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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Just Add Ink #48

It has been a long time since I have had the time to complete a Just Add Ink Challenge.

This week I needed a little thank-you gift for a friend so to get me started I checked out what Just Add Ink was offering.

It is a Sketch this week (and it is going for 2 weeks so you have until Wed 29th Dec to play along):
Using the sketch as a starting point I have designed a little box with some homemade delights in it. Yummy - Wish I received it LOL. I also hadn't yet used the gorgeous Concord Crush card stock and for some reason I wanted to team it with my Certainly Celery Striped Grosgrain ribbon, strange combination but I think it has turned out lovely!!!

Here is the empty box:

Here is the box full of yummy delights:

Stamp Set: Yummy (retired Sale-a-bration set 09)

Card Stock: Concord Crush, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Lap of Luxury DSP

Punches: Scallop Circle Extra Large, 3.2cm Circle, Modern Label, Scallop Trim Corner

Accessories: Stamp Pad (Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink), 3.2cm Striped Grosgrain Certainly Celery Ribbon, Snail, Sticky Strip, Sponge Daubers.

Yummy's: Shortbread, Choc Chip Cookies, Dark Mint Chocolates, Caramel Cup Chocolates, all homemade by ME :-)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Goodbye, Farewell

Oh farewells and goodbye's are sad but we always wish the very best for anyone that moves away and start a-fresh in a different place.

I have a friend that is moving from NT to QLD on Christmas Eve and wish her and her family all the very best and a great new adventure. I know first hand all the feelings that go with moving on as we are also about to embark on a HUGE 2011 moving from NT to WA to own our own business.

Anyway I have made her a little token to take and cherish and remember all the great times we have had together in Mothers Group, at the Park, down at the Pool.

I have made a cute little moving card using the very versitile Loads of Love (and Accessories), and a gorgeous little box to hold some fabulous bookmarks with photos of all the great locations up where we live.

I have crystal effected the truck and looks really 3D in real life, here is the card and box:

Box and Card:


Stampset: Loads of Love and Accessories, Sincere Salutations, Funky Forest Standard Wheel

Card Stock: Temping Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White

Big Shot: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die

Accessories: Stamp Pads (Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive), Stampin Writes (Tempting Turquoise, Old Olice, Daffidol Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, Basic Gray), Blender Pens, Ribbon (Pear Pizzazz Stitched Poly, Kitchen String), Brights Buttons (Pumpkin Pie), Sticky Strip, Snail, Dimensionals, Crystal Effects
Box with Bookmarks:

Stampset: Occassional Greetings

Card Stock: Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White

Big Shot: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder

Accessories: Stamp Pad (Tempting Turquoise), Pear Pizzazz Stitched Poly Ribbon, Punches (Modern Label, Large Oval, Scallop). Sticky Strip, Snail.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Baby Shower Gift

Here are some photos of a little baby shower gift I made for a lovely friend of mine. She is part of our mothers group so we all throw in $5 each and give a little gift at the baby shower and then when bubba is born we all buy our own presents.

Anyway I am loving the Top Note die so thought I would make a cute little box to hold 4 pairs of Bubba Socks and a beauty gift voucher for mum to spend before Bub arrives.

Hope you enjoy looking:

Box and card together:

The Card

Stamp Set: Baby Bundle

Card Stock: Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Nursery Suite Specialty DSP

Big Shot: Elegant Lines Embossing Folder

Accessories: Stampin' Writes (Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze), Corner Rounder, White Satin Ribbon, Rhinestones, Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals.

The Box

Stamp Set: Baby Bundle

Card Stock: Pear Pizzazz, Nursery Suite Specialty DSP

Big Shot: Top Note Die

Accessories: Stamp Pad (Pear Pizzaz), White Satin Ribbon, Punches (Modern Label Extra Large, Oval Large, Retired Slit), Sticky Strip, Snail.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Boys Day

I have had a chance to get into the craftroom and make some cards. It was a challenge though as I needed to make 3 male cards, 1st Birthday, Hubby's Birthday, and my Dad's 60th card. Woozzzers what a day.


Here is the first card it is for a 1st Birthday, this gorgeous little boy was born on Christmas day so I have really made it a "blokey" card, so that it is totally apart from Christmas:

Stamp Set: Fox & Friends, Occasional Quotes (L3 hostess 2010-11)

Card Stock: Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, Whisper White.

Big Shot: Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits Die

Accessories: Stamp Pad (More Mustard), Curly Label Extra Large Punch, Night of Navy Grosgrain Ribbon, Snail, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, and Kitchen String.


This next card is for Hubby, and yes he is a blokey bloke and really doesn't like too much bling so I have kept it very simple and I have tried to incorporate our up and coming adventure into it (we are moving State and buying our own business so a BIG 2011 for our family).

