Thursday, December 30, 2010

Secret Santa Unwrapped

This is what was in all those gorgeous little parcels I had under my Christmas Tree. I feel very spoilt! I'm sure Secret Santa blew the budget with all these gifts. There is all five colours of the in colour ribbons, four different colours of the 1 -1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon, the Floral Fusion Sizzlits Die, Adhesive Eraser, Music Notes Wheel, Baby Steps stamp, Assorted Brads and lots of little Dairy Milk chocolates yum! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Secret Santa. I have made a guess as to who it is in the Inklings Team that spoilt me so much, but I haven't heard if my guess is correct yet.

Hope you all got spoilt too, and had a great Christmas. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Fabulous New Year.

Best Wishes,

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wishing you all a very Merry Chritsmas!

Hi Everyone

Just thought I would show you a few of the things I have been making.

Thanks to Trudi for giving me some of these long thin cello bags. I made these cuties and put them in with the final orders for the 2010 stamp club. They would be great for kids parties too. I hope all the girls like them, I will be delivering the orders today.

I made these flowers using the Sweet Treat Cups and the Ornament Punch. I gave each of the girls in stamp club one at our last meeting. I also gave them a glass with a candle, chocolates and a bag of assorted embelishments in it. Just a little thank you for being in Stamp Club and for their support and friendship.

Finally here is a picture of what I got from my Secret Santa. I feel very spoilt with all those gifts to open. Yes, I got all 12 gifts from one Secret Santa, I must have been Very, Very Good! Some of them had popped open in the mail (honestly I didn't touch them!!) So I have seen a couple of the things in there, but I am waiting for Christmas Day to open them all up properly. Thank You Secret Santa.

I probably wont be back on here until next year, so have a safe and happy Christmas everyone.

Best Wishes to you all,

Janice X

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Final Stamp a Stack for 2010

These are the cards we will be making on Thursday. Ten Christmas cards, hopefully they will just top up everyone's stash of Christmas cards ready to pop them in the mail very soon. Only twenty days to go!!! Would you beleive I haven't given Christmas much thought yet! Except to think I'll think about that later : )

Hope you like the cards.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

November Stamp a Stack

Here are the cards we made this week at the Stamp a Stack. There were five Christmas cards and five other cards. As you can see we used the Top Note Die for the Christmas cards. They were quick and simple to make, and I think they are very effective.

These next five cards I tried to make them varied to suit male, child and female with an engagement, wedding or anniversary one thrown in there for good measure.

I think everyone liked them and had fun making them. Our next Stamp a Stack is on 9th December and we will be making Ten Christmas cards. Just in time to get them mailed out for Christmas.
I am taking names of people interested in joining the 2011 Stamp Club, which starts late January 2011. If you are interested or would like further details please contact me.
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

November Technique Class

This week we made three items that I think would be suitable for small gifts for Christmas or any other time of the year (well, maybe not the calendar, you can't really give one of those in July???). The first thing we made was this really cute box with a window, there's no stamping at all involved in this one. It was just cutting, scoring, sticking and 'Bobs your uncle,' there you have it. I did use my Big Shot to cut out the window, but you could use a craft knife or a punch instead of that.
Then we made the Easel card/desk top calendar with post it notes and a pen. Another simple project that everyone loved. The final item was a gift card holder made from an envelope. It's a bit hard to see exactly what it is like in this photo.
The girls in my Stamp Club made the box on Wednesday and have requested they make the calendar at our next get together.
This weekend I am busy getting organised for next weeks Stamp a Stack. I have all the cards designed and now my job this afternoon is to cut up all the card stock required.
Have a good weekend.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Girls Night In Challenge

Jayne Mercer held a Girls Night In on the weekend to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. If you couldn't attend the evening you could still participate in the stamping challenges, via her blog. I left it a little late to get involved, but last night I did do one of the challenges and here is the result. Challenge three was to find a card in the Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue and turn it PINK. I used the owl card at the top of page 105, and here is my version of it.
Have a great Day!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

October Stamp a Stack

Here are the cards we made at last weeks stamp a stack. Another Marathon night. All I can say is I must stop making these cards so involved!!! I think the ladies who made them loved them though.

Hope you like them too.

Have a good week.


Scrapbooking, Not Really!!

