Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lovely as a tree birthday

Card: very vanilla, pool party, soft suede
DSP: spice cake
Ink: pool party, soft suede
Stamp set(s): lovely as a tree, curly cute
Accessories: pool party ruffled ribbon

This was a quick and easy project, but I love use of dsp and ribbon to bring some colour and texture.  I've stamped a sentiment, added three squares of dsp, and layered the very vanilla onto pool party, then on to the base of soft suede.  I sponged the dsp squares to highlight the patterns, then stamped a leaf on the inside panel with the rock 'n' roll technique.  Add some ribbon and you're done!

I put this card together for my mother's card tin as she said she was running out of cards...  A stamper in the family is alway handy!  I made a number of other cards for her and gave them all to her for her birthday.  I'm thinking she'll love handing this one on to someone :-)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

It's all about blossoms!

Card: whisper white, crumb cake
Ink: midnight muse, gumball green, primrose petals, raspberry ripple, summer starfruit
Stamp set: betsy's blossoms
Accessories: rhinestone, dimensionals

I've been enjoying other people's projects lately, and I've CAS'd this one... I can't remember who did this originally, but I loved it too much not to do my own!  This card highlights the new 2012 in-colours beautifully and I love the design.  I've used a new stamp set here, too, which I'm falling in love with!

I have used four squares of whisper white and stamped these with the different in-colour colours with the gorgeous large blossom.  Then, I have stamped a smaller, coordinating flower from the same stamp set with summer starfruit and fussing-cut this out before adding it to the middle of the project with dimensionals.  I couldn't leave the card without something inside, so I stamped the large blossom in midnight muse to finish this off. Simple but effective.  There are lots of layers, but this makes it pop.  Loving it!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Mum!

Card: lucky limeade, wisteria wonder, whisper white
Ink: lucky limeade, wisteria wonder
Stamp set: delicate doilies
Accessories: old olive button, wisteria wonder baker's twine, ornament punch, tombow

I know it's been ages since I've added anything here...more on that in a mo.

I had made this amazing wisteria wonder flower awhile back, and since my mother was having a birthday (and she loves purple!), I decided to use it on her birthday card.  She loved it! A very quick and easy project for me to complete...

For the flower, I punched out lots of petals with the ornament punch and crumpled them to split the card-stock.  It was just a matter of building up the flower from the base with the petals, using tombow, and moving the petals around to fill it out. The button and baker's twine added some interest.  Lots of fun!  The stamping was a matter of using two of the delicate doily stamps in two different colours on the whisper white.  Loving this colour combo, and the big flower!

Well, that said, I've been laying low while I've been on more chemo treatment...  It's gone well, and is only for 5 days of the month (at the end of the month, I would have gone through this regime 3 times).  But chemo isn't fun - it leaves me tired, nauseas, with a metalic taste in my mouth, and feeling a little achy. But, the good thing is, it doesn't last long, and the med's I can take for the side-effects are fantastic!  I've started back at work for a few hours on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's, which has been great.  I'm enjoying getting back into some structure and routines, and thinking about some different things.  Not much else to report, except to say that my hair has finally stopped falling out, and has started to grow back - yay!  I'm grabbing those positive things with two hands right now!

Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers...they've been so appreciated!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Just add winter!

Card: island indigo, pool party, whisper white
Ink: island indigo, pool party
Stamp set(s): lovely as a tree, silhouette sentiments
Accessories: brayer, dazzling diamonds, island indigo ruffled ribbon, linen thread, jewelry tag punch

I missed the challenge at JAI a few weeks ago, but I thought I would share this project anyway.  This was my take on adding winter to a project, because it's been soooo cold lately...

I used my brayer to add some colour to the whisper white panel, then I stamped the trees, but I stamped the image twice without re-inking the stamp, and I moved the image a little to create a shadow look. Loving how it created depth to the image!  Then, I just had to add some dazzling diamonds as snow to the whole panel - you may not be able to see this very well on the photo, but it looks amazing in real life (trust me!).  The ribbon and wee tag finish it off, along with an inside panel to add a message.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Surgery Day

Card: crumb cake, confetti white, pool party, soft suede, calypso corral, more mustard
DSP: SAB Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink: soft suede, more mustard
Stamp set(s): creative elements, sweet shoppe lower alphabet
Ribbon: pool party ruffled ribbon, SAB calypso coral everyday enchantment organdy ribbon
Accessories: chipboard, alpha die, petal cone die, big shot, scallop circle punch, circle punches, sponge, clear buttons

A few weeks ago, I decided to have a go at the current JAI scrapbook challenge.  The challenge was to just add hidden journalling or memorabilia.  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to scrap some pics by brother took while I was in hospital recently.

