Friday, June 28, 2013

JAI #171 - Sketch Challenge

Hi and welcome to my blog whether for the first time or as a returned visitor. I will not be able to get to update my blog much over the next couple of months as I am about to get into my busy paid work season - Tax Time!

So Fridays might be it for a time, such as this one. As it is Friday, that means another Just Add Ink Challenge. This week it is a sketch challenge...

For this sketch I created a masculine card and used some of our new washi tape and Gorgeous Grunge stamps.

Don't forget to pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see what the other DT members have provided for inspiration and then have a play with this sketch yourself and don't forget to share your projects on the JAI blog!

Thanks for stopping by and especially for any comments left, they are very much appreciated.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Parade of purple

This week I needed to make a couple of birthday cards for family members and was feeling that purple would be my base colour, so one was based around Elegant Eggplant and the other around Perfect Plum.

Here they are:
Inspiration for this first card came from a Convention swap, although I swapped things around a bit as I didn't have any doilies on hand or some softer style ribbon in Elegant Eggplant. I was still pleased with the result though, especially the embossed vellum, although I always struggle with the best way to adhere it.

Girls always like butterflies so that is what I thought I would feature on my other card using Perfect Plum. I carried on my theme inside the card, restamping the leaves and also stamping a butterfly that time (sorry forgot the take a photo of the inside before posting).
I hope you are having a lovely weekend. I am as I have spent it playing around in my craft room and getting prepared well in advance of my July Stamp Class as my work hours are going to ramp up in July to full-time (as I work as a Tax Consultant for H&R Block and we are coming in to our busy season!) and when I get a chance to play then is anyone's guess!

Friday, June 21, 2013

JAI #170 - Just Add...Leaves!

Friday again, and that means time for another Just Add Ink Challenge, and this week Christine has challenged us to...

Just Add...Leaves! 

So I thought why not play with some of my new products, to be released in Stampin' Up!'s 2013-2014 Catalogue, and that is what I did.

A new embossing folder with coordinating stamp and of course some washi tape which I used to frame my card and also to adhere the vellum.

Pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and have a look at the other great ideas from other members of the Design Team and welcome back Paula Dobson to the team with her first of many creations. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Especially for You!

I had a lovely day today, although it started off with some housework and the weather was showery, it ended with lots of special moments.

Firstly, I had lunch with a fellow SU! demo Julie Leeper at the State Cinema cafe, a yummy cottage pie, just right for today's weather. Then we continued to chat over a cup of tea at her home surrounded by lots of stamping inspiration! She is such a lovely lady and one who creates such beautiful pieces of art.

Then off I went to Sharkra Medi Spa for my mother's day treat (voucher given to me by my children this year), which was two hours of pampering...eyelash tint, brow shape, aroma spa facial, neck, shoulder and decolletage massage, hand massage/treatment and a shellac manicure! I felt very relaxed and very special, thanks to my children and their partners, Dylan & Sarah and Emily & Jake, and Caitlyn at Sharkra.

Then home to a beautifully cooked Chicken Paella, that I made might I add, but which I ate alone...although my son did offer for me to come to their place for tea...however, after chatting with Julie today I was keen to get into my craft room this evening.

Which is the ultimate reason for this post, to share the card I created using some of the new DSP soon to be available in the upcoming SU! catalogue from July 2. It was also based on a layout of one of Julie's beautiful cards and which inspired me to use my Designer Builder Brads...which I had yet to use, believe it or not!

These are beautiful brads that you can build and create yourself to suit your project. You can add paper (as I did in this one) or a stamped image and then enhance it with an epoxy bubble. Or you could try embelishing it with an 8mm rhinestone or pearl. It also coordinates well with the Itty Bitties Stamp Set or Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.

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

I punched out a small flower from my featured DSP (from Soho Subway) and stuck it on the brad and covered this with the epoxy bubble. I then punched out an Early Espresso 1" circle to go behind my brad to make it stand out more on the Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon and against the beautiful DSP that I was featuring.