Thanks to for the inspiration for this card.

Stamp Set: Unchartered Territory (Retired)

Card Stock: Early Expresso, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Stamp Pad (Early Expresso), Pear Pizzaz Poly Stitched Ribbon, Antique Brads, Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, and Kitchen String.


Finally the last card - my Dad / Gramps is turning 60. Not that long ago he bought his 'dream' boat hence the picture and the sentiment.

This is the first time I have attempted a 'swing card', you can see tutorials on how to make these on YouTube, I watched them and then just made mine to my own dimensions.

Stamp Set: Seaworthy, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Card Stock: Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Blueberry Crisp DSP

Big Shot: Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits Die

Accessories: Stamp Pad (Night of Navy), Night of Navy 3.2cm Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Punches (Modern Label Extra Large, Oval Large), Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, and Kitchen String.

I hope you have liked looking at these cards ... and do you get the feeling that I 'love' using kitchen string - cheap but so effective, why don't you give it a go!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Just Add Ink #45 & We Stamp for Lara

I have decided to add the this card into 2 challenges today.
The first challenge being Just Add Ink #45, Sketch Challenge:
and because the Just Add Ink girls have been such wonderful support for the "We Stamp for Lara" fundraiser I thought I would combine the sketch with the "We Stamp for Lara" Challenge 4, Inspirational Photo:
I hope that I have done both challenges justice. I really love having a go at them.
As I am trying to get this post done before the challenge for Just Add Ink closes I don't have time for the details but if you would like them let me know I will provide them too you.

Anyway here is the card:

December Frenzy & Summer Mini Catalogue

Today is the day for 2 exciting promotions from Stampin' Up!:

1) Release of the new Summer Mini Catalogue
Here is the link or you can click on my picture on the side bar.
I am loving all the new accessories and the stamp sets are just beautiful!
The dates you need to keep in mind to purchase these products are 1st Decemeber 2010 to 31 March 2011.

2) December FRENZY
Wow special special specials
Check them all out by either clicking on the below link or on the picture on my side bar.
Dates you need to keep in mind to purchase these products are 1st December to 29th December 2010.

Happy shopping all and if you have any questions, contact me by either email or phone 0418 944 705.

From Katie

Happy 30th BIG SIS :-)

My lovely older sister turned 30 on Saturday so here is the picture of the gorgeous card and box I made for her.

I used the colour challenge from the "We Stamp for Lara" fundraiser:

Stamp Set: Occasional Quotes (L3 Hostess, 2010-2011)

Card Stock: Pear Pizzaz, Blushing Bride, More Mustard, Regal Rose, Whisper White.
Big Shot: Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Lots of Tags Sizzlit.
Accessories: Rhinestones, Sweet Treats Heart Cup, Buttons, White Organza Ribbon, Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals.

Fun and Bright!!!

Here is ANOTHER 2 year old card that I have made, last one for the year but I do need to make a 1 yr old card so will be posting that in a few weeks.

Stamp Set: Happy Moments (retired SAB 2010)

Card Stock: Pacific Blue, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White

Big Shot: Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Set

Accessories: Stamp Pads (Staz-on Black, Pacific Blue, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive), Blender Pens, Crystal Effects, Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Braying - 2nd Attempt

I really wanted to show you a gorgeous card that I have made for my older sister but unfortunately she hasn't turned 30 yet, that's next week end so I will have to post that photo then.

For now you will need to be happy with looking at my second attempt at with the brayer ... once again I am estatic with the way it ended up. There are a few mistakes. One that is damn obvious and the other actually added to the card. I am not going to tell you either of them but no doubt you will spot the obvious one :-).

Enjoy looking and look forward to your comments.
Now the details of the card area a little blurry... not quite sure why but I can't remember the colours I have used. The Stamp Set is retired (Asian Artistry L2) and button from old stock.
Card Stock is: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White.
I have used the Top Note Die, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and Lots of Tags Sizzlets through the Big Shot.
Some Satin Ribbon, a bit of Linen Thread, and oval punch and TAA DAA a card.... not forgetting adhesives, Snail, Sticky Strip and Dimensionals etc.

Anyway hope you like it all and will try and post again in the not too distant future... so much going on right now because we are in the process of moving house, not just down the road though, to a totally different State so big clean out happening! EEEkkkkk (fingers crossed Hubby doesn't find his way into the craftroomo LOL)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Braying - First Attempt

Hey all,

Just thought I would share with you my first braying attempt.

I have also added this into the sketch challenge over at "We Stamp for Lara", visit Madoona Dunn's blog to find out how you can be part of all the great fun at "We Stamp for Lara".

It's a bit BRIGHT and fun and funky, what do you think? I am quite proud of it since it is my first attempt with the brayer!