It was my Mum's 80th Birthday in August. I went up to Perth to surprise her. I took some photos on the day and I have just got around to putting them into a book for her. I'm not really a scrapbooker, so there is nothing fancy about the book. Well the cover is pretty and that is as far as it goes. I made the book with card stock and DSP and put it all together with my bind it all. I know my Mum will love it and that is the main thing. Those of you out there that are scrappers, don't look!

These are just a couple of the pages:

At the back of the book I have put in some old photos of Mum when she was younger.

Thanks for looking,


Local Ag. Show

Last weekend was our local agricultural show. I entered some of my cards for the first time. Each year I go along and look at things and think I should have a go at that, but that's as far as it goes. This year I pulled out my finger and had a go. It was a lot of work getting ready for it, because I entered the two categories of cards three times each. Each entry was three assorted cards, so I had to have eighteen cards. Plus I entered another category - three small gifts suitable for Christmas. I feel like I'm bragging but I was pleased with how I went and I got the First place in the small gift category and First and Second in each of the card categories (not many people entered).
So today I will show you some of the things I made for the show. I even decorated the inside of the cards, as you will see in some of the photos.
Firstly here are three Christmas cards, I really love the Delightful Decorations and Dasher, they are gorgeous stamp from Stampin' Up! and the matching Large Ornament punch makes creating gorgeous Christmas cards easy. The third card isn't Stampin' Up!, it's a stamp I have had for a long time.

This is inside the card above:

This next card I made using the hostess set "Cuter By The Inch" and it really is a cute set. I used Whisper White, Wild Wasabi and Marina Mist colours, I think this combination looks crisp and fresh.

Just lately it seems I can't get enough of Butterflies! Don't you think these are gorgeous? There's hardly any stamping at all on this card. It uses Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla along with the 'Beautiful Butterflies' Bigz Die, 'Beautiful Wings' Embosslits Die and the 'Elegant Lines' Embossing folder. Add the Large Oval, Scalloped Oval and the Scallop Trim Border Punches and a couple of Stampin' Up!s gorgeous stick on Pearls and there you have it.
Oh look, another butterfly, this time it's on a lattice card that I cased from Valita.

This card was going to be a tri shutter card, but something went wrong, so I fiddled around and turned it into this. I was rather pleased with the results. Those flowers on the front were made with some of the packing paper that comes in a Stampin' Up! order.

The next two cards use the Baby Wipe method to colour the backgrounds. Fold up a baby wipe cloth and drip reinkers along the cloth then drag it (or in what ever direction you would like) across glossy cardstock.

Finally!! I hope no-one has fallen asleep looking at my blog. This has been a rather long post!! The last picture is a part of the three small gifts entry I made a tote bag and four matching cards and envelopes to go in it. Hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have been up to. I do have another thing to show but I will do that as a separate post as it is nothing to do with the Show.

Thanks for Looking and looking and looking : )

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Check out the Latest Special Offer from Stampin' Up!

Dressing up Christmas Promotion

Dates: 16 October-30 November 2010

During the Christmas season, you can earn exclusive Stampin' Up! ribbon in two different ways:
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If you would like to place an order or get more details about this great offer please email or phone me. Details on the right hand side of the blog.

Thanks for looking, have a good weekend.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

A couple more cards

Here are a couple of other cards I have made in the past week or so:

This was the card I made for someone who purchased a gift voucher. I know the lady who received this was thrilled with such a thoughtful gift.

Next time someone asks what you would like for a birthday or Christmas why not suggest a voucher from me. That way you can choose exactly what you want from the gorgeous Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue. It only takes a phone call or an email to organise.

I am really loving this cute little owl and I'm sure you are going to see quite a lot of him/her around here. I used Early Espresso card and ink with the background stamp Woodgrain for the tree and the Best Wishes sign post. I used a scalloped circle and sponged Bashful Blue ink on Whisper White card to create the cloudy background. The crimper and paper snips were used for the grass.

Thank you for looking.



Ways to use your Crimper

Here are the cards we will be making at my Technique class next week. We will be looking at some ways to use your crimper.

Hope you like these cards. Thanks for looking.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

New Style Punches

Those of you who have seen the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue will have noticed that the style of their punches has changed. They are now a more slim line design, that can be closed when not in use. Today I came across this video explaining a few facts about the new design punches. I'm sure you will find it interesting. Check it out here.

Here's the cute little owl, one of my favorites in the new punches.

Thanks for looking, hope you find the video useful.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

New Idea Book & Catalogue Things!

