Friday, November 11, 2011

A Very Simple Card

As the title suggests the card I am about to display was very simple and came together quite quickly.  So without anything else much to say here it is:-

Now I was inspired to make this card by another that I had come across while blog surfing but for the life of me can not find it now!!! There was no watermark on the original card so if anyone knows the artwork from a particular stamper please pass on my acknowledgement.

Now as you can tell the base of the card was plain Whisper White and I had stamped the leaves from a Papertrey Ink stamp set called "Everyday Button Bits" in Old Olive.  The sentiment is stamped with Pretty in Pink to match the buttons from the Papertrey Ink Spring Mix Vintage collection.  I wanted to mix the buttons up a bit and that's why I added a couple of yellow ones in there as well.  A very apt spring card don't you think?  The ribbon came from my stash which I managed to tie up into a nice bow.

Happy stamping,

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Some Birds

One day while I had a spare hour I wandered around town and decided to pop into a lovely craft store just to have a bit of a sticky.  Well I ended up coming out with some new papers and an embossing folder that I had in my hands and kept putting it back, and picking it up again until I finally made the decision to get it. 

It has some lovely aviaries on it and birds in the aviaries and I knew I had the stamp set that would work perfectly with it, hence my title "Some Birds". 

Well here is my creation using the Aviary stamp set and the embossing folder:-

I have gone with a piece of River Rock that I used for my base and added a layer of the very lovely Kaisercraft paper that I have been fond of lately.  I then stamped my aviaries and the birds onto a top note die and then ran it through my big shot with the embossing folder.  I then finished it off with a small sentiment, a couple of layered paper daisies and a button.

Now I am off to scour some idea books and create some more.

Happy stamping,

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Just Add Ink - Colour Challenge #91

Well two posts in one day, I must be on a creative roll.  It has been quite some time since I joined in any challenges, so when this one came up for Just Add Ink I knew it was about time I had a play and entered.

Here is the colours that we had to work with this time:-

I immediately thought baby and just had to try out another Papertrey Ink stamp set called "Baby Button Bits" so here is my card:-

I have gone with Very Vanilla for the neutral colour and have stamped the pea pod in Cherry Cobbler and then ran through a piece of Blushing Bride with the polka dot embossing folder.  The buttons are also from Papertrey Ink that suited the colour choice quite well.  It ended up being quite simple as I think I like that style.

Now off to go and enter it.

Happy stamping,

A Friendship Card

Do you believe it!!! I'm back again with another card, woohoo!!! This one goes out to all of my lovely friends who have been helping me through a bit of a rough patch and without them I don't think I would have come through so well.
So this one is for some of my besties:-
So for the recipe I have used Very Vanilla as the base of the card followed by some very lovely Kaisercraft paper (which I might add I have had in my stash for quite a few years!!!). I have also used Papertrey Ink "On My Couch" and a Mat also from Papertrey Ink which I have cut out in Very Vanilla. The couch has been stamped on a piece of co-ordinating Kaisercraft paper in black ink and I have also inked up the cute little button cushion.
Then I have finished it all off with some lovely ribbon layers, a paper daisy and a couple of pearls. I just love the saying as well, just perfect.
I now have a new crafting space (unfortunately tried to add pics but blogger won't let me!!!) so hopefully my creativity keeps flowing. I have no excuses now!!!
Happy stamping,

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I'm Back... And With My Very First Papertrey Ink Card

Well hello out there to you all :) I have finally made a comeback after such a long break - hope you can forgive me. I have now set up a new craft area in an upstairs part of my house and it's now nice and fresh and all set out very lovely (even if I say so myself!!).
Now, don't fall over with the shock but I have managed to make a card - my very first Papertrey Ink card, after having had these lovely stamps in my possession for about 4 months (sheesh, has it been that long).
Well without further suspense here it is:-
I had fun with this cute little set called "Fly Away" and also the very lovely Cloud 1 & 2 Die as well. I also have used some gorgeous paper from Kaisercraft (Little Man Collection). After I had finished the card I showed my daughter, Emily, and she said "Mum, it needs something else - how about some embellishments in the corner?" So I ended up using a couple of cute little buttons also from Papertrey Ink.
I think I can really see more of these cards coming together as it didn't take too long at all. Nice and simple is a good style that I am going to stick with.
So now I hope you can all stay tuned and keep me honest so I will have no excuse but to make more cards!!! I promise I will be making a comeback :)
Happy stamping,

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Taking Some Time Out

Well as you can tell I haven't updated this poor sad, neglected blog for some time and the time has come for me to make some changes.

