Friday 30 September 2011

Layout 70: April


Don't you hate it when you realise you're behind in a task???  At the start of the year I challenged myself to complete 100 layouts this year.  As you can tell by the title, I'm about to show you my 70th layout.  Not too bad, but considering it's the last day of September I should be up to around 75 layouts completed.  Luckily it's school holidays as of tomorrow, so I should have more time for scrapping and hopefully I'll be able to catch up, or better yet, get ahead! 

One of the main focus areas these holidays is catching up on my monthly layouts.  Today's layout is April's - that's how far behind I am on that task!  Oh well...

April was a busy month for us.  Alex had his 8th birthday, Easter, lots of playdates, Little Athletics presentations.... the list goes on...  I used the now retired Elegant Soiree DSP on this layout, mainly because I started it in May and the paper was still current then. *blushing*

I also used the Pinking Heart Border Punch at the top of the DSP section, but it's a little hard to see.

I decided this year I would try to get a Family photo on special occasions, so the feature photo this month was on Alex's birthday.  Gotta love timers on cameras - even if you don't get the most flattering shot!

Ink: Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker
DSP/Cardstock: Elegant Soiree DSP (retired), Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Simple Letters Alphabet Dies, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Circle Punches, Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon

Don't forget to come back on Monday for another layout.  It's the first Monday of the month so it's a new Challenge at Stamp A Memory.  I hope you can join in with the challenge.

Catch you later,


Wednesday 28 September 2011

Just Believe Sympathy


I really don't like making sympathy cards.  Thankfully I don't often have to make them for myself, but on occasion I am commissioned to make one.  Today's card was one of the latter.  I really like using Just Believe for sympathy cards.  I think the large floral stamp has a very quiet, understated elegance, especially when stamped in Regal colours.

This is a favourite colour combination of mine: Very Vanilla, Garden Green and Concord Crush.  I coloured the stamp with my markers and stamped it on Newsprint DSP (now retired).  I then spritzed over the top with my Colour Spritzer and Crumb Cake marker.

A nice, simple inside to compliment the outside,

Stamps: Just Believe, Thoughts and Prayers
Ink: Concord Crush, Garden Green, Crumb Cake
DSP/Cardstock: Newsprint DSP (retired), Concord Crush, Garden Green, Very Vanilla
Other: Colour Spritzer, Stamp Positioner

Catch you later,


Saturday 24 September 2011

September Blog Hop: New Products!


Today I am very excited to be a part of a blog hop that showcases not only some very talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, but also some gorgeous NEW products from the recently released Idea Book and Catalogue.  Another South Australian, Kathryn Mangelsdorf, was the blog before mine on the hop.  Didn't she have some great stuff to show you!

There are a HEAP of new products, but today I have decided to focus on some of the smallest, but also one of those products that can add a big bang to your papercraft projects: brads.

My first card uses the new Glimmer Brads, found on page 143 of the catalogue.  There are 4 different colour families you can purchase, and you get 40 brads in 5 different colours in each pack for just $9.95.

I used my Stampin' Write markers to colour the Hello Blossoms stamp and then used coordinating brads as the center of the flowers.  It's such a  simple card, but the Glimmer Brads give it a little bit of pizzazz.  Did you also check out some of the new Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon?  Gorgeous!  You can find the ribbon on page 138.

The brads are so glittery!  Perfect for a little girl's birthday card.

I just stamped one flower on the inside, and then used some Dazzling Diamonds for the center of the flower.  I didn't use a brad as I didn't want to damage the front of the card.

The other brads I want to highlight are the Designer Printed Brads.  They are also on page 143 of the catalogue, and for $14.95 you get 8 brads in each of the five 2011-2013 In Colours (40 total).  They are sooooo cute with a little polka dot pattern printed on them.  Here's my card, which is a CASE of this card.

This time I used the Funky Four stamp set, but as before I used the brads as the center of the flowers. (And some more of that gorgeous ribbon!)  I also used some of the new Domestic Goddess DSP, which you can find on page 128.

Just a closer look at the brads.  They are so sweet - I can see myself using a lot of these!

 As with the inside of the previous card, I used Dazzling Diamonds on the flowers instead of brads.

