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June 2008

Envelope tutorial ...


I'm not really posting anything new here, just sharing a great tutorial I just found on my blog hopping this morning.  I love Lin Mei Yap's blog - she makes great cards and it always adds a bit of sunshine to the day reading her posts, she has such a great sense of humour.  Anyway recently she posted a great tutorial for how to make your own envelope for small square cards.  You can find it here.  And now she has added a table and formula so that if you want to adapt the instructions for different sizes you can do it in a snap.  How clever.  You can find that here!    I'm making some little square cards later so will have to give it a go.  Will be back with some pics.

Gotta go now - some fish that need a bit of a cleaner house! 

Cheers, Sue

Back again - here are my 2 little envelopes.  Aren't they gorgeous.  Watch out for the matching cards in my email newsletter tomorrow.

Patt paper envelopes

And while I'm here - Hannah (5) and I enjoyed some mother and daughter craft time together yesterday and she made her own card and matching envelope.  Here 'tis.

Hannah card and envelope

And I'm happy to report that my fish are much happier now that they got a splash of fresh water and a rearranged and cleaned tank.

Clean fish tank

Speaking of fish - for some strange reason I have a huge collection of photos of dinners or food at family occasions.  Anyone else do that?  Here are those dishes I was telling you about.

Lamb shank dinner Fish dinner Yummy!  Gotta love Vic Market. 

Cheers,  Sue

Scrapbooking Boys ...

Now why is it that all my good photos of my little boy lately are when he is in his high chair?  Probably because the rest of the time he is dashing about the place, and so is often a blur running out of the shot! 

Double jack scrapbook ribbon border

Stamp Set:  Wild About You

Ink: So Saffron marker

Cardstock: So Saffron, Night of Navy, scrap of Spring Flowers patterned paper

Accessories: Very Vanilla wide grosgrain ribbon, Night of Navy narrow grosgrain ribbon (pg 146) and So Saffron brads from the Rich Regals set (pg 145)

Jack scrapbook page

Well, putting some finishing touches on Madex Creations July newsletter and gift pouch tutorial so better get back to it.  Keep an eye on your inbox at the start of July if you are a subscriber.  Pop your email address in the registration box there at the left if you'd like to join the group. 

Have a great weekend.  We've been to Vic Market again to stock up on some delicious fish, meat and vegies so its going to be a gourmet weekend here in Avondale Heights!  Yum.  John is cooking baby snapper and asian greens tonight and I'm doing something with some lamb shanks (and a bit of inspiration from Jamie Oliver) tomorrow night.  Mmmmmm.

Cheers, Sue

Just Experimenting ...

I was having some fun playing with my new brayer a few days ago.  (A brayer is a rubber roller that you can use to roll some ink onto your card. Pg 150 if you are looking for it.)  I rolled a mixture of blue inks onto my glossy cardstock then decided to stamp something onto it.  (Artfully Asian, pg 48.)  One step led to another, and with a few 'mistakes' to work with along the way (it'd be nice to have an 'undo' button in real life sometimes hey!) this is what I ended up with.

Brayer square

I quite like it and love the statement too so I think I'll just attach it to my display board at the back of my desk to remind me to appreciate the small moments in life that can so easily pass you by.  Thinking of Jane McGrath and having a reflective week.

Cheers,  Sue

Some Butterflies ...

I love the butterflies in the Garden Whimsy set.  I've made this card before but this time I used Purely Pomegranate for one, and Blue Bayou and Soft Sky for the other.  Some glued on rhinestones just give them that little extra sparkle.

Garden whimsy pomegr

(Stamped on Whisper White, matted with Basic Gray and the greeting is from Short and Sweet, also in Basic Gray.)

Garden whimsy blue bayou

I sponged the edges of the white piece in this one with Soft Sky ink and I quite like that as a finishing touch.

Garden whimsy blue closeup

Happy stamping!

Cheers,  Sue

Christmas In July Card Making Class

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas ....

Yes I know - I am a bit early for all that but doesn't time fly past quickly - it'll be that time before we know it.  Christmas in July seems like a great way to kick off Christmas card making.  I've been making Christmas cards for a few years now and I always seem to leave them until a bit too late in the year to get started!  Then its a rush and I don't enjoy making them quite so much with a short deadline.  If that sounds like you and you live in Melbourne's west then perhaps you'd be interested in my Christmas In July card making class.  I'll post some photos afterwards if you can't make it along but would like a few ideas on things to try at home.

