Monday, October 29, 2012

Merry Christmas

I love this Christmas trees stamp from Verve, which I only ordered earlier this year, so I'm super excited I'm finally getting to use it! This is the first card I'm making with it, but I know I'm not going to be able to resist doing more. I have so many ideas! The ones on this card are sponged with Forest Moss ink, then Always Artichoke ink on the tips. I used dazzling diamonds on each zig zag level. This sketch is for Vival La Verve Week 4, and I promise that the dotted paper is in two separate pieces, like in the sketch, I just happened to put the circle over the top.

Stamps: Merry Christmas (Inkadinkado)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke (Stampin Up), Forest Moss (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso (Stampin Up)
Paper: Home For Christmas (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, MFT double scallop border, Spotlight buttons, sewing machine

A Very Merry Christmas To You!

While on my holiday a couple of weeks ago, I just happened to stumble accross a craft fair :) I took my 2 and 1/2 year old to the beach in the morning so he would be too tired to walk around the fair, so I popped him in the pram and he slept the entire time I was there! That meant for some serious shopping :)
I bought some chipboard reindeers from a stall by Scrapmatts. I had the intention of using it on a scrapbook page, but couldn't resist putting it on one of my Christmas cards. This sketch was perfect for it! 

I sponged the chipboard with Old Paper ink, to make it a bit darker and "golden." The ribbon on the card was tied around a 6 x 6 paper pad I bought from the fair, so I'm unsure of it's brand. Stampin Up perhaps? Needless to say, I kept it and it's getting used :) The papers are from one of my favourite Christmas collections this year - Christmas Day, by Carta Bella.

Stamps: Stampin Up (unknown set)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Christmas day (Carta Bella)
Accessories: Ribbon (unknown), Spellbinders oval and scallop oval, Stampin Up oval punch, Bag O buttons buttons, Ranger liquid pearls, sewing machine

Viva La Verve - Week 5

I'm a bit out of order, but this is my take on the Viva La Verve Week 5 sketch. I've come to the conclusion that I can't do clean and simple, this card is about as simple as I could make it! I used papers from Fancy Pants' Home For Christmas collection. The stamp is Penny Black from 2010 - and I just happen to be using it for the first time! I coloured it in with copic markers. I used a hint of dazzling diamonds on the owls hat, and sponged around the sentiment tag with old paper ink.

Stamps: Wise Wishes (Penny Black)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Home For Christmas (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: Spotlight lace, Spellbinders label die, Bag of Buttons buttons, sewing machine

Merry and Bright - Viva La Verve Week 2

I'm running a bit behind on my Viva La Verve sketches this month, luckily it's a 5 weeker! And I've sat and stared at this sketch for ages couldn't come up with an idea. But I have challenged myself to complete every sketch making a Christmas card until all my Christmas cards are done. I'm making multiples of anything I have the products to replicate! So I turned the sketch sideways, and used 3 Christmas baubles I cut out of some old Fancy Pants paper as the 3 embellishments. I used dazzling diamonds around the sentiment.

Stamps: Sweets of the Season (Flourishes)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Paper: Christmas Magic (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: Spotlight lace, Stampin Up dazzling diamonds, Bag of buttons buttons, DMC cotton perle, sewing machine

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Here is another set of cards I made, inspired by an earlier card (the middle one - scroll down to see that post). I just love these papers from Fancy Pant's The Good Life collection. After seeing them, I must admit, that I felt like giving scrapbooking a try again! I thought the colours would be perfect for a page on my son! While I procrastinate about that, I made these two cards to match that bike one. Here's a close up.

I think the one on the right would be a great neutral birthday card, for a boy or girl! A good one to keep in my stash :) I used copic markers to colour the bunnies, very lightly, including the cakes. I thought the papers were quite bold so didn't want to colour too bright!

Stamps: A Girl and Her Cake, Forget About The Cake, Wheel Love, Birthday Bunny (The Cat's Pjamas)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: The Good Life (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: Button flowers die, Cloud border die (The Cat's Pjamas), Mini Pennant die, jumbo scallop die (My Favourite Things), Stampin Up heart punch, Spellbinders circle, scallop circle, oval, scallop oval, scallop square, Bag of Buttons buttons, Stampin Up scallop edge punch, We are Memory Keeperws floss, sewing machine, dimensionals

Enjoy Your Day

Hi! It's been a while since I've been able to blog, as I've been on a holiday to visit my gran for her 92nd birthday! She is doing well, still living by herself, and I love seeing her! While I was there, I visited a couple of the local craft stores, and went a little nuts buying up a whole heap of new products! Especially 6 x 6 pads! So I have a so many new papers to show you! Onto this card though! I made it before I left for my holiday, but am only just getting around to uploading it now. And just in time too! It's for Verve's World Card Making Day Challenge, which closes tomorrow! I used a stamp from the Big Wish stamp set. Papers are from My Mind's Eye. The inspiration for the card came from a card I made a while ago, and I ended up making a third card to make it a set of 3! (See photo's below).  

