Friday, July 31, 2009
Just Christmas and Birthday Cards Sketch Challenge #40 and Lisa's Challenge for a Sunday Afternoon #2
I've actually combined 2 challenges in this card - mainly because I'm running out of time before I leave for Stamp Camp and want to enter both of these challenges - LOL. The first is a sketch by Karin over at Just Christmas and Birthday Cards - these challenges are helping me get my Christmas cards done and the sketches are always fabulous!!!
The second part of the challenge is Lisa's Challenge for a Sunday Afternoon and this week we had to use a tool that had been sitting idle for a while. I'm not quite sure Lisa will allow me this tool - it's my Christmas Ornament Cuttlebug Embossing folder and I've used it on the Real Red CS!! Anyone who knows me well knows I'm a bit of a CB addict - and I bought a whole heap of embossing folders early on. I'm ashamed to admit that this one has never been used!!! Does that count Lisa???? If not I know I haven't used my snowflake punch for a while - it's my back-up neglected tool - LOL.
The cute little elf image I bought last week and a quilt and craft fair I went to with my sisters. He comes from an Australian company called Fern Gully Stamps - and lucky for me their shop is only a short drive away too! I've popped some Crystal Effects on the bauble to give it a lovely 3D shine. The sentiment is from SUs hostess set - Best Yet and the DP is from the Ski Slope series again - I think it's my Christmas favourite!!
Catch up with you soon - have a GREAT weekend....
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The background is a checkered flag image I found via Google. I just printed it out to fit the wooden coasters I bought from the hardware store. I then added the Super Bird images before varnishing with a fabulous product called Liquid Gloss by CraftSmart. It comes in 2 parts which you mix and pour over your project to give it a finish equal to several coats of varnish. The coasters are now heat and liquid resistant - I've used this product on tiles with great effect. One word of advice - and I learnt this the hard way!!!! - you should SEAL your project before varnishing to stop the "wet paper" look and to make sure the varnish doesn't absorb into the wood. This is the first time I've used it on wood and I'm sure sealing will solve these problems. I was a little upset when I saw the finish on these - NOT up to my standard!!! But my son Toby thinks they're fabulous and that's what counts - I'm not going to sweat the little things. I may put together another set in the future which I HAVE sealed - I'll show you if I do!!!
My last job - to glue some black felt to the bottom of the coasters to finish them off...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Yay - I managed to find time today to play along with Keesh's challenge! I've gone more with the colours - Basic Black, Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White and So Saffron., although I have tried to imitate the linen's stripes with some DP and ribbons too.
The Turquoise layer has been embossed in my Floral Fantasy CB folder and the DP is from SU - my favourite from Urban Oasis at the top and a new one being released in the Spring Mini on August 1st called Walk in the Park. The sentiment is from Warm Words. And of course the image is from Magnolia Stamps - coloured with my Touch and Copic markers.
I also wanted to let you know I'm heading off on Friday for a demonstrator Stamp Camp - I get home Sunday - I can't WAIT!!!! I have a couple of things still to post, but may be quiet for a while as I'm not taking my computer with me!!! I look forward to sharing some of the Stamp Camp fun with you next week!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I hope to come back later and pop the photos of the day on too - will be seeking help to download the camera from the household computer experts - my kids - LOL!!!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Circle of Friends - From Chris Bower at Sunshine's Stamps
From Cheryl Joshua at My Cardmaking Heaven and Linda at Linda's Crafty Creations
Last month I had to apologise for not passing on some wonderful blog awards I had been honoured with as my list had gone missing in the holiday clean up. My wonderful blog buddy Michelle suggested I save them into a blog post for when I could pass them on! Thanx to that wonderful advice I can pass these ones on - I was awarded the second one twice while I was sick and didn't get to pass them on straight away!
Thanx to the wonderful ladies who honoured me with these - they are all fabulous crafters and have wonderful blogs - I hope you can check them out! Now to pass these on, there's always waaaaay to many I'd like to include and always want to add others....but I do get extras 'cause there's 2 - LOL
In no particular order....
