Sunday, February 14, 2010

What I got up to in class

Well the boys are back in school so why can't I. I have been organising a scrapbooking fundraiser at our church and as a result have come into contact with the lovely Lyn from Lyn's Scrapbooking Studio. As we hadn't met already I jumped at the chance to be included in a class that she was running even though it was very last minute. And look at the result! I had lots of fun. Have I mentioned that I like trying something different. I think this is my first official off the page project. I am even inspired to get on to the projects that I have waiting to be done. We made a photo album and four cards using one of the Kaiser craft kits. The goodies included the photo album covers, papers, brads, bling, pearls and rub ons. Lots to play with.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Three cards in one night

After not spending time at my craft space for a while, I made the most of the evening I had to create three cards. This time I wanted to try a couple of things that I had seen. A monochromatic colour scheme that I saw on Shelleys blog and the embossing resist that I have seen on inspired papertrey ink and done a little differently before.

colours: pacific point. bashful blue
Stamps: natural beauty, lots of thoughts
Finishing touches: silver hodgepodge hardware, pacific point striped grosgrain ribbon and clear embossing powder, sponge daubers (SU)

Something girly

Another birthday card for a good friend who moved down the line. Three girls all share a birthday week and our second children were all born within the same week as well. A bit of a change from the other card that I made. This one was a technique that I had seen on hero arts blog using slots to tuck the embellishments through. They have some gorgeous examples of work to be inspired by. For more check them out here
Colours: chocolate chip, sahara sand, rose red
Patterned paper: unknown
Stamps: friendly words, boho backgrounds, lots of thoughts
Finishing touches: pink ribbon, flowers, brad, daisy punch

Something a bit different

It is funny just what does inspire you. I have several cards to make in the next couple of months. I always enjoy something different. Jo I hope your birthday is fab! Thanks for your card it is fun sharing our birthday week. Hope this one brightens your day.

This card is definetely not my usual style. There are no stamps apart from the sentiment and it was simple to do. I happened to be relaxing in the spa at the local swimming pool after the boys swimming lessons and took closer note of the colours and patterns that are up on the wall. I intended to use these same colours (yellow, lime and red) as I have been trying to get inspired to use my bright colours a bit more. They looked great on the white. Once I sat down to get creating the purple seemed to sit better. Finding the eyelets that I had tucked away was a bonus. I did faux stitching with the white signo gel pen but will have to have a go at real stitching and some different designs

Colours: white, green galore, elegant eggplant, yo yo yellow
Stamps: birthday whimsy
Finishing touches: chipboard, arrows (cut on cricut), sun eyelets, white signo gel pen (SU)

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge Update

It is always exciting getting messages. After finishing some things I had to do, despite the late hour I thought I would pop on to my blog to see whether anyone had been to visit. Very exciting to see that I had messages to say that I had won this weeks Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. So hopping over I had to see for myself and yes there it was..... my card!
If you haven't already be sure to check out Karen's blog here. She has gorgeous cards and super sketches to play along with.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 55

Here is my take on this weeks Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 55. It is for a little guy who is turning 2 next week. I was very inspired by the card that Karen has made and I have been itching to try out the new stamps that I got from Clear Dollar Stamps so I made some time to get this one done. Having decided on the stamps I thought it would come together easily. Was I wrong. I just couldn't get the patterned paper I had chosen to work. So using a little kiwi ingenuity I made my own using a set of stripe stamps that I had made from scraps of rubber. Voila! just the right colours and pattern. One little monster from the Monster Mash set wasn't enough so I gave him some friends. I think I am going to enjoy this set.

Colours: kraft, riding hood red, tangerine tango, glorious green
Stamps: monster mash and lots of spots (CDS), lines (own design)
Finishing touches: spiral punch (SU) spots and dots embossing folder (cuttlebug), red buttons, paper piercer

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My first wedding card

I have been making cards for my husbands social club at work. So far I have made baby cards so this one was a bit different especially as it is my first wedding card. I was a little stumped at first as I didn't have many stamps to work with. I started out with a flowery, glittery idea but then came across an old favourite the VW bug from Clear Dollar Stamps. So I went with something different and a lot of fun. I had to add an insert so they could all sign it. It worked well though with the way the card unfolds which I realise you can't really see in the picture. I hope they enjoy it as much as I did making it.

Colours: elegant eggplant, almost amethyst, white, so saffron
Stamps: in the bug, bugs and kisses, sometimes you're the bug, story time alpha (CDS)
Finishing touches: blossoms embossing plate (fiskars), with love borders embossing folder (cuttloebug), black embossing powder, daisy punch, white tissue paper, silver hodgepodge hardware (SU), silver rhinestones

For the birthday boy

I managed to sneak a bit of time in the busy school holidays to make a card for my son's fourth birthday. While catching up on blogs I found a great link on Mel Stampz site for different shaped cards. I just loved the magnet skater Ian as it is a stamp that is on my wish list. So I had a go at my own version with stamps that I have. I thought it turned out pretty well for a first attempt with the time that I had. Usually the card is passed aside for the present but this one was played with a bit first. He enjoyed it almost as much as the present we got him, his new wheels.

Colours: gloriuos green, basic grey, going grey, black
Stamps: dress up billy (pink cat studio), birthday whimsy and sanded (SU)
Finishing Touches: fiba tape, vintage brads (SU)
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