Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year's Eve!

Today in Melbourne has been a beautiful warm but not too hot day - perfect really for the end of the year! The day started with some early morning baking - ok after a quick trip to the supermarket when we realised we were out of brown sugar!! And then we had a lovely morning tea/ lunch with some good friends while our dogs enjoyed a social time as well. Dear Sally is still not allowed to play with her best friend Monty as she is still recovering from surgery a month ago to remove a tumour from a leg but she is otherwise well and happy and she spent the morning teasing him and tempting him to start some vigorous play as I think she knows it's not on and brings them both immediate attention from respective "parents"…just like human kids :-) And as is was also Monty's teenage "brother's"  birthday today it was the perfect inspiration behind this week's card for The Paper Craft Crew :-)

A great sketch this week especially for a teenager! The Team have created some great and varied cards for the sketch so I hope you have a moment to check them out. Here is the sketch:


And here is the Teen boy card :-)


Ok so the flower probably isn't so appropriate here but it IS red :-)

But I am pleased to say the Birthday boy did like his card and was quite keen to see how it all was put together too - an engineer at heart possibly :-)

Card stock: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Foil
Inks: Real Red, Encore Gold, Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Stamps: Really Good Greetings, Amazing Birthday, # Hello, Gorgeous Grunge
Accessories: Big Shot, on Film Framelits, Square Framelits, White EP, 11/4 Circle Punch,

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a moment to check out all the great cards this week by the Team at The Paper Craft Crew. And I wish you all a wonderful start to the New Year and may 2015 be a special year for you and all your families!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan



Thursday, 25 December 2014

Happy Christmas! (and a sneak peak!)

Today is Christmas Day so wherever you are today I do hope you have a very blessed day filled with joy, peace, lots of love and plenty of fun thrown in for good measure!

Here in Melbourne it started for me very early - Midnight Mass where I was singing in a choir for the first time in about 20 years! It was a quickly formed and not quite practised enough affair (or so it seemed to us) but we got applause afterwards so it must've been ok! And woke up to a beautifully sunny and warm (but not too hot) day and it has been a lovely time of catching up with family and friends and Christmas Dinner is almost ready…. :-)

So it is also time for this weeks sketch at The Paper Craft Crew - the Team have come up with a great and varied array of cards to inspire you so do go and check them out :-). Here is the sketch:


And here is my card :-)


Yes - this is a sneak peek of some of the items available in the upcoming Occasions Catalogue!

I couldn't resist the fabulous Butterfly Thinlit dies and the co-ordinating Butterfly Basics stamp - not to mention the fun Calypso Coral Pom Pom Trim - so fun!!

Card stock: Brushed Gold, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Gold Foil Specialty
Designer Series Paper: Gold Soiree
inks: Pistachio Pudding(stamped off once) , Encore Gold, Crisp Cantaloupe
Stamps: Butterfly Basics (Sneek peak)
Accessories: Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlits and Calypso Coral Pom pom Trim (sneek peak), Large Polka Dots EF, Gold Ribbon

I can see this set is likely to be a popular one as it has so many images and a few sentiments as well. Wonderful when anything girly needed :-)

thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying your Christmas Day and maybe you have a moment to check out all the great designs by the Team at The Paper Craft Crew this week and i look forward to seeing what you will create with this sketch.

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Monday, 22 December 2014

Three Days to Go!

Where oh where has the time gone?! Christmas has come around so quickly this year - only 3 sleeps until the big day - or 2 as with Midnight Mass on Wednesday the sleep will come afterwards, although a nap will be needed for sure. This year I am involved with a choir that will be singing just for the Midnight Mass and there have been a good number of practices so hopefully it will all go well on the night. Certainly there will be joy and that is the main thing isn't it :-)

However, music and a few other bits and pieces that have been happening  mean I am a bit behind with all my Christmas cards this years. Normally I have them all long done and posted by now but I suspect this year I shall be making them up until the day itself! And I wanted to use last year's Wonderful Blessing stamp as it is so beautiful and versatile and add some of this year's goodies to give it a new look :-)



Though I do still have a good stock of Midnight Muse card stock - from last year's In Colours, it was such a beautiful, bright navy - and so it was time to get it out and use it as it goes so well with the Silver! Embossed with the new stars embossing folder it makes the perfect night sky :-) And the stamp itself was stamped with Versamark and is embossed in Pool Party. Noel is another word that comes in the Wonderful Wreath framelits and it's topped with a Silver Satin bow

