Tuesday, December 30, 2008

House Mouse challenge #19

I've done it, I've done it. Managed to make a card in time for the House Mouse Monday Challenge. The card we made had to have some form of embossing on it and to include, of course, a House Mouse image.

This is my attempt. The stamp is called Wrapped and Ready. It was coloured using Prisma pencils and solvent. Kindyglitz was added to the snow (well I think it's snow) around their feet.The Sketch is from Splitcoast Stampers SC 183. Cardstock from the WorldWin range and ribbon and bling from my stash. The embossing was done on a cuttlebug using the Christmas Decoration embossing folder. I swiped the edge of the image and the embossed areas with Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink to tie in the gold layer. I felt that it didn't need a greeting, the bows on the mice are self explanatory...Yep, Christmas. lol

Hope you like my card and thanks for looking.

Monday, December 29, 2008

House Mouse

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who commented on my Ribbon Box. Thanks so much. It definitely was a learning curve.

I made this card for Kylie's birthday using the sketch from the House Mouse Monday Challenge 18. I've lost count of how many times I coloured this image. I had one that was reasonably coloured then mucked it up by trying to alter something. Lesson learnt, leave things alone. lol
The c/s is Bazzil, with the embossing done using the cuttlebug folder Happy Birthday. Image is coloured using Prisma pencils, paper stump and solvent. Colourbox chalk ink around the edges of the image and the sentiment is Stampin' Up. As I haven't much imagination, I used the same sorts of colours on my image as is on the actual stamp which I can't find at the moment. Goodness knows where I've put it. Just looked it up and it's called Exciting Celebration. Actually I really enjoyed doing this card and am hoping to get a lot more done. Since doing this one, I splurged and bought myself some more Prisma pencils.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Ribbon Box

I've had this project started for quite some time now. Decided to get in and finish it today. Kaisercraft chipboard Beyond the Page stuff is mostly flat when you buy it. So I bought the box and the ribbon reels, which come separately. Painted the edges and then used the "To Have & To Hold" Kaisercraft papers to cover the box. The braid around the joins at the side and back is from Bobbin & Sew in Sarina and matches perfectly the black and cream in the papers. Sorry they aren't good pics, it's been overcast and raining here all day (Woo Hoo, lovely rain).
The chipboard letters on the top spelling ribbons have been covered using Opals Embossing Enamels from Pipedreamink I spent goodness knows how much time trying to get the colour I wanted and ended up with so many layers on the letters. I think they've turned out ok. I didn't want to use black on the letters. The butterfly is a chipboard shape from Kaisercraft too. I again used the Opals on it as well. Then I decorated the whole box with flowers and pearls and the matching brads to the papers.
I'll have to take a decent photo when the sun comes out again, çause you can't see the butterfly very well. This was my first attempt at doing anything like this....beyond the page stuff. I have bought some other chipboard things to do, also from Kaisercraft, so I'll see how I go.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Card Frenzy

Merry Christmas to all, hope you had a wonderful, peaceful day.
It's Boxing Day here now, nearly lunch time. Mind you, I don't think I need to eat for a while. lol
Definitely don't have to cook for a few days, the fridge is full of left overs which means it's easy for the family to get what they want, when they want it.

I've been internet surfing this morning and haven't done any crafting. All I've got to show is the picture of the cards that I made in a Christmas cardmaking frenzy on Monday and Tuesday.
Fortunately I had plenty of Christmas card kits left over from workshops, so made them up.
I have some left which is good because I still have to send some overseas.
I have made a House Mouse card but can't show it at the moment çause I'm pretty sure it hasn't reached South Australia yet for a friend's birthday.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Judy's birthday card

My friend Judy loves beading so I made her a beaded teacup card. The colours of the c/s have come up a bit bright but in reality they match the colours in the cup really well.
Hoping to have some other cards done today to show. I do have Chris's birthday card to share but I'd like to make another one of the same style using a stamp set. Chris's card used a set of Teddy stickers (she's right into Teddies).
Thanks for looking,

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Country Life

It's been some time since I made one of these cards. I remember doing lots and lots for my November 2007 Artist of the Month stint at the Tourist Centre. This one was a request by a friend of mine.
I used Stamp It's Country Life 9UP pictures, Bazzill c/s Java and Walnut (I think), Colourbox dark brown chalk ink, Stamp It stamp called Moments and three buttons from my stash.
The layout is an adaption of the original card that was done in a class with Michelle.
Oh and please note, my watermark again!!! lol
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Another lot of cards

