Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I kept it simple this year and didn't even use a Christmas set, or Christmas colours. The set I used is called "Sweet Sampler". I inked the main image in River Rock, and then rolled the edges of the stamp in Mellow Moss ink before stamping on Naturals Ivory cardstock. I then sponged the edges of the cardstock in River Rock ink. The word 'joy' is actually the word 'enjoy' from the same set. I just inked 'joy' with a Not Quite Navy marker. I tore the bottom edge of the Blue Bayou piece, and sponged the edges in Blue Bayou ink. The ribbon is Mellow Moss Taffeta. I stamped En Francais in River Rock ink for the background, and I designed these cards to have the 'spine' at the top. I know a lot of people hang their Chrissy cards on blinds or tinsel, so this way the card doesn't have to hang sideways.
I probably won't be on here again before Christmas, so I'll wish you all a very safe and merry Christmas, surrounded by those you love!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
· Pumpkin Pie
· Rose Red
· Taken with Teal
· Groovy Guava
· Soft Sky
· Wild Wasabi
· Groovy Guava
· River Rock
· Ruby Red
I'll try and get some more blog posts happening over the next few days. We do have house guests arriving today, staying over Christmas with their 3 kids, so I'm not sure how often I'll be able to get on the computer!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
...now, you all know that I really like comments too, don't you? ;o)
As Amy reminded you yesterday, Sunday the 14th (that's tomorrow!) is the last day to order markers individually. I have a special offer for my local customers. If you would like to order some markers, let me know by 9pm tomorrow night (14th December) and you will pay NO shipping, when you pick your order up from me. This means you are free to order just a couple of markers, and you won't get the minimum $5.95 shipping charge! Email me to take advantage of this offer
Friday, December 12, 2008
Mum says there are only 2 more days to buy the markers individually so you can make ribbon like this too.
So, since I have still not taken those pictures (I keep moving that job to the bottom of my to-do list), I thought I'd tell you about some clever people who have not been doing nothing!
Check out what Kerry has been doing with carousel notes. What a clever chick!
Kirrily has also been busy. Have a look at the cute flower she made and the purse we all admired (and coveted) at our Team dinner.
And Look! Teneale has updated her blog. Yippee!
One more thing I wanted to tell you all - If you have a spare 5 minutes, and if you have an opinion about Stampin' Up!'s colours (who doesn't??), and if you are an Aussie Stampin' Up! customer, you might like to take THIS survey, and let Stampin' Up! know what you think.
Amy is going to pop on here this afternoon and show you a card she made recently, so check back later!
Monday, December 08, 2008
I've used "Live Your Dream" from the Summer Mini, and markers to ink it up (Old Olive, Bashful Blue and Brocade Blue). Don't forget, there are only a few days left to buy your markers individually...the promotion ends on December 14!
Here's a close-up of the Rhinestone brad nested inside a pewter Jumbo eyelet. Isn't it purty?!
You can also see the Linen background stamp more clearly:
Stamps: Live Your Dream, Linen, Forever in my Heart
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Old Olive
Other: Large Oval Punch, Small oval Punch, Pewter Jumbo eyelets, "Ice" circle Rhinestone brads, Pewter Jumbo eyelets, Crop-a-dile, markers (Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue)
Now, the answer to my Blog Candy. It was interesting reading your favourite papers. It was pretty evenly divided among the 3 designs, which isn't surprising since all 3 are just gorgeous. Afternoon Tea is a narrow favourite for me, and as many of you guessed, "Embrace Life" is my favourite stamp set. The first eligible guesser was Kerrie. Email me Kerrie with your address, and I'll pop some Felt Fusion flowers in the mail for you!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
It was the best night! There were 16 of us, and Ruth was kind enough to host us all at her house. She went to so much trouble with table decorations (check them out on her blog), Kirrily did some games for us all (Ruth and I won, but everyone else got the prizes LOL), and all the food was so yummy, especially Liam's Cannelloni! Ruth and I did the other food, and we had a feast! We also had a Secret Santa (isn't it great to get a present that you just know you're going to love?! We gave each other items on our Stampin' Up! wishlist of course!), and a Christmas card swap. I feel so blessed to have a team of such lovely ladies!
Now, a card. I made this card as a sympathy card for a friend a little while ago, and I had some very sad news today that another friend of mine lost her baby boy, so I am feeling rather emotional....
I stamped in Black Stazon on Watercolour paper and used an Aquapainter and my inkpad to colour in. I used the Scallop edge punch to make the Rectangle. Check out THIS tutorial to find out how I did it. I'm so happy we have this punch now. I don't think it has made it back into my drawer since I got it!
