Florals/Nature Cards

Dabbling In Flowers

My lovely team member Lyn showed us how to make these pretty little flowers at our last team gathering.  I'm a bit of a 3D beginner but thought I'd give them a whirl and really liked them.  (Thanks Lyn.)


They're made from Twitterpated DSP (buy 3 DSP, get one pack free this month) and I've punched circles from the coordinating colours - Blushing Bride, Island Indigo, Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red.  The leaves are a sizzlit die.  Some teeny pearls tucked in to the centre of each flower to finish.


Hannah-marchHave to share a story that made me smile this morning.  The tooth fairy was a day late at our place (forgetful thing that she is!)  Seems that she had a flash of inspiration though and sprinkled something extra last night along with leaving a coin. 

Hannah excitedly told me this morning that it was fairy dust - it did bear a striking resemblance to Dazzling Diamonds

She also added that when she woke up and saw it she thought maybe the tooth fairy had heard her wish, so she sprinkled a bit on herself and said, "I wish to be a fairy."  Didn't work apparently. 

But what a sweet story for the scrapbook. 

Have a sparkly day won't you.

Cheers, Sue

Think Ink Team Awards

It is that time of year again - the annual Think Ink Team Awards where my team celebrates another Stampin' Up year of fun and craft and creating.  Thought I'd share some pics.


I've been enjoying making these cards - saw this idea here  for the lovely background.  I've used Shimmery White cardstock and glued 2 strips punched with the lace ribbon border punch.  Creates a nice embossed look.  Some score lines with the Simply Scored.   Apothecary Art for the floral panel on watercolour paper. Regal Rose, So Saffron and Old Olive for my watercolouring.


Here's some of our 2012 Think Ink Team Awards prizes and certificates. 


(The role of Tina's die box is being played by Sue's die box for the pic - ha ha!)

Congratulations to Kylie, Tina and Rachel for their sales awards, and again to Kylie for her recruiting award, and to Judy - this year's Think Ink rising star award recipient.  Well done ladies!   And congrats to everyone in the crew for another fun year of getting inky.

I CASEd this Constantly Stamping card  to make this one using Bordering On Romance stamp set .....




That test tube used to hold jelly beans.  I washed and kept the tubes after we polished off the jelly beans as they looked so cute.  Actually I bought them especially to repurpose.  Have you ever bought something just for the cute container? 

Have a fabulous weekend. 

Cheers, Sue

Twitterpated Card And A Flower

Last year at our Melbourne training day, a fellow demonstrator Miriam showed us some gorgeous flowers  and I've been meaning to try them ever since.  Finally got to it last week.  Started off simple with this one ....


Twitterpated DSP, Riding Hood Red and Blushing Bride cardstock, some faux stitching with the mat pack, paper piercer and a marker, a neutrals button plus the scallop trim punch and a scallop circle for the flower.  I broke open my distressing kit too and used one of the files for the shaping.  Just snip in every second scallop and shape a little for this one.  Good beginner flower for me since I'm a tad 3D challenged!


We had a bit of a Think Ink team gathering last Tuesday and one of my team showed me how to make some other beautiful flowers (thanks Lyn!) so I've been having a bit of a flower week.  Stay tuned for a few more 3D flower cards this week, and if you'd like to make some perhaps we'll put 3D flowers on the June class calendar - dates coming soon.  

If you like the look of that Twitterpated DSP - head over here  for the details on our May DSP specials.

I had a lovely Mothers' Day today with my two munchkins.  Wishing all the best to all the lovely mums, aunties, and grandmas out there.

Have a great week everyone!   

Cheers, Sue

Mixed Bunch and DSP

I came across this card from Clean and Simple Stamping and just had to give it a go.



I chose Paisley Petals DSP and coordinating colours Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke.  The matching punches - Blossom and 3/4"  Circle punches - make it easy to put together. 



Greeting is from Perfect Punches (pg 95) and pearls for the finishing touch.


Join this month for $169 - choose any products you like up to $235 for your kit - and get a free pack of DSP each month for the rest of the year.   Or buy 3 packs of DSP and get a 4th free.  Details here if you're tempted on either of these May offers.

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue 

Blog Hop: Autumn Winter Mini

Happy Saturday to you - yay for Saturdays.  And happy blog hop day too for any of you wanting a lap around the inspiration circuit.  Our theme today is the Autumn Mini and there's so many gorgeous things in there that I'm quite looking forward to hopping around myself to see what my stamping buddies have made.   9 stops today - have fun!

Waving a hello if you've arrived from the lovely Kathryn's gorgeous creation  and let's get moving if you're kicking off from here.  I'm using one of my favourites from the new mini - Bordering On Romance.


The flower is embossed in black on to watercolour paper and coloured with an aquapainter and ink pads plus a few extra drops from some ink refills. 

Colours: Soft Suede, Regal Rose and So Saffron.

I used the Colour Coach for my colour combo ....


Tip: Have some paper towel handy - I'm no expert water colourer but it is easier when your brush is just damp rather than really wet, so I like to dab often. 


Watercolouring done then it was time to grab some coordinating cardstock and bits and bobs for the card.  (Scroll down for the full supplies list.)


Isn't it a lovely set for any of the colouring techniques.

And that's it from me today.  Next stop is the super talented Ros Davidson

Ros will have a full list of the hoppers too in case you get lost along the way.  

Happy stamping if you get inspired to get those inks and stamps out after hop hop hopping! 

