Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Just Add Ink #32 - Just Add Material

Hi there,
Today's post is for the Just Add Ink challenge this week, Just Add Material.  This challenge was a lot of fun,  I made a hen out of felt and punches and added some ribbon for my materials.
Stamps: Amazing Creations - Chicken Wire, SU Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card: Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Real Red
Embellishments: Pearl, Designer Buttons Playground SU, Real Red Grossgrain Ribbon
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Big Shot, Classic Oval Nestabilities (Body), Scalloped Heart Nestabilities (Wing), Large Oval Punch (Tail), Heart to Heart E-Large Punch (Wattle and Crown), Spring Bouquet Flower Punch (Feet), Small Oval Punch, Sewing Machine, Embroidery Thread, Dimensionals, Sponge, Scissors, Martha Stewart Fence Punch
Thanks for poppin in today, let me know if you like it.
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Sunday, 29 August 2010

Stamp Camp with Andrea

Hi there,
On the 20th and 21st August I attended a Stamp Camp with Western Australian Demonstrator Andrea Buckland down at Baldivis.  Thanks to Andrea for inviting me and to the other ladies who attended, it was a very enjoyable weekend. It was lovely to meet new faces and see how creative you all are.  I couldn't believe how much gear these girls brought to the camp, literally suitcases full.  Andrea made gifts that she placed on our pillows made with the Scallop Circle die and contained a Picnic Bar.
We received another gift from Andrea on our desks a cute tissue box holder.
Nicki Turner also made a gift with the Envelope Sizzix die. Thank's Andrea and Nicki.

There was also a Door Prize Swap - The one I selected was made by Andrea.  Andrea made it with the Scallop Circle Bigz Die and Big Shot.  It is gorgeous and I love how Andrea decorated the inside of the box too.
Everyone made a Shoebox Swap, and here are some photo's of the swaps we made. Thank's to Sue Johnston, Amy Bowater, Dale James, Christine Schwartz,
Rowena Roberts, Tracey Bingham, Andrea Buckland, Helen McWhirter
Nicki Turner, Barbara Kingston, Avril Lee, Mel Bowaters
Susan Joyce, Silvana Manzi, Leeanne Barry
Jo Chester, Jenny Reed
Pat Carr, Richelle Fletcher
On Saturday Pat Carr who belongs to my group the Stamperoo's came to the camp and bought along an original design for me that she made for convention, the Sydney Opera House card.  Thank's Pat you are so creative, love it.  I can't show you Pat's Shoebox Swap because she intends to use it for Stampin' Up's Perth Regionals, it is very cute and I will feature the card after 11th September.  I made a Notepad and Pen set as my swap with the new Catalogue Stamp set Friends Never Fade and the Greenhouse Gala Designer Paper for the Pen.
Stamps: Friends Never Fade from Stampin' Up's 2010/2011 New Idea Book and Catalogue
Card and Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, So Saffron, Greenhouse Gala DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Embellishments: Officeworks Pens, Red Dot Note Pads
Tools: Fiskars Trimmer and Scoring Tool, Scissors, Skewer, Double Sided Tape
We also made name tags, which where judged by everyone, forgot to take a photo of them all together, anyway my Cupcake won. I made the rose with the new Fancy Flower X-Large Punch.
Card: Very Vanilla, Pretty In Pink, Old Olive
Ink: Pretty In Pink, Old Olive
Embellishments: Pretty In Pink Tafetta Ribbon, Heart Charm, Linen Thread, Pearls, Dazzling Diamonds
Tools: Big Shot, Provo Craft Swirls EB Folder, Crimper, Provo Craft Harmony Alphabet Dies, 2 Way Glue Pen, Sponge, Tombow Multi Glue, Fancy Flower X-Large Punch, Skewer, Dimensionals, Glue Dot
I hope you have enjoyed my long post today, let me know if you like any of the items featured.
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Footnote: I have used a Watermark that says I designed the items it is on, that is not so I designed a few of the items, the others were designed by participants at the camp who I have named.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Just Add Ink #31 - It's Almost Christmas.....

Hello Friends,
Today's post is for the Just Add Ink Colour Challenge this week.  I attended a Stamp Camp this last weekend and haven't felt myself after catching a bug again. I wasn't sure were this card was going when I started but I am very happy with the outcome.  I have used some of the new Stampin' Up! products that will be available in the new catalogue on September 1.  The stamp set is called Contempo Christmas and the Embossing Folder is called Vintage Wallpaper.  A new Ornament punch will be available from the new catalogue after September 1 to punch out the Christmas Ornament.  I inked up the embossing folder and then ran it through my Big Shot to transfer the colour onto the card, I really like the effect.  For the sentiment I cut two shapes with the Lots of Tags Sizzlits die and then I cut the Very Vanilla one in half to mat it behind the Kraft one.  I added some Mini Crystals from Taylored Expressions onto the Ornaments. 

