Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sketch Challenge

Hi all!

I am really loving the boys being on school holidays! No rushing around, not having to be anywhere by a certain time and no pick up runs! It all makes for a much more relaxed pace around here. And best of all it means I can stay up a little later and play in my craft room.

I tackled another challenge yesterday. This time it was a SCS Sketch Challenge (SC261). The layout was very clean and simple and I thought, here's my chance to try something different. So I made a masculine card and would you believe it not a butterfly in sight!!

Paper is unknown, stamp is "Classic" from Kaszazz

Masculine cards are certainly not my strong point but I do love these stamps. I choose not to colour them as I think I would not do a very good job and it would spoil the look of the card.

Here are some other masculine cards I have done in the past. (sorry some of them are scanned in)

Image from Stampin Up and sentiment printed on my computer

Image from Stampin-Up

Image from "Classic" Kaszazz

Image "Tool Border" from Kaszazz

Thanks for looking.

I hope that 2010 is a wonderful year for all of you!

Happy New Year


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Designer Handbag Gift Sets

Today I want to share with you one of my most popular designs.

The inspiration for these handbags came from some talented ladies over at SCS, Chickiez and garkarlon.

The set comes with a photo frame, keyring, notepad and gel pens and a co-ordinating card.

I make the photo frames from chipboard squares and acetate.

This set is made using SU Bella Rose DSP

This set is made using SU Rasberry Tart DSP

You get the idea now anyway.

I really enjoy making these gift sets even though they can be quite fiddly and time consuming. The end result is very satisfying. I find myself wishing they were real bags!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My First Challenge

Wow, this was fun! I decided to take the plunge and submit something in my first SCS (Split Coast Stampers) challenge. It was a CAS (clean and simple) inspiration challenge.

What a great group of people they are over at SCS, they are so welcoming and encouraging!

Although I see now that I had not understood the "inspiration" part of the challenge completely I still had a lot of fun creating this card.

The challenge was to be inspired to make a card based on something you saw at the Disney Shop. I had a scramble through my odds and ends and came up with this cute Pooh and Friends image.

Firstly I stamped some plain white cardstock with swirls using SU Real Red ink and then I scolloped an edge with SU Pacific Point cardstock. Using the the off cut strip from the scollop punch I adhered another blue strip at the bottom of the card. I placed the character image on top of a mat of white cardstock over SU Real Red cardstock and centred it on the card.

A very simple card, took me all of 10 minutes to make start to finish.

I truly recommend anyone having a try at a challenge if you haven't done so before. It's a lot of fun and a great way to make new like minded friends.

Happy New Year everyone!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Butterfly Prints for Christmas

Hi everyone!

Well, here goes, my first official blog post!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

I was thrilled to get this lovely Stampin-Up set and Punch for Christmas from my Mum. I just couldn't wait to play with it. I had been having a bit of a dry spell for a while with no inspiration and I hadn't made a new card in ages. But with this set the ideas came thick and fast.

Here are a couple of the cards I made on Boxing Day.

I think the "For You" pink butterfly card would have been enhanced with some embossing on the pink card stock backing. Might put a cuttlebug machine on my wishlist I think!