Stamp Set: Pocket Silhouettes, Woodgrain Background Stamp

Card Stock: Peach Parfait, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White

Accessories: Stamp Pads (Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Basic Black), Brayer, Mat Pack, Paper Piecing Tool, Pearl Jewels, Black Satin Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Just Add Ink #42

I have been so busy this last week joining in all the fun over at We Stamp for Lara that I totally forgot to check out what Just Add Ink had to offer for their challenge this week.

Now if you would like to join in and get free tutorials, go in the draw for daily door prizes, play along to some challenges and go in the draw to win a BIGSHOT machine go to, where you can sign up for We Stamp for Lara and help Lara get her own special chair that she really needs.

Anyway back to Just Add Ink, they have an awesome (and easy) sketch to follow this week:

I have made a 1 year old birthday card using this sketch, for some reason I really wanted to use vellum, sparkles and the rocket from Pun Fun...does it work, hummm??? I think it does 'just'. What do you think - would love your comments , Oh and did you notice that I used the DSP on the Rocket and made sure I used the #1!

Stamp Set: Pun Fun, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Whisper White, DSP Celebrations

Big Shot: Polka Dot Embossing Folder

Accessories: Stamp Pads (Staz-on Black, Real Red, Pacific Point), Punches (Modern Label Extra Large, Oval Large, two old Star punches), Twill Tape, Dazzling Diamonds, Fine Supernova Glitter, Mat Pack, Paper Piecing Tool, Multipurpose Glue, Snail, Sticky Strip

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Owl Note Card

Just thought I would quickly show you a lovely little note card that I made to go with some flowers for a friend that has just had a little baby girl.
Most of the card is using retired stock so I won't put all the details but the cute little owl is using the NEW 2-step Owl Punch, the branch is from the NEW 2-step Bird Punch and I also used the NEW Scallop Trim Border Punch.

The BIG Three 0!!!

I have a lovely 'new' friend that moved to town not that long ago ... Just in time too as she has just turned 30 and we are able to help her celebrate!!!

I had so much fun making her card. I pulled out lots of items that either I had never used or used minimal times. I also attemped my second easel card. The easel cards just look so special!

I really wanted to put on 30 balloons but not enough space - Still looks great though :-).

I am really happy with the way the card turned out as I was making it at 4am in the morning due to my son being very sick and spewing all night I decided to make use of the time while I was awake, here is the card:

Stamp Set: None

Card Stock: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Whisper White, DSP Greenhouse Gala

Big Shot: Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits.

Accessories: Ribbon (Daffodil Deight 3.2cm Striped Grosgrain, Marina Mist Satin), Rhinestone Jewels, Rhinestone Brad Circle Fire, Linen Thread, Sticky Strip, Snail, Dimensionals, old balloon punch.
HAPPY 30th *Smiles and Hugs* for you!!!

2 Step Bird Punch

I have made the below card for a little one year old. This is the first time I have used my 2 step bird punch - such a cute bird!!! I have popped the bird up on dimensionals and then also the wing and it gives it a great 3d look.

I have used the gorgeous Sweet and Sour Specialty DSP, it has a glossy image on one side which is the side with the polka dots on the bird. It gives it a really lovely shimmer look.

I also pulled out a retired stamp set from the 2010 Autumn/Winter mini as I thought the saying very appropriate.

Oh and I am just loving the striped ribbon and satin ribbons - expect to see LOTS of cards with these ribbons (actually to tell you the truth I LOVE all the ribbons but at the moment these would be the ones I go to first)

Hope you like looking:

Stamp Set: Retired, Picture This (2010 Autumn/Winter Mini)

Card Stock: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Whisper White, DSP Sweet and Sour

Big Shot: Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder

Accessories: 2 Step Bird Punch, Modern Label Punch, Stampin' Write Markers (Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo), Ribbon (Daffodil Delight 3.2cm Stripped Grosgrain, Old Olive Satin), Brads (Brights, Old Olive), Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Kitchen String.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Christmas Boxes

Here are some fun boxes that I have been making for Christmas to put some great little gifts in ,jewellery, chocolates, homemade biscuits,etc.

The first one is a designed I made myself, I got the idea off a very small box that Better Homes and Gardens had free with a magazine about 10 years ago. All the rest of the boxes are dies you can buy to go with the Bigshot machine, I LURVE my BIGSHOT!!!

I won't put all the details as the list will go on forever but if you like any contact me and I can tell you what I have used.

The Christmas Tree box (designed by myself using idea from a Better Homes and Gardens Magazine)


Pillow Boxes (using Bigz Die, Pillow Box)


Rectangle Boxes (using Bigz XL Die, Box #2)


Mini Milk Cartons (using Bigz L Die, Mini Milk Carton)

Christmas Cards Part 4

Now for a bit of a classy Christmas!!!