At present I am having a break from my cardmaking and have realised that it is time for me to have some "time out" for myself. I was contemplating deleting my blog altogether but have had some good advice from my lovely friend, Karen Thomas, and have decided to leave it running but will not be adding anything new for a little bit.

Please feel free to stop by and have a look in every now and then and hopefully you may find some inspiration in some of my previous posts.

Hopefully I will still be able to do some creating but as for now I really need to concentrate on "me". I hope you can all understand my decision and rest assured I will still be doing some blog surfing and commenting every now and then just to see what my lovely followers have been creating.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for sticking by me and leaving all those lovely comments which really have put a smile on my dial!!!

Keep stamping,

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Birthday Cupcakes

Well I'm back again, didn't take long this time!!! I had a play with some new toys over the last couple of days and I couldn't wait to have a play of the lovely cupcake set and co-ordinating punch which makes it so much easier to cut out :)

So here is the card I made:-
It's a bit colourful don't you think?? The pic just doesn't do it justice - it didn't matter how much I tried to tweak it it just didn't seem to come out right. I have also used some very yummy new papers as well and the colour scheme is Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Bashful Blue and Whisper White and also a little Chocolate Chip for the chips on the cupcakes.

I will be heading down to my craft room today to hopefully do some more creating but not sure how much I will get done. Still can't seem to find that missing mojo. I agree with my lovely friend, Karen and think that our mojos are off having a lovely coffee and chat together!!! Hope they come back soon :)

Happy stamping,

Friday, June 17, 2011

MIA and Lost Mojo

Wow, it has been quite a long time since I have updated this poor, sad, neglected blog!!! I have been a little busy and have tried to sit down and create something but, alas, I think my mojo has gone AWOL.

I did however receive a very lovely card sent to me by the very lovely and talented Tammy for my birthday and told her that I could see a CASE coming up which is exactly what I did.

So here is the card that I decided to make from Tammy's gorgeous pink and kraft creation:-

Now when I was looking for a sentiment to use I decided to turn my creation into a wedding card to put in my stash, actually I think this would probably be the first in my wedding stash!!! I ended up using a very old piece of lace which, would you believe, came from the leftover bits of my wedding dress.

In the last couple of days I did have good intentions but I only ended up making three cards over two days!!! Come back soon mojo :)

Happy stamping,

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Some Easel Cards

Well I'm back to show you some easel cards that I had on display at my market stall. I love these cards as they always catch the eye.

Now the instructions I used allowed me to get three cards out of one sheet of A4 card so hence why the base of the card is all the same, my favourite Concord Crush.

This first one is made with the very lovey Aviary set and I have matched it up with some of the gorgeous DSP from the Elegant Soiree pack.

This next one is made with the Bliss set teamed up with Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette and Lap of Luxury DSP.Lastly, this has been made using Flight of the Butterfly teamed up with Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and So Saffron. I also used up a piece of scrap paper that I had in my old scrapbooking stash which matched these colours perfectly.

Now to share some news - I have scored myself a full-time job working school hours (9 to 3) at a Solicitor's office and can't wait to start on Monday. I am so looking forward to having some adult company but will miss the lovely time I have had with my four year old :( Hopefully I will be able to fit in some crafting time somewhere in between working, housework and running kids around. Good luck with that I'm thinking!!!

Will have to get off this computer and spend some time doing a major houseclean so it will all help in preparation for next week. Hopefully I can have things all run like clockwork but time will tell!!

Happy stamping,

Monday, May 2, 2011

Some Market Items

I have been really busy the last couple of months making all kinds of things for a new market that is starting up in my region that is just for handmade items. Perfect for me to get an opportunity to sell some of my beloved card stuff!!

Now I have been trying to add a little variety so therefore I ended up making some very lovely Tissue Box holders and also some cute little tea bag holders as well. So here we go:-
Here is one of the Tissue Box holders made from a tutorial by the very talented Nikki Stalker. You can find this tutotial here. I have used Crumb Cake as the base for the box and covered it with the very gorgeous Elegant Soiree DSP. The blue band is Marina Mist and I have stamped the cute little bird and aviary from the Aviary set.
This is the tea bag holder that I made from Makeesha's site (tutorial found here). I ended up modifying mine a little bit because I didn't have the envelopes Makeesha had used so I changed them for the Scallop Envelope die. You can pop three tea bags into the envelopes. The ribbon will be all tied up when I put the tea bags in. I have used Pink Piroutte teamed up with the very lovely Lap of Luxury DSP. It's hard to see the little sentiment but it says "take care of yourself".

