Friday, April 30, 2010

Day 3 - Metallic Medallion

Today's card has been made using Brushed Silver cardstock and adding layers to the Medallion stamp image. I think it looks very elegant and would make a great card for an engagement, wedding or anniversary - I have left it plain without a greeting because I liked the clean image and I wasn't sure which greeting to use anyway.

Stamps: Medallion
Ink: Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy
Cardstock: Brushed Silver, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Accessories: Dauber, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Pretties Kit, Silver thread

I first inked up my Medallion stamp with Sahara Sand ink and then using a dauber I inked Not Quite Navy ink around the edges of the stamp. I then stamped my image on to Brushed Silver cardstock - it gives a lovely glittery effect, without the mess of Dazzling Diamonds - which is sure to feature sometime in this week of postings!

I then re-inked the centre part of the Medallion stamp with Not Quite Navy ink and using my 1 3/4" Circle Punch I punched out the centre and using Stampin' Dimensionals raised it off the first stamped image. I then re-inked the small flower centre of the Medallion stamp with Sahara Sand ink and punched this out with my 3/4" Circle Punch and again raised it off the card with a Stampin' Dimensional. [note: each time I cleaned my stamp before re-inking]

Then the Brushed Silver card was mounted on to a piece of Not Quite Navy cardstock and I wrapped some Silver thread around this piece before mounting it on to my Whisper White card. I added a small half pearl from the Pretties Kit to the centre flower to finish of my card.

This card was CASED from Darlene McCallum whose colour combination and layering effect was very appealing to me, so thanks for the inspiration!

Thank you for visiting my blog today and don't forget to pop back in tomorrow to see yet another card and technique using this great stamp! Bye for now.

The Medallion stamp costs only $33.95 AUD and if you would like to order one then simply email me today!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Day 2 - 3D Medallion

This card is also another repeat of an earlier one, previously done as a single layer card for a Kristina Werner challenge, but this time instead of it being a single layer I have layered it on Chocolate Chip cardstock and added a raised greeting. The technique I have used here is called 3D Stamping and I have explained it in an earlier post - click here to see the step by step process.

Stamps: Medallion (new from Autumn-Winter Mini)
Cardstock: Soft Suede (new In Color from Autumn-Winter Mini), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Inks: Whisper White (pigment ink), Soft Suede
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, White Embossing Powder, heat gun, Soft Suede Ribbon, Scallop Oval punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

I think I much prefer this card than the single layer card, although it is often good to try and keep a card simple and clean, which can be just as effective as those with lots of embelishments.

Which card style do you prefer - clean and simple or ones with added embelishments?

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to come back tomorrow night as I will have another card using the Medallion stamp but this one will not be a revamped one that I have done previously!

The Medallion stamp costs only $33.95 AUD and if you would like to order one then simply email me today!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day 1 - Medallion & JAI#14

As I mentioned in an earlier post I wanted to challenge myself to seven (7) days of using the same stamp - Medallion - to create seven (7) different cards, using seven (7) different techniques as this stamp has such versality and I think it is going to be one of my more frequently used stamps!

So here for Day 1 I am going to recreate the card I made earlier as part of the Tassie Inkydinks cyberstamp challenge - technique used: Emerging Colour - to be a little more heritage than the earlier version so I can also enter it into this week's Just Add Ink Challenge #14 - Just Add Vintage. I switched the centre piece from a rhinestone brad to a pearl from the Pretties Kit and added a different ribbon (using a new In Color Soft Suede) and made my greeting stand out a little better than the previous one.

Stamps: Medallion, Baroque Motifs
Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Suede (new In Color Autumn-Winter Mini)
Ink: Soft Suede, Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry (new In Color), Versamark
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Brayer, several punches,Soft Suede Ribbon, pearl

If you want to have a go at making a card similar to this using the Emerging Colour Technique click here to visit the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers.

