Tuesday 8 December 2020

Christmas Mini Retirement List - Discounts galore!

It's Christmas Mini Catalogue retirement time - already? The list of items being discontinued is out - and huge! so our Year End Closeout Sale starts today. Tons of items are discounted - between 10% and 50% so you're sure to find lots of items you want on the list.

The sale starts today and the catalogue officially ends on January 4th. All retiring items are available while supplies last only or until 4 January, so get in quick.

Shop directly from my online store or e-mail me at di@colourmehappy.com.au to order if you'd prefer.

Sunday 1 November 2020

Stamping Sisters November Tutorial Bundle - Petal Pink Poinsettia

Hello & welcome to November and a new Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundle. This month's bundle includes
4 Christmas cards - all in not so traditional colours just for a fun twist. Of course they'd look great in more traditional colours too.

Saturday 3 October 2020

Stamping Sisters October Tutorial Hop - Christmas is coming!

Happy World Card Making Day! We're celebrating with a brand new Stamping Sisters Tutorial bundle and blog hop. Hello & welcome.

Whether you've arrived here from the lovely Ellen's blog or another way I hope you'll love what we've created for you.

Our October tutorial bundle includes 5 traditional themed Christmas cards - baubles, bows, trees and a poinsettias from me. Hop with us you'll find 5 more bonus projects inspired by them too. That's 10 Christmas card ideas you can make one one or lots of.

Friday 2 October 2020

JAI 525 Just Add Thank You - Blossoms in Bloom

This week's challenge at Just Add Ink couldn't be easier or more useful at the moment - Just Add Thank You. I'm sure you can think of a ton of people you could send or give a thank you card.

I had a long overdue play with the gorgeous Many Layered Blossoms dies set to create my thank you card. These 2 layer flower dies are also part of the Blossoms in Blooms bundle and create the most amazing looking blossoms.

Friday 18 September 2020

JAI 523 Just add A - Appreciation

thank you card for moving home occasion, made with Stampin Up Coming Home stamp set and bundle, Trimming the Town paper and Stampin Blends markers. Card by Di Barnes, Independent Demonstrator in Sydney Australia - colourmehappy - sydneystamper - 2020 mini catalogue Stampin' Up!

It's time for a Just Add Ink letter challenge and we're adding something beginning with A. 

I initially drew a blank. Usually I look for colours or stamp sets as my initial inspiration but that didn't work this time. Did you know there are no Stampin' Up! colours starting with the letter A? Nope! Next, stamp set names? - no A's. I did think of animals and have a card to share later, but top of the to do list was a thank you card... & another word for thank you - appreciation! Yay! This is what I made using the new Coming Home stamp set & die bundle.

Friday 11 September 2020

JAI 522 sketch challenge - zany zebra birthday

Handmade kids birthday card with Stampin Up Zany Zebras and Family Party stamp sets and 2020-22 in colors. Card by Di Barnes Indpendent Demonstrator in Sydney Australia - colourmehappy - sydneystamper - 2020-21 annual catalogue - sketch challenge - just add ink

Hooray! I got some time to stamp and make a card for this week's Just Add Ink sketch challenge and boy was it fun making this birthday card for a favourite little person using the Zany Zebras stamp set. Talk about adorable!

Friday 4 September 2020

JAI 521 inspiration challenge - Poinsettia Christmas

Yippee, I managed to get some stamping time this week, just in time to make a project for this week's Just Add Ink photo inspiration challenge AND use some of my new Christmas Mini Catalogue goodies to do it. So here goes with my first Christmas card for 2020.

Tuesday 1 September 2020

Stamping Sisters September Bundle & Blog Hop - Rainbow Colours

It's September already and time for a brand new Stamping Sisters Tutorial bundle and blog hop. Yay! I'm excited to share our beautiful collection of colourful, rainbow themed projects for you, just in time to celebrate the first day of Spring here in Sydney

Hello & welcome, whether you've arrived here from the lovely Ellen's blog or some other way.

In our September tutorial bundle you'll find 5 colourful, fun, rainbow colour themed cards of all shapes that we think you’ll love making. Hop with us too you'll see 5 more bonus projects inspired by them too.

Saturday 1 August 2020

Stamping Sisters August Tutorial Blog Hop: Thinking of You

Thinking of you card tutorial using Stampin Up Prized Peony stamp set and die bundle. Made for Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundles August 2020. By Di Barnes Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator in Sydney Australia. colourmehappy sydneystamperThinking of you card tutorial using Stampin Up Prized Peony stamp set and die bundle. Made for Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundles August 2020. By Di Barnes Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator in Sydney Australia. colourmehappy sydneystamper

Hello and welcome to our Stamping Sisters August Blog Hop and Tutorial Bundle launch.
This month we have 5 new project tutorials ready and waiting for you plus 4 more blog hop projects, all with the theme of Thinking of You. If you've arrived from the fabulous Ellen's blog, welcome!

