Saturday, 27 February 2010

Monthly Calendar Challenge - March 2010

Hello Everyone,
Time for another Monthly Calendar Challenge. The 1st of March is the beginning of Autumn in the southern hemisphere. The leaves are changing colour on the deciduous trees and begin to fall, the paddocks turn green after some much needed rain and the weather is a lot milder. 
So the theme for March is Autumn.
My calendar's are very traditionaly Autumn, so I will be very interest to see how you interpret this month's challenge.  For my first calendar I have used one of my cute cat images from Whipper Snapper Designs. I stamped the image three times and coloured them with my markers and aqua painter. The heap of leaves was cut out and raised on dimsensionals for a 3D effect, then a few leaves here and there were cut out and layered on top . I embossed the Provo Craft Leafy Branch down one side of the calendar and coloured it with Stampin' Pastels.  I used the Martha Stewart Arch Lattice Border punch  for a border on the designer paper then applied it with the ribbon and brads. After creating the calendar in Publisher I attached it with dimensionals.
Stamps: Whipper Snapper Designs Fall Fun Kitty 
Card and Designer Paper: Very Vanilla, Holiday Treasures DP, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Stazon Black, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Really Rust, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Basic Grey, Pretty In Pink Markers, Stampin' Pastels
Embellishments: Ribbon, Brads
Tools: Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, Martha Stewart Arch Lattice Punch, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, Cuttlebug, Leafy Branch EB Folder, Computer and Printer
I was only going to do one calendar for March until I saw the cover of the new Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue. I love the colours used so I based this calendar on the cover. It would have been wonderful to have the new products to make this one, but I had to improvise with some retired stamp sets.  I found the quote on the Internet and reproduced it on a tag. I wanted to highlight the A of Autumn so I used my Cuttlebug and Olivia Alphabet, cut two in different colours one lighter than the other and layered them which made the A pop.  Some of the leaves were inked up with Versamark and dusted with clear embossing powder and then heat set.  Others were inked on the versarmark stamp pad and then inked on coloured stamp pads to create a more autumn effect, dusted with embossing powder and heat set.  I used the air brush (spritzer) and markers to dirty the tag and calendar up a bit and the cutter tool and some scissors to make the edges rustic. The background was embossed with Provo Crafts Forest Branches EB Folder. I curled the leaves with a pencil and attached them with dimensionals.
Stamps: Fantastic Foliage (R), Botanicals (R)
Card and Designer Paper:  Ruby Red, More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Ruby Red Markers
Ink: Versamark, Ruby Red, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa
Embellishments: Jumbo Button Latte, Chocolate Stitched Ribbon
Tools: Crop-a-dile, Dimensionals, Cutter Tool, Scissors, Pinking Shears, Computer and Printer, Colour Spritzer Tool
I would love you to join in my Monthly Calendar Challenge, so c'mon and have a go and let me know which one you like most.
Thanks for stopping by today,
Cat's Ink Siggy

Friday, 26 February 2010

February Monthly Calendar Challenge Winner

Hi there,
Thanks' so much to the Ladies that entered the challenge this month. I love how each person has interpreted the challenge theme diferently  from the other.  I have chosen  a Winner this month, but the other two both deserve an Honourable Mention. Check out the other entries here.
The Winner  is Genelle Little with her very cute calendar. Genelle has captured the Love and Romance theme perfectly.

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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

JAI#5 and ESAD - SU Challenge #4 - Baby Overalls

Hi Everyone,
I have made another two baby cards for the ESAD - SU Baby Card Challenge #4 this week.  The challenge is to make a Baby Girl card and then make a Baby Boy card to match.  These overall cards are a lot of fun to make and so cute.
Edited to Add: I have realised that this post could also be part of the Challenge at Just Add Ink for this week which is to add dimension to your cards, LO etc.
Stamps: Cute and Curly
Card and Papers: Pretty In Pink, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou (R), Spring Break (R), Patterns Pack II Hostess Level 1
Ink: Blue Bayou (R), Regal Rose, Rose Red and Chocolate Chip Markers
Embellishments: Heart and Star Brads
Tools: Small Tag Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Star Punch, Carl Heart Punch, Mat Pack & Piercing Tool, Dimensionals, Sponge, Ruler
Thanks for taking a peek.