Lisa, Kellie, Kristy, Michelle, Marcia, Sue, Sammi, Tracey, Dena, Norma, Carolann, Mandy, Emily
I'm hoping they'll stop by and collect them - I always forget to let them know - LOL
Now onto showing off some work by one of the ladies who came to my Fifth Avenue Floral Class last week (see above) - designed by Andrea Walford - I did have to change the measurements to fit our Aussie A4 though.
My lovely friend Gail - who I met through being a SU demo - was sooo inspired by the class that she went home and made another set!! She's done such a fabulous job I thought I'd show you! As a demonstrator it feels wonderful to know your classes are inspiring others...
Gail hasn't been able to punch the handle in her box - she's going to borrow the punch to do that - but I think she's come up with a fabulous set! Do you recognise the stamp set??? Yup it's Always by Stampin' Up!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
My amazingly talented friend Kellie Winnell has decided to celebrate her recent achievements by posting a sketch challenge - with a secret surprise prize!!!! Well how could I not play along and support her wonderful blog and talents! You have until Friday, 25th if July at midnight Australian EST - so why not drop everything and give it a go!
I actually made my card up last Sunday - but didn't get a chance to post it until now thanx to some dodgy prawns!!!
The image was stamped off for me by my friend Deb A - she bought the stamp recently and thought I would like a couple of images to play with - I did!! Not sure which stamp company he belongs to but he is rather cute!
The large circle has been cut from a sheet of Whisper White that I stamped with the SU Gratuitous Graffiti background stamp. I also cut a smaller circle out of an offcut to stick behind a SU Clear Button, after I tied a piece of embroidery floss through the holes. A smaller circle of DP was popped into a Build-a-Brad, this little guy just didn't seem to need flowers in the layout! The sentiment is from my favourite hostess set - Best Yet.
I hope you get a chance to check out the challenge - or give it a go yourself!!!
But that's not ALL...... ( OH NO - now I sound like a telemarketing ad on TV - LOL )
I have also been approached by Chris and Rob over at Sunshine Stamps to join their DT too - WOW, how cool is THAT!!! You may have noticed I've had a LOT of fun playing with their freebie digital images so the only answer I could give was YES!! Their images are sooo much fun to colour, and they give me a chance to come up with silly sentiments to match - LOL. The freebie images have been a way to get everyone excited about their store, which is opening early August. There is a poll going over at Sunshine's Stamps to choose the final freebie release - check it out here - you have until Thursday, 23rd July - 9pm central time to vote (not sure what that is to us here in Australia - Friday morning???)
Like I said - I've had an incredible few days - a real rollercoaster ride of highs and lows! But now I'm on the mend and looking forward to my new adventures!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I also want to thank everyone who found out about my birthday and sent me best wishes and cards - I tried to fly under the radar but word got out - LOL
Take care and watch out for those Garlic Prawns!!!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Over at Magnolia Down Under Challenges we are also celebrating the "season". So go check out what the DT has come up with and think about joining in the festivities!
I found this gorgeous sleigh over at Alota Stamps - you can find it here. I've also used a couple of new items being released in our Spring Mini Catalogue which is starting August 1st. I've used some of the gorgeous Ski Slope DP - a series I have loved for some time on the U.S. blogs, how wonderful to see it in our mini!!! I've also used the Scallop Oval Punch under the sentiment - another fantastic product I was excited to see released here.
You can't tell from the photos but I've blinged the card up with some Dazzling Diamonds - the sleigh's runner and Santa's white fur trim on his suit all sparkle in the light - Christmas and sparkle just GO together! You may see the effect better in the close-up. The bell also has some mini red rhinestones on and there are 2 gold rhinestones on the sleigh too.
I hope I've inspired you to come along and play too - and Merry Christmas in July!
Friday, July 17, 2009
This week's sketch over at Just Christmas and Birthday Cards is by Amanda. I must admit to being really glad that they are posting their challenges fortnightly for July and August - otherwise I certainly wouldn't have made the deadline!
