Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holidays at last

Well they have finally arrived...after waiting eight months I have two weeks off work. So I am off to the land of the long grey cloud AKA Nuu Zulund. This will only happen if I can pull myself out of bed at 4am so I can be at the airport at 4.30am. So far mum has sorted out day one. Dentist at 8am (NZ time) which is 5am QLD time which is a bit cruel but mum has never really grasphed time zones. Then after the dentist I am apparently drenching and innoculating sheep! Oh the memories of my former life and child labour come flooding back.
Monday, December 8, 2008

A few recent creations

As per Adriannes request, here are some of the latest creations that have been created over the last day or so. Thank goodness for air con and days off.
I recieved the Merci stamp set after winning a challenge on another blog (thank you Gina) and have had heaps of fun with it. I used some crystal effects to bring out the colours and to give the card a bit more bling. Now for the ones that just about did my head in. I had seen these cards on splitcoast stampers and thought I would give it a go but honestly the fiddly hand work require to get the bodice onto the dresses was a bit stressful but here they are:

Not for the faint hearted, I tell you. Finally, something I will not do again. There are just too many angles that need to be cut to make it look right. Found the dangly bits at spotlight the other day. It is meant to be a handbag card but I forgot to stick the handle on when I was glueing the inside card to the card so it didn't turn out quite how I wanted but still ok.
So Adrianne, hope this keeps you fed for a while. I have more but for now I need to go to bed so I can cope with the patients tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Strange and a little disturbing...Beat's challenge

OK, so I tried to be a little bit creative in a way that I don't usually go. I looked at the picture for Beat's creative challenge and thought, 'oh look at the knitted toy on the seat. Maybe I could do something with that.' So I off I go with my oval punch and punched the toy. But as he got created he started to look...well, a bit strange and he didnt really turn out the way I wanted to but I thought, 'oh well, it will make people laugh...perhaps.' So, I think it is a bit of a blooper but I still had the courage to put it out there for others. Here is the picture of inspiration

Here is my strange wee fellow
In an attempt to redeem myself I have tried to pick up the blue floor boards and the white from the childs bed.
Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gina's Challenge

I really liked this challenge, thanks Gina. I sat looking at the picture of the cushion for ages searching for inspiration and then I got something. Here is the picture from Gina that is the source of inspiration.

And what did I come up with?

I have tried to pick up on the red trim of the cushion and thought a saying that involved dreams was appropriate for cushion. I used a couple of pearls on the centre flowers. I think it turned out quite well.

The fine print...


Whisper White

Real Red


Flowers from Friendship blooms

Sentiment from Live your dreams


Tempting Turquoise

Real Red

Pixie pink

Spare bits:


Pearls from Overflow

I think I am becoming a challenge addict, but I love the challenge.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Turquoise again!!!!

Makeesa has posed another challenge and just like in Alisa's challenge, I can see Turquoise!!!! Seems to be the colour of the month for these women but I can't say I am a big fan of it. Here is the picture that is the focus of the challenge:
I can see the following colours: Creamy Caramel, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Whispher White and a strange little bobbly lamp stand. I saw Soft sky but have none of that left so had to go without that one. So here is what I came up with: The colours didn't really come out the way I had hoped because the sun is going down but trust me, I used Tempting Turquoise (and I can even spell it now). I used to pearls to replicate the lamp stand in case you are wondering what they are doing on the card.

The fine print


Creamy Caramel

Whispher white

Basic black

Tempting Turquoise


Live your dreams


Chocolate Chip

Tempting Turquoise

Creamy Caramel

Spare bits:

Choc Chip (hard to tie a bow in) ribbon from Overflow

Pearl from Overflow

Rub ons from Spotlight

Hope you enjoy it. Time for a shower before I go out tonight.


Alisa's colour challenge number 8

Because I live in the tropics you would think that a colour challenge that uses an advert titled 'tropical delight' should be easy to do, wouldn't you but no. Alisa's colour challenge was exactly that. And since when did Soft Sky and Tempting Turquoise go together?
For starters I only have a scrap of Groovy Guava left over from the SU feild training night and secondly I used all my tempting turquoise on the card swaps for the SU night and only have scraps left of that colour. What to do....??? So here is my improvisation for lack of card. Thank goodness I had some soft sky left!
I picked up on the flowers and lines in the doonah.
The fine print...
Tempting Turquoise
Soft Sky
Whisper White
Groovy Guava
Sentiment from Sweet serendipity
Small flowers on Tempting Turquoise from Sweet serendipity
Large flowers from Friendship blooms
Dotted line from Live your dreams
Large flowers: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
Dotted lines: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
Sentiment: Chocolate Chip
Other bits:
Red ribbon from overflow

Till next time

Its been a while...

