Saturday, 31 January 2009

Inkspirations - Colour Challenge # 3 and Sketch # 3

I combined these two (too late to be linked, again ;)) - It's certainly a card that took longer to put together than my usual rushed creations, and I'm not sure I really like it ... but it is what it is :) Funny enough the kids seemed to like it and they're usually pretty honest! I've used the Punch set from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue and Ginger Blossom DSP from the Summer Catalogue plus a few other bits and pieces. It's certainly a lot busier than I prefer my cards to look!

Friday, 30 January 2009

Kwernerdesign Colour Inspiration #39

Yep! Very late!

This was another one of those really quick cards ... I really wanted to try these colours and wasn't really sure what to do with them ... this isn't really what I had pictured but it kind of fell together, so I went with it. It's another small 4x4" card, I've used Petal Prints (once again, because it was out from doing a previous challenge), I went with the Green Galore and Black for the main colours and just added flowers with the other two colours. Pretty small and easy card, really!

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Mojo Monday Week 71

Love this sketch, I can see me using this again! I actually did this card pretty quickly, I had the stamp set out from using it for the pots the other day, and realised I had a couple of cut and coloured images so decided to take the quick road and use one of those. I'm a very a**l centred kind of gal, so I'm not sure I like that the small square makes my image look non-centred, but I think that might just be me!

I've used the lovely Afternoon Tea paper - love love this set of papers. The blues didn't exactly match what I used to colour the flowers in, but that's okay. Once again, I think most of it self explanatory - the card used is Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Confetti White.

I'm just about to try and set up the other two cards I've made for a couple of other challenges (way to late for them to be offically linked to their appropriate challenges!) to publish over the next couple of days - about the only way I'll have any hope of keeping my blog reasonably updated!

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Inkspirations Inspiration Challenge #3

Yep, still enjoying those challenges. I did another couple of Makeesha's yesterday, but I will take photos and post those tomorrow - they have both missed the deadline, as I have with the Kwerner Challenge this week, but I plan to give that a go too - it's been a busy week, including being away at Waiterere Beach for a few days which was lovely, lots of sunshine and lots of relaxing!

Anyway, on to the challenge - I had a look at this in the morning, then went off on my bike to do my deliveries for a few hours so had some time to think about it! This is pretty much what I envisioned, which is always a bonus. The brown is supposed to look like a window with the flowers sitting on the window sill, I'm not sure I totally captured that idea.

The flowerpots are the pot of the Bloomin' Beautiful stampset, I used my black marker to colour the part of the stamp I wanted, and then used the journaling end to draw in the top of the pots ... I've never claimed to be a great drawer, so don't look too close ;) I then used old faithful Petal Prints for the flowers, I stamped them with Stazon on to Confetti White card and then watercoloured them in Real Red, Blue Bayou and Sage Shadow, trying to capture the colours from the Inspiration picture. I backed the window with Summer Sun card which hopefully captured the little bit of brightness peeking through at the back of the Inspiration picture.

I'm pretty pleased with this one - it took a couple of hours, so not one I'd want to make multiples of or use for my Stamp a Stack classes! But lots of fun :)

Check back tomorrow for the card I made using both Makeesha's colour challenge and sketch challenge!

Oh, and you can find Makeesha's blog here - it is one of my favourites, I love her Make it Monday, and the way she comes up with a few versions of each idea.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

A lovely creating Saturday

First up - one of the challenges I printed out sometime during the week, I'm going to try and keep up with a few of these this year, they make me leave my comfort zone and also keep my blog moving and updated more regularly! Having said that, reality has hit a bit this week, back to work, back to planning workshops and events, back to my biking delivery job ... and back to not a lot of spare time!

First up, Mojo Monday, a first time for me with one of these sketches!

The Time Flies stamp set from the Summer Catalogue caught my eye straight away, I'm on my bike quite a bit and just had to have it! Of course, this is the first time I've actually inked it, although it has been sitting on my craft table pleading with me to use it for quite a while ;) In restrospect looking at the card as a photo, I probably should have used black around the bike image and the wheels - too late now, I had to hand cut the big circles, so they're probably not as exact as I'd like! Also used up some of the red/cream papers from the Dashing series, this was always the sheet I had left at the end of the pack (and believe me I used quite a few packs of this paper before Christmas!). Rest is pretty much self explanatory, I watercoloured the bike using my Stampin' Write markers and aqua pen.