If you wish to order any of these items from the current Seasonal Catalogue (soon to end) then click on the image below and you will be taken to my Online Store...
Designer Builder Brads #129329 - $11.95 (16 brads)

Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon #129287 - $11.95

What a lovely day! I hope you had one too and that your weekend will be a relaxing one and maybe you too can find some time to stamp or craft.

PS - my husband came home from a late nursing shift while I was writing this post and said he liked the card and it reminded him of old fashioned furniture fabric (his description of vintage I feel), I like it when he compliments my cards in the positive!

JAI #169 - Inspiration Photo

Friday again and that means it is time again for another Just Add Ink challenge. Today it is an Inspiration Photo suggested by Delys and I found it a challenge.

You can use from the photo as inspiration the image itself, beach, waves, silhouette, people jumping or maybe the colours found in the photo...whatever you take let it inspire your creativity!

Here is the photo...

Then, here is my card taking inspiration from above...

I didn't have any stamps of people jumping or at the beach so I used a retired stamp that I felt fitted my brayered and sponged background. I also picked up the reflection from the photo and tansferred that idea to my card too.

Hop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see how the other girls interpreted the photo into their projects for this week and then join in the challenge yourself and share with us what you create.

Monday, June 10, 2013


Sue Clements is the winner of an A4 In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock pack PLUS, a copy of the 2013-2014 Annual Catalogue simply by placing an order this long weekend through my Online Store. Congratulations Sue!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Long weekend special!

Anyone placing an order through my Online Store this long weekend (closes 5pm Monday, 10 June) will go in the draw to win an A4 In Color 2013-2015 Card Stock pack PLUS, a copy of the 2013-2014 Annual Catalogue that goes on sale in July.

When you place your order don't forget to include the Hostess Code: MYPRW9H6

If you intend to order $300+ then don't use the hostess code as your order alone will qualify for hostess benefits.

Click here to shop now!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Stamps and more stamps!

WARNING: Long Post! (maybe you should grab a cuppa first before reading!)

Single Stamps

For a limited time - a few single stamps are available!

From now until 31 August 2013 (or while supplies last) we're excited to offer five single-image stamps for you to choose from!
Click image to view PDF flyer

  • Single stamps can be ordered via my online store (stamp item numbers are on the flyer) or direct through me.
  • These won't be sent in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases (119105) that come in packs of four.
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to purchase a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyer.
  • There's no limit on how many stamps you can purchase.
  • These stamps are only available through 31 August 2013, so get them while you can!

Best of 25 Years Stamps

As part of Stampin' Up!'s 25-year anniversary celebration, some of our favourite stamp images from the last quarter century are being brought back and combined into five sets, which will be releases - one set per month - until April 2014. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of' set will also include a never-before-seen image!

Click image to view PDF flyer

Check back here monthly for a new Best of stamp set!
Some things to remember:
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $25.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month) until October, all of the Best of sets will be available until April 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
  • The stamp images may be sized differently from the original stamp sets.

This and That

Your life is: Awesome. Quirky. Exciting. Perfectly messy. And happening really fast. So we're happy to introduce our newest product line that lets you capture it all on-the-go. This and That will debut in the 2013-2014 annual catalogue, but we're giving you and everybody else the chance to get it now. (please note: the previous This and That bundle special is no longer available, individual items now at regular price)

My Digital Studio: New Hostess Downloads and Colours

For those of you who may be using or experimenting with My Digital Studio (MDS) Stampin' Up! have released a couple of hostess only digital downloads (so consider hosting a workshop with me!).

Click image to view PDF flyer

Click image to view PDF flyer

 Good news - the next time you're connected to the Internet, the software will add all seven new colours: 
  • Baked Brown Sugar
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Pistachio Pudding
  • Smoky Slate
  • Soft Sky
  • Strawberry Slush

Please contact me if you would like to book a stamp workshop or have any questions about the above offers!

Have a lovely weekend.


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