Hopefully it won't take another two months to get another post done!
Monday, 8 December 2008
Hopefully it won't take another two months to get another post done!
Thursday, 2 October 2008
What is actually after the Congratulations on the gift card is a surprise ... if you're coming to one of my workshops this month I've spoiled the surprise a wee bit, but not totally ...
Stamps: Scribble This
Card Stock: Soft Sky, Old Olive, Vanilla
Inks: Old Olive, Soft Sky (for watercolouring and stamping)
Extras: Old Olive Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Snail, Fall Flowers DSP, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter
As I got the camera out to take a photo of the gift cards I noticed my kids, plus my two nephews all outside in deep discussion, I tried to get a quiet photo of them all ... ha!! Definitely wishful thinking ...
Two leaped up and away leaving four ...
... here is one of the escapees, sheesh - who'd have thought having your photo taken was that bad! ... and the other one disappeared around the back of the house. So much for a nice extended family "moment".
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Basic Grey, Real Red
Others: Stampin' Write Markers, Rub-Ons, Half Pearls from Pretties set, 11/4" punch, Scallop punch, white gel pen, corner rounder punch, snail, dimensionals, Summer Picnic DSP
Then the sketch challenge - SCS Sketch Challenge 195
I picked out the cherry paper from the Summer Picnic DSP for this and worked from there - pretty self-explanatory I think. I liked this one too!
Cardstock: Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Real Red
Extras: Stampin' Write Markers, Bashful Blue Ribbon, Rub-Ons, Summer Picnic DSP, 11/38" punch, scallop punch, snail, dimensionals
I also started another project over the weekend, and carried on with it yesterday - I'm going to have to ignore it screaming at me to be finished while I work on workshops over the next couple of days, but it's looking really good - I'm looking forward to showing it off ...
Today, my 12yo personal trainer is nagging at me to do that walk I was supposed to do yesterday (making cards is SO much more fun), so the two girls are going to hop on their bikes and come along too - lets hope that horrible rain holds off!
Monday, 29 September 2008
Card Stock: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise
Extras: DSP Old Olive, Very Vanilla Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Snail, Dimensional Dots
Next up - SplitCoastStampers Sketch Challenge 194
I have no idea what I was doing when I cut the card for this, but I cut it the wrong size - duh! So the sketch isn't quite the same as it should be - its shorter and squatter ;) I stuck with the Old Olive Designer Paper as I already had it out - checked out my faithful colour wheel and picked out the Elegant Eggplant to go with it.
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Extras: Old Olive DSP, Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Snail.
and lastly, the KwernerDesign Colour Inspiration No. 23
I had to finish this up yesterday - and it was a very quick one! I'd been enjoying the sunshine up in Levin while watching our 12yo play soccer - left David at home digging out a new vege garden with the girls helping him, I reckon I got the better deal ;) Anyway, I knew it was going to be difficult to fit so many colours onto one card, with such large images! So I used the rock and roll method to use a couple of colours on the petals and the middle of the flower ... and used the Old Olive DSP, again!
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla
Inks: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Bravo Burgundy
Extras: Old Olive DSP, Old Olive Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Snail
Now, if you're lucky I'll have the usual Tuesday post after some creating this afternoon! It's school holidays which for me = more time, not nearly the usual running around!
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
This week I used the very popular Priceless stamp set - this is one of the Free Wheelin' Bundle specials this month - and is proving very popular with my customers, the So Swirly wheel is so versitle!
First up, the KwernerDesign Challenge -Once again, there was one colour that was a challenge to fit in - the Bravo Burgundy - I love the other colours in combination together, but the Burgundy just didn't want to fit. I broke into my Pretties Kit - I'm trying to make myself use all my lovely goodies, I'm terrible at not wanting to waste things, and then never using them (which is even more of a waste!). I coloured the flowers with my marker pens - love the way they came out.
Card Stock: Soft Sky, Regal Rose, Bravo Burgundy and Rose Red
Ink: Soft Sky, Rose Red, Bravo Burgundy
Extras: Stampin' Write Markers, Flowers from Pretty Kit, Half Pearl from Pretty Kit, Corner Rounder, Snail, Dimensionals
Next up, the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch - Sketch Challenge Number 193
Because I'd pulled out the colours for the Kwerner Design Challenge, I stayed with those (minus the Burgundy! LOL). This is my favourite of the three cards, must be something about the sketches, it was my favourite last week too.