The journalling reads: On the 23rd May, 2012, I had emergency surgery to remove a brain tumour.  The surgery went well but I was dizzy & unsteady on my feet for a few days...  My brother & his partner came through before the surgery & he just had to take these shots a few hours after surgery, when I came out of recovery...  It's special to have this record of where I have been & what I have experienced.  I'm amazed at what I have come through!

I was chuffed with how this layout evolved as it took ages to work out...!  I love the SAB DSP, and I added some soft suede sponging around all of the elements to add some depth and texture.  The hidden tag was a challenge as I usually add journalling that you can see on my layouts.  For this layout, though, it lent itself to hidden journalling because of the personal nature of what was happening.  I love how you can process stuff like this through scrapbooking!  I found it was very therapeutic to put this layout together - I have more pics of my hospital stay to scrap, but I wanted to do these first...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Best wishes with french foliage

Card: very vanilla, early expresso
Ink: old olive, early expresso, cajun craze
Stamp set(s): french foliage, silhouette sentiments
Accessories: early expresso striped ribbon, old olive grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, circle punch

I CASEd this from Dawn awhile back and had to share it here...!  I love Dawn's work, and this project was no exception!  It lent itself to the french foliage stamp set (my fav!) so they got a bit of work out.  I randomly stamped the main panel with the different stamps of the set, layered a square panel with very vanilla, then a circle that has been stamped.  I just had to add some texture with the ribbons and the wee tag that holds the sentiment.  Simple but has some 'wow'!

On a personal note, I have now completed 3 weeks of treatment, so I'm half-way through!  Yay!!  I have noticed I'm a little more tired than usual, and my hair has begun to fall out where the radiation beams are (yikes!), but otherwise I'm doing well.  I'm so thankful I'm not working at the moment to have the space to rest and recover and process everything.  Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Welcome baby girl!

Card: blushing bride, wisteria wonder, whisper white
Ink: blushing bride, wisteria wonder
Stamp set (s): punch bunch, well scripted
Accessories: pearls, whisper white grosgrain ribbon, blushing bride stitched-poly ribbon, perfect polka dot embossing folder, big shot

A good friend asked me to make a card for her new grand-daughter who was born just before I had surgery just over 6 weeks ago.  It was special to spend some time creating this card for her, and with some online inspiration, this came together quite quickly.  My friend had told me she wanted a card that was pink/purple and that was all I needed to get started!

I added some texture on the wisteria wonder, and layered up the tags before adding ribbon.  I added some ribbon and pearls for the girly look.  A sentiment inside finished it off.  And my friend loved it!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Best wishes!

Card: early expresso, very vanilla
Ink: early expresso, crumb cake (marker)
Stamp set(s): creative elements, silhouette sentiments
Accessories: early expresso bakers twine, sweet buttons embosslit, big shot

When Dawn shared her take on this project, I just knew I had to give it a go!  Dawn calls this technique triple time stamping, and her video is a must see if you want to give it a go.  I love how it creates so much depth and the layers are just gorgeous!  It's a very easy technique, but I would suggest you use dotto to hold the layers of very vanilla together before you do the stamping...
I didn't have the button that Dawn used on her project, or any others that matched, so I used my sweet button emposslit and layered up several buttons to create a cool embellishment.  I'm loving how this came out and I think I'll be using this technique lots :-)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Butterfly thanks

Card: cherry cobbler, old olive, whisper white
DSP: old olive patterned dsp
Ink: cherry cobbler, old olive
Stamp set(s): so happy for you, fresh vintage
Accessories: pearls, beautiful butterflies die cut, beautiful wings embosslit, top note die cut, big shot, sponge

Well, I managed to pull this card together as a thank you for a dear friend who came and talked to a support group I below to.  It was perfect to go with the gift we presented to her!  She loved it :-)

I've given my big shot a bit of a work out here, and I have used the rock n' technique on the image inside, which gives it some extra colour.  The pearls and distressing finish it off.  It's a simple card that I felt I was able to cope with at the moment...  I can say that it felt good to get back into my creative groove - yay!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I'm back...!

