Wednesday 29 February 2012

Trendy Trees Birthday Card


Today I have a masculine card for you.  They are usually some of the hardest cards to make.  This one was made using some of the Frightful Sight DSP, and it was sent to Rob's mate for his birthday.

Here's a closer look at the focal panel on the card.  Most of the card was made using scraps I had on my craft desk after making a layout.

It's been a while since I used the Trendy Trees stamp set.  I don;t know why - it's such a cute set.

I really love the Happiest Birthday Wishes hostess stamp set.  I can almost always find a sentiment that's suitable for the card I'm making among the many in the set.

Stamps: Trendy Trees, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess), It's Your Day
Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso
DSP/Cardstock: Frightful Sight DSP, Basic Black, Old Olive, Whisper White
Other: Corner Rounder Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Circle Cutter, Stamp Positioner, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Monday 27 February 2012

Gift Certificate Holder


It was my father in law's birthday recently so I needed to make something for him to hold his gift.  We bought him a gift certificate for a driving range, and I immediately thought of the money holders Nicole Derendorf made before Christmas.  You can find her original post here.  I just made my template up as I went along, based on the pictures on Nicole's blog.

I love the Well Worn DSP on men's projects!

I made a belly band to hold mine shut using the Hostess Stamp Set Happiest Birthday Wishes.

The gift voucher fit nicely inside.

Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink: Not Quite Navy
DSP/Cardstock: Well Worn DSP, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Other: Scallop Circle Punches, 1 3/4" Circle Punch

Bye for now,


Saturday 25 February 2012

Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop

Welcome back to another blog hop.  This time my friends and I are focussing on the fantastic Sale-A-Bration products you can earn free!  The blog before mine was the very talented Christine Blain, but it doesn't really matter where you start, just keep hopping 'til you get back to where you started.

I decided to do a layout using some of the gorgeous Everyday Enchantment DSP.

These are some of the photos I took of my veggie garden that I took a few weeks after I planted it.  I selected the placement of the photos with thoughts of turning this into a double page layout in the future using photos of the produce we collected from the garden.

 To soften the straight lines of the layout I decided to round the corners of the photo panels.

A stamp from the Fresh Vintage stamp set really sets off the jounalling section in the bottom panel of photos.

The next photo shows you how close to the line I flew with this layout.  Thankfully I have a photo tent and some daylight lamps, so it didn't matter that I didn't finish my layout 'til 10pm last night.

I hope you've found some inspiration here on my stop in the blog hop.  Next you're off to see what the very clever Di Dunk has created for you.

Stamps: Fresh Vintage (SAB)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker
DSP/Cardstock: Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB), Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Other: Big Shot, Simple Letters Dies, Corner Rounder Punch

Bye for now,


Stops on the hop in case the links aren't working:
Di Dunk
Kathryn Ruddick
Sue Madex
Ros Davidson
Nikki Sadler
Christine Blain

Friday 24 February 2012

JAI # 106: Just Add A Sketch


Wow, aren't the weeks just flying by?  It's hard to believe it's almost the end of February already.  But it's Friday, which means it's time for the new Just Add Ink Challenge.  It's a cute sketch this week, which I had a lot of fun playing with.

Here's my take on the sketch.  I changed the shape to a square card - I'm a bit into square cards lately!

Here's a closer look at my embellishment cluster in the corner.  I had a few bits and pieces sitting on my desk that I hadn't put away from another project.  They worked beautifully on this card I think.  I had my sewing machine out altering some leggings for my daughter's ballet class, so I decided to add real stitching to the card while I had the chance.

Hmmmm, I think the tension needed adjusting on my machine!

A bit of stamping and another piece of DSP on the inside and I was done.  This card should be in the hands of a friend who had life altering surgery a couple of days ago.  I hope she loves it!

Stamps: Delicate Doilies, Thoughts and Prayers
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pretty In Pink
DSP/Cardstock: Flirtatious Specialty DSP, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Other: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Petal Cone Die, Paper Daisy, Rhinestone Brad, White Brads, Chit Chat Rub Ons (retired)

I hope the sketch inspires you to play along with us at Just Add Ink this week.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 22 February 2012

Some Retired Products

I showed a card in my last post that I'd made almost a year ago as a sample for a group that I do card making with once or twice a term.  Today's card was made at the same time for the same group.  Even though most of the products on it a retired I thought I'd show it to you anyway.

I loved the Motorcycle stamp and was sad when it retired, however the Need For Speed set filled the gap it left behind rather nicely, so I wasn't sad for long.  I loved the paper too, it was perfect for male cards!

Stamps: Motorcycle (retired)
Ink: Night of Navy
DSP/Cardstock: Travel Journal DSP (retired), Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Other: Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Monday 20 February 2012

PacMan Punch Art


A quick card for you today.  It's actually one I made almost a year ago as a sample for a group I was doing some cardmaking with.  I know the card is a CASE, but I can't for the life of me remember where I got the inspiration from.  Please let me know if you have seen it around so I can acknowledge the creator.

