Sunday, November 29, 2009
The second reason is that I love doing Makeesha's challenges and she has put out a colour challenge for this week. I got to use the last of some Real Red card stock from my original stash, break open the 'Taken with Teal' Stampin' Pad and use its accompanying card stock for the first time! Not to mention that I also got to use some retired DSP that I was wondering if I'd ever get to use again. So, as you can tell, this one got me out of my 'comfort zone' and got my mind ticking over at full speed. It's a shame I don't have a housework fairy who does the washing, cook the tea and write my school reports!
The third reason is that I got to have a go at a sketch challenge from 'Card Patterns' that I have wanted to participate in for a while. So I've combined two challenges for the first time.
The fourth reason, not that I need any more reasons to make a card, is that it gives my customers a sneak peek at something new in the Summer Mini and fifthly, I got to have a play with my new 'Something Sweet' stamp set for the first time.
Project Recipe for 'Lollies for the Lolly Lady' -
Stamp Set: Something Sweet ($44.95)
Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal and Real Red
Ink: Real Red and Taken with Teal
Accessories: Retired DSP x2, Sweet Treat Cup, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Border Punch, 1/2" Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and Stampin'Dimensionals, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
Sixthly ... my daughter, Laura, wanted to crack open the huge packet of Jelly Belly, Jelly Beans that I had bought especially to use with this stamp. The packet had 49 flavours ... and yes it was fun trying to find the colours to match the challenge - flavours being, Red Apple, Orange Juice, Berry Blue and French Vanilla. Yum!
I turned the sketch a full 90 degrees as it suited the stamp set that I wanted to use.
Back to Betty ... she's a very lovely lady who faithfully comes to church and gives the younger children a lollypop every week! When my kids were little, they affectionately called her, 'The Lolly Lady'. Now they are both teenagers (19 and 16) but she still chats away to Laura and one day she offered to knit her a scarf.
Betty knows how much Laura loves scarves and this morning she gave her a present all wrapped up in Chrissie paper. Inside were two scarves, one she had knitted and the other was a blue silk one all the way from Bali. Her son has a clothing business there. What a special lady! I thought it was very appropriate to make a card with lollies on it, so Laura could say thanks.
I'm off now to write some more reports, well ... after I feed my 'hungry' family!
Hope you've had a wonderful weekend,
PS: I'm pretty excited as this card made it into iPicks! - Week 55
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Project Recipe for Gift Tote -
Stamp: Cute and Curly
Cardstock: Whisper White and Parisian Breeze DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Baja Breeze DS Grosgrain Ribbon, Ribbon Originals - Valet, Medium Flat Cellophane Bags, Curly Label Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals and Sticky Strip for the best double sided adhesive ever!
These would make very cute teacher gifts and we all know that teachers deserve to be rewarded with a present at this time of the year!!!! Cough .. cough ..
Project Recipe -
Stamps: Cute and Curly
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze and Real Red
Accessories: Ski Slope DSP, Top Note Pattern, Curly Label Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, 1/4 " Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Horizontal Slot Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals and Cellophane Bag
Hope you're feeling inspired!
I won't post all the 'deets' except to say that I used Urban Garden DSP which I had already 'eyed off' in the American catalogue before it made its debut in Australia. So glad it came our way!
Well, this is the first of three posts for today. Hope you enjoy browsing through my ramblings!
Friday, November 27, 2009
While the quiche was cooking, I just had to have a sneak at Makeesha's sketch challenge to see if the results had been posted.
Honestly, I was taken back! It was a lovely way to end the week. I work four days a week and have been in an Acting Principal role for the last two weeks. I love my job, but gosh it has been a 'growing' time for me. I love to spend Fridays creating and today, the word 'creating' is synonymous with the word, 'de-stressing' (If there's such a word).
Even though 'winning' gave me a buzz, I was more excited and proud of my gorgeous son, who just received his first year Uni results today. Well done Ryan! Our family is truly blessed.
Congratulations to the 'Honourable Mention' - Carole'Anne. Her snowmen card, with shimmery paint and glitter, is absolutely gorgeous. Pop into Keesh's site and have a look at all the wonderful entries for the week!
