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 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 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 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

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week.


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