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.  

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