Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Joseph's Coat Technique

Whilst searching about the net I stumbled across Tami's blog (you know it really surprises me still how many new places I can visit and think wow why haven't I seen you before). So I did what everyone does these days and headed to Pinterest to find more. Patsy Collins had posted some photos to guide me in my project and I found them super helpful so I took photos as I went also.

So I borrowed a friends set of Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves because I had to try this and it would suit my mum so much - it was her birthday this month.
This is Whisper White rubbed with Garden Green, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie then you can just see the embossing powder on there - just before I heated it.

Now the embossing powder has been heated you can see the images heaps better.
Don't you just love our sponge rollers? I do and have been showing them at every workshop I do because I love them so much.

So I sponged and I sponged with my Early Expresso till I was happy with the colour depth. I wanted it dark really dark.
Then came the choices to support this piece - Crushed Curry won - I do love this colour - that's why I have 4 reinkers???

Now seriously how good does that copper foil look?

Lets just say mum loved her birthday card - it wasn't a fast one to make but the end product was pretty impressive if I do say so myself.



Sunday, 23 October 2016

Days Like these!

Oh boy I have had a late one last night! 
Hope your night was restful - we had a rock concert going next door till the weee hrs. I got up thinking I'm going to mow the lawn at 8! Wishing my hubby was home there is a tree that needs to make out with a chainsaw!
No I'm really going back to my swaps but had a shocker night sleep. So today is not going to be wasted - well I spent a few hours on Pinterest but that's Research - right?

Something good came out of last nights noise fest - the music was to my taste so at least that's something. But my swaps for the upcoming Stampin' Up! On Stage event are well under way.
On Stage is a great time for Demonstrators to catch up, network, learn new stuff and get to see the new catalogues being released and a highlight in my diary.
Here is a sneak peak of my swaps - the rest you will get to see after they have been swapped on the 3rd November.

So yes today is a Perfect Day - I'm off to craft and wash and cook - oh boy my day is busy!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Cookie Cutter Cuties

Cookie Cutting Cuteness with this great Cookie Cutter bundle found in the latest Stampin' Up!Holiday Catalogue.
Christmas is coming (I have friends that take great delight in counting down the weeks on Facebook) so for a recent class at my local Café we used this bundle to make Christmas Cards. Since the DSP is on buy three get one free special I used it as well.

The Santa is stamped onto Shimmer cardstock then cut with the punch, he was then hand coloured using the markers - now its hard to see but that belt buckle is the gold Wink of Stella and it is divine.

I do love the strips of Washi they make it so easy to do something great.

One must not forget the inside can you see an extended use of the Tin of Tags (142180) stamp set happening there - you know your sets that go with a kit can be used at other times and oh boy I do love that set!

Ahh the Gingers - well I am so not a fan of gingerbread cookies - actually I don't particularly like anything with ginger in it. Just quietly my Sister-in-law has a business called Gingerbread Kiddies here in Australia and she makes Gingerbread Houses - This is her Christmas card!

I have seen cards similar to this one around the internet and it is so much fun, actually its the reason I actually purchased this bundle - oh the cute teddy I'm not showing you today also had a load to do with it but that's for another time. I love reindeer - even more since visiting Rovaniemi in Finland a few years back - so this card actually has a load of meaning to me in a fun sort of way. I didn't see any with red noses but I did see Santa leave on Christmas Eve to make his journey around the globe. That seriously impressed the kiddies and I will pop some photos at the end if you would like to continue to scroll down. But back to this guy, he is randomly stamped on the background, the one on the DSP is popped up with dimensionals, that's gold foil that you can see but I think the copper would look just as good. his nose is cut using the foot part of the punch and yes you can just catch a glimpse of the clear Wink of Stella on there.
So thanks for visiting please feel free to leave a comment below but now for some Rovaniemi, Finland photos.
This one is me - and oh boy was it cold but a different kind of cold to what we have here at home - the air was still so until we got onto a snowmobile or a sled I was fine with my 6 layers on!

Off to Santa's Village - It was Christmas Eve and we visited Santa in the most amazing Grotto for our photo - so much better than the yearly store ones we have from home! There is a North Pole post office - so all my friends kids got postcards - hehehe I had asked their parents what they were getting so there was a postcard that arrived about 3-4 weeks after Christmas asking them about their gifts in a handwriting they didn't know with a real North Pole postage stamp mark on it. Best bit is there is also a post box to send cards for the following year - everyone got 2! Even their parents were surprised when these ones arrived.
One friend had a letter written to her kids that was about 2 pages long for me to post - we (the parents that are my friends) made the most of this good stuff.

This is the Post office - the fire was roaring in there it was lovely and warm the staff were in T-shirts. Oh and dressed like Elves.

That's my Miss Maeve with Eilish writing postcards to their friends.

Outside was a winter wonderland and I must say we all had fun - this giant snowman was one of many, this was one of only a few photos we got of the 5 of us together.

This is my family - and Santa - the most amazing Santa ever - he spoke 16 different Languages and had us all enthralled with him. In this photo we have My family of 5, my brother with his family of 4 (now 6) my mum and my aunt. It was a big trip for the 11 of us from Australia and took a long time to get there then home again but was so worth it.

One of the Days we went on a special outing into the forest to find critters - the staff dressed up beautifully as woodland critters and we decorated trees in the forest, fed the birds, had a sleigh ride (oh my gosh reindeer are very smelly) and checked out Santa's hideaway cabin. There was a special letter for each of the children in the cabin from Santa - it was truly magical.

It was seriously like walking around in a fancy smancy Christmas card - everything sparkled and the snow was so soft - we couldn't even crush it into a ball to toss it was that soft it fluffed apart after you threw it.


