Sunday, November 27, 2011

Week 18 Sunny Challenges and Creations

Hello again everyone, this week's sketch was by Kris, and as soon as I saw the sketch I knew what I was going to do (doesnt happent very often). I decided that I would do the 'Black Magic' Technique because Upsy Daisy is one stamp set that really lends itself to so many different options. This is probably the reason it is my most favourite of stamp sets! To make my card I used Cherry Cobbler as my base. I ran a piece of Whisper White through the Big Shot using the tulips embossing folder. I stamped my image on Basic Black card stock using White Craft ink and when it was thoroughly dry I used my SU Watercolour Pencils to colour in the image. When I had finished I matted it onto a piece of Old  Olive card stock and ran a band of White Tafetta ribbon that I had dyed Cherry Cobbler around the botton of the card. The sentiment is also from Upsy Daisy and that was stamped using cherry Cobbler ink, punched out using the large oval and sponged and them placed on a scallop oval in Old Olive. I attached the scallop oval to the card using dimensionals. I love the 'Black Magic' Technique and I am really happy as to how this turned out. Dont forget to play along with us this week at Sunny Challenges and Creations and especially dont forget to check out Kris and Vicky's blogs and see what they too have done with the sketch for this week. Bye for now... 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Birthday card for Owen

Hello everyone, I thought that I would share with you a card I made my grandson who has just turned 16. I used whisper White Cardstock for the base and then run a piece of black metal through the Big Shot, purposely running through upside down. I then placed it under the embossing folder and ran it through again to flatten it out. I then put it back into the houndstooth embossing folder and ran it through the right way. He is mad about motorbikes so it was logical that I use our lovely motorcycle stamp and this I stamped in Basic Black ink onto Whisper White, and then matted it onto a piece of Real Red scrap that I had. It was then placed on dimensionals and placed on the front of the card on top of the metal sheet. I know he will like his card because it is not 'fancy'. I had fun making it and I hope you like it too! Bye for now and happy stamping.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

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Hello everyone, It was my turn to do the sketch this week for the Sunny Challenges and Creations Challenge, and then I added the 'Nursery' Theme to make it just a little more interesting. Don forget to go along to Kris and Vicky's blogs and check out their wonderful creations! I also wanted to do minimal stamping in this challenge. I started with a Bashful Blue Base and topped that with Whisper White. I rolled the Baby Tees Jumbo wheel useing the Bashful Blue once again, then to add a little bit  of contrast I placed a small strip of Island Indigo acros the centre and topped that with A scrap of Whisper White that I had in my another day box. The Large Scallop Oval and the Large Oval were also out that box. The base of the boat is a Large Oval that has been cut in half, the waves are the trimmings from the Scallop Border Punch and the sails of the boat are Real Red and So Saffron and the flag on top is Pear Pizazz were all punched out using the Petite Pennants  Builder punch!  I sponged around the edges and made my clouds using Marina Mist and the sun could be no other colour than Daffodil Delight!The sentiment is stamped using Island Indigo and placed on cardstock of the same colour that had been punched out using the Scallop Oval. I think this card is pretty cute and it was so easy to put together. I do hope that you will play along with us this week and who knows you could be our very next Ray of Sunshine!! Till next time bye for now

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunny Challenges Week 15

It has been 15 weeks since Kris, Vicky and I started the challenges on Sunny Challenges and Creations. Can you believe it? This week I supplied the sketch and the challenge this week was to us emboss resist on it. I cant believe how long it has been since I actually have used this technique and it is one I do really like. I love the way you can take a plain image and change it up so completely! I used the set Faith in Nature and the background stamp En Francais to create my 'base'. When I stamped my images onto Glossy White card stock I inked the image in Versamark first then Cajun Craze and then embossed using clear embossing powder. To add the colour to the pear I sponged on Old Olive and More Mustard, and used Old Olive on the leaf as well. The background was sponged with Crumb Cake. I started with a card base of Crumb Cake which I matted with Whisper White and embossed using the Tulips embossing folder, theimages were matted onto Marina Mist and the sentiment was stamped in Crumb Cake and the edges were sponged in Old Olive and punched out using the Large Oval Punch, and that in turn was placed onto Crumb Cake which was punched out using the Oval Scallop Punch and sponged in ink of the same colour. The pear image was mounted using dimensionals and the other images were placed straight onto the Whisper White Card Stock.  This challenge was a lot of fun, and we hope to see your creations on Sunny Challenges and Creations this week too. We look forward to you joining us,Bye for now.....

