30 December 2010

New punches

Hey there!

Just found these this morning and thought you might like to see.

Link to new Martha Stewart punches.

There's a mix of older and the new ones on this page. Scroll down a bit to see the Punch All Over Punches (I like the flourish square one) and there are some Valentine ones too. I like the Cherish Hearts border in those. Very Valentiney - not that I do Valentine stuff much.

Link to new EK Success punches.

Some interesting ones here. The Plaid one is extremely interesting - nothing like that one around, so good for them for coming up with a new one. It's good for us at the moment because it's summer (well, sort of), so it fits with the picnics (well, the wishes of picnics) and days out.

I also like the Abstract Flower border, the Flourish Square and of course the big Butterfly. Can never go wrong with butterflies.

Got any particular favourites?

Okay, have a great day. I'm doing the washing - the poor machine is going to get hammered. Gotta take advantage of the sun!

29 December 2010

Ode to the red cup

Thank you for helping me take photos of my projects all year.

You rocked.

 I always looked for you because you were the best prop around.

The others were too big, too small, didn't stay in place or were just hopeless.

You weren't.

You were good.

And you looked good in the photos too if you happened to sneak into any.

If you're agreeable, I'd like to continue with your services in 2011. 

You would? That's great, thanks.

Til then, 

The Photographer.  

25 December 2010

Ho ho ho!

Merry Christmas!

Have a great day today!


24 December 2010

23 December 2010


Because he's cute.


22 December 2010

Updated ribbon shots

Hi there,

I took these the other night and thought you might like to see how the ribbon turned out this year.

Now, I've gotta say, it looks more than ample in real life, but in these photos it kinda looks pretty sparse to say the least. No matter, it still looks pretty.

Oh yes, please excuse the mess on the table, it's Christmas time. Remember how I said I'd like 17 tables around the place? Well, case and point right here. Need tables to put stuff on!

The additions since I last took photos are:

~ the jingle bells (on four different strands)
~ some painted stars (four - painted them with gold spray paint)
~ a tree (was on my desk)
~ a rosette (made it ages ago and just never got to hang it).

Wow, not much, but it felt like a lot at the time.

Like I said above, it's ample in real life.

And you'll notice in one of the photos two baubles are caught (easy to fix) probably because of this big storm that ripped through last Thursday.

Whoa, green sky...

This is a south facing window and it's fab for seeing the storms roll in. I've always loved this window. We have three south facers, so we can see 'em coming from all angles! I love watching the colour of the sky change and well, watching it roll in. Makes for some good shots.

And it also gives me time to shut some of the windows in readiness for it. We don't shut all of them because of the pressure in the house and all that - Andrew's taught me about that - so I now leave a few open a bit on both sides so the pressure doesn't build up. And yes, I mop up a bit, but it's a small price to pay. And it is small, only a tiny bit of mopping. Who am I kidding, it's a paper towel on my foot kinda mopping. Told ya, not much.

Wow, hello hail. We didn't get any, but I know some people did. My aunty showed me the golf ball sized ones she got at her place on the Southside.

Getting closer and more furious...

Hello, in the midst. The show's over by this point. Nothing to see when you're in the midst, it's all just wind and rain.

Just wanted to show this too.

Got a nice surprise at my front door today when this arrived. The title says "Cute as a Button" referring to Cody, not me! Thanks, Vania, it's gorgeous and I love it. That one of Cody with the reindeer ears cracks me up :o)

Have a great night everyone!

Just a quick one...

...using Tinsel and Twig.

I love that particular paper. That, and the red snowflake one that I used as the background when I was taking photos of all the cards.

I also love that Cuttlebug bauble shape. It's a punch as far as I'm concerned, so it's fab. And it cuts felt. A punch can't do that.

I spent a long time on this card, it doesn't look like it, but I did. That music note bit was the kicker. I knew it needed something and it took me ages to figure out what it was. Happens, hey?

