Friday, December 31, 2010


I hope everyone has had a lovely break over Christmas and enjoyed some Family time, as I have.  We spent a lovely 5 days with family at Waitarere Beach.  The weather was percfect, and there was also the odd sunburn!!  Not me, thankfully, blahaha!  It certainly put me in the right mood to design my entry for JUST ADD INK this week.  The theme - Just Add Summer.

Nothing says summer to me like fresh, colourful flowers of any variety.  I have chosen to use Sweetpeas and trellis this week.  I have put a very colourful sun with rays behind the trellis, but, unfortunately, you can't see the full effect.  But I have already decided to do another card with this sponged creation as the main feature.  Watch this space!  I got the idea for the trellis from Valita Reynolds and you can check out her video tutorial HERE

Don't you just love these gorgeous little flowers?  They are so easy to make and you can't go wrong when you are scrunching cardstock!!  It is yet another tutorial on my list of things to do!!  Watch this space :-)

The Design Team have come up with some fabulous ideas, yet again, so be sure to go check out the designs and spread some comment love while you are there!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Couldn't come up with a catchy title for this blogpost, but I think this comes close!  I just love the Grunge Rock Stamp set.  I have already used it on the scrapbook page I posted last, but just had to show you a card with it too.

 This time I brayered my entire background to create the feeling of a room.  I stamped the guitar with versamark and Basic Black Ink, added clear embossing powder and heat set it.  I then cut it out.  I added a shadow where the guitar was going to sit with my sponge and then used a dimensional to adhere my guitar to the card front.   This card turned out EXACTLY as I had it in my mindseye.  But I really wanted the inside to sing too.

I carried the guitar theme through and part of the background from the front of the card.  What do you think?  I feel this is probably my best card yet.  I really don't want to part with it!

Stamp Set:  Grunge Rock
Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Inks: Cajun Craze, Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Versamark
Accessories:  Brayer, Sponge, Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Dimensionals, Adhesive

Sunday, December 26, 2010


I have so many photo's of my gorgeous daughter that have not found their way into albums yet.  Luckily for me I am finding some gorgeous stamp sets from Stampin' Up! this year which fit so many of photo's I have!  I love this photo of her singing her little heart out at Day Care.  As soon as I saw the Grunge Rock stamp set, I knew just what I wanted to do.  I do admit to partially CASEing the Mini catalogue for this page though.  It was too good a layout to pass up!  Thats the great thing about our catalogues - they are ideas books too!!

If you need some inspiration - break out the catalogue book and have a good look through there - I dare you to!

Friday, December 24, 2010


I recently had my last team gathering before the craziness of Christmas.  I challenged my Ladies to use something from the new Mini Catalogue in their swaps, and I must say I was completely blown away by the quality and artmanship of the swaps that were done.  I just have to share them with you:

 Debi - Close Up

Aren't they gorgeous?  Please visit their blogs by clicking on their names, to view more of their lovely work.

I would like to wish everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a happy and posperous NEW YEAR!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Wow, have I got something gorgeous to share with you today!  Alison is one of my regular customers and she recently started her own blog "Confessions of a Stampaholic".  I have been so impressed with the designs Alison has been featuring, that I asked her to come up with something I could feature and show you all.  Well, Alison outdid herself and I am totally blown away with her project!!  I am only going to tease you though, so visit Alison to see the rest of this darling project and leave her some comment love!!

I am also delighted to have Ali join my team in the New Year!  I can't wait for you to join us Alison, you bring so much fun and enthusiasm to my classes!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


I thought I would revive the Impossible Box for Christmas!  Such a great little box, with the lid all in one.  You can see my tutorial post HERE, if you would like to make one yourself!  You can also go and visit Lea HERE for the .svg file.  Lea is putting together quite a few FREE files for download and wanted to feature mine.  I was delighted, to say the least.  Please leave Lea some somment love if you do download from her wonderful site - Tu J's and a Taco.

