Friday, 30 October 2009

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #15

Hello, I hope you've all had a great week.  I've scheduled this post, as we are still on holidays, so I can show you what I've created for Makeesha's next challenge.  This week it's a sketch and here it is:

And here's my creation:

Oh this sketch was so much fun.  I've used this sweet cupcake image - doesn't it look so pretty in pink!
Well, I've started out with a base card in Pretty in Pink - this card measures 5.5" square.
Then I've layered on some DP from Candy Lane.  I've also added some strips as per the sketch with the same DP and also Riding Hood Red.
Next up, I've stamped up the image in Black Stazon, onto Watercolour paper, then used my SU markers and aqua painter to colour in. I've layered this onto a circle of Pretty in Pink.
I've used some striped Pink Pirouette ribbon, buttons and a rub-on for the sentiment.  The rub-on is from the Hand-drawn bundle which is a Level 3 Hostess set. I love that saying!
Lastly I've added some rows of paper piercing.
I just LOVE all the pink in this card - will be perfect for a little girl!

So if you love this sketch and want to join in the fun, then head on over to Makeesha's website and you can see all the details, as well as her creation too.  From here you can see all the links to view the creations from her Design Team.  Be sure to check them out - they will be super.  Have fun.

Product used:
Stamps: Cupcake image (non-SU)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red, Watercolour cardstock, DP Candy Lane
Others: Aqua painter, SU markers, Designer Buttons - button bouquet, Striped ribbon, rub-ons from Hand-drawn bundle (hostess set), paper piercing, sponging, circle cutters

Friday, 23 October 2009

Inkspiration Inspiration Challenge #14

Another Friday is here - hope you've all had a lovely week.  I have been busy packing, we leave today for a holiday with our boys.  So hopefully this scheduled post is coming to you!
It's time for another fabulous Inspiration Challenge and Makeesha has picked out this gorgeous bedding to help you get inspired.  It looks so beachy and summery, don't you think!

Here's my creation:

I've used the quilt cover has my inspiration and I'm sure that somewhere in the house, there will be a row beach thongs!
So I've started with a base card in Whisper White, then layered various cardstocks in Bashful Blue, Taken with Teal, Certain Celery and Basic Grey, to imitate the quilt cover pattern.  I've used the Sprinkles stamp set on the Teal and Blue strips.
For the main image, I've used Just Beachy, and picked out the beach thongs.  I've inked up in Stazon Black, stamped onto some watercolour paper and then used the Aqua painter and ink pads to colour them in.  I've added a small rhinestone to the pair in the middle.
Then I've added some wide Celery ribbon, tied in a knot.  The sentiment has been stamped in Teal and I've used the Window punch and a small rhinestone to complete it.

If you would love to join in with the challenge, pop over to Makeesha's website to get all the details and also see her fabulous creation. 
And then you can take a tour with some more fabulous creations from her Design Team:

Have fun with this one.

Product used:
Stamps: Just Beachy, Sprinkles
Cardstock: Whisper White, Taken with Teal, Certain Celery, Bashful Blue, Basic Grey, watercolour cardstock
Ink: Bashful Blue, Taken with Teal, Stazon Black
Others: Grograin ribbon, rhinestone, Window punch

Thursday, 22 October 2009

All things pretty

Here's a scrapbook page made with all things pretty - namely, fabric, lace and buttons.
I've used this sweet picture of Amber, all dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood.

I chose to use Riding Hood Red cardstock as the base, seeing as the photo had lots of red as well.  To create contrast, I've layered some fabric and lace to one side of the layout, then added the photo.  I've used Tidy Alphabet for the title.  And I've printed out some journalling and matted onto some Mellow Moss cardstock.  Both of these pieces have been crumpled up, to give a textured look.
I've used my little craft sewing machine to add some stitching across the top of the layout.  Though it didn't really co-operate with the layers, so it does have a rather messy look!!
I've added the large flower embellisment next to the photo and also used the Trio Flower punch to make up three smaller flowers for brads in the centre.

Well let me know what you think of my fabric scrapbooking.  There's something about having texture on a page and I love to explore the various styles in my scrapbooking world.

