From the archives - Bright Betsy

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Wandering through some random photos files recently, I came across some cards that I'd completely forgotten that I had made and photographed and definitely hadn't shared, so I'm going to pop some up here for your perusing pleasure.

I can't even recall who I made them for, and will have to take an educated guess as to the colours that I used, but I must say, I was chuffed with the discovery of them!

If I could ask you to blinker your eyes to the occasional retired product (easily replaced by a newer version - think button and DSP), then we're all good!

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I'm not sure how I ever overlooked this one lurking in my files, bright and cheerful as it is!  I'm thinking a recreation of this in the delicious current In-colors would go down a treat, don't you think...?

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Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms, Petite Pairs Paper: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Whisper White, Subtles DSP stack Ink: Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Deligth, Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray Accessories: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Brights Buttons, Large Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Teacher cards 2013 - instalment #1

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Last week on my Facebook page, I posted a sneaky peek of one of the cards I made for my girls' teachers with a promise that I would be over here on my blog sharing the whole lot this week.

So here I am, and I'm so excited to share with you some of the cards that have been consuming a lot of my time these past couple of weeks, along with all the other stuff that the end of a school year brings with it.

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This is the card that I created for my big girl's lovely Year Five teacher.  It (as is the case for all of the teacher cards that I will be sharing over the next few posts) is a larger card than standard, the base being a whole sheet of A4 card stock folded in half.  This allowed for all of the kids to sign it and write their message of gratitude for a fantastic year.

It's themed around the gorgeously grungy Soho Subway Designer Series Paper, so my colour inspiration comes directly from that.  The all new and incredibly fabulous Envelope Punch Board also allowed me to create a big ol' envelope using the same DSP to house the card and keep to the theme as well.

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A fun way that I added some texture was to cut out the smallest butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die out of the Burlap Ribbon (page 18 of the current Holiday Catalogue for those of you playing along at home) using my Bigshot.  

Each wing of the butterfly fit snugly across the width of the burlap and the gap in the middle was hidden neatly by the addition of a Very Vintage Designer Button tied with Linen Thread.

Some varied splatters from the ever useful and incredibly versatile Gorgeous Grunge (wood/clearstamp set completed the look.

Stay tuned for the rest of my teacher cards coming up this week, interspersed with some fun MDS decorating inspiration...

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Stamps: Postcard, Gorgeous Grunge, Lacy & Lovely Paper: Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Soho Subway DSP Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Vintage Trim, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals 

Mother's Day + a fun MDS gift idea

I had a truly lovely day on Sunday - celebrating with the little ladies that call me mum and the two ladies that I am fortunate enough to have as mums in my own life, my precious mum and my gorgeous mother-in-law.

The day started early, with a sweet breakfast of tea and vegemite toast in bed, made entirely by small hands as my nightshift worker husband slumbered beside me.  He was awake soon enough though, as I was excitedly showered with sweet crafty gifts and cards that had been smuggled home from school the week before and stealthily stashed away from prying mummy eyes.

We visited both Nanny (my mum) and Mama (handsome man's mum) later in the day, bearing this card for each of them...

Having recently acquired the Bitty Butterfly punch, I was excited to use it in a way that was inspired by an example in the current Seasonal Catalogue - page 38 for those of you playing along at home ;-)

And just because I want to use every opportunity and significant event as an excuse to bust out some MDS, I also whipped up a cute and cheeky bit of personalised home decor for my lovely mum...

This is an exclamation that Nanny attaches to pretty much any situation, be it in amazement, frustration, excitement, delight or otherwise, and it's something that she's known for in several of the circles that she moves in.

I'm pleased to report that she loved it and it now sits happily on her recently and beautifully styled bookshelf :-)

Keep an eye out for a quick how to video on some simple techniques that I employed to create the framed image - coming your way soon...!

