Wednesday 30 March 2016

What I Love In Blackberry Bliss


Here's another Sale-A-Bration card for you. I made it as a class sample for my March classes.

It's been a while since I've done a Triple Layer Card, and I think it works really well with this stamp set. I started by stamping the sentiment, then the flowers, and finally the leaves.

I quite like the font in the What I Love set - it's a really pretty handwritten style. Just a hint when stamping the inside of the leaves. The dot stamp in the set will nearly fill the larger leaf, but to fill the little leaf you need to press the stamp down on an angle, so only about half the stamp contacts the cardstock.

Only 2 more days of Sale-A-Bration - don't miss out on the stamps and papers you want.

Bye for now,


Monday 28 March 2016

Flowering Fields In Honey


It's nearly the end of Sale-A-Bration for another year. What's been your favourite SAB choice? Flowering Fields has been popular among my customers this year.I think it's the gorgeous Australian Wildflowers. Today's card features this stamp set, and was the most liked of my card class cards this month.

I chose Hello Honey as the main colour from the card after a comment from one of my class ladies that she liked the colour. After that, the wattle flower was the logical choice to use for the main panel.

We stamped the image with Basic Black and them coloured it with Hello Honey and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers.

I deliberately left the card without a sentiment so that it can be used for a wide range of occasions.

I hope you've had a fabulous Easter weekend. I've had a lovely few days with family, so today is going to be about me - some crafting time is just what I need!

Bye for now,


Monday 21 March 2016

Sky Is The Limit


Sale-A-Bration is nearly over for another year - have you liked this year's choices? I have! One of my favourites has been Sky Is The Limit stamp set. What about you? What's your favourite choice?

The 'Limited Time' stamp sets and DSP have still been available to order, so it you thought you'd missed out, you haven't.

I paired the stamp set with the Going Places DSP and also the World Traveller TIEF. They all work so beautifully together!

Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate and Very Vanilla is a great male combination I think. Do you agree?

Bye for now,


Friday 18 March 2016

JAI #303: Just Add An E


Yippee! It's Friday! What have you got planned for the weekend? I'm just a bit excited to be going to see Bryan Adams at A Day On The Green tomorrow night. He's a big favourite of mine and I've seen him in concert nearly every time he's been to Australia. Can't wait!

But in the meantime, it's time for a new Just Add Ink challenge. This week it's one of my letter challenges, and we've selected 'E' for you. To enter, you just need to make a project that is somehow themed using the letter E. It could be a colour, like Elegant Eggplant, or feature something like an envelope, or use a stamp set that starts with E, like Endless Birthday Wishes. Easy, right!

I decided to create a project that was Eastern in feel. I love the Bohemian DSP for these types of projects, especially when it's teamed with Perfect Peacock.

I coloured the peacock with my Blendabilites and then used Glue Dots to secure an Expressions Natural Element (more E's!!) over the top.

I hope you can find something E related to inspire you this week.  See you over at Just Add Ink!

Bye for now,


Monday 14 March 2016

MKPLxSU Blog Share: Metallics


Welcome to the March 2016 Memory Keeping With Project Life by Stampin' Up! Blog Share. This month we are focusing on the use of Metallics in our projects. I chose to do this by using both the Gold stickers in the Memories in the Making PL Collection and also some of our Gold Foil paper.

Apologies for the glare on the photos - I really should get organised so I'm photographing the layouts in the daylight rather than trying to use my light box at night!

I started putting together a 6x8 Album a year or so ago that documented my daughter, Ada's dancing. I only got as far as the title page before setting it aside to work on other things. As soon as I found out we were doing the metallics Blog Share I immediately thought of it again and decided it was a great opportunity to get more done. On this first page I used some of the Gold Foil paper to create the numbers for the journalling card. As this album will span many years, I wanted the year to stand out as people flick though the album.

You can see that I used one of the gold heart stickers to add a cute little touch to the flag at the bottom of the card.

I have to honestly say that I'm not a big user of metallics normally, which is probably why only one tiny gold heart sticker found it's way onto this page!

On the page above, I originally adhered the small square card directly onto the larger card. I wasn't happy with it though, as one just blended into the other. Solution - a matt of the Gold Foil paper under the smaller card to help separate the two and highlight the journalling.

For consistency, I am using the Little Numbers Framelits with the Gold Foil paper on each page that starts a new year in the album.

On this final page (for now), I used the Gold Foil paper to adjust the photo. The photo originally had Ada smack bang in the middle, which didn't leave me enough room to add in the small card. I decided to chop about an inch off the left hand side of the photo and then add the Gold Foil strip to the right hand side. This pushed Ada to the left, leaving enough room to adhere the small card for journalling. Problem solved!

Here are the links to the other ladies participating in this month's Blog Share. I hope you can find time to click on their links and enjoy some wonderful metallic Project Life by Stampin' Up! inspiration.

Bye for now,


Friday 4 March 2016

JAI #301: Just Add Numbers


How's your week been? I've had a fabulous week - nothing I can really pinpoint, just a general good feeling! I took advantage of that to work on my project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge, suggested by Nikki, which was to add numbers to our creations.

Last weekend Rob and the kids finally finished reading the Harry Potter books, so we were able to watch the final movie as a family. We have done this for the entire series - read the book then watch the movie. We've done this for the Narnia series too. I decided to scrap this occasion, as it was an important memory for our family.

The paper I used was from a kit I bought many years ago, but I've also used a few scraps of Stampin' Up! DSP from many years ago. I think the pack was called Well Worn, or something similar.

I've used both of my sets of number dies on the layout. I cut 1-7 from the Little Numbers Thinlits to represent the seven books in the series. The 1-8 are cut using the Large Numbers Framelits to represent the eight movies.

I couldn't resist using this sticker from the kit to throw another number onto the layout. All Harry Potter fans should know the significance! I created the bottom of the banner by inserting the strip of DSP into the underneath of the Label Bracket punch and then punching so that I only cut one end of the strip.

This last picture was just to show you that I tried something different with the photo - it was printed in sepia tones to better coordinate with the backing paper. I tried colour and black & white, but I think the sepia picture was the clear winner. What do you think?

How are you going to be inspired by the 'numbers' theme this week? I think it's a fantastic theme - so many possibilities! I can't wait to see them all over at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 2 March 2016

A Pretty Birthday Bouquet


One of me favourite DSPs in the Occasions Catalogue is the very pretty Birthday Bouquet DSP. Today's card features on of the gorgeous floral designs.

I also used some of the new Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper to cut the butterfly. It's such a pretty, dusky pink and looks great in Glimmer Paper.

I think I stamped my sentiment a little high on this card. I may go back and add something underneath it so it doesn't look so high. Maybe some sequins - what do you think?

I love finding a little scrap of DSP to use on my inside. I often end up with these in my DSP, so it's great to find a use for them rather than waste the pieces.

Bye for now,