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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Long time between scraps

It has been an inordinately long time since I completed a scrap page. I have been feeling the pull of it recently and it brought to mind a little conversation that I had with my sister over a year ago. In that exchange, my sister made me promise that I wouldn't devote myself to scrapping a hundred pages on my nephew, Shi Wei, and then neglect any other subsequent children of hers ... leaving them to wonder why Auntie Lin Mei loved Shi Wei the most.

So, here I am, wondering where are the pages of my baby niece, Shi Ying? Hmmmmmm ... I'd better set aside an album for her as a starting point! The following page will be the inaugural one.

After feeling rather guilty, I consoled myself with the fact I have yet to scrap a baby photo of Shi Wei ... so it is still early days for Shi Ying - phew! The other thing that I've noticed is that the recent supply of photos from my sister has slowed to a mere trickle so I think that it's time for me to remind her of her side of the bargain...

Scrap Page using Stampin' Up! SuppliesStampin' Supplies
Basic Black
Basic Gray
Cameo Coral
Pixie Pink

Stamp sets:
Calendar alphabet

Pixie Pink CS
Raspberry Tart DSP
Vellum CS

1.3cm Circle Punch
Clear Buttons
Pretties Kit
Scallop Oval Punch
Sponge Dauber
Stampin' Pastels
Stampin' Write Marker in Basic Black
Summer Love Rub-Ons
White Grosgrain Ribbon

For my newsletter subscribers, I have to apologise for not posting a project featuring the custom coloured ribbon when promised. I lost the ribbon in amongst my scraps and I was hoping that it would float to the surface eventually. Needless to say, ribbon isn't particularly buoyant (especially without floaties) when immersed in scrap paper *sigh* Anyway, I applied Stampin' Pastels on another strip with a colour gradient starting from Pixie Pink to Basic Black. You should be able to spy it in the page above.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pre-Yoga quickie

Just dashing off to yoga - first lesson in ages. But I thought I would post this card made with Certainly Celery Poly Twill Ribbon (that is available for this month only) embossed with a gold Christmas sentiment. I'll be back soon...

ETA: 8:31pm I'm back but it's time for dinner *sigh*

ETA: 9:12pm I've had dinner and except I haven't had dessert. I suppose I shouldn't throw away all the benefits of my yoga session in a fit of sugar consumption.

So, back to this Christmas card with the rather spiffy ribbon. I've always loved gold embossed ribbon and decided that I should try making my own. I initially experimented on the wide double-stitched grosgrain ribbon in Chocolate Chip by doing the responsible thing: which was to tip some embossing powder on the ribbon before using any VersaMark on it. Unfortunately, the fibres of the ribbon held the embossing powder regardless of how I tapped, flicked or hit the ribbon. So I brushed the powder back into its container and gave up on using the wide double-stitched grosgrain ribbon for this purpose.

When I followed the same procedure for testing the new poly twill ribbon, the powder dropped quite effortlessly away from the ribbon. Eureka! and I don't mean the stockade. And the rest is well ... this ribbon!

Card made using Stampin' SuppliesStampin' Supplies
Certainly Celery
Encore Gold
Rose Red

Stamp sets:
Many Merry Messages
Tree Trimmings

Certainly Celery
Rose Red
Whisper White

Certainly Celery Poly Twill Ribbon
Eyelet Border Punch
Gold Embossing Powder
Heat Tool

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

So Saffree

Isn't this month's free (with purchase) So Saffron grosgrain ribbon so perfect for spring and summer projects? Of course, it'd be great for other seasons too (as it is So Saffron) but I doubt that my roll will last until next Autumn. *grin*

I've teamed it up with a Summer Love Rub-On and every time I look at this combination, I want to put on a wide brimmed straw hat and a fresh floral dress then sneak into the closest corn field to run carefree through it. Since I live in the 'burbs, the only accessible farms are those that exist in my mind...most likely a good thing since this romantic notion can't end with me actually being charged for trespassing or collapsing a 100 metres into a row of corn since that's about all my real life stamina would allow. *pictures calling Hubby on my mobile phone to save me when he gets off work and then waiting and waiting* Yep! Much better left in the realms of one's imagination...

Card made using Stampin' Up! productsStampin' Supplies
Cameo Coral
Kiwi Kiss
So Saffron

Stamp sets:
Great Friend

So Saffron CS
So Saffron Patterns DSP
Whisper White CS

Aqua Painter
Designer Brads Flower Assortment
Mat Pack
Paper Snips
So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon
Stampin' Write Markers in Cameo Coral, Old Olive, So Saffron
Summer Love Rub-Ons
White Gel Pen

I played around with the petals of the flower brad by filling them in with a white gel pen. The flower centre features a rub-on for contrast. Many thanks to Carol for this month's Elite Challenges card sketch which I've used for this card.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Stampin' Up! Gift to You promotion

Stampin' Up! Australia's September 2009 Promotion

30 September 2009 NEWS ALERT:
Ribbon bundles now comprise of:
• Chocolate Chip 1" (2.5cm) Double-Stitched grosgrain ribbon (approx 9.1 metres)
• Rose Red 1" (2.5cm) Double-Stitched grosgrain ribbon (approx 9.1 metres)
due to the original bundle running out of stock! This is an even better deal as the ribbons are normally $19.95 each + SU! S&H

During September, you get a FREE ribbon bundle if you place a product order worth $100 or more OR host a $600 workshop. The bundle includes 2 full rolls of ribbon, more specifically:

• Certainly Celery 5/8" (1.59 cm) poly-twill ribbon (approx 9.1 metres)
• So Saffron 5/8" (1.59 cm) grosgrain ribbon (approx 9.1 metres)

Please contact me to book a workshop or place an order to qualify for this gift made for ribbon lovers.