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