Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Favourites for 2013

Here's a selection of my favourite projects for 2013.  

This was the year that MDS (My Digital Studio) was introduced to Australia and for me it was all about learning how to combine SU digital stamps and punches with my Silhouette Cameo (electronic cutter) - a match made in Heaven, particularly when you're stretched for time! So, it isn't any surprise that 8 out of the 12 projects featured in this blog post have been influenced by this little obsession of mine.

I hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane.  I'd love to know which project is your favourite.













Just Add Ink have a link up this week (until the 8th January 10pm AEST) to share your favourite project for 2013.  If I had to choose, I think I'd go with the card I made in July for my friend's 50th Birthday.  It's a combination of MDS (digital punches) e-cutting, stamping and watercolouring.

Thanks for stopping by,
Happy New Year!

A Clam Shell Pop-Up Card - Colours of January for SUO 87

Beach Hues
Colours of January is the theme for the latest challenge at SUO Challenges. When you think about the month of January, what colours spring to mind?  For me it's all about the Summer Holiday Break so I went in search of a beachy colour combo in my 'Colour' Board on Pinterest.

I loved this colour combo from Design Seeds and matched it up with some SU Colours that I thought would suit the theme.
Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, So Saffron, Crushed Curry

There's a real mix of digital and traditional die cutting, stamping etc.used in the making of this card so I thought you might like to know how it all came together -

Mini Tutorial

1.  Download the 'Anchors Away' Digital Kit from Stampin' Up! ® into MDS (My Digital Studio).  I chose the seahorse and clam shell 'stamps' and then exported these files into my Silhouette Studio

2.  Once they are in your e-cutter 'program', convert them into cutting files.  Re-size the seahorse to suit your project and make a card base from the clam shell (Please note that there are lots of tutorials on how to do this everywhere on You Tube and the Internet in general and I will be publishing the ones that I have written on my blog for FREE very soon).

3.  E-cut two card bases from So Saffron Card Stock.

4.  Using the Label Inserts Pop'n'Cuts Die and one of your clam shell bases, centre the 'shell' onto the die and run it through the Big Shot.  I made a 'sandwich' using two acrylic plates and a few layers of paper underneath the die so it would be thick enough to cut through the card stock.

5.  Match the pop up piece to the other clam shell base and glue together to form the complete card base.

6.  Stamp the back of the card with stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge Set (Crushed Curry Ink).

7.  Stamp and sponge the inside of your card before adding the Deco Label, Seahorses, stamped Starfish and Basic Pearls.

The sentiment is certainly appropriate because this card was made for my sister's birthday which is on January 1st.  The whole world waits up for her birthday every year.  How cool is that? - A Happy New Year and a Happy Birthday all rolled into one day.  I hope she likes it.

Project Recipe:

Stamp Sets:
My Friend

By the Seashore

Gorgeous Grunge


Digital Kit
Anchors Away

Big Shot Tools
Label Insert Pop 'n' Cuts Die

Framelits - Deco Labels

Miscellaneous Tools
Stamping Sponges

Basic Pearls - Jewel Accents

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I really enjoyed creating something a little different for this week's SUO Challenge.  I hope you have been inspired to play along too. Don't forget to hop on over to see what the other design team members have made.  Their projects are 'poles' apart from mine as their colours match up with the Wintry Theme of the Northern Hemisphere.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Coffee Cup Tutorial and Template


Coffee Cup Card
addINKtive designs
Created by: Bronwyn Eastley

Stamp Set: Patterned Occasions (SAB)
Ink: Stampin’ Write Markers – Tangerine Tango, Pool Party (PP), Island Indigo
Card Stock: Sahara Sand (SS), Whisper White (WW), Tangerine Tango (TT), Island Indigo (II)
Accessories: Coffee Cup Template, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Tangerine Tango Ribbon, 1 ¼” and 1 3/8” Circle Punches, 1 ¾” Scallop Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Bone Folder

Instructions for Making the Coffee Cup Card (RHS) –
1. Print out the template onto an A4 sheet of SS and WW. Alternatively, you could trace the images onto a piece of plastic sheeting using a permanent fine line marker and trace around them. Cut out one card base in SS a lid from WW and a cozy from DSP.
2. Using your bone folder, make a crease in the lid across the middle section and glue to the top of the card front.
3. Attach the DSP coffee cozy onto the middle section of the cup and adhere two rows of TT ribbon to the top and bottom of the cozy.
4. Colour in the coffee cup stamp but not the sentiment, with TT and PP Stampin’ Write Markers and stamp onto WW card stock. Punch out the image with a 1 ¼” Circle Punch.
5. Punch out a TT circle using the 1 3/8” Circle Punch and an II Scallop Circle (1 ¾”). Glue the layers together but do not attach to the card until you have stamped the sentiment.
6. Clean your stamp well before inking up the sentiment with an II marker and use your Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp it in the centre below the cozy.
7. Attach your coffee cup image to the middle of the cozy with Dimensionals (foam dots).
8. The card can stand upright quite well without support.
This is quite an easy card for a Make ‘n’ Take and it demonstrates the following techniques – Colouring on stamps, using the Stamp-a-ma-jig, using punches to layer, making a shaped card without a die.

