Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Just popping in to thank everyone for their lovely comments on my blog over the last year and visiting me here! Enjoy your Christmas celebrations and time with friends and family.


I am going to take a break from blogging for a week or so and hopefully will find some time to craft so that I can have some new things to share with you all in the New Year!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Just Add Ink #97

Fridays feel like they are coming around quicker and quicker at the moment and that means it will soon be Christmas and then not long after that my son's wedding and I haven't even found an outfit to wear yet! Oh well, at least the last couple of week's I have been organised for the challenges over at Just Add Ink (but this one is the last that I had done ahead of time!).

This week Jo Eades has provided us with a great inspirational photo...take what you like from it, whether it be the colours Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade and Pool Party or the purse picture or the layout or any element as your inspiration, even the bling!


I really enjoyed this challenge and so I took both the colours and 3D element (changing the purses into mini milk cartons) and then used the photo layout to photograph my projects. Here is what I came up with...






Project Supplies:
Stamps: Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade and Pool Party
Ink: Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade and Pool Party
Accessories: Big Shot, Mini Milk Carton Die, Jewelry Tag Punch, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Pearls, Circle Pumch, Acetate, Mini Library Clips, Sticky Strip

I photographed these little beauties before I had filled them with sweet jellybeans! These were a hit at last month's market and sold very quickly...they would make great little Christmas gifts.

Now pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and check out how the rest of the Design Team were inspired by this photo and see how they intrepreted it for this week's challenge. Then have fun yourself with it and upload your project, whether it be a card, scrapbook layout or 3D project etc.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. Remember to slow down and enjoy this time of the year celebrating with family and friends.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Just Add Ink Challenge #96

I just love Fridays, not because I have to work, but because it's when the weekly Just Add Ink challenge comes online! It also means that the weekend is just around the corner...although this weekend is busy for me...Stamp Class tonight, Christmas Stamp-a-Stack workshop Saturday afternoon, lingerie party Sunday afternoon and sometime in between there I want to spend some time with my family!

Anyway enough about my busy schedule, you have most likely popped by to see what I have done for this week's JAI challenge...and it is a special one for me as this week the challenge is to "Just Add...Tania Gould". Tania is one of the very talented and fabulous Design Team members for JAI as well a friend of mine who inspires me tremendously, not in only her stamping and creating, but also in how she lives her life...full of family and fun!

The best accolade anyone can get for their craft is to have people inspired by what they create and to enjoy sharing their talents. So we would like to show Tania how much she inspires us by her creativity and therefore this challenge is to create something in which we "Just Add...Tania Gould". We hope you find inspiration from Tania and the Design Team and will join in the fun too!

I find Tania very talented in watercolouring and know how much she loves to use Elements of Style, so that is the stamp set I used and attempted to recreate a card she shared on her blog (click here) that I thought reflected a true "Tania-style card". I added ribbon as this often features on her cards and I used the lovely Marina Mist colour as this also reminded me of Tania.

Here is my Tania inspired card...


Project Supplies:
Stamps: Elements of Style
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Very Vanilla
Ink: Marina Mist, Old Olive, Jet Black StazOn, Versamark
Accessories: Aqua Painters, 5/8" Marina Mist Satin Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware (Silver), Sponge Dauber, Snail Adhesive

Don't forget to check out how Tania has inspired to Design Team members by popping on over to the Just Add Ink blog and then link up your inspired project!

Have fun, be creative and enjoy your week!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Frenzy!


How would you like up to 50% off on selected Stampin' Up! products? Well from 1-31 December 2011 you can have just that...what a great Christmas gift idea! Click on the image below to see the PDF of select items on sale during the December Frenzy...

Contact me today to take advantage of these great specials.

Today is also the start of our Summer Mini Catalogue which has some lovely new products...some beautiful Designer Series Paper (love Spice Cake p10-11), cute Candy Wrapper Bigz L Die (p13), great nautical masculine range (p18-19) and of course with me getting in to a wedding focus the Marry Me stamp set (p21) is just beautiful.

Click the image below to view the mini catalogue online and for those on my mailing list watch out in the post over the next few days for your own special hardcopy!


For those who know about Stampin' Up!'s regular promotions and offers etc don't forget to keep an eye out for details of the upcoming Sale-a-bration promotion that happens every January! I have my copy and there are some lovely items on offer for FREE so watch this space!

