28 September 2010

A Little Elegance

Hi there,

One of my "new favourite" items from the new catty is the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder. Oh gosh it's beautiful! I've been seeing this on lots of American blogs for quite some time now, and was so excited we were getting it, and I can honestly say it is so much more gorgeous in real life than in pictures. The impression is deep and very crisp, and looks stunning on white cardstock. It's also fabulous on coloured cardstock too, and I plan to play with it a LOT more lol.

I've used Daffodil Delight as my card base, and mounted the embossed panel with no other matting (I like the pop of yellow around the edge). I've also used some other new favourite things - Antique brads, new Satin ribbon, Beautiful Wings embosslits ... and, of course, Pearls!

I've actually tried to keep the embellishments fairly low key, aiming for an elegant, rather than flashy look. Was I successful? The largest butterfly has been cut from vellum cardstock, and I've painted it with Champagne Mist shimmer paint (to die for stuff!!), adding just a few pearls for the body. Two little tiny butterflies were cut from Perfect Plum, and adhered on one side only, so their wing still pops up. I also added a few pearls to some of the circular embossed areas on the card.

This is the first time that I've tried the "scrunchy" ribbon technique .. soo quick and easy to do, and I love how it looks, especially with the Antique Brad on the side. For a step-by-step picture tutorial, visit Sharon Field, who explains it beautifully.

Well, that's it from me today .. I'm off to play with more goodies hehe.

Thanks for dropping in,

Inky hugs,

26 September 2010

Time Flies ....

Oh my Gosh!! Where did September go?? I thought I'd better pop in with a quick post, just so you know I haven't fallen off the face of the earth hehehe. It's been a really busy (but exciting) month, with the new catty, my Launch Open House, then Regionals, some secret stamping stuff, classes .. you get the idea lol.

I've managed to get some creating time in there as well, and have a ton of photos to edit. Hopefully I'll get that done soon. In the meantime, I thought I'd show you a quick something .. this card was for the ESAD Week 32 Challenge, which was to use Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Crumb Cake.

Oh gosh .. no white ... no black ... this was soooo hard lol. I'm quite pleased with how this turned out though, and glad I decided to have a go. I've used the Blossom Party die to create the flower, and added a tiny Paper Daisy and a Rhinestone Jewel to the centre. The paper daisy was coloured with a Pretty in Pink marker, and painted with Shimmer Paint for a little extra interest. I also added a rhinestone to the sentiment. I'm loving the new Scallop Trim Border Punch. A pierced edge finishes off the bottom panel. I did contemplate stamping a background on the crumb cake card base, but decided to leave this clean and simple.

Short and sweet today ... but I'll be back soon. Hope to see you then :)

Thanks for dropping in,

Inky hugs,

09 September 2010

So Many Choices .. So Little Time ..

Hi there,

I really hope your day has been as exciting as mine! I've been eagerly waiting for delivery of my first box of goodies from the new catalogue .. and today it came! Oh My Gosh! What to play with first? It was such a hard decision hehe. After much oooohing and aahhhing (and drooling too lol) I finally decided on a stamp set I've been dying to get.

This card is a copy of one by an American demonstrator, Tina Dyck. I loved the composition of her card, and couldn't wait to recreate it for myself. I adore silhouette images, and this is one of the prettiest ones we have. The card base is the new InColor Concord Crush .. a beautiful rich, deep purple. I've masked three squares with torn post-it notes and sponged Concord Crush, Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz (also new InColors). The grass silhouette is stamped directly over the top with Basic Black ink, and the sentiment was also stamped on Basic Black. This card was very quick to create, and is one of the cards you'll see if you attend my Catalogue Launch Open House this coming Saturday (11th).

Another card I will have on display is this one ...

I've used the same silhouette image, but this time I've coloured it with my markers (new lol). The grass and leaves are Old Olive and Always Artichoke, and the flowers are Cherry Cobbler. They look quite pink in this photo, but are really much more red in real life. Unfortunately I haven't received my new cardstock yet, and had to use a piece of Riding Hood Red down the side, but it's a fairly good substitute and co-ordinates much more nicely than appears in the photo. I've used the new Scallop Trim Corner and Scallop Trim Border punch around the Always Artichoke panel, and mounted it onto a Crumb Cake card base. I've stamped the same sentiment over the image using Basic Black ink.

As a final finishing touch, I just HAD to add some tiny pearls from our new Basic Pearl Jewels pack. I have craved these for so long lol ... be warned .. you'll be seeing a lot of them from now on hahaha.

I have a ton of other cards and projects in the works and can't wait to show you. Stay tuned.

Thanks for dropping in,

Inky hugs


03 September 2010

I Love Happy Mail!

Hi there,

Just had to share pics with you of the awesome happy mail I received the other day, from my sweet friend Tanya.

Isn't the card lovely?!! Melon Mambo is not a colour I normally use .. but with Crumb Cake and Whisper White it looks absolutely delicious! I'll have to try that combo for myself. I also really like Tanya's ribbon treatment, and now that a crop-a-dile is on its way to my house I'll be able to try that too!! But that's not all she sent. Feast your eyes on these goodies!

