Tuesday, September 30, 2008


As you know my husband has recently come back from a trip to the cayman islands. He got to catch up with his brother and sister n law and niece and nephew. Rich took some lovely photos and asked me if I would do a canvas to send back to his brother. Our nephew Joshua started school while Rich was there, this photo was taken before his first day of school.

stamp sets: live your dream
card/ink: blue bayou, whisper white, spring break
accessories: twill tape, hodgepodge hardware

Gift Certificates

Hi everyone. I can't believe it is the last day of September. Christmas is fast approaching. While at the mall last weekend I even noticed some stores have started putting out their christmas displays. Very scary. I thought it was a good time to remind you that gift vouchers are always a good option for some stamping goodies. That way you get to choose your stamping goodies. I love to make cute covers for gift vouchers like the ones below. If you want a loved one to get you a voucher get them to email me.

stamp sets: wonderful words, seeing spots
card/ink: pretty in pink, so saffron, whisper white, certainly celery
accessories: 1 1/4" cirle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop punch, sheer ribbon

stamp sets: gifts galore
card/ink: brilliant blue, whisper white
accessories: sheer ribbon, cuttlebug embosser

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tools of the Trade

As stampers and scrapbooker we use a lot of different tools to help us create our wonderful projects. While blog surfing a while ago I came across this list of top ten tools that Michelle Fischer had compiled from a poll at splitcoast stampers. I thought it would be good to see what you think and whether you agree and what order you would use. Here is the list

1. Paper Trimmer - paper cutter than can cut up to 12x12 paper

2. Paper Snips - Paper snips are small, thin bladed scissors with a sharp pointed tip. They are great for cutting even in the tiniest of areas.

3. Bone Folder - Bone folders are used to score paper and make crisp folds.

4. Paper Piercer - used to pierce holes in your paper to make borders and decorative shapes. It can also be used to poke holes for brads and to help poke ribbon through holes.

5. Ruler - A clear ruler was recommended

6. Mat Pack - This pack has a template to help guide you with perfect paper piercing, also included is a foam mat and a self healing cutting mat.

7. Crop-o-dile - A great tool that punches through chipboard, multiple layers of card, tin also used for setting eyelets.

8. Punches - Used to punch out different shapes. The most popular ones in the poll were circle punches, corner rounders

9. Heat Tool - Used to emboss, heat set pigment ink, use with heat and stick powder

10. Stampin Scrub & Stampin Mist - A scrub and cleaner used to clean and condition your stamps an absolute must.

Other tools that were also mentioned were

Stamp-a-ma-jig - a stamp positioner helps you line up images perfectly everytime

Hobby Blade - Extra sharp knife used for cutting

Stampin Sponges - Great to use around the edge of projects and also for large areas

Edge distresser - This great little tool distresser the edges of your card.

So what do you think of the order. For me the stampin scrub would definitely be higher on the list. I think it is an essential tool, which I use every time I go into my craft room. I also would also put punches higher up on my list.

I would love to hear what your favourite tools are. If you wish to know more about any of these tools, please email me at stampinggalore@gmail.com.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Friday

Hi Everybody. Thank goodness it's Friday. What a week. Last day of term and a very busy week for both James and Caitlin. James had his year 6 production, with two eveing shows and one matinee. He was exhausted when he got home tonight. They did the musical starblaze. I have to say I was blown away. I couldn't believe a group of 10 and 11 year olds could put together such a professional production. It was great. Both Caitlin and James had their finals in miniball, and boths teams played really well. Jame's team came 3rd and Caitlin's team came in 1st place after a very tough game. Caitlin's team also played the curtain razor for the Breakers basketball team. I was so worried about Caitlin as she gets quite nervous. I was so proud of her she went out and played her wee heart out. You should have heard us proud parent on the side line...LOL

Tonight I wanted to share the we gift book we made at class at my Upline Jacques house. We first saw this little gift book out this years convention in Brisbane. It makes the perfect little gift, you can either stamp in it or put photos in it. The book is made out of 1 sheet of 12x12 pattern paper. We cut this one done to 12x9".

stamp set: Carte Postale
card/ink: Designer series paper le jardin, river rock, so saffron
accessories: 1/4' circle punch, round tab punch, silver hodge podge hardware(from spring mini catalogue, double stitched ribbon soft sky

I will post the totally finished book in a week or so. Thaks for visiting.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Fathers Day cake

I just had to show you a picture of the cake my son made for Richard for fathers day. Rich arrived back the day before fathers day. He hadn't had a good time of it. He didn't get on his LA to Auckland flight as his Miami flight was late, so he had to fly LA to Sydney then onto Auckland. He was totally shattered when he got home as well as having a high temperature and a terrible cough. James decided he wanted to make his dad a cake and decorate it as a rugby league field. He had it all planned, what colours and lollies he would use to decorate it. It didn't turn out exactly how Jame's planned it but Richard loved it.

