Friday, January 29, 2010

Just Add Hearts

Just Add Heart Candy


It's time for another challenge at Just Add Ink. Wow, was I blown away by the quality and number of entries in the Colour Challenge. What a difficult decision it was. It's just as well 10 of us vote! Congratulations to the Top Picks and Honourable Mentions.

I hope you spare some time this week to play along by Just Adding Hearts to your creation. Get that mojo flowing and have fun!

Here's the deets for - Just Add Heart Candy
Stamp Sets: Sprinkles, Stem Sayings
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Textured Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss (plain and textured), Textured So Saffron
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Basic Black
Accessories: White Vellum, Bella Rose DSP, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Sweet Treat Cup, Eyelet Border, Scallop Edge, Heart to Heart and 1 3/4" Circle Punches, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals, Crystal Iris Chunky Sprinkles, Heart Candy for decorating cakes.

Bron

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sale A Bration Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the ESAD-SU, Sale A Bration Blog Hop. ESAD is an Aussie based group just for Extremely Special Aussie and New Zealand Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. I joined this group just before Christmas and am excited to be part of my very first Blog Hop!

I have made some examples from the Happy Moments Sale A Bration Stamp Set. It was a tough decision about which one I'd purchase for the pre-order as I LOVE all four of them! It was the little bird stamp that won me over but I'm looking forward to earning the remaining three during the SAB period.


Sample 1 - Gift Box


This little gift box was made from a template, taken from the SU Demonstrator Web Site Pattern Library (Box No. 21). It is featured in the SAB Catalogue (page 2), with the Vintage Labels Set. I loved the whole layout, so this is a CASE of the original.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Happy Moments (SAB), Boho Backgrounds
Cardstock: Textured Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Brown
Accessories: 1 1/4" Circle & Scallop Circle Punches, Watercolour Paper, Aqua Painter, Pretties Kit (flower & pearl), Urban Garden DSP, Valet Ribbon Originals, Linen Thread, Small Cellophane Bag, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Why don't you ask your Independent SU Demonstrator for the template so you can make your own little gift box? If you don't know a demonstrator, I'd be happy to email you a copy.



Sample 2 - Birthday Cake Note Card


This second example is also inspired from the SAB Catalogue. You'll see a little note card on page 6 made with the Good Neighbour's Stamp Set. Once again, the template is in the Pattern Library, available to SU Demonstrators. It is Card No. 2.

I used the Sparkly Frosting Mixture that was featured in January's SU Impression's Magazine and just added some Light Pink Chunky Sprinkles to give it some more sparkle and colour! The 'recipe' for this can be found here.



Project Recipe:

Stamp Set: Happy Moments
Cardstock: Textured Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Valet Ribbon Originals, Linen Thread, So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker, Blender Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Frosting Mixture: Tombow Glue, White Embossing Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Light Pink Chunky Sprinkles.


and now some original examples ...


Sample 3 - String/Spinner Suspension Card (Open)

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Happy Moments, For Everything
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Textured Not Quite Navy
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Paper Piercing tool, mat and template, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Filigree Brads, Earth Element Brads, Linen Thread, Small Tag, Tag and Eyelet Border Punches, Bella Bleu DSP


(Closed)

Stamp the birdcage image twice, attach the Linen Thread in between and secure with Sticky Strip. Twirl the birdcage around a few times on the taut thread and lay it flat ready to pop in an envelope. When the recipient opens the card, watch the cage spin around! This is a cute little technique I discovered on Splitcoast Stampers.


Sample 4 - Happy Birthday

This card was made to look like a birthday present, so it would be suitable to pop a gift voucher inside!

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Happy Moments
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Brown
Accessories: Sweet Always DSP, 1.6cm Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelet, Watercolour Paper, Aqua Painter, Stamping Sponge


Sample 5 - Scalloped Note Cards

These note cards are new in the Summer Mini Catalogue in three colours - Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze. I made one in Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss and used the CC and PP ones from the pack, so I could make the gift set to match the beautiful Bella Rose DSP.


