Sunday, August 30, 2009

New Promotion - begins 1 September

From 1-30 September, you can receive an exclusive ribbon bundle* FREE when you spend $100 on any Stampin' Up! products or host a $600 workshop. Contact me (mailto:maecollins3@iprimus.com.au) if you want to order any products, hold a workshop or find out more information.

*Ribbon bundle includes 9.1 metres each Certainly Celery 5/8" poly-twill ribbon and So Saffron 5/8" grosgrain ribbon.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

My weekly post and bag-a-lopes!

I thought I should update my blog as I said I would try to make weekly posts if I did not get the chance to make more regular postings. This past week I have not been in the mood for creating anything and so not much has happened in this space. However, as I have a Stampin' Up! workshop this week with some lovely ladies who I get together with every few months and who share hosting the workshops between themselves and thus they all benefit from the lovely hostess rewards on offer, I thought I had better start preparing for this. Mel has requested that they be taught how to make 'bag-a-lopes' as I had demonstrated this once before with them but that was not the 'make-and-take' for that particular workshop, so it will be this week! A 'bag-a-lope' is where you use an envelope to create a bag which makes a lovely gift (with something in it of course!). They will also get the opportunity to make a matching gift tag to go with it. Below are the samples that I created this weekend, along with my friend Jodyann who loves to craft with me.

The centre one we decided to make side on rather than length ways to make it more squat rather than tall. Then this triggered the idea to make one into a handbag style. I also wanted to make a male orientated gift bag so I chose Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel with the Seeing Spots stamp set and the new Oval All stamp set and Scallop Oval Punch to make the tag. We were pleased with the results and I hope those attending the workshop this week will be inspired to create their own designs.

While we were creating my daughter's dog Chloe did a cheeky thing she nabbed Emily's apple off the plate on the table and decided she wanted it and was not giving it back!


Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

More images in my gallery for latest OSW!

As I mentioned in one of my posts a couple of week's ago where I showed how I had created another OSW template using an A4 sheet of cardstock and from this my friend Jodyann and I created 16 cards, we were going to use the same template to make a 'male' focussed set of cards, a set using a sheet of designer series paper (only A4 size cut from a 12x12 sheet) and a set with a Christmas theme. Well we have so far completed our 'male' and 'DSP' sets and have started on the Christmas set.

I have uploaded all the cards we have created to my gallery 'A4 One Sheet Wonder No. 4' which can be accessed through this link here or through my 'Galleries' link at the top of my blog. I have also added a few cards here in this post to show you the same card in each of the sets created so you can see how one template can be modified to suit different styles and themes you want. It is a great way to boost your greeting card stash quickly - over a couple of weeks, when we have been able to get together we have created a total of 48 cards (not counting a few of the Christmas set we have managed to make), this will be 64 when the Christmas set is completed!!

Supplies used for each of the sets were:

Designer Series Paper set
Bella Blue DSP (A4 size, 21cm x 29.7cm , cut from a 12x12 sheet)
Cardstock: Kraft, Very Vanilla
Ink: Whisper White ink (sponged edges), Sahara Sand ink (used for greetings)
Accessories: pearls from Pretties Kit, Very Vanilla ribbon etc

Male orientated set
In the Stars stamp set (Stampin' Up! retired set)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pacific Point (In Color), Black and Grey
Ink: Pacific Point, Basic Black (and Stazon Black), Basic Grey
Accessories: split pins/brads, star punch, Pacific Point ribbon etc

Christmas set
Snow Swirled (Stampin' Up! new set)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Going Grey (I think that was the name of the shade of grey used)
Ink: Old Olive, Versamark, Whisper White
[The original stamped sheet was done using Whisper White pigment ink for large snowflake, middle sized snow flake was inked with Versamark and then 'rock and rolled' on Old Olive, the little snowflake was inked in gold pigment ink. Then this was all embossed using a mixture of clear embossing powder and dazzling diamonds, which is why it reflects the light in different ways.]

Card B10




Card C11



Card C13




Card D15




Card D16



I hope you enjoyed looking at these samples and to see the whole collection please check out the gallery section using the link at the top of my blog. Let me know what you think of the sets we made and link me to yours if you are inspired to use this template and have a blog or place to share your creations. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

My weekly post...

