A Sketch Challenge, a Mini preview and a New Technique

Hi Girls,

I played along with the first challenge for a while over at inkspirations this week – here is my take on their sketch:

Now I have a few things to tell you about this card…

1. I turned to my colour coach for inspiration on colour and chose Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso – you just can’t go wrong when you use the colour coach to guide you on colour!!!

2. Oh My God how sweet is that satin bow?

3. Can you pick up the subtle Gold smooch spritzing on the Early Espresso base card?

4. You are getting a not so subtle preview of something coming up in the Autumn Winter Mini on April 1st 2011…


5. How gorgeous is my glittery stencilled rose as the central image? What you are looking at is Chocolate Supernova fine glitter and dazzling diamonds in a rose pattern – intrigued? You will have to stay tuned for my tutorial coming up on April 1 with the release of the mini catalogue – this technique uses a very exciting product also in the catty so I can’t give too much more away than that – but I hope I see you back here then for more details ūüôā

Or go one step further and book into my launch class and have a go yourself! All I know is that you will see alot more of this on my blog in the coming weeks – I haven’t been this excited about learning a new technique (thanks for teaching me Ness) in a very long time!

Thanks for stopping by and why not join in with the challenge here


Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #55

Hi there,

I have the perfect project to play along with the sketch challenge over at Inkspirations  this week Рthis is a gift box that I have just put the finishing touches on this afternoon and it is pretty close to the sketch posted by Makeesha:

Here is the Sketch:

And here is my project:


I’ve used Pretty in Pink and Concord Crush with Very Vanilla and my Lap of Luxury DSP.¬† Here is a pic that better shows the fab dimension on this project:

I’ve created this with a special pregnant friend in mind who as it happens is having a little baby girl soon.¬† Its about 5cm deep so will fit a cute little outfit etc inside when I am ready!

I actually got the idea of individual little squares from a fellow demonstrator on stampinconnection¬†who posted a gorgeous framed collage in blues a few weeks ago ūüôā

Thanks for stopping by again and I promise this is the last post for the day… honest!

A Birthday Tote For Ellie

Over at Just Add Ink this week we have a great challenge for you:

Just Add Birthdays!

I have been saving this project to share with you for just this challenge! A few weeks ago our neighbour Ellie turned 7 – and Ellie loves¬†stamping and craft, so I created this tote for her and filled it with a stamp set and a few stampin’ write markers to play with!

I was sure to strengthen the tote with Brads on all the joins and even on my sweet treat flower so that it will last for a while!¬† Now I must confess this DSP is retired (so sad – it’s so cute!) but of course this would work with any of our DSP’s in the current catalogue and in actual fact¬†the standard weight DSP¬† is a little easier to work with when making this tote! I am going to share the link ->here<- where I originally saw this Tote – and as you will see Andrea Walford’s tutorial is excellent – so easy to follow!

I filled my sweet treat cup with a scallop flower and a sprinkling of dazzling diamonds to glitz it up a wee bit. I’ve tied the matching birthday card to the side of the tote through a small heart punched out of the corner of the card.

Ellie’s name has been created using my Junior Timeless Alphabet Dies and my bigshot.¬† I don’t think a week goes by without using these alphas or the numbers and shapes that come with them!

I was so thrilled that she loved this Tote and gift inside! Made the few hours it took to make ALL WORTH IT!

No head on over to JAI and check out the other Birthday gift and card ideas offered up for your DT inspiration this week!

Thanks for stopping by and catch up with you soon!

Jan x

Just Add a fab colour challenge!


Just Add Ink have a funky colour challenge for you to sink your teeth into this week… Check it out!

I definitely went the funky route with my design:

I had fun inking up my new Long Fellows hostess set – isn’t this wee¬†turtle gorgeous?¬† I am experimenting with groupings of elements lately – a card making style that appears throughout the new Idea Book and Catalogue for Stampin’ Up! I have used¬† a variety of bigshot dies and punches for the flowers, buttons and tags on this card.

Now head on over to JAI and check out the great projects the DT have on offer for your inspiration!

Cheers Girls!

Just Add Ink #35 Sympathy Cards

Over at Just Add Ink this week, the Design Team is challenging you to create your own Sympathy Card.  Honestly I always find these kinds of cards the hardest to make Рbut here is my DT project for this week:


This card is almost entirely made using new products from the Idea Book and Catalogue 2010-2011.

Project Recipe

Basic Black Card

Very Vanilla Card

Peach Parfait Card (In Colour)

Elegant Line Embossing Folder (I’ve used my hole punch to punch out a few of the circles so that the Basic Black shows through)

Striped Grosgrain Vanilla and Black

Jewels – Large Rhinestone

Butterfly Embosslits (yes this die embosses AND cuts!)

Sentiment label¬† is created using the Large 1 3/4 inch punch circle in Basic Black and Wide Oval punch in Very Vanilla.¬† Isnt my sentiment beautiful? It is from the “Afterthoughts” level 1 hostess set. I have masked the bottom “afterthought” on the stamp and inked up the Just For You in Peach Parfait – one of my favourite new In Colours.

I hope you had over to JAI and check out the other project ideas for you this week. Click “here” and be sure to give them some comment love while you are there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sneeky Peaky Anyone? Just Add Ink!

With less than two weeks to go before the New SU Catalogue is launched it is definitely time for a sneek peak (or two!)

The design team over at Just Add Ink have some fantastic projects to share this week and just quietly, let me tell you that there is an upcoming product used here or there!!!

The colour challenge this week is simply beautiful…

Here is my project…

I’ve used Kraft card stock as my base (Did you know that in the new catalogue this is continuing as a core colour with a name change “Crumb Cake”?).¬† The Real Red DSP I’ve used is from the Pink Flamingo range (on special now on the Last Chance List at an amazingly low price of $8.48!).

