Friday, October 28, 2011

CSAYL - Jingle All The Way

Welcome to our latest CSAYL challenge! This week, we are being sponsored by Creations By AR. 

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They have a wonderful collection of downloadable templates perfect for all your packaging needs. The winner of this week's challenge will receive 2 free templates. For this week, we have been challenged to use a bell on our creations. I chose to work with the Brownie Box template.

To create my package, I first printed the template onto a sheet of white cardstock. I then used a background stamp for my pink diamond and stamped the centre image in gold which was clear embossed.  After scoring and cutting my template, I adhered my box together and used some gold ribbon to tie it at the top. Finally, I stamped my bell image onto some coaster board, coloured it with copics and cut it out, covering it with Glossy Accents. The sentiment on the tag was stamped in Melon Mambo ink and then both tied to the gold bow with some pink crochet twine.

This package was sooooo easy to create and is very cute IRL!! Check out the rest of the teams creations over at CSAYL and make sure you join in the challenge - there are only 3 left for the year after this week!

Stamps: Background Basics: Botanicals, Holiday Button Bits, Tiny Treats: Christmas (PTI)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White (PTI)
Ink: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo (SU); Gold pigment ink
Accessories: Brownie Box template (Creations by AR); clear embossing powder (SU); cropadile; Tiny Tags die set (Cuttlebug); Copics; Glossy Accents (Ranger); pink crochet twine; gold ribbon; coaster board (PTI)

Friday, October 21, 2011


Hi again,
This week's challenge at CSAYL is sponsored by the wonderful Bugaboo Digi Stamps

The challenge is to add as much sparkle as you can to your card - glitter, stickles, bling - as long as its sparkly! I chose to work with the image - Ted Christmas Ornaments digi. I also decided to enter this into the  CR84FN40 Challenge - the colours are gorgeous!!

I printed my image onto some rustic cream cardstock and coloured him in with Copics. I added some sparkle to my image by using glitter on his hat. The bottom edge of my main panel was run through my Cuttlebug with my Swiss Dots folder and then adhered to a layer of Kraft cardstock. Some Pure Poppy twill ribbon was tied just above the dotted section. I stamped my sentiment on a tag that was die cut with my Tiny Tags die using Chocolate Chip ink. This was attached to my ribbon with some linen thread. The edges of my cream layer were also dipped in glitter after adding some glue with my two way pen. To finish off the bling, I added some silver rhinestones above the ribbon before adhering to my Pure Poppy base.

Now let's see what sparkly creations you can create - simply link your card or project to the CSAYL blog this week. Check out the rest of the design team's creations for some inspiration too!

Stamps: Ted Christmas Ornaments digi (Bugaboo Stamps); Holiday Button Bits (PTI)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Kraft, Rustic Cream (PTI)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Pure Poppy twill ribbon (PTI); Swiss Dots embossing folder, Tiny Tags die set (Cuttlebug); silver rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Dazzling Diamonds glitter, two way glue pen (SU)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sympathy card

Just a quick post to show a thinking of you card that I have made for a friend recently. I decided to keep this very simple and used one of the images from the Blooming Button Bits set from Papertrey Ink. I stamped this onto some Spring Rain cardstock in Versamark and then clear embossed it. I stamped the flower images from Beautiful Blooms 2 onto white cardstock and embossed them with white embossing powder before cutting them out. Silver rhinestones were added to the centres. I scallop edged my base and the bottom of the Spring Rain layer, tying a white ribbon just below the image. Finally I stamped my sentiment in Smokey Shadow ink using the Acacia set from AnnaBelle Stamps.

I stamped my sentiment on the inside again with Smokey Shadow ink with a sentiment form Ballerina Rose.

That's it - short and sweet! I will be back tomorrow with my card for Friday's CSAYL challenge and over the next couple of days will post my Colour Create card - missed the deadline this week, but determined to get it done!

Stamps: Blooming Button Bits, Beautiful Blooms 2 (PTI); Acacia, Ballerina Rose (AnnaBelle Stamps)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Spring Rain (PTI)
Ink: Versamark; Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Accessories: clear embossing powder, white embossing powder, scallop border punch (SU); white ribbon; silver rhinestones (Kaisercraft)

Friday, October 14, 2011

CSAYL - Seeing Spots

We have a fun challenge for you over at CSAYL - this week its time to add polka dots to your creation! I LOVE polka dots - I think they are fun but classy at the same time, so I really enjoyed working on this week's challenge card. This week's challenge is sponsored by the wonderful Paper Makeup Stamps and the winner will receive a $15 gift voucher to spend in their store!

I chose to work with a sentiment as my focus on this card and used the All I Want For Christmas Is You sentiment:

I used Rustic Cream card for my base and my main layer. I lightly drew a grid along the bottom of my top layer in pencil and then used this to stamp my individual polka dot from PTI's Round and Round anniversary set along the grid in Real Red ink. The top layer was then run through my Cuttlebug with my Argyle impression plate. I printed my sentiment onto some more Rustic Cream card and die cut it with my Mat Stack 1 die, using Kraft ink to stamp the border from the Mat Stack 1 Collection stamp set around the edge. All edges of my card were inked with my Chamomile tea dye ink. Some blue ribbon was looped above the polka dots and then my die cut was popped up on dimensionals on top of this. I added a couple of strips of pearls above my ribbon and also some punched snowflakes using Rustic Cream and Real Red card.

