Monday, September 12, 2011

Little Angel Memory Boxes (LAMB) Auction

Well it's taken me a little longer than I had hoped to get the cards finished for the upcoming auction supporting Little Angel Memory Boxes which begins this Friday the 16th September. They are running the auction through their Facebook page and there are some amazing items up for grabs. I've already decided there are a couple I definitely 'need'!

I couldn't decide on how many cards to make so in the end decided to go with these 21. There are an assortment of cards which can be used for numerous occasions. The cards are made using Stampin' Up! products which you can order directly through me if you would like to be able to create your own cards or scrap pages.  For further information please email me.

So, don't forget the auction starts this Friday and all the procedures go towards providing support and a keepsake for families who have lost Angels ranging from miscarriage through to 16 years of age.

I was also asked if I have cards available to purchase - the answer is YES - through the blog.  At the top of the blog where the tabs are located you'll see a Cards For Sale link.  I will be adding to there on a regular basis or if you let me know which ones you liked from this bundle I may be able to make additional ones.

Enjoy - Julie
I spent Friday morning listening for the doorbell to ring avidly awaiting my newest arrival of Stampin Up goodies and supplies. I'd put off my order for a few weeks as I was waiting until we could order our demonstrator pre-release set from the new mini catalogue which will be released on the 1st October.  There are some great items coming out in this release.

Finally when I'd complete my list of items I reached the level where I was able to tap into the Hostess Benefits and this time around I decided to go with two new stamp sets. I choose the Happiest Birthday Wishes (IB&C p.8) clear mount set and the Posy Punch clear mount set (IB&C p.9). I mounted them straight away and am putting both sets to good use.

Wishing for a few more cards to add to my donation for the Little Angel Memory Boxes (LAMB) auction - more information to come in a later post, I made this birthday card.

The card base is Whisper White, and I mounted some corrugated cardstock in Cake Crumb to it, then the strips of cardstock.  The balloons are from the Party This Way set (IB&C p.39). Each was fussy cut and then mounted onto the card using dimensionals. The metallic thread was from my local kids craft store and I found by cutting three lengths the same and tying one end into a bow before I tried to glue dot them down was the easiest and less painful way of getting it to stay attached. Try doing this before you attach the balloons as you can use the same dimensional!

The sentiment was from the new Happiest Birthday Wishes and I punched it out using an Oval punch (IB&C p.152) which is then layered onto the Decoratve Label punch (IB&C p.150). 

This is a great card as it could be used as a gift card or could be adapted to being an invitation.

Enjoy Julie

Stamp Set/s: Happiest Birthday Wishes, Party This Way
Inks: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Brilliant Blue, Daffodil Delight
Cardstock and Paper: Whisper White, Cake Crumb, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Brilliant Blue, Daffodil Delight
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, dimensionals, glue dots, paper snips, clear block D, designer label and oval punches, metallic thread.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A whole lot of scraping.

I've finished project number one - 100 scrap layouts for Harrison's Little Wing Charity.  Harrison’s Little Wings Inc. is a not for profit organisation helping women with a high risk pregnancy, and families that suffer the loss of their baby through perinatal death. They use the completed lay outs for placing into albums which are then taken to the Mater Mothers (Brisbane, Australia) so they can be added to the box of memories for families to remember their little ones.

As all my close friends would know having an ample supply of paper craft goodies I was able to whip these all up in a day and a half and didn't even have to venture out of the house to buy anything - scary and sad I know. But finally it's all going and to good causes.

I found I did end up having made more little boy layouts than little girl ones, probably because I'm more used to doing these having Noah.

So if you've got a whole lot or even a little scrap paper and some embellishments lying around that you're not using - here's a way to help someone else out. 

Now to get to the post office so I can clear some space for my next project.

Enjoy - Julie

Love defined - Thinking of You

Through the marvels of Facebook and through doing Volunteer Work connected to our local hospital, I have been fortunate enough to come across a wonderful charity called Little Angels Memory Boxes.  They donate Memory Boxes and Memory Bags to hospitals for families who suffer the heartbreak of losing a baby or child, as well as providing a support system.  If you haven't heard of them check them out, they are wonderful.

Having been through the unfortunate turmoil of loosing a little angel - our daughter Addison last year - I was instantly drawn to doing what I could to assist in fundraising.  The charity works mainly through people's kind donations of either bags or boxes which they can donate in memory of their special angel. 

I contacted one of the girls Laura and said that I had a whole lot of craft items I would happily donate which I am now in the process of getting together, and then I noticed they were having another one of their auctions in a few weeks. I talked with a group of friends and asked what they thought about donating some hand stamped cards and they all said they thought it would be a nice idea. So I've spent the past few nights making some cards to put together in a pack. Once I'm done I'll add some more photos and pop the link the the auction on my blog.

One of the cards I did make last night was this one using the Love Defined set which I think it really cute.  The tree was stamped using Old Olive Ink and I then hand cut it out.  The little bird and the flower are from the Itty Bitty Bits set (IB&C p 87) and they are stamped in Real Red and Pumpkin Pie and are both punched out using the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Set (IB&C p 152).

