Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Misty Flowers...

Hiya!

I played along with the colour challenge this week on SCS - Marina Mist, Baja Breeze & Certainly Celery. I combined the colours with one of the Viva la Verve sketch challenges this month.


I used the Level 2 hostess set Fast & Fabulous combined with the Nursery Suite DSP and coordinating Quick Accents. I watercoloured the flowers and added some basics pearls to some of the centres. The ribbon is Certainly Celery grosgrain with an added white button. The greeting (from Fresh Cuts) was stamped on one of the border stickers from the Quick Accents pack and I punched the ends with a square punch to make a banner shape.

That's all for now - thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Case or copy..?

Hiya!

I set out tonight to have a go at the current Case Study challenge, which was to case this stunning card by Julee Tilman:
And when you're looking at perfection, what do you change?? Not a lot as it turns out! Here's my attempt:



I kept the layout, the colours, the vintagey feel... I did change the papers and stamps as I don't have the same as Julee's and I used a doily die cut for the base of the sentiment (loving playing with these!). I made the ribbon straight (can't seem to manage slanty ribbon!). The sentiment is from Verve - I stamped it once on Crumb Cake and once on Whisper White then cut out, distressed with ink and layered up. (You can click on the photo for a larger view if you want).

That's all from me for now - am pretty tired what with the clocks going forward and losing an hour's sleep last night - off to dreamland...

x Amy x

Friday, 25 March 2011

Because I care...

Hiya!

I combined the gorgeous colours from this week's Colour Q challenge with the fab sketch from Card Patterns to create this card:

I used a set that my Mum bought me from teh Aussie catalogue (LOVE this flower - is so much fun to colour in!). I watercoloured it with reinkers (Kiwi Kiss, Bashful Blue and Taken with Teal) and a Soft Suede marker. I cut it out with my paper snips and layered it on a Whisper White oval. The panel underneath was stamped with En Francais using Taken with Teal then stamped with the Sanded background with Sahara Sand ink. I sponged around the edges with Sahara Sand ink to soften it a bit. The greeting is from the hostess set called Because I Care. I added some Concord Crush ribbon to finish.

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Viva la Play Date...

Hiya!

Managed to find some time tonight to play along with a couple of challenges - I wanted to play with some new goodies that arrived this morning (hee hee - always enjoy playing with new toys!). I used the Play Date inspiration for colours and one of the Viva la Verve sketches for the layout. Here's what I came up with:


I had to break out my new doily die from PTI (yikes! I can see myself having LOTS of fun with this one!) as well as one of their stamp sets (can't resist me some more butterflies...!). The DSP is retired SU stuff - I realised on the weekend that I had FAR too much paper and so started reorganising and sorting it so I can sell off some stuff I don't use. I am determined to use more of my stash in my cards as much as possible! I used a plain jane stamp from Verve as I've had some requests for more Scripture cards so I thought I'd add this one to my collection.

That's all for now - gotta go and prepare for a class later this week...

x Amy x

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Triple Play Cupcake...

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After a HECTIC weekend, I managed to find a bit of time to play this afternoon and wanted to play along with a few challenges - in fact I managed to combine three in one card! (I know some people are experts at combining challenges but normally I manage two and that's it...) I used the Waltzinmouse sketch challenge for the layout, the CR84FN inspiration for the colours and the Make it Monday technique for the embossed main panel...


Here's the colours and sketch inspiration:


The main panel was partially embossed with PTI's woodgrain impression plate then the embossed part was lightly inked to create a 'table' effect. The cupcake was stamped once on white then on DSP, coloured, pieced and glittered - and of course a button added. The banner was created by punching out a star then cutting off each point - I used linen thread to string it together. I added some PTI satin ribbon to finish.

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Friday, 18 March 2011

Speed challenge!

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I had a couple of hours to play with this afternoon and I stumbled across the Flourishes Speed challenge using a fab sketch so I decided to play along. I combined the sketch with this week's Colour Q challenge and came up with this:


I used Flourishes' Gerbera Daisy set as well as a sentiment from another of their sets (I realised that Mothers' Day is coming up soon and although my mum is in Australia so won't need one until May, my mother-in-law is here so I need to get one sorted!). The daisies were stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with SU markers and an aqua brush - I added some sparkle to the centres of the flowers using Stickles. The DSPs are from retired stash as is the ribbon. I added a couple of buttons and some fauz stitching with a marker to finish.

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Mojo River Butterfly...

Hiya!

I managed to find some time yesterday to play along with this week's Mojo sketch challenge. This is what I came up with:

I was a bit cross with myself cos I made it yesterday and thought I would wait until today to photograph it in the daylight, but then was so tired this afternoon that I forgot! So I had to settle for the kitchen bench... and artificial light - oh well! One of these days I really must get a light box!