Card stock: Midnight Muse, Silver foil
Ink: Versamark
Stamp: Wonderful Blessing (Retired)
Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Stars EF, Silver Satin Ribbon, Basic rhinestones, Pool Party EP


As you can see, the main stamp is actually attached inside - I traced around the circle onto the Midnight Muse with a pencil to use as a guide for the Circle Framelits. Then I attached the inside site card to the base and added some dimensionals to the back of the Blessing circle before closing the card and adding it from the front so as to line it all up correctly. Because of the dimensionals, when it is closed you can't tell the frame is separate until you open it :-)
Thanks for looking….and my sneak peek order from the holiday catalogue has just arrived so I wonder if I will be able to not play until I've finished all the Christmas cards? Maybe or maybe not :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Saturday, 20 December 2014

Blue Steel Joy

Welcome to the last Saturday before Christmas - hasn't it seemed to come so quickly this year?! I do love Christmas and the joy of Carol singing and celebrating the birth of Jesus with family and friends but this year I am not quite as organised as usual and so have a number of cards yet to do. So I turned  to Wondrous Wreath (again!)  to try another colour scheme :-)


Quite handy as a stack of cards :-)

Card stock: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Silver Foil Specialty
Inks: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Real Red'
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath, 
Accessories: Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelits,Large Polka Dot EF, Satin Silver ribbon,  Blue Sequins (Non SU)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Special gift box and card

Some time ago I started to put together the awesome Merry and Bright star boxes and as I did so, I wanted to make them usable gift boxes and so I added another inside layer so there is a base and a lid. And today I used my first one for some chocolates :-) Of course this called for a matching card but first the box!


So this is the largest of the Cherry cobbler boxes - and it fits a whole pack of Lindt chocolates! And yes, it has been quite surreal in Australia this week with the terrorist situation in the Sydney Lindt Cafe. This gift is nothing to do with that but I did consider that buying the brand of chocolates might just mean standing in solidarity with the brand. But at the heart of it, they are beautiful chocolates and always bring joy wherever they go :-) And you can see here in the filled box, that I used some Kraft card stock to make the inside of the box - and as it holds the whole of it (despite temptation!) it is a very handy size!

And I was up early this morning to get a card made in time to go with this……and here it is :-)



Yes, it is similar in design to some I shared earlier in the week - just this time in more traditional colours.

And some touches of gold :-)

Card stock: Real Red, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Ink: Pear Pizazz, Garden Green, Real Red
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath
Accessories: Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath framelits, Large Polka Dots EF, Gold sequin trim, Real Red ribbon


Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope that you have a great day today and enjoy getting together all your Christmas cards and gifts!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan




Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Joyful Christmas

Today has been one of those crazy pre-Christmas days which are full of shopping centres and car parks and always a lot of people. So it was a welcome relief to not need to buy any more presents and be able to get in and out relatively quickly. Whilst I absolutely LOVE Christmas itself, the rush, rush rush often associated with it, I am not so fond of. And today is of course Wednesday and time to share with you another card for The Paper Craft Crew. We have a great sketch for you this week and I hope you have a moment to check out all the great cards by the rest of the Team.

Here is the sketch:


And here is my card - I turned the sketch on it's side :-)



The colours I took from the beautiful All is Calm DSP and used some Pool Party Embossing powder on the stars. Touches of Silver Encore ink using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the background is set too:-) For the greeting, the Noel thinlit from the beautiful Wondrous Wreath framelits seemed the obvious choice. 

Card stock: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Pool Party, Silver Glimmer
Designer Series paper: All is Calm
Ink: Versamark, Silver Encore
Stamps: Bright & Beautiful, Gorgeous Grunge, 
Accessories: Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelts, Stars Framelits, Pool Paty EP, Frosted Sequins, Satin silver ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a moment to check out all the great cards by the rest of the Team at The Paper Craft Crew and I look forward to seeing what you make with this sketch.

