Wednesday, June 19, 2013

MDS e-Cut Babushka Doll

Do you remember those cute little Babushka Dolls made from the owl punch and a few other SU punches?  Well ... this is the digital, enlarged version which I have made into a card. 

The digital punches (owl, wide oval, scallop oval, circle) from MDS were imported into my Silhouette Studio (Designer Edition). The main pieces were cut out with my e-Cutter (Silhouette Cameo).

The hand held Scallop Oval Punch was used for the 'hair' and the eyes were punched from the Itty Bitty Circle Punch.   The cheeks were sponge daubed with Blush Blossom Ink (retired) and I drew the mouth using a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.  The DSP is Gingham Garden (release date, July 2nd).

I designed the template for the Babushka Doll at the weekend and was itching to cut it out to see if it all the pieces worked together.  Yay! they did.  It was a nice little break from report writing and portfolios.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
PS:  I have linked this up at still addINKtive challenges this week as it uses the digital owl punch.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Little Additions Bear

I've been having so much fun lately combining MDS and my e-Cutter to make fun shaped cards.  I'm back today with a card that I made using the digital stamp, Little Additions Bear.

From this ...

... to this!
The card shape was cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  I have used the new, soon to be released, Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock for the card base and added some punched shapes from Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight DSP and Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black Card Stock.

Punches Used:  Itty Bitty Shapes Circle, 1/2" Circle, Small Oval, XL Oval, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle and the small heart from a retired punch.

Here's another example I did a while back -

It's a tad addictive and a quick way to make a card if you're pressed for time!

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, June 10, 2013

'B' is for Birthday, Beautiful New In Colours and Stamps

I've really enjoyed the long weekend and have realised just how much I miss having a three day weekend all the time.  I've been happily playing in my craft room today but it will be back to reality tomorrow!  Mid-year assessments and reports are looming ... sigh!

Here's a card I made to highlight the gorgeous new, soon to be released, In Colours and Hostess Stamp Sets.

My latest fad is to use digital punches to make fun shaped cards.  This time I have enlarged the letter 'B' punch from 'Timeless Type - Junior Alphabet' and turned it into a cutting file to use with my Silhouette Cameo (Designer Edition).

From this ...

... to this!

The 'B' is cut from Very Vanilla Card Stock and I have stamped a variety of images from the new Hostess Sets, Morning Meadow and Banner Greetings (release date - July 2nd).

The new In Colours are really pretty.  I love every one of them and will need to order more card stock very soon, especially Baked Brown Sugar!

Colours Used -
Large Flower - Crisp Cantaloupe
Background Flowers - Baked Brown Sugar
Little Leaves Sizzlits - Pistachio Pudding
Bird - Coastal Cabana
Banner - Strawberry Slush

I have a few more cards in the production line but they will have to wait until another day.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Coastal Cabana Owl for Perfectly Rustics

What's new?  A brand new challenge blog and some exciting SU products coming our way in July!

Firstly, let me introduce you to Perfectly Rustics Challenge Blog, the brainchild of fellow team members, Kim, Sharnee and Jayne.  They officially kick off their challenges in July but have an Open Challenge this month.  Seeing that I had a little time to craft over this long weekend, I made a card especially for their challenge....

... and also got to play with some new stuff while I was at it.  Yay!!

Let me introduce you to, Coastal Cabana Owl -

Check out one of the New In-Colours from the 2013 - 2015 Collection, Coastal Cabana and the cute, Very Vintage Designer Button!
(Available early July)

Why don't you hop along to, Perfectly Rustics and join in with their open challenge?

Thanks for stopping by,


Owl Swaps

I had a few catch up swaps to make and I thought I would wait until my pre-order arrived so I could use some new DSP!

Here's a few owl cards made from the new 'Gingham Garden' Designer Series Paper (available early July).

They are made from the Two-Step Owl Punch, Digital Download and cut out with my Silhouette Cameo (e- Cutter).

I love the 'country' look of this gorgeous, new DSP and I added the edge of a Tea Lace Doily to each owl to make a little apron.

If you would like to learn how to make these, I have a tutorial available for purchase.  For $4 you get a four page pdf document which will be emailed to you.  It has easy to follow, step by step, clear instructions with accompanying photos  (I used my Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition).

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Summer Silhouettes at still addINKtive

This is just a quick update to let you know that still addINKtive is up and running again.  I hesitate calling it a challenge blog because it is best described as a 'home' for a collection of inspiring projects that feature Stampin' Up! stamp sets and/or accessories.

This week I have brought back, 'Spot that Stamp Set' and we are featuring, 'Summer Silhouettes'. I absolutely love the images in the set and so glad it is staying on in the new catalogue which will be released on the 2nd of July, here in Australia.

I had better not spend much more time on the internet as I have a craft room to finish tidying and need to unpack and ink up some new pre-order goodies if I get the chance.

For any SU supplies, please click on the link below to take you to my on-line store.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, June 2, 2013


Hi!  Just wanted to share some photos of our trip to Canberra last weekend.

I missed out on the SU Convention in Brisbane but was really happy to finally meet these two gorgeous stamping friends. Hubby wanted to go to the Australian National Sound and Film Archives Museum and so I arranged to meet up with Debbie and Patrice at the cafe for some coffee and cake. Even though we had never 'met', all three of us had plenty of laughs and lots to talk about.

I've been following Deb's blog ever since I saw her share some of her gorgeous 'Russian Doll' punch art made from the owl punch and now she does lots of whizz bang stuff with MDS, so of course we had plenty of stuff to talk about!  Patrice, of course, is my long time friend from Just Add Ink days and it was SO good to finally catch up.  I feel truly blessed to have met these gorgeous girls through our connection with Stampin' Up!®.

Ryan's Graduation from the Lachlan Macquarie Intern-ship Program was the main reason why we spent an awesome four days in Canberra. He flies home today. Yay! ... one excited mum.

 Just before the Ceremony
at 'Avalanche' Homestead

 Reading his last assignment!

 Receiving his certificate

 Congrats to all 7 graduates

 Even 'Blues' the dog tried to get in on the photo shoot.

 Caps off!

On the Saturday night, Hubby and I did a little bit of sight seeing.  The weather was amazing for late 'autumn' so we headed off to Telstra Tower to check out the view of Canberra.  The sunset was spectacular and the full moon was breath taking.

 Telstra Tower, Black Mountain

 The View

 Moon rise over Canberra

History of the Mobile Phone
(The arrow points to a phone just like our first one that we bought about 20 years ago.  It was affectionately called, 'The Brick')


I have finally downloaded MDS onto a brand new lap top (courtesy of Tutorial $$, so thank you) and caught up with all the extra downloads.  Last night I was busily designing some more cards to cut out on my e-Cutter, so when I get the chance to tinker in my craft room, I will be sharing some of these fun ideas with you.

Until then ...

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