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!!