Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Holiday Mini


The new Holiday Mini catalogue is live from today. Hopefully you will have checked out the samples made by myself and fellow demonstrators on the blog hop from the post below. Plenty of inspiration there:)

Please email me if you would like a copy of the new mini and if you are ready to order, please either email me your order or order online by clicking on the "shop now" button on the top right of my blog.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Creative Inkers Holiday Blog Hop

Hey, this is fun! My first ever participation in a Blog Hop.

Some of Jacque Williams' team of demonstrators (of which I am one) have put together a Blog Hop for your viewing pleasure, featuring products from the new Holiday mini Catalogue 2014, (which goes live on the 28th August).

 For those of you new to Blog Hopping, just view my post here and then click on the link at the bottom of my post to visit the next site and so on. Enjoy:) Please leave a (nice) comment before you leave:)

I have designed my card using the Stamp set "Bright and Beautiful" and the coordinating "Stars Framelits Dies". I have laid a couple of strips of the new "All is Calm" Washi tape (which this time comes in a delicious pack of 5) across Whisper White on a base of lost Lagoon. I embossed the star using silver Embossing powder onto Lost Lagoon card stock and and die cut it and laid it on a larger die cut star using the "Brushed Silver" card stock (pg 193 Annual catalogue). the sentiment comes from "Endless Wishes", a photopolymer stamp set. I finished the star with a tiny star punched with the star from "Itty Bitty Accents " punch pack (pg 222 Annual catalogue) and a self adhesive Rhinestone in the centre.

AND just for something completely different, I made the card into a "Magic Envelope Card" using "All is Calm" DSP. I got the envelope design from Deb Valder.

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this is the card itself

this is the card attached to its own envelope
The card partly wrapped in its own envelope

The card wrapped inside its own envelope, ready for an adress label or maybe a tag?  Lift the little flap at the top right to open the card.

   Now off to    Ria's blog    for more inspiration!



If you should get lost here is a list of all those taking part;

1: Narelle Hoggard

2: Paula Reid

3: Heather

4: Ria

5: Sally Williams

6: Jackie N.

7. Jacque W

8. Rachael Knight

9. Lisa – Daffyscrapper

10. Bev Poultney

11. Irene

12. Christine

13. Kathryn

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wonderous Wreath

One of the fab things I enjoy about being a demonstrator for Stampin' Up! is going to team trainings with our leader Jacque Williams. We have fun just getting together but we also have shared morning tea which as always yummy,  we can take part in "swaps" where we make several of the same card and swap with fellow demos to have a stock of samples from a new catalogue, plus we get to do a "make n take". This is a card Jacque taught us at our last training;
The base is (of course) Blackberry Bliss, everyone's favourite new "in colour" and the stamp set is "Wonderous Wreath" from the upcoming Holiday mini catalogue. which you can order from on the 28th August, (two more sleeps). The digital version will be on my blog Thursday.

If you would like a Holiday mini catalogue, please email me .

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gate fold card and Blended Bloom

I came across a gate fold card (with a difference) when googling one day. (See it here) I used this card as my inspiration in designing this gate fold card using the Blended Bloom stamp.
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 I stamped the image onto DSP (Moonlight Paper Stack) to once again show my customers another way to use the Blended Bloom stamp.
And the inside

Monday, August 18, 2014


Tried my hand at "Zentangling" . What is Zentangling?
Well, according to Zentangling.com....The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Try googling it and you will find a heap of stuff. Better still... google "Stampin' Up! Zentangling" and you see a heap of examples of Zentangling using our very own Stampin' Up! stamp sets.

I chose the "Blended Bloom" stamp because you  need an outline stamp that is fairly open and also I wanted to show my customers another way of using the stamp other than with Blendabilities (as if you need another way. he he)

My first attempt was too "muddied" and so I decided, "less is more" and came up with this.

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 I haven't attached it to card yet but I think I would like to put it together with a Black and White themed card. (to come).

I used the Basic Black marker (pen end) but I rather think the new Project Life Journalling pens may work well for this. 

This example took me about 10 minutes before my Stamp class and I rather enjoyed it. If you are a "doodler" you'll love it!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Shopping Bag card

I had a request to make a card for someone's birthday. the gift to go with the card was a large animal print shopping bag.

this is the bag
 And this is the card I made

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Popcorn card

I have been trying to theme my birthday cards to the gifts I am giving. This time I wanted something to go with an "Event Cinema" giftcard. Also it was to be a masculine card and you know how challenging they can be sometimes!

I googled my theme and came up with idea of "popcorn", so with an idea I found on Tanya Bell's site, I came up with this.

Wine holder

For my latest class, I taught this cool little "Piccolo" size wine bottle holder. The wine is Lindauer and it comes in a pack of four from the local supermaket for $15.99 so the bottles are just $4 each. So a great little gift:)

The base card is Blackberry Bliss (or "Blackberry Nip" as one of my friends (Sue S) calls it he he). And the DSP is the Moonlight stack.

I got the idea from Eva at http://lovelymade.me/2014/07/31/piccolo-verpackung-mit-dem-epb-mit-anleitung/

Monday, August 11, 2014

More Blendies

You know, you don't have to stick to the one lot of colour shades to blend together. I had a go at blending Rich Razzleberry with Coastal Cabana in this card I Cased from Victoria Rogers. I used the colour lifter to make highlighted dots but she used the chalk marker. Mine look a little like raindrops but I like the effect Victoria got better I think. Nothing like a bit of experimentation.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Using the new "Blendies"

I just love ( I mean looove!!) the new Stampin' Up! blendabilities.

I love the matt finish. I love the way you don't see any brushstokes. I love the colour range. I love the way the colur shades blend together without a line. I love the effects you can get with them, especially the 3D effect as in the "Perfect Blend" card below.

If you would like to join the next "How to use the Stampin' Up! Blendabilities" class, please email me your interest and I will contact you with some dates.

Here are a couple of cards I made recently using the blendies;
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Based a card by Cherrie

 On this one I coloured a clear Rhinestone and attached it to look like dew drop.
Based on a card by Jill Coleman