Monday 30 April 2012

Another Blog Award


Just a quick post today to say thanks to two lovely papercrafters who have nominated me and my blog for an award.  Firstly is Ally of Stampin and Crafting With Ally, and secondly is Kathy of Stamping Still.  Thanks ladies!

It's so nice to know that other people get enjoyment out of looking at my blog!  And please go and check out Ally's blog  and Kathy's blog too, they both have some wonderful projects for your inspiration.

I am participating in another blog hop tomorrow, I'd love for you to come back and take a look, especially the scrapbookers out there!

Bye for now,


Saturday 28 April 2012

Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue Blog Hop


Welcome back to another blog hop.  This month my friends and I are concentrating on the new products in the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.  You can view a copy of the catalogue online by clicking on the picture of the catalogue in my sidebar.

You may have hopped to my blog from the talented Amanda Hill's blog.  It doesn't really matter where you start, just keep on hoppin' 'til you get back to where you started.  You're bound to find lots of creative inspiration to feast your eyes on! 

I have two cards for your viewing pleasure today. The first was made using some of the new products for the Big Shot - Framelits and Edgelits.  They are fantastic, wafer thin dies that open up a whole lot of new possibilities for papercrafting.

It's little tricky to see, but I have embossed the Whisper Whiter layer with the coordinating Adorning Accents Embossing Folder.  The framelit acts beautifully as a feature panel.

A scrap of the Pocketful of Posies DSP left over from the front and a piece of Baker's Twine finish off the inside of the card.

I made the second card after viewing a video on Bee Divine Designs on water colouring with markers and a blender pen.  I love the control it gives, so I think I'll be using this technique a lot more in the future.  I used the gorgeous new stamp set, Bordering On Romance.  It's such a pretty set, and perfect for colouring.  I also used some of the new Twitterpated DSP which coordinates beautifully with the Bordering On Romance stamp set.

Here's a closer look at the water colouring.  Did you notice the seam binding?  I coloured some Very Vanilla ribbon with my Island Indigo reinker to achieve this look.

I finished this card the same way as the first, with the addition of another water coloured bunch of flowers.  it was my 'practice run' and I didn't want to waste the effort!

Pocketful of Posies Card
Stamps: Simply Soft (hostess), Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
DSP/Cardstock: Pocketful of Posies, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Lables Collection Framelits Dies, Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Bordering On Romance Card
Stamps: Bordering On Romance, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink: Stazon, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz
DSP/Cardstock: Twitterpated DSP, Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper
Other: Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, Paper Snips, Blender Pen, Dimensionals, Rhinestone Brad

So that's it for me for now. Please continue on the hop by jumping over to the lovely Nikki Sadler's blog.

Bye for now,


Nikki Sadler

Di Dunk

Alisha Watson

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Sue Madex

Ros Davidson

Christine Blain

Amanda Hill

Friday 27 April 2012

Festive Friday #16: Mother's Day


Yay!  It's Friday, which means it's Festive Friday time!  This week Nicole has challenged her Design Team to inspire you with cards for Mother's Day using punched flowers on them.  I decided to use a wonderful Joanne Leddy designed flower on mine.  I make lots of these flowers - they are so pretty!

Don't you love how this gorgeous flower takes centre stage?  It sits on a base of Twitterpated DSP.  Love that DSP!  I used more of it on the inside of my card:

I hope you can find time to play along with us this week at Festive Friday Challenges.  Remember, you need to make a Mother's Day card using punched flowers.

Stamps: Field Flowers, Cottage Garden, Well Scripted (retired)
Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz
DSP/Cardstock: Twitterpated DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Other: Fancy Flower Punch, 5-Petal Flower Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Pear Pizzazz Glimmer Brad, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Paper Snips

Bye for now,


Wednesday 25 April 2012

Vintage Vogue


The USA Stampin' Up! Retirement list came out recently and I was very sad to see the Vintage Vogue stamp set on the list.  While this doesn't necessarily mean that it will retire in Australia this year you should definitely think about getting it sooner rather than later if it's been a set you've been contemplating buying.  Here's a birthday card I made with the set.

I made this one a little while ago, so I'm going to have to think hard about some of the products and colours I used!  While I'm thinking, take a closer look at the flower.  It's so easy to achieve a pretty flower by stamping, fussy cutting and layering the images.  Oh, and don't forget the bling!

