Friday, February 28, 2014

Butterflies In A Garden

Good afternoon from a cloudy, sunny day here in Queensland.  Yep, the weather can't make up it's mind.  It's cloudy for a while then the sun comes out, then the clouds are back.  I do hope it rains in the places that are dry and drought stricken.
Onto my card today.  A friend of mine loves butterflies and this was the basis for me making this card for her class this morning.
I chose Meg's Garden papers and fussy cut the butterflies as well as the extra flowers to add dimension. This layer was then added to my base card which is Stampin Up Primrose Petals card stock which was a very good match. On the fence line, Petaloo velvet flowers have been randomly attached to have them peeking out of the fence.  In the top left hand corner, a white pearl flourish covers an otherwise blank space.  A couple of Petaloo velvet leaves, a pretty pink silk bow and another flower nestle in the bottom left corner.  I felt the card needed something else and Jean suggested, a pearl pin with the greeting attached on a Tim Holtz memo pin.  Then over the some of the flowers and butterflies, I spread some Clear Rock Candy distress stickles which gives a lovely subtle sparkle.

Thanks for visiting today and hope you like my card.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Good morning.
I have another class card to show you.   When I first saw the range of Kaisercraft papers called Paradiso, lots of thoughts crossed my mind.  One, that the images looked so much like the photos of the 1970's after being in those sticky photo albums.  Two, that the images were all tropical, beach and totally appropriate for where I live.  Three, that these papers, images, and collectables would make absolutely fantastic cards for the class I teach in Mackay.  I knew the ladies would love them.  So with a view to creating a male class card I came up with this one.   A versatile card I feel, one could use it for a male card or just for someone who likes the beach, water or photography.

The sketch I used is this one from the Cardabilities blog.  I've altered the placement of the elements a bit, only because they seemed to fit better on the card.  The base card is Stampin' Up Early Espresso, then a layer of Stampin' Up Soft Suede.  I layered the image onto retired Stampin' Up River Rock and Blue Bayou.  The words 'beach' and 'escape' are from the Collectables that Kaisercraft put out to match their paper collections.  I love the Paradise sign and the camera which are also from the Collectables range.  The hessian, leaves and shells all add texture and dimension to the card and fit in with the theme of the image.  I've had the greeting 'Another Day In Paradise' for a long time.  It's a stamp by Stamp It in Australia.  Perfect and the ladies were very happy with their cards.

I do apologise for the way some of my cards are photographed.  For my classes, I tend to photograph the card on grid paper so the ladies can easily see where to place images, embellishments and other elements.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog today.  Hope you like my card.
Keep well.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tuesday Morning Sketches #236

Good afternoon everyone.  Craft retreat last weekend was absolutely wonderful.  I had a fantastic time and I'm sure everyone else did too.  Thanks to Kim for organising, once again, an enjoyable weekend.

Onto the card I'm showing today.   This is one of the class cards the ladies will be making tomorrow.  I took all the ingredients to camp and assembled the card and kits down there.   I used this sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.   I did add a few elements not on the sketch, like the doiley, seam binding bow and flowers but I'm pleased with the way the card turned out.   

The papers are two different ones, Stampin' Up Fanfare (retired) and Venetian Romance.  The image was sourced from The Graphics Fairy, which is a wonderful place for vintage images.  I stamped the greeting from Stampin' Up's hostess set, Express Yourself directly onto the image after I printed it on Very Vanilla card stock.  The fabric roses are from Stampin' Up's retired Flower Trim.  They were just right for the end of the Pistachio Pudding panel.   Pretty, pretty pink seam binding for the bow and this I purchased at a shop called Daisy Chain Scrapbooks in Nambour while I was away on the weekend.  For the finishing touches, roses and pearls were added in the corners and near the bow.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Keep well.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Beautiful Memories

Good morning everyone.   This time I'm showing a vintage card I made based on this one by Mona Pendleton.  I used much the same sketch but changed the image and the embellishments.  Thank you so much Mona for sharing your original card.  My card is much smaller than Mona's because unfortunately I don't have a Grand Calibur. 

Onto what I used.....base card is Stampin' Up Very Vanilla then a layer of  So Saffron.  The next layer had me for a while until I remembered to look through some Magnolia papers that I've had for some time.   Yep, I found the perfect colour.  A vanilla which is printed with a lovely tone on tone lace pattern.  The lace is, I think, some Green Tara brand I bought online in Australia.  After cutting it into enough lengths for a class, I went looking to replace it and was very put out when I couldn't find it.  Oh well.  The ladies loved it. lol

The round Spellbinder die is from a set called Stately Circles and the gorgeous Spellbinder die layered on the back of the vintage girl image is from a set called Gold Labels Four.   My girl is one from Pion Design's vintage image sheets.  I cut into a hoarded paper by Inkido Beautiful Memories.  The pretty blue and yellow flowers seem appropriate for the image I used.
To finish off the card and tie in the vintage feel, a feather, leaves, flowers, ribbon and a greeting were added.

Each lady in the class received a different image and they were delighted with their cards.

Yesterday I took in 10 cards to the Tourist Centre.  This morning there are only four left and none of the cards had even been put out on the shelf.  It really is wonderful to know that people like the work I do.
Thanks for visiting today and take care everyone.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Violet Crush Birthday Card

Good afternoon everyone.
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my Gingham Garden card.  Very much appreciated.
I have another card to share.  This is made using the Kaisercraft Violet Crush 6 x 6 paper pad, that Jean very kindly gave me for my birthday.
The card that gave me the inspiration for this one came from Sharon at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

I basically did the same as Sharon with the paper but added different elements.   The green velvet ric rac and green pearls are in Sharon's shop as is the wide wrinkled ribbon.  The butterfly was cut out from one of the papers in the pad.  I stamped the greeting from the Stampin' Up hostess set Express Yourself onto one of the tags in the collectables that match the paper.  This was then layered onto a motif cut from Spellbinders Parisian Motifs.  The little purple flowers were amongst a lovely selection of goodies given to me by a wonderful lady who works at the Tourist Centre in Sarina.  I showed her the card today when I booked it in for sale and Sandy was really chuffed to see them used.
Voila, a lovely pretty card.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Pink Gingham For Sketch N Stash Challenge 131

I'm definitely too late to enter the Sketch N Stash Challenge but this is the card I made from the sketch.  This card will be used for two classes.  

I decided that I wanted to use Sharon's pink gingham ribbon, which I've had in my stash for some time and is just gorgeous.   Stampin' Up's dsp that matches is Gingham Garden, so I built the card around the sketch and the ribbon.   Using Stampin' Up's doileys, I tucked one in behind the pink gingham panel so it is peeking out for added visual interest.  The circle and matching pink lacey circle are Nestabilities.  I stamped the flowers using the new set Petite Petals and matching punch which are in the latest Stampin' Up mini catalogue. The colours used match the Gingham Garden papers and are Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz and of course, Melon Mambo is my pink.  The centres of the flowers are little rhinestones, unfortunately I didn't have enough Candy Dots to use on this card and all the class card kits. All the leaves which are from, you guessed it, Stampin' Up's Little Leaves Sizzlet, have been pinched and bent a little to be more realistic.  The flowers were also balled in the middle with an embossing tool to give a little more dimension.  
One of the hostess sets in this current Stampin' Up catalogue is called Express Yourself and lately it is my go to set for greetings and sentiments.  
The finishing touch is the bow made from pretty pink gingham ribbon.

Hope you like my card and thanks so much for visiting my blog.