Monday, 31 December 2007

Handmade Journals

After making the journal for the Secret Santa swap, I knew that I just wanted to do more of these. However, I have only made one more to-date, but I will be aiming to make a few more over the coming weeks. This one was for a girlfriend for Xmas 2007. As she loves her garden, I decided to do a floral theme. In addition, I added my "girlie" stuff as my little contribution when she looks at the journal. I don't know what she'll use it for, but I am really happy with how it turned out.

The ribbon on the right hand side, where the book opens, was done to cover a mistake. I was pretty happy with how I fixed up my mistake. If you're wondering, the holes that I punched that side didn't line up with the back, so I had to punch holes on the other side. I didn't have any more board cover and I didn't have any more of the same decorative paper, it was 9-10pm at night and I had to give it to her husband the next morning, so I found a way to fix my mistake. Quite happy with it in the end.

Front Cover

Inside Front Cover

The hard part will be choosing how to decorate the new ones I make, but I will try to decorate according to the tastes of the person that I am making it for. I must make one for myself too.
Cheers FiLoMa

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Just Cards Magazine

I just had to post that I received my back order of the magazine "Just Cards". I already had volumes IV, V, VI and VII and decided to back order volumes I, II and III as well as subscribe to the four volumes in 2008. This means I also received volume VIII with my back order. I just love this magazine and the great work that it has. I have already seen a few cards in each of the magazine that I want to CASE. Just wanted to share my excitement in getting this magazine. It has been a happy mail day, with these magazines and my Hanna Stamps (see earlier post).
Cheers FiLoMa

Hanna Stamps arrived

On my way out for dinner tonight I noticed some mail in my letter box. I can be very slack when I'm off work in checking my mail box, especially when I'm not expecting anything. As it turns out, my Hanna Stamps arrived today. So they have been sitting in my mail box for the better part of the day while I was being lazy sitting on the couch watching TV.

Since I couldn't open my parcel before dinner, I had to wait until I got home, hours later. However, it was the first thing I opened as soon as I walked in the door. The stamps are just gorgeous, I'm already creating ideas in my head of how I want to use them. I am definitely going to use one set as part of my ACTSA Jan 08 card sketch challenge, I can see it coming together in my head already.

If you haven't yet seen Hanna Stamps, there is a link to the web site as well as a link to the blog - one under craft sites on-line the other under blogs I visit etc.

Oh, I forgot to say that I got 4 Hanna Stamps. At this point I haven't gone for the "words", but no doubt it won't be long and I want that one too. Happy crafting.
Cheers FiLoMa

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Stampin' Up Demo Training Card Swap

Tomorrow is my second SU Demo Training Day and the last for 2007. I have again decided to participate in the card front swap. There are only four of us participating this month. My contribution to the swap is:

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up ®

I am really happy with this card. I wanted to use my hodgepodge, as I hadn't touched it since Roslyn gave it to me. I was also in a girly pink mood, so this is why I went with what I did. If you want the project recipe for this card, please contact me.
Cheers FiLoMa

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

TSS Secret Santa

I joined in "The Scrappers Stash" 2007 Secret Santa swap. The rules for this swap were:
  • Handmade item,
  • Gifts to the value of AUD$15, and
  • Xmas Card
We were all then asked to fill out a questionnaire about ourselves and our craft interests. This was then mailed to the moderator who paired us up. So, taking into consideration the wants of my Secret Santa partner, I have obtained the following gift items:

Gifts to the value of AUD$15
An overall view & specific view of individual items

In addition, I was stumped as to what handmade gift I would do. I originally was going to do bonbons with chocolates inside, because everyone loves to receive chocolates, but then I thought that the gift wouldn't be good enough, as it would be such a perishable item. I put out a call for help to the group, but before I got a reply, I came up with the handmade notebook.

Handmade Item - Notebook Front Cover

Handmade Item - Notebook Back Cover

Handmade Item - Notebook Front Inside

Handmade Item - Notebook Back Inside

I then had to make a Xmas card to go with these gifts, so I decided to make a card using the serviette with Santa on it. I have already commented in an earlier post about making Santa cards for yahoo group WWRS. Well, I liked the card so much that I made a third to go to my secret santa.

My secret santa Xmas card

As you can, the Santa on this card faces differently from the Santa on the WWRS cards.