The Medallion stamp costs only $33.95 AUD and if you would like to order one then simply email me today!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sweet Seventeen...

Today is my daughter's seventeenth birthday - where have those years gone, not so long ago she was my baby girl (she still is to me, but don't tell her I said that!). In typical fashion I left it to the last minute to make her card and so before I got out of bed this morning (and more importantly before she was up!) I planned what I wanted to make in my head and here it is...

Stamps: Echoes of Kindness, Occasional Greetings
Cardstock: Watercolour Paper, Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant
Inks: Black Stazon
Accessories: Watercolour Pencils, Aqua Painter, ,Neutrals Markers, Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon

I was very pleased with my watercolour efforts this time, so I must keep trying this technique as I like the effects of it on many stamp images. This card also came together quite quickly because I already had an image of it in my head before I started, where sometimes I don't know how a card will turn out until it is completed!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cyberstamp Challenge - Emerging Colours

Tonight as part of a team cyberstamp and chat I set a challenge to use the Emerging Colour Technique - to see step-by-step instructions on the Splitcoast Stampers site click here. I haven't taken the time before the try this technique and so thought tonight would be a good time to do it.

Here is the card that I made:

Stamps: Medallion, Baroque Motifs
Cardstock: Whisper White, Blue Bayou (retired In Color)
Ink: Soft Suede, Pale Plum, Blue Bayou, Rich Razzleberry (new In Color), Versamark
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Brayer, several punches, Blue Bayou Grosgrain Ribbon, rhinestone brad

Well that's it for me tonight, I am done! I think I am getting another cold as my nose just won't stop running - which made it even more of a challenge to get my card made, photographed and uploaded to our Ning site within half an hour! I might need to revisit the time limit I set for the challenges in the future to allow for domestic interruptions, computer glitches etc.

Thanks for stopping by and come back to visit again some time!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Tulips for a friend...

Today I needed to make a birthday card for a friend (not that I have any cards left in my card stash, lol, I always seem to make them at the time with the person in mind) and I have been wanting to try out the technique that I have seen in lots of places to use the Extra-Large Two Step Bird Punch ($30.95 AUD) to make tulip flowers! I also got to use my new Stampin' Up! Perfect Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder($15.95 AUD) for the background.

I had thought to put them in a vase, but did not have anything to use that I was happy with, so I cased a card layout from Splitcoast Stampers (someone called durango509) changing the colour combo and a few other elements.

Stamps: Vintage Labels
Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace, Pale Plum, Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Extra-Large Two Step Bird, SU! Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Eyelet Boder Punch, Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponge daubers, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

I was really happy with the result and I am sure my friend will like it, especially as it is hand-made.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Couldn't Wait + One Layer Card

One of the joys of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is receiving new items/orders in the post! Well I received my latest delivery from SU and I just couldn't wait to try out my new stamp - Medallion - that is available for $33.95 AUD (great value!) in the new Autumn-Winter Mini catalogue. [Email me today to receive your FREE copy of the new mini, if you live in Australia]

I have intentions of making this a feature stamp for one week's worth of posting here on my blog - yes, that is 7 different ways to use this stamp so you can see just how versatile it really is! But, instead of waiting to get my 7 techniques and cards organised to go, I just couldn't resist in participating in a challenge set by Kristina Werner on her blog of creating a one-layer card, and I just knew the technique I wanted to use - 3D Stamping!

Medallion (
new from Autumn-Winter Mini)
Cardstock: Soft Suede (new In Color from Autumn-Winter Mini)
Inks: Whisper White (pigment ink), Soft Suede
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, White Embossing Powder, heat gun

Technique 3D Stamping [solid stamps work best for this technique]
  1. Ink up your solid stamp image with Whisper White ink.
  2. Stamp image onto a piece of coloured cardstock.
  3. Leave until dry or speed up the process with a heat tool.
  4. Using your Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp the same image, with ink colour the same as your cardstock, on to the imaging sheet [remember how you have your Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamp lined up hard into the handle's corner].
  5. Place the imaging sheet over the Whisper White stamped image and move it slightly until the two images are not completely aligned, just a little "off".
  6. Position your Stamp-a-ma-jig handle in the same way when you first stamped the imaging sheet.
  7. Keeping the handle in place, remove the imaging sheet from your cardstock and with the same ink colour as your cardstock, restamp the image. Your second image should be slightly "off" the first stamped image producing a 3D or embossed effect.
  8. Finish your card.