 Cat's Ink Siggy

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

For You

For today's post I have made a couple of similar cards to send to some friends.  The image is from the Happy Moments stamp set featured in the Sale-a-bration Catalogue (one of four sets available FREE until the 31st of March 2010,) if you make a purchase of $100 of other Stampin' Up! product. Let me know if you would like to participate in this offer at  My cards are very quick and easy to make and you could embellish them more if you needed to.

Stamps: Happy Moments, Vintage Labels
Card and Paper:  Regal Rose, SU Pattern Papers (R), Watercolour Paper
Ink: Stazon Black, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Pretty In Pink, Bashful Blue Markers
Embellishments:  SU Regal Rose Ribbon
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Circles & Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Mini Glue Dot
Hope you like them,
Happy Stamping,
Cat's Ink Siggy

Monday, 22 February 2010

Blog Candy Winner!!!

Good Afternoon,
Thanks so much to the people that left a comment on my Valentine's Day post and helped me celebrate my 10,000 blog hits and 150 posts.

The Winner is:  Tui Nathan. 

Tui could you please email me at and advise your address.

PS.  Don't forget to enter my Monthly Calendar Challenge for February, closing date is 25th February, 2010 Midnight.

Cat's Ink Siggy

ESAD - SU Challenge #4 - Welcome Baby

I made these cards for the ESAD - SU Group challenge this week to make a Baby Girl card and then make a Baby Boy card to match.
Stamps: Wild About You, Warm Words, Classic Alphabet Upper (R)
Card and Paper: Pretty In Pink, Whisper White, Barely Banana
Ink: Pretty In Pink, Stazon Black, Barely Banana, Regal Rose and Certainly Celery Markers
Embellishments: Brad, Pearl, Joggly Eyes, Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds
Tools: Cuttlebug, Number Collage EB Folder, Dimensionals, Sponges, Glue Dots, Glue, Mat Pack & Piercing Tool
Thanks for taking a stopping by today, let me know if you like them.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Just Add Ink Challenge #5 - Office Tidy

Hello friends,
Today's post is for the JAI #5 Challenge, adding Dimension to you project. This project has been sitting on my desk unfinished so it was a good challenge to inspire me to finish if off. I designed it with an easel top, added a calendar as the stopper and divided the draw into four sections.

Edited to add the link for the Desktop Calendar Box Tutorial by Tammy Maxwell found here. I found that I had to change the Box Wrapper scoring line 10 3/4" to 10 1/2" to make the box square (it is the last measurement for that piece of card.  I made the draw insert by measuring the area, adding the amount for the upright piece in the centre and scoring. You need to cut the top piece to the upright section on both sides where you want the sections and then cut the upright section on the other piece only, there being two pieces of card one on top of the other.  If you went to Stampin' Up' regionals they showed how to do it for the little tag box.  Hope these directions makes sense.

Stamps: Click a Bella
Card and Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, Dashing DP (R)
Ink: Stazon Black, Basic Grey, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Real Red and Certainly Celery Markers, Gelly Roll Pen
Embellishments: Brads, Clips, Flower Brads, Real Red and White Grossgrain Ribbon
Tools: Cuttlebug, Provo Craft Harmony Alphabet, Classic Square Scalloped Rectangle Nestability, Computer and Printer for calendar, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, Fiskars Cutter and Scoring Tool, Glue
Hope you like it.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Inkspiration Colour Challenge #18 - Cruisin...

