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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Just Add Ink #487 - Sketch

Hello Hello Crafty Friends

Welcome to the final Just Add Ink Challenge for 2019. I hope you and your family are all ready for the madness that is Christmas!! This weeks JAI challenge is Just Add A Sketch. I love sketch challenges and was especially looking forward to this one as I supplied it! 
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The card I have to share with you today is not the card I had envisioned creating for this weeks sketch! The items I wanted to use are still in Transit......somewhere between Sydney and Perth! So with my knickers in a twist, I marched upstairs to my crafty space and found a few items left over from previous projects and whacked them together to create this thank you card.
I started with the double die cut Tropical piece that has been cut from Shimmery White card. Using an Aqua Painter and a few different coloured green ink pads I quickly coloured the panel. Once dry, the darker green splatters were added. 

The Tropical Die cut panel was then adhered to a piece of embossed white card and then a piece of basic black card. Granny Apple Green and Blushing Bride panels were adhered on diagonals to the Crumb Cake card base with the Tropical panel placed in the centre.

I stamped the flowers from the Painted Poppies stamp set at Onstage and decided to use them for this card. Ink has been applied using sponge daubers and then the images were fussy cut and adhered with dimensionals.

To finish the card I added the die cut sentiment which has been created from pink blended card, die cut and then adhered to black card and fussy cut.

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Merry Christmas & A Very Happy New Year for 2020!!! Stay safe, spread the joy and remember to take time for you. Until next time stay awesome and stay crafty.

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Stamping Sunday Goodbye Holiday Favourite

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to the Stamping Sunday Blog Hop for December. We are ending the year with a theme that sees the Design Team saying GOODBYE HOLIDAY FAVOURITE. With Christmas only weeks away and my stash of cards quickly disappearing, I decided to use this opportunity to bash out a few last minute Christmas cards.

Now I must confess the Toile Tidings Suite was not my all time favourite from the Holiday Catalogue, but turns out it was the suite I created the most projects with from the Holiday Catalogue products - especially home decor items. The wrapping paper was so useful for coordinating gift wrapping with cards and tags and perfect for creating a DSP wreath.  I am a huge sucker for wreaths and the stamp and die cuts were definitely a well used product that adorned a lot of my Christmas cards this year.

I have two projects to share today -  a collection of cards - full sized and note cards. Both sets have been designed with creations suitable for beginners, casual and avid crafters

First up is the full sized cards.
This clean and simple card has a repetitively stamped sentiment card front, I would recommend using your Stamparatus for this step. A die cut Vellum wreath and punched Christmas Trees were added finished with a heat embossed sentiment.

The next card has an embossed panel, watercoloured die cut wreath , stamped, coloured and fussy cut elements and a heat embossed sentiment. DSP and a strip of Real Red Glimmer Paper have also been added.

For the avid crafter, I have used the same die cut and stamped elements as the card above, changing the layout a little and swapping out the embossing folders and DSP used.

And finally, a set of note cards for each level crafter, shown L to R, beginner/casual/avid. The little bird die cut is borrowed from the Well Written dies. 

That is all from me today. Thanks so very much for stopping by and hopping with the Stamping Sunday Design Team. I have had so much fun creating and sharing with you all this year and cannot wait for the exciting themes we have to inspire you with in 2020.

Have a Happy Festive Season, stay safe and see you in the New Year xx

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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Just Add Ink #485 - One Layer Card

Hello Hello Crafty Friends

Welcome to Just Add Ink Challenge #485 - Just Add a One Layer Card.

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A one layer card is my biggest challenge in card making. I adore CAS cards but find it incredibly hard to create single layer cards...................must add........something lol

Anywho, I did manage to pull something together at the last minute. The bundle I originally wanted to use for this challenge to create a die cut edged card I had lent to friend so decided to pull out my absolute favourite stamp set of all time by Kindred Stamps. I have long adored the musical talents of  PRINCE, Bowie and Freddie and could not resist purchasing this set when shown by Tina - fellow Just Add Ink Design Team member. And yes I played music by all three artists while I created this card lol.

I started by tracing three circles onto a Whisper White card base with a Black Stampin' Write Marker. Next up, I stamped the three "Rock God" images inside the circles and coloured them with Stampin' Blends. I then stamped the three images again, this time onto Post It Notes, fussy cut and used these as masks so that I was able to sponge colour inside the circles.

I stamped a couple of the different sentiments from the same stamp set  to fill up some of the white space, and then added a few black sequins to finish the card.

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Until next time stay awesome and stay crafty.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Stampin' Up Artisan Blog Hop - 2020 Sale a bration Sneak Peak

Good Day Crafty Friends

Welcome to a special Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. We are super excited to be able to bring you a Hop full of fabulous creations using items that are available during the 2020 Sale-A-Bration Promotion. 

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Sale-A-Bration pre-earn is finally here! If you are a Demonstrator, pre-earn/pre-order is an exclusive benefit that allows Demonstrators to obtain product early - from 3 December 2019 to 2 January 2020! This means that demonstrators can earn items in the Sale-A-Bration Shop offering early. 

For every $90 AUD/$110 NZD or $180 AUD/$220 NZD you spend, you choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure that matches the level you spent. Demonstrators can even use the pre-order of the January–June mini catalogue and purchase items from that catalogue or any other current catalogue, and earn free Sale-A-Bration products! If you aren’t a demonstrator yet, this is a great sneak peek to see what is in store for Sale-A-Bration beginning 3 January 2020!

One of the stamp sets that can be earned FREE with any $90AUD purchase during Sale-A-Bration is "The Gang's All Meer" Stamp Set", which I had the pleasure of working with for today's Blog Hop.

Let me show you how to create the "shadow effect" that is the focal point of my card. Gather the supplies: Stamp Set of choice, Shimmery White Card,  Inks you wish to use for your sunset colours, sponges and a Black Stampin' Write marker.

Start by punching a circle from a Post It Note and place it onto centre of the Shimmery White Card. Sponge sunset colours - Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Flirty Flamingo.

Once you have the sponged the sunset, remove the Post It note and then stamp chosen image, ensuring a portion appears in the "sun" area.

Now, take a Black Stampin' Write marker and fill in the stamped image. I used the brush tip to fill the main portion of the image and then the fine tip to trace the edges of the stamped image.

Using the brush tip end of the marker, I have coloured the base of the card front and then stamped the Palm tree image from the new Timeless Tropical stamp set.

Need more inspiration with the uber cute Meerkats? Here are two creations I previously shared on Instagram. 
Using the Cacti, Lizard and Party Hat stamps, I have stamped and coloured the images on a piece of Whisper White card and then die cut with the Rectangle Stitched dies along with the Granny Apple Green card behind. The Meerkat Gang has been stamped in Memento, colouring using Stampin' Blends and then fussy cut. The "Happy Birthday" greeting was created using the Well Said Stamp Set, white heat embossing the two sentiments onto Black card.

For the next card I created a sunset sponged background, stamped it with the "gang of Meerkats" and inserted it behind a "photo frame" made from Whisper White card that has been embossed using the Subtle Embossing Folder. The Meerkat images were coloured with Stampin' Blends, fussy cut and adhered with mini dimensionals over the stamped image inside the frame. I couldn't resist adding the line of lizards along the bottom of the photo frame which were also coloured with Blends, fussy cut and adhered with mini dimensionals.

That is all from me today. Up next in this months Blog Hop is my super talented friend, Jennifer Picard with her stunning project which I am sure you will totally love.

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