Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Jolly Stocking Christmas

Tonight we had Cara's Christmas Concert at school, so we've had a lovely Christmas song filled night. Now I have Michael Buble's "Holly Jolly Christmas" song in my head, so I thought that this card would be perfect to blog about.
It's from my October SAS class (AKA the month I went stocking mad with our new stocking stamp set & matching punch!). I got the idea in my head that the stocking could substitute for a 'J', then I realised the stocking stamp was actually facing the other way. Undeterred, I decided to use patterned paper instead of the stamp, so it would face the 'right way' & began thinking of  Christmassy words to use it on.  I cut the remaining pieces from riding hood red card & mounted the whole stocking on dimensionals. The remaining letters were cut with the Timeless Type letters & the sentiment is from the 'Four the Holidays' set. This card also marked the return of the fabulous Top Note die.

One important note about making a J - you need to punch the stocking with the wrong side of the DSP facing you so the right side forms the J.

You might also realise I used some retired DSP on this card - I loooooved this DSP (as did my class regulars) & bought a couple of extra packs before it retired, so I thought it was a shame not to use it.

I did make another version using our current Christmas DSP - 'Letters to Santa' (& some of my fave spotty Patterns DSP pack too), but realised I wouldn't have enough for the class...but you get to see it here anyway.
I think that covers everything I need to say, so I'll say bye for now. I'll be back again with more stocking fun next time.
Inky wishes, Di

PS: I have a confession to make about "Four the Holidays"- I was initially a little put off buying it included the ubiquitous 'Happy Holidays' sentiment, which we just don't use in Australia. BUT, I got over myself & realised it had 3 very useful sentiments (Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings & Peace on Earth) in fonts I love (& you know I'm a  sucker for a great font) for only $24.95. I'm so glad I got it, as I've use it heaps..which you'll see over the next week or so. You can see the set in the online catalogue HERE

Supplies (All SU unless stated)
Jolly Seasons Greetings
Stamps: Four the Holidays
Card/Paper: old olive, whisper white, riding hood red card, Regals Patterns DSP (riding hood red spot), retired DSP (name completely escapes me!)
Accessories: gold brad, dotted scallop ribbon - olive
Tools: Big Shot, Top Note die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies, stocking punch

Jolly Seasons Greetings from Santa
Stamps: Four the Holidays
Card/Paper: old olive, whisper white, riding hood red card, Regals Patterns DSP (riding hood red spot), Letters to Santa DSP
Accessories: basic rhinestone, dotted scallop ribbon - olive
Tools: Big Shot, Top Note die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies, stocking punch

Monday, 12 December 2011

More Jolly Bingo Bits

Hi there. Today I have another Christmas card to show you using the Jolly Bingo Bits set. Can you tell I really like this set?
Some of you may remember this card layout from the second card in this post, which was actually a case of this one! The colour is another monochromatic combo - this time baja breeze & island indigo (who knew how much I would love this colour!). Baja gives a softer, subdued look than pool party, but I really like it.

It's a pretty simple card, but I just wanted to mention how I did the two colours in the glove & skate images. First I inked up the image with my baja breeze ink pad, then highlighted sections with my indigo marker. For the snowflake, I just added the extra colour after I stamped the image. I think they work really nicely with the lovely sentiment from Curly Cute.

Anyway, that's it for me for today. Hope you like the card & that it gives you some more Christmas ideas. Back next time with more Christmas inspiration.
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies
Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits, Curly Cute
Card/Paper: island indigo, baja breeze & whisper white card, Subtles Patterns DSP  (baja breeze)
Ink: baja breeze & island indigo ink pads, island indigo marker
Accessories: white 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon
Tools: 1 inch circle punch

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Jolly Petite Pocket Gift card Folder

I'm on a roll with the posts! Today I have a cute (I think) little gift card folder, which I demonstrated at Kim's Christmas themed workshop in September.
Kim had heard lots about the Big Shot & wanted to see it in action, so I decided to use my new Petite Pocket die to make a patterned paper gift card folder. It's so easy to make a basic pocket - just run the die through the Big Shot, punch a couple of holes for the reinforcement rings, attach two strips of tape, adhere & you're done.
As you can see, I decorated the pocket with lots of punches, as thankfully, Kim is a fellow punch fan. You could of course use what you have!
You can hopefully see more detail in this close up of Rudolph (from the Jolly Bingo Bits) set. I stamped him in soft suede, then coloured his nose, eyes & antlers with markers. I punched him out with the 1 inch circle punch, then mounted him on a 1 1/4 inch & 1 3/8 inch circle punches & scallop circle. The sentiment is punched with the modern label punch.

