Sunday, December 12, 2010

Teacher Gifts

Each year the kids give their teachers a few chocolates and a card as a way of saying Thank you and Merry Christmas. This year was easy with the Fancy Favour die cut and the Big Shot. I can’t take all the credit for these as Isobel helped with the decorating and Matt made some of the chocolates.
Project Recipe
Stamp set: Snow Swirled, Gifted and Perfect Punches
Cardstock: Old olive, choc chip, real red and whisper white
Ink: Real red, old olive, whisper white and versamark
Accessories: Champagne shimmer mist, self adhesive rhinestone, Fancy Favour die and Big Shot, Sleigh Bells ribbon, large and small scallop circle punch, wide oval punch.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Last Christmas Card (hopefully)!

This is it..the last Christmas card I will make for 2010! Most of my cards have already been sent, but this one is going to my secret sister from Splitcoast. I only received my final package yesterday (with a new stamp set which I will show in the new year) with a name and address to send it to. The layout and colours are CASEd from the latest Scrapbook Creations magazine and are by Nicky Adamson.

Project Recipe
Stamp set: Contempo Christmas and Occassional quotes (inside)
Card: real red and whisper white
Ink: real red
Accessories : Vintage wallpaper embossing folder, mistletoe ribbon and self adhesive pearls

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Stampin' Up! December Frenzy and Summer Mini Catalogue

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know about a couple of things going on at Stampin' Up! right now.

Today is  the start of the Summer Mini Catalogue. New stamps for Valentine's and Easter, new Hostess sets, crochet lace ribbons, smooch spritz and loads more. I have put a link in the sidebar and if you would like a copy of the catalogue email or call and I will send one out to you.

Also this month is December Frenzy, a great sale of a few items in the main Idea Book and Catalogue. Check out all the details here. There are stamp sets and accessories up to 50% off.

So for those last minute gift ideas and Christmas craft items, take a look and give me a call.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

JAI 45

A sketch challenge this week at JAI. Continuing with my promise to myself to only make Christmas cards from challenges, I have used some new products from the Summer Mini which starts on Wednesday. THe lacy ribbon is called Chantilly and is just gorgeous. I also wanted a bit of bling and this card has 4 different types, but all gold - gold embossing powder for the star, gold shimmer paint in the tree and gold smooch spritz (also in Summer Mini) on the background and a layer of gold metallic cardstock.

Project Recipe
Stamp set: Snow swirled and So swirly wheel
Card: cherry cobbler, old olive, very vanilla and gold metallic
Ink: Cherry cobbler, versamark
Accessories: Jolly holiday dsp, chantilly lace ribbon, old olive grosgrain ribbon, gold embossing powder, gold shimmer paint, gold smooch spritz

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Just Add Christmas!

That's the challenge this week at Just Add Ink, make anything for Christmas! This really is my favourite time of year. I love decorating the tree, the food, being with the family and even the shopping for presents!

I saw the kit for the Advent Calendar in my local craft store, but thought it was a bit expensive. But then it was on sale at a more reasonable price and I just had to have it. It comes as just a bare frame and plain chipboard boxes and you have to provide all the embellishments. So Sunday afternoon was spent painting the frame, Monday after TAFE I made and covered all the boxes. And for 5 hours today I have been painting and embossing numbers and creating the 8"x8" scrapbook page. THe tutorial for the double ball ornament is on Splitcoast and is by Carol Dunstan, it's a bit fiddly but not difficult to make.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Gifted
Ink: cherry cobbler and old olive, versamark (for embossing)
Cardstock: cherry cobbler, old olive and very vanilla
Accessories: Silve, gold, white and clear embossing powder, Jolly Holiday dsp, sleigh bells ribbon, dazzling diamonds, crystal effects, clear rhinestones, scallop trim border and corner punches.
Other: red, green and white paint, rhinestones, beads and gold thread

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thank You Sonia!!

How cool is this? Thank You Sonia for this lovely surprise. The BBFF Award is to be passed on to those people  who take the time to visit our blogs, leave comments and to those whose blogs inspire us to do the same. So I am passing this Award to a few talented stampers whose blogs I visit regularly. Some may not post  alot, but what they do is certainly worth a look. All are found in my blog roll, so I always know when something new is posted.


