Brand new Club KennyK for challenges!

KennyK Club

It’s here!  The new FB page for all the KennyK challenges!  If you love these digital and clear stamps, this is THE place to be … and if you’ve never really looked at them … get over to the shop and check them out!

CLICK HERE for the new FB group
CLICK HERE for the shop

How about I sweeten the deal a bit 😉  Head over to the shop and use the code MYFIRSTPURCHASE to receive 30% off!
PLUS, sign up to the newsletter, and receive a FREE digital stamp every single month!!!!
Yes … seriously 😀

So … why do I love these stamps so much?  Well they are fun to colour and I can always find just the right image for all types of peeps that I can’t find anywhere else (I was especially excited about the release of 2 gorgeous stamps for kids with disabilities ‘High Score‘ and ‘Ballet‘).  Cool dudes, curvy gals … teens … kids … retro … steampunk … critters … oh my!!!!

On the Club KennyK group, there will be challenges, which mean prizes!  Always plenty of inspiration from the DT, and we’ll all be popping by to introduce ourselves and show off our favourite cards using KennyK stamps 😀

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It’s my birthday … again!

My very clever husband, after many years experience, realised that I simply do not need more “stuff” for my birthday.  So he booked me into a wonderful thai cooking class, and I spent my birthday learning how to make green & red curries, soup, noodle dishes, spring rolls and more!  Incredibly tasty, clutter-free and thoughtful gift,and I’m pretty sure he’s angling to see some of my newfound skills on his dinner plate very soon 😉

thai cookingMy very clever sister made me a crochet hook roll (which she crocheted, of course), so now my lovely new bamboo hooks and all my existing hooks fit happily in one secure and portable caddy!  It even has my name on it … see … get it? *hee hee*

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And because it is my birthday in the USA today, I have decided to just stretch the celebrations out over a week!  And you know what that means?  Oh yes … a sale, dear Copic addicted friends!  The first to get the details are the awesome peeps on my email newsletter list, so if you’re not on it, get on over and sign up on the website home page HERE.  It’s happening all week, with some serious bargains on 4 of my favourite things … because there may or may not be the number 4 in my age.  Maybe.

Scrap It TV Season 7 premiere!

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I am beyond excited to announce that Season 7 of Scrap It TV will be airing next week.  You can see it on free to air television, 4ME (channels 64 & 74, it depends on your region).  You will be able to find free project sheets for most of my segments under the Project Sheets & Videos tab on my website (look for ‘Season 7’) after each show goes to air.

I look forward to seeing the episodes as much as everyone else, because I just do a few days of filming, then it’s in the hands of our producer and off to 4ME.  I have no idea which segment is going to be on, and love seeing segments by our other presenters!

Scrapbooking, cardmaking, home decor, hints, tips, tricks and projects … papercraft galore.  I really hope you enjoy it 🙂

Darkroom Door – the secret is out

Last week I was doing some top secret colouring … and all I could do was show little sneaky peeks.  BUT … today, I can reveal all!

Darkroom Door has released their new line art stamps.  These stamps were incredibly fun to colour, and there are plenty of ways that you can level up the colouring challenge!  They would also be brilliant for collage techniques, mixed media projects and more!

DDLA002_LineArtStamp_FlowerLady Flower Lady reduced

Flower Lady

DDLA004_LineArtStamp_CherryAppleLady Cherry Apple Lady reduced

Cherry Apple Lady

DDLA006_LineArtStamp_TropicalLady Tropical Lady reduced

Tropical Lady

DDLA005_LineArtStamp_StrawberryLady Strawberry Lady reduced

Strawberry Lady

DDLA003_LineArtStamp_CraftyLady Crafty Lady reduced

Crafty Lady

DDLA001_LineArtStamp_LeafyLady Leafy Lady reduced

Leafy Lady

This gorgeous range was drawn by Lucrecia de Silva, and my favourite to colour was a definately Leafy Lady!  There are links to the stamps in the Darkroom Door store below each set (just click the stamp name to be whisked to retail heaven!).  I will be putting up printables with all the Copic colours I used tomorrow, so tune in for that one!  Big thanks to Rachel Greig for letting me play with her new stamps, and I look forward to trying new colour combos on these beauties soon!

Video – Zombie Bookmark

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I have been trying to get this video done and uploaded for daaaaaays!  My poor computer is sick … I think it’s time for it to retire 😦  Ah well … at least I won’t have to worry about it coming back to life as a zombie computer *smooth segue, hey?*.  So … as I sat at my desk, with 2 pieces of scrap cardstock in front of me, and my new zombie stamp set groaning to be used … I decided to make it up as I went!

