Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Blog Makeover

Well I have managed to distract myself from more pressing things on my 'to do list' and do a makeover on my blog...what do you think?

Honest feedback now...both positive and negative. Does it take too long to load? I felt it did sometimes but wasn't sure if it was because of everything I was trying to do at once...I get frustrated waiting for some blogs to load and so don't hang around and go somewhere else...and I don't want you not to visit me here!

I managed to create some 'Pages' that Blogger now allows us to do and I have a couple of more ideas for those but they will have to be done another day!

I succeeded in losing my previous blog header in the changes...due to my inexperience with how these blogs are actually put together...need a few lessons I think!

Anyway thanks for stopping by and don't forget to comment and give your feedback.

WARNING!

I am trying to give my blog a makeover myself and in doing so I seem to be destroying some of the things I had...like my blog header!! So be patient at this site undergoes some changes...some will work and some won't I am sure...this is going to test out my blogging skills!

Please be patient as I iron out the wrinkles!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sale-a-Bration Ends this Thursday!

Have you received your FREE stamps sets from this year's Sale-a-Bration?  If not, and you want to get one...as they are only available now...you will need to place your $100 order with me before this Thursday!  Don't have a $100 to buy...then get together with a friend and place a $100 order together and get a stamp set FREE to share! Click on the SAB catalogue below to see what sets are ONLY available until this Thursday...
Sale-a-Bration 2011 Brochure

 Not only is Sale-a-Bration finishing this Thursday, 31 March 2011, but also the current Summer Mini Catalogue is ending...so if you had any items in this Mini on your wishlist and have not yet ordered them then the time is NOW!  We can not guarantee what items in this Mini may reappear in the next Ideas Book & Catalogue to be released later this year...so to not miss out order them before Thursday! Click the catalogue below to view it's contents...


Contact me today if you want to place an order from these catalogues which will be ending this Thursday, 31 March 2011. I accept cash, credit card, paypal and direct deposit payments.

Friday, March 25, 2011

JAI#61 - Just Add Stamps!

As the title of this post clearly states the latest challenge over at Just Add Ink is to simply "Just Add Stamps"! Sounds easy enough but as we the Design Team experienced it wasn't as easy as it seemed. Did that mean we couldn't use punches, embelishments, ribbon etc everything we all love to play with? Could we use Designer Series Paper or what about layering of cardstock? Lots of discussions were had before some of us finally created out submissions...others had created their DT submissions before all the discussions were finalised so you may find some additional items snuck in here or there! I think Jo suggested this challenge and some of us DID find it a challenge.

I actually created three submissions before I finally decided on the one that I was happy with and the I felt fit the challenge the best. Here is my third design which I think complies to the intention of the challenge to "Just Add Stamps"...


For the design above I simply created a border using my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and then using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to align the image I stamped the Upsy Daisy silhouette with Elegant Eggplant ink, using Melon Mambo ink to stamp the greeting in a contrasting colour.

The card below was actually my first design and I think it still fulfills the essence of the challenge as I only used a Stampin' Around Wheel - Baby Tees to stamp the image and the from a second roll of the wheel I hand-cut and coloured a babysuit to mount using Stampin' Dimensionals over one of the sections of the image...


The card below was my second attempt at the challenge, using the stamp set Circle Circus, and the ink colours of Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzleberry. However, by simply using a punch to punch out the greeting I felt within myself that I didn't fully comply with the challenge of using just stamps! What do you think does this card fit the intentions of the challenge?


Head over to the Just Add Ink site and see what the other Design Team members came up with for this challenge and then see how you go creating a card with "Just Add Stamps" and using NO other embelishments, tools or specialty papers...go on give it a try, it is not as easy as you may think!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Baby congratulations...

This morning as my daughter was heading off to college she informed me that her friend had gone in to labour and would have her baby girl some time today, so she asked if I would make a cute baby card for her.

Since then I have noticed on Facebook (where all the news is found!) that she has given birth to her beautiful daughter...Isabella. Isn't that such a lovely name?

Here is the card that I made...I was very pleased with how it turned out that I want to make another one for my friend who has recently had a baby girl...Remi (another beautiful name)...but I will have to wait until later today as I have some chores to do and the groceries to buy, but I just wanted to quickly pop in and share what I created this morning...for the other you will have to wait until Friday's Just Add Ink challenge is up!

Stamps: Baby Steps
Inks: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Bow Easy, Snail Adhesive, Sticky Dots

Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Just Add Ink Colour Challenge and a Happy Birthday...