This was a lovely, simple card for the group to make, but it looks really effective.  Rob gave it to a mate of his who is right into the retro games and he loved it.

Stamps: It's Your Day
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker
Cardstock: Temnpting Turquoise, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Whisper White
Other: Word Window Punch, Owl Builder Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Paper Snips

Bye for now,


Friday 17 February 2012

Festive Friday #6


I'm back with another Design Team card for Nicole Derendorf's Festive Friday Challenge #6.  We're still on the Christmas cards.  I'm loving getting my Christmas cards done one by one like this - I can spend more time on each and it won't be a mad rush to churn out the cards at the end of the year.  Here's my card for this week's challenge:

Here's a closer look at the front.  I used the new Postage Stamp punch, layered with our square punches.  The fussy-cut ornament was popped up on Dimensionals and adorned with some Rhinestones.

And of course the inside, done to match the outside.

I hope you can find time to play along at Festive Friday Challenges this week.  I can't wait to see your Christmas card.

Stamps: Snow Swirled, Tree Trimmings
Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso
DSP/Cardstock: First Edition Specialty DSP, Letters To Santa DSP, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Petal Cone Die, Postage Stamp Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, 1" Square Punch, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Chit Chat Rub Ons (retired)

Bye for now,


Sunday 12 February 2012

Jamuary Thank You Cards


Today I have for you the cards I made as a thank you to the customers who ordered from me in January.  Lots of Sale-A Bration products have been earned for free, so I decided to use some and provide a little bit of inspiration for my customers.

I used some of the DSP, Brads and Ribbon to create cute little square cards.

On the inside I used one of the stamp sets you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration.

Stamps: Fresh Vintage (SAB), Artistic Etchings
Ink: Peach Parfait
DSP/Cardstock: Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB), Lucky Limeade, Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla
Other: Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad (SAB), Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Friday 10 February 2012

JAI #104: Just Add Back To School


I'm still pinching myself that I am on the JAI Design Team!  The first of the cardmaking challenges that I'm creating for has a back to school theme.  I'm pretty sure all school aged children are back at school by now - mine have been back for 2 weeks!  The first thing I thought of when I saw the theme of this challenge was the parents.  I recently heard the term "Cheers and Tears", that refers to parents either celebrating or crying over their children starting school.  Which camp did you fall into?

I thought this would be a great gift idea for anyone with a child starting school.  I made a wine bottle tag with a little box for an extra surprise at the bottom.

There's plenty of room on the tag to write a message to the recipient.  And in the box there's some Hershey's Kisses Chocolates.

Why don't you pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see what the other Design Team members have come up with for this week's challenge?  I'm sure you'll find something to inspire you.

Stamps: Fresh Vintage (SAB), Topsy-Turvey Celebration
Ink: Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade
DSP/Cardstock: Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB), Poppy Parade, Whisper White
Other: 1 3/4", 1 1/4" and 1" Circle Punches, Basic Jewel Rhinestones

Bye for now,


Saturday 4 February 2012

JAI Scrapbooking Challenge #2: Just Add Holiday Photos


How exciting - it's my first post as a member of the Just Add Ink Scrapbook Design Team!  February's challenge is to add holiday photos to your layout.  They layout I have for you today was actually part of my application for the JAI team and I was delighted to find out that it fit into the new challenge, so I was able to start my DT work right away.

I took the photo of my daughter Ada when we were on holidays in October 2011.  Yes October - and my crazy children decide to go swimming at the beach!  It was a lovely day, but not warm enough to tempt me to go into the ocean.

I used the Creative Elements stamp set on my layout.  One of my favourite things to do with this set is to colour the flourish stamp.  It's time consuming, but the end result is worth it.

The scallops at the bottom were made using the Round Tab punch.  I like the flatter scallops it creates.  I just covered the joins with Basic Jewel Rhinestones.

I hope you can find the time to play along with us at Just Add Ink this month.  What a great opportunity to scrap some school holiday photos while the memories are still fresh.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Stamps: Creative Elements
Ink: Melon Mambo, Concord Crush
DSP/Cardstock: Cheerful Treat DSP (hostess), Melon Mambo, Concord Crush, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Simple Letters Alpha Dies, Paper Snips, Colour Spritzer, Round Tab Punch, Basic Jewel Rhinestones

Bye for now,


Some Exciting News!


I received the most wonderful news yesterday, and felt like I was walking around with a ray of sunshine beaming down, just for me, all day.  You see, I had applied to join the team at Just Add Ink and found out that I was successful in my application!  I will now be joining the team at Just Add Ink as the newest member of their Scrapbooking Team.  How exciting!

So, on the first Sunday of the month I will be posting a new layout that will hopefully inspire you to get scrapping! You can enter the challenges even if you don't have a blog.  Just email me a photo of your layout and I will make sure it gets entered into the challenge.

You can see the announcement of the full new design team on the Just Add Ink blog.  I am so thrilled to be joining the team!

Bye for now,