Hi everyone

Thanks for stopping by my blog, but unfortunately although I have done a little paper crafting lately I don't have anything to share with you this week, I need to finish the complete task first before sharing the results.

As posted last week, my friend Jodyann and I created 16 cards from my latest OSW template and from this same template we had the idea to create a collection of cards with a masculine theme (and Jodyann has taken up that challenge!), one set using designer series paper (which I am currently working on and they are coming out in a very elegant style) and then we also want to do a set with a Christmas theme! As soon as each set is complete I will take photos of them and share them here on my blog, I will also add them to the latest album in my galleries.

The other reason I have not finished this task is that much of my weekend has been spent with my teenage daughter getting together some last minute items for her before she goes on a school trip to New Zealand at the beginning of September and also taking her for driving practice in her new (secondhand) car. She is gradually growing in confidence and therefore needs the additional time on the road to both develop her skills and keep the momentum going. It has also been a new experience for me as a supervisory driver and another area of her growing up that I have been able to share with her. How have any you found this experience with your teenagers, if you have been throught this yourselves?

Thanks again for stopping by to visit and hopefully I will have something to share with you next week. Enjoy your week, whatever may come your way and always find a little time for yourselves!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Dylan!

Today was my son Dylan's 19th birthday and as he is a follower of my blog I could not post on here the corny card that my daughter and I made for him until I knew he had received it in the snail mail. My son is a keen computer geek and game player and his computer has been known to break down several times this year while he is trying to get started with his University studies up in Launceston, a 2.5 hour drive away from us here in Dodges Ferry. So we decided to use our creativity to make a cartoon orientated card that was having a bit of a breakdown! This is what we came up with...


We hope you really liked it Dylan and that you had a great day today! Love mum.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

One design triggers another!

When Jodyann and I were putting together one of the cards in our recent OSW template we made a greeting for one using a stamp from Stampin' Up!'s Occasional Greetings - Happy Mother's Day. We stamped the greeting in Chocolate Chip ink on to Creamy Caramel cardstock and it so looked like leather that Jodyann came up with the idea of creating a tag like on the back of a pair of jeans.

So after finishing our OSW cards (16 in all) we started to create a card with the front panel resembling the back of a pair of jeans - I also needed to create a card for my son Dylan's 19th birthday tomorrow and thought this might be a nice one to do! As we were putting it together, although I liked it I thought Dylan doesn't wear denim jeans so it wouldn't be one I would do for him, so we made it a feminine pair!

We stamped the Sanded background stamp with Not Quite Navy ink onto Ballet Blue cardstock and then restamped the Sanded stamp with Whisper White ink across the opposite direction on the cardstock. We cut out a strip for the jean's band and two pieces for the top of each of the trouser legs and these pieces we laid different ways to give the effect of different grains on the material. We overlapped the pieces slightly to which we applied black pen faux stitching. We stamped two pockets from the retired stamp set Pocket Fun and applied a Designer Brad (which I had coloured using a reinker and Crystal Effects).

We recreated our original inspiration of the leather tag using Chocolate Chip ink to stamp the greeting on to Creamy Caramel cardstock, although this time it was not quite as striking as the Mother's Day greeting because that had a heavy inked word. However, when the faux stitching was applied we were much happier with the result.

We then tucked in some Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper (in the new 2009 Summer Mini Catalogure) to replicate a pretty shirt and adhered this all to Kraft cardstock and here is our creation...

Let me know what you think! I think they are cute!

OSW Template A4 - Design No. 4 (16 cards!)

For many of you who regularly visit my blog you will see that I enjoy creating One Sheet Wonders (OSW) and for which I continually try to create new templates to inspire new creations and designs - well here is another and it created 16 cards!