Stamps: Contempo Christmas
Card: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Taylored Expressions Mini Crystals, Linen Thread
Tools: Big Shot, Textured Impressions EB Folder Vintage Wallpaper, Lots of Tags Dies, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Jones Tones Gloop Glue, Skewer, Sponge, Mini Glue Dots
Thanks for stopping by today.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Helping Hudson - Week 3 Challenge # 7 - Outer Space

Hi Friends,
Todays post is for the Helping Hudson blog challenge sketch. This was the  last challenge for me to do,  I have had a blast, thanks to the organisers and participants, I enjoyed all the challenges.  For this card I punched out the stars and circles  and matted them from behind.  For the stars I added Dazzling Diamonds for a bit of sparkle, each layer is on dimensionals.
Stamps: Pun Fun
Card: Black, Ballet Blue, So Saffron, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamonds, So Saffron Grossgrain Ribbon
Tools: 2 Way Glue Pen, Big Shot, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Small Star Punch, Mat Pack and  Piercing Tool, 1/16" Circle Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Cutter Tool
Thanks for dropping in today.  Happy stamping.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Monday, 16 August 2010

Helping Hudson Week 3 Challenge # 8 - White Medallion

Hello there,
Today's post is for the Sponging and Embossing challenge at the Helping Hudson blog this week.  I embossed the Medallion with White embossing powder and sponged with Blush Blossom, River Rock and Soft Suede.
Stamps: Medallion, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card: Soft Suede, Blush Blossom, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Suede, River Rock, Blush Blossom, Versamark
Embellishments: Pearl, River Rock Stitched Ribbon
Tools: Heat Tool, White EB Powder, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Border, 3/4" Punch, Mini Dot
Thanks for stopping by today.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Helping Hudson Week 3 Challenge 9 - Colours of Spring

Hi there,
Todays card is for the Helping Hudson challenge # 9 this week to use one colour of your choice and different shades of that colour plus 1 neutral. I love to do tone on tone with pink. I did a shadow technique with the flowers and rock and roll for the butterfly.
Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Oval All, All A Flutter
Card: Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, Pretty In Pink, Pink Pirouette
Embellishments: Pretty In Pink Grossgrain Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, 2 Way Glue Pen, Scalloped Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Dimensionals
Thanks for poppin in today.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge #30 - Just Add Wheels - Hudson's Wheels

Hello Friends,
Todays post is for the Just Add Ink challenge this week. The JAI Design Team have created a challenge to make us more aware of the need to Help Hudson obtain his wheels.
Stamps: Mo Manning Bye Bye Boy, Think Happy Thoughts
Card and Paper: Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP
Ink: Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Embellishments: Metal Stud, Real Red Grossgrain Ribbon
Tools: Big Shot, Classic Circle Nestabilities, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Tombow Multi Glue, Dimensionals, Gelly Roll Pen
Thanks for taking a peek today.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Friday, 13 August 2010

Helping Hudson Week 2: Challenge 5 - Porthole View

Hi there,
Todays post is for the Sketch Challenge this week on the Helping Hudson blog.  My first thought on seeing the sketch was looking through a porthole on a ship, so this is my take on the sketch. I was going to do an underwater scene, and realised unless you where in a submarine you wouldn't see the view underwater.  LOL. I used my Circle Scissors and it worked perfectly.  Yaaay!!
Stamps: Seaworthy, Best Yet, Sanded BG
Card: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze
Embellishments: Starfish Brad, Rope, Metal Studs
Tools: Crop-a-dile, Tombow Multi Glue, Circle Scissors, 1" , 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Big Shot, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Dimensionals, Sponge, Scallop Circle Punch, Sponge Dauber
Thanks for stopping by today.  Let me know if you like it.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Helping Hudson Week 2: Challenge 6 - 3D Item - Teacher's Gift Pencil box

Hi Friends,
Todays post is for another challenge over on the Helping Hudson blog. This was so much fun to put together.  I used the original template for the base and then added a longer section for the length of the pencil.   I then designed the shaved tip part of the pencil and the lead tip.  Inside the top I added a base to give it more stability and a Round Tab to hold the lid on. The free template you can download

