Thursday, October 28, 2010

Meet Me Under The Mistletoe

Hi there!

I have been busy getting prepared with cards I have made for Christmas and have been dying to ink up an old stamp from Paperworks Co that I believe may now be retired.  I decided to participate in the latest Caardvarks challenge which is to decorate a card insde and out. The challenge is sponsored by Penny Black and I must admit I am a huge fan of their images - they are great for someone who loves colouring like me!

I used Real Red cardstock for the base and then used white and Tempting Turquoise cardstock for matting. The main image was stamped and coloured with Copic markers.
To create the overcast sky I masked the image and sponged on some grey ink. I used a white gel pen to create my snow falling and add to the overcast image. I used Sparkly Fluff to create the snow layer on the ground and in the tree, adhering it with 2-way glue. To add a little more texture, I used my sewing machine to stitch my mat layers together and finished off by adding a snowflake embellishment from my stash.
To carry my theme to the inside of my card, I kept it simple by stamping my sentiment from the Wings of Joy set by Taylored Expressions and colouring the mistletoe with copic markers. I used a paper piercer to add some detail to the corners.

Thanks for looking and I'll be back soon!

Stamps: Wings of Joy (TE); Meet Me Under The Mistletoe (Paperworks Co)
Cardstock: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise (SU); Stampers Select White (PTI)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Sky Gray (VersaColor)
Miscellaneous: Copic Markers, Paper Piercer, Sugar Sparkly Fluff, Snowflake Embellishment, Signo White Gel Pen

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #45

Hi there,
After a year or two of viewing Keesh's blog and her Inkspirations Challenges, I can finally join in now my blog is set up.

It was great to participate in this challenge as I find sketches are great to take you out of your comfort zone and that is certainly how I felt with this challenge! As I was creating this card, I realised that it also almost fit the colours that Dawn McVey set on her blog this weekend so my first challenge entry ever is a double!

I started by using Vintage Cream cardstock for my base and matting the next layer of Vintage Cream on Kraft cardstock. After stamping a flourish on this 2nd layer of cream card using Chamomile Ink, I ran it through my Cuttlebug using Papertrey Ink's Argyle Impression Plate. I matted some Green Tea Leaves paper with Riding Hood Red cardstock. A layer of glitter was added using Scor-Tape.

My trees were stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed on Kraft cardstock using the tree image from Autumn Leaves - A Rhonna Christmas. These were then cut out and mounted on to a Vintage Cream circle cut with Nestabilities.  To create the look of snow, glitter was added below the trees with two-way glue. The sentiment was stamped in Riding Hood Red ink with the Wings of Joy set from Taylored Expressions. A matching envelope was stamped with chocolate ink using the tree and flourish image.
I always like to finish the inside of my cards and carry the theme through. I matted some cream cardstock on Green Tea Leaves paper and stamped another tree image and flourish with Chamomile Ink. The message was stamped again using the Wings of Joy set and Riding Hood Red Ink.
I had heaps of fun joining in these challenges and can't wait for more!! I will be back soon with a birthday card for my son.

Take care,

Stamps: A Rhonna Christmas (Autumn Leaves); Fancy Flourishes (PTI); Wings of Joy (TE)
Cardstock: Kraft, Riding Hood Red (SU); Vintage Cream, Green Tea Leaves (PTI)
Ink: Vintage Tea Duo - Chamomile (PTI); Riding Hood Red (SU); Versamark
Miscellaneous: Argyle Impressions Plate (PTI); Apron Lace Punch (Fiskars); Circle Nestability Die (Spellbinders); Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Clear Embossing Powder, 2 Way Glue (SU); Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Scor-Tape

Friday, October 22, 2010

Turning 5!

I have had a big week this week with my cousin getting married on Saturday and my daughter turning 5 on Thursday. I made a card for both occasions, however only took a photo of my daughter's card. She is currently going through a very girly phase liking everything pink and sparkly, so I had just the right stamp set for her.

Firstly I made the square card base using Kraft cardstock and stamped the top and bottom of the card using the Fancy Flourishes set from Papertrey Ink and Versamark ink. I then punched a scalloped border along the top of some Hibiscus Birst cardstock and added some Hibiscus Birst ribbon along the bottom. I used Quite Contrary paper from My Mind's Eye which I absolutely adore as it is so pretty and feminine.

The image was stamped using a combination of stamps from the Dress Up Lily set from Pink Cat Studio. Three different images were used and masked one on top of the other to create the final picture. I coloured the image with Copics and added glitter to her wings. The number 5 was created by colouring a white American Thicker number with a copic marker to match the cardstock. This is the beauty of copic markers - you can customise any embellishment to match other elements of the card.

