Sunday, May 29, 2011


Do you have any stamp sets that haven't seen the light of day for a while?  I do!!  It is so easy to reach for the "now" sets and leave those that are still current in the main catalogue gathering dust.  So I decided I would pull out a set I haven't used for a while.  The problem was - WHICH ONE?!

I opted for "Lots of Bots".  This is a really cute set which is great for colouring or paper piecing, which is what I have done here.  I also wanted to keep it "manly" for the boys, hence the hardware and lack of ribbon!

 It was a worthwhile excercise to rummage through my current, but hardly used sets.  How many have YOU got that could do with a little inky love right now?

Friday, May 27, 2011


Are you up for a great challenge?  Yes?  How about Fussy Cutting?!  This is the challenge JUST ADD INK have put together for you this week.  What is fussy cutting?  Pretty much anything that requires a pair of scissors, or craft knife.  Fussy cutting is a great way to add interest to you projects. 

I have used a really cute template from Papercrafters Library for my project this week.  The little tote bag opens out flat, so you could use it as a card and gift in one.  I have used it to put a couple of teabags in.  A great way to have a cuppa with a friend who doesn't live nearby!

I have hand cut the bag for a start and added a layer of cardstock and DSP on the belly of the bag.  I then stamped the images from the Morning Cup stamp set on multiple scraps of DSP and cut out.  I stamped the images again on cardstock and attached the cut out pieces.  I then used my markers to add shadows and cut out the images again before sticking them to my bag.

I hope you can see the detail in the close up.   This is one of my favourite techniques.  It does help if you have a really sharp pair of snips too.  My favourite to use are the Stampin' Up! Paper Snips.  They are so sharp and have a nice pointy end for getting right into corners.  

Pop on over to JUST ADD INK to see the fussy cutting the rest of the Design Team have been doing for your viewing pleasure!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


As promised, here are the gorgeous Birthday cards I rececieved from across the ditch!  Thank you girls, I love them all, and I am blessed to have friends like you!

To see more of their gorgeous designs, simply click on a name to visit a blog.  Be sure to leave them some comment love so they know you have been for a visit!

Monday, May 23, 2011


I celebrated my 44th Birthday last week and was blessed with many Birthday wishes from around the country and over the ditch!  I would love to share the gorgeous cards I received from around New Zealand first, but do check back to see the lovely cards I got from Demo friends in Australia too.
  Just click on the artist's name to go visit their blogs and check out all their other work.  Don't forget to leave some comment love, so they know you have been for a visit!

Thank you all so much for your kind wishes.  They were geartly appreciated!

Friday, May 20, 2011


It is with real sadness that I put up my last Ustamp project for you all to see.  My personal circumstances have changed a lot and I needed to take stock of the way I do things.  So unfortunately, this will be the last Ustamp project I do for a while.  Although I am hoping to go back and design as a Guest now and again in the future.

This project is a Brag Book Album, box and card set.  Not for the faint hearted, I might add!  I love these little Brag books and had to make a box that would contain the whole gift!

I have not used any brayering in this project and gone back to sponging only, which as you know, is my first love!

I have used the Silhouette technique again with the "Every Moment" stamp set.  I have to say, it is one of my favourite stampsets and I love pulling it out and getting it inky!

Don't forget to check out my Special and Promotions page to see what the latest weekly specials for May are!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Convention 2011 has been and gone!  Back to reality and work tomorrow :-(

I had a fantastic time in Melbourne and met so many of the artists I admire, ate to much, laughed so hard, and the best bit - met most of the Just Add Ink crew that I get to work with each week.  Unfortunately, a few couldn't make it, but we were thinking of them!

Front row left to right:  Kim Badelt, Nikki Spencer, Mae Collins, Delys Cram
Back Row:  Tania Gould, Bronwyn Eastley, Jodene Tripp, ME, Jo Eades

While I was away, one of my Class projects went live on Ustamp with Dawn and Friends too.  It is not too late to join either, for many more wonderful projects from artists around the world.

This is a beginners class I designed using the Tart and Tangy stamp set.  The tutorial includes and Acetate Box, two book marks, a Post-it-Note holder and pen, Card and envelope and last but not least, A bag of lollies for the lucky recipient!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


The last post I would like to share with you all is the gifts I made for my roomies:

 I have made bags for each of them with their own bag tags to secure them closed.