I am very please with how everything has turned out. It is my first real attempted in making a notebook using my bind-it-all machine. With practice I will improve, but I am pretty happy with my attempt and I believe my secret santa partner will be happy with her gifts, purchased and handmade. Below is a photo of all the items to go to my Secret Santa.

Overall picture of 2007 Secret Santa items

I will be posting to my Secret Santa in the next day or two. The due date is set at 20 December 2007, well in time for her to receive her gifts for Xmas day.
Cheers FiLoMa

Cards made Mon 10 Dec 07

Last night was fairly productive. I made three Santa cards, two for my swap in WWRS and the other as my Xmas card to my TSS Secret Santa partner. I am really pleased with these cards. The Santa picture is a serviette that I found at GoLo and the Merry Xmas words, the red cardstock, the Ink and brads are SU. The ribbon is one I found in the Two Dollar shop about a year ago. Below is the card made for the yahoo group WWRS.

As you can see, the card has come up well. Very pleased with my efforts on this card.
Cheers FiLoMa

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Leanne Oxley Card Making Class Cards

On Saturday 08 Dec 07 I went to my second card class run by Leanne Oxley. These classes are run weekly, Thursday nights and Saturday mornings. I attend the Saturday morning classes. There is one more class for 2007, which I am looking forward to. However, I get ahead of myself, tonights post is to show the cards I made yesterday. The class was on how to make cards using acetate, minimal stamps and decorative paper. I have taken a photo of the three cards together, then of each of individually from the outside and inside. I enjoyed this class very much and it was fun to learn to make a different type of card, one you certainly couldn't go buy from news agency with a 'Hallmark' logo ROFLOL.

View 01 - All Three Cards

View 02 - Card 01 - Outside & Inside Views

View 03 - Card 02 - Outside & Inside Views

View 04 - Card 03 - Outside & Inside Views

I guess the thing to remember when doing acetate cards is that you need to use an ink like StazOz. In these cards, we used StazOn Cotton White. The flowers were cut out. This particular brand decorative paper was from s.e.i., but any decorative paper with images for cutting out would work.

This was a fun class and I will definitely be making these acetate type cards again. I'm looking forward to next weeks class as it is all about using up your scrap pieces of paper/cardstock.
Cheers FiLoMa

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Cards made Fri 07 Dec 07

Tonight, well, when I got home from work, I decided to spend my time making cards, rather than watching TV. To be honest, I dragged my card making stuff out in front of the TV. Anyway, tonight (Fri 07 Dec 07), I spent my time making DAKs (Deliberate Acts of Kindness) and made a couple extra for some swaps. These cards are all the same, except for the colour scheme. I have also scanned in the background base that I made. This design is courtesy of Stampin' Up demonstrator Larisa Brown, who made a similar background for an SU swap. I liked her idea so much that I CASE'd it. Anyway, I'm really happy with how these six cards have turned out. The cards were made using Stampin' UP products, except for the brad bling. I've uploaded them all for you to see the different colours as well as the background base. Enjoy the cards.

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up ®
Background base of the cards below
Done using Stampin' Up set Polka Dots & Petals from the Spring Mini

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up ®
1-4-1 Return for Maria Mitchell

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up ®
DAK for Kathy Doornbos

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up ®
DAK for Lynn Keller

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up ®
DAK for Rose Metzker

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up ®
DAK for Sharon MacEacheron

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up ®
Cards_R_us December 2007
Card with Ribbon swap
for Pam Addicott

Cheers FiLoMa

Friday, 7 December 2007

Leanne Oxley Card Making Class Cards

Howdy. Last Saturday, 01 December 2007, I went to a card class run by Leanne Oxley. These cards were made prior to the cards I have already posted. The cards we did were of a Xmas theme and the idea was to make simple but effect cards, needing only minimal craft items to achieve the desired outcome. I am very happy with these cards and have already made a couple using the same theme. Enjoy these cards.