Now I had better get myself organised to make a card for my son's 7th birthday which is only a week away!

Thanks for looking,

Stamps: Dress Up Lily (PCS), Fancy Flourishes (PTI)
Cardstock: Kraft, Pretty In Pink (SU), Hibiscus Birst, Vintage Cream (PTI),Quite Contrary (MME)
Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Miscellaneous: Copic Markers, American Craft Thickers, Apron Lace Punch (Fiskars), Scalloped Circle Punch (SU), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU), Hibiscus Birst Ribbon (PTI).

Sunday, October 10, 2010

More Christmas Cards

Hi there!

I have been spending the last week tweaking my blog to get it where I am happy with it and I thought I would post a couple of photos of cards I have made a while ago when getting a head start for Christmas. In this card I used an image from My Favorite Things called Pure Innocence - Presents For You.

I have stamped the image once on Kraft cardstock and die cut it with a Circle Nestability die.
The image has then been stamped again and popped it up with dimensionals and coloure with Copics. I have then stamped the snow using a small circle stamp from Papertrey Ink's Around and About Sentiments using Craft Whisper White Ink. I have also used Papertrey Ink's Background Basics Text Style Stamp with Perfect Plum ink on the scalloped layer. The Perfect Plum cardstock layer has been embossed using my Cuttlebug.

The next card uses images and sentiments from Taylored Expression's Wings of Joy set which I bought last Christmas and just love. The stocking images have then been stamped again and raised up with dimensionals. I have added some sparkly fluff to the tops of the gloves and beanies to give a little texture. The background has then been stamped with Baroque Motifs set (Stampin' Up) using Versa Color Sky Grey Ink.

The inside of the card has followed the same theme with a single stocking image from the Wings of Joy set stamped in the corner and coloured with Copics. The edges of the inside layer have been stamped with the flourish from the Baroque Motifs set.
I am slowly working at improving my photos to show all the little details added to my cards so watch this space! I hope you all have a good week.
Pure Innocence Card
Stamps: Pure Innocence-Presents For You (MFT), Around & About Sentiments, Background Basics Text Style (PTI)
Cardstock: Kraft, Very Vanilla (SU), Perfect Plum (PTI)
Ink: Perfect Plum (PTI), Whisper White (SU), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Miscellaneous: Copic Markers, Lavender Ribbon, Clear Button, Twine and Scallop Border Punch (SU), Small Circle Nestability (Spellbinders)

Wings Of Joy Card
Stamps: Wings of Joy (TE), Baroque Motifs (SU)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Kraft, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Sky Grey (VersaColor)
Miscellaneous: Copic Markers, Pink Ribbon, Sparkly Fluff, Scallop Oval Punch (SU)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Snowflake Fairy Lily

I have another card to post today - getting ready for Christmas. This card uses the Snowflake Fairy Lily stamp from Pink Cat Studio. I had a lot of fun creating this card, colouring in the image with Copics which I love to do. The card also features some machine stitching which I think adds detail and texture to quite a simple card. I apologise for the photo - it was taken outside when the lighting wasn't at its best.

I am also in the process of trying to customise my blog further so there will be some changes in its appearance over the next few days. I am a bit of a perfectionist so you may see subtle changes along the way.

Thanks for visiting,

Stamp: Snowflake Fairy Lily (PCS)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
Cardstock/Paper: Kraft (SU), Kaisercraft 6x6 pad ChristmasCarnival, Stampers Select White (PI)
Miscellaneous: Copic Markers, 3D Stickers, white thread, Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU), White Pearl (Kaisercraft),Apron Lace Punch (Fiskars)

Monday, October 4, 2010

An early Christmas Card

I have a Christmas card to show that I created over the school holidays. It uses a couple of stamps from one of my favourite stamp companies - Papertrey Ink. I am a big fan of stamping backgrounds and find that Papertrey's background stamps are so easy to use to create a variety of designs. A strip of sticky strip with glitter, a row of rhinestones and white taffeta ribbon and I have my first Christmas card made for the year.

 Thanks for looking.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Kraft, Riding Hood Red (SU), Stampers
Select White (Papertrey Ink).
Stamps: Holiday Button bits, A Little Argyle (Papertrey Ink).
Ink: Tuxedo Memento Black Ink, Riding Hood Red Ink, Craft White Ink (SU)
Miscellaneous: A Little Argyle Embossing Plate, White Taffeta Ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU), Rhinestones, Copic Markers, White Button.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I have finally taken the plunge!

After a couple of years of stamping and developing my passion for cardmaking, I have finally decided to start my own blog.  Bear with me as I enter this new world of blogging and learn along the way! I hope that my cards and ideas may be inspiring to others.