Monday 30 September 2013

Mosaic Madness


How about a nice, bright, cheerful card to make you happy on a Monday morning?

This was version one of the card.  I really loved the arrangement of the mosaic stamping, but I wasn't so keen on the top left corner.

I liked the hello there sentiment, but some of the ladies I made the card with didn't like it as much.

This inside was a little blah too.  OK, just not very exciting.  This is why I shouldn't design cards late at night!

Version two is much better!  A different sentiment that makes it a birthday card rather than an all-purpose card and washi tape in the top left corner gives a much nicer look.

A little more exciting on the inside too.

Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Happy Day, Sweet Essentials, Sassy Salutations
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Other: Mosaic Punch, Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape, Jumbo Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Friday 27 September 2013

JAI #184: Just Add Bows


Are you ready for another Just Add Ink Challenge?  I am!

This week Nikki has challenged us to Just Add Bows.  Not too difficult a challenge for most cardmakers!  The hardest part is choosing which ribbon to use.

This week I decided not to make a card, but to make a 3D project instead.

I've seen a lot of pictures of the Box In A Bag on the internet and have been meaning to try one for ages.  Now was the time! I added a little twist though, by making one in miniature.  I followed these instructions, but instead of using the larger sheet of DSP I used a sheet from my Winter Frost DSP Stack.  I had to adjust the base to fit the smaller paper.  I cut a 2 1/2 inch square and scored it at 1/2 on all sides.

I used a watercoloured stocking from Colour Me Christmas as a tag for my Box In A Bag - a cute little finishing touch.

Stamps: Colour Me Christmas
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Silver Glimmer Pen (retired)
DSP/Cardstock: Winter Frost DSP Stack, Watercolour Paper, Pool Party
Other: Scallop Trim Punch, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Organza Ribbon, Blender Pen, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip

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

Bye for now,


Wednesday 25 September 2013

Gorgeous Grunge Frame Card


Today's card was a 'reject' for a recent Just Add Ink challenge.  A few weeks ago we challenged you to add a frame to your creation.  This was the card I made first, but I decided the frame wasn't enough of a feature so I didn't submit it for the challenge.  I thought I'd show you anyway.

I was inspired to make my card after seeing this card by Andrea Walford.

You can see I was playing with the Polaroid style frame that I used on the card I submitted for the Just Add Ink challenge.  You can see my card here.

Stamps: Dictionary, Gorgeous Grunge, Sweet Essentials, Simply Stars, Express Yourself (Hostess)
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Squares Collection Framelits, Linen Thread, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Monday 23 September 2013

Winter Frost Christmas Card


Have you started your Christmas cards yet?  I've had a few requests for them in classes lately, which is great as it gives me a chance to start building up my supply.  I usually send out around 100, so I really need to get going with them!

I'm not sure what this fold is called - maybe a Z Fold? All I did was cut the card base longways, folded it in half as usual and then folded the front half back on itself. Here's a look from the top so you can see what I mean.

It's such an easy fold that gives a great impact!  The hardest part (which wasn't hard at all) was placing the sentiment on the inside so that it was under the ornament panel when the card was closed.

I can see myself making lots more of these cards!

Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, Christmas Messages
Ink: Coastal Cabana
DSP/Cardstock: Winter Frost DSP Stack, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Deco Labels Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Bye for now,


Friday 20 September 2013

JAI #183: Just Add A Sketch


Another Friday has rolled around, so it must be time for another Just Add Ink challenge.

This week it was my turn to set the challenge.  I designed this sketch to inspire your project.

I followed the sketch very literally for my card.

I'm really loving the new Hexagon punch. A simple way to add a bit of emphasis to your cards.

This was the first time I had used the new Quatrefancy SDSP.  It's so bright and cheerful!

Some more Hexagons, stamped with the stamp from Six Sided Sampler for the inside.