Here's the back of the folder - opened & closed. The little reinforcing rings (in olive) come with the die. To make it easier to get the gift card out, I attached it to a strip of olive card, with a rounded end.
I think these would look really cute attached to your Christmas tree to wait for Christmas (assuming you're much more organised than me!).
At the workshop, I showed the gift card inside the folder, then added a Freddo Frog instead, to show they would be a great kids class gift too, as well as a treat for Kim's cute little boys....& lets face it, you can't beat chocolate!

If you have any questions about anything, or would like to just say hi, just leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. Until next time,
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies
Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits (Rudolph), Short & Sweet (sentiment)
Card/Paper: real red patterns DSP, whisper white, old olive, choc chip card
Ink: choc chip ink pad, real red & choc chip marker
Accessories: gold brads
Tools: Big Shot, Petite Pocket die, extended premium crease pad, punches - circles - 1 3/8, 1 1/4, 1 inch, scallop circle, modern label, wide oval (gift card strip), paper piercing tool

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Simply Snow Swirled

Hello again. Today I have some simple cards to show you, using one of my all-time favourite Christmas sets - Snow Swirled. First up... this was the make & take at a Christmas themed workshop for Kim - a lovely new stamper - in September.
Most of the ladies were new stampers too, so I kept the card simple, with some quick, easy & effective techniques.  I thought these might be useful to share  for new stampers out there...or old stampers like myself who could use them for my own Christmas cards too, which I wish were done already! So here they are...
1. Simple colour scheme - monochromatic schemes always work - two colours plus a neutral - pool party, island indigo & white in this case
2. One stamp set - Snow Swirled is great as it includes co-ordinated images plus 2 sentiments that can be used on the front & inside the card.
3. Two colour tree - ink up with the lightest shade (pool party), sponge dauber stars with deeper colour (island indigo), then stamp.
4. Punched sentiment - no straight stamping required - Just stamp & punch it out - I used the beautiful decorative label punch here & layered it under the matted tree.
5. Embossed background - I still get a wow every time I emboss a piece of card. The petals a plenty folder I used here is great for Christmas & all year round. Don't have a Big Shot (yet!) - just stamp the background with a co-ordinating star stamp in the same colour ink as the card.
6. Add some bling - Add a little (or a lot), especially for Christmas. I sprayed the embossed background panel with a shimmer spray made with champagne shimmer paint & Isocol. I also gave the stars on the tree more bling, with some dazzling diamonds attached with 2 way glue.
Hope that helps someone!

I also showed a matching gift card folder at the workshop but alas it seems to have gone for a walk. If I find it, I'll post with the second workshop project!

I made some more new quick & easy Snow Swirled samples to show the ladies at the workshop, which I'll show you too...
This one is even quicker than the workshop version, made with olive & razzleberry card. I just wanted to show how easy you can change the colour scheme. The embossed panel is very sparkly IRL too!
This one is an updated version of this old favourite of mine. I used olive & razzleberry again, this time with some Patterns DSP, spotted scallop ribbon & some basic rhinestones
And one more..
This is one of my favourite new colour combos - pool party, island indigo & certainly celery...& you'll be seeing it again soon.
Well, that all from me for now. I'll be back with the second project from Kim's workshop next time.
Inky wishes, Di
PS: Any questions, just ask!

Supplies: All SU unless stated
Kim's workshop M&T
Stamps: Snow Swirled
Card/Paper: pool party, island indigo, whisper white
Ink: pool party, island indigo
Accessories: dimensionals, champagne mist shimmer paint, Isocol (to mix with shimmer paint to make shimmer spray)
Tools: Big Shot, Petals a Plenty embossing folder, decorative label punch, sponge dauber, spray bottle (non SU for shimmer spray)

