Pals Paper Arts #230 & Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #332

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I saw the challenge at Create with Connie & Mary was to make a Gift Card Holder and decided I could make a head start on my Christmas gift card/money holders.  I’ve combined this challenge with the colour challenge at Pals Paper Arts – they’re the perfect colours for Christmas!



I have a confession – I’ve never used this retired Stampin’ Up! Christmas Stocking Die before. I’m hoping I’m not the only one that buys products thinking I’m going to use them – only for them to sit in the cupboard for possibly 3 years??? I made sure I used my new Gift Card Envelope and Trims Thinlits Dies.  I stamped the envelope with Endless Wishes in Baked Brown Sugar and the sentiment is from my Wondrous Wreath Framelits Dies. Quick and easy!

PPA230 & CCMC332


And look! I made more than one!



PPA230 & CCMC332-2

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The Creative Blog Hop

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Something a little different from me today.  I’m participating in the Creative Blog Hop – a continuous hop that happens every Monday where creative people all around the world share a little bit about themselves and their creative processes.  As part of the Blog Hop there are four questions to be answered and then at the end, we get to tag other crafters, that will then repeat the process the following Monday.

I’ve been tagged by one of my fellow Just Add Ink Design Team members – Nikki Spencer.  I met Nikki through blogland but got the opportunity to finally meet face-to-face in May of last year at our Annual Stampin’ Up! Convention.  She, along with all the girls at JAI, made me feel so welcome and instantly part of the team.  Nikki is incredibly talented and I’m in awe of her gorgeous creations.  Head over to her blog and check out how talented she is.

1. What am I working on now?

Being on three design teams, I’ve always got design team samples on the go.  After that, I’ve got my favourite challenges that I love playing along with –  lately there doesn’t seem to be enough time to enter them all.  Also after having a conversation with my mum on the weekend I decided it was time to start working on my Christmas projects as she has an upcoming market that I want to help out with.  So with that in mind – I’ve created the projects below (it was only as I was uploading my photos did I realise how hard Smoky Slate and Soft Sky were to photograph!).

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I had to think about this one long and hard…..  I don’t even really know what my genre is as I’ve been mixing it up lately.  Originally I thought my style was vintagey/shabby chic, but lately I’ve been creating with a bit more of a cleaner style.  With all of my cards, I do tend to over-layer (don’t think that qualifies for it’s own style though!).  Who knows – by Christmas I may even change it up and become a Clean and Simple designer! lol.  I guess my style changes for the different challenges I enter.

3. Why do I create what I do?

I’ve been creating for about 6 years.  Before this, I had no interest in anything crafty, so it still surprises me that I’m addicted to this hobby. I head out to my craft room every chance I get and find it relaxes me.  I finally have “my time”.

4. How does my creative process work?

I find my inspiration from challenges.  I’m always searching for a great sketch or a pretty colour combo – if I can, I try and combine both of these together.

Here’s some Christmas cards that I’ve been working on:




Here I’ve created a gift tag and a gift card/money holder:


Here’s a close up of the gift card/money holder made with the envelop punch board.  They’re so quick and easy to whip up.


I was on a roll with Christmas projects and decided to create a simple gift tag with leftovers that I had sitting on my desk.


Now this is the part where I send you off to the next person on the blog hop – but unfortunately I didn’t find anyone to hop to.  If there’s anyone out there that would like to join in, let me know and I edit this post and have you join in for 29th September.

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Card In a Box Class

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I’ve been a bit quiet here for a about a week now as I have just attended Stampin’ Up!s South Pacific Annual Convention.  I’ve had a total ball and am completely beside myself because I’m soooooo tired.  I’m in desperate need of a sleep in.

The projects I’m sharing today are from a class that I held just before I came to convention.  My class girls requested a card in a box – hmmmmm.  I am yet to make one mainly because I’m not a fan of 3D stuff but succumbed because they really wanted it.  Here’s the link to the youtube video I followed to get the measurements for my card.  We also made a matching gift bag that we created out of an envelope.



Here’s a close up of the card in a box.




This is a photo of the card when it’s close flat.  I played with this for ages to try and get it as pretty closed as what it is when it’s opened.



And finally, one of the gift bag.


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Just Add Ink #198 – Blog Hop

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The Design Team at Just Add Ink have had a bit of a break over Christmas, but we’re back  with our very first challenge of 2014 and our challenge for you is to:

Just Add………Thinlits or Envelope Punch Board

You may’ve hopped from the lovely Mae Collins blog and been wowed by her project – if you didn’t come from Mae’s blog that’s ok, you can catch it on the way around or by clicking on the full list of names below.

