Friday 21 December 2018

JAI 439 - easy reindeer gift box

Hello hello! Today starts our last Just Add Ink challenge for this year - boy that was fast. If you're anything like me, you'll need quick and easy projects to get Christmas prep finished, so this week's challenge project had to be super fast. Luckily, the challenge was a perfect one for quick projects.

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Broadway Bound birthday - two way twist

I have another two cards to share today using the Broadway Birthday stamps & die bundle. These were additional easy cards I shared at my masculine class way back in August. For a fun twist, the cards show totally different looks using the same sheet of paper from the Broadway Bound pack.

Had you noticed the pack designs  include one side in a classic combination of neutrals and metallics, and the reverse includes pops of colour. Here's a snapshot of the pack (click on pic for a closer look).

Anyway, back to the cards...

Monday 10 December 2018

Bold Broadway Birthday gatefold card

 Sharing my Broadway Bound double easel card yesterday made me realise I hadn't shared the other cards I'd made with it and the cool Broadway Birthday stamps & die bundle - for my masculine class way back in August. Where have the past few months gone?
Today's card is the class project all my lovelies made. Tomorrow I'll share the other samples I made so pop back again then to see more. But back to today's card...

Sunday 9 December 2018

Birthday milestone double easel card

My darling man celebrated a special '0' birthday last week on our Hawaii holiday so of course I had to make him a card to celebrate and remind him of how loved he is. Another double easel card was just the thing as he really liked this Christmas double easel card, so this is what I came up with.

Wednesday 5 December 2018

Christmas Catalogue retirement starts today - up to 50% off

I'm back from holidays just in time for our Christmas-Holiday retirement list announcement today.
There are some surprise retirements so make sure your check your wishlist twice & order now so your Christmas creating is very merry.

All retiring items are only available while stocks last. Once they're gone they're gone. Many are discounted - up to 50% off. I've shared my lists & top picks below to get you started.

Thanks for using my host code YVRYQBF2 when you shop online with me.

Friday 23 November 2018

Online Extravaganza - 10% off sale on now!

Get ready to save on what you want from the Annual Catalogue as our 6 day Online Extravaganza is on now! From 23-28 November we have three 48-hour sales featuring a selection of products from the 2018–2019 annual catalogue—all at 10% off! So stock up & save on all your essentials or choose some gifts to place under your Christmas tree.

JAI 435 inspiration challenge - glistening Christmas trees

I'm trying out a new to me fancy fold for this week's challenge at Just Add Ink which is an inspiration challenge based on this wintry forest scene, suggested by Kim.

I'm still feeling the love for the Snow is Glistening stamp set & Snowfall dies from the Snowfall Showcase limited release suite available this month, so I was inspired to create this stylised tree scene.

Tuesday 6 November 2018

Very merry Christmas mistletoe

Today I'm sharing another Christmas card idea using the Merry Christmas to All stamp & die bundle. This time I've teamed it with the fab sprig punch in a traditional red & green combination.

Sunday 4 November 2018

Easy copper Christmas

Following on from yesterday's easy card, today's card is even easier - just card, pretty paper & fabulous die cut words. Perfect for Christmas mass production.

Clean and simple reindeer Christmas

I lost a deer somewhere along the way of sharing my Dashing Deer projects, but he's now found & ready to be shared. This is the simplest of my reindeer cards so far, which means it's also quick to put together if you're making lots.... and quick to share here too.

Friday 2 November 2018

JAI 433 colour challenge - bright birthday

It's colour challenge time this week at Just Add Ink and Jo has given us this bold combination to work with.

These colours made me think of parties and old school party lights, which led me to an idea to use the light bulb string in the Making Christmas Bright bundle (& stamp set) for a birthday card. A very useful little addition all year round, as are other stamps in collection too.

This is how it turned out.

Sunday 28 October 2018

Glittery Deer Christmas

 Today, I have another card to share using the Dashing Deer stamp & die bundle. This one has a totally different look to the other deer cards I've shared so far. How fabulous is that prancing deer!

I love the clean lines, glitter & shine on this card too. Very much my style for Christmas and it could be easily mass produced too. Win!

Saturday 27 October 2018

Dashing Deer - Country Christmas

I'm back today to share another deer Christmas card with you, this time using the little deer couple in the Dashing Deer bundle. This one has a more homestyle, country feel to my eye compared to the deer cards I shared last post, thanks I think to the check paper from the Festive Farmhouse pack.

