Monday, November 17, 2008

Sneak Peak 2

This is my second sneak peak at the stamps set to be released in our Summer Mini Catalogue available 1st December.

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.
The "friend" was stamped in Handsome Hunter on Blush Blossom, punched out with the Lge Oval punch and the edges sponged with Sage Shadow. I then placed a clear Rhinestone brad as the dot on the "i" and adhered the oval with Stampin' Dimensionals.
This card is my entry in the SBS 25 Challenge no 6 - use some bling!
I love this card. The colours are great and the sparkle looks fabulous. I hope you think so too.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Eastern Autumn

This card is my first sneak peak for you all at the Summer
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

Soulology Week 3

I was very late in completing this page. I blame it on being away for work the week it was due and having a very busy week at work this week.

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

SBS25 Challenge 5

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'm back!

I'm back home from my week of training and weekend of partying! By the end of the week, I was glad the training was over. I learned a lot but a week is way long enough! My weekend was spent in Melbourne attending a country picnic race meeting (that's horse race meeting) for my sister's 40th birthday. A fantastic time was had by all!

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 ........

1. Nerine
2. Karen
3. Natasha
4. Melissa
5. Stephanie

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

Simple Delights

Firstly, I must apologise for the quality of these photos. I had to take them using my mobile phone in low light at night in my hotel room! Really, I think they turned out pretty good, all things considered.
I made these 10 cards using the Simple Delights Simply Sent Kit for Stampin' Up. The first card (pictured on its own) and the group on the right were pretty much as per the instructions. However, I had to do some playing and so the group on the left are variations on the top card. I kept the same basic layout but changed the stamping and the orientation. On one of them I even stamped on the twill tape!
I really like these cards, very subtle and simple. The colours are Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip and River Rock. An elegant combination.
I'm going to a meeting tonight so I probably won't post until Thursday night before I catch my flight to Melbourne.
For those of you reading this in Australia, I actually drew the winner of the Melbourne Cup in the sweep at work - I won $120! There's a first time for everything!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

SBS25 Challenge

The SBS25 Challenge for this week was to make a birthday card with only 2 embellishments, extra points to be awarded for using Really Rust, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant and Basic Black. This is my contribution.

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.

Soulology Week 2

Well, I actually completed this week's assignment in time! We had to write a list of 10 Positive Attributes about ourselves and then incorporate them into a layout. I'm not super happy with this page but I'm not sure how to improve it either.
The background is actually Ruby Red (although it has come out considerably brighter than that in the photo). The photograph was taken at lunch at The Empire Hotel in Brunei. Just a gorgeous place looking out over the sea - which is what I am doing in the photo. Think I must have been a little sunburnt!
The photo is mounted on Soft Sky and Blue Bayou. I cut the tree from Close to Cocoa DSP. The leaves are from Bodacious Bouquet and are stamped in Garden Green on Whisper White. After I had adhered them, I wrote my 10 positive attributes using a Chocolate Chip marker. The page title was made using my Sizzix and the Doodle Box alphabet in Blue Bayou and Soft Sky.
Thanks for visiting!