Next up - a thank you to Keryn first, I hadn't really taken any notice of this template/idea on the demo website until I saw hers made up, this afternoon I gave it a go - wow! What a lovely easy way to package a wee gift - I used my Boho Backgrounds set, and based the colours on the Berry Bliss papers. Also realised I only have a few sheets of this left *gasp* I'm going to have to stock up before it probably retires at the end of March!

As usual, thanks for looking ... I'm hoping this updating carries on beyond the school holidays (two weeks to go, they're going by wayyyyy too fast!).

Friday, 16 January 2009

Kwernerdesign Colour Inspiration #38

This was a very quick one - I know I'm busy tomorrow, and had about half an hour before I needed to get ready for work this morning, so I did a very quick card using my faithful Scribble This stampset - still one of my favourites!

All the white has been embossed and I finally used one of the felt flowers, I think for last two challenges I've pulled them out wanting to use them, but they just haven't been right - this time!

I think everything else is pretty self-explanatory :)

Now, the next photo probably should go into a separate post, but I uploaded both quickly before I left for work - and now I'm at work and I'm not sure I can pull it out and put it on to a separate post without losing it, probably - but it all seems too hard!
This is Miss Charlotte - I walk into the family room (aka my craft area which is slowly taking over more and more space ...).
Me: What are you doing?
Charlotte: Watching TV
Me: Why don't you sit on the couch (something I say often, believe me)
Charlotte: It's comfortable like this!
Sheesh if I sat like that I probably wouldn't be able to walk for a week! LOL
I thought it would make quite a good scrapbook page ... so keep checking back ...

Friday, 9 January 2009

Kwernerdesign Colour Inspiration #37

This one was made much easier for me today, as I'd already been working with a couple of the colours on something else yesterday, so just kept the same papers out! Love these colours, and love the way my attempt turned out. I finally had time to ink and use one of the Sale-A-Bration sets, I don't have the matching flower punch, but they're pretty easy to cut out :)

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Designer Paper: Petals and Paisley and Bali Breeze
Stamp Set: Polka Dot Punches (SAB)
Other: Rub-Ons, SNAIL, Dimensional Dots, Scallop Edge Punch, Earth Elements Brads
Wow! Two challenges, two weeks in a row ... can she keep it up???

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Bali Breeze = Hippy?

Happy New Year!!

My biggest resolution this year is to make resolutions, set goals to reach them and then plan those goals. One of those goals is to keep a Gratitude Journal. Now, I tried very hard to bring the rest of the family on board ... I had them with thinking positively, but when I started talking about gratitude breeding positivity, positivity bringing good things ... they started calling me a Hippy - oh well, I'll do the family gratitude recording, and I'll keep annoying them by asking what they are grateful for ;)

So, my husband passed on a company diary to me, and I had already decided to cover it - my family are calling it my "Hippy Diary" ... so Hippy Diary it is! The photo isn't the greatest, it's nighttime and the flash reflected on the modge podge covering - but you get the general idea. I'll cover my business diary next - maybe in something a little less bright :)

Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie
DSP: Bali Breeze (Summer Catalogue)
Stamp Set: Friendly Flowers (Summer Catalogue)
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise Ribbon. 1 1/4" round punch
Non SU: Modge Podge, Hippy Alphabet and Cuttlebug
I hope everyone else is enjoying their summer break. We've done a lot of nothing, which has been very very nice. I think Cameron is back to cricket practice next week, but otherwise we don't have a lot else on for a few weeks. I'm definitely taking the time to enjoy it - before I know it, it will be back to school and insane busyiness!!
Take care -

Kwernerdesign Colour Challenge No. 36

Short and sweet - Design Challenge, the joys of being on holiday, I actually have time to do it, AND do it on time! Thanks Kristina!

Cardstock: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Live Your Dream
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, DSP Rose Red, Stampin' Writers Old Olive, Rose Red and Pretty in Pink and Stampin' Glitter
Thanks for looking! More of an update to come in the next post :)