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JUGs 13 ... a Template Challenge

Baja Butterfly Cup Cake This week at Just Us Girls , the challenge was to use a template and the bonus challenge was "to make it something blue ". I checked out all the templates from their Guest Sponsor, Kelleigh Ratzlaff at Digichick Boutique , and decided on using the Cupcake Box. I did buy 2 other templates (couldn't resist) while I was browsing in the wee hours of the morning! You'll probably see those in later posts. As you can tell from the collection of photos, I was pretty chuffed with how it turned out! Apart from the template, all products are from Stampin' Up! Butterfly Prints, White Embossed onto Vellum Side View Bird's Eye View Another Photo ... just because I could! Mmm... 2 challenges today and very little housework. I did read somewhere in my web browsing today that, "Housework only comes before stamping in the Dictionary" ... so true! Here's the 'Recipe' - Stamps: Big Bold Birthday, Butterfly Prints Card

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #50

Welcome Mariella Congratulations to Dave and Suzie who welcomed Mariella Zoe Jane Knox Klauber into the world! Phew, the name is nearly as long as it took me to create this card! When I need to make a card, it's great to look at the sketch challenges on-line. It really helps when you've got a layout to follow. I thought Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge was just right for what I had in mind. I was wanting to use a Sweet Treat Cup to make a baby rattle and I filled it with Silver Cachous from my pantry and SU Light Pink Chunky Sprinkles (on special in the Inventory Clearance Sale). A Close Up of the Sweet Treat Cup So far I've used the Sweet Treat Cups as a snow globe, gumball machine and now, as a rattle. I'm looking forward to trying some other ideas. They go beautifully with the new 'Something Sweet' Stamp Set that is new in the current Summer Mini Catalogue (page 9) This Week's Sketch Here's the Project Recipe for &#

SSC Challenge #18

Wise Words Here's the card I did for the latest Stampin' Sister's in Christ Challenge . This week's inspiration was the sketch below, along with some great examples by the design team members. I decided to use my favorite verse on this card. I thought it was an appropriate one to use as we reflect on 2009 and think about the New Year ahead! This Week's Sketch Challenge at SSCC The only SU products used on this card are the white grommet, build-a-brad and buttons from Button Latte. A Close up of the New Grommets and Build-a-Brad There's a great tutorial that Marelle Taylor ( thINKspot ) found showing you how to use the new grommets. These are new in the Summer Mini catalogue and are so easy to use. The tutorial can be found at Patty's Stamping Spot . Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and Happy New Year! Bronwyn PS: Thank you to the SSCC team for giving me an award for this entry.

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #49

Bird in Bella Bleu This is one of the challenges that I really wanted to make time for this week as I haven't entered a Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge for a while. The idea for this one has been rattling around in my head for the last 2 days so I got up early this morning and finally put it all on paper! The DSP I used is from Stampin' Up and it's called, 'Bella Bleu'. It's one of my favourites. I chose it because I wanted to make a ruffled flower for the embellishment in the top left hand corner. I got the idea of putting a Build-a-Brad in the centre from the latest Australian Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft Magazine. The flowers have been punched out using all of the SU Circle Punches, scrunched, distressed and then sponged with Not Quite Navy Ink. I have used Kraft cardstock and NQN textured cardstock to match the DSP. I love using Stampin' Dimensionals on practically all my cards and I have put an edge strip along the back of the lacy

More Christmas Cards

I wanted something quick and easy to do for some last minute Christmas Cards. I saw something like this on Splitcoast but can't seem to track the original down. I know it had a scalloped border under the ribbon as well. If you haven't already worked out, my snowflake embossing folder is a firm favourite for my Christmas Cards this year! I can't wait until SU brings the Big Shot to Australia next year, along with their die cuts and embossing folders. I won't want any chocolate eggs for Easter, just the basket die cut, so I can make quick and easy ones to put them in! (etc. etc.) Here's a close up of the card using 'Kiwi Kiss' I basically looked at some of the wider ribbon in my stash, decided to use the corresponding colours for the ink and for the circle under the Vellum Snowflake. I have used the Snow Swirled Stamp set. Colours used from top, L to R - Kiwi Kiss, Really Red, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip Colours used from bottom, L to R - Chocolate

