MDS tutorial, design team complete + 30% off selected seasonal downloads

I promised in my previous post that I had a tutorial video coming to show how I achieved one of the fun techniques on the layout I made for my MDS Design Team introduction, and here it is now!

For your viewing and digital learning pleasure, I bring you my guide to creating your own cute digital washi tape! 


The MDS design team that I am so ridiculously excited to be included on is now complete with the introduction of the final two members, Cori and Teneale just a couple of days ago.


Make sure to visit the dedicated My Digital Studio website to keep updated with all of the digital goings on and design team work! 

By no means least, the final thing I want to share with you today is that you can score an incredible collection of Holiday and Christmas themed downloads at 30% off until 30 November. 


I have already taken myself on a bit of a shopping expedition and have plans for some cute Christmas themed decor for our home and Christmas celebrations.  The Season of Style Pocket Cards pictured above were high on my agenda and for $6.27, I really couldn't leave them there.  

Or any of the other ones that made it into my basket...

What I love about so many of the available downloads is the amount of content you get inside, this one being a great example. 

As well as all of the complete, pre-designed pocket cards that allow you to simply print and go, you also get masses of components that make up the designs, including a 24 piece digital stamp set and 46 embellishments, which can be used in any other projects that you you might be undertaking.


Check out all of the downloads included in the offer and get your Christmas digi on today... 

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Exciting MDS news


A couple of weeks ago, quite out of nowhere, I received an email from a lovely gal who works at Stampin' Up! and she asked me if I'd like to be involved in a newly created Design team for MDS

Would I WHAT?! 

After a bit of backing-and-forthing about what it involved, what was required of me and some other things logistical in nature, I was ready to sign on the proverbial dotted line and excited to get started!

And today it starts!  For me at least... 

Design team introductions started going up on the My Digital Studio blog on October 21st, with the introduction of Holly and Amber, followed a couple of days later by Kimberly and Monica.  Towards the end of last week, the incredibly talented Heather Summers joined in and today I share the spotlight with the lovely Mandy Grant.   

There are nine of us overall, so two more members to come!

As part of our spotlight on the blog, we had to introduce ourselves and share some fun facts.   Why is it that as soon as you're asked to share fun facts about yourself, you turn into the most un-fun person around?!  I can't tell you how long it took me to come up with five of them and as it turns out, some artistic licence was taken with one of my submissions.  Perhaps I really do need a fun injection *snort*

We also had to submit an MDS project that captured our personality and if you pop on over to the introduction post, you will see that my personality pretty much consists of my angel girls and my current favourite colours, much like all of my scrapbooking layouts, digital or otherwise.

Here's a peek...

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The other reason you'll want to visit is because Stampin' Up! are giving away one of the Design Team's favourite listed downloads, drawn from amongst the comments on the post, so make sure you leave a comment telling us which is your must have out of our lists and it just might be yours!

I played around with some fun digital techniques on this layout and have recorded a video tutorial on one of my favourites that I'll be sharing with you later this week, so be sure to pop back for that... 

Thanks for sharing my excitement about this announcement and I look forward to providing you with lots of digital inspiration over the next little while.


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Just Add Ink #24 - a sketch

This week - at least what's left of it - over at Just Add Ink, there's a funky sketch challenge for you to play along with...

I just love the simplicity of this sketch and envisage that I will be revisiting it again many times!

Here's what I did with it for the challenge...

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I used a similar technique as I did for the Just Add Vintage challenge a little while back, combining a couple of background stamps and some embossing powder.

If you'd like to play along with this sketch challenge, head over to Just Add Ink before midnight Wednesday and link up your entry!

Tell 'em I sent ya ;-)

"Just Add Ink Challenge #24" Stamps: Baroque, Sanded, Upsy Daisy (greeting) Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Kraft Ink: Versamark, Soft Suede Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Brayer

Just Add Designer Series Paper

We're up to week 23 at Just Add Ink and the girls have come up with yet another fabbo challenge to get your creative juices flowing...  Just Add DSP!

After a false start that I just couldn't bring myself to make public, I used the opportunity to make a 12x12 scrapbook page using a photo from our recent trip to Sydney...

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The great thing about Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper is that all the hard work is done as far as co-ordination.  No longer can I be found wandering the aisles of my local scrapbooking stores hunting down papers that will work with the one that have in my hand, that invariably doesn't have a solid cardstock colour that matches either.

The papers in this layout are all taken from the Sweet Always pack, and I have only used seven of the 12 different designs that make up the pack, so the options for mixing and matching are pretty much endless!

Here's a closer look at the detail...

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The ribbon rose is a gorgeous idea that was detailed in our demonstrator publication, 'Impressions'  that we demonstrators get each month.  It's such a sweet and simple idea and a whole other way to use ribbon (and it uses ribbon, I will tell you!).

