Friday, September 30, 2011

JAI 87 - A Colour Challenge and a Diamond Fold Pop Up Card

Nikki has given us a gorgeous colour combo to play around with for the latest challenge at Just Add Ink.

I made up a template from a card kit that I bought at a Craft Shop, to produce this unusually shaped card and have decided to call it a Diamond Fold Pop Up.

Diamond Fold Pop Up Card

The Colour Combo for JAI 87

The feature flower is made from 4 layers of the 'daisy' from the Blossom Party Die. I was pretty chuffed with how it turned out and it's fun discovering new combinations for all the different flower shapes.

The cute little bird is from the newly released stamp set called, Best of Everything and when I first clapped my eyes on the new catalogue, I fell in love with this gorgeous set and it was on my first order in September!

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Best of Everything, Tiny Tags
Ink: White Craft, Pool Party, Calypso Coral
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Textured Pool Party, Textured Calypso Coral
Accessories: Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder, Sponge Dauber, Neutrals DSP, Blossom Party Die, Pool Party and Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Markers, Eyelet Border Punch, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Sticky Strip and Dimensionals

* 6th October - I've only just discovered a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers for this type of card. It is called a Spring Card. Here's the LINK.

I hope the colours, along with the gorgeous examples from the rest of the DT, inspire you to join in with our 87th Challenge at Just Add Ink.

Happy stamping and have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, September 23, 2011

JAI 86 - A Sketch Challenge

JAI 86

Hi there. This week at Just Add Ink I have a sketch challenge for you. I love putting sketches together and hope you'll be inspired by this one, along with all the gorgeous work from the rest of the DT.

The Sketch

I actually made this about three weeks ago for a friend who was in need of a 'pick-me-up'. She loves butterflies and so do I!

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set: Bliss (retired SAB set), Creative Elements
Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry
Card Stock: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry (rolled rose)
Accessories: Beau Chateau DSP, Corner Rounder Punch, Dimensionals
Non-SU: Kaiser Sentiment, Flourish and Rose Dies from Marianne Creatables, White Frame

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Birthday Cards - so much Talent in one Post!

I celebrated my birthday a couple of weeks ago and thought I'd share with you some of the beautiful hand made cards that I received. Most of them have come from my friends at Just Add Ink and I am so blessed to be associated with such a talented group of awesome, fun-loving women.

Enjoy the eye candy -

This next one is from Stampin' Up! SU is celebrating its 5th year in Australia and all the demonstrators get an extra discount on one item of their choice in their Birthday Month.

This is what I chose to buy with my extra Birthday Discount. Thank you Stampin' Up! -

It's called the Doctor's Bag and it features the Stampin' Up! logo and is sized to hold the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, cutting pads and dies.

I think I will use it as an overnight bag too.

I love the pink and black polka dot lining and the fact that the Big Shot sits flat inside the bag and there's so much room for Workshop supplies!

It's another awesome bag which I've added to my growing collection - gotta love that!

Playing Catch Up!

Can you tell I'm on holidays and have a little more time to 'blog' than usual? The next few weeks are going to be super busy so I'm making the most of the time that I have got at the moment.

In May, at Convention, I finally got to meet Ruth Clarke. She is one talented lady and creates the most awesome scrap layouts you could imagine. I had run out of swaps by the time we met, so we agreed to post each other a sample. Here's the gorgeous collection that I received from her -

A Corner Bookmark, Butterfly, and Tags

If you are an Aussie or NZ Demonstrator you can view her beautiful work on Stampin' Connection or you can join her Face Book page (PaperWorks with Ruthy)

Next I have a photo of the beautiful card that I received from Stampin' Up! for presenting at the recent Regional Seminar in Hobart. I LOVE the layout, colours and 'Creative Elements' is currently one of my favourite stamp sets. Thank you, Sophie and Aaron.

Inside the card was a voucher to choose a free stamp set and I chose 'My Friend' which you will find on page 85 of the current Idea Book and Catalogue (link on my side bar).

I haven't made a sample using this new set yet but I did receive this gorgeous and unexpected catch up swap from Claire Daly which really showcases 'My Friend'.

A big thank you to these lovely people that sent me some Happy Mail. I really appreciate it!

I'll be back soon with some birthday cards to share.

Have a great weekend,

Friday, September 16, 2011

JAI 85 -Flirtatious Owl for a Baby Theme Challenge

It's Friday and that means another fabulous challenge at Just Add Ink. This week we've got the baby theme happening. So it's time for everyone to whip up something cute, ie: bibs, bonnets, prams, rattles and baby onesies ... just to name a few.

It's all thanks to Stampin' Up! and the introduction of their gorgeous fabric into the Australian Catalogue, that I have finally blown the dust off my sewing machine. I found the pattern for these Lucky Owls at a Craft Shop in Ulverstone when I was living it up at a B&B with hubby a few weeks ago (... and attending a conference for work of course ;)

Flirtatious Owl

... and Gift Card

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Fox & Friends, Delicate Doilies, Short & Sweet
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
Card Stock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Flirtatious Fabric and DSP, Neutral Brads, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Dimensionals, 1/2 " Circle Punch, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack

Hop on over to Just Add Ink to check out all the 'cute' inspiration from the DT and link up your own entry.

