Monthly Archives: April 2010

1st Birthdays

This time last year I had two friends with newborn baby boys! It’s hard to believe they are now almost toddlers! Here are the cards I made for their 1st birthdays….

For Oscar, I decided to make his card in ‘different’ colours – ie. not using blue on a boys card for a change! I had the Tangerine Tango DSP and thought that contrasted well with the Creamy Caramel and Kiwi Kiss, plus I love my Jumbo Outline Alpha Stamp Set for when I can stamp on the DSP and cut the letters out (of course if Oscar was turning ‘Twenty One’ then I may not have wanted to cut all those letters out! LOL!)

Now, Jai was having a Dinosaur themed party, so I decided to make him a dinsoaur card! I had seen one very similar to the one I made, but I only bookmarked the picture instead of the blog so I’m sorry I can’t give proper credit 😦 Thankyou to whoever you are that inspired this card and if someone knows who it was, please let me know!

I even used my Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder in my Big Shot to create some texture on the blue piece of cardstock as well as the dinosaur body. So much fun!

Happy 1st birthday boys! K xx

Mother’s Day ESAD Blog Hop!

Did you have fun participating in the last ESAD Blog Hop? I had fun checking out everyone’s projects and visiting some new blogs! Soooo many new ideas!!!! Todays Blog Hop is focussing on projects/cards you can make with your Big shot for Mother’s Day! And of course, if you are a mum you could definitely make some of these projects as a treat for yourself!! LOL!

If you are already on the Hop then you would have come to me from Nicky Adamson’s blog, isn’t she talented? Nicky is also a fellow INKling and I got to meet her at the Stampin’ Up! Convention last year in Canberra – hi Nicky!

With my projects, I thought that I would focus on the Scallop Envelope Die and a couple of different ways to use it other than just for envelopes!

First up – a card…. this card uses just the scalloped flap from the envelope shape to embellish this little Mother’s Day card. To get this portion you can either cut out a whole envelope and just cut off the flap to use or (if you have scraps laying around and don’t want to waste more cardstock!) you can just position a smaller piece of cardstock over the flap portion of the die before rolling it through the Big Shot and get your flap that way!

I adhered this scalloped piece along the edge of the card front – I thought it just added something different to the ‘usual’ scalloped strip that we get with the punch because it is slightly curved and also has the cut detail on the scallops too.

Next up, a little bag for mini gift cards. To make this bag, I folded a piece of DSP in half and positioned it on the scallop envelope die so that the folded edge of the DSP only extended into the large flap by approx 1/4″ as you can see in the photo when compared to the ‘normal’ envelope cut shape. I then folded along all the score lines and adhered the side flaps together (the bottom forms an inverted ‘v’ which gives it sightly more stability than a flat bottom).

I secured each scalloped flap to the side of the bag with a Stampin’ Dimensional before adding a half-pearl with a mini glue dot to the outside of the flap. A piece of ribbon then forms the handle and you are done! The cards to fit into this bag are 3″ x 2″ when folded – quite small but very cute and perfect for gift tags!

Lastly, I wanted to try out some different material in my Big Shot and I thought I’d give some felt a go! This cute little purse is made by cutting the felt with the Scallop Envelope Die. You can see the unmade up envelope shape in the photo too…..

I used the Tombow adhesive to glue the flaps together – if you wanted, you could even use some contrasting thread to stitch the flaps. I also used the Tombow Glue to add the Felt Flower and Crystal Brad embellishment to the front. To close the purse you could cut a button hole and use one of our designer buttons, but I decided to go with a Hat Pin and some Crystal beads from the Pretties Kit. So there you go, a cute little purse that would be perfect to package up some lovely earrings or a necklace for your Mum this Mother’s Day!  

Now if you are wondering, what is this ‘ESAD’ that I’m talking about then here are the answers for you! ESAD stands for Extra Special Australian (and New Zealand) Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand demonstrators for Stampin’ Up!

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends and wonderful blog visitors but we share our love for what we do with each other as Demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know how and cyberstamps and we are always there to help and support each other when its needed. So if you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

Now before you run along to Vicki’s blog, don’t forget to leave me a comment! There is blog candy available to one lucky Australian and one lucky New Zealander (non-demonstrator) if they comment on every blog in today’s hop and then email their details to Sharlene . You have one week from today to post your comments and email Sharlene and then the winners names will be drawn from a hat – and you never know, you could win, my customers were very lucky with the last Blog Hop! 😉

Okay, so off you go to visit Vicki! Take care, K 🙂

PS. Just in case you lose your way along the Blog Hop, here’s a list of all the blogs along the way…

