Friday, March 28, 2008

I'm just slack!

I know I haven't posted for quite a few days. I have no excuse except to say that I'm slack. I haven't been doing nothing though. Just have a look below.

This is a card I made to give to a friend who has been very supportive whilst Alan is away. The backgound uses the Faux Linen technique. The stamp set is Merci. The colours are Sage Shadow, Barely Banana and Almost Amethyst. I used my Corp-a-dile to set three eyelets across the top.

This card hasn't photographed very well. The colours are Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip. I used the French Flair background stamp and the sentiment is from Carte Postale. I used the DS paper Au Chocolat and cut the round window with the CM Circle template. I think this one is very elegant.

I love Fishy Friends - it is fantastic to water colour. These images where coloured using the Aquapainter and Watercolour Crayons. The sentiment is from Lots of Thought. I thought that the Spot On wheel give the effect of lots of bubbles in the background.

This card also hasn't photographed very well. The colours are Night of Navy and Safe Shadow. I used the Hostess set Rivering for the circles on the right hand side and the spots on the main background. The hearts come from Happy Occasions. To give the card some sparkle I added Dazzling Diamonds to the hearts with a glue pen. I also stamped some spots on the background with glue and added the glitter there too.

I must go and start getting dinner organised - Charis does want to eat - all the time!

Bye for now!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Another Public Holiday!

Monday was another public holiday so I stamped a lot then too.

This card turned out better than I expected. The colours are from the Colour Coach (SU) and the layout was a challenge from SCS.

The colours are base of Sahara Sand with Bravo Burgundy, Brocade Blue, Sage Shadow and More Mustard. The stamp sets are Stem Silhouettes (stamped and embossed white) and So Very.

These 3 cards are based on the same sketch challenge from SCS but they all turned out quite different.

I am getting a second lot of cards ready to send to my husband for our troops in the Middle East. Alan is quite excited by the potential of this little idea of mine, stolen from our friends in the USA. He is trying to get a story into our local weekly paper here and the state daily as well. Who knows where it could lead? I just want to be able to support our troops and have them feel that support, even in this small way.

If you help, please leave a comment so I can be in touch with you.

Bye for now!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Easter stamping

What a great day I had yesterday - stamping all day! I just love public holidays!

These first two cards use the butterfly from the SU Hostess Set Reason to Smile. I really love this butterfly. The one on the left is embosssed with silver and then I added chalk over it to give a subtle colour (which hasn't come out in the photo). The base cardstock is Perfect Plum stamped with the Paisley background. I added a piece of Faux Linen in Perfect Plum on the bottom and the silver organdy ribbon. The image is matted on Pale Plum and Rose Red.
For the card on the right I coloured the stamp with markers in Bordering Blue, Regal Rose, Rose Red and So Saffron. The card base is Bordering Blue. The Regal Rose layer was a scrap from a card posted earlier so it already had the "reverse scallop" cut on it. I then sponged the edges with Regal Rose ink and stamped the flower border which was coloured as per the butterfly using the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to turn the corners. The ribbon is burgundy grosgrain.
The stamp set used in these two cards was SU Winged Things. I stamped the images in Basic Black on Watercolour paper and coloured them using the Aquapainter and Watercolour Crayons. The colours are Cameo Coral, Barely Banana and Certainly Celery. I even got to use my new Crop-a-dile to set the eyelets - how easy is it?!

I have a lot more cards to show you and will be stamping more today with my friend Tammy but I had better stop here for now has Charis wants some help to build a marble track! Thank you Disney Channel!.
Have a great Easter!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Faux Silk Pair

Yes, Nerine, Faux Silk has become my new favourite! Faux Linen is a very close second, though.

I sent off over 50 cards to Alan today so I decided that I had better make some more. It is not too late to get cards to me - we have another week or so before the last package will go - so if you have a good stash or have time over Easter, just let me know.

These two cards were made with 2 of my favourite sets - Merci from SU Sale-A-Bration and Bud Basics from the Summer Mini. I wanted to use soft colours tonight - I must be in a mellow mood.

The colours I've used here are Barely Banana, Green Galore and Bashful Blue, with Whisper White.

The colours in this card are Mellow Moss, Regal Rose, So Saffron and Brocade Blue, with Whisper White. I was really happy with the way the butterfly turned out - it's the first time I have used the Aquapainter to blend two colours of the markers.

On a more personal note, life without Alan is going OK, just OK. Last weekend was difficult - I had to rearrange some commitments because I knew that I wasn't going to be able to cope. However, a very good friend turned up on my doorstep early afternoon with dinner for Charis and I and time to have a coffee and a chat. As her husband arrives home tomorrow, she understood how I felt. I was very grateful!

As it is now after 11pm I must go to bed. Have to get Charis up at 6am so she can be ready for the school bus.


Friday, March 14, 2008

Joyful Birthday

This is a card that my daughter made for her friend's birthday. He is a boy and she spent a lot of time choosing "boy colours". I think it turned out pretty good for a 10 year old - or any age for that matter!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Note of Love

I guess I'm in a pink and plum phase at the moment! n I'm not sure about this card - particularly the background. The background is the Paisley stamped in perfect Plum with the Fauz Linen technique applied over it using Pretty in Pink. The centre stamp is from Merci and the words are from Lots of Thoughts. (All products come from SU).

What do you think? Is it too pink?


Monday, March 10, 2008

Plum Postale

I've had a lot of fun playing with the SU stamp set Carte Postale. This card was very simple. I chose to use the DS paper from SU Enchante for the background. The bird is stamped in Sage Shadow and then masked. The pattern was stamped over the bird in Perfect Plum. This will be one of the cards I am sending for the troops.

Bye for now!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Cards for OUR Troops

If you read the last post, you know that Alan is on deployment with the RAAF. The base he is at has about 180 Australian personnel. Reading the blogs of stampers in the US gave me an idea. My local craft has started making Mothers' Day cards to send over to the unit so everyone there can send a handmade card back home - if you know what I mean.

We already have over 40 cards but we need a lot more. In order to allow time for postage, there and back, I will be sending the cards on April 1st. If you would like to participate in this mission please leave a comment with your email address and I will contact you with all the details.

I'm really excited about this opportunity to give a little bit back to those who give us so much.

What's been happening this week?

I know it has been a week since I last posted. It has been a busy week. On Tuesday night Charis and I farewelled Alan (my husband) as he went on a six-month long deployment with th RAAF. He knows that I don't do well while he is away so he has rung me every night since he left - what a sweetie!

I haven't had much time for stamping until yesterday when I attended Nerine's Techniques Class. One of the techniques she taught us was "Faux Silk". This is a super-easy, very pretty effect. I had a play today (having borrowed Nerine's SU Artfully Asian stamp set for that purpose) and this is what I came up with.

The base of the card is Sage Shadow (my favourite green). I stamped the Cherry Blossom from the Artfully Asian set on to tissue paper, crumpled it up and then glued it onto a pice of Pretty in Pink cardstock. I then stamped the Cherry Blossom again onto watercolour paper and coloured with SU markers - Pretty in Pink and Sage Shadow. The ribbon is from SU's Flirty Ribbon Originals.

It is a very simple card but I really like it. Do you? Let me know.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

I made this card last week for Nerine's challenge. The challenge was to make a birthday card for a boy under 10. The same day she posted the challenge, I found the instructions for this fold on SCS and knew exactly what I was going to do.

Thanks for looking.