Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bloomin' Beautiful!

The Last Chance List of retiring stamp sets and accessories is VERY long. Among my favourites is the stamp set Bloomin' with Beauty. (IBCp.79), I used this set to make my Mum a mother's Day card. She loves to receive hand crafted cards, and I tried really hard to make her one that was extra-special.

I used the single stem stamp from this set, but masked and stamped it a number of times to create this bouquet. The small border vine stamp is from the Vintage Vogue set in the Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue.
The colour combination of Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy is one of my favourites for the year. I have used it over and over with a spectacular result every time!

Can you see the fancy edges on the darker layer of the Happy Mother's Day tag? Leave a comment with your suggestion of how I did this. I will be selecting one correct answer for a special prize!

Don't forget that when retiring stamp sets are only available while stocks last! Contact me to place your order today so you aren't disappointed!

Last Chance List!

Every year, Stampin' Up! releases a new catalogue. In order to make way for the hundreds of new products, the shelves need to be cleared out! Products that are not being carried over to the new catalogue are listed on the Last Chance List! Some of these products are discounted from 25% to 50%! This will be your last chance to order from the 2009/2010 catalogue.

Click HERE to view the Last Chance List.

August 31 will mark the final day of sales on all items from the Last Chance List, however stocks are limited and when an item has been sold out, it will no longer be available for purchase!!
Items that are BOLD on the list are reduced in price.
As the month of August progresses, stock levels on retiring products will run low. Some items are already unavailable! Each week I will update this list of items which are no longer available.
2009-2010 Products No Longer Available
  • Taken with Teal A4 cardstock
  • Close to Cocoa A4 cardstock
  • Sweet Slumber Designer Series Paper
  • Totally Tabs stamp set

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Christmas in July

Welcome to The INKlings’ Team’s Christmas in July Blog Hop. You may have arrived here from Amy Anderson's blog or just be visiting my blog, whichever way once you’ve checked out my creations you can continue the hop through the link at the end of this post to the next team member.

How quickly is this year going! Have you started to think about your Christmas cards and projects yet? The INKlings team has and we thought that this month was the perfect time to host a Christmas in July blog hop. You'll find lots of great ideas provided by 17 team members’ fantastic blogs.

Want to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each blog and then email Christie Wallace and let her know you’ve done so and you’ll be in the running for a fantastic prize of 17 handmade cards plus other goodies.

Sorry Blog Candy prize not available to SU! demonstrators but you're more than welcome to leave us a comment!

I have three different Christmas cards to share with you. The first is a fun card I've designed with our Canadian family members in mind. They love all things "Aussie".

I've used the Happy Christmas Mate stamp set coloured with markers. The Big Shot Scallop Circle Die helped me create the unusual shape for the card. I folded a 11 inch by 5 1/2 inch piece of card stock in half then placed the fold so that 5 of the scallops were uncovered. The white circle shape was cut using my Circle Scissors.

My next card again uses traditional colours (Real Red and Glorious Green) with some Brushed Gold and gold embossing for elegance.

Poinsettia flowers always remind me of Christmas. Both images on this card are from the set Christ is Born. I used the a green flower for leaves and embossed the words with gold detail embossing powder.

My third card was an attempt to design a Christmas card using non-Christmas stamps.

I used the floral pattern from Vintage Vogue repeatedly to create the wreath shape. The berries and sentiment are from Bella's Bloom.

Well that’s all from me. Next stop on the INKlings’ Team Blog Hop is Divya Rao . Have fun and don't forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Deals of the Week - Stampin' Up!

Check out the stamp sets listed below. They will be on sale until Tuesday June 22nd. Each sets is 40-50% reduced!

Page            Description         Regular Price   Sale Price
34              A Happy Heart              $41.95           $20.98
57              Greetings Eight               $49.95           $24.98
78              Bella's Bloom                 $24.95           $14.97
97              Enjoy Every Moment     $53.95           $26.98
105            All Scallops                   $55.95            $27.98

You can browse these stamp sets in your Stampin' Up! catalouge.

Please snd me an email to place your order. Remember - this special is only available until Tuesday 22nd June.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Easter Workshop

Last Friday I attended my first workshop in a few months. A huge 'Thankyou' to Sandy for a great morning, and the opportunity to share my love of stamping with a great group of guests! It was really fun to introduce a few ladies to stamping who had never made a card. They were delighted with the process and inspired to get stuck into more stamping! I think the stamping bug has bitten them!

At the workshop we made 2 cards - one was a simple design, which was easily changed into a new baby card, Easter card or even birthday card with a few minor ajdustments.

I used the duck from Wagon Load of Fun, coloured using Stampin' Write markers. My sample is Bashful Blue, but the ladies made a Pretty in Pink variation. The Scallop border was stamped onto whisper white cardstock with the image from Eggcoutrements and punched out using the scallop edge punch.

Here is the same card using a selection of different colours -  each delightful!
A you can se, the coloured strips are slightly different shapes using just a few of the many punches in the Stampin' Up! catalogue.

