Instead of showing you a project today, I thought you'd like to see what else I've been up to this Easter. Yesterday I had a lovely friend come over (who has formidable organizational skills - sadly I seem to have missed out on these when they were handing them out) and together we tackled various areas of my Crafting space.
My current craft room is actually what was the garage of this home. We rent here, but before we moved in the owner had turned the garage into an extra room - the house was actually advertised as "3BR plus rumpus". I remember when i came to look at it the first time my daughter (then 8) came along too, and said "hey look Mum.. its got a craft room!" So it was no surprise really that this was the house for us. :-)
Over time crafting spaces seem to take on a life of their own... and things that might have been relatively organized at the start just aren't any more.. or they no longer work as well as they did. Thats true of my space. As my business changes shape I seem to need things to work differently. So its been long overdue for a rehaul.
And so yesterday was the day.
First we organized all the ribbons... I now have a big box of retired ribbon that I can use for prizes and promotions. All the A4 cardstock is sorted by colour family order so I know exactly what I have and what I need:
But mid-sorting this is how my crafting table looked! Aaaaargh!
And I need to do even more of that today!
And also today I am moving on to......
Getting my display bookcase into a state worth displaying! It's an Expedit bookcase from IKEA. This is the "before" shot, and when I am done I will show you an "After" shot if you are interested??
And if they truth be told... all this is just one way of procrastinating from the REAL TASK! Which is tackling my 11 year-old's bedroom before she comes home tomorrow morning! Let's not talk about that.......
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my crazy space. I am excited that some of the more frustrating things (paper and ribbons) are now done, and will hopefully work a lot better for me.
So next time you come along to a class... you should be able to see a difference :-) Im looking forward to it!
Friday, 18 April 2014
It is Good Friday here in Australia.... so I am taking this moment to wish you all a very Happy Easter. I hope it is a time to reflect on how blessed we are, and celebrate the real meaning of Easter. :-)
I have a simple card for you today... I used the Chalk Talk framelits to cut a piece of Natural Compositions Speciality paper... how beautiful are these embossed papers? I then brayered over the design with Soft Suede ink on my brayer, and then rubbed it clean with a cloth. It came up beautifully. The flowers were also simple. The vellum flower is stamped with the "Flower Shop" stamp set, and then I punched a small circle in Gold Foil paper and attached it with Dimensionals. The smaller flower is from the Petite Petals stamp and matching punch (these are sold as a bundle for only $34.75 for clear mount, or $39.75 for wood mount). I added an adhesive pearl to the centre of the flower. The "Thank you" sentiment is from the itty Bitty Banners stamp set, and I added a little Gold twine to the top of the framelit shape. The background is embossed with the "Perfect Polka Dots" embossing folder.
All these products are available in my ONLINE STORE! Just click HERE to visit the store to have the items you want delivered to you personally, anywhere in Australia.
I hope you have a great Easter break and look forward to sharing more with you soon :-)
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Well its Wednesday... and that means another week of April deals from Stampin'Up! Check out what is on offer this week.....
So what will I be buying this week? My choices will be the Champagne glimmer paper, and I have an upcoming project that uses those Naturals buttons too. And the "This and That Epic Day" DSP is a real bargain at that price.
To order visit my ONLINE STORE, or you can EMAIL ME your order. If you do use the store, items are shipped directly to you, anywhere in Australia for a reasonable postage charge. Enjoy the deals!
Monday, 14 April 2014
I'm back today with another project and a Video tutorial for you. This is a card I made a little while back, but I thought you would like to see how I did the embossed background. It's really simple to do, but makes your background a bit more dramatic.
Dont forget I have my upcoming Mother's Day class if you would like to join us next Saturday! Deals can be found HERE.
Enjoy the tutorial, and I will be back soon.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Come along and create a cute gift box and 4 matching cards set as a Mother's Day gift. Or of course you could just keep it for yourself! And if you are wondering why I'm running this on Easter Saturday... due to school holidays this was the only spare day that I have! And also the only date left for a class before I go off on the Stampin'Up Cruise. So if you are free on Easter Saturday, and would like to join us at 2pm, please email me and book your spot!