Till next time - happy Stamping




Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Mudgee Memory Making

Family history is a big deal on my husbands side - his mum can tell you about the whole extended bunch way back to the original settlers in Australia. My family wow I know a little history and now I know a little more but my family is huge!

Lets start with my Pop - mums dad rest his beautiful soul, he was one of 5. Well his brother Tom married Mary and last weekend would have been Great Aunt Mary's 100th birthday so her granddaughter decided a family reunion was in order.
Isn't funny how when you mention an idea on Social Media and it snowballs - well that's what happened here! Out of the 5 original siblings 2 off their family tree lines decided a reunion was in order - hence we ended up in Mudgee for the Long weekend to meet new family members and catch up with those we hadn't seen in a while. 94 people so not bad if I do say so myself.

I though I'd share some photos - I did get a little card making in but not as much as I planned.

Miss Eilish is still on her Learners so she got to get some hours up! Whilst I took up possie in the back and left my husband to do the teaching.

We loved catching up with everyone but oh boy it was cold. My cousin even stopped an hour out of Mudgee to get a photo with snow in her hair! I did not pack properly for the conditions so the local shops were supported.

We all verged on Cathy's Farm - we sang Irish songs (there's that history) looked at some amazing old photos, hung about some big bon fires, chatted and made new friends in family we had never previously met. Mu mum especially loved it after all her Radiotherapy treatment but it wore her out big time.

We spent Sunday traipsing around in a car convoy of 4 - some in the family wanted to try out the local Winery's that Mudgee is well known for. I just wanted to see the markets.

Coming home we stopped at some of the local attractions. The old Railway station that is now a craft shop. Frog rock - yep it actually looks like a frog! and The Drip - we think we found it but after 30 minutes of bushwalking the track stopped and the step tracker said I had done the 1km the sign said so I presume we arrived at The Drip! we'd had rain but there was no dripping water??? It was pretty and it did break up the journey.

Family Selfies on holidays are a must!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Fairy Celebration

Wow spring is a busy time - I'm a Midwife and in Australia September brings spring and a massive increase in the population! It helps that Christmas and New Year were 9 months ago. October at work has only just started but there is so many overdue babies that we are still busy as! Well this pretty set reminds me a little of springtime and although it took me a while I am very pleased to show you this card.
Oh I do love this little Lassie she is such a treasure and hold a little piece of my heart.
I started her a couple of weeks ago and today I finally got to finish her today as my therapy from a super busy work week.
She is stamped onto shimmer cardstock and then coloured using the blender pen for that subtle look. I added extra Wink of Stella because I love that stuff to the cherries - or apples whichever tree you would like, and to the wings of my little lassie.
The Shimmer card is framed with Sweet Sugarplum cardstock sitting on a base of Soft Suede. I do love a bit of twine and here it worked.
Happy Stampin' - I'm off to do a class with my friends - cards to show next week featuring our beautiful DSP.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Designer Tin Of Cards

The Designer Tin of cards is on special till October the 5th along with some other goodies to celebrate World Card Making Day.

This fun printed tin gives you plenty of room to store the cards that you make from this kit, plus room for more. Kit includes tin and enough card bases, accents, and envelopes for 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs.
Coordinates with Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set (item 141739). Stamps, ink, and adhesive sold separately.
Instructions included.

Kit includes
* 16 card bases and envelopes
* Printed tin box with lid, 6-3/4" x 4" x 5-3/8" (17.2 x 10.2 x 13.7 cm)
* File tab dividers
* Printed die-cut images
* Die-cut Designer Series Paper and vellum
* White cardstock tags with gold foil print
* Washi tape
* Baker’s Twine
* Sequins
* Gold paper clips

Coordinating colors:Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Emerald Envy, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla, Watermelon Wonder, white

Here are 2 of the cards I have done so far - I am looking forward to the kids going back to school so I can finish them.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

World Card Making Day Celebration

Details Below

Do you remember the last time you received a card in the mail?
In a sea of junk mail and bills, a card is a simple thing that really stands out to the person who receives it. Sending a card is a small gesture that shows just how much you care about that special someone in your life. With World Card Making Day on 1 October, celebrate by making and sending a handmade card to someone who could use a little recognition, love, or just a boost (which is anyone, really!).

These are a couple of those I am sending out to friends just to let them know I am thinking of them.
These were inspired by Bibi Cameron in the UK - she has a video on her blog that you can watch to show you how to create your own version of these cards.

This one is Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Wisteria Wonder.

My favourite - Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay and a little Pacific Point.

This one has already left my hands and is on its way to a friend that has lost her mum. 

Colours featured Crushed Curry, Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon wonder

Always a BONUS a Special Offer.

In celebration of World Card Making Day, from 1-5 October, you can save up to 25% on cardmaking essentials that can be used to share your love all year long!  So if any of these goodies are on your list now is the time to get them. Shop 24/7 HERE for Australian Customers

ItemDescriptionDiscountRetail PriceSale Price
138346     2015-2017 In Colour A4 Card stock15%$14 AUD        $11.90 AUD
141434     2016-2018 In Colour A4 Card stock15%$14 AUD        $11.90 AUD
141697    2015-2017 In Colour Envelope Paper25%$19.25 AUD        $14.44 AUD
141698     2016-2018 In Colour Envelope Paper25%$19.25 AUD       $14.44 AUD
133774     Envelope Punch Board25%$32 AUD       $24 AUD
141651     Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit25%$47 AUD       $35.25 AUD
129027    Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill – Buy a Fast Fuse Adhesive item 129026) and get a Refill for FREE!
$11 AUDFREE with purchase of Fast Fuse Adhesive
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