Glimmer Brad Card:
Stamps: Hello Blossoms, It's Your Day, Curly Cute
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Marina Mist, Peach Parfait
Cardstock: Whisper White, Regal Rose
Other: Wisteria Wonder 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Glimmer Brads, Dazzling Diamonds, Crystal Effects, Stamp Positioner

Designer Printed Brad Card:
Stamps: Funky Four, A Word For You, It's Your Day
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party
DSP/Cardstock: Domestic Goddess DSP, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Whisper White
Other: Designer Printed Brads, Wisteria Wonder 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Corner Rounder Punch, Modern Label Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, Crystal Effects, Stamp Positioner, Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Thanks for stopping by, you're now off to see the wonderful creations of Ros Davidson.

Catch you later


Here are the other blogs in case a link is broken:

Ros Davidson
Christine Blain
Alisha Watson
Di Dunk
Nikki Sadler
Judy May
Kathryn Ruddick
Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Thursday 22 September 2011

I'm back!


Well, I'm kind of back.  My laptop is working sometimes, so while it is having a good moment I'm going to post a card and let you know I'll be participating in a blog hop on Saturday.  If I open my monitor to exactly the right position, my screen is normal and not snowy like it has been.  I am still looking into getting it fixed, but I am going to back my computer up first!

Today's card was a commission from a friend.  She wanted a housewarming card for her brother who had recently bought a new home and was in the process of moving in.  Here's what I came up with.

I decided to go fairly simple with the colour scheme and decoration, especially as the card was for a male.  The house rub on is from Maya Road.  It's such a cute pack and perfect for cards like these.  The letters HOME are popped up on Dimensionals for a bit of interest.

The inside was also quite simple.  Some more layering to match the front and some key rub ons from the same pack.  Easy!

Stamps: Well Scripted (retired)
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Brushed Sliver, Basic Black, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Timeless Type Alphabet Dies, Dimensionals, Stamp Positioner

Don't forget Saturday's blog hop.  A small but talented group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators will be showing you lots of NEW products from the new Idea Book and Catalogue.  I can see my wish list getting longer by the second!

Catch you later,


Friday 16 September 2011



I just thought I'd pop in to let you know that I'm having a little break from blogging at the moment, but not by choice!  I was on my laptop (which has EVERYTHING on it) when Hudson decided to give it a bit of a thump.  He does this quite often, but usually I manage to catch his arm before he makes contact.  Not this time!  Now I have a screen that looks like it is snowing.  Thankfully my hard drive wasn't affected, I just can't see the screen clearly.  It's probably one of those things that will be cheaper to buy a new laptop than to get the screen fixed/replaced, but I need to look into all options.  I'm using Rob's tiny little laptop, but I really need my own computer.

Hopefully I'll be back before too long!

Catch you later,


Wednesday 14 September 2011

Simply Soft Card


Today I have a Thank You card, made using one of the brand new Hostess Sets called Simply Soft.  It's a gorgeous two-step set that has three floral outline images and three more images for easy colouring of the flowers.  It's called two-step because first you stamp the outline and then you stamp the solid image over the top which colours the flowers.  And if you buy the clear mount option like I did, you don't need a stamp positioner to line the stamps up.  How much easier can it be?

I used Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz to colour the flower.  The leaves were coloured by hand using my inkpad and a Blender Pen.  Here's a closer look at the flower image.

I also spritzed the panel with my Sahara Sand marker and my Colour Spritzer.  Isn't the flower a lovely soft image?

I also completed the inside of my card using the same stamp as on the front.  I stamped it in Blushing Bride, so it's little hard to see.  Here's a closer look.

The hostess benefits system has changed with the new Idea Book and Catalogue.  Now once your order or Workshop sales reaches $300 you receive $50 Hostess Dollars to spend on anything you'd like from the catalogue.  There are specially priced sets just for Hostesses that you can spend your Hostess Dollars on, or you can buy your choice of items.  I love the new system!

Stamps: Simply Soft, Curly Cute
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Basic Black
DSP/Cardstock: Hostess In Colour Patterns Stack (retired), First Edition, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride
Other: Big Shot, Circle Cutter, Blushing Bride Ribbon, Blender Pen, Sponge Dauber

Catch you later,


Monday 12 September 2011

Big Top Birthday Cards


Today I have not one, but two cards for you!  I surprised myself last night and managed to get both made.  Given that I'd spent 5 hours doing some pretty heavy gardening during the day I was amazed that I even had the energy to create.  I guess when the mojo strikes you just have to go with it!

