Susan's Saga

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

New Years Card


This week's Dare was to make a New Years Card, with a recipe of:
  • 2 printed papers,
  • A Die cut,
  • 3 brads or eyelets.
I used two patterend papers but their pattern is so light I am not sure it got picked up in the scan. The flowers were punched, as were the corners of the blue patterned paper, and the brads are in the centre of the flowers. The sentiment is computer generated as is the Happy 2007! I do wish all of you a happy New Year!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

A special tag for a special present


Tuesday's challenge on Daring Cardmaker's was:

"We'd like you to make:
a special tag for a special present
be it for Mum or Dad, for the Love of Your Life or even for your Best Friend in the Whole Wide World, this year make sure their present has a special finishing touch and join in with this week's midweek mayhem."

I made a tag for my Mother's present. I scanned a photo of a tree I know she will like into my computer, then ran it through the photo prgram to emboss it, then printed it out small, used layers and a heart punch that I shaped to suit my purposes after punching out, and the ribbon is fabric ribbon with loopy lacey edges.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Friendship Photo Card



I discovered the lovely Photo Cards from Creative Memories recently and just had to make one for my good friend for Christmas. Thanks to another friend Vanessa for making it possible for us to work shop today and get it done! The picture of the whole card is a little blurry - the quote says "Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store or under a tree, but in
the hearts of true friends." Cindy Lew
I included a better picture of the front cover for you to see how the embellishment is done.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Black & White Christmas card with a splash of colour


Another challenge answered!

Black and White Christmas cards with a splash of colour

This card was inspired by gum leaves of course - I thought the gum nuts looked kind of like Christmas bells. I used gold as my splash of colour.

Christmas Tags


"This week we'd like you to make 3 tags for your Christmas Presents using this list of words to help you; holly, gift, snowflake, ribbon, tree, silver" - that was one of the challenges on Daring Cardmakers last week, and I am just getting to it now. I chose silver and ribbon from the list and came up with these quick to make little cards. They are stamped and I used wooden silver stars to embellish them.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Stars and Stamping with a Twist



I have been playing with a new toy - a mouldable foam block that lets you use whatever image you have lifted from somewhere in your home, as a stamp! I heated it up with a hairdryer and then pressed it on to a doiley on one side, and flipped it over to press it into some woodwork on the other side, then stamped the backgrounds of these cards with it. The blue card has the wooden bg and the pink has the doiley bg. In real life, the bg images are more obvious. Now I have two more cards to send out to friends - thanks for the incentive!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Instead of making cards, I have been using every spare moment to finish a Hope album project for Christmas - my DSS Nathan is going to receive this album. I was so happy with the result! I sure hope DSS likes it too. There are two more albums to make for the other two 'kids' in 2007.


I also need to work on my own family album – I am just starting out with Creative Memories techniques and materials and the task before me is enormous as I am a compulsive phot-taker and have boxes of pics to sift through, but I think I will just take one little bit at a time – what I get done will be better than never doing anything, right?

Will be back making cards again soon, all you lovely people at Daring Card Makers!



















Saturday, November 25, 2006

Blush!


Thanks to all of you lovely people for leaving such wonderful comments on my blog! I was overwhelmed and delighted to receive your feedback. Being a member of the Daring Cardmaker's has been an amazing experience for me - it's lovely to have found you all! (I actually blushed with pleasure at reading all of your comments.)

I have been doodling another card in between all the other activities around here today. I am usually very slow at making my cards but am getting a little speedier. Sometimes I get an idea and everything just flows - other times it's painstaking work that takes DAYS! Kwim? The fast ones are few and far between. Anyway, I took inspiration from a biscuit tin I have all of my pens in for the broder of this one. It's my interpretation of their Victorian embellishment. I used copper, green and gold gel pens and a fine black felt pen to make the designs. The whole card is drawn work 'cept for the brads and paper/vellum/ribbon. It's a bit sparkly too - though there is NO embossing powder on this one :-)

Friday, November 24, 2006

Doodling


Thanks for the doodling challenge, ladies at Daring Cardmakers! I drew this pair of boots after I saw a stamp that I absolutely loved once, and couldn't buy the stamp. I used water colour pencils to shadethe doodled boots and then did doodles in the background too (the fence and grass and shadows etc). The flowers are stamped.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Sparkle Card!


