Thursday, December 17, 2009

CASED Card for a Teacher

I'm back :)

This time I have a teacher's card to share. I have had a picture of this fantastic card, by the talented Margaret Moody, on my computer for a while - and when it came time to adapt it, I loved it too much to change... As well as being my first total 'copy', it was also the first time I'd used Yoyo Yellow!
I love everything about Margaret's original design, but I had to adapt it a tiny bit to suit a standard Australian card size and to suit my circle punches. The inside of the card is lined with Whisper White and stamped with the apple image.

Stamps: Tart & Tangy, Trendy Trees
Cardstock: Yoyo Yellow, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White, lined notepaper
Ink: Real Red marker, Old Olive marker, VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories: Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, spiral punch, ruler, 1" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Word Window punch, dimensionals.

Thanks for looking!

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #17

Hi all!

I am sorry it has been such a long time between posts, with promises of Regionals projects etc still not uploaded - but I am getting there slowly! It has been a huge eye opener for me this year, thinking that I would have heaps of time to make my Christmas cards and little gifts... not realising that everything else (orders, workshops, classes etc) steps up in the leadup to Christmas as well! Not to mention people are still having birthdays too... ;)

Since it is the last Inkspirations Challenge for the year (and if you look back through my posts, you will see that these are what got me into blogging in the first place), I decided to make an extra-special effort to join in! Here is Keesh's fab sketch:

And here is my card, on its way to friends who have recently welcomed their second daughter into the world!

Stamps: Wild About You, Short Order Alphabet, Polka Dot background

Cardstock: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Candy Lane DSP

Ink: Close to Cocoa, Regal Rose

Accessories: Very Vanilla jumbo brads, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, Scallop Edge punch, blender pen, dimensionals.

I have lined the inside of the card and used some of the fantastic new Chit Chat rub ons for the sentiment inside.

Pop back this afternoon for another post - I have to go and get my bub off to sleep now!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hello Summer!

Summer is definitely my favourite season... and to celebrate I also have copies of the new Summer Mini catalogue ready to go :) Check out the gorgeous new stamp sets, tools and accessories here or from my sidebar.

Demonstrators attending the Regional Seminars received the new 'Hello Again' set and coordinating 'Retro Remix' wheel! I will be back later in the week to show the projects we made and also the fabulous swaps I recieved - so many gorgeous creations!

I was a little nervous heading off to my first Regionals, but I didn't have to be - after coming out of the lifts at the Hilton and seeing a swarm of people greeting each other and swapping their projects, it was just so exciting! And I got to meet my team leader Kim Gavarra in person *waving* and some of the lovely ladies in her team. The whole day was wonderful, and I am so looking forward to putting all my newfound knowledge and inspiration into practice.

Happy summer,

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A slight interruption...

Hi everyone,

I am off to the Stampin' Up! Brisbane Regionals this weekend, and that is just one reason why I haven't been posting lately! The other reasons include a lot of family events, family and friends coming to stay, etc.

I will be back on Monday to show you my swaps from Regionals, and also to celebrate the release of the Summer Mini - it goes live on 1st December! I'll be adding a link, but if you'd like a 'real' copy, just let me know (or your own Demonstrator if that's not me) and I'll get a copy to you.

Despite our crazy week, I did manage to squeeze in a trip to the movies to go and see 'New Moon' (part 2 of the Twilight Saga for those who aren't fans). The best part is, that since this movie came out, I'm not getting teased so much for being 'Team Jacob' anymore!! Lol.
There's still time to place your final orders as we say goodbye to the Spring Mini - my last orders will be placed on Monday morning, so contact me if you'd like to order any of the beautiful products in the Spring mini catalogue.
Have a great week, and if you get a spare moment, why not join in Keesh's fabulous sketch challenge! I have really been missing joining in, but have had to let a few things slide this week.
Take care,

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #15 - Thank You


Well things haven't slowed down since my Open House on the weekend (see this post if you missed it!) and once again I am leaving my entry for Keesh's Inkspirations Colour Challenge #15 until the last minute!
Here is the beautiful colour combo:

