Friday, April 30, 2010

Punch up

I have had a right old punch up this morning, let get serious I have punched 360 Scallop Circles.
I have been asked to make 60 Mother's Day gifts.
 I found paperclip bookmarks on the Spiltcoaststampers and decided that these would make great Mother's Day gifts.
Here is a close up of the flower they are so easy to make. 
You punch 3-10 DSP Scallop Circles, scrunch them up till you get the look you want, flatten them, use your paper piercing tool to put hole in the middle, join with a brad and arrange flower for the look up want.
I have used 6 Scallop Circles for these flowers.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Top Note Coin Purse

Just quick post today.
The other day the zip on my purse gave way, today when I was at the supermarket all the coins fell out of it. 
So I came home and made this Top Note Coin Purse to match my Top Note Bag that I blogged about a couple of weeks ago.
I had always planned on making one to match my bag.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mother's Day

Here in New Zealand we celebrate Mother's Day on the 9th May.
Today our mainly music team got together to make our pressies for our lovely mothers (no Jo I'm not going to tell what, you can wait till Monday). Our mothers are all so precious and are doing such a fantastic job with their kids, we always make them a present to honour them.
Here is a card I demonstrated at a workshop last week.
I am loving Soft Suede and Melon Mambo together, I have used Lovely as Trees and Occasional Greetings Stamp Sets these are great stamp sets they are so versatile.
Ring or email today to order yours today.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

One Page Mini Scrapbook

I had a fantastic time at Ladies Camp over the weekend. I have been tired since, with me been out every night last week apart from Thursday and then I started making a new top for the formal dinner on Saturday evening at 11.30pm hence not an early night. I will catch up this week I'm only out twice this week.
Liz Talyor from City Impact Church Balcutha was our speaker for the weekend. She was lovely, very down to earth and easy to talk to.
 Saturday Afternoon was free time Angela had here beads with her and some ladies made necklaces, brooches or rings etc.
Here is the necklace Angela made me.
I saw the main bead and knew it would go nice with my new top I had made.
I demonstrated this One Page Mini Scrapbook.
Everyone who made one was delighted with theirs.
These are my sample, Darian is 3 in this photo.
I made Angela one as she was to busy with the beads.
Here is hers.
We used Apple Washington Dsp.
We emblellished them using the XL 2 Step Bird Punch.
Karyn had been watching my blog last week thinking she would get a sneak peek, sorry to disappoint you but the wait was worth it.
This project can be found here at scrapbook about com.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fun with Sponges

Boy this week has been busy, tonight is the first night I have been home this week.
This weekend our Church is holding a ladies camp and I'm on the planning team so I have been flat tack getting ready. I'm preparing a Mini Album for anyone who would like to make it on Saturday Afternoon. I haven't photographed it yet, I will show it to you next week.
I have made 2 large thank you cards, one for the speaker Liz who is coming from Baclutha for the weekend and the other is for Steve (from our Church) who has felt lead by the lord to bless us ladies with a very special dinner on Saturday. My Mother is coming from Christchurch for the weekend to cook for us, she is going to be very blessed as she has got Saturday dinner off. Sue is making her card.
Here is the first card I made.
I have been inspired by Michelle Zindorf works of art, her blog is amazing. She does the most stunning Braying and sponging work, and she has over 300 tutorials. The above card is a case of her card, here is the tutorial for it.
In her tutorial she is using a brayer, but that is still on my wish list. So I have sponged it instead. I am very pleased with the end result.
 Supplies List
Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs and Vintage Vogue.
 Card Stock: Not Quite Navy and So Saffron.
Inks: Old Olive, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze and VersaMark.
Extra: So Saffron Ribbon, Clearing Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool and Clear Rhinestone Brads.

The second card is cased from Michelle also, I have also used sponges instead of a brayer. Here is the tutorial for this card.

I'm very pleased with both cards, I have lined them with 2 pages of computer page so there is plenty of room for everyone to leave a message.
Supplies List:
Stamp Sets: Organic Grace (level 1 hostess) and Heartfelt Thanks.
Card Stock:   Pacific Point and Baja Breeze.
Inks: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Old Olive and Basic Black.
Extras: Silver Brads from HodgePodge Hardware Set.