Thursday 25 October 2018

Dashing Deer Happy Christmas pair

Deer are one of my favourite Christmas images. Years back SU had a very popular single deer stamp named Dasher with curly antlers which I just loved (did you love it too?), then there was a great deer in the Santa's Sleigh bundle last year which I used LOTS. So you can imagine my sheer delight when I saw the best of all deer bundles in this year's Holiday Catalogue - called Dashing Deer. It combines the best of both of these then adds sooooo much more. Like I said, it's the ultimate deer lovers bundle, with an awesome collection of stamps, coordinating and standalone dies.

Here's one of the first card designs I made for it.

Monday 22 October 2018

24 hour birthday sale - starts at midnight!

Stampin' Up!' is turning 30 and they're celebrating with a 24 hour sale on October 23rd.
Save 15% on selected stamp sets. I'm sure you'll find some faves in the list so take a look...but don't wait.

Friday 19 October 2018

JAI 431 sketch challenge - Snowfall Christmas card

It's a big week at colour me happy, as our darling girl started her final HSC exams yesterday, however I did sneak some time to make a card for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge, using this sketch suggested by Tina.

I went Christmassy for my card, using a brand new suite release coming for November only.

Thursday 11 October 2018

More poinsettia pop up window cards

Remember the poinsettia card I shared last week? It evolved from another card featuring the poinsettia line images in the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle. So today I'm sharing that original card and a third card that's a combination of both cards. Following so far? Just check out the cards & you'll get the idea.

Friday 5 October 2018

Monday 1 October 2018

World Cardmaking Day is coming - create and save!

World Card Making Day is October 6th and it's a day for all crafters to celebrate all the fun of cardmaking, creating, sending handmade love, enjoying crafty friendships and yes, the pure joy of paper and ink.

If you're local to me in Sydney, I'm having a fun World Cardmaking day celebration on Saturday, October 6th. See my fb event here for more info.

From 1-7 October, you'll also save 10% on these fun kits & essentials too. Awesome!

Friday 21 September 2018

JAI 427 - Just add K for kids birthday surprise

It's new Just Add Ink challenge time and this week we have to ...


I was able to combine the challenge with a project from last weekend's class, which serendipitously was cards for little Kids & babies. So of course my K is for Kids. This sweet little card with a surprise pop up inside is what I made.

Friday 7 September 2018

JAI 425 inspiration challenge - petal gatefold

Hooray for Spring in Australia! This week's Just Add Ink challenge is to make a card inspired by this beautiful inspiration image. Oh my goodness, how gorgeous are those hydrangeas & that idyllic little garden scene.


It's much too early for hydrangeas in Australia but the image immediately made me think of the truly gorgeous Petal Promenade paper pack. This features photographic images of real flower clusters and arrangements. Here's what I made with it.

Friday 24 August 2018

JAI 423 colour challenge - make a wish

I'm always game to try a new colour combination and this week's challenge combination at Just Add Ink is certainly a new one for me.

I decided to try a graphic, masculine-ish look and this is what I came up with.

Tuesday 14 August 2018

More Stampin' Blends colours coming - updated chart pdf

Colour & Stampin' Blends lovers rejoice!

The 2018 Christmas-Holiday Catalogue arrives on September 5th, bringing with it tons of gorgeous new Christmas and all occasions goodies AND 6 more Stampin' Up! colours to the Stampin' Blends marker range, in both light & dark markers. These colours are:

Sunday 12 August 2018

Simply scraps and a vase

I'd planned to share my second simple Varied Vases card during the week, but  my week didn't go quite to plan, so here it is today.

Friday 10 August 2018

JAI 421 sketch challenge - celebrate you

I do love a good sketch so I'm happy it's sketch challenge week at Just Add Ink and that Narelle's given us this one to work with. Do check out the Just Add Ink blog when you finish here, to see how all my clever teamies used the sketch. Then try it yourself. I'm sure it's a keeper.

Monday 6 August 2018

Simple modern vases & the Stamparatus

Way back in May I had my first play with the my fave first pick of our then new annual catalogue - the beautifully fresh & modern Varied Vases stamp & punch bundle. Today I'm sharing the first of two clean & simple cards to give you a peek of what's possible with it.

Sunday 22 July 2018

Everyone needs a healing hug

Time get away from anyone else this week? The good news is I'm back today to share a simple and soooo useful get well card I made last month using our new Healing Hugs stamp set.