Now I just need to make a few final Mother's Day cards this week and add the final touches to make my stall perfect.

Now for anyone who is interested and is on Facebook, I have created a page to showcase my card craft, called "Card Craft" which you can find here. If you would like to visit my page I would really love you to "like" it.

Happy stamping,

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Just Add Ink Challenge #66

Wow, it feels like it's been awhile since I have updated this poor neglected blog!!! I ended up checking in with the Just Add Ink blog and have decided to enter the challenge this week, which is Just Add a Flower - I can definitely enter this one :)

I have been really busy doing market bits, so busy in fact I haven't even managed to get around to photographing my creative bits. This is high up on my "must do today list".

Anyway here is the card that I am entering for the Just Add Ink Challenge:-

Now I can say that I cannot take full credit for this card as I was inspired by this one from Deb Fearns. I did however change the colour scheme by going with Crumb Cake, Concord Crush, Old Olive and Very Vanilla. I absolutey love this Cottage Garden set, it is so pretty!!!

Now I'm off to enter the challenge and then get my camera out so hopefully over the next few weeks I will be able to update my blog more regularly.

Happy stamping,

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Another Mother's Day Set

Good Sunday morning to you all :) What a weird day we had yesterday, who would have thought that us here in Mackay would feel the effects of an earthquake!!! I was sitting at my dining table when all of a sudden my huge side windows starting shaking uncontrollably. I was seeing which kid I was going to get cranky at for running in the house but they were all in the lounge watching a DVD.

We found out later that Bowen which is south of Townsville suffered the effects of a 5.2 earthquake which was felt all the way from Townsville to us here in Mackay. How freaky is that!!

Anyway, enough of these crazy weather patterns and onto some more Mother's Day creations. I have another set to show you which includes a box and a small gift card so on with the show:-

Now I'm finding one of the most difficult colour to photograph is the very gorgeous Concord Crush and it didn't help that I took these pics on a day when the weather wasn't too favourable either. I did take photos of the set together but they look downright terrible - the brads I used are of a So Saffron colour but in my pics they came out really yellow. Also the ribbon isn't blue either, I swear it is a lovely purple colour. My colour combination consists of Very Vanilla, Concord Crush and Pale Plum. Both of these creations were inspired by the very lovely Mary Fish and you can find Mary's creations here which also includes a video tutorial of the cute folded flower.

That's it for me today and now to tackle the washing and after that, some crafting!!

Happy Stamping,

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mother's Day Roses

I'm back again with another Mother's Day project to share, this time I have made another set with a box and a card. I am in the process of making some more of these sets which makes gift giving so much easier. So here is the next gift set to share with you:- I have used the very lovely Rose is a Rose set and have chosen the soft Pink Pirouette teamed up with Very Vanilla and Old Olive. The card is finished off with a lovely clear button that I happened to find in my stash (hope it's not needed for someone's clothes!!). I have stamped the rose in two steps, firstly in Pink Pirouette then followed by Rose Red.

So there we have it, another Mother's Day set and this box would be perfect for chocolates, jewellery or anything small that you can think of. Hopefully in the next few days I should be able to make some more cards and sets and have a nice little stash for my market stall.

Happy stamping,

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Card and a Can

You may recall a couple of posts back where I entered a Just Add Ink Challenge and made a cute little watering can which can be found here. Now I decided to make a few sets for Mother's Day and ended up making a card to match the watering can.

Here is the card:-Now I think the watering can looks more finished off now with a lovely card to match. As you can see I kept to the same colours and the same stamps with the card.

We have finally had a break in the weather and have enjoyed a few days with no rain and some very lovely sunshine. I have been itching to get into my poor neglected gardens and have spent most of my day pruning, weeding and re-planting so it now looks like it should, all nice and very green.

Well as I have mentioned before I am really looking forward to my new market stall which is coming up in May ready for Mother's Day so I have a month to do some more lovely items which I hope to share along the way. Well, I'm off to get my dinner out of the oven and feed the starving mob.

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Owl Did It!!!

I kept looking at the lovely Aviary set in the mini catalogue and couldn't decided whether to get this stamp set or not so I left it to the last minute and in the end I caved in - it was the cute little owl that did it!!! He is so adorably cute. The day this stamp set arrived on my doorstep I couldn't wait to make a card and of course I just had to use the owl. Here he is in all his cuteness...Now I can say this card was not my original idea and I had it saved on my laptop but it didn't contain a watermark so not sure who to give credit to. If anyone out there knows of the original creator please pass on my thanks. I did change it slightly from the original but the concept is the same.