OK, I know these aren't stamped cards but I enjoy using these styles of cardmaking techniques too sometimes.
Actually I don't even have these cards anymore. Some sold before I could get them into the Tourist centre and the others were orders. My friends see the 3d images and say "Ooooo can you make me a card with this one it please?" So the cards are sold even before I make them. lol
I love this card, simple but I think it's lovely. The Dufex 3d image makes it.
This card I saw in a Dutch craft newspaper and just loved it. So off I went and stitched it.
This card uses a new 3d pyramid image that is out now. You cut around the outside as well as the inside. The windows to cut out are marked on the image.
I used Bazzill Bling c/s, SU Mellow Moss taffeta ribbon and some bling crystals to jazz it up.
Again, a special request for a card using this 3d pyramid image. SU Choc Chip, So Saffron and Whisper White c/s went really well with the picture and I used SU Whisper White taffeta ribbon for the bow, and Kaiser pearls for embellishment.
Last but not least, again a request for a card using this 3d pyramid picture. I was really happy with the way this card turned out.

I managed to get a House Mouse image coloured today but I think I may have to do another one. Not really very happy with what I've done. I'll have another go tomorrow. Off to bed now.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Ocean Commotion

Woo Hoo, I've done it. Made a watermark for my pics. Yippeeeee!!!! This is a card I made a few weeks ago using Ocean Commotion by Stampin' Up. The colours I used are Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive. I also used the new scallop border punch and chunky sprinkles. Actually looking at this card now after a space of a few weeks, I feel quite happy with how it turned out.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Embrace Life

I made this card last Saturday in a card making frenzy. I was up 'til very late making cards. The mojo was at full blast. lol This is the new Embrace Life set from Stampin' Up in the Summer mini.
I used Ginger Blossom DP, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Groovy Guava c/s, River rock, Groovy Guava ink, scallop border punch, and paper pieced the flowers. Three ruby red brads up in the corner finished it off nicely.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thomas Kinkade

I needed a sympathy card and really liked this Thomas Kinkade stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. I used the cracked glass technique on it and the colouring was just using chalks. It's turned out better than I thought it would.Thanks for looking.
Edited to add: Sorry for the crooked photo. I took it Sunday night after a huge day. I stamped the image with Sepia Versafine ink, dabbed some colour on with SU chalks then clear embossed the image a few times. In the freezer for a bit, cracked it one way, back in, cracked it the other way and rubbed some ink in the cracks.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Live Your Dream and Eastern Blooms

Well here I am with three more cards. These are the cards the girls are going to make at tomorrow's workshop. Please see note at bottom of this post re the card sketch I used. I made two versions of the Eastern Blooms card using Felt Fusion Flowers and Bali Breeze DS Papers. Hopefully this will eliminate any worries I'll have of running out of Felt Fusion Flowers. lol The other card uses Live Your Dream and the Afternoon Tea DS Papers. I've also used the new Rose Red and Chocolate Chip wide stitched grosgrain ribbon. carousel notes and Silver Hodgepodge hardware. A bit of variety.
I have to get the kits made up now, so will be back later to add the full recipes.
Thanks for looking.
Bali Breeze cards - Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Whisper White c/s, Bali Breeze DSP, Old Olive & Rose Red ribbon, Felt Fusion flowers, Old Olive brads, Silver Hodgepodge and Rose Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Choc Chip markers.
This card used Afternoon Tea DSP, Choc Chip, Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla c/s, Carousel Note, Crop-a-dile, Live Your Dream stamp set, Choc Chip marker, Choc Chip dble stitched grosgrain, Choc Chip, Groovy Guava and Wild Wasabi ink and the new Scallop Edge punch.
Edited to add credits etc. The card using the Live Your Dream stamp set was inspired by two cards I found while blog surfing, this one and this one. Thanks to both ladies. I found this sketch while I was blog surfing and now I cannot remember the blog I found it on. Would anyone who knows this information please let me know so I can give credit? Thanks.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Kristina Werner's Colour Inspiration #32

Woo Hoo, I've managed to get the colour inspiration done early. Thanks for the challenge Kristina. Red Riding Hood isn't in Australia so I tossed up between Rose Red and Real Red. Real Red won.
I embossed the flowers in white on Real Red cardstock first then popped them up on different levels of dimensionals. For the metallic I used Brushed Gold and to give the extra sparkle that is in the inspiration picture, I used the glue pen to go over the un embossed areas of the flowers then added Diamond Dust glitter. The greeting is a white rub on from the Hidden Garden range of rubons available in the New Summer Mini. The stamp set is Eastern Blooms, again from the Summer Mini. I've also used the Dashing DSP to bring in the Very Vanilla colour and Real Red grosgrain ribbon.
Edited to add - The Real Red base card has been stamped with the branch out of Eastern Blooms in Real Red. I felt it needed just a bit of pattern.
I hope you like it and thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Carousel note chocolate box