Saturday 14 July 2018

Black white & metallic 18th birthday tri shutter

Hi & happy Saturday! I have another tri shutter card to share with you today so let's get started.

Friday 13 July 2018

JAI 417 Just add T for tri-shutter card

This week's new challenge at Just Add Ink is courtesy of the lovely Tina, who wants us to...

There are lots of T's I could have chosen including Tina herself, but I decided to make a tri-shutter card for a special friend who's celebrating a milestone birthday.

Sunday 8 July 2018

Pop of purple & a butterfly

I've been all about sharing my cards using the floral dies in the Springtime Impressions die set, and totally forgot to share the simple butterfly card I made with the die in the same set.

Wednesday 4 July 2018

New Stampin' Blends & updated colour chart pdf

I was so happy & excited when I saw LOTS of new Stampin' Blends™ markers in the new Annual Catalogue. They're so fun to colour with & of course having colours that match the our ink & card is the best!

Our updated Stampin' Blends palette includes 11 new Stampin' Up! colours, making a total of 24 Stampin' Up! colours now in the range. 22 of these colours have a light and dark marker in each colour, which gives your so many more opportunities to create beautifully blended colour on your projects.

Friday 29 June 2018

JAI 415 inspiration challenge - thankful

Today I have a new card to share, made for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge. Rachael challenged us with this beautiful image.

This is what I made...

Monday 25 June 2018

Simple springtime card trio

Today I have three easy clean, fresh, and easy cards to share with you, all made with the sketch look flower dies in the new Springtime Impressions thinlit dies set.

Thursday 21 June 2018

More Delightfully Detailed birthdays

Don't you love when something completely lives up to its name and more? For me, our Delightfully Detailed laser cut paper is totally delightful to use & looks even better! You need to do very little with it to create a fabulous look.

After I made this navy & white card with it, I immediately made three more cards for three equally special lovely ladies. They have received their cards now so I can share them with you.

Friday 15 June 2018

JAI 413 colour challenge - congrats new driver


Hello Friday! It's new challenge day at Just Add Ink and this week we're working with this tropical colour combination suggested by meeeeee.

This combination reminds me that colour inspiration is everywhere. I'd seen 3 people sitting together at church wearing this combination & made a note. I was so taken by how fresh it looked and how like our SU colours they were so I suggested it to the team, & here we are.

Also, I absolutely love our new granny apple green colour (& not just for the brilliant name). It's such a lovely bright but not too bright green, and it coordinates so well with so many other colours in our new colour collection.

So what did I make with this luscious combination?...

Friday 1 June 2018

JAI 411 sketch challenge - delightfully floral birthday

It's sketch challenge time at Just Add Ink this week and who doesn't love a good sketch. Jan has given us this fun one to play with...

... and this is what I made using some of my new faves, from our new Annual catalogue which startes TODAY. Yippee!!

Sunday 27 May 2018

Share what you love - mix and match gatefold

Hi & welcome! Today I'm sharing the second card from my last class - a gatefold that's all about my gorgeous new floral Share What You Love heavyweight paper I've used.

Friday 18 May 2018

JAI 409 technique challenge - 21st birthday eclipse

This week at Just Add Ink, Rachael has challenged us to use the eclipse technique on a project. This technique has been really popular over the last year so it's sure to be a popular challenge. I made this card for a special birthday celebration.

If you haven't tried the eclipse technique yet, it usually involves die cutting part of an image (a shape, word, number) then popping it back in place with a dark layer behind. This creates a fun, dimensional look. The JAI team have created all sorts of eclipse effects on their projects to give you lots of ideas so be sure to check out the JAI blog when you finish here.

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Celebrate 17 birthday shutter card

Last week our darling girl celebrated her 17th birthday, and yes I'm as surprised as you are that she's 17 already. I thought she'd enjoy the surprise in a shutter card, so that's what I made.

Monday 14 May 2018

Petal Palette shutter cards

When I shared the gatefold card in my last post, I mentioned I'm was through a bit of a shutter card & gatefold card phase, thanks to my stamping bestie, Kellie.  So today I'm sharing the shutter card project I made for my ladies only-Mother's Day class last in April, that I cased to make that gatefold.
As an extra treat I'm also sharing a shutter card Kellie made for (lucky) me. Lots of photos ahead so let's get started.

Friday 4 May 2018

JAI 407 Just add O... eclectic gatefold

This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is a letter challenge.

We need to add something beginning with 'O', so I made this bold, floral, gate fold card with the Oh So Eclectic stamp set.