Thursday, 7 December 2017

Just Add Ink #389 - Hometown Greetings

Hello Crafty Friends

Hope your Friday is going great. Its been another exceptionally busy week in our household - prepping for Christmas, planning activities for Mum's visit in a few weeks time and my daughter graduated Year 12 - High School, on Wednesday night. Such a proud Mumma Bear. Not going to lie, I did shed a few tears as she walked the stage to receive her certificates, looking beautiful in her graduation gown and sash.
On top of my already hectic schedule, Hubby asked if we could send cards to the Boutique Builders we subcontract to. Compared to the larger, commercialised building companies we deal with, these bespoke Builders not only are amazing to work for, but they care about what they do, how they do it, while maintaining a high level of craftsmanship and value for money.
This week over at Just Add Ink, the amazingly talented Kelly has provided us this Inspiration Picture for Challenge #389. A stunning array of naturally wrapped gifts. So pretty and I bet it smells divine. I thought I would use this weeks challenge to create one of the Thank You cards for our Boutique Builders.
I really wanted to replicate the gorgeous presents in the picture for my Christmas Day Table setting, but the greenery will have gone yuck by the 25th - boooo, I so adore the brown paper wrapping, twine and greenery combination.
Stamps: Pop of Paradise
Card/Dsp: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Black, Old Olive, Merry Little Christmas DSP
Other: White Craft Ink, Neutral Twine, Botanicals Builder Everyday Jar Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Hometown Greetings Edgelits
Be sure to check out the amazing creations the Design Team have shared to inspired you and or join us and play along, you can submit your entries here.  Hope you have an amazing weekend, until next time, stay crafty 
Monday, 4 December 2017

Onstage Display Stamper Application - Perth 2018

Good Day Crafty Friends,
Today's blog post is a special one. It features cards I have blogged about previously, so I am not showing anything new. The purpose of this post is to collate a collection of my creations to enable me to apply to be an Onstage Display Stamper for Perth in 2018. 

Below are three (standard size) card fronts.

#1 Bella & Friends with water colouring and sponging details



#2 Beachy Little Christmas Shaker Card



#3 - Hello Friend and Wood Grain Background with Memories & More "Perfect Days"

Scrapbook Page - Flower Shop, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Floral Phrases DSP


Below are two of my recent 3D projects

#1 - Santa Suit Bundle, Beachy Little Christmas Box Card

#2 - Conservatory using Colourful Seasons and Brightly Lit

Thank You for stopping by and reviewing my application to be an Onstage Display Stamper. 



Thursday, 30 November 2017

Merry Patterns

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Happy Friday! Today I would normally participate in the Just Add Ink challenges, but time has slipped away from me this week, so unfortunately I didn't get time to create something. I was totally bummed as this weeks challenge is Just Add GLITTER! The JAI Design Team have created some absolutely stunning projects, be sure to check them out here.

As mentioned yesterday, I am posting a few cards over the next few days as a catch up - the discovery of unwatermarked photos in my phone has prompted me to smash out these photos of cards I made months ago.

Stamp Set: Merry Patterns
Ink: Pool Party, Whisper White
Card: Sahara Sand, Pool Party
Other: Memories & More cards "Perfect Days"
Stamp Set: Hello Friend, Merry Patterns
Ink: Sweet Sugar Plum, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Berry Burst
Card: Whisper White, Sweet Sugar Plum
Other: Hexagon Embossing Folder, Clear Embossing Powder
Thanks for visiting today. Until next time, stay crafty

Santa Paws

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a few cards I have created with one of my favourite stamp sets from the Holiday Catalogue - Santa Paws

I have shared the following cards in previous posts - you can view the original blog post with details for each card by clicking on the photos
The next card uses just the sentiment
And finally, the following card was the first card I made with the stamp set.
Thanks for stopping by today, until next time, stay crafty
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Bright Wishes - Blends

Hello Crafty Friends
I have been playing with the Stampin' Up! Blends and have got to say I absolutely love them and cannot wait for Stampin' Up! to release even more colours.
Let me just add, I am not an expert,  I have not had any formal training in alcohol marker use. So if I find them easy to use then so can anyone.
Here are two cards I coloured using thick Whisper White card, an array of SU Blends colours and the Bright Wishes stamp set.

