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.