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