Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Card in a Box from H2

I love going to the mail box and finding some happy mail instead of the usual bills and department store catalogues.  Check out what was in my mail yesterday (big grin) -



I loved having a catch up time with Lynne and Helen on the weekend.  Thanks so much ladies for a great afternoon - the chats, the Tim Tams, the carrot cake ...

I'm one spoilt girl, don't you think?


Friday, April 25, 2014

By the Tide Card and Gift Box for JAI #212

Hi.  Welcome to addINKtive designs.

I'm enjoying spending some extra time in my craft room and a couple of days ago I finally got around to making a Scalloped Tag Topper Punch card with a matching mini gift box.  I love how they turned out and wanted to make another 'set' using By the Tide.

The latest challenge at Just Add Ink provided me with a gorgeous colour combo and a very good reason to leave the housework for another day.

  Card and Gift Box

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets:  By the Tide, Gorgeous Grunge, Happy Watercolour, Six-Sided Sampler, Label Love
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake
Card Stock:  Natural Composition Specialty DSP, Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Artisan Label Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Bitty Banners Die, Tea Lace Doily, BBB Ruffle Stretch Trim, Natural Linen Thread, Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Vintage Trinkets, Dimensionals

You can find the instructions on how to do the Tag Topper Punch Closure for the card HERE.

The little box is just the right size for a tea light candle or soy wax melt. You can find the instructions on how to make it, HERE.

If you have some time to dabble with some ink and stamps this weekend, why don't you hop on over to Just Add Ink to check out the gorgeous projects by the Design Team and join in the fun.

Thanks to all those lovely ladies at Just Add Ink, who selected this as a Top Pick for the Week.

See you in 4 weeks for the SU Convention in Melbourne!

Happy stamping,

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Card and Mini Box for Colour Q #238

Hi.  Welcome to addINKtive designs.  I'm on holidays at the moment and am enjoying spending a bit more time in my craft room and thought it would be fun to enter a challenge.

I absolutely love the colour combo for the latest challenge at Colour Q and used it as a 'springboard' for a couple of projects that have been on my 'to do' list.

The Gorgeous Colours for this Week's Challenge

There's so many different types of cards and boxes all over Blogland and Pinterest which have been created using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (SU). Yesterday, I finally got around to making two of my favourites in preparation for a team get together.

I was scoring the card stock for the mini box and realised I had cut out the wrong measurements.  Eeek!  It was my last piece of the floral pattern in the Natural Compositions Specialty DSP so had to make the so called 'matching' box from a different pattern.  Oooops!

 The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Card
 You can find the instructions on how to do the Tag Topper Punch Closure for this card HERE.

The Mini Box

This cute little box is just the right size for a tea light candle or soy wax melt.
You can find the instructions on how to make it, HERE.
Thanks Arielle and the Team at Colour Q for the Honour!

De Arn and Jo with their finished projects -

 Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are inspired to get all 'inky'.

Natural Compositions

Today I'm continuing on with the Linen Thread theme but have moved onto using the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper and Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die.

The first two cards were inspired by THIS one I spotted via Pinterest.

The next card was the last one that I made on Tuesday and it became obvious that it was time to call it quits.  My mojo had well and truly disappeared, so I cleared my craft desk and got ready to try some projects with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  More about those in the next post.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Same Sketch, Different Stamps and a Tip for Twirling the Linen Thread

Yesterday I made 6 cards. That was an amazing effort for me and not one thing was e-cut (smile). All I can say is "Yay for holidays!"

I had a bit of a 'Crumb Cake' card base, 'Natural Linen Thread, twirly thing' happening and here is the third card in the line-up.

It's based on the same sketch (from SU) that I used for the two cards in my earlier post today, except this time I inked up By the Tide (I love any stamp sets with a beach theme and Seaside was my first SU stamp set purchase way back in 2008, which lead to me becoming a demo).

By the Tide

I'm fiddling around trying to come up with THE swap for Stampin' Up! Convention in Melbourne which is happening  in 4 weeks time! Eeeek! ... just getting a little excited as I haven't been to one in 3 years and I just can't wait to catch up with my stamping buddies once again.

This isn't my SWAP but I know that I do want to use this stamp set and ... of course some twirly Linen Thread. I'll see what emerges over the next few days until I have that 'Aaah ha moment'.  Stay tuned.

