Monday, September 29, 2014

A Simple Birthday Card

As promised, here's a simple card I made for a friend's birthday.

I've used a strip of one of the Majestic papers magic mounted onto Oatmeal cardstock. The sentiment is from the Mini Messages - Greetings stamp set and stamped in Black Soot Distress Ink onto Oatmeal. All edges have been inked with Black Soot DI. In the top right corner I've stamped the script from the Espirit Verveine set and then finished off with some mustard coloured waxed twine on the side. The bow is held in place with a glue dot. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Missing in Action!

Over two years since my last post! Life certainly has been busy in that time! We've moved twice, the second time into our new home! I've gone back to work full time and although I'm still happily crafting with Kaszazz, my blog posts have gone by the wayside! I'll try and post back here more often. Tomorrow I'll be sharing a beautiful card using some of the recently released Kaszazz products, and soon I'll share a tour of my new craft space! I am still finding where everything fits best and what suits.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Day I Met Tim Holtz!

Being a Kaszazz consultant has many rewards. Sometimes those rewards come in the form of income and product. We receive lots of information and advice on how to run successful businesses and Kaszazz provide support for all their consultants, regardless of monthly sales. We have access to all Kaszazz projects, so being a consultant doesn't mean you have to be creative!

All these things make being a consultant a worthwhile and wonderful experience. But then, even Kaszazz out-do themselves!

Over the weekend I had the opportunity as a Kaszazz consultant to not just meet, but also be taught by the man most cardmakers and stampers would consider to be the guru! Apart from his extraordinary vision when it comes to stamping, Tim Holtz has been instrumental in bringing forth new products and ideas for the stamper and cardmaker. He's a 'stamper's stamper'! Meeting him has definitely been the highlight of my crafty career!

If you haven't 'met' Tim Holtz yet, why not introduce yourself to his fabulous line of Distress products - I defy you not to fall in love with him!

Friday, April 27, 2012

25 Things To Do In Your Craft Room On A Rainy Day

Melbourne's recent rainy weather has got me thinking. Surely there are heaps of things to keep us occupied in our craft rooms when it's wet outside. So, on this rainy day, I set about making this list to encourage you to get crafty!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kaszazz Creative Club

Have you joined the Kaszazz Creative Club yet?
If you haven't, you're missing out!
And right now is the perfect time to join!
Not only is it FREE to join, but if you join before the end of May, Kaszazz will send you a $20 gift voucher for nothing!
So, what are you waiting for? Join now!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Liebster Blog Award!

What an honour and amazing surprise!

Fellow blogger and follower of Kaszazz with Tanya, Arnoldo of A.L. Romero Art and Design, has given me the Liebster Blog Award!

I must admit to feeling a little awed and would like to thank Arnoldo for the award and for following my blog! Arnoldo has always left such positive and lovely comments on my work. I encourage you to check out his blog as well - you're bound to find something you love there! Arnoldo is a wonderful artist, cardmaker and creative writer!

The Liebster Blog Award is awarded to show appreciation of smaller blogs (under 200 followers) and to help with readership. As part of the tradition, the award is to be passed along to five other blogs that have motivated and inspired me.

To accept the Award you must:
1. Thank your Leibster Award sender on your Blog;
2. Link back to your sender on your Blog;
3. Copy and paste your Leibster onto your Blog;
4. Present the Leibster Award to 5 other Blogs with 200 or less Followers that you feel deserves some attention and recognition for awesome stuff;
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving them a comment on their Blog.

So, now it's my turn to do what Arnoldo and many others before him have done, and pick the five blogs I'd like to give this award to. If you can visit their blogs, I'm sure they'd be grateful, and you'll gain some valuable knowledge and ideas!

1. Ink's Scrapping Spot by my good friend, Ingrid. Ingrid is a Creative Memories Consultant and enjoys both traditional and digital scrapbooking. Ingrid also enjoys a bit of cardmaking. You can find a good mix of all three, plus more on her blog.

2. Stamp Scrap Embellish by fellow Kaszazz consultant, Debbie. Deb is a kind and giving person (and my Kaszazz Team Leader). On her blog, she shares her artistic flair through off the page projects, cards, scrapbook layouts and much more! She is a constant source of inspiration to me!

3. Danielle's Kaszazz Blog by consultant, Danielle. Danielle's blog features up-to-date information on what's going on with Kaszazz, and has the added bonus of videos, made by Danielle using a wide variety of Kaszazz products!

4. 5 Cheeky Monkeys by Maria. I've just found Maria's blog, but she has an interesting collection of all things crafty!

