Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Citris Upsy Daisy's!



Hello all!! Well I am sitting her full of a cold and trying to create a couple cards and guess what??? Its' just not happening!!! (lol~cough!!~lol) So I thought I would share these two cards I made the other day, I saw them on SCS and thought they were nice and cheerful colours, so I have recreated, added some glitter and used a different sentiment. Hopefully I will be creative tonight!!! If not Friday. Till then, stay warm!!

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Stamp Set - Upsy Daisy. Cardstock & Inks - Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Whisper White. Accessories - Haiku DP, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Tangerine Tango Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Brads, Markers.
Monday, June 22, 2009

Cute Babies!!



Ooh Guess What!!??? They are there! Petra from Craft Factory asked me if I would make her some stamped cards for her Project of the Month on her Website, as she generally plays with other items and not the stamps, so she sent me some gorgeous stamps and these are the first two I made. I have several more and plan to play with them over the coming months, like a cute worm card, adorable little snail, turtle and lady bug stamps!! I even have a wedding one to play with!! So stay tuned!! I will blog them as Petra uses them.

These adorable little sleeping babies just screamed In Colours and Dazzling Diamonds at me!! (Yes!! they screamed!!) I wanted to put them on a sparkly cloud!! and I did!! (lol). They are pretty self explanatory, but if you want the instructions just head on over to Craft Factory and click on the June Project of the Month! there is a list of all the Materials there!!

I am off to do some sorting, tidying and hopefully stamping!!!

Caroline

Sunday, June 21, 2009

My Clever Friends!!

Yesterday we had a lovely afternoon learning the Chalkboard Technique and the ladies did a really good job!! It is really very easy!! These cards, however, are their 'Homework' (or Sketch Challenge that was set for them to bring along with them). We used Mojo Monday Sketch 88 and they all did a fantastic Job!! Congratulations to all of them!! Next Month is Mojo 37! I hope you enjoy these lovely cards....

Angie's Cards

Tracey's Cards

Asheley's Card

Deb's Card
(Unfortunately Deb dropped her card in the black ink when she was stamping her name on the back, but we have given her a solution to fixing the black splotch!!)

Cindy's Card

Debbie's Card

So there you go!! They all did very well and for some of the ladies it is the very first time they have ever followed a sketch!!! I am off and will hopefully head back with something new next week ~ it's going to be a busy one, so there might not be much cardmaking, but I will try!!!

Caroline

Friday, June 19, 2009

A Chalk Rose with Mojo??


Hee hee, couldn't resist!! This is another Chalkboard Technique sample for my ladies and I thought seeing the Sketch Challenge I gave them as 'homework' was Mojo Monday Sketch 88, that I would make a card using that sketch to show them too!! 

So for this card I have stamped the small rose from Wild Rose in Whisper White then dabbed So Saffron Chalk over it, then sprayed it with the fixative spray then have stamped over the top with the outline image in More Mustard.  Which has soaked in to the chalk a bit more than I wanted it to (I thought the fixative spray would have prevented this!) but it has a noce subtle blend to it. I then used a cotton bud and dabbed some white in the centre and chalked that, then used some 2way glue and Dazzling Diamonds to make it sparkle a little!!

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Stamp Sets - Wild Rose.  Cardstock & Inks - Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, More Mustard, Whisper White.  Accessories - Chocolate Chip DP, So Saffron DP, Chocolate Chip Taffetta Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 Way Glue Pen. Other - Brads from my Stash, Cricut, Creative Memories CCS Cirlces

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Techniques Folders

Well today's post is a little boring!! Sorry..

My crafty ladies and I are starting a Techniques class on Saturday, in which we will learn a new Technique each month! This first month we are learning the Chalkboard Technique.  I have decided to use these little A5 Bantex Binders (I think they are a fantastic size for any reference material you want to keep close at hand on your desk!!) I have one with all my Stampin Up! Colour Charts etc, one for all my Bazzill Colours, a stamp catalogue that is never complete!! (lol) and a couple others too!! Anyway, so instead of trying to get everyone to decorate something I thought this was an easier option, and each month I will print up the instructions and a sample page, the ladies try the technique and pop the sample on the blank page and put it in their binder for easy reference!! Whalah!! haha. As you can see from the pic above I couldn't decide on a font for the Spine!! So I printed up a few different ones, the ladies can then decorate the part of the spine that folds onto the front cover with whatever!! I have used Baroque and some Flower Fusion Flowers. 

