Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Flowers Anyone?

After making my challenge card for Just Add Ink this week I decided to make a couple more.  The photo is a little dull today due to the weather sorry. It's great to be able to use the scallop circle punch for a couple things other than mounting word text on! I've also discovered a fantastic Easter basket using the Sizzix scallop circle and an oval punch, which with any luck I'll get to make tomorrow - so check back in later in the week for a photo. 


Asian Artistry

I've come to meet a couple of lovely stampers over the past week and we decided to get together and make a couple of cards using our favourite retired product. I found it hard to choose as I like so many that unfortunately are unavailable now.  I ended up choosing the Asian Artistry set which is a retired hostess gift from a mini last year.

 I especially love this bamboo and bird as it lends itself to so many cards.  I don't know why but I do find it quite a relaxing image as well, so much so that I've made a similar one which I have framed.

The blossoms are stunning up close and it was fun to be able to use the markers to colour parts individually before I stamped. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.  I hope the two birthday people who receive these this week are as happy with them as I am.


Stamp Set/s: Asian Artistry
Inks:  Ballet Blue, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Lovely Lilac
Cardstock and Paper: Ballet Blue, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Lovely Lilac, Whisper White & Craft
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper cutter, bone folder, adhesive, paper snips, clear block D, scallop edge punch, various ribbons, Kaisercraft brad and rub ons.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Summer Mini Catalogue Carry Over Products

Were there some products from the Summer Mini Catalogue that you fell in love with and can’t image life without - the Vintage Lace, Itty Button or Smooth Spritz?

The Summer Mini Catalogue may have ended on the 31st March, 2011 – which meant saying goodbye to these products – or so we thought!

Stampin’ Up! know we can't live without certain items though so have released a limited number of products from the Summer Mini Catalogue in a Carryover Flyer

Please contact me if you would like to order anything from the Carryover Flyer!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rainy days = more crafting time!

Well over the past few days I've been guilty of complaining about the rain, and normally I wouldn't do this however 14 days in a row, a day of sunshine and now we're back to rain. It's enough to drive you crazy. But it does mean I get a little more time to sit and create, so here's what I ended up with today.

Another Just Add Ink challenge, which this week was a inspiration challenge.  Using this photo we had to create something.   It could have been the theme, colour or anything else that could be thought up.  I decided I'd go with the colours and add a couple of flowers too.

So now after a few attempts I decided to create a flower based card, but that somehow incorporated the red and white strips and I think these are the real stand outs in the photo.  I folded and folded until I worked out a cute bouquet wrapping, just like we all get when we're lucky enough to get - or buy fresh flowers.  To make the strips I actually cut 5mm strips of real red cardstock and then evenly spaced and glued them onto a piece of whisper white.  The flowers are made using the large scallop circle, which I then cut slighty before adding one of the smaller flowers from the Boho Blossoms punch.  I popped brads in to make the centres, added ribbon and a couple of rhinestones.  I have purposly not added a sentiment as I am yet to decide on whether this will end up a Mother's Day card or a birthday card.

So here it is - let me know what you think.

Cardstock and Paper: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Garden Green  & Whisper White
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Snail Adhesive, Paper Snips, Large Circle Scallop Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Red Red Spotted Ribbon, Green Grosgrain Ribbon, 8mm Circle Brads and Rhinestones.

Hope it's a sunny day tomorrow!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lots of bots humans.

How funny is this stamp set. It's one I love using for birthdays as it's great for big as well a little kids. I needed two birthday cards this week, one for my Uncle Bob and the other for my brother in law. 

After some trial and error I worked out it was easier for me to cut the circles out before I stamped onto them! I then coloured them in and cut out the smaller robot as well as the screw and bolts.  I used the Brights collection designer papers to add some colour, as well as some other bits and pieces I had spare.  Stamping the screw and bolts on as backgrounds and borders was actually done by Noah! who does love to lend a hand when I'm making. 

Cute and colourful - just about perfect!

Stamp Set/s: Lots of bots
Inks:  Basic Black, Pacific Point, Basic Grey, Sahara Sand, Daffodil Delight, Red Riding Hood
Cardstock and Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Daffodil delight from the Brights Collection DSP
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Snail Adhesive, Paper Snips, Clear Block D, Blender Pens, Dimensionals.

Welcome baby James!

Friends of ours who live in Perth had a baby boy last week and I wanted to make a card using the Baby Bundle stamp set (IB&C p 56) as I haven't used it before.

I like the idea of having the pram and being able to bundle into it any items I liked. I choose the teddy bear, rattle and bottle and then added the booties to the handle.

I water coloured the image using the ink pads and a blender pen, scalloped some blue cardstock and then versamark stamps some heart on the crumb cardstock.  I used the sentiments from the same set and punched them out with the oval punch and then mounted it onto the oval scallop.  I added a couple of little brads for colour as well as some dots around the scallop.  All in all I'm really happy with how the final product looks. I hope they like it!

Stamp Set/s: Baby Bundle
Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Ballet Blue, VersaMark, Basic Black
Cardstock and Paper: Ballet Blue & Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Subtle Collection DSP
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Snail Adhesive, Paper Snips Clear Block C & D, oval punch, scallop oval punch, scallop border punch, paper piercing set & brads.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Just add a bag!

I really didn't think I'd get this weeks Just Add Ink challenge completed, as I had a block in inspiration, but thanks to my wonderful husband who reminded me I'd make many of these bags I got it done. 

This bag starts off with a square box base and then uses paper to create the bag part. Once I worked out my box measurements again it was a quick process. I was going to make it into an Easter present but changed my mind as we do have a couple birthdays coming up and thought it would be fun to fill. 

One thing I would definitely say is you have to use Sticky Strip Tape, and not just double sided tape as the double sided tape just isn't strong enough and it keeps coming apart!  This is a perfect opportunity to use up spare sheets of dsp and other papers and you need almost a whole sheet.

If you'd like to know any more about the bag, let me know.  Happy to tell you how to make it.

Stamp Set/s: Word Play
Inks:  Chocolate Chip
Cardstock and Paper: Chocolate Chip & Whisper White, paper brand???
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Scor Pal, Sticky Strip, Snail Adhesive, Paper Snips Clear Block D, 1 3/4 extra large scallop circle punch, rhinestones, ribbon.

Friday, April 1, 2011

It's here. The new Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.

Released just today is the new Autumn-Winter Mini catalogue.  It's full of some wonderful stuff which won't be around for long, so don't miss out.

At this point favourite picks are definitely the Strength and Hope campaign as $2 from the sale of every set will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, the Eat Chocolate stamp set and the decorative punch that coordinates with this set and the Thanks for Caring stamp set.  I particularly love this one as I find it's often difficult to find the right words and images for sympathy cards.   I am sure though that after making and seeing all of these items I'll change favourites!

Although I haven't yet had time to make some items using these I have got them all sitting here so hopefully over the weekend I'll have something to share!  As an added bonus for those interested in any products from this catalogue I am offering 10% off items in the Mini and  5% off items in the Idea Book & Catalogue until the end of March 2011.  To place and order please email me.