Monday, May 30, 2011

SOS - #1 - Ribbon Rewind

Hi Everybody!

 I am sooo excited to show you all my latest entry for a challenge that I have even stayed up a little later then usual just to finish it and post on my blog.  The Challenge Blog site - Shopping Our Stash has their first challenge going which is to use either our oldest ribbon, use the colour that we have the most of or using a new technique that we don't usually do.

Well I went through my stash - all four places........

My Ribbon Jar.....
My Kaszazz Ribbon rolls and a mixed bag of ribbons that won't fit into my jar......

And finally I went to my ribbon box which usually houses my most precious ribbons - the ones that Charlotte knows she is not allowed to touch! Fortunately for her I had already caught her brother earlier today pulling each ribbon out one by one and having such great fun. Argh kids! Got to love them!

Anyway, I decided to go with my oldest ribbon - back in my high school days (dare I say over 20years ago now) I was very fond of wearing tartan or check ribbons in my ponytail! So now I have an abundance of these ribbons left over. I found a great pink & white check ribbon  that would be perfect for one of those twisted flowers that seem to be the thing at the moment.

Creating a flower to make.......

I can't believe how nervous I was in regard to trying the flower - it really is so simple to do and a little bit contagious once I knew what I was doing. I went on to make two more.

The final flower was made from velvet ribbon. It feels so cool to touch!
Do I get extra credit for recycling ribbon too???? The green crinkle tissue ribbon that I used for the leaves was originally on a bunch of flowers that were given to my MIL - she then re-cycled it as a ribbon and bow on a present that she gave me - I made an engagement card for my 3rd BIL with it and used the final scrap on this card tonight.

I had so much fun playing along in this challenge from the Shopping Our Stash ladies. Definately worth popping by their blog and checking it out - I have a link on my right side bar if you want to visit have a look for yourself. I can't wait to see what they come up with for Challenge #2!


Kaszazz Distress Ink Price Reduction!


We (Kaszazz) are pleased to announce that we have been able to reduce the price on our Ranger Distress Inks!

Distress Inkpads was $11.95 now $7.95!

Distress Ink Refills was $9.50 now $6.50!

To order any of these products or any other Kaszazz products, send me an email or contact me on 0427 534 917.


SM - Life's a Beach Challenge

HI Everybody!

This week's challenge over at Scrappy Mom's was to create a project using the Life's A Beach Cricut Cartridge. I just love this cart and can't wait to get my beach photos of Easter printed so I can scrap them. In the meantine, I made this Lighthouse card. I have a lot of male birthday's coming up soon - so I am happy to have at least one made and ready to go.

Not a lot of Kaszazz to report here - just the button, bazzill scraps and the brown distress ink. The twine and sentiment are from SU and the Kraft Card & Envelope are from my stash.


PS - Annmaree - this week's signature is just for you! LOL

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Cancer Council's - Biggest Morning Tea!

I had always supported the Cancer Council with their many fundraising ventures each year, such as by selling Daffodil Day or Pink Ribbon Day merchandise and also by holding a Morning tea for my Kaszazz customers.

However, it was fours years ago now that I was on the other end of all this fundraising!
My Father In Law had been diagonsed with Terminal Cancer and eventually lost his fight three years ago. The support we received as a family from The Cancer Council was fantastic. Their counselling service in particular helped me immensly. goal this year is to raise $500 to help other families touched by Cancer!

Please help me to raise this amount by clicking on the Australia's Biggest Morning Tea picture under my blog title and donate on my official Biggest Morning Tea page.

For every person that donates to help me personally reach this goal  - I will email you the instructions of my goregous Hoo's Hoo Mini Album (which is not yet published)!
So be amongst the handful of people to make one for yourself before it goes online on the  Kaszazz Website.

Simply make a donation on my official page or by cash to me and either contact me at with your email address or leave your details in a comment below.

Thank you for all your support!

Friday, May 27, 2011

MCS - Shaped Card Challenge

Hi Everybody!

I love it when you need to make a card and you can work it into a challenge! This time My Craft Spot is having a Shaped Card Challenge and I needed a card to send to my Mum who is currently in Hospital.

This was a first for me - usually I make rectangle cards with the occasional square one thrown in here or there. So looking through my Cricut Cartridges - I stumbled across Wild Card which featured a beautiful scallop circle card. I don't quite know if this is cheating because it was just a matter of loading some paper and pressing a button - but it is still the very first shaped card I have made!

I am really happy with how it turned out. I am sure Mum is going to love it - as she has a thing for Owls! In real life the Big Al's eyes aren't so deep green they are actually the same pale green colour as the owl pattern paper. I used my Top Boss pad to watermark the vine stamp on the front as well as on the inside cover.

