Friday, 17 September 2021

JAI 572 inspiration challenge - Gingerbread Christmas

 
Hello & welcome. Today I have a fun Christmas card in non traditional colours to share with you. This is my Design Team project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge, which is to create a project inspired by the beautiful image above.
 
Of course my first instinct was to bring out the Pierced Blooms florals again to replicate the pretty florals in the image. However, the colours reminded me of the papers in the Whimsy & Wonder pack so I went Christmassy instead, substituting star shaped cookies rom the Frosted Gingerbread bundle for the flowers. Here's the finished card.
 

Monday, 13 September 2021

More Pierced Blooms - Inlaid embossing technique tutorial

Handmade thankyou card using Stampin Up Pierced Blooms dies, Biggest Wish stamps and Tasteful Textile embossing folder - inlaid embossing technique - card by Di Barnes Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator in Sydney Australia - colourmehappy - sydneystamper - 2021 stampin up catalogue
Hello & welcome to today's project share.

If you've been following along with me lately, you'll know that I'm a huge fan of the Pierced Blooms die set. I hope you are too as I have another card to share with you.

I actually made this one back in July as part of a technique spotlight share on the South Pacific Direct to Stampin' Up! group. I chose to revisit a past fave technique - inlaid embossing - using two current faves - Pierced Blooms dies and Biggest Wish.

Friday, 3 September 2021

JAI 570 colour challenge - Pierced Blooms thanks

Handmade thank you card using Stampin Up Pierced Blooms, Tailor Made Tags, & Stitched Greenery dies. Card by Di Barnes, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Sydney Australia - colourmehappy - sydneystamper -2021 stampin up catalogue

Hello & welcome. Today I have a happy little thank you card to share with you for Just Add Ink challenge 570 Design Team.

This week is a colour challenge suggested by me, including two of my favourite Stampin' Up! and real life colours - Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana plus white. I've again used my beloved Stitched Greenery die and Pierced Blooms dies.

Take a look at the finished card.

Friday, 27 August 2021

JAI 569 Just add N - hydrangea sympathy card

Handmade floral sympathy card using Stampin Up Hydrangea Haven stamp set and die bundle, Delicate Dahlias stamp set, and coloured with Stampin Blends alcohol markers. Card by Di Barnes, Independent Demonstrator in Sydney Australia - colourmehappy - sydneystamper - 2021 saleabration - stampin up australia - 2021 annual catalogue

Hello & welcome! Today I have a soft and pretty sympathy card to share with you. This is my Design Team card for Just Add Ink - Just Add 'N' challenge. My 'N' is new as this is my first play with all the stamps used.

This card is for a friend & fellow cardmaker who sadly lost her husband last week. She loves florals so the hydrangea images from Hydrangea Haven stamp set (and bundle) seemed a good choice and gave me another opportunity for some Stampin Blends colouring. So here's the finished card.

Friday, 20 August 2021

JAI 568 sketch challenge - Peaceful Deer Christmas

Handmade Christmas card using Stampin Up Peaceful Deer stamp set and punch bundle, Tidings of Christmas paper and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. Card by Di Barnes  - Independent Demonstrator in Sydney Australia - colourmehappy - Sydney stamper


It's a sketch challenge week at Just Add Ink and Lou has created an oh so flexible sketch for us. I decided this was a perfect opportunity to make my first Christmas card of 2021. My darling man keeps saying I need to start now so I don't finish on Christmas Eve again this year. *laughs* Have you started yours yet?

I chose to use the Peaceful Deer stamp set and punch bundle - a new release from our Christmas Mini Catalogue together with the two fresh paper prints from the Tidings of Christmas paper pack (from the Annual Catalogue). Here's how it turned out.

Friday, 6 August 2021

JAI 566 Just add a frame - Pinwheel tower card

Handmade 3d fancy fold pinwheel tower card. Made by Stampin' Up! supplies: Biggest Wish - Pierced Blooms dies, Tailored Tags dies, Rectangle Stitched Dies,  Stitched Greenery die. Card by Di Barnes - Independent Demonstrator in Sydney Australia - colourmehappy - sydneystamper.
Hello & welcome. Today I'm sharing a new to me 3d fancy fold card that makes me very happy and hope that it makes the recipient smile too. This is my Design Team project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge - Just Add a Frame.

I haven't made many 3d & fancy fold cards lately but when I spotted the lovely Patty Bennett's Pinwheel Tower cards & tutorial, I knew it would be perfect to send to a dear friend who also loves a fancy fold. It's surprisingly easy to make, especially thanks to Patty's tips. I adapted the size of my card to work better with A4 card & metric measurements. It's approx 21cm x 14.5cm folded flat.

I've used lots of my current & new fave stamps and dies to make it, including the Biggest Wish stamp set, Stitched Greenery die and Pierced Blooms dies. If you've seen my recent cards, you'll have spotted some too. 

This is a super photo heavy post so let's get started with a look at the finished card.