People thinking about and taking care of one another is something we all need especially at the moment, whether it's just to let someone know they're on our mind or to help them through a significant challenge or loss. The world seems a little friendlier and brighter when we receive a card.

Whatever the reason, we hope our projects inspire you to send some paper love this month.
Here's a peek at the projects our Stamping Sisters Design Team have created for you this month.

Friday 24 July 2020

JAI515 Just add mixed media - Prized Peony for a friend

Hello hello! I'm back with my card project for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge - Just Add Mixed Media.

Mixed media gave me thoughts of collages, layers of paint, papers and texture so I checked for a definition and found that it "generally describes artworks composed from a combination of different media or materials". OK. Now how to interpret that for me and my fairly clean style.

I'm still loving peonies so the Peony Garden suite came out again, including the Prized Peonies stamp set and bundle and I created this card.

Friday 10 July 2020

JAI 513 Just choose two - Prized peony

Hello & welcome! It's Choose Two challenge time at Just Add Ink this week - always a fun one.

Even more fun I picked the three challenge elements - Flowers, Trees and Texture - some of my favourite card elements, so it's no surprise that this was an easy one for me.

I chose flowers and texture as my two elements. The hardest part was which flower to choose. I picked a new stamp and die bundle - Prized Peony - which has the most gorgeous peony images.

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Stamping Sisters Tutorials July Bundle & Blog Hop - Birthdays!

July already! This means it's time for a new Stamping Sisters Tutorial bundle, and our theme for July is Celebrate Birthdays. We're shaking things up by adding something new & fun too.

We've each made two cards - our tutorial project and a second card inspired by the tutorial. This means you still get an exclusive card and tutorial when you purchase our Stamping Sisters Bundle, AND an extra idea. That adds up to 10 card ideas in total.

Even more awesome, we've decided to share our second project with you as a blog hop so you can see all our projects together. If you're hopping you probably arrived here from the fabulous Ellen Woodbridge. Welcome, and I hope you love what we've made for you.

First up, here's a peek of what you'll find in our July Stamping Sisters Tutorial bundle. It includes projects to suit anyone you want to celebrate plus lots of techniques you can use over and over.

Friday 26 June 2020

JAI 511 inspiration challenge - happy news

Today I get to share two things with you - First, my Design Team project for this week's Just Add Ink inspiration challenge, and two, a favourite plant.

First the challenge - Rachael asked us to create a project inspired by this pic featuring a fab pair of Sansevieria  plants. I'd love to have these at my place as they're one my fave indoor plants  - they're so sculptural and even better almost impossible to kill.  Now what to do for the challenge? The Boho Indigo Medley and Forever Greenery paper from the new Annual Catalogue came to the rescue and I made this.

Friday 12 June 2020

JAI 509 colour challenge - amazing woman

It's colour challenge week at Just Add Ink and this time I've chosen a colour combination of Highland Heather, Pool Party, So Saffron and Crumb Cake for the team to use.

I can't remember what inspired me to choose this combo but looking at again I thought it would be make a soft and pretty card  for a dear and amazing friend. My Ornate Style bundle features a beautiful floral bouquet image so it got its first inking.

Monday 8 June 2020

Poppy shadow box birthday card

Hello and welcome.

I'm going back in time again today to share a shadow box card we made at my Peaceful Poppies Poppies suite class back in March. Seems an eternity ago.

You know I love a fancy fold and this is a fun one I haven't made in a while.

Saturday 6 June 2020

Pineapple pop up window birthday card

My darling girl had her 19th (!) birthday at the beginning of May so I thought you might like to see the card I made for her.

I was in my Timeless Tropical phase and feeling a bit nostalgic about Hawaii where we've spent a couple of her birthdays when I made it, as it has quite the tropical vibe... and a pineapple.

It's also a pop up window card like I made for my May Stamping Sisters Tutorial bundle project too. I love that it looks like a normal card when closed but see lots of different elements when open.

Thursday 4 June 2020

New Stampin Blends Markers and Colour Chart

The only thing better than a new Stampin' Up! catalogue is new Stampin' Blends alcohol marker colours and I'm so happy that Stampin' Up! have added 5 new colours to the Blends range. All in the usual light and dark shades.

4 colours are brand new In Colors for 2020-2022. These are Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight. The last new Blends colour is Melon Mambo from the Brights collection - a welcome addition since the retirement of Lovely Lipstick.

You'll see all available Stampin' Blends marker colours on pages 142-143 of the printed Annual Catalogue or pdf, or here in my Online Store.

Wednesday 3 June 2020

New Stampin' Up! Catalogue - New Store

Today's the day we welcome a new year of Stampin' Up! ideas with our 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.

