Saturday, July 31, 2010

Helping Hudson ... A Wheely Great Cause!

It’s true when they say that a little goes a long way, and I’m here to tell you about how a simple purchase of some fun -filled paper craft tutorials can give freedom to a little boy! Meet Hudson...

Hudson is 2 ½ but unlike most children his age, he has had a tough little life! Doctors realised he had an incomplete brain before he was born and as a newborn he was discovered to be legally blind. Hudson has recently been diagnosed with both Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy! His mobility has been hindered severely by his disabilities, however his family and friends wish nothing more than to give him the chance to get moving on his own. Hudson needs a special Wheelchair/Walker, called a Kid Walker. This device will help get him mobile, allow him to play with his brother and sister, interact with other children his own age and give him independence in his day to day life!

This is where the stamping world really comes into play! When a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are asked for help they come to the rescue, ink and paper in hand, to work miracles. This is what has happened around Hudson over the last few months. First with his mum’s direct team, and then spreading out across Australia and New Zealand and over in to the US, the UK and Canada! His story has touched so many people so its time to share it with you all!

There is a HUGE online stamping event taking place, called Helping Hudson - A Wheely Great Cause! The organisers have been working really hard, securing support, tutorials and donations to get this event underway. There are going to be three weeks of stamping fun for you to join in – come back as often as you can, there will always be lots more to see, do and learn. It kicks off on the 1st August and will run right through until the 22nd. You’ll find it at

When you come on over to the blog you’ll find out all about Hudson, his family and his cause! But, more importantly, you can DO SOMETHING TO HELP HUDSON, at the same time as helping yourself learn how to make some great new paper craft projects. How? By purchasing bundles of tutorials kindly donated by Stampin’ Up! demonstrators the world over. Each bundle has 10 fun-filled tutorials for just AU$10! And there are six themes to choose from: Bags & Boxes, Christmas, Kids’ Birthdays, Projects for Men & Boys, Punch Art & Scrapbooking. There’s even a FREE bonus bundle if you buy four or more. WOW how exciting! All proceeds go directly to help Hudson.

The Helping Hudson Crew will also be posting some awesome challenges throughout the three weeks. For a small donation you can join in and be in the running for some FANTASTIC Stampin’Up! Prize packs, kindly donated by Stampin’ Up! Australia (Aussie participants only). Also keep your eyes peeled for challenges over at Just Add Ink and Stamp A Memory too.

And we would love you to help spread the word too. Check out the ‘Spreading The Word’ page at the site for all you need to know to get the word out to as many people as you can.


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Don't Forget - time is running out!

Don't forget that the following Stampin' Up! promotions will finish at the end of this week - 31 July!

Discounted Two-Step Stampin' Sets - click here for more details.

Discounted New Demonstrator Starter Kit - click here for more details.

If you want to order any of these discounted sets, book a workshop or better yet join my Tassie Inkydinks team (and no you don't have to live in Tassie to sign up, but Australia yes!) then contact me today!

If you have any questions you want answered about Stampin' Up! just drop me an email to:

Enjoy the rest of your day and the coming week!

PS - As a new catalogue will be released 1 September 2010, a retired list of stamps leaving the catalogue will be released 1 August 2010 so don't forget to drop by for more details as they become available.

Life is busy!!

Life is busy for me at the moment as I have been working in a '9 to 5' casual job for the last week and the next coming weeks! I was meant to be only working 3 days/week but last week I worked the five! Mainly because DH was on days off on three of those days and I could therefore be free to work and they asked me to work the extra hours, but it was busy with many other commitments in there as well.

Anway, it looks like it might only be weekly posts from me for the next few weeks as I have been too exhausted (or still busy) in the evenings to update my blog. So here is this week's post!

Over at Just Add Ink this week it is a sketch challenge and here is my Design Team entry...

I really like this card but I was trying to come up with something a bit more original for my entry and so then I created the next card, using the technique of 'masking' and of course using my much needed Stamp-a-ma-jig to align the images just right! I needed to mask off one side of the window, to create the effect of a four-panel window in between the shutters (as the stamp only has two-window panes), and I then coloured them with my sadly neglected Stampin' Pastels.

I clear embossed the windows to make them more realistic, but in my haste to photograph them for JAI and before I got busy working, you can see the liquid ran as I had not allowed enough time for it to set. Look at the close up below and you can see the drip, to the right of the little girl, where it was starting to run! Next time I will wait for it to dry!

Why don't you pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what the other Design Team members have created and join in the fun for yourself!

