Wednesday, July 29, 2009

My Secret Sister is so talented....

Here I am again with two more cards that my fantastic Secret Sister has sent to me. Secret Sister, if you are reading this, I think your work is beautiful.

I love the soft colours of this first card and the gorgeous technique to make the butterfly techicoloured. The design of this card is so simple, yet so stunning.

And then I received a bunch of flowers in a pot plant. I had seen these a few times and wondered how they were made. I now know and will endeavour to give them a try one day.

Okay, I will try to include the ingredients, but will probably fail to get it all correct, so my apologies.

Card: Gable Green, Brocade Blue, Glossy White
Ink: Brocade Blue, So Saffron, Pretty In Pink, Handsome Hunter?, Kiwi Kiss, Tango Tangerine, Baja Breeze
DSP: Washington Apple
Punch: Word Window
Ribbon: Bashful Blue 1/2" Striped Grograin
Embellishments: Button Boquet, Rhinestone Brads, Soft Subtles Brad

I am hoping to get some stamping done myself shortly and will endeavour to show you some of my own work.

Till next time, happy stamping

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Gift from my Secret Sister

Well here I am back again after a fantastic weekend with my real sisters lounging on the Gold Coast. Which explains my absence.... I haven't made anything to show you lately, so fortunately my Secret Sister has sent me a gift and a card. I loved the little pouch, which had some WW dessert in it.

My Secret Sister also made me this card, which I think is just adorable....

I am not sure that I know all the sets and papers that are used in these examples, but I will try to work them out.

Card: Whisper White, Glossy White, Purely Pomegranate, Sky Blue,
Ribbon: Riding Hood Red 5/8" striped grosgrain, Pretty In Pink 1/4" grosgrain
Embellishments: Real Red Button (retired), glitter
Stamp sets: Flitting By wheel (retired), Polka Dot Background

I hope I got these all correct. I can't seem to work out the stamp sets on the pouch, which I apologise for, or "you make me smile". So my apologies to my SS for not getting them all right.

Till next time, Happy stamping

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Twisted Christmas

Again I have decided to try and make a card for Marelle's July Christmas challenge. This time I haven't cased the card and have made it up all by myself.

Of course, this didn't turn out as I expected. I was planning on doing a night time christmas tree, but the background stamp ended up looking like snow instead of stars.

I don't seem to be posting as regularly as I would like. I am still making cards and doing workshops and the like, but either it's for my secret sister or you've seen it all before. I will try and make some more new creations soon for you.

Card: Whisper White, Ballet Blue, Sage Shadow, Riding Hood Red
Ink: Sage Shadow, Versamark, Ballet Blue, Not Quite Navy, Blue Bayou (retired)
Tools: Clear embossing powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Brayer, Sponge Daubers
Punch: 1" circle
Stamp sets: Lovely As A Tree, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (retired), Snow Swirled

Till next time, Happy stamping

Friday, July 10, 2009

Getting ready for Christmas - already!

Well hello again. Bubs asleep and the big girl is off with Daddy, so I had a couple of free minutes - couldn't possibly clean as it would be too noisy - lol. So I have got a head start on Christmas. I saw these Christmas cards on my upline, Vicky Dean's, blog and had to case them.

These cards were created using the masking technique. I just punched a couple of 1" circles out of my masking sheet and then held these over my card, while I stamped and sponged.

I love this idea as you don't have to have a heap of Christmas stamps. In fact, aside from the greeting the rest of the card is made using non christmas stamps.

I used my co-ordinating markers to draw the strings for them to hang on. Quite simple!

I'll include all the ingredients together as it would get awfully long to write each one out.

Card: Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Ink: Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Kiwi Kiss, Taken With Teal, Apricot Appeal
Punch: 1" Circle
Stamp sets: Snow Swirled, Priceless, Rustic Rooster, Circle Circus, Always in Bloom Wheel

Till next time, happy stamping...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Totally Illuminated

Well it appears that I have found some more time, amazing as it may be. I saw a some cards on Michelle Le Bretons website and wanted to try something similar. The following cards have been a gradual process that I had decided to do and then every time I started on them I got disturbed or had more pressing projects to make. So they have been sitting in pieces on my desk calling to me to be finished.

I used the crayon resist technique and on the places that I missed I added white with my Signo Gel pen. What a great little pen to have.....

I tried to different ways of applying the ink for the crayon resist. On the Joy and Hope cards, I applied the ink by brayer and with the Cherish and Thanks card, I used my sponge daubers. I liked the brayer effect but found that it was taking the crayon off (which I needed to resist the ink). I guess it's all a learning curve...

Card: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pale Plum
Ink: Staz on Black, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum
Ribbon: Black 1" satin (off the EOY gift from hubbys work) and 1/4" purple grosgrain - non SU
Embellishments: Pretties Kit, Making Memories 5th Avenue Blossoms - non SU
Stamp Set: Illuminations

Monday, July 6, 2009

Just a quick one!

Well I have to go to a birthday party this weekend and time is not readily available, so I have quickly whipped up the following card, using the classic stars jumbo wheel.

It was quite simple. I just ran my wheel diagonally across the card and then coloured in the stars using my bold bright marker pens. I then rolled portions of the wheel onto scrap cardstock and cut out some stars and added them with dimensionals. It was quick and easy and not much brain strain was required, which is good because I have been up since 3.30am.

Card: Soft Sky (retired), Tango Tangerine, Cameo Coral, Old Olive
Ink: Blue Bayou (retired), Not Quite Navy
Punch: Word Window
Stamps: It's your Birthday (retired), Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel

On that note, I am off to bed before I fall asleep here.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Where am I?

Well I wish I could say I was in some exotic location enjoying the wins of the lovely lottery, but alas I am at home. I thought I would just get online and apologise for not posting over the last week.

I have been busy making cards and gifts for my secret sister. Since I don't want her to know who I am, I am not posting them on my site in case she logs on and finds it.

So what is a Secret Sister?

We at the ESAD group have had a group of us decide to join a 3 month challenge. We have provided our details to a wonderful lady, Sonia (not me). Sonia has collected all these details and allocated us with our very own secret sister, who's details were passed on to us. Each month we must send our sister two cards and a 3D item, plus a small gift. At the end of the three months we will reveal who we are to our secret sister.

It is also school holidays up here, so I am spending a bit more time with my lovely children. I intend to get right back into it when the school holidays are over. So please be patient while I am not posting.

Till next time, enjoy....
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