Saturday, August 31, 2013

WMS Pyjama Party

Today has been the hottest winter day in Brisbane on record, reaching 30C.  This does not bode well for summer!  The past few weeks my daughter has been completely immersed in school assessment, her first real experience of what the years to come will hold.  For her, the holidays can't come soon enough.

So, to my challenge cards.  Unfortunately, I placed my WMS order too late to be able to play with all the new goodies but no matter, I had backup plans.

Challenge 2:  Get Nauty
This card possibly also qualifies for Golden Oldies as Vintage Labels 3 was my first WMS stamp set and I most particularly loved this rope label.  It is Father's Day in Australia tomorrow, so this is for my Dad and it will be an especially great day as they come home from a month's holiday in Europe.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white, Pure Poppy
Patterned Paper - PTI Men of Life
Stamps - WMS Vintage Lablels 3, Compact Sentiments
Ink -  SU Real Red, Early Espresso; PTI Ripe Avocado
Twine - HA

Challenge 4:  Golden Oldies
While Vintage Labels 3 was still on my desk I decided to use one of the smaller images as a border.  I think Big Bloom Chrysanthemums came to live here not long after.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white;  SU Rose Red
Stamps - WMS Big Bloom Chrysanthemums, Vintage Labels 3, Fancy Phrases
Ink - SU Rose Red, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Baked Brown Sugar
Gem - SU 

Challenge 3 and 5: Colour challenge and Bedtime Story (sketch)

I really wanted to attack both  of these individually but time isn't on my side.  I have to say I am really pleased with the outcome.  Ooh and my first go at "generational" stamping.


What you need
Cardstock - SU black, basic grey,white, cherry cobbler; PTI soft stone
Stamps - WMS Fine Feathers, Vintage Labels 10
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black;  Memento Bahama Blue;  SU Cherry Cobbler
Die - MFT Bows
Gems - SU

Sunday, August 25, 2013

PTI August 2013 Blog Hop

My how the months have flown!  We have almost finished our outdoor work, now it is just those little finishing touches of tidying up and working out what we want to go back there.  It could probably do with some new plants .... if I remember to water them.  

This is the colour palette and sketch I picked, seem to be a sucker for the neutrals at the moment, add to that my Mother-in-law has requested a few more masculine cards.  Really happy with this one, the plan had been to just use one of my new acquisitions - Sketched Shapes, but there we a couple of other designs I wanted to incorporate.  Alot of masking going on here and I cut small notches in the sides so the twine would sit better.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI cream; SU Early Espresso
Stamps - PTI Stylish Sentiments Birthday; Sketched Shapes, Background Basics: Retro
Ink - PTI Fine Linen, Classic Kraft;  SU Early Espresso; Versafine Onyx Black
Twine - Hero Arts, SU

I'll bet there are a few craft weary people after the all weekend Stamp a Faire, but I am sure there will still be plenty of wonderful inspiration on show.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Some old and some new stamps

We have had a beautiful week of warm to hot weather, highly unusual for August.  But it has been great for getting some outdoor renovations done.  We are only part way through but hopefully by next weekend we should be all done, then I will have a long awaited undercover area to keep laundry dry during our summer storm season.

I saw the cue word for this challenge and new exactly what I would do.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white, New Leaf; X-Press It blending card
Stamps - PTI Vintage Picnic
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black


Right at this moment, my daughter has 2 friends over and they are decorating a cake for Book Week at school this week.  Now this has been a challenge, as I have only very basic knowledge in this department and we had to find black icing, as the theme is All things to do with the Universe.  In the end it wasn't hard to find, and we are using cake pops for planets.

Oh Boy, the noise!!

So here is a peaceful card.  This is my first foray into the Clearly Besotted Challenge - a palette of my favourite colours.  Love the variety of butterflies in this set 

It's a little bit hard to see the pale pink stamped butterflies and they haven't shown up well in the close up.  

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white;  SU Pear Pizzazz
Stamps - Clearly Besotted Happy Everything, Butterfly Wishes
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black;  SU Regal Rose, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink; Memento Rose Bud
Dies - Clearly Besotted Butterfly Wishes
SU gems

Friday, August 9, 2013

Case This Sketch #40

Just dropping in with a quick card tonight - when I say quick it really means unexpected but the diecut took forever to get right.  At the risk of boring people with our ongoing orthodontic saga, my daughter had her braces tightened yesterday and all teeth now connected.  It caused her alot of grief overnight and as we can't allow school to give the pain relief that would work, she had to come home at lunchtime.  So that gave me a bit of crafting (and Pinterest) time.

Always one of my favourite sketch challenges and inspired by a card from Maureen Merritt, colour-wise, this is my entry.  It reminds me of SU Urban Garden DSP, one of my all time favourites.  

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white;  SU Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Night of Navy
Stamps - Cas-ual Fridays Woot Woot
Ink - SU Old Olive
Die - Memory Box Dancing Tulips

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Uniko Studio Inaugural Challenge

The theme for this challenge is just to say "Hello"

Things have been slightly hectic in this household.  My daughter had school camp last week, so we took the time for a few days away in Montville, about 2 hours north of Brisbane, in the mountains (such as they are in Australia).  The cottage was decorated Balinese style and had everything we needed, including a view to die for.

Camp went well, she love abseiling and kayaking, but could have done without other children running around screaming during the night.  This week we have our periodic orthodontist visit and afterwards a trip to see a "Dance Physio" - who will hopefully give us some pointers in ankle strengthening before she goes on Pointe next year.

To the challenge ... Bev's stamps are just so elegant, I have had a couple of sets for a while, and acquired a few more recently, this flower set for instance.  I look forward to many more stamping sessions with it.  I was drawn to the colours Ren-Yi used for her card and really just wanted to give the card a pop of pink.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white;  BB Grey
Stamps - Uniko Studio Time, Beautiful Blooms 1, Background Builders Lattice
Ink - Memento London Fog, Rose Red;  Versafine Onyx Black
SU Basic Grey marker
Gems - Kaisercraft

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