I can now put up this post because one of the Just Add Ink Design Team who is celebrating their birthday tomorrow - HAPPY BIRTHDAY PATRICE - has already received the card displayed below. In the usual tradition of our team...when we are organised enough...we make and send a birthday card to that special person. So this week I have combined the latest colour challenge over at Just Add Ink...Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White and Crumb Cake...with a recent design I made (click here to see previous post and card) for Patrice's birthday card.


Hop on over to the Just Add Ink site and see what the other design team members created using this fabulous colour combo (it wasn't my week to submit an entry...so I waited until I knew it was ok to post this one) and then join in the challenge yourself.

Friday, March 18, 2011

JAI#60...a colour combo!

This week over at Just Add Ink it is time for another challenge and this one is a fabulous colour combo provided by the very talented Delys...
I have been helping out with some of the technical sides of images etc lately, like turning our colour swatches in to these cute buttons, and therefore the lovely Bron has titled me the 'techy expert'...I think my IT son will be proud of that!

It is not my week to design however I have made a card with this colour combo, but you will just have to pop back here on Sunday to see it as it is a birthday card for someone special who visits my blog and I didn't want to spoil the surprise until she gets it in the post!

In the meantime why don't you pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see the inspiration from the other Design Team members, lots of nature and butterflies etc, and then join in the fun creating something with this fabulous colour combo!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

UStamp Swaps...

Recently I took part in a UStamp chat session and some of us decided to create and swap cards on two themes...Mother's Day and Autumn...one card for each theme. There were five of us who decided to participate and therefore we needed to create a total of ten cards...I finally got around to making mine this afternoon!

I had fun making the Mother's Day cards using my new Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (coming out in the soon to be released Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue).


A close up view...
Stamps: Just Believe, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks: Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Rose Red
Cardstock/Paper: Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Framed Tulip Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Modern Label Extra-Large Punch, Elegant Eggplant 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

Here is the one I made for the Autumn theme...although my husband said it reminded him of the colours of Africa! This card was inspired by the very talented Michelle Zindorf, who is a whizz with the brayer! Click here to see the one of hers that I CASED, although I used different colours. I was actually quite happy today with my brayering skills...I might actually be getting a hang of this, usually I have lines but not today!


Here is a close-up view of this one...love those silhouette birds!

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Inks: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Bravo Burgundy, Basic Black
Cardstock/Paper: Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Top Note Die, Big Shot, Brayer, Sponges, Photo Corners Extra-Large Punch, Two-Step Bird Extra- Large

Now to get these off in the post tomorrow...I hope everyone likes them...as much as I liked making them!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Just Add Ink Challenge #59

Well it is that time of the week again for another Just Add Ink challenge, and this week we have the following sketch challenge for you...


I have been busy the last few days and thought I wasn't going to make it in time to get my Design Team entry in, but I did! I have been trying lately to be economical in both my time and my crafting efforts. What I mean by that is, combining some things together, like this project which I made to reflect the sketch above but to also be an item I can sell at this month's craft market. It is a Memo Book Cover which I created from a sample left at my place my by an ex-SU! demo friend, Bridgette Bygrave, who left it with me to create a template/tutorial from her design...using one sheet of A4 cardstock. As you can see I finally got around to this...she left it with me prior to Christmas!!

It was also something that I did as the Make 'N' Take at my friend Sarah's stamp workshop this Sunday just passed, although a simpler design on the front of that one. Everyone had fun making one and personalising their front covers! It was also a good 'test drive' for my template and instructions...which had an error in...now fixed.

Another benefit of doing workshops like these is not only do you give ideas to those who attend but they also give ideas/inspiration back from what they create! I liked Karen's monogram idea (although she is in this mind frame because of her daughter's upcoming wedding!), Sallie's idea of using an extra strip of DSP to cover the inside panel which had a superfluous ribbon hole and I liked the results of my suggestion to Mel of stamping a flourish over her Very Vanilla letters, cut using the Big Shot and alphabet dies, to tone down the colour and blend it in more with her background colours.



Here is a look inside...it simply covers one of those memo books that I remember using at school for spelling bees and the like!

Stamps: Punch Bunch (SAB set)
Carstock/Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Woodland Walk DSP
Inks: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies, Two-Step Bird Extra-Large Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Extra-Large Punch, Horizontal Tab Punch (retired), Flower Fusion (retired),Punpkin Pie brad, Wild Wasabi Double-Stitched Ribbon, adhesive


This would make a great gift idea...it could be used as a notebook, address book, travel diary, ideas book...you name it the possibilities are endless!

