Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Happy Ending & JAI 68 - Color Challenge

Way back when entering a JAI challenge with THIS card, I somehow misplaced my Square Lattice Embossing folder.

I searched high & low - was it amongst my scraps? So I sorted and filed all my bits, still no luck. Was it among the DSP - resorted & organised? OK so lets go through all the embellishments, the book case, the catties, anywhere really.

Now keep in mind it went missing back in January!!!!! 4 Months ago!

I desperately wanted to use it to make my swaps for convention, but it was nowhere to be found - Until after Convention of course! I opened a box that contained samples I'd made for a Christmas Fundraiser and there it was!!!! Yay - so excited! So of course I had to use it.

Funny though how we all see things differently - my daughters comment was "I don't really like that - looks like Hospital Crosses" think she means First Aid! LOL

This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is a colour challenge
During convention I was lucky enough to meet most of the JAI Team - it was really nice to meet them in real life & get to know them a little. They really are a lovely group of ladies.

Anyway on with the challenge - here's my creation:

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Card Recipe:

Stamps: Cat & Bag Stamp (non SU), Oval All, Tiny Tags.

Inks/Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Pear Pizazz, Perfect Plum, Whispher White, Pear Pizazz DSP

Other: Border Punch (non SU), Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Tiny Tag Punch, Organza Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Blender Pen, Non SU Crystal Pin. Jewels - Rhinestones & Pearls, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Crystal Effects, Water Colour Paper,

Stampin' Up! Melbourne Convention 2011

Wow! I've had 3 fantastic days attending convention!!!

Upon arrival we checked in and recieved all of these fantastic goodies, including two gorgeous stamps sets, since they are out of the new catty they must be disguised for now!

I had the chance to meet & chat with so many wonderful friendly & talented stampers. We also had the opportunity to meet Shelli and many SU staff who all contributed so much to make Conventions so amazing!

The presentations, classes & Workshop Wows were fantastic leaving me inspired, enthusiastic and re-energised.

The sample boards showcasing many swaps were just as inspiring - so much talent. We were also spoilt by so many sneek peeks of stamps etc that will be in our new catty, there is one condition though - we gotta keep it under wraps until they are revealed to all by SU.

Towards the end of the final session Shelli announced we'd all receive a new Simply Sent Card Kit. Needless to say we were all rapt.

Not long after she recalled a stamp set that she'd shown during one of her stamping presentations & then surprised us all by announcing that we'd all get to take one home!! So generous! My daughter loves this one in particular & has made some really cute cards already.

Do you wanna see the set? - of course you do but they're Top Secret too!

The Awards Recognition Banquet was absolutely scrumptious, and it was fantastic to cheer on fellow demos who've been recognised for their achievements.

I attended convention with my fantastic friend Nikki whom I don't get to catch up with often enough these days, so that was the icing on the cake.

Well I guess this has really just been a teaser for those who haven't attended. Sorry!

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

JAI 65 - Just Add Mateship/Friendship for ANZAC DAY

What a fantastic theme for this weeks challenge at Just Add Ink.

Here's my entry, a quick and simple card:

I used the Colours of that are represented in both the Australian and New Zealand Flags.

After looking at some of the other entries I see I'm not the only one who feels the friendship of a boy and his dog represents this theme perfectly.

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Card Recipe - All SU unless noted.

Stamps - Non Su Dog & Boy, Think Happy Thoughts

Cardstock/DSP: Whispher White, Pacific Point DSP, Real Red.

Ink: Basic Black

Other: 1 1/4 & 1 3/8 inch circle Punches, Jumbo Eyelet, Crop-o-dile, Riding Hood Red Ribbon, Non SU Die, Twine

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

JAI Ink # 64 - Chocolate Wrapper Challenge

Dear Guillotine,

I am really enjoying my holidays, but I am missing you & all of our papercrafting buddies.

Please rest up because I will be home soon, and you'll all be getting a workout when I get back.

Love a Deprived Papercrafting Addict. xoxo

7 nights ago we headed off on a family holiday which was arranged around my baby cousins wedding last Saturday - which was just perfect.

I thought I'd prepared well, House/Cat sitter organised, my paid work up to date, house nice & clean, clothes packed, snacks/drinks for the long drives, some line art, pencils, markers etc.

It soon became evident I had underestimated the free time I would have & what do I like to do in my free time? I like to create!

I recently acquired an iPhone which I love and this has allowed me to check in on my fav blogs & check emails (mostly Stamping related). It soon became too much temptation/inspiration, but there are no craft shops around!!!! What's a gal to do???

First I purchased a cardmaking magazine thinking it may help - nope, but it did come with papers. I've never actually used the freebie papers before because they don't really appeal but I am desperate!!!!