Hi there,
I decided to use this boat from Seaworthy for the first time. I don't think it has been used very much by anyone, I could only find a couple of cards that have used the image on Splitcoast. I feel it has worked with the colour challenge although I found I needed to use Very Vanilla to give it a lift between each layer. I used liquid applique on the surf and sprinkled it with hologram sparkle embossing powder.
Stamps: SU's Seaworthy, Vintage Labels
Card and Papers: Brocade Blue, Mellow Moss, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla, Patterns Pack II Hostess Level 1
Ink: Stazon Black, Brocade Blue, Ruby Red, Mellow Moss
Embellishments: Brads
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Circles Nestabilities, Photo Corner Punch, Word Window Punch, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, Liquid Applique, Hologram Sparkle EB Powder, Sponge, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter
Thanks for stopping by,
Cat's Ink Siggy

Monday, 15 February 2010

Just Add Ink 4 - Let's Party..

Hi there,
Today's post is for the JAI Challenge this week.  It was a lot of fun although the colours are challenging, I think I nailed it. LOL.  I used markers on the rubber and huffed and puffed a lot to get a good mix of  the challenge colours.  I was going to add some bling, and then decided I liked it without.  These are the colours for the challenge:

Stamps: Party Hearty
Card: Rose Red, Kraft, Sage Shadow, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, More Mustard, Sage Shadow, Sahara Sand
Embellishments: Kraft Ribbon
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Rectangles Plain and Scalloped Nestabilities, Swiss Dots EB Folder, Scoring Tool Friskers Cutter, Scallop Edge Punch, Mat Pack & Piercing Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals
Let me know if you like it.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Happy Valentine's Day - Time to Celebrate - BLOG CANDY

Today's post is for Valentine's Day. I made a card, 3D box with belly band which holds some chocolate and decorated the caramel Dove Promises as we don't have the mint patties here in Australia. The hearts on the card are ribbon pieced.
Stamps: I (Heart) Hearts, More Great Greetings (R)
Card and Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Patterns Designer Series Papers Riding Hood Red
Ink: Real Red, Versarmark
Embellishments: Ribbon, Dove Promises Chocolates
Tools: Heart to Heart Punch, Full Heart Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Fiskars Apron Border Punch, Carl CP-2 Heart Punch, Computer and Printer, Cutter Tool, Scoring Tool on Paper Cutter, Sticky Strip Martha Stewart Embossed Scallop Border Punch, White EB Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy
So today I have reached my 150th post on my blog and nearly 10,000 hits in just over 12 months.  It is truly amazing, and I thank all of you for visiting to see my designs.  I love creating and sharing my work and have enjoyed the journey and hope to continue to inspire you all.  I would love it if more of you would leave a comment, so hopefully you will do so on this post and be in the running for some BLOG CANDY to celebrate.  I will pick a winner on Sunday the 21st of February 2010. 
Happy crafting,
Cat's Ink Siggy

Thursday, 11 February 2010

We Welcome Jenna Rochelle

Hello Everyone,
We are delighted to introduce the latest addition to our Family. We welcome Jenna Rochelle. Thank you Fiona and Craig for blessing us with another little Grande.  Jenna arrived on Tuesday the 9th at 8.41am and she is the smallest addition we have had at 5lb 8oz and 46cm long.  She is such a little cutie, with the tiniest little hands and feet, perfect in every way and look at all that hair.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Monday, 8 February 2010

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #18 - Let's Celebrate

This post is for Makeesh's Sketch Challenge this week. I love this combination of colours and that it is a feminine, girlie card.

Stamps: SU's Hello Again, On Your Birthday, En Francais
Card: Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink: Mellow Moss, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: Ribbon, Pearls
Tools: Small and Large Oval Punches, Cuttlebug, Scallop Circle Nestability, Swiss Dots EB Folder,
1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch (R), Mat Pack & Piercing Tool, Dimensionals, Glue
Hope you like it.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Just Add Ink Challenge #3 - Dog Paddling

