Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Toot Toot *Insert Mega Shocked Face Here*

You may remember a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I applied to a design team.  Well, you'll NEVER guess what - I got accepted. *Add shocked face here*
I am now a member of the design team for Just Add Ink.  I am so excited and nervous all at once, I'm still pinching myself.  Along with myself, another 7 very talented girls are joining the existing design team.  Click here to see who else is about to burst with excitement!

I also want to send out a big Thank You to Amanda and Danielle for taking a chance and choosing me.  I am extremely grateful and hope I can live up to expectations and provide some sort of inspiration.

I thought I would get a couple of 'test' runs in before I start for real, so here is my card for JAI#23 - Just Add Patterned Paper.  Now, this was kind of easy for me.  I says this because I have a LOT of DSP to choose from - some of which has never been opened *blush*. 
This is a design that I was going to use for one of my convention swaps, but I just couldn't get it to work with only current SU! products,  so I put it in the too hard basket.  This challenge was just what I needed to see if I could 'make it work' (yes, I love Project Runway)! I'm happy with how it turned out.

Supplies Used:  All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps:  Occassional Greeting, Tiny Tags, Linen (retired)
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede
Cardstock:  Not Quite Navy, Very Vanila, Bella Bleu DSP
Accessories:  Build a  Brad Pewter, 1/2" RD punch, Very Vanilla 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Ovals Die, Cutter Kit, Sponge, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Button (PaperTrey Ink)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Part 2 - Things that I've made and not shared yet

OMG I can't believe there are so many!  Enough for another day *eek*

I've always wanted to have a go at stamping on candles, and after Simone Bartrum's fabbo presentation at our Mebourne Regional event, I was inspired!  The fact that Harry's carer from Childcare was getting married a few weeks later, gave me the push I needed to actually do it!  Here's the finished product:

Supplies Used:  All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless specified otherwise
Stamps:  Friends 24-7, Fresh Alphabet (PaperTrey Ink)
Ink:  Real Red, Black StazOn
Accessories:  Red Gems (Kaiser Craft), Tissue Paper, Heat Gun, GladBake

I also made a card to match

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Friends 24-7, Congrats (retired SAB set)
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Ink:  Real Red, Black StazOn
Accessories:  Red Gems (KaiserCraft)

This was a card I made on commission for my haidresser.  My brief was to make something for a 40th and that it should have some bling!  It also needed to be big for a group to sign it so its finished size is A5.  It's very hard to see, but the white has been stamped with the damask from Friends 24-7 using Versamark.  I then sprinkled on some Heat & Stick powder, heated with my heat gun and then applied some Dazzling Diamonds to make it really sparkly.

Supplies Used:  All from PaperTrey Ink unless specified otherwise
Stamps:  Vintage Frames, Background Basics: Text Style
Ink:  StazOn Black, StazOn White, VersaMark (Stampin' Up!), Plum Pudding
Cardstock:  Stampers Select White, Bitty Dots
Accessories:  Black Satin Ribbon, On Boards Lots of Letters, Heat & Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Vintage Button, Thread, Scrap Acetate, Butterfly Punch (EK Success), Purple Gems (KaiserCraft)

And the final card for tonight started off as a wedding card for some friends but ended up being a bit too 'blingy' so I changed it into a thankyou card and gave it my real estate agent, who got a absolutely fantastic price for our unit that we were renovating for the better half of last year - it was only on the market for 2 weeks, 2 weeks prior to Christmas!

Here's a close up on the sentiment, can you see the glitter around the edges?

Supplies Used:  SU! unless noted otherwise
Stamps:  Baroque Motifs, All Scallops (maybe - not sure???)
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Accessories:  Heat & Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 way Glue, Chocolate Chip Satin (retired)

Well, that's it from me tonight, have a good one!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Okey Dokey, It's Time for an Update

I'm doing something completey crazy and applying to a Design Team.  Upon going through my photos, I realised that I have a heap of stuff that I should have uploaded.  So in no particular order, cause I don't want to tell you how old some of these projects are, here we go:

This was the M&T from my last workshop, based upon the M&T from Convention 2009. 

