Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dynamic Duos #4

Wow!  Can you believe it's Week 4 at Dynamic Duos already?  

We have a Monochromatic Colour Duo for you today (same colours in different hues, light/dark).

DD #4 - Monochromatic
  Eastern Tea Cup

I was cutting out a few Tea Cup Easel Card Kits a couple of weeks ago and decided to cut an extra one in the Dynamic Duo Colours and use a very old, but much loved stamp set, Eastern Influences. I just love the image of the birds and couldn't part with the set when it retired a while back.

Colour Duo #4 -

I've decided to CELEBRATE this week because I have reached a couple of milestones.  This is my 400th post and I have just tipped over 300 followers on my blog!  By way of saying thank you to those that stop by, I'm offering one of my tutorials for free!

All you have to do is leave me a comment here on my blog, which will need to include your contact details and which tutorial you would like to win - 
  • Larger Butterfly Easel Card,
  • Vintage Valentine Chocolate Holders, or
  • Tea Cup Easel Card.
Extra 'credit' given to those who enter the challenge over at Dynamic Duos!


Don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards that the Dynamos have come up with for DD  Challenge #4 -

Happy crafting!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dynamic Duos #3

It's a Black Tie theme for week three at Dynamic Duos.  This week, Daffodil Delight is teamed up with Black to complete the Duo and Dry Embossing is the Dessert Option.

I decided to play around with a different style of easel card and this is what I came up with -

DD #3

This Week's Duo -

Here's a little tutorial I put together.  The pictures should be self explanatory.  All products are from Stampin' Up!

This is the front of the card made from a piece of A5 card stock.

Glue down the side panels and score through the centre of the middle panel to form the easel part of the card.


It sits down flat for easy postage.

My inspiration for this style of easel card came from a magazine.  I must admit that I didn't read most of the instructions, but mainly looked at the picture:)  From memory, I think the featured card is much larger than the one that I made.

For more inspiration, make sure you visit the other DT 's blogs.  Happy crafting!

PS: I was so excited to get this comment at Splitcoaststampers again this week for my DD #3 card.  Thanks, TrishG from Canada.

Congratulations! In the General Stamping forum, you're in the FAVORITES for the week ending May 20, 2012. See post #44.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

 A Card for Mum

A huge big Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there.  I'm looking forward to spending the day with my mum today.

As I promised, I'm sharing the third card that a former student of mine, Jessi Rose, made during a day of crafting at my place.  It was lovingly made for her mum for Mother's Day, so I haven't been able to post it on my blog until today.  I'm sure she will love it ...  and ... yes ... Tracey, ... I did use my Portable Studio to take a picture of the card.  :) LOL x

Jessi Rose chose to use Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip.  What a gorgeous colour combo.

Have a great day.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

JAI 117 - Lacy Lattice

Lacy Lattice - JAI 117
Delys has an interesting colour challenge at Just Add Ink this week, one that warmed up my mojo on this cold dreary Autumn night..

This Week's Colour Combo
Inspired by the beautiful cards from the DT, I decided to join in with this very yellow challenge and created some lattice, using SU's Lace Ribbon Border Punch, to form the main feature of my card.

PS:  Its nice to get a comment like this in the Gallery at Splitcoaststampers -
Congratulations! In the General Stamping forum, you're in the FAVORITES for the week ending May 13, 2012 (see post #36) and then to have a friend tell me that this card was the Featured Upload in the SU Gallery too!  Made my day :)

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy crafting!

Dynamic Duos #2

For the second awesome challenge at Dynamic Duos, I have a very CAS card to share with you.  This week we have a subtle and soft colour choice.  Pool Party is back again but teamed up with So Saffron this time - gorgeous!


These colours inspired me to ink up a new stamp from Technique Tuesday and then add a bit of sunshine courtesy of a free template from Kristina Werner.

However, I printed the template onto the back of the DSP.  That's why my rays of sunshine are going in the other direction which better suits the stamped image.

The colours are so summery and during our Aussie Summer I actually made a card using the same combo -


All I can say is that Lesley has good taste when it comes to choosing the Dynamic Duos.

If you're looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out the Challenge Blog along with all the other Dynamos' personal blogs for some stunning designs -

I'll be back tomorrow with a very special card to share on Mother's Day.  Happy crafting.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Lollipop Ladies, Challenge #44 - Lifesavers

Musk Monster - Challenge #44 - Lifesavers

There's a very sweet challenge on at The Lollipop Ladies this fortnight with only a little over a day before it closes.

