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:

Thanks for stopping by,


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.

Thanks for stopping by,


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.

Thanks for popping by,


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.

Thanks for stopping by,


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

Happy Birthday Mum & some Survival Chocolate. . .

My Mum's Birthday was quite a while back but I realised I've not shared the card I made for her

and here's the inside . . .

I also made her a little gift bag that turned out pretty cute. I didn't follow a pattern, just kinda put it together.

Of course you need something inside your giftbag & my Mum loves Peanut M&M's so I squeezed a big bag of them inside. . .

. . . .and enclosed the eating instructions . . . .

Thanks for stopping by,


A belated thank you. . . . .

Nikki Spencer honoured me with the Liebster Blog Award, idea behind this Award is to share new and creative blogs that "INSPIRE" me, that may otherwise get lost in the ever increasing blogland.

As a recipient of this award I must share the love and pay it forward by:

1-Creating a post where I blog about the Liebster award & reveal my 3-5 blog picks

2-Let the honorees know that I selected them

3-Copy & paste the blog award on my blog

Nikki actually awarded it to me quite some time ago now, but I've had difficulty finding "New" Bloggers to forward the award onto, most I read or stumble accross have been around for a number of years.

I am pleased to say my search is over, I've found three wonderful bloggers who only just started last year during that time they have shared some really wonderful, inspiring creations.

Before I announce them thought I wish to say a very big Thankyou to Nikki for bestowing this honour upon me! It really made my day!

I forward this award to:

Be sure to head over to their blogs and leave some comment love.

Have a great day,


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Just Add Ink Challenge #60

Hi there,

I've made it back here - I've got lots to blog about, but sadly been too busy to sit still long enough to do so. Got a few photos saved & hopefully will get around to sharing them soon.

One of the most exciting recent events is that my friend Nikki is the new design team member for Just Add Ink!! I daresay you've probably already seen her work if you've followed the link from JAI, but if not, in the words of Molly Meldrum - "Do yourself a Favour" and hop over to her Blog

I felt I really should get some stamps inked up to celebrate the first challenge since she join the DT.

This time Just Add Ink have a colour challenge:

So here's my last minute, rushing to meet the deadline creation LOL.

****Edited to Add - Well No deadline not met - it appears the linky list is already closed!!! - thought I had a little more time up my sleeve it's only 11.15pm - nevermind I DO have another Birthday card in my stash which is always handy *****

I've finally used the fabulous Apple Blossoms Stamp Set & made a rather simple birthday card.

Well it's time for bed . . . .Sweet Dreams all


Recipe - All items Stampin'Up!

Stamps - Apple Blossoms, Fabulous Phrases

Inks/Cardstocks - Whispher White, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday DSP

Other - Word Window Punch, Top Note Die, Twine, Brads

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Greeting Card Valentine

This week's challenge at colourQ has very pretty colours:

Just Add Ink have challenged us to Just Add Love.

So I took both these challenges and here's the result.

It was fun make the Top Note Quilt - my poor neglected sewing machine was dragged out to do the stitching.

Thanks for visiting,


Card Recipe - all Stampin'Up! unless noted:

Stamp Sets: I Heart Hearts, Greeting Card Kids, Elements of Style, Short & Sweet

Inks: Versamark, Pretty Ink Pink, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake

Cardstock: Peach Parfait, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pretty In Pink
DSP - Peach Parfait Patterns Collection & Bella Rose
Other/Accessories: Blender Pen, Pretty In Pink Ribbon, Adhesive Rhinestone, White Embossing Powder, Whispher White Button, Non-SU: Cotton, Machine, Thread,

Punches: 2 Step Bird, 1 1/4 Inch Circle, Scallop Circle, Modern Label, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Word Window, Corner Rounder - non SU

Friday, February 11, 2011

Colour RoundUP Color Challenge #21

I saw this challenge this morning and immediately knew exactly which stamps I was going to use - in fact it only took about 15mins from start to finish & I used all the scraps lying around. Finally made a masculine card!
Here's a closer look:

Thanks for stopping by.


Card Recipe:

Stamps: Extreme Elements, Extreme Guitar, Punch Bunch

Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whispher White
Accessories/Other: Scallop Square Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Brads, Twine.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Finally taken the plunge & moved....

It wasn't as hard as I thought to change from Typepad to Blogger. I've been envious of all the customisation that can be done on Blogger, and it's free - so whilst I didn't hate Typepad it became time to move.

I found moving all my posts across surprisingly easy. I've yet to do all the Customisation - headers, backgrounds etc, so it's pretty simple for now.

It has taken away from my play time today though.

Maybe tonite after all the chores are done.

Hope you are having a fabulous day.


Monday, February 7, 2011

colourQ challenge #70

I was realy hesitant when I saw the colours this week:


but as I began to play I realise that I LOVE them!  That's the best part about these challenges they make you step out of your comfort zone & you find yourself discovering fab new combos etc.

I really wanted to make a card with Ice-Creams or Chocolate - mmm Strawberry Cream Chocies.  Didn't have anything remotely like it so here's my card for this challenge. 

ColourQ70 front

I'm a sucker for PINK and Birdies so I course I love this card. LOL 


Thanks for visiting - have a great day!



Card Recipe - All Stampin'Up! Unless noted


Stamps: Sweet Summer, Happy Together, Life Definitions, Tiny Tags

Inks - Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Cameo Coral,

Cardstock/DSP: Blushing Bride C/stock, Very Vanilla C/Stock, Early Espresso C/Stock, Poppy Parade DSP

Other: Crochet Trim - Victoria, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Sizzix Square Scallop Die, Brad, Vintage Trinkets, Poppy Parade Ribbon, Clips Assortment, Sponge.


