Friday, February 22, 2013

Speaking of birthdays...

I sat down at my stamping desk to make a special birthday card for some special team members last month, and of course I had to use some new products! I pulled out my new Petite Curly Label Punch and matching stamp set (both are free Sale-a-Bration products!) and this is what I came up with:

I've used the International Bazaar papers, because I wanted something with a small pattern in lots of colours. It almost looks like Moroccan tiles to me. I love the contrast of all that colour with Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.
...and speaking of birthdays, I have a BIG birthday coming up on Wednesday next week (I know, can you believe it, I'm 30 already?? LOL) I'm not really a birthday party kind of gal, so when hubby asked me what I wanted to do to celebrate, I said that I'd like to have a week off cooking. He's totally taken that on board and I was told yesterday that we're having a night out in a fancy hotel tonight, followed by a week of surprises and dinners out with special friends and family. How sweet is he??
I don't have any classes scheduled either, so I'm going to have a lovely lazy week indeed! He's even banned me from cleaning the house. To me, that's better than a party any day!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Marvellously Simple?

This is a super-simple little card that I sent out with mailed copies of the Seasonal Catalogue. I had to make 75 of these, so it needed to be quick and simple!
I thought the "oh happy day" sentiment was appropriate....nothing makes a day happy like a new catalogue to pore over :o) This stamp is part of the FREE Sale-a-Bration set "Bloomin' Marvellous".
I've used Calypso Coral for my card. The size is 9.9 x 9.9cm. I use this size a lot because you can get 3 notecards from an A4 piece.
The leaf image (from the "Secret Garden" set) is stamped in Versamark ink. The DSP is the "Sycamore Street" FREE Sale-a-Bration paper. The cute little butterfly is from the FREE "Bloomin' Marvellous" set, and has been stamped in Pool Party and punched out with the new Butterfly punch.
It's a simple card, but hopefully marvellously simple?

Friday, February 15, 2013

A little toot toot

Even though I've been lucky enough to be published a few times now, it's still a thrill to see my cards in print.
You can check them out in the latest edition of Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Time for some Shares!

Just a reminder that my Shares close this Friday. I still have a couple of spots left in some groups. Let me know if you would like to join in!

Although it would be great to be able to get ALL the new accessories in the Seasonal Catalogue, sometimes budgets don't stretch quite that far. Here's a way to get your hands on a sampling of all the new papers, brads and ribbons in the new Catalogue - join a Share! You may join some, or all of the Shares (and receive a free bonus!) and you may order double Shares if you wish.


DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SHARE               $13.50
Eight way share of 4 papers You will receive a 6x6 piece of each of the 6 sheets in each pack. So this is a total of 24 6x6 pieces: Tea for Two, More Amore (specialty), Parkers Patterns, Sunshine and Sprinkles.  You will also receive 12 sheets of the Print Poetry Stack (1 of each design) 11.4 x 16.5cm

EMBELLISHMENT SHARE              $19
6 Paper Doilies, 3 Creped Filter Papers, 10 Rhinestone jewels, 4 Builder Brads, 4 Silver buttons (2 sizes), 4 Soda Pop Tops (2 sizes), 12 Cute Clips (6 Hung Up, 6 Elements), 6”x 6” sheet Canvas Creations

RIBBON SHARE                       $23.50
1/4 roll of 7 ribbons - Flower Trim (45cm), Two Tone Ribbon (Rose Red, Basic Grey - 1.15m each), Natural Trim (1.15m), Striped Organdy (Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, Old Olive - 2.2m each)

CORE’DINATIONS SHARE                    $9.50
Four way share of 3 core’dinations colours - you will receive 3 12x12 sheets of the 3 colours (Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Real Red) - a total of 9 sheets                                             

OR if you want it all, order "PIZZA WITH THE LOT" -

Shares come boxed in a Pizza Box $65 (pick up from me) or $75 (mailed) and receive a FREE GIFT of a Sale-a-Bration Paper and Embellishment Share!


If you were to purchase all of these items individually, it would cost $279 (ouch!)

Email me with your Share selections, and to sort out payment. I accept payment by Cash, Direct Deposit or cheque. Stampin' Up!'s 5% Shipping & Handling Charge is included in the Share price, but if you need your shares mailed out to you postage will be at actual cost (I will use the most cost-effective method).
The Closing Date for Shares is 15th February, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

World's Greatest Teacher Frame

Jacob was lucky enough to have an amazing teacher at his Primary School....and he was lucky enough to have her for 4 years straight! It was a small school, and as he moved up the grades, so did she. When their student-teacher relationship came to an end last year, I knew she deserved an extra-special present...hand-made of course :o)
I made her a few special gifts. Here is one of them:

A simple white frame, personalised just for her. It can stand on a shelf/desk or be hung on a wall.... I think the tear in her eye meant that she liked it :o)

Friday, February 08, 2013

Feeling Sentimental Stamp-a-Stack

I've had a very busy but fun week of classes. It's been great seeing my stamp room full of chatter and laughter again. And of course it's always lots of fun playing with new products. We're spoilt for choice at the moment, with the Seasonal Catalogue and the Sale-a-Bration items too :o)
This was my other Stamp-a-Stack Design, using "Feeling Sentimental" and "Vintage Versses", two of the Sale-a-Bration sets:

We all need more stamps that can be used for masculine cards, and this set certainly fits the bill! The colours I've used are River Rock, accented with Midnight Muse, Garden Green, Elegant Eggplant and Cherry Cobbler. I've used Soft Suede ink, which is a lovely brown that reminds me of old Sepia photographs, and the Apothecary Accent framelits in Naturals Ivory cardstock, edges sponged with Crumb Cake ink.

On the coloured pieces, I've used the "Clockworks" stamp set in Versamark ink. I pull this one out all the time for backgrounds. I've used the new Edge Distressing tool (love it!) and also crumpled the cardstock to add to the vintage feel.

For my embellishments I used the new Natural Trim. It's new in the Seasonal Catalogue and works really well on masculine has a hessian look and feel to it. I've also used the Vintage trinkets - cute little brads that look like tiny buttons.

Vintage is not my usual style, but hopefully I've managed to pull it off?

Monday, February 04, 2013

Sycamore Street Stamp-a Stack

...say that 3 times fast!
I'm so looking forward to getting back into classes this week! It's always like a re-union, catching up with all my lovely ladies again in February. There's so much catching up to do...I hope we manage to fit in some stamping too ;o)
This is what we'll be making in this week's classes:

A simple design using the gorgeous "Sycamore Street" Sale-a-Bration Paper pack (free with a $100 order!) and the new "Hearts a Flutter" framelits. It's always good to have some all-occasion cards to replenish the stash at this time of year.

This week's classes are all full, but I'll happily come to your place and show you how to make these cards with a group of your friends. Let me know if that's something that would interest you!

Friday, February 01, 2013

2013 Seasonal Catalogue here!

The Seasonal Catalogue begins today, and it is chock-full of gorgeous stamps and accessories. It has a lovely vintage feel, and there are so many pretty stamps and embellishments to take your crafting to the next level.

If you would like your own copy of the Catalogue, plus a copy of the Sale-a-Bration brochure, email me and I will be happy to send you one (Australian residents only please)

I'll be running some Shares for all the Papers, Ribbons and Embellishments in the catalogue...stay tuned!


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