Sweet Baby Bumblebee


In the last few days, Stampin' Up! has been holding its Leadership conference in the US.  I have been inspired by all the crafting sessions that were included in the conference. It is great to see products demonstrated by the people who helped to design them - so many more ideas than what you immediately think of.

The card I am going to share is a CASE of one presented by Shelli, that really appealed to me. It is just so cute and such a great idea for using the 'Baby Bumblebee' stamp set, which I had already purchased.  I don't get to make a lot of baby cards, but I love the soft but unisex colour combo from the new 'Sweet Dreams' designer paper. I also broke out the 'Celebrate Baby' stamp set for the greetings.


The base card is Lost Lagoon and I love the cute cloud design paper. I stamped the 'Baby Bumblebee' in Smoky Slate ink and then coloured the stripes with the lightest of the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities and face in Blush. This gives a much softer look than black ink. The 'bee' pieces (wings and antennae) were trimmed off and then popped into a cute papoose made from one the coordinating papers from 'Sweet Dreams'.

Did you know that there are quite a few Stampin' Up! ink pads that you can use with the Blendabilities alcohol markers? This gives you so much flexibility in the look that you can get. All of these Stampin' Pads can be used with Blendabilities:

Always Artichoke
Baked Brown Sugar
Blushing Bride
Calypso Coral
Coastal Cabana
Crisp Cantaloupe
Crumb Cake
Crushed Curry
Daffodil Delight
Garden Green

Hello Honey
Marina Mist
Melon Mambo
Lost Lagoon
Old Olive
Pear Pizzazz
Pink Pirouette
Pistachio Pudding
Pool Party
Pumpkin Pie

Sahara Sand
Smoky Slate
So Saffron
Soft Sky
Tangelo Twist
Tangerine Tango
Tempting Turquoise
Wild Wasabi
Wisteria Wonder

I always decorate my cards inside, even if very simply. I have left the inside blank so I can choose to add another greeting once the gender is known.  


Of course, this layout would also look cute in traditional baby colours as well, but it is always good to have a unisex card on hand.  This one will be going to my lovely Podiatrist who is having a baby in a few months. 

Project Details
Stamps Baby Bumblebee, Celebrate Baby   
Card stock & Papers     Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Sweet Dreams DSP, Vellum card stock, Moonlight DSP Stack, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper        
 Ink Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories Sweet Dreams Buttons, Linen Thread
Tools     Starburst Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Big Shot, Glue dots. Coastal Cabana & Blush Blendabilities

Thanks for looking!

Freshly Made #89 & Sneak Peaks

Hi there

Today I have a card for this week's Freshly Made #89 sketch by Rita. It is a great sketch and one I'm sure I will use again. Here it is:

I have taken the opportunity to do some colouring with this fabulous Noah's Ark stamp - 'Two by Two'.  I have used the MDS Stamp Brush to print it onto Blending Card and coloured it with Copics. This is such a great option for line images.

I also have a couple of sneak peaks of items from the new Annual Catalogue that is launched in Australia on 2 July.  Before we get to that, here is the card:

The first sneak peak is the gingham flag, which is a fabulous new Gingham wheel stamp, which I have stamped  in Strawberry Slush, one of the new In Colours.    The second sneak peak is the matching paler Strawberry Slush button.  This is made with the new 'Simply Pressed Clay', which you can colour and then press into a mold and pop out the button. There are 3 sizes and this is the middle size. It is a firm rubber texture when dry, but you can still put a needle through the holes to thread the twine through, as I have done.  Now you can create matching buttons for every project!   This is the inside of card, where I have used the Gingham wheel again.


Project Details
Stamps Two by Two (MDS Stamp Brush), Itty Bitty Banners, Gingham Wheel, Easy Events
Card stock & Papers     Pink Pirouette (textured, retired), Pool Party, Strawberry Slush, Subtles Patterns Stack, Whisper White, Blending Card
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Strawberry Slush
Accessories White Bakers Twine
Tools     Fancy Fan & Needlepoint Border Embossing folders, Bitty Banner Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons & Blossoms Mold, Copics

Thanks for visiting!