I really like this technique and I am also enjoying using this new In Color Soft Suede. I think you will be seeing some more of it as I promote the new Medallion stamp in my feature posts! This is also one of the techniques that attendees at my next stamp class will be getting to try as well as another that I will share later.

I hope you enjoy trying this technique out for yourself and thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment and let me know if you have made a One Layer Card before and if it something you like or not.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

More Patchwork Top Note cards...

I really got bitten with the patchwork bug - not the material quilting one like my mum but the paper version! After making a Patchwork Top Note Card for my mum for Mother's Day I enjoyed the experience so much that I thought I would also make her a box of similar cards that she can use for birthdays of ladies in her quilting/craft groups. It was also a great way to use up my scrap pieces of Designer Series Paper!

I decided not to label the box I made as I thought mum might like to utilise this as a storage item for things she uses with her quilting after all the cards have been given away.

Here is a group shot of the cards I made and below individual pictures of the box and cards. I won't list the supplies used to make these items as they were scraps of DSP and it would take forever to track back through various catalogues to name them all. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did making them!

Group Shot:

Box Top:

Card 1:

Card 2:

Card 3:

Card 4:

Card 5:

Check out my earlier post - click here - to see my step-by-step instructions on how I made the Patchwork Top Note.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the day, it is a beautiful day here! I just spent some time sitting on our balcony eating my lunch and enjoying listening to the waves break on to the beach and watching some surfers learning how to surf just in front of our place. I so enjoy living here at Dodges Ferry, Tasmania!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge #13

When I saw the latest Just Add Ink Colour Challenge I was keen to have a play with the colours they gave, as I felt they were such a lovely combination:

As always when I participate in challenges I like to achieve several things at the same time or to have a purpose for creating something other than simply joining in the particular challenge. Today was no exception! I have been busily making 'bag in a box' items to sell as these make great gift ideas (with something in them of course!) and so I thought why not make one for Mother's Day which is 9 May (second Sunday in May) for those who might have forgotten. [My mum is a regular follower of my blog so these items won't come as a surprise when she receives them but what is inside will be, so I won't be taking photos of or telling you what will be in the bag! No peeking mum!]

I also wanted to make a coordinating card and as my mum is a keen quilter, she makes some beautiful things, I wanted to have a go at making a patchwork card using the top note die, as I have seen several of these on other blogs and at Splitcoast Stampers. Another item that I have been meaning to make and thought would go as a nice embelishment on my card was a ribbon rosette or flower (thanks for the inspiration Danielle). So you see I have accomplished several goals while participating in this challenge.

Box in a Bag & Card Supplies
Stamps: Occasional Greetings
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip DSP, Bella Rose DSP, Spring Flowers DSP (retired), Whisper White
Ink: Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Top Note Die, 1 1/4" punch (Creative Memories), Boho Blossoms Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Round Tab Punch, Flower Brads, 1" Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (Chocolate Chip), 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (Very Vanilla), whtet gel pen, sponge dauber, paper piercer, adhesive

I think this colour challenge was such a lovely combination and even my DH said it was one of the best cards I have made lately and it was a lot to do with the colour combo!

I might be making a few more cards similar to this as I can see a nice boxed set of quilting cards being made for my mother in case she would like some to give on birthdays or as thank you cards to her quilting friends.

