Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dynamic Duos #33

I don't believe I have posted the Christmas cards I did for my mother - all 55 of them!  And fortuitous that it fits with this weeks Dynamic Duos challenge, but without the music option.

We had plans to use other stamps but just ran out of time.  However, I love the gold on black with little pops of red glitter.  I had to incorporate Fishtail Flags somehow, just love those dies.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI black, cream;  Canson metallic gold paper
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps - PTI Stylish Sentiments Holiday
Die - MFT Fishtail Flag Stax;  TE Holly Leaves
Red glitter glue

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The last of the WMS Christmas card Challenge cards

November - "Brighten Up"

I have used this idea before for a published card (digital version of Paper Crafts), The doily stamps are to imitate the flame and they are glitter embossed, which is a little hard to see.  

What you need
Cardstock - American Crafts
Stamps - WMS Large Doily, Say it Loud Winter Holiday
Ink - Versamark
Embossing Powder - Glitter Gold; Judi Kins Rockin Red;  Filigree White
Birthday Candle

December - GREEN

Green had me a little stumped for a while.  I knew I wanted some stitching on it, and wanted to try for an all green card.  Well, you don't count white do you!  I had decided on the sentiment but no dies I own went with it.  

So, the final draft has a "framed" background, jewelled of course, with a pretty flourish die from MFT.

What you need
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Stamps - WMS Compliments of the Season 1 and 2
Ink - SU Pear Pizzazz, Gumball Green
Die - MFT Framing Flourishes
Thread - DMC
Gems - Kaisercraft

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Paper Players #125

An unexpected day at home, so what is a girl to do but make cards, oh, and write letters for said cards.  This is a wonderful colour combination - it reeks simplicity (to me) and that's what I did.

I popped up the Pool Party bauble as it looked very flat, I guess as it isn't a strong colour compared with the other 2.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI Kraft;  SU Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party, white
Stamps - SU Merry and Type;  WMS Compliments of the Season 2
Ink - SU Crumb Cake, Pool Party
Markers - SU Crumb Cake;  Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Seam Binding - SU Pool Party
Gem - Kaisercraft

Monday, December 10, 2012

Case This Sketch #8 and ColourQ #166

I came across this challenge blog a few weeks ago, and have only just got the chance to have a go.  I am sure I will have plenty of inspiration for next years Christmas cards with the number I have done this year.

I am not entirely happy with this one.  I think the sentiment is too large but when you are running out of time, needs must.  I have seen so many cards of late using negative die cuts that I wanted to have a go as the effect is stunning.

What you need
Cardstock - SU white, Rich Razzleberry
Stamps - HA Sparkle with Happiness
Ink - SU Rich Razzleberry
Die - TE Snowflake Border
Gems - Kaisercraft

For my second card, I didn't want to miss ColourQ again especially with all these dazzling blues.  Went with simplicity this time, which could be good for mass production next year.

I had a play with the new SU colours a few weeks ago and always thought that Night of Navy couldn't be bettered.  But it can, I love this new navy, just need to remember to get a refill, SOON.

What you need
Cardstock - SU white
DSP - SU Brights Collection (Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point)
Stamps - HA Very Merry Christmas
Ink - SU Midnight Muse
Marker - SU Pool Party
Die - MFT Fishtail Flag Stax
Gems - Kaisercraft

Cloud 9 December Blog Hop

Nordic Christmas

The elements I picked out were the snowflakes and the wallpaper background.  I combined the small stamps of the set on 1 block to give a regular pattern.  

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white;  SU Real Red
Stamps - Wplus9 Christmas Wishes
Ink - SU Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler
Snowflake punch - Martha Stewart
Gems - Kaisercraft

Another weekend gone, and now all dance concerts are out of the way.  The company did a beautiful job of their version of "The Sleeping Beauty", but I think they are glad it's over.  So now to Christmas and the organisation that goes with it - one of my favourite times of the year.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

PP #124 - Snowman

It is a sad fact but I only have 1 snowman image - most probably because it doesn't snow here at Christmas.  So here is my little PIT guy on a background of pink, something my daughter will love.  

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white, Bazzill  pink
Patterned paper - Kaisercraft sparkle
Stamps - PTI Holiday Button Bits
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black;  PTI Lavender Moon
Die - SB Deckled Rectangles
Button - PTI
Gems - Kaisercraft

Monday, December 3, 2012

Play Date Cafe #159

I am pretty sure my daughter had a tricycle like this.  She would zoom around the garage on it, and when she outgrew sitting on it she would stand on the plate between the back wheels and use it as a scooter.

