Archive for March, 2010

Friday’s are Sketch Challenge day at the Taylored Expressions Blog and Taylor has an added a BONUS to playing the weekly Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenges… PRIZES! Taylor wont have a set schedule as to when a prize week will be, so you’ll want to check her blog every Friday for the sketch and any Bonuses that she maybe giving away. This week is one of those weeks that she will be giving away BONUS PRIZES for TESC106!   


Unfortunately I missed last weeks challenge, I had in mind to do a card using my Paris stamp set but I have been side tracked making other cards and ran out of time.  I am very happy with this weeks Challenge, as it has helped me make my brother’s card for his birthday on Tuesday.  I wanted to use the SU ‘Wanted’ set, but I was trying to think of a different way to use it and this sketch helps me do that.  I started with a base card of chocolate chip and I then adhered some black cardstock to the base card.  The black cardstock is 1/2 cm smaller than the front of the base card.  I then stamped the medallion looking stamp from the SU Wanted set using Really Rust on textured cream cardstock.  I had partially stamped the image on some tissue before stamping it on the textured cream cardstock.  This was to make sure that the image was not going to be too dark for the horse image that I was going to stamp over the top, using Chocolate Chip Ink.  I then stamped the birthday greeting from the SU set Happy Moments.  I do have to say, that when I first got the Happy Moments set I wondered when I would use the greeting as I thought it was too small, but I seem to have used it a lot lately on my cards. 🙂 Next, I used a sponge dauber to ink the edges of the textured cream cardstock  with chocolate chip (You cant see it very well in the photo).  I then used my VersaMark to stamp the stars, flower type  and paisley stamps from the Wanted stamp set on the black cardstock and some pieces of chocolate chip that I was going to use at backing for the horse image and the three boxes at the bottom of the card.  Using Really Rust, I stamped 3 stars,  the 2 smaller stars I punched out with a small star punch and the slightly large star I cut out by hand.  I adhered the cream cardstock to the chocolate chip backing and then attached to the black cardstock.  Followed by attaching the stars to the three boxes and then attaching them to the black cardstock.  There you have the card for my brother.  Thank you Taylor for motivating me to make his card. 🙂


Henri's Birthday Card

Stamps: Wanted, Happy Moments
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Black Cardstock, Textured Cream Cardstock
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust
Accessories: Star Punch, VersaMark, Sponge Dauber

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[ICS59.JPG]At Inspirational Card Sketches they have a sketch Challenge this week, plus if you enter you also have the chance to win some Blog Candy that was kindly donated by DT member Mary . For this Challenge, I started with a base card of Whisper White Cardstock.  I then embossed some Navy Blue cardstock with the embossing folder Victoria and adhered to the base card. I punched a strip of embossed Whisper White cardstock with the SU Eyelet border punch and adhered this to the navy blue cardstock. Using a Fiskars Oval Template I traced out one of the ovals and then cut it out with scissors. I stamped the birthday sentiment from the SU stampset Whimsical Words using Night Of Navy Ink.  I then stamped 4 flowers from the SU Stampset Eastern Blooms also using the Night Of Navy ink.  I trimmed the flower with scissors and set to one side.  I punched out a longer strip of Whisper White cardstock using the eyelet border punch.  I then cut the strip at each indent, but not all the way up.  The cuts allows you to curve the strip around the oval, which I did.  I adhered the oval shape to the card and then stuck the 4 Eastern Bloom flowers around the outer edge.  I finished by adding a rhinestone to the centre of each flower.


Stamps: Whimsical Words, Eastern Blooms
Paper: Whisper White, Navy Cardstock
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Fiskars Oval Template, Embossing folder Victoria, Cuttlebug, Rhinestones

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Clean and Simple have a new sketch this week and here is my take on their Sketch.  I started with a based card of Red cardstock measuring 10.5 cm x 10.5 cm.  I trimmed a piece of textured white cardstock, which I embossed using the limited Edition Roses folder.  I then used the eyelet border punch to punch a piece of black cardstock, which I then adhered to the card.  I took another piece of red cardstock which I trimmed and adhered to the card. I then embossed a smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock using the limited Edition roses folder.  I punched 4 scallop circles using the SU Scallop Circle punch.  I crushed the paper and then unfolded it again.  I layered them one on top of the other and use the cropadile to punch a circle in the centre and then stuck them together with a gold brad.  I crushed and teased the scallop circles to make more of a flower shape. I finished off the flower by inserting the brad into the embossed white cardstock and adhere it to the red card stock.  I then stamped a birthday greeting from the Happy Moments stamp set using black ink. I punched out the greeting using the SU Curly Label punch which I trimmed and adhered another trimmed red curly label behind and then attached to the card.


