Friday, 27 August 2010

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge

Happy Friday to you all - it's my turn to host a challenge for the Inkspiration Challenges.
Today we have this fabulous sketch from Keesh and I have added in the theme of
Polka Dots!!
There's lots of fun ways to incorporate Polka Dots into your creations - Designer Paper, embossing, ribbon .......
Here is the sketch:
And here's my card:
I've gone with some fun colours and Designer papers by Stampin'Up - Sweet Always.
I've arranged the various cardstocks as per the sketch, then adding in some white lace with a pink spotty brad, a pearl flower to the bird image, some wee bits of ribbon and two buttons to finish off!
The little sentiment is from Cheep Talk.
Here's a closer look:
For more inspiration pop in at the Design Team blogs - they are sure to wow you with their amazing work!

Want to play along? - here are some guidelines.
If you would like to play along, all you need to do is follow the directions:

1. Make your creation following the challenge ie, sketch, colour, or inspiration image.
2. Load your creation up onto your blog or a public viewing forum like Splitcoast Stampers, with a direct link back to the post on this website, so that others viewing the post will know where the challenge has come from, and it is courtesy to do so.
3. Then come back to this post so that you can add your name and link in the InLinkz below.

You have until the Thursday 2nd September midnight to get your entries linked.

I will be announcing the winner and honourable mention on Friday 3rd September.
I look forward to seeing your fabulous creations.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

more Doily Delights in delicious colours

I've just added more doilies in new colours and pretty patterns to my Etsy shop -
There's a few more other goodies too.

I have some new flowers planned for the next week or so - will let you know when I'm going to update again.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #60

Goodmorning Magnolia fans - I have a card to share for the new challenge over at Magnolia Down Under.
Today we have a colour challenge:  BLUE, GREEN, BROWN, PINK & ORANGE.
I had lots of fun making my card with these colours.
Here's my creation:

I've used Long Tilda as my Magnolia Stamp and I've used pastel shades of all these colours - I found this easier to work with!
To evenly incorporate all the colours, I've trimmed squares of cardstock to create the background.  I've also added some background stamping to these to create some texture. 
Tilda has been stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and coloured with Copics!  I've used my circle trimmers to create the circles, then matted onto a paper lace doily.
I've arrange roses, leaves and chandelier garlands to make it look pretty.
And lastly I've added a sentiment from the stamp set Summer Sentiments by Amy Rysavy.
Here's a closer look:

If you would love to join in with these fun challenges, head over to the Magnolia Down Under Challenge blog to view all the details.  Be sure to check out all the amazing creations from the Design Team too. 
Have a beautiful day.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #36

It's the end of another week already - hope you had a lovely one.  Today we have a lovely colour challenge for you to play along with.  Aren't these colours gorgeous together!!

Here's my card:
I've gone with an elegant look and used a few new goodies along with way.
First up I've stamped up the En Francais BG stamp in Whisper White ink and stamped onto the Choc Chip cardstock.  Then I've layered some pink and razzleberry cardstock in strips, using the Martha Steward Arch Lattice punch along the bottom edge.
I've added a doily with roses and stick pins and used some Rich Razzleberry spotty ribbon.
Lastly, I've used a sentiment from the Amy Rysavy set called Summer Sentiments.
Here's a closer look at the details:
I hope I've inspired you to play along - be sure to check out the inspiration from the Design Team too.  For details on how to join in with this challenge - head over to Makeesha's website - she will have a stunning creation to show you too. 
Thanks for coming by.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The Lollipop Ladies - Challenge #2 = Cupcake.

The Lollipop Ladies are back with Challenge #2 - we have a fun one for you this fort-night - check out this yummy inspiration picture in all of it's 'pinkness'.  The added bonus challenge is 'ruffles'

Here's my creation for this challenge:

My inspiration came from the lovely pink colour and the cup-cake itself. 
I've used Melon Mambo from Stampin'Up and teamed it with some paper from Basic Grey - Nook & Pantry.
I've used a cupcake stamp from my stash - coloured in the bottom half, then added layers of pink felt, a brad and flower.  For the ruffles, I've stiched some pink fabric to the cardstock - I love how this turned out and I think I'm going to be doing this some more!
Here's a closer look at the details:
We'd love to see you join in for these fun challenges - pop over to The Lollipop Ladies to see how you can play along.  Look forward to seeing your sweet creations.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge

After a little break, the Inkspirations are back with another fun challenge for you - this week we have this amazing sketch - check it out!!!
Here's my creation:
At first I was a little daunted by this sketch - there are different layers and elements everywhere....... but it all came together and I'm really happy with the end result.
I've used this cute image from My Favourite Things called Tree Swing - makes for a great boys card.
I've used pattern papers from Bo Bunny - Block Party - love all the bright colours!
I've arranged the papers as per the sketch.  The image is coloured with Copic Markers, then I've cut out and adhered onto the doily which is part of the circle element.  I've added a green button from the Chip-Chop Shop and a little red spotted one from my stash.  Then I've finished it off with the ribbon and sentiment from the same stamp set.
Here's a closer look:

I really hope you will join us this week - it's a fun challenge and so many possibilities!  You can find the details of how to play over at Makeesha's website - Inkspirations - be sure to check out all the wonderful work from the Design Team too.
I look forward to seeing all of your amazing creations. 