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Ingredients …
Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad
Distress Ink – Fired Brick
Dylusions Ink – Postbox Red
Distress Ink blending tool
Double sided tape
Acrylic block
Sweet Stamp Shop – Zombies
Fine scissors
Copic markers – W0, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, R20, R21, R22, R24, R30, 0
XPress It Blending Card
Red cardstock 6″ x 2″
White cardstock 5.75″ x 1.75″
Non-stick Craft Sheet

It took me about 25 minutes to make (including fussing about with the camera, so maybe less actual creating time).  You can find the Memento Ink, Copic markers, acrylic blocks and the Zombie stamp set by Sweet Stamp Shop in my online store HERE.

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Crafting for a Cause – Angel Gowns

11 June 2014

Last week, as I surfed around Facebook, a single page kept popping up in my newsfeed.  My friends had been tagging it, sharing it and commenting on it … someone even sent me a PM about it.  It was Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies who have Grown their Angel Wings … yes, it’s a quite a mouthful, that title … but it tells you exactly what they do.

You see … they were looking for seamstresses, knitters and crocheters to create tiny little outfits which will be donated to families who are grieving their angel baby, as well as NICU and SIDS babies.  I may not be much of a knitter, but I am pretty darn handy with a sewing machine and a crochet hook … so I signed up to help.

At the moment it is all consuming.  I am working on a particularly large crochet order, aiming for 100 keepsake pieces by the end of this week (and I’ve already posted 100!).  At this point I’d like to say … thank you Spotlight for your 40% off coupon … the timing couldn’t have been better!  I have also made some teeny tiny micro-premmie bonnet & booties sets.  They are smaller than you think.

This is a task which carries a large swag of emotions.  There is sadness for the families who are enduring such sorrow and loss.  There is satisfaction in every piece completed, knowing it will go to a family in need.  There is pride in seeing a community of crafters come together to help others.  There is despair in knowing how many pieces we need to make.  I have participated in a similar program with the FDAA (Folk & Decorative Artists Association of Australia), with their memory box program.  Sadly, I have seen first hand what it means to these families to receive something hand-made, just for them, during these dark times.  Seven years ago my best friend passed away, and her unborn baby passed the next day … that kind of grief can’t be imagined, it can’t be soothed, and it can’t be hurried.  But I will never forget how touched her husband and MIL were at receiving that handpainted memory box.  It wasn’t the best paint-job in the world, but it was painted with love, and gratefully & humbly received.  A little kindness and thoughtfullness goes a very, very long way.

And so … this is why I am now crocheting like a crazy lady.  I am also glad to have some computer skills that are helpful to Sarah, the amazing lady who coordinates this Australia-wide effort.

On the seamstress side of things, Angel Gowns also gratefully accepts donated wedding dresses.  These are deconstructed by hand, every piece cared for and collected, and they are turned into beautiful gowns & suits for angel baby girls and boys.  Many people donate their wedding or deb dress in memory of their own angel baby.  You can read more about the organisation on their website HERE.

If you are thinking that you’d like to do something to help … that would be amazing!  There is a page on the website where you can contact them about donating a gown, or supplies.  You can follow the Facebook page HERE and keep up with the latest news.  Sometimes there is an auction, with funds raised going toward postage costs and materials needed by the volunteers (like ribbon, thread, etc), and be assured that this not-for-profit organisation does not pay its organiser or volunteers.  We do it because we just want to help.  If you would like to volunteer, send them an email or a Facebook PM.  Don’t sew, knit or crochet?  No problem.  You can spread the word, let people know what this organisation is doing, make a donation of cash, a Spotlight gift card or things like ribbon, thread, crochet cottons.  There are lots of little ways that everyone can make a difference.

Hey, it’s-a me … Mario!

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I started this enormous, and complex quilt for my daughter last year … and never finished it.  So … as part of my drive to get the UFO’s finished this year, I’ve decided it’s time to get back into it.  Timing is perfect, as Miss K is at the movies this afternoon, so I shall wrangle 324 squares into a quilt panel during her absence!

There are 12 squares, 18″x18″ in this quilt, as well as sashing, border, binding and backing.  It’s going to be heavy and warm!  I have already finished 7 of the panels (HERE and HERE are some examples).  What will it look like when it’s done?  Oh … maybe a little something like THIS.

Looking back on the previous blog posts … I always seem to do this when I have a cold.  Whaddya know … Miss E shared her cold with me this week, and it’s smacked me upside the head today!  I guess I associate simple straight sewing with being too sick to concentrate on fussy stuff LOL