Thursday, 28 August 2008

who wouldn't want one of these?

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I asked my four year old if he liked this and he said , "nah" with a shake of his head! Fair enough I suppose! I mean I was quite taken aback as usually he tells me everything I make is pretty and that I'm a good girl for making it, but to his credit he could pin point what it was that he didn't like about this creation. On further questioning I discovered " I don't like the white bit with the black on it" Right, so nothing wrong with the colour combo, the ribbon or the way it was tied, my use of embellishments or the design..phew! then I had to laugh as I thought to myself well I think the white with black bit will be the bit most appreciated by the recipient !!! as it means they get to look through the catalogue and spend without cost! So if you're after a gift for someone you know who would appreciate "the white bit with black on it" then email me or if you're thinking "I'd love to get one of those" just send a link to this page to your hubby, mother, sister, friend and say isn't that pretty!!! I'm pretty sure they'll get the hint especially when they read that last sentence. If you're one of those poeple, hi! just click here to email me :)

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

show recovery

sorry its been so long since postings! The awful flu hit last weekend, then doing the show at the end of the week really took it out of me but it was so much fun! Hi to anyone who's visiting my blog for the first time!!! Please leave a message to let me know. At the show I had the pleasure of pulling out the lucky door prize, ringing the winner and handing out the prize. It was a tough job but someone had to do it!
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Today's card is a CASE from my amazingly talented new friend Teneale. This was the technique she demonstrated at the show. It was so easy so I had to go home and try it out and show it off at my weekend workshop. It's called the chalkboard technique and you use your white craft ink and pastels/chalks. Stamp the beautiful swirl from Baroque Motifs and then with a sponge dauber picked up some colour from the chalks and bounce it across the image where you want the colour. My ink was very wet as I'd just reinked the pad so I could have left it a little longer so it didn't smudge so much. Craft ink is fun to play with but can be a bit messy! Finish it off with a word and some ribbon and how easy is that! I've been very inspired by the show so look out for further creations over the next few days. Cardstock : Chocolate chip Ribbon: Old Olive 5/8" wide grosgrain Ink: Whisper white craft ink Accessories: Stampin' pastels, sponge dauber

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

stitches and craft show

Just letting you know that I will be at the Stitches and Craft Show at Rosehill this Thursday and Friday on the Stampin' Up! stall. The show runs from Wednesday (today) til Sunday.
If you are coming by please drop in and say 'hi'.
We are doing a free make and take, have some great lucky door prizes, displays, are demo'ing different techniques throughout the day and have a couple of show specials happening so make sure you check them out.
If you do order anything, even if I'm not there, let them know if I am your regular demonstrator and they will make sure I get your order and will deliver it to you after the show.
Hope to see you there!

Saturday, 16 August 2008

merry merry

I loved this set from when I first saw it in the catalogue - it has a real funky retro feel to it so I had fun designing these cards for my stamp-a-stack nights this month. I always try to give a couple of colour schemes as I know colour preferences are personal and it's difficult when, as the organizer, I have to choose. I used Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate and Soft Sky and then Sage Shadow, Lavender Lace and Brushed Silver from the metallics range on the other. Which do you prefer? The other design we did was very simple using the Dashing designer series paper - LOVE it! I am trying to have one really simple and quick design and one that is more detailed so I limited the stamping, though we did emboss the greeting. We did paper piercing on some for extra detail and made good use of the star punches. The colour choices are made for you when you use DS paper and the colours in Dashing are Old Olive, Real Red, Very Vanilla and River Rock. I like the modern, simple lines that Dashing brings to any project. I am currently working on ornaments for the tree which I will be running as a class closer to Christmas. The latest Spring Mini has some gorgeous chipboard ornaments and I have covered them with Dashing and Wintergreen. I have added photos of my boys and they look gorgeous. Watch out for them to be posted later.

Monday, 11 August 2008

a bit of a stretch?

So here is my first card made using one of the new Spring Mini sets, Always. As soon as I saw this set this idea popped into my mind and I am quite happy with how it came together. Maybe it's because of my middle name but this little birdy had to become a cute "red, red robin a bob, bob bobbin' along".. bring back Primary school!?! Now I don't know if you think it is Christmassy enough, I was told it was a bit of a stretch using this set for Christmas, (hi Marelle ;0) but it reminds me of the old style of English Christmas scene with the robin and the berries.
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To make the berries I used my crop-a-dile to punch some real red cardstock. The card was very unbalanced with the big strip of white at the bottom so I had to add something. I used a section of the scalloped circled punch which I then punched further using the smallest circle punch, to add detail to the top corners and try to balance the card out. I'm not convinced but it's growing on me! The shadows show the lovely late afternoon winter sun we were enjoying in our back room.
Finally for the birdy I don't have the earth elements markers but the spots worked quite well to give the two coloured effect. I used Ruby Red on the birdy's chest and Close to Cocoa elsewhere and edged it in Chocolate Chip. What do you think?

Saturday, 9 August 2008

the story of.....

This is my 6x6 album which I actually got when I signed up but I have only recently decided what to do with it. I used ribbon from the District Ribbon Originals set which have a great masculine feel to them so they can pass on something for boys - always a consideration in this house! I used some of my pewter Hodgepodge to embellish and a Rub On from the Anchored rub ons. {I did recently go all 'girly' and get the new 'A perfect Day' Rub Ons from the Spring Mini so watch out for some of those gorgeous flowers and sayings appearing here soon.} I wasn't sure if the rub ons would stay on the fabric album cover so I tested a thin little one which worked partially but, because it was so thin, didn't work completely however it gave me enough confidence to think that if I had actually used a decent sized one it would have worked and it did! To protect it I covered it with Crystal Effects after taking the photo.
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Inside are pages of our life, friends and family - some I've shown you, some are yet to be seen and some are yet to be made!! Hopefully more to see soon....

Monday, 4 August 2008

punchy petals

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I love the challenge of finding ways to create new looks with what I've already got.
This card started out as an effort to create something in the same style as Pick-a-Petal (which I love but don't have) but in the process became a bit more influenced by cards I've seen made using the flower from "Fabulous Flowers " stamp set. Anyway I'm quite pleased with the result.

To get the petals I punched out 12 large ovals and attached them to some scrap paper so I could position them back into the punch and punch again so one end becomes tapered and therefore petal like in shape. The way I've attached all the petals underneath the flower from In the Spotlight you can't really see the taper but it's there!

The petals are in Rose Red, the middle flower is stamped in Rose Red on Purely Pomegranate cardstock, it's mounted on a square of Brocade Blue stamped with the background stamp French Script (the new version is En Francais) in Ballet Blue and that's all mounted on Purely Pomegranate.

Of course the little piece of bling and the flower is from the Pretties kit and really makes the card stand out from others. I dyed the flower (which comes in white) using my Purely Pomegranate ink pad. To rough up the edges of the cardstock I just used my fingernail.

The new Spring Mini is live now so watch out for some things appearing on here soon! My order should arrive early this week!!!

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