Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sharing the appreciation...

Tonight I received a lovely comment and Beautiful Blogger award from Charmaine Black, who is also a very talented Stampin' Up! demonstrator and blogger! This is the second one of these awards that I have received recently from visitors to my blog and it is so nice to know that what I share here is appreciated and enjoyed by others.

In receiving this award I now have to divulge ten things about myself and then give you ten more beautiful blogs to visit. I am going to try and list 10 different things than I listed before and also list 10 different blogs if I can, so here goes.....
  1. I am afraid of dogs, yet I allowed my daughter to have one as a pet and now I couldn't imagine not having Chloe as part of our family.
  2. I am a qualified teacher although I have not taught for many years now.
  3. I have two beautiful children who I am so proud of - Dylan 19yo and Emily 17yo.
  4. I love to read and am currently reading the latest in Diana Gabaldon's series 'An Echo in the Bone'.
  5. I was a Volunteer Ambulance Officer for approx. 7 years, yet hate the sight of needles being injected!
  6. I am petrified of going to the dentist and so haven't been for many years now.
  7. I try to walk every Thursday lunchtime with a good friend and past work colleague from the State Library.
  8. I can't diet and love to eat chocolate when I am crafting!
  9. I hate brussel sprouts!
  10. I would like to have a working holiday around Australia.
Now for 10 beautiful blogs, in no particular order, that you should visit (some are overseas blogs that I have visited):
  1. Simone Bartrum
  2. Marelle Taylor
  3. Tania Gould
  4. Louise Sutton
  5. Nicole McMurtrie
  6. Stamp Happy Jackie
  7. Angela Purdie
  8. Adela R
  9. ScrapJackie
  10. Sandy Quail
Well that last list was harder than I thought as I was trying to pick blogs that I have visited and found inspiration from, that I hadn't nominated before, and more importantly ones who hadn't received numerous blog awards before either. There are so many great bloggers out there that awards are found on many that I visit. I hope you enjoy visiting some of these and can find some inspiration from what they share.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Makeesha's Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #25

Not only did I create my two sympathy cards tonight and my entry for the Just Add Ink weekly challenge (in my previous post) but I also managed to complete a card for Makeesha Byl's Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #25 and here it is...

The focal colour was Blue Bayou and I added some dimension to the double-stitched ribbon by pulling the threads to gather the ribbon slightly. I was really happy how this card turned out.

Thanks for stopping by and now I think it is time that I went to bed as it is getting late. I will have to tidy up my desk tomorrow before I can find the space to craft again!

Just Add Ink Colour Challenge #19

Tonight was meant to be an opportunity for my group the Tassie Inkydinks to get together (either at my place) or online for a cyberstamp and to chat about all things SU and anything else that crops up! However, no-one was able to join me tonight so I still used the time to create two 'classy sympathy cards' for a challenge set by one of our team members from our last get together - you can see these on our Tassie Inkydinks blog by clicking here.

One of the other cards I created tonight was for the Just Add Ink Challenge #19, which was a colour challenge using the following three colours...

I don't currently have the inkpad, cardstock or ribbon for the new In Colour Melon Mambo, but I did have a small sample of the cardstock that was sent to me several months back by an American SU demonstrator, so I managed to incorporate this piece in to my card. I have also run out of supplies of Elegant Eggplant cardstock (note to self to re-order!) but managed to incorporate small pieces of off-cuts that I keep when I only need to use a little bit of cardstock in my design. I, of course have the Elegant Eggplant ink pad as I love this colour and am so pleased it is not being discontinued in the SU Colour Renovation (details on the left-hand side of my blog and in an earlier post). I also had Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon which I could use. I had plenty of Taken with Teal cardstock and also the matching ink!

So using the stamp set I {Heart} Hearts this is the card that I created for the colour challenge...

Can you tell me where I found the inspiration for the layout of this card? A place that is worthwhile looking in both as SU demonstrators and customers!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget if you want to get your SU supplies at a discount, which is the main benefit I enjoy about being a demonstrator, then consider joining my team the Tassie Inkydinks (and NO you don't have to live in Tasmania to be a team member, but you do have to be in Australia!) as SU have a great offer on the Starter Kit for ONLY $259. Click here for more details!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Vintage Vogue with Soft Suede

While playing with ESADs projects over the past weekend, and especially having to create a "distressed" look to one of my cards, I happened to discover a lovely effect of clear embossing the flourish stamp from the Vintage Vogue stamp set as a background. I especially liked the effect this took on the new In Colour cardstock Soft Suede!