This will be my last post for a week or so, though I do have a few scheduled posts for the DT challenges.  We are going on holidays with the boys and I'm really looking forward to this special treat; to just relax and have some fun in the sun.  So til next time....

Product used:
Stamps: Tidy Alphabet (retired)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Mellow Moss, Kraft, White copy paper
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Others: Sprial punch, Trio Flower punch, fabric flower, brads, fabric, lace, dimensionals.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

To be inspired...............

I created this card after I saw a BEAUTIFUL card made by the lovely Lee-Anne. Her work is always gorgeous and I'm always inspired by her creations.  I LOVED this one so much, that I just had to CASE it, immediately.  I remembered the Top-Note die-cuts I had sitting on my desk, given to me by my friend Marion, so I thought one of these would work perfectly.
So here is the card I made after being inspired...............

I've used the colours Bordering Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla and some Urban Garden Designer paper.  You can see the Top-Note die-cut peaking out on the left-hand side of the card - oh how I wish Stampin'Up would sell them here in Australia!
The flower image is from a hostess stamp set of last years catalogue - Oh So Lovely. These are such elegant images and fun to colour-in.  I've used the Best Yet (hostess set) for the sentiment . 
The eyelet border punch has been used along the bottom and I think it really suits the style of this card - that being 'elegantly vintage'.
I had some lace ribbon in my stash so I've used this with a Kiwi Kiss button to finish off the card.

I'm so pleased with this card.  It's not often that I CASE a card - most of the time, they don't quite work out how I planned. So thank you Lee-Anne for your inspiration.

Product used:
Stamps: Oh So Lovely, Best Yet
Cardstock: Bordering Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla, DP Urban Garden
Ink: Stazon Black, Bordering Blue, Kiwi Kiss
Others: Top-Note die-cut, lace, button, circle punches, eyelet border punch, sponging

Mojo Monday Sketch #109

Here's a card I made for the Mojo Monday Sketch #109.  Below is the sketch we had to work with and you can check out all the details at the Mojo Monday Sketch Blog

And here's my creation:

I've picked out another colour combo that I wouldn't normally use, but it worked well.
I've started off with a base card in Tempting Turquoise, then added pieces of Riding Hood Red and Regal Rose as per the sketch.  Along the bottom of the Red cardstock, I've stamped the flourish image in Versamark.
For the main image, I've used the stamp set Friends 24-7 and I've gone with the bird image.  First I've stamped in onto some Whisper White cardstock in Sahara Sand ink.  Then on another piece of white cardstock, I've inked up the bird with Turquiose and Red.  I did this with a baby-wipe, allowing the ink to soak into the baby-wipe, then dabbing it onto the stamp.  Once stamped onto the white cardstock, it gives a nice watercolour effect.  The bird image has been cut out and mounted onto the card layout. I've matted this onto some Turquoise cardstock and a small piece of Designer Series Patterned Paper in the Riding Hood Red.  Here is a closer look at the bird:

To finish off the card as per the sketch, I've stamped up a part of the sentiment and used the circle punches and scallop punch to create the centre embellisment.  I've also added a small button with some twine.  Lastly, I've used some wide Regal Rose ribbon .

Well, this was a fun sketch and I would love to use it again, maybe for some scrapbooking.

Product used:
Stamps: Friends 24-7
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Riding Hood Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White, DP Riding Hood Red
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Sahara Sand, Tempting Turquoise
Others: Cutter kit for distressing, circle punches, scallop punch, grograin ribbon, twine, button dimensionals, sponging.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Pre-loved stamps - updated list.

Hello everyone,
I've just updated my list of pre-loved stamps that I have for sale.

Click here to view list

I also have a link on the side-bar which remains there on an on-going basis.

Thank you

Monday, 19 October 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch #40

Karen from The Sweetest Thing has weekly sketches; I've always loved looking at them and keep meaning to have a go, but it doesn't seem to happen.  So I changed that and made a creation for her latest sketch.
Here is the sketch to work with:

And here's my creation:

I was looking to use a colour I hadn't used for a while and I chose Tangerine Tango.  This bright colour matched up nicely with Baja Breeeze and Kraft.
So I've started with a base card in craft, then added a piece of the Designer Series paper in Tangerine Tango.  I've used the eyelet border punch to add a strip along one side of the Tangerine.
Then with assorted DP and cardstock, I've punches out NINE circles to follow the sketch.  The Baja Breeze has been stamped with the flower from Seeing Spots. I've added a few embellishments such as the button in Baja, a small rhinestone and a flower brad.
Lastly, I've added a sentiment from Best Yet and a row of paper piercing.
So there you have it, my first creation with the SSS - thanks Karen.  I also have to say thanks to Sarah-Jane who inspires me greatly - her creations for these sketches are always fabulous.  And I love that sweet and simply style which these sketches lend themselves to. 

