Monday, January 30, 2012

Shimmery Shells

Some fantastic challenges got me back into my craft room to create this card that features the very first stamp set that I ever bought, Seaside by SU!

Shimmery Shells

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the colour combo at the Color Throwdown this week as it features a selection of my all time favourite colours.

The second challenge at Just Add Ink, was to CASE one of their talented DT Members, Kathy from Stamping Still. I've had the first 2 cards of Kathy's in my CASE folder for a while (see below) so I thought it was a good opportunity to try out one of her gorgeous 'grid' cards. I love the sepia tones that she has used and the faux pearl on the last card. Stunning!

So ... I stuck to the beautiful layout of all three cards to create my CASE card for JAI #102.

I am also entering this card in the challenge at Sentimental Sundays which is to add some dry embossing to your project. I only just recently came across this challenge site and have been keen to play along.

All products are from SU and I have used Frost White Shimmer Paint to stamp all the images.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Larger Butterfly Easel Card Tutorial

Tutorial for the Larger Butterfly Easel Card

Yay! I have finally put together a tutorial for the larger butterfly easel card that I designed. I have had quite a few requests over the last year for the instructions so after sweating it out on this very hot Australia Day Holiday, taking numerous photos and doing lots of editing, here it is.

For the very reasonable price of $4.00 (AUD), I will email you a three page pdf document for personal use. However, I would ask that if it is used for Stamp Clubs and Workshops etc. that you would direct your customers to my blog so they can purchase their own personal copy.

For extra ideas I have included several photos of other designs that I have created.  To purchase the tutorial, please go to My Tutorials for Sale Section at the top of my blog.


As a bonus, you will receive the pdf instructions for the smaller Butterfly Easel Card.

This photo shows the difference in size between the two.
You will require the Beautiful Butterflies Die from Stampin' Up!.

Because this is not an instant download, as I will be personally emailing your copies, please be mindful of International time differences. On receipt of payment, I will send the files as soon as possible.

Thanks for your support. Happy crafting! :)

Kind regards,

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Beautiful Blue Wings

Beautiful Blue Wings

I've been spending a bit of time on Pinterest lately and came across a beautiful card that I wanted to CASE. You can see the gorgeous rainbow coloured butterfly card (by Ashlee Townsend) that inspired me at Muse My World. Isn't it gorgeous?

I have also seen a lot of projects made from paint chip cards (great idea) so I raided one of the local paint shops and came home with some 'samples' in various shades of blue and combined the two ideas to make my card.

All other supplies are from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wall Art

Made this for a bit of fun -

Recycled Jeans + Embroidery Hoop + Empty Space on the Wall = Wall Art

Problem solved :)

Bright Butterflies

Thank you to Lisa Lara from Splitcoast for naming this as a CAS Favourite for the week ending 28th January 2012.

Super quick and easy, bright and colourful cards made using my new Martha Stewart Punch, a variety of sentiments and a touch of bling.

Colour Palette - Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Elegant Eggplant (SU)

Inspired by a CAS Card that I found on Pinterest.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A CAS Card and some Crochet

Day 7 of the online CAS Card Making Class is entitled, Plainly White. Julie Ebersole demonstrated how to use the expanse of white space on a card to your advantage.

I made the flower accent this afternoon so tonight I decided to pop it onto a clean and simple card that demonstrated some of the techniques from day 7.

If you've been following my journey, you'll realise I have skipped a few days of class in my blog posts as I haven't had a lot of time to keep up with my 'homework' this week. The good thing is, I have access to it 'forever' and that's a relief because there are SO many more ideas and techniques that I want to play around with in the near future.

Plainly White

I used Confetti White Card Stock as it needed to match the off white colour in the flower.

Flower Accent

Not having done any crocheting for a few months, I went around to a friend's place and got another lesson today. I was a bit rusty but was able to get this little flower finished to pop on a card (Thanks Andrea :)

I found the pattern at Crochet and Other Stuff via Pinterest. The pattern is for a three layered flower but I only did two and used different colours.

Project Details:

Stamp Sets: Creative Elements, Precious Butterflies (both SU)
Card Stock: Confetti White (SU)
Ink: Old Olive, Marina Mist (SU)
Accessories: Moda Vera SOMBRE 100% Organic Cotton - Blue and Cream (Spotlight), 3 mm crochet hook, Mini Paper Blooms (Kaiser Craft), Dimensional

It was quite a productive day to combine two craft loves and actually use an idea from Pinterest!

PS: This was named as a CAS favourite for the week at Splitcoast Stampers. Thanks, ladies.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

JAI 100 - Just Add Crowns

Just Add Ink are celebrating their 100th Challenge with a Blog Hop, a give away and a theme challenge to Just Add Crowns.

I needed to make a card for our son's upcoming birthday and seeing that Ryan means 'little king', I thought a crown card would be pretty appropriate.

JAI 100 - Just Add Crowns

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! and the featured stamp set, Grunge Rock, is really versatile and especially good for masculine cards.

For our 'little' king ...

There's still time to play, browse the blog hop to see all the talent on display and go in the running to win a great case to hold sponge daubers.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, January 16, 2012

CAS Card Making Day 4 - 1 Stamp, 3 Ways

Before I get onto my sample for Day 4, I want to share with you a sketch and a technique that Maile Belles demonstrated last week in the online CAS Card Making Class.

This is a fun way to use a selection of Copic Markers and the negative of a die cut.

