Thursday, December 8, 2016

GDP #065 Colour Challenge


Gift tags are a great way of using up scraps of ribbon and papers. I also keep them simple, especially those for the kids presents. They barely even look at the tag, except to check their name!!

This week at Global Design project there is a colour challenge, just right for Christmas.


Make sure you head over and see all the great ideas.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Time of year, Swirly Bird
Ink: real red, crumb cake and early espresso
Card: real red, early espresso, crumb cake and whisper white
Accessories: wondrous wreath thinlit, real red taffeta ribbon (retired), burlap ribbon, clear wink of stella, serene scenery dsp

Sunday, November 6, 2016

#GDP 060 Case Brian King!


How could I resist a challenge to CASE one of my favourite demonstrators! Global Design Project challenge this week is to use Brian King's card as inspiration.


Which means lots of layers and straight lines. I have copied the layout to create this cute Christmas card.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Merry mice and wondrous wreath
Ink: wild wasabi, black memento, real red
Card: wild wasabi, tip top taupe and whisper white
Accessories: Serene scenery paper stack, wink of stella clear

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sketch Challenge

There is a sketch challenge this week at  Just Add Ink. I love the combination of blue and silver for Christmas cards.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Star of Light
Ink: night of navy and silver encore
Card: soft sky, night of navy and shimmery white
Accessories: Starlight thinlits, silver glimmer paper

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Just Add 'G'


Incorporating something beginning with G into a Christmas card is easy once you think of the colours green and gold. Make sure you head over to Just Add Ink for other great ideas for how to incorporate G into Christmas... gingerbread, gifts, glitter and more gold!

Project Recipe
Stamps: Peaceful pines
Card: pear pizazz, whisper white, old olive and gold metallic (retired)
Ink: gold encore
Accessories: gold metallic doily, gold metallic twine and gold embossing powder. Polka dots embossing folder (retired)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Just Add Colours


A colour challenge this week: blushing bride, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie and basic black.  In used the spritzer tool and markers to create a background of colours on white cardstock. I then stamped the flower straight on to the background and again used markers to highlight petals on the flowers.
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Make sure you check out the creations at Just Add Ink.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Birthday blooms and Picture perfect
Card: blushing bride, basic black and whisper white
Ink: pumpkin pie, blushing bride and daffodil delight markers. Memento tuxedo black.
Accessories: Spritzer tool.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Just Add 'P' ... Peaceful Pines


This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is to add 'P'. This can be anything from the colour pink. a technique or, as I have, a stamp set.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Peaceful Pines, Star of light
Ink: mint maccaron, early espresso
Card: mint maccaron, tip top taupe, very vanilla
Accessories: peaceful pine framelits, metallic accents, tip top taupe ribbon

Friday, September 2, 2016

Holiday Catalogue is here!!


The 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue is now available! Just click on the image in the right hand column to check out all the great new products!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Just Add Project Life


I love Project Life.  It makes scrapbooking memories so much quicker and easier, but you can still add your own personal touches. This week at Just Add Ink we were challenged to use project life products. Normally I don't show photos of my kids and extended family on my blog, no idea why as there are plenty of photos of them all over social media. 

These photos were taken before digital cameras were everywhere. I am sure some of you remember the wait to get film processed to find out if your photos any good! I have hundreds of photos like this of my kids when they were small, all in shoeboxes and I have decided that Project Life is the way to go to get them into albums, no matter what the quality of photos!!

Project Recipe
All year long Project Life kit
Swirly Scribbles thinlits
Swirly Bird stamp set

Friday, August 26, 2016

GDP #050 Sketch


It is sketch time at Global Design Project for this week's challenge. I have kept pretty much to the sketch for this card. Make sure you head over there to see the design team's work as well as all the other entrants. Lots of inspiration for everyone.

The 'For You' sentiment is one of my favourites. It gives you a greeting on a card without defining what the card has to be. I can now use this for a birthday, mother's day, or even just a thinking about you card. The card will now stay in my stash until I am ready to use it. I will then put another sentiment on the inside to define the card.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Birthday Blooms and Thoughtful branches
Card: Peekaboo peach, basic black and whisper white
Ink: black memento, peekaboo peach and pear pizzazz
Accessories: 1 3/8 in and 1 1/2 in circle punches, gold bakers twine, wink of stella gold and air spritzer tool

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New, Old and Retired for GDP Sketch #046


Yesterday I received a big box of new goodies to play with, but sometimes old favourite stamps work best. That certainly is the case here where the new, old and retired stuff all work so well together. A great example of how well Stampin' Up! co-ordinate their products.

Here is this week's sketch:

Check out all the great entries at Global Design Project here.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Wetlands
Ink: black memento
Card: bermuda bay and sahara sand
Accessories: Serene scenery paper stack, linen thread, twill tape (retired) and paper clip (retired)

Friday, July 22, 2016

GDP #045 Colour Challenge


This week at Global design project they have a great colour challenge. Lovely neutrals with a pop of colour to match my favourite DSP from this year's catalogue.

