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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Too cryptic...

...for a three-year-old, perhaps? I'm thinking of sending this to my nephew for his 3rd birthday but it's a bit cruel to torture the wee one with a puzzle for a card. I suspect it is even more cruel to require my sleep-deprived sister to explain it to him, along with the origins of the phrase. Ah well! If she ever visits my blog, she'll have a reference handy.

This card is rather appropriate for me, though, as I've made it using some Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper (from the Spring Mini that is due to end). While the weather hasn't been great for picnicking, we've had an influx of ants roaming in our study. Every so often I feel a tickle on my leg, slap it and come away with the harsh chemical smell of squashed ant. Even more often, I feel the brush of something, check my limbs, find no insects and wonder whether I'm going insane. I suppose actually mailing this card to my little nephew and expecting him to get it would be proof of that!

Card made using Stampin' Up! Spring Mini suppliesStampin' Supplies
Barely Banana

Tart & Tangy set

Bashful Blue CS
Old Olive CS
Summer Picnic DSP
Whisper White CS

A Perfect Day Rub-Ons
Anchored Rub-Ons
Paper Snips
Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin' Write Markers in Basic Black, Old Olive, Rose Red
Whisper White Grosgrain

Oh! The individual Stampin' Write Marker promotion was extended today - it will be ending on December 14. November 30 will still see the end of Spring Mini and the 20% off Rub-Ons promotion so remember to get your orders in by this Sunday.

Friday, November 14, 2008

That hair is really long! Gee!

During our trip to Longji, China, we encountered a group of Yao women who were rather keen on seeing us fulfill our responsibilities as tourists. These duties included photographing them doing their customary hair unveiling and combing as well as allowing them to adorn our heads with their hand-made kerchiefs. Normally, I would not wear hanky on my head as it makes me want to impersonate Luigi of the now defunct WA Salvage - we’re not fancy but we’re cheap, eh! Sandgropers'll know what I'm talking about...but the women were so insistent in such a nice way.

And yes indeedy! Their hair was very long once unfurled - reputed to be the longest hair per head so to speak. I found it fascinating that their hair has the added bulk and weight of an extra length of hair - from when they cut their hair for the first (and IIRC the last) time when they reach 18 years of age. With all that weight on their heads, it's no wonder they were all shorter than me.

I put together this scrap page as part of this month's INKlings Cybercrop hosted by the wonderful Alana. Her second challenge was a scrapbook sketch based on a card layout.

Alana's Sketch Challenge using Stampin' Up! SuppliesStampin' Supplies

It's Beautiful wheel

Naturals Ivory
Pink Passion Texured
Tempting Turquoise

1 1/4" Circle Punch
Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker
Circle Rhinestone Brads
Corner Rounder Punch
Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons
Heat Tool
Scallop Punch
White Embossing Powder

I thought the combination of the It's Beautiful wheel and Eastern Elegance rub-ons would be a good way to say farewell to the Spring Mini in scrapbook form. I must confess that the only way that I could bring myself to use the Eastern Elegance rub-ons was by buying an extra package while it's on sale this month! *puts hanky on head* We're fancy but we're cheap, eh! *takes off hanky*

Monday, November 10, 2008

20 days in November

There are two neat promotions this month which start today and finish on the same day as the Spring Mini, November 30 [ETA: Marker promotion extended to December 14].

Single Stampin' Write Markers Promotion
Make your mark on your Stampin' Write Marker collection by choosing the right colours for you! For a limited time only, Stampin' Up! are offering Stampin' Write Markers individually for only $4.95 each. This beats the normal price of $5.75 for the Basic Black marker and you get to choose from all 48 colours in the four Stampin' Up! colour families (ooh! and Sahara Sand too!).

Stampin' Write Markers in alphabetical order
DescriptionItem numberDescriptionItem number
Almost Amethyst100043Mellow Moss100038
Always Artichoke105113More Mustard100076
Apricot Appeal105107Night Of Navy100069
Ballet Blue100066Not Quite Navy100059
Barely Banana100039Old Olive100079
Bashful Blue105111Only Orange100051
Basic Black100082Orchid Opulence100055
Blush Blossom100037Pale Plum100036
Bordering Blue100070Perfect Plum100035
Bravo Burgundy105109Pink Passion100053
Brilliant Blue100057Pixie Pink105112
Brocade Blue100064Pretty In Pink100045
Cameo Coral100074Pumpkin Pie105115
Certainly Celery105106Real Red100052
Chocolate Chip100071Really Rust100073
Close To Cocoa100072Regal Rose105108
Creamy Caramel100078Rose Red100063
Elegant Eggplant105110Ruby Red100075
Gable Green100049Sage Shadow100040
Garden Green100080Sahara Sand105105
Glorious Green100047So Saffron105114
Green Galore100048Summer Sun100077
Handsome Hunter105116Taken with Teal100068
Lavender Lace100041Tempting Turquoise100058
Lovely Lilac100056Yoyo Yellow100050

My November newsletter has a product focus on Stampin' Write Markers so sign up if you wish - it's free! Please check the Free Subscriptions panel on the right for details on how to do so.

