Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Just 24 hours to go until the Summer Mini is gone!

Hi everyone,

I hope you enjoyed my last post. I'm back to show you a final three projects that I made using Summer Mini and Sale-A-Bration stamp sets, before they are unavailable to order. The SAB sets will be gone forever, I'm sorry to say, as I haven't used them enough, how typical! Some of the Summer Mini products I hope will be back in our new main catalogue in September, but we don't know which ones, if any. So really, if there's something you love and don't have it yet, you need to let me know now so I can get it for you before it's too late! Click here if you want to e-mail me.

OK for tonight here's the first project. Those of you who have come to my events in the past, know that we put your name on your welcome pack. I have a reputation of doing more than just putting your name on your bag... It's getting harder to come up with new ideas but I love the challenge, so this time (given I was pushed for time) I quickly decorated little notepads with the names of my guests and tied those onto the bags. I used a range of Designer Series Papers (and it was lovely that one of my guests noticed how I had used her favourite on her notepad - I did try to match them up with what I know or suspect that my guests love!). I first printed their names onto Whisper White cardstock using my computer and printer, and then used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to help me to stamp a frame around each name. I used the Vintage Labels Sale-a-bration stamp set. I love that set, I'm likely to be keeping mine forever! I also used a range of different ribbons, felt flowers and punched flowers/shapes in colours that tied in with the Designer Series Papers. Stampin' Up! does make colour coordination so easy for me, I can't think how I ever managed before!

The second project is a picture of the bag labels I used to label up my guests' orders once they arrived. If you've ordered from me in the past couple of years, you'll know that each time you get an order, there's a different tag on it. I'm probably just a little obsessive about it... but I want to give you a different tag every time, so it's a little piece of inspiration that you're getting every time you order from me. Again it's a little tough sometimes to keep coming up with tag ideas, but I relish that challenge too! These tags were made by once again printing out names, stamping the frame from "Framed with Love" from the Summer mini, then hand-cutting out the shape and attaching it to a 1 3/4" circle punched out of the same or contrasting coloured cardstock. No adhesive on these - they're just attached with a brad. On the circle I stamped thank you from the "Wow flowers" set from the main catalogue. To see that message you simply twist the label away from the circle. Neat huh? Oh, and yes, I did use some retired silver cord on these tags. I love that stuff and bought up several rolls of it when I found out it was retiring, so I still have a bit left! It went nicely with the silver brads, so I used it.

And last but not least, here's one of the cards that I taught at my last Techniques class. It uses the Hello Again stamp set from the Summer Mini - such a cute little set, and very inexpensive - $25.95 plus shipping for a set of 5 stamps! I also used the Framed with Love set from the Summer mini to stamp out the scalloped rectangle. Do you like the colourful background on this card? I taught my guests how to make their own patterned background papers using Stampin' Up! colours so they can coordinate the background with whatever colours are used for the rest of it. If you want to learn how to do techniques like this one, you'll just have to come to my class!

Hope you liked these and I'll be back again very soon with the new Autumn-Winter mini... can you stand the wait?!

Last Call for Sale-A-Bration & Summer Mini orders!

Hi everyone,

I've been spending so much time in my "happy place" creating with my pre-order goodies, trying to make myself happy again, that I've realised I have quite a few projects that I photographed when I made them, to show you and haven't gotten around to doing that. So with just a couple of days left until the Summer Mini is gone (sob!) I thought I'd better show you a few of the things I've made over the past month or two, while you can still order the supplies if you want to CASE these!

Are you ready? OK, here goes!

First up is a card I made to hold a little gift for my friend Karen, when I came back from Hawaii. This card uses the Sweet Treat cups (and of course the 1 3/4" circle punch to punch the aperture for the cup to sit in). The gift was a cute little cellphone attachment with her inital in blue, so I used Brilliant Blue to match that in the card. Something Sweet is the stamp set I've used here - I'd been wanting to make a sunflower card with this set since I got it, so I finally got that off my list! The card has a "trap door" meaning that using the chocolate chip tab on the right, you can open the cup and retrieve whatever is inside, without having to destroy the card. It also means this card is re-fillable, so Karen may have since added something else where the charm is in the pic. Oh, and I used the Whimsical Words SAB set to stamp the greeting. I just love the font in that set. I'll miss it when it's gone! Sniff...