Friday, 9 December 2011

Christmas SAS 1 - Jolly Bingo Bits

Here I am again with the second card from my September Christmas stamp-a-stack class. For this card, I used some of the cute images from the Jolly Bingo Bits set and the gorgeous new lace ribbon punch in choc chip, real red & lucky limeade (new in-colour for this year - a really lovely brighter olive) & white.
Here's a closer look at the stamped & pierced panel:
I got the clear mount version of Jolly Bingo Bits, so I could quickly stamp multiple images in a line or in this case, a square on the clear blocks.
For this card, I placed the 4 stamps in a square pattern on a clear block (D), which enabled me to ink up 3 of the images with my full size ink pads & one with 2 markers (bauble), & stamp them all at once onto the square white card. Then I just added extra details with markers. The colours/extras used on each image are:
1. Santa - real red ink pad, then markered over eyes with black marker.
2. Rudolph - soft suede ink pad, real red marker for nose, early espresso marker for antlers
3. Gingerbread - soft suede ink pad (this sample was choc chip but I liked the soft suede more & used it at the class), black marker for eyets, real red for mouth & old olive/real red for buttons
4. Bauble - old olive & real red marker. Tag stamped in real red with real red punched jewellery tag & silver mini brad to attach. the tag end has a half a dimensional underneath to pop to tag off the page a bit.
After I finished the images, I used the piercing template from the mat pack to pierce the border. This looks as if it takes a while, but it's quick with the template.

If you want to make card this even a little quicker with less positioning, you could stamp & punch out the images with our brand new 1 inch square punch which fits beautifully in between the pierced squares. I made a version this way, but don't seem to have a pic, so you'll have to try it for yourself.
Oh & in case you're wondering how I attached the punched lace ribbonBy the way, I used 2 way glue pen at either end of the piece & a little on the middle.

So that's it for my September Christmas SAS. Hope you liked the cards. Check out October next time!
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies:
Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits, Pennant Parade (Merry sentiment)
Card: choc chip, real red, lucky limeade, whisper white
Ink: real red, soft suede, choc chip ink pads, real red, old olive, early espresso, basic black markers
Accessories: silver mini brads (these are so useful & a real bargain too!)
Tools: medium jewellery tag punch, lace ribbon border punch

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas SAS 1 - Easy Events

Todays project was the first card from my first Christmas Stamp-a-Stack class for the year, in September & includes the branch stamp & greeting from the Easy Events stamp set.
I got the clear-mount version of this set so I could separate the sentiments from the images &  make this great set even more flexible.
As you can see, I repeat stamped the branch in celery on the card base. I also used it as a focal image on vanilla card - stamping the branch in chocolate, then the sentiment in cherry cobbler. the clear mount makes it really easy to position the greeting.
To add a little more detail, I coloured the berries & leaves using a blender pen & ink taken straight from the ink pad lid. This is such a quick & easy way to add a little more colour.
I also made this variation using the same pieces & used some dazzling diamonds to the berries to a little subtle bling....although a little too subtle to see in the pics apparently!
I think that's all I need to say, but if you have any questions, please ask. These cards could be easily translated for any number of events with a change of stamp or colour, so have a try & see what you come up with.
I'll be back with the second card from the September SAS next time.
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies:
Stamps: Easy Events
Card/Paper: certainly celery, riding hood red, very vanilla, choc chip card, wild wasabi Patterns DSP
Ink: choc chip, cherry cobbler, riding hood red, wild wasabi ink pads, blender pen
Tools: double scallop ribbon punch

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Christmas Reindeer Jars

I'm going totally out of order to show you today's project, as I just can't wait to show you these cute little reindeer jars filled with chocolate balls.
My friend Alison & I made them as little thank you gifts for all the lovely ladies from Cara's school who we volunteer with us at the school Uniform Shop & fundraising group. Normally I am such a last minute Charlie & only have these gifts ready give these out on the last day of school, but Alison is sooo organised that we got together to make them yesterday (waving at you Alison - I know you'll be reading this!).
Here's a closer version showing Rudolf & his sparkly red nose better.
Rudolph is made with pieces from the Owl builder punch, except for the antlers, which are made with the Swirls Squiggle die. (I think it's called that!). The head is the owl body with feet cut off. The nose is the largest circle (punched out with our brand new red Glimmer paper from the Summer Mini) & the eyes are...well the owl eyes! The antlers are stuck on to the white circle with a 2 way glue pen & I hand drew the mouth with an early espresso marker.  The neck is a leaf shape cut using the 1 3/4 inch circle punch. I've mounted Rudolf on a 1 3/4 inch circle & 2 3/8 inch scallop circle.

