Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Summer Mini Preview

Yes! We have another Mini Cataglogue about to start. It runs from Dec until the end of March, and there are is some beautiful stuff inside. Here's a sneak at one of the new sets, it's called Bud Basics, and it caught my eye straight away, there's even a matching Jumbo Wheel. It is a 2 step stampin step, with the images coming in a chalk like stamp and a matching line over lay. You can see it here in this card, the big image is the bold images, and the top one the line images that overlay. Here I've used them seperately, but it still gives a striking card. Of course I also added some bling. I used a 2 way glue pen and some dazzling diamonds to give it a bit of sparkle.

If you'd like a copy of the Summer Mini, please email me and I'll happily post one off to you. And as a December Special, I'm offering 10% off all customer orders in Dec. And 15% off all hostess orders if you host a party. That could be a workshop or a catalogue party if you're out Sydney. Email me for more details.

Stamp Set - Bud Basics
Inks - Regal Rose, Certainly Celery
Cardstock - Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories - 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Gift Bag

First off, I must apologise for being so late in my blog posting. I've been really really busy this month with workshops, classes and our first stamp club meeting! Plus everything else in the normal day to day things. That, and I've been pretty distracted by the Star Wars Lego game. Now I'm not a big Star Wars fan, but heck, make them out of little Lego blocks and I'm hooked. But if anyone can tell me how to get the canister in the first room of Epiosde 1 chapter 3. I'd be greatly appreciative.

Now, I must say I love these little bags. This is what we made for one of our projects for our First Stamp Club meeting we had last Thursday. They're lots of fun to do, and I think they look great as presents for teachers, maybe with some chocolate added inside of course. The brad is one of the little tricks we learnt at Sydney Regional Training this month. You just grab a brad, pop a mini glue dot on top, then dip it in the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Looks fabulous! And the flower was cut out of the sheets from the Holiday Thyme paper.

Materials Used are Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set - Gifts of Joy
Inks - Bravo Burgundy
Cardstock/Paper - Holiday Thyme, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla
Accessories - Small gift bag (non SU), Cream Grosgrain.

Monday, November 12, 2007

How Many Days To Christmas??

I think it's around 42 days until Christmas, so far I have nothing organised! And I know we aren't even going to be shopping for presents until the 15th Dec. So this is going to be an interesting experiencw. There will probably be a panic post sometime around the end of December here.

Anyway, here are 2 Christmas cards I had as make and takes for this weekends workshops. I love the Christmas paper we have this month. I'm going to have to stock up on it so I can do my Christmas layouts, it's such beautiful paper. I hope you like them.

All material used is Stampin' Up
Ornament Card
Stamp Set - Holiday Spirit
Cardstock - Bravo Burgundy, Holiday Thyme Designer Paper, Very Vanilla
Ink - Gold Encore
Accessories - Gold Organdy Ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder.

Seasons Greetings Card
Stamp Sets - Many Merry Messages, Snow Flurries
Cardstock - Almost Amethyst, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink - Mellow Moss, Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Burgundy Grosgrain Ribbon

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Cardmakers Bill Of Rights

My wonderful scrapping/stamping buddy SharonG sent this to me yesterday. I don't know where it originated from so I can't credit, but if anyone knows please leave a comment so I can.

The Cardmaker's Bill of Rights

A Cardmaker delivers the most welcome kind of unannounced visitor: A handmade card. A card touches ussomehow, a small folded piece of paper can comfort, celebrate, reach out or just say hello. Creating a handmade card is an honorable and important task. As a Cardmaker, you are entitled (but not limited) to the following rights:

* You have the right to take as long as you want to complete one handmade card. This may be five minutes or two weeks.

* You have the right to send a card for no other reason than to show off your new stamp, embellishment or technique.

* You have the right to create a fabulous card for your husband, partner or roommatejust because you know it will stay in your house.

* You have the right to spread your cardmaking things out all over, just to admire them.

* You have the right to purchase a certain cardmaking item for no other reason than because a) you like it; b) you think it's cute; c) you'll never find it again, or; d) you know you'll use it someday.

* You have the right to reserve using your most precious supplies on cards only for recipients who will truly appreciate them.

* You have the right to a workspace of your own. This may be the basement, your college student's old bedroom, or the kitchen table.

* You have the right to make cards when inspiration strikeswhether the dishes are done or not.

* You have the right to request peaceful, kid-free, stress-less cardmaking timeguilt-free.

* You have the right to let the handmade card be the gift, too.

* You have the right to value your personal style. You are creating a treasureand part of that treasure is you.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Jayne, my wonderful upline and serial tagger has once again snuck up on me.

7 Random Things...

Here are the rules which you must abide by if you are tagged:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

1. My son is named after 2 horror movie characters. Damian Ash. Can you guess the movies?
2. As of last Monday, I've written off 2 cars, both times not my fault by the way.
3. I never have any cash :-0
4. I still don't know what I'm getting my children for Christmas.
5. I love reading Harry Potter fanfiction.
6. I think Alan Rickman has a voice like melted chocolate.
7. Loud noises and constant talking annoy me. (Aka my children of an afternoon.)

Ok, I'm going to tag the usual suspects. And damn it I need more friends with blogs.

Dawn Cameron Kate SharonG SharonM

Paper Bows

Last week a wonderful tutorial went up on Splitcoast Stampers on how to make these great looking bows! I'm in love. I haven't had much of a chance to play with them until today. But with both kids in school today, and with it pouring down rain here, what better day then today to sit down and create. I'm in love. I'm certainly going to be making these for the "good" Christmas presents this year. Somehow I don't think the kids will even look at them when they rip open their gifts from Santa. I love the tiny one, that was so much fun to make. And I'm going to have to say, how cool are these photos? I mean, seriously. I think I did a darn good job with those.

Anyhoo, I hope you like them, and pop on over to Splitcoast for the tutorial.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

A Set For A Good Cause

At the end of October this year, SU Australia's General Manager Dave Abbot passed away from a rare blood disorder. Dave was a fantastic manager and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
You can see Dave and his family above in the flyer picture.

For the month of November, Stampin' Up! Are releasing the stamp set All In The Family. 100% of the world wide sales from this set will go to Daves family.

Like a lot of demonstrators, I don't feel right in making any money off this set, so I'll selling this set for $65 incl p/h. So please help us in this great cause for a man who will be sadly missed. Email me at karen@oliver.net if you'd like to help out. There is also a bank account for funds if you still wish to help, but don't want to purchase the set. I'm happy to give you those details as well.