The images were stamped in Momento Black ink (to prevent bleeding when using alcohol markers) and coloured like I would when water colouring. The sky and grass are added last.
Almost all of my images previously were water coloured, which I still adore and find easy, just time consuming as you wait for layers to dry. Colouring with alcohol markers is so fast, clean and portable! I coloured these two while waiting for my daughter to complete her Christmas Shopping.
Thanks for visiting my blog today, until next time, stay crafty
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Christmas In The Making

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a great day. Following on from yesterday's post, I have another four cards to share quickly with you today.

Stamp Set: Christmas in the Making
Card: Whisper White, Old Olive, White Glimmer
Ink:  Momento Black
Other: Merry Little Patterns DSP, Blends Alcohol Markers

Stamp Set: Christmas in the Making
Card: Powder Pink, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Shimmery White
Ink: Pool Party, Powder Pink, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Colourful Seasons Thinlits

Stamp Set: Christmas in the Making
Card: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Pool Party, Real Red, Old Olive
Other: Pool Party Ribbon, Stitched Shapes Framelits

Stamp Set: Christmas in the Making
Card: Whisper White, Powder Pink, Black
Ink: Momento Black
Other: Blends Alcohol Markers

Thanks for visiting today, until next time
Monday, 27 November 2017

Merry Patterns - Colourful

Good Day Crafty Friends,

I have a quick post today. I just discovered a whole heap of photos of cards in my phone that for some reason I have missed blogging. So over the next few days I will be sharing a few Christmas Cards I made months ago....I have now sorted a system which includes a blog organiser, so fingers crossed, this wont happen again!

Stamp Set: Merry Little Patterns
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party
Card: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo
Embossing Folder: Softly Falling

Stamp Set: Merry Little Patterns
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party
Card: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist

Thanks for stopping by today, until next time, stay crafty
Thursday, 23 November 2017

Just Add Ink #387 - Colour Combination

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a great day and managed to squeeze in some crafting time. Its challenge time over at Just Add Ink, and this week Nikki has provided us with a delicious colour combination for you to play along with.
Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White. Instantly conjures thoughts of traditional Christmas for me - which I don't do well. But its a challenge, right? So I gave it my best shot and I actually liked some of my creations! Lol

We would love for you to join us. Just create a card using the colours in the swatch above and submit your entry here.  While you are there be sure to check out the inspiring cards the Design Team have created.

I ended up making three cards.....again. One was an absolute boo boo as I used the wrong shade of green. The second I wasn't overly happy with so submitted the third, which is the card below.

Just Add Ink is a fabulous challenge blog as it doesn't restrict you to certain brands/products. Although, I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I enjoy stamping and love other companies products - some of my favourites being, My Favourite Things, Lawn Fawn and Altenew. I hardly buy these brands anymore but cant resit using sets I already own.

The next card uses all SU products. This was my 'bugga, wrong colour' card. I was being a tad lazy and picked up the base which I had already adhered the Old Olive DSP left over from a previous round of projects. It wasn't until I had used the new Stampin' Up! blends did I click that I wasn't supposed to be using Old Olive at all - gah moment. No loss though, I like the card and will send it to someone.

The third card uses small Christmas themed stamps to create the background. These were then coloured using Stampin' write markers. I die cut the card front using my new Paper Roses Rectangle Stitched dies (thanks Chloe and Kelly - I love them!). This was adhered to a black layer and then attached to the card base. The sentiment from the Brightly Lit Bundle was heat embossed in white on black card stock. To finish off the card I added few little pretty extra's (love those gold clips)

Hope you are inspired to play along with us.  Cant wait to see all this weeks amazing entries.
Until next time, stay crafty
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Colour INKspiration #22 & #23

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to the Colour INKspiration Blog Hop #22 and #23. You are visiting Jackie. If you are following the blog hop you would have arrived here from fellow West Australian, the super creative, Nicole Wilson. Wasn't her framed art absolutely beautiful!  Joining us for this Blog Hop is guest designer Libby Dyson.

