Sunday, November 30, 2008

another that is not what it seems

This card is another from pick a petal made to look like something else. This card is perfect for males - uses masculine colours but not too dark and foreboding! (is it just me that finds most masculine cards look really dark and brooding??) CASEd from here almost exactly, but I changed the colours of my base card.

This one I have made up my own patterend paper, using little flower stamps from eastern blooms (from the new summer mini) and short and sweet, in the same colours as I have used on the card, then just cut it into strips to fit my layout. base card is soft sky, with wild wasabi and real red.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

CASEd Santa

Here is another card I first saw on splitcoast, and was always planning on using it for my daughter's cards for her friends. Then a few days ago on my upline's blog, I saw it again, and I thought it was about time I got my a into g and made them with Jordan. I just love how cute and simple this card is, and the real red says Santa to me completely! 'Scuse the dark picture!

my christmas presents

I have lots of family in the UK, and it is really hard every year to think of things to buy that a) they don;t have already, b) they can't get themselves cheaper over there and c) that don't cost three times as much to mail as they do to buy!!

So this year, after searchign the internet and stalking a few blogs, I found these awesome desk calendars on Angie Juda's blog. They use a CD case as the holder, and then have 6 double sided sheets for the months. The calendar is printed from a template I got off splitcoast (can't remember where - just search for claendar template! there are hundreds!!) and then I used my SU colour coach to find complimentary colours to use for the back ground and the scallop edge of the feature picture. Real simple, but I think different - and you can personalise it too. you could use photos, or kids drawings or anything really.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


this is a very cool card with a very unique fold/opening style. I have NO idea what it's called, but here it is!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

bonus post!

Ok this is a bonus post coz it needs to go on today for tomorrow.

A friend at work is from the US and as it is Thanksgiving there tomorrow (Thursday) I made her this little acetate gift box with a turkey on the front. Please excuse the terrible pictures - they were taken with my cellphone. The acetate gift box I saw here and the turkey - actually I'm not sure now - I think it might have been Heather Summers - she has a lot of videos on youtube, so check there! She also has an awesome reindeer one that I will be doing in the next couple of days!

So the acetate box uses regular acetate (or OHT, OHP whatever you wanna call it) from Warehouse Stationery, Real Rust Cardstock, eyelets (not SU, coz I have NO CLUE where those have got to - so I raided my daughter's stash!!), and whisper white grosgrain ribbon. The turkey is stick ont o a basic black tag, then made up of scallop circles cut from real red, summer sun and pumpkin pie, with a close to cocoa 1 3/8 inch circle body, and a 1 1/4 face. Googly eyes, summer sun beak and real red dangly bit!!

So cute, so easy and so fun!

So, anyway, Happy Thanksgiving, and for my part, I am so grateful for all the amazing people I have "met" so far through my stamping - you are all an inspiration and please ....when I blatantly copy your stuff without giving you credit, take it as a compliment and let me know I nicked it!! I would love to give credit where it's due!

Gift card holder

This is from understandblue and is almost an exact copy - except different stamps and paper!!

It is a gift card holder that can fit a .... well, a gift card!! Duh!! you know the credit card type ones?? yeah, well, those!

This one used dashing DSP as the tree, and the bird is from live the dream.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

another christmas card

OK, don't fall over from shock, but yes, this is a Christmas card with no seasons of joy in sight! Oh, well ok.... the Merry Christmas is Seasons of Joy - but when I made this card, it was the only sentiment I had! This is Lovely as a Tree, and I have not seen a card made with this set that I didn't like. It's gorgeous!
This card is Kraft, and old olive cardstock, with whisper white ink. And the pic doesn't seem to shoe it, but there are dazzling diamonds on the tree.

Monday, November 24, 2008

oops missed one :(

I was going so well!!

Oh, well, back on the horse!! lol

Here is another oldie that we did back in october using big bold birthday.

This uses the in colour card stock. I love those colours! Going to be so sad when they go.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

yet another Seasons of Joy

This is another Splitcoast creation. This template is found in the resources section of the site. It's called a free standing pop up card, and is so simple. This one needs a bit more decoration but you ge tthe idea!

