Sunday, May 31, 2015

Today and Everyday

It was my daughter's birthday ... oh about 10 days ago ... and 'life' has been crazy busy with zero, zilch, zip time to slip away into my craft room to create.  I was getting pretty frustrated just looking at my pre-order box full of goodies, however, I did manage to use a bit of the new 'Boho' washi, DSP and embossing on Laura's very belated birthday card (available 2nd June).  Hopefully my mojo will pick up some more in the coming days as this very CAS card took forever to make!

Thankfully Just Add Ink had a nice, simple sketch and fitted well with the stamp that I wanted to use (Laura rides a scooter) -

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew - Four Feathers

Hi and welcome to The Four Feathers Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! ® Demonstrators who love to show you just how much you can do with one stamp set. 

If you get lost, just click on the banner below to take you to our main blog, where you will see a list of all the participants for this round.  Enjoy!

Today I have a few sneak peeks from the new, soon to be released, Stampin' Up! ® Catalogue, which team up nicely with the Four Feathers Stamps.  I'm a bit sad that this stamp set and the coordinating dies are retiring but looking forward to playing with some more pre-release goodies and the launch of the brand new catty on June 2nd.

It's been a very busy month for me and I only had time for one project for today's SRC Blog Hop, so I made sure I combined a few ideas that were floating around in my head to make this 'Bohemian' Gift Bag.  All the elements take me back to the 70's, early 80's era. I remember one of my favourite dresses had feathers, beads and bling!

Four Feathers Bohemian Gift Bag with Paper Beads and Bling

 (Medium Sized Gift Bag from 8" x 11" DSP)

Project Recipe:  (*Sneak Peaks) 
Stamp Set:  Four Feathers
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, *Delightful Dijon
Card Stock: Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Gold Foil Sheets, Bermuda Bay and Gold Sequin Trims, Gold Metallic Baker's Twine, *Bohemian Designer Series Paper, *Gift Bag Punch Board, *Boho Chic Embossing Folder

If you'd like to know how I made the paper beads, click HERE for my tutorial.

I hope you are enjoying the 'hop'.

Next up is the lovely and talented, Lisa Young -

Or back to check out Kerry Willard-Bray's gorgeous project -

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Friday, May 15, 2015

CASEing the Catty Blog Hop - Graduation

Hi there and welcome to CASEing the Catty Friday Night Blog Hops! We are focusing our attention on the Graduation Section on page 45 of the Occasions Catalogue.

My inspiration comes from the treat bags that have a Graduation Cap on the packaging and I needed to make my daughter a very belated card to celebrate her Arts Degree in Theatre.  My little Top Note Owl Cards were staring at me while I sat at my craft desk wondering where my mojo had gone and what on earth I would make this time around.  I was thinking that I needed to find another die as a substitute because the good old faithful Top Note is about to 'retire'.  The closest in my stash was the Deco Labels Collection Framelits and so this is how the latest version of my owl card turned out -

Deco Labels Punch Art Graduation Owl Card


Tutorial for 'Deco the Grad Owl'

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set:  Celebrate Today
Card Stock:  Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral
Ink:  Soft Suede
Accessories:  Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Birthday Bash Specialty DSP, Basic Pearls, Sponge Daubers, Squares Collection Framelits
Punches:  3/4", 1", 1-3/8" and 2-1/2" Circle Punches, Sweetheart, Heart from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Bird Builder, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle

1.  Cut out 4 of the largest sized labels. On one label, score a horizontal line about 3/4" (2cms) up from the middle points and on another, cut instead of score.
2.  Glue the cut label up against the score line of the other label to form the base of the owl's head. Cut out two birds and attach for the ears as shown in the above photo.
3.  Glue the two complete labels into position to form the body of the owl. The photo above shows what the inside of the card looks like at this stage.
4.  Punch out a 2-1/2" circle from DSP for the owl's belly.
5.  Attach the scallop circles with dimensionals to form the wings.  Punch out the eyes and nose and assemble as shown.
6.  Glue the punched hearts onto the inside of both sections of the lower body, lining them up so the card stands up straight.

7.  Make the cap from the 2-1/2" Circle Punch and the fourth square of the framelits as shown.  Add a tassel to the middle of the square.
8.  Stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card and that's all there is to it.

Up next is the talented, Alison Barclay -

Thanks for hopping along,

Monday, May 4, 2015

My South Pacific Convention Swaps

Hi there.  I have just come back from Stampin' Up's! South Pacific Convention on the Gold Coast and thought I would share with you the Swaps that I made.  Helen and Nikki S will need to 'look away' as I haven't mailed theirs yet :)

1. CASE-ing the Catty Team Swaps

I'm not a fan of mass production and like to mix things up a bit, so all the CTC Crew Swaps are done with different colour combos, all taken from the Colour Coach.  I've lost my bit of paper that lists the combos I used and will attempt to try and recall them from memory until my little notepad turns up.

