Friday, January 28, 2011

Just Add Ink #53 - Inspiration Challenge!

I struggled a bit with this week's Just Add Ink challenge which I thought was "Just Add Bursts of Colour!" due to the photo title, but slowly ideas kept popping in to my head - mainly bursts of colour found in nature, maybe a sunset or flowering blooms! The challenge is actually an inspiration challenge using the photo for your own inspiration - flower, colour, summer - whatever, you take from it.

Finally this is the card I put together, thanks to a friend for lending me this stamp set as it is on my wishlist but one I do not have as yet - Upsy Daisy. I simply coloured each individual flower using my Stampin' Write Markers in bright colours and then stamped it on to Whisper White cardstock. Then I restamped this image, aligning it up with my Stamp-a-ma-jig, in Versamark Ink and embossing it with Clear Embossing Powder.

Keeping the design simple so the focus was on the 'bursts of colour' I added a bright bow in 3/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon and a simple greeting stamped in Tempting Turquoise from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set.

What do you think - did I capture the essence of this challenge? Can you also see where I might have also found some additional inspiration for the design of this card?

That is what I love about this group, we can not only inspire others but amongst ourselves as well. I must say though that I found it really hard to capture the bright yellow colour of my ribbon, it kept showing up as an orange shade rather than the intensity of the yellow! I think I need some help getting the best of my photos using my camera - another thing to add to my 'to do list'!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over and see what the other DT members have created, click her to visit Just Add Ink.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Spending time with friends...

This post is a bit late but I have been busy with other things that have kept me away from the computer!

Last Friday I took a road trip to Launceston, a 2 1/2 hour drive from my home at Dodges Ferry, to spend some quality time with two other Just Add Ink Design Team members - Tania Gould and Bronwyn Eastley - stamping, chatting and getting inspiration! It was disappointing that the other Tasmanian Design Team member - Danielle Daws - could not join us, maybe next time! I was so pleased that another Stampin' demonstrator - Rochelle Wright - could join with us for the evening, she is a very talented lady who is so generous with her ideas and gave me some additional inspiration, thanks Rochelle!

Also, thanks so much to Tania and her beautiful daughter Charlotte (who left me some cute little stickers on my pillow) for their hospitality as they allowed me stay the evening, which was definitely required as we didn't finish up until the early hours of Saturday morning! I have realised that I am no longer a teenager and it takes me days to recover from such a fun evening on top of the driving! Thanks also to Bron for supplying the beautiful Thai food for tea it was delicious!

We actually shared some make 'n' takes giving us some focus for the evening and so that we just didn't sit and chat forever and not get any ink on our stamps, which is always possible when you get together with friends - here is a group shot of what we made...

I shared with the girls how to create shadows using Stampin' Around Wheels and used a greeting that I felt summed up our evening...

I loved the colour combo of Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink and Wild Wasabi. This is also going to be the technique I will demonstrate in my first stamp class for this year, but maybe a different colour combo.

Next it was Bronwyn's turn and she stepped us through making a card using the lovely stamp set Bliss, her favourite at the moment, which is also one of the sets available in the current Sale-a-Bration promotion - so contact me if you want to earn one for FREE for yourself!

I love the vintage feel to this beautiful card and I now have another couple of items on my personal wishlist!!!

Tania guided us through the making of a lovely gift card holder, with a masculine colour style, that will come in handy for someone's upcoming birthday I am sure. I didn't have an actual gift card to put in it for my photo so I simply used my Village Movie Club card to demonstrate...

This was so much fun that I am keenly looking at my calendar to see when we can do this again!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sale-A-Bration is here again!

If you are a Stampin’ Up! customer you will know that each year after Christmas Stampin’ Up! has a Sale-A-Bration (SAB) and this year it begins on 25 January and goes until 31 March, 2011.

As usual there are four lovely stamps sets to be earned FREE in two easy ways...
  1. Spend $100 and earn one FREE SAB set of your choice.
  2. Host a workshop with minimum sales of $600 and you'll earn one FREE SAB set in addition to the regular generous hostess benefits.
Or why not join my team, the Tassie Inkydinks, during Sale-A-Bration and choose a FREE stamp set from the current Idea Book & Catalogue (valued up to $79.95) as well as receiving the other great benefits of being a SU! demonstrator --- a heavily discounted Starter Kit, 20% discount on purchases, earn extra $s, flexible hours, first to see new catalogues, ability to earn more free products and much more --- contact me today to find out more.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Just Add Ink #52 - Sketch Challenge

Don't you just love joining in with the Just Add Ink weekly challenges, I know I do. If I am stuck for an idea, need further inspiration or feel like I have lost my mojo then this is a great place to start. With colour, theme or sketch challenges you always have something to spark off an idea or project and you can of course go back to past challenges for additional inspiration and ideas from those who join in either on a regular basis or when the mood takes them, plus of course those projects submitted regularly by the Design Team!