If you would like to attend one of Leanne's card classes, you can contact her at: Leanne runs 2 hour classes on Thursday nights from 7pm and Saturday mornings from 10am.
Cheers FiLoMa

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Cards made Sat 01 Dec 07

Last night was a very productive one for me in my card making, as I worked on fulfilling all my current out standing card swaps. The three cards for the FLOOD swap were very difficult for me creatively. The reason for this is that I had selected, months earlier some of my basic grey paper and decide that I would make a card with that. I then adhered the basic grey to my 4" x 6" card and that is how the three cards sat for the last month or so, whilst I tried to work out what to do. I pulled out my October Cards magazine and was able to get some inspiration there and then the other two just came to me. Am I happy with my work? Well, I would never send something to someone that I didn't like or wasn't happy with or wasn't my best effort. However, the card with butterfly on it has grown on me over night where I am quite please with it and I am very happy with how the butterfly turned out. It was a Penny Black stamp, that I stamped with Versa Mark and then sprinkled clear embossing powder mixed with Stampin' Up's Dazzling Diamonds. I then went around the butterfly with a white gel pen. Anyway, by the end of the night, I was very pleased with my effort. I also finally used some stamps that I had for a while but had not yet used.

FLOOD card 1

Recipe Project for FLOOD card 1:
  • Stamps
    • Penny Black Butterfly
    • Stampin' Up Happy Harmony
  • Cardstock
    • Dark Grey - don't know/can't remember particular brand
    • Stampin' Up True Thyme
    • Red/Dark Red - possibly Creative Memories, but can't recall
  • Decorative paper
    • Basic Grey "Scarlet's Letter"
  • Ink
    • Stampin' Up Classic White
  • Accessories
    • White Gel Pen
    • Clear Embossing powder mixed with Stampin' Up Dazzling Diamonds
    • Stampin' Up Hodgepodge buckle
    • Flowers
    • Bling Brad
    • Grey Ribbon - can't recall brand/company

FLOOD card 2

Recipe Project for FLOOD card 2:
  • Stamps
    • Unknown - borrowed from a friend, but possibly Stamp-it
    • Dawn Start "Celebrate" - ACTSA 2006 Xmas gift to members
  • Cardstock
    • Stampin' Up True Thyme
  • Decorative paper
    • K&Company "Amy Butler Sola Mat Pad"
  • Ink
    • Basic Black
  • Accessories
    • Stampin' Up Pastels (Lavender Lace)
    • Stampin' Up Light Orchid Ribbon
    • Liquid Pearls "Pastel Raspberry"
    • Bling Brad
    • Zig Memory System - Brushables Pure Violet & Root Beer Float

FLOOD card 3

Recipe Project for FLOOD card 3:
  • Stamps
    • Hero Arts G2811 Gracious Lady
  • Cardstock
    • Dark Brown - don't know/can't remember particular brand
    • Caramel - don't know/can't remember particular brand
    • Red/Dark Red - possibly Creative Memories, but can't recall
  • Decorative paper
    • Basic Grey "Infuse"
  • Ink
    • Basic Black
  • Accessories
    • Stampin' Up Pastels
    • Pearls on roll

1-4-1 Return card
The design for this card came from Leanne Oxley
I did a card class at Leanne's that morning & this was like one of the cards we did

Recipe Project for 1-4-1 Return card:
  • Stamps
    • Stampin' Up "Wonderful Words II"
    • Heidi Grace "Flourish"
    • Paper Pleasure Plus Small Snowflake
  • Cardstock
    • Stampin' Up Whisper White
  • Ink
    • Stampin' Up Taken With Teal
    • Versa Mark
  • Accessories
    • Stampin' Up Taken With Teal Ribbon
    • Embossing Powder
    • Stampin' Up Dazzling Diamonds
    • Kaiserscrapbooking Rhinestones

Birthday card
This wasn't for someone's birthday but the swap theme was a birthday card
After doing my card class at Leanne's, I was anxious to come home and use my Penny Black stamp that I hadn't used since getting about 6 months ago

Recipe Project for Birthday card:
  • Stamps
    • Penny Black "Light the night"
    • Penny Black " Happy Birthday Balloon"
  • Cardstock
    • Stampin' Up Whisper White
    • Teal - don't know purchases from K.I.S.S
  • Decorative Paper
    • Kaiserscrapbooking
  • Ink
    • Stampin' Up Classic Black
  • Accessories
    • H2O -Carribean Mist (Kit #1260); Hunter Grey & Baby's Breath (Kit #1262)
    • Stickles - Turquoise
    • Kaiserscrapbooking Rhinestones
I really love some of the colours that I have used in these cards, so will be looking at duplicating these cards. The 1-4-1 return is a great card for Xmas, so I will be making that one again, just varying the way I decorate it. I also like that it is not traditional Xmas colours but is still very effective as a Xmas card.
Cheers FiLoMa

