Thursday, April 22, 2010

Embossing Folders

Have I mentioned that I'm thoroughly enjoying my new Big Shot?  Yeah, I know.... only a hundred times!!  

These are a couple of cards that I made a little while ago.  I've used the Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Embossing Folders which create a deep embossed image.  

I'm thinking I might add a "Happy Mother's Day" message to this Manhattan Flower card and send it to Mum.  

I've already given this Perfect Polka Dots card away to one of my regular customers (hi Rachel), so had better make another.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Faux Stitching and Faux Tiling Technique Classes

Unfortunately I had to cancel the faux stitching technique class last month (sorry to my regular ladies).  Therefore, the scheduled faux tiling class this month will also incorporate faux stitching.

Date:  Wednesday, 28th April
Time:  7:30pm
Venue:  My home
Cost:  $15.00 (4 cards and envelopes - 2 cards of each technique.  All materials supplied)  
RSVP:  27th April

Please  telephone me (0419 945 031) if you'd like to come along.

Mother's Day Gift Offer

I'm offering you a gift for Mother's Day!!

Order the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine ($179.95) before Mother's Day and I will GIVE you the Buttons #5 Sizzlits Die (valued at $9.95 - page 10 of the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue).

I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying using the Big Shot, and it has added a whole new dimension to my cards.  If you'd like to demonstrate the Big Shot, please give me a call on 0419 945 031 to arrange a suitable time.

So talk to your kids and let them know what you'd like for Mother's Day this year.

(Please note, this offer is not a Stampin' Up! offer and is only available from me - thanks)

Baby Cards

Now for a couple of cute baby cards.  I don't have the need to make many of these anymore, so it's always fun when I do.  I have to confess that I've cased the baby boy card from a magazine, and then I created the baby girl card along the same lines.  Both cards are made on a Kraft card base which has been embossed half way with the SU Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and I've used the Nursery Necessities stamp set.

Maureen's Thank You Cards

Hi there, sorry it's been a few weeks since my last post.  What with Easter, the whole family having gastro, school going back and an intense swimming programme for the kids, I haven't really had  much time to update my blog.  Okay, apologies over, I'll show you what  I have found time to do.

Do you remember the card and gift voucher holder that I made for a friend's 60th birthday? (click here if you don't).  Well, Maureen liked the card so much that she asked me to make her thank you cards in the same colours and layout.  This is what I came up with...

I've embossed Whisper White card stock with the  SU Perfect Polka Dots textured impressions embossing folder and adhered it to a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock.

The flower is cut from the new Vintage Vogue stamp set using the Rich Razzleberry and Orchid Opulence stamp pads.  I've adhered the flower with a brass brad to Orchid Opulence and Rich Razzleberry card stock and a piece of the new Rich Razzleberry polka dot grosgrain ribbon.  The gorgeous leaf has been cut from the SU Little Leaves sizzlits die and glued behind the flower.  I stamped the thank you message from the new Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set and punched it out with the window punch.  Maureen was very happy with the end result.

Ohh - did I mention that she needed 45 of them!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

ESAD Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue Blog Hop

Yay!  It's the 1st of April which means the new Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue has been launched today.  If you'd like a copy of the new catalogue mailed to you, please email me and I'll pop one in the mail to you.  Otherwise, take a look at it on-line by clicking on the image of the catalogue on the right.  Enjoy!!!

 If you are taking part in the ESAD Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue Blog Hop - WELCOME. You will have just "hopped" over here from Julliette Chapman's blog.

I'm delighted to be taking part in another blog-hop with the wonderfully, talented group at ESAD.

What is ESAD?  Well, it stands for Extra Special Australian (and New Zealand) Demonstrators and it's an online group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.  We all love to craft and share our creations, not only with our customers, friends and blog visitors, but with each other as Demonstrators.  We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know how and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it's needed.

So, if you're a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.  If you're interested in becoming a Demonstrator so that you too can be a  part of this talented group, please contact me.

For this blog hop I've made several things to share with you.  A pillow-box, a scrapbook page and a card.

Elegant Pillow-Box

This cute little box was created with my brand new Big Shot die-cutting machine (yes, I'm a little excited about having it).  Using Elegant Eggplant card stock, I cut out the image with the pillow-box die and then randomly stamped the large flower from Vintage Vogue onto it with Elegant Eggplant ink.  I decided to purchase this stamp set in the new clear mount rubber stamps and I think I've been converted!!

To embellish the box I used the Stampin' Up! Little Leaves Sizzlits Die to cut the leaf  from Certainly Celery card stock and tied Certainly Celery ribbon around the centre of the box.  I then used the Buttons # 5 Sizzlits Die to cut out the button and gave it a gloss with Crystal Effects.

This box is a perfect size for popping in a small piece of jewellery as a gift.  It would also be a great way to present a small gift for hostesses (would you like one?)

Cup Cake Scrapbook Page

I haven't been scrapping for long, but I must confess that when I do make a page, I thoroughly enjoy it.  This page was created of Holly, my youngest (of 3) children.   Bailey joined his big sister, Caitlin, at school this year which means that Holly and I have lots of quality time together.  On this particular day we decided to make cup cakes.  They were delicious...

One of the biggest reasons (but who really needs a reason- right?) why I LOVE the Big Shot is because of the alphabet dies.  These are great!!  Even if you don't scrapbook, but you  like to add names to cards - these are a must.

For this page I've used several sheets of the Cottage Wall designer series paper as the background and for  the lettering.  The squares are cut from Rich Razzleberry (one of the new colours) and I've stamped the flowers from the Vintage Vogue stamp set (this is my new fav).

A few brads, ribbon and the scallop edge punch have been used to embellish.  Overall, I'm really happy with the final page.

Lots of Bots Robot Card

For this card I've used the Lots of Bots stamp set.  This is a great set and I'm sure it will get a lot of use this year (due to having a 6 year old son).

I've used Pacific Point card stock for the  background and I crimped a piece of silver card stock to add some texture.  I would have liked to have used silver eyelets but I didn't have any so had to make do with the black ones.  I coloured the image in with ink and blender pens.

Bailey thinks it's a "cool" card, so I guess that's good.

As part of this blog hop we are again offering Blog Candy (not lollies, but gifts from the Demonstrators).  What you need to do is complete the blog hop until you get back to me (or who ever you started with).  Once you've visited and commented on every blog, then you'll need to email Sharlene at who will then put your name into the draw for the blog candy.  There will be one winner from New Zealand and one from Australia.

Your next blog to hop on over to is the talented Karen Rogers.  Thanks for visiting and please don't forget to leave a comment.  Happy Hopping!!