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Monkey Business

Hello

Firstly thank you to all the people who left me some 'comment love' for the Blog Hop and my Just Add Ink 'Top Pick'.  I was very chuffed to be chosen by the lovely ladies at Just Add Ink last week.

Today is a quick post with a card for a new arrival - baby Tom, the new son of a work colleague.  A few months ago you may remember that I designed some Birth Announcement cards.  I made a couple at the time with a view to finishing the rest in plenty of time before the baby arrived.  Well Tom arrived last week so I have scrambled to finish them off and get them posted before he turns 21!  Here is a picture of the Announcement Cards and matching box:

Box_Card_Both_Sides

I decided to change the 'B' for Baby to 'T' for Tom, to personalise them a bit more.  This is the matching card I made today using the same colours and the now retired 'Washington Apple' DSP.  The monkey has been stamped in Versamark for the background which is a bit difficult to see. Another monkey has been stamped in Pumpkin Pie, cut out and popped up on top.

Fox-_Friends_Baby_Card_2 

Card Details

Stamps

Fox & Friends, Punches Three (Retired)

Cardstock & Papers

Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Washington Apple DSP (Retired)

Ink

Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories

Tools

Scallop edge punch, Big Shot, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Wide Oval Punch, Dimensionals

Enjoy your week.


New Catalogue Blog Hop

Hello

Today I'm joining some fellow demonstrators in a casual Blog Hop showcasing some of the new products from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue.  You may have come from the blog of the lovely Alisha Watson, but if not, you can use the list at the bottom of the post to join the hop.

I have used some of the new Christmas stamp sets to give you some more inspiration for your cards and decorations as the festive season is definitely bearing down upon us rapidly.

The first items are some 3-D Christmas baubles made with the 'Delightful Decorations' stamp set and the matching extra-large Ornament punch.  I have stamped two baubles in the traditional Christmas colours using Cherry Cobbler and Olive Olive and then punched them out.  Two more baubles were punched out from the Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper.  They were all scored down the centre so that they would bend slightly and then put together with the Anywhere Glue Stick. The hanger made with some gold or silver cord was added into the centre before the last piece was glued in. They have been variously decorated with Dazzling Diamonds glitter, tiny adhesive pearls and rhinestones and stamped sentiments. The variations are only limited by your imagination!

Christmas_Baubles

The second project is a card that also uses the baubles as the main focus with the Jolly Holiday DSP.  This time I have one flat bauble stamped and popped up on the card and the second 3-D bauble (on the left) that can be removed from the card and used as a decoration. It will fold flat for easy posting.

Christmas_Bauble_Card

The final project uses the 'Holiday Hoopla' stamp set to create some cute Santa Christmas tags.  I have stamped the Santa face onto Whisper white using a marker on the stamp for his blue eyes and colouring his face with Stampin' Write markers. The hat was stamped onto double sided Jac paper and sprinkled with some of the lovely new red Fine Galaxy glitter before being stuck onto the main image.  I have then cut out the entire shape and added the hanger.  For a bit more interest, I have used some of the new Frost White Shimmer paint for his beard and glued a charcoal seed bead to each end of the moustache. The To/From from 'Winter Post' was stamped on the reverse side. These are surprisingly quick to make in a 'production line' process. Here are some photos:

Santa_Tags

Here is a close-up of Santa:

Santa_Tag_Closeup

Project Details

Stamps

Delightful Decorations, Holiday Hoopla, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Winter Post

Cardstock & Papers

Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday DSP

Ink

Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Basic Gray

Accessories

Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls and Rhinestones, Fine Galaxy & Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Seed beads (not SU), Fine gold and silver cord (not SU)

Tools

Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Scallop Trim Edge Punch, Dimensionals, Extra Large Ornament punch, Word Window punch, Crimper, Stampin' Write markers

I hope you check out the other wonderful creations we have for you.  The next stop is the talented Ros Davidson.

Here is a full list of people who are participating in the Blog Hop:

Ros Davidson
http://www.rosdavidson.typepad.com

Nikki Sadler
http://www.inkyart.com.au

Christine Blain
http://www.christineblain.blogspot.com

Tina Gillespie
http://scissorspapercard.blogspot.com/

Amy Buchanan
http://www.fashioninggreatimpressions.com

Erica Boxall
http://www.ericaboxall.com

Kathryn Mangelsdorf
http://klm55.blogspot.com/

Kristine Thompson
http://www.inkspotcreations.com

Alisha Watson
http://www.ratherbstampin.typepad.com

Have a good weekend.