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunny Challenges and Creations Week 13 Sketch Challenge

This week it was my turn to supply the sketch and the challenge for this round. I have been under the weather for a few weeks now with a bad back and now sinus infection :( Please check out Kris and Vicky's blogs for inspiration and also to see what they have done for this challenge. Please play along with us at Sunny Challenges and Creations and who knows you may just be our next Ray of Sunshine!
The challenge this week is really very simple, all you had to do was to follow the sketch there were no added stipulations this week, so go for your life and have a bit of fun with the challenge and dont forget to share it with us! My card base was Very Vanilla which I matted using a piece of Cherry Cobbler and run through the Big Shot using  the Houndstooth embossing folder. I topped that with a piece of Vanilla satin ribbon across the card and then layerd a piece of Pear Pizazz which had been embossed using the Square Lattice embossing folder. The image was also stamped onto Very Vanilla Cardstock, I coloured the images with my blender pens, the sentiment I stamped using Cherry Cobbler ink and then punched it out using the scallop oval punch, then running the scallop oval from the movers and shapers Punch Windows. I think it made a very pretty Christmas card and on the inside I added a Scallop Trim Border in Cherry Cobbler along with the verse from the set Beautiful Season.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Season of Joy at Sunny Challenges and Creations

This week the challenge  at Sunny Challenges and Creationswas set by our wonderfully talented Kris. Along with the sketch the stamp set we had to use was Season of Joy. We would love it if you would play along with us this week and enter our challenge. While you are checking out Kris and Vicky's  blogs you can see all the other wonderful creations they have there. I am so lucky to have both these ladies as my mentor! Back to the challenge card started with a base of Very Vanilla, and I used a piece of the Letters to Santa DSP on the bottom section of the card. The top section I placed a piece of Cherry Cobbler. Using the Season of Joy set I stamped the flourish onto Old Olive cardstock using ink of the same colour. I then ran it through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. That was matted onto Very Vanilla card stock. The lower panel was again mounted onto the Very Vanilla but this time I used Cherry Cobbler as the top mat. I stamped the Christmas tree in Old Olive and cut it out, then used my Cherry Cobbler Stamp and Write Marker to outline the decorations on the tree. I adhered this directly to the mat, but used dimensionals to place it on the card front.  The greeting on the front of the card is also from Season of Joy and it was stamped in Old Olive once again. It was then punched out using the Modern Label Punch and adhered to another shape the same that I had cut using the Big Shot and the Movers and Shapers die  from the set Punch Windows.I also used a piece of the crochet lace across the top of the card which was also a part of the challenge. The inside of the card I used Very Vanilla cardstock and placed a strip of the Letters to Santa DSP along the bottom that I had punched using the Scallop Border Trim Punch. The poinsettia's were stamped in Cherry Cobbler, cut out and just placed on the angle. The sentiment is from the set Heard from the Heart and that was punched in Old Olive.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Week 10 Sunny Challenges and Creations Sketch and Card Share

