Saturday, 25 June 2011

PTI Blog Hop...


This month's blog hop is all about inspiration - and this was the photo to be inspired by:

And this is what I came up with:

I decided to create my own background using the colours on the wall with Guidelines II, then sponged aroundbthe piece with Blush Blossom ink so soften it a bit. The cupcake was stamped on card and dsp then paper pieced, and I added some glitter to the icing - and topped it off with a cherry button. I layered the cupcake on a combination of die-cut shapes.The borders at the top and bottom were die-cut from two colours of cardstock and layered over the stamped background. I finished off with some stitched ribbon.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Birthday Basics, Everyday Treats, Guidelines II, Baby Button Bits
Ink: Blush Blossom, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Groovy Guava, Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobler, black
Paper: Blush Blossom, Cherry Cobler, Whisper White, miscellaneous dsp
Dies: Mat Stack 1, limitless labels, banner borders
Accessories: Spring Moss ribbon, cherry button, stickles glitter

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Friday, 24 June 2011

I love big bows...!


After a very busy week at work I've finally got some time to relax and play! I have 15 lectures to catch up on from time missed at Bible School this week and last so I'm listening and creating at the same time (as well as watching Wimbledon... hee!). I've had the Waltzingmouse sketch and CR84FN colour challenges on my list to play along with all week:

This week's WM sketch was a choice from the previous catalogue of sketches found here and I chose week 3's sketch (probably because of the big bow featured lol!). I ended up with this...

I used some more of my bargain papers I bought last weekend as they were perfect for these colours! The sentiment is a Verve scripture stamp and I used a Labels 18 stamp to frame it. The little yellow flourishes are from another labels set (stamped with So Saffron). I dug out some old Baja Breeze ribbon to make the big fat bow and added a PTI button with linen thread. I die-cut a doily from paper and added a portion of it to the left-hand side for a little extra frill!

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

x Amy x

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

My favourite flower...

I wanted to play along with this week's Play Date colour challenge so I combined it with one of this month's Viva la Verve sketches to create this...

I love gerbera daisies and wanted to create some using the big shot daisy die from SU. I used Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie and used all three sizes of daisy on the die. I adde some funky buttons for the centres and used some basics rhinestones for some flourishes. The whisper white background was embossed with the polka dots embossing folder and the centre panel is a mix of Marina Mist dsp. The sentiment is from the hostess set Because I Care. I punched it out with the oval punch and layered onto a white scalloped oval. The card base is 5 1/4" square in Marina Mist.

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Aviary friend...


I was out and about wit hubby today and we popped into a craft store in Bristol - I wasn't planning to get anything but I spotted a 12x12 paper stack reduced from over £20 to £4.99... needless to say I had to get it! Do I need any more paper? NO! Did that make the slightest difference? NO!! Hee hee... So I had to play with it when I got home. I used the CPS sketch to create this one...

I used a SU stamp set from the Australian catty that my sister got me for my birthday called Aviary - I'm hoping this may get into our next catalogue... fingers crossed! I used colours that matched the papers: Taken with Teal (retired), Tangerine Tango, Peach Parfait, Wild Wasabi and So Saffron. I added some buttons and some So Saffron ribbon (retired, but I love this stuff!) as embellishments. I thought this sentiment (from PTI) was cute to add to this image! Perfect for asking a friend round for a coffee!

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Friday, 17 June 2011

Butterfly congratulations...


I thought I'd pop in and share a card I made using the Walzingmouse sketch challenge as my starting point. I dug out some older papers that I got a while ago because they had gorgeous butterflies on them (what more of a reason to you need lol??) but I hadn't used much of it because I didn't want hide the butterflies by putting other stuff on top -- so I set to work cutting them out!

I played around with a sketch a bit and flipped it on its side so I could fit in this Labels 18 shape. I stamped it onto some coordating paper from the same pack and cut with nesties. The flower is from a pack that my sister brought me back from the US when she was the on holiday recently - they are so pretty I've been hoarding them for the right card! I added some black lace as an extra touch. Pretty simple really, but I really like the combination of colours and butterflies...

Thannks for stopping by - I really do appreciate all your sweet comments!

x Amy x

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Celebrate Colour Q...

When I saw this week's Colour Q challenge I really wanted to play along as they looked gorgeous! For some reason this took me AGES to put together - I kept faffing about with different focal images, not seeming to be able to pull it all together... I eventually settled on these balloon images...

Both the background panels were stamped - the Crumb Cake  with Damask Designs and the Soft Suede panel with a muscal background. The balloons were die cut and stamped the adhered to a Labels 18 shape stamped with a coordinating Waltzingmouse label. I added some Very Vanilla ribbon and a button to finish. The layout is this week's Viva la Verve sketch.

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Mojo Bloom...

I haven been really busy lately with work, study and church commitments so haven't had a lot of time to play, but I did get some time the other day to play along with this week's Mojo sketch and I combined it with the current CR84FN colour challenge:

I played around with creating my own paper flower embellishment and came up with this:

I created the flower using the Fun Flowers Big Shot die. I cut 8 flowers (3 Pretty in Pink, 3 Pink Pirouette and 2 Regal Rose) then layered them up alternately, having spritzed each with water and scrunched them. I added a large pearl brad through the centre and curled the petals of the inner-most flower. The leaves were die-cut from Old Olive cardstock and the Little Leaves die. The strips of DSP are from a retired SU pack in Certainly Celery. I added some lace trim and Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon to finish off. The sentiment is from an older Verve set, stamped in Regal Rose.

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

x Amy x

Friday, 3 June 2011

CR84FN Waltzing Birthday...

After getting quite a few things done this week I treated myself to sitting down and watching the French Open and making a card today! I loved the combination of this week's Waltzingmouse sketch with the CR84FN colour chalenge:

I have been loving playing with my birthday pressies (Waltzingmouse stamps!) and this card was so much fun to make:

I created the background with doily stamps and Baja Breeze ink then sponged around the edges with Tea Stain ink (from SU's distressing kit) and roughed-up the edges with a file from the same kit (am loving this at the moment!). The label was embossed with white onto Crumb Cake cardstock and cut with the cordinating nestie. The circle was stamped with a greeting in Baja Breeze and a little detail from the doily set with Tea Stain ink. I added some tiny pearls to glam in up a bit! The ribbin is retired So Saffron grosgrain and I added a lemon button to the centre with some linen thread. The Baja Breeze layer was punched along the bottom to get the scallop look.

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Owls in love...

I'm enjoying my half term break at the moment and am hoping to have some more cards to share with you later this week, but for now I thought 'd pop in and share one I made for a class that I ran last night - it was called Mr & Mrs Owl and featured the owl punch from the mini catty...

How cute are these owls?? I saw some owls done on SCS with these wings and so I went about creating them with the Boho Blossoms punch. The DSP is all from the Play Date range and I used the coordinating colours of cardstock for the owls, hearts and layers. The leaves are die-cut with the Little
Leaves Big Shot die from Old Olive cardstock. I added some pearls for Mrs Owl's necklace and bow. The sentiment is from Curly Cute.

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

x Amy x