Archive for March, 2010

Happy Moments

I had some fun playing with my Sale-a-Bration stamps last week and quickly created a few simple cards using the Happy Moments & Whimsical Words stamps. As I started stamping and watercolouring the images, I realised that I could put them together to create a set of co-ordinating cards using some of my favourite colours – Regal Rose, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie and Certainly Celery.

Here is the present/ birthday card:

Each of the cards feature a different image from the Happy Moments set which are stamped in Basic Black and watercoloured using my Aquapainters. I love this set because it has 4 great images that are useful for any occasion! And they are just begging to be watercoloured!!

Here is the birdcage card which could be a great “just because” card or to cheer someone up!

The main images are punched out using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch and the large scalloped circle is created by punching out a Scallop Circle and then following this technique shown here on Marelle Taylor’s blog to spread it around the circle and make it even bigger!

Here is the birthday cake card:

And the last one is the flower card – a nice one for a “Thankyou” or “Thinking of you” card:

If you want to get one of these gorgeous FREE stamps – the Sale-a-Bration offer only has a few weeks to go! To find out how you can get your FREE stamp set before 31st March, check out more details here and then contact me here to place your order and choose your FREE stamps!!

“Happy Moments Card Set”
Stamps: Happy Moments, Whimsical Words
Paper: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Always DSP, Regal Rose Patterns DSP
Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Accessories: Rose Red Double Stitched Ribbon, Certainly Celery Ribbon (retired), 1 ¾ Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Paper Piercer, Aquapainters


March 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm 2 comments

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #19

I was able to participate in Keesh’s Sketch Challenge this week (Yay!!) when I was after some inspiration for a couple of cards I needed to make! One of them was a card for a friend’s wedding and when I saw Keesh’s Sketch, I thought it would work perfectly! I actually was so excited about this sketch and its possibilities that I made 2 cards for the Challenge!!

This was the first card I made and I wanted something elegant so I went for my Bella Bleu DSP and used this soft colour combo of Kraft, Not Quite Navy & Very Vanilla (with some Baja Breeze)  for my card. I used the heart stamp from the Always set and added some Kraft Taffeta ribbon and some Half Pearls.

For my second card, I went for something a little bit more fun and girly while still being a wedding card!

I featured the lovely Sweet Always DSP and the colour combo of Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip & Pink Pirouette. I used the Always heart again and coloured it with markers, and then put it together with some White Grosgrain Ribbon and Clear Rhinestones.

Sorry I havent been back with the Sale-a-Bration cards I promised! They are almost ready to go, but I have been so crazy busy that I haven’t had a chance to get them finished and ready for the blog! I will be back here soon to show them to you… I promise!

“Heart to Heart”
Stamps: Always, Sweet Little Sentiments
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Kraft, Very Vanilla, Bella Bleu DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Half Pearls

“Hand in Hand”
Stamps: Always, Sweet Little Sentiments
Paper: Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Always DSP
Ink: Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Border Punch, Clear Rhinestones

March 10, 2010 at 11:51 pm 2 comments

Happiness on Fifth Ave

This is another birthday card that I made recently for one of the girls at school! I decided to use the flowers from the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set and my Circle Scissors Plus to create this feature using some watercoloured flowers.

I stamped a range of flowers onto Watercolour Paper and watercoloured them using Baja Breeze & Pacific Point inks. I cut out the large feature circle using my Circle Scissors Plus and cut out some separate flowers to use at the bottom of the card. I found a great technique on Sarah-Jane’s blog to make this Scalloped Circle around the outside of my large circle – it uses the Scallop Oval Punch to punch out some scallops and then you arrange these around the outside to create a large scallop circle. It was a little fiddly, but I think it gives a nice effect! I think my scallops still aren’t lined up as well as I would like, so I will have to work on this effect some more!

I also used the co-ordinating Urban Oasis DSP (love this paper!!) as a background, and it has the large rose from the Fifth Ave Floral stamp set which I think ties it altogether well! I added another strip of this DSP along the bottom, punched with my Eyelet Border Punch, and my sentiment is one of the beautiful ones from the Whimsical Words set from the Sale-a-Bration offer (to find out how to get this FREE stamp set, just click here!).

I’ll be back with some more Sale-a-Bration cards soon – I made a cute card set using the Happy Moments and Whimsical Words stamps! I’m just finishing editing the photos and they will be up here after that!

“Happiness on Fifth Ave”
Stamps: Fifth Ave Floral, Whimsical Words
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kraft, Whisper White, Urban Oasis DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Basic Black
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch

March 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

A Toolbelt Birthday

My husband celebrated his birthday last week, so I set to work to make a male-appropriate card for his birthday! I thought it would be best to use the Totally Tools set to make sure that it was “manly” enough for him (after he has thought many of my previous cards for men are too girly!)!

