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Just Add Ink have a Colour Challenge this week.  I decided to make a card and little gift bag and I thought I would play with some of my retired stamps, inks and DSP.

Stamps: Happy Moments (retired)
Paper:   Whisper White, Basic Black, Pattern Pack II DSP
Ink: Going Gray (retired), Brocade Blue (retired) Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal (retired)
Accessories:  Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Label Collection Die, Rhinestones, Scorepal, Ribbon, Cropadile

I started with a base card made from Basic Black cardstock.  I then added a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was slight smaller than the base card.  Next I added a piece of Patterns Pack II DSP (retired).  With the DSP I used the colours Brocade Blue, Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal and Basic Grey as I decide to play with the colours.  I then used a scrap strip of Whisper White cardstock to which I stamped happy birthday multiple times.  I decided not to use the stampamajig as I wanted the words to be a little uneven.  Adds a bit a character, I think.  I then used the Beautiful Wings Embosslit die to cut out multiple butterflies in various colours.  I cut the Black butterflies in half and used them as highlights behind the White Butterflies.  I added the Butterflies to the card going from largest to smallest.  To make the gift bag I used a 21cm x 27 cm Basic Black cardstock which I scored using the scorepal.  I adhered the box together using sticky strip and added Patterns Pack II DSP (retired) to the flap.  I trimmed the flap using a template I made with the Labels Collection framelit die.  I punched two holes using the cropadile and added matching ribbon.  To finish off, I added Happy Birthday stamped on the smallest of the labels created using the Labels Collection framelit die.  I distressed the label by sponging and added some butterflies and a rhinestone.

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Just Add Ink have a Sketch Challenge this week.  When I first looked at the sketch I was a bit stumped about how I was going to approach this sketch and then I decided to look through my stash of scrap papers and here is what I came up with.

Stamps: Apothecary
Paper:   Old Olive,  Jolly Holiday DSP (retired), Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Owl Punch 1 ” Circle Punch, Paper Piercer, Glue Pen, Swiss Dot embossing folder, black marker

I started with some scrap Old Olive cardstock that was 9.5 cm x 30.5 cm.  I then trimmed and embossed some Whisper White cardstock to be slightly smaller than the base card and adhered it to the base card.  I then added the 1″ Cherry Cobbler circle, a piece of Jolly holiday DSP and a piece of Basic Gray cardstock.  I stamped the Birthday Greeting from the apothecary stamp set on to some scrap Whisper White cardstock and then added a slightly bigger piece of Old Olive as backing to the sentiment.  I added the sentiment to the base card.  I felt that the card seemed a bit simple, so I decided to tweak the card by piercing the corner of the grey cardstock.  It is better to think of these things before adhering to cardstock :).  As a result, the piercing did not look so clean so I used a black marker to define the holes better.  I then punched out what seemed like a million little black eyes using the Owl Punch.  I adhered the black dots over every second pierced hole.  I think the effect looks good.  I wouldn’t have thought of it, if I had pierced the paper before adhering it to cardstock.

 There you have my take on this week’s challenge. 

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Just Add Ink have a Sketch Challenge this week.  When I first looked at the sketch it reminded me of a cabinet and I used this idea as my theme for my card.

Stamps: Well Scripted
Paper:  Basic Black, Regal Rose, Holiday Treasures DSP (retired)
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories:  Large Scallop Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Owl Punch for small circles, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Red Pearls, Fleur De Lys die, thin black elastic and foam pads. 

I started with a piece of black cardstock that was 29cm x 12cm.  I scored the card at 11cm and 25.5 cm mark. I used the Decorative Label Punch for the middle of the larger section of the card to form the legs of the cabinet.  On the smaller section, I used the Large Scallop Oval Punch.  I then added layers of Regal Rose cardstock and Holiday Treasure DSP.  I made two black frames to lay over the Holiday Treasure DSP, so as to highlight the doors.  I then added black itty bitty flowers with red pearls in the centre.  To make the handles, I used two fleur de lys to which I added red pearls and foam pad to raise them.  Inside the card I added the birthday sentiment from the Well Scripted stamp set and some more Itty Bitty Flowers.





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Just Add Ink have a Colour Challenge this week.  When I first looked at the colours I was thinking about making a Father’s Day card, as these colours would be perfect for a masculine card.  However, I decided that I  have been neglecting the displaying of photos of my children so I made a squash book.  The instructions for the squash book are on the Splitcoaststampers website. 

