Friday, October 29, 2010

Elephant Punch Art.....

Afternoon stampers,

Today's post is a birthday card made for a friend of mine who will be having her birthday while i'm over in Aussie. And as she lives just up the road from where im staying so i can personally give this to her.
 She is a huge fan of elephants, so i thought i would base my card around this.
After searching through my files with punch art i came across this great wee elephant.
i used the combination of a layout i also found, sorry i cannot remember names, if this is yours let me know so i can link this to you.
After finishing it, it does a little bit too young for a grown women, but i couldn't help myself i love these colours together, i might change the sentiment to age it a little

This will my last post for a week, as im off to the sunny Gold Coast this weekend for five days to relax and have fun oh and visit the many great craft shops over there, all i can say is bring it on... my bags are half empty and ready to go.
So until my next post take care and stay safe...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Just Add Ink 40.........

Morning Stampers,

I can't believe it's been nearly a week since i last blogged, i have had a very busy time trying to finalise things down at our business, the end of month comes around as i leave and any one dealing with business knows this is a busy time for paper work.
 The reason being.....on the weekend i am heading away for 5 days of relaxation over on the Gold Coast, and i don't want to come back to a full in tray of paper work.

Today i had a birthday pressie and card i wanted to do for my favourite local radio announcer.
So working with the colour challenge over at Just Add Ink, 
I decided to make a purse and a matching card. Apart from the sentiment there was no stamping involved
Click here and go on over and have a go.

Here are this weeks fabulous colours i just love this colour combo

The purse is going to be filled with either small soaps of chocolate, i haven't decided which yet

Card/Paper:  Blushing Bride DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Bashfull Blue, Sahara Sand
Stamps: Happy Moments
Ink:  Sahara Sand
Other:  Crimper, SU punches, Twine, Dimensionals, Brads

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lucky Duck....

Morning Stampers,

Well yesterday i started the day off with good intentions, but amazingly one phone call changed all that.

I was nice and comfortable in my craft room, ready to let my mind and soul do nothing but create, until that dreaded call, 
My husband rung and said "um we have problem," so i calmly asked what, "oh not much just you need to meet me up at the hospital as soon as you can get there,"so this set my heart racing, "Don't panic he says"......... Yeah right!, Thank goodness it wasn't him that needed the attention, but unfortunately it was our brand new employee, (this was his second day with us) My husband managed to shut a rear tail gate of a van and slice the end of our workers finger off,  all i can say is ouch ouch ouch. 
He lost about 1/4 inch of the end of his ring finger, and the dedicated worker wanted to come back in today for work, now that is determination.
 I had to sit in the A&E with him for over 2hrs, and as it was a clean cut they just patched him up and sent him home, with a follow up visit to come next week.

After all of that excitement i did manage to get back to my craft room and create/finish a card. This one was a special request for my (lot) younger sister, she has a very good friend who has her 21st next month.
all she gave me was she likes ducks, and she like purple. I even broke out my More Mustard, this is one colour i think i have never used unless in class.

I wanted something a little bit different so it would stand out, so i choose a pop up card 
I really like the card and my water colouring turned out good.

 Card:  Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, More Mustard
Stamps:  Wagon full of fun, So Swirly Roller.
Ink: Versamark, StazOn, Rick Razzleberry
Other: SU Markers, Dazzling Diamonds, SU Punches

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Techno stamper 144

Afternoon Stampers,

I hope everybody out there in blogger land had a great day today, i have had a mixed bag kind of day, at least it wasn't as bad as yesterday.
 You don't realise how good you have things until you loose them, i'm talking about broadband, thanks to the Daughter and her ipod we have gone over our allowance and we still have two weeks to go, so instead of being able to get this all done in a jiffy, it is taking me quite some time, boy dial up is soooo slow

For today's post i decided to have a go at the challenge over at Techno Stamper. As i have a friends son 21st birthday this weekend i thought i would combine the two. here is the challenge sketch.

