Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mojo Monday 150 & Inkspirations Colour Challenge #34

Hi Everyone

Mojo Monday challenge #150 looked interesting, and the Inkspirations Colour Challenge #34 was unusual, so I decided to give it a try.

I  used the Bella Bleu DSP papers (retiring 31 Aug), and tried Dawn McVey's scrunchy button flowers. Click here for her tutorial - fabulous! Thanks Dawn!  LOVE the flower as a focal point - beautiful texture and dimension and very fun to do!

I dry embossed the Close to Cocoa panel for a bit of texture. The sentiment was from PTI's Tea for Two Additions. I stamped More Mustard cardstock with PTI's Background Additions Type II in Close to cocoa ink, punched out 5 scallop circles with SU's scallop circle punch, put a brad through them and scrunched away! Then I threaded a button from Spotlight that matched perfectly with Close to Cocoa with recycled thread from a clothes tag.  The coordinating More Mustard brads came from SU's Earth Elements Brads.  The scallop edge on the Kraft pattern paper was punched out by removing the paper guides from the EK success corner rounder (broader than the SU corner rounder).  Lastly I sponged everything with Close to Cocoa ink to tie everything together.

x Julia
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Clean and Simple FTL 98

Hi there,
I really liked the sketch for Clean and Simple FTL 98 ! I almost CASEd it entirely. :) LOVE the result. Simple and beeee-aaa-uuuuu-tiful!

Hope you like it...

x Julia

Supplies all stampin up:
Stamp: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Soft Suede, Haiku DSP, So Saffron, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, the new Soft Suede, So Saffron
Others: Big Shot, Polka Dot embossing folder, large oval punch, 1 3/4" punch

Friday, July 23, 2010

Wedding Invitation Cards

Hi all!

I am making some wedding invitation cards for my sis-in-law, and thought I would share them with you.

Here are some ideas.....papers were from various shops. Theme was classic and elegant. I used the Big Shot and the Sizzlits 4-pk Lots of Tags die from Stampin' Up in the first 2 cards. Also the Wide Oval Punch and Sincere Salutations Stamp Set from Stampin' Up (love these!!). The cards had to be simple enough for "mass production". The font I downloaded for free online.

Love to hear your comments, thoughts, suggestions, questions. My favourite is the black and white card with "birthday wishes"! I really like the handmade paper with silver flowers too. So gorgeous!

x Julia

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #28

Hi everyone

this week I really like the color combo for the Inkspirations Colour Challenge #28:

I also really liked the Mojo Monday #144 layout which I thought was rather cute:

So I combined the two above and created this:

I am quite pleased with this card! I didn't have any matching printed papers so all the papers were plain cardstock inked up with stamps.

The main image, polka dot strip and greeting was made with stamps from Papertrey Ink. The cardstock, Tres Chic background stamp, inks, labels sizzlits die, wide oval punch and choc chip ribbon were from Stampin' Up. The greeting was too long to fit into the oval so I managed to ink up parts of it with the SU choc chip marker to make it fit. I didn't have Pumpkin Pie buttons so I used buttons from spotlight. Oh, how I love buttons!!!

I ran out of whisper white envelopes so I used the vanilla, dressing it up with Choc Chip DSP spotty paper on the flap. Makes the card look a bit more posh and only takes a few seconds!

Have a great week (or what's left of it)....

x Julia

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cute Stationery Box with Handmade Cards, Notes, Tags

Hi there!

I saw this stationery box tutorial by Jackie Topa on splitcoaststampers and decided this was the perfect gift to make! My friend asked me to donate some handcrafted cards for her church's quiz night prize so I thought this would be lovely.

This is what the box looks like, it needs to be made with extra heavy pattern paper like the Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP:

Lift the lid and the box unfolds out with pockets for cards, note cards, tags, and even space for a pen, postage stamps, and a mini book to write in (e.g. birthdays)! This is soooo cute!

Close up of the cards and tags:

Hope you like this project!

x Julia

Supplies: (all Stampin' Up! unless noted)
Stamps: Petal Pizzaz, Sincere Salutations, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Paper: Riding Hood Red/Baja Breeze/Whisper White CS, Sweet Slumber Specialty paper, Baja Breeze DSP
Ink: So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Baja Breeze/Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon
Tools: Swiss Dots embossing folder, Cricut

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #27

Hi there!

Gasp - I can't believe my last post on my blog was in Dec 09! Where has the time gone?!

Well last night I decided to give Keesh's Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #27 a go, and I decided to use the Haiku Designer Series Papers which are on sale at the moment (last day today Tues 15th June) for $10.17 a pack. I thought the Haiku DSP would go very well with the Asian Artistry stamp set!

