Saturday, 14 December 2013

Guest Blogging Fun

This week I was lucky enough to be the guest blogger on the Scrapbook Creations blog.

I was asked to create a set of Christmas gift tags and I immediately pulled out the red and green bits and bobs. But nothing was happening. Nada, zip, not a creature was stirring all right! I felt like I had lost my creative mojo. Then it dawned on me, I was just really over red and green.
I had completed my 70 Christmas cards only a few days before and they were in the very traditional colour scheme and I just couldn't face the red and green again so soon.
So I chose the funky colour scheme of Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush and Old Olive teamed with Crumb Cake cardstock. And bam it was back! My creative juices were flowing and this fun tag set was the result.

For a full list of supplies and some tips on creating, head  on over to the Scrapbook Creations blog.

And if you would like to join in the fun at my regular card classes please call (02) 4758 8796.

                                   MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Friday, 8 November 2013

What an exciting time

Don't you just love it when you get a lovely unexpected surprise in your day?
When that surprise involves the papercrafting you adore then it is even more awesome.
That's exactly what happened to me today. I finally got around to opening the Christmas issue of Scrapbook Creations magazine, that had been sitting patiently in its plastic bag, on my desk for almost a week.

And not only did I find that my Christmas This n That planner project was on the cover and they had dedicated 6 pages to it, and my Christmas card set was featured in a lovely spread; but surprise, surprise they had also featured my blog in their blog a sphere. What a lovely surprise. Thank you editor Ellen Harvey.

My husband has been teasing me all day saying it was like the Donna show and I was a little embarrassed but it was a real thrill.

Here is a little peek at some of the pages featuring my Christmas planner, but there are so many awesome projects by so many talented artists packed into this issue that you are going to want to get your hands on your own copy.

BTW I loved making the journal so much that I have created some cheery Christmas tags in the same style which I will be sharing with you in the next day or two.

And remember if you want to create your own Christmas Planner you can order your own This n That journal and the coordinating washi tape, rotary stamp and accessories from me. Simply call (02) 4758 8796 or visit my Stampin' Up! on line ordering site by clicking on the 'Place an Order' tab at the top of the page.
Call me and I'd be happy to help get you started, but don't delay because Christmas will be here before we know it.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I don't know about you but Christmas seems to have taken over my every waking moment!
As I write this it is only 6 weeks away and I have all kinds of Christmas projects underway. My Christmas card classes are in full swing. (Last card class is Sunday 8th December just in time for them to be posted and on there way in time for Christmas day. Spaces are limited so please call (02) 4758 8796 to reserve a place and ensure a kit is prepared for you. Bring a friend who hasn't attended before to each receive a free gift!)
These are the cards we made in our last card class. 

These are the cards we will be making in December.
To find out details or to book a space call (02) 4758 8796.

I'm also working on a a set of yummy gift tags as a  guest blog project for Scrapbook Creations magazine and I'm planning this year's gift wrapping theme. Oh and the big one at this time of year, I'm hand making a mass of Christmas cards for family and friends. I usually make a batch of about 70 cards for those on my Christmas card list (you know who you are) and they all assure me the cards are kept and not thrown away, in fact they know the instant one of my Christmas cards hit the garbage bin my creative heart will know and they will be struck off my Christmas list, lol. Not quite , but most of the recipients know and understand the work that goes into my cards and loyally hold onto them, at least for a while.

All that, along with life's ordinary tasks, might be enough to push one over the edge except that earlier in the year I was honoured to create a Christmas planner for Scrapbook Creations and it is paying off now by keeping me on track with my tasks.
If you would like to make your own planner call me and I can order the This n That journal and other supplies for you as well as offer lots of hints and tips to make your journal super creative as well as ultimately useful.

Till next time happy Creating (and no I'm not going to say Merry Christmas just yet, after all there is still 6 and a bit weeks to go).

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Yet another reason to host a party

If you've ever thought about hosting your own workshop with Stampin' Up! now is the time.
It's Stampin' Up!s 25th anniversary and for a limited time you are getting the presents.
Host a party with $400 in party sales (before tax and shipping) and receive an extra $25 hostess dollars to spend on whatever you choose. That's right in addition to your usual hostess dollars.


Offer: Get $25 extra hostess dollars when you have a qualifying* party.
*$400 in party sales before tax and shipping.

Dates: 1-31 October, 2013

Ring me for more details and to confirm a party date before they are all booked up!!
Call 0402 608 623.

Friday, 30 August 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Well not quite, but the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue is now live. The catelogue has lots of new and exciting Christmas goodies, so if you're thinking about getting an early start on your Christmas creating be sure to have a look.
The pdf can be viewed online >HERE<

Stampin' Up Butterfly Bundle Promotion - Save 15%
Between 29 August-30 September 2013 get 15 percent off when you buy this popular bundled butterfly stamp set and punch!

Friday, 28 June 2013

My Green Haven

This week I thought I would share some photos of my happy place, my haven, my craft studio.
Before I put up the first photo, I have to say how blessed I am to have such an amazing space. I have earned a living through editing craft magazines for more than a decade now so this space is both my creative haven, and oft times, my work office.

