Monday, April 27, 2009

K-Dub's 50th colour inspiration challenge

This one is dedicated to Kristina Werner & the wonderful challenges she comes up with each week. I certainly haven't entered all 50 of her colour challenges but I do like to have a play when I can! She is very generously offering some awesome prizes for this momentous occasion along with RULES!! Only one entry per person (so make it your best work she says!) & no extra colours added to her colour challenge, which was brown, red, yellow, turquoise & white.
That's it-no exceptions!

I had a bit of trouble photographing this one & have been trying all afternoon to get it right - it's getting to that time of the day when I just have to give up & get everything in the house sorted for tonight & tomorrow. Anyway on to the card-this colour combo stumped me for a while & I have several half made brown, yellow, red, turquoise & white 'creations' laying around!
I rolled the turquoise base & brown piece with the Petals jumbo roller in Versamark,although it's a little hard to see on the brown piece in the photo. The stamped image is from Angie Delarie, stamped in brown & coloured with brown, red, yellow & turquoise chalks & a blender pen. This piece is mounted up on some foam dimensionals with 'wonderful' stamped onto it & a sweet little red flower button. Oh & some ribbon, a little piercing around the brown scalloped piece & a bit of faux sewing with a white gel pen.
I am wiping my brow-phew, I think too many colours for me to get my little head around! But I did it! Now do I try to finish those 'creations' I have laying around or go back to my safe colour combos?

Friday, April 17, 2009

I'm a Verve Challenge Champion with Mojo!

As I mentioned last post there are some challenges happening for the release of new Verve stamps. While I don't own any Verve stamps I won't say no to a chance at winning some!

3 sketches & a colour challenge...

For this card I used River Rock, Blue Bayou & Choc Chip. Stamped the Bouquet roller with Versamark,added some paper from Spring Fling & made a paper flower with 5 scrunched & sponged layers.
Basic Black base, Basic Grey-top half embossed with swiss dots folder, some Flirty pink paper on the bottom half, brads, sponging etc etc! oh & the stamps are from Always set.

This one was fun! I bought some clear stamps from "the Cats Pyjamas" a little while back & this was the first time they got inky...Colours are Kraft, Blue Bayou & Real Red. The background swirls is a stamp from 'Judikins' I inked it with Versamark & swiped Bayou over it. After that I added some accent with a white gel pen.

For the colour challenge I used the Mojo Monday sketch #82 for inspiration....Kraft base, some Heidi Grace paper, a little soft sky & the stamps are Pink Paislee - 'Retro Spring'

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Viva la Verve 1,2 & 3

I don't know what's going on...I've managed to clean the house, do the grocery shopping & found time to stamp! WOO-HOO!! These cards are for a challenge over on They give you a sketch challenge with a {twist} Let me tell you some of the {twists} are doozies! First sketch with a {twist} of using a sentiment stamp only

I used the 'Yummy' set from Stampin' Up. Colours are Not Quite Navy,Real Red & Kraft and the paper is from the Ginger Blossom pack. A little bit of bling & some sweet silk ribbon-all done!

Sketch challenge 2 with a {twist} of using background stamp(s). This was a good one for me because I love those big stamps! (i only have 3 of them-but I do love 'em!) I used Tres Chic & Wild Hearts. I also used the words from Friendship Blooms & a heart stamp from Judikins.
I did use a little creative license on this sketch & left out the panel with the scalloped top & rounded bottom-I added the scallop border along the top of the card & used a nestabilities die shape which kind of gives that rounded shape...

And the 3rd sketch challenge had a {twist} of a colour combo. This is one of those doozies I mentioned earlier...wait for it...More Mustard, Summer Sun & Baja Breeze!! First of all I thought "YUCK!" Then I thought "Oh, what a shame, I can't do that challenge-no Baja Breeze" (phew) Then I read-if you don't have these exact colours, just improvise. Now I'm back to thinking "Yuck!" Oh well, I umm'd & ahhh'd for a while (still thinking yuck!) But in the end I must admit I am really quite happy with the end result. While I won't be racing out to buy a whole pack of more mustard or summer sun cardstock, I will try to use the small amount I do own! I improvised with some blue bazzill instead of the Baja Breeze & added in some Choc Chip, Sahara Sand & White and used my Paisley background stamp, Petal Prints & Lots of Thoughts. What do you think of the end result? What is your least fave colour?

I think there is a 4th challenge to finish out the month-stay tuned...

I found some more cool challenges on the Verve blog, with some sketch & colour combo challenges plus a chance to win some sweet Verve stamps-I'm off to have a little play....

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I'm back with Mojo and OCCC

Did ya think I'd disappeared off the planet?? I was starting to wonder myself! Life has been crazy busy around here lately & I don't really know where the last 3 months have gone...Ok, that's a lie, I do know where they've gone-they've included trips to perth, hospital visits, couple of days work a week which also means daycare, housework,throw a couple of weddings in for good measure!, buying more of the farm we live on, I think we had a holiday back in Feb! and most recently, I had my 4 wisdom teeth taken out on Thursday.
So, NO stamping for me : ( Actually I did get to a stamp night a few weeks ago-I made 4 or 5 cards but before I could put them up here Mum 'borrowed' them for some ideas, Hi Mum, yes you can keep them!! I decided yesterday that I was going to stamp & found there was a new mojo monday sketch out-it took me ALL day but I did it!

Here's the sketchI used the Always stamp set for this one & the little heart is from In the Spotlight (hostess set).I also used my Paisley background stamp & some ribbon & brads out of the stash. Card base is Chocolate Chip, Paisley is Soft Sky on Soft Sky. I've stamped the bird, hearts & always on Kraft with Choc Chip & Purely Pomegranate with Close to Cocoa/Choc Chip sponging on all but the bird.

For my next card (2 cards in one night!!) I followed a sketch challenge from Our CreativeCorner For this one I used a new fave background-Tres Chic & Embrace Life. I started with a black base, layered with Basic Grey stamped with Tres Chic in Versamark. A little bit of paper from the Ginger Blossom pack, some peircing & a bit of bling.I also used my Border punch-Florentine.

Here is the OCC sketch challenge

And here is my card

Have a great Easter-hopefully I can replace munching on chocolate with stamping!!