5. Dancing in the Puddles by Card Crazy. This blog has great inspiration and lots of card making ideas!

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Couch Stamped With His Name On It

My apologies! This week I was meant to be bringing you some Distress Stain tips, as suggested, and then promised by me on my Facebook Page, but unfortunately I've been too busy this week!

To make it up to you, I'm re-posting an article written by John Gladden that a friend posted on her blog. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

A couch stamped with his name on it

I am worried about my wife. More so than usual, I mean. Let me tell you, spending a few cold nights on the couch gives a guy plenty of time to think. It's during those times I've learned many valuable lessons about life. For example, never, ever discuss your wife's hairstyle, cooking, driving or housekeeping in the newspaper.

Sure, it may seem hilarious at the time, but in the end, telling several thousand readers about the time the pizza exploded on the kitchen ceiling can be very bad for your back. Just a little hard-earned advice for those of you considering starting a newspaper column of your own.

But this time, it's a matter so serious I can remain silent no longer. I think she may be involved in a cult. The clues are everywhere. Late at night, when I'm lying half awake in bed and our children are snuffling softly in their dreams down the hall, I can hear her downstairs, engaged in some sort of peculiar ritual. "THUMP! Tap, tap, tap. THUMP!" Over and over.

I slip out of the covers and creep to the top of the stairs, expertly avoiding the squeaky floorboards that comprise our home security system. I used to do this when I was little, I think to myself, as I sprawl on my belly on the landing and peer through the balusters. This is how I used to watch "Saturday Night Live" when I was 10. And I see her, hunched over her desk in the parlor of our old house.

The room is dark, except for the blazing desk lamp. She takes a little block of wood in one hand, taps it on some sort of ink pad, and thumps it down on a piece of paper. "THUMP! Tap, tap, tap. THUMP!" Then she holds up the paper, looks at it with an expression of satisfaction, and pulls out a device I can only call a "chooker."

She takes the paper, which is folded like a greeting card, slides it into the chooker and squeezes hard. "Chooka, chooka, chooka." When she removes the card from the jaws of the chooker, it leaves behind strange and intricate symbols. I told you this was weird. 

But wait! There's more. On some evenings and Saturday mornings, she's been going off to what she eagerly refers to as "Stamp Parties." She marks them on the calendar far in advance.

As near as I can figure, "stamp" stands for "Spending Time And Money Prodigiously." She comes back all aglow -- and it's not from the anticipation of arriving home to the waiting arms of her one true love (that would be me) and her cherubic little children. No, no, no. She comes waltzing into the house, flush with excitement, a stack of greeting cards in her ink-stained hands and a yellow order form for about $50 in new stamping merchandise.

"These are beautiful, dear," I say, sincerely, as she shows me the cards. "But you are aware we can buy greeting cards at the store for about $2.95 each, $5.49 in Canada?" She looks at me sweetly but amusingly, the way she looks at our 4-year-old when he dribbles purple Kool-Aid down his chin. 

Near as I can tell, the members of the group -- which seems to be comprised exclusively of women -- keep in close contact through an ingenious network of postcards. These are mailed out every couple of weeks, apprising each stamper of the time, date and location of the next gathering. 

They take turns assembling in one another's homes, where they first listen to some kind of stamping message. There is a great deal of praise, testimony and evangelizing. Excitement builds. A sacred book, dog-eared with study and hard use, is passed around the room. They are mesmerized by its glossy pages.

When the fervor has reached its climax, the leader takes up the collection. Credit cards, cash and checkbooks are whipped out with a fury that would make any man tremble in fear. Afterward, they linger a while, chatting over cookies and coffee - so they could very well be Methodists. I'm not sure. Always, they discuss how to reach potential new members with the message of stamping.

Sure, there have been other groups that have tempted my wife over the years -- the Scrapbookers, the Kitchen Gadgeteers, the Basketites and the Candleans -- but nothing like this. We go visit friends under the pretense of having dinner and spending time together. As soon as the children run off to play and the men get engrossed in a conversation about "The Simpsons" or the benefits of double-insulated windows, the woman of the house turns to my wife and says, "I have your stamp order for you!" They exchange knowing smiles and slip quietly out of the room. 

This "order" will become part of the steady array of hardware my wife keeps hauling home and storing in the laundry room. She knows I never set foot in there. Though some of it I've seen on her desk when I'm rifling through it for coffee money in the morning before work. I've seen sparkly stuff, cutters, rollers, punches, and, for the love of heaven, a heat gun! 

I plan to keep this under investigation, for the good of my wife and family. And I'm thinking from my vantage point on the couch tonight, I should be able to get a really clear view of the chooker in action. I'll let you know.