Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
This one CASEs Viv. Her card was a Christmas card with a fabulous Father Christmas face silver-embossed on the front. I don't have any stamps that would look anywhere near as good so I decided to keep the layout and the colours but change everything else. I used one of my Cuttlebug folders to emboss the vellum overlay on the background. I have about 6 of these folders and really don't use them very often at all. Must do something about that. The stamp is from Baroque Motifs and is emblossed in silver on Glossy White cardstock. The base card is also the Glossy White. I wrapped SU Silver and Gold cord (both retired) around the top of the card, or I guesw it could be the side, depending on your perspective. My mum was quite impressed with this card and suggested it would be a great Sympathy card, due to its simplicity and lack of colour. I think she is right.
I had a really hard time choosing just one of Deby's cards to CASE but finally decided on this one. I have to get me the SU set Sassy Stems. I say that to myself everytime I see another great card made using it but I really mean it this time. I only changed 2 things on this card - the stamp (from Oh So Lovely, Hostess Set) and the colour of the bling (Turquoise rhinestone brad). This also turned out really simple and elegant, at least that is what I think.
Well, I haven't finished with this series yet as I think these were CASEs numbered 15 and 16 so that makes 3 more to go. I shall make that my mission today. I don't plan on doing much else today. Yesterday I had the worst case of Hayfever I have every had. That may not sound like much to those of you who are not Hayfever sufferers but constant sneezing and blocked sinuses totally saps your energy. I went to bed at 8pm last night - and still didn't sleep very well. I have sent the rest of the household off to church this morning so I can have some quiet time to myself. Hopefully whatever caused the Hayfever has passed and I can recover today.
Wishing you a relaxing Sunday.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
When we arrived home I decided it was time to stamp! I had already chosen some more cards from my SBS#25 sisters to CASE so here are the next 4.
This one CASEs Kristen. I chose this card - I did change almost everything except the layout and the layers. This is a new stamp set from SU - available until 31st March 2009 in our Summer Mini - A Happy Heart. I took my colour combination from the Berry Bliss DSP - Purely Pomegranate, Close to Cocoa and Pretty in Pink.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
This is the 8th CASE of my SBS#25 sisters - Clara is the lucky one this time. I just love this cute bee card but I didn't have any bee stamps. Also, I was on a roll with using the Afternoon Tea DSP so the above is the result. I love the look of placing the brads through a punched out circle. I'll definitely be doing that one again. The other thing that attracted me to this card was that Clara used the SU scallop border punch - loooove that punch. I even managed to punch the rectangle - just don't look too closely at the bottom.
I hope you like this selection of cards. I won't have any to post tomorrow probably as I have been really tired tonight - it has taken all my energy just to load these photos up - so I haven't stamped tonight. However, after tomorrow, I'm on 1 1/2 weeks holiday so I plan to "Stamp up a Storm".
YOu can see that I changed just about everything except the layout, which I love. This was a bit out of my normal style with all those layers - at least 7 - but I really like the end result, and so does my Mum.
The colours were taken from the DSP (Afternoon Tea) - Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky and Groovy Guava. This is such an elegant colour combo.
The image is from the Hostess set, Oh So Lovely. I stamped the image 3 times in Chocolate Chip and just coloured the the flowers with a white gel pen.
The brads are pewter.
Well, that's it for now. Have to eat my breakfast and get to work. I made 3 more cards yesterday and will hopefully have time to load them this evening.
Have a great day.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
The card is a CASE of Cheri. I did change the colours around a little but what inspired me the most were the snowflakes. I remembered that I have some chipboard snowflakes that I hadn't used yet. Let me tell you, covering this one large snowflake with DSP nearly drove me crazy. Firstly, I drew around it onto the back of the DSP (retired from SU). Then I cut it out - insanity inducing in itself. I applied Tombow Multi-adhesvie our the chipboard and then adhered the DSP - guess what? This snowflake is not symmetrical! Or else my cutting was very bad. I had to trim nearly every straight line in this snowflake - sometimes the DSP and other times the chipboard. It took me ages.
Despite the trials and tribulations, I really like this card - the colour combination especially. The sentiment (which is in the top righthand corner in case you can't see it) is a rub-on - something I don't use very often and whenever I do I wonder why not.