Hello Card #1

While I was searching for some ribbon, I came across this bright yellow ric rac and thought it would make the main part of the card really 'pop'. I then embossed the greeting with white embossing powder and added a cute yellow button to finish it off. I'm really pleased with the result and love the colour panel against the black card stock (Maile made a beautiful blue Copic panel against white).

My friend, Tania, did a gorgeous card using this sketch too. You can check it out HERE.

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Hello Card #2

Now onto Day 4 -

Kristina Werner demonstrated how to use 1 stamp, 3 ways with a background script stamp. One of the ideas was to stamp and emboss onto cut out letters. I already had a lovely cut out image after doing the card above, so went with that and used the same sketch as Kristina's.

I even got brave and used one of their suggestions to cut up a stamp from the set, Truly Appreciated (Hero Arts) and white embossed it on the card. Unfortunately the photo does not do the embossed words on 'Hello' justice. I love the rainbow effect created by the Copic Markers.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Truly Appreciated (Hero Arts), En Francais (SU)
Card Stock: Basic Black (SU), White X-Press It
Accessories: Sizzix 'Hello' medium die, ric rac from my stash, yellow button (SU), white embossing powder (SU), selection of Copic markers, white gel pen

Thanks for stopping by. If you're doing the course too, why don't you let me know so I can return the favour and come and have a peek at what has inspired you.

Birdies - Less is More/CAS


While I'm on a roll for all things, Clean and Simple, (thanks to a great on-line card making course) I thought I'd make another one layer card.

To add a bit of interest I sniffed around a couple of challenge blogs that specialise in the CAS style and came across this great sketch from Clean and Simple ...

... and a one layer card with a Bird Theme from Less is More (week 50).

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Birdies (STAMP-IT), Retro Remix and Family Phrases (SU)
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Memento Black, Melon Mambo (SU)
Accessories: A combination of Copics and SU Markers

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, January 15, 2012

CAS Card Making Day 3 - Inspiration Made Simple

Caged Bird

Here's a little card I made today which was inspired by Day 3 of the Clean and Simple Online Card Making Class. It was all about "using a technique or element and applying it to a clean and simple version or spin off".

Jennifer McGuire made a beautiful 'tone-on-tone' dimensional butterfly card. I applied the same technique to make a card in the shape of a bird cage.

Stamp: from Just Believe (SU)
Ink: Calypso Coral (SU)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral (SU)
Accessories: Caged Bird Die (Sizzix - Tim Holtz), Petal Cone Die (SU), Stamping Sponge

You can probably tell I'm really enjoying the CAS style :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, January 13, 2012

A CASE and a bit of L-O-V-E

I must admit that this card is a bit 'out there' for me but I had an idea in my head that didn't seem to want to go away, so I had to put it onto paper. It was inspired by these super cute cards that I stumbled upon through Pinterest.

Two challenges helped me pull it all together and I ended up with a Valentine's Day card for hubby.

I Only have Eyes for You

I love negative die cutting and when I saw that the muse for CASE Study, Jen Rzasa, had this gorgeous card as inspiration, I had to play along using a heart punch instead. I went for a similar shape and ribbon detail.

CASE Study Challenge #73

Secondly, the theme challenge for The Paper Players #77 is 'All You Need is Love' - perfect combo!!

This is a very wide card (almost the length of an A4 piece of card stock) so it's just as well it doesn't need posting.

PS: Thanks, Kim, for featuring this card at Paper Punch Addiction.

Thanks for stopping by,

CAS - Day 2 Continued

Here's another idea from day 2 of CAS Card Making Online Classes. It was all about making one layer cards.

This technique is from Jennifer McGuire and you can see the original inspiration, HERE.

The background polka dots have been white embossed and each image has been coloured in with my new Prisma pencils. This is my first attempt at colouring onto Kraft card stock (Crumb Cake). I think I prefer blending on white. What do you think? Any tips for the novice?

Fabulous Florets (SU)

Bird Cage (Kaiser Stamps), Butterfly from Clearly for You (SU)
PS: Thanks to the ladies at Splitcoast for naming this card as one of their CAS Favourites for the Week.

Lil Molly's Flowers (Annabelle Stamps)
(Not exactly a perfectly flat card as I mucked up the sentiment)

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comments and often repay the visit.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

CAS Card Making Day 2 - Perfectly Flat Cards

I love being in 'Summer School' especially when you're taking a class that is all about your number one hobby.

Day 2
of the Clean and Simple Card Making Class features Perfectly Flat Cards or what are more commonly referred to as One Layer Cards.

The first group of cards were inspired by a video tutorial by Julie Ebersole.

The second pair of cards stemmed from an idea that was floating around in my head this morning when I woke. I really wanted to ink up some stamps that I've had in my stash for a while but never got around to using until now.

I love the fact that I have made a total of 10 complete cards today and another 3 are in the process of being 'coloured'. I think that is a record for me (apart from the days of making SU swaps). I love the simplicity of all the designs that have been featured so far and am already planning what to pick to highlight day 3 and 4 of the class.

Here's a close up of all the cards that I have made so far from Day 2's inspiration -

Stamp Sets: Delicate Doilies (SU), Friends are Treasures (Hero Arts)

Pacific Point

River Rock

Poppy Parade

Stamps: Sheet Music (Artee Stamps), It's a Parade (Hero Arts)

Stamps: Sheet Music (Artee Stamps), Musical Walk (Hero Arts)

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with some more cards inspired by day 2 of CAS Card Making.

PS: Thanks to the ladies at Splitcoast for mentioning my 'a note for you' cards as a CAS Favourite for the week.

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