Stamps: Happy Moments
Paper: Whisper White, Red Cardstock, Black, Washington Apple
Ink: Black
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Limited Edition Roses Embossing folder, Cuttlebug, Gold Brad

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 This week, Makeesha has a sketch challenge.  I am enjoying the different challenges that Inkspiration does each week.  I particularly like the Sketch Challenges, as it increase the number of layouts that I can use for the cards I make.  With this Challenge, I thought the layout would work nicely for a child’s birthday card.  I started with a based card of Whisper White, which opens from bottom to top and not right to left.  I adhered a piece of Urban Garden DSP to the top of the card. I then took another piece of Whisper White cardstock and embossed it using the Swiss Dot embossing folder and adhered this to the base card.  I then stamped animals from the Wild About You stamp set using colours from the Urban Garden DSP as a guide.  Basic Grey for the Elephant, Kiwi Kiss for the Crocodile, Night of Navy for the small bird, Night of Navy and Kiwi Kiss for the flowers and Baja Breeze for the Giraffe.   I then adhered the animals to the card and stamped the greeting “Wild About You”, using Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze and Night of Navy.   Which I trimmed and adhered to a piece of Whisper White cardstock and placed on the card. 

Stamps: Wild About You
Paper: Whisper White, Urban Garden DSP
Ink: Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Night of Navy
Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing folder Swiss Dot

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Just Add Ink are up to Challenge #10.  The colours for this week’s colour challenge, are nice warm colours.  I had a little trouble with the Kraft colour since I have run out and I used Sahara Sand as a replacement.  I hope that is okay.  I decided to make a card using my Razzle Dazzle set.  I started with a card base using blush blossom cardstock.  I embossed the front of the blush blossom card with a Swiss Dot embossing folder.  I then used a Fiskars Template to trace the Victorian label template on to a piece of Close to Cocoa, which I then trimmed with scissors.  I embossed the Close to Cocoa using the Victoria embossing folder. I stamped the Razzle Dazzle flower on to a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Sahara Sand and Cameo Coral Ink.  I then used the Fiskar template to trace the scallop label around the Razzle Dazzle stamped flower.  I  then trimmed the label with scissors.  I used a glue stick to add glue over the flowers and the edge of the label and covered with Dazzling Diamonds.  I put a Rhinestone at the centre of the largest flower.  I tied some coral coloured ribbon around the Close to Cocoa cardstock and adhered the Close to Cocoa to the Blush Blossom and then the Very Vanilla cardstock to the Close to Cocoa.  I finished up with stamping a birthday greeting from the Happy Moments set, using Cameo Coral ink and coating the edges with some Dazzling Diamonds.  I adhered the birthday wishes using foam pads



Stamps: Razzle Dazzle, Happy Moments
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom, Very Vanilla
Ink: Sahara Sand, Cameo Coral
Accessories: Rhinestone, Dazzling Diamond, Embossing folders Swiss Dot and Victoria, Fiskars Template, Coral Ribbon, Foam Pads


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The Play Date Cafe have a new colour Challenge on this week.  They are asking for something made with the colours blue, red and Kraft.  The blue I used is darker, because I picked a DSP that had blue and kraft colours in it and the red is a little deeper,  but hopefully it is okay.  I started with a Whisper White base card.  I then embossed a piece of Not Quiet Navy cardstock with the embossing folder Devine Swirl.  I then trimmed a piece of Bella Bleu DSP to layer on top of the embossed Not Quiet Navy.  I then punched 4 scallop squares using the SU square scallop punch.  I trimmed the edges of the square scallops to reduce the overlap.  Unfortunately on one of the 4 squares I trimmed one side a little too much, and as it was my last piece of Not Quiet Navy, I had to cut one of the scallops from the scraps so that I could put into the gap :(.  I then adhered a piece of Whisper White Cardstock over the scallop squares.  You don’t notice the problem with the scallop border that much on the card, but you do in the photo.  I stamped a birthday greeting from the SU Happy Moments set using Riding Hood Red Ink.  I then stamped a the large daisy from the SU Looks Like Spring stampset also using the Riding Hood Red ink.  I trimmed the flower and adhered over the birthday greeting.  There you have my take on this challenge. 


Stamps: Looks Like Spring, Happy Moments
Paper: Whisper White, Not Quiet Navy, Bella Bleu DSP
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Devine Swirl Embossing Folder, Square Scallop Punch

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The girls from Double Dutch have a new challenge this week.  They are asking for a card or creation that is the shape of an Easter Egg!  I decided to keep my egg simple.  I started with a base Whisper White card slightly smaller than a standard card.  I drew and egg on the front of the card and trimmed around the shape of the egg, I made sure that I did not cut all the way around, otherwise I would have had two eggs :). I then embossed the front of the card using the Birds and Swirls embossing folder.  I coloured the embossed vines, birds and flowers using blue, pink and green chalk.  I then stamped some flowers using the SU stamp set Looks Like Spring and Regal Rose ink.  I then punched out the flowers using the SU punch Spring Bouquet and adhered them randomly over the egg.  I then tied a double stitched pink ribbon around the egg and finished off with an Easter Greeting sticker inside the card.  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: Looks Like Spring
Paper:Whisper White
Chalk: Green, Pink, Blue
Ink: Regal Rose
Accessories: Sticker, Pink Double Stitched Ribbon, Cuttlebug folder Birds and Swirls, SU Spring Bouquet Punch