Thank you ladies for inspiring and encouraging me with your blogs!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

JAI 42

This week's challenge at JAI is a sketch. I have been a bit busy this week so I am running a bit late getting this one in on time! It isn't often I do baby cards, but my secret sister is having a baby just after the round finishes at the end of this month so this more to wish her good luck for when the baby arrives.

Project Recipe
Stamp: Upsy Daisy, Short and Sweet
Ink: Concord Crush (stamped off to give a lighter image)
Card: Concord crush, pretty in pink and very vanilla
Accessories: Elegan eggplant ribbon, embossing folder, glitter glue, large oval and scallop oval punch, Lap of Luxury dsp.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Just Believe

Of all the new stamp sets in the new IB&C, this would have to be in my top three of favourites. There are 9 stamps in the set including silhouettes, words and tag shapes. The idea of this card was originally to keep it monochrome, but it looked a little dull so a strip of colour was added to give definition between the layers.

Project Recipe
Stamp set: Just Believe
Card: Soft suede, very vanilla, crumb cake and rose red
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: distressing tool, Elegant Soiree dsp and kraft ribbon (retired)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Just Add ink 40

It is a colour challenge at JAI this week, and although they are lovely soft colours, they aren't the normal Christmas colours. But if I am ever to get my cards done in time every challenge I do must be a Christmas one!

The idea was to get the look of a Christmas tree with a few decorations on it. I have seen this done with the Lovely as a Tree set turning the large tree stamp sideways. Unfortunately I don't have that set so I improvised with Inspired by Nature used sideways instead. I made some glitter glue using dazzling diamonds and crystal effects for the baubles and added SU's new self adhesive rhinestones in the corners.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Tree trimmings and Punches three (retired)
Card: bashful blue, sahara sand and whisper white
Ink: Pear pizzazz, bashful blue, blushing bride and sahara sand
Accessories: bashful blue ribbon (retired), half inch punch for corners, rhinestones, dazzling diamonds and crystal effects, square scallop punch

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Dates: 16 October-30 November 2010
Promotion Details
During the Christmas season, you can earn exclusive Stampin' Up! ribbon in two different ways:
  • Purchase a gift-giving bundle and receive one FREE spool of ribbon.
  • Host a $550 workshop and receive a FREE spool of ribbon.
Choose from these bundles:

Wood-Mount ItemWood-Mount PriceClear-Mount ItemClear-Mount Price
Gifted Bundle
Gifted Set and Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper
Welcome Christmas Bundle
Welcome Christmas Set and Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper
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Season of Joy Set and So Swirly Stampin' Around Wheel
Delightful Decorations Bundle
Delightful Decorations Set and Ornament Punch

*Bundles and ribbons available while supplies last

Choose from these ribbons:

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Riding Hood Red 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon113099$19.95
Real Red 3/4" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon115608$19.95

For full details and pictures of the bundles head to the Stampin' up! customer homepage. I am putting in an order after my workshop on the 31st October, so just give me a call if you would like to place an order and get some of these beautiful ribbons for free.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Just Add Ink 37

Colour challenge this week and it is a tricky one at first glance. But the ladies at JAI have shown that they do have a good eye for picking a colour combo, so head over to the blog and have a look.

With only a few weeks until Christmas cards have to be posted, I decided it was time to make a start.

Project Recipe
Cardstock: always artichoke, old olive, pumpkin pie and rose red
Stamp set: Tree Trimmings
Ink: Old olive, always artichoke, rose red and versamark
Accessories: rose red ribbon, Heat&stick powder, dazzling diamonds

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bithday Because

I had a lovely day of stamping yesterday at a friend's place. Nothing better than sharing time with friends doing something that you all enjoy. While there I made a few copies of this card which I will be sending to some of the members of ESAD who are having a Birthday this month. The great thing about handmade cards is that even though you do the same in each card, something is always a bit unique to each card!

