Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Cheer


It's unfortunate I dont have any Cat's Pajamas Christmas stamps to work with, but this birthday one seems to work okay on this Christmas card! The papers are from Carta Bella's Christmas Day collection, and I stamped the image on the papers too, so I could cut out the presents and stick them over the image. I coloured the bunny with copic markers.

Stamps: Birthday Bunny (The Cats Pajamas), Sweets of the Season (Flourishes)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper (Tim Holtz), Copic Markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin up), Neenah Solar White
Paper: Christmas Day (Carta Bella)
Accessories: Prima flower, Spotlight Lace, Hemptique twine, Bag O Buttons buttons, Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, Stampin Up scallop border punch

A Very Merry Christmas To You

So I decided to go a little out of my comfort zone for this card. I usually always do very traditional colours on my cards, Whites, creams, deep reds, and dark greens. But I thought I'd have a go at something bright. What do you think! The papers are from Kaisercraft and I cut a large circle out and added dazzling diamonds to the edge all the way round, and used Stampin Up ribbon to turn it into a bauble. I ended up making 5 of these, and on the last one, my sewing machine broke, the needle snapped and the whole thing jammed. So it's the last sewing I'll be doing for a while :( Maybe I'll have to ask Santa for a new one this Christmas ;)

Stamps: Stampin Up (unknown set)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Pink Pirouette (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler,
Papers: Mint Twist (Kaisercraft)
Accessories: Spotlight lace and buttons, We Are Memory Keepers floss, Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, Stampin Up ribbon, Stampin Up scallop edge punch, sewing machine

From Our House To Yours

I can't seem to make a Christmas card without one of these Christmas trees on it! Oh how I long for the new Verve Holiday Greetings stamp set for a little variety. It's a bit late to get it to use on Cards for this year, but I will definitly have it for next year! In the meantime, with a mixture of forest moss ink and dazzling diamonds permanently on my fingers from these tress, I bring you this latest Christmas card. Gotta be one of my faves. With my sewing machine out of action, I used a white gel pen to add detail to the border and around the circle. The papers are from Simple Stories' Handmade Holiday.

Stamps: Poinsettia Christmas, Winter Tree (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Forest Moss (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Kraft, Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Papers: Handmade Holiday
Accessories: Spotlight lace, Bag O Buttons buttons, Stampin Up linen thread, dazzling diamonds, white gel pen

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Blessings

With all the green Christmas trees I've been doing, I decided to go neutral on this one. I inked it with Old Paper ink and added some dazzling diamonds. I used the gorgeous Handmade Holiday papers from Simple Stories, and Verve's Christmas Blessings stamp. I found it really hard to sew around the oval (much more difficult than circles!), if anyone has any tricks, let me know!

Stamps: Christmas Blessings, Winter Tree (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Kraft, Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Handmade Holiday (Simple Stories)
Accessories: Spotlight lace, Stampin Up button, Hemptique twine, Verve pennant trim die, MFT Stacking stars die, Stampin Up dazzling diamonds, Spellbinders oval and petite scallop oval, sewing machine 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Birthday Surprise Set


So I really needed a mental break from the Christmas cards so decided to tackle the Mojo Monday 266 sketch (the top card), albeit, a little late! I do love a sketch with lots of layers :) And I couldn't stop at one card. I loved the colours and papers I used so I decided to make a set of 3. I used two stamp sets - Verve's Birthday Surprise, and My Mind's Eye's Blubell (from The Sweetest Thing collection). I think they match perfectly! Papers are My Mind's Eye also.

Stamps: Birthday Surprise (Verve), The Sweetest Thing Bluebell (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Papers: Indie Chic Ginger (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Prima flowers, Spotlight lace, We Are Memory Keepers twine, Stampin Up buttons, Bag O Buttons buttons, Spellbinders label die, Sewing machine

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Merry Christmas


Hi there! Sorry for the blog break I've had. It's so hard this time of year to keep up with all my to do's. I'm finally getting on track making all my Christmas cards though which is great because it's still November! Yay! This one I have for you today is one I made with some offcuts from other cards. Then when I went to sew on it, the needles snapped in half on my sewing machine! I wasn't having a good night. Needless to say, I had to cover up that sewing issue, but I do really like how it all turned out. The papers are from Simple Stories' Handmade Holiday collection. I love kraft colours, and to have it in a Christmas collection is great! I pieced some offcuts together and layered them on some olive cardstock and cut the frame from Spellbinders antique frames die. I used a white gel pen around the kraft circle, and yes, that's another one of the Verve Christmas trees. 