Stamps: Big Wish (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Grey (Stampin Up)
Papers: Honey (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Stampin Up button, Bag O Buttons buttons, Prima flower, Spotlight lace, We are Memory Keepers floss, Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, sewing machine

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Hello Baby!

A friend of mine, is having a baby girl in a few weeks, and I wanted to make her a special card and matching gift tag for her present. And I'm so pleased with how it turned out. She loves doilies and lace, so I couldn't help but overloaded both the card and tag with both! 
There's LOTS of layering, and it took me an age to put together! I used papers from My Mind's Eye Be Happy collection. The Spellbinders tag die is from their original Fancy Tags set, which I had in  my upstairs cupboard ready to sell next swap and sell day at my local scrapbook store! I have all the other tag sets but they were all too big to use! Needless to say, this tag die has made it's way back into my craft room for good :)

Stamps: Hello Baby (Flourishes)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers (E01, E02, E93)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up), neenah Solar White, Bazzill
Papers: Be Happy (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle and tag, Packaging Direct doilie, Bag o Buttons buttons, Spotlight lace, Ranger liquid pearls, sewing machine

Hello again! Before I posted this, I was inspired to make a boy version of my girl set above. My sister's baby is due soon, and my mum think's she'll have a boy, so I made this with her in mind. I'm not sure if she'll have a baby shower, but I wanted to try an invitation and card to make it a little different to the set above. 

I don't have a huge collection of copic markers, so I couldn't quite match my colouring to the Be Amazing paper I used, but I think it turned out ok. I did the same triple layering on both here, although it's a little hard to see on the invitation, and lots of sewing.

Stamps: Inviting (Stampin Up), Hello Baby (Flourishes)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers (BG11, BG13)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up), neenah Solar White
Papers: Be Amazing (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Spellbinders tag, MFT stacking stars die, Packaging Direct doilie, Bag o Buttons buttons, Spotlight lace, sewing machine

Time To Celebrate - Girl or Boy?

My husband and I have a 38th birthday dinner to go to tomorrow, and as hard as I find cards for men in this age group, I still continue to make them for our friends. However, as it turns out, I probably won't give this one to him, as after finishing it, it seems a bit on the girly side? What do you think?
Anyway, about the card....I used papers from Echo Park's For the Record 2 Documented. Although the white circle is from For the Record 2 Tailored. Just didn't have enough paper left to match in the Documented pad. I cut diamonds from the same paper as the half circle to add them to the top right corner and a kraft button from Stampin Up. 

Stamps: Big Wish, Birthday Bash (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Kraft (Stampin Up)
Papers: For The Record 2 Documented (Echo Park)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, Stampin Up button and twine

Happy Birthday - Viva La Verve

It's October 6th, and that's WORLD CARDMAKING DAY! Yay! I'm so happy to be involved in this wonderful world of papercrafting. It's a great place to be :)
Now, you wouldn't think that looking at the first sketch of the month for Viva La Verve October, that it would be all that difficult, but I really struggled with what to do with the long rectangle in the middle of the circle. Everything I did just looked weird! Finally, I came up with the idea to hide it as much as possible! Lol! I used papers from Echo Park's Sweet Day collection. The two banners are actually hand cut from one of those papers!

Stamps: Party Time, Big Wish (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Pink Pirouette (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Sweet Day (Echo Park)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle, scallop circle and banner dies, Bag O Buttons buttons, Spotlight lace, sewing machine

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mojo 260 - A Bit Late!

So I finally got around to making a card for Mojo Monday 260! I had every intention of making it earlier in the week, but the days just got away from me, and here I am posting it on the following Monday! Why is it that holidays are always busier than your regular wekks!
Anyway, about my card! These cool papers are from Fancy Pants' The Good Life collection. I don't do a lot of scrapbooking, but when I saw this collection, it made me want to make a page of my son! Don't know when I'll get around to it, but the bug has hit me again, so I've bought a few 12x12 collections in case I feel the urge one day :)
The stamp is from The Cat's Pajamas. I coloured it in with Copic markers and cut it out with a craft knife. The clouds are white cardstock layered on vellum and sewed.

Stamps: I Wheelie Love You (The Cat's Pajamas)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: The Good Life (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle and scallop square, MFT jumbo scallop border, TCP cloud border, Stampin up heart punch, We are Memory Keepers floss, Foof-a-la buttons, sewing machine