Friday, January 23, 2009

Kristina's Colour Inspiration #39

Hi everyone!

Well tonight I amazed myself at being able to think of an idea for Kristina's latest challenge, right away! My first thought when I saw the colour combination was YIKES since it was very bright and a little different... so I'm quite pleased I managed to come up with something that doesn't look completely hideous (I hope!). I've just realised though, that the card has no ribbon on it - how the heck did I manage to do that? I totally love ribbons! I guess I could add some, but I rather think it's OK without it - and with no ribbon at all, it would be able to pass for a masculine card, perhaps??

I don't think you'll have any trouble seeing where the idea for the circles came from, it's pretty obvious, right? Once I'd cut the background card out it looked a little plain, so I added some punched 1/4" circles using my circle punch and a glue pen, to add a little interest but not detract too much from the main piece.
The cute cupcake image comes from my brand new "Occasionally" stamp set that even just arrived today! That's got to be a record for me - using a set on the day I get it! It's not a set that was first on my wishlist, as in the past I've not gone for small images particularly, but I had a close look in the catalogue and realised it's actually a very versatile set. Not the cheapest set at $82.95, but there are 28 stamps in it - so less than $3 per stamp. I think that's pretty good value, I'm going to get a lot of projects made using this set, just watch! (Well, as soon as I get them all mounted that is...). I've fallen in love recently with the 3x3" card size and these stamps are just perfect for embellishing those!

Stamps: Occasionally, Congrats (Sale-A-Bration set)
Ink: Real Red, So Saffron, Green Galore, Basic Black
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, So Saffron, Green Galore
Other: 1/4", 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches, 2-way glue pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

If you like the look of this little cupcake stamp and want your own, click here to e-mail me and we'll get that set ordered for you right away! (NZ residents only of course, that's the rules!)

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tags for my wonderful customers!

Hi everyone,
I've got a wee backlog here of projects I've made and photographed and not posted to my blog, so I thought I had better share one (especially as we're still waiting to see the next Kristina challenge, right?).

Over the past year or so I've developed something of a challenge for myself whenever I've got orders of Stampin' Up! products to distribute to my wonderful customers. Quite often, especially if there's more than one person ordering, I'll put in a bit of effort to make a pretty tag to label up their bags of goodies, so I know who should get each bag. I don't really have the time to do this, but I can't help myself... I know some of you look forward to seeing what I'll come up with next! And to make it extra hard for me, the tag designs have so far been different every time I've had a batch of orders come in! That's a lot of tag ideas! These are the first ones I've actually photographed, oh dear I could have had a month of posts ready to go. And I can't remember what I made a year ago either so making more to photograph would be impossible. Oh well never mind, there's always the next design!

This set of tags uses a cute flower from the Sale-A-Bration set, Polka Dot Punches. With all those dots, I thought it went really nicely with the frame from Frames With a Flourish. There was a bit of cutting out involved with these tags, but otherwise they're pretty simple to make! I did use some of the retired silver cord that Stampin' Up! had here last year - I love the stuff and still have about 4 rolls of it left, as I stockpiled it when I heard that we weren't going to be able to buy it anymore! I hope this week's recipients of these tags like my little snippet of inspiration. Thanks ladies!

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches, Frames with a Flourish, Occasional Greetings
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise (marker)
Other: East Coast Prep Designer Series Paper, corner rounder, 1/16" hole punch, 1/4" circle punch, silver cord (retired).

If you'd like to get a little inspiration from me and receive one of my tags made with TLC, or better yet, the Polka Dot Punches SAB set so you can make your own, click here to e-mail me and place your order!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Marie Antoinette Award

Hi everyone!

This is a slightly different post for me tonight, two of my stamping friends nominated me for the Marie Antoinette Award. Thanks ladies!

Now being new to blogging, I really don't know that many other bloggers yet that I can nominate in turn (especially as all the ones I know well have already been nominated!). So while I'm supposed to nominate another 7 bloggers, I'm going to have to do less than that. But the ones I've chosen are really talented ladies and I've become a regular stalker of their blogs!

Apparently what I have to do with this award is:

1. Link to the person who gave you the award - Anne-Marie and Denise

2. Nominate 7 more persons

3. Link the nominees and let them know about this award

4. Post the award on my own blog

Here are my blog nominations, in no particular order of course!

