Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #6

Hi everyone!

I've been wanting to post an entry for Karen Giron's latest challenge all week, so I'm glad to finally be able to do it before the deadline. I'm really enjoying doing her sketch challenges, they're fun!

So here's my entry for the challenge:

I just LOVE the stamp set Embrace life from our Summer Mini catalogue, I've made pretty good use of that set in the last couple of months! I will be sorry to farewell the Ginger Blossom designer series paper that I've used on this card, as that will most likely be retiring at the end of March. Our retiring list isn't out yet (will be coming out on March 1st, not long to wait now!), but we already know that the in-colours are retiring, and this paper has Groovy Guava and River Rock in it, so it's safe to say it won't be available after March. I'm sure Stampin' Up! has some equally gorgeous papers coming our way though, so while I'm a little sad to see the retiring products go, I can't wait to see what's in store for us!

Anyway, back to the card!

Stamps: Embrace Life, Eastern Blooms (the centres of the punched flowers are done with the Eastern Blooms set)
Ink: River Rock, Ruby Red
Cardstock: Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, River Rock, Cameo Coral
Other: Groovy Guava Double Stitched ribbon, 1/4" circle punch, silver brads, Trio Flower Punch, blender pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

Just email me (click here) if you have any questions about this card or any of my other creations.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Kristina's Colour Inspiration #42

Hi everyone,

I missed doing Kristina's Challenge last week - I really wanted to play along but was SO busy sorting orders and preparing for an event that I couldn't manage it. I was up really really late every night as it was...

Anyway, I'm glad to be able to play along this week, as I've taken the week off work to catch up on things (and now have a bad head cold! Isn't that just typical?). Today is a perfect day for some stamping, as it's pouring down outside so even if I wasn't sick, I wouldn't want to go out anyway.

The colours this week were a bit of a challenge for me - I'm very partial to Really Rust and I substituted one of my favourite greens, Old Olive, as we don't have Kiwi Kiss here in New Zealand (yet!). But I'm not a huge fan of More Mustard, I have to admit. Surprisingly, I did have patterned paper in that colour (it's the back of one of the sheets of East Coast Prep DSP) and even the ribbon, which was an unused roll until today!

Another stretch was using the Pick a Petal stamp set - I love this set, it was one of the first ones I bought from our current catalogue (so I bought it back in April last year!) but today was only the second time I think this set has seen ink. For some reason I've struggled to use it, I've got no idea why! Probably because I have so many other stamp sets to distract me... When I saw the pic that Kristina took the colours from, I immediately thought of this set - but I turned the petals around from the way I've usually seen them used, so that they had a pointy end instead of a rounded end, because the flower on the hat is more like that.

I stamped the petal outline on the Rust coloured sheet from the Fall Flowers DSP and cut them out. Then I used the 5-petal flower punch to punch out a flower in More Mustard, and stuck the petals on that using removeable adhesive (the Dotto, on pg 148 of the Idea Book & Catalogue) to help me get them evenly spaced. I adhered the flower to Whisper White card layered on Old Olive, did a little piercing in the corners, added a stamped centre and a button tied with linen, then used Stampin' Dimensionals to raise it all up from the card base. I added a sentiment from Short & Sweet stamped in Old Olive. Initially I had the More Mustard DSP with the dots, over the entire card base, but I changed my mind and cut a strip off the right side for added interest. "Waste not - want not" as my Mum used to say when I was little - I then used the leftover strip to decorate the inside of the card.

If you have any questions about this card or would like to order anything I've used here (don't forget there's just over a week left to get your Sale-A-Bration stamp set with a $120 order!), e-mail me (click here) and I'll be happy to help you.

Happy stamping, thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bushfire Appeal

As promised in my previous post, here are the details of Stampin' Up!'s Bushfire Appeal. Please join with me in helping the victims of Australia's Bushfire tragedy.

