Thursday, 26 February 2009

2 years celebrations = Blog Candy

SO I've been thinking of doing Blog candy for a while now as I'd like to see who it is that reads my blog! I know lots of people do as the counter keeps going up and often people say to me "yeah I saw that on your blog" which must be like what my sister-in-law used to feel when I house-sat for them and had parties (or gatherings as I preferred to call them) and my friends who'd see her later would say "you have a really nice house" and she'd think when were you there?!... anyway I guess that's the virtual world isn't it! So to find out who actually reads my blog I thought there's nothing like a bit of Blog Candy to encourage a comment or two! I've been thinking of reasons to have blog candy and I was picking numbers on my counter like 9999 or 12345 visitors but they kept passing so quickly before I'd organised what to do so I found another reason. Today is marks my 2 years with Stampin' Up! I can't believe it really. In some way it seems to have gone very quickly but in other ways I feel like I've learnt and done so much with Stampin' Up! that I can't believe I've fitted it all into two years along with everything else that happens in life. When I look back to when I started I really didn't know very much about stamping or card making and now I feel like there is never enough time to do all the ideas I have in my head! I've not regretted once joining Stampin' Up! and I fluctuate between a hobby demo and someone doing it for a business which suits me fine! I've made so many new friends and have something that I enjoy that I can pick up at any time of the day or night and can set myself goals that are very satisfying to achieve. SO for my blog candy please leave a comment - perhaps what you enjoy most about anything to do with Stampin' Up! even if it's a particular product or a great workshop I've run for you :) joke! And you will win a mystery pack... I'll post a photo soon once I've put it all together. Everyone's welcome to enter! Edited to Add: I forgot to say the blog Candy comp will close Friday midnight and I'll announce a winner on Monday 9th March

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

lots of hearts

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...way too many I think actually! I knew there was something I didn't like about this card and my hubby helped pick it out. The background stamping/colours are too bold for the main image. I think I used Pink Passion on Pixie Pink cardstock when I should have used Versamark. Anyway here's another example using the Happy Hearts stamp set from the Summer mini. I love this "hearts and crosses" image and enjoyed colouring with markers directly onto the stamp to get this effect.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Happy Valentines Day

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Today is the day to get out the flowers, Aldi heart pasta and chocolate, like I need an excuse to get out the choc, but most importantly to tell those you love that you do! As I was on the way home from the Howard Jones concert last night (which was awesome) Dan on the radio was saying Happy Valentine's Day yes it had just clicked over (woo hoo! I was actually having a social life) and he was saying why should it just be one person? why not tell everyone who you love that you do - your mum, your kids, your friend... So this one goes to my hubby (except I gave it away at a workshop last weekend!!! will have to make another quick smart before he gets back from Bunnings!) but I will take Dan's encouragement and tell others that I love them too! especially my boys the eldest of which gave me a hug today for making his bed today- how sweet!!! Hope you have a "love"ing day! AND Happy Birthday to my downline Sam hope you are having a doubly wonderful day! Ingredients: Happy Hearts stamp set, Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate, Bali Breeze DS Paper, Paper Piercer and Mat pack, 1/2" circle punch , dimensionals

Thursday, 12 February 2009

SU!'s bushfire appeal effort

This is one of the reason why I am proud to be associated with Stampin' Up!
They are a company that put into action how much they really care.... Join with Stampin' Up! and Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around Australia and New Zealand in helping the victims of the Bushfire tragedy. You can help by purchasing select stamp sets from 12 February through 31 March 2009, and Stampin' Up! will donate 50 percent of the sales of these sets to the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfires 2009 Appeal. I am offering 20% off these sets to do as much as I can to help the appeal. Item # Page # stamp set Price 108864 76 Looks Like Spring* 58.95 NOW $47.16 108934 27 The Snowflake Spot* 39.95NOW $31.96 108756 80 Bodacious Bouquet* 58.95NOW $47.16 110247 46 Polka Dots & Paisley* 35.95 NOW $28.76 111973 115 G'day Mate* 35.95 NOW $28.76 108744 51 Be Happy* 39.95 NOW $31.96 112312 105 Priceless 48.95 NOW $39.16 108909 89 Seeing Spots 29.95 NOW $23.96 112380 98 Baroque Motifs 39.95 NOW $31.96 114261 3** Live Your Dream 55.95NOW $44.76 Help by purchasing your sets today. Email me to order or with any questions. So if you've been thinking of getting any of these sets then do it now and you'll know you're helping those in great need and getting great stamps at the same time! * These sets will appear on the upcoming list of retiring products, so they'll only be available while supplies last. ** From the Summer Mini Catalogue This is a card I made ages ago when I first started as a demonstrator using Seeing Spots. This is using only the spotty stamps in the set. There is a nice range of flowers in the set too which makes it very versatile for both male and female. © 2009 Stampin’ Up! Here's a recycled card I've already shown but it uses the Baroque Motifs set so thought I'd show this as a reminder of how lovely the set is! This uses the chalkboard technique and is CASEd from the lovely Teneale.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

