Archive for February, 2010

Karen Cummings and Tracey Hanshaw are collecting handmade Mother’s day cards for the Aussie troops overseas.  This so that the Aussie Troops can send cards home to their mums for mother’s day.   If we all set some time aside to make a few card, Karen and Tracey might be able to reach their goal of 400 cards, the Closing Date is the 31st of March.  If everyone could either put a post on their blogs, or get a group together to make and or collect some Mother’s Day cards to assist  Tracey and Karen, it would be greatly appreciated.  Click here to contact Tracey for further details. 

Here are some of the cards I have made so far:

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  Just Add Ink has a sketch Challenge this week.  When I saw the sketch it made think of my Mostly Flowers stamp set.  This is one of my favourite stamp set which I bought a few months ago from a Stampin Up demonstrator selling off some of her stamps, because she was making way for new stamps.   The sketch has allowed me to create a simple design using black and white which I think has come out effectively.  I used black card stock and then layered on a piece of whisper white card that I had put through the cuttlebug, using the divine swirl embossing folder.  I used one of the stamps from the Mostly Flowers stamp set and stamped the image 3 times using black ink.  I cut around the stamped images and put them to one side while I cut some black and silver ribbon that I bought from the Reject Shop. I used sticky strip to adhere the ribbon to the card and then I adhered the 3 stamped images to the ribbon.  I finished off the stamped images with 3 small rhinestone, one for each image.   I then placed the birthday greeting from Sincere Salutations which I stamped with Black ink on whisper white cardstock and punched out with the large oval punch.  I punched a piece of black cardstock with the scalloped oval punch and layered it behind the Birthday greeting.  I used foam pads to raise the birthday greeting off the card.  I finished off with a rhinestone for the dot over the letter ‘i’. 


Stamps: Mostly Flowers, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Whisper White, Black
Ink: Black
Accessories:  Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, rhinestone, Embossing folder Divine Swirl, Black and Silver Ribbon

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More Blog Candy that I won

I recently won some blog candy from Gardenia Pepworth.  I was lucky enough to make the 500th comment on her blog.  I was totally surprised that I had won the blog candy that she was offering for the 500th comment.  Today I received my candy in the post and I am just so so happy.  I won 4 cards made by Gardenia, some ribbons, embellishments and the Saleabration set Happy Moments.  This is really a wonderful prize and it was all for just leaving a comment.  Gardenia sometimes has blog candy on offer for when her blog reaches certain milestones so if you have time, please take a look at Gardenia’s site, she makes some lovely cards.   I am so happy that I won the Happy Moments Set, even thought I already have the Happy Moments set,  I am going to give this one to my sister.  Its her birthday next week .  I am so surprised by my luck lately. 🙂

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The above colour combination (Green Galore, Summer Sun, Only Orange, Pixie Pink) are Stampin Royalty’s colour challenge for this week.  When I saw these colours they reminded me of Easter and I decided to make an Easter card and basket.  I really like Easter, because the kids love it so much and they come home with wonderful creations that they make at school.  I also like Easter because I get to make things and put out my easter decorations.  When I was in Europe in 2006 I bought a little tree where I can hang Easter ornaments from.  It is the cutest thing and I am not sure why we dont have them here in Australia.  If I get time, I will take a picture of it and put it on my blog.  For the basket I used a simple weave technique.  I used Only Orange for the base and weaved small strips of green card through the slits I made in the only orange cardstock.  Always remember to weave through the opposite slits from the previous weave otherwise you wont get a weave look.  Once all the strips have been weaved I then scored the cardstock so I could fold up the sides and join them together with sticky strip.  Remember to use sticky strip at the ends of the green strips you are weaving.  It is hard to stick them down once you have scored the card and made the basket shape.  I then cut a 2 inch wide strip of green card to make the handle and used the eyelet border punch on both sides for decoration.   I then stamped the rabbit from Eggcoutrements and cut it out with scissors and punched some stamped Spring Flowers that I attached to either side of the rabbit and two on the handle.  With the card I used Whisper white cardstock and then layered a piece of green card and another piece of whisper white cardstock, that I had put through the cuttlebug using the Swiss Dot folder.  I tied the ivory ribbon around the green card and whisper white and attached the large Daisy from the Looks Like Spring stampset and used snail adhesive to attach it to the Whisper White base.  I then stamped a series of the smaller flowers using pixie pink, only orange and summer sun, which I then punched with the Spring Flower Bouquet Punch.  I attached the flowers using snail adhesive.  To finish of the card I stamped one of the Easter sentiments from the Eggcoutrement stamp set.  