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Stamps: Hearts a Flutter, Woodgrain, Simply Serif Alphabet Paper:Soft Suede, Crumb Cake Naturals Ivory, Calypso Coral, Tea for Two DSPInk:Soft Suede, Crumb CakeAccessories: 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder, Bitty Banner Framelits, Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges

Background: Card StockBermuda Bay Stamps:Designer KitsHello WorldHello World - flourish, Color = Whisper WhiteFont: AR Bonnie

Meandering down Madison Avenue...

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With the end of Sale-a-bration almost upon us (this coming Friday for those of you who are unaware...), I thought it was time that I showed you some more sample cards that I created with some of the free items in Sale-a-bration brochure.

This time I'm focusing on the gorgeous Madison Avenue stamp set, which happily has a range of other free Sale-a-bration items that complement it beautifully, namely the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper and Ribbon & Buttons Bundle, and the Vine Street Textured Impression Embossing Folder.

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You can see with this card that I'm still in the white-on-white phase that I referenced in my previous post ;-)  I love the crisp white with the bold splash of coloured spots in the strip of Sycamore Street DSP at the bottom and the sweet Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain bow.

Stamps: Madison Avenue, Sweet Essentials Paper: Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP Ink: Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo Accessories: Sycamore Street Ribbons & Button Bundle, Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain, Large Pearl Basic Jewels, Neutrals Buttons, Glue Dots

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More white, but also a touch of Pool Party this time too (can't believe the time of Pool Party and his good friends Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade is drawing to a close!  They'd have to be my all time fave In-Colors, hands down...).

The above card was one of the make and takes at the Seasonal Catalogue and Sale-a-bration launch event that some of my team and I held back at the beginning of February.

Stamps: Madison Avenue, Petite Pairs Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Sycamore Street DSP Ink: Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry Accessories: 1/2" and 2-1/2" Circle Punches, Hearts a Flutter and Bitty Banners Framelits, Vine Street Embossing Folder, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

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This card showcases how you don't have to be restricted to using just the stamps in the one set - here I mixed it up with some hearts from the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and Framelits and completely veered away from the colour scheme dictated in the previous cards by the Sycamore Street DSP, this time opting to pair the stamps with the softer Tea for Two DSP and some pretty, girly colours :-)

Stamps: Madison Avenue, Hearts a Flutter, Sweet Essentials Paper: So Saffron, Tangerine Tango,Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Tea for Two DSP Ink: Lucky Limeade, Tangerine Tango, Pink Pirouette Accessories: Sycamore Street Ribbons & Button Bundle, Adorning Accents Embossing Folders, Hearts a Flutter Framelits


If you have yet to take advantage of the amazing freebies to be had during Sale-a-bration, make sure to contact me with your order by this coming Friday, March 22nd!

Join me here tomorrow as we turn and take a stroll down Sycamore Street.... ;-)

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Be still my fluttering heart...

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to a gorgeous engagement party at a beautiful Perth yacht club on a balmy Sunday evening.

Such a lovely occasion called for an equally lovely card, and there are few stamp sets lovelier than Hearts a Flutter, particularly when you take into account the matching Framelits (discounted and coordinated product bundle, anyone...?!  Ask me for details... ;-))

Stamps:    Hearts a Flutter, Sweet Essentials    Paper:    Pool Party, Basic Black, Primrose Petals, Naturals White, More Amore Specialty DSP    Ink:    Whisper White Craft Ink, Basic Gray    Accessories:    Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Neutrals Buttons (Basic Gray), Whisper White Embossing Powder, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Hearts a Flutter, Sweet Essentials Paper: Pool Party, Basic Black, Primrose Petals, Naturals White, More Amore Specialty DSP Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink, Basic Gray Accessories: Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Neutrals Buttons (Basic Gray), Whisper White Embossing Powder, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

This was my first inking of the stamp set, and my first go with the Framelits too, and I can see them both becoming firm favourites.

Am I the only one that gets all goose-bumpy at the cutting perfection of the large heart shaped Framelit around the edge of the pretty, lacy heart stamp?  Surely not...