Here is the card i came up with, again i feel it needs something

I decided to add a sentiment, but im still not happy with the outcome, Oh well you can't win them all

I'm not the best at colouring so i like to use the paper piecing method, as i have done so with this card

CardDSP: So Saffron, Sage Shadow*, Whisper White, Windsor Knot DSP*
Stamp:  Happy moments
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow*
Other:  SU punches, Dimensionals,  SU Markers
* denotes retired items

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tis the season....

Afternoon Stampers,

Well the season is nearly here, and some shops in town are already getting in to the spirit.

And i think by now everybody is making a start on these never ending xmas card lists, i know have been along with a few early requests, so i have been busy doing my cards and also doing the extras.

Today's post is a quick and easy one....... i think i have a bad dose of mondayitist today, not just with creating but with life in general, boy my Aussie getaway coming up next weekend is looking so good, i can't wait. today is just one of those days where even a smile doesn't cut it.

Anyway todays creations are a set of cards i made last week, when i was in the mood for creating and life.

These are bagged up and ready to go out, so excuse the glare.
All of the cards were made using the tree Trimmings Stamp set teamed up with the baroque Motifs set.
The DSP is a retired one called Ski Slope, it has been a favourite one to use for my xmas cards.
All matched up with corresponding card stock and ribbons, i have used a different technique with each decoration on the cards, one with Dazzling Diamonds, one with Crystal Effects and the last one i used my Kindy Glitz.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Just jawing........

Morning stampers,

In a blog last month, i mentioned that i had a busy time for birthdays from September on, today it is a good friend of mine son's birthday, So i know he doesn't read this but anyway happy birthday Dylan.

At the last moment i realised i didn't have a pre-made card to suit a cool kid, so i sat down and in the hurry i was in made a card just for him, and managed to create this one in a very short period of time, and i can say i like the outcome and boy so did he.

This photo was taken before i managed to go and buy the lollies to put in the sweet treat cups, once i did i filled it with red skittles. i also added a "wish big" saying from the Short & Sweet set in the bottom right hand corner

Cardstock:  Basic black, Real Red, Whisper White
Stamps:  Just Jawing, Short & Sweet, Single Skull Xbones stamp
 Ink: Basic Black, Sliver Versamark spot
Other:  Sweet treat cup, SU punches, Dimensionals

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy Birthday to me........

Morning Stampers,

Today's post will be a short one, i have a huge day ahead.
 i just wanted to post the wonderful card my daughter made me for my birthday today, i let her loose in my craft room, while hubby and i attended a movie premiere - Eat, pray love.

My daughter did an amazing job on the card she made me, she just went through everything, then just threw colours together, i just wish i had her creative flair for "throwing" things together, and i really like that this card has a piece of her on it, in the way of the hand drawn letters, 
Alana even did a bit of daubing around the edges

And look at her bow and she says she only tied it once, and wow she even created  layers with the circles.
What more can i say i love it, im a lucky lady

Happy Birthday to me.......


Oh you little Bugger, i have just found this, this is what can happen if you leave your blog signed in,
My darling son left me a little message

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

3D Gifts.....and early Birthday present

Afternoon Stampers,

Last night when i got home from being out at scouts with our daughter, my husband gave me an early Birthday pressie, well it is only one day early, anyway thanks to darling hubby i'm off to the Gold Coast for 5 days to go and relax with some friends i have over there, all expenses paid, including a hire car. 
The family and i lived over there for nearly 10 years, so i have a few friends to catch up with. We have been back home now for just over 2 years, so it will be so great to see them all again.

Today i thought i would share with you the last of the projects we made while at stamp camp.
These projects are all 3D and ideal for gifts and with xmas coming up perfect timing.

There is a great little box in which it will hold anything small or sweet, a really neat little gingerbread house decoration to hang on the tree, a covered note/shopping pad with a matching pen, the little envelope is a lip balm holder, it could be re-sized to fit anything maybe a choc bar, and lastly the item at the back is a really neat idea for a teenagers room/office/ or even the craft room, it is a decorated cork board complete with matching pins,(using shrink plastic). i love all of these projects.

During the weekend we got to play with the new in colours, and i am loving all of them,  the new Awash with flowers Stamp set has moved to my most wanted list.