Color Throwdown # 127

This weeks challenge at color throwdown is:


Here's my card:

  Color Throwdown 127


I really struggled - this card has had so many metamorphasis 's LOL.  So many stamp sets were used in it's creation to finally only showcase a sentiment from flight of the Butterfly.  Still it's a sweet card & was able to use a scrap of crumb cake that I'd previously run through a friends Elegant Lines Embossing Folder.  Gotta love using those scraps in the basket. 

Happy Stamping!



Card Recipe - all supplies Stampin'Up! unless noted.

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly

Cardstock/DSP: Crumb Cake, So Saffron DSP, Early Espresso, Bashful Blue DSP & C'stock.

Inks: Early Espresso

Other: Beautiful Butterflies, Adhesive Rhinestones, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, So Saffron Ribbon, Pinking Hearts Border Punch.

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #56

Here's the color challenge for this week:

  Makeesha Colour Challenge 56


and here's my entry. 

  Inkspirations Challenge 56

Love the elegant combo of these colours.  The card didn't exactly come out the way I imagined but I do love the Cobbler Rose & Antique Brad surrounded by the black leaves. 

Inkspirations Challenge 56 close


Good to be used neglected toys too. 



Card Recipe:

Stamps - Sincere Salutations

Ink - Basic Black

Cardstock/DSP:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Greenhouse Gala DSP

Other: Little Leaves Sizzlit, Floral Fusion Sizzlit, Antique Brad, Lots Of Tags Sizzlit, Moderna Label Punch, Large Oval Punch, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Black Brads.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wow - I'm a colourQueen!

What a wonderful surprise I've been crowned a ColourQueen! for my entry for CQC #69 - refer this blog entry

Thanks so much for this honour!  Part of this is being able to display this badge:



Please click on this badge to see all the other amazing entries to this challenge, and to see this weeks challenge - love those pinks & chocolate.

Love Corinna




Monday, January 31, 2011

Just Add Ink #53 - An Inspiration Challenge

Decided to participate in this week's JAI Challenge # 53

We are throwing a new challenge into the mix - an inspiration challenge! Take a look at our beautiful picture, take inspiration from it (e.g. from this photo you could take the colours, or flowers, or just something that makes you happy!) and we'd love you to tell us in your link how the picture inspired you.

Here's the inspiration photo - click on it to visit JAI's challenge blog:

Just add ink inspiration challenge

Seeing the bright sunflower made me think of a yellow & Black Card instantly. It seen summery too & I thought this stamp named Bumblebee would suit perfectly.

So here's my entry/creation:


BumbleBee Front


BumbleBee Side

Front closed so you can see that the front layer is narrower that the back & the greeting is actually stamped on the the side of the back layer.

BumbleBee Front Close up

Then as I went back to get the inspiration pic to add here I realised that under it the JAI team have added

When we gave the Design Team the brief for this challenge, we called it a Bright Burst of Colour (basically like naming the photo), so when you visit the Design Team blogs, you might find that's what they've called the challenge. It is the same challenge! Your entry can be inspired by the photo in any way, whether it includes a flower or not. Hope this clears up any confusion!

Now I hope to come up with another entry that better suits the challenge before the Linky is closed.



Stamps - Bumblebee, Cute & Curly

Cardstock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Urban Oasis DSP, Crushed Curry

Inks - Momento Black, Versamark

Prismacolors: Black, Sunburst Yellow, Light Peach, Canary Yellow.

Other - Nestabilities - Labels One, Black Embossing Powder, Crushed Curry PolkaDot Grosgrain Ribbon.

ColorQ Challenge # 69

Hi Everyone, 

Today's going to be a scorcher - 40 Celsius or 104 Fahrenheit!  So what better than to stay inside with the cooling and make some cards. 

This morning I decided to attempt this weeks ColorQ's Challenge#69 - (just click on the pic below to visit their site.)


Initially, thought I would make a masculine card, then I thought a giraffe may form part of it, untimately deciding on "For All You Do" stamp set which is one of my all time fav's.  You can never really tell where a challenge will lead you. . .

Here's the final result




Have a great day,



Stamps: For All You Do, Occasional Quotes, Itty Bitty Bits.

Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

 Inks: Peach Parfait, Cajun Craze, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark.

 Other: Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Peach Parfait Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Scallop Trim Punch, Corner Rounder (non SU) & Rhinestones & Pearls.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nat''s B'day + Inkspirations Color Challenge #54 = This Card

Hi All,

As promised I am back with the birthday card that I've made for my wonderful friend Natalie.

I decided the colour palette in this weeks Inkspirations Challenge would fit the bill perfectly.  

#54 Makeesha Colour Challenge 54

Now to decide on the individual elements.  I did try to move away from my tried & trusted but those Butterflies and the Ruched Ribbon snuck their way in.  I do love the result however:

Nat's Card

Here's the inside

Nat's Card Inside

and here it is with the giftbag I made to co-ordinate:


Nat's Card & Giftbag

Sadly, now I'm home from delivering this gift I see that the photos aren't really that crash hot - will remember to check prior to giving next time.

Thanks for stopping by,



Recipe - All Stampin'Up! unless noted otherwise:

Stamps - Just Believe, Well Scripted, Friends 24/7

Cardstock/Inks - Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla

Accessories - Butterfly Embosslits, Modern Label Punch,  Word Window Punch, Brad, Pearls, Blushing Bride Ribbon, Finial Press Embossing Folder.