Card Stock: Soft Sky, Regal Rose, Whisper White and Rose Red
Ink: Soft Sky, Rose Red, Regal Rose
Extras: Stampin' Write Markers, Rose Red DSP, Ribbon Originals (last years), Snail, Dimensionals
Then lastly, the Splitcoast Stampers Colour Challenge 183Challenge
Hmmmm, Read Red, Green Galore and Going Grey. Definitely not colours I use a lot, in fact Green Galore and Going Grey are both stamp pads I don't have, obviously never been on my "must have" list ... and plenty of the Green Galore card left over from the packs of Bold Brights ;) - but that's what it is all about, the challenge! Definitely not a card I'm in love with though, it was very rushed - it was almost time to put dinner on, and getting one to gym at 6.30pm (don't you hate that timing, do you quickly do dinner first, or write it off early and have it late ... the dilemmas of a Mum eh?).
Anyway - one of my ever faithful layouts, the good old strip with a bit added on -
Card Stock: Real Red, Going Grey, Green Galore
Ink: Real Red
Extras: Snail, Corner Rounder
Righty, time to do the never ending grocery shopping ... although we're down two big eaters this week as they are away at school ski camp - means I get to make "normal" size meals this week!
Happy stamping :)
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
I found putting the turquoise blue into this really hard! I think it came out okay :) I used the Popping Pastels method, one that has never been a favourite of mine - but with the heart, it is perfect, just made for it really!
Stamp Sets: Always
Card Stock: Turquoise Blue, Old Olive, Rose Red, Regal Rose and Wisper White
Inks: Old Olive, Versamark
Extras: Silver Hodge Podge, Snail, Rose Red DP, Dimensional Dots, corner punch
Love this one, I picked out the Certain Celery DP because I had it sitting on my desk waiting to be used, then picked the Ballet Blue from my pile of A5 leftovers, just because I liked the look of them together - no technical method at all! Used Popping Pastels again for the heart and added the Not Quite Navy just to make it pop, along with the matching ribbon.
Stamp Sets: Always
Card Stock: Ballet Blue, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Inks: Not Quite Navy, Ballet Blue and Versamark
Extras: Snail, Dimensional Dots, Pastels, Certain Celery Ribbon, Certain Celery DP
Splitcoast Stampers Colour Challenge - Monochromatic
Okay, I have to admit, I read the latest colour challenge, monochromatic, and thought maybe I should cheat and use the week before - but no, I'm going to do this right - its all about challenge, right? As it turns out, I really like the way this turned out! I have stamped the bird into versamark and then into the Basic Grey and then clear embossed it to make it stand out more.
Stamp Sets: Always
Card Stock: Basic Grey, Going Grey
Inks: Versamark, Basic Grey
Extras: Snail, Dimensional Dots, sponges
So there you have it, tune in next week to see if I manage two weeks in a row!!
Friday, 5 September 2008
Sunday, 31 August 2008
This was pretty simple, I knew I wanted to use all black with an accent bright colour and just moved from there. I don't have any black embossing powder (and forgot to order it AGAIN in my last order ... oh well, any excuse to put in another one I suppose!), so I used clear - it came out pretty well. I've also embossed the orange butterfly, again with clear embossing powder.
Monday, 16 June 2008
I took a close-up of the embellishments, I love how they turned out - and I'm loving that scallop punch, I thought it was just a trendy "must have fuss", but I caved in and got one, and really couldn't do without it - it is so versitile!
Cardstock and Ink: Real Red, Summer Sun and Taken with Teal
DSP: Not SU, from my pile!
Stamp Sets: Seeing Spots, Big Deal Alphabet
Other: Glue stick, Snail, Dimensionals, 11/4" punch, Scallop punch, Corner Rounder punch, Photo Corner Punch, Rhinestone Brads.
Thursday, 8 May 2008
I took the photo this morning while all the kids were actually there (doesn't seem to happen that often these days!) ... Charlotte (the youngest) wasn't happy because it was drizzling and she hadn't been awake long ... but she managed to sort of smile!
Anyway - I bought the frames from Farmers, there was only one of the one I really preferred (the bigger "box"), but anyone who knows my MIL knows that I won't be too worried that her one is in the smaller, not quite what I was looking for, frame! LOL
I've been dying to try the rub-ons, so I rubbed some onto the front glass of one, and the frame of the other - they're great!
