Friday, October 31, 2008

Yumm Spiders!!! (Huh?)

Hello there, guess what I have been doing ALL Day? Making these cute little spiders!! You see I had this wonderful idea (not!) At the boys school it is tradition (not sure how long it has been going for) but each year the year 4/5 class has a sleepover! It is an event that the kids have to earn through class points and is something that they really look forward to! and this year both of my boys are in the 4/5 class so Anthony and I get a (very rare) night to ourselves!! and seeing this years has fallen on Halloween I thought I'd make these cute spiders, that I found here. My original thought was to make two for each child, but quickly changed that to one with a few extras!! (40 in all!!) Each spider has been made with Stampin Up! Punches - 2 Scallops, 4 Photo Corners, 2 half inch circles and 3 quater inch circles per spider!!. The lower legs attached to the face scallop and the higher legs attached to the back scallop! Sandwiched between them are the yummy Dove Individually wrapped Chocolates. I have mainly used milk chocolate for them but there are some mint ones too. I would have started them about 9am and finished about 2ish this arvo!! Jayden and Marrisa pucnhed out all the scallops for me on Wednesday after school, I sat in front of the tele for about 2 hours last night glueing the coloured legs together and my friend Kathleen - who popped in for a coffee this morning - offered to punch out the little circles to day while I was starting to put them together! Even with all the help punching, it still took a while!! But they are cute hey? Jayden and Owen love them and want to make some up too, so that may happen on the weekend. Anyway, I am off to get them ready for the sleep over. Have a great weekend.


Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Cardstock - Basic Black, Yoyo Yellow, Real Red, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Only Orange, Pixie Pink. Punches - Scallop Circle, Photo Corner, 1/2 Inch Circle, 1/4" Circle

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Another Playboy Bunny Card

One of my nieces has just turned 15! (Happy Birthday Tahlia!) and I received a comment on my previous Playboy Bunny Card from her Mum saying that she would love a card like that as her whole room is decked out in Pink and Black with a Playboy Bunny Theme!! Well I can't disappoint so here is Tahlia's Card. (It was a bit late, but I got there!!) As you can see the Bunny opens up to reveal a Giftcard on the inside. (My DH Anthony is actually hiding behind the wall holding the back of the card in the second picture as the Bunny on the front is a bit 'front heavy' so with the flap open it kept toppling forward!! What a fantasstic photographers assistant! haha)

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Cardstock & Inks - Basic Black, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Whisper White. Stamps - Sprinkles. Accessories - Hodge Podge Hardware - Pewter, Sponge Daubers, Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, Slit Punch. Other - Ribbon, Rubons & Silver Gel Pen.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Thankyou Gift

A few weeks back while checking in on the Demonstrator Website I noticed a little red '1' next to my Stampin Mail!! WOW!! A potential customer had contacted me through the Locator! Anyway, turns out I live just around the corner, so I popped a catalogue over to her and today had the great pleasure in delivering her "GOODIES" how exciting!! I also popped this KitKat Treat Pull Slide (thingy) in as a Thankyou for her first order!! As I told her that chocolate is mandatory when it comes to stamping!! haha. So here is a big Thanks to Cindy, and a welcome to the Addictive world of Stampin Up!! (waves to Cindy!!)

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Cardstock & Inks - Real Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie & Bashful blue. DP - Summer Picnic. Accessories - Scallop Punch, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle Punches. stamp Set - Think Happy Thoughts

A 'Case' of the Sesame Street Cuties!!

These two cards are totally cased! But who wouldn't they are just gorgeous!!!!! As soon as they started popping up on Blogs I knew I had to make them!! They are so bright and cheery and colourful!! I even made a Zoe!! as I have a Zoe, but for the life of me I can't find her (the paper one that is!! haha) I must keep looking as I want to put her on a card for the real one!! (confused yet?) Anyway, I am just going to go find which blogs I found these two cards on....I'll be back! I think I know where I am going.........Right the first one - The Filmstrip I found on Karens Blog!! Just love it!! I really admire Karens work and get all excited when 'Luvtostamp' is BOLD when I check my RSS Feeds!! So go check out her Blog!! Fantastic!!!! Now for the other one!! ....back soon...I am pretty sure it is Jean McKenzies, but I will get the link!... Back again - the ole' memory hasn't quite gone on me yet! I was right. Here it is The Four Square Sesame (Now Jean's is cased so check out her post for the original credit!) Once again check out Jean's blog too!! I love it. Thanks to Karen and Jean for your wonderful inspriation! My Zoe will be an original Caroline I promise!!

September Swap

Once again I participated in the S.O.S Swap and got my cards back on Friday, I was actually running late with mine, but after a late night, express post and an apology I got them there to be included!! (Thanks Roz). I had an email from Averil on Friday morning commenting on my card (thanks Averil), so I kept an eye out for the postie!! Good job I did! My envelope was ripped open and folded in half (even though I had included a cereal box for protection and stability when sending mine and for receiving back), it was sticking out of the back of the letter box gaping open with my swaps nearly falling out! About 10 mins after me retrieving them we had a downpour!! I was not impressed with Aussie Post at all!! Thankfully they were intact!! a few bends but hardly noticeable! Anyway, as usual here are the swaps that I received. Mine is at the top and then the seven cards I got back. They are from (Top to Bottom - Left to Right working in the columns) Lisa Johnston, Roz, Averil Lee, Coralee Moss, Cameron Bath, Melanie Dunstan & Ruth Bonser. Thanks everyone for your lovely samples.