OK - you ladies at Daring Cardmakers asked for Sparkle, and I think you've got it in this card! Talk about daring - all that gold embossing powder - I nearly set my kitchen alight using the toaster to 'cook' it! (Would that have counted alongside the coffee quirks I read about tonight?)
Anyway, here it is, in all its glory. I didn't do anything too technical. I used ordinary writing paper to print the words with Word Art, then jazzed them up with gel pens. I used embossing ink on the rest of the card, then gold embossing powder (did you notice??) Next I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment on white cardstock, enhanced it with gel pens, pinked it, pinked the edges of the main matt, then jazzed it all up with some ribbon and wooden painted stars. Out with the glue stick and voila - one Sparkle card. Thanks for the idea - I now have a total of ONE Christmas card for my box! Gotta start somewhere, right?

Monday, November 20, 2006

Thank you for your comments, Daring Card Makers!

It was wonderful to log in to my blog today and to find three lovely comments from new stamping friends! It's fun to be part of a new community of Daring Card Makers. Here is the link to the Daring Card Makers blog for anyone else interested in having a look: http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com/

I think I'll just travel on over and see what this week's dare is...

Sunday, November 19, 2006

New stamp maker


I went to a craft fair today and found this clever little sponge that takes on impressions you push it into. First you heat it, then you press it into something (like a brick wall or straw or a leaf) and it takes on that shape. Then you use it just like a stamp! When you are finished you just wash it out, reheat it and re-press - it takes on the new shape. And you can use both sides of it. It's called a 'make-a-stamp mouldable block form' and I got it from a lady who owns a scrap booking shop. Must go try it out - results to be posted later :-)
Meanwhile, here's a picture of my little dog Trixie playing Only Queen of the Old Back Yard Stump.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Hope, till tomorrow at least


Tomorrow I plan to make some more pages.

Hope so far...

Hope evermore

Hoping still

Continuing Hope

More Hope

Hope album


I'm part way through the album I am making for DS. The colours are nice - blues and 'cement' and a buttery yellow, mainly, with sprinklings of black. Once I make the 'hope' pages, I will start adding photographs. Most people probably do this as they go along, but not me. Maybe next time. I think this album is going to have quite an impact - "I Hope"! It seems like such a special thing to do for your children. I CASED nearly all of the layouts but they wound up not being exact copies :-)
Anyway, here are a couple of the pages so far.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

A card & a photo journalling window


I just made a card witha fish hook in it. I found a turtle stampe that was really calling to me to be used, and so I combined the stamp and the hook with some twine, and voila - a card for a man's birthday. I would have positioned the stamps a little differently and also tried to stamp more 'cleanly' if I had had time to recreate the card. How do people get such crisp, clear stamps every time, anyway?

I also had a wonderful experience learning that working with photos, telling a story and using my card making 'skills' is very satisfying - I always thought I would not be interested in photo journalling/scrap booking - but a friend has introduced me to this craft in a lovely way, and I think it is going to continue to be a part of my craft life! I am making a 'Hope' album for our son who recently married, and want to do 'Hope' albums for our other son and daughter. It is such an inspiring thing to do for someone, and so special. Will post some of the results another time when I have had a chance to scan some pages of the album I am working on.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Wedding Card


This week was a lot better craft-wise. Here is our DS's wedding card - it is a larger than average card. I found a special something to put inside too, about the Marriage Alter - it's a lovely bit of wisdom about how you have to put more into a marriage than you take out. A lady I just met in a Creative Memories class sent it to me - how wonderful and how timely!

I will post my creative memories page here once I work out how to scan it satisfactoriy - it is too big to fit on my scanner. The class was such an enjoyable experience, I'm going back for more. Real soon.

Till later.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Stamping and scrapping - Nil

I am working a lot this week so have had no time to do anything crafty - will have to be sure I include some fun time soon, or I will suffer withdrawal!!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Scrap Book Plans

OK. I have consulted with my friend and am about to start a scrap book for my first son. I have decided to do three scrap books, one for each child, and to have them ready for Christmas. It isn't as easy as it looks - I am now on the hunt for the right photos and thinking about how best to tell their stories. I have a lovely example of a Hope book that I want to try out for each of them. I have settled on which album to do first, the colours of that one, and some of the embellishments and photos, but still need to play some more. I want to stamp some of the pages as well, of course. I always take ages to think about how best to do things. Projects seem to have to percolate in the back of my mind for awhile till they can become 'real'. Will post some of the results as it goes along though :-)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Scrap booking tomorrow!

