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.