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Sunday, 14 December 2014

# Male Birthday for 200th Post

Today has been a rather strange Sunday - there is still a Tiger Snake loose in the back yard somewhere and so the day has been spent inside ( for obvious reasons!) and have also had an eye out to see if the snake can be seen - the idea is to then call the Catcher as he came yesterday without success. And I hope he catches it shortly as I really am quite frightened of snakes! So while I've been waiting… I decided to play along with the great sketch this week at Just Add Ink. And here it is:


Indeed the design is perfect for Christmas…but I need a card for an Uncle with Tech savvy (teenage) daughters having a birthday……so here is my card:


So I've used the #Hello stamp set and the the fabulously big @ - stamped in Night of Navy and cut out with the circle framelits and layered with some dimensionals onto a Silver Foil Sunburst. A little simple for the sketch I think but hopefully it will be ok.
The greeting is stamped and then cut using the Itty Bitty Banners Framelits and then one end is hidden behind the starburst.  I  cut some DSP into the arrow shape and embossed a Silver Foil banner using the Star framelits. I hope my Uncle likes his card :-)

Card stock: Night of Navy. Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Designer Series Paper: Flashback
Ink: Night of Navy
Stamps: # Hello
Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Starburst Framelits, Arrow EF, Itty Bitty Banner Framelits, Basic Rhinestones. Night of Navy Blendabilitiies, 

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you can take a peek at al the great inspiration at Just Add Ink this week and maybe you might be the next to enter the Challenge!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan



Saturday, 13 December 2014

Joyful Wreath and Snake alert!!

Good evening! It has been a warm Saturday today and one that has had a fair share of drama for us….it is Summer here in Australia and that means it is snake season. So supposedly they are commonplace. Except I grew up in New Zealand - snake free land - and I am not comfortable even walking into the reptile house in the Zoo. So you can imagine my shock and horror when I opened the French door to take out washing to hang and there on the doorstep was a snake - that quickly wiggled away! A Tiger snake by all accounts…venomous of course! First thing I did was scream as I closed the door and went to keep Sally the Lab away/ Of course, I had spent most of the afternoon at the craft table - leaving the French doors open…..Oh my goodness!! So a quick phone call and the "Snake catcher" came but by then the snake couldn't be found…so we are not going to sleep well tonight I suspect!! The Catcher will come tomorrow and I will certainly keep a look out in the meantime. Is amazing and a relief the snake didn't come inside …and I was working in the garden this afternoon too….is scary what might have been. I am told the Tiger snake is more afraid of me than I of it but those who know me will tell you that is not likely!!! We haven't had snakes here before but there is  major construction going on next door so that is the likely source….better not be any more is all I can say!

In the meantime, before the snake drama I was working on a couple of Christmas cards using the Wondrous Wreath set - the first is using Traditional Colours and some retired Tule Ribbon to match the Cherry Cobbler Embossing powder.




Card stock: Pear Pizzaz, Whisper White, Gold Foil Specialty
Inks: Pear Pizzaz, Garden Green, Versamark
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath
Accessories: Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelts, Large Polka Dots EF, Gold Sequin Trim, Cherry Cobbler EP, Cherry Cobbler Tule Ribbon (retired)

And the second is a revisit of the Gold and Silver Themed Challenge card I made earlier in the week for the Friday Mash Up where I was Cindy's pick as a Glamette - such a lovely surprise!! And you can see my original  post here


This time I embossed the greeting on the card first and then embossed the white card with the Large Polka Dot EF only above the greeting.
So I started by embossing the many leaves in Silver, then allowed time for it to cool and rubbing with the Embossing Buddy before adding the other layers - also one at a time. And of course added some silver and gold sequins. 

Card stock: Brushed Silver, Whisper White, Gold Foil specialty
Inks: Versamark
Stamps: Wonderful Wreath
Accessories: Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Large Polka Dot EF, Silver, Gold and Cherry Cobbler EP, Silver Satin Ribbon, Gold Sequin trim, Frosted Sequin embellishments, Tombow glue, Dimensionals, glue dots

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope your preparations for Christmas are going well!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan







Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Happy Birthday for The Paper Craft Crew

It's the silly season indeed - people doing silly things on the roads and especially in shopping centre car parks. Whilst I really love Christmas and  getting ready to celebrate with friends and family it almost  seems as though we are back in 1999 - remember how the world as we knew it was going to end at Y2K?? I'm glad I've done most of my shopping already - well, all the postal ones anyway!

And so today is Wednesday and time for another sketch from The Paper Craft Crew - so I thought I'd take a short break from Christmas cards as I have a couple of Uncles with birthdays coming up :-)

So here is the sketch:


And here is my card:


Such a fun sketch - especially for a male card I think :-)

The card base is some Basic Black topped with Island Indigo card and the World Map is first stamped and then sponged almost randomly to give some definition. It's been a long time since I did some sponging!!
The bottom half of the card is embossed with the Arrow EF and then I used some more of the map image (sponged ) for the inside of the postage stamp and the banner.  The Little Letter framelits make the Gold Foil HB to fit inside the postage stamp so easily (mounted on tiny pieces of dimensionals)  and the oval framelits create the central frame which has some more  dimensionals underneath to lift it like a real frame.

