Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The "Art With Heart" team, of some 90 Stampin' Up! demonstrators spread across five states of Australia, is lead by Claire Daly. It is a team that has provided me with some fantastic friendships - I'm proud to be a part of it! We have an online forum that is a great source of advice and support from like-minded (mad!) stampers and scrapbookers. If you'd like to sign up as a demonstrator, and be part of our Stampin' Up! 'family', please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our team blog hop occurs on the last day of every month. A number of us take part each month, so you're sure to find lots of inspiration along your way, visiting the blogs of team members involved.
You may have just come from the blog of the gorgeous, bubbly, Kristine Thompson. If not, don't worry - you can join at any spot on the 'tour'. There are 14 of us involved in today's blog hop. Make sure you leave a comment on every one of the blogs along the way, then email Nikki Sadler at email@example.com. Let Nikki know you've commented on each blog, and you'll go into the draw to win some "blog candy". There is a deadline of 6.00am (AEST) 3rd April, to email Nikki. We'd love as much "comment love" as we can get :), but please note that the blog candy will be awarded only to an entrant who is not a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
Okay, onto my cards using my FAVOURITE new stamp! I have chosen to use the Medallion stamp, which I'd been hoping-against-hope would be brought out in Australia with this new catalogue. And whaddya know - we got it!!
First up is a card using my often-used, and much-loved, colour combo of kraft and red, with a bit of brown:
Stamps: En Francais, Medallion, Occasional Greetings
Card: Kraft, Chocolate Chip
DSP: Bella Rose
Ink: Sahara Sand and Chocolate Chip stampin' pads, Versamark inkpad
Other: Clear embossing powder, Eyelet Border Punch, Curly Label Punch, sponge dauber, Flower Trio Punch, linen thread, paper piercing tool and mat pack, Playground designer button, mini glue dots, Dress Up ribbon originals
(Even though the colour looks a bit 'orange', I've used Riding Hood Red. Blame the photographer.)
While I had my big, beautiful, Medallion stamp out I decided to make a second card, using the same layout, but a completely different colour combination. I am in LOVE with Melon Mambo, one of the three new colours introduced with this catalogue. It's bold and bright (not quite as muted as this photo shows). What do you think of this one????
Stamps: En Francais, Medallion, Occasional Greetings, Polka Dot
Card: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Melon Mambo stampin' pad, Jet Black Staz-On inkpad, Versamark inkpad
Other: Clear embossing powder, Eyelet Border Punch, Curly Label Punch, sponge dauber, black Basic Jumbo Grommet,1/2" circle punch, Build-A-Brad, Valet Ribbon original
You're sure to see many more cards from me, using this stamp. I'll try to show you some other things as well in the coming days and weeks :)
Thanks for visiting today - I really appreciate it. Now it's time to go on to Kathryn Mangelsdorf's blog, to see her beautiful creation. Enjoy the rest of the tour!
Just in case my blog is your starting point for today's blog hop, here's a list of my 13 team-mates who are also involved in this fun 'event'. (Make sure you leave comments!)
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I've kind of 'gone to town' on this one. Might just be a tad overdone, LOL, but I LOVE the new wheel that is coming out in the Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue in just a few days.
I won't waffle on, because I am about to race out the door to have dinner at my in-laws' (yay to not having to cook ... ah, again!). Here is my card:
Stamps: Very Vintage wheel (out 1st April), Inspired by Nature, Best Yet
Card: White Glossy Card, Kraft, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom, Close to Cocoa
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom and Cameo Coral stampin' pads
Other: Sponge daubers, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/2" circle punch (not Stampin' Up!), Scallop Circle Punch, edge distresser, Build-a-Brad, 1/2" circle punch, Valet Ribbon Originals, Kraft taffeta ribbon.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Well, such a special event calls for a scrapbook page, I think. Scrapbooking is waaaay outside my comfort zone (I love the smaller 'canvas' of a card, and feel a little intimidated by the large page!), but I wanted to do this layout to document what Ethan chose to do. So, here is my photo-heavy layout!
