Monday, 31 March 2008

last day....

It's the last day to order from the 07-08 catalogue and the summer mini :( Also three stamp sets were left off the 2007-2008 Retired List, and they have been made available until 15th April or while quantities last.

These stamp sets are:

  • All About U (108721)
  • Business Boosters (108761)
  • Aida Cloth (108769)
So if you've wanted one of these give me an email. We've had a very full weekend with birthday celebrations- fun, a trip to the Easter Show - fantastic, a Newsboys concert - awesome! and a trip up the coast to spent time with my brother's family - a beautiful day. And the celebrations are not over as we celebrate my DH's birthday tomorrow! Better go wrap the presents!

Thursday, 27 March 2008

it's a happy birthday kind of day

A lot of great people were born on this day! and I was too! Happy Birthday goes out to my friend Cara and my little friend Carina who both share their birthdays with me! Carina and her sister, Lucy, had a Little Miss and Mr Men party for their birthdays a couple of weeks ago. I have finally finished this extra little gift for them in their favourite colours. My first attempt at making Kaiser Craft handbags. It was fun, but gluing them together was a challenge!

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

time well spent - a sneak peek!

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Last November SU! demonstrators received a gift from the owner of Stampin' Up! Shelli Gardner just for being a demonstrator. The new Level 3 Hostess Set "Time Well Spent" was delivered to our door as a thank you for our involvement in the company. How nice!!

So here's a card I made with the set. I stamped in StazOn black and coloured with aqua painter and water colour crayons, something I really enjoy doing at night on the lounge while watching telly with my man. The background is Paisley which is in the new catalogue and I used sponge daubers with Whisper White craft ink to soften the edges on the Sage Shadow and So Saffron cardstock. I realised I haven't used ribbon on this card and it might look nice with some but the images are so big and bold that you don't need to add a lot of embellishment!

Thinking about the name of the set I can really apply that to my time spent with Stampin' Up! I can easily say the time I have put into this has been well spent as not only have I created things that I am proud of, learned new things, faced challenges, achieved goals and had personal satisfaction but I have spent time with friends, enabled others to create things, been encouraged by my husband and family, shared in it with my boys and made lots of new wonderful friends. I am so thankful this is part of my life right now and I can't imagine giving it up any time soon!

Monday, 24 March 2008

another goodbye....

Okay so it took a week to recover from last weeks efforts! but I hope you have all had a very Happy and blessed Easter and are enjoying some time off!
Good news is I have copies of the new catalogue ready for April 1 and it is so gorgeous!! Can't wait to get my hands on the new papers, stamps and especially the new ribbons!!!! But it also means that we know what isn't going on from the current Summer Mini and this card is made with one of the DS Papers that won't be around after March 31st :(

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which uses Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip. I am quite surprised it's not continuing as it matches perfectly with the Carte Postale stamp set and the colours are among my favourites!
If they are yours too then order now before it's gone!
I also used the hostess set Warmest Regards and the Vanilla Organdy ribbon - both retiring. Some roughing up the edges with my thumb nail and paper piercing gives extra detail and texture. This was a wedding card for an old school friend of mine.

Monday, 17 March 2008

what happened?

So you're in the middle of creating something, the almost two year old is in his high chair happily eating and watching telly when the phone rings. Why would you think twice about leaving the paint on the table and going into the study to email something to a friend? All is peaceful and calm.
Here's why....

yes, when I returned this is what I found.
After regaining my breath I managed to grab the camera quickly and then thought "where do I start". By that time one arm was completely covered in yellow paint so I knew to start with the mess maker.
And yes that is my pad of Stampin' Up grid paper under the yellow paint. It now has a nice yellow tinge all around the edge of every page - unique I guess!
And you can just see the number 2 from yesterday's post under his knee which is how it went from red to a mottled orange-red colour.
On a positive note I have to be impressed with how relatively neatly he painted and how well he had covered the pad - at least he's learning something from his crafty mum!

What I was endeavouring to do was to show that instead of ink you could also paint chipboard.

what to do with chipboard?!

YAY my first tutorial - not without it's dramas but memorable none the less - I'll explain later!
So if you've ever thought "I like chipboard but I wouldn't know what to do with it" then read on. It's quite easy actually.
Today I thought I'd show you how to ink and emboss chipboard.
All going well I'll attempt to show another chipboard technique next week.

1. First choose your chipboard. SU!'s On Board Simon Lower has great "big impact" chipboard alphabet and numerical pieces with a few extra symbols thrown in. Perfect for monograms or age birthday cards like the one I made for my little man's 2nd birthday.