The theme is LIFE SAVERS with the additional challenge of Gloss.

For my card I chose to have a circle theme and a Musk coloured little Monster.  The added silver bling is for the 'foil' of the lifesaver packets :)  I didn't actually add any gloss as the gorgeous patterned paper has glossy bits all through it.

Here's What I Used -
Stamps:  Make a Monster, Family Phrases (SU)
Ink:  Memento Black
Card Stock: White
Accessories:  SU Punches:  Word Window, Itty Bitty Shapes (Circle), 1/2" Circle, Small Star, Blue Paisley Patterned Paper (Francheville), Silver Gemstones, Small Joggly Eyes, Prisma Pencils, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (SU)

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy crafting!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Dynamic Duos #1

DD #1
A Card for Kathy

I am super excited to share with you my first card as a DT Dynamo for the brand new challenge site, Dynamic Duos.

It's the first challenge of the month so we've started the ball rolling with a bold and sassy, bright and happy duo. The colour combo is brought to us by Sharla of This Thing Called Life who won the DD Facebook Competition with her colour choice of lime and aqua.


On a more personal note, while I was making this card, I received a text from a good friend telling me she had pneumonia and asking if I'd pray for her, hence the added sentiment.  I'm trusting that Kathy will make a speedy recovery, get plenty of rest ;) and the card will help bring a smile to her face.

My inspiration for this card comes from Kittie Caracciolo of Kittie Kraft. She is so talented when it comes to floral punch art and her gorgeous window scenes have lead me to add quite a few new punches and dies to my collection :)

A Helpful Hint:  To add a few more shades of blue and green, I have sponged some of the leaves, flowers, birds and bird cage with either LL or PP.  For example, the bird cage is cut from PP card stock and then sponged with LL. The brick wall was lightly sponged with white ink using a dauber.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set:  Thoughts and Prayers (SU)
Ink:  Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, StazOn White (SU)
Card Stock:  White, Whisper White (textured), Pool Party (smooth and textured), Lucky Limeade
Accessories:  poppystamps dies - Grand Madison Window, Grand Flower Box, Vintage Bird Cage, Fuchsia Sprig
Martha Stewart Punches - Frond, Branch, Birds on a Wire
SU - Everyday Enchantment DSP, Basic Pearls, Stamping Sponge and Dauber, Modern Label Punch
Other - Sizzix Embossing Folder, Bricked (Tim Holtz), Fiskars Flower Punch, Foam Dots

Be sure to check out the other Dynamos for some added inspiration -

PS:  Thank you to the ladies in the General Stamping Forum at Splitcoast Stampers who named this as one of the Favourites for the Week ending 6th May.

I hope many of you are inspired to play along with our first challenge.  Happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tea Cup Easel Card Tutorial and Kit Give Away

Thank you so much to the twelve lovely ladies that left me a comment about what colour combo they would like to see for my Tea Cup Easel Card.

RANDOM.ORG. has chosen number 11Congratulations to Mae Collins!

You'll have to trust me when I tell you that this was done with integrity and number 11 was the first number that was randomly selected.  I'm just a bit clueless as to how to save a Random.Org. generated widget where the winning number stays put!  It's past my bed time so that problem will have to be solved another day.

This is what Mae had to say ...
Blogger Mae Collins said...
WOW Bron this is gorgeous! Any colour combination you choose would be fine with me! ♥

Mae has won a pdf of the tutorial and a free kit containing the die cuts needed to make the card.  You can check out all the colour combo ideas in the comment section of my original post.

Thanks for playing along.

PS:  Here's a recent email that I received -
Hi Bronwyn,

I made a collection of mothers day cards - based on your tutorial. I put some photos on Pinterest at . I started with the brown cup and made that as your instructions ( decorations tailored to the challenge I was also submitting for) ...but then for the next, the white one, I used a different style of easel (just looked it up then to link back, but realised that was your tutorial too! - the pink scallop circles with birds and butterflies) as I wanted the pieces to sit on top on each other to look better when presented folded up. That was fine ... but in the end went back to the original style when I changed the cup to reflect a cup in my collection. I liked the way that method stood better.  Then I was totally over teacups and made a takeaway coffee one to even things up :-)

Thanks for the tutorial, my mum, nan and mother-in-law loved the cups ... and I even won myself a little competition in card making challenge group, copycatcards, for the Royal Albert cup. Yippee :-)

thanks again,
Lisa. Spencer

Thanks for the feed back, Lisa.  Your cards are gorgeous!

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