Friday, July 29, 2011

JAI#78 - Colour Challenge

This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is another great colour combination...
As I haven't had much time for myself lately and have had limited crafting time I wasn't able to create anything unique or technical for this week's challenge but just relied on a simple layout and basic technique of 'rock n roll' stamping. As I had received my latest Stampin' Up! order which included the stamp set 'French Foliage' I just had to ink it up and use it immediately and I hope it is a stamp set that will be coming back in the new catalogue, available 1 September 2011. I also used my Not Quite Navy Stampin' Write Marker to ink up part of the 'Afterthoughts' stamp set greeting, which will be going when this catalogue ends at the end of August 2011.


Only a basic design but I was happy with the results. Now pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see what other fabulous ideas the Design Team came up with for this latest colour challenge...then join in the fun yourself and link up your creation.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thank you cards plus some...

Firstly, thanks to all the lovely comments on my blog posts I appreciate your feedback and apologise for not visiting many of your own blogs lately or responding in person to any of the comments but life is a bit hectic at the moment. This is why again this post is going to be a quick one with very little detail of products used etc and also my apologies for not linking to those individuals who have inspired me and from whom I have cased ideas for the following cards, although I do remember that Teneale Williams inspired Amy's 18th birthday card.

The following cards have been either requested by my best friend Rose, who lost her mother recently, as thank you cards she needed after recent events or for her actual birthday and her daughter's 18th which all happened in the same week they lost their beautiful mother and 'Nonna'.

Amy's 18th Birthday Card

Inside view (thanks for the inspiration Teneale)

Rose's birthday card

Simple but elegant small thank you cards

Thank You card that I really enjoyed making!

My messy desk after these creations and a couple more that I forgot to photograph at the time!
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to come back on Friday my Just Add Ink project for this week's coming challenge!

Friday, July 22, 2011

JAI #77 - Sketch Challenge

Well as you can see from my lack of posts during the week I have been extremely busy and I have had no time for crafting or blogging. I am currently working virtually full-time at the moment at H&R Block helping prepare individual tax returns, yes it is that time of the year again! Also, my BF's mother passed away last week and the funeral was this week, it was a lovely send off for her at the St Mary's Catholic Church led by the Archbishop, who had known her since she immigrated to Australia from Italian...rest in peace Nonna!

This week's Just Add Ink challenge is a sketch put forward by Bron, and did I find it difficult to do! I don't know why and after seeing what the other DT members created I definitely don't know why because they came up with some gorgeous designs.


Here is my card and as I am posting this very quickly this morning (late too!) before I head off to work I am going to miss putting in the Stampin' Up! supplies I used and hopefully get back to editing my post over the weekend. It is definitely not a "Mae style" as one of my friend's put it when she saw it sitting on my craft desk, as she asked who made it?


I even managed to decorate the inside.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see what the rest of the DT did with this sketch and then join in the fun yourself and link up your creation!

Have a great weekend...and week if I don't get to post again until next Friday!

Friday, July 15, 2011

JAI#76 - Inspirational Photo

This week over at Just Add Ink Delys has provided us with an "inspirational photo" and isn't it a spectacular view? We were to use this photo as our inspriation for a creative project this week.


Living near the beach myself, and always eager to improve my brayering and sponging skills, I decided to make a water scene and really enjoyed making a reflection of my main image...what do you think?


I had to wait several days to photograph my card in the spot that I thought most appropriate, on our balcony, because it has been so windy and rough this past week that my card would have just kept falling off the balcony before I could get the photo taken. As I was so happy with my picture I didn't want to crop it down to a standard card size, I left it as a larger card.

Hop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see what other great projects the Design Team were inspired to create and then link up your project, using the photo as your inspiration.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Just a quick post...

Just a quick post to share a few exciting and enjoyable events from this past week...firstly, I spent some time with Kathy Tanner who showed me how to make the satin flower on my card below, thanks Kathy! Secondly, thanks to Nikki Spencer for sending me some 'happy mail' (that is mail we don't expect but makes us VERY HAPPY when we receive it) for helping her with her blog issues last week...I won't share with you exactly what she sent me except to say that it was yummy (in crafting terms!) and I am having fun playing with some of the items, which you might see appearing in a project or two here on my blog (including the card below!)...some of which will be coming out in the next IB&C to be released in September...can't wait for that!

