Thursday, September 3, 2009
Last night I had a night to myself so I played with one of the new Christmas sets in the Spring 09 Mini Catalogue - Season's Surfin'. I just had to buy this set - I love the images - they are perfect for watercolouring. The first card is very non-traditional Christmas colours - Real Red and Brilliant Blue. I didn't set out to use these colours, they just came out of my watercolouring. I stamped the image on watercolour paper using Black Staz-On ink. I coloured the images using an Aquapainter and Watercolour Wonder crayons. The line of gold brads along the bottom was inspired by the yellow Christmas lights around the jet-ski.
This palm tree Christmas tree is just so cute! I coloured it very simply with Gorgeous Green leaves and Close to Cocoa trunk (Aquapainter and Watercolour Wonder crayons as above). I decided this one should be more traditional colours so the base is Gorgeous Green and the images are mounted on Real Red. I just had to put the greeting on an angle - it didn't look right straight!
I hope that this inspires you to get a start on your Christmas cards too. It is never too early, you know.
PS Sorry about the fuzzy photos - I couldn't get them any clearer than this.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
These cards use the background created with the Shaving Cream technique (ink colours Baja Breeze and Pacific Point) and the stamp set - Unchartered Territory. As Father's Day in Australia is this coming Sunday I challenged myself to use the Shaving Cream technique on cards for men. The top card adds texture to the edges of the Pacific Point mats using the distressing tool from the SU Cutter Kit. I used Paper Piecing for the lighthouse and cliff on the second card. I was really pleased with these two cards and so were the ladies at the workshop.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
This card used a technique I had wanted to use for a while - bleaching. The Hippo was black embossed on Kiwi Kiss cardstock and then bleached was applied using a paintbrush. I was thrilled with the effect - the Kiwi Kiss turned to So Saffron. The "balloon" has Dazzlin' Diamonds over the Pumpkin Pie heart for some bling.
I have been playing with the new sets from the Australia/NZ Spring Mini Catalogue so I'll have some more creations to show you soon.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I decided to play along with Janet's Corrosive Challenge this week. It was an inspiration challenge.
This is the inspiration picture. I just love the colours in the clothes and hair of these dolls. However, I was having trouble with a layout so I decided to use Janet's Corrosive Challenge 21 which was a sketch challenge.This got my mojo going again! And here is the result.
The colours are Elegant Eggplant for the base card, Ballet Blue, Pixie Pink, Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink. The image and sentiment are from Crazy for Cupcakes. I really love this card! I hope Janet doesn't mind that I moved the sentiment.
Stay tuned for more creations from a Stamp Camp I helped with in July.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Please accept my apologies for not posting during April (I can't believe it has been a whole month). I have been very busy with work and getting ready for our US holdiay - which begins tonight! I will definitely be off-line for the next 3 weeks but pleased check back at the end of the month when I return - hopefully full of energy and suffering withdrawals after 3 weeks without stamping!
Bye for now.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I used one of the new sets from the new catalogue with this card too. I used some retiring colours in this project, just for one last look. The base cardstock is Ruby Red. I layered the inside with Groovy Guava and River Rock (2 of the In Colours that finish up today). The DSP is from the Ginger Blossom pack (also retiring today). The image on the outside was stamped on Watercolour Paper and coloured with a Cameo Coral Stampin' Write marker, blended with an Aquapainter. This was layered the same as the inside piece. The ribbon is the double-stitched grosgrain in Groovy Guava (yes, also finishing up today).
Monday, March 30, 2009
I have used one of the new sets from the new catalogue. The card base is Mellow Moss. I stamped this image on Watercolour Paper and coloured it using an Aquapainter and Classic Ink pads (Bravo Burgundy and Handsome Hunter). It is layered on a piece of Handsome Hunter which was then torn along one side. The 3 brads are from the Rich Regals pack. The ribbon is Bravo Burgundy wide grosgrain.
This card is now on its way to my Aunt who turns 70 this week. Happy Birthday Aunty Dorothy!
The base is Real Red, layered with Whisper White and then Real Red again (original heh?). I stamped the images on Whisper White with Black Staz-On and coloured then using a Blender Pen and Stampin' Pastels. I then cut out all the images and mounted them using Stampin' Dimensionals. A very simple card but effective.
Come back and visit tonight for a sneak peak at one of the sets in the new catalogue.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The gift sleeve is made from Rose Red cardstock with a Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon tied around it. The heart is from the Priceless set and is stamped in Rose Red on Blush Blossom textured cardstock. I cut it out and mounted it on Basic Black before using Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere it to the sleeve.
The card is a Whisper White love note. I stamped the swirl from Priceless twice in Rose Red. The heart is as per the gift.
I know my friend really liked this little gift. What do you think?
Monday, March 23, 2009
We attended a Fortieth Birthday Party on Saturday for 2 members of my husband's gold club, one of whom is also a friend of our family. We had a great night. Above are the cards I made for the 2 gentlemen in question. The Back Nine is a retired SU set but it is the only golf related set I have so I had to use it. It do love - it colours so well.