If I survive tomorrow's 7.30 am start, I'll be back with a posting later in the day to show you some of the gift packs I made.
Until then ...
Sunday, November 22, 2009
It has been a lot of fun figuring out what to do with this new sketch challenge. When I saw Makeesha's gorgeous example to go with the challenge, I was so keen to get out my new butterfly stamps and punch (available in the Summer Mini from Dec. 1st). Instead, I thought I'd try something a little different. However, I'm definitely going to make a similar card with butterflies, before the week is out!
Supplies for Hoot-Hoot Hooray!
Stamp Sets: Owl Together Now, Weathered Background stamp
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip (plain and textured), Kiwi Kiss (textured), Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla and Watercolour Paper
Ink: Basic Brown, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Creamy Caramel and Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Walk in the Park DSP, DS Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Button Latte, Linen Thread, Distressing tool from Cutter Kit, Stampin' Dimensionals
Techniques: Watercolouring and dry embossing
This is my third challenge for Makeesha and I must admit, they are becoming a highlight for me and somewhat of an addiction (in a good way). At least my friend, Leonie (from Calder) will eventually get a card for her birthday! I realised today that I had missed it ... oops!
Thanks for stopping by,
Stampin' Sisters in Christ have introduced a new challenge for the week, based on the verse from Galatians 6:9.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (NIV)
The US is currently celebrating a week of Thanksgiving, but here in Australia we have a National Day of Thanksgiving where we honour different groups in the community. The first year it was introduced (about 5 years ago), they recognised and thanked teachers for their contribution. A local church hosted a breakfast for all the teachers in Launceston. It was a wonderful gesture and much appreciated.
Well the challenge was to make a card or project that was about Thanksgiving or that expressed thanks. I decided to enter a card that I recently made for a technique demonstration on polished stone. Please consider this a big thank you to those that stop by and browse at my blog. It is much appreciated.
Stamp Sets: Seaside, Heartfelt Thanks
Ink: Basic Brown, Versa Mark, Ink Refills: Sahara Sand, Bordering Blue and Gold
Paper: Sahara Sand, Bordering Blue, Glossy White, Brushed Gold
Accessories: Gold EP, Crimper, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Saturday, November 21, 2009
No.2 - Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla
No. 4 - Always Artichoke, Kraft and Very Vanilla
I'd love to hear about what your favourite colour combinations are. Drop me a comment and let me know!
LOL XX Bronwyn
Thursday, November 19, 2009
They had a play with the 'Acetate and Tissue' technique, which I discovered in the resources section of Splitcoaststampers. You can view the tutorial here.
The grade 5's and 6's got to make their own photo frames in Tech, with Mr. Green, so many of the children's work will end up proudly displayed in them.
The stamps used were, Lovely as a Tree, Winter Post and Forest Friends. Children used Dazzling Diamond's Glitter with Crystal Effects behind the acetate (OHT sheets). Old Olive was used to stamp the trees and either, Bordering Blue or Baja Breeze re-inkers were blended into the Crystal Effects. Black Stazon ink was used to stamp the animals onto the acetate. All work was backed with either, Old Olive or Bordering Blue Cardstock.
Haven't they done a wonderful job?
Until next time ... enjoy this fantastic warm weather that Tassie is 'turning on' at the moment. Hubby is in the Hunter Valley for a work conference and I think we've got weather to match!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I had so much fun making this card (After a spot of Report writing first, as one has to get their priorities right!).
The lovely Jim (our Business Manager at work) and his daughter, Victoria, have recently come back from a Mission's trip to Thailand. They know that I LOVE to make cards and brought me back two rolls of handmade paper made from ... elephant poo! How awesome!
I couldn't wait to make something with it. There will be more creations to follow, as I can guarantee they will be a hit in the School Office!
Here's the Project Recipe -
Stamps: Wild About You, Owl Together Now, Birthday Wish
Ink: Basic Gray, Ruby Red, Basic Black
Cardstock: Going Gray (textured), Whisper White and Red Elephant Poo Paper!
Accessories: Clips Assortment, Haiku DSP, 1 3/4" and Wide Oval Punches, Stamping Sponges, Distressing Tool from Cutter Kit, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Dimensionals
Hope this brought a little smile :)
Friday, November 13, 2009
Results have just come in for Makeesha Byl's Colour Challenge for the week and, as I commented on her blog, I'm a little speechless right now!
