Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monthly Stamp Classes --- will start up again in Feb 2011

I will be holding a regular monthly stamp class at my home. Come along and learn new techniques and different ways to use your stamps and punches. Make greeting cards and other papercraft items with me in a fun and relaxing environment.

Classes will be limited to 8 people so that I can give everyone lots of assistance and instructions. Everything you need to complete your projects will be included in the class, all you need to do is pay the fee to secure your spot and turn up at the designated class time! All projects will be explained step-by-step and a kit will be provided for you so that you can start creating right away.

When: First Friday in the month -- next class 4 March 2011

Where: my home (details will be provided upon registration)

Time: 7 pm - 10 pm

Cost: $10 includes everything you will need to make a project, lucky door prize, use of my equipment, tea/coffee etc.

Payment will be required two weeks in advance of each class to secure your spot and for kit preparation. A full refund will be provided with one week's notice of your inability to attend, after this time project kits will be provided for you to complete at home.

Spaces are strictly limited so contact me today to secure your place!

If you have any questions about my classes, please contact me on:

maecollins2@gmail.com
or phone (03) 6265 9121 or 0409 557 313

Reminder - Inventory Clearance Sale On Now!

Just a reminder that Stampin' Up! have an Inventory Clearance Sale (items available while stocks last). Up until 24 January 2010 you will get amazing discounts on select, high-quality Stampin' Up! products with no minimum purchase, and no limits to how many you can purchase!

Simply click on the image below to see the complete list of items and their discounted prices and then email me your order before 24 January 2010 - remember items are only available while stocks last!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Animal Bookmarks

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas and a lovely time sharing with family and friends. In between spending time with family I have been making things in preparation for a market stall that my friend Jodyann and I are going to have at the Dodges Artisans & Farmers Market on Sunday 3 January.

Some of the items I have been making include 'Animal Bookmarks' using Stampin' Up! punches as I like to have items on my stall not only for adults but for children too and I think they will like these. Here are some pictures of a few that I have made:





I also want to thank my mum who was down visiting us over Christmas and punched out lots of the pieces I needed (using up much of my bits and pieces of cardstock - great use of these!) in preparation for making more bookmarks should they prove popular! Thanks mum!

I also got started on another item that I had in the pipeline but not completed and that was a 'Punch Art' booklet showing the pieces needed to create various characters and the final product. It always feels satisfying when you keep on track and finish a partly completed project!

Maybe that can be my New Year's resolution - finish what I have started (and clean my craft desk between projects!) before starting on something else! LOL

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. May the coming year ahead be filled with good fortune and fun times.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and to the lovely comments received this last year, I enjoy reading your feedback.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Beaded Bracelets

I had recently made some paper beads on an earlier project of mine as toggles to close a concertina card tote and then I saw some of them used to make a bracelet on Jayne Mercer's blog and so thought that I would give this a try! Jayne shows step-by-step how you can make these and has made some into wine glass charms (such a novel idea!).

I experimented with how I glossed mine as I had previously rolled my toggles over a versamark ink pad and then clear embossed them, however, I have found that using a small paintbrush and a small coating of Crystal Effects works better. Especially once I got the knack of how to coat them and not my fingers lol! Oh well, not too much anyway as you do need to turn them occasionally on the skewer to stop them sticking to the skewer. I also coated some with Dazzling Diamonds mixed in with the Crystal Effects to give a dazzling effect!

I made a couple smaller in size for a child by using less beads.



I hope you like them as much as I do and thanks for stopping by! I am off to make some more and in different colours!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Gift - Desktop Calendar

Today was my first day for a couple of months that I have been "home alone" and could craft all day without feeling guilty or having someone need my attention (especially as my house was tidy and in order and I had been putting the washing out in the lovely sunshine during the morning craft time!). Therefore, I managed to complete a Christmas gift that I wanted to make for a friend (I don't think she is a regular visitor to my blog but if she is she will get a sneak peak before she receives it later this week, lol!)

What I made was a desktop calendar and I have only taken a photo of the front cover and a few of the months. I should have taken a photo of the side view so that you can see how it stands - I used an A4 sheet of cardstock scored and folded in half and then I scored 4 cm away from and on both sides of the half fold line. This allows it to fold flat for wrapping or posting.

On my cover I also tried the new technique of making my own buttons that I saw on Claire's blog recently and was inspired to have a go - she described it as her new obsession - I can see how useful this can be when you want a coordinated embelishment for a card or scrapbook layout!





Stamps: Embrace Life, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers
Paper: Ginger Blossom DSP, River Rock, Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Cameo Coral
Ink: River Rock, Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Cameo Coral
Accessories: River Rock Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, 1" Circle Punch, Crystal Effects, Chipboard Numbers (not sure of the brand), Book Rings, Bone Scorer, Adhesives


I hope she likes it and thanks to one of my other friends Jodyann for giving me the idea!

Thanks for stopping by.

Inventory Clearance Sale

Stampin' Up! have just relased an Inventory Clearance Sale (items available while stocks last). Up until 24 January 2010 you will get amazing discounts on select, high-quality Stampin' Up! products with no minimum purchase, and no limits to how many you can purchase!