We got the idea for Rudolf from a similar reindeer on a paperclip, that my lovely friend & downline Sarah made last year for her students (I can't find them on her blog, but they were really cute).

We filled the jars (which was from Ikea - sold in a set of 4 for only a few dollars) with Darrell Lea Jingle Bell chocs. To finish off the decorations, we made a matching tag using a sentiment from 'Tags til Christmas', punched out with the square scallop punch & mounted on a 4.5cm square tag. We added a thank you message to the other side of the tag, then threaded some ribbon (from my pre SU stash) & tied a pretty bow. Done! All the ladies seemed to really like them & I think we convinced some other volunteers that they should volunteer at the Unform Shop too next year.

Anyway, I hope you like them too. If you have any questions, just leave a comment...or leave a comment anyway. I love to hear from you. Back soon with....something else!
Inky wishes, Di

PS: The super sparkly red glimmer paper is available in packs containing 2 sheets of 12inch x 12 inch card for $8.95 plus s&h. It's also available in silver for Christmas & all year round bling! See the Summer Mini HERE for more info.

Supplies:
Stamps: Tags til Christmas
Card: choc chip, whisper white & real red card, red glimmer paper (summer mini)
Ink: real red ink pad, early espresso marker
Accessories: jar (Ikea) ribbon (non SU from old stash!)
Tools: owl builder punch, 2 3/8 inch scallop punch, 1 3/4 inch circle punch, square scallop punch, Big Shot, Swirls Squiggle die, piercing tool.

So much to tell, so little time!

This is a super quick post to tell you about all the excitement that starts today, as I only have a little time before I pick up Miss C at school.
Today is the first day of Summer, which for stampers is made even better with the start of our brand new Summer Mini Catalogue. You can view it online HERE, but if you'd much rather sit with a cuppa & have a good look, contact me to get your free copy.
To make today even better, our December Frenzy sale also starts today. You'll find lots of stamp sets, accessories & tools are 30%- 50% off. You can view pics & details of what's on sale HERE, or by clicking the link. I'll be placing an order in the next day or two so let me know if you'd like anything.

Well that's all I have time for now. Time for pick-up! Let me know if you have any questions.
Inky wishes, Di

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Best of Everything Thanks

Hi there!
Tonight I'm feeling tired after a hard week, but very thankful for many things, so I thought it'd be a good time to show you a couple of thank you projects.
First up is a card & bag I made back in September, to thank a lovely hostess for a great workshop.
This was my first play (of many so far) with the fun 'Best of Everything' set, which was a total must-have on my first new catty order. The colours I've used here are peach parfait, certainly celery, choc chip & white. Here's a close up of the card...
... and the bag. These bags are so simple to make - just scoring & a few cuts - but look so effective. the matching tag adds a little extra something.
The second card I have to show you shares the same birdie layout, this time with a scallop square die, and using baja breeze, marina mist instead of the celery.
I made this one to welcome a new Demonstrator to my team in September too. As you'll see, I had some lighting issues taking this pic, so the pic colours don't look right, despite lots of photoshop fiddling (sigh)

Anyway, I'm pretty tired tonight so I'll finish here for now. If you have any questions about the projects, need any other info, please say hi & leave me a comment or drop me an e-mail.

Until next time, sending inky wishes,
Di

PS: Almost forgot - In case you haven't realised, the scallop square duo die is 10% off in November, so it's a great time to get this really useful die. There's lots more too - check out the full list of what's on sale HERE.

Supplies
Card & Bag Set
Stamps: Best of Everything, Short & Sweet
Card: peach parfait, certainly celery, white smooth card, choc chip textured card, Patterns DSP (Brights - pumpkin pie, Subtles - certainly celery)
Ink: peach parfait, choc chip, certainly celery & old olive markers, peach parfait & choc chip ink pad
Accessories: pear pizzazz poly ribbon, basic rhinestones
Tools:  Itty Bitty punch pack (flower), word window punch, large oval punch (bag)

Peach Scallop Card
Stamps: Best of Everything, Short & Sweet
Card: peach parfait, baja breeze, marina mist, choc chip, white smooth card, Patterns DSP (Brights - pumpkin pie)
Ink: choc chip & certainly celery, peach parfait & pumpkin pie markers, peach parfait & choc chip ink pad
Accessories: choc chip dotted scallop ribbon, basic rhinestones
Tools:  Big Shot, Scallop Square duo die, Itty Bitty punch pack (flower), word window punch

