Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Getting there with Fab's challenges.....

Well, I'm back with more of Fab's challenge ideas and I think I have about 6 or 7 until I have got them up to date.

#10 - Use swirls and gems. This card has a mish mash of stamps from Heidi Grace, Fiskars, Kaiser and an old rubber stamp from Aussie Stamps and Crafts with a variety of words on it. I found this lovely green ink, Versamagic Tea Leaves chalk ink and I just love the shade of it and found this scrap of green paper to match it. The rhinestones are from Papermania, a UK brand which I purchased ages ago. I love the fact that they have these little tiny ones, smaller even than the Kaiser small rhinestones and they fit nicely into the centres of some of the Heidi Grace flowers.
#2 - Use free papers from a magazine. I think these were from a Simply Cards magazine and the little glittery stickers came from a magazine too. The "joy" is stamped with Stephanie Barnard's "Fresh lowercase" font created by Inque Boutique.

#11 - Stripes and ric-rac. The paper here is some really old Karen Foster paper that I bought in a pack of Christmas cut-offs from an LSS back in 2004. I have been trying to use it for ages. The vellum is a stuffed up cricut cut that I didn't have the blade setting right on so it gave the impression of the cut and not actually cut through. It made for a slightly decorative effect and the ric-rac was me playing with the Fiskars scalloped border edge punch and strips of paper 3/4" wide.

#13 - Either/or decoupage or Pink. I went for the pink cos I'm not really a decoupage girl. The tree is a Kaiser stamp - again from the Merry Christmas set. Background is a Sugarloaf products stamp and the Happy Christmas I have no idea - maybe an old Paper Pleasure Plus stamp.
#9 - Anything goes. I loved the stamp and the pink so much I played with it a little more. The other stamps apart from the little flower one are all in the same Merry Christmas Kaiser set.

#16 - Tea bag folding. No laughing now! This is my first ever attempt at tea bag folding. Nothing of the planet but at least I can say I have done it now. More Kasier Merry Christmas stamps and also played with an EK success corner punch around a circle to make an interesting effect.
On the home front we have had a busy day. The boys went to my sister's whilst I took our Guide dog puppy Viva to a group obedience session. She wasn't her usual well-behaved self today, whining and barking at the other dogs occasionally. But, she performed all her obedience tasks well. Now just have to work on the dog distraction for a bit. Our Supervisor informed us of her resignation today so will be interesting to see how things change over the coming months.
After the group session, I went back to Penny's and Viva had a chance to have a play with her boxer Holly and they were both exhausted after a good play. My boy's played with the twins for a while and we got home about 4pm. It was a lazy soup dinner and I think I might try for a semi early night..... Well, before midnight for a change.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Just a quick one...

Today is just a share of a couple more cards for Fab's challenge #39 - Green, green and more green and/or two cards made with the same supply of materials.
I have used some old TLC papers, outline stickers and some chipboard embellishments I bought a few years ago.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Did I happen to mention I like this stamp?

If you actually read my blog, you may recall my story about my card class and having extra glitter images sitting on my table to work with. Well, left the housework to do itself today and got stuck into working with them.

Here are the cards I achieved........

This one was actually embossed with Antique Gold powder instead of glitter.....

Back to glitter...

Are you tired of seeing this stamp yet?........... Funnily enough, I'm not. You would think I would be by now but I really like the design. Yeah for Kaisercraft!

This card is one I completed from a tutorial by Kim over at Home and Scrapped. I am including it for Fab's #12 challenge to use Organza or Vellum. This is my first ever parchment craft card and probably my last...... ;-)
I really enjoyed doing it Kim but I was so glad to get it finished. That pin pricking just drove me nuts!
Last but not least is #19 - Old fashioned with a twist/Altered image. I have used an angel image that I purchased through Smugmug from Royce Bair's Vintage collection. It works quite nicely with the hot pink.......
Hope some of my cards are giving you some inspiration.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

And the Christmas cards just keep on coming.....

I have continued on with more of Fab's challenges to keep me going but I did take some time out to run a Christmas card class using outline stickers and glitter.

This is my #1 - Anything just make a start challenge which uses an image that a friend gave to me because she was never going to use it. I knew straight away what I would use it for though. It's a little hard to tell from the photo but the oval cut-out in the card has an oval silver card insert with a transparency in the centre with the rubber image attached to it to give the stained glass window effect.

This card was a - just because...... Saw a design that I wanted to try and duplicate and had some chipboard card toppers that I bought cheap at the end of last season that worked for it.

The next four are my card class from last weekend. The first is a little difficult to see because I originally created the card with 'dazzling diamonds' from Stampin' Up and a Kaisercraft stamp from their Merry Christmas set from last season. After I thought about it for a while I realised I had other shades of glitter and brought those out for the ladies to try so have a few more glittery trees sitting on my table waiting to be used. Get used of seeing this stamp this Christmas cos I am really loving the delicate image of it.

This one is an outline sticker on transparency and coloured with kindyglitz to pop dot on the card. I love to use this technique with outline stickers because it gives an elegant look to the card.

There is all-over glitter on this one with a gold metallic background and combination of gold and silver stickers. Looks much better IRL.

This was an add in because I figured the others would not take long. Using the lovely Fiskars Apron lace punch and the strip that gets punched off which we have covered with glitter and added to the left hand side of the card to balance it. The sticker is coloured with brush markers and Kaiser rhinestones added.
I've skipped around a little with Fab's challenges as I hit some creative blocks with ideas so this is #4 - Xmas baubles. It uses the Kaisercraft Merry Christmas, snowflake image which is embossed and punched with the Fiskars circle squeeze punch. The bauble tops are bells punched with an old Carl punch.
#15 - Either/or use a square card, utilise some fabric or paper flowers. I stuck with the square card only and made two of these because I had to stamp and emboss both the green and red cardstock.
#12 - Put a Santa anywhere theme. This was playing around with glimmermist and a Santa from a recycled Christmas card from last year. It actually has a nice sparkle to it IRL which is a little hard to tell from the photo.
And finally..... #18 - Cute and cheerful. This is a digital stamp from Fab's mate, Vince. I hope Vince does not mind that I added a Christmas hat to one of his little monsters because I could not resist the idea that the image was reminiscent of my trio of boys. I have had the word stamp sitting around for a while and not used it - the one inside reads: but.... don't get caught!
Just have to keep my thoughts open on who I give this one to though..... LOL!