You can view the results here and check out all the other gorgeous creations in her slideshow!
Had better come down to Earth, stop doing a happy dance, get off the Internet and go and cut some more cardstock for my Christmas Workshop tonight.
Did you love snow globes when you were a child? I certainly did. When I saw these cute little 'Sweet Treat Cups' in the Summer Mini, I wasn't thinking lollies, I was imagining a snow globe with Chunky Sprinkles inside for a very cool Christmas Card! So this morning I finally got around to making one. Yay! I'm happy when I get the chance to put on paper, what I picture in my head!
Firstly, I stamped the trees onto two post it (sticky) notes and cut along the top 'mounds' in the ground to form the areas that I needed to mask. I then punched out a 1 1/4" circle to form another 'mask' for the moon.
I brayered (onto Glossy White cardstock) over the masked areas with Bordering Blue, then sponged a little bit of Not Quite Navy ink around the moon and along the top of the sky, before removing the sticky note masking.
I then lined up the 'Lovely as a Tree' stamp set using the trusty Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and stamped it onto the scene using Basic Black ink.
I punched out a hole using the new 1 3/4" punch, positioned the cardstock onto the Night of Navy backing and traced where the punched out piece would go.
Light Blue and Crystal Iris Chunky Sprinkles were placed inside the Sweet Treats Cup which was then inserted through the punched out hole.
The trees that had been punched out, were glued into place behind the 'globe'. The two pieces of cardstock were adhered with Sticky Strip and placed onto the white cardstock with Stampin' Dimensionals.
The greeting is from the Snow Swirled Set and that was placed underneath, using NQN ink.
Well, if I'm allowed to say so .. I was pretty 'chuffed' with how it turned out. What do you think?
Until next post .... which will probably be pictures of some lovely ladies getting stuck into their Christmas Card making, have a blessed day!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I deliberated over this layout for ages (still not 100% happy), but love the fresh, vibrant colour mix of Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Really Red and Baja Breeze. Tree Trimmings got inked up for the first time, with me, and I just think the ornaments are among the nicest 'Christmasy' stamps I've seen!
Here's the Project Recipe -
Stamp Sets: Tree Trimmings (Spring Mini) and Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip (plain and textured), Old Olive, Real Red
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Old Olive
Accessories: Ski Slope DSP (Spring Mini), 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Scallop Edge Punch, Oval die, Stampin' Dimensionals
Here's what I used -
Stamp Sets: Snow Swirled and Best Yet (L1 Hostess)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow (embossed) and Very Vanilla
Ink: Versa Mark, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Bella Bleu DSP, Designer Brads, 1/2" Circle, Large Oval, Scallop Oval and Eyelet Border Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Silver Embossing Powder and small red stickers.
CONGRATULATIONS to Shelagh Moore who was randomly chosen to win a $20 SU gift voucher. Shelagh chose the second 'Polished Stone' card (pictured).
Here's what she wrote -
Thanks to everyone who entered my first little competition. Humble beginnings .. and more ideas are rattling around in my head for future ones. I've even signed up with 'Mr. Linky' so I can upload your images.
So ... Shelagh, could you drop me a line to let me know your contact details and what you'd like to order with your voucher -
firstname.lastname@example.org (or at) email@example.com
Kind regards, Bronwyn
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I know I should be getting ready for my Christmas Card Making Nights, but I just couldn't resist the temptation to have a play with Keesh's Colour Challenge for the week. I hadn't done an Inkspiration's colour challenge and the combo was perfect for hubby's wedding anniversary card.
I also got to ink up two stamps that I've had in my stash, for the first time!! So, all in all, it was a very worthwhile little digression from all things 'Christmas'.
Here's what I used -
Stamp Sets: Animal Crackers, Funky Forest Standard Wheel
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Watercolour paper, Textured - Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Really Rust
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Really Rust, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories: Aqua Painters, Paper Piercing Pad, Template and Tool, Crimper, Jumbo Brads, Curly Label and Scallop Square Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the week ahead!