This is going to be the quickest post. There's a huge storm about to hit and it's as black as the ace of spades out there.
I'll edit this later to add the recipe. Hope you like it.
Edited to add the recipe.
Wild Wasabi carousel note, Afternoon tea papers, Wild Wasabi/Groovy Guava/ Chocolate Chip inks, chocolate chip marker, scallop edge border, round scallop and 1 3/8" round punches,
sticky strip, Wild Wasabi/Chocolate Chip c/s, Live your dream stamp set. I sponged a bit of Chocolate Chip ink around the edges of the carousel note. The reason being çause I had to cover something else that didn't work. lol

Kristina Werner's Colour Challenge

I thought today I would try Kristina's colour challenge. Here it is. What do you all think?
Recipe: Close to Cocoa, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Whisper White cardstock,
Versamark ink, white embossing powder, Ocean Commotion and Think Happy Thoughts stamp sets, Scallop, 1 1/4", 1 3/8" round and scallop border punches, White Taffeta ribbon, dimensionals. All products by Stampin' Up.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ten Little Santas

Here they all are!!! I didn't have a sleep after all. I've altered my Santa a bit by adding a beard. I did use Stampin' Up black buttons on two of them but there wasn't enough of the right size.
The rest have the punched circle raised on dimensionals for their buttons. Seven of them are for the girls in our Sarina craft group and the other three are cent sale prizes for CWA. I was going to add Diamond Dust on their beards but decided not to because even though they will have wrapped lollies or some form of consumables in them, a little Diamond Dust goes a long way. lol
What do think of the revamped Santa?
Thanks for looking.

Five More!!!!

Yep, made five more of the box bag thingys today. All for cent sale prizes. That takes care of Saturday's quota, then I have to do next month's CWA quota.
The Stampin' Up warehouse is having problems getting our orders of Dashing DSP out to us so to save what Dashing papers I have, I used Wintergreen. Now even though green is my favourite colour, I haven't really jelled with these papers. Whilst making these, I was running through my head what could be used to brighten them up. Real Red, of course. So here they are....all five of them. Photo Shoot completed. lol No Freddo frog needed today. I'll fill them with wrapped lollies or something like that. I hope there's enough light in the pic.
What I used - Wintergreen DSP, Sage Shadow, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Real Red and Whisper White c/s, round tab, 1 3/8" round, slot and round scallop punches, Real Red ink, Real Red grosgrain ribbon and sticky strip.
Thanks for looking. I'm off for a snooze now. Woke at quater to five this morning, couldn't sleep so decided I may as well get up and go to work. Now I'm tired. lol

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Two projects!!!!

I have another workshop to do in early December and also Christmas parties to attend that require secret santa and cent sale prizes, so I played today with a box bag and a workshop project. Yep, I know, these box bag things aren't new to most of you but to me they are. I haven't made one before so off I went. I had seen somewhere in the gallery on SCS one of these done as a Santa. That's what I wanted, just the thing. Edited to give credit to the person who gave me the inspiration. I had the best time making this project. It was really simple even if at first the thought of the sticky strip fazed me. lol
Here it is, what do you think? I've changed the colours from the one I saw in the gallery. I liked the black and red combo.
Recipe: Cardstock - Black, red textured, brushed silver metallic
Accessories - Round tab punch, 1 3/8" square punch, NEW scallop border punch, 1/4" and 1/2" round punches, horizontal slot punch, black grosgrain ribbon, sticky strip.
I actually did my Santa box bag after my Carousel note freddo box.
Again I had seen this while surfing SCS gallery and blogs. Edited again to give credit to http://www.learntostampandscrap.com/ for this idea. I altered the scoring measurements slightly. This little box fits a Freddo Frog just nicely. I had a Freddo to put in it, then ate it. rofl Come time to photograph the box, no Freddo. Had to send my son down to the shop to buy a Freddo for the photo shoot. pmsl
Recipe: Cardstock - Soft Sky carousel note, Afternoon Tea DSP (new summer mini), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Stamps - Live your dream (new summer mini)
Ink - Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi
Accessories - Round scallop punch, 1 3/8" round punch, sticky strip, dimensionals.
The ladies at my next workshop will be making different versions of these depending on who gets what colour Carousel note is in their pack. So what do you think?
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Made it!!!!!

I'm back!! Here is a card I made using one of the new sets out of the Stampin' Up Summer Mini
catalogue. I love the owl. Using the card pictured in the catalogue as inspiration, this is what I came up with. Hope it doesn't look too 'cheapy', if you know what I mean.

OK, recipe.....
Stamps - Love Owl-ways, Daisy Field wheel
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Notebook DSP, Soft Sky, Summer Picnec DSP
Accessories - Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip markers, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, large and small oval punches, Stampin' Pastels, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking and hope you like my owl.
ETA: Revamped my owl. Using Summer Picnic DSP I paper pieced the hearts, dimensionaled some and glued others to represent fallen flowers. Thanks to Jean for telling me that the bottom of the card looked too flat. I wasn't sure about it, thought it looked to Kindergartenish. Thanks Jean. I think it looks heaps better now.

