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Just Add Hearts

Just Add Heart Candy

It's time for another challenge at Just Add Ink. Wow, was I blown away by the quality and number of entries in the Colour Challenge. What a difficult decision it was. It's just as well 10 of us vote! Congratulations to the Top Picks and Honourable Mentions.

I hope you spare some time this week to play along by Just Adding Hearts to your creation. Get that mojo flowing and have fun!

Here's the deets for - Just Add Heart Candy
Stamp Sets: Sprinkles, Stem Sayings
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Textured Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss (plain and textured), Textured So Saffron
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Basic Black
Accessories: White Vellum, Bella Rose DSP, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Sweet Treat Cup, Eyelet Border, Scallop Edge, Heart to Heart and 1 3/4" Circle Punches, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals, Crystal Iris Chunky Sprinkles, Heart Candy for decorating cakes.


Sale A Bration Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the ESAD-SU, Sale A Bration Blog Hop. ESAD is an Aussie based group just for Extremely Special Aussie and New Zealand Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. I joined this group just before Christmas and am excited to be part of my very first Blog Hop!

I have made some examples from the Happy Moments Sale A Bration Stamp Set. It was a tough decision about which one I'd purchase for the pre-order as I LOVE all four of them! It was the little bird stamp that won me over but I'm looking forward to earning the remaining three during the SAB period.

Sample 1 - Gift Box

This little gift box was made from a template, taken from the SU Demonstrator Web Site Pattern Library (Box No. 21). It is featured in the SAB Catalogue (page 2), with the Vintage Labels Set. I loved the whole layout, so this is a CASE of the original.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Happy Moments (SAB), Boho Backgrounds
Cardstock: Textured Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Brown

Inkspirations Colour Challenge # 17

Happy Moments- Spinner Card (open)

Yay! Keesh is back with her firstInkspiration'sCOLOURchallenge for the year using the combo below. I wanted to make a String/Spinner Suspension Card as I've seen them on Splitcoast and thought the birdcage would be great to use for this technique. You can find the tutorial for it here. The idea is to 'wind' the taut linen thread a few times and when the recipient opens the card, the birdcage will spin around. Neat, hey?

I've actually done another card, using this technique, ready for the launch of Sale-a-bration tomorrow and the ESAD blog hop!

The flower is made with the Cameo Coral coloured DSP from all the circle punches. The circles have been scrunched, edges sponged with Chocolate Chip ink and then held together with a Build-a-brad, that has a centre made from So Saffron textured cardstock.

Here's the colour combo

The Finer Details:
Stamp Set: Happy Moments (SAB)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Textured So Saffro…

Just-Add-Ink's First Colour Challenge

Bronwyn Eastley

Celebrate Just-Add-Ink'sFirst Challenge
... one cup cake at a time!

The Colour Combo

It is so ... ooo exciting to be a part ofJust-Add-Ink's very FIRST challenge. I am thrilled to be part of a group of very passionate SU Demonstrators that make up the Design Team.

The colours, that match the beautiful blog header, at Just-Add-Ink, were so 'yummy' to play with and they included Chocolate Chip, so what's not to love about the combo?

The card that I designed for the occasion, uses the 'Big Bold Birthday' stamp set. This is a set that I hadn't used much until just recently when the Australian SU magazine, 'Impressions', explained how to make faux frosting. If you've viewed some of my earlier posts, you will see that I am really enjoying this new found technique. To celebrate the pre-launch of the Just-Add-Ink Site, I'll share the 'recipe' further on in this post ... so keep reading!

DSP Button

I made my own button using Choco…

Just Add Ink - Coming Soon to a Computer Screen Near You!

Launch Date - 22nd January

It is so exciting to be on the Design Team of this new Australian Challenge Blog, primarily associated with Stampin' Up! products. Let me tell you a little bit more about myself -

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator living in Tasmania, Australia. I have been married to my husband, Brett, for 25 years. He works at the Launceston General Hospital as a Medical Scientist. We have two wonderful ‘children’, Ryan (20) and Laura (16).

I work as a Primary School Teacher (currently 4 days a week) at Community Christian Academy and oversee the Junior Campus in my role as an Assistant Principal. I spend my Fridays pottering around in my stamping room (I have taken over the entire rumpus room!) and love to enter on-line challenges. Over the Summer break, I have become a bit of a 'Challenge Junkie'!

I went to my first Stampin' Up! workshop, with the intent to buy a stamp with a teddy bear on it so I could make my own little handmade tags to go on the…

Heart Topped Box

Stamp-n-Design have a FREE TEMPLATE CHALLENGE on at the moment. A big thank you to Danielle Daws for sending me the link, as she knows that I've been having fun making some gift boxes lately. Lynn Pratt's blog is full of great 3D papercraft ideas and beautiful cards, so take some time to check it out!

Here's P.B Pibbs holding my version of the Heart Topped Box

This is Lynn's box before she decorated it.

Priceless Bella Rose Heart Topped Box

My box is made from Textured Pink Pirouette cardstock, decorated with Bella Rose DSP and finished off with some embellishments, along with the Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon.

Back view

A little white button from Button Latte sits at the back, next to the heart that I punched out using the Heart to Heart Punch. This heart was punched from a white embossed image of the heart from the Always Stamp Set.

