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My First Blogoversary

A Year of Firsts Top (L to R) My First Ever Challenge Entry (SSSC), Most Popular Challenge Entry (according to the number of hits - SSSC), My First Win (Inkspirations Colour Challenge) Middle (L to R) My First Guest Design Team Experience (for Card Patterns), First Prize Card at the Launceston Show, First Win for a Sketch Challenge (Inkspirations) Bottom (L to R) My First Blog Hop (SAB with ESAD), My First DT Submission for JAI, One of My Personal Favourites I can't really believe it's been one year since I pleaded with a very technical, savvy guy to help me start my own blog!! (Thanks, Peter) Since then I've had so much fun in Blogland and have got to share my passion, learn new ideas and techniques in the Paper Craft World with so many talented and lovely people! I originally wanted to start a blog so I could join in with the challenges as it looked like a good way to stretch myself and have a bit of fun at the same time! Now, one year on, I've achieved

A Book Mark and Matching Card for Father's Day

There's a challenge on at Just Add Ink again this week and I'm playing along for fun! The 28th Challenge is to make a Masculine Card with the colour combo of Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze and Kraft (My absolute, without a doubt, favourite colour combo) so of course I had to join in! I actually designed the card to match the bookmark! 1. Card 2. Bookmark The bookmark measures about 30cms (12") in length. Project Recipe for the Card and Bookmark - Stamp Sets: Greetings Eight, Sanded Ink: Chocolate Chip C ard Stock: Kraft, Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip Accessories: Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP (retired), Medium Twill Tape, Crimper, Large Brads, Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-a-dile The inspiration for the bookmark came from HERE . The Colour Combo for this Week at Just Add Ink Coincidentally, the card I made last year for Father's Day for the 'kids' to give hubby was made out of the same colour combination. Click here for the Original Po

Launceston, Tasmania Regional Stampin' Up! Seminar

Hotel Grand Chancellor 29 Cameron Street, Launceston I'm so excited that Stampin' Up! have decided to bring a Regional Seminar to Tasmania. It will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston, on Saturday, 4th September from 9.00AM - 3.00PM . If you would like to be registered as a Guest for this event, please contact me by email before the 4th of August as spaces are subject to availability for both Attendees and Guests. The registration cost is $95 and this covers all seminar activities and includes - The Every Moment Stamp Set from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue Business Tips Paper Crafting and Stamping Techniques Presentations by SU! staff and local demonstrators A Lunch Make and Take Projects Display samples for inspiration ..... and to the ladies that usually attend d INK y chicks ... My Next Stamp Class has become Our Next Stamp Class !! I'm also really happy to announce that Tania , Rochelle and I have joined forces to present an even

FTL #100 at Clean and Simple Stamping

Crochet and Fine Lace Here's another card using the FTL sketch #100 from Clean and Simple Stamping . It uses the retired background stamp, Fine Lace , which I won't part with because it was one of my faves. Speaking of favourites, Close to Cocoa is about to retire when the Colour Renovation begins with the release of our new Catalogue in September :( I have teamed it up with another favourite colour, Baja Breeze, which thankfully is staying! The gorgeous crocheted flower was made by my friend, Andrea. Big hugs being sent her way. I need another lesson soon because when I got all my crochet gear out to make a flower, I'd completely forgotten what to do! So when her little girl is on the road to recovery I'll have to get a refresher course. FTL Sketch #100 Thanks for stopping by,

Clean and Simple Stamping - Sketch 100

Sketch 100 Clean and Simple Stamping are celebrating their 100th sketch with a blog hop so be sure to hop on over and check it out! I've seen people use their sketches for months now but this is the first time I have!! After browsing through all of them on their blog the other day, I can't work out why it has taken me so long. What a great resource. I love the simplicity of their sketches. Here's the 100th Sketch As you can see I switched sides for my sentiment because it suited the daisy stamp better. Project Recipe: Stamp Sets: Organic Grace (L1 Hostess), Pocket Silhouettes, Thoughts & Prayers. Non-SU: Daisy stamp from the set, Viva La Flora Collection by Darkroom Door Card Stock: Naturals Ivory, Chocolate Chip Ink: Chocolate Chip, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum SU Markers: Close to Cocoa, Tempting Torquoise, So Saffron Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Stamping Sponges, Paper Piercing Tool, White Gel Pen, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon Thanks for stop

Ribbon Scraps

Ribbon Scraps with Some Extra Detail Well, what a difference some faux stitching and buttons make, not to mention a better spot to photograph the cards!!! You'll see what I'm rambling on about when you read the original post below - Using up My Ribbon Scraps - 1 Inspiration for these cards came from K. Werner . This lady is so talented and I love browsing through her blog. She has heaps of inspirational videos and Kristina loves using Kraft (soon to be called Crumb Cake) cardstock so of course I love her stuff! I used two CB dies to cut the heart and butterfly, SU ribbon scraps, Kraft cardstock, Corner Rounder Punch and Sticky Strip. The ink is Chocolate Chip and I used the new L1 Hostess Set, Picture This for the first design and the sentiment from Butterfly Prints for the second. Using Up My Ribbon Scraps - 2 Thanks for taking a peek. I was a little scared to tackle the white faux stitching but on reflection, I think I'll give it a go! *********

Thanks Nat

Thanks Nat Look at this lovely happy mail I received a couple of days ago! I love it, not only because it contains a very beautiful message inside, but the simplicity of the design is just gorgeous!! Thanks, Nat. Big hugs being sent your way! You inspired me to have another look at the Clean and Simple Stamping Blog . I spent yesterday morning downloading all 99 sketches for reference and hope to spend some time this afternoon participating in their 100th sketch which was posted today! I'll be back with more,