Card stock: Basic Back, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Ink: Island Indigo, Momento Tuxedo Black,
Stamps: World Map, Really Good Greetings
Accessories: Big Shot, Ovaland Little Letters Framelits, Arrow EF, Postage and 1" square and Hexagon punches, Black Satin Ribbon, Blue sequins (non SU)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a moment to check out all the great inspiration by the rest of the Team at The Paper Craft Crew and I look forward to seeing what you will make with this  fun sketch this week.

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Silver and Gold Christmas

It's been a typical "four seasons in one (Melbourne) day" - we woke at 5am to overhead crashes of thunder and flashes of lightening followed by heavy rain. This was blown away by a gentle breeze and replaced this afternoon with such glorious warm sunshine that as the rhyme goes "dried up all the rain" but as I type the clouds are closing in again and I'm sure there will be at least rain coming down through the "spout" again :-)
And "the patient" is resting comfortably (Sally, the black Lab had surgery to remove a mass from her leg mid week) so I will gladly take the opportunity to sit at the craft tablet and make a card!

At The Friday Mashup this week is a great challenge to use Silver and Gold - and for the Mashup, to make a Christmas project as well.


And as I still haven't quite finished all my Christmas cards, I thought I'd opt for the whole Mashup :-)


For the card base I used some Brushed Silver card and then there are three layers of embossing powder to make up the wreath - Silver,  Gold and the berries in Cherry Cobbler. The matching framelits mean cutting out the wreath is so easy and is added with dimensionals. The gold foil Joy is all part of the set too :-) A sprinkling of gold and silver sequins and a Silver Satin ribbon bow and the card is complete!

Card stock: Brushed Silver, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Inks: Versamark
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath
Access: Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Large Polka Dots EF,  Silver, Gold and Cherry Cobbler EP, Frosted Sequins assortment, Gold Sequins, Silver Satin Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a moment to check out the great challenge at The Friday Mashup and the wonderful projects their Team have made to inspire - and maybe you might be the next to enter :-)

EDITED TO ADD: A huge thank you to Cindy for choosing my card as your Glamette this week! Such a lovely surprise :-) 

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan



Thursday, 4 December 2014

Live the Life

One of the best things about being creative is the friends that we make through sharing our love of stamping and card making. Today's card is for one such friend who is celebrating a special birthday and it was such a joy to be able to make her a special card to celebrate!


And no I didn't use a "Birthday" greeting here :-)  I wanted to focus instead on the 65 as that age has of course (until very recently) been associated with Retirement and looking forward to living your dreams of travel etc and enjoying a bit more free time. And so the ideas for this card began to flow :-) 
What better fun than a Shaker card for a sense of excitement at what life has yet to offer?

The card base is Basic Black topped with a layer of White and the gorgeous DSP is a mixture of Back to Black ( I love the Retro look of this!) and the In Colour Stacks. For the Shaker window I used the Circle Framelits and Shaker Frame adhesive to hold it all together. And because this is a little higher than regular Dimensionals I actually cut the DSP with the circle framelits too and added the Strawberry Slush piece on dimensionals to help the window feel more surrounded. For the inside shaker parts I punched a mixture of Strawberry Slush and Silver Glimmer card with the Confetti Stars punch and added some silver sequins for a further touch of bling. One little star also graces the middle of the butterfly. And the stars of the card - the numbers are first covered in Crystal Effects and left overnight to dry before being adhered in the morning. This adds a lovely thickness and shine to them :-)


Card stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Silver Glimmer
Designer Series Paper: Back to Black, In Colour Stack
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Strawberry Slush
Stamps: Really Good Greetings, Kinda Eclectic
Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Window Sheets, Confetti Stars, Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches, Frosted Sequins, Shaker Frames, Crystal Effects

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you too can "live the life you've imagined" or as near to as circumstance allows :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas Wrap