Stamps: Fox and Friends, Basic Phrases
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Haiku DSP (retired)
Ink: Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Owl Punch, I heart heart punch, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Extra Large Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Cropadile, Butterfly Punch, Itty Bitty Punches, Timeless Type Junior alphabet, Small Star Punch, Word Window Punch,Old Olive Ribbon, 9 x9 cm (3 1/2″) coasters, towbow glue

I started with two 9 x 9 cm (3 1/2″) coasters which you can get from most craft stores.  I had some laying in the drawer.  I adhered the Chocolate Chip cardstock to the coasters using Tombow Glue.  I scored 3 pieces of cardstock and joined them together.  I used Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand and Old Olive (I ran out of Certainly Celery).  Once I had folded the layers to form the squash book.  I added photos, punches, DSP and cardstock to decorate the inside.  I also added the first letter for each of my children’s name and the sentiment ‘family’ from the Basic Phrases stampset.


 For the front and the back of the squash book I added layers of Night of Navy, Old Olive, Sahara Sand and Haiku DSP.  When I adhered them to the front and the back I made sure that I did not adhere the ribbon to the base, so that it can slide when you open the squash book.  To finish of the book, I stamped the Owl from the Fox and Friends stamp set and punched it out using the 1 1/4″ circle punch.  I mounted this on a 1 3/4″ Circle and an extra-large Scallop Circle.

 There you have my take on this week’s challenge.  I hope you don’t mind that I substituted the Certainly Celery with the Old Olive.

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Paper: Textured Regal Rose, Raspberry Tart DSP, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Small Star Punch, Felt Sticker lettering

Stampamemory have a new Challenge this week and I have to say that this is not an easy challenge for me.  The challenge requires that you create a layout containing a photo of yourself and listing 5 things you LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF.  There are not many photos of me, as I have a tendency to avoid cameras and I was not really sure what I think about myself.  I asked my children what they thought about me and they came up with marvelous, magnificent, miraculous, memorable and very mummy.  These are all wonderful things that they said about me and I think it is funny that they seem to associate me with everything that starts with the letter M, so I decided I really should think about what I like about myself and I came up with 5 things.

1.  That I can express myself through my creativity
2. That I appreciate the little things in life
3. That I can be silly at times
4. That I like to learn new things
and lastly 5. I like the person my children have made me become. 

For my page I started by trimming a piece of Raspberry Tart DSP as well as some Kiwi Kiss and Pink Pirouette cardstock  to use as backing for the main photo of myself.  I then punched 8 scallop circles, using Kiwi Kiss and Raspberry Tart DSP and put them to one side.  Using my printer, I printed out the 5 things I like about myself, as well as part of the main title for my page, using Whisper White cardstock.  With my 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, I punched out 4 of the 5 things I like about myself and with the last sentence, I used the 1 1/4″ circle punch.  I accidently picked up the wrong punch and it seems quite funny it was on the comment ‘That I can be silly at times’. 🙂  I adhered the 5 comments about myself to the Raspberry Tart scallop circles I punched earlier and I used the 1 3/8″ punch to punch out 3 photos of myself at different stages in my life .  I adhered the punched out photos to the Kiwi Kiss scallop circles.  With a pencil and piece of Kiwi Kiss scrap cardstock, I drew some branches, like those on the Little Leaves Sizzlits die.  I cut them out with my scissors and placed them to one side. 

To create my layout, I started with a piece of 12″ x 12″ Regal Rose Textured cardstock.  I then placed the main photo in the top left hand corner and adhered the scallop circles at various points on the page, keeping the comments about myself to the lower section of the page.  I then placed the cut out of the branches along the right hand side of the page, followed by adhering the printed out title to the right of the main photo.  To finish off the title, I used some felt alphabet stickers for the last word ‘Me”.  Finally, I randomly adhered some Pink Pirouette stars that I had punched out with a small star punch.  I used the Stars as it is a bit of a joke with my work colleagues as well as family and friends.  I get teased about being a ‘Super Star’. :).  I hope you like my page, it was really fun to make and it reminds me that I should scrap more things about myself otherwise my children will have nothing to look back on later in life.  I know what it is like to not have your mother any more, as mine died when I was 23 years old and I am so glad that I have photos of her.

