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

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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

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

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