Monday, October 31, 2016

Stitched Shapes Framelits

I am so excited to tell you that Stampin' Up! are bringing Stitched Shaped Framelits but only for the month of November. I will be ordering mine tomorrow. I have wished for these to come out for so long. As you know I don't buy anything unless it's SU! products so I am glad that I am finally able to purchase them. Also for the month of November SU! have some fantastic specials. Go to my Stampin' Up! website for details. I will have them on here soon.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Halfway through Winter

Hello fellow stampers,
Well today was a cold one.  I am not sure what the temperature was but it seemed to get colder as the day progressed.  I'm a naughty girl again as I did not post last month and it was the opening of the new catalogue.  I do hope you have managed to have a look at the new annual catty.  If not click on the icon on the right hand side of the page. It will take you straight to it.
Its been a busy time for me this past month but hopefully I will be on track again.
I have made a few cards and some I cannot show just yet as they are ready for my next workshop and I will want to surprise the girls with their projects.
Here are a few that I have made. Some know that Calypso Coral has not been a favourite of mine but it is gradually growing on me.  I am finding myself using it without noticing. 
The first card was made using wax paper. The paper is quite difficult to find and you may have to purchase it online but it large quantities. I was lucky to receive some from a friend who had plenty.
To get the background image you will need to cut a piece of wax paper and screw it up in your hand and then lay it out again. You can either use it like that or place it in an embossing folder for a different kind of image. You then place one piece of cardstock either side of the wax paper and then put it between some scrap paper because you will be ironing it. The scrap paper will save your iron and ironing board getting was on it. Once you have ironed it you will need to take away the wax paper and then sponge whatever colour you choose to use all over the cardstock on the side the wax paper was. Its magic! See how many images you can get by using all different embossing folders.
Here are a couple of cards using this technique.

The next card was made using the lovely Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I just love this set.
I have used Night of Navy and Crushed Curry for this one. It is a very quick and simple card.
I also used the circle framelits. The sentiment comes from the Confetti Celebration stamp set and I coloured it in with a Night of Navy marker.
The last card was made using the Swirly Bird stamp set and the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. I have also used the Thoughtful Banners stamp set. I made this one for my brother who lives in South Australia. He is an avid birdwatcher and photographer.
Well I am off now to watch Lovechild. I hardly ever watch TV these days but a couple of my shows have begun again so I am going to snuggle up on the sofa with my blanket and a hot cuppa and watch my show. I hope you like my cards.  Thanks for popping by :)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Winter is almost here!

Hello there! Gee we had some rough weather yesterday.  It was very windy and wet.  I was amazed at just how dark the sky was in places. In the afternoon I went for a drive to the beach (only a 4 minute drive) and it was so rough. I could see slight patches of blue sky towards the South of the city but our end was black.  It was quite incredible.  A great day for crafting.  I had 11 ladies yesterday a little short of what was meant for the day due to the weather but we had a lovely afternoon. I have 6 ladies today and the sun is shining for us.

I have a few cards to show today. I know some people don't like seeing a repeat of the same cards but the first couple were done using bleach and its interesting to see what card base is beneath once you apply the bleach. The image in the following card was bleached on Soft Suede CS and you can see that once bleached it becomes a colour very similar to Delightful Dijon. I also used Wink of Stella which gives the image a glistening effect but it does look nice without it.

This card used the following:-
Cardstock - Basic Black, Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon
Stamp Set - Birthday Blooms
Accessories - Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Oval Framelits, Versamark,
Basic Black Ink, Basic Black Embossing Powder (soon to be discontinued)
Bleach, Wink of Stella.
This card using the bleach to colour the image it turned out similar to
Perfect Plum so hence why I chose the colours here.
I used the following to make this card
Cardstock - Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Stamp Set - Birthday Blooms
Ink pads - Versamark, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories - White Embossing Powder, Softly Falling Embossing Folder,
Oval Framelits, Wink Of Stella
I was having a play with the gorgeous stamp set that we received at On Stage Sydney. Its called Sitting Here. I decided to make the swing into a bench seat so I took the ropes off and cut off a couple of the slats from the back of the chair to make the legs longer at the front of the chair. I added short legs to the back. I enjoyed making this card and again I have used bleach to colour it in. It brings the wood colour nicely. I fussy cut the chair.