I got the idea of using the tree from Thoughts & Prayers on a Christmas card from Paula over at Precioso Designs. I haven't followed the sketch exactly but I'm pleased with the final card I ended up with, it's not traditional but I think that's one reason I like it.
The tree has been embossed with white EP and the DPs are from Ski Slope - appearing in our Spring Mini from August 1st! The other images are from Winter Post.
I was checking out how many Christmas cards I have made already thanx to fabulous challenges like this one - I'm really happy to know I've made a GREAT start and hope I'll actually be organised this year - a first for me - LOL.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Didn't I tell you Sunshine's latest free digital offering was great!?!?! Please meet Patrick Police Car and his macho officer driver - not sure HE has a name - I think I'll call him Sergeant Oz (I'll tell you why later!). Anyway - these guys are hitting the road on a birthday blitz - way more fun than rounding up drunk drivers and road rule breakers - LOL!! The thing I LOVE about Sunshine's stamps is how versatile they are for young boys right through to the older gents. You can colour and do the layouts to suit ANY age group! I can't wait to see what comes next!!!
Now onto why I think the officer should be called Sergeant Oz - you may notice if you check out the original digital image on offer, that mine is a mirror image. The reason - we drive on the left hand side of the road here in Australia so I thought my officer should be sitting on the proper side of Patrick to be patrolling our Aussie streets for birthday suspects!! I did also have to flip the 911 and the number plate words "PULL OVR" - and the 911 SHOULD read 000 - but that was just way too hard for THIS little computer duffer - LOL.
All the best and stay safe on the roads...
Monday, July 13, 2009
I've used my Twin Touch markers again and the sentiment was also produced on the computer - thanx to my lovely daughter Sarah who "patiently" told me to use Word Art and then had to show me how!!! I cut the sentiment out with an oval nestie and then traced around the inside edge of the nestie to trim it down - the black oval is the original size! One of my favourite DPs - SUs Urban Oasis looks fabulous in the background teamed with Summer Sun CS.
Chris has just released Patrick Police Car too - if you're too impatient to see what I get up to with him when he arrives in my inbox, go and check him out here. It's fabulous to have such fun images for the boys - thanx Chris
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I used my Speckled wheel to age some Very Vanilla CS and then stamped my images and sentiment on in Chocolate Chip. The centre of the clocks and cogs have been defined by brads, and the smaller clock is covered with Crystal Effects to give the impression of an old glass cover. I also used my Cuttlebug on some Pumpkin Pie CS and on the faux woodgrain CS. There's also some distressing around the edges of the clock and the main panel. I think texture is fabulous on men's cards!
After I put it all together - which I have discovered you shouldn't do while watching TV!!! - I realised some of my layers aren't quite straight!! My picture is a little skewed too - ah well. I just wish it was my FIL's eyesight and not his hearing that was failing - LOL. My hubby assured me it just added to the "rustic" look!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Most of the ladies were familiar with Stampin' Up and papercrafting so Chris and I decided to make it a real "hands on" day. Everyone went home with a box and a card.
The box was CASE'd from this wonderful tutorial by Laurie Schmidlin on SCS. I changed it slightly by using a smaller square of DP on the top and using a layered scallop medallion for the image. I also added a 3D butterfly - how can I resist it it's sooo cute! Nancy Riley (iStamp) was the inspiration for the medallions with this fabulous tutorial. I made the set of 4 notecards and envelopes as a hostess gift for Chris so she could pop them into her new box!
The girls also made this card - which was inspired by the wonderful Convention swaps I got from Kristy Young and Kellie Winnell - it has elements from both these lovely ladies cards. I'd had a request to use a wheel stamp and find it very hard to go past this one at the moment! It was great to see some wonderful variations on this with the other stamps from the set getting used too - it was a great way to show how SU sets work together soo well.
I also made these 2 chocolate boxes - they had little chocolates and a couple of stamps in. The Chocolate Chip box was a Thank-You gift for Chris and the Real Red one was a door prize.
The video tutorial for these are by Dannie (Dannie's Designs) and can be found here. The only thing I did differently was to use my largest oval nestie for the ovals - I did have to cut a small piece off the end of my strips too.
