Upcoming Card-making nights

The nights are getting chilly- What better way to spend the evening than in the warm company of some lovely creative ladies?  Come join me at my place to make some cards!  

  • THREE THANK YOU CARDS

When?  Monday 22nd June

Where? My Place

Time?  7pm

All materials will be supplied to make 3 thank- you cards!

Cost is $10 OR purchase $60 worth of Stampin’ Up! products from me on the night and I will waive the class fee.

Contact me by Saturday 20th June to secure your spot. 

  • FIVE FUN BIRTHDAY CARDS

When?  Monday 29th June

Where? My Place

Time? 7pm

All materials will be supplied to make 5 fun birthday cards for only $15 OR order $90 worth of Stampin Up Products from me on the night and I will waive your class fee.

Please get in touch by Friday 26th June to secure your spot!

********BOOKINGS ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL ***********

This allows for preparation of materials. 

If you are interested in either/ both of these classes please contact me ASAP to secure your spot

miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

(08) 90917655

0419 947 047

A multitude of Multi-photo layouts!

Today I found my youngest- Luke 14 months-almost to the top of Jared’s (7yrs) bunk bed.  My immediate thought was “Oh my goodness- I’m so lucky I came to investigate why he was so quiet before he came to any harm!” 

Now that my heart has stopping racing I have found myself reflecting on the fact that this little bubba seems to be in such a hurry to grow up! I was inspired to flick through some scrapbook pages of my other little ones- in search of pages of them at the same age. I don’t remember my other kids being quite as mischievious as Luke.   In doing so I stumbled across some pages I completed earlier this year and didn’t get around to showing on my blog.  These photos aren’t recent shots- most are from about 2 years ago and earlier.  After a recent comment on my blog from a friend who says she hasn’t seen a lot of multi-photo layouts from me recently- I thought I would show her just how many multi-photo  layouts I do! :-)    I hope this gives you the multi-photo layout fix you were after, J! (Wink!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been such a COLD day here in Kalgoorlie.  The coldest day I remember in a long time- perfect weather for staying indoors and scrapbooking.  Do you need some more scrapbooking supplies to make it through the Winter :-) Please get in touch if I can help you out with ordering some supplies.

E-mail miriamthomas@westnet.com.au Phone: (08) 90917655 Mobile: 0419 947047

JUNE AND JULY PROMOTION- The Hostess gets the mostest! :-)

C’mon let’s have some fun at your place!  Gather some friends together and host a workshop at your place.  As the hostess you are able to select FREE HOSTESS ONLY Stamp sets as well as choose Stampin’ Up! Merchandise for FREE. 

The amount you receive depends on sales for your workshop

Just as an example with sales of $600- $699.99 you would have the choice of either a Level 1 or Level 2 set PLUS $70 to spend on Stampin’ Up! Merchandise

If you host a workshop between now and the end of July and sales exceed $600 not only will you get the free products listed above you will also receive an ADDITIONAL $40 to spend on merchandise of your choice!

C’mon what better reason do you need to host a workshop in June and July!? Please get in touch as soon as possible to schedule your June or July workshop!

If you don’t have time during June and July to host a workshop in your home- I am more than happy to supply you with catalogues to show your friends.  If you are able to collect orders and achieve sales of $600 then you will be eligible for the same hostess rewards as someone who hosts a workshop in their home!   See there is no excuse not to take up this great offer!

Hostesses
Hostesses who hold a $600 workshop during the months of June or July will receive an additional $40.00 in hostess free dollars.

Where do you get your ideas from?

So many people say to me “Where do you get your ideas from?“ 

I am inspired by lots of different things.    Sometimes I draw inspiration from colour challenges or sketch challenges.  Sometimes I browse the idea book & catalogue and adapt…..or there may have been a card that I seen that really grabs my attention and I make my own variation of it using different colours or different stamp sets.   Most of the time I just pull things out and move them around until I like the way they look.  Generally I try to make things my own- even if I am following a sketch I tend to tweak it and change it to make it my own.  

I find people are interested in the process I go through- so I thought I would show you step-by-step.  Please feel free to make your own cards like this but bear in mind that in the process I learnt that there are many ways you could adapt the size and design to suit your needs.    I wouldn’t necessarily recommend using the measurements I used for the card which I will explain as I go through the steps I followed.

I made a card for my Mum for Mother’s Day- A flower pot card.   I had seen other examples of flower pot cards like this so the concept is not my original idea but without a template to follow I just set about making one and hoped for the best.

Most cards I make start out as 1/2 an A4 sheet of paper …..    Either cut in half along the shortest side OR cut lengthways.  The reason I start with this size is that when folded it makes a card that fits nicely into Stampin’ Up!s C6 envelopes.  In this case I cut lengthways into a piece of Chocolate chip cardstock

But……….. by the time I added the flowers the card didn’t fit into a C6 envelope so in hindsight I could have made the base part smaller (so that when finished it would fit into the envelope) 

If I am not posting a card I will sometimes give the recipient their card without an envelope so if I wasn’t bothered about whether the finished product fitted in an envelope,   alternatively I could have made the same type of lengthways cut into the A4 cardstock but made the cut wider so that the pot base was wider and would have fitted a larger strip of cardstock inside.  Hmm! I’m probably not making sense, please read on and hopefully this will make more sense soon! (I did warn you that I am explaining the ‘process’ I go through! :-) )

Anyway, I then scored and folded this piece of cardstock in half. On the fold I measured in 2.5 cm (1 inch) on both sides.  I marked a point and cut from that point until the edge of the open end. 

This what it looked like closed…….

and open…..

