Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Valentine Chocolate Holder for Still addINKtive Challenges # 3 and a Little Give Away

This week at still addINKtive challenges Kathy has chosen a beautiful colour combo.  I thought the colour palette was perfect for one of my little Valentine Chocolate Holders.

My newest SAB set, Bloomin' Marvellous, was wanting to get inky for the first time, so in keeping with 'tradtition' for this time of the year, I came up with a similar design to past years but swapped the stamp set to a current SAB one.

It's the Fifth Week of the Month at s.a. challenges so we will either have a sketch or a colour combo for inspiration.  We've decided to go with this trio and can't wait to see your lovely creations.

Here's some more detailed pictures of my DT project for the week -

Bloomin' Marvellous SAB Stamp Set
(Free with every $100 {AUD} purchase during SALE-A-BRATION time)

I used Guylian Heart Shaped Belgian Chocolates, available in packs of 8 from Woolworths.

Just having some photography fun - using a little cupcake stand to hold my Valentine Treat.

Inside View

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set: Bloomin' Marvellous (SAB)
Ink:  River Rock, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede
Card Stock:  Soft Suede (plain and textured - retired), Very Vanilla
(You can make 4 chocolate holders from one piece of 12 X 12 Card Stock)
Accessories:  Every Day Enchantment DSP, Scallop Trim Border Punch (retired), Subtles DSP Pack (retired), Victoria Crochet Trim, Basic Pearls, Small Heart Punch, Full Heart Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch (Sneak Peek), Extra Large Oval Punch, Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

Past Projects -
2011 Vintage Valentine Chocolate Holders made from the SAB set, Bliss.

2012 Vintage Valentine Chocolate Holders made from the SAB set, Fresh Vintage.

If you would like to make your own Valentine Chocolate Holders, I have a tutorial you can purchase.  Click on My Tutorials for Sale Tab at the top of my blog.  They make a great project for Stamp Classes or Workshops.

I will be giving away a FREE TUTORIAL to some lucky person who leaves some comment love below.  Make sure you leave your contact details so I can get in touch with you.

The Design Team have made some beautiful projects, so please hop on over to still addINKtive challenges for some extra inspiration and play along with us!

Until next time, happy stamping,

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Spot that SAB Stamp Set - Double Pocket Card with Tags

This week at still addINKtive we are featuring three SALE-A-BRATION Stampin' Up! ® Stamp Sets,  Patterned Occasions, Pretty Petites and Bloomin' Marvellous.  Hop on over to the challenge site to read more about our special SAB Week and how you can join in on the fun!

I chose to use the cute elephant image from Patterned Occasions and make a Double Pocket Card to hold a couple of tags.

Please keep reading as I have included quite a few links to some interesting tutorials.

SAB Double Pocket Card

Did you spot that cute, tiny, double bow? It's made from weaving ribbon through a small fork.  I spotted the idea on Pinterest and you can follow the tutorial HERE.


 Instructions on how to make a basic Double Pocket Card from DSP can be found HERE on You Tube. Enjoy!

Here's a link to the first Double Pocket Card I made (SU) -

Here's a post about how you can easily convert the instructions to Metric Measurements by using a piece of A4 DSP as well as a couple of variations to the standard Double Pocket Card (Non-SU)-

I had a play with the Tea For Two Collection Disc (MDS) and chose one of the frames to highlight my card for the week.  I used a combination of Photo Shop and Printmaster 2011, Platinum Edition to produced this graphic as we don't have My Digital Studio in Australia just yet.

Project Recipe for SAB Double Pocket Card:
Stamp Set:  Patterned Occasions
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo and Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers.
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Sycamore Street DSP, Matching Button and Ribbon Pack (SAB items)
Two Tags Die, Decorative Label Punch, Dimensionals, Big Shot

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Yay!  The most exciting time of the SU Year has arrived.  It's SALE-A-BRATION time!

If you want to know more, click on the links below -


Here are a few samples of some projects I have made so far using the free SAB stamps, accessories and digital software -

There are 19 products on offer this year!! 

I'll be back tomorrow with another SAB Card.  Until then, happy SALE-A-BRATING!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Elephants, Cupcakes and Coffee Cups - Free Templates

Over the school holidays I have been busy playing with a couple of digital collections, in particular the One Big SALE-A-BRATION 2013 Digital Disc.  We don't have My Digital Studio in Australia yet so I used another graphic's program.

I did manage to make some templates. They are a combination of computer graphics and free hand drawing! (It's a long drawn out process involving several steps.  Please don't ask me how I did all this as I still have my 'L' plates on and I need some more lessons from my friend, Lynne. I'm still discovering things by trial and error and have a lot of refining to do).

However, I would like to share these fun shaped cards by offering you the templates for FREE for a limited time.  You can read a bit more about it by visiting still addINKtive challenges on Wednesday morning (AEST).  We will be hosting a special SALE-A-BRATION Week for Spot that Stamp Set and for every entry, you will receive a template.

#1 - Elephant Card
April 2013 Update:  This template and accompanying tutorial are now available to purchase for $3.00 (AUD)

# 2 - Cupcake Card

# 3 - Coffee Cup Card

I have used the soon to be released (22nd Jan)  Sycamore Street DSP and matching Ribbon and Button Pack (SALE-A-BRATION items).

All templates will be emailed out at the end of the challenge.

So, make sure you hop on over to still addinktive challenges on Wednesday and celebrate SALE-A-BRATION with us!

Happy SAB time,

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Love Bug

Have you been smitten by the Love Bug?

