Sunday, October 10, 2010

Curtain Call

Back again, I'm really enjoying my lazy Sunday-let's see if I enjoy housework Monday as much!!

Another 2 challenges on this card, Clean & Simple (FTL111) sketch challenge and another new one i'v e come across-Curtain Call colour challenge (Act51)

Here is my card, very simple & quite quick as I managed to sneak this one in before I had to make dinner : )

I stamped the Crumbcake base with the pretty Bella Toile BG stamp in Sahara Sand ink (stamped off once) My Marina Mist panel has been stamped with Elements of Style with MM ink. The butterfly is the gorgeous Bigz Die-Beautiful Butterflies, cut out of watercolour paper,stamped in StazOn & watercoloured with Marina Mist & So Saffron. I dabbed some shimmer paint over the top of the flowers & popped it up on dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by xx

the fine print:

Stamp sets- Bella Toile BG, Elements of Style, Afterthoughts

Cardstock- Crumbcake, Marina Mist, Basic Black, watercolour paper

Ink- Sahara Sand, Marina Mist, So Saffron, black StazOn

Other- Butterfly die, Aquapainter, white taffeta ribbon, shimmer paint

Awash With Flowers

This is another stamp set I just loved as soon as I saw it in the new catalogue, I'm sure there will be a lot more posts featuring this one in the near future!

My card again covers 2 challenges,
Stampin Royalty colour challenge and Makeesha's sketch (again)

I wasn't too sure about these colours together, but then I saw Alisa Tilsner's gorgeous card & thought I could make the colour combo's my attempt...
another 6" square...

I stamped the Concord Crush layer with the solid flower stamp (doesn't show up to well in the photo) One flower has been popped up with dimensionals & more pearls to finish off.(more of these will be on my next order if I keep this up! see previous posts...)

I stitched around all of the panels on my sewing machine with some turquoise thread and used the scallop border punch on the choc chip panel (layered with concord crush & so saffron ribbon)
Thanks for stopping by xx
the fine print:
Cardstock-So Saffron, Choc Chip, Concord Crush, watercolour paper
Stamp sets- Awash with Flowers, Curly Cute
Ink- Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, black StazOn
Other- So Saffron ribbon, aqua painter, scallop border punch, pearls, dimensionals

Saturday, October 9, 2010

thanks Al...

I got another challenge completed, uploaded AND entered on time! This one is Makeesha's latest sketch challenge...

and my cute little thank you owl. I've used my new Woodgrain BG, lots of sponging & cut out the 'thanks' from "A Word for You" stamp set. The owl is popped up on dimensionals & has a cute little bow in her hair, I saw this idea on Kirsty'sCardsnScrap. Love her style!

The colour combo comes from the fabbo new colour coach-my first play with that too...It's the 'sweet set' combo on the Poppy Parade page. (I also added Choc Chip)

My card is just a wee little 4" square, rather cute size for some thankyou cards that I need to send out

Thanks for stopping by xx
the fine print:
Stamp Set: Woodgrain BG, A Word for You
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand, Poppy Parade, Choc Chip
Ink: Choc Chip, Night of Navy
Other: Owl (Al) punch, pearls, word window punch, dimensionals

Pretty Grungey

I am determined to create this weekend, I've been doing lots of stuff for everyone else lately so this weekend is all mine! (with some housework thrown in if I get the guilts!!)

I've written down all the challenges I want to enter-it's quite a few, so I've combined 2 of them for my first card - Just Add Ink - Just add pink & bling, along with the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

I went a bit bigger than my norm-this one's 6" square.

This card was nothing like this in my head when I started, I was going for sweet,pretty,pink,girly etc but what I've ended up with is (still)pink, girly & grungey...I think it works, what do you think?
I have used lots of new stuff on this card & possibly went a little pearl crazy!

Here are some close ups so you can see the shimmer paint & the pearl overload!

I added some shimmer paint to the flowers after watercolouring, & stamped the bird in Choc Chip, sponged on shimmer paint then cut out.

and then came the pearls....really, can you blame me? It was a brand new pack...and they're just so simple to stick on...and on!

Thanks for stopping by, let me know what you think...overload or not...

the small print:

DSP-level 1 hostess DSP pack

Cardstock-Crumbcake, Choc Chip, watercolour paper

Ink-Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Choc Chip, Old Olive

Stamp Set-Elements of Style

Accessories- Aqua painter, PP ribbon, twill tape, sewing machine. pearls

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lots of pics, not much to read...

These are some of the cards I made for a recent workshop to showcase some of the gorgeous new products from Stampin' Up!