Stamps: Merry Christmas (Inkadinkado)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper & Forest Moss (Tim Holtz), Always Artichoke (Stampin Up) 
Cardstock: Whisper White, Kraft, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin Up)
Paper: Handmade Holiday (Simple Stories)
Accessories: Spotlight buttons and lace, Prima flower, Stampin Up dazzling diamonds, Spellbinders antique frame die, White gel pen

Monday, October 29, 2012

Merry Christmas

I love this Christmas trees stamp from Verve, which I only ordered earlier this year, so I'm super excited I'm finally getting to use it! This is the first card I'm making with it, but I know I'm not going to be able to resist doing more. I have so many ideas! The ones on this card are sponged with Forest Moss ink, then Always Artichoke ink on the tips. I used dazzling diamonds on each zig zag level. This sketch is for Vival La Verve Week 4, and I promise that the dotted paper is in two separate pieces, like in the sketch, I just happened to put the circle over the top.

Stamps: Merry Christmas (Inkadinkado)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke (Stampin Up), Forest Moss (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso (Stampin Up)
Paper: Home For Christmas (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, MFT double scallop border, Spotlight buttons, sewing machine

A Very Merry Christmas To You!


While on my holiday a couple of weeks ago, I just happened to stumble accross a craft fair :) I took my 2 and 1/2 year old to the beach in the morning so he would be too tired to walk around the fair, so I popped him in the pram and he slept the entire time I was there! That meant for some serious shopping :)
I bought some chipboard reindeers from a stall by Scrapmatts. I had the intention of using it on a scrapbook page, but couldn't resist putting it on one of my Christmas cards. This sketch was perfect for it! 



I sponged the chipboard with Old Paper ink, to make it a bit darker and "golden." The ribbon on the card was tied around a 6 x 6 paper pad I bought from the fair, so I'm unsure of it's brand. Stampin Up perhaps? Needless to say, I kept it and it's getting used :) The papers are from one of my favourite Christmas collections this year - Christmas Day, by Carta Bella.

Stamps: Stampin Up (unknown set)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Christmas day (Carta Bella)
Accessories: Ribbon (unknown), Spellbinders oval and scallop oval, Stampin Up oval punch, Bag O buttons buttons, Ranger liquid pearls, sewing machine

Viva La Verve - Week 5

I'm a bit out of order, but this is my take on the Viva La Verve Week 5 sketch. I've come to the conclusion that I can't do clean and simple, this card is about as simple as I could make it! I used papers from Fancy Pants' Home For Christmas collection. The stamp is Penny Black from 2010 - and I just happen to be using it for the first time! I coloured it in with copic markers. I used a hint of dazzling diamonds on the owls hat, and sponged around the sentiment tag with old paper ink.

Stamps: Wise Wishes (Penny Black)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Home For Christmas (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: Spotlight lace, Spellbinders label die, Bag of Buttons buttons, sewing machine

Merry and Bright - Viva La Verve Week 2

I'm running a bit behind on my Viva La Verve sketches this month, luckily it's a 5 weeker! And I've sat and stared at this sketch for ages couldn't come up with an idea. But I have challenged myself to complete every sketch making a Christmas card until all my Christmas cards are done. I'm making multiples of anything I have the products to replicate! So I turned the sketch sideways, and used 3 Christmas baubles I cut out of some old Fancy Pants paper as the 3 embellishments. I used dazzling diamonds around the sentiment.

Stamps: Sweets of the Season (Flourishes)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Paper: Christmas Magic (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: Spotlight lace, Stampin Up dazzling diamonds, Bag of buttons buttons, DMC cotton perle, sewing machine

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wish

Here is another set of cards I made, inspired by an earlier card (the middle one - scroll down to see that post). I just love these papers from Fancy Pant's The Good Life collection. After seeing them, I must admit, that I felt like giving scrapbooking a try again! I thought the colours would be perfect for a page on my son! While I procrastinate about that, I made these two cards to match that bike one. Here's a close up.


I think the one on the right would be a great neutral birthday card, for a boy or girl! A good one to keep in my stash :) I used copic markers to colour the bunnies, very lightly, including the cakes. I thought the papers were quite bold so didn't want to colour too bright!

