Monday, October 26, 2009

Scrapbooking Update

Despite scrapbooking being my first love it seems to always take a back seat with the cards that need to be made. But I finally had a chance to get back to the pages I had planned. It makes it easier when the packs are sorted as I can sit down and get straight into creating. Being out of it for some time I have been blog hopping to find some inspiration and check out the new styles so I can refine my own style and exactly what I want to get across in my work. I discovered Melanie Louettes site and have drawn inspiration from her simple layouts and clean lines. I enjoyed working with a different style. The embellishments I used are from the billy stamps from Pink Cat Studio. They finished it well.

A Special Page

A very special page indeed. When someone passes away the photos you have, especially with your children, are very precious. I chose to use the Heidi Grace Orchard Scrapbooking kit as many of the sentiments fitted and the colours worked well with the photos that I had. It also meant that it took very little time as it was all done ready to use. No stamping required.

Using the Scraps

I had finished making a card for a birthday party that my son was off to and going to put the leftovers into the bag to be put away as I usually do when I had one of those light bulb moments. I had several pieces of paper that I hadn't used because they weren't quite right and thought how because they worked well with other pieces I had in the bag I should use them up. I have been meaning to make some more thank you cards for kindy to use so it was the perfect fit. Once I started of course it was hard to stop. A simple layout, an effective result.

Clockwise from left
Colours: baja breeze, brown
Papers: metro collection(Wall street), Simply chic (American crafts)
Stamps: lots of thoughts (SU)
Finishing Touches: 5/8" grosgrain ribbon-bajaj breeze and square scallop punch (SU)
, buttons

Colours: kiwi kiss, so saffron
Paper: patterned (unknown), wild daisy (Heidi Grace)
Stamps: lots of thoughts (SU)
Finishing Touches: 5/8" grosgrain ribbon-kiwi kiss and square scallp punch (SU), buttons

Colours: bravo burgundy, brocade blue
Paper: patterned (unknown)
Stamp: circle of friendship(SU)
Finishing Touches: 1/4" grosgrain ribbon-brocade blue and circle scallop punch (SU), buttons

Colours: choc chip, pink pirouettte, regal rose
Papers: patterned (unknown)
Stamps: circle of friendship (SU), background stripes (own design)
Finishing Touches: 1/4" grosgrain ribbon-choc chip and circle scallop punch (SU), buttons


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Baby Cards

My DH asked if I could make some cards for people at work for gifts from their social club. There have been several babies born over the last few months so I have had a chance to create something special for them. I just love the patchpal stamps from Clear Dollar Stamps. They make great baby cards. Combined with different sentiments stamps there are so many different things you can do. I always take up the challenge to do something girly as well.

Colour: pink pirouette, regal rose
Stamps: patchpal giraffe (CDS),
alphabet stamps and congrats stamp (unknown), in the stars (SU)
Paper: various patterned papers, corrugated card
Finishing Touches: pink cotton, black and white embossing powders, pink glitter, pink ribbon

Colour: bashful blue, so saffron, certainly celery, white
Stamps: patchpal puppy (CDS), in the stars (SU)
Paper: designer series paper
Finishing Touches: blue cotton, copper embossing powder

Colour: white, rosered, lovely lilac, pink(bazzil)
Stamps: Dress up Lily (PCS), natural beauty, baroque motifs and circle of friendship (SU)
Finishing Touches: cuttlebug embossing folder-stylized flowers, hodgepodge hardware (SU), pink ribbon, rhinestones, black embossing powder, dazzling diamonds

Been meaning to post

I haven't had a chance to post over the last weeks as the first weeks back in the term are always hectic getting back into routine. I have been busy in my scrapbooking space and completed some layouts and cards. Most of my cards have been for birthdays so I can't spoil the suprise. Here is one I made for a friend. I hadn't made any using my Klutz paper fashion kit for a while and I had fun combining it with the Heidi Grace Chipboard pieces.

Colours: Blush Blossom, Baja Breeze, White
Stamps: Basic Font (Fiskars)
Finishing Touches: Cuttlebug embossing plate -argyle, Heidi Grace chipboard alphabet and borders and tags, Klutz paper fashions kit

Friday, October 9, 2009

Scrapbooking update

I said I would keep you posted on the progress with my scrapbooking pages. Well I started a couple more while out at a friends for our monthly craft night catch up. Thank goodness for my Revolutionize layout kits because I didn't have a chance to sort much but they were all ready to go. I just had to add a few extras to finish them off. I was especially pleased with how the chef turned out on my Panpakes layout. I used my Billy stamps and accessories from Pink Cat Studio. Since then I have been back onto cards. Now that I am up to date with the birthdays I will get back into my pages again.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mojo Monday

Here is my take on this weeks Mojo Monday challenge. I have used the sketch to create a card for our stamp club challenge for this month. We had to make a card using Psalm 23:2 as inspiration 'he makes me lie down in green pastures he leads me by still waters. I put together different sets and had a play with my All in the family set and stamp a ma jig (SU) to get the person lying down.

Colours: Baja breeze, Chocolate chip, Pale plum, Old olive, Garden Green
Stamps: All in the Family, Boho Backgrounds, Background Sampler (SU) and Blown Over (CDS)
Finishing Touches: Striped grosgrain ribbon, 1/4 inch gross grain ribbon, vintage brads, black embossing powder

Stamp club challenge

Our challenge for this month was to create a card using complimentary primary colours. I picked blue and orange to have a go at a card that I found on Ellen Hutsons site by Debbie Olsen. Using different stamps and effects I was quite pleased with the result. It looks better IRL

Colours: Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango
Stamps: Sanded and Lots of Thoughts (SU)
Finishing Touches: Hodgepodge Hardware star brad, vintage brads, copper embossing powder, orange cotton

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Cards for Boys

Having four boys I tend to create more ideas for boy cards and pages. This is a card I created using my Gizmos and Gears stamp set from Lizzie Anne Designs. I started with the colours in the patterned paper as a base and went from there.

Colours: only orange, garden green, cream
Stamps: gizmos and gears (LAD)
Paper: striped patterned paper (Reminisce)
Finishing Touches: orange ric rac ribbon, black embossing powder, cuttlebug embossing folder-spots and dots, buttons, linen thread(SU)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Back into scrapbooking

After spending a night sorting my pages using my Revolutionize Page Layout kit I am back into creating layouts. It has certainly been far too long. I am looking forward to getting these pages done. Will keep you posted on the progress

First Challenge

Sketches are a great way to get you started. This is my first attempt at one of the many online challenges that are on offer called Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. I have used a stamp set from Clear Dollar Stamps called Sometimes Your the Bug and the accessory sets. It is a favourite as I always wanted a VW but this is probably about the closest I will get to owning one.
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