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For this post I have combined two challenges into one.  I have used the colours for my scrapbook page from the Stampin Royalty  Challenge #14 and the theme from the StampAmemory Challenge.  StampAmemory have asked for a baby layout using non traditional baby colours.  I know I have already created a layout for the StampAmemory challenge earlier in the week, but I thought these colours from the Stampin Royalty challenge would work so nicely, so I made another page.  Making another page also means that I get a chance to scrap some of the wonderful baby photos that I have lying around.  For this challenge I started with a piece of 12 x 12 textured Taken with Teal cardstock.  I punched a scallop border from a piece of Washington Apple DSP using the Scallop Border Punch and adhered it to the left of the base cardstock.  I then applied a photo of  Erik the day he was born.  With the photo I modified it so that it printed out in black and white and I reduced the sharpness on the edges of the photo.  I placed the photo in the left hand corner then applied So Saffron ribbon.  The rouched ribbon is created using a piece of sticky strip.  Then length is determined by how long you want the rouched ribbon to appear on the page.  Then you just manoeuvre the ribbon so that it rouches up and the sticky strip keeps the ribbon in place.  I stamped out some flowers from the Eastern Bloom stamp set using Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, and Taken with Teal Ink, and trimmed using my paper scissors.  I inserted brads into the centre of the flowers and I placed the flowers in the bottom right corner of the photo and underneath the ribbon.   I stamped the sentiment ” Each day provides its own gifts” from the Artfully Asian stamp set, using Whisper White cardstock and Taken with Teal ink.  I placed a piece of So Saffron cardstock behind the sentiment and adhered it to the Taken with Teal cardstock. 

Each day I have with my children is a gift.  I know that they can be annoying and that they fight and yell and make mess, but my life would not be the same without them.


Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Artfully Asian
Paper: Textured Taken with Teal, Washington Apple DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Taken with Teal, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron
Accessories: So Saffron 5/8″ Grosgrain, Scallop Border Punch, Brads

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Stampamemory has a new Challenge this week, they are asking for a us to create a baby orientated page in non traditional baby colours (so not heaps of pastel pink or blue) and the fabulous prize is the Fox and Friends Stamp set from the new Autumn/ Winter Mini Catalogue.  For this challenge I decided to scrap some pictures of Erik chewing on his teething Rusk.  The Rusks really use to soothes his mouth, when his teeth were coming through.  I started with a 12 x 12 piece of So Saffron textured cardstock, which I chose because  it went so nicely with the colour of the back of Erik’s high chair.  This cardstock is part of the cardstock that I won from Sue Madex in the last challenge.  It was such a wonderful prize and I even got to pick the colour range that I would like, which was Rich Regals.  I have never used this cardstock before for scrapping and it is just wonderful. 

To start creating the layout, I punched a scallop border out of Washington Apple DSP using the scallop border punch.  I then punched out a series of curly labels using, Baja Breeze and Pumpkin Pie cardstock and then some from Bella Bleu DSP.  I followed this with punching out some hearts using the Heart to Heart punch.  I attached the hearts to 4 of the curly labels and then used some sticker Lettering to put Erik’s name on the hearts.  I got the lettering from my friend Nancy, so a big thank you to you.  I stamped 3 of the animals from the Wild About You set and 3 Dinosaurs from the Dino Mite stamp set, using the ink colours Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Baja Breeze.  I trimmed around the dinosaurs and other animals and placed them to one side.  Behind 2 of the smaller photos I place a curly label behind one of the corners as a backing for the photo.  On the larger Photos and the cardstock  I was using as backing for the journaling, I put curly labels at opposite corners.  I then adhered the photos to the So Saffron cardstock as well as the backing for the journaling.  I placed animals next to the smaller pictures and one over lapping the larger picture.  I then wrote out some words to do with Erik’s teething, which went ” My little teeth were coming though and I just didn’t know what to do. So Mummy gave me a teething Rusk and I sat there and chewed, chewed, chewed”.  I adhered my jouranling to the Pumpkin Pie backing and then placed two dinosaurs in two of the corners.  And there you have my scrap page and hopefully my colours are not too traditional. Looking at this page makes it hard for me to believe that my little Erik will be 9 this year.


