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 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.

Friday, October 14, 2011

JAI #89 - Inspiration Challenge

This week Delys gave us another beautiful photo as inspiration and here it is...

I took the colours from the photo as my inspiration for the cover of a calendar I was making for our upcoming market this weekend.

Here are some of the inside pages that I made and stamped with some of our Stampin' Up! images (although not very good photos sorry!)...

Now head on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see what inspiration the other Design Team members have for you from using this photo and then join in this week's challenge and link up your own project.

Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

They are done!

At long last, it seems, I have finally finished my son Dylan's wedding invitations and they are now in the post (actually yesterday) on their way to all the invited guests. So now I feel I can share photos of the invites here on my blog that I made.

As my future daughter-in-law Sarah's favourite colour is purple I used Elegant Eggplant cardstock as the base card, which I then embossed with three flourishes from the Baroque Motifs stamp set in predesigned places to ensure they wrapped around the invite. Each invite was made from one A4 sheet of cardstock which had one end corner rounded, which was the closing flap. This A4 sheet was then scored and folded, with one fold creating a pocket for the inserts for the reception details and a RSVP insert. The inserts and actual invite section were made of White Vellum Cardstock (thanks Kathy Tanner for helping out when I was a few sheets short and waiting on my order to arrive!).

On the side of the invite section I stamped in Elegant Eggplant another flourish, which all needed to take time to dry so this step was a slow process as I was making 60 invites (I only really needed 54 but better to make extras, which I needed, plus I wanted a couple of spares for Sarah and I to use when srapbooking the wedding photos).

Around the whole invite itself I made a band of Elegant Eggplant bordered with Basic Black cardstock, over which I wrapped White Taffeta Ribbon (a few actually had White Satin Ribbon), which was threaded through a Diamonte Heart (the only piece of non-Stampin' Product used).

I was quite pleased with the results and so was my son and his fiance. Now it is time for the unveiling and for you to see what has been occupying my creative time of late!

The Completed Lot!
Invitation - closed.

Invitation - open.

Outside of Invitation.

Ready to Post.

All addressed, stamped and ready to be posted.
This was a labour of love but also an epic task as several steps had to be done over a period of time and it was mostly done by myself. I only hope the invited guests appreciate them as much as I did making them for the wedding. My son is one of my biggest fans and who encouraged me start this blog and share my love of stamping and creating with others. So it didn't surprise me when asked if I would make the invitations. I now have a few other items to create for the wedding...placecards, guest book and maybe small gift boxes.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Just Add Ink #88

Another Friday, which means another Just Add Ink challenge and this week's was provided by the lovely Kim Badelt...
Just Add...a Die Cut!

Well nothing unique or original from me again this week as my life is busy working and trying to complete the 60 wedding invitations! My son asked why I haven't posted photos on my blog yet, but I said that didn't feel right until they were completed and posted out, which is intended for this coming watch out for photos soon.

So without further ado, as I need to get back to making the last 40 bands to go around the invites, here is my creations...butterfly brooches and one fabric butterfly fridge magnet (top left of photo).

I also used my No 2 Box Die with my Big Shot to create a couple of gift boxes for my monthly stamp class tomorrow night...

Hop on over to Just Add Ink and check out the other Design Team members' projects and then join in the fun yourself with this week's challenge...Just Add a Die Cut!

Have a good weekend and hopefully next week I might be able to share with you photos of the wedding invitations that have taken up so much of my time lately.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Simply Stockings Promotion

Promotion dates: 1-31 October 2011

Promotion details:
Purchase the Stitched Stocking Stamp Set (Wood Mount 125798 - $53.95 or Clear Mount 123784 - $42.95) and Stocking Tag Punch (124095 - $33.95) early--before the debut of the 2011 Summer Mini Catalogue.
Host a $450 workshop, and receive the Stitched Stocking Stamp Set and Stocking Tag Punch for FREE.

See the stamp set and punch by clicking here.


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