Simply click on the image below to see the complete list of items and their discounted prices and then email me your order before 24 January 2010 - remember items are only available while stocks last!


Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Gift Giving Guide - ends soon!

Just a reminder that the Christmas Gift Giving Guide offer with a FREE Square Scallop or Boho Blossoms punch (value $30.95) for orders of $85+ ends soon - 14 December 2009 to be exact!

If you wanted to take up this offer make sure you contact me by midday 14 December 2009.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Some items still available from the Spring Mini...

Great news! A few of the popular products from the Spring Mini Catalogue are still available for purchase although the sales period for this mini is now over. These products will also be available in next year's Idea Book & Catalogue (due for release sometime around Sept 2010).

Here is a list of the still-available products:








Item No.DescriptionPrice
112534Jumbo brads 5/16" Neutrals Assortment$15.50
112533Jumbo brads 5/8" Neutrals Assortment$13.50
114889Scallop Oval punch$30.95
106960StazOn ink pad (White pad and refill)$22.95
109196StazOn Cleaner$9.95

So if any of these items are still on your wishlist and you thought you had missed out, you can still order them! - just send me an email.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

More Christmas Cards...

As I was writing in my Christmas Cards I realised that I would have to make a few different designs from those that we made at my recent Stamp-a-stack as I did not want to send a card design to my friends who had attended the workshop and made their own. I stumbled across a blog I hadn't been to before by Tina Dickman and was inspired to CASE a card that she had made for the recent Stampin' Up! Perth Regional Training Seminar as her swaps. I really liked the effect of a white embossed snowflake on vellum, although I did not use my white embossing powder that I have mixed with Dazzling Diamonds which would have had even more impact, I just used the plain white embossing powder. I might have to try and remember this design for my next year's Christmas Stamp-a-stack as I am sure my friends/customers would love to recreate this one for themselves as well.


Stamps: Snow Swirled
Paper: Whisper White, Real Read, Old Olive, Ski Slope DSP, vellum
Ink: Whisper White, Real Read, Old Olive, versamark
Accessories:White embossing powder, heat tool, brads, Old Olive and Real Red grosgrain ribbons, Scallop Edge and Scallop Circle punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive


I really liked the effect of the white embossed snowflake on vellum punched out with the Scallop Circle punch!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Quick Gift Card Holders

Last night I began my Christmas preparations (a bit slow I know!) and writing in my Christmas cards ready for the snail mail. In doing so I realised I needed to make a couple of quick Gift Card Holders so these are what I created:


The basic design is cutting a 12 cm x 17.5 cm piece of cardstock (4 3/4" x 7" for those who prefer imperial measurements) - I used Brushed Gold and Brushed Silver cardstock from Stampin' Up!'s Brushed Metallic pack. I then scored on the long edge at 3.5 cm (1 1/2") and again at 10.5 cm (4 1/4"). I folded the cardstock on the 3.5 cm (1 1/2") score line and adhered this with Sticky Strip to create a pocket for the gift card. I then folded the holder in half on the 10.5 cm (4 1/4") score line. Using a piece of coordinating Designer Series Paper, cut to 11 cm x 6 cm (4 1/2 x 2 1/2"), I adhered this to the front of the holder. Using Stampin' Up!'s Slit Punch I punched a slot out of the front of the holder. Then I attached two pieces of ribbon to the front of the holder just behind the slot and I used some Sticky Strip and a gold/silver split pin to help attach the ribbon to the cardstock. I had one piece longer than the other so it would wrap around the back of the gift card holder to then be tied at the front. I stamped Season's Greetings from the Snow Swirled stamp set to the front of the pouch area which can be seen when the holder is opened. The one I made using the imperial measurements had a smaller gold border around the DSP as I used the easiest/quickest measurements I could see on my cutter for speed of the design, you could cut the DSP slightly smaller to create a wider gold border if you prefer.

These were so quick and easy to make and made the presentation of my gift cards so much nicer, what do you think? I hope my instructions are clear and you can follow them to make your own personalised gift card holder.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

ESAD Summer Mini Blog Hop

If you want to find some inspiration for products to be found in the new Summer Mini catalogue then do what I just did and participate in the ESAD Summer Mini Blog Hop - I started at Leonie Schroder's blog (which is a favourite of mine to visit!) and hopped from one blog to the next until I returned to Leonie's blog. It gave me some new ideas to try!

There is also some blog candy to be won if you leave a comment on each of the 30 blogs involved and send an email to Leonie to go in the draw.

One of the girls, Claire Harrison, who is in our team the Tassie Inkydinks took part as a contributor and as always she does some great work - I loved her scrapbook layouts, about the baby elephant at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, using the new Tall Tales DSP - click here to see her projects.

I found the blog hop truly inspiring! Some very talented people out there who are willing to share their ideas and projects.

If you want to receive a free copy of the Summer Mini or some products from it (and you live in Australia) just email me.


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