Tuesday, 30 September 2008

seeing stars

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One of my customers asked me to make a card for her son's 21st ( hi Mary) so this is what I've come up with. Stars galore! I can remember my 21st - I had the best time. I had a dress up party. My mum and sister decided the theme was the letter "P" as it was so versatile. I wanted something somewhat relevant to me like the letter "K" but when you stop and think it's quite amazing how many things start with the letter "P" (and not K). We had policemen, punks, 'pregnant's, a paper bag princess, pussycats, paintings, penguins, a pumpkin, Pharoah, Pilots, the Phantom of the opera, Prince Charles and Dolly Parton to name just a few. Needless to say it was a great party. I'll have to scrapbook some of my photos from that one day - haven't got around to scrapbook my past life yet - too much happening in the now!
Hope Christopher has as much fun on his 21st as I had on mine - Happy Birthday Chris!
Stamps: Short Order Numbers, Occasional Greetings, Classic Stars wheel, Canvas Background Cardstock: Night of Navy, Bordering Blue, Brushed Silver Ink:Ballet Blue, Versamark, Night of Navy to colour the white ribbon Extra: Silver Embossing powder, silver star brads (not SU!), dimensionals, 1/4" circle punch, white ribbon

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

a lovely lunch

I'm just back from a lovely, far too rare, lunch with my Mum, Dad and Sister for her wedding anniversary. Her hubby's away so Ma & Pa (aka Mum and Dad) thought they'd make it a nice day for her and take her out for lunch so I invited myself and the boys along! Hopefully we added to, rather than took away from, the occasion. And I finally managed to finish the book for my dad. {thanks Teneale} I filled it with quotes I found on the internet and in the Bible about fatherhood and the little photos from the index print you get when you get you photos printed. He (and Ma) really liked it. I also left space on the pull tags for my brothers and sisters and me to fill with our own personal quotes about Dad. Here's a glimpse.... If I've been more organised I would have got their quotes in advance and put them on... but it didn't happen. Plus it's not exactly something you can just spring on someone on the phone. "Hey can you give me in one sentence what Dad means to you?" I tried .. it didn't go down well.
You may have noticed I've posted a bit less recently. Aside from a long lasting irritating but not serious range of illnesses (thank the Lord winter is over!) I've been quite busy with workshops and classes and now my two year old has decided he's going to toilet train himself (which made for an interesting time at lunch). So sometimes that just HAS to come first.
Anyway I found this really cute photo when I just downloaded.. More often that not it's me taking the photos so when there's a photo I don't recognise it's a nice surprise - and this one sure was - how cute are they? I can't believe they are getting so grown up! For those of you who have met these two see they do both smile - quite a lot actually - just not often in public :)
Better go as one of them is most definitely not smiling right now! Off to the rescue...

Monday, 22 September 2008

TNT box

a tart 'n tangy box that is! So here's a box with matching note cards I have made! We've been doing these notecards for make and takes at workshops recently as I love that you have a stamp set, DS paper and rub ons that all coordinate. Add a greetings set like So Many Sayings or Short and Sweet and you're set. Since I took this photo I used my word window punch to punch out little handle slots in the box and added a bit of ribbon tied onto one of the handles, very cute - you'll just have to use your imaginstion :) Punches make these cards so easy and quick!

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

outlaw tote bag

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I wasn't attracted to this DS paper at first but I have seen so many wonderful things made using it that I just had to get it. This is a card tote bag - mind you it doesn't have any cards in it yet but if I had cards made with the Outlaw paper it would be the perfect bag to tote them round in! Better get to work on those!
Can you tell I love punches? My IKEA rack has been added to since this so I now have and used on this bag the scallop circle, 1 3/8" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1" circle and small star punches. Paper: chocolate chip, creamy caramel, Outlaw DS paper Ribbon: chocolate 1/4" grosgrain ( retired sorry! but you can get it in 5/8") Accessories: sticky strip, dimensionals & all the punches listed above!