Stampin' Up! has a brand new store that makes it lots easier to find and get what you want.

Shop in June using my host code - 6AFVCAB6

My lovely customers should already have paper catalogues to ponder what's first on your list. If not, let me know.

Save the catalogue pdf to your computer or mobile device for access everywhere:

Download 2020-21 Annual Catalogue pdf

Monday 1 June 2020

June Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundle - Kids Big & Small

It's June already and time for a new Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundle. This month is all about kids whether big or small, so you'll find bright colours, cute animals, and lots of fun ideas you can use for lots of cards. Here's a peek at the 5 projects we've created for you.

Saturday 30 May 2020

Magnolia Lane Double Wonder Dozen

A super quick post to share a bunch of cards with you that I've made using the Double Wonder technique. I can't remember the last time I made 12 cards so quickly so this is worth sharing.

What's Double Wonder? It's a series of easy card layouts made by cutting up 6 x 12 inch pieces of coordinating patterned paper based on a template of cuts.

Friday 29 May 2020

JAI 507 sketch challenge - star rainbow birthday

This week's new Just Add Ink challenge is live and Jackie has given us this fun, angled sketch to work with. I've been playing around with rainbows and my Stitched Stars so I went with that theme and this is what I came up with.

Monday 18 May 2020

Timeless Tropical Birthdays 3 - even more cards

I was waylaid from sharing the other Timeless Tropical bundle cards but here they are now. Both cards are adapted using mostly the same elements from my original class card you'll find here.

You'll see all the cards together at the end of this post too.

Friday 15 May 2020

JAI 505 Just Add thinking of you - birds & hugs

Hello! This week's new challenge at Just Add Ink is to create a thinking of you project, which couldn't be a simpler challenge or more appropriate right now. I'm sure you can think of lots of people to send your card to. This is what I made.

Friday 8 May 2020

Timeless Tropical Birthday 2 - double easel card

Today I have another of my Timeless Tropical bundle cards to share with you - this one shows a gorgeous hibiscus teamed with another amazing floral print paper from the Tropical Oasis pack.

This has many similar elements to yesterday's cards, but I've stepped it up to make a double easel card - because you know I can't resist an easy fancy fold.

Wednesday 6 May 2020

Timeless Tropical Birthdays 1

Today I'm sharing a card made with the Tropical Oasis suite of products, which I used in my ummm... end of February class - those so long ago days when we could spend time in person with each other and before life at home became a bit crazy too.

I just love the hibiscus & frangipani flowers, and general vintage vibe in the Timeless Tropical stamp die bundle, and Tropical Oasis paper I've used. They so remind me of our trips to Hawaii. Since we won't be getting back there any time soon I can at least dream of it with my cards.

Friday 1 May 2020

May Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundle is here with FREE bonus!

Our Stamping Sisters Masculine May Tutorial Bundle is here!
The guys in our lives need some card love too - especially in these most unusual of times, so we have 5 projects you can create for different occasions or just because.

BONUS! When you purchase the bundle in May, choose a past month's bundle FREE on us.
Read on to see how to get yours.

Here's a peek at the 5 new projects for guys that we've created for you.

Thursday 23 April 2020

Annual & Mini Catalogue Retirements - Shop your faves now!

Just popping in here quickly to share that the item retirement lists for the 2019-20 Annual Catalogue & Mini Catalogue were announced this morning.

Friday 10 April 2020

JAI 500 milestone blog hop - hello & thanks

It's time to celebrate a HUGE milestone at Just Add Ink - our 500th challenge. That's a lot of inspiration over the years so we're having a blog hop too!

Before we get started, I must thank our amazing past and current Just Add Ink Design Team members. I hope some of you will play along with this challenge to celebrate with us too.

You may have arrived from my JAI and SU teamie, the fabulous Jo Stubbings, or some other way. Welcome to our challenge:  :)

Follow the hop from my post or from the main Just Add Ink blog.

Friday 3 April 2020

JAI 499 colour challenge - thinking of you butterfly

It's colour challenge week at Just Add Ink and Rachael has given us a pretty pastel palette to work with. I don't know that I'd have thought to combine them all on a project myself so it was a good challenge to try. I kept the design clean and simple to let the colours shine.

Wednesday 1 April 2020

Out now! April Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundle - Thankful

April 1st means we have a new Stamping Sisters tutorial bundle for you. All this month's projects are focused on thankfulness and gratitude.

Our world has changed hugely over the past months, with many challenges for the forseeable future, yet there's still so much to be thankful for, and a perfect time to let people know how much you are thinking of and appreciate them.

We hope you'll love making these projects and sending them to someone you're grateful for, then adapting them to create something new too.

Here's a peek at the 5 projects we've created for you.