Stamps: Stem Silhouettes
DP: Old Olive
Card Stock: Night of Navy, Old Olive
Other: Rub-ons, Brads, Dimensional Dots, Vanilla Wide Grosgrain Ribbon
(I'll come back and edit the proper names, I'm at work and forgot my catalogue!)
Oh - and the quote says "Family is like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts" - that was pretty appropriate for our lot!
Our 16 (nearly 17)yo has been going out with a lovely girl (Rebecca) for a whole year - yesterday was their one year anniversary! (that's a long time in 15/16yo land, I'm sure). Anyway, not only has Rebecca really settled our David down and made him a much nicer boy (well, he was always nice, but he was definitely "missing" something and she has filled that gap). So anyway, not only is she the best thing for him ... but she scrapbooks too! What more could a mother ask for? LOL
She surprised him with an album for their one year anniversary, and it is just lovely :) These are just a sampling, each page has a quote and a picture of them, so so sweet!
Isn't she clever? ... and yeah, no SU! in there - she has got some SU! stamps ... might need to have a wee chat to her ... LOLOL
Friday, 18 April 2008
Stamp Sets: Looks like Spring, Life Definitions, Rough Edges Mini Alphabet
Designer Paper: Spring Flowers
Card Stock: Whisper White, Old Olive, So Saffron and Pretty in Pink
Ink: Old Olive, So Saffron and Pretty in Pink
Other: Spring Flower Bouquet punch, Round Punch, Snail, Eyelets, Crop-a-Dile
Don't forget my great special - 10% off your order if you host a workshop, on top of the other wonderful Hostess gifts!
Talk to you all soon ...
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
Sunday, 24 February 2008
Cardstock: Pixie Pink, Turquoise Blue, Whisper White
DP: Non SU
Ribbon: Light Pink Organdy
Stamp Set: All Year Cheer II
We had our usual Saturday morning yesterday, well, lets be honest, we had our usual busy week before that too!
I got home from watching Cameron's cricket at about 12.30, to find that we'd had a power problem with the computer/TV ... tried to sort that out, fed the kids ... and then "eeeeeek", had about 15min before Rhiannon was due at a Birthday party for two of her friends, and I hadn't made cards yet! ... so with some quick (*shhhhhh* Big Red Shed) Designer Paper, and the wonderful SU card, that always has a match for any paper, I made two very quick cards ... probably quicker (and cheaper!), than racing down to the shops, buying two cards, and coming home again :)
Look out for an email newsletter - I'm going to have some fun classes available and ready for you to book into!
Friday, 8 February 2008
I made these for my door prize gifts this month ... nice and easy, and a lovely little gift.
Tiny Takeout Boxes
Jumbo Wheel: Leaves a la Carte
Jumbo Wheel Ink Cartridge: Olive Green
Stamp Set: Carte Postale
Ink pad: Perfect Plum
White Grosgrain Ribbon
White gel pen
Before putting the boxes together I have rolled the Leaves a la Carte roller over the box, then highlighted parts of the stamping with the white gel pen (one of my favourite looks right now!). I've then put the boxes together, using a brad to hold the sides together. I've then stamped the Carte Postale image onto white card with Perfect Plum ink and punched it out with the square punch and put a brad through the middle, and then adhered it to the box with a dimensional dot. I made the tags using Perfect Plum ink again, I've stamped the squiggle once onto scrap paper and then onto the tag so it is slightly lighter, and then stamped "Mon Amie" over the top of that, and then sponged the tag. Lastly I've rolled the Leaves a la Carte over the Perfect Plum ink pad, and then rolled that over the white ribbon. I've then filled the boxes with chocolates and tied them up (... and hidden them!).
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
Friday, 4 January 2008
Cardstock – Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac and Whisper White
DSP – Petals & Paisleys
Ink – Basic Black (Stamp-pad)
Accessories – Stampin’ Write Markers (Tempting Turquoise and Lovely Lilac), Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL
(Sketch from Splitcoast Stampers)
Tuesday, 1 January 2008
Your Friendship Makes my Heart Happy
Whisper White and Lovely Lilac card and ink
Sale-a-Bration "Friendship Blooms" Stamp Set
Flowers are stamped with Lovely Lilac ink, and then I've used an aqua painter with the LL ink (caught in the top tray of the ink pad) to shade in the stark whiteness of the flowers.
Once again, best wishes to you and yours for a healthy, happy and safe 2008 :)