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

ACTSA January 2008 Card Sketch Template Challenge

2007 is almost to an end. The ACT Stamp Artist (ACTSA) Incorporation held our final meeting for the year 2007. It has been a great year in the club, and as a member of the committee, I've enjoyed having input into what goes on at the meetings and what we try to accomplish for our members. I've also enjoyed being the person who puts together the monthly raffle prizes. The feedback I have received has been outstanding and I really appreciate knowing that the WINNERS of the raffles have enjoyed what they got. I will be continuing putting the raffle prizes together for 2008, so I look forward to seeing the satisfaction on all the winners faces.

In preparation for 2008, we have already been given the yearly ATC swap theme and our card challenge theme for January 2008. I have decided not to participate in the yearly ATC swap for 2008 but instead have decided to participate in the Sketch Template Challenge. The January 2008 Sketch Template is:

I'm looking forward to creating a great card with this sketch template. I find that that template is simple, but allows an enormous scope to be really creative. I have absolutely no idea of what I'm going to do yet, but I'm keen to get in and start creating. All I can say is watch this space, as I will regularly post the cards I make based on the monthly ACTSA challenge. Who knows, I may even use other sketch templates I have available to help me be more creative and inspire me to just get into my craft room and create.
Cheers FiLoMa

Stampin' Up Demo Training Card Swap

On Sunday 25 November 2007 I attended my first Demo Training Session with my upline Roslyn Vest. As part of this group, Roslyn runs a card front swap, just like what was done for the SU Regional Sydney event. Prior to becoming an SU demo, I really only had cardstock, ribbon, inks and stamps. When I became a demo, my start kit consisted of these products again, but no additional embellishments, which was what I am wanting to build on. As such, when I placed my first order, I decided to get some brads. Working with what I had, what I received in my starter kit & my first order arriving before my training session, I was able to produce the following card front for my swap:

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up ®

This basic design for this card came from Suzanne Kohler, published in the Stamping & Papercraft magazine Vol 13 No 3. If you have this magazine you will see that Suzanne has used different stamp sets, different colours and it looks like she created a square (6" x 6") card, where as my card front is 6" x 4". I'm really happy with how my cardfront turn out. I did use the SU colour chart just to make sure that the colours did come together.

The project recipe for this cardfront is:
  • Stamp Sets: Simply Said (108915) and Itty Bitty Backgrounds (108850)
  • Inks: Brocade Blue (101102)
  • Cardstock/Paper: Bordering Blue (102265); Sage Shadow (108620); Pool Party (104136) and Whisper White (106549)
  • Ribbon: Bluebird (100538)
  • Accessories: Brilliant Blue Brads (106957); Pastels (105542) (Sage Shadow) and Mini Glue Dots (103683)
  • Tools: Stamp-a-mi-jig (101049)
This card design is one that I will certainly play around with for other colour combinations, as I like the simple layout that this card offers.

In addition to the card fronts that we each swapped, we also made the following Xmas card:

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up ®

This card design was supplied from the Stampin' Up Demonstrator web page. It really show cases the new beautiful SU Xmas papers, the 2007/2008 In Colours True Thyme & Cranberry Crisp. This design is one that many of my family & friends will be receiving. Making this card is very quick and simple.

I'm now trying to work out what I will do for my next demo cardfront swap. I'm excited about trying to come up with a design that I like, the other girls in the swap would like and my friends/family would like.
Cheers FiLoMa

Sunday, 18 November 2007

FiLoMa's Craft Room

Well I've finally got around to taking photos of my craft room. I am slowing changing over my storage items, which will make my craft room more efficient for working in.

View 01

View 01 is of the entrance to the craft room. It is lined with bookshelves on either side. The main reason for this is that I didn't have anywhere else for my bookshelves to go. Having the bookshelves there is handy as I can place items on top for storage, but the bookshelves themselves do not have my craft magazines. The craft magazines/books that I get are on the tressle table next to the bookshelves that you can see on the right of the above the photo.