Anyway who places a $100+ order with me during the month of December will receive FREE shipping & handling and your order will be sent direct to you!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Bah Humbug!

The weeks seem to be flying by at the moment, here it is Friday again and that means another Just Add Ink challenge. As it is getting closer to Christmas and everyone is getting into that frame of mind it was decided to have a challenge for a Christmas card or project using NO traditional Christmas stamps and NO Christmas papers, you can use a Christmas greeting though. As I was thinking about this challenge I thought of the Button Buddies stamp set and the fact that at this time of the year many people get excited about eating lots of cherries...but not me as I don't like them. However, I did like the card I ended up making using the cherry stamp from that set. I also got to experiment with my new Designer Embossing Frames using the Big Shot and masking out some embossing from a Polka Dot Textured Embossing Folder.

This was my first attempt...


I was happy with it but thought maybe it would look better if I could add a little colour to the frame around the cherries. So using my Garden Green marker I coloured in the embossing folder before running my cardstock through the Big Shot and here was the result...


Here they both are side by side to compare the difference, which do you like best?


Now that you have popped into my blog why not pop over to the Just Add Ink blog and see what other ideas the rest of the Design Team came up with and have a go yourself using a non-traditional Christmas stamp on your next project and link it up for us all to see.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

JAI 94 - Sketch Challenge

Oops forget to publish this post so it was still sitting in draft since Friday!

Friday means another challenge at Just Add Ink and this week it is another Sketch Challenge put together by Bron...

I wasn't sure at first what to do for this week's challenge, maybe a circle easel card, maybe something with birds and flowers, maybe a telescopic card...maybe not! In the end I came up with something a little different. I made a baby card in the shape of a bib...




I thought the tumbling monkeys was a cute idea for around the bib and they did make it hard to stand my card up for photographing...it just wanted to roll the way of the monkeys!

I hope you can find the time to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what the other Design Team members came up with and then have fun with the challenge yourself and link up your project.

Have a great week.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

After only showing a sneak peak of the cards we made at my recent Christmas Stamp-a-Stacks, I thought I should show you the whole cards we made. One was my own original design and the other three were inspired or direct cases from talented stampers whose ideas I liked and thought it would be lovely to make cards like theirs (especially as I was very limited in time to getting my kits and workshops organised at the time).

My design using Simply Stockings and coordinating punch...


A nice clean design, inspired by someone who I can't find now, using Contempo Christmas...


A lovely idea by Angie Leach of using a window theme for Welcome Christmas stamp set...


And my favourite, plus a few of my attendees, was the dazzling Christmas tree, inspired by the talented Sue Madex...


These cards were fun to make and with matching envelopes, stamped with a coordinating image to the card, customers have atleast 8 cards ready to post in time for Christmas.

Friday, November 11, 2011

JAI#93 - Colour Challenge

Hi! When this post goes live I will be away for a couple of days fishing with my husband in the Central Highlands of Tasmania, hopefully catching some lovely trout, relaxing, reading a good book, drinking red wine and enjoying some much needed time away.

Life has been so busy for me lately that last week I didn't participate in the Just Add Ink challenge when it was my turn to design and even do that week's post...thanks Delys! So this week I thought before I head off for a few days holiday that I would join in and as I also wanted to make a few small fridge calendars for our upcoming market, I thought why not combine the two. So nothing original from me this week as I have made these mini calendars before, but not with this gorgeous colour combo thanks to Kim Badelt!
 Here are my fridge magnet calendars...




Pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what the rest of the Design Team have created using these lovely colours and then join in the fun and upload your project.



 Gone fishing!!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

A BIG special for you!

Anyone would think Christmas has come early at Stampin' Up! with this BIG special we have for you in November...


During November, get 10% off select Big Shot dies. Use these exclusive dies to create fabulous shapes, embossing, and more!

They add so much more to your cards, scrapbook layouts and handmade gifts!


Don't have a Big Shot machine? Then no problems just grab the exclusive Big Shot Bundle, with 10% off...Limited Time….details in above image. What a great Christmas gift idea!

But wait there is more...no not a set of steak knives! How would you like to get 50% OFF your Big Shot, well you can, simply by hosting a Stampin' Up! workshop in your home with $600 in sales. I will demonstrate some stamping techniques for you, plus, you and your friends get to make and take a project home showing how creative you all can be. You will also earn Hostess Dollars which you can then spend on your discounted dies...how great does that sound?