Oh my gosh! How sweet is that? A pack of sweet treat padded envelopes, Dress Up ribbon originals and ... something I've had on my wish list for such a long time ... an On Board Journal!! And everything tied up in a long piece of Soft Suede polka dot ribbon. Tanya .. you are a little treasure, and so very generous. Thank you thank you for your gift. Now to wait for my goodies from the new catalogue to arrive so I can decorate my journal :)

Thanks for dropping in
Inky hugs,

01 September 2010

Are You Ready to Hop?

Hi everyone,

So glad you could visit today. I hope you're ready for the ESAD New Catty Blog Hop!

What is ESAD? ESAD stands for Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand Demonstrators for Stampin'Up!

We so love what we do, and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as Demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-hows and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it's needed.

So if you are a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please click here to join our wonderful group.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the lovely projects made by Vicki Were from Christchurch. Now I'd like to show you a "little something I whipped up" hehe. I had something completely different in mind when I sat down to create something for the blog hop, but as I worked on it, it seemed to take on a life of its own, and took me in a direction I'm not used to lol.

Inspired by a calendar book by Laurie Schmidlin, I decided to make a Birthday List book so I don't lose track of all the birthday cards I need to make. I've used the new Newsprint Designer Series Paper and my favourite set at the moment called Friends Never Fade (can't put this one down lol).

I normally don't "do vintage", but I love how this dsp looks when it's "aged", and how easy it is to achieve a worn, olde worlde look with SU products.

Each page has a pocket made by adhering Newsprint dsp to Very Vanilla cardstock that has been folded in half, and stuck together to form the book. I've added a strip of scalloped Very Vanilla to reinforce the top of the pocket, and all the pieces have been sponged with So Saffron ink.

Each pocket has an insert which was made by stamping one of the images from Friends Never Fade in Real Red ink on Real Red cardstock, and matted on Basic Black. Although the photos don't show it clearly I've sponged all the edges with Real Red too. The calendar was printed out on printer paper, and adhered to the front, and I stamped-off the flower 4 times, before adding it to the page.

The back of each insert has a piece of printer paper adhered to it, so I can record names and dates.

A final close up of the detail on the front. I've used a strip of Newsprint dsp down the spine as well as on the front. See the embossed panel? Isn't it stunning! That's one of the new embossing folders called Vintage Wallpaper. It's just delicious in person, and looks just as good on white or vanilla as it does on coloured cardstock. I've sponged the edges with Real Red. I stamped a Very Vanilla panel with the flower image, sponged the edges of that too and added the Friends Never Fade main image, popped up on dimensionals.

I had so much fun creating this, and I hope you've enjoyed looking at it. Don't forget, to be eligible for the blog candy you need to leave a comment on each blog on the hop (24), and then email Leonie at stamp-a-latte to let her know you've done so. Winners will be announced next Tuesday. If you lose your place on the Hop don't worry ... there's a full list of participants at the end of my post.

Now it's time to hop off to the next stop and see what Juliette Chapman has created for you.

Thanks for dropping in,
Inky hugs,

  1. Leonie Schroder - http://www.stamp-a-latte.com
  2. Keryn Campbell - http://kerynscards.blogspot.com
  3. Vicki Were - http://www.stampinvickistyle.blogspot.com/
  4. Aly Adcock - http://www.inkyaly.blogspot.com
  5. Juliette Chapman - http://juleskraftikrafts.blogspot.com
  6. Kristine Thompson - http://www.inkspotcreations.typepad.com
  7. Jo Weedon - http://www.scrapandstampin.blogspot.com
  8. Jan McAnulty - http://cardcaperswithjan.wordpress.com/
  9. Karen Southwell http://www.kareniescrafts.blogspot.com
  10. Kim Conway - http://www.kimconwaycards.blogspot.com
  11. Jane Norrish - http://janenorrish.com
  12. Pauline Bennetts - http://www.paulinebennetts.com/stampede
  13. Gemma Coumbe - http://www.gemmacoumbe.blogspot.com
  14. Genelle Little - http://www.stampedecards.blogspot.com
  15. Sharlene Meyer - http://www.magpiecreates.com
  16. Susan Joyce - http://www.catsinkcorporated.blogspot.com
  17. Rhonda Statham - http://rhondastatham.typepad.com/
  18.  Monique Fielder - http://stamping-with-moni-q.blogspot.com/
  19.  Andrea Buckland http://creatingcardswithandrea.blogspot.com
  20.  Bev Watt http://stampinovation.blogspot.com
  21.  Claire Mcilhatton http://www.crafty-cow.com/
  22.  Mae Collins -  http://maecollins.blogspot.com/
  23.  Charmaine Black - http://www.l-ink-edtopaper.blogspot.com/
  24.  Lynn Powell - http://www.lynnpowell.com.au