It’s beginning to look a lot like Xmas!

Well I asked on Facebook and you told me that you would like to see some Xmas card projects in my next blog post – so here they are! ๐Ÿ™‚

I also had one lovely lady ask me to show her a project using Crystal Effects . . . keep reading peeps! ๐Ÿ˜‰

As you know, I recently held a stall at the Narara Primary School Fete. The basic Xmas card that you can see at bottom right is the one that people could make and take with them on the day. Using the beautiful classic ‘Baroque Motifs‘ stamp set and ‘Delightful Decorations‘, along with the Ornament punch, the card was very quick and easy to create! When you’re making a lot of Xmas cards, a card like this one is ideal as you can create your own little assembly line.

I then created 3 different versions of this card using different techniques. These different ideas and techniques are what I teach at my papercraft classes. The next class is coming up on December 2nd – don’t forget to email me and book yourself in!

The first version was dusted with some Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I simply traced around the areas I wanted ‘blinged’ with my Two Way Glue Pen and glittered to my heart’s content! They were ‘popped’ up using Stampin’ Dimensionals and gently folded up to create some depth.

The next card had a touch of class added to it, with some Pearl Jewels popped across the card. I also added some of the beautiful new Cherry Cobbler seam binding. It’s the softest and ‘flowiest’ (is that a word?) ribbon I have EVER used . . .lush!

Finally, my card which I created using Crystal Effects. What is Crystal Effects I hear you ask? The best way I can describe it is that it’s a ‘Dimensional Laquer’. You can control how you apply it, from adding dewdrops on flowers to covering larger areas like I have to create a ‘glassy’ effect.

I used it to create a vintage ‘crackle’ effect, which went beautifully with my use of the EnFrancais background stamp, hemp twine and daubing of Crumb Cake. Once applied (hint: don’t ever shake it, it makes bubbles which are VERY annoying to get out!) and dried, I popped the bauble into the freezer for a short while. I then twisted the bauble so that the Crystal Effects would crack to create the vintage glass look. The more random the cracks, the better! Anyway, random is THE word of the moment (Maaaan, I have been spending WAAAAY too much time teaching Year 6 lately!).

Well, I hope my little Ornament cards inspired you to start, or continue creating your own Xmas projects. Stay tuned – I have more to post very soon!!!!

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Delightful Decorations, En Francais

Paper: Perfect Plum, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White

Ink: Perfect Plum, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Ornament punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pearl Jewels, Hemp Twine, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Scallop edge punch

Funarrific Fete Day!

What a stunning day we had forย the Narara Public School Fete yesterday. Despite a rumbly, thundery introduction to the day, the skies cleared to pave the way for a Fete day that was enjoyed by everyone. It was our very first Fete at Narara and it had a lovely community feel to it, with a lot of stalls held by parents showcasing their creative little businesses. Of course, I was there with my little stall and all my papercraft wares. The wind proved a little challenging during set up, but once my stall was all set up and people started to filter through the school, I was able to relax and enjoy the day. I met so many lovely people yesterday and had some beautiful comments about my work – thankyou!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now that the Fete is over, I can share some of the features of my stall with you! I didn’t want to give them away before the special day!

I created a board showcasing how beautifully Stampin’ Up! products coordinate with each other. All of my stall visitors were also excited by how the products coordinate and it was awesome to show people who have never seen the rangeย before!

Add some cute little popcorn cups . . . .

a sweet Scrapbook layout featuring a very cute little girl . . . . .

and a cute card with a fabulous elephant . . . .

 

and we have a colourful, fun Fete stall!

All of these creations were made using the amazing Big Top Birthday Suite which can be found HERE.

Now I’m off to put my feet up and rest – I’m just a little tired after yesterday! Zzzzzz! ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Five*Star*Customer*Service*

I want to share a small part of my day with you . . . . a day of contrasts.

Part 1: A particularly ugly start to the day with 1 hour . . . yes, 1 hour, on the phone to a particular mobile phone company for the umpteenth time regarding the non event that is my mobile phone coverage. I had decided enough was enough after giving them a chance to rectify the issues but the customer service rep had other ideas. So he wrangled with me . . . for one hour. I dug my heels in and the victory is mine. Felt angry, annoyed, frustrated that not only had an hour of my day ‘off’ been wasted, but I hadn’t been listened to and I felt devalued and patronised. Big GRRRRRR!