PS: This was featured on the Late Night Stampers' Blog Finds for the Day, November 9th 2009.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
While browsing the web last night, I came across a site called, 'Stampin' Sisters for Christ'. They had put out a challenge to make a card etc. based on a Bible verse. This week's verse comes from Deuteronomy 31:8.
Deuteronomy 31:8 "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." (NIV)
So, I've used the 'Friends 24-7 stamp' set to highlight that God is with us 24-7, through the good times and the bad.
I have used Bella Rose DSP and the flowers were coloured using a blender pen dipped straight into the Stampin' Pad.
You can view the details of the challenge here.
Thanks for stopping by ...
Friday, November 6, 2009
Well, that's number 2 all sorted. Hope it brings you a little joy!
Stamp Sets: Window Dressing (L3 Hostess) and Season of Joy
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Urban Garden DSP, Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals
Fa la la la la la la la lah ....
.... or place it onto some cardstock to make a cute Christmas card!
I'm pretty excited about spending a couple of evenings stamping with friends. The Rumpus Room has been taken over and it is now my Stamping Room! and ... yes, there are still spots available if you'd like to come along.
Stamp Sets: Winter Post and Rustic Rooster (L2 Hostess)
Ink: Chocolate Chip and Riding Hood Red
Cardstock: Confetti White, Kraft, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Tag and Small Tag Punches, Top Note Pattern, Jumbo Eyelets (Antique Brass), Vintage Brads, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Crop-A-Dile and Stampin' Dimensionals.
I'll be back with more Christmas Cards to tantalize your 'craft buds' ...
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Here I am with a bottle of alcohol in my hand (the rubbing variety) ready to soak the cotton wool ball, before adding drops of the Old Olive and Not Quite Navy re-inkers.
Up on the big screen you can see that I have randomly placed some drops of gold ink onto the glossy white cardstock, ready for me to dab the inked cotton wool ball onto. Once the ink dries, it needs to be sprayed with a finishing sealer. It's a simple, but very effective technique and you can view the samples that I made here.
While you're there browsing, don't forget to enter the competition. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me which card you like the best and why. You have until next Tuesday, 10th November, to go into the draw to win a $20 SU Voucher!
Cheers, Bron :0)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive and So Saffron
Ink: So Saffron, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango
Project Recipe for Sweet Sunday Razzle Dazzle Card:
Stamps: Razzle Dazzle, Fresh Cuts
Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Always Artichoke
Ink: Always Artichoke and Brocade Blue Stampin' Write Markers, Old Olive
Accessories: Scallop Edge and Curly Label Punches, Filigree Designer Brad, Stampin' Dimensionals
Here's a close up of the 'Retro Remix' standard wheel, which was rolled onto the top of the little box. I realised when I came home, that the semi-circle in the box opening was not centred properly. Maybe ... just maybe, I wasn't able to concentrate because I was about to do a demo straight after the Make 'n' Take session! I ended up bringing the kits home and finishing them off when I was in a better frame of mind!
Project Recipe for Hello Flower Card:
Stamps: Hello Again Set
Accessories: Valet Ribbon Originals (Chocolate Chip Polka Dot Ribbon), 1" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
Project Recipe for Hello Box:
Stamps: Hello Again set, Retro Remix Stampin' Around Wheel
Card Stock: Rose Red, Whisper White, Old Olive textured
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Rose Red Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Pigtails Ribbon Originals (Pumpkin Pie rickrack), Scallop Square Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip
I have been wanting to make a cute window card using a square punch for ages. I've seen a few done with the Cheep Talk stamp set. The note card (available in a pack of 20), was just the right size for this layout. Here, I have combined my two favourite accessories from the Spring Mini, the Parisian Breeze DSP and the Scallop Oval Punch, with the new Summer stamp set. It will be sad not to be able to purchase any more of that gorgeous paper as the items in the Spring Mini Catalogue are only available until the end of November. If there's anything you'd like, please contact me. Outside orders are always welcome.
Project Recipe for Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer Card:
Stamp Set: Hello Again
Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Parisian Breeze DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Eyelet Border, 1 3/8" Square, Scallop Oval and Large Oval Punches, Circle Fire Rhinestone Brad, Stampin' Dimensionals
Thanks for stopping by .. Bron