Project Recipe
Stamp set: Because I Care (level 1 hostess)Perfect Punches
Card: basic black, pretty in pink, whisper white
Ink: pretty in pink and perfect plum
Accessories: 1/4" black grosgrain ribbon, wide oval punch, stamp a ma jig
Technique: masking

Sunday, September 26, 2010

JAI 36

Ever have an afternoon free for stamping and no idea what to do? For me the easiest way to combat a lack of inspiration is a challenge! The super talented ladies at Just Add Ink are great for providing ideas and JAI 36 is no exception. I love the simple elegance of this sketch. Although the sketch called for dsp on the left edge I really wanted to use this stamp set and so substituted the large flower for dsp.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Elements of Style and Oval All
Cardstock: Rich razzleberry and very vanilla
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Rich razzleberry 5/8 grosgrain ribbon, large oval and scallop oval punches, corner rounder punch

Saturday, September 18, 2010


I hope you’re ready for the ESAD Big Shot Blog Hop!
What is ESAD?
ESAD stands for Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand demonstrators for Stampin’ Up!
We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors but we share our love for what we do with each other as Demonstrators. We run swaps,
challenges, tutorials, product know how and cyberstamps and we are always there to help and support each other when its needed.
So if you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.
Whether you  have come here from Shirley McAvoy's blog or starting here it doesn’t matter as the hop is a circle with 23 blogs in total. Remember if you visit each one and leave a comment you will be in the running for some awesome Stampin’ Up blog candy.
My first project is a scrapbooking layout.
Cardstock: very vanilla, soft suede, baja breeze and pumpkin pie
Ink: soft suede marker
Stamp set: Elements of Style
Accessories: Big Shot Hearts and Brackets die, Elegant Soiree dsp, chipboard
I first cut the chipboard brackets with the Big Shot and die and then the dsp. I then covered the chipboard with the dsp which, of course, is a perfect fit! I sanded the edges to neaten the edges.
Next are a few examples of the mini milk carton die cut.
_DSC7884Project recipes left to right.
1.Lap of Luxury dsp, Elements of Style stamp set and concord crush and blushing bride ink (incolours),
2. Crumb cake, poppy parade and very vanilla cardstock, Perfect punches stamp set, old olive 5/8” ribbon,
3. Whisper white cardstock, Peach parfait and pear pizzazz ink and Vintage vogue stamp set.
These are just the cutest little boxes which were all made in just a few minutes and are ideal as small treat boxes.
Lastly is a card using the Scallop circle die.
Cardstock: Perfect plum, blushing bride and sahara sand
Ink: perfect plum
Stamp set: Because I Care (level 1 hostess set)
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop circle die, Vintage wallpaper embossing folder, large oval and scallop oval punch, antique brad.
Don’t forget to leave a comment before heading over to Carol-Ann Torrie's blog to continue the hop.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

BLOG HOP Saturday

Just a couple of lines to let you know that there will be a Blog Hop on Saturday 18th September, launch time 8am. All posts will show projects using the Big Shot and other products from the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue. There will be about 25 blogs to visit, with the opportunity to win a prize for those who visit all blogs and leave a comment on each one. So make sure you join me here on Saturday the 18th, with a cuppa and a bit of time to enjoy these great projects from the ladies at ESAD.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Catalogue

Hooray!! The new Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue starts tomorrow!!  These two cards are made using new stamp sets and designer paper featured in the new catalogue.

 If you want to see more there are 2 blog hops planned for this month. The First is tomorrow 1st Sept and features stamp sets and products from the new book. I wont be taking part in this one, but a number of people on my blog list are so you can access it from here. The second one will feature the Big Shot and the new accessories that go with it. It is on the 18th Sept and I will be taking part in that one.

There are prizes of new products from the catalogue for one lucky person who comments on every blog. There is a limit of 25 blogs in each hop. Competition is not open to SU demos, so for everyone else grab a cuppa and take a look!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

One before I go away for a week. The layout came from a magazine, I just liked the look of it so thought I would give it a go. I got the shadow effect by stamping the dark colour first then offsetting with the lighter colour. I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up properly.

Project Recipe
Stamp set: Inspired by Nature
Cardstock: Not quite navy, baja breeze, kraft and confetti white
Ink: not quite navy and baja breeze
Accessories: Urban garden dsp, scalloop circle punch and 13/8", 11/4" circle punches, polka dot embossing folder and the Big Shot.

Don't forget it is only a couple of weeks til the end of both the current Idea Book and Catalogue and The Autumn mini. The full retirement list is on the SU Website so make sure you take a look.

PS I have my copy of the new catalogue and it is so good :)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

One Last Chance

That is what Stampin' Up! are calling the retired list this year. This is your Last Chance to purchase many items from the 2009/2010 Idea Book & Catalogue. Each year SU! produces a lovely new catalogue full of new stamps, colours, accessories and some of your favourites from the previous year. But to make room for the new it is out with the old! So check out the Last Chance list here.