And here is my card:

I was experimenting with my greeting and discovered that the 1" circle fits neatly inside the Designer Label frame - I love how it turned out when layered with dimensionals and the Word Window punched piece as well. I have also stamped the punched pieces with the Sanded background to tie in with the base card, and I have sponged the edges.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Short & Sweet, Sanded background
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust
Accessories: Chocolate Chip wide double-stitched grosgrain ribbon, Vintage brads (Antique Brass), Designer Label punch, Word Window punch, 1" circle punch, paper piercer, mat pack, dimensionals, sponge dauber, sponge wedges.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Christmas Open House

Hi all,

As promised, here are some photos from my Christmas Open House event yesterday. Here is a snap of part of the table display (details to follow):
Starting in the centre and moving roughly clockwise, you can see the 'I Wish' mini album (designed by Andrea Walford), a little chocolate pull-treat (courtesy of Kim Gavarra), a 'box in a bag' (designed by Diana Gibbs), the Christmas card from the other day's blog post, some stamped candles (I learned this technique from Simone Bartrum), another card, a Sevens Box (designed by Marelle Taylor), a card and gift tag set, and another chocolate pull-out box (I adapted this one from a fabulous DVD holder by Claire Daly, and the 3D Christmas Classics tree was inspired by Jayne Mercer).

Here's a (blurry!) pic of a 5" x 5" art journal I made using On Board So Tweet chipboard, chocolate chip wide double-stitched grosgrain ribbon and Good Morning Sunshine DSP. I added rub-ons (from the Bright Delight pack) to this glass candle holder to match.
And here is the card we did for our make & take:

Stamps: Season of Joy, Best Yet, So Swirly (jumbo wheel)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Eyelet border punch, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, sponge wedge, dimensionals.
The ladies came up with some amazing variations as well, being innovative with their use of the wheel and punches, and all kinds of sponging too! Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of all the gorgeous creations as I was too busy - something to remember for next time :)
Have a great night,

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Very Merry - Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #15

Hello there!

I have been super busy getting ready for my Stampin' Up! Open House on Saturday. (If you live in the Gladstone, Queensland area and would like to come, just email me for the details!) I thought I wouldn't have time to do Keesh's challenge this week... but then I decided to use some leftover bits from the last project I created and join in anyway! Plus I now have a matching card as a sample for Saturday :)

This week the Inkspirations Challenge was a sketch:
And here is my card:

Stamps: Short & Sweet
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Kraft; Real Red DSP and Old Olive DSP from the 'I Wish' Simply Scrappin' kit
Accessories: Die-cuts from 'I Wish' Simply Scrappin' kit, Circle Fire Rhinestone brad, 2" circle punch (non-SU!) Chocolate Chip wide double-stitched ribbon, sponge dauber, Curly Label punch, Jumbo Neutrals 5/16" brads, paper piercer, mat pack, dimensionals.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Birthday Celebrations - Inkspirations Inspiration Challenge #14

I was a bit stumped this week with Keesh's Inkspirations Challenge . Here is the inspiration photo:
After procrastinating all week, I created this:

I took my inspiration from the larger pillow on the left (with the three large buttons on it), the colours and stripes of the linen, and the shells and waves.
I love this greeting from Upsy Daisy - the font and design make it really versatile and suitable for masculine cards.

Stamps: Seaworthy, Upsy Daisy
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Basic Black, Urban Garden DSP
Ink: Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon, Whisper White 5/16" jumbo brads, 1/2" circle punch, paper piercer, mat pack, blender pens, dimensionals.

Hope you're having a great week,

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #14 - Congratulations

Hello, and happy Sunday :)

I had some time this morning to work on Keesh's Inkspirations Colour Challenge. I loved the colours this week - can you believe I got out my Pretty in Pink for the first time ever for this card?! Here are the colours:

And here is the card I made:

And a pic from a different angle:

Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Cheer and Wishes
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Grey DSP (from hostess Patterns Pack II)
Ink: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink (marker)
Accessories: Clear circle rhinestone brads, paper piercer, mat pack, dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig, 1 3/4 circle punch, 2" circle punch, Pretty in Pink brads, Basic Grey taffeta ribbon, scallop edge punch.