I have used the following to make this card:-
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Stamp Set - Sitting Here, Confetti Celebration (sentiment)
Ink Pads - Old Olive, Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Basic Grey
The last card was also made by having a play with the new Love & Affection and Timeless Textures stamp sets. I stamped off with Crumb Cake for the background but when stamping off I noticed I had a slight tinge of pink on my card.  I realised that when stamping off I was placing over some pink ink I had on my scrap sheet.  I thought it was a nice effect although I tried to do it again and couldn't get the same effect. I have sponged around the large flower with Early Espresso. All of the card front was made using Whisper White and sponged with Crumb Cake. The sentiment came from Birthday Blooms stamp set. Here it is. I hope you like it.

Products used:-
Cardstock - Early Espresso, Whisper White
Stamp Sets - Love & Affection, Timeless Textures, Birthday Blooms
Ink Pad - Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (and the left over pink from my scrap sheet)
Well that's about it for this time with the card making.
We have an exciting time coming up on the 1st June when the new catalogue presents itself.  I know there are lots and lots of lovely stamp sets and ideas.  Don't forget you only have until the end of this month (May) to purchase from the current catalogue. You will need to be quick though as stocks are running low for the discontinued products and some have gone already.
Take care everyone and enjoy your stamping.
Thanks for popping by:)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Weekly Deals Leaving Us

Yes thats right.  Weekly Deals leave us on April 19th.  Sad isn't it.  If you would like to check out what is available just click here and you will find there are a few more than there normally are.  There are some products that are on my Wish List.  There may be something there that is on your Wish List and not only that some of these items may be retired from the catalogue at the end of May so you had better be quick. As at this stage I have no knowledge of what is leaving the catalogue but when I know I will let you know.

I have been a busy little bee making my swaps for On Stage Sydney.  I've made over 40 of these card fronts in four different colours because everyone has different tastes for choice of colour.  I normally do a card that takes much more time than these but thought that the demonstrators would like something simple for their workshops. (hopefully they like them)  I do like the black one as it is bold and striking.

For these cards I have used the following:-
Cardstock - Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Rose Red, Versamark
Stamp Set - Enjoy The Little Things. Petite Petals
Accessories - Wink of Stella (centre of flowers), Rhinestones
For a change I have not used a Stamp-a-ma-jig like I usually do. We dont need to because the stamp set is Polymer.  They are great for line up stamping.  I do love my Stamp-a-ma-jig as all my girls at my workshops know.

The next card is for our upcoming workshop.  I was inspired with this card from Jennifer McGuire and you can see her card by clicking on her name.  I love Jennifer's cards and tips she gives. You can sign up and receive emails each time she uploads a video of a new project. Here is her card that she created. I love how she has used the Vellum at the top of her card. Nip over to her blog to see how she has done it.

Here are the two cards that I made which was inspired by Jennifer's creation.  I just love the Happy Birthday stamp from Happy Birthday Everyone which is a hostess set.  If you like this stamp as much as I do and haven't got it yet all you need to do is have a party or put in an order for $250 or more. Its a great way of obtaining free products.

For this card I have used the following:-
Cardstock - Whisper White, Vellum, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron
Ink - Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron (sponging) & Basic Black
DSP - Its My Party from the Occasions Catalogue ending May 31.
Accessories - Balloon Punch

I used the following for this card:-

Cardstock - Whisper White, Vellum
Ink - Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Versamark
Stamp Set - Flower Patch, Sassy Salutations
DSP - Wildflower Fields (from the Occasions Catalogue)
Accessories - Circle Framelits, Flower Fair Framelits, Gold Embossing Powder,

Well that is about it for this time. I will be back with more once I have returned from On Stage Sydney.  Its creeping up so quickly. The last one we went to was in Perth and it was a fantastic day full of laughs, excitement, new ideas and giveaways and of course not to forget to mention all the friends new and old that we meet on the day.
See you when I return and thanks for popping by:)

Friday, April 1, 2016

April is here already!