Until March 31st, 2009, Stampin' Up! will donate 50% of the sales of the following stamp sets to the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfires 2009 Appeal:

Looks Like Spring* (page 76) $68.95
The Snowflake Spot* (page 27) $46.95
Bodacious Bouquet* (page 80) $ 68.95
Polka Dots & Paisley* (page 46) $42.95
G'day Mate* (page 115) $42.95
Be Happy* (page 51) $46.95
Priceless (page 105) $57.95
Seeing Spots (page 89) $35.95
Baroque Motifs (page 98) $46.95
Live Your Dream (page 3 - Summer Mini) $66.95

I will donate my entire commission from the sale of these sets too, this is such a worthwhile cause. While I don't know anyone personally who has been affected by the fires, I have heard some heartbreaking stories from friends who have lost loved ones in this tragedy and I am keen to help.

Note: the stamp sets marked with an asterisk will appear on the upcoming list of retiring products due out March 1st, so they'll only be available while supplies last.

If you are interested in purchasing these sets, please e-mail me to place your order. Don't forget too that when you spend $120 or more (not including shipping) that you will earn a Sale-A-Bration set of your choice (click here for details).

Thanks for your support of this worthy cause.

The Sweetest Challenge - and Bushfire Appeal

Hi everyone,

Sorry for being MIA for a while. I have been busy with two Creative Inkers team Extravaganza events in the last couple of weeks, which have kept me out of mischief and out of cyberspace! But things are a bit less hectic for me this week, so I'm able to stop to breathe, and post something here for you to enjoy hopefully!

My friend and team mate, Karen, put me onto Karen Giron's blog recently where there's a weekly layout challenge. I've done other challenges before, but Karen's challenges are great - easy to do, and it gives me a great starting point for lots of different cards, you just change the colours and the images to get something quite different. So this week I've finally been able to play along. Here's the layout:

And here's my card - or cards, actually!

This challenge serves several purposes for me - I've used Looks Like Spring, one of the sets offered up by Stampin' Up! as part of the Bushfire Appeal. I'll post more about that Appeal soon, but Stampin' Up! are donating 50% of the sales of ten stamp sets to the Red Cross in Australia to help the victims of the Bushfire tragedy. You've all heard I'm sure, about the devastating fires in Australia recently and the tragic loss of hundreds of lives, thousands have lost their homes and countless animals have also perished in the fires. I am so honoured to be working with a company that has such a huge heart and is so willing to help out in this way.

I also needed to make some cards to send out, and this design is very effective but also quick to put together, just perfect! And I love to make square cards too. These are 9.9cm x 9.9cm, so that you can get three out of one A4 sheet of cardstock. I stamped the large flower from Looks Like Spring and punched it out with the scallop circle punch to change the look of the flower. The coordinating Designer Series paper, Spring Showers, was in our first catalogue. It's not pictured in this year's one, but is actually still available to order - just $13.95 for a pack of 12 double sided sheets, what a bargain!

Stamps: Looks Like Spring, Basic Phrases
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White
Ink: Creamy Caramel / Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip
Other: Scallop circle punch, Word Window punch, Bashful Blue 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Spring Flower Bouquet Punch, buttons, linen thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, glue dots

Thank you Karen for this design, it has been incredibly useful!

If you are interested in any of the products I've used and want to place an order, click here to e-mail me. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Tags Tags Tags!

Hello again, look at this, two posts in one night, I'm trying to make up for lost time!

This is the reason I've been so quiet - well, part of the reason anyway! Last weekend my fabulous Stampin' Up! team held an Extravaganza event in Auckland, and I was lucky to have lots of my wonderful customers share the afternoon with us. We had a rather busy couple of weeks leading up to the event; preparing kits for all of the projects, putting displays together and making door prizes. Usually after these events I collapse in a heap and take a breather, but with Sale-A-Bration being on right now, there wasn't time for that - the orders took me quite a while to process this last week!