Inside a Cellophane Gift Bag with Topper

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set: Happy Moments
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette (plain and textured), Kiwi Kiss
Ink: Same as cardstock
Accessories: Horizontal Slot, Scallop Border and Scallop Square Punches, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Bella Rose DSP, Watercolour Paper, Aqua Painter, Large Cellophane Bag, Stampin' Dimensionals

Here's a close-up photo of each note card -







Why not join ESAD for some support, encouragement, tips and ideas on building your Stampin' Up! Business. It's a place for regular chats, swaps, on-line support and friendship. To get there, click on the button in my side bar under Yahoo Groups.

So, what do you think? I hope you enjoyed browsing as much as I did creating them. If you get to all the blogs and comment at each one, then your name will go into the draw to win some blog candy!

If you live in and around the Launceston area and you'd like to get one or more of these SAB sets for FREE, please don't hesitate to contact me for your very own workshop, or order. Outside orders are also welcome from anywhere within Australia. Click on the SAB catalogue in the side bar for more details.

My email: bronaddinktivedesigns@gmail.com

The next blog is with the lovely and talented Cathy Clark and you will 'hop' there by clicking on the picture below -




Thanks for taking the time to browse. Feel free to come back and visit again sometime!
Bronwyn :0)


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Inkspirations Colour Challenge # 17

Happy Moments - Spinner Card (open)

Yay! Keesh is back with her first Inkspiration's COLOUR challenge for the year using the combo below. I wanted to make a String/Spinner Suspension Card as I've seen them on Splitcoast and thought the birdcage would be great to use for this technique. You can find the tutorial for it here. The idea is to 'wind' the taut linen thread a few times and when the recipient opens the card, the birdcage will spin around. Neat, hey?

I've actually done another card, using this technique, ready for the launch of Sale-a-bration tomorrow and the ESAD blog hop!

The flower is made with the Cameo Coral coloured DSP from all the circle punches. The circles have been scrunched, edges sponged with Chocolate Chip ink and then held together with a Build-a-brad, that has a centre made from So Saffron textured cardstock.


Here's the colour combo

The Finer Details:
Stamp Set: Happy Moments (SAB)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Textured So Saffron
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Walk in the Park DSP (Spring Mini), Bella Rose DSP, Linen Thread, Button Latte, So Saffron Ribbon (Ribbon Bundle Promo), Build-a-brad, All the SU Circle Punches, Eyelet Border Punch, Stampin' Write Markers: Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, Stamping Sponge
Non SU: Embossing Folder (Floral Fantasy)
Just thought I'd mention that Sticky Dots are great to secure the buttons and Sticky Strip is a must to hold the Linen Thread nice and firm between the cardstock! Can't live without those two essential items in my stash!


... and closed.

Thanks for stopping by to browse. Have a great Australia Day on the 26th and don't forget to 'chuck a prawn on the Barby' - in our case, probably a good Aussie lamb chop!

Cheers, Bron XX

Friday, January 22, 2010

Just-Add-Ink's First Colour Challenge




Bronwyn Eastley

Celebrate Just-Add-Ink's First Challenge
... one cup cake at a time!


The Colour Combo


It is so ... ooo exciting to be a part of Just-Add-Ink's very FIRST challenge. I am thrilled to be part of a group of very passionate SU Demonstrators that make up the Design Team.

The colours, that match the beautiful blog header, at Just-Add-Ink, were so 'yummy' to play with and they included Chocolate Chip, so what's not to love about the combo?

The card that I designed for the occasion, uses the 'Big Bold Birthday' stamp set. This is a set that I hadn't used much until just recently when the Australian SU magazine, 'Impressions', explained how to make faux frosting. If you've viewed some of my earlier posts, you will see that I am really enjoying this new found technique. To celebrate the pre-launch of the Just-Add-Ink Site, I'll share the 'recipe' further on in this post ... so keep reading!


DSP Button

I made my own button using Chocolate Chip cardstock, Bella Rose DSP, a 3/4" Circle Punch and Crystal Effects. To make these custom designed buttons, please click here to view Danielle Daws' great tutorial. I popped a Rose Red Felt flower behind the button and threaded some Hemp Twine through the holes.


Bron's Cupcake


The little 'cherry' is actually a rose from the soon to be released Sale-a-bration set called 'Happy Moments'. I just coloured the rose, from the cute little flower stamp, with a Rose Red Marker, stamped it onto the matching cardstock, cut it out and finished it off with Crystal Effects to make it nice and shiny. (Come back on the 25th January to see some more detailed examples made from this gorgeous stamp set when SAB begins with gusto, namely in the form of one huge big Blog Hop!)

