Friday, 29 May 2009

OSA Sketch Layout #21

Just a quick post this morning as I'm picking up my brother and nephew from the airport soon.

This week's OSA sketch layout #21 was a very simple one. The pagoda stamp is by Pink Cat Studio - it's stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder then coloured with Twinkling H2O's Ginger Peach and edged with gold Krylon pen. The swirly strip with little gems is something I picked up at The Reject Shop and the ribbon was gifted to me by Vicky. The black cardstock is textured. Nice and simple card!

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Another owl card!

Yes, I do like owls LOL! It's my Dad's 80th birthday on Monday, I made my own card for him a while ago but my DD asked me to make one for her to give him too. I figured that at 80 years of age he must be a wise owl!

I used the sketch from CPS117 for the card. The chipboard owl is by Collections, I used the same technique as THIS CARD I did a while ago......this owl is a larger one though. The greeting is made with the Justrite Stamper tiny letters, the numbers are foam Thickers. Tree branch is from a Pink Paislee stamp set, PP is Christina Re.

We are going up to see Dad on Saturday as that is the only time we could all go together, and I'm really excited because my brother is making a visit from Townsville to surprise Dad for his birthday! I haven't seen him for over 2 years, he is bringing my 15yr old nephew too.......I bet he's grown heaps since last time I saw him. I pick them up from the airport on Friday.........cant' wait!

Monday, 25 May 2009

Whoo Loves You!

I mentioned recently that I had been chosen as 1 of 10 stampers to take part in a special challenge over at Inkurable Stampers blog using a new owl stamp from Orange Jelly Stamps.....well, my project is now featured HERE on the Inkurable Stampers blog, so I can share it here on my blog too.

My card is a tri-fold one, so lots of photos and close-ups here. The details are on Inkurable Stampers if you'd like to see how I've done this. My card is the last one being featured, so if you want to see all the entries start HERE and work your way back over the last 10 days.

Full card open.

Card front.

2nd panel.

Last panel.

Close-up Pearl-exed owl.

Close-up chipboard tree.

Close-up heart.

Close-up heat embossed owl.

Special thanks to Sarah from Inkurable Stampers and Sue from Orange Jelly Stamps for choosing me to take part in this challenge, I just love the owl stamp!

I'd love to hear what you think of my card, have a great day everyone!

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Some sweetness!

This is my card for CPS116 sketch challenge. I've succumbed to cuteness and bought this adorable Sarah Kay 'My Sweet Lili' stamp........doesn't she just make you go 'awwww!'

I coloured the image with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, the background papers are both Basic Grey, Prima vintage flowers and Kaiser rhinestones.

Thanks for looking and have a great's lovely and sunny here today!

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Inkurable Stampers May Challenge.

This month's challenge at Inkurable Stampers is to use ribbon and lace somewhere on your project.

I found a large scrap of blue lace in my stash and I had just bought some Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, so went with that for my colour combo.

I stamped a Flourishes flower stamp onto a piece of sheet music paper, then cut it out and, using my Aquapen, coloured it with Stampin' Up Baja Breeze ink. I layered it on top of a purchased brown flower and sandwiched them between two Label 1 Nestability die cuts. The patterned paper is by Kaisercraft, the greeting is a Stamp-It stamp. Ran a piece of white cardstock through the Cuttlebug in the Swiss Dots folder and inked the edges with TH Antique Linen Distress Ink and Colorbox Dark Brown chalk ink.......base card and the die cuts are also edged with the chalk ink. Added a blue button tied on with dark brown embroidery thread.

Cardstock used: Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze, Pedigree Papers textured white.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, 16 May 2009

OSA Sketch Layout #19 and Theme Challenge.

I made these 2 cards last night for this week's OSA Sketch Layout #19 and the Theme Challenge, which was "Tea".

I just used up some stamped images that I had done previously and some other bits and pieces.

The 1st card is the Sketch Challenge. The butterfly is stamped in black, embossed with holographic embossing powder, then coloured with Twinkling H2O's. The background around the butterfly is sponged chalk, the butterfly haiku is computer generated. The main background piece is a bit hard to see, but it is a reverse stencil technique using a plant leaf from the garden and coloured spray on watercolour paper.

