Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sketch Inspiration

I finally got around to completing a card in time for submission to a great new blog - 2 Sketches 4 You.  You can see the sketch here.  This is what I came up with.

My starting point was the beautiful Basic Grey Sultry paper (from one of the 6x6 pads I bought recently).  I love the BG papers, however I do have a great deal of trouble actually using it!  Once I picked the papers, I found that the big prima flowers I picked up for 40% off at a LSS a few weeks ago matched the papers perfectly.  I thought a bit about what I was going to use as a sentiment and then had a brainwave - my SU Anchored rubons would look great around the flower (I had been stumped as to what I was going to do with those curved ones!)  Then came the buttons.  Now, I don't know how it started but I have almost become obsessed with buttons.  I have NEVER used them before - never, ever wanted to, but now, everytime l look through my SU catty, I stop on the buttons and think how much I need them.  When I placed my last order, I decided to cave and got the clear ones.  Then I wondered if the rubons would fit on the button - and they did.  The one in the center of the flower says 'Friends Forever' and is attached to the flower using some 3mm white ribbon I found whilst looking for thread!  The 3 buttons on the bottom are actually 'faux buttons', punched with the 1/2" and 3/4" RD punches.  I made the button holes with the 3mm punch and threaded some thin strips of cardstock through as thread and then gave them a coat of Crystal Effects. 

Thanks for looking and hope you're all having a great weekend!


Cardsock:  Pink Passion, Whisper White, Basic Grey Sultry (stripes & houndstooth)  Stamps:  Baroque Motifs   Ink:  Whisper White    Accessories:  Anchored Rub Ons, Prima Flower, 1/2" RD Punch, 3/4" RD Punch, Crystal Effects, 3 mm RD Punch, Corner Rounder

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Colour Inspiration #12

Well, it's that time again - time for another of Kristina's colour inspiration challenges.  Here's the inspiration piece.

This is what I came up with.  I've used my new Polka Dots & Petals set that I purchased from Lauren's clean out!.  I also got All I Have Seen (which I have wanted for ages) and Straight Up Edges mini alphabet (this retired here last year but I liked the numbers in it).  They were a real BARGAIN, so THANK YOU Lauren! 

The colours for this week were Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White.  I have stamped the lined floral image using Wasabi, Saffron and Sand and have attached a little bling in the centre of each.  They were punched out using the 1" punch and each of them are mounted on dimensionals.  The whole panel is also mounted on dimensionals.  The letters for the 'Hi' are American Craft thickers - Giggles, they're foam and really cute.  I used the corner rounder (with the guard removed to create the scalloped edge.  It's an EK Success one, but I'm pretty sure that it's the same as the 3/16" SU! one.  I'm not sure I really like it, but it is what it is.  I was going to make another one but since it's 10.15 pm already (and I still have to make the bed, fold the washing that's finished in the dryer and pick up Harry's toys), so I think that will have to wait till tomorrow!

 Thanks for taking the time to visit!

Weekend Catch Up!

Can't believe it's nearly the end of June already.  Where has the time gone??????  Here's a couple of cards I've made over the last few weeks.  We had some good, natural light coming in the window this morning so I thought I'd take advantage of it with these photos - the only thing is - I think I like the ones I take at night using the daylight globe and dare I say it, the flash, better!

This is a baby card I made a few weeks ago for my ''for sale' box.  Colours are So Saffron, Bashful Blue and Night of Navy with a bit of Whisper White thrown in.  Layout was based on one in the May 2007 edition of Cards Magazine.  Giraffe is from Wild About You, sentiment is from Short & Sweet (both by Stampin' Up!) and the polka dots are from Art Warehouse (Memories Interactive Journalling Backgrounds).  Patterned paper is So Saffron Designer Series Prints (no longer available).


The following cards were going to be last week's submissions to Kristina's Colour Inspiration #11.  I didn't submit any of them, you'll see why.

This one actually meets the colour requirements (So Saffron, Whisper White, Rose Red, Old Olive and Going Grey), however the final layout was NOT what I was intending, in fact it ended up looking JUST like a card Kristina had created on a previous post.  I thought it was a bit tacky to submit a card for a colour challenge that was basically a CASE of something she had created, so I started again!.  Stamps used were Polkda Dot background and ABC Alphabet (lower), both by SU! and Art Warehouse (for the lined paper stamped in Going Grey), as above.  I also used the Star Punch (small) and Spiral Punch and Old Olive 5/8 Grosgrain ribbon (all by SU!)


