Friday, April 27, 2012

My Birthday Girl

Nineteen years ago today my beautiful baby girl was born. It was a beautiful moment as I knew she would be my last child and having had a beautiful baby boy I only wished for a baby girl...although I would have been happy for just a healthy baby!

Here she is and this is the first page of her album, that I am still working on, all these years later!


We named her Emily Mae after my mother and myself, as my mother had spend three months living with us, keeping me out of hospital until just the last couple of weeks. The name suits her as she has a strong, independent personality.



This is her now, all grown up, and such a beautiful young lady. With her brother just before his wedding and all dressed up as one of the lovely bridesmaids. Such beautiful children, and I know I am biased.


Enjoy your celebrations with your friends this weekend my beautiful girl, we love you very much!

Here is the card I made for her, although the image is a bit old style for her, but she does like to shop!




Monday, April 23, 2012

Birthday Card for Grace

My daughter's goddaughter, Grace, had a birthday this week, she turned 5, and so Emily asked me to make a card for her and so I thought I would share it here as well. It will be interesting to see if Grace's mother sees this card on my blog before Emily gets the opportunity in her busy schedule to visit them and give it to her along with her present...as my friend, Grace's mother, follows my blog, I think! Although she may be too busy to pop in here regularly and so it might be a surprise when it is given, she works, has many children and some grandchildren, plus lots of alpacas and knitting Little Knats to keep her occupied and off my blog!

As Grace turned 5 I thought it was lovely how the numbered DSP I used blended in behind my feature image and yet you can still see a couple of 5s on the piece. As you can also see I am still loving the new pleated satin ribbon and this time I used Blushing Bride ribbon on my latest card.


Please don't ask me how me how many times I tried making that scallop border frame to fit and to punch out so nicely...I had several attempts and lots of mess to clean up afterwards! However, if I remember correctly the piece of cardstock I ended up using was 5 1/4" x 3 13/16" and it made an 8 by 11 scallop edge. I followed the tutorial on Gretchen Barron's blog here to get the technique and just played around with the sizing until I got what I wanted!

I must get myself some more Blushing Bride cardstock as I wanted it to match the ribbon as my card base and found that it was my last sheet, luckily I only need half a sheet to make a card!



Sunday, April 22, 2012

More Natures Nest Cards

While the house was quiet this morning and my load of washing was on, I thought I would make some more cards using Stampin' Up!'s Natures Nest stamp set. I also couldn't resist putting some of the new Baja Breeze 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon on some of the cards, that is out in the latest mini catalogue, it is such beautiful ribbon. This ribbon comes in Pear Pizzazz, Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride and Baja Breeze so if you want some give me a call or send an email, it is on $13.95 a roll for approx. 4.6m.

I decided that I wouldn't put a greeting on these cards, other than one which says 'For You', so they are more versatile...they could be used for a birthday, house warming, baby shower, new home etc...all having a nest image on the front.

Here are my cards...










I hope you are having a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by!




Saturday, April 21, 2012

Feather cards

I have been asked to create some cards for a new shop opening up soon in Sorell called 'Feathers and Nest' and I have previously made some cards featuring birds or bird cages and was asked if I had any feather stamps. So naturally I turned to the lovely Stampin' Up! stamp set Natures Nest which has a peacock feather image and these are 6 cards I made up tonight, playing around with different colour combinations and embelishments. I just can't seem to make multiples of the one design, even when asked to make cards for a shop. Each card is individual just like when I make birthday cards, I just can't go to my card box of premade cards, I have to make a new card for the person concerned.

I realised I had packaged up the 6 cards before I took a photo of them and I wasn't going to take them out of the plastic bags in case I tore the bags. So I apologise for the glare off the plastic and the poor photography.





I enjoyed getting a different feather each time I inked up the feather image using my Stampin' Write Markers. I don't think any two feathers would be the same if plucked off a peacock, do you?



Friday, April 20, 2012

JAI#114 - Just Add...Jodene!

Well here it is Friday again and another week seems to have flown by! Last Friday evening I put my new craft space to the test with my first Stamp Class held in there (8 guests to be exact!), as opposed to my kitchen where I have to set up and pack up for each month, this way at the end of the evening I can just close the door and pack up in the morning. However, this time it didn't work quite that way as I also had visitors who were being accommodated in that space, not while the class was being held though, and poor Jorja my niece was so tired we had to put her to bed on my bed until the class had finished. I then simply pushed the tables aside, remade the beds and my visitors were set for the evening again! The space worked well. I still have yet to purchase a sofa bed and install it in my room and so that will then make for a more interesting arrangement of space when I hold a stamp class.

Anway, enough about my room and it is time to get on for the main reason for this post...to announce this week's Just Add Ink challenge. At JAI the Design Team not only enjoy inspiring others but also amongst ourselves and so as a recognition of this we are being challenged to Just Add....Jodene!

Jodene Tripp is one very talented lady who enjoys colouring in with Copics and often using sketch challenges as her base for inspiration. Oh, to colour like Jodene!

Here is my attempt at creating a card that shows how Jodene inspires me...