Enjoy what's left of the weekend - I am off to make some more cards!
ETA: For Jo (*waving hi*)- the stamens on the little black flower are part of the stamped image - I just stamped it in black and added the clear rhinestone to the centre, the white stamens are the white cardstock showing through. Hope that helps! (Thanks also to the others who have left lovely comments!)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Inskpirations Sketch Challenge #14 - Birthday Lily

Hi all,
I am really leaving it to the last minute (well, hours anyway) for Keesh's Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #14:

As soon as I saw this sketch, I had a great idea - however the stamp set I had in mind is still coming in the post :) So I have put together this card instead:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Bitty Birthday
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, watercolour paper
Ink: VersaMark, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White craft ink, Regal Rose, Old Olive
Accessories: Aquapainter, white embossing powder, Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla satin ribbon, word window punch, eyelet border punch, dimensionals.

I used the 'watercolour rose' technique for the popped-up lily (I think that's what the flower is - all I know is that I am allergic to them, lol). You can find a tutorial for that technique here. I used watercolour paper instead, and used my aquapainter to swish it around a little.

I will definitely be trying out my other idea, once my new stamps arrive, so pop back to my blog another time and check it out!

Yippee, it's Friday tomorrow :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Inspiration Challenge #13 - To You


I have just scraped in this week with Keesh's Inkspirations Inspiration Challenge #13. I have been very busy. Here is the Inspiration pic:
And my creation:

I used the colours and the shapes for my inspiration - the white space, rounded corners and red floral images, as well as the hint of chocolate (coffee beans) and saffron.

The base flower image was embossed in white onto gloss cardstock and then I brayered Ruby Red ink over the top. The top flower was stamped in Ruby Red and VersaMark and clear embossed before being coloured with my Ruby Red marker. I have added Ruby Red brads to the centre and layered the flowers and the main image panel with dimensionals.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Best Yet, Bella's Border (wheel)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Ruby Red, Whisper White, Gloss White, Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP
Ink: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, VersaMark
Accessories: Choc Chip double-stitched ribbon, So Saffron grosgrain ribbon, Ruby Red brads, white embossing powder, clear embossing powder, brayer, corner rounder punch, dimensionals.

Hope you enjoy it,

P.S. I also wanted to say a big hello to Jo, who always leaves lovely comments on my blog (hers is one that my computer has issues with, which I mentioned last week). I usually email but can't find your address anywhere Jo! So, Hi and thanks - I love looking at your creations!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October Specials

Hi everyone,

Stampin' Up! is offering TWO promotions this month:

World Cardmaking Day Promotion
Buy a Simply Sent Card Elements kit for $30.95 (page 140/141 of the catalogue) and get 20 percent off the coordinating stamp set. That means you can buy the Wow Flowers stamp set or Starring You stamp set for only $19.95!

Breast Cancer Awareness Promotion
In addition to receiving the fabulous Starter Kit for $324 (with over $560 worth of products!), new Demonstrators who join Stampin' Up! between 7th October and 31st December 2009 will also receive a FREE pack of the gorgeous Raspberry Tart DSP and a FREE Pretty in Pink classic inkpad! Stampin' Up! will also donate $5 per new recruit to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Contact me if you'd like any more information on these promotions, or stamping or Stampin' Up! in general!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #13 - Gorjuss Bumble Bee


This week Makeesha has a colour challenge, and here are the scrumptious colours:
As well as my creation below, I also made a boy's birthday card - these colours are great to work with! Here is my card:
I am a big fan of Suzanne Woolcott's Gorjuss Girls stamps, and I received my first bunch in the mail last week - this one is Bumble Bee. I have stamped her in Chocolate Chip onto Very Vanilla cardstock, and paper-pieced her skirt onto Very Vanilla DSP (from the Candy Lane pack). I coloured her clothes and hair with my markers (Not Quite Navy, Old Olive and Choc Chip) and used my inkpads and blender pens to colour her face and arms in Creamy Caramel and Pink Pirouette. The rest of the recipe is below:

