Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Just Add Ink #256 Sketch Challenge

So with the end of Sale-a-bration yesterday, I decided to make a handful of cards which I then upload to my Facebook page every few hours as a way to celebrate all the goodness we got during SAB.

One of the cards I made was inspired by the sketch challenge over at Just Add Ink and I loved how it came together. I really had no plans or ideas for it other then to follow the sketch and show off some SAB products at the same time. Here is the sketch:

And here is my card and entry:

So the SAB goodies used are: Simply Wonderful stamp set, DSP and the in-colour twine. I really loved our Sale-a-Bration paper and I'm so glad I still have a stash of it sitting around, as it will make some super cute Project Life cards. The butterfly is actually cut from our gorgeous glimmer paper in Dazzling Diamonds colour, but it doesn't really show up in the photo.

Have fun,

Stamps: Simply Wonderful (SAB)
Ink: Black Memento
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Lost Lagoon and Whisper White
Other: Vellum, Butterfly Thinlits, Incolour Twine (SAB) Best Year Ever DSP (SAB), Bermuda Bay Sequins, Decor Framelits and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Mother's Day Swallowtail

Morning guys, and what a gorgeous morning it is here on the Mid North Coast of Australia. It's finally feeling like Autumn, which means warm sunny days and cool nights... PERFECT!!

Now here in Australia we have Mothers Day in May like our fellow Americans, but in the UK they celebrate Mothers day in March. So it usually sneaks up on me every year and my mum sometimes has to wait until our Mother's Day. Well not this year!!

I had been borrowing my gorgeous friend and downline Kim's Swallowtail stamp for, well, forever and decided it was time I gave it back to her and brought my own. As soon as it arrived I wanted to have a bit of play and decided to do some experimenting on watercolour paper and also window sheets. Well it turns out that my "playtime" turned in one of the most gorgeous cards I think I've ever made and totally perfect for my mummy:

Now I know it's my design and I might be a tad biased, but isn't it beautiful!! I stamped the butterfly image on watercolour paper and used a paintbrush to colour it in. I then used Stazon and stamped the image on a window sheet. Then on the back of the window sheet I added Dazzling Details in places to give it a gorgeous twinkle. Hopefully you can see it a bit better in this next photo:

The photo's really don't do it justice. I really didn't need to add too much more to the card as the Butterfly is simply gorgeous all by it's self.

Anyway, I am still waiting to hear from my mum that she's received it. Living in India means the postal service isn't always on time!!

Have fun,

 Stamps: Swallowtail and Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Blushing Bride and Black Stazon
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Crisp Cantaloupe, Crumb Cake and Watercolour Paper
Other: Window Sheets, Typeset DSP, Hemp twine, Something Borrowed Embellishments and  Venetian Crochet Trim.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Always sending a Thank you card

Morning guys, hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday!! I'm working this morning, but seriously hoping on a very crafty afternoon... with three children under 7yrs it's more a dream then a reality sometimes!!

Today I wanted to share two cards that I made a few weeks ago but because of Australia Post, I have only been able to share here today. Can you believe I sent these two cards to two different address in Sydney, plus another card (seen here) to the UK and my UK card arrived two weeks before one card and three weeks before the other!!

Anyway, before I get started on that, let me show you the cards:

Cute aren't they!! As you know I went to a Stampin' Up! event in Sydney called Party Time and I was asked, by none other then the uber talented Teneale Williams, to be one of the project designers on the day. Now I'm not ashamed to admit it, but I have a HUGE girl crush on Teneale and almost died when she called to ask me to help her out... O.M.G!!

Anyway, I had a brilliant day and got to hang out with Teneale and of course my other gorgeous demo besties Renae and Tracy (Love you girls mwah!!). So like any good card maker, I of course had to make a card for them, to say Thank You for being amazing!!

I used the leaf stamps from the 'Sheltering Tree' stamp set to make the background design on each card and then just added anything I could find in the matching colours. The cards really came together super quickly, which is why I made two more for a workshop I had. And everyone who has received them loves them. Brilliant!!

Have Fun,

Stamps: And many more, Sheltering tree
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Whisper White and Crumb Cake
Other: Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Starburst Framelit, Heart framelit from Mini treat Die, White Jute String, In-Colour Sequins, Hemp twine and Washi tape

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Wow, Baby you've grown!!

I got some super exciting news last week, that my beautiful cousin had her third child at long last. I think she was almost two weeks late and was getting a little bit fed up with it all. As were the waiting Big Brother and Big Sister. But finally little Miss Sadie made her way into the world and she is beautiful... of course!!