The hills in Old Olive I free cut and paper pierced. Everything was then stuck onto Baja Breeze cardstock, mounted onto Chocolate Chip. Finally the card base is Whisper White and I ran it through the Square Lattice Embossing Folder (IB&C p157) for a little more dimension. All was added to the card base and I stamped the sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments and punched it out using the Window Punch.

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Love Defined, Itty Bitty Bits, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks: Basic Black, Old Olive, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock and Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, paper snips, clear block D, paper piercing kit, window punch, itty bitty shape punches.

Cute by the Inch -PDCC #97- Add a splash of red!

This wonderful challenge suited me really well as I needed to make 13 cards using a certain sketch for our deomonstrator swaps and I hoped to do a black and white card for something different.  I stumbled upon Play Date Cafe by looking through another friend's blog. I'm so pleased I found it and can't wait to do some of their challenges.

Challenge #97 was a Color Splash Week again using black and white, and a splash is RED. 

The stamp set I used for this is called Cute by the Inch and was a hostess set that retired just last month.  I stamped two different images onto Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black ink.  Then punched them out using the 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 square punches (IB&C p 154),which I then layered and stuck together with my snail.  I stuck them onto a Whisper White card base and attached some Basic Black grosgrain ribbon, making a bow and using a red brad as my splash of red. Simple but perfect!

Now I just have to make another 13 and my swaps are done!

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Cute by the Inch
Inks: Basic Black
Cardstock and Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, paper snips, clear block D, modern grosgrain ribbon, red brad.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hello Good Neighbour

A friend of mine has finally secured the property of her dreams. We're so happy for her. I thought I'd use another stamp set which I bought some time ago and never actually used - it's a little sad that this is happening a lot - I think perhaps I might just have a few too many sets!

This set is called Good Neighbour and was a Hostess set available some time ago.  At the time there were also a range of matching 6x6 papers available. It's such a cute set! In the set there is a selection of houses as well as different roof types which allows you to create a number of varied scenes.  The trees are also a part of the set.

The clouds are actually dsp and I made the hills by paper tearing a piece of Old Olive cardstock. The sentiment was stamped onto Whisper White and I just cut it out and then mounted it onto the Modern Label punched Chocolate Chip piece.

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Good Neighbours, Occasional Greetings
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Cardstock and Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Good Neighbours 6x6 paper pad, various smaller dsp pieces
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, dimensionals, paper snips, clear block D, modern label punch.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Do the Hula - SUO Challenge #26 - Invitation to a party.

An interesting challenge which finally got me a little motivated this week to start thinking about the invitations I will need to make for my DH's 40th birthday at the end of the year. As we moved to the more sunny Newcastle this year I've been thinking something a little tropical as the weather will be fantastic - I hope.

The motivation behind the challenge this week at SUO was to make an Invitation to a party, as it's their first birthday.

My lovely neighbour used to have this stamp set - Do the hula - which I know is retired, and I always loved the cards she made, so I figured I'd give it a go. I'm really happy that the new 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue have seen the release of 5 new In Colours as they are so well suited to a beach theme.

I've used Crumb Cake as the card base, adding Pool Party as the strips and then stamped the Hawaiian shirts in Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade. The other shirt is in Pumpkin Pie, which is a part of the Brights Collection. I decided the strips needed a little more on them so I paper pierced the edges.

The sentiment is from the Party This Way set (IB&C p 9) and stamped in Pool Party.  I did stamp the leaves from the Do the Hula set using Versa Ink which are a little hard to see in the original photo.

I'm please with how quickly I could get this card together which is also a factor in making them as invitations - as I've a few to make!

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Do the Hula, Party This Way
Inks: Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie, Lucky Limeade
Cardstock and Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pool Party
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, dimensionals, paper snips, clear block D, .border punch, paper piercing kit.

2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue

It's here! The NEW Stampin’ Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue. So full of new products, in colors, stamps, punches and so much more that it's almost bursting through it's binding. 

There is now also a new Hostess Benefits program!
It is so much better than the previous Hostess program as you have more options to grab the items you really like when you host or place an order for $300 or more. 

There is even the opportunity to earn a 50% discount off an item!  How long have you waited to get that Big Shot Machine?  You could use your 50% off and you could own it for less than $80!  You can’t beat that price anywhere!

Here's how the new benefits work

There are now two features of the new The Hostess Benefits Program:

Hostess Dollars - Workshops that total $300 or more, will earn Hostess Reward Dollars.
You can apply these dollars to purchase exclusive hostess products or other catalogue merchandise at full price.  Stampin’ Up! has discounted the price of hostess products to make your Hostess Dollars go further
50% Off Item(s)

In addition to Hostess Dollars, workshops orders that total $600 or more, have the opportunity to purchase any full-priced catalogue item for 50% off!

At $800 or more -  you’ll get additional 50% off catalogue items!

The choice is yours! You can choose anything in the catalogue at half price whether that's stamp sets, inks, card stocks, papers, fabric, embellishments, tools, including the Big Shot and Sizzix items or storage items.

Keep in mind you can receive Hostess Benefits from personal orders, group orders, sales at workshops and classes you hold in your home or from being a member of one of my stamp clubs.

Please email me, if you have any questions about the new Hostess Benefits Program, would like to order any goodies or to book a workshop.

Enjoy - Julie