The idea of using it as a flower centre was one that I gleaned from one of the most talented scrapbookers I know, who also happens to be a Perth girl - Tanya Tahir.

I have never seen a layout of hers that I haven't gazed open-mouthed at.  Such a talent and a lovely girl too :)

So there you have it - Just Add Ink Challenge #23 - a fabulous reason to hide away with some pretty papers and turn them into something prettier.

"Just Add Ink #23 - Designer Series Paper" Stamps: None Paper:Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Sweet Always DSP Ink: Chocolate Chip for sponging Accessories: Top Note die, Little Leaves die, Timeless Type Alphabet Dies, Die Cut Blooms, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Button Latte, Linen Thread, Chocolate Chip Marker, Stampin' Sponge, Glue Dots

Just Add Ink #22

This week, Just Add Ink brings you another colour challenge, and what a cracker it is!  The lovely Bronwyn Eastley - fellow DT gal - came up with this one...

I can honestly say that left to my own devices, I would likely never have combined these colours in a single project, but that's why they call it a challenge, right?!

Here's my contribution...


Saved by my DSP collection :)

All I did was punch out 1-1/4" circles from whatever Designer Series Papers that I could find with the relevant colours.

A bit of embellishing here and there (quite literally) and I was all done.

Hop on over to Just Add Ink to check out some fabulous creations with this combo and while you're there, have a go for yourself :)

Just Add Ink Challenge #22 Stamps: Seeing Spots Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP, Cottage Wall DSP Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry Accessories: Sunny Day Simply Scrappin' Kit, 1-1/4"  and 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads, Boho Blossom Punch, Button Bouquet, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon

Just Add Ink #21 - a sketch

This week over at Just Add Ink, we have a sketch challenge for you.  It's a beauty of a sketch, with so many possibilities, two of which I discovered for myself when I wasn't sure about the first card I made, so made a second.

Here's the sketch...

And here's my first go at it...


The colour combination is a bit left of centre, and came about as a result of having tidied my computer desk and finding a selection of cardstock under the various debris.

This brought about a vague recollection of having seen a picture online somewhere and taking inspiration from the colours in it, then being distracted by some other random cyber stampin' sighting and forgetting about it until the long overdue desk clean up.

I wasn't super happy with the result (that will teach me for tidying up!) so I made a second one...


The colours in this one are much more my speed :)

I also had fun with the scallops around the edge, wanting to something a little bit different.

In fact, let's make a game of it - you tell me how I did it :)

And then tell me which card you like better, 'cause I'm still undecided...

"Just Add Ink #21 - Take 1" Stamps: Pick a Petal, Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Tangerine Tango, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Summer Sun, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart (just $11.02 until Tuesday!) Ink: Tangerine Tango, Rose Red Accessories: Rose Red 1" Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Clear Buttons, Soft Subtles brads, Scallop Border Punch, Crimper, Stampin' Dimensionals

"Just Add Ink #21 - Take 2" Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP, Sweet Always DSP Ink: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss Accessories: 1/2" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Just Add Stitching!

This is a FUN one!  Not that all the Just Add Ink challenges aren't, but I did enjoy making this card, as much as it took a little longer than usual...

So the challenge this week is to Just Add Stitching - real, faux, whichever grabs your fancy.

Here's what grabbed mine....


Ribbon flowers!  I also added a couple of rows of faux stitching along the top and bottom of the Mellow Moss strip just in case ribbon flowers didn't technically meet the stitching criteria ;-)

Being less of an embroiderer than a stamper, I Googled ribbon flowers to figure out exactly what I needed to do, but didn't really find what I was looking for.

Then I had a vague recollection that Kristina Werner had done a similar thing ages ago, which I dutifully searched for - and found - in this post that she did back in January 2008.

I actually managed to include a second challenge in this card, as I caught a glimpse of Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch #71 and had to have a go.

Here's the sketch that helped inspire the card...

Sweet Sunday Sketch 71

If you have a window of stamping opportunity and a fairly patient mindset, I would encourage you to give ribbon flowers a go!

Entries for Just Add Stitching close at midnight on Wednesday, so get out your sewing machine or your Mat Pack and Paper Piercer and jump in to the challenge!

Stamps: Embrace Life, Tiny Tags, Sanded background Paper: Always Artichoke, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, Whisper White, Tea Party DSP Ink: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke Accessories: Pretty in Pink and Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Ovals Original Die, 1/2" Circle Punch, Crafter's Tool Kit, Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker, Chit Chat rubons (retired),  Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Just Add Some Eggplant...!

So I have only just managed to make good on my promise to be back "later today" (at least according to my West Australian clock), but here I am with my entry for this week's Just Add Ink challenge.

