Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The case of the vanishing post...

I posted a blog entry yesterday and it definitely went up because someone else was able to view it......but it has since vanished into the vastness of the internet, never to be seen again. Oh dear. I'll try posting it again and see if it disappears again. Thankfully I wrote up the entry the night before and saved it (which I don't normally do!) so I won't have to write the entire post out again.

I feel like a child let loose in a toy shop!!! I arrived home from work on Monday to find a parcel had arrived for me, and look at what was inside!

This is the second lot of stuff that I've been saving up to buy and bless my Aunt for having the patience to put up with all the boxes arriving on her doorstep and for posting the items all the way here! In fact, I had written off the non-PTI items as it looked like they had vanished in the postal system. I didn't know they had arrived at her place until I opened the box. So a massive THANK YOU to my Aunt for re-packing everything and posting not one, but two boxes over to Adelaide!! I can't wait to start playing with the PTI stamps, especially Giga Guide Lines, and I have so many ideas whirling in my head already. I just with I could take a day of leave off work just to stamp to my heart's content! :)

I came across some interesting 12 by 12 paper over the weekend, and bought two sheets to make cards with them. They're by a company called Stamp-It, and they have various different prints (eg. roses, tulips) on shimmery paper. The shop only had white tiger lily printed paper, so I bought them and made a really simple set of 9 cards, of which I took a photo of 4.

I like the simple and clean look, but in hindsight I realize that white lilies remind me of funerals (which didn't 'click' at the time). So now they look rather funeral-y to me. I planned on giving this set away with envelopes, but now I'm thinking twice. Opinions, anyone? I'd be glad to hear what you think. I took another photo to try and capture the shimmery-ness of the paper.

I think I'll try and get the paper with tulips on them, nice and colourful. We'll see. Anyway, thanks for looking!! :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sketch challenge #16

I was absolutely gobsmacked when I went to Keesh's site to have a look at the latest challenge, to find she'd picked my card as the winning entry for the inspiration challenge number #15!! I'm stunned, and thrilled to bits at the same time. :) Thanks Keesh!

And on to
Keesh's latest sketch challenge.

I pulled out PTI's Everyday Button BIts set again, using heart shaped buttons as flowers.

I wasn't planning to add the strip of ribbon, but I wanted to hide the 'join' between the circle element and the saffron band. It's very similar to this card, down to the butterflies and the DSP. Thanks, Keesh, for another fabulous challenge!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

All you need is love

I couldn't resist playing with PTI's Everyday Button Bits set again, this time using heart shaped buttons to make flowers. I used an older sketch from Keesh and made it into a card for a friend of mine who is getting married in 2 weeks.

Not your typical wedding card, but I love the little heart-shaped buttons. And here I was thinking I wouldn't be using this sentiment at all. Have I mentioned previously how much I love this set? :)

I made a card for a friend's 25th birthday and he had a cake in the shape of a pirate ship, so I thought it'd be fun to make him a pirate-themed card. I borrowed the SU! stamp set Ahoy Matey (retired) from a friend and it was fun using it, particularly the matching wheel.

I was colouring the little fellow in using my aquapainter and used a black SU! marker to simulate stubble on his face. In my impatience, I didn't think to let the cardstock dry and the ink bled into the paper, making him look like he had fungus growing on his face! It really bothers me (I'm soooooo obsessive compulsive sometimes), but I didn't have the time to make another one. Still, this set is so cute. :)

Anyway, I'm off to open all the windows in an attempt to cool the house down! The heat really saps all the energy out of you. Thanks for looking!


It' absolutely sweltering here in Adelaide, with the temperature hovering between 38-40 degrees (100-104 for those playing in Fahrenheit) for the last 8 or so days. Horrible! I'm really not looking forward to summer. Thankfully, the temperature should drop tomorrow to a lovely 28 degrees, which will be a very welcome change.

Anyway, on to Makeesha's latest challenge!

I paired this inspiration challenge with the Fall to Layout #65, and tied to showcase the cool silver foil pattered paper I picked up on sale a while ago.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Black sheep

Octber was a hectic month for us at work, with several cohorts of animals running at once. How glad I am to have that month over and done with! For those of you who don't know, I work as a research assistant with a lab that uses sheep as the primary animal model to investigate the early origins of adult health. One of my colleagues is hosting a party this weekend to celebrate the completion of a part of her project, and she's gone with a sheep theme. The title of the party is "Thank ewe for the music" and there is to be a cake in the shape of a sheep along with a screening of the movie "Black Sheep" which is about zombie sheep. Sooooo, I decided to go along with the theme and a sheep-themed card for my friend!

And on the inside of the card:

I couldn't resist a little pun on the inside of the card. :) I can't for the life of me remember where I saw the little sheep made from punchies, but if anyone knows, please leave a comment so I can give credit where credit is due. I love the eyes on the sheep, especially when they're placed flat on the table and look cross-eyed.

And it makes me giggle every time. :D Anyway, it's almost dinner time, so I'd best be off. Hope you're all having a great weekend!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cherries jubilee

I was itching to break out the Everyday Button Bits set again, and decided to make another card with Makeesha's latest sketch.

I accidentally glued the cherries to a piece of Old Olive cardstock, instead of Ruby Red as I originally intended. I only realized my mistake when I stuck the entire thing onto the card. D'oh! I'm sorely tempted to yank it apart and re-do it with Ruby Red, but it'll probably ruin the white CS with the cherries on it.

Anyway, the card has a rather Christmas-y feel to it, which reminds me that I haven't yet started on my Christmas cards. Eek! I have to say that before I got into papercrafts in such a big way I wasn't one to post/give Christmas cards or even birthday cards, so now I'm trying to decide whether or not to give out Christmas cards and if I do, who to send them to. Well, best decide quickly as I'm fast running out of time!

I must say thank you to all the wonderful people who have given me comment love. I really appreciate hearing what you think, especially since I didn't really like the little button bird card I made. It makes me appreciate the little dude more. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Chicken licken

Makeesha has provided us with another great challenge, and it's a sketch!

I pulled out my fab Everyday Button Bits set from PTI and used the wee bird stamp, pairing it with Washington Apple DSP.

Am feeling rather 'blah' about this card. The brads in the corner are way too close but I had already pierced the holes, so I couldn't change their position. Still, the little bird is just too cute! And now I'm off to continue reading Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. TTFN!