We'll be making 6 Christmas cards (3 each of 2 designs) and a snazzy chocolate bar holder as well.  These would make great little gifts for teachers or colleagues or Kris Kringles or coaches or .....

Chocolate box

Pull the bow and voila ...

Choc box extended

I know - I've shown these photos before but I just think they are too cute!  Thanks to Kathryn Lowe for her instructions.  I put together a step by step tutorial for my newsletter subscribers a month or so ago.  If you missed it, send me an email and I'll shoot one through to you.

Now - back to the Christmas In July details.  The class fee is $20 which includes all materials, afternoon tea, and of course the chocolate bar!  The class is at my place in Avondale Heights and I keep them to 6 people so that we fit nicely around the table!  Beginners and experienced stampers all welcome of course.  I only really started stamping in January so I'm a bit of a newbie myself!  Its lots of fun.

Give me a call if you'd like to attend (0417 377 057) and I'll give you directions to my place.

Apologies to anyone who has been putting class dates in their diary - I've tweaked the schedule a bit for August onwards.  Up to date list is in the Card Class section there at the left. 

Milleara Market Prize Draw (Sunday 22nd June)

Congratulations to Carol from Keilor East who won the little basket of stamping supplies at my stall at Milleara Market yesterday.  A bonus for me too - when I dropped it off she showed me a nifty little fold you can do with a scalloped circle to make a flower.  Thanks Carol!  I'm keen to give it a go so stay tuned on that one.   And the brayer.  And the card using that watercoloured rose.  Hmmm - time to get off the computer and get creating I think!

Next market day is Sunday July 27th.  Pop by and say hi, and don't forget to put your name in the draw for next month's prize.  

Cheers,  Sue

Playing in the Garden ...

OK that title should really read 'Playing with my newest stamp - In The Garden.'  It is the large flower from the Level 1 Hostess Sets.  (Pg 18 for those playing at home!)  And my two favourite colours this month - Blue Bayou and Soft Sky. 

In the garden

This card design was inspired by a card by Viv Tomren. She did hers in Rose Red and used a strip of patterned paper down the left - it looked great.  Here is the recipe for my version.

Stamp Sets: In The Garden and Sincere Salutations

Ink:  Blue Bayou plus some Soft Sky for sponging on the greeting section

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Blue Bayou and Soft Sky

Other: Blue Bayou Double Stitched Ribbon and Stampin Dimensionals (foam tabs under the greeting.) It needed something to balance so also added 2 silver brads (from the vintage brads set.)

Off to work on that brayer card. 

Family News and Photos

Before I go some snaps of my little lad.  He was looking so grown up sitting in a regular chair doing a bit of drawing - just had to grab the camera.

Jack crayons

Now this is the view we have more often been seeing of him lately!

Somersault Jack

Yes that's right.  Someone has learnt how to do somersaults off the little footstool.  He quite often does a solid 10 minutes of them!  I wish I had his get up and go!  (Hmmm maybe if I went to bed at 7.30pm instead of playing with inks and computers to the wee hours ......  naaah!)

Cheers and have a good weekend!


For the locals ...

Just a quick hi to my local readers.  I'm setting up my table this Sunday 22nd June at the Milleara Craft Market.  (Milleara Shopping Centre, corner of Buckley St and Milleara Rd, Avondale Heights.)  Pop by if you are in the neighbourhood.  I'm near the chemist.  9am - 3pm.  Hope to see you there!

Cheers,  Sue

PS Will be back soon with some new creations.  Have been having fun playing with my new brayer. What's a brayer you say???  Stay tuned ...

I've also updated my Card Classes page there at the left so pop by and check it out if you are interested in attending a class.  Newsletter subscribers - Just letting you know I've changed the date of my July Stamp A Stack to a Saturday afternoon. 

Gift Bags ...

Have you ever noticed the cute gift bags on the front cover of the Stampin' Up! Idea Book/Catalogue?   I decided to try one on the weekend using a piece of Spring Flowers patterned paper.  (By the way: This paper is from the previous catalogue.  It and Spring Showers are not shown in the new one but you can still get them.)

Cover box

I also used some Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon - the narrow and the wide rolls.  Just a simple version really without too much in the way of embellishments, but I really like that paper.

If you'd like to make one too, pop onto Splitcoast Stampers ( and check out the instructions for 2-5-7-10 boxes in the resources section.  That's what I followed to make mine. 

Cheers,  Sue

Is there a gene for loving books???

