Sunday, September 30, 2012


Today is my last post as a Guest Designer for Sunny Challenges & Creations, which makes me rather sad - I've had a ball!  Thanks to Vicky, Kris and Gwen for having me as part of the team these past two months.

This week's challenge is to make a card or other papercraft project using the sketch below, AND using something from Stampin' Up!'s new Annual Catalogue.

I've used a few new "somethings" on my card, because I have lots of pretty new toys to play with, and couldn't quite narrow it down!  My starting point was the beautiful papers from the Floral District pack; they determined that I'd use Rich Razzleberry and Baja Breeze together.  I have used the must-have Papillon Potpourri stamp set, and matching Elegant Butterfly punch.  Another of my favourite new stamp sets is Delightful Dozen - a great mix of sentiments, one of which is that used on my card.  The gorgeous Delicate Doilies Sizzlits die features on this card; just LOVE that die (it cuts three different sized doilies, of which this is the largest - perfect for cards).  The last of the new products I've used (and which you can barely see - but I know it's there!) is Dazzling Details glitter glue, on the embossed dots beneath the stamped butterfly.
I think I've managed to fulfil the brief to use "something new" - don't you?!
Here's my card:

Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Delightful Dozen, En Francais
Card: Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Watercolour paper
DSP: Floral District and First Edition Designer Series Papers
Ink: Jet Black Staz-on inkpad, Rich Razzleberry and Baja Breeze stampin' pads, Rich Razzleberry marker
Other: Elegant Butterfly punch, 2 1/2" Circle punch, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, blender pens, sponge daubers, Baja Breeze seam binding, Dazzling Details, glue dots, paper snips
Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team's samples.  We hope you'll play along with us!

Friday, September 28, 2012


This week at Just Add Ink, we have a great sketch (thanks to Mae) to use on our cards/scrapbook pages.  Take a look:

I don't often use divided panels on my card fronts, so this was a good challenge for me.  I've made a card using several new products from Stampin' Up!'s Annual and Holiday Catalogues.

Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Mixed Medley
Card: Primrose Petals, Crumb Cake, Naturals White
Ink: Primrose Petals and Crumb Cake stampin' pads
Other: Delicate Doilies Sizzlits die, Circles #2 die, 1 3/4" Circle punch, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch, Lacy Brocade embossing folder, Delicate Designs embossing folder, Large Scallop edgelits die,  In Color Dahlia, Primrose Petals stitched satin ribbon, sponge daubers, mini glue dots, stampin' dimensionals
Be sure to check out the beautiful samples the rest of the Design Team have come up with for this sketch challenge - you'll be inspired to play along with us, for sure!

Sunday, September 23, 2012


It has been WAY too long since I played along with the gorgeous colour challenges at Dynamic Duos.  Time to rectify that!

Check out this week's colour challenge:

This was one challenge I just had to enter, because Certainly Celery is one of the few Stampin' Up! colours that I hardly ever use.  I am a lover of greens, but as a general comment, I find Certainly Celery to be a bit 'washed out' for my liking.

These colours made me think of Granny Smith apples.  Maybe because I had my Perfectly Preserved stamp set on my desk, I had apples on my mind!  Here's what I came up with (using the "rock and roll" technique on the apple stamp):

Stamps: Perfectly Preserved
Card: Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery textured (retired), Very Vanilla
DSP: Always Artichoke Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke stampin' pads, Versamark inkpad
Other: Cannery Framelits die, Bitty Banners Framelits, Finishing Touches edgelits, sponge daubers, green brads (from retired SU! stash), Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake seam binding, mini glue dots, stampin' dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig


The challenge this week, at Sunny Challenges & Creations, is to create a papercraft project based on the sketch below.  The second component of the challenge is to use embossing on your project.

I have had a lovely time playing with some new products, as well as showing some love to an 'old favourite' stamp set that I haven't used for a while.  On my card, I have used dry-embossing (using the new Woodgrain embossing folder with Core'dinations cardstock), and heat-embossing (using the new Early Espresso embossing powder on the tree).  So, I've got the "embossing" component covered!

