Friday, March 25, 2011

JAI 61 - Just Add Stamps and Nothing Else!

JAI 61

The challenge at Just Add Ink this week is to let your stamps take centre stage and use ONLY stamps on your card stock. Gulp! No embellishments, whatsoever.

How difficult was it for me to not add sponging to the edges, do a bit of distressing, add some white taffeta ribbon, dimensionals and use a punch with this card? Answer: Very!

My brain hurt just thinking about this challenge as I didn't have a clue what I was going to submit, hence the lateness of this post.

However, last night I got all excited at the thought of cracking open my White StazOn Ink that I have had since it was released in Australia but I had never used it! I think I'm a convert now. You'll be seeing a lot more of it from me in the future.

Easter Blossoms


Maybe clean and simple stamping is your thing, or maybe you're like me and find it a real challenge. Whatever the case, I hope you'll check out the truly inspirational work over at Just Add Ink and play along.


Project Recipe for JAI 61:
Stamps: Easter Blossoms
Ink: White Craft
Card Stock: Confetti White, Concord Crush


Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Birthday Theme for 'All That Scraps'

This card was made for All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge. The challenge this week was to make a Birthday Themed Project.


I made an easel card with Nora on a Swing (C.C. Designs) ...



... and Birthday Sentiments by Amy R.



I also used my new cute little Cupcake Punch from SU.


I went around to a friend's place recently to do some 'colouring in' and only managed to complete one image with a bit of paper piecing thrown in for good measure. I made the time today to make it into a card and actually enter a challenge for a change! Hope you like!!

While I'm on the subject of birthdays, I'd like to send out a big Happy Birthday hug to Patrice, one of the Just Add Ink DT girls. Hope it's a goodie! Mmmmmwah!


Happy Stamping,

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Twisted Easel Card for Just Add Ink #60 - a Colour Challenge

I love easel cards ... well any cards that are shaped differently to the usual rectangular C6 size!! So when I spotted this Twisted Easel Card, it went straight into my favourites.


JAI 60 Colour Challenge

This card features the beautiful new stamp set called, Strength & Hope and will be available for purchase on the 1st April when the Australian/NZ Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue is released. Stampin' Up! will be donating $2 from every set to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


The Colour Palette for this Week's Challenge



Monica Gale has a great video tutorial on how to make a Twisted Easel Card which you can find HERE.



Side View



It can then fold flat ready to post.


So as you can see, the Just Add Ink blog has an absolutely divine colour combo to play around with for this week's challenge.

Why don't you hop on over and get inspired by the lovely DT's samples and give it a go? We'd love to see what you create!


Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Strength & Hope, Friends 24-7
Card Stock: Old Olive, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry DSP from the Brights Pattern Stack, Jewels - Basic Rhinestones, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Decorative Label Punch (available 1/4/11), Stamping Sponges, Dimensionals
Non-SU: White paper doilies


Happy Crafting,

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Nerve of Some People!!

craftingourlives has this kit for sale on EBay



I had a lovely blogging friend alert me to this card kit that was being sold on EBay out of Canada!! The nerve of some people.

She has a 100% rating AT THE MOMENT!!

You should definitely check it out as you might have some of your designs being CASED too -
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Stampin-Up-Butterfly-Flourish-Card-Kit-/280642985550?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4157a01e4e

The seller's name is craftingourlives. She certainly lives up to her name!!

Does anyone else think that if you sell card kits it should be your own design? I have my disclaimer at the bottom of the page which she obviously ignored!! (Here's my card BTW)

I'm peeved!

PS: Another friend found these similarities with another sold kit from the same seller -
EBay Kit and Nikki Stalker's gorgeous card

Friday, March 11, 2011

Just Add Ink #59 - A Sketch

Baja Butterflies

We've got an awesome sketch this week from one of our talented DT gals, the lovely, Mae Collins. Why don't you head on over to Just Add Ink to view all the inspiration and find some time to join in with this week's challenge.



This Week's Sketch at Just Add Ink



My submission was inspired by a lovely card that Rochelle shared with Tania, Mae and I at our last get together. I've been wanting to make a card with the little butterflies sitting on the 'Thoughts and Prayers' branch ever since.

Also, I recently received some goodies in the mail from Dawn Raspas, as a thank you gift for designing in the last two rounds of UStamp with Dawn and Friends. So combined with a great sketch, a stamp set in mind, a lovely new tag die and Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (available in the upcoming Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue), I set about the task of creating this week's challenge.


Project Recipe for Baja Butterflies:
Stamp Sets: Thoughts & Prayers, Fresh Cuts, Sanded
Ink: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip
Card Stock: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Two Tags' Die (gifts from USA), Chocolate Chip DSP, Baja Breeze Satin Ribbon (retired), Beautiful Wings Embosslits, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Stamping Sponges, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder Punch

Thanks, Nancy!! This card was featured on iPICKS #123. However, I'm not thankful for THIS.


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Some Happy Mail









It's lovely to get some happy mail amongst the bills and advertising material. When I opened each of these little beauties they certainly brought a smile to my face. A big thanks goes out to all the 'senders'. XX

Pergamano

Pergamano Owl


I recently visited my SIL (Somerset, Tas.) and to my surprise and delight, discovered she was into card making. I hadn't seen 'Pergamano' before and spent some time checking out all her beautiful work.

All the embossing onto vellum is done free hand using templates and very fine embossing tools. Amazing! This little beauty took hours to make.

I don't think I have the time or patience for Pergamano but I certainly admire Helen's handiwork. I think I'll stick with my Big Shot, an embossing folder and some vellum!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Just Add ... Amanda or Danielle for Challenge 58 at Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink #58


There's a special challenge on at Just Add Ink this week ... we are CASEing the very talented, Amanda Reddicliffe and Danielle Daws (Co-founders of the Just Add Ink Challenge Blog). It's our way of saying farewell and a huge big thank you to them both.

It's certainly an end of an era but the beginning of a new one as Delys Cram and I take over hosting this awesome site. We are blessed to work with a dedicated team of wonderful ladies who have become great friends.

Did you know we are looking for a new DT Member to join us? Applications close at midnight on Monday 7th March. You can read about it HERE. If you've thought ... "No way, not me!" ... think again and consider giving it a go. You might just surprise yourself!



CASEing Amanda
My inspiration for this card came from the Just Add Blue Submission
and from a more recent project that you can see here.


Project Details:
Stamp Set: Butterfly Prints
Ink: Marina Mist
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Antique Brad, Love Letter DSP, Victoria Crochet Trim, Stamping Sponges, Corner Rounder Punch
Non-SU: EK Success Punch, Felt



CASEing Danielle
This card was inspired by the Just Add Pink Submission
for Breast Cancer Awareness.


Project Details:
Stamp Sets: Sweet Summer (SAB), Pocket Silhouettes
Ink: Blushing Bride, Early Espresso
Card Stock: Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Accessories: Pearls, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Blender Pen, White Gel Pen, Corner Rounder Punch

Hope you can join in the fun!

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