Sunday, October 25, 2009


As mentioned in the previous post, I have some new craft toys to play with! I have to thank my wonderfully patient Aunt who aided my obsession by consolidating various parcels and posting them all the way to Adelaide. Thank you, thank you, thank you Auntie Halcyon!!

I arrived home from work on Friday to find a small card from the post office saying there was a parcel for me to collect. The post office closes at 5pm and upon glancing at my watch, I was dismayed to find that it was already 4.55!! ACK! I dropped everything (literally), sprinted out of the house and only just made it before they closed the door. The lady at the counter must have thought I was rather odd, as I couldn't wipe a huge goofy grin off my face. My preciousness had arrived! It was all I could do to not jump around and squeal like a little girl while standing in the post office. That had to wait until I got home and thankfully, there was no one to see my display of apparent lunacy.
I couldn't resist taking a photo of my stash.

It's all sooooooo purdy! I've been saving for a while to buy the craft spots from all 4 colour families from Stampin' Up! and I can't stop opening the boxes and gazing dreamily at their loveliness. No more shall I have to ink a stamp with Versamark and then with classic ink in order to emboss with a SU colour! Nay, I can now stamp with the correct ink and clear emboss to achieve that lovely, raised, shiny effect. Be still, my heart!

*cough* I do apologize. I'm still very excited and overjoyed.

I love love LOVE PTI stamps!!!! Especially the Everyday Button Bits set, because it's just so adorable. Lookee at this card I made:

Not the most spectacular of cards, but I just love it. The addition of buttons to the cute little hot air balloon baskets warms the cockles of my heart and makes me smile. Truly, the person who came up with the idea of pairing up buttons with stamps is a genius. Genius, I say! I've also caved in and bought more PTI stuff, but that's still over in the States. Dangerous company, PTI is.

Aside from some SU and PTI items, I also purchased more 12 by 12 papers from SEI's Mimosa collection. No, that obsession hasn't faded, either. In fact, I not only bought more of the papers, but also several (meaning about 7!) ink blocks to match with the colours on the papers! Now all I have to do is find space to put all this new stuff. Good thing I went on a small de-cluttering spree and threw out lots of old papers/receipts etc. I also found an old piece of Whisper White on which I had stamped the leaf image from Fresh Cuts to form a wreath. I saw it when I was blog-hopping but can't for the life of me remember where!

I used some of my brand new red Smooch to colour in the berries, and it has such a nice, pearly shine to it. I decided not to waste the cardstock and made it into a card. Not too shabby for a piece of card that was about to be thrown out.

And now I'm off to get ready for bed. I've been waking up at 6am (for no good reason) and it's making me really sleepy. I'm off to have one last peek at my goodies (for the hundredth time) before I sleep. TTFN!

Button mojo

A parcel of items I ordered from the States arrived on Friday, and I couldn't resist inking the stamps up immediately using the latest Mojo Monday sketch for inspiration!

I just LOVE PTI stamps!! This is the first time I've bought any, and they're awesome! I didn't do very much planning when I made this card, and in hindsight I should've used Old Olive card for the base and moved the ribbon lower down on the card. Still, it was great fun to play with the Everyday Button Bits stamp set and all the images are so irresistibly cute!!

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Saturday, October 17, 2009


I missed out on doing Makeesha's sketch challenge last week, so I just had to do this week's which happens to be a colour challenge. I combined it with the latest Mojo Monday sketch and made a birthday card for a friend.

This card is a bit 'blah', to me. The colours of the stamped panel don't stand out or have any pizzazz. I used my clear at you Spica glitter pen to go over the sentiment, giving it a nice sparkle, but I did this after I took the photo and I'm much too lazy to take and edit another. :) I had to use Confetti White cardstock for the base as Whisper White is just too thin and flimsy. I think I might try this challenge again tomorrow, depending on whether or not I can find the time.

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Glitter is like......

First off, apologies for not blogging sooner. I had a card made up last week, edited and ready to post, but the past 5 days at work were really hectic. We had a visiting researcher from the States showing us how to do a new procedure, which was absolutely fascinating! However, it made surgeries go for a lot longer and most days we didn't even make it to the office at all. Anyhoo......enough waffle!

This card was inspired by a challenge Makeesha had a few weeks back and it was stuck in my head for two weeks before I could attempt it. It didn't turn out how I envisioned it and I'm rather unhappy at how it turned out, but oh well. This is what the inspiration photo looked like:

I've been wanting to play with crushed velvet flock for a while, and the way the red design "popped" made me actually try it.

Crushed velvet flock (or at least, the brand I used) is a real pain! I was told by a friend that glitter is like the herpes of the craft world, because it sticks to everything. Well, I found this flocking powder even worse than glitter because it went everywhere! It didn't stick to the CS as well as I hoped, but I think it might ust be the way I used the Heat & Stick powder that resulted in a patchy look on the left of the design. Having said that, it left that slightly velvety feel so I guess my experiment didn't turn out to badly. :)