Thursday, July 29, 2010

Stamp Camp Creations

Today's cards are some of the goodies I was lucky enough to make at our Stamp Camp last weekend. First up is my entry for the "Mystery Box Challenge" Marelle set us as part of a Mastercrafter competition! I've used the gorgeous medallion, En Francais and A Rose is A Rose:

It was great at camp to get the chance to use some stamp sets that I don't own. Firstly I had a play with A Sense of Time, a set from one of our minis that is coming back in the new catalogue. Here I've used Soft Suede and Baja Breeze.

Then I cased a card by Lisa Young and liked it so much I made another in different colours:

For those I substituted Pocket Silhouettes for the herb one Lisa used.

Lastly I had a go with Build-a-Roo and cased this card from the new US catty:

Hope you've enjoyed those. I'll be back again soon with more goodies from camp.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ornamental Part 2

Thanks for calling in today! I have some more things to show you from our Stamp Camp in the Hunter Valley. Here are a few more items from my presentation highlighting the versatility of the ornament punch that we hope will be in our new catalogue on 1st September.

Today's samples keep to the Christmas theme - firstly a simple card with other punches and the alphabet dies from the mini together with Baroque Motifs:

But you can also make other Christmas projects, such as this super cute elf peeking out from behind some presents (created by Andrea Walford):

The next two items are the ones that my team mates and their guests had the chance to make for themselves, firstly a Christmas cardinal using the bird punch (created by Lyn Pratt) and then a choral angel (created by Sandi MacIver):

More items and photos from Stamp Camp coming soon plus more Christmas items coming as I prepare for my second month of Stamp-a-Stack classes.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ornamental Part 1

Woohoo! Our SU team has just had a Stamp Camp in the Hunter Valley so I had a couple of days away doing some "craft therapy" with friends. We had a ball and I'll be sharing some of the goodies I made and maybe a photo or two.

I was asked to do one of the presentations and chose to showcase another punch in a similar way to what I did for our Autumn mini blog hop (see here if you missed it). We are all hopeful that the ORNAMENT PUNCH (which I am lucky enough to have) will make an appearance in our new catalogue in September, so I thought I would show some of the fun ways of using it that I have seen on many overseas blogs.

As you know, I am a sucker for cute critters, so I love these three cards. Firstly, an adorable love skunk:

So cute! That card was cased but I apologise for losing the name of the original artist. (Edited to add: I found it! Cased from Cindy Lawrence. Thanks Cindy!) Next are some friendly fish:

And another of Gretchen Barron's gorgeous Garden Giggles critters, this time Barnaby Bee:

The ornament punch also makes a great vase for flowers, including tulips made from the bird punch:

Acorns that grow into mighty oaks can also come from ornaments:

Babies in nappies are no problem for the ornament punch!

And there are a number of versions of roses or camellias made with this punch too. This one I have posted before, but it's worth another look:

I'll be back tomorrow with some more ways to use this great punch for Christmas themed items.


Friday, July 23, 2010

I'll Be Back

Said in my best Arnie imitation! LOL!

Sorry folks, I've had a bit of an enforced break from blogging for a bit - combination of things:
  1. busy preparing work for classes
  2. busy preparing a presentation for our team's Stamp Camp this weekend
  3. having a disabled hubby at home - he had a motorbike accident last week and has a broken shoulder and sprained hip and is therefore unable to walk.
So it's been all go and I've had no chance at all to "play"! But I will be back with a vengeance next week to show you my stamp camp presentation and whatever I manage to create while I am away.

Meanwhile, have yourself a great weekend and I'll see you next week!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

JAI colour challenge

I love the colours in the Just Add Ink challenge this week, but after seeing in the "flesh" Liam's gorgeous card (you can see it here on her blog), I was rather intimidated and not inclined to enter! However, I was browsing through splitcoast and a card there gave me the germ of an idea, so I have made an entry after all. Here are the colours:

I've used two (retired) old favourites - Floral background stamp and Rose Red patterned paper - with two new favs - All A Flutter and the Tags die from the mini. Here's my card:

I doesn't look quite as good as I imagined it in my head, but it will do. I like the vintage-y look to it.

Thanks for calling in, have a great day.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Christmas Is Coming

Yes, it's THAT time again! Time for all good cardmaking peeps to start their Christmas cards!

Today is my first Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack class and I have been busy making a whole host of designs to choose from. The two cards we are making today are very different to each other but both are simple and fun to make.

Firstly, a classic and elegant card using the beautiful Snow Swirled set in soft suede and very vanilla. The background is dry embossed and adhesive pearls have been added to the tree for that extra little touch.

The second card is a cute little number featuring some little snowmen from Window Dressing, a level 2 hostess set. Once again I've used Snow Swirled, this time the snowflakes in the background, and the sentiment is a non-SU set. Some puff paint snow adds a touch of whimsy!

Well, I'd best go hunt out some Xmas carols to play in the background at class! Ta ta!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Asian Artistry

While I was rummaging around in my stash of papers, I came across some lovely vibrant Japanese papers that I've had for quite some time, so I decided to team them up with the Level 2 hostess set, Asian Artistry.

Here's the first one, with gorgeous tones of yellow, orange, red and purple:

For this one I stamped the flower in Versamark and gold embossed it, then coloured it in soft suede and tangerine tango using a blender pen.

The second features lush blue, burgundy and cream.

Once again I stamped and gold embossed, this time on to watercolour paper so I could get more control of the shading of the blue on the bird . I used brilliant blue - my first time ever using this colour, I think! - and added a touch of bravo burgundy. The sponging and matting is also bravo burgundy. The background of the card has been stamped with the sanded background stamp using gold ink. It doesn't show in the photo, but it gives fine ribbons of gold and when it catches the light it sparkles and looks lovely!

That's my Asian artistry for today; hope you like them! Thanks for calling in.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Pleasant Pheasant

Today's card is one for the blokes using the totally gorgeous Autumn Days stamp set. It's one of those cards that ends up looking quite different to what you had in mind to start with and I think it's better than I first imagined, so that was a stroke of luck...ah, I mean genius!

What do you think of the stamping on the leaf shapes? Both my girls (yes, DD18 is home for the holidays, hooray!) like it, so I'm hopeful my vision wasn't just a freak of nature!!!

Anyways, thanks for dropping by. Have a good weekend and try to keep warm!

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