SARAH'S STAMPIN' TIP:

  • Coloured cardstock, very thinly cut, makes for perfectly co-ordinated "thread" in your buttons :-)
  • A Post-it note is your best friend when trying to ensure that a Framelit doesn't move during the cutting process.  Stick one across the Framelit and the stamped cardstock to hold them in place as they go through the Bigshot

The Hearts a Flutter stamp set and matching Framelits, along with the More Amore Specialty Designer Seriespaper that you can spy in the background can be found on page 11 of the Seasonal Catalogue and can be ordered by the simple process of getting in touch with me ;-)

A handmade blokey thank you...

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If you follow my Facebook page (what do you MEAN you don't follow my Facebook page...?!), then you would have seen me allude to the fact last week that I was trying my hand at making a gift for a bloke.

And wondering if I was slightly mad to be doing so...

Well I did it, and having had a few days to keep picking it up and looking at the finished product, I'm very glad I did :-)  What started out as a picture in my brain (do your projects start out that way too...?), I'm pleased to report that it turned out as well, if not better than I had hoped...

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The book itself is one that I got at Typo in Sydney several years ago now (before Typo headed over to us here in the West)   I have a whole shelf in my craft room cupboard dedicated to "alterables" that I collect and like to have on hand for when inspiration and the need for a handmade gift strike.

It's a simple lined notebook, and I'm fairly confident/quietly hopeful that the recipient is a notebook type of person.  I'm also hopeful that despite knowing that he has read my blog in the past, he won't be visiting here prior to receiving it in the mail next week...

SARAH'S STAMPIN' TIPS:

  • You don't necessarily have to own stamps with tools on them to create blokey projects.  I tend to use combinations of blues, greens and browns and basic shapes when creating for the fellas in my life
  • Get out your sewing machine!  Stitching adds some great extra texture :-)
  • Check out the new embossing folders in the catalogue for some fantastic blokey options!  Houndstooth, Chevron and Argyle spring to mind...
  • The "D" monogram was cut out using the BigShot and the new Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die from a piece of thin chipboard backing that came with something, some time, probably a long time ago that I had saved, knowing that it would be useful down the track.  Moral of the story - save your packaging :-D

What do you make for the blokes in your life...?

Stamps: French Foliage Paper: Naturals Ivory, First Edition Specialty DSP, Fan Fair DSP Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede Accessories: Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Antique Brads, Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin' Sponges, Sewing Machine

Sweet Sunday Balloons!

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I am having a small love affair with hot air balloons at the moment, specifically the ones from Up, Up and Away.  There are endless colour and layout opportunities in this one sweet stamp set.

Today I used it to make a card for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #161...

So often I find myself creating different versions of the same card layout, so it's great to have such fabulous sketch inspirations available on the interwebs :-)

Here's my contribution to the challenge:

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It's a whole heap brighter than what I would usually do, so it's a bit of a leap outside my comfort zone.  I'm not sure if my own personal jury is still out on it or not...  Might try the same sketch in some earthy colours that are more my usual speed ;-)  I am also going to try my luck in Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Design Team casting call.

Wish me luck!

SARAH'S STAMPIN' TIPS:

  • Sponge the edges of cardstock to add depth, particularly when layering the same or similar colours eg the Lucky Limeade DSP "hills"
  • Stamp tone on tone to add an image without making it a feature, like the birds in the sky, stamped in Pool Party ink onto Pool Party cardstock
  • Itty Bitty Buttons and Glue Dots are a match made in stampin' heaven...!

HAVE YOU HEARD...?!  Right through until July 31st, hostesses whose workshops total more than $650, get to choose an extra $90 in hostess benefits.  That's $190 in freebies PLUS any item of choice at 50% off.  Doesn't get much better than that.  Book your workshop today, or ask me about one of the four remaining spots in my virtual workshop where EVERYONE shares the free stuff ;-)

Stamps: Up, Up and Away Paper: Night of Navy, Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Pool Party, Peach Parfait, So Saffron, Just Eat Cake DSP, In Color 2011-13 DSP stack Ink: So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Night of Navy, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Early Espresso Accessories: 1-1/4 & 1-3/8 Circle Punches, Owl Builder Punch (small heart), Itty Bitty Buttons, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Sponges

A spicy tote and TWO MORE DAYS!