I made the main panel by stamping the Friendly background stamp with Versamark onto glossy cardstock. I then brayered over the top using Baja Breeze and a smidge of Not Quite Navy. Finally, I stamped the silhouette images from Just Believe over the top with Stazon. The versamark ink resists the dye-based inkpads that I brayered with so the words come through as white in the background - such a great effect!

The Baja Breeze panel in the background was also stamped with the Friendly stamp. The DSP is from the gorgeous Love Letter collection - love that grid effect with the swirl printed over it. The edges were sponged with River Rock ink to add a distressed feel, and I stamped a butterfly on River Rock cardstock and added some pearls. The little side panel I decided to use ribbon for and went with black grosgrain and a big bow.

That's all for now! Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Pink Scallops...

Hiya!

Just thought I'd pop in quickly to share two cards I've made recently with the scallop circle piece of DSP from the Nursery Suite pack - I had great fun cutting this up so I could get as much out of it as possible! Here's a baby card we made at a recent class:


The baby buggy was stamped with Regal Rose and I added some tiny pearls to the wheels. The DSP and scallop border is from the Nursery Suite collection.

Here's a CAS card I made with some left-over DSP (why is it that a simple card takes me SO long to finish??)



I added some Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, some pearls and the bird image from Notably Ornate. The sentiment is from Vintage Vogue.

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Verve Blog Hop...

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When I saw that Julee Tilman was the new muse over at the Case Study challenge, I knew I had to play along! Julee is right at the top of my 'inspirational crafters' list and she is such a sweet person, leaving encouraging comments on so many cards on the web. I've been a big fan of her work for a long time and it is so much fun to case her work. I combined the case study challenge with week 1 of the Viva la Verve sketch challenges this month. Here is the inspiration card from Julee:
Wowza! What a gorgeous card! I decided to use the same colour scheme and I really wanted to use a beautiful flower like the one on Julee's card, but I don't have any pre-made ones. My solution was to try to create one myself using the Fancy Flower punch and some glitter glue. Looks MUCH better IRL than in the photo though. Here's my card:


I've also linked this up to the Verve Blog Hop that's going on at the moment. The DSP is all from some the same set that I've had for AGES but am hesitant to use cos it's sooo pretty! I matted each layer onto Crumb Cake cardstock and inked the edges for a distressed look. I added some soft grey satin ribbon and some pearls to finish.

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Friday, 4 March 2011

Mojo Invitation...

Hello!

This is my second post today so scroll down if you want to check out my other creation from today. When I saw the colours from Stacey's Curtain Call colour challenge this week I really wanted to play along cos they look so lovely together:
I combined the colours with this week's Mojo sketch and came up with this:



I actually managed to stay away from flowers and/or butterflies which is quite an achievement for me lol! I was flicking through our catty when I spotted this Neighborhood wheel and realised that despite owning it for AGES, I've never actually gotten around to using it, so I thought this would be a good opportunity. I wheeled the houses onto watercolour paper and coloured with markers and an aqua brush, then cut out and popped onto a piece of Very Vanilla. The DSP is a mixture of Play Date and Woodland Walk. I added some twill tape, a Crumb Cake button and a couple of stitches with some linen thread. The sentiment is from Sincere Salutations and punched out with the Designer Label punch.

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Thinking of Pink...

Hiya!

I wanted to play along with this week's CR84FN colour challenge - check out the pretty colours:

I combined the colours with this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch and came up with this:


I watercoloured this gorgeous image from Because I Care (a hostess set) using Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo and Certainly Celery/Wild Wasabi markers. The sentiment is from Curly Cute. I added some Pretty in Pink satin ribbon and some rhinestones for a bit of bling! The edges of the cardstock are distressed and I sanded the DSP for a slightly shabby look.

I'm hoping to be back later with another card (creative evening ahead planned!!).

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Stylish Flowers...

Hiya!

Happy March! Can't believe it's already the 3rd month of the year - seems like Christmas was yesterday! Where is the year going?? Although I didn't make an official 'resolution'... one of my goals this year was to be more active on my blog, and so far so good eh? I'm managing to post more regularly and play along with some more challenges. One other resolution I should pay attention to is to use up some of my stash that has accumulated over the years! I dug out some retired SU papers and an SU set that isn't in our catalogue (sorry!) but my Mum got it for me from Australia for Christmas. I combined the Play Date colour challenge and the Inkspirations sketch challenge to create this:


I am SO hoping that we get this gorgeous set in our next catalogue (fingers and toes crossed!). I love to colour in and this stamp is perfect for a therapeutic colouring session! I used a combination of Pumpkin Pie/Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz/Wild Wasabi markers on watercolour paper with an aquabrush. I added some buttons from my stash and some tiny pearls in the corners of the main panel.

Thanks for stopping by! I really do appreciate each and every one of your encouraging comments.

x Amy x