A change in DT

They say that when one door closes another one opens.  This is one of those times whey “they” are right!  Just before Christmas I finished my term with the Tiddly Inks design team.  Oh my word … I seriously enjoyed my time on that DT.  Christy is just amazing, and I met so many lovely ladies.  But all good things must come to an end, and thus I bid farewell to the DT and wondered what I would do with my cardmaking time now?

Well … just after Christmas I received an email from Kenny K.  I was on the KKDT back in 2011, and sadly needed to step down for family reasons … but we kept in touch.  Well, suddenly I found myself invited to rejoin the Kenny K Krafty Krew, and accepted with enthusiasm (and did a happy dance in my office).

Kenny K's Krafty Krew header blue copy copy

Today the new KKDT was announced HERE, so I can finally spill the beans!  I’ve already created my first card using some gorgeous new release stamps (you can see sneak peeks on the website HERE), but you’ll have to wait just a couple more days to see them.

The other big news is that I am pretty much taking my video camera with me everywhere I craft.  This means lots of videos in 2015, including step by step tutorials, a peek into my creating process, and product reviews.  I hope my poor little computer is up to the challenge!

Swap Schedule 2015

Rather than make up the swap schedule as I go this year, I have taken inspiration from Darkroom Door (they do great ATC swaps, you can find details HERE), and have set down the whole year schedule in advance!

2015 Swap schedule proof

Please note … these swaps are for Australian residents only.  Return post for overseas swaps is expensive and difficult to organise.

You can download a PDF printable (just click HERE) which also has general swap rules & info.

This year things will run a little differently.
Swaps will be announced 4 weeks before the due date.  There will be a blog post with full details including:
* Measurements
* A link to the Pinterest inspiration board
* Other information pertinent to that particular swap

You will find details on this blog + Facebook + email newsletter.

To join … all you need to do is follow the instructions, and get your swap to me on time.  I will be swapping out within 1 week of the due date.  If your swap is late, I will hold it over until the next compatible swap.  I strongly recommend completing and posting as early as possible, in case of postal delays.  If you have posted your swap and would like to let me know, just send a PM via the FB page, or email me at enquiries@dawnlewis.com.au, and I will be happy to confirm it’s arrival.

If you are feeling super keen and want to complete swaps way ahead of time, please just plan them out, and wait for the official launch of information.  Some swaps require specific measurements, have unusual quantities, or special instructions.  If you are travelling and don’t want to miss out, or need the details in advance for any reason, please email me at enquiries@dawnlewis.com.au.

You do not have to participate in every swap.  Feel free to pick & choose the ones that appeal to you.

2015 Swap schedule & insructions printable proof

This is the printable, just click the above image for the PDF file.  A handy check-box is included to keep track of posted swaps.

Yes … you may enter more than once per swap.  I recommend sending separate envelopes for each entry, as it will cost less for postage.

A printable will be available for all swaps, including measurements, quantity required, unusual specifics, and a packing checklist.

Packing & Posting

PLEASE … only use the envelope size on the swap schedule for sending swaps.  C4 envelopes are highly preferable over C5.  They cost the same to post, but swap items can be flattened out better in a C4 envelope, so it costs less to post.  The same swap in a C5 envelope can cost almost triple to post because of the bulk.  Check the monthly announcements for envelope size recommendation.

POSTAGE … we have been getting away with adding 2 stamps to card swap envelopes, but the weight is often just over the mark, and technically they require 3 stamps.  If you wish to use 2 stamps, you risk being charged excess postage on its return.

Charity

I am still supplying cards to Ronald McDonald House and Westmead Childrens Hospital.  Huge thanks to BlanketLovez for distributing them to these organisations for me.  If you would like to donate a card or two, just pop them in with your swaps with a little note ‘donation.  Card suggestions include: Birthday, Thank You, Thinking of You, Congratulations.