Stamps: Eggcoutrement, Looks Like Spring
Paper: Whisper White, Green
Ink: Green Galore, Summer Sun, Pixie Pink, Only Orange
Accessories: Swiss Dot folder, Cuttlebug, Ivory Ribbon, Orange Brad, Foam Pads, Spring Flower Bouquet Punch
Stamps: Eggcoutrement, Looks Like Spring
Paper: Only Orange, Green
Ink: Green Galore, Summer Sun, Only Orange
Accessories: Spring Flower Bouquet Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Foam Pads


Here is the Easter decoration that I mentioned earlier in my blog.  Sorry the picture is not the best, but now you will understand what I was talking about. 

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Just Add Ink has a new challenge this week.  They are asking for people to think outside the square.  I am not sure if flowerpot cards are considered outside the square since they were quite popular a few months ago.  I still like them and I have been meaning to use a flower idea that I saw on someone website back in September last year.  Unfortunately I cant remember the site’s name.  The site owner called the flowers geraniums but I think they look more like hydrangea, which is why I used Almost Amethyst.   To make the flowers, I punched seven scallop circles and one 1 1/4″ circle from Almost Amethyst cardstock.   To add a little depth to the scallop circles I sponged the edges with Almost Amethyst .  I then lightly spritzed the scalloped circles with water and then crushed them in my hands, one by one.  I unfolded the  scallop circles and cut 1/4 of the way down from each groove  to form individual petals.  Once all 7 scallops had petals, I then folded each scallop in half and then half again.  I used glue dots to stick the folded scallops to the 1 1/4″ circle in layers. 4 on the bottom layer and 3 on the top.  I then teased out the petals to give the flower shape.  I repeated this process another 2 times to finish up with 3 flowers.  To make the flowerpot I used the template that I got from Andrea Walford  website some time ago.   For the pot I used Bella Bleu and accented it with a cream scallop border and Ivory ribbon.  I then made the insert card using Whisper White and Almost Amethyst.  I attached the flowers and leaves using foam pads.  The leaves are actually one of the trees from the Trendy Trees stamp set.   To finish off I used one of the sentiments from the Saleabration set Whimsical Words.


Stamps: Trendy Trees, Whimsical Words
Paper: Whisper White, Almost Amethyst, Cream Textured Cardstock, Bella Bleu DSP
Ink: Almost Amethyst, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Glue Dots, Ivory Ribbon, Foam Pads

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DDC#37 – Alphabet Soup

I found this challenge on a Dutch craft website called Double Dutch .  The Design team is looking for anything that either uses a letter or makes up a word, it could be a card or any other creative form.  I decided to focus on a card for the Letter D, since my daughter Deanna is having her 12th birthday next week.  I have already made her a card for her birthday, but I thought she would like this if I mount it in a frame for her room.

I used Black cardstock to create the Letter D which I then mounted on pink cardstock and followed the outline of the letter ‘D’, which was then mounted on red cardstock.  I selected various stamp sets to create the leaves, flowers, ladybirds and butterfly.  I cut out the stamped images and with some, I used foam pads  to  raise the images and others I just used doubleside tape.

Als u Nederlands bent en een commentaar zou willen verlaten dat kan.  Ik kan het Nederlands lezen.  Ik heb alleen maar probleem om het Nederlands te schrijven.


Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Razzle Dazzle, Artfully Asian, I {heart} hearts, Polka Dots and Petals
Paper: White, Black, Red and Pink

Ink: Old Olive, Real Red,  Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Black

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Stamp a Memory has a new Challenge this week.   They are looking for a layout in Black and White plus one other colour of your choice.  The prize will be a Black and White Pack containing, Black Stazon Ink, Whisper White Craft Ink and a Uniball White Gel pen.  For this Challenge I used a photo of my son Erik playing cricket in the backyard.   I started with the original photo and used Photoshop to apply a background layer to the original photo that I then converted to black and white.  I then used the eraser that made the colour of the ball come out from the original photo and then I merged the images and printed.   Once I printed the Erik’s photo, 1 large and 2 small.   I had to decide what  black, white and red layout would go with the picture.  I decided to go for a cricket theme and I used the ScissorCircle Plus to cut a red circle using some Red Riding Hood cardstock and used a white gel pen to make it look like a cricket ball.  I then cut some black cardstock to use as background and to make the cricket stumps and bails and punched out some small stars and curly labels.  With the Whisper White cardstock I stamped some of the words from the new Saleabration set, Whimsical Words and punched them out using the curly label punch.  After some repositioning I came up with how I wanted the layout to look.   Here is the final result.