I have a very good friend Jodyann who I usually get together with on a weekly basis, when we are both free from our 'regular 9 to 5 jobs' (although not those hours for hers), in which we try to create something from our shared papercraft hobbies. A while ago I decided that I wanted to try to put together in my next OSW template my favourite designs as well as a few new ones. Jodyann agreed to help me come up with the design and to help create the cards. This bouncing off of ideas led to the creation of a template that could be manipulated to create other templates from this one. What we designed was an A4 template that could be successfully divided in half (A5 size - A & B cards and C & D cards) and each half could be duplicated on the other if only those card designs were desired - each half had two separate layouts. Or alternatively each of the quarters (or half of each A5 part - A, B, C and D cards) could be replicated on the other quarters. Each of the opposite quarters had pieces of the same size yet created different card designs. This may all sound confusing but when you see the template design, hopefully you can see what I mean. The green highlighted side is A5 size (half A4) and the pink highlighted side is showing each half of an A5 side. Pieces for each card in each quarter is the same size for another card in its corresponding quarter. For example, card pieces for A2 are equal to the size of card piece B10, and card pieces for C13 (in total) equal the size of card pieces for D16 (in total).

We designed our rough draft on Stampin' Up!® Grid Paper as this gave us our measurements and we see at a glance where we were at or which cuts to do in which order (to prevent cutting through other pieces we needed). Here is our rough design:



This template was created over a month ago and from which we created one card, then my world seem to go topsy turvy with additional pressures at work, sickness in the family and other time constraints thus leading to the project being put on hold. Well we finally managed to complete the cards on Friday and I got the opportunity to photograph them today to share with you here on my blog. I have intentions to put this all in a template design using Photoshop as I have done with my other templates, including card layouts and then putting it all together in a useful handout for workshops or simply for those who wish to follow my template and may need additional instructions. We definately modified a few things along the way (as often happens when you create something it doesn't always turn out to what you had initially imagined). We also found that in our (or should I say my) haste we found that we had cut things slightly wrong or the wrong angle for our card design or that what we had in mind did not work as we had intended.

Below I have shown a few of my favourites from the 16 cards we created and to see the whole collection click here to view the separate gallery that I have created - OSW Design No. 4 (16 cards).





Stamps: Simply Said (and various greeting stamps)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip and Pink Pirouette (new In Color09)
Inks: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip and Pink Pirouette
Accessories: ribbon, buttons, split pins, various punches


Jodyann and I also intend to replicate this same template pattern using Designer Series Paper, a male colour combination and a Christmas theme - just to show how versatile these templates can be!

Let me know what you think of the latest template by leaving your comments below and when I have my template finalised in Photoshop with both metric and imperial measurements along with a corresponding handout I will load these to my blog or at least let you know they are available from me.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Spring Mini Catalogue now available!

The new Spring Mini Catalogue from Stampin' Up!® is now available! Products in this mini catalogue are available from 1 August through to 30 November 2009.

I have bought a few things already and have had fun creating with them - keep dropping by over the next few weeks to see what I have created with them! I particularly like the Sense of Time stamp set and can see myself using this not only on my cards but on some of my scrapbooking layouts - which I really want to get back into more! I like the Forest Friends stamp set and can see a great little collection of notelet cards made from these presented in a cute gift box! As always I like the designer series papers (haven't used half of what I already have though!) and the beautiful new accessories - Corduroy Buttons, Scallop Oval Punch, Jumbo and Designer Brads. There are also some new stamp sets to help us get organised early with our Christmas Cards and for those who make cards, using Stampin' Up!® stamps and products to sell, there is an individual stamp that you can buy Kind Heart to help you comply with Stampin' Up!'s Angel Policy regarding their copyrighted images.


Well it looks like I like almost all of what is on offer in the new Mini Catalogue, so I am glad that I am a demonstrator and can purchase my stamps sets and products at a 20% discount. My business also helps me to support my crafting hobbies without impacting on the family budget and I can operate it to suit my lifestyle and family/work commitments. If you are interested to know more (with no obligations) about being a demonstrator please email me or click on the link giving more information the type of demonstrator you could be, located on the right of my blog.

If you live in Tasmania and would like to see some of these new products or want to have a workshop to see how you can incorporate them into your card making or scrapbooking then please contact me. Or if you would just like to place an order and have the items delivered right to your door I can arrange that too, just contact me! Remember orders totalling $300 will also entitle you to hostess benefits and free products to certain value.

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