So I was pretty excited to get stuck into the baby card, now that I knew which colour to use. I'm totally, madly in love with the 'Baby we've grown' stamp set and have been eagerly waiting on when I can use the gorgeous little owl family. My only problem was there are only 3 owls and my family needed 5!!

But as you can see, after a little bit of fiddling, masking and some fussy cutting, I finally have my Owl family of five!! The other great thing about this set, is that my owls needed to be coloured in. Brilliant, perfect excuse to use all the free Sale-a-Bration Blendabilites that I have been earning.

I'm so pleased with how well this card came together and I know it will be proudly on display in little Sadie's Bedroom in England.

Have Fun,

Stamps: Baby we've grown
Ink: Versamark and Memento Black
Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Strawberry Slush
Other: Subtle paper stacks, White embossing powder, Dazzling Diamond Glimmer, White Jute String, In-colour sequins, Blendabilites and Large Polka dot Embossing folder.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Lovely as a Lotus Blossom

No matter which colour combo I use, the Lotus Blossom stamp comes out beautiful every... single... time!!

This Sale-a-Bration stamp has been on backorder for a few weeks (no surprise considering how popular it's been), but it's now available as a freebie again Hooray!!

My lotus blossom card today is actually a case from my other card which you can see HERE. All I did was change the card size and the colour, yet it looks like a completely different card.

I used some of our gorgeous SAB paper too (man, that paper is stunning) just to add another shade of blue. The main colour of the card is Coastal Cabana with just a little hint of Bermuda Bay.
Oh and did you notice my sneaky cheat "bow" on the stem. It's just a piece of seam binding which I then tied white twine around the middle and knotted. Easy and looks just like a bow!!

 So if you want your very own beautiful Lotus Blossom stamp set, you can choose it for FREE with every $90 order. Pop in to my Store and place an order today.

Have Fun,

Stamps: Lotus Blossom, Painted Petals,
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso
Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay
Other: Best Day Ever DSP, In-colour sequins, Crumb Cake Seam Binding and White Twine

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Love is like a Sheltering Tree

So I can now finally share the card I made and sent overseas to my In-laws. They have had a bit of a rough time since retiring 12 months ago and even though it's been touch and go, it looks like they are pulling through and winning the battle with cancer.

They had so many dreams of what they would do when they retired, picnic's in the park, long fishing trips and bike rides in the country. All where put on hold, when my father in-law discovered he had cancer.

I wanted to send them a card just to say I'm thinking of them and hope that some day soon, they will be able to pick up where they left off and the little bikes in the Sheltering Tree stamp set just really made me think of them:

Does it feel like a beautiful summers day? In the set the sentiment actually says "Friendship is a sheltering tree" but I didn't feel that that was right for this card. So I used my marvelous markers and inked up the word "love" from another set with the same font and stamped that first. Next I inked up the sentiment from Sheltering Tree's but left the "Friendship" word out... BINGO!! Love is a sheltering tree!!

Oh and all gorgeous cards should come dressed in a beautiful envelop if you ask me:

Remember to pop on over to my STORE to see what other stamps are in the Sheltering Tree set and don't forget to check out the Weekly Deals too!!

Have Fun,

Stamps: Sheltering Tree and Good Greetings (R)
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride, Real Red, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Memento Ink and Mossy Meadow
Cardstock: Whisper White, Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Seasonal Sheltering Tree

I finally got my hands on the new stamp set Sheltering Tree and I am totally over the moon with it. It's such a gorgeous set, that I think it will be a keeper long after it retires.

My first card I made with it, I can't actually share with you all yet, as it was made with someone in mind and it's currently in the post winging it's way to them. It's not my usual style but fits the person it's for perfectly.

So after making "THAT" card, I then decided to have a play and make a set of seasonal cards that I had in my head and here is the result:

So simple and unfussy, but I think they are beautiful. I'm actually going to run a class on them as I loved making them so much. They would also look beautiful in a frame I think.

Now before you mention it, yes there are four seasons and yes I've only got three cards. The reason is, I do have an Autumn tree but I've actually run out of the baked brown sugar sequins in the in-colour sequin pack... yep that's right, I've actually picked out every, single last sequin!!

Here is a close up of each of them:

Spring: Reminded me of the Cherry Blossom

Summer: Full, green and bushy

Snow covered with sparkly icy sequins
As soon as my new order of sequins arrives, I'll get busy finishing Autumn and then will upload and share it with you all. Oh and don't forget to check back in later, to see the other Sheltering Tree card.

Have Fun,

Stamps: Sheltering Tree
Ink: Soft Suede, Whisper White Craft Ink, Mossy Meadow, Strawberry Slush and Pistachio Pudding
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Mossy Meadow and Lost Lagoon.
Other: In-colour Sequins.