Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The Lollipop Ladies Challenge #5

Hope you are all having a fabulous week - today I have my Design Team card for the Lollipop Ladies - these challenges are flying by so quickly - it will soon be Christmas.  Speaking of which, that's the theme for this next challenge - it's all about Candy Canes - here is the inspiration picture:

 And here's my card:

Seeing as the bonus theme was Christmas, I decided to make up an early Christmas card - I went with the stripes on the candy cane and chose this pattern paper by Stampin'Up which is called Candy Lane.  I've also used the Tree Trimmings stamp set by Stampin'Up.
The tree decorations have been stamped onto cardstock, then cut out and poped up onto the circle.  I've used my Nestabilities to create the scallop circle in the Kraft cardstock.  I've added a jumbo eyelet and some Riding Hood Red tafetta ribbon.
To complete the card, I've added the sentiment 'happiness' and used the arch lattice punch by Martha Stewart along the bottom edge.
Here's a closer look:
We hope you will play along this week - pop over to the Lollipop Ladies challenge blog to get all the details - I look forward to seeing what you create.
Til next time....

Friday, 24 September 2010


Hello there, I really didn't know what to call this post - it's a bit of 'allsorts'.  Today would normally be the day I post my creation for the Inkspirations Team....... but that will be no more for now..... I've stepped down from the Design Team.  I can't believe that it's already been a year since I first started for Makeesha's Inkspirations.  Time certainly flies by when you are having fun.... and fun I've had - I've had a wonderful time creating and providing inspiration - I will miss these challenges but for now I want to lessen my crafting commitments to focus on other things, including my very important family.
A very big thanks to Keesh for having me and letting me inspire you each week. I hope I did just that! 
So it will be a little bit quiet here over the next week.  I've also ended my term with the Magnolia Down Under Challenges too - they have an amazing Design Team - all so very talented and it was wonderful working alongside these fabulous ladies. Thanks to Kellie for having me and allowing me this wonderful opportunity.  Another thing I'm going to miss very much!

So in saying all that, of course I will still be around to show you my creativity.  I hope to be able to focus more on my scrapbooking and my Etsy Store.
And speaking of scrapbooking, here's a LO I finished off the other week!

 These photo's were taken by my very talented sister Aimee who has been staying with us these past ten weeks - she has been taking some stunning pictures for me - so I have lots of great pics to scrapbook - thank you so much sis!!
So this is Caden, one of the very important 'little people' in my life - they are the reason I scrapbook so they can remember and look back on their younger years.
I've kept the LO simple with not too many embellishments - the pattern paper is from Bo Bunny - Block Party - aren't those colours great! Here's a closer look:

 Lots of doilies from my Etsy shop and a cute green birdie button from the Chip-Chop Shop.
..... and a cluster of doilies, vintage bookprint, carnival ticket, digital collage picture and some lettering from American Crafts!

Thanks for coming by and I'll see you back again soon.  We are off camping for the next week, somewhere out there in the wide open country-side.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #64

Good-morning - it's time for another Magnolia Challenge from Magnolia Down Under.  This week our group had fun with the latest challenge - to create a card using Fancy Folds. 
I've made a gate-fold card!
I've used Tilda with Curls from the Wedding Collection.  Stamped with Memento Ink Black, coloured with Copics and then cut-out.  I've added a bunch of small red roses tied with ribbon.
Pattern papers are by October Afternoon and I've also used Ruby Red cardstock from Stampin'Up.
On one side of the gate-fold I've attached a scallop circle, cut using the Nestabilities.  To this I've added a paper lace doily and then adhered the Tilda image.
I've made a flower embellishment from vintage bookprint and pattern paper, with a rose to the centre.
Here's a closer look:

The inside of the card has been lined with more pattern papers and vintage bookprint.
I hope you are inspired to join us for this weeks challenge - pop over to the Magnolia Down Under blog to view all the details.  We also have some new Design Team members joining us, so I'm sure you will be seeing lots of fabulous, new inspiration over the next weeks.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with.  Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Scrapbooking - what inspires me??

I have a scrappy page to share tonight - this one I made for Marcia's challenge over at the Stamp Spot - it's their 1st birthday and there has been fun and games all week.  One of them being to create a little something about what inspires you??
You can pop over to this post to view all the details - there's a fabulous prize up for grabs!!
Here's my LO.
So what does inspire me?   Of course it would have to be my boys.... happy smiles..... fun places and beautiful colours......
These photo's were taken a few months ago at Apple Park in Donneybrook.
I've used paper by Echo park - I managed to get some of these the other week - just a few sheets.
I've also added in some vintage bookprint.
Here's a closer look:
A doily, circles and green button from Lil Red Rocket.
Colourful ballon button and clouds are from the Chip Chop Shop - don't they look fabulous!
Glimmer-misting and alphabet letters by American Crafts - can't make a page with out Thickers.

