Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hello and maybe a little Goodbye

I had actually made these cards a little while ago but have not had time to load them up. I have quite a few 'uninked' stamps and this set was one of them. With fading mojo I google imaged the set and found some lovely inspiration. Gotta love that!I say hello because of the stamp I used and maybe a little goodbye because my new study period starts again tomorrow and I know I will have very limited crafting let alone blogging time for the next twelve weeks :( How sad. The colours here are a little washed out but they are whisper white, elegant eggplant and witeria wonder.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

In the festive spirit

I have been feeling a little festive lately, and I cant go past the 'Dasher' stamp when it comes to Christmas cards, he is just so beautiful. I also love making neutral Christmassy cards, they always look so fancy to me.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Christmas Stockings

I got in the Christmas Spirit today and put together some Stocking Cards. The large stockings are cut with the die, and the little cards are made using the offcuts of cardstock from the big stocking and a punch. Cute huh?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Beautiful Girl & Her Birthday Bear

A little while ago I saw an idea in a crafty mag to create a rainbow of accents around a gorgeous picture. As soon as I saw that layout I had this in mind for my gorgeous photo of Ava, my niece, and her beautiful Birthday Bear, Delancy.  
Ava has asked me to take her to build a bear for her last two birthdays. We build a bear, have some lunch, shop and hang out, it is so great to spend one on one time with her. This page will help me cherish these days forever.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

When in need of inspiration...

 Last Friday night, I got together with a couple of girlfriends for a creative night. After much gossip, drooling over the catalogues, surfing the net etc, we realised it was 10pm and none of us had actually made anything!  We decided to case a couple of cards from Teneale Williams Blog because it was way too late to come up with anything of our own, lol! These are what we made;

Friday, July 20, 2012

Stampin in Safety Beach

I can not believe the last time I posted was Christmas! It was also the last time I was creative :( But lucky for me, a good friend and fellow stamper, Margaret came to my rescue and organised a get together at her beach house. We had so many laughs, and lots and lots of creative time! It was a blast! I mostly spent my time scrapping but did manage to squeeze in a couple of cards. These two cards were a case of a creation made by Alison Wade. She is a clever girl! I changed up the colours a bit but the overall card is much the same.
The next idea came from a new friend Monica's 10 year old daughter, Bree. She was working on a card that gave me the idea for these two cards. They are very simple, but cute.
I also took full advantage of using other peoples stamp sets, thanks Amanda for lending me your Sparkly and bright set :)
I came up with the following cards with images that I have stamped and inked over the past few years and never done anything with.
 And here is a snap of us as we were getting ready to leave. We are looking a little bit worse for wear after 48 hours of crafting, laughing, eating way too much and very little sleep. Thank you so much Margaret for sharing your home with us, we had a ball xx
Amanda, Alison, Me, Margaret & Philippa

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas

I have not fallen off the face of the earth, just the craft world, and hopefully only for a bit?? With full time Motherhood, full time study and part time work I did not get a chance to share my Christmas message with cards this year :( I do hope your Christmas was Merry and Bright, and that 2012 will bring many crafty wishes come true xx

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Spring has Sprung

On Monday I played hooky from my studies and had a lesson on how to colour using copic markers with my friend Phil. I am very proud of my first attempt, so I decided to play along with the challenge at Mad for Markers this week which is all about spring. I also got the chance to use one of the new stampin up in colours, Island Indigo, which looks gorgeous alongside Poppy Parade. Anyway, hope you like my first attempt at colouring with copics, it was a lovely way to spend a Monday! Thanks Phil xx

Monday, August 29, 2011

That might be it for a while

Well, yet another study period started today and with it, lots of reading and assessment so I will sadly have very little creative time over the next 12 weeks :( Here are a couple of girly creations I have made lately.
I spied this punch art castle over on Madonna Dunn's blog a while back, and hear that Pat Carr was the original creator. I just love it, and so do my girls. I made it for Miss Tara who was six this year, and I am sure she loved it too. You cant see it in the photo, but I covered the castle in swirly shimmer paint it is quite shiny.

My next card was for another six year old girl, Miss Michaela. I just love rich razzleberry & Melon Mambo together, such a yummy color combo.
My pom pom ribbon looks a bit dodgy, does anyone have any secrets for adhering it perfectly?