Stamps: Paisley, Embrace life, Sincere Salutations
Ink: Versamark, Black Stazon, Purely Pomegranate
Cardstock: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate, Watercolour paper
Other: wide Double-stitched Chocolate Chip ribbon, sponge daubers, Aquapainter, Scallop Edge punch
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
The Summer Mini is LIVE, and isn't it gorgeous?? I just love all those papers, and I have a favourite stamp set already....read on for some Blog Candy ;o)
The promotion for December is just amazing. You can get 20% off 12 great items, just by spending $20. It's not often you can get a set of 6 stamps for just $16.76!
Here's the list of all the items that are 20% off:
Festive Favourites stamp set (page 27) was $45.95 now only $36.76
Crazy For Christmas stamp set (page 28) was $39.95 now only $31.96
Snow Flurries stamp set (page 29) $20.95 now only $16.76
Tag Time stamp set (page 43) $53.95 now only $43.16
Many Merry Messages stamp set (page 111) $64.95 now only $51.96
12″x12″ Days-to-Remember Calendar (page 133) was $20.95 now only $16.76
6″x6″ Days-to-Remember Calendar (page 133) was $18.95 now only $15.16
Winter Bright Simply Scrappin’ (page 138) was $36.95 now only $29.56
Three for You Punch Box (page 138) was $85.95 now only $68.76
Very Vanilla 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon (page 146) was $14.95 now only $11.96
Certainly Celery 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon (page 146) was $14.95 now only $11.96
White Square Aluminium Metal Edge tags (page 147) was $7.50 now only $6.00
The Single Marker Promotion has been extremely popular, and now you have until December 14 to take advantage of it. Woo Hoo!
Now I thought it's about time for some Blog Candy of my own...tell me which is your favourite paper from the Summer Mini - Afternoon Tea, Bali Breeze, or Ginger Blossom - AND have a guess at which stamp set is my favourite? The winner will be drawn at random later in the week, and will get some Felt Fusion Flowers to try. Open to Australian residents who aren't Stampin' Up! demos (but feel free to have a guess anyway, and let me know in your comment if you aren't eligible!)
And now for a card...this is the card we made at my Catalogue Launch night, a nice simple one:
Stamps: In the Stars, Lots of Dots (Jumbo Wheel)
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Night of Navy
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Other: Large Star Punch, Small Star Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Wild Wasabi Double-Stitched ribbon, Wheel guide
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Kerry is a very talented stamper who joined my team in October. Check out her gorgeous creations and divine watercolouring while you're there. She has a way with words too, and always gets me giggling!
Friday, November 28, 2008
So, in the vein of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, here is my Spring Mini "How do I Love thee? Let me count the ways". You might want to grab a cuppa. This is going to be LOOOOOONG!
"Bloomin' with Beauty", such a joy to watercolour
Apple Cider papers, those gorgeous colours and patterns
Die cut Blooms and Summer Picnic paper make a perfect partnership
...and I didn't have nearly enough time to play with my "Always" stamp set!
And just look at the cards and gifts I won't be able to make without Holiday Harmony paper, Satin ribbon, "Tags for All" and "Season of Joy":
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Thursday, November 27, 2008
This is a really quick card, perfect for those times when you have to dash out the door, and realise that you need a card for someone.
Just grab a pre-cut and scored A6 card and matching C6 envelope. Wheel the "It's beautiful" Jumbo wheel (from the Spring Mini) in Certainly Celery. Punch out some Groovy Guava and So Saffron flowers using the "One of a Kind"stamp set (from the Spring Mini) and the matching "Boho Blossoms" punch (also from the Spring Mini) and stick them on using the 2-way glue pen. Stamp the large flower from "One of a Kind" (did I mention that this is from the Spring Mini, and it's only $35.95? ;o) in Groovy Guava ink and colour using a sponge dauber, and pop a flower in the centre using a Dimensional. Stamp 'for you' (also from "One of a Kind") in Groovy Guava, and finish with some Groovy Guava ribbon and some Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Just apply 2-way glue where you want the glitter, sprinkle it on, and tap off the excess...no need to even wait for it to dry! How quick is that?
Monday, November 24, 2008
Yet another set that will no longer be available at the end of this month *sob*.... Only a week to go!
Stamps: True Friend, En Francais
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Night of Navy
Ink: Bordering Blue, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Versamark
Other: Round tab Punch, Rhinestone brads, Bashful Blue Taffeta ribbon, Crop-a-dile, Dimensionals
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Another couple of sneak peaks on this card - a new stamp set "Eastern Blooms", and gorgeous new paper "Bali Breeze".
The colours Kristina gave us to play with this week are Elegant Eggplant, Close to Cocoa, so Saffron, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White.
The small punched flowers are from the "Three for You" punch box, and have been adhered with Vintage brads. The ribbon is Elegant Eggplant grosgrain, and White taffeta coloured in with a Close to Cocoa marker. I did the corners on the main image panel using the 1/4" square punch, and taking a 'bite' out of each corner...I thought it kinda went with the Asian feel.