I cant believe that Kris, Vicky and I have been hosting Sunny Challenges for 10 weeks now! We have had so much fun bring you the different sketches each week, and at the same time challenging ourselves as well!
 This week was no different and it was my turn to supply the challenge. I thought that this time I would leave a broad scope for creation by adding to the sketch anything to do with animals, birds, fish, bugs or insects. Now you have to admit that gives you so many things to work with! First of all let me share with you the sketch, which is in itself is pretty basic. I chose to use several different stamps to complet this challenge Firstly I used the flourish from Elements of Style and covered the Whisper White mat using Melon Mambo ink, this was then embossed in the Big Shot using Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder. The next mat I again used Melon Mambo and the Jumbo Very Vintage Wheel and made sure that the butterfly on the wheel would still be visible when I added the other mats and the main image. The main image was was the bird in the bullrushes from the Every Moment set. I used Stazon Ink to stamp the image and then pulled out my trusty Aquapainter and proceeded to colout the bird and the rushes. I used Sahara Sand, River Rock, Rose Red and Basic Grey. The edges were sponged in Melon Mambo. Before attaching this to the mat I wrapped a small piece of Melon Mambo ribbon around it. I placed a glue dot in the centre to keep it in place. to finish it off I placed a pearl from the basic pearls in the centre, and if you look really closely I placed one of the really tiny pearls on the bird for his eye! The inside of the card I matted with Whisper White card stock, added a punched border using Melon Mambo card stock and the Lace edge border punch. I then stamped a daisy in the bottom left hand corner, masked it and then stamped another. I think it looks really pretty and I would love to know what you think. Bye for now

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunny Challenges and Creations Challenge Week 9

Welcome to my blog! This week has been fraught with dramas and problems with my blog, and thankfully I am now 'back on air' Before I share with you my creation for this weeks challenge I really must thank Libby Dyson for all her help in getting me back up and running when she is such a busy person with so much on her plate, but still made time to help me out. Thank you Libby! Onto this week's challenge which was created by our very own Vicky. The challenge was once again 2 part. The first part of the challenge was the sketch and the second part of the challenge was for us to dust off our heat guns and get out the embossing powders and do some heat embossing on out creation. I had a trillion thought go through my mind on what I was going to do, tried a couple and didnt like them so it was back to the drawing board! My card base was Very Vanilla, and I topped that with a mat of Lucky Limeade which I then  usedVersamark  the new Stitched Stockings stamp set. Clear embossing powder was sprinkled on top and then heated, so the base has embossed christmas stockings on it. I matted a strip of Very Vanilla that I has wheeled using the sparkle and Shine Jumbo Wheel and Lucky Limeade ink onto a piece of Choc Chip, and then stamped the tree from Contempo Christmas, cut around it and attached to that strip. I added basic rhinestones to the tips of each branch and also to the star on top of the tree. The sentiment from Contempo Christmas, I stamped using Choc Chip and also sponged the edges in the same colour. The ribbon I tied a bow then ruffled and attached to the bottom of the card using my trusty snail! I cant wait to see both Kris's and Vicky's creations, I am always in awe of what they do. So come along and play with us this week on Sunny Challenges and Creations and share your creation with us all!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Week 8 Card Share Sunny Challenges and Creations

Hi everyone, My apologies for being late with posting my creation for this week for Sunny Challenges and Creations. If you havent entered for this weeks challenge.....what are you waiting for?  Our daughter married on Saturday and things are only just now starting to settle back down. The sketch this week was done by Kris and the added challenge was to use the colours Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake and Marina Mist. The colour combination screamed 'masculine' so that is how I went. I used Crumb cake for the card itself then topped it with Whisper White which I had randomly stamped with the Confetti stamp set using Cajun Craze. For the centre band I laid a strip of Marina Mist topped with Crumb cake, then I cut a small Scallop Square using the Big Shot, and then laid it over the larger Scallop Square to make it a frame. I set that as a diamond on top of the centre band and it shows sections of both the band and the stamped background. I used Cajun Craze to stamp the image from Need for Speed set onto Whisper White which I backed onto a piece of Marina Mist. The sentiment is from the Short and Sweet set and I used Marina Mist ink on Whisper White card stock. I punched out the frame for this from the modern label and layered that onto another piece of Marina Mist. I was stumped for a bit doing this challenge, but the stam set Need for Speed certainly came to the fore! I hope you like my creation and be sure to check out Kris' blog and also Vicky's blog and have a look at their wonderful works!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunny Challenges and Creations 07/11