Well, it's been awhile since I've posted, but I thought I'd put up a quick post to explain before I post any projects.
Just over 4 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour and had urgent neurosurgery.  I will be needing radiation and chemotherapy (tablets - yay!) but at the moment, I'm recovering from the surgery.  Needless to say, it's been a journey that was very unexpected but the support and treatment I have had has been absolutely fantastic.  This journey has only just begun so your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.
I'm hopeful that during treatment I will be able to continue to craft and blog when I can as the future is so uncertain and I'm not sure how I'm going to respond to the treatment.  I'm picking that stamping will be my therapy and outlet for this journey - so thankful for the ability to be creative!  Will you join me on this journey?
Also just wanted to shout out a BIG thank you to my fantastic upline, Paula and the Paper Divas team for there support and encouragement over that last few weeks.  The flowers were incredible!  You're an amazing bunch of ladies!!  Thank you!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

JAI colour challenge

Card: whisper white, daffodil delight, so saffron
Ink: daffodil delight marker
Accessories: beautiful wings embosslit, big shot, petals-a-plenty embossing folder, pearls

When I saw the JAI challenge for this week, I wanted to enter something even though I almost don't have any whisper white cardstock in my stash right now!  A problem when the challenge is to just add daffodil delight, so saffron and whisper white!  I only had a small butterfly in so saffron, too, which made this challenge quite the challenge!  It there, even if you it's had to spot!

This is my take on the challenge, and it's a small 3" card that I have embossed.  I decided to add the rest of the butterflies with a pearl inside.  I used my marker to bring out the flower stamens, so there is no actual stamping on this project, either.  I think it has a fresh, spring feel, which I'm needing right now :-)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mainly music gift

Card: confetti white, blushing bride, pear pizzazz, very vanilla
Ink: blushing bride, pear pizzazz
Stamp set: mixed bunch
Accessories: petals-a-plenty embossing folder, big shot, blossom punch, pearl, vellum

Someone at my church asked me last Sunday if I would do a wee card for the Mainly Music Mothers for Mother's Day...  Didn't have much time, but with some help (yes, I enlisted the help of my sister!) I made 30 of these wee cards.  There is a scripture verse inside, which I printed off in vellum.  I was pretty happy when I had decided on the designed as I was then able to prep them all, and I've just managed to finish them!  It's been a small labour of love, and I hope the mothers will treasure the verse that is included.

I used the rock 'n' roll technique to stamp the blossom, then added some layers, with one layer being embossed.  The blossom centre just lifts it, with the pearl.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

JAI challenge - just add mother

Card: rich razzleberry, old olive, early expresso, whisper white
Ink: rich razzleberry, old olive
Stamp set(s): because I care, well scripted
Accessories: rich razzleberry satin ribbon, dazzling diamonds, frost white shimmer paint

Over at Just Add Ink, the challenge this week was to just add mother.   I wanted to try out the mother of pearl technique, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to create something beautiful to honour my Mum.  I love my first attempt at this new technique - the frost white shimmer paint gives the perfect sheen to the whisper white cardstock.  I decided to give the flower some bling with dazzling diamonds, and I couldn't resist adding some ribbon.  I'm hoping Mum will love it (shhsh! don't tell her!).

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Blossom birthday

Card: pear pizazz, blushing bride, confetti white, whisper white
Ink: pear pizazz, blushing bride
Stamp set(s): creative elements, so happy for you, mixed bunch
Accessories: perfect polka dot embossing folder, top note die cut, big shot, blushing bride poly-stitched ribbon

 A lady from church has a birthday on Saturday, but I gave this card to her tonight to help her celebrate, so I don't mind sharing this project.  I've used the top note to cut out the confetti white on the front - cool technique where you cut the main shape, then turn it 90 degrees and cut again to create an unusual shape.  I've just quickly stamped and mounted a scrunched up blossom, embossed the blushing bride, and stamped inside on confetti white (the confetti has a gorgeous flecked look).  The pearl and ribbon were added to finish.  A quick and easy project to make.  Happy birthday Gayle!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Birthday butterfly

Card: pool party, calypso coral, whisper white
Ink: pool party, calypso coral
Stamp set(s): creative elements, well scripted
Accessories: blender pen, vintage wallpaper embossing folder, big shot, pool party ruffled ribbon, pearls