Oops I have been missing in action again. Doesn't time just fly by this time of the year? I use to always say that life as we get older will be at a slower pace.  Well that is just not true as I am sure you all know.  Well those of you who are up in the upper years that is. I know even the young ones now are saying that time flies so it really must be true.

I am loving this weather today.  It is threatening rain but there is only a 20% chance today but one can always hope.  I am actually on my own this morning which is highly unusual and I am really enjoying the peace.

A couple of SU! buddies and myself are off to On Stage Sydney on the 16th of April.  We fly out late on the Friday night and arrive at 6.30 next morning and quickly head to On Stage to begin at 7.30am.  I am sure we will be able to stay awake during the day as it is always full of fun and excitement.  We head back after the day has ended and arrive home around midnight that night with Sunday to re-cooperate. We are excited to be able to see the launch and receive our copy of the new Yearly catalogue which unfortunately wont be able to share with you until 1st June. However, I will be able to give you some sneak peeks. Wont that be fun!

Well time has ended for the Sale-a-bration catalogue which ended yesterday.  No more chances for the free products for another year with Sale-a-bration. Of course if you have a party yourselves there are always free products to choose from so you never miss out on a good deal.

Here are a few ideas from the Occasions catalogue.

We still have our Handmade from the Heart Occasions Catalogue which runs through till May 31st.  You need to be quick as there is only two months left but what if they run out of stock? How disappointing would that be? Click on this link to check out what is available.
There are some lovely products in this catalogue.  I know when browsing through the catalogue sometimes you come across a product that just does not do anything for you until you see it made up. Wow my mind has been changed so many times about a product that I couldn't see myself buying.

We also have the Clearance Rack available where you can save up to 60% on certain products.  Check them out here to see how you can save.

You have until early Tuesday evening for this weeks Weekly Deals.  There are some great bargains to be had here. Don't forget to check each Wednesday to see which deals are in motion for the week. Would you like to see what SU! has in store for you this week? Well just click here to view
Well that's about it for now. Please stay tuned for more coming soon.
Thanks for popping by :)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Bloomin' Heart

Its my friends birthday and here is the card I made for her. I pondered over colours but because it is her 50th birthday I needed something a bit formal. I have not included the 50 numeral yet because I only have the retired ones and I do try to put only current stock on my blog. In saying that I did use Brushed Gold cardstock for the flowers because the gold glimmer paper was too much and did not show enough detail.

For this card I have used the following:-
Stamp Set - Botanicals For You
Cardstock - Basic Black, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake & Brushed Gold
Accessories - Bloomin' Heart Framelit, Pearls

The card really does look better in true life. I took so many photos to get a decent one to try to show it off. I will be trying different colour cardstock now to see what I can come up with. 
Thanks for popping by:)

Friday, February 26, 2016

Frames for my Niece and Nephew

Here are a couple of frames I have made for a niece and nephew of mine. 
I had much joy making these although I found the girl one a bit challenging because my niece wanted certain colours. I really enjoyed making the boy one but two of the images are not Stampin' Up! I don't usually use any other products other than Stampin' Up! products but I was on a camp and borrowed some stamp sets. I was very happy at how they turned out. I need to give them to my nieces now so that they can place them in their children's rooms. I hope they like them.

Back At Last

Well here I am back at last.  I went to a Stampin' Up! Stamparoo's meeting last night and one of the girls there said she uses Google Chrome so that she is able to put her photos on.  I have been trying with Explorer and Mozilla but not Chrome.  Well here I am and it worked and its been three years since I have been on my blog.  We have just returned from a wonderful holiday to New Zealand with Princess Cruises. This photo is of Dusky Sound in the Fiordlands.  It was so peaceful and serene in this spot.  This was just a test photo to see if I could upload pics.  Well it worked so I am leaving it here. Hope you like it. I will be back soon with some projects I have been working on. I am so pleased its working. Thanks for popping by and I shall see you again soon. :)