Hi all, This week at Sunny Challenges and Creations, it was my turn to come up with the sketch and the challenge. I thought that we would go minimal stamping this time round, with the only stamping to be the sentiment. Any adornemnt could be used on the front of the card as long as it wasnt a stamped image. For my sample I have used Melon Mambo base, and given it a mat from the Flirtatious DSP. Using both the 1 1/4' and 1 3/8' square punches  I punched the larger in Melon Mambo and the smaller in Whisper White. The Lucky Limeade card stock was used to punch out the leaves from the XL 2 Step Bird Punch one for each Whisper White Square. I cut strips 1cm wide of the DSP and concertina folded them, joined them with Tombow, and when they were 'set' I made them into mini medallions. The base was the 3/4" circle which I put Tombow on to which adhere the medallion. The top of the medallion I placed a basic rhinestone in the centre of each. I made a bow using White Taffeta Ribbon and placed it on the lower left hand corner, and the Sentiment was from the set Afterthoughts, using only the word Thanks This was stamped onto Whisper White using Melon Mambo and then I punched out a Scallop Oval the same colour as the ink and mounted the sentiment onto the card front using dimensionals. I loved making this card and I hope you like it soo and that you will also play along with us at Sunny Challenges and Creations this week, we would love to see what you come up with for this challenge! Bye for now....

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A lucky Limeade Christmas!

Using a base of Lucky Limeade, I stamped it with the flourish from Season Of Joy. Next I took a piece of Riding Hood Red and ran it through the Big Shot using the Very Vintage embossing folder. I then took a smaller piece of Whisper White and also ran it through the Big Shot using the same embossing folder. This time though I took it out of the folder and layed it underneath and ran it through again. This was to flatten the embossing and make it softer but still give the cardstock a bit of a lift. I them stamped the Christmas Tree from the Season of Joy onto the Whisper White and I gave the stamp a different look. The sentiment from the same set was stamped on the top of the cardstock. The Whisper White was mounted onto a piece of Night of Navy and attached to the Riding Hoood Red layer. I made a small bow from Old Olive (that I had on my desk) and attached it just under the sentiment. To finish the tree off I added some basic rhinestones to the star and also to the lower limbs of the tree. You will notice that I deliberately left the upper branches bare. This card is just something a little different from what I have been showing this week, but I hope you like it. Bye for now

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Thanks for Caring

Here is another card that I have made for the challenge at Sunny Challenges and Creations. You may have noticed that the other two cards that I have made for this challenge have all used the latest In Colours. This card is no exception and for the base I used the Wisteria Wonder, I lightly stamped over this using the same coloured ink and one of the images from Pocket Sillouhettes. I again use the Baroque Wheel and Wisteria Wonder ink on Whisper White and then I stamped just a couple of the butterflies from the Thanks for Caring set on it as well. Using Stazon I stmaped the All a Flutter Butterfly and then coloured it. I gave it a really light colour wash of Marina Mist and then used different colours to colour the wings and the body, and all this was done using my trusty Aqua Painter!
I attached the Whisper White to the piece of  Pool Party and on top of this I stamped the sentiment using Elegant Eggplant, sponged the edges lightly with Wisteria Wonder and attached it to a Wide Oval of the same colour. The ribbon I dyed from the Pool Party Classic Stampin Pad to ensure I had an exact match. I think it turned out not too badly, as these are not colours that I would normally reach for. I hope you like it, Bye for now.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Motorcycle Card Share

Today I am sharing another card that I made for the Sunny Challenges and Creations. Vicky was the creator of this weeks sketch and the only stipulation was that we had to use a wheel somewhere in our creation. Our wheels get forgotten when we get new toys to play with and this has really had me working hard to come up with something a little different, but at the same time sticking to the challenge rules. This card I decided to use the Motorcycle Stamp and make a masculine card. I took Very Vaneilla Cardstock and put a band of Calypso Coral on it and using the Baroque Wheel I 'wheeled' a piece of Very Vanilla and attached it to the Calypso coral. I stmaped the Motorcycle in Choc Chip and matted it onto a piece of choc Chip card stock. I then stamped the square scallop sentiment from Punch Bunch using Wild Wasabi. This was placed onto a bigger square scallop of Chocolate Chip. I punched to holes in the sentiment using my Crop -a - dile and threaded hemp twine through the holes and attached it to the back of the Calypso Coral. to finish the card off I took the Choc Chip Stamp n Write Marker and inserted it into my Colour Spritzer Tool and gave the front of the card a few puffs of colour. I really like the way the spatters show. I hope you like this as much as I do, Bye for now

