Sunday, February 27, 2011

What a Great Day....

.....on Saturday at Dunedin Regional's.
 We were a small gathering, we all had a great time, lots of fun and laughter was had by all.
Thanks Em, Sophie, Patrice and Christine.
One of the suitcases with Sophie laptop and many other product had got lost somewhere in Auckland, so we had to improvise with our make 'n' takes as we had a few things missing and Sophie did a wonderful session on wheels without product or images for us to see.
I made some of my make 'n' takes and I will finish the rest this week and Sophie has promised to email her photos of her wheels projects.
I won a door prize which is 'Sew Suite' Stamp Set that is in the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue which will be available from the 1st April.
This is a great stamp set and was on my wish list, I can't wait to get all the others bits and pieces to compliment this set. I looking forward to playing with it.
Thanks girls.
Here are my swaps.
 I have used 'Masking and Inbedded Embossing' Technique.
Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red are the colours I have used.
I used Circle Circus and Heard from the Heart Stamp Sets.
I will be back in the next few days with the other swaps. 
We had a great weekend in Dunedin, we had a surprise birthday party to attend on Saturday and we were able to catch up with other today.
It's great to be home, we have our niece Jessica coming to stay a few days to have a break from CHCH.
Hope you had a great weekend.

Friday, February 25, 2011

UStamp Playtime.

In the busiest of this week after I had finished my swaps, I have found time to play.
Here is a Birthday Card and Gift for a friend in Dunedin, her birthday is today and we will celebrating with her tomorrow evening.
We will start with the card.
 This one of the UStamp Projects that Ilina Crouse has designed, I love the Colour Combo.
Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, So Saffron and Tempting Turquoise.
 I have used 'For Everything', 'Well Scripted' (Mini) and 'Ossasional Quotes' (Level 3 Hostess) Stamp Sets.
On to the Box of Cards.
 I have used my Jumbo Very Vintage Wheel, inked in VersaMark for the background and Circle Scissors Plus for this project.
I have made a straight Scallop Trim Border Punch, to fit a round the inner circle.
If you would like to know how to do this contact me.
Here a photo of the whole project.
I didn't have the right DSP to work with this so I made my own on Whisper White Card Stock.
I had better go and pack for my trip to Dunedin for Regionals tomorrow, I so excited and I still need to go into town to get some jewellery findings, I thinking Vintage Brads would make nice earrings.
I will get back to you on that one next week.
Have a great weekend, I know I will.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

What a Week!

On Monday I checked my emails and found that I had won a Free Pass to the 'Oh My Word' UStamp.
I was so excited, I could have easily phoned in sick for mainly music, so I could play (I didn't).
I had to also complete my swaps for Saturdays Regionals in Dunedin and to make my name badge, so when I had them finished I able to play.
Here's a sneak peek for you.
Then of course we all know what happened on Tuesday, we felt it down here in Timaru.
Our thoughts and prayer go to all the people of Christchurch.
It such a terrible disaster, I have felt quite sick ever since. 
All our family and a lot of friends live in Christchurch, they are all OK.
On Tuesday my Dad celebrated his 70th Birthday, when I got hold him on the phone I asked him if he had caused this much trouble when he was born? Joking like.
He replied well..... he was been born it was in a middle of an air raid with all the sirens going, his family was rushing to the shelter and he and his mother were been rushed to the hospital.
I had never heard that story before.
My heart is aching for all the families who are missing loved ones, you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad

Today is Dad's 70th birthday.
Happy Birthday Dad (Grandad).
Here is the card I have made for him.
 I have made another Twisted Easel card, using the Owl Punch.
I'm loving this punch, it should be on everyones wish list, he soooooo cute.
I have used Garden Green, Early Espresso and Soft Suede card stock and Woodland Walk DSP.
I love this DSP, and it's fab with the Owl and Bird Punches.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Do you have....

.. time for your paper crafting?
Do you make time for yourself?
Do you like getting together with others who are like minded, where you can bounce ideas of each other?
 If you answered no to the first 2 questions and yes to the third, I have the answer for you if you live in the Timaru area.

Craft with CraftyHelen
Bring your current projects and any supplies you need.
I will provide Stampin’ Up! stamp sets, you can have the use of my inks and tools and tea/coffee.

