Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fox & Friends Joins Circle Circus

I promised the ladies booked into the Stamp a Stack next week that I would show the pictures of the cards we are making here. So here they are. We are making ten cards. Five of one design and five of another, well that's the general idea of a stamp a stack but I always try to make my cards the same but different. The five cards using Fox and Friends are all very similar. Where as the Circle Circus cards are all quite different. They were made using the one sheet wonder technique, where you stamp a design all over a sheet of paper and then cut it into various shapes and sizes and make those pieces into matching, yet different cards. I hope you all like them. Especially those of you who will be coming on Tuesday!!

I hope you have all had an enjoyable weekend. The weather has been very kind here in Esperance.

Take care,


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award

Thank You to Sandybeaches for sending me this award. I am very flattered. I received it a couple of weeks ago, but with the bloghop and everything else I put it aside until now.

So according to the rules as I understand them, I now have to tell you ten things about myself and pass the award on to other Beautiful Bloggers.

Ten things about me:

1. I am in bed as I write this and I am never having a flu injection again! Had one a week ago and feel lousey. That will be the first and last flu injection for me.

2. I am a failed dieter. Several times I have lost lots of weight (28kgs last time), and got to my goal weight, but each time the weight creeps back on. Soooooo annoying!

3. I have two gorgeous girls but I don't get to see them very much. Except on Skype. One lives in Perth and the other in England.

4. I love chocolate and chips, not together. (this explains #2).

5. I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator since July 2007, but I still get really nervous before doing a workshop. I'm fine with things at my place, it's just when I go somewhere else, I worry about forgetting to take something.

6. I have been married for 33 years. Hubby tries to act interested when I show him the latest creation I have made. He never ceases to be amazed at all the things you need to make a card!

7. I used to play golf, but found it very frustrating. I would have these brilliant hits and then all these terrible ones, and never knew what I was doing any different from one to the other. Nowadays I would much rather spend my time doing paper crafts.

8. When I'm not making cards or planning my next card class or woekshop I am the manager of a local primary school canteen. It keeps me busy.

9. My husband does more of the housework than I do. He doesn't like cooking, but is great at everything else around the house, including doing his own ironing.

10. Now to end on a hight note, what can I tell you about myself that is good??? I won a rosette at the local show for a painting. Best in Show can't remember what year but it was quite a while ago. I even won some money too, I was very suprised.

Now to pass this award on. These are blogs I visit often, I haven't met any of these ladies but do like to look at all the beautiful things they create. Thank you:


I'm quite new at this linking thing so I hope all of these links work so that you can also see these lovely blogs.

Thanks for looking today.



Thursday, May 13, 2010

The INKling's First Blog Hop

Welcome to The INKlings’ Team’s first ever blog hop. You may have arrived here from Clare's blog or just be visiting my blog, whichever way, once you’ve checked out my creations you can continue the hop through the link at the end of this post to the next team member.

What style of cards do we frequently get asked for inspiration for? More often than not it’s masculine cards, be it little boys or grandfathers everyone seems to struggle with cards for the males in our lives. So as a team we thought we’d help you out by providing you with 20 team members’ fantastic blogs that you can hop through and get lots of fantastic ideas from.

Want to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each blog and then email and let her know you’ve done so and you’ll be in the running for a fantastic prize of 20 handmade cards plus other goodies. Sorry Blog Candy prize not available to SU! demonstrators.

This is my first blog hop and it's a little bit scary. I'm a bit of a novice at adding links and most things 'computer'. So I have my fingers crossed that all goes smoothly and all the links work. Thanks to Sandra and Cliff for their advice. I had a few nervous moments but I think the links are now ok.

Because I have been working on some "Punch Art" cards for my class next week I have been looking at lots of ideas for that, see my previous post. The first card here is as a result of that. Also as I live in a rural area I think that this card would appeal to lots of my regular customers and friends. This tractor is so gorgeous and I could see it easily being used on a scrapbook page as well as a card. I cased the idea from Isaiah40:31 over at SCS.

I sponged the background With Bashful Blue and Kiwi Kiss (used a scallop circle to mask and make the clouds). Stamped along the bottom with a stamp from Pocket Silhouettes using Old Olive ink. Punches used were: Large Tag, Slot, Word Window, medium heart from Heart to Heart, Scallop Circle (punched twice), 1 3/8" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1" circle and the 1/2" circle. The brads are from the Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware Pack, and the sentiment is from Cheers to You. The cardstock used was Whisper White, Garden Green, Basic Black and More Mustard with a little piece of silver for the smoke stack.