Friday 20 March 2020

JAI 497 sketch challenge - poppy birthday

It's sketch challenge week at Just Add Ink - gotta love a good sketch - and Kim has given us a fun geometric design to play with.

I'm still poppy crazy after playing with the Peaceful Poppies suite for my classes last week - Love it! Then I remembered there are poppy stamps in the Bloom and Grow stamp set/discounted bundle too so I paired them with the Painted Poppies bundle on my card.

Friday 6 March 2020

JAI 495 Just add a rainbow... of music

This week at Just Add Ink challenges, Rochelle has asked us to Just Add a Rainbow. What a fun challenge and who doesn't love a good rainbow.

I created a card for my darling man, although you could use it for many other occasions.

My new Music from the Heart stamp set got it's first of many inkings. This set includes hand drawn music themed images - music notes, stave, piano, guitar, keyboard and lots of useful sentiments, both for everyday & when you need a fun music pun. See more about it at the end of this post.

My card is easy & pretty quick to make using minimal supplies. All the rainbow colours on the card are made with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

Sunday 1 March 2020

March Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundle - out now!

It's March already and a new month means a new Stamping Sisters tutorial bundle. This month's theme is project for the girls - to show our friends, Mum's Sisters and all the wonderful women in our lives how much they mean to us. 

Of course the layouts and ideas used on the projects can be applied to lots of other projects too, so you'll definitely want to buy or earn the tutorials free.

Here's a peek at the 5 projects we've created for you.

Friday 21 February 2020

JAI 493 - floral felt birthday

 It's time for a Just Choose Two challenge at Just Add Ink this week, which means we have to use two of the three challenge options on a project. I chose to use stitching and felt.

Sunday 9 February 2020

Koala Aussie wedding congrats z fold card

If you saw the koala baby card I shared last time and thought it was cute, hopefully you'll think today's is twice as cute, as it has two koalas!

That card was actually made before & inspired by today's - a fun, non-traditional themed wedding card, using Bonanza Buddies stamp set & bundle.

This in turn inspired my February Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundle project - which has the same fun and easy fold - with a very different look. I love when ideas inspire others.

Friday 7 February 2020

JAI491 - Bonanza Buddies koala baby

Looking for inspiration? Me too! This week's Just Add Ink inspiration image challenge is an idyllic beach scene and quite frankly where I'd much rather be this week.

Anyhow, I used the soft colours and textures in the scene to make this sweet koala baby congratulations card using the Bonanza Buddies stamp set and bundle.

Saturday 1 February 2020

New Stamping Sisters February card tutorials - out now!

It's February already and we have a new Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundle for you to create five fun new projects. You can either purchase the bundle, or earn it free by shopping Stampin' Up! with me in February.

Saturday 25 January 2020

Bonus projects - January Stamping Sisters Tutorial Bundle

Only 6 days of January to go already! That means you've only 7 more days to earn our January 2020 Stamping Sisters tutorial bundle free with a $60 purchase in Australia - excl shipping. This is a thank you and perk for shopping with me.

Alternatively you can purchase this bundle for $10 AUD if you're not in Australia, already have a Demonstrator looking after you, or are a Demonstrator too.

Today I'm sharing a bit more about my January tutorial project plus some bonus card ideas using the same supplies.

My tutorial project focuses on colouring with Stampin' Blends markers, using circles in your layouts and adapting layouts for even more looks.

At Stamping Sisters our aim is to help you create projects you'll love using easy techniques and ideas you can use again and again to grow your paper crafting skills. Projects include pdfs with step by step instructions and measurements etc. Check out my tutorial page for all you need to know.

Friday 24 January 2020

JAI 489 colour challenge - fabulous birthday

We have a colour challenge with a twist this week at Just Add Ink - use three of five possible colours on a project. As you see, all of the colours are bold & bright. What to do, what to do.

I chose to use bermuda bay, daffodil delight and lovely lipstick, with lots of white and my new Dressed to Impress stamp and die bundle, to create this fun, perfume themed birthday card for a dear friend.

Friday 17 January 2020

JAI 488 Just Add Ink celebration blog hop

Hello hello & welcome!
I'm excited to share my project for our first Just Add Ink challenge of 2020.

Even more exciting, it's Just Add Ink's 10th anniversary and we're having a celebration themed blog hop to... celebrate!
You may have arrived here from the lovely Rachael Lewsley's blog or some other way. Welcome!

It's amazing to think Just Add Ink has been sharing creative inspiration for a decade - 488 challenges so far! Thanks so much to JAI founders, all past and present team members and challenge participants for sharing with us all.

It's also my 5th anniversary as part of the JAI Design Team so that's a reason for me to celebrate too. Time flies!

I hope you'll hop along with us and play along with the challenge to use the theme and image to make your own celebration project. You could even win a prize. See the Just Add Ink blog post along the hop for all the info you need.

Here's my celebration hop project.