Simply Pressed Clay

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

The simply pressed clay from Stampin' Up! is a lot of fun and will take you back to your childhood when you use it. Shape it, stamp it, colour it or press it into a mould and let you imagination take over.

This is air drying clay and so it is the ideal kids class activity. Here are some samples from my classes:

The earrings are made using the Stampin' Up! moulds. There are two moulds in the set, one for making buttons and one for making flowers...

You can use any other moulds that you may have, like the ones behind the chocolate advent calenders or play dough moulds such as this rooster one here...

After the white clay dried, it was coloured using marker pens and sealed using Crystal Effects. Then a magnet was glued on the back and voila...

You could also turn this into a brooch by adding a jewellery fitting on the back instead of a magnet.
I hope this inspires some school holiday activites!
From Rhonda


Christmas Cards

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Monday, 11 November 2013

I have been making loads of Christmas cards to sell at the markets. I have 3 to show you this week.
Red Santa
The Santa is from the 'Tag It' stamp set, which I love because $3.50 from every set sold in New Zealand goes to Ronald McDonald House Charities in NZ.

Christmas Bird
This is an easy card to make, with a debossed background and a few punches. You may recognise the colours from the Just Add Ink colour challenge we had last month.

Wonderful Words
I just love this stamp, which is sold as a single, with the names of Jesus on.
I think this makes a lovely Christmas card and I have used the heat and stick powder to add glitter to the stamped swirl images on the background.



Just Add Ink # 188

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Just Add Grunge
The challenge for this coming week is to create a papercraft project with a grunge look and feel. For my card, I have used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and added staples, doily and washi tape to create a soft grunge look.

It is pretty tame and I am sure that if your enter the challenge you will do better. Check out the other design ideas and challenge rules here:

Stamp sets used: Gorgeous Grunge and Hello, Lovely.

I made a gift bag to match which was quick and easy using Stampin' Up!'s pre-printed paper bags. They come in a pack of 10 and cost NZ$8.50
The stamps sets used on the gift bag were Gorgeous Grunge, That's the ticket and Oh Goodie.

Both of the Gorgeous Grunge and That's the ticket stamp sets are on special for a few days only - sale ends monday evening 28th of October so contact me asap if you want one at 25% off.
Happy Creating from Rhonda


Just Add Ink # 187

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Sketch Challenge
I love making cards with a sketch to start with. All the hard work has been done for you.
Here is the sketch that the Design Team at "Just Add Ink" have for you this week.

And here is my design...

I always do enjoy a sketch challenge so I thought I would have a go at another card. This time flipping the sketch on its side for a slightly different look.

I hope you have fun with this sketch too. Check out the other designs from the Just Add Ink team and be sure to enter your own.



Just Add Ink # 186

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Just Add Ink challenge this week is an inspiration challenge. Use the picture below to inspire your own creation...

I love this flower wreath. The colours are gorgeous but I did not find this challenge easy. In the end I basically copied all the elements across to my card.

This is what I came up with...

I used the paper doily die to give me the wreath shape and put the paper words behind it so the die would stand out against the white striped background.

The stamps used for the flowers and leaves are both from retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets but the sentiment is from the sweet essentials stamp set and the frame is from the label something stamp set.

Here is the inside of the card using the words from the Blooming with Kindness stamp set...

I would love to see what creations you can come up with. Please go to the Just Add Ink wesite, see the creations from the design team, then add your own.


Punch Art Ideas

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Tuesday, 08 October 2013

I often get asked where I get my punch art ideas from...
Well, all over the place really. Sometimes I am making a card for one particular punch art design and an unwanted piece falls out of the punch that looks like something else and so that starts me on a whole new track. Sometimes I have an idea in my head and sketch it out and try to make it with my punches and sometimes I copy a picture I see and translate it into punch art.

The Just Add Ink challenge that I posted a few days ago (see previous post) was one such example. I had a very old card with a bear on that I liked...
And so made it up using my punches. (Full list of punches used in the previous post).

Here is another example. I had a baby shower invite and the friend that it was for liked pandas so I decided to make her a card based on her invite.



Just Add Ink # 185

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Thursday, 03 October 2013

A Colour Challenge
I am so excited to be a guest designer for JUST ADD INK this month.
It is good news for my followers too as I will have a lot more posts up. I would encourage you all to take part in the challenges. They are a lot of fun.

The Just Add Ink challenge # 185 is a colour challenge featuring these 3 colours below:

I love the raspberry and coastal blue colours together. They are fresh and vibrant and really complement each other well.
Here is my submission, which is a covered notepad and covered pencil.

Stampin' Up! products used are:
Card - coastal cabana, raspberry ripple, sahara sand
Paper - birthday basics, neutrals paperstack
Inks - crumb cake (for sponging) and early expresso marker
Punches - full heart, owl, 1 3/8" circle, large oval (arms), small oval (muzzle), 1/2" circle, itty bitty shape cross (inner ears), cupcake (nose)
Simply scored metric plate.

You can see the scoring I added for texture more clearly on this photo...

I hope this inspires you to enter the challenge this week. Please do visit the JUST ADD INK website here:  to see the what amazing creations the rest of the design team have come up with. There is a lot more inpiration there, so be sure to tap into it!



Birthday Basics

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Friday, 20 September 2013

It's been a busy month. I had a Stampin' Up! stand at the Sistas conference and along with the help of my lovely downline, Leonie, we were able to set up a card making station for ladies to come and make a gift card. We asked for a gold coin donation and all the profits ($211.00) have gone to 'A Girl Called Hope' mission in New Zealand.
It was fun to see some ladies who had never made a card before, catch the bug and come back for a second and even, a third go!

My post this week is very brief, just 3 cards all made with the new birthday basics designer series paper.

Perfect Blend
The "Perfect Blend" stamp set is a new favourite of mine. I love coffee and have friends that do too so yes it is perfect!
Other stamps used are from the "Hello, Lovely" set and the "Sweet Essentials" set.

Sketched Birthday
I used two stamps from the Sketched Birthday stamp set but there are 8 in the set, so lots more card making possibilites!

Butterfly Bundle
September special is 15% off the bitty butterfly punch and Papillion Potpourri stamp set. I thought I would showcase them here with this gift card that I CASEd from Rachael Knight. The Birthday Wishes words are from the "Bring on the Cake" stamp set.



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