Thursday, October 30, 2008

OOPS Wrong Day

I really need a holiday or drink or something. The workshop is on Saturday not Friday. I think I will go to bed very early tonight.

Workshop Tomorrow

I have been very slack and not put this information up on my Blog. I have been advertising a Christmas Workshop Day to all my class customers. It is on tomorrow from 1 - 5pm. The cost is $40 and you get to make a great Christmas Gift Box that is a little like a jewellry box, a mini scrap album and a gift wallet with gift cards. The Gift Box will make a great present and you will certainly WOW whoever you give it to. The Scrap Album can be used for photo's or just write some lovely sentiments for someone special.
If anyone is interested, please email me or call on 0411 222 501 for more details. Sorry for the late notice and I really must get more organised.

Final Stage of Renovation Complete

Phew!! The final stage of our renovation was completed today. Hooray!!!! I have been waiting for the hand railing to go in to put this last photo up. The wonderful, very overworked man arrived today and finished it off. The best thing about this is that I now have a great place to hang some extra christmas lights. Can't wait for 1st December so the lights can go up. Now we can sit back and enjoy the fruits of our (or should I say, their labour).

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Birthday

My youngest son had his 10th birthday recently and this is the card I made for him. He picked the set and it worked out great as the cake has 5 candles so I stamped it twice to get 1o which he thought was clever. It doesn't take much to impress a 10 year old sometimes.

I used the bold brights which I don't often go to but they are great colours for childrens cards. This one is Brilliant Blue and Green Galore. I stamped the background with Versamark. The images arew stamped in Brilliant Blue and Green Galore also and the cakes are highlighted with Crystal Effects. I actually double stamped the cakes and cut out the second and mounted them with Dimensionals to make it look like the cake is sitting on the plate. The Happy Birthday is punched out with the Large Oval Punch and also popped up with Dimensionals.

He had a great birthday and we actually managed to pull of a suprise party for him which was fantastic but hard to do. His face was worth all the secrecy though.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pocket Card

This is one that we did at a class last term. It can be used as a mini album to stick photos in or as a card with plenty of room for lovely sentiments.

The card stock is Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla and Old Olive. The inks were Chocolate Chip, Versamark and Old Olive. I used the So Swirly roller in Chocolate Chip and the small flower from Baroque Motifs in Old Olive. I have also rubbed Old Olive and Chocolate Chip Stampin Pastels over the images to give it a softer look. Each panel inside holds a card made from Old Olive and the tag is punched with the Round Tab punch. I used the small flower stamp again in Versamark to highlight the tabs and along the Old Olive strips. The edges have been rounded using the Corner Rounder punch.

The wallet is held closed with a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock rolled with the So Swirly roller and chalked. I have tied some Old Olive Organdy ribbon which sadly is no longer available to give it some extra effect.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

More Black & White

This card was threatened to be thrown in the bin so many times while I was making it I am truly surprised I am posting it. I had one of those messy days that every panel had a smudge on it and had to be redone at least once. Determination set in and it had to be made but I never wanted to do it again.

The stamp set is Boho Backgrounds which has 4 beautiful stamps. It is a little different in that the centre folds over to hold the card closed and forms part of the card front. I hope the pictures make this clear as I don't know how to explain this one. The cardstock is Basic Black and Whisper White and I have used Basic Black ink. The ribbon is Basic Black and can you guess what set the small flower is on the front?

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Warm Card On A Cold Day

Today is so cold it feels like the middle of winter again. Whilst looking through my cards I saw this one I made some time ago and it felt warming so I thought I would post it.

The base card is Purely Pomegrantate which I will be devistated when it goes. I have used both the En Francais and Linen backgound stamps on this in Versamark and then sponged with Chocolate Chip using the Daubers to give it an aged look. I have then torn the edges of both Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip and mounted these. I added some Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon and a buckle from the Hodgepodge kit as a highlight. The lovely words are from the Occassional Greetings set stamped in Purely Pomegranate and sponged in Chocolate Chip.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

All About Christmas

I have mentioned before that I love the rollers for great quick cards and this is one that I did at a workshop awhile ago. It uses the All About Christmas roller which I just love. I rolled it in Always Artichoke ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock. Using the small Star punch I punched out the small star. This was mounted onto Real Red cardstock strip that I had put a "stitch" line across. I then punched another small star from the Always Artichoke and mounted them with Dimensionals. The Very Merry has Crystal Effects on it to make it pop out. Quick and easy but effective. What do you think?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Black & White Birthday

I set myself a challenge today to make a birthday card using only black & white. I thought this was going to be much easier than it was. I also had a short time to do it in as usual. I really must build up a stock pile of cards to have on hand so I am not always rushing as running out the door.

This card is done using the So Swirly roller in black ink on Whisper White card. The words are from the Think Happy Thoughts set. I have used the 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches and a flower and bling brad from the Pretties Kit. The basis of the card is Basic Black card stock and I had to use a scrap piece of ribbon I had lying around.

I would have loved to have added some other colour but that was not in my challenge. What do you think?