Product used:
Stamps: Best Yet, Seeing Spots
Cardstock: Kraft, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Designer Series paper
Ink: Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango
Others: Baja Breeze Button, Rhinestone, eyelet border punch, paper piercer, twine, flower brad, circle punch

Friday, 16 October 2009

Inkspiration Colour Challenge #14

Happy Friday everyone. It's a gorgeous day here, the sun is shining and it's starting to feel like Spring. On to this weeks challenge from Makeesha. It's time for a colour challenge and here are the lovely colours we had to work with:

And here's my creation:

I've used the Friends 24-7 stamp set; one of my favourites. And today I chose to use the beautiful flower image from this set.

So I've started off with my base card in Basic Grey and used the En Francais BG stamp in Basic Grey ink.

Then I've layered some assorted pieices of cardstock in Pretty in Pink, Basic Black and Whisper White to make up the card layout. On the Pink, I've stamped the flourish image in Pretty in Pink ink. On the Whisper White, I've inked up the flower image in Stazon black, stamped onto the cardstock, then coloured in with ink pads and Aqua Painter. I've stamped the flower a second time onto some white cardstock, so I could cut out the little flowers and mount them onto the card - creating more of a 3d look. I've added some glitter to these flowers too.
I've used the sentiment from the same set and used the Eyelet border punch to go under the words.
Then I've finished off my card with some ribbon that I had in my stash and some small pink rhinestones.

Here's a closer look at the flower detail:

Well, I had fun with these colours - they lend themselves to the elegant side, I think - soft and pretty. If you would love to join in with this weeks challenge, head over to Makeesha's Inkspiration Challenges and you will find all the details as well as her own creation using these colours.

For further inspiration, you can check out all the wonderful works of art from her Design Team:
Have fun with this one and enjoy the weekend. Til next time
Product used:

Stamps: Friends 24-7, En Francasi BG

Cardstock: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White

Ink: Basic Grey, Stazon Black

Others: Rhinestones, ribbon (non-SU), dimensionals, aqua painter, eyelet border punch, cutter kit for distressing, sponges, glitter.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Canvas scrapbooking

This is a little project I've been creating in the past few days. For my love of fabric, buttons, felt and paper - I've combined them all with some stampin' inbetween.
This photo of my adorable Caden was taken by my sister Aimee and has been enlarged to a 5x7. I've made a collage effect of various cardstock, fabric, hemp and ribbon.
For the embellishments, I've used the sweet Forest Friends stamp set. I've inked up the tree and stamped directly onto the fabric, then placed a button in the centre, tied off with twine.
The tag is recycled from some clothing; I've cut a piece of felt for the heart image and added a few coloured buttons. Then I've stamped up the little bunny image in Close to Cocoa onto Vanilla cardstock, cut out, then mounted onto the felt. I've used some Celery ribbon to finish off the tag. Here's a closer look at the embellisment.

Well, this was so much fun and I really enjoyed working on the canvas with some different mediums. I love combining stamping with fabric and seeing how they come together. This peice of art will make a lovely display that I'm very pleased with!

Scrapping with buttons and paper flowers.

