Friday, December 31, 2010

Just Add Summer and a SAB Sneak Peek

Summery Sandals ... Flip Flops, Jandals or just plain 'Thongs' in Aussie Lingo

... so whatever name you call them, the good old Aussie thong represents all things sun, sand, surf and SUMMER.

At Just Add Ink there's a challenge to JUST ADD SUMMER to your paper craft creation this week.

To add to the Summertime Theme I have used the Stampin' Up! colours of Sahara Sand and Marina Mist.

Hint: I crimped the piece of Marina Mist card stock before I traced out the template for the back of the flip flop.

Just Add Summer - JAI Challenge #49

Did you notice the Sale-a-bration sneak peek? I have used the cute little flower stamp from the 2011 SAB set called 'Bliss' and I've also discovered it's a good match for one of the Antique Brads. I'll supply more details about the SAB promotion later. It's my favourite time of the Stampin' Up! Year.

There's quite a few flip flop card templates in 'Blog Land' and I got this particular one from the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club so even if I could actually track down the original post (which I have tried to find), I wouldn't be able to link it up. It is, however, from Diane Zechman (cookiestamper). If you're looking to find a template just "Google" Flip Flop Card Pattern (not to be confused with what we call 'swing cards') and there's a multitude of choices out there.

Alternatively, I have come across a great site that offers quite a variety of free templates and you'll find one for a Flip Flop Card HERE. It's a little different in design but a good starting point.

Happy crafting!

My Two 'Craft Loves' Combined - Crochet and Paper Craft

Here's the Project Details for JAI Challenge #49 - Just Add Summer:
Stamp Sets: Bliss (SAB), Party this Way
Ink: Marina Mist
Card Stock: Marina Mist, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Flip Flop Template, Sahara Sand DSP from the Neutrals Pattern Stack, Fleurettes II, Antique Brad, White Gel Pen, 5/8" Marina Mist Grosgrain Ribbon, Horizontal Slit Punch (retired), Sticky Strip, Crimper


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My Favourites for 2010

Scalloped Note Cards using the SAB Set, Happy Moments
Highlights: Joining the Just Add Ink Team and Participating in my First Blog Hop for ESAD

Sketch Challenge at Just Add Ink - Organic Grace

Sketch Challenge at JAI - Vintage Bird

Just Add Vintage Challenge
Highlight: Participating in a Technique Blog Hop for Just Add Ink

My Favourie SWAP for Sydney Convention - 'Night Owl'
Highlight: Going to Sydney Convention

A CASE from the SU Demo Web Site - Fox & Friends
made with a Colour Combo from JAI
Highlight: Having a wonderful holiday in North Queensland

A Sketch Challenge at JAI - 'Vintage Leaves'
using Medallion and Baroque Motifs

Designed for SSSC and the Shabby Tea Room Challenges - 'A Shabby Sweet Sunday'
Highlight: This month was all about the long awaited pre-order for the new Catalogue

Just Add Sympathy Challenge
Highlights: Presenting a Workshop WOW at Regionals, My Birthday Workshop taken by Tania, A Trip to Bali to Visit two Orphanges

Morning Cup

Just Add Christmas Challenge

Extreme Guitar Easel Card/Calendar for a JAI Colour Challenge
Highlights: Being asked to be a Guest Designer for UStamp with Dawn and Friends

My Favourite for 2010
Punch Potpourrie Scallop Circle Easel Card
made for my JAI Team Mates' SWAP

Vintage, Owls, Silhouettes, Neutrals, Blues ... probably sums it all up! I like the fact that I don't have a particular style as it's always fun trying new techniques!

I've loved sharing my 'blog' highlights for this year and am looking forward to what 2011 will bring!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Treat Yourself to 40+ Tutorials this Christmas and Start off the New Year with a Bang!

Is your hubby, partner, friend or relative looking for a last minute gift idea for you or have you been 'NICE' all year and want to give yourself a special Christmas treat?

How about joining in the fun at UStamp with Dawn and Friends Year End Blow Out Edition 2010? Click on the blinkie below to sign up for 40+ tutorials by Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from all around the globe.

I'd love to have as many of my blog friends join in as I have the awesome privilege of being a Guest Designer this time around. It's the main reason why you haven't seen much happening on my blog lately, but I can assure you I have been as busy as a bee getting my tutorial ready and totally stretching myself with the 'techie' side of it all. It has been a steep learning curve but I'm so glad that I accepted the offer. You'll also see tutorials from two of my Just Add Ink Team mates - Paula and Danielle.

Here's what this edition is all about -
  • This event will showcase projects that will all use 12x12 DSP or Card Stock in its entirety!
  • It will feature Stamp Sets from the Occasions (US) Catalog (some of which we have in our Summer Mini in Australia), the upcoming Sale-a-bration Brochure (starts 25th January 2011), Hostess and Valentine's Day Sets from the current IB & C.
  • Dawn quotes, "12x12 paper is NOT just for layering and putting into a scrapbook ... there is so much more ... and we will show you 40+ projects that are going to deliver BIG on awesomeness!!"
  • You will be able to create entire Stamping Classes, Camps and Stamp Clubs showcasing what you have learnt. I'll be holding one over the Summer Break myself so be sure to watch out for that one!
  • There will be 40+ unique colour combos as well as 40+ co-ordinating cards with co-ordinating envelopes.
  • All tutorials will be available in pdf format to download and you can make the projects at your leisure or while the event is running. There will be an on-line gallery for you to upload your projects to share.
  • An open Chat Room and Designer Hosted chats with lots of prizes
  • A great blinkie for your web site
  • A new surprise for 2011 but you have to be in the event to find out what it is!
Need I say anymore? Go on treat yourself this Christmas! Click on the blinkie below!