Anyway, I have chosen a colour that I have never used before "Marina Mist" and have teamed it up with Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy and River Rock. I can say that I did get some input from my lovely friend Tammy so I know that she will be waiting for this one to make it's appearance here (smiling at you, Tammy!!).

It is looking promising for some sunshine today after having two weeks of constant rain any little bit would be good. Not sure how long it will last though but I can say that it has been good weather to stay indoors and reconnect with my cardmaking.

Happy stamping,

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #64

Back again, this time to share with you a card I made for the latest Inkspiration Challenge which I ended up turning into another Mother's Day Card. Hopefully I will end up with a nice little stash soon. Anyway here are the colours that were chosen this week:- I struggled a bit with these colours but in the end I settled on a stamp set and just went with it. I also was inspired by a layout of a card in the latest Stampin' Up! catalogue which made it a little bit easier. Here is my entry card:- I seem to grab the "In Full Bloom" stamp set when I see colours that are "autumnish", don't know why!!! Anyway, it's pretty straight forward - I have gone with the Cajun Craze for the base of the card followed by a polka dotted piece of More Mustard. I have stamped the leaves in More Mustard and the flowers in Poppy Parade. They say we are still in for more rain which, although is very annoying after having it for more than a week, it does make for good card making!!! I have been on such a stamping journey at the moment so hopefully I can keep it going. Happy stamping, (P.S. The blogger "gremlins" are back again!!!)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Just Add Ink Challenge #62

After seeing the new challenge at Just Add Ink (Just Add a Box or a Bag) I knew exactly what I was going to submit. I have been making a few little bits and pieces for a market stall I am going to attend in May before Mother's Day so have been busy making Mother's Day related things. Now I can say that I have had a template for a "Watering Can" for some time but have never made it up until now. So here is my entry:- I have used Crumb Cake and have stamped the vine from Vintage Vogue around the bottom in Chocolate Chip. The flowers have been stamped with Rich Razzleberry and Blushing Bride. I have also stamped the small flower with Blusing Bride on the tag and have stamped "happy mother's day" over the top. This is such a cute little box and I think it would look lovely with a nice packet or two of Mum's favourite plant seeds. Also I have to give a big wave to my stamping friend, Tammy, as I have managed to update my blog so now she will have something to look at. Happy stamping, (P.S. Blogger is not playing nice today so my post is not spaced out the way I would like it and it has also mucked up my signature!!)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Inkspirations Challenge #63

Well, I did say I would be back and I have been on a such a cardmaking roll over the last few days. I even managed to make one that is hot off the press for the latest Inkspirations Challenge. This one was a sketch challenge and you can find their blog here:-

I found this sketch really easy to work with and didn't have too many dramas. I think the only thing I had to think about was what butterfly I wanted to use!!!

So here is my card:-

The base is made using Crumb Cake followed by Baja Breeze and papers from the very gorgeous Elegant Soiree DSP. I decided to add the flowers after I had stamped the butterfly because I felt that it needed something else apart from just the butterfly. As you can see I have also turned this into another Mother's Day card. Nothing like getting in early to have a nice little stash :)

Anyway, it is still raining here so a good excuse to get settled down at my crafting desk and make some more cards seeing as I have been on such a roll of late.

Happy stamping,

Friday, March 25, 2011

Just Add Ink Challenge #61

Woohoo, don't fall over in surprise but I can say that I actually made a card or two today!!! It feels like it has been so long since I have actually made a card and it also feels like a long time since I joined in a Just Add Ink Challenge.

After seeing this challenge I must admit that I couldn't resist. The challenge this week was to Just Add Stamps and nothing else. You can find this challenge here.

So onto my entry card:-
This card was inspired by a blog I came across belonging to Patty and you can find her inspiration card here. I loved the simplicity of Patty's card and new it would be perfect for this challenge.

I have used Very Vanilla as the base of my card followed by a piece of Crumb Cake which has been versamarked with the image from the Bliss set and have torn the top. I have also added a little stamping onto the small strip of Concord Crush. The main image has been stamped off with Close to Cocoa to give it a more softer look and the butterfly is stamped in Concord Crush. It is all nicely finished off with a "happy mother's day" stamp and ready to put into my stash for this next upcoming occasion.

So there we have it (finally!!), a lovely quick and easy card. It is so nice sometimes to just get back to the basics.

Now you will have to stay tuned for the next card. At the moment it is literally bucketing down rain so any chance of getting good pics is definitely out of the question. I am so over this rain - I just want to be able to walk in my yard without sinking in the mud.

Happy stamping,