A close-up of the accent on the bottom left of the page:
Here's a closer look at the title, cut out using two products NEW to Stampin' Up!, come 1st April:
And, finally, the little bit of journalling I squeezed in amongst all the photos:
Here's a list of all the supplies I used on this layout:
Stamps: Life Definitions, Starring You
Card: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Basic Black
DSP: Baja Breeze and Basic Gray Patterns DSP
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Baja Breeze stampin' pad, Basic Gray marker
Other: Baja Breeze corduroy brads (retired), sponge dauber, Star Punch, Large Star Punch, Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, Clips assortment, dimensionals ... and Big Shot, with Timeless Type Alphabet Junior Sizzlits (both being released 1st April in Australia
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Today I discovered that Lisa Johnson has started to throw down challenges on her website, which I often go to for a drool over her beautiful work. Clearly I haven't visited her blog for a while, because already Lisa has posted two challenges. Never mind - I'll start at number 2. The current challenge is to use light moss, a button, and polka dots. This is what I came up with:
Stamps: One of a Kind, Sincere Salutations, Polka Dot background
Card: Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Mellow Moss
Ink: Pink Pirouette and Mellow Moss stampin' pads
Other: Pink Pirouette 1 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Edge punch, Boho Blossoms punch, mini glue dots, Button Bouquet, Stamp-a-ma-jig, circle nestabilities
Pretty, don't you think? Hubby actually likes this one, which concerns me - normally that's a bad omen! LOL. The wide pink ribbon I have used on this card is available in Australia only until the end of March, when the current Stampin' Up! mini catalogue runs out. Make sure you place an order with me, or your demonstrator if you already have one, if you don't want to miss out on this beautiful ribbon! I love it, and hope you like what I've done with it. :)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Stamps: Polka Dot background, On Your Birthday
Card: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Kraft
DSP: *NEW* pretty paper, available from 1st April :)
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Chocolate Chip and Ruby Red stampin' pads
Other: Sponge daubers, *NEW* button die (available 1st April), Scallop Edge punch, Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, Valet Ribbon Originals, mini glue dots
Friday, March 19, 2010
Back in this post I showed a few of the pretty things that are available only until the end of March. I love the little Scallop Notes II, which are the sweetest 'love note', or gift card, size. They are on page 7 of the Summer Mini catalogue, and at $23.95 for 30 cards and envelopes, are great value. The Scallop Notes come in a selection of Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip (10 cards of each colour); all of the envelopes are Very Vanilla.
I have a few photos to show you of the results of my play session this evening.
First up is a 'group shot' of the three colours of cards, so you can visualise them, if you're not familiar with Stampin' Up!'s colours.
Now I'll show them to you, one by one, so I can include a list of all the products used to make each card.
Behind this first card is a blank, standard-sized card, so you can see how little and cute the Scallop Notes are! I'm a very 'visual' person, so find it much easier to see something than have it described to me.
Stamps: Pun Fun
Card: Pink Pirouette Scallop Note II, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
DSP: Bella Rose
Ink: Basic Gray and Pink Pirouette stampin' pads, Pretty in Pink marker
Other: 1 3/4" circle punch, Word Window punch, sponge dauber,Trio Flower punch, white gel pen, dimensionals
On this next card, I've used an adorable little stamp set and punch that will be available to purchase from next month. They're TINY (and that's all I'm saying for now)!
Stamps: Pun Fun, Polka Dot background, plus new, exciting little stamp set...
Card: Baja Breeze Scallop Note II, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette stampin' pads, Pretty in Pink marker
DSP: Pink Pirouette Patterns Designer Series Paper
Other: Sponge dauber, Flower Fusion Too, Pretty in Pink brad, glue dots, exciting little punch... :)
The little house stamped on this last card is from one of this year's Sale-a-Bration stamp sets, called Good Neighbors. The stamps can be earned for FREE if you spend $100 on Stampin' Up! products before the end of March. A stamp-a-ma-jig comes in very handy if you're using this stamp set! See the cute little envelope underneath the card?
Stamps: Good Neighbors, Short & Sweet
Card: Chocolate Chip Scallop Note II, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip cardstock
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss stampin' pads
DSP: Kiwi Kiss Patterns Designer Series Paper
Other: Sponge daubers, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Word Window Punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Scallop Circle Punch, dimensionals, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
I hope you've enjoyed my little Scallop Notes II 'showcase'. Let me know which one is your favourite!
Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes, Punches Three
Card: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Watercolour paper
DSP: Candy Lane
Ink: Pink Pirouette stampin' pad, Pretty in Pink marker, Jet Black Staz-On inkpad
Other: White brads (from 5/8" Neutrals assortment), 1 1/4" Pink Pirouette grosgrain ribbon, Wide Oval Punch, dimensionals, Scallop Edge Punch, paper piercing tool, sponge dauber, Nestabilities
That yummy wide ribbon, in Stampin' Up!'s Summer Mini catalogue, is available only until the end of this month, so if you don't have it yet, but would like some, be sure to get your order in to me! (Unless of course you have, or are, your own demonstrator!)
The Jumbo Brads I've used at the top of the card are still available for purchase, even though they are not listed in a current catalogue. They cost $13.50, for 32 brads (8 each of Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla and Silver). I think they're a pretty cool embellishment, so thought I'd just let you know they're still available!
