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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Creative Blog Hop!



Good Morning!....Today's post is all about "ME"..:0) I am taking part in "The Creative Blog Hop", a continuous hop that happens every Monday where crafters from all over cyber world share 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 was tagged by my lovely and ever so talented friend Helen Hiel. I originally met Helen through the Inkspiration challenge, where she was on the DT and helped me with my very first blog challenge. I am very lucky to live in the same state as Helen and therefore have the opportunity to catch up often throughout the year.
She is one very talented crafter and always blows me away with her "Think outside the box" creations. You can see her "Creative Blog Hop" post Here.
Thank you Helen, for the opportunity to participate in the hop. xx


1.      What am I working on now?
At the minute, l'm working on some upcoming design team samples and workshop/class projects and with so many new products available from Stampin Up, l'm jumping back and forth between Christmas and everyday occasions.




2.      How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Hmmm...Well this question had me thinking. I have to say l don't have a style as such. So many papercrafters who's work l admire and love, all have a very definite style. But l recently described myself as "Random",  l like to create in many styles and although l lean towards clean lines and simple layers, l deviate into different styles depending on my mood and the inspiration around me.
I love inky techniques and colouring and often incorporate those into my projects. In a previous life, l taught art classes, so l guess cardmaking is an extension of that in miniature..:0)



3.      Why do I create what I do?
I create for a few reasons, the simple joy of creating something that l hope will bring pleasure to those l share it with, l love giving handmade!
I love that through stamping and blogging, l get to meet so many lovely people and have made some wonderful friendships that bring so much joy to my life.
Being a Stampin Up demonstrator also helps me raise funds for a mattress & bedding project at the Aura Sukma Insani Foundation through which we sponsor the education of some beautiful children, in the hope that having a chance at education, will help them achieve a brighter future.
I'm lucky that by doing what l love, l get to see how it benefits them.

4.      How does my creative process work?
Generally my creative process varies depending on the project. It can be defined by my design team commitments and the specific requirements for each challenge. Or new product l wish to share.
I find my inspiration in many ways, mostly l'm inspired to try new trends and techniques by the many talented papercrafters online and take my colour inspiration from many things in everyday life.
I'm a neat freak at heart and find creating in an organised, tidy space, is much more beneficial for me. Even when spending a day in my studio and creating multiple projects, l always clean up before starting the next one....Clutter is not my creative friend..:0)




 As part of participating in "The Creative Blog Hop" l get to tag some of the wonderful crafters  l know and they will, in turn, do the same the following week, Monday the 22nd September.
My choices are a constant inspiration and continually amaze me with their fabulous talent and gorgeous projects and l am so grateful to be able to call these lovelies friends. xx

Narelle Farrugia

Narelle and l met through our DT roles on Just Add Ink and finally in person at Stampin Ups Brisbane Convention last year. She is so talented and incredibly funny and l love her constantly high standard of creativity.


Hi everyone – my name’s Narelle Farrugia.  I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for just a bit over 5 years now.  I had absolutely no interest in anything crafty until I decided to put together a scrapbook album for my mothers 60th Birthday a few years ago.  I then attended a class where we used Stampin’ Up! punches and from just using those punches, my interest grew.  I attended a workshop and pretty soon after I signed up.  This surprised me as I would never cut anything throughout high school and used the excuse that as I am left handed, I couldn’t cut straight.  If you’ve been a visitor my blog you’ll have noticed that I got over myself and now fussy cut everything I get my hands on!  I thoroughly enjoy my craft time and head out to my craft room every chance I get.  I call it “my time” and spend hours out there just playing around – you’d think with the hours I spend out there, I might actually find some time to clean it…..never happens though. 
 I met Nikki through one of the Design Teams I’m on – Just Add Ink.  I finally got to meet her in real-life about 18 months ago when I attended my first SU! Convention.  Nikki is one of the loveliest and most genuine people I know! I was thrilled when she asked me to be part of the Creative Blog Hop. Thank you for the opportunity and for always inspiring me.

Kim Badelt

Kim and l also met via the Just Add Ink design team, she is one of the sweetest people l know and l love that we get to spend a few days together each year. Kim is an incredibly talented crafter and her designs are a constant source of inspiration. She never ceases to amaze me how clever and outside the box her projects are.


Hi my name is Kim. I’m married and have two children and one furbaby and we live in Canberra, Australia. I started stamping about 8 years ago now  - it was love at first sight – lol! Creating for family and friends (many of them friends made through stamping) is as aspect of my life that I treasure and whenever I get the chance I pull out my supplies to play.

