Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Paper Players #110

I couldn't resist this sketch challenge and I haven't played along with these ladies for so long, I am remedying that.

So, with the last sheets of SU Bella Bleu, I thought these colours could make a lovely Christmas card.  The intention now is to convert this prototype into multiples which can be posted ie a thinner and leaner version.

What you need
Cardstock - BB dark brown;  SU vanilla
DSP - SU Bella Bleu, Neutrals Collection
Stamps - SU Spotlight on Christmas;  PTI Signature Christmas
Ink - SU Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Die - SB Fleur de lis
Pearls - Prima

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

OLW #102

Well, it has certainly been a while since I played along with this one, though I haven't played along with many challenges recently but this really caught my eye.  Over at Ardyth's blog the "subject" is well,  your favourite school subject.

Hands down, in Grade 11 and 12 it was Modern History, I loved learning about the incidents leading up to the world wars (seems we never learn) and more recent South African and American political history.  But my problem is that this subject doesn't really translate well into stamps - not mine anyway. So running a very close second was English, studying books that I still really love - Gone with the Wind (SOOOOO much better than the movie), To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre but the stand out, of course was Pride and Prejudice.  Oh swoon!  It is the only book I have read twice (don't do reruns of anything very well) and the BBC TV series that came out in the early 80's (not the Colin Firth one) was hot romantic stuff for 16 year olds as we were.

So, with that background here is my card

What you need
Cardstock - Neenah solar white
Stamps  - PTI Simply Jane
Ink -  Memento Tuxedo Black, London Fog
Die - Spellbinders Small Labels

One of the best lines in the book, and delivered with such arrogance - DIVINE!  It is the first time I have tried embossing with dies and I love the effect, so elegant, if a little difficult to see in the photo.  I had bought some Neenah cardstock a while ago but hadn't got to using it - it does stamp beautifully.

To finish with here is something I found on Pinterest a while ago,  I have no idea whose board it came from but so appropriate for this post.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tis the season for birthdays ...

After 6 months of almost no cards for school friends, we have a rush in the second half of the year.  I thought these colours would be perfect for a friend whose birthday is next weekend, at the movies.  I can't believe what these kids get to do for parties, it isn't a big cinema so I imagine this group will have it exclusively.  They are seeing "The Sapphires" an Australian movie and dinner will be served during the session! WOW

Anyway, this little friend isn't really a girly girl, so have kept the design pretty simple.  There are grey flowers behind the sentiment but are quite hard to see.

What you need
Cardstock - SU white, black
Patterned paper - ? SU Pumpkin Pie polka dot;  MME Lush 2 turquiose flocked stripe
Stamps - TE Friendship Blooms;  HA Many Birthday Messages
Ink - SU Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie;  Memento Tuxedo Black, London Fog
Gems - Kaisercraft

This is another card I did for a little friend's birthday yesterday.  She turned 5 hence the slightly younger theme.  

This set is from Clear and Simple stamps 1 or 2 releases ago, something so different and great for a few little girls in our life.

August 2012 PTI Blog Hop

This month's brief was autumnal patterns and textures.  It is very hard to imagine autumn here at the moment as we are having temperatures of around 27C during the day.  So I couldn't help but revert to my favourite PTI set of Autumn Abundance (so excited to see a larger version of the vase of flowers out now).  The copics worked surprisingly well on the on the papery newsprint, I felt sure they would bleed.  The cork banner is popped up a bit in the middle to give a bit of dimension.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI Terracotta Tile, white
Patterned Paper - SU First Edition
Stamps - PTI Autumn Abundance, Inside and Out:  Thank You
Ink - SU Early Espresso; Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers - Copics;  SU Real Red
Dies - Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles;  TE Banner

Still on my mission to use up 12 x 12 paper.  I have finished all the Christmas paper and now I am onto the blue hues.  Whilst I am happy with progress, I really should stop buying 6 x 6 pads as I will have to go through the same process.  Such is the life of a card maker - really tough!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Cloud 9 #2 in ColourQ colours

Back again for the second Cloud 9 challenge.  The simplicity of the sketch really lends itself to the subject I had in mind.  One of my daughter's teachers announced she was pregnant with her second child.  Thinking completely selfishly, my first question was when it was due in the hope that she would see out the year, which hopefully she will.  

So, as we don't know whether it is a boy or girl, I thought the latest ColourQ colours were entirely appropriate. The one stipulation my daughter wanted was a teddy bear of some kind.

Well, a rabbit is pretty close.  Unfortunately, the new SU colours have not hit our shores yet (I think I will be in big trouble when they do),  so went with the colours on hand.

What you need
Cardstock - SU white; MME Lush 2 Navy
Stamps - Wplus9 Kisses and Cuddles
Ink - SU Old Olive, Certainly Celery; Memento Rich Cocoa
Copics  YR 12,15,18
Die - MFT Fishtail Stax
Gems - Kaisercraft

Hopefully I will be back with another challenge card, I am working my way through the SU DSP, mostly Christmas paper.  I should have enough cards for several years to come.  May need to do some birthday cards just to break it up a bit.

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