And my last card is a case of something I have seen around the traps (no idea where, so sorry), and I think I will use it for an older girl, maybe a tween? I used the extreme elements stamp set with wild wasabi, melon mambo, perfect plum, rich razzleberry and blushing bride.
Oh well, thats it for a while, I am off to hit the books now :(

Sunday, August 28, 2011

New Toys

I spied this colour combo of Poppy Parade and Calypso Coral here on Christine Blain's blog and thought to give it a go. It is certainly not a combo I would think up on my own but I don't mind it together, it is bright and fun. I have coupled it with the new Forever Young stamp set, which in my mind goes perfectly with earthy neutral tones, not these bright babies, so it is definitely out of the box for me. I finished the image off with a couple of highlights using the white gel pen, and of course, the new ribbon border punch! We are having some fabulous sunny weather here this weekend, so I intend to get myself out in the garden to enjoy it. What are you up to this fine Sunday morning?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Bubble Queen

I made this card about a month ago for a friends 40th birthday. It has been a very long time since I wiped away the cobwebs from my Bubble Queen stamp set, and I think I have to say that it is my all time favourite set.Since the last time I used it, Stampin Up have introduced shimmer paint to their line, the perfect tool to add a little shine to the bubbles.
It was also fun to do some colouring in too. I find colouring very therapeutic, I really should do it more often.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Christmas Craft


On Friday night, I decided to get my Christmas cards started, I would usually have created about 20 or so by now, but because I am not doing classes at the moment, I have nada! The first one is using one of my fav colour combos, crumb cake, black and vanilla.
I have used the Welcome Christmas set, and the very fancy lace ribbon border punch, due for release in next months new catalogue. I used heat and stick powder, and diamond glitter to dazzle the whole image up.

On this next card, I got my new Merry & Type stamp set all inky in my favourite Christmas colour combo, old olive and cherry cobbler.
As you can see, the ribbon lace border punch got a work out again (I am sure this punch will feature on many of my cards in the future!)

And my last card used the same glitter technique, but this time using the ever popular lovely as a tree stamp set. Good to see this one is still in the catalogue, I don't think it will ever retire.
Colours are baja breeze and night of navy. I also added Mr Dasher to the corner and the sentiment is from Contempo Christmas. Here is the group (oops, baja card is fading into the baja wall of my craft room, lol!):
Not a bad start to my Christmas card collection, only about a hundred to go, lol!

Friday, August 19, 2011

What Happens at Stamp Camp...

A couple of weekends ago, I was lucky enough to get away for the weekend to attend STAMP CAMP 2011! We had so much fun, however, very little stamping took place on my table! I spent most of my time chit chatting! Lucky for the shoe box swap or I wouldn't have gotten anything done! Anyway, thought it might be fun to share some pics of our adventures.
Phil and I thought it would be so funny to take a photo of this because we believe us scrappers will photograph absolutely anything, but now we have a funny story to go with it. The place we stay is a little tricky to find, so we thought we would pave the way with pink balloons to make it easier for everyone! It did make it easier for people to find, but sadly one children's party entertainer (a young man dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow) chose to follow the balloons to our party (25 women in PJ's) rather than the kids party he was supposed to be at.

We had a door prize of course, a punched flower taped to the bottom of a chair, sadly, nobody sat in the designated chair so at the last minute, Phil & I had to think of another way to give the prize away. Quickly we stuck it under one of our raspberry & white chocolate muffins that were made for dessert. You can imagine Nina's delight when she bit into hers and found she was the lucky winner of a stamp set!
And every few hours alarm bells went off, that could only mean one thing...PRIZE PATROL! Each time the bells rang out we drew a card out of a hat, if the card matched the dsp in your lanyard you got to pick one of these cute little milk cartons with Hershy Kisses and a lucky number inside. Each number corresponded to a prize, all crafting goodies of course! Sarah, Kathryn & Yvonne were our first lucky winners!Here is Amanda, Kiley & Adele, also winners from one of the Saturday Prize Patrol :)
Years ago, Phil and I got our hands on a a WOW presentation DVD from the US. It is a little out of date but it was fun to have on, and we picked up a few tricks too.
This way we could pretend we were at convention too!

And with so much talent in the room, we had some wows of our own! We were lucky enough to get some tips for colouring with Copics from the ultimate talent Debbie P
And Alison gave us some very handy ribbon tips and tricks, including how to tie the perfect bow!
With all the stamping going on, we thought we might break it up a little and got our very own gym instructor in to give us a Zumba lesson. It was such a laugh! Zumba in pj's!
Lucky me! Got to share my birthday with these fun chickies! And, Sarah made me a yummy cake, yummy cause it was chocolate, and yummy cause she put Edward on top!mmmmm
And, speaking of cakes, check these out, this is stamping on cakes, how clever is that! These were made by the lovely Karen, who I believe won the prize for most creative creation of the weekend!
Before I got a chance to take photos of all of the other terrific creations made during the weekend my battery died :( Ahhh, you will just have to trust me that there were some amazing creations.