Also, you can't really tell properly, but there's Stickles on the berries. The photo only picked up the glue part, not the glitter part. And you can't tell this either, but there's clear Glaze pen on the red flowers. They're shiny and look lovely in real life.

Hope you enjoyed!


21 December 2010

Random bits...sort of

Here's Mum with the wreath she made with us girlies a couple of weeks ago. My sister, Sue, has been on a wreath making frenzy and has done at least three. I did mine, but still have to put the jingle bells on it.

Mum's has bells on it, can you see them? They're red, green and gold.

We just used fabric scraps and tied them around one of those cane wreathy things, it's really easy. I just used all the scraps from the bunting I made a couple of years ago, as well as a few of Mum's leftovers.

Good job, Mum!

And speaking of Mum, she wanted to make this card. I taught it in a class years ago and I must've shown it to her. I had one kit left, so lucky ducky. She did it over a couple of days and now has it displayed in amongst all her Christmas decorations. 

It's a long card - an A5 folded lengthways.  

Wow, lots of bits on there, hey? Remember how I talked about making cards with lots of bits on them? Well, looks like I still do them sometimes. I love this one - it's just so cuute. I love making cute characters, they really are my favourite.

And lastly, a Santa ornament.

I saw this idea in a Marvy advertisement a couple of years ago. Their artist had layered the shapes exactly as you see here and had pierced the holes too. I added the Santa, he's mine.

Gosh, if I had some time, I'd make one to go on the ribbon. I'd use this year's Santa though, the one with the hair on both sides of his head. I'd keep the plain heart - needs to stay that way otherwise there'd be too many scallops, I think.

Okay, enough randomness for today. Bye now!

20 December 2010

New class timetable

Hey there!

Just letting you know my class timetable is up at Photo Continental. Click here to see the first page where they start. There's a few pages of them - all the classes at PC are joined together on these pages.

Also, they're listed on the sidebar to the right too -------->


Punch Art Fun - Look in the Book - pages 35 to 40 - the Christmas ones

If you've got your book open, you'll see most of these.

Some are exactly the same, some are slightly different.

Some take a lot of fine motor skills!

And a good pair of tweezers.

Or a Jewel Picker. We use them at Photo Continental - they're actually for beading, but we use them for picking up the little bits. Marvy makes them. Thanks, Marvy.

I love Christmas and when I get on a theme, I keep going. Apart from the flowers (6 pages too), the Christmas section is the biggest in the book.

It only comes around once a year, but it gets hit hard with the crafting, so a lot of ideas need to be at one's fingertips. Yes?

Love this, it's one of my favourites.

I love all the hanging bits.

Just realised it's kinda like my ribbon from this year. Hmmm, that's funny, no wonder I like it.

Ah, and the big tree on page 40. I enjoyed the challenge of finding something different to make for each tree.

That candle flame is a dog claw, I believe.

Cute bits to finish with.

The Christmas section has always been one of my favourites. Lots of little bits and lots of colour. And so many other ideas have come out of these six pages...

If I was going to sit down and remake one of the cards on those six pages - remake it because I think it's cute and I want to make it again - I'd make the Christmas Swag on page 39. Like I said, it reminds me of my ribbon from this year, so it's fitting. Plus, I like all the bits.

The other I'd make again is the Christmas Tree on page 36. I've actually made many of those because it was a huge seller in the shop I stocked them in back in the day. No wonder, look at all the bits on it. Obviously I was into making cards with lots of bits back then :o) I remember loving doing it. Still do, even though I don't do them as much now.

Okay, that's it for the Christmas section. Pages 41 and 42 are Shadow Sheets. Important pages to include, but they're self explanatory, so no further explanations needed.

Let's finish with some shots of the back cover. Love seeing all these happy colours and happy faces. So fun.

Big sigh. I love this book. Always have.

Thanks for sharing the Look in the Book journey with me. I enjoyed it, hope you did too.


19 December 2010

Some little cards...

They're little.

They're stitched.

They're glittered.

They're cute.