Welcome to another wonderful - and a very busy Wednesday! This week has seen the family in New Zealand's presents for Christmas bought, wrapped and posted all within 24 hours -thats two Nieces, one  fabulous nephew, their parents.grandparents etc etc and other siblings too. So quite a feat! Normally I would have a little longer to get things ready but it was decided on Friday night when Sally (the Lab's) biopsy results came in, to book her in for removal of the mass in her leg this Tuesday. And  that means that I will be at home with her for a week at least till she is safe on her feet. Hence the mad Christmas shopping rush over the last couple of days...
And so now we are home and she is sleeping soundly at last and I can take a moment share with you the great sketch this week at The Paper Craft Crew. I hope you can check out the great inspiration the Team has for you this week. Here is the sketch:


And here is my card:



The card base is some Cherry Cobbler card topped with some DSP from the beautiful Trim the Tree stack. Next is a label also from Cherry Cobbler card and is cut it in half, layered with the white label on top. The fun trees are from the new Festival of Trees set and are stamped in Garden Green as well as some Cherry Cobbler ink and the greeting is from the Good Greetings set.

And there is of course a good splattering of touches of bling - from the strip of gold glimmer card and gold and red Glimmer stars and a some basic rhinestones to finish.



Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Red and Gold Glimmer 
Designer Series Paper: Trim The Tree Stack
Inks: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Festival of Trees, Good Greetings
Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes EF, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Stars Framleits

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have time to check out all the great inspiration the rest of the Team at The Paper Craft Crew have for you and I look forward to seeing what you create with this sketch this week!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Happy Engagement

It has been a very pleasant sunny day here in Melbourne and I have been blessed to hear some wonderful news - that of a good friend's  - more like a sister really - engagement. I have known the Bride to Be since she was about 10 years of age…and I wasn't that much older and now she is preparing for a wonderful new beginning in April next year. So a special time and a special card is of course needed.

And there is a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week that just fits the bill :-)


Yesterday's card had 3 vertical panels and today's is 3 horizontal - how fun is that :-)


The card base is Brushed Silver and is topped with a layer of Whisper White card which has the lovely Silver Foil Vellum hearts on top. And to attach the Vellum to the white card without showing the adhesive I simply used a little Two Way Glue behind each little heart.
The two hearts are each embossed - the Silver with the Chevon EF and the White with the a now retired (Christmas ) Embossing folder that I have forgotten the name of - it is a lovely oval frame that left room for the dasher or tree etc to sit inside, so if you can remember it's name please let me know!!
And the little pink stones are Basic Rhinestones that have been coloured with a Melon Mambo Blendabilities marker.


Card stock: Brushed Sliver, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Designer Series Paper: Vellum Specialty Silver Foil
Ink: Versamark, Melon Mambo Blendabilities marker
Stamp: Good Greetings
Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron EF, Retired (name?) EF, Silver EP, Basic Rhinestones, Silver ribbon, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a moment to go and check out the great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches and the wonderful cards the Design Team have made to inspire you and maybe you will be the next to enter :-)

Happy stamping until next time

Jan






Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Feel Better Flowers

Good afternoon and welcome! Today has so far been much nicer than the weather forecast…but the clouds are now starting to roll in so maybe the rain is coming after all? Not that we really need it right now but we might be glad of it in the weeks to come.

Today's card is for my favourite Sister-in-law ( ok she is the only SIL  but still the fave! ) who has just been released from hospital after a nasty illness and is now continuing to recover at home. For inspiration I used the wonderful sketch at Just Add Ink  - always a favourite challenge for me and the sketch by Tina this week is fabulous as usual and so open to interpretation.


 And as my SIL is an avid gardener there were always going to be flowers and greenery :-)


So with the sketch and theme decided this card did come together quite quickly :-)
I used the largest flower from the Flower Patch set in the two colours and fussy cut the images so as to be able to layer them with dimensionals under each layer. And the fabulous framelits meant the leaves were cut quickly and easily too!

Card stock: Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Inks: Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizazz
Stamps: Flower Patch, Sassy Salutations
Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelits, Large Polka Dots EF, Basic Rhinestones

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I do hope you have a moment to check out the great inspiration at Just Add Ink this week and maybe you might be next to enter :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Deer Christmas

We have had a lovely day here in Melbourne today. The weather is beginning to cloud over now and rain is indeed forecast for this evening but the sun has been shining for most of the day. And the Spring veggie garden has yielded its first real fruit of the season - tomatoes, cucumber and spring onions ( as well as plenty of lettuce varieties ) all ripe for the picking!
Today's card for the Paper Craft Crew sketch


Such a great sketch! I do hope you have time to stop by The Paper Craft Crew and see the great cards by the Team this week to inspire you.