Stamps: Bumble Bee (Gorjuss Girls from Sugar Nellie) (I purchased the EZ-Mount foam online from Paper Forest Designs), Best Wishes & More
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Choc Chip, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel, Pink Pirouette
Cardstock: Old Olive, Choc Chip, Very Vanilla, Candy Lane DSP, Urban Garden DSP
Accessories: Flower Fusion and Flower Fusion Too felt flowers, olive rhinestone (circle ice pack), Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Choc Chip 5/16" Jumbo brads, paper piercer, mat pack, dimensionals.

I love checking out everyone's gorgeous creations online (sometimes I spend too much time doing that when I should be getting some work done, lol) but due to my browser being outdated, I am unable to leave comments on many people's blogs - thank you to those who leave comments here and I hope to have my computer issues fixed as soon as possible! :)

Have a great day,

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wish Big - Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #13


My head has been buzzing all week with the possibilities for this fabulous sketch from Makeesha for her Inkspirations Sketch Challenge this week. Here is the sketch:

See what I mean?! I love this sketch, and can't wait to use it again.
Here is my card:

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Short & Sweet
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Riding Hood Red, Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange, Creamy Caramel
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Bella Rose DSP
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon, Kiwi Kiss corduroy button, linen thread, blender pen, dimensionals, Crystal Effects, large oval punch, scalloped oval punch, scallop square punch, scallop edge punch, paper piercer, mat pack, white gel pen.

Hope you enjoy it,

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Inkspirations Inspirations Challenge - Summer!

Hi all,

I have been so busy this week and have just found some time to make a card for Makeesha's Inspiration Challenge #12. Here is the inspiration pic:

I love summer, and it's been really hot here lately so I decided to make this card:

Stamps: Just Beachy, Cute & Curly

Ink: Pacific Point, Summer Sun

Cardstock: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Good Morning Sunshine DSP

Accessories: Whisper White taffeta ribbon, antique brass jumbo eyelet, curly label punch, slit punch, dimensionals

Just a quick post for now (my bub is a bit grizzly) but I have actually been busy with a lot of projects, which I hope to share when I get a chance, so make sure you pop back soon!


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Inkspirations Colour Challenge # 12 - Sunset Thinking of You

This week Keesh had a Colour Challenge for the weekly Inkspirations challenge. You can join in and view the other entries here.
Here are the FABULOUS colours - I enjoyed mixing the Real Red in there instead of my usual Choc Chip:

Here's my creation:

When I saw these colours, I immediately thought of a sunset, but I didn't want to add any other colours to the mix. I decided to emboss the tree (from Forest Friends) onto glossy white cardstock, and brayer the So Saffron, Regal Rose and Real Red across the sky. I masked out the ground with some sticky notes, and sponged some Real Red to give the ground and trunk some definition. I added a layer of Real Red underneath, and added some of the new So Saffron grosgrain ribbon with some thinner Real Red grosgrain ribbon tied around it. I then adhered a So Saffron button from the Button Latte pack, with a thin strip of red cardstock threaded through it. The greeting (from Trendy Trees) was embossed in white onto Regal Rose cardstock and the edge punched with the Eyelet Border punch. The whole layer was then placed onto So Saffron DSP and the folded corner detail was completed with another button from the Latte pack, this time in Whisper White with Regal Rose cardstock 'thread'. I added the paper-pierced corner and adhered everything to the Regal Rose base.

I'm happy with how it turned out - my first attempt at brayering, and a larger card than I usually make - that's why it's called a challenge, I guess :)
Hope you like it,


Monday, September 7, 2009

September Special - Catalogue Party

No doubt you have heard about the fabulous Free Ribbon Bundle being offered by Stampin' Up! during September. (If you haven't, just scroll down a bit to read all about it!) In addition to this wonderful offer, I am also holding a Catalogue Party during September - if you would like to receive a FREE Ribbon Bundle, plus $10 of FREE merchandise with a $100 order ($200 orders will receive $20 in free merchandise and so on), simply place a minimum $100 order with me by Monday 21st September. One lucky participant will also win a FREE Level 1 Hostess Set of their choice. I will finalise orders and draw the lucky winner by 5pm on the 21st, so that leaves you 2 weeks to choose your goodies if you'd like to participate!

