Monday, August 30, 2010

Paper Piecing With My Umbrella

I have another entry for the CASE Study Challenge #3 to share.  It follows the layout of the inspiration card - you really should visit to check out the stunning DT cards.  I'm also entering this one in the Paper Piecing Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

So... here's my card!

I think she looks pretty cute with that patterned paper as her raincoat and umbrella!

I'd love to know what you think!

Stamp sets - My Umbrella by MFT, Sanded
Cardstock - Kraft, Sassafrass Lass patterned paper
Inks - Black Stazon, Blush Blossom, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Bermuda Bay, Not Quite Navy
Accessories - Chocolate Chip ribbon, Nestabilities, Big Shot, corner rounder


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Ollie!

A quick birthday card share for you today.  We're off to a 3rd Birthday Party (Olivia will be so excited... she's a party girl!), and this is the card that I made for the birthday boy...

It's a simple card, but that's what I love about Animal Stories.  It really lends itself to adorable simple cards.  I'm thrilled it's making a come-back in the new catalogue!

Stamp sets - Animal Stories, Short and Sweet
Cardstock - Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Inks - Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - So Saffron ribbon, Dimensionals


Truer Than True

This card started off as an entry in the CASE Study Challenge #3.  But the more I worked on it, the less it became like the inspiration piece!  I'll enter it anyway, but it's definitely not where I was heading with it!

There's absolutely no stamping involved in this one, all rub-ons.  These are rub-ons I bought a few years ago because I adore the sentiment!

I'm embarrassed to say this card took me hours to get together.  I tried a few different things before I settled on this.  I've been a bit vague lately and time mysteriously slips by without me accomplishing much!

Cardstock - Naturals Ivory, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Accessories - Fancy Pants Rub Ons, Big Shot, Nestabilities


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Serene Snowflakes For UStamp

My latest UStamp project has been featured online, so I can finally share it here!  When we were told about this round, we were told we were to use a stamp set that's in the current US catalogue... this was before the Australian catalogue came out.  I chose Serene Snowflakes, desperately hoping it would be in our catalogue, but unfortunately it's not.  :-(  But here are my cards anyway!

For the tutorial, sign up for UStamp!


Friday, August 27, 2010

Just Add Material - JAI32

The challenge at Just Add Ink this week is to Just Add Material.  Those of you who visit my blog regularly will know that I love ribbon and bows, so I decided to go with that!  But make sure you check out the Design Team creations - they've been far more adventurous than me!

Anyway, here's my contribution.  I just love the quote from the new Level 3 Hostess set - Occasional Quotes!

Hope to see you over at Just Add Ink!

Stamp sets - Fox and Friends, Occasional Quotes (level 3 hostess set)
Cardstock - Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Inks - Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Clear embossing powder, heat tool, Chocolate Chip ribbon, kitchen string, corner rounder


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Last Chance List - Further Discounts!!

The Last Chance List only has days to go. However, before the new catalogue launch, Stampin' Up! need to make room in their warehouse by clearing out some high-inventory last-chance items. For the first (and probably last) time ever, a select number of additional discounted last-chance items have been added for the final days of the promotion. Below are the items selected.

The Last Chance promotion ends 31 August, 2010. All items are only available while supplies last, and with these discounts, they won’t last long!

Get your orders in soon, before these products are gone forever!

Please note the following:
· The Last Chance List has been updated to reflect these recent changes.
· No refunds if you have previously ordered these items - Sorry!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I'm A Top 3 At CASE Study!!

Imagine my surprise today to discover that my entry was chosen as a Top 3 for CASE Study Challenge Two!  Woohoo!  That's definitely made my day.  :-)

This is the card I entered...

Check out CASE Study tomorrow for a new challenge!!

Stamp sets - Gorjuss by Sugar Nellie, Autumn Flair
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Watercolour paper
Inks - Versamark, Blush Blossom, Really Rust, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa
Accessories - Black embossing powder, heat tool, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip ribbon


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

We Have A Deck! Well, Almost...

It's so close I can almost feel it...  lol.  Two and a half weeks to go!  Today I went to the house to see the electrician, and thought while I was there I'd take some pics of our nearly finished deck to share...

These photos are taken from behind the kitchen sink.  Yep, this is what I'll see while I'm doing the dishes... well, loading them into the dishwasher, anyway!

And out on the deck.  We were super clever and had a tap installed on the deck.  :-)

Ahhh... cocktail, anyone??


Monday, August 23, 2010

Helping Hudson - I Won A Challenge!!

