Sunday, March 28, 2010

Showing Off A New Colour

Yippee!!!  I've received my box of goodies and let me just say "I'm in heaven!!".  You are going to lurve the new mini catalogue.

Of course, I've put my some of my new "stuff" to good use already.  A very good friend of our family (Maureen) will turn 60 this week and I've made a gorgeous card for her (even if I do say so myself).  What do you think of the new colour?  This is just one of three of the new colours in the new mini catalogue (but I'll be able to discuss this in more detail with you on the 1st).

I'm addicted to flowers at the moment, so this is another card with a big puffy flower - but check out the textured background (told you.... you're going to lurve it). And the numbers - way too easy!

As a gift, we purchased for Maureen two Gold Class tickets to the movies, so I also made a holder for the tickets to sit in to match the card.

So, what do you think?  Leave me a comment as I'd love to hear your thouhts.

Hope you have a great rest of the weekend.  You've probably guessed what I'll be doing.......

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue

I'm soooooooooo excited!  Why, I hear you ask.  I've just placed my order from the new Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue - due to be released on the 1st of April to you.  Let me just tell you that there are HEAPS of awesome things in this catalogue - new stamps, stamp designs, new punches (including a two step punch - yes two step!!), new in-colours, designer series paper, ribbons and embellishments - but best of all (drum roll) A BIG SHOT DIE-CUTTING MACHINE AND DIES.  I've been hanging out for these to become available through Stampin' Up!, so yes, I am a little excited.

As I mentioned, the catalogue is available to you on the 1st of April.  If you'd like to have your very own copy of the catalogue, please contact me and I'll forward a copy to you, alternatively, I'll have a link here on my blog for you to view the awesomeness (yes, I'm sure that's a word) on-line on the 1st.

In the meantime, don't forget that Sale-A-Bration is still running until the end of this month.  Contact me with your order of $100 worth of Stampin' Up! products, and choose one of the four fantastic free sets.

Here are a couple of cards I've made using the Happy Moments stamp set.  Both images have been coloured using markers.  I've hung the bird cage from the tree branch of the Cheep Talk stamp set using linen thread and added a dimensional behind the cage.  I recently made this card as part of a workshop and everyone was surprised how quick and easy it was to make.

See, the thread makes the cage look like it's swinging from the tree

Don't miss out on your free stamp sets........ and start saving for the new Mini Catalogue goodies.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Cute Little Card Storage Tote

I recently came across a gorgeous card storage tote, designed by Lynda Moss, a very talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  I just loved it and had to have a go at making one for myself.  I'm delighted with the outcome.

These will make fantastic gifts for kinder and school teachers this Christmas!! (Phew, that's several gifts sorted).

Front View - A little pocket on the front to hold stamps and a ribbon loop to hold your pen

See how the bag closes together nicely and you can open it out to easily insert and select your cards.  You'll never forget anyone's birthday again because you'll write their name on the monthly insert and have their card  (hand made of course) ready to send to them.

What do you think?  If you're interested in purchasing the instructions for this tote, please visit Lynda's Blog and purchase the instructions, or if  you'd like to have a group get-together with me, please contact me to set a date.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mojo Monday 129

I decided to enter a sketch challenge to get my creative juices flowing.  You know how sometimes you just can't seem to create anything that looks good - well that happened to me when I sat down to make my Mother-in-law's birthday card (and that's a card you want to look good (lol)).  So I took a peek at the Mojo Monday blog site and decided to make a card using their sketch for this week.

Here is this week's sketch:

And here is my take on it:
My regular customers will tell you that I'm an "Earth Elements" girl from way back when, so I must confess that most of my cards incorporate these gorgeous colours. 

For this particular card I've used Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White card stock.  The designer series paper is from the Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin' kit (love it!!).  I've used the Cheep Talk stamp set and coloured the image using the Ruby Red, Old Olive and Choc Chip markers.  I've also used a small piece of Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon and "scrunched" a small flower together using the 3/4" circle punch (as per my instruction on my previous entry).

So, if you feel you've lost your "mojo", why don't you visit the Mojo Monday blog for some inspiration too.

Happy Birthday Lois!  I hope you like your card.

Monday, March 8, 2010

40th Wedding Anniversary

Mum and Dad celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary yesterday and I'm really happy with the card that I made for this special occasion.

As you know, the 40th Wedding Anniversary is a Ruby Anniversary so I used Riding Hood Red card stock on Whisper White card stock and made these gorgeous flowers with Bella Rose designer series paper.

I placed a red button (from  the Button Bouquet set) on top of a piece of Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon.  The sentiment is stamped from the Fun and Fast Notes stamp set.

Finally, I distressed all edges of the card stock and paper pierced the edges of the white card stock.

To make the flowers you will need to punch 6 - 8 scallop circles from designer series paper and place a brad in the centre of each stack.  You will then scrunch the paper up around the brad to create the flower.  Cut a leaf shape out and glue under the flowers (I scrunched the leaf too).

I made a little box to place the card in - the card didn't fit into an envelope because the flowers sit up quite high (doh!!).

The parcel arrived in Perth safe and sound and Mum and Dad both loved their cards and gifts.

Happy 40th Anniversary to them both!!