Mosaic Madness

 

 

I just wanted to share some projects I made using the “Mosaic Madness” Stamp Set and matching punch.    I also used the “Happy Day” stamp set for my sentiments on the card.  These were so simple to make.  I stamped and punched out the mosaic shapes and then had a bit of fun arranging them in different ways and finished them off with a fun greeting. It is great that the cards could be used for a variety of different reasons.

hello there

 

smile

 

Don’t forget to stamp on the envelopes!

 

happy day

 

You can purchase these items separately OR purchase the stamp set and punch as a bundle and receive a 15% discount.  That means the clear mount Mosaic Madness bundle is only $54.95.  (Click on the image below to visit my online store)

mosaic madness bundle

 

The clear mount Happy Day stamp set is only $29.95

happy day stamp set

 

The colours that feature on my cards are from the 2013-2015 collection of In Colours and include baked brown sugar, coastal cabana, crisp cantaloupe,  pistachio pudding and strawberry slush…… Delicious names and lovely delicious colours with which to work.   You can purchase a pack of A4 cardstock that includes 4 each of the 5 colours for only $11.95

in colours 2013-2015

 

If you need the ink pads as well- you can buy all 5 inks and the cardstock pack in a bundle for $47.95 which is awesome value as the ink pads  are normally $9.95 each.  You basically get the ink pads at a discount and the pack of cardstock for FREE.

Now if you were interested in these items to recreate my cards then the basics you would need include:- The two stamp sets, the punch and the cardstock pack then your total order would come to $96.85.   Seeing as your order would be over $90, you would be entitled to select a FREE item from the sale-a-bration brochure.  There are a variety of items you can choose from with some valued at as much as $34.95 and you pick whatever takes your fancy.    You can view the FREEBIES in the brochure here

free products find out more

 

The only other items I used to create my cards were some Whisper White Cardstock, inks. modern mosaic embossing folder and some self adhesive rhinestone jewels.   If you had any questions- it would be my pleasure to help you out.

Seeing as I had stamped and punched a variety of mosaic shapes, I decided use the leftover shapes to create a scrapbook page of my adorable daughter.  The photo was taken a couple of years ago while on a family holiday.

erin scrap layout with pony

Stampamemory Challenge

It is time for the second Stampamemory challenge for June

This month the challenge is………

Challenge 12 -Create a layout about your family pet or your favourite animal. If you don’t have a pet, you may have a photo of an animal you liked at the zoo, or perhaps you’ve even been on safari! This challenge is all about enjoying animals!

I must confess I cheated in a BIG way! I do have photos of our family pets as well as trips to the zoo but none of the photos were accessible.  Instead I opted to scrapbook a layout of my youngest son dressed up as an animal.  My husband took the photo last month on his i-phone.  Some may think that I am stretching the challenge a little but those who know my little Luke well would think it was the perfect choice.  Common ‘petnames’ include “tiger” and “monkey” amongst a few so I think he was the best choice of subject for my layout

Materials:

basic black cardstock

Haiku Designer series paper pack

Bigshot with alphabet die

Chipboard letters

Old Olive Ink

Round tab punch

 

Journalling reads:

More often than not you refer to your face as “my smiley face”.  If I try to wipe your face with a face washer or put a bit of cream on a dry patch of your skin you might protest “I don’t want a smiley face”.  On this particular day you obviously didn’t protest about having a “smiley face”. 

 

I had gone away for the weekend and you had all stayed home with Dad.   Erin and Adam had been invited to the birthday party of a little friend from school. Daddy stayed there at Hammond Park with you and Jared. Even though you weren’t officially a guest of the party you were lucky enough to have your ‘smiley face’ painted by “Angie the Fairy” (face painting extraordinaire)  

 

Daddy knew that I would love to see your face painted like this so snapped a photo of you on his mobile phone.  It was so fitting to have your face painted as a “Tiger” because you are going through a bit of stage where you growl like a tiger at every opportunity.  (We have Uncle Shane to thank for that little trick!)

 

(Oh and given that I was away- you can also thank Daddy for putting your shirt on back to front!)