Just Us Girls - Challenge #12

Challenge Colors - Raspberry, Green, Kraft & Red This is my first, Just Us Girls' Challenge . I have been following their site for a little while now and thought I'd give this one a go! I've set myself a goal to have a go at all the challenges I follow and display in my side bar this week! This one was a little tricky with the different combination of colors. My daughter said, when I showed her the card, "That's a bit random, mum". Sigh! ... so true as this one was just not my style. However, the whole idea of challenges is to CHALLENGE! JUGS #12 Here's What I Used: Stamp Sets: Tree Trimmings, Cute & Curly Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, Rose Red Card: Kraft, Whisper White, Shimmer Red (non-SU) Accessories: Holiday Treasures DSP, Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Hat pin from Pretties Kit, Stampin' Dimensionals, Non-SU: Snowflake embossing folder, Christmas beads and Kraft colored buttons TFL, Bron

Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combo #28 & Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #95

SPCC #28 / TESC #95 I still have Christmas Cards to make so I thought I'd try a Color Challenge from Scrapmaster's Paradise to keep me thinking 'outside the square'. This is the first challenge I have entered with them! The combination of colours looked fun and I was looking forward to inking up 'Holiday Lineup' for the first time and having a dabble with the aquapainter. Here's the lineup of colors Bordering Blue was the first SU stampin' pad that I purchased. I love it! So anything with that color in it was bound to catch my attention. I also used a sketch from Taylored Expressions and made it a bit wider to suit the stamp. Here's what I Used: Stamp Sets: Holiday Lineup, Snow Swirled, Best Yet (L1 Hostess) Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Bordering Blue, Pumpkin Pie (textured), Glossy White, Watercolor Paper Ink: Bordering Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Versa Mark Accessories: White Vellum, White embossing powder, Distressing

Christmas Cards

Jeane's Christmas Card My friend and work colleague, Jeane, was so pleased to give me a card that she made using the Dryer Sheet Technique . I had never heard of it before! Clever, don't you think? It's a pity this photo doesn't show up all the sparkly Dazzling Diamonds in the dryer sheet. I was pretty impressed! Tania's Christmas Card This one is from Tania. I just love the snowflakes and the gorgeous Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon. You can view the other that she made using Circle Circus here . I hope I get to finish my Christmas cards tomorrow so they can be posted on Monday! Panic!

Welcome Baby

For Esther Lily A big congratulations to Alan, Sharnee, ( Alarnee Creations ) Hannah, Ezekiel and Sophia on the arrival of Esther Lily into their family. I've seen a pram made from a circle like this, in a Stampin' Up! publication somewhere and thought it would be fun to give it a whirl! I also got to use my, 'All in the Family' stamp set for the first time with the cute little baby's face. A big thank-you to Stampin' Up! who gave this to me as a gift for doing a technique presentation at this year's Field Training in Hobart. Here's the Project Recipe: Stamps: All in the Family, Priceless, Short & Sweet Cardstock: Whisper White, Blush Blossom, Basic Black, Brushed Silver, Textured Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red Ink: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette Accessories: Bella Rose DSP, Small and Jumbo Silver Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Pad and Template, Large Oval, Scallop Oval, 3/4" Circle, Word Window, Trio Flower, Scallop

Inkspirations Sketch #17 - Sharing in Your Sorrow

Sharing in Your Sorrow Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #17 A good friend of ours recently lost her sister. Our prayers and sympathy go out to Jen, Dave, Alice and Josie during this sad and difficult time. As the sentiment on the card says, we are "Sharing in Your Sorrow". Ros was a special lady, full of fun and laughter, despite her constant battle with ill health. She will be sadly missed by those that knew and loved her. Seeing that I needed to make a sympathy card, I thought I'd use it for Keesh's last challenge for the year. I didn't think I'd get a chance to enter as it has been a busy last week at school with getting ready for Presentation Night, finishing reports, submitting photos and written work for the school magazine and excursions to Green's Beach and the Launceston Zoo. I also had my Nan's funeral in Smithton on Monday and am currently the Guest Designer for a Canadian Blog ( Card Patterns ) so it has been a 'full on' w

