Haiku, you-ku, we all should ku...

It's not super often that I stamp just for fun and without a specific reason or recipient in mind, but this afternoon I did just that and had SO much fun!

I had received the gorgeous Asian Artistry Level 2 hostess set from the Autumn/Winter mini a good few weeks ago, and hadn't even got around to mounting it, so I rectified that today, pulled out some of the very small amount of Haiku DSP that I have remaining in my stash and made this...

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The next thing I plan on rectifying is the amount of Haiku DSP that I have in my stash, which coincides nicely with the fact that it's part of the current Deal of the Week, but only until tomorrow night, so if you'd also like to build your stash of DSP to the tune of more Haiku, Raspberry Tart, Pink Flamingo, Tea Party or Sweet Slumber, then you'd best be contacting me asap to make sure you get it at its current awesome price!

Here's another Haiku creation that I don't believe I have shared here yet...

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This one also uses the awesome Two-Step Bird Punch, which is such good fun and has loads of possibilities for use.

The thing I think I love best about Haiku is the colour combination.  It's not one that I would likely have come up with on my own, but it works so well and has become a bit of a fave.

It's Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, So Saffron and More Mustard for those of you wishing to play along at home :)

If I haven't managed to sway you in the direction of Haiku yet, check out some more projects I have posted previously -->HERE<-- and -->HERE<--, then make sure to order yours before the Deal finishes tomorrow night!

Asian Artistry Haiku Card" Stamps: Asian Artistry Paper: Haiku DSP, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, More Mustard, Old Olive, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, More Mustard, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip Accessories: Aquapainter, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Horizontal Slot Punch, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

"Haiku Bird Card" Stamps: Sanded, Trendy Trees (greeting) Paper: Haiku DSP, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, More Mustard, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip Ink: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip Accessories: Two Step Bird Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Top Note die, Tangerine Tango Striped Grosgrain, Clear Buttons, Stampin' Sponges, 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.....

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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.

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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.

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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

Hello Autumn!

Undoubtedly the most exciting time of the Stampin' Up! year is the release of the new Idea Book & Catalogue, and those of you who've been along for the stampin' ride for a while would recall that in previous years, the beginning of April meant exactly that.

This year however, things are a little different, as the IB&C release date has been pushed back to September to bring the Australian product offering and release more in line with that of the US (is that cheering I hear....?!).

This has left a neat little space between now and September for the oh so amazing Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue...

Here is just a taste of what you will find inside.  Click on the images for further information.

This first one needs no introduction I'm sure.  Perhaps just an accompanying sound effect...

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I am personally beside myself with excitement about all the new things this mini brings.

I am throwing little party of sorts in its honour the weekend after Easter, so if you're not already on my mailing list, you might want to make sure you get on it, as the details for the launch are being sent out tomorrow!

Get to it!

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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!

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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