Sharlene Meyer www.magpiecreates.com
Kelly Nelson www.Kellysstampinspot.wordpress.com
Kim Badelt www.kimsstampingspot.blogspot.com
Jan McAnulty www.cardcaperswithjan.wordpress.com
Megan Mcdonald www.megan-finishingtouches.blogspot.com
Narelle Hodges www.stampwithnarelle.blogspot.com
Kristine Thompson www.inkspotcreations.com
Kylie Swain     www.kraftykylie.typepad.com/blossom_designs
Rachel Jackson www.havefunstamping.blogspot.com
Nicky Adamson www.nickyadamson.blogspot.com
Kari Hughes www.karigail.wordpress.com
Vicki Were www.stmpinvickistyle.blogspot.com
Clare McLlhatton www.craftycowcreations.blogspot.com
Lisa Bullock www.daffyscrapper.wordpress.com
Wendy Todd www.stampwithwendy.com.au
Jenny Humphreys www.stampinbytheseatofmypants.blogspot.com

Resuming ‘normal’ activities!

Back again! Sorry I haven’t posted anything for a week or two – seems that April is THE month for birthdays!! Anyway, I have just downloaded a heap of photos onto the computer and will be editing them ready to share with you over the coming days – it’s a bad habit I have that I take photos of my creations and then the photos just sit there and I don’t share them! LOL!

We survived the birthday party for Aidan with his little friends – well, survived despite Aidan having a HUGE bump on his head!! He went headfirst over his truck into the concrete path about 45 minutes into the party! Luckily a the bump, bruise and graze were the only things to come of it, no concussion or anyting, but it did put a dampener on the party for a bit while the birthday boy sat quietly looking very sorry for himself! Our boy has a bad history with birthday parties including teeth into the tongue and blood nose – when one of the other dads heard that, he said to his almost 2 year old daughter “that’s it, you won’t be having birthday parties!” LOL!

Anyway, just thought I’d share his other cake with you….

Thanks again to the Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Cookbook (AKA my Cake Bible!). Although, I must say I had a mini breakdown at around midnight when icing this cake! I had just covered it in the yellow buttercream and was about to start with the fondant….. I looked over at it and thought “Oh no! What have I done?!” to be honest, I then just started laughing hysterically! (picture the cake positioned like this but without the road and cars on it, just the plain icing!)

Hubby came into the kitchen to see what was going on and I’m laughing uncontrollably “I stuffed the cake up!” He looks at it “How?” In between laughs I say “Look, it’s back to front! I put it together back to front!”…. hubby then rotated the cake board 90 degrees to the left …… and I realised that I really needed to get some more sleep!!! LOL!

Okay, hope that story made you laugh!  I’ll start editing some ‘proper’ pictures now and I’ll be back tomorrow with some stamped things for you! Take care, K 🙂

Birthday No. 4!

Where have the past 4 years gone? 4 years ago we were spending our first night at home with our baby boy! Tonight he is helping me ice cakes for his party tomorrow! Such a grown up little boy (and yes, he is still little! he burns everything he eats off before he can grow!! LOL!) So this week we have been doing some baking and stamping together in preparation for his party. Here is a picture of him with his cake from his actual birthday on Sunday when we celebrated with family.

After this hectic week is over I will be back with some ‘actual’ stamping creations! Aidan starts kindy next week (he did pre-entry last term, but now will do 4 sessions a week) and so Audrey and I will have some girl time together and the plan is to have a little bit of time to get myself stamping and organised…. well, that’s the plan!

Have a great weekend! K 🙂

More new and exciting things!!!

Well, you know about the new mini that is available until the end of August…. but guess what…… Stampin’ Up! has announced they will be undergoing a Colour Renovation for the new Idea Book and Catalogue! This is due to be released in Australia on the 1st September and the colour renovation is amazing!

Back to the beginning! Well’ I think it was about 12 years ago when SU! had it’s last colour overhaul and for the past 2 years they have been assessing the popularity of the colours (including In Colour products) and doing all their market research to decide what changes to make and how to introduce them. Now that all that is complete they have revealed the new palette of colours that will be available with the new IB&C ……

What do you think?!!! Out of the 4 colour familes and neutrals that we have now, they are keeping 25 colours (one of these is called Crumb Cake and this is what we currently know as Kraft – this is great! It means we will have a Kraft coloured Inkpad too!). They are then adding in 10 colours that either have been or are currently our In Colours. And on top of that they are introducing 5 brand new never-been-seen colours! this makes a total of 40 ‘core’ colours which have been grouped into 4 collections. Some of your favourites may now be in different collections ot the ‘family’ they used ot be in, but with time I’m sure we will all get the jargon right!! LOL!

