Sunday, April 26, 2009

Kristina Werner Challenge #50

It's been a week between postings and the only thing I have photographed to go on my blog has been my designs for Kristina Werner's challenges, although I have been creating other things - some of them being Sesame Street characters using punches (check Dawn Griffiths blog to see some of these!) with my niece Carol who came to visit this weekend. This weekend was special as it was to celebrate our daughter Emily's 16th Birthday! She turns 16 tomorrow and her grandparents joined us for a family roast dinner on Saturday evening.

Kristina has been providing inspiration to many crafters by challenging us to use specific colour combinations, which has been great when you lose your crafting mojo, want to step outside your comfort zone or just a springboard to create a card, scrapbooking layout or an off-the-page project. Thanks Kristina for this weekly inspiration. If you want to check out the other contributions click here.

Kristina gave us the colours: White, Red, Yellow, Turquoise, and Brown to use and with the added instructions of: ALL five colours, no omitting any and no adding colours, either. She is going to be super strict on this one because there are prizes involved and this is what I created:


I stamped the background in Tempting Turquoise using the French Flair stamp (retired), then I created three flowers in Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip and Summer Sun with the 5-petal flower punch and added a small 5-petal flower in Whisper White using yellow rhinestone brads. I used my Scallop Edge punch to create a band in Ruby Red over which I adhered wide Chocolate Chip ribbon. The flowers were place over the birds on the background stamp and then I stamped 16 and Happy Birthday in Summer Sun.

I hope my daughter likes the card and it was great to accomplish two tasks with one project - a challenge and a birthday card!

Thanks for dropping by and don't forget to leave a comment as I enjoy hearing what you have to say and getting feedback from my visitors!

Happy stamping!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Kristina Werner Challenge #49

It is time I participated in another Kristina Werner challenge and she has almost put forward 50 of them to inspire those who love papercrafts. It was also another opportunity for me to share with my sister, who has been visiting me from Victoria, how and what I do with my stamps and other craft supplies.

Here is the card that I was inspired to create from the colours put forward by Kristina...


First I stamped with Basic Black the flourish stamp from Stampin' Up!'s Baroque Motifs set onto a card base of Pacific Point and then using my Stampin' Up! Stamp-a-ma-jig I retamped the flourish in Whisper White just slightly to the right and top of the previous image to create a shadow affect. I liked this but then changed my mind and cut the Pacific Point card up as I decided it would look nice mounted on black cardstock and I also decided I wanted to use a piece of ribbon on my card. As I like my ribbon edges to be tucked under pieces of cardstock and not showing around my actual card, mounting this would achieve the look I wanted - but I found that I did not have any ribbon in the colours provided other than white which I feel is a bit stark for my design but I wanted to stay true to the colours in the challenge - so you use what you have!

I then wanted to mount some flowers over the flourish using Stampin' Dimensionals and thought of using my white gel pen to put dots around some flowers similar to the bandanna technique, which I thought would look good but I would have needed to cut around my flowers or to punch them out. None of my punches suited the stamps I wanted to choose, so I changed my mind and decided to go with flowers of punches that I had - so the Boho Blossoms punch was chosen - and this led me to use the flowers in Stampin' Up!'s One of a Kind stamp set. I used the Kiwi Kiss and Rose Red inks to stamp out the largest flower on the stamp, onto Whisper White cardstock and then punched these out, mounting them over the flourish. I used Whisper White grosgrain ribbon and tied a simple knot placing it across my Pacific Point cardstock piece, tucking under the edges.

I stamped the 'for you' words using Kiwi Kiss for the words and Rose Red for the small flower onto Whisper White cardstock. I punched it out using Stampin' Up!'s large Oval Punch and using a sponge I inked the edges in Kiwi Kiss ink. This softens the sharpness of Whisper White cardstock when mounting on another colour. I then mounted the whole piece onto a Basic Black card base.

This is the process I went through to make my card, using the colours and image to inspire me as I worked, and adjusting my design as I played with what I had to use. I enjoyed showing my sister how my cards are created as this is typical of what I do when I am not 'casing' a card from another source.

I hope you enjoyed looking at what I created and how it came to being the final result. Feel free to leave comments and share how your cards come together. It is great to inspire and share with one another!

Happy stamping!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hubby's birthday card!

Hi all

Welcome back to my blog or welcome if you are a first time visitor! Today I was reinspired by a friend to create an owl using Stampin' Up! punches and as it was my dear hubby's birthday tomorrow I thought I would use this as the technique for his card.

So having my sister over from Victoria I decided to make her put it together while I punched, cut the pieces etc until we were satisfied with the result and here it is....


What do you think of it? Feel free to leave your comments by click on the comments link below.

As I always like getting value for money I like to make my purchases multi-functional, therefore, I was inspired by another card maker (sorry can not remember where I saw this) who used the Scallop Edge punch to make her own ric rac ribbon effect with cardstock - used on the bottom of my card.

As this was my first attempt at making an owl using these punches I did not take photos of my process or write down exactly what I did to place the directions here on my blog - maybe next time as I definately want to try this again! In the meantime you can check out Dawn Griffith's blog by clicking here to see her tutorial entitled 'Adorable Owl' which shows a similar process, although not exactly what I did as I discovered this link during the making of my card.

Also, during this process my sister saw how my tidy craft space soon becomes a 'war zone' and as it is now late, and I have had a couple of ports, I am going to retire for the evening and will have to clean it up tomorrow before I can start again!

Happy stamping!

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