I have a maybe list and a want list and the things i must have soon go on my most wanted list

Anyway my phone is buzzing, it will be my daughter requiring the services of mum's taxi, 
so i will sign out and see you all tomorrow.
My birthday 
yay for me... not it means im getting closer to 40... and Narelle you don't need to keep reminding me. Your so not Funny!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Just Believe.......

Morning Stampers,

After the wonderful weekend and previous days we have just had, yesterday was so cold, i expected to look outside and see snow around,  this morning is a very cool almost frosty one, but the day ahead looks just grand.

Now yesterday i said i would post some more of the great the projects we made at stamp camp, this one was one i will be making again, it is so pretty,

This project was a card holder and matching cards/envelops, with a touch of Dazzling Diamonds.
By the end of the weekend, there was Dazzling diamonds everywhere, i think Jacque will be cleaning it up for months to come. nearly every thing we made had a touch of bling on it somewhere, even the Women's refuge cards had bling. 

This is the inside with the cards sitting pretty with matching envelops on the other side, the holder is a very simple but effective one to make

 This set is so versatile, and could be made with any stamp set, but at the moment this stamp set would have to be my favourite: 
Just Believe,
 and the new vines and blossoms small roller
This little gift set was made using the some of the new in colours, and i can tell you i am loving all of them.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Busy Busy weekend......

Morning Stampers,

Boy oh boy what a huge weekend.

I spent from Friday night until Sunday Lunch at a stamp camp, with the fun and talented Jacque Pedersen and 15 other great ladies. It was a blast, I met and made some great new stamping friends, and made some fantastic projects, with some great slices/baking to munch on during the days, oh and don't forget the wonderful soup that Jacque made us for lunch on Saturday, it was yummmm

Over the weekend we finished 11 projects/cards. With Saturday being our busiest. Also during the weekend if we had time while we waited for either products to complete projects or for the next project we had a table set up behind us, up to help Jacque create some great Xmas cards for the Womens Refuge, at the end of the weekend there were 100 completed cards. Thanks to the great team work involved.

I had a blast camping out in a freinds of Jacque's apartment, there were three of us ladies who stayed over, and we all were in one room , just like our school camp days. So a big thanks for the company goes to Tracey and to Diana, who also shared the great chatty trip from Hamilton to Auckland and then home again.

As i had alot of Projects to show i thought i would show them to you in groups, todays group is the cards we made.

These four cards used the techniques of Braying, punch art, embossing, sponging, chalking and the list goes on and on.

Then to finish the weekend of on an even bigger high was the family and i went out to see Gin Wigmore live in concert, and what a fantastic and talented lady. We started the night out at the very back of the theatre then just before it all started we were asked if we would like to move right down to the front to the empty seats up there, well duh of course we said yes, and it made the already great night even better.

So now im off to the gym to work off some of those wonderful slices and baking, until tomorrow 
take care.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Just add ink 38

Morning Stampers,

This weekend is one i have been looking foward to for a while now, as this weekend i am attending a stamp camp at the fabulous Jacque Pedersen's place, and it should be a great weekend of creating, fun and laughs, well what else can you expect when a bunch of like minded (crafty) ladies get together for a weekend.

This morning i popped on over to the site Just add ink to see their new challenge for this week, and in support of Australia's Pink Ribbon day, it is
and straight away i had something in mind. 
Click Here to go on over and have a look or even play along

This is such a worthy cause, if you only support a few causes this is one all of us women should get behind, if you think about it i'm sure every one of us knows someone who is or has been affected by this life changing disease.

I didn't add a message as i didn't have one that fitted with this card, i also didn't have any Pink Ribbon, 
so to match up ribbon with the colours used.  i used my bone folder and held down a piece of plain satin ribbon on my Pink Pirouette stamp pad and pulled the ribbon through coating the ribbon in the required colour, then i used my heat tool to dry it, then stuck it to my card using glue dots. 

Card:  Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Stamp:  None used
Ink:  Pink Pirouette - used to colour ribbon
Other:  Glue dots, SU Elegant bouquet E/F, Ribbon, Rhinestones

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mojo Monday 159

Afternoon stampers,

Well this is a quick post, as im off for a bit of pampering, im having my nails done, i haven't had them done in a very long time.