1. Karen

4. Mary

Thanks to these ladies for all the wonderful inspiration they give me!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Kristina's Colour inspiration #38

Hi Everyone!

Back again with my entry to Kristina's challenge for the week. Now THAT one was a challenge for me. Not with the colours, strangely, since the combo is different, but I struggled with the layout this week! Almost all of the time I sketch out my design on paper (often because the ideas come to me when I'm not actually crafting!) and this week, it just wouldn't work the way I wanted it to. I think the problem was I'd been thinking of a particular flower image that turned out to be too big for the card I wanted to make. This card is really super simple, but it took me hours to get it made! So I didn't get other things done that I should have been doing.... Oh well... I am not normally the sort that wastes a lot of cardstock in the process, but you should see how many cut out flowers and circles I now need to recycle!

So anyway, here's my entry, it's pretty self explanatory so I won't tell you too much except to say I'd really wanted to put a knot in the Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon (near the bottom of the card) but it was a little bit too much with all the other stuff that's on there. I love the Lots of Dots jumbo wheel from our Summer mini (this was the first time it got to see ink too!) so that was a must include. I kept lots of white in the design because there's lots of white in the notepad that was Kristina's inspiration for these colours. I nearly used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the flowers but then decided against it - eventually I will probably mail this card somewhere and with the layers and buttons on there, it's already thick enough!

Stamps: Friendly Flowers, Lots of Dots jumbo wheel (both from Summer Mini)
Ink: Pretty In Pink, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty In Pink, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie
Other: Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Earth Elements & Soft Subtles buttons, 1 1/4", 1 3/8" circle punches, scallop circle punch

I took the photo at night, using my OTT light (should have been using that all along shouldn't I!). I haven't got time to re-shoot it this morning, but I'm guessing it would be even better if I used the OTT light when there's still natural light from outside. Strangely, there isn't any at midnight!

If you want to ask any questions about this card or place an order so you can make your own, click here to e-mail me.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Kristina's Challenge #37

Hi everyone!

Here's this week's entry to Kristina's colour challenge. You know how sometimes this "works", as in the card in real life turns out exactly as you pictured it in your head? Well, for once this actually was the case for me! Doesn't happen often! I spotted Kristina's colour combo late last night, had an idea and less than half an hour later - ta da! Super simple this week (are you amazed at how I can now do simple? I am!). We don't have Baja Breeze here so again I used Soft Sky. I thought that by embossing the card base, the embossed bits would turn a darker shade, which I think gets me one step closer to Baja Breeze. Can any of you lovely USA or Canadian readers confirm that for me please - if you clear emboss on Soft Sky, does it look any closer to Baja Breeze? Thank you!

A colour combination like this one - Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and a blue colour of sorts - is my favourite combination for masculine cards. But I think this one is a bit more girly, with the bling I added! I love how the scallops from the Chocolate chip scallop square just peek out from behind the stamped image. I thought about cutting off some of the white border so you can see more of the chocolate chip, but I think the white really helps to make the focal image stand out more. The base card is textured - so the embossing powder doesn't always get down into every line, it gives it a bit of a rustic, almost distressed look which adds another texture.

Recipe (All supplies from Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Baroque, It's All Good
Cardstock: Soft Sky (textured), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Old Olive
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Fire Rhinestone Brads, Flower Fusion felt flower, Scallop Square punch, 1 1/4" square punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

This week I've got the same card in two different shots to show you - which one do you prefer? I've got a photo box on the way to help me take better photographs of my work, that should help with lighting/shadows, but I tried using a white background for a change and wasn't so sure - does it look washed out? I do like a picture with a bit of the product I've used, showing, but does it distract you from the card? I would love to know what you think. Please leave a comment or e-mail me, thanks!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year - Let's Sale-A-Brate!!

Hi everyone!
Two posts in one night, that's got to be a record for me! Anyway, as promised here's the details for Sale-A-Bration. (SAB for short!)

Join me in celebrating the start of 2009 and take advantage of any (or all!) of these offers! FREE STAMPS - that's got to be good! Click on the picture to the left to view the brochure online.
Select any one of the stamp sets in the Sale-A-Bration brochure for free with a purchase of $120*. There's NO LIMIT - for every $120 you spend, you can choose a free SAB set! Don't miss the opportunity to own these exclusive sets!! (If you check out my previous post, I've already made a card using the "Yummy" stamp set - a super gorgeous set in my book, and I'm aiming to collect them all!)