New Baby


I'm sure you have heard the excuse 'the dog ate my homework'?  Well, my excuse is that we got an Apple TV for Christmas and as a result, the 'gremlins' ate all of our peak Internet quota for the rest of the month.  I've been relegated to basic text emails and getting up at 6am to download my mail for the last 20 days and it has been agony!  How did we ever do without broadband Internet? Needless to say, the new quota starts today and there is lots to catch up on.

A lovely lady I know (who is my Podiatrist) is having a baby in the next 2 weeks, so I thought I would get organised and make a card for her. I found Jackie Topa's cute Side Step Dresser card.  Not knowing the sex of the baby, I wanted a unisex card and this is what I came up with.

I love Bazzill for these types of projects as it is very sturdy and I love the linen texture.  The main colour is Pool Party and pale lemon (Copic) with a touch of Island Indigo.  It has taken me a while to get into the new In Colours, but now I'm in love with Pool Party. Here are the rest of the details.

Project Details
Stamps Easy Events, Button Buddies, A Slice of Life (Retired Hostess set)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, XPress-IT Blending cardstock
Ink Memento Black, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Accessories Basic Pearls, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Spotted Brads
Tools     Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Curly Label punch, Carl corner punch, Dimensionals, Sponge dauber, Stampin' Write markers, Copic markers

Surprisingly, my husband thought it was cute, but definitely for a boy. Back to the drawing board to make one for a girl and what better excuse (as if I need one!) to go with one of my favourite colour combos - pink and brown.  This is what I came up with.

I 'fluffed' around for way too long with the bear, but I'm quite happy with it in the end, although I'm concerned it is a little bit dark.  I recut the oval punch outs for the arms and legs to get the slimmer proportions. The sparkly knobs on the drawers are silver Glimmer brads, coloured with a Copic marker as are the tiny rhinestones on the bear's shirt.  I love that you can colour a lot of things to match with Copics. Here are the rest of the details.

Project Details
Stamps Petite Pairs, A Slice of Life (Retired Hostess Set)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Pink Piroette, Sweet Always DSP (Retired), Basic Black
Ink Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink
Accessories Rhinestones, 1/8" Regal Rose Ribbon, Glimmer Basics Brads, Scrap of lace (from stash)
Tools     Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Curly Label punch, Oval punches,  Circle punches, Small Heart punch,  Dimensionals, Sponge daubers, Stampin' Write markers, Copic markers, Fine black marker, White Gel pen

 Have a good week and thanks for stopping by.

Baby Steps

Hi there

Well, the Autumn weather seems to have arrived with a vengeance in Melbourne.  The days have been decidedly chilly and grey, unfortunately.  I'm hoping that the weatherman is correct in forecasting slightly warmer days at the end of the week - I'm not ready for winter yet!

Before the end of the Summer Mini catalogue, I succumbed to the cute 'Baby Steps'  a la Carte stamp. Today I put it to use for the first time, to make a card for a former work colleague.  He and his wife recently celebrated the arrival of a little girl - Asher.  I decided on a simple, sweet colour scheme of pink and grey.  It matches the cute little outfit that I bought as well.



Project Details
Stamps Baby Steps
Card stock & Papers Pretty in Pink, Neutrals Patterns Stack,  Whisper White
Ink Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink
Accessories Pretty in Pink Satin ribbon, Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon (Retired), Basic Pearls
Tools Swiss Dots embossing Folder, Big Shot, Doily Lace Border Punch (not SU), Owl Punch (heart), Dimensionals

I'm working 4 days at the moment, so back to the 'salt mine' tomorrow.

Enjoy your week.


Welcome Baby


I hope you're having a good week. Just popping in with a card I made for a lovely Demo who recently had a baby girl.  What a great excuse (as if I needed one Smiley) to go all pink and girly. I've used markers to colour the Welcome Baby stamp from the lovely Sale-a-bration stamp set 'Punch Bunch' and punched it and the mat out with the tag punches.  For some added interest, I've paper pieced and popped up the canopy of the mobile and added a little pink pearl. The rest is pretty much as you see it.  I hope she likes it.