Contempo Christmas & Vintage Wallpaper emb.folder

Friends Never Fade, Greenhouse Gala DSP & new In-Colours

Friends Never Fade (this was one of the Make & Takes for everyone)

Artistic Etchings & Newsprint DSP

A CASE form Pat Carr's demo @ Perth Regionals on punch artShowcasing all 5 brand new In-Colours & one of the new level 2 hostess sets, Apple Blossoms

more Friends Never fade & Concord Crush (in-colour)

Sorry for the short descriptives, too busy to talk, Gotta run!

If you want to know any more details just ask!

Thanks for dropping by xx

Friday, October 1, 2010

Regional Training Swaps

I went to our annual Regional Training day a few weeks back & had a great day out. These were my swaps...

52 in all...

Friends Never Fade (Ithink this one was my fave)

Friends Never Fade + Butterfly Embosslit (Beautiful Wings)

Artistic Etchings + Newsprint DSP

I will have to take some photos of the projects we made on the day & post them for you to see.

Fiona's Baby Shower

I wanted to make a special card for my besties baby shower, this is what I came up with...

I used some punches to save cutting-ovals for hair, word window for arm & chest, butterfly for face, scallop border for bottom of dress. I thought she was pretty cute, actually looks a lot like Fi. p.s She had a boy- Hadley Thomas Walker x

Blowing the dust off!

I just don't know where time goes around here...never mind, you know I'll always find my way back eventually!

Feeling a bit neglectful so here is some eye candy for you...

Lovely As A Tree

Nursery Necessities


I'll be back soon with more...promise!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Inkspirations 34

Finally got around to joining in on the Inkspirations challenges again...feeling a little rusty!

Firstly the sketch....
and my creation (using up some of the DSP stash so I don't feel too guilty about buying loads more from the new catty!)

Hope you're having a good Monday : ) I'm off to drool over my brand new catalogue (again) to see what I NEED! : )





Monday, July 12, 2010

M.I.A now J.A.I

Finally got time to post some cards...

I decided to play along with the latest challenge over @ Just Add Ink.

Here are my TWO creations : )

First up, playing with my newly aquired Circle Circus...

I covered the vanilla panel with Versamark & clear embossing powder to give a nice glossy effect & popped up the whole panel with dimensionals.

And my second card I used En Francais & Medallion(stamped off once) BG stamps and the cute little a la carte stamp 'All a Flutter'
The Rose Red panel & the vanilla circle have had the faux suede treatment, some sponging & distressing, a bit of twill tape, some branches from the bird punch & some dazzling diamonds on the butterfly to add a bit of sparkle : ) (the butterfly & circles are popped up on dimensionals for a bit of height)

Thanks for looking ; )

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New fave

Makeesha's latest challenge...

I've had this card in my head for a while now-but definately NOT these colours! To be honest I REALLY like the way it has turned out & I'm definately going to make some more...

Some lovely shiney crystal effects to make it even prettier...

I've used a layout from Clean&Simple Stamping

All Stampin' Up products except for the velvet ribbon (Basic Grey 'Black Tie' collection from my stash)

Thanks for challenging me to use apricot appeal Keesh!

As I said I really liked the end result & popped it in the mail to send some love to my mum x

Sunday, May 16, 2010

zindorf rocks!

I was playing with my new brayer that I bought after being super-inspired by the super talented Michelle Zindorf, boy can she brayer! Anyway-was inspired, bought a brayer, had a play & created this card (it's pretty much a total CASE from one of Michelle's but I'm still happy with it!) I liked it so much I decided I would do 6 of them for a swap that I'm doing over at ESAD for UnConvention : ) After I had made my cards, I saw the new challenge on the Just Add Ink blog, they are doing a technique blog hop-lots of talent to check out there too-one of the techniques they are blogging & hopping about is ...wait for it...brayering!! So long story short here's my entry to the JAI challenge...

I have brayered the scene on whisper white, matted on baja breeze & matted again on very vanilla. The roughed up strip of always artichoke kinda hangs out the side for a bit of texture. I have used Baja breeze & Pacific point inks for the sky & water and always artichoke for the stems (1st & 2nd generation stamping). The wording "it's good to dream" stands out a lot more in the real, I should have waited for better light in the morning, but I wanted to get the pic taken & uploaded so I can get my swaps sent off!

If you're in the ESAD swap & get one of these, act surprised, like you've never seen it before!!

Thanks for checking out my card, leave me a note so I can check out your stuff too ; )


Friday, May 14, 2010

tumble dried

Here is my second layout for the latest challenge over @ StampAmemory

I have used more photos of Will in the dryer but a different layout & different colours. Once again no editing done on the photos...

