Saturday, November 13, 2010

Just Add Christmas

The theme over at Just Add Ink this week is to Just Add Christmas.

My effort for today is a decoration, used with mdf gift tag shapes that have been covered in Jolly Holiday DSP from Stampin' Up and various stamped images.  The words Joy, Hope and Peace have been cut out using my Big Shot (how did I ever get by without it?....I love love love it).  I apologise for using an old Stamp set for the flowers and the star, but they could be easily swapped with any stamp that means Christmas to you. These are quite restrained but you could really go to town decorating up a storm on these tags.

I am thinking these will become a present for a teacher this year, so I hope they like them.

If you would like to make some for a Christmas workshop or simply would like the supplies, drop me an email and I would be happy to order them for you.

Thanks for stopping by,


Card Supplies:
Paper: Jolly Holiday DSP, Choc Chip cardstock
Stamps: Season of Joy, Spotlight on Christmas (retired)
Ink: Cherry cobbler, Old Olive
Other: Crystal effects, Basic pearls, very vanilla  1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Old olive 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Choc chip double stitched grosgrain (retired), Big shot,  Timeless type junior alphabet dies.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

No mind of my own

Have a complete copy today - well almost.  I have always been a fan of Jayne Mercer's work, and she recently showed some cards she put together for a stamp a stack.  I am in the process of putting together some cards for our Peer support group at work, so they need to be easy to put together, as the clients will have varying levels of abilities (and possibly their carers too!)  Anyway I thought these might be a good place to start - well it will be one of the samples I show for selection, this is new to me, so I will need to be guided by the people that know our clients best.  I am really looking forward to it though and will let you know how it goes.

I played with real ribbon and then decided that card stock cut to look like a ribbon was much better on top of the embossed polka dots.

I have used some retired goodies on these cards - the card stock - cat from Window Dressings, but you get the drift.  What I like is that the cards can be anything really - birthday, sympathy, male or female, add a Christmas stamp and there is an easy Christmas card!  Speaking of which if I don't get started on those soon, I will have to buy some, and that is unheard of!

Thanks for stopping by,


Monday, October 25, 2010

Cyber challenge #3

Here is my first attempt at Jayne Mercer's Cyber challenge - but her third challenge!  It was to find a design in the catalogue and turn it pink.  My "original" is on page 108.  I have to say I love the Blossom party die - and I have used it heaps as it makes quick, easy yet effective cards....what is not to love.

Thanks for stopping by, Jenny

Card Supplies:
Cardstock: Pink pirouette, blushing bride, rose red, whisper white
Ink: Pink pirouette, rose red
Stamps: Vintage vogue, Occaisional quotes
Other: Blossom party original die and pink pirouette button (retired), scallop edge border punch

Saturday, October 23, 2010

We need to fight....

I am serious too.  We need to fight against cancer and all the havoc it is raging on us all.  

I hear these days that there are now terms called "charity fatigue" where people are so bombarded that they don't want to give money.  But we need to continue to support charities like the Cancer Council so that we can find a cure, but also in the meantime, help those families that have tragically been affected.

Sadly, yesterday I heard of the fourth person I know this year alone, who, because of this disease, won't even see her youngest child start school, celebrate her 40th birthday or grow old with her husband - it is just so very sad and there has to be a way to stop it.   I can't do much but I can do my bit, and so can you.

Jayne Mercer is holding her cyberstamp Girls Night In so please stop by, make a donationa and help fight.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Super quick today....

Here is a card I have made with the Birthday bakery set, which is a Level 1 Hostess gift with Stampin Up.  I love it and would you believe it is my first stamp set with a cupcake!  How is that even possible?  I must confess to using some retired card stock in these cards, but any combination would look fabulous, and then a little bit of kindyglitz (yes I am channelling my inner 9 year old) - I love the stuff, but any glitter would work!

Oh and the polka dot stamp is also retired.  I love this set, it was alot of fun to colour in with the ink pads and blender pens.  It almost makes me look like I know what I am doing.....almost, I will just have to do some more practice!  If you would like to have this set, why not contact me to find out how?  You can email me on

Thanks for dropping by.


Card supplies:
Card stock: Orchid opuluence and gable green (retired) and blushing bride, whisper white
Ink: Orchid opulence, basic black, blushing bride
Stamps: Birthday bakery, On your birthday
Other: Blushing bride ribbon, scallop oval punch, medium oval punch, small oval punch, kindy glitz 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Just a quick one, my friend from work who quite frankly does wonders for my ego (thanks Sue), had another birthday card request and below is what I did for her, a complete CASE from Marelle.  It was the first chance I have had to ink up my brayer since I learnt about them at Marelle's class.  I am pretty pleased that I remembered everything!

