Wednesday 30 September 2015

Sheltering Tree


Today's card was made using the photopolymer stamp set, Sheltering Tree.  My stamping ladies had asked for some inspiration using the set. I don't own it, so one of my ladies was kind enough to loan it to me. My first step was to use Google Images to search for a little inspiration myself.

I wanted to go for something CAS and when I saw this card and this card I decided to combine elements from both to create my card.  I cut a mask from a card front sized piece of copy paper using a square framelit and then laid it over the top of my card so I could sponge Soft Sky ink onto the card base through the mask. The tree and leaves were then stamped through the mask using Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron inks.

Finally, the mask was removed to stamp the sentiment. Done!

I stamped the tree the same way on the inside, minus the sponging.  It still looked a little bare so I added a row of flowers before stamping the sentiment above them.

Bye for now,


Monday 28 September 2015

Lighthearted Leaves Birthday Card


When I first saw the new Holiday Catalogue the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set caught my eye.  Not so much for the sentiments (although I love the believe one!), but for the leave stamps themselves.  Today's card was one of the first I made when I received the set.

I've paired the stamp set with some other Holiday Catalogue items, such as the Merry Moments DSP Stack and the Woodland TIEF.

I made this card as a class sample.  My ladies had a bit of fun with the card, and a few played with the layout.  Some centered the squares or the circle, some centered both. Some switched the sentiment and made a Christmas card.  They all looked great!

Which stamp sets from the Holiday Catalogue caught your eye?

Bye for now,


Friday 25 September 2015

JAI #281: Just Add Colour


This week at Just Add Ink we have a colour challenge with a difference: YOU get to choose the colours you use! The very tricky Di came up with this challenge, and gave us a limit: you can only use THREE colours. Which three will you choose?

I decided to go with one of my favourite colours, which is blue. This card is Hudson's 8th Birthday card.  We gave him a water play table and a few little rubber duckies to go in it, so I ran with that for his card.

You can see that my two other colours are yellow (Daffodil Delight) and orange (Tangelo Twist).  The blues I used are Marina Mist and Soft Sky.  There's a bit of Basic Black and Whisper White in the card, but technically they aren't colours, so I think I'm ok!

To make the duckie I just googled 'duck punch art Stampin' Up!', clicked on Images and just went from there.  He's a bit of a cutie!  I made the water by just punching along the edge of the cardstock with my smallest circle punch.

Which three colours will you choose for your card? Pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see the gorgeous combos the other girls have selected.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 23 September 2015

The Cardmaker's Children


Do you know the saying about the cobbler's children? "The cobbler's children have no shoes". Sigh. I think the proverb could be applied to my house sometimes - the cardmaker's children have no cards. I often get so busy making cards for classes and other people that my own family tend to get neglected.  Today's cards are ones I made recently for Alex and Ada for their birthdays, which are in April and July respectively.  I know, parent of the year! To make matters worse, I showed them their cards and then told them they couldn't have them until I'd photographed them for blogging.  I think they are used to it by now!

Ada's card was made with the Hey Girl stamp set.  I would have been in big trouble if I'd used any other stamp set! I coloured it with my Blendabilities and then did a quick watercolour wash over the background, being very careful to NOT touch the Momento ink with my Aqua Painter.

Alex's card was CASEd from a fellow Demonstrator, Tracey Humphries.  I can't find a blog to link to though.  I saw her card in a closed demonstrator group. It's fantastically easy though - just the star within a heap of circles!  Awesome boy card.

EDIT: Tracey has a Facebook page here.

Having admitted being VERY late with my  two oldest children's cards, I will say that I was MUCH faster with Hudson's.  He turned 8 on Sunday and I made his card yesterday.  You'll have to wait until Friday to see it though, it's my Just Add Ink card for the upcoming challenge.

Bye for now,


Friday 18 September 2015

JAI #280: Just Add Glimmer


What a fun challenge at Just Add Ink this week - to Just Add Glimmer to your projects!  Who doesn't love a bit of bling?

I decided to go for a CAS to try to make the Glimmer Paper the star of the card.  I love the new, thicker Whisper White cardstock for plain white card bases.

I used a pair of Labels Framelits from the Tags and Labels set to frame my sentiment.  I also used a few Old Olive sequins as a highlight, finished with a dot of Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.

I really love the holly stamp as a feature stamp on Christmas cards.

What glimmer will you add to your project this week? Why don't you pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have done?

Bye for now,


Thursday 17 September 2015

AWH Blog Hop: Holiday Catalogue


Today some of the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team girls are sharing some fun and fabulous ideas to inspire you from our brand new Holiday Catalogue available now until 4th January 2016.  I decided to go with the Home For Christmas DSP as the basis for my card.  I love the retro images in the paper!

As you can see, I paired the DSP with the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies.  The dies are a great way to add instant Christmas to any card.

Everyone loves a bit of 'shiny' when it comes to Christmas, so I die cut my bauble from the new Red Foil Sheets.  It's so pretty - and I love how easy the intricate bauble is to cut using my Precision Plate in my Big Shot.

The holly leaves are stamped in Mint Macaroon that has been stamped off once.  I really like how it adds a subtle 'oomph' to the sentiment on the inside of the card.

The next blog in the hop belongs to my fellow South Australian, Kathryn Mangelsdorf.  She's bound to have some Holiday gorgeousness on her blog!

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1. Rachel Woollard
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Kate Morgan
  4. Judy May
  5. Claire Daly
  6. Jenny van Dijk
  7. Kathryn Ruddick
  8. Tina Gillespie
  9. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
Bye for now,


Friday 11 September 2015

JAI #279: Just Add A Sketch


Can you believe it's September already? I won't give a countdown until Christmas - that just seems too mean, as it's sneaking up on us ever so quickly!  Anyway, it's a sketch challenge this week at Just Add Ink, and this one was designed by Narelle.

It's an awesome sketch, with heaps of scope for interpretation.  I had fully intended to make a Christmas card, in fact I had the card planned out in my head. However, when I sat down to make it I found myself reaching for the very non-Christmassy Bohemian DSP.

Funny how things turn out like that sometimes!

I chose the 'I Think You're Great' stamp set based totally on the fact that it has this circular sentiment - I thought it was a great way to use the circular element in the sketch.  I added a couple of Crushed Curry Candy Dots to jazz it up a little.  The two strips were just scraps I had lying around that I thought worked really well with the sketch.

I got really stumped on what to do on the inside, so in the end I stamped the Way To Go stamp.  I think it's the first time I've used the stamp!

What do you see in the sketch?  Why don't you head on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created?

Bye for now,