Tuesday, 31 January 2012

336: Tuesday Tip

How should you store you classic ink pads?
I always heard to store any ink pad upside down so that the ink is always ready on the surface BUT... did you know that the classic Stampin Ink Pads were designed so that the pad was upside down when closed? So they should be stored with this label facing up.

Now this only applies to classic ink pads. I continue to store my stampin spots, distress inks, and others upside down.

Stampin Up have an excellent storage system for classic ink pads. It holds 48 as well as the re-inkers. There is an extender kit also available should you have more that what the first tier can manage.

So if you feel in the mood to organise your space contact me to order one straight to your door :)

Monday, 30 January 2012

337: Product Review

Stampin Ups five petal punch is Fab. I use it to make my own flowers by cutting out several from pattern paper. Spritzing with water and connecting together with a brad.

I also like to use it to creat a window in small notecards like I have here in this little gift set.

The other wonderful thing about the punch is that it can save you a LOT of time. Many of the floral sets in the catalogue match perfectly with the punch so cutting out is a breeze and anything that saves time is a great friend of mine!!! Remember I didnt have the punch when I made these but now could easily fly through quite a few sets YAHOO!!

338: Video How To

A day late I know... just doing a bit of catch up this morning :) My video how to today is about using the treat cups to creat a valentines card. (or card for that special someone)

Saturday, 28 January 2012

339: What's Scrapbooking

This layout is the first page of a Family History album I really want to get started on this year. I used the circle punch for the photos. I may have to add a few more leaves as I couldnt find the photos of my nieces and nephew that I really typical..

Thursday, 26 January 2012

341: What's On The Web

No doubt you've heard me blabbing on about Tim Holtz at some stage on my Blog. I have been collecting a few of his products here and there over the last year or two in my fav colours - broken china, fire brick red and picket fence... yeah I know white isnt technically a colour... I have the few items scattered and housed in different storage containers but when I saw his storage case earlier this month I got excited and started saving for it.  I dont know that I am all that interested personally in the trinket and paper cases but the one that would fit all the inks, embossing, distressing, crackle...well different story ..LOL

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

343: Tuesday Tip

Everytime I stamp or scrap I sponge and ink the edges of things. What I have found is that I end up with a container full of inked up sponges etc and have no clue as to what colour goes with what ink pad. I saw another demonstrator online who had used a storage drawer set up. She placed her sponges in well labelled drawers and could easily find the sponge to match.

The only problem I face is room. I use a small desk for work and hobby and I really cant afford the space to have lots of storage containers hanging around taking up space on what little room I have. I house my classic ink pads in a plastic crate which is shelved unless I am using them. So instead I have made use of a Tim Holtz tool. All the sponges connect to the ink tool via velcro so I went out and bought myself some dots and attached one to the back of the Ink pad. This way when I have finished inking I can just attach the sponge to the ink pad and I know where it is for next time.

With the sponges attached the ink pads dont sit perfectly but its a little price to pay in my individual case.

How do you organise your sponges etc??


Just realised the Video How to didnt go live.. so if you checked by scroll down or select from post menu to the right. Sorry about that folks :)

Monday, 23 January 2012

344: Product Review

The Colour Coach

This tool in invaluable when it comes to choosing and matching colours to be used on your projects.
The set includes all of the available colours Stampin up has to offer and these can be seen in the picture below..I Love Then ALL!! The first few cards in the colour coach take you through an explanation of colour theory. You can also view some important information here in a PDF

To make the most of Stampin' Up!'s Color Coach, it helps if you have some basic understanding of color principles. Download the Color Theory Training documents via the link above to get a greater understanding of how colors work, and how you can create beautiful color combinations with your Color Coach!