Stamps: A Girl and Her Cake, Forget About The Cake, Wheel Love, Birthday Bunny (The Cat's Pjamas)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: The Good Life (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: Button flowers die, Cloud border die (The Cat's Pjamas), Mini Pennant die, jumbo scallop die (My Favourite Things), Stampin Up heart punch, Spellbinders circle, scallop circle, oval, scallop oval, scallop square, Bag of Buttons buttons, Stampin Up scallop edge punch, We are Memory Keeperws floss, sewing machine, dimensionals

Enjoy Your Day

Hi! It's been a while since I've been able to blog, as I've been on a holiday to visit my gran for her 92nd birthday! She is doing well, still living by herself, and I love seeing her! While I was there, I visited a couple of the local craft stores, and went a little nuts buying up a whole heap of new products! Especially 6 x 6 pads! So I have a so many new papers to show you! Onto this card though! I made it before I left for my holiday, but am only just getting around to uploading it now. And just in time too! It's for Verve's World Card Making Day Challenge, which closes tomorrow! I used a stamp from the Big Wish stamp set. Papers are from My Mind's Eye. The inspiration for the card came from a card I made a while ago, and I ended up making a third card to make it a set of 3! (See photo's below).  

Stamps: Big Wish (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Grey (Stampin Up)
Papers: Honey (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Stampin Up button, Bag O Buttons buttons, Prima flower, Spotlight lace, We are Memory Keepers floss, Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, sewing machine



Saturday, October 6, 2012

Hello Baby!

A friend of mine, is having a baby girl in a few weeks, and I wanted to make her a special card and matching gift tag for her present. And I'm so pleased with how it turned out. She loves doilies and lace, so I couldn't help but overloaded both the card and tag with both! 
There's LOTS of layering, and it took me an age to put together! I used papers from My Mind's Eye Be Happy collection. The Spellbinders tag die is from their original Fancy Tags set, which I had in  my upstairs cupboard ready to sell next swap and sell day at my local scrapbook store! I have all the other tag sets but they were all too big to use! Needless to say, this tag die has made it's way back into my craft room for good :)

Stamps: Hello Baby (Flourishes)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers (E01, E02, E93)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up), neenah Solar White, Bazzill
Papers: Be Happy (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle and tag, Packaging Direct doilie, Bag o Buttons buttons, Spotlight lace, Ranger liquid pearls, sewing machine


Hello again! Before I posted this, I was inspired to make a boy version of my girl set above. My sister's baby is due soon, and my mum think's she'll have a boy, so I made this with her in mind. I'm not sure if she'll have a baby shower, but I wanted to try an invitation and card to make it a little different to the set above. 

I don't have a huge collection of copic markers, so I couldn't quite match my colouring to the Be Amazing paper I used, but I think it turned out ok. I did the same triple layering on both here, although it's a little hard to see on the invitation, and lots of sewing.

Stamps: Inviting (Stampin Up), Hello Baby (Flourishes)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers (BG11, BG13)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up), neenah Solar White
Papers: Be Amazing (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Spellbinders tag, MFT stacking stars die, Packaging Direct doilie, Bag o Buttons buttons, Spotlight lace, sewing machine

Time To Celebrate - Girl or Boy?

My husband and I have a 38th birthday dinner to go to tomorrow, and as hard as I find cards for men in this age group, I still continue to make them for our friends. However, as it turns out, I probably won't give this one to him, as after finishing it, it seems a bit on the girly side? What do you think?
Anyway, about the card....I used papers from Echo Park's For the Record 2 Documented. Although the white circle is from For the Record 2 Tailored. Just didn't have enough paper left to match in the Documented pad. I cut diamonds from the same paper as the half circle to add them to the top right corner and a kraft button from Stampin Up. 

Stamps: Big Wish, Birthday Bash (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Kraft (Stampin Up)
Papers: For The Record 2 Documented (Echo Park)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, Stampin Up button and twine

Happy Birthday - Viva La Verve

It's October 6th, and that's WORLD CARDMAKING DAY! Yay! I'm so happy to be involved in this wonderful world of papercrafting. It's a great place to be :)
Now, you wouldn't think that looking at the first sketch of the month for Viva La Verve October, that it would be all that difficult, but I really struggled with what to do with the long rectangle in the middle of the circle. Everything I did just looked weird! Finally, I came up with the idea to hide it as much as possible! Lol! I used papers from Echo Park's Sweet Day collection. The two banners are actually hand cut from one of those papers!

