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Thinking of you

I had the unfortunate need of a sympathy card recently, for one of the lovely ladies from work whose brother passed away. It’s always hard to make a card that is thoughtful and considerate and conveys everything you want to say.

I didn’t have any sympathy sentiments, but decided to use the Upsy Daisy flowers with the “Thinking of You” sentiment from the same set. I also found inspiration for the card in the Mojo Monday Sketch, although I did flip the switch around so it was on its side.

The daisies were stamped with Pacific Point ink and then again with Baja Breeze ink to create a shadow and a 3D effect. I tried to create a soft feel with the colour combo of Kraft, Baja Breeze, Whisper White & Pacific Point (it actually looks rather bright in this picture, though it was softer in real life). A trim with the Eyelet Border Punch, some Kraft Taffeta ribbon and some Half Pearls also help to soften the card.

It’s hard to know what to say or do when friends go through hard times, but I hope that a handmade card, made with love can help to let her know how much we all care.

“Thinking of you Daisies”
Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Urban Garden DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Accessories: Kraft Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch, Word Window Punch, Half Pearls, Stamp-a-ma-jig


February 25, 2010 at 9:58 pm 2 comments

My new baby nephew!

We received news last Thursday that my adorable nephew, Eli,  had been born – very exciting!! His parents (my sister-in-law and brother-in-law) live in New Zealand, so I wanted to get his prezzie and card together to send to them as soon as possible! I actually made it and sent it off on the weekend, but I haven’t had a chance to write about it on my blog and show the pictures until now.

After seeing the lovely Sarah Klass’ baby card last week, I decided to use the elephant from the Nursery Necessities stamp set to create a line of elephants, holding each others’ tail! I wanted to make a card as well as a personalised frame that could be used in the nursery.

Here is the frame that I created:

I also made a matching card using the same elephant stamp and featuring his name again:

(Sorry about some of the photos and the irregular colours between photos… I’m still playing with my new found techniques in GIMP!! Any advice on how to make the photos more uniform??)

Aren’t those little elephants just adorable!! So cute!! Thanks for the inspiration, Sarah!

I have been enjoying checking out photos of my new little nephew and he is just adorable too! Not sure when we will get to see him, as we’re not sure when we will be back in NZ, but we’re enjoying seeing photos and will hopefully have some “virtual’ cuddles via Skype soon!

“Eli’s Card & Frame”
Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Jumbo Outline Alphabet
Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Baja Breeze Patterns DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Baja Breeze Double Stitched, Hemp Twine, White Gel Pen, Circle Scissors Plus, Word Window Punch

February 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm 1 comment

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #55

Here’s another challenge card – my third for this week!!

This time I have used Karen Giron’s Sweet Sunday Sketch to create a birthday card featuring the Fifth Avenue Floral stamps and co-ordinating Urban Oasis DSP.

This card took me SO long to make!! Not because it was really difficult, but just because I could not get the idea in my head to form into the card I wanted it to be! I was determined to use the Fifth Ave Floral stamp set and Urban Oasis DSP, but I couldn’t get it to look right! I tried every different piece of paper from the Urban Oasis DSP, watercoloured a selection of different flowers, cut multiple colours and sizes of circles with my Circle Scissors Plus and tried to put together every combination possible and I couldn’t get it to work!! I think my mojo was definitely frustrated!! I finally left it a few times and came back after awhile, and then just decided to pick a combo and stick with it!! I’m think I’m happy with how it turned out in the end, but it definitely took me a very long time to get to that point!

My FREE Sale-a-Bration stamps just arrived, so I also was able to break open my new stamps and use one of the beautiful sentiments from Whimsical Words (love this set!).

If you want to find out more about how you can get FREE stamp sets until the end of March, check out more details about Sale-aBration here! To order your products or book a workshop (another way to get a FREE stamp set!), then contact me here!

“Floral Happiness”
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Whimsical Words
Paper: Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Urban Oasis DSP, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper
Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Not Quite Navy, StazOn Black
Accessories: Aquapainter, Baja Breeze Double Stitched Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Circle Scissors Plus, Clear Rhinestones, Stampin Dimensionals

February 11, 2010 at 11:01 pm 2 comments

Karen’s Notebook

I have a 3D project to share with you today! I made a little notebook for my friend’s birthday the other day. Well, I covered the notebook, anyway! The good people at Officeworks sold me the notebook in it’s original state and I just jazzed it up a bit!!

This notebook went to my wonderful friend, Karen:

I used a gorgeous piece of patterned paper from the Sweet Always DSP, which had such a beautiful picture on it that it didn’t need very much added to it at all!  I stamped some little flower images from the Always set in Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie & Chocolate Chip and punched them out using the 1/2″ Circle Punch. I also added some Chocolate Ribbon along the edge and added her chipboard initial which I coloured with my Chocolate Chip marker.