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Itty Bitty Banners, French Foliage
Card: Naturals White, Raspberry Ripple, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Core'dinations cardstock
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Early Espresso stampin' pad and marker, Crumb Cake stampin' pad, Raspberry Ripple stampin' pad and marker
Other: Early Espresso embossing powder, Raspberry Ripple stitched satin ribbon, Labels Collection Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Woodgrain embossing folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Linen Thread and needle, Festive Paper-Piercing pack, sponge dauber, mini glue dots, stampin' dimensionals, paper snips
We'd love to have you play along with us at Sunny Challenges & Creations this week.  Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team's samples, for inspiration!

Saturday, September 22, 2012


Today I am taking part, with six other Stampin' Up! demonstrators, in a blog hop, showcasing products from Stampin' Up!'s new Annual Catalogue.  Our new catalogue came out in Australia and New Zealand, along with the fabulous new Holiday Catalogue, at the beginning of September - and boy, am I having fun playing with my new toys!!

You may have come to my blog from Ros Davidson's blog, but if not, don't worry - you can do a full circle, and get to visit the blogs of everyone involved in the 'hop' today, just by clicking on the link at the end of each participant's blog post.

I have a couple of cards to share with you today.  I'm a bit excited about the first one, because I've used a medium that's new to me, in cardmaking.  I can't sew, and was a bit unsure what to do with the cute Summer Smooches fabric I received as a 'freebie' at Stampin' Up! Convention this year.  I decided to try adhering some fabric to a piece of cardstock - so I simply covered a piece of Whisper White card with my Anywhere Glue Stick (which has square edges, making it super-easy to cover a card panel).  I smoothed a piece of bright, flowery fabric over the card, and ran it through my Big Shot, using my trusty Top Note die.  Check out the cute result, below!  The sweet little sentiment is from a lovely new stamp set called A Fitting Occasion.

Stamps: A Fitting Occasion
Card: Real Red, Whisper White
DSP: Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Tempting Turquoise and Real Red stampin' pads
Other: Summer Smooches Designer Fabric, Top Note die, Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon, 1" Circle punch, Curly Label punch, sticky strip

My next card features Summer Starfruit, one of the five new "In Colors" that will be in Stampin' Up!'s range for two years.  I've watercoloured one of the images from the new hostess stamp set called Summer Afternoon, and teamed it with some gorgeous Comfort Cafe paper, which has Summer Starfruit, Cajun Craze and Soft Suede patterns - love it!

Stamps: Just Believe, Summer Afternoon
Card: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Summer Starfruit, Cajun Craze, watercolour paper
DSP: Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper
Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (not SU!), Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Cajun Craze and Old Olive stampin' pads
Other: Blender pens, Regals brads, Victoria crochet trim, Lots of Tags sizzlits, Itty Bitty shapes punch, Basic Pearl, sponge dauber, mini glue dots

The next stop on the blog hop today is Nikki Sadler's blog.  We'd love it if you visited each of our blogs, and left us a comment so we know you've been.  We hope to inspire you to use your new Stampin' Up! products in different ways.

Here's a complete list of all the people taking part in today's blog hop, in case you lose your way at any point:

Ros Davidson

Christine Blain  (you're here!)

Nikki Sadler

Margaret Knoops

Tina Gillespie

Di Dunk

Sue Madex

 Enjoy "hopping"!

Friday, September 21, 2012


This week's challenge, set by Delys, at Just Add Ink is to make a card or other papercraft project with a child in mind.

This was a very timely challenge for me, because my youngest, Ethan, turned 12 just yesterday.  Even though my second lovely young man is growing up far too quickly for his Mum's liking, I'm sure he won't mind me focussing on him for my "kid's" card this week. 

Stampin' Up!'s Clockworks stamp set is a new favourite of mine - it's helping me get over losing Extreme Elements, that retired when our new catalogue came out a few weeks ago.  It is a great set to use to create backgrounds, which is how I used it on Ethan's card - randomly stamping four of the images on Naturals White card, using Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, and Sahara Sand inks.  I spritzed the background panel with Sahara Sand marker, and my Color Spritzer tool, before embossing the piece of card using my new Argyle embossing folder.

