Sunday, August 31, 2008

Been ill again!!

Sorry people, I've been ill again. I have done two Stampin' Up workshops though with wonderful sales so I'm pretty chuffed about that. I'll post the cards that the ladies did for those workshops during the next week.
Every Friday as an escape, I've been going into Mackay to Anne's Stamping and Papercraft with four other friends. The others do a class and Anne's quite happy if I want to do learn something else or join in with what the others are doing. We all have a fabulous time with many many laughs and lots and lots of enabling (encouraging others to buy). rofl. I usually end up staying most of the day and not wanting to leave. lol

For today, I've got some cards to show you that aren't quite finished yet but the main bits are done. At the moment I'm loving stitching and beading on cards also some fancy folding.
This one I think I'm going to have to layer onto another card. It definitely doesn't look finished.
I did this one in a class at Anne's on Friday. I haven't decorated it 'cause it's my sample for future cards. The ribbon and rice beads are so effective.
Another one from my class on Friday. The technique is so simple but looks really good I reckon. I haven't added a gretting, not sure whether I will yet.
The last one from Friday's class. I've wanting to do this fancy folding for ages. I tried at home but didn't quite have the knack. Got it now though and love it. Again I haven't added greetings yet.
I absolutely adore this one. At Anne's on Friday I found this gorgeous tone on tone cream feather paper. I managed to enable Fay and Margaret to buy some too. rofl
Again no greeting as yet, not sure just what I'll do there. The stitching is using a variegated metallic with rice and seed beads.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Happy Thoughts

I've been wanting to try to incorporate 3d pictures with my stamping and other techniques. This is one result.
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Petals & Paisleys, Whisper White
Inks: Adirondack pigment inks, Cool Peri and Lemonade, SU Pretty in pink
Stamps: Think Happy thoughts
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, pretty in pink brad, pretty in pink gingham ribbon, cuttlebug embossing folder swiss dots, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" round and scallop punches, 3d image.
This is a photo of Larry being naughty and knocking over a Prima flower bottle. He just cannot leave this shelf alone if the curtain is up and he can see it. Naughty bird.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Summer Picnic Again

Today was craft day at Ilbilbie. Packed up Leigh's Little Helper all ready and only managed two cards with another one started. I was so disappointed. Oh well, will try again tomorrow. lol
I did sell two cards today. One, the Teabag folded card, and the other is one with the horses from Wanted on it. So that made me feel pretty good.
For some reason, this card just wouldn't work. Took me ages to get it how I envisaged it in the first place. Yeah, I know, there will be some who will say that I still haven't got it right. lol There isn't a greeting on this one on purpose 'cause it's a general overall card. I'll add a verse to the insert to make it a birthday or RAK card.
Stamps: Tart and Tangy, Always
Ink: Real Red, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Summer Picnic DSP
Accessories: Old Olive ribbon, Blooms Die cuts, Photo corner punch, Real Red brad, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" round punches
This one was easier. I love the Cherries.
The cherries were stamped using the ink pads 'cause I forgot to take my markers.
Stamps: Tart and Tangy, A Beautiful Thing
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Bashful Blue
Accessories: A Perfect Day rubons, Blooms Die cuts, Pumpkin Pie ribbon, Old Olive brads, 1 3/8" round punch
Thanks for looking.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Summer Picnic

I managed two cards today. Thanks to Chantelle and her post Mass Production with Designer Papers, these are what I came up with using the DSP called Summer Picnic which are featured in the new Mini catalogue. Stampin' Up rub ons are fantastic to use.

Stamps: A Beautiful thing, Tart & Tangy
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Summer Picnic DSP
Ink: Bashful Blue
Accessories: Real Red brads, Real Red grosgrain ribbon, and out of the new Mini catalogue - A Perfect Day rubons, Blooms die cuts.

Stamps: It's beautiful wheel, Tart & Tangy
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Old Olive, Summer Picnic DSP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Accessories: Real Red brad and grosgrain ribbon, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4"circle punch, A Perfect Day rubbons
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Translucent Gold Butterflies

Today I again finished a card I had started on Friday. I'm not sure about this one, but anyway it's done. The butterflies are Hero Arts and I've stamped them with pink ink and then embossed with Translucent Gold by Judikins. I also did both the brads using the ink and EP and the sentiment.
Thanks for looking.


I started this card at Anne's Stamping and Papercraft on Friday but finished it yesterday. I didn't finish it on Friday at the shop 'cause I wanted to stamp a background on to it. I then embossed the greeting with Judikins Egyptian Gold EP. Very rarely make peel off cards nowadays but I'm pleased with this one. Simple I know. The lantern peeloffs were attached to Washi paper and cut out. The stamp I used on the background is by SU Artfully Asian. The inside greeting is in the same set. The Happy Birthday is by Artee. Gold cord is a retired product from SU.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Bandana Technique

Last year whilst trawling Splitcoast Stampers I came across a site called Technique Junkies. At the time I couldn't afford to join but kept it in mind for future reference. I have now joined Technique Junkies and have already tried out a couple of the techniques. One of them is called Bandana Technique and is currently in the August issue of the newsletter. So last Sunday I spent the day playing and using some of my new stash, distress inks. I also had a play with Alcohol inks and Salted backgrounds. I'll get some cards made with these backgrounds before I put them on my blog.
I was challenged by a friend of mine, Jean, to make a card using the little owl set from Hero Arts that we both own. So I've risen to the challenge combining one of my Bandana technique pieces with the owl. Will it pass Jean? I used the word window punch to punch out a window in the two layers to expose the black then stamped the wording in White Brilliance.
Stamps are by Hero Arts and Stampin' Up.
Cardstock: More Mustard, Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Inks: Distress Inks by Tim Holtz, More Mustard, Archival Ink Black, Brilliance White
Accessories: White Gel Pen, More Mustard ribbon, Old Olive brads.
Here's another Bandana Technique this time without the owl. lol Again I used the word window punch to expose the black cardstock and used white craft ink to stamp the wording.
Stamps: Judikins, Stampin' Up
Cardstock: More Mustard, Old Olive, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Inks: Black Archival, White Craft, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, More Mustard
Accessories: White gel pen, Old Olive brads, More Mustard ribbon.
These last two pics are cards I've received in two swaps I joined. One a technique swap and the other is July's swap for our group.