Thursday, February 28, 2013

By the Seashore and By the Tide

I'm a little sad as it is our last day of Summer :(  We've had some scorching temperatures over the last week but I definitely felt a hint of Autumn in the air today.

To mark the end of our Aussie Summer and to wish the warm weather along for those in the Northern Hemisphere, we have two 'beach' stamp sets that we are featuring at still addINKtive for our Spot that Stamp Set Challenge.

Hop on over to the challenge blog to check out the guidelines.  Your project does not have to be new so if you have made a card or a scrapbook layout etc. using either By the Seashore or By the Tide, go and link it up.  We'd love to see what you have created.

  By the SeashoreBy-the-seashore

By the Tide

I'm also a bit sad because if you haven't already noticed, I haven't been able to play along with the challenges at still addINKtive lately, mainly because work is consuming most of my spare time.  Don't get me wrong, I love my job as a Kindy/Prep teacher but there's a lot of research and planning required at the moment and my craft time has had to take a back seat.  Hopefully things will settle down soon and I will be able to join in as I'm starting to go through 'craft withdrawal'.

Until then ...
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Still AddINKtive Challenges # 5 - Sketch and Colour

Just popping in with a quick post to remind you about our latest Sketch and Colour Challenge over at still addINKtive.

Remember you can choose to use the sketch or the colour combo as inspiration or combine the two for a fun and easy challenge.

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

CASology - Red Million-Dollar Moments

Week 31 - Red No. 2

Melissa and the team at CASology have a great challenge this week - Hearts, Flowers, Love, Chocolate... with the cue word, RED.  I was itching to ink up my new Hostess Stamp, Million Dollar Moments, so I made another quick CAS card for the challenge.

After looking at the photo I must remember to re-ink my Real Red Ink Pad!  It's had a lot of 'love'.  I added a few rhinestones to the card and made the border from the new Delicate Details Lace Tape on RR card stock.

After my crazy weekend, it's a wonder I got any crafting done.  Thank goodness for clean and simple challenge sites like CASology

Thanks for stopping by,

CASology - Red

Week 31:  Red

Melissa and the team at CASology have a great challenge this week - Hearts, Flowers, Love, Chocolate... with the cue word, RED.

My card today is very CAS.  I used an owl die cut and substituted his nose with a red heart.  The sentiment is from a retired SU set called, Owl Together Now.

I actually made a couple of cards yesterday for the CASology Challenge but was interrupted by a quick trip to the doctor and then Pathology for a blood test (suspected appendicitis). I am pleased to report that I don't have appendicitis and they also ruled out a couple of other nasties so I'm about to go out again for a second visit to my local GP and I'll be back to post the other card when I get back :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Penny Farthing Calendar for Spot the SAB Stamp Sets

 Penny Farthing Calendar

This week at Still AddINKtive Challenges we are featuring the second round of  SALE-A-BRATION Stamp Sets - Madison Avenue, Feeling Sentimental and Vintage Verses.  Make sure you go and check out the inspiring projects by the DT, link up your creations (old or new) and get some free templates that are on offer this week.

I decided to have another play with my One Big SALE-A-BRATION 2013 Digital Disc and was pretty pleased that I worked out how to create another shaped card, this time using the Penny Farthing Digital Stamp from the SAB stamp set called, Feeling Sentimental.  We don't have MDS in Australia yet so I made an enlarged mirror image of the 'stamp' using the Print Master 2011 Platinum Edition program.

This is what it looked like before I hand cut around the printed image - 

I decided it looked a bit plain by itself and adding too many embellishments would have distracted from the image, so I decided to use my 'card' as the main feature for a Desk Calendar Drawer.

The image was printed on Naturals Ivory Card Stock.

A little bit of the Island Indigo ribbon from the SAB Sycamore Street, Ribbon and Button Pack was tied to the fold at the top of the 'card' and a couple of Silver Metallic Brads were added to the wheels.

The desk drawer was made from a Silhouette Cameo Cutting File out of Textured Early Espresso Card Stock (retired).  An Antique Brad was added for the 'knob'.  The sentiment (Celebrate) from the Feeling Sentimental Clear Mount Stamp Set was stamped inside the card with Island Indigo Ink.

Thank you so much for stopping by addINKtive designs.  I hope you will join in the fun at still addINKtive and SALE-A-BRATE with us!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

So Much Variety from One Make 'n' Take

I went and did a workshop last night after my first week back at work - phew!  Fortunately for me, the hostess just lived down the road and I already had kits cut from last week's workshop.  I had run out of paper doilies which I had used in the original design, so adjusted the make 'n' take and used the largest doily from the Delicate Doilies Sizzlits instead.

