Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Card buffet

About 10 days ago I attended a great class facilitated by Nic Howard at NZ Scrapbook. The focus was on Prima products with an all you can crEATe buffet of flowers, gems, ribbons and lace. So much fun. And I also got to play with Glimmermists and that was more dirty-fingered creative fun (adding colour to my hands on top of the tie dyes in the previous post!)

The best thing was the class gave you plenty of time and scope to try out new products and your own colour schemes. I made a total of 12 cards.. will try and scan the rest to share

Revisiting the 70's


We had so much fun a few days ago with my teenage son and his best friend... we created some cool tie dyed T shirts and singlets. We are going to do more! but this was our first effort. Wow! so much more worthwhile to be dying with decent Procion fibre reative dyes rather than the pallid Dylon dyes I had to make do with in the 70's.

As it was our first tryout I told the boys they could choose just two colours and they chose orange and black. The single t shirt is a baby size that I made for my newest niece or nephew due in February 2009!

I think we will be doing a lot more of this in the New year

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas scraps

Still more of my pre-stamped Christmas images, now transformed into cards that are ready to send.

Many of the images were stamped long ago, and the original stamps belong to friends. I think the summer Father Christmas belonged to Bronwen Channon! Hi Bronwen!

More cards from last weekend

Here some more cards I made from scraps last weekend... all the main images were already stamped, and I just had to layer them up and add some embellishment and the message. I am working through the stash!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cards from my weekend challenge


OK here are some images of my Christmas cards I made this weekend from pre-stamped images in my stash... But wait...there are more... just need to photograph them!

Scrap Challenge


One of my favourite sites for stamping inspiration is the Hero Arts Blog. This week Sally Traidman has been using up her pre-stamped images and scraps to make quick cards.

I too have a box of scraps of pre-stamped images, some of them already coloured and embellished. These have accumulated from crafting sessions with friends, my own work and experiments, and the biggie: from samples and classes I have taught.


Above is photo of some of my stamped images.

So lots of material here... and lets not dwell to closely on the quantity of scraps of papers, card, ribbons and extra embellishments that I have in my stash! Suffice to say that I started cardmaking this weekend with the goal of using up my pre-stamped images. I now have made more than 20 cards and completed a set of cards with compendium that is an overdue birthday present for my friend Sheryl.

I have also made a card scrap sorter prototype to orgaise my littlest scraps of card. I will post a picture shortly.

I am thrilled to have used these treasures and been so productive.I only used stuff I already had... a sure sign I have waaaayyyyy too much!

If you wish, why not take the challenge to use things you aready have in your stash to make a card or two. I would love to see what you come up with! And why not go a step further... pop one of your new cards in the post to someone ....just because. It will make their day.

I'll post some photos of the completed cards when I work out how to put more than one photo in a post. or at least get the format looking ok when I do it!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christmas Card Class


Taught my first class in an age on the weekend: here are some of the samples I made to publicize the class. They draw heavily on inspiration from the wonderful Hero Arts website.

When I find my camera (see previous blog!) I'll add some more... we made some lovely tags too. It reminded me again of how much fun it is to teach, and I am planning some great classes for next year.


As a bonus I got to help out my friend Cathy at a card class for her church group last night. Lots of fun was had by all and everyone went home having tried some new techniques and made some Christmas Cards. Colouring clear rhinestones with Sharpies was the biggest hit. I bought a pack of 25 colours when I was in the States last month!! so a colour for most occasions. Of course the bling is great for Christmas cards!

Monday, November 10, 2008

organisational challenge

Once I find my digital camera I'll be right for blogging! Unfortunately it got "tidied" away for the Halloween party, and some little ghoul has hidden it well!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Watch this space

Totally inspired by the wonderful treasure trove of creativity I am finding in blogs! Thanks Cathy for introducing me to http://sew-funky.blogspot.com/ last night... it has given me the little push I needed to start out in this new medium! Watch this space