Tuesday, September 25, 2012

As Special As You Are

These gorgeous papers are from My Mind's Eye Six by Six Meadow collection. They have beautiful floral and leaf patterns that can work so well in a card with minimal accessories!! I added some of my favourite lace, and used my pennant trim die from verve to cut two pennants for the top left. I shaded around the circle with old paper ink.

Stamps: Birthday Surprise (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Meadow (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Prima flower, Stampin Up button, Stampin Up linen thread, Spotlight lace, Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, Verve pennant trim die

Birthday Wishes

I'm not great with my camera.....yet. I'm still learning, and I think it shows in this photo! It's a little bit dark. Sorry! Hope you can look past that and see the second card I made with my birthday free time :) I used papers from My Mind's Eye Lavender collection. More new Verve here too - the Pennant Trim die is so adorable, and I'm going to get a good use out of it! Saves me cutting out my little banners now!

Stamps: Forget About The Cake (The Cat's pajamas), Borderline, Joyful Blooms (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rose Red (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: Lavender (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Verve Pennant Trim die, Kaisercraft pearls, Packaging Direct doilie, Sewing machine

Happy Birthday To You

Hi! And happy Monday! It's my birthday today, and one gift I've been given from my husband, is a few hours of "me time," which I chose to use to make cards! Of Course! I started with the Viva La Verve CAS sketch for September, and I have to say, it's probably the toughest sketch I've had to do! I really struggled with it. I had to change a few things in it, but finally came up with this card. I used lots of new Verve too :) It's a bit dark in the photo, but the flower and scallop border are actually brown. 

Stamps: Birthday To You, Borderline, Thatched Banner (Verve)
Ink: Early Espresso (Stampin Up), Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Papers: Dilly Dally (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Prima Flower, Stampin Up scallop border punch, We are Memory Keepers floss, Spellbinders circle 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Birthday Wishes - Mojo 259

Hi there! Julee from Verve has a great sketch for us this week! Check it out HERE. On my card, I used my favourite collection from My Mind's Eye's last release, Bluebell. I stamped doilies (from MME Cutie Pie stamp set) in Old Paper ink on the grid paper in the background, and sponged the edges. I also sponged the petals of the flower. Behind the flower, is a frame and larger flower image that I cut from the corner of another piece of Bluebell paper. The birthday stamp is from Verve's new Borderline stamp set. And you can't see it too well in the photo, but I sewed around the edges of the background paper and floral paper.

TIP:  I'm not sure if anyone else does this or not, but I often cut any circles I need on the card from the middle of one of the background layers, which is obviously covered up. That way, I don't have to use another piece of paper!

Stamps: Borderline (Verve), Cutie Pie - Lavender (My Minds Eye)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White
Papers: Bluebell (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Kaisercraft flower, Kaisercraft pearls, Packaging Direct doilie, Spellbinders circle, sewing machine

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Simply Wonderful - Viva La Verve

Ok, so I bought these Prima papers loving all the cute pink, peach and black designs, but every time I went to use them, I just couldn't get a good combination and would give up! But the Week 3 Viva La Verve sketch sparked an idea! The papers have some gorgeous floral designs on them, and so I cut some of the flowers and leaves out to pop up with some dimensionals, and got out my much loved, but very much under-used Polka Dot Greetings set, from My Favourite Things. Once again, I used my favourite lace - and I really did try other options though! I used Stampin Up markers for shading around the circle.

Stamps: Polka Dot Greetings (My Favourite Things)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Apricot Apeal & Blush Blossom markers (Stampin Up)
Cardtsock: Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Papers: Rondelle (Prima)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, Spotlight lace, sewing machine, dimensionals

Fabulous Birthday - Mojo 258

 Hi there! Today's card is for Verve's Mojo Monday 258. I had these papers out on my desk and originally planned them for something else, but decided to use them for this sketch. I had to add the square panel behind the circle because the blue strips clashed too much with the yellow backgroud, but after a bit of sewing and distressing, I think it turned out well. The gorgeous flower is a VERY old Prima flower, which I lightly sponged with Old Paper ink. The circle is also sponged with that ink.

Stamps: Birthday Surprise (Verve)
Ink: Night Of Navy (Stampin Up), Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Bluebell (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Bag O Buttons buttons, Prima Flower, Stampin Up linene thread, Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, Spotlight lace, Tim Holtz edge distressor, sewing machine, dimensionals

Monday, September 10, 2012

Viva La Verve Week 2

Oh boy this sketch stumped me! (Viva La Verve Sep Wk 2) I just couldn't come up with anything I was happy with! But as I rumaged through my flowers, I saw a packet of old grey prima flowers that I hadn't opened. So I found some papers to match and here it is! I've been sewing a lot on my cards lately so I wanted to give that a miss on that one - which was very hard I might add! So as a replacement, I added some lace to the floral panels which I think looks adorable! The flower had some glitter on it which I didn't like, so i roughly painted it with white acrylic paint. 

Stamps: Big Wish (Verve)
Ink: Basic Grey (Stampin Up)
Cardstoock: Whisper White, Basic Grey (Stampin Up)
Papers: Honey (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Prima flower, We are Memory Keepers grey floss, Spotlight lace, Kaisercraft white acrylic paint

Viva La Verve September Week 1!

