Saturday, 28 February 2009

Colour Inspriation #43

This very challenging challenge is by Kristina Werner. I just realised this very talented lady used to work for SU - 'The Mother Ship'. Please take the time to check out her blog, very interesting. As you can see below there are FIVE colours in this challenge.

Below is my entry for this challenge. Have to admit, I went and got some inspiration from my very creative friend Kim... where would I be without you Kimmy - thanks lovey.

I have used Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White card stock, along with Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie and Brocade Blue inks. Chocolate Chip Ribbon to dress it up. Stamp sets used are Polka Dots & Petals, Polka Dots & Paisley and Occasional Greetings.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #5

Here is the second challenge as promised for this week! This is the lovely Makeesha's sketch challenge.

And here is my version of this challenge!! I have made it into an Anniversary card for my Mum & Dad! (getting prepared for next month!)
I really like the simple, clean lines with not so much fuss... I have used all SU products for this one. Very Vanilla and Rose Red card stock, Rose Red and Close to Cocoa DSP, Rose Red and Close to Cocoa ink. Chocolate Chip ribbon and a decorative brad from the Silver Hodgepodge. The stamp sets used are 'Looks Like Spring' and 'Congrats'.

Just a reminder, 'Looks Like Spring' is soon to be discontinued... I am very sad about that as it is one of my top favourites :-(

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #75

Hi again everyone. Yes, another challenge! I am finding that doing these challenge's is motivating me to get going with my stamping, so I am going to try and do one or two challenges a week... we'll see how we go hey :-)
I have noticed a few Stampin' Up! Demonstrators participate in Mojo Monday challenges and I have always liked them. Below is the Layout for this weeks challenge.

And here is my entry! (between you and me - I am really happy with this one!)

I have used Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White card stock. Berrybliss DSP and Close to Cocoa ink. Stamp sets used are One of a Kind and Occasional Greetings. I used the Word Window punch and the Scallop Circle punch and then snipped it to make the petals. I used the Cuttlebug to emboss the little hearts on the white card stock in the middle.
The pearls and rhinestones are from my stash!! Hope you like this one.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Makeesha's Inkspiration Challenge

I have been wanting to participate in a challenge for some time now but honestly have been to 'chicken' to do so... Well, today I bit the bullet and entered Makeesha Byl's colour challenge.

In the card below I have used Ballet Blue card stock and ink along with Whisper White card stock and 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon. I used my girlfriends Cuttlebug machine and embossed the little hearts on the white square in the middle (love that machine!). I have used the 'A Happy Heart' stamp set from the Summer Mini. The buttons and flower are not from SU - sorry...
Anyway I am very pleased with the end result and hope you all like it (especially Keesh!).

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Bush Fire Appeal

To help those victims of the bushfires that have ravaged Victoria, join with us in supporting the Bushfire Appeal. From 12 February through 31 March 2009, Stampin' Up! will donate 50% of the retail value of all sales from a select group of 10 stamp sets to the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfires 2009 Appeal.

Here is a list of the Bushfire Appeal sets:
Priceless (112312) Page 105 $48.95
Seeing Spots (108909) Page 89 $29.95
Baroque Motifs (112380) Page 98 $39.95
Live Your Dream (114261) Page 3 Mini $55.95
Looks Like Spring* (108864) Page 76 $58.95
The Snowflake Spot* (108934) Page 27 $39.95
Bodacious Bouquet* (108756) Page 80 $58.95
Polka Dots & Paisley* (110247)Page 46 $35.95
G'day Mate* (111973) Page 115 $35.95
Be Happy* (108744) Page 51 $39.95
*These sets will appear on the upcoming list of retiring products, so they will only be available for the Bushfire Appeal--while supplies last.

In support of this wonderfully, generous fund raising effort by Stampin' Up, we are holding a Bush Fire Appeal Fund Raising Event.

When: 6th March 2009, 7.30pm
Where: Visitors Centre, Gosford Primary Industries Institute, Research Road, Narara
Cost: $15 (100% of this will be donated to the Bushfire Appeal)

So, not only with 50% of the retail value of the sets listed above be donated, so will the $15 entry charge plus, the Demonstrators involved are also going to contribute 10% of total sales on the night from their own pockets to the Bushfire Appeal. So come along, see some great product demonstrations, make a couple of projects, eat some yummy supper and support our fellow Aussies in their time of need, whilst having loads of fun.

As seating is limited, it is essential your $15 is prepaid to reserve your place. So please contact me ASAP. Please note, this donation will be forfeited to the Bushfire Appeal if you are later unable to attend.

If you are unable to make it on the night, you can still place an order for the Bushfire Appeal stamp sets and the money will still be donated. So please contact me to place your order.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Cutest Baby Cards

Aren't these so cute... (even if I do say so myself...LOL!) CASEd again but I don't care about that anymore. I do not claim to be a 'creative genius' and I have to get ideas from somewhere as do most of my colleages!!

I just loved this card when I saw it and had to have a go so I could show you. My great friend and neighbour, Kim brought herself a Cuttlebug machine and that is how I have put the embossed hearts on the front of the cards. Everything else used is Stampin' Up! products.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Big Buckle Card

Well, I was in the mood to do something a little different today... try something I haven't done before and found this card on one of my favourite sites. I am happy with the results!

I have used the Embrace Life stamp set from the Summer Mini. Whisper White, Certainly Celerey, Chocolate Chip and Perfect Plum card stock, Certainly Celerey DSP, Perfect Plum and Certainly Celerey ink and Chocolate Chip ribbon. Oh, and the Word Window punch. Last but not least the White Gel Pen to add some highlights to the large flower! Hope you like it.

This view shows the Buckle open...

Box in a Bag!!

Hi everyone. Isn't this the cutest little gift/lolly bag you have ever seen! And guess what... it is super easy! Can you imagine the look on kids faces (and thier mums LOL!) when you hand them a hand made lolly bag at the end of your childs party!! They would make great table decorations at christmas time too.

I have used the lovely Bali Breeze DSP from the Summer Mini along with the co-ordinating Pumkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise card stock. Pumkin Pie ribbon to tie it. I have used the Scallop Edge and the Round Tab punch.

If you like the idea of learning how to make these - drop me a line and I will organise a class!

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Sketch Challenge

A sketch challenge is where Melissa puts a sketch of a card layout on the Forum for our team and we can do what ever we like using that sketch.

This is my take on it... I have used the Friendly Flowers and Itty Bitty backgrounds stamp sets. Brocade Blue and Bordering Blue Marker Pens and Card Stock along with Whisper White Card Stock and ribbon. Then to add a bit I have used a Silver hodgepodge word frame and Crystal effects.

Melissa's Colour Challenge

Once a month, my upline Melissa Garland sets us two challenges. One being a colour challenge, the other being a sketch challenge. The colour challenge is a way of getting us to put colours we wouldn't ussually use together into the creation of a new card. She stipulates the colours and we have to use those (we can add neutrals if we wish) but can't add any other colour. As there are ussually four colours in the challenge, it would be a little over done to add any more...

This month the colours were Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava and Soft Sky. Luckily all these colours are in the Afternoon Tea DSP in the Summer Mini!! So that made it a little easier. Hope you like my creation below.