Lots of scallops on the inside!

Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral
DSP/Cardstock: Berry Blossoms DSP, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Other: Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Circle Punch (can't remember which size!), Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Don't forget the blog hop on Saturday - plenty of Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue inspiration to be found!

Bye for now,


Monday 23 April 2012

French Foliage


I recently bought the stamp set French Foliage.  Why did I wait so long to buy it?  I LOVE it!  I needed a male birthday card so it got inky pretty quickly after I purchased it.

I hadn't used much of my Mocha Morning Specialty DSP so I decided to stop hoarding it and use a bit on my card! It provided a wonderful colour scheme for my card. The leaves were stamped in Soft Suede and the splatters in Crumb Cake.  I used my Early Espresso Marker to spritz the base panel.

I used similar stamping on the inside.  I can see myself using this stamp set a lot in the future.

Stamps: French Foliage, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
DSP/Cardstock: Mocha Morning SDSP, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Other: Colour Spritzer, Dimensionals

I'm participating in a blog hop on Saturday which is based around products from the new Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.  I hope you can join us for some fantastic inspiration.

Bye for now,


Friday 20 April 2012

Just Add Ink #114: Just Add Jodene


Friday again - my favourite day of the week!  This week at Just Add Ink we are challenging you to CASE one of the Design Team again.  This time it's the very talented Jodene Tripp.  It was tough to pick just one of Jodene's cards to CASE, but I eventually chose this card of hers after quite a while feasting my eyes on the delights on Jodene's blog.

Here's my take on her card.

I had a little bit of fun making it using some new goodies that had arrived that day.  As usual I stamped the inside as well.

I hope you can play along with us again this week at Just Add Ink.  Which of Jodene's lovely cards will you choose to CASE?

Stamps: Field Flowers
Ink: Chocolate Chip
DSP/Cardstock: Neutrals Patterns DSP, Pretty In Pink, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Perfect Pennants Bigz Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Brad, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Wednesday 18 April 2012

Apothecary Art Birthday Card


I have a few family birthdays in April, one of them being one of my sisters. I decided to have a play with my new Framelits Labels dies.  They are so fantastic, and easy to use.

I coloured the Apothecary Art image with my Stampin' Write Markers using a few shades of each colour to add highlights.  I then trimmed the image with my paper snips and layered it on a die cut panel.  I like the narrower matt achieved this way.

In hindsight I probably should have used some more Framelits die cuts on the inside.  Oh well!  I still like it the way it is. A thought for next time though!

Stamps: Apothecary Art, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink: Basic Black, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive
DSP/Cardstock: Lucky Limeade Patterns DSP, Rose Red, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Framelits Labels Dies, Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Monday 16 April 2012

Fox And Friends Baby Card


Today I have a card for you that I made as a sample for a couple of workshops I did in May.  I based it on this card that I found while browsing SplitCoast Stampers.

I loved that this card was very cute, and also gender neutral.  It would be an easy card to make a few of and have on hand.  Alternatively it would be easy to switch the ribbon and card base for blue or pink to make it more gender specific - if you go for the stereotyped colours!

I love the monkey stamp in the set, so I couldn't resist adding him to the inside of the card!

Stamps: Fox And Friends, A Word For You
Ink: Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Other: Certainly Celery Twill Ribbon (retired), Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Friday 13 April 2012

Festive Friday #14


It's Festive Friday time again, and we're back onto the Christmas cards again.  Are you going to play along this week?  I hope so, because if Nicole gets at least 5 entries there will be a prize up for grabs!  What a bonus - not only do you get a head start on your Christmas cards, but you could win a prize just by doing so!  Awesome!

This week we have a sketch to inspire your card making.

Here's my take on the sketch.

I love, love, love the Letters To Santa DSP.  I wasn't keen on it at first, but once I started playing with it I was hooked!  I used a section of DSP that you'd normally think was for a layout and made it a feature part of my card.

I also love the smaller patterns in the DSP.  For the inside I fussy cut an ornament and used a Rhinestone brad to jazz it up a little.

Can't wait to see how the sketch inspires you this week at Festive Friday Challenges!

Stamps: Snow Swirled
Ink: Marina Mist
DSP/Cardstock: Letters To Santa DSP, Marina Mist, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Other: Blushing Bride Stitched Poly Ribbon, Rhinestone Brads, Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Bye for now,


Wednesday 11 April 2012

A Well Worn Need For Speed


Today I have a male card for you, made to give to a mate of Rob's for his birthday.

