Saturday, 30 January 2010

Birthday bookmarkers

Just this past Thursday, we had the pleasure of celebrating our twin boys 8th birthday!  Instead of making a card that would just get stashed away in a box or drawer, I decided to make them a book-mark - a little keepsake of the day.  So this is what I came up with:
I used one of my new stamps - Skater Ian from The Greeting Farm.  I also got a few more of these cute stamps from Marcia at The Stamp Spot
I made the book mark from white cardstock, then added some pattern paper - June Bug by Basic Grey.  I've added a strip of hessian to give it a boyish feel.
The image has been stamped onto watercolour paper and I've used my SU inks and aqua painter to colour in.  Lots of fun!  The birthday sentiment is from Upsy Daisy by Stampin'Up.
I've added a chipboard letter for their initial of their names - these have been painted in red.
Then I've finished it off with a jumbo eyelet and some striped ribbon.
Here's a closer look at the details:

Product used:
Stamps: Skater Ian (The Greeting Farm), Upsy Daisy (SU)
Cardstock: White, June Bug (Basic Grey)
Ink: Kiwi Kiss
Others: Hessian, chipboard letter, aqua painter, inks, jumbo eyelet, ribbon
And here are the two boys - all happy and smiling with one of their birthday presents.  Aren't they just so cute - and yes; they are identical - most people still can't tell them apart.  I can't believe they are eight years old already!!

Friday, 29 January 2010

Inkspiration Inspiration Challenge #17

Today's card is for Makeesha's Inkspiration Challenge and we are up to 'Inspiration'.  I mostly find these ones a challenge.  Check out this picture:
Here is my creation:
I found the inspiration picture peaceful and elegant, so I've created my card in that way.
I've started off with a base card in White, then layered some Kraft cardstock and pattern paper from Urban Oasis DP by Stampin'Up.
The only stamping is the scripture verse - the Devoted stamps set by Unity Stamps.  I've added some lace and a button as my embellishments.
Oh, the the label is actually stamped too.  It's a set from 7gypsies.  I've stamped it onto some of the same DP and the cut it out.  Here's a closer look:

Product used:
Stamps: Devoted (Unity Stamps), Labels (7gypsies)
Cardstock: White, Kraft, DP Urban Oasis
Ink: Sahara Sand, Basic Grey
Others: Distressing tool, button, lace, dimensionals

I hope you like it.  I'm pleased with the result, even though it doesn't have alot of the inspiration in it. 
If you'd like to join in with the challenge this week, link your creation at Makeesha's website!
Be sure to check out the fabulous work from her Design Team - I'm sure their creations will be great!

I look forward to seeing what you all come up with.  Til next time..

Friday, 22 January 2010

Inkspiration Colour Challenge #17

How exciting - the Inkspiration Challenges from Makeesha have started again.  First up is this colour challenge:

And here's my card:

I chose to use this sweet Tilda with Bike from Magnolia Stamps.
So I've started with a base card in Very Vanilla, then layered Choc Chip and Cameo Coral.  I've used the Sprinkles stamp set for make up a background on the Coral cardstock.
Next up, I've used the Nestabilities Labels Three on some So Saffron pattern paper.  For the main image, I've inked up in Black Stazon onto watercolour paper, then coloured in with my inks and aqua painter.
For some added touches of prettiness, I've used the Lace Doily punch and also some lace and buttons.
I've added a 'sending you a smile' sentiment in So Saffron. 
Here's a closer look:

Product used:
Stamps: Magnolia Stamps, Sprinkles
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Choc Chip, Cameo Coral, Pattern paper So Saffron
Ink: Cameo Coral, So Saffron
Others: Lace, buttons, twine, Lace Doily punch (Martha Stewart), aqua painter, Nestabilities Labels Three

If you love a fun challenge and would love to join in with this one; then pop over to Makeesha's and view all the details and her gorgeous inspiration.  This week, you will be playing for some blog candy!!
Be sure to check out the fabulous inspiration from her Design Team members too - I'm sure they will be amazing.

This is a scheduled post as we are away camping, so hopefully it has poped up on time!  I look forward to seeing all the fabulous creativity when I get back.
Til next time....