I will just have to wait to hear if it was well received by the birthday girl!


Card Supplies:
Card Stock: Elegant eggplant, So Saffron, Pale Plum, Whisper white
Stamps: Short and Sweet, Medallion, Vintage vogue
Ink: Elegant eggplant, Pale plum, So saffron, versamark
Accessories: White taffeta ribbon, hodgepodge hardware, scallop trim border punch, heat embossing tool, brayer

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Just Add Ink #38 - Some pinky bling!

Well here we go, my second challenge and I have just the card to join in the fun of the Just Add Ink challenge.  I kept it without sentiment, because it could really be for any occaision.  I hope you enjoy!

There is a little bit of shimmer paint on the raised bits of the embossing...I will get working on my photography skills I think!


Card Supplies:
Card stock: Crumb cake, Pink pirouette
Tools: Elegant lines embossing folder
Accessories: Pink pirouette striped grosgrain ribbon and pearls.

Am loving the accessories.....

Now in all truthfulness - I am a bit of a plain Jane.  For those of you who know me - don't be shocked, but I am not one for accessories and "extras" with clothes, just have never been that good at putting it all together.  BUT all those wonderful accessories in the new Stampin Up catalogue, now that is entirely different!

The cards today have a snippet of the new 1/8" taffeta ribbon, which even though it is small, I think it really is so effective and pretty.

I am also using the scallop trim border quite a bit and to be truthful I can thank all the other lovely blogs I visit for making me realise the error in my ways by not buying it straight away!

These are just some blank cards so I have them on hand when needed....unless my lovely friends from work get to them first!


Card Supplies:
Card stock: Melon mambo, basic black and whisper white
Stamps: Cottage garden, Scribble jumbo wheel
Ink: Basic black, smooch inks (not SU)
Accessories & Tools: Basic black 1/8" ribbon, scallop trim border punch.

Card stock:  Crumb cake, Pumpkin pie, Rose Red, Whisper White
Stamps: Scribble jumbo wheel
Ink: Basic black and smooch inks (not SU)
Accessories: 1/8" Old olive ribbon, scallop trim border punch.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Ummm....has anyone seen September?

WOW where did September go?  Seriously I can't believe we are week into October already!

I actually was very busy last month.  The girls group from our Church had its annual Mother Daughter night with 70 craft kits to organise.  Now that is what I call a workshop!  We did the lovely little owl pencil boxes just like those that Marelle did a few months ago.  It was a fun night and an interesting lesson for me to realise the varying levels of confidence that people have when they are doing something like this.  As I was leading the craft night my girls had the help of my mother with their craft and below is what they ended up with.

They were both very proud of themselves!

Add to the work for that night, I also had wedding invites to do for a friend of mine - I actually was working to such a tight time frame, I didn't take a picture of the invitation.  But I did take a photo of the prototype I did for her - which I made into a birthday card so I could actually do something with it.

You can't see it since my photo taking skills are really bad, but I put the new shimmer paint on the raised parts of the embossed card.  It looked really pretty - and sooooo simple to do.

So have I been doing anything much - well apart from ordering lots and lots of new goodies - so many I haven't had time to use them all!  But I have started, so I will be back over the weekend with some picutres to show you.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's HERE!!!!

The new Stampin' Up catalogue is here and ready to go!  So many beuatiful new stamps, accessories and of course more "toys" for our big shots! 

To have a look online is just one click away, or you can contact me and I will mail you one direct for $15 - with a gift voucher inside for your first order.

Already an Stampin' Up fan and a bit confused about how to go about getting the new colours into your collection?  Well they have thought of that also.  The new Colour Renovation Kits provide loads of cost effective ways to purchase the new colours that have arrived.  Even better though - if you join Stampin' Up as a demonstrator in September, you will recieve all of the new In Colours for FREE!  That is a fantastic offer....I wonder if I can join twice?

It really is too exciting for words, you are going to love it - SU have out done themselves this time.

Email me if you would like to know more about how to join Stampin' Up or if you would like to host a workshop to receive loads of FREE goodies just for having fun with your friends!


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Adding some razzle dazzle....

