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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Card 58

Tonight I have whipped up a simple card. It is so cold and I have been sitting in front of the fire. I just can't seem to warm up. It took me a while to get the courage to move over to my stamping desk and brave the cold. Anyway I took the plunge and tried out the new embossing folder I got yesterday. I also got some new card and I just had to try this Rose Red card. This is one of Elly's favourite colours. I love the rich red pink colour. I think it teams well with the Wild Wasabi stitched ribbon and DSP. I also used one of my new punches. I love punches and have been making an effort to get all the ones I like. I am keen to have a go at punch art.
Not long now to I get to see the new annual catalogue from Stampin' Up. I can't wait to see all the new products. The retired stamps will also be posted. It will be the last chance to get some of the stamps. This could be bad for the budget.Have a good evening. Cheers Nicky

Monday, July 30, 2012

Project 57

A few more notebooks tonight. I thought I might as well do the covers of these cute little notebooks from Typo. I think they would make a lovely little gift. Only a short post tonight. I've had a big day today and I think I'm going to be even busier tomorrow. Not long until Stampin Up demonstrators see the new catalogue and can preorder. Very exciting. Have a good evening. Cheers Nicky

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Project 56

Tonight I decided to do some notebooks for thank you gifts. I purchased these little notebooks from Typo so I decided to dress them up. I think they have turned ok. I really love the black images stamped on the newsprint. Let me know what you think. Cheers Nicky

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Card 55

A quick card this afternoon because I am going out tonight. A simple design featuring the Summer Smooches DSP. Hope you like it. Cheers Nicky.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Card 54

A pretty card tonight. This is a simple design using the blossom punch and the framelits. It is clever how some simple pearls or brads can give a card that extra something. These little pearls were fiddly to stick on but I think it was worth the effort. I have made the card sparkle with a little shimmer mist.
It is the end of another busy week. I plan to spend some time on the weekend writing some tutorials for card layouts. I am playing around with the idea of selling some card kits. The new seasonal catalogue arrived today. It is beautiful and has lots of great new products. When I get my hands on some stuff I will do some sneak peeks. Better go and do my next job. Cheers Nicky

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Card 53

For tonight's card I have used a design from this blog www.mftstamps.com/blog
I thought it was a good layout so I thought I'd give it a go.
Not long until the new catalogues are released. I am looking forward to sharing these catalogues with my customers. I have had a quick preview and have been impressed with what I have seen. Great new products for all. Enjoy your evening. Cheers Nicky

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Card 52

A quick card tonight. It has been a big day and I am keen to rest my eyes. Cheers Nicky

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Half way to 100

When I set myself the goal to make a card a day for a year I didn't think that blogging would be so addictive. Yes I had my challenges with going on holidays, however, I have managed to nearly write a post each day. I have finally passed the 50 card mark. I think this is a milestone and I look forward to reaching the 100 card mark. I hope my followers are enjoying my cards. It is easy to get slack but the challenge of having to make a card a day has really fired my creativity. As I go about my daily duties I find myself thinking about what stamp set I am going to use that evening. I have found myself looking for ideas and have developed good skills at using pinterest. So I suppose my message is challenge yourself to make a card a day and share your cards with everyone. It is great to get feedback and to have people commenting when they see me.
Now to tonight's card. I wanted to use the concord crush card stock I have. I love this dark purple colour. I have teamed in with Baja breeze to create a cute little birthday card. It is also a sneak peek of the stamp set Daydream Medallions. I have embossed it on the card. It may be difficult to see. This stamp set is going to be in the new catalogue. It also has framelits to match so you can cut out large flowers. It is a lovely stamp set and I can think of many ways to use it.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Card 50

Another baby thing tonight. I have made this cute baby card for a friend who has just had a little baby girl. It was my first attempt. I think I'd do it a bit differently next time. Let me know what you think. Cheers Nicky

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Card 49

I am writing at a late hour tonight because I had to watch the final episode of Downton Abbey. I just had to see if Mary and Matthew got together. This kept me away from my craft table this evening. However I do have a card for this evening and another little project I whipped up today. So here they are. Enjoy Cheers Nicky