Tomorrow I get to try scrap booking with a friend who has been scrap booking for years. She is going to help me put together a gift for our DS who is getting married in less than 3 weeks. I have been gathering old photos of him today to see what we can come up with. I plan to make an album to give them too - for the wedding photos. Will post up the results when I have played for awhile. It's been a busy week as we have our church camp on at the moment. It's a lot of fun and a lot of work! Maybe there will be a scrap booking project that comes out of that as well..hmmm...stamping and scrap booking do go together pretty well, don't they? Must make a birthday card for an Aunt tomorrow too. More later.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Red Hat Day



Today was a lot of fun - a bunch of us got together to welcome one of our friends to the Red Hat Society! It was a fun day. I made a card for her that I have posted for you to see. We all dressed for the occasion, with four Red Hat Ladies being present and about another 10 Pink Hat Ladies also coming along to enjoy the day. I've posted a picture of my own Red Hat look for today.
Have any of you ever taken part in a Red Hat Society event? We are not a registered chapter, but it looks easy to become one! If you want to know more about the Red Hat Society, click on this link:
http://www.redhatsociety.com/

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Director's Special


Well, I made the card for the Director - that's it with the suns on it - and most people seemed to like it. I hope the Director did. I really liked the poem and have my wonderful friend Carla to thank for that. I used the 10 Minute Collage Technique for the stamped images and wound up with some interesting bits and pieces I will be able to make into other future projects. You can see how to do a 10 Minute Collage here - thanks to a lady named Trish Bayley:

http://www.stampingnetwork.com/2005/10minutecollage.htm

I will definitely use the collage technique again, especially when I have more choice in the stamps I can use. My collection is a bit limited at the moment. Maybe alphabet letters would be one way to go in future? With a couple of other small/medium/large stamps? Must try that - hmmmm!

Other news: there is a scrap booking workshop being held in my town at the end of September! I so want to go. I hope I can. I am sure the scrap booking techniques can be used in card making. And I have a special reason for wanting to do some scrap booking - our son's wedding is coming up in October, and I sure do want to make a special album for that. One for him and his new wife, and one for us. Must find a way to go! I'll tell you about it after I do :-)

Monday, August 21, 2006

DH's 50th


I finally got my DH's card finished, in spaces when he wasn;t around to watch! He does know I will make him a card but this time he has no idea what it will look like - I borrowed the stamp I used so he won't have a clue! I made it big enough for everyone who is coming out to dinner with us tomorrow night to sign. It should be a nice keepsake for him. WHen I think back to a decade ago when he turned 40, that was one thing I would have liked to have had - a memento of who was there that night. So this decade, we have one! He LOVES to fish, so I thought this might be appropiate for him. It was fun to make the fish shine with a silver gel pen.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Waterfalls


After reading some of the recent blogs added to the SCS blog site, I remembered that I have a picture of Millaa Millaa Falls and that some of you might like to see that. So here is a picture of the falls. I would like to put in a short video, but I don't know if this site could handle that! Besides, it might make the page soooo slow to load.

I am going to be making a card sometime in the next couple of days for our Director who is leaving us to take up a job in Singapore. It is for everyone at work to sign, so it has to be a nice one. I have no idea what to do yet. Any ideas for making a 'goodbye-and-thanks-for-everything-and-we-wish-you-well-in-the-future' card??

Friday, August 11, 2006

Wow! It's been about a month since I posted!




How does time slip away so quickly? I knew I had been busy but not that I had been too busy to blog for a whole month. My work is demanding - have been travelling a lot, but have found a few moments to make one or two cards. We had a graduation ceremony for our students and I made 25 photo holders in one evening - they were pretty simple but I thought they looked effective. I just used angel wire on cardstock and some ribbon and paper flowers with brads for the women. For the men, I substituted a swirl clip for the flower. Each holder turned out slightly differently, and the students can put their grad photos under the corner ribbons and then frame them.

Another thing I did was make an Aussie card for a friend in Canada who has been ill. I got to play with water colours again - the more I use water colours the better I like them. Another stamping friend I have in another State was selling some stamping magazines which I bought, and one of them had some great water colouring tips, so I plan to do more water colouring projects in the near future.

Then it was my DD's 20th birthday and I made her a card in some of her favourite colours. I found some oval punched cardstock and a friend had sent me the cute little cupcake embellishment, and I found out that my DD loved the bg paper I decided to use, which was a great coup. She and I do have quite different taste in many things so I have to pay close attention to clues like that! She liked the card. I found this lovely saying to put inside too -

“There are many things in life that will catch your eye,
but only a few will catch your heart…
pursue those.”

Anonymous

She liked the saying probably more than she liked the actual card!
Now I think I will stop and see how this post is going to look on the blog...