If there is I'm sure our kids have inherited it.  Both John and I love to read and so do our little munchkins.  Quite often our place seems to have been taken over by books and magazines and more books.  Jack's favourite at the moment is 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and he joins in with the trip trapping over the bridge and when the troll says 'I'm going to ...' he says in his loudest voice '...EAT YOU UP!' 

I have days when I don't think I get too many points in the 'Mum of the Year' stakes, but at least with fostering a love of books I feel like I do OK! 

I had a blissful morning today with breakfast in bed and a nice browse through Simple Scrapbooks magazine.  Love that mag.  Every second page I find myself saying 'Gotta try that, gotta try that.'  Saw a great layout done with photos cut into circles and thought I'd try that with this bunch I snapped of the kids reading together.

Sbook reading page

The dark blue base layer is Night of Navy and the lighter layer is Brocade Blue. The focal photo in the top corner is matted in Real Red.  I stamped the title (hidden under the journalling circle) with Night of Navy ink.  The alphabet stamp set is Best Friends Upper.  I used Vellum Cardstock for the circle and my white Signo gel pen for the journalling.  (Tip:  Write slowly so the ink flows well.)  Two red eyelets from the Basic Eyelets set balanced the red in the photos and photo mat.

Sbook reading text

Sbook reading focal photo

Are you in a scrapbooking mood?  I find I do a whole string of pages over a few weeks, then put it all away til the mood hits again.  Got the bug at the moment so looking forward to completing a few more layouts before it wears off!  Watch out, its contagious .....

Cheers,  Sue

Time For Some Scrapbooking ...

My mum was looking for some ideas on ways to use Stampin' Up! products in her scrapbooking so I put together these photos to illustrate a few simple ideas.  (My scrapbooking style tends to the simple, clean lines end of the spectrum most days.  I love looking at more elaborate styles that other people do though but even when I start with that as a plan, my pages often end up a little more on the minimalist side.)

Anyway here is my black and white photo with a simple black mat.

Sbook page 1

I always like the look of a series of mats so here I've added two more layers.  (Basic Gray and Basic Black.)

Sbook page 2

For a little more interest I've sponged the edges of the Basic Gray card with Basic Gray ink.

Sbook page 3

Now I can pop my matted photo in a frame or onto a scrapbook page.

I wanted to put this photo into an 8 x 8 album so I started again with an 8 x 8 inch piece of black card and popped my matted photo on a square of grey card.

Sbook page 4

Some options for dressing it up - hmm what about ribbon and eyelets.  Love the Basic Gray taffeta ribbon.

Sbook page 5

The cropadile makes eyelet setting so quick and easy.  Love it. 

Now if you are looking carefully you might notice that I rushed a bit and my third eyelet is not as evenly spaced as I would have liked so rather than discard it, I flipped thatSbook embellishment layer of grey card over and covered the eyelets with the photo! 

Now I needed another embellishment for the bottom right corner.  I borrowed one of Sbook embellishment 2 the stamps from my sister's Simply Sent Kit (pg 14, I just love the stamps you get in this kit.)  Embossed it in silver onto black card, cut it out and added a rhinestone brad from the Pretties Kit in the centre.

Sbook page 6

I'm going to experiment and try some embossed flourishes on the black card so stay tuned for that addition (if it works!)

My sister, my mum, my daughter (5) and I spent a lovely morning together stamping and trying some different tools and techniques. 

Do you have some friends or family that like to do craft?? It is so much fun to get together and chat and share ideas.  Plus you can share stamp sets and tools and try a few different things without breaking the budget!  Maybe you would like to call some stamping buddies today and arrange a craft session.

My daughter Hannah decided to do a bit of 'demonstrating' herself today and showed Lisa, Maddy and I how to make a few things.

Hannah creations

Hannah cake

She enjoys making her own cards and creations.  Maddy brought her a set of little storage drawers so she can keep her growing stash of supplies sorted. 

Extra Extra Hostess Promotion

Quick reminder for those who want to be kept up to date on specials.  Only one month to go on the Extra Extra special.  If you've been thinking of hosting a workshop, this is a great time!  If your workshop reaches $700 you will receive an extra $50 in hostess benefits plus your stamp set from the lovely hostess sets on pages 18-24.  Imagine what you could select with $130 hostess $$ to spend!  Hmmm, decisions, decisions.  Give me a buzz (0417 377 057) if you'd like to book in for an afternoon or evening of stamping and creating with a group of friends or family.  Lots of fun.  Promotion ends 15 July.

Cheers,  Sue