Stamps: Party Time, Big Wish (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Pink Pirouette (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Sweet Day (Echo Park)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle, scallop circle and banner dies, Bag O Buttons buttons, Spotlight lace, sewing machine

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mojo 260 - A Bit Late!

So I finally got around to making a card for Mojo Monday 260! I had every intention of making it earlier in the week, but the days just got away from me, and here I am posting it on the following Monday! Why is it that holidays are always busier than your regular wekks!
Anyway, about my card! These cool papers are from Fancy Pants' The Good Life collection. I don't do a lot of scrapbooking, but when I saw this collection, it made me want to make a page of my son! Don't know when I'll get around to it, but the bug has hit me again, so I've bought a few 12x12 collections in case I feel the urge one day :)
The stamp is from The Cat's Pajamas. I coloured it in with Copic markers and cut it out with a craft knife. The clouds are white cardstock layered on vellum and sewed.

Stamps: I Wheelie Love You (The Cat's Pajamas)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: The Good Life (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle and scallop square, MFT jumbo scallop border, TCP cloud border, Stampin up heart punch, We are Memory Keepers floss, Foof-a-la buttons, sewing machine

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

As Special As You Are


These gorgeous papers are from My Mind's Eye Six by Six Meadow collection. They have beautiful floral and leaf patterns that can work so well in a card with minimal accessories!! I added some of my favourite lace, and used my pennant trim die from verve to cut two pennants for the top left. I shaded around the circle with old paper ink.

Stamps: Birthday Surprise (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Meadow (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Prima flower, Stampin Up button, Stampin Up linen thread, Spotlight lace, Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, Verve pennant trim die

Birthday Wishes

I'm not great with my camera.....yet. I'm still learning, and I think it shows in this photo! It's a little bit dark. Sorry! Hope you can look past that and see the second card I made with my birthday free time :) I used papers from My Mind's Eye Lavender collection. More new Verve here too - the Pennant Trim die is so adorable, and I'm going to get a good use out of it! Saves me cutting out my little banners now!

Stamps: Forget About The Cake (The Cat's pajamas), Borderline, Joyful Blooms (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rose Red (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: Lavender (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Verve Pennant Trim die, Kaisercraft pearls, Packaging Direct doilie, Sewing machine

Happy Birthday To You

Hi! And happy Monday! It's my birthday today, and one gift I've been given from my husband, is a few hours of "me time," which I chose to use to make cards! Of Course! I started with the Viva La Verve CAS sketch for September, and I have to say, it's probably the toughest sketch I've had to do! I really struggled with it. I had to change a few things in it, but finally came up with this card. I used lots of new Verve too :) It's a bit dark in the photo, but the flower and scallop border are actually brown. 

Stamps: Birthday To You, Borderline, Thatched Banner (Verve)
Ink: Early Espresso (Stampin Up), Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Papers: Dilly Dally (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Prima Flower, Stampin Up scallop border punch, We are Memory Keepers floss, Spellbinders circle 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Birthday Wishes - Mojo 259

Hi there! Julee from Verve has a great sketch for us this week! Check it out HERE. On my card, I used my favourite collection from My Mind's Eye's last release, Bluebell. I stamped doilies (from MME Cutie Pie stamp set) in Old Paper ink on the grid paper in the background, and sponged the edges. I also sponged the petals of the flower. Behind the flower, is a frame and larger flower image that I cut from the corner of another piece of Bluebell paper. The birthday stamp is from Verve's new Borderline stamp set. And you can't see it too well in the photo, but I sewed around the edges of the background paper and floral paper.

TIP:  I'm not sure if anyone else does this or not, but I often cut any circles I need on the card from the middle of one of the background layers, which is obviously covered up. That way, I don't have to use another piece of paper!

Stamps: Borderline (Verve), Cutie Pie - Lavender (My Minds Eye)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White
Papers: Bluebell (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Kaisercraft flower, Kaisercraft pearls, Packaging Direct doilie, Spellbinders circle, sewing machine

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Simply Wonderful - Viva La Verve

Ok, so I bought these Prima papers loving all the cute pink, peach and black designs, but every time I went to use them, I just couldn't get a good combination and would give up! But the Week 3 Viva La Verve sketch sparked an idea! The papers have some gorgeous floral designs on them, and so I cut some of the flowers and leaves out to pop up with some dimensionals, and got out my much loved, but very much under-used Polka Dot Greetings set, from My Favourite Things. Once again, I used my favourite lace - and I really did try other options though! I used Stampin Up markers for shading around the circle.

