Thursday, January 5, 2012

Loving the holidays

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have all had some time off to spend with family and friends. I had a wonderful Christmas with our family coming over for lunch and we all had a great time.

The holidays have given me plenty of time to peruse the internet looking for inspiration but most importantly I have had time to sit and spend time making cards. Here are just a couple of cards I have made recently.

Hopefully by the time I have to go back to Uni this year I will have a bit of a collection happening so I don't have to buy cards like I have had to for the last 2 years.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

In Colour ruffled ribbons

I really love the Stampin Up! in colours this year. I especially love the in colour ruffled ribbons and could not wait to use them.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Some cards....finally!

I finally had some time to make some cards. A month ago I went to Stamp Camp all organisedby the wonderful Marelle and I think I rediscovered card making. It was such a wonderful two nights away where all I had to do was cardmaking. There were plenty of really lovely shoebox swaps to do and the food was awesome. I have already started saving to go next year!

In the last 2 years cardmaking has felt like one more chore I had to do, but finally I am enjoying it again.

Anyway here are some cards I made whilst I was at camp...

I made this card today for my nephew who turns 3 tomorrow. It did not quite turn out as I wanted it to but all he will see is Littlefoot, Cera, Chomper and Pietre from the Land Before Time. He would sit and watch the Land Before Time movies one after the other if you let him.

Hope to do some more cards this weekend as I think I will have the house to myself for a day or two.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A couple of cards

Just a couple of quick cards to show you today
This one I used my Cricut to make a nice Christmas Gift card holder:

Here is my attempt at a masculine card:

This last one I did for my sister for her birthday last year but forgot to put it on the blog as I have been really busy:

Hope you like them and hope to have some more cards to put on here really soon.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #98

I finally found some time to sit down and make my first card of 2010. I have to go back to work tomorrow after having a lovely 4 weeks of holidays. Only back for 2 weeks though before 1 more week off when the kids go back to school. Then probably back at work for 1 or 2 more weeks then off to Uni, which is a bit scary. This year I plan on doing a few more challenges to help get my creative juices flowing again.

I took this sketch from the Taylored Expressions blog and added a technique with ribbon Kristina Werner used on one of her January year in cards and came up with this Birthday card for my sister who turned 25 today. My lovely husband brought me a Cuttlebug and heaps of embossing folders for Christmas, and after finishing this card I remembered I had it and wished I had of used it on the pink background.

Hope you like it!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Lost Mojo

I have been a bad blogger but I have not had 5 minutes to make a card to show you. I have been busy keeping the kids occupied and trying to fill out all the forms to go to Uni including the scholarship form which is killing me, got to finish it today and express post it to Canberra. Anyway on to the cards. My sister asked me to make a card for a wedding she was attending in Brisbane, making me get out my supplies. The problem was I had lost my mojo and I always find it hard to make a card for someone I don't know. In the end I found some cards on some wonderful blogs I visit all the time and I cased them.

This card was cased from here on Tessa Wise's blog

This card was cased from this card on Kristina Werner's blog. This is the one my sister decided to use.Sorry about the photography no matter how I photograph Elegant Eggplant it never turns out nice.

I just wish I was half as talented as these girls and I may be able to give up the day job!

Materials Card 1: Stamps: Always and Short and Sweet. Inks: Versamark and Rose Red. Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, DSP Candy Lane and Bella Rose. Other: Clear embossing powder, pretty in pink ribbon and Martha Stewart Lace Doily punch.
Materials Card 2: Stamps: Always and Short and Sweet. Inks: Versamark and Elegant Eggplant. Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Kimberely Poloson paper. Other: Silver embossing powder, Basic Gray Pearls and Making memories rub-ons.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Challenges

There is a new Challenge blog 'Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Challenges'. The Challenges will start on 15th August 2009 and a new Challenge put up once a month thereafter. I can't wait!!! This is the great Celebration Blog Candy on offer to celebrate this new blog.

Go and check out the blog!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Spring mini- Uncharted Territory

I was so excited when I seen the new mini catalogue and put in my pre-order straight away. This set was one that I was tossing up whether to buy or not, in the end I added it to my order, and I am really happy that I did. The best thing about this card is that it took under 10 minutes to make.

Materials Stamps: Uncharted Territory, Best Yet (Level 1 hostess set) Ink: Chocolate Chip Cardstock: Kraft Other: Corner Rounder, Chocolate Chip ribbon, Stampin' write marker

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Mojo Monday #94

I cannot believe I am posting this before Mr Linky closes over at the Mojo Monday blog. It will be a first but hopefully will not be a last. I have had a little bit of time this week to do some stamping as I have had the dreaded flu, but after some antibiotics and lots of rest (time off work) I am now feeling much better.

This is the sketch for this week:

This is the card I made for my SIL who will be celebrating her birthday next week.