I used a Stonehouse Stamp of a geisha drinking tea for the Tea Challenge card, I coloured this with Prismacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirit and paper stumps to blend. I edged around the image with Tim Holtz Antique Linen ink. Added some strips of washi paper to the top and bottom of the card. The cardstock is all by Stampin' Up.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! I went to the Melbourne Picture to Page Scrapbooking Show this morning........and picked up lots of new goodies, yay!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

I'm back!

Sorry for being MIA lately! I've been working on some OSA swaps and a special project for Inkurable Stampers! I was lucky enough to be chosen by Inkurable Stampers and Orange Jelly Stamps to receive a brand new stamp that hasn't been released yet and participate in a challenge along with 9 other stampers! I finally completed my project last night but I can't show it until it has appeared over at Inkurable you're just going to have to wait for it!

Just so I do have some artwork to show you here, like they say on the cooking shows,.......Here's one I prepared earlier! I made this one for a friend's recent 40th birthday.

The owl and branch are by October Afternoon, I think the decorative swirly thing is too! I used my Justrite Stamper to make the 40th greeting and the 'happy birthday' is from an Image Tree alpha. The green background is a Technique Junkie Newsletter tech called Two Toned Crunch from the Dec 2008 issue.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, 8 May 2009

Card Patterns Sketch #13

This is my entry for Card Patterns Sketch #13. I can no longer make Mother's Day cards for my own Mother as she passed away 2 years ago, but this year is my daughter's very first Mother's Day! This card is for her.

The Mother and child stamp is by Crafty Individuals, the greeting is by Stamp-It. Sorry about the photo, I took it at night and couldn't get the true colours.......they look nicer in real life!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Spring Fling Sketch Challenge.

I had a request to make a card for a 50th birthday, and it was wanted in a I've used this Spring Fling Sketch challenge from Ellen Hutson's The Classroom Blog. I've reversed the sketch for my card.

It's a bit tricky making a card for someone you don't know, I've gone with an elegant look so I hope the recipient likes it. The stamp is from a set called 'Those Girls in Their Hats' by Buzz and Bloom (Aussie company), the patterned paper is by Christina Re.

Hope you are having a lovely day, wherever you are in the world!

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

D is for................

I did this card a few days ago ready for Sandie's letter D in her Alphabet Soup challenge, thinking that D is for Dragon would be OK.....but wouldn't you know it, Sandie has put up a list of D words to choose from instead, and dragon wasn't one of them!

Ah well, doesn't matter as one of the D words is die-cut and I have used a little purple Cuttlebug mini tag die-cut under my greeting, so I'm still good to go with it!

The dragon image that I have used is a digital stamp, it's the first time I've used one of these. I recently discovered Dustin Pike's blog, who is the artist, Dustin releases a freebie image each Wednesday, so I thought I'd try this one out............I liked it so much that I ended up buying some more from his Etsy store.

I used my Prismacolour pencils and odourless mineral spirits with paper stumps to blend the colour.........I wasn't sure if the ink from my inkjet printer would smear with this technique, but I'm happy to say that it didn't! I probably should've done some shading around the images, but I was in a bit of a hurry to finish it........there's a bit too much white space around it for my liking.

Sorry about the angle the photo is on, but I took it at night and the gingham Christina Re paper has a metallic sheen to it that kept flaring in the light!

Thanks for dropping by, I'd love to hear what you think of my card, and digital stamps if you've used them.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Alphabet Soup!

Sandie at Sandie's Place has started up a challenge called Alphabet Soup. Each Monday she posts a letter of the alphabet and you create a card, ATC, layout or whatever using that week's letter. This week's letter was C, but I'm playing catch-up here and have a card for A, B and C!

This 1st card is A for was also the card I made for the OSA April Swap for Black plus One Colour......which of course I used pink. The sweet little Japanese girl is a stamp by Stonehouse Stamps.

My B card is b for bird! The bird stamp is called Tweet by Prima Stamps, and I used the Birds and Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder - I used Core'dinations cardstock and sanded it back to reveal the core colour. The greeting stamp is by Stamp-It.

The 3rd card is C for cards, as in playing cards......don't you love these teeny playing cards, they're by Jolee, and C is also for Cuttlebug, as I used a Harlequin embossing folder for the background and the same Core'dinations cardstock as the previous card. Birthday greeting is by Penny Black.

Hope you're all having a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!