Stamps: Sweet Essentials, Sassy Salutations, Six Sided Sampler
Ink: Strawberry Slush
DSP/Cardstock: Quaterfancy SDSP, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Other: Hexagon Punch, Rhinestones, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals

Hope you can play along this week at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 18 September 2013

Baby Tees Hatches Card


A couple of months ago I ran a Hatches, Matches and Dispatches class.  Today's card is the Hatches card from that class.

I chose Daffodil Delight as a great gender-neutral colour.  It's also bright and cheery, perfect for celebrating a new arrival.

We used the Paper Piercing Tool and Templates to add an extra feature around the circle layer.

Another little onsie finishes off the inside.

Stamps: Baby Tees Jumbo Wheel, Sweet Essentials
Ink: Early Espresso
DSP/Cardstock: Polka Dot Parade DSP, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Other: Scallop Border Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Essentials Paper Piercing Template, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Monday 16 September 2013

Daydream Medallions Christmas Card


Have you started making your Christmas cards yet?  I've made a few, including this one using the Daydream Medallions stamp set.  I've seen a few versions of this card floating around on the Internet.  I loved it so I decided to use it for a class sample.

It's such a lovely, simple card that looks really effective. You'd easily be able to mass produce this card for those "OMG it's December and I haven't made any Christmas cards yet" panics.

I used some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to add some highlights to the wreath.

The mini wreath on the inside is a lovely finishing touch.

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Sassy Salutations, Sweet Essentials
Ink: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock: Whisper White
Other: Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon

Bye for now,


Friday 13 September 2013

JAI #182: Just Add Frames


I hope everyone has had a fantastic week.  It's Friday, the weekend is within reach, and it's time for another Just Add Ink Challenge.

This week Paula has challenged us to add a frame to our creation. You can interpret this any way you'd like.  You could add a frame to a card, or decorate a photo frame, what ever you can think of!

My first thought was to create a polaroid style frame as a focal point on my card. It works really well with the photo paper in the I Am Me DSP pack.

I used my new Squares Collection Framelits to cut the inner section of the frame - so much more precise and easier than trying to do it with my trimmer.

I used a little leftover strip of the DSP on the inside.

Stamps: Happy Day, Sassy Salutations
Ink: Pool Party
DSP/Cardstock: I Am Me DSP, Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Squares Collection Framelits, Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Full Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

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

Bye for now,


Wednesday 11 September 2013

Layered Daydream Medallions


Today's card is one I made as a sample for a couple of parties I did in July. 

I got my inspiration for this card from the Annual Catalogue.  You can see the card I CASEd on page 114.  I loved the style of the card and the colour scheme so I adapted it to make it a little easier to put together.

The card in the catalogue layered all the stamping, but I decided to stamp and die cut each layer individually. I also changed the card to a standard A6 size.

The inside of mine is very plain, but the ladies at my parties stamped some more of the Medallions inside their cards.

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Sassy Salutations, Make A Wish
Ink: Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar
Cardstock: Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits, Vintage Faceted Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Bye for now,


Tuesday 10 September 2013

An Extra Long Weekend


I missed my usual blog post yesterday, and here's why.

We were at the beach.  It's Adelaide Show time and a lot of the schools give the students a day off to go to the show.  Both schools that my children attend gave them two days off, so we decided it was the perfect opportunity to take an extra long weekend to relax and play together. We took the kids to the beach on Sunday and they decided they had to go for a swim, well a paddle really as it was a bit cold to go in much further than knee height. It seems that my crazy children think that a trip to the beach isn't complete without a dip, no matter what the season or weather!!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend too, and I'll be back to normal blogging tomorrow.  For now I have to go and wash all the sand out of our clothes!

Bye for now,


Sunday 8 September 2013

JAI Scrap #21: Just Add Washi


Here we are again, it's time for another Just Add Ink scrapping challenge.

This month Kim has challenged us to use Washi Tape on our layout.  It's great timing, with 2 sets of washi tape available in the Annual Catalogue and another two sets in the Holiday Catalogue. You don't need to use Stampin' Up! washi though, any washi is fine.