Here is Keesh's fabulous sketch (love it!):

and here is my creation:

I must admit it was really enjoyable sitting down at my craft desk creating cards again. Very therapeutic! :) hope you enjoyed the card. Check out the entries for this challenge here.

Have you been doing any craft lately? Maybe it's time to get back into it! :)

x Julia

Supplies from Stampin' Up! unless indicated:
Stamps: Vintage Labels, Asian Artistry (new hostess set in Autumn-Winter Mini)
Paper: Haiku DSP, Kiwi Kiss/Whisper White/So Saffron CS
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Choc Chip, and markers (Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Old Olive)
Tools: Wide Oval Punch, Playground designer buttons

Thursday, December 17, 2009

SU Inventory Sale!

Hi there,

here's an exciting piece of news, SU is having an Inventory Sale! Now on till 24 Jan 2010. Check out this list below... some of them have been drastically marked down.

All stamp sets on sale are square cut (you need to trim them), while stocks last. If you don't have a hard copy of the Idea Book and Catalogue, you can view them online (click the Idea book icon on my blog).

Hope u manage to grab a bargain!

x Julia

Last Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #17 for 2009

Hi everyone

Can't believe it is almost the end of year 2009! Thought I would try Keesh's last sketch challenge for the year. Next year I will try to do more challenges and post them on my blog. :)

Here goes for the Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #17:
I thought this was a rather simple card, I just didn't have the inspiration to think up something new to do! LOL
I have put crystal effects on the lovely flower and the words "Christ is born", that gives it a glam factor. :) And since Jesus was born in a manger, I thought the twine gave it a rustic and quaint look!

If you have time, try this sketch from Makeesha, its rather fun and something I always use alot. Check out the other samples with this sketch here.

Card stock: Real Red, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP (retired), Choc chip.
Stamps: Christ is Born
Others: Scallop Edge punch, twine, paper piercer, Filigree brads, Crystal Effects, Silver Brads

While I had my supplies out I did a few other cards with the same papers....
This one above I used the stamp set Season of Joy, and some kindyglitz around the snowflake.

This card above I used Tree Trimmings stamp set (from Spring Mini), and Many Merry Messages. I drew faux stitches around the bauble with my white gel pen. I think I should have embossed the greeting ti make it stand out more!

This simple gorgeous card has an embossed background - with the Cuttlebug. Again, Season of Joy stamp set, and a gemstone in the middle of the snowflake. I really really like the embossed background - subtle and very tactile!

Hope you all have a lovely week and finished most of your holiday shopping...take time out to do some craft! I would love to hear what you have made :)

xx Julia
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Saturday, November 7, 2009

To Market, To Market...

Hi there

I'm off to the Norwood Market for Child and Baby tomorrow, Nov 8, at Norwood Primary School, from 9-3pm! I'll be displaying stampin' up! products and cards for sale, and free make and takes. It's the first time ever I've done a market stall and thank God I'm sharing it with my gorgeous friend Pixi.

Here is one of the cards I've done for the stall:
The card has the color combo Kraft, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White. Guess where I got this color combo from? From a Real Living interior design magazine!!! Yes, look around you for color combo inspiration, it's everywhere!

I am really loving Kraft cardstock as it looks very organic. The blue Supernova glitter looks really pretty - my photography doesn't quite capture it! The Riding Hood Red 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon adds a touch of elegance -you can purchase this from the Spring Mini Catalogue up till 30 Nov only. Let me know if you want the supplies list for this card.

Remember to order any of your Spring Mini products before 30 Nov! On 1 Dec we have a brand new exciting Summer Mini Catalogue release. More to come!

Happy Stamping,

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Southern Belles Monthly Challenge #1

Hi Everyone

I am part of a group of fellow SU demonstrators and we have our own blog called Southern Belles. We are starting a new monthly challenge (Sep), with a sketch by Denise Boddey. There is a prize for the winner (non-SU demo) which is a free inkpad! Go to our Southern Belles website for more details on submission etc.

Here is the layout:

And here is my card...I've modified the layout to A5 card dimensions.
A fairly simple card but does take a while to assemble and trim. I used the Organic Outlines stamp set for the first time - this stamp set can be used to decorate items for the home too.

Supplies used:
  • Stamp sets: Organic Outlines, Gallery (from Spring Mini), On your Birthday
  • Ink: Basic Grey, Kiwi Kiss
  • Paper: Basic Grey, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
  • Accessories: Pretties Kit, Stamp-a-ma-jig, paper snips
Hope you like it!

x Julia


And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Col 3:23