Monthly Archives: April 2012

National Year of Reading: What are you Reading??

This year is the National Year of Reading and so I thought I would share with you some of the books that give me inspiration for making cards. One of my favourite things to do as a teacher is to read books to the children, something I never tire of and the kids seem to enjoy discovering books with me also. They think I’m nuts because I put on all the voices and read loud or soft depending on the story and make hand gestures and act bits out. Fun!!!!My Dearest Dinosaur

This book, My Dearest Dinosaur, is by a fabulous Australian author called Margaret Wild. She has such a way with words as shown in this little excerpt

“My dearest Dinosaur, such news! The eggs have hatched and we have seven little ones. I wish you could see the wriggly, tiggly rascals.”

Donna Rawlins is also a great illustrator who I was lucky enough to see at the National Library a few years ago. It is fascinating to find out how they make their illustrations for their books and she was so sharing with her work and her methods.

This story is written in journal form and in the classroom I like to get the children to imagine they are dinosaurs (lots of play acting and miming) and to write a journal entry for what they would be doing as a dinosaur.

Here is the card that this book inspired.

Dinoroar Tyrannosaurus

Dinoroar is such a wonderful stamp set for kids or for those ‘fossils’ that may appreciate receiving an old dinosaur card. 🙂

This card is one of my ageabilities series of cards. At present it does not have an age on it, but if you want to order this card from me, then all you need to do is specify the age of the recipient and I will add the age for you.

Stamp Set: Dinoroar, French Foliage,
Card: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
Inks: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black
Accessories: Bigz Die Circle Die, 2 1/2″ circle punch

I hope you enjoyed dinoroar and I hope that you celebrate the National Year of Reading and read plenty of books to your kids.

What was/ or is the book you most enjoy/ed reading to your children?? Leave a comment and we’ll see what peoples favourites are.

Have you seen the new mini catalogue yet?

Last night I held the launch of my new Autumn/Winter mini catalogue and we used my favourite stamp set from the new mini, Bordering on Romance.

We had a lovely time stamping two wonderful cards (stay tuned for later posts) and eating a lemon coconut cake. There were two lucky door prizes, this was one of them. Lucky I took a picture of it before I gave it away….

Candle decorated using bordering on romance stamp set from the Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue

Stamp set: Bordering on Romance
Inks: Basic Black, Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight.

If you would like to play with some of the wonderful new goodies in the mini catalogue, if you would like to earn free product from the catalogues, then email me to book your workshop.

Happy stamping!

How do you Use your Baby Wipes

I no longer have any babies in my household, but baby wipes are so useful. Especially for stamping. And I don’t mean just for cleaning up messes.

This card was made using the baby wipe as a stamp pad technique and the medallion stamp.

Medallion Baby Wipe Stamp Pad Technique

Doesn’t it look elegant? It was so quick to make too.

Stamp: Medallion

Card: Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Glossy White

Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink

Accessories: Paper Snips, Old Stamp Container, Baby Wipes, Vintage Brad, Dimensionals, Rich Razzleberry Satin Ribbon