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

Feeling better Friday - a sketch challenge

So the gastro fairy visited our house this week.  Without going into a whole bunch of detail (you're welcome) I have been wary of eating anything much these past few days, so energy reserves have been on the low side to say the least.

On a related but much more positive note, I finished my first book club book in three days.

My challenge card this week is a sketch - one that I came up with based on a card in the current Idea Book & Catalogue.  I think I might do more challenges based on samples from the IB&C as you really don't need to look much past there for buckets of inspiration.

The card I used as a starting point is this one from page 86...

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...which I turned into this sketch...

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...and in turn, this card...!

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Here I used the very sweet Sweet Summer and So Happy for You Sale-a-bration sets, which are two of the freebie stamp sets on offer with your order of $100 for only a couple more weeks!  This is also my workshop make and take for the month :-)

You can see how the final card is based on the layout of the first one, but with a few tweaks, which is the whole idea behind CASEing*.  Sometimes it's easier to turn the original idea into a two-dimensional sketch first as I have done, that way you don't "see" the original card quite so clearly and it can be easier to tweak and put your own spin on it.

I'm off to finalise my swaps for my team stamping night tonight - can't wait to catch up with my gals!  We're doing Easter themed swaps this month, so I will have a whole lotta Easter inspiration by tomorrow!

* What's your definition of CASEing?!  I have heard of two things that the CASE acronym stands for - Copy And Share Everything and Copy And Selectively Edit.  I think either could apply, but which one do you think it stands for, or are there others?  Discuss...

"Sketch Challenge #1 - CASEing page 86" Stamps: Sweet Summer, So Happy for You Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Old Olive Ink: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Regal Rose Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch

Tardy Tuesday - CASEing two lovelies

So I'm a whole day - almost two - late with my Challenge Chewsday entries, and although I had them all stamped and photographed yesterday, falling asleep on the couch at 8pm won out over editing and uploading them.

I'm here now though, albeit after another busy day, but I'm determined to get these up (preferably before the opening bars of Farmer Wants a Wife) so let's get this show on the road...

This week's challenge over at Just Add Ink is to case the two gorgeous and talented stampers who started the site a year ago now and have just stepped down (handing the reins to two equally gorgeous and talented stampers, I will add).  The most challenging part of this challenge was deciding which of their amazing creations to case!

But decide I did, and here's what I came up with.  This card is based on this beauty from Danielle's blog...

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And the next one is based on this little bit of delight from Amanda's blog...

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If you want to play along, you'd better be quick as I'm pretty sure the challenge is only open for another hour or so, and if you live over here in the West, there's less than half an hour 15 minutes 'til Farmer, so you have even less time ;-)

Even if you don't play along, I'd encourage you to head on over to Danielle and Amanda's blogs to check out their wonderful talents and to say hi :-)

"CASEing Danielle" Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Woodgrain, Apple Blossoms Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride, Whisper White Ink: Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride (Marker), So Saffron (Marker) Accessories: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Top Note Die, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

"CASEing Amanda" Stamps: Sweet Summer (Sale-a-bration), Tiny Tags Paper: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Black, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist Accessories: Aquapainter, White Gel Pen, Two Step Bird Punch (stem), Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenge Chewsday - one of my own!

Right off the bat, I'm going to need to ask you to be kind to me today.

Firstly because I'm not at all sure of the card that I've made, but if I take the time to make another one, Challenge Chewsday will turn into Where the Heck Have You Been Wednesday and that's just not in the rules.

Secondly, I have found a picture online that I rather like so have turned it into a bit of a challenge of my own - the first I have ever thrown out there, so make of THAT what you will.

And thirdly, I have just spent waaaaay longer than usual with the process of uploading and editing my photo as our hard drive packed it in on Saturday morning, presenting me with an error message that I simply could not decipher when I switched it on, so I have had no computer all weekend, got it back yesterday afternoon and have spent a goodly chunk of this evening re-loading my programs, trying and failing to locate the disc that came with our camera in order to load photo's onto the computer (I managed a work-around), re-doing my watermark in Photoshop and getting myself all hot and bothered in the process in this incessantly humid Perth weather.

Whinge over.  Moving on...

This is the challenge that I set for myself this week...

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The image comes from a blog I love to look at and have stashed away in my Google Reader in a file I call Gorgeous Inspiration.  I'm sure when you check out A Creative Mint for yourself, you will agree that it has been aptly filed :-)

Here is the card that I based on the colours above and am still unsure of, but we've been over that, so here you go...

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I just received the Sale-a-bration set So Happy for You last week, and this was its first foray out of the box.  I did plan to keep the card simple, but I think I may have erred too much on the side of simplicity as it turns out...

This stamp set is one of the four that is available to you for FREE with a purchase of over $100 during the Sale-a-bration period, which finishes up at the end of the month.

Check out all of the available freebie stamp sets -->HERE<-- then contact me to place your order!

"Challenge Chewsday - One of my own" Stamps: So Happy for You Paper: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Brights DSP Paper Stack Ink: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Whisper White 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Celebrating and Sale-a-brating!

The most fun and exciting time of the stampin' year is here, but before I get to that, I must just let you know that the final tally for my retired stamps Queensland floods appeal was $518.  I still have a couple of payments to come and stamp sets to send, but once all of that is sorted, I will be able to send that money off to the Queensland Premier's Flood Appeal, so THANK YOU everyone who bought some of my retired stamps!

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Today marks the start of Sale-a-bration, without doubt the best and most lucrative time of the stampin' year for everyone!

Whether you're a customer, a workshop hostess or are considering the option of becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator yourself, the pickings are rich...

Get FREE stamp sets by doing any (or all!) of the following: Spend You'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set when you spend $100 on Stampin' Up! merchandise (net sales before shipping and handling). There's no limit-for every $100 you spend, you can select another FREE Sale-A-Bration reward! Host You'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set when you host a workshop of at least $600 (net sales before shipping and handling)-this is in addition to all of the regular hostess benefits! Join During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator can choose any stamp set - a value of up to $79.95-from the current Idea Book and Catalogue!

This once a year promotion runs from now until the end of March and I'm so excited to share it with you!

At this stage I have very limited February workshop dates available and fairly limited March ones too, so to secure a date to get stampin' and Sale-a-Brating with your friends, contact me today!

For more information on the demonstrator opportunity, please don't hesitate to get in touch or click -->HERE<-- for further reading :-)