I am not surprised that my last post was the 20th October. I have been a bit buzy and have been spending my days off up on the Atherton tablelands at Adriannes so today is the first day that I have had at home and have not had to go to work (touch wood!). So today, aircon on, DVD on, stamping stuff...everywhere. No church this morning, going tonight so some good quality time with me and my stamps. I have made a few creations today, well three. One for a challenge and two for the markets. Here are the market cards: This card uses a stamp set from the up and coming summer catalogue that we got at the Stampin Up field training night held here in Cairns at the Hilton called Live your dreams.

The card uses designer series paper in old olive and purely pomegrante. It is a different look for me who doesn't have a lot of flowery stamps but I think it has turned out quite well.

The next card uses the garden whimsy set which is on loan from Adrianne and after staring at the set for ages this is what I came up with. I think the background card is Ruby Red then Lovely Lilac and finally the stamps were stamps onto confetti cream. I had to use the stamp-a-majig to get the words going around the flowers and the antlers (is that what they are called) of the butterfly has rinestones at the end.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Keesha's challenge

What a diverse range of colours for this weeks challenge. The colours are Soft sky, Pumpkin pie, Basic grey, Regal rose and Whisper white. I don't have regal rose so I substitued in pixie pink which according to the catalogue is fairly similar. I wanted to stay away from my fish, frog and crab stamps that I am prone to using so have gone with a flower or two instead and a bit of designer paper.

The finer details

Stamps: Flower from SU Friendship blooms, Quote from SU All I have seen

Cardstock: SU Soft Sky, pumpkin pie, pixie pink, whisper white, basic grey and pumpkin pie designer series paper

Misc: Ribbon from overflow, brads from SU Hodgepodge

It is a different style of fold for this card than I am use to which added a bit of difficulty for me and it took me ages to get that bow bowed. How to you tie a bow neatly? There must be a trick that I haven't found.

Anyway, lot of fun and a bit of thinking.


P.S. Keesh, the weather is beautiful in Cairns at the moment, just beautiful.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Another challenge (OCC)

I can't believe that Christmas is coming so soon. I just had my hair cut and booked the next appointment for the 17th Dec - a week before Christmas!! and the day before I go to New Zealand to spend Christmas with my family.

Though not strickly keeping to the sketch challenge at our creative corner, I couldn't leave this one without a sentiment. The bling (ribbon and pearl brads) came from cheap shops here in Cairns and I do like the velvety ribbon along the bottom which is a dark green.
The card stock used includes glorious green, green galore, real red and whisper white. The stamps come from the fishy friends set and the crab and co set and coloured in using blender pens. I think it turned out ok and quite suitable for the summer Christmas here in Australia.

Simple and effective

I just love these stamps and have made quite a few cards with them. I think I like the fact that you can fit three stamps accross the card. The card colour is the 'in colours' of purely pomegranate and river rock and some good old whisper white. The river rock was stamped with versamark using the scribble this stamp. The two outside panel have been stamped with chocolate chip and the middle panel with purely pomegranate using the All I have seen stamp set.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
1821-1881, Swiss Philosopher, Poet, Critic
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Photos of my backyard

Well, not literally my backyard but a gorge on the outskirts of Cairns. This is Crystal Cascades which is a popular swimming spot in Cairns during summer for the locals (tourists swim in it all year!). The water is still a bit chilly for my liking. I have been doing a photography course, not that you can tell from the 'merry' card below but this is a photo I took on Sunday at 7am...crazy!

The rains are here...well hopefully for a few days

For some reason it is raining here in Cairns. Its a bit early. Rainy season usually doesn't start till the beginning of December but it has been raining for three days now. I just got saturated putting out the garbage bins.
Last Thursday a small group of us got together for some card creations and this was the best of the cards for me for the day. A bit of embossing and a few brads and wha-la, a card.
Also did some BBQ invites on Friday to sell at the markets. This one is part of a pack of six. Cant say I really enjoy doing the same card over and over but this was ok once a I got a production line sorted out. Here it tis...

