Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tea Cup Easel Card and a Little Give Away

Tea Cup Easel Card

Hi there!  Just a quick post to let you know that I have almost finished a tutorial for my Tea Cup Easel Card just in time for Mother's Day!  I made a few slight modifications to the original design and used a different colour combo.

Update - April 30th, 2012
The tutorial is now available to purchase as a pdf file for $4 (AUD) and Australian residents will have the option of buying a kit (die cuts only - no stamped images) and the tutorial for $10 (includes postage).

I have used the beautiful Elements of Style stamp and colour combo from SU, consisting of Pool Party, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake, along with a variety of dies from three other companies (See project recipe from original post).

Just to make things a little more interesting, I've decided to have ...

A Little Give Away - 
I'd love to know what colour combos you would suggest for the doily, tea cup, rim and bird. Please leave a comment with this post to go into the draw to win a free kit with your colour choice, along with the tutorial (International readers are welcome to enter).

Make sure you check back here on the 1st May to see if you have won!

(Please note, this tutorial will no longer be available for purchase from November 2012 as I will be replacing it with a new one using only Stampin' Up! supplies)

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Dynamic Duos

Hi there!  I have some exciting news to share with you.  I have been invited to be part of a Design Team over at the Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog.


While you're waiting in anticipation for the fun to begin, please go and check out all the amazing talent that make up this fantastic DT -

Our first challenge will kick off on Saturday, May 5th and I can't wait!  The first Dynamic Duo Combo was decided via our Facebook page so please visit and 'LIKE' so you can be part of the fun too.

The challenge will be divided into weekly 'themes'...
Week 1-Bold and Sassy-bright, happy colours
Week 2-Subtly Yours-softer colours
Week 3-Black Tie-one colour plus black, dress it up with a dessert option
Week 4-Monochromatic
Week 5-Mix and Match-we choose one colour and the participant adds their own colour choice to ours to create the "Dynamic Duo"

Fun times ahead!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Doily Butterfly

Love is Like a Butterfly ...
... a Doily Butterfly

Our Creative Corner has a challenge this week to make a project inspired by the following photo and then share why you love butterflies.

 I love butterflies because they symbolise new life and new beginnings.

I am also submitting this as a second entry for the April Challenge at Bizzy Becs which is to add texture to your paper craft project.  The butterfly was die cut from a long rectangular crocheted doily that I picked up at a market for $2.  It has been adhered to the backing card stock with Big Shot Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets (Sizzix).  The ruffled ribbon has been woven through the punched edging.

PS:  Thanks, Kim, for including this in your Punch Inspiration for 22/4.


Now, I wish I had come up with this awesome idea to punch both sides of the card front to form three separate panels.  As soon as I saw this idea through Pinterest, I knew it was going to get a high priority rating on my 'To Do List'.  Here's the link to the original card by Mickey Roberts that caused my little creative heart to skip a beat.

12/5/2012 - Here's a link to a great little tutorial that explains the process.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set:  Butterfly Prints
Ink:  Soft Suede
Card Stock:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Basic Pearls, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Antique Brad, Crochet Doily, Labels Collection Framelits Die, Dimensionals, Spice Cake DSP (SU)

Thanks for stopping by,

Cloudy Sky

I just love owl stamps and this little guy from SU's Fox and Friends is still a firm favourite of mine.  I teamed him up with a couple of new 'toys' that I have been itching to play with - a Cloudy Sky embossing folder and a new Garden Gate die.

Here's a little more detail about what I used -
Stamps:  Fox and Friends (SU), Owl Together Now (retired SU)
Ink:  Early Espresso (SU)
Card Stock: White pre-cut cards, Color Core Cardstock (Regal Crafts, Launceston), Whisper White, Soft Suede (SU)
Accessories:  Cloudy Sky embossing folder (Darice), Woodgrain embossing folder (Tim Holtz, Alterations - Bricked and Woodgrain Set), Word Bubble Punch (Carl), A Lea'bilities die - Garden Gate (Leane Creatief), Stamping Sponge, Dimensionals, Old Olive DSP (SU), Sanding Tool (Core'dinations)

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Candle Card for Claudia

Here's a card that I made a while back for my niece's birthday.  I have been inspired by lots of candle cards and thought this owl candle would be rather cute to add to a glittery cupcake.

Happy crafting,

Monday, April 16, 2012

Butterflies for Mother's Day

These are commissioned cards that a friend of mine asked me to make her for Mother's Day.  She loved the doily cards I made about a month ago and wanted a similar design.

It just so happens that Tui's Sketch was perfect for the task so I decided to include another entry for the week.

 Mother's Day Butterfly in Marina Mist with Beau Chateau DSP.

 Mother's Day Butterfly in Melon Mambo with Flirtatious Speciality DSP.

Butterfly Die is from Marianne Design Creatables and DSP, from SU.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Get Away

 The Get Away

I've had the chance to 'get away' into my craft room today (instead of cleaning out the garage) and made this card for the following three challenges -


 (I added a beautiful rose ribbon)


Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets:  The Get Away (Gorjuss), Happiest Birthday Wishes (SU)
Ink:  Memento Black, Early Espresso (SU)
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake (SU). X-Press It Blending Card Stock
Accessories: Everyday Enchantment DSP (SU), Rose Ribbon, Paper Doily, Dimensionals, Prisma Pencils

Thanks for stopping by,

Life is Good for Mojo Monday

Mojo Monday 236

I inked up my new 'favourite' stamp set, Life is Good, for the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge.  I love their sketches but rarely get the chance to join in.  Thank goodness for an extended Easter Break.