On the reverse side of each card is where it gets even more exciting!! With the colour named at top it gives you additional information such as the dynamic duo for monotonal projects, creative colour combinations that include a balanced combination with a power pair already sorted for you along with a matching accent colour and finally a sweet set that gives you yet another colour combination using other core colours. This is the perfect tool for everyone new to cardmaking or not!! There are even some blank cards so that you can create some of your very own combinations!
In summary, the new Stampin' Up! Color Coach

■ Includes 55 double-sided cards with removable metal post fastener so you can uclip your cards and see them side by side for colour matching

■ Includes color theory cards and individual color swatch cards

■ On individual color cards, one side shows color, the other side lists coordinating colors

■ Card size: 2-3/4" x 4-1/2"

Sunday, 22 January 2012

345: Video How To

Hi readers!! :) Today's How To Video will show you how to make a lovely little card using those little tiny stamps that sometimes come with your stamp sets. In the past I probably would have looked over these and never given them any use at all but that view has changed with the look you can get by putting them all into an array !! I have a set of itty bitty snowflake stamps as well so am going to make up a set of wintery looking stamps using the same technique. Happy Viewing!!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Friday, 20 January 2012

Transparent Tags

I really enjoy making these transparent tags. I hope you do to. Come back and see how I used it on my scrapbooking page tomorrow! :)

Thursday, 19 January 2012

348: Whats on the Web

I am a subscriber to this Utube Channel and I LOVE what she creates. This is a super way to dress up those old flat boring cheap napkins!!!!! LOL My next dinner will be way posh LOL!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Just Add Ink Challenge

Just add ink are celebrating there 100th Birthday with a challenge that inlcudes just adding crowns! Here is my contribution (sorry about the pic) :) They have challenges each week you should definately join in :)

Card Patterns Sketch Challenge

HerĂ©'s an entry I submitted to Card Patterns Sketch Challenge I have used the retired elegant Soire pattern paper from stampin up, chocolate chip ink and New stamp from the "You are Loved"stamp set. There are so many great challenge sites on the web ! I am having a blast during my holidays!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

350: Tuesday Tip

Last week I gave you some hints about Stampin Write Markers this week I am going to give you a simple tip for using these when stamping. One way to use them is to colour straight onto your stamp. This is particularly using if you want to stamp various colours all at once. I usually use Stampin Write markers on smaller stamps only because I am slow at colouring and I am sure the ink would all be dry before I finished LOL.

First decide on your stamp design and the Stampin Write colours you would like to use.
Begin colouring the sections of the stamp as desired

 When done with the colouring stamp your image as you would normally.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

352: Video How Too

I saw some bookmarks a while back that had these little owls as toppers. These will make the cutest back to school bookmarks for my work besties ;) I have teamed them with the paper kit available in the Summer mini catalogue. They just need a bit of ribbon attached to finish them off.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

353: What's Scrapbooking

Pink and Black were the colours of the day and the perfect backdrop for my ribbon diecut!! In case you were wondering I do all of my scrapbooking in 8x11. I used to be a 12x12 gal but the albums are so big they poke out of my bookcase so I made the switch and never looked back :)

Do you like to scrapbook or are you more of a cards person?

Friday, 13 January 2012

Ribbon Die Cuts

This technique is really effective and you can get so many different looks depending upon the ribbon material or die that you use.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

355: What's on the Web

Doing my usual surfing around for the Wednesday spot and came across a ripper of an idea created by Angel Dee an Independent Stampin up Demonstrator and member of the Angels Group. I love a bit of tongue in check naughtiness and Angel has created just that!! I can wait til I collect the extra punches and try these out myself!! I have a friend who would LOVE this!!! too friggin cute!!! You can find her blog HERE

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

357: Tuesday Tip

I absolutely love the Stampin Write Markers and use them all the time. The markers feature a fine tip for details and writing and a brush tip for wider colour applications. They are acid and xylene free water based dye ink markers. The markers are offered in all of Stampin Up's awesome colours so you can easily colour coordinate projects. There are lots of cool ways to use these markers however, I found out something quite interesting the other day that I thought I would share with you all this Tuesday Tip!

I never realised (I am blonde BTW) that at each end of the marker there is a line, one thin and one thick, to indicate the brush/tip side. I am constantly taking the end of the marker only to find I have the wrong one so this piece of information will come incredibly handy...DOH!! The other thing I learnt is that these markers are refillable so knowing that the life of the marker can be extended when verging on empty was a celebratory moment!! To refill you need a pair of tweezers and the corresponding ink refill (same that is used for the Stampin up ink pads) You gently pry out the nib and add a few drop into the tube of the marker and insert the nib back in.

The Stampin Write markers from the brights, subtles, regals and neutrals can be purchased separately for $5.75 each or as a colour set for $54.95 (10 Markers) Neutral is $43.95 (8 markers). The new incolour sets are $27.95 (5 markers).