This card was for Hank. I really love how easy it is to colour this image.
I had the design for this card in my head all last week so it went together really easily. I just had to stamp 4 golf bags as the recipient (Stu) was turning forty. I made the inside of each card the same :
My husband appreciated both these cards as much as the recipients.
Monday, March 16, 2009
The main colour in this card is green - Certainly Celery. The accent colours are Apricot Appeal, Lavendar Lace and Blush Blossom - courteousy of the Colour Coach, of course.
I really enjoy making these little handbags - so great for embellishments on cards or scrapbook pages.
I have just placed my Demonstrator pre-order for the new Idea Book and Catalogue and some of the new products! I'm getting very excited as the launch is only 2 weeks away! I can't wait to get that lovely new catalogue in my hands.
If you would like to get a copy of the new IBC as soon as it is released, all you need to do is register for my April Techniqes Class. We will be playing with stamp sets from the new IBC, along with the new In-Colours, using some "Faux" techniques - faux linen, faux stitching and faux silk. These techniques will add a special touch to all your projects so I'm sure you won't want to miss out. The class is on Sunday 5th April at 1.30pm. The cost is only $20 and includes a copy of the new IBC! What a bargain. Registration is essential so just click on the email link on the right to send me an email if you want to use one of the limited places.
That's it for now. See you next time.
Monday, March 9, 2009
I have just 2 quick comments this morning:
1. I have reached my first weightloss goal - to weigh less than 90 kgs. As of this morning my weight is 89.1 kgs. This is the first time I have weighed less than 90 kgs in a lot of years.
2. I am posting early this morning as at 7am I get on a small plane to fly to an Aboriginal Community on the Gulf of Carpentaria. I will be there until Friday afternoon. Please accept my apologies for not posting until next weekend - I know that there is mobile phone covereage and internet access but I can't take a lot of luggage with me on the plane so no stamping equipment can go! :( How will I survive?
When I get home on Friday I know I'll have to stamp so look out for some projects next weekend.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The box was made using Groovy Guava, Blush Blossom and Cameo Coral cardstock. The stamp is from the Polka Dot Punches from the soon-to-finish Summer Mini Catalogue. I used a Very Vanilla Love Note for the card.
Thanks for visiting. See you next time.
Monday, March 2, 2009
I'm not sure why I chose to make it a masculine card except I don't make them very often and I love the set from our Summer Mini, For Father. I stamped the toolbox image using Black Stazon on Watercolour paper and coloured it using and Aquapainter and Watercolour Wonder crayons. It was mounted on So Saffron and then Old Olive. The base card is Bordering Blue, stamped with the Lots of Dots Jumbo Wheel. The sentiment is from Congratluations, stamped in Close to Cocoa on a scrap of Watercolour paper. The ribbon is Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. I made the faux brads to be like nails on either side of the sentiment by punching circles of Close to Cocoa cardstock, adhering them in place with a glue pen and covering them with Crystal Effects.
Why don't you go an visit Corrosive Challenges and check out what the rest of team have done.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The design of this box is by Michelle, an SU demo in NZ who was part of the Design Team for the latest UStamp. Isn't it cute? The stamp is from the Brocade Basics set. I used Wild Wasabi cardstock and ink, Whisper White cardstock and Close to Cocoa DSP. The ribbon is striped grosgrain in Wild Wasabi. This whole project went together in about 20 minutes. Gotta luv that!
Well, I hope I'll be back with another project tomorrow.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I hope that they like this set.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I will be planning a Stamp Camp later in the year (maybe April) and we will be completing projects like this one so if you are in Katherine NT and would like to be kept informed of details, just let me know.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Just a short post today but it is time to leave for work. See you next time.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday Sketchers sketch # 37. Again I stuck with colours from one colour family - this time Earth Elements. I used Sassy Stems again! The flowers are coloured using Watercolour Wonder crayons and an Aquapainter with Summer Sun, More Mustard and Pumpkin Pie. I traced the flower stems with Old Olive and then coloured the vase very lightly with Not Quite Navy. The base cardstock is Not Quite Navy. I used Pumpkin Pie DSP from the Bali Breeze pack for the bottom half. Over that is More Mustard textured cardstock. The ribbon is Old Olive 5/8' grosgrain. The image is mounted on Old Olive cardstock with Stampin' Dimensionals. The buttons are from the SU Earth Elements buttons mix. I tied a small piece of Linen thread through them before adhering them with Crystal Effects.
Whew, what a productive afternoon! You know, I might just keep going into the night. I cooked a very good steak for dinner tonight and becuase I cooked I don't have to wash up! Look out for more creations tomorrow!
This is the sketch from Leslie for January. Below is the card I made.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The challenge is to go to your My Pictures folder, select the 6th folder and then the 6th photo within that folder. You are then to post that photo on your blog and give the story behind it.
