Friday 30 November 2012

JAI #146: Just Add Colour


Doing a happy dance here, because it's Friday!

 Time for another challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week Kim has challenged us with this very pretty colour combination.
I decided to make a pretty, feminine card.

The papers were from the Festival Of Prints DSP Stack and the Comfort Cafe DSP pack. They look so pretty together! The butterflies are from the Papillion Potpourri stamp set.  I stamped the centre one twice, punched out one with my Elegant Butterfly Punch and curled the wings to give it some depth.

The Basic Jewel Pearls really finish off the butterflies.

Some more butterflies and Pool Party Baker's Twine to finish off the inside.

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

Bye for now,


Wednesday 28 November 2012



Last week I ordered myself some Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps. I chose the Special Events set that includes a flower, star and present design.  The Cookie Stamps come with two different recipes, but I stumbled upon one for Snickerdoodles while blog surfing on Dawn Olchefske's blog. You can find her recipe here.

My monthly stamping ladies were my guinea pigs and they gave them the seal of approval.  Judging by the rate my kids wolfed them down they also gave them the thumbs up!

The photo was taken in Manual Mode as practice for my photography course.  The technical details : ISO 400, f4.5, SS 1/25. The photo is straight out of the camera.

Bye for now,


Monday 26 November 2012

Paris Selfies Album Part 2


Apologies again for the late Monday post - very busy weekend! I have for you today a few more pages from the Paris Selfies Album I'm making for my husband for Christmas.  You can see the first part of the album here. I also made it for the current Just Add Ink scrapbooking challenge, which is to make a Christmas gift  using at least 4 photos.

I did already show you this page the other day, but it wasn't quite finished - I hadn't added the journalling strips.  Now all it needs are the memory cards that will tuck into the pocket behind the photo.  The pocket was made from a Medium Envelope that I sealed and then cut in half to get two pockets.

You may have noticed the Pool Party tab at the side of the page.  Each page is made from the retired Square Envelopes so that I could include an insert between each page.

Here's the first side of the insert.  The photo is only adhered to the page on three sides, leaving the top side open to act as a pocket for more memory cards.

On this side I left the side of the photo open to tuck the memory cards into.  We didn't think about taking all our selfie photos in landscape orientation at the time!

I'll be back with more pages soon.

Bye for now,


Saturday 24 November 2012

Holiday Blog Hop


Welcome back on a Saturday for a Blog Hop of Holiday Catalogue projects. There are just four of us hopping today, so it will be short but definitely sweet!

There have been a lot of gift type projects floating around in blogland right now, which is hardly surprising given how close it is to Christmas.  I decided to make a Desktop Easel Calendar for today's hop.

I googled the instructions after seeing some other calendars on the internet.  I found this tuorial on making the calendar, however the measurements are based on US sized A4 cardstock, which is fine if you only want to make one but if you are making a heap for a class or to give away it's a bit uneconomical.

I played around a bit with Connie's measurements and came up with ones that are more efficient for Australian sized A4 cardstock.

I used the Festival of Prints DSP on the outside of the box.  It's hands down my favourite papers from the Holiday Catalogue.

So, are you ready for the measurements?

Easel cut: 4 1/8" by 8 1/4"
Score: 4 1/8" and 6 3/16" (or you can just fold the piece in half and then fold one half in half again)

Easel Front cut: 4 1/8" by 4 1/8"

Box Shell cut: 4 1/8" by 11"
Score: 1", 5 1/4", 6 1/4" and 10 1/2"

Drawer cut: 6 1/8" by 6 1/8"
Score: 1" on all four sides

Hope that helps!

Next on the list is Margaret Knoops, who is sure to have made something gorgeous!

Bye for now,


Other hoppers:
Margaret Knoops
Nikki Sadler
Christine Blain

Friday 23 November 2012

Festive Friday #46


Yay! It's Friday again!  This week it's my week for Festive Friday Challenges.

This week Nicole has given us a sketch to play with. It's a fantastic sketch that has plenty of scope for interpretation.

I certainly took a few liberties with the interpretation!

