Thursday, 31 July 2008

MAD balloons


I wanted to show you the balloons we had at Sarah's party on the weekend, they were awesome. When we walked in it was like walking into this floaty heavenly place - lots of pink, purple and silver ( the photo doesn't do it justice!). The tables had balloons reaching towards the ceiling, star strands flanked the corners of the dance floor and the coolest things were the funky buddies floating on the dance floor. Each one had a small weight at the bottom and a long skinny balloon leading up to the top balloon, half of which had flashing lights in them. Toby managed to come home with one of the flashing lights and has taken precious care of it since and it is still flashing - can you believe it - 5 days later! You can see my littlest, Jake, having fun with them! To see where you can get them from click on MAD Balloons and you can get your own.
My hubby's already planned them for his 40th - 5 years away!

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

pretty party paper

My niece had her 21st birthday party on the weekend and we had so much fun. Here she is with her boyfriend - hi Sarah, hi Dave! Sarah is a dancer and so it was most appropriate that the night was filled with dancing.My family can get a bit wild on the dance floor. So there was plenty of circle and group dancing, Jackson 5's Blame it on the Boogie, Nutbush, Macarena, and even a group dance to I would walk (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers which I think is a Forster special. A couple of solos or duets - Eagle Rock, a family classic, Grease megamix and some claytons karaoke to Working Class Man ( in honour of my nephew who's moving to Mount Isa next week) and any other Cold Chisel that made it's way on to the playlist.
I have to give credit to my sisters for instilling great musical taste in my nieces and nephews - one of whom even knew 'Don't Leave Me This Way' by the Communards - such a good sing along song! Good one DJ!
The dancing lasted long after we took our little bundles home at 10:30, with the Limbo and Hokey Pokey, one nephew even woke the next day with a red lump on his face after a "worm" attempt went horribly wrong - wish we had been there! Good on you Johno!
At one stage we noticed the bar staff all standing in a row just watching - oh well hope we brightened up their Saturday night at work!

My small contribution to the night was folding the serviettes. I searched the internet and found this site with instructions and pictures which made it so easy to make this - isn't it gorgeous! Especially with the frangipani in the middle. These are amazingly easy for a spectacular result. I pre-folded them up to a point and then my other niece, Karina, mum and nephews' girlfriends, Lauren and Jemma, helped to pull out the petals when we got there. My sister thought it was typical of me to start the evening with craft!!

Saturday, 26 July 2008

turned on it's side

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Here's my last case from the IB&C ( for the time being anyway!)
This time I've turned it on it's side.
It's amazing to see how one design can create such different styles of cards.
See the original copy here and another case here and scroll down for a third.
For this card I used Berry Bliss DS Paper and
Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Ribbon.
I embossed the flower from In the Spotlight in white on Purely Pomegranate cardstock, cut it out (if I had the flower punch I could have use that) then mounted it, using dimensionals, on white card stock and cut it out again.
No sentiment yet - I'm liking versatility at the moment plus I am loving copying - it is so easy! Very little thought process is good for my brain right now!

Thursday, 24 July 2008

little boy blue

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Having two little boys it's a good thing that I love blue.
This is another case from my original copy of the card in the IB&C see it here. I've changed things a fair bit but still worked from the same basic layout.
I've found it really helpful having cards I've made without any sentiment so when the need for the card arises I can add whatever is most appropriate then.

Stamps: All in the Family
Paper : Spring Break
Ink: StaZon
Accessories: Watercolour crayons, Aquapainter, Old Olive grosgrain, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets , Dimensionals, 1 1/4 " circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

fishy wishes


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Here's another cute and very easy card made with the retired set Very Punny. This was really quick to put together after just punching a few circles, embossing the dotted line from In the Spotlight as a frame and the sentiment from the hostess set So Many Sayings and rounding the corners.

