Friday, 27 June 2008

Colour Challenge #13

Here is Kristina's challenge for the week:

and here is my card. I hope I got it in on time
The colours are purely pomegranate, wild wasabi, regal rose, river rock and whisper white. I struggled with these colours trying to put them all together, still not sure if I really like the card but here it is. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

The base is river rock with a layer of purely pomegranate on top of that which I roughed the edges of using the side of my bone scorer. I have then put a layer of white and stamped one of the verses from God's Blessings stamp set. In the corner I used the top of the tag punch to make photo corners in wild wasabi. I've used the wide grosgrain ribbon in regal rose across the bottom which I stuck down using double sided tape.

The flowers are from the stamp set called Petal Prints. I've coloured the base image in regal rose and wild wasabi using the blender pen and ink pads to soften the colour. I did the same using the outline stamp over the top for the 2 step stamping process. I've added a rhinestone brad in the corner in pink and roughed the edges of the white cardstock using the edge of my bone scorer and mounted it on wild wasabi using dimensionals and then adhered it to the card using double sided tape.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Kristina's Colour Inspiration #12

Here is Kristina's colour inspiration for the week:
I wanted to participate in the last couple of colour inspirations but didn't end up having time so I was looking forward to see what this week's challenge would be. I managed to make 2 cards this week and here they are: This is my first attempt. I've used the Think Happy Thoughts stamp set for the flowers and dotted cirlces around them. I've stamped the images using So Saffron and Wild Wasabi ink on whisper white cardstock. I then punched them out using the 1 3/8" square punch and mounted them onto wasabi cardstock that I trimmed using my paper trimmer and then they are mounted onto the card using dimensionals. I used Sahara Sand eyelets in the centre of each flower. I used Sahara Sand for the base of the card then a layer of white and another layer in So Saffron which I have pierced around all sides and then used the white gel pen over the top. I used the grosgrain ribbon in white and white eyelets to thread the ribbon through before tying a bow. The For You is from the Occasional Greetings stamp set.
Here is my second attempt. The base is So Saffron with a layer of Sahara Sand at the top. I've used the small oval punch to punch out 2 wasabi leaves, 2 saffron and 5 printed saffron petals. Then it's just a matter of arranging the petals how you want them and sticking them to the plain saffron punch top and underneath. I then put dimensionals on all petals to make sure it sticks. One of the wasabi leaves is on deminsionals and the other is just stuck using snail adhesive. I drew the stem using a blender pen and wasabi inkpad. The daisy is mounted onto white cardstock and then mounted onto wasabi cardstock. The greeting is from Fun and Fast Notes stamp set.

Friday, 20 June 2008

Christening card

I needed to make a Christening card for sunday. You can probably already notice that I have used a stamp that is not from Stampin' Up!. The cross stamp is from Imprint rubber stamps in wollongong.

I've used Blue Bayou, Very Vanilla and Soft Sky cardstock. I printed the words Thomas' Christening on the computer and put the very vanilla cardstock through the printer and trimmed it to size. The cross is stamped in blue bayou on very vanilla cardstock and mounted on blue bayou using double sided tape and then mounted onto the card using dimensionals.
Behind the cross I've used strips of blue bayou and soft sky double stitched ribbon. I used double sided tape to stick them down. I then put 3 brads from the vintage colour group underneath the cross.

I have pictured this card with the present I bought and wrapped using paper I bought from Ikea and then rolled using the Nursery Letter jumbo roller in Bashful Blue ink. This roll of paper I used I've had for a while and I can't believe it took me this long to use it to wrap presents with.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Blossom, Guava and Olive.......

is one of my favourite colour combinations at the moment.

I made this card a little while ago using Blush Blossom, Groovy Guava and Old Olive cardstock. I also love making a sideways opening card as I feel it stands better than a tent style card.

This is such an easy layout that you can apply to so many cards. I've used the Old Olive Prints Designer paper across the middle mounted on Old Olive cardstock. I stamped the background using the flower stamp from Simply Said randomly over the the Blush Blossom cardstock. I also stamped the same flower on a spare piece of cardstock to use later for the greeting which is from the level 1 hostess set - so many sayings which is stamped in Old Olive ink then punched out using the large oval punch. I then stuck some groovy guave ribbon on top of the Olive and then placed the oval greeting on top.

I stamped the solid flower on whisper white cardstock and then the dotted flower over the top before punching it out witht he 1 3/8" circle punch. The brad is Old Olive through the flower and then mounted using dimensionals onto a scalloped Groovy Guava piece that I have pierced using a piercing tool which is then mounted using dimensionals onto the card.