The Colour INKspiration Team have two stunning challenges to play along with this fortnight. Both are stunning inspiration pictures with a gorgeous collection of colours. You can choose to play along with just one or both challenges.
Here is my card for this yummy collection of colours. I adore this picture and the colours,  Christmassy with a lovely seaside theme. However, as you can see I didn't take any of those directions with creation. I wanted a CAS card with a slight Scandi feel. I adore this elongated style of card at the moment, and tend to make one in this size more frequently than not.

Card Base is Sahara Sand. Matt layers are Pear Pizzaz. The Whisper White back ground was stamped with the Post Script background stamp (stamped off as full strength was just too harsh). The deer from Merry Patterns was also stamped in Soft Suede and cut using the Stitched layers Thinlits. Marina Mist ink was used to stamp the flowers from Hello Friend stamp set and the sentiment from Colour Me Happy.

The second fabulous colour inspiration is a lovely rustic colour theme for Christmas. Such a classic and timeless colour palette for the Festive Season. I may have to adopt this for next years decorations.

Again, I didn't make a Christmas card lol I just wasn't feeling florally or santa-ish in the craft room during this creative session, so went with another simple card that would help me chew through my ever growing stash of DSP.

The card base is Crumb cake with a layer of whisper white and then Real Red card. Next, a layer of the funky black and white tartan looking check from the Merry Little Christmas DSP. A Silver Foil card banner was tucked underneath the Whisper White and Crumb Cake Stitched circle elements.
I have used the lanterns image from the Colour Me Happy stamp set and coloured with a Real Red Marker. The sentiment (one of my favourites at the moment) was inked in black Momento and adhered with mini dimensionals.
 INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Hope you join us and play along.  Up next in the blog hop is fabulously talented Monique Fielder with her creative idea for Christmas Gift giving. Enjoy!


Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog today. Until next time, stay crafty

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Just Add Ink #386 - Just Add R

Good Day Crafty Friends

Happy Friday! Its challenge time over at Just Add Ink, and this week Tina has asked we Just Add "R". I love letter based challenges as the choices are limited to your imagination. I instantly thought Real Red or Rich Razzleberry with some Ribbon, but as you will see from my card, I ended up creating something that none of these elements.

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As I am still in Christmas Card mode, I finally decided to add Reindeers for my "R" element. I had a piece of shimmery white card that had been water coloured with Lemon Lime Twist and Tempting Turquoise inks, just laying around from a previous project I opted not to use. I often make multiple backgrounds especially when water colouring or using embossing paste, as I am too lazy to do just one at a time - its the setting up and unpacking!
I like to work in a clean crafty space, and cannot leave these things out, cramping my style lol Its the same when using my sewing machine, I do multiple card fronts then pack the machine away. I think its time for more counter space in my crafty space, so I can have stations for each technique - wouldn't that be awesome!! A station for the Big Shot, Sewing Machine, Sponging/Water Colouring, Heat Embossing, Silhouette/Printer/Laminator.....Hubby says "keep dreaming" Gah!!
I will win one day soon lol My crafty space is on a Mezzanine level which also acts as a second lounge and has a portion for a desk with the computer. We watch tele up here in Winter as its easier to heat the Mezzanine level than the whole two storey house. Ive only been a demo for close to two years and my crafty space has encroached more and more into the lounge space.

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The water coloured card was cut using the reindeer die from Santa's Sleigh bundle. These die cuts were adhered to a whisper white card front which has a layer of vellum over the top. This was adhered to a layer of Sahara Sand which was then wrapped in Neutral Twine, before adhering to another layer of whisper white.
A stitched oval was cut from whisper white card and then a Sahara Sand reindeer adhered to the right. I then stamped the top part of the sentiment from Merry Patterns in Crumb Cake ink. The "season" portion of the sentiment was stamped on a scrap piece in Soft Sky and Sahara Sand inks, fussy cut and then adhered to the stitched oval.
A Soft Sky snowflake die cut using the Colourful Seasons Bundle, was attached to the twine with the Merry Christmas sentiment stamped in Sahara sand attached to the snowflake.
This card has been addressed ready to send to one of the Design Team members - the lovely, talented and extremely supportive, Kelly Kent. Just waiting on a visit to the Post Shop, Kelly xx
I hope you can join us at Just Add Ink for this weeks challenge - Just Add "R". The Design Team have created some stunning cards to inspire you, be sure to check them all out here
Until next time, stay awesome