Wagon Load of Fun (Summer Mini Catalogue pg 11)
Eggcoutrements (Summer Mini Catalogue pg 10)
Stampin' Write Markers
Cardstock - Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Gable Green
Punches - 11/4 inch circle punch, curly label punch, corner rounder punch, scallop edge punch (IB & C pg 152)
Ribbon- Bashful Blue 1/4"grossgrain

Don't forget some of these items are only available until March 31st!

I {Heart} Hearts

My first reaction to this set was, "Not another heart set". Then I started playing with it, and discovered there are a lot of stamps to love, and reasons to love this set. created this set of cards for my Wednesday class earlier in the term. They had a lot of fun discovering that really beautiful cards can be quite easy to make!

I used one of my favourite colour combinations - Riding hood Red, Pink Pirouette and Regal Rose fo this set of cards.

The fabulous thing about this stamp set is the way it matches the Heart to Heart punch and the Full Heart Punch from the IB&C - making these stamped images so easy to cut out!

Stampin' Up! Products
Stamps - I {Heart} Hearts (Summer Mini Catalogue Pg 6)
Punches - Eyelet Border Punch, Heart to Heart (IB&C pg 152)
Cardstock - Riding hood Red, Pink Pirouette Pink Pirouette
Patterned Paper - Bella Rose DSP, Candy Lane DSP
Ribbon - Riding Hood Red Taffeta, Pretty in Pink Taffeta

Here is another idea - scrapbooking using the different heart stamps.

And the details

I CASED this from the Summer mini catalogue (pg 7), added a second page, and continued the border of heart shaped embellishments. I used the colours from the Playground and Sherbet buttons to set the colour scheme.

Stampin' Up! Products
Stamps - I {Heart} Hearts (Summer Mini Catalogue Pg 6)

Punches - Scallop Border Punch, Heart to Heart, Round Tab (IB&C pg 152)
Accessories - Circle Scissr Plus, Glass Mat, Playground  buttons , Sherbet buttons,On Board lots of Letters, Crystal Effects
Cardstock - Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, Tangerine Tango,Whisper White
Cassic Ink - Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, Tangerine Tango

Bring on the Sunshine

I have been having a wonderful time playing with the Treat Cups, and imagining so many different uses for them! The next card is inspired by page 9 of the Summer Mini Catalogue.

I used the flower petal and leaf stamps from Something Sweet, to creat a giant sunflower, which I trimmed and added to my circle. I added some cardstock layers, ribbon, twine and brad embellishments and my card was finished!

I filled the treat cup with roasted coffee beans - they are cinnamon flavoured, and smell divine. Usually I use MMs, but had none left, and went searching through the pantry for an alternative! This was a great substitute.

Treat Cups (Summer Mini Catalogue pg 8)
Something Sweet (Summer Mini Catalogue Pg 9)
Cardstock - kraft, Sumer Sun, Old Olive, Confett Cream
Classic Ink - Summer Sun, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories  Chocolate Chip 1" Double Stitched Ribbon, Hemp Twine, Vintage Brads

The Summer Mini Catalogue finishes on Wednesday March 31st.
Place your order now to avoid disappointment

Time for some Scrapbooking

I finally managed to photograph some of the layouts I have been busy making. Here is a double layout using the Tall Tales Designer Paper in the Summer Mini Catalogue. My children had a wonderful time at the zoo, visiting the baby elephant - this patterned paper was an obvious choice!

I stmped the title directly onto th Old Olive cardstock base using the Jumbo Outline Alpabet and my Stamp-a-ma-jig, then coloured with my Stampin' Write markers. The small and large elephants are cut directly from a patterned paper scrap.

Here is a close up

Stampin' Up! Products
Cardstock - Old Olive textured12 x 12, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron
Patterned Paper - Tall Tales Designer Paper (Summer Mini Catalogue pg 20)
Stamps - Jumbo Outline Alpabet
Accessories - Black Staz-On ink, Stampin' Write markers, Vintage brads

Having a Whale of a Time!

The inspiration for this card is from Beth Stewart's Splash card. I loved the idea of creating a snow globe type of accent on my card, and played around for a while until I worked it out. This was a HIT with my stamping classes and my children love it!

Here is the water, all shaken up - the glitter is hiding a surprise!

When the glitter settles, you can see the goldfish swimming beneath the waves!

Sweet Treat Cups (Summer Mini Catalogue pg 8)
Something Sweet (Summer Mini Catalogue Pg 9)
Anmal Stories (Summer Mini Catalogue Pg 21,)
Cardstock - Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Clasic Ink- Bashful Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun, Tangerine Tango, Night of Navy
Accessories - Slit Punch (IB & C pg 152), Fine Supernova Glitter (IB & C pg 145)

Don't forget, the Mini Catalogue products are only available until Wednesday 31st March.
Contact me to place your order.

Summer Mini - only 3 days left to order!

The end of March marks the end of the sale period for the Stampin' Up! mini catalogue. This means some of my favourite stamp sets will no longer be available for sale!

I will be posting a heap of fun cards and card ideas using products from the Mini catalogue - remember these will soon be unavailable, so call me by Wednesday to place your order!