Sunday, October 4, 2009

World Card Making Day is finished too soon

We had a wonderful afternoon yesterday, with up to 7 of us busily crafting cards. It made me very grateful to have a large craft space that I can share with my friends.

I wish I could keep on crafting today, but as I am out of town for a few days from tomorrow, some other chores must be done.

One "chore" is to write and post some of the lovely cards in my stash to some of the special people in my life.... and thats what is all about really... not hoarding those cards, but sending them out into the world to brighten someone's day. Thats my challenge to you.... post a card today! let me know how you do.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Preparing for World Cardmaking Day

I started tidying up my craft room/studio last night. This is part of my preparations for World Cardmaking Day. If I am feeling extremely brave I might even take a photo of the before... because at the moment it is worse than average. I have boxes pulled out of the cupboards. And I do have a lot of STUFF after years of crafting and 5 years managing a scrapbook shop! It can be scarey, but I am not going to be intimidated! I am going to do a little each day... and I have 18 days to go!
Maybe I need a countdown gadget?? But I digress...For those of you who make it to my place on 3 October I will be delighted if you can check out my growing box of "stuff to be donated." Anything that is leftover is going to be donated to a worthy cause. I am talking about stickers and papers mainly, but there will be some stamps and pads too.
Any suggestions for the "worthy cause"?

Cards for Men

I really should have aced this one, as I have 3 sons, 2 brothers, 2 brothers-in-law, and of course my Dad...but no, I still struggle with cards for the men in my life. Here are a couple I made recently. The first used the same formula as the card in my previous post, the second repeats

the star theme with some glittered stripe paper.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Another card using the same cuttlebug folder and Hero Arts flower. I made a whole batch of cards with different phrases and colours on the same cream embossed background. I am really pleased with how they turned out.
I photographed this card on the dash of my car, and I am really pleased with how the sparkle showed up.

and here is another one using reverse embossing with ink, a simple phrase and a punched border. Just add a little bling and you have a super easy and quick card.

Tonight some of my crafting friends came to my place and I gave them a mini tutorial on embossing with the cuttlebug. This resulted in some more beautiful completed cards, and lots of pre-made components that will grow up to be cards one day!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Now that I am getting my crafting mojo back, I am excited to see that its just under a month til World Cardmaking Day... perfect timing. Its in the middle weekend of the NZ spring school holidays. I have decided to celebrate by hosting a cardmaking session in my home. I am thinking giveaways and challenges, cupcakes for afternoon tea and lots of creative fun. Hope you can join me!

More info to come but keep the date free: Saturday 3 October, at my home in Pakuranga, 1pm til 9pm.

You can get more ideas and inspiration about this event at Moxie Fab World

Friday, September 4, 2009

My first tutorial on the web

Finally have a rough copy of my first tutorial and I would love your comments. Please remember this is my first attempt and its not quite polished yet. But I have finally achieved one of my goals for this year... publishing a craft video on my blog!

And I booked today for the "build your own pizza oven" course at Karekare in October so thats another goal for 2009 on its way to completion!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Day dawns afresh

Its spring! a time for new life. So its time to resuscitate my blog!
I have been busy making thank you cards for all my awesome friends who made my big 5 Oh birthday so special. You know who you are....

and I have been playing with my cuttlebug, which I bought in April and have hardly used.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gift Compendium of Cards

Just thought I would share the little gift I made this morning for my friend Ann. The pretty papers make it simple and quick, and a little stamping and ribbon finish it off.

