Monday, November 30, 2009

Wow the New Summer Mini Catalogue is Here

As promised a quick look at some cards made from the New Stampin' Up Summer Mini Catalogue

The card beside the New Summer Mini Catalogue was one of my first attempts to use a stamp set from this fab new mini catty.  I wasn't entirley happy with it so made a better version, but unfortunately I don't have any of the cards left to take a photo - I used them as my team swap on Sunday.

This photo shows some of the fantastic swaps I received at KarenR's team training yesterday.

All the cards are made using stamp sets and embellishments from the New Summer Mini Catalogue.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Still Time For Your Chance To Win Some Blog Candy

Go take a look at my post from Tuesday 24th November
There is still time to to answer my question and then go into the draw for some Blog Candy
I posted a photo of the Blog Candy on Wednesday 25th Novemember

I will get Jonathan to pull a name out of a hat at midnight tomorrow - and post the winner on Tuesday 1st December - to help celebrate the arrival of the new Summer Mini Catalogue.

The WOW paperKRafters had team training at KarenR's place today. We had lots of fun giving each other swaps from the new Summer Mini Catalogue. Plus I got to demonstrate matching Bride and Groom treat boxes. Karen taught us how to make a cool summer drink card using vellum cardstock, ink pads and sponges, it even has a cute little cocktail umbrella on top. Then Karen provided a wonderful array of nibbles and some fabulous Moet to drink, we were well and truly spolit – plus you should see the fabulous Christmas card she gave to all of us. It uses a fantastic new product from the new Summer Mini Catalogue.

Unfortunately the lighting at the moment doesn’t allow me to post any photos, so check back tomorrow to take a look at what the WOW papeRKafter’s have been making.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

New Summer Mini Launch - come and join us for some stamping fun

Sunday 6th December Summer Mini Launch, a free make and take or two and have a play with some of the new products.

The new Summer Mini Catalogue is bursting full of new products -  fabulous stamp sets, accessories, ribbons, crafting tools and more...

Contact me if you would like to come.
just click on my email details on the right hand side of my blog

Tomorrow I will be posting a few sneak peaks of Stampin' Up's great new line up of products and stamping, papercrafting ideas.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I Just Had To Case This

1. Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?
2. Why is the third hand on a watch called the second hand?

3. Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?

4. Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"?

5. Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?

6. Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things?

7. If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?

8. If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

9. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

10. Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control
when you know the batteries are dead?

11. Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?

12. How come abbreviated is such a long word?

13. Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

14. Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?

15. Christmas - What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?

I saw this on Jacque Pedersen's blog recently and had a real chuckle over it.  Like Jacque I especially love the last one and can relate to the one about remote controls, as our batteries need replacing, but I have forgotten to get some my last couple of visits to the supermarket.

Well here goes, I'm going to attempt to place a link to Jacque's blog now.
Thanks to KarenR helping me, I have linked to Jacque's blog properly.  Amazing how simple, quick and easy things are when you know what your're doing.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Photo Took Longer Than I Thought It Would

Well due to technical difficulties, it has taken much longer than I thought it would to post a photo of the Blog Candy I talked about in yesterday's post.

I'm still learning how to take a reasonably decent looking photo lol - judging from my attempts so far, this could take awhile. Finally pinned my son down so he could take a photo for me, and as usual he was in a hurry to be doing something much more interesting to him.  So, I barely had a chance to display the items before he had taken the photo.

Just look at yesterday's post, answer a very simple question, then either email me or leave a comment with your guess at the answer.  A big thank you to all those that have already guessed.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

BLOG CANDY ALERT - This Should Get You Thinking

My son Jonathan recently had to do an aptitude test, he did very well on it, but not as well as he would have liked.  There were 28 questions, he answered 23 correctly, got 4 wrong and just could not work out the answer to the 5th one he got wrong.  When he came home he asked me if I could answer it and guess what, I actually could - absolutley amazing, I was quite chuffed with myself, but I know I would not have been able to answer 23 correctly like Jonathan did.  He was told 16 was the average and anything over 20 was very good, so I'm really very proud of him.

Here is the question that stumped him: 'what comes next in this sequence of numbers?'

