Friday, November 28, 2008

Just to keep you busy...

While I'm away, make sure you go and check out my bloggin M&M's!   All of the girls have been busy blogging with amazing projects - you will LOVE them.


Great job ladies - I love your inspiration!

I'm NOT slacking - PROMISE!

That's right - even though you see that I haven't blogged since Monday (can't believe it's already FRIDAY), I've not been slacking - just really flat out busy with classes, and having some relations to stay for a night,  and getting ready for my LAST TWO CLASSES for the year, and another special little project that you will learn about a little later.  Oh, AND spending 3 1/2 hours having my nails done.  Yes, I KNOW!   They look, well, different from my usual nails.  Way to pretty to look like they belong on my crinkly old hands!  LOL.  Awesome week, but now I'm really really looking forward to a wonderful weekend with my DH out at a beach - just the two of us.  And the dog.  NOT the children (even tho my darling mother (HI MUM!) did suggest that we might like to have them come and visit - NOT).  It's our wedding anniversary next weekend, but we're busy then, so we are going out to have some time out together, and our lovely Mother's are having our boys.  Can't wait.   This is a tilt card that we made last night at Inglewood High.  The fish tilts backwards & forwards.  Very sweet card.   No time to post anything else right now - on with the next project!   Have a fabulous weekend.






Monday, November 24, 2008

As promised...

Here it is - the second post for today that I promised you!  Nearly didn't make it, due to a minor crisis at our house, in the front yard, involving six (now 5) ducklings, and a mother duck who was leaving half of her very little babies behind when she decided to go off wandering.  Our boys took this on as their mission, and caught three of the wayward ducklings that were a long way from their mother, and managed to reunite them, but unfortunately, one of the little ducklings was found very close to dead under a hedge.  Don't know what happened, or how long he/she had been there, but young Mason found it very hard to hold this little duck while it died.  Shame - cute little thing it was.  So now, the dead duckling has been relegated to NEWS in class tomorrow.  So much better when you have props to share with a story!  Anyway - here's the card I meant to share.


This was the card that didn't make it onto the table to make at the Mini Catalogue Launch in the weekend.  Not quite sure why, but I went with "simple" instead.  Love this set - Embrace Life.  It is just lovely - will be available from Monday for you to purchase - YES, Monday is 1st December, can you believe that???

Have a fabulous night - I'm just settling down to watch Private Practice, my FAVOURITE programme.  I've had my last night with the WITT girls tonight, which was really great - such a lovely bunch of women!

The rain is pouring down, so a fabulous night to watch some t.v, then drift off to sleep with the rain pouring down around me.  LOVE IT!



How's this for amazing - When I was in Waiuku, Angela kindly loaned me a fabulous card so I could make it at my Stamp Club (see card on left).   I decided to simplify it down for a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack I had a week or two ago, then changed it again slightly (adding ribbon and a jumbo brad) for another class  (see card on right).  I have just had a comment on my blog from Karen, saying that the original inspiration came from Leanne Marsters, and Karen kindly left me the link to the original card (click HERE to see the card created by Leanne).  The funniest thing is I've never seen this card, and my simplified creation is almost identical to Leanne's - even down to colours, DSP, stamp set & accessories!  How funny - I simply think that Leanne & I obviously have great taste!!









I've just set dates for my LAST TWO CLASSES THIS YEAR.   Scary!   First, I have a Christmas Gift Class (which will be sooo cool!) on Saturday 13th December.  The last class is an extra special Thank You $2 Card Class with a difference - This month, it will be $1 cards on Wednesday 03 December from 6.30pm-10.00pm.    This is to thank all the lovely ladies who come along to my classes and encourage & support me in so many ways.   Of course, there will be nibbles at both classes, and maybe even some bubbles at one of them...  See details for both classes on the right.  Places are limited for the Christmas Gift Class, and prepayment is essential due to all the goodies I have to buy to put in the gifts, and I sure don't want to be stuck with having to eat all the extras myself now, do I!?  Or do I?

Another post coming along soon - PROMISE!  Enjoy your day


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mini Catalogue Launch

Hello everyone.  Hope your day has been as great as mine!  I stamped with some wonderful women today (HI ladies!) and made some very cute projects using the new goodies from the mini catalogue that starts 01 December (8 days and counting...).  I thought you might like to see some photos, seeing as my DH  has fixed the problem I've been having with my wonderful computer!PB210032

This was the first card I made using the new sets, and I LOVE it!   Initially I thought it was too "lovey dovey" to use, but very quickly fell in love with it.  This card just "fell" together - the colours in the new Afternoon Tea paper ($13.95) are just wonderful, and provide such a great background to work from. 

