Tuesday, 29 September 2009

outlined birthdays

I've been having fun making things for family and these three were for my nieces and nephew in QLD.
While this uses some retired ds paper it shows my favourite use of the Outlined Alphabet - paper piecing. For this one I used the chalkboard technique where i stamped in White craft ink and then using a cotton ball dabbed chalks over the letters. Some Jumbo eyelets on the corners and paper piercing finish it off.
Then back to the paper piecing technique for Eliza Jane. While I made them as cards I was thinking they may use these as door signs for their bedrooms.
Will be a bit busy over the next few days with exciting stuff so will have news to tell when I am back!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

for mum

This is a card I made for my mum - they are colours I think of when I think of her. Soft, beautiful and elegant. It is an extra large card I think it worked out 10.5cm x 14.8cm as I knew I had a lot to say to her. I had to custom make my envelope to fit. The important thing was she loved it. This uses two stamp sets from the Spring mini - Great Friend and Soft Summer. Colours: Sage Shadow, Perfect Plum, Kraft and Whisper White

Monday, 21 September 2009

25 years

Today is my sisters 25th Wedding Anniversary and she is in Tassie having a lovely holiday with her hubby. This is the card I made for them and gave them before they left a week and a half ago. The ribbon is not SU! but everything else is. I used the set A Happy Heart and the SAB set Congratulations but I mixed up the saying with one word and the 2 and 5 from Short Order Numbers. It may be hard to read but it says Congratulations on 25 years of wedded bliss. I stamped the heart in Silver ink onto Baja Breeze card stock and embossed with Silver Embossing powder and then cut it out and mounted it on Whisper White cardstock.
Ingredients: A Happy Heart, Congrats, Short Order Numbers Baja Breeze cardstock and ink, vellum paper, silver brads, Whisper white cardstock, white embossing powder, White craft ink, Silver embossing powder and ink.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

butterflies mad

I am loving the set Great Friend in case you hadn't worked that out and also Baja Breeze - I think it's my favourite InColor this year - it's certainly the one I've used the most! Please excuse the tilted butterfly in the middle of the large card. I didn't notice until after I'd taken the photos and then I fixed it but haven't reshot the photos. These are tiny cards perfect for little gifts just made with left over scraps of cardstock. For this one I stamped the butterfly in Going Grey. It would be real handy if they did a punch to match this butterfly!!! I did dry embossing to make the border for this card using my paper trimmer and bone scorer. Then got out the pearls and rhinestone brads from the Pretties kit. I think it needs a word below the butterflies - preferably a long simple elegant one but I'm waiting to see what occasion I give it for to inspire me!

Monday, 14 September 2009

the rest of the diagonal rays

These are the rest of the set of cards {finally!} I made using the diagonal rays technique I cased from Kristina Werner a while ago. See this post here for my first card. It was difficult knowing how to embellish them as the patterned paper is so busy. It took me some time and many layout changes to decide on what I ended up with and I'm not sure they are really to my taste but it was fun trying something new. I ended up using the Happy Birthday individual stamp and more Felt Fusion Flowers. I punched out the scalloped oval punch three times and made it big enough to matt the large oval punch, one for the top, one for the bottom and one chopped in half to do either end. I scalloped a strip of Regal Rose card stock down the left hand side which is kind of tricky to see in the photo. This one uses the butterfly and sentiment from Great Friend which has seen a lot of ink lately. I stamped the butterfly in White StazOn onto acetate and cut it out and then cut out some ds paper in Rose Red and attached the butterfly to it so the white stood out enough. Some brads and bling embellished the body of the butterfly. and this one has Regal Rose Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon and some buttons.
Be back with more butterflies soon!

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

tree trimmed

This is the second design we'll be doing at Friday nights card class. I have a couple of spaces so email to book in. This uses the Tree Trimmed set from the mini Catalogue and some of the Ski Slope DS paper. I was inspired by Beate Jones to make the inside pretty as well so we are copying the same design inside and as there didn't seem to be much room for a sentiment on the outside I've put it on the inside.
This card also uses a stamp from the Best Yet hostess set and Thoughts and Prayers, my newest set. There is a tree which Ange Kelly inspired me to turn upside down to hang the ornaments off. Colour are taken from the Ski Slope DS paper : Real Red, Old Olive and Baja Breeze.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Fathers Day trio

Just a quick one before I come back with the rest of the Diagonal rays cards. Last weekend we had a charity concert at church where the Idea of North performed - if you've never heard them they are an amazing accapella quartet with a great sense of humour as well as fantastic voices. We raised money for Allowah the Children's Hospital at Dundas. Aside from the ticket sales we asked local businesses to donate items for auction so at supper in between the two acts one of the auctioneers from a local real estate agent put on his best auctioneer voice and managed to get a couple of thousand dollars for the items donated. It was hilarious! Anyway my little contribution was to make some cards to sell and here are some of them. I thought is was perfect timing with Fathers Day today to make these.... All three use the sentiment from Occasional Greetings, such a great set. This is one started out with a piece of cardstock I'd stamped ages ago so the background stamp is a retired one as are the eyelets but they add a masculine touch.. The next two use paper from the Urban Garden pack, lots of layers and paper piercing. Thankfully I have enough left over so I can choose which one I give my wonderful hubby who is a great dad to our almost three little ones. Today we were in Forster for Fathers Day and it was beautiful though I missed my dad very much. I wish every Father a wonderful day.

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