The patty pan was made by stamping the reverse side of the textured cardstock with the stamp from the Big Bold Birthday set, cutting the shape out, running it through the crimper and turning the textured side face up.

The frosting (from the same stamp set) was stamped with Rose Red onto the matching cardstock and cut out before the faux frosting was applied.

Here's how to make the Faux Frosting -
1. Cover the top of the cupcake with Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, creating a swirly pattern as you apply a thick coating of the glue.
2. Mix equal parts of White Embossing Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. I started with a teaspoon of each. Shake the ingredients together (don't just stir them). I keep my frosting mixture in a little container.
3. Sprinkle mixture over the glue and shake off the excess into the Powder Pal (great invention).
4. Heat with a Heat Tool until the 'frosting' starts to bubble up.
5. Let the bubbles recede and repeat step 4.

It's that simple! An SU Demonstrator from Canada discovered the technique. Pretty cool don't you think?

6. I went one step further and added some more Tombow glue while the frosting was still sticky, sprinkled a bit more frosting mixture and then some Light Pink Chunky Sprinkles over the top.
7. I then repeated steps 4 & 5. Don't get too close with the Heat Tool or you'll burn your cupcake!!

All I can say is, I have more success with the paper variety than the real thing!

Happy 'cooking'!

Here's the finer details -

Project Recipe -
Stamp Sets: Big Bold Birthday, Polka Dot Background Stamp, Happy Moments (SAB), Sweet Little Sentiments (L1 Hostess)
Ink: So Saffron, Rose Red
Cardstock: Whisper White, Textured So Saffron, Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, and Rose Red (& plain RR)
Accessories: 1.6cm Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Bella Rose DSP, Hemp Twine, Eyelet Border Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Flower Fusion, Crimper, 'Frosting Mixture' with Light Pink Chunky Sprinkles, Stampin' Dimensionals


Why don't you join in the fun and enter our very first COLOUR CHALLENGE? I'd love to visit your blog and see what you can create!
Bronwyn



Saturday, January 16, 2010

Just Add Ink - Coming Soon to a Computer Screen Near You!


Launch Date - 22nd January



It is so exciting to be on the Design Team of this new Australian Challenge Blog, primarily associated with Stampin' Up! products. Let me tell you a little bit more about myself -

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator living in Tasmania, Australia. I have been married to my husband, Brett, for 25 years. He works at the Launceston General Hospital as a Medical Scientist. We have two wonderful ‘children’, Ryan (20) and Laura (16).

I work as a Primary School Teacher (currently 4 days a week) at Community Christian Academy and oversee the Junior Campus in my role as an Assistant Principal. I spend my Fridays pottering around in my stamping room (I have taken over the entire rumpus room!) and love to enter on-line challenges. Over the Summer break, I have become a bit of a 'Challenge Junkie'!

I went to my first Stampin' Up! workshop, with the intent to buy a stamp with a teddy bear on it so I could make my own little handmade tags to go on the bears that I had made. I didn't even do the make'n'take as I was not intending to start another hobby. The catalogue looked interesting though, so I decided to book my own workshop! The rest, they say is history! The teddy bears, jewellery making and knitting have been put on the sideline and the world of Stamping and Papercraft, has completely taken over! I KNOW I have really found my niche in all of this, and just LOVE what I do!

So ... I joined Stampin’ Up! in August, 2008 after realising my ‘wish list’ for the wonderful products had become very large!! I love ‘retail therapy’ and don’t often buy stuff at full price, so I was convinced that joining up as a demonstrator in order to access all that SU had to offer at a discount price, made sense to me.

I love to go out and do in-home workshops in order to fund my ‘addINKtion’ as well as hold mini classes to keep my customers happy! I am a member of Amanda Aitken’s ‘Paper Dolls’. It is fun to share a passion for all things stamping and paper craft with others and to enjoy the helpful advice and inspirational ideas that go with being a demonstrator.

Some of my recent achievements include -

* Presenting a Workshop Wow on the Polished Stone Technique at the last Field Training in Hobart.
* Winning 4 challenges on-line since starting the world of blogging.
* Being Guest Designer for Card Patterns, a Canadian based Challenge Site.
*Getting a 1st for Card Making and overall winner in the Paper Craft section at the Launceston Show.