Stamps: Whimiscal Words, Best Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Red Riding Hood, Black
Ink: Red Riding Hood
Accessories: Small Star punch, Clurly Label Punch, Scissor Circle Plus, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch

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I found Stampin’ Royalty Challenge #6 on the web at Stampin Royalty.  If you get the chance ,visit their site they have Challenges every week and there are some interesting cards and scrapbook pages on their site. 

I thought the card that I made with the blog Candy I won recently would be ideal for this challenge as it reflects how much I love the blog Candy I won and the appreciation I had for the Art with Heart team.  I would also like to wish anyone reading my blog a Very Happy Valentines day and even if you dont celebrate Valentines Day, know that you are all special.   .

The girls at Dutch dare card challenges are also running a challenge at the moment for a Valentine’s day card and I thought that this card would also suit their challenge also.




Stamps: I {Heart} hearts, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Berry Bliss DSP, Spring Fling DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Large White Grommet, Pink Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Folder Birds and Swirls


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Stamps: Artfully Asian, Good Neighbours
Paper: Whisper White, Black Card Stock, Sage Shadow, Kraft paper 
     Ink: Rose Red, Sage Shadow, More Mustard      

 Accessories:  Crimper, Rose Red 1″ Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon 



This week’s challenge at Just Add Ink is a colour challenge using the colours More Mustard, Rose Red, Sage Shadow and Kraft.  I did not find this an easy challenge even though I do have DSP that fits in the colour schema.  I just couldnt seem to get it to work with any of the layouts I tried.  I then decided to go for an Autumn theme with the colours.  I wasnt sure how to incorporate the Kraft paper, as I only had a small amount.  I ended up using the kraft paper to create brown leaves that I crimped before stamping and then cutting the leaf shapes out.  I added the leaves with dimensional.  I think that the tree from the Good Neighbour set worked well as a background stamp.  I would also like to say that I thought the tutorial on the Just Add Ink site about taking photos was good.  Unfortunately it hasnt made my photos any better. 🙂 .  I need more practice. 
This challenge really has my brain working overtime.  I decided to cleanup my paper stock today (Saturday) and I came across some More Mustard and Kraft paper, so decided to try and make a classic native type posy using the Organic Grace set.  I really love the fern and dragonfly in this set.  With the flowers I stamped two on the whisper white paper using a combination of More Mustard and Rose Red.  Then I stamped 3 more on another piece of Whisper White so I could layer two of them over the original two and the other one I used a dimensional so that it was slightly raised above the two base flowers. I then stamped the fern and other flowers around in a classic posy shape.  I also used the same flower stamp on the kraft paper.  The dragonfly was stamped using black ink and then sponged over with some Sage Shadow. 



Stamps: Organic Grace, Happy Moments
Paper: Whisper White, More Mustard, Kraft paper
Ink: Rose Red, Sage Shadow, More Mustard, Black, VersaMark
Accessories:  Dimensional, 6 small black brads






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Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Wanted, Salutations 

Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Sand Textured Cardstock 

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze 

Accessories: Certain Celery Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Stampamajig



I recent bought the WANTED stamp set from the Stampin Up Inventory Clearout Sale.  I think this is a great stamp set to use, especially when making male birthday cards.  My husband’s nephew’s birthday is in March and I have been playing around with ideas on what to make and I have come up with this design.  I also used the Lovely as a Tree stamp set for the background and to create the Shoreline.  To create the mottled image of the horse in the water I stamped the horse on the rough side of the stampamaij imaging sheet and placed it in the mirror imaged position underneath the stamped horse. Then I used a dauber with my Baja Breeze ink to colour the water and Kiwi Kiss for the grass.  If you would to see other ideas on male cards please visit Stampin’ Royalty, as this week’s challenge #7 is masculine cards. 


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