This week it's another colour challenge for you and it was a large challenge for me as it involves Elegant Eggplant, which I can just never seem to make anything decent with!

Here are the colours...

And here is my contribution, that I'm not at all sure about, so please be kind...


As it turns out, the greatest challenge for me was finding a sheet of co-ordinating DSP to go in the background of the photo, but as you can see, that was a challenge that I didn't manage to meet.

I got out my Circle Scissors Plus for this one, which I must do more often, as I am rather partial to a circular element on a card, but quite often forget to include one.

I also dusted off Garden Whimsy for the first time in ages, which is another thing I try to do with challenges - incorporate a recently neglected stamp set at the same time.

So there you have it, a very bright and very challenging combination of colours.

The challenge for the week closes at midnight this coming Wednesday, so if you'd like to have a go at these colours for yourself, pop on over to Just Add Ink and play along!

Some extra stampin' tips for you to try....

  • Add some visual interest by popping your feature images up on Stampin' Dimensionals and extending them outside their "frame" as I've done with the butterflies
  • Tone on tone stamping - as I've done with the curly stamp with Elegant Eggplant ink on the Elegant Eggplant background - fills a bare space, but without being too busy and 'in your face'

"Just Add Ink Challenge #19" Stamps: Garden Whimsy Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Taken with Teal, Melon Mambo Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Taken with Teal, Melon Mambo Accessories: Circle Scissors Plus, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Melon Mambo Polka-Dot grosgrain, Scallop Edge Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Come hopping with us!

If you've been playing or following along at Just Add Ink for a while now, you would be aware that each week there is a new challenge posted.  Well this week there's a fun twist on our regular challenge, and I'm sure you're going to love it!

Before I get into the details of the challenge and my own entry, here's a little how-to on the whole blog hop scenario in case you're as new to this as I am....!

There are ten stops on the hop - all of the Design Team members and the Just Add Ink site itself - and it's arranged in a loop, so it doesn't matter where you start, just follow the links at the end of each post so that you get around the whole lot.

Chances are you've come here from Amanda's blog or perhaps you've just popped in on the off chance that there's something new to see.

Either way, it's great to have you here :)

You're going to want to make sure you see everything, as at each stop there is a technique tutorial!  The challenge from Just Add Ink this week is to incorporate a technique from one of the tutorials into your challenge entry!

I told you this was going to be fun!

Alrighty, let's get started shall we...?!

My tutorial is all about a technique that I just love and never get tired of...


The cast of characters

The cast of characters

Stamp image using StazOn Jet Black ink

Stamp image using StazOn Jet Black ink

To create a 'palette' of ink in the lid of your ink pad, squish the closed ink pad...

To create a 'palette' of ink in the lid of your ink pad, squish the closed ink pad...

...and you will have transferred some of the ink to the lid, from where you can pick it up to colour

...and you will have transferred some of the ink to the lid, from where you can pick it up to colour

For the first layer of colour, just grab a small amount of ink from the edge of the puddle

For the first layer of colour, just grab a small amount of ink from the edge of the puddle

The first layer is just a base to build on - keep it light!

The first layer is just a base to build on - keep it light!

For the second and subsequent layers, make your ink a little bit darker by grabbing it from the centre of the ink puddle

For the second and subsequent layers, make your ink a little bit darker by grabbing it from the centre of the ink puddle

Lay down a line of ink towards the edge of the image

Lay down a line of ink towards the edge of the image

Clean the excess ink from the aquapainter by brushing it on scrap paper

Clean the excess ink from the aquapainter by brushing it on scrap paper

Blend the colour out into the image with your clean brush

Blend the colour out into the image with your clean brush

Continue with a third layer and further of the same colours, each time using more ink and upping the saturation of the colours

Fourth layer

Fourth layer

Fifth layer

Fifth layer

I also like to colour the background of my watercoloured images to add more depth and realism to the picture, so making sure that your previous colouring is completely dry, let's move onto the background....

Same as for the stamped image, keep your first wash of colour light

Same as for the stamped image, keep your first wash of colour light

As before, a line of darker ink at the edge of the image, followed by blending out with a cleaned brush

As before, a line of darker ink at the edge of the image, followed by blending out with a cleaned brush

The finished process will result in this!

The finished process will result in this!

...and this!

...and this!

It will also result in this, which makes it all worthwhile, yes...?!

It will also result in this, which makes it all worthwhile, yes...?!

From this!

From this!

Here's a quick frame by frame to compare each step in the process....

For the final card, I wanted to keep to a fairly simple layout, so as to keep the focus on the watercoloured image and not end up with anything too busy...


I used my brand new Tiny Tags set with the matching Jewelry Tag Punch for my little greeting, but as it is so tiny, I felt that attaching it with a standard brad would be a bit overpowering, so I made my own, slightly smaller one...