Materials Used for my Swap - Stampin Up - Cardstock & Inks - Regal Rose, Rose Red, Whisper White, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink ( for background stamping). Stamp Sets - True Friend, One of a Kind. Accessories - White Taffeta Ribbon, White Gel Pen, White Brads, 1 3/8" & 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, Designer Label Punch, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Mat Pack.

I'm back with Paper Tole!!

Hi there peoples!! I got a request from my Bestie Denise the other day, she forgot to ask me to make a card for her friend Tracey. I've had no 'mojo' lately, have been tired and am running late with all my greeting cards at the moment. So this is what I came up with, late on Saturday night. I found this little bear in my stack of 3D sheets and seeing Denise LOVES bears I had to use it!! Everything else just flowed, I looked up on the shelf and saw the purple polka dot ribbon, which had been sitting there for a year and a week...(sorry channelling Pam Ayres there!! lol) Once again I just choose my colours from the main image. With this one I have gone with Bazzill Cardstock.

Materials Used - Main Image - Le Suh (not sure of the actual sheet name), Bazzill Cardstock - Serenade, Wisteria, Forget Me Not, Amber. Accessories - Ribbon from my stash on the shelf! Peel Offs

Saturday, October 18, 2008

A trio of Posts!!

Hi there!! I haven't posted in a while so thought I'd better do something about it! My craft desk looks like a bombs hit it and yet I haven't achieved much in the last couple of weeks at all!! (sob sob *boo hoo*) I have posted the two cards that I made for my lovely friend Denise!! I spent the day with her yesterday and as I text my hubby Anthony when I got home "I am going for a lie down, I've had too much today! too much driving, too much talking, too much eating, too much coffee!! " I was exhausted! She lives a good 45 min drive away, (I drop the boys at school and head down to her place and leave in time to go straight to school to pick the boys up again) but it is always fun catching up, Denise isn't a cardmaker! she is a card buyer! and she relieved me of a pile yesterday - my boxes are looking empty again! Geez, now I am going to have to sit down and play with all my toys again!! What a chore (not!)

I have also been having a play with my punches and have made some of the cute Sesame Street Cards that are around, I searched for a Zoe, but couldn't find one I like so I created my own but she is still waiting to be put on a card, so I will share the Sesame Street cards later in the week. (I actually created a real life Zoe about 20 years ago!! This is who the punched Zoe is for!! hee hee)

Anyway, I hope everyone is well and till next time! Happy Creating!!



The Girls!!

Here is a collection of cards I made up from a sticker sheet I bought online somewhere! They are Creative Imaginations - Glamour Girl. I thought they were different and would make up a cute set of cards. All up there were 8 different 'Girls'. When I had finished up with them I thought "Hmm I wonder?" so I submitted them to my fave craft mag and they have accepted three of them! I am not sure when they will be published, so I will just have to wait and see. But for now I will share the remaining five cards with you! Once again I just start off with the image and choose my colours from there! If I can't match Stampin Up cardstock I hit the old Bazzill files!! So here we go....

Chocolate Girl

Stampin Up! - Cardstock & Inks - Basic Black, Real Red, Night of Navy, Confetti White. Other - Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Cuttlebug Bloom Dots Folder, Blue Brads.

Birthday Girl

Stampin Up! - Cardstock & Inks - Night of Navy, Confetti White. Stamp Set - Paisley Background. DP - Loves Me. Other - Pink Grosgrain Ribbon

Cosmopolitan Girl

Stampin Up! - Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red, Very Vanilla. Stamp Set - Pailsey Background. Accessories - Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain, Red Grosgrain.

Glamour Girl

Bazzill Basics - Evening Surf, North Sea, Road Runner, Raven & White. Other - Rubons

Valentine Girl

Stampin Up! - Cardstock & Inks - Real Red, Very Vanilla, Basic Black. Accessories - Round Tab Punch. Other - Ribbon from my Stash. Cutttlebug Divine Swirls Embossing Folder.

So there you have it - The Girls!! I will post the other three after they have been published (hopefully).

Sean is 2

I had to make a special 2nd Birthday Card for my friend Denise's godson Sean! She sent me through a few photos as last year I made a card for his First Birthday with some photos on it! Looks like this is going to be ongoing so I had better start thinking of a different design for his third birthday!! haha. I had the idea of putting him in a car or truck cut out with my Cricut. The picture was in my head but do you think I could get the card to turn out the same!! No way!! But this is the end result! What do you think? My brain just wasn't working. I am sure Sean will love it anyway! The truck is cut out using the New arrivals Cartridge, the 2 is from Alphalicious. I will list the rest in the Materials List. Out of the three photos of Sean - none had him facing the correct way, I needed a side on pic with him looking toward to camera, so using my trusty photo editing software, I chopped his head out of one picture and popped it on the picture with him standing side on!! hee hee you can't really notice it!!