Happy stamping (or sewing) and have a great weekend,

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Birthday and Sympathy - Masculine Cards

It's my brother's birthday tomorrow and I'm 101% certain he never reads my blog, so I'm pretty safe posting this here a day early!

He rides a motor bike so I thought I should ink up my Motorcycle Stamp from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue and team it up with Extreme Elements to use on his Birthday card.

Happy Birthday Andrew

I find male cards really tricky to make so I went hunting for inspiration and came across this great card by Jo Eades which was hanging on my card tree (JAI Swap). Problem solved!

Isn't it just awesome?


On a totally different subject ... this card was made for the family of my friend who recently passed away. He loved playing soccer so I made the Sympathy Card a little more personal.

I'll be back on Friday with my DT submission for the next Just Add Ink Challenge. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Feeling Flirty

I'm almost at the end of my open house and while I'm waiting for my next guest to arrive, I thought I would quickly share the Make 'n' Take that I did with my friend, Tania, today.

Stampin' Up! has just released a range of fabrics and today Tania chose to make a hair clip using the Flirtatious Fabric and the Blossom Party Die.

Of course I had to get Miss Charlotte to model it for me before she left with her mum.

Cute ..

... and very quick and easy to make.

Thanks for stopping by,

My Craft Space

There's nothing like an Open House/Catalogue Launch to get me motivated enough to sort out my craft space. For those that have dared to venture in there in the past, will know that it was a mess!

You wouldn't see these photos grace the pages of 'Home Beautiful' as the furniture is a mixture of this 'n' that but everything finally has a place and I have some clear space to stamp and hold classes again. Yay!

So here's what the converted Garage/Rumpus Room looks like now. It's all mine ...

My New Craft Desk

Storage for My Current Stamp Sets, Punches, Books and Magazines

My old craft desk is now a sewing table and a place to have my portable photo studio set up.

The paper storage area is directly behind me, along with an area for retired stamp sets that I can't part with yet and some other bits 'n' bobs. The craft table for guests is now set up directly in front of that area (This photo was taken early this morning).

The View from Behind My Desk

So there you have it ...

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #98

The colour palette for The Play Date Cafe got me inspired to ink up my new Gorjuss Stamp and do some 'colouring in'. I'm still only on my 'L' Plates but it was fun to have a go.

Winter Cupcake

I chose to use the Stampin' Up! Colours of Island Indigo, River Rock/Champagne Shimmer and Not Quite Navy to try and match the beautiful colours inspired by the photo collage below -

Colour Inspiration

Project Recipe for Winter Cupcake -
Stamp: Winter Friend (Gorjuss Stamps)
Ink: Champagne Shimmer Paint, River Rock SU Marker and a selection of Copic Markers
Accessories: Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies, Sponge Dauber, White Gel Pen, Neutrals DSP
Non-SU: Swirls EF, Cupcake Die (PTI)

Don't you hate it when you spend ages trying to decide which photo to post? I couldn't ... (LOL) ... so here's another with a different back drop!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend,

JAI 84 - White with One

No ... I'm not talking about how I like my coffee (It's actually white with none 'cause I'm sweet enough ;) ... but rather the latest challenge at Just Add Ink.

Mae has chosen the colour combo for this week and it is white with a colour of your choice. I chose the new In-Colour, Island Indigo and teamed it up with Confetti White.

JAI 84 - Forever Young
This card was actually made for a close friend who recently lost her grandmother.

It is slightly different to the easel cards that I usually make as it is not cut on the fold using a die cut.

The first butterfly was actually placed on the tree to cover up a mistake and then more were added to 'finish it off'. I liked the idea of framing the girl on the swing to 'capture a moment in time'. It never started off as a Sympathy Card but the more it evolved, the more appropriate it seemed to be.

The Colour Combo

The Flower
The paper flower is based on a swap that a friend gave me at the latest Regionals in Hobart (see below). I made mine from Confetti White Card Stock and sponged it with Island Indigo Ink (inspired by a beautiful birthday card from Tania that you can see HERE). I used a Clear Rhinestone Brad with a Pearl to hold the layers together.

Thanks for the mini demo at our table, Rochelle :)

Card Construction
Card Base - The Lace Ribbon Border Punch makes a beautiful edging for the front of the card.

Card Front - Instead of ribbon, I pleated some Timeless Portrait DSP to go underneath the flower. The larger scallop circle from the Perfect Pennants Die was placed underneath the Confetti White Card Stock to give the card a more unique shape.

Project Recipe: JAI 84 - Forever Young

Stamp Sets: Forever Young, Thoughts & Prayers
Card Stock: Confetti White, Island Indigo
Ink: Island Indigo
Accessories: Perfect Pennants Die, Timeless Portrait DSP, Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle, Lace Ribbon Border and Decorative Label Punches, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Basic Jewels - Pearl, Stamping Sponge, Dimensionals

Make sure you hop on over to Just Add Ink to see what the other DT Members have crafted for inspiration and to link up your own, 'White with One' entry.

Thanks for stopping by.

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