Now, I was all set to share this project with you, using a completely different photo!! Then I saw a post by the very talented Amanda Reddicliffe, which gave some tips on using a photo editing program to edit your photos and make them look amazing! You can check it out her great tutorial here. I actually have been using the GIMP program (that she mentions) for quite awhile, but I hadn’t done much other than adding my watermark. I didn’t really know what to do with it to change the colours around and make them look better! I’ve been thinking that everybody else’s photos seem to look much better than mine, but I didn’t know how to change that! So, after reading her tutorial, I managed to brighten up my photo to get the one above.

ETA: I also had some advice from my lovely stamping friend, Jan (who is a bit of a computer whiz), and she said to use the Auto functions to make it even easier! It was SO easy after I knew a little more about what I was doing!! I updated the photo again, after playing around with the auto functions!

Would you like to see what it looked like before?!

Well, this is it:

And side by side:








I’ll have to play around more with these different tools, but I’m pretty happy with my first attempting at properly editing my photo! What do you think?

Thanks for all your tips, Amanda!!

February 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm 2 comments

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #18

My second sketch challenge creation in one day! I’m on a roll! (Check out my other sketch challenge card for Just Add Ink here)

This card was created using Keesh’s Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #18:

This is a nice big card (using a full A4 sheet) and I used the Urban Garden DSP and took the colours from the DSP as my colour combo – Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Basic Grey & Kiwi Kiss. I added some butterflies from the Butterfly Prints, punched out with my trusty Butterfly Punch from the Summer Mini (such an amazing punch – love it!!). I used the lovely Kiwi Kiss/ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and some buttons from Bouquet Designer Buttons with some colour co-ordinated faux thread (you just use a sliver of cardstock – so easy and it just gives it the finishing touch!).

I love the words on these butterflies – love, happiness, delight, harmony, bliss, friendship, gladness, laugh etc. They make you smile just looking at them!

This card is going to the one of the girls at work who is having her birthday at the end of the week, so I’ll have to get it signed over the next few days so it is ready for her on the day! I have a few more birthdays coming up at work, so I will have to get busy and come back soon to show you some more big birthday cards!

“Urban Butterfly Wishes”
Stamps: Butterfly Prints, Big Bold Birthday
Paper: Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, Butterfly Punch, Word Window Punch, Bouquet Designer Buttons, Kiwi Kiss/ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals

February 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm 5 comments

Friendship Flowers – Just Add Ink Challenge #3

I have been enjoying following the challenges that Amanda & Danielle from Just Add Ink have been setting, and have enjoyed seeing all the entries. However, I have been so busy with school starting that I have not had a chance to create anything before the deadline for the last 2 challenges. I finally got a chance to sit down for a spot of stamping this weekend, so I decided to get a little challenge-happy!

The card below is for the sketch challenge on the Just Add Ink site. You can check it out here, and also check out the amazing creations from the Design Team and the other entries in the challenge.

I used my For Everything stamp set from the Summer Mini as well as my Circle Scissors Plus to create the main image. I stamped the stems in Certainly Celery and used my Regal Rose & So Saffron marker to colour the flowers and then popped them up. I added some Certainly Celery ribbon and So Saffron Patterns DSP to the bottom of the card and Scallop Border punched the Certainly Celery card along the bottom. The sentiment was stamped twice in Regal Rose – once on So Saffron and once in Whisper White and then cut them both out and popped up the word “friendship” on dimensionals.

This card is for a very special friend of mine who celebrated her birthday during the week so I dropped the card and a little prezzie off to her this morning!

I had a play with some more challenges yesterday so I will be back to share some of my other creations later today!

“Friendship Flowers”
Stamps: For Everything
Paper: Regal Rose, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, So Saffron Patterns DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Regal Rose, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Border Punch, Clear Rhinestones,  Stampin Dimensionals

February 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm 8 comments

So happy for you!

My lovely friend Tam has just told us that she is expecting a little one soon, so I put together a little something for her to say how excited I am about her good news!

I made a little card for her using my Nursery Necessities stamp set and some lovely baby colours – Barely Banana, Certainly Celery and Pretty in Pink!

I decided to make a little row of cute baby birds using these soft pastels and also tied the colours in with my Spring Fling DSP (sadly now retired). I added some Very Vanilla Ribbon (this is nearly the same colour as the Barely Banana card) and rounded the corners as well. A cute and simple little baby card!

I’ve had a super busy week with kids returning to school, running laps around the classroom and staying up late prepping work all week! This weekend hasn’t been too busy though, so I have had a little bit of time to stamp today and should have some time tomorrow. I will try to show you those in the next couple of days!

“So Happy For You”
Stamps: Nursery Necessities
Paper: Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Spring Fling DSP (retired)
Ink: Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Stampin Dimensionals

February 6, 2010 at 9:50 pm 1 comment

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