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.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

My first post

Hi Everyone, finally I have a card to add to my new blog. I started my papercraft journey as a scrapbooker about 7 years ago, but had never stamped until I went to a craft show in Sydney, in 2007. It was here that I met the lovely Marelle, who is now my upline, and I entered the competition they were running on the day. I WON!!! I went home and put my stamps together and have not looked back since. In 2008 I 'ummed and ahhed' about joining up with Stampin' Up but eventually I realised I had spent so much money that I may as well be my own best customer. (I think I am addicted!)

Anyway here is a card I made for my Mother In Law for Mother's day.

Materials (all Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: A Kind Word
Ink: Black Stazon, Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou(2008 in colour), So Saffron, Close to Cocoa, Rose Red
Card: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Watercolour paper
DSP: Urban Garden
Other: Blue Bayou ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig