Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Bday 2U

I'm so excited that I've been able to do all four Viva La Verve sketches this month! It's been a loooong time. But I'm back into the swing of things now! I have three cards in this months issue of Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine, showcasing this stamp set from Flourishes. The issue will be available next week :) So I'll be able to show you those cards soon! This card I made today however, is similar to one of the magazine cards. I needed a birthday card for a friend of mine and she loved the one that's in the magazine. I didn't have it back from the publishers yet so I made her this one instead! I loved the sketch, but I added a few extra circles, and a sentiment tag too. I also used Whimsey Farm Twine and I'm very impressed with the quality. Some twines I've used have unraveled or freyed. This one from Whimsey Farm is great to use.

Stamps: Pinwheels & Popsicles (Flourishes)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Barely Blush (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: Flair (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Whimsey Farm twine, Spotlight buttons, Stampin Up circle punch, Black marker pen, Stampin Up scallop edge punch

Viva La Verve November Week 3

I love sketches and inspiration photo's that challenge my creativity. I always struggle with these panel sketches, but I do love how I get to use up a few patterened paper scraps :) The only variation I made to the sketch was the lace and sentiment tag. I just loved the beautiful orange and purlples in the inspiration photo and it reminded me of the My Mind's Eye Indie Chic collection. I used the Saffron paper pad and have all but used every single piece in it now! I absolutely adore it! The flower image is from Flourishes Mix n Mugs stamp set, and I only outlined the flowers with orange and razzleberry ink and a blender pen.

Stamps: Mix n Mugs (Flourishes)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry (Stampin Up)
Papers: Indie Chic - Saffron (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: We Are Memory Keepers twine, Stampin Up buttons, Spotlight lace, Spellbinders oval

Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge with Viva La Verve sketch


Hi! For those of you who have seen my blog before, you may have noticed a big change. I've had a new design installed by Smitten Blog Designs. What do you think of it? I have to say I love what my designer did, and it was such an easy process. I would definitly recommend them :) There's a lot of info I still have to add so bear with me while I do all that! My card today is for two challenges, the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes, and I used the Viva La Verve November sketch Week 2! I wanted to create another glittery card so I used some Stampin Up glimmer paper for the scallop circle and banner tags. My circle is a bit bigger than what is shown on the sketch, and I added a banner for the sentiment over the striped paper. So just a few subtle changes to the original sketch ;) I coloured the adorable hedgehog image with copic markers, and added some vellum over the backgroud paper for a more frosted look. I also shaded the Baja cardstock pennant with some white ink. I've almost finished my Christmas cards for the year and am super excited that they'll probably all be done before December even starts! Yay!

Stamps: Fur Collared (Penny Black), Holiday Greetings
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Vellum, Glimmer paper (Stampin Up), Copic Express It
Papers: So This Is Christmas (Carta Bella)
Accessories: Stampin up button and white thread, Spellbinders scallop circle and classic circle, MFT Fishtail Flag Stax

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Country Christmas

Hi! I just want to share with you a set of Christmas cards I made for Australian Cardmaking Stamping and Papercraft a while back. They use Verve's Holiday Greetings stamp set. I love that this set has the tree outlines so I can stamp right on to the designer paper. And the wreath with the hearts in it is so cute.  

The papers I used are from the gorgeous Christmas Cottage collection by Teresa Collins. There are so many lovely green patterns in this collection, and everything co-ordinates so well. Some shabby stiching, Old paper ink shanding, and cream twine make for a real country feel.

Stamps: Holiday Greetings (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper (Tim Holtz), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: Christmas Cottage (Teresa Collins)
Accessories: Hemptique twine, Spotlight buttons, Stampin Up circle punch, Verve Scalloped Trim Trio star border, sewing machine

Christmas Gingerbread Gifts


Each year my mum asks me to make little gifts for her to give to her work friends. This is what I came up with this year! They are so cute that I decided to make a few extras for my son to give his friends and teachers at preschool. The clear pillow boxes are from a local variety store. And I added some dazzling diamonds to the edge of the doily. The tag is from Sizzix (Stampin up) Chalk Talk Framelits, and I sponged that with Old paper Ink.

