Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A few more cards

As you may be aware, I've been quite busy lately putting together a selection of cards of cards to sell & also to use as demos for card Stampin' Up! workshops. I managed to sell quite a few on Sunday although I am yet to crack that elusive first party booking without having to run the workshop myself. It'll happen I'm sure & my goal in 2008 is going to be to try as hard as I can to tap into the local market.

I was very happy though to receive a lot of compliments & interest from ladies wishing to buy Christmas Cards at next month's market.

Thanks for stopping by & please comment on my card creations, I'd truly appreciate the feedback.

More cybercroppin'

Did a little scrapping on Friday night for the 6x12" sketch challenge designed by Dee Heath at Scrapworld. Really love how this one turned out & even got to use my BG Phoebe PP that I'd been procrastinating about using for so long as I just could get around how best to use the pattern in my head.....kind of had a mental block of sorts as I've seen so many amazing L/Os done by other scrappers. Also hoping to get a chance to do a page for the Pink Ribbon challenge they still have running.

Then on Saturday 3AS had their cybercrop & although I didn't scrap for it on the night as I was busy making cards & preparing for my stall at the markets, I did get 3 of the 4 challenges done before last night's deadline. Got the OTP to still do, a cute little felt bag to store cards & other Christmas knick knacks, hoping to get around to that in the next few days.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Market Day

If you happen to be around the Penninsula area of the Central Coast on Sunday, why not drop by & say "hi " to me.

I'll be at the Lions Club Car Boot Markets on Ocean Beach Rd, Woy Woy.

It's quite a good little market that runs on the last Sunday of the month. Lots of interesting stuff new & old.

I'll be selling handmade cards & gift tags as well as trying to promote my Stampin" Up! business in our local area.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Nippers & cards....

...........that's what we've been up to.

Seeing as we are living near the beach now, we thought it would be a great idea for Lily to join Nippers at the local SLSC so she can learn some beach awareness & survival skills. Great for a bit of fun & fitness too. The kids all seemed to be having a great time & poor Lily ended up with sore muscles in her legs from all the running in the sand after the first week. She's pulled up fine after this weekend so it just goes to show how adaptable & resilient kids' bodies are! Gone for now are our Sunday morning sleep ins but with the weather the way it has been the last 2 Sundays, no complaints from here! Even got in the surf myself & had a bit of a boogie board. I'm really settling into this whole beach lifestyle now, can't imagine ever going back to live in Sydney (not even the Blue Mountains) & anyone who really knows me knows that's a huge call for me to make.

I've spent a fair bit of time using my Stampin' Up! stuff to make lots of cards too lately, some of which I donated to my friend, Sonja, who generously hosted a fundraising "Girls Night In" at her place on Saturday night. All the proceeds of the night are going to the Cancer Council to help in the fight against womens' cancers.

Also been making cards to sell at some of our local markets in the lead up to Christmas. It's going to bit of a joint venture with a friend from school who has lots of wonderful handmade wares to sell. It'll be great to have company for the both of us as neither of us has done this kind of thing before. Looking forward to the challenge & hope to make some sales & maybe even make some workshop bookings, that'd be really neat!

Images © 1990–2007 Stampin’ Up! Artwork by Susanne Perry

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Workshop projects & a bit of fun

Here are my samples of the cards/ projects we made at my card workshops last weekend.

Special thanks to Heike for allowing me to use the template of the cute little hand bag for the class.

The first two cards were made using cardstock, inks & buttons from the Bold Brights colour family & the "Wild about You" stamp set.

Next up some simple Christmas cards using cardstock & inks from the Earth Elements colour family, Very Vanilla & Whisper White, the very funky "spiral punch" & "Wishing You" stamp set both available for a limited time in the Spring mini catalogue. The background was stamped in Versamark ink using the gorgeous & very versatile "French Script" stamp.

Lastly there's the cute little bag decorated using the "Bold Butterfly" & "Tagger's Dozen" stamp sets, "tag punch" & inks from the Bold Brights range.

A very easy to make, pretty friendship card using the "Reason to Smile" stamp set which is one of the stamp sets exclusively available to qualifying hostesses rounds out the collection. The scalloped edge on the Cool Carribean cardstock was created by using the "slit punch" & a single hole punch. I also really love the "Print Pattern" background stamp that I've used with So Saffron ink from the Rich Regals colour family.

I've had some very positive feedback, got some orders & thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone have fun creating their own cards & how proud they were of their finished projects. Thanks to everyone who's helped & supported me so far getting my Stampin' Up! business up & running!

Images © 1990–2007 Stampin’ Up! Artwork by Susanne Perry

Here are a couple of shots of our girls enjoying a play in the snow. We were actually quite fortunate in the end to get just a short amount of time outside as Mackenzie managed to get quite ill with croup & the wind chill factor up at Perisher Valley was incredible even though it was a bright, gorgeous sunny day.

Our little Mackenzie seems to have a not-so-secret mission from the "Fun Police" as she has managed for 3 school holidays in a row to come down with croup, poor little thing spent most of the time violently coughing & trying to catch up on lost sleep from her persistent coughing.

We rugged her up & made a snowman with her, she tasted a bit of snow & then was straight back in the car thoroughly exhausted from less than 15mins of activity, not exactly the trip we planned on but it was great to get away & even better that she's fully recovered just over a week on.