The design team have come up with some great ideas for these colours and so have all the participants. Make sure you take a look here and maybe even enter yourself!

Project Recipe
Stamps: Gift  of love and Thoughtful banners
Card: basic black, smoky slate, melon mambo and whisper white
Ink: melon mambo, smoky slate and black memento
Accessories: banner punch, Pop of pink DSP, self adhesive rhinestones, layering circle thinlits and beautiful wings thinlits (retired)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Just Add ink Colour Challenge


This week Just Add Ink have added a lovely girly combination of colours which are perfect for the girly baby card I needed to make for one of my work mates. This card used masking and stamping off the inks to get the mass of flowers in creating my own dsp.

JAI 317

Project Recipe
Stamps: petite petals, garden in bloom and BYOP
Ink: flirty flamingo, rose red, crushed curry and pear pizzazz
Card: whisper white and rose red
Accessories: Oval frameltis

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalogue is Here!!


I have updated the link in the right hand column to take you to my store where you can see all the new stamps and accessories in the new catalogue. If you didn't make it to my launch on Sunday and want a copy of the catalogue, just let me know.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Buterflies Double Challenge


I have combined the 2 challenges from Just Add Ink's 'B' challenge and a sketch challenge from Global Design Project.


Project Recipe
Stamps: Papillion Potpourri and Thoughtful banners (new)
Ink: Melon Mambo and smoky slate
Card: melon mambo, basic grey and whisper white
Accessories: Pop of pink dsp (new), banner punch (new) and self adhesive rhinestones

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Just Add Masking

You really need to check out the Just Add Ink blog to see some fabulous examples of this very easy technique. I have used 3 of the new in colours for this card and they are just so soft and feminine.

Project Resipe
Stamps: Flower Shop and Birthday blooms
Ink: flirty flamingo, sweet sugarplum, peekaboo peach and memento black
Card: sweet sugarplum, peekaboo peach and whisper white
Accessories: wink of stella clear brush and oval framelits

Monday, May 9, 2016

Just Add Ink Sketch

This week at Just Add ink the designers have come up with a great sketch which can be used for any occasion. I have used a few of the retiring in colours for this simple birthday card.

Project Recipe
Stamps: kinda eclectic and build a birthday
Ink: tangelo twist and mossy meadow
Card: whisper white thick, hello honey and mossy meadow
Accessories: white doily, butterfly punch, self adhesive rhinestones

Friday, April 29, 2016

#GDP 033 Colour challenge

I needed to make a card for my father-in-law's birthday tomorrow and the colours in this week's Gloabl design project were perfect for a masculine card. I have used 4 different stamps sets for this card and see the little round paper clip on the edge of the sentiment banner? That came from a very old box of SU hodgepodge hardware!

Project Recipe
Stamps: Timeless texture, Work of art, Gorgeous grunge and Butterfly basics
Card: Sahara sand, night of navy and calypso coral
Ink: Sahara sand, night of navy and calypso coral
Accessories: Banner framelits, linen thread and hodgepodge paper clip

Friday, April 8, 2016

#GDP 030 Happy Anniversary

I used this week's sketch challenge at Global Design Project to create this card for my husband to celebrate our 16th Wedding Anniversary. I haven't used any stamps on this project

Here is the sketch:

Project Recipe
Stamps: nil
Card: tip top taupe, basic black and real red
Ink: gold encore
Accessories: heart punch, label card thinlits, burlap ribbon, metallic sequins and Go wild paper stack

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge

Some things I learnt when heat embossing on vellum:

1. the effect is beautiful and so easy to colour, but
2. the vellum warps a bit with the heat making it difficult to cut straight.

That is why I had to have three tries at making this card for the Just Add Ink sketch challenge!

Project Recipe
Stamps: Helping me grow and butterfly basics
Card: crumb cake, cherry cobbler, old olive and vellum cardstock
Ink: Versamark, cherry cobbler and old olive
Accessories: gold brads, gold embossing powder and cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

#GDP 029 Colour Challenge


The designers at Global Design Project  have come up with an unusual colour combo this week. As always with a colour challenge, my usual starting point is to pick a DSP that matches the colours. In this case I had none. And while bermuda bay and early espresso are a couple of my faves, I can't even remember using tangelo twist at all. So how was I suppose to put them all together?


With water!! A bermuda bay wash for the background colour and a sprtiz of water over the stamping!

