Monday, June 25, 2012

My Helper!

Before settling in my craft room to do some hard core stamping, I vacuumed the house first. One of my little shadows decided that she did NOT want to give up her bed while I did my chores and when I came back into the room with the cleaner this is what I found!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunny Challenges Week 46

Hi Stampers,
Here we are another week of Sunny Challenges and Creations. I was the one to set the challenge this week and the card was to be a Fancy Fold, but using any stamp set or colour combination that you wanted. I must apologise for the quality of the sketch picture...but that is another story lol. The stamp set I used was Fresh Vintage from the Sale-a-bration catalogue this year. The card base is Concord Crush from the 2010-12 In Colours. After I had folded my card base I stamped a piece of Whisper White card stock using off stamped Concord Crush and the large blossom from the Fresh Vintage set randomly over the entire piece. I then placed it  into the Very Vintage embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot, then cut it in half. The focal area was a mat of Melon Mambo, Concord Crush and the Whisper White mat onto which the image was stamped. The image was coloured using Blender Pens and then was sponged with Old Olive around the edges. This is such a pretty card and was so quick and easy to make. Check out Kris and Vicky's entries this week as well as our guest designers and dont forget to have a bit of fun and play along with us each week, and who knows you may well be our next Ray of Sunshine! Till next time.....

Sunny Challenges Week 45

Hello Stampers,
I am posting this challenge a whole week late!! Why you might ask? We changed Telco's, and my haven't things changed since we last did that! No longer it seems are your telephone service and internet services linked. You change your telephone service one one day and your internet you get to have access to up to 14...yes you read that right 14 days later. It is made even more unpalatable by the fact that we werent told this would happen before we signed up with them.............grrrrrrrrrr. Nevermind that is all behind us now so now I can play a bit of catch up for last week and then I will post the challenge for this week. The winners for this challenge have been announced and this week it was given to our two most regular contributors Alison and Margaret who did a wonderful job with the challenge that was set by Vicky. As always please pop on over to Sunny Challenges and Creations and check out the beautiful samples by our very own Miss Vicky and Kris and also those of our guest designers. The challenge was that we had to use ribbon along with the sketch provided. I used Basic Black card stock for the base and layered that with som DP from the Brights Collection. The image I stamped in basic black and very lightly added some Marina Mist sponging in the sky and around the base of the boat. The boat itself I put a coat of Crystal Effects over it and the sails. I threaded a small piece of gold wire from the top of the mast to the boast and then I tied a small Nautical (I hope) knot and placed it on the top right hand corner of the image. Using the Edgelit die I cut 2 one in Basic Black and the other in Old Olive and used black brads to secure it to the Left Hand edge of the card front. The ribbon part of the challenge I laid the Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon onto Whisper White Card Stock into what I thought looked like 'waves'. I hope you like what I have done for this challenge it was a lot of fun. Till next time......

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sunny Challenges Weeks 43 and 44

Goodness Stampers it has been such a hectic time for me the last couple of weeks. I think the worst of all was the prepping for a Garage Sale to sell off some retired stock and other items of craft that hadnt seen the light of day in a few years. I am sure we all have some of those items around our homes. Seeing that Conventions is being held in Brisbane next year that gave me the added impetus to do something about raising the money to go. The Garage Sale is now over and I have enough money to pay for my registration, accommodation and to buy from the new catty when it hits our shores a little later down the track. Ok, now onto the Challenges for Sunny Challenges and Creations. Week 43 was a sketch that was set by me and I used the set Ocean Commotion.

This week for Challenge 44, the lovely Kris set the challenge and we were given a blank canvas! The challenge was that we were to make a fancy fold card of our choice. Below is the card I made from a Tutorial from Frenchie for this week and it was so easy to do I loved it!
With clever use of the Framelits, it was a breeze to make and it is such a wow card. I used a piece of Whisper White card stock and folded it so that the two outside edges met in the middle. This was the most important part of the creation. Each end was embossed, a strip of ribbon was placed to the back of the left hand side of the card and that was then covered with Real Red Cardstock.
The focal area framelit is adhered only to the the centre point on the left hand side, using plenty of adhesive to sit it on top of the ribbon. The frame on the right hand side is only adhered to the front of the card on the right hand side to the centre point of the frame.
I used the new Reason to Smile stamp set for my flowers an I stamped two in Real Red and one in Pumpkin Pie. Then I over stamped the flower using Early Espresso. The leaves were cut using the little leaves die and then divided up around the flowers; To make things just a little different I used my circle punch and punched out two Pumpkin Pie discs and a Real Red disc and placed them onto the opposite coloured flowers. I decided to add three little butterflies that were cut from So Safron card stock and attached these using Tombow.
We would love for you to play along with us this week at Sunny Challenges and Creations, so pop on over have a look at what the other designers have put together an join in! I do hope that you like what I have done and if you get a chance pop on over to Frenchie's blog and have a look for yourself at what she has been creating! Till next time....
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