Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Kwerner colour inspiration #36

I love this colour combination-but alas, after the Christmas break, my mind was a bit fuzzy. I came up with a few slight variations on the same card-hope you like...I always have ideas floating around in that head of mine-but often they don't quite fit in with the colour scheme-I'll save them for later...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sale-A-Bration dates

Just in case you were wondering (and yes, oops I forgot to mention the actual dates of the Sale-A-Bration period), and were perhaps hoping to take advantage of a great deal...The dates for Sale-A-Bration are: 1st January-28th February 2009. Just a reminder of this great deal:
For Customers: with every $100 spent, you can choose a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set from the 2009 Sale-A-Bration catalogue.
Hostesses: You will receive (in addition to the already generous hostess benefits) a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set when your workshop sales reach a total of $600.
And if you decide that you want to sign up as A Stampin' Up! Consultant during Sale-A-Bration, you get to choose any set from the 2008-2009 Idea Book and Catalogue (up to the value of $79.95) for free!!
So, if you want to take advantage of this great opportunity, leave me a comment with your email details, or call me.

Christmas hubbub at our place

The amount of planning and effort that goes into planning Christmas day with all the trimmings is great-but the memories that are made on such a day are worth far more. Sharing Christmas lunch with good friends and family is a treat (despite the hectic pace that comes from having small children and trying to entertain). We were especially blessed to have Mary and Joseph (in real life) share our Chrissy day lunch with us before we headed off to Cath's place for dessert. Here's a feast of photos for you. There are a few crafty projects there for you to be inspired by. Thankyou Cath for the lovely button/flower gift-it looks lovely on my TV cabinet. I also saw a similar idea at the Christmas markets at the Old Bus Depot Markets here in Canberra-not flowers, but necklaces made using buttons-very cute. I also made these name place settings for Christmas lunch-with red/green/white jelly beans (from Darrel Lea) inside.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Quickie Christmas card

Here's a quick Christmas card that I thought had that Swedish look to it-I was inspired somewhat by a recent Kikki.K catalogue. Oh, oops, they are just Thankyou cards-I actually made some cards very similar to this but using a holly branch, and it actually says "Very Merry". You can't really see clearly in the photo, but I have used silver embossing for the flower and the sentiment. Don't you just love the background :) Lovely seeing a loaf of bread and fruit on the kitchen bench (I'll have to be more observant next time a move them out of the photo)

Speaking of Colour Challenges...

What do you think of my little Miss? Perhaps she is colour challenged. This is what she picked out to wear on Sunday. Do you like the way the striped purple tights clash with the red flowery dress? Could be the next new style :)

Kwerner colour inspiration #35

It's that time of week again-when my brain gets a colour challenge! Here's what I came up with this week-I hope you like...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kwerner colour inspiration #34

Here's my card for this week-I love this colour combination-I'm definitely a pastel girl. I hope you like it. I made the flower using the scallop punch. Now there's another nifty use for your scallop punch!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas garland

Just another little knick-knack to string up-and create that Christmassy feel around the place. I used different sized circle punches and co-ordinating paper-quite quick and simple really.
And, since the kids are on holidays-I will be busy, leaving little time to blog. Posts for the next 7-8 weeks will be a little more sporadic than usual. Have a great Christmas...

Christmas cooking

I thought I'd make some cookies with the kids in the holidays to take to some of our neighbours. Sorry neighbours-I kind of over-cooked them...I should have just stuck to the recipe! I also thought that it would be nice to give some nicely wrapped dough to a friend to keep in their fridge for that moment when unexpected guests stop by-or just an idea to share a recipe. I would also liked to have attached the recipe with the dough roll-but the computer was not co-operating. Another idea for a name-place for the table-or a gifty do-dah for any simple occasion is to wrap a little packet of biscuits with the first initial of the receiver's name.

More decorations for your tree

As I was out and about shopping recently, I found some inspiration from some of the lovely Christmassy things out there. I imediately thought of how I could use this inspiration in Christmas decorations/gifts. Here are a couple of ideas I came up with. The material "rings" are napkin rings.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Elegant Angel card

I was inspired by a christmas tree decoration for this card. I used Soft Sky and Blue Bayou card stock-they are my current favourites-and they go well with silver.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Button Wreath

Upon visiting my friend Cath the other day-and starting out making button bouquets, and then being inspired by a wreath on Cath's wall-I decided to "branch" out and make a button wreath instead. Cath has also made some lovely bouquets using this idea. Check her blog out to see them.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Here's a card I made for a special little guy-some time ago. As you can tell, he's got a thing for Superman. At any given time of the day, you might find him flying down the street wearing a cape of some sort. His interests have now shifted to another cape-wearing-Sporticus. It's just another adaption I've made to using the "All in the family" stamp set-it's good to look outside the square-and try something just a tad different

