Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pretty Blooms - Inkspirations Challenge #29

So here is my second post for the day (Wow), my second creation from my craft-fest and my second-ever Inkspirations challenge entry. Here is the Inkspirations sketch for this week:

Again I used some bits and pieces that I don't own- the En Francais BG stamp; Heartfelt Thanks and Occasional Greeting stamp sets. And the something from my stash that I haven't used for a while (part 2 of the challenge) is the Rose Red DS ribbon (not quite sure why I haven't used it as I LOVE it!). Here is my card:

Pretty Blooms Card Ingredients
Stamp Sets: En Francais; Heartfelt Thanks; Occasional Greetings
Card/Paper: Kraft; Whisper White; Pretty In Pink; Rose Red; Old Olive
Ink: Pretty In Pink; Rose Red; Old Olive; Versamark
Other: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon; Rose Red DS Ribbon; Circle Scissors; Scallop Circle Punch; Word Window Punch

Thanks for pooping by to have a look

Nighty night

Louise xx

He is my world- JAI Challenge 23- Just Add Paper

Happy Sunday everyone!!!

I'm back from my overnight create-fest in Toodyay last night. It was a lot of fun and so great to have a whole afternoon and night to stamp, create and chat with no interruptions from a[ certain little mini-me =). Toodyay is super pretty (I've never been before) and I love the country feel but Brrrrr it was chilly!!! Thank you Hayley for having me to stay xx. Today has been a bit of a let down though as both myself and the small one have colds so have spent most of the day either in bed or on the couch. Urghhh- I hate colds!!!

Anyway enough babbling- onto the reason for my post today- which is to show you one of the two projects I created whilst in Toodyay (I will post the second separately as it is for another challenge). Now I don't often dabble in scrapbooking (cards always seem the quicker and easier option) but when I saw this week's Just-Add-Ink Challenge- which is to just add paper- I knew instantly that I wanted to create a scrapbook page. And here it is- titled "My World":

The subject of course is my beautiful boy, Elliot. He really is the centre of my universe and I can't remember what my life was like without him. The stunning photo can be credited to the amazingly talented baby and child photographer Katie Etherington. I absolutely loved creating this page using only Designer Series Paper and used the beautiful Sweet Slumber range.

Whilst on my little crafty overnighter I got to play with all the Stampin' Up! goodies which Hayley owns and I don't- FUN!!! I am a little embarrassed to admit that I don't yet own my very own Big Shot (Shock, horror!!!). I have asked Mum and Dad if they will get it for me for my birthday (3 months to wait!!!). So I made sure I got in there and used the Big Shot and created this "tab" using the Top Note Die. I used the Life Definitions stamp on the "tab" and thought that the 'Everything' definition was just perfect as it ends with".....All that you know; the whole world".

I created these cute little starry flowers using the Boho Blossoms punch and more DSP.

I wanted the lettering to be made out of DSP too but Hayley didn't have the Alphabet dies so I stamped the Schoolbook Serif Alphabet onto plain paper, adhered each letter to the DSP with Dotto, cut around the letters and da-da ended up with DSP lettering. I must be crazy!!! It took me ages.

A closer look:

"My World" Page Ingredients:
Stamp Set/s: Life Definitions; Schoolbook Serif Alphabet
Card/Paper: Sweet Slumber DSP; Baja Breeze; Kraft; Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze: Soft Suede
Other: Big Shot & Top Note Die; Baja Breeze DS ribbon; Soft Suede Polka-dot ribbon; Boho Blossoms punch; 1-1/4" Circle punch; Corner rounder punch; Silver brads; Sponge daubers

I hope you love this page as much as I do. It truly reflects how I feel about my little guy.

Check out my next post for the other post I created in Toodyay.

Lou xx

Friday, June 25, 2010

Some Tuesday Stamp Club Fun!!!

Whoa!!! Can you believe it?!?! Not only am I posting for the third time in as many days but I have actually kept to my word and posted something I said I would. Well I hope you are as proud of me as I am of myself- hahaha.

Last Tuesday it was time for monthly Stamp Club at my house. The girls and I have just finished our first six months of Stamp Club (which actually ran over about 9 months!!) and started again. Two girls from the first six months were unable to keep going (awww- bye Katherine and Tara xx) but I was overjoyed to have the wonderfully lovely and super talented Tanya Tahir become our newest member xx!

For this first "new" Stamp Club I wanted to make a really cute and special little project. Inspired by Bonnie Thurber's demo at Convention I decided to use the very cute "Share A Cup" stamp and create the project around that. I had also used the little stacked cups card when I created the Make & Take for our recent "A Klass Act" Team catch-up. Note to self and others though- If you are going to make this with a group of 7 eager stampers make sure you have more than one cup stamp :o). Thanks for being patient girls and a huge stamp to my super-wonderful Mum for letting me use her stamp. Love ya x

We started off making this little 3x3" box:

And then we went ahead and made 3 cute Love Note cup cards and 3 envelopes made from Designer Series Paper:

Each card was created differently:

This is my favourite little card. If you look closely you may be able to see that we used the glossy glitter that Bonnie showed us to give the cups a glittery shine:

Cute- Don't you think?!?!?!??!!?