Of course, with the change it means that some colours are not going to be available past 31st August this year. That may sadden some of you and I know I will be sorry to see a few of the shades retire, however, just because SU! no longer sells the colours, that doesn’t mean you can use them anymore! LOL! It just means that for your special favourite you may want to stock up on an ink refill or some extra cardstock so it lasts you a bit longer! HOWEVER, in saying that, the new and returning colours look just gorgeous, so you may in fact find that you have a new favourite or two! Here is a list of the retiring colours……..

Now, I know some of you may think, gosh I’ve got all my markers and crayons, etc, etc, now I’ll have to re-organise them into their new collections and the boxes are for 12 now they will only need ot hold 10, and so forth, ….. well, SU! have advised us that they will be putting together some ‘kits’ of the new colour products just to help make this transition easier for those customers (and demonstrators) that like to have all the colours in these products. More details on these kits will be available closer to the release, but this is still 4 and 1/2 months away, so no need to fret just yet!

Lastly, there will also be a new In Color Schedule! This will change so that each year 5 new In Colors will be released and they will be around for 2 years! Yay! This means that for the 2010-2011 year we will have the 40 core colours plus 5 In Colors and then with the 2011-2012 Year we will have the core colours plus 2 sets of 5 In Colors, taking the total number of colours back up to 50! Now, we don’t know the exact shades of these colours yet, but I promise to let you know when I find out!

Okay, after all that info I’m going to let you digest it! Feel free to email me any questions and comments, if I don’t know the answers I can always ask to find out 🙂 We have our big boy’s 4th birthday this weekend (sob!) so I may not answer straight away (will be cleaning and baking, etc) but I will be in touch as soon as I get a chance! Take care! K 🙂

New Mini Product Share

Are you all excited about the new products?! Well, just so that you can buy a little at a time of some of cardstock, ribbon and DSP, I have arranged a share buy – this frees up the ‘need it now’ money for stamps and punches and dies and such!!! I have offered it in my newsletter and have a couple of spots left so please contact me ASAP if you would like to purchase any of the shares. You can purchase one or several of each product share and if you purchase all 4 different products before 16th April, then you will also receive a free 6″x6″ sample of the Flower Fantasy Printed Window Sheet!

New In Color Cardstock Share

Receive 6 sheets of each of the 3 colours

$8.25 per share

New In Color Polka Dot Ribbon Share

Receive approx 1.7m of each colour of ribbon

$7.50 per share

Cottage Wall DSP Share

Receive 12   6”x6” pieces of DSP               $4.45 per share

Autumn Traditions DSP Share

Receive 12   6”x6” pieces of DSP               $4.45 per share

Order all four shares before 16th April and you can receive a  6”x6” sample of the Flower Fantasy Printed Window Sheets!

There will be no extra postage charge if you are local to me and can pick up or I can drop off (I’m in Highbury, SA) but if you require posting to you, just let me know and I can calculate the extra postage for you.

Take care, K 🙂

Thanks and here’s the mini!

Hi! Just wanted to say thankyou to all who visited either as part of the Blog Hop or from the Late Night Stampers Blog finds List! I really appreciate all your comments! It’s lovely to know that people like what you create and might even be inspired by it! 🙂 If you enjoyed last weeks Blog Hop then there is another one on tomorrow! It’s a different set of blogs this week, but will be just as much fun!

So…. the new Mini! Yes I have some info for you! Sorry I haven’t been able ot post it here sooner, but we’ve had modem issues for the last week and a bit and I’ve been limited in what I have been able to do on the internet. Hopefully it is all resolved now 😉    Anyway… here is the new mini!

If you’d like your very own hard copy please email me your name and address and I’ll pop it in the mail to you ASAP!

What’s in it? do I hear you ask? Well…. there are new colours, new stamps, new DSP, new ribbons….. but wait there’s more…. there are Clear Mount stamps, a new style of punch and, oh, what’s that other thing called? It’s black, and pretty and sits on your desk and makes really great boxes and embellishments and more ….. Hmmm? That’s right! the BIG SHOT!!!

Those of you who came along to my Launch (thank you! :*) got to see these new things and have a little play, but if you couldn’t make it on the day and want to check them out please give me a call or drop me an email and we can organise a time – an even better idea would be to invite some of your friends around and we can have a play and make some things and then you can earn hostess rewards if your friends place some orders!

Another great bonus that Stampin’ Up! have just told us about is that they are carrying over the Butterfly punch so it is still available! Yay! There are also some products from the Spring Mini (White Stazon, Oval Scallop Punch) that are still available so click here to check them out.

Okay, I’ll leave you for now, hopefully (if this modem keeps working!) I’ll be back in the next couple of days with some projects for you! Take care, K 🙂