This chocolate chip base was to form the flower pot but it seemd to be too tall.  I could have cut the top off a little but instead I opted to score the edges at about 2.5cm (1 inch) and folded the edges over creating a ‘rim’ on the pot. As you can see in the photo below I create a score line using the bone folder and the tracking on the Paper cutter (page 155).

I then used a technique that Nicki Tidbold shared at Convention.  I must warn you it is a very technical technique- nah just kidding- It is such a simple idea that Nicki called “Thump and Bump“.  You literally pick up the ink pad and hold using the finger grips and thump and bump the ink pad all over the cardstock.  Nicki recommended this as a simple but effective technique for male cards or layouts.

In this case I thought it would also look very effective to use one of the background stamps such as “Weathered” or “Sanded” (page 109) but I didn’t have one of those on hand at the time.

To seal the sides of the flower pot base I used Sticky strip. (page 154)  This is a heavy double-sided tape that is wonderful for assembling things like boxes as the sticky strip holds a good grip! Very durable stuff!

I thought that the flower pot looked a little plain- so I used the Eyelet Border Punch (pg 153) to punch an edge of Kiwi kiss cardstock.  I then trimmed this strip so that it was the same size as the rim on the flower pot.

 

I then set about stamping the flowers for the top of the flowerpot.  I used “Petal Pizazz” (page 98) but other sets that would work include

- Eastern Blooms (pg 76)

- A beautiful thing (pg 76),

- Flower Fancy (pg 80)

- Fifth Avenue Floral (pg 82)

- Embrace Life (pg 83)

- Scribble This (page 84)

- Playful petals (pg 86)

- Pick a petal (pg 96)

Alternatively the Flower Fusion Felt Flowers (page 144) would also look lovely (especially if you used a smaller flower pot base) or also the flowers from the Pretties Kit (pg 149)

I used the in-colours Pacific Point, Tango Tangerine and Riding Hood Red stamped on Whisper white cardstock.  I find that with large bold stamps like this it is best to make sure that you “Smoosh” the pads gently into the ink pads and then tap gently on top of the ink pad to get a nice even coverage of ink.  I also tend to hold the stamps in place a little longer than I might normally to allow the ink to transfer well to the whisper white cardstock.  After stamping I then cut out the flowers using my paper snips.  

I was hoping to achieve a more decorative look so stamped some more flowers and used the circle punches to cut out circles to use as centres on the flowers

Even this didn’t seem enough so I added some dazzling diamonds glitter and fine supernova glitter (page 145) to the flower centres using 2 way glue (pg 154)  

I also added some doodling using the white Uni-ball gel pen (ph 156)  on the main flowers.  I was inspired by the Planter Box Rub-ons on page 139 which features a doodled section which look great on the largest flower from Petal Pizzazz but I wouldn’t have had enough rub-ons in the pack  so used the white gel pen to create the same design instead. 

I then set about using Stampin’ dimensionals (page 154) to assemble the parts of the flowers and to stick the flowers onto a strip of Kiwi Kiss cardstock that would go inside the flower pot.

As you can see the strip of Kiwi Kiss cardstock is only about 3 or 4cm wide.  This strip is the part that goes inside the flower pot and is the part I planned to write my greetings on.  When it came time to write on the strip I had to turned it sideways and also write on the back of the strip.    If YOU were to make the same type of card I would recommend making this strip wider and shorter OR adjusting the size of the pot to make it wider to accommodate a wider strip.    If your message was short and sweet then the strip would probably be fine too!

As I was making this for Mother’s Day I wanted to add the “Happy Mother’s Day” Sentiment from the Occasional Greetings Set. (page 112) This card could just as easily be made into a Thank you or birthday card by using a different sentiment. 

I had originally considered adding my sentiment to the Flower pot base but couldn’t get it to look right so I added it to the section where the flowers were.  I found that when trying to add the sentiment it ‘need something more’ so I used the Eyelet Border Punch to create decorative corners on the sentiment.  The following picture shows how I positioned the cardstock to achieve the decorative corner.

 

To finish off the card I added a piece of Ric Rac from the Pigtails Ribbon orginals pack (page 150)

and this is the end product!

If I can help you out with ordering supplies to make a card like this- please do not hestitate to get in touch with me! I can’t wait to hear from you! E-mail miriamthomas@westnet.com.au OR Phone (08) 90917655 or Mobile 0419 947 047 .  You can view the catalogue by clicking on the catalogue cover on the right hand side.  Alternatively I can pop a copy in the post for you for only $12.95.

Something special with Circle Circus

We received Circle Circus as one of our stamp sets at Convention.  I have been back from Convention for a few weeks now and have only just recently had a “play” with this set- and I’ve gotta say that this is definitely going to become one of my favourite sets.  What I love about it is that it is so versatile.  You could create backgrounds and also use the pieces to create a feature on the card or layout.   Using the variety of Stampin’ Up! circle punches and the scallop circle punch you can create lovely layered effects.

I made the following card on behalf of my local playgroup committee to thank our outgoing Committee President.  I wanted it to look special for a special person and I like to think that Circle Circus helped me to achieve that!  

The cardstock base is Kraft (a favourite of mine and also the recipient).  I have also added touches of basic black cardstock and riding hood red.  I have used some Urban Garden Patterned Paper (132)and Riding Hood Red Ribbon from the Dress Up Ribbon Originals Pack (page 150) as well as a designer button from Button Bouquet (page 151)  I couldn’t resist using the Build a Brad Set I mentioned in my previous entry!  The greeting from “Three Little words” and elements from “Circle Circus” have been embossed in clear and black embossing powder for added impact!

I’m off to take my kids to swimming lessons but later this evening I plan to sit at the computer to write up the tutorial for the card I made for my Mum on Mother’s Day.  I might also have a bit of news about the promotion for this month…..so please check back later!