Monday, June 27, 2016

Foxy Friends

I've had a week with no internet, which has been quite hard!  The diggers came last Monday to dig up our drains and managed to hit both our water mains and our fibre phone/internet lines, and due to the nature of the fibre connections, it took a whole week to get repaired!  It's been raining most of the week as well, so we have to traverse through a mud-bath to get in and out of our house each day, its not the best time of year to be undertaking earthworks in your front yard!!!  But the good news is that they've finished, we're back online and the concrete layers are here today prepping up to pour concrete once we have passed the next inspection and the weather is fine enough.

So while I was offline, I had really wanted to upload some projects for my Foxy Friends class I held on Friday night.  I had 8 lovely stampers come along for the evening, half were new and half were experienced, so I split them into two groups.  Everybody made the same Pop of Paradise card and then I had two options for the Foxy Friends card for them to choose from.   As it was my new Catalouge reveal party as well, we started off with a fun Treasure Hunt through the Catalogue, where I pointed out some new products and bundles I wanted them to see, and the winner won a sampler of the gorgeous papers in the Serene Scenery paper stack.

Here is the Pop of Paradise card, its a nice straight-forward collage with lots of fussy-cutting (I wish I had more than 3 pairs of our paper snips in this class-sharing situation!) and it introduces a couple of our gorgeous new In-Colours, Flirty Flamingo and Emerald Envy.  I also used Cucumer Crush for the lighter leaf and Crushed Curry for the pineapple.   This card design is a modified version of one I had seen online, but I am sorry to say I did not note down who to give the credit to.

Next was my headliner, Mr Fox!   I wanted everyone to have a good chance to play around with the components of the stamp and punch bundle.  I prepared a sampler showing several of the different animals that you can make with it, and I showed them a template that I saw on QBee's youtube video where she shows how to use a 5 1/2" x 1 1/4" strip of whisper white cardstock to stamp the body, face and tail of your chosen animal and punch it all off the one strip with no wastage or damage to your stamped images.  I wrote the instructions on the back telling them which colour ink was used, and which extra pieces they would need. 

Here is the first card I showed - Mr & Mrs Fox, also showcasing the Foxy Friends Designer Series Paper Stack:

And here was the second choice - a card in a box which was very popular and I ended up selling this sample to a customer as well for a new baby in her family.


So all in all, we had a fun night!  There are so many great products in this new catalogue, the hardest part is narrowing down which ones to showcase! 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Renovations and new products!

Its been a crazy few weeks, with family life as well as renovations still firing along - we are about to finally start work on the garage!  We applied for consents back in October last year, and its taken this long to get the permits all approved.  We did a lot of earthworks and preparation ourselves while we were waiting, so this is how the area looks now.

Compared to:


We've moved the shed and the playhouse to other ends of the section (both huge undertakings, as they are both huge and heavy, and needed 6 people to lift them); and we've had diggers to excavate backwards and sideways by several meters each.  Three truckloads of clay were taken away and the rest of the clay and all of the topsoil was redistributed around our section to level it, as the incline was quite steep before.  Hubby did this himself with a hired bobcat, and it was all full of bricks and broken glass and bits of landfill that we had to remove by hand.  Then we had to add topsoil and plant new grass, which took about 3 months.  Three truckloads of stones were brought in, and plenty of timber and scoria to build the retaining walls.  We've chopped down trees, relocated a mature feijoa tree, and had stumpgrinders remove about 6 stumps and a gigantic crop of bamboo, and we've filled I think 8 skip bins full of waste.   Hubby built the retaining walls himself, and we have painted the whole damn thing (those individual batons, oh my goodness).  The waterblasting of the existing fence was only done last weekend, and since we are in Winter now, we will paint the fences to match when some nice weather aligns with hubbys days off.  HUGE amounts of work have gone into this, I am so proud of my husband for all his hard work!  And our kids have been pretty amazing too, to put up with all the noise and inconvenience, as well as their parents going missing for hours at a time to work outside!

On Friday afternoon another digger arrived to start digging up the old pipes and divert all our water and drainage connections, as well as the electricity and phone lines, as they run right through the area we need to build over.  Tomorrow the nice tidy, level area hubby created will be ripped apart again by the digger, but hopefully by the end of the week we will be ready for the first concrete to be poured!

So as you can see, plenty has been going on around here to divert me from crafting and blogging!  I am taking lots of photos to scrapbook though!!  However I've managed to create some samples to show at my first class with the new Catalogue this coming Friday evening.

Mixed Drinks and Serene Scenery paper stack:

Tropical getaway anyone???

Swirly Bird:

Quietly rocking the Dapper Denim water-washed backgound!

The Pineapple background stamp, inked with new Ombre inkpads in Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral, on Pop of Pink DSP (love) with a delicate lace doily and some gorgeous enamel dots and Pool Party ribbon, nom nom nom.

I am in love with this one, its the Jar of Love stampset gone shabby chic.  Pool Party and Flirty Flamingo are a fabulous pair.  The background is a 6x6" piece of Serene Scenery DSP, and like all the flowers and the doily, it is sponged in Crumb Cake.  The jar is stamped on vellum and sponged on the back with Soft Sky.