I wasn't sure about the razzle dazzle set at first, but gee it is soooo pretty.  Don't panic, it isn't retiring, and nor are the butterflies, but all of the card stock (except Whisper white) is!  Lovely lilac, Apricot appeal, Mellow moss and Blush blossom are all going.  Close to cocoa on the second card is already GONE!

Not much to explain with these cards - but as I mentioned from the very beginning I would bare myself completely (metaphorically that is) and show my mistakes.  So, notice the background on the second card?  What can I say but....ooops!  As I say in my classes with Marelle, "it just adds to the charm of a hand made card!"  That is my excuse and I am sticking to it!!!

We are getting to the end of the samples I have with retiring products from Stampin Up's Last Chance List .  Have a look through, you only have until 31 August to place an order or you will miss out for good.  Email me if you would like to put in an order - for any orders, I am waiving the postage fees on all Last Chance items ordered.

Thanks for stopping by,


Card Supplies:
Cardstock: Mellow moss, Apricot Appeal, Lovely lilac, Blush blossom, Close to cocoa and Whisper White
Ink: Close to cocoa, versamark, Apricot appeal, mellow moss, lovely lilac, blush blossom
Stamps: Butterfly prints, Razzle Dazzle, On your birthday
Other: Glitter, paper piercing toolkit, large oval punch, scallop edge punch, butterfly punch, polka dot embossing folder, dimensionals.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

There was a little girl.

In April, my youngest turned 4.  I always think that 4 is a turning point, they just seem to be that little bit easier to deal with?  Anyway this was her birthday card and I have to say I love it.  I can't take credit for the little girl - a fellow card maker with a fancy machine made her, but the rest I put together.  My daughter was tickled pink with it, and the now my other two daughters, who are much older, now want their little girl cards too!


Card Supplies: 
Card stock: Whisper white, bazzil watermelon, Bazzil sea water blue, Cratepaper DSP - Harmony
Other: Rub ons, Flower brads, white gel pen, paper piercing tool

Friday, August 27, 2010

Goodbye Good Friend

Well to be truthful, I am not overly upset to say good bye to the Good Friend set.  I do like this flower and some of the smaller elements, but the bird just never worked for me.  Possibly saying a bit more about me, than the stamp set I think.

I am loving the wheels at the moment, I just can't get enough of them.  This was super easy to make and certainly cheery enough to make someone well again.

Have a great Friday, I hope to be back later this weekend with some more....


Card Supplies:
Card Stock: Real red, basic black and whisper white.
Ink: Real red and basic black
Stamps: Good friend and Daisy dash wheel
Other: Whisper white taffeta ribbon, word window punch.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Two little bundles of joy

Firstly, I am well aware that there seems to be....well an issue with the lighting and colouring of my pictures.  I did warn you though that there would be good and the bad here!

Todays cards I made sometime ago but only was able to give them both out in the past week!

More of my friends from work, one is a proud Nana/Grandma (we're not sure yet) to little Ethan and the other a proud Dad to girl number 3, Poppy.  They are both really cute little babies from the pictures I have seen - they all are really aren't they?

Card Supplies:
Card stock: Baja Breeze, Brilliant blue, Summer sun, Pink pirouette, Perfect plum and whisper white.
Stamps: Punches three (level 1 hostess), Forest friends, Polka dot background
Ink: Versamark, Pale plum, brilliant blue.
Other: Pink pirouette striped grosgrain ribbon, wide oval punch, large oval punch, scallop edge oval punch, string

I think I have a few more cards with retiring stamps to show and then there might be some little surprises of the new catalogue - not too many sleeps now!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Some Organic Grace

This was one of my favourite of the hostess Level 1 sets from the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalogue.  There are only a few days left so check it out (click on the catalogue in the side bar) and also the last chance list which is filled with items that we have to say a sad farewell.  The plus side - some are reduced so there are a few bargains to grab if you are quick.  Contact me if you would like to place an order.

This was my first easel card - made for yet another friend from work who wanted something different for her friend.

Card Supplies: 
Card stock: So saffron, Perfect plum, Whisper white
Stamps: Organic grace, Whimsical words (Sale-a-bration)
Ink: Certainly celery, So saffron, Perfect plum
Other: Flower brad, So saffron striped grosgrain ribbon


Saturday, August 21, 2010

A sweet for a sweet

Well today I have a card that I made some months ago for a little friend of my youngest daughter who was turning 4.  As I don't own the "A little treat" stamp set from SU - I had to make my own petals for the flower.  You might recognise them from Circle Circus with a smaller "petal" and the sentiment from Something Sweet.  I probably don't need to tell you that the leaves were cut free hand!  I have to admit I was quite thrilled when I heard that the birthday girl was happy with it too, as was her mother when she realised that the card didn't need to be ripped apart to access all those lollies! 