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2. Choose your ink colour and cover with ink either by pressing ink pad onto chipboard or placing chipboard on top of ink pad and covering with paper to protect your fingers then pressing onto ink pad.

3. With ink pad closed squeeze in the middle of the pad so when you open it up you have ink on the lid. Using a water colour brush pick up some of this ink and use it to reach uninked places or blend uneven sections.

4. Once totally coloured cover with VersaMark™ ink.
(You might notice the colour of the number has changed slightly - this was my mid tutorial disaster which I'll show pics of tomorrow - something to do with paint, a phone call and a two year old! Also meant the tutorial was finished at night time so the lighting changed - sorry!)

5. With scrap paper underneath sprinkle clear embossing powder over the ink until completely covered. Tap excess off and funnel back into container.
6. Heat with a heat gun until the powder melts (goes shiny)
I repeated this process to give it a thicker coat,
you don't need to reink just pour more powder on while it is still warm.

Sorry for the fuzzy photo!

7. Then attach to your card

I used an old set from last years S-A-B called So Very. Seemed appropriate for my little man who is all of these things and more.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
Please let me know if you have any questions or if in my madness
I've completely left out a step or two!!

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

my little monkey

I can't believe my little man is turning 2 on Friday. We were thinking it would be a small celebration but on current count he'll be blowing out candles 5 times!!!!!
Aside from card making and scrapbooking another thing that I really enjoy is decorating cakes. This year I have taken the easy path and bought an edible icing image of Lightnin' McQueen™ from the movie Cars™ (stay tuned for a photo next week). It would have to be Jake's favourite movie. Between him and his brother they have just about all the collector cars (except they keep bringing out more it seems! ka-ching $$) and Jake is constantly playing with them in the pot plant of my frangi!!! So it seems the obvious choice.

Last year however I discovered Curious George™ and fell in love with him - and as Jake is such a little monkey Jakey's cake had to be the monkey himself!
I thought I'd share with you the cake I made. I just used regular butter frosting and liquorice strips for the outline. I reckon liquorice strips can make just about any character cake look fantastic.
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Upon reflection it does look a little strange to see his head just kind of floating there in a sea of green coconut and lolly bananas but there was no way I was attempting his body!


so this is why I haven't blogged for a week!! The Traveler IQ Challenge™ Sorry! but this game is very addictive and lots of fun. If you like world travel or would like to improve your knowledge of where places are in the world then play. You will improve - I have! Let me know your score!

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

wash day

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One of my favourite retiring stamp sets is the Wash Day wheel used to make this card. I have used it so much for making baby cards - it is too cute! I love water colouring so making this card is quite fun. I loved colouring-in as a child and still do - I find it very therapeutic - if you haven't coloured-in for a while give it a go - it may relieve some stress from your day - just don't be in perfectionist mode!!!
Here, obviously, is a blue version! We are making these at card nights this month - in various colours :) Recently all my friends have been having girls so all my pinks ones are disappearing fast!
You probably can't notice but the booties are cut out and stuck on with Dimensionals which means they are raised up. The sentiment is from Riveting another retiring Hostess Set.

Monday, 3 March 2008

Tidy Treehouse Page

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This is a scrapbook page I did at my crop night last Friday night. It was a fun night - Hi to those who were there! I managed to do a page of my own - very simple and quick of my eldest and our cat Callie after she was recuperating from her first (and last, hopefully) cat fight - they just look so in love with one another! I love this photo, I think it's the natural lighting that really emphasises the warmth of the moment, which is why I had it enlarged to 10" x 12" so it filled the page very quickly! I used paper that is retiring called Treehouse. It had a nice masculine feel and the colours complemented the flannie my son was wearing nicely! The only embellishment I did was the title "best friends" which I stamped in Tidy Alphabet (retiring) on textured white cardstock in Cranberry Crisp ink (another retiring product), cut out and mounted on Dimensionals. It could probably do with some brads or Hodgepodge but I'll get to that later.
I used a white gel pen for journaling which adds another element all of it's own. I find it often takes days to actually be happy with the completed page as I need time to think about the possibilities and what I really like. So I will probably come back to this page later and add some embellishments but for now I'm happy - particularly with how quick it was! I'd need to be careful to not make the page any busier than it is!

Saturday, 1 March 2008

so sad to say goodbye

March is when we find out what is retiring from the current catalogue and what is staying. Check out the retirement list here and order quickly if you find something you like as they are selling out quickly - some are already gone! One of the stamp sets going is Wild Hearts Background stamp that I've used on this card. Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008

I've made the flower using the organdy ribbon which is also retiring. This will be one of the cards you can make at my card nights this month. Book in now if you'd like to make these!


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