 Perfect Plum, Rose Red and Marina Mist

Pool Party, Island Indigo and Calypso Coral

 Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler and Wisteria Wonder

 Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Pool Party

 Blackberry Bliss, Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon

 Bermuda Bay, Crisp Cantaloupe and Soft Suede

 Sahara Sand, Soft Sky and Wisteria Wonder

 Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe

 Soft Suede, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pink Pirouette

I used the stamps, From the Garden with the co-ordinating Handpicked Framelits Dies, the Berry Basket Die, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die and some added embellishments to complete my CTC swaps.


2. Twinchie Swaps for Eureka Stampers

Seeing I didn't have any of my downline, sideline or upline at Convention, I was 'adopted' by the Eureka Stampers and invited to their team dinner.  Their swaps were to be 2" x 2" - twinchies, have a party theme and be made from the Brights Colour Collection. My colour combo was Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight, with a bit of extra sparkle and bling.

3. General Swaps

There was no time left to do general swaps so this is what I did instead; I printed out the above photo with the accompanying poem and laminated several cards to make my 'tutorial swap'.

My Swap Poem -

It was really great to meet you and swap your card with me,

But because I’m kinda’ busy; a School Principal’s life you see,

Making lots of swaps wasn’t a sure bet;

So, send me through an email to confirm that we have met,

And in return, my Baby Crib Tutorial is free.

All I have to do is check the names in the emails against the swaps I received, then email the two PDF tutorials in return.

It was good not to be stressed out trying to complete heaps of swaps in the lead up to Convention.

The Stamp Review Crew - Butterfly Basics

Hi and welcome to The Butterfly Basics Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! ® Demonstrators who love to show you just how much you can do with one stamp set. 

If you get lost, just click on the banner below to take you to our main blog, where you will see a list of all the participants for this round.  Enjoy!

I have two cards to share today, the first one is another 'Fold Over Window Card' using LeAnn Greff's tutorial as a springboard -

Butterfly Basics 1 - Hexagon Hive, Fold-Over Window Card

Colour Palette - Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Lost Lagoon and Very Vanilla

The second is a variation of an easel card made from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and mounted on an oval base - 

Butterfly Basics 2 - Easel Card 

Colour Palette - Hello Honey, Island Indigo, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla
I've just returned from South Pacific Convention and did manage to get these cards made and photographed before I went.  However, I'm a bit tired after two plane flights and a drive home, to write up the instructions that go with a mini tutorial that I was working on.  Hopefully, I will put that up when I get the chance. 

The colour combos for both cards were taken from the Colour Coach. I love using that resource.

I hope you are enjoying the 'hop'.

Now it's off to Cindy Beach's blog -

Or back to Debra Burgin -

Thanks for stopping by.  See you in another two weeks for the next SRC Blog Hop.

PS:   It was great to meet my fellow Aussie SRC Member, Rochelle Blok, at Convention and I will do a post very soon that will cover all the highlights of a fun-filled 4 days. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

CASEing the Catty Blog Hop - Mother's Day

Hi there and welcome to addINKtive designs.  I'm first on the hop for our Friday night CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! ® Demonstrators who love to use the SU Catalogues for inspiration. This week we are looking at the Mother's Day section in the Occasions Catalogue - pages 36 and 37.

When this post goes live, eight of the CTC Crew will be catching up at an after party on the Gold Coast, at the last Stampin' Up! ® South Pacific Convention as we know it.  I'm sure I will have some pics to share in another post, so stay tuned.

A Planter Box Card for Mum

I really, really love my mum because this card took a whole morning to make.  I combined the instructions from two demonstrators, Linda Bauwin and Rebecca Hopper, on Stampin' Connection, to make my Planter Box Card.

Here's what inspired me on pages 36 and 37 of the Occasions Catty -
  • The Colour Palette from the Painted Blooms Cotton Twine - Soft Sky, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, page 37
  • Theme - Mother's Day
  • The White Tea Lace Doily on the gift box, page 36
  • A hint of Black and White from the Washi and DSP, page 36 (my Newsprint Butterflies)
  • Gold flowers stamped on Whisper White Card Stock, page 36
  • The Kraft Takeout Box, page 37 - My Planter Box (I had run out of Kraft CS so used Baked Brown Sugar instead).


Basic Instructions -
  • It was constructed from two pieces of stamped (Hardwood) Baked Brown Sugar card stock measuring 3"x 6" and scored at 3" on the long sides. 
  • The legs measure 1"x 4" and were scored at 1/2" on the short side.
  • The three card inserts measure 2"x 4" and were scored 1/2" on both 4" sides to make the flaps that secure to the inside sides of the planter box.


Flower Shop and Petite Petals Stamp Sets have co-ordinating punches which makes it easy to punch out lots of stamped flowers.  Can you spot the punched butterflies from Newspaper DSP and the gorgeous 'tag' from the stamp set, From the Garden (matching die from Handpicked Framelits Dies), the Soft Sky Twine and the White Tea Lace Paper Doily?

Up next is the talented, Jess Williams from The Paper Caper -

Thanks for 'hopping' by.  I hope you enjoy the rest of the CTC Mother's Day Blog Hop.

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