Stampendous Pink Your Life Blog Hop

Calling Aussies for this great competition run by the Australian wholesaler for Stampendous stamps. I will be designing some inspiration cards for the monthly blog hop competitions run by The Stencil Specialists.

This month we are featuring a cute Pink Your Life set, designed by Nicoletta Zanella called Whisper Wall. I love this sweet quartet of pretty girls; I can just imagine them chattering away.

This month I decided the quirky hats needed a touch of paper piecing so here are some steps to create my card:

  • stamp image onto white cardstock and colour with pencils, leave the hats white for the next step.
  • stamp just the ‘hats’ portion of the image onto a variety of patterned paper and trimmed out the hats.
  • glue the hats over the stamped image and you are ready to layer up the card.
  • angle the main image a touch for a bit of difference.
  • stamp the greeting ‘Hello’ from SSC109 Happy Messages onto the patterned paper layer.
  • give the greeting a bit of pop by drawing some lines around it with a black pen.

Make sure you also pop over to Julie’s blog, The Stencil Specialists, Dot Leathbridge’s blog Ink Art Designs and Donna’s blog, Luv2Emboss to check out what they have created for the hop!

Contest details –
To enter please visit each blog post and comment on the February blog hop post during February 20 to 25. Each comment is one entry so comment on each blog and you will have three entries into the contest. Make sure you only comment once per blog. This competition is open to Australian residents only and the winner will be selected randomly by Julie after February 25th. The prize will be PLCP008 Whisper Wall Cling Rubber stamp.

Good luck!

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Stampendous Sunflowers – An Aussie Blog Hop

Calling Aussies for this great competition run by the Australian wholesaler for Stampendous stamps. As I mentioned in my last post, I will be designing some inspiration cards for the regular blog hop competitions run by The Stencil Specialists.

 

This month we are featuring the brand-new set of stamps and dies featuring beautiful sunflowers. These stamps and dies are so easy to use – the dies take away all that painful fussy cutting, so you get more creative time.

Make sure you pop over to Julie’s blog, The Stencil Specialists and visit Dot Leathbridge’s blog Ink Art Designs to check out what they have created for the hop!

Contest details –
To enter please visit each blog post and comment on the January blog hop post. Each comment is one entry so comment on each blog and you will have three entries into the contest. Make sure you only comment once per blog. This competition is open to Australian residents only and the winner will be selected randomly by Julie after January 31st. The prize will be CRS5094 Sunny Vase Cling Rubber Stamp Set and DCS5094 Sunny Vase Die Set.

Good luck!

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Stampendous Sunflower Stamp & Die Set

My year is off to a creative start with some new products landing on my art table. First up are this wonderful new Sunflower stamp & die set by Stampendous. Check back on Wednesday to see how I have used them for The Stencil Specialists blog hop competition. Julie has invited me to design cards that will inspire you to create – woohoo…another reason to take time out for stamping and cardmaking!

Make sure you follow Julie’s blog here so that you can keep up to date with recent releases and product competitions featuring Stampendous products. We plan to run a new blog hop competition in the final week of each month which will be open to Australian residents only.

Hello 2017!

The first week of January has come and gone and Brisbane is about to be engulfed in a record heat wave. Not quite as bad as parts of Queensland that are expecting temps over 45degC, but still horrid! I’ll be the one hiding in the air conditioning 🙂

January is usually a time for looking back and making plans. I tend to use time over Christmas for looking back on the year, January should be a time for new beginnings and excitement for the future. I found it interesting to look at the most popular posts from my Instagram feed, my #bestnine – so many of my favourite moments were captured. Hard to believe how busy 2016 was for me, I travelled to Sydney twice & also to France and Italy for holidays and art retreats. In-between, I was keeping busy by joining a bunch of photographic meet ups and I began teaching cardmaking and art journaling again.

 

I even got to run away to the circus while Cirque du Soliel’s Kooza was in town. Boy that was fun!

