Monday, April 30, 2012

A few more cards from the weekend ...

Glorious colours so had to do something with them, and this is it.  

Not sure who I would give this card to  but the senitment fitted perfectly and maybe if I hang on to it long enough daughter.

What you need
Cardstock - SU white, Night of Navy
Stamps - PTI Daydreamer
Ink - Memento Pear Tart (and marker); Versacolor Boysenberry; SU Night of Navy
Gems - Kaisercraft


I have simplified the design of Laurie's very rich card for Case Study #88, down to a few elements that I really loved.  I have been participating in the online class "A Cut Above" and have never done a die shaped card.  Well here was the opportunity.  My favourite SB labels die as well (no idea of the number).  

What you need
Cardstock - PTI Kraft; SU vanilla
Stamps - JustRite Ticking Stripe;  PTI Fillable Frames, Pretty Peonies
Ink - SU Regal Rose, Early Espresso;  HA Pool;  PTI Fresh Snow
Die - SB Labels
Punch - MS butterfly
Gems - Kaisercraft

Saturday, April 28, 2012

ColourQ #134, JAI #115 and Less is More

My goodness these colours were a challenge to put together but a very interesting combination.  As Purely Pomegranate was still on my desk and I don't have Bravo Burgundy, it was my substitute and I think it worked well.  I stamped the JustRite border twice to get a double line at the top of the pool party panel.  

What you need
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics Burgundy;  SU white, Pool Party, Calypso Coral
Stamps - TE Make it Amazing;  Just Rite Lace Borders II
Ink - SU Purely Pomegranate, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie
Butterfly Punches - MS
Gems - Kaisercraft

I recently received my latest Simon Says Stamp order and the stamp I have used was part of it.  As soon as I saw this stamp this was the idea I had for it (hopefully there will be others).  There are black gems on the ampersand bit it is a little difficult to see them

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white
Stamps - Hero Arts Ampersand;  WMS Join Us
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black;  SU Real Red
Gems - Kaisercraft

Card Patterns #162

It's a grey old Saturday morning here in Brisbane, and it has rained pretty constantly for the past 12 hours or so.  Given that this is usually our dry season, this is a bit of a surprise.  Needless to say, a great day for card making.  It is last minute but I wanted to do the Card Patterns challenge and I went to Design Seeds for some colour inspiration.

It has been a long time since I have incorporated Purely Pomegranate in any project and it was the colour that initially got me hooked on all things SU.  I think it goes really well with the aqua and the Hero Arts Soft Pool ink was a good match for the base card.

What you need
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics Aqua;  SU white
Patterned Paper - MME Happy go Lucky
Stamps - TE Make it Amazing
Ink - SU Purely Pomegranate;  HA Shadow Ink Soft Pool
Die - TE Fancy Buckles
Ribbon - PTI Saddle Stitched Scarlet Jewel
Gems - Kaisercraft

Friday, April 27, 2012

FYI #28 and WMS #94

Just a magical (if unreal) combination of colours.  A very different picture to the one that is outside my window at the moment - grey and dark.  I know it's nearly winter but the weather has changed so quickly - last week it was near 30C.

So here is my entry for these 2 challenges.  I was stumped with what to do with the strip down the middle so used a flourish as a border.  It didn't leave a lot of room for a sentiment but just got one in.

What you need
Cardstock - American Crafts dark pink: SU black, white;  PTI Summer Sunrise
Stamps - WMS Fancy Phrases, Florentine Frippery, Join Us
Ink -  Memento Tuxedo Black;  Versacolor Raspberry
Die - SB Tags
Punch - MS butterfly
Ribbon - ?
Gems - Kaisercraft 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Runway Inspired #10

Sometimes ideas take a little while to crystallise, well, in this head anyway. So late in the piece this design came to me and I love it.  But as I don't have a chevron stamp of any kind (not really my thing) I do have a ric rak die which does just as well.  So here is my challenge entry.

What you need
Cardstock - SU black, white, poppy parade;  Canson shimmer gold
Stamps - PTI Damask Designs
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Die - PTI Ric Rak

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

PTI April 2012 Blog Hop

Don't you just love this graphic!  All these wonderful old world patterns but so up to date.  

My take on this one was to imitate wallpaper of that era - very busy and symmetrical.  So this is what I came up with.  I was trying to give the effect of a mantelpiece with the wallpaper running up to it.  Not sure how successful that was but I do love the colours.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white, spring rain, simply chartreuse
Stamps - PTI Damask Designs, Mat Stack 5 collection
Ink - SU Regal Rose,  Rose Red, Bashful Blue (and marker);  Memento Tuxedo Black
Die - PTI mat stack 5
Gems - Kaisercraft

ABC online

Today was a public holiday in Australia and New Zealand for ANZAC day,  a day where we remember those who fought in WW1 in Europe and subsequently. The dawn services saw a record number of people of all ages attending, which is very heartening. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

The weekend's activities

Who could resist this beautiful spring wreath, and I thought it would be perfect with this sketch.  Initially I had flowers on the wreath but  it didn't work so opted for butterflies.

I think I will also enter it into the Basic Grey challenge - Spring Flowers.