Stamps: Very Punny, In the Spotlight, So Many Sayings
Paper: Blue Bayou, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: White Craft, Black StaZon
Accessories: 1" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, Watercolour crayons, Aquapainters, corner rounder punch

I do have this set, Very Punny, for sale if you are interested as well as a few others.
Contact me for more info.

Monday, 21 July 2008

Thanks to Tegan who awarded me this! How sweet, thanks Tegan!
Check out her blog to see her beautiful creations.
She has just started hosting her own challenges which I hope to play along with one day!
So here's what to do...
1. The winner can put the logo on their blog.

2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you’ve nominated.

So to nominate I shall pass you onto my fellow Stamper's Anonymous buddies
Marelle
(who I'm sure has been nominated about 1000 times!)
Sue
Sam
Ruth
Lorna
Sharon
and my upline
Karen
who has just begun her blog but has been paper crafting for years!

Hope you enjoy all the amazing things people can make
out of a bit of card, ink and glue!

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Happy for my Dad!

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while you will remember this card I made for my dad (and for a Kristina challenge). Well I am so happy to say that Dad finished his 6 weeks of radiation therapy yesterday and he is doing so well and I'm so proud of him.
He and mum arrived at our place on the their way back from treatment to show the boys his big mask that he had to have all over his face and shoulders that clipped him to the table to keep him in the exact place. Thankfully the boys weren't too scared of it - I think I would be if I had to go under it for 15 mins a day for 6 weeks. Any way it's all over for now, in a few weeks hopefully he'll be feeling much better and then he just has regular scans to keep an eye on things.
Thanks for your prayers.

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So for this card I've used an old set I have called 'Very Punny' - it's so cute and this little frog has the saying "Hoppy for you!" with it which I've stamped on the inside. In keeping with the spots on the frogs I've punched the circle out of the chocolate chip frame and arranged the 3 frogs behind that. Then I've done another style of dry embossing by just attaching punched circles in the same colour as the background cardstock in this case certainly celery. One of the keys to backgrounds looking right is to have the elements, whether they are stamped or in this case attached, half off the edges. Here I've attached the punched out circles and trimmed the overhanging part off.
Something a bit different!

Stamps : Very Punny, In the Spotlight
Ink: StaZon, white craft ink
Accessories: 1"circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, Watercolour Crayons, Aquapainter, Dimensionals. white embossing powder, heat gun, snail

Monday, 14 July 2008

Boho beauty

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This card was inspired by a swap from convention. Sadly I didn't go this year, but I still got to see lots of swaps thanks to my uplines and absolutely loved how this stamp set had been used like this. Unfortunately I don't have the details of who's swap it was but when I find out I'll definitely credit her - let me know if you know!
{Thanks to Sam for letting me know the swap was by Carol Dunstan.}
So for this one it's Boho Backgrounds again
(scroll down for another card made with that set).
The background is what I loved about the swap that inspired this card - in fact if I remember clearly that was the focus of the card - it was a little note card size - I have added the dry embossing strips and focus circle detail. Purple, blue and green are my favourite colours so that's another reason why this appealed to me so much.
Colours: Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst and Certainly Celery
- All in the Soft Subtle family

After stamping the little flowers all over in StaZon I coloured the flowers in Lilac, the leaves in Celery and the swirly in Amethyst. For the central feature I stamped the circle stamp in black StaZon and then coloured in with markers layering with dimensionals. I even coloured in the dimensional under the smallest circle (not that you can see it from this angle) but it took really well.


I had fun with my circle punches again 1/4 inch, 1 1/4 inch, 1 3/8 inch - and I got out the scalloped circle punch but it was too rounded and didn't match all the other petals on the card so using this technique I punched once and stuck the punched piece onto a scrap piece of paper and back into the punch to punch again so it punched each scallop in half and created this look, I then edged each little petal in black using my journaler.

This is one of my stamp-a-stack cards for the month - email me to book into this Thursday night's class.

