Tuesday, July 28, 2009

July 2009 meeting, with Caraway Seed cake

I forgot to take any photos at SERS this month. Duh. But here's what happened anyway.

Nan was away at a Christmas in July (oooh, sounds lovely). Cathy was sick. Gail was at Stamp Camp, Chris McL was at the craft show, and Chris G had grandchildren visiting. Those are all good reasons not to come!

Sharon is a friend, colleague and neighbour of Chris', and they usually sit together. But with Chris away, I got all the Sharony goodness. She helped me work out a better way to do they eyes of my punched Penguin cards - one fiddly step saved, that's gotta be good. She helped me work out this little fish too... I did an official demonstration of the penguin. Easy, really, when you have the oval punches from Stampin' Up. Oops, that last link is a blatant plug for my own Stampin' Up blog. If you're wanting SU stuff, support your local demo, OK? She'll look after you.

Sharon had a cool new stamp set, fresh from the USA, and made an excellent card for hubby. Wish I had a photo, you'd like it.

Pat and Margaret had been on the phone discussing a card idea. They'd each made it, without seeing the others'. Then they had their first looks at each other's cards at stamp club - yay! That's what clubs are for!

Helen and Jenny were trying all sorts of things. I quizzed Jenny about the cards she sells, 'cos I was having a go at selling cards too, at the Quilt and Craft show.

Maria was organising her amazing travel photos in a photo album. Louise brought a book, the results of a technique swap, so we all had a browse at that. Awesome!

We munched on Caraway Seed cake (my latest favourite - I have to make a small one, cos nobody else at my place likes it); and Choc Chip cookie; and some bought Lime and Coriander crackers, which must have been nice 'cos they all went before I could taste one!

And, 'cos I want to offer something nice, here's a recipe for the semi-healthy choc chip cookies I've been bringing lately. I'm still working on the Caraway seed cake recipe.

Choc Chip Cookies

2 pkts choc chips
250 grm butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups SR flour
2 ½ cups oat bran

Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs. Beat until well combined. Add flour and oat bran. Once combined add choc chips until evenly mixed through. Roll into balls and flatten slightly on tray.

Cook at 160°C – 170°C until cracked in appearance, approximately 15 minutes. Place on wire rack to cool.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Paper Arts 2003 - when it was at the St Kilda Town Hall

Tired of paper arts show nostalgia yet? Nope, me neither. Here's some photos from Paper Arts 2003, at St Kilda Town Hall (a venue I really enjoyed).

Here's the venue itself - see, pretty!

Here's a meeting of an altered book group - long distance friends use these shows to meet up in real life.

Second lady along would be Caroline, then Gail, then Danielle, then Stephanie. Danielle's blog is currently neglected (so sad) but has a fantastic tutorial as the last entry.

2003 was the year that Coralee and Anne set up their exciting art enterprise, Journaux. Art Journalling was the Hot Thing of 2003, and they created some amazing blank journals, and goodies to add to them. I totally loved the postage-stamp-perforated letters. Yup, they had a real perforating machine.

I even made them a sample! It was a gym journal. Curiously, the time I was keeping the journal turned out to be the time I started "fainting" during exercise. I wrote all about it. A year later, that turned out to be pretty important, when we discovered it was really a heart issue. So I referred to important "documents" when talking to the doctors. SO handy!

Here's one of their sample finished journals (not mine : don't know who made this one - it's AWESOME). Whoa, nice use of dictionary pages. I'll bet that's where I started using them!

More awesome and unique stuff from Journaux. It was a fabulous stall, ladies.

Friday, July 3, 2009

A bit more 1999 nostalgia

I haven't run out of nostalgic photos yet, so you have to keep reading. Here's Lizzie Slothuber at Melbourne Papercrafts in 1999 - she was co-founder of The Rubber Gazette. She was selling esoteric stuff like stamp mounting systems (which I bought, and still use).

Here's Jill and Gale at Daisy's unmounted stamp stall. Selling unmounted stamps was a BIG DEAL at this show. BIG.

But let's not forget, I was a real stamping newbie at the time. I'd done a beginner's class with Ellen Eadie at Woodstock only a few months before, then I went to this show. WOW! This is the stall that I talked about most - Stamp-it from Perth. Those boxes are bargain boxes of Magenta stamps. The signs stuck on the boxes tell you that the stamps are priced at $3, $5 and $7. I went nuts.

Some turn of the century Stamping Nostalgia

In between meetings, why not use this blog for some old photos? I was browsing around the oldest and dustiest corners of my hard disk, and found these. I think they are from Melbourne Papercrafts in 1999 - the report in the January 2000 issue of The Rubber Gazette (written by me, in my magazine debut!) seems to corroborate that.

Melbourne Papercrafts was held at the Community Centre in Mount Waverley, not far from where SERS meets now.

Here's Helen, AKA Daisy, the founder of the Stamphappy mailing list, and co-organiser of Melbourne Papercrafts (with Stacey, who is still the boss of Paperific). Helen is standing at the stamp-making machine she organised to be in the foyer for us - it would take a photo and produce a self-inking rubber stamp. Whoa, cool, eh?

This is Laurie, SERS regular in past years, and owner of small dogs.

This is Julie van Oosten, co-founder of The Rubber Gazette magazine (right), with Lea Saddington, (center) who took the magazine on in later years, and Anne Kelso (left), brilliant stamper and TRG helper.