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I’m trying to avoid the dishes, so am channeling my procrastinating energy into putting up pics of the cards we made at my recent class.

(That, and one of my regulars who wasn’t able to make it to this class really wants to see what we got up to. So here you go, Christie! Hope you enjoy the post!)

You’ll notice there are two very distinct styles amongst these cards. Don’t ask me to pick which style I prefer, as I love them both for different reasons.

Anyway, let’s talk about the cards. I had a few newbies in class this month so we started off quite simple with the above Christmas card. Recently I designed Christmas packs for some of my ladies to purchase, and this uses some of the elements from that pack. We punched out pieces of Jolly Holiday DSP using a 1 1/4 inch square punch, and stuck them together to form a patchwork-style grid, turning one corner over to show off the double sided paper. The little circle images come from Delightful Decorations, and were punched out with a 3/4 circle punch. The scallop circle punch was used to trim the bottom of the Crumb Cake square, and we used the Christmas message from the Heard from the Heart set as a greeting on the front. Self-adhesive rhinestones (my new favourite bling) finish off the card.

 Now we have another colourful card using a technique which was new to my class – the baby wipe technique. Basically, you use a baby wipe and Stampin’ Up’s re-inkers to create your own stamp pads. This means you can come up with some crazy, tie-dye effects with your stamps. On this card we used a baby wipe with two dabs of So Saffron and a drop of Pumpkin Pie and swiped the wipe over some Whisper White card stock to create the background. We then created stamp pads using a baby wipe, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie and Rose Red inks, and stamped the images from Butterfly Prints in this psychadelic-looking ink. One of my class attendees pointed out I’ve used Butterfly Prints quite a lot in class and in my samples; I would have to say this is a well-loved set as I adore butterflies and love the fact this set has a matching butterfly shaped punch. It makes creating card embellishments, especially for classes, quick and easy with great effect. The greeting on this card is from Heard from the Heart and I’ve added a bit more rhinestone bling. The middle black butterfly was also mounted on dimensionals.

Now, this is the part of my class where my card style takes a massive detour from the preceding projects;

   This is a CASE of a design I saw on Splitcoast Stampers, a fantastic resource for papercrafters, particularly for Stampin’ Up fans as there’s whole galleries devoted to SU stamp sets. This was in the gallery for the Winter Post set, which I recently purchased. I just love the vintage postcard feel of this card. The images from Winter Post are paired with the En Francais stamp to create the writing in the corner of the card. The snowflake images were stamped using Sahara Sand using the “stamping off” technique; stamping on a piece of scrap paper, and then stamping the image onto your cardstock. This gives it a light, faded look. We did the same thing with the postmark, stamped off using Early Espresso. We used square punches to create the reindeer “stamp” and also sponged the edges of the card with Early Espresso ink. Taffetta ribbon finishes off the card (retired Riding Hood Red ribbon as I’m still waiting for some current ribbon).

I think this may have been the favourite of the class. It’s a very elegant card which could be used for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, any occasion really. I relied on two sources of internet inspiration for this card; the gorgeous design comes from Tania Gould and the ribbon rose technique from Amanda Reddicliffe. The background cardstock is stamped with En Francais in Sahara Sand, and we also used the Sahara Sand to sponge the edges. The flourish from Baroque Motifs was stamped over the top in Basic Black, and then mounted onto Basic Black cardstock. We made the ribbon roses using Real Red ribbon and used Always Artichoke leaves cut from the Little Leaves Sizzlits die (another favourite of mine). A sentiment from Occasional Quotes finishes the card.

Hope you enjoyed this tour through my October class, and I must say I’m impressed with myself for posting it in a timely manner. I should ignore the dishes more often 😛


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Today I hosted my monthly card making class (a great time had by all, as always). This afternoon I was snapping some pics of the cards we made, all ready to share our projects with you all, when I had a sudden revelation.

I hadn’t posted the photos from my Christmas card making class a few weeks ago, as I promised I would. Oops! Bad blogger!

So today, I share with you the cards we made a few weeks ago, which probably means you’ll see the cards we made today sometime in July next year, judging by my current track record of posting things in a “timely” manner…

Anyway, let’s talk about the above card first. I just absolutely love this design, which you may remember from this post. That particular post explains how I made the baubles; the only difference in this one is the background is stamped using the Sanded background and the filigree in the Artistic Etchings set. I love this colour combination of Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze and Whisper White; very elegant and a welcome break from the traditional Christmas colours.

