Monday, June 25, 2012

The Day I Met Tim Holtz!

Being a Kaszazz consultant has many rewards. Sometimes those rewards come in the form of income and product. We receive lots of information and advice on how to run successful businesses and Kaszazz provide support for all their consultants, regardless of monthly sales. We have access to all Kaszazz projects, so being a consultant doesn't mean you have to be creative!

All these things make being a consultant a worthwhile and wonderful experience. But then, even Kaszazz out-do themselves!

Over the weekend I had the opportunity as a Kaszazz consultant to not just meet, but also be taught by the man most cardmakers and stampers would consider to be the guru! Apart from his extraordinary vision when it comes to stamping, Tim Holtz has been instrumental in bringing forth new products and ideas for the stamper and cardmaker. He's a 'stamper's stamper'! Meeting him has definitely been the highlight of my crafty career!

If you haven't 'met' Tim Holtz yet, why not introduce yourself to his fabulous line of Distress products - I defy you not to fall in love with him!

Friday, April 27, 2012

25 Things To Do In Your Craft Room On A Rainy Day

Melbourne's recent rainy weather has got me thinking. Surely there are heaps of things to keep us occupied in our craft rooms when it's wet outside. So, on this rainy day, I set about making this list to encourage you to get crafty!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kaszazz Creative Club

Have you joined the Kaszazz Creative Club yet?
If you haven't, you're missing out!
And right now is the perfect time to join!
Not only is it FREE to join, but if you join before the end of May, Kaszazz will send you a $20 gift voucher for nothing!
So, what are you waiting for? Join now!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Liebster Blog Award!

What an honour and amazing surprise!

Fellow blogger and follower of Kaszazz with Tanya, Arnoldo of A.L. Romero Art and Design, has given me the Liebster Blog Award!

I must admit to feeling a little awed and would like to thank Arnoldo for the award and for following my blog! Arnoldo has always left such positive and lovely comments on my work. I encourage you to check out his blog as well - you're bound to find something you love there! Arnoldo is a wonderful artist, cardmaker and creative writer!

The Liebster Blog Award is awarded to show appreciation of smaller blogs (under 200 followers) and to help with readership. As part of the tradition, the award is to be passed along to five other blogs that have motivated and inspired me.

To accept the Award you must:
1. Thank your Leibster Award sender on your Blog;
2. Link back to your sender on your Blog;
3. Copy and paste your Leibster onto your Blog;
4. Present the Leibster Award to 5 other Blogs with 200 or less Followers that you feel deserves some attention and recognition for awesome stuff;
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving them a comment on their Blog.

So, now it's my turn to do what Arnoldo and many others before him have done, and pick the five blogs I'd like to give this award to. If you can visit their blogs, I'm sure they'd be grateful, and you'll gain some valuable knowledge and ideas!

1. Ink's Scrapping Spot by my good friend, Ingrid. Ingrid is a Creative Memories Consultant and enjoys both traditional and digital scrapbooking. Ingrid also enjoys a bit of cardmaking. You can find a good mix of all three, plus more on her blog.

2. Stamp Scrap Embellish by fellow Kaszazz consultant, Debbie. Deb is a kind and giving person (and my Kaszazz Team Leader). On her blog, she shares her artistic flair through off the page projects, cards, scrapbook layouts and much more! She is a constant source of inspiration to me!

3. Danielle's Kaszazz Blog by consultant, Danielle. Danielle's blog features up-to-date information on what's going on with Kaszazz, and has the added bonus of videos, made by Danielle using a wide variety of Kaszazz products!

4. 5 Cheeky Monkeys by Maria. I've just found Maria's blog, but she has an interesting collection of all things crafty!

5. Dancing in the Puddles by Card Crazy. This blog has great inspiration and lots of card making ideas!

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Couch Stamped With His Name On It

My apologies! This week I was meant to be bringing you some Distress Stain tips, as suggested, and then promised by me on my Facebook Page, but unfortunately I've been too busy this week!

To make it up to you, I'm re-posting an article written by John Gladden that a friend posted on her blog. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

A couch stamped with his name on it

I am worried about my wife. More so than usual, I mean. Let me tell you, spending a few cold nights on the couch gives a guy plenty of time to think. It's during those times I've learned many valuable lessons about life. For example, never, ever discuss your wife's hairstyle, cooking, driving or housekeeping in the newspaper.

