Sunday, November 23, 2008

Christmas cards & tags

Hi everyone,
Well so much for coming back "soon" huh! I should just stop saying that. Sigh... Isn't this just a crazy time of year for everyone though? It sneaked up on me this year - I haven't made my own Christmas cards yet, all the ones I've made are either as sample designs for teaching or to give away, nothing I can use to send myself!
Anyway, I thought I would be nice and share with you some photos of the cards and tags that were in the Stationery set I showed you earlier. I used lots of different stamps to make these items, I wanted to showcase a number of images but still tie them in together by using the same colours throughout. So here's the first pic:

The card on the left was inspired by a smaller one that my wonderful friend and team-mate, Pauline, shared with me. She had a fabulous idea for using some of the larger patterns in the Dashing Designer Series paper pack, which I was staring at and wondering what on earth I was going to do with them! Her original card was a square one using the same paper and a snowflake stamped in one section as I've done. I needed to make mine a standard size, so I simply used a "Merry Christmas" image from the Party Punch hostess set, punched it out with my Designer label punch (super quick, no cutting required!) and layered it over some of the beautitul wide red grosgrain ribbon. Easy!
The card on the right was also quick and easy to make. Inspired by a swap card made by one of my team, Tracee, it uses the masking technique where I sponged an oval shape onto the card front using Old Olive ink, then stamped the tree from Lovely As a Tree over the top, and added a greeting from Many Merry Messages. Thanks so much to Pauline and Tracee for giving me the inspiration I needed, to make these late at night!

The stationery set also held four "love notes"sized cards - these are 3 x 3 inches in size. Just perfect for attaching to a Christmas gift. The one on the left uses the masking technique to sponge a circle and then I used a snowflake from Short & Sweet to stamp on it and the "string" from Hung Up On the Holidays to turn it into a bauble. I added three gold brads for a bit of bling, and inked up just one of the sayings in the So Many Sayings hostess set using a Real Red marker pen on River Rock cardstock, punched that out with the word window punch and adhered that to the card. Phew - for a little card I suppose there was quite a lot to that one! Thanks to Diane Barnes for the inspiration - she had used the masking & sponging technique to make a bauble and that's where the idea stemmed from. The card on the right was a very simple one - using my favourite Christmas set, Seasons of Joy (only available for one more week!) to stamp the tree and saying on this card.

Last but not least, there were 4 Christmas tags in the stationery box. These were all made using the Tags for All stamp set and strips of Dashing DSP, and had a little red gingham ribbon added. The Tags for All set is also only available until the end of November - I will be very sad to see it go. I'm going to keep my set forever though - it's so useful for making Christmas tags, I won't ever have to use a store-bought one again!
Hope these have given you a little inspiration. If you would like to order any of the stamp sets you've seen used here, or anything else in the Spring Mini catalogue or main catalogue, just e-mail me (click here). I offer gift vouchers all year round too, so if you're in New Zealand, tell your friends and family to let me know how I can help with your own wish list and save them the hassle of fighting the crowds at the mall this season!
Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Check out the latest specials!

Phew, this blogging thing is a bit tough on a technically-challenged stamper like me!

I've just updated the Specials page, so check it out for some fabulous offers on individual Markers and our gorgeous Rub-Ons!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thanks for your patience!

OK, I think I should award myself the worst blogger in the world award. I really have been busy, but I also had no idea how many of you out there have been watching and waiting for me to post something on here!

In the last couple of weeks I have done two large crafting events with my team, we call them "Extravaganzas" and they are really fabulous events where we teach lots of neat projects and have a lot of fun together! They take a little bit of work to prepare for though, so that's what I've been busy doing, among other things. We had about 50 ladies attend the first one in Hamilton, and over 70 came to the Auckland event on Saturday! It was so wonderful to see so many ladies enjoying crafting with us, thank you all for coming!

Thank you so much to all of you who in the last couple of weeks have told me you really enjoy visiting my blog and reading my ramblings, who knew?? (Not me, anyway!). Kind friends, my wonderful customers, other Demonstrators, customers of other Demonstrators, you've all been great at encouraging me, so thanks!

So here I am again, late (have I ever done this during daylight?!) with the much-awaited pics of the door prize I made for our Auckland Extravaganza on Saturday! Yes Janice (waving at you now!), as I promised, here it is!

At first glance, it just looks like a box...

It's made from Old Olive and Real Red cardstock and decorated with the most-gorgeous Dashing Designer Series papers, and wide grosgrain ribbon. Nice enough to look at just like that, if I may say so myself! I stamped swirls and snowflakes on the base using Old Olive ink and stamps from Season of Joy and Snow Flurries.

Oh, if you like Season of Joy and want to order it, you'll need to get in quick as it's only available until the end of November. I will really really miss being able to teach with this set, it is my favourite Christmas set! Please contact me if you're keen to order it while you still can!

OK, so I was quite surprised at how many ladies went mad over this box on Saturday once I took the lid off to show them what it looks like inside:

It's a stationery set! Isn't it neat? There are four standard sized cards in the back pocket with four Very Vanilla envelopes (wonderful for stamping on I might add, though I didn't do that here - shame on me!). There are four little notecards and envelopes in the pocket on the right hand side, and four cute gift tags in the pocket on the left. In front I've added a covered notepad (covered with Real Red cardstock and tied with Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon) and on the right is a cute little fold-out pocket made from the Dashing DSP and sized perfectly to hold a book of stamps, or little notes or whatever you want to keep in there. It stays closed with the help of a magnet closure that I punched out of some sheet magnet I had lying around. The finishing touch is a decorated pen - decorated with some of the Dashing paper as well, as it wouldn't be a stationery set without a coordinating pen to write with!

Now I forgot to check who won my prize, so I'm not sure what her name is, but I really hope she likes it!
Before you all think I'm super clever, I'll come clean and say I didn't "invent" this design myself. There are lots of versions of this out on the web right now, but I believe Jackie Topa is the wonderfully clever lady who designed it originally. I just borrowed her design and made my own Christmas version with little changes like the fold-out stamp holder. I also re-sized the box because Jackie's one fits US sized cards and envelopes and ours in NZ are a bit bigger, so I had to enlarge the box slightly. Thanks for the inspiration Jackie!
You can visit Jackie's blog here to learn how to make your own stationery set. If you're in the greater Auckland area (give or take an hours' drive!) and would rather have me come and teach you how though, please e-mail me to let me know, if you gather a group of friends together I'd be delighted to come and have some fun with you!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing just a little of what I've been up to, I'll try and be back real soon with some more things to inspire you!

Happy stamping!