Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Not Enjoying This Weather!

I know we need the rain, but why can't it rain overnight and be glorious during the day - ESPECIALLY DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS!!  Please..... take pity on us poor mother's.

In an attempt to brush away the grey, gloomy clouds, I decided to make a "summery" card.

Unfortunately, the colours haven't really been captured in the photo.  The card base is made with the lovely new Melon Mambo card stock.  I've inked the flowers with Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery and Yoyo Yellow ink.  The sentiment is from the Heard From the Heart stamp set which is available from the Autumn-Winter mini catalogue.  How cute are those pearl centres?  They are from the Pretties Kit.

Why don't you make something bright today too to brush away the gloomies.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Close to Cocoa Card Stock Running Low

I just wanted to give you a heads up! 

Close to Cocoa A4 card stock is running low and we've been advised by Stampin' Up! they are expecting to run out of this item within the next several days, so......... if you need to stock up on your Close to Cocoa card stock, please place your order immediately.  Once it's gone - it's gone - never to be seen again.

First Scrapbook Class

Okay, so I'm a little late in posting the scrapbook pages I made for my first scrapbook class - but I have a good reason.  My Mum arrived on Monday from Perth (yay) and we've been busy catching up (and eating copious amounts of chocolate). 

My scrapbook page was inspired by Mum's visit.  Earlier in the year I mentioned that Mum and Dad celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary (remember the puffy circle scallop flower card I made for their anniversary?), so I decided to scrap a page to celebrate their Anniversary.

I created two 12"x12" pages on Kraft card stock.  I used several sheets of different designer series paper (dsp) from different dsp packs.

I wanted to make the pages look vintage so I distressted the edges of all the card stock, dsp and photos and daubed Chocolate Chip ink around the edges.  I also tore some of the edges to give it a bit more of a vintage feel.
I used the Big Shot and the SU Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies to create all the lettering for the page.  "40 years together" was cut from Very Vanilla card stock, but before I put the card stock through the Big Shot I  stamped it with the hearts stamp from the Sprinkles stamp set with Chocolate Chip ink.  After the letters were created I daubed the edge of each of them with Chocolate Chip ink and then gently (very gently) sponged the top of each letter with Chocolate Chip ink.

I wanted to add an additional colour to the page to brighten it up a little, so I used Kiwi Kiss coloured dsp to create "love".  This also tied in with the SU Little Leaves dies which I placed under the flowers which were punched using the 5 Petal Flower punch.

The girls in the class were given the same card stock and dsp and it was fun to see the different completed pages.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Deal of the Week #4

Wow!!  I love this week's deal.  Why?  Because I LOVE embellishments.  A card or scrapbook page without some form of embellishment is pretty boring (in my opinion), but add a bit of bling or a bit of ribbon and it makes all the difference.  This week's deal is right up my alley and I hope you think so too.

Item 109113  Page 149
Square Ice Rhinestone Brads
Were $19.95   Now $11.97

Item 109111  Page 149
Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads
Were $19.95   Now $11.97

Item 109112  Page 149
Square Fire Rhinestone Brads
Was $19.95  Now $11.97

Item 111848 Page 150
Bashful Blue 1" Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Was $19.95  Now $10.97

Item 109050  Page 151
Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
Was $14.95  Now $8.97

What do you think?  Give me a call or email me to place your order.  Don't forget that this offer is only available from now until 11:50pm on Wednesday 30 June.

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Baptism Card for a Boy

I've had a run of Baptism cards lately, but this time I had to make one for a baby boy.

I stamped the cross from the Special Blessing stamp set onto Bashful Blue card stock using white Kraft ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I also stamped poka dots onto the Whisper White card stock base and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I used the Top Note die to cut out the Whisper White and Bashful Blue top notes.  I've trimmed the white top note and then run it half way through the Polka Dot embossing folder.  I then tied a piece of white ribbon around it and adhered the cross to the card with dimensionals.  Using a marker I coloured the "Baptism" word from the Special Blessing stamp set and stamped it twice onto Whisper White card stock - they were then punched out using the Medium Jewelry Tag punch and tied onto the white ribbon using a piece of linen thread.

Check back over the weekend as I'm going to post the layouts from today's Scrapbooking class.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Deals of the Week #3

Wow!!  This week's deal is a beauty - 50% off five different stamp sets (ss).  Remember, you have until 11:50pm Tuesday 22nd June to place your order.  Can you believe that I don't have any of these stamp sets (yet)??