My biggest achievement, is however, meeting new friends who share the same passion and this includes recruiting the lovely and talented, Tania Gould, who is also a DT Member for Just Add Ink.

Thanks for stopping in at addINKtive designs and I look forward to sharing with you at Just Add Ink, when it launches on Friday 22nd January! Amanda and Danielle are in the process of putting together an exciting line-up of challenges, tutorials and some new and interesting segments I haven't seen on other Challenge Blogs, so stay tuned and be sure to support this great new AUSSIE adventure!

Here's a sneak peek at my first submission for the very first challenge. Mmmmm ... got your interest?


Oh! ... and if you're on Facebook, sign up to be a Fan of Just Add Ink!!


Thursday 21st January
I have been away for a few days having a wonderful holiday at Tomahawk Beach. It was a lovely break but I'm glad to be back with INTERNET ACCESS! The Design Team was announced so I've added their links as a post script to my above 'waffle' -
Tania Gould

So before, the big launch tomorrow, why not check out their blogs and get to know the talented bunch a bit better!

Until then ...
Bronwyn


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Heart Topped Box

Stamp-n-Design have a FREE TEMPLATE CHALLENGE on at the moment. A big thank you to Danielle Daws for sending me the link, as she knows that I've been having fun making some gift boxes lately. Lynn Pratt's blog is full of great 3D papercraft ideas and beautiful cards, so take some time to check it out!


Here's P.B Pibbs holding my version of the Heart Topped Box


This is Lynn's box before she decorated it.


Priceless Bella Rose Heart Topped Box

My box is made from Textured Pink Pirouette cardstock, decorated with Bella Rose DSP and finished off with some embellishments, along with the Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon.


Back view

A little white button from Button Latte sits at the back, next to the heart that I punched out using the Heart to Heart Punch. This heart was punched from a white embossed image of the heart from the Always Stamp Set.


Front View

I made a button heart using a chipboard piece from the 'On Board So Tweet' Collection, covered it with PP coloured, Bella Rose DSP, coated it with Crystal Effects and used the Crop-a-dile to punch two holes in it. I then threaded some taffeta ribbon through the holes to complete the button.


Top View

The Baroque Border standard wheel was rolled onto the top and around the edges of the box. A lacy edging around the top was made with the Eyelet Border Punch.

I did have other embellishments on the box and a tag, but it just didn't look right, so I had to minimise and remove them very carefully.

I didn't even attempt to line up the wheel so the pattern on the Baroque Border matched and was surprised to see in the photos that it did!! What a fluke!

This was certainly fun to make and will be a great little gift for a Hostess around Valentine's Day. Thanks Lynn, for the challenge. This will probably be my last challenge for a few days as I have a few things happening at the moment that I need time to prepare for, namely the Sale-a-bration Blog Hop on the 25th January and another exciting event that is unfolding shortly after that. More details later! Not to mention, we're off on a beach holiday soon to a fairly remote part of Tassie, with no Internet access. GASP!!!!!! Will I survive?

Until next time, happy browsing ...
Bronwyn

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Stamp with Us Colour Challenge

During some blog browsing I came across a site called 'Stamp with Us'. Their latest challenge was a colour one. I love doing Stampin' Up! Challenges so thought I'd give this one a go!


The inspiration provided was this cute, summery handbag!

I used the Stampin' Up! colours of Bravo Burgundy, Summer Sun, Always Artichoke and Whisper White, which some of the Design Team chose in their gorgeous examples.

I have been wanting to make a Flip Flop card for ages and thought this challenge was just right for the occasion!


Flip Flop



Here's the Deets -
Stamp Set: Eastern Blooms, Happy Moments (SAB)
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Summer Sun, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Bravo Burgundy 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Jumbo White Brad, Stampin' Dimensionals

The following photo, in full sun, shows up the colors a little better! It was one of the quickest 'challenge' cards I have made and was fun to do. I used a template from the Splitcoast Fan Club.



