Friday 29 June 2012

Just Add Ink #124: Just Add Colour!


Woot woot!  It's Friday again!  Is it your favourite day of the week too?  This week Just Add Ink are challenging you to create a project using the following yummy colour combination.

Isn't it just scrumptious!  I decided to make a card for a 2 year old boy as my children had been invited to a party.  Can't go past the I Dig You stamp set for a little boy!

And here's the inside of the card.  By all accounts the Birthday Boy loved it!

Does this colour combination inspire you?  It's a wonderful combo that works well for all kinds of cards.  Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Stamps: I Dig You
Ink: Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
DSP/Cardstock: Just Add Cake DSP, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Simple Letters Numbers Die, Dimensionals

See you over at Just Add Ink!

Bye for now,


Wednesday 27 June 2012

Twitterpated Flower


Today I have another card I made as a sample for my stamping ladies.  They wanted to have a go at making a Joanne Leddy flower, so of course I showed them how.

It's such a lovely flower!  I had only made it in softer colours before this one so I decided to see how it would look in a bolder colour.  I love it in the Island Indigo, but a word of warning - the cardstock bleeds and you'll end up with blue fingers!

Still, the gorgeous flower is worth looking like you're turning into a Smurf lol.

Stamps: Creative Elements, Trendy Trees
Ink: Blushing Bride, Island Indigo
DSP/Cardstock: Twitterpated DSP, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Other: Designer Printed Brad, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Fancy Flower Punch, 5 Petal Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch

Bye for now,


Monday 25 June 2012

Some Bird Punch Flowers


Today I have some cards I made as samples for my stamping ladies.  They had requested some punch art flowers using the bird punch.  There are lots and lots of beautiful ideas out there for flowers but I had to narrow it down to 2 - roses and tulips.

To make a rosebud you need the wings and the branch. The branch is trimmed down to two leaves to provide the base of the bud.  The Cherry Cobbler petals are sponged with Basic Black for a bit of definition.

You can see that behind the roses I've used the Lace Ribbon Border punch as a Faux Embossed background.  Such a pretty, subtle effect on a card.

On this card I used the wings and branches to make tulips. The branches are completely trimmed and the wings are sponged again.

The roses and tulips are layered the same way, the key difference is that for roses the rounded part of the wing goes on the outside, and for tulips it's the straighter side.

I hope you've found some inspiration in these cards.

Bye for now,


Saturday 23 June 2012

Baker's Twine Blog Hop


Well, this blog hop snuck up on me very quickly and quietly!  Funny how some months are like that...   A small but talented group of friends are hosting a blog hop today to showcase one of our fabulous newish products  -Baker's Twine.  The blog before mine on the hop was Kathryn Ruddick's, but you can stop and start wherever you'd like.  What a lovely way to spend a wintry, rainy Saturday morning.

If you haven't had a chance to play with our Baker's Twine you seriously need to get some.  It is so cheap and there are dozens of ways you can use it on your projects.  I have made 2 mini albums using twine as a feature on both.

The first album is made using the Flirtatious DSP.  It's unfinished for now, and is for my daughter.  We've been having lots of "mummy/daughter" dates lately and this records some of them. We playing on my iPhone and taking 'selfies' while we're out.  I have mostly used the Baker's Twine in a single strand in this album as I wanted a light, soft look to compliment the pretty papers.

A great way to use up some smaller pieces of Baker's Twine is to tie knots or bows around other ribbons, like I have in the photos above and below.

The second album features the Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine.  I mostly used it in three strands throughout this album as I felt it suited the darker, more distressed look of this album.

This album is also unfinished, as I haven't even decided what to do with it!  I think it may end up being an album of my husband and I.

There was a lot going on on this page, so I used the Baker's Twine in a single strand.  I used a couple of scraps of the Twine to tie on the tags.

Here I've just used a triple strand as a bow feature on the side of the die cut window.  I've only adhered the top of the panel to the page so I can slip a photo in underneath when I decide which photo to use.

I thought I"d shake it up a bit with the page below and do a triple strand with a single bow.  Not sure if I like it as much as the triple bow but it may grow on me! Again, only the top is adhered so I can slip a photo in later.

Well, that's it for me, now you're off to see the wonderful creations of Ros Davidson.