Thursday, 11 September 2008


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I finally got around to doing another Kristina Werner Colour Inspiration as I've been home and not worked today - hooray! I liked this colour scheme and the picture on her blog made me get out the new stamp set I got last Saturday at SU! Regionals - great day!
Isn't it gorgeous! I'll be showing more from this set in December when it is available to purchase in the Summer Mini so this is just a sneak peak! I used my markers to colour directly onto the flower image omitting the stem and leaves, huffed and stamped, cut out some flowers and popped them up on dimensionals as I did with the butterfly. It's difficult to see but there are two more butterflies I stamped after stamping off once. Can you see them? Stamp set:Live Your Dream ( available December) Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Soft Sky, Regal Rose and Rose Red Cardstock: Whisper White, Bravo Burgundy, Soft Sky, Regal Rose and Rose Red Accessories: Burgundy Grosgrain, Matt Pack, Pin, dimensionals

Wednesday, 10 September 2008


This is another of the cards we did last Tuesday night. I love the Baroque Motifs set as it's so versatile and makes gorgeous cards for so many occasions. This card I've cased from one of the girls I did the Stitches and Craft show with. I'm not sure if it was Kim or Teneale's but they both make gorgeous cards so check out their blogs by clicking on their names. These are one of the designs in my stamp a stacks for this month. To book in email or phone. Card stock: Purely Pomegranate, River Rock, Wild Wasabi Ink: Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate Stamps: Occasional Greetings, Baroque Motifs Accessories: Crop-a-dile, Matt Pack, pin

Monday, 8 September 2008

earthy cards

We did these cards at my class at Parramatta Community College last Tuesday night. I met a great bunch of people and had fun showing a few techniques. This card became the card for my hubby who is a great dad to our two boys. I used some cardstock and patterned paper I had bought before joining Stampin' Up! One great thing about having a range of colour families, as Stampin' Up! do, is that pretty much any stuff you already have will match to some of the colours in this case the Earth Elements. I used my spots to wipe over the words I wanted. I started with "Fathers" in Not Quite Navy and wiped off any stray ink, then wiped over "Day" with Close to Cocoa and "Happy" with Old Olive. Having used the spots there was no need to "huff" as they are quite inky. For the "My dear, kind and wonderful friend" stamp I actually stamped it three times in three colours and cut and pasted the different words over the top. I'll be showing more of what we did last Tuesday night over the next few days and hope you had a lovely Fathers Day. Stamp: Occasional Greetings Ink: Earth Elements spots Accessories: Mat Pack, White Gel pen, pin

Friday, 5 September 2008

Fathers Day gift

All images © Stampin' Up! 1990 - 2008 I've been working on this little book for my Dad - better hurry up! I'm up to filling it with quotes, verses and photos as a keepsake for him. At the Stitches and Craft Show Teneale ran a class on making these Amazing Maze books which are so cute. She used some DS paper from Berry Bliss but here I've used some of the retired DS paper, Treehouse, as the colour scheme suits masculine well, and two of last years In Colors which I know many of you have. They were really popular, as are this years, have you made anything recently using them? Paper: Treehouse DS, Sahara Sand, Buckaroo Blue, Cranberry Crisp Stamps: Labelicious, Short Order Alphabet Ink: White Craft, Sahara Sand Accessories: Large and small Star punches, Scalloped Circle punch, Dimensionals, Caramel grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, 4 September 2008

this months special

During September, if you order one of six qualifying stamp sets, you will automatically receive a coordinating jumbo wheel absolutely free! You can choose from the following bundles. Merry, Merry Stamp Set and All About Christmas Jumbo Wheel (p29)
  • Artfully Asian Stamp Set and Watercolour Vine Jumbo Wheel (p48)
  • Nursery Necessities Stamp Set and Nursery Letters Jumbo Wheel (p59)
  • Bodacious Bouquet Stamp Set and Bodacious Jumbo Wheel (p80)
  • Carte Postale Stamp Set and Leaves a la Carte Jumbo Wheel (p94-95)
  • Priceless Stamp Set and So Swirly Jumbo Wheel (p105)

That's a saving of $15.95 per bundle and you can buy as many bundles as you like! This is a great offer, but it is only available until 30 September. You can order through me by sending me an email, but I will need to receive your order by 29 September.

Monday, 1 September 2008

did you know...

that Stampin' Up! ribbon is great value and can be used on all kinds of things? While sorting through my (many) bags of material, which I seem to gather like scrap booking paper, I found this gorgeous strip of sheer pomegranate patterned material (sorry I'm no good at knowing names of materials just what I like). I decided to use it on cushion covers as I needed to replace my cushions that had worn out. Thankfully I knew Mum was coming down and so got the sewing machine out, popped into Spotlight and got the matching stretch velvet and realised I had a bit of black grosgrain to use up so Mum stitched it on the edges. Thanks Mum! We only had enough ribbon for one cushion so I thought I'll head back into Spotlight to get some more, but in working out the price I left it there came home and ordered a roll from Stampin' Up! as it was going to work out heaps cheaper and matched what I'd already used perfectly. What have you used ribbon on lately?


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