Monday, 12 January 2009

Dials anyone?

As some of you know I am part of the tutorial team on In Love With Stamping forum(see link to the right). It was my turn to write one for today so here is what I did.

Cardstock in two colours
¼” and 1 ¼” circular punch
¼” square punch
Craft knife
One of the following methods of cutting; Nestabilities circles, compass and pencil, coluzzle with circle template.
1. I have chosen to work with nestabilities for this project, but you can use a compass and pencil, coluzzle with circular template. Just adjust to accommodate.
Choose 3 sizes, large (9.5cm), Medium (7.5cm), small (3.5cm) all approximate.
2. Choose your main colour and cut out the three circles from step 1.
3. On the back of all three, find the middle by using your ruler and a pencil. (Work in pencil as it can be rubbed out as you proceed.) Make a cross.
Where the lines cross, using a pricking tool punch a hole. This will be for the brad to go through later on.
4. Using a piece of contrasting card cut a strip 2.5cm (1”) wide. To round the edges use your 1 ¼” circle punch. Slide your strip of card through the punch. Centralise it on the end and punch out.
5. To get the length, place under your large circle and pencil the edge. Place it back in the punch and punch a tiny bit away from the marked edge.
6. For the hole, place it under the large circle again but on a pricking mat and prick through the hole of the large circle.
7. To make windows on the strip for each dial. Use a scrap piece of card the same width as your strip (2.5cm/1”). Draw a line along the centre and using the ¼” circle and the ¼” square punches make some windows.
8. To make your windows in your strip, take your brad and push it through your strip. Take the small dial and place that on top. Using a pencil mark the side but on the strip. Do this for all three dials.
9. Remove all dials off the brad and strip. You will now have guidelines for all the dials (these can be rubbed out later).
10. Using your template you made in step 7, place which ever window you want showing over the relevant dial, within the guidelines for that dial and trace. If you don’t like it, you can erase it and choose another.
11. Once you are happy punch/cut them out.
12. Put it all together and Voila!
13. Now you have the basics you can decorate using stamps, rub-ons, peeloffs, even doodling.
You can even experiment using different shapes; making them smaller for different projects, use less or more layers.
The only limit is your imagination.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

New cards but not SU

Well I have managed to take some photo's of the cards that I made but I am not too sure what is going on with my camera. I have Fuji finepix S9600 and for some reason I can't get the camera shake off, even when its just resting on the table and no one is near it. HUH? Any ideas anyone?

Well here is the cards as promised, they are using the new magnolia elves, I think they are ever so cute.

I have left this one blank for the greeting as I am not sure what and who it will be going to and for what reason.

Here is the one of the elves, don't you just love them. OK I had better get on as I have a tutorial to write for ILWS for tomorrow. Oh yes I like leaving things till the last minute. I just hope my idea works, other wise its back to the drawing board, literally.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Desk Top Calendar

I have been getting into the swing of things this week, even though my throat is still very swollen and sore. Just wish it would go away.

Today I decided to make a desk top calendar as I am always looking for my calendar and its in another room. I know you have one on the computer but when your busy beavering away its handy to have.
Sorry for the quality of the photo but I think I have adjusted a setting on the camera and don't know which one, typical. I must learn on how to use this properly.
I have used Sweet Always designer papers with matching cardstock, plus pocket silhouettes stamp set. I have seen these on quite a few blogs and they use the tree for all seasons stamp set. Unfortunately I don't have that set, yet, its on my list though ;-)
I have decided this is what we are doing in class tonight as its the first night back since the holidays. So something nice to break them in gently. I have made some cards but I have used Magnolia images will try and get those photo's taken this week, camera willing, lol.
Ta ta for now!

Friday, 2 January 2009

Sale a Bration!


It is here for the first time in the UK.
During Sale-A-Bration--1 January – 28 February--Stampin' Up! gives customers, hostesses, and new recruits the opportunity to earn fantastic, FREE, limited-edition stamp sets they'll enjoy for years to come.Here's how Sale-A-Bration works:
Customers When you spend £45 on Stampin' Up! merchandise, you'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration reward. There's no limit--for every £45 you spend, you can select another free Sale-A-Bration reward!
Hostesses When you host a workshop of at least £300 (before shipping), you'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration reward--in addition to all of the regular hostess benefits! You can also become a virtual hostess, ask me how for more details.
Recruits During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator can choose any stamp set--a value of up to £34.95--from our current Idea Book and Catalogue!
To view the sets online visit Here , If you want to know the stampin' supplies list click Here
Any questions please don't hesitate to email me


Sorry for not bloggin for what has been weeks now, but there has just been so much going on and each time I go to do some blogging I have been side tracked or something has cropped up.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Me, I spend most of it asleep as I have had this dreaded virus for the last two weeks. It has been one awful virus, I can tell you. But I won't go into detail as it just wasn't nice.
I hope Santa was good to you all and brought you lots of crafting items. I received loads of crafting stash from my hubby and also a puppy dalmation. Oh she is sooooooo sweet, but its not the one that you have to take out for walks, no, this one is for my Nintendo DS. I have wanted a real one but we just don't have room, so hubby bought me one of these instead. So when I am really busy, I don't have to worry about taking her out for walks, lol.

My kids really enjoyed them selves and I only managed to get a couple of photo's as I was just so out of it.

I am hoping to get back into the swing of things and maybe post a bit more from next week but on Monday my little boy has to go to hospital to see a consultant about his ears. He has had a problem for just over a year and the week before Christmas I had to take him to see our GP. So I had had enough and told him I want him referred as it was not normal for gunk to come from his ears and for him to be in so much pain. So off we will be trotting on Monday. I hope it is something they can do there and then, just to relieve the poor mite of deafness and pain.
Well I better get organised as I need to post soem details of an offer from Stampin' Up!

Back soon!