Saturday, September 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
So.......I set my son up with a Diego dvd and hot chocolate; me a cup of tea, my computer and some toothpicks for my eyes, and start blog hopping. There are some great blogs out there and I feel that I need to give credit.
Heart Hugs - a challenge blog that uses Etsy stores for inspiration - great prizes, great stories (especially Parker's birth story)
Stamp Happy - designer for 2RedBananas. True art!
Paper Clipping - Got this link from Ali Edward's site. There is a video tutorial on 'bubbles' and visual triangles on Ali's blog, but Paper Clipping have many more free ones, plus lots more for members. If you have ever had trouble scrapbooking (like me...sigh...) then, this is for you.
Naturally Felt - Etsy Store member that sells beautiful environmentally saving lunch bags; totes and stuff for kids.........amazingly beautiful fabrics used. Well worth the look.
Well, thats about it from me. I made a card for my beautiful niece Emily who turned 10 this month but as usual didn't take a photo.
There won't be much blogging happening here for the next month as we are moving house (for 9 months whilst ours is being built) and as you can appreciate - is a huge headache, so dont give up on me and please come back. Love the comments. Promise I will be good and post lots once we have moved.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Kelly Rae, taking flight into Art, Love + Life - beautiful plus a great blog candy give away!
House Mouse Challenge - for those of us who have mouse house stamps and dont know what to do with them. there are some fantastical creations for you to peruse
The Sweetest Thing - one of my alltime go to blogs. Karen has a great card sketch for you to use.
Janneke's Creations - how she creates her cards using numerous DSP's leaves me in awe!
Diary of Claudine Hellmuth - beautiful
Tim Holtz - what more can I say?
thats all for now folks :) Time for bed.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
This first card uses a circle mask. I stamped the French Script background stamp from SU! over the top in Chocolate chip. I also did some faux stitching around the circle for interest and popped on the butterfly from the Merci stamp set and coloured him in gently with the blender pen (not my best friend I am afraid). The butterfly is embossed in clear EP.
And here is the lot together - the one on the right is the one my daughter loved a lot. I cut the circle with my slice machine and stamped the circle with the same background stamp as the first card, embossed and sponged, then stuck on the inside of the card. Some left over DSP from the last SU! catalogue backed on Purely Pomegranate cardstock is great if you dont have the appropriate ribbon. I found a button in my stash which went well with my one and only flower in my embellishment tin and voila - card finished. Thanks for looking.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Please excuse the terrible quality of photo but as it is now 10.30pm and I have no hope in heck in finding sun at that time of night, this will have to do. I just thought I would enter one more card for Marelle Taylor's catalogue challenge, and as this ends at the end of the month....well, you can see my dilemma.
I have used the sketch from page 29 of the catalogue, and have just turned it on its bottom. I had some coloured and crystal effect(ed) flowers left over from another challenge and decided to see if I could make it work. My greatest problem has been starting something and not finishing it so I have all these half finished projects. I think it turned out okay albeit a bit bright but that is the way I like 'em sometimes :) Thanks for looking.
Supplies: SU Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise; SU Ink: Summer Sun, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip Classic and Whisper White Craft; Stamp Sets: Technique Tuesday Loving Words stamp set; Scrappy Cat clear stamps Timbres Clair; white gel pen; dimensionals.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I decided to go for Marelle Taylor's challenge as my mojo just hasn't been there. It took me only a couple of minutes to find a card (27A); half an hour when I changed my mind and then went back to the same card I chose before, and two minutes choosing colours by using a printed sheet of colour combinations using the old in colours from the last catalogue. I really like how it turned out. It isn't far off the original card but as it is my first challenge using the catalogue I thought I would keep it simple simon (kiss).
Monday, May 11, 2009
And the card? Well, even though the verse was short, the simple process of him making that huge effort in using my (god forbid!) 'scrapbook stuff' to make me a card that he designed, meant more than all the pretty words in the world.......
Friday, May 1, 2009
After looking at Kristina Werner's colour challenges week after week, I thought that I would be brave and try one. I am not one for challenges as I really dont think I am good enough (especially looking at all the wonderful entries this week HERE) but just loved the colour combination she chose.I first of all stamped a heap of flower images onto white cardstock, then coloured them in with markers and covered the images with crystal effects to give a nice glossy shine and make them pop. Sticking the flower tops (some on dimensionals, and some not) onto yellow cardstock, I then embroidered the stems (detatched blanket stitch) with brown thread; used dimensionals to pop main image onto the brown cardstock; used a white gel pen to faux stitch around the card and stamped the greeting with white pigment ink and then embossed. I thought the whole card looked unbalanced, especially as I rounded the corners on the centrepiece, so used a scallop punch to edge the base card and used a scallop edge for yellow, red and turquoise strips - I thought it looked cool ;)
Now completing the card turned out to be the easiest thing in the world - picture taking brings on a whole new meaning. I must have taken at least 50 photos (not including the ones my hubby tried to take for me with me throwing directions at him like 'you have to focus on the scallop edges and the embroidered stems' and 'no, dont take it from the front, it needs to be on the side' and 'oh no, I dont think you have the lighting right') So after my 'helpful' directions, he gave up and I had a go.............50 shots later I end up with these. It is finally raining in parched Adelaide so it is overcast and had to make do with the poor lighting. Oh, it also took two whole days of photos to get these!!!!