I stamped the flourish stamp in Versamark ink on to Soft Suede cardstock and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I heat set it with my heat tool and the flourish appeared as a darker imprint on the cardstock. [I felt this would be a good colour combination when showing new customers the technique of embossing as sometimes when embossing with clear embossing powder it is hard to see when it changes and sets!]

To give my card a more "distressed" or "vintage" look I swiped Soft Suede ink direct from stamp pad over the embossed flourishes on my Soft Suede cardstock. I actually did the entire card base with this background effect (see image of card back below).For my front panel I stamped the French Script background stamp (now retired, sorry!) on to a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with Soft Suede ink. I then used Versamark ink to stamp the large flower from the Vintage Vogue stamp set randomly across the panel and then again clear embossed these flowers. Using Creamy Caramel, More Mustand and Soft Suede inks I sponged randomly across the front panel, wiping off any excess ink from the embossed flowers - Emboss Resist Technique. I mounted this piece on to More Mustard cardstock and then put a small border in Soft Suede using the Eyelet Border Punch, although I might have been better off using a more constrasting piece of cardstock.

I then stamped another flower in More Mustard on to a scrap piece of Very Vanilla, having sponged some Creamy Caramel on to the stamp before stamping. After I cut out my flower I then sponged some Soft Suede around the edges for a bit more impact. I attached this to the corner of the front panel with a rhinestone brad and then attached the front panel to the front of my card.

I stamped a greeting "thinking of you" from the new Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set in Soft Suede on to More Mustard cardstock, punched it out with the Word Window Punch, placed two pewter brads/split pins in each end and then adhered it to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I was very pleased with how my card turned out, although it is not in proportion to the Just Add Ink sketch that I based it on and I turned the sketch around to suit my needs.

I think Soft Suede is going to replace Chocolate Chip as one of my favourite shades of Stampin' Up! colours! Do you have a favourite SU colour that you always tend to use in your cards, scrapbooking or papercraft projects?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

More ESAD Unconvention projects

Well I can't say that I missed out on being creative by not attending the annual Stampin' Up! Convention this year, because ESAD has inspired me to create! So much so, that I haven't been able to complete all challenges set (at this stage!) and I seem to have been avoiding the scrapbook challenges, which is an area of my crafting I have neglected recently!

Another buzz for me today was that I won the daily scavenger hunt, which is where we are given questions, via our online chat session, about items in our current SU Idea Book & Catalogue as well as the current Mini Catalogue, and we have to be the first person to put up the correct answer. I tell you, some of those ladies are quick, and I can even touch type! Some were quick even with babes in arms/laps, literally, while joining in the fun! This group is a great way to make friends, far afield, who enjoy the same things that I do!

Anway on to a few more of the items I have made this past weekend. Here is a 3D Project that I really enjoyed making. It is a card holder, that will take about 3 cards with envelopes. It would make a great gift for someone (or maybe I might make it a lucky door prize at one of my monthly stamp classes! ~ waving at those who attend my classes and get excited to win one of these gifts).

I just love this new Designer Series Paper - Cottage Wall that is available for only $16.95 (in the current Autumn/Winter Mini) and has 12 sheets of 12" x 12" paper, 2 ea. of 6 double-sided designs.
My Flower Embelishment

We also had another colour challenge - to use a purple, pink, blue and neutral colour - I chose Rich Razzleberry (new In Colour), Orchid Opulence, Baja Breeze, and Very Vanilla. We also had to give a distressed look to our project and so this is what I created...

As you can see I have also been enjoying playing with the Vintage Vogue stamp set which is also a new one from our Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue ($40.95 wood mounted or $30.95 clear mount stamps) and it is also one of Shelli's Signature Collection (Shelli Gardner, SU Cofounder and CEO).

A feature technique used in the card above was the Emboss Resist Technique, if you would like to know how to do this technique consider booking a workshop in your home with your friends, and I can come along and show you how to do this! (that is if you live in Tasmania, preferably the South but other areas can be considered).

I must admit this is hard to say but I think I am getting burnt out with my crafting and computer efforts this weekend and need to go have a change of scenery and activities! So I will have to find time later to post other things that I made over this past weekend. So don't forget to pop back in again sometime and feel free to leave a comment if you wish.

If you would like to be a part of this great stamping family called Stampin' Up! then it is a great time to join as SU have just announced a great deal on their Starter Kit - a further 20% OFF! Click HERE for more details.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

More ESAD Challenges...