A number of items are discounted 25 - 50% off so make sure you hunt for the bargains. And dont forget the Colour Renovation means alot of the cardstock and inks are retiring too. I expect the re-inkers to sell out quickly.

These items are available until the end of August or while stocks last. To cover this I am placing individual orders as I receive them. Postage will be $5.95 on orders of less than $100 (5% on orders over $100) and will be posted straight to your door. This is to avoid any disappointment in case stocks run out. I will try and keep you updated if stocks sell out or run low.

So email or phone me as soon as possible to place an order!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

JAI 27

It's good to be back in my craft space again, and what better way to get started than with  a challenge from the ladies at Just Add Ink. This week's challenge is a sketch which would be perfect for both cards and scrapbooking. I know it is only July but I chose a Christmas theme because I was just looking at the ESAD Christmas in July blog hop. There are heaps of links to that on my blog list so make sure you check it out.

Project Recipe
Cardstock: Real red and old olive
Ink: Versamark
Stamp set: Snow Swirled
Accessories: Gold embossing powder and heat gun, Holiday treasures dsp, eyelet border punch and real red grosgrain ribbon

Sunday, July 11, 2010

JAI 25

This card is a combination of two challenges from the ladies at Just Add Ink.  Number 24 was a sketch challenge that I really liked but never got time to do (school holidays are very bad for stamping, lol) and number 25 which is a colour challenge.

Stamp set: Knobbly Gnomes (retired)
Cardstock: Soft suede, rose red, elegant eggplant and very vanilla
Ink: Black stazon and rose red stampin' write marker
Accessories: gold brads, boho blossoms punch, lots of tags die and the Big Shot

Friday, July 2, 2010

Two Step Stamping Promotion

Hi Everyone, I know it has been forever since I last posted. Please forgive me, I haven,t made any cards lately as I have been working on Matt's Nana and Pop's scrapbook album. They recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary and I am putting together an album of their family. I will share some photos of that next week hopefully.

But the reason for this post is to let you all know about the July special from Stampin' Up. This month SU! is giving a 20% discount on a number of two step stamp sets (including my favourite A Rose is a Rose) from both the main Catalogue and the Winter mini. If you are unfamiliar with this technique let me know and I can give you a quick demo, it really is one of the easiest techniques with give a big wow factor to your stamping.

Check out all the details at the Stampin' Up Customer website. Call or email me by the end of July to take advantage of these great specials.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

JAI #21

Another challenge from the ladies at JAI, this time a sketch. This gave me the chance to use my new Scallop Circle die and show off Haiku dsp which is one packs available as part of the deal of the week special from SU!

Project Recipe
Cardstock: So saffron, old olive, tangerine tango, more mustard and whisper white
Ink: Old olive, so saffron and more mustard
Stamp set: Embrace Life
Accessrories: Scallop circle and circles dies, Big Shot, Haiku dsp and white gel pen

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award

How cool is this, my first award! I received this from the lovely Tanya Kitto, another Stampin' Up! Demonstrator who has become a good friend through ESAD. As part of the Award, I have to tell you 10 things about myself and pass it on to 10 other bloggers. So here goes.

1. I have been married to Matt for 10 years,
2. I have three children of my own and 1 stepdaughter,
3. I work as a Carer at an Aged Care Facility,
4. I love chocolate!
5. I am diabetic so only get chocolate in small amounts,
6. My favourite colour is yellow,
7. I am addicted to silly facebook games lol,
8. I drive a red kia rio, the little red rocket
9. I knit and crochet, but cant sew a straight line
10. I am going to the Stampin' Up! Convention next May (fingers crossed).

And now 10 blogs:
Cathy Clark (my upline and team leader of Great Southern Inkers)
Margaret Knoops
Paula Dobson
Leonie Schroder
Sonia Garbutt
Our family blog (Matt does most of the blogging here)
Louise Ryan
Mae Collins
Caroline Cassidy
Harriet Hensley

These are some of my favourite places to visit. Some are already on my blogroll and others are new ones
I have discovered recently because of UnConvention.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

JAI 19

It has been awhile since I have done a JAI challenge, so I thought I would do one before I go away tomorrow.  Colour challenges are my favourite sort and this one with its bright colours really appealed to me.
Colours: Melon mambo, taken with teal and elegant eggplant.