View 02

View 02 is of my creative memories, Stampin' Up, Bazzill and other A4 cardstock in the filing cabinet, my cardstock & paper off cuts in the green plastic draws and excess mounted stamps in the blue plastic draws. The white draws and shelves are part of the new storage system that I am going to. This particular unit is called a "double mini". I currently have 12"x12" paper shelves, 1" & 2" draws. The 1" and 2" draws are currently being used for mounted stamps, paper/card off cuts in particular colour ranges and punches. My plan is to move all my craft storage into these types of storage items. The double mini is on wheels so I can move it around if I decide to change the layout of my craft room. My goal, though long term, is to have a double mini for each colour family I've identified - 12"x12" paper trays with a 2" draw for the scrap off cuts, double mini's for my mounted stamps - a combination of 1" and 2" draws, double mini's for my punches - small, medium & large. At this stage I haven't worked past that, but will look at possibly including ink pads and you can get inserts for the 1" and 2" draws to put embellishments in, which I plan on doing for some of my embellishments. The other items in the corner are just other draws I have with bits and pieces when I don't know where else to put something.

View 03

View 03 is of my craft table that I work on. I have it set up so I can either work facing the window or with my back to the window facing my computer - this is so I can watch DVDs or Music clips etc. In the corner are my different types of paper cutters, as well as my A3 laminator and cricut machine - both siting on a 1.8m tressle table, which will eventually go when I get my new storage systems in place.

View 04

View 04 is with my back to the window facing the computer. As you can see, the table that I work on is quite large (1.5m in length and just short of 1m width). This table was originally designed for me to do my 3000 piece jigsaw puzzle, but large stamps need a solid table that doesn't bend/flex when you are pressing on the stamp, so this table was relegated back to my craft and another tressle table is being used for my jigsaws (but not my 3000 piece). The storage items on the tressle table I plan to replace and put the contents into the plastic dividers that I can get for the 1"/2" draws of my new storage system. You can also just see some of the shelving that I have on the wall.

View 05

View 05 is looking back towards the entrance of the craft room with the window behind me. You can see that I have 3 shelves on the wall. The first shelf holds my 12"x12" papers, all sorted into colour ranges. I also have my pens/textas/gel pens/chalks/watercolour pencils and H2Os on this shelf, plus Creative Memories stickers and ABCs - many left over from when I was a Creative Memories consultant. The second shelf did store all my cooking books/magazines, but I am slowly moving them back into the family room close to the kitchen for ease of use. The magazines that are still there currently share the shelf with my ribbon & brad/bling storage containers. These containers are great, the best I've come across so far. The blue storage containers hold my ribbon and the purple ones hold my brads/bling. I have 2 ribbon storage containers and 3 medium for my brads/bling and one large one which holds my adhesives and other misc items. My plan is to have 1 medium purple container per colour set of brads/bling. They are currently sharing one for pink/blue, another for red/purple and the third for yellow/black/clear/orange/green, these of which I don't have as much of. Finally towards the end of the shelf are the 4 folders I have that store my unmounted stamps. I also have my own stamp catalogue which is located between the cooking magazines and my ribbon containers. It makes card making so much easier when you are looking for a design to do, you can see at a glance what stamps you have and if you want to use a particular companies stamps, for example Stampin' Up, then I can go to the relevant section, let's say Fauna & Flora, look up Stampin' Up and see what SU stamps I have within that category to use. The top shelf is not visible in this photo.

View 06

View 06 is the same as view 05, but it shows the top shelf of my wall shelves. The top shelf is basically for spare storage items or items that I don't use frequently. I also store all the crap that I collect, which should really have been thrown out, such as empty chicken/vegetable stock cans; chocolate gift boxes.

View 07

View 07 is just another one of my working table, the tressle table with embellishments in the containers and my computer.

View 08

View 08 is another one of my paper off cuts storage as well as the new "double mini" storage system I am going over to. You can just see that I have labeled the draws of my new storage system. The only negative about it is that the 12"x12" paper trays don't slide out, but that isn't going to stop me going over to this system, it is still the best that will work for me.

