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:


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 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....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




New kid on the {challenge} block!

It's official!  The newest and freshest challenge blog around is here and it's all Australian!


One of the most exciting things for me about this news is that I am on the design team, meaning that I will be taking part in ALL of the challenges and doing general design-y team-y stuff!

Can you tell I'm a little bit new at all this?!

The other thing that it means is that with weekly challenges, I will be updating my blog at the VERY least, once per week with my design team challenge entries, which is exactly the kick in the pants I need to get on here more often.

The plan is that I will be updating more frequently than that, but working on bare minimums, weekly is the current promise ;-)

So,  want to know what the kick-off challenge is...?


Here's my creation based on these colours...



"Friends Forever Card" Stamps: Framed with Love Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron Patterns DSP Ink: None Accessories: Chit Chat Rub Ons, Rose Red Wide Double Stitched Grosgrain, Flower Fusion, Rich Regals Brads, 1-1/16" Hole Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals


Want to check out out what the rest of the team came up with and enter your own creation?

Head over to Just Add Ink --->HERE<--- and go for your life!

Oh, and another reason you might want to check it out....



That is all.

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