So I didn’t have either of these until I saw this challenge coming up, so I brought both. Lucky I did because I have somehow lost my unopened Stampin’ Up! Thinlits somewhere in my craft room – not sure how I could totally lose them, but I did.  A bit of a clean up might produce them, but I’m not that motivated at the moment to do a big clean up 🙂  So I had no choice but to go with my Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board.  Not knowing anything about the board before Monday I decided to do a bit of YouTubing and found hundreds of tutorials on how to use it.  I can now say I’m addicted to it and have made about 15 different projects since Monday!


I have a card class coming up soon so I thought this was the perfect chance for me to get in front for once and have my projects made ahead of time.  Here’s what I’ve created:

JAI Blog Hop 2014-1

I’ve made and decorated a gift box that holds 4 cards and 4 envelopes.  To find the tutorial I used – you can click here.  Here’s a photo of the front of the decorated box:

JAI Blog Hop 2014 Box

I made 2 different cards designs that I tried to keep de-layered so they would fit easily in the box (not sure that I achieved the de-layered bit, but I did try!)

JAI Blog Hop 2014-2

JAI Blog Hop 2014-3

As I was on a roll with scoring and punching I decided to make a chocolate bar gift box that I played around with until it fit a chocolate bar that I had at home – my inspiration for decorating of this box came from my mum who had a sleepover the other night (thanks mummy!).  Here’s a link to the tutorial that I adapted my box from.

JAI Blog Hop 2014-4

I hope you like my projects!  So the next stop along the way is the super-talented Nikki Spencer.  You’re going to love what she’s created – I always do!  Click on the blog hop picture below to take you to her blog:

BHbutton198If you get lost along the way I’ve also added the designers names hopping with us that you can click on at any time to find your way.

Chantell Randall

Christine Blain

Delys Cram

Jodene Tripp

Kim Badelt

Louise Sharp

Mae Collins

Narelle Farrugia – that’s me!

Nikki Spencer

Patrice Easton

Paula Dobson

Susan Wong

Tina Gillespie

Trish Rayfield

After you finish hopping, we’d love to see what you create with Stampin’ Up!s Thinlets or Envelope Punch Board.  Your projects can be linked up to the challenge by heading over to Just Add Ink.

Thanks for hopping by today!



Just Add Ink 2013 A Year in Review

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It’s been a while since I’ve been on here! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and fabulous New Year.   I know I ate too much and have so far been too busy to exercise, but I will get back to the gym – one day….

The Design Team at Just Add Add are sharing our favourite projects from 2013 and we’d love to see yours too.  I’ve chosen a tag as my favourite project from last year.  I love creating tags and found Christine’s Woodgrain challenge gave me the chance to create one of my most favourite tags.  I love the little bees I added as I think it really finished off the woodsy scene I was trying to create.

JAI #165 Narelle

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Inspired by Stamping WHW#125 & The Shabby Tea Room #195

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This weeks tutorial at Inspired by Stamping is how to create a flower using burlap.  Joanna has created a lovely flower and has given instructions on how she made it – you should check it out.

I’ve combined this challenge with the Terrific Tag Challenge at The Shabby Tea Room . This week their is to create a tag using the inspiration picture below – I took inspiration from the wrapped presents:


To create the roses I rolled the burlap giving it a twist every now and then.  I kind of remember making flowers like this in primary school – I might’ve been a paper-crafter even back then and didn’t even know it!

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Just Add Ink #193

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Kim has given us the most gorgeous inspiration picture for our challenge this week at Just Add Ink.  I can’t wait to see how you interpret it!


I’ve created something that is waaaaaaay out of my comfort zone – it’s a 3D Christmas centrepiece for my table.  I’ve created this tree by using my retired Stampin’ Up! Christmas bauble punch.  I went to town on punching loads of baubles from Glimmer Paper and Brushed Silver Cardstock.  I then made a decoration for my tree with star punches and a big red bow.  I also carried this bow over to my pot, added a few large pearls and then it was done!  Not sure if you get the full effect of this centrepiece as it was really hard to photograph!

JAI #193 Narelle

We’d love for you to join us this week at Just Add Ink – so head over to the challenge and link up a project.  While you’re over there, check out the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

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