Part 2: I receive a note in my letterbox from my dellivery man. He had missed me when he had tried to deliver a parcel. I pop down to my local Post Office and, you guessed it, it’s my Stampin’ Up! order. The order I placed on Wednesday night at 11pm. Today is Friday. Less than 48 hours. Note enclosed in box as usual thanking me for my custom. I feel valued, respected and very excited! I feel amazed that a company exists that can process an order with such speed! The box beat the shipping confirmation email! LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚

My day of contrasts.

Stampin’ Up! has the most amazing customer service and even after moving to a regional area of NSW, my orders still reach me in 2-3 days. I often get customers who are shocked by how fast their box arrives, but this is how SU! rolls. They know what crazy crafters want – they want their goodies FAST! Nothing worse than getting all inspired and motivated and then having to wait two weeks or more for your goodies to arrive!

*****FIVE STARS STAMPIN’ UP!*****

What has been your fastest SU! delivery time? What was the funniest reaction you have had to a much awaited delivery? ๐Ÿ™‚

To ‘DIE’ for!

November is an exciting month for me – not only is it Narara Public School’s Funarrific Fete (on the 12th, come and say HI!), but it is also sale month for the Big Shot and selected dies! YAY! Please click HERE for a clear copy of the Promotional Flyer.

If you have been thinking of purchasing a Big Shot, or want to build your die collection, this is an opportunity that you won’t want to miss! Contact me today to place your order – no minimum purchase required! ๐Ÿ™‚

As for the Fete – I’m counting down the days! I’m so excited to have a stall and I am looking forward to meeting lots of lovely new faces (and some old ones too!)

Curly Congratulations

A beautiful ‘Congratulations’ card made for DD3’s teacher, who just gave birth to a baby girl! Lots of baby girls around at the moment – bless! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stamps: Curly Cute, Thoughts & Prayers

Paper: Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Regal Rose DSP

Ink: Rose Red

Accessories: Regal Rose Stampin’ Write Marker, Certainly Celery Stampin’ Write Marker, Butterfly punch, Basic Pearl Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon (ret.), sponge daubers

Sweet Little Smile

You see I have this sweet little girl. She is clever and funny and just LOVES to wear pink. One of her favourite things to do is to climb trees. I love tying her long hair into plaits with ribbons and flowers in the end. Let’s face it, I love playing dress ups with my sweet little girl. She hangs off every word I say and laughs at my jokes. She’s four.

I woke up one day and realised that my sweet little four year old girl is twelve. She’s still very clever and quite funny (when she wants to be). I regularly find her up the tree out the front, usually engrossed in her latest novel. She asks me to tie just one plait into her hair every morning, but let’s give the ribbon and flowers a miss thanks. She prefers wearing purple and black these days, in fact she wouldn’t be caught dead wearing pink. Apparently, it’s ‘babyish’. And she’s going to High School next year. My sweet little girl.

Call it old age, perhaps it’s hormones, but I spilled a few tears piecing this layout together. I think I’ll blame the mailman. He arrived with her High School forms and I had to sign her away.

When there was no threat of tears on the forecast, I decided to pull out my new Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. So much more ‘shimmery’ in real life, it added that subtle bit of bling that my flowers deserved. Anyway, bling always makes me smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ink: Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake

Stamp Set: Fabulous Phrases

Paper: Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper, First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Melon Mambo 12×12 textured cardstock, Pink Pirouette 12×12 textured cardstock, Pretty in Pink 12×12 textured cardstock.

Accessories: Bigz L Fun Flowers Die, Big Shot, Daffodil Delight 1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Brights Designer buttons, hemp twine, snail adhesive, Lace Ribbon Border punch, Blossom Petals Builder punch, sponge daubers, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz

So I showed my sweet little girl my latest layout. She said “That’s nice Mum, but it’s a bit pink”. Bless her.

Friends

I dedicate this card to my kindred spirits . . . of which I have just a few.

I still remember this reading at my wedding, clear as the day it was spoken. I think it applies equally to the love that we have for our friends.

ย 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13

Inspired by this tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers, I envisaged a card which looked just like the one I produced! That’s how my creative mind works – ‘photos’ of my creations appear in my head and I make them!

I used the following products to create this z-fold card;

Stamps: Tiny Tags, Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel

Ink: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ seam binding, Scallop Edge Border punch, 1 3/8″ circle punch, 1 1/4″ circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, bone folder, Stampin’ Around Jumbo wheel, Snail adhesive, sponge dauber

I really enjoy the way that it is tied so beautifully with the Seam Binding Ribbon. It is a really flowy ribbon which adds a lovely soft touch to the project. I must say, Cherry Cobbler is one of my most favourite red shades EVER!

True friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you always know that they are there.