Patrice Easton
Spring Blossom Musings

Patrice is also a fellow Just Add Ink design team member. I have loved the times we've spent together at Conventions, she is bubbly and full of life and her crafting style of clean and classy, often leaves me gaping at their simple elegance.


Hi my name is Patrice. Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand I came to Australia in 1990 and I now live in Canberra, ACT. I'm a mum of three – Mr C is 14, and twins Miss C and Mr J  aged two and a half.  We have an adored and very spoilt dog called Lilli and two beautiful Mini Lop Bunnies called Humphrey and Bogart.  After almost 20 years in the Public Service I took a sea change and now work at a special needs school part time.

I’ve always been crafty in one way or another, from knitting and crocheting, to various needle work projects...  It wasn’t until I attended my first Stampin’ Up! party in late 2007 and fell in love with the gorgeous coordinating products that rubber stamping came on my radar. I signed up as an Independent Stampin' Up! ® demonstrator in April 2008 and I’ve been playing with ink and paper ever since.  My style is fairly ‘clean and simple’, and I like lots of white space.

I’m so grateful to have found this hobby – I’ve made some of my best friends, near and far via blogs and design teams.  Thank you Nikki for tagging me in the Creative Blog Hop.

"Thanks for stopping by"
All supplies used are Stampin Up unless noted!
(non SU silver thread.)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Just Add Ink #231....Colour!



How lovely are these colours Mae has chosen for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge!

I had a lot of fun making this card and love the "Flamingo Lingo" silhouette embossed in black, it's such a cute set. 
I  enjoyed mixing up the images and patterns from a couple of sets for something a little different and I'm pleased with finished look.



The design team have created a rather varied array of projects using the same colours. It always surprises me how different our samples are, don't forget to pop over and check them out.

"Thanks for stopping by"
All supplies used are Stampin Up!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

White Christmas Shaker!


Good Morning!...Today l have another "White Christmas" creation to share...This one, as you can see is a shaker card.  The minute l saw this set in the Holiday Catalogue, l knew there would be a shaker in there somewhere..:0) 
Getting a good pic was hard with the reflective surface and if anyone can tell me how to reduce the static cling when using glitter in a shaker frame, l would be forever in your debt..:0) Oh, l did use the embossing pillow, not that it made much difference..:0(



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All supplies used are Stampin Up!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

White Christmas...Red!


Hey there!..Just popping in to share a Christmas card Made with the "White Christmas" set, I've been having some fun with this set and have a few more projects to share.
I decided to go bold and clean with this one, l think it would make a great guy Christmas card...not too fussy!



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All supplies used are Stampin Up, unless noted!
(non SU glitter paper)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Just Add Ink #230....Dad!


Hey there!...It's Just Add Ink challenge time and being Fathers Day here this week,  Kim thought it was fitting to focus our challenge on the special men in our lives.
This could be Dad or Father for fathers day, or any special male occasion that suits.


The design team have created some great masculine cards, don't forget to stop by the challenge blog and check them out.

"Thanks for stopping by"
All supplies used are Stampin Up!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Four Feathers Thank You Notes...


Morning!...I hope you are all enjoying a lovely day. Today I'm sharing a couple of quick note cards, made with the sweet new Four Feathers Bundle and the cute Notelets from SU, although l did cut a separate piece of Crumbcake, as l wanted a different orientation for that one.
They come complete with envelopes...Bonus!



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All supplies used are Stampin Up!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blended Bloom....


Morning, today's share uses the "Blended Bloom" stamp and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and yes, that "Tiny Triangles embossing folder again...:0)
I have added some Crystal Effects to the center and some leaves from Kinda Eclectic, I'm pretty happy with this one and  found the darker shades of Blendabilities were easier to use.


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All supplies used are Stampin Up!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Flamingo Lingo....


Happy Monday to you!....What a glorious weekend we've had here in Melbourne, the winds were warm, the sun was shining and dare l say it, Summer is on the horizon..:0) and to complete a perfect weekend, l got to spend time with all 5 of my little munchkins.
Tomorrow is my sisters birthday and l thought l'd share her card and gift bag. The Flamingo Lingo set was right up on top of my "New Catty" wishlist, but it had yet to see ink, so it was high time l had a play. I love that some of the proceeds from the purchase of this set go to the "Ronald McDonald House" charity.

Not sure about the quality of my photos, as I'm not loving the true colours l get taking my pics inside, so decided to try for some natural light shots....Not sure this idea worked all that well either..:0)




I got my inspiration for these from this lovely card by Tracy Henry and couldn't resist a case..:0)

"Thanks for stopping by"
All supplies used are Stampin Up unless noted!
(non SU twine & giftbag)