Stamps: Polka Dot Greetings (My Favourite Things)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Apricot Apeal & Blush Blossom markers (Stampin Up)
Cardtsock: Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Papers: Rondelle (Prima)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, Spotlight lace, sewing machine, dimensionals

Fabulous Birthday - Mojo 258

 Hi there! Today's card is for Verve's Mojo Monday 258. I had these papers out on my desk and originally planned them for something else, but decided to use them for this sketch. I had to add the square panel behind the circle because the blue strips clashed too much with the yellow backgroud, but after a bit of sewing and distressing, I think it turned out well. The gorgeous flower is a VERY old Prima flower, which I lightly sponged with Old Paper ink. The circle is also sponged with that ink.

Stamps: Birthday Surprise (Verve)
Ink: Night Of Navy (Stampin Up), Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Bluebell (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Bag O Buttons buttons, Prima Flower, Stampin Up linene thread, Spellbinders circle and scallop circle, Spotlight lace, Tim Holtz edge distressor, sewing machine, dimensionals

Monday, September 10, 2012

Viva La Verve Week 2

Oh boy this sketch stumped me! (Viva La Verve Sep Wk 2) I just couldn't come up with anything I was happy with! But as I rumaged through my flowers, I saw a packet of old grey prima flowers that I hadn't opened. So I found some papers to match and here it is! I've been sewing a lot on my cards lately so I wanted to give that a miss on that one - which was very hard I might add! So as a replacement, I added some lace to the floral panels which I think looks adorable! The flower had some glitter on it which I didn't like, so i roughly painted it with white acrylic paint. 

Stamps: Big Wish (Verve)
Ink: Basic Grey (Stampin Up)
Cardstoock: Whisper White, Basic Grey (Stampin Up)
Papers: Honey (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Prima flower, We are Memory Keepers grey floss, Spotlight lace, Kaisercraft white acrylic paint
   

Viva La Verve September Week 1!

I'm super excited to be making cards for Viva La Verve again! After missing the last two months, I'll have them in nice and quick this month! I love sketches with circles on them, because they give me the opportunity to use a doily! And although you can't see much of this one, I couldn't resist adding it! The papers are from Echo Park For The Record 2, Tailored. The image is from the Flourishes set, Zinnia's, and is coloured with copic markers. I sponged the edges of that with Old Paper ink, as well as, very lightly, the edges of the two small circles with the script writing. 

Stamps: Wordy Birds (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Paper (Tim Holtz), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: For The Record 2, Tailored (Echo Park)
Accessories: We Are Memory Keepers floss, Bag of Buttons buttons, doily (packaging direct), Spotlight lace, Spellbinders circles, dimensionals, sewing machine

Birthday Wishes


I made cupcakes today - for no reason at all :) Just felt like a cupcake kind of a day! And so I decided to make a cupcake card with similar colours to the ones I made. Inspiration truly is everywhere!! The pretty papers are from My Mind's Eye's Tangerine collection. I coloured the image with copic markers, although it's on regular cardstock so the blending is not the best! The lace I used on this card is from a local store here in Australia (Spotlight), and I use it on so many of my cards - I'm a little obsessed with it at the moment. I must buy more!!!

Stamps: Cupcakes (Hero Arts)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Tangerine (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Foof-a-la buttons, Stampin Up taffeta ribbon, Spotlight lace, dimensionals, sewing machine

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Birthday - Mojo Monday 257

I'm so excited to be able to finally use some of my new papers! I love love looooove My Mind's Eye, and I used papers from two of their new collections here - Lavender and Honey. I'm also excited to have a card ready for the Mojo Monday contest! And I love this weeks sketch - lots of layers and with the potential to make it really girly. I used probably my favourite colour combo - pink, kraft and white, and lots of accessories :) I coloured the cake in with copic markers for the flower, and crumb cake ink with a blender pen for the actual cake. I sponged most of the edges with Frayed Burlap ink.