Stamps:  Trendy Trees & ?? (mind has gone blank but it's from the Autumn/Winter mini)
Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette
Accessories:  Pink Pirouette Striped Grosgrain, Word Window punch, Linen Thread, 2 Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds

This is the card I made Jarrod for his birthday.  I was based on something I saw in a past issue of PaperCrafts magazine and the colours were based on ribbons from PTI.  I also used this as one of my Convention 2010 swaps, except I change the colours slightly, as some of these are retired.

Supplies:  SU! unless specified otherwise
Stamps:  Circle Circus, Birthday Basics (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock:  Basic Grey textured, Whisper White, Real Red, Not Quite Navy, Marigold Morning
Ink:  Basic Grey, Real Red, Not Quite Navy, Marigold Morning
Accessories:  1-3/8 RD Punch, 1-1/4 RD Punch, 1" RD Punch

This is one of my all time favourites.  I made this for one of Harry's little friends birthday.  The flagpole is a toothpick.  Based on the invitation I made for Harry's birthday last year.

Supplies:  SU! unless specified otherwise
Stamps:  Choo Choo*, Right On Track*, Birthday Basics, Fresh Alphabet (both from PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock:  Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Staz On Black, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Summer Sunrise (I think), Riding Hood Red, Going Grey, Orange Zest (PTI)
Accessories:  Corner Rounder (retired), On Board Lots of Letters, Crystal Effects

* These 2 sets were in the 2009 Spring Mini and at the moment are currently unavailable.  This may change if they are included in the new IB&C, due for release September 1, 2010

Not sure what's happening in the background of this photo but it is what it is, cause I no longer have the card.  A card I made for a family friend's little boy's first birthday (obviously).  Stamps set was purchased for 2 reasons:

1.  I had seen it on Kristina Werner's blog and I thought it was SO cute
2.  It had a flower image very similar to that in the Good Friends, with it, I could make it up in colours to suit my every whim, lol!

Supplies Used:  SU! unless specified otherwise
Stamps:  I can't remember the name but it's by Sassafrass Lass, Fresh Alphabet, Simple Alphabet (both from Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock:  Ruby Red (I think), So Saffron, Whisper White, Sweet Slumber DSP
Ink:  Close to Cocoa, Staz On Black
Accessories:  Scallop Border Punch, 1-3/4 SQ punch (OR Photo Corner, can't remember which - boy memory is BAD tonight, lol), some type of thread, 1/16" RD punch

Thanks to Julie Buhler for the tutorial to make the scallop rectangle.

Well, that's all for tonight - I have plenty more to share too!


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

1st Ever Competition Entry

I wanted to share my entry that I submitted to the Copic Australia Card Challenge.  The challenge was to use the colours E02, Y06 and BV06, which translate to a skin colour, a bright yellow and a lovely mauve.  This was my first ever entry into any sort of competition relating to stamping/papercrafting and it was even a bigger deal to have to use my Copics.  I have had them for nearly a year and whilst they are beautiful to work with, I have been immensly intimidated by them.

I  was really, really happy with how this turned out.  I used the requisite colours as follows:  E02 was the base colour for the orange flowers, which were given depth (I hope) with YR02 and YR04  -  I think.  I did have all the colours written down but I can't find them now.  Y06 was used in the flower centres and BV06 was the base colour for the purple flower.  I'm pretty sure that the pink flowers started with a base of RV10.  (I will update with the correct additional colours once I find where I've put the listing).  I drew the frame using my Black Stampin' Write Journaller and a ruler, the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink, stamped in Memento Black, as are the flowers, which come from the SU! Fifth Avenue Floral set.  The cardstock is also from Papertrey Ink.

I was really glad that I entered -as they say, you have to be in it to win it :)

Thanks for looking - have a great night/day