To create the sparkly balloon, I inked up the solid balloon (from Up, Up & Away) in Baja Breeze, "rock and rolled" the stamp in Island Indigo ink, and added Basic Gray stripes.  After cutting around the balloon, I pressed it (ink side down) into my Versamark inkpad, and applied and heat-set Iridiscent Ice embossing powder.  I love the subtle, not-too-girly result!

Stamps: Clockworks, Memorable Moments, Up Up & Away
Card: Naturals White, Basic Gray, Island Indigo, Vellum cardstock
Ink: Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand and Basic Gray stampin' pads, Sahara Sand marker, Versamark inkpad
Other: Argyle embossing folder, Tasteful Trim XL Bigz die, In Color Printed Designer Brads, Labels Collection Framelits, sponge dauber, Island Indigo baker's twine, Iridescent Ice embossing folder, paper snips, Color Spritzer tool, mini glue dots, stampin' dimensionals
The rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team have come up with some fantastic kids' cards - be sure to check them out!  We hope you'll join us with your own creation this week.

Sunday, September 16, 2012


This week's challenge at Sunny Challenges & Creations is to make an easel card, incorporating this sketch:

I found a very cool tutorial on Andrea's blog, showing how to make cute little square easel cards - you get three cards out of one 12"x12" sheet of cardstock.  This tutorial appealed to me, because I am rather challenged when it comes to anything other than a "normal" fold card!  I have always admired easel cards made by others, but thought they weren't for me - well, look out world.  Now that I know how to make them, there's no stopping me!  LOL.
Here's what I came up with, thanks to some adorable new Stampin' Up! products:

The card front props up against a stamped oval, raised up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The little stockings were coloured direct-to-rubber with markers, and are from the super-cute new Owl Occasions stamp set (as are the sentiment and present stamps).

Here's a clearer view of the inside of the card:

..... and the front of the card, when it's closed:

Stamps: Owl Occasions
Card: Baja Breeze textured, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
DSP: Snow Festival Designer Series Paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler stampin' pad and marker, Soft Suede stampin' pad and marker, Baja Breeeze marker
Other: 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch, Scalloped Dotted Ribbon border punch, 1" Circle punch, XL Oval punch, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Stamp-a-ma-jig, stampin' dimensionals, mini glue dots, sticky strip
I had a lot of fun making this card, once I got over my "easel phobia", and hope you will do the same!  We'd love to have you play along.  Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team's samples, too!

Friday, September 14, 2012


This week at Just Add Ink, Kim has set us a colour challenge:

My first thought was to make a flowery card, but I decided instead to have a play with a few new products to make a fun little 10cm x 10cm card.  It's very simple, but I think cute - and I had a lot of fun making it.

Stamps: Perfectly Preserved, Itty Bitty Banners
Card: Old Olive, Whisper White, Real Red, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Real Red and Pink Pirouette stampin' pads, Jet Black Staz-On inkpad
Other: Cannery Set Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Large Scallop Edgelits, Delicate Designs embossing folder, Adorning Accents embossing folder, Fashionable Hearts embosslits, white baker's twine, sponge daubers, stampin' dimensionals
Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team's samples .... and play along with us!  We'd love to see your card/scrapbook page, or 3D item, made with these colours.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


This week at Sunny Challenges & Creations, we have a sketch AND colour challenge for you.

I have never felt very comfortable making cards in just Black and White - I am always tempted to inject some colour.  However, I've stuck with the brief, and found that it's not quite as difficult as I'd made it in my own mind!

I have had a play with a gorgeous new stamp set from Stampin' Up! - it's called Serene Silhouettes.  I white-embossed, on Basic Black card, the circular image.  A second stamp from the set was used to stamp on the striped paper, in Basic Black ink.