The bookmark was designed by Jenny Adams and is so easy to make and the inside to write your own personal greeting makes it that little more special as a gift.

Project recipe
Stamps: Vintage vogue and Punches three
Cardstock: elegant eggplant, taken with teal, melon mambo and whisper white
Ink: Elegant eggplant, taken with teal and melon mambo
Accessories: scallop border and scallop square punches, ribbon

Friday, May 28, 2010

UnConvention 2 Ribbon Challenge

Another project from the UnConvention. The challenge was to use 3 cardstock colours and 2 ribbons in any way we choose.  Next year's Stampin' Up! Convention will be held in Melbourne and Matt and I ahve decided we will make a family holiday of it so that I can go, yay!!!

Project Recipe
Stamp: Vintage Vogue
Card: Old olive, more mustard, bravo burgundy
Ink: Old olive, more mustard, bravo burgundy
Accessories: old olive grosgrain, white taffeta ribbon, eyelet border punch, gold brads

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gift Bag with Love Note Pocket

Another project from the weekend's UnConvention cyberstamp.  The gift bag is made from two sheets of cardstock cut to 21x20cm. The remaining pieces are used for the pocket and gift card, so nothing is gone to waste.

Project Recipe
Cardstock: Natural ivory, real red, cameo coral
Ink: real red, cameo coral
Stamps: 5th Ave Floral, oval all
Accessories: Real red polka dot ribbon, raspberry tart dsp, white embossing powder, scallop oval and large oval punches, jumbo eyelets

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Scrapbook Challenge Sunday

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I am playing along with the ESAD UnConvention Cyberstamp. This event started Thursday and finishes this evening. It involves lots of challenges and chatting with other Demonstrators from around Australia who were unable to attend the SU! Convention. This year I set one of the challenges for a scrapbooking layout which I got from the Demo website.

This is the layout sketch and below is my interpretation.

Project Recipe
Stamp set: Ocean Commotion
Cardstock: Blush blossom, not quite navy, baja breeze, going gray and whisper white
Ink: baja breeze and blush blossom
Accessories: Big Shot circles die, urban garden dsp, spiral punch and circle punches.

Friday, May 21, 2010

UnConvention First Challenge

UnConvention started last night with a great challenge from Tanya Kitto (Superwoman organiser of the event). We could do anything we wanted but had to include a few items.
1. very vanilla cardstock
2. dimensionals
3. paper piercing
4. dsp

I dont know if you can see the piercing around the corners of the navy cardstock.

Project Recipe
Cardstock: kraft, vanilla and not quite navy
Ink: not quite navy, always artichoke
Stamps: A Rose is a rose, oval all
Accesories: Bella blue dsp, very vanilla grosgrain ribbon, large oval punch, Big Shot tags die

Stay tuned for more challenges from the UnConvention over the next week.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Top Note Card

I know it has been a couple of weeks since my last post and I do apologise. James has been in hospital with asthma and a chest infection which meant that I spent my days off work at the hospital instead of my craft desk. He is all better now and I have finally got some stamping done.
This card is the original draft I created for a workshop last weekend. It is also the basis for my swaps for UnConvention (more about that later).
big shot
At the workshop we changed the orientation of the die cut to be in the centre of the card and stamped the base card with the flower stamp from the set.
Project Recipe
Stamp Set: Organic grace (level 1 hostess) and Heard from the Heart (Autumn mini)
Cardstock: Summer sun, Choc chip, Kiwi kiss and Whisper white
Ink: Summer sun, choc chip and kiwi kiss
Accessories: Good morning sunshine dsp, Big Shot Top Note die, Heart punch, scallop circle punch, kiwi kiss satin ribbon.

Now to UnConvention. Each year Stampin’ Up! has an annual convention for all Aussie and NZ demonstrators. This year it is in Sydney this weekend. For those of us unlucky enough to attend, the wonderful ladies at ESAD have a cyber convention. This time around we are doing a swap as well as challenges and chat. Check in here Sunday afternoon and you will be ablee to see the scrapbook challenge I have set for the UnConvention.

