostesses and maybe Laura my lovely hostess later this week will be the first recipient.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

My new 'blog makeover' - what do you think?

Welcome to my new blog makeover - what do you think? I have been meaning to give my blog an uplift for a while now and thought I would find the time to do this, but that just didn't happen. Then I came across Emily 'The Blog Fairy' who grants blog makeover wishes and so the journey began a few days ago and look what she has done to my blog! I think it is great and she has inspired me to get creative and share more on my blog - so keep checking back in.

Let me know what you think of the new look!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Two weeks leave, yah!

Well I am now about to start two weeks leave so I will be definately finding some time to craft, although I need to get over my cold first. I think this is the sort of thing that happens when you work too much and deal with too much stress, when it finally eases you relax and let yourself be vulnerable to illness. This has definately been the case at my work as we have, over the last two weeks, had almost all of us off due to ill health for a day or two and for some a bit longer!

Anway, thanks to those who have been stopping by my blog and I am sorry that you have not been able to see anything new for quite a few weeks, but this should change in the next week.

Just before everything went on hold in my 'craft/personal life' my close friend Jodyann and I were working on a new One Sheet Wonder template and we made one card out of at least a dozen! That is has far as we got but it was a nice one, and no I won't show it to you until we finish the others and I get the template together to share with you all. We both want to find the time to finish it as we inspired each other with ideas and how to make a few a little different.

I have also been inspired by a 'blog fairy', Emily (and no it is not my daughter who did inspire my blog originally though!) who is going to grant me a wish and give my little blog here a 'makeover'. So if nothing else does a blog lift should inspire me to create something new to share with you all. Not only will my two weeks leave help rejuvenate me, but maybe my blog makeover will be completed in that time and both myself and my blog will be re-energised and given a new breath of fresh air!

Happy stamping!


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