As you can see, I flipped it on it's side and swapped the waves for scallops - my new Delicate Designs Embossing Folder and coordinating Large Scallop Edgelit had just arrived and I wanted to play with them! I coloured parts of the raised design with my Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker.

If you look closely you can see that the Whisper White panel is stamped with the small snowflake from Snow Swirled. I stamped it with my Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad. I mustn't've cleaned my stamp properly last time I used it because the images stamped a little pink (I think I last used Cherry Cobbler with the stamp) and now my inkpad it stained a little.  Oh well! The effect looks great on this card in real life though!

I also stamped the snowflake on the inside at the top and bottom - it's so hard to photograph nicely!

I hope you can play along this week at Festive Friday!

Also, please come back tomorrow (Saturday) for a blog hop showcasing products from the current Holiday Catalogue.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 21 November 2012

Something Different


No papercraft project for you today, instead I thought I'd show you something else that's been keeping me busy.  I was lucky enough to win a place in a photography course run by the brilliant Lia and Isabel at Camera Creche. Yesterday was the second day, and the first day we started to 'play' with our DSLR cameras in Manual Mode.  Very scary to turn the dial away from Auto Mode, but exciting too!

Here's one of the photos I took while playing. It's straight out of the camera.

So thrilled that I was able to get a crisp bauble and the blurred background!  For the technical among you here are the settings.

Camera: Nikon D3100
ISO: 1600
F-stop: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec

Bye for now,


Monday 19 November 2012

Desktop Easel Calendars


Apologies for the late post today - it's been a busy day!  I started the day at my disability support group, where twice a term I get asked to do some papercraft with the mums (and occasional dad too!).  I have been doing it for a while so I thought I'd challenge them this time with a 3D project.

I followed this tutorial by Connie Babbert, but I had to alter some of the measurements to make the project more cost effective for Australian A4 cardstock. The US A4 measurements are different to ours!

The calendars are unfinished for now, as the ladies will be adding photos and ribbons to them next week.  That works out well for me, as it means I don't have to blur out a whole lot of faces to protect the privacy of my friend's kids! The ladies enjoyed making them, and we'll be doing a second calendar next week.

Theses two were made by Danielle and Kari. Danielle got very creative with hers, so I think the other ladies were impressed and will get a bit more adventurous next week!

These ones were made by Anna, Sue, Cristy and Gemma.  Sue tried a few variations too!

Bye for now,


PS: Come back Saturday if you'd like my revised measurements!

Friday 16 November 2012

JAI #144: Just Add Music


The weeks are rolling past so quickly! I can't believe it's Friday again and time for the new Just Add Ink challenge.

This week Trish has challenged us to Just Add Music to our projects. I loved the idea of this challenge, as I am very musical.  Did you know I can play the piano, clarinet and saxophone?  I can also play the guitar and trumpet (but only just!). But when it comes to papercraft I don't own many musical themed things at all! I had to delve into my stash of retired products to find my last scrap of music DSP to make this card.

This was the first newsprint DSP that Stampin' Up! released, I think it's about 2 catalogues old and I can't think of the name of it right now! I paired it with some Raspberry Ripple cardstock and ribbon, which I thought was a lovely colour combination.

So there you have it, a music theme birthday card.  A lot of the other Design Team ladies have made Christmas cards for this weeks challenge.  What do you think you'll make?  I'll see you over at Just Add Ink!

Bye for now,


Wednesday 14 November 2012

A Christmas CASE


Today I have a card for you that I made as a sample for my stamping ladies. It was a CASE of myself again, based on this card made for a Festive Friday challenge.

I love the twinkly paper from the Be Of Good Cheer DSP pack.

Bye for now,


Monday 12 November 2012

JAI Scrapbooking Challenge #11: Just Add A Christmas Gift


Are you as busy as the Just Add Ink scrap team at this time of year? Ruthy, Delys and I are all so busy with a whole lot of stuff this time of year, so we've decided to run the final scrapbooking challenge until the end of the year.  Yes, that's right, you have until the 31st December to get your entry in!