Hi there,
This card is my 2nd card for the JAI3 challenge.  I needed to wait for the Crystal Effects to dry so I didn't post it with the other one.  Once again a fun image, I love this cute little cat.
Stamps: Great Impressions - F372, SU Jumbo Wheel - See You Around, On Your Birthday
Card: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Stazon Black, Versamark, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Yoyo Yellow, Basic Grey, Garden Green
Embellishments: Ribbon, Linen Thread
Tools: Small and Large Tag Punches, Cuttlebug, Classic Circles Nestabilities, Pinking Shears, MS Screw Punch, Dimensionals, Heat Tool, Clear EB Powder, SU Wheel Guide, Crystal Effects, Gelly Roll Pen, Aquapainter
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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge #3 - Blast Off to the Moon

Hello Friends,
Today's post is for the Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge this week. Go check out the Designer Team's cards they are just delightful.  I decided on a kids theme, which are always fun, there where a few twists and turns but I am very happy with the finished card. 
I hope you can interpret my design, my husband did after I explained the sketch.  LOL.  It's a night scene looking up at the sky from the ground.  You can see the stars, clouds and the rocket going past the moon, with the power lines in the forefront. Totally fun!!
Stamps: SU's Pun Fun, Starring You
Card: Brilliant Blue, Whisper White, Metallic Silver
Ink: Stazon Black, So Saffron, Summer Sun, Real Red, Green Galore, Brilliant Blue, Craft White
Embellishments: Linen Thread
Tools: Star Punch, Cuttlebug, Plain Circle Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Hole Punch, Heat Tool, White EP, Glue, Scallop Punch, Sponge Dauber, Aquapainter, Sponge
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Friday, 5 February 2010

Mojo Monday Sketch #124 - Chocolate Hearts

Hi there,
This post is for the Mojo Monday Sketch #124.  It was going to be a Valentine card, but it's our Wedding Anniversary today so it will be an Anniversary card for my Husband.  I love these cute little digi bears which I downloaded from the Digi Stamp Boutique.  Coco Bear was created by Sally-Ann Hancock.

Stamps: Digi Stamp Boutique - Coco Bear, SU's Occasional Greetings
Card & Papers: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Antique Gold Metallic, Bashful Blue, Unknown DP
Ink:  Basic Grey, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue Markers, Basic Grey
Embellishments: Mini Crystal Hearts
Tools: Cuttlebug, Hearts EB Folder, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, EK Success Arrows Border Punch, Mat Pack & Piercing Tool, Dimensionals, Glue

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Love is like a Butterfly.............

Good Afternoon,
Todays post is for the ESAD - SU Group challenge this week.  The challenge is to use the Australian Summer Mini Catalogue, page 13 the Pumpkin Pie card as your inspiration.  So this is what I came up with. 
I stamped the butterflies and then cut around one of the wings so I could stand it up, layered the card, after punching the eyelet border.  I stamped the sentiment with Versarmark punched two scallop ovals in different colours to offset the sentiment against the eggplant and make it pop. The dark eggplant card behind the cut out wing also makes the butterfly pop.
Stamps:  Butterfly Prints
Card and Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Lavender Lace
Ink: Lavender Lace, Elegant Eggplant, Versermark
Embellishments: White Satin Ribbon
Tools: Scalloped Oval Punch, Cutting Mat and Knife, Eyelet Border Punch, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots EB Folder, White EP, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals
Hope youy like it.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Inkspirations Inspiration Challenge #17

Hi there,
Today's post is for Makeesha's Inspiration Challenge #17.  The Inspiration photo is open to being very creative in your interpretation, so after thinking about it for a while this is my design. 
I decided to layer my design with a window and hopefully the people look like they are inside the cafe. As I had these images I think they fit the challenge nicely. I hand embossed the front with a Fiskars Brick Embossing Folder (a bit hard to see in photo), stamped the Verandah twice and cut around the tree and leaves.  Let me know what you think!!
Stamps: My Favourite Things - Meet Me at the Cafe, SU's Trees Three
Card and Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Bella Blue DP
Ink: Stazon Black, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Bravo Burgandy, Old Olive, Sahara Sand Markers
Embellishments: SU'sTaupe Ribbon
Tools: Fiskars Brick Embossing Template, Fiskars Cutting Tool, Mat Board and Cutting Knife, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter
Cat's Ink Siggy