With all the hype about Sale-a-bration, the Summer Mini catalogue was sort of in danger of being thought of as rather the red-headed step-child (absolutely no offense intended to red-headed step-children), but with so many lovely things contained within its 23 pages, it's entirely unfair not to shine a bit of light on it, my particular favourite item being the Spice Cake Designer Fabric.

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Here is a little (fully reversible) tote bag that I made up using a tutorial that I found {HERE}.  The original pattern for a full sized tote was a bit too large for the fat quarter sized pieces of fabric that make up the pack of Spice Cake, so I shrunk the pattern by half, which makes it just big enough for a wallet, phone, sunglasses and keys.

I know this first hand, as I was so excited when I finished it (which took a couple of hours one evening in front of the sewing machine and TV simultaneously) that I loaded it up the very next day and took it along when I dropped my girls to school :-)

Here's a peek at the fully lined inside...

spice-cake-tote-insideAnd a closer look at the medallion-style embellishment...

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I glued a pin onto the back of the embellishment, so that it can be removed and re-pinned in case I want to turn the bag inside out and use the other pattern, or even take it off entirely and pin it to a scarf or jacket :-)

The plaid pattern in the very back is actually a pair of cotton shorts that I found in an op-shop for a couple of dollars and pounced on because the colours were exactly right to co-ordinate with the fabric.  Win!

The only other non Stampin' Up! product is the circle of felt with notches cut out of it that you can see peeking out from under the jumbo Pear Pizzazz Designer Button.  If Stampin' Up! had felt in colours that matched the colour collections, I'd be all over it in a second, but until they do (perhaps we can all work on them together ;-)) I will have to source it elsewhere...

I'm SO very excited that Stampin' Up! is now carrying Designer Fabrics (just WAIT until you see the one coming in the Autumn/Winter Mini *drool*) - it allows me to combine my love of all things Stampin' Up! with my old and re-emerging love of sewing.

Can't be unhappy with that ;-)

Have you experienced the Stampin' Up! fabrics first hand yet?  Tell me what you've made, I'd love to know!

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Pizzazz no more...!

There are several stamp sets that really made my stomach drop when I saw them show up on the retiring list, one in particular being Petal Pizzazz.

The beautiful, big, bold flowers lend themselves to beautiful, big, bold projects and I have used them SO very much these past couple of years!

Today I have another pizzazz-y project to share - one that I created recently as a gift for one of the mums from my small girl's kindy class at school.  She is currently going through chemotherapy treatment and one of the other lovely mums organised a meal roster for the family, so for the past several weeks, the vast majority of the family's weekday evening meals have been delivered to their doorstep.

I took a turn to take them my Grandma's meat pie a couple of weeks ago (recipe below for those of you after a fabulously simple but hearty family meal!) and took the opportunity to include an extra little something to hopefully bring a smile to her face in the midst of such a turbulent and scary time for a mum with young children.

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I wanted the front to be bright and cheery, so Petal Pizzazz combined with some gorgeous colours and lashings of stripey Old Olive ribbon did the trick perfectly :-)  I also added some embossed Perfect Polka Dots onto the largest flower for some added whimsical texture, and some pearls and a button, well, because I like them :-)

Inside I tucked a beautiful teal coloured scarf that I hoped would add some colour to some less than colourful days, and also a voucher for a massage that I hoped might provide some relaxing time too.

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As I promised earlier in the post, here is the recipe for the at-least-three-generations-old recipe for my Grandma's famous (at least in my family!) meat pie:

Ingredients: 500g beef mince 1 onion 1 potato 1 carrot 1 turnip salt and pepper to taste 1 quantity of shortcrust pastry (I used to use the ready made frozen stuff, but now I returned to making my own as Grandma would have done - only she didn't have a Thermomix, bless her ;-))

Method: 1. Preheat your oven to 180°C

2. Line the base of a slice tin with two thirds of your rolled out shortcrust pastry, making sure that it extends beyond the top edges of the tin a bit (it will fold over the top layer at the end)

2. Chop the onion finely and grate the other vegetables. Or if you happen to own a Thermomix, whack all the vegies in and whiz them for three seconds at speed 5 :-)

3. Mix in the mince and combine well with the vegetables, adding salt and pepper to taste.

4. Place the mince/vegetable mixture on the pastry layer and spread out to all edges of the tin, pressing with a fork to flatten and smooth.

