Sunday, 24 February 2008

10 Minute Birthday Cards

Cardstock: Pixie Pink, Turquoise Blue, Whisper White
DP: Non SU
Ribbon: Light Pink Organdy
Stamp Set: All Year Cheer II

We had our usual Saturday morning yesterday, well, lets be honest, we had our usual busy week before that too!

I got home from watching Cameron's cricket at about 12.30, to find that we'd had a power problem with the computer/TV ... tried to sort that out, fed the kids ... and then "eeeeeek", had about 15min before Rhiannon was due at a Birthday party for two of her friends, and I hadn't made cards yet! ... so with some quick (*shhhhhh* Big Red Shed) Designer Paper, and the wonderful SU card, that always has a match for any paper, I made two very quick cards ... probably quicker (and cheaper!), than racing down to the shops, buying two cards, and coming home again :)

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Happy Stamping!

Friday, 8 February 2008

Mini Takeout Boxes

Hmmmm, not the best photo, my photography skills (or camera!) definitely need updating ...

I made these for my door prize gifts this month ... nice and easy, and a lovely little gift.

Tiny Takeout Boxes
Jumbo Wheel: Leaves a la Carte
Jumbo Wheel Ink Cartridge: Olive Green
Stamp Set: Carte Postale
Ink pad: Perfect Plum
White Grosgrain Ribbon
White gel pen
Square punch

Before putting the boxes together I have rolled the Leaves a la Carte roller over the box, then highlighted parts of the stamping with the white gel pen (one of my favourite looks right now!). I've then put the boxes together, using a brad to hold the sides together. I've then stamped the Carte Postale image onto white card with Perfect Plum ink and punched it out with the square punch and put a brad through the middle, and then adhered it to the box with a dimensional dot. I made the tags using Perfect Plum ink again, I've stamped the squiggle once onto scrap paper and then onto the tag so it is slightly lighter, and then stamped "Mon Amie" over the top of that, and then sponged the tag. Lastly I've rolled the Leaves a la Carte over the Perfect Plum ink pad, and then rolled that over the white ribbon. I've then filled the boxes with chocolates and tied them up (... and hidden them!).

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Scrapbooking Wanna-Be

I've been a "scrapbooking wanna-be" for about 7-8 years, I went to a Creative Memories workshop about that long ago because I just "knew" that craft would take off in New Zealand eventually and I knew I wanted to part of it, but, you know, nothing against CM because I'm sure it is a personal taste thing, and as I say to a lot of people I think all different brands/makes etc all compliment each other ... it just depends what you want to bring to your page, card, or whatever at that time. Anyway - I just didn't fall in love with their product ... and the scrapbooking wanna be was put away at the back of my mind for a while, then I got busy with no.5 and lots of other things in my life ... until early last year when I discovered card making, and soon after discovered Stampin' Up and discovered it was coming to NZ! ... and I fell in love with their "style" straight away ... and here I am.

So on to my scrapbooking wanna-be ... I have five children, the oldest 16 years old ... that is a lot of time, a lot of memories ... and sadly, not as many photos as I'd like - when we started off good cameras were expensive, and definitely not digital ... you were frugal with what pictures you took, I mean $20 to develop a 24 film, you had to make sure you only took the photos you really thought you wanted.

So ... I'm slowly doing it - a page and photo at a time :) Trying to make the most of the photos I DO have, and you know, you only need one or two photos to tell a story. For now they all go into one album, eventually I'll hopefully have enough of each child that they can start filling their own separate albums, and the chronologly will start to happen. All in good time, and for now it's a lot of fun reliving the memories!

Here is the last couple of days effort (oh yeah, the kids are back at school - yay! One of my many goals this year is to be organised enough that I can spend 1-2hrs each afternoon working on scrapping and cardmaking ... 2 days, so far so good ...)
So here is "Toolman Cam" (Cameron is now 12yo, so this is a few years ago!)
I've used:
Cardstock: Real Red, More Mustard, Olive Green
Inks: More Mustard, Real Red, Olive Green
Stamp Set: Big Deal Alphabet
DP: Four Seasons
Jumbo Wheel: Rough Texture
(Bob the Builder printed out from the internet!)