Monday, April 15, 2013

Stamp Club Challenge - April

With Mother's Day approaching the challenge for this month was to inspire with a Mother's Day card.

My last order arrived with goodies from the Sale-a-bration so I decided to use them to have a play for this challenge.  A little bit different.  A lot of fun.

Colours:  old olive, not quite navy, tangerine tango, white
Stamps: lots of thoughts (SU), hello (PTI)
Finishing Touches: hello die and hexagon die cover plate (PTI), DSP, ribbon and button - sycamore street and scallop square punch (SU), stitching, washi tape.

Scrappin Patch April Challenge

The challenge for this month at Scrappin Patch is using a sketch from Page Maps.

I have had these photos for some time.  I had put together a kit with different summer/beach themed papers and embellishments.  The photo fit well with the story behind the quote 'there is never enough time to do all the nothing you want'  I love the 7gyspies page stickers.  They add the extra little details that you need to finish of the page without overdoing it.  I am looking forward to getting all the photos from this holiday scrapped.  Sometimes it just takes a bit to get started.

Challenge Me Happy #43

I went looking for a challenge and found one at Challenge Me Happy.  

My pages usually start with a photo.  Being out numbered by boys I dug into my photos.  Nice to do something girly for a change.  Once I had gathered up the bits and pieces I thought I would use, I started laying down the layers that I wanted.  The fun was in putting together the embellishments.  I especially enjoyed getting back to stitching on my layouts.

I often think that 'if I only knew in the past what I know now'.  An important reminder.  Whoever you are be you.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dear Lizzy

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A big thanks to my big sister who went halves in this great set of papers  from Elizabeth KartchnerDear Lizzy: 5th and Frolic.  I decided to have a play and make a set of cards to add to my stash.  I love doing something girly for a change from the boy zone that we have going on at our place.  It was the perfect go to for a baby shower that I am going to.  I added a sentiment and it was ready to go with the goodies for the mum to be.

Colours:  sahara sand, baja breeze, pink pirouette
Stamps:  n/a
Finishing touches: seam binding ribbon, basic pearls and flower trim (SU), stitching


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A while ago I was looking for some inspiration for cards and I chose a great colour combo from a pin on Pinterest.  With my new chevron embossing folder it came together well.

Colours:  sahara sand, tangerine tango, wild wasabi, tempting turquoise
Stamps:  background basics - chevron stripes, banner builders and wonderful words additions (PTI)
Finishing touches: chevron embossing folder (SU), button, charcoal baker's twine (the twinery), wonderful words die

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

CASEing my ideas book

With lots of birthday's in March my stash of cards needs topping up. I have a collection of my favourites from catalogues and magazines that I often use for inspiration.

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This one is almost an exact replica from a sample in the Stampin Up Ideas Catalogue.  I have heard it said that it is hard to copy something when you don't have all the same supplies or tools.  That is a lot of the challenge for me.  How much I can recreate using what I have.  Sometimes it is just the colour combo or the layout and other times I substitute the images.
Colours:  old olive, chocolate chip, bashful blue, white, cherry cobbler
Stamps: wise owl (PTI), lots of spots (CDS)
Finishing touches:  circle cutters (CM), brad, grosgrain ribbon and spiral punch (SU)

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Here is another idea from the Stampin Up Ideas Catalogue.  I had a similar stamp and changed out the colours a little.
Colours:  baja breeze, cherry cobbler, not quite navy, white
Stamps:  itty bitty bits (SU), stylish sentiments - birthday(PTI)
Finishing touches: circle punches (SU), ribbon

Sign Inspiration

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I get a lot of inspiration from signs, especially when it comes to male cards.  I use both colours and design to put together cards.  The words from stylish sentiments - birthday from Papertrey Ink worked really well to give the different wording.

Colours: pumpkin pie, white, black
Stamps: stylish sentiments and vintage labels (PTI), itty bitty banners (SU)
Finishing touches:  bitty banners framelits die (SU), black and apricot embossing powder

On this note

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As we wind up the birthday's for the year in our house (yes all 6 of us have our birthdays over these last four months), the last is my oldest son who is turning 11.  He is doing well with his piano lessons so when I saw this card on Pinterest by Holly McMillan for Stamp Simply Ribbon Store,  I had to have a go at making one for him.  A shame it isn't linked to the original post.  I can see the importance of having a watermark on photos and why it is important to pin images correctly so they link to the post that they are in. To pin -  be sure you have clicked on the post title before pinning.  This links it back directly to the post and not the image or the blog home page.

Colours: baja breeze, early espresso, white, black
Stamps: sheet music (kaiser), God's gift (elzybells)
Finishing touches: corner rounder (SU), distressing tool (TH), victorian rectangle die (couture creations ), buttons
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