Hope you like this card as much as I do.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
You can see on the close up that I have silver embossed one of the snow flakes from Snow Burst. I used my Crop-a-dile Big Bite to punch the holes in the top sections to thread the ribbon through. These would be great as tree ornaments as the hanger is built in.
I will be placing a few handmade chocolate truffles I have also made tonight using the recipe from Bootybella. Mine don't look exactly like the ones you will see here, but they sure do taste good!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This is my first CASE. I went looking at Susie's blog and found this card.
When you CASE someone's work it is customary to change at least one thing. About the only thing I didn't change (much) was the layout. I changed the colours (More Mustard, Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy and Elegant Eggplant). I made it a Christmas Card. My image is different (Merry Merry stamp set). I added the sentiment circle. And the list goes on. The is the first time I have made a card with this sort of opening and I really like it. Thanks for the great idea Susie!
I'm supposed to
a. post a link to the person who gave me the award (see above)
b. pass it on to 5 others and post links to their blogs
c. visit and comment on their blogs.
I award the Kreativ Blogger award to:
all my SBS25 sisters! I know that is actually 19 blogs not 5 but I just couldn't narrow it down.
You are all mega-inspiring.
Monday, December 15, 2008
This way you can make a tag as long as you like.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Whisper White cardstock, Rose Red DSP, Scallop Border punch, Star punches (large and small), Short & Sweet stamp set, Rose Red ink.
Monday, December 8, 2008
This card qualifies for Mel's Weekly Challenge #3 and SBS25 Challenge #9. Mel's Challenge was a colour cahllenge (Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, Gable Green plus one neutral) and we had to use Dazzling Diamonds or the new SU Chunky Glitter. SBS25 Challenge was to use up some scraps on a card. Here's my card that qualifies for both challenges.
The base cardstock is Elegant Eggplant. I stamped the flower from Season of Joy in Real Red ink on Real Red cardstock (scraps). I then adhered some Red Chunky Glitter in each of the petals using Tombow 2-Way Glue. The flowers were fixed to the base card with Stampin' Dimensionals. The torn Whisper White (a scrap - already torn) was stamped repeatedly with the flourish from Season of Joy in Gable Green. The Yoyo Yellow piece (also a scrap) is stamped with the greeting from Season of Joy in Real Red.
I have spent a lot of time over the weekend making Christmas cards (I sent all the ones I had made to the RAAF Chaplain in the Middle East for distribution to our Aussie troops so they can send cards home for Christmas). I therefore have lots to post over the next few days. So stay tuned.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
The colours don't show up very well in the photo - the base card is Sage Shadow with Night of Navy textured layered on top. The image is stamped in Handsome Hunter on Blush Blossom. Before cutting it out I sponged the image with Sage Shadow using the leftover rubber (the stamp set is die-cut) as a mask. The flower was then cut out and Dazzling Diamonds adhered with a CM glue pen. This rosette is attached to the Blush Blossom layer with Stampin' Dimensionals. A clear Rhinestone brad was added in each corner of this layer before it was adhered to the Night of Navy using Mini Glue Dots.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Mini Catalogue (available 1st December). It uses the set Eastern Blooms and, wait for it, the Hidden Garden Rub-ons. Yes, I have finally begun using Rub-ons. I've decided that they are pretty cool.
The background card is Chocolate Chip stamped with the larger flower from Eastern Blooms in Versamark. The large image is a Rub-on in Chocolate Chip on Creamy Caramel. I layered that on More Mustard textured cardstock. The single flower was stamped in Versamark onto Very Vanilla cardstock and then I used the Poppin' Pastels technique to colour it using our Stampin' Pastels in More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Summer Sun. This was then layered on a scallop circle cut from the More Mustard textured cardstock and a larger circle in Pumpkin Pie. The sentiment is from the same Rub-on set, once again in Chocolate Chip on Creamy Caramel. I used the Corner Rounder to soften it a little.
My aim with this card was to make it masculine whilst still using flowers. I hope I have succeeded.
Stay tuned for another sneak peak at the new Summer Mini products tomorrow.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Anyway, this page is now completed. As you can see, the theme was change. We had to explare ways we had or hadn't changed over time. I have been having a battle with my weight for a number of years now. This photo used to live on my refrigerator as a reminder of how I looked and how I would continue to look if I didn't do something about it. It hasn't worked!