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cards 47 and 48

Last night I didn't get to do a post. By the time my guests had gone home from my Stampin Up workshop I was exhausted. It was terrific to have 11 ladies at the workshop. I worked them hard and they made 5 projects. 7 of the ladies hadn't done a Stamping Up workshop before and I think they enjoyed learning about the products. It was an interesting evening with some very funny conversations. I would like to thank all of them for coming along and making it such a great night.
Tonight I have three card to make up for me not posting last night. I spent some time making a few birthday cards for up coming parties. The first card tonight is for Molly's friend Jacinta. I copied the card that Juliana made for Molly. It is a cute princess card.
Another card I made is for my niece Zara. I told you about things I made for Zara's birthday in a previous post. I had a go at using Crystal Effects on the ice cream on the card. I am really happy with this card. I think it is cute. I am sure Zara will like it.
Finally Elly and I made my Nephew Riley a card too. Elly made up the design and chose the colours. She did the stamping. I think she did a great job.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Card 46

I have been busy organising the kits and equipment for my workshop tomorrow night. I have set up the tables already. This means one less job for tomorrow afternoon. I have 8 people attending and I think we should have a fun night. I hope the participants enjoy making the projects and maybe some of them may want to start stamping as a hobby.
Tonight's card features the colour rich razzleberry. I really like this colour and I enjoyed making this card. I had a go at using the inks and blender pens. I think you get better with this after a while. Any way I enjoyed making this card and I loved using the framelits and matching stamps.
I'll let you know how the workshop went tomorrow night. Cheers Nicky

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Card 45 - Anyone for Tea?

I really love the Tea Shoppe stamp set but haven't used it much. I thought I'd give it ago tonight. The problem is that I am really to tired and not feeling very creative. Anyway I had a go and no doubt I'll come up with a way to make this card even better. Better go and get some rest. I have a list of things to get done tomorrow at work so I think I need my rest. Good night.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Card 44

I haven't really made a card tonight. Well I suppose it is a card front stuck on a gift bag. I have made this for my workshop on Friday night. I thought it was a good example of how to dress up a simple bag for a gift.
I have also made a small gift box using the fancy favour die. I have stamped on the crumb cake card and attached a simple decoration.
I have decided that the hardest thing about organising a workshop is deciding what to make. Hopefully my guests will like these projects. Cheers Nicky

Monday, July 16, 2012

Card 43

On friday night I am hosting a workshop at my house. I have been thinking about what projects I could get people to make. I have invited some people who haven't done stamping before so I need to make some simpler projects. I also want to use the bigshot so they can see what a great tool it is. I have decided to make the card I have posted tonight. It is simple but elegant. It combines the use of a stamp and coordinating punches. I hope they like it. Better go and plan some more projects. Cheers Nicky.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Project 42

Tonight I have more of a project not really a card. I have used the petal cone die to make a sweet lolly box. My niece Zara is having her 10th birthday soon. She is taking some friends to the movies and then having high tea. I decided to make her the treat boxes for her party. Here is one:
I made them to match the little pocket fold envelopes for her invitations. They are very similar to the ones I made for Molly's birthday. I have used the Tea Shoppe stamp on them.
Today was another busy day. I went to Juliana's workshop. It was fabulous. We learnt how to make a great gift bag with medallions. We also learnt to make a card box with the diagonal score tool. I am keen to have another go at it. It was great to be with so many other keen stampers. A very friendly bunch of ladies. Cheers until tomorrow, Nicky.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Card 41 - Owls

Last night I posted a bird house box that I made. Today I made the gift cards to go in the box. Here they are :
I think they are really cute. I also had the pleasure of making a bird house with each of my girls. Elly and I tried to make a cockatoo for hers and Molly went with a little bird using the bird punch and stamp. We had fun making the bird houses. Tomorrow I am going to a simple scored class with Juliana. I will let you know what we make. Cheers Nicky

Friday, July 13, 2012

Card 40

Bird House Card Box
Today I had the pleasure of going to Juliana's house. We made this Bird house card box.
I still have to make the gift card to go in this box. I have decided that I am going to run a class to make this birdhouse box. Tomorrow I will make the cards to go in this box,so just wait for the next instalment. Cheers Nicky