This next one I really like but after spending at least 3 hours on it last Saturday night and it STILL not working using all the required colours, I cracked it and went to bed.  Since I had well and truely missed the deadline for submission by the time I got to sit back down again, I just decided to leave out the colours that weren't working.  I'm also ashamed to say that this card was the first time that I used my Green Thumb set by Papertrey Ink which I got over a year ago.  To get the colour variation, I just kept stamping using Rose Red ink without reinking in between.  It's hard to see but there is also a little 'bling' in the center of each flower and on either side of the Happy Birthday sentiment that was supposed to be embossed with White EP instead of the Clear I inadvertently picked up and (sprinkled on before noticing, doh).  Sentiment is from It's Your Birthday by SU! and the patterned paper is Rose Red from Designer Series Paper pad.


The last one uses one of the many Saffron/White Polka dot bases that I made for the colour challenge.   The onesie image is from Savvy Stamps, the sentiment is from Stampa Rosa and the little heart is from Small Sayings (SU! & retired).  At first, I thought I'd met the colour requirements but then I realised I hadn't used any Going Grey.  Again, way too late for it to matter and at least it was good to dust off some of my pre SU! stamps that haven't seen the light of day for quite while.


Thanks for visiting - hope you're having a great weekend

Monday, June 2, 2008

Thanks for the Inspiration

Sam.  After seeing the beautiful card Sam made for her Crayon Resist technique class, I decided I was going to have a go, after all I've had the glossy cardstock in my stash for a little over a year and a half to try this very technique. 

So Friday night, I grabbed Harry's bit of white crayon and got to work.  This is what I came up with.  The colours I used were from a SCS colour challenge (Soft Sky, Blue Bayou and Certainly Celery)

It started out being based on this sketch challenge by Beate, however I didn't really look all that carefully at the sketch and thought I'd mucked it up, so I flipped it so I could put the sentiment at the bottom (it's stamped in VersaMark and embossed with White embossing powder).  The dots at the side of the sentiment and on each scallop are from the Anchored rub on's.  

This one IS based on Beate's WCS #50.  I originally had 3 brads in the left hand corner to balance it up a bit but didn't like them so I 'fixed' that mistake by piercing around the B/Bayou mat.  It still looked unbalanced so I added the sentiment, again from the Anchored rub on's.  I'm not too sure about the sentiment, I mean, who says that???.  I think it would be better on a scrapbook page, oh well, too late now.


This last one is probably my favourite, I've pierced around the whole of the image panel, which is raised on dimensionals.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is also on dimensionals.


 Stamps:  Spring Solitude, A Little Birthday Cheer  Ink:  Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Versamark  Cardstock:  White Glossy, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky and Blue Bayou Textured cardstock  Accessories:  Paper Piercer, Mat, Piercing Template, Anchored Rub-On's, White Embossing Powder, Corner Rounder (with guard removed to make scalloped border), Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges, Tissue (to wipe off excess ink & crayon), Harry's Crayola crayon!

Kristina Werner Colour Inspiratation #10

Another colour inspiration from Kristina - this week the colours are Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, So Saffron and Not Quite Navy.  For some reason, this colour combination just screamed 'baby boy' colours to me, so that's what I created.  It was a bit of a process, cause I knew what I wanted to use (my new SU star punches) but that was about it.  As a result, I have a heap of left over elements on my table so expect some more cards using this colour combo.


The circle elements are raised on dimensionals, the book plate thingy is by Making Memories (jigsaw frames and flourishes) and is covered with So Saffron DSP.  I used my Basic Grey Precision File Set to sand the edges and it is attached to the Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain ribbon using Old Olive brads.  Card Base is 4-7/8" x 5-3/4".

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Small Saying (retired)  Paper: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Whisper White cardstock, So Saffron Designer Series Paper (retired)  Accessories:  Star Punch, Large Star Punch, 1/3-8 RD punch, Oval Punch, Old Olive brads, Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Bookplate thingy (Making Memories), Glue Stick, Dimensionals, Precision File Set (Basic Grey)  Ink:  Bashful Blue Classic Ink.