I'd love to see there!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sssssh, I Have a Secret ...

... SANTA!!!!! This person knows me very well because I love making these Haute Tote Bags.

It was really special to actually receive one in the gorgeous Jolly Holiday DSP.

Individual Wrapping for each little Gift

I feel thoroughly spoilt!

A Personal Touch on the Inside Pocket

Mmmm ... who could my Secret Santa be??

Well, it's from a Just Add Ink Team Member and I think I've narrowed it down to two possible lovely, crafty ladies!

I'm going to need a little help ... any thoughts?

The contents will remain a secret until you see mentioned in future posts that the so called items that I have used were from my Secret Santa! Love to tease!

Thanks for stopping by at this busy time of the year.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Just Add Ink Colour Challenge #47

Extreme Elements ...

... meets Grunge Rock

... for the latest Colour Challenge at Just Add Ink

Do you love a colour challenge? What a fun mix of colours for this week's challenge at Just Add Ink. Why don't you give it a go and hop on over to JAI to view the wonderful samples from the DT and to upload your entry there!!

I just loved Jo Eades' swap that I received a few weeks ago and couldn't wait to ink up the Extreme Elements set for the first time. Now that my school reports are 'done and dusted' and the Summer Holidays are just around the corner, I can 'chillax' a bit ... well at least until my next SU order arrives (It contains the new stamps that I need for my UStamp with Dawn and Friends Project) ... exciting!

I've made a scallop circle easel card and a rectangular easel card/calendar before so I thought it was time to try a square one!!

Here's the Project Recipe -
Stamp Sets: Extreme Elements, Extreme Guitar, Grunge Rock
Ink: TT, DD, RHR, BG
Cardstock: Whisper White, DD, TT, RHR (textured), BG
Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool, Crimper, Lattice Embossing Folder, Stamping Sponge, Dimensionals. TT Stampin' Write Marker, Blender Pen
Non-SU: Mini Calendar (from local craft shop)

Thanks for taking a peek,

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Just Add Ink Swap Hop


We recently had a card swap at Just Add Ink... If you haven't come across it before, a swap is where all participants make multiple copies of one card design and send them off to the rest of the group. What you end up with is a copy of everyone's cards, but you've only had to design one! So we thought we'd share them with you all on a Swap (Blog) Hop!

Here are a few details about what's happening... There are 14 stops on our Swap Hop (Just Add Ink and each of our 13 Design Team members), but the hop is set up in a loop so it doesn't matter where you start. All you need to do to follow along is click the Swap Hop button at the end of each post and you'll be taken to the next stop! The great part of that is that you can do the Swap Hop whenever you want.

Here's a round-up of all the swaps I made for the Just Add Ink Design Team Members. To make it a little more interesting I decided to consult the new Stampin' Up! Colour Coach and work with the Dynamic Duo Colour Combinations.

I've listed who received each one and the colours used.

Grab a cuppa and happy browsing!

Poppy Parade and Tangerine Tango
(Kim Badelt)

Garden Green and Pear Pizzazz
(Gardenia Pepworth)

Always Artichoke and River Rock
(Kirsty Jeffrey)

Regal Rose and Blushing Bride
(Amanda Reddicliffe)

Old Olive and Certainly Celery
(Delys Cram)

Cajun Craze and Peach Parfait
(Chantell Randall)

Concord Crush and Perfect Plum
(Tania Gould)

More Mustard and So Saffron
(Jan Radu)

Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum
(Jo Eades)

Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink
(Jodene Tripp)

Early Expresso and Soft Suede
(Paula Dobson)

Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake
(Patrice Easton)

Marina Mist and Bashful Blue
(Danielle Daws)

Not Quite Navy and Baja Breeze
(Mae Collins)

I'd really like to know which is your favourite Dynamic Duo Colour Combo out of the 14 that I put together.

Want to know how to make one of these? Check out my tutorial HERE.

I hope you are enjoying the Blog Hop and gaining some fabulous inspiration. After receiving my package of gorgeous swaps from all the members, I sat for ages ooohing and aaaahing at all the wonderful, creative and clever ideas ... so many to CASE!!

The next stop on your way is to the lovely Jodene Tripp. Click on the button below to take you there. Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

A New Friend, A RAK and a Free Pass Give Away

Nikki's Bookmark

I recently left a couple of comments on Stampin' Connection (the Australian Stampin' Up! Demonstrator's equivalent to Facebook) for Nikki Spencer. I told her that the bookmark SWAP she created would have made a trip to Melbourne Regionals worthwhile! (For me that would involve a plane or boat trip across the Bass Strait)

I also saw a gorgeous Christmas side step card using the 'Easter Blossoms' set that she had made and immediately fell in 'love' with Nikki's style and creativity. I think she is so talented!

Nikki has also spent time in some Balinese Orphanages (one of them being, Giri Asih, where I visited in September) and she does paper craft sessions to raise money for the children.

She doesn't have a blog YET but I'm sure it won't be far away! ;)

The above photo shows the beautiful RAK (Random Act of Kindness) that arrived in the post on Thursday, the very day I needed to find a new 'friend' to give away a free UStamp with Dawn and Friends Pass! I didn't have to look far!

So congratulations, Nikki. I know you'll love the 40 tutorials that will be offered on the next round entitled, 'Year End Blow Out'. Dawn will send you an email when it's about to start!

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