Inside each of these wee bags I have put:
1.  A pack of gum - to keep the breath fresh and hunger pains at bay while we craft.
2.  A note pad and matching pen - to take down the wealth of information we will invariably be given.
3.  A pack of tissues - for when we laugh so hard, we cry.
4.  A pack of sticking plasters - for the paper cuts we will probably get!
5.  TOFFEES - to keep up the energy, you understand!

I hope the girls liked them, as much as I enjoyed making them all.  As you read this, I am winging my way back to reality.  I hope to bring you lots of photo's from my trip soon!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


This is the secound Swap card I made.  Again 20+, but this one had no coloring in!  Again it involves Brayering, sponging and direct to paper, with a bit of masking thrown in :-)

I love the Neutral range of colours and I think this would be my favourite of the three swaps I have done.  The sentiment is from a new set I have just got: Word Play.  I love all the sentiments in that set, but this one I felt, was really appropriate for Convention!

Monday, May 9, 2011


While I am away at Convention, I thought I would leave you with some of my swaps and also the Roomie gift I have made for the ladies I am sharing an apartment with, over the next few days.

I have made three different swaps of which this is the first.  There are a lot of different techniques on this wee baby:  Brayering, sponging and direct to paper.  Not to mention, turning a line art stamp into a silhouette.  I have no idea what posessed me to do 20+ of these - the colouring alone took me hours!!  I will also be showing a class in Auckland just how I achieved this look.  Hope they like It.

Friday, May 6, 2011


This week at Just Add Ink we have a sketch to try.  I immediately thought flowers and pretty, but then I thought, NO!  I want to man it up instead!!

"Sail Away" was the perfect stamp and is available as a single stamp in the Autumn/Winter Mini.  Mine hadn't seen ink yet, so this was the perfect opportunity to get it dirty!

I have fussy cut the yacht and layered it on the new Decorative Label Punch, which I sponged waves on first.  I also sponged waves and clouds on the main panel behind to carry the theme through.

Here is a close up of the fussy cutting!  Pretty time consuming, but well worth it for the effect.  I have used markers and a blender pen to add colour to the sails.

I also made my own Life Saver out of small circle punches and adhered thread behind to simulate the ropes that would normally go around the outside.  It is really hard to see, but I also stamped "En Francais" on the Baja Breeze base card, in versamark, and then sponged Baja Breeze around the outside of the card.  I hope you like the manly slant I took on this card.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Design Team have come up with this week and have a go yourself!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Another CAS (clean and simple) card to share.  I really love this motorbike image and I know a lot of guys that will too.  I wanted a card that was easy to reproduce in a workshop.

I have used textured Crumb Cake cardstock for the base card, and have distressed the edges of the Early Espresso mat.  I sponged the edges of Very Vanilla in Crumb Cake and Espresso, then stamped my Bike image and sentiment in Espresso on top.  I have used my Markers to colours the tires and body of the bike.  The addition of a simple ribbon tag completes the project.  A great way to showcase ribbon, markers and the Cutter Kit, with the sponging technique thrown in for good measure!  I have also added dimensionals behind the mat to pop the main body of work off the card.  Feel free to demo this at your next workshop!

Sunday, May 1, 2011


I am meeting my team today for Coffee and Cake before I fly out to Melbourne next weekend for Convention.  I challenged the girls to make a swap using something from the new mini Catalogue.  Here is my swap card:

I have kept it really simple and PINK!!  Not normally a colour I use a lot of, but after my marathon Covention swap making, I have practically run out of every other colour I own!  This delightful stamp is from a set called "Bring on the Cake".  It has a massive 13 stamps to the set and is made up entirely of Birthday sentiments.  You can never have too many of those!!
I have paper pieced a heart on part of the image, used my markers to colour the numbers I wanted (23 is the age I would like to be again!!) and added some Dazzling Diamonds for some glamour to the numbers also.  This is such a cute card to make and great for a beginner!  If you like this card, then why not book a workshop with me so you can make it too?

Make sure you pop over to my Speacials and Promotions page for HOT deals during May.  Stampin' Up! Have a selection of deals for you each week, for one week only - don't miss out!