114263  pg 34  
A Happy Heart ss
Was $41.95  Now $20.98

115792  pg 57  
Greetings Eight ss
Was $49.95  Now $24.98

116330  pg 78  
Bella's Bloom ss
Was $24.95  Now $14.97

113009  pg 97  
Enjoy Every Moment ss
Was $53.95  Now $26.98

114283  pg 105
All Scallops ss
Was $55.95  Now $27.98

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


I held my first Stamp-A-Six-Stack workshop on Friday.  The girls made six cards (three different designs, two of each design) and these are the cards we made.  The idea for these cards came from a swap which I received from Nikki Spencer (thank you Nikki, your swap was lovely). 

This is very similar to Nikki's swap.  Isn't it gorgeous - a bit vintage I thought.

And these two cards were inspired by the colour scheme of the above card.

Materials used:
Card Stock:  Kraft, Whisper White, Pink Pirouhette
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouhette, Soft Suede
Stamp Sets:  Vintage Vogue, Medallion, Whimsical Words (retired). 
Tools:  Extra-large two-step bird punch. scallop square punch, 3.2cm square punch, eyelet border punch, Big Shot, Top Note die, Polka Dots embossing folder, crimper, heat gun, clear embossing powder, dauber, ribbon, gold brad, dimensionals 

If you're interested in coming along to my next class, please give me a call.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

1st Birthday - Inkspirations Sketch #27

Today I decided to try my hand at another sketch challenge.  This sketch was set by Makeesha Byl and, as I had to make a 1st birthday card for a friend, I thought I'd use Makeesha's sketch to get my creative juices flowing.

Here's the sketch:
And here's my take on it:
Materials used: 
Card stock - Apricot Appeal, Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
DSP - Washington Apple, Patterns Pack II (hostess gift)
Ink - Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron
Accessories - Button Bouquet buttons, sml Metal Edge Tag, Linen Thread

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Deal of the Week # 2

It's Wednesday, which means Stampin' Up! are offering us a new deal.  Our second deal of the week is a great saving on a selection of designer series paper (DSP).

113975  Raspberry Tart DSP               Was $16.95 - Now $11.02
112470  Haiku DSP                            Was $16.95 - Now $10.17
113992  Tea Party DSP                       Was $16.95 - Now $10.17
113976  Pink Flamingo DSP                 Was $16.95 - Now $11.02
114037  Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP   Was $22.95 - Now $14.92

This deal is available until 11:50pm on Tuesday 15 June.  Enjoy!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Faux Stitching Technique Class

How lovely are these two cards which we made at my techniques class on Friday?  We faux stitched with white and chocolate chip faux stitches.

The first card is stamped with the Heartfelt Thanks stamp set (an oldie, but a goodie).  We versamarked the flower first and then used the co-ordinating two-step stamp and stamped the chocolate chip flower over the top of the versamark flower. 

The second card uses the Boho Blossoms punch (on special until the end of Tuesday).  The Kiwi Kiss ribbon has been pleated and glued into place with mini glue dots.

Don't forget that technique classes are held on the first Friday of every month.  This Friday is Stamp-A-Six-Stack.  Click on the CLASSES tab at the top of this page for more information on my classes.

Last Chance for Fond Farewell Colours

I mentioned in a previous post that Stampin' Up! is retiring some of their core colours as from 31 August 2010.  Stampin' Up! has advised all Demonstrators that the retiring colours are selling very strongly and these colours will only be available until stocks run out.  So, if some of the retiring colours are on your wish list or are favourites and you'd like to stock-up on them, please take this into consideration when deciding when to place an order for inks, refills, cardstock or ribbons.  Don't leave your order too late!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Deal Of The Week # 1

Throughout the month of June Stampin' Up! is bringing you a new deal every week!!  With the deals of the week you'll get up to 50% off  a selection of products from the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalogue.

Be sure to check my blog each Wednesday in June to see what new deals are up for grabs during that week, then contact me to place your order!

This week's deals are all about punches:

Item #     Pg    Description                  Reg Price   Sale Price

112081   152   Scallop Square punch    $30.95        $20.12
109183   153   Trio Flower punch         $30.95        $20.12
110711   153   Boho Blossoms punch   $30.95        $20.12
114889   n/a    Scallop Oval punch        $30.95        $20.12

Remember, you must contact me before Wednesday of next week if you want to order any of these punches at this fantastic price.

Also, don't forget that the Starter Kit Offer is still available until 31 July - Regular price $324.00, Discount Price $259.00.

Heaps of offers for you to take advantage of don't you think??