Bye for now,


Blog Hop Participants:

Ros Davidson

Christine Blain

Alisha Watson

Di Dunk

Kathryn Ruddick

Friday 22 June 2012

Festive Friday #24


Doing a happy dance today because it's FRIDAY!!!! One more week of school and then it's the holidays!  Yes, I'm one of those mums that love school holidays.  I love the slower pace and the lack of 'places to be'.  Just a wonderful chance to chill and recharge. And hopefully get lots of stamping time.  Speaking of which, it's Festive Friday time!

This week Nicole has challenged us to use fabric on our cards.  This one really had me stumped for a while - I guess that's why it's a challenge!  Here's the card I eventually came up with, and I think it was worth the wait.  I love it!

I used my Big Shot and Perfect Pennants Die to cut 4 doilies out of Deck The Halls Designer Fabric.  I then folded each doily in quarters and adhered them to a circle punched from a Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet.  An Antique Brad finishes off the embellishment quite nicely.

I embossed the base of my card with the new Adorning Accents embossing folder and then used my Simply Scored tool to score vertical lines from the embossed line to the bottom of the card.  Love the Classy touch this adds.

Some nice and simple stamping to finish off the inside of the card.  I'm loving having so many of my Christmas cards made already.  It will certainly avoid the November panic to get them done!  Join in with us each week at Festive Friday and you too can avoid that rush to get your cards made.  Don't forget that the challenge this week is to add fabric to your card.

Stamps: Season Of Joy, Snow Swirled, En Francais Background
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Perfect Pennants Die, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Deck The Halls Designer Fabric, Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon, Antique Brad, Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Sponge Dauber, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

I hope you can play along this week!

Bye for now,


Wednesday 20 June 2012

Convention Swap


Here I am, as promised, with the swap card I made for Convention.  I decided this year I was only going to do a closed swap with some of the Just Add Ink girls as I didn't have the time or energy to make a ton of swaps.  The swap had an Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue theme, so I chose to use the Bordering On Romance stamp set.

I watercoloured the flowers after first stamping them in Stazon Ink on watercolour paper.  I used my Riding Hood Red and Pear Pizzazz markers and a blender pen to colour.

I then trimmed the flowers and popped them up on Dimensionals over the corresponding part of the image on the base panel.  I used Rhinestones for the centres of the flowers.

As usual, I also stamped the inside of the card.

Stamps: Bordering On Romance, Just Believe
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Stazon
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper
Other: Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Monday 18 June 2012

Convention News


Oh boy, have I been a bad blogger!  I'm so sorry for my absence - I have been flat out since returning from Canberra. Today I have a quick wrap up of the Convention news for you - well, the news I can share for now anyway!

Don't you love the shape of this year's logo? *Wink wink* The theme of Convention was "I Am..." and related to the fact that we can be what we want to be, just as our Stampin' Up! Demonstratorships can be what we want them to be.  It was lovely to hear the message over and over from SU. 

One of my missions this year was to get a photo of myself with Shelli, the cofounder of Stampin' Up!  She is such an amazing person, making herself available for photos with us.  I had made a Smash Album for my Convention experience and she was lovely enough to sign it for me.  She looked through it and told me it was 'darling'.

This fab banner was a great backdrop for group photos.  The one above was taken on the Awards Night and is me with my Upline Sue Madex (centre) and the other Think Ink girls at Convention.

One highlight of the event was meeting up with the wonderful people I usually interact with online.  I had a wonderful breakfast with the Just Add Ink team on the first morning of Convention.  Here I am with Ruthy Clarke, Delys Cram, Christine Blain, Chantell Randall and her sister Nadine, Trish Radacs, Patrice Easton, Kim Badelt and Nikki Spencer.

This photo is me with my other Design Team members - the Festive Friday team, led by Nicole Derendorf (second from the left).  Don't we all look glam!

So what's the news?  Our upcoming catalogue will be released in September and will run for 10 months - the Australian market is being bought closer in line to the USA market.  We will only be a month behind the USA on catalogue releases!  We were given lots and lots of sneak peeks at Convention - I can't wait for the new catalogue!  For me, one of the most exciting pieces of news was the introduction of My Digital Studio content discs in the upcoming catalogue.  We aren't getting the full MDS just yet, but the content discs can be used in most photo editing software like Photoshop. Yay!

I'll leave it there for now and come back later in the week with my Convention Swap card.