 I have to confess, I haven't made one of these boxes for a while, and I really don't know why - they are great for putting little gifts in for any occasson and you will never lose the lid!!

This is the sort of project you can expect to receive (along with the tutorials) when you join my Stamp Club.  Stamp Club will be starting up in February and running once a month until the end of November.  Please email ME for more details, but do hurry - I only have four spots left to fill!

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Now, most of you know how I love to sponge everything!  But I have been rather slack lately, well, because, you see - I love Brayering now!!!!!  Using a brayer to apply colour to a plain peice of cardstock just makes the colour so intense, much more so than sponging.  Don't get me wrong - I still love doing that too.  Here is my latest Brayer effort.  I would love to know what you think!

I have brayered Bashful Blue and Marina Mist along the top and Pink Pirouette along the bottom,  I have sponged So Saffron in between the two colour layers to make them blend perfectly.  I have also added and insert to this card. 

I need the insert to be muted so you could see clearly the written message to be added later, so have only sponged the colours on but in the same order as the front.

Stamps:  Easter Blossoms
Inks: Always Atrichoke, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette
Card Stock: Always Atrichoke, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Whisper White
Accessories:  Brayer, Sponges, Adhesive, Photo Corner Punch, Rhinestone

Thursday, December 16, 2010


It's my nephew's Birthday next week and I needed ideas for his card - so I have totally CASE'd this from the very talented Jayne Mercer and just put my own spin on it!  I needed something for an adult male but I knew I could still use the concept of her fantastic card.  You can see Jayne's card HERE, just scroll down to the 13/09/10 entry.

I love the combination of Blues and Browns for a guy.  For some reason it just says "Manly" to me!  I decided to make this card into a gift voucher at the same time and adapted the inide of the card to hold it.  You can simply slide the voucher out, write your greeting and then slide it back in! 

I even pulled out my sponges again to add colour around the edges and subtle shadows on the flags.

The finished card!  I love how this has turned out.  Hope you do too :-)  Thanks Jayne for the inspiration!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Just a really quick post today showing some of the items that I was selling at the Christmas Craft Fairs I recently participated in.  Both were really successful and a lot of fun!  Enjoy!

 All sorts of Poop!  Reindeer poop, snowman poop, oh and a repair kit for Rudolph's long trip!

 Lots of tags for those all important gifts you are giving!

Stocking fillers for the kids!

And a little something to dress up your Christmas Table.

Not to mention cards for all occassions, tote bags and other goodies.  I am looking forward to a well earned break now :-)

Sunday, December 12, 2010


I am asolutely loving the new Summer Mini catalogue!  There are so many wonderful new products to tempt and inspire you.  I was certainly excited to see some fantastic new designer papers and sets that are perfect for those manly cards.  There are also great sets just perfect for scrapbooking too.  I have done another 6x6 scrapbook page using the new set "Sentimental Journey".  This set was just perfect for the page I had in mind.  We took a family holiday a few years ago to Sydney and my daughter got to hand out the lollies on the flight home.  She was really excited about this, because she was given a big bag of boiled lollies to take home as a "thank you".  I have been holding off putting this photo in an album, because I really wanted to highlight it somehow.

I have to say, this page turned out just as I had pictured it!  This was such a special photo and I really wanted to do it justice.  My daughter was thrilled she got to be a member of the Cabin crew, if only for an hour or so! For the first time, I am delighted to have done a scrap page that I actually love!!