This is the photo:
Yes, that is me, belly dancing! Not much of a story really - this was our end of year "dance". I really enjoyed belly dancing but haven't been able to keep it up since we moved as there is no teacher here. By the way, the top I am wearing was hand-beaded by me! Pretty clever aren't I! It took ages and I haven't done any more beadwork like it since.
I am supposed to pass this challenge on to 6 other people:
and there I run out of people I know in blogland who haven't already participated so 4 it will have to be.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
There are some great embellishments, 2 oversize clothes pegs just begging to be decorated, a pack of alphabet on chipboard and another of alphabet brads, a scallop rectangle punch and an SU stamp set which I didn't previously have! How lucky am I!?! Thank you Janet so much. You are awesome!
Below is the card that came in the box with the candy. Just beautiful. Once again, thank you Janet for all the hard work you do with our group. I really appreciate it.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I used this weeks Sketch and Stash Challenge card layout - I just made a mirror image.
I didn't have an appropriate sentiment for an acceptance but decided that Thanks (this one from Live Your Dreams) was close enough.
I hope that my friends like this card. I'm not really sure. What do you think?
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The base cardstock is Soft Sky textured. I used Afternoon Tea DSP (my favourite) mounted on Chocolate Chip for the horizontal panels. The image is stamped on Whisper White textured cardstock and mounted on Chocolate Chip.
I got over excited with setting the eyelets using my Crop-a-dile (what would I do without it?) and set eight when the sketch only called for 4. Oh well. The horizontal panels are connected with Copper thread (retired).
The sentiment is stamped in Chocolate Chip on Whisper White textured cardstock and punched with the large oval punch. I then mounted it on Groovy Guava textured cardstock and handcut around it.The flowers are punched from Groovy Guava textured cardstock using the Three for You punch. The centres are brads from the Soft Subtles set.
I really like this card. But then, I love anything made with the Afternoon Tea DSP.
The card is for 2 challenges - my SBS group challenge to use an unusual colour combination and a Sale-A-Bration challenge for a swap I am part of.
The colour combination is Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi and Pumpkin Pie! Very unusual.
I used the Polka Dot Punches set - one of the free sets you can choose from when you spend $100 or more with me in January or Febraury. I also used Congrats which can only be obtained the same way.
The base cardstock is Bashful Blue. I stamped the heart from Polka Dot Punches in Pumpkin Pie classic ink on Whisper White. For the sponged heart, I used the waste rubber left when I was mounting the stamp set as a stencil and sponged with Wild Wasabi classic ink on Whisper White cardstock. The sentiment is stamped in Pumpkin Pie and Bashbul Blue on Whisper White.
The DSP is, what else, from the Afternoon Tea pack. Everything was adhered with SNAIL except the Pumpkin Pie heart for which I used Stampin' Dimensionals.
I really like this card too. It will probably go to friends whose wedding is on February 14 - yes, Valentine's Day.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
I found out about this new challenge site from one of my SBS sisters (I'm sorry, I can't remember which one).
The Sketch and Stash Challenge provides you with a sketch and challenges you to use just what you have in your stash (new or old). What a great idea!
I pulled out the I Like it a Latte stamp set. I have had it for a while but haven't used it much. Once I had decided what the image was going to be the rest was easy.
I just had to use warm colours so I chose Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla (for the ribbon) and Confetti Cream. Such warm, yummy colours!
I clear embossed the cup in Close to Cocoa. The steam was stamped in Creamy Caramel on top. The foam/cream on top of the cup was stamped in Creamy Caramel on Whisper White and then cut out and adhered on top of the cup.
The small heart was stamped in Ruby Red (another yummy, warm colour) on Whisper White, cut out and then layered on a Creamy Caramel circle.
I layered the main image on Creamy Caramel and then adhered it with Stampin' Dimensionals onto the Close to Cocoa textured base card.
The sentiment was stamped in Close to Cocoa on Confetti Cream and punched out with the Designer Label punch (I wanted to use the tab punch but it was just a little bit small).
This card makes me want to curl up in front of an open fire with my hands warming around a steaming mug of cocoa or coffee. Unfortunately, I don't live in the right climate for that! Oh well, I just have to dream!
ETA: Thanks Debby for asking about Crystal Effects. Yes, I did use it over the cream on the coffee and the red heart. I clean forgot to mention it.
I used Certainly Celery textured cardstock for the base. the quarter circles are Rose Red cardstock on Rose Red DSP. They were cut as circles with my CM templates then cut into quarters.
The central image is from Pretty Princess set. I stamped it using Staz-On Black on Whisper White cardstock and coloured it using my SU Markers (Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery). This was layered on the Rose Red DSP.
The flowers are from the SU Pretties Kit. They all come white but I coloured these with an SU Marker in Barely Banana. Some bling was needed so I added the pink rhinestone brads.
I think that this card would be perfect for any little Princesses birthday.