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November 2007

Chocolate and raspberries ...

That's what these colours remind me of. Yumm. I borrowed the Stampin' Up! Scribble This set off my lovely friend Viv and this is what I came up with. I created an A5 sheet of the flowers using crayon resist again (are you proud of me Jen?) and then used them on the cards. The main colours are Chocolate Chip, Rose Red and So Saffron with a hint of Old Olive thrown in. Besides the crayon resist there is also some watercolouring and heat embossing thrown in.

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I am really enjoying learning some of these new techniques. It's good to actually be doing something other than sticking things onto cardstock! Over the next few months I want to really get stuck into my scrapbooking again and getting my fingers dirty in the process. I still love my old style scrapbooking, but I enjoy myself so much more when I actually get a bit creative in the process and add a personal interpretation to the page. I find myself spending so much less money on scrapbooking products these days (actually I have been getting rid of heaps on ebay). Don't get me wrong, you'll still find me in the scrapbook shops for the items Stampin' Up! don't sell, but my basket has different things in it. OK, I did spoil myself this week on some gorgeous vintage papers and I love the Making Memories Noteworthy range. Once upon a time I would have filled my basket with papers and rub ons and embellishments and had to have the latest papers, but now I love exploring different mediums and techniques. I also find myself drawn to different places for inspiration. There are some incredibly amazing artists I am discovering :) Isn't art cool.

I have a new nephew. My DH's brother and his partner had a gorgeous baby boy in early October, so I'm off to make a welcome card for him.

Busy busy couple of months ahead. My Stampin' Up! team is growing and I am now a Manager, so I will be helping the girls in my team to reach their own goals. We are also in the last month of the Spring Mini catalogue, so if you love any of those stamps you need to order them in the next few weeks. They will no longer be on sale after November 30th and I don't know which, if any of them will be in next years main catalogue.

We have a new Summer Mini catalogue coming soon. My regular customers will get their copies towards the end of the month. We also have a very special promotion coming soon. Demonstrators were all deeply saddened when the Australian Stampin' Up! General Manager passed away last week from a rare blood disorder. He was far too young to die, and leaves behind a wife and 3 young children. Stampin' Up! will soon be releasing a very special stamp set in Australia called All In The Family, with 100% of the proceeds from the sale going to support his family. I will definitely be buying the set myself, and will let you know as soon as it is available as I know many of my customers will want to support this cause.

If you have got this far you have done well. Have a great week. The tutorial for my regular customers is coming, as is the monthly tutorial for my subscribers. I am nearly there :)

Claire xx


Playing with crayons ...

Decided to give the crayon resist technique a try after seeing the great demonstrations Jenni was doing with it at Paperific. I love how these turned out, and all the coloured images are just from one sheet of A4 glossy white card. I have actually nearly finished writing this up as a tutorial to be emailed to regular customers (with all the measurements for cutting :) ), so keep an eye on your inbox hopefully tomorrow.

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Here's a close up view of some of the cards.

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In other news, I finally got the hose thingy rigged up today to use the grey water from the washing machine on my garden without doing my back each week. Good to be green. Oh and youngest DS is proud new owner of wiggles jocks much to his excitement.

Had fun with the girls last night - nothing like a bit of wine, a bit of cheese and a few laughs on a Friday night :). Time to wind the clocks forward here tonight as well :)

Happy Sunday,

Claire xx


Please keep the positive thoughts going ...

Thanks for all your thoughts and wishes regarding my nephew Daniel. He is still in ICU but we are hopeful he will soon be moved to the spinal ward. He has so much love and support from family and friends and is remaining strong and positive, so we are still hopeful of improvement in the spinal injury. It's early days and there is reason for hope. My sister and her family are amazing, so he has love and support around him and he is in the best hands in terms of medical care. So we remain positive and hopeful and believing it's our families turn for good news.


Vintage birdy ....

Felt the need to go vintage again in todays card. I have a thing for birds at the moment, there's just something about nature isn't there. This sketch was from Beate's weekly sketch.challenges.

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This card uses all Stampin' Up! products with the exception of the lace. Touch of Nature, which I stamped in Stazon onto watercolour paper. I then watercoloured using the Watercolour Wonder Crayons and the Aquapainter. Next I masked the image and used French Script Background stamp which I embossed in gold. I also covered parts of the image with Crystal Effects. The image has been layered onto True Thyme cardstock, with faux stitching. The main card background is Bravo Burgundy stamped with the Floral Background stamp (in chocolate chip). The scalloped bit to the left of the image is Chocolate Chip, stamped with the Weathered Background stamp in chocolate chip. I added some lace and ribbon. and some aged copper Hodgepodge Hardware and then embossed 'cherish' one of the Warm Words set in gold for the sentiment.

Back tomorrow with another one. Stay happy.

Claire xx


Finally I created ...

I know it's been ages and I have felt it too! I had so much to do in the lead up to Paperific (waving to all the new friends we made there!) that I seemed to never have time to actually sit down and make anything. I did a 'Stamp a Stack' with some lovely regular customers on Saturday. They had the opportunity to make 10 cards so I needed some quick and easy christmas card ideas. Then I added a few more to the snowflake purple and ones last night.

First up here's a couple of cards I made watercolouring with the watercolour wonder crayons. The set is Festive Favourites and I have also used Warm Words on the tab. I love this rich colour combination - chocolate chip, sage shadow and ruby red.

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This one is for the funky colour lovers - black and white, pixie pink, rose red, garden green and old olive. I have used Snow Flurries and Seeing Spots and the sentiments are from Many Merry Messages.

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These ones are for the bling lovers. These colours look so much better in real life - marigold morning, perfect plum, elegant eggplant, sahara sand. This stamp set is the Snowflake Spot, and I have again used sentiments from Many Merry Messages.I have also embossed some of the snowflakes in silver embossing powder and added some bling to the centres. I just love my rounded tab punch that I have used in the long card. I find myself using it again and again.

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Since I have been such a bad blogger of late, I have set myself the one card, one post a day challenge again, so pop back tomorrow!

Hope you all have a great week,

Claire xx