Monday, 9 January 2012

358: Product Review

Ok confession coming... when I first saw all the owls appearing in layouts and cards I thought What the!!.... then they started to grow on me so much so that when I first saw this little fellow prior to becoming a demonstrator I just had to have him straight away! Once pieced together he make the most adorable little owl. As a handy tip I managed to get myself some adhesive back cardstock and this made it sooo simple to put him together and attach to a card or layout. BUT... the fun doesn't stop there with this fantastic punch with a bit of tweaking here and there you can create all sorts of combinations. Here are a few that I cased and modified for my own personal use. If you would like to purchase the punch you can do so through me and I can have it delivered straight to your door!!

I love my little doggie!!!!
What combination have you come up with?? Share your link :)

Artastic Challenge

I feel like I used to have all the time in the world to participate in online challenges so I am taking the opportunity to revisit some of those I love while I am on holidays and Artastic is one of them. When I saw the painting this layout instantly came to me. I did create it digitally and very happy with the result. I can just print (as it is in A4) and add to my album :) happy days. Here is my layout "guitar" for this months Jan challenge. I was inspired by the colours and the olden day feel of the painting along with the instruments.
Credit to the following digi creators who's kits I used :)
Trish Jones - Artistry
Sarah Barber
Carrie Stephens Paper and stamped border.
C Barber - Whatever Journal Pad

Sunday, 8 January 2012

359: Video How To

Today my video how is about fancy little homemade storage boxes that you can use to decorate your office desk. I initially made these for markers before learning that they needed to be stored horizontally so they now house my glitter tubes instead..YAY!!

Saturday, 7 January 2012

360: What's Scrapbooking

I am generally going to make something on Technique Friday and then 'show off' a scrapbooking page that uses the technique/creation. I have been on about trying to get pages finished and this is just the motivation I need to get a 2012 album finished!  I have used the handmade rosettes on this layout on two of the rosettes.  I was lucky enough to have a go at the new Creative Memories cutting system when a good friend came over to visit. I journal on all my pages and this is often hidden. In this case there is a tag that slides in behind the photo.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Punched Border Rosette

Today I am going to show you how to make a grogeous litttle punched border rosette!! These are so cool and look great on any project.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

362: What's on the Web

There are so many talented people around the world!! I just love browsing for new ideas and inspiration. I found these adorable little pyramid boxes created by Kate Pullen. There is a link to instructions and a downloadable template to create the boxes which can be found HERE but I have also included the pics below. They would make great party favours, or after dinner treats boxes at a dinner party!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

364: Paper Flowers

I have noticed that there are many fabulous paper flower die cuts on the market these days but what happens if you dont have a big shot (?? why havent you bought one yet!! LOL I can help you with that!!) Yes I know that they are a big investment (You would use it ALOT trust me) but you can achieve the paper flowers very easily without nothing more than a pencil, pair of scissors, toothpicks, hot glue gun, pattern paper and a lot of patience LOL! I have been trialing it out myself and have made all these little hand!!!.... I even impressed myself!!!

If you also want to attempt the AMAZING!! then I have put together a little video for you to show you how :)

Monday, 2 January 2012

365: Waterfall Cards

When I first saw these I thought they were terribly difficult to make so I took on the challenge and with a few minor mishaps managed to create a working model! I used Meloin Mambo Cardstock, real red ink and the new You are Loved stamp set from the Summer Mini. The pattern papers were from the "stash" :) Just doing up some instructions to share.

Do you have any hints and tips for making this card?

Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Years Resolution!

I dont normally make a resolution I usually have a statement for the year like 2008 the year that was great... 2010 get hiking again... etc I havent thought of one yet for this year however I am going to attempt to do something a little crazier I am going to blog everyday!!! OMG WHAT!!! Listen I know I have the attention span of a squirrel drinking coffee (seen over the hedge?)but I am going to try it out... mind you if it fails dismally I've already told you so! LOL.

SALEABRATION! yep this little baby is getting closer and closer and I have matched up some pattern papers (Everyday Enchantment series) with the You are loved stamp set in the summer mini. I would like to do up a little prestamped , die cut kit for this one which you can put together yourself. The kit would come with enough supplies to make 8 little cards as pictured and cost around $6 with postage. I wont make them up just yet I am just gauging interest so email me if you are interested :)

What is your new year Resolution??
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