Friday, October 30, 2009

I'm NOT into Halloween...

... so why would I be making a Halloween card?

Hi everyone,

Well today at my work I had to make morning tea for everyone to share. And because it's Halloween tomorrow, the organiser told me that I had to make something food-wise that fit with theme. The only thing I could think of was Dale's Cob Loaf recipe - a cob loaf hollowed out and filled with a delicious filling, baked in the oven. The filling is green - because of the silverbeet in it, and I figured we could pretend the loaf itself was a cauldron. Unfortunately I didn't take a pic of it, so you'll just have to imagine what it looks like!

Anyway, Dale I'm sure you'll be delighted (but not surprised!) to know that I won the baker's award for the yummiest morning tea this week (there are several of us required to bake each week, so it's a bit of a friendly competition). I got lots of compliments on it, which is not surprising as it's so yum! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with me!

It does take a while to bake, so while I waited this morning, I decided to make a little card to go with my entry, and make it one that would fit with Karen's challenge on NZSU this week. So I made this little card:

The idea is to show the window frame technique, using punches to make an aperture in the card and a frame so you can see through to the inside. My card does use some retired Pumpkin Pie DSP sorry (I have lots of it left from the last catalogue), and in hindsight if I was to make this again I'd have switched the colours around a little so the Scallop circle was black to make it contrast more with the background, and have the black "ring" as pumpkin pie. But I made this card in about 10min flat this morning, so didn't really have too much time to mess around. Tying the ribbon was the longest part!

The Jack-O-Lantern is actually two stamps, both from the Occasionally set in the main catalogue. Those of you who have visited my blog a lot may remember when I got this set last year and used it for another challenge. It has lots of little images in it, perfect for cards like this one, as they all fit perfectly in our 1 1/4" punches. I'm getting good mileage out of this set, I tell you! (It's on page 30 of the current catalogue in case you're interested).

I decided to try taking the photo with some of the patterned paper in the background - that's the other side of the sheet that I used on the card, so it gives a little bit of a contrast. The sprinkles you can see around the card are actually tiny pumpkin and bat wing shaped cupcake sprinkles. I just happened to have these in my pantry, going back to my old days as a Food Technologist and being given a heap of samples we didn't need at work. Perfect!

Well, I'm looking forward to seeing some of you on Sunday at our Creative Inkers Extravaganza in Gordonton, it's going to be lots of fun! And next weekend we have our Extravaganza in Auckland, which I'm excited about too. If you're not attending this time around, don't worry, we'll do more of these events again next year - e-mail me if you want to know when the next ones are taking place and I'll let you know, once we have the details!

Happy Halloween, if you're celebrating that this weekend!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Christmas Workshops

Hi everyone,

Sorry for my absence yet again - I have not been sitting around doing nothing though, I've had a very busy time lately with preparation for the Dunkleys Craft show on the weekend and our upcoming Christmas Extravaganzas!

If you came to our stand at the Dunkleys show at the North Shore Events Centre, thanks for your support, we hope that you enjoyed your time with us. If you purchased one of my creations I hope you like it! I know some of you have already pulled them apart to see how I made them... I'm glad to have inspired you!

We certainly had a great time and met some lovely people. I was delighted to catch up with some of my wonderful customers there too, thanks for coming to see me! Here's a picture of me (seated) with my "sideliners", Bronwyn (left) and Karen (right). I love working with these ladies, they are such fun to hang out with!

Some of you were interested in our Extravaganza events that are coming up in a few weeks' time. Please see the information in my sidebar about those, they're filling up fast so do let me know if you're keen to attend. If you have any questions about the events, please let me know!

Now to what you've really come to see - my creations! I have been meaning to blog about this photo for quite some time. Back in September I started doing Christmas workshops, as it's never too early to get started on those Christmas cards is it? I'm thrilled to have a good stash of them myself already, and it's not even November yet! Last year I was still frantically making them several days before Christmas, how embarrassing is that for a seasoned cardmaker who should know better!

Anyway, this is a picture of the projects I designed especially for a workshop I did for my wonderful hostess, Kylie, and her friends. Hi, ladies! In the front of the picture is a simple treat pouch I demonstrated which would make a fabulous little gift (imagine popping a voucher inside to go along with a chocolate bar), or even a great alternative to a place card if you're having a more formal/decorated Christmas table. At the back is a tin of yummy scorched almonds which I decorated up, it has a punched out shape on the top of the tin (sorry I forgot to take a pic of that), and two cards, one of which was the make n take for the workshop. I made more of that one for a team swap recently, so if you're a demo in my wider team, it'll probably look familiar to you! I used a variety of punches, stamps and colouring mediums to make these projects. I've featured the Ski Slope DSP too that is in our mini catalogue - which finishes at the end of November, so don't forget to let me know if you need some!

If you have any questions about these projects, would like to see them in real life (they do look better IRL, I'm not a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination!), or you'd like to have me come and do a workshop for you, click here to e-mail me. I'm happy to hold your workshop at my home too if that makes it easier for you, so contact me to book your party, then you just have to bring your friends and a good dose of enthusiasm, and I'll take care of everything else!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Thank you

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the long absence, I'm still here, just rather busy. I had 8 lovely ladies here today for my World Card Making Day event and while it was heaps of fun, there was a little bit of prep work for me to do before they arrived! Thanks ladies, for a fabulous day. Laurie I am eyeing up hubby's wee gift myself, and Emma did love her notebook, thanks so much! I'm sure you'll be receiving a thank you card from her soon (if I have any say in the matter!). And thanks Janice, for the prodding about my blog... This is for you!

One of the things that is amazing about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is the wonderful relationships you develop with so many people. I am part of a large, fabulous team of ladies who amaze me constantly with how caring and big-hearted they are. Recently I received a wonderful array of cards in the mail purely because I achieved the Stampin' Up! incentive trip last year. I earned the trip, was away enjoying my holiday, and these ladies were busy making congratulations cards for me. Isn't that just totally fabulous? I haven't blogged their cards, as I haven't asked their permission, but I have them on display at my events, which I know they will have expected. So if you want to see them, you'll have to book me in for a workshop!

Since I received those cards, I've been wanting to send each one of them, one from me in return. I had another couple of thank you's to send as well. I know they won't mind that I made them all the same - but the message inside for each lady was personal from me to them. And I hope they liked the card too. Well, I know at least some of them did! So, this posting is of the card that I sent them. I know I'm not the only one who loves to see cards en masse - there's a real sense of satisfaction in seeing a bunch of cards together that you've made ready to be used. I like that they are essentially the same, the uniformity appeals!

The layout of this card is one that I love to use - I probably got the inspiration from somewhere ages ago but it's evolved for me over time. It works with lots of different stamp images, colours and DSP - today the ladies made a Christmas version. I might blog that later, I'm still deciding, since I might do one of my designs from today as my next team swap, and I don't want to risk spoiling the surprise next weekend!

For this one I used the Raspberry Tart DSP, Sweet Stems and Thank You Kindly stamp sets, some circle and eyelet border punches and pulled the colours from the DSP - Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink and Kiwi Kiss. I also used just a smidgen of the most luscious Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon - it's so soft and gorgeous to use, I have to resist running it over my cheek every time I pick it up!

I'll be back soon with details of the October promotions from Stampin' Up!. In the meantime if you have any questions, just e-mail me (click HERE).

Happy World Card Making Day!