Front View

I made a button heart using a chipboard piece from the 'On Board So Tweet' Collection, covered it with PP coloured, Bell…

Stamp with Us Colour Challenge

During some blog browsing I came across a site called 'Stamp with Us'. Their latest challenge was a colour one. I love doing Stampin' Up! Challenges so thought I'd give this one a go!

The inspiration provided was this cute, summery handbag!

I used the Stampin' Up! colours of Bravo Burgundy, Summer Sun, Always Artichoke and Whisper White, which some of the Design Team chose in their gorgeous examples.

I have been wanting to make a Flip Flop card for ages and thought this challenge was just right for the occasion!

Flip Flop

Here's the Deets -
Stamp Set: Eastern Blooms, Happy Moments (SAB)
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Summer Sun, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Bravo Burgundy 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Jumbo White Brad, Stampin' Dimensionals

The following photo, in full sun, shows up the colors a little better! It was one of the quickest 'challenge' cards I have made and was fun to do. I used a template from the Splitcoast Fan Club.


K. Werner Color Inspiration Challenge #57

ColorfulCupcake Gift Box

I enjoyed make a cupcake for the JUGs 3D challenge a couple of weeks back and thought that I would make another one especially for K. Werner's Color Challenge. The colors that she chose are certainly fun, bright and Summery, a bit like our Aussie weather at the moment! I'll be jumping in the pool when I finish writing this post!

It was great to see that she had posted a 'one off' Color Challenge. I had only started the world of blogging, when the weekly challenges stopped. I did, however, on many occasions, enjoy browsing at some of the different and talented entries.

So ... Yay! I now have an opportunity to participate in one too! Hope you like what I created. The template was purchased from the Digichick Boutique.

I used the Stampin' Up! Color Range of Riding Hood Red, Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze, More Mustard, So Saffron and Whisper White.

I placed some paper and felt flowers at the top of the cupcake and decorated it with faux sparkly fr…

TESC 96 - Sympathy Card

Sympathy Card

This is my entry for Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #96. I needed to make a Sympathy Card for my Great Aunt, who lost her husband just before Christmas. He was my Nan's brother, and the last remaining sibling for that generation - an end of an era.

The large circle in the sketch, looked like a full moon and it was a good excuse to ink up my silhouette stamps (my all time favorites). I had a chipboard window in my stash, so I sponged daubed it with Night of Navy Ink to match the color scheme that I had chosen.

The actual card is twice the size of a standard one so I could include the window in the layout.

Thanks for stopping by to browse.

Here's What I Used -
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Pocket Silhouettes, Thoughts & Prayers
Ink: Baja Breeze, Night of Navy
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy
Accessories: Walk in the Park DSP, Eyelet border & Oval Scallop Punches, Pretties Kit, Baja Breeze Corduroy Button, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber,…

Mojo Valentine

Mojo Valentine

I know it's a little early for Valentine's Day but I've wanted to do a card like this ever since I saw the lovely, Shannon West, demo a lip print at the Australian National SU Convention in Canberra last year. My 'You & Moi' stamp set arrived today, so it was a perfect time to combine it with this technique. I did some Web Surfing and decided the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge would fit in with what I had in mind!

This sketch was quite a detailed one and I was feeling pretty pleased about uploading my photos, when I realised the ribbon bit was missing on the card! Back to the craft room for a bit of fine tuning, more photo shoots, watermarks added and .... ta dah! ... it's finally like the sketch!

Dazzling Diamond Lips!

So here's how it's done -
1. Apply 'ink', (bright cherry red lipstick) to the 'old pucker'.
2. 'Kiss' the cardstock.
3. Add heat and stick powder.
4. Heat with heat tool.
5. Sprinkle with Dazzling…

Sparkly Frosting and a Bella Rose Cupcake

Love Note using the Big Bold Birthday Stamp Set & SU Frosting

Bella Rose Cupcake with Love Note Card

Accessories - Flower Fusion Too, Jumbo Brad and Valet Ribbon Originals

Do you go through fads? Mine at the moment is papercrafting in 3D and using the Bella Rose DSP. Just can't get enough of those gorgeous papers (another order on the way to replace my depleting stock).

I've made another cupcake in Pink Pirouette this time. Have I also mentioned that I LOVE the textured cardstock? In fact I love everything about SU supplies and being a demonstrator. In the mail today I received my copy of the Impression's Magazine, which has some great techniques to try out. One of the things that caught my attention was the gorgeous sparkly frosting you can make using SU products. I have put this 'recipe' on the cupcake. Cute isn't it? I won't share with you the secret ingredients just yet, as I'll keep that a surprise for customers who come along to one of my …

A Piece of Cake


Ever since I made the cupcake gift box for the JUGs Challenge last week, I have been itching to try out the other templates that I bought. I had to tidy up my craft area first, as it was a total disaster zone. I worked up quite a sweat yesterday in the 30 degree heat and was pleased that I could see my workspace again with everything in its place!

I'm about to start making samples for sale-a-bration and hope to participate in the ESAD blog hop on January 25th. So, in the meantime, I'm planning to fiddle around with some stamp sets that haven't seen ink yet and try out a few things that I have made a mental note 'to do'. Believe me, the list is long!

I hope you like my 'Cherrylicious' Cake Gift Box that I made. You can buy the template from Digichick Boutique. I don't have the Tart & Tangy stamp set so I made my own cherry from a 1" circle punch (Riding Hood Red) and leaves from the Cheep Talk Stamp Set. I gave the ch…