A clost up of the flower

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Gift Bags

Petals and Paisleys

As you may have seen mentioned on Di's blog (and if you haven't then check it out here) I have made a few gift bags as has Di. The first one I made was using the petals and paisleys Designer Series Papers. I really like this bag made in this paper.

This bag measures h:11.5cm by w:10cm by d:4.5cm. I cut the paper at 7" which gave me 3.8cm at the bottom and 2.5cm at the top to turn over.

I used sticky strip to stick down the side and bottom. The ribbon used is Blue Bayou double stitched ribbon. I tied double knots to make sure the ribbon wouldn't come through once tied. I made the card using very vanilla cardstock and seeing spots stamp set and the small flower is from simply said. The 'friends' greeting is from the level 1 hostess set, so many sayings (such a great set).

Berry Bliss

This bag uses the same measurements as the petals and paisleys. I've used purely pomegranate double stitched ribbon and made the card out of close to cocoa and pretty in pink cardstock. I stamped the image from boho backgrounds using purely pomegranate ink punched it out with the 1" circle punch and the greeting is from you guessed it the level 1 hostess set, so many sayings.

Old Olive Prints Paper

This bag was made using 2 sheets of the Prints Designer Series Papers. The bag measures h:22cm, w:18.5cm, d:6cm. I have allowed an extra 5cm at the bottom and 3cm at the top to turn over. I also allow an extra 1cm at each side to attach the two sheets together. I've used the wide old olive grosgrain ribbon for the handles and attached a card made using whisper white cardstock with a little strip of olive prints paper down the side. I stamped the paisley image from polka dots and paisleys stamp set in old olive and the greeting from so many sayings also in olive ink.

I punched the holes on all bags both sides together so the holes were in the same place. To punch the holes I used an everyday hole punch that you would use at school because I didn't own a crop-a-dile at that stage but I do now - YAY so that's what I'll be using now to make holes. The bag would also look nice with jumbo eyelets around the holes just to finish it off.

Thanks for looking,


Friday, 6 June 2008

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged by Danielle Fender and Debbie Minter a short while ago so here's is my attempt at responding. The rules are that I need to post 7 random and/or weird facts about myself and then tag 7 other blogs I visit. I'm not going to tag 7 other blogs but I will try and answer the 7 facts about myself:

1. When my husband and I first moved to Thirlmere we got 6 chickens - 1 died on christmas day, another died on good friday (we were starting to think we had religious chickens hehehe) and then our dog Zoe got into the chook pen and killed 2 of them (she just wanted to play with them) which left us with 2 until another one died a few months ago.

2. We have also had ducks and lots of them. In particular we had 3 that we found dead when we came home from work one day - very weird. We have no idea what happened.

3. I have 5 nieces and 2 nephews. I know that's not weird but you could say random! I'm only at point 3 and already struggling.

4. I have been in my current job for 5 1/2 years and prior to that worked as an Enrolled Nurse.

5. My husband and I got married 7 1/2 years ago. Matty always new he would marry a red headed nurse holding a rose. The first time he saw a photo of me I was holding a rose, I used to work as a nurse and I have red hair!!!

6. I met Matty through a friend I met while doing a massage course at Tafe. I was going to apply to do the course the year before but never got around to it. I applied the following year but didn't get in first go and followed up my application and ended up being accepted where I met a person who new Matt and introduced us.............

7. Lucky last. We have a beautiful German Shepherd Zoe, she is 3 years old. I bought her for Matty for his birthday a few years ago. We were going to buy a Labrador but when Matty saw Zoe he wanted the German Shepherd because she reminded him of his dog (Cleo) he had growing up. Zoe had practically the same markings as Cleo and when you see photos of them together they are almost identical.

I hope this wasn't too boring for you to read.

Happy long weekend

Tuesday, 3 June 2008


Sorry it's been so long since posting, have been busy preparing for last weekends fundraiser that Di and myself had a stall at for Eschol Park Soccer Club. There were about 7 different stalls and was there first event like this. The evening went fast and we had a few interested people as we demonstrated a couple of projects; a baroque motifs card and a triangle box. It was something that neither of us had done before and was a good experience that I'm sure we both have learnt many things from. Here are a couple of photos of our stall:

Our stall with items made by Di and myself along with my card stand my husband made for me.

Our stall from another angle

This is my card stand that my husband made for me when I used to make and sell jewellery. I made tabs to put at the top of the my cards and punched a hole in the middle for them to hang on the rack - I think it looks pretty cool.