Tuesday, 2 October 2007

We got so carried away surfing the net for bargains when we met for this class that we had to take our tins home to make up. This is what everyone brought back on our next meet. The bigger tins were coffee tins discarded at work after use and rescued from the bin.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Secret Compatment Card

Tuihana showed us how to make this card. Very simple and fun. The above sample was made by Joeleen for fathers day. When you prise open the middle section of the card - a whole new section is revealed. 1. Measurements are: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" for the main card and strips: 2" x 5 1/2" Stamp your desired background images on both sides of card. 2. Lay card on landscape position: score 2 1/8" from either side. 3. Make half inch slits one inch from top and bottom. 4. Weave the strips into the slits. . . .so that one sits above and the other below. 5. Close the sides inward and fold the whole thing back into itself. . . . . and score well. 6. Prise the middle open to use the hidden section. The more you open and close it the easier it is to use. Good luck. Thanx Tuihana - this is a fun and useful card. Love it!

Saturday, 15 September 2007

School Ball.07

The School Ball on Thursday night was a lot of fun. Everyone just looked so gorgeous! Most of these kids are from my class. I was impressed that they all turned up to school the next day.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Last One

Here is our third entry. The colour combo just fell into place once I teamed up the specialty light blue and gold paper with mellow moss. The stamp set is Delight in Life. The ribbon poking out from the top inset wasn't glued in so I was glad to see it had survived the journey in the magazine.

Friday, 7 September 2007

Happiness is Bravo Burgundy with Certainly Celery

Here is a very bad picture of Joeleens entry. Top is her original before I sent it. Awesome colours.

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Take Ten 1

Joeleen and I decided to send in our efforts from the Spring 2007 Take Ten challenge and they published them in the latest Autumn Sampler. Here is the first one. The stamps were French Flare from SU and Pacific Koru from Kiwi Impressionz. The specialty paper has a paua influence which dictated the main image for me. Fun huh! Below is pic of page - have to do it this way as my scanner is not hooked up yet.

Monday, 3 September 2007

Tiki Tiki Tiki

Another tiki card from Joeleen's collection. Fell in love with this one when she first showed it to us. The So Saffron used for the main image and sentiment makes a great contrast against the darker colours and lightens the whole design. Love the restrained use of the polka dot ribbon - something fun, unexpected. A blending of two cultures perhaps? (Or the pakeha in you? lol)Brings a smile to my face. Love this colour combo too :)

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Gentler Times

My son broke the lcd screen of my camera when he took it to school for an assignment and I thought it was done with only to happily find out three weeks later that it still works. Yeaaah! I let his father deal with that one. :) This is a retired set called Gentler Times and I think from the 2005- 2006 catalogue. I've had it for a while and have been looking for an excuse to use it already. Colours I have used are: Blush Blossom, Always Artichoke, Whisper White and Old Olive. The challange was to use the layout for Renaissance Angels on page 30 of the current catalogue. It was fun.

Sunday, 19 August 2007

. . .get AROUND to it!

This is one of my favourite cards that I cased from Kiwi Ipressionz. Images were randomly stamped on glossy card, cut out with a round punch, roughly sewn on to a contrasting card and finished off with fiber, brads and sentiment.

Friday, 10 August 2007

Stud Muffin

I loved this card when I first saw it and just had to sit down and do one. Doesn't it make you think, OooOOh, Stud!:) This card is made by Pauline McCardle from Hastings. Stamps: Linen, It's your Birthday, Looks like Spring. C/S: Whisper White, Buckaroo Blue, Blush Blossom. Inks: Black, Bashful Blue. Don't you just love the buttons punched out with 6mm circle punch. All from SU.

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Heartfelt and Paisley

This gorgeous card by Ann Dil is done in silver, black and white. An unusual feature is the strip of torn newsprint on the side of the inset. I love everything about this design. This was her swap for our last meeting.

Thursday, 2 August 2007


This is another design that I cased earlier and just had to sit down and replicate. Just the simplicity of the card was so eye catching and yummy! (yeah, yummy!) I think the designer was making these for wedding invitations. The original card was in the lighter pink but I also wanted to see it in the darker. Wonderfully delicious don't you think?

Tuesday, 31 July 2007


This card I cased earlier in the year (can't remember where) when I received my embossing folders and scallop punches. I just had to sit down and make it. Absolutely loved everything about it, especially the colour combinations. The black background is also embossed with the same folder.

Sunday, 29 July 2007

1st Tutorial

My first tutorial! This is for Sibylle who I met Wednesday night at her friend Rachelle's workshop. She absolutely loved this purse card just like I did when I first saw it. This is also for Julanne Rostran from Glitter Freak who inspired me to not put off a tutorial as too hard. Check her out at http://glitterfreak.blogspot.com - Thanx! The first template I got was off Linda (Annabelle's friend) which was a photocopy on an A4 sheet of paper. Too big as I needed to make 50 cards and too fiddly so I had to find another solution. So here is what I did. 1.Cut A4 sheet into two and place one in portrait position to you. 2.Fold down flap of about 3-4cm (an inch). 3. Take bottom and bring it up just below that fold line. Crease. This is the body. 4.Open flap. Measure 2cm (3 quarter inch) from sides and mark. 5.Line up the mark and corner of bottom folded edge of body and cut both sides. This way all sides are perfectly aligned. (The rest is per instructions). 6.Measure 2cm in from sides of flap fold on both sides and cut slits of about 1cm (half inch). These are for the handles. 7.Stamp other side of card to your design. 8.Thread fiber/ribbon through the 2 cut cut slits so the ends are on the inside and tape about 2cm down and towards the middle so it would be hidden. 9.Inside part: Square off piece of A4 (normal copy paper) fold diagonally twice so you get an x. 10.Turn it so that the folds are on top and creases at the bottom. Bring the bottom edge up to meet the top making a rectangle. 11. Bring the two newly creased lines together and everything should fold neatly in together to make a triangle. 12.Fold sides into middle. Crease well. 13.Center and align folded paper to the inside of card making sure that bottom point does not go over the middle fold. Mark paper just underneath flap fold where the pencil is. This is where you need to cut so that the paper can sit nicely inside. 14.Open paper to cut as it may be too thick for the bladed to go through. Refold and push the sides inward and crease well. 15.Place sentiment inside. Note that folded rectangle line are the side parts. 16. Center velcro at top flap - this is the fastner. Tape one side of paper, center and place just underneath fold line, making sure handles are not seen underneath. 17.Tape top, bring bottom of card up, press into place. Take backing off velcro, close and we're finished. Hope I made sense. ROCKIN GIRL BLOGGER - My first nomination for this tag is: Julanne Rostran. Congratulations girl!