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.