I'm super excited to be making cards for Viva La Verve again! After missing the last two months, I'll have them in nice and quick this month! I love sketches with circles on them, because they give me the opportunity to use a doily! And although you can't see much of this one, I couldn't resist adding it! The papers are from Echo Park For The Record 2, Tailored. The image is from the Flourishes set, Zinnia's, and is coloured with copic markers. I sponged the edges of that with Old Paper ink, as well as, very lightly, the edges of the two small circles with the script writing. 

Stamps: Wordy Birds (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper (Tim Holtz), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: For The Record 2, Tailored (Echo Park)
Accessories: We Are Memory Keepers floss, Bag of Buttons buttons, doily (packaging direct), Spotlight lace, Spellbinders circles, dimensionals, sewing machine

Birthday Wishes

I made cupcakes today - for no reason at all :) Just felt like a cupcake kind of a day! And so I decided to make a cupcake card with similar colours to the ones I made. Inspiration truly is everywhere!! The pretty papers are from My Mind's Eye's Tangerine collection. I coloured the image with copic markers, although it's on regular cardstock so the blending is not the best! The lace I used on this card is from a local store here in Australia (Spotlight), and I use it on so many of my cards - I'm a little obsessed with it at the moment. I must buy more!!!

Stamps: Cupcakes (Hero Arts)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Tangerine (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Foof-a-la buttons, Stampin Up taffeta ribbon, Spotlight lace, dimensionals, sewing machine

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Birthday - Mojo Monday 257

I'm so excited to be able to finally use some of my new papers! I love love looooove My Mind's Eye, and I used papers from two of their new collections here - Lavender and Honey. I'm also excited to have a card ready for the Mojo Monday contest! And I love this weeks sketch - lots of layers and with the potential to make it really girly. I used probably my favourite colour combo - pink, kraft and white, and lots of accessories :) I coloured the cake in with copic markers for the flower, and crumb cake ink with a blender pen for the actual cake. I sponged most of the edges with Frayed Burlap ink.

Stamps: Big Wish (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake (Stampin Up), Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Kraft (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: Lavender, and Honey (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: MFT doily die, Spellbinders circle, Kaisercraft flower, red Kaisercraft blossom, Stampin Up Crumb Cake button, Spotlight white button, Stampin Up linen thread, Ranger liquid pearls, Spotlight lace, sewing machine

For The Birthday Boy

So this is my second attempt at the 10th Birthday card i needed. A couple of posts earlier I made one which I decided was a bit too mature looking. This one is much better I think. The sketch is for Viva La Verve August Week 2 - another I didn't get in on time :( I love the really intricate sketches with lots of layers, and this one was a lot of fun to do! I used papers from the A Boys Life collection from Echo Park. The banner border along the bottom is hand cut - I have ordered the banner die from Verve and can't wait to use it so I don't have to keep cutting them out myself!

Stamps: Birthday Bash (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Wild Wasabi, Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Papers: A Boys Life (Echo Park)
Accessories: Stampin Up scallop border punch, My Minds Eye buttons (Rosy), Stampin Up twine, sewing machine

For U

I wasn't able to get my Viva La Verve August sketches done in time, but this is for week 3 anyway (with a few chamges). Turns out, I needed this card for a very good friend of mine who needed a little pick me up. She loves these colours so it was just perfect for her. I coloured the butterfly in with copic markers, and added some dazzling diamonds. The papers are My Mind's Eye Be Amazing.

Stamps: You And I, All A Flutter (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: Be Amazing (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Petaloo flower, Spotlight lace, dazzling diamonds, Martha Stewart border punch, sewing machine

Thanks A Bunch

I felt in a bit of a white mood so I made this card, with the Mix 'n' Mugs stamp set from Flourishes. The background is embossed with a cuttlebug folder, and I used paper from My Minds Eye Blush for the mug. I coloured the flowers with copic markers.

Stamps: Mix 'n' Mugs (Flourishes), Joyful Blooms (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: Blush (My Minds Eye)
Accessories: Spotlight lace, Bag O Buttons button, We are Memory Keepers floss, Cuttlebug embossing folder, spellbinders oval and scallop oval

Happy Birthday To You

So I have a 10th Birthday to go to, for a boy, and I think he's a bit beyond the monkeys and other cute animals I normally do on his cards! So I wanted to make something a bit more mature. This is what I came up with. The sketch is Mojo Monday 253, from a couple of weeks ago. It doesn't show up too well in the photo, but the outside of the circle is shaded light blue. The cupcakes are cut out from the same paper as the background, and are coloured in with Pool Party ink and blender pen.

Stamps: Birthday Bash (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pool Party
Papers: Happy Days (Echo Park)
Accessories: Foof-a-la Button, Kaisercraft black rhinestones, Martha Stewart border punch, We Are Memory Keepers twine, spellbinders circle, sewing machine, black marker

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Glad To Be Back!

Oh my gosh, it's been almost 6 weeks since my last entry! I've actually been quite ill, so I apologise to my blog friends for being absent for so long. I wasn't able to make cards for so long, but I am back on track now, and so excited I have some new Verve stamps on their way to me soon too! For now though, I have a couple of cards I made over the last few days to get me back into blog mode! This is the first one I made, and I just wanted something simple and happy. My sewing machine was also neglected during my 6 weeks "off," so I was keen to give that a go again! The grass is hand cut, and I just tore the tree from some My Minds Eye paper. So cute!

Stamps: Wordy Birds (Verve
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Paper: On The Bright Side Two (My Minds Eye)
Accessories: Cloud border die (The Cat's Pjamas), Sewing machine, dimensionals