This card was the closest to the original design and it was the Guest's first ever hand made card that she had created -

This one was made by the Hostess -

I just loved the variety of designs that all the Guests came up with - 



Apologies for the 'photogrpahy' as these were taken on my iPhone at night time.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Still AddINKtive Challenges # 4 - Sketch and Colour

Hi there and welcome to addINKtive designs.  Over at still addINKtive challenges we have a beautiful sketch and colour challenge for you.

S.A. # 4 - Sketch and Colour

I spent the first week of the Summer holidays designing the sketches and I'm quite pleased with how this one turned out and very glad that Kathy has taken charge of all the colour combinations.  We have a great line up in store for you over the next few months. 

I really LOVE blue and brown together and was pretty happy with Kathy's choice this week -

s.a. # 4

It's my first week back at work after the summer holiday break and I didn't have a lot of time to spend on this card, so kept pretty close to the sketch.

The Paper Players have a challenge to make a Sympathy card and I made this for a fellow stamping friend who recently lost her daughter.  

It's a great idea to have sympathy cards in your stash as they are not the easiest cards to make when you need to.

Here's My Project Recipe:
Stamp Set:  Thoughts and Prayers
Ink:  Early Espresso
Card Stock:  Bashful Blue, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon (retired), Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Top Note Die, Dimensionals, Basic Pearls, Subtles DSP, Punches - Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Large Oval, Scallop Oval

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Winner of My Vintage Valentine Chocolate Holders Tutorial is ...

... Number 2 -

True Random Number Generator

Congratulations, Gill.  Please contact me via email to claim your prize (within the week or I will have to do a re-draw).  This is what Gill wrote -

"Fantastic, I have the Bliss stamp set and I love how you have used that, also love your photography and how you set it up, thanks Gill".

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Workshop Make 'n' Takes for SAB and the New Seasonal Catalogue

On Friday night I held my first proper workshop since re-joining SU.  It was more like a stamp class as all the participants got to make two cards to take home with them.  I wanted to feature items from the new Seasonal Catalogue, SALE-A-BRATION and the current Ideas Book and Catalogue.  This is what I came up with -
Make 'n' Take # 1 - Just Because
(14/3/13 - I've linked this card to the latest challenge at still addINKtive)

Guests could choose to do an alternative colour scheme to the one pictured above - Primrose Petals Core'dinations card Stock embossed with the Fancy Brocade embossing folder and a Pool Party Decorative Label behind the sentiment.

Make 'n' Take # 2 - Friends

This one was a lot quicker to make and both designs got the tick of approval from all the guests.  Inspiration for the second card came from page 13 of the Seasonal Catalogue.

Project Recipe by Catalogue -
IB&C:  Stamp Set - Flock Together, Card Stock - Whisper White and Primrose Petals, Punches - Decorative Label and XL Oval, Basic Pearls, White Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, Basic Black and Real Red Ink
Autumn Seasonal Mini:  Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Vanilla Flower Trim, Pool Party Core'dinations Card Stock and Sanding Block, Cloudy Day Embossing Folder
SAB:  Stamp Set - Vintage Verses, Pool Party Button from Sycamore Street Matching Ribbon and Button Pack

Project Recipe by Catalogue -
IB&C:  Stamp Set - Tiny Labels, Card Stock -Whisper White and So Saffron, Jewellery Tag Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Crumb Cake Ink and Sponge Dauber, Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker,
Autumn Seasonal Mini:  Paper Doily, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder, Tea For Two DSP, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Bitty Butterfly Punch.

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Rita's Coffee Cup Card

I've been amazed at how popular 'my' Coffee Cup Tutorial has been and it is lovely to receive some emails from happy customers. I say 'my' but I had a lot of help from my friend Lynne and once normal programming resumes in my busy schedule, I hope to get some more lessons from the 'guru' of all things digital.

I wanted to share a photo that Rita Looney sent me of her take on the coffee cup card.  She made it  for a "dear friend with a brain tumour who has a passionate love for Zaraffa's Coffee, so she is getting her own 'cup' for her birthday".

Rita doesn't have a blog so was more than happy for me to share her creativity with you.

It's pretty cute, don't you think?

I just wanted to clarify that my tutorial is not a cutting file and you don't need any sort of 'machine' to make it - just a computer attached to a printer and a pair of scissors and some glue :)

If you have Make the Cut software, my friend, Lynne Armstrong, has shared the cutting file on the MTC Forum.

Thanks, Rita, for sharing your project.


I held my very first Workshop/Catalogue Launch/Stamp Class/SAB Celebration last night since re-joining SU 3 months ago, so I'll be back soon to share the two cards we all made.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and was happy that I was back 'sharing what I love to do'.  The best part was having some friends there that had never made a card before and were pretty pleased with their efforts.  I think their projects will be going in a frame instead of in the mail ;)

I hope you all get some crafting time in this weekend.  If you're looking for a great colour challenge, why don't you head over to still addINKtive and join in on the fun.

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