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

kwerner colour insiration #33

Here's my offering for this week. I must say this colour combo stretched me. Especially since I had a few nifty Christmassy ideas "up my sleave" that I couldn't use because the colours didn't really suite what I had in mind. Oh well-you'll just have to wait and see another time. And by the way,why don't you check out Kwerner's blog for some great ideas

Tying Up Christmas

During December, when you spend $20 or more on regular catalogue murchandise, you qualify to receive 20% off these selected items:

Festive Favourites Stamp Set
Crazy for Christmas Stamp Set
Snow Flurries Stamp set
Tag Time Stamp set
Many Merry Messages Stamp set
12"x 12" Days to Remember Calendar
6"x 6" Days to Remember Calendar
Winter Bright Simply Scrappin'
Three for You Punch box
Very Vanilla 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
White square aluminium metal edge tags
To place an order, simply call me, or leave a message on my blog-and I will contact you.

Sale-A-Bration is nearly here!!!

With Sale-A-Bration just around the corner-now is a good time to start planning ahead for the new year-why not host a party to welcome in the new year. A great time to host a party with some great hostess/customer rewards to be had.
Customers: Select 1 free stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue for every $100 you spend!
Hostesses: When you host a workshop of at least $600 in sales, you'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration set in addition to Stampin' Up!s generous hostess benefits!
If you Join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator: You can select one free stamp set in the 2008-2009 Idea Book and Catalogue up to $79.95 value (excludes hostess sets)
Call me to book a party date-and look forward to a fun and creatively inspirational time!!

Summer Mini Catalogue

The new Summer Mini Catalogue is now here-and there are some lovely new stamps, papers, punches, rub-ons, felt flowers, and accessories in it to be had! All the stamp sets come die cut-which makes for quick and easy assembly. View the catalogue online here. These newbies are available from 1 December through until 31 March.

That Yuletide Season

Since it was the 1st day of December yesterday, we thought we should get ourselves in with the tradition of the vast majority of you who put their Christmaas trees up. It is also the first year we have actually had a tree-due to the fact that we have usually been away from home over Christmas. Here's our tree-notice some of the crafty items hanging there (which I have previously posted photos of). We just need to add some lights, and perhaps substitute the tinsel (which is in short strands) for some gold bead strings-oh, and yes, a gold star on the top. I have also tried my best to: a) keep the decorations on the tree, and b) discretely hang more tacky decorations around the back-without causing offense to the wee little crafty hands that made them. Also, here is a picture of a Nativity quilt which I made last year.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Sweet daughter

Now I know this isn't some crafty idea-but it's a sweet picture that my little girl drew. She is a girl who walks closely in my footsteps-always making crafty things, and wanting to join in when I stamp. Yes, she does have a mind of her own (a very strong one at that) but she also has lovely moments of sweetness, and such thoughtfulness. On the weekend, as I was lying on the couch with a headache-she came over and covered me up with a blanket. Later in the day, after inquiring what exactly was wrong with me-and then discovering that I had a sore throat-she brought me a box of Strepsils, just to make sure I had what I might need. How sweet is my little 5-year-old. Here's her picture-note the words down the bottom-"For Samuel, because I love him." Besides the sweetness, I thought this was actually a great picture.

Key rings/bag tags

I made this for my daughter for her school bag. I like the side with the glittery flower-but I think I might change the other side and put her photo there instead. They take no time to make-and are surprisingly cheaper than most personalised bag tags available.

Cards for school friends

As the last week of school is upon us-I thought I'd make some quick cards for my daughter's classmates. I used the "All in the Family" set to semi-personalise the cards for each child. I made all 18 cards in about 1 hour or so. They are really nothing special in design-but I wanted to keep them simple because I was short of time, and I had to make quite a few of them. But still, I figure, the novelty of being able to personalise them will be a hit.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Sweet Tweet Chandelier in a box giveaway...

Have a look at this gorgeous chandelier I discovered via kwerner's design blog! And made using fine chipboard! I often wonder why people don't share my enthusiasm when I discover some creative new idea to make. So, fellow crafty girl, and designer of this great idea- I share your enthusiasm on such a gorgeous chandelier!! Here's the link to this lovely chandelier-enjoy!
Take a look at this blog to enter the Seet Tweet chandelier giveaway

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