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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Goody Bags

The Creative Card Crew have a challenge to make a treat box or goody bag,and I had to make something for my biscuits for the hospital I volunteer for, as they are having a Christmas goodies stall.  I made some chocolate and nut biscuits (cookies for those from USA) and put them in celephane bags, and then hung them in the decorated goody folder. They are for tomorrow so I hope they sell OK.

I have the template for the folders, if anyone wants it - I made it up as I went along after looking at so many out in blog land. It takes one sheet of A4 card. The Bon Appetit card on the back which holds the ingredients list, is stamped onto Confetti White. I cut out the labels using the bug, and then stamped and embossed them.

Stamps:  WMS - Rescue Remedies; Victorian Fripperies
Paper and Card: SU Card  - Garden Green, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise; Pretty in Pink; scraps of Christmas papers; SU Confetti White
Ink: SU Inks - Pacific Point; Cherry Cobbler; Hunter Green; Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: clear EP; various ribbon/ties; SU scallop edged punch; Sticky strip and other tape; hole punch; Nestabilities Label 4; Cuttlebug

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Its Official

It was a friend's birthday last week but we are having a get-together tomorrow night, a regular 'girls night out' for the group, celebrating birthdays by bringing a card for the birthday girl(s) of that month. This girl is the usual organiser for our group but someone else has done this one - should be fun.  Anyway, here is my card for her - a tri-fold, which ends up giving you four surfaces to decorate, I discovered!  I used I Brake for Stamps to create this card, and ran out of inspiration - although it has a secret embedded in it, which only a few of us know about!

The inside of the card - I tried to emboss an oval into the card (did that OK) and then coloured it in using the Copics and my hand is not that steady, so the oval is a bit uneven.  It's raining hard outside so I took this second photo just inside Dh's workshop door, and the focus is not good, but you can see the two 'golden oldies' in all their glory. 

Anyway, I have a list of ingredients. 

Stamps:  I Brake for Stamps - Kiss the Chef and Sentiments and images from another Plate. 
Paper and Card: SU Elegant Eggplant; X-Press White card
Ink: SU Elegant Eggplant; Momento Tuxedo Black
Other: Copics; ribbon; dimentionals
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Holly's Sketch

ThereSheGoes Challenge #81 is called Holly's Sketch.  I used the sketch to create this card and shall enter it in their challenge, although I have not used one of my TSG stamps to create it!   It is made from pieces of Christmas papers from the  Christmas box, and some sponging of SU Red ink, and a tag that has been hanging around for a while, which I had stamped with a free stamp from UK Stampers magazine, and then coloured in....the sentiment is in a nestability, embossed and stamped with gold and red ink, with a stamp from WMS.

Stamps: Free stamp: Elusive Images; Waltzing Mouse Stamp - Complements of the Season; and Vintage Labels 4
Paper and Card: SU Cherry Cobler base card; SU Whisper White for frame;  Kaiser Bell collection - Natalie; scrap paper
Ink: SU Riding Hood Red; Encore Gold
Other: Red Tag with vellum centre; gold ribbon; bling; Clear EP


I told you in the last post that I had sent my grandson his birthday present - I did not hear on his day that it  had arrived, so assumed it was late and would get there on the Saturday or Monday - I knew he would have lots of things anyway to open on his birthday.  Yes, it did arrive on Saturday - but only by the kind offices of a neighbour who lives at 71 not 31 their street!  I had put the wrong number in the address! Anyway it was quite early in the morning, and he was ecstatic because he had a whoopee cushion (he "knew I was sending him one", he said - strange, I didn't until I saw it in the shop and thought he would be amused!) and a stethoscope "a real one!" His thanks were perfunctory, as the box had not yet been gone through in all its depth and he wanted to get back to exploring to see what else was in there, so guess it was a success! What a shame we missed seeing it, but thank goodness for the phone! Happy birthday Jack. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Aargh, its a pirate

Tomorrow is my Grandson's birthday, and I have sent his a card in his parcel - he is 5,so the theme of the card was Pirates! It uses die cuts, and a bit of paper piecing, so I will enter it into Little Paper Shops challenge LPSC#94.

Happy Birthday Jack. 

I used black SU card, and spare scrap card through the bug and a Disney die called Pirates Ahoy.  The Happy Birthday is from a Martha Stewart big punch, and there are some rub-ons.

Stamps: None!
Paper and Card: SU Whisper White and black, plus some scrap colours; white shimmer card
Ink: None
Other: Disney Die; Martha Stewart punch, rub-on's; red twine


Let's Ink It Up has a challenge on at present to recycle it in your card or item at the moment.  So I have another one where I use the holographic EP and an image cut from one of last year's Christmas cards.  It is not the focus image of course - that is the City of David embossed onto the gold card, and the sentiment also embossed in white. 

Stamps: Florishes City of David; WMS Compliments of the Season
Paper and Card: Gold commercial blank card; white shimmer card
Ink: Versamark; Brilliance White
Other: Stamp It Holographic EP; White EP; scrap ribbon

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Painting with EP....

So, I had a go - here it is:

I enjoyed playing but it took a while - and I ended up re-stamping the background image twice. I also discovered that some EP's are not suited to this. I tried to get the darker blue to sprinkle around and blend in with the lavender but it tended to clump, and so I blended in some ink to disguise it.  I was afraid to do it too much, but think I should have been bolder. The kings were fussy cut after being embossed and then coloured with Copics - I did colour them with watercolour pencils and an aqua pen but it looked wishy-washy, so went over that with Copics. Some gold pen on the headdresses and a gold star from the stash.