Stamps: Dino-Mite, Wild About You
Paper: Textured So Saffron, Bella Blue DSP, Washington Apple DSP, Pumpkin Pie, Baja Breeze
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Curly Label Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Sticker lettering

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Stampamemory has a new Challenge this week, they are asking for a layout that represents what you are grateful for.  I am grateful for many things in my life, but one thing I really find special is the simple joys I can have with my children.  I get great enjoyment watching my children blow bubbles.  It’s so surprising how much joy and wonder a little bit of soapy water can bring to this world.  With my scrapbook page, I chose to start with some Washington Apple DSP.  The flowers remind me of bursting bubbles in funny kind of way.   I then layered on a pieces of Summer Sun and Pumpkin Pie Cardstock and the main photo of Deanna blowing a large bubble, while Erik was looking on.  I then printed out some smaller photos of the children blowing bubbles and used the scissor circle plus to cut them out as 5″ circles.  I then used small pieces of summer sun and pumpkin pie to make 6″ circles to back the 5″ photos.  I then punched three  1  1/4″ circles out of Summer Sun and Pumpkin Pie and five 1/2″ circles.  I placed the larger circles randomly on the page and the 1/2″ circles in the centre of some of the larger flowers .  Using Whisper White card stock, I punched six 1 1/4″ circles to use as background for the title.  For the title I cut out some letters by hand using Baja Breeze.  I then printed my journal comment on some whisper white cardstock.  I wrote  “There is no better moment than enjoying the simple things in life.  Like my children blowing bubbles and watching them float away.  There’s no goal to be achieved, no right or wrong way.  It’s just a moment of happiness as they watch them float away.”   I trimmed the wording and backed it with Summer Sun and Pumpkin Pie and placed it in the upper right hand corner. 




Paper: Whisper White, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Baja Breeze, Washington Apple DSP
Accessories: Scissor Circle Plus


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Stampamemory has a new Challenge this week.  They are asking for a famous quote that means a lot to you or perhaps a funny quote from a family member or friend that you’d like to record.  I chose quotes that mean a lot to me and because I have two of them I made two layouts.  On the first layout I chose the quote “All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt” .  This quote is from the Peanuts Cartoon.  I used this quote with photos that we took of the children at the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt in 2008.  My children really love Easter and all the craft things they get to make, but I think a lot of it has to do with the chocolate.  With the layout I used Bella Rose DSP for the background and the words, which I cut out by hand.  I then cut out 5 medium eggs and 9 small eggs also by hand, using Candy Land DSP and Holiday Treasure DSP.  I made a flower using two scallop circles punched out of Bella Rose DSP and Real Red.  I joined them together with a brad and a Chocolate Chip daisy from the flowers I punched using the Spring Bouquet punch.




Paper: Whisper White, Candy Lane DSP,Bela Rose DSP, Holiday Treasure DSP, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Accessories: Brown Brad, Spring Flower Bouquet punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Heart to Heart Punch,Scallop Circle Punch

On the second layout I chose the quote “Our memory of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone” .  I cant remember where this quote came from, but it one that I think of often when the children are walking along the beach looking for shells.  So I used this quote with photos that we took of the children at Brighton Beach in 2008.  My children really love when we go there and they can walk along the shoreline.   With the layout I used Washington Apple DSP for the background and the words I cut out by hand using Pacific Point ( I really need to get some alphabet dies for my cuttlebug).  I then punched some hearts with the heart to heart punch using Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point and Summer Sun cardstock.  I also used this card stock as background for the 4 small photos and the large photo.  I punched some Pacific Point cardstock using the scallop border punch and the curly label punch as well.  I  printed my saying out on the printer and used Pumpkin Pie and Summer Sun cardstock as backing for the saying with the pacific blue curly label behind that.


Paper: Washington Apple DSP, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Blue, Summer Sun
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Curly Label Punch

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Stamp a Memory has a new Challenge this week.   They are looking for a layout in Black and White plus one other colour of your choice.  The prize will be a Black and White Pack containing, Black Stazon Ink, Whisper White Craft Ink and a Uniball White Gel pen.  For this Challenge I used a photo of my son Erik playing cricket in the backyard.   I started with the original photo and used Photoshop to apply a background layer to the original photo that I then converted to black and white.  I then used the eraser that made the colour of the ball come out from the original photo and then I merged the images and printed.   Once I printed the Erik’s photo, 1 large and 2 small.   I had to decide what  black, white and red layout would go with the picture.  I decided to go for a cricket theme and I used the ScissorCircle Plus to cut a red circle using some Red Riding Hood cardstock and used a white gel pen to make it look like a cricket ball.  I then cut some black cardstock to use as background and to make the cricket stumps and bails and punched out some small stars and curly labels.  With the Whisper White cardstock I stamped some of the words from the new Saleabration set, Whimsical Words and punched them out using the curly label punch.  After some repositioning I came up with how I wanted the layout to look.   Here is the final result.


Stamps: Whimiscal Words, Best Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Red Riding Hood, Black
Ink: Red Riding Hood
Accessories: Small Star punch, Clurly Label Punch, Scissor Circle Plus, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch

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