Thanks again for stopping by and I am sorry for my delay in updating my. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know which design above is your favourite, I am still not sure which one I prefer!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Christmas in July!

I can't believe that it has been a week since my last post, but then, yes I can when I think back over my week! I worked a couple of 9 to 5 days at H&R Block, spent a day in bed with the flu (which still is lingering), spent a day completing necessary tasks such as new tyres on my car and the usual domestic duties (in between emptying the tissue box!).

It was not my week to design for Just Add Ink but I still wanted to 'play' with the challenge which was to 'Just Add ... EMBOSSING!' and I love to emboss, there are so many different ways to do it - dry embossing, clear embossing, emboss resist, faux metal ... the list goes on! If you want to learn some different embossing techniques, consider booking a workshop with me and then have the opportunity to earn some lovely FREE Stampin' Up! products while having some stamping fun with your friends.

I often do a Christmas in July workshop (but haven't this year!) and so I thought I would make a Christmas card to join in this 'embossing' challenge and I also decided to stay away from the traditional green/red colour theme. I used the 'faux metal technique' where I embossed gold powder on to Glossy White card - repeating this several times - to give a thick layer. I inked up my stamp with Versamark Ink and then reheated the gold embossed piece before stamping my image on to my piece of card. This gives the effect of 'faux metallic gold'.

Here is my completed card and a couple of close-up shots:

Stamps: Season of Joy
Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Kraft
Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Bitty Buckles (non-SU! product), Sponge Daubers

I was really please how this card turned out and I might have to remember to include this design in my traditional Christmas Stamp-a-Stack to be held in November.

I am sorry I have been so quiet here this past week, but I think the coming week will be much the same - this week I am working four days at H&R and my parents will also be visiting as my father has a specialist medical appointment in Hobart, which I also attend with them! Busy, busy, busy! I hope your week goes well and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

What's your favourite adhesive to use and why?

Over at Just Add Ink not only are there weekly challenges but some times the Design Team get asked questions about their craft and the responses are often posted under a section called 'While the Glue is Drying'. Recently the Design Team members were asked 'What's your favourite adhesive to use and why?

Here was my answer...

This depends on what I am making. For basic cards I can't go past my SNAIL Adhesive, even though it sounds slow, it is actually quick and easy to use. Being acid free it is also safe to use for my scrapbooking (when I get back to that)! When I am making 3D projects like boxes for my cards, bag-a-lopes, a box in a bag etc, I can't go past SU!'s Sticky Strip. As the name suggests it is very sticky and once applied to your project it is set, to try and remove it would be a disaster to your project so care must be taken when applying it.

The other SU! item I couldn't be without and some may argue it is not an adhesive but a clear lacquer and that is their Crystal Effects. I use it on my projects to not only give a glossy finish to areas but also to stick buttons and flowers (heavier type embelishments) on to my items and I have been known to use it on occasions to stick my stamps back together when the rubber has come away from the wooden block. It is versatile in that you can make it coloured by adding a few drops of re-inker colour or sparkly by adding Dazzling Diamonds. So I can't say which is my favourite as I like these three for different purposes!

Why not pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what the other Design Team members had to say and feel free to leave a comment here telling me about your favourite adhesive to use and why.

Friday, July 9, 2010

My First JAI Design Team Entry!

Here is my first entry as a Just Add Ink Design Team member. This week's challenge was a colour challenge using Very Vanilla (my card base), Elegant Eggplant, Soft Suede and Rose Red.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Elegant Eggplant
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, Soft Suede
Accessories: Polka Dots Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Word Window Punch, Soft Suede Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

I am not completely happy with my first effort as a Design Team member but it meets the requirements and I think the card is ok. I stamped the flourish from the Baroque Motifs stamp set before I ran it through my Big Shot with the Polka Dots Textured Impression Embossing Folder. Hopefully my next DT contribution will be a better one!

As my husband said 'not my best effort but still ok'. What do you think?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Happy 18th Birthday, Adam!

Today my nephew Adam is celebrating his 18th birthday and as usual I am late getting his card in the post! However, before I do I am posting it here to share with you all and to get it into the latest Mojo Monday sketch challenge.

When I saw the sketch and knowing that I had an 18th birthday card to create I came up with this design in my head, although I wasn't sure how I was going to pull it together. In particular, the lighthouse beam shining on to the number 18. It hasn't come out exactly how I imagined but then I am no Zindorf (the lovely Michelle Zindorf creates some beautiful cards with a brayer and embossing). Also when I put it together I realised I should have probably coloured the cliff to the edge of the oval (but I didn't realise this until after the fact) and also the coloured sky that I brayered should have been darker as it is not dark enough in relation to the lighthouse beam.