Stamps: Big Wish (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake (Stampin Up), Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Kraft (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: Lavender, and Honey (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: MFT doily die, Spellbinders circle, Kaisercraft flower, red Kaisercraft blossom, Stampin Up Crumb Cake button, Spotlight white button, Stampin Up linen thread, Ranger liquid pearls, Spotlight lace, sewing machine

For The Birthday Boy

So this is my second attempt at the 10th Birthday card i needed. A couple of posts earlier I made one which I decided was a bit too mature looking. This one is much better I think. The sketch is for Viva La Verve August Week 2 - another I didn't get in on time :( I love the really intricate sketches with lots of layers, and this one was a lot of fun to do! I used papers from the A Boys Life collection from Echo Park. The banner border along the bottom is hand cut - I have ordered the banner die from Verve and can't wait to use it so I don't have to keep cutting them out myself!

Stamps: Birthday Bash (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Wild Wasabi, Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Papers: A Boys Life (Echo Park)
Accessories: Stampin Up scallop border punch, My Minds Eye buttons (Rosy), Stampin Up twine, sewing machine

For U

I wasn't able to get my Viva La Verve August sketches done in time, but this is for week 3 anyway (with a few chamges). Turns out, I needed this card for a very good friend of mine who needed a little pick me up. She loves these colours so it was just perfect for her. I coloured the butterfly in with copic markers, and added some dazzling diamonds. The papers are My Mind's Eye Be Amazing.

Stamps: You And I, All A Flutter (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: Be Amazing (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Petaloo flower, Spotlight lace, dazzling diamonds, Martha Stewart border punch, sewing machine

Thanks A Bunch

I felt in a bit of a white mood so I made this card, with the Mix 'n' Mugs stamp set from Flourishes. The background is embossed with a cuttlebug folder, and I used paper from My Minds Eye Blush for the mug. I coloured the flowers with copic markers.

Stamps: Mix 'n' Mugs (Flourishes), Joyful Blooms (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: Blush (My Minds Eye)
Accessories: Spotlight lace, Bag O Buttons button, We are Memory Keepers floss, Cuttlebug embossing folder, spellbinders oval and scallop oval

Happy Birthday To You

So I have a 10th Birthday to go to, for a boy, and I think he's a bit beyond the monkeys and other cute animals I normally do on his cards! So I wanted to make something a bit more mature. This is what I came up with. The sketch is Mojo Monday 253, from a couple of weeks ago. It doesn't show up too well in the photo, but the outside of the circle is shaded light blue. The cupcakes are cut out from the same paper as the background, and are coloured in with Pool Party ink and blender pen.

Stamps: Birthday Bash (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pool Party
Papers: Happy Days (Echo Park)
Accessories: Foof-a-la Button, Kaisercraft black rhinestones, Martha Stewart border punch, We Are Memory Keepers twine, spellbinders circle, sewing machine, black marker

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Glad To Be Back!



Oh my gosh, it's been almost 6 weeks since my last entry! I've actually been quite ill, so I apologise to my blog friends for being absent for so long. I wasn't able to make cards for so long, but I am back on track now, and so excited I have some new Verve stamps on their way to me soon too! For now though, I have a couple of cards I made over the last few days to get me back into blog mode! This is the first one I made, and I just wanted something simple and happy. My sewing machine was also neglected during my 6 weeks "off," so I was keen to give that a go again! The grass is hand cut, and I just tore the tree from some My Minds Eye paper. So cute!

Stamps: Wordy Birds (Verve
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Paper: On The Bright Side Two (My Minds Eye)
Accessories: Cloud border die (The Cat's Pjamas), Sewing machine, dimensionals

Monday, July 16, 2012

TCP Tuesday 218 & Viva La Verve July Week 3



Hi everyone! Here is my card for the TCPTUES218 challenge and Viva La Verve July Week 3!

I ALMOST made it a Christmas card! I didn't think of the colour combo being Christmasy until I made this card, but I did need a cute birthday card so I had to resist a Christmas sentiment! But I will definitly be recreating this, or something like it, for one of my Christmas cards this year! I love that this image can be used for both occaisions! Anyway, onto the card! I thought the polka dot paper was a bit bright, so I covered it with a layer of vellum and sewed it down. Under the scallop circle is a Spellbinders label and another piece of vellum which I sewed two lines on. Loved that the sketch involved some twine too :)

Stamps: Birthday Bunny (The Cat's Pajamas)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Kraft (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: Happy Days (Echo Park), Vellum (Stampin Up)
Accessories: Spellbinders circle, scallop circle and label, Stampin Up twine, Bag O Buttons buttons, dimensionals, sewing machine



Viva La Verve July Week 2

So I'm getting a bit tired of using the same papers over and over. I really need to buy some more, but that's a month or so away. So I decided to use some Christmas papers from last year for this card, that I hope, don't look too Christmasy! And I think I'm going to do this again in the future to help use up some more of my Christmas paper pads! These papers are from the Lost & Found Christmas collection by My Minds Eye. The sketch is for Viva La Verve July Week 2.