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunny Challenges Week 6 sketch and Card Share

 This week at Sunny 'challenges and Creations  Vicky has supplied the sketch for us all to follow, and the only stipulation is that a wheel has to be used on our creation. Last week for Kris's sketch as my second card I used Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel (maybe I should've saved it). I decided that I would use the new In Colours this week. I stamped several of the large and small flowers from Vintage Vogue (you can never have too many on hand)  in the Calypso Coral which was the same colour as my card base. I also stamped some leaves using the new Lucky Limeade ink. The base was topped with Whisper White that was run through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. Using Basic Black Classic Stampin Pad I rolled the Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel across another piece of Whisper White, which was then matted onto a piece of Basic Black. The flower was placed at the top left hand corner of the wheeled section and the leaves were placed behind it using Tombow adhesive. A small rhinestone brad was placed in the centre of the flower and it was attached to the card using dimensionals. The sentiment was from Well Scripted and once again stamped in the Calypso Coral and backed onto cardstock of the same colour. I used a length of Pear Pizzaz ribbon to go through slots on either side of the sentiment and attached that behind teh wheeled section of the cardfront. I am loving the new colours and I am really pleased with the way this turned out. I would love to hear what you think too. Bye for now

Friday, September 2, 2011

A Quick Birthday Card

 It is my son David's Birthday the end of next week, and as he works in Papua New Guinea I had to have it ready early to send off to him so he got it on time! He is a Marine Engineer so I thought I would use Sail Away for the front of the card. I know he will like it because he loves anything at all to do with boats and ships and the water! I chose a base of Crumb Cake and topped it with a mat of Night of Navy that I had swiped using the ink pad of the same colour. I topped this with a smaller mat of Crumb Cake and stamped the image in Night of Navy onto Whisper White. The sentiment is from the set Occasional Quotes and was stamped on Whisper White using Night of Navy ink also and I used the Modern Label Punch to punch it out then backed it onto a small piece of Riding Hood Red that I had run through the Big Shot using the Punch Windows. I placed a small black brad on each side of the label to give it a rustic look.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Another Marina Mist Creation

This week on Sunny Challenges and Creations we had to use Marina Mist and place any shape on the card front. I thought that I would do another card for the challenge (what so soon?) because I really started to get into the swing of Marina Mist!My base was of Sahara Sand, and I then 'wheeled' a strip of Marina Mist and Very Vanilla Card stock with the Jumbo Wheel Friendly Words. I added a length of the Chantilly Crochet Trim across the centre and attached a flower that I made by punching out 3 Fancy Flower Shapes, and 2 of the small leaves from the Sizzix Die Island Floral. I distressed all the shapes and seperated them before assembling them. I used a small yellow button from the Icecream Parlour Button collection and tied it off with Hemp twine. The sentiment is from the age old favourite Sincere Salutations , which I stamped off in Black and punched out using the decorative label punch. I hope you like my card, it was quick and easy to do and came together very quickly. Would love to hear what you think. Bye for now

Sunny Challenges Week 5

Hi there! This week on Sunny challenges and Creations our very talented Kris is the creator of the sketch. The only stipulations for the challenge were that 1. Marina Mist had to be used whether it was ink, carstock or ribbon and the other was that a shape (any shape) be placed on the left hand side of the card. This was harder than you would think! Now I am the proud owner of quite a few stamp sets, but do you think I could choose a set to use for this colour. Now if I had been given a stamp set to use then it would not have been a problem, so I dont know how to figure that out! I used Crumb Cake for the base of the card and on the front the lower half of the card was Marina Mist and the top half was Very Vanilla. I stamped the daisy from the set Every Moment, first making a mask so I could overstamp and have flowers where I wanted them. I then coloured these using Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron and Soft Suede Classic Stampin Ink pads and my trusty blender pen. The base I left unadorned except for the sentiment and that was stamped directly onto the cardstock. Using the Big Shot I cut two scallop squares one in Night of Navy and the other in Very Vanilla. On the piece of Very Vanilla I stamped the bird from that set then coloured it using my blender pens and the ink pads as before. I then mounted this onto the main pieces of cardstock for the front of the card. I placed a piece of Kraft Taffeta Ribbon around the centre and tied a know to one side and the card was finished. For the inside, I used the lace edge punch on the top of the Marina Mist card stock and then attached it to a strip of Very Vanilla for the recipients name. It was a lot of fun, Hope you can join in with us this week its always a lot of fun, so I am looking forward to seeing your creations on out webside, remember its free and its definitely FUN! Bye for now