If you are new to cardmaking/scrapbooking/stamping, I am more than happy to help you put together a kit so you can start making your own beautiful creations - just email me for assistance.

Have a great week,

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Free Ribbon!

During September, you can receive a gorgeous ribbon bundle for FREE, by placing a $100 Stampin' Up! order, or hosting a $600 workshop! The ribbon bundle (pictured above) includes 9.1 metres each of 5/8" (1.6cm) wide grosgrain ribbon in So Saffron, and 5/8" poly-twill ribbon in Certainly Celery. These colours are exclusive to the September promotion!

Contact me if you'd like to place an order!

Happy Spring ;)


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #12 - Mini Owl

Makeesha's sketch challenge had me stumped this week - I was really thrown by the oval, as I don't own any cutters or templates... so I decided to make a mini card, and use my wide oval punch!

I have used a Whisper White Love Note card as the base, with Choc Chip and So Saffron DSP layered over it, and So Saffron striped grosgrain ribbon. I used Choc Chip ink to stamp the gorgeous owl (from Forest Friends) and used my stamp-a-ma-jig and marker to add the branch from Great Friend to the end of the branch that the owl is on. I stamped the Great Friend branch in the background and again to cut out and pop up on the edge of the oval. The So Saffron oval was punched out using the wide oval punch, and the edges sponged in So Saffron ink. I added a white button (from the Button Latte pack) and white brads to tie in the elements from the sketch. The greeting is also from the Great Friend set. Both of these stamp sets are from the Spring Mini catalogue - I really hope they don't retire in November, as they are so beautiful and versatile.

I have been making lots of cards lately for family birthdays, Fathers' Day and for a class I am doing next week - I know some of the recipients read my blog so I will wait a little longer to upload the pics! I have been so happy and excited with all this stamping going on, and to top it all off I have just found out that the Brisbane Regionals are coming up in November - I can't wait for my first event :)


Friday, August 21, 2009

Let's go shopping!

I just love these little handbags made with punches - they are so cute and really fun and quick to make. I can't remember where I first saw them, but there is a good tutorial here. I don't have the small oval punch, so I used the Word Window punch instead - and I actually like the wider straps better :)

I also used the 'Weathered' background stamp to create a mock-croc sort of texture for the bag.
The greeting is from Amy R's 'Boutique Sentiments' by CC Designs.

Cardstock: Very Vanilla Love Note, Creamy Caramel & Chocolate Chip, So Saffron DSP
Ink: Creamy Caramel & Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Boutique Sentiments by AmyR, Weathered background
Accessories: antique brass brad, word window punch, large oval punch, round tab punch.

I'm going to make a few of these and a little Love Notes box for them to go into.
Back later,

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

For You - Inkspirations Inspiration Challenge #11

I had SO much fun with this week's Inkspirations challenge. Makeesha had a gorgeous Inspiration pic for us this week:

I decided to use the white and grey tones, and the overall shape and feel of the image - I was drawn to the recessed splashback, and came across a new technique (well, new for me, lol!) - the recessed window card. Thanks to the talented Renee from the DT who posted the link to the tutorial! I definitely had my 'L' plates on for this one, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Here's my card:

I stamped the image (from Pocket Silhouettes) in Basic Grey and stamped off several times. The greeting (from Great Friend) was framed with silver Hodgepodge Hardware and the whole panel was then mounted on Basic Grey cardstock. I made the recessed window card (following the tutorial - see link above, although I wanted mine rectangular to mimic the kitchen splashback) and left it mostly white, with just a strip of Basic Grey scalloped DSP, taffeta ribbon and new corduroy button to finish it off. I also added silver brads to tie in the silver frame from the greeting, inspired by the silver fittings from the photo. The corduroy brad was used to tie in the texture of the linen in the place settings.
Hope you like it!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #11 - Pocket Best Wishes

I really enjoyed creating this card for Makeesha's latest Inkspirations Colour Challenge; I was really challenged by these colours - I haven't used them together before.