This week it is a sketch challenge...

I often use the JAI challenges to help me get started on commissioned cards, such as the one my mum requested as my parents have been invited to a 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration - now that is a goal to aim for! Here is the card I made. I think I need some more practice at blurring the edges of my photos when I want to add a romantic or softer touch - I might just get some direct tips this weekend while I am visiting Tania Gould as she has a tutorial posted on her blog which I followed, although I have a slightly different software program, however, the process is very similar. I thought I was also very clever with using a prop in my photo a ring I knew my daughter had and which I thought might complement my project!

Here is a close-up of my greeting...

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentimentsr
Paper/Cardstock: B
ushed Gold (from Brushed Metallic pack), Basic Gray, Lap of Luxury DSP
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Lattice Embossing Folder, Curly Label Extra-Large, Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim (Summer Mini), Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, heat gun

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to hop on over to the Just Add Ink site to see what the other Design Team members have created from this sketch challenge and then join in the fun for yourself!

Enjoy your day!

PS - don't forget to pop back here next Tuesday when Sale-A-Bration kicks off and I will have all the details!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

12 x 12 Calendars

Last Sunday my friend Jody-ann and I had another stall at the Dodges Ferry Farmers and Artisans Market and we had some 2011 desktop calendars among our stock but no larger ones. So I quickly whipped up a couple of 12 x 12 calendars, completing one on the morning of the market! As a result I didn't have time to photograph them well, however, here they are...

Notice the cute little owls, they are stamped using a set that is coming in the Sale-A-Bration promotion to start very this space for more details soon! They are then punched out with the matching Two-Step Owl Extra-Large Punch.

This second calendar is one that can hang on the fridge as it has heavy magnets adhered to the back.

I had fun making these calendars and now that I have my template set up I can easily reprint them when required or adjust them for next year!

If a recipient really likes the topper then they can simply add next years calendar where this year's sits because I have used split pins/brads to attach the individual months.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Australia Flood Appeal

One of the things I like about being a part of a company like Stampin' Up! is their sense of generosity and support in times of need and they are showing that again with their support of those affected by the recent devastating floods in Queensland.

Direct from the demonstrator website today...
13 January 2011

As flood waters continue to inundate Australia in what has been described as the worst flooding in 37 years, we express our deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones and homes and to those whose lives have been changed forever. We, like so many of you, feel a compelling need to lend support to all those who have been affected.

Stampin' Up! demonstrators have a long history of making a difference in the lives of others--especially when disaster strikes and the need is greatest. Nearly two years ago, we watched another tragedy unfold in Australia. Our hearts were touched as demonstrators, customers and friends joined together in support of the Bushfire Appeal. We've done it before and we can certainly do it again!

Please join with us by supporting the Australia Flood Appeal--a cause in which Stampin' Up! will donate $2 AUD of the retail value of sales from any stamp set (with a retail value of $30 or more) sold in Australia and New Zealand from 15 January through 15 February to the State Emergency Services in Queensland.

As a further incentive and assistance to this cause any stamp workshop held with me with sales of $300 minimum I will personally donate an additional $30 to the appeal or for any individual order placed through me for $100+ I will provide FREE delivery direct to you, during the period 15 January to 15 February 2011.

So get out your wishlist or check out the online catalogues and start making one (booking a workshop also entitles you to a FREE catalogue if you don't have your own personal copy!). Then contact me with your orders or workshop bookings and in this small way lend a hand to those in need!

Just Add Monochrome...

Well it has been a week's since my last post and so therefore it is time to share with you again my weekly Design Team submission for Just Add Ink. I haven't been really motivate to craft at the moment which is sad because I have many things on my crafting 'to do' list as well as having a market this coming Sunday to be ready for!

If you actually saw my desk you would wonder, as I do, how I managed to find the space and creativity to put this card together because my craft desk/area is a mess!! I am in the process of cleaning my craft area at the moment and when I am finished I might post some pictures here on my blog!

I was happy with my card however and I got to use a couple of items in my craft stash that I hadn't yet got out of their packages - Beautiful Wings Embosslits Dies and Modern Label Extra-Large. The only thing I didn't like so much was the ribbon as it was not the beautiful satin ribbon I wanted, because Stampin' Up! don't have it in Perfect Plum or Elegant Eggplant. However, this one I found matched the colours I was using.

