Sunday, February 28, 2010

Double Slider with Pastels

Here's what we made at the February class: A double slider card featuring the Stampin' Pastels on the front. For those of you who couldn't make it, here's some eye candy for you!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Happy Moments (FREE with $120 purchase)
Colours: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Others: Jumbo Brads, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Pastels

Stay tuned for info on next month's class (including special Easter treats).
Happy stamping!

Monday, February 22, 2010


The challenge at Just Add Ink this week is to add dimension to a card, scrap book layout or 3D project. I've combined creative with practical here and teamed up with a friend to make babysitting affordable for each other. Being a hobby jewelery maker means I have excess beads sitting around but you could use dried kidney beans, old 5c coins, acorns or some other small objects.

And then comes the task of actually planning date nights and following through with them. Still practicing on that one...

Supplies used:
Colours: Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Others: Washington Apple Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (a favourite - can you tell?), Linen Thread, Various Punches


Monday, February 15, 2010

Colour Challenge!

At Just Add Ink they put up weekly challenges so we can get creative and share with each other. This week's challenge was to use the following colour selection (neutrals are allowed too) --- it proved quite difficult for me as I don't think I've ever successfully used More Mustard!


So here's the result...

You can see I picked my two preferred colours to use lots. The other two are used as accents to mount the photos. My friend conveniently had a Sage Shadow/Mellow Moss top and the More Mustard toned in with the dry summer grass. The roses are made by white embossing on Vellum Card Stock and dabbing ink on with a sponge dauber.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral $53.95
Colours: More Mustard, Sage Shadow, Rose Red, Kraft, Whisper White
Others: Chocolate Chip Marker, Vellum Card Stock, White Embossing Powder, Jumbo Eyelets, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper, Eyelet Border Punch

Why not try the challenge yourself?
Happy stamping...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fashionable Flowers

Some friends of mine won an auction on a house today so I wanted to make a card that was just a little bit more special than normal. After some playing around, this is what I finally came up with...

And it fits perfectly with the NZSU challenge this week too! Thanks to Megan McDonald for her lovely flower tutorial.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Baroque Motifs $46.95, Basic Phrases $68.95
Colours: Sahara Sand, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Others: Baja Breeze 1" Grosgrain Ribbon, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Urban Garden Designer Series Papers, Jumbo Eyelets, Versamark Ink

PS: Doesn't it make you feel so good when you get a comment like "wow, this is the best card I've ever received"? - thanks Ruthie.

'Til next time!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Stampin' Pastels

Come along to the February class to learn different techniques with Stampin' Pastels. We'll be making a great wee card together.

- Friday 26th February
- 7-9pm
- $10 per person or $8 each if you bring a friend who's never been before.

Email me before Tues 23rd Feb to book your place.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Gift Sets

Making a set of cards is an inexpensive, yet personal approach to gift giving. A set is a great gift because it's easy to post and can be made in a relatively short amount of time (especially if you're working close to a birthday deadline, ahem...)

Tips for making sets:

1) Keep them simple. Simple cards take less time to duplicate and look great en masse.

2) Make them versatile. Whoever you're giving to probably doesn't want 10-15 birthday cards so keep your greetings varied and broad - or leave the card blank if you're brave! In this case, I've used the Upsy Daisy set which includes: "Birthday Celebrations", "You're on my mind", and "Thank You for your friendship".

3) Try a variation on a theme. Here I've used colour and ribbon and greeting placements as my variations. The rest of the card is exactly the same.

4) Apply Stampin' Pastels to a Versamarked image with sponge daubers to give you more colour options if you don't have all the inks. This pastels technique works best on bold images and gives them a very home-made feel too (pastels on Versamark aren't as clean as stamped images).

5) Make envelopes to match. It only take an extra two minutes! With this set I Versamarked some Whisper White envelopes with the Upsy Daisy image. This gives a pretty subtle outcome but it's all it needed.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Upsy Daisy $39.95
Colours: Most of the Bold Brights, Whisper White, Kraft
Others: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Whisper White envelopes

Go on, make someone you love a set of cards!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Haitian Relief Update

Under my Specials & Promotions page, you will see the info on Stampin' Up! efforts to help those in Haiti. $2 from every 'I {Heart} Hearts' set doesn't sound like much but just to give you an update straight from Stampin' Up!...
Stampin′ Up! demonstrators are working hard to make a difference in the lives of those who continue to be affected by the 12 January earthquake in Haiti. In just fifteen days, demonstrators around the world have already sold 7524 of the stamp sets.
That's getting to be a pretty great donation!

This appeal is continuing till the end of February so you have until the 28th to add this stamp set to your collection and make your contribution to a worthwhile cause. Email me for details.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Haere Mai - Welcome

So I've finally set up my stamping blog and here you are, reading my first post. Welcome! Glad you could stop by.
I thought I would start by sharing a particular wee box that we did at a workshop recently. I've been loving the kraft card stock lately and have used it for all manner of projects. Also, I rewarded myself with the Upsy Daisy stamp set just before Christmas and have found it to be much more versatile than expected. Not bad for a set with only one main image!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Upsy Daisy $39.95, Best Yet - Level 1 hostess set
Colours: Kraft, Brilliant Blue, Elegant Eggplant, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Others: Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 1/16" Circle Punch, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread

Till next time,