I saw a cute little 'bug' like this on Pinterest.  Jessica Williams from The Paper Caper made some cute bugs in skinny cellophane bags with red and green lollies.  I thought I would make a little Love Bug for Valentine's Day using pink and red skittles, SU's Googly Eyes, cellophane bags, Baker's Twine and a Tiny 'Love' Tag.

My 'take' isn't as cute but it was a fun little craft project that I had wanted to try out ever since Delys 'pinned' it.  My friends pin the most amazing cool stuff!

Sneak Peek and Free Templates

Here's a little sneak peek at a new elephant card that I made based on a soon to be released SALE-A-BRATION Stamp from the set called Patterned Occasions.  It is different to the print out version in my last post as it is made from a template, punches, DSP and a few accessories.

Not only have I got a template for an elephant shaped card, but for a cupcake and a new coffee cup as well!  I have designed them for my upcoming workshops to highlight the gorgeous new Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper, Ribbon and Button Pack that will be available during SALE-A-BRATION time.

Q. So how do you get your FREE TEMPLATES so you can make your own fun shaped cards?

A. Join us at still addINKtive challenges next week where we will be featuring some of the new SAB stamp sets on offer. EVERY participant will receive a free template and if you enter 3 times, you can get all three for free.

While you are over there taking a look, be sure to check out the latest sketch and/or colour challenge.  There's still plenty of time to play along and did you realise we actually give you a choice of THREE CHALLENGES IN ONE?  You can use the sketch, the colour combo or both together. Feel free to combine our ideas and play along with other challenge sites too.

Here's the latest sketch and colour combo.  The top 3 picks get a personalised badge for their blog!

Thanks for stopping by addINKtive designs,

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

SALE-A-BRATION Elephant Card

This week, SUO Challenges #62 is all about using your new 'toys' and the biggest new thing for me has been to explore the Digital Software that Stampin' Up! have only recently introduced into Australia.  We don't have My Digital Studio yet but hopefully that won't be far away.

The SAB pre-order gave me an opportunity to get the One Big SALE-A-BRATION 2013 Digital Disc for free so I could get a glimpse into MDS and see what all the fuss was about.  I now know and I'm excited at the possibilities!

Anyway, onto my card ... this is an enlarged computer print out of the digital elephant stamp from the set called 'Patterned Occasions'.  A big thanks to my friend, Lynne, who helped me manoeuvre my way around my new graphics program (MTC) so I could finish making this elephant shaped card.  

SAB Elephant Card for SUO # 68

The elephant has been hand cut and then embellished with some Tangerine Tango ribbon and a matching button.  He was printed out in Island Indigo and Pool Party 'Ink' on Whisper White card stock.  The RGB printed colour for 'Island Indigo' looks more like 'Pacific Point'.  Oh well, he's still cute.

I added some White Baker's Twine to the button and gave him a 'Googly' Eye.  The 'baby' sentiment is from the Tiny Tags stamp set and cut out with the matching punch.

The envelope has been stamped with the clear mount elephant stamp from the Patterned Occasions Stamp Set, in matching colours.

All this technical stuff was a bit of a steep learning curve for me but a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to the release of My Digital Studio in Australia..

There aren't many sleeps left until SALE-A-BRATION begins on January 22nd and there are heaps of free goodies on offer this year.  Woo hoo!

Until then, happy stamping,
PS:  If you're looking for my still addINKtive project, please scroll down to the previous post.

Still addINKtive Challenges # 2 - Sketch and Colour

s.a. # 2

It's time for another Sketch and Colour Challenge at still addINKtive.  A different 'twist' to our challenges is that you can use both parts of the challenge or you can choose either our sketch or the colour combo to get you started.  It's entirely up to you!

The sketch this week is for a square card or project featuring an image in the centre square.  I've chosen some bright summery colours, Tempting Turquoise and  Summer Starfruit to team up with one of my all time favourite colours, Chocolate Chip. 

I hope you will hop on over to our challenge blog, check out the beautiful cards by the rest of the DT and be inspired to play along with us this week.

Here's the sketch and colour combo -

I made a Desk Top Calendar Box and used a step by step downloadable tutorial by Connie Babbert from Inkspired Treasures.

Here's My Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets:  Tea Shoppe, Flock Together
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Starfruit, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Summer Starfruit, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop Square Die, Sycamore Street DSP (Sale-a-bration Sneak Peek), Two Step Bird Punch (for the leaves), Lacy Brocade and Fancy Fan Embossing Folders, Antique Brad, Dimensionals
Non-SU:  Mini Calendar

Make sure you go and check out all the other great projects from the rest of the DT -

Thanks so  much for stopping by,

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

SU Coffee Cup Card Tutorial for Sale-a-bration

This post is just to let you know about my new 'mini' tutorial and template that I have for sale.  I recently posted a coffee cup card that I had made from a cutting file so I wasn't able to share that one with you.  I received quite a few emails about it so I thought I would try and make my very first computer generated template from scratch.  

Thankfully my friend, Lynne, stepped in to save the day. With her computer knowledge and expertise we were able to use 'Make the Cut' to produce an original file we were happy with. Lynne made an MTC cutting file which she will share on the MTC forum but I am selling the pdf file and my tutorial, here on my blog, as not everybody has access to a whizz bang cutting machine.

I have used the upcoming Sale-a-bration DSP (Sycamore Street), matching ribbon and the coffee stamp out of the stamp set called, Patterned Occasions to decorate my card.

The pdf tutorial is one and a half pages in length and the template can be printed out on a single piece of A4 card stock.  The card fits nicely inside a C6 envelope (standard card size). 

If purchasing the tutorial, I am quite happy for you to distribute copies to your customers at Stamp Classes or Workshops.

Happy Sale-a-bration preparation time!
PS:  You can check out Lynne's finished Coffee Cup Card, HERE.

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