Saturday, December 24, 2011

My little girl is growing up - 6 today!

Today is my little girls Birthday - she is 6!
We have had a lovely morning at home,oohing and aahing over some amazing presents like Sylvanian Families, Barbie and Lego!  

She is the light of my life and I love her to bits!
We all love her!
Happy Birthday my Princess!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Just Add Ink #98 - Just Add Sparkle

Just Add Sparkle!  And that's just what I did!  Can you see it?!

This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink came from the very very talented and beautiful Patrice Easton, from Spring Blossom Musings.  I love pretty things, so this was right up my alley!

I needed to make a card for my gorgeous little daughter, Charlotte, who is turning 6 on Christmas Eve...and as mother like daughter, she loves pretty things too - and loves her "diamonds" and bling - hence, I had to make her this "loaded to the max" card!
I have used Stampin' Up's Pick-A-Petal stamp, then cut out the petal and covered it in Crystal Effects and then sprinkled Stampin' Up's Chunky Sprinkles over it.
The #6, I found in my stash and just used a sponge dauber to rub some Pear Pizzazz into it and then covered the #6 in Crystal Effects as well.

I even extended myself this week by blowing off the dust off my much-neglected sewing machine....after a trial run on some scrap paper, I was off and sewing - all going well....until for some reason it just stopped sewing halfway and then picked up again before I realised.  So....I decided to unpick it all, sew it all without cotton (so it made the dots for me) and then hand-sewed it all!  As you can see, there was a reason why there was so much dust on my machine!  But I'm really happy with the effect and it really does "make a card" in real life (IRL)!

So thanks for coming to have a look....make sure you do go and check out the rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team's work and leave them some love - cos they all do such an amazing job!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Coming up....

A Sneaky-Peaky!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

All I Want For Christmas...

Hehehehe....this really tickled my fancy this morning!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Just Add Ink #96

Hello!!! It's a VERY special week at Just Add Ink this week - it's "Just CASE Tania" week!  How exciting & special!  I'm honoured to be the very first Design Team member to feature in our new addition to our challenges!

The idea is to CASE or be inspired by something that I've made in the past - well, you can't exactly CASE something that I've made in the future, so good thing I typed "past" there hey?!
I had a very difficult time trying to decide what I'd CASE of myself, because most things I've made I've already wished I changed something here or there....but in the end I chose to CASE my very first Just Add Ink Design Team card!

I settled the colours down a tad, I think my colour-palette has changed somewhat since then!

1) Here I've used Pretty In Pink and Melon Mambo.

2) I've white embossed one of my all-time favourite stamp sets, (which I won at one of the Regionals I attended!) and used a sponge dauber to rub the ink over.

3) I then used a baby wipe to wipe over the top of the embossing to wipe off excess ink that had stuck to the embossing....and I think I was a little heavy handed with the baby wipe cos it kinda made the ink go a bit splotchy and dotty - but I decided that that was the look I was going for anyway!  ;)

4) Again, I followed Joanne Leddy's awesome photo tutorial on how to make this beautiful flower, (and thanks to a very special friend who posted me some punchies so I could make some as I still haven't got all the flower punches I desire!).  This flower is made with Whisper White cardstock, Silver Glimmer Mist and a SU bling-brad, well that's what I call them!

5) I've mounted the embossed cardstock on Basic Black and popped them up on SU Dimensionals.  I found some really lovely black sequined ribbon and added that.  And done!

Thanks for coming over to have a look and read....I really look forward, especially this week, to seeing what others create!  How exciting!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Just Add Ink #94 - Sketch

This week at Just Add Ink, we have this Sketch which was designed by the very-talented Bronwyn Eastley.

For this card I made, I didn't hold back.  I couldn't hold back!  I just wanted to keep adding more and more "tizz" to it but eventually I had to stop!
I finally bought myself a new camera - so no more taking photos with my iPhone!  I'm still learning how to drive the camera and I'm slowly making friends with my light tent again... we have been enemy's for so long, so hopefully you will see better, happier photo's from me in the near future!

I have used:
stamps: vintage vogue, vintage labels, en francais, elements of style
ink: perfect plum, elegant eggplant, pool party, baja breeze, whisper white, pear pizzaz, going gray
cardstock: perfect plum, whisper white, elegant eggplant
other bits & pieces: dimensionals, circle scissors plus, pearl brads, whisper white taffeta ribbon

Thanks for popping by!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Aislinn!

I made this card for my BFF's daughter, Aislinn.  She turned FIVE!!!!
I added some pretty Dazzling Diamonds to some bee's I found stashed away, gave them a little extra "bling" and I spritzed different pastel colours on the base card as well as a bit of silver.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Just Add Ink - Just Add A Tag or Bookmark

Hello again!  Here is this weeks card for Just Add Ink challenge #92 which is "Just Add A Tag Or Bookmark" - thanks again to Bronwyn for coming up with this cool idea!
I was inspired by this card and managed to get it right first go!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Design Teams creations and hopefully we'll see you enter this weeks challenge too!

