Archive for April, 2010

Clean and Simple have a new sketch this week. With my card, I decided to make a baby card using Whisper White cardstock and Pink Pirouette cardstock and ribbon. I started with a base card of Whisper White and then I trimmed a piece of Whisper White card stock to be a bit smaller than the front of the base card. I embossed this piece with a Swiss Dot embossing folder and adhered the embossed card to the front of the base card. I stamped the Giraffe from the Wild About You stampset using Pink Pirouette ink, on a piece of scrap Whisper White cardstock. I then punched the Giraffe out, using 1 3/8″ circle punch and  punched a scrap piece of Pink Pirouette using the Scallop Circle punch.  I adhered the 1 3/8″ circle to the Pink Pirouette scallop circle. I then used the small hole punch on the cropadile to punch a hole on either side of the giraffe’s neck so that I could tie a small piece of Pink Pirouette ribbon.  I then adhered two strips of Pink Pirouette striped Grosgrain ribbon to the base card and then adhered the circles.  I finished up with stamping the Small Wonder sentiment from the Whimsical Words stamp set, using Pink Pirouette and two pink button brads.  Unfortunately the sentiment does not show up very clearly on the photo. 

Stamps: Whimsical Words
Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Pink Pirouette
Accessories: 1 3/8″ circle punch, Scallop Oval Punch, pink button brads, Striped Pink Pirouette Grosgrain,  1/4″ Pink Pirouette Grosgrain, Cropadile, Swiss Dot Embossing folder

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Just Add Ink have a new challenge this week.  They are asking for something that has a Vintage look.  It has been some time since I last did a vintage layout, so this was an interesting challenge for me.  I started with a standard base card made from Camel coloured textured cardstock.  I then trimmed a piece of Cream textured cardstock that was slightly smaller than the face of the base card.  I embossed the cream cardstock with the Devine Swirl embossing folder.  I then trimmed 2 sheets of 6″ Kaiser craft designer paper from the Tea at Elsie’s Collection.  Using my fingernail, I ran it along the edges of the trimmed designer paper to distress the edges slightly.  I adhered the designer paper to the embossed cream cardstock as well as a piece of lace around the cardstock.  I then trimmed a piece of camel cardstock and designer paper to use as a backing for the sentiments.  I pierced the corners of the designer paper to add some dimension to the paper as well as using the distressing technique I mentioned above.  I stamped the Birthday sentiment from the Sincere Salutation stamp set using Chocolate Chip ink.  I stamped the greeting on a piece of designer paper, which I then punched out using the Large Oval punch.  I then punched out another piece of designer paper using the Scallop Oval Punch, which I adhered to the back of the punched out birthday sentiment.   Using foam dots, I adhered the sentiment to the backing cardstock, which I then adhered to the card.  I finished off by adding two flowers from the Kaiser Devonshire embellishment pack, to make one flower.  I placed a pearl in the centre of the flower and adhered it to the card.  I think my card has a vintage look and I hope its okay.


Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Paper: Camel Textured Cardstock, Cream Textured Cardstock, Tea at Elsie’s Designer Paper
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Devine Swirl embossing folder, Kaiser Devonshire embellishment pack – Lace and flowers, 
                              Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Red Brad, Pearl, foam pads

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Sunshine Award

I would like to share with you an award that was sent to me by Jennifer Timko.  It was a wonderful surprise and I appreciate the award and comment that she left on my blog.  If you havent already seen Jennifer’s blog, please take time to have a look, her work is really beautiful!! 

The award is the Sunshine Award:

Sunshine picture

1. Put the Sunshine Award on your blog and/or within your post.
2. Pass the award to other bloggers.
3. Link the nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they received this award by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award. The hardest part, of course, is narrowing it down!!

In no particular order, here are some of the blogs I love:

1.  Anne Vesco

2.  Christine Blain

3. Danielle Daws

4.  Stampamemory

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Stampin Royalty’s Challenge this week is a Sketch Challenge.  I started with a base card made of Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I then trimmed a piece of Whisper White cardstock slightly smaller than the front of the base card.  I embossed this cardstock using the Swiss Dot embossing folder.  I then cut out two Top Note shapes using a template, 1 in Pink Paisley scrapbook paper and another slightly smaller, in Whisper White cardstock, which I embossed with the limited editions Roses embossing folder.  I adhered the Pink Paisley TopNote cut out to the Swiss Dot embossed cardstock and then adhered the Rose embossed cardstock to the paisley patterned paper.  I then trimmed a piece of pink double stitched ribbon which I adhered to the embossed cardstock, tucking the ribbon behind the Swiss Dot embossed cardstock.  I then adhered Whisper White cardstock to the Chocolate Chip base card.  Using some felt I cut out a flower shape in various sizes.  4 in Pink felt and 1 in Brown felt.  I then sewed a button to the centre, going right through the felt to keep the flower together.  I adhered the flower using some stick strip.  I then stamped the birthday sentiment from the Happy Moments stamp set, using Chocolate Chip ink.  I punched out the greeting using the Word Window Punch and adhered to the card using foam pads.

