Saturday, March 27, 2010

Clean and simple

I love finding simple designs especially when it comes to designing male cards. Clean lines and the right colours work every time. I happened across a design at Clean and Simple Stamping blog. When it came to making the card I had the idea in mind without the sketch and gave it a go. I teamed it with this colour combo from a Spotlight flyer that I liked. My first attempt at matching papers and colours didn't work but ended up being used for the other card I made. It was fun coming up with the different textures and colours. The bonus was taking the card with some goodies delivered by my beautiful boys and hearing that it made their day! Why I love making cards. There is something special in being able to create something for someone. When I have a specific person in mind I can match colour and design to suit.

Colours: ruby red, chocolate chip, only orange, kraft
Stamps: happy birthday (kaisercraft) stripes (own design), leaves
Finishing touches: argyle cuttlebug embossing folder, red embossing powder

Colours: various patterned papers (unknown), kraft
Stamps: happy birthday (kaisercraft)
Finishing touches: argyle cuttlebug embossing folder, copper embossing powder

When things come together

I have been making cards for our kindy to use and sell and I was approached by one of the teachers to make something a little different. They wanted something to give someone to let them know we were thinking of them. I said I would see what I could come up with. That morning a friend told me about a sales table at Spotlight and I managed to sneak in a few minutes before I picked up my son from kindy. I had to dig through to see what was there and happened upon this stamp set and coordinating felt border by Bella! Then found the sentiment stamp. They seemed to fit well. Card sorted

Colours: white, chocolate chip, rose red
Stamps: beautiful things (kaisercraft), bella blvd clear stamps,
Finishing touches: fiskars apron lace border punch, stylized flowers cuttlebug embossing folder, felt border (Bella), dazzling diamonds glitter (SU)

Birthday Card Blitz

I have been having a blitz through my cards and coming birthdays. This card was in the to be made pile from way back. My mum and sister were looking for something to create when they came to stay and we found some challenges to play. These were some of the colours that my sister used and I wanted to make something with the left overs. We used one of the pals paper arts challenges. Because it was so long ago I can't find the sketch. Lots of fun anyway. I made it for a niece and the Pink Cat Studio Lily stamp fitted well.

Colours: only orange, ruby red, handsome hunter, sahara sand
Stamps: dress up lily (PCS), circle of friendship (SU), spiral (hero arts)
Finishing touches: fiskars apron lace border punch, rhinestones red (kaiser)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Back in business

Finally have made some time to get back to what I love. My scrapbooking! Scraptacular event was such a great chance to get reinspired with different ideas. I had organised a few of the boys pages a while ago and I have been itching to try some of the new things. I was certainly a little rusty but once I got going I had lots of fun. The boy pages I picked up at Jackies scrapbooking in Inglewood worked well and I love the Kaiser journalling stamps that I got from spotlight. Thanks to Chris for her demos with felt, I went and got some to try. I even dug out my threads and did some stitching. Click on the photos to see details.

Stamp club challenge

Our challenge for this month was to CASE (copy and share with everyone) a card from the current stampn up catalogue for inspiration. I have always liked the circle circus set but don't have it so picked the journal cover as inspiration to see what I could come up with. As part of my inspiration info at Scraptacular I had out a copy of Habitat from Resene and decided to have a bit of a play with some colour. Interesting what you can come up with given the challenge and a bit of imagination.

Colour: rose red, summer sun, basic black, whisper white
Stamps: polka dot punches, background pieces, friendship blooms, little pieces, live like you mean it
Finishing touches: spiral punch and scallop circle punch (SU), small square punch, argyle cuttlebug embossing folder

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Prize winners

Drawn Friday 19th March at 1.30pm

1st prize - Val S
2nd prize - Logan F
3rd prize - Debra H
These people have been notified

Thank you again to all who kindly donated to Project Samoa Hope.
A significant amount was raised and will go towards rebuilding homes in Samoa

Scraptacular Event Donations

First prize Cuttlebug with Aphabet Die

Second prize - Goody bag from Kaiser crafts

Third prize a Xyron sticker maker and punch
A big thank you to all those who donated to Project Samoa Hope
Stay tuned for the big prize draw. To be drawn tomorrow Friday 19th March at 1.30pm

A big thank you to my helpers

I needed to say a big thank to all the wonderful helpers that I had in organising the Scraptacular Event. Shona, Chris, Pam, Lyn, Jackie, Tamara, Cherie, Sarah, Rachel, and Jordan thanks a bunch. I couldn't have done it without them. So I put together a little thanks in appreciation and recognition of their help. The cards started out with the heart stickers that I have had hiding in my stash for a while. I combined this with the thank you rub ons and had a bit of a play matching up stamps and colours in different ways. Fun!

Colour: kraft and various
Stamps: little pieces, background sampler (SU), spiral (hero arts)
Finishing Touches: quick words rub ons thank you (top line creations), heart stickers (paper studio bubbleabilities), mat pack paper piercer (SU)

Very pleased with this one

I haven't had as much time as I would have liked to get the cards made that I need so I have relished ideas with clean and simple lines . This one is for my DH whose birthday was also this month. I have had this stamp set - Inspired by Nature (SU) for a while and saw this design on Nancy Riley's blog so thought I would give it a go. The paper is one that I had left from what I put into the goody bags at scraptacular and I kept to this palette. It suits him to a tee. When I asked my boys what colour they wanted to make their card for Daddy my oldest replied his favourite colour is brown. It isn't really he just wears mostly neutral colours.

Colours: basic black, going grey, basic grey, chocolate chip
Stamps: inspired by nature (SU)
Finishing touches: vintage brads black (SU), black embossing powder, embossing plate basket weave (fiskars), square punches (Carl) horizontal slit punch (SU)

Birthday Boy

A perfect card for our boy who turned 6 this month. He is a real boy. Into life boots and all. His favourite thing to do is go on adventures. The Billy stamps from Pink Cat Studio work so well with boy cards. There are so many ways to use them. So with all the organising for scraptacular that I have been doing this one came together well. As I was flicking through my stash I came across the paper and added the extra embellishments. I wanted to have a go at the smooshing technique with the cuttlebug where you ink it first with versamark and then emboss. I think I will have to do a bit more experimenting with this one.

Stamps: Billy (PCS)
Finishing Touches: Cuttlebug embossing plate, copper embossing powder, frog brads, boy stickers (7 gypsies), chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon

Friday, March 5, 2010

Scraptacular Event

While a little absent from my blog I have been busy being creative in another way. We are gearing up for a big crop day. We are raising money for a great cause. Our church is sending a team with Project Samoa Hope through Habitat for Humanity to help with rebuilding fale in Samoa.

Scraptacular Event
13th March 2010
10 am - 4 pm
Northpoint Church
Bell Block
New Plymouth

Its going to be lots of fun. The first of its kind in New Plymouth (that I know of anyway). A chance for you to see some of the great opportunities there are in scrapbooking and papercraft in our community. There will be goody bags, spot prizes, challenges, a cuttlebug to raffle, demonstrations and more. Something for beginner to advanced. Come and bring your projects to work on or see whats on offer and something to share for a finger food lunch. Great chance to try it out if you have been looking at getting into this great craft. First 50 registered guaranteed a goody bag. If you absolutely can't make it but want to join in the fun you can. You need to be in the New Plymouth region. Email me at for details.

Come along and support this great cause. You can come for a play or stay all day. And stay tuned for what we get up to.


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