Sunday, October 31, 2010

Same, Same ... but Different - The In Colour Dynamic Duos

Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green

Peach Parfait and Cajun Craze

Concord Crush and Perfect Plum

Poppy Parade and Tangerine Tango

Blushing Bride and Regal Rose

If you've ever been to Bali you would understand the title of my post and probably have a little smile on your face! I guess I had better explain!

The Balinese Markets, especially in the real 'touristy' areas, stock a lot of the same merchandise. You would often hear the stall holders trying to coax you in for a purchase by saying, "Same, same but different" I can assure you the only real difference was the price depending on your bargaining skills!

They even sold T Shirts for the tourists that read, "Same, Same but Different"!

Well, if you've been checking out my posts lately you will have seen quite a few of the scallop circle easel cards made from the Hostess L1 set, Punch Potpourri. These ones are the SAME BUT DIFFERENT as they feature the Dynamic Duos that team up with all the SU In Colours!

Why have I been making so many? Well, they have been my JAI DT Swaps which quite a few of the girls have already received ... but some are still waiting patiently for theirs. I have only four more to make! Yay!

After doing SWAPS for Sydney Convention and Launceston Regionals, I was struggling to get motivated to do a heap of cards all the same, so to maintain an interest I decided to change the colour combo for each one. It has made the process far more enjoyable and I now have some gorgeous samples from all the other girls to inspire me to the finish line!

I'd love to know which In Colour Combo you like the best!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

FTL #114 - Every Little Bit

Snowflakes and Penguins

I thought I should make a start on my Christmas Cards and decided to use this week's FTL Challenge at Clean and Simple Stamping to get the ball rolling!

FTL #114

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Every Little Bit, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Shimmery White
Ink: Basic Black, Marina Mist, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, Blender Pen, Basic Rhinestones, Stamping Sponge
Score Pal

Thanks for taking a peak at my first Christmas Card for the season,

Friday, October 29, 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge #41 - a Birthday Theme

Just ...

... Add

... Birthdays

... latest Challenge - #41

Project Details:
Stamp Set: Party This Way
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Early Expresso
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Expresso
Accessories: Elegant Soiree DSP, Neutral Brads, Basic Pearls, Early Expresso Taffeta Ribbon, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (for frosting), Crop-a-dile for 'sprinkles', Blender Pen
Punches: Modern Label, Scallop Circle, Butterfly, Scallop Trim Border

I bought the cupcake template from the Digi Chick Boutique. There's a link on my sidebar. Happy crafting". XX

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Card for a Cause

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month the challenge at SSC was to to use a pink ribbon and primarily the colour pink for your card/project.

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #62

If you've checked out my blog lately you will have noticed that I set myself a 'challenge' to make some scallop easel cards with the Dynamic Duo combinations from the SU Colour Coach. I was making the In Colour samples and when I got to the Blushing Bride and Regal Rose combination this week, I decided to add the Pink Ribbon from the Cancer Council Fundraiser to this card and enter it in the latest challenge at SSC.

If you'd like to know how to make one of these, please check out my tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hand Made Happy Mail

This is Claire Harrison's gob-smacking' invite to her recent 40th!! I asked her if I could show it off on my blog! Isn't it gorgeous?

I don't have the stamp set, Awash with Flowers and I just love the vibrant DSP and colours that she used on this card.

Another cute creation from a fellow JAI DT Member, Gardenia Pepworth
(Love Fox & Friends!!)

A very cute card from a wonderful friend and SU Customer, Caroline Bain

... and a lovely card highlighting some gorgeous DSP ( last Summer Mini) from a fellow JAI DT Member, Jo Eades.

Thanks heaps! I appreciate each and every one and I'm so glad I'm not the only one that sends belated birthday wishes ;) Hi Claire, your card is on its way!!

I should also mention that the rest of my JAI Team Swaps are on their way to most homes now! Sorry for the delay as life has been a tad busy lately! Hope you enjoy receiving them along with ribbon and DSP shares to those that participated in that!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A 'Spin' on Card Patterns Sketch 87

Here's my 'spin' on the latest sketch challenge at Card Patterns. I made a different style of spinner card using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits.

Beautiful Wings Spinner Card

This Week's Sketch at Card Patterns

The semi-circle part for the sketch is achieved with the linen thread being used as a 'divider'.

Here's the inside of the card - the part where you write all the 'mushy' stuff.

It can lay flat ready to pop in the post.

A Better View

How to Make this Spinner card -
1. Score your card right through the middle from top to bottom.
2. Cut a circle in the middle of the card through both the front and back.
3. Cut two layers for each butterfly and attach together (sticky strip) with the linen thread through the middle. Thread on some beads if you wish.
4. Secure the thread tightly inside the card with sticky strip just slightly left of the score line and glue the left sides together (front and back).
5. Embellish using DSP and ribbon etc.

