Monday 30 January 2017

Vintage Delicate Details


Have you earned yourself a Sale-A-Bration freebie yet? One of the first stamp sets I chose was Delicate Details. I love the different lacy patterns, and thought they'd look perfect on a vintage style card.

I made this card for a card class, and decided after I'd made it that I probably should have stamped the lace down both sides of the flower panel. It was all stuck down, so I couldn't pull it up to stamp it, nor did I have time to make it again. I still like it this way though!

I ended up with two spare kits, so I decided to have a play and actually make it with the second lace border.  What do you think? It's a definite improvement, I think.

I stamped it with a bit more splatter the third time. I probably went a little overboard on this one though!

Here's the inside of the card. I left it the same for all three versions. What do you think of the lace in Elegant Eggplant? I love it!

Bye for now,


Thursday 26 January 2017

JAI #344: Just Add Inspiration


Welcome back to our regular Just Add Ink challenges. Did you enjoy our Blog Hop last week? I hope you were able to play along with us.

This week we have an inspiration challenge, suggested by Kim. Doesn't this picture remind you of relaxing somewhere cool on a hot summer day? We are having plenty of those kinds of days here in Australia!

How does the picture inspire you? I decided to go with the water. I started by using the shaving foam technique using Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise and Pool Party. The backing piece I created was nice, but a bit darker than I'd like. In the end I used my Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to create a wavy look for the card. Perfect!

What do you reckon? Remind you of water? I think so!

My Mixed Drinks stamp set hasn't seen much ink, so it was a great opportunity to get it inky. A nice refreshing drink goes well with relaxing in a cool place on a hot day!

I had a lot of fun making this card for Just Add Ink. I hope you have just as much fun when you join us in the new challenge.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 25 January 2017

Art With Heart January Blog Hop


Today I’m excited to bring you a blog hop with some of the awesome ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team. Today we focus on the new Occasions Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Catalogue and also Sale-a-bration! If you place an order with me during Sale-a-bration, you can choose a free item with every $90 you spend in one transaction. There are lots of fabulous free items to choose from (ask me for a brochure and an Occasions Catalogue) and the promotion goes right through until 31st March.

 Better still, become part of our awesome fun, friendly and supportive Art With Heart team. We have a really large team Australia wide that has been around since Stampin’ Up! came to Australia. We have a very active team forum and also have in person stamp days, challenges, card swaps, product shares and more. When you join with me during Sale-a-bration, you get 2 extra free stamp sets of your choice (of any value) plus $235 product (whatever you choose). That's up to $414 product for just $169. You also get free postage! It’s quick and easy to join online too. Ask me about joining today!

I have three cards for you today, all using the new Cool Treats Suite of products from the Occasions Catalogue. You can find them on pages 32 and 33.

I created a shaker card first, that uses the Sprinkles Embellishments. They are a super cute assortment of coloured sequins and balls that work beautifully in a shaker card.

I just had to include one of the cherries on the top of the ice cream! The cherry was die cut using the Frozen Treats Framelits, as was the window for the shaker card. The ice cream in the middle of the card is simply the off cut from the window. Nothing goes to waste here!

There is a cute stamp set at the back of the catalogue called Suite Sentiments. It's a group of phrases that are designed to coordinate with each of the suites of products in the Occasions Catalogue. For my second card, I used the sentiments from this set that coordinated with the Cool Treats Suite.

It's so easy to get a multi-coloured sentiment - you just use your Stampin' Write markers! In this case I used my Pear Pizzazz and Watermelon Wonder markers to ink up the stamp.

I did the same for the sentiment in the inside of the card. Can you see the new Tasty Treats Washi too?

I think I kept my favourite card for last! This card uses a mix of the washi, stamps and framelits. One of the things I love best about the photopolymer stamps is that you can bend them. In this case, I've bent the sentiment on the front to fit around the curve of the circular panel. I love the effect!

It's difficult to photograph, but hopefully you can see that I cut the bowl and the spoon from our Silver Foil paper to make it look like an old fashioned sundae bowl. Did you eat out of those as kids? We had long thin ones that were perfect for banana splits!

Well, that's it from me! You're now off to visit the fabulous Judy May.
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Monday 23 January 2017

2017 Calendars


Each year I run a class in January to make a calendar for the year ahead. It can be a bit of a challenge trying to come up with a new design each year, but it's always a fun challenge!

This year's design was based on the mini magazine holders that you see around the internet, mostly they hold notecards. My adaptation is wider and shallower to accommodate the pages for each month of the year.

After I made this sample, and ran a few classes, I ended up adding an extra pocket to the back of the base. I found that unless they were made very square with the folding and gluing, they tended to be a bit tippy. The pocket solved that problem, and also added a little place to keep a pack of sticky notes and a pencil or two.

I alternated the position of the calendar on each page to help with weight distribution. I left quite a bit of each page blank. My thoughts were that you could either add a photograph to each page, or a plain piece of cardstock so that you could write down important dates for each month.

Lots of people have asked me for the tutorial, and now that I have finished my classes for the month I have it ready for you to access. You can find the tutorial here.

I have one spare kit left over from my classes that I am going to send someone in Australia who comments on this post. That's all you need to do! I will draw the winner on Saturday 27th January, so don't forget to check back to see if you are the winner.

Bye for now,


Thursday 19 January 2017

JAI #343: Just Add A Blog Hop


Welcome back to our Just Add Ink challenges for 2017. It's always so exciting starting off a new year, and I love that we start the year of challenges with a Blog Hop. Usually I get to see everyone's creations before challenge day, but on Blog Hop day I get to hop along and be surprised just like all of our lovely followers.

You may have arrived here from Christine's blog, or you may have started here. It really doesn't matter, just keep hopping until you get back to where you started!

To kick us off in style for 2017 we are all making projects with an Interactive or Pop-Up element. I decided to make a 3D spinning card using the new Lift Me Up range of products.

I used the Up & Away Thinlits to cut through both the card base and the DSP at the same time. It's not really recommended that you do this, but I wanted to get the two layers to line up perfectly. I then stamped and cut 4 smaller balloons. I folded each one in half, and then glued them together. Before I glued the last balloon in place I added a piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine through the middle. This twine is then firmly held in place between the layers of cardstock and Carried Away DSP.

This allows you to twist the balloons around, 'winding' them up. Then when they are released, they spin around. Hopefully you can see the end result in the video. It's the first one I've done, so apologies for the quality!

Here's the inside of the card. I kept all of the elements low so that they can't be seen when the card is closed.

That's it for me, now you're off to Narelle's blog.

Of course, if you get lost, just pop back to the Just Add Ink and pick up where you got lost. It's also where you link your cards when you enter the challenge. Don't have a blog? You can still enter - just email the JAI team with your card and we will add it to the entries.

Bye for now,