I'm not sure if I will get time to post anything tomorrow, so if I don't have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fifth Avenue Floral

This is the second card I made like this.
The first one I had made was still smoking (hot of the press) when I sold it, I had only just finished making it and showed it to Liz and she bought it right there and then.
I have used Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp Set, this watercolour techniquie is called "Floating watercolour".
I first saw this techniquie awhile ago and had never gotten around to trying it. So on Saturday I took the bull by the horns and set to work. I'm very pleased with the results. I can't remember where I first saw it, so I have found Anne Hayward's blog with the tutorial, thanks. I didn't do it quite the same way, as I was going from memory and had no access to the internet on Saturaday.
I have used Little Leaves Sizzlets Die, I think they look great as rose leaves.
Supplies List:
Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral and Teeny Tiny Sentiments.
Card Stock: Glossy White and Kiwi Kiss.
Ink: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Riding Hood Red.
Extras: Aqua Painter, Big Shot, Polka Dots Embossing Folder and Little Leaves Sizzlet Die. 

Monday, April 19, 2010

Extra Large 2 Step Bird Punch

I'm loving my XL 2 Step Bird Punch.
This a very quick card to make. I have used Polka Dots Embossing Folder and Little Leaves Sizzlits Die through the Big Shot, So Saffron and Old Olive Stock Card, Autumn Traditions DSP, Soft Suede Ink, Large Oval and Bird Punch and Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set.
Here's another quick and easy card. The Bird has been mounted onto a Top Note, the bird is punched out of Cottage Wall DSP.
I have cut 2 top Notes and trimmed the So Saffron (top) at the perforations. This is very effective.
 This Punch is a great punch perfect for cards and Emblishments for your Scrapbooks.
XL Two Step Bird Punch is a must for any crafter, wether you are a card maker or a Scrapbooker.
Email today to order yours.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Great day Had By All In Waimate On Saturday.

Yesterday was the Waimate Craft Day.
We all had a fantasic day, You are all a lovely group of Ladies and all so talented.
Above is the triangle box that everyone made for the Make 'n' Take.
We used Melon Mambo and the XL 2 Step Bird Punch and Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set.
I demonstrated "Reflection Technique" Jacquelyn Pedersen has a tutorial on this.
Above is my card I made using this technique, sorry the photos not the best. 
I was very pleased with results of my first attempt.
This the middle of the card.

Friday, April 16, 2010

3d Challenge

This weeks challenge at ESAD was a 3d challenge, we were given a link to the instrustions and had to made a Circle Flip up Book.

What is ESAD you say?
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.
Circle Flip Up Book/ Album.
I have used Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss and Very Vanilla Stock Card with Washington Apple DSP. I think this one of my favourite DSPs.
I used Blooms Die Cuts to make the big flowers, in the centre of the flowers I have got homeade buttons, I used Buttons #5 Sizzlits Die through the Big Shot. Then I covered them with Crystal Effects and left them to dry over night, I tied Linen Thread through the button holes.
They look great, I'm very pleased with them and will use them lots.
 The tulips are made using XL Two step Bird Punch, I love this punch
 And here I have the bird using the same punch.
 This is the Front and Back .
I have linked instructions up the top page for you to have a go.
Email me to order your XL Two Step Bird Punch.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Big Shot Loving it!!!

I'm loving my Big Shot and the Top Note Die, it is so veratile. 
 This is a list provided by Stampin' Up for materials that can be cut in the Big Shot.

Big Shot-Approved Materials
Big Shot Materials List for Bigz and Originals Dies
The following materials work well when creating die cuts with the Big Shot machine and Bigz and Originals dies. Please note the maximum thickness of several materials. As a rule of thumb, you can cut a material with your Big Shot machine and Bigz or Originals dies if you can cut it using your Craft & Paper Scissors.
  • Thick corkboard
  • Thick chipboard (59 mil)
  • Colored magnet
  • Ruffle board
  • Paper wood
  • Balsa wood (3/32")
  • Bass wood (1/16")
  • Metal mesh
  • Aluminum (.016)
  • Tin (.008)
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive mat board
  • Drawer liner
  • Shelf liner
  • Vinyl
  • Static cling vinyl
  • Shrink film
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Clear acetate (20 mil)
  • Vellum
  • Card stock
  • Patterned paper
  • Flocked paper
  • Contact paper
  • Textured paper
  • Metallic paper
  • Linen paper
  • Suede paper
  • Embossed metallic paper
  •  Basketball embossed paper
  • Faux alligator textured paper
  • Self-adhesive glitter paper
  • Fabric
  • Canvas
  • Iron-on fabric
  • Soft plush fabric
  • Burlap
  • Velvet
  • Corduroy
  • Lace
  • Heavyweight denim
  • Terry cloth
  • Funky fur
  • Thin leather
  • Quilt batting
  • Warm & natural batting
  • Fusible fleece
  • Self-adhesive craft metal
  • Self-adhesive cork
  • Self-adhesive foam
  • Self-adhesive magnet
  • Self-adhesive felt
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
  • Pop-up sponge
  • Poly foam
  • 100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax.)
I'm really enjoying exploring the different possiblities.
I found this purse using the Top Note on Tami blog, she has a tutorial there.
I have used this for make 'n' takes for some of my workshops.
For this card I have added a brad to the flap on the purse.
I have used the left over peice from cutting Top Note as frame on the inside of the Card.
Supplies List
Stamp Set: Vintage Vogue, Teeny Tiny Sentiments and God's Blessings.
Card Stock: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Soft Suede, Whisper White and Cottage Wall DSP.
Inks: Rich Razzleberry.
Extras: Rich Razzleberry, Polka-Dot Ribbon, Gold Brads and Stampin Dimensionals.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