Project Recipe -
Stamps: Just Believe
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, White, Early Expresso
Ink: Early Expresso
Accessories: Elegant Soiree DSP, Early Expresso Taffeta Ribbon, Baja Breeze Corduroy Button (retired), Linen Thread, Beads from Pretties Kit (retired), Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Large Oval and Scallop Oval Punches
Non-SU: Nestabilities Circle and Scallop Circle Dies

Here's a couple of other spinner cards that I have made if you want to take a peek -
Happy Moments
Inkspirations Colour Challenge

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Just Us Girls #55 - Colour Challenge

JUGs Colour Challenge

It's been a long time since I've entered a challenge at Just Us Girls. I loved the neutral colour combo for this week so was keen to see what I could come up with.

Here's the picture for inspiration. I used the SU colours of Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake.

I have been making a few Scallop Circle Easel Cards lately but decided to add a bit of interest by trying out the Faux Mother of Pearl Technique. Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint was used as the base for the background.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set: Just Believe
Ink: Black Staz-On, Basic Black and Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Basic Black
Accessories: Scallop Circle Die, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Basic Pearls, Stamping Sponge, Dimensionals, Big Shot

Faux Mother of Pearl Technique -
1. Place a small amount of Shimmer Paint onto a plastic plate.
2. Scrunch up a 'ball' of plastic wrap and dip it into the paint.
3. Dab it over the cardstock and leave it to dry.
4. Sponge desired colour over the top (Crumb Cake in this sample) and buff any extra ink off the shimmer paint with a cloth.
5. Stamp your image over the top with Black Staz-On.

This is the first time I've tried this technique and you can find a tutorial in the Resource Section of Splitcoaststampers. I'm keen to give it another go using some pastel colours.

PS: A big thank you to JUGs for awarding me Chic of the Week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Some More Dynamic Duo Colour Combos

Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum

Marina Mist and Bashful Blue
(as featured in the recent Just Add Blue Challenge)

Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink
(as featured in the Scallop Easel Card Tutorial)

Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake

What's your favourite so far? The In Colours are up next!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Scallop Circle Easel Card Tutorial

Punch Potpourri Scallop Circle Easel Card
in the Dynamic Duo of
Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink

1. Score a piece of card stock through the middle (which is double the length of your die) and line up the folded piece over the Scallop Circle Die (SCD) leaving 4 scallops at the top to form the base of your card.

This is how it should look after you run it through the Big Shot Machine.

2. Score a line through the middle of the top Scallop Circle and fold upwards.

3. Apply Sticky Strip or glue to half the Scallop Circle as shown above.

4. Cut out a single Scallop Circle in the same colour (Melon Mambo) and stick it to the folded half so the top layer sits up like an easel (The top half that is facing will now be a double layer and the bottom half, a single layer of card stock).

5. Cut two circles using the lighter shade (Pretty In Pink) and attach one to the base of the card. Sponge around the edges with the darker shade of ink before gluing the other circle to the front of the card.

6. Stamp your sentiment on Whisper White and punch it out using the Large Oval and Scallop Oval Punches.

7. Use the Paper Piercing Tool to pierce holes in each of the scallops.

8. Cut a slightly smaller circle using Whisper White and dry emboss using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.

9. Sponge over the raised embossing using the darker shade of ink (MM).

10. Attach a bow to the lower central part of the card.

11. Stamp the images from the Level 1 Hostess Set, Punch Potpourri using the two shades of Pink (Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink) onto Whisper White Card Stock (Butterfly has been 'Rock'n' Rolled') and punch out using the matching punches. Sponge around the edges of the heart with the darker shade (MM) and attach images to your card using Stamping Dimensionals and Sticky Strip to create the two layers. Attach a Pearl in the middle of your butterfly.

That's all there is to it! Happy crafting.

Inspired to make one? Please be nice and link back to this post to acknowledge the source of your inspiration.

I'll be back later with some cards that I made to highlight several different Dynamic Duo Combinations from the Stampin' Up! Color Coach. 'Stay tuned' ...

Just Add Blue for 'Beyond Blue'

Blue Potpourri

Last week it was PINK ... this week it's all about BLUE! The current challenge at Just Add Ink is to help promote the wonderful job that Beyond Blue (the National Depression Initiative) is doing.

So ... this challenge means that you can add BLUE to your papercraft project and then send it off to someone that could use a little 'pick me up'.

I chose to do a Scallop Circle Easel Card and since Marina Mist is the newest blue colour from Stampin' Up! I decided to team it with its 'Dynamic Duo' of Bashful Blue. I am preparing heaps of cards in the different 'Dynamic Duos' which you will see in some future posts!

A Scallop Easel Card is fun and very easy to make. I have written a TUTORIAL so you can have a go at making one too!

The All-Important Side View!

Be sure to visit the other Just Add Ink Team Blogs to see what gorgeous 'Blue' Creations they have for your inspiration this week.

Project Recipe for Blue Potpourri
Stamp Sets: Friends 24-7, Punch Potpourri (L1 Hostess)
Ink: Marina Mist, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop Circle Die, Basic Pearls, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Marina Mist Satin Ribbon, Stamping Sponge, Paper Piercing Tool, Dimensionals
Punches: Two-Step Bird, Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Boho Blossoms, Butterfly, Full-Heart

Thanks for stopping by to take a peak,

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit".
Psalm 34:18

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