I used:
paper: SU Raspberry Tart DSP, Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss
stamps: SU Afterthoughts, Kimono Kids
Dimensionals, Versa Mark, Clear Embossing Powder, Hole Punch, Sparklets, Kiwi Kiss Satin ribbon

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My desk today...

What a mess! And there wasn't much creating going on either!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Just Add Ink #90 - Sketch

This week at Just Add Ink the sketch challenge was provided to us by Bronwyn Eastley.

I have used a chocolate chip base and stamped KaiserCraft "Devonshire" lace stamp down the left hand side in a cream ink (not sure on the brand).
I used my new favourites, my nesties (Nestabilities) in lavendar lace and confetti cream.
The bird from Stampin' Up Friends 24-7 is popped up on dimensionals and I've stamped the Papertrey Ink stamp from Signature Greetings Vol 3 #63 in chocolate chip and embossed it using versamark and clear embossing powder.
Of course I couldn't resist adding some flowers, so I've rolled a few roses in the lavendar lace and confetti cream and added some chantilly crochet trim.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Smile - You Make This World A Better Place

Trying to get a head start on some thank you cards I want to send....this is one I whipped up the other night and hadn't got around to photographing.
I accidently pressed a bit too hard on the embossed wisteria wonder, so it kinda flattened the raised dots, so I went with the flow and used my bone folder to flatten them all down - I liked it!

cardstock: pool party, wisteria wonder, whisper white
ink: pool party, daffodil delight, silver
stamps: SU build a blossom, Verve all about you
daffodil delight 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, silver ribbon/cord/string, dimensionals, crystal effects, perfect polka dots embossing folder, build a blossom punch

Monday, October 10, 2011

Some Birthday Love!

I was so so so super spoilt for my Birthday (which was last Saturday - 1 Oct)!
I spent the day outside working on my parents farm - which I absolutely love doing. My parents treated us to dinner that night so that topped off a fun day for us all!
So I just HAD to share with you some of the amazing handmade cards that I received in the mail! I'm so blessed to have met such wonderful, caring friends through Stampin' Up and the world of card-making. Thank you friends!

My mummy, Jeane McQueen

Friday, October 7, 2011

Just Add Ink #88 - Add A Die Cut

This week at Just Add Ink, we have a bit of a different challenge; "Just Add....A Die Cut"!
I chose the trusty old Top Note...and I kinda turned it into a mini-book, covering the front and back of each page with DSP.
Each "page" has a cardboard middle, making them stiffer and stronger.
The sentiment I chose to put on the first page says:
"Let us be grateful...
to people who make us happy
for they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom."
The last page I've left blank, ready for a personal message to the recipient.
I have inked the edges with my little friends, my sponge daubers and I punched 3 holes in each page and laced up with crochet lace.
The crocheted flower was made my the beautiful Patrice who was so generous and whipped up a few and posted them to me! I've rationed them and saved them, not wanting them to run out! This flower was actually white, but I dipped it in some water and re-inker and left it to dry. I actually used 'Close To Cocoa" ink, but the flower turned out an orange-y colour, but I liked it and it matched the DSP perfectly!
And I loved inking my latest addition - "My Friend" Stampin' Up set - LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

Thanks for coming to have a look, and I look forward to seeing what you're going to make if you enter this weeks challenge at Just Add Ink!
BTW - check out the rest of the Design Teams blogs - they are truly amazing!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Just Add Ink #86 - Sketch Challenge

This week at Just Add Ink, we have a Sketch Challenge for you......and I said to the girls on the Design Team that this card was like delivering a baby! It was hard work, took a long time but I am so proud with what I made! LOL!
My (current) favourite stamp set (Elements Of Style) has made an appearance (yet again!)....I just love it!
I used my trusty old blender pens to colour and I certainly wasn't overly particular with my colouring - a dab here and a dab here and hey presto!

Thanks for popping over - leave a msg and say hello!...and don't forget to check back at Just Add Ink to see the other awesome creations as well!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Just Add Ink #84 - Colour Challenge

Here is my card I made for this week's Just Add Ink Colour Challenge. The colours were:
I just couldn't resist pink and white - one of my all-time favourite colour combos

Make sure you pop over to Just Add Ink if you haven't already to see what the rest of the Design Team have used for their "colour of choice"!

cardstock: textured regal rose, basic white
stamps: friends 24-7
boho blossom punch, bling brad, dimensionals, lace punch, sponge daubers, spritzers

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Baja and Chocolate Birthday Elements

A wonderful friend had a birthday just the other day - and I was so very blessed to spend some of the day with her!
We went on a roadtrip together to Hobart so she could attend Tasmania's SU Regionals and I wanted to give her a little something to spend on herself - either for crafty supplies or just something special for her - so I whipped up this card that has a "money/giftcard pocket" on the inside fold. A friend was making some of these cute little flowers the other day, so I decided to give it a go, adding my own touch of sponge-daubing the edges a little.Now, I know for a fact that this wonderful person loves brown/s and blue/s together, so I have chosen to use BAJA BREEZE and CHOCOLATE CHIP and CONFETTI CREAM and of course, my current favourite stamp set, Elements of Style.

PS...You can visit this wonderful friends blog here!
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