Sunday, 31 July 2011

Christmas card class

Well yesterday afternoon I ran my Christmas card class for July. I kept them simple so the ladies could duplicate them easily enough with their own products at home. They use stamps from Kaisercraft Merry Christmas set and The Stamps of Life Holly4christmas set. There is one small greeting from a Fundamentals Christmas greeting set also.
Of course the Fiskars scalloped edge border punch made an appearance as well as the apron lace border punch in the card below. Some heat embossing and dimensional pearls helped to put the finishing touches on this one.

The Die Cuts with a View paper range that is still in our stores here made a great background for this card. I love to use a more non-traditional paper range on my Christmas cards to give a break from the red and green and the black and silver really makes the little red and green I have used pop out.
I even introduced the ladies to some Smooch which none of them was familiar with. I have the snickerdoodle colour which comes up gold looking on some colours so used it to colour the top of the bauble just for something a little different.
The ladies were so quick with doing the other three that I threw in a quick card with just stamping, water colour pencils, some polysparkle embossing and rhinestones. So simple and done in 15 minutes but looks so good and quite elegant.

When I cleaned up my room a few weeks ago I found this old Big ideas kit from TLC days. When I first joined TLC back in 2005 they had kits you could purchase to give you ideas for presenting your products. I bought a couple that I was going to use - at some stage so finally I put them to use and copied (sort of ) some of the designs but did not use the pocket ideas for the inside of the cards or the additional stickers. I decided instead to find some extra cardstock to match and use the stickers and extra papers to make more larger cards so with s little ribbon and a flower or two I came up with some extra ideas. Do any of you ex-TLC consultants remember these lines? I actually quite like the colours for some birthday cards.

I have a layout still in the making but will have to share that another day........

There is a simple and elegant card class that I am running on the 20th and 27th of August at 2.30p.m. so if anyone is interested in playing along then email me for details.

Happy creating.....

Friday, 29 July 2011

The butterfly garden

I missed the Cybercrop at Home and Scrapped on the weekend as my weekend was so busy and I kind of forgot about it. I did however finish a challenge today, albeit a little late for the CC. Karen gave us a challenge to find some butterfly clip art and use it on a layout which she also gave us a double page sketch for. I had these great papers - free with Australian Scrapbook Ideas magazine current edition which I thought were rather cute and looked like they would work for the layout so I had a lovely time playing.
For the month of July, Heather challenged us to make a minimum of four cards with no particular greeting on them..... they could be ready for adding a greeting later or simply a "for you" card which could be used for any occasion.
Some Basic Grey - Lime Rickey scraps for a funky and bright card.
A masculine design using scraps from the technique challenge for the month which is the art layout from my previous post.
Scraps from my Stars in my Eyes layout below which I later turned into a "thanks" card by adding a Stamps of life thanks greeting to the scallop circle.
Another masculine design card using a clip art gramophone image and a Kaisercraft music clear stamp.
Our colour challenge for July was to use raspberry, yellow and cream so I had these photos of the city of Valkenburg in the Netherlands to scrap and they worked well with the colours.
Using the scraps from the colour challenge I combined a Cybercrop challenge from Scrap of Difference to use a stamped image, embossing, punch a button and a flower. I love recipe challenges as I just grab everything I need out and then play and I was really happy with the result.
Jo gave us a sketch to play with also at the CC which I changed a little and converted from a 8.5" x 11" layout to a 12" x 12". These are some figures from Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam.
Lastly the colour challenge at Scrap of Difference was varying shades of pink and green from a lovely pic of a camelia. I used them with more photos from Madame Tussauds and combined it with the lyrics challenge for the month from Home and Scrapped. The title is a lyric from a song by Neurotica with the title of the same name.

Well next week is the arrival of our newest exchange student. Our 20th student we have ever hosted, our first from Korea and the youngest ever at 11yrs of age in Australian age as apparently the age in Korea is counted differently to here in Australia.Their first year comes at birth and the second on the first day of the lunar New Year, a child born, for example, on December 29 (of the lunar calendar) will reach two years of age on Seolnal (Korean New Year) , when they are only days old by western calculation.

The boys are very excited to have another brother for three weeks and have been having fun getting to know him via email. I have even managed to get his room sorted and ready already so he could move in tomorrow but his flight doesn't get here until Tuesday.

Chat soon........ Happy creating!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Just a few new layouts.

Over and Home and Scrapped a number of weeks ago, Heather put up a challenge to take a photo of the season and scrap it. I had these gorgeous photos of Belgium in autumn which I immediately thought of so decided to use those instead but it had taken me a few weeks to do it.
Next is a layout - just because....... not for any challenge..... can you believe that? More photos of Ingeborg and I in Paris.
Then off to the Netherlands to Valkenberg and the Town Cave. Ingeborg took me here for an afternoon tour. A little train ride through this huge cave with the most amazing artwork on the walls.

The other weekend I went to a Fiskars workshop with the lovely Michelle Wallace and we created three layouts on the day. I had a lovely time and enjoyed the company of the other ladies there. As usual I loved the layouts we created with lots of stamping - so much fun.

That's all for today..... Gotta finish watching the end of Got To Dance UK now...... Who will the winner be?