Monday, May 3, 2010

JAI 15

Wow!! I am doing well..2 posts in one day! The ladies at JAI have decided on a sketch challenge this week, one that looks simple but has countless possibilities.   I have used the new razzleberry colour with the matching dsp from the new mini. And did you spot the old incolour from last year that is returning with tthe colour renovation? This card is for Mother-in-law who has a Birthday coming up soon.  So Happy Birthday Anthea.

Project Recipe
Cardstock: Orchid opulence, rick razzleberry, very vanilla and river rock
Ink: rich razzleberry, orchid opulence and old olive
Stamps: A rose is a rose, bella's border wheel and sincere salutations
Accessories: Cottage garden dsp, old olive ribbon, crimper, Big Shot tags, crystal effects

New Colours from the Mini Catalogue

I wanted to show the new colours from the mini catalogue. I have already shown the razzleberry and here now are the other two; soft suede and melon mambo (combined with natural ivory). All three of the new colours will be staying as part of the colour renovation from SU!  Razzleberry and melon are part of the brights collection and soft suede will be part of the neutrals collection.

Project Recipe
Cardstock: melon mambo, soft suede and naturals ivory
Ink: melon mambo
Stamp set: Upsy daisy
Accessories: very vanilla ribbon, eyelet border punch, 1/4" circle punch and crystal effects.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

ESAD Challenge Week 10

Another challenge, this time for my Demonstrator group. There were two parts to this challenge, colour and layout. Although I entered this through my demo group, anyone can enter through Tanya Kitto's blog.

Project Recipe
Stamp set: Echoes of Knidness
Cardstock: kraft, whisper white and pink pirouette
Ink: pink pirouette and black stazon
Accessories: Big shot, candy lane dsp, white taffeta ribbon and pink pirouette button.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Just Add Ink 13

A colour challenge this week from the ladies at JAI: Chocolate ship, kiwi kiss and barely banana. The first two colours are old favourites of mine, but the third..let's just say it has taken me a couple of years to use up the three sheets you get in a multi-pack of cardstock!

I used items found in the new Autumn mini for this card, including my new Big Shot. I am really loving this machine. It is easier to use than my cuttlebug and sits on my bench much better (stabler if that's a word).

Project Recipe
Cardstock: Choc chip, kiwi kiss, barely banana and whisper white
Ink: choc chip, kiwi kiss and barely banana
Stamps: Vintage vogue and Very vintage wheel
Accessories: Big shot, rhinestone brads
Techniques: joy fold card folding and sponging

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Just Add Ink 12

I missed the last JAI challenge due to work commitments and with the kids on holidays time just got away from me. So here is this week's JAI challenge, a layout this time around. The square shape is perfect for a 12" x 12" scrapbook layout. And, of course, if I am scrapbooking it will be about the kids. This time it is Isobel's 10th Birthday with her friends at Emu Point beach.

I have used a Simply Scrappin' kit, Party Pieces which retired a couple of years ago. I don't often use a kit as I have enough craft stuff to make my own embellishments, but they do make things much easier and quicker. All the hard work is done for you and as the girls at JAI came up with the layout for me..well the whole thing came together in less than an hour!

Project Recipe
Cardstock: Tempting turquoise, old olive, pumpkin pie and whisper white
Ink: tempting turquoise
Stamps: None!!
Accessories: Simply Scrappin' kit Party Pieces (retired), black marker

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Autumn Mini Catalogue!!

Stampin' Up! has done it again! Another great mini catalogue to get the creative juices flowing! This one is stuffed full of new products and stamps. So what is so special about this catalogue?

1.  Three new in-colours - rich razzleberry, melon mambo and soft suede
2.  Two new hostess sets - one each for level one and two
3.  A new Simply Scrappin' kit - Sunny Day (Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin pie and Old olive)
4.  Five 12" x 12" cardstock colours - certainly celery, choc chip, elegant eggplant, kraft and pumpkin pie
5. More than a dozen new stamps and wheels - Most of which are now available as both wood mounted and as repositionable stamps on clear blocks!
6.  The Big Shot - manual die-cutting and embossing machine, plus dies and embossing folders.
7. New Accessories - rub-ons, ribbon, hardware.
8. New style Punches

So if you would like to have a look at all these great new products have at a look at the catalogue link in the right hand column. Better still, be at my place on  Saturday 17th April when I will have a number of these on display including the Big Shot and the new repositionable stamps!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Just Add Ink 10

A colour challenge: Close to cocoa, cameo coral, blush blossom and kraft

When I first saw these colours in the JAI challenge I thought 'what am I going to do with those??!!' Cameo coral and blush are two colours I rarely use and so this challenge was exactly that for me - a challenge!  And it has changed my mind about one of the colours at least. Blush blossom would make a great neutral to stamp your image on when making a pink card instead of using white!  I find the cameo coral just too bright (even for me) so I have only used a small amount to mat the image and also stamped the image with versamark and used cameo coral pastel to make the image pop.