Todays post is for the challenge over at Mojo Monday.

Here is this weeks sketch

 I made another Xmas card, this card has some lovely bling, i love a little bling on the xmas cards, in fact i love bling and Xmas time is a wonderful excuse to break this out

Card:  Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Very vanilla
Stamps:  Short & sweet, Lovely as a Tree
 Ink:  Soft Suede, Basic Black, Versamark
 Other:  Ribbon, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds, SU punches

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Clean & Simple 110

Afternoon stampers,

 I had a great day today, my niece went home yesterday, i love her very much and she behaved very well. 
but boy it is hard to get use to a 4yr old in the house when my youngest was her age 10 years ago. She was lot of fun, with her here i slept as well as she did, i just didn't get the sleep in i'm use to, the beauty of teenagers and school holidays.

But now to the creative side of things.

I have had a very productive afternoon, i sat down and before i knew it i had completed three different cards, which i will post over the next few days or so.

At first glance i thought the new sketch for the clean & simple blog, was just that simple, so i dismissed this for a while, but after looking again and thinking about it, i thought no this one is perfect i have just the idea in mind and the stamp set i wanted to use.

i have used my favourite colour out of the whole range, yes i know it has retired, but i have stocked up on it.
I just adore Green Galore, i find it a fantastic green to use for flower stems as it is such a fresh colour.

Card:  Green Galore*, Basic Grey, Pacific Blue, Whisper White.
Stamps:  Circle Circle, Short & Sweet
Ink:  Green Galore*, Basic Grey, Pacific Point
Other:  SU punches, Dimensionals,

Monday, October 4, 2010

Yet Another Chrismas Sparkle...............

Morning Stampers,

Here we go again it is the start of another week. So far the week looks like it is going to be a good week.

So how did everyone's weekend go, mine was........ well different,  at the moment i have little miss 4 (niece) staying with me, and i can tell you I've forgotten how much work little ones are. She is great to have around but i'm finding i'm just as tired as she is when it comes to bed time, My husband and have had a few laughs with the way in which she see things, as we had forgotten how innocent they can be.

 so i did not manage to get around to creating anything, but today i will post the last of the acetate cards i made late last week. With this one i didn't have any Night of Navy ribbon so i made a piece using my SU markers, to match the just seen back piece.

 Card:  Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Night of Navy.
Stamps:  Snow Swirled
 Ink:  Versamark, White StazOn, Going Grey
Other:  Rhinestones, ribbon, SU markers, White/silver embossing powder, Glue dots, Heat tool.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Another Christmas Sparkle.....

Morning Stampers,

I am sitting here waiting for the time to pass as i am off to a car boot sale, to see if i can get rid of alot...... boy i mean alot of baby clothes.
 I collect almost half a garage full as i was going to open up a second hand quality baby clothes store, but life as it is just got to busy and complicated so i had to give the idea a miss, so now i have all of these clothes to move on.
At least it is not raining, that is a big plus.

Today i have another of the acetate cards i made yesterday. this one im not sure what i think of it, it's a bit plain.

Card: Baja Breeze, Whisper white, Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss*
 Stamps:  Snow swirled, Short & sweet,
 Ink:  Basic Black Versamark, StazOn
Other:  Silver Sparkle embossing powder, Heat tool, Glue Dots, Ribbon, black rhinestone
* denotes retired items

Friday, October 1, 2010

Christmas Sparkle....

Afternoon Stampers,

Today i found some time and decided to make a start on the Christmas cards for this year, and i had better get cracking as i have had a few request to make some special Christmas cards for others to give to their family members this year.

After seeing this fantastic Acetate (window sheets) card over at Debbie Lamb's blog, Click here to go on over and have a look at Debbie's great creations.
 I thought that is what i am going to have a go at today so i came up with three different cards using Acetate (window sheets).

I will post them all over the next few days.

The first one is using my Favourite Xmas colour combinations to date, Certainly Celery and Baja Breeze.

 Card:  Whisper white, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery
Stamps: Lovely as a tree, Snow swirled, Tree trimmings
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Versamark, White stazOn
 Other:  Glue dots, Su Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Silver Embossing powder, heat tool.