Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I decided to use this card as the inspiration for making a birthday card for my niece in England - she's turning 18! It's sooo scary when your nieces and nephews reach milestones. Anyway - here's what I came up with....
Firstly I must apologise that most of the SU products I used are currently unavailable as they are retired - but you can adapt the ideas to sets you have!
I cut the front of the Real Red card using the Boho Blossoms Punch and then stamped a piece of Very Vanilla with the flowers from Trees Three in Real Red, without re-inking - this gives you the variety of shades. The leaves are stamped in silver - again from the Trees Three set. The sentiment is from Short and Sweet. I added thin silver ribbon to finish the front off.
I won't bore you with my attempts to recreate the paper basket inside the card - I came close and may give it another go when I get the chance - or maybe not, LOL. I ended up doing a simple pop-up vase and adding some flowers from the One of a Kind set. The flowers were put on flat, popped up on dimensionals and wired for a fuller 3D effect. I also popped in some red ribbon to fill it out. A little red sentiment from Fun and Fast Notes and I think I'm done! Now I just have to write in it, wrap the present and post it all off!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I spent a bit of time today cutting up my designs and turning them into cards - here are a few of my favourites - sssshhhhh non of the images are SU - but then I haven't really been into coloring before and these images have been great to play with. I've also used SU cardstock, ribbon and punches; nestabilities and my cuttlebug.
This lovely lady is Glideabella from Stamping Bella - as mentioned in a previous post I have a daughter who figure skates so this stamp was a "must have" - I think she's adorable! The silver ribbon is very sparkly in the light - I wish it would show up in the photos! It really complements the Dazzling Diamonds on her "fur" and ice trail.
What can I say - these little guys just are just way too cute! I love owls and couldn't resist these little fellas who are from Stampavie. The soft pastel colours just added to the "cute factor" - I also added some Dazzling Diamonds on their little tummies. I'll certainly be doing these again but might see how they look in more vibrant colours!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I stamped the large tree from the Lovely as a Tree set (a major fave of mine) in Versamark onto Whisper White and then used clear EP. I then sponged Pumpkin Pie onto the top part after masking the bottom with a post-it note. The area at the bottom of the tree was then sponged in Chocolate Chip. I removed the mask and then repositioned to make some snow hills with a light sponging of Chocolate Chip. The sentiment is from Warm Words. I was really lucky to discover some Teal rhinestones in my bling box to decorate the tree - and a sneaky gold star finished off the top (my son kept telling me to take the star off as gold wasn't a challenge colour - oh well). The Certainly Celery layer was "Cuttlebugged" using the Swiss Dots folder, and then I ran the Chocolate Chip sponge gently over the raised spots to add definition. To finish off I roughened the edge of the stamped card, drew on some snow with my white gel pen, added a piece of Taken with Teal CS and a Chocolate Chip grosgrain bow.
Hope you like it!
Now the hard part - to pick some other great blogs to receive this award - Robyn has already nominated a few I would have chosen so make sure you check them out too - Ramona and Lisa (Digitalfox) are listed under "Blogs I Like".
Others I would choose are .....
- Sam Post at http://ryemilan.blogspot.com/ - she is an amazing talent and I could just spend my card making time CASEing her work!
- Donna at http://butternutsagedesigns.blogspot.com/ - another fabulous designer with some sensational ideas.
- Jean at http://jeanmckenzie.blogspot.com/ - a lady who's work is always outstanding.
and last but by no means least
- Petronella at http://www.keepstamping.com/ - someone who always inspires with different techniques.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
108790....27.......Festive Favorites stamp set............$45.95.......$36.76
108772....28.......Crazy for Christmas stamp set.........$39.95.......$31.96
110244....29.......Snow Flurries stamp set.................$20.95......$16.76
108930....43......Tag Time stamp set..........................$53.95......$43.16
108869....111.....Many Merry Messages stamp set..................$64.95.....$51.96
103604...133.....12" x 12" Days-to-Remember Calendar..........$20.95....$16.76
104144....133.....6" x 6" Days-to-Remember Calendar.............$18.95.....$15.16
109663....138.....Winter Bright Simply Scrappin'T..................$36.95.....$29.56
112670....143......Three for You Punch Box................$85.95.....$68.76
109055....146.....Very Vanilla 5/8" grosgrain ribbon..............$14.95....$11.96
109050....146.....Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon.........$14.95....$11.96
103372....147.....White Square Aluminum Metal Edge tags......$7.50....$6.00
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I first saw the idea for these snowglobe cards on Libby Hickson's blog - www.stampinlibby.blogspot.com - and just fell in love with the idea. Check out her site for the instructions!