Monday, 14 November 2011

Butterflies of sympathy

Hi there. Hope you had a relaxing weekend.
I made today's cards a couple of weeks ago to send to family friends who have sadly lost loved ones.
While I always think of the recipient when I make cards, it's especially true when I make sympathy cards. I only hope that my little bits of paper may help them know that they're in my thoughts.
Here's the first card I made:
I used the Manhattan Flower embossing folder with the top note die & Beautiful Wings embosslit to create a soft & hopefully elegant card with a simple monochromatic combination of bashful blue, marina mist & white. I was really happy it turned out like the picture I had in my head.
I think it's pretty self explanatory, but just a little note about the largest butterfly. I layered a bashful blue butterfly over a marina mist one - with a glue dot in the centre & dimensional on the wings to give more lift. You can hopefully see it better here:
The second card shares the same design, with a blushing bride & celery colour scheme. I used some retired in-colour DSP in the same pattern.
Looking back at these cards, I think they could easily be used for many other occasions too, just by changing the sentiment & colours.

A little thank you
Before I go, I have a little thank you card to show you, that I made with some of the leftover pieces I had on my desk. The greeting is from the new Petite Pairs set, (which the sympathy cards greeting was too), this time punched out with the new small oval punch. Very quick & easy, but quite pretty too I think.
Well, I think that's all I need to say, but if you have any questions or would just like to say hi, just drop me a line.
Take care of you & yours.
Di

Supplies - All SU!
Blue Sympathy
Stamps: Petite Pairs
Card/Paper: bashful blue, marina mist, whisper white card, Patterns DSP, Patterns DSP (basful blue - subtles pack)
Ink: marina mist
Accessories: basic pearls, marina mist grosgrain ribbon (retired)
Tools: Big Shot, Top Note die, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Manhattan Flowers embossing folder

Pink Sympathy
Stamps: Petite Pairs
Card/Paper: blushing bride, whisper white card, In colour patterns DSP (retired hostess)
Ink: marina mist
Accessories: basic pearls, pear pizzazz poly ribbon
Tools: Big Shot, Top Note die, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Manhattan Flowers embossing folder

Little thank you card
Stamps: Petite Pairs
Card/Paper: pool party, pretty in pink, whisper white card.
Ink: island indigo
Accessories: basic pearls
Tools: Big Shot, Top Note die, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Manhattan Flowers embossing folder

Saturday, 12 November 2011

7th birthday blossoms & bling

I've been trying to get here to catch up on showing you some projects since the start of the month, but life has been just too busy to blog...or even get to check out my fave bloggers either, worse luck. My poor google reader is bursting at the seams! Anyway, cross fingers I get this done before I head to church.
I made this one recently for a good friend's cutie patootie daughter, who recently celebrated her 7th birthday (did you guess?).
As you can see, it's mainly all about punches (which is always a good thing - right?). First, I made the number seven using layered branches punched with the bird punch, then added flowers made with the boho blossoms & itty bitty punches & a hanging bird cage from the Aviary set (why? - I just thought it was cute!). The greeting from Create a cupcake on a punched word window & modern label finished off the punch fest. The birthday girl loves a bit of bling, so I HAD to finish it with some rhinestones - 21 to be precise! You can see a bit more of the details here:
Sorry that the colours are a bit blah in the pics. I was running a bit late (again!) & took them at night. It really looks pretty & a lot brighter IRL.

Well, I hope you like the card & if you have any questions, just ask. Thanks again for your patience with my lack of blogging. I hope I can start posting a bit more often soon.

Inky wishes, Di
Supplies: All SU!
Stamps: Aviary, Create a Cupcake
Card/Paper: melon mambo, pretty in pink, so saffron,certainly celery, blushing bride Patterns DSP (subtles pack)
Ink: rose red, rich razzleberry
Accessories: basic rhinestones, glue dots, tombow mono adhesive
Tools: punches - punches - bird builder, boho blossoms, itty bitty punch pack, word window, modern label

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Hey Big Shot! - New November Promotion

Just popping in quickly to tell you about our new Big Shot promotion for November.
You'll get 10% selected dies & embossing folders, including the new Petal Cone die that I'll be using at this Saturday's Christmas banner class.
If you don't have Big Shot yet, you can also purchase a special Big Shot Bundle at 10% off this month only. Check out the dies & embossing folders on sale below.

