Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Farewell Katherine!

Well the removalists have just swarmed all over the house and its time for me to give up the computer, so Farewell Katherine - it's been great! We've made so many good friends, and I have the most wonderful customers up here, its really sad to leave - I'm going to miss you all so much. Here's one last 'Farewell' card for you...

This is a Z fold card - really easy to make in any size - just score at half and 1 quarter., I've used the new Carte Postale stamps again here and the colours are Perfect Plum, Pale Plum & Certainly Celery (again inspired by the mini). I've also used some of the wide Grosgrain ribbon and the Enchante DS Papers - both coming in the mini caty.

Really must go now...be back in about 3 weeks!

Monday, November 26, 2007

It's a Mad House!

Hi there, I haven't posted for a while because its an absolute mad house here at the moment!! As if it wasn't enough to have to pack and clean the house and everything in it ready for an interstate move and 3 weeks living out of a suitcase - I've been sick as well!! I think it was all the stress and not eating or sleeping well that gave me sinus & ear infections. Oh well, thankfully I'm on the mend now. Good thing seeing as the removalists will be here at 7.30am tomorrow!! So before the computer gets packed up I thought I'd share a few more recent creations...

This first card is one I made for 2 of my lovely downlines - Natasha & Nerine, who were promoted to Senior Associate recently. Well done Girls! The card features new stamp sets from the Summer Mini Catalogue - Carte Postale & French Flair. The colours are Pale Plum, Perfect Plum & Certainly Celery - Inspired by the card on the cover of the Summer Mini.

Here's two more quick Christmas cards made with left over Scribble This flowers after I finished making my wine boxes. The cards also feature the Holiday Thyme papers.

Here's two more scrapbook pages for my Broome holiday album. The first one features ]the Scribble alphabet ('Breanna'), and the second page uses some of the really nice wide chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon (coming in the Summer mini). All other products are none SU!

Well I hope you like some of those and they get your creative juices flowing! I'll be back with one last post before signing off for the big move!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Holiday Thyme Gift Bag

This cute little gift bag is made from a single 12x12 sheet of the Holiday Thyme Paper. I've used olive organdy ribbon for the handles and embellished with flowers from Scribble This embossed onto the Holiday Thyme papers with Classy Copper. The word Merry is from Many Merry Messages. Nerine showed us how to make these great bags at our demo's day a couple of weeks ago - Thanks Nerine!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

RAK from Kristy

How nice is this! Kristy recently gave me this lovely card and fold-out mini book she'd made. Thanks Kristy for your kind words, it's been a pleasure to spend time with you and I'm glad I was able to help you out! We'll definitely stay in touch and hopefully you can continue to stamp with the other Katherine SU! girls. Cheers!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Happy Birthday Natasha!

We celebrated Natasha's 30th Birthday on Saturday night (a bit early - its not until December - but she's going away and I'm leaving so...). This is the card I made her, I love it & she did too!. It feature's products from the upcoming Summer Mini Caty (released 1 Dec). I used the new b/g stamp French Flair, the absolutely gorgeous set Carte Postale (thank god I've got a replacement for Scribble This!!) and It's your Birthday for the greeting. You may not recognise the papers - they're new too - Au Chocolat and yes that is extra wide 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon which is another new release in the Summer mini! The cardstock & ink colours are Chocolate Chip, Rose Red & Very Vanilla. The flowers have been layered with Stampin Dimensionals.

Happy Birthday Tash! All the best for the actual day!

And The Winner is...

#7 Kyliema!!! Congratulations Kylie! Enjoy your new set! It will be in your hot little hands very soon! Here's the details from the draw at random.org:
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Thank you so much to everyone who left a comment, its such a thrill to know you are all out there reading my blog! I've got lots to post over the next week so please come back again.

Friday, November 16, 2007

WOOHOO - 1000 Hits!!! Candy time...

I'm so excited - the counter has ticked over 1000 hits - YAY!!! Thank you to everyone who has been reading my humble little blog - I hope you're enjoying it!

So to celebrate and say Thank You I have some Blog Candy up for grabs. I have a new unmounted stamp set to give away to a random reader! The set is called "Blooming with Happiness" - its a level 1 Hostess set from the current IB&C (set pictured below). Its a gorgeous set with lots of little flowers which are excellent for water colouring. To see a really nice card made with this set check out Nerine's blog (link below left).
OK, so all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Please include your comment number (if your the first your number is 1, from then on your number is +1 on the comment number before you - hope that makes sense!!) I'll then generate a random number using random.org to select the winner - I'll do this on Monday 19th November - so leave your comment now. Don't forget to include your name or some other way for me to identify or contact you. Good Luck!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Holiday Thyme Papers - Just Beautiful!

Have you seen the new 12x12 Christmas papers available only this month for the special price of $14.95? They are gorgeous, the colours are divine and of course co-ordinate perfectly with SU! card stock and inks. Here are some cards I've made using the papers (these are so quick and easy - the patterned paper does it all!)...

I also decorated a box with the papers. It holds a bottle of wine and some chocies perfectly so will make great gifts - and yes that's Scribble This yet again!!! Here its embossed with Classy Copper directly onto the Holiday Thyme papers. Don't forget if you love Scribble or the papers as much as me and you don't have them yet, you've only got until the end of this month to get them!

The photos didn't come out very well but here's the wine box...