Thanks for stopping by,
Bronwyn

Saturday, January 9, 2010

K. Werner Color Inspiration Challenge #57

Colorful Cupcake Gift Box


I enjoyed make a cupcake for the JUGs 3D challenge a couple of weeks back and thought that I would make another one especially for K. Werner's Color Challenge. The colors that she chose are certainly fun, bright and Summery, a bit like our Aussie weather at the moment! I'll be jumping in the pool when I finish writing this post!

It was great to see that she had posted a 'one off' Color Challenge. I had only started the world of blogging, when the weekly challenges stopped. I did, however, on many occasions, enjoy browsing at some of the different and talented entries.

So ... Yay! I now have an opportunity to participate in one too! Hope you like what I created. The template was purchased from the Digichick Boutique.



I used the Stampin' Up! Color Range of Riding Hood Red, Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze, More Mustard, So Saffron and Whisper White.


I placed some paper and felt flowers at the top of the cupcake and decorated it with faux sparkly frosting. A few people have asked me how to do this, but some things have to stay a surprise for my upcoming workshops, as many of my customers read this blog. I will post the 'recipe' a bit later on. It was a technique given to the SU Demonstrators in their latest 'Impression's Magazine'.


I used Bella Rose DSP to decorate the edges of the cupcake with an Eyelet Border Punch. From this angle you can see the back layers of the butterfly. It was made from 3 DSPs - Walk in the Park, Bella Rose and Haiku, along with More Mustard cardstock and Vellum embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.



I popped the butterfly onto a hat pin, along with some white pearls, clear round beads and a clear tear drop from the Pretties Kit. Lastly, it was finished off with an assortment of ribbons to match the colors in the challenge.


Here's the Finer Details -
Cardstock: Whisper White, More Mustard
Accessories:
Punches - Eyelet Border, Boho Blossoms, 5-Petal Flower, Butterfly
Ribbon - Baja Breeze from Valet Ribbon Originals, So Saffron from Ribbon Bundle Special, Riding Hood Red Taffeta
DSPs - Walk in the Park, Haiku, Bella Rose
Other: Vellum, Hat Pin and beads from the Pretties Kit, Soft Subtle Brads, Dazzling Diamonds, Flower Fusion Too. Non SU - Cupcake template and Swiss Dots embossing folder

I really enjoyed participating in this challenge. Thanks, Kristina, for providing the 'Challenge Junkies' with another one of your color combinations!

Until, next time ... happy Web browsing,
Bronwyn X

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

TESC 96 - Sympathy Card

Sympathy Card


This is my entry for Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #96. I needed to make a Sympathy Card for my Great Aunt, who lost her husband just before Christmas. He was my Nan's brother, and the last remaining sibling for that generation - an end of an era.

The large circle in the sketch, looked like a full moon and it was a good excuse to ink up my silhouette stamps (my all time favorites). I had a chipboard window in my stash, so I sponged daubed it with Night of Navy Ink to match the color scheme that I had chosen.

The actual card is twice the size of a standard one so I could include the window in the layout.

Thanks for stopping by to browse.




Here's What I Used -
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Pocket Silhouettes, Thoughts & Prayers
Ink: Baja Breeze, Night of Navy
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy
Accessories: Walk in the Park DSP, Eyelet border & Oval Scallop Punches, Pretties Kit, Baja Breeze Corduroy Button, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Non SU: Chipboard Window, Embossing Folder, Vintage Die Cut

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mojo Valentine

Mojo Valentine

I know it's a little early for Valentine's Day but I've wanted to do a card like this ever since I saw the lovely, Shannon West, demo a lip print at the Australian National SU Convention in Canberra last year. My 'You & Moi' stamp set arrived today, so it was a perfect time to combine it with this technique. I did some Web Surfing and decided the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge would fit in with what I had in mind!



This sketch was quite a detailed one and I was feeling pretty pleased about uploading my photos, when I realised the ribbon bit was missing on the card! Back to the craft room for a bit of fine tuning, more photo shoots, watermarks added and .... ta dah! ... it's finally like the sketch!


Dazzling Diamond Lips!

So here's how it's done -
1. Apply 'ink', (bright cherry red lipstick) to the 'old pucker'.
2. 'Kiss' the cardstock.
3. Add heat and stick powder.
4. Heat with heat tool.
5. Sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.
6. Heat with heat tool so glitter sticks.

