Tuesday, May 26, 2009
When I looked at the picture Kristina used to select the colours for the challenge, I immediately thought of my son Dylan when he was a little boy and loved playing with transformers and legos etc. So I went with the obvious and made a robot birthday card, using punches, which I think any of my young nephews would love to receive! Here it is...
Stamps: Occasional Greetings (Retired)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, Pacific Point, Summer Sun, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: various punches, split pins/brads, daubers
The punches I used included: square punches (Creative Memories ones as I already had these before I started in Stampin' Up! and have been building my collection up of other shapes from Stampin' Up!'s range), Photo Corner punch for the legs and arms, circle punches, double rectangle punch, horizontal slot punch, and part of the round tab punch for his hat.
I have to go now and do the dishes which are mounting up in the kitchen before I hit the sack, so thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment letting me know of what you think of my card, how you use punches on your designs or how your week is going. Have a lovely week!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Well here it is:
And this is the colours that Kristina gave us to work with:
To see the other entries you can click here and it will take you to Kristina's blog.
But before I go I will quickly explain my process and where I felt it went wrong. To start off with I put the Stampin' Up! inks that I was going to use on my craft table: Whisper White, More Mustard, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise and Sahara Sand, to see what they might inspire. I then decided I wanted to use one of Stampin' Up!'s new stamp set and because I think 'Window Dressing' has so much potential (both looking into and out of a window) I decided to use that one and put it on my table. Then the ideas started flowing. As we are heading into winter I thought the little girl could be looking out at a wintry scene complete with snowmen and I could then get to play with my 'Snow Writer pen' that I bought a few weeks back.
I used Stampin' Up!'s background stamp 'Sanded' to give some detail to the Sahara Sand card base which was to represent the wall of the house and then I played with creating a tiled roof (now completely lost under the snow!). I stamped the window onto More Mustard cardstock and cut out the window panes which were replaced with clear acrylic. I created a curtain topper with Tempting Turquoise and stamped some small butterflies on ('Beyond the Basics' - retired set), used the scallop edge punch to make a ruffle. Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig I stamped the little girl onto the acrylic window and added a bow out of Tempting Turquoise cardstock (wasn't that fiddly!). I stamped the snowmen onto Whisper White cardstock and added a piece of Whisper White for the snow on the ground. I placed a piece of So Saffron cardstock inside the card and which represents the inside wall of the house as seen through the window.
Then this is where it all went pear shape - my use of the Snow Writer pen! My effects of snow become a mess and so I tried to fix it on the roof but the more I tried the worse it seemed to get. Anyway I thought rather than hide it away I would share my disaster with others and also welcome any feedback or suggestions on how I could have done this better or how best to use a Snow Writer pen and make the snow realistic. Or perhaps you might be willing to share one of your failures with me and what you did with it.
Anyway thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great week! :)
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Last night I held a stamp workshop at my home as a result of my local friends and customers wanting to get together to stamp and use my stamp stash (and do I have an addiction!) as well as a request from a lovely lady from Queensland, Debbie who frequents my blog and was visiting in Tassie with a few of her friends and wanted to join in one of my stamp classes. She was originally inspired by my one sheet wonder templates and loves stamping and scrapbooking. So she and her friend Dianne came along and shared some 'creative time' with us, it was so nice to meet new people. [I did think of them today as they intended to go to the Salamanca Market and it was such a cold wintry day today! Oh well, maybe they will come back in summer time and can appreciate it more then.]
L-R: Sally, Debbie and Dianne
L-R: Bianca, Sarah, Sally, Raewyn (obscured)
Not only have I made friends with Debbie and Dianne but I am also networking with some lovely ladies from New Zealand (and one who has flown the coop from NZ to Queensland as well) and we are participating in a 'circle journal'. A Circle Journal is a small booklet/album created on a personally chosen theme and in which you list any specific instructions you may have (eg a colour theme, no metal embelishments etc), have a sign in page for the participants to introduce themselves and then each person contributes a page or two based on the topic of the circle journal. It is passed around the group 'round robin' style until it comes back to you completed. My circle journal was titled 'Circle of Friends' and on the topic of friendship. I did not decorate the cover to allow for any 'bumps and bruises' as it travels about but will decorate it when it returns to me. Silly me forgot to take photos of my journal before I put it in the post to Julia in NZ (and I wanted to share what I started here on my blog - now I will have to be patient for 10 months for it to return to me as that is how many people are participating in this activity).
Anyway I received Tia's circle journal late last week and I have managed to find time this weekend (in between typing my husbands Uni assignment) to put my contribution in to her journal. I have taken photos of what I contributed plus her front cover (I hope you don't mind Tia) which I think is great. Her topic was 'Craft tips and Fav techniques'. I shared my enjoyment of simple and economical techniques like 'inking edges', paper piercing, 'faux techniques' - including false stitching, false brads using punched dots etc. As our printer ran out of ink today and I wanted to complete my pages I resigned myself to handwriting it (which we should include on our scrapbooking pages but many of us prefer not to as we often don't like our own writing style).
Stamps: In the Stars (Retired)
Cardstock: Berry Bliss Designer Series Paper (Retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker, Crop-o-Dile to create faux brads, paper pierce, sponge dauber
Another thing I finished this past week was decorating an 'E' for my daughter's bedroom door. She really liked the finished product and I was happy with it too!
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave your comments via the link below this post as I love to hear what you have to say and if you have anything you would like to share.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Many of us think of bunches of flowers for mum and so what better way to combine that and our love of papercrafts - make a 'flower pot pocket card'. I subscribe to a couple of regular forums on Splitcoast Stampers and one of the recent ones was to make a 'flower pot pocket card' and this was linked to Stephanie Luman's blog as a resource and of course there is an array of variations to be viewed in a specific gallery for the 'flower pot pocket cards' or you can even view a gallery of 'mother's day cards and ideas' (maybe an inspiration for next year!).
Anyway here are my mother's day cards using the technique of a 'flower pot pocket card'. As you can see I made the same design for both my mum and my mother-in-law:
I hope you all had a blessed and happy mother's day and enjoyed yours as much as I did mine. Thanks again for dropping by to see what I have been up to - although not a lot of crafting this past week! Please feel free to leave any comments you might like to share on my blog.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
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