Off to have dinner at homegroup
Saturday, October 4, 2008

Mojo 55

I'm at it again. Another challenge. This was a bit different for me. I have never done a square card before so the layout seemed a little tricky. I have had the bubble background for a while and knew that it had to go with the fishy friends stamp so here is my take on Julee's sketch challenge.
The finer details
Card: SU Briiliant Blue, Soft Sky, Green Galore, Water colour paper
Stamps: SU Fishy Friends, and 'note of love' from a SU set that I forgot to name
Brads from Spotlight


Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
Albert Einstein
Thursday, October 2, 2008

I'm on a roll

It seems that today is the day for challenges. This one is from Gina's blog. It is a design sketch not a colour challenge. I have just acquired the bold brights collection and ceased the moment for some creation with new colours so here goes Cardstock: SU Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, Only Orange
Stamps: SU Unfrogettable
Water colours: SU Brilliant Blue, Only Orange, Pixie pink, Real Red, Green Galore, Glorious Green
Other bits: Black brads, plastic eyes for the frog

I will be back to try Gina's colour challenge.

My first KWerner Design Challenge

Even though these are Autumn ("fall") colours and it is spring (sort of) here, they are still colours that I have had much fun with. The first colour group that I brought was the Earth Elements and I have recently brought a second pack along with a few colours that I seem to run out of super fast such as chocolate chip. So here were the colours in the challenge:

When I first saw this I thought 'if only I had a swirly stamp!' But I don't have a swirly stamp (yet). Then I thought 'maybe I need to use a tag' But I didn't. I have changed Kiwi Kiss to Old Olive to fit the Australian colours so this is what I came up with.

I think the little flower at the bottom helps it because the blank space was driving me nuts. to try another challenge


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bubbles...lots of bubbles

Hi, hope you had a great start to the week.
I was playing around with my fishy friends and my new crop-a-dile and thought 'hey, I could make bubbles for these fish' and I think they look quite groovy. Not too sure about all the layers in the background. I gave it a bit more of a 3D look by putting the little fish on small foam spots to lift her from the card. The torn and scuffed card at the bottom was to look like sand (??). Its amazing what you can do with the crop-a-dile!
Thursday, September 25, 2008

The 'real' life

“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life.
The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending one day by day; what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination.
This at least is what I see at moments of insight: but it’s hard to remember it all the time.”
The Quotable Lewis, (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, 1989), 335.

Another challenge

I have recently discovered how great SU watercolour paper is. Using other card you can end up with little paper mache balls but the watercolour paper is a lot more forgiving. I am still a beginner at this but this is my take on the watercolour challenge posted on the cardinal stampers website. All colours come from the earth elements collection. I don't think I used chocolate chip which is really unusual for me.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Yungaburra collection

In an attempt to do something different from a card for the Yungaburra markets, I came up with the idea for lolly bags. There are several versions throughout the stampin up ideas book but this is my take. The bags are zip lock bags from officeworks. The background card is cut to 10cmx10cm. Cardstock -Stampin' Up Cameo Coral, Garden Green, Real Red. Stamps - Fish from 'fishy friends', Heart from 'like it latte' and Many thanks from a stamp set I forgot to name (I was new to the stamping thing then).

These two cards use Summer Sun as their card background, then a band of whisper white and then band of real red. The dragon fly comes from 'unfrogettable'. Not sure where the flower came from but it is a stampin up stamp.

This last one is my favourite. The frog is from 'unfrogettable', stamped with stazon onto watercolour paper (which I love) and coloured in with garden green using a blender pen. The dotty paper is a piece given to me with a door prize and comes from the 'summer picnic' designer paper in the current spring catalogue. It is amazing how far you can make a scrap piece of paper. The background card is 10cm x10cm garden green. The tag is ruby red and stamped with thank you from a stamp collection that I again did not name (first timer - I have since learned what to do with the sticky name tag).

I found these quite fun to do and I think they look quite groovy.


Monday, September 22, 2008

My first stamping challenge

I have taken up the challenge. Makeesha has posted a challenge based on page 85 from the current ideas book. Here is my attempt.

I have discovered the stampin' up water colour paper and really love it. It is so much better than trying to water colour on card and getting balls of paper mache. I have also used crystal effects on the eyes which make them stand out more.