A Card to Welcome Baby Elijah

Welcome Baby Elijah Congratulations to Andrew and Sarah who welcomed baby Elijah into their family. Well, I said I'd be back with a card that actually uses more little animals other than the Owl from my Fox and Friends ' Stamp Set! I have to admit that it's the first time they have seen ink as the owl image completely took over and it was worth every cent to buy the set just to get my hands on that stamp! I have also used this week's sketch at Just Add Ink again (not my official submission). I had originally thought of doing the b a b y letters for the four squares and the cute little animals but decided to go with the Retro Fresh look using Cheep Talk instead ( See today's earlier post ). I just changed the sketch slightly to have the ribbon going down the side and an added sentiment wasn't necessary as the letters from my NEW TIMELESS TYPE Sizzlit Dies say it all! I love 'em! A Close Up of My New SU Timeless Type Sizzlit Die Cuts Thanks

Just Add Ink Challenge #27 - Sketch

Retro Fresh Hi there! There's a sketch challenge on at Just Add Ink this week and not only do I consider sketch challenges to be my all-time favourite, but the sketch itself is awesome. I know I'll be using it again and again!!! I had so many ideas floating around in my head for this sketch that it was hard to make a choice. In the end I chose to highlight the 'Cheep Talk' stamp set as it is on special this month with the Two-Step Stamping Promotion . It has been reduced from $47.95 down to $38.36 . What a bargain and what a cute set! I must admit I had to blow the dust off it as I hadn't used Cheep Talk for ages and now that I've re-discovered its cute factor, I'll be bringing it out again real soon. Can you guess which pages of the Idea Book and Catalogue (2009-2010) that I used for inspiration? I purposefully made a Thank You Card to give to a dear friend who cooked our family a yummy meal last week and brought it round. She knew that I

A Card for Frankie

Baby Onesie This card was made to celebrate the arrival of Frankie Analyn. Congratulations to Sarah and Sam on the arrival of their gorgeous baby daughter. I bought this Baby Onesie die about three weeks ago in a bargain bin! Gotta love bargains. A new little arrival was a good enough reason to give it a whirl through my Big Shot today and make a very quick and easy card for the proud parents of cute, little Frankie. As you can see, my favourite owl stamp features yet again!! I have now inked up a few more little creatures from Fox and Friends to make another card but you won't see that one until later tomorrow. Project Recipe for Baby Onesie - Stamp Sets: Fox and Friends, Short and Sweet, Best Yet (Hostess L1) Ink: Regal Rose Cardstock: Textured Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Regal Rose Accessories: Scallop Oval, Scallop Circle and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Sweet Always DSP, Soft Subtle Brads Non- SU: Sizzix Baby Onesie Die Phew! That felt good to have

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #32 with some Embossing for Just Add Ink #26

Vintage Baroque I made this card for Keesh's colour challenge and it has been ages since I've joined in. The challenge at Just Add Ink #26 is to do some embossing so I've combined the two. This week is my 'off' week as a DT Member for JAI so I thought I'd play along for fun. It took my mind off just how lousy I'm feeling but I'm not looking forward to cleaning up my craft area!! I've been MIA due to a nasty 'lung infection' and our main computer needed fixing. This card was also made for a good friend of mine who is going through a tough time at the moment. I hope she likes it when it arrives in the mail. She loves embossing on cards!!! Hi, T. I used the emerging colour/emboss resist technique by stamping the flowers from 'Vintage Vogue' in So Saffron and Regal Rose, then stamping the Baroque Background stamp with Versa Mark and embossing with clear embossing powder. Lastly, I brayered Chocolate Chip ink over the top and

One Sketch - 4 Cards with Photovisi

While browsing through some of the blogs that I follow, I came across the NZSU site. This week it has a link to a great site called Photovisi where you can collage your photos. I know some of my fellow bloggers have done this through Picasa but this was so easy and fun to do for a novice like myself! Why don't you check it out!

In Love with Owls

If you haven't already figured it out, I love cards with owls on them. I've had a drool at the new catalogue from the U.S. and am hoping we get that gorgeous Two-Step Owl Punch but in the meantime I managed to spot this little Sizzix Owl Die at a craft shop last weekend. I had a few spare kits left over from my last stamp class so decided to use them up but just change the owl design in the middle in order to try out my new die! I think it's cute! All I can say is I am thankful for Photoshop as it is a very dull, rainy Sunday morning and I'm sitting here at my study desk amusing myself, waiting for the tiler to come and finish our bathroom tiles and trying to recover from this nasty bug that hasn't coughed itself away just yet! Hope all is well in your household!

Just Add Ink Challenge # 25

Too Cute to Handle There's a colour challenge on this week at Just Add Ink . I found the colour combo a little tricky and then re-read my notebook to discover that it was one of my suggestions! Ooops! No-one to blame but myself! This week's Colour Combo The card evolved from me wanting to use the cute Rose Red coloured Designer Hardware from the 'Hooray' collection (Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue) as a starting point! The sentiment then led me to use the little tea cup stamp called, 'Share a Cup'. It's one of my favourite stamps and so versatile! ... and so the design 'blossomed' from there. The little flowers coming from the cup are attached to small lengths of florist wire. Project Recipe: Stamp Sets: One of a Kind, Share a Cup Ink: Rose Red, Soft Suede, Elegant Eggplant Cardstock: RR, SS, EE and Very Vanilla Accessories: 1/2" SS Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Sizzlits Little Leaves Die, 5-Petal Flower and Boho Bl