Materials used are:
Cricut Cartridge - Wildcard
4329KI Vine Stamp
4335KC Oliver Owl Stamp
4419KH Big Al Stamp
1061 SB Essentials 12x12 - Straw ???? I think this is the right colour
10500 Embossing Pad - Top Boss - Clear
Pink Ric Rac - Retired from Kaszazz
Pre-embossed pink Cardstock & Owl paper from stash


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Monkey Challenge #57: They Say It's Your Birthday!

Hello Everybody!

I really struggled with putting this card together for the A La Card Monkey Challenge - despite having a sketch and brief (see below) and not to mention some fantatic samples from the DT team and the other challenge entries to look at - it took me nearly all day long.

Anyway, this card was far from what I had imagined in my head and is probably the most girly girl card I have ever made. Once again the photo doesn't do it justice as it is a very textured card with the distress edges and the white mat on the background being crumbled.

Materials used are:
4400 SB Bazzill Basics 12x12 - Petunia
4399 SB Bazzill Basics 12x12 - Romance
4925 SB Essentials 12x12 - White
4374 Sticky Bling - Flourish
1655 - Sticky Bling - Fancy Flourish
1612 - Ribbon 25m - 1/4" Organdy - Pink
71053 ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad - Berrylicious
Make A Wish Stamp - Retired from Crafty Kids
Kraft Card & Envelope from my stash

I know I have made this as a birthday card and I think it would be suitable for any little girl in that instance - but to be honest I am actually thinking of giving it to Charlotte when she completes her Confirmation in a few weeks.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cricut Requests

Hi Everybody!

I started to get back into crafting mode yesterday with sitting down and using my circut to make the few things that various family members had requested and I just hadn't gotten around too. My excuse is that I had been waiting for my new mats to arrive and boy did they make a difference.

My Baby BIL is getting married in October and he and his fiance are currently organising the wedding stationery. They are both super country and are hoping to use a cow or two on them - so I cut some sample cows out from the Animal Kingdom cartridge starting from 1" right up to 5 1/2". This was interesting as I had never done this before and it was a great insight into the actual sizing.

Secondly, my very good friend Pinkie asked me to make a Buzz for her grandson's birthday in June. So I did a few different cuts from the Toy Story Cartridge. As much as I just adore this life likeness of this cartridge - I would never ever attempt to make a smaller full body version of any of the characters, as there are just far too many pieces.

And whilst I was on a roll, I made a groovy pair of sparkly sunnies for my baby sister to put in her care package - but in my eagerness to post it - I forgot to take a photo.


Monday, May 23, 2011

Today's Biggest Morning Tea @ Playgroup!

Hi All!

Not a lot of crafting has been happening in our house of late - as I have been really busy getting ready for The Biggest Morning Tea that I ran in conjunction with our Playgroup today!

Everybody that attended said they had a great Morning Tea Session including the few local community members that were also having a morning meeting at the same time as our playgroup and who were quickly invited to join in as well.

We raised a total of $30.00 for The Cancer Council.
I also sold three cards - with $1 from each going to the cause!

These were the yummy Butterfly cakes I made for the day!
They are filled with Mock cream and raspberry jam!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bird House Card

Hi All! Sorry I have been very laspe of late - the cold/snotty nose thing is still happening in our household.

Anway, I was inspired by a card I found here ! I have changed the card size though and made a few modifications - but the idea is still there.

I am really happy with how this card turned out. Mind you in real life the card has more depth and density of colour. The "Thread" in the ribbon is actually a very thin piece of oatmeal paper.

Materials used are:
9750 Card Pack - Neutrals A5 216gsm (30) - Asst. - Kraft & Oatmeal
4077KM Script Background Stamp
1384LI Birdhouse Stamp
TIM19534 Distress Inkpad - Walnut Stain
72084 Ancient Page Inkpad - Chocolate
4542 Aquacolor Crayons (48)
2920 Embellishment - Buttons (108) - Earth Tones
Brown Check ribbon - retired from Kaszazz


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Look what I got in the mail yesterday....

Hi All!
Our household has been plauged by a horrible chesty cold and as usual the kids are over the worst - but I am now coming down with it.  So you can imagine my surprise when I went to the mailbox yesterday and found this waiting for me.

It was a gorgeous card filled with some lovely surprises of stamped images and butterfly & dragonfly die cuts. It managed to put a huge smile on my miserable face. So a very big huge massive thankyou to my dear blogger pal - Annemaree. She is just the sweetest!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I've done it again.....

Hi All!
Well I have managed to do it again - I was putting my latest Challenge card into a plastic slip to sell and ended up adding some rhinestones to complete the card. I can't believe I didn't do this in the first place - it looks so much better now and not to mention still all Kaszazz!