Just a quick post to show you a couple of more things I have made from participating in ESAD's Unconvention events while other demonstrators attend the 'real' SU Convention in Sydney. We were given a sketch challenge of this...

And this is what I came up with...

Another challenge that was set was for a colour challenge using: Rich Razzleberry, More Mustard, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip. The inclusion of Rich Razzleberry threw me off a bit with this one but I ended up using the polished stone technique to come up with this card...

As I said just a very quick post as I have been crafting almost all day yesterday and my family feel neglected so I need to go and spend some time with them. Hopefully I will get back to my craft desk later today to join in some more of the ESAD Unconvention Challenges!

PS I still have a couple more items to share with you that I made yesterday, so don't forget to pop back in again and leave a comment as I love to hear what you have to say!

PPS Don't forget about the latest offer from SU of 20% OFF the Starter Kit if you want to join this great stamping family, to earn some money and/or to get a great discount on your craft supplies!

Friday, May 21, 2010

New Demonstrator Offer - 20% OFF Starter Kit!

Stampin' Up! have today released a limited time offer of 20% OFF the price of the new demonstrator customisable Starter Kit - ONLY $259!

The retail value of the kit (including products and business supplies) is over $560, and is usually $324 to new demonstrators.

This extra special offer ends 31 July 2010, so join the Stampin' Up! family now. A great time to start your own Stampin' Up! business or to boost your own craft supplies as a hobby demonstrator, receiving ongoing demonstrator discounts (ie 20% off all your Stampin' Up! products) no matter why you join or what goals you have!

The kit is customisable to your preferences, certain items can be swapped for others, if you already have them in your craft supplies.

You can enhance the kit by adding scrapbooking products with the Stampin' Memories add-on for only $75.

Some quick facts/answers to frequently asked questions:
  • Minimum commissionable sales requirement is $500 every 3 months (easy when this includes what you buy yourself, just ask me!)
  • You need an ABN (Australian Business Number) to join, obtainable online click here
  • You don't have to hold workshops/classes you can simply be a hobby demonstrator and buy items yourself (or sell to close family and friends)
  • 20% demonstrator discount on all Stampin' Up! products
  • 30% discount on your first order (within 45 days of joining)
  • Opportunity to earn 15 more FREE stamp sets in first six months (Stampin' Start program)
  • Ongoing support
To download the Starter Kit Flyer - click here (pdf document).

To join online today (all you need is a credit card and an ABN) - click here (password is - tassieinkydinks)

So contact me today if you have further questions about how to begin a fun and flexible career with Stampin' Up! or to simply enjoy getting fabulous product at a great discount!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Unconvention - ESADs First Surprise Challenge!

Well it's that time of the year where lots of Stampin' Up! demonstrators get together to have some fun, meet face to face, share swaps, learn new techniques, get recognition and lots more at SU Convention. This year it is being held in Sydney and unfortunately I couldn't attend. However, a great group that I am a member of - ESAD (Extra Special Australiasian Demonstrators for SU) - has decided to hold 'Unconvention' which is where we get together online and join in challenges, swaps, scavenger hunts etc!

Tonight we were given our first 'surprise challenge' by the lovely Tanya Kitto who said we had to use: paper piercing, dimensionals, vanilla cardstock, DSP and so here is what I came up with...(I was too impatient to wait for better lighting tomorrow to take my photo!)

Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Ski Slope DSP
Inks: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Stampin' Dimensionals, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Sponge Daubers, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Rhinestone Brads, Designer Label Punch

I hope you like my card, I wanted it to reflect the them of what SU demonstrators are on the ESAD site - Friends!

Drop by again and hopefully I will have some more 'unconvention' projects posted to my blog! I' am off now to join in the first 'Scavenger Hunt'!

Time flies when you are busy or having fun...

Well I have just been busy rather than having lots of fun. Just a quick post to show a masculine card I CASED from someone's blog (sorry forgot whose) with a brick wall and time clock. I enjoyed making this card although it was fiddly with cutting out the bricks and inking each of their edges!

Stampin' Up! Convention starts in Sydney today and I so wish I was there! Anyway a group of us on ESAD are going to take part in 'unconvention' and have some fun together online, so hopefully I should have a few things to post over the next few days as I find time to join in.