I can't tell you how much I adore this card.

Thats all for tonight, its almost 11pm and the digger fires up at 7:30am.  I work mornings at the kids' school, so I need to be up and organised early!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hey Foxy!

Oh my god, its here!!!!  So excited, my courier driver left this on the front doorstep while we were at netball practice after school today - we entered the house by the downstairs door, and it was only an hour or so later when I took some recycling outside that I noticed the boxes sitting at the other door!!!  SUPER happy to get my new goodies, which I actually earned for free as a demonstrator - I love SU!!  I've only had time for one quick make - meet my friend Mr Fox!!!   I have planned a class using this guy on Friday 24th June. 


The Fox bundle includes the punch and the stamps to build the fox and a bunch of his friends, and there is a coordinating 6x6" paper stack.  I will have a proper play as time allows so I can share some more with you from this fun bundle!!!  I grabbed the label die from the Cupcakes framelits to make a quick 3D banner (love this, the catalogue doesn't do it justice), and I customised my greeting and handcut the letters with the new Labeler Alphabet stampset.  This is going to be a brilliant alphabet stamp, its so versatile having the two fonts.  Love it. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Annual Catalogue Pre-order

I'm (not so) patiently waiting for my first order from the new Catalogue to arrive; because of the public holiday this week there is a slight delay, but I'm hoping to receive my pretty package in the next few days.  Can't wait! 

I did place a small pre-order last month though, so combined with the freebies we received at OnStage, I have been able to make some new cards to share with you while I wait!

These two cards are variations on the same layout using the Mixed Borders stampset.  I like how the leaves and the flowers are on separate photopolymer stamps, so you can easily layer them together in different colours to create a fun image.  I used Emerald Envy for the leaves on both of these, and coloured the leaves in Pool Party with a marker.  The pineapple card is in Crushed Curry, and the petals are coloured with So Saffron.  The "Celebrate your day" sentiment is from the Designer Tin of Cards stampset, which I was lucky enough to win at Prize Patrol at OnStage, woohoo!

This second version is Basic Black and Melon Mambo, and the petals are coloured in with a Flirty Flamingo marker (which I was also fortunate to pick up the markers as a giveaway at OnStage!).  I actually dropped this card into an open inkpad right at the end and got a huge smudge in the corner (after it was finished, duh!) so the watercoloured flower is a total cover-up lol.  Like they always say, there's no such thing as a mistake, just an oppotunity for more embellishments!  So I embossed the flower in white onto watercolour paper and used Flirty Flamingo ink from the lid of my inkpad to watercolour the petals with an aqua painter.  I love how it turned out - a real happy accident!

The Sitting Here stampset was another giveaway at OnStage, and I've paired it here with Sheltering Tree to make this fun landscape.  The seat was designed to be a porch swing in the original artwork, but since we don't really have porch swings (or even porches!) here in New Zealand, I cut the "rope" part of the image and used it to create legs for a park bench instead.   It's Autumn here in NZ at the moment, and all our trees are gorgeous Autumn colours, so I wanted to show this on my card.

This little cutie you might recognise from Pop of Paradise, which I used for my displays for OnStage.  Emma (Parkin-Wilson, our Country Manager) got to keep all my samples, so this card is the first using the flamingo that I get to give away!  The colours are Basic Black, Whisper White,  Sahara Sand and Melon Mambo, I just looove this Pop of Pink suite!  Here I've used the washi tape to make the background, and I'm including one of these with my customer orders and catalogues that go out this month.

Here's a final card with the Pineapple background stamp, paired up with that gorgeous flamingo again, and some Melon Mambo flowers from the Botanical Builder framelits.  I used some retired enamel dots, but I'm super excited that there will be some of the brand new enamel dots in my order thats on its way.

Stay tuned for the next cards once my order arrives (can you tell I'm excited???)

Monday, June 6, 2016

Boys Superhero 9th birthday card

Last week I made this special card for our besties son, who is toootally into Superheros.  Card-in-a-boxes are always a hit, so I was excited to put this one together.  I turned to trusty old Pinterest for inspiration on these cute little guys, but unfortunately I did not note down the names of who to credit for the ideas.  I hopped around a few different pins for each of the different characters.  Here we have Batman, Captain America, Hulk, Spiderman, Superman and Ironman. 

I took a photo from the side as well, cos I love the background I created for this card, using the houses from the recently-retired Sleigh Ride edgelits.  The sky is Dapper Denim and I did 4 stacked layers of the houses in Basic Black with dimensionals to create a city skyscape.  I cut the lightening bolts from silver glimmer paper, and the "kapow's" are wood embellishments I got from Typo last year.   I think they were the perfect finishing touch!

As predicted, this card was well received by the birthday boy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2016-17 Annual Catalogue

Yippee, the new Annual Catalogue starts today, and there's so much to love! I'll be sharing some of my favorites with you over the coming days.  I'll start with the new in-colours!

Check out the Catalogue here and let me know what *you* love!