Stamps: City of David by Flourish; and SU The Snowflake Spot (discontinued)
Paper and Card: SU Whisper White; gold framed commercial blank card
Ink: ; Memento Paris Dusk
Other: EP's - various for Stamp It;  Copics; gold star, dimensionals

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Time to Celebrate

For a while now I have subscribed to the UK magazine Craft Stamper, and not only because they give away a small stamp each addition, usually something from a known designer and from one of their latest sets of stamps. They are clear polymer, and usually of a great standard.  This card has the last three give-aways used on it, and I am entering it into the challenge #25 from Tuesday Throwdown - to use 'inchies': to me, these are squares, of an inch.  However, mine uses squares that are bigger than that - in fact they are inches x's 2!

I used a gold square commercial blank card, and cut out one square to create the window. I drew around the other three windows with a gold pen, and stamped within them before colouring them up with Copics. I used the square from the gold card on the fourth window, and a small felt Christmas tree in the Christmas stash from last year. I ran the Versamark ink around the edges of the white card and embossed it with gold EP.

Stamps: Freebies from Craft Stamper
Paper and Card: SU Whisper White; gold commercial blank card
Ink: Encore Ultimate Metallic gold; Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: JudiKins EP Egyptian Gold; felt tree; bling; Copics

Another challenge is from Let's Ink It Up, on recycling but I wanted to practice what I was doing first, so I used some images cut from a Christmas card we got last year, and covered them with Versamark and then used some clear EP but it has a shimmer in it. Then I made a card with them. The first photo shows the images covered with the holographic EP.  The second photo indicates the depth of colour in this powder. The third photo, apart from showing it is raining here, also indicates the actual card. I had an idea of stamping the city of David behind then wise men, but they are too large and so I had to give that away and need to think of something else to give this treatment too.

Stamps: WMS Nutcraker set for sentiment
Paper and Card: SU Pacifric Point; blue shimmer card from stash
Ink:  Memento Paris Dusk
Other: JudiKins EP Clear Holographic

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Iris's in Spring...

I have a challenge card and a photo of my black (deep purple) iris to share today.  Firstly, the Annabelle Stamps challenge "Say it in gold...."

A variety of stamp sets and stuff (see below) and it really is more sparkly than it looks - the day is dull and my digital is just a little one. 

Stamps: Flourishes City of David set; WMS - Let it Snow set; Image Tree background text stamp
Paper and Card: SU Riding Hood Red; Confetti White; Gold paper scraps
Ink: Encore Ultimate Metallic gold
Other: JudiKins EP Egyptian Gold

Here is my lovely iris - waiting for my beautiful brown one as well but it's not doing anything. There will be at least four blooms on this one stalk. Yippee!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Let it snow....

What do you think?  Card one or card two?  I have remembered to colour in the base of his coat now, the same colour as the trim (pink). Wasn't until I was preparing the photo's that I even noticed it wasn't coloured in! I am not sure if the sentiment circle should be there or now - take it out or leave it there?

Made the ribbon rose by threading a bit of cotton through one side and pulling into a rosette, and added a pearl brad. WSM Nutcracker set for the image, nestabilities, copics and sundry pieces of Christmas paper, plus a Papermania Christmas stamp and SU Melon Mambo ink and card. A Martha Stewart edge punch added to it.  Oh, and Stickles around the edge of the image, and an embossed snowflake in gold from the discontinued SU set called The Snowflake Spot. The whole thing is following the layout (sort-of: CASED) of a card called Autumn Leaves in the October edition of Cardmaking and Papercraft, UK magazine, page 24. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Busy doing nothing much...

You know how it is. However, I have been blog hopping and noticed that Becca's husband John died last week - and wish to post my condolences to someone's whose blog I have watched and whose work I have admired  from afar. Some of you reading this may have seen Amazing Paper Grace, her blog, before - if not, it is well worth a visit when Becca is back as she is a really gifted card maker.

Now, I have been busy doing lots of something, but don't really know what that might be....I started Christmas shopping, but tore my hamstring while waiting for a bus home, so that slowed me down a bit.  I have made a few cards - not many.  I have been helping the eldest granddaughter face her final exams at year 12, and with some assignments and planning in-class essays. The last essay we got an A-, and 2 B+'s (not too bad)! The painters are due again today (not showed up yet!) but we are ready for them.

Anyway, the cards:

The bush is supposed to represent a gum tree rather than a pine, the traditional christmas tree - after all, we are in Australia. As a child, we usually had a native tree to decorate. The WMS Nutcraker stamp set is used here, and for the sentiment for the one below.

This card is made with left-over's from the SU punch I used to make the leaves for the tree - couldn't waste those birds, so make this quickly out of left-overs. 

The next two are made as a result of a class I missed because I was ill a few weeks ago - but the kit was kept for me. I made them up quickly - don;t usually like the peel-offs, but every now and then, they work well. The top one uses acetate and a folded over top of the black card, with an insert with a photocopy of a map showing on the outside through the acetate, and being able to write inside it - sent it to my baby brother for his birthday! The car was peeled off and stuck on black card and then fussy-cut before attaching it to the acetate.

This one came in the kit also, and is another way of using the peel-offs, and again the big car was stuck on black card, fussy-cut and then attached with dimentionals to lift it off the base card. The black card was folded at the back and had a white card attached as the back, and then when the three smaller cars were attached and fussy-cut around at the top, the white showed through.  The peel-off is all shiny and sparkly. Both cards took about 15 minutes each to make. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New November blog candy

Aud Sentiments has new blog candy for November and guess what it is! Annabell Stamps! Yeah! So, here is the  word on it and here is the link to them, so go and enter and get in the mix to win the stamps.