 I drew another grid on my inide layer and stamped my polka dots around all the edges. A smaller piece of Rustic Cream was layered on top and my sentiment from Wings of Joy stamped in Bashful Blue ink. Finally I added another strip of blue pearls along the bottom.

I really enjoyed making this card - I have noticed that my style has been evolving into clean and simple, but somethimes its just nice to add a slight vintage look and lots of layers!! Now be sure to check out all the team's cards over at CSAYL and link up your creation for your chance to win the $15 voucher!!

Stamps: All I Want For Christmas Is You (Paper Makeup Stamps); Wings of Joy (TE); Round and Round, Mat Stack 1 Collection (PTI)
Cardstock: Rustic Cream (PTI); Real Red (SU)
Ink: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake (SU); Chamomile Tea Dye ink (PTI)
Accessories: Mat Stack 1 die, Argyle impression Plate (PTI); blue pearls (Kaisercraft); Snowflake punch (Martha Stewart); blue ribbon, dimensionals

Friday, October 7, 2011

CSAYL - Purple

Hi there!!
I can't believe its Friday already!! Time for this week's CSAYL challenge and this time its to use purple somewhere on your creation! It could be cardstock, ink, bling, buttons etc as long as its somewhere on your card. The sponsor of this week's challenge is Pink Cat Studio:

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Here is some cool news about Pink Cat Studio. They have just launched a new program available for customers to use - Digi Stamp Designer. You just have to check it out! You can use this program to create and buy your own personalised digital stamps using Pink Cat Studio characters and accessories! I got to use the program this week and had soooo much fun! I created my own stamp for this week's challenge:

I combined a holly image repeatedly with some Christmas baubles. I paper pieced three of the baubles with some Sugar Plum Paper and coloured the rest of the image with Copics. Some silver rhinestones were added for some bling. I added another strip of paper along the bottom of my main layer and then rounded all corners. I used my Scor Pal to score two lines across the top of my panel and adhered some Plum Pudding ribbon above my paper. This was then all mounted on my card base.

On the inside I added another strip of Sugar Plum paper along the bottom and rounded all corners again. I stamped the sentiment from Stampin Up's Snow Swirled set in Plum Pudding ink.

You have a week to link up your creation dover at CSAYL to be in the running for this week's prize - 5 free digis from Pink Cat Studio. Good luck!!

Stamps: Personalised stamp - Digi Designer (PCS); Snow Swirled (SU)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Sugar Plum DP (PTI)
Ink: Plum Pudding (PTI)
Accessories: Plum Pudding ribbon (PTI); silver rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Copics; corner rounder; Scor-Pal

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Colour Create # 81

Well school has gone back for the last term which means I have returned to work also! Now I am getting ready for life to get busy, busy, busy! With end of year functions coming up, dancing concerts, work commitments at school along with the daily running around, I think this term will fly by and it will be Christmas before we know it! Therefore, this fortnight's Colour Create challenge is perfect for making another Christmas card to add to my stash. The colours chosen by Mina are lilac, grey and white with the optional extra of adding snowflakes. Here is the inspiration pic:

6 Oct - Challenge 81 - Mina  -  Lilac, grey and white

I have also decided to enter this card into two other challenges. I used this week's Card Patterns Sketch:

and also as I was using a Lili of The Valley stamp, I decided to enter into their challenge this week which is to use buttons on your creation. The stamp set I have used is Christmas Dance. I have only recently received my very first order from them and I am in love with their stamps - they are absolutely gorgeous!!

Now I know my colours don't look like lilac, but I used my closest option which was a Lavender Moon base with some similar lavendar paper for my first layer. I stamped my image onto some white cardstock and coloured her in with copics. I punched a strip of Lavender Moon card on either side with my Apron Lace border punch and added a strip of grey DP to layer on top. I punched three snowflakes with my Martha Stewart punch and added glitter with some heat and stick powder. I adhered each of these along my lace strip and added a button to the centre of each with glossy accents. Finally I used my two way glue pen to add glitter to my image. My sentiment is from Holiday Button Bits and was stamped in Smokey Shadow ink.

On the inside I stamped a sentiment from SU's stamp set Snow Swirled with Smokey Shadow ink. To add the stars around my sentiment, I used my Lili Of The Valley image again, but only added ink to one star at a time and carefully added them one by one. Finally I coloured them in with my V91 and V95 copic markers.

So hop on over to the Colour Create blog and check out the gorgeous creations from the team and link up your creation while you are there!!

Stamps: Christmas Dance (LOTV); Holiday Button Bits (PTI); Snow Swirled (SU)
Cardstock: Lavender Moon, Stampers Select White (PTI); Lucky In Love DP (Scrapworks);Kaisercraft DP - unsure of name
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Versamark; Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Accessories: Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars); Snowflake punch (Martha Stewart); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Heat and Stick powder (SU); Copics; Sweet Blush buttons (PTI)