Friday's workshop

Hello everyone.
Just to let you know that I'm still around. Another workshop on Friday just gone. The ladies made 3 cards (I was again feeling generous). Ten were at Friday's workshop and they loved the cards. I made two of each card as samples to put on the table. It was much easier for them that way....no asking "Who has the real card?" lol
I emailed Kylie and asked her if it was ok to case her gorgeous card for the workshop. She was so pleased that I loved her card.
I used the flat backed pearls out of the Stampin' Up Pretties kit instead of the Kaiser pearls. It was the first time I had used my Pretties kit....I think çause it's so gorgeous I didn't want to use any of it. lol The ladies enjoyed embossing and also using a glue pen (non SU) for the Diamond Dust on the Christmas Tree. So I helped out Anne with sales of Glue pens too. lol
So to summarise: Stamps - Season of Joy, Cardstock - Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Old Olive, Certainly Celery DSP, Ink - Old Olive, Versamark, Accessories - Silver embossing powder, flat back pearls in white and cream from the Pretties kit, certainly celery wide grosgrain ribbon and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Non Stampin' Up item was the Quickie Glue Pen.
The next card was a remake of one I did for a swap using Tart and Tangy out of the Spring Mini.
I revamped it by using some ribbon, just to give it that little extra something.
The colours of the striped grosgrain ribbon Stampin' Up have this year are absolutely gorgeous. I love them. In my opinion the white with the Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi and Bashful Blue just make the colours so fresh. This card was chosen also because I wanted to showcase the Stampin' Write markers. For this month, 10th to the 30th November these markers are available to be purchased singularly for $4-95 each. Great idea. Stampin' Up rubons are also 20% off with a $20 order as well. Quite a good deal. Consequently I used white rubons on the cards. So what I used.....Stamps - Tart and Tangy, Cardstock - Whisper White, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, East Coast Prep DSP, Ink - Garden Green (for the apple), Accessories - Garden Green & Real Red markers, Eastern Elegance & Perfect Day white rubons and Real Red striped grosgrain ribbon.
I hope to have a play with my new goodies that I received last week from the "NEW" summer mini catalogue which is full of fantastic yummy stamp sets, papers and punches, all to be released to customers on the 1st December. Not long to go!!!!
I've also booked my trip to Canberra next year for Stampin' Up's 2009 convention. My OH and I decided that it would be worth my while to go down earlier to be able to fit in a trip to the Australian War Memorial. That is first on my list of must sees. I really want to be able to put a poppy next to my cousin's name on the Roll of Honour. Then because I spent so many years working in banks, I would like to see the Royal Australian Mint. I was very nearly going to stay another day too after convention but decided that my family (including Larry the bird) would be missing me by then. Well I hope they will be. lol I actually enjoyed sussing out the places to stay and printing off maps of where I want to go. There is a Hop on, Hop off day and half day tour available that I think I may do as well, don't know yet. I'll be able to potter around to my hearts content. lol
As well as Canberra, I'm off to Brisbane on the June long weekend for the Scrapbook and Papercraft convention. Air fares at the mo are cheaper than I paid this year so I figured I would book my travel and accomodation and then it would be done and out of the way. All I have to do then is pack and GO!!! Woo Hoo.
Hope I'll be back later today with a card creation depending on how the rest of my day pans out.
Thanks for looking in.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Workshop today

Yes, I know, posts are few and far between. I made three Christmas cards for a workshop which was today. The ladies liked them. I wasn't fussed on the Purely Pomegranate card at first, but it's growing on me all the time.
Season of Joy was the stamp set used with 1 1/4 & 1 3/8 punches. Purely Pomegranate, River Rock and Always Artichoke plus the Purely Pomegranate satin ribbon were the rest of the Stampin' Up products used.
This one used the Dashing DSP with co-ordinating coloured c/s, Read Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla and the stars are punched out of Brushed Gold Metallic c/s using the small star punch.
The greeting is out of the Many Merry Messages set. Added interest is the paper pricking using the mat pack.
I've had a lot of comments on this card and most people say that it is their fav out of the three. I like all three. The inspiration for this one came out of a Dutch magazine. Red gingham ribbon has been threaded through real red eyelets set using the crop-a-dile. The other colours are Confetti White, Real Red, More Mustard and Glorious Green. Greeting and Christmas Tree are out of Season of Joy and stamped with Glorious Green and Archival Black ink.
The Glorious Green piece has been embossed with a cuttlebug folder.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Owls, Champagne and more

Edited to add:
Well three of those cards didn't last long. Sold today!!

I'm back again, this time with my recent cards finished this week. The last one is a wedding card but still needs to be dressed. lol Hope you like them and thanks for looking.