Monday, 26 January 2015

Creative Inkers Occasions Blog Hop

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Welcome back to our second Creative Inkers Blog Hop for 2015.  This blog hop showcases products from the Occasions Catalogue that was released earlier this month and is here until 2 June 2015.  It's full of lovely stamp sets, paper and accessories.  Don't forget that for every $110 NZD that you spend between now and 31 March 2015 you get to choose FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

If you've been following the blog hop you will have come from the very talented Rachael Knight or you may have just joined my page.  If you get 'lost' there's a list of all the blogs at the bottom of this post.  So grab a cuppa and enjoy the 'hop' - this is a longer post than normal so read to the bottom :)

I've gone with the same style of card - Magic Card - for my two projects.  The first one uses my favourite set - From the Herd.  I've always wanted to make a Magic card and this set works perfectly.

What's so magical about this card you say - well wait until you pull the tab up and voila - colour appears.

And here's the herd on the inside.

I've coloured my images using our Blendabilities - which you can get FREE as part of Sale-A-Bration.

Stamp set - From the Herd
Card Stock - Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Whisper White
DSP - Park Lane
Ink/Blendabilities - Momento Black Ink, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Black StazOn
Other - 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Deco Labels, Window Sheet, Early Espresso Bakers Twine

For my second card I've used a set that I think will become a favourite - Sheltering Tree.  Again - where's the magic?


And a close up - this was so much fun to stamp.  First the tree trunk, then the leaves (whatever the season), then the grass and finally personalise your scene.  I've added the swing and bike with a few 'flowers' off to the left.

And the inside can't be left out

Stamp Set - Sheltering Tree
Card Stock - Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
DSP - Park Lane
Ink - Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Black StazOn
Other - 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" Circle Punch, CIrcle Framelits, Line Thread, Window Sheets, Early Espresso Bakers Twine

I hope you've enjoyed your visit to my blog - please leave a comment as I love to hear from you.  My 'comments' link is at the bottom of my post just below the photo of Yellowbear 

Thanks for joining our second Blog Hop for 2015, now it's time to hop on over to see what wonderful creation Sally Williams has in store.



.1. Narelle Hoggard

14. Kathe Oldham

16: Bev Poultney

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Celebrate Today - Happy Birthday

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For those of you in Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty I hope you are enjoying your long weekend - I could get used to 3 day weekends!

Today's card uses one of the new sets from the Occasions Catalogue called Celebrate Today.  The great thing with this set is that you can get it as a bundle (and save 15%) with the coordinating Balloon Framelits.

I created a 'mask' so that I could stamp the bunting in alternate colours - a bit time consuming but as this set comes in Photopolymer it was easy to align the image each time I stamped it.  I had tried using markers but the colour wasn't strong enough for my liking - I'm a 'bolds' girl rather than a 'subtles'.  There is also a matching framelit in the Balloon set so no 'fussy' cutting needed :)

Stamp Set - Celebrate Today
Card Stock - Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink - Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point
Other - Balloon Framelits, Dimensionals

Don't forget to check back tomorrow at 8:00pm for our second Creative Inkers Blog Hop showcasing products from the new Occasions Catalogue.

Enjoy your day off tomorrow :)

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Weekly Deals - 21 January to 27 January

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Check out this weeks 'Weekly Deals' - some great deals to be had :).

Contact me if you would like to place an order - I'll be doing an order later this week.

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Creative Inkers Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop

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Glad you can join us for another Creative Inkers Blog Hop.  This blog hop showcases products from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  For every $110 NZD that you spend between now and 31 March 2015 your get to choose FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

If you've been following the blog hop you will have come from Rachael Knight's blog or you may have just joined my page.  If you get 'lost' there's a list of all the blogs at the bottom of this post.  Now on with my project.

This first card is one I taught at my card class last week and uses four Sale-A-Bration products - Irresistably Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), Big Day Stamp Set, Blendabilities and Best Year Ever Accessory Pack.

I love this DSP - it's white glossy paper with different patterns that you can colour in a variety of techniques.  For these cards I've used ink and sponges but you could use daubers, a brayer or a spritzer to get different effects.  I sponged three colours on randomly then used a tissue to wipe away any excess ink.  It gives the effect of the emboss resist technique.  No two cards will be the same.