The word Thanks is from another new set "Live Your Dream" and I punched it out with the Word window punch, and then re-inserted it into the punch to make a shorter Word window, and then attached it to a So Saffron Small oval.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
These colours are River Rock, Always Artichoke and Purely Pomegranate. Here's a blue version:
Ballet Blue and Bashful Blue with Silver embossed accents.
Which one is your favourite?
Monday, November 17, 2008
For those who don't know, a brayer is a rubber roller used to apply ink. It's an essential item in a stamper's toolbox, and can be used to get rainbow effects like this, as well as to apply ink evenly to large detailed stamps, to dye patterned paper a different colour, and lots more.
To get this look, we used gloss cardstock, and started by brayering the entire piece with More Mustard ink. You apply ink using a brayer by rolling backwards and forwards until the ink is even. I find gloss is a bit more forgiving to brayer on than regular cardstock.
I then stamped the bird from 'Always' in Elegant Eggplant ink, and masked him with a cut-out sticky note. Next I stamped the Baroque Motifs swirl in More Mustard ink. I then made a mask for the sun (just a 1 3/8" circle punched out of a Sticky note). Next I brayered with Really Rust ink, starting at the top of the card and working my way down as I rolled to get a blending effect. I did the same thing with Chocolate Chip on the bottom half. Then I removed the sun mask, and stamped the branches from Always on the right hand side.
The finishing touches are some black grosgrain ribbon on the left, with a Hodgepodge paperclip, and the sentiment is also inside a Hodgepodge frame.
'Always' is another gorgeous set that is only available until the end of this month!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
So, this super-quick and simple (but hopefully elegant!) card is doing double-duty as a birthday card for a special someone and my challenge card!
It's also a sneak peak of a stamp set that is coming soon ;o)
Stamps: Polka Dot background, Embrace Life
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White, Old Olive, Certainly Celery
Other: Celery Wide Grosgrain ribbon, Scallop border punch (also coming soon!), Blender Pens
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I stamped the large flower from One of a Kind in So Saffron ink, and used a dauber to give it a bit of extra colour (just like I did HERE). I stamped the triple-flower in Blue Bayou ink and punched it out with the Boho Blossom punch. The rest is really easy, just more punching and a So Saffron brad and Blue Bayou ribbon to finish it off.
Monday, November 10, 2008
This is the most beautiful set to watercolour, and I'll be so sad to see it go! *sob*
I've watercoloured with the brush tip end of my markers, straight onto watercolour paper, and then blended with an Aquapainter. You get really deep tones colouring this way, and it's really quick too! I used Apricot Appeal and Pumpkin Pie markers for the flower, Mellow Moss for the stem and leaves (use the fine tip end for the stem), and then Going Gray around the flower to add a shadow.
It's hard to tell in the pic, but I stamped the Linen background on Apricot Appeal cardstock in Apricot Appeal ink. It gives the cardstock a textured look. I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the blossom definition (from 'Bloomin' with Beauty'), and stamped in Pumpkin Pie ink. I paper-pierced the Pumpkin Pie cardstock strip, top and bottom, and sponged the edges too. The friendship stamp is from 'Think Happy Thoughts' and I stamped the little bee from 'Bloomin' with Beauty' in the middle. I wanted the circular sentiment to sit flat, so I used the 1 3/8" circle punch to take a 'bite' out of the main image panel (after I adhered the 2 layers together). Then I could pop the sentiment circle in to fit snugly where I wanted it.
Stamps: Bloomin' with Beauty, Linen, Think Happy Thoughts
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Black Stazon,
Cardstock: Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Mellow Moss, Watercolour Paper
Markers: Apricot Appeal, pumpkin pie, Mellow Moss, Going Gray
Other: Apricot Appeal Grosgrain ribbon, Mat pack, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig
From 10-30 November, purchase Stampin' Write markers individually for $4.95!
Never before offered in Australia!
If you've ever wanted to try Stampin' Write Markers, but haven't wanted to buy the whole pack, this is your chance!
Or perhaps you have some markers that are so well-loved that they need replacing?
Maybe you've wished for ribbon in a colour that is not available? Just use a marker to colour in White Taffeta ribbon, and quickly and easily make your own custom colours.
...I know I'll be stocking up on some of my favourites!
Read more about it HERE
20% off Rub-Ons Promotion
If you've ever wanted to try Rub-Ons, this is your chance! Read more about it HERE
Spend $20 on regular catalogue merchandise and qualify to purchase any Rub-Ons assortment at 20% off! Once you spend your $20, you may purchase as many packs as you like!
Only $15.96 per pack (regularly $19.95). There are 2 sheets in every pack, one black and one white.
141 Urban West Rub-Ons
141 Cherished Memories Rub-Ons
141 Anchored Rub-Ons
6* Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons
11* A Perfect Day Rub-Ons
*From Spring 2008 Mini Catalogue
You can see a selection of cards I've made using rub-ons HERE
Feel free to email me with any questions you may have!
I'll be back later today with a card :o)