Stamps: Happy Moments
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Pink Paisley Scrapbook paper
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Pink Double Stitched Ribbon, Brown Button, Brown Felt, Pink Felt, Top Note Template,
Limited Edition Roses Embossing Folder, Swiss Dot Embossing Folder

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Paper: Textured Regal Rose, Raspberry Tart DSP, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Small Star Punch, Felt Sticker lettering

Stampamemory have a new Challenge this week and I have to say that this is not an easy challenge for me.  The challenge requires that you create a layout containing a photo of yourself and listing 5 things you LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF.  There are not many photos of me, as I have a tendency to avoid cameras and I was not really sure what I think about myself.  I asked my children what they thought about me and they came up with marvelous, magnificent, miraculous, memorable and very mummy.  These are all wonderful things that they said about me and I think it is funny that they seem to associate me with everything that starts with the letter M, so I decided I really should think about what I like about myself and I came up with 5 things.

1.  That I can express myself through my creativity
2. That I appreciate the little things in life
3. That I can be silly at times
4. That I like to learn new things
and lastly 5. I like the person my children have made me become. 

For my page I started by trimming a piece of Raspberry Tart DSP as well as some Kiwi Kiss and Pink Pirouette cardstock  to use as backing for the main photo of myself.  I then punched 8 scallop circles, using Kiwi Kiss and Raspberry Tart DSP and put them to one side.  Using my printer, I printed out the 5 things I like about myself, as well as part of the main title for my page, using Whisper White cardstock.  With my 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, I punched out 4 of the 5 things I like about myself and with the last sentence, I used the 1 1/4″ circle punch.  I accidently picked up the wrong punch and it seems quite funny it was on the comment ‘That I can be silly at times’. 🙂  I adhered the 5 comments about myself to the Raspberry Tart scallop circles I punched earlier and I used the 1 3/8″ punch to punch out 3 photos of myself at different stages in my life .  I adhered the punched out photos to the Kiwi Kiss scallop circles.  With a pencil and piece of Kiwi Kiss scrap cardstock, I drew some branches, like those on the Little Leaves Sizzlits die.  I cut them out with my scissors and placed them to one side. 

To create my layout, I started with a piece of 12″ x 12″ Regal Rose Textured cardstock.  I then placed the main photo in the top left hand corner and adhered the scallop circles at various points on the page, keeping the comments about myself to the lower section of the page.  I then placed the cut out of the branches along the right hand side of the page, followed by adhering the printed out title to the right of the main photo.  To finish off the title, I used some felt alphabet stickers for the last word ‘Me”.  Finally, I randomly adhered some Pink Pirouette stars that I had punched out with a small star punch.  I used the Stars as it is a bit of a joke with my work colleagues as well as family and friends.  I get teased about being a ‘Super Star’. :).  I hope you like my page, it was really fun to make and it reminds me that I should scrap more things about myself otherwise my children will have nothing to look back on later in life.  I know what it is like to not have your mother any more, as mine died when I was 23 years old and I am so glad that I have photos of her.

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At Dutch Dare Card Challenge they have a Challenge for this fortnight which is to create a gable box.  You can download a pattern here.  For this challenge I printed the template on an A4 piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then cut out the template and scored along the dotted lines.  I put the template through the Cuttlebug using the Victoria embossing folder.  I then used a Scallop Border punch, to punch some Night of Navy cardstock so that I could make the tiles for the roof of my little house.  I adhered the roof tiles to the box and trimmed off the excess.  I cut two pieces of scrap Night of Navy cardstock and trimmed it to fit around the triangles on the sides of the box, at the top and adhered it.  I then adhered the tabs and joined the box together.  I trimmed some more Night of Navy cardstock so that I could make the windows and the door.  For the door handle I punch a small circle using the cropadile and used a white Gel pen for the windows on the front and sides of the house.  A few weeks ago I made a Birthday Card using the Good Neighbours stamp set and I think that this box goes nicely with it.

Gable Box
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy
Accessories: Victoria Embossing Folder, Cropadile, White Gel Pen, Gable Box Template


Birthday Card

Stamps: Good Neighbours, Happy Moments
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy Cardstock
Ink: Night of Navy, Brilliant Blue, Ballet Blue
Accessories: Devine Swirl Embossing Folder, Birds and Swirl Embossing folder

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Stampin’ Royalty’s Challenge this week is to Keep it Simple, Sweetie (KISS) .  I love the idea of this challenge and here is what I have come up with.  I started with a base card made of Whisper White cardstock.  I scored two lines on the front of the card and in between I adhered a piece of Rose Red DSP.  I used the Birthday sentiment from the Happy Moments stamp set and stamped it just above the top score line, using Purely Pomegranate.  I then punched 2 Butterflies and scallop circle out of the same Rose Red DSP.  With the scallop circle I made a small cuts every second scallop and folded the petal in half to add dimension to the flower.  Using Basic Black Ink, I stamped two butterflies bodies on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and trimmed with a pair of paper scissors.  I punched out 3 scallop squares and 1 scallop circle using Whisper White cardstock.  I adhered the 3 Scallop Squares to the card.  I then attached the butterfly bodies to the punched out Butterflies and adhered to the two outer scallop squares.  Using the Spring Bouquet punch, I punched a daisy flower out of Whisper White cardstock.  Using a red brad I joined the white scallop circle, the Rose Red DSP flower and the white daisy together and adhere to the centre scallop square.  There you have my take on this Challenge.

Stamps: Happy Moments, Butterfly Prints
Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red DSP
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black Ink
Accessories: Spring Bouquet Punch, Square Scallop Punch, Circle Scallop Punch, Red Brad

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