Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Bright & beautiful star shaped card

Today's share is a Christmas star shaped card made with the Bright & Beautiful stamp set & star framelits. I was going to share this card with my first star card, but realised just before I posted that some pearls had tried to run away. Now I realise if I photograph the card again you'll never see it, so please forgive my slightly wonky pearls. This card was based on this lovely by Sandi MacIver.

The star images were embossed in white, then sponged it with marina mist ink to add depth. I also sponged the marina mist card base, sentiment tag with marina mist ink too. The pearls add a little more (wayward) pretty. The sentiment is from Good Greetings, which is no longer available, but it would be easy to substitute if you didn't get this fab freebie last month.

Thanks for visiting & leave a comment if you have any more questions about the card. I'll be back soon with another project.
Inky wishes, Di

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Bright & beautiful Christmas star card

Stars are one of my fave Christmas images so the beautiful Bright & Beautiful stamp set in the Holiday Catalogue was right at the top of my Christmas list. I also love the combination of blue, white & silver for Christmas, so I combined them into this card we made at my August Christmas class. It's also my fave Christmas card so far this year.
I stamped two of the largest stars with night of navy ink, cut one out with the matching star die, then cut the second one with the next smallest die. I sponged the star in marina mist ink to add some definition & scored/raised the star. You can see it better here.I added a silver sequin (from the Frosted Sequins pack) - don't seem to be able to make a card without these lately.
How to make the raised star
- Score the star from each outer point to the opposite point.
- Fold at each score - mountain folds on the outer points & valley folds on the inner points.
- Attach to larger star - I placed a half dimensional near the edge of each point & four dimensionals in the centre (sounds like a lot, but just keeps it raised).

That's all from me for now - hungry peeps await dinner. Hope you like my star card & thanks for visiting. Back next time with more.
Inky wishes, Di

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To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one. Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Christmas catch up - Wondrous Wreath

It's time to start sharing some Christmassy projects, with a couple of cards from my first Christmas class in August, using the Wondrous Wreath set & matching framelits.
I couldn't decide which card to make at the class, so I decided to make both. If the second card looks familiar, it's because it's a copy of a sample in the Holiday Catalogue. I really loved the card & thought why mess with perfection. :-) This was also my first class with our new photopolymer stamps. It was so great being able to layer the 3 stamps that make the wreath without needing my trusty stamp-a-ma-jig. Having matching framelits to cut the die & the fab 'joy' made it even better.

Thanks for visiting & hope your liked the cards. Back next time with another card from the class.
Inky wishes, Di

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To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one. Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.


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Monday, 10 November 2014

My stamp space - the story so far

I shared how I like to create in my Creative blog hop post, so I thought you might like to see where I create too. Normally this would be the last thing I'd blog about, but thanks to a new shelf, lots of re-arranging & a guest coming to stay in the room, a tidy miracle occurred so I took some pics to celebrate.
I'm so fortunate to have a lovely, light space of my own to create in. It's been re-arranged many times over the years & still needs more sorting & culling, but the set up suits how I like to work. I'm a very messy creator so it probably won't look this tidy for long (as anyone who's been in there will tell you), but I hope sharing it here may help someone trying to work out what they'd like to do in their own space. So, enough talk... this is my desk area (click on pics for bigger images).
Most of my furniture & storage is by those amazing Swedes at Ikea, including my most recent purchase - a Ikea Kallax cube shelf. This helps me keep my most used & newest goodies nearby & has a happy little shelf to display some things that make me smile.

What's working for me?
- Cardstock  & DSP - I have a pack of white, vanilla & crumb cake card, plus a couple of sheets of each colour cardstock within arms reach, divided by SU colour collection. Card packs live on my bookcase shelves. I store 12x12 paper & other packs in zip lock bags here too.
 
- Card scraps live in the pink tray box - a tray for each SU colour collection.
- Blendabilities markers live above the scrap box. I unboxed them & made some quick dividers to separate colour groups. Not perfect, but so far so good.
- My Project Life albums & cards live here too.... although they're spread out on my Big Shot table at the moment - yay! Actually, the Big Shots don't usually live where they're shown - the room was doubling as a guest room when I took the pics.
Under the desk are two narrow Ikea Helmer drawer units, which are brilliant to hold tools & accessories I use often but don't want to see. Here are a couple of open drawers showing my SU markers (in clear stamp cases) & ribbons.
I keep my paper trimmers in the narrow space between the desk & drawers.
Desktop
My SU ink pad colour caddy lives on the desk within easy reach. My trusty laptop is often found on the right side of the desk (& not just so I can watch-listen to Sherlock while creating).
Who knew I had this much desk space? It usually gets smaller & smaller while I'm making something until I HAVE to clean up... to start on a new mess :-) I always have SU grid paper on my mat (it really helps me stamp straight). My SU stamp blocks are in front of me in 2 recycled boxes (thanks Apple!). I have lots of blocks for easy class sharing & because I'm a very impatient stamper.
My essential tools & adhesives are in little coloured pots - the colours just make me happy.
Most of my other stamps, punches, Big Shot dies, card & paper packs, crafty publications etc live on my brilliant, ancient Billy Bookcases (arguably Ikea's best product ever!). They hold tons, are so strong & have adjustable shelves. These babies are over 20 years old & still going strong!
Bookcase what's what?
- A4 card packs - in magazine holders - in SU colour collections.
- Big Shot dies - in Ikea clear boxes (sadly no longer available).
- Punches, envelopes, spare supplies etc - in white Ikea Kassett boxes.
  Fave box storage tip - store lid under the box for easy access without moving the box off the shelf.
- Retired ribbons are in the kraft DVD storage boxes with coloured circles - I have way too much ribbon!
I've cunningly hidden the bottom shelf from the pic - it has lots of stuff to be sorted out in front of it (shocking I know).

Comfort & company
Lastly, I have this super comfy lounge (evidenced by puppy Jaz sleeping happily/keeping me company on it). I lucked out thanks to our sofa bed being too wide to fit the space. There's also a Billy bookcase filled with books beside it. I love the beautiful crossstitch on the wall, made by a dear friend.

Well that little tour took longer than I thought. Hopefully you haven't fallen asleep & may have seen some ideas to try in your space. If you have any questions about anything, just leave me a comment.
Back soon with some Christmassy projects - about time I know :-)
Inky wishes, Di

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