This card just came together which was cool as it often takes me ages to make the decisions about colours, stamps and design...  I used my blender pen to add some subtle colour to the main image, and the ruffled ribbon and pearls add that touch of 'wow'.  I"m loving the pool party and calypso coral, and the fresh, bright look of this project.  Enjoy!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hello blossom

Card: tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, whisper white
DSP: real red DSP
Ink: tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, real red, lucky limeade markers
Stamp set(s): hello blossom, so happy for you
Accessories: ice-cream parlor buttons, ice-cream parlor ribbon, petals-plenty embossing folder, big shot

I wanted to ink up my new stamp, the single stamp Hello Blossom.  I think this stamp is a 'happy' stamp, so I've used 'happy', bright colours on this project.  The embossing, ribbon and buttons all add texture and interest to a simple but fun card.  I've also added a white panel inside with a single sentiment from the 'So happy for you' stamp set.  It'll be added to my stash for the right occasion!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Door prize idea!

Card: whisper white
DSP: everyday enchantment DSP (SAB)
Ink: pool party, calypso coral, lucky limeade markers
Accessories: lucky limeade and calypso coral ribbon

In preparation for my next workshop this weekend, I've made these cute boxes up to give away as door prizes.  I've folded a 6" square piece of dsp, added small holes at the points and tied with ribbon before before putting some chocolate-coated almonds inside - yum!  These were fun and easy to make with everything co-ordinating beautifully.  I loved colouring the stamp with my markers - I'm planning on demonstrating this technique at the!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Pinwheel medley

Card: calypso coral, pool party, soft suede, whisper white
Ink: calypso coral
Stamp set: create a cupcake
Accessories: sweet shop jelly bean brad, vintage wallpaper embossing folder, big shot, calypso coral ruffled ribbon, petal cone die, sponge

When I saw this card on Dawn's website, I just had to CASE it.  This is my take on her pinwheel - I would do it differently next time, but I think was a great first attempt!  I'm loving the jelly bean brads - they come in a pack of 16, with 4 each of 4 designs, as illustrated in the new mini catalogue.  I have added some texture by using the cardstock on part of the vintage wallpaper embossing folder, and the ribbon and sentiment add that special touch.

The pinwheel technique is super easy to create, and I can show you and your friends if you book a workshop with me!  And you can order from the new mini catalogue through me.  There's something there for everyone!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wisteria blossom

Card: lucky limeade, wisteria wonder, whisper white, confetti white
Ink: luck limeade, wisteria wonder
Stamp set(s): mixed bunch, well scripted
Accessories: blossom punch, lucky limeade brad, wisteria wonder ruffled ribbon, lucky limeade ribbon, vellum, top note die cut, big shot

I wanted to try out a new technique I had seen, and I love wisteria and limeade, so I decided to bring these together in this project.  I cut a top note with the big shot, then turned it 90 degrees and cut it again so it created the cool square with the fancy edge.  I'm sure you'll see more of this soon...!  I stamped a blossom and used the rock n roll technique to bring in some of the lucky limeade around the wisteria wonder.  I added some torn vellum and a mixture of ribbon, along with a brad.  Of course, I had to add an inside panel with a sentiment...done!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy Birthday Denise!

Card: pool party, calypso coral, whisper white
Ink: pool party, calypso coral, island indigo
Stamp set(s): mixed bunch, well scripted
Accessories: blossom punch, pool party brad, 1" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch

This is a CASE from the make n take at a fun day for demos in Wellington I went to last weekend. Not too sure if it was the lovely Paula or Sharlene that designed this one...! Denise is my sponsor child in Togo, West Africa, and it's her birthday today!  I know, it'll get to her very late, but I've been thinking of her all day, and I want to send big hugs and wishes for her birthday - it's never too late!  I'm thinking I'll send her some stickers as well...  Hopefully she'll love it!

I stuck everything down, and then realised that we had embossed the white panel with the perfect polk dot embossing folder for the make n take, and I forgot to do that here...doh!  My special take on the project :-)  I've also moved the sentiment from the bottom of the panel to the top (no 'white space there!).  A very simple card you could very easily demo at a workshop, or prep for a make n take at a workshop.  Happy Birthday Denise!