What you need
Cardstock - SU Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink
Patterned paper - Basic Grey Sweet Threads
Stamps - WMS Asian Gardens
Ink - SU Early Espresso
Punches - MS Butterflies, Medium Branch
Gems and Pearls - Kaisercraft


The next challenge I chose was this great PPA sketch and my neutral patterned papers were still out, so I am hoping that my Dad will love this card in September and not think it's too girly - I don't think he will, he is a pretty artistic guy.

What you need
Cardstock - SU Choc Chip, Very Vanilla
DSP - SU Neutrals Collection
Vellum - PTI
Stamps - Wplus9 Woodgrain Silhouettes
Ink - SU Choc Chip, Creamy Caramel
Punch - SU
Die - SB Labels
Ribbon - Craft Supplies
Pearls - Kaisercraft
Glitter Dot - Pebbles


This one is so out of my comfort zone but really wanted to have a go at it.  Maybe Dad would like this one or perhaps my daughter could give it to my husband.  

What you need
Cardstock - SU black, white
Patterned paper - MME Miss Caroline - Dolled Up
Stamps - Wplus9 Woodgrain Silhouettes
Ink - Memento London Fog, Lady Bug
Die MFT tab
Pearls - Kaisercraft


And finally, this one took the longest.  Not sure why as I loved the colour scheme and the sketch from Stampin' Royalty.  Perhaps I was completely out of personal inspiration by then.

What you need
Cardstock - SU vanilla, Early Espresso, Creamy Caramel, Pretty in PInk
Patterned Paper - PTI Dearest Jane
Stamps - Gina K Great Sayings
Ink - SU Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel
Die - SB Picot Edge Circles
Ribbon - SU Pink Pirouette Striped Grosgrain

Friday, April 20, 2012


This is an interesting sketch.  I wanted to do stitching on the diagonal but the colours didn't really lend themselves to that, slightly more contemporary.  My old Terracotta stamp pad isn't that great so the ink is a bit uneven but, at a push, it could look graduated!?!

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white;  SU Basic Black, Basic Grey, More Mustard
Stamps - Verve Because of You, Thank You
Ink - PTI Terracotta;  Memento Cantaloupe
Die - Tim Holtz Rosette; SB Classic Circles
Pearls - Kaisercraft

Aah Friday night! My husband is off to a concert by a legendary 80's Aussie band so he is a very happy boy -  which of me means a night of blissful stamping listening to some of my favourite radio shows........  I don't get out much (sob sob).

Summer Butterflies

I haven't done water colouring for such a long time and it was so much fun to renew our acquaintance. The cards done by the DT were just amazing and so inspiring (I did tuck a few away in my inspiration photo folder).  I think my technique has changed since Copics have come into my life as I was trying to colour the Copic way which works to a point.   

And just as I realised it was possible I would miss Retro Sketches and with no ideas in my head, I came across the latest Trigger Tuesday challenge and these gorgeous colours from Play Date Cafe.  Unfortunately watercolour paper does not work with white which may count me out of PDCC but I love my butterflies and hope to do more colouring in the near future.

What you need
Cardstock - SU vanilla
Patterned paper - PTI Bitty Dot Basics 2009
Stamps - PTI Butterfly Dreams
Ink - Stazon (black);  Memento Rose Red
Watercolour pencils - Faber Castell
Aqua painter
Twine - Jillibean Soup
Flower - Prima
Gems - Kaisercraft
Black pen

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Case Study #86

I love the colours used and the vintage feel of the patterns.  So whilst not being able to conjure up a decent vintage style I can utilise the colours

As the weather is starting to cool here, this card feels very warm and cosy

What you need
Cardstock - SU black, vanilla
DSP - SU Mocha Morning
Stamps - WMS Fancy Phrases, Vintage Labels 5
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Regal Rose
Seam Binding - SU Rose Red
Ribbon - ?
Rose - Prima
Gems - Kaisercraft.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Stamp Pals Challenge

Just goes to show what can happen when there is too much chat on a Mum and child play date.  My daughter and I had a lovely day with my 2 stamping buddies Michelle and Amanda and their children on Thursday.  We hit upon the idea that periodically, we should challenge ourselves with the same sketch and DSP to see what we would come up with.

The sketch was Sweet Sunday #156 and the DSP SU Everyday Enchantment (which happily fits with the latest JAI challenge photo).

And they are quite different.  Very interesting experiment. 

What you need
Cardstock - SU Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Peach Parfait, Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade
DSP - SU Everyday Enchantment
Stamps - PTI Rosie Posie, Inside and Out:  Thank You
Ink - SU Peach Parfait,  Soft Suede
Dies - SB Labels;  PTI Hearts
Gems - Kaisercraft

Friday, April 13, 2012

Fridays Challenges

Another challenge that nearly got away.  I have gone with the flowers and diagonals on this one.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white, New Leaf;  SU vanilla
Patterned Paper - SEI Sunny Day
Stamp - PTI Inside and Out:  Birthday
Ink - Versa Color Fresh Green
Embossing Folder - Sizzix Dots and Flowers


I wanted to use Urban Garden again but possibly a little too soon, so instead I have used the bird motif and lots of grey a la Tuesday Trigger.

What you need
Cardstock - SU Basic Grey, White, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
Patterned Paper - SU Neutrals Collection
Stamps - PTI Harvest Berries, Inside and Out:  Thank You
Ink - SU Certainly Celery;  PTI Fresh Snow
Punch - SU Bird
Die - PTI Ribbon Tails;  SB ovals
Ribbon - SU Bashful Blue
Gems - Kaisercraft

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