5. Take the remaining pastry and roll it out so that it covers the mince/vegetable mixture, place it on the top, then fold the underneath layer of pastry up and over the top layer, pressing lightly to seal the pie.

6. Bake for approximately one hour.

7. Serve with lashings of tomato sauce and additional vegies if you like!  It also makes a great picnic food, served cold (but complete with the lashings of sauce!)

If there is anything on the retiring list that has caught your eye, make sure to contact me to order it asap so you don't miss out!

Oh, and if you make Grandma's pie, be sure to let me know how it turned out, and if it becomes a staple in your house as it has in mine ;-)

REMINDER: My 2011-12 catalogue launch is coming in a couple of short weeks from now, so make sure to book your spot asap by contacting me!  It promises to be a fabulous event, with loads of new product inspiration..!

" Petal Pizzazz Gift Box" Stamps: Petal Pizzazz Paper: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Autumn Spice Specialty DSP (retired with Autumn/Winter Mini) Ink: Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Textured Embossing Folder, Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 3/4" and 1" Circle Punch, Small Star Punch (retired), Icecream Parlor Buttons (July Promotion), Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Hibernation and some historical stampin'...

These past few days, I have watched more daytime TV than could usually be considered healthy, thanks to a dose of shingles that started out in my right eyebrow and has made its was onto my eyelid as well as spreading its painful feelers across my forehead, temple and cheek.

Not to mention that its allowing me to do a very passable impression of the Elephant Man thanks to the swelling around my eye.

Yep, I'm smokin' HOT right about now, let me tell you...

So I have been spending quite a bit of time inside, partly because I have been feeling so wretched and partly so as not to give nightmares to any small children that I might cross paths with on the street.

I thought it might be an ideal time to get on  here with some stamped creations that I made some time ago and have photographed, edited and all, just not managed to share.

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This card was one that I made for a very special wedding back in January - one of the five weddings we went to between September last year and February this year (never have I been so very aware of a "wedding season" in my life..)

The gal getting married was someone I have known since she was about four years old and her dad used to coach my brother's junior cricket team.  Her parents and mine are still the best of friends all these years later - wonderful people, all of them :-)

With so many weddings to go to, I found myself with a go-to card design that I made for a couple of them, but for this one, I wanted to do something a bit different and special.

I started out (as I very often do) at the Clean and Simple Stamping blog and used this sketch as my starting point...

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Here's a closer look at the combination of elements I ended up with...

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It was one of those times that I was happy to have a variety of embellishments on hand, as it was the little touches that finished if off I think.  Things like the Dazzling Diamonds glitter in the champagne glasses and the tiny heart-shaped clear button with a punched out Cherry Cobbler heart stuck on the top.

If you'd like more details on any of the products or techniques I've employed on this card, please don't hestitate to get in touch.

And who knows, depending on what Brooke is up to these days on the Bold and the Beautiful, I may even be back later with more...  (Assuming that Brooke is still around that is - surely she's not finished marrying every bloke on the show yet...?)

"Congrats Nat & Dave - Wedding card Stamps: Cheers to You, Always, Simply Said, Occasional Greetings, Playful Pieces (L3 hostess), Basic Phrases Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, In-Color Patterns DSP (Blushing Bride) Ink: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler Accessories: 1-1/4 and 1-3/8 Square Punches, 1-1/4 Circle Punch, Two Step Owl Punch (heart), Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Early Espresso Marker, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin Dimensionals

Itty Bitty Bits of loveliness!

I said earlier that I'd be back later with my workshop projects for this month, so being later, here I am!

