Monday 31 March 2014

Zoo Babies Farewell Sale-A-Bration


Today I have one final card using Sale-A-Bration products.  Well, two cards actually!

This was the sample card I'd made for a series of workshops I was running last month.  It uses the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and some of the Twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessories Pack.

Love that cute little monkey swinging off the hello!  On the way to my first workshop where we were going to be making this card I realised that the Very Vanilla panel was 2 inches (5.1cm) wide - the perfect size for the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  Yay!  I gave the ladies the option to play with the punch instead of following my design.  They has lots of fun.

I had a leftover kit after I'd finished all my workshops for the month so I decided to make my own alternative using the tag punch.  Exact same materials, just trimmed a little!

I punched the Very Vanilla cardstock with the punch, adhered it to the Island Indigo piece and then hand trimmed around the top.  I also hand cut the hole so that my ribbon could go through both layers.  I added a piece of Very Vanilla ribbon and used the twine to tie around it.

Just to finish off - the two cards side by side.

Don't forget that today is the final day to place an order to take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration promotion.  Each $90 spent frome our catalogues gets you a freebie from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. Bonus!

Bye for now,


Saturday 29 March 2014

Layouts 21 and 22


Ready for some more Paris scrapping?

Layout 21 is about our climb to the top of Notre Dame.  As you can see by the top right photo it involved lots and lots of spiral stairs!  The old pins were quite wobbly by the time we got to the top.  The view was worth it though, as was seeing the Emmanuel Bell.  It's apparently the most pure sounding bell in the world.

Rob was particularly taken with the carved animals on the towers. Despite the popular opinion, they are called Chimera, not Gargoyles.  They are similar, but the purpose of Gargoyles are to channel water off a building, Chimera are just decoration.  I had no idea!

After finishing touring Notre Dame we headed over to Sainte Chapelle.  I think it was the most beautiful and amazing building we saw in all of Paris.


We only found about about Sainte Chapelle after reading about it in the Lonely Planet guide.  We were so glad we went there - it was absolutely stunning. We were impressed by the beauty of the lower floor, which had a beautiful painted ceiling that looked like stars twinkling in the night sky.

On going up to the top floor (more spiral stairs!) our jaws hit the ground.  Three of the four walls are 15 feet high stained glass windows that tell the story of the bible.  The fourth wall had an incredible stained glass rose window.  We were there on a lovely sunny day, so we were lucky enough to see the stained glass in all it's spectacular glory.  Thank you Lonely Planet!

Bye for now,


Friday 28 March 2014

Just Add Ink #208: Just Add Colour


This week at Just Add Ink Mae has given us a colour combination that I think we all found challenging.  I guess that is the purpose of a challenge!!!

I was a bit naughty and left my card to the last minute.. I'm glad I did as I received a little box of goodies from the USA as a thank you for designing the tutorial for Craft Project Central last month.  In it was the Positively Chevron stamp and also one of the photo polymer stamp sets Countless Sayings 2.  I couldn't resist inking them up.

One of the downsides of  leaving my card to the last minute is that it was a bit of a gloomy morning when I needed to take the photo, so the colours aren't that great.

I inked the chevrons with my Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate markers.  A bit time consuming, but I love the effect.  The sentiment stamps came from the Countless Sayings 2 stamp set.  I stamped them in Pacific Point and then coloured them with my blender pen and Calypso Coral ink.  The colouring looks much better in real life - the camera was not kind to my photo!

The sentiment on the inside was another new arrival - it's from the Hip Hip Hooray stamp set that you get included in the Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit.

I hoe you can find time to play along using Mae's colour combination this week at Just Add Ink.  Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Bye for now,


Wednesday 26 March 2014

Guest Blogger: Ada


Today you get a break from my cards.  I recently bought a bigger desk for my crafting space which allows my kids to craft with me if they desire.  During the Summer school holidays Ada crafted with me a few times. Today I have for you one of her cards.

She likes being an independent crafter, so she chose everything.  The ornament cut out was from my stash of scraps that may come in handy (do you have a stash like that too?).  Other than that piece she chose, stamped and arranged everything else. Oh, and she cleans up after herself too - winning!

I really love that she likes to try out new things (the sponging on the front) in an effort to be just like me.  It certainly makes me feel loved.

Bye for now,


Monday 24 March 2014

Petite Petals Notecard


Today I have for you a sweet little note card that I made as a sample for several classes I ran last month.

The stamp set is such a cute little set, and the coordinating punch makes cropping it a breeze!

I stamped the more solid flower stamp in Pistachio Pudding on the Whisper White cardstock.  My aim was to make it look like the leaves on a bush, and I quite like the effect.  By overlapping the stamping you get lighter and darker areas, which look a bit more realistic.

I repeated this effect on the inside.

Bye for now,


Sunday 23 March 2014

Layouts 19 & 20


Back again with some more Paris scrapping.