Ingredients for Cuppy Box and Cards
Stamp Set: Share A Cup
Ink: Melon Mambo; Pretty In Pink; Pumpkin Pie; Old Olive marker
Card/Paper: Pretty In Pink; Melon Mambo; Pumpkin Pie; Pink Pirouette DSP
Other: Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon; Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon; 1-3/4" Circle Punch; 1-3/8" Circle Punch; 1" Circle Punch; Scallop Circle Punch; Word Window Punch; Trio Flower Punch; Paper Piercer; Silver Brads; Half Pearls (non-SU)

I'm off to the country tomorrow! I'm very excited to be traveling an hour out of Perth to the little town of Toodyay to have a crafty sleep-over at my stampin BFF Hayley's house. What a joy a whole day and night of stamping, chatting, creating, eating, fun, drinking and more stamping. Yay!!!

Hopefully I will have some fab creations to show off when I get home.

Louise xx

Thursday, June 24, 2010

An Autumny Inkspirations Challenge Entry (Chalenge #28)

Oh I have been wanting to enter one of Makeesha's Inkspirations challenges for such a long, long time and finally I have!!! Yay!!! These were the challenge colours this week:

Had a few glitches along the way- probably due to posting my entry two minutes before the challenge closed!!! So I apologise for my blog picture being the link picture (instead of the photo of my card-oops!!!) and for the quality of the photos of the card- they were taken inside with the flash tonight. Not the best start to my Inkspirations Challenge entry career.

Anyway here is my card. I have had the idea for it all week and the stamping completed since the weekend but only managed to put it all together tonight. The tree image is from the beautiful 'Pendant Park' stamp set (which I won at Convention- woo hoo!!!). I inked it up using Pumpkin Pie and then using the thumping technique applied Chocolate Chip and Elegant Eggplant to the stamp. I then clear embossed it all. I am so happy with it- looks even better in real life- if I do say so myself- hahaha!

Stamp Sets: Pendant Park; Vintage Labels (retired)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie; Elegant Eggplant; Chocolate Chip;
Card/Paper: Elegant Eggplant; Whisper White; Chocolate Chip; Haiku DSP
Other: Chocolate Chip DS ribbon; Designer Button; Linen Thread; Scallop Edge Punch; Word Window Punch; Paper Piercer; Dimensionals; Stampin' Pastels (Elegant Eggplant); Sponge Daubers

Hope you like my card. Pop back tomorrow to see the Stamp Club project I mentioned.

Lou xx

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Vintage Vogue & JAI Colour Challenge - JAI22

Wowee has it really been THAT long since I posted?!?! I can't believe it. I have been a busy little bee- a stamping get-together; fabbo stamping buddy to stay (*Hi Haills*); a baby shower; stamp club; family get-togethers; baby frames; card orders; some good times and some very bad; and a partridge in a pear tree.

This card- my entry into this week's Just Add Ink Challenge- was created on Saturday so I can't quite believe I am only posting it tonight at the last minute before the challenge closes.

This week Bronwyn Eastley-one of the super talented design team members at Just Add Ink- created a colour challenge with the following colours:

Here is my creation using the colours and the Vintage Vogue stamp set from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue

Stamp Sets: Vintage Vogue; Vintage Labels (retired)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry; Kiwi KIss; Tempting Turquoise; Versamark
Card/Paper: Whisper white; Rich Razzleberry; Kiwi Kiss
Other: Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon; Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon; Word Window Punch; Clear Embossing Powder; Sponge Daubers; Half Pearls (non-SU).

Hope you like the card!

Check back tomorrow to see what we designed at my stamp club last night.

Louise x

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Two Fabulous Deals!!!!

Stampin' Up have just anounced two fabulous and exciting deals!!!!

First up is the Deal of the Week promotion. Each Monday for the whole of June Stampin' Up will announce a new Deal of the Week
How exciting is that?!?!?

This week's deal is 30% off four of Stampin Up's fabulous punches- The Scallop Oval, Scallop Square, Trio Flower and Boho Blossom punches. Instead of the usual price of $30.95 they are all only $20.12 this week. Amazing bargain!!

If you are interested in getting your hands on one of these fab punches then please email me at or leave me a comment here x x

Now for Deal Number Two...............

Until the end of July Stampin’ Up! have an amazing offer on their starter kit.
The starter kit contains all you need to get yourself started as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator- whether it be so that you always get a 20% discount on all the fantastic SU products you need for your hobby or to start yourself up in amazing business opportunity.

The products in the kit are valued at over $560. It usually costs $324 but until the end of July is available at a huge 20% discount for only $259!!! Woweeeee!!!

The Stampin' Up! Starter Kit contains the following supplies, valued at over $560!

* Five stamp sets
* Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and cartridge
* Assorted card stock A4
* Five Classic Stampin' Pads
* VersaMark Pad
* Stampin' Pastels
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Blender pens
* Craft & Rubber Scissors
* Stampin' Scrub and Mist
* Business supplies

All for just $259. Plus the opportunity to see where the world of Stampin Up! can take you!

If you would like to jump at the chance to be part of this amazing promotion or would like more information please email me and also visit my Stampin' Up! website.

Two fabbo deals don't you think.

Louise x

Some happiness in an otherwise horrible week.

Just a very quick post to tell you about my burst of happiness amid my horrible week. Without saying too much I have finally filed for divorce this week- and it's brought up a lot of grief and sadness. Anywhhhoooo- what better to cheer me up than my card getting picked in the Just-Add-Ink Top 5 this week. Has definitely put a smile on my face!!!