Now it is your turn to get inspiration from our sketch and put in your entry...if you need further ideas check out what the rest of the Design Team created to inspire you over at Just Add Ink!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

MOJO Monday 181

It has been a while since I joined in with the weekly sketch challenges from MOJO Monday...but last night I decided to make a card along the sketch lines for a friend whose Pop died last Sunday, just so she knows I am thinking of her at this time. She will most probably see it here on my blog, as I know she pops in here now and again, before she gets it in the post and that is only because I want to get my entry in to the challenge as well and I will be busy over the next few days...I will put it in to the post to her today.

I wasn't so sure about the colour choice but I wanted to also play with the lovely DSP pack that you can get from SU! in the current colour groups...I have only got the Neutrals DSP Pack at the moment but will definitely be getting the others. As I was putting this card together my daughter came home from work and walked passed and she said "love the colour combination" so I felt happy to continue putting it together.

Here is the sketch from MOJO Monday...

Here is my 'Thinking of You' card using Basic Gray as my main colour with a splash of Real Red to brighten it up...


What do you think, not too dreary a colour for a card like this? It has a lot happening on it and I am not sure that is what comes naturally to me...but it was fun playing with this sketch anyway.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Would you like to get your Stampin' Up! supplies at 20% OFF?


Would you like a FREE stamp set to the value of $79.95?


Would you like the opportunity to earn some extra $s?


All of this is available to you by signing up as a new demonstrator during the Sale-a-Bration period (which ends 31 March 2011). Don't want to do any workshops...no worries...you can just be a hobby demonstrator, ordering products for yourself, family members and close friends.

Other benefits of joining Stampin' Up!....
  • Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit, retail value of $515 only costs $289
  • Customise your starter kit with inks and stamps sets of your choice (up to or of equal value)
  • Receive 30% OFF your first order (retail value $300 min.) placed within first 45 days
  • 20% demonstrator discount
  • Opportunity to earn additional FREE stamps sets in your first 6 weeks
  • NO annual fees to pay
  • Only need to sell $500 (retail sales, your own and any other orders) every quarter to remain active
  • Orders placed online and delivered straight to your door or direct to your customer/hostess
  • Access to demonstrator website for ideas, inspiration, templates etc
  • Monthly Impressions magazine received in the mail
  • Attendance at Convention (this May in Melbourne!), Regional events etc
  • Opportunity to see and preorder new products before catalogue releases
  • No obligations to hold workshops and no penalties if you decide to stop as demonstrator
  • You can sign up online (through my demonstrator website click here) and you only need an ABN (register online here for your ABN) and valid credit card
  • Join my team and I will give you all the help you need to be the type of demonstrator you want to be
If you have any further questions or want some no obligation information then contact me today - maecollins2@gmail.com

Friday, March 4, 2011

JAI#58 - Just Add Amanda or Danielle!

We have a great challenge over at Just Add Ink this week...it is to Just Add Amanda or Danielle...yep, you heard correct! That is, for this week you get to CASE the talented Amanda Reddicliffe or Danielle Daws with either a card, layout or 3D project...whatever takes your fancy from some of the great inspiration they shared with us on Just Add Ink during their time at the helm or something inspiring you find on their blogs!

As a Design Team we had fun going back over their work to find that special piece we wanted to CASE...and this is our way of saying thank you to them both for the wonderful work they did creating this fabulous challenge site Just Add Ink and allowing us to be a part of their vision by putting us on their Design Team.

Without further ado here are the original cards that inspired me and the CASED cards that I created...

                     Danielle's orginal                                                         My attempt!

                         Amanda's original                                                     My attempt!

As you can see I don't quite have the flair that these two ladies do! Danielle's is such a vibrant card with a great burst of colour...I didn't realise how much the colour would change when brayering it over designer series paper...I will have to try again another time with a much more vivid colour! I was happy with my bow and I know how much Danielle likes using these on her cards.

Again with my CASE of Amanda's card, I didn't quite get the beautiful vivid colours that she had in hers, but I did add some bling...maybe I can just blame it on my poor lighting and photographic skills.

Anyway, I hope they are chuffed that we found it fun to CASE them both as our send off from leading the Just Add Ink Design Team. Best of luck to you both - Amanda and Danielle!

Thanks also to Danielle who sent me a beautiful card yesterday, that she featured on her blog a while ago...it is so beautiful in real life and her watercolouring is fantastic...click here to see it on Danielle's blog!

I suggest you pop on over to the Just Add Ink site and see what the rest of the Design Team created for this challenge and then maybe have some fun yourself and join in!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Just Add Ink - Design Team Search

Do you love using Stampin' Up! products? Are you a current or ex-SU! demonstrator? Would you like the opportunity to share your inspiration and ideas with others? Then you should check out the Just Add Ink site because we are looking for another Design Team member to join our team...click on the link below to find out all the details on how to apply!

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