So have a great day and don't forget to pop back in over the next few days as I will hopefully be able to find some time to craft- now off to do my tax exam which is why I have been busy lately, studying!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Just Add Ink Colour Challenge & 1/2 OSW

This week's challenge over at Just Add Ink was a colour challenge using:

I was inspired to use these colour by making cards with the One Sheet Wonder (OSW) technique. As I had already half an A4 piece of Whisper White cut, I thought I would simply make cards using half of the last OSW A4 template I designed - click here to see that template again, although I still only have it in my draft format and not yet in a more printable format.

I made six cards using the Whisper White cardstock piece that I stamped, plus one sheet of Soft Suede and one sheet of Pretty in Pink cardstock for mounting and three sheets of Whisper White (cut in half) to make the six card bases, and here they are as a group:

This is the piece of Whisper White cardstock that I stamped up using the colours from the challenge and the Eastern Blooms stamp set before it was cut according to the template...

Card 1 - A1 template pieces

Card 2 - B10 and A5 pieces combined

Card 3 - C11 pieces

Card 4 - same size as A5 piece (which can be switched with A3 & A4 or B7 & B8)

Card 5 - D16 pieces

Card 6 - C12 pieces

I used the new Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set to add various greetings to these cards, it is such a useful set and has greetings for all year round and such varied occasions.

I really enjoyed using this template because I designed it (with assistance from my lovely friend Jody-ann) in such a symmetrical way that many pieces can be interchanged without affecting the template sizing and allowing a variety of card combinations to be made. I must find some time to sit down and put this template in a format that I can use to create a myriad of other combinations, as some people are very visual learners and may not understand how to swap pieces around to vary the template for their personal preferences. Another thing to add to my growing "to do" list!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to Just Add Ink to see how other people have used this colour combo!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Another post for today and another online project!

I am a member of a group called Swap Sisters and on Tuesday nights they have an event called Punch Art Tuesday so I thought I should join in for once. However, due to the time differences I checked in just before 7 pm when I thought it was to start but it was already well underway, it was to start at 6:30! Not to be deterred I checked back through the previous chat thread and tried to catch up. I also had some photos to follow as well and so I managed to complete the punch art project, although I had no idea at first what we were creating!

Well it ended up being a baby carriage and mobile! I then mounted these onto a card and this was the result...

I hope you like it, I was happy with how it turned out. I might have to try once of these events again, but at the correct start time! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day or evening, depending upon the time in your part of the crafting/blogging world.

My first UStamp Project

I finally found some time to make my first project from the latest UStamp with Dawn & Friends site focussing on the Big Shot! This project was based on one created by Natasha Zandbergen, who used the Square Scallop Die, which we don't currently have in Australia, so I swapped that die and used the Top Note Die. I was pretty pleased with how my first attempt turned out, although I did make a mistake which I then had to fix to allow me to close the journal. I had attached my ribbon to both sides of the journal covers (which work if you want to tie it together that way) but I wanted my ribbon to run around the journal and loop up at the front - which meant I should have attached both pieces of my ribbon to the back cover of my journal only! Oh well, often your mistakes become a redeeming feature of the project at hand, what do you think? I ended up attaching a second piece of ribbon around the journal from top to bottom, attaching it at the back with sticky strip, and then closing it at the front with small pieces of velcro.

Anway here it is, I hope you like it!

Stamps: Whimsical Words
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall DSP
Accessories: Chipboard, Big Shot Machine, Top Note Die, Crop-a-dile, Paper Cutter, Scoring Tool, Curly Label Punch, Hodgepodge Hardware (Antique Brass), Adhesive

I have some more projects on my 'to do' list from this site, so feel free to drop back sometime and see if I managed to get them made! If you would like to join in and make some of these projects too then click here to join.

Where does the time go?

It's been almost a week since I made a post, where has that time gone? Just thought I would quickly pop one of the cards I have made recently for a masculine birthday card, I don't know why but I often find these the most difficult to create. Sorry the photo is not the best today.

Stamps: Life Definitions, Seaworthy
Inks: Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Split pins, Stampin' Dimensions

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to get on now and make some of the things on my 'to do' or 'to case' list.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Just Add Ink #15 - Last minute entry!

I almost forgot to post my entry for the latest Just Add Ink Challenge 15 - a sketch challenge! So without too much fuss and detail here it is...

The Sketch!

My Card!

A close-up of my moveable server cover!
Stamps: Voila
Cardstock: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, small piece of DSP for chef's trousers!
Inks: Basic Black
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers, Paper Piercer, Silver Split Pin/Brad, Snail Adhesive

Maybe it has been inspired by the latest Masterchef series! Thanks for dropping in and visiting my blog today.


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