Have a great weekend.    Cheers, Sue

Just in case you're visiting another day - here's the direct links to the hop posts:

Ros, Christine, Amanda, Tina, Nikki, Di, and Alisha (oops can't get that last link to work)


Card Materials:

Stamp Sets: Bordering On Romance and Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Punches: The biggest circle punch (6cm I think?), Modern Label and Designer Label Punches

Framelits - Labels

Watercolour card

Inks and cardstock: Regal Rose, So Saffron, Soft Suede

The dotty embossing folder (can you tell I'm going from memory here and it is a  little rusty! Grin.)

Square Lattice embossing folder

Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon and some pearls to finish things off.

Autumn Mini Launch 2012 Make and Takes

Last week 14 lovely ladies joined my sister and I to launch the Autumn Mini Catalogue.  Here's a peek at the make and take projects from the nights.

First up we had a try of the new Labels Framelits plus the coordinating stamp set Apothecary Art.  We had a choice of two patterned papers from the Twitterpated DSP, and a choice of coordinating colours.



All set up ready for some make and take guests .....



Between make and takes, we could make our way along the stations and fill in a little sample sheet - trying out a few other stamp sets that we weren't using in our projects.


Our second make and take featured the Simply Scored to score the folds for our gate fold card, and the lovely combination of Mixed Bunch stamp set and Blossom Punch.




If you were at the launch don't forget to check out this post  for all the lucky winners from the Hostess Rewards Prize Draw. 

If you'd like to share in the Autumn Mini fun - get in touch to book your home workshop.  Taking bookings for May and June.  Or book in for a May class - all the dates and details are here

Happy stamping,

Cheers, Sue

Last Day Summer Mini Saleabration

I've had a few calls and emails today checking if it was too late to put in an order for the Summer Mini or Saleabration so thought I'd do a quick post to say you're not too late - I'm putting a local order in this evening and will check messages up til 9pm, so make sure you've made your selections and sent through details before then. 

One more crayon resist card to show you using the Summer Mini stamp set - Fabulous Florets.

This one was for one of Jack's classmates so we added a K for her name and of course some lovely pearls.



I do like the little bit of Top Note at the side, embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder.  The letter is from the Timeless Type alphabet sizzlits - such a handy size for card making and for scrapbooking.  (Pg 158.)

Colours: Blushing Bride, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron and Certainly Celery

One more pic then I'm off to pop some orders through for my lovely ladies.


Have a lovely last day of March, and check back tomorrow for our next batch of exciting craft news.

Cheers,  Sue

More Crayon Resist

Here's a few more colour variations of our card from technique class this month.   I liked this autumn toned one .....


Colours: Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze plus some black for finishing

Punches: Scallop Edge, Decorative Label and Modern Label

Stamps: Fabulous Florets and Teeny Tiny Sentiments



And one more combination for you - Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry.  We had that combo on yesterdays' post but today's one has a little more emphasis on the Melon Mambo.



Happy Friday to you and have a lovely weekend.  I'm placing orders tomorrow evening so get in touch before then if you've got a last minute Summer Mini or Saleabration order to pop through. I'd be happy to help with any product or technique questions.

Cheers, Sue

Crayon Resist Technique

We've been having fun at class this month trying crayon resist technique.  We had a choice of several different colour schemes for our Fabulous Florets card. 

Here it is in lovely soft pastels with the Lace Border Punch for a trim .....


Colours: Wisteria Wonder, Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Blushing Bride

And here in a lovely combination of Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry ....

(Inspired by a Claire Daly card)


For the trim this time we've used the Scallop Trim Border Punch and the Top Note die.

I'll be back soon with our other two colour/finishing combinations and our Surf's Up crayon resist card.


I've got space tonight at 7.30pm if you'd like to have a go at this technique.  Drop me a message at 0417 377 057 if you're in the mood for a last minute evening of stamping.  More details here.


These finish on the weekend.  Place your orders by phone or email before Saturday evening if you'd like to grab anything from the Summer Mini before it finishes or take advantage of Saleabration.

Cheers, Sue

Blog Hop: Sketch

Happy Saturday to you.  Blog hop time again with my craft buddies and this month we're working with a Becky Fleck sketch from PageMaps.  6  stops on the hop today - I hope you get a little burst of 'creativity vibe' on your way round the projects.   Hello if you've arrived from the lovely Ros's blog and hello if you're starting from here.

Here's the sketch Ros found for us ....


I've been doing lots of crayon resist this month at classes so combined that with the sketch to put this card together.


Colours:  So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Blushing Bride and Wisteria Wonder - a nice pastel combination today. 

Ribbon:  Blushing Bride Stitched Ribbon and Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon with some of our self stick pearls as a finishing touch.   I love these ones - they come as a long string of pearls you apply in one step.  I like to use a pair of tweezers. 


Stamp Set: Fabulous Florets (page 14 of the soon to finish Summer Mini) stamped in Staz On onto glossy cardstock. 

Other: A white crayon and lots of sponge wedges.  The Big Shot and Top Note Die, plus Finial Press embossing folder.  Versamark and white embossing powder for the solid flower.


This is a great technique if you feel like being a bit creative.  You feel quite the artist sponging away adding colours and really can't go wrong.  You get a slightly different result every time depending on where that colour lands and how much you add.  Fun!  Plus it doesn't take too much in the way of fancy tools.  Just Stazon, glossy cardstock, a white crayon, sponges and ink.  And some outline stamps. 

OK enough from me - time to head on off to the next stop in the hop. 

Click here for the talented and ever so lovely Nikki Sadler

Happy Hopping!   If you've got time stop for a while and say hi - helps us keeps those blogging batteries charged up.  Have a lovely weekend.

An energetic weekend for some of our family - John is riding in the Otway Challenge this morning - not sure that the weather is exactly smiling on him!   

Cheers,  Sue