Friday, 15 January 2010


I'll be away for the next week, camping with my family.  So there will be no creative posts until next Friday.  Stay tuned til then; the Inkspiration Challenges are starting again and I will have a scheduled post with the latest challenge from Makeesha!!  Enjoy the week and til next time.....

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Card patterns - sketch 46

I love the sketch challenges from Card Patterns and this week they are up to #46. 

Here's my card creation:

I've used a new stamp of these two sweet little owls.  I stamped them onto watercolour paper in Stazon black and then watercoloured with ink pads and aqua painter.  I've been enjoying this alot of late!
I've layered cardstock and pattern paper as per the sketch provided.  Then I've made a tag using Soft Sky and stamped with the Sanded BG stamp from SU.  Once the image had been coloured, I cut out and then used dimensionals to pop it up.
I've added some white ribbon, some half pearls and a flower from Bizzy Becs (I can't stop using these - they are just gorgeous)
Here's a closer look at the little owls - you can see that I've added some crystal effects to the eyes.

Product used:
Stamps: Hoo Hoo There - Rachel Anne Miller from Stampavie
Cardstock: Not quite navy, Cameo Coral, White, Soft Sky, Marrakech pattern paper Basic Grey
Ink: Soft Sky, Stazon black
Others: white ribbon, flower, half pearls, Martha Stewart punch, dimensionals.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Creatalicious Challenge #5

I had alot of fun with this little project, a set of drawers which I created for the lastest challenge from Creatalicious!  When I first saw the challenge I knew I wanted to join in and use some of my new goodies.
So the challenge #5 is: something old, something new, something torn and something blue.
And here is my creation:

I've gone with a very vintage look, sponging the edges and uses soft colours.  I coloured the Tilda in with inks and aqua painter onto watercolour cardstock.

Here are the details for the challenge:
Something old: ribbon and pink pattern paper
Something new: Magnolia stamp, flowers
Something torn: paper
Something blue: pattern paper, ribbon and flower
And here is a closer look at the drawer!

Product used:
Stamps: Tilda with bike (Magnolia stamps)
Cardstock: White, pattern paper
Ink: Black Stazon
Others: ribbon, brads, lace doily, flowers, lace,

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Giveaway winner!

Here is the updated picture of my give-away:

Hand-made cards, lace doilys, ribbon, 2 x stamps sets (Stampin'Up), 6x6 squares of Stampin'Up Designer paper, flower brads and one hand-made card using teapot stamp and lace doily.

The winner's number has been drawn and it's  11:    Christine Evans

Congratulations Christine, please email me with your details, so I can arrange to get these goodies posted to you. (

I would like to thank everyone for playing along.  Thanks to those that have become followers of my blog - I appreciate this and hope I can inspire you further with my creations.  I've been enjoying peaking into everyones blogs from the links that you have left - there are so many clever crafters out there.  Thanks again!

Challenge #19: Stampin' Sisters in Christ

I discovered a very inspirational challenge blog called Stampin' Sisters in ChristThey have challenges based on a scriptural verse from the bible and what it means for you!  I love this idea and played along with this weeks challenge which is:
Psalm 25:4-5 "Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long."
The challenge is to create a New Years card or project.
So here's what I've created:

I've made a card using one of the verses from the Devoted stamp set by Unity Stamps.  This is a nice text to think about as we start the new year; and make plans and set goals to achieve. 
I've started with a base card in White, then layered on some Pink Pirouette and pattern paper from Basic Grey - June Bug.  I've used the lace doily punch along the bottom edge.
I've stamped the text in Riding Hood Red onto White cardstock, then matted onto Riding Hood Red cardstock.
For the embellishments, I've used the tab punch and added a flower brad.  I've attached a flower to the lace and finished off with three small pearls.  Here's a closer look at the details:

This challenge closes tonight so be sure to have a look here to view all the details if you wish to join in.  I look forward to seeing the next one soon.

Product used:
Stamps: Devoted (Unity Stamps), 5th ave floral (SU)
Cardstock: White, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Basic Grey, Bashful blue
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red
Others: Lace doily punch, lace, tab punch, flower brad, flower, pearls