Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Card Storage Tote

My other craft 'fix' for this week was to have a go at making a Card Storage Tote with the instructions I bought from Lynda Moss on her blog, thanks Lynda! My friend Sarah came over (hi Sarah!) to use some of my stamps for her Christmas cards and while she was busy stamping I started making the tote. I found Lynda's instructions and pictures clear, although I am not sure I made the concertina section very accurately. I also found I was a bit challenged making the front pocket from just the template and description, I was spoilt by her earlier step by step instructions and additonal photos of the steps taken. With my front pocket I also found it difficult to get a good closure using a magnet and then trying velcro which was a bit too strong. I might try and recreate this and use a couple of buttons to create a different type of enclosure on the front pocket. I enjoyed making the bead toggles and will try these again sometime!

Anyway here is my first attempt and if you want to see some other variations check out Lynda's mother's blog at Crafty Squirrel (UK).

Circle Journals

I am participating in a Circle Journal with a group of ladies, mainly from New Zealand, with one absconder Tia who now lives in Queensland, Australia. A Circle Journal is like a Round Robin. You get a certain amount of friends to join your circle, each with their own themed journal. The journals are passed round in a circle with each member contributing to the books and passing them on. Eventually, your book will be passed around to all the people in your Circle and back to you. The theme of mine is 'Circle of Friends' and I can't wait to get it back and see all the different contributions to my theme.

Recently, I recevied two of them in the post and made my contributions - one theme was 'Favourites' and one was 'Baby Advice and Tips'. Here is what I contributed and this was part of my craft 'fix' for the last week!

I am sure everyone at Crafty Fingers who is participating in our Circle Journal is eagerly awaiting their Journals to return "home" so we can see what others have put in them.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Emily's leavers dinner

One of the events held last week was my daughter's leavers dinner for grade 10 from Ogilvie High School, so I thought I should put a couple of photos here for you to see how beautiful she is and how proud I am of her.

Not the best of the photos as I need to edit some for red eye etc, but atleast you get the idea of the event. Emily and Jacinta arrived in a hot rod which they enjoyed.

Hobart Regional Swap and Masking...

Last week I attended a Hobart Regional Training session put on by Stampin' Up! and of course I wanted to make some swaps to take along. However, due to my busy personal schedule I never managed to get them completed - I had intentions to take about 20 swaps and half of them are still sitting uncompleted on my craft table! I managed to get 10 put together just minutes before I had to literally leave home to arrive in time for the event and I missed having any tea in my endeavours to get them finished! The things we do for our love of crafting and sharing what we make with others!

Anyway, here is the swap that I made using the stamp set Sense of Time from the current mini catalogue (which is due to finish at the end of November 2009). I had challenged myself to make my swap a male orientated card as these I find more difficult to do. I also enjoy masking and so used this technique on the card, my son also thought I had taken up his idea of using a style called 'steampunk' with this particular stamp set.

The trick with masking several images is to ensure you stamp the image you want to see at the front of the card first, that is, the one that is to be the focus and not stamped over or that appears to have the other images stamped behind it. On my card front I wanted the clock face to be that image and so I stamped it first using Not Quite Navy and then using another stamped image of the clock that I had already cut out, I covered the clock and stamped the background stamp Sanded over the top covering the entire card front. I then stamped the image of the cogs randomly over the card front before I removed my clock 'mask'.

To help get a clear stamped image to the edge of my mask I have a tendency to cut the mask slightly inside the image edge and when I stamp the images over the mask I ensure that I put a little added pressure over the edge of the mask to allow for the ridge and to get a connected line - if there is a gap with the Stampin' Write Markers of the matching colour I can 'touch up' any gaps!

Inking just the smaller clock face I stamped additional images in Chocolate Chip ink and cut these out. Unfortunately I found the 1" punch slightly too small and my 1 1/4" punch slightly too large to punch this image out - so this was a bit time consuming. Using a brad from the Earth Elements set I pierced this through. I also found our Tag Punch too small to punch around my stamped words so again I was to cut these out. For the ones I managed to put together for my swaps I simply tore an edge around the words as this was a quicker process with my short time frame! I inked the edges with Chocolate Chip. Both the small clock face and the word tag I mounted using Stampin' Dimensionals to add extra dimension to the card.

I then mounted the stamped Very Vanilla card front on to a piece of Not Quite Navy cardstock and then mounted this again on to a piece of Kraft cardstock. I was very pleased with the result although not happy that I ran out of time to complete all my swaps!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Just a Quick Post...