Yay! I have finally found a few moments to have a bit of a play with some of my new things. Only a little play though, I've been busy with a couple of launch nights this past week, and a workshop the week before. On top of all that we have been really busy at work so I am definately looking forward to the school holidays.
Below are the projects that everyone made at my launch nights. The small gift card and origami box were made using Very Vanilla, Real Red and Basic Black card stock, and the new DSP Newsprint. We also used the new stamp For You Flower and the matching Fancy Flower XL punch. There's a little bit of Real Red ribbon and Old Olive ribbon there too. (My sample has a Vanilla base to the box, but I decided the base looked better in black so everyone else did that.) We used the Fancy Flower punch to make the flower on top of the box too. I think everyone was a little bit nervous about all the scrunching and screwing up we did on the flower, but they loved the results.

This was the third item that everyone made. This card uses the Medallion stamp as the main feature, but we also used Teeny Tiny Sentiments and Petal Pizzazz. The ink and card colours are Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point , and we used the 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle and scalloped circle punches. There's a rhinestone brad there in the middle of the flower, and we used a dauber for the sponging around the edges. I did get the idea for this card from someone on the Stampin' Up! demonstrators website.

Here's what I made at the workshop I did recently

All these things were made before my big order from the new Idea Book & Catalogue arrived. Thank goodness demonstrators get to pre order from new catalogues. My real order arrived on the day of my first launch night. So I opened the boxes and had a quick look but had to restrain myself. I didn't have time to do anything more than look. With another launch the next night I had to wait another day.
I had put my name down to take part in a swap of cards made with products from the new catalogue, so I really did have to get in there and start inking up those new stamps. I made a card using the Delightful Decorations stamp set and the Sassy Sparkles jumbo wheel. The sentiment is from the Many Merry Messages set. I used the new XL Ornament punch that matches the Delightful Decorations set and the Contempo Christmas set. Card stock and inks are from the new In Colors Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz plus Whisper White card stock. I think it looks great. I hope you like it. I imagine those of you who attend my card making nights might be seeing this or a version of this card sometime soon.

Thanks for looking


Saturday, September 11, 2010

September Special Offer

Sign up to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator during September and receive all of the above In Color products for FREE! That's five Classic Stampin' Pads, five Stampin' Write Markers and an assorted pack of the smooth A4 cardstock. All this is valued at $84.90, it could be yours for FREE.

Join up and become a demonstrator, and for just $289 you will receive the great Stampin' Up! starter kit full of fabulous products and business supplies valued at $515.

Contact me today for further details.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It's Here!

After much anticipation the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalogue is now available. I was going to do this post yesterday, but I was a bit busy putting in my order. Demonstrators could do a pre order of a selection of items from the new book, but the things I was really keen on didn't happen to be in that selection. Of course I still managed to pre order some things. However yesterdays order was slightly larger :)

If you would like your own copy of the IB&C please contact me. I am selling them for the special price of $10 during September. The regular price is $12.95. If you don't live local to me then postage would apply on top of the $10.To view the catalogue on line just click here. If you are booked into one of my launch nights later this month then you will receive a copy of the catalogue then.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Scrap IN

On the weekend I attended a Scrap IN . Scrapping (cardmaking or whatever craft you wanted to do) weekend, it was organised by Corrina, Rachael and Naomi, and was a fund raiser for the Cancer Council. Congratulations ladies you did a great job! and you even managed to do lots of scrap booking too. I didn't really get that much accomplished, but I did a few things. I made a birthday card for my mum. It's her birthday this coming Friday.

A card organiser for myself, I've made about five of these in the past but have given them all away as presents.

I received a calendar from my upline Jayne last year so I took that along and used it to figure out how to make one. I thought that it would make a good class later in the year. The calendars are nice little presents for friends and teachers etc.


The final thing I made was a baby card for a friend/customer who has just had a baby girl. I used the new jumbo wheel 'Baby Tees' available in the new catalogue.

Hope you like them, everyone else seemed to be making heaps of stuff. I told them it was quality not quantity that counts!

See you again soon, I think I have redeemed myself a little bit today, with all these photos and posting twice in the one day.
Bye for now,


Back so soon!!

Well how about this twice in one day. Here are the photos of last weeks Stamp a Stack. We made five Christmas Cards and five general purpose cards with a Father's Day card in there for good measure.
The Christmas cards used a new stamp set I recently got 'Christmas Classics'. It is in the 2009-2010 catalogue and will be in the new catalogue too, which starts in just one weeks time.