Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Christmas 2009 collection

For Adrianne and Paula,

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

March Madness

I know I have been a sparodic with my postings this year compared to last year but it sort of happens that way because all my days off work are always in a big lump and I try to dedicate 1/2 to one day of those to stamping. Hence, I do lots of challenges in one day and then nothing is posted for a couple of weeks.
Well, there is going to be another break. In the next two weeks I am off to NZ for four days then to Wagga Wagga in NSW for three nights then back to my parents place in NZ for four more days then up to the North Island for another conference. Two conferences in two countries in two weeks. Thankfully with 10 flights none of them are on Jetstar or Virgin so it will be a bit of a treat.
So, there wont be any stamping for a bit but I will be back real soon
Saturday, February 28, 2009

Trying something new...a video

I am going to give this a go and see what it turns out like. These are the cards I made at a recent stamping morning/afternoon with Paula and Adrianne. Adrianne didn't get to see the last ones I made so I am hoping this works rather than sitting here waiting for cards to download

Ah that was faster, just hope it works


Squares and scollops

I think North America must have a different paper size than our A4 size. Their cards really match their layouts and then when I have a go, it doesn't fit quite the same. Here is an example. Here is the sketch challenge of Mojo Monday and look, it fits so proportionately well.

I realised the other day they I dont have any get well cards so I took the opportunity to convert this sketch into one. Here is what I did...

And for a close up...

The fine print
Cardstock: Creamy caramel, old olive, whisper white, ruby red, afternoon tea designer paper
Inks: real red, old olive and chocolate chip
Stamps: Fun and fast notes
Bling: silver hodgepodge

That all for now

Have a good weekend


Beate's weekend challenge

I should be studying but my stats paper and more precisely logarithm's are doing my head in so I have hit the stamps and done some challenges. Beates weekend challenge is a sketch challenge which I must say are easier for me than colour challenges. Here is the sketch:

It looks innocent enough so I gave it a go

I think it turned out ok. It was a tight squeeze at points but a bit of trimming and we were there. I dont have a lot of word stamps but have been using the 'lexicon of love' stampset alot to make up for it.
So here is the fine print
Cardstock: Cameo coral, creamy caramel, chocolate chip, whisper white, afternoon tea designer paper
Ink: Cameo coral, versa mark and chocolate chip
Stamps: Live your dreams and lexicon of love
Adds and ends: chocolate double stitched ribbon and scollop punch
So onto the next one

Keesha's challenge - lots of layers!

Hey Keesh, it is good to hear that you have had a good time here in Cairns. You have had some good weather while you have been here in Cairns. Its rained, but just at night. Today it is quite windy so you also choose a good day earlier in the week to the reef. I must say well done on not spewing on your way to the are better woman than I. I have fed the fish every time I have been to the reef except one time despite drugs.

I have given your challenge a couple of go's. Here is the sketch out line.

Here is my first attmept and then I realised that that flower really doesn't work on its side that well. Its just not right.

I thought it might work, but it just didn't.
The fine print
Cardstock: Purely pomegranate, Going grey, Old olive, Whisper white, prints designer series paper in purely pomegranate and old olive
Ink: Purely pomegranate, old olive
Stamps: 'live your dreams'
Ribbon: SU purely pomegranate double stitched
Bling: Silver hodgepodge
So I had a second go...

And then after I had stuck it down realised that I had forgotten the ribbon or strip of card on the left hand panel. Oh well, its just going to be one of those days. I do like this one more than the first one.

The fine print
Cardstock: Really rust, Close to cocoa, Old olive and Whisper white
Ink: Eastern Blooms and sentiment from fun filled
Bling: SU large eyelets, pewter hodgepodge

Hope you are having a great weekend


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Amy's Challenge

I was a day late getting a card in for Amy's last challenge but have given this weeks a go. Here is the sketch outline
And here is my creation
The fine print

Cardstock: Chocolate chip, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White, SU afternoon tea designer paper

Ink: Chocolate chip

Stamps: "with love"from Yummy and a little bit of happiness

Bling: Silver hodgepodge and some white ribbon

Now because I had actually done a card for Amy's challenge last week, I am also going to add it on this post. So here is the sketch
And here is the card that I made last night
The fine print
Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate chip, Whisper White and SU Afternoon tea designer paper
Ink: Old Olive and Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, "Dream" from live your dreams
Bling: Chocolate chip ribbon, some pearls and pewter hodgepodge
I had fun doing this one