                                 I love it and have really enjoyed decorating it.
             Of course, I have filled it with my other passion - antiques and collectables.

The colour scheme is my favourite combination of green, black and white.
Most of the room was done on a budget, with items built by my wonderful husband or found on cleanups or at garage sales.
My hubby, John, built me the desk and book cases and my dear late father in law (also John) who was a printer, gave me the printer's tray cabinet.

This white cupboard was the score of the century. It is an old Simplicity pattern cabinet and cost me a whole $10. It holds absolutely masses of stuff. All my photos, sprays, ribbons and flowers and so much more.
Beside it is my inspiration pin board which I made on the door to my paper and magazine storage room. (Will add photos of this room later)
I have added some decorative bits and pieces since these shots and will add them here soon.
But I am one very happy lady when I am in this room.
Just a few of my collectables.

Some more of my printer's tray drawers.

My glitter station.

There is more to show but I will save that and closeups of some of my organisational ideas for another time.

I truly love to spend time in this room and I'm even happier when I have others to come and play too. So if you want to join me for some stamping or a card class do let me know.
Thanks for visiting

Thursday, 27 June 2013

My first challenge _ Take Two!

OK, so I know my last post was supposed to be of my very first Mojo Monday Challenge but my lack of technical skills caused a hiccup and it didn't actually end up on the Mojo Monday site. Oops!

Well,  let's try again with this week's challenge. This was a fun one with two options.
With my love of retro and vintage I figure I have more of an affinity with squares than circles (and no that wasn't a reference to any uncool friends).

Here are the sketches:

I had fun creating this card and immediately the embossing frame came to mind.
Hope you like my card.

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Mojo Monday 296 My First Challenge

Having come home from Convention with lots of new yumminess from the upcoming catalogue, I just couldn't resist using a little in the card I made for this week's Mojo Monday Challenge.

                                                                Here is their sketch:
                                                          Here is my card (front):

                                                                        and inside:

This is my first challenge, and I feel a little like I have stepped into the Twilight Zone. I know already there is no turning back, I'm hooked . So check back regularly as I intend to stretch myself with more challenges.  Thanks for visiting.

Friday, 7 June 2013

And so it begins -- My first blog

Well, I'm finally coming down from the high that was this year's Stampin' Up! Convention. 
This year's Convention in Brisbane was the best yet! Stampin' Up! was celebrating 25 years and all us demonstrators got the presents. 

I was very privileged to be asked to make projects for the Product Showcase part of Convention. A task which I did not take likely. Never one to do things by halves (my friends are sniggering now and whispering words like "driven", "single-minded" and "does she ever sleep?")

The fun began for me about six weeks before Convention when I began to get parcels containing new cardstocks, inks and stamps. Sophie Zadeh and I had discussed me doing a printer's tray full of stamped yumminess and embellishments. And I had a great time stamping, cutting and glittering tiny little bits and pieces to fill it. (Note to self here, those printer's trays are bigger than you may think and take a lot of little bits and pieces to fill it).
Because some of the stamp sets I was using were birthday sets, I was thinking about Stampin' Up!'s 25th birthday. I decided they couldn't celebrate this very special occasion without a birthday cake and set about creating a paper crafted cake with as much "wow" factor as I could muster.
I began with the gorgeous colour palette of convention, Pink Pirouette, Bermuda Bay, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron and Real Red. A very cheerful combination sure to put anyone in a party mood.
It was a big convention, so I figured at least 3 tiers were called for and of course the entire creation had to be decorated with Stampin' Up! products
A lot of experimenting, fun and a near miss incident with my husband's glue gun followed. When, my glue gun stopped working, I found out a very high temp glue gun and paper crafted flowers are not a good combination and was extremely grateful that I found that out on a single flower and didn't set the entire cake on fire. Who knew?
Still, I was happy with the result and the lovely compliments I received from other demos at convention.

Mostly, I was thrilled that the Stampin' Up! Team, and in particular, Shelli were so happy with it. And the photo of Shelli and I with my creation will be long treasured.
My 'This n That' (TM)  journal also went down well, which was pretty awesome and with each nice compliment a little more of the angst I have about my sloppy handwriting dissipated. But I will save my hints and tips for creating one of your own for another post.
So now I'm home, have finally tidied up my craft room after a six week long stamping frenzy, and my husband, John has finally stopped wearing a dusting of glitter around wherever he goes. The girls at the post office often gently let him know he has glitter on his face, followed closely by "What's Donna been creating now"?
So what's next? Well now the real fun begins as I begin scheduling regular card classes.
(Sounds of a drumroll in the background) So from now on the first Saturday of the month I will be holding card classes in my studio. From 1- 4 pm (or longer if you want to stay and play). Your first class is free and everything you need to make the cards will be provided. We will try different styles of cards and learn new techniques each month, but most of all we will be having loads of fun and I'll have a chance to share what I love.
For more information or to book a spot call 4758 8796 or 0402 608 623. 
Or if it suits you more, get a group of friends together and organise a workshop and I'll come to you.
Let the fun and games begin!!