Stamps sets used - Dreams du Jour, Friends 24-7, Friendly Words Wheel
I had a wonderful day with a lovely group of ladies - so an extra BIG thank you goes out to Chris for organising the day!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I knew this was the right image for my BIL. He got his pilot's licence a while ago, but now most of his flying these days is via Flight Simulator games on his PC. He has surround monitors to simulate a cockpit - it's a truly amazing set-up! I know the sentiment is a bit cutsey, I printed it out on my computer and freehand cut the banner - but I had printed out Angus in 2 sizes to play with and it just seemed to fit - especially as I am sooo far behind in getting a birthday card and present out - LOL.
Everything just seemed to come together after that. I popped some gold brads in the middle of the engines to give them a lift - pardon the pun!!! I also popped the smaller plane and the banner up on dimensionals. The DP is from SU's Windsor Knot.
Edit - I've been asked a couple of times what I'm using to colour. I have a few Copics - which I love!!! But most of my markers are Twin Touch markers and I use these in conjuction with my copics. They are readily available from my local shopping centre at RIOT Art and Craft stores and I got most of mine on sale for around AU$3ea. Hope that helps!!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
My 7 year old niece has recently begun horse riding and was proudly showing me all her ribbons and medals! The day after this my good friend Lisa over at The Craft's Meow posted this card made with the same digital stamp I've used here! I've shared many cyber chats and emails with Lisa about digital stamps and my worry over colouring and ink smudges. I was mainly a watercolorist then and thought my printer ink would bleed when wet - let alone the worry of how I was going to get watercolour paper to go through my printer.
This set of digital stamps has launched me into trying them though. This "Cowgirl Ava" stamp and a "Cowboy Ethan" stamp, and a couple of sentiments, have been designed by Pink Cat Studio to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They were designed to honour a gorgeous little boy called Ethan Weiman who passed away earlier this year at the age of 5, after a battle with neuroblastoma. The cowgirl gets her name from Ethan's sister. As Lisa said "Even if you don't stamp, you can still download, print and let your kids color these adorable pictures! Only US$6 for the entire set!". How could I resist - a fabulous cause to honour an amazing little boy - and then there was the fact I now had my first digi stamps to try!
I tried young Ava out first - I think I'll send her to my niece to let her know how proud I am of her achievements! I've enjoyed the challenge and have a couple of "freebies" to try out too. The possibilities when you can change the size to suit, or flip an image, is a lot of fun too!! It just means MORE computer time - nooooooo!! Although I must admit I still love the moment of inking up a stamp and stamping it off....
Monday, July 6, 2009
The inspiration picture brought to my mind the High Tea at the National Gallery that I'm going to in a couple of weeks. I'm going with a group of my closest girlfriends to celebrate a couple of birthdays within the group. We figured a High Tea would be more our style than a Pub Crawl - LOL. The colours are Whisper White, Pretty in Pink and Purely Pomegranate. The Basic Black trim picks up the teapot colour.
I've stamped the cupcakes from Crazy for Cupcakes onto some SU DP and coloured them in with my SU markers. I tried to use my Touch markers but they bled outside the lines with the lightweight paper. The cakes were "iced" with my versamark pen and white embossing powder. The table of cupcakes has been "framed" in an embossed nestie oval to represent both the gallery we're going to, and the painting in the inspiration picture. And there's 6 cupcakes - one for each person invited! It's going to be a great afternoon I'm sure!
Hope you all have something to look forward to too.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The DP is from the gorgeous SU Bella Rose series and I've textured my Whisper White pieces using my Floral Fantasy cuttlebug folder.
Originally little Miss Tilda was going to be sitting on the bottom edge of the square - but I decided to pop her up higher where she didn't look so lost! A thin strip of Chocolate Chip CS came to the rescue as a seat. I thought she needed to be "grounded" and not floating in mid-air!
I've had a sneak peek at the work from some of the other DT members and it always amazes me how many fabulous - and yet so different - creations can be made from one inspiration! I highly recommend you pop over to MDUC and see what the other's have done before giving it a go yourselves!