So this first Chalkboard Page is what I have pictured here, as most of my techniques will be coming from SCS I also will provide the link to the photo tutorial on there.

That's it for today, I hope to be back tomorrow with a couple more Chalkboard Technique Cards!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Zoe's on the SCRAPheap!!

Well here I am again! I am really on a roll hey?  After our blast of UNconvention and the sketch  challenges we had, and then Lisa giving us some challenges on the SOS group this week, I have again ~ Scrapbooked!! (eek!!) I did have a go several years ago and completed one 2 page layout of Zoe's hospital baby photo! You know the one most people get sucked into buying!! (haha) Anyway, I really didn't get in to it much and continued with cards. But these sketches are getting me hooked!  I am playing with 8 x 8 pages, I find the larger 12 x 12 too hard and feel you have to try and fill the page, the albums I bought were the 21.5 x 28 cm size, but I am not too fussed on those anymore either, so I am going to play with a few more sketches, then invest in some nice 8 x 8 albums later on.  

I am really loving how these two pages turned out, I just kept it simple and to the sketch and am letting the beautiful face be the highlight!! Isn't she gorgeous???

The journalling reads...."These would have to be my two favourite photos of Zoe. The photographer at the Portrait Place at Myer wanted to try this 'silhouette shot' with her, saying that many children turn at the last second and you lose and eye or half the face, but this shot turned out perfectly and he was very impressed!!  So am I.  Taken October 1990 2 1/2 Years Old" 

A couple of years ago Zoe's nickname (or whatever you call it) on MSN was 'ZCB the Original and the Best since 1988' I loved it and it has stuck in my head, so I thought it fitting to title this Layout Miss ZCB.

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Stamp Sets - Headline Alphabet. Cardstock & Inks - River Rock, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, So Safrron & Very Vanilla. Accessories - Le Jardin DP, Scallop Edge Punch, Photo Corner Punch.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Chalkboard and Colour Inspiration Combined!


Here is my attempt at the second Colour Inspiration Challenge on the SOS group.  Perfect for a Chalkboard card hey? It has lightened a little with the flash, but it looks great!  I have sprayed the image with the Fixative, and it really does just seal it nicely so you can't accidentily smudge it. I have clear embossed the centre scallop so it clearly stands out from the backgound, and each 'Flower' has a half pearl in the centre.  The stamp set I used is Tart and Tangy! using the citris slice stamp, but whack a pearl in there and you have a flower! I have also gone over the outer white circle with the White Gel Pen to make it stand out a bit more. I am really loving this technique and hope to make a few more cards with a few tweaks and see how much I can do with it.

Till next time

Caroline

Monday, June 15, 2009

Chalkboard Technique

Hello again! Well my craft ladies are coming over for a Technique Class on Saturday and we are going to have a play with the Chalkboard Technique. This is my first attempt at it! and I have had fun, so over this coming week I plan to make a few more cards showcasing it.  I have made the Free Standing Pop Up Card as our 3D item and a single card. I have also written up the instructions for them, and they will do a few samples to stick on a page for their Technique Binders. (which is just an A5 Bantex Binder with Clear sheets). Here are a close up of the two cards we will be making. 

I thought I would try different background colours instead of just using black, and am loving the Navy Blue.  When we make this card I am going to make the pink background just a little narrower so the Flower image stands out a little more!

I loved making up this PopUp Card, though when it slides closed it also scrapes along the chalk. I have a can of Micador Workable Fixative Mat! that you can spray over the chalk image and it sort of 'seals' it! then you can work over the top of it again and respray if needed. It dries in seconds and doesn't alter the cardstock or chalk. If anything it gives it a slightly brighter crisper image ~ less dusty!! So we will use this on the weekend too!

I have two more Chalkboard card ideas up my sleeve so will blog them when I am done! If they work out!! (lol).  So that it for me, off to complete some challenges.

Caroline

Sunday, June 14, 2009
Here we go with more Cupcakes!! Yummmm!! This next one was cased from a Gift Card holder on SCS but I just made it in to a card instead, and added some Red Pearls and an extra cupcake on the 'Shopfront'. I think it is so cute!! The striped scallop strip (try saying that 5 times fast!!) is folded over and only stuck at the back, so it is like a shop canopy!! So cute!! (lol)

Then we have a really girly pink one!! I am loving the Sweet Always DP.  The orange with the pink works really nice together!! More cupcakes will be cooked later using more of this paper!!