Just Add Ink's Challenge this week is to be inspired by the colours in your favourite Chocolate Bar Wrapper.

Anyone who knows me knows I love peppermint in all it's forms - particularly Cadbury Mint Chocolate so I picked up a block of the Bubbly to use with this challenge. The Green Gingham paper seemed to suit - but I needed more supplies!!!

So I popped into the local "Chicken Feed" discount store & managed a pack of cheap (semi glossy?) cardstock - fortunately the purple was close enough for Cadbury Purple, and the brown was close to chocolate. They also stocked 3 essentials - Scissors, Bling & double sided tape.

I coloured this cute little gal in colours to match & voila! But it needed something - a Scallop Border courtesy of a 20cent coin & my sketch book paper. You might think I had some Crumb Cake C/stock, but nope that's my Grain Bar box. The ribbon was from the hang up bits I cut off my new top.

Here's the result. . . . .

Don't look too close though as the edges are rough & not one is really straight, hence my heartfelt letter to my precious (straight & even) guillotine. . . .

One more sleep & I'll be home, even better I will actually have some time to play with my toys....

Thanks for dropping by. . . .


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Just Add Ink Challenge #62 - Just Add A Box or Bag

What a fabulous surprise to find I was given a
Honourable Mention
for my entry to last weeks Just Add Ink challenge.
Wow! there were so many wonderful entries! - Thanks so very much!

Thanks for all the inspiration too - I doubt I'd have created so many things AND blogged about them without these challenges!

Now this week Just Add Ink have challenged us to make a bag or a box.

I started with a Square Scallop Die thinking I'd make a box, but as you can see I ended up using the Scallop Circle Die instead.

As it came together I thought it'd make a really sweet was to present a Lindt Chocolate Bunny, so I pulled out the Easter Blossoms set and decorated it with Eggs.

I've recently purchased a new silhouette stamp and decided to make a card to co-ordinate with the Easter Basket/Bag.

Here's a closer look at the card - I pulled out my brads, ribbon, Sizzlets, punches, sponges - appreciated them a lot more after last weeks challenge restricted me from using them.

Thanks for looking



All Items Stampin'Up! unless noted

Stamps: Non SU Silhouette Stamp, Easter Blossoms, Great Friend,

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride DSP

Inks/Markers: Blushing Bride, Pretty In Pink, Pear Pizazz

Tools/Other: Scallop Circle Die, Circle Cutter, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Pretty In Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Sponges, Filigree Brad, Pretty In Pink Brad, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Lots of Tags Label 1 sizzlet.

Non SU Corner Rounder

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Just Add Ink Challenge #61 - Just Add Stamps

This weeks challenge over at Just Add Ink it to simply "Just Add Stamps". Sounds simple enough? Was it? Noooooo!!!! - not at all, for me anyway.

Started Friday Night with a few ideas, spent 48 hours going back and forth, then after much indecision, I stuck it all together and decided I didn't like it much at all. I was planning to share it with you anyway but either Photoshop or my PC didn't think it was good enough and froze.

They did let me edit the second card, which was created really quickly in comparison to the first.

I used a stamp set I bought ages & ages ago, that probably hasn't seen much ink. I also used the most challenging SU colour - for me anyway - Soft Suede. Not the best colouring in the world by any stretch but I used my blender pens and ink more successfully than I've done in past so I'm OK with that.

This was a really good challenge and it makes you see how dependant you become on punches, Brads, Ribbon etc. I kept wondering how to improve my designs & all those extras kept popping in my head. So to keep within the rules I added a paper ribbon.

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Non SU Stamps - Butterfly, Blossom, Symbol of Dream.
SU Stamps - Sanded Background
All Other Supplies Stampin'Up

Inks - Pretty In Pink, Tangerine Tango, Pretty In Pink
Cardstock - Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, Whispher White
Other - Blender Pen, Adhesive

This challenge does make typing up the recipe quicker though LOL!!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A gift of the New Stampin'Up! In-Colors . . . .

LOL I hope I didn't get you too excited. No I've no special news on the new SU In-Colors, I'm actually sharing the gift I prepared for my friend when we celebrated the arrival of the latest set of Colors - yes - way back in September last year!

A cute card using the then new owl punch, a 6x6 stack of the InColor DSP, and a sweet little butterfly embellished box.

Do you want to see what's inside the box? Chocolates? No even better calorie free. . .But I did present them like choccies in little patty papers and the box had a special paper lining, like what you find in all the best boxes of choccies.

I included a length of each of the new ribbons and a sampling of the Antique Brads.

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All Supplies - Stampin'Up! (except Polystyrene ball cut in half to hold brads)