Sunday, September 28, 2008

Finally Some Traditional Christmas Colours

Now that I have the blues out of my system, here is a card in the traditional colours I like.

The set once again is Crazy for Christmas. I stamped each of the images and coloured them in using Real Red and Glorious Green ink pads with the Blender Pens. I then punched out a section of each with the 1 1/4" circle punch. I used the 1 3/4" circle punch to punch out the "windows" in the Real Red card. This is mounted on Old Olive card. To create a little extra effect I have punched a half circle from the corners and used silver brads in each corner. The words are stamped in Basic Black on Whisper White and mounted on Old Olive. Once again I punched off the corners. Add some silver cord or ribbon and the card is finished. This one was a little more fiddly but worth it, I think.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

'Tis the Season

This is another Christmas card created over the past few months. Funnily enough I am a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas and always go for red, green and white but the past two cards have been in blues. Don't worry my fellow traditionalists there are some other samples coming up soon.

This card was created from two sets from the Sring Mini Catalogue. (If you don't have one yet, send me an email and I will get one to you). The words are from Sweet Serendipity which has some beautiful sayings which cover many occassions. The snowflake is from Seasons of Joy which is another fabulous set.

The colours are Bashful Blue, Brushed Silver and Whisper White. The images are stamped with Versamark and embossed with silver embossing powder.

I know that snowflakes are not really our thing in Australia but this is a great card for anyone with relatives overseas that have a white Christmas.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Christmas Card Sample

Since July one class a month has been dedicated to making Christmas cards. Hopefully this will make everyones Christmas a little less stressful and has given people ideas to go off and mass produce. Unfortunately I haven't started my cards yet so the plan is to get some made these holidays.

This is a card that we made a few months ago and one of my customers requested that I put it up on my blog, so here goes.

The set is Crazy For Christmas and the colours are Night of Navy, Whisper White and Brushed Silver. The images are stamped in Basic Black on Whisper White card stock. I used Bashful Blue and Night of Navy ink pads to colour the trees with Blender Pens.

I double stamped the image and punched out a section using the 1 1/4" circle punch and then backed that with the 1 3/4" circle punch in Night of Navy. This was mounted using Dimensionals to give it a bit of lift. Stamp the words and add a bit of ribbon and you have a relatively easy card.

Sorry about the few smudges on this one but it has been around for a while. I really should make a new one but that will have to go on the bottom of the to do list.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Bloomin' With Beauty

One of the great sets from the Mini Catalogue is Bloomin' With Beauty. I was in a colouring mood so this is a great set for using the Aqua pens or Blender pens. The colours used are Certainly Celery and Lovely Lilac. I used the Water colour paper to stamp the images on.
For dimension I double stamped the flowers cut them out and raised with Dimensionals. This gives the effect of the flowers actually being in the vase. I used Crystal Effects on the vase to make it look like ceramic and added some silver brads to the word plate.
There is another beautiful flower in this set which I will do something with and add shortly.
With all the lovely spring flowers about, have a look at this set and let your imagination run wild.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Birthday card for my niece

It is my neices 4th birthday tomorrow and we are going camping tonight so once again I have to come up with a quick card. I couldn't go past one of my fav's in Garden Whimsy as she loves butterflies and pink. I have used Pixie Pink and Whisper White and the words are from Short and Sweet.

To add a bit of bling I have used Crystal Effects on the wings with Dazzlin' Diamonds as a girl always needs a little sparkle. To give some dimension to the card I stamped an extra butterfly and cut it out and mounted with Dimensionals.

Wonderful Holiday

Well we are back from Fiji and it was absolutely wonderful. The people are so warm and friendly, their smiles would light up a christmas tree. We went away with Darrens work and they had organised some activities. The first day we did a car rally which was so much fun. Our team was a little disorganised and didn't leave until about 20 minutes after everyone else. With some very shaky navigating going on we messed up the first clue and ended up driving around in circles for another 20 minutes.
Once on track we were off and there was no stopping us. We saw some fantastic local sights that normal toursists wouldn't see and ended up coming in 3rd. Prizes were handed out and we managed to win the "Most Research" in our answers prize. Thank goodness for mobile phones and internet!
The second day we all sailed to an island that was only for us and spent the day snorkelling, swimming and of course more eating and there was a Sydney-Melbourne beach volleyball tournament that was a little more competitive than some would have admitted. With much cheering from the crowd and the locals the score was one all.
It was a great trip but I missed the children so was glad to be coming home.
Now its time to focus on work and get some new and exciting projects together. I had better get cracking!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Fiji Magic

I am so excited this morning. I am going to Fiji for 4 days today and can't wait. I will take some photo's and post next week and I promise to get some more cards done and update this blog!!!
Darren won this trip through work and we are going on our own which up until this morning when I looked at my kids in bed I thought was wonderful.
Just because I haven't been making anything lately, I hope you are all being super creative and remember I like to see homework every now and again.....

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Technology Is Great

There are times when technology is a wonderful thing. My husband had a great little gadget that has allowed me to get my email and update my blog whilst at the snow. We are having a great time and I am getting a little better at skiing. I wouldn't say that I am in love with it yet but at least I can get up and down the mountain without falling over. I have found some new muscles though that I wish I hadn't.

Anyway here are some cards that we made in class in July. The set was the wonderful Garden Whimsy. This is one of my fav's from the catalogue and was very popular amongst the classes.

The butterfly card is made with Certainly Celery and Elegant Eggplant. The flower card was done with Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi. The gorgeous ribbon is from the new mini catalogue and is satin Purely Pomegranate.