So I just had to have a go at this one - for old times sake.

I know this is a sympathy stamp set but it is just so versatile.  I have used it on Christmas cards, and now,  a Just Because card.  

What you need
Cardstock - SU black, real red, white
Stamps - PTI With Sympathy, Mega Mixed Messages
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black;  SU real red
Black ribbon
Frame - SU Hodgepodge Hardware
Gems - Kaisercraft

Thursday, November 29, 2012

WMSCCC - September in ColourQ attire

3 images, 2 embellishments, 1 circle

Now, I know that most people won't see camelias as Christmas flowers, but here in Oz, that's when they bloom (oh, and I just got this stamp set yesterday).  So, I have used them on my WMS Christmas card for September.  The colour combination is the latest from ColourQ.

3 images - Camelias, Sentiment, Background (hard to see but it is behind the sentiment)
2 embellishments - ribbon, gemstones
1 circle - SB die frame

What you need
Cardstock - SU Real Red, white;  Express-It Copic paper
Patterned paper -   Carta Bella Merry and Bright
Stamps - WMS Camelias, Compliments of the Season,  Vintage Christmas Backgrounder
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Angel Pink
Various Copic markers
Dies - SB Classic Circles
Gems - Kaisercraft

I think this is my last post of school presents.  This was for my daughter's school music and choir teacher and music theory, who is much loved and will be missed by this family enormously.  She has been so encouraging to the children over the past 5 years, most especially this year with the Junior School Singers. The packaging idea came via Nichole from PTI  .  I also included one of Amber's calendars. 

The card is another wonderful creation from Narelle Farrugia (Stamplicious).  I just love the classic simplicity of the design and I got to use up some paper that I was a bit stuck for something to do.  

Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 2012 PTI Blog Hop

I am not sure whether the brief included magazine covers or not.  I had picked this cover from an Australian magazine Country Style before thinking that it may only be book covers.  Anyway, I have covered both bases.  

A few things caught my eye in this picture, firstly the wreath, but none of the many shades of brown I possess were quite right.  Then I settled on the gingerbread house.  There is a bit of white on the house in an attempt to include snow.

I also really liked the gold title, so I embossed the sentiment, though it is a little hard to see.

All in all, happy with the result.

What you need
Cardstock - SU Soft Suede, white
Stamps - PTI Boards and Beams,  Home for the Holidays
Ink - SU Early Espresso;  Versamark;  PTI Fresh Snow
Embossing Powder - Celebrations of Australia Glitter Gold
White Prismacolor pencil
Pearls - Kaisercraft

So, if it is a book cover that is required, I present Plan B.  I have had this book for several years and not read it, and probably won't, no reflection on the author or subject, but the pile of books occupying my bedside table will take quite a while to get through.  

I was really drawn to the colours behind the silhouette.   So I embossed a border, then cut the snowflakes to fit inside.  A simple card but effective, I think.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI Hawaiian Shores, black, Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz
Stamps - PTI Wreath for all Seasons
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies - PTI Snowflakes, Wonderful words - Christmas
Snowflake punch - Martha Stewart
Gems - Kaisercraft.

WMSCC - August


I happened to find the title, just when I was getting completely desperate and thinking I would have to resort to a computer generated sentiment.  I was trying to use a technique done in the Online Card Class just completed of embossing in 2 different colours on the same piece of card. For me, it didn't work, more practice required, so went with layering.  I was going to put the title on white cardstock but it was too stark, so embossed in white.  Really like the gold embossing on black.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI black
Stamps - WMS - Dainty Doillies, Vintage Labels 18,  Say it Loud Winter Holiday
Ink - Versamark
Embossing Powder - Celebrations of Australia - Glitter Gold;  Zing! Opaque Black;  Superior White

So we go back to a few more teacher's presents.  This gift was for my daughter's other class teacher.  I completely copied this wonderful card from Stamplicious - Narelle Farrugia.  I really like the way she layers up her papers, not my usual style, but I have several of her cards in my inspiration folder and will probably try and simplify them whilst keeping the rich effect.  

This teacher is leaving to have her second child in the new year, so thought a few thank you cards may come in handy.  This idea is taken from Jennifer's Baby Cards, a concept was so appealing, there was no point in going any further for ideas.

I don't think I have coloured in so many of the same image and by No. 20 I think I had perfected this bear.  

She may not have much use for this next year, but maybe she can hold it over till she is back teaching.  Also included was a chocolate box, a photo of which is in the previous post.  

Friday, November 23, 2012

WMSCC - July


This was a fun challenge to do as I would never have considered an orange card, but I will now.  This card went to one of my daughter's class teachers, who I think will appreciate the unconventional colour.  