Stamps: Poinsettia Christmas, Holiday Greetings (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Ruby Red (Stampin Up), Old paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: -
Accessories: Sizzix Chalk Talk Framelits (Stampin Up), Doily, Jillibean Soup red twine, Red ribbon (unknown!), Dazzling diamonds, Clear pillow boxes (K-Mart)

Friday, November 8, 2013

From Our House To Yours

I have made a lot of these card for family this year. I just love the sentiment, it's so personal. I used Verve's Poinsettia Christmas stamp set and stamped the solid poinsettia with Cherry Cobbler ink and added a layer of vellum underneath. The outline poinsettias on the tag are stamped with Old Paper ink. I also sponged around the tag and edges of the designer paper with the same ink. The black border around the red cardstock and the dotted the edges of the scallop border are just hand drawn with a black marker. Enjoy your weekend!

Stamps: Poinsettia Christmas (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Kraft (Stampin Up)
Papers: Home For Christmas (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: Spellbinders tag, Verve Sweet Scallop die, Bag O Buttons buttons, Stampin Up linen thread, spotlight lace, black Stampin Up marker

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Viva La Verve - I'm Back!


Okay, so I'm sorry to be posting another Christmas card with this hedgehog on it!!! I hope you're not sick of them! I coloured a whole heap a while back, and can't help but use them :) Anyway, this card is for the Viva La Verve November Week 1 sketch. I havn't done a Viva La Verve sketch in so long :( I'm so excited to be back doing the Verve challenges! I'm a layers kinda girl, so I couldn't help but layer the orignal sketch up a bit ;) I used papers from Carta Bella's So This Is Christmas collection, as well as some gitter paper from Stampin Up for a bit of sparkle :) The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Verve's Holiday Greetings stamp set. Check back soon to see a set of cards I made with this awesome set featured in Volume 19 #12 of Australian Cardmaking Stamping & papercraft magazine!

Stamps: Holiday Greetings (Verve), Santas Hat (Penny Black)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Vellum, Glitter paper (Stampin Up), Copic X-Press It
Papers: So This Is Christmas (Carta Bella)
Accessories: We Are Memory Keepers twine, Spotlight lace and buttons, Fancy Pants large brown button, Spellbinders scallop rectangles

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Christmas Spinner Card


I love love love spinner cards! They're always a hit with friends, and they're so easy to make. I'm sorry but I can't remember where I saw the original tutorial for this, but there are a heap out there. I don't follow the tutorials exactly because the size of the card is too small. So I add a few extra layers to make mine a bit bigger. It can be easily adapted to whatever size you want. This Christmas one was made from Teresa Collin's Christmas Cottage paper collection, and I couldn't help but add a doily :) I stamped snowflakes in white ink on the green paper, and for a bit of sparkle I added some dazzling diamonds to the santa and doily.

Stamps: Christmas Characters (Inkadinkado), Christmas Mini's (Impressions Obsession)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Paper: Christmas Cottage (Teresa Collins)
Accessories: Doily, Spotlight buttons, dazzling diamonds, We Are Memory Keepers twine

Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge

I've just ordered some Simon Says Stamp Exclusive stamps and they should be arriving soon! Yay! There were so many I wanted but couldn't get so I'm entering the Anything Goes Challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp blog to try and win a $50 voucher to buy some more!!!! I made this card for a friend who loves blue and green. I used stamps from Penny Black's Sweet Wishes stamp set. To girly it up I added a doily I cut in half, some cute buttons and some zig zag stitching.

Stamps: Sweet Wishes (Penny Black)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy (Stampin Up)
Papers: Indie Chic "Citron" (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Doily, Spotlight buttons, sewing machine