Stamps: Tart and Tangy, Tiny Tags
Card: Sahara Sand, Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Basic Grey
Ink: Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Basic Grey, Sahara Sand Stamp Pads, Real Red, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip Markers
Embellishments: Stitched Ribbon, Gold Cord
Tools: Paper Trimmer and Scoring Tool, Martha Stewart Screw Punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Sponges, Doubled Sided Tape, Scissors, Protractor, Ruler, Tombow Multi Glue, Round Tab Punch
Thanks for stopping by today.
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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Helping Hudson - Colour Challenge Week 2 Challenge 4 - Clean & Simple Challenge #102

Hi there,
Todays post is for the Helping Hudson Colour Challenge Week 2 and the Clean and Simple Sketch Challenge.  Would you believe it took me three attempts until I was satisfied with spacing and alignment on this card.  Talk about clean and simple.....much harder to achieve sometimes so I am very happy with the result now it's done.
Stamps: Tiny Tags, Vintage Labels
Card: Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, So Saffron
Embellishments: Pearls
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Mat Pack & Piercing Tool, Computer and Printer
Thanks for taking a peek today.  Happy stamping!
Cat's Ink Siggy

Just Add Ink #29 - Fancy Flower

Hi there,
Todays post is for the Just Add Ink Colour Challenge this week.  I used Versamark to stamp the Kraft layer and added a bit of stiching with my sewing machine. The Very Vanilla Top Note Die shape has been sponged and spritized using the Colour Spritzer tool and an Always Artichoke marker.  I stamped the solid part of the flower off once and then as my main image and finished it off with the outline stamp and my Stamp-a-ma-jig. I used my Aquapainter to fill in the leaves.  For the centre of the flower I used Crystal Effects to hold the Chunky Glitter.
Stamps:  Flower Fancy, Tiny Tags
Card: Always Artichoke, Kraft, Rose Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Versamark
Embellishments: Chunky Glitter, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon
Tools: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Aquapainter, Colour Spritzer Tool, Cutter Tool, Crystal Effects, Mini Glue Dot, Medium Jewelry Tag Punch, Sponges, Sewing Machine
Thanks for stopping by today.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Monday, 9 August 2010

Stamperoo's Christmas in July Stamp Camp 2010

For the last weekend in July I attended the Stamperoo's Stamp Camp which was held at Swanleigh in the Swan Valley. Christmas in July was the theme for the weekend and thirty four Demonstrators met and we had a fabulous time chatting, laughing and stamping.  We started on Friday evening with dinner in the Dinning Room and then moved to the Library were everything was set up.  Ngaire gave us this sweet little gift made out of the Top Note Die, which was full of a yummy toffee mixture that she makes.

I delivered the first Workshop and we made Lanterns from my own design.  We started from scratch drawing the template bit by bit.  It was a bit time consuming  and considering the number of participants it went relatively smoothly, there were a couple of wrong turns but the results were terrific.  I altered my original design and used vellum for the side panels so the battery operated tea lights flickered through.  Here are some of the completed Lanterns. Don't they look fabulous.
We all prepped for a Shoebox Swap, and moved around the room making each others design for the rest of the evening, getting to know each other and having a good ole chat. Some of us were still going at 2am. Here are the swaps we made.  The Scallop circle in the top picture was on my thank you present from Ngaire,  I love the design.
On Saturday after breakfast Jenny Chilton did a workshop on a Meander Book designed by Beate Johns. The centre of the book is made from one sheet of 12" x 12" designer paper. You could use it as a gift with photos, verses or quotes.  It turned out really cute. I have not finished decorating mine as I need to organise some photos.
Pat Carr did a workshop on an Accordian Flip File Album that was originally designed by LeeAnn Greff.   Once again I have not had the time to finish mine. These are the outside and inside views.
After Lunch we all went onto finishing the Shoebox swaps. There were some fantastic ideas for cards and 3D items. 

This is Ann Gerlach's Swap, I love the way she did the frosting on the little pudding which I have tried to capture in the photo.
This was Nicolle Ewings Swap. Everyone loved it.
My swap was a box for four pencils that I created myself.
We had all been so busy we nearly forgot to take a photo of the group, unfortunately a couple of ladies had already left, so here we are.
It was a very full 24 hours and we had lots of fun. Thanks so much to Ngaire for organising the event, Jenny and Pat for their workshops, and to everyone else for your fabulous swaps and friendship.
Thanks for stopping by today for my very long post.
Cat's Ink Siggy