Monday, October 26, 2009

My blog is moving…..

I have decided to move my blog over to Wordpress, revamp it and my website and also host it on my website.

So all posts after this one will now be posted to http://nicolestalker.com.au/blog/ so if you are a regular visitor of have my blog bookmarked you will need to update your link.

If you go visit the new blog you will see I’ve gone with a colour change although I’m still to update the rest of my website but that will be done over the next few days. There is still some tweaking to do but all should go smoothly with any luck.

 

Happy stamping

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

It’s on again!!!!

What’s on again??

Our Giant Craft Sale.

Back in May we had our 1st Giant Craft Sale and it was such a success we decided to hold another. We’ve cleaned out our cupboards even more and will have lots of Craft Goodies that need to find new homes. There will be stamps,both Stampin’ Up!(retired of course) and other brands, scrapbooking supplies, ribbons, embellishments and lots, lots more. We will also be selling handmade cards & gifts which will be perfect for Christmas.

Everything will be priced to sell, so come along and grab a bargain! We’ll also have some Lucky Door Prizes to be won.

WHEN: Saturday 24th October

TIME: 9am – 1pm

WHERE: The Church Hall
Blacktown East Presbyterian Church
Cnr Heffron Road & Gallop Grove, Lalor Park

Hope to see you there.

Nikki

Friday, October 23, 2009

Embrace Life

Here’s another set that I haven’t inked in ages but I also decided to play with some retired colours.

I’m using that layout again that I’m really liking at the moment and did create 3 cards but I’ve already given one away and didn’t realise my photo hadn’t downloaded to my computer correctly so I can only share 2 of them with you. I might just have to recreate the other again….

Just briefly about computers, it seems mine is finally fixed and working correctly (I’m touching wood while typing this so I don’t jinx myself) and it turns out to have just been an updated driver required for my Vista laptop. I’m sure the company wish they had of tried this first before replacing USB’s, RAM and a Graphics Card. Oh well I guess that’s for all the problems I had to put up with……

So back to the cards.

I pulled out my retired Ginger Blossom DSP and some River Rock and Groovy Guava cardstock from last years In Colors to make these. I love this years but I still miss last years and seeing how I still have plenty in my stash I guess I should use some of it.

This card was actually the second card I made. Card 1 was the one I gave away.

Card 2

For this card I’ve started out with a base of Ruby Red, scallop edged a piece of River Rock and then added some Ginger Blossom DSP in a Groovy Guava print onto the River Rock as shown. This was then is adhered to the main card.

Next I created my Scallop Edge Medallions in River Rock and a slightly smaller one in Ruby Red. This is layered onto the main card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I’ve then stamped the flower onto Watercolor Paper using Stazon Jet Black ink and watercolored using an Aqua Painter and inkpads in Groovy Guava & Ruby Red. I have then cut out the flower, used a white gel pen on the stamens, added a white half back pearl to the centre and attached to the medallion using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The final step was to stamp the sentiment onto watercolour paper using Stazon Jet Black and punch out with the Word Window Punch. I’ve daubered the edges with River Rock and again attached to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

 

The next card is the same layout just using a different piece of Ginger Blossom DSP and changing the colours.

 

Card 1

 

So for this one I started out with a Groovy Guava base and used Ruby Red for the scallop edge piece.

The medallion is Ruby Red and Groovy Guava. I coloured the flower image again using the Aqua Painter and inkpads this time using Groovy Guava, Cameo Coral and Ruby Red. The stamens have been coloured with a Ruby Red marker and I’ve added a vanilla half backed pearl to the centre this time as the DSP has more of a cream feel than a white.

The sentiment is done the same again but this time I daubered the edges with Ruby Red.

 

 

 

 

So do you miss last years In Colours? Maybe you have some left too and hopefully I’ve inspired you to play with them again. Feel free to leave a comment and a link to your latest creation using some retired items.

 

Happy Stamping
Nikki

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friends 24-7

This stamp set was one of the first I had to have when the new IB&C came out in April. I think it had more to do with the fact that I loved the coordinating wheel but I did like the stamp set too. Unfortunately it hasn’t been used all that often. Another wonderful thing about this set is it’s one of Shelli’s Signature Collection sets which are new this year.

So seeing how I hadn’t used it much I decided it need to be inked up again. I love the sample cards in the IB&C for it so decided to recreate something along those lines but make it my own too.

I ended up making 4 cards very similar looking, 2 portrait orientation and 2 in landscape orientation, and changing the sentiments.

