Friday, April 22, 2011

JAI#65 - Mateship!

Well it seems that life is so busy at the moment I can only manage to update my blog once a week at the moment...because here it is another Friday and another Just Add Ink challenge.

This week's challenge is to Just Add Mateship/Friendship for ANZAC DAY.

The whole idea of the challenge is to portray mateship or friendship.  It can be a real blokey card or a feminine one that has a sentiment or image expressing friendship...I am not quite sure if my design fits so well with the challenge but you can be the judge and let me know.

So What is ANZAC Day all about?

ANZAC Day is a very special day in Australian and New Zealand history. ANZAC stands for the Australia New Zealand Army Corps and it is significant because on the 25th of April, 1915 Australia went into battle for the first time as an independent nation. We had only become a country in 1901 and prior to that we were a loose collection of colonies and this was our "baptism of fire" on the shores of Gallipoli.

Our troops landed on a beach at dawn (now called ANZAC Cove) on the Turkish peninsula on that fateful day. They suffered a terrible defeat but our men fought with great bravery. The battle really highlighted the character traits of mateship and sacrifice. We talk about the Anzac Spirit which was born that day and use the term as a mark of great respect. Australia and New Zealand commemorate this day with a Dawn Service and Parade to remember those who fought and gave their lives for their country, not only in World War 1 but in all subsequent wars.

Here is my creation...a very simple yet I hope poignant card.

Stamps: Friends Never Fade, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks: Basic Black, Real Red (Stampin' Write Markers used to colour the flower)
Cardstock: Whisper White
Accessories: Two-Step Bird Punch (stem), Stampin' Dimensionals
This was actually my third attempt at fulfilling this challenge and I wasn't happy with either of my first two attempts! This process reminded me of a graphic designer I used to work with at the State Library who said that the first couple of designs she would come up with would be what anyone would create or what was expected and then usually the third or fourth design was more unique and something a bit more different. Well, I think that sums up how I felt with this process.

I hope this looks like a poppy as that was my intention and this is the flower that I think of when I think of the ANZACs and the men who remember their mates that have fought and died for their country.

The other reason this card is so special to me is beause while I was making it it reminded me of my brother who would have turned 40 yesterday (21 April) but who sadly took his own life at the young age of 23.

So Easter this year is very much a time of remembrance...of the death and resurrection of Jesus, of my brother and of the ANZACs. Take a moment this Easter to remember and pray for those you have lost and give thanks for those who are a part of your lives today.

Don't forget to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see how the rest of the Design Team were inspired with this challenge and then if you have time over Easter join in the challenge yourself, as we love to see how you are inspired by the challenges we set each week.

Friday, April 15, 2011

JAI#64 - Colour Combo

I can't believe it has been a week since my last post...and here we are at another Friday...which means another Just Add Ink challenge!

If you LOVE chocolates then you are going to LOVE this week's challenge...and with Easter just around the corner it is a perfect time for this type of colour challenge...but you get to choose the colours!

The challenge is to make a paper craft project inspired by your favourite chocolate bar wrapper.

My project this week wasn't really inspired by my favourite chocolate bar wrapper but just one that I had bought in my recent grocery shop, as the Cadbury blocks were on, I still had my Spot On wheel on hand from the recent workshops I had done focussing on using Stampin' Around Wheels.

I therefore, made a Chocolate Bar Slider to decorate up the block of chocolate before giving it away as a gift. What do you think did I achieve a good replication of the wrapper and in the right colours? Can you guess what Cadbury block this is?

Yep, you guessed it! It is a block of Cadbury Mint Bubbly. I think the Eat Chocolate stamp set in our current Mini Catalogue is so sweet and I am sure I will be inking it up lots in the next couple of weeks.

Isn't this a fun challenge? Now pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what other yummy projects the rest of the Design Team came up with and then have some fun yourself making a yummy project or two.

[Warning: this challenge comes loaded with additional calories and great temptations!]

Friday, April 8, 2011

JAI#63 - Inspiration Challenge!

Well if you like challenges then the one over at Just Add Ink this week will surely do your head did to a lot of the Design Team...blame Delys for this one, she gave us the following photo to get inspiration from - whether it be the colour scheme, the theme or whatever!

This is what I came up with using elements in the photo for inspiration to decorate my box...this could also have been submitted for last week's challenge to 'Just Add a Bag or a Box' which I hadn't got around to doing at that time.

Close-ups will show you the little details of a braided gold cord, tiny tags and a Tempting Turquoise border to reflect blue band on the outfits above...

Stamps: Tiny Tags
Inks: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Cardstock/Paper: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Jolly Holiday DSP
Accessories:Big Shot, Fancy Favor Big XL Die, 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Real Red Ribbon, Gold Thread, Adhesive

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see how the rest of the Design Team were inspired not by THAT photo!  Apparently Delys has a FEW of these inspirational photos stored away for future you never know when another might pop up for a future challenge at JAI.

Anyway, we would love you to join in the fun too...go on I dare you!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Carryover Product Flyer

While the catalogue may be gone, some of the fantastic products featured in the Summer 2010-2011 Mini Catalogue are still available for purchase! Click on the image below to download a copy of the flyer and contact me today if you missed out on ordering these items before the catalogue finished and still have them on your wishlist!
Click image to download PDF Flyer!

Friday, April 1, 2011

2011 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue

It is here!! Stampin' Up!'s new Mini Catalogue starts today and all the lovely goodies within are available until 31 July 2001. It includes a Sew Suite range of products for those of you who also loving sewing as a craft, a cute Build a Cupcake punch, a lovely chocolate set (which is my favourite of course!), some new individual stamps...I got the motorbike one...and of course some new Big Shot goodies...and this list keeps on going!

If you want to download the new Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue click on the image above or click HERE

To download the supplies list for the projects pictured in the Mini Catalogue click HERE

If you'd like your own copy to look through, just give me a call or drop me an email!

Not only is there a new Mini Catalogue available today, but also at it is Friday there is of course a new challenge to be found over at Just Add Ink and this one is a theme challenge Just Add a Bag or a Box, so pop on over to get some inspiration from the Design Team and see what lovely 3D items you can create!


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