How was your weekend? Mine was busy and lots of fun with a mix of family time, craft and a bit of computer thrown in. (OK I'm a bit crossed eyed here so it might have been quite a lot of keyboard tapping!)
I have been putting the finishing touches on my May newsletter. It includes some tips (and photos) on what to do with your stamp sets once they've arrived (including one step I've only recently learnt that is especially useful for getting great prints from solid image stamps.) Pop your email address in the box at the left there if you'd like to join my newsletter subscribers list then keep an eye on your inbox at the start of each month.
Each month you will also receive a free tutorial with your newsletter. This month I'll show you how to make a lovely card holder. It holds 5 cards and envelopes and makes a great gift. (This card holder and design is from Marelle Taylor. I love her style and would recommend her site for a browse.) I've used the In Colours - Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate - for this one.
I stamped the flowers in Basic Black then coloured them in with a blender pen dipped in Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate ink. The flowers are from one of the Greetings Galore stamps. I just inked up the flowers, not the greeting below. The card holder is tied with some Groovy Guava double stitched ribbon. I think the double stitched ribbons are about my favourite this year.
Hint: For those people out there who have the Greetings Galore stamp set or Fun and Fast Notes, I saw a great idea for mounting the stamps in a different way. Claire cut the greeting off and stuck it to the side of the stamp block with the picture section on the usual part of the block. This makes it even easier to use just the greeting or just the picture. If you think you'd often use the text and image separately, this might be something you'd like to try.
Tomorrow I'll make the 5 matching cards to go inside. (Oops - will have to undo that nice bow!) I'm making another card holder and cards for a prize at next weekend's Picture to Page Craft Show in Burwood. I'm using Seeing Spots and Whisper White craft ink so it is sitting there waiting to dry before I assemble it. Do you like craft shows?? I'll be there on Sunday 4th May at the Stampin' Up! stand so pop by if you are in the neighbourhood. (For more details click on the Picture to Page link down the left column.)
I've always loved candles. Hannah seems to have inherited this as she often gets a candle out to decorate the dinner table.
I stamped this one using the leaf from the Touch Of Nature stamp set. (Thanks Lisa for bringing it by for a visit!) Some matching ribbon to finish it off.
We'll be learning how to stamp on candles at my May technique class on Tuesday 13th May at 7.30pm. We'll also be making some cards using the masking technique. Phone/email to book a spot. Class fee: $15. For more on this plus May Stamp A Stack Card Making Session details, see the May Classes link there at the left.
The Young Ones
That is it for today on the craft side but for those family, friends and others interested in munchkin snaps - here are a few more.
And the last word for tonight can go to Goggles Boy here! Boo ....