I’m not one for making resolutions or setting a bunch of goals, I’ve learnt that working to a list gets old after a while and limits what you can achieve. Perhaps it is because I achieved many of my life goals before I was 30, so had to find a way to keep interested in new challenges. Instead, over the past few years I’ve chosen a word for the year. Last year was adventure, the year before inspire and the one before that was create.

This year I’ve chosen NOURISH. I think I’m going to enjoy exploring what that might mean and making positive changes to the balance of activity in my days. Some weeks just got too busy last year and that is crazy making. But on the flip side – I never get bored!

Circle girl – she is still a work in progress

Creating art has become one of the biggest joys in my life over the past few years and I hope to talk more about that in the coming months. I recently applied for a new design team and it made me realise the variety of projects and things I’ve been involved with over the years. I didn’t make that team but that’s ok – it’s good to know I can still inspire people all over the world via this blog and my images on social media. Make sure you follow along with me via Instagram, I post almost daily there and often more regularly. It’s my go-to happy place.

How are you starting your year? Do you choose a word or make intentions/resolutions/goals? I’d love to hear from you.

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Taking Stock – November 2016

I follow a pretty clever cookie online by the name of Pip Lincoln. Her blog, Meet Me at Mikes is one I love to read, it’s kinda like catching up with an old friend. I know a lot about Pip from reading her books and her blog and it seems like we are friends, if only the virtual kind! Although, I did get to meet her ages ago when she popped up to Brisbane to speak at a BrisStyle event, which was very cool!

Anyway, Pip has this fabulous way of stopping and checking in about where she is at in life, so I thought I’d take a cue from her and take stock at the beginning of November 2016. The last few months have been crazy busy, the kind of busy where you don’t quite get to catch your breath but I wouldn’t change a minute of them! But I don’t think I’ll plan two big, European holidays in the space of four months again.

Just in case you are interested, Pip has a fabulously awesome online blogging course and at the moment you can get two courses bundled at a super cheap discount – she is diving into writing a new book soon so these classes will be retired so this is the last chance to join in if you are so inclined. Her courses come with a wonderfully supportive Facebook group as well.

So, let’s take stock for November –

A girl from the art journal started in Italy
A girl from the art journal started in Italy

Making : finishing pages in my Italy retreat journal

Drinking : endless cups of Madura tea

Reading : A new one by my favourite author – Nora Roberts. Stars of Fortune is the first novel in her new Guardians trilogy.

Wanting : nothing at all! It’s almost Christmas & I’ve had two overseas holidays in the past few months so I think I’m sorted.

Playing : constant games of ball with Zed

Deciding : on a word for 2017.

Enjoying : lunch with my bestie for her birthday

Waiting : for Summer to be over already

Liking : my new short haircut!

Loving : my family

Robyn Wood Purple Salt www.purplesalt.net
Can’t wait to see Sydney Harbour again!

Pondering : a list of sights to see when Chris and I travel to Sydney at the end of November

Considering : my word for 2017.  Adventure has worked pretty well for me this year

Watching : catch up episodes of the TV I missed while in Italy

Hoping : that Summer isn’t too hot

Marveling : at the changes Summer is bringing to our local area

Needing : a good sleep

Smelling : the changes of Spring to Summer

Feeling : sad. My father-in-law passed away last week

Thinking : of a life well lived. Noel lived life to the full, travelled the world with his family and pursued his passions of work, family and the church. Taken too soon but I don’t think he wasted a second of life.

Admiring : the beautiful horses in the Melbourne Cup

Pelican - Minnippi Parklands
Pelican – Minnippi Parklands

Sorting : the 512 photos I took at the Canon photo session at Minnippi Parklands. It was so good to have a camera in my hand while watching the world pass by for an afternoon. This gorgeous pelican had a particular charm as he sauntered around, hoping for food.

Buying : plane tickets to Sydney

Getting : organized for the next few months of classes and card kits

Disliking : the heat

Opening : the mail. Urgh…only bills this week!

Our beautiful girl Paige
Our beautiful girl Paige

Giggling : at the crazy ways a whippet can be comfortable

Snacking : on potato chips

Coveting : new craft supplies

Wishing : I get selected for the new design team with Jane Davenport – talk about dream come true!

Hearing : the new Passenger album