20% off Stampin' Up! Rub-Ons Promotion
Get fabulous Rub-Ons for 20% off! Spend $20 on Stampin' Up! products and you can buy any number of Stampin' Up!'s Rub-Ons for $15.96. That a saving of $3.99 per package. If that doesn't get you rubbing your hands with glee, well...ok then. *grin*

Rub-OnsPageItem Number
A Perfect Day11*111277
Anchored141 110282
Cherished Memories141 110281
Eastern Elegance6*110284
Urban West141 110285
Page numbers from Idea Book & Catalogue 2008-2009 unless indicated by an asterisk (*) in which case Spring Mini page numbers have been used.

All prices do not include Stampin' Up!'s standard shipping and handling of 5% or $5.95, whichever is greater.

Combine all these offers with whatever you have left on your Spring Mini wishlist - November is the last time to Spring Mini to it!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Spring Mini bloom

On first impression, you're probably thinking: this is card on its side, isn't it?

Card using Bloomin' with Beauty and Stampin' Up! suppliesStampin' Supplies
Basic Black
Handsome Hunter
Rose Red

Stamp sets:
Bloomin' with Beauty
Floral background
Occasional Greetings

Handsome Hunter
Rose Red
Whisper White

Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware
Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon
Watercolor Wonder Crayons in Neutrals
Watercolor Wonder Crayons in Rich Regals

Even though I made this card, when I was cropping this picture of it, I actually rotated it to make it portrait - and thought "Doh! That was completely unnecessary". It's probably because I have seen so many great cards made with the blossom standing up that this is almost...unnatural. Some of you may have cleverly based your frame of reference on the piece of Hodgepodge Hardware in which case I give you 100% *hands out gold star stickers*

Hubby is another case. When I handed this card to him, he held it such that the flower was upside down. That's just too lateral, Hubby! *stamps foot (no rubber stamps involved here btw)* *rotates card for Hubby* I suppose it is Karmic comeuppance for my previous naughtiness. *sigh*

Anyway, this is just a reminder that Bloomin' with Beauty and the luxe Purely Pomegranate Wide Satin Ribbon is in the Spring Mini and like all blooms, the Mini will be just a lovely memory too soon. So make sure that you finalise your wishlist from that mini catalogue and submit your orders before November 30 comes around.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Serenity serendipity

Things have been rather busy for me since the Papercrafts Festival. On top of the goings-on in my little craft world, there has been a couple of momentous races - one involving horses and the other presidential candidates! Amidst all that hurly-burly, I made a card using the Summer By The Sea stamp set and the watercolouring brought me a sense of serenity that made me feel as if I had a teensy holiday, away from everything.

Now, when I look at the card, I imagine being the lady in the boat, dipping her toes into the cool water, without any intrusions on her lake of solitude. Of course, to the right of her, off the page, would be a mountain of calorie-free delectable morsels and, quite possibly, Hubby having a quiet snooze. Aaaahhhhh!

Card made using Stampin' Up! suppliesStampin' Supplies
Old Olive
StazOn Black

Summer by the Sea set
Sweet Serendipity set

Cameo Coral CS
Naturals Ivory CS
Old Olive Prints DSP
Watercolor Paper

Jumbo Eyelets in Antique Brass
Mat Pack
Natural Hemp Twine
Stampin' Dimensionals
Watercolor Wonder Crayons in Earth Elements

Wishing you moments of sweet serendipity for the rest of the week!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A pinch and a punch...

...for missing a post for the first of the month. Yes! I missed posting properly yesterday due to duties at the Papercrafts Festival, which has been a whirlwind of preparation and activity. It has been great meeting so many crafty women over the past two days *big wave* - I can honestly say that I have yet to do a make and take with a man at the fair. Perhaps this is why women are called the fairer sex? Also, a special hello to belle for being so sweet to visit me at the stand.

Stampin' Up! promotions will be starting on the 10th this month - when you click on the Specials heading on the top of this blog, you'll see that markers will be offered for purchase as single items very soon! I'll update the blog with the promotions as soon as they are made public. Also, I'll be sending out my newsletter with all the details on that date too. So, please sign up if you are interested (check out the free subscriptions panel on the left right [don't know my left from my right!] of the page).

This is one of the cards that I have on display when I do my demonstration of the Poppin' Pastels technique at the fair. I can sneak this on now since some of you have seen it already.
Card made with Stampin' Up! supplies and Poppin' Pastels TechniqueStampin' Supplies

It's Beautiful wheel
Short & Sweet set

Naturals Ivory

Mat Pack
Paper Piercer
Paper Snips
Sponge Daubers
Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin' Pastels

Today is the last day of the Papercrafts Festival so poppin' I mean pop in if you can. We have an amazing array of papercraft samples (and I can say this because you should see everyone else's work) and you can even take a photo or two of your favourite pieces. There are also specials just for the show including a Pick-A-Prize for all bundles and if you are thinking of joining Stampin' Up!, you'd definitely want to ask us about it!