Bye for now,


Friday 15 June 2012

Just Add Ink #122: Just Add Delys


Are you ready for another fabulous Just Add Ink challenge?  This week we are challenging you to CASE the fabulous Delys Cram.  It was hard to narrow it down to one project to CASE, but I finally managed to choose this layout to turn into a card. The clean, simple lines really appealed to me.  Here's my take on Delys.

I have used the papers from the Beau Chateau DSP pack.  I have been quite determined to feature the rooster on a card, and this seemed the perfect opportunity.  I fussy cut it and the flowers and placed them on the main panel, using Dimensionals on some parts.

I loved how the clean lines in Delys' layout were broken up by some Smooch Spritzing.  I've used some Shimmer Paint in Isocol to achieve a similar look.

More fussy cutting on the inside of the card!  I figured if I was going to feature the rooster on the outside I may as well use him again on the inside.

Stamps: Field Flowers, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark
DSP/Cardstock: Beau Chateau DSP, Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette
Other: White Embossing Powder, Frost White Shimmer Paint/Isocol Mix, Corner Rounder Punch, Dimensionals, Paper Snips

I hope you can play along with us this week at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Sunday 10 June 2012

JAI Scrapbooking Challenge #6: Just Add A Non-Traditional Shape


One of  my favourite days of the month is Just Add Ink's new Scrapbooking Challenge Day!

This month we are challenging you to scrap a non-traditional layout - so we want to see all kinds of shapes but no 12x12, 8x8, 6x6 or even A4 layouts.  I decided to make a jigsaw piece shaped layout to go with my photo of Rob and the kids working on a jigsaw puzzle.

I chose some of the Big Top Birthday DSP because I thought it looked like it could have been a piece from a puzzle.  I adhered it to a piece of 12x12 chipboard that I'd trimmed down to the jigsaw puzzle piece.

The title was cut using a Sizzix alpha die and my Big Shot, and the journalling strips were popped up on Dimensionals.

It was lots of fun to make this layout.  I hope you have fun designing yours for the Just Add Ink challenge.

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight
DSP/Cardstock: Big Top Birthday DSP, Real Red, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Sizzix Alpha Die (non SU), Heart To Heart Punch, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber

Bye for now,


Friday 8 June 2012

Festive Friday #22


It's sneaking up on being half way through the year.  Oh, that's a little scary to type!  This year is flying past so quickly.  Will you play along with us at Festive Friday Challenges and get your Christmas Cards done nice and early?  Nicole has given us a cute little sketch to work with this week.

Here's my take on the sketch.  I used the gorgeous Twitterpated DSP.  Doesn't it work well on a Christmas card?

I used a touch more on the inside of the card too.

It's such a great sketch.  You don't need to use a Framelits Lable shape - you could use whatever shape you like!  I hope you can play along.

Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Snow Swirled
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Versamark
DSP/Cardstock: Twitterpated DSP, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Labels Framelits, White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Wednesday 6 June 2012

Just Believe


Today I have a card for you that's been in my "To Blog" file for a long time.  I made it as a sample for a workshop I demonstrated at last year!  The guests all got to make this card as their Make 'n' Take.

Oh dear, not a great photo, but you get the idea! The guests liked the card but found the spritzing a little difficult.

Stamps: Just Believe, En Francais
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
Other: Decorative Label Punch, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Monday 4 June 2012

A Pretty CASE


Today I have another card made with my carer's support group.  I CASEd it from this card.

The group enjoyed making this card. Some of them played around with the layout, placing the circles in different places.  They were very imaginative!

We had to do this inside of course!

Stamps: For Everything, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink: Melon Mambo
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White
Other: Circle Punches. Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Friday 1 June 2012

Just Add Ink #120: Just Add inspiration


Yay!  Another Friday, so another Just Add Ink Challenge!  This week we have found a photo to inspire your creations.  Here's the photo (I wish my hallway looked like this!).

I was very inspired by the boxes on the wall, so I decided to create a card that used that as the basis.

I loved how this card came together.  The base panel was stamped with the leaves and splotches from French Foliage and then spritzed with my Colour Spritzer.  I popped each of the 'boxes' up on dimensionals and tied twine around a couple.  Here's a closer look.

I kept the inside quite subtle, but used the same elements as on the front of the card.

Stamps: French Foliage, It's Your Day, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink: More Mustard, Early Espresso
Cardstock: More Mustard, Early Espresso
Other: Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Hemp Twine, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Colour Spritzer

I hope the photo inspires you to get out your stamps and cardstock.  We'd love for you to play along at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,