Monday, April 27, 2009

Hooray for the rain!!

I dunno about the rest of Australia, but it's been bucketing down here in Adelaide, which is fabulous!! Hopefully we'll get steady rain regularly from now on. Fingers crossed!
I was invited to a friend's place over the weekend for a stamping get-together, and it was great fun! I had a chance to play with the Wild About You stamp set, and it's been bumped higher up on my wish list! It's such an adorable set.

I made another card, but haven't taken a photo of it yet. Will get onto to that soon and put it up. TTFN!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mojo Monday #83

It's time for another fabulous Mojo Monday sketch challenge!

I used Kraft for the base card and added a layer of Old Olive DSP (retired) and a scalloped layer of Pumpkin Pie DSP (retired). I think perhaps I shouldn't have used Pumpkin DSP, as it looks really busy to me. Anyway, I glued a piece of vellum onto the card and added a saying from the Reason to Smile stamp set (also retired!) that was inked with Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie markers and layered onto More Mustard CS. The card was finished off with two Flower Fusion flowers and a rhinestone brad. Thanks to the lovely Mojo Monday ladies for giving us a challenge every week!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Crab and Company

My mojo deserted me over the weekend, and I couldn't really make anything I was happy with. I did manage to use the Crab & Company stamp set that just arrived, though.

I wanted to make a fun card and used some of the new in colours (Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss). My watercolouring needs lots of work! The crab looks like it has some sort of skin disease. Poor crabby. :)


Mojo Monday 82.

Just a really simple card for the latest Mojo Monday sketch.

I used Always Artichoke CS for the base and layered a piece of Brocade Background DSP onto Choc Chip CS. The lighting makes the Choc Chip look purple! I used Basic Grey ink to stamp both the image and the sentiment, but I think it'd look better without the sentiment. I had to use my new word window punch, though. :) Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

A new blog

Yokoso! After much thinking, I've decided to move from Xanga to Blogger and the fabulous Kirstie Morrison has designed a new header and background for me! Doesn't it look great? Thanks heaps, Kristie! Head over and visit her blog, her stuff is awesome!

So, welcome to my new blog, and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Spring solitude bundle + happy mail!

Hi all! My bestie loaned me her Spring Solitude bundle which was a hostess set (with matching wheel) from the previous catalogue, and I've been having a ball with it. It took a while for my mojo to appear though, but it deserted me after I made the second one. I really love the wheel that comes with the set, but can't think of what else to do with it. Ah well, I still have two weekends to play with it. :)

All the cards use a mixture of Old Olive, So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie CS. I'm really liking that colour combo! I also used Choc Chip CS, a More Mustard inkpad, an Old Olive marker and a Choc Chip marker. I was trying to cut out some of the flowers (stamped on Pumpkin Pie CS) to stick on the Saffron strip of the thank you card, but it was just too fiddly. I also found it difficult to cut out because the flowers were overlapping and I gave up in disgust. Maybe I'll try again later.

I have to share some mail that arrived in my mailbox recently. The first card is by
Dani Fender and I loooooooove the colours she used (my fave colour!) with the crayon resist technique. I can't wait to try the technique out myself. :)

This card was made by Makeesha Byl and I'm in awe of her watercolouring skills. I've been trying to brush up on my technique, but her watercolouring is wicked!

I came home from work one day to find a catalogue packed in this adorable envelope from Kim Gavarra! Isn't the little birdie cute?

That stamp set is on my wishlist, but it's been bumped waaaaaay down cos there is just too much to like in the new catalogue! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Mojo monday #81!

Hi all! I decided to try my first Mojo Monday challenge, and this was the sketch we had to use.

I decided to use the Spring Break DSP and follow the colour scheme of the paper. Am loving my corner rounder punch! I stamped the seahorse, fish and shell onto Whisper White CS and cut them out, sticking them onto the card using dimensionals. With the seahorse, I tried to wrap its tail around the cardstock to mimc how they hang on to seaweed IRL. Am a bit unsure of this card, perhaps I could've chosen different colours/paper. Anyway, thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Challenges galore!

Hi all! I decided to take part on Amy Rysavy's sketch challenge #64 which looks like this

I've been itching to silver emboss the stamps from The Snowflake Spot ever since I first saw them, and Amy's sketch was perfect to try it. I'll probably be disqualified though, as I didn't use any ribbon along the bottom, but I couldn't bear to cover up my snowflakes! I used Night of Navy and Bashful Blue cardstock, along with non-SU! silver paper, silver brads and silver EP. I also used Versamark and Itty Bitty Backgrounds. I love love LOVE the look of silver EP on Night of Navy cardstock! It looks sooooo good in real life, if I do say so myself. Guess what my Xmas cards will be looking like this year. It's rather ironic (the snowflakes), considering it's summer and usually blazing hot over here during Xmas!
And next up is
Keesh's latest inspiration challenge!

I thought it was coffee in them mugs at first! But apparently it's soup.

I always think of leaves when I think of autumn, and when I caught sight of the leaves stamp from Itty Bitty Borders, I couldn't wait to try and watercolour it. I stamped the leaves several times on Very Vanilla cardstock to create a wavy border, and watercoloured them using Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red and Chocolate Chip. I had a "Now what???" moment after I finished the border, as all I thought about was the watercolouring! Luckily for me Stem Silhouettes came to the rescue and I inked one of the stamps using More Mustard and Choc Chip. I finished off the card with a strip of Pumpkin Pie DSP, More Mustard cardstock and Old Olive card. I'm happy with how it turned out, considering I hadn't even a rough idea of the finished product when I started.

I was invited to Julia's catalogue launch party over the weekend, and was given free rein to use whatever she had to make a card. I tried out her Good Friend set and stamped the adorable bird using Pacific Point, Choc Chip and Summer Sun. It's a shame my bird ended up slightly blotchy, though. I cut the bird out and stuck it onto Kiwi Kiss cardstock using dimensionals, and added strips of Rose Red, Summer Sun, Pacific Point and Pumkin Pie cardstock. The "Tweet Tweet!" was stamped using Rough Edges Alphabets on Pumpkin Pie cardstock and I used dimensionals to pop them up on the card. Kiwi Kiss is really starting to grow on me, as well as Pacific Point!

I wanted to make a card for a friend's birthday and when asked what her fave colours were, she answered blue and yellow. So Ballet Blue and So Saffron it is! The Ballet Blue looks a lot brighter in the photo due to the crappy lighting. This card came together before I could say 'yea' or 'nay' to anything! I had to try embossing the Reason to Smile set (can you tell I love embossing?) to see how detailed it would be, and it turned out great! I tried it with both clear and white powder, and both looked really good. The white EP would've stood out better on the Ballet Blue cardstock, though. I was too focussed on So Saffron that it didn't cross my mind to swap the colours over. Still, I think it didn't turn out too badly and I hope she liked the card!

Well, it's been a really productive card making week for me! Hopefully inspiration will continue to flow!! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

It's a new Stampin' Up! year!!!

Happy new catalogue day! Yes, it's time for yet another fabulous catalogue from Stampin' Up! and what a gorgeous catalogue it is. You can view the latest catalogue on the SU! website.

No photos of cards today, but I'll probably put some up on Friday. TTFN!