This weeks Just Add Ink Challenge is a sketch.
 I love sketch challenges.

I have made a sympathy card.
 I have used 2 of my favourite stamp sets in the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue, Pendant Park and Teeny Tiny Sentiments.
I stamped the bush in Old Olive, then I rubbed the ink of the edges and applied So Saffron to the edges.
I rolled Very Vintage Wheel in So Saffron Ink over the front of the card.
I inked the park Bench with VersaMark then Soft Suede the I embossed it.
I pleated So Saffron Ribbon and wrapped Linen Thread around it all.
 The Inside of the card I wheelled the 2 sides with Very Vintage Wheel in Soft Suede and a sentiment using God's Blessing Stamp Set.
Supplies List:
Stamp Sets: Pendant Park, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, God's Blessings and Very Vintage Wheel.
Card Stock: Old Olive, So Saffron, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.
Inks: So Saffron, Old Olive, Soft Suede and VersaMark.
Extras: So Saffron Ribbon, Linen Thread and Clear Embossing Powder.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Very Productive Day

I have been very busy today, not papercrafting but sewing and felting.
 I have caught up on all my mending that had piled up. I have made Samuel 6 pairs of underpants, I was given the material and I had all the elastic so they didn't cost a cent.
 I even manged to get into town to do some banking and bit of shopping without children in tow. That's the beauty of having a 14 year old, it was payment for me replacing a zip in his favourite pair of shorts.
 Savannah had ripped a hole in the knee of her favourite pair of jeans, so I zig zaged it on the machine and I'm in the process of needle felting over top of the stitching. I will so you tomorrow.
Here is the broch that I needle felted on Saturday evening.
Have an enjoyable evening. I hoping to get my JAI challenge do tonight. See you tomorrow.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Shabby Chic

I have made another Top Note Purse.
I had lots of comments from people at church this morning about my purse.
I'm thinking I might make some more purses to sell.
I have made a felt button.
 Yesterday Jeanne, Savannah and I went to the Patchwork Exhibition that has been here in Timaru this weekend. The Quilts were amazing, the patience they must have to make such works of art. The was lots of stall with all sorts of fibre crafts availible, I could have spent a fortune. 
I bought a needle felting kit I have wanted to have a go at felting for a long time.
So last night while watching tv I made myself a needle felted broch (I forgot to photograph it), I will show it to you another day soon.
After finishing this bag I made a felt button for it. I am pleased with my efforts so far. I have seen the most lovely needle felted teddy bears, so that can be I goal later on to make felted teddy bear.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I'm Loving Top Note Die

Love it, Love it, Love it.
 My Big Shot of cause, especially the Top Note Die (which is exclusive to SU).
Email me to order yours.
 I saw a Top Note Rag Purse on Lynn Pratt's Blog, she has the tutorial for sale (I looked at her photos and worked it out.) I knew I just had to made one (I needed a new bag, when don't we.)
It's a nice size, but if you want it bigger you just add more Top Notes.
I'm already thinking about other bits of Fabric that I have got to make another one or two.
 I made it out of some fabric that I had cut out a shirt (long time ago) for Paul (DH) and had never got around to sewing it, sorry Paul. I cut out 4 Top Notes (48 in total so fast to do, when you can cut them 4 at time)  and Quilted them together.
I added an extra pocket on the outside. The handle are strip of ripped fabric plaited and I added a tab and a button for fastening.

My Son Darian (14) has just arrived home from been at his Youth Pastor's house were him and some of the other youth have been helping Elliot rip out a chimmey, here is a photo of him.
He has had a great day and he wasn't anywhere near a computor or playstation.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Carry over from Spring and Summer Mini Catalogues.

Carry over products from the Spring and Summer Mini Catalogues.

Hope you all had a nice Easter break, and are enjoying school holidays.
I love the holidays. 
We have had a great time with my family, they stayed overnight on Sunday.
We had a family of 4 staying over last night, friends from Dunedin and 3 extras tonight also friends from Dunedin.
It has been great catching up with them all.