Gina's challenge

Hi, I'm back again for another challenge. This time its Gina's. The rules are that it must have some designer paper and a sentiment. Here is the sketch

Here is my version. When I was making it, I was thinking 'this card looks very autumny'. Then for the next minute of two I struggled to work out what season it is in the Southern part of the Southern Hemisphere. You lose track in the tropics because we dont have autumn or spring and not really summer and winter. We just have a wet and dry season and after having 1.5 metres of rain so far this year, I think it is safe to say we are still in the wet season. Anyhow, back to the it is

So, to the fine print

Cardstock: Chocolate chip, Whisper white, afternoon tea designer paper

Ink: Chocolate chip, basic black, really rust, yo yo yellow

Stamps: Eastern Blooms and the salutation is from a SU set that I forgot to name (if someone can tell me what it is called I would be greatful).


Mel's challenge

Mel has posted a challenge to create a wedding card using current SU products. I have actually done two cards for this one as I wasn't entirely happy with one of them. So, here are my entries;

What you cant see very clearly in this photo is that the flowers on the cake are blinged with crystal effects

The fine print:

Cardstock: Whisper white and Afternoon Tea designer paper

Ink: chocolate chip and cameo coral

Stamps: Fun and fast notes

Bling: Silver hodgepodge and dazzling diamonds

Again you cant really see the crystal effects on the bases of the cake stands but it is there.

The fine print:

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomgranate and Whisper White

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate, Real Red and Glorious Green

Stamps: Fun and Fast notes

Bling: Crystal effects

Have a great day


Beate is back

Here is another challenge that I completed last night. Beate's challenge was a layout sketch;

And this was my take on the challenge;

The fine print

Card: Old olive, Not quite navy, Whisper white and Bali breeze designer paper

Stamps: Eastern Blooms and Lexicon of love

Inks: Not Quite Navy and versamark

Bling: Pewter hodgepodge and random white ribbon

Have a good weekend


Saturday, February 21, 2009

I'm back

So it has been a while and the main reason is because I have a new computer and I had forgotten the password for my blog. I finally dug around and found the piece of paper hidden in that special spot that took ages to find. The second reason is because I have started studying again and that is taking up some of my spare time.
Saying that, I came home from work this afternoon and decided that I needed some time for my brain to slow down so I hauled out the stamps and decided to do some challenges.

The first one in Kristina Werners colour challenge. I am surprised that her edible arrangement was not a colour challenge in itself! Here are the colours;
We haven't got kiwi kiss yet in Australia so I substituted Old Olive instead. I must say that I have not used anything like this combination before and to be honest, in the earth elements colour family, I use really rust and more mustard the least. So here is the card;
Here is the fine print
Card: Old Olive, More Mustard, Really Rust, Whisper White and Old Olive DSP from the Bali Breeze set
Inks: Old Olive, More Mustard, Really Rust, Whisper White and versamark
Stamps: One of a Kind
Punch: Boho (how great is this punch!)
Bling: Silver hodgepodge and random white ribbon.
I will be back soon with some other challenge cards.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mekeesha's flowery challenge

Well it hasn't been raining so there hasn't been much stamping, in fact I have looked at all my stamping stuff on the dining table and keep thinking that I need to tidy up and put everything away for a week or two and concentrate on some other hobbies. I know I have a cross stitch to do in the next couple of weeks, but I couldn't resist a challenge.

Makeesha's challenge this week is a picture of some fluffy flowers. And as per my usual style I have taken it quite literally and produced this... All I can say is thank goodness for the boho punch. The colours are from my scrap bag so not 100% sure on the colours but my guess for the flowers would be old olive, garden green, real red, tempting turquoise, brilliant blue stuck rather gingerly to very vanilla and old olive card with the base colour being chocolate chip.

The brads inside the flowers are from the bold brights brads collection and some black ones that I had.

The tag is from "a lot of thanks" stamp set on very vanilla set on tempting turquoise and real red.

The ribbon is chocolate chip and refused to be tied in a bow for the first five attempts but I won in the end.

I had some empty space so I decided to add some jumbo eyelets.

Sorry the photos are a bit out of focus, the light disappeared and it was bit difficult to avoid shadows.

So I am off to clean up the dining table. I have some days off coming up and it might all come out again but I just want to reclaim my home from my spreading stamping stuff.