Friday, August 26, 2011


 I love Iris's and they always remind me of my nan's garden when I was a child, and then of my own garden in the Central West of NSW. We had huge frosts and the climate was perfect for bulbs of all sorts, and every winter I had a brilliant show of Iris's, Daffodils, John Quills, and any other winter bulb you could imagine. My front garden was an absolute riot of colour and I used to love nothing more than to sit on the front patio and admire them. On Monday a good friend bought me some Iris's to cheer me up as I had not been well and here it is the end of the week and they are still going strong. I couldnt resist taking a pic of them to share with you. There is nothing like fresh flowers to bring the great outdoors in and they certainly do cheer you up!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Using up some retired stock

Because the weather has been so wintry and I have virtually been housebound I thought that I would make some more cards for our local nursing home. They are always in need of Birthday, Easter, Christmas, Sympathy, Mothers and Fathers Day cards for their residents. I make a box full of cards over a couple of months plus others from my stash that I have had for a little while and take them to the diversional therapist, and when the 'ressies' need cards then they go through the appropriate box and choose what they like. I also donate 100 Christmas cards every year to go with their gifts from the DT's office. I love being able to do something for the oldies and they are all ever so happy to see you and eager for you to sit and listen to their stories.  What better way to use up retired stock, it is a sure fire way to put a big smile on so many faces. I will share some more tomorrow, bye for now

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Welcoming Christmas into your heart.....

Today with the weather so so awful, I thought I would make another Christmas card that would fit the challenge on Sunny Challenges and Creations this week. This time I chose to use Garden Green for my card base, I topped that with Confetti Cream and the panels were cut from Holly Jolly DSP that I had on hand and is just about to retire. Using the Big Shot I cut a scallop oval in Garden Green and a medium oval in Confetti Cream which I ran through the Big Shot once again this time inside the Square Lattice embossing folder, because as you remember at least one embossing folder was to be used. The image I stamped twice in Garden Green and coloured the star yellow is from the soon to be retired Christmas Classics stamp set. One of the images I cut up in sections and layered it onto the bottom one with dimensionals just to give it a bit of a lift. The sentiment is from Heard from the Heart, and on the inside of the card on Very Vanilla Card stock I stamped the verse from Snow Swirled along with a snowflake in the top right hand corner.  The bow is Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and the bow was placed in the centre of the top portion of the card to give it a 'bauble look'.It seems a bit sad to be saying goodbye to some of your favourite stamp sets, they are a little like comfy slippers really, they are always there when you wnat them. Nevermind on the 1st of September we will have a whole lot more new favourites that we will automatically reach for!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Brand New Challenge from Sunny Challenges and Creations

 Here we are into week 4 of  Sunny Challenges and Creations.  Kris Vicky and I hope you will play along with us this week. The challenge this week is to create a card using the sketch on the left, but you  must  use  at least one embossing folder, and the theme is Christmas. You can use any or even no stamp set, as long as the finished creation is of a Christmas theme. That gives everyone a really wide scope, to put forward some beautiful entries. For my card I used Real Red cardstock, which I ran through the Big Shot using the Framed Tulips embossing folder. I then cut panels from the Holly Jolly Designer Paper and topped that with some Whisper White that was also run through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I had a scrap of Real Red cardstock on my desk and had punched out the Lace Border, so I put it on top of the Whisper White (which I know has covered the polka dots) and I really like the look of it. The stamp set I used was Contemp Christmas. The sentiment was stamped in Real Red and the tree was stamped onto a  white medium oval in Old Olive.I matted this onto an Old Olive small scallop oval (not SU). I think you will have a lot of fun playing with the sketch this week, so dont forget to go to Sunny Challenges and enter your creations. I really like how my card turned out and I would love to hear what you think too. Bye for now