Project Recipe
Stamps: Kinda eclectic and flowering fields
Card: tangelo twist, early espresso and watercolour paper
Ink: bermuda bay, tangelo twist and early espresso
Accessories: water spritzer, butterfly punch, self adhesive pearls and wink of stella gold brush

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

#GDP 027 Thank you


A thank you card is the theme for this week's Global Design Project challenge. I have kept it simple with a few touches of bling. Unfortunately, the wink of stella clear doesn't photograph well but I have used it on the small flowers to give a lovely glitter shine over the pink cardstock.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Circle of Spring
Card: blushing bride, mint macaroon and whisper white
Ink: versamark, black memento, melon mambo, mint macaroon and blushing bride
Accessories: Wondrous wreath framelit, white embossing powder, wink of stella clear, honeycomb embossing folder, self adhesive pearls and white cotton twine

Monday, March 14, 2016

JAI 302 Colour Challenge


This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is to use the colours blackberry bliss, rich razzleberry and tip top taupe.  Beautiful colours, but difficult to get the balance right without making the card appear dark.  I have used the same embossing folder on both circles, just used one side debossed and the other embossed.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Timeless textures and wetlands (sentiment)
Card: tip top taupe, rich razzleberry, blackberry bliss and very vanilla
Ink: blackberry bliss, rich razleberry and tip top taupe
Accesssories: 2.5" circle punch, lacy brocade embossing folder (retired) and tip top taupe lace ribbon

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

#GDP 026 Sketch Challenge


I think I will be using this week's sketch at Global design Project often. It is a simple sketch with all sorts of possibilities. The only change I made was to move the sentiment down the card. Here is the sketch banner:
Project Recipe
Stamps: Flowering flourishes and Sky is the limit (SAB)
Card: gold metallic and whisper white
Ink: versamark
Accessories:gold embossing powder and washi tape (retired)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

#GDP 025 Colour Challenge


I love the colours in this week's colour challenge at Global Design Project and here are the colours to use:

Global Design Project #025 Colour Challenge
Project Recipe
Stamps: Helping me Grow and Circle of spring
Card: Basic grey, smoky slate and daffodil delight
Ink: basic grey
Accessories: daffodil delight seam binding ribbon.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

#GDP022 Sketch Challenge

This week's sketch at Global Design Project is just fabulous for all sorts of cards. I have gone for the clean look in this thank you card. I love the black and white patterns in the Go Wild paper stack which are suitable for any occasion.

Here is the sketch to be used for the challenge:
Project Recipe
Stamps: Serene silhouettes and Circle of spring (sentiment)
Ink: Island indigo and memento black
Card: whisper white and basic black
Accessories: Go Wild paper stack and 1 1/4 inch circle and 1 3/8 circle punches.

Just Add a 'V'


This week at Just Add Ink we are asked to add a 'V' to our project. I have already made hubby's Valentine card so I decided to make tags for these chocolate hearts, one for each of my kids. All very sparkly. The chocolates are on sticks which I threaded down between the dsp and the backing cardstock.

Project Recipe
Card: Real Red, gold metallic and basic black
Accessories: gold sequin ribbon, gold bakers twine, Go wild dsp, gold glitter spray, metallic sequins, red and gold glitter paper, crystal effects and dazzling diamonds glitter.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

#GDP021 Colour Challenge

This week is a colour challenge set by Brian King at Global Design Project and it is a difficult combination.


I really had no idea which colour amount would work best. More melon and less wisteria or the other way around and what about the blue? So I made three cards using the different colours. I also had no DSP to match these colours, so I had to make that too.

Project Recipe
Stamps: You've got this, gorgeous grunge (background) and watercolour wings (sentiment)
Ink: Black memento, wisteria wonder, melon mambo and bermuda bay
Card: melon mambo, wisteria wonder, bermuda bay and whisper white
Accessories: 21/2 inch circle punch, self adhesive rhinestones and a retired punch I can't remember the name of!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Just Add Nature

That is the name of this week's challenge at Just Add Ink... to add nature. The stamping is kept to a minimum with this card, instead I cut those gorgeous flowers from the English garden DSP.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Build a Birthday (sentiment) and timeless textures (background on pink card).
Card: Whisper white, blushing bride and old olive
Ink: old olive and blushing bride
Accessories: English garden DSP, self adhesive rhinestones

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

#GDP020 Picture Perfect


I finally got a chance to play with my new stamps from the new mini catalogue! Between extra shifts at work and the kids on school holidays, finding a couple of hours quiet time to sit at my craft desk has not been easy. As most were out this morning, it was a good chance for me to do the Global Design Project challenge for this week which is to CASE one of the designers Connie Collins. This is the card for inspiration if you would like to join in.


Project Recipe
Stamps: Picture Perfect, Timeless Texture (both new) and Perfect Pennants
Card: Blushing bride, old olive and whisper white
Ink: blushing bride, old olive and watermelon wonder
Accessories: Birthday Bouquet DSP (new) white baker's twine, self adhesive rhinestone and oval framelits