Sunday, 23 August 2009

Black and White

I don't often get chance to play along with the Featured Stamper on Split Coast Stampers but as I had some lovely free time today I had a go.

For the featured stamper the idea is to choose a card that inspires you and to case it but change at least two things. This week the featured stamper is Joanne and she has one of the best galleries on SCS and I chose this card
here to case.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you've had a great weekend too!

In Bloom Duo

Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink made a card for her 30th birthday celebration that really spoke to me and I thought I'd have a go at a similar one using the same layout.

I've been sitting and colouring these blooms from the In Bloom set that arrived last week and so I thought I'd use them for these cards. I changed the papers and the image but shamelessly copied everything else!

I coloured the bloom and leaves with copic markers and layered it on some dimensionals. The paper is from the In Bloom and Polka Dots paper packs and the sentiment is from the same stamp set.

I picked up the colours from the Polka Dot paper for this colour scheme - I love them! The bloom has a little bit of stickles glitter on it which you can see better enlarged and the saying is from Flower Garden Sentiments.

Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge 15

This card nearly went in the bin several times this afternoon out of sheer frustration! What with Paul in the lounge shouting at the cricket (out, ozsat, sack the umpire) and the grand prix (oohh, ouch, come on man!) in equal measures as he channel hopped between the two (I'm not sure why as he has them both recording on Sky+) and me shouting, ok swearing, at the umbrella as I tried to cut out the handle and sheer the ribbon, we made a right pair! But the sun is shinning and it's a beautiful day so all is really right in my little world :)

So this was made for Dawn McVey's colour challenge - these colours really remind me of lollypops for some reason and maybe I should have popped down to the shop to get one to calm me down!

I love Melon Berry and Hibuscus Burst - I think they are my favourite colours from PTI and I had a little scrap of Spring Moss card left to do a little border. I gathered the ribbon by running a length through the longest running stitch on my machine and then gathered it up - note to self - don't use silky ribbon again!

So here we are - I tried to do the rule of three but went adrift somehow, and the melon berry umbrella looks so much darker than the matching In Bloom paper in the photo but I just love the ribbon and will do that again. Lisa Johnson gives a great demo on her blog here.

Here's a little photo of the ribbon - I stuck it to the card with a run of score-pal tape to keep it secure.

Thanks for popping in today - I hope you are having a fun and crafty weekend too!

Sunday, 16 August 2009

More Button Bits!

You've just got to play with a new set haven't you? I don't like to waste a scrap if I can help it and so I made these three little ones as a batch for my basket.

The hardest part about making these was choosing which buttons fitted best!

I kept to the same colour ways to match the buttons -

Melon Berry

Raspberry Fizz

Sweet Blush

A few runs through the cuttlebug with the Nestabilities and they were done!

Every Day Button Bicycle

My baby brother turned 48 this week - Happy Birthday Martin! We don't get to see each other too often as we don't live close, so this sentiment seemed a good one.

This is the first time I've inked up this set and I was thinking to myself - what am I going to do with that cross bar when I do a girly card? I can't see many girls cocking their legs over that bar as it's not a mountain bike! And it needs a wicker basket for the front too! Still this was for my brother so I wanted it manly, so I used ripe advocado cardstock overstamped with Background basics Retro and the last of the New Leaf buttons that my friend Chris sent me. I feel an order coming on now I have seen the lovely new release colours ;)

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Clean and Simple Thank You

I'm taking part in another PTI swap over on Splitcoast Stampers and so have been practicing a few cards that I can make 6 of to send off. The cards can be Clean and Simple (CAS) cards based on a sketch from the CAS blog. I chose this sketch - fall down layout 37

The challenge over at A Passion for Papertrey this fortnight is to make a Thank You card - so that was the sentiment I went for!


I simply stamped the flower and leaves from Friends til the End onto the Bitty Dots paper and used the sentiment from Damask Designs. It does look to me like there is too much white but I suppose that is clean and simple;)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Make a Wish

I started off today with the intention to make a wedding anniversary card for my dear Mum and Dad but ended up playing with Guide Lines 2. I filled an A4 sheet of card stock with three different patterns in differing colour-ways so I have enough to do a few more cards.

I used Lavender Moon, Hibiscus and Spring Rain inks and matching card stock. The flowers and sentiment are from Wishing You - a set with so many stamps and sentiments! It looks a bit OTT now I look at this photo and I think next time I'll use some plainer paper to offset the in your face pattern!

Thanks for popping by and I hope you've had a great weekend :)

PTI Swap

In my best Blue Peter voice - here's one I made earlier. I made 6 of these for a PTI swap on Splitcoast Stampers and I received an equal number of great cards back!

I used the Remember set for the poppies and Flower Garden Sentiments for the quote.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Pastel Panels

I saw on Nicole Heady's blog yesterday that she had her DT team do a pattern challenge and I thought "I could have a try at that".

Whilst mine is not in the same league as the clever DT, I enjoyed putting this together! I used my Bitty Dots paper and stamped the co-ordinating colour with a different pattern (Damask Designs, Background Basics Retro and Stars plus Polka Dots) and zipped along it all with my sewing machine. I used Hibicus Burst as my base - one colour card I've hardly used since I got it ages ago - it's such a pretty colour.

This is off in the post all the way to the southern hemisphere - the furthest I think I've ever sent a card - but it's for a very special and generous lady!