Monday, April 30, 2012

French foliage birthday

Card: early expresso, crumb cake, very vanilla
Ink: early expresso, cajin craze, more mustard
Stamp set(s): french foliage, so happy for you
Accessories: clear block, very vanilla seam binding, library clip

After yesterday's fun, I decided to CASE another card of Dawn's - just because I love this stamp set, and I love Dawn's designs!  Of course, I've put my spin on this project, and I have added some stamping inside, which I love on this card...  I've used a clear block to add some colour and texture, and the seam binding and very cute library clip add that little bit of 'wow'!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Blossom punched turned butterfly!

Card: calypso coral, pool party, whisper white
DSP: everyday encantment (SAB)
Ink: calypso coral, pool party, black staz on
Stamp set(s): mixed bunch, well scripted
Accessories: blossom punch, everyday enchantment brad (SAB), calyps coral ruffled ribbon

I love Dawn's work, and I just had to CASE this one today!  Here, the blossom punch has been turned into a butterfly - and the rock-n-roll technique on the butterfly always creates a wonderful effect.  This card is a little surprising as it opens on the whisper white rather than on the calypso coral.  It has soooo much potential, so thank you for the inspirationDawn!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Creative challenge

Card: baja breeze, blushing bride, whisper white, confetti white
Ink: baja breeze, blushing bride, island indigo, calypso coral, pear pizzazz
Stamp set: apothecary art
Accessories: blending pen, blossom punch, perfect polk dots embossing folder, adorning accents embossing folder, big shot

Today, I enjoyed a day out with other demonstrators in the Wellington region, and during the day we were invited to participate in a creative challenge.  We could only use certain things to create something within a certain timeframe.  I came up with this card that showcases lots of new products from the new mini catalogue.  It was difficult without any ribbon or pearls or rhinstones, but I was pleased with how this come out and actually enjoyed playing with my blending pen to colour the stamped image for extra colour.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Rich razzleberry meets island indigo...

Card: crumb cake, island indigo, rich razzleberry, very vanilla
Ink: rich razzleberry, island indigo
Stamp set(s): just believe, well scripted
Accessories: vellum, beautiful wings embosslit, big shot, sponges, pearls, very vanilla seam binding, piecing tool

I was looking online and found this and I just had to CASE it!!  I was also keen to try rich razzleberry and island indigo for a different colour combo...  What do you think?  I wasn't sure at first, but it's growing on me - definitely have to try this combo again soon!  I love the vellum butterfly - I keep forgetting about vellum, but it's so cool to use, especially when it's embossed.  And I've used my piecing tool to create some distressing around the image, which I'm keen to keep practicing with to use in more projects.  So many things buzzing around the inspiration bank, but so little time to get them out into projects...!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thanks - easel card

Card: crumb cake, chocolate chip, very vanilla
Ink: cajin craze, chocolate chip
Stamp set(s): french foliage, so happy for you
Accessories: very vanilla seam binding, clear block

I wanted to make something a little different today, so out came the easel card...  I wasn't too sure where this one was heading in my mind, so I just let it evolve and by the time I stamped and added the seam binding, it was done!  It just came together, and that was cool :-)  Love days when my crafting just flows...

Here, I have used a clear block to stamp the centre image/background - I need to practice this more as it's such a cool technique to use in your projects and depending on how you use your clear block, you can create lots of different effects.  Oh, the possibilities!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ANZAC Day tribute

Card: poppy parade, basic black, whisper white
DSP: poppy parade DSP
Ink: poppy parade, basic black
Stamp set: awash with flowers
Accessories: brayer, poppy parade stitched-poly ribbon

Here in New Zealand, it is a public holiday today called ANZAC day (Australia New Zealand Army Corps), to remember those that fought for our country in Turkey - now called ANZAC Cove, 97 years ago.  Today, I decided to pay tribute to the ANZACs and created this special card with the only stamp resembling a poppy that I had...  I had to use poppy parade, of course, and I inked up my brayer to resemble a sea of poppies.  In case we forget... We will remember them.

Wisteria wonder blossom

Card: wisteria wonder, pear pizzaz, whisper white, confetti white
Ink: pear pizzaz
Stamp set: creative elements
Accessories: perfect polka dots embossing folder, big shot, blossom punch, circle punch, wisteria wonder ruffled ribbon, brad

I was playing with some scraps that have mounted up on my desk, and came up with this card.  I've used the negative of the blossom punch, stamped the image, added ribbon and a brad.  I've followed the  colour scheme inside to make it a generic card to use for any occasion.  I have alway loved green and purple, and this is no exception!  Simple, but cute and elegant - done!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Everyday enchantment envelope purse