Project recipe
Stamp set: Echoes of Kindness (level 2 hostess) and Life Definitions
Cardstock: close to cocoa, cameo coral, blush blossom and kraft
Ink: close to cocoa and versamark
Accessories: Stqampin' pastels, taffeta ribbon, hodgepodge hardware, Bella bleu dsp

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Just Add Ink 9

The JAI challenge this week is for a layout, one suitable for either cards or scrapbooking. I have had these photos for awhile so decided this is a good opportunity to get them scrapbooked. The photo is my youngest child, James, when he had some professional photos taken.

Project Recipe
Cardstock: Almost amethyst, certainly celery, barely banana, whisper white and gold metallic
Ink: Almost Amethyst
Stamp: Polka dot background
Accessories: Tea Party dsp, star punch, jumbo eyelets and certainly celery twill tape

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sneak Peek!!

I know the new SU! Autumn Catalogue doesn't start for another couple of weeks, but I really wanted to show you my new stuff I got in the pre-order. One of the advantages of being a demonstrator is we get first opportunity to try all  the new products. So what is new in this catalogue? New stamp sets, of course, but this time with a  twist - a new way of mounting the stamps. Instead of permanent mounting on wood blocks, now you can buy the sets unmounted to go on acrylic blocks only while you use them!!

The quality of the stamp image is the same because the stamp is still foam and rubber. This means you can use the same inks and techniques you can use on wood stamps! But, and this is the best bit, they are easier to store and cheaper to buy!!

As if this isn't enough, there is also a new style of punch, new Hostess sets, the Big Shot machine with die cuts, three new in-colours and a whole bunch of new accessories!! So if you would like a copy of the new Autumn Mini just give me a call or drop me a line and I will post one out to you!

Project Recipe
Stamp set: Cottage Garden (Autumn mini), Vintage Labels (Sale-A-Bration)
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry (Autumn In-colour), Orchid Opulence, Whisper white
Ink: Rich Razzleberry and Old olive
Accesories: Cottage Wall DSP (Autumn mini), scallop circle punch and eyelet border punch,Stampin' dimensionals

Monday, March 8, 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge 7

It's that time again! Time for another JAI challenge, this time a colour challenge: So Saffron, pink passion, green galore and tempting turquoise. Bit on the bright side, but whe I first saw these together I thought it would be perfect for scrapbooking Isobel's birthday. Unfortunately, when I went looking for the photos from her party they were nowhere to be found. Turns out they are on the memory card that went to Sydney with hubby's broken laptop. Fingers crossed we get them back!

So without a scrapbook page to do I had to go to Plan B.  The colours are a great match for the Kaliedoscope DSP from the Summer mini (available til March 31).  I thought the swirly leaf and stem pattern on the dsp reminded me a bit of seaweed, hence the ocean theme of the card!

Stamps: Ocean Commotion and Fresh Cuts
Cardstock: So saffron, tempting turquoise, green galore, pink passion and whisper white
Ink: pink passion, tempting turquoise, green galore
Accessories: Kalidoscope dsp, so saffron and Tempting turquoise ribbon, tempting turquoie brads, 1" and 11/4" circle punches
Technique: masking

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sale-A-Bration Workshop

I did my first workshop yesterday in absolutely ages. The hostess wanted to take advantage of the Sale-a-bration promotion and the Summer mini before both finish at the end of this month. Most of the people there were experienced stampers which certainly helps to make things run smoothly. We did 2 'make and takes'. The first was these cards which use the Happy Moments stamp set from the sale-a-bration catalogue.  We practiced our watercolouring using the SU! pastels, I havent had these out in a long time. I think we had all forgotten how easy and effective they for adding a bit of colour!