However, overall I am reasonably happy with my card and it has the elements that I was trying to achieve. What do you think?

I will pop back in later to edit this post with the SU! items I used to create my card. So thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment as you may be able to help me create a better effect next time, if I try to recreate this card again.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Blog Award and some happy mail...

This past week not only have I been getting familiar with the Just Add Ink processes from a Design Team perspective but the girls have been making us feel so welcome and a part of the team that the 'buzz' is still keeping me smiling!

A few days ago I received some 'happy mail' from the lovely Chantell, one of the JAI DT, welcoming me on to the team. It was so beautiful that I am going to show it to you and it is a lovely use of the Polished Stone Technique and I love her use of 'portholes' to view the fish! Thank you Chantell (~waving~)!

Another one of the design team has welcomed us by awarding us all a 'Fabulous Blog Award', thank you Bronwyn! I just love her work, go and check it out here!

I am not going to list blog award nominees here because there is just too many to name - simply check out the many blogs I regularly visit on my sidebar as they all deserve to be mentioned. I am also not going list 10 things about myself because I am not sure what else you would like to know about me, that I haven't already mentioned when receiving previous blog awards. If there is anything you would like to know then post a question when you leave me a comment here on my blog!

PS - Yes, I have cleaned my craft desk and yesterday I managed to make a few items requested by Karen who owns the shop Chez Moi French Style in Hobart (she makes a lot of the items she sells there herself!) and I occasionally make items for her too. Now to get on to the other items she asked for! Plus, I have a few things of my own that I need to make and I hope to find some time today to do those too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 5, 2010

NO Crafting until it is tidy!

I sometimes don't know how or why I let my craft desk get into such a state, but look at it, it is a mess...

There is no way I can find any creative inspiration working here at the moment, so the only thing to do is CLEAN IT UP! I don't know how I even manage to respond to my emails or to do this post in such a mess but I have!

This is the result of preparing for my stamp class last Friday night and then dumping a few things on it after the class and not putting them straight away. Saturday spending the day out with my husband and then tea out with friends, so no time to clean it up properly! But I had a great day anyway! Maybe that explains why my first entry, due later this week, as a Design Team member for Just Add Ink is not as good as I would have liked as I created it with some of the mess around me you can see here but it then got worse after trying to be creative! I then added to the mess with family information I was sending my sister, and then Sunday I responded to some emails in the morning and then attended a Baby Shower in the afternoon. Sunday night I was too tired to do anything like cleaning up, other than preparing for a 9 to 5 work day today. Today I have worked at H&R Block all day and come home to this mess again!

I have decided that I am not allowed to craft until I clean it up! No excuses and so to make me feel guilty about the mess I have posted it here for all to see and when I have cleaned it up and then made something creative I will do another post - most likely tomorrow or the next day!

I hope you don't let your space get this bad or at least you are better at putting things away when you use them than I seem to have been this past weekend.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Just Add Ink #24 - Sketch Challenge!

As you might have gathered from my earlier post I have been selected to join the lovely ladies on the Just Add Ink Design Team. Every fortnight I will be providing a design for that week's challenge - my first as a DT member is next week, so pop back next Friday to see what it is - and on the alternate fortnights when I am not designing I can join in the challenge, but alas can not be voted in the Top 5 picks.

So here is my entry for this week's sketch challenge (my non-designing week):

Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks: Blue Bayou (stamping off technique)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Blue Bayou, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Sponge Daubers, Word Window Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

I used the "Stamping Off Technique" where you ink up your image, stamp it and DO NOT reink your image but simply stamp it repeatedly for your desired effect. This technique gives multi shades of the one colour without additional financial cost of buying more ink pads. It is also a great and simple way to add depth to your image.

I remained true to the simplicity of this sketch challenge, although it took me a bit accept the large "white space" at the top of my card. I did sponge the edge of the Whisper White cardstock with Blue Bayou ink as I found it too stark because of its simplicity.

I selected the 'miss you so much' greeting from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments as I felt it went well with the starkness of this card. Those we miss usually add colour and vitality to our lives and that is why we miss them so much and what this card reflects (at least I think so)! What do you think?

Why not pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see how the other Design Team members have interpreted this sketch. You might even feel inspired to join in the challenge yourself, go on you know you want to!


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