View 09

View 09 is again of the paper off cuts, but this photo is really trying to capture the white board sitting on top. This board is what I use to keep track of the swaps that I am in. The white board has the headings of:

Mail Out - Swap Type - Swap Quantity - Swap Group - Swap Name - Other Info

This system really helps to keep me on track, but occasionally I do fall behind by a day or two. However, I do always let the group/my swap partner know if I am running late and the reason why. So far this system has worked well and I've been running with it for about 6 months now.

View 10

View 10 is basically just looking out my front window. The table that the plant is on holds my Sizzix, Sizzlit, Xyron's, Paper Clay & moulds as well as my ATCs that I've received, other stamped images that I've done using friends stamps, templates and stencils. These are all in the binders on the bottom shelf, which you can just see a white binder. The plastic storage item to the right of the table is what I was storing my mounted stamps in. However, it is now a temporary storage for my ink pads, my all-in-one zutter items as well as all the items that I used as part of my participation in the PCD 2007. Having them all in one place made participating in that great cause so much easier.

Well, that's about all from me on my craft room. As you can see I have a lot of storage containers. However, I know that the room will look better, more organised and basically neater once I have my new storage system fully operational. I'm hoping that I can get it done within 2 years. If you live in the ACT or surrounding area, the supplier for this storage system is:

Keep It Simply Stamping aka K.I.S.S
Lana Murray
Phone: 02-62540661
Email lanamurray "at"

Please clearly state in the subject line that you are after the "Best Craft Organiser Furniture". To see the range of storage products, check out their web site at:

If any of you have a great storage system in place or an idea I'd love to hear about it. I am always on the look out for improving my storage system that will allow me to find what I want quickly, which would make spending time in my craft room very efficient, which means more time making cards/craft rather than looking for &/or remembering what I have.
Cheers FiLoMa

I'm now a Stampin' Up Demonstrator

I'm officially a Stampin' Up demonstrator. I received my kit on Wed 14 Nov and I was so excited when I unpacked it and saw all those lovely craft goodies just sitting there begging to be played with.

The first thing I did was unpack everything, check off my invoice - ya nothing missing - and start looking and admiring the 5 stamp sets that I got in my kit. The next thing I did was mount my stamps and then coat them with a protective wood varnish, as I like to ensure that the wood is protected before I use them. I am a bit of a messy cleaner, as opposed to a messy stamper, so I like to ensure the wood is protected as best I can. Since I do two coats, I then got up early on Thu 15 Nov to complete the second coat before going to work, so I could use them that night once home from work.

Since I was going to the SU Regionals in Sydney on 17 Nov 07 and I wanted to participate in the card front swaps that they do, I used one of the designs I made at Robyn Jones' class on Tue night - see earlier post - and just worked on the colour scheme I wanted. Unfortunately I didn't take a photo before I went and gave them away. However, the project recipe for my card was:

Mostly Flowers (108874); Looks Like Spring (108864) and Wonderful Words (108963)

Cranberry Crisp (108628); Buckaroo Blue (108624) and Whisper White (106549)

Cranberry Crisp (107222)

Stamp-a-mi-jig (101049)

See photo from Robyn Jones' card class for visual concept. The card was laid out as follows:

The base of the card I used Cranberry Crisp cardstock. I then mounted three 1.5" squares in Buckaroo Blue cardstock along the top of the base card. I then stamped one of the "Mostly Flowers" stamps with Cranberry Crisp ink onto Whisper White cardstock and punched them out with a 1.25" punch and mounted them onto the Buckaroo Blue squares. I then cut about a 1-7/8" strip of Buckaroo Blue card stock, mounted that towards the bottom of the base card. I stamped one of the flowers from "Looks Like Spring" stamp set into the top left and bottom right corners, using my stamp-a-mi-jig to aid in the placement, onto Whisper White cardstock. I then stamped Thankyou from the "Wonderful Words" stamp set into the middle of the Whisper White cardstock. I swooshed around all of the card stock in Cranberry Crisp ink prior to mounting it all..

These colours came together really well, I was really please with what I had made. However, not knowing what to expect at SU Regionals, I only made 13 card fronts, as I didn't have sufficient cardstock in the colours I had decided to use. I still got 13 card fronts back from other SU demonstrators, all of designs of stamp sets that I don't have or haven't used very much, so I'm really please with that. Most, if not all of the card fronts I received, have enticed me to want to go out and get the stamp sets I haven't got now that I can see what can be done with the stamp set. Now that I've been to one SU Regional, I am much more prepared about what goes on, so next time I will aim to make about 100-120, since there were about 110 people who attended. And, if I have card fronts left over, I can just use them in the cards I make and give away.