Do you notice the Presto Patterns Specialty Designer Series Paper that I used as my feature panel? I really like the vintage glossy designs that it has and which you can personalise with your own colour simply by using a Smooch Spritz or using ink and brayer or sponge! I sponged Perfect Plum ink over the panel and it so beautifully revealed the lovely pattern.

Stamps: Occasional Quotes
Inks: Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant
Cardstock/Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Presto Patterns Specialty DSP
Accessories: Beautiful Wings Embosslits Dies, Big Shot, Modern Label Extra-Large Punch,
Ribbon (non-SU!), Basic Rhinestones, Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

I don't usually embelish or put greetings on the inside of my cards but today I felt inclined to. So I carried through the butterfly embosslit theme but changed the colour from Perfect Plum (used on the front) to the Elegant Eggplant for this particular butterfly, I still added the rhinestone embelishment to add some sparkle. I think this card would suit either an engagement, wedding or anniversary so I added a love themed greeting from Occasional Quotes (Level 3 Hostess set).

If you haven't been to visit us over at the Just Add Ink site lately you need to as Amanda/Danielle have made some changes to the site itself and it is a great place to go if you have lost your mojo as you can find inspiration from past challenges - colour, sketch, theme etc.

Pop on over to Just Add Ink to see what the other Design Team members have submitted for this week's 'Just Add Monochrome challenge and join in the fun!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Just Add Ink #50 - Colour Challenge!

Over at Just Add Ink this week we are having a colour challenge...

At first I didn't know where to start with this challenge but then I thought that I needed to make a couple of fridge magnet calendars for my next market and I also wanted to put some ink to my Circle Circus stamp set (it has been sitting uninked on my shelf for a few months now, how sad is that?) and so that is what I did and with combining the colours in the current challenge, here are the results...

I love this stamp set for allowing me to just randomly stamp different images with different colours to get a vibrant background piece - even though I am hooked on DSP I can make my own when I want to! You might see in this calendar below a small piece of DSP snuck in when I backed my calendar - this is from the DSP pack - In Color which is a current Level 1 Hostess benefit.

The other technique I wanted to try was adding some scrunch to my ribbons which I got inspiration from on Mary Fish's blog, there she used satin ribbon while I stuck to my In Color Stitched-Poly Ribbon.

I also got to use some of the heavier magnets that I managed to find while on holidays recently in Geelong, Victoria at a lovely craft shop that I stumbled across. I sent my dear hubby off to the Aussie Disposals store next door but he came back before I had finished browsing so I sent him off to the Big W store and said I would catch up with him - half an hour later I did!

Anyway, I had fun playing with these colours so why don't you pop on over to the Just Add Ink site and see what the other very talented Design Team members have created and then join in the fun and submit your own entry!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found some inspiration here today.

Supplies used:
Circle Circus, Every Moment, Whimsical Words
Inks: So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Riding Hood Red, Elegant Eggplant
Cardstock/Paper: Riding Hood Red, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, DSP Pack - In Color
Accessories: 1/2" Stitched Poly-Ribbon, Clips Assortment, 1 3/8" Circle and Scallop Circle Punches, Calendar Tabs, Magnets, Snail Adhesive and Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sneak peak...

Here is a sneak peak at this week's JAI challenge - and NO I can't show you anymore than this at this point in time - you will have to pop back tomorrow to see what my submission is and what the actual challenge is!

See you back here tomorrow!

Stylish Blog Award

I have been very honoured to receive this award from a very special person who is also one of my friends on the Just Add Ink Design Team - Tania Gould - thanks for this accolade!

The rules with receiving this award are:
  • thank and link to the person who gave this award (✓)
  • share 8 things about myself (✓)
  • pass it on to 8 others (✓)
  • let them know about the award (✓)

Eight things about myself are:
  1. I like to socialise.
  2. I am a planner more than a doer!
  3. I can't swim.
  4. I grew up on a farm milking cows.
  5. I don't like brussel sprouts.
  6. I would love to travel overseas.
  7. I have Dutch relatives (my father immigrated from Holland).
  8. I have been married for 25 years next Tuesday (11 January).

Eight Stylish Blogs that I often stalk:
  1. Bronwyn Eastley - addINKtive designs
  2. Delys Cram - Little Scraps of Paper
  3. Leonie Schroder - Stamp A Latte
  4. Sarah Klass
  5. Ann Wills - Crafty Squirrel
  6. Susan Joyce - Cat's InkCorporated
  7. Tui Nathan - Stampin-Time
  8. Jodene Tripp - Did I say that out loud?

I hope you have found it interesting learning a bit more about me and don't forget to check out the Stylish Blogs listed above and find inspiration from them as much as I do!

Thanks again Tania for the lovely award.


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