Monday, January 26, 2009

delays in tutorial posting

Having a little trouble posting my tutorial with photos, so will try a different method soon:

Update here is the link to my first ever Youtube video: its not perfect or even quite complete, but I have had so many visits to this post, there is obviously an interest! I plan to update the video over the holidays. Thanks for your interest

  • chipboard
  • 1 sheet patterned paper
  • 10 envelopes
  • ribbon
  • double-sided tape
  • modpodge
  • stickers etc to personalise
Tuck the flap of each envelope to the inside. Then use a strip of double-sided tape in the centre of the envelope to adhere another envelope on top. Continue until you have a stack of all 10 envelopes. Make sure you only use adhesive down the centre of the envelopes or the organiser will not be able to expand. Finish up with a strip down centre of top and bottom envelope of stack.
Cover one side of both chipboard covers with the patterned paper, mitering the corners.
Add in a length of ribbon centred on the middle of the back cover.
Stick envelope stack to inside of back cover, then line up front cover and adhere.
Decorate the organiser to suit. The ribbon ties it closed when not in use. When I have it out (most of the time), I tie the ribbon loosely and pull the concertina out so the ribbon acts as a stabiliser.
I use one pocket for each colour group of scraps and it keeps it right at hand when I am creating.
Have fun

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Scrap Cardstock Organised at last

I have been ticking off some of my partly completed projects! and I took photos as I went so I could post my first ever online tutorial. One of my plans for this year is to learn to do video tutorials, but this will have to do for now.

So check back tonight for the tutorial and make your own desktop scrap organiser for cardstock. Tutorial is here

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Last minute link to Valentines Blog Candy

Check out these goodies from Three Clovers Design, just in time for Valentines Day. The closing date is 2oth January, so click over there now!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

One World One Heart Giveaway

PhotoThe draw for the giveaway is now closed... its the morning of 13th February in New Zealand! I will announce winner later today...

Welcome to the first giveaway on my blog. Photos of the giveaways will be added soon!!

One World One Heart (OWOH) is the brainchild of the wonderfully creative Lisa Swifker, with the aim of encouraging people to explore and get to know about creative and generous artists worldwide by way of their blog. Here is is her description of OWOH...

"The original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way...This is more than wanting to win something.......that is only the the end it's about finding kindred spirits. Someone who may be fairly new to blogging, not sure how to navigate, find others and have others find them....Some are long time bloggers and in some cases well known in the art community. Whatever the case it brings all of them together...We are not solving the worlds problems nor are we curing anything nor are we changing the world. We are merely generating a closer community between humans through blogging."


I will be giving away a handcrafted and stamped birthday diary including 6 birthday cards and envelopes. The perpetual diary helps remind you of loved one's birthdays from year to year, and there is a pocket for each month to keep cards, stamps and address labels on hand. The inspiration for this diary comes from my new favourite blog site Capture the Moment

I will also draw two names to each win a set of 6 gift tags. So you have 3 chances to win!

To enter in the draw, all you have to do is make a comment on
this post, and be sure to include your email details so I can contact you if you are a winner.

I will draw the winners on 12 February.
The draw will be done using a random number generator and I will contact the winners.

Good luck and have fun meeting new people and ideas: I am sure you will find it inspiring. If you want to find out more about the event just click on the logo, its not too late to join!

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Bling for my Wardrobe!

I have been having a lot of fun making new jewellery to go with my new clothes. I hate the clothes shopping: updating my jewellery is the part I enjoy.

I made 3 new necklaces and 3 pairs of earrings... and here is the best part..... in line with my new policy of "sustainability" I managed to complete them while spending less then $5. (at the Beadhold, my favourite source of supplies and inspiration) The rest came from my stash, including leftovers from a CHA 2007 make-and-take and beads I received in a Stamphappy swap several years ago.

I also made some simple repairs on two other necklaces and a pair of earrings! And I organised my beading workbox, with all my finding in mini ziploc bags on a book ring. Wow, its really convenient, with everything at my fingertips.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

oops, back from Holiday....

but my blogger was stuck on transliterating into Hindi. That was very interesting!!

I have had a wonderful holiday so far. The photo is of the rocks at the bottom the garden at Langs. The holiday has been great and the weather fantastic, but now I can't wait to get back to my own space. Tomorrow I'll be back at home. Time for crafting and more in my downstairs work area. I can't call it a studio yet, but that is one of the ideas I am going to implement this year.