I'm not long back from coaching at my girls' gymnastics classes, which follows on from a 6am workout in the park, canteen duty at school, and some work in the afternoon, so if I stop making sense (you know, more so than usual) chances are my head has hit the keyboard, so forgive me.

I had an absolute blast with my workshops this month, all of them centered around the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set and matching Punch Pack and Bitty Buttons.  It's such a totally cute stamp set and I was really happy with the projects I made with them and gave to my hostesses.

I was determined to work Poppy Parade into this month's colour scheme and was happy to land on this combination, which actually includes four out of the five In-colours, plus Baja Breeze.  Bright and colourful and perfectly suited to the Itty Bitty range.

Here's the first one...

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This first example shows just the stamping aspect of the set - at least the ones that I demonstrated at the workshops did...  This sample of mine has a stuffed up Poppy Parade flower under the punched out one, but imagine if you will a Poppy Parade flower stamped directly onto the circle of Whisper White just like the other two.

Thanks :-)

For the second sample, I busted out the co-ordinating Punch Pack for this, my favourite of the bunch...

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Same colours as before, just in different proportions - something I have been doing in all my recent workshops to show the versatility of a combination of four or five colours :-)

For the third sample, I popped on some of the delightful Bitty Buttons for some added cuteness and dimension...

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Same colours again, a bit more of the polka dot theme that I seem to have going on, plus a Sale-a-bration set (last day to get yours tomorrow!!) for good measure :-)

At $55.85* for a stamp set, pack of three co-ordinating punches and 64 buttons, you really can't go wrong, unless of course you don't act before tomorrow evening, as these sweet products are set to become unavailable as soon as the Summer Mini finishes its reign.

If you'd like to add this set of lovelies to your order of the Square Lattice embossing folder from earlier, you'll need to get in touch asap to make sure you can get them!

Alternatively you can wait until tomorrow and order at the last minute, as I've got something to show you that might have you adding the Aviary stamp set as well... ;-)

* Cost for clear mount stamp set not including shipping.  The total of all the products inclusive of the stamp set in woodmount is $59.85

"Itty Bitty Bits of loveliness" Stamps: Itty Bitty Bits, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, So Happy for You Paper: Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Blush Blossom, Whisper White, In-colour DSP stack, Ink: Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Blush Blossom, Peach Parfait Accessories: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Scallop Edge, 1-1/4" Square, 1-3/4" Circle & 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punches; Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker, Blush Blossom Stitched Poly, Basic Rhinestones, Bitty Buttons

Challenge Chewsday - Blushing Crumbs

Two weeks in a row - I'm on a roll folks!  And you'll note that Challenge Chewsday got the nod from the majority of commenters (commentators?!) on the last post - not that I was taking a poll or anything, but since you offered your opinions, let's go with it!

This week I headed back to Inkspirations HQ and used the fabulous sketch on offer there...

Combined with this PRETTY colour combination from ColourQ...

And this is what I turned them into...

On Thursday just gone, our gorgeous across-the-road neighbours added a beautiful baby girl to their already sweet and lovely family, so as a heartfelt thank you for giving me a brand new baby to sniff, with a little bit of congratulations thrown in, this is the card I made for baby Lily, that we headed over this afternoon to give them.

I also made a little matching gift tag to hang from the bag...

So there you have my challenge entry for this Chewsday!  Hope you're enjoying my new blog feature - I certainly am!

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  • An oldie but a goodie - sponge the edges of your cardstock and paper for a lovely vintage look
  • Punch a strip of cardstock with a border punch, feed it through the Crimper, then concertina the straight edge together and stick it behind an oval or circle shape for a pretty border
  • Use a White Gel Pen in conjunction with watercolouring for some great highlights

"Happy Birth-Day Lily!"Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper, Cherry Cobbler, In-color DSP stack, Ink: Versamark, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Ovals die, Eyelet Border Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Neutrals Brads, Crimper, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Bitty Buttons, Owl Punch (heart), Blushing Bride Stitched Poly Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Sponges

No more Nursery Necessities...