Page Item Description Retail Price 10% Off Price
156 117332 Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits Die $21.95 $19.75
156 114515 Flower Burst Embosslits Die $21.95 $19.75
157 114517 Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Folder $14.95 $13.45
157 116824 Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder $14.95 $13.45
157 119277 Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder $14.95 $13.45
158 113440 Buttons #5 Sizzlits Die $9.95 $8.95
159 113466 Pillow Box Bigz Die $36.95 $33.25
159 114507 Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die $39.95 $35.95
159 120903 Scallop Square Duo Bigz Die $39.95 $35.95
160 115953 Mover & Shapers Punch Windows $54.95 $49.45
160 120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die $69.95 $62.95
160 121810 Petal Cone Bigz L Die $59.95 $53.95

BIG SHOT BUNDLE
A special Big Shot bundle is also available in November at 10% off. It includes a Big Shot, plus the embossing folder & embosslit listed below.

Page Item Description Retail Price 10% Off Price
155 128994 - Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
- Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits Die
- Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
$186.85 $168.16

Contact me for more info or to book a place at this Saturday's class (only 2 places left). Back soon.
Inky wishes
Di

Monday, 10 October 2011

Pennant Parade Birthdays

Hi there!
Today, I have a couple of birthday cards to show you, made back in August with some of my pre-ordered new catty goodies, including the new Pennant Parade stamp set.
In Colour Pennants
click on pic to see a bigger version
This card was my first play with some yummy new in-colours - pool party, island indigo, calypso coral & lucky limeade...& I reeeeally like them!
It's a very simple layout, especially when both pennant styles can be punched out with the matching pennant punch (love!). The little star I used for the bottom panel comes from the same set. the happy birthday is a fave from the 'Party This Way set. I didn't have any new colour ribbons when I made it, but I think the old olive grosgrain worked in well.

Bring on the Cake
click on pic to see a bigger version
I made this card for another friend of Cara's who had her 11th birthday in August. The layout is the same, but I used some new striped Bring on the Cake DSP for the pennants. Then I stamped some cute 'Itty Bitty Bits' images & punched & layered them on top. The colours are bright & fun...but alas my pic is not so bright! Like many cards this year, this one needed to include a gift card, so I decorated an inside pocket to match.
I'm sure you'll see lots more pennant ideas over the year, as the set has so many possibilities. Until next time, thanks for visiting & leave a comment if you'd like any more info on anything.
Inky wishes, Di

PS: If you love the new in-colours, you can get all 5 new ink pads & a pack of matching cardstock for just $56.95 (plus s&h) - that's a saving of $16.70 based on the normal individual cost.

Supplies:
In-Colour Pennants
Stamps: Pennant Parade, Party This Way
Card: pool party, island indigo, calypso coral & lucky limeade, whisper white
Ink: pool party, island indigo, calypso coral & lucky limeade ink pads & markers
Accessories: old olive grosgrain ribbon
Tools: pennant punch

Bring on the Cake
Stamps: Pennant Parade, Party This Way, Itty Bitty Bits
Card: crumb cake, whisper white, poppy parade, daffodil delight
Ink: poppy parade, marina mist ink pads, blushing bride marker
Accessories: 1/8 inch daffodil delight  taffeta ribbon
Tools: pennant punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (circle), 1/2 inch circle punch, word window punch, modern label punch

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Elegant eggplant & melon mambo - a new fave

Hi there....& a huge thanks for hanging in there after my lack of posts.
Today, I have a couple of cards I to show you using a new favourite colour combo - elegant eggplant & melon mambo.

Casing Christine
I was introduced to these great colours back in August when I saw this fab card by the always amazing Christine Blain. I'd never thought of using the Extreme Elements set for girls cards, but I loved how Christine used it & showed the pic to Cara to see what she thought. Her verdict - "That's so awesome Mum - could you make that?" So,of course I really HAD to get it! I then pretty much immediately cased it to make a pocket card for Cara's friend's 11th birthday. This was the result.
And here's the inside.
It was such a fun card to make & I think I might be getting over my aversion to tearing too. Thanks again Christine for this great idea.