Sure, it may seem hilarious at the time, but in the end, telling several thousand readers about the time the pizza exploded on the kitchen ceiling can be very bad for your back. Just a little hard-earned advice for those of you considering starting a newspaper column of your own.

But this time, it's a matter so serious I can remain silent no longer. I think she may be involved in a cult. The clues are everywhere. Late at night, when I'm lying half awake in bed and our children are snuffling softly in their dreams down the hall, I can hear her downstairs, engaged in some sort of peculiar ritual. "THUMP! Tap, tap, tap. THUMP!" Over and over.

I slip out of the covers and creep to the top of the stairs, expertly avoiding the squeaky floorboards that comprise our home security system. I used to do this when I was little, I think to myself, as I sprawl on my belly on the landing and peer through the balusters. This is how I used to watch "Saturday Night Live" when I was 10. And I see her, hunched over her desk in the parlor of our old house.

The room is dark, except for the blazing desk lamp. She takes a little block of wood in one hand, taps it on some sort of ink pad, and thumps it down on a piece of paper. "THUMP! Tap, tap, tap. THUMP!" Then she holds up the paper, looks at it with an expression of satisfaction, and pulls out a device I can only call a "chooker."

She takes the paper, which is folded like a greeting card, slides it into the chooker and squeezes hard. "Chooka, chooka, chooka." When she removes the card from the jaws of the chooker, it leaves behind strange and intricate symbols. I told you this was weird. 

But wait! There's more. On some evenings and Saturday mornings, she's been going off to what she eagerly refers to as "Stamp Parties." She marks them on the calendar far in advance.

As near as I can figure, "stamp" stands for "Spending Time And Money Prodigiously." She comes back all aglow -- and it's not from the anticipation of arriving home to the waiting arms of her one true love (that would be me) and her cherubic little children. No, no, no. She comes waltzing into the house, flush with excitement, a stack of greeting cards in her ink-stained hands and a yellow order form for about $50 in new stamping merchandise.

"These are beautiful, dear," I say, sincerely, as she shows me the cards. "But you are aware we can buy greeting cards at the store for about $2.95 each, $5.49 in Canada?" She looks at me sweetly but amusingly, the way she looks at our 4-year-old when he dribbles purple Kool-Aid down his chin. 

Near as I can tell, the members of the group -- which seems to be comprised exclusively of women -- keep in close contact through an ingenious network of postcards. These are mailed out every couple of weeks, apprising each stamper of the time, date and location of the next gathering. 

They take turns assembling in one another's homes, where they first listen to some kind of stamping message. There is a great deal of praise, testimony and evangelizing. Excitement builds. A sacred book, dog-eared with study and hard use, is passed around the room. They are mesmerized by its glossy pages.

When the fervor has reached its climax, the leader takes up the collection. Credit cards, cash and checkbooks are whipped out with a fury that would make any man tremble in fear. Afterward, they linger a while, chatting over cookies and coffee - so they could very well be Methodists. I'm not sure. Always, they discuss how to reach potential new members with the message of stamping.

Sure, there have been other groups that have tempted my wife over the years -- the Scrapbookers, the Kitchen Gadgeteers, the Basketites and the Candleans -- but nothing like this. We go visit friends under the pretense of having dinner and spending time together. As soon as the children run off to play and the men get engrossed in a conversation about "The Simpsons" or the benefits of double-insulated windows, the woman of the house turns to my wife and says, "I have your stamp order for you!" They exchange knowing smiles and slip quietly out of the room. 

This "order" will become part of the steady array of hardware my wife keeps hauling home and storing in the laundry room. She knows I never set foot in there. Though some of it I've seen on her desk when I'm rifling through it for coffee money in the morning before work. I've seen sparkly stuff, cutters, rollers, punches, and, for the love of heaven, a heat gun! 

I plan to keep this under investigation, for the good of my wife and family. And I'm thinking from my vantage point on the couch tonight, I should be able to get a really clear view of the chooker in action. I'll let you know.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Enamel Accents

While today's card is similar in so many ways to the previous cards this week (Brown Sugar, punched flowers, stamped sentiment and patterned paper), I wanted to focus on Enamel Accents. The similarities on the cards this week all go to show how you can create different cards with just a few supplies. With a good range of sentiment stamps, a couple of punches, some paper and card bases, you can do quite a few cards!

