Tuesday, March 30, 2010

From the scrap pile

After doing all the challenges I had little bits of card scattered across the table and thought "I wonder if I can make some cards out of this pile' and these cards are the results.

The first one was just a small little card. I just had to try out my new stamp set that fits my punches.
This was some left over designer paper and I used my new stamp set and my new scallop punch. The kraft card stock is new but I had used it in the challenges so it was so new any more
In this one I had to try the new ribbon I got and also the designer label punch I recently got as well (it works!! so much easier than trying to cut it out yourself)
This one was trying out the new taffeta ribbon that I have just brought (it was a big order)
So was this about using the scraps or about trying out my new things? Well a bit of both. It was a challenge to try and get colours working together without having to cut into new card stock.
Hope you have enjoyed my creations

Clean & Simple

I have looked at the 'clean & simple' website a few times and considered doing one of their challenges and last night I finally got around to doing one. It is the first time that I have done a square card and I think that the size of cardstock in Australia (A4 size) may be different from the US as this didn't end up being a big card at all. Here is the layout:

And here is my attempt
I found the flower in my scrap bag and worked from there.It is actually a cute little card. Thanks for the great layout and a different type of challenge.

Another challenge

I am back again after doing some more challenges. This time I killed to birds with one stone by combining the Just add ink challenge with the stampin' sisters in Christ challenge. The Just Add Ink colour challenge consisted of the following colours

While the stampin'sisters in Christ challenge was to 3D an image. I didn't really follow the instructions (which I read properly for the first time as I type this) as they were after a paper tole like effect.
Problem one: I dont have blush blossom.
Problem two: I didn't read the instructions correctly
And as a result this is the card

I really enjoyed the challenge and the card looks better in real life but the cloudy, rainy weather is making it difficult to get a good shot of any of the cards I have made recently.

And the reward for days of study is....

4 hours of stamping. Yep, it was actually on the list of about 20 things that I HAD to do on my 'days off'. I am not ususally a list person but when I know I have lots to do in a limited time it is the only way that I can keep motivated. So, Monday night was stamping night and I set about doing some challenges. My brain wasn't quite as creative as I was hoping and that may have had something to do with the research book I was reading before I started stamping!!!! The first one I tackled was Keesh's challenge. Keesh suggested a pastel, easter inspired card but as I dont really do pastels and dont have a stamp set that is easter-ish so I went in my own direction.
It looked innocent enough but I couldn't really figure it out so was feeling a bit so so about this one. I tried a baby card to start with.

And then return to good old faithful chocolate chip and my 'like it latte' set and felt a bit better about this one.
The photos didn't turn out that well. The sun hasn't shined for days, maybe weeks and it has been very cloudy making it a bit difficult to get the natural colours of the cards happening in the photos. Think the clouds will be here for a while yet while cyclone Paul floats about in the Gulf of Carpenteria. Now off to the other challenges
Saturday, March 6, 2010

Inkspiratons Sketch #19 Second attempt

Despite the pact that I had with myself that I would be in bed by 9.30pm each night (A fairly acceptably bedtime in Cairns) this week...I have failed. I started stamping at 7.30 and thought I will just whip up these cards and be in bed by 9.30pm but didn't get cleaned up and all my stuff packed away until 11pm! The reason...I decided to have another go at this challenge from Makeesha
Its similar to the sketch but a bit different. I used really rust, garden green and whisper white and the One of a kind stamp set. Of course I had to have some bling. It looks better in real life.
Anyway, I will see how I go as far as doing other challenges.


Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #19 first attempt

I was hanging out all yesterday for this challenge hoping that it wasn't a colour challenge containing colours I dont have but alas a sketch challenge (yipee).
I decided that I needed a break from the books and while NCIS was quite gripping last night I managed to get three cards done. Two for this challenge and one for the Just add ink challenge. I used Old Olive, Baja Breeze and Whisper Whiteand the Eastern Blooms stamp set for this card. I think it turned out quite well except for the dodgey photograph I took of it.


Just add Ink challenge #7

So it has been a while since I have done a challenge but I was determined this week that I would have a go if I had done enough study when it came to Friday night. I haven't done enough study but there is always tomorrow (today) for that. The challenge consisted of using four colours of which three belong to the same family (green galore, tempting turquise and pink passion) and the fourth I only have as designer paper (so saffron). I cant say that these are colours that I use alot and are a bit bright for me but alas I gave it a go so out came my fishy friends stamp set and my chunky glitter and wallah....a card is born