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Friday, June 17, 2011

2 Very Different Cards - Same Reason

Unfortunately both my Nan (mum's side) & Pop (Dad's side) have been unwell so I wanted to send them a little cheery card, but didn't want to it say Get Well, I wanted to make something that will make them smile and feel good!

My Nan LOVES 'pretty', so I decided to use a gorgeous flower stamp with (of course) glitter just so it makes it extra PRETTY for her :-). And the sentiment says it all really:

(the birds wings and middle of the flowers have dazzling diamonds on them)

Stamp Set: Elements of Style, Sweet Little Senitments (Retired SAB 2009)

Card Stock: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Whisper White

Inks: Stamp Pads (Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue)

Bigshot: Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder

Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Decorative Label & Modern Label Punches, Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals


With Pop's card I really just wanted to make him laugh, he has Parkinson's but is just so witty and funny, nothing gets past him!

I have made him a 'young' card and just hope the sentiment on the inside gives him a nice BIG smile:
Stamp Set: Grunge Rock, Seaworthy

Card Stock: Choc Chip, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Newsprint DSP

Inks: Stamp Pads (Choc Chip, Crumb Cake)

Accessories: Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Cutter Kit (using distressing tool), Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals

Not really a 'Get Well' Cards but I hope they both put smiles on their faces.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mr 2 is turning 3

This year we are having a family birthday party for Mr (soon to be) 3. It is the first year we have lived anywhere close enough for them all to come, it is a 4 hour drive for both sides of the family so hopefully they will make a great weekend away and have some fun with us.

Mr 2 LOOOOOVES trains (well I think all boys do don't they, my Dad is now driving the tourist train on the Bussselton Jetty and is the Train Master...Mr 2 is of course in 'awe of Gramps LOL)

So hence the theme of the brithday invites and hopefully the cake will resemble something that looks like a train (fingers crossed).

Invite closed:

Invite Open (yet to put the details on it):

I ended up making about 10 of them but here are a few together:

Stamp Set: Choo Choo, Loads of Love Accessories

Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, So Saffron, Real Red, Whisper White, DSP Play Date

Inks: Stamp Pads (Temping Turquoise, Old Olive, So Saffron, Crumb Cake)

Big Shot: Timeless Type Junior Alphabet

Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Snail, Sticky Strip


Also Christmas this year we have decided not to travel and invite family to us, as every year for the past 6 years we have been living away and always travelled not always for Christmas but a bit before or after, so we decided everyone can travel to us.

To get in early so no-one can say "I already have something planned", I have sent them little invites (early bird catches the worm LOL):

Stamp Set: Playful Pieces (Hostess L3), Perfect Punches, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Card Stock: Bravo Burgundy, Night of Navy, Whisper White

Inks: Certanily Celery, Daffodil Delight

Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Snail, Sticky Strip, Bravo Burgundy Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Non Su Embossing Folder

Monday, June 13, 2011

Cyberstamping & JAI Challenge

What a lovely weekend relaxing, just what I needed :-)

On Saturday night the Elite Stampers got together for a Cyberstamp. I have never done a Cyberstamp but it was lots of fun. One of the ladies put out 3 challenges over about 2-3hrs. You could go away and do the challenges but I did them all that night.

I am going to start at the end (challenge 3) as I combined this challenge with latest Just Add Ink #71 challenge. WoW can't believe it has been about 6 months since I have done a JAI challenge (every Fri they bring out new challenge, closes on Wed & best picks chosen on Thurs).

The challenges were:

JAI: Just add Black and White

Elite Stampers: Use at least 3 different accessories (more than one button) & the only stamp can be a greeting... (I have used DSP, Ribbon, 3 Buttons & added just a little Dazzling Diamonds)

The card is actually made for one of our mechanics that has just gotten engaged and will be having an engagement party soon...What do you think, I am feeling it is very 'Funky' :

Stampset: Occassional Quotes

Card Stock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, DSP Newsprint

Inks: Stamp pad (Basic Black)

Accessories: Black Satin Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Black Buttons, Heart to Heart Punch, Snail, Sticky Strip, Multipurpose Glue


Now Elite Stampers challenge 2 involved picking a page from the current Ideas book & catalogue, choosing a card layout from that page then casing it using a retiring stamp set from the US catalogue.

My card is case from pg 50 using the retiring set Cheers to You:

Stampset: Cheers to You

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White

Inks: Stamp pad (Staz-on Black, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Real Red, Regal Rose, Temping Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie)

Bigshot: Elegant Lines Embossing Folder

Accessories: Punches (4.4cm, 3.5cm & 3.2cm Circle) Tempting Turquoise Satin Ribbon, Blender Pens, Basic Rhinestones Snail, Sticky Strip, Multipurpose Glue, Dimensionals


And now the first challenge, which I found the hardest was a colour challenge, Wild Wisabi, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip & Very Vanilla BUT with the theme Birthday:

Stampset: Pendant Park, Fabulous Phrases

Cardstock: Wild Wisabi, Crumb Cake, Choc Chip, Very Vanilla

Inks: Stamp pad (Wild Wisabi, Choc Chip, Versamark)

Accessories: Hemp Twine, Antique Brad, Cutter Kit (using the distressing tool), Snail, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals.

Three very different cards all completed in a couple of hours. What a great night.... Thanks girls

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Oh no the Brayer is out of hiding

I have pulled the brayer out of hiding just for Lynda (as apprently hers has been hiding in its box for a long long long time *smile for you Lynda*)

My brayer I must admit has only seen ink twice in the past 1.5yrs. I find the brayer very daunting because I DO NOT have an artisic bone in my body. It does require a little bit of skill and knowledge but all I did was jump onto U-Tube and watched a few tutorials on it and then grabbed some scrap paper and had a go.

The below card is a very belated card for the real estate agent that sold us our business. She was just wonderful and I wanted to give her a little something to say thank-you. She isn't the flowery type so I decided to go with a sunset and some silhouettes, what do you think....

Stamp Set: Pockets Silhouettes

Card Stock: Basic Black, Whisper White,Cherry Clobber, Cajun Craze, More Mustard

Ink: Stamp Pads (Staz-on black, Cajun Craze, Cherry Clobber, More Mustard)

Punches: Scallop Trim Border, Oval Large (3.5x1.6cm), Modern Label

Accessories: Brayer, Sponge, Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Basic Black), Button (More Mustard), Snail, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Kitchen String

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ferrero's never looked so GOOD

How do you make a box of chocolates look a homemade box of course.

I started out with the Ferrero's 9 pack selection as a thank-you gift for a lovely lady who was kind enough to pick up some urgent stock for our business while she was shopping down in Albany. It was greatly appreciated so instead of giving her a boring 'old' box of chocolates I bling'd it up in a homemade box.


Mmmmmm the chocolates, where it all started


How could I make a box with 3 compartments, one for each type of chocolate??? 7x Scallop Envelopes all joined up in a half hexogon....

Picture looking straight on:

Picture looking from above (can you see the compartments). It is such a cute box and a gorgeous way to present a "yummy" thank-you gift!