Monday, August 17, 2009

A Very 70's Colour Challenge

I recently had a weekend away stampin' with other Stampin' Up! demonstrators and one of the challenges set was to create using the above colour combination which originates from Kristina Werner. It looks like something out the 70's doesn't it? To those who can remember the 70's that is.

Now I was busy with another project which I will detail to you in future posts so I wasn't able to take up the challenge but there were some very impressive responses which I thought I would share with you.

First is this one from Carol Dunstan which uses the new Just Beachy set from the recently released Spring Mini Catalogue:

The 4WD and surf board is great for male cards, I've got another card using this set to share with you later. And then there was this cutie using Animal Crackers:

The message is "reach for the stars!" and here is how the card looked when you open it up:

Probably my favourite of these cards was the following from Belinda Hennessey:

I love the Always stamp set and matching wheel teamed with decorative paper and some impressive sponging. Belinda has also used her white gel pen to outline some of the brown images so they really "pop".

Well done to all the participants and thank you for sharing your work.

Love from Crafty Kim

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Arden Fair Opens at 8am Saturday 22 August 2009

Thanks for the enquiries about when the Arden Fair kicks off.

The fun begins early, at 8am. There'll be plenty of coffee available and head over the Cake Stall for something yummy to go with the caffeine hit.

The location again is Beecroft Village Green, for a map, please click here.

Back to paper-crafting next.

Love from Crafty Kim

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Show Time

Probably not the Show you were expecting when you first glimpsed the title of this post. Nevertheless, I want to let local craft enthusiasts that the school my son attends, Arden, located in Beecroft (Beecroft Road, North West Sydney) is holding its biennial fair on Saturday 22 August 2009.

The Arden Fair is well known for its quality craft offerings which the school community has been preparing for the last two years. I've been along to the craft working bees and the creations of some of the crafters are very humbling to me little paper-crafter me ;) Their talent in quilting, embroidery and general needlecraft is exceptional. I'm told by the school's receptionist that people often ring to ask when the Arden Fair is coming up so they can go craft shopping. So be at the craft stall early because the good stuff sells quickly.

There's lot of other things on offer. Rides and amusements for the kiddies, gourmet food, bargain books, toys and homewares. Don't be thinking it's a garage sale, it's all in good condition; the stall managers are very fussy about what they'll accept for sale.

Proceeds of the fair do benefit the school but a portion of the school's fundraising is also donated to children's charities in Australia and overseas. So, please, if you're in the neighbourhood, come for a look-see. I'll be there, keep an eye out for me. I'll be kid-wrangling (I drew the short straw).

Thanks in advance for your attention and support,

Love from Crafty Kim

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Patchwork Card

Continuing on with the sewing theme I started with my Haberdashery Card, I made this card which I've termed "Patchwork Card". I've taken some scraps of Raspberry Tart paper and punched out squares with my 1 & 1/4 inch punch. Then I stuck them down (3 x 3) onto some Whisper White. Then I used my new Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 4 with my CuttleBug to give the shape shown above. I created a larger mat from Kiwi Kiss card stock.

I put it all together with the flower from the Pretties Kit, the Red Riding Hood designer button (threaded with a narrow slither of Kiwi Kiss card stock) and the White Taffeta Ribbon but it still need something extra. So I put the Rose Red card base through the CuttleBug with an embossing folder. That seemed to make all the difference.

I thought about a greeting but I like the symmetry of the card as it is so all the words for this card will be inside.

Thanks for looking,

Love from Crafty Kim

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Christmas Card from Clever Carolyn

The new Spring Mini Catalogue contains lots of ideas and items for Christmas which will be upon us before we know it (it's like a slippery downhill slope all the way to December 25th).

The above card was designed by a very clever downline demonstrator of mine, Carolyn Gibbs. She has used a set called Tree Trimmings. But not in the conventional way shown here:

Ryn has used the longer ornament stamped repeatedly in the shape of a star. The background is the smaller ornament stamped multiple times in Baja Breeze ink on the same coloured card stock. The centre of the star and the matting behind the Kraft cardboard are both from Ski Slope which is a new Christmas-theme paper.

I was very impressed with Ryn's creativity but she's taken the card above and stepped-it-up with a ribbon and brad plus some edge distressing. Check out this post on her website to see what I mean.

To see more of the new Mini, please come along to the launch party tomorrow, there's still room for more.

Thanks for your time and attention, please keep watching, I've lots more to share.

Love from Crafty Kim

Monday, August 3, 2009

Reminder of New Mini Catalogue Launch - Saturday 8 August

(Card created by Belinda Hennessey)

Yes, the new Stampin' Up! Spring Mini Catalogue is here. And to celebrate, I am hosting a launch party on in Cherrybrook on Saturday 8 August between 2 and 8pm. It's an open house format so come when you can, go when you must.

There's still room for more people to attend so if you can make it along, you'll be most welcome. Please phone me on 0402 347 010 or email me.

I've just come back from a weekend away with my Stampin' Up! family. I've got so much to show you and I still haven't posted my birthday cards yet. The beautiful card shown above was made by fellow SU! demonstrator, Belinda, using a cute set from the new Mini called Forest Friends along with Pocket Silhouettes. And she's cleverly used the new flower brads.

We'll be show casing more cards using new Mini sets, papers and embellishments on Saturday so please book in. And stay-tuned for more posts coming up.

Love from Crafty Kim