Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mel's Challenge # 13

Mel's Challenge this week is to make a Trifold card, like her sample. It is a triangular trifold card. I first made one these the day I met Mel at a Stamp Camp. Mine is pictured below:

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).
A very cute, different card. I hope you like it.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Nerine's Layout Challenge

I actually had time to make a card for Nerine's Layout Challenge this week. What a great layout!

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!

Is it really Christmas already?

Well, no, it's not but Janet's Corrosive Challenge this week is to make a Christmas card with an animal on it. I don't have many Christmas sets which include animals so this was a real challenge for me. I decided to use Crab and Co (retiring in 2 days!) and this is my card:

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

A Small Gift

I made this small gift for a friend of mine. On the left is a little box I covered with a sleeve and on the right is the card to go with the gift.

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

Corrosive Challenges No 4

This week's challenge theme at Corrosive Challenges was Under the Sea. Not a very easy one for me. I used Ocean Commotion, stamped the angelfish (?) image in Brilliant Blue on Yoyo Yellow. I then stamped the seaweed image in Glorious Green on Bashful Blue. To get the image of the fish facing the other way I inked the stamp then ran my brayer over it to pick up the image and then ran the brayer over the cardstock - an effective way to reverse an image (as long as it fits around the brayer circumference). The base of the card is Brillian Blue, layered with Rose Red. The ribbons are Whisper White grosgrain I dyed Rose Red using a Stampin' Write marker. I have actually layered a sheet of acetate over the Bashful Blue before I added the ribbons to give a fish tank effect (unfortunately, this is not picked up by the camera).

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

Corrosive Challenges No 3

This was my sample for Janet's latest challenge over at Corrosive Challenges - going green! I tried really hard to make an all green card but it just didn't work for me. Instead, I decided to make these gorgeous little handbags - the idea came to me from Karen Robinson on a card I received in a swap. They are made using various SU punches - aren't they just too cute! If you came to my March techniques class you were lucky enough to learn how to make them too.

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

A Journey

Good morning everyone.

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

Another box

I just had to make another little box, this time with a matching Thank you card. This box contained a small hand cream as a Thank you gift for the host of a Mary Kay cosmetics class on Sunday.

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

Corrosive Challenges Design Team

I'm part of it! I still have to pinch myself a bit to make sure it is true. Janet, from Niagara Falls, Canada, asked me to be part of the Design Team for a new challenge blog she has started, Corrosive Challenges. The first challenge was loaded yesterday. It is a sketch challenge.
My contribution is below.

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.