Would you believe that the card is actually a CASE of the Pony Party card on page 55 of the Idea Book and Catalogue? Fellow JAI Design Team member Chantell Randall challenged us to CASE the card, and as I needed a male card I made this one.  You can see lots of different elements from the card - the ribbon, flagged sentiment, embossed section of the base card, turned over corner on the main panel, double layered panel behind it.  I just changed a few little things to make it a male card.  it was lots of fun to play along with some of the other girls on the DT.

Why don't you challenge yourself to CASE a card from the IB&C. There's plenty of ideas to choose from!

Stamps: Need For Speed, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink: Early Espresso
DSP/Cardstock: Well Worn DSP, River Rock, Early Espresso
Other: Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder, Artichoke Denim Ribbon, Silver Mini Brads, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Disterssing Tool

Bye for now,


Tuesday 10 April 2012

Thank You


I got a lovely surprise tonight when Michelle Marchant passed on an award to me on her blog.  It's so nice to be recognised and appreciated!

Now the conditions for receiving this award is as follows:

1. Show your thanks to the blogger who nominated you for the award.
2. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
3. Copy and paste the award to your blog.
4. Present the award to 5 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
5. Let them know they have been nominated by leaving a comment on their blog.
Five other bloggers that I love to visit and find inspiring are:

Bye for now,


Monday 9 April 2012

Everyday Enchantment Card


I'm trying to get back into the swing of blogging and creating again, but it's proving a little difficult, especially the blogging side of things.  I'm good with the creating mojo, it's more finding the time to sit and create or blog.  So today I have for you a card I made in early March which I hadn't blogged yet.  It was made as a sample for one of my monthly card making groups, and was based on this card I'd made earlier.

And here's the inside of the card.  Doing the insides is such a lovely touch.  It can be as simple or as complicated as you like, but adds that something extra to your card.

Stamps: Fresh Vintage (SAB), Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink: Poppy Parade
DSP/Cardstock: Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB), Poppy Parade, Silver Glimmer Paper (still available!), Whisper White
Other: Poppy Parade Double Stitched Ribbon, Bird Builder Punch, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Friday 6 April 2012

Just Add Ink #112" Just Add Colour


I'm so sorry my post for the newest Just Add Ink challenge wasn't up on time this week.  I just got home from hospital where my little man Hudson had had his tonsils reduced.  They were massive and causing problems with his swallowing, so something had to be done.  In between returning from Paris and his operation, I totally forgot to write my post.  Anyway, here's the card.

I love using this stamp from Creative Elements to colour.  Oops, I'd better show you the colour combination this week, it's so lovely:

Finally, here's the inside of my card.  I stamped the flourish again and coloured it before adhering the section for writing over the top.

So there you have it!  I hope you can play along this week at Just Add Ink!

Stamps: Creative Elements, Clearly For You, Well Scripted (retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette
DSP/Cardstock: Crumb Cake Patterns Stack DSP, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette
Other: Corner Rounder Punch, Vintage Brad, Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

Bye for now,


Sunday 1 April 2012

JAI Scrapbooking Challenge #4: Just Add Mulitple Photos


Wow, another month has flown by so quickly!  At this rate it will be Christmas before we know it. In the meantime, why don't you spend a few hours scrapping this month so you can join in the Scrapbooking Challenge at Just Add Ink?  Here's my multiple photo layout.

As much as this layout is about my daughter Ada, it's also about how much I enjoy bonding with her by having a photo shoot.  She's a bit reluctant these days, so I just have to seize the moment when she allows me to!

The colours I used were taken from the photos - Lucky Limeade and Melon Mambo.

If I don't matt photos on a layout I'll often sand around the edges.  It helps to define each photo, especially when they are overlapped like on my layout.

I'm sure you'll be able to find 3 or more photos to scrap on a layout this month.  I can't wait to see what you come up with at Just Add Ink.

Ink: Basic Grey Stampin' Write Marker, Silver Foil Smooch Spray
DSP/Cardstock: Flirtatious Speciality DSP, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Timeless Type Alphabet Dies, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Sanding Block, Lucky Limeade Organza Ribbon (SAB), Rhinestone Brads, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Petite Pennants Builder Punch

Bye for now,