I originally thought I'd do a lovely elegant card - thus the use of the Snow Swirled set. I stamped the tree in Old Olive and then stamped and embossed the smaller snowflakes on in gold. I used a sparkling gold embossing powder for the sentiment too, which was stamped on an Elegant Eggplant base. The icicles were made using Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds - this hides the join and sparkles beautifully. I also stamped the small snowflake onto the acetate using white Staz On. I then popped some Certainly Celery ribbon onto the join. However, once I put the card together I felt it was lacking something - a bit of Christmas fun!! I had stamped the elves out previously and had been playing around with colouring them in so they were sitting on my table saying "use us". I popped some onto a scallop and the rest were cut out to peer out from inside the card - a half scallop underneath them tidying everything up.
A little note about the acetate - I have some sheets of overhead projector acetate and was planning on using that, but it was too flimsy for this application. I found this acetate in a box of chocolates but it was a little tough to cut out with the nestabilites and I put it through the cuttlebug several times leaving a bit of a jagged edge. My aim now is to look at the shops and try and find the right weight acetate - if anyone has any suggestions I'd LOVE to hear from you - I have several other stamps that would look great under "glass".
Friday, November 28, 2008
I have made the card with Real Red instead of Riding Hood Red - I don't actually have any Riding Hood Red CS so please excuse the change!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Apologies for the lack of posts - we took a relatively last minute week off and went to Singapore! I had planned to uplaod some photos before I went so I could pop posts in, but time just got away from me - and my internet access wasn't great. Anyway - we had a great time and I'm itching to get back to my stamps - I was actually quite surprised how much I missed it!
First things first though - I have a heap of washing to wade through - YUK!
Be back with something fun soon!!!!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Recently I received an email from a local church group asking if I could come along to their ladies Christmas craft night and help them make a box and a card - they had found my name through the SU website! I'm lucky in that the night they need me for is next week - just before the close of the Spring mini so I can use the wonderfully versatile Season of Joy stamp set - this has GOT to be a Christmas favourite! Also luckily for me I received a group email from Jenni Oliver showing us how to make this cute box using only 1/3 of an A4 sheet - although mine does use a tiny bit extra (from my scrap box) for the handle - Jenni's used ribbon. I've crimped the handle for a little bit of extra interest. The band for the box and card came from one strip of Dashing DP - I thought it would be nice for each lady to leave with a co-ordinating set. I also popped on a couple of rhinestones - Christmas needs Bling and I have plenty to play with in my "bling box"!
I was a little concerned that I had used punches on certain elements because there are a few "lovely oldies" in the group who may have trouble using them - but figured I could take along some extra punched pieces if they were needed as they add such a dimension to the finished cards - hope I'm right! I made this set up early so the group could see what they would be doing - I also popped some Christmas mints in some cellophane and popped them in the box - I thought it would be nice to show off how cute they look all finished and ready for the Christmas season.
The colours I used were Real Red, Old Olive and Certainly Celery.
I'm certainly looking forward to the challenge of demonstrating to a big group - the lady I've been organising everything through has been so lovely that I'm sure the night will go well!
The colours in this challenge are River Rock, Taken with Teal, Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White.
Well here I go again - I'm getting into these challenges and really enjoying them. This one's from Makeesha Byl - an amazingly creative lady! I just love the colours in this challenge and had to search through my scrap box to find the last piece of teal there to play with. This card has been more than just a card challenge for me - it's also the very first time I've used my new toys - nestabilites, aqua painters and watercolour crayons - and it certainly won't be the last - I think they are fabulous!! I hope my techniques with these improve over time but I wasn't too unhappy with the result.
I wanted to try and steer away from the Bali Breeze DP as I've seen several cards for this challenge that have used this paper - the problem is it's just too perfect as it has a great mix of the challenge colours! I did make a deliberate effort to choose a different stamp set than I originally wanted - here I've used Artfully Asian with the sentiment from Short and Sweet. The scallop edge is actually the edge of the card where I trimmed the card back - a look I like as it's a little less "normal"! I would have liked to have time to tweak the finished layout a bit but I need to get this in the post for a birthday that I forgot about - oops!!!!
P.S. I just went and had a look at some of the other cards for this challenge - I had seen Jean McKenzie's card earlier in the day and thought it was gorgeous! I'm a little concerned my card has a very similar layout - sorry Jean - your card must have been in the back of my mind when I sat down - it was not meant to be a CASE - though I had planned to do that later! To check out Jean's beautiful card go to http://www.jeanmckenzie.blogspot.com/
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I was thinking about the Christmas bauble card and decided to give the same reverse masking technique a go and try doing Christmas trees - they didn't turn out too bad - what do you think??? I didn't cut out the triangles I just laid the edges of 3 post-it notes down to form the shapes. A few extra post-it note pieces were needed to cover the sections already inked as I moved on. I used River Rock, Old Olive and Always Artichoke for the trees. The stamp sets I used were Season of Joy, Priceless and Snow Swirled. The trunks are made from Choc Chip CS and the card was layered onto Choc Chip and then an Old Olive card. A few gold star brads finished off the trees.
Also - I promise to show off some of the Regional Swaps I got soon - I have a few photos to work on - the lighting wasn't great for photo taking at the venue!!!!