And my card was made with my Brother-in-law in mind. He and my sister live in almost rural New Zealand and he occasionally gets the opportunity to go hunting in the forests looking for wild deer….not that I think he's had a great deal of success - just the thrill of the chase :-)


Of course there will be no snow in New Zealand this Christmas - it will be Summer! But they can always dream :-)

There are many directions you can go with this sketch and I decided to make a scene :-) The lovely Stag and birds and coloured using the Blendabilities markers and the snow drops are first stamped and then filled with some Silver Dazzling Details for some sparkle! 

Card stock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Designer Series Paper: All Is Calm
Inks: Momento tuxedo Black, Blendabilites markers: coastal Cabana, cherry Cobbler and Neutrals
Stamps: White Christmas
Accessories: Silver Dazzling Details, Small Star punch (retired), Basic Rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by today and I do hope you have time to check out all the great inspiration from the rest of the Team at The Paper Craft Crew and maybe you might be the next to enter the challenge?

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Pink thoughts

Welcome to another beautiful Spring Melbourne Day - although it feels more like Summer already with a warm 30 degrees today! Today's card is for this week's sketch at The Paper Craft Crew. The team have so many great cards to inspire you I do hope you have a moment to check them out.

So without further ado, here is this week's sketch:


And here is my card:


So is a picture of pink of white with a few touches of silver :-)

Card stock: Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Silver Glimmer
Inks: Strawberry Slush, Silver Encore, Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Tap Tap Tap, Dictionary
Accessories: Large Polka Dots EF, Big Shot, Starburst Framelits, Strawberry Slush Twine, Frosted Sequins

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I do hope you have time to drop by The Paper Craft Crew and check out all the great inspiration from the Team - and maybe you will be inspired to be the next to enter too :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Monday, 17 November 2014

Thank You Again

Today has been one of "those" days when I felt a little behind most of the time…our Sally (black Lab) was not impressed to find she got no breakfast this morning and straight away she knew that meant a trip to the Vet (Specialist) And she was absolutely right! A couple of months ago she was diagnosed with a "most likely benign"mass behind her Right knee. There was no need at the time to hurry removal because it was benign, was cutback during Biopsy and she stopped limping. But lately the limp has returned so she is having a CT scan today and the Specialist and staff are so patient and good with her - she is not an easy patient, due to her former life prior to adoption she gets very scared and has been known to snap at Vets in the past  - but not here which is testament to their good care.
So today's card is for the Vet hospital staff. I needed some inspiration….and in a hurry, so I turned to Freshly Made Sketches as I have already used this sketch this week and it has inspired me again!


This time I changed the Twine and button to a ribbon and bow…


And yes, it features the long retired "D is for Dog" stamp set but as dear Sally is a black Lab and wears a red collar there really was nothing else more suitable :-)

So to "update"this card, I added the new Polka Dots EF, the wonderful Back to Black DSP, black Satin ribbon AND some sequins of course :-)

The main dog image is embossed in Black with the collar coloured with a Red Marker. The greeting is embossed using Clear EP over the Red ink to give it a lovely shine and textural feel also.


Card stock: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Back to Black
Inks: Versamark, Momento Tuxedo black, Real Red
Stamps: D is For Dog (Retired) Sassy Salutations
Accessories: Big Shot, Polka Dot EF, Black Satin Ribbon, Black and Clear EP, Silver Sequins (non SU)

Thanks so much for stopping by today - for those wondering, Sally is happy and home although of course we are still waiting on the Scan results for now.
  I do hope you have time to check out all the great inspiration at Freshly Made Sketches  and maybe you too might be inspired to enter the challenge this week!!



Happy stamping until next time,

Jan




Thursday, 13 November 2014

Trees Update

Over the past few months I have heard of and seen several wonderful Cases of a card I created and shared back in August - my first Tree Shaker card featuring the Festival of Trees stamp set. You can see the original post again with a Tutorial here  but this is the card :-)



This was my first play with the stamp set as the original post was called and I was quite amazed and humbled by how may people enjoyed this card.
Several people have taken the time to comment that they have Cased this card and some have used it for Workshops and that is so wonderful as to occasionally inspire others is what we all hope to do and it is fabulous when it actually happens!
And today, I received a special comment - from Indina in Germany  who has done just that and used this card in a Class and I am so honoured! It is one thing to see other very good versions of the card. But to see it stamped in another language was for me really very special!!
And it got me thinking - that it is such a wonderful thing to be part of a truly International stamping community! And how inspiring it is to be able to share our creations and have them inspire others no matter what language we speak or where we are in the world - so thank you Stampin Up! And thank God for the Internet too :-)

