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.... ; )

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Inkspirations #17

Yay, Keesh is still doing her Inkspiration challenges! Her first challenge for the year is a colour combo...

These would not be my "go to" colours, but that is why they are challenges! and I must say I'm really happy with the end result. I kept it clean & simple, with only a small amount of coral (what a wuss!) I played around with lots of different bits & pieces in each of the colours & settled on a choc chip base, vanilla panel, saffron DSP & ribbon with a cute little coral heart & choc chip button embellishment-I also threaded a thin strip of coral c/s through the button.

Go check out the other entries, they sure to be fabbo!

New Challenge Blog!

Woo Hoo! I found a new challenge blog the other day via the very talented Sarah Klass.

'Just Add Ink' is the name of the blog & their first challenge is a colour combo. Check it out...

Here is my take on the challenge...

So, what do you think??? I've used Organic Outlines stamped in VersaMark & White onto the Rose Red, a scallop strip punched with my slit punch (for bigger scallops) and some ruffled up So Saffron ribbon. I stamped the sentiment in Choc Chip & used a button from the Playground Designer Buttons-the pack lists the colour as Tempting Turquoise but it looks so much like Taken with Teal on this card I'm leaving it right were it is! and my girlfriend who will be receiving the card knows nothing about tempting turquoise or taken with teal!! (She's not a stamper...where did I go wrong?)

Go check out the newest {challenge} blog on the block & join in on the fun! There's even a prize up for grabs...quick...go!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Claire's Half Sheet Wonder

I love the idea of the full/half sheet wonder. So many cards with minimal effort. Great way to stock up the card stash, or a beautiful gift to give. Head on over to Claire Daly's blog to check out her beautiful samples (& a chance to win a punch of your choice! So generous!)

Here are my "Half Sheet Wonder" creations, I got 5 cards from half a sheet of whisper white!
I used 'Organic Outlines' and Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Kraft & a touch of Black for my colour combo. I also added Kraft & Pink Pirouette ribbon, some punches and piercing & a sweet treat cup.

Here they are up close so you can see all the details...

I have also used 'Whimsical Words' & the flower trio punch on this one. The flower from Organic Outlines has been stamped off once with Sahara Sand on the Kraft for the background.

This card also uses the 'one of a kind' single stamp, that is very cute on cards but can also be used on the back of your cards in compliance with the Stampin' Up! policy on selling cards.

and to finish off a little 3x3 gift card using the circle I punched out for the sweet treat cup. NO SCRAPS left over at all! and an extra 1 3/4" circle of Rose Red distressed (with my fingernail!)sticking out from behind. I also stamped an extra flower in Rose Red to cut out & pop up on dimensionals. Stamp set 'Whimsical Words' & 'Organic Outline'

I really like these & I am definately going to make some more...might challenge myself to do a masculine set next-Watch this space!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Stamp-A-Memory Christmas Challenge

I love finding new challenges to complete, so when I came across this one, I was IN! Easy-just scrap christmas photos, new or old it doesn't matter... Here is my take on the challenge,

Edited to add...I used a sketch from Julie Bonner (52 pages 52 weeks) as my inspiration.

A Very Merry Christmas... (from all of us!)
Journalling reads; This is the photo I sent out with our Christmas cards to family & friends. The idea was for you to sit 'still' with all of your teddies, while wearing the santa hat. Let's just say that you had fun in amongst all those stuffed toys & the hat was repeatedly thrown/chewed/buried everytime I tried to take a photo. Never mind, at least I was able to snap a happy boy. Merry Christmas Everyone! 2008
Now, I'm cutting it fine on the old deadline so I'll keep it short. All materials Stampin' Up plus some computer font for title & journalling. Here are some close up shots...

I stole this cute border idea from a very cute Princess/Fairy Tales layout by one of the very talented girls over at stamp a memory, can't think who but I will go back & find out to give due credit... edited to add- Beth Stewart is the clever one who deserves the credit!

A new technique called 'frosting' , shared with us in the latest demonstrator newsletter (another great bonus about being a demonstrator!)

and to finish off , a little scalloped & crinkled strip with a button embellishment. ( & you can see my pierced scallop border a little better too!)

Thanks for looking : )