Using the smaller of the two Crop-a-dile hole punches, I punched out a tiny bit of Chocolate Chip cardstock and stuck it in place using Tombow Mono Adhesive.  Then I squeezed a drop of Crystal Effects onto it to make it shiny and brad-like.

It's actually still quite cloudy and not quite dry here (in fact not dry at all!) as I was too impatient to wait to take the photo's and get started on my tutorial.

Should you  have a go at making your own brads, you will notice that they do end up a nice shiny version of the colour of the cardstock underneath, as opposed to the murky, cloudy whitish/brown number that you can see above :)

So there you have it, my contribution to what is a bumper week of tutorials!

Don't forget once you've finished the hop, your challenge is to choose one of the tutorials, make a project using it as your entry and link it up over at Just Add Ink.

I've seen a few of the projects already and my guess is you won't be able to stop at just one...!

To continue on the tour, just click the image below and keep on truckin'!  Next up is Delys...


"Just Add Ink Watercolouring Tutorial" Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, Tiny Tags Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Patterns DSP - Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip, Watercolour Paper Ink: Staz On Jet Black, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White (sponged around edge of Kraft) Accessories: Aquapainter, Jewelry Tag Punch, Crop-a-dile, Crystal Effects, Stampin' Dimensionals

Just Add Water{colouring}!

Over at Just Add Ink this week, we have a colour challenge for you!  I chose to bust out my Aquapainter and Watercolour Paper this week, hence the title of my post.

Here are the colours...

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And here is my card...


I had no idea where I was going with this, I just sat and watercoloured while my small girl played Dora games next to me on the computer.

Aside from the occasional utterance of some Spanish phrase or other from the little one, we sat mostly in companionable silence doing our thing.  Such a nice thing to be able to do :)

If I'm not back before Sunday, which at this stage is a fairly likely scenario, Happy Mother's Day to all the lovely mums out there.  May your day be filled with lovely things that hopefully don't include a bunch of kitchen appliances from the department store catalogues that always appear at this time of year.

Seriously, can we not have something frivolous and whimsical instead of white and practical for Mother's Day?!

Although having said that, I'd change my tune quite happily for a Thermomix....

"Just Add Ink Challenge #16" Stamps: Embrace Life, Trendy Trees Paper: Watercolour Paper, Soft Suede, Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Soft Suede, Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Versamark Accessories: Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon, Button Latte, White Embossing Powder, Corner Rounder Punch, Aquapainter, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Kitchen String

Just add a sketch with a matching gift box

This week over at Just Add Ink, there's a sketch challenge for you to try!

At first I was very challenged by this challenge as the sketch doesn't have a great amount of detail, but as I played around with ideas, including a fairly 'out there' colour scheme, I ended up loving the result.

Here's the sketch...

And here's what I did with it...


In the end I stuck fairly faithfully to the sketch design, using a hunk of ribbon for the wide element across the top and adding my own touch of a greeting in the bottom right.

And did I not mention that the colour combination was a bit mad?!  I can't tell you where it originated, other than the depths of my brain.  I just started pulling out some colours and spreading them out on my desk.  I ended up using no less than six of them, plus white, in the final project.

I had a particular someone in mind as I made this card and also had some gift packaging to do to go along with it, so in keeping with the colour scheme and overall design, I made a custom gift box:


I'm not going to tell you what's inside or who it's for as it should be due to arrive at its destination some time today and I have no wish to spoil the surprise in case the recipient should be checking in.

Here are the box and card together...


Very floral and rather bright and busy, but hopefully it will do the job of bringing some much deserved sunshine via the mailbox of a lovely friend of mine today :)

Head on over to Just Add Ink to check out the rest of the Design Team's take on this sketch and have a play along yourself!

"Just Add Ink #15 - Sketch and Gift Box" Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Sweet Little Sentiments Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Taken with Teal, Whisper White, Sweet Always DSP Ink: Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss, Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, Accessories: 1" Double Stitched Chocolate Chip Grosgrain; Small, Large and Scallop Oval Punches; 1/2", 3/4" and Scallop Circle Punches; Corner Rounder Punch; Small Star Punch; Rich Regals brads; Stampin' Dimensionals

Just Add Vintage

It's a couple of weeks since we returned from our Easter holiday down south  and in something other than my usual form of scrapbooking an event a good many years after it actually occurred, I have completed a page using one of the photo's I took on the trip.

Go me!

My almost seven year old doesn't have a scrapbook page of her second birthday yet, but at least she has a beach layout featuring herself from a fortnight ago, right?!

Here it is, the Just Add Ink theme for the week being vintage.....