When you host a workshop of at least $700*, you'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration set in addition to our generous hostess benefits! You'll receive a second set when your net workshop sales reach $1400, and a third set if you reach $2100 or more at your workshop! This offer also applies if you're just shopping lots for yourself (go on admit it, you want to!), or if you host a catalogue party and collect orders up from your friends.

Sign up to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration and select any stamp set up to a value of $94.95 (does not include Hostess sets) from the 2008-2009 Idea Book & Catalogue for FREE! But wait, there's more - if you place your first order during SAB and within 45 days of joining, you'll get a 30% discount AND you'll be able to earn the SAB sets too - the same as above, one for every $120* you order! I would love to share this opportunity with you - I have a wonderful team of Demonstrators, and offer lots of support to help you with your business, or just creative inspiration if you want to be a hobby Demo. I recently held a full-day team training event with technique and business training, swaps, challenges, and prizes - it was so much fun!
Note: values given are before shipping costs are added, these are usually 5% of your order. Please contact me if you'd like to know more details about shipping costs.

I'll do my best to post more examples here using the SAB stamps for your inspiration in the coming weeks - contact me here to discuss how we can get these gorgeous sets for you!

Happy New Year!

Kristina's colour inspiration #36

Hi everyone!

I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! I had a very hectic lead-up to Christmas, no rest for the wicked as my Mum says (but I'm not wicked, really!). With my job I was going from one supermarket to the next for over a week before Christmas, making sure the freezers were well stocked. I actually really enjoyed it - jumping out from behind my desk crunching numbers all day to getting out there and helping to sell food to shoppers, it was good fun! I had some wonderful news on Christmas Eve, a legal problem we've been battling since the end of March was finally resolved that afternoon, so what a relief and a wonderful Christmas present that was! If you are one of my customers and thought that I seem to have been distracted this year at all, that's why. I won't bore you with the details, just know that I am a lot happier than I've been for quite a while! My New Year's resolution is to get my house in order (literally!) and sort things out so I can keep in touch with everyone better. Posting regularly on here is a good start, so we'll see how I go!

This week's colour challenge that Kristina set us was fabulous, just four colours to work with, I can cope with that much easier! I very quickly whipped up this card last night while everyone else was celebrating New Year's Eve (well, when you've only got a 4 year old to party with, it doesn't get to be a loud party does it!). I was in my element though totally, ahh yes I'm an old nanna before my time :-)

I am so grateful to Kristina, she may not realise it but my design and photography / editing skills are getting a real push with doing her challenges. I have Photoshop Elements 6 and only just figured out how to lighten shadows tonight (blush!). She's also making me use the stuff that I, err.... hoard and drool over usually and don't use, but that's all changing! I kept this card super simple, I wanted the image to stand out and not be overshadowed by too much other "stuff" like I always want to add. Believe me, I stared at this card for longer than it took me to make it. I resisted the temptation to round the corners, add a knot of ribbon, mat the white cardstock, put more felt flowers on...

And guess what? This is made using a brand new stamp set - called Yummy, it's one of our Sale-A-Bration sets! SAB started today, yahoo!! I will do a separate post for it, up next. But for now, here's my card.

The swirl and the words are all one stamp, so I used my Rose Red, Old Olive and Pretty in Pink markers to ink it up. Isn't it beautiful? Love that swirl border. I wonder whether I should have used the Rose Red for the word "Something" and the Pretty in Pink for the smaller words instead though. Oh well, I still think it's nice this way. I added some felt flowers in Rose Red and Old Olive, secured with a clear Rhinestone brad from the Pretties kit. Then I simply layered the Whisper White cardstock over the 1" wide stitched Rose Red grosgrain ribbon (yum!) on a Pretty in Pink base card. The Whisper White is 3D mounted using Stampin' Dimensionals, I just love using those. There's a lot of them in this card! You can just make out the fact that it's 3D because of the shadow on the left edge. I put the felt flowers so they were slightly off the top edge of the white piece so they connected with the ribbon, otherwise it'd look like I just plonked them on there and they'd be floating in nowhere land. I resisted the urge to fill up the remaining white space with stamping or more flowers - a bit of white space is good, right Kristina?!

Hope you like it, please do post a comment or e-mail me and let me know what you think!