Monday, 22 May 2017

Just Add Ink #360 - Delightful Daisy

I was trying to come up with a simple card design that included a few products and basic techniques to show a friend who is new to stamping. She is coming to my Stampin' Day Retreat that I am running with my 2 stamping buddies Megan Lenske and Peta Stephen on June 10. My plan is to make a couple of cards so she can see how to:
  • Use Stampin' Up! ink pads and stamps
  • Punch stamped images
  • Use a Big Shot
  • And if we feel daring do some 2 step stamping!
  • Oh and use some of the gorgeous new Stampin' Up! ribbon and Designer Series Paper of course!
While I was pondering how to fit this all into a simple card I opened the latest Just Add Ink email and realised the sketch challenge this week would be perfect.
Before I show you what I came up with - apologies - I am teaching myself to use a new photo editing program and think I need a touch more practice! 

This is the card I thought we could make first. I stuck pretty closely to the sketch for this one.

Then I added a few extra design elements. Plus I was itching to use my new ribbon! It is so pretty.

So easy to switch up a design and get 2 cards!

And this is a stepped up version that I made - just because!

I have changed the orientation and added a few more elements. I love the new glitter enamel dots and used them in place of the smaller circle in the sketch.

So from 1 sketch came 3 designs.

I love card sketch challenges. They always seem to come at just the right time for me. They are a great starting point for inspiration. 

PS - Here is some information about the Stampin' Day Retreat. RSVPs and full payment due this Friday May 26th.

Product List:
  • Daisy Delight Stamp Set - 143669 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Daisy Punch - 143713 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Faceted Gems - Clear - 144142- Available from June 1, 2017
  • Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper - 144137 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Daffodil Delight Double Stitched Ribbon - 144116 - Available from June 1, 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Kylie's International Blog Highlight - Masculine

Today I am participating in another of Kylie Bertucci's International Highlights. The theme this month is Masculine.  Make sure you check out all of the entries here and vote for your favourites. This theme was the perfect way to use one of my new stamp sets from the new Stampin' Up! Annual 2017/18 Catalogue that you can order from on June 1. This stamp set is called Pocketful of Sunshine and is such a fun design. Perfect for a masculine card but even better for a teenage masculine card! Something I struggle with. So this is what I came up with. I turned it into an easel card ..... just because I could!

In Australia you think you are pretty lucky if you get what we call a 'Pineapple' for your birthday. That is $50 to the rest of the world. And if you get 2 .... well ....... you have been good! 

There are coordinating thinlits that I can't wait to order on June 1! I have hand cut my stamped images for this card. One of the stamps is of folded money. I have made mine to look like a 'Pineapple' and added them to the pocket ..... to maybe make myself look more generous!

The card closes flat to fit into a standard C6 envelope. I love the detail of the stitching in this stamp set. Thought I would enhance the stitching by using Copper Embossing Powder. I love how raised and shiny it looks.

Another of my favourite new products is the Happy Birthday Thinlit. I have die cut it twice - once in Crumb Cake and once with Copper Foil - to create a shadow effect. Raising it with small pieces of foam adhesive allows the easel part to prop open.

I think that this design is one I will be replicating in different colour schemes. Did you notice the little tab sticking out from the pocket? There are different words to stamp in there. So cute!

Make sure you check out the gallery. You can find the gallery and maybe vote for me here.


Product List:
  • Tabs for everything - 143907 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set- 143719 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Happy Birthday Thinlits Dies - 143700 - Available from June 1, 2017
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Monday, 15 May 2017

Guest Designer - Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop

Today I have the honour of being a guest designer for the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. Thanks for having me guys - it's an honour! The theme for this hop is Birthdays. And it just so happens that the leader of this fabulous team, Kelly Kent, is celebrating her birthday today. Happy Birthday Kel. I hope that you have had the most fabulous day. Not only is Kelly a creative and talented papercraft artist she is also a fabulous friend. One of those friends who is always there to celebrate successes and more importantly give that bit of encouragement just when you need it. She also has a little touch of naughty that appeals to me. I must point out that my spot as a guest designer was not dependant on giving compliments! Enough of that anyway ...... onto my projects. Try as I might, I was a bit later in getting this posted than intended so Birthday Girl if this hasn't arrived yet either shut your eyes now or just act really surprised when it does arrive!

This is the card front. I had elaborate plans but I stopped at this stage simply because I liked it! I was able to use so many of my new goodies for this card and gift. I love the new Happy Birthday Thinlits. It is the perfect size.

I really love this Colourful Seasons Bundle. You can order it from June 1 from the new 2017/18 Annual Stampin' Up! catalogue. I thought it would be perfect to decorate a Pop Up Cube card. You can see other versions I have made here and here. When you open the card up, up pops the cube.

The Colour Seasons Stamp set has lots of great stamps  but my favourite is the cherry blossom and branch that I have used for the box and the envelope. And what about that gorgeous Powder Pink finely  woven ribbon? How beautiful is it???

The words are from another new set called Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

I wanted to make a coordinating gift as well so decided what better gift (and project for a birthday themed blog hop) than a Perpetual Birthday Calendar. You can find out how I made it and see other versions here. Kelly is a diligent birthday card sender so I thought this might help keep things organised. I have kept the design pretty simple. I love the branch and blossoms dies. So easy to whack up a design.

Each month is on a sheet of paper from the Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.

Thanks again for having me on your hop guys. Next up is Mandy. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us. Happy Birthday Kelly! 🎂🎁🎁🎁

Product List:
  • Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad - 144083 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Powder Pink Classic Stampin' Pad - 144084 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Berry Burst A4 cardstock 144249 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Powder Pink A4 cardstock - 144251 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon - 144134 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Colourful Seasons Bundle - 145348 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Colour Theory DSP stack - 144193 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Happy Birthday Thinlits Dies - 143700 - Available from June 1, 2017
  • Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set - 143662 - Available from June 1, 2017

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Happy Birthday Miss 13!

Someone very special to me is turning 13 today. So exciting to finally be a teenager! I love making special cards for the special people in my life and for me it is really touching to see them enjoyed and treasured.

Seeing as turning 13 is so exciting (especially to Miss 13) I needed to make a card that was befitting of the occasion. A Pop Up Cube Card was just perfect. It starts off flat, tied with a bow.....

..... then you untie the bow, open the flap and up pops the box!

Here are the faces of the other 2 sides of the cube.

These are so fun to make. You can see another version of mine here. Coincidentally it was made for Miss 13's mum who is my very bestest friend.

These cards really are action cards so I decided to attempt to capture it with a video. Be kind! It is my first attempt. I especially love my hand flourish at the end!


This card was the perfect way to use up some of my retiring paper and have one last stamp with some retiring stamp sets. Make sure you check out all of the retiring products left in my online store. There are some fabulous bargains to be had.


PS- I hope you have the most fabulous birthday Miss B. You are so special to me and I am so happy that you are in my life. And ..... cat socks rule!

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