Saturday, February 25, 2012


I have actually posted twice in two days (I know - I must be getting back into the groove finally!).  If you're here to see my Just Add Ink post for this week, please scroll down!  Thank you :)

Today I'm taking part in a little blog hop with friends - there are only 7 of us participating this time around.  Some fellow Australian Stampin' Up! demonstrators and I would like to share with you our creations made with Sale-A-Bration products.  These are products that can be earned for FREE, with every order of $100 worth of product (until 31st March).  The freebies on offer this year are the best we've ever had, and hopefully today you'll get lots of inspiration for using them on your own projects.

You may have come to my little corner of the world from Nikki Sadler's blog.  If not, just start from here, and follow the links around all seven blogs.

My first card showcases the stamps from Elementary Elegance along with some of the yummy paper from the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper pack.  I've chosen the colour scheme of Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake, from the paper.

Stamps: Elementary Elegance
Card: Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla, Vellum cardstock
DSP: Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper
Ink: Peach Parfait stampin' pad and marker, Crumb Cake stampin' pad, Basic Black stampin' pad
Other: Curly Label punch, Itty Bitty shapes punch, Everyday Enchantment brads, Basic Pearls, Color Spritzer tool, stampin' dimensionals, paper snips, Very Vanilla velvet ribbon, Scallop Edge border punch, sponge daubers, mini glue dots

Whilst I adore the vintagey stamp sets offered this year,  I thought I'd step outside that comfort zone a bit and show a simple way of using Outlined Occasions - also one of the free sets.  I think the sentiments from this set look great just stamped as outlines, but you can also colour in the words for a different look.  I've paired the stamped sentiment with Big Top Birthday papers, for a crisp, fun card.

Stamps: Outlined Occasions
Card: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Real Red
DSP: Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper
Ink: Real Red and Tempting Turquoise stampin' pads
Other: Scallop Edge border punch, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Brights brads, 1/2" Circle punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge dauber, mini glue dots

The next stop on today's blog hop is the blog of Tina Gillespie.  Please check out what everyone has made; we all have different styles, and I'm sure you will get some great ideas today.

Here's a complete list of everyone participating in today's blog hop.  Don't forget to leave a little comment love for everyone, so we know you've been!

Nikki Sadler

Christine Blain

Tina Gillespie

Di Dunk

Kathryn Ruddick

Sue Madex


  1. Both cards are gorgeous! Love how you've vintaged peach parfait Christine. I'm loving all the extra details like the butterfly brad and scattered pearls which I didn't notice when I first looked.

  2. I just love your work so much, they are beautiful. Well done Marls

  3. Love the cards Christine. The first has to be my fav.

  4. Beautiful cards! I love how you've used that border strip stamp in the first one - I haven't inked mine up yet but it looks great with your spritzing.

  5. Your cards are beautiful Christine. You do vintage so well!

  6. lovely cards Christine - just so different to each other - I can't decide on a favourite because I love both of them. Love all the detail - as usual there is always lots of detail :)

  7. Christine, I always hold my breath before opening your page as I know it will leave me breathless anyway. Both cards are Stunning!! I am so envious of your brilliant talent.

  8. Gorgeous Christine! Really love your first one, but also adore your second one - I had also thought of matching Outline Occasions with Big Top birthday DSP - it really lends itself! Nice job!

  9. These cards are beautiful! The first one is my favourite - so beautiful and vintage-y.:)

  10. Beautiful Christine. Especially the first one. LOVE what you have done there. This blog has given me some GREAT ideas. TFS

  11. Lovely, lovely cards, Christine never disappoint with your creations!

  12. Both cards lovely, especially like the colours and vintage feel of the first one. Great details in both :)

  13. The peach parfait looks so gorgeous - the card is very delicate. Love the celebrate too for it's brightness.

  14. You are definitely in your "groove" Christine!!! Wow, what fantastic creations. The first has so many delicate details & is such a beautiful colour scheme. Love your vellum window! The second one makes me smile with it bright colours, fun DSP & perfectly chosen accents. Hugs :)

  15. Beautiful card Christine,peach parfait is not a colour I normally choose but this one looks fab.

  16. love love your cards!!!! colors are outstanding !!!!! tfs:)

  17. Super cards, Christine. I love the crisp look of the Outlined Occasions with the bright colours of Big Top Birthday. A great allround special occasion card.

  18. Love them both Christine, all the sweet vintage elements on the first one are gorgeous and l love the bold colours of Big Top Birthday.

  19. These are both great cards Christine, but I particulary love the first one. Love the colours you've used and the 'DSP' you've made with this little stamps. Very, very pretty