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Card 39

Back home again after a quick trip to Melbourne. As I sit here I can hear the rain falling outside. We have had a bit of rain over the past few days. This is great news for our local farmers. I had a lovely afternoon with Juliana. We looked through the new seasonal catalogue that is coming out in September. As demonstrators we can order earlier. There were lots of oohs and ahhs as we looked through the pages. All I could think of was how much it was going to cost me. There is some really beautiful stuff in it. I can't wait to see the new big catalogue next. Now to tonight's card. Here it is.
I made this card for my sister Jane. She has recently arrived home from holidaying in the USA with her family. I picked them up from the airport on wednesday. They had an amazing time over there. It was good to see them home safe and sound. I think they have plans for another trip over there in two years. Anyway I hope you like tonight's card. Cheers Nicky

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Card 38

Good evening everyone. I have enjoyed another day in Melbourne with my mum. We have made a few more cards and inspired each other to keep creating cards. Today I decided to make a card for a young man. Molly has been invited to her friend Parker's birthday party on Friday so we made him a card.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Card 37

This is the card I designed for the Stampin Up Convention this year. I made 32 of them. It took quite a lot of work.
This is one of the cards Mum and I made last night. It features the Bright Blossom stamp set and the new Summer Smooches DSP from the upcoming catalogue. We plan to make more cards tonight. Cheers Nicky

Monday, July 9, 2012

Card 36

In Melbourne tonight making cards with my mum. We have made three cards. I will show you photos of them tomorrow night. A bit tired tonight must go to bed. Cheers Nicky

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Card 35

It's great to be home. Sleeping in my own bed and cooking in my own kitchen. I had a lovely day fiddling in the kitchen. The girls and I made some pumpkin soup and flat breads for lunch. It was great. We listened to music and I had the pleasure of watching a few dance routines. We took time to feed the scraps to the pigs and check the chooks. There was great excitement with the eight eggs we got today. The chooks have finally started to lay. It is about time. After I had done all my jobs for the day I sat down to make a quick card. It really was a quick card. I used the free stamp set I recently got from Stampin Up. It was a bit tricky to use. I think the card is quite simple but effective. I hope you like it. Cheers Nicky

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Card 34

Made it home. Will tell you about our travels tomorrow night. Enjoy tonight's card. Cheers Nicky

Friday, July 6, 2012

Card 33

Our last night here in Hobart. Just had the best scallops ever at constitution dock. Had a good day at the salmon ponds and zoodoo. Ate the best curried scallop pie ever for lunch. Can't wait to get home for some veggies and salad. Missing my kitchen and cooking. Thinking of stocking up on gourmet supplies tomorrow at Salamanca market. There is a festival on there tonight so we are going to go and have a look.
Enjoy tonight's card. Cheers Nicky

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Card 32

Our travels continue around Hobart.We are still out and about exploring things. We went up to the top of Mt Wellington this morning. The girls were thrilled to see snow. It was so windy up there. We had a look at the Cascade Brewery and in the afternoon we watched a movie. Going out for dinner later. Looking forward to coming home.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Card 31

Greetings from Hobart
We have just had dinner at a pub in Salamanca. Great steak. Today we went to the Cadbury factory. It was really interesting. Lots of chocolates to buy in the shop. I got a chocolate cook book that looks pretty good. We travelled on to a fauna park to see the Tassie devils. They were fantastic. The kids thought it was great. We are hoping to see snow tomorrow on the top of Mt Wellington. Not long to we are home and I can stamp again. Cheers Nicky

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Card 30

Hello from Bruny Island.
We have been traveling around Bruny Island today. A magic place. Hope you enjoy today's card. Cheers Nicky

Monday, July 2, 2012

Card 29

I am Sitting in the red velvet lounge in Cygnet having morning tea with the family. We are having a good time traveling around. I hope you are enjoying my cards. Cheers Nicky

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Card 28

Have been exploring around Hobart. I will update you tomorrow with some info on our travels. Enjoy today's card. Cheers Nicky