This year I am also running a stamp drive for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc. to help us send training kits to new volunteers, as well as angel packs to families grieving the loss of a baby.  I am collecting the following items:
* 70c stamps (brand new, or un-postmarked)
* 500g & 3kg prepaid satchels
*Any stamps from mail that you may receive postmarked or un-postmarked

Postmarked stamps are for a local elderly gentleman with alzheimers who collects & sorts stamps for a charity he supports.
Non-postmarked stamps can be repurposed to send training kits.  If you work in an office and are happy to collect stamps for me, I would be super duper grateful 🙂

Huge thanks to all who participate in the fun … here’s to a fun year of swapping ahead!!!

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Sweet Stamp Shop – new goodies incoming!

Have you seen the gorgeous Sweet Stamp Shop planner sets?  Well … they have been incredibly popular, and rightly so!  I just got word that my last 2 Sweet orders have shipped, and all the goodies are up as pre-orders in the shop.  All pre-ordered sets that are purchased now, will be shipped the day the parcel arrives.  And, yes … I stalk my PO Box daily when waiting for sweet goodies 😀

So … how about a sneak peek of what’s coming?

Give Em Tacos Granny Panties Guac Love His and Hers Never Enough Plan Baby Plan to Clean Plan To Work Plan Women Planner Script Quilt Stitch Taco Bout It

Across The Miles

How fun are these stamps?????
Petite Sets are $5.75
Medium Sets are $9.45
Large sets are $15.85
Post anywhere within Australia starts at 75c for petite & medium sizes … yup, nice & thin and light!

Of course, I do have other sets in the shop, including some discontinued stamps 😉  Where is this mystical shop?  Right HERE for stamps!

Angel Gowns – my first transformation

This was the first wedding dress that I was given to transform for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc.  It was so beautiful that it made me nervous!  Then I felt a bit silly about being nervous … I mean … I’ve been sewing since I was 10 years old!  But there’s something about someone donating their wedding gown, and entrusting you with such a special dress, that brings with it a crazy range of emotions.  There’s the thrill of holding this beautiful dress, then the paralyzing fear that I might mess it up, then the mini motivational chat where I reminded myself that I’m pretty darn good with a sewing machine (I sew for a living, for goodness sake!), then the tiny nagging doubt that you can do it justice, and that terrifying moment when you rip that first seam as you take it apart.

Transformed by Dawn Lewis, donation Rhiannon Grant 33

But then something amazing happened.  This dress spoke to me.  The fabric told me which way it should go, and suddenly the way to embellish the tiny gowns I was making became crystal clear.  Before I knew it, and with a little help from my friend Sewing B, there were 31 tiny gowns cut from the dress, with lining left over to be used on wraps and other gowns.  Keeping with the beautiful and elegant simplicity of this wedding dress, I kept the angel gowns simple and elegant as well.

Transformed by Dawn Lewis, donation Rhiannon Grant 2

I desperately wanted to do nothing else but sew, but alas, work deadlines and family activities meant I could only do a little at a time.  All up it took 6 months to transform this dress, and at the end there was another mixed batch of emotions.  Delighted that I was finished so that this beautiful bride can see the transformation.  Proud to have finished this monumental task.  Sadness at the necessity of providing so very many angel gowns, and for the families who will use them.  Peacefulness that I can use my skills to help others.  You can view the full transformation on the Facebook page HERE.

Transformed by Dawn Lewis, donation Rhiannon Grant 29

I am honoured to be involved with this amazing organisation.  We have volunteers who help us with administrative tasks, seamstresses, knitters, crocheters, our keepsakes and deconstruction teams, Area Reps, State Managers and our wonderful Board members.  Then there are the incredible people who donate to us.  We are a non-profit organisation.  Nobody draws a wage for their services, and we do not charge for our angel packs.  Everything is made with care, donated without cost and sent with love to families grieving the loss of their baby, gone way too soon.