Friday, 30 July 2021

JAI 565 colour challenge - Daisy Garden thank you card

handmade thank you can made with Stampin' Up Daisy Garden stamp set and coloured with Stampin Blends alcohol markers. Card by Di Barnes - Independent Demonstrator in Sydney Australia - colourmehappy - sydneystamper

Hello & welcome! Today I have a happy little thank you card for you. This is my Just Add Ink Design Team project for this week's colour challenge - Polished Pink, Pale Papaya & Black - suggested by Lou.

Polished Pink and Pale Papaya are two of our newest In Colours and this is the first time I've used them together. I think they work really well for the flowers on the pretty, detailed Daisy Garden image.

Here's my finished card.

Friday, 23 July 2021

JAI 564 Choose two - sloth hello card

Handmade hello - encouragement card using Stampin' Up! Back on Your Feet stamp set, Biggest Wish stamp set, Stitched Greenery and Tailor Made Tags dies. Coloured with Stampin Blends markers.  Card by Di Barnes - Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator - colourmehappy - sydneystamper - stampin up demo
I feel like a bit of a sloth at the moment since I'm pretty much at home all the time with our current lockdown. Maybe this helped prompt the idea for my Just Add Ink Just Choose Two challenge card. Who knows *smile*.

I thought a combo of sky, tree or trees would be a fun Choose Two challenge when I suggested it, but I had trouble finding images to suit my initial ideas this week. Always the way. Maybe I need some new supplies. *wink*

Anyway I wanted to send an encouragement card and thought the sad little sloth in a tree with the sky in the background would work for the challenge too, so here's how my card turned out.



Friday, 9 July 2021

JAI 562 inspiration challenge - Sweet Strawberry Birthday Card

Handmade birthday card using Stampin Up Sweet Strawberry stamp set and punch bundle. Made by Di Barnes, Independent Demonstrator in Sydney Australia - colourmehappy - sydneystamper - 2021-22 annual catalogue

Hello & welcome! Today I'm sharing my team project for this week's Just Add Ink inspiration challenge, which is a gorgeous Christmas scene - perfect for Christmas in July fun.

Some of the upcoming 2021 Christmas catalogue goodies (coming 2 August) would have been perfect and made the challenge very easy, but I don't have them yet. The beautiful red baubles did remind me that I haven't used the well named Sweet Strawberry stamp and punch bundle yet so I decided to try to reflect the image with it to create a non-Christmas project. This is what I made.

Friday, 25 June 2021

JAI 560 colour challenge - sunflower thank you card

Handmade floral thank you card with blended ink background on patterned paper. Using True Love paper, Sunflowers dies and Pansy Patch stamp set. Card by Di Barnes colourmehappy colourmehappydi sydneystamper independent demonstrator in Australia
 
Hello & welcome! This week's Just Add Ink challenge is a colour challenge using Gray Granite, Coastal Cabana and Blackberry Bliss. I can honestly say I'd never have thought to combine these colours, but I'm happy to say they played pretty nicely together on this floral card.

Friday, 11 June 2021

JAI 558 sketch challenge - Pansy hello tri-fold card

Handmade hello tri fold card made with Stampin Up Pansy Petals bundle, Pansy Garden paper and Biggest Wish stamp set. Card by Di Barnes - colourmehappydi  - stampin up demonstrator in Sydney AustraliaHandmade hello card made with Stampin Up Pansy Petals bundle, Pansy Garden paper and Biggest Wish stamp set. Card by Di Barnes - colourmehappydi  - stampin up demonstrator in Sydney Australia

This week's Just Add Ink challenge is a sketch challenge created by Kim and a very good one it is - easy to use and so flexible. Thanks, Kim. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to create a tri-fold card using the sketch elements in different layers. Here's how it turned out.

Friday, 28 May 2021

JAI 556 Just Add a slimline birthday card

Stampin Up friend birthday card using Biggest Wish - Artistically Inked & Butterfly Brilliance. Card by Di Barnes - colourmehappy - Demonstrator in Sydney Australia


Hello hello, I'm so happy to share my stamp room is finally almost fully set up in our new home and I have  created a card to share with you today - my first in a long while for the Just Add Ink Challenges Design Team. It feels good to be back.

This week, Lou challenged us to create a slimline card so I picked some of my favourite new goodies and made this:

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

New Stampin' Blends Colours and Colour Chart download

Stampin' Up! Stampin Blends Colour Chart - coloured
One of my favourite things about a new catalogue is new colours and the prospect of new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

I'm so happy the 2021-22 Annual Catalogue includes 5 new colours - Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink, Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, and Pale Papaya. 

That gives us 10 new Stampin' Blends markers - 5 colours with a light and dark shade for each colour.

I've updated my Stampin' Blends colour chart to include the new colour markers and also re-align the retiring colours. Can you believe this is version 7.

If you haven't used my colour chart before, it makes it easy to find shades to blend together and keep a record of what colours you have. Plus it's just so pretty coloured in. *smile*

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

A new year of stamping & bonus offers starts today

Hello everyone & welcome to a new catalogue year. If this seems an earlier start than usual you're right! Our Annual Catalogue year now starts today - May 4th and runs through April 2022. 

This year's catalogue  launch is even more fun as we have two special SU offers starting today too:
- Bonus Stampin' Rewards (4 May - 14 June)
- Join + extra Starter Kit Value (4 - 31 May)
 
Read on for all you need to know.