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card: Basic Black, Whisper White
DSP: Basic Black Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Basic Black stampin' pad, Jet Black Staz-On inkpad
Other: White embossing powder, 1 3/4" Circle punch, Perfect Pennants Bigz die, Beautiful Wings embosslits die, Basic Black scallop dots ribbon, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, sponge dauber, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Please visit the Sunny Challenges & Creations site, to be inspired by the rest of the Design Team's samples, and to join in the fun!

Friday, September 7, 2012


This week Trish has set a fun challenge for us at Just Add Ink ...... to add polka dots to our project.

It's entirely possible that my card contains "polka dot overkill", but I'm okay with that - love dots, and I had a lot of fun making this!  I chose my colours from the new Summer Smooches Designer Series Papers - bright and happy.

Stamps: Bright Blossoms, For My Family
Card: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Island Indigo
DSP: Tangerine Tango Patterns Designer Series Paper and Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Ink: Island Indigo stampin' pad and marker, Tangerine Tango stampin' pad and marker, Rich Razzleberry stampin' pad and marker, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight markers
Other: Labels Collection Framelits dies, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Daffodil Delight stitched grosgrain ribbon, Modern Label punch, In Color Designer brad, Mat Pack & Paper Piercing Tool, mini glue dots, Adorning Accents Edgelits die and embossing folder

Make sure you check out the gorgeous samples made by the rest of the Design Team for this week's challenge.  Who doesn't LOVE polka dots?!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


This month heralds the arrival of TWO new Stampin' Up! catalogues, so is a super-exciting time for those of us addicted to these wonderful products!  In addition to the new Annual Catalogue (chock full of new products, and many at lower prices than last year!), we have a beautiful new Holiday Catalogue to drool over.  Stampin' Up! have outdone themselves with the variety and selection of new products ..... I want them all!  You can view both catalogues online, by clicking on the icons in my blog side bar.

I've been having a play with the cute stamp set called Scentsational Season, and co-ordinating Holiday Collection Framelits dies.  (These products are available until the end of January.) LOVING all the new Framelits that Stampin' Up! have introduced, to make cutting out images super-easy.

I have seen many great ideas around blogland, for using this bundle of products, and have incorporated a few on my card.  How delicious is the background paper I've used?  It's from the great new Festival of Prints paper stack - decidedly festive, but not limited to Christmas.  I can see it being one of my go-to paper packs this coming year.

Stamps: Scentsational Season, Perfect Punches
Card: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Gumball Green
DSP: Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper stack
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Gumball Green, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake stampin' pads
Other: Cherry Cobbler and Wild Wasabi embossing powders, Holiday Collection Framelits dies, Adorning Accents Edgelits die and embossing folder, 1 1/4" Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Scallop Oval punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, mini glue dots,  sponge dauber, craft knife

Sunday, September 2, 2012


You may recall that I was rather sad at finishing up my time with Sunny Challenges & Creations at the end of August.  Well, I am pleased to say that my Guest Designer spot has been extended for the month of September.  The person who was going to feature as Guest Designer for this month had to withdraw for family reasons; a truly sad time for her, but I am honoured to be able to step up.

This week's challenge is a pretty cute, fun one - to make a square card, measuring 10cm x 10cm.  I didn't realise quite how small a canvas it would be to work with, but I loved it!  Here's the sketch to use as a starting point for the card:

I have had a play with a few new products just released in Stampin' Up!'s Annual Catalogue for Australia and New Zealand.  Some of my favourites are the Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper, and the new In Colors.  Summer Starfruit is a new colour that I think is rather polarising ....  but I LOVE it!

Here's my take on the sketch:

Stamps: Summer Afternoon, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Confetti
Card: Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Watercolour paper
DSP: Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper
Ink: Crumb Cake stampin' pad and marker, Midnight Muse stampin' pad and marker, Soft Suede marker, Summer Starfruit stampin' pad and marker, Basic Gray marker, Old Olive marker, Timber Brown Staz-on (not SU!)
Other: Blender pens, Labels Collection Framelits dies, Bitty Banners Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Sweet Buttons embosslits, Beautiful Wings embosslits, Basic Pearl, Linen Thread, sponge daubers, stampin' dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team samples at Sunny Challenges & Creations - and please, play along with us!  We'd love to see your card!