So a big thank you to all who have taken the time to share that they've Cased this card and enjoyed making it - it is truly humbling and inspiring for me too :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Festival of Trees for FMS

Good afternoon and welcome! It is a hot day today here in Melbourne - 33 degrees and a good incentive to stay inside in the Air Con and out of the heat. And after taking Sally the Lab for an early morning walk and watering the veggie garden I thought I'd earned a bit of time for paper crafting :-)

And for inspiration I used the wonderful sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week -by Kin and  so fun!
Such a great sketch - is so open to interpretation  - and I chose to go for a Christmas card :-)


The starting point of this card for me was the DSP - the Trim the Tree Stack. Lovely modern twists on traditional colours :-)
I stamped the Trees in Garden Green and then stamped the middle with some Cherry Cobbler and added some of the fun Dazzling Details over that. And a punched Gold Glimmer star on top to match the Gold twine below  :-)


Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer
Designer Series Paper: Trim the Tree Stack
Inks: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Festival of Trees
Access: Big Shot, On Point EF, Tree Punch, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Gold Twine, Gold button and Dimensionals (lots of), Snail

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have time to check out the great inspiration from the team at Freshly Made Sketches this week and maybe you too will be inspired to enter :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan






Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Bright and Beautiful

Good afternoon and welcome to another perfect Spring day in Melbourne - 26 degrees Celsius and bright shining sun and beautiful blue sky! I just love Spring - warm days and cool nights and a growing veggie garden :-)
And as it is Wednesday it's also time for another fun sketch from The Paper Craft Crew! The Design Team have a great variety of beautiful cards to inspire you so I do hope you have time to check them out. Here is this week's sketch:


And here is my card :-)


This was one of those cards that came together very quickly as soon as I saw the sketch -it doesn't happen that often but is so fun when it does - and was time to bring out the gorgeous Silver Satin Ribbon and the Star framelits :-)

The card base is some Pear Pizazz and all the layers are added with dimensionals as usual and includes the beautiful stars which are alternately Silver Embossed and Pear Pizzaz stamped and topped with a Candy Dot. And the little banners are made from the All is Calm Washi Tape :-)

Card stock: Pear Pizzaz, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: All is Calm
Inks: Pear Pizzaz, Versamark
Stamps: Bright and Beautiful
Accessories: Big Shot, Stars Framelits, Silver EP, All is Calm Washi Tape, Frosted Sequins, Silver Satin Ribbon, Subtles Candy Dots

Thanks for stopping by today and I do hope you have time to check out the great cards the Team at The Paper Craft Crew have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you create with this sketch this week too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan




Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Flower Patch Birthday

It is a beautiful Spring Day here in Melbourne today - cool overnight with clear skies that has allowed the sun to warm up everything by lunch time. Just perfect really! 

We were up early this morning to head off on a reasonably long drive to take Sally (black Lab) back to the Vet Specialist surgeon as she is limping more with her right hind leg again and as I suspected, the tumour appears to have regrown somewhat ( thought to be Benign) and so Sally will have a CT Scan next Monday to check out what is happening both in her knee and look to see there is nothing anywhere else. The difficulty is that the pathologist who looked at her biopsy some months ago was quite unsure of a diagnosis (had never seen anything like it - and the Specialist the same) but didn't think it was a cancerous growth. So we will hope and pray that that is all it is and that total removal will be easier than first thought.

And now for today's cards - I  have been waiting for one to arrive in the mail before posting it here. These are CASEs of a cardI saw when I "Google'd" the stamp name some weeks ago. And now when I went to look for it again it appears to have been taken down as unable to be found! I do like to give credit on the odd occasion I Case a card and am sorry but am unable to do that this time. If anyone finds the original please do let me know.


So this first card is as close as I remember the original being.
And the second is very similar - just different greeting.

