Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year, Just Add Ink and Top Ten!

I just want to wish you a happy new year to you and your families. May 2011 be a prosperous and fulfilling year!

I made this little pillow box and matching notecard, using the STUNNING Island Oasis designer paper, for this week's Just Add Ink challenge, which is Just Add Summer. These colours, and designer paper sure do remind me of Summer!
These would make a perfect little gift for your friends and family who you are catching up with over the holidays. Some choccies would fit nicely in the pillow box too!

I thought I'd share my top ten favourite projects and posts for 2010. Just click on the titles, and you will be taken to the posts! Enjoy:

1. Artistic New Year

2. Welcome Christmas Tote

3. Christmas Card Event

4. Just Add Ink #40

5. Reindeer Poo!

6. Updated Fifth Avenue Floral

6. Just Add Ink #25

7. Our Zorb Experience

8. Candle Box

9. Patchwork Cards

10. Just Add Ink #5

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Artistic New Year

I made this Happy New Year card for my sister who lives is London. I sent it off the other day, and just hope it gets there in time!
Don't you just love it when you have an idea in your mind for a card or project, and it works out PERFECTLY!!! That was thankfully the case for this card. It didn't take long, and came together wonderfully. And on top of that, it is one of my favourite cards that I've made so far! The designer paper, depth of the colours, and of course the stamp set really sets it off!

This card features the masking technique, I'm hoping to make a tutorial on this technique for my next newsletter, so you'll see one here in a month or so!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Artistic Etchings, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card/Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Love Letters DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle punch, Word Window punch, Corner Rounder punch, Basic Black 5/8" satin ribbon, Basic Black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Pewter jumbo eyelet, Crop-o-Dile, sponge

Hope my sister likes it!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A New Flower!

This is such a gorgeous flower, made using the Fancy Flower punch!

I came across this idea from Mary Fish. Mary has also made a great video tutorial.
I also put together a photo tutorial. Enjoy!

You will need:
The Fancy Flower punch
The Boho Blossoms punch

The 1/2" Circle punch

A strip of scrap cardstock:

Step 1- Stick the scrap piece of cardstock onto the back of the Fancy Flower, using Dotto, as shown:

Step 2- Slide the Fancy Flower into the Fancy Flower punch. Position it so that the points on the punch are in the middle of each petal, as shown. Then punch:

You will now have this new flower:

Step 3- Stick the Boho Blossom and Circle onto the flower, using dimensionals:

And your done! This gorgeous, new flower is now ready for your cards and projects!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Sincere Salutations

Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, In-colour DSP
Ink: Concord Crush
Fancy Flower punch, Boho Blossoms punch, 1/2" Circle punch, Scallop Edge punch, Concord Crush 1/2" stitched-poly ribbon

I am looking forward to creating more of these flowers in the future, in all sorts of different colours!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hi, I would like to wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year! Have a wonderful day full of happy memories and family time.
Remember the TRUE meaning of Christmas.

Warmest wishes,


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Aviary and Island Oasis

Can you believe that Christmas is just 2 short days away? I'm so sorry about my lack of posting (well it isn't called the silly season for nothing!)
Here is a break from all the Christmas projects seen around lately. This is my niece's 21st birthday card. Luisa is part Samoan, so I wanted the card to be bright, and some of the designer paper I have used even uses the Samoan patterns!

Stamp Sets: Aviary, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card/Paper: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Island Oasis DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Gray
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle punch, Old Olive 5/8" satin ribbon, Pewter jumbo eyelets, rhinestone, sponge

I have previously made a Christmas version, HERE.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Just Add Ink #48

This stamp is from the Welcome Christmas stamp set, and in 5 days, we will be celebrating the birth of Jesus! The image on this card is a heart-warming reminder of time spent together with families.
Don't you just love the new satin ribbon? Its so luxurious, and gives a lovely finishing touch to your cards. And I'm loving the Jolly Holiday designer papers too.

For the next 2 weeks, this is the sketch that Just Add Ink has given us to play with:

I have flipped the sketch this week, and made this Christmas card:

You can't see it in the photo, but I have added some Champagne shimmer paint onto the tree.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Welcome Christmas, Sweet Little Sentiments
Card/Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle punch, Word Window punch, Old Olive 5/8" satin ribbon, Champagne shimmer paint, sponge

Check out the other entry's HERE!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Welcome Christmas Cards

I love the Welcome Christmas stamp set! It is a great Christmas set because it includes images and words. So you only need this set and you have Christmas sorted!
These are CASEs from a couple of cards out of a set that Alisa Tilsner designed for the "We Stamp For Lara" fundraiser. Alisa designed a couple more cards and created some wonderful instructions too :-)

The weather here in Auckland has been very hot and sunny. Summer is here!

Click HERE to order Stampin' Up! products!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Shimmery Christmas

Here is a simpler version of my Just Add Ink #45 card. This card features a lot of product that I am really loving at the moment.
I love the shimmery effect on the flowers from being sprayed with the Gold Glow Smooch Spritz. And isn't this designer paper just so funky?! It is from the Love Letters pack.
I also love these Antique Brads.I have used them on many different projects and I highly recommend ordering a pack.

The Smooch Spritz adds a gorgeous, shimmery touch to your projects:

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets:
Welcome Christmas
Card/Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Love Letters DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: XL Scallop Circle punch, Gold Glow smooch spritz, Antique Brad, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, sponge

Click HERE to order Stampin' Up! products!


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Summer Mini Catalogue Launch

The Summer Mini catalogue is so excititing! Here is the bookmark that we made at my launch:

I saw these bookmarks on Becky Roberts blog, who has made some really gorgeous cards and projects with the Aviary stamp set.

I always like to give a little gift to my customers at the end of the year. This year was no different, so I made each of them one of these boxes which hold some Cadbury Chocolate Favourites!
The front of the box is inspired by the very talented, Jenny Moors, who made some similar cards.

My ladies were treated to this beautiful Black Forest Gateau, which I ordered form the Cheese Cake Shop:


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Aviary

Yesterday marked the beginning of the new Summer Mini catalogue! This mini is full of many exciting, new products!
Also, the promotion for this month is the December Frenzy sale, which is a huge sale for selected products, some up to 50% off! View my Specials page HERE.
One of the new stamp sets in the mini is the Aviary set, which is very cute and useful! I got inspiration for this card, by the very talented, Becky Roberts over at Inking Idaho. I just changed the papers to the Jolly Holiday DSP for a Christmas version.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Aviary
Card/Paper: Cherry Cobber, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle punch, Old Olive 5/8" Satin ribbon, Pewter jumbo eyelet, pearl, sponge