Monday, March 28, 2011

Just Add Ink Challenge #61

This particular card is embellishment free as I wanted to use it for this week's Just Add Ink challenge (JAI 61) Just Add Stamps . The challenge was to use only stamps and cardstock. I love the thought behind this challenge as it's perfect for people who don't happen to have a whole lot of the bits and pieces (embellishments).

My favourite Sale-A-Bration set is definitely the Sweet Summer set. It's got so many combinations available and is perfect for any occasion.  Deciding how I wanted my flowers to look was the hardest part for me!  I'd set myself a personal challenge for the week which was to water colour with ink pads and a blender pen, and to make something using the current In Colour range.  I managed to do both with these cards. Horray! I love the way they turned out and it was a lot of fun blending the colours together.  I orginally made the purple card below but then tried using the different flower heads and I just liked it better.

Stamp Set/s: Sweet Summer(Sale-A-Bration), Occasional Quotes (Hostess Set)
Inks:  Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride, Cake Crumb
Cardstock: Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals, Paper Snips & Blender Pen.

Blink and you'll miss it!

Only three days to go until the Summer Mini  catalogue ends so don't think too hard if there's a product you're deciding will I or won't I. Once this ends you can't get these items again.  This of course spurred me on and I ended up with three new stamps sets as I just couldn't decided yes or no.  Remember too that for each $100 sale you can choose a free limited release stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

I was so disappointed when some friends from home couldn't come for a visit, as I had thought out a whole lot of stamping things to do, but in the end I just sat down and did some myself. I played around with two of the Sale-A-Bration sets, the Punch Bunch and the Sweet Summer.

I can't decide what I really think of these Punch Bunch 'Happy Birthday' cards. I think these colours tend to lend themselves to a more masculine side of things, which for me is good as I sometimes struggle to find good male colour combinations. The Pacific Point, Red Red and Pear Pizzazz here work really well together, especially with the Celebrations dsp.  I'm just not so sure whether or not it's a little too busy. My boys like the one with the three punched squares but my thoughts on either are still out. So let me know what you think.

Stamp Set/s: Sweet Summer(Sale-A-Bration), Punch Bunch (Sale-A-Bration, Occasional Quotes (Hostess Set)
Inks:  Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride, Cake Crumb, Real Red, Pacific Point
Cardstock & DSP: Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride, Bashful Blue, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Celebrations DSP
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals, Paper Snips & Blender Pen, Square Scallop Punch, Pacific Point Ribbon.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

So many Little Monsters!

How cute is this stamp set? The Make A Monster (IB&C p62) has to be the most fun stamp set anyone could use, and the flexibility to create something so original is fantastic. It allowed me to come up with a number of different monsters, all with different body parts that made me laugh.  I did find that some of the little pieces were a little fiddly though, but with the use of the stamp-a-ma-jig it became a little easier to line up the body parts.  I CASED the balloon idea from the IB&C but used dental floss for the strings, and used a rub on sentiment rather than a stamp.

Stamp Set/s: Make A Monster
Inks:  Basic Black
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, DSP various
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Snips, Buttons, Dental Floss, Rub Ons (not SU but available from me).

Let me know what you think!

Friday, March 18, 2011

SUO Challenge #14

The Stampin' Up Only challenge came just at the right time for me as one of Noah's teachers is pregnant and due anytime now.  I don't know what flavour this bub will be - pink or blue, which does make it a little tricker but I choose colours that I liked and could be used either way.

The challenge this week was to use your  favorite RETIRED Stampin' Up stamp set and make a card. I absolutely loved this challenge as the Bundle Of Joy set that is retired is possibly my favourite baby set. There are so many ways to use the stamps and I think the bear is just so cute.

With some many friends having little ones this year, I decided to keep going and make a couple others with the same style.

Stamp Set/s: Bundle Of Joy
Inks:  Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Almost Ameythst So Saffron, Whisper White
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals, Paper Snips,  Paper Piercing Tool, Ribbon & Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen

A punchy difference.

I need a card for a 4 year old birthday party and really wanted to try out something a little different. So here it is. I happened upon a card by Kathy at Stampin Still and I absolutely loved it and knew I had to give it a go.  So it is a CASE of her work. I stayed with the same colour palette but used the Pun Fun rocket and changed the ribbon a little. I've left some space below the rocket to stamp a sentiment when I decide which one I wish to use.

I then went on to experiment using different colours and tried out the different embossing folders, and particularly like the Cuttlebug numbers embossing folder for birthday cards.  The technique is easier than it looks. Using three circle punches - I used the 3/4 ", 1"& 1-1/4" (IB&C p164),  punch out circles in two different cardstocks - the number you'll need depends on the size of your card.  Stick them onto the whsiper white cardstock square using glue - I just used a glue stick, in a random manner. Let some overhang and trim off the edges.  After they're dry, run them through the Sizzix machine using whichever embossing  folder you like and then set about mouting the rest of the card.  I am amazed at how it does all look like one piece of cardstock when it's all put together. The stamp set I used for the rocket card was Pun Fun (IB&C p48) and the cakes are a part of the Fun & Fast Notes (IB&C p46).  I added colour to both stamped images using the markers. 