Back blogging at last

Hi everyone. It feels like forever since I last did a post. Sincere apologies. I have had family staying and it was very difficult to try and get internet time, without feeling like I was being rude. My DH is now back from overseas and has been hogging the computer again and as we are still on dial up we can't be online at the same time. I have missed out on Kristina's last few color challenges. I am determined to enter this weeks.

Anyway a few weeks ago we had a regional training for stampin' Up!. It's always great to get together with friends. Of course we did a swap using a christmas set . I thought I would show you the cards I received.

First up is my swap I left my swaps until the last minute, very unlike me. So it had to be quick and simple. Here is what I came up with.

stamp sets: snow flurries, warm words
card/ink: soft sky, whisper white craft ink, wild wasabi, purely pomegrante
accessories: 3/4" circle punch, corner punch, matt pack, white ribbon

Here are pictures of the swaps I received. Some of them had yummy goodies in them. yum...

Aren't they great. I really enjoyed my night. I learned a few new techniques and we received a lovely new stamp set. I haven't had a play yet. But watch this space. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fathers Day

Hi all. I can't believe it's September. Boy has this year flown by, it will be Christmas before we know it. In fact I am doing a Christmas swap for Monday night so Christmas cards have already been started how scary. Well September also means the start of spring and of course Fathers day, which is this coming Sunday. My DH has very good timing. He arrives home Saturday morning. I can't wait to see him. I have missed him terriby. I have a couple of masculine card to post tonight. Of course I will not be able to use any of these card for DH as he has been checking out my blog while he has been away.

stamp set: loads of love
card/ink: old olive, not quite navy, spring break designer series paper, basic grey, going grey, basic black, watercolour paper, stazon black

stamp set: loads of love
card/ink: old olive, basic black, basic grey, spring break designer series paper, watercolour paper, stazon black, going grey
accessories: slit punch

stamp set: seeing spots
card/ink: night of navy, brilliant blue, gable green, whisper white
accessories: bold bright markers, certainly celery ribbon

Enjoy your evening. Thanks for stopping by.

Free Wheelin September

Stampin' Up! have a great promotion for the month of September. Purchase any of the following stamps sets and receive the coordinating wheel for free. Save $18.95

* Artfully Asian Bundle (includes Artfully Asian stamp set and Watercolour Vine Jumbo set). Cost: $53.95.

* Bodacious Bouquet Bundle (includes Bodacious Bouquet stamp set and Bodacious jumbo wheel). Cost $68.95.

* Carte Postale Bundle (includes Carte Postale stamp set and Leaves à la Carte jumbo wheel). Cost $57.95.

* Merry, Merry Bundle (includes Merry, Merry stamp set and All about Christmas jumbo wheel). Cost: $53.95.

* Nursery Necessities Bundle (includes Nursery Necessities stamp set and Nursery Letters jumbo wheel). Cost $66.95

* Priceless Bundle (includes Priceless stamp set and So Swirly jumbo wheel). Cost $57.95

This offer is available 1-30 September. Email me to find out more or to place an order.

Monday, September 1, 2008

So Spoilt

I am being so spoilt by my sbs23 sisters. I have been given another award. Thanks so much Roxy. A little message for my sister, I have been having trouble making comments on some of your blogs, it is probably my line as I am on dial up and we have had a lot of wet weather, which seems to affect my internet connection. please bear with me I will get to all of you.

As with the previous award I am able to nominate 7 blogs. As I am still getting to all of my sisters, I will nominate one person now and then choose some others. I wanted to give my friend Karen another award. Karen is part of the team I am in for Stampin' Up!. Karen works full time , but also seems to find time to help us all out. Karen has helped several of our team start blogs and is always there for assistance. She always makes lovely comments on everyones blogs (something I really need to work on). Hope you enjoy this Karen.

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