I love how the DSP does all the work in this card.  I just had to stamp a sentiment at the bottom!

The inside was just as easy! I fussy cut a second balloon from the DSP, mounted it on dimensionals and stamped a sentiment.

The front of this card took a little longer, but only because I used my stamp positioner to line up all the 'Happy' stamps.

A couple more strips of the DSP on the inside to finish it off.  Easy!

Balloon Card:
Stamps: A Word For You, It's Your Day
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
DSP/Cardstock: Big Top Birthday, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Other: Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Stamp Positioner

Happy Card:
Stamps: Curly Cute
Ink: Real Red
DSP/Cardstock: Big Top Birthday, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Whisper White
Other: Stamp Positioner

Catch you later,


Saturday 10 September 2011

JAI 84: Just Add White and One


Today I have a card made for the current challenge at Just Add Ink.  The challenge is to make a card using white and one other colour.  I had been asked to make a card for a wedding, and so this challenge seemed perfect.  White and one other colour is a classic, elegant look.  When I think of elegant and classic I think of the work of Teneale Williams.  I searched her blog and found this card to CASE.  Here's my version:

I changed a few things, but essentially the card is the same.  I used a different butterfly, and also En Francais Background stamp on the plain Blushing Bride panel, to name a few changes.

I liked the inside of Teneale's card I CASED that too!

Isn't it a great card? Teneale is so talented!

Stamps: Creative Elements, En Francais Background, A Word For You
Ink: Blushing Bride
DSP/Cardstock: Blushing Bride Patterns Stack DSP, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Tasteful Trims Die, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Basic Jewel Pearls, Paper Snips, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals

Catch you later,


Just Eat Cake for Father's Day


I promised a little while ago that I would show you the card I made for Rob for Father's Day.  I used the brand new Just Eat Cake DSP.  It is so bright and cheerful!

Rob's a bit of a Mario  fan, so I had to use the cute little mushrooms from the Funky Four Stamp set.

And the inside of the card had to be done as well.  Just a couple of left over pieces of the DSP and a stamp and it's finished!

Stamps: Funky Four, Well Scripted (retired)
Ink: Poppy Parade
DSP/Cardstock: Just Add Cake DSP, Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Other: 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

Catch you later,


Thursday 8 September 2011

Stamp A Memory September Layout


Today it's my turn to have a layout featured on the Stamp A Memory blog.  I'm pretty excited as it's one of the first layouts I've completed using some of the brand new DSP from the new Idea Book and Catalogue.  Here's a little peek at my layout, but to see the whole thing you'll need to jump on over to the Stamp A Memory blog.  While you're there, why not take a look at the latest challenge, which is to scrap your Top Ten of anything.  I scrapped my Top Ten reasons for Scrapping - what would your Top Ten be?

Click here to go see the rest of my layout.

Tuesday 6 September 2011

Just Add Ink #83


Today's card is my entry in the latest Just Add Ink challenge.  The ladies have a cute little sketch to inspire our creativity.  Here's my take on it.

I used the new Creative Elements stamp set.  The flourish was stamped on the base Crumb Cake cardstock in Crumb Cake ink, just on the top left and bottom right corners.  I cut a scallop circle with my Big Shot, which I then crumpled, flattened and then spritzed with Crumb Cake ink.   Finally I tapped  my Crumb Cake inkpad over the top to add to the distressed look.

The butterflies were stamped in Rich Razzleberry and then spritzed with a Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint/Isocol mix. Pretty!

Here's the inside.  I stamped the flourish again and used the retired set Well Scripted for the sentiment.  I also spritzed Crumb Cake ink over the flourish to tie in with the front of the card.

Stamps: Creative Elements, Well Scripted (retired)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry
DSP/Cardstock: Newsprint DSP (retired), Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry
Other: Big Shot, Scallop Circle Bigz Die, Paper Snips, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Basic Jewel Pearls

Catch you later,


Monday 5 September 2011

Stamp A Memory September Challenge: Top Ten


Today is the first Monday of September, which means it's time for another challenge at Stamp A Memory. This month the challenge is to scrap your Top Ten, which can be your top ten of anything.

