Friday, 31 December 2010

Sweet Butterfly Bliss!


Back again - twice in one day! I wanted to play along with this week's Curtain Call Colour Challenge - the colours are so beautiful:

And here's what I came up with:

I used this week's Sweet Stop Sketch for the layout and used some new Sale-a-Bration goodies! I just adore this butterfly from the Bliss set - the text detail on it is so pretty, and the big flourish compliments it so well. I added some rhinestones to the body of each butterfly and added a bow with some Pear Pizzazz ribbon. The little corner piercing was created with a piercing tool and mat (couldn't find my template thingy!).

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Bliss, Notably Ornate
Ink: Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz
Paper: Greenhouse Gala DSP, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz ribbon, self-adhesive rhinestones, piercing tool & mat, Scallop Trim border punch

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Sale-a-Bration Bliss!

Hello all!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your New Year will be a fabulous one! I had a lovely week away with my family in the Cotswolds and we had our first white Christmas - woohoo! Lots and LOTS of snow and ice! Of course I brought some craft stash with me so I could play (heh heh!) - and I had lots of fun making some Sale-a-Bration creations. I'll be stopping in (hopefully regularly!) over the next while to share them with you, but for now here's one I made last night:

The photo's not great cos I had to take it in the bathroom (no natural light at that time!). I used my new I {Heart} Hearts stamp set along with my favourite Sale-a-bration set - Bliss. Check it out:

The colours came from SU's colour coach (Marina Mist, Real Red and Old Olive). The layout was from this month's Viva la Verve challenges.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts, Bliss
Ink: Real Red, Marina Mist
Paper: Newsprint DSP, Marina Mist, Real Red, Olive Olive, River Rock, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Old Olive button, linen thread, self-adhesive pearls, Marina Mist satin ribbon, Old Olive marker, Oval punch

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Mojo Kitty Christmas...


I'm trying to give my Christmas stamps a bit of use before the season ends so I dug out this cute Penny Black stamp I've had for ages - just can't bear to part with it as it reminds me of our lovely cats! I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch for the layout:

I changed some of the sketch elements slightly by moving the bow and splitting the background layer into two patterns (I wanted to use both of these gorgeous patterns!). I coloured the image with copics and coloured pencils and cut out with nestabilities. The ribbon is Bravo Burgundy (retired now) and I added a few aqua buttons for extra intest. Took a while to colour this one in but it was so worth it!

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Friday, 10 December 2010

Last one for this evening...!

Would you believe this is my third post in one day...?! Ah the wonders of having a bit of time to play! I actually made this card earlier in the week but didn't get a chance to post it:

I used Stacey's Curtain Call Colour Challenge to start me off - Real Red, Always Artichoke, Basic Grey and Whisper White. Perfect colours for a Christmas card! I stamped this tree from PTI on Whisper White using Always Artichoke ink then added some red buttons for the baubles. The background is a combination of Lap of Luxury DSP and some retired Ski Slope DSP. I added a scalloped border and some luscious red polka dot ribbon that is available at the moment from Stampin Up either as part of an offer (you can get it for free!) or on its own. I added some grey pearls in the corner as an extra little accent.

Signing off now... time for bed!

x Amy x

Lots of white...

Hi again!

I wanted to play along with Flourishes' Winter White Challenge, which was a BIG challenge for me as I like lots of colour, DSP, embellies etc, etc.! But hey, it's good to challenge yourself once in a while! Here's what I came up with:

I really love the work of Silke Ledlow and really admire how she uses lots of white and makes everything look so fabulous, so this was my attempt at creating something along those lines... not anywhere near as great as Silke but I do like the finished result.

The presents are from Flourishes and I coloured them with copics and cut out so I could pop them up. The layers underneath were cut with nestabilities (I drew the black line around the image with a Basic Black marker while the nestability die was still on the image). I embossed the smaller square with a snowflake embossing folder. The larger square is some Bride DSP that I had left over from last year's catty. I finished off with some white organdy ribbon. The sentiment is from SU's Season of Joy set.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

x Amy x

Penguin Christmas...

Hello all!

I've been on a Christmas card kick lately (cos I leave my Christmas card making late every year then go into panic mode in December lol!). I've had the chance to play along with a few challenges this week so I'll be popping back a bit later with a couple more creations! I played along with this week's CardPatterns sketch challenge and came up with this:

I couldn't resist this cute penguin from Taylored Expressions and this was my first chance to play with this set. I dug out some gorgeous DSP from a previous mini catalogue (one of my FAVE papers of all time!) and coloured the image to coordinate. The layer behind the oval image is a die from PTI with coordinating stamp. I added some Old Olive ribbon as well as some pearly stars to embellish. The main image has glitter on the hat and some liquid pearls around the oval.

I'm off to make one more this evening!

x Amy x

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Christmas Triple Play...


I've been making a little project or two for the Verve Project Parade going on at the moment - the challenge is titled 'Triple Play' which involves making three things that could be given as a gift set. Here's what I came up with:

I made a little 'pizza box' full of tea-lights, a fridge magnet and a matching card. I used Verve's Poinsettia Christmas and embossed the flower with gold and watercoloured with Ruby Red (retired colour). I used two on the card and one on the box. Here's the card in more detail:

I used some beautiful DSP from two years ago which I bought a LOT of cos I wanted to hoarde it! I used a doily in the background that I got from the States - gotta love these! I added some Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon and a matching pink button.

I just love this little pizza box with decorated tea lights:

To decorate the candles you simply stamp the image onto tissue paper, punch out with a circle punch then punch a small hole in the middle. Thread the wick through the hole and lay tissue paper flat on the candle surface. Heat with a heat gun until the wax melts and the tissue paper melts into it. Leave to set then wrap the outside of the candle with a strip of matching DSP. The outside of the box is decorated with some matching cardstock (Old Olive, Ruby Red and Blushing Bride). I added some chocolate pearls to finish.

To finish this little set off I made a matching magnet using Verve's Jer 29:11. I found some kitchen magnets at my local supermarket (4 for 20p!!) and stocked up BIG time lol! I cut a few nestability shapes and layered some DSP with matching cardstock and ribbon to make the magnet.

I'm so pleased with how this little ensemble turned out! I definitely will need to make a few more of these!

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Merry Mojo Mittens!


I wanted to make a card for this week's Colour Q challenge, as the colours are just SO gorgeous! I combined it with this week's Mojo Monday sketch and came up with this:

I was fortunate enough to win this Gina K set (Winter Mittens) recently over at Stamp TV so I wanted to break it out and play. I stamped the mitten twice - once with Tempting Turqouise and once with Pacific Point. I cut out the cuff bit of the Pacific Point mitten and layered it over the Turqouise one. The layers are cut with nestabilities. The greeting is from SU's Season of Joy (my all-time fave Christmas set). The layers underneath are a combination of a stamp and dies from Papertrey. I added some glitter to the mitten for some sparkle, as well as some buttons that matched Soft Suede from my (rather large..!) button collection. Around the sentiment layer I added some tiny self-adhesive pearls (new in the SU catty). The ribbon is some Pacific Point ribbon my Mum got me from Australia last year. The Pacific Point and Wild Wasabi papers are from the current DSP colour collections - the Turqouise piece is a retired DSP.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll try to be back a little more regularly to post my creations, but please bear with me in the meantime!

x Amy x