When: This Monday 21st February 2011
Time: 7.30pm to 10pm

Cost: $5.00

You will need to RSVP due to the small size of the group.
I still have some available spaces.
Mark your diaries.
Craft with CraftyHelen 
for March
When: Friday 4th March 2011

Time: 9:30am to 12:30am or 7.30pm to 10pm


When: Monday 21st March 2011

Time: 7.30pm to 10pm
Cost: $5.00
You will need to RSVP due to the small size of the group.

Hey Presto

Here's a card that I made during the week, then I demonstrated it at a workshop.
I wanted to highlight the 'Presto Patterns' Specialty Designer Papers out of the Summer Mini.
These are great, they are all white and have like an emboss resist pattern on them.
The magic starts when you had the colour.
I have also scrapbooked with them this week, I still need to take photos so that will be another post.
These are out of the Summer Mini which end on March 31st.
I love this colour combo of Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz and Bashful Blue.
The stamp set is 'Bliss' a SAB set, which you can earn free when you spend $120.

So contact me today to order yours.

Friday, February 18, 2011

School Project

Here is a project that I have been working on for Samuel's classroom, Year 1 and New Entrants at Timaru Christian School.
Mrs Thompson (Linda) has always done a whose who board on the wall outside of her classroom, with photos of the children, I was talking to her earlier in the week and she said that she would like to put the photos in a faux frame.
I told her that I had something in mine, so that day I had a play with Sahara Sand and Garden Green Card Stock and Sahara Sand Ink and Woodgrain Large Background Stamp.
Here is what I came up with.
Linda was so thrilled, so I made another 11 last night. She is hoping to get them up on the wall over the weekend.
I have added a Owl on each frame to finish it, isn't it sooo cute.

Family Affair

Oh boy what a busy week, and I have had issues with camera batteries also that why I haven't blogged lately.
We have sorted the batteries and the camera is all up and running again.
Last weekend Paul, Savannah and I got three classrooms curtains out of four finished for Timaru Christian School.
 I had to unpick the side to join them together.
 After I had sewn them together, Paul and Savannah measured and cut then pinned the hem.
Then I would sew the hems.
It was a real marathon, I'm pleased the bulk of them are done, the remaining classroom has issues so it with wait a few weeks, as I have Regional Seminar next Saturday in Dunedin and I haven't even started my swaps or name badge. Since it was my idea at the last regional I went to, make our name badges I had better get mine done.
I was so grateful of the help, Paul and Savannah gave me there was just no way I could have done it by myself.
Thanks Guys, you are awesome.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Just Add Love

This week JAI Challenge # 55 is Just add LOVE.
Then I did my blog surfing that I do most mornings.
I visited Mary Fish's Blog which I go to most day, I loved her card that she had done and I knew I had to case it.
Go and check her blog, I love her work.
So no further ado here is my card.
 I have used 'Bliss' Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set, LOVE IT.
I have used Emboss Resist Technique again.
I have used Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Saraha Sand and Very Vanilla Colour Combo.
 It turned into a wedding card.
I was playing with another stamp for my sentiment, but didn't work so I got out 'Teeny Tiny Sentiments" Stamp Set and used the wedding stamp which I stamped onto the ribbon with Stazon Ink.
 The rose I made with Very Vanilla 5/8' Satin Ribbon and an Antique Brad, It was one of the tutorials from We Stamp For Lara.
Here's the inside of the card.
Go and check out what the JAI DTs have made this week.

More Bliss

Here are more cards I made yesterday using 'Bliss' Stamp Set SAB.
I have cased this from Dawn Olchefske Blog, it was a Leadership Swapper - Mercedes.
Do check out Dawns Blog it a great blog which I check regularly, I don't know if Mercedes has a blog, I would like to find it if she has.
 This is almost the same as Mercedes.
Hers is stunning and I knew I had to case it even though it was blue (I don't do a lot of Blue).
The technique is 'Emboss Resist'.
I used Bashful Blue, Marina Mist and Whisper White.
Here's the inside.
I loved it so much I have made 3 more in different colours.
Blushing Bride and Rose Red Combo (don't be so shocked another pink card. LOL).
 Old Olive and Pear Pizzaz Combo.
 Early Espresso and Crumb Cake Combo.
I like them all, but I think the Old Olive one is my Favourite.
Which is your Favourite? I would love to know what you think of these.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bliss, I Love It

I had some time this afternoon to have a play with 'Bliss' Stamp Set, Sale-A-Bration set.
 I think this is my favourite SAB set.
I have used Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla colours.
This is the inside.
You can earn this set FREE when you spend $120.
Contact me to book a workshop or place an order.