The journalling reads:

She's a few years younger than I was when I went to Dillon Bay for the first time but Hannah was just as captivated by this beautiful stretch of beach as I remember being.  Miles of baby-powder white sand and the bluest blue water you ever did see

I grunged up the picture a bit using some Pioneer Woman actions in Photoshop and also some post-printing sponged on ink around the edges, so the baby-powder-esque sand isn't done a great deal of justice in this photo but it really is a sight to behold.

As for the layout itself, it was rather a collaborative effort, as I used elements of things that I loved from all over to put it together.

The custom made Designer Series Paper to the left of the layout was inspired by the amazing artist that is Teneale Williams.


I started out with a 12 x 5 inch piece of Baja Breeze cardstock and stamped all over it with the Sanded background stamp - first in Soft Suede, then in Versamark.

After that, I inked up my brand new Medallion stamp - also in Versamark - and stamped it in a fairly tight fitting pattern all over as well.

The whole sheet was then covered in Clear Embossing Powder and blasted with my Heat Gun.

Once it was embossed, I loaded up my Brayer with Soft Suede ink and rolled it several times all over the sheet, giving the exposed, un-embossed cardstock a gorgeous rich brown colour and leaving the embossed parts the original Baja Breeze.

This technique is called emboss resist, because the embossed part "resists" the ink that is applied.  It's a wonderful technique :)

As you would very likely be aware, the process of embossing leaves quite a shiny finish and being a vintage theme, I wanted a flatter, less shiny finish, so this is where my second collaborator comes in...

I was at the workshop of a gorgeous customer and friend on the weekend and she's one of those super clever types who tries her hand - and succeeds amazingly - at everything arty and crafty.

*waving Mandy*

During the make and takes, as I sipped on the Nespresso coffee that was whipped up for me (have I mentioned recently how much I love my job?!) I was browsing her collection of ATCs and cards and 3D projects and checking out her funky workspace and came across a card that looked very much like emboss resist, but with no embossing.

Mandy kindly let me know that the way to get rid of the embossing after the resisting had been done was to iron it!

I was keen to use this technique immediately, hence its appearance in this very challenge entry, and I was even more pleased to have a use for my iron, since it doesn't see the light of day very often in a more standard role....

Basically, you just lay some sheets of copy paper over the embossed area and using your iron on high, go right over the top, thereby melting off the embossed area, which is lifted away when the copy paper is removed.

How cool is that?!

The third collaborator was another gorgeous workshop guest and a good friend of Mandy's who is also one of those super clever crafty types.

*hi Lisa*

Lisa sent me the link to a tutorial for some particularly funky (and I thought, vintage-y) paper flowers using the Scallop Circle Punch and Crimper.


You can find the tutorial -->HERE<--

To make mine, I first stamped the Medallion onto Naturals Ivory cardstock using Baja Breeze ink, then punched out three Scallop Circles.  After following the tutorial linked above, I sponged some Soft Suede ink on the edges of the flower and added a Button Latte button and Linen Thread to the centre.

I was really happy with the way it came together, as vintage style is not something I would usually try my hand at.

If you'd like to challenge yourself to create something with a vintage twist, head on over to Just Add Ink to check out some DT inspiration!

And if you'd like any further information on my layout or the products that went into creating it, please don't hesitate to contact me!

"Just Add Vintage - History Repeating 12x12 Layout" Stamps: Medallion, Vintage Vogue, Sanded Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla textured Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies, Eyelet Border Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Clear Embossing Powder, Button Latte, Linen Thread, Stamping Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker

Just Add some gorgeous colours!

We're up to week 10 over at Just Add Ink and we have another fun challenge for you to play along with.

This time, you need to put something together using this delightful palette....

When I saw it, I had thoughts of submitting my blog header as my challenge entry, as it pretty much fits perfectly, but given that none of it is Stampin' Up! and it doesn't involve any ink, I thought better of it and moved on...

I love the soft, prettiness of this combination, but my own stamped creation is somewhat busy and loud as it turns out...


I think it's the combination of the stamped upper panel and quite detailed DSP at the bottom that sort of shouts at you...

What do you think?

For the top part, I repeatedly stamped the decorative scrolly-type stamp from  Framed with Love out of the soon to be defunct Summer Mini catalogue, turning the stamp each time so as to fill the space with a fairly regular and tight fitting pattern.

You probably determined for yourself that the Stamp-a-ma-jig is pretty much a must-have for this  part...

See that Close to Cocoa 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon across the centre...?   Well it's not actually Close to Cocoa at all, or at least it wasn't when it started out.  It's Whisper White that has simply been coloured in with the brush end of my Close to Cocoa Stampin' Write Marker.

How cool is that?!

Aren't you just so glad that you popped in today and had your ribbon colour possibilities extended in direct proportion to the number of Stampin' Write Markers that you own?

If you own every colour, then a roll of Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain and some Very Vanilla in the 5/8" will enable you to custom make your own ribbon colours in varying widths as well!

