Thursday, 16 January 2020

Just Add Ink #488 Blog Hop

Good Day Crafty Friends

Welcome to Just Add Ink Challenge #488  - The first JAI challenge for 2020!! I am super excited to be Hopping with my Just Add Ink friends as we celebrate 10 years of Just Add Ink Challenges & 1000 Facebook Followers with a special Blog Hop. How amazing is TEN years!!! Just Add Ink was my first ever Design Team and I am so proud to belong to a creative community that has such amazing longevity with so many talented designers, past and present. To top it off, the Just Add Ink Design Team has also had its fair share of Stampin' Up! Artisan's too, with Narelle & Rochelle being re-selected for the 2020 ADT!! Wahoooooo!!!

As part of our milestone celebrations the design team are offering prizes. Our Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive a special gift. We'll be choosing some other entries to receive a little something also - to be eligible all you have to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs along the hop - 14 stops in total. Prizes include stamp sets, card kits, embossing folders, ribbons, rhinestones, handmade cards/tags....

PLEASE NOTE: Prizes are only eligible to South Pacific (Australia & New Zealand) entries - sorry to those of you from all around the world, postage prices are very steep these days.

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How gorgeous is the Blog Hop inspiration picture!!! I was so inspired by the stunning colours I decided to start my creations with this colour palette in mind. The floral images in the Tropical Oasis Memories & More cards were the perfect fit for what I was designing in my head and worked wonderfully with the colour combination.

I absolutely adore anything with a Tropical theme, especially floral's, pineapples and flamingos. The Memories & More card pack has so many delicious images, it was hard choosing images to fussy cut for today's Blog Hop projects.

For this bright and colourful creation I started with a piece of Shimmery White card stock and sponged Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Flirty Flamingo and Melon Mambo ink. Next, I spritzed the sponging with water and once dry, I cut into strips and applied them to a Whisper White card front. The fussy cut image from one of the Tropical Oasis Memories & More cards has been adhered with dimensionals along with Gold Foil leaves and tag with sentiment.

Stampin' Up! have so many wonderfully detailed Embossing Folders in the current catalogues, which I find myself reaching for often, in fact I'm finding more often than not I have an embossed panel or card front for most of my creations. This card uses the new beautiful Parisian Flourish Embossing Folder. I have also added some Mint Macaron DSP, Blushing Bride card stock die cuts and the fussy cut tropical image - from the Tropical Oasis Memories & More Card Pack.

That is all from me today. We would love for you and your crafty friends to play along, if you have a blog you can add your creation to the Just Add Ink gallery here. Don't have your own blog? No problem! Just send us an email  to with a photo attachment. We will upload it to our challenge entry blog for you. Just be sure to use the inspiration picture and Celebration theme for your creation.

Up next in this special Just Add Ink Blog Hop is my super duper fabulously awesome friend, Kelly Kent with her amazing creation - enjoy.

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Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop - Sale-A-Bration

Good Day Crafty Friends

Welcome to the first Stamping Sunday Blog Hop for 2020. I hope you, your family and friends had an enjoyable and safe festive season. I am excited to be back creating again after a little break over Christmas. 

This month's Blog Hop is all about Sale-A-Bration. What is Sale-A-Bration? Only the best time of year in the Stampin' Up! hemisphere. With the release of the new Mini Catalogue and all the new products, now is the perfect time to stock up on all your Stampin' Up! items because for every AUD$90 you spend during 3 Jan- 31 March 2020 you will earn FREE items from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

My FAVOURITE freebie from the Sale-A-Bration promotion is the Golden Honey DSP Pack. I am such a fan of the black and white striped DSP, I think it should be a staple and may just have to sandbox that idea lol. However, I chose to use another pattern for the cards I have to share today.

I have teamed a variety of embossing folders, Blushing Bride and Gold Foil card stock with the Gold Foil patterned DSP to create the card fronts. I really like the broken gold foil stripes in this DSP and thought it would look lovely with soft muted colours.

I have angled the DSP and card stock panels for a bit of interest and then added fussy cut black and white flower images and Gold Bees from DSP - also from the same DSP pack just a different sheet to the one used for the card front. Heat embossed sentiments and die cuts in Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam and Gold Foil were also added.

Each card has different embellishments: gold metallic thread, Petal Pink Metallic Edge Ribbon, Gold Glitter dots and Champagne Rhinestone jewels.

That is all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting our blogs. Be sure to keep hopping for more inspirational and creative projects from the Stamping Sunday Design Team using our favourite Sale-A-Bration items.

Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty
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Saturday, 11 January 2020

Colour INKspiration #70 Birthdays

Hello Hello

Welcome to the first Colour INKspiration Challenge for 2020. To kick off the New Year and celebrate 3 years of Colour INKspiration Challenges we have a fun Birthday themed Blog Hop! And to spice things up a little more each Design Team member was able to chose three of their favourite colours to use in combination with the Birthday Theme for this Blog Hop.

My gorgeous friend and fellow Colour INKer, Leonie Stuart, chose this colour combination and seeing I loved it so much I decided to use it too - Thanks, Leonie xx

I have a couple of cards to share with you today. To achieve the majority of my chosen colour combination I have used cardstock scraps in Night of Navy and Melon Mambo.

The first card has a background made up of four strips of card stock, two each of Melon Mambo and Night of Navy. The floral bouquet image from the Bloom & Grow Stamp Set has been stamped in Night of Navy ink, fussy cut and adhered under the heat embossed sentiment.

The second card has a diagonally striped panel made from Melon Mambo and Night of Navy card stock. This panel was cut down and adhered to the Tile embossed card front. The image from Free As A Bird has been stamped in Night of Navy ink, fussy cut and then adhered over the striped panel with dimensionals.

