Thursday, September 19, 2013

Butterflies galore..

Here's a special for all you lovers of pretty butterflies, just in case you don't all ready own these great stamps and the wonderful matching punch, there is a special just for you going on this month, so be sure to take advantage of it.

Dates: 29 August-30 September, 2013 Offer: Get 15 percent off when you buy this bundled butterfly stamp set and punch!
Bundle ItemPage in CatalogueDescriptionRetail Price15% Savings PriceAmount Saved!
Butterfly Bundle (Clear-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
$53.90 $45.82 $8.08
Butterfly Bundle (Wood-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch

Inky hugs from.......

$60.90 $51.77 $9.13

Friday, September 13, 2013

Getting inky...

Hi there lovely people, I hope this finds you all well in blog land. I have decided to alternate my Utah posts with some inkiness in-between, so todays post will have some pictures of cards. I had some gorgeous stamping buddies over for some inky play time a week ago and we decided to do some sponging, so after cutting through a couple of stampin'sponges and making them into just the right shape and size for transferring ink to card we began to have some fun.
 I had seen a couple of pretty cards on the net which I thought were perfect for using this technique, the first one was originally done by a lady called Patricia who had done it in water colours, I had also seen a version done in sponging and liked the effect. So this is what it turned out like:
I just love this new stamp set called 'Wetlands' from Stampin'Up!© , it has several sentiments and another beautiful bird which is on the next card who I like to call Lucy Goosey ;-) it also has a nice stamp of a grass image which could be used for backgrounds on all sorts of cards. you can find the set on page 69 of our main catalogue, let me know if you would like a hard copy sent to you but if you're inpatient you just look it up in the online version in my side bar and order it online through my shop button on the same side .
 I used some masking on the card above to create the look of faux layers, the colours used were Sahara sand, Soft Sky, Island indigo and Wild wasabi for the grass. I stamped the sand pipers on with some Staz on jet black ink, for a nice crisp image.
 This next card was C.S.A.E d from another card I had spotted on Pinterest (something I now spend Waaaay too much time on) Any way I then found the same card on Splitcoast and asked the talented artist who had made it if I could copy it and post it on my blog, well The delightful Julie Gearinger was quick to answer my request and was so gracious with her response, it is so nice when you receive a friendly email or answer from a stamper who is quite happy to share her talent. There are a few out there who I'm afraid are not so friendly or gracious when it comes to sharing, but I must say that the majority are lovely and that is part of the joys of being a paper crafter, its all the lovely friends you make along your stamping journey.
 Any way I digress, here is the card with Lucy Goosey, and here is the link to Julie's original:

The colours are not showing up as they should but believe me when I tell you it's very pretty. I hope you like it, why not pop over to Julie's blog and leave some love in her comment box, tell her Charmaine in Australia sent you. Thanks for stopping by, lots of inky hugs from ............

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A few from Utah...

I haven't shown many pictures from my recent trip to Utah, so here goes. Salt lake City was a beautiful city, very clean and hospitable with friendly faces to great you where ever you went.
The first night that Ann and I arrived there we dropped our bags at the hotel and took off to explore the city, we found the famous City Creek Shopping centre which was full of beautiful top end shops. The whole mall was in an enclosed area with a roof that could be rolled back when the weather allowed, so we were lucky enough to see it with and without a roof above us.
Of course my main shopping mission was to find and purchase my all American pair of cowgirl boots, any of you who follow me on Pinterest will know I have a board just dedicated to these amazing boots and I had been adding to it regularly before leaving for the States. Well I found a shop "Steve Madden" in the City Creek mall, which was brimming with lovely leather boots of all shapes and sizes, however me being me, even after trying on a pair which I fell in love with couldn't just purchase the first pair I tried on! So I told the shop assistant "Taylor" that I maybe passing back this way in a couple of weeks, so if I hadn't found my dream pair, I would come back for these.
To be continued...........
 a view from the second level of City Creek shopping centre (above)
 this is one of the many huge buildings in the city centre
and if you look between the sky scrapers you can always see picturesque mountains which surround you, just beautiful!
I'll be back with more soon. Lots of inky hugs from....

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New mini Seasonal Catalogue

Hi there paper crafters, just in case you didn't notice, there is a new catalogue on the right hand side of this blog and it's just begging to be opened!
 I know you will love the contents of our newly released seasonal catalogue, it's bursting with great holiday ideas and goodies, if you would like to get your inky mitts on a hard copy, there are several ways to do so, firstly contact me via email or come along to our fabulous fund raiser for Diabetes type 1 in October (details below) where you will get one of these beautiful catalogues in your goody bag, or place an order with me in September and I'll send you out a free copy, you could also just come along to one of my classes and get one there. Don't forget you can place an order through me online now by using my "Shop" button on the right. you can also email me your orders or just ring them through to me by phone.
If you click on the picture of this catalogue in the right hand side bar you can browse through it on line with a cuppa, enjoy!
 lots of inky hugs from ..........