Just a quick post to say that I am still here! The last week or so as been rather hectic with medical appointments, typing assignments, and today we are getting my daughter ready for her leaver's dinner tonight. I did manage to fit in a Stampin' Up! workshop with some lovely ladies last Thursday evening where I showed them the Retiform technique (but I forgot to photograph the two card samples that I made and gave to my lovely hostess Claire. Silly me, so that I will need to do them again to share with you here!) and where they each made a box in a bag (click the link to see a sample on my earlier post).

I am also putting together some swaps for our Hobart Regional Training Session this Wednesday evening, so when they are completed I will post them for all to see! I challenged myself to do a male card front as I always seem to struggle with these designs, as many of my stamps are flowers, flourishes etc and I love to add ribbon and pretty embelishments!

Anyway must go and get ready to take my daughter to the hairdresser/beauty salon, I will definately be taking my camera with me!

Thanks for dropping by and for the lovely comments you make on my blog.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Finally a time to craft!

I finally found a little bit of time this afternoon to sit at my craft desk and create something! It is always easier when you have something you want to make and I have been wanting to make a card for a beautiful baby girl, who by the time I see her and her mum will be a couple of months old! Oh well, I have been really busy lately since taking on the caring role for my mother-in-law and going to and from medical appointments, in time this will settle down a bit more, I hope.

Anyway here is what I made and wanted to share with you...

Stamps: Forest Friends (Stampin' Up! ® Spring Mini Catalogue p.12), Warm Words (2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue p.114)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette (New In Color), Close to Cocoa, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper (p.134)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (owl), More Mustard (rabbit and greeting), Pink Pirouette (inked edges of the squares with a dauber)
Accessories: Daubers, Designer Label Punch, Paper Piercer and the paper-piercing template from Stampin' Up!® 's mat pack (p.155), Tauper 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (not in current catalogue) and Snail Adhesive

If you look closely at my greeting (see image below), you may wonder how I managed to get an edge around the label using the Designer Series Punch, since we only have one size. What I did is punched the tag a second time out of More Mustard cardstock and then cut it in half and adhered the top half slightly off the top edge of my Whisper White tag and the bottom half slightly off the bottom edge of my white tag (I can't cut as neat an edge around this punch by hand so this is my workaround). You will notice the edge is only on the top and bottom and not the left and right hand sides of the tag doing it this way, but putting a piece of ribbon underneath helps and mounting it using Stampin' Dimensionals gives added depth.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Starter Kit Promotion

Stampin' Up!® is offering an added bonus for new demonstrators that join between 7 October and 31 December 2009.

New demonstrators receive:
  • Starter Kit containing business tools and a wide array of products (customised by you) for only $324 AUD (retail value over $560 AUD)

  • Option of adding an Add-On Stampin' Memories Kit for scrapbooking for only $75 AUD (retail value overl $137 AUD)

  • Receive 20% demonstrator discount on products

  • Exclusive rewards

  • Access to demonstrator website

  • Stamping ideas and a monthly magazine

BONUS offer

  • Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin' Pad for FREE! (retail value $11.95 AUD, page 129 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue)

  • Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper for FREE! (retail value $16.95 AUD, page 133 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue)

In addition, for every recruit that joins, Stampin' Up! will donate $5 toward breast cancer research.

Contact me today to learn how you can create a rewarding crafting business or simply add discounted products to your personal craft supplies for yourself. Or for more information on the different types of demonstrators check out my earlier posts on 'Be a demonstrator'. If you have any questions feel free to contact me with no obligations or pressure to join.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

World Card Making Day - 3 October

In celebration of World Card Making Day on 3 October, Stampin' Up! is offering the following promotion throughout the entire month of October: buy a Simply Sent Card Elements kit and get 20% off the coordinating stamp set--no limit!

Buy a Simply Sent Card Elements kit:

112028140Flower Power Card Elements$30.95
112021141Rock Star Card Elements$30.95

Get one of the following stamp sets at 20% off:

ItemPageDescriptionRegular PriceDiscount Price
116779140Wow Flowers stamp set$24.95$19.95
116777141Starring You stamp set$24.95 $19.95

Unfortunately due to my personal commitments at the moment I am unable to hold a World Card Making Day event, however, should anyone which to take up this latest Stampin' Up! offer described above please contact me.


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