Monday, September 27, 2010

Out with the old, in with the new

Hi everyone!
Gosh it's been a long time since I posted on here.  I've almost forgotten how!  Welcome to all of my new subscribers, it's so wonderful to know you like my work!

Some of you will know that I've been rather poorly of late and right now I still have no voice.  Teaching classes when you can barely whisper is interesting, believe me!  It's been more than a week now since I could speak properly and although the doctor tells me my voice will come back, it's taking a lot longer than I'd hoped.  It's not funny like it was a week ago!  And what voice I do have (sporadically), well let me say I don't think I'll have a career as an opera singer anytime soon!

So while I've mostly been bedridden for the past week and absent from my day job, when I was starting to feel better (and in need of a distraction) I climbed out of my sick bed and thought I would try playing with the new Owl punch.  I love this punch! 

This post is as much for my wonderful team member and friend, Tee-Jay, as it is for anyone else.  Last year and this year, I've put together a swatch book of all of the designer series papers (DSP) in the catalogues, to take to my workshops and events, so that my customers can see all of the designs in real life.  Now if you know me, I hate to waste things.  I'm a bit of a recycling nut really and I told Tee-Jay that it was a great idea to put our books together using our Dotto removable adhesive, so that once they were not useful anymore as swatches (after the catalogue finished) we could take them back out and whip up some quick little cards with them.  She was a bit skeptical I think that it'd be that useful, so I set out to show her it can be done! 

I've taken my least favourite DSP from the last catalogue, Pink Flamingo (sorry for those of you that love this paper but I did struggle with some of the patterns!), and teamed it up with some new products to make an Owl-fully cute (if I say so myself) set of cards.  These were so fun to make - although I made my owls look "normal", I did have a giggle when the eyes were crosseyed during the construction process, so you could make yours look as wacky as you like!  I also took our standard envelopes and modified them to make square ones to fit these cards perfectly.  Want to know how to do this?  Book a workshop with me and I'll show you how!  Our envelopes are fantastic for stamping on, which I did using the flower from Funky Four. 

Some of these cards are already winging their way to new homes - because I've been slow to get orders processed this past week, those of you who were at my last Mt Eden evening and placed orders will be receiving one of these to use as a special thank you from me.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Just Believe, Printed Petals, Funky Four
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turqoise & Old Olive markers
Punch: Two Step Owl XL (you've got to get this!), Modern Label, Word Window
DSP: Pink Flamingo (retired)

And the best part (for the recycler in me!) was that the only pieces in these that weren't scraps were the Chocolate Chip cardstock square behind the DSP square, the Crumb Cake card base, and the envelopes.  Everything else was a scrap bit, including the piece of Stampin' Up! dimensional behind the little flower on the owls.  I cut tiny bits for those from the border left on the sheet of dimensionals.  Waste not want not is a favourite saying of my mother from when I was a child and that has stuck with me all these years!

If you would like a copy of the new catalogue, from now until mid October I'm offering these at $10 plus postage.  RRP is $15.95 so contact me now (click here) to order yours!

Stay tuned because I am working on some other neat offers, so keep your fingers crossed I can fight off this bug and get back into blogging again soon!