Finally, the best news of all...I have given away my Greenhouse Gala Tote! Yes, I have a new member of the Tassie Inkydinks...hello and welcome to Louise Dalton! Louise was invited along to a couple of workshops recently by one of my lovely hostesses/customer/friend, Letitia (thanks Tish!), and was bitten by the Stampin' Up! bug...she is going to have so much I am sure and I know Tish will enjoy stamping and creating with her!

I must say this was one of the easiest sign up processes I have gone through, doing it online via my Stampin' Up! webiste, all Louise needed was a valid credit card, so she and I just stepped through the online process and Voila! Louise was signed up, given her Demo ID straight away via email, given access to the Demo Website and invited to join Stampin' Connection the online demo forum, and her Starter Kit was being processed to be sent out directly to her...now we can't wait until her first workshop, that we will do together in the next few weeks! Welcome Louise and have fun!


Friday, July 8, 2011

JAI #75 - Colour Challenge

Well here it is Friday again and a lot has happened since last week - firstly, my son finally got his driver's licence, then it was the fantastic Fancy Folds Blog Hop by the JAI Design Team, which involved lots of last minute frantic Blogger issues, but all went smoothly in the end. I had some fun time chatting with Kathy Tanner and being shown how to make a beautiful satin flower, and I also started back doing some casual work with H&R Block preparing individual tax returns - and now here we are time for another JAI challenge...and this one is a colour challenge.
I wasn't feeling very inspirational at the time I made my card for this week's challenge, so when I feel like that I draw on ideas from the current Idea Book & Catalogue or the mini catalogues and this is the page (p16) that inspired me, plus, I wanted to use one of the Beveled Windowpanes which I have had in my stash for a while now.


Here is the card I made using the colours we were given and using the card in the mini as my inspiration, such a lovely stamp set this one, Clearly for You.


Close Up of the Beveled Windowpane
I was really happy with the end result, so if you find yourself stuck for inspiration then do what I did and open up your IB&C or a mini catalogue and find something in there to get the creative juices flowing!

Now pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what the other Design Team members did with this colour combination and then join in the fun and link up your creation.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Gift with Purchase

Just wanted to let you all know of this month’s (July 2011) Stampin’ Up! promotion.


Simply purchase $100 of Stampin’ Up! product of your choice this month (1-31 July 2011) and receive a FREE exclusive accessories bundle.

The bundle includes:
  • One spool of white 1/4" (6mm) grosgrain ribbon with repeating flower designs. Approximately 13.7m.
  • 48 flower buttons. 16 each in 3 colours (Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pacific Point). Approximately 1/2" (1.3cm).
Here is a simple thank you card that I created using these products...


So easy!  Just email me to place your order.  Don’t have a current Stampin’ Up! catalogue? Email me to arrange for a catalogue to be mailed to you.


Friday, July 1, 2011

Fancy Folds Blog Hop - JAI 74



JAI FANCY FOLDS

Diamond Fold

I hope you enjoyed viewing Paula's gorgeous easel card, wasn't her sponging effective, and you're now ready to check out another Fancy Fold. I have made a Diamond Fold Card.

Front View

Close-up shot of the detail

Back View

Closed for ease of posting!
Stamps: Creative Elements (to be released in IB&C in Sept!)
Inks: Always Artichoke, River Rock, Cajun Craze
Cardstock/Paper: River Rock Textured Cardstock, Always Artichoke DSP (from Regals Patterns DSP Stack), Basic Black, So SaffronAccessories: Scallop Trim Border & Corner Punches, Paper Piercer, Stamp-a-ma-jig



To view the tutorial I followed, click HERE. You can also find a tutorial on how to make a Diamond Fold card on Splitcoast Stampers, but I preferred this YouTube tutorial myself with the folding instructions, although there are a few disruptions during her video clip, door bell etc.

Thanks for stopping by, now it's time to hop on over to the fabulous Delys' blog where she has another awesome Fancy Fold for you to try.

Just click on the blinkie below to take you there -


Have fun checking out all the different types of folded cards you can make and then pop back to the Just Add Ink blog and link up one that you have made.

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