What do you think?! Is it manly enough?!

Well, it did pass the test and was well received! This was inspired by a few different Totally Tool ideas I have seen around the internet and I combined them to create this toolbelt.

To create the background, I just stamped my Really Rust inkpad directly onto the Real Red cardstock and then repeated it, holding the inkpad in different directions. This gives a great rough look for something a bit fun! Then I stamped the different tools and watercoloured them using a range of different inks – Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie and a little silver (non SU).

To make the toolbelt, I cut some rectangles of Close to Cocoa, rounded the corners and sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip. I faux stitched the edges with my Paper Piercer and a Chocolate Chip marker.  I added some Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon to make the belt loops and a loop across the front and added some Vintage Brads to create another holder.

I thought the sentiment was funny too! 😉 This is from the bottom of one of the tool stamps and works well for someone who likes tools and tinkering around in the back shed!!

“Toolbelt Birthday”
Stamps: Totally Tools
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Silver (non SU)
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Aquapainter, Sponge Daubers, Antique Brads, Paper Piercer

March 4, 2010 at 10:00 am 2 comments

Just Add Ink Challenge #6

This week’s Just Add Ink Challenge #6 was a great sketch challenge that was perfect for another birthday card for school!

I really like this sketch (I may even have another go at it!), but wanted to do something a little different with the 3 squares – rather than using 3 smaller images, I wanted to use one large image that was cut into 3 sections. I raided my stamp stash to find something that would work and came across my Pick a Petal stamp set (I was just saying to a friend that I haven’t used it in a while!). So I stamped a large half flower and used it as my main image on my large card (A5 size).

I used Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum & Kiwi Kiss for my colour combo – I really love purples, so I decided to break them out for this card! Plus it keeps it nice and fresh and fun! I cut the flower into 3 pieces and mounted them on Pale Plum card. I also used some Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP and tied a bow with my Elegant Eggplant ribbon. I added the sentiment from Whimsical Words (a gorgeous FREE Sale-a-Bration set) and finished with some scattered bling!!

Check out the other fantastic entries for the Challenge here and remember to leave some comment love for those involved!

“Happiness Flower”
Stamps: Pick a Petal, Whimsical Words
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Elegant Eggplant Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Clear Rhinestones

March 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm 12 comments

Happy Birthday Moments & Sale-a-Bration

Sale-a-Bration has been going strong for just over a month now (and still has one more month to go!) and with all the busyness of the beginning of the school year, I didn’t have a chance until last week to sit down and create with my new FREE Sale-a-Bration stamps!

I needed a birthday card for a friend from work, so I decided to use the gorgeous (& FREE!!) Happy Moments stamp set to create a fun birthday card.

I used 3 of the cute images which I watercoloured and punched out with my 1 3/4 Circle Punch. These are really fun images to watercolour because they are pretty simple so you can play around with the colours and you don’t have to be an expert to create great watercoloured images easily!

I added some Rose Red Double Stitched Ribbon across the middle and some Sweet Always DSP. The sentiment is another gorgeous FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Whimsical Words (these two are my faves!!).

Did I mention that these two stampsets are FREE!?! If you want to get your crafty little hands on one (or more) of these gorgeous stamp sets, you have 2 different ways you can do it:

1. Place an order of $100 or more with me before 31st March and you get to choose 1 FREE stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue! You can just call or email through your order and it can be delivered direct to your door!! Plus the more your order, the more FREE stamp sets you get – place a $200 order and you get 2 FREE stampsets of your choice! Place a $300 order and you get 3 FREE stamp sets of your choice PLUS Hostess benefits (1 Hostess set and $30 worth of FREE goodies of your choice!!)

2. Host a workshop before 31st March and when the sales at your workshop are over $600 then you get 1 FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp set PLUS the Hostess Benefits for your workshop (check them out here!).

There is another bonus – if you sign up to be a demonstrator during Sale-a-Bration you will get to choose a FREE stamp set from the Idea Book & Catalogue (to the value of $79.95) – another great way to get FREE stamp sets!

If you want to get in on the fun of Sale-a-Bration and get yourself some FREE stamps, just contact me here to place your order (before 31st March)!!

“Happy Birthday Moments”
Stamps: Happy Moments, Whimsical Words
Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Sweet Always DSP
Ink: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Accessories: Rose Red Double Stitched Ribbon, 1 ¾ Circle Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Border Punch

March 1, 2010 at 11:13 am 1 comment

Michelle Scott

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