The first two cards are using Shimmer Paint, the third is using Basic Pearls from the Jewels packet, the forth card I have blinged up a bit with some dazzling diamonds and the fifth I have used Fine Supernova Glitter (green) with the Multipurpose Glue.


Stamp Set: Contempo Christmas, Baroque Motifs

Card Stock: Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Whisper White

Accessories: Ornament Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Stamp Pad (Night of Navy), Sponge Dauber, Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, retired ribbon.


Stamp Set: Snow Swirled

Card Stock: Garden Green, Pear Pizzaz, Certainly Celery, Whisper White

Big Shot: Finial Press Embossing Folder, Lots of Tags

Accessories: Extra Large Oval Punch, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Stamp Pad (Pear Pizzaz), Sponge Dauber, Snail, Sticky Strip, Old Olive Satin ribbon, Dimensionals.


Stamp Set: Contempo Christmas

Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Ornament Punch, Scallop Trim Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Stamp Pad (Cherry Cobbler), Basic Pearl, Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Dimensional, Snail, Sticky Strip, Black Satin Ribbon.


Stamp Set: Perfect Punches

Card Stock: Bravo Burgundy, Garden Green, Whisper White

Big Shot: Top Note Die, Finial Press Embossing Folder

Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Stamp Pad (Stazon White), Gel White Pen, Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Multipurpose Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, retired ribbon


Stamp Set: Lovely as a Tree, Contempo Christmas

Card Stock: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White

Big Shot: Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder

Accessories: Stamp Pad (Old Olive, Real Red), Fine Supernova Glitter (green), Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Ribbon (Real Red 1.6cm Grosgrain).

Christmas Cards Part 3

Oh I love a fun celebration whether it be baby showers, birthdays, or CHRISTMAS... I just had to make some 'fun' cards so here they are:

The card below is using the very CUTE 2 step owl punch which I have modified with a little Christmas hat - Love it, just too adorable!

Stamp Set: Occasional Quotes (Hostess, L3)

Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White, Choc Chip, DSP Jolly Holiday

Big Shot: Elegant Lines Embossing Folder

Accessories: 2-step Owl Punch, Small Oval Punch, Stamp Pad (Cherry Cobbler), Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals.

Stamp Set: Sparkly & Bright

Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Choc Chip, DSP Jolly Holiday

Accessories: Stamp Pads (Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Choc Chip), More Mustard, Real Red Stampin' Write, Real Red 1.6cm Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Snail, Sticky Strip.

Christmas Cards Part 2

I decided to bite the bullet and buy 'Happy Christmas Mate' Stamp Set this year. I umm'ed and ahh'ed over it last year and this year just decided to get it.
My mum (who grew up in England) has told me on numerous occasions that she thinks it is 'silly' to receive a Christmas Card in Australia with snow and ice all over it when in Australia it is HOT HOT HOT! So Mum if you a reading this expect to receive one of these this year *smiles* & *love you*
Stamp Set: Happy Christmas, Mate
Card Stock: Pacific Point, Pear Pizzaz, Whisper White, DSP Celebrations
Accessories: Stamp Pads (Pacific Point, Pear Pizzaz, Real Red), Blender Pens, 1.3cm Stitched-Poly Ribbon Pear Pizzaz, Designer Buttons (Regals), Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Kitchen Twine, Stamp-a-ma-jig.
Stamp Set: Happy Christmas, Mate, Woodgrain
Card Stock: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Accessories: Stamp Pads (Real Red, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso), Blender Pens, Cutter Kit, 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (Early Espresso), Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals.
Stamp Set: Happy Christmas, Mate.

Card Stock: Baja Breeze, Real Read, Pear Pizzaz, Whisper White, DSP Greenhouse Gala

Big Shot: Polka Dots Embossing Folder

Accessories: Stamp Pads (Early Espresso, Pear Pizzaz, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze), Belnder Pens, 1.3cm Stitched-Poly Ribbon Pear Pizzaz, Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Kitchen Twine

Christmas Cards Part 1

Here are some of last years Christmas cards.

Just thought you would like to see how I have 'grown' in the past year with my card making.

I won't put the cards details down as a few items are now retired but if you like anything you see please leave a message and I will get back to you with what you still can get and what we could substitute.

Christmas Craft Fair - Gove Style

I have been so busy the last couple of weeks getting prepared for our local Christmas Craft Fair, I haven't been putting up any Christmas creations on my blog. The craft fair was just this Saturday so I thought I would share with you a few photo's of my stall:
My whole stall (can you spot my son, he is just behind the card stand - yes, he had to come which made it a looooong morning).
Christmas Cards and Boxes:
Christmas Cards:
Christmas Boxes:
Hope you liked looking and are feeling inspired to try your hand at a craft fair :-)