Friday, August 19, 2011

Last Fox and Friends Share

This is the last share that I have done for the Sunny Challenges and Creations Challenge for this week. I pulled out some Regal Rose cardstock, which I dont seem to use often enough, layered it with Whisper White which I had passed through the Big Shot using the Petals a Plenty embossing folder. I then matted some Whisper White onto another piece of Regal Rose and fed each corner into the Decorative Label Punch to make the corner shapes that I achieved here. A Strip of matching cardstock had a piece of white grossgrain ribbon across its length and attached to the main body of the card. The sentiment was stamped and the large oval punch was used to shape it. The fox was stamped in Regal Rose once again and placed on dimensionals. She is so cute, she looks like she is batting her eyes at any unsuspecting little boy fox! I have had fun using this set this week and hope that you have liked what I have done. Bye for now

Another Fox and Friends Card share

Here is another creation using the Fox and Friends stamp set. This time I used the little turtle, I think he is the cutest little thing and I am sure any little boy would be pleased to receive him for his birthday..........along with the mandatory gift of course! This challenge has really had us all thinking hard, and because I rarely make cards for little people and tend to use more 'nursery' type sets for new babies I dont mind admitting Miss Vicky really set a task this week at Sunny Challenges and Creations I used a Whisper White card base, and using Bashful Blue Ink and the standard size Stampin' around wheel with cup cakes on it, then topped it with Bashful Blue card stock and added a scallop edge from the Tasteful Trim Die, I then ran a piece of Whisper White through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder and matted that onto a piece of  Tempting Turquoise and placed the turtles using dimensionals. For some reason this card puts me in mind of "snips and snails and puppy dog tails"! I had fun making this card and I hope you like it too!
Bye foe now

Congratulations Matthew!

Our grandson Matthew achieved some outstanding results for an assignment, and my son asked me to make him a card that he could send off to him. Of course it was at the last moment (is there any other moment for our children) so this is what I came up with at very short notice!The assignment was for one of his music classes so I needed to use something that signified the importance of his achievement! Tempting Turquoise for the base, my current favourite embossing folder Square Lattice, and using the Big Shot once again I cut out the letters to spell Congrats and placed them haphazardly over the front. I also added a couple of stick ons  and a metal musical note (neither of which are  SU), as they were the only things I had that were 'musical'. He has received his card and he loved it. You might remember Matthew made that lovely telescopic card while he was here on holidays and I can see he will be wanting to play with Nan's cardmaking supplies when he is here again at Christmas. Bye for now...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fox and Friends share

This week on Sunny Challenges and Creations we are using the stamp set Fox and Friends and the sketch for this challenge was done by Vicki. As I said in an earlier post it really had me thinking, and now I seem to have gotten into the 'groove' with set and will share with you over the next couple of days some more of my creations using this lovely set. The card base is Tempting Turquise and that has been layered with Whisper white of which I attached four of the lions from the stamp set that were stamped in More Mustard and that was then run through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder. A smaller mat of the Tempting Turquoise topped with Whisper White was adhered to the embossed layer and then I had cut out a giraffe that was stamped in Cajun Craze and he was placed using dimensionals. You cant see it very well in this picture but I placed a basic rhinestone for the giraffe's eye. The card was finished off by placing a strip of More Mustard Cardstock across the page which had 1/8" White Taffeta Ribbon attached to it. This is such a pretty set and I dont know why I hadnt had ink to it before this :(  I do hope you like it and I would love to know what you think of it.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Week 3 at Sunny Challenges and Creations