For the second card I still used sponges but applied the colours light to dark to light to give a blended look.  I've also used another of the patterns - quite a different look for this card.

I'm really loving this stamp set which comes with five stamps - it's great for colouring in using the Blendabilites which are also a FREE product.  For the 'Celebrate' I restamped it on a scrap piece of card then hand cut it out, coloured it in with my Bendabilities then adhered it over the original image.  I did this on both cards.

Here's a full list of the supplies I used:
Stamp Set - Big Day
Card Stock - Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Costal Cabana, Whisper White.  Naturals White, Rich Razzleberry
Ink/Blendabilities - Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana. Soft Sky, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Rich Razzleberry, Costal Cabana.  Momento Black
Other - Banner Framelits, Circle Framelits, 2" Circle Punch, Best Year Ever Accessory Pack, Dimensionals

I hope you've enjoyed my creations.  Check back next Monday 26th January at the same time for our next blog hop which will showcase products from the Occasions Catalogue - now you'll be heading to Sally Williams' blog



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Happy Anniversary

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Today Phil and I are celebrating our 13th Wedding Anniversary with a long weekend away in Raglan on the west coast of the North Island.  Happy Anniversary Babe - thanks for being such an amazing husband - love you heaps.

Here is the card I made for him which is also the card I taught at last weeks card class.  We had a bit of fun making this as every time he walked through the lounge the girls quickly turned the card over in case he saw it :)

The ladies had wanted to make another 'card in a box' card and I found a really good tutorial for a rectangle card on Diane Barnes blog - check it out here.  With this design you can get two cards out of an A4 sheet of card stock and it fits into our standard envelopes. Thanks for Di for sharing this with us.

Do you like the paper I've used?  It's from the new paper stack - Stacked with Love - which is in the new Occasions Catalogue.  I'm not really a 'hearts' girl but this paper range is really lovely and I love all the paper designs.  It has black images on one side and red tones on the other and at NZD$14.50 it's really good value.  You get 48 sheets per pack - 4 each of 12 double-sided designs.

In my clean up over the holidays I found some Googly eyes so thought I'd add them to this project - they make cute owls don't you think?  I've used one of my 'go to' sets for the sentiments - Memorable Moments.  This is such a versatile set even though it's only numbers and a few sentiments.  If you don't own this set I'd say have a re-think :)

Stamp - Pictogram Punches, Memorable Moments
Card Stock - Real Red, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
DSP - Stacked with Love Paper Stack
Ink - Real Red
Other - Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Owl Builder Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Hearts Framelits, Label Card Thinlits, Googly eyes (non SU)

Well I hope you enjoy your day because I will be enjoying mine :)

Check back tonight at 8:00pm for our Creative Inkers Blog Hop showcasing projects using products from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

From the Herd - Happy Birthday

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What fantastic weather we've been having here in Auckland - let's hope it lasts a bit longer.

Yesterday I had three people celebrate birthdays - so here is the first card.

This was for a 9 year old so I've added some 'googly' eyes for some fun :)

I'm loving the combination of this set and Blendabilities - colouring in takes you back to your childhood and is very relaxing.

Stamp - From the Herd
Card Stock - Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
DSP - Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso Paper Stack (retired)
Ink - Momento Black, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Old Olive
Other - Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Googly eyes - non SU

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Monday, 12 January 2015

Big Day CASE

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Well it's back to work for me - my summer break is over :( and I've just realised I haven't done a blog post for almost a week!  I've been busy in the craft room creating - now I just need to make the time to show you what I've been creating.  Make yourself a note to check back next Monday night at 8:00pm as we have another Creative Inkers Blog Hop showcasing products from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Last week one of the ladies I used to work with had a birthday and this is the card I made.  I've CASED it (Copy And Share Everything) from the Sale-A-Bration brochure which is out now.  Check out page 12.  I've changed the colours and done a few modifications but this is what guided me

I really like this stamp set and have a few more creations to show you over the coming days.  Remember - for every $110NZD that you spend between now and 31st March you get to choose FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Stamp - Big Day
Card Stock - Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Whisper White
Ink - Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey
Other - Banner Punch, Scallop Tag Topper Punch

If you're in New Zealand I hope you're enjoying the beautiful summer weather.

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