Here's a tip for twirling the Linen Thread -
1. Wrap the thread (or twine) around two fingers, then three, then two again.
2. Thread end through all loops and tie a knot to secure.
3. Attach to the back of the label so looped bits appear at the top and the end pieces at the bottom.

Hope that helps as it can be a bit fiddly.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets:  By the Tide, Label Love, Six-Sided Sampler, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Gold Metallic
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pool Party, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Artisan Label Punch, Natural Linen Thread, Tea Lacy Doily, Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponge

Thanks so much for stopping by,

 For Stampin' Up! ® supplies, 24/7, make sure you check out my on-line shop

Trendy, Twirly, Linen Thread

Have you seen the 'twirly Linen Thread' craze that has popped up on cards all over Blogland?  It's fun to see the different ways designers have used it to add texture to an embellishment.

I first spotted a sample on the Stampin' Up! ® Website and 'pinned' it for future reference.  You can see it HERE.

Wow!  That was 26 weeks ago and I've just got around to 'CASE'ing the gorgeous design.  Instead of the Dictionary Background Stamp, I used Off the Grid in my first project and the beautiful flourish stamp from Creative Elements for the second card.

1 - Off the Grid Bitty Butterfly

2 - Creative Elements Bitty Butterfly

Thanks SU for giving demos an amazing array of sample projects to use as a 'springboard' for our own!

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Off the Grid (1), Creative Elements (2), Six-Sided Sampler (sentiment for both)
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Old Olive (1), Wild Wasabi (2)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Old Olive (1), Wild Wasabi (2)
Accessories:  Natural Linen Thread, Polka Dot Parade DSP, Bitty Butterfly and Artisan Label Punches, Tea Lace Doily, Basic Rhinestones (2), Bitty Banners Die, Dimensionals, Non-SU: staples

Thanks so much for stopping by,

 For Stampin' Up! ® supplies, 24/7, make sure you check out my on-line shop

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SUO 95 - Featuring Flowers

This fortnight at SUO Challenges we are Featuring Flowers.  There are so many gorgeous Stampin' Up!® stamps, die cuts, punches ... that have beautiful flower images or shapes, it was difficult to choose which set I would feature on my card.  After much deliberation, I whipped out one of my favourite Hostess sets of all time, Morning Meadow and came up with this arrangement and the soft colour combo of Soft Sky, Always Artichoke and Smoky Slate.

SUO 95 - Featuring Morning Meadow

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets:  Morning Meadow (Hostess), Perfect Pennants
Card Stock:  Naturals White, Always Artichoke, Soft Sky
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate
Accessories:  Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder (sponge daubed with the three colours before running through the Big Shot), Framelits - Window Frames, Circles Collection and Banners, Punches - Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and Pansy, Basic Pearls, Paper Piercing Tool and Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Natural Trim, Tea Lace Paper Doily, Vintage Trinkets, Dimensionals


I hope you will play along over the next fortnight and share your SUO Floral projects with us.

Design Team Blogs -

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Egg Throne Box

Happy Easter!

This year I wanted to make something for the staff at school (they certainly deserve a treat) plus, I don't have a class of my own to 'spoil' or to do Easter craft with 

I came across this awesome You Tube Tutorial by Connie Stewart via Pinterest and modified the design a little because I needed to make 20!

Easter Egg Throne Boxes

Don't forget to link up your Easter Projects at SUO Challenges this week!

Thankfully my friend (and down-line) came around on Monday night and helped cut the ribbon and assemble most of the little 'thrones' for the bottom section of each box while we chatted and drank Mochas. Thanks, Candice. You are such a blessing in many, many ways.

 The Production Line



Ta Dah!

All Packed and Ready to take to the Staff Meeting

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets - Petite Petals and Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Perfect Plum, Summer Starfruit
Cardstock:  Perfect Plum, Summer Starfruit and Gumball Green
Accessories - Petite Petals Punch, Bird Builder Punch and XL Oval Punch (which co-ordinates with the Oval Shape Designer Frames Embossing Folder), Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Stitched Satin Ribbon (SS), Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

This is seriously one of the cutest Easter projects I have seen.  Thanks, Connie, for the inspiration. Here's a link to Connie's Blog if you want to pay her a visit -  Please note, I embossed an oval shape (Designer Frames) before punching out the XL oval.

If you are an Australian resident in need of any Stampin' Up! supplies, interested in hosting a workshop or joining up as a demo, please don't hesitate to contact me.  I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

 For Stampin' Up! ® supplies, 24/7, make sure you check out my on-line shop

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