I do have a question to ask you all - how much do people sell their handmade cards for??? Do I mark each card with an individual price or do I just put one uniform price on them all and then if I sell a simpler one it well then outway the fact that another card might have a lot more time, embellishments etc?

The reason I am asking is that I am running a Biggest Morning Tea this coming Monday at Playgroup and I was going to take a basket of my cards down and offer that I will personally donate $1 from the sale of each card to the cause.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

My Craft Spot - Bling It Up Challenge

Me Again!

Just a quick post to show you all my entry for the My Craft Spot - Bling It Up Challenge!
The Administration Lady from Charlotte's school saw the ones I had made for the Mother's Day stall and commented that she would love a frog one. Still unable to get the smaller acrylic frame, I settled on the next size up which gives me a room to put a single strip of post it note on as well as the normal pad.  All the materials came out of scraps. I think I have the "Blingy" aspects well covered - I have used Bazzill Bling for the backgroud and frog, pink glittered covered paper for the cheeks and finally 6 rhinestones for that little bit extra. I am certain it's new owner is going to love this.

I also finally found my Kelly's Creation stamp that my lovely son had decided to take and pull apart in the Toy room. So the above froggie with my label is on the back!


SV - Animal Applause Challenge - Any Creature Associated with a Cocoon

Hi All,

Hope you have all been having a good weekend so far! I have been busily creating inbetween folding the washing. A happy medium! LOL.
Anyway, my latest creation is for the Stamping Vacation - Animal Appluase Challange - Any Creature Associated with a Cocoon. I choose to go with a Butterfly! I also added a little extra twist to the challenge by using only Kaszazz products, since I have been so lapse of late.

Materials Used are:
4929 Card Essentials - A5 216gsm (30) - Black
9127 Card Pack - A5 250gsm (100) - White
1335 SB Essentials Bling 12x12 - Orchid
9951 SB Vellum 12x12 112gsm (10)
4326KM Doodle Design Flowers Un-Cut Set (6) Stamp
TIM19541 - Distress Inkpad - Black Soot
1633 - Ribbon 25m - 1/8" Organdy - Magenta
4854 - Punch - Super - Butterfly
4016 - Ice Stickles 30ml

I am toying with the idea of turning this into a 3CE workshop and submitting it to Kaszazz. Let me know what you think!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Catch the Bug - Anything Goes May Challenge

Hi All - Post Number #3 today!

Something new for me - I printed a freebie digi from Bugaboo Stamps and coloured it in to make my card for the Catch The Bug - Anything Goes May Challenge.

For a Kaszazz consultant, I was pretty slack in using my own product. But the reality is that I have accumlated just so much since I started Scrapbooking, that I really should start using it up before I can justify being new stuff. Anyway there is a lot of Creative Memories and Stampin Up products and a little Kaszazz in the Oatmeal card, watercolour crayons and Rhinestones. Oh and don't forget the Bugaboo digi Image that I scored as a freebie some time ago.


A Missed Deadline!

Hi All! Me again with my 2nd Post for today, well yesterday!

I know I have mentioned before how I am a little Challenge obsessed (Yeah OK a LOT) with all these tabs open on my Internet Explorer with challenges calling out to me to be entered - anyway, yesterday I finished making my entry for the A La Card Monkey Challenge - Life's A Bed of Roses #55! I was so proud of myself, only to discover that Mr Blogger was down and I was unable to post my creation - in which time Mr Linky time out and announced that the competition was closed. Oh No!

But don't worry I am still going to share it with you all!
All products are current or retired Kaszazz products with the exception of the patterned pink paper and the journalling box on the inside of the card which was in my scrapbooking stuff left over from my days as a Creative Memories Consultant. The Cherry Blossoms were coloured in using Smooch and Ice Stickles.


Festive Friday

Hi All!
The one time I manage to get my cards made on time - blogger decides to have a spack attack. Thanks Mr Blogger!

Anyway, I made two very simple cards yesterday using some vintage card pictures from a Scrapbook magazine that I found at a local book fair a couple of weeks ago.

I had to really laugh, I was carefully cutting my images out from the book, only to look down and see Will watching me intently! How can I now tell him that he should never cut anything out of a book!
Anyway onto my two cards!

Both images were cut out and mounted on cardstock before being magic mounted on to the base card. Buttons and a bit of twine were also added. Very simple - but that is exactly what I was looking for!

So that now brings me to a whopping total of 34 Christmas Cards towards Shirley-Anne's 50 Christmas Cards by Dec 1 Challenge over on her blog - Stamping for Joy . I am just over 1/4 of the way to my goal of 120 in the same time frame.  Achievable at this stage too!
It's not to late to join up you know - perfect crafting weather is on its way!