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Makeesha has an inspiration challenge this week using the picture displayed above.  I decided to give the Challenge ago, but maybe the card I made is not as sophisticated as others made for this Challenge.  This could be because I chose not to use black  in the card and I focused on the flowers and used lighter colours.  I still thought it was fun trying to come up with something for this Challenge and I think that you should give it ago, if you havent already.  I started with a base card made from Almost Amethyst.  I scored the card on the top and bottom to make a section where I was going to place the embossed cardstock.  I then embossed a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the embossing folder Victoria.  I adhered the embossed side down (this means that I stuck the raised side of the embossing down) between the scored lines.  I then stamped some flowers from the SU Look Like Spring stampset, using So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss and Orchid Opulence.  I punched out the smaller flowers using the SU Spring Bouquet punch and I cut out the larger flower by hand.  I randomly adhered the flower on the embossed cardstock and then stamped a Birthday Greeting from the Sincere Salutation stampset using the So Saffron ink on piece of scrap Whisper White cardstock.  I then punched out the greeting using the Large Oval punch and for the backing of this oval, I punched out a Scallop Oval using Almost Amethyst cardstock.  Unfortunately in the photo you can’t really see the scored lines and I think that is partly because the embossed cardstock is very close to the lines and it is hard to distinguish in the photo.

Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Looks Like Spring
Paper: Whisper White, Almost Amethyst
Ink: So Saffron, Orchid Opulence, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Embossing folder Victoria , Spring Bouquet Punch

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On the Cuttlebug Challenge website they have a Challenge that is asking crafters what does Spring make you think of, because the members have been waiting for Spring for such a long time.  As I live in Australia, we are now coming into Autumn days where our days are now getting shorter, but the temperature is still mild.  It also means that we are coming to an end of a strange summer season, with rain, hail, hot humid days, hot dry days, windy weather and some beautiful mild days as well.    With Spring, it reminds me of beautiful fresh sunny days with a nice cool breeze, and the beginning of lighter days and the sounds of birds chirping in the morning sun.  For this Challenge I chose to make a Birthday Card with Spring flowers, but I kept the design simple as it reminds me of the crisp fresh mornings of spring.  I started with a base card in Whisper White cardstock, which I scored on the front of the card 3 times to divide up the card into sections where I was going to put the embossed card stock and the row of stamped flowers.  I then embossed a piece of Whisper White Cardstock using the Swiss Dot embossing folder and placed into the centre of the largest scored sections on the front of the card.  I then stamped the daisy flower from the SU Looks Like Spring stampset, using the ink colours So Saffron and Regal Rose.  I stamped the daisy 5 times and then punch the daisies out using the SU Spring Bouquet Punch.  I adhered the 5 flowers into the middle of the two scoring lines that I made at the bottom of the card.   I finished off the card by stamping a birthday sentiment on Whisper White cardstock using the SU Sincere Salutation stamp set and the ink colour Regal Rose, which I then trimmed and adhered into the middle of the embossed section on the front of the card. 

Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Looks Like Spring
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: So Saffron, Regal Rose
Accessories: Embossing folder Swiss Dot , Spring Bouquet Punch

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I came across The Play Date Cafe website about a week ago and they have some really nice cards on their site.  I decided to participate in Challenge 21 which is about Spring.  Even though it’s not Spring here in Australia, I thought the colours would work really well with my Saleabration set ,Happy Moments and I have been meaning to create a card with the bird in the cage, but I havent gotten around to it, thus far.  For this Challenge, I used the Stampin Up colours Barely Banana, Pixie Pink and Pink Pirouette.  I started with a base card made from Whisper White cardstock. I then embossed a piece of Pink Pirouette Cardstock using the Cuttlebug folder Devine Swirl.  I adhered this to the base card and then embossed a small piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Script Embossing folder.  I adhered the Embossed Whisper White cardstock to the Pink Pirouette cardstock and then I began to stamp.  I stamped 6 flowers from the Eastern Bloom set using Barely Banana, Pixie Pink and Pink Pirouette.  I then stamped the Bird Cage from the Saleabration Happy Moments set using Chocolate Chip ink on to a piece of So Saffron DSP.  I finished stamping, by stamping the Birthday greeting from the Sincere Salutations Stamp set using Pixie Pink.  I then punch out the Birthday Greeting with the Large Oval Punch and I also punched a piece of scrap So Saffron DSP with the Scallop Oval Punch to use as backing for the punched out Birthday Greeting.  I trimmed the bird-cage and the flowers and adhered them to the embossed cardstock.  For some of the flowers I used foam pads to add a little dimension to the flowers.  I then adhered the Birthday greeting using foam pads.  There you have my take on this weeks Challenge. Oh, almost forgot, I finished off with a Rhinestone on the top of the bird-cage.

Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Eastern Blooms, Happy Moments
Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Barely Banana, Pixie Pink
Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Embossing folders Devine Swirl and Script, Rhinestone

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