Jolly Ice-Skating
Fast-forwarding to September, I needed a card for another friend's 10th birthday. The birthday girl was having an ice skating party, so I thought the ice skate stamp from the new 'Jolly Bingo Bits' Christmas set would be perfect. I used my eggplant & melon combo again - this time with some regal rose.
I carried the theme to the inside too, which also needed to hold a gift card. By the way, the inside & front greetings are from the new hostess set - Happiest Birthday Wishes, which I'm sure is going to get a work-out in the coming year.
If you haven't tried these colours, give them a whirl. I'm sure you'll love them too. Leave a comment if you have any questions or just want to say you haven't forgotten me. Back sooner than later I hope.
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies:
Casing Christine
Stamps: Extreme Elements, On Your Birthday
Card: elegant eggplant, melon mambo, whisper white
Ink: elegant eggplant, melon mambo, regal rose, wisteria wonder
Tools: spritzer

Jolly Ice Skating
Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits, Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess only)
Card: elegant eggplant, melon mambo, regal rose, whisper white, Patterns DSP (regal rose)
Ink: elegant eggplant, melon mambo
Accessories: melon mambo scallop dots ribbon
Tools: 1 inch circle punch

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Just popping in very quickly before we head off for a weekend getaway to share a fun Christmas promotion for October. This month, you can purchase our fun new Stitched Stocking stamp set & co-ordinating stocking tag punch before it's official release in December. This set is perfect for cards, tags & lots more... & you know you can't beat a matching punch!
Even better, you can earn both the set & punch free by hosting a $450 in-home or catalogue workshop.  These goodies are worth up to $87.90, in addition to the $70 hostess benefits you'll already receive for hosting a $450 workshop.
Check out the pic below or my SU website for more info & contact me to place your order or book your workshop. I have limited dates available in October, so please get in quick.
Back next week with some more projects to share.
Inky wishes, Di

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Inlaid blossoms Klassy case

Today, I have another inlaid embossing pocket card to show you - albeit a bit later than planned. I made this folder one back in July for Cara's BFFs birthday & was really happy with how it turned out. You might recognise too that the fun inlaid embossing panel made up of mostly 'Blossom Party' flowers was based on this card by the gorgeous Sarah Klass.(waving Sair)
 I really love the look that the embossing gives. Soooo effective. Apologies for the colour in the pic though. It was another late night/bad light creation & looks so much brigher IRL. In case you're wondering
- The words were inked & stamped separately using 'Curly Cute' & my trusty stamp-a-ma-jig. The 'th' is from 'birthday'.
- The '10' is made of 3 die cut numbers stuck together with 2 way glue.
- I embossed another little panel for the inside. Here the pic to prove it.
Anyway, I think that covers it. Hope I've given you some more ideas to try. I still have lots more to show, so hopefully I'll be back soon. Please leave a comment to say hi or ask me about anything you're not sure of.
Inky wishes, Di

PS: Girls in the know - I finally found my hiding SAMJ imaging sheet - phew & yay!!!
PPS: only 4 more days until our new Idea Book starts. Double yay!!
PPS: Hi Rachel (grin)

Supplies
Stamps: Curly Cute
Card: rose red, marina mist, certainly celery, pretty in pink, bashful blue card
Ink: rose red ink pad
Accessories: rhinestone brads
Tools: Big Shot, square lattice embossing folder, Blossom Party die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies, itty bitty punch pack

Friday, 26 August 2011

Whimsical Memories

Life has just gotten in the way of blog posts again, but I really wanted to get in a quick post or two before the end of the month. Today's project is a boxed set of cards I created 2 years ago (yes, I'm that behind...or not!) using the beautiful Garden Whimsy set & Bella Rose DSP. It never made it to my blog as I'd submitted it for publication, then never got around to posting it when it wasn't accepted. My customers often mention it though & it's always been a favourite of mine, so I thought I'd post it as a farewell tribute, since Garden Whimsy retires this month (& I think is sold out too). Anyway, here's the whole set...
(click on the pic to view larger image)
The cards all include different Garden Whimsy images, but mostly the same sized card & DSP pieces & kiwi satin or riding hood red ribbon. Most of the sentiments are from 'On Your Birthday (which is still available).
Here's are all the individual projects, which may help you see the layers better.
For the 3 butterfly cards, I stamped a second image & cut out only the wings & secured them with glue dots near the body & dimensionals on the wing edges for a fun look.
The snail shells are cut out & raised on dimensionals too.
The tulip head & leaves are duplicated & raised too.
Finally, I made this box to hold all the cards.
Hope you enjoyed seeing this project, even though it's an oldie. I'm thinking I'll have to try making a new set using a new set using similar layouts - another thing to add to my list. Hope you have a happy weekend. Back soon I hope.
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies:
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Think Happy Thoughts (retired), On Your Birthday
Cards/Paper: riding hood red, chocolate chip, kiwi kiss (retired), whisper white, Bella Rose DSP
Ink: riding hood red ink pad, kiwi kiss ink pads (retired)
Accessories: riding hood red taffeta ribbon (retired), kiwi kiss satin ribbon (retired), gold brads
Tools: boho blossoms punch, mat pack & piercing tool.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Torn frame birthday for JAI79