Friday, November 21, 2008

SCS sketch challenge

Spiltcoaststampers has daily challenges, and one of them is a sketch challenge - this card uses Big Bold Birthday, and was CASEd (again I'm sorry, I can't remember where from) but I changed the colours around a bit. Isn't this the coolest layout though?? There are flowers in the smaller squares, and it says make a wish in the bottom right hand corner but the ink was not very juicey!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

not what it seems!

When you sign up with Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator they give you awesome incentives for selling and recruiting in your first 6 months. These incentives take the form of free stamp sets. (you can earn up to 15 free sets! YES 15!! ask me how!)

This is one of my free sets - it's called pick a petal. And you'd think that would be flowers, right? well it is, but some incredibly talented people (not me!) looked at the petals and decided they could be other things! And this is one of them!

The words are from the level one hostess set "so many sayings". If you haven't seen this set, take another look - it comes as three stamps to be mounted on three blocks, but no one anywhere says that is what you have to do with them! Mine all got cut up (the beauty of being able to mount your own stamps!) and stuck on to lego blocks! So three stamps which were "kind of ok", became 35 stamps that are totally awesome and usable for all sorts of different occasions, without the need for markers and the stamp a ma jig (not that there is anything wrong with using those for sentiments, but sometimes you just want a quickie!) And this was a quickie - hence the smudge! lucky it's just a sample! ;) oh- how slow, I should have said - my ten year old did it! lol

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Regional training

yes, I know these are so out of order and so late, but I am posting in the order that the pictures showed up on my computer!

Regional training was held in New Pymouth in September, and we all got a free stamp set - Live your dream. It's in the new summer mini - and we got to play with it :)

Here is the card we made.

It also uses afternoon tea DSP - also in the new mini. These are available from 1 December to 31 March 2009. Let me know if you want to see a catalogue.

by the way - that ribbon does NOT sit like that in real life!! I donlt know WHY it looks like that!! It sits flat to the paper - and this bugs me, because my ribbon normally looks skewiff and weird, but this one turned out ok!! Typical that i can't get it on camera!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

20th birthday specials cards

October was the 20th anniversary of Stampin' Up! and we got special discounts on some of the stamp sets. Here are some cards Marjorie (another local demo) and I made using Big Bold Birthday.

Monday, November 17, 2008

New Zealand - obviously!

My sideline Megan first introduced me to these gorgeous little creatures!

They are so easy to make - it's a just a white scallop, and a black or brown 5 petal punch, with white eyes.

This one is on old olive.

Simple - and with just a bit of tweaking, a cute tag for a Christmas present from New Zealand to the other side of the world, I think.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

another tart and tangy

This is a CASE from Splitcoast. The original used scrapbook/patterned paper from a LSS, but I wanted it to be as close to tart and tangy as I could, plus I wanted to use SU only, so I created my own DSP.

I used a plain piece of whisper white card, and used the three markers I was using for the citrus stamp colours as my line colours, then literally just drew lines with a ruler using the markers. voila snazzy, easy co-ordinating DSP :) Well, I think I'm clever! lol

more seasons of joy

here's another card we did.

This one is so simple.

River rock and real red cardstock, again with dashing. I'm seeing a pattern!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

punch santa

this cute little fella has been doing the rounds of the blogs lately. So simple. I added a little bobble to the bottom of his hat. :)

to see the tutorial, go here

Friday, November 14, 2008

tart and tangy paperclip

we also did a tart and tangy class. I saw this set in splitcoast and was so hoping we would get it, and yay, we did!

this is a bookmark made using a giant paperclip from OfficePlan

Thursday, November 13, 2008

long time no post - bad blogger award!

Ok .. in my other life as a school librarian, I check out lots of blogs on children's literature, and book reviews and stuff like that (no, seriously, it's work related!) Anyway... there is a comment challenge going on, and a daily post challenge also so I decided seeign as I don't have a book review blog, this was the next best thing! In fact, it was the better than best thing! So, I am going to post every day for the rest of November - at least! Longer hopefully!! So, for my first post....

I held some classes last weekend with another local demo, and while not many people came, we had lots of fun.

One of the classes was using Saesons of Joy - I LOVE this set!! It;s in the spring mini, which ends on 30th of this month - no guarantees it will be back! So if you want it, drop me a line.

So, here's a pic of one of the projects
It uses old olive and real red cardstock with dashing designer paper. totally CASEd. I think it's an Angie Juda one but not 100%.