Second, here's a treat holder that I CASED from Stampin' Up!. In fact, I cased it from my own Stampin' Up! website! It's an automated thing that new projects are added to my website by Stampin' Up! all the time, and this one (with a couple of slight modifications, I changed the ribbon to Riding Hood Red Taffeta, and made my treat holder bigger) is from there. It uses the gorgeous Razzle Dazzle stamp set, which I have not used enough, I feel. Life got in the way I guess... Anyway, I can add my own projects to my official website too, but I haven't done that yet, I'm a bit slow when it comes to technology and I've only really just gotten the hang of posting projects here on my blog! If you haven't seen the projects on my website, you can find them by clicking here. If you like a particular project, you can just click on it for details of the supplies used to make it. Cool feature, hey? Do have a good look at my website as I'm using the events calendar more on there, and as I figure it out you can expect to see more things on there. You can join my team via that website too! Just let me know if you're interested, as you'll need a password to do that.

Third project today (are you in shock yet?!) is an Easter project I made to give as a door prize at our Hamilton Extravaganza back in mid-February. I had intended to blog about it back then, but things fell apart for my family shortly after that event, as you will know if you've read my most recent couple of posts. Anyway, I found these super cute little Easter Eggs and realised they'd be perfect with the Tea Party designer series paper, as the colours were just right. I used A Good Egg (isn't the chick so cute!) for the stamping and made this box with the sweet treat cup on the top. The box held a covered note pad and a matching pen, made with the same designer series paper. I even used that to paper piece the egg, I've admired paper piecing for quite a while and finally got around to doing some myself. Once again, I've used the trap-door approach so that the guest who won this at the event could eat those yummy little eggs without ruining the box to get them out. The greeting on the box was from Occasional Greetings and the one on the notepad used "Best Yet", which I've shown quite a bit on here I think, as it's my favourite hostess set from the main catalogue.

Well I think that's enough for this post, I'll be back soon to show you some more projects I've made recently. In the meantime if there's anything you'd like to order from the Summer Mini catalogue, click here to e-mail me before the end of the month (gosh, just two days left!).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Auckland Extravaganza - Backpack Box

Hi everyone,

First, let me start by saying thank you to all of you wonderful people out there who have sent cards, e-mails and called to let me know you're thinking of me and to offer support. I am so touched, my family and I have been overwhelmed by the response we've had to my Dad's sudden passing. I am so lucky to know each of you! Dad was a wonderful man and I miss him terribly - I wonder if the pain will ever ease, especially for my Mum. Next week the Manukau City Council are having a tribute to my Dad - what an honour, and I'm so proud that his committment to the community and to education are being acknowledged so publicly.

I'm sorry that I haven't blogged in a while; as you can expect I have been spending a lot of time with my family. Tragedies like my Dad's death make you focus on the important things in life, family and friendships, so my blog like many other things around here (eg the vacuuming!) have been somewhat neglected! Please bear with me as I catch up on things.

One thing I have kept up with however is my stamping. I'm finding it very therapeutic, it's my "happy place" and makes me smile when I create something that others will enjoy. Dad was very people-focused and would have wanted me to keep doing what I do, sharing my love of crafting with you all. So I've carried on and did manage to do our latest stamping event, our Auckland Extravaganza on Saturday.

Here's the project I created especially for the event, and the one we did a little while ago in the Hamilton area, a backpack box designed to hold 3x3 inch note cards. Hopefully everyone liked it, I did get a few lovely comments from our guests, some of them thought it was very cute! This design was inspired by one on Splitcoast Stampers for a Backpack box, but I redesigned it substantially to fit the cards inside. Believe it or not, the box has no stamping on it at all! So you don't need inks and stamps to make this. I even surprised myself with that one.
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Designer Series Paper (DSP): Tall Tales
Other: 1/4" Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon, Clear Rhinestone Brads, velcro dots

If you like the Tall Tales DSP, don't forget that it's only available to order until the end of this month. It's in the Summer Mini catalogue which sadly finishes on March 31st. I guess that means our summer is ending which is also sad! If you don't have a copy of that brochure do let me know, as I have some extras here. If there are things in the mini catalogue that you haven't ordered yet and you want them, do let me know soon! Click here to e-mail me.

I'm off to my "happy place" in my craft room now, for a little while before bed.