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

‘A Klass Act’ Team Day – January

WOW! What a day!

We had an amazingly fun day yesterday, catching up with the ‘A Klass Act’ Team and stamping together! The afternoon ran a bit differently this time, and we all (well, the 13 of us that were there) took part in a Summer Mini Shoebox Swap. This involved designing a card for the other girls to make using products from the Summer Mini and bundling up all the card, stamps and accessories needed for the card into a shoebox. This meant that we all made 12 cards in 2. 5 hours! The last 10 mins were very funny as everybody raced around trying to finish the last of their stamping and pack everything away in time! It was a really fun afternoon, but very busy!!

Here is the card that I designed for the other girls to make, using the Something Sweet set:

Here are the cards that I was able to make that were designed by the other girls in the team:

This pretty Butterfly Prints card (above) using the So Swirly wheel was designed by Kerry High.

This cute Valentine’s Day card using the A Happy Heart set was designed by Natalie Zapantis.

This beautiful Butterfly Prints card also uses the En Francais background stamp and was designed by Jaz Hicks – you can check out her blog here.

A Bold Brights card using the Hello Again stamps and Retro Remix wheel by Chantell Randall – her blog is here.

A funky Hello Again card with the Retro Remix wheel by Narelle Newcombe.

A very elegant (and vintagey style) Framed with Love card by Janny Klass – see her blog here.

This pretty garden of flowers using the Hello Again stamps was created by Louise Layton – see her blog here.

This super cute and lovely card using the For Everything set was created by our fearless leader, Sarah Klass – check her out here.

This bright butterfly card using Garden Whimsy was created by Sue Goodwin.

This Wagon Full of Fun card with the very cute duck was created by Jenny Robinson.

This Razzle Dazzle card used a really cool Blackboard Technique where we stamped in Whisper White Craft ink and then coloured over with Watercolour Pencils! Designed by Tracey Wilson.

There was also a gorgeous butterfly card designed by my friend, Jan Radu, which I didn’t get to make (as we were so tight on time!) and I knew I could make it with her later. So I will have to show that card to you at a later date! You can check out her blog here.

We had a great day catching up together! I always love our Team Days and enjoy all the stamping, chatting and inspiration! Look forward to the next one!

If you want to join in all the fun of our team – check out the Join My Team section to find out how to become a part of our team and come along to the next Team Day!

January 31, 2010 at 9:55 pm Leave a comment

Sweetest Day + M&Ms

I’m back with the kid’s Sweet Treat card I promised! This one was a lot of fun to make – lots of Bold Brights (my favourite colours… not!). But it is perfect for a fun kid’s card, or even for a grown up who is a kid at heart!

My colour scheme was matched to the M&Ms and is made up of Real Red, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Green Galore and Pacific Point! Very bright!

I started with a square card of Green Galore which measures just under 11cm square (it was one A4 piece of card, folded in half and then cut to be square). For the main panel, I stamped my gumball machine in Pacific Point and added it to layers of Real Red, Yoyo Yellow and Only Orange. I stamped the sentiment in the different inks and then cut out the different words to make a multi-coloured sentiment. I added a couple of buttons (that orange button is officially Pumpkin Pie, but it was a close enough orange for this card!) which I threaded with different colour card strips and then popped my M&Ms into a Sweet Treat Cup.

Of course, I had to make a pull tab again to keep the card in one piece while the recipient goes for the chocolate, so I added a tab at the top with some Real Red Polka Dot Ribbon that you can pull up like so:

… until your chocolates are released through the hole on the inside.

I also did something a little different with this card and made a background for the Sweet Treat Cup so that when the chocolates were eaten, the card still looked nice. This is what it looks like when the cup is empty:

I just punched a 1 3/4″ Circle in Whisper White, stamped it with the different round gumball stamp in the matching colours, and then stuck it to the tab so that it can be seen when the tab is pushed back in!

Well, I think the Sweet Treat Cups might get a rest for a few days now! I was back to school today, so might have to take the stamping easy for a few days while I get everything ready for the kids to come back on Monday.

Although I still have to prep my Shoebox Swap for our ‘A Klass Act’ Team Day on Saturday, so I will definitely be back after that to share some ideas from our get together. Looking forward to it!

“Sweetest Day M&Ms”
Stamps: Something Sweet
Paper: Real Red, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Green Galore, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Green Galore, Pacific Point
Accessories: Sweet Treat Cups, 1 ¾” Circle Punch, Playground & Sherbet Buttons, Real Red Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Hole Punch, Stampin Dimensionals

January 27, 2010 at 10:08 pm 1 comment


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