Stamps: Words Cannot Express (Verve)
Ink: Early Espresso (Stampin Up), Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory (Stampin Up)
Papers: Lost & Found Christmas (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: We Are Memory Keepers floss, Prima flowers, Kaisercraft pearls, Spellbinders circle

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Viva La Verve July Week 1

Hi! I hope you're all having a great weekend! Here is my card for Week 1 of July Viva La Verve. I used papers from Kaisercrafts Sweet Nothings collection, and sewed around the pink base, and white rectangle. The heart doilie is from Ellen Hutson, and the cut out border with the music notes on it behind the heart, is a die cut from the Sweet Nothings 6 x 6 paper pad - so easy! It's not really noticeable in the photo, but I lightly shaded the heart and Happy Birthday cardstock with pink ink.

Stamps: Big Wish (Verve)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Pink Pirouette (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Sweet Nothings (Kaisercraft)
Accessories: Prima flower, Kaisercraft pearls, Ellen Hutson doilie, Tim Holtz edge distressor, sewing machine

Happy Birthday

I had these papers out planning to do a birthday card for a 10 year old, but I think this turned out more adult male than I imagined. Oh well, I have a few of those birthday's coming up anyway! I love doing this sort of paper panelling, and although I haven't quite mastered it, I think the effect is great, especially for the male cards! I sewed around the edge , and used the balloons from the Party Time stamp set for the main image. I sponged around the edges of the oval with Pool Party ink, and hand cut the banner. 

Stamps: Party Time (Verve), Birthday Bunny (The cat's Pajamas)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Pool Party (Stampin Up), Copics
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Grey (Stampin Up)
Papers: Dilly Dally (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Stampin Up ribbon, sewing machine

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tailormade

It's the first Mojo Monday sketch for the month, and that means it's contest time! And what a great sketch too! I did have to flip mine though!

I used papers from Dolled Up (My Mind's Eye). I stamped the dress form on the same paper as I used in the background, and sponged the edges of the oval with Old Paper Ink. I used a blender pen and the Old Paper ink to lightly colour the dress form, and used copic markers for the flowers and accessories on it. keeping with the "Tailormade" theme, I had to add a bit of stitching and some buttons :)

Stamps: Feminine Charm (Flourishes)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo black, Copics, Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White
Papers: Dolled Up (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Prima flowers, Bag O Buttons buttons,, Spotlight lace, Stampin Up scallop punch, Spellbinders oval, Stampin Up oval punch, Sewing machine

All The Cupcakes You Can Hold

This stamp, Sprinkles on Top, from My Favourite Things, is just perfect for a little girls card! Unfortunately I've run out of my favourite "Blush" papers from My Mind's Eye, and I only have scraps left now (it's definitly a collection I'll have a hard time saying goodbye to!), so I had to use some Kaisercraft paper from their Miss Nelly collection instead. I coloured the girl with copic markers, and used liquid pearls around the large circle.

Stamps: Sprinkles On Top (My Favourite Things)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Cardstock: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: Miss Nelly (Kaisercraft)
Accessories: Stampin Up ribbon, Spellbinders circle and scallop circles, Martha Stewart border punch, Doilie (my stash), Bag O Buttons buttons, liquid pearls

Saturday, June 30, 2012

TCP Tuesday 216 - Thanks Bunches








It's TCP Tuesday time! And I just love the inspiration photo's! The beautiful flowers and cute lanterns made it easy for me to come up with today's card.

I used the Wheel Love stamp set, and coloured it in with Copic markers. I cut it out and adhered it to a white oval that I machine stitched around. I embossed the large white background with a cuttlebug folder, stitched around that also, and used an old Prima flower for the splash of green and brown in the photo's.

Stamps: Wheel Love (The Cats Pajamas)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Whisper White (Stampin Up), Neenah Solar White
Papers: N/A
Accessories: Prima flower, Stampin Up twine, Spellbinders ovals, Stampin Up small oval punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Sewing Machine