And some tiny aphabet letters in Teal.

Thanks for coming by, I'll be back with another creation tommorow for the latest challenge over at Magnolia Down Under!

Friday, 17 September 2010

Inkspiration Colour Challenge #

Happy Friday to you!  It was great seeing so many wonderful entries for the last sketch challenge from Inkspirations - it def. was a fun little sketch.  Today we have a colour challenge:
And here's my card:
I've gone with a square card today measuring 13cm x 13cm...... and I've used a few goodies from the new Stampin'Up catalogue.  On the Basic Grey you will see some lovely embossing - it's called Vintage Wallpaper.  I can see myself using this one HEAPS! 
And I've used the cute little owl punch - isn't he or she so sweet!  For the eyes, I've used some brads and I've also added some bling.
Other items I've added are:
Paper lace doily
Rose Red stitched ribbon
White paper roses
and the little owl is sitting on the branch from the birdie punch; also by SU!
I've used a Martha Stewart punch on a strip of So Saffron DP paper - this punch is the Arch Lattice.
The sentiment is from Family Favourites.
Here's a closer look:
I hope you are inspired to join in this week - pop over to Makeesha's post to view all the details - also be sure to check out the amazing work from the rest of the Design Team - I'm sure they will fill you with lots of great idea's.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with soon.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

The Lollipop Ladies - Challenge #4

It's time for another sweet challenge over at the Lollipop Ladies - I think you will love this one - check out this inspiration picture:

The challenge theme is ICE-CREAM and the added bonus challenge is to use KRAFT.
Here's what I've created:

I started out with this card and had a design in mind....... but it ended totally different.  Nevertheless, i'm quite happy with the result - it's a collage style card!
I was inspired by the colours and texture which I've incorporated into the card.
The base card is Kraft - then I've added panels of mambo melon and apricot appeal.  I've used my Cuttlebug to add some texture to the Kraft cardstock - it reminds me of a waffle cone!
The ice-cream wildcard is by October Afternoon. I've made up a cluster of embellishments including a doily, stamped ice-cream image and a ruffled vintage bookprint flower with a brad to the centre.
Lastly, I've added some coloured buttons to include all the colours in the inspiration picture.
Here's a closer look:

We'd love to see you join in with this challenge - pop over to the Lollipop Ladies blog and view all the details.  And be sure to check out all the fabulous work from the other Design Team ladies.  Look forward to seeing what you create for this sweet challenge.

Monday, 13 September 2010

The Stamp Spot - 1st birthday.

It's party time at The Stamp Spot - they've just turned one.  There will be great prizes up for grabs all week.  So hop on over to the Stamp Spot and have a look:

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Lil Lolita Boutique Challenge #14

Lately, I haven't had much time to play around with extra challenges other than for the Design Teams  - but this past weekend, I got some extra stamping time in.  I made this card for the latest challenge over at Lil Lolita Boutique Challenges - the challenge this week is to use music sheets or something music related - how fun - I love incorporating music paper into my creations. Here's my creation:
I've used 60's Ivy which is available at Tickled Pink stamps in rubber and digital!
I've done a little paper-piecing on her dress using some Basic Grey paper and then coloured the rest in with Copics!  I've also added some glitter using my Spica pens.  These are fun but it's hard to pick up the effect on camera.
As well as adding in some music paper, I've also stamped music notes onto the Melon Mambo using a stamp from Kaisercraft.
I've made a cluster of flowers, which includes a hand-made ruffled flower using vintage bookprint and a rose to the centre.
Lastly, I've added in the sentiment - a stamp by Amy Rysavy - Summer Favourites.
Here's a closer look:

Pop over to the Lil Lolita Boutique Challenge blog to view all the details if you wish to join in the fun - thanks for coming by.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #39

Hope you've all had a lovely week - it's already time for another challenge from the Inkspirations - we have a sketch today and I think you are really going to like this one that Makeesha has designed for you all:

Here's my card:

I've gone with a bit of vintage and shabby style today - I LOVE using vintage bookprints!
The base card is Kraft and I've added in Melon Mambo which has some background stamping, vintage bookprint and some pretty paper by Basic Grey.
For the flower embellishment, I've made a cluster of felt, doily, vintage bookprint and a rose. Here's a closer look:
I've left this card without a sentiment - I can always add one in later if needed!
If you'd love to join in this week, head over to Makeesha's post to view all the details - be sure to check out the fabulous work from the Design Team for more inspiration.
Thanks for coming by and I look forward to seeing your creation soon.