I'm back....& as surprised as you at this very unexpected blog post. One of today's must-do tasks was to make a birthday card for my wonderful father-in-law. So, while having a morning cuppa, I saw Kim's fab torn frame card for the new challenge at Just Add Ink - just add tearing/distressing. Regular visitors will know that tearing & distressing are very rarely used words here at colour me happy, but I thought it could work well for my FIL's card & finally give me a chance to try a JAI challenge too.

So, armed with this great torn frame tutorial by the very sweet Sharnee Torrents (who wonderfully demonstrated the technique at Convention), I went to work & this was the surprisingly quick result...
First I made the torn frame with some night of navy & old olive card (I would have stamped it first but I really didn't think it was going to work for me, LOL). Then I stamped the navy panel with the 'Sanded' background, 'Sense of Time' clock & cog images & 'Grunge Rock'  diamonds & no.1, Finally, I distressed the edge of the navy & ivory panels with the bone folder (very therapeutic I must say). I thought the panel needed a little something extra at the bottom, so I added some striped ribbon & attached a squashed jumbo eyelet.

Back to the frame for a mo. The birthday sentiment (Engraved Greetings) is stamped on night of navy ink on naturals ivory card, which has given it a more distressed look than normal, then spritzed with the spritzing tool & old olive marker. You can see the torn frame better here...
I'm really happy (not to mention very surprised ) with how the card turned out, as well as the fact I can get it in the mail today. Hope you like it too. Please leave a comment if you need any more info, or just to say hi.
Hope you have a happy weekend.
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Sense of Time, Engraved Greetings, Sanded Background (all on retirement list), Grunge Rock
Card: Old olive, night of navy, naturals ivory
Ink: night of navy ink pad, old olive marker
Accessories: night of navy 1 1/4 inch striped grosgrain, jumbo eyelet
Tools: bone folder, crop-a-dile (to squash eyelet!), spritzing tool

Inlaid embossing...what took me so long?

I think the inlaid embossing technique is probably the most popular new technique of recent times & I finally got to see why at the end of June, when I made this card for the same lovely friend as yesterday's card.
I can't believe it took me so long to try it....although our renovations have a lot to answer for, lol. It's a really simple technique, but I think it gives fabulous results, thanks to the magic ingredient  - the square lattice embossing folder for the Big Shot.

A couple of details - Once I embossed the panel, I added a couple of raised smaller butterflies, punched flowers & some of my fave basic pearls to finish. The birthday tag was punched with the medium jewellery tag (I made this longer). Here's a closer pic.
In the rare chance there's someone else out there still who hasn't tried inlaid embossing, here's how you do it.

1. Cut, die cut or punch out shapes in cardstock or patterned paper.
2. Glue shapes to piece of card. You can overlap layers, but don't go overboard. At this point, you may be thinking "I don't know about this" but keep going!
3. Place decorated card into the square lattice embossing folder (or other tightly patterned folder) & run through Big Shot.
4. Take out card from folder & look amazed, as you see the seemingly magical transformation of your card into a single layer. Easy!

I was really happy with how this turned out & encouraged to do some more. I've seen some phenomenal cards using this technique & next time I'll show you one I made that was inspired by some of my favourites. Leave a comment if you have any questions, tips or just want to say hi. Until next time...
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card: Marina mist, baja breeze, soft suede, very vanilla, certainly celery card.
Ink: chocolate chip (I think....or maybe soft suede)
Accessories: marina mist 1/8 inch taffeta ribbon, basic pearls
Tools: medium jewellery tag punch, itty bitty punch pack - flower, Big Shot, little leaves die, beautiful wings embosslit

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