Materials Used - Stampin Up - Cardstock & Inks - Basic Black, Bordering Blue, So Sffron, Mellow Moss, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Creamy Caramel Ink. Accessories - Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Sponge Daubers, 1 inch Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Bordering Blue Marker. Other - Large Brad, Rubons

Another Wedding Card

This card is a straight case from Splitcoast, I only changed a couple of bits on it. I thought that it was lovely for a wedding card, stating the obvious!! Mr & Mrs!! Ben & Kathryn have been printed on cardstock on the computer and then the French Flair has been stamped on vellum, turned over to soften and sponged. I just love the Pomegranate Satin Ribbon! Love it!!

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Stamp Sets - French Flair (retired), Taggers Dozen. Cardstock & Inks - Basic Black, Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Basic Grey. Accessories - Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon, Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon, Black Brads, Small & Large Oval Punches, Round Tab Punch, Vellum, Sponge Daubers.

Friday, October 10, 2008

A Wintergreen Season

Well as I said earlier, I hit Splitcoaststampers for some ideas using Season of Joy and the Wintergreen DP. I came across loads of lovely cards and these are the ones that I decided to have a go at! I have been playing with them all day (while hiding form the kids!! - it's still school holidays in WA!)
All of the cards have basically used the same materials, so I will only list them once. I have made two of each and am all tuckered out. The plan is to recreate them with last years Holiday Thyme DP and also with the Dashing DP!! We'll see!!

Materials Used - Stamping Up! - Cardstock and Inks - Whisper White, Sage Shadow, Always Artichoke, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery. Stamps - Season of Joy, Crazy for Christmas. Accessories - Wintergreen DP, Sponge Daubers, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Double Stitched Soft Sky Ribbon, Certainly Celery Gosgrain Ribbon, Versmark, White Embossing Powder. Other - Kaiser Rhinestones, Silver & Green Brads.

A Blue and A Dotti Christmas!!

Well, like I said ... I really liked the way the 'Enjoy' Chocolate Box turned out, so I sat down and maded the front of it as a Christmas Card!! I ended up churning out 8 of them!! I think it is a striking, yet simple Card!!
Materials Used - Stampin Up! Cardstock & Inks - Old Olive, River Rock, Very Vanilla & Real Red. Accessories - Sponge Daubers, Stampin Markers, Real Red Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Dashing DP. Stamp It Stamp - Merry Over Christmas

As I was browsing the Blogs I read, I came across a card titled 'Too Blue?' made by Kylie Swain. My answer - No!! I loved it, so while I am on my Season of Joy kick!! I decided to recreate it. Instead of using Lovely as a Tree I have used SoJ and I have used Itty Bitty Backgrounds to stamp a background with the hollw circle stamp and randomly colour in some circles with my white gel pen! The tree also has the swirls covered in glitter. One of my friends also liked it and had promptly purchase all the 'bits' needed to make up a pile too!! Thanks for the inspiration Kylie!

Materials Used - Stampin Up - Cardstock & Inks - Brilliant Blue, Brocade Blue, Whisper White. Stamp Sets - Season of Joy, Itty Bitty Backgrounds. Accessories - Brocade Blue Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Sponge Daubers, Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

World Cardmaking Day Lucky Dips!

Hi there!! I know I have been naughty!! I haven't posted in a while (sorry) I hope I can make up for it with a few posts over the next couple of days!! Here we have the 3D Items I made as Lucky Dips for World Cardmaking Day. Seeing we were making items using Dashing DP and the coordinating colours I kept with the theme with the 3D Items.
If we go left to right starting at the back we have --

3 x 3 Notecard Box - containing 4 Incentive Stamps and Chocolate Eclairs

Box in a Bag - containing 2 Stampin Spots and Chocolate Eclairs

Makeesha's Teabag Holder - containing Teabag, Golden Rough and a Ribbon Sampler

Treat Pull - containing Lindt Chocolate in one and a Ribbon Sampler in the other

Kim's 'Enjoy' Chocolate Box - containing 6 of the Eight Moments Chocolates and a Ribbon Sampler

Sour Cream Containers - containing either Incentive Stamps or Stampin Spots and Chocolate Eclairs!!.

So there they are!! I love them all, but my favourite would have to be Kim's 'Enjoy' Chocolate Box, so easy to make and everyone loved it!! Though next time I am going to omit the ribbon to tie it closed and pop a couple of velcro dots on the bottom edge to hold it shut, so that the ribbon isn't being tied and untied all the time. I liked the front of it, so I decided to create a stack of Christmas Cards based on it, so quick and easy!!

I have been having a lot of fun with 3D items at the moment. But am about to hit the Christmas Card scene with gusto!! I hit SCS last night and got some beautiful ideas for Season of Joy with the WinterGreen DP, so I will tackle them first, then recreate them all with the Holiday Thyme from last year and then attempt the same designs with Dashing DP and see how they all turn out!! Watch this space!!

I hope to post them over the weekend!! Till then, take care!

Caroline xx