Stamps: Best Wishes & More
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue DSP (from Summer Picnic - retired)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, VersaMark, Bashful Blue marker
Accessories: Die-cut Blooms, Earth Elements brads, Build-a-brad, word window punch, horizontal slot punch, corner rounder, dimensionals, paper piercer, mat pack, twill tape.

I stamped the greeting and bird onto the vanilla layer and punched the slot for the tag with my word window punch. I punched the celery layer before adhering them together and paper-piercing the edge. I added 'stitching' with my Bashful Blue marker. I assembled my tag and punched out a celery/bashful blue flower from the Summer Picnic DSP (retired) for the build-a-brad, which secures the twill tape. (The tag has 'Wishing you all this... and more!' stamped on it when you pull it out - again from the Best Wishes & More set). I assembled some flowers from the Die-cut Blooms pack to go with the flower image, which I inked up with Pumpkin Pie ink and my Bashful Blue marker. The leaves are stamped in VersaMark onto Certainly Celery cardstock and cut out. All the flowers, and the bird, are mounted on dimensionals. I have used some spotty Bashful Blue DSP and Pumpkin Pie cardstock for the base.

Hope you like it,

Thursday, August 6, 2009

PTI Blog Candy

I really love the cards Fiona has done using the "Tea for Two" set from PapertreyInk. Anyway when checking out her blog I came across an awesome blog candy opportunity from A Passion for Papertrey. Check out the details here if you want to enter!

I have yet to try paper piecing as a technique, but Fiona's gorgeous cards, using the scrummy Parisian Breeze DSP make me want to try it out. I am hoping to get some cards done today, will see how I go :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

New Favourites for Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #11

The card I made today for Makeesha's latest sketch includes my new favourite stamp set from the Spring Mini - Forest Friends. I came across this set a while ago on a US blog when looking for owl images; as well as the deer featured below the set includes a gorgeous owl, rabbit and tree. I am so glad this set made it to Australia! Here is Keesh's Inkspirations Sketch #11:

And here's the card I made:

As well as Forest Friends, I also used the new Great Friend stamp set for the greeting and leaf image. These sets coordinate perfectly with the new Walk in the Park DSP, which features Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral and Kiwi Kiss. I stamped the deer from Forest Friends in Basic Grey ink, then re-inked and stamped onto the imaging sheet from my stamp-a-ma-jig (no need to use the actual stamp-a-ma-jig, just stamp anywhere on the sheet). Then I flipped the sheet over, lined up the deer's refelection and pressed onto the cardstock. I learned this technique here. I coloured the water with Baja Breeze ink and my blender pen, and stamped the leaves on the top in Kiwi Kiss. The greeting from Great Friend is punched out with the large oval punch and mounted onto a scalloped oval using the new punch, also from the Spring Mini. I have used Baja Breeze Flower Fusion Too felt flowers and pewter brads, and some Basic Grey taffeta ribbon. The base card has also been stamped with the leaf image for added detail.

Hopefully I can fit a bit more stamping in this evening - thanks Keesh for the challenging sketch!

Spring Mini is Here!

Hooray! It's August, which means it's time to introduce the new Spring Mini cataogue! You can view the catalogue online by clicking here or by the link in my sidebar. If you'd like a copy mailed out to you, email me (or your own Demonstrator if you have one already) to arrange your very own copy to drool over!

I'll be back in a moment with a card which uses some of the great new products available, including my new favourite stamp set...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Back again :)

Here are two birthday cards which I made this week for my beloved aunty & uncle:

I've used the lighthouse image from Uncharted Territory, which I've coloured with my blender pen & inks; some Chocolate Chip Patterns DSP and cardstock, More Mustard and Not quite Navy cardstock, silver Hodgepodge Hardware and silver embossing powder on the chipboard numbers and greeting (from Short & Sweet).

