Saturday, January 31, 2009
Donna and Cathy are 'Chicks with Inkpads' who have each made a set of cards with very different results from one of my OSW templates - check out their results here! Great to see some different takes on the same templates! Thanks for sharing and the lovely comments on your blog.
To assist you in converting the measurements I located a calculator on the web that converts inches & centimeters so this may help until I can update my template images.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Recently a few New Zealand ladies have been visiting my blog to see my One Sheet Wonder designs (thanks for the comments!), where you use one sheet as the main feature to create (reasonably quickly - depends on how much embelishment etc you do with them!) a suite a cards. The previous ones that I have done have been based on a 12x12 stamped sheet (or one sheet of 12x12 designer series paper).
This time I thought I would do a different size, using one sheet of A4 Whisper White cardstock stamped with my own pattern, and see what template and designs I could come up with. In the end I created nine cards and I used a monochromatic colour scheme - Whisper White as the card bases and Old Olive and Certainly Celery as the coordinating colours. I used the Stampin' Up! stamp set 'Friendly Flowers' to create the A4 feature sheet. Here is a group photo of the nine cards, below this is the template I designed with cutting measurements and below that is a link to an album displaying each of the cards photographed individually.
Feel free to use the template and have a go at designing your own A4 patterned paper to then create a suite of nine cards. If you also make a coordinating box to present them in they make a lovely gift - I did several for Christmas presents last year! I will try to get around to making an image of my measurements and show you how I put my box together to fit my cards in at another time on my blog.
Let me know what you think of One Sheet Wonders (OSW) and feel free to include links to your sites/blogs etc where you have your creations on display as I would love to see what you made!Happy stamping!
The first one is using the surfer from Stampin' Up!'s 'Seaworthy' stamp set. The background again is an easy technique but very effective - I simply stamped randomly three blue colours using the Stampin' Spots onto Glossy White card stock and then polished off the excess ink with a cloth.
This second card is using Stampin' Up!'s watercolour paper, markers and aqua painters. The feature stamp is from the 'For Father' stamp set available in our Summer Mini Catalogure.
I liked the technique so much that I created by nephew's birthday card using it and a retired stamp set 'Very Puny'. The cows were chosen as they live on a dairy farm. Below you can see a close-up shot of the glitter window that I made as the feature window.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tomorrow is a day at home for me and which I intend to spend as much time in my craft area as possible and will also take some photos (in daylight as it shows the colours better!) of my latest creations and upload them to my blog tomorrow evening.
Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
So I have decided to add a new feature to my left-hand sidebar, that of 'Followers of my blog' and as part of this additional feature I am going to giveaway some Stampin' Up! items to the first person who signs up as a 'follower' of my blog - will it be you?
As it is late now, 11:30 pm, I am not going to take time uploading some images of cards I have created recently but will do that in the next couple of days. I also had made a calendar topper for my mother-in-law using two photos she had given me of two of her grandchildren jumping (obviously from a trampoline due to their height and action) and which she wanted title 'Jumping in to the New Year'. I was pleased with the result but realised I did not take a photo of it until after I had given it to her so can not share the vivid colours and great photos of the boys!
Anyway it is getting late and I need my rest, so thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment of what you see here.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tomorrow is my last day at work before three weeks holidays (so I had better head off to bed now!). I have a breakfast meeting at 8am, which is normally my day off, Fridays, but I switched it with Monday this week so that we could travel to Launceston to sign Dylan's lease and get the keys, move some furniture in ready for him to start in a few weeks.
So hopefully between getting Dylan reading for Uni and my daughter, Emily, ready for school - she is in grade 10 this year, I will find some 'me' time and time to stamp and scrap. I have a Stampin' Up! workshop next Tuesday evening so at least I will have to do some stamping and creating in preparation for this - looking forward to it Vicki (if you drop by my blog!).
Again, thanks for dropping by and please feel free to leave a comment on what you see or would like to see on my blog. It is fun communicating with so many people from far and wide, the Internet sure makes us all seem so much closer.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Well anyway, as I looked at my birthday calendar for this month I thought I had better make a start on the cards I needed to send to family and friends as there are six birthdays this month without our own 23rd Wedding Anniversary to celebrate!
Here is what I created:
Stamps: Polka Dot Punches (Sale-A-Bration reward), Occasional Greetings
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Groovy Guava
Ink: Groovy Guava, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Scallop Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Double-stitched Ribbon (Groovy Guava), snail adhesive
The next card was inspired by one created by Lynda who is a one of my team the 'Tassie Inkydinks' - I loved her design so much that I recreated it only changing the colour combination and adding my greeting. Thanks for the inspiration Lynda!
Stamps: Live Your Dream (Summer Mini Catalogue), All Scallops (Summer Mini Catalogue), Occasional Greetings
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers - Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Scallop Edge (Summer Mini Catalogue), Grosgrain Ribbon (Orchid Opulence, Certainly Celery), Hodgepodge Hardware
And my last one for today (at least at the moment!). This one was also inspired by one of my 'Tassie Inkydinks' team members - Claire who had explained the 'Bandanna Technique' on her blog and which I have been meaning to have a go at but not got around to it. Well today I finally did and thought this would make a nice male birthday card (which I don't seem to create many of).
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Real Red
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Sponge, Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Black brads
Looking for this technique again on Claire's blog I noticed she had been creating today as well and had made some lovely cards using the 'Colour Blocking' technique, which I too had used on scrapbooking layouts but not thought to translate this to cards. I will have to give this technique a try too! Thanks for more inspirations Claire!
I still have more to make for this month's celebrations but I must get back to some domestic duties - the grocery shopping and collecting my son, Dylan, from work. So thanks for stopping by my blog, feel free to leave comments and be sure to come back again to see what I create using the 'Colour Blocking' technique.
Anyone who wants to place a Stampin' Up! order, book a workshop, earn free Sale-A-Bration limited edition stamp sets, or join me in this wonderful business (and receive a 20% discount on your own personal craft supplies, plus many other benefits!) contact me today!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration time is here again! What does this mean? FREE products!!!
Every year Stampin' Up! gives customers, hostesses, and new recruits the opportunity to earn fantastic, FREE, limited-edition stamp sets they'll enjoy for years to come.
Here's how Sale-A-Bration works:
When you spend $100 on Stampin' Up! merchandise, you'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration reward. There's no limit--for every $100 you spend, you can select another free Sale-A-Bration reward!
When you host a workshop of at least $600 (before tax and shipping), you'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration reward--in addition to all of the regular hostess benefits!
During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator can choose any stamp set--a value of up to $79.95--from our current Idea Book and Catalogue! A bonus on top of the already reduced demonstrator kit. There are all types of demonstrators---click here to see what type you would be!
The Sale-A-Bration promotion starts today (1 January) and runs through to 28 February 2009, so don't miss your chance to earn free products! Email me today to book your workshop or learn more about this promotion. You can view the full-colour Sale-A-Bration brochure online to see beautiful project ideas you can make using these limited-edition Sale-A-Bration sets.