30 June 2011

Fancy Folds Blog Hop - JAI74

It's challenge time again over at Just Add Ink, but this week we have something a little different in store!

e going on a Fancy Folds Blog Hop! We hope you'll play along. There are only 12 stops and mine is the lucky last. So if you haven't seen the others just hit the link at the bottom of my post whichwill take you back to Just Add Ink and you can start from there.
At each stop one of the Design Team Members will be showing you a different Fancy Fold that they like and providing you with a tutorial or linking up to one they used to create their project(s). We hope to give you loads of inspiration for this week's challenge which is...

To choose one fancy card fold that you like, make a ne
w card and link it up as per usual.

Now onto my card! I have chosen the Marquee Card which was beautifully demonstrated at convention recently by Bonnie Thurber.But you can find a great online video tutorial here created by the talented Jan Tink. And since tomorrow is the first of July I thought I might share a few Christmas in July projects this month and this will be my first.

I have stamped the white cardstock with white craft ink and heat embossed it using a mix of heat & stick powder mixed with dazzling diamonds. It's hard to see the effect in the photos but it is very sparkly :)
Now just click on the link below which will take you back to JAI where you can upload your own creation for this week or check out the gorgeous projects from the other DT members.

23 June 2011

JAI73 - Sketch Challenge

This week's challenge over at Just Add Ink is a special one, and if you want to find out why be sure to pop over to the blog and check it out :)

There is a great sketch to play with this week and as usual I had to be different, and I flipped the sketch on it's side. I love that you can take the challenge and make it your own. I can't wait to see what you make so be sure to add your link over on the blog!

Here is the sketch
And here is my card. If it looks familiar, it is because it is part of a set of three I made over the last week using the Colour throwdown challenge and my home made DSP created with the Fabulous Florets stamp set.
Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Curly Cute
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil delight, whisper white
Ink: pumpkin pie, daffodil delight, kiwi kiss, versamark
Other: stitching, clear embossing powder, vintage brads.

19 June 2011

More samples for colour throwdown #146

Since I had almost a whole sheet left of the DSP I made using the fabulous florets set for this week's colour challenge over at the Colour Throwdown Blog, I decided to make up a couple more samples. However I can only show you 1 at the moment as the other is for an upcoming challenge card so you will have to pop back in on Friday if you want to see that one ;)
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Vintage Labels
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil delight
Other: Daffodil delight satin ribbon, vintage brads, stitching, PTI die

Then I also made this very plain (I think a little too plain!) and simple flower card using the new triple layer punch from SU which is so cute!
Carstock: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Kiwi Kiss
Stamps: Tiny Tags
Other: Triple Layer flower punch, stitching, tiny tag punch, white brads

16 June 2011

JAI72 - Just Add Colouring

Well another week has zoomed by so quickly that I think I lost a couple of days somewhere! I did manage to whip up this card though for the weekly challenge over at Just Add Ink. This week it is to add some colouring to your card. It can be using any medium, for my card I used a combination of prismacolour pencils and copics.

I made a criss cross card this week and you can find the tutorial for that HERE.
Stamps: Digi Image from Tiddly Inks, sentiment by Verve Stamps.
Cardstock: Melon mambo, pumpkin pie, whisper white
Ink: Pumpkin Pie
Other: stitching, rhinestones, SU! embossing folder, nestabilities, prismacolour pencils, gamsol, copics, label punch by SU!

Colour Throwdown #146

Here is a card I made for this week's challenge over at The Colour Throwdown Blog and these are the colours if you would like to play along :)

And here is my card.
Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Just Believe (both SU!)
Cardstock: whisper white, kiwi kiss, tangerine tango
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, tangerine tango, daffodil delight
Other: Stitching, pewter brads, daffodil delight satin ribbon, versamark inkpad and clear embossing powder.

13 June 2011

A musical interlude ...

And it's not Taylor Swift this time! LOL Here is my daughter Madison's latest youtube upload. It is a new song by Selena Gomez, called 'Who Says'.

12 June 2011

A new addition ... to my craft room!

I had a big clean out and reorganisation of my craft space yesterday and it felt so good!
I can't believe I didn't take before pics, because it was such a disaster area. I only seem to share the clean ones, and had wanted to prove that it actually does get out of control .... to the point where I cannot do another thing in there because there is not one clear space on my desk! lol

I had this Ikea Expedit unit inside the wardrobe in my room, so decided to move it out into my space to create a place for my big shot rather than having to use it on my desk, and also give me somewhere to put my clip-it-up system which was taking up a large area on my desk as well.

I replaced the unit in the wardrobe with an older bookcase that we had lying around, so I got out of this little re-org for not much cost. Although I did do a 'quick' trip to Ikea yesterday to pick up the baskets, drawer units and few more clear tubs.