If anyone feels moved to help us in any way … well, there are so many ways to do so, big and small.  After being asked for suggestions for suitable donations, I’ve consulted with the Board and compiled a wish list.  We use a lot of white & cream and pastel colours, so things like thread, ribbon, lace and yarn are incredibly useful to our seamstresses.  For our two amazing HQ ladies, pre-paid post satchels help us get angel packs into hospitals and funeral services all over Australia.  Even the donation of a few stamps to the volunteer induction & mentoring team helps us sending training packs to our volunteers.

Donation wish list flyer

If you are a seamstress, knitter or crocheter and would like to help, it is so easy.  Just visit the website HERE, and click on ‘Become a Volunteer’ tab at the top.  There is also a tab for ‘Make a Donation’, and you can always contact me if you have any questions.

Tiddly Inks – Fabby Friday

Purrfectly sweet 1Last Fabby Friday my internet was sooooooooo slow that I wasn’t able to get this blog post written.  I suspect Miss E, on the iPad with YouTube!!!  I chose this gorgeous stamp, picked out my pattern paper, then went stash diving!

Purrfectly sweet 2

I used Copics to colour her.  BV90s for her hair, BG10’s for her clothes, and E50/E51/E53 for her skin, E50, E51 & E11 for the kitties.

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The stamp I used is Cat Love Fever from Tiddly Inks, you can find it HERE.
You can see the rest of the Design Team’s gorgeous creations HERE.

Tiddly Inks Challenge – Remembrance & Honour

It’s Tiddly Inks Challenge time again, and given that today is 11/11, the challenge is remembrance or honour.

Angel thanks 1

My card is in honour of the ladies who volunteer for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc.  These women do amazing work, against much adversity, through personal struggles, and all for families grieving the loss of their babies who have left this earth too soon.  My Angel sisters, I salute you.

Angel thanks 2

Copic colours include:
Skin: E50, E51, E53, R02
Hair: C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8
Shoes: Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28 & B0000, B000
Heart: 0, R83, B0000, B000
The dress has been paper pieced and shaded with Y23.
Greeting by Hero Arts, papers from one of my many paper stacks.
Edges inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink.
Stamp: Wryn – Close to my Heart, which you can find HERE.

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You can see the other amazing challenge pieces by the design team HERE.

Christmas Fundraiser

This is a fundraiser I’m coordinating for my dd’s school Special Education Unit.  These teachers do an absolutely incredible job teaching and caring for these kids, including one of mine.  Honestly … I’d be lost without them.

Flyer

This fundraiser is the most useful Christmas fundraiser EVER!  These tags are customised with your names in the ‘from’ section, to save you the time and mild sanity-breaking activity of writing out your family’s names over and over and over again when wrapping gifts.  Have I mentioned that these are proving quite popular with large families? LOL

If you would like to have some personalised Christmas gift-tags of your very own to use this Christmas, please email me at enquiries@dawnlewis.com.au with ‘CHRISTMAS TAGS’ in the subject line, and I will be happy to fill your order.  Payment will need to be direct debit or using the family/friends/gift option on Paypal (because we can’t have the unit losing their funds to Paypal fees).  If you want to risk cash in the post, I’ll take postal orders at PO Box 9387, Wyoming, NSW  2250 as well (just print off the PDF below)

Want to share this with family, friends, neighbours, gym buddies, workmates, etc?  CLICK HERE for a PDF flyer/order form to print and place in your tea room, break room, work notice board, reception desk, etc.

tag sample reduced

Just a little peek at how your tag could look (minus the watermark of course) with your family name on it.

Tags are professionally printed on matte photo paper, and the best way to write on them is to use a Sharpie marker.  Then just use sticky tape like you would with those dollar shop cardboard ones, or some double sided tape on the back.  Or, punch a hole in the corner and use as a swing tag.  These tags are unique … you won’t find anyone else with this fundraiser, anywhere!

Thanks to you, for considering helping the HKHS Special Ed Unit fundraiser … teachers, parents & students really appreciate it 🙂