You're welcome ;-)

The main stamped image is another from Framed with Love, as is the long skinny stamp that stretches across the card underneath.  I wanted to get the most out of the one stamp set, and aside from the greeting out of Vintage Labels, managed to stick to just the one stamp set.


Check out the neat and perfect cutting out in this shot (whilst trying to avoid the less than stellar stamping if you would....)

The perfect border here is due less to my scissor wielding talents, and more to the fact that I now own a very exciting piece of die-cutting machinery plus a die that matches this stamp perfectly!

It's coming up in less than a week's time with the amazingly extensive Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue, and without going into too much detail, I can tell you that it starts with "B" and ends in "ig Shot", so deduce from that what you will ;-)

I have another card to show you tomorrow that uses the same decorative scrolly-type stamp in a similar way, but in an entirely different colour combination, so pop in over the weekend to check that out.

In the meantime, head on over to Just Add Ink to check out the amazing array of projects inspired by this combination of colours, and play along for yourself if you like!

Oh, and don't forget that both the Summer Mini Catalogue and Sale-a-bration are all done and finished come April 1, so if you *need* anything out of either of those catalogues, you'd best be contacting me quick smart!

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Just Add Ink Challenge #10 - Colour Challenge Stamps: Framed with Love, Vintage Labels Paper: Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom, Close to Cocoa, Kraft Ink: Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa Accessories: Vintage Brads, Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain (coloured with Close to Cocoa Marker), Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' dimensionals

Just Add Ink Challenge #9 - gettin' sketchy with it!

So I'm back with my project for Just Add Ink Challenge #9, which is another sketch challenge!

Personally, I'd be delirious if every challenge included a sketch, as I just love having a map of where things go for a starting point and many times will return to a sketch over and over to save myself time and angst when I need a card in a hurry.

So here's what we got for this week...

And here's what I turned it into...


The obvious thing to do where the sketch indicated a scalloped edge was to use a punch, but I wanted to do something a little bit different to show how a sketch can be interpreted in something other than the most obvious fashion.

I used a border style stamp from one of my brand new stamp sets out of the up and coming Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue to convey my idea of a scalloped edge and am quite happy that it turned out pretty much how I envisaged it :)

The other thing I wanted to do, not necessarily specifically with this sketch, but sometime soon, was bust out my Chunky Sprinkles which I got when they were part of the Inventory Clearance Sale a couple of months back, but haven't shown the light of day to since!


To create the very glittery (and as it turns out, quite heavy!) effect that you can see here, I first stamped a piece of Whisper White with my new stamp set from the up and coming Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue, then covered the entire stamped piece with Versamark.

I then covered the whole thing with Heat & Stick Powder, blasted it with the Heat Tool, then liberally spread the Crystal Iris Chunky Sprinkles over the top.

Before I returned the excess sprinkles to their container, I pressed down on them with my fingers to ensure maximum stick-ability and to try and avoid them all coming off again as soon as the card was vertical.

It seems to have worked a treat, and also ensured that everything I touched for the remainder of the day was dusted with a chunky sprinkle or seven :)

If you'd like to play along with the challenge for this week, or see what the rest of the Design Team have come up with, head on over to Just Add Ink then get busy!

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Just Add Ink #9 - Sketch Challenge Stamps: A new stamp set from the up and coming Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue (!) Paper: Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White Ink: Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red Accessories: Heat & Stick Powder, Chunky Sprinkles, Chit Chat Rubons, Button Bouquet, Stampin' Sponges

Just add....lots of stuff (and Easter)!

The title of my post refers to the fact that I have so much happening at the moment, I can barely see straight and am a week overdue with my Just Add Ink Design Team commitments as a result!!


I have created the projects, it's just the time to post them here that has eluded me since last week, so I have popped in just now to post two projects (the second one in the post following) and then will head back to my lengthy to-do list...!

So last week the challenge was Just Add Easter, which was a perfectly timely theme.  The challenge has closed, but if you head over to the JAI blog, you will be able to see all of the Design Team projects, plus a vast listing of over 50 entries received for the challenge!  The winning entries  are also posted -->HERE<--

As for my project, this is it....


This is what the classmates of my big girl will be getting for Easter in a couple of weeks' time :)

I like to make up little things for the kids in the class on special occasions, although with my small girl starting kindergarten next year, the number of goodies required will double to 60, which will keep me busy, and up late, considering that I always seem to end up finishing things off some time after midnight on the day before the occasion in question....

Does anybody else do that?

Anyway, I chose individually wrapped mini mentos as the treat, as there are quite a few kids with nut allergies in Hannah's class so I wanted to steer clear of chocolate just as a precaution.