Date: Saturday 19th April
All materials and refreshments provided
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Last week I posted a simple card... although it was a special celebratory card, made special by adding some pewter embossing to the stamped image (to see the original card, click HERE) Today I decided to step it up a bit and glamourize it by adding even more embossing, and some vellum. And this is the end result.... what do you think?
It's still simple though! I wheeled straight onto my background with clear Versamark ink, and embossed it with the pewter Embossing powder. I then stamped my image from the 'Daydream Medallions" stamp set - also with Versamaark - and once again embossed it with Silver. I added some Soft sky cardstock behind the vellum, and some matched Soft Sky seam binding ribbon. And of course a silver sparkly butterfly that I punched out of Silver Glimmer paper.
Yep, its silver overload again, but I really love how it turned out :-) And i think the Pewter really adds a bit of vintage glamour....
I think everyone has heard by now (and particularly if you visit my Facebook business page) that last month I made the numbers for the Caribbean cruise with Stampin'Up. Can you believe that we leave in less than 3 weeks! The kids are so excited, and cant wait to go. Not sure which bit they are most excited about... visiting Disneyworld in Florida prior to the trip itself, or being on the ship. For me the best part is easy... getting to see my American fiancee who lives over there and will be meeting us when we arrive in Orlando.
I am sooo grateful to Stampin'Up for arranging these wonderful holidays for us! I love working for them, and I love doing a job that brings both myself and other people so much happiness. I am thankful for my awesome customers who placed orders, held workshops and cheered me over the finish line. For my fellow demonstrators who applauded my every step. And for my awesome team who share my excitement, and who make this job so much more fun. And some of them achieved goals this past year which not only helped them in their own businesses, but also helped me earn points towards this amazing trip. Thank you so much to every one of you! Running a business is never a single effort... and never could be. It takes lots of people working together to make something like this happen. So I am very very grateful.
I created a travel card today.. obviously inspired by my upcoming trip. I hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks. If you would like to see what I and the other demonstrators get up to whilst we am away, you can check back here, but most of the photos and info will be on my Facebook business page. If you "like" the page, you will get to see the photos and updates as I post them, rather than waiting for me to update my blog. I am not sure how much access I will have to my blog whilst I am away.
Here's the link to the Facebook page:
For my travel card I have used the "On Film" framelits, the Fresh Prints paper pack, the Silver Foil vellum, and "Around the World" stamp set.. which I thought was kind of appropriate. I also stamped the words "Away we Go"onto one of our Wooden elements embellishments. I hope you enjoy the card.. it was fun to make!
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Monday, 7 April 2014
With April being a short month due to School Holidays and Easter, I am running less classes this month than I normally might do. This week though I am running my monthly Stamp-A-Stack and am offering two class times. At Stamp-A-Stacks we make 6 cards - 3 each of 2 different designs. For April we will be making a Masculine design and also birthday cards. Of course if you have another occasion in mind, you can always change the sentiment to suit.
I still have some spots left. Although the day class is nearly full, and I only have 2 spots left in that one.
Here are the times:
Tuesday 8th April @ 7.30pm
Wednesday 9th April @ 11am
All materials and refreshments are provided.
If you would like to come along just let me know by clicking HERE.
Looking forward to showing you new designs :-)
Saturday, 5 April 2014
This past week was my parent's wedding anniversary. They've been married for a very long time... something that in itself is worthy of celebration. :-) Here's the card that I made for them.
I really love how it turned out.... it is a very simple card, but made special by using Gold Embossing on the outlines of the flowers all over the Crumb Cake background. I also used a little Gold Sequin trim behind the banner for a bit of extra bling. What do you think?
To order ANY of these items that I've used, you can shop in my online Store. Just click HERE to visit!
Have an awesome weekend :-)