Supplies: Stamps - Scrappy Cat clear stamps Timbres Clair, Stampin Up! Yummy; Cardstock and Ink - Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Whisper White (craft), Summer Sun; Accessories - brown embroidery thread, scallop punch, crystal effects, dimensionals, white gel pen, hubby's brain.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Using Whisper White as the base cardstock (something I rarely do), I randomly stamped the flowers using staz-on as I was planning on watercolouring the image - which I must say went better than I had hoped. Not had much success in the past using water on cardstock but wanted to try a technique I saw on Melanie's site which meant having to use cardstock. I just added a strip of coloured cardstock for contrast as was too lazy to try the second part of her technique (check it out!)
Anyway, ran out of steam. Will post the other cards later - just making sure the receivers have received them first!
Supplies: In Full Bloom (SU!), Whisper White and Cameo Coral cardstock, Purely Pomegranate double stitched ribbon, rubons, markers, aqua paintbrush.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Another male card? Yes I did it! They are the hardest cards for me to make - especially as I really have no specific generic male stamps.
The sketch I found on Amy's site. I did have some difficulty in getting the colours right but I think I managed okay - okay well, I used the colour wheel *wink*. The tag used was cut out with my slice machine I distressed the edges and sponged it with some ink. I went through my old stamp stash (ie. non SU stuff that I have in a tin) and found a multiple greetings stamp - bit like those date stamps that have the roller on the side. Used that to stamp the various greetings on the tag. The chipboard letters were coloured in using a marker and then slathered with crystal effects (gotta love that stuff!). I used every day twine for the card and just wrapped and weaved it amongst the strips of cardstock. The rest is self explanatory! Now I just have to post it.....
Recipe: Sanded Background stamp set SU, Really Rust, Bordering Blue, Mellow Moss, Kraft, Whisper White cardstock SU, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red ink SU, Versamark ink, Heidi Swapp chipboard alphabet letters, crystal effects SU, twine, dimensionals.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Again such a long space between entries. Time does fly by. I just want to show you the card and present I made my MIL for her birthday the other day.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
This card was made for my dear SIL who's baby has been in hospital since he was born. He had a big operation yesterday to help him thrive and my SIL is feeling the strain. He will be 3 months next week and my heart bleeds for him as he is a very sick little boy. I just wanted to show her that my family loves and cares for her and her little family so much!
On with the card...........it was cased completely from the mini catalogue, with the exception of using the sanded background stamp for texture and changing the ruby red to rose red because I had that ink pad and couldnt be bothered getting the markers out for the flower.
supplies: Embrace Life stamp set; River Rock, Rose Red & Groovy Guava CS; Mellow Moss and Rose Red Ink, 1/2 inch circle punch, groovy guava ribbon and dimensional adhesive.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Apologies once again for the delay in postings. Time just seems to fly by when you have littlies to look after.
I saw a beautiful card on Teneale William's site on teabag folding and decided to give it a try. It was so easy! I ended up making two cards but big apologies on the quality of photo - it was late and I am having major issues with my camera (being that we took it to the beach and got it wet and now the screen doesnt work!).
Anyway, hope you get a bit of an idea. The paper that I used is from Christina Re - a little invitation shop at Fullarton near where i live stocks a huge amount of her beautiful papers. This particular black and white number has polka dots on one side and stripes on the other - depending on where i punched out the squares made a big difference on the look of the overall result. I stamped the background image in versamark with the french script background stamped and then embossed it in clear ep. The Real Red cardstock was from SU as was the metal tag. The ribbon was just a cheapy I bought at a habberdashery store.
***blogger will not let me alter where I place the pictures, so please excuse the aesthetics of this entry! grrrr
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Nothing new to post as yet - still making a card for my friend who is turning 40 in a couple of days but will remember to take photos and post it online when I can. But for now, I just want to let you know of a great website I have been to called Stampers Quest. All thanks goes to Melanie from Smartie-Artie Mel who left a lovely comment on my blog. Seriously guys, this site is amazing - has great tutorials on how they create different techniques etc....
Okay, can't rave on enough about them. Just check it all out!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Hope you are all well and not still recovering from New Years. Ours was a quiet one.....having two littlies tends to restrict your party mojo - just as well we aren't big party goers :)
I just wanted to post a scrapbook page I did about a year ago. This is of my beautiful son having a cuddle with his aunty whilst still in hospital. I have since included a journal entry on the page.
I am not much of a scrapper - I tend to start a page but never finish it as I dont have the confidence. There always seems to be 'something missing'. One day I think I will have to take myself off to some classes.......one day........
Friday, January 2, 2009
down's than up's) I finally get the courage to
post something new on my blog. I would presume most of you would have given up on me which I dont blame you for. Thank you for those that have stuck with me and I promise to be better...lol.
I have so many things to show you - so many things that I have had to do such as baby showers for one thing! And boxing day treats for all of our friends.
But just for now, I will show you some shoes that my mother in law and I spent a few weeks making for my sister in law's baby shower.
First of all, thank you to all of those bloggers that have made these shoes. I must have looked at every single one before attempting these! My mother in law and I were so proud of ourselves when we finished. We actually made 30 of the little sods but ended up needing only 20 shoes. We filled little tulle bags with mini M&M's, and jelly babies. It looks effective as the ties look like shoelaces. I used SU brads for the buttons and embossed every single shoe! Arghhhh. I just think I enjoy making more work for myself. Mind you, saying that, I will never use the Coordination cardstock for this kind of thing again. It is more suited for ripping and distressing than for making things with as it cracked with every fold - even though I made sure I scored every single fold.
I will try and post the baby shower invitations soon. I have to get a hold of a copy from my sister in law - can you believe I didn't even take a photo of them?