Lets get shabby - Challenge #15

I've recently come across this challenge blog - Let's get shabby - they have delightful shabby challenges each month - the current challenge is all about MUSIC!
Here's what I've come up with:

These photo's are from Caden's 2nd birthday when we were singing happy birthday and he's ready to blow out the candles.
I've used Kraft cardstock as the base and sprayed with some blue glimmer-mist.  I've arranged some pattern paper on my page and added in the music paper by October Afternoon.

I've made a fun garland with some purple lace doily trim and some banner stickers.

Then I've added some doilies from my Etsy store, a Lil Red Rocket spotty button, a birdie pin from the Chip-Chop Shop, a flower sprayed with glimmer-mist and a scrunched flower using music sheet punch-outs and a heart button to the centre.

For the title, I've added some small stickers to a carnival ticket - I purchased a tonne of these from an Etsy store - they come blank and I can simply add a sentiment or title - the 'wish' is some foam letters from my stash.

Pop over the the Let's get shabby blog to view the details if you want to play along too.  They have a fun prize up for grabs!
Thanks for coming by.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

A few more pretty things in the shop....

I've just added some more new things into the shop - pop over here to take a look:

Lace doily motifs in white, cream and coffee.

Plus:  cute felt flowers......

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #62

Hey everyone, it's time for another Magnolia Creation - MDUC have a fun challenge this week - Fins-Feathers-Fur - add any of these to your creations!
Here's what I've come up with:

This Writing Tilda with her feather pen worked perfectly for this challenge.  I've stamped the image in Memento Rich Cocoa and coloured with Copics!
The papers are from October Afternoon - these yellows and blues are such happy colours and I love the patterns.
I've used my Arch Latice punch from Martha Stewart on the strip of turquoise cardstock.
Then I've made an arrangement of blue, yellow and white flowers, a blue doily and a white feather, finishing off with a satin bow.
Here's a closer look:

We would love you to join us for this fun challenge - pop over the the Magnolia Down Under Challenge blog for all the details and be sure to check out all the amazing inspiration from the Design Team too.  Look forward to seeing your wonderful creations soon.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Inkspiration Colour Challenge #38

Happy Friday everyone - today Inkspirations Challenges have a great colour combo for you to play with:

And here's my card:

I've gone for a very simple design today, creating four squares in each colours, adding some background stamping to each.
Wild about You by Stampin'Up is such a cute stamp set and works well for lots of different styles of cards - today I've used it as a boys card!
I've added two buttons as my embellishments, each tied with bakers twine.
Here's a closer look:

We'd love to see you play along with this challenge - pop over to Makeesha's post to view all the details.  And be sure to check out the amazing creativity by the Design Team too.
Have a wonderful day.

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #37 Winner!!

A big thank you to those that joined in with the sketch challenge - I hope you enjoyed it and the extra twist of polka-dots.  I really loved checking out the wonderful creations and have come up with two of my favourites.

First up we have this fun and happy card by Cindy Banks
I love the colours and DP she has used, not to mention the sweet image too - it has a Spring feel about it and Spring has just started here!

And next up we have this cute card by Helen H.
Isn't that elephant just the sweetest - and coloured in so well.  I love the soft pink and yellow colours too.

Thanks again to everyone for playing along - I hope you will join us for the next challenge.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

The Lollipop Ladies - Challenge 3 = Lollipops

The Lollipop Ladies are back with another sweet challenge - we hope you all enjoyed the last one!  It was great seeing all that PINK!  This next inspiration still has lots of yummy pink and the theme is Lollipops with a bonus challenge to use acetate or cellophane - How fun is that!

Here's what I've come up with:

I've gone with a scrapbook LO today and have been inspired by the lollipop flowers and the colours!  I've used this fun picture of my niece Amber; another LO to add to her album.
I've used different shades of pink in Stampin'Up cardstock and some printed paper by October Afternoon.
For my flower embellishments, I've used vintage bookprint, felt die-cuts, acetate and some buttons - one from my stash and the yellow spotted button from Lil Red Rocket.
The bright yellow button is from the Chip-Chop Shop and I've added a small yellow rose.  Then I've poped in some pink trinket pins.
My little bit of journalling is printed from the computer and I've used the Nested Labels 3 to cut out and then mount onto a paper lace doily.
Lastly, I've added some faux stitching and stamped flower image to the base card.
Here's a closer look:

Pop over to The Lollipop Ladies Challenge blog for lots of more inspiration and details of how you can join in the fun too - look forward to seeing your wonderful creations.