Monday, August 31, 2009

Watering my rose!

Hello and suprise, I am back within a couple of days. I honestly thought that I only updated my blog yesterday, but it appears it was two days ago. Even still I am back in record time.

As promised I am show casing a card, using an apparently foolproof method of watercolouring. I am not 100% happy with the watercolour result, but it still looks good. Perhaps I am a fool!

For this card I used the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. Stampin Up is a wonderful company and I received this stamp set for reaching quite achievable goals in June and July. Although this set wasn't originally on my wish list, I know that I am going to make a lot of stunning cards using these stamps.

I also used our Build-A-Brads in this card, which I think adds matching style. Sometimes it is just impossible to find the right embellishment and with the Build-A-Brads, you can make your own to match your project. It certainly saves a lot of frustration!

Card: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Almost Amethyst, Rose Red
Ink: Versamark
Reinkers: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirrouhette, Tangerine Tango
DSP: Sweet Always
Embellishments: Build-A-Brad, Clear Stampin Emboss Powder, Heat Tool
Punches:Eyelet Border, 1/2" circle
Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral

Next month we have a new special for all customers who spend over $100. Stay tuned to find out more.

Till next time, happy stamping...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

One Sheet Wonders

I know I have been very bad at keeping up to date with this blog. I am so sorry for making you wait. I have been busy working on things for my secret sister. No excuse, I know, but it's the only one I have.

Anyway last week was DH's birthday and of course, I left it to the last minute to do anything. Someone, sorry I can't remember who, had directed me to Mae's Cachet which has templates for doing "One Sheet Wonders" What is a "One Sheet Wonder"? I hear you ask! Well basically it is a piece of cardstock, with many stamps stamped over it and you then cut it up to make a number of different cards. It is quite an effective way of using one piece of card to make a bundle of cards. I think it's fantastic as well, if you don't have much DSP, as you create your own design.

So I quickly whipped up a 'sheet' and cut it up. I decided to try and use Pacific Point, as I don't use it very much at all. I do like the colour but in general find it very BRIGHT. I had just bought the co-ordinating ribbon as well for an extra incentive to use it.

I made two cards using the same sheet for hubby. The first one was from the kids and I had a little accident when stamping "Happy Birthday", so I covered it with the beads. These beads are not SU and were from my friend Julie.

This second card was from me. I loved the way using the same paper you could come up with two completely different cards.

The other fantastic thing about Mae's "One Sheet Wonders" is that you can adapt them to any type of theme you need. My next lot is going to be for Christmas.

Card: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Really Rust
Ribbons: Pacific Point 5/8" striped grosgrain, Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin
Punch: Double Rectangle, 1/2" circle

I am also working on an apparently foolproof method of watercolouring, which I hope to show you next post.

Till next time, happy stamping

Monday, August 17, 2009

Holly's waterfall

I am pleased to say that last week I became an aunt again. I am privileged to have another neice. The only unfortunate thing is that we live in another state, so it may be a while before I get to cuddle her. Anyway I have been trying to come up with a card for her, and haven't had a clue. Yesterday we received some photo's and they inspired me to make this waterfall card for Holly.

This is the first waterfall I have made and I love the idea. It is quite simple and the effect is stunning. Although my camera is a bit lacking at the moment so please excuse the not so good photo's. I got the instructions from Kim Burmeisters Youtube video.

I have used my all time favourite set, Priceless, and added some 'Warm Words' to incorporate feelings I have for babies. Aside from the pull tab ribbon (which isn't SU - sorry) and the curvy verse saying, this card could be used for ladies of any age.

I actually used the Ski Slope DSP from the spring mini, which is supposed to be designed for Christmas. I love the way the way our products are so versatile and can be used in multiple ways.

When I first started with this card, I pulled a peice of Sweet Always DSP out, for the background and started choosing my colours from that. Something weird happened and I didn't like the look and I ended up changing the DSP and most of the colours that I had chosen, so after sampling lots of cardstocks today, it is going to be a challenge to remember exactly what I used.

yway here goes...

Card: Ruby Red, Summer Sun, Gable Green
Ink: Versamark, Regal Rose, Elegant Eggplant
DSP: Ski Slope
Punch: Corner Punch
: Pink Ribbon - non SU, Flower Designer Brads.
Stamp Sets: Priceless, Warm Words, Curvy Verses
Till next time, happy stamping...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Some manly cards

It's getting to that time of year when we have to start thinking about the men in our lives. Well I do anyway, as my hubby's birthday is this month, which is followed closely by Fathers Day. So I thought I'd try and make a couple of cards for men. Unfortunately my husband has seen these in progress, so I will have to make him something else.