Just wanted to share with you another layout I've completed recently. It's another picture of Amber - her little album is aquiring alot of pages lately.
I wanted to use bright colours for this one, so I went with the Pink Flamingo DP and teamed it up with Riding Hood Red, Tempting Turquoise and Regal Rose. Very bright and cheery.
There's not alot of stamping on this layout - I've used the Tres Chic BG stamp on the Turquoise cardstock - I love all the words on this stamp and it makes a great background. Using various punches and Designer paper, I've made a flower which has been crumpled to give a textured look. I've added another one up the top with the little sentiment ' love you much ' from Family Phrases. The I've finished off with some buttons and striped ribbon.
There's alot of texture and dimension in this page - a photo never does justice - but here's a closer look at the flower

Product used:
Stamps: Tres Chic, Famiy Phrases
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, DP Pink Flamingo, white copy paper
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Riding Hood Red
Others: Buttons, Ribbon (non SU) SU punches, brads, Spiral punch

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Scrapbooking with Sketch #14

I'm back with another scrapbook page - yes another one. I've been enjoying it heaps. I've used Makeesha's sketch from her latest challenge. You can see all the details here

I've scrapbooked this very cute picture of my niece Amber, who is having a great time at the park!
So I've started off with a base in Kiwi Kiss and used the Sprinkles stamp set to create the background. Then I've layered some Rose Red and Regal Rose cardstock as per the sketch and then added the picture. I've used a strip of DP from Rasberry Tart, added some cute little butterfly images, some flowers and pearls from the Pretties Kit and a word from Life's Definitions. I've chosen the word 'favourite' as I know that the playground is one of Amber's favourite places to be.
Here's a closer look at the details:

I hope you are all having a fabulous week. The kids are back at school so it's back to normal routines again. And our weather here is finally warming up - it's lovely having some sunny days.
I have a few things I'm working on; I hope to share them with you soon. Til next time.....

Product used:

Stamp set: Sprinkles, Lifes Definitions, butterfly images (non-SU)

Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose, Rose Red, DP Rasberry Tart

Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red, Regal Rose

Others: Pretties Kit, Dimensionals

Friday, 9 October 2009

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #14

Today's challenge from Makeesha for her Inkspiration Challenges is a sketch. And here is the sketch - super cute and you could really do alot with this one.

Here's my creation:

I've teamed up Forest Friends stamp set with Sweet Always Designer Paper. These colours work well together and seeing as this card is for a sweet little girl - it's a perfect combination.

I've started of with a base card in Regal Rose, then layered DP and cardstock as per the sketch.

For the main image, I've coloured in the tree with the SU markers and stamped directly onto the cardstock. The bunny and owl have been stamped onto Whisper White, cut out and then mounted onto the card.

I've used Best Yet (hostess stamp set) for the sentiment and placed it in one of the images from Gallery - a new set from the Spring Mini. To get it all lined up nicely I have used the Stamp-a-ma-jig. Then I've cut it out and also mounted onto the card with dimensionals.

I've finished off the card with some Pink Pirouette ribbon and a flower brad.

Here's a closer look at some of the detail:

Product Used:
Stamp Set: Forest Friends, Gallery, Best Yet
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, DP Sweet Always
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Certain Celery, Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette
Others: Flower & Brad, Grosgrain Striped ribbon, Dimensionals, Sponging, SU Marker pens
Well, another fabulous challenge and I really had fun with this one - hope you are inspired to give this one a go. For all the details, pop over to Makeesha's website and also view her fabulous creation too.
Here are the links for her design team who always come up with wonderful creations to inspire you all:

Enjoy and til next time...

Curtain Call Colour Challenge #5

It's been a little while since I've done on of Stacey's Colour Challenges. I poped over to see the colours and look what I found - don't these colours looks fabulous together - very Spring like and happy! I like that.
So here's my creation:
I've started with a base card in Lavender Lace, then added layers of Turquoise and Pumpkin Pie. Then with a piece of Whisper White, I've used the Organic Outlines stamp set, both images inked up in the Lavender Lace ink.
Next I've made some paper flowers using various pieces of Designer paper, cardstocka and punches. Each layer has been crumpled to give some texture, and then I've added a brad to pin it together. Then I've simply placed onto the card layout.
The card has been finished off with some ribbon, a white button and a sentiment from the same set.
Here's a closer look at the flowers - my favourite embellishment to create at the moment!

