Thursday, February 19, 2009

Snuffalumps & Wuzzles

The talented Makeesha set another challenge for everyone, an inspiration challenge! And I had to try this one, as blue is my favourite colour.

For this card, I used Whisper White Cardstock, Whisper White ink, Brilliant Blue ink, Versamark and non-SU! coloured paper. The stamps sets are Sanded, Polka Dot Punches and So Many Sayings.

My friend Julia surprised me over the weekend with a cute little card, and I had to post a photo on my blog. I love the way you can make a fantastic card using just one colour and white. Thanks Julia!

I was given the chance to use the Sincere Salutations set (thanks Beck!). I posted these two cards in a previous entry, but I think the sentiment goes really well with the Baroque Motifs set and I had to show you all. :)

Apologies for the poor photography, but these were taken at 8.30pm under the glare of a fluro globe.


Monday, February 9, 2009

My first challenge entry!

I looooooove weekends. It's the time I can sit down and create stuff. I decided to try my hand at Makeesha's latest colour challenge, but I found myself struggling a bit.

I only had Sage Shadow cardstock, a Regal Rose inkpad and a Rose Red marker. And this is the result.

I brayered Whisper White CS with Regal Rose ink, and you can see the little line where my brayer "ran out of ink". I versamark-ed the branches on Sage Shadow CS and coloured the flower and sentiment stamps with my Rose Red marker. I wasn't sure about the colour combo, but I don't think it turned out so badly after all. Thank goodness for the Barely Banana CS, as I was struggling with a colour to use.

With a birthday coming up, I had to get my butt into gear and make a card. However, it's for a guy *cue dramatic music*. Yep, this one was a challenge. My first difficulty was deciding which stamp set to use, as I seem to have a lot of flowers! Thank goodness for Baroque Motifs. Couldn't decide between River Rock and Sahara Sand, so I tried my hand at both. I used versamark first, and then stamped with white to get the "shadow" thing going. I used a ruler to try and align the stamp, which turned out amazingly well for the Sahara Sand card. It looks like I planned to do it almost on top of each other. I originally wanted to place olive ribbon vertically on the right hand side and stick the square element on it, but it didn't work, so I added the Whisper White and stuck it straight onto the card. They both seem a bit boring to me. I'll have to borrow the Sincere Salutations set and use the "Birthay Wishes" stamp on the bottom left in. Hopefully Giuseppe (my honours supervisor 2 years ago) will like this. I haven't decided which one to give him, though. Maybe the Sahara Sand card....

Sahara Sand

River Rock

Better get to work! TTFN.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


I was in the middle of typing a post when I lost the entire thing. GAH! *grumpy* Let's see if I can remember what I wrote......
These two cards were made with Purely Pomegranate CS and the branch stamped image was layered with Cameo Coral (left) and Groovy Guava (right). I used the Coral CS first and wasn't happy with the result, so I tried Guava instead. Still not happy! I think I'll try Regal Rose next, when I eventually get some. The branch image was stamped on Whisper White and coloured with a pomegranate ink pad and an aqua brush. I stamped the sentiment using the So Many Sayings hostess set in white and pomegranate, and amazingly, I managed to stamp it straight (which you can barely see) for the second card! I really must invest in a stamp-a-ma-jig.

I made the next card on a whim, using bright colours. I think I'll have to try again and add a layer of CS under all 4 flowers because it lacks something, to me. The CS isn't from Stampin' Up! and the colours used for the flowers are Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun and Wild Wasabi. The sentiment is also from So Many Sayings (love this set) and stamped in black.

I was thrilled to bits upon receiving a card in the mail on Monday. Snail mail is underrated, I tell you! The fabulous Makeesha sent me this card made with three colours that I love (Certainly Celery, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky) and using the Ocean Commotion stamp set, which I've been eyeing for a while. It's soooooooo pretty! Thanks, Makeesha!

As an aside, can I say how awesome Quelches are? For those who haven't come across this, Quelch is made by a fruit juice company (Berri) and consists of sachets of fruit juice (and other stuff, I'm sure) that you place in the freezer and eat as ice blocks. They're heaven in this disgusting 39-45 degree weather (102-114 for anyone playing in fahrenheit) we've been having. A colleague brought a whole bag in to share. Sheer genius!

I had another 2 cards to add on, but they can wait for another day. TTFN!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

First post!

Hello world! I've decided to start my own blog to participate in challenges and upload photos of my handmade papercraft projects. My best friend had a Stampin' Up! party in November, and I’ve been hooked ever since!! I've always loved papercraft, but after seeing Stampin' Up!'s range of products, I was completely blown away. Now I have a wishlist as long as my arm and am constantly lamenting the fact that there is so much that I simply must have. Ah well, slowly slowly. :)

Anyway, without further ado, this is the first card I made earlier this year. I didn’t have a lot of stuff at my disposal, so I kept it simple. You can't really see it, but the pink paper is shimmery, while the Japanese chiyogami paper has gold highlights. The pink and white flowers were made using two sizes of the same punch, and then layering the smaller punchout (white) onto the larger one (shimmery pink). The darker pink flowers were inked on using a sponge dauber and the paper I punched the small flower from (reverse masking). It's very pink, which is funny, as I'm not really a pink person. Still, it's what I had on hand at the time.

This other card was inspired (or should I say, inkspired?) by the wonderful Makeesha Byl. Visit her website and gaze in awe upon her creative genius! I was looking at one of her creations when this popped into my head. It didn’t turn out how I thought it would, but am quite happy with it overall.

I haven’t taken photos of the other cards I’ve made, but I’ll do that soon-ish and put them up. TTFN!