Stampin’ Royalty #198

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The Design Team at Stampin’ Royalty have given us the challenge to create Halloween Goodie Packaging.  I’ve never made anything Halloween as it really isn’t that big in Australia.  But as I’m wanting to challenge myself to try new things, I thought I’d give this fun challenge a go.  I buy chocolates and lollies just in case I get a Trick or Treater come to the door, but it never happens.  I end up eating them all after Halloween, just because I don’t want the chockies and lollies to go to waste 😉

I was on a roll with my Halloween Goodies Packaging so instead of one project, I made three.


Here’s a close up of a vase I had sitting at home. I found pumpkin cover chocolates to fill up the jar (well, almost fill up – I ate a few!)


This little goodie bag is filled with mini chocolate bars.


And to finish off my projects, I created a bag topper made from the Top Note Die.  Since I took this photo my son raided my craft room and has eaten all the cool mints.


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Just Add Ink #173

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Christine Blain suggested this weeks theme at Just Add Ink.  Our challenge for you is to:

Just Add…….Water

Some of my more observant (way more observant than me!) JAI Design Team members noticed that the bottles of water in the apartments where we stayed for our recent Stampin’ Up! South Pacific Convention had the following label on their bottles.


Did you see the words under the photo of the pool?  Just Add Water!  This bottle was made for us!

So when I think of water, I automatically think of a boat stamp. Not very original, but I had a purpose in mind for my project.  My Dad had a birthday last week, and in addition to giving him some cash, I covered and decorated him a block of white chocolate.  My dad LOVES white chocolate and I’m pretty sure I give him a block every birthday, but I know it will be eaten.  This chocolate cover was made to match the birthday card I made my Dad – click here if you’d like to check it out.

JAI #173 Narelle

Head over to the Just Add Ink Challenge blog and check out the varied and creative projects the Design Team have created for this fun challenge.

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Just Add Ink Challenge #165

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It’s Friday so that means a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  Christine is this weeks hostess and she’s given us the challenge to:

Just Add Woodgrain

I’ve never been a big woodgrain user on my projects and I’m pretty sure I’ve never used my woodgrain embossing folder at all.  I started out with a card for this challenge, then another card and then finally ended up with a vintage tag.  I will be so sad when my most favourite Stampin’ Up! stamp set – French Foliage – retires, but I’m sure I’ll still be using it on some challenges.  Because I use a lot of butterflies, for something different this time, I decided to add some cute little bees from Nature Walk

JAI #165 Narelle

Head over to Just Add Ink and check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team. We’d love for you to join us, so why don’t you create a woodgrain project and link it up?

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Merry Monday Challenge #54

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Lesley has given us the challenge of creating a project using Snowmen at Merry Monday this week:


Snowman cards are not very big in Australia as generally our Christmas day is hot and no snowman would survive the heat!  The only stamp I really have with a snowman on it is a gift tag stamp from Stampin’ Up!s Tags Til Christmas. I left my run too late to put in an an order for a stamp so I came up with the idea of creating a tag for gift packaging. Here’s my heavily decorated Stampin’ Up! Lunch Sack – the decorating kinda overshadows the snowman, but he’s there!


Because I took this “Snowmen” challenge as pleural I decided to decorate a Stampin’ Up! Kraft Box to match my Lunch Sack. Both of these gift packages have belly bands around them, so it’s easy to open the gift by sliding it off.


Both of these projects were inspired by by packaging I have seen on Pinterest.

We’d love for you to join us this week – head over to Lesley’s blog and join in our Christmas Challenge. You can click on each of the Merry Makers names below to check out their gorgeous cards.

Lesley Croghan
Allisa Chilton
Bonnie Klass
LeAnne Pugliese
Nina Forsyth

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Inspired by Stamping #49 & The Deconstructed Sketch #92

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If you love a challenge with really soft and pretty colours, the challenge over at Inspired by Stamping is for you. Their colours this week are Kraft, Light Pink & Green.