So if you would like to play along, pop over to Stacey's Stampin Stage and get all the details.
Product used:
Stamp set: Organic Outlines
Cardstock: Lavender Lace, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Whisper White, Designer Paper
Ink: Lavender Lace, Tempting Turquoise
Other: SU punches, brads, button, ribbon, sponging

Thursday, 8 October 2009


Here's another scrapbook page, I've had this one waiting to show you as I mentioned the other day. This is the other style of scrapbooking that I'm really LOVING at the moment -using felt and fabric!
This is another page to add to my little Caden's album. He's about five months old here and giving me the sweetest hug. It's not often we get to have our picture taken together.
I've used Kraft cardstock as the base and stamped the leaf image from Organic Outlines in Sahara Sand ink. I've matted the photo onto Regal Rose and Baja Breeze cardstock, tearing along one side. Then I've tied some pretty lace from my stash and added one of my handmade flowers made with peices of fabric and felt. A corduroy brad in Baja Breeze has pinned it all together.
The letters are also from my stash - and the wording at the bottom on the layout is the from Always stamp set.
Here's a closer look at the flower details - aren't they just the cutest!

So another page done and more fun with fabric and felt. I'll be back tommorow with some inspiration for Makeesha's weekly challenge. Til then.
Product used:
Stamps: Organic Outlines, Always
Cardstock: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Regal Rose
Ink: Sahara Sand
Others: Black glitter sticker letters, Fabric, Felt, Corduroy brad, Lace

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Forest Friends

A new stamp set that I've aquired recently is Forest Friends. The little animals images are just adorable and it's a perfect set to make sweet cards or use for scrapbooking baby photo's; as I'm doing at the moment.
First up I have this small square card.
I've started of with a base card in Kraft, then added the two strips of Certain Celery and So Saffron cardstock. On the Celery cardstock, I've used the Friendly Words wheel to make a background. I've used some of the Celery ribbon from last months promotion. Then I've stamped the three images onto Whisper White cardstock, using marker pens and ink pads, then cut out and mounted onto the card. It gives more of a 3-D effect this way and I really don't mind cutting!! Then I've finished off the card with a button and twine.
Onto the scrapbook page. As I mentioned before, this set is great for baby albums. I'm getting around to scraping all the pages of Caden's 1st year, to make up a small album for him. And it's nice going back, looking at the photo's and remember certain moments, wondering where the time disappear too.

This picture goes back to his first months - a very sweet moment sucking his thumb. Something he only did for a short while.
The colours for this page are Ballet Blue, Barely Banana and Choc Chip. I've used the Tres Chic BG stamp on the Banana cardstock. With a strip of Choc Chip, I've used the eyelet border punch to create the edge along the bottom of the page. Once you have finished with this punch, you will notice that you are left with a very thin strip of cardstock. I've also used this peice on my layout which the tree and deer sit on. It's amazing what you can do with the left-over peices of cardstock!
I've also used one of my favs - Tidy Alphabet stamp (retired) And then I've completed the page with a row of paper piercing.
I'm glad I could finally share some more creations with you. I do have another layout already made up, using fabric and felt; so I will be sure to share that with you very soon as well.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Inkspiration Inspiration Challenge #13

I hope you're all well on this Friday - already one week into school holidays. It's been wonderful so far and nice to have no school routines. Not alot of stamping was done, but I did find a new shelf for my craft room, so I was busy re-organising (as I love to do) and re-arranging my supplies. And once again, it looks neat - I love it.
So it's challenge time again and that means I def. have something to show you! This week we were inspired by this picture - a table setting! I have to admit that I did find this a little difficult and nothing really poped up in my head; that is until I opened my new pack of DP Pink Flamingo!!
So here's my creation:
Not alot of stamping done on this card. I went with a dinner party theme, invitation style - maybe for Christmas!
I've started off with a base card in Real Red, then added a layer of Whisper White. I've used some strips of DP from Pink Flamingo. Then with the tag, I've cut out one of the flowers from the Designer Paper,mounted it onto the tag then added a green corduroy button and a clip. The card has been finished off with some wide grosgrain ribbon in Real Red and I've used the Family Favourites stamp set for the 'lets celebrate'.
Here's a closer look at the tag:

If you'd love to play along, pop over to Makeesha's website where you can view all the details and see her sample card and of course see more fabulous inspiration from her Design Team:
I'm excited to see what everyone creates this week, as the inspiration is one to get you thinking! Well, it made me think anyway.
Hopefully this week, I can also share with you some extra stamping - I've received a box of new goodies - stamps, papers, punches etc and seeing my craft room is so organised and neat; everything is just waiting to be used. Til next time.....