Hi everyone!  Just a quick gloat... I'm thrilled to say I won a Helping Hudson challenge!  Woohoo!  :-)

I also wanted to let you all know that although the Helping Hudson live event has finished, the tutorial bundles will still be available for purchase through till the end of September.  They're fantastic value and so professional!  Just check out this free tutorial to see what I mean!

And, just because I can, here's my winning challenge card.  Even hubby declared his approval of it.  His exact words were...

*drum roll*

"I like this one." 

High praise indeed.  ;-)


Saturday, August 21, 2010

StampAmemory Challenge For Helping Hudson

Scroll down to see finished page...

Originally posted on August 20th.

Okay.  I've got a page to enter into the StampAmemory Challenge for Helping Hudson.  I've been trying to get it together for over a week, but the darn thing just isn't cooperating.  So.  I'm posting what I have so far, even though letting you all see it is making me cringe...

So, back to the craft room I go... I have no idea how to make this page work!!

UPDATED August 21st

I've finished my page!  There are a few additions...
  • I've continued the faux stitching around the entire page and under the scallops. 
  • I stamped another row of the Friends Never Fade image in Versamark.
  • I added 3 dots after Fix-It.
  • I stamped the Friends Never Fade image in Chocolate Chip on the DSP.


 So, is it any better??
Stamp sets - Friends Never Fade
Cardstock - Kraft, Greenhouse Gala DSP, Chocolate Chip
Inks - Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Big Shot, Timeless Type Alphabet Junior Set- medium Sizzlits die, corner rounder


We Have Tiles!

Time for a house update.  We're only 3 weeks away from the handover date.  So I'm excited... and stressed!  It's going to be a relief once it's all over.  Then I'll have nothing to bore people with... lol.

So, here are the latest pics.

The ensuite off the master bedroom...  Like the recessed shelf?  The floor tiles are going in today.

Master vanity.  I didn't want separate sinks, I wanted separate drawers...

This is the highlight of our ensuite...

Queue the Space Oddessy music...

A separate...


Yeah, baby!  Now I just have to teach him to shut the door...

The main bathroom.

And I have a few views to show you.  First up is the view from the guest bedroom.  Not bad...

And the view from the rumpus room.  This is where I'll be holding my Stampin' Up! workshops.  Anyone want to book one?

Three weeks... and counting!


Friday, August 20, 2010

Just Add Ink #31 - A Colour Challenge

Wow,  I can't believe we're up to our 31st challenge at Just Add Ink!  That's incredible!  Thankyou to everyone who participates, who visits our blogs and especially those who leave me and the DT such lovely and uplifting comments!  I truly treasure them.

This week's challenge is a colour challenge.  So with the colours decided, and the stamp set HAD to be my current favourite - Friends Never Fade (yep, I got it out again!), all I had to work on was the layout.  So here it is...

So, what do you think?  The background was time consuming, but it's one of my favourite backgrounds to do - repetition using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  The double bow is quite easy to do.  I don't do mine in exactly the same way, but check out this tutorial by Ilina Crouse to see how you can do it.

And here's the colour challenge palette:

Make sure you visit Just Add Ink to see the fabulous Design Team work!

Stamp sets - Friends Never Fade, Occasional Quotes (level 3 hostess set)
Cardstock - Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory
Inks - Versamark, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Clear embossing powder, heat tool, Real Red ribbon, Dimensionals


CASE Study Challenge #2

Have you been to check out CASE Study yet?  It's a fabulous new challenge blog, and it has a divinely talented DT.  I missed out on entering the very first challenge last week, but this week I'm quick off the mark!

The challenge is to create a paper crafting project based on the inspiration they've provided.  Each month they have a muse who provides the inspiration pieces, and this month it's Makiko Jones.  Go to the challenge post to see all the inspiration!

My entry is really only like the inspiration piece in terms of the layout.  But that's the point of inspiration, isn't it?  Take a starting point and go with it.  Well, here's what I got...

The colours are more muted in real life, I'm not sure why they look so vibrant on my screen!

The stamp I've used is a Sugar Nellie design from the Gorjuss range.  Isn't she sweet?  I'm also entering this card in the PCP Challenge for Sugar Nellie which is to use Autumn colours.

Stamp sets - Gorjuss by Sugar Nellie, Autumn Flair
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Watercolour paper
Inks - Versamark, Blush Blossom, Really Rust, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa
Accessories - Black embossing powder, heat tool, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip ribbon