Stamp: Sentimental Journey
Cardstock: Textured Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Inks: Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede
Designer Paper: Travel Journal
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Brads, Dimensionals, Ribbon, Marker Pen for journaling

Friday, December 10, 2010


I know why these are called colour challenges!  This weeks Just Add Ink challenge was another that had me stumped!  Take a look:

Tempting Turqouise is not a colour I have in my range of stock!  I had to borrow a scrap off a crafty friend to get this one done!  And how to use it with the other colours?!  The first thing that sprang to mind was flowers.  Okay, a good start, but what kind and what else can I do?  The flowers were an idea I have seen around the net and a slightly different version to some I had already done, here

This time instead of a plain circle of cardstock, I used the scallop circle punch, to create the "petals" for each rose.  I then punched a smalller circle from the middle of the scallop circle, sniped, and then rolled it up tightly.  I stuck them to my card front with a glue dot to hold them nice and secure.  I have also added Crystal Effects dew drops to each flower.  I layered the posy on Whisper White card stock, which I brayered in Basic Gray first, to get the graduated colour.  Once it all came together, I have inserted an extra large Post-it-note pad to make a great little pad for someone to use.

Dont' the dew drops look great?  Such an easy way to add that little bit of WOW to a project.

I think the design team have pulled out all the stops this week.  Pop over to the Design Team gallery to take a look at all the gorgeous ideas for your to take inspiration from!  I hope you will join in the fun too!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I had to chose an artist the inspires me and that I would love to be friends with, in order to give away my FREE pass to Year End Blow Out with UStamp with Dawn and Friends. I am pleased to announce that the pass has been accepted by........

SAM POST!  Sam makes the most inspiring projects, not only cards and punch Art, but also jewelry!  Sam is one very clever lady, so please visit her site and leave her some comment love.  I hope you enjoy the next round of Ustamp, Sam.  See you there!

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Now for something a wee bit different!  I recently participated in a swap with the Just Add Ink Design Team.  Using new product from the recently released Stamp' Up! 2010-2011 Catalogue, it is a great way to get samples of Stamps, colours and Designer Papers that you perhaps don't have yourself.  It is also a great way to get gorgeous samples from such talented Artists to dress up my display board!

There are 14 stops on our Swap Hop, which are set in a loop so it doesn't matter where you start!  All you need to do to follow along is click the Swap Hop button at the end of each post and you will be taken to the next stop.  The great part is, you can do this Hop as many times as you want!

I decided to do a little 3D item and came up with this wee jotter pad.  The bird from the set "Every Moment" really lends itself well to water colouring, which I have done using Ink Pads, SU water colour paper and an Aqua Painter.  I have run the backing mat through the Bigshot Polka Dot embossing folder and added a bit of twine for interest.  To break up the harsh lines of the cover I have torn one corner of the main image.  I hope you have felt inspired to cover your own jotters - they really do make great little gifts.

Now go and enjoy the rest of the Design Team swaps and be sure to leave some comment love on your way around!  Click on the button below to visit the very talented Mae Collins next!  Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, December 4, 2010


Don't use just wish you could go on holiday now?!  The weather is just stunning at the moment.  I have packed my bag, ready to go - wanna see?

I have been playing with the new goodies in the Summer Mini catalogue which is out now.  If you don't have a copy, then you need to grab one off me!!  You can also download a copy by clicking the Catalogue image on the right hand side bar.  This catalogue really appealed to me and you will see why when I start sharing the many projects I have been working on. 

This little suitcase uses the Sentimental Journey stamp set.  It also has coordinating DSP.  The images and colours (in the DSP) are so suited to Males.  Makes gift and card making easy!  This suitcase project also fits a 10x14cm stack of cards in it.  But I can imagine giving it to someone going on holiday filled with postcards, so they can share their trip with you!

If you would like to learn how to make this cute project, then contact me to arrange a class for you and your friends.  I am taking bookings for January now!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


 I am super excited to have been asked to be a Guest Designer for the next round of Ustamp with Dawn and Friends!    What an honour!  I am really excited about this :-)
Click on my sidebar blinkie for more information and come join in the fun!!

I also have a FREE pass to give away!  The give away is a little different this time because I get to give it to someone whom I have never met, but inspires me with their wonderful work.  I will be blog surfing over the next couple of days and it could be you!!  If you would like the chance to win a FREE pass to Ustamp with Dawn and Friends, get blogging!!