Materials; Ink: Stazon, Pretty in Pink. Cardstock: Pretty in pink, Candy Lane and Bella Rose DSP, Fancy pants paper. Stamps: Best Yet Hostess Stamps Other: Basic Grey Cupcake Bling it, Pretty in Pink Ribbon, Scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #17

I recently found the Magnolia Down Under blog and with all the magnolia stamps I have brought I thought I would participate in their challenge.

This fortnight it is a sketch challenge.

Here is my take on the sketch

I can't wait to see what the next challenge is!

Materials: Ink: Stazon, Cameo Coral Cardstock: Very Vanilla, SU Bali Breeze DSP, Fancy Pants Designs Celebrate paper Stamps: Tilda as Butterfly, Short and Sweet Other: Watercolour Wonder Crayons, Ribbon, Pink Pearls, Dazzling Diamond Glitter, SU Word Window Punch, SU Stampin' Dimensionals, White Gel Pen

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mojo Monday 93

I received my first Tilda stamps last week and I have been busy trying to watercolour them. I was so excited when they finally came! I now have a stack of water coloured Tilda's to use on some cards.

I used this sketch from the Mojo Monday Blog;

To make this card using my favourite new stamp, Tilda blowing heart kisses

I hope you like it.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Verve sketch challenge- Stamp Out Alzheimer's

I am such a bad blogger. I created this space to make me take some more time to do the things I love to do and it is just not happening. I made this card a couple of weeks ago for the Stamp Out Alzheimer's event, Verve sketch challenge.

I have a few new stamps coming hopefully this week and I can't wait. I have some plans to get some crafty time in this week, be it cardmaking, scrapbooking or jewellery making. (I might just have to get a cleaner, babysitter, cook, someone to fill in for me at work for the week but somehow I will do it.)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Catalogue Challenge! by Marelle

Marelle Taylor put a Catalogue Challenge on her blog at the beginning of the month so I gave it a go. My first card I will show you did not work out as closely to the original as I had hoped. I still really like it but was not sure if it would cut it for the challenge.

Here is the original:

Here is my version:

This was my second attempt at keeping to the layout! Here is the original:

Here is my card(please forgive me for the quality of the photo, we have not seen the sun for more than 5 minutes at a time and even with 2 new lamps and bulbs it still does not look great, it is really pretty in real life). The colours are Pink Pirouette and Close to Cocoa.

Added: The brown shadow around the elephant was done by inking the entire stamp in Pink Pirouette a few times and then using the close to cocoa marker just to draw around the edges, the ears and the eye. I had a couple of attempts and the wetter the stamp looked the more bleeding there was by the brown.
Thanks for the challenge Marelle, I really enjoyed it!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge 69

I can't believe the weekend is almost over! I had all these well thought out plans for lots of card making this weekend but it is now Sunday afternoon and I have only made one card.
I saw this sketch on the Taylored Expressions blog for cupcake Friday and loved it.

So I thought I would give it a go. Here is my version:

I used the Faux Woodgrain technique Marelle Taylor demonstrated last weekend, it is so easy but looks really great as a background on masculine cards. The heart was made by simply making 2 cuts into a scalloped circle. The shape around the truck was cut with my Cricut using Sure Cuts Alot and the Kristina Werner Journaling Shapes 1 Designer Cuts, from Two Peas.

My husband is away for 5 months with work and it is his birthday in a couple of weeks so I will be sending this to him, hope he likes it.

Stamps: Loads of Love
Ink: Chocolate chip, Black Stazon
Card: Chocolate chip, close to cocoa, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard and Watercolour paper
Other: Chocolate chip Grosgrain ribbon, Earth Elements Watercolour crayons, Round Up Simply Scrappin' self adhesive die cuts, dimensionals, K&Company Wild saffron adhesive Chipboard and Cricut Expressions machine

Friday, May 22, 2009

Love this Set

Since I showed my MIL's card in my last post I thought I would share with you two of the other cards I made for Mother's Day. They show how different this set looks when it is in done in a range of colours.
This one was made for my mum:

stamps: A Kind Word, One of a Kind
ink: Black Stazon, Elegant Eggplant, (Really Rust, More Mustard, So Saffron, Creamy Caramel, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum for the water colouring)
card: Whisper white, Elegant Eggplant
other: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Fiskars texture plates, Almost Amethyst patterned paper

This one was for my husbands Nan, to accommodate the large squares the card had to be a bit bigger than normal.

Materials stamps: A Kind Word ink: Black Stazon, (Blush Blossom, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Bashful Blue, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa for the water colouring) card: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette DSP: Good Morning Sunshine Other: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Kiwi Kiss Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch

I will hopefully get some time to stamp this weekend as my son has gone away with my parents. Yippee!!! (to the stamping part) I may also finally have time to read some tutorials on how to take better photos of my cards.