So what is the challenge this month? It's to create a Christmas gift, such as a mini album, printer's tray, canvas, etc that has at least 4 photos.  I decided to make a mini album to give to my husband for Christmas.

The album is made to document our travels in Paris earlier this year, but not our 'regular' photos. In this album I have our 'selfie' photos taken on Rob's iPod. A selfie photo is one taken by a person that is also in the photos - I guess selfie is short for self portrait! Anyway, we took a selfie photo at many of the places we visited on our holiday.

I made the album from scratch using some On Board Chipboard Sheets and Comfort Cafe DSP.  The album pages are made from square envelopes (retired) using the 'stack the decks' method of construction. The Paris chipboard word on the front came from Imaginarium Designs (I think).

Here is the first page of the album.  The photo was our first selfie, taken while waiting to take off on the first flight of the trip.

The second page is looking a little bare, as it isn't finished yet.  The photo is double matted and then mounted on a medium envelope cut to make a pocket.  I'd like this album to be a joint production with my husband, so I have designed some journaling cards to go on each page.

I used the Comfort Cafe MDS Content Disc to design the tag in Photoshop. I also designed a 'she said' tag. Ultimately Rob and I will both journal our memories of each photo and I will print the tags and include them in the album.

I hope you've found some inspiration.  I will be back over the next month with more pages from the album as I complete them.  Can't wait to see what you come up with for the challenge over at Just Add Ink. Remember - there must be four or more photos, and you have until the 31st December to get your project linked!

Bye for now,


Friday 9 November 2012

Festive Friday #44


After a bit of an absence from my Design Team duties I'm back with a Festive Friday card.

This week Nicole has chosen a gorgeous candy cane and peppermint picture to inspire us.

I have been suffering from a serious lack of mojo over the past month.  I've had a lot going on and not much headspace for creating.  Some advice for these kinds of situations is to find a card you love and CASE it.  In this case I decided to CASE myself, so I went right back to the very first Festive Friday card I made. It was a Valentine's card and you can see it card here.

I used the large snowflake stamp from Snow Swirled  and my Real Red Inkpad to recreate the red and white striped look of the peppermint lollies in the inspiration photo.  The merry stamp is from For My Family.  Here's a closer look at the panel.

The scallop punchies are the new smaller Scallop Circle punch from the Holiday Catalogue. I also used some Rhinestones for a bit of bling.  Don't forget the score lines created using my Simply Scored Scoring Tool.

Nice, simple stamping on the inside to compliment the simplicity of the outside.

I hope you can play along with us this week!

Bye for now,


Wednesday 7 November 2012

MDS Folder


I am loving having a taste of My Digital Studio with the new Digital Content Discs that are available in the new Catalogues. The discs come in a plastic sleeve, which is fine, but not very pretty.  I decided to make a folder to store them all in.

I covered some chipboard with Rich Razzleberry cardstock and then decorated it with some Floral District DSP.

The letters on the front were cut from chipboard using the Typeset Alphabet Dies through the Big Shot.

Here's the inside.  The ring binder piece was from my stash.  I also have intentions of printing and laminating some Stampin' Up! Colour RGB codes to add in as extra pages.  It's a useful reference to have on hand while scrapping digitally.

Bye for now,


Monday 5 November 2012

A Blurry Christmas Card!


Today I have a Christmas card for you that I made for two different groups of ladies as a sample of the card they were going to make.  It was a design that appealed to many - a clean and simple look to the card.

Apologies for the blurry photo - I took it on my iPhone and it looked OK on the smaller screen!  Oh well, luckily the card is simple enough that the blurriness doesn't matter too much (I hope!).  I used a Christmas sentiment stamp that I love - Heart Of Christmas - and that I got FREE at the Melbourne Heartfelt Event.  Gotta love free rubber!  I also used the Ornaments Keepsake Bundle that is in the Holiday Catalogue.  It's the subject of a customer promotion this month.  For more details, there is an image you can click on at the top of my side bar.

Hopefully I'll be back soon with a less blurry photo!

Bye for now,