Friday, November 30, 2012


I've scheduled this post to publish while I am out of the country for a few days - hopefully I will return home to see that it has gone smoothly!

Kim has come up with a really lovely colour combination for this week's Just Add Ink challenge:

I have once again had a play with Stampin' Up!'s Natural Composition Designer Series Paper.  It is a gorgeous, heavyweight, paper with clear-embossed designs on kraft-coloured backgrounds.  For this week's challenge, I cut a panel of the floral DSP from the pack, and used my Pretty in Pink marker to colour a few of the flowers.  Here's a close-up:

After colouring the petals with my marker, I added some white dots to the flower centres, using a gel pen.  Clear Itty Bitty Buttons were then adhered to the flower centres.  Here is the card in its entirety:

Stamps: Petite Pairs
Card: Chocolate Chip, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White
DSP: Natural Composition Designer Series Paper
Ink: Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake stampin' pads, Pretty in Pink marker, Signo White gel pen
Other: Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Pool Party seam binding, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, Itty Bitty Buttons, glue dots, edge distressing tool, sponge dauber
The rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team have come up with some gorgeous cards using this colour combination - be sure to check them out.  We hope you'll be inspired to play along with us!

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Today I'm taking part in a mini (well, really tiny) blog hop with a few friends who are also Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  A couple of ladies have had to pull out, leaving us with only four participants!  We have all made something using products from the Holiday Catalogue, that is current until the end of January 2013.  We'd love you to visit all our blogs, and leave some 'comment love' so we know you've been!

You may have come here from Nikki Sadler's blog ... but if not, no problems.  At the end of each team member's blog post, we have linked to the next person in the loop.  There are only 4 of us all up, so it's pretty hard to lose your way!

I have made a couple of Christmas cards to share with you.  I've used LOADS of new products.

Here's the first card:

 ..... and a close-up of the cute little owl, so you can see the Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details on the eyes:

Stamps: Owl Occasions
Card: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
DSP: Snow Festival Designer Series Paper
Ink: Soft Suede stampin' pad, Cherry Cobbler stampin' pad and marker, Baja Breeze stampin' pad
Other: Holiday Ornaments Framelits dies, 1 3/4" Circle punch, sponge dauber, Modern Label punch, Adorning Accents edgelits die, Cherry Cobbler baker's twine, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, stampin' dimensionals, glue dots
Here's the second card I made:

Stamps: Heart of Christmas, Scentsational Season, Netting
Card: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso Core'dinations
DSP: Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Marina Mist and Crumb Cake stampin' pads, Marina Mist marker, Versamark inkpad
Other: Sugar & Spice embossing powder, Labels Collection Framelits dies, Holiday Collection framelits dies, Owl builder punch, Lacy Brocade embossing folder, sanding block, Crumb Cake scalloped tulle ribbon, Marina Mist scalloped dots ribbon, Brushed Bronze designer button, sticky strip, stampin' dimensionals, sponge dauber

The next person on the blog hop list is Tina Gillespie - just click on her name, and you'll be taken to her blog.

Here is a list of all of the blog hop participants for today.  We hope you enjoy our projects!

Tina Gillespie

Margaret Knoops

Nikki Sadler

Christine Blain

Friday, November 23, 2012


Mae has come up with yet another great sketch for us, at Just Add Ink, this week.

I've kept my card simple, to let the texture and patterns on the base card, and scalloped embossed strip, do the talking.
Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Bring on the Cake
Card: Midnight Muse, Island Indigo, Whisper White
DSP: Natural Composition Designer Series Paper
Ink: Midnight Muse, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake stampin' pads
Other: Floral Frames framelits dies, Large Scallop Edgelits, Delicate Designs Embossing folder, Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon, Island Indigo ruffled ribbon, Brushed Bronze designer button, Midnight Muse dahlia, Paper Daisy, Corner Rounder punch, sponge dauber, glue dots, sticky strip

Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team's samples over at Just Add Ink.  We'd love to have you play along with us - show us how you've used this sketch, to create a card or other papercraft project.

Friday, November 16, 2012


Trish has set the challenge at Just Add Ink this week, to "just add music" to your papercraft project.  I love the variety of samples our Design Team have made, and am sure you will too - be sure to take a look.  We hope you'll play along with us!