Have a good week

Monday, January 19, 2009

Stamp therapy

I have been looking at this challenge since it came out. Last night I lay in bed trying to put the millions of thoughts that were going around my head out of my head and trying to fill it with ideas for a card that uses colours that I hardly ever use. Although I am a big fan of choc chip, I am not a big fan of the other three colours in the challenge so a challenge it became.

Makeesha's challenged called for a card using the following colours:

All well and good. Even after thinking about this challenge I struggled so this is what I came up with;

The colours are Ruby Red, Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. The stamp set is called "One of a kind." The ribbon is Chocolate Chip satin. The bling comes from stampin up's hodgepodge range (which I am getting addicted to).
It has been a sad couple of days for me with the death of a colleague and fairly amazing that this card didn't turn out depressing.

Thought for today

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
The Quotable Lewis, (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, 1989), 335.

Mel's challenge with some fishy friends

It has been pouring with rain all night and at times quite heavy waking me up but there is nothing like the sound of rain on a tin roof. I found Mels challenge this morning and thought I would drag out a card I did a while ago and see how I go. Mel's picture of inspiration is
The instructions are: "I want you to create a beach themed card or scrapbook page, using any colours, any stamps, anything, as long as it relates to the beach somehow!"
So here is my take:
The stamp set is Fishy friends which have been coloured in with blender pens and the bubbles have been dry embossed using the crop-a-dile.
Hope everyone has a great day
Monday, January 12, 2009

Makeesha's challenge

What else can you do when you are stuck at home due to flooding, watching the storm drain out the back slowly encroaching on your home and watching water drip from the roof? Stamp. So far we have had 350mm in the last 24hrs. At least we haven't lost power (touch wood).

This photo is pre king tide at about 7am this morning. And this what it should look like...
I am still home on flood leave (thank you Queensland Health) and thought I would give Makeesha's challenge a go. Here is the sketch
And here is my take on it. Sort of an Autumn card...maybe the weather inspired me.
This is the second card where I have used these colours for today. I believe one of them is groovy guava which intrigues me because I have never brought that colour so Paula or Adrianne must have given me a couple of sheets. It goes well with the new afternoon tea designer paper from the Summer mini catalogue. I have used the eastern blooms stamp set along with the sweet serendipity salutation.
From a rainy, wet, soaking, drenched

A couple of days at home

Well, I am back in the land of Australia and have been reintroduced to the joys of wet season. Here in the tropics we enjoy two seasons, not four. We have wet and dry. Currently we are in the "wet" and wet we are. I am meant to be at work today but alas 280mm of rain in 10 hours has meant that the roads are flooded and despite living 5km from the hospital, I cant get there. So, I am taking liberty of a flood leave day and staying at home.
Saturday I was hanging around the house trying to sell my old car and got the stamping stuff out to help full in time between visits from prospective buyers and got a few cards done. All day I was being bugged by the croaking of a frog that made it feel like he was in the house with me. I arrived home last night and found him at the front door. This has to be the biggest green tree frog I have ever seen. No wonder he was loud.
I anticipate that there will be a few more cards from my day at home today as well. Though I might go for a walk/wade to the McCafe around the corner and have a hot chocolate and a treat.
So here are the cards from Saturday
So this one is using the Eastern Blooms stamp set. The big red brads came from the craft shop in Atherton and the Jumbo eyelets are from Stampin Up. The colours are Not quite navy, Ruby red and whisper white. The salutation is from a set I forgot to name (I have learnt my lesson).

This card comes from my ebay purchase at Christmas by the name of blooming with happiness. The cardstock is purely pomegranate and whisper white. The hodgepodge is from stampin up and the salutation is from sweet serenidipty. Ribbon and diamond sparkles from overflow.
Another ebay purchase over Christmas. This stamp set is called fun filled and looks like it could have a couple of uses. Card stock is purely pomegrante, very vanilla, chocolate chip and some designer paper. Ribbon is again from my recommended supplier...overflow.
This one uses the eastern bloom stamp set again in creamy caramel, old olive and purely pomeganate. The hodgepodge is from stampin up. I used some old olive designer paper and done some daubering.

I had another play with the eastern blooms set and this is what I came up with. I used my favourite colours of purely pomegrante and chocolate chip (I have heaps of cardstock of both, thats why I use it so much).Hodgepodge is stampin up.

And lucky last
I was trying to do something different with the eastern blooms set and it is meant to look like the bird is sitting on a fence. Not sure if I have perfected this one or not yet.
So that is all for now. Have just discovered that the roof leaks so sitting on the couch beside a bucket.