The colour combination I used here was taken from the DSP I used on the chipboard letters for the title - Night of Navy, Rose Red, Old Olive and Taken with Teal. The word "change" on the right and the "swirly-flowery" thing above it are rubons. I have only recently purchased the SU rubons and haven't used them much. However, I think that will change from now on. They are so easy to use and so effective.
Now I need to work on this week's page - Then and Now. This is about how my life may or may not be different to what it used to be. I have some ideas floating around in my head - I just have to put them on paper now!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The SBS25 challenge this week to use 2 different printed papers on your card and to use some sparkle. I hope this card fulfills the challenge.
I made this card for a colleague who is about to go on maternity leave. She does not know the sex of her baby so I steered clear of pink and blue and went for Real Red. The background is rolled with the Nursery Letters wheel in Whisper White.
I then layered a piece of Confetti White on top which has 2 pieces of Summer Picnic DSP in opposite corners and has been wrapped with silver cord (retired - darn!). I adhered the section with Pop Glue Dots. The photo corners were punched from Brushed Silver and the silver stars are from the Nursery Necessities set, stamped in Versamark and embossed with silver EP. The other 2 stars were punched from the opposite DSP.
I quite like this card. It is going to work tomorrow so the other members of our section can sign it. We will be presenting her with this card and a gift (a scrapbook ready to add photos) at a team lunch on Friday. I hope she likes Red!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I have returned home to find that my SBS sister Vanja has given me the following award:
The rules are:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.
So, I've done numbers 1 and 2 so I guess I have to nominate 5 other blogs. Well, the nominees are ........
I'm off to leave a message for my lovely nominees. Hopefully I'll be back in the next couple of days with some more creations.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The base card is Really Rust. I then layered a piece of the Really Rust print from the Apple Cider DSP with some Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon. The sentiment is stamped on Very Vanilla in Basic Black. All the images and sentiment are from the Bold Birthday set.
I stamped the bottom of the cupcake in Really Rust on Very Vanilla and cut it out. The icing was stamped in Versamark on the Very Vanilla and embossed clear. The candle was stamped using Summer Sun and Ruby Red. I then assembled the cake and candle on a piece of Old Olive textured cardstock (love the textured cardstock!). The whole was layered on Elegant Eggplant. I then used some Basic Black brads (my second embellishment) and adhered the image section to the base with Stampin' Dimensionals.
I decided to add some more dimension, so I used Crystal Effects on the candle and flame.
It is my sister's 40th brithday on Friday and I am travelling down to Melbourne to attend her party. This will be her card. I hope she likes it.
I'm not sure how much I will be able to post this coming week as I will be in Darwin attending a training course. I am taking 4 Simply Sent kits with me so I have something to do in the hotel room at night (I couldn't possibly go a whole week without stamping!). Simply Sent kits are fabulous for the truly addicted stamper (me!) when we go away. They are also a great beginners kit as they include everything needed to make 10 or 12 complete cards (except scissors) - stamp set, ink, adhesives, cardstock and envelopes - including instructions! I love them.
Hopefully I'll check in during the week. Have a great week.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
The base of this card is Bashful Blue which I stamped randomly using the tiny snowflake from Short and Sweet in Versamark ink.
The main images are from Hung Up on the Holidays stamped on Whisper White. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the hangers and then extended them using a Stampin' Write Marker. The inks colours are Close to Cocoa and Brocade Blue. I had to add some sparkle (it is a Christmas card after all) so I used my 2-way Glue Pen and Dazzling Daimonds on the patterns on the baubles and the gingerbread man's buttons. This panel was mounted on Close to Cocoa and then adhered in the top left-hand corner of the card base.
The sentiment is from Short and Sweet, stamped in Close to Cocoa on Whisper White and punched with the small oval. I was going to mount it on a Close to Cocoa large oval but that didn't look right so I chose to use the oval frame from the Syled Silver Hodgepodge. The ribbon is Bashful Blue striped grosgrain.
I really like this card - the soft colours really appeal to me at the moment.
Friday, October 24, 2008
I made this gorgeous Christmas decoration following Monica Gale's video on UStamp 08 Holidays. It is really easy and looks great.
If you want to participate in projects like this, just go to http://www.ustamp.blogspot.com/. It is a fabaulous program with heaps of projects. I participated in the first UStamp and then signed up as soon as the Holiday program was released. UStamp uses all Stampin' Up products and the design team consists of a representative from each country/region where SU products are available.
Enjoy your Christmas projects!