How to make the patchwork top note:
  1. Cut Whisper White cardstock 5" x 3 3/4"
  2. Punch 1 1/4" squares from your choice of Designer Series Paper.
  3. Attach squares to white cardstock with Snail Adhesive.
  4. Place decorated white cardstock on Top Note Die and run through Big Shot machine.
  5. [Optional] If you have a suitable embossing Texture Folder/Plate then you can run your cut Patchwork Top Note through the Big Shot machine again to emboss it and give a more realistic quilted effect.
Have fun making some of these yourselves and leave a comment if you do with a link to your creation as I would love to see what you come up with.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Commissioned Address Book

Regular visitors to my blog would know that I have paired up with my friend Jody-ann (~waving~ hi Jody-ann!) to run some market stalls this last summer and we have called our enterprise 'J&Mpot' (arts and crafts and other things), allowing us to put into the 'pot'/stall different arts and crafts and to utilise our various talents. It has been a lot of fun and slowly we are becoming known to some of the market customers.

One of the things we advertise is that we will customise many of our handmade items to suit personal tastes and individual requirements and as a result we had a customer ask us to make an address book for a relative's (I think it was her mum's) 60th birthday. They gave us the following brief, "to have 3 pages per letter, ability to include a photo on the front and also on the front 'Happy 60th Birthday'".

Well here is what we designed (the only element we weren't 100% happy with was the way we created the letter tabs):

I hope both the requestor and the birthday recipient were both pleased with the results as we enjoyed making it, it was a collaborative effort. We now have the template for the inserts to be printed again should we receive another similar request or decide we would like to create some to sell at the markets. We just need to design an easier and more efficient way of creating the letter tabs!

Come back and visit here again if you enjoy seeing what I have to share!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Colour Renovation

Stampin' Up!® feel it is time to update our colours so that we have a fresh, on-trend colour palette to work with! The colour renovation is to take effect with the next Idea Book & Catalogue due to be released in September of this year. I am just letting you know early so you can be prepared and forewarned before it happens. Therefore, you might like to ensure you have reinkers for your ink pads, or to purchase ink pads, reinkers, markers and stock up on coordinating card stock before they are gone!

The new colour palette will be organized into four collections: Subtles, Brights, Regals, and Neutrals. You will see 25 of our current colours remaining, and ten past In Colors returning as core colours, and the addition of five new core colours. Check the colour charts below to see what the new collections look like, and what colours will be retiring.

New In Color Programme
One part of the Colour Renovation that you're going to love is the new In Color programme! Each year five new In Colors will be introduced, and they will remain for two years. This means that the 2010-2011 In Colors will be introduced this year, but will not be retired until the 2012-2013 colours are introduced. This year there will be only be five In Colors, but after that, we will always have ten (the previous year's plus the new).

To see the colours that are being retired in Australia at the end of August click on the image below to download a printable PDF document. I am bit sad to see a few of these being retired but having new colours is exciting, I am sure we will cope with the adjustments!

To see the new colour collections click on the image below to download a printable PDF document. Can't wait to start playing with some of the new colours when they become available.

If you wish to place an order for any items that will be retiring (or any other items) or want to book a workshop (and you live in the South of Tasmania) or would like to receive the current Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue then contact me today.

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment so I know that you have visited.

Just Add Ink Challenge #12

Well I managed to find some time to participate in this week's Just Add Ink Challenge #12 which was a simple sketch challenge. I think it is nice some times to make something clean and simple rather than having lots of embelishments or clutter on a card (although I like doing these as well). Anyway here is my entry for this week's challenge:

A close-up view:
Stamps: Garden Whimsy (a favourite of mine)
Ink: Whisper White, Orchid Opulence
Cardstock: Orchid Opulence, Elegant Eggplant, Going Gray
Accessories: Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig

I made this card by first stamping my butterfly with Whisper White ink and then using my Stamp-a-ma-jig (great for aligning stamp images and text) I stamped my butterfly again using Orchid Opulence ink slightly to the right of the first stamped image to create a 3D type effect. I mounted the stamped card piece on Elegant Eggplant leaving just a thin border edge and finishing it off with a simple piece of grosgrain ribbon. I liked the simplicity of this card and so mounted it on Going Gray to maintain the plain soft effect I was creating. What do you think?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

ESAD Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my blog. You have most likely hopped here from Lyanna George's blog (if you are in the midst of the ESAD blog hop already) otherwise please join in by hopping from one blog to the next and getting ideas/inspiration on how to use new items from the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue (next blog link at the bottom of this post)...

I hope you're ready for the ESAD Blog Hop! You had better go grab yourself a cuppa (or you may need to get yourself a refill, I'll wait while you go! ~ pause ~) as you'll be hopping for a while!

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for Extra Special Australian (and New Zealand) Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand Demonstrators for Stampin' Up!

We love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends and wonderful blog visitors but we share our love for what we do with each other as Demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know how and cyberstamps and we are always there to help and support each other when it's needed.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

This blog hop is to promote items from the just released Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue from Stampin' Up! so have a look at what I have made using the Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (used with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine), the Pillow Box Bigz Die and the beautiful new Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper.

With my card above I embossed the Manhattan Flower onto Orchid Opulence cardstock and then cut around the edge before adhering it to a piece of Cottage Wall DSP and then onto my card front.

With the Pillow Box I embossed the Manhattan Flower to give the box added texture...

With this boxed card set that I made (pictured below) I used the One Sheet Wonder (OSW) technique that I like to make bulk cards quickly, although this time I did not use a template. I simply used one sheet from the Cottage Wall DSP range and cut it up to first decorate the box top and sides (box was made using the new Rich Razzleberry In Color) and then I simply cut the the remaining piece up to decorate 6 cards to coordinate as a set.

To see each of the cards individually click here to go to my gallery displaying them all separately or view them via the slideshow below.

If you would like to see or experience any of the new items I have used or others that are available in the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue then contact me today!

We are again offering Blog Candy for our Blog Hop. What you need to do is complete the blog hop (if you started here hop around until you get back to me). Once you've visited and commented on every blog then you will need to email Sharlene at who will then put your name into the draw for the blog candy. There will be one winner from New Zealand and one winner from Australia. Please note: Stampin' Up! Demonstrators are not eligible to win the Blog Candy, sorry!

Now it's time to hop on over to Melissa Barkwith's blog to continue your blog hop journey and don't forget to leave your comments!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Another Challenge...

I have often looked at Makeesha Byl's blog and the Inkspiration Challenges she sets (can't remember if I have done one before) and decided that I would participate in this week's challenge. The first card I made I wasn't happy with so I made another - this is my favourite - the other one I have included but further down in this post.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Ink: Brocade Blue, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker, Chocolate Chip Ribbon, paper piercer

Makeesha had given a colour challenge for the following colours:

I have been playing with the technique of "thumping" where you ink up your stamp image with one colour and then using markers (either one/two or more different colours) you "thump" (such a professional term where your use your markers like drumsticks on the stamp!) and put contrasting colours on to the stamp image. You may need to "huff" (again another professional term!) to remoisten the stamp prior to stamping the image on to your cardstock. I really like the varied effects you can get with this technique.

In both cards I inked my stamp with Creamy Caramel and then using my Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker I "thumped" some colour over various parts of the stamp image. I then used the Brocarde Blue ink to add a contrasting feature element to my card - the small flowers in the top card and the 'heartfelt love' phrase in the one below. My card below I didn't feel gave the same impact that I had wanted so I made the second one (above) which I was much happier with.

Stamps: Tres Chick
Ink: Brocade Blue, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Cardstock: Brocade Blue,
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker, Taupe Grosgrain Ribbon, Pretties Kit, Stampin' Dimensionals

Which card do you prefer and why?


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