And last of all we have another one of the Challenges that Lisa set on the SOS group. This one was a Colour Challenge using Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango and Summer Sun! The cupcakes have Liquid Applique on them, so the icing is all raised and puffy!! and then a shiny cherry on the top which has been coated with Crystal Effects.

So that's pretty much it for my cupcakes at the moment! I have made several more, but they are pretty muched cased, so I won't show them here. 
Seeya
Caroline
Saturday, June 13, 2009

Cooking up a Storm!!

Hello again, well I still haven't moved on from the cupcakes yet!! Nearly though. I will put the set away this weekend and attack something else!! (lol) What started the 'binge' was Makeesha's cards on her blog! Then it sort of grew from there so here are a few that I made up which were inspired by the 3rd card in her post...

These two use the MojoMonday Sketch No. 88 and I have just changed the colours around. I decided to keep it pretty simple so that it can be used for a male Birthday.


I decided to stick with the green and blue for these next two, a couple more suitable for the men!! These have followed two of the Sketch Challenges that Lisa has put on the SOS group this week! 2 down 4 to go!! (haha - I think!!)

Anyway, I'll be off!! and I will upload the other cupcakes soon.

Seeya

Caroline

Monday, June 8, 2009

Dinkum Divas Swap

Well I am just realising that I haven't posted in a while!! (naughty me!!) I have sort of been busy! I have been making up samples for my Technique Day with my ladies in a couple weeks, I have been making lots of cupcakes (cards) and working on Instructions for some cards I made for Craft Factory for Project of the Month.  So busy busy busy. (lol) 

Anyway, yesterday was a training day for the Dinkum Divas, which is the group of Stampin Up ladies I am with.  Unfortunately, due to another of those Thunderclap Headaches I have lost my speech again, though, no way near as severe as last time, but as I still had a rotten headache and, well, couldn't talk very well, I stayed home.  But my gorgeous and ever so lovely hubby went on a little trip and delivered my swaps for me, so the ladies wouldn't miss out!  So this brings me to this card!! The swap was a sketch challenge, which was the Mojo Monday 87 Sketch.  I nearly went with Upsy Daisy!! Good job I didn't as two other ladies used this set.  I decided to go lovey dovey!! I have used the set A Happy Heart. The "hearts & kisses" have been stamped in Chocolate Chip, then I sponged the edges with a Riding Hood Red dauber.  Using a cotton tip I have removed the ink from the centre heart and then using the dauber added the Riding Hood Red ink. I have used the same technique on the I {heart} U stamp also.

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Stamp Set - A Happy Heart. Cardstock & Inks - Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette & Very Vanilla. Accessories - Candy Lane DP, Scallop Edge Punch, Sponge Daubers & Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

Anyway, I'm off! The Parcel Post guy just arrived!! and we all know what that means!!!

NEW STAMPS!! (hee hee) Tootle Loo!!

Caroline

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Riding Hood's Cupcakes!!

Good Morning World!! (hee hee) I have been having fun with Crazy for Cupcakes at the moment!! I am absolutely loving the set!! I originally printed up a pile of cards that I wanted to case, some were and others just went in their own direction!! This particular card was originally inspired by one I found on SCS, but it didn't look right so I decided to can the scallop and ribbon and go with something a bit simpler.  Then this next one, also inspired by one on SCS, but justwasn't working so I ended up with something completely different! 

I am really loving dazzling Diamonds at the moment too! and all my cupcakes have sparkly icing! I used to always use Crystal Stickles as it is less messy that glitter! But Stickles sort of changes the colour to a blue/green sparkle, where as the Dazzling Diamonds keeps the colour underneath more true! I have also cased a couple of Makeesha's cupcake cards from her Convention Parade post, they have remained as is, because her cards are just fab!!

Anyway, that's it from me this morning!! Have a nice day!!

Caroline

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Cause for Celebration!

Oh yes indeed it is!!! Look what the postie brought me today!!! My subscription copy of Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft! Vol 14 No 12, and there I am on page 60!!! (Well not me.....but my cards!!) how exciting!! and haven't they presented them beautifully?? I made these cards last year sometime, they have been at the magazine since before December!! and here they are!! (can ya tell I'm all excited!!???) I will post the actual cards later.  But just thought I'd share my excitement for now!! Seeya!!