 

 

Now if you want to play along with this month’s challenge please head on over to

http://www.stampamemory.com

to view the full challenge requirements and to see the other fabulous layouts by the design team

A blog entry for the scrapbooking enthusiasts

I have just posted a layout on the Stampamemory Blog.  Here is a sneak preview.  If you click on the image it will take you to the Stampamemory Blog where you can view the full layout

Over at the Stampamemory Blog there is still time for you to take part in this fortnight’s challenge.  You can see more details here…….   http://www.creationsbymiriam.com/?p=1199

If you enjoy scrapbooking or you are looking to make a start as a hobby- be sure to check out my Scrapbooking Kit that I have available.   More details here……  Click on the image for details of ordering my bundle of products complete with instructions

SAM CREATIVE CHALLENGE- MARCH

Well it is time for another Scrapbooking Challenge on the Stampamemory Blog.  This month Sue is offering the prize for the lucky winner of her challenge.  This challenge focuses on what we are grateful for.  For full details of the challenge and how you can enter please be sure to visit the stampamemory blog.  You will also be able to find the links to the other lovely creations by the other design team members.

http://www.stampamemory.com

 

Here is my contribution to this challenge

The patterned papers used for this layout are from the “Tall Tales Designer Series Paper Pack“.  The colours in this pack are “Chocolate Chip”, So Saffron Old Olive, Brilliant Blue and Rose Red”   There are lots of “fun” images in this pack of patterned paper which would suit layouts and cards for young children.  I love the hot air balloon images in this pack of patterned paper but by far my favourite sheets in the pack are the ‘tree’ images I have used for my layout.  It is sad to think that in less than three weeks this pack of paper will no longer be available.  (If you haven’t got yourself a pack yet- please be sure to get in touch!)

Instead of using Brilliant Blue I have coated the chipboard letters in “Night of Navy” and also used “Night of Navy Cardstock so that it works nicely with the colours in the photo. 

I have used my Circle Scissors plus to create the feature on the bottom right hand corner.  What a neat tool!  You’ve got to get yourself one!  I also used a beautiful filagree designer brad on my page.  It is the first time I have used these beautiful brads and I can’t understand why I haven’t opened the container before now. 

 

For anyone who may be curious..Here is the journalling….

 

The journey to fall pregnant with you wasn’t an easy one.   I vividly recall the day I rang Concept to speak with the nurses to find out the blood test results.

 

I had been anxious all day knowing that I needed to make the call and I was anxious about someone walking in on me.  With sweaty hands and butterflies in my tummy I dialed the number.

 

I was glad I found a quiet room because the news wasn’t good.  The nurse told me that the cycle had been unsuccessful.  She then went on to explain that they had detected a very small amount of hCG (pregnancy hormone) but the levels weren’t high enough for it to be considered a viable pregnancy.  I was told that despite taking progesterone supplements that my progesterone levels at a mere 8 weren’t high enough to sustain a pregnancy.  The nurse told me to cease all treatment and we could look at doing another IVF cycle in the future.

 

I hung up the phone and felt completely numb.  It certainly wasn’t the first time I had heard bad news but it was still upsetting to have someone say that the cycle had been unsuccessful.  I got off the phone and rang your Dad in tears to let him know the details.  At first he didn’t understand what I was saying.   He couldn’t get past the fact that they had detected hCG yet they were saying I wasn’t pregnant.  He insisted that I ring Concept back to check if there was something more we could do.  Again they explained that my progesterone levels weren’t high enough to support a pregnancy. I’m sure they just thought I was in denial.    I suggested that I try intramuscular injections of Progesterone.  Due to the expense involved- the nurse didn’t think it was a good idea but I insisted that it was worth a try.    She was clearly convinced that there was no hope but I wasn’t going to give up and I held on to that glimmer of hope.  A few more phone calls were made and the Doctor agreed for me to commence injections. 

 

The next issue was getting the injections to me.  By a pure stroke of luck Linda was in Perth and was able to collect some Proluton injections for me and bring them home to Kalgoorlie.   I commenced with three injections per day and had another blood test on the Monday.   

 

The day I was to call for my blood test results just happened to be our Wedding Anniversary. It was certainly a day for celebration as Dad and I were overjoyed to hear that there had been an increase in the pregnancy hormone and also the progesterone level had increased.  It wasn’t all smooth sailing from there but we count this as the day that we found out I was pregnant with you.

 

Now I look at this photo taken of you and can’t believe all that we went through.     You weren’t quite 4 years old in the photo and when I look at the photo and see your beautiful smiling face and I am overcome with emotion thinking about how differently things would have turned out if I had taken the original advice.  I’m so glad we didn’t give up on you.  I am so grateful for you- my little miracle!

Just Jawing

One of the items on the GIFT GIVING GUIDE LIST is “Just Jawing” 

 I don’t actually own this stamp set but borrowed it from a member of my team recently and have had so much fun with it that I don’t think I will be able to resist ordering it for myself to add to my collection.

When I first saw it I thought of Halloween and given that we do not celebrate this holiday it didn’t really grab my eye and so I didn’t order it.    When Jared was asked to attend a “spooky party” by one of his classmates I realised I didn’t have a stamp set that would suit the theme.   I thought ”Just Jawing” might be great to create a card for the birthday boy.  I asked my team member Jill whether I could borrow her set. 