Project Recipe:
Stamps:  Life is Good (Technique Tuesday)
Ink:  Soft Suede (SU)
Card Stock: Kraft (other), Soft Suede, Very Vanilla (SU)
Accessories:  Sundress Admire Winding Vine Paper and Sundress Heirloom Pretty Vintage Print Paper (Maya Road), Chocolate Rose Ribbon, Doily Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Scallop Circle Nestabilities, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Sponge Dauber (SU)

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  Happy crafting.

Another Butterfly Easel Card

This little Butterfly Easel Card is made from the Cuttlebug Butterfly Die.

It is cut from Core'dinations Color Card Stock, embossed with a folder from the CB set and then sanded with the Sand It Tool.  To embellish, I adhered a Kaiser Craft Blossoms Resin Flower to the centre of the butterfly.

PS:  Thanks, Grace, for letting me borrow back this die.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Crafting with Jessi-Rose

I had such a lovely afternoon crafting with an ex-student of mine, Jessi-Rose.  I taught her in grade 5 and 6 and she's now at Uni!  I guess age is no barrier when it comes to a shared love of card making.

Here are two of the cards she made today but I can't share the third as that's a special one for Mother's Day. 

I bought this stamped image only yesterday.  It is from the company, Technique Tuesday ( © 2011).  The sentiment is a retired SU one. Colours used - Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla and Soft Suede.

Of course Jessi-Rose couldn't spend an afternoon with me without trying out my butterfly easel card.  It looks striking in black and white.  She is one talented young lady!

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy crafting.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Mum's Tea Cup Easel Card

High Tea for Mother's Day

 JAI 112 - Colour Challenge

There is an absolutely scrumptious colour challenge at JUST ADD INK and the combo was perfect for this little tea cup easel card that I designed.

I've had this idea in my head for weeks and thought a card for my mum for Mother's Day would suit the design rather well (She's mostly a coffee drinker but does love her fine china). 

I'm my own worst critic but I must admit that I'm really pleased with how this turned out.  However, I still  need to tweak it a bit before I write a tutorial so stay 'tuned'.

 The Gorgeous Colour Combo

 A Bird's Eye View

Project Recipe:

Stamp Sets:  Elements of Style, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Tiny Tags
Card Stock and Ink: same as challenge colours
Accessories:  English Tea Party Lace Doily Die (Cheery Lynn Designs), Tea Cup and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Bird Die from a Marianne Design Creatables Set, Word Window Punch, Sponge Dauber, Blender Pen, Vintage Tag and Dimensionals (SU)

Happy crafting!

Playing Favourites with Silhouettes

 Musical Walk

Firstly, I really wanted to join in with the very first challenge at A Blog Named Hero, which is to use your favourite Hero Arts Stamp.  I am blessed to have quite a few Hero Arts stamps in my stash, so it was a bit hard to choose just one favourite.  Musical Walk would have to rate high on my list so that's the one that I went with.

After heat embossing with white, I masked off a circle and used Distress Inks for the emboss resist technique and then added some embellishments.

Secondly, a great site called Sentimental Sundays has a challenge this week to use Silhouettes, so I've decided to join in on the fun over there as well.  

PS:  Thanks Sentimental Sundays for choosing this card in the Top 3. 

The sentiment that I chose is an old SU one which suits the image perfectly.

I hope you're enjoying the Easter break.  
Thanks for taking a peek.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Classic Scallop Heart Easel Card

My mum asked me to make her a card for a 60th Wedding Anniversary that she is going to attend.  I bought these Scallop Heart Nesties about 14 months ago and had never used them so I thought this was a good time to bust open the packet.

 Love Birds ...

... Scallop Heart Easel

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set:  Creative Elements (SU)
Ink:  So Saffron, Pool Party, Soft Suede (SU)
Card Stock:  So Saffron, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla (SU)
Accessories:  Classic Scallop Heart Nestabilities (Spellbinders),  Spice Cake DSP, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Two-Step Bird Punch, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers (all SU), Rolled Rose Die (Marianne Design Creatables), Frond Punch (Martha Stewart)

Another easel card to add to the collection :)

PS:  Thank you, Kim, for including this card in your Punch Inspiration for the 9th April 2012 post.  It is always appreciated.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Best of Everything - Washer Spinner Card

 Best of Everything Spinner Card...

 ... Worskshop Make 'n' Take

I held a Stampin' Up! Worskhop the other night and my lovely friend, Candice, was the Demonstrator.  She and her friend, Nikki, came up with this awesome design for the Make 'n' Take.  Thanks girls, I love it!

Most guests used her gorgeous 'Everybunny' stamp set but I was helping Candice with her very first 'real' workshop that I didn't get a chance to craft on Wednesday night.  However, I do have a few free goodies from the new Autumn/Winter Mini on the way.  I'm glad I recruited her before I finished with SU!

Anyhow, I set aside some time today to make one of my own.  I used the gorgeous Berry Blossoms DSP for the first time and the cute 'Best of Everything' stamp set with the ink and card stock to match the DSP.

PS:  I thought I had turned word verification off but apparently the new 'blogger format' had switched it back on so I apologise to all those who left comments recently.  It's back to normal again.  Make sure you check your settings too. :)

Thanks for stopping by,

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