When I set to making a card for this challenge, I knew I wanted to use my Natural Composition Specialty paper - there are two sheets in the pack, that have music clear-embossed on kraft card.  Perfect!!  I've used the paper on the main panel, as well as for the centre ornament, on which I stamped the sentiment in Staz-On ink.  In keeping with the music theme, I also used my Music Notes wheel and Cherry Cobbler ink on the base card.

Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, More Merry Messages, Music Notes stampin' around wheel
Card: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
DSP: Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake stampin' pads, Crumb Cake marker, Jet Black Staz-On inkpad
Other: Holiday Ornaments framelits, 3/4" Circle punch, Cherry Cobbler scalloped tulle, Cherry Cobbler baker's twine, Linen Thread, Festive Piercing Pack, Stampin' Pierce Mat and Paper Piercing tool, Brushed Bronze designer buttons, sponge dauber, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Basics Glimmer brad, stampin' dimensionals, Finishing Touches edgelits, glue dots

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Whilst I have learnt to be ruthless, in culling my Stampin' Up! supplies once they retire, there is one stamp set that is unlikely to leave my collection.  I am the only female in a cricket-mad household, and Stampin' Up!'s "Just Cricket" stamp set is well-loved and well-used!

Today is my first-born darling son's birthday, and - yet again - he gets a cricket-themed card.  Jack is well on the way to realising his dream of playing cricket at an elite level.  Recently he was selected to play in the Victorian under-17s cricket team, and we are incredibly proud of him and the hard work he puts in to reach his goals.

Here's the card I made, keeping it nice and simple, since it probably won't get more than a fleeting glance!

Stamps: Just Cricket (retired), Memorable Moments
Card: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Gray stampin' pad, Versamark inkpad, Island Indigo stampin' pad, Basic Black marker
Other: Labels Collection framelits, Festive paper-piercing pack, Stampin' Pierce Mat and paper-piercing tool, Basics Glimmer brad, Chevron embossing folder, Finishing Touches edgelits die, Basic Gray striped satin ribbon, stampin' dimensionals
There will be no special birthday dinner for Jack tonight, because he'll be ..... playing cricket!!  (It never ends!)

Friday, November 9, 2012


This week at Just Add Ink, we have a colour challenge, set by Kim:

This one really had me thinking, and I had a few different ideas that didn't make the final cut!

I ended up making a baby card, in slightly non-traditional colours.  Even though the decorative strips at the top of the card look bowed in the photo, I can assure you they aren't!

Stamps: Baby Bundle
Card: Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso Core'dinations, Tangerine Tango, Watercolour paper
Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On inkpad, Sahara Sand and Marina Mist stampin' pads
Other: Blender pens, Houndstooth embossing folder, Labels Collection framelits, stamp-a-ma-jig, Marina Mist scalloped dots ribbon, Finishing Touches edgelits, Linen Thread, sponge daubers, Owl Builder punch (tiny heart), glue dots
If I hadn't used such sticky glue dots, given my time over I would've re-positioned the knot to sit beneath the Word Window - but, there was no moving it once it was stuck down, so this is how it will remain!
Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team samples, to see the wonderful, diverse, ways of combining these colours.  The girls have some beautiful ideas.  We'd love for you to join us in this week's challenge.

Friday, November 2, 2012


It has been a while since I've used The Open Sea, one of my favourite masculine stamp sets, so decided to use it for this week's Just Add Ink challenge.

Mae has come up with this great sketch for us to use as a starting point for a card/scrapbook page:

I have used for my card base the fabulous new Natural Composition Specialty paper from Stampin' Up! - can you see the embossed horizontal lines on the card front?  LOVE this heavyweight paper.

Stamps: The Open Sea, Bring on the Cake
Card: Very Vanilla
DSP: Natural Composition Specialty DSP, Comfort Cafe and Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Papers
Ink: Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse and Cherry Cobbler stampin' pads
Other: Corner rounder punch, 3/4" circle punch, sponge daubers, Linen Thread, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon, Antique brad, blender pen, glue dot
The rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team have come up with some amazing cards using this sketch - you'll love the variety.  Be sure to check them out here, and play along with us, if you can!  We'd love to see your card based on this sketch.