Stamp Set : Happy Heart.  Cardstock/Ink : Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, Afternoon Tea DSP.  Accessories : Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (finishing in 8 days :(  - I'll miss this ribbon!), 1 3/8" & 1 1/4" circle punches, fire brads, markers ($5.95 each until 30 November), Cutter Kit (for distressing the edges)



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OK, so this little handbag doesn't photograph so well - you REALLY have to see it to believe how very cute it is - and of course, what else do you fill a handbag with but CHOCOLATE KISSES?!  YUM.

I'll post one of the cards that didn't make the cut for today's class later.  Enjoy your night


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Another Christmas Card

Hi - my wonderful computer has just shut down on my TWICE while trying to post this, and I have had to scan this card now instead of photographing it.... so third time lucky!    Christmas Cards have been so easy this year, with this lovely Holiday Harmony Paper.  For just $13.95 a pack, you can make a whole truckload of lovely cards, but you only have until 30 November, so if you want some you had better hurry.   Once again, I'll try tomorrow to get my lovely computer to behave, and replace this picture!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Stamp Club today





This was one of our Stamp Club projects today - the other two didn't photograph well at all, and now it's too dark to redo them, so you will have to wait to see them, sorry!  I have no idea what this is called, but it is perfect to give with a gift voucher, gift card, or cold hard cash in it, as well as lots of room to write some lovely notes.  It's not difficult to make, just takes a little bit of time.   Do you want the measurements/instructions??  More than happy, just let me know via my blog, and I'll  post them here.

Hope you have enjoyed your day!


Monday, November 17, 2008

A Card from Waiuku

Good afternoon!   I was given this beautiful card by the Waiuku girls, and it is stunning.  It is simple, but elegant, and the colours are just fabulous together.  Hope you enjoy!


RECIPE : Stamp Sets : Party Punch (Hostess), Brocade Basics ($53.95).  Cardstock/Ink : Bravo Burgandy, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla.  Accessories : Grosgrain Ribbon, Round Tab Punch.

Thanks Angela - hope you are feeling great again soon - I think I wore you out!

Have a great night - I'm off to WITT tonight, so I'll show you some of the projects we are making there sometime this week.  I decided NOT to post the "glammed up" version of the card from yesterday  - I'm making it at Stamp Club on Wednesday, and then at Inglewood High on Thursday, so I don't want to spoil the surprise for all of those ladies!


Sunday, November 16, 2008

I'm home!

Hello to you all!  I'm back home again (actually got home Thursday night) but still not on top of anything!   Have had the most wonderful time with Angela and her team in Waiuku ("Hi" girls!) and also with Angela's amazing family.  Her 6 year old son just stole my heart, and I would have brought him home with me, but I kinda know that Angela and Neil would miss him so much.  What a beautiful boy you have - thanks for sharing him with me!!   (And your other two children are also just delightful!)  My boys all missed me, but I am impressed how my DH did while I was away!   

Anyway, enough rambling - thought I'd quickly post two of the cards that we made today at the Christmas Stamp-A-Stack.   The ladies did so well making 16 cards in record time.  I kept the cards really really simple, so that it staying enjoyable, and didn't feel like a chore making 4 of each card.  I think I achieved that goal!  





RECIPE : Stamp Sets : Crazy For Christmas, Short & Sweet.  Cardstock/Ink : Sahara Sand, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White.  Accessories : Crimper, Double Stitched Ribbon, 3/4" & 1/2" circle punches.








This card was inspired by Jayne Mercer - another blog that I love!  RECIPE : Stamp Sets : Hung Up On The Holidays, Occasional Greetings.  Cardstock/Ink : Bravo Burgandy, Mellow Moss, Whisper White.  Accessories : Burgandy Organza Ribbon (retired), Versamark, Gold EP & Embossing Buddy of course!


This is another very simple card we made today.  It was inspired by a card made by the lovely Angela Corbett, who very kindly loaned me one to take home & CASE.  This is the really basic version, ideal for classes such as this one.  Tomorrow, I'll post the glammed-up version, and show you how simple it is to make something quite simple into something really amazing!   I'm off to bed - yes, before midnight, as my stamping started at 4.00am today when I couldn't sleep....  YES - I'M ADDICTED!

Have a great night


Monday, November 10, 2008

Just to let you know...

Hey there - just a pre-warning for you all - I won't be blogging this week, because I'm off to Waiuku to visit lovely ANGELA and her team of demonstrators up there.   I'm soooo looking forward to it, and today I am spending the day getting myself organised for everything, including my WITT class  tonight, and the Inglewood High School class on Thursday night, just hours after I intend to be getting home.   LOL - WHY DO I LEAVE EVERYTHING TO THE LAST MINUTE??   No, really - WHY??   OK, so I HAVE been really busy and we have just had our School Gala Day in the weekend which was just awesome, and a squash tournament plus all the usual things.  Days seem to get busier and busier.  SO, 3 days away stamping with my friend, and spending some time travelling with my Mum who has kindly offered to go with me for company, will be fabulous.      So don't worry about my lack of blogging, I'm just letting you all know that I won't be here!   DH is working short days to take care of the children, which is just great.  Makes it so much easier.   Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend - the weather here has just been amazing.  I hope to have some great things to post once I get back from Waiuku.

