Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wanna see something really cute...

On the last day of school last year, my hubby rang me up and told me how some work men had been in the roof of the school above the drama room and they found a little kitten. Anyhooo to cut a long story short (being as you've already had a novel to read on here today) he brought said kitten home, she was soo tiny and fitted in the palm of his hand, she could barely keep her little head up and to tell you the truth I didn't think she would make it through the night. I gave her a little dropper with some water in it and we went to the vets to get some kitten milk, I fed her every two hours through the night and by the morning she was able to lap at the milk herself. It didn't take us long to notice that this poor little creature was blind and this was most likely reason the mother cat had left her behind in the roof. Well needless to say after much love and a lot of patience we now have the most loving and thankful kitten in the world, both my hubby and I have been rewarded a thousand times over with her beautiful purrs and loving nudges. We took her to the vets yesterday for her last jabs and the vet was so impressed with how well she has come along. She will never be able to venture outside on her own, but hubby will be building her a nice big run outside in the garden so she can feel the fresh air and sunshine on her fur, she sleeps on our bed and shadows my every move around the house. Her name is Polly, that's a whole other story, which I will tell you on another day. I've been dying to tell you all about her, but wanted to make sure she was going to make it through to a happy ending first.
Take care, lots of inky hugs from ....

Thank you to the blog hoppers...

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great week and for those of you in Australia, I hope all the back to school preparations aren't stressing you out too much. I'm sooo glad that's all over for me, I don't miss it one bit, all I have to contend with now is my hubby saying ..."I don't wanna go back to school tomorrow!!" Yes he's a teacher and it takes him a while to get back into the swing of things after the Summer holidays. I have had my God daughter and her friend here all day, they have been in the pool cooling down. They both came out like prunes with wrinkles on their toes and fingers, but they had great fun and it was good to hear little girls laughing and enjoying themselves splashing around in the cool water. It brought back memories of when our girls were younger and easily pleased by playing in the pool with their aqua ducks etc.
Oh well I digress! What I meant to say on here was a great big THANK YOU! to all the fabulous blog hoppers who have taken the time to visit my blog and leave the most encouraging comments. I had a tour around all the blogs myself and saw some amazing work, all that eye candy in one day is just so hard to take in, another go round will be in order I think. I really enjoyed the first hop we did for the release of the Summer mini and I am sure we will be doing another one for the release of our next mini in April, so stay tuned for some more inspiration.
I'm sorry this has been a bit long winded today, but I just felt like telling all my inky friends how wonderful you are and how much I appreciate your kind comments. I feel so blessed to have made all these connections with people from all over the world and to share in this fantastic hobby of paper crafting. Stampin'Up! has been such a huge blessing in my life and through this great company I now have so many new friends, I'm coming up to my 2nd anniversary as a Stampin'Up! demonstrator and I've loved every minute of it. I signed up during Sale-A-Bration in 2008 and never in a million years did I imagine how much of a positive impact it would make on my life. So if your thinking about signing up and you would like to know more please contact me here or go to my Stampin'Up Web site to see a video about this wonderful company and find out more about the benefits of joining my team during Sale-a-bration.
Take care, lots of inky hugs from .....

Monday, January 25, 2010

Welcome to the hop..

Hello and welcome to all the blog hoppers who are visiting today, I have uploaded five projects for you to view using the new Sale-a-bration sets. I have explained about our special Sale-a-bration time of year in my previous post, you can find links to see the catalogue in that post as well. This is the second ever blog hop organised by the very talented Leonie Shroder for our wonderful on-line group ESAD (extra special Australian and New Zealand demonstrators) this group has over three hundred members from all over Australia and New Zealand, we get together on-line for cyber chats, challenges and we share lots of ideas and tips to help keep us all up to date with all that is Stampin'Up! If you would like to join the group and you are a Stampin'Up! demonstrator you can visit the home page here and click the join now button.
When you have visited all the blogs on this blog hop and left us all a very nice comment, you are then qualified to be entered for a big bunch of Stampin'Up! blog candy. All you have to do is write to Leonie and let her know you have completed the tour and left comments for everyone, she will in turn put your name into the barrel for a chance to win all the blog candy. So Good luck!

This card was made using one of the images from the Happy Moments set. This is my favourite image, I think it's sooo cute! I stamped the image in a combination of two colours using my Basic gray and Ballet Blue markers, I did the same for the sentiment which is from the Whimsical words set. The designer paper is from the Bella Bleu pack, the cardstock used is Ballet Blue, Basic black and Whisper white. The three brads are from the vintage pack.

This little gift pouch is made with Pink Pirouette cardstock and some Whisper white was used for the scallop edge detail as well as for the stamped image. I used the crop-a-dile to set two jumbo eyelets to thread the striped 1/2'' Pink Pirouette grosgrain ribbon through. I have stamped hearts from the I{Heart}Hearts set using Pink Pirouette ink randomly over the pouch, before adding the sentiment from the Free Sale-a-bration Whimsical Words set (Follow your heart, it knows the way)stamped in Riding hood red.