0       1       1       2       3       5       8

I'm going to offer some blog candy to those that can answer this correctly.  I will put all correct answers into a hat and get Jonathan to pull out the winner - this will be done on the last day of November.  Hope you have lots of fun with this.  I with try and get a photo of the blog candy posted later on today.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Lots of fun at Karen's Stamp Class tonight

Santa - made up as a Bag in a Box

This was one of the projects we made in Karen's stamp class tonight - yes it's still tonight but only just, midnight is almost here - and duh I'm having a mental block trying to write my post tonight.  I know we all had lots of fun making these with much laughter as almost all of us did something wrong while making Mr Santa.  One lady accidently tore a little hole in her DSP, another punched a hole where there wasn't supposed to be one and me, I should have the the joining seam of the DSP at the back of my Santa, but somehow it's on one side - so I called him my drunk Santa.  Karen was great coming up with ideas and ways to hide or fix the little problems we created for ourselves.  Plus that's how we all learn from our mistakes, some of the best things I have made is a result of hiding something I didn't like, and not wanting to start over from scratch again.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

My First NZSU Challenge Entry

This is not just my first NZSU challenge, but my first challenge ever.  Plus I think it's the first time I have embossed on metallic cardstock.  I have put black Jellybeans inside the box to match the black embossing.

I made this very quickly so I could enter the challenge - that's why I like using wheels, you can whip something up pretty fast.  They are also very good value for money, once you have the handle  it's either $8.95 for the Stampin' Around  Handle or $12.95 for the  Jumbo Handle.  The Wheels are either $13.95 or $18.95 each.

Contact me if you are interested in making a purchase or finding out more about the Wheels or any other Stampin' Up products.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Freddo the Frog went to Kindy

As promised a photo from last night's Fundraiser at the Waimauku Kindergarten.  If you look at the front of the table you can see the Freddo the Frog chocolate pull pouches I made.


This is a close up of the candles I decorated, using the Soft Holly wheel.
Candles are very easy to decorate with help from a Heat Tool.
Soft Holly Wheel, with Real Red and Old Olive inks and matching grosgrain ribbons
Large and Small Tag Punches

Friday, November 20, 2009

Fun at the Waimauku Kindergarten

Sally and I had a very enjoyable evening at the Waimauku Kindergarten Fundraiser tonight.  I will  post a photo in the next day or so. I now have rather sore feet, from lots of standing and a very sore thoart from all the talking I did. 

I sold lots of Freddo the Frogs and other Christmas treats.  Sally made some wonderful Christmas Crackers with some yummy chocolate inside.  Sally can definately tie much better looking bows than I can, I struggle to get mine sitting straight.

I''d like to say a big thank you to the staff and committee members of the Waimauku Kindegarten, for all the many hours of planning that must of gone into making this event so sucessful for both guests and stallholders.

Freddo the Frog Takes on Christmas

Well in the early hours of Thursday morning I came up with an idea to make Freddo look Christmassy.  I like what I came up with and I hope you do too.

I have had these chocolate frogs in the house for awhile - they were waiting for me to create something for them - just as well I don't like plain dairy milk chocolate or they would of been long gone lol

I have just shortened the length of a chocolate pull pouch to fit the little frogs into, added some Designer Series Paper, a little ribbon and a cute stamped candy cane - coloured in with a Real Red marker and made shinny with some Crystal Effects.  ooh and I added a little red tongue just sticking out of the Freddos mouth

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Freddo the Frog

Why is Freddo the Frog smiling?

He's smiling cause he's surrounded by chocolate of course

I just love Stampin' Up Punches and all the creative things you can do with them

Freddo was made using a handful of different Stampin' Up  punches

1 3/8" Circle, Large Oval, Small Oval, 1/2" Circle, and the Boho Blossoms Punch for his feet - Plus the Cropadile to make the 1/4" circles

my friend Sally showed me how to make this cute frog last weekend

now I'm just trying to think of some way to make Mr Freddo look Christmassy - any ideas would be greatly appreciated

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rudolph the RED Nose Reindeer - Take Two

Yesterday I posted just the topper of this project.
Today I have added a bag of red Jaffas' to match Rudolph's shiny red nose.

This was a very easy treat to make, my favourite kind - fast, quick and simple.

The Creative Inkers recently had a team Christmas Card Swap and Patrice Halliday-Larsen came up with the brilliant idea of having Rudolph's nose glow in the dark.  I was unable to achieve an exact replica as I don't own a brayer and had to make do with sponges. IMO - Patrice's card does look better, but I think my efforts look kind of cute.

Real Red & Whisper White cardstock
Basic Grey Ink
Crystal Effects - used to make Rudolph's nose glow
Dimensionals & Sponges

sorry I have not yet added a link to Patrice's blog as I'm not quite sure how it's done, and my computer wizz is in bed asleep (aka my son) - will add link tomorrow.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Rudolph the RED Nose Reindeer

Today's photo is of an unfinished project inspired by Patrice Halliday-Larsen.

Come back tomorrow and you will see it completed.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fun at the Craft Market

Sally and I were at the Greenhithe Craft Market today, we had lots of fun and meeting and talking to crafters about Stampin' Up.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Come and Visit Me in Greenhithe

I'm going to be at the Greenhithe Craft Market tomorrow - Sunday 15th November.
Come and meet me and Sally at the Stampin' Up stand. We will have a wonderful selection of Stampin' Up products on display, plus some Christmas Gifts to sell.