Following on from my previous post about Frames with a Flourish, another of the stamps sets that I will find it very hard to see the back of will be Nursery Necessities.

It is such a perfect set for all things baby, with its variety of sweet images.

Here is a project from the depths of my picture archive that is almost a year old now, but has not yet seen the light of day here...

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Just over a year ago we had some lovely neighbours move in across the street, and shortly after they arrived, so did their first baby - a gorgeous little man named Jacob.

I got him a set of cute little singlets and packaged them up in a little box to match the pictures on the front :)

Here's the matching card...

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This next gift is another long-ago project and also one that has never been blogged, but even worse, has never been given!

I made it for a girl that I worked with for a little while several years ago who had a baby boy - gosh, it would be well over a year ago now...  I don't see her often and after I made it, time just slipped by until it got kind of pointless, especially as the gift was socks and feet tend to, well, grow.

Anyway, here it is along with its matching card (cased from one by the lovely Sarah Jane Kalé)...

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The little box slides open to reveal the sock bounty within...

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...and fits three pairs in total...

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Can you see what I mean about the delight of Nursery Necessities..?

Here are some more cards using this gorgeous and to-be-missed set...

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If you read my earlier post, then you will likely have a slight case of déjà vu, being that some of the cards in the round up above also contain Frames with a Flourish, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to show you them again ;-)

Wouldn't you agree that there is indeed a vast array of possibilities with this delightful Nursery Necessities set?!

If having a versatile, gender-variable and let's be honest, flippin' cute baby stamp set is something you think would be a useful thing for your stampin' collection, then you really can't go past Nursery Necessities.

But if you don't act by tomorrow, it will go past you, as it won't be making a showing in the soon to be released 2010-11 Idea Book & Catalogue, so be sure to contact me if you want to nab yourself a set while you still can!

*retiring products in red*

"Baby Jacob Gift Set" Stamps: Nursery Necessities Paper: Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Going Grey, Whisper White, Vellum cardstock, Patterns Pack II hostess DSP Ink: Baja Breeze, Going Grey Accessories: Word Window Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Baja Breeze Striped Ribbon, Baja Breeze 1" Double Stitched Grosgrain, Stampin' Dimensionals

"Socks in a Box Gift Set" Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Polka Dot background Paper: Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White Ink: Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Versamark Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Brocade Blue 5/8" grosgrain, Clear Buttons, White Embossing Powder

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...

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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

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 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...

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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...

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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 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...

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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

More Framed with Love - as promised!

So I mentioned in a previous post that I would be back the next day with an additional card showcasing a similar look to that day's card but in a different colour scheme.

And I had the best intentions in the world of doing so, but as it turns out, not a single spare second to fulfill my promise, between a super fun Saturday afternoon workshop (hi Sharima and girls!) and a school fete all day Sunday.

But I'm here now, just in time so that you can all rush at me to purchase Framed with Love before it is no longer available after tomorrow...

Here's the card:

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You can see that I used the same wallpaper-ish effect of stamping the scroll-y image repeatedly in the same way as the previous card, but that's pretty much where the similarity ends.

Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Kraft would have to be one of my absolute favourite colour combinations and was perfect for this birthday card for my dear Mum-in-law and Mama to my girls, whose birthday was back in December.

Now if you would all form an orderly virtual queue, I can take your last minute orders for Framed with Love or any other set that you will be requiring from the Summer Mini, as well any Sale-a-bration sets that you might qualify for should your order be in excess of $100.

No pushing now, I will get to you all in time, and while you're waiting, you might like to check out the next post due to pop up tomorrow showing you a sweet project with another Summer Mini set ;-)

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"Mama's Baja Birthday Card" Stamps: Framed with Love, Occasional Greetings Paper: Baja Breeze, Kraft, Naturals Ivory, Chocolate Chip, Parisian Breeze DSP (retired) Ink: Chocolate Chip Accessories: Baja Breeze 1" Double Stitched Ribbon, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Button Latte, Linen Thread, Stampin' Sponges

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

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....

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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...

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

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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

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