Here we are into week 3 would you believe of
 Sunny Challenges. This week the sketch and stamp set was chosen by our very talented Vicky. She certainly made me put my thinking cap on thats for sure! The Stamp set is a wonderful set called Fox and Friends and it is soon to retire. It is such a versatile set for either welcoming a new baby or for a young person's birthday. I took a piece of Rich Razzleberry Cardstock and randomly stamped the monkey from the set over the front if the card with White Craft Ink. The white mat was put through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder. I decided to make the ribbon a bit of a focal point as well by punching small holes in it with the Crop a Dile and then threading 1/8" white taffeta ribbon through the holes and tying it off. Taking the monkey image once again I stamped 'him' off once on Whisper White Card Stock with Rich Razzleberry. I then punched out 3 small hearts from the set of small punches and placed them down the side. The sentiment is from Short and Sweet, and punched out using the Word Window Punch. I decided to send this one off to my young grandson for his birthday, and him being a bit of a monkey I thought it suited him to the ground. Would love to hear what you think, bye for now

Friday, August 5, 2011

Another Share for Sunny Cahllenges

Hi there! This week is the first week of challenges for Sunny Challenges and I thought that I would post another of my creations that I made for this week. We had to work with Inspired by Nature and it is such a lovely set and it is very 'giving' in as much that there are so many components to work with. I decided this time not to be so structured and to let a bit of whimsy play a part. I am so pleased with the end result and I hope you like it too! My base is Very Vanilla, which I topped with a piece of Soft Suede cardstock. I ran this through the Big Shot using the Tulips border embossing folder. The Regal Rose I ran through the Big Shot as well this time using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I used Soft Suede ink to stamp the grasses on Very Vanilla, and the flowers are the smallest daisy, which were coloured using the Stamp n Write Markers in Real Rose, Melon Mambo, So Saffron, and Soft Suede. Five flowers were inked and stamped then cut out, and then attached to the cardstock randomly using my faithful Anywhere Glue Stick. This layer was then run through the Big Shot too, this time using the Squeare Lattice embossing folder. Before attaching this layer to the Baja Breeze mat I coloured some 1/8" taffeta ribbon with Regal Rose ink and tied it around the botton. It was then assembled, dimensionals were added to the back and it was all attached to the main body of the card. I hope you like what I have done,  Iwould love to know what you think. Bye for now.....

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Today I thought that I would share with you a little of my new Craft Room. It is amazing really how little it takes to make one happy. I have been forever delegated to small corners here and there in various parts of the house and always having to leave what I was doing to pack up.......but no more!! I do at long last have a little corner of the house to call mine. Since I began Stampin' I have used the kitchen bench or any other area that I could grab to work on. In more recent times I have secconded the dining room table and the environs to apply my craft. Dinner times saw everything packed away then bought out again so I could continue with my 'work'. Our office has been sitting unused by my husband for quite a few months now and I would only use it to pay bills and file invoices. So the executive decision was made (by me of course) to use the office for my craft room, and met with no objections. I am still sorting things around to suit how I want them and where I want them, but for the time it is working well, with my inks etc right in front of me at 'my' area and my printer, computer, stamp sets, big shot and dies in what was 'Ron's' area. I am just so happy to have an area that I dont have to pack up every single time for meals, visitors, grandchildren etc. Now all I have to do is get Photoshop happening (if I live that long) and get some decent pics up. What I have taken for now will have to do, but I am hoping there is a really big scope for improvement!  I just love the photo on my computer desktop. It was a snap when I was at Long Island in the Whitsundays for my son's wedding. I was sitting outside my room which opened straight onto the beach and this is what I saw every day. How lovely it would be to have a view like that every day.  I could have happily sat and relaxed there forever! Bye for now

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunny Cahllenges

Hi everyone, A big welcome to the first Sunny Challenge! Here is the first sketch and the featured stamp set, which this week is Inspired by Nature. Please play along with us, and remember it is all about having fun! It is as easy as 1,2,3. We will be using current Stampin' Up! sets and perhaps some weeks not even a particular stamp set but embossing folders, dies or Designer Paper. We hope that you all play along with us, and enjoy after all that is what it is all about. Dont forget to check out Kris's and Vicky's blogs to see their wonderful creations too! We would love to know what you think, so please leave us a comment. Bye for now .....
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