THe second was this little Chocolate Purse. I say chocolate because that is what we put inside!  I can take no credit for this design. It all comes from my upline Cathy Clark.  I was going to change the colours from the one she gave to me, but decided it was just too pretty to change! All I did was give the fold over front flap an eyelet border edge.

I had a great time yesterday and hope everyone else did too.  The hostess earned lots of freebies: a sale-a-bration set, a level 1 hostess set and $40 to spend of SU! products!

So if you want the chance to learn something new about stamping, get together with your mates and earn some free Stampin' Up! products just drop me a line!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge 6

Another great challenge from the girls at JAI, this time a layout. See the full challenge here.  Please forgive the photography on this one. I normally get Matt to take all the photos, he is so much better at it than me, but this card is for our 10th Wedding Anniversay next month so I had to take the photo myself.

Organic Grace is my favourite hostess set from this years catalogue and this one is extra special as it was sent to me by my very first  Splitcoast Big Sister CJ.  I knew I wanted to add some ribbon (no card of mine is complete without it!), but wasnt sure where. I didnt want a big bow as the card is for my hubby, so I put it across the corners of the picture!

Project Recipe
Stamps: Organic Grace (hostess), jumbo outline alphabet and I (heart) Hearts (summer mini)
Cardstock: Elegant eggplant, old olive and whisper white
Ink: elegant eggplant and old olive
Accessories: Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon

Monday, February 22, 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge 5

I have been wanting to try one of these boxes for awhile and the JAI Add dimension challenge this week was just the excuse I needed.  I have used the Rose is a Rose stamp set again (should have bought this set earlier :) and combined it with the Candy lane DSP.

Project Recipe
Stamp: A Rose is a rose
Card: Riding hood red
Ink: Riding hood red, close to cocoa and versamrk
DSP: Candy lane
Accessories: very vanilla grosgrain ribbon and clear embossing powder

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Roses, Roses, Roses

I just got this stammp set, A rose is a Rose, which has been on my wish list since the catalogue came out last April!  And it is even better than I thought, with the 2 step stamping the possibilities are endless. It has a full bloom rose, this bud and petals so you can build your own flower to the size you want.  The layout for these cards came from Splitcoaststampers layout number SC267 if you want to try it yourself.

The card on the left is going to my secret sister who is in Ohio, USA where they have had quite a bit of snow recently. Hopefully this will give her a reminder that spring is on the way for her, if not us!  THe other is going to my neighbour who is celebrating a birthday this weekend.

Project Recipe
Stamp sets: A Rose is a Rose and Fresh Cuts
Left Card
Cardstock: Choc chip, regal rose, pink pirouette
Ink: regal rose, pumpkin pie, pink pirouette
Accesories: Sweet Always DSP, pumpkin pie ribbon
Right Card
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Riding Hood red, pink pirouette
Ink: riding hood red, pink pirouette, blush blossom
Accessories: riding hood red taffeta ribbon, candy lane dsp and dazzling diamonds glitter.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Just Add Ink 4 and Sale-a-bration

Another great challenge from the girls at Just add Ink, this time a colour challenge. I also wanted to show off my new Sale-a-bration stamp set (yes it is that time again) and it is nearly Isobel's birthday so I need to make some invitations for her. Add all those together and I ended up with this gate fold card which has the party details inside.

Project Recipe
Cardstock: rose red, kraft, more mustard, sage shadow and whisper white
Ink: Rose red, black stazon
Stamp set: Happy moments (sale-a-bration)
Accesories: Stampin' pastels, gold stickles, scallop circle punch, 13/8' and 11/4' circle punches, ribbon.

More about Sale-a-bration
This is one of the best Stampin' Up! promotions of the year. This is your chance to earn FREE exclusive stamp sets!! These sets are only available for Sale-a-bration and cannot be bought. So how do you get a freebie? There are 3 ways of getting your hands on these sets:
1. for every $100 you spend on current SU! products from either the main catalogue or the summer mini, there is no limit on the number of free sets you can earn ie spend $200 get 2 sets, $300 get 3 sets!
2. Host a workshop with sales of over $600
3. Join The Stampin' Up Demonstrator team.

There are 4 great sets to choose or collect them all!!! Sale-a-bration finishes on the 31st March so make sure you contact me ASAP.