Anyway, here is the new addition to my room. I will also put a few of the other pics up so you can see my reorganised storage. I have so much more space now, and 3 of those boxes in my expedit are still empty!

I will put a brief description under each pic re: organisation/storage etc.

I love these drawers for the Expedit units! 1 has my PTI dies and small single stamps in it, the other has all of my adhesives, the third has my SU! wheels in it and the other has all my little jars of coloured glitter etc. 3 of the boxes at the bottom are still empty, and the other has all of my chipboard and wood stuff for altering. The tubs in the top right box hold all of my nestabilities, big shot dies and cuttlebug embossing folders (there are 4 of them in the one cube).

I have changed the side section of my desk to a longer top (which I was previously using for my computer). It has given me a lot more space, especially now that I have taken the Clip-it-Up unit off the top of it!

Just a view of my bookshelves looking into the room. The rolling file unit holds my SU! cardstock sorted by colour.

A view of the top of my desk ... much more clutter-free :D

The right bookcase. This holds all of my SU! stamps (clear and wood mount), punches in the plastic tubs, misc. DSP, etc.

The left bookcase has catalogues, unmounted stamps, old SU! DSP, the black drawers have embossing folders, ink pads, and misc. accessories in it, the white basket holds all of my envelopes. A closeup of some of the shelves. The top row are my PTI stamp sets,the just buttons, and my copics and prisma markers.

And these last two are just closeups of my stamp storage and punches etc.

Thanks for looking around my little space and enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

10 June 2011

JAI71 - Just Add Black and White

Sorry for being late with my post this week, the days seem to have got away from me and before I knew it, it was Friday again!

That means time for another challenge from Just Add Ink. And this week it is to make a card using only black and white. Technically my card is black and vanilla but I figured it was close enough right?
Cardstock: Basic black, very vanilla, DSP by SU!
Ink: basic black
Other: Butterfly die, black satin ribbon

09 June 2011

Birthday wishes (with a sneak peek!)

Since I managed to get off work a little early today, I decided to make a quick card using the upcoming Button Buddies set which we were lucky enough to get at Convention.

I have cased one of Gretchen's card designs to make my card as I wanted a nice simple and clean looking card, which is what Gretchen does so perfectly! Although I think I may have too much white on mine, and could have done with a smaller stamped area. I have sprayed the vase with the shimmer paint (in a mist form) but I couldn't quite capture it in the photo.
Stamps: Button Buddies (SU!) greeting by PTI
Cardstock: Crumb cake, pumpkin pie, melon mambo and whisper white
Ink: Not quite navy, pumpkin pie
Other: SU@ border punch, flower buttons and daffodil delight satin ribbon.

06 June 2011

Copics on Kraft (and a reno update)

This weekend at my colouring in class (I love saying that!) lol, we coloured on Kraft cardstock using our copics. I love the different effect you get doing this.

Here is the card I made using the image that we coloured.


A couple of weeks ago we had a new brick fence built, which we had rendered this weekend. Now all we need to do is get the inserts made for between the posts, as well as 2 gates and of course paint it which we will do when we paint the house.

So here are a few pics of the new fence :)

02 June 2011

JAI70 - Sketch Challenge

One great thing about the fact that it's almost Friday (apart from the fact that we have a long weekend coming up!) is that it's also time for another challenge over at Just Add Ink.

This week it's a sketch challenge, and a circle sketch at that! Here is the sketch if you would like to play along (and we hope you do!).
And here is my card:

Stamps: Papertrey ink
Cardstock: Crumb Cake (aka Kraft), Early Espresso, Whisper White, DSP by PTI
Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie
Other: Early Espresso satin ribbon, nestabilities, stitching, gemstones

01 June 2011

Sparkly Butterflies (and a sneak peek)

Earlier this month we had our annual Stampin' Up! convention in Melbourne. It was so wonderful to spend three days surrounded by so many stamping friends! It was great to catch up with some I had bet before, as well as meet lots of NEW friends :)

And of course one of the highlights of convention is getting a sneak peek of some things to come. I haven't mentioned any of the projects earlier as we were not allowed to share them before June 1st. But now of course we are able to give you a glimpse (or sneak peek) of some of the goodies that we have to look forward to!

I thought I might show you something different each day over the next week or so, and here is my first project. This is from an upcoming set called 'Creative Elements'. And I'm sure you are going to love it!


Cardstock: Basic black, whisper white, Ice Cream Parlour DSP

Ink: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo

Stamps: Creative Elements (sneak peek), Sincere Salutations

Other: stitching, dazzling diamonds, heat and stick powder, gemstones, border punch