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Tickled Pink Stamps - sketch challenge #4

Here's a card I've made for the latest sketch challenge over at Tickled Pink Stamps.  The sketch is a circle one and it was fun to work with: 

Here's my card:

The stamped image is Pearl Tidepool from Sweet November Stamps.  These mermaid series of stamps are so sweet and I'm so glad I finally got to use this one.  I was actually inspired by the wonderful Debbie when I saw her card for the Tickled Pink DT!!
I've coloured the image with Copics, then trimmed - I always leave some white - it's just a bit more forgiving!  I've also added some cute pearl flowers to the hair.
For the sketch, I've placed the circle element onto a square card which measures 13cm x 13cm..
Here's a closer look at the detail:

Pattern papers are from Basic Grey - Olivia Papers
Happy wishes sentiment is the Amy Rysavy Big words & Handy additions
I've used a pearl brad to tie the ribbon together.

Head over to the Tickled Pink Stamps blog to check out how you can play along - they have an amazing prize of a $50.00 voucher for the store - how exciting is that!
Thanks for coming by.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #58

We have a lovely challenge over at Magnolia Down Under today - it's to create an EASEL card - I'm sure you've seen these around - they really are lovely to have on display.  And I had a lovely time creating mine:

I've used this sweet Tilda with her basket of flowers!
My card measures 13cm square and I've used some gorgeous Webster pages - these are so pretty and have a vintage feel about them.

For this top part of the card, I've coloured the image with Copic markers, then I've cut out and poped up on the scallop oval which has been created using Nestabillities.
I've used the lace doily punch, some white lace, a doily from my shop, pretty flowers, a pearl spray and a pearl stick pin.

For the bottom part, I've used the nested circle scallop and printed out a birthday sentiment. Then I've added swirls of pearls, a doily flower and yellow rose.
I love how this card turned out - creating with Magnolia's gives me the opportunity to go all out with the pretties.
You can check out all the details at the Magnolia Down Under blog - the design team will have lots more inspiration to share too - we hope you will play along this week.
Thanks for coming by and have a beautiful day.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

New things in the shop.

A few more pretties have been added to my shop at Simply Cards & Creative Bits.
Some for the girls and some for the boys - I've even colour co-ordinated doilys to match embellishments.

I hope you enjoy these - it was nice to create some different items, especially with the new buttons that I recently ordered.   Thanks for coming by.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Scrap the Boys - August Challenge #1

I have another scrapbook page to share, complete with some very fresh photo's of the past weekend when we celebrated Kyle's birthday, my eldest boy.  I have my sister to thank for the amazing pics she took for me; these are just two of them.
So this LO is for the latest Scrap the Boys challenge - August challenge #1 is to include flowers.  I love nothing better than including hand-made flowers on my LO's, so I really enjoyed getting this one together.

I stayed away from Kraft this time and used a blue background, picking up the colour from his t-shirt.
I've used some pattern paper by October afternoon, which I've spray with glimmermist, then scrunched up the top edges to add some texture.  It also reveals some of the underside of the paper.
Doily, blue spotted button from Lil Red Rocket and hand-made vintage bookprint flower.
Here you can also see the effect of the pattern paper scrunched up and rolled up!

Another button by Lil Red Rocket - these are Lil Cutie buttons 1 1/2 inches - and a patchwork doily flower from my Etsy store.
Red American Craft Thickers - these are my absolute favourite alphabets to use.  I've also used some black glittery sticker letters.
Some more doilys, flowers, lace trim, collage circle and journalling.

Hope you enjoyed this one - I'm am really enjoying these monthly challenges and it's certainly helping to get my album in order too.  Thanks for coming by.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

The Lollipop Ladies - Challenge #1

It's finally here, the first challenge for The Lollipop Ladies.  We hope you will be inspired by the sweet fort-nightly challeges to create cards, scrapbooking LO's or other crafty projects!  The very first challenge is to create something using this sweet inspiration - a Banana Split and the bonus challenge is "Sprinkles".

Here's my card:
I drew my inspiration from the colours and the ice-cream!  I've used this sweet image by CC Designs - Sweet Kiki La Rue - she's been coloured with Copic Markers, then I've used the Nested Labels 3 to cut out and emboss.
Papers are by Stampin'Up and October Afternoon - I think the combination of yellow, pink and chocolate work well with this inspiration picture.
I've added some pink lace, a yellow doily, and glittery brads for the embellishments.
The ice-cream is a clear stamp from my stash, once again I've coloured with Copics, then cut out and added to the card. Lastly I've added in a sentiment and a Jenny Bowlin stick pin.
The bonus to the challenge was Sprinkles so I've added chunky glitter to both ice-creams - don't they look the yummiest.
Here's a closer look:
We would love you to join us in our first challenge.  All the details and inspiration from the Design Team can be found at The Lollipop Ladies blog.  Can't wait to see all the fabulous entries.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Etsy shop news.

On the shop front, shipping to Australian customers has changed to a flat rate of $2.00 US.  International shipping remains the same, though I do give refunds if the amount is less than original price. 

Also some great news - while you are navigating Etsy stores, you will be asked if you are in Australia, accepting will allow you to view shop items in AUD prices - very convenient and saves you the trouble of converting.

I'd love to have you pop by the shop soon:  Simple cards and Creative bits.