Contact me today to purchase your Big Shot Dies or the Big Shot Bundle or if you want to get your Stampin' Up! products at a continual 20% discount then think about becoming a demonstrator like me. If you have any questions drop me an email at maecollins2@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week.

Friday, October 28, 2011

JAI 91 - Colour Challenge

It's Friday and that means another great challenge at Just Add Ink...and this week it is a colour challenge...
Each month as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator we receive a monthly newsletter called Impressions which includes product information, art challenges, ideas, techniques and advice for demonstrators. Well the one I received the other day reminded me of a great technique that I like to use called Emboss Resist and so my card for this week's challenge was inspired by a card I saw in the newsletter using this technique.


With this card I first stamped the Medallion image with VersaMark ink, then embossed it with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. I sponged over it using Cherry Cobbler ink and a little Blushing Bride ink. Then using my French Script background stamp (now retired) and Jet Black StazOn ink (my added neutral colour) I stamped over the emboss resist image. I just loved the results and the added texture.

I then finished off my card with some ruffled Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding and added a centre flower layered with Basic Black and Blushing Bride, punched using the Boho Blossom punch. To this I added a beautiful Antique Brad and two tiny tags using the Tiny Tags stamp set and the coordinating punch. Love how everything coordinates with Stampin' Up! products.

Project Supplies:
Stamps: Medallion, French Script, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Basic Black 
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride, Jet Black StazOn, Versamark
Accessories: Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Antique Brad, Tiny Tags and Boho Blossoms Punches, Sponge

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you get a chance to hop on over to Just Add Ink to check out the gorgeous work from the rest of the DT and to link up your own entry.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Christmas Stars


I meant to share this days ago but just didn't find the time to take my photos and to do my post. So without further ado, I wanted to share with you these beautiful Christmas stars that one of my recent recruits, Allison Payne, showed me how to make last Thursday evening. See I told you it was late...a whole week has gone by!



I have received one of these beautiful stars before in a swap from Carolyn Robinson, who also was generous in providing the instructions too, however I never got around to making one. I think I am more of a visual learner and so when Allison was offering a class to show how to make them I asked if I could join in and of course she said yes! It was a small and intimate gathering but one that was lots of fun none-the-less and full of inspiration. Thanks again Allison!


Don't you think they would look pretty hanging from a Christmas tree?  What I also really like about these Christmas decorations is that they can fold away so neatly, not take up much room and not get crushed while in storage for a whole year until the following Christmas. Here is what they look like closed.


I had so much fun making these that I thought I might make some for my next market, in varying sizes...do you think they will sell? Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

My next monthly Stamp Class, first Friday in November, which is Friday the 4th, will be my annual Christmas Stamp-a-Stack as I am struggling to find a time in my schedule to hold one early enough for my friends and customers to be ready for Christmas and not too close to Christmas as everyone else's schedule gets full! One of my lovely customers is having a workshop early in November and that one is being converted to a Christmas Stamp-a-Stack as well, which should help me to cater for as many of my "regulars" and new customers as possible.

My Christmas Stamp-a-Stack will cost $15 and for this attendees will make 12 cards, 3 each of 4 designs (see sneak peak photo below!) with coordinating envelopes. Kits will be pre-prepared and will include full instructions...must find the time to put these together soon! I still have a few spaces left in my Friday night's Stamp Class, 4 November 7pm - 10pm, if anyone wants to email me for further details.

One of the designs below is my idea, but the other 3 are based on ideas I have seen here on the web by very talented stampers and cardmakers and using stamp sets I have in my stash! After the events I will post full shots and give credit to those who inspired me.



Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your week.

Friday, October 21, 2011

JAI#90 - Sketch Challenge

Here it is Friday again and time for another Just Add Ink challenge, as you can see also time for my weekly blog post, as life continues to be too busy to update my blog more regularly at the moment.

Here is the sketch...


Here is my card...


I wasn't too happy with this one based on the sketch, but it is ok and I didn't have time to create anything else. So this is it.

Pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see what the other Design Team members created and then join in the challenge yourself.

Hopefully I will find some time over the weekend to create a post showing what I made at Allison Payne's workshop tonight. I am a visual learner, although I can follow instructions pretty well, and so attended Allison's workshop to make a Christmas decoration that I have been intending to make for ages! Thanks Allison I had lots of fun tonight.

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