While I really like the single photo I used on the "ratbag" page (see previous entry) I like the way these 5 photos tell the story of 'Will in the dryer'! I have kept the journalling simple & included it in the title...such good fun until you get STUCK. I have handwritten the title & covered it with crystal effects.
Thanks for looking...don't report me to the authorities for taking photos instead of removing my child from the clothes dryer! hehe : ) *I am pleased to say he has never tried to get in there again & fair chance he would no longer fit. Lucky I grabbed the camera isn't it!!!

not so perfect photos

We've all got them & to be honest what do we do with them...they don't look so good in the ordinary photo album, but scrap them & they become great pieces that we look back on with great memories. Here's my not so perfect photos scrapped for Stamp A Memorys latest challenge.
This is my photo, I haven't altered it at all before scrapping it,

I have used pumpkin pie & tempting turquoise c/s & rolled it with Nursery Letters jumbo wheel & Versamark to create my own patterned paper. For the lettering I have used Big Deal alpha stamped in basic black & covered in crystal effects. I have followed a sketch from 'PageMaps' & used the colours & stripes in Will's t-shirt for inspiration - as he is in a clothes dryer there's not much else going on in the background!! Yes I will admit to running to get the camera when Will climbed into the dryer mumbling something about driving a car...what else does a scrapbooking mum do!!! Does that count for not so perfect photos or just not so perfect parenting???

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Challenge Me SAM...

This is Stampamemory challenge #8 but I think it's only the third one for me... and seeing as I haven't posted anything since January!!! you can probably guess that I haven't had time for much creating...

So here is my layout about me-the challenge was to list 5 things you like about yourself, but I took a little creative liberty on that...

Products used...
Card- Baja Breeze, Kraft, Whisper White
Paper- Parisian Breeze
Ink- Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Choc Chip,Versamark
Stamps- Organic Outlines, Framed with Love
Other- White gel pen, Choc chip marker, Kraft ribbon, Brads, Scallop Border punch, American Crafts & Heidi Swapp rub-ons.

To save you straining your eyes, here are the finer points...

THIS IS ME like it or not!

I am 30


Daughter-Sister-Mother-Friend-Wife-Aunty-Niece-I am all of these.

I am Stubborn

I am Kind

I am Loyal

I am grateful everyday

I am busy - I am rested

I am Blessed

I am loved

I'm hardworking I am lazy!

I am friendly - I am private

I am creative

I am sporty

I am careful

I am happpy-excited-tired-grumpy...

I am a hairdresser

I am messy - I am clean

I love my family

I have big feet, Poppa's knees & Nanna's nose! hmmm...

I have a husband & a son who I love to bits

This is me

Just a couple of close ups of the ruffled ribbon & these cute little birds!

So, while there are more than 5 points there, I do like all of these things about me-some good, some not so good but they are what make me ME!

Thanks for the challenge Stampamemory xx

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Paper Flower

I had time to make another entry for Makeesha's Inkspiration challenge #17. I also wanted to have a go at making these gorgeous paper flowers. I found a super cute card on Karen Thomas' blog along with a link to the creator of said flower...

Cardstock: Cameo Coral, Very Vanilla, Choc Chip.

Ink & Marker: Choc Chip.

DSP: Patterns Choc Chip, Ginger Blossom (retired)

Other: So Saffron ribbon, Word Window Punch, Sweet Little Sentiments, 1" & 1 3/4" circle punch, Large Oval punch, Eyelet Border punch, Crimper, Button (Latte)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Stamp-A-Memory Summer challenge

Time for challenge #2 over at stampamemory. This time a 'summery' challenge. I used a sketch from Becky Fleck (PageMaps) for my inspiration. It is an A4 double page but I think I will make some adjustments & turn it into a 12x12 double.
I used some photos from Will's 2nd birthday of him & his two cousins jumping on the trampoline. They were all wearing bright summery clothes so I paired them up with the lovely Kaleidoscope DSP from the summer mini. I can't quite believe that I have done a 'Will page' with pink flowers & butterflies & NO blue on it!!(well, a smidge on the DSP) Anyway I had fun doing this layout, and I really like the effect of Kaleidoscope DSP with Kraft. Here are some close-ups so you can see what I've used...

Organic Outlines, Framed with Love, Trio Flower punch, vanilla button.
Butterfly Prints & punch, jumbo alpha, Only Orange/Green Galore/Pixie Pink ink & c/s

Stamin Write marker, white gel pen, Sahara Sand to ink edges of circles.(1" & 1 3/4")

After submitting my last few challenges I think I'd better clean off my table & pull out a different stamp set...there has been an organic overload!

Thanks for looking & don't forget to say Hi so I know who's visited.... ; )