Kea of the Day

Yesterday Samuel went to Gleniti Keas (Scouts Ass) for the first.
He was very unsure when we first arrived, then bit by bit started joining in.
I was able to slip out of the door and he never missed me.
 He was awarded Kea of the day and he is very keen to go next week.
 This is the Kea that he has bought for the week.
Next week they are biking thriugh the Scenic Reserve.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Paul

Today is Paul's (DH) birthday.
We had a lunch date at Burger King, that was close to were he was working today, it was great to make the time for us evenly if it was only for 30 minutes.
Here's the card I made him.
 I have used this Owl and the Happy Birthday from 'Punch Bunch' Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set.
This is a set of 5 stamps and there is a punch to match each stamp.
You can earn this set for FREE if you spend $120.00.
 I think he is very cute. 
I have used Wild Wasabi, River Rock and Early Espresso Colour Combanation.
I cased the back ground from Mary Fish go check her blog, she does the most beauitful work and has great tutorials.
Contact me to place your order and earn your Free Satamp Set.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Just Add...

.... A Colour Combination #54.
It first I wasn't sure about this combo, as most of you know pinks and I don't mix, love the browns.
So I got the colours out and looked at them for a few days and thought about what I could do.
On Friday the courier arrived with a box of goodies from Stampin' Up and inside there was 'Just Believe' Stamp Set, which has been on my wishlist since we got the new Idea Book and Catalogue.
I knew that would be the stamp set that I would use.
So here is the Sympathy Card that I needed to make.
 I have used Blushing Bride instead of Regal Rose as that is a colour that I don't have yet (pinks are on my bottom of my list).
I have used the Faux Silk technique. 
I covered the middle piece of Blushing Bride in pale pink tissue paper, I was quite pleased with the result.
This is the inside of the card.
I really like this, as a rule I struggle with Clean and Simple and I think this would made a beautiful card front.
Contact me is you would like to learn the Faux Silk Technique.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Great Time Had By All

Here's a collage I have put together from some of the photos from Savannah Party.
We all had a great time.
Savannah had 6 of her friends, Auntie Heather, Jessica, Granny and Grandad over on Saturday, we had a bbq for tea, Ambrosia, trifle and of course Ice Cream Birthday Cake for dessert. Them the girls watched 'Furry Vengeance' starring Brendon Fraser, it was a very funny movie.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Savannah

Today is Savannah's 13th birthday.
Here is the card I have made for her.
 It is a 'Twisted Easel Card'.
Debbie Airey has made a tutorial, go check her blog HERE.
 I'm loving using 'Island Oasis' DSP and the Owl Punch.
 I glued her age into the middle of the flower.
This is a large card using Debbie's dimensions.
Here is a smaller version (21cm x 10.5cm).
I think this is quite cute.
I shifted the Happy Birthday, the rest is virtually the same.
I love the striped DSP, you can do so much with it.
On the base of the cards I have used the stripe as they are, but on the fronts I have used the 'Bargello' Technique.
Happy 13th Birthday Savannah.

Friday, February 4, 2011

I have been wanting....

.... to make these wee handbags, ever since I got my Top Note Die.
We had a team meeting on Wednesday, which I wasn't able to attend.
The swaps I made were the same as Darian's birthday card click HERE to view.
My Mum and Dad are bringing my swap tomorrow when they come down for Savannah's birthday.
I got my inspiration for this wee bag from Alison, she made these bags and personalised them for her swap.
I have made this bag to put part of Savannah's birthday present in it.
I have used 'Island Oasis' DSP and Owl Punch, to match her invites we made for her party.
I have all so Made one in 'Lap of Luxury' DSP for my friend Maureen.
These bags are very easy to make great way of using some of our scraps of DSP, I got the bags quite cheaply from a place in Christchurch.
If you would like to make one of these bags contact me and get a group of friends together, have a fun time and earn some gifts as well.