I'm going to aim to go to SU Convention in April 2008, which is to be held in Brisbane. I'm looking forward to that, if it is anything like Regionals, which I've been told it is but bigger and better. However, I'm not gonna make 400 or so card fronts, but will aim to do about 100, if I get myself organised enough.

I also got to meet Tracey Eaton, another SU demo who I have been corresponding with on The Scrappers Stash as part of the PCD. It was great to finally meet up and put the face to the name. If you are visiting here Tracey - HI.

Anyway, I'm excited to be part of the SU family and to see what lovely cards other demo's are making.
Cheers FiLoMa

Robyn Jones Card Making Class Cards

On Tuesday 13 Nov 07 was the last official card making class for 2007 being run by Robyn Jones. This class was all about making a number of cards with minimal cardstock and decorative paper.

We were each given three 12"x12" Bazzill Linen cardstock and one decorative piece of paper. I choose the pink pack range, so I would have ideas for Pink Card Drive (PCD)2008.

There were two cards of each colour - chocolate brown; plum and cream. The decorative sheet was pink with a flower pattern with whites and shades of pink. A number of punches as well as pink brads and clear bling was used.

Photo of Cards made 13 Nov 07

The class, as always, was fun and creative. I really like these card designs and the one on the bottom far right I used as my base for the card fronts that I made to attend Stampin' Up Regionals in Sydney on 17 Nov 07 - now that's another post. I will be taking the above card designs and incorporating them into the designs I use for PCD 2008.
Cheers FiLoMa

Saturday, 10 November 2007

My Week 05 Nov - 10 Nov 2007

Well it has certainly been another challenging week for me, both in lifestyle changes and getting back into a routine at work.

Due to the Melbourne Cup holiday here in Canberra, there was no weekly weigh-in for me at Weight Watchers and I forgot or remembered too late to make either the Monday or Wednesday sessions at other meeting places. I did weigh myself at home and my weight has been about the same. I have worked out that I really need to establish a routine, both during the week and more importantly on the weekend.

Also on Melbourne Cup day, or as it was called here "Family Fun Day" ROFLOL, my washing machine decided to kick the bucket - just as I was doing my 1st load of washing. On Wednesday I was busying buying a new machine, which will be delivered this afternoon. I have decided to change over to a front loader, so I'm looking forward to getting it and more importantly, being able to do my washing.

This morning I went the closing down sale at "Scrap the Lot". This shop has been in Kippax for the last 4 years, but Tammy & Yvonne have decided to move on. They had some good items and were offering 30% off, so my total purchase was reasonable. I got a stamp set, ribbon (lots of), punches, glue sticks and bling brads.

The TSS website is back up and has been since late last Monday. Jen is doing all the wrap up for PCD 2007 and in the preparations for PCD 2008. I've already started to resupply my pink stash, not that I really need any more, in the aim and hopes of at least doubling my pledge. I made 31 cards this year and will be aiming to do at least 62, possibly even aim for 100.

I have also taken some photos of my craft room and hope to have these uploaded here for everyone to see soon. I'm slowly changing my storage items, so the photos I have taken are really the before, with one of my new storage items shown.

I've also signed up to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator. I am excited about it, as I love the SU products. Hopefully I will get my starter kit this week. I am also going to the SU Regionals in Sydney as a "guest". I am looking forward to that to see what it offers.

Well, it's a couple of hours before the new washing machine is to be delivered and I have a number of swaps I need to get completed, so best I get a move on and get them done. Especially since I've never participated in an "inchies" swap before - this will be a challenge for me and the theme is "Xmas".

Cheers FiLoMa

Friday, 2 November 2007

Joined the world of Blogging

I've finally decided to join the world of blogging, so I can share with family and friends what's going on in my life and in particular, my craft creations. As this world is all new to me, it may take a while before I get the hang of it. For those family members and friends that take the time to stop by and check out my blog, great, I'll try and keep it up-to-date as much as possible. I will predominately use this blog for my craft, but will also look at including my lifestyle changes for everyone to see my progress and improvement.
Cheers FiLoMa