(If you would like the template just hop over to my new blog at addinktivedesigns.com and download one for free from my Tutorial Shop).

That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas Owl Gift Bag

It's been way too long between posts but December has been a whirlwind month and rather 'epic'.  I won't bore you with the details but needless to say there hasn't been much paper crafting happening lately! 

This is just a quick post to show you a project that I should have shared before Christmas.  I found the idea on Pinterest (www.stamping with erica.blogspot.com) and CASED the little birthday owl gift bags and made a Christmas Owl Gift Bag using similar SU Products.

It was quick and easy and a great idea for owl lovers.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

By the Seashore - a Non -Traditional Christmas Card for SUO 85

Ok ... so this is a little 'out there' but it certainly does fit the challenge requirements at SUO 85 (in more ways than one) to make a non-traditional Christmas card or paper craft project.

Non-traditional can mean non-Christmas stamps, colours or both. I went with pretty much non-traditional everything but sea shells are certainly more appropriate for our Aussie Christmas than sleighs and snowflakes!


This was some random idea that came into my head and completely overtook my original idea for this challenge.  I'll have to put that one on hold for another day as I am in the middle of the craziest time of the year as a teacher. Portfolios, reports and end of year programs, celebrations etc, have taken over most of my time and I am really hanging out for the Summer break. Did I mention that our school is about to get a major renovation make over too? ... and oh yeah, I'm also acting Principal amongst the chaos of working full time on a Kinder/Prep class. Fun times!

Ok .... more about my card -

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set:  By the Seashore
Ink:  Basic Black, Coastal Cabana 
Card Stock:  Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal  Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe (2013-2015 In Colours)
Accessories: BBS Ruffle Stretch Trim, Basic Rhinestones
Bigz Die, Perfect Pennants -

Be sure to hop on over to SUO Challenges to check out what the other DT Members have come up with for this week's challenge.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Let It Snow - My First Card for SUO DT

It's so lovely to share with you my first card as a Design Team Member for Stampin' Up! Only Challenges (Someone pinch me!).

The theme is 'Let it Snow' and even though I live in the Southern Hemisphere and we're heading towards Summer, most Aussies still love the 'Traditional Winter Christmas Theme'.

The easel card base was made from one of the digital punches from the Festive Flurry Kit Digital Download (MDS) and cut out with my e-Cutter (Pool Party Card Stock) -
The circles for the base and front panel of the card were e-cut using the Digital Circle Punch (MDS) from Whisper White, Brushed Silver, Night of Navy and White Vellum Cardstock.

The main stamped panel was inspired by a beautiful card I spotted on Stampin' Connection called Snow on Vellum, made by Natasha Schwecke.  The fine splatter image from the Gorgeous Grunge Set was stamped onto the White Vellum with Versa Mark Ink and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  The tree and deer image from the Hostess set, Warmth and Wonder, was stamped and heat embossed using White Embossing Powder.  Night of Navy, Staz-On White and Pool Party Ink were sponged onto the vellum to add some background colour.  Lastly, Dazzling Diamonds with the Two-Way Glue Pen, was sprinkled onto the scene to form the ground layer of snow.

Gorgeous Grunge

Warmth and Wonder

To complete the card I stamped the tiny snowflake from Warmth and Wonder onto the outer parts of the snowflake, added some Rhinestones, a sentiment and a Frosted Finishes Embellishment.

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Here's a little something extra to show you that you can also use a digital stamp (MDS), in this sample, the Snowman from Jolly Bingo Bits, and convert it into a cutting file to make a shaped card.

The buttons and face were punched from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and Owl Builder Punch.  Retired Real Red Spotted Ribbon and a Glimmer Brad was used for the scarf.

Be sure to check out all the other 'snowy creations' from the SUO DT and take some time out this fortnight to play along.

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Thanks so much for stopping by to share in my excitement over joining the SUO DT.  I was thrilled to get an email from Robin Messenheimer asking me to join their amazing team of designers.  It has been a busy and challenging year with my 'day job' and I have had to turn down a few DTs as well as shut down my own challenge blog in order to not 'overload' myself with commitments.  Fortunately, there are only 4 weeks left until Summer break and I am really looking forward to some more time to devote to all things, 'stamping, cutting and card making' in 2014.

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