I don’t make enough tags, so when I saw the sketch challenge at The Deconstructed Sketch I knew I would have to play along.  As soon as I sat down at my desk I reached for a tag I had made previously to get some inspiration and spilt my extra large latte all over it – grrrrrr not happy! I letting it dry to see how it looks – if it dries ok, then I may tell the person I’m giving it to that I meant to have a coffee stained look 🙂


Here’s my tag:

IBSIC49 & DS92

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Dynamics Duos #37

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My 4 weeks of holidays has come to an end 😦 and I’m back at work tomorrow. Not heading out to my craft room whenever I want during the day will be majorly different.

I decided I wanted to make another tag and the colour combination at Dynamic Duos was the perfect fit for it.


For last weeks challenge at Merry Monday, our challenge was to create a card using a bird.  One of my co-designers, Margaret, used the bird punch on this gorgeous clean card and she has inspired me to use it too.  I’ve barely used the bird in the last 3 years, so I gave myself the challenge to use it on a project.  Instead of a lovely clean card like Margaret’s, I gone for a vintagey tag as this was the only way I could think to incorporate it. Here’s what I came up with:


Here’s a close up of the tag so you can see the bird a bit closer:


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Products Used:
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Beau Chateau DSP (retired), First Edition DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Stamp Sets: That’s the Ticket, Punch Potpourri (retired)
Other Products: Heart Punch, Mini Library Clip, Ticket Punch, Secret Garden Framelits, Vanilla Flower Trim, Hemp Twine (retired), Bird Punch, Very Vanilla Seam Binding



Just Add Ink #149 – Big Shot Blog Hop

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For our first challenge for 2013 at Just Add Ink, our challenge for you is to create a project using the Big Shot. We’ve organised a blog hop to help you with ideas. We hope you can find inspiration from the many gorgeous and varied projects the Design Team have created. Thank you so much for joining me on my very first blog hop – I’m extremely excited to playing along.

You may have come here from the very crafty Trish’s blog (didn’t you just love her flowers?), but if you’ve just joined us, that’s ok too.  There’s a full list of our Design Team and their blogs at the bottom of our posts if you get lost.

As I was cleaning up my craft room last week I came across some discarded boxes, so I decided to decorate one and make it into box with a set of 6 cards to give as a present.  When the recipient finishes giving away the cards, they then have a pretty box to keep for themselves.  As part of my Secret Santa gift this year I received some gorgeous felt from Nikki – something I’ve never used before but will definitely be using again (thanks Nikki!).  I’ve recently purchased some new Die-namic flower dies that I’ve been wanting to try out – so I ran the felt through my big shot and made these pretty flowers.  I then hand-cut the leaves out and stuck them all together.

JAI #149 Narelle

Here’s a view from the side of the box so show you the Designer Series Paper I’ve used. The felt I was given matched Stampin’ Up!s Rose Red and Old Olive perfectly.


I would’ve like to have used the felt on my cards too, but the flowers probably would’ve been crushed with the weight of the cards and envelops.  I pulled out my new Stampin’ Up! stamp set – Secret Garden – and stamped the flowers and leaves before running them through my big shot with matching dies.  I’ve kept my cards pretty simple so they were easy to mass produce.   I’ve made three each of 2 designs (with different sentiments) so there’s a mixture of cards to give away. Here’s some pics of the 2 designs:

JAI1493 JAI1492

And here’s a picture of the box with two of the cards in the set.


I’m the last stop on our blog hop, so now if you’ve finished hopping you can head back over to Just Add Ink and link up your Big Shot project.  If you’ve just joined our blog hop, then you can now head over to Mae’s blog by clicking on her name or the big shot below.  Thanks for hopping with us!


Here’s a full list of participating designers:

1. Mae

2. Delys

3. Nikki

4. Christine

5. Tina

6. Chantell

7. Jodene

8. Patrice

9. Kim

10 Trish

11. Narelle – that’s me!