Plus, it's really just a token thing and I'd like the children to appreciate the artistry of the little tiny matchbook style covers and colourful, glittery Easter eggs on the front rather than the sugary goodness contained within.


I still have a few to make to complete the batch for the whole class and also have something in mind for her lovely teacher as well :)

Check back shortly (unless I get horribly sidetracked, which is always a distinct possibility) for my next post - Just Add Ink #9!

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Just Add Ink Challenge #8 - Just Add Easter! Stamps: None Paper: Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Tea Party DSP Ink: None Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Fine Supernova Glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals

A challenging challenge for me!

It's week seven over at Just Add Ink, and this time around it's another colour challenge - a most challenging one for me that gave me a good old shove out of my comfort zone.

Here are the colours:

They look quite delightful and Springtime-ish here, but Bold Brights have never been a strong point for me, and having to create anything with such bright colours, quite frankly, 'frightens my life out' as my girls would say.

I will admit to a false start with this challenge that never made it into a complete card.   I wasn't happy with the stamped panel that I had created, so that was cast aside in favour of this...


The Flower Fancy stamp set that I have used here is usually one that I reserve for colours such as Rose Red and Always Artichoke, so inking up those flowers in Pink Passion and the leaves in Green Galore was quite a stretch.


The panel of Whisper White that you can see at the bottom of the card has been scored at random intervals using my bone scorer and paper trimmer.

To get this effect, you simply insert the cardstock into your paper trimmer as though you were going to cut it, but instead run the tip of the bone scorer down the cutting groove.  It's one of those great techniques that adds a little something extra to a project, but without requiring any fancy tools or equipment.

Not that I have anything against fancy tools or equipment - heck knows I own a lot of those (and have another en route as we speak....!) - but sometimes it's nice to be able to achieve simple but effective results using nothing other than what you have in your basic stamping kit.

Don't you agree?

I'd love to see what you can come up with using these colours - mostly so I can CASE some awesome ideas for myself - so make sure you head on over to Just Add Ink and play along!

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"Just Add Ink Challenge #7" Stamps: Flower Fancy Paper: Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White Ink: Punk Passion, Green Galore Accessories: So Saffron Marker, Large Oval Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Chit Chat Rubons, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Just Add....this sketch!

My word these weeks are passing quickly and it's time once again for a new Just Add Ink challenge.

This time it's another sketch challenge - love these - and here it is for your inspiration...

This one shouted "scrapbook layout" to me, so after I had asked it to please use its inside voice  (we don't shout in our house... ;-)) I set about creating a layout according to the guidelines of the sketch.

And here it is....


You will notice that I flipped the sketch around as there was more empty space to overlap the smaller pictures on the left hand side of the large one, but other than that, I stuck pretty faithfully to the original layout.

To the left of the small pictures, you will notice some little tabs...


These were created using the "left-over"  part of the Round Tab Punch as you can see in the following "how-to":

round-tab-tabs-1 round-tab-tabs-2

These tabs have function as well as a decorative purpose, as they actually indicate that the photo's can be lifted up to reveal the journalling underneath...


The journalling is divided between all three of the lift-up photo's and following on from the first bit that you can see above, says:

A couple of days after Christmas, we got to work on creating a fabulous 'do' for her.  One hour and a very patient 6 year old later, she had a head full of bouncing barrel curls.

Then it was time for the photo shoot...  Sophie hadn't been too keen on the hairstyling thing, but definitely wanted in on the modeling action...

27 December 2009

To balance the page, I added a little embellishment in the top right, using the Eyelet Border Punch to create a pretty photo corner, then layered on some stamped images and small embellishments to fancy it up a bit more.


Truthfully, the main photo is just a tad pageant-ish for my liking, but since we were just messing about and playing hairdressers, I figured she could get away with being a bit of a diva for the camera just this once :)

So now it's your turn!  Head on over to the challenge at Just Add Ink and see what you can turn the fabbo sketch into!

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"Just Add Ink Challenge #6 - Stylin' Layout" Stamps: Framed with Love, Always Paper: Close to Cocoa textured, Rose Red, Whisper White, Bella Bleu DSP Ink: Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White craft Accessories: On Board Lots of Letters, Eyelet Border Punch, Round Tab Punch, Flower Fusion and Flower Fusion Too, Button Bouquet, Pretties Kit, White Embossing Powder, Stampin' Sponges




My first video tutorial!

Hopefully it will be the first of many, but if the extended hair-pulling, teeth-gnashing, software-swapping, massive learning-curve(ing) experience that was my day today is anything to go by, I'm not sure that I can promise anything at this stage!

It is way past the time that I prefer to be long asleep these days, but having spent pretty much all day - most of it in pyjamas - trying first to start up and use the most frustrating piece of computer software I have ever known (I had higher hopes for you Adobe...), then finding what seems at this stage to be a much better editing option (yay for you, Sony!), then spending the rest of the day nutting out exactly how to edit the footage that I recorded yesterday, there is no way on God's green earth that I'm going to end this day before I have  shared the fruits of my extremely laborious labour.