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

IB&C copy

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So you may have seen my direct CASE from the Idea Book and Catalogue well here is the same card with a different colour combo, different stamp set and different embellishments just the same layout.

Mind you I didn't have to be overly creative to think what to change. I looked to another part of the catalogue for the inspiration for this one - the Style Watch pages 3 to 9. I love these pages as you can put together a 'look' by copying these ideas. As I wanted to use the Boho Background stamp set I went to the 'Boho West' style watch and chose my colour scheme from the colours used there.

I used the Crop-a-dile in two ways on this card - setting the eyelets on the corners in place of the brads and on the feature. I stamped the feature circle several times in 3 colours - Sage Shadow, Really Rust and Creamy Caramel then using my circle punches punched out the layers I wanted for each colour and started to assemble. For the flower part I used my scissors and cut it out myself - I know some would find that completely painful but for some reason I love cutting ( maybe it's my years teaching Kindergarten) but I find it quite therapeutic - weird I know! - anyway when I got to the largest circle I did feel a bit overwhelmed at the thought of cutting all around that so thankfully the smallest hole punch on the Crop-a-dile fit perfectly in between the spikes and when punched all around gives a really nice effect.

This was actually one of the easiest cards I've done because I didn't have to think too much and it's a style that I would never have thought up on my own. The ribbon was probably the thing that took the most time just deciding what to do - not sure if I like what I ended up with but it's different! What do you think?

Monday, 7 July 2008

close as a memory

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It's often really hard to find the right words to say for many occasions but when you can find a card that has the words you wished you could think of it's wonderful. This set 'Close as a Memory' has some beautiful sayings. One of which you can see below. The other saying is a quote by Thomas Moore, " Earth has no sorrow heaven cannot heal." But unfortunately that little piece of rubber is hiding from my sister, who I am borrowing this stamp set from (hi Sue, thanks for the lend!).
On this card I used a Rich Regals colour combo of Night of Navy, Rose Red and Always Artichoke with Very Vanilla. There's also a spot of So Saffron in the middle of the flowers but it's hardly noticeable in the photo. I used markers to colour in the flowers and sentiment and breathed on the stamp (huffed) to re-moistened the ink before stamping.
To add some dimension I used my sponge daubers to sponge the edges of each piece.
I also got out my Crop-a-dile to do some dry embossing. I just set the adjustable pieces to A and 2 and pressed quite lightly to get this raised dot effect. My Mat Pack guide helped keep them in a straight line!

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

KCC #14

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Man this was a challenge! Kristina Werner's latest colour challenge included these colours and the sentiment was suppose to scream bold or sassy.
I tried really hard not to use White as it's not in the colour challenge (I kept going back to Kristina's page to check she hadn't put it in!) but I had to get out my gel pen to give it some oomph plus it matched the lovely stripe in the ribbon which is from Ribbon Originals District - love it!
Well I have no idea who I'd give this card to? But being winter here I guess that's where some of my inspiration came from and perhaps I need to chill a bit more - I could give it to myself LOL!
See the inspiration piece here.


IB&C CASE

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I've had lots of people recently tell me how much they love the catalogue because it's not just a catalogue, it's an idea book, hence the name Idea Book and Catalogue (IB&C).
(now I have 'The Castle' running through my head "he's an ideas man")

I absolutely love the hostess set In the Spotlight and I recently got it YAY!
I've copied (almost exactly) one of the example cards from that page (p22). It's a great way of being creative without being creative and it was so quick to make a card that you don't really have to think about. If you know you like it in the catalogue then you don't have to fiddle about with where to put things or what colour scheme or stamp set to use - all the decisions are made for you - how nice for a change!

Oh, I just noticed the hodgepodge isn't centred- bummer - oh well - I focussed on the ribbon and how to attach the hodgepodge and feature so much I didn't even notice I was sticking it off centre! I'll just go and fix that now but I'm afraid this photo will have to do - resisting perfectionistic inclinations....
For the details check out your catalogue on page 155 under 22A

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