Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Chalk It Up" - she has created a double layout with school photos!

Now there is at turn up for the books! Two of my least favourite things to scrap...double layouts, and the posed school photos.

But the Chalk It Up Workshop On The Go kit from CTMH is just perfect for school photos, and I managed to make two single layouts that you can put together for a double, or just keep separate if you prefer.

Aren't they sweet? Sure proves that looks can be deceiving, I say!

And here are the pages individually...

Of course, the Workshop On The Go kits come complete with full instructions to make other layouts, but I like to play a little and see what else I can create. I have added a few other little CTMH bits and bobs left over from other projects as well.

Funnily enough, we got their 2014 school photos last week - so now I will have to work on those.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FREE ribbon for October

Yes please! You can receive a spool of ribbon free with any qualifying order during October.

And don't forget the October Stamp Of The Month for just $5 with orders over $75. Perfect for Christmas cards and decorating.

The new Cricut cartridge is out too, mine is currently winging it's way here - ideal for cardmakers. I will have more to show on this soon.

Don't forget, our Christmas Card workshop is fast approaching, if you are interested in coming or in a kit, please contact me. This is what you will be able to create:

You can find more information on all of the above by visiting the website here or contact me if you have any questions.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Christmas Card Workshop, and other stuff

Well, it has been a while. And quite a lot has happened in that time - unfortunately not much of it craft related :(
Mid July our youngest daughter Alexa (8) was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and she and I spent a week in hospital. She is now on an insulin pump, and is going well but it certainly is a new experience for all of us.
We have to do line changes for her pump every three days, which is not nice for her as it sometimes hurts. She has been having quite a few "hypos" which is where her blood sugar level is too low and this really seems to take it out of her, not only while she is having it but for hours afterwards.
It seems like this Type 1 thing is very unpredictable, whatever you do today and then repeat exactly tomorrow has a different effect on levels. Alexa is managing super well, though, thankfully taking it all in her stride (most of the times).
It also involved a lot of appointments, we are heading to Ballarat again to see her pediatrician, which we have been doing monthly. Hopefully after next month this might spread out to every three months.

So....other than that, not much exciting has been happening. I think that is about enough, to be honest!
I have been working on my first ever workshop - and it is Christmas Cards! I love them, the colours and patterns in the paper are fantastic. Here is what will be on offer:

The workshops will be held on a Friday evening and a Sunday afternoon in October, actual dates and times coming soon. I will need firm bookings before this time, to ensure enough goodies for everyone to be able to make their cards.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Shin Han Touch Twin Markers....mmmmmm....

I have been a very good girl and have been avoiding jumping on the alcohol marker bus, not because I don't like them but more because I didn't need another crafty addiction to go with the others!

Oh well, guess it couldn't last forever, could it?!? Close To My Heart now have available a select range of colours of the Shin Han Touch Twin Markers and for someone that has never coloured with alcohol markers ever before - I must say they are making me look pretty good (gotta love a product that can do that, hey?)

Now I have only been playing a little bit, and these are my first efforts so I can only hope to improve.

Loving them, you can take a look at the range of colours available here.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Get even more for your Pocket Scrapbooking dollar during August

Your picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure awaits during August with this fantastic special from Close To My Heart!

During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $35 AUD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $4 AUD*! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $4 AUD you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

Contact me for more details.

There are some fabulous new pocket scrapbooking kits now available - some of my favourites include

The 2014/15 Inspirations Book is also now live! It is simply gorgeous, and I am sure everybody's wish lists will be like mine and be just about the whole book. Remember to pop one on your order when you next place one.

Another thing to remember is when your order exceeds $75 AUD during August, you can purchase the August Stamp Of The Month for just $5 extra! The August stamp set is super cute, and has many uses especially for all those girly cards and layouts.

*Offer valid 1–31 August 2014 while supplies last. Shipping/handling based on the subtotal of the OBA order or Gathering order. (If order subtotal is under $150 AUD retail value, shipping/handling will be $9.50 AUD; for order subtotals with a retail value between $150 AUD and $550 AUD, shipping/handling will be $19.50 AUD. For orders exceeding $550 AUD, shipping will be $29.50 AUD.) The full retail value of the discounted Memory Protectors™ ($13 AUD) will count towards these thresholds.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Versatility of CTMH card kits

We headed off a few weekends ago on a crafty retreat weekend - with lots of talented quilters. Now I am definitely not a quilter, so we packed up our stamping gear and joined the fun! One of the issues with these kind of retreats away from home is what to pack! It is guaranteed that the one thing you need to finish that project perfectly is the one thing that you decided to leave at home.

The card making kits available from CTMH are the perfect solution when having to pack your gear for a retreat or a crop away from home.

Now I will be the first to admit that the Lollydoodle range (although having an absolutely fantastic name ;) ) is not my favourite of the CTMH line... But it is available in a card making kit, so the challenge was set.

The kits actually come with instructions to make five each of three different cards, and all the materials needed to do so (including the stamp set!) so great value and no brainwork involved...but where is the fun in that? So I went my own way with the products, and also mixed in some other stamps and bits and bobs as well.

I am not exactly sure how many cards I ended up making as we managed to sell most of them as we went along -and let me tell you I was sick of making owl cards by the end of the weekend (they were by far the most popular). Many of these cards were based (loosely) on cards featured in the latest Australian Simply Cards magazine, which I have since taken out a subscription to!

So don't think that just because some of the designs shown may not be your favourite that you can't get great value and some fabulous cards out of a kit - certainly makes the job of packing for retreat a lot quicker, easier (and takes up a lot less room than if you take the whole craft room)!

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

An Australian birthday card

I love how CTMH has brought out some exclusive Aussie only stamps (oh, and there are NZ ones too if you are interested!). I have used the Australian Thanks set here very simply coloured in using a water brush and pens. VERY easy to make it look good using this method!

I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Joyful Birthday set which has some fantastic Happy Birthday fonts that suit so many different cards.

And oh, clear stamps how we have missed you! So simple to stamp on the sentiment directly on to the base card and not have to worry about it being crooked, in the wrong place, or falling off the clear block. The CTMH stamps make such a clear, crisp image that it is no problem to just stamp straight on to the card!