Project Details
Stamps Punch Bunch (Sale-a-bration Set)
Card stock & Papers Textured White, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, So Saffron, Subtes Patterns Stack
Ink Pretty in Pink
Accessories White Organza Ribbon, Brights & Neutrals Buttons, 1/8" Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon
Tools Sizzix Originals Circles, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Large Scallop Circle punch, Tag punches, Corner Rounder punch, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write markers (Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight), sponge daubers

Don't forget to stop by on 26 February as I will be participating with some other Demonstrators in our casual 4th Saturday of the month Blog Hop, bringing you more inspiration with the Sale-a-bration stamp sets.


Monkey Business


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:


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.


Card Details


Fox & Friends, Punches Three (Retired)

Cardstock & Papers

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


Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie



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

Enjoy your week.

'Celebrations' - Blog Hop

Hi there

Welcome to this month's Blog Hop with the ‘Art from the Heart team. We have had a change of date for the monthly blog hop which will be the first Saturday of the month going forward. The Art with Heart team led by Claire Daly, is a group of more than 90 Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from across Australia. If you would like to be part of this supportive group of talented paper crafters email me for more details. 



You may have come from blog of the lovely and talented Christine Blain but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here by clicking on the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post. We hope you can take the time to visit each blog to see the wonderful creations we have to show you! If you leave a comment on every blog and then email Nikki at nikki@inkyart.com.au, your name will be put into the hat to win some beautiful Blog Candy. You have until 6am EST on 8 June 2010 to leave your comments and only those who are not Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are eligible to win the Blog Candy.

One of my colleagues and his wife are expecting their second child, so I decided to create some projects to celebrate his birth - yes, they know they are having a boy which is really helpful for me. I will have a gift ready to go!

First up, is a special photo card for the proud Grandma (or Mum for that matter) to carry around and show off to her friends. There is a matching envelope box to keep it safe.  I have used the Washington Apple Designer Series Paper and the matching colours Pumpkin Pie and Bashful Blue with Brilliant Blue as a bold contrasting colour.  The 'Fox & Friends' stamp set from the Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue is perfect for this.  First up is a photo of the envelope box, which is made from a commonly available template, that I have customised for a snug fit. I've used the Big Shot and the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet for the wording. I love this font.


The second photo is the front of the card. I've used the sentiment from the Sale-a-bration set 'Whimsical Words' which has been well sponged and mounted in the Silver Hodgepodge Designer Label tag.


The next photo is the inside of the card. On the left is the Birth Announcement details presided over by the cute owl from Fox & Friends. I have printed this on the computer and then cut it out with the Top Note Die. On the right side a photo can be slipped into top opening.


Here is a final photo of the set.


The second project using the same materials is a set of Birth Announcement postcards for the proud parents to send out to friends and family. These are designed to fit into standard envelopes. The announcement cards are double sided, with the details on one side and the photo sleeve on the other in a matching box. The box has been sized to fit the envelopes as well. Here is a photo of the open box showing the announcement cards and envelopes.  It should fit at least 10 cards and envelopes (I've only completed half at the moment).


Making boxes to any size is very straightforward.  I just measure the largest item (in this case the envelope) and then add 2mm to the length and wide to get the dimensions of the base. The sides are dictated by how much you want to hold in the box. I made these 30mm as I new I needed to hold quite a few cards and envelopes. To make the top, add a further 2mm to the length and width to ensure a snug fitting lid. This photo shows both sides of the announcement card.


I hope you have enjoyed these projects. If you have any questions you would like answered, please email me. Below are the details of the products used.


Card Details


Fox & Friends, Whimsical Words

Cardstock & Papers

Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Brilliant Blue, Washington Apple DSP


Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, More Mustard, So Saffron


Bashful Blue Taffeta, Silver Hodgepodge,


Scallop edge punch, Designer Label Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch, Sponge daubers, Dimensionals, computer & printer

The next stop on the Blog Hop is another lovely and talented lady - Sue Madex, so hop on over to Sue's blog and don't forget to leave her some comment love!

Have a great weekend.