Philippa and I had so much fun organising this weekend, it was a huge job at a very busy time of year. Thank you for all of your efforts Phil, I had a ball sharing this experience with you, and thanks to all of the girls who came along, it was so lovely catching up with old friends and making new ones:) And an extra special thank you to the beautiful ladies who made my birthday so very special, spoiling me with gifts, cake and a sprakly feather boa xx

Girl you're amazing

phfffff...that is me blowing the dust off my blog! lol! I have two weeks off from school again, so I plan to spend a bit of time creating (fingers crossed)

Anyway, here is a page that I have been working on since May! lol! I had all of the elements cut out and ready to put on, just needed the time to do it and now viola'!
This amazing little possum is my beautiful God Daughter and the apple of my very best friends eye. She is the most amazing, beautiful baby (yes I am biased). One of the things I love about Miss Amelia are her captivating eyes, and every time I hear the song 'Just the way you are' by Bruno Mars I think about her, so I decided to put it on a page. I saw the idea somewhere around the traps and agreed it was a fantastic tribute to someone you find amazing!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sparkle, Shimmer, Shine

I got the idea for the first card from the monthly Stampin Up magazine you get when you are a demonstrator. Here it is:
So that really shiny flower in the middle has been stamped in certainly celery ink, then I applied shimmer paint to the stamp and stamped again over the top. It is so pretty in real life. The line of glitter is achieved by applying a line of double sided tape and tipping the glitter on top, give it a shake, and the glitter sticks to the sticky strip! Easy! I made this one in pink too, but it was a bit of a failure for some reason. I have posted it below for you to see, but I think it was much nicer in old olive & certainly celery.

My next card was a simple one, with very little stamping at all:
The range of Stampin up punches is so large now that you can create almost anything without any stamping at all. I really love the new cup cake punch, it is so versatile! Here is a cute card I made a while back using the cup cake punch to make a little bags, and here is an ice cream card I made using the same punch! I especially love the sweet little cherries :)

We also made a Christmas card, but I gave it away at a Christmas in July party, and when I downloaded the photo, it was all blurry! Shame!

Anyway, here is that pink card I was talking about, it just doesn't have the same pizazz:

Hope you have a great weekend :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Case of the Sew Suite

Last week I spied a series of cards made by Mel Sharp using the Sew Suite stamp set, and it inspired me to get mine all inky for the first time. The first one is almost a complete case of a card that Mel made, I just made a few minor changes:
I am really loving the subtles collection this week! lol! Does anyone else go through stages like that? Anyway, the second card is based on the first one, just different images and flipped.
Thanks for the inspiration Mel, I now really, really love this set too!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Replacing Punches?

I have decided that I totally love how the new style punches store and that I will slowly replace my old ones. My plan is that each time I place an order, I will replace one or so at a time. Since making this decision, I have placed two orders and what do I do instead? Order more punches that I don't already have of course! lol! I have been holding out for the Owl punch for almost a year, thinking how much will I really use it? The other day I thought what the heck, it is so darn cute. Well, it arrived today, and here are some cute little creations:
I love the combo of crumb cake, black and bashful blue, please excuse the photos, it is a little bit late here, and I just couldn't wait :)
Anyway, best be off to bed, nighty night xx

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Moving Motorbike

Hi all! Hope you are all keeping well :) We are on school holidays here in Melbourne, so I thought I would take some time out to share some cards I have been making. Today I am posting some fun I have been having with the motorbike stamp. By stamping it multiple times without re-inking you can create the illusion of movement, check it out:I made this first one when I was trying to come up with a card for a class, but I decided it didn't make the grade, so then I made this one, which I have nicknamed 'bursting out'.
This 'bursting out' is not my idea, I have seen it around the traps in a few different ways. The last one is the same just using different colours, and its my favourite of the bunch.
I have used the Extreme Elements stamp set which is fast becoming one of my all time favourite sets! No matter what you do, it seems to look great. I cant believe it took me so long to buy it!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I was on such a roll with my crafting and then we started painting the house, so my craft room is empty and my house is upside down. I have also started a new study period for school, so I know that my creative time will be limited, never the less, here are some cards I hadn't had a chance to share yet:
Both of these cards were inspired by the incredibly talented Teneale Williams, her work is just divine, and I love the combination of baja breeze, black and white so much I used it on both cards:)
Who knows when my next post will be, but until then, happy stampin'

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Flutterbies

I had a bit of a crafty day last week and made these two cards, just to have on hand. Quite a simple design that I have seen similar around here and there.
I have used concord crush & pirouette pink, which is a lovely combo. I think this is the first time I have used the concord crush too!
Our painter is coming tomorrow, so in a few days I will have a gloriously freshly painted craft room (baja breeze of course), I cant wait!!!!!