It wasn’t until I brought it home and set about playing with it- that I realised it was far more versatile than I first thought.  The “You Rock” statement would really come in handy for cards for my oldest son’s age group.  Let’s not ignore the fact that I have two other sons who would also get some use out of it in years to come.  Contained within the set there is also a love heart, a flower and cherries.  Use these elements on the skull and simply add some girly colours and it would be ideal for a young girl too!  The Bow tie could just as easily work as a hair bow.   Even just the cherries used on their own would make for a gorgeous card.

Anyway this is the card that I created for Jared’s classmate

The ‘eyes’ were punched out of real red cardstock which had been stamped from the snowflake image in the “Snow Swirled” stamp set.  I added a rhinstone brad to the centre of each eye.  Spooooookky!

and here is the inside of the card with a pocket

I loved how the colours worked together.  I decided to use the leftover pieces to create a box- This time making use of my large star punch and small star punch.

 

 

 

You will notice in the background of the images there is a spooky mask.  My youngest son at only 18 months of age- was fascinated by it and in the days following the birthday party, he had a lot of fun wearing it around the house.  I snapped a few shots of him and so began the inspiration for my “swap” for regionals.

For those that are unaware, last weekend I went to Perth for the Stampin’ Up Regionals.  These training events are a great opportunity for Demonstrators to catch up, be ‘wowed’ by demonstrations and be inspired by the new products.  It is also a wonderful opportunity to “swap” card ideas with other demonstrators.  People normally make up a set of cards (usually multiples of one main design) they then swap with other demonstators and come home with a variety of different ideas.

Just to be “different”- I decided for my “Swap” I would create a 6 x 6 scrapbook page instead of a card.  I decided I would use the “Just Jawing” stamp set and photos of my youngest Luke.

I printed off 50 photos and set about cutting out 50 little skulls.  I completed most of the stamping and cutting at home but as usual I ran out of time before my flight to Perth.  As a result I bundled my unfinished projects into my bags and decided I would complete them over a few glasses of wine on the Friday night in the hotel room.

Picture the scene, three ladies chatting, guzzling sipping wine and creating together in the hotel room.  (My friend Gail, (who had come along as my guest to Regionals) was helping my sticking the project recipe on the back.  We went to pass piles to each other and the next thing Gail gasped and then called out “Ohhhhhh Miriam!!!!”.  I opened my eyes to find that the item I had bumped with my arm was actually the top of my wine glass and the contents of the glass were all over my nearly completed swaps. Every single swap had red wine spilt on it.  Fortunately the black cardstock background disguised the fact.  We set about laying out the swaps all over the floor to see what we could salvage.

In the process I managed to get wine all over the hotel carpets but fortunately had “Baby wipes” in my bag so we tried furiously to save out swaps and also scrub the carpets clean. The photos didn’t nearly capture the extent of the devastation LOL!

Here is Gail coming to my rescue- as she so frequently does (Thanks Gail- I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you!)

 

Here is the culpit…….

and some of the damage that was done…..

Through a pure stroke of luck, Jill had decided she would also use “Just Jawing” for her swap and so she had this stamp set in her bag.  With a bit of assistance I managed to stamp more skulls, pull the red eyes off the stained skulls and assemble my swaps.  Fortunately I had brought a few spare items such as the project recipes for the back.

In the end we managed to ‘save’ all 50 swaps.   Can you believe it? No I can’t either

Apologies to anyone who received one of my red wine soaked  ”Swaps”.  Perhaps I can claim that I invented a new “technique” Scratch and sniff scrapbook pages!

Here is a close up of the finished layout…….

 

I have more photos of Luke Playing dress up and I plan to use “Just Jawing” to complete a 12 x 12 layout featuring this stamp set!  Oh I definitely have to order it!

If you are tempted to order the “Just Jawinh” stamp set- please get in touch miriamthomas@westnet.com.au or (08) 90917655 or 0419 947 047.

and just to tempt you a little more- these are the “Swaps” that Jill created for Regionals.  I’m sure you will agree it a is a very cute idea!

Scrapbooking at Stampamemory

Have you been to visit the Stampamemory blog yet?  www.stampamemory.com

 I have a few scrapbook pages over there with lots of information on different techniques and ideas used to create the pages.  One of the really wonderful things is that the products used on the pages are Stampin’ Up!- so if you see something you like- please let me know and I can pop an order in for you.

Here’s a sneak peek of some of my layouts featured on the blog.  To view the full layout and each article- please click on each sneak peek! Enjoy!