JAI35 - Theme Challenge

Hello

I can't believe how quickly the weekend goes by and then it is time for work again and I never seem to get through my To Do lists. However, I wanted to participate in this week's Just Add Ink Theme Challenge - 'Just Add Sympathy'. These are difficult cards to make and it is good to have something in your stash when these occasions arise.

I have used the Hydrangea bloom from the Level 1 Hostess stamp set 'Because I Care' as the focus of the card.  This was stamped in Basic Gray onto watercolour paper and then watercoloured with ink pads and Aquapainter.  The primary colour is the totally gorgeous Marina Mist with some Pear Pizzazz highlights. Initially I wasn't too keen on this image, but I've come around now after using it and hydrangeas come in lots of different colours. I've also used some of the Marina Mist Patterns DSP which is fabulous and now available in all of the core colours.  I keep thinking there is something missing from this card, but it is probably because it hasn't got any ribbon on it - must be withdrawal symptoms! Here it is:

Because_I_Care_Marina_Mist 

Card Details

Stamps

Because I Care (Level 1 Hostess Set)

Cardstock & Papers

Textured White, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Watercolour paper, Patterns DSP

Ink

Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray

Accessories

Basic Pearls

Tools

Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Sponge Dauber, Going Gray marker, Dimensionals

I will be participating with some friends in a Blog Hop this coming Saturday 25 September. We will be showcasing more of the products from the new Idea Book and Catalogue.  I hope you can join us and be inspired.

Have a good week.


Elegant Bella Toile

Hi there

Just a quick post today as I have limited access to the Internet during the week (don't ask!).  This card uses more of my goodies from the new Catalogue.  I wanted the gorgeous 'Bella Toile' background to be the focus of the card, so I've kept it really simple with a sentiment and a few embellishments. Don't you think those tiny pearls are really cute?  Here it is:

Bella_Toile_3

Card Details

Stamps

Bella Toile, Afterthoughts (Level 1 Hostess Set)

Cardstock & Papers

Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake

Ink

Versamark, Blushing Bride

Accessories

White Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls (tiny), Vintage Brads

Tools

White embossing powder, Heat gun, Lots of Tags Die, Big Shot, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals

I'll be back later in the week.

 


Loving the New Colours

Hello

Well today I had my first play with the yummy new products that arrived on Friday (thankfully the male of the house was at work when I brought them home J).  Between the usual weekend chores and a lovely morning tea on Saturday with a bunch of stamping gals it took a while to unpack and sort everything out.  That led to sorting all my cardstock and DSP (which I was putting off) and it all takes longer than you think.

Anyway, almost everything on this card is new product from the yummy 'Blushing Bride' and 'Pear Pizzazz' cardstock to the 'Just Believe' stamp set and the Scallop Trim punch.  I've white embossed the large silhouette image from 'Just Believe' onto the Blushing Bride cardstock.  This is a lovely dusky pink colour and goes fabulously with Pear Pizzazz.  I've used a strip of Pear Pizzazz DSP from the 6 x 6 paper pack that is a fabulous Level 1 Hostess gift. It has been matted onto Whisper White and edged with the new Scallop Trim border punch. The sentiment is from 'Perfect Punches' stamp set and I've cut around the border so that it would fit onto the wide oval mat and added some bling with the new adhesive rhinestones. I really like the fresh 'spring' feel of these colours. 

Just_Believe_In_Colors

Card Details

Stamps

Just Believe, Perfect Punches

Cardstock & Papers

Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, In Color DSP (Hostess Gift)

Ink

Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Versamark

Accessories

White Taffeta Ribbon, Adhesive Rhinestone

Tools

White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals

I'll be back soon with more of the new Catalogue goodies. 

Enjoy your week.