I have used the sentiment "celebrate today" which is part of a kit called Kerchief and can be earned FREE with any AUD$90 purchase during Sale-a-bration.

INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. This challenge runs for a month giving you up till the 10th of Feb to upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate, but if you do you can link back to your post. 

Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

That is all from me today. Be sure to follow the Colour INKspiration Blog Hop all the way through for loads of inspiring ideas and projects using this fortnights Colour Combination. Up next in the Colour INKspiration Challenge #70 Blog Hop is the lovely Elizabeth Gross with her amazing creation.

Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty

Friday, 10 January 2020

TGIF #246 - Sketch

Hello Crafty Friends

Welcome to 2020 and my first hop with the talented TGIF Challenges Design Team. If you're new to the TGIF Challenges, each Friday, we offer a new themed challenge for you to play along with. Be sure to check out the main blog for more details, inspiration, and the challenge guidelines. 

This week's challenge is a sketch. Sketch challenges are one of my favourites as you get to see how differently creative minds work which is evident by the variety in the projects produced.

I found this sketch was perfect for using up those last bits of your favourite Designer Series Paper. I started with an embossed card front - made with the Scripty Embossing Folder. Then, using the Stitched Rectangle Dies, I die cut the five black and white panel pieces from the FREE Sale-a-bration DSP called Golden Honey - love love love the black and white stripes!!!! 

I decided to mix a few different elements from the Tropical Oasis suite with the Peaceful Poppies suite. I took the sentiment from Timeless Tropical and stamped it onto a sticker that is part of the Tropical Oasis Memories & More card pack. 

Next, I added a couple of the Peaceful Poppies Elements under the corners of the sentiment panel and the detailed bands die cut to create the a little more interest.  Dimensionals were used to adhere the sentiment focal point to the centre of the card front. A couple of Basic Pearl Jewels were added to finish the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, we appreciate the time you have invested to visit our blogs. The TGIF Team would love it if you could join in on the fun! Come check out the TGIF Challenges Blog for more information and more challenges.  Participants will have until the following Thursday at 10am PST to post your projects to the TGIF Blog Page. Don't forget to add the hashtag #tgifc246 when you share so we can see what you come up with!

Until next time stay awesome and stay crafty

Thursday, 9 January 2020

One Stamp At A Time - Poppies/Paris/Purses - New Mini

Hello Crafty Friends

Welcome to the first One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop for 2020. Yay!!!! To kick off the New Year we are showcasing some of the fantastic products available in the new Mini Catalogue. Our theme for January is Poppies/Paris/Purses - all of which can be found in the new catalogue.

My creations today use the Poppy Moments Dies but I haven't used them to create Poppies.  For the first two cards, I decided to pair the die cuts with some Gold and Black striped DSP.

The Gold Foil striped DSP is from the Golden Honey DSP Pack which can be earned FREE during Sale-A-Bration. There are 12 sheets of gorgeous patterns to chose from and has been designed to pair with the Honey Bee Bundle (which is also available in the Mini Catalogue). However, true to my style I went outside the norm and chose to team different products from different bundles.

To tie the floral die cuts in with the bold striped pattern, gold foil die cuts and heat embossed sentiments have been used along with glimmer paper and sequins.

Being a huge fan of texture I was excited to see so many new embossing folders in the mini catalogue and couldn't resist adding another to my collection.  The final card I have to share today uses the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder to create the background. 

That is all from me today. Be sure to keep hopping through the Blog Hop for loads more inspiring ideas and projects shared by the talented One Stamp At A Time Design Team.

Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty

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Thursday, 19 December 2019

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop - Dec - Tags

Hello Crafty Friends,

Welcome to the final Stampin' Up! 2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. It has been an absolutely mind blowing year and I feel so honoured to have been given this amazing opportunity.  I am extremely appreciative for all the support we have received and feel immensely grateful to call all the ladies on the Team, my very special friends.  

We are going out with a bang so be sure to hop all the way through as we have so many incredibly inspiring ideas using the Tags Tags Tags Bundle and the Mini Curvy Keepsake Bundle or both! Here's a sneak peak....

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The creations I have to share with you today were inspired by one of my daughters favourite first books - the very hungry caterpillar. She read (sucked on and maybe even ate) the book to the point I swear it was growing things on the torn page edges lol. Knowing that it is still a favourite for children today, I decided to create a caterpillar inspired projects using the Mini Curvy Keepsake Bundle.

To create the Caterpillar, I have die cut the Mini Curvy Keepsake Box from Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Card. The face has been constructed from different sized circle dies and punches. A few Glitter enamel dots in Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana have been added to the body and eyes. 

The hungry Caterpillar has to have an Apple to eat, right? Lol. The apple has been die cut from Poppy Parade card with the stamped and die cut leaves from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set adhered to the top along with a strip of Soft Suede card that I have used to mimic the stem.

The matching card incorporates a bit of punch art and was inspired by a creation made by my super talented friend and fellow West Australian demo Rachel Lewsley from My Paper Haven. The die cut circles that make up the body have been stamped with a 'splatter' stamp from the Rare Blessings Stamp Set to give the "skin" a little depth.  Little black die cut hearts were used for the feet (turn then upside down) and glitter enamel dots for the centre of the eyes. A few die cut stitched stars were added to the top left of the card along with a White Bakers Twine bow.

That is all from me today. Thank You Stampin' Up! for a year I will never forget. Extra special thanks to our inspirational leader, Lauren Alarid, the super talented Concept Art Team, all the Ladies on the 2019 ADT and all those who supported and encouraged us on our Artisan journey.

Up next in this Blog Hop is my super talented friend, Jennifer Picard with her uber cute creations.

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I am super excited to introduce the incoming 2020 Artisan Design Team!!! 

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