Onto Enamel Accents! So far, I don't think I've used the Enamel Accents to it's full potential! Having said that, it is still one of my favourite products at the moment! I love the effect it gives when used to decorate flowers, and to doodle on projects. It's easy to use, and the white is a lovely bright white! I think on some projects it could replace your white gel pen! The black too, is lovely and vibrant. The glossy finish really gives a professional look - all while being safe to use with your projects! If you haven't used Enamel Accents yet, I encourage you to give it a go!

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Okay, okay, I admit it! I am in love with the Crop-A-Dile! It's not my fault though, I swear! It's not my fault that it's so easy to use, or that it's so lovely and quiet, or that it will punch two different sized holes, and set eyelets (all without hammering, banging and waking my husband up when I'm up crafting late at night)! It can punch through a huge range of materials including paper, chipboard, cardboard and heaps of other stuff that I haven't even tried yet! Yes, the Crop-A-Dile is a must-have!

Have you noticed a little trend this week? Yes, the Brown Sugar A5 card! And of course, it makes another appearance in today's project - a Thinking of You card. Again, I've used the Jumbo and Small Flower Punches, and some Lily May (1694) paper. The stems of the flowers are stamped in ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan (71003) using one of the stamps from the Stitched Borders Uncut Set (4117KM). For the centre of the flowers, I've used some White Enamel Accents (GAC27355). Another product I just can't seem to get enough of at the moment!

But now onto the Crop-A-Dile! Down both sides of the Lily May piece of paper, I punched holes spaced evenly apart. Well, as evenly as I could! I set the Crop-A-Dile so it punched a certain way in on every punch, and did this on both sides, making sure that the holes went in a zig zag pattern. Then, I threaded some ribbon through going first down one way, then back up the other to create the pattern you see here. A little bow up the top finishes the card off, and gives it a feminine touch. For added interest, I could've attached eyelets to the holes after I'd punched them, but liked the rougher look of just the holes!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Journal Pockets

Can I admit that when I first laid eyes on the Journal Pockets (5223), I was hooked? They are designed to fit in the 120x170mm Journal (5222), but the cardmaker in me could see the possibilities as envelopes, and I loved the idea! They have a cute little closure on the back which make them just adorable!

For today's project, I created a 'Thinking of You' card for one of my customers. I used the Journal Pocket as the envelope. The card base is made from an A5 piece of Brown Sugar (which I had to cut down to fit in the envelope). I used Jordan Belle (1695) paper for the front, and a piece of Vanilla (1060) cardstock for the stamped sentiment. The flowers were punched (using the Jumbo [4847] and Small 4841] flower punches) from scrap bits of paper I had in my stash.

The edges of the card base, layers, and the Journal Pocket envelope were brushed on using the Adirondack Paint Dabber in Mushroom (AED22602).

The Journal Pockets make great little envelopes when you want to give your card that little something extra. Stamp on the front, or attached a punched image as I've done here. The customer who received this card in the mail was delighted! Her family thought it must've been a wedding invitation because the envelope was so fancy!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


A happy Valentine's Day to you! To celebrate the day, I thought a love themed card was in order! This simple card isn't specific to Valentine's Day however. With only LOVE as the sentiment, it could easily be used as a wedding card, an anniversary card, or for anything else you can think of.

Following on from yesterday's post showcasing the new January release, today's card uses Distress Stain and some of the new papers, specifically Bygone Era (5224), which has to be one of my favourites! Here, I've used both sides of the paper. The middle scalloped strip, and the sentiment piece were punched using Vanilla cardstock, then tinted using Old Paper Distress Stain (TDW31093). The Distress Stain makes the Vanilla cardstock look a little more antique than it actually is, without changing the colour too much.

I hope you like today's card, and enjoy your day, whatever you may be doing!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Jungle Jewels Card

It's been a month since my last post here! A lot has happened in a month! Undoubtedly the most exciting was the release of our new January products! I love it when Kaszazz release their new products! It's like Christmas three times a year (well, four if you actually include Christmas)! Each time new products are released, my wishlist doubles in size! Despite the blog being so quite over the last month, I've been busy playing with some of the amazing new products, so this week, I want to share my little projects with you! Each day, I'll post a project that has used one of the newly released products. I hope you enjoy looking over what I've created as much as I've enjoyed creating them!

The first project I want to share with you, is this masculine birthday card. 