If you were at the event, thank you SO much for coming to play with us, I hope you had as much fun as I did! And if you placed an order with me, I'll be in touch again soon - nothing has arrived yet, but it shouldn't be far away. Now close your eyes if you don't want to spoil the surprise of the tag I've made for the bag your order will be in...

I had a lot of tags to make this week as you can see! I left a space on each one so I can write the recipient's name on each tag as I bag the orders up. I made them all the same this time - sometimes in the past I've tried to make a different one for each person, but that seriously would have killed me this week. It was really nice to read in Kristina Werner's post that she just couldn't do it all anymore - so it's OK for me to admit that too - it's a relief to know that sometimes it's OK to simplify and make things easier on yourself. I am guilty of trying to do too much, all the time!

Here's the recipe for the tags (All supplies from Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Frames with a flourish, Occasional Greetings
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi
Other: Silver brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, 1&3/8 circle, scallop edge, corner rounder, spring flower bouquet, word window, scallop square and 1/16" circle punches (hmm do you think I might like punches?!), mat pack & piercing tool, chocolate chip marker

If you'd like to see your name on one of these tags, e-mail me (click here) to place your order and I'll make one for you too! Don't forget about the amazing promotion we have going at the moment - a free Sale-a-Bration stamp set of your choice with every $120 in product purchased! If you're familiar with the Word Window punch you may have noticed that my word strip with the rounded ends is considerably shorter than the punched piece the Word Window makes. If you want to know how I did this, book a workshop with me and I'll show you how!

Later on, I'll post pics of the door prize I made for the event and the project I designed. I'm sorry to have disappointed so many ladies who wanted to win my door prize, it was so sweet of you to tell me how much you wanted to win it! The lucky winner asked me all about how it was made, I hope she enjoys using it.

I won't show the pics here just yet, because I'm about to do another Extravaganza and we're doing some of the same projects, and I might make a similar prize again, so I don't want to spoil any more surprises! So keep checking here for those!

Thanks for visiting, happy stamping!

Kristina's Colour Inspiration #40

Hi everyone!

OK, OK I know, it's been two weeks since I last posted. I wasn't intentionally waiting until Kristina posted another challenge, honest! I've just had a very hectic couple of weeks, so blogging has had to take a back seat. If you check out my next post when I've got it done, you'll know what has kept me busy :-)

Anyway, with Kristina's colours this week, at first I was like Hmm, I'd really like to throw in a bit of chocolate chip in there (cardstock that is, for those of you unfamiliar with Stampin' Up!'s colours!). But then it dawned on me that the colours were pretty much all in a particular sheet of the Petals Designer Series paper I had just been flicking through the other day, thinking that I will miss this paper when it retires at the end of March (it's highly likely!) and that I should really use more of the stash I've got of it!

Once I'd pulled out the sheet of paper, my design pretty much fell into place after that - I looked at the stamp set Polka Dots & Paisley, one of the sets that coordinates with the Petals DSP, and picked out one of my favourite images from that set to use as my focal point.

The design is a very simple one really, but because the paper is busy it might look more complicated than it really is. I used two pieces of the DSP for the background, and stamped the flower in three different colours onto whisper white and cut them into separate pieces. They're mounted on More Mustard cardstock which is then raised up using Stampin' Dimensionals. The word Happy was simply punched out using the large oval punch and I tied a button with Linen thread and adhered it to the Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon with a glue dot. Easy!

Here's the full recipe (All supplies by Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisley
Inks: Taken With Teal, Old Olive, So Saffron
Cardstock: So Saffron, More Mustard, Whisper White
Other: Petals DSP, wide Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals, Large Oval Punch, More Mustard button, Linen thread, glue dots

If you'd like to know anything more about this card or order anything I've used here, click here to contact me. Don't forget that Sale-A-bration is still going for the rest of February so when you order $120 worth of product you'll earn a free Sale-A-bration stamp set!