I just had to have the Witches Brew Designer Washi Tape from the Holiday Catalogue when I saw it.  I'm not really into Halloween, but I loved the designs on the washi. The photos of my family Trick Or Treating last year worked well with the washi.

I used Gorgeous Grunge to create my background, including stamping the lines behind the title.  I used the coordinating ABC-123 alpha stamps to create the title, which is popped up on Dimensionals.

The zig-zag washi border took me a while to create, but it's worth the effort.  I first scored a very light zig-zag line using my scoring tool and then adhered the first row of washi along the score line.  I then added the second and third line of washi to complete the border.

Here you can see that I used more of the washi to create 'hinges' for my hidden photos and journalling. I applied the washi to both sides of the photo to make the hinges a little stronger.

Well, there you go - a couple of easy ways for you to incorporate washi tape into your layouts.

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, ABC-123 Outline Alphabet and Numbers, ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet and Numbers
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White
Other: Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Sanding Block, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Simply Scored Borders Plate

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

Bye for now,


Friday 6 September 2013

JAI #181: Just Add Colour


Woot Woot! It's Friday again. It's Showtime in Adelaide so the kids have school closure days, which means an extra long weekend here for me and the kids.  Poor Rob still has to work though.  I'm hoping that the long weekend translates to lots of stamping time for me!  In the meantime, let's find out about the latest JAI challenge.

This week Nikki has given us an absolutely gorgeous colour combination to wok with.  I have to say, it's one of my favourite combinations I've worked with on the JAI team.
Isn't it yummy?  Here's my card.

I stamped the medallions in Silver ink and then gave them a bit of a going over with the heat gun to set the colour.  If you don't do this step it takes forever to dry and you're bound to accidentally smear the ink when you touch it.

Here's a closer look at all the layers on the front of the card. I've also used one of the Candy Dots and Brads to finish off the centre of the medallion.

Silly me forgot that I needed to photograph the card and I wrote on the inside before I took the photos, so you don't get to see the inside this time.

Stamps: Happy Day
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Silver Encore
Cardstock: Basic Black, Brushed Silver, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Other: Candy Dot, Candy Dot Brads, Dimensionals, Heat Tool

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

Bye for now,


Wednesday 4 September 2013

Simply Stars Father's Day Card


On Monday I posted a grungy Father's Day card that I'd made.  Today I have a very different Father's Day card that was made as a sample for another workshop I ran on the same weekend.  The request there was also for a Father's Day card.

The colour combination for this card came from the Colour Coach.  Not a combo I would have thought of myself, but I really love it! Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, Smoky Slate and Whisper White.

Once again I used My Digital Studio for the sentiment, but this time I used my Bermuda Bay inkpad and a Blender Pen to colour it to match my card.

It's such a happy, cheerful card.  I used stars because I think that our Dads are stars.

Stamps: Simply Stars, Sassy Salutations
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Other: Dimensionals, Blender Pen, My Digital Studio

Bye for now,


Monday 2 September 2013

Epic Day Father's Day Card


Today I have a card for you that I made for a party I did recently.  The request from the hostess was male cards, and as Father's Day was only a week away at that time I decided to do a Father's Day card with the group.

The card was CASEd from this card. I really loved the card, and it was easy to change it to be a Father's Day card.

Some of the Epic Day DSP that I punched with the Hexagon Punch wasn't quite grungy enough, so I stamped over the top with the medium splotches stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.

I don't have any Father's Day stamps except the one from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, which is cute but not the right look or size for this card. MDS to the rescue!  I searched the stamps in My Digital Studio and found the one I used.  I just sized it to requirements and printed it onto some Crumb Cake cardstock.  Easy!

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet and Numbers
Ink: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar
DSP/Cardstock: Epic Day DSP, Crumb Cake
Other: Hexagon Punch, Paper Snips, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, My Digital Studio

I'll be back later in the week with another Father's Day card.

Bye for now,