Being on the Design Team I get these challenges quite a while in advance so that I can be well prepared when they roll around.  Do you think I could get organised this month? Sigh.  Maybe my layout should have been my Top 10 Organisational Hints.  But no, it's my Top 10 Reasons to Scrapbook.  Having said that though, do we really need 10 reasons to do it?  One will do - because we love to scrap!

I used the brand spankin' new DSP called Just Add Cake.  I love love love the paper, and the notebook design of this sheet was perfect for the look I was after.  I wanted a doodled, ripped out of a notebook look and I think I achieved it.  A bit like the Diary of A Whimpy Kid book covers.  You get the picture!

Here's a closer look at the top corner.  I ripped the corner off to add to the notebook feel, then rolled the edges and adhered a contrasting piece of DSP behind the section.  You can also see some of the doodles I did randomly over the page.

In case you can't read them, my 10 reasons (in no order) are:
  • To record special family moments
  • To record everyday family moments
  • It's a great way to express your creativity
  • People love getting albums as gifts
  • You get to meet lots of other wonderful scrappers
  • It's a great way to bond with your family
  • You never stop learning
  • You see colours and the world in a whole new way
  • It's a great way to unwind after a busy day
  • Because it's a hobby you can do in your pyjamas!
Yes, if you look closely I am wearing my scooter-riding reindeer flannelette pyjamas in the photo!

Ink: Baja Breeze Stampin' Write Marker
DSP/ Cardstock: Just Add Cake DSP, Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride
Other: Big Shot, Timeless Type Alphabet Dies, Spiral Border Punch (retired)

I hope you can join in the challenge at Stamp A Memory this month.

Catch you later,


Sunday 4 September 2011

Happy Father's Day and a New Catalogue Resolution


Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads out there!  I'm writing this post as Rob is having a bit of a sleep in.  All dads need a it of spoiling today, don't they?  We're also going out to lunch with Rob's parents, which will be lovely.

The card I have for you today was made for Rob's dad for Father's Day  I love the colour combination - very masculine - Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso and Whisper White.

I used my slightly neglected Circle Circus set for the card.  I love the effect of the overlapping images on the card.

My New Catalogue Resolution is to make more effort on the insides of my cards.  I love the work of Teneale Williams, who makes the insides of her cards just as stunning as the outsides.  It doesn't take too much longer to do and really adds something special to the card.

Tomorrow I have the newest scrapbooking challenge at Stamp A Memory for you, and then after that I'll show you the card I made for Rob for Father's Day.  Speaking of which, the kids are hassling me to go give him their school-made gifts and cards, so I'd better finish up quickly!

Stamps: Circle Circus, Well Scripted (retired)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Other: 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Circle Punches, Dimensionals

Catch you later,


Thursday 1 September 2011

Layout 67: Eggs Banana


Today I have a layout for you that showcases some brand new products from the new Idea Book And Catalogue.  The catalogue is now live, which means if you want any of the new stuff, you can order it!  No more tantalising sneak peeks (until the next catalogue!)

You may be thinking ewwwww, eggs banana????  It's not really eggs banana, it's Eggs Benedict.  The kids couldn't get their tongues around benedict so they called it eggs banana and the name has now stuck.  It's Rob's speciality, and he even poaches the eggs in a saucepan.  I'm very impressed!

Here's a closer look at some of the new stuff.  The new DSP is called Flirtatious.  It's one of our Speciality DSPs as it comes with two sheets of die cut doily paper.  It also matches the new stamp set Delicate Doilies, which I stamped over the cardstock.  You can also get matching Flirtatious fabric!  The DSP uses one of our brand new In Colours - Wisteria Wonder.  It's the lovely soft purple that I have used as the base on this layout.  Also in the picture you can see one of the new punches now available.  This one is the Lace Ribbon Border Punch.  So many wonderful new products - I can't wait to have more of a play with them!

Stamps: Delicate Doilies
Ink: Wisteria Wonder
DSP/Cardstock: Flirtatious Speciality DSP, Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Simple Letters Dies, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Round Tab Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Paper Daisies, Brayer, Rhinestone Brad, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Circle Cutter, Sponge Dauber

Catch you later,


PS Forget to mention that the layout was based on this Got Sketch sketch.