Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Card in a box day

Today was the first day back at school, so marked the end of my leisurely week of sleep-ins.... so tragic!! But I have to say the kids and I had a fantastic break. We really did not do much at all, which is exactly what made it so enjoyable. I spent many a day at my desk stamping away while the kids played Wii games. One day the kids spent the entire day in their PJs!
Anyway, one day of the holidays we spent at a Stampin Up get together where I got to make many cards designed by other team members, enjoy a lovely lunch and most enjoyable company. I have a few of the cards to show you, but was interrupted in the photography process, so will be back another day to show you the rest.
The card above was designed by the very lovely Sara di Santi. Sara has been a great friend and a pillar of support to me over the years. I don't think I would have ever even thought of holding classes at home had it not been for Sara.

Love that All a Flutter stamp! (I just had to colour the butterflys Sara)

This card was designed by Sue Brown (one of my original class attendees who recently joined me in Stampin Up) using an old favourite of mine Illuminations and Razzlebury and Soft Suede cardstock. It's a lovely elegant combinations of colour.

The clever Michelle Steen designed this one using a new favourite of mine Vintage Vogue and Soft Suede cardstock. (We have an awful lot of demos in our group named Michelle.)

And these cute little numbers were a creation of talented Belinda Hennessy. She used Fox and Friends and Autumn Traditions designer paper. These will be great when the kids are invited to birthday parties, which seems to happen every other week.
I hope you all have a great week.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Handbags and dresses card class on Wed 21st and Sat 24th April

I live in a house of boys, so I love to do girlie cards and keep that side of myself alive. So for this class we are celebrating all that is female, including handbags, dresses and bikinis. The handbag card above uses lots of punches and a diecut to make the bags. I always think it is wonderful that punches can have so many uses.

Then still using punches we are going to make this dress card.

And then we are going to go totally girlie with this pretty delicate dress made from a die cut. (I have a neice that would just love this card!)

You can also make either of these summer sun dresses. They are really quick and easy, you will be able to whip them up in no time.

And to finish with you can make this easy bikini card.
If you would like to attend this class please email me to reserve your spot.
Dates: Wednesday 21st at 10am, Saturday 24th at 10.30am
Cost: $25
All welcome.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jaime's card

March was a very busy birthday month for me, and this card for my neice was just one of many.
I used the stunning new All a Flutter butterfly stamp for this card, as well as the swirl from Baroque Motifs and some retired rubons. Tempting turquoise is Jaime's current favourite colour so of course I had to include that too.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Warwick's card

One of the best things about the Big Shot is that you can use dies and embossing folders from any company - so of course I have been looking around and finding a few 'I just had to have'.
This card for my lovely brother-in-law, who I must say is one of only a few males who really appreciates a hand made card, was made with the new colour cardstock, soft suede, combined with tempting turquise, brilliant blue, sahara sand and black. I also used a greeting from Teeny Tiny Sentiments combined with the word window punch. I am pretty sure I have used this stamp set every day since I purchased it, so I feel I am def getting my money's worth from it.

A modern wedding card

I am finding this manhatten flower embossing folder to be so very useful. I can practically make a card in 15mins, which is extremely rare for me. For this card I used gloss cardstock (it is a stiff cardstock so embosses beautifully) and the new melon mambo cardstock and ribbon. The sentiment is from Tiny Tags, a set I am finding alot more useful than I initially thought.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Razzlebury card

Don't use just love the name Rich Razzlebury? That's the name of the new colour cardstock and ink used on this card. It's such a beautiful colour. I also used stamps from my beloved Baroque Motifs set, and the new embossing folder available in the current mini catalogue. I must say this card was inspired from one I saw on another blog some time ago, but for the life of me have no recollection of which one. Sorry.
I hope all the mothers out there are enjoying the school holidays. I am loving the more relaxed schedule.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pillow Boxes

These boxes were made with the new Pillow Box die for the Big Shot and soft suede cardstock, ribbon and inks.
They were so quick to make - I couldn't believe it. Just one quick strip of tape and then they are ready to decorate. My mind is already ticking over with the possibilities......
By the way, the colour of these boxes looks so much nicer in real life. The colour in the pic looks awful!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A training day sample

This is one of the six projects I made at a recent training held by Jayne Mercer. Forty people attended the fabulous day, so I can image the many hours Jayne would have put into preparing all the kits for each of us.... It was heaps of fun, with so many lovely ladies to chat to. This is going to be a quarterly event, so I am already looking forward to the next one.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Class for Wednesday 7th and Saturday 10th @ 10.30am

I am having so much fun playing with my new products from the mini. I based this class on many of them, and it's a rather mixed bunch, I hope you like.
The first card pictured above, has a heritage feel and uses a new punch, ink colour and die.

And then I just had to use this beautiful new stamp set - it was just calling my name!

With a very different feel, this card is soooo glittery in real life.

And then I just had to use this new embossing folder again....I just love it.
If you would like to come along to this class please email me to reserve your spot.
Dates: Wednesday 7th or Saturday 10th.
Times: 10.30am (for both as its school hols)
Cost: $20
Happy Easter everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful chocolately day.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The New Autumn Mini is here!!

Yeh - It's April and I can finally share the fantastic new Autumn Mini with you. It is a bumper issue with so many new and exciting products - I just love. I spent an absolute fortune on it, so I am very lucky my husband does not read this blog or I would be in lots of trouble.
The mini includes The Big Shot, a fantastic die cutting machine, that can use any die on the market, a fabulous new punch style and cling mount stamps that are stored in DVD cases (so great to store). It also introduced three new In Colours that are available only for four months. If you don't have a copy of the mini (and don't currently have a demo) email me to receive a copy.
Below are a couple of the projects we made in last weeks classes. I was lucky enough to get an overwhelming turn out, it just blew me away. Thanks to all those that came along, and hope you liked the projects.

This card uses the new bird punch and some melon mambo card and ink.

This card uses the new embossing dies with the Big Shot.

And these little tags uses a beautiful new stamp set, Vintage Vogue and the Tope Note die. The new colour card is Rich Razzleberry - don't you just love the name.

In my haste I forgot to photograph the little easter baskets we also made on the day as the kids took them to school for their teachers, complete with eggs and wrapped in cello. They were a big hit.
Have fun drooling over the new mini. I know I do.