a singed koala brings hope

I have been finding it hard to post anything lately because of the overwhelming feeling of sadness for those affected by the bush fires in Victoria. Where do you begin again or how do you go on from such devastation? What is heart warming is seeing the solidarity and generosity of people. Such suffering can bring out the best in people. I found this video of a firefighter giving an injured koala a drink. A little glimpse of survival and the Aussie sense of humour in this video. Hope it brings a smile to your face in what is otherwise such a sad time.,21985,25038852-2862,00.html So living here in Sydney we are far away from all that's going on but with the heartbreaking stories on the news almost 24 hours a day it's not far from our thoughts and hearts. So what can we do? Both the Salvos and the Red Cross have appeals and of course the coming months will require higher than normal blood donations for those suffering burns and requiring many operations in the future... we can shop at Coles on Friday when all profits will go to the appeal... and of course we can pray....

Friday, 6 February 2009

afternoon tea in bali?

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Yes I know we are in February now but these are the little calendars I have made to give out to workshops guests and customers, well I have to make a few more than these two but they are getting there! The one above I've made to go in your handbag so I used acetate in a matchstick pocket style so it provides protection to stop the pages getting ripped off in the bag. If your handbag is anything like mine it can be a dangerous place. My MIL gave me a fantastic new bag for Christmas but it is so huge finding anything in it can take forever and when my husband gets frustrated at waiting for me to find the car keys he bravely sticks the hand in and rummages until he finds them - a dangerous act in itself! Below is the one I've made for the fridge with magnets on the back. Both these designs are made using DS paper from the current mini. They are very different in style but I love both of them - Afternoon tea and Bali Breeze. I've also used some flowers from the Felt Fusion pack also in the Summer Mini. These come in three colours, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive which is a great combo on it's own but you don't have to be limited to that as you can see here. I've just used one Pumpkin Pie flower and using my Spring Bouquet punch punched out another flower in Tempting Turquoise. They have been attached with a brad through the middle. Well best be off to make more for tonight's workshop!

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

cute boy

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 Friends of ours (Hi Naomi!) had their third baby boy recently and this is the card I made them. I did paper piecing for the first time and love it - you'll see a few more over the next few weeks. Paper piecing is where you stamp directly onto patterned paper with an line art image then cut it out. I used paper from the Spring Break DS pack and the little safety pin stamp is from the Short and Sweet set.
Perhaps I should have coloured the heart red or paper pieced it with another pattern but I liked that it lined up well with the white so left it as it came. The scalloped edge punch came in handy to create the scalloped edge around the main image. I'm still working on perfecting the corners! While I really like this card and think it's pretty cute it's nowhere near as cute as the little man who it was made for!

Monday, 2 February 2009

from the garden

This stamp is one of the hostess stamp sets you can earn for free when you host a workshop. This one is very fun to watercolour and it really fills a card front leaving not much room for anything else. I originally planned to have the card going this way, landscape, but thought it could look alright portrait as well.
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I enjoy cutting out so this was an enjoyable card to make. I even cut out leaves from among other leaves so they could go over the ribbon and give the card more dimension.
The ribbon gives the effect of it looking a bit like a posy. I've sponged the edges of the Soft Sky cardstock and I think I should have deepened the colours in the middle of the flower but in real life it looks less washed out than here. Hope you like!


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