Some of you may have seen this design before on Facebook, I thought it would be a good one to show the class as quite a few people have purchased the Season of Joy set (I can’t say I blame them, it’s such a versatile set). I had to use some retired designer paper *gasp* as I was awaiting a shipment of new paper and it hadn’t arrived in time for the class – never mind, it used up some stash and the colour combination of Real Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla and River Rock is gorgeous regardless. Oh, and the bow isn’t SU, my mother-in-law sent me a packet of pre-tied red bows and they were just the right touch to finish off the project. It’s easy enough to tie your own though, unless you’re me and knot challenged…This card is a simple design that’s very easy to reproduce en masse.

  Believe it or not, this is another card that would be easy to punch out quickly in rapid succession, thanks to the use of the new ornament punch. Paired with the Delightful Decorations set, you can stamp a whole heap of ornaments, punch them out, and you have embellishments aplenty for your cards. I used the pine tree from the set Lovely as a Tree to make the branches (I made sure the base of the tree was stamped off the page) and drew in the ornament string with a marker. A greeting from Many Merry Messages and dimensionals on the back of the ornament finish the card. I’ve used the colour combination of Rich Razzleberry and Always Artichoke on this card; another unconventional combination of colours for Christmas but the pairing really works.  

However, this innovative little creation was my favourite project of the class:


Okay, so on the outside it doesn’t look like much, until you open it up and realise…

…it’s a cute little gift card holder! I was looking for a simple gift card holder to teach my class and came across this little beauty by Makeesha Byl (go check out the tutorial here, and check out some of her other fantastic tutorials too). It uses half a piece of A4 cardstock and is so ridiculously simple to make. We used the So Swirly roller to make the background of this holder, as well as Delightful Decorations for embellishment. The colour combination is Soft Suede, Real Red and Very Vanilla. I’ll definitely be making these for any gift cards I choose to give this year, as it’s a great way to personalise an otherwise boring present.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour through my class and it inspires you for your own Christmas crafting (I can’t believe Christmas is just a few months away! Gah, where did the time go!)

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Last week I hosted one of my monthly card making classes, based around the theme of “new stuff” from the new Stampin’ Up catalogue. I’ve got another Christmas-themed class on tomorrow, so I thought I’d show you what we made at the “new stuff” class before I run the second class!

We made three gorgeous cards, so let me talk you through what we did. But first, a disclaimer; I made the samples for these cards while sick with my chest infection and cold thing, and so was a little trippy on medication…the designs ended up being a bit more complicated than I planned for because I’d start making the sample, and then go off on a tangent (as you do when your thinking isn’t as sharp as normal). When it came time for class it was a little tricky with 10 people all trying to grab the same stamp and repeat my pattern, but it did work out alright in the end.

Anyway, the first card (pictured above)…this uses patterned paper and inks in SU’s latest “In Colors” (Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait) and features a number of new crafty tools. The butterflies are cut out using the new Embosslits Beautiful Wings die for the Big Shot. I’m a butterfly freak, and I love the fact this die cuts AND embosses! We also punched out circles of paper embossed with the new Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions folder, as well as the Polka Dot one. The stamp set used is Artistic Etchings with the greeting from Apple Blossoms. The design is a CASE of some cards I saw on Adele Khoo’s Stampin Bliss site. This woman designs some gorgeous cards and I loved this design in particular, as I’m a fan of creating “grids” of punched-out circles on cards. The punch used was the 1 inch circle.

Now, the next card…

Yes, this was a “trippy on medication” one. I don’t quite know what I was thinking when I decided to colour in the daisies from Inspired by Nature with markers – all I know is that it took ages for each of the ladies to colour in and stamp the daisies during class. Some just used the grass image on the other side to ink up with a stamp pad instead – much easier and more sensible for a class (oh well). As well as Inspired by Nature, we also used the Butterfly Prints stamp set, with that matching butterfly punch that I just love. We also used the scallop punch on the bottom, and the large oval punch for cutting out the greeting. A band of Old Olive ribbon finishes the card. The colour combination is Crumb Cake (Kraft), Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie and Rose Red and I like the fresh, vibrant end result.

I was going for a vintage feel with this card to match the “old school” lolly dispenser from the Something Sweet stamp set, and I think I pulled it off. The colour combination is Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla and Basic Black, with some Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait for the jelly beans. This was another trippy card, as I stamped the jelly beans in the circle and then decided to layer over the top some more cut-out jelly beans. I got a little carried away…but I do like the end result.