Set 1

The colours I’ve used are Kraft, Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze and Whisper White.  I really like to softness to these cards.

Here they all are individually for a closer look. 

Set 1 - Card 1                     Set 1 - Card 2

 

Set 1 - Card 3    Set 1 - Card 4

           

Supplies:
Stamp sets: Friends 24-7, Oval All, En Francais
Card: Kraft, Close To Cocoa, Whisper White, Baja Breeze Patterns DSP
Ink: Close to Cocoa & Old Olive Markers, Versamark & Baja Breeze inkpads
Accessories: Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Scallop Oval, Scallop Circle, Large Oval, 1 3/8” & 1 1/4” Circle Punches, Matt Pack and piercer, Button Latte Designer Buttons, Sponge Dauber, Stampin’ Dimentionals, Hemp Twine.

Happy Stamping

Nikki

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Family Birthdays Part 3

This is the last October family birthday I have to share with you. As I mentioned yesterday this time it is for my step-mother.

On Saturday 3rd October I held my World Card Making Day event. You may recall those that attended made a Chocolate Holder and a matching little handbag which contained 3 love note cards and envelopes.  Well I ended up with 3 sets in total, my original sample and then 1 each from the 2 sessions I had. I decided to use 1 set as part of my step-mothers gift. I had also purchased her a Gift Card so made a matching gift card holder and then of course I needed something to package it all in.

Here’s a picture of all the items.

Lyn's Birthday Gifts

 

This is the box all finished ready to present.

Lyn's Birthday Box

I made a little gift card to match and wrapped in Baja Breeze ribbon. I decided to use the reverse side of the dsp on the sides of the box just like in the chocolate holder I wrapped the chocolates in alternate sides.

Lyn's Birthday Box 2

My step-mother was wrapped. At first she wasn’t going to open it till her birthday but as my girls hadn’t seen the gift card holder yet she opened it. Then it all went back in and ribbon tied up again ready for her to open on her birthday.

Well that’s it for family birthdays for now. I do have a few others before Christmas but most of those will just be cards which I’m sure you will see when they are done.

I’m on a bit of a roll at the moment so hopefully it will keep up and I’ll be posting a lot more regularly. I have a few more posts lined up for this week already and if Monday went as planned with getting the house back in order now that school has gone back I hopefully have created more to share with you.

Don’t forget if you are within driving distance to Lalor Park we are having another Giant Craft Sale this Saturday with lots of bargains. I’ll be clearing out my Carl punches, Punch tool, some scrapbook paper holders, storage draws and lots, lots more.

Till next time…..

Happy Stamping

Nikki

Monday, October 19, 2009

Family Birthdays Part 2.

Next Saturday is my dad’s birthday and I wanted to make a little something for him. I always struggle making things for males as it’s not something I do all that often. I found a wonderful project from UStamp Fall 09 which I thought would be perfect for him.

The Windsor Knot DSP pack is ideal for male items and I was really happy with how this turned out. The image is from the Pun Fun stamp set (thanks Leonie) and the sentiment is a retired Rub-on.

 

Dad's Birthday Gift

and the inside looks like this….

Dad's Birthday gift open

I haven’t known my dad to drink coffee so I’ve put in hot chocolate sachets with some Ferrero Rocher Chocolates. I actually gave this to him last Thursday went we went to visit (my dad lives 2 hours drive away) and found out he does drink coffee but only 1 a day. At least I know for next time. 

I wanted to make his birthday card to coordinate so have again used the same patterns from the Windsor Knot DSP pack but chose to use the Party Hearty stamp set. I’ve created faux brads by punching out 3 chocolate chip 1/4” punches (retired) and then adding some Crystal Effects over the top. Now I really should have used the new 5/16” chocolate chip brads available in the Spring Mini Catalogue till 30th November (Neutrals pack) but I’d already adhered the DSP to the front of the card and didn’t want to have the brads showing on the inside of the card.

Dad's Birthday Card

It’s a pretty simple card but I think it went well with the gift and he liked it which is the main thing. I also bought a t-shirt to go with this handmade gift.

 

Dad's Birthday Gift & Card

I mentioned my dad’s birthday is next Saturday 24th, well it’s his wife’s, my wonderful step-mothers birthday on the 27th. Tomorrow I’ll show you the gift I gave her last week. Some of it you have seen but I’ve expanded with a few more coordinating items.

See you tomorrow.

Happy Stamping

Nikki