I have seen these Flower Pot cards on numerous blogs, but it wasn't until I saw the tutorial on Splitcoast this week that I decided to give it a try. You can find the tutorial here. My version is slightly altered, with the flowers mostly mounted onto the pot itself and not the insert - the next pic shows the insert lifted out:

The flowers were made with Die-cut Blooms and the leaves stamped from Best Wishes & More. Very cute and simple to make.

Inkspirations Inspiration Challenge #10

Hi everyone,

Although I haven't published anything since last week's challenge, I have been busily creating and can't wait to publish some pics, which I will be able to do once the Spring Mini catalogue begins this Saturday!

This week I've entered Makeesha's Inkspirations Inspiration Challenge #10 - here is the inspiration photo:

I took my inspiration from the colours, texture and pattern of the bed linen. I chose Basic Black, Whisper White, Taken with Teal, Basic Grey and More Mustard. Here's my card:

I have used the tape measure stamp from 'Totally Tool' (or 'Totally Tools' if you go by the catalogue!) and coloured it with More Mustard ink. The white panel has been mounted onto Taken with Teal and More Mustard cardstock. Although it is hard to see in the photo, I have dry embossed a diamond pattern onto the black cardstock at the top, using my bone folder and a ruler. The DSP at the bottom is Basic Grey (from the current Hostess Patterns Pack) and I have added twill tape, Basic Grey taffeta ribbon, jumbo eyelets, antique brass brads and paper piercing for embellishment.
I'm happy with how it looks in real life, but once again less than thrilled with my photography! Helpful tips welcomed - I am trying daylight, no flash etc but not really getting anywhere :).

Back in a moment with some birthday cards,

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Christmas in July


I've never been a fan of the whole 'Christmas in July' idea (I can eat yummy winter food all year round, lol), but quite a few Christmas cards are appearing in blogland and when I saw the colour combo for Makeesha's latest Colour Challenge, I decided a Christmas card would be the way to go! Here are the colours:
And here is what I came up with:

Now although I had the correct cardstock colours, I don't have any of these ink colours, so all the images (from 'Season of Joy') have been stamped in VersaMark. The background image was left plain, and the tree and flowers were clear embossed. The greeting was embossed in silver. I layered the tree with dimensionals onto a Very Vanilla scallop medallion, which I came across on the very talented Nancy Riley's blog. You can find the details here. The medallion is layered onto Always Artichoke and Rose Red, with a silver star brad (non SU) at the top. I cut a tag for the greeting and adhered it to the Always Artichoke ribbon with a silver brad. The Rose Red flowers are also popped up on dimensionals. The embossing looks beautiful and glossy in reality, and I enjoyed playing with my new Heat Tool too.

Thanks Keesh for the challenge, and the inspiration to get my Christmas cards started early!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cherry Best Wishes


I have been busy this week getting stuck into my new stamp sets :) I have also played along with Makeesha's latest Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #10. This was one challenge where I started off with an idea and ended up creating something completely different! Maybe I will finish the original idea one of these days, but for now, here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

I inked the cherry image from Tart & Tangy with markers, and mounted it on a Real Red scalloped circle, a circle of Old Olive and a Bashful Blue die-cut from the Die-Cut Blooms pack, with some layers mounted on dimensionals. The DSP is all from the Summer Picnic pack - I LOVE this paper and was sad that it didn't make this year's catalogue even though the stamp set did! I have set coloured eyelets (non SU) into the centres of the DSP flowers and used some Real Red ribbon and paper piercing on the layers. The greeting is from Short & Sweet.

I'm off to unpack my new order from SU! How exciting!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mojo Monday #94

Here is the new Mojo Monday sketch for this week:

And here is my creation:

(All supplies SU!)

Cardstock: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive

Paper: Sweet Always DSP, Chocolate Chip Patterns DSP

Ink: Regal Rose, Old Olive

Stamps: 'Priceless', 'Best Yet' (hostess set)

Extras: Flower Fusion Too, silver brad, dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive, Stamp-a-ma-jig, paper piercing tool.