This card has been made using the Happy Moments set, I coloured the images with my aqua brush and ink pads, I used Riding hood red, Pink Pirouette, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss and So Saffron ink pads. I used a Blush Blossom marker to out line the images too. The ribbon is Riding hood red taffeta. The strip of designer paper is from the Bella Rose pack and the cardstock is a combination of Basic black, Whisper white and Pirouette Pink. Accessories used were, the Word window punch, the spiral punch and the 1 3/8'' square punch. The little brad is from the Earth elements pack.

This card is made with the set called Happy Moments, the set contains 7 stamps. I have coloured in the images with my aqua brush and inkpads, the colours are Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Not quite navy, Pirouette pink and Kiwi kiss. The card stock used is Baja Breeze and Whisper white, I also used a bit of Urban garden designer paper. The button is from the Button bouquet and the ribbon is Baja Breeze 1'' Double-stitched grosgrain. Ive used a White gel pen to do the faux stitching. This little matching gift box uses mostly the same ingredients as the card, I used the scallop edge punch, as well as the 1 3/8'' circle punch and the scallop circle punch. The Baja ribbon is sitting on some 1 1/4'' Pink Pirouette grosgrain ribbon which is available in our Summer mini.

I hope you are enjoying your hop, now you can go and visit with Chris Parker-Barnes to see her lovely creations, don't forget to leave your comment to be entered in the blog candy draw.
Lots of inky hugs from....

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Attention, Attention! Blog Hop Coming.....

Hello and happy Sunday to you all,
I thought I would let you all in on a little secret, tomorrow there will be another blog hop, the on-line group I belong to for Australian and New Zealand Stampin'Up! demos (ESAD), is holding a special blog hop to celebrate the release of the new Sale-A-Bration catalogue. Sale-a-bration is the best time of year to grab a few extra stamp sets FREE, that's right you read it correctly free!
It starts from the 25th of Jan 2010-31st of March 2010. In the catalogue is four sets of stamps, they are all beautiful sets and you will see heaps of fantastic projects made using these sets if you follow the blog hop. Like before if you visit all the blogs involved by following the links and leave a nice comment for us all, you can then go in the draw to win a whole bunch of yummy Stampin'Up! goodies. There are two ways of getting your inky mitts on the free stamp sets, if you spend $100. on any Stampin'Up! products you can choose any of the four sets, there is no limit so you can choose all four sets if you spend four hundred dollars, if you host a party and your total reaches six hundred dollars you will get one of the sets as well as your usual hostess benefits of a free level one or two stamp set and $70.00 to spend in the catalogue. Whoopee!! It doesn't stop there, if you have been thinking about signing up and joining all the fun of being a stampin'Up! demo, now is the time to do it. You will get to choose an extra free set from the main catalogue up to the value of $79.95 on top of your fabulous starter kit.
If you would like to know more about Sale-A-Bration and it's wonderful offers , you can see the catalogue here, or please feel free to contact me here or visit my Stampin'Up! web site HERE for all current specials and workshops I'm holding, you can always find the link in my side bar on the right hand side (my Stampin'Up! web link). Have fun and come back tomorrow for some new art work and blog hopping fun, lots of inky hugs from...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Have A Heart...

Hello there,
As you may be aware on the 12th of January this year there was a massive earth quake (magnitude 7.0) which devastated Haiti, leaving it's residents in a state of disaster.
Stampin'Up! has stepped up as they have done before when these tragedies hit, such as the bush fires of Australia, Hurricane Katrina which hit New Orleans and the tsunami that struck Indonesia. From now until the 28th of Feb 2010, you can join with Stampin' Up! to help make a difference in the lives of those who have been left in turmoil from this terrible disaster.
Stampin'Up! will donate $2. from every sale of the I {Heart} Hearts set, which is in our new Summer mini. The money will go to the Red Cross' Haiti Relief and development fund. The Red Cross is already well-established in Haiti, and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and more to those in need.
This set priced at $42.95 would be a great addition to your collection and teams beautifully with the Full Heart punch and the Heart to Heart punch.
If you would like to lend your support contact me HERE to order this stamp set. I will offer free postage on this item up until the 28th February 2010.
Thank you for visiting with me, lots of inky hugs from...

Monday, January 4, 2010

Blinkie fixed.

Hi There, for those of you who have been clicking on the U-Stamp blinkie without much success, you can now use it to see the U-Stamp site. Kirsty very kindly sent me the code for the working one this morning. Take care all, lots of inky hugs from...

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Christmas mice...

Hello there, I hope this finds you safe from fire and keeping cool in the Australian Summer heat, or you may be in need of an umbrella over East. I am trying to keep cool by swimming everyday and not doing anything too energetic, well that's my excuse and I'm keeping to it!
These pictures are of the cute little candy cane mice I made to go in every one's order bag just before Christmas, I always put a little card and sometimes a gift to say thank you, inside my customers bag of goodies when I deliver them. I made these little mice using Stampin'Up!® punches, I glued on some googly eyes for a bit of fun too. Everyone who received one in their bag was delighted with them, so I was so pleased I made them. I hope you like them too, lots of inky hugs from...