So as you can see the front of the card is cut out halfway using the Flower Fair framelits.
To do this, I first measured the size of the White card I was using as the top layer and I found it easiest to first stamp the base flower images and then when placing them in the Big Shot only placing the Top Plate halfway over the framelit to where I wanted it to cut. As where there is no top plate, there will be no cut. 
Next, using a ruler, I lined up the difference between the two flowers and drew a straight line to cut upon. 
Once the top layer is cut I then laid it onto the Bermuda Bay card front and marked where the cuts were so that I could cut the card from the same.
Then I simply stamped and cut the leaves and flower layers and added them separately with dimensionals and stamped the greeting - once with Momento Tuxedo Black and then in Bermuda Bay on a scrap piece of card and cut out just the centre which I then added on top of the black.
For the inside I covered the whole facing piece with the Back to Black DSP - such strong contrast to all the colours! And so the message it is written on the back of the card front. This way it doesn't interrupt the contrast with the DSP :-)

Card stock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Crushed Curry
DSP: Back to Black
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Crisp Canteloupe, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzaz, Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Flower Patch, Perfect Pennants
Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelits, Calypso Coral Seam Binding, Basic Rhinestones, Itty Bitty punch pack

And just in case you're wondering, Sally is still quite happy despite the obvious pain she has in her knee at times and enjoyed chewing on a dental treat whilst I have been typing - suffice to say she finished long before I did!


 Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Bulk Christmas Cards

Today it has been hot 35 degrees Celsius and that has to be a record for early November - and a sign of a very hot Summer ahead. And so it was a good opportunity to continue to get ahead with some Christmas cards. Over the last few days I have been working my way through the Watercolor Winter Kit. the kit comes with all you need for 20 cards (minus stamps and inks) and for those I turned to what I have already. For the water colouring, I fine-tuned my mix of water and ink refills quite quickly and being able to colour ahead meant the putting together of the cards came together quite quickly also. The Kit makes 20 cards -5 each of 4 designs. For my cards I decided to keep to the instructions and I was pleased with how they turned out for the most part.

My favourite design at first was the card with the Trees - lots of Gold Glimmer paper and you know how I love some bling :-)

This was my first attempt at it - so the colouring got better and I was more generous with the length of twine bow on future versions :-)

And yes - I also used some dimensionals to give a bit of added depth as per usual :-)
The white, woodgrain layer is raised as is the second tree and the "happy" oh and the Christmas banner.
For the "christmas" I used the Good Greetings stamp set. I do love the layer of gold glimmer behind the trees and that the "happy" is in so many languages. I used the 5 English versions on my cards so I have plenty of other language versions left to use on other things :-)

But my favourite card turned out to be the one I least suspected: with the coloured Sled! I love the colours and the beautiful snowflake and sequins even though Christmas in Australia is in Summer and Icy Poles are as close as we get to anything cold LOL! (Especially if todays weather is anything to go by!)


The Crumb Cake card comes pre-printed with the snow dots and so is quick and easy to complete just by accessorising :-)
For the greeting I used a vintage set "Many Merry Messages."
And to create the rich colour of the sled I used a mixture of Cherry cobbler ink mixed with water as per instructions and on a separate palate used a drop of Cherry cobbler ink that I picked up with the paint brush after the first inking of the sled with the watered mixture. I found this gave a more red sled as otherwise the Cherry mixture can tend towards being a little pink rather than red. I adhered the snowflake and sled with some Tom bow glue and then the Bermuda Bay piece using dimensionals.

Next, the simplest card to make is possibly the most elegant and effective I think:


For this card the "Merry" is water coloured using Old Olive (and a couple of drops of Mossy Meadow) re-inker in a small amount of water. This is the same mixture that I used for the Trees. To get the colour variations, simply colour the whole word first and then go back and add as much colour to the top 2/3 letters as you want -  remembering that the dried colour is always lighter too :-)
For the greeting here I used another stamp from the vintage "Many Merry Messages" stamp set. And again, the white, woodgrain layer is on a layer of dimensionals as is the Christmas banner.
For the vellum leaves, a few drops of Tombow multi- purpose glue comes in handy, just apply where the glue will be hidden by the dots.

And last and in my opinion, least is the last card style. I changed the colours to water colour the greeting to Cherry Cobbler or Old Olive.


There is something about the draped greeting over the pretty snowflake that seems not quite as lovely as the the other cards. Maybe it's my poorly drawn lines using Smoky slate ink added to some water. Or simply that it is a one layer card  - no dimensionals able to be used here! The words are coloured and then when dry the twine is adhered to the back using a find line of tombow and then the banner is able to be attached to the card quite easily.

But overall, I am really pleased with the Winter Watercolor pack - 20 cards at about $2 each and yet you can still make them individual - and now I have 20 Christmas cards done already and it is only the first week in November!! Wow!! As usually I am still struggling to get them all done before Christmas Eve - so is really good to have a head start this year! 

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan