Full frontal Designer Series Paper | Birthday Bouquet

One of the things I've noticed about card making in recent times is the increase in using Designer Series Paper as the whole card front, or a decrease in the incidence of a border. It's funny how trends seem to come about, but this is one that I had never really considered before it started popping up in the catalogue and in other stampin' places, and it's one that I am fully prepared to embrace, especially because it requires less brain power from me in working out measurements and borders, and particularly when the paper designs are so beautiful.

Like this....

Stamps:   Perfect Pennants, Birthday Blooms   Paper:   Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Whisper White   Ink:   Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder   Accessories:   Tea Lace Doilies, It's my Party Enamel Dots

Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Birthday Blooms Paper: Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Ink: Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder Accessories: Tea Lace Doilies, It's my Party Enamel Dots

It also makes the art of card making so accessible in that no fancy techniques or tools are required, there's not a bunch of time needed in the execution and the end result can still be striking and beautiful.

In this card, the sum total of steps were:

This card layout could be completed using virtually any combination of Designer Series Paper and decorative and/or greeting stamps and it's a great way to use up your stash of DSP if you have pretty paper hoarding tendencies. Which wouldn't in itself be a problem (one that I have been afflicted with personally since childhood) except that Stampin' Up! keep insisting on bringing out beautiful new DSP designs, and living in a small house with children that already share a room based on my craft stash having taken over the third bedroom, well....there are storage concerns that I just can't get away from.

Speaking of beautiful new Designer Series Paper designs (and beautiful new things in general), I'm just back from a weekend in Sydney where the upcoming Annual Catalogue was launched, and by golly there's some amazing stuff to look forward too!

You can check out some of my Sydney adventures with my lovely mum (a fellow demonstrator) on my Instagram or Facebook pages, but be prepared for nothing much other than touristy shots and non-specific stamping event posts! We are sworn to secrecy about the contents of the catalogue - even with our demonstrator friends that didn't attend - so there won't be any sneaky peeks to find #sorrynotsorry

Like the idea of being the first to see and buy new Stampin' Up! stuff WAY before anybody else...? The demonstrator opportunity is calling you, CHECK IT OUT!

Before the new catalogue makes its grand yearly entrance though, there's the not so small business of a retiring list to deal with! That will be released this week, and on it you can expect to find a bunch of stuff that will be on its way out to make way for all the new goodness coming at us in June, so be sure to check back this week for that!

DON'T FORGET: Weekly Deals are in their final days, with a massive swag of goodies being thrown out at 25% off. Finishing 9.50pm (WA time) tomorrow - Tuesday April 19th - for the last time. Don't miss out...!

**Disclaimer** The title of this post has nothing to do with a new set of Designer Series Paper #thankgoodness

What has been your favourite set of Designer Series Paper in this year's Annual Catalogue or current Occasions....?

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Watercolor Wings across the miles...

I've had this project made and photographed for a little while now, but being that it was for a dear, faraway friend, I wanted to ensure that it landed at its destination before I shared it here. I know for a fact that she reads my blog (and laments the infrequency of the posts, despite her best encouragement and coaching, bless her! I'll do better, I promise...)

Stamps:   Watercolor Wings   Paper:   Crumb Cake, Whisper White,  Typeset Designer Series Paper, Vellum Cardstock   Ink:   Mint Macaron or possibly Pool Party (I can't remember now, and I can't tell from the photo!), Soft Suede, Crumb Cake   Accessories:   Bold Butterfly Framelits, Expressions Natural Elements, Gold Sequin Trim, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Watercolor Wings Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White,  Typeset Designer Series Paper, Vellum Cardstock Ink: Mint Macaron or possibly Pool Party (I can't remember now, and I can't tell from the photo!), Soft Suede, Crumb Cake Accessories: Bold Butterfly Framelits, Expressions Natural Elements, Gold Sequin Trim, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Along with the card, I included a little gift that I found and deemed perfect for the occasion. Julie is a polka-dot lovin', fellow stationery nerd, so a Pool Party and white polka-dotted notebook, a sweet, contrasting floral pen and a little wooden, Pool Party painted letter "k" (we call each other "Mrs K"!) were tucked in and sent on their way.

You might be able to spy some polka dots through the wrapping...

You might be able to spy some polka dots through the wrapping...

The In-color Dotted Lace Trim makes a gorgeous addition to any gift, as well as being amazing to work with as a pretty addition to cards and other projects.

Check out this video from Stampin' Up! with some more information on the trim and ways it can be used...

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A bunch of updates and a pair of cards...

There's been a whole lot going on in stampin' town of late and I have completely neglected to keep you up to speed!  I have actually posted to my Facebook page about some new stuff I have taken on and the changes that have led to my dropping of the ball a bit in the past couple of weeks.  

Join the conversation...

But enough about my failings, let's talk stampin'!  Here are some updates for you...


Get Yourself Some Good Greetings...

Until October 31st, there's a sweet, exclusive stamp set on offer for qualifying orders and you're going to love it!

Cute font, every greeting you could possibly need and FREE!

Host a workshop or place a personal order with a total of $300 or more and this baby will be yours, along with the generous hostess benefits that apply.

Click the flyer for all the details...


Clearance Rack Additions...

The Clearance Rack is the place to be this week with some new products having been uploaded just a couple of days ago.

Kicking yourself that you missed out on some of gorgeous products from the recent Occasions Catalogue? Fear not, several of them are now available on the Clearance Rack at incredibly friendly prices.

Some of my favourites are practically being thrown out, including the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack ($4.79!) which you might recall from these posts and the gorgeous Mini Memories Simply Created Album Kit ($9.59!), which makes a gorgeous gift, either assembled or given as a project to be created. You might recall my post about this kit a couple of months back...

Want to see what the latest additions to the rack are? It's easy, you just need to arrange the online store category to show the most recent stuff first...

You can use the same trick to alphabetise this or any other category in the store, plus you can set the order to show by price, so that you can check out all the best savings at the top of the page. A nifty tool for sure!

Check out the rest of the gear that is on super sale, but be quick - the Clearance Rack is strictly while stocks last!


New Weekly Deals...

The savings continue with this week's deals - current catalogue products at 25% off. There are some treats to be had with this lot, check 'em out...!

Now that you're all up to speed with the stampin' goings on (a quick click on Special Offers at the top of my blog will help you out anytime you're in need of an update at other times!), how about a card or two...?

Here's one that I created as a make and take for my team at one of our recent gatherings. It features my current stamp set love, Kinda Eclectic and the Apothecary Accents Framelits from the current Weekly Deals...

Stamps:   Kinda Eclectic   Paper:   Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White   Ink:   Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso, Versamark   Accessories:   Apothecary Accents Framelits, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic Paper: Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Ink: Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso, Versamark Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

I LOVE that this stamp set has a little bit of everything going on and it's really easy to use it on its own to create a quick and simple card, or in conjunction with some additional stamps, accessories and techniques to ramp it up a bit.

I had this next card on hand at our team day to illustrate this to my gals...

Stamps:    Kinda Eclectic, Dictionary    Paper:    Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White    Ink:    Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso, Versamark    Accessories:    Apothecary Accents Framelits, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Linen Thread, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, Dictionary Paper: Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Ink: Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso, Versamark Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Linen Thread, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

The layout is exactly the same, I just added some additional stamping, some texture with some sponging and distressing, and a bit more in the way of embellishment.

Here they are side by side for easy comparison...

I love a stamp set that lends itself equally to quick and simple or fussy and fancy depending on your stampin' mood.

What's your go-to set for all stampin' moods...?

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Hello there, Work of Art!

One of the most fun and least structured stamp sets in this latest catalogue is Work of Art, a series of brush-like swooshes and splodges, combined with a couple of words and providing a massive array of arty possibilities.

This is a card that came together simply with some of my favourite colours of ink, a gold embossed greeting from my favourite hostess stamp set - Hello There - an embossed background and a smattering of sequins.

Stamps:   Work of Art, Hello There (hostess)   Paper:   Crisp Canteloupe, Whisper White   Ink:   Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark   Accessories:   Chevron Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Stamps: Work of Art, Hello There (hostess) Paper: Crisp Canteloupe, Whisper White Ink: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark Accessories: Chevron Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Simple, effective and easily produced in bulk, which is a wonderful thing, since I sent this card out with copies of the catalogue that I posted to some of my customers recently (want one?  Get it HERE!)

To change it up a little, I also made some using alternative colours of cardstock and a different embossing folder - same but different...

Stamps:    Work of Art, Hello There (hostess)    Paper:    Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White    Ink:    Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark    Accessories:    Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Stamps: Work of Art, Hello There (hostess) Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White Ink: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark Accessories: Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Stamps:    Work of Art, Hello There (hostess)    Paper:    Coastal Cabana, Whisper White    Ink:    Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark    Accessories:    Chevron Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Stamps: Work of Art, Hello There (hostess) Paper: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White Ink: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark Accessories: Chevron Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Stamps:    Work of Art, Hello There (hostess)    Paper:    Strawberry Slush, Whisper White    Ink:    Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark    Accessories:    Modern Mosaic, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Stamps: Work of Art, Hello There (hostess) Paper: Strawberry Slush, Whisper White Ink: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark Accessories: Modern Mosaic, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Despite the brand new offering of In-colors with this new catalogue, I am still (clearly!) entirely unable to drag myself away from the ones that were introduced last year. I can't promise there won't be a bit of a mutiny when the time comes for these babies to retire...

But for now, I choose to remain in the present, where they are happily still available, along with all of the other deliciousness that has landed with the new catalogue.

Have you checked it out yet...?

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Challenge Chewsday - Ready for Autumn

I'm a little bit later than usual with my challenge post today - 'usual' being based on only the two Challenge Chewsday entries that there have been prior to this one, however....

I've had a busy weekend with a workshop, a team stamping day and last night a scrapbooking class - my first ever (and hopefully the first of many!), so I haven't had a great deal of time to stamp and photograph my card and then schedule the accompanying post, but with my small girl out on adventures with Daddy, other than being constantly distracted by my absolute favourite YouTube video of the moment (I'll tell you about that in a minute...) my time for an hour or so is my own, so here I am.

This week I took on Just Add Ink #56 - a sketch challenge that looks like this...

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...and turned it into this little card (the operative word being "little" - it's only 7 x 10.5 cm)...

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The card is a tribute to my favourite season, and I am so very ready for Autumn on a so many levels!  We have had the most unrelenting spell of hot and humid weather here in Perth these past weeks and quite frankly I'm ready for a bit of a break from it!  So is my lawn, at least what is left of it.

The other thing about Autumn that is rather exciting and just over the horizon now, is that it brings with it a brand new mini catalogue!  I'm stalking my postie for my copy, which should be here any day now, but I've seen a preview online and oh lordy, what a treat we're in for :-)

If you'd like to reserve a copy to be posted out next month in readiness for the mini to go live in April, please fill out -->this form<-- with your details and I'll be sure to get one in the post for you!

In the meantime, we still have the delightful Summer Mini in all its goodness, which I have been demonstrating lots of this past month.  If you haven't already, check it out and make sure to grab anything that you want/need before the sales period ends on March 31, not forgetting that until then a $100 order will also score you a free Sale-a-bration stamp set!

Contact me to place your order :-)

And before I sign off, as promised, here is the video that's been on high rotation on my computer since I was alerted to it last week.  I have not been able to stop watching/listening to it, so from me (and those spunky tenors) to you....ENJOY!

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"Challenge Chewsday - JAI #56 -Ready for Autumn" Stamps: Trendy Trees, Woodgrain, Tiny Tags Paper: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, In-color DSP stack Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Cajun Craze Accessories: Soft Suede, Old Olive, More Mustard & Cajun Craze Markers, Lots of Tags Sizzlits, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch

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Just add an extended absence and a crazy rumour....

So if you've visited me here at all in the past four weeks, you'll know that there's a new catalogue out :)

And that will be about the extent of your knowledge at the hands of me, since that's all I've had to say here in the past month...

Certainly not through lack of wanting to blog, I have just had a bunch of  bits and pieces requiring my attention - a catalogue launch, a birthday party, some 'real' work, workshops, classes and life in general - you get the idea :)

What I do need to do however, is put to rest the "bigger and better things" rumour that started as a result of my resigning from the Just Add Ink design team!

After receiving some messages and emails about my supposed upcoming "bigger and better things" and realising that my absence from blogging was probably adding fuel to that particular fire, I thought it best to clarify that my departure from JAI was due to nothing more than wanting to simplify my commitments a little and make room for someone who had the time and energy to give their all to the wonderful experience of being part of such an awesome team.

That's it.

I almost wish I did have some exciting news to share, but truly, that's all there was to it.  I felt that I was putting in last minute substandard work that wasn't fair to anybody and so I made the long put off decision to step down.

I absolutely loved being part of the JAI crew and want to thank Danielle and Amanda for giving me the opportunity to be on my first ever design team.  The gals on the team are all gorgeous and SO very talented and it was a delight to get to "know" them all a bit better.

For old time's sake (and because I love the sketch that is the current challenge over there, I have a tidy craft desk with new stuff to play with and school holidaying poppets that are so divine at playing together and entertaining themselves...), I thought I would whip up a quick entry to Just Add Ink Challenge #36.

Here's the sketch...

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

jai-36-sketch

I am completely in love with Awash with Flowers and also the DSP Patterns Stacks that are available in the all new colour collections.

Then there's the new In-color Poly Twill - the one here is in Pear Pizzazz, the gorgeous new green In-color - love that too.

In fact there's a whole lot to love in the new catalogue and I have much to share, from my launch projects to other bits and bobs that I have been creating with my new and exciting gear.

Now that we're on school holidays here, I can't specify a time frame, but I will be back soon with more to show.

Promise ;-)

"Just Add Ink Challenge #36 - Sketch" Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Apple Blossom Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Watercolour Paper, Brights Patterns Stack Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango Accessories: Pear Pizzazz Poly Twill, White Gel Pen, Aquapainter, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Markers

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...

baby-jacob-gift-closed

baby-jacob-gift-open

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...

baby-jacob-card

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)...

baby-boy-gift-set

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

baby-boy-socks-opening

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

baby-boy-socks

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...

                               baby-grace-card welcome-ben-card welcome-mitchell-card
gym-mitchell-card jai-sketch1-1 welcome-noah-card jules-baby-shower-card
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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

Helping Hudson - A sketch challenge!

I mentioned in yesterday's post about Hudson, that there was a bunch of fun stuff happening over at the Helping Hudson blog, and challenges are just one of those fun things!

There have been three challenges set for this week, and you can enter them by donating $2 per challenge entry, or $10 for all nine challenges that will run over the course of the three week fundraiser.

I have opted to enter all nine, and so far am on track with the first three completed just this afternoon!

Here's the first one - a sketch...

And here's my entry...

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I thought I would get out some of the retiring sets this month, for a final fling before they disappear in September.

I'm a little bit heartbroken that this set - Embrace Life - has made an appearance on the Last Chance List.   I just love to watercolour it, and it was also the set that I used the one and only time I have ever submitted to and been published in a stamping magazine.

Ahhh, memories....

I am, also trying to get my money's worth out of Cameo Coral before it disappears too.  I have always loved it, despite the fact that it's on the bogey colour list of a good many others that I know!

Head on over to the Helping Hudson blog to try your hand at the awesome challenges they have going on.

Next up is my take on the colour challenge.....

"Helping Hudson Sketch Challenge #1" Stamps: Embrace Life, Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Cameo Coral, Rose Red, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Pink Pirouette, Cameo Coral, Kiwi Kiss Accessories: Rose Red Double Stitched Grosgrain, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Eyelet Border Punch, Small Oval Punch,  Stampin' Dimensionals, Aquapainter

Treats for my sweets!

I think I may have mentioned on a previous occasion or two that I have a folder on my computer named 'to blog'.  This folder contains images of projects completed over a good long while that are stored there so that I know I need to put them up here for you all to see.

At this point they would more aptly fit in a folder entitled 'what the heck are you waiting for?!'

If not for the fact that the computer doesn't like anything other than letters and numbers in its folder names, I may well have had a go at changing it.

So anyway, I've decided that it's time to clear the backlog, what with colour collections being renovated and only just over a month until stamps and all sorts start retiring and all.

So herewith, my first offering from the aforementioned folder.  Blow the dust off if you will :)

izzy-11-bday

This is a card that I made for my sweet niece Izzy, who turned 11 in December last year.

See what I mean about backlog?

Moving on...

I just had to have a go at the Sweet Treat Cups when they first appeared back in the previous mini and LOVE how they jazz up  a card.

The fact that you can fill them with mini M&Ms or other small chocolatey treats is a definite bonus, particularly where an 11 year old girl is involved.

You may have noticed in the flower to the right that there is also a small protrusion...

See?!

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When I first laid eyes on the Sweet Treat Cups, they reminded me instantly of a class that I saw offered by a co-worker at a local craft shop where I worked momentarily a few years ago between children.  It involved using objects found around the home in your crafting and card making.

Can anybody tell me what I've used here for the smaller flower?

Petal Pizzazz would have to be one of my absolute favourite and most-used stamp sets from this current catalogue and I always get nervous around this time - a month or so out from retiring lists appearing - that one like this will retire.

I REALLY hope it sticks around and heads will not have to roll.

I'm just sayin'.....

As it turns out my nephew, Izzy's little brother Harry has his birthday exactly a week before his big sis, so he got a Sweet Treat Cup on his card too.

No girly flowers here though....

harry-7-bday

...just a rocket!

This idea came from my super-clever and delightful sis-in-law Janny who is part of my stampin' team.

She came up with the oh-so-awesome idea to fill the STC with blue and green mini M&Ms, thereby creating Earth for the rocket to blast off from.

Is this not the coolest idea for a boy card you've ever seen?!

Whether or not Harry paused to appreciate the artistry and inventiveness of this idea prior to tearing it apart to get to the M&Ms, I can't honestly recall, but one can remain hopeful.

In fact, for both of the cards, I installed a handy little flap behind the STC using a scrap of cardstock and the slit punch so that getting at the contents doesn't require complete annihilation of the card itself...

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Again, whether or not Harry noticed this thoughtful inclusion is another thing entirely.  Let's just say its a good thing he's my favourite nephew ;-)

The Sweet Treat Cups are perfectly designed to work with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch, both of which are available in the current Autumn/Winter mini catalogue.

If you'd like to grab some of these to have a play with for yourself, don't hesitate to get in touch!

"Izzy's Sweet Treat Flowers" Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Short & Sweet Paper: Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White Ink: Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss Accessories: Eyelet Border, Word Window, 1/2" & 1-3/4" Circle Punches; Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

"Harry's Sweet Treat Rocket" Stamps: Pun Fun, Big Bold Birthday, Season of Joy (stars) Paper: Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, Night of Navy, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, Riding Hood Red, Night of Navy Accessories: Scallop Border, Word Window $ 1-3/4" Circle Punches; Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Aquapainter, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

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 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...

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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...

Watercolouring

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&nbsp;with your&nbsp;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....to&nbsp;this!

From this....to 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...

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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...

Enjoy!

"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...

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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

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...

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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:

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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...

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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.....

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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

Teacher gift for Easter

We're headed off to the south coast of WA for a few days of beach walking, chocolate eating, egg hunting and general chilling out and I'm SO very looking forward to the break, but before we head off, I just wanted to pop in quickly to share this little Easter gift that I made for Hannah's lovely teacher Mrs Bolton.

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I found some Easter eggs that were Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze recently, so I grabbed a pack of each and thought I would create the gift around those colours.

I had no idea if the chocolate was any good at the time, but have taste-tested the leftovers and am happy to report that they taste just fine ;-)

You can't really see inside the box, and I forgot to take pictures during the process, but I punched out eight 1" circles for the eggs to sit in and popped that in the bottom of the box so that they would sit nice and straight and not roll around in there!

The lid was made out of Window Sheet rolled in the Scribble Jumbo Wheel using White StazOn ink.  It was my first foray into White StazOn and I am an instant convert!  I love the way it looks so pretty and dries so instantly on something as non-porous as plastic!

Here's a close up of the little tag...

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Right, I'm off to pack and get an early night before we head off in the morning.

I hope you all have a wonderful, safe Easter and I'll see you all in a few days!

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"Happy Easter Mrs Bolton!" Stamps: Occasionally, Scribble Jumbo SA Wheel Paper: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Baja Breeze Patterns DSP, Window Sheet Ink: Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, White StazOn Accessories: Small Tag Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Double Rectangle Punch, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Baja Breeze 1" Stitched Gorgrain, Stampin' Dimensionals

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