To make this card we stamped out the top and the bottom of the lolly machine onto the vanilla card stock, and then cut the images out. We stamped the circle onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock sized to fit the front of the card, and then arranged the machine “bits” around the circle and stuck them down. The text print designer paper is from the Newsprint DSP pack and adds a nice finishing touch, as does a little silver brad on the lolly dispenser. The edges of the greeting are sponged with a little Riding Hood Red ink to add some definition.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little display and are inspired to do a little creating of your own. There’s nothing like a bit of “new stuff” to get the creative juices flowing.

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A few days after my teenage card making class, I hosted one for the adults. It was a “retirement” themed party (due to the impending end of the current Stampin’ Up catalogue) and it was also my biggest class to date, with 10 people.

The logistics of organising a big class proved tricky (especially since maintenance work was going on in my regular space) but with the help of a few friends I managed to pull it off. We ended up crafting on a covered-up pool table and some bar tables!

Having a bigger group meant I had to keep things simpler than normal, and to make sure the cards had various different elements for people to work on so nobody was waiting around to be able to do something. It mostly worked. While we were making the first card it felt a little like a feeding frenzy, with people grabbing inks, papers, scissors and adhesive from all over the place. Eventually we settled into a comfortable routine.

At the top of this post is a card we made using the retiring Big Bold Birthday set, as well as retiring Pink Flamingo DSP (left over from the teens!). We also used some retiring Patterns DSP in different colours. It’s a shame Big Bold Birthday is disappearing as it’s a versatile little set – the top of the cupcake (dubbed the “muffin top” in class) works well for clouds, etc, and there’s other stamps in the set that are equally versatile.

This card uses the retiring Embrace Life set, retiring Warm Words and retiring colours (mostly from the Soft Subtles range) to make this soft, sweet combination. I let the ladies choose their own colour combinations, just giving them a piece of cardstock as their base, and it was fascinating to see what combinations people came up with. So many gorgeous cards resulted from this session. I also offered participants the choice of using images from the Life’s a Breeze set (seen in the teen’s class post) so there were plenty of stamp choices to go around. I love this design, inspired by a card I saw in a Stampin’ Up mini catalogue a few years back, and I use it often for all sorts of occasions. The 1 1/4 inch circle punch makes it super-easy to create those circles.

This card was a favourite among the participants (and led to a few people buying the animal stamp set!). It uses the retiring set Wild About You, which features a range of cute little animals (I love the elephant!). The background is the grass reeds from Inspired by Nature which, thankfully, isn’t retiring. We stamped the grass as a background onto Whisper White cardstock, then stamped and cut out the animals from a separate sheet of cardstock.  We then stuck down the animals in front of the grass. The crocodile at the front is stuck on with some dimensionals, adding a bit of interest to the card.

Add some nice nibbles (Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares and some macaroons), good coffee from the new coffee machine, and a bit of a garage sale of my excess craft “stuff” and the end result is a very enjoyable morning of socialising and crafting. As always, thanks to all that came along for the class.

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I think I need my head examined.

After the positive response I had to my first teen card making workshop in July, I decided to do another one this month. I couldn’t quite believe myself. Me, who swore she’d never be a teacher because kids can be revolting to teachers (well, they can!) willingly hosting an additional teen card making class. Who’d have thunk it?

We did three projects in the class – two cards, and the cutest little box that I knew would be perfect for this class the minute I saw the template. Oh, and I took photos at the class this time! Unfortunately they are a little blurry because I was trying to do it on the sly – the very sight of the camera made the teens shriek “Nooooo, don’t put this on Facebook!” Ah, the fears and concerns of the modern teen.

The card above uses the Stampin’ Up Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper and the retiring Life’s a Breeze set, as well as some square punches. I love the bright, fun result and so did the teens. It was also a simple style to follow for the teens who had never stamped before.

We made this card next; above is the sample I made to show the kids. Their cards turned out completely different to mine; apparently having a multi-coloured car is the epitome of cool. We did some masking to put the little man and presents into the truck, water colouring with ink for the car body and colouring in with markers for the rest. The stamp sets used were Loads of Love and Loads of Love Accessories, with my favourite Sanded background. Using watercolour pens meant things got a bit messy, but we had a lot of fun. I love seeing how teens choose to vary the design and make it their own.

 Above is our final project and I just had to show you the box made by my stamping lad (yes, he came back for a second time!). We made these cute little “fries” containers, using a pattern I found on the Stampin’ Up website. The minute he saw the box, the lad decided he wanted to put an “M” on the front to make it look like a real fries box. He free hand cut the M, I think he’s done an excellent job! The girls chose to follow my template and stamp on some cute fruit stamps and “sweet treats” labels.