Keep an eye on my blog over the next few days... i can smell some candy coming!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Get Well Soon Pete

Here's a card I made a couple of weeks ago for my dear friend Peter. The card base is cranberry crisp which i inked direct to paper with cranberry crisp, there's also some mellow moss and the striped paper is from the Recollections pack. The stamp is from Nice & Easy Notes , stamped in basic black on very vanilla cs and coloured with inks and aqua painter, There's also some ribbon and hodgepodge hardware to finish it off.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Journals For My Girls

It feels like ages since I've posted any of my creations - I've been so busy making them I haven't been on the pc much! I have managed to take lots of photos though - so keep an eye out over the coming week or so!
I thought I'd share these with you first...

After making one of these journals for myself as a trial (see earlier post), I went ahead and made 4 more for my lovely downlines (clockwise from top left: Natasha, Helene, Melissa & Nerine). I had the ladies over on Sunday for some team stamping! It was their last chance to make use of my stamps before they get packed and the journals were just a small way of saying thanks for being on my team and for the fabulous effort you all make. I'm going to miss my girls!

We also had our new surrogate team member Kristy from Hodgson Downs join us, she bought her collection of stamps and her cuttlebug so we had great fun sharing them too! Thanks Kristy.

The journals themselves are the gorgeous 5x5" On Board Journals from the Spring mini catalogue. I decorated them all with papers from Petals & Paisleys, On Board Simon Lower chipboard monograms, Accents & Elements die cut cardstock stickers, tabs punched with the round tab punch and some ribbons.

Enjoy your journals girls!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Stamp-a-ma-jig Tutorial

One of the US blogs I like to visit has a great tutorial on how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig with the All in the Family stamp set (only available this month and all proceeds go to the Dave Abbott fund - see earlier post for more details). This is well worth a look, you may note that she uses it from the top, I prefer to use it from the bottom - but that's the beauty of it - it suits left and right handed people and top or bottom stampers! Click here to see it.

Happy Christmas Mate!

Here's a couple of quick easy Christmas cards I made with the Happy Christmas Mate! set. The colours are the same for both - real red, night of navy and old olive. I've used the Spot On wheel for the first one and the Candy Cane Christmas wheel for the second (you cant really tell in the photo but I wheeled the back group in real red as well as the title).

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Mel's Christmas Card Swap

This was my offering for Mel's Christmas Card Swap. The rules were it had to include a Christmas stamp, one in-colour and organdy ribbon. I used Renaissance Angels, All Year Cheer I, Marigold Morning, Rose Red, Old Olive and ivory organdy ribbon. The angel is stamped on Watercolour paper with Stazon and coloured with watercolour wonder crayons and aqua painter. I also added some dazzling diamonds glitter with the two-way glue pen.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Another Fun Friday Night Class...

We had a lovely night stamping on Friday, a little bitter sweet for me because it was my last one in Katherine - for anyone who hasn't heard by now, my family is relocating back to Port Stephens in NSW (which is home for us) at the end of this month. I am looking forward to being back with family and old friends but am very sad to leave the lovely friends and customers I have up here.

Anyway, back to the class - we made 3 Christmas cards, one of which used the 'cracked glass' technique, here's a picture:

This card uses the Renaissance Angels stamp set and All Year Cheer I. The colours are Vintage Violet, Old Olive and Rose Red. The ribbon is Olive Organdy. The angel has been stamped with Jet Black Stazon onto watercolour paper and water coloured with crayons. You then cover the whole piece with Versamark and emboss several times with clear embossing powder (or a couple of times with UTEE - which is what we did at the class!) put it in the freezer, crack the embossing, then rub some ink over the top to define the cracks. A bit of a long process but the end result is well worth it!
One of the other cards we made featured reverse masking. Variations of this card are everywhere at the moment, it's such an simple, elegant and easy card to make. Here it is:

Well, not really - this was one I'd made earlier in a different colour. This is Brocade Blue, the one we did at the class used Not Quite Navy which I think is much nicer. Stamps used are Lovely as a Tree and Many Merry Messages. We put an oval mask on the card, sponged it, stamped the row of trees over the top, removed the mask, stamped the greeting and then stamped the big tree and applied glitter to it with Heat & Stick powder! Easy as that!

I don't have a photo of the third card yet- it was a lovely Cranberry Crisp card with Classy Copper embossed scribbles from my favorite set Scribble This!

We were lucky enough to have talented new SU! Demonstrator Kristy from Hodgson Downs Station join us at the class. You can check out Kristy's blog here - she may even have a pic of the third card!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Double Sided Christmas Paper - YAY!!!

"Just in Thyme" for Christmas is our November Promotion - the gorgeous Holiday Thyme Designer Series Paper for the special price of $14.95. The pack includes 12 sheets (2 each of 6 double sided designs). The colours co-ordinate beautifully with our in-colours and are perfect for making Christmas cards, invitations, gift wrap, off the page items or scrapbook pages.
Email me to place an order, you can order as much as you like but only until 30th November!

All In the Family

SU! Australia General Manager David Abbott sadly passed away in October. In his honour SU! is pre-releasing the set "All in the Family" (from the 08/09 IB&C) for sale during November to raise funds for Dave's wife and 3 young children. 100% of funds from the sale of this set worldwide will be donated - how great is that!
The set retails for $73.95, however along with most other SU Demo's I will be reducing the cost by 20% (my commission) to $59.16 (not inc shipping) in the hope that this might help sell more sets for such a great cause. Although I was never fortunate enough to meet Dave, my Upline Sharon was, and can't say enough about how wonderful a man he was.
If you'd like to order this set email me at riknkaz@bigpond.net.au and I can have it shipped directly to you anywhere in Australia. To see all of the stamp set images you can download the flyer here