Thursday, 19 November 2009

Blue Giga Birthday

This is my second play with my Giga Guidelines set - I'm really pleased with how it came out as I don't often use blue in my crafting.

I stamped the giga stamps in fresh snow ink onto the enchanted evening card and filled in with the matching stamp from guidelines II stamped in versamark. A bit of white embossing for the sentiment and some matching ribbon completes it - there's also my new favourite punch there too from EK Success!

Happy Birthday Penny!

Monday, 16 November 2009

Upsey Daisy Duo

It was such an awful day here yesterday it was the perfect time to stay indoors and play! We had terrible winds this weekend across the South East and yet again we lost another tree - my favourite Californian Lilac. Paul very kindly spent all day chopping it up for recycling whilst I stayed in the warm!

The Sunday challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers is to case but change two things on a card from the featured stamper and this week it was the very talented Dawn Easton. I chose this card to case - love those colours! It was a good excuse to get out my SU Upsey Daisy stamp which hasn't seen much love for a year.

I went for some good cheery colours - berry sorbet and sweet blush along with some Papertrey dp's and dark chocolate cardstock.

Whilst I had the stamp out on the table I was playing with other colours and so finished off another card for my stock with some bright sunny yellow and burnt orange.

A nice diversion from making Christmas cards! Have a great week and as always thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Holiday Button Bits

I made these two cards using the Holiday Button Bits stamps for two challenges this weekend, one from the lovely Lana who put a sketch up on our forum and one over at A Passion for Papertrey, both designed to kick start the holiday card making.

First off the sketch challenge, which to be honest I didn't follow well at all! The baubles are swinging at a very jaunty angle!

I am in love with Scarlett Jewel - it's such a deep rich colour. Here I used Lables 1 nestability dies and stamped the leaves in Spring Moss. Next time I think I'll use ripe advocado as it's a better contrast to the red.

I've also made a Santa version but the light was too poor to take a photo of it tonight!

On another note - is anyone else having a problem stamping the Holiday Button Bits with PTI ink? I just can't get the ink to "stick" and it looks awful. I've conditioned the stamps several items to no avail - any tips anyone?

Giga Guidelines ala Debbie Olsen

I thought that Debbie Olsen's card here using the Giga Guidelines from Papertrey were just fantastic and so good that she broke down how she stamped the different layers for us all here - it was a great jump start for me to get playing!

I'm having a right old time with my camera just now and the colours seem a bit off but the ones I used were plum pudding, spring moss (new formula) and hibiscus burst.

I also made a little practice strip following Debbie's guide and the colours are really pretty in real life (but not so in this photo!) and made this two little 3.5"x 3.5" gift cards.

In case you are interested this is the order I stamped my pattern in -

Plum Pudding

Spring Moss

Hibiscus Burst

I've lots more colour combinations in my head - I just need to get them onto some cardstock!

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Dotty Melon Berry Purse

The challenge over at A Passion for Papertrey for this week is to use polka dots in your creation. I have been meaning to try out Lauren Meader's Purse-onality Clutch for ages and pulled out my Melon Berry cardstock and bits for mine.

I used vintage cream ink on my polka dots basics stamps and paired that up with lots of buttons, twine, ribbon and lace. I found a box of these Polish chocolates in my local supermarket and very yummy they are too - well I had to check one out before I packed the purse full of them didn't I ;)

Thanks for popping in and have a great week!