"That's all there is to it", she says with a grin. Although, I must admit, I did try several lip 'poses' until I got the right one, used lip gloss but that didn't work very well, so went to the Chemist and picked up a cheap bright red lipstick, had 13 attempts before being satisfied with the outcome. I'm a little obsessed with getting the end result the way I pictured it in my head!

I had to chuckle because I came into the lounge, from my craft room and my daughter said, "What's with the lippy, Mum?" It was still pretty bright on my lips and I don't usually wear anything except clear lip gloss, especially during holidays while chilling out at home. I must have looked a strange sight. After offering an explanation, Laura replied, "I don't actually mind it". Go figure!

Here's the details for Mojo Valentine -
Stamp Sets: You & Moi, En Francais
Cardstock: Whisper White (plain & textured), Real Red, Basic Black (textured)
Ink: Bright red lipstick, Basic Black, Real Red, Basic Gray
Accessories: Heart embossing folder, circle & scallop circle, square nesties, speech bubble punch (all non-SU), SU - Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Silver Brads, Valet Ribbon Originals, Scallop Edge Punch, Stamping Sponges, Dimensionals, Word Window Punch, Real Red retired DSP

Thanks for stopping by to browse!
Bron XX


Monday, January 4, 2010

Sparkly Frosting and a Bella Rose Cupcake

Love Note using the Big Bold Birthday Stamp Set & SU Frosting


Bella Rose Cupcake with Love Note Card


Accessories - Flower Fusion Too, Jumbo Brad and Valet Ribbon Originals

Do you go through fads? Mine at the moment is papercrafting in 3D and using the Bella Rose DSP. Just can't get enough of those gorgeous papers (another order on the way to replace my depleting stock).

I've made another cupcake in Pink Pirouette this time. Have I also mentioned that I LOVE the textured cardstock? In fact I love everything about SU supplies and being a demonstrator. In the mail today I received my copy of the Impression's Magazine, which has some great techniques to try out. One of the things that caught my attention was the gorgeous sparkly frosting you can make using SU products. I have put this 'recipe' on the cupcake. Cute isn't it? I won't share with you the secret ingredients just yet, as I'll keep that a surprise for customers who come along to one of my workshops this month!

Speaking of workshops, Sale-a-bration starts in about 3 weeks and it's really the BEST time to hold one! There are some really gorgeous stamp sets to give away during this promotion, so contact me soon if you'd like to have some friends around for a fun night of stamping and learning new techniques! You'll even get one of these cute little cupcakes as a Hostess Gift!

If you've had a little 'inkling' (pardon the pun) about the idea of joining SU, Sale-a-bration time that runs until the end of March, is also the most worthwhile time to join, with an added bonus of a free stamp set of your choice to the value of $79.95, along with your starter kit. Cool eh! So if you'd like to be part of an awesome group that is totally passionate about stamping/scrapbooking, contact me by email by clicking on my profile. What are you waiting for?

Until next time,
Bronwyn :0)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Piece of Cake

'Cherrylicious'

Ever since I made the cupcake gift box for the JUGs Challenge last week, I have been itching to try out the other templates that I bought. I had to tidy up my craft area first, as it was a total disaster zone. I worked up quite a sweat yesterday in the 30 degree heat and was pleased that I could see my workspace again with everything in its place!

I'm about to start making samples for sale-a-bration and hope to participate in the ESAD blog hop on January 25th. So, in the meantime, I'm planning to fiddle around with some stamp sets that haven't seen ink yet and try out a few things that I have made a mental note 'to do'. Believe me, the list is long!

I hope you like my 'Cherrylicious' Cake Gift Box that I made. You can buy the template from Digichick Boutique. I don't have the Tart & Tangy stamp set so I made my own cherry from a 1" circle punch (Riding Hood Red) and leaves from the Cheep Talk Stamp Set. I gave the cherry a coating of Crystal Effects to make it nice and shiny!



Behind the scallop label, there's a slot where the box opens. It's just the right size to pop a little gift inside.

Here's the Recipe -
Stamp Sets: Best Yet (L1 Hostess), Cheep Talk
Cardstock: Textured Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla and Riding Hood Red, Old Olive
Ink: Old Olive, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, 1", 1 3/8" Circle and Scallop Circle Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip (great for 3D papercraft)

Cheers! Bronwyn :0)

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