Card supplies:
Card stock: Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Whisper white
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Rose red
Stamps: Circle circus, Something sweet, Polka dot background (retiring on 31 August)
Other: Pink Pirouette striped grosgrain ribbon

Have a great Saturday - I will be back with more soon.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

There's something about Mary....

I am sure if you a blog tragic like myself, you will know exactly who I am talking about....Mary Fish SU Demonstrator in the US.  I love her blog, her work, her style - that is normal isn't it? I mean she is really, REALLY good.

I totally CASED the card below from one of Mary's from some months ago, and I am kind of pleased with the result.  

It is yet another card for a friend at work - it was a "milestone" birthday, or can we say "stepping stone" and that will make the number smaller?

I know that Helen liked the card and that was really what matters I guess, and I even told her that Mary designed the card.

Card Supplies:
Card Stock: Kraft, Night of navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Night of Navy
Stamps: Organic Grace, Always, Circle Circus, Autumn Days, Good Friend
Other: Chipboard numbers, Kraft ribbon, a little bit of bling and crystal effects.

Thanks for stopping by....


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Just Add Ink #30 - Helping Hudson

I must confess that one of the things I am most excited about with my new found blog freedom is to be able to participate in some of the amazing challenges that are available.  It really was quite simple really that this would be the first one that I would participate in - it is such a great cause!  You can find out more by going to Helping Hudson blog and make the most of the opportunity to help someone, if for no other reason than you can.

So the Just Add Ink #30 challenge is one to help raise awareness for Hudson by Just Adding Wheels to our creations this week.  My creation is below - probably a bit boring compared to others out there - but you know what - it fits the bill and has wheels!

I hope you like it - and maybe it might work some magic and help Hudson too?


Cardstock: Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Real Red
Ink: Basic Black
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Other: Red ribbon, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" square punched, wooden car shapes.

I think I have to explain

You know when I first was attacked ferociously by this stamping bug - I went a little bit crazy.  I know, what a shock!  I couldn't help myself, there was so much "stuff" everywhere and I had to look at it and touch it and then even buy it.  My husband really did help in this regard so much of what I have (that isn't Stampin' UP) HE actually bought for me!  Consequently I have quite a large supply of supplies that aren't Stampin' Up, now that I am an Independent Demonstrator I understand the quality of all those wonderful products that Stampin Up supply and of course how fabulously they work together.  That being said I have made some cards without SU products and thought I might as well show those as well

These were three cards that I put together quite quickly - which really is the beauty of designer series paper.  I am really sorry - but I don't know where this paper is from - it was the only sheet I had and at the time I didn't record the name of it. The cards have used different elements of the DSP which shows how versatile it can be - you don't have to just use full parts of it, cut/punch out the areas you would like to highlight and there you have it. You can see that I have used a 3/4" circle punch to pop out the little circles.  I was quite pleased with the result and am so glad that I had a supply of male cards at the ready, because we all know they can be tricky....the cards that is, I think we have the men worked out!

Supplies used
Cardstock: More mustard, Night of Navy, Whisper white
Ink: Night of navy
Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts
Other: DSP, ribbon, 3/4"circle punch, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch and Crystal Effects.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

No time like the present....

Well I was waiting for my blog to be "more" set up before I posted anything.  But why not just get something up here I say.  So I have put up a card that I made today as a request from one of my friends from work.  Her friend Therese is turning 50, so she wanted something that was just for her - well no one else can have a card with her name on it can they?

So here it is.  All products are SU, except the butterfly nearest to the name, which is a Hero Arts stamp my hubby bought for me when I started on this stamping adventure.

And the inside - just because it is a special occasion.

So I think I need to work on the lighting, but we'll get there eventually.  I am taking the card to work tomorrow, so I hope my friend is happy with it, otherwise I will need to make a friend called Therese to give it to!

Enjoy and I hope you visit again soon.


Supplies used:
Cardstock: Kraft, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark, Sahara Sand
Stamps: Butterfly Prints, Jumbo Outline Alphabet, Medallion, (Hero Arts: Pattern Butterfly)
Other: Whisper White taffeta ribbon, white and clear embossing powder