Mojo Monday Sketch 117 - A Card for Baby K

A Card for Baby K I have followed the Mojo Monday site for quite a while and love their sketches, but had not got around to entering into the fun until now! Here's a card I made for the staff at school to sign. It's for our surfie Chaplain, Dave and his lovely wife, Suzie, who are expecting their first child just after Christmas. To begin with, I wanted to use my So Saffron ribbon from the Ribbon Bundle promotion that SU ran a couple of months back, as I thought it would look cute on a gender neutral baby card. I then looked at the Color Coach and went from there. Mojo Monday helped me with the sketch and it was plain sailing from then on! Once the colour and layout has been worked out, it's much easier to find the stamp set/s that you want to use. I've heard a few people say to me lately that they can never seem to come up with ideas on how to make a card that they haven't CASED (copied and shared). I can recommend having a go at some of the challenges

Card Patterns - Guest Designer

I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to be a Guest Designer for Card Patterns this week. Here's my take on Sketch 45. It involved masking, brayering, sponging, stamping and heat embossing, so I got to play around with a few different techniques, as well as a great sketch. Card Patterns Sketch 45 So, you're probably wondering what an Aussie girl is doing making a Christmas card with a Winter theme. A girl can dream can't she? Here's the Sketch I just loved the idea of snowflakes being embossed onto vellum. I was inspired by a fellow Tasmanian's Christmas Cards that she recently featured on her blog. You can view her lovely cards at Mae's Cachet. Here's the Project Recipe: Stamp Sets: Snow Swirled, Lovely as a Tree, Winter Post Cardstock: Glossy White, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Ruby Red Ink: Black StazOn, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Versa Mark Accessories: White Vellum, White Embossing Powder, Holiday Treasures DSP, Old Olive 1/4&qu

Card Patterns Sneak Peek

Here's a little peek at the card I designed for Card Patterns Sketch 45. It doesn't give too much away! I hope you can join in the fun, with the soon to be released sketch, in the lead up to Christmas. It would be great to see some fellow Aussies giving it a go. I threw myself into making this yesterday to take my mind off my Nan's sudden passing. It has been a 'mixed bag' this week with emotional highs and lows and it felt good to go out into my craft room and spend some time doing what I love! As you can see, even though it's Summer here, I still love Christmas cards with Wintry scenes! Although, one would be forgiven if you thought it might be possible, down here in Tassie, to have a White Christmas this year, unless the temperature decides to go in an upward direction very soon. Brrr .. Until next time ... Bronwyn

A Nice Surprise

And our voted Guest Designer for Sketch 45 is..... Bronwyn Eastley (AddINKtive Designs) Wow! to find this out today was extra special! My lovely hubby spoiled me with a very cute silver bead for my Chamilia bracelet as well as a dozen red roses delivered to work! ... no not for winning this card challenge, but for our 25th Wedding Anniversary! Must be double points day today. Hop on over to the Card Patterns Site to view all the other 71 awesome entries! Bron XX

Summer Inspiration from Stampin' Up!

Have you had a chance to pop on over to my new Stampin' Up! Website ? If not, why don't you take the time to have a browse. You'll see some great project ideas posted by the Company to get your creative juices flowing! Here's a couple of projects from the recently released Summer Mini. All the project requirements are listed with each one. Happy browsing! From My Heart Card Thanks Card But wait, there's more .... Great news! A few of the popular products from the Spring Mini Catalogue are still available for purchase even though the sales period for the mini is now over. These products will also be available in next year's Idea Book & Catalogue. How awesome is that? I'm especially pleased about the Scallop Oval Punch as I LOVE my SU punches!! Here is a list of the still-available products: Item # Item Price 112534 Jumbo brads 5/16" Neutrals Assortment $15.50 112533 Jumbo brads 5/8" Neutrals Assortment

Candy Cane Mouse

Here's a cute little mouse that I designed from the Ski Slope DSP and some Stampin' Up punches. I have made something similar in felt as a Christmas decoration and thought I'd adapt it to use for paper crafting. Hope you have fun creating one of your own! Bron's Candy Cane Mouse Step 1 Punch out some Old Olive cardstock and matching Ski Slope DSP with the Wide Oval Punch. Punch out one medium sized heart in Old Olive DSP and two larger hearts in Real Red DSP using the Heart to Heart Punch. Step 2 Glue the two wide ovals together for extra thickness and support for the mouse's body. Step 3 Glue the medium Old Olive heart underneath the body and leave a bit showing for the mouse's nose. Step 4 Use the slit punch at the end of the body for the candy cane to slide through. Here's what the mouse looks like underneath Step 5 Attach the large red hearts, for ears, with Stampin' Dimensionals. Use the Crop-a-Dile to punch out small eyes wit