Using my Pillow Box Die and Bigshot, I created three little pillows and tied them together with Hemp Twine.  You all know by now that I just LOVE my Art By Design stamp set and have used the Made With Love stamp here and framed it with first a Scallop Square and popped it onto a Large Tag Punchy,

And now for my little gift card – spot the sneak peeks! (and that’s all I am going to say about that!!!)

I had so much fun with this colour challenge – definitley one I plan to use again in the future…How about you? Head over to Just add ink and see what the other DT girls came up with – you are in for a treat!

Now a quick word about Helping Hudson – if you haven’t heard about Hudson yet make sure you head over and read about how this little boy needs your help…

I’ve just purchased my Boxes Tutorial and will be sure to post projects for you all to see! There are only 2 days left so help out if you can!

Just Add Wheels and Helping Hudson

Over at Just Add Ink¬†this week the entire Design Team has an offering for your creative inspiration.¬† In honour of the wonderful work the organisers over at Helping Hudson are doing to raise money for a little boy in need, the challenge this week is to…

Just Add Wheels

Here is my DT project:

I have been so dying to uses this masking technique again after being introduced to it by my wonderful upline Michelle during a Christmas Card Stampastack last year… Instead of the traditional Christmas bauble shape, I’ve used my full heart punch to make a masking sheet and dabbed Baja Breeze ink with my sponge in the cut out heart sections.¬† Still holding the mask in place, I’ve rolled Night of Navy Ink with my So Swirly Wheel and then highlighted some of the swirls with my two way glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds.

I will be sure to use this technique in Christmas Card Classes this year so if you are interested, let me know and I will reserve you a spot when dates are set!

Now onto Helping Hudson.¬† If you haven’t heard of the struggles of little Hudson – head on over now to this JAI post here¬†and read all about how you can help.¬† And while you over at JAI, be sure to check our the other fantastic DT projects on offer this week – and get to Just Adding Wheels and play along.

Thanks for stopping by girlies!

Jan x

Make a Card Masculine?

Over at Just Add Ink this week the challenge is to create a man card (with a beautiful colour combo included which I havent played along with so won’t link my entry! But I¬†thought I would jump in and use my Greetings Eight Dad Stamp I have longed to Ink Up!

My base card is Always Artichoke, with DSP from Autumn Traditions and an embossed strip of More Mustard Cardstock using my Bigshot and Polkadot Embossing folder. I’ve inked my stamp with Soft Suede and matted with same.¬† My little punched slot is tied off with Jute String (I’ve run out of my favourite Hemp Twine for the moment!)

Now can you believe that my darling husband STILL thinks this is too flowery for a Man Card??? Honestly!¬†I asked him what he would like for his Father’s Day Card and he said:

Do you have a bird of prey stamp? An Eagle maybe? and you could make it in Eagles colours?

And the kicker is… he is completely serious! So stay tuned for that Blog come September!!!!

Thanks for stopping by girls! I am notMake sure you head over to JAI and see the gorgeous cards the DT have come up with this week!

Melt -Embossing ~ A New Technique for Me!

And further more…. while I had my embossing powder out for the JAI challenge this week¬†I had a sudden notion to see what would happen if I embossed on the acetate window sheets…

So I stamped with my White Craft stamp-pad,¬†then tipped a healthy amount of white embossing powder on there¬†(oh of course used my embossing buddy first) and then proceeded to emboss um…melt with my Heat Tool!

After I panicked a little – I persevered and love the result:

See how it melted and curled the corners and edges? I repeated this curl on the top edge of my DSP using my metal kebab stick  as a winding tool (this kitchen item I use every time I craft for some reason or another!!!) 

I also really love how the embossing is a little hit and miss and transparent in some places.

I’ve secured my window sheet onto the DSP with brads to avoid yucky adhesive marks.¬† Doesn’t this flower from Autumn Flair look fab used in repeat like this?

I thought I’d chuck some dry embossing in there too on my Kiwi Kiss Strip.

To do this I’ve¬†used an embossing tool to score lines at various points along the card stock.

My little sentiment (from Picture This Hostess set) is stamped using White Craft on Basic Grey Cardstock and of course punched with a word window.

Stay tuned for more embossing um…melting to come – I don’t think I will put my heat tool away just yet!

Remember if you haven’t already – head over to JAI and check out the fab DT projects on offer for your inspiration this week!

Just Add… Embossing!

Hey chickies!

Just Add Ink is after my own heart this week! The challenge is to Just Add Embossing to a project – and as this is where my crafting started all those years ago embossing my wedding invitations – I just had to have a go at this challenge! So here is my “Just for Fun” entry:


I’ve started with a cute little box template from the SU Demo website, but added a topnote as the lid rather than the flap on the original template. Starting from a base of Baja Breeze Cardstock, I’ve trimmed it up with Urban Garden DSP using the same sheet, just featuring both sides of the pattern.¬†

I’ve added a second little topnote out of DSP to extend the lid, and then white embossed flowers from the Autumn Flair Hostess stampset.

When¬†I am white embossing I like to stamp first using my White Craft Stamp-pad and then embossing with White embossing powder. I’ve embossed onto Baja Breeze card and cut the flowers out using my SU paper snips (gosh¬†I love those scissors!)

My sentiment is of course from the Best¬† Yet¬† Hostess stampset and I’ve layered it onto a¬†Scallop Circle punched from another sheet of Urban Garden DSP.

I have a lucky hostess in mind for this gift at an upcoming workshop… Now what to fill it with!

Please, please head over to JAI to see the ~AMAZING~ projects the Design Team have for you – they certainly blew me away!

Have fun crafting girls!