I am hoping to get some time in my craft room, to make a few more cards to show you, in the coming days, so please keep checking back. I will again be taking part in my team's blog hop on the last day of the month. This month we'll have some beautiful creations to show you, using new and exciting Stampin' Up! products, so make sure you mark the 31st March in your diary, to visit all the participating Art With Heart team blogs!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Because my supply of Stampin' Up! Easter stamps is VERY limited, I've used a very old "Egg Heart" stamp from my stash. Apart from that, and the pink adhesive hearts (oh, and the Nestabilities!), everything else on my card is Stampin' Up!, including a very cute embellishment that is NEW to Stampin' Up!, come April. Can you spot it?
Stamps: Egg Heart (not SU!), Occasional Greetings
Card: Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink
DSP: Tea Party
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On inkpad, Close to Cocoa stampin' pad and marker, Pretty in Pink marker, Pink Pirouette stampin' pad
Other: Large oval punch, sponge dauber, Oval Nestabilities, NEW button die (coming April!!), dimensionals, Valet Ribbon originals, pink heart Rain Dots
Saturday, March 13, 2010
made today the BEST Friday I've had in a long time! I just wanted to share with you all a picture of three of my dear friends, who I would never had met if it wasn't for Stampin' Up! We gathered at a gorgeous cafe today, to celebrate Kerry's and Leanne's birthdays. Judy, the fifth member of our monthly stamping group, wasn't able to make it (she's in Perth, celebrating another 'special someone's' birthday) - we missed you, Judy!
I love this photo of Kerry, Claire and Leanne (although Kerry, aka "Pinky", doesn't look too happy to be FIFTY, does she?? How fabulous does 50 look on this woman??!).
Leanne will probably be unhappy with me sharing the next photo (although I think you are beautiful, my friend!), but it is the only one I have with the four of us together, so it is special to me.
Can you see all the beautiful homewares and gifts in the background? If you're in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, check out Succulent Cafe in Lilydale - it's really lovely.
Thank you, my friends, for a fabulous, long, lunch - love you!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Stampin' Up!'s Summer Mini catalogue runs only until the end of March, so I thought I'd share with you a couple of 'flowery' cards I've made using the cute little "Hello Again" stamp set. It's only $21.95 for 5 sweet stamps, and it co-ordinates with the Retro Remix wheel ($11.95). Despite that fact that Melbourne has plunged head-long into Autumn (bringing with it 100-year-record hail storms, and cold weather - a bit of a shock to the system!), I'm clinging to the 'springy' colours I used in my Easter post for this first card. You'd probably find that using the Stamp-a-ma-jig (stamp positioner) to line up the row of flowers would be a good idea ..... however, I made this card at our monthly stamp night (with dear friends) recently, and was rather cavalier and just stamped away 'by eye'. Too busy talking, laughing and eating chocolate on the night, I think!
Stamps: Hello Again
Card: Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Barely Banana stampin' pad, Bashful Blue marker, Pretty in Pink marker, Almost Amethyst stampin' pad, Certainly Celery stampin' pad and marker
Other: Bashful Blue 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, sponge daubers, edge distresser, Sherbet Designer Buttons, mini glue dots
I just love how those cute little buttons match the ink colours so well, don't you? Speaking of cute, did you notice my brand-new watermark? I know, I know, it probably should be over the card, but it's so pretty, I decided to 'showcase' it on its own. (Simple pleasures!)
The next card I have to show you, using the Hello Again stamp set, is a Scallop Notes II card. These adorable note cards are also in the Summer Mini catalogue. For $23.95, you get 30 cards and envelopes - 10 cards each in Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette, and 30 Very Vanilla envelopes sized perfectly for the little cards. I think I might've got just a little carried away with the embellishments on this card, but I'll let you be the judge!
Stamps: Hello Again
Card: Scallop Note II (Baja Breeze), Whisper white, Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze cardstock
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Basic Gray stampin' pad, Pink Pirouette stampin' pad, Baja Breeze stampin' pad
Other: Curly Label Punch, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Valet Ribbon Originals, dimensionals, sponge daubers, Fleurettes II, pink rhinestone brad
Isn't that satin Baja Breeze ribbon to-die-for?? Oh, and the white crocheted flower, from the Fleurettes II selection, is another item that is available only until the end of March. Don't miss out on getting these gorgeous products while they're still available; contact me, and I can process an order for you! Remember that for every $100 worth of product you buy from me before the end of March, you get to choose a FREE stamp set from the four gorgeous Sale-A-Bration sets on offer this year.
Here's a close-up of the little card, against a very classy background of a white polystyrene lid that was out on our deck (I'm nothing if not resourceful!). I wanted you to see how I stuck a little strip of Pink Pirouette card on the inside edge of the card.
That's it from me for another day! I'll try not to leave it so long between posts next time. Thanks for visiting, and don't forget to contact me before the end of March if you need anything from the Summer Mini catalogue!