Stamp Set/s: Fun & Fast Notes, Pun Fun
Inks:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Cake Crumb
Cardstock: Basic Black; Basic Gray, Old Olive, Cake Crumb, Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Whisper White & Metallic Silver (not SU but available from me)Whisper White; Pink Pirouette, Green Galore, Pale Plum, Only Orange, Purple (not SU)
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals, Glue Stick, Paper Snips,  Circle Punches 3/4 ", 1"& 1-1/4", Kindy Glitz, Sizzix Big Shot Machine, Polka Dot, Hearts & Numbers Embossing Folders & Grosgrain Ribbon - Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry.

Give these a go when you get a chance and email me a photo as I'd love to add them to my blog to show other people! Enjoy the weekend. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Birthdays in a flash.

I looked at my calendar this morning and suddenly realised I need three birthday cards this week, and then I also need another couple to make up for the ones I missed last month! Better late than never.  I've got to be the worst, I make a crazy number of cards to sell for the Bonnie Babes Foundation, but never remember to keep enough to use for myself!  I pulled out the wonderful Crazy for Cupcakes (IB&C p 36) and got creating.  I managed to get both these cards done in less than 15 minutes so I got them in the mail before lunch. Hooray!

The cupcake one has to be my all time favourite. I stamp the image onto whisper white cardstock and then again on two different pieces of designer paper. I cut out the top and bottom separately and then stick them onto the whisper white image. Easy. It does also mean I can through another one together with the two remaining pieces of paper.  Two cards for one really.  I use Kindy Glitz for the flame and also to highlight the sprinkles. 

Birthday balloons is very similar and made use today of a lot of little scraps of designer paper.  You know the little bits we all hoard but never know what we'll use them for.  I simply stamped the balloons, starting with the middle one, on the whisper white cardstock, trimmed it to the size I liked, decided on which colours to mount and make the final card out of and then stuck the cut out balloons on with dimensionals.  Just to add a little more dimension I used versa mark clear ink to stamp the streamers on the card front.  I used a rub on sentiment for something different and then added Kindy Glitz for some sparkle. 

Stamp Set/s: Crazy for Cupcakes
Inks:  Basic Black, Versa Mark
Cardstock/Paper: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa. Ballet Blue, Whisper White; dsp varied scraps!
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals, Paper Snips & Kindy Glitz.

Kimono Kids

I've decided that there are so many ways to use the Kimono Kids set (IB&C p 42) and for many different occasions. I love this as it means I get really good value out of a set, which no matter whether you're starting out or you've been a stamper for years is fantastic.

I made the invitations earlier this year for my Mum's birthday, the good friend flower card as a pick me up for one of my friends in Canberra that was having a down day and the purple fan girl for a birthday. 

The fact that I can colour the dresses any colour I decide means that I can essentially match them up with any of papers I have or any cardstock, including those little pieces that I find tend to lie around a little long.

I pulled out my Stampin' Pastels (chalks) and the blender pen for the fan girl card as I don't use it much but it does make adding colour really simple.  The other two cards I chose to use the markers and they are super quick and add a little more vibrant colour. 

Stamp Set/s: Kimono Kids; Sincere Salutations
Inks:  Basic Black; Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Percect Plum
Cardstock: Whisper White; Pink Pirouette, Green Galore, Pale Plum, Only Orange, Purple (not SU)
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Snips,  Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pastels - chalks, Blender Pen, Kindy Glitz, Sizzix Big Shot Machine, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Paper Flowers, Grosgrain ribbon & 5mm pink lemonade brads, romance patterned brads (not SU but available from me).

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Enjoy a cuppa!

In my order that I received the last week I got the 'Morning Cup' stamp set and Take A Sip wheel (IB&C p40) which I absolutely adore. Perhaps it's because I'm one of those people who really does have to start my day with a strong coffee or tea, or because I just think tea cups are cute.  I've made this card for two reasons this week, I had wonderful news that one of my very close friends is expecting a little person and I also needed a card that was relatively simple to create to use at my Demonstrator swap meeting next week.

Stamp Set/s: Morning Cup, Take A Sip (wheel)
Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake (marker), Baja Breeze (marker)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals, Stampin' Around Wheel Guide, Stampin' Around Standard Handle, Paper Snips, 1 3-8 large circle punch, Pinking Hearts Border Punch (Summer Mini Catalogue) Paper Piercing Tool, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Sizzix Big Shot Machine, Polka Dot Embossing Folder & 5mm mocha brads (not SU but available from me).

If you'd like any more information about the card or products used either send me an email or leave a comment.

Enjoy Julie

Friday, March 4, 2011

How exciting.

A day earlier than I expected but my lovely postman just delivered my first order of SU in Newcastle. 

Noah was very excited to open the box and even more when he discovered I had ordered yellow ribbon, as he just loves yellow.

Stamps, snails, heat gun, ribbons, papers, cardstock, ink pads, punches and more.  I just can't wait now to be able to make some gorgeous things with them all.

Let the creations begin!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Who doesn't like to get something free?

I've just placed an order for some goodies for myself and some friends which I am more than normally excited about. That's because while the Sale-A-Bration is on we all got at least one free limited release stamp set just for spending $100.  I think there is a clear winner on which one people liked the most as we all ordered the punch bunch set which includes the super cute owl which coordinates with the owl punch (IB&C pg 148).

I can't wait until it all arrives so I can make some cards this weekend! I'm even hoping to steal some time this weekend to create a couple of items while one of my neighbours from Canberra is here for a visit. 

If you'd like to grab one of these amazing sets have a look at the Sale-A-Bration catalogue, but remember that it does finish on the 31st March, so get you order in well before that.  You can also earn addtional free sets by hosting a party, so contact me to find out how.