JAI33 - Sketch Challenge

Hi there

Just Add Ink have a fabulous Sketch Challenge this week and this gives me the opportunity to try out the new Greenhouse Gala DSP.  Initially, I have to say I wasn't that keen on this paper until I saw it IRL. Fortunately, most of the matching colours are existing core colours and Certainly Celery works well with it in the absence of the Pear Pizzazz In Color.  I can't wait until we have all the new goodies to play with! This is the sketch:

JAI33_Sketch

I decided to turn the sketch vertically, but either way I can see myself using this one again. I have gone with a top folding card for a change in Baja Breeze textured cardstock for the base and the Greenhouse Gala DSP layered on Chocolate Chip and popped up.  I have added some bling with the chocolate Supernova glitter sprinkled onto Sticky Strip to separate the designs.  I love the subtle but sparkly effect and it stays in place really well. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show up very well on the photo.  The image from the ‘Friends Never Fade’ stamp set has been stamped twice, with the flower cut out and popped up.  Here it is, I hope you like it.

Greenhouse_Gala_Friends_2 

Card Details

Stamps

Friends Never Fade

Cardstock & Papers

Baja Breeze (Textured), Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Greenhouse Gala DSP

Ink

Baja Breeze

Accessories

White Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Glitter Supernova (Chocolate)

Tools

Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

I hope to have some of my goodies from the new Catalogue to play with on the weekend so I look forward to coming back with some fresh new colours.

Enjoy the rest of your week.


Christmas with 'Dasher'

Hello

It took a bit longer than I expected to get back here to share this card with you, which I made a few weeks ago for a team swap. The idea was to use the sneak peak products from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue and no retired items.  A kind friend gave me the 'Dasher' stamp a while ago (I had coveted it after seeing it on US blogs last year!) and thankfully it made it into the new Catalogue, so I was able to use it for the swap.  It is one of the fabulous individual a la Carte stamps in this year's catalogue.

I have only used cardstock for this card, which makes it really economical to produce a bunch of them for your Christmas stash and it is quick to make. I have used a lovely sentiment from the new 'Contempo Christmas' stamp set, but you could substitute any sentiment stamp you have or rubons.

Dasher_Christmas_2

Card Details

Stamps

Dasher, Contempo Christmas

Cardstock & Papers

Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke

Ink

Rich Razzleberry, Versamark

Accessories

Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon

Tools

Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Scallop Edge Punch, Dimensionals

Yesterday, I spent a couple of pleasurable hours getting my hands on some of the new products that I had only seen in the catalogue.  Seeing things 'in the flesh' is always better than in pictures! So I have created a similiar design using the rich 'Cherry Cobbler' cardstock and 'Jolly Holiday' DSP, gorgeous Old Olive satin ribbon (this feels beautiful to use) and Scallop Trim border punch.  I have to say, that all of the products exceeded my expectations and I can't wait until my order arrives next week!

Dasher_Christmas_3

Card Details

Stamps

Dasher, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Cardstock & Papers

Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler

Ink

Cherry Cobbler, Versamark

Accessories

5/8” Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Green Rhinestone Brad

Tools

Scallop Trim Border Punch,  Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Word Window Punch, ½” Circle Punch, Dimensionals

I like them both equally, when looked at separately. What do you think?

Stay safe in the wild and wet weather.


Welcome Spring and the New Catalogue!

Hello again

Well the spring weather lasted all of one day in Melbourne, but I did get out into the garden and take a few photos on Monday. So to celebrate the coming of Spring I have a few photos from my garden to show you.

It is also the official launch day for the new 2010-11 Idea Book & Catalogue, which will become available for online viewing from midday today.  I'll be placing my own order of yummy new products today and hopefully will have some samples to show you in a week or so.  I can't wait for all those new colours! Speaking of which, check out the fabulous Colour Renovation Kits (in the sidebar on the right) that Stampin' Up! have made available to help you update your existing products.  The cardstock and ink pad kits are particularly great value. 

Look at the fantastic colours in these Azalea flowers.

Pink_-Azaleas

Doesn't this one make your eyes pop?

Cerise_Azaleas

I have these Spring Stars around the base of my Silver Birch trees, which are still very naked.

Spring_Stars 
 

Technically this blossom tree isn't in my garden, but I get to enjoy it from the windows of my upstairs craft room. Isn't that blue sky fabulous?

Pink_Blossom

I'll be back tomorrow with a card using one of the cute a la Carte stamps from the new Catalogue.

Until then, stay warm and dry!