Tuesday, 17 November 2015

A little fun sewing project

I have turned my hand to a little sewing lately.  I have adapted a purse pattern and came up with this version, upcycling some old goodies along with some lovely new fabric.
One young lady was happy with this result, and I enjoyed the privilege of designing and sewing it.  The best part was seeing someone else happy.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Mini Paper Quilt

A friend of mine has a quilting business here in Hawke's Bay, and so I made her a wee quilt that is already complete. This was fun to make, using scraps of DSP and my square paper punch.  I glued all the squares together and popped it through the Big Shot using the Top Note Die. Love the Pear Pizzazz colour of the card stock too, a little embossing adds that layered effect.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Finally a post

Well it's long overdue to put a post on my blog.  My life has changed a lot in the last year.  I am no longer a Stampin'Up! demonstrator, but I am still a lover of Stampin' Up!.  I have embarked on some studies and have acquired a job, so between that and the rest of what needs to fit into my busy life with family, I have not been posting my artwork. 
I have still been making cards, sometimes, and love the time I do get to create.
Here's a card I made for my sister, just because I wanted to encourage her.  I have used the "Designer Frames' embossing folder here.  The stamp set used is 'Nature Walk'.  The butterfly is cut out using the 'Beautiful Butterflies' die and laid onto a cut out from the 'Top Note'  die. 
 Here's another card I made for my nephew and wife's new baby son, Zack.  I love water colouring, and this image is from 'Zoo Review'.  It is mounted on card stock embossed with the 'Stripes' embossing folder.
All these products are still available in the NEW Stampin' Up! catalogue. 
Hope you have been crafting too.  Hope this cheers your day.

Monday, 12 September 2011

School Art Auction

This Friday evening my daughters school will be having an Art Auction and Music Recital.  Here's a sample of a Gift Card Folder I am giving to the cause.  These folders have been around for a  long time, initially inspired by Makeesha Byl's artwork, but they are always such great gifts. I have used the retired stamp set "Soft Summer" here.  It promises to be a great evening, where we will get to enjoy the senior music students perform their exam pieces and then bid on art work as a fundraiser for the school.  
These card folders make wonderful gifts for Christmas.  The cards are blank on the inside, so they can be filled in for any occasion. 
I have coloured the flowers using ink and a blender pen. All the blossoms are starting to appear here in Hawkes Bay and this stamp set is such a timeless one and reminds me of the blossoms. It's a joy seeing the soft pink blossoms when driving around. The change in season always reminds me of new beginnings.
 Well that's all I have time for this time.
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Thursday, 1 September 2011

Bright and Cheery flowers to welcome the New IBC

It's still available in the NEW Idea Book & Catalogue, the stamp set Flower Fancy and the Square Lattice embossing folder used here. I use this stamp set so much, and there's not really a colour ink it doesn't suit.  Some people have trouble imaging how to use this stamp set, but I always head for it and love exploring new colour combinations to use with it.  I demonstrated this card at a workshop and everyone enjoyed the end result.  The lattice embossing folder is a classic design and can be used in so many ways.  
I got introduced to two step stamping very early on in my Stampin' Up life and I still find it a striking stamping style.  I love using Whisper White  ink on top of colour.  I designed this card with many different stamping techniques, as I like to pack as much into a workshop as possible.  I have used the white uni-ball Gel Pen that Stampin' Up! sell to put faux stitching around the cut out Top Note edge.  Sewing is so easy this way.
I have stamped the outline of the flowers and then 'fussy-cut' them out. I then sponged the edges.  These flowers are mounted using demensionals and a large brad in the centre.
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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Emboss Resist on DSP

Greenhouse Gala has been a real favourite paper of mine.  I have not used it all yet either. Why do I find it so hard to cut into paper I love so much?  I must be more diligent to use things I love. I so enjoy using the Emboss Resist technique and using white embossing on DSP is one of my favouites.

I have stamped the grasses on my Whisper White cardstock here and then embossed my daisies using VersaMark and white embossing powder on the Top Note cut out of DSP.  I have then sponged Pear Pizzaz ink around the daisies.  This was a very quick card to make but the simple design is striking.
The bee is from the Nature Walk stamp set and watercoloured on watercolour paper with my aquapainter and die inks and then 'fussy-cut' out. I have mounted it using dimensionals.  Hope you are having a great weekend.
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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Bush Scene using Retired stamps

It's long overdue for me to post a blog entry. Thanks for your patience. I have embarked on a new chapter in my life and find myself a student again and also with a part-time job. Wow! The past weeks have been a very big exercise for my poor brain.  I keep asking myself, am I too old for this?  Well I have survived so far and am in fact enjoying my lectures very much and have sat my first exam this week.
So here's to a blog entry using retired stamp sets to honour our retiring list for the month of August as we farewell our current Idea Book & Catalogue. You have a few days left to get orders to me before it's too late. So don't miss out on getting those stamps and goodies you can't do without and that won't be available again.
I made this card for my son's birthday.  He loves to go hunting and enjoys the outdoors.  So think, think, what can I create with so few male stamps?  Well a little imagination and I realise we have plenty of stamps for our Kiwi blokes.  A fern, and a sprey of dried grasses, which look exactly like the ones down our country block, will do the trick just fine thanks.  
The wonderful retired Autumn Spice paper with it's wonderfully rich warm autumn colours and leaves make it perfect for this card. The sun looks warm but in the bush it's a chilly evening.  How our senses are warmed looking at the wonderful array that nature has for us to enjoy.
I sponged this card, as always it's a last minute 'have-to' rush job!  I have one to make tonight for a 50th party tomorrow night, but a blog entry comes first. Whew! have my priorities right.
I enjoyed catching up with all of you and am hanging out for a craft time, to share some new projects with you.  The new Idea Book & Catalogue products are available after 1 September, 2011.
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