Greenhithe Craft Market - 10am - 2pm

I made these cute little mini jelly bean bags and even matched the colour of the beans to the cardstock and inks I used.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Spring Mini Team Swap

I made this card back in August for a team swap.
It was fast quick and easy to make, which is just great for mass production of cards.

It's made using the fabulous Riding Hood Red cardstock and matching taffeta ribbon.  Riding Hood Red is probably my favourite in colour this year.

The stamp is from the first page of the Srping mini catalogue which ends on the 30th of November.
It's a cute little single stamp sold on it's own for $13.95.

Stamp - Fun Flowers
Ink - Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock - Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper - Washington Apple
Ribbon - Riding Hood Red Taffeta

shock horror I thought I had lost all of this post, don't ask me which button I pressed but all of a sudden I wasn't typing on my blog.  darn I thought I would have to re-type everything all over again & if you could see the snail speed of my typing you would know why I was less than happy.  anyway after pushing a few buttons and trying to go back to previous pages lol - I was able to find it all again, just as well or it would have been a very short post tonight.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Choc Santas for Christmas

I made these to put in my guests bags at the recent Christmas Extravaganza the Creative Inkers held in Balmoral Auckland

Monday, November 9, 2009

My Door Prize

WOW - I remembered what my son has shown me a couple of times and managed to get this photo sent to me in an email onto my blog.
With no help from Jonathan as he is in bed asleep

This is the door prize I made for our Christmas Extravaganza held on Saturday.

It's made with both Washington Apple and So
Saffron Patterns papers and co-ordinating Old Olive ribbon

Sunday, November 8, 2009

My son to the rescue again

today's post is about me having a go at editing yesterdays post.  I had forgotten to acknowledge who I had cased the card from.  Plus I have listed materials used to make the card

well after 3 attempts I still didn't have the text sitting where I wanted it, I had a large white blank area of screen which was really bugging me.  I was just about to give up and try again later when my son arrived home, mentioned that I required some more help.  lol I was able to follow some of what he did but the rest was done far to quickly - he was more interested in eating his dinner, fair enough really.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Quick and Easy Christmas Card to Make

We all had a fantastic day today with our Christmas Extravaganza in Balmoral,with over 60 ladies and eleven demos
making five different projects in total
this is the card that Karen and I demoed, it was cased from Angie Kennedy Juda.
sorry I have yet to learn how to link to other blogs

Many Merry Messages - stamp set
Riding Hood Red & VersaMark ink
Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss & Whisper White cardstockD
Ski Slope, Washington Apple and Baja Breeze Patterns - Designer Series Paper
1 1/4" & Scallop Edge punches
White Embossing powder
Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon

Friday, November 6, 2009

An Easy Christmas Card to Make

well I at least attempted to take the photo of this card tonight, but
the light from the light bulb washed all the colours out
so my son came to the recuse again and was successful at getting the detail - thanks Jonathan

this card was made for a recent team swap of Christmas cards and was very simple and easy to make

Punches Three stamp set, a level one Hostess set
Kraft, Night of Navy and Bordering Blue cardstock
Bella Bleu DSP
Night of Navy ink embossed using VersaMark, Clear Embossing Powder mixed with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter - sorry the pretty sparkle doesn't show in the photo

Linen Thread dyed with Night of Navy ink

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Early Christmas Baking

I did some early Christmas baking today and asked my son to take a photo of the biscuits on a plate.
He then worked out how to get the photo into my blog.  I didn't have the heart to tell him I didn't actually want this photo posted yet.
I've only just started this blog and it's all very new to me - can't you tell.  By the end of next week I hope to be taking my own photos and posting without help.  Maybe it's good I started in November, which is National blogging month and your supposed to blog each day in November.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Snow Swirled Christmas

Even through we don't have snow at Christmas time here in New Zealand, it's still lovely to make and receive traditional Christmas cards, just like they were when I was a child.  I made this card recently at my friend Jacque's card class, simple yet elegant.

stamp set - Snow Swirled
card stock - Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, and Whisper White
ink - Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss
with Baja Breeze striped grosgrain ribbon 

Sunday, November 1, 2009

How to get a FREE square scallop punch

You’ll love the convenience of Stampin' Up!'s Christmas Gift-Giving Guide!

With gift ideas for kids, teens, neighbours, and more, it’s your one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs.

Plus, when you spend $105 on products in the guide, you’ll get a FREE Scallop Square punch--a $35.95 value! This offer is valid from today to December 14th. Contact me to find out more.