Take care.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Inglewood High School Class & an exciting delivery

Good afternoon - I'm just admitting that I'm addicted to making those cute little box-in-a-bags (BIAB).  They're so darn cute, and just the perfect size to hide some chocolates from the rest of your family until you want to eat them when they are all at school...  whoops - did I say that out loud?!  LOL.  So, tonight we are making one of these, along with two other projects, so here's hoping that some of the chocolate goodies that I will buy on the way out tonight will make it to the girls.  On this BIAB I have used EIGHT PUNCHES - I don't think I have made a project before that has used this many punches!  On this BIAB I have had to add some dazzling diamonds to the cherries, because one of my ladies is addicted to bling!   HI KAREN!!  Each project we make, Karen says "I could just add a little diamonds here, couldn't I?".  She is so sweet, so tonight I've done it for her.    I have used the STAMPIN' WRITE MARKERS (which are available to purchase from Monday for 20 days individually for just $5.95 each) to colour the cherries.  If you don't have any yet, then I can assure you that they will quickly become one of your most valuable tools.  You can do so much with markers!

I GOT MY SUMMER MINI DEMONSTRATOR PRE-ORDER TODAY, so guess what I'm going to be doing for the afternoon?!!!   Oh my goodness, they are awesome!  You'll all have to wait just a little to see the goodies, but I can assure you - you'll LOVE them!  Have a great day

PB050019 Michelle

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Rub-On's Promotion 10-30 November


I know this picture is just a little hard to read, but it's just sooo pretty!!  The details are if you purchase $20 from the catalogue, then you can purchase a pack of Rub-Ons for just $18.80 - that's 20% off!    OFFER IS AVAILABLE FROM 10TH -30TH NOVEMBER, SO HURRY.  If you haven't used rub-ons before, then they are just fabulous.  Give it a go - just look at what you can do with them!

M&M's Swaps... finally!

Ok, so I sort of misplaced these cards, and have hunted and found them - in a logical place, of course!   Here they are - the swaps from our M&M's Team meeting last month, where our theme was Christmas. 





















































Speaking of talented ladies - make sure you check out Cherie's Blog  and see the gorgeous things she has been creating.  Make sure you leave her a comment - it's so encouraging when you are just starting out blogging.  You GO Cherie - awesome that you are sharing your creations with the world!

Have a great night - I'm having a wonderful night at home, and I've bought some neat things today that I'm going to work on for my last class of the year, that will be held in the not to distant future.

Take care!


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hostess Gift for tonight

Hi again - here is the gift I am making as a demonstration for my lovely Hostess tonight, Helen.  Of course, it will be filled with goodies as well.  I'm only going to buy the goodies on the way to the workshop tonight, otherwise the chances of there being enough left to fill the bag are slim, if past experience is anything to go by!!  LOL.  AND, check out the clean windows in this picture - I CLEANED WINDOWS yesterday.   This is just a little unusual for me, but I also ran home from school, dragging the dog, and then washed the dog, the windows and went on to do laundry.   I'm sure DH hasn't noticed any of the above, but I do, and it's fabulous!  Obviously I was having some sort of turn yesterday, because today I'm back to NOT running, or cleaning windows, that's for sure.   Oh well - make hay while the sun shines huh?   Enjoy the box in the bag.  HEREPB040020 is the link to the tutorial done by Diana Gibbs in case you would like to make one yourself.
















Have a great night.


Super Specials with Stampin' Up!

How cool is this???   Stampin' Up! have listened to our requests, and have brought out a special where you can purchase individual markers for just $5.95 each!   This is a limited offer - check out the conditions below.   The first order will be placed on 10th November, so make sure you let me know what colours you are wanting to order  AND, just to sweeten this already amazing deal - if you purchase 10 markers through me (at one time) I'll throw in another two for free!   WOW!  


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Cute little Tri Fold Season of Joy

Good afternoon, and happy 1st of November!   Where did October go???   As I'm supposed to be finishing getting organised for my class this afternoon, I am instead photographing & posting one of the cards we are making, because it's just so cute!  This is a tri-fold card, and once again I'm using Season of Joy, because it's just gorgeous!   The Spring Mini finishes in 30 more days, so if you are wanting Season of Joy, or anything else out of this mini, then you need to be quick. 


If you want to make one of these cards, give me a call, and book a workshop, because this is one of the projects I'm making at workshops this month.   Make the most of the last month of the Spring Mini before it disappears.  Enjoy your Saturday afternoon.