The Treasury is inside of Notre Dame and it's where the treasures of the Church are stored and displayed.  It was an extra €6 each to get in, but it was well worth the money.  I say it lots, but the French sure know how to do luxury and decadence!  Rob and I had a bit of a chuckle too, as one of the robes on display had what looked like the Gay Pride stripes down the back.  I'm sure it must have had a different meaning for the church!

After looking through the inside of Notre Dame we took a stroll around the outside of the building. The photo of Rob shows the exterior of the Treasury of Notre Dame.  There is a lovely park at the rear which looks to be a favourite place for families that live nearby.  On the far side of Notre Dame we found the best crepes we had in Paris.  They were lovely and fresh and the two men that ran the stall were funny and friendly.  I wish I'd been cheeky enough to ask if I could take some photos of them making the crepes.  We went back there several times to have more yummy crepes when we were in the area.

Bye for now,


Saturday 22 March 2014

Layouts 17 & 18


Ready for some more of my Paris trip?

Before we left for Paris my well-travelled sister let me know of an old superstition in Paris - if you find and stand on the Zero Point of Paris you will one day return to the beautiful city.  Point Zero is in front of Notre Dame and is the point in Paris from which all distances are measured.  It took us a while to find it as it is always surrounded by crowds of tourists, no doubt all wishing the same thing! As you can see, we did eventually find it and we were able to make our wish.

Words really can't describe Notre Dame.  From the outside it is beautiful, towering above us.  There is so much to see everywhere you look.  I loved the carvings above each of the doors that tell the story of the Bible.  It was told in pictures so that the illiterate could still learn the stories.  Clever!


Once we got inside we were rendered mute. The atmosphere inside was amazing.  Even though there were signs all around requesting silence, they weren't really necessary.  You just don't feel like talking.  Your eyes are so busy taking everything in.  Incredible!

The massive stained glass windows are stunning.  We were lucky to be there on a sunny day so we could get the full effect of the sun streaming through. The workmanship is incredible!  At the far end of the building was a model of the building of Notre Dame.  I was absolutely gobsmacked when I saw it.  In this modern time it hadn't occurred to me that Notre Dame was built in a time before the machinery we have now.  Those incredibly high arched ceilings were built by men on wooden ladders.  Amazing!

Bye for now,


Friday 21 March 2014

JAI #207: Just Add A Sketch


Once again, it's Friday and time for another Just Add Ink Challenge.  Don't we all love Friday!  This week Kim has designed a sketch for our papercrafting inspiration.

I have used a bit of creative licence with this sketch by rotating it 180 degrees and changing the tags to banners.  It's nice to shake things up sometimes!

This sketch also gave me the opportunity to use some of the cork flower stickers that are a Sale-A-Bration freebie.  Not much longer left to grab your freebies!

I really love the Sweet Sorbet collection.  I'm going to miss it when SAB is over.  I reckon I say that just about every year though!

I used another flower on the inside, I just cut it in half to make the most out of it.

How will you play with Kim's fabulous sketch this week over at Just Add Ink?

Bye for now,


Wednesday 19 March 2014

Banner Birthday Card


When I first got my SAB Banner Punch I had a bit of a play with it.  I didn't have the coordinating stamp set but I did have the Sweet Sorbet DSP, Embossing Folder and Twine.  Here's what I made.

I chose my cardstock colours based on the colours in the Sweet Sorbet DSP.  I really love that the DSP has a touch of Basic Black - I think it adds a touch of drama.  I double layered the banner punchies using Dimensionals to pop up the top layer.

The sentiment is stamped on a layer of vellum that is wrapped around the cardstock layer rather than adhered to it.  I love the way it gives a floating effect.

There's that belated stamp again.  It's really getting a workout this year.

Bye for now,


Monday 17 March 2014

Superman Punch Art


A couple of weeks ago we were invited to a very special little boy's 6th Birthday party.  He's right into superheroes (aren't most 6 year old boys?) and so the party had a superhero theme.  Of course I had to make a card to suit the theme.  After scouring the 'net for ideas I found this card by Caroline Bennie with the most perfectly cute Superman.

The Lego paper was from my stash, and I'd stuck it down before I realised that a blue Superman on a blue background was probably not going to work too well.  My solution was to make the moon for Superman to fly past.

I used a Circles Collection Framelit to cut the circle and then stamped it lightly with the small splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.  I was trying give the effect of the craters on the moon.  I then created a cityscape by cutting the Basic Black cardstock to replicate buildings and using my white gel pen to add in some lights in windows.

I finished off the inside with a couple more scraps of Lego paper.  The birthday boy loved his card I'm pleased to report. Oh, and thanks to my hubby Rob for creating the logo for the front of Superman's costume.  He's a bit of a superhero nerd so I think he was the best person for the job.

Bye for now,


Sunday 16 March 2014

Layouts 15 & 16


I thought I'd sneak an extra post in today to try to catch up a bit on my 100 Layouts Challenge.  I've challenged myself to scrap (and blog!) 100 layouts this year.  I'm on track with the scrapping part of the challenge, but not so much on the blogging part!

Our first destination on day 2 in Paris was the Conciergerie.  It's had several uses in it's long history, but it is most famous for holding prisoners until they were beheaded during the French Revolution.  It's most famous imate was Marie Antoinette. The bottom right photo in the first layout is a reproduction of her cell.

The photo above shows the ceiling of what was once the dining hall. It's the first part of the building that you see when you enter and it's spectacular.  Even though it's quite plain, the arched ceilings are amazing.  They are plain because it was where the soldiers ate - Royalty didn't venture down here.  It was quite echoey in the hall - it would be very noisy when it was full of soldiers!

Next stop was the Crypt.  The remains of the first occupation of the island were found when construction began on an underground car park for Notre Dame.  Thankfully the car park got scrapped, and the Crypt was built instead.  It was fascinating to look at the structures and other treasures unearthed there.

Bye for now,


Saturday 15 March 2014

Layouts 13 & 14


I've missed a few weeks of my scrapbooking challenge layouts.  I have been scrapping, just not photographing them and blogging.  I'm all caught up now after spending the afternoon editing the photos. Here's layouts 13 and 14, two more from my Paris album.

Layout 13 is a single page and tells the story of our first night and morning in Paris. We had walked so far on the first day that I ended up with a massive blister on my heel.  Thankfully I was able to find some padded bandaids so I could continue walking comfortably. We were so tired we went to bed with out going out for dinner.  I think we were out cold by 9pm!  We were starving hungry the next morning, so we found a nearby bistro serving breakfast.  French eateries charge different prices depending on where you sit.  Outside is the most expensive and standing at the bar is the cheapest.  We settled in the middle, choosing to sit indoors.  I don't 'get' wanting to sit outside and eat amongst the car fumes!

First on the agenda on the second day was to take the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour.  It was a great way to get our bearings in the city.  We chose to sit up top on the double decker bus in the open air.  It was such a lovely day and we had a fantastic view.  We were given little earphones that plugged into a socket and allowed us to listen to the running commentary in English.

I found these little pocket pages in Spotlight.  They just have the slots for 3 landscape photos, so they are like a half sized page.  It's a great way to add extra photos to your pocket page layouts without having to add a whole page. The pages here are the front and back of the half page.

And here's the final page in the spread.  We took lots of photos from the bus.  I think Rob had the camera and he's quite a bit snap happy!

Well, that's it for today's post.  I hope you're enjoying the layouts.

Bye for now,


Friday 14 March 2014

JAI #206: Just Add Sale-A-Bration


Wow, where did that week go? I feel like I should be starting all my posts with "I'm sorry..." Truth is I'm still struggling with the tiredness that comes with having really low iron stores. Wish I had a dollar for every time I've fallen asleep on the couch in the evenings.  Getting back into balance again just takes time.

This week at Just Add Ink we are challenging you to show us what you can do with your Sale-A-Bration freebies.  There's lots of choices and endless possibilities!

As you can see, I decided to use the Good As Gold Card Kit.  I really love the colours and patterns in the kit.  I kept the basic layout of the card as it is suggested in the kit, with a few key changes.  I used the card front and mounted it to make the card a 'normal' sized card.  I changed the orientation of the card, but kept the flags as suggested.

It's a great arrangement, so why mess with it?

I've gone with the 'not in the centre' sentiment again.  Really loving that effect!

I'll be looking forward to seeing what you enter into our Just Add Ink challenge this week.

Bye for now,


Sunday 9 March 2014

JAI 205: Just Add A Sunburst


Before I get into it, apologies for the unscheduled blog break.  I've been in bed most of the week with a bug that the kids also came down with.  Thankfully Rob was able to stay home to look after us all.  Added to that I discovered last week that I have very low iron stores, which has left me absolutely exhausted.  I'm on the mend now, but it's going to take a while to get those iron stores up again so I really need to make sure I'm looking after myself.

Well, on to today's card, which should have been Friday's card, but better late than never.  This week it's my challenge over at Just Add Ink, and I have challenged you all to include a sunburst on your card.  As the Design Team cards have shown, there are a multitude of different ways this can be interpreted.

I mad this card with this layout of mine in mind.  Not long after I'd scrapped this layout I'd seen a similar one in a magazine, the difference being that the scrapper had cut out the spritzed section and popped it up on top of her base cardstock.. I'd loved the effect and wanted to give it a go.

I spritzed the sun and sunbeams using a spritzer that had Isocol and Daffodil Delight reinker in it.  I must have previously used some shimmer paint in the spritzer because the end result was sparkly.  One of those very happy accidents!  Once it was all dry I cut out the spritzed section, sponged the edges with Daffodil Delight ink and raised it all up on Dimensionals.  The cloud was made from the bubbly speech bubble from the Word Bubbles Framelits set.

I often forget that the inside sentiment doesn't need to be in the centre.  Just a habit to keep stamping it there I guess.  I decided to stamp it in the corner so that it didn't interrupt the flow of the message I wanted to write on the inside.

I hope you can join in with the fun over at Just Add Ink this week.

Bye for now,