I have sent this card to my niece Fiarna whose birthday I missed posting in time for (sorry Fiarna!) and I hope she likes it.

Check out Jodene's blog, find a card that inspires you to make something and then share it with us on Just Add Ink.
 


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Stamp Class M&T

This coming Friday is the inaugral Stamp Class test driving my new craft space! It will also be the second night that I have visitors staying as well and using that same space (although in this instance it will require setting up and resetting up between sleeps!). Therefore, my newly created space will be given a good test drive and hopefully useful feedback on how to make it function better and more comfortably.

For this stamp class I had a request from a regular attendee, thanks Sarah L, that we make a card with layers and added dimension...which to me was a great reason to play with my new products from the latest Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue. This card took me a while to put together, because although I had a general idea in my head of what I wanted to create and the stamp set I wanted to use, Apothecary Art, I needed to use colours of cardstock and accessories that I had on hand (to use up some of my stash!) and that would work well together. So it took me time to get my sample card made, in terms of converting the idea into an actual card, but now it would not take me so long. The designing for me always seems to be the hardest part!

Here is the card I made and those coming on Friday night will get to recreate...


Stamp Set: Apothecary Art, Language of Friendship, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock & Paper: Lucky Limeade, Everyday Enchantment DSP, Pool Party, Watercolor Paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers (Soft Suede, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade), Blender Pen, Framelits Labels Collection, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Sponge Daubers/Sponges, Paper Piercer/Mat Pack, Victoria Crochet Trim, Blushing Bride 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon, Punches (Word Window, Modern Label, Bird Builder), Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Sticky Strip


I wasn't sure whether to add the bird element or not. The card looked fine without it but I just wanted to add something extra...do you think it is too much? Class attendees can opt to include it or not.

Just so you can see the dimensions or layers I put on my card I took a couple of shots side-on...



Notice in the bottom photo that I have tucked my lace ribbon under my DSP, I nearly always do this as I don't like edges showing. However, if I leave the ends 'untucked' like with my Pleated Satin Ribbon, I will singe the edges with a flame so they seal and don't unravel. Although be careful with some ribbons as they may just burn up rather than melt a little to seal them (forgot which type did that to me a few weeks ago).

I really enjoyed layering this card design and adding the little extras of lace, ribbon, pearls etc. I also used some of my Sale-a-Bration DSP, which I have 3 packs off, but this could be swapped for any piece of coordinating DSP. Two of the new ones in the current mini (which I don't have yet!) called Twitterpated and Attic Boutique would work just as well.

Thanks also to Tania Gould for selling me her light box set up (much more compact than my previous one!), which allowed me to take a photo of my card and upload it to my blog tonight, without having to wait for tomorrow and better lighting...thanks again Tania!

It is going to be a busy two days as I also work 9 to 5 this Thursday and Friday! I will just have to try and be very organised tomorrow, while also going up to town to pick up DH's birthday present...his birthday is Thursday as well.

I hope everyone who is coming on Friday night (7 out of 8 at this stage!) enjoys making this card as much as I have done creating a sample for them to follow. Might see if I have time to actually type up some step-by-step instructions for those who prefer this method of learning, before Friday, but that might just be wishful thinking as I still have the kits to prepare!



Friday, April 6, 2012

JAI #112 - Colour Challenge

This week at Just Add Ink we have a Colour Challenge and these colours were suggested by the lovely Kim Badelt. Here are the colours (although the pink and vanilla are hard to see on the colour buttons)...

Last weekend I spent a lovely time crafting and chatting with past JAI Design Team members Bronwyn Eastley (thanks Bron for the comfortable bed in your craft room for those two nights!) and Tania Gould, and I feel they inspired me in my card this week. When I was putting my card together on Tuesday evening I used some elements, the bird cage and doily die, that I cut out at Bron's place and I felt the style reflected that of Bron and Tania, rather than my usual creations. Anyway I appreciated the inspiration they gave me and I was very happy with my card. Here it is...


Another angle, in which you can see a sneak peak of the inside, which I did decorate.



I actually carried over the embossing pattern that I used on the Pink Pirouette on the front of the card, onto Very Vanilla and sponged the edges with Crumb Cake before adhering it to the centre of my card.

I think this card will definitely be going to my friend's daughter for her new shop she is opening up in May, which has a bird theme...I must find out exactly what she is calling her shop.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to Just Add Ink to see what other beautiful creations were made by the DT using these lovely colours, and then have fun using them yourself and don't forget to link up your project on the JAI blog.

Have a happy and safe Easter!



Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Aut-Win Mini Catalogue is here!

I am a bit late updating my blog from the 1st April when the new Stampin' Up! Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue became available, however, better late than never!

There are some great new products in this catalogue, the Simply Scored tool, Framelits & Edgelits, Scented Embossing Powder, just to name a few!

Click image above to view the Mini Catalogue online!
If you would like to host a workshop, place an order or find out more about SU! products then just contact me today.

We also have some items that have carried over from the Summer Mini catalogue and are still available.

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I hope to have some projects uploaded here soon that showcase some of the new products available. So thanks for stopping by and don't forget to drop in again sometime!

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