So here it is - my first attempt at a video tutorial.

Please excuse the various part of the video where it appears that I have lost the ability to speak English.  I'm sure I will get used to chatting to a camera that is hovering above my right ear if I do it a bit more often.

Oh, and please also excuse my head that keeps popping into the frame at the bottom left.  You're just lucky it's out of focus, or you'd be subjected to the patch of grey hairs that I have right there.

Ok, I'll shut up now (can you tell I'm a bit nervous.....?!)


I don't currently have the capacity to upload in HD, so apologies for the quality being not so great.  It's another thing I hope to rectify if indeed I am able to make some more tutorial videos.

Right, I'm done!

Thanks for visiting (and watching if you hung around for the show!)  I'd love to hear any feedback that you might have on my first video effort :)

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Just Add Ink #4 - A colour challenge

It's week four over at Just Add Ink!  Isn't it amazing how time flies when you're having fun?

And judging by the number of entries in the challenges each week, a lot of you are having fun with the various assignments too!

For your stampin' pleasure this week, it's a colour challenge...


As many of you would know, I am a huge fan of colour challenges, and if not for them, it's unlikely that I would use more than a handful of colours EVER!

In this case, Rose Red, Kraft and Whisper White get very frequent workouts at my stampin' desk.   Sage Shadow a little less frequently, but I love it still.

More Mustard I also like, but am quite often stumped as to what to put it with, so it frequently stays in the 'too hard basket', while I move onto other colours that I'm more comfortable with.

For this reason, I was very happy to be challenged with it this week, and here's what I came up with based on this set of colours....


The smokey effect of the flowers was achieved by stamping onto Kraft cardstock using Whisper White Craft ink, then dabbing Stampin' Pastels over the top.  Except for the flower petals - those are just the plain ink.

I stamped the image onto two separate pieces of Kraft and cut the flower images out of the second one, mounting them on top of the first images using Stampin' Dimensionals to give the card more dimension and realism.

The rest is pretty self explanatory, with some punching, some ribbon, a rub-on and a whole lotta layering to finish it off.

One thing that I will point out since we're talking colour, is that you will notice that although there are five different colours used in this card, they're not used in equal proportions.

In order not to have all the colours competing with each other, and to achieve a good balance, you want to make sure not to use the same amount of each colour, but use a slightly lesser proportion each time you add a new colour in.

You will notice in my card that Kraft is the colour that you can see most of, followed by Rose Red, Whisper White, Sage Shadow, then More Mustard.

It's a rule I follow with all of my stamping and creating and it seems to have served me well.   I can always tell when I haven't quite got the proportions right, as I won't be happy with the result until I add some colour here or subtract some there.

Give it a try and let me know how you go!  I'd love to hear if this little tip has helped you out :)

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"Just Add Ink Challenge #4" Stamps: Inspired by Nature Paper: More Mustard, Whisper White, Kraft, Sage Shadow, Raspberry Tart DSP Ink: Whisper White Craft, Rose Red Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Rose Red double stitched grosgrain ribbon, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, Chit Chat Rub-ons, Stampin' Pastels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges



Stepping away from the sketch soon...

In the past two days, I have showed you two very different versions of the sketch that is the current challenge over at Just Add Ink.

In case you missed them, you can see them -->here<-- and -->here<--.

Here is the third and final (for now!) card that I made using the sketch as a guide.  It's another of the four baby girl cards I'm currently in need of to send to people I know who have recently been blessed with precious little angels...



To achieve the slightly blurry watercoloured look that you can see in the above close up, I first inked up the stamps (using Markers in the case of the flower), stamped them onto the Naturals Ivory cardstock, then took to the images lightly with an Aquapainter.  It took the defined edges off the images a bit and was exactly the softened look I was hoping for.

The little dotted border was added in as a bit of an afterthought, as I wanted to define the circle a bit more.  I drew the lines and dots free-hand with my Regal Rose Marker, then went over them with the Aquapainter as well.

The stamp set is my current absolute favourite, which is a large statement, I will admit!  It's called For Everything, and you can find it in the Summer Mini catalogue until the end of March!

I'll show you another baby project using this stamp set tomorrow, so be sure to tune in for that!

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"Just Add Ink Challenge #3 - Take 3" Stamps: For Everything Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, Pink Pirouette, Naturals Ivory, Sweet Always DSP Ink: Kiwi Kiss Accessories: Circle Scissors Plus, Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie & Rose Red Markers, 1" Circle Punch, Regal Rose wide grosgrain, Aquapainter, Stampin' Dimensionals