On this card, I've used the new paper, Jungle Jewels (5230). The card base is Brown Sugar (1098), which is now available in packs of A5. From the moment I first got my hands on Brown Sugar, I loved it. The A5 pack has taken my love affair to a new level! Along with White, Black and Vanilla (which has also been released in A5 - yay!), I would consider Brown Sugar to be a staple for all cardmakers! It seems to go with just about everything, and is perfect for masculine cards like this one!

The A5 Brown Sugar was folded in half, with the two longer edges touching. Jungle Jewels was cut to fit the front of the card, with a small border showing, and the edges were Distressed using Forest Moss Distress Ink (TIM2133) and an Ink Blending Tool (IBT23616). Chocolate (1058) cardstock was then Punched using the Border Scallop (1357), and attached to the card. The sentiment is stamped on a scrap piece of Bazzill I had in my stash, and then I added a brad to the side. This piece was also Distressed with Forest Moss.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Shiny Chipboard

Following on from yesterday's post, I wanted to show you my altered chipboard word.

I chose 'adore' because to me, it fit with the Romance theme, and it fit the photo for my layout.

I coloured my chipboard word with Smooch (in Carrot). Wait for it to dry, then applied Glossy Accents over the top in a thick layer. The Smooch adds a little shimmer, and the Glossy Accounts finishes the chipboard so it's shiny and looks like it was store bought.

To keep the chipboard still while I Smooched and Glossed, I adhered it to my work mat. I only removed it after it was completely dry. Adhering it to my work mat also meant I could move the whole mat out of my way so I could keep working without worrying about smudging my drying artwork!

How do you alter chipboard?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Romance Challenge

I love this time of year. Everything seems fresh and new. People plan for the year ahead and are excited about what the new year holds for them.

I'm excited about the Team Training Days (TTD's) being held this weekend. Kaszazz release new products three times a year - January, May and September. The new products released in January just add to the beginning of the year excitement for me. The TTD's are where consultants get to view and play with the new products before they're released on Monday - it's so much fun!

Before each TTD, Kaszazz put out a bit of a challenge. This time round, the challenge was to create something with a Romance theme that features at least one photo that is not standard size (6x4). Of course, we are only allowed to use current Kaszazz products.

Usually I get an idea for the challenge, but am still working on it the day before TTD. This time has only one exception - I didn't get an idea straight away! If the challenge didn't include a photo, I might have done a little better with my idea. I'm a better cardmaker than I am a scrapbooker (or at least in my own mind).

Yesterday I was reminded of the challenge, and with only two days before TTD, I knew I had only two choices: 1. Not enter the challenge, and miss out on the fun of creating something from scratch, with guidelines; 2. Get an idea, and get working on it! I decided to go for option 2! Having a challenge is great as it allows (or maybe forces) you to think differently. I love this process! It's like exercising your creativity!

Unlike so many scrapbookers, I don't take a lot of photos. This is where I usually run into problems when creating layouts. As it turned out, I happened to have some photos of my nieces on my desk that they'd sent us for Christmas. Double bonus! The photos are great, and I've been after them for a while, so this solved my first issue of a photo. Second issue - which photo do I use and can I use it for a Romance theme? I got out my cardstock and paper, and tried each photo on paper and cardstock I thought would work, before narrowing it down to one photo and a few colours.

My next obstacle was how to make the layout fit into the Romance theme. I decided that Romance can mean many things. It's not just limited to candle-lit dinners and twilight strolls in the park. Something (or in this case, someone) beautiful can also be romantic. Isn't that where we get our ideas of romance from in the first place? When we see something beautiful? In a person, in nature, in something someone said?

My layout is almost done now.  As I look at it, I'm happy with what I've done, but I know it needs something extra. That's just my creative process - sometimes I need to let my projects sit on my desk before I get an idea (the inspiration) that will finish it off (hopefully I get the idea before tomorrow)!

Tomorrow I want to share with you how I altered a chipboard word to match my project. In the meantime, I thought it'd be fun to extend this challenge to you! If you had the opportunity to participate in this challenge, what would you create? Leave me a comment below, or add a link to your own 'entry' for this challenge! What's your idea of Romance?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Wow! I can hardly believe we're already in 2012! The past few days I've been planning out the year as best I can and it's already looking like a busy year!

Thank you for following my posts in 2011 - it's been exciting starting a blog and I'm hoping to keep it going strong through 2012!

Here's wishing you a very crafty year!

Happy New Year!