Oh, and the little parcel in the box? They’re cookies I made for the kids to put in the boxes, so they could give the boxes away as a gift. Yes, I was in Martha Stewart mode (as one of my friends likes to describe it!). The kids also liked nibbling the samples I brought along.  I cannot confirm or deny if I did some nibbling as well…  

Now here’s some pics of what the kids did. They’re very creative, aren’t they?

Ahh, a messy desk; a sign we’ve all had a good time.

And seriously, I did have a great time doing these two teen classes. The kids were a hoot and we all had some laughs while we were playing with ink and paper. And (this is probably another sign I need my head examined) I’d be willing to do it again next year, if the circumstances permit. We’ll wait and see.

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Today I hosted a card making workshop for the teenagers in my community who are currently on school holidays (it’s the summer break here in Penang). To be honest, I was a little nervous about how it would go. I know what teenagers can be like; I used to be one. Teenagers can be either a) pretty nice, cool kids or b) horrible, sullen and have no shame in laughing at you. Luckily, these teens fell into the cool, nice kids category and I was surprised at how well it went.

Though I must admit this…when one of the mums RSVP’d, I though she said she was sending her daughters (note the plural) along. When they arrived this morning it was a daughter and a son! I was horrified because most of the stuff we were using was pretty girly, but this young lad took it all in his stride. He loved stamping and did a really good job with his cards and boxes we made. He planned to give the end results to his mum and grandma, bless him.

The girls had a lot of fun too and have asked me to do another class next month when they are on holidays. One of them even said to me “I’m going to ask my mum to get me some stamps, this would be really cool as a hobby”. Be still my crafting heart (hopefully her mum will buy those stamps from me!).

Here’s some pics of what we made (well, what I did; I didn’t get shots of what the teens did, sadly):

We made these little star-topped boxes using a pattern from the Stampin’ Up demo website. Lots of cutting involved to make them, but they are so cute! The colour combo is Melon Mambo and Basic Black, with Baroque Motifs and (currently retired) Butterfly Prints stamp sets. Believe it or not, the boxes are even brighter in real life.

These cards use the Pun Fun stamp set and Stampin’ Pastels. I’ve demonstrated this card before to the ladies group, but I knew the kids would like this card so made it with them. They loved it and had fun colouring in and picking out what image they would use. I made the purple one at the workshop – I forgot to bring along my Polka Dot background stamp so made do with some spots in the Big Bold Birthday set.

 We made cards using the baby wipe technique – using a baby wipe as a makeshift stamp pad with Kiwi Kiss and Taken with Teal re-inkers. The teens loved this technique. We used the baby wipe to “swipe” over the white cardstock as a background, and then stamped images using the ink on the baby wipe. Strangely enough all the kids wanted to use the Butterfly Prints stamps again (may have had something to do with the fact I had the matching punch!) and a few combined their butterflies with swirls from the Priceless set. Brads, black ink and dimensional stickers added to the fun.

We also made a quick triangle box at the end of the workshop with some leftover card stock, but I haven’t got a sample to show you for that one.

Hope you enjoyed my little tour around my teen card making class, I’m now considering doing one in August. Who would have thought it would work out so well?

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“Later in the week” has finally arrived (it would have been much sooner but…I’m lazy. That’s pretty much all there is to it!)

A few days ago I hosted a Christmas in July workshop for my small community of card makers. Here’s some piccies of what we made:

We also made the card box you saw in the previous post, as well as Marelle Taylor’s Sevens box (which I don’t have a pic of as yet – I know, bad blogger!).

The first card is a CASE of a card by Karen Thomas (with my own personal tweaks of course) and took our group of five just under 20 minutes to do – so quick and simple, but stunning. The second card features some non SU paper and was my attempt to use up some unloved craft supplies I found in our meeting room. It uses the Christ is Born stamp set – I love that ponsettia. The third card…I have a feeling I saw a variation on this idea on the net years ago, and came up with this interpretation. It uses the SU So Swirly roller and Season of Joy set – one of my fall-to Christmas sets. I love making this card in batches for Christmas – it’s so effective, and yet is nowhere near as hard as it looks.

I also gave my attendees these wee little pillow boxes as a token of thanks for coming along. I used a few different Big Shot dies to make these beauties; the Pillow Box die, Timeless Type Alphabet Sizzlits and Polka Dot Textured Impressions embossing folder. The gorgeous paper is (sadly retired) Stampin’ Up Ski Slope.

Each little parcel contained a piece of white chocolate and cranberry fudge – a confection that conjures up Christmas for me as my mum has made it a few times during festive seasons of the past. I’ll post the recipe up here soon…I promise!

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