Sunday, 26 October 2008

Rainy Day Tulips

It's a really miserable rainy day here today and the clocks went back this morning so it's going to be dark extra early - not my favourite time of year so a good excuse to stay in and play with my new stamps from Gina K. Designs. The tulip is from A Year of Flowers and I made this as a case for the featured stamper over at SCS's to send to a friend who is having a very tough time right now.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Home for the Holidays

I made this acetate card as a submission for the Papertrey Ink guest star stamper this month (you can see all the great entries here) using a combination of two sets - Boards and Beams and Home for the Holidays. I went through a whole pack of acetate to get the fence and masked trees right when I was stamping them with white stazon.

The house was coloured with Copic markers and the decorated windows & snow (done with liquid applique) are popped up to give it a bit of dimension.

I was definately the most difficult card to photograph as I kept getting my own reflection in it! I just managed to keep it open here with Paul holding while I clicked away. The inside sentiment is from the Holiday Wishes set and the leaves/berries from Believe.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

A Rose is a Rose

In my last parcel of goodies from the US was this new rose set from Stampin Up and some new Bella Rosa papers. I had decided to get it and sell my old wild rose one and I'm so glad I did as this one is so much better and the main rose is smaller and easier to use.

I was lucky enough to win a prize from Split Coast Stampers recently -thank you Gina :) - and it included some of the new In-colours, so I used some here. The green was some older SU cardstock and I think it clashes a bit but by the time I had stuck all those roses and leaves on I wasn't going to change it!

The roses are stamped with Papertrey Sweet Blush and Berry Sorbet inks - love those colours.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Blue Poppies

I've been playing with my new set again and thought I'd try a very non-poppy colour but I like how it turned out. I eventually managed to tie a tidy bow - courtesy of Becca Freeken who has a great tutorial video on her blog Amazing Paper Grace, for the first time I didn't get the knot the wrong way around - so simple when you see it done properly! I added a strip of paper I stamped with Papertrey's Guide Lines stamps - I love how you can make so many different patterns with it.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Tapestry Rubber Stamps x 2

I spent the day out with my DD trailing round the big shopping centre in North London and I needed to do something relaxing afterwards! It's a while since I got my tiny tapestry rubber stamps out and these were two quickies that I paired with some Stampin Up paper from their designer paper stack and some May Arts ribbon. I can't get the stickles glitter glue to show very well in the photo but they do sparkle quite prettily.

Colour Challenge

Today's colour challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers was pink, black and white - I just love that combination. The pink is for breast cancer awareness month and I was remembering my flower arranging teacher at evening class who lost her battle 3 years ago. I still have foliage plants in my garden that I planted on her recommendation. I used the Remember set from Papertrey Ink but added the Believe stamp (double stamped in pink and black) from the Christmas set as I thought that sentiment worked well with the belief that a cure will be found for this dreadful disease. On that note - are you all doing your checks yourself? :)

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Scallop Oval Pair

Here are two cards I made last weekend - same layout just different stamps. I used the Blossoms Abound set from Stampin Up for this first one with SU coloured cardstock and Papertrey stampers select white cardstock which is worth the postage alone from the US -

and Floral Frenzy from Papertrey Ink for this one which uses berry sorbet ink, ribbon and cardstock from Papertry.

I think I'll make a few more as a set and get some more milage from my Nestabilities!

Monday, 6 October 2008

Out of the Box Siberian Iris

I know it's not very seasonal to have irises in Autumn but I made this for the sketch challenge over on Split Coast Stampers. I love the papers and cardstock from Papertrey they are such great quality. The Flourishes iris stamp is coloured with Copic markers and the half pearl and pin is made from the Stampin Up Pretties kit. My blending of the Copics is starting to get better - slowly :)

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Circle Frame Card

A forum friend put me onto Becca Freeken's fantastic blog and especially to this tutorial for a frame card made using a corner punch. Do go check out Becca's tutorial here and then feast on her blog which has the most beautiful creations.

Here is my first attempt at one using all Anna Griffin stamps and papers -well I have to use it sometimes ;)