Thursday, February 26, 2009

From The Garden

I have to admit that when I first saw this stamp in the Catalogue I couldn't think of why I would want it and how I would use it. Even when I did get it I still struggled with what to do. One night I was in the mood to play and I felt like colouring in and this looked like a great stamp to colour so I thought why not, give it a try.
Well I was hooked and did 4 cards that night and only stopped because I couldn't see anymore. I had so much fun colouring with the crayons and aqua brushes.
The stamp is From The Garden which is a Level 1 hostess set. The card base is Basic Black and the colours are Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. The word "friend" is from the Wonderful Favourites set.
I stamped with Stazon Black ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock and just kept layering colour until I got the effect I was looking for. The flower has 3 layers so there was a lot of colouring in for this one but like I said, I had so much fun. I used the Mat Pack and piercing tool to create the stitch line on the Pumpkin Pie strip.
Hopefully I will get around to posting the other 3 cards over time and I will miss this one come April. It just goes to show that sometimes you don't know if you like something until you try it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pretty Flowers

Unfortunately this stamp is from the Spring Mini Bloomin' With Beauty set but fingers crossed it might come back in the next Catalogue. You can always use the same design with any flower stamp though so I went ahead and posted.

The colours are Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive and Very Vanilla. The background has been stamped with the En Francais stamp. The strips have been punched using the corner rounder punch. The ribbon is Purely Pomegranate double stitched ribbon. I am so going to miss this colour.

If you have purchased any of the In Colour Ink Pads and are still so in love with them, I would suggest buying a Ink Refill so that you can keep them topped up for years to come. You have until the end of March to order these colours so don't get caught out.

I See Giraffes

This card is another one that I created a few months ago but never got around to posting. It was a result of a colour challenge that I took part in.

The colours are Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Pumkin Pie and Very Vanilla. The stamp set is Bundle Of Joy.

I used the watercolour paper to stamp on and coloured in the image using the Blender Pens. These are not colours I would have picked to go together and that is why it was a "Colour Challenge" but they look great together.

Gone Fishing

I have had a little bit of a run on the Fishy Friends set lately as you will see over time. This is an oldy but not posted before.

The card base is Blue Bayou from this years fantastic "In Colours". The green is Garden Green from Earth Elements and Bashful Blue from Soft Subtles.

The image is stamped with Stayzon onto the Watercolour paper and I have blended the colours with the Aqua Pens. The background has been stamped with Itty Bitty Backgrounds in Versamark and the Garden Green strip has also been Versamarked. The edges have been roughened with the Cutter Kit tool and there is some stitching effect with the Mat Pack and piercer. This was a fairly easy card to put together but effective.

A Special Birthday

A very good friend of mine is having a special birthday today. Just for once I was a little more organised than usual and got to make the card the day before. That is very novel for me as it is usually 10 minutes before I am rushing out the door. Because I was organised I had time to decorate a box to match. Wow what you can achieve with a bit of planning.

Anyway I am off to lunch to help her celebrate! I hope she is not dissapointed as I said I was organising balloons, music, sky writer and dancing men but I spent that time making the card and box. Sorry but Happy Birthday anyway!

I have used one of the fabulous Sale-A-Bration sets, Botanical Blooms. There is only a few days left to order and be able to get one of these gorgeous sets for FREE!!! I will be sorry not to be able to use this set once it goes so don't miss out.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Paisley Passion

I sat down the other day to get some projects done and tried to limit myself to what I had on the table. The Paisley background stamp was part of the few sets I had out and I will get around to uploading all the things I did with it over the next few weeks. The words are from the Stem Sayings which I have had for ages and haven't really used much. They are such beautiful phrases I am going to dig them out more often. The heart stamp is from Priceless which is another set that needs to be used more often. The cardstock is Ruby Red and Whisper White and the ink is Ruby Red. I think I have just created my Valentines Day card for my MATH. (Man About The House).

Monday, February 9, 2009

Guess who got a Crimper

I am so into crimping at the moment and I don't mean the 80's hair styling gadget that every trendy girl had to have. I have always wanted a crimper(paper, that is) and finally got around to adding one to my collection of goodies. It is so much fun to work with and I love the effect it creates. I can see some serious crimping coming up!

I might include this card in a class so I am not going to tell you how I made it but I did have a lot of fun. Book into a class and join me and my new friend.

A Few Little Changes

The more I looked at the Wonderful Friend card the less I liked it. With my lost mojo I couldn't see what to do to improve it at all but today something came to me and I hope that it has worked. It is still a very plain card but I am a little happier with it. What do you think??

Thursday, February 5, 2009

We All Need At Least One

I haven't posted for so long and if feels like I have been on holidays for ever. All my children are back at school and I have been trying to find my mojo to get creative again. I think my holiday was too long and I left all my creativity in Port Stephens.

Classes are starting back next week so I have to find my mojo soon and get some projects ready.

I decided to start simple and things will hopefully flow from there.

The Embrace Life set in the Summer Mini is one of my new favourites. I have used the flower from that set and the words are from the Wonderful Favourite set which by the way is great value at $39.95. It is on page 119 of the main Catalogue and was actually priced incorrectly and will be corrected in the new catalogue.

The main card is Whisper White and the mounting and the ink is Purely Pomegranate. I then added a little Dazzlin Diamonds to the flowers to add a little sparkle.

It needs a little something else and I will keep working on it to see what I can do and I will keep looking for my mojo.