Card: calypso coral, poppy parade, pool party, whisper white, lucky limeade
DSP: everyday enchantment dsp
Punches: scallop circle punch, circle punch, blossom punch, scallop trim border punch
Ribbon: calypso coral ruffled ribbon, everyday enchantment ribbon
Accessories: beautiful wings embosslit, petal cone die, big shot, everyday enchantment brad

I'm in love with this very cute purse, made from two 3"x3"white envelopes, seen online here!  I just had to give it a go, and I love the results.  It has two pockets that you can pull out, and you can add photos on the cardstock to build up a gorgeous memory book.  It was loads of fun to put together, and I'm thinking I could run a class on this one day...!  I'll probably make more of these for gifts and to sell -  hope you like this first attempt!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

JAI challenge - Just Add Jodene Tripp

Card: cajin craze, marina mist, pumpkin pie, very vanilla
Ink: cajin craze, marina mist, pumpkin pie
Stamp set(s): delicate doilies, so happy for you
Accessories: scallop trip border punch, scallop circle punch, circle punch, clear button, linen thread

Over at Just Add Ink, the challenge this week is to just add one of the design team, Jodene Tripp, which meant deciding on one of her projects to CASE.  I decided on this one from her amazing blog and came up with this thank you card.

I've used my delicate doilies stamp set, but I've changed the sentiment and some of the colours - I don't have bashful blue or peach parfiat, but I think marina mist and pumpkin pie go just as well...  I've also added a clear button with a piece of linen thread to give some texture.  This was a fun project to CASE - thanks Jodene for the inspiration!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Happy Engagement!

Card: cherry cobbler, real red, whisper white
Ink: cherry cobbler, real red
Stamp set: well scripted
Accessories: beautiful wings embosslit, big shot, whisper white organza ribbon, pearls, bayer

A couple at church have just announced their engagement, and for their engagement party tonight, I created this card.  I dusted off my brayer to create the banner, and then stamped the sentiment.  A butterfly, pearls and ribbon finished off this project nicely.  I love how the two tones of red, and the brayered panel.  I added a real red and whisper white inside panel, but I had signed it before I had taken a pic, so haven't included it here.  Here's wishing the happy couple every blessing :-)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Faux suede flower fun

Card: night of navy, marina mist, regal rose, whisper white
Ink: marina mist, night of navy
Stamp set: delicate doilies
Accessories: white organza ribbon, clear rhinestone brad, brayer

At team training the other night, the lovely Julie taught us how to make amazing faux suede flowers.  Very cool to learn something new from someone in the team, passing on what they love.  The top photo here is not very good, and a little part of the top is cut off...sorry!  But I love the flower, and the brayering adds that  little bit of colour, detail and interest that doesn't detract from the flower.  I've added an inside panel with some images of the delicate doilies in the corner.  What do you think?  If you want to learn how to make these flower, you can book a workshop with me and see how!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Elegant bird

Card: cherry cobbler, riding hood red, blushing bride, whisper white
Ink: cherry cobbler, riding hood red
Stamp set: creative elements
Accessories: elegant bird die-cut, big shot, vintage wallpaper embossing folder, pearl, whisper white organza ribbon, sponges

I had a play with the new elegant bird die cut at stamp camp a few weeks back, and decided to use it on a project today.  I wasn't too sure about it (which was way I wanted to have a play with it) but I quite like it, and the wings are gorgeous!  They could be used as a pair of angels wings, you could use the bird body by itself in lots of different ways...the possibilities are endless!  Something new to add to your wish list from the new mini!

I've stamped the blushing bride with the main stamp from the creative elements stamp set, and added part of it to the bird.  I've used two different embossing folders to add some texture to the wings and background, and the pearl just gives the birds a lovely eye.  And, of course, I had to add an inside panel for a special message. Elegant and feminine = gorgeous!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Card: calypso coral, lucky limeade, whisper white
DSP: sweet shop DSP
Ink: calypso coral, soft suede
Stamp set: create a cupcake
Accessories: perfect polka dots embossing folder, big shot, pear pizzazz seam binding, sweet shop jelly bean brad

I had some scrap of the gorgeous new sweet shop DSP, so I decided to use it up for a cute, bright, whimsy birthday card.  I love the colours of the new DSP, and the create a cupcake stamp set goes really well here, even if I made an ice-cream cone instead of a cupcake!  Another taste of what's in the new mini!  Grab yours before it's too late!