I am very happy with the way the words 'beyond measure' from the Totally Tool set fits nicely into the Word Window punch. I love the way, I was able to change the word before it to 'Wonderful'. Obviously there are many different options out there and it's a matter of looking at your stamps in small pieces, so that you are able to make the most of them.

Again I have used two different stamp sets for the wording on this second card. I used my Chocoloate Chip marker to ink up the word 'fabulous' rather than trying to use an ink pad and clean up around the word. I love markers for this reason. Of course, my favourite tool , the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, came out to keep the wording straight.

I used lots of different ingredients for these cards and will list them all together. I am sure you are clever enough to work out which ones are on which card.

Card: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa
Ink: Versamark, Creamy Caramel, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum, Chocolate Chip
Ribbon: Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain
Embellishments: Hodgepodge Hardware, Metallic eyelets (retired)
Punches: Spiral, Word Window, Small Oval
Stamp sets: Totally Tool, Weathered, Wonderful Favourites, Oval All

Till next time, happy stamping...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

1000 hits

Wow, can you believe that my blog has received over 1000 hits. I am gobsmacked. So I would like to say thank you to everyone who has visited my blog. You make it all worthwhile.

Onto my newest card. I have made this card with a very special lady in mind. 'She's a dentist, so I can't show you her face' ...lol... no I haven't even sent this card to her, so I can't disclose to much information, but I will say that she goes out of her way to make everyone else feel special, so I hope that this card can give her a little dose of her own lovely medicine.

This card is made using the new stamp set called Great Friend from the new mini. I think this has got to be one of the best buys available. 5 gorgeous stamps for $31.95 and you'll love every stamp in this set. I don't have the co-ordinating papers yet, but it works well with papers from our current catalogue too.

Card: Rose Red, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouhette
Ink: Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss
DSP: Sweet Always
Punch: 1 3/4" circle
Stamp set: Great Friend

Till next time, happy stamping...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Silver and White Challenge

Well finally I am going to post a card that I have made myself. I am kind of cheating though, because I did it a couple of months ago for a challenge at my local craft shop. I love doing their challenges as they give you some horrible papers to work with and it really makes you think. I did like the materials this time, but seemed to have a hard time putting them together. Eventually I came up with this little beauty.

So as you are aware, not all of the ingredients are SU, but I thought I would show you anyway. The photo doesn't do this card any justice and one day I might get a new camera, as mine is about to stop working. I used my cricut to cut the "&" and word "Forever"

Card: White, silver and patterned - all non SU
Ribbon: White with silver edging - no SU
Punches: Circle, Scallop circle
Tools: Heat gun, embossing powder
Stamps sets: Always, Baroque Motifs

Anyway I have to dash, as I have to wake up baby and get to school for pickup in ten minutes.

Till next time, happy stamping...

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Fathers Day Swaps

A little while ago, I showed you a card that I made for the Fathers Day Swap that a group of ladies were participating in. I have now received my six very nice cards. I couldn't even pick a favourite. I love them all. Now I just need to find six fathers...lol..

Starting from top left and going clockwise the artists are:
Chris Parker-Barnes, Kerri Donsky, Jane Norrish, Narissa Curlis, Tanya Kitto, and last but not least Tina Devlin.

You can click on the highlighted names and go to these wonderful ladies sites to see more of their fantastic work. Unfortunately I don't have the website for the other three.

I feel that I have been very bad lately and not put any of my work up on the site. Unfortunately I have been busy going away on holidays, working, catching up on housework and doing mending and alterations. I have made some more cards, however I can't show you because they are for my Secret Sister.

Till next time, happy stamping...

Saturday, August 1, 2009

2009 Spring Mini has landed....

Hi everyone, after much anticipation the spring mini has finally been released. This mini catalogue goes for four months which is good, because there are so many gorgeous things in here that you will want them all.

I am especially excited about the Scallop Oval Punch and Oval All stamps. They co-ordinate beautifully with the other oval punches in our range. There are divine new Designer Series Papers, which will have you oohing and aahing. We have new buttons and brads, which will give your work a perfect finish. There are stamps sets for everyone. We have a couple of Christmas ones, so you can get in early and start on those cards.

To receive a copy of the new mini please email me.

Till next time , happy stamping....
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