The next card was very quick and easy with the whale stamp from Fox & Friends stamped in Ballet Blue and Going Grey, then cut out and mounted onto Bashful Blue cardstock. The bottom section was masked with a torn piece of scrap paper and sponged with various shades of blue ink. The Bashful Blue card was cut out with the Top Note Die and the Big Shot. All that was mounted on Night of Navy card stock.The sentiment is mounted onto a piece of Night of Navy punched out with the Curly Punch Bundle punch. This would be a lovely card for a male of any age.

My final masculine card is made with the jumbo wheel Very Vintage, available in the Autumn Winter mini catalogue. On first glance you wouldn't think that it would be suitable to use for a man's card, but by using masculine colours and a bit of distressing I think it looks good. The colours used were Really Rust, Soft Suede, Kraft and Chocolate Chip. The ink is Soft Suede and the accessories I used were the crimper,distressing tool, jumbo brads, scallop square punch, retired punch Spring Flower Bouquet and sponge daubber. The 'For You' is from Say It With Scallops.

Well that’s all from me. Next stop on the INKlings’ Team Blog Hop is Dani Have fun and don't forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy.

Thank You for Looking.


Monday, May 10, 2010

Punch Art - Next Weeks Technique Class

Hi Everybody, I'm posting the photos of next weeks technique class today so that all of you who didn't get in to the class can see what you're missing. Plus all of those who are booked in can see what's in store for you.

Also,(the real reason I am showing you them so soon), I am taking part in a BLOG HOP on Thursday and I wont be able to post anything for a week or so after that, so that the Blog Hop stuff stays at the top of the page. I know there is a way to make certain things stay at the top of the page. I've seen it on other people's blogs, but I don't know how to do that, so thought if I put this up now everyone can see it. Don't forget to come back on Thursday evening or Friday and check out the INKlings Blog hop. The theme is Masculine Cards, Scrapbook pages and 3D items. Twenty members of the INKlings team are taking part so there should be plenty of inspiration for those hard to do masculine items.

Well, back to the Technique Class. I have to say I really love all three of these cards. I can't take credit for the clever ideas of putting these punched shapes together and coming up with these fabulous shapes. Whenever I am surfing the net and see a card I like I save it. So I have quite a few punch art cards stored away in a folder. When I decided to do Punch Art for the technique class, I just had a look in there and decide which to do.

The Heliconia flower card was one I saw recently. It was designed by the very clever Ann Fitzgerald, and uses the lovely new Stampin' Up! punch XL two step bird punch. The colours used for that card are Certainly Celery and Whisper White, and the ribbon is So Saffron.

The Owl Card, I'm not sure where I found that one. Sorry, I can't give credit where credit is due on that! It is cute though isn't it. There are so many different versions of owls on line, made with all sorts of different punches and dies. This one uses the branch from the XL two step bird punch, 1/2" circle, scallop circle, 1 3/4" circle, five petal flower, round tab and the retired spring flower bouquet punches, all by Stampin' Up!

The third card I cased from Andrea Walford's blog. I used my new 'Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die set and the Big Shot for this one. I'm so glad I bought it. I was so undecided about if I should order it or not! Then when I used it, it was so simple and easy to use and looks so great, I am so pleased that I did get it. If you punch out the card with the square punch first, that fits onto the letter on the die very easily and saves cutting out lots of letters that you didn't really want. There were a couple of other punches involved too! Otherwise it wouldn't be punch art would it!! I used the large oval and the 1/2" circle punches for the pod and the peas.

I am so pleased with how these cards have turned out. I keep looking at them and smiling :) I hope you like them too.

Thanks for looking. Don't forget to check back for the Blog Hop.



Monday, May 3, 2010

Here Are All the Stamp a Stack Cards

I finally got around to taking a couple of photos of all the Stamp a Stack cards for tomorrow night. So here they are, I hope you like them. I am just in the middle of setting up for tomorrow, but thought I would take a little break to show the cards to you. I had to come on to the computer to email Trish to ask her to bring a few things. That way we will have enough to go around (Punches etc).

The cards above all use the Medallion Stamp, and the ones below use various Stampin' Up! wheels.

Those of you booked in for the class I will see you tomorrow and the rest of you, thanks for looking at my blog. Come again soon.

Bye for now,