Her present has 3 parts.  First this chocolate box, which I made a few of, based on this Splitcoast Stampers tutorial.  The slider card I left off but I will have a go at it in future.  

I have made quite a few calendars heavily inspired (read copied) by Amber from Damask Love.  This girl is SERIOUSLY talented, please have a look around her blog if you haven't come across her yet.  I didn't change things too much, except for seasonal stuff and a couple of traditions.  The landscape calendar cases came from Taylored Expressions, as did the inserts.  I don't know if they are available in Australia, it seems to take a bit of time for things to reach us.  For my next batch I will probably use the downloads provided by Amber for the inserts.

And finally, a box of Christmas cards, made under my DSP rationalisation policy, then decorated a card box.  Lindt easter bunnies definitely come in handy for those bells.

I will be back with other presents and cards for school, they are slowly going out the door, though my daughter was home from school today with a nasty cold.  She is supposed to be swimming in her first club meet tomorrow - don't know if that will happen yet, then she has a solo at the school's "Carols under the Stars" on Sunday.   She has wanted to do this for a while so I hope she is feeling much better by then.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

PTI October Blog Hop

Now THIS is an irresistible graphic.    The other colour combinations didn't really grab me but they would have been more of a challenge, if that was what I was looking for this week.  But, let's face it, term 4 at school, heading up to Christmas, the old brain cells are already in overload mode.  

Tomorrow the Grade 4's go up to Middle School for the day - mixed emotions for my daughter, but she won't be alone there.  The parents are invited to morning chapel then a tour of middle school, quite looking forward to it.  

Anyway, onto the card for this month's blog hop.  I wanted to imitate the panels behind the wreath, but the handmade version didn't work so went with an embossing folder.  The wreath looked odd in any other colour than brown but probably could have used a lighter tone. 

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white, raspberry fizz, Hawaiian Shores
Stamps - PTI Wreath for all Seasons;  Tree Trimming Trio (sentiment)
Ink - SU Early Espresso;  PTI Hawaiian Shores
Embossing Folder - Sizzix
Die - PTI Ribbon Tails
Twine - The Twinery (Caribbean)
Gems - Kaisercraft

Friday, October 12, 2012

Springtime ... but it feels like winter

After the very warm days we had over the weekend, yesterday it poured with rain (nobody is complaining after having none for 2 months), and today it is very windy and cold.  Just can't pick it at the moment.

I have been wanting to get into the Hero Arts challenge a little more regularly, given the number of their stamps I have, which have hardly been touched.  So with a bit of help from a couple of other challenges, as the inspiration around here is a bit low, here is what I have come up with.

I have found lately that I need cards without a sentiment. When I write to my family, yes, snail mail style,  they love to get a card

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white
Stamps - HA Lotus Leaves, Pattern Hearts and Flowers, Year round sentiments.
Ink - SU Primrose Petals, Early Espresso;  Memento Cantaloupe.
Seam Binding - SU Pear Pizzazz
Gems - Kaisercraft

Monday, October 8, 2012

Summer is on the way .....

Great colours, great sketch!  After an appallingly hot day yesterday we had the mildest weather today.  Spring in Brisbane is a complete anathema to me, especially this year.  Normally we would have a bit of rain about this time, bur absolutely nothing, hence my rose investment has needed a great deal of watery indulgence.  This paid off today with milder weather but tomorrow will be just as hot again (of course it is a working day).  

Anyway, to the card,  afew new purchases from SU - the punch and pink paper.  It is hard to see the flower background as it is lovely and subtle.  But I know my aunt in Victoria will love this.  

What you need
Cardstock - SU black, white
DSP - SU Neutrals and Brights Collections
Stamps - SU Organic Grace;  Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments 
Ink - SU Pretty in Pink;  Memento Tuxedo Black
Punch - SU Elegant Butterfly
Die - MFT Fishtail Flag Stax
Twine - MME Lime Twist
Gems - Kaisercraft

Now, this one was slightly trickier -  which colour would be the dominant one.  Blue won out with a contribution from my Cristina Re paper collection.  I really wanted to use the striped image but had nothing, not even a stamp to imitate that.This is one of those endlessly useful "no sentiment" cards.

What you need
Cardstock - BB white; PTI Spring Rain, New Leaf, white
DSP - Cristina Re; PTi Men of Life
Stamps - PTI - Pretty Peonies
Ink - SU Daffodil Delight
Die - SU Branch with Leaves
Ribbon - Daffodil Delight satin
Pearls - SU

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