Saturday, January 30, 2010

Craft Factory gets a Mojo Makeover!!

Sorry couldn't resist!! Geez it's hard coming up with a catchy title sometimes!! (Oh well). Anyway, on to the card. This is the Mojo Sketch - Mojo113 I set for my craft ladies for our first get together this year!! Which is happening today! I think I picked a doozy this time! This card would have taken me most of Tuesday morning to make!! I woke up with the idea in my head, and I wanted to use this stamp that Petra sent me from Craft Factory last year, I think I finished it around 1.30pm just before getting ready and heading off to work!! I was determined to finish it!

I have used the gorgeous Bella Rose DP's and have paper pieced the flowers, the dress, the shoes and even the arm that sits over the dress!! When hubby noticed that he was rather impressed!! lol. The hardest thing about the card was getting the papers right in the background! I wanted a pink dress, but it looked to washed out and when I cut it out of the red DP is was perfect!! I originally had the dots as the background and the pink behind the image, but again it was too washed out!! So lots of changing here and there and I finally settled on what you see!! I am rather impressed with the final card. Nice and bold! yet pretty at the same time. Hope you like it!! I can't wait to see what the ladies have come up with!

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Cardstock & Inks - Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa & Blush Blossom (for water-colouring hair and body). Accessories - Bella Rose DP, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, Circle Punches. Other - Stamp - Craft Factory - Flower Fairy

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Introducing Ollie

Hi there!! Yep me again! I am playing a stupid game on Facebook and while I am sitting here I am trying to think of other things to do, so it doesn't seem like I am wasting time!! So I thought I'd introduce Ollie!

Here's the backstory....Once upon a time .. (lol) Nah, over Christmas Zoe and Josh stayed with us for a few days and along with them came Gadget, Zoes little 3 month old kitten. After they had left we felt there was something missing, and really missed the faint jingle of his little bell racing around! So we decided that we were going to get a kitten! After reading Judes post on facebook, just asking 'anyone have any kittens?' and how easy she found one, I thought I'd just ask! So when I went to work I asked ... and got the right answer!! lol

Ollie's mother was killed by the owners dog, and they didn't know there were any kittens until a neighbour heard them. The owners were bottle feeding the kittens and two of them went to people who wanted to hand raise them straight away. Lucky for me the owner was happy to continue bottle feeding until Ollie was eating food, so I could have her. At that stage we were unsure if she was a boy or girl but I already had names picked - Oliver for a boy or Annie for a girl. (As they were both orphans!) The name Oliver was growing on us and we were hoping it was a boy and we would call it Ollie for short. Well we are pretty sure she's a girl and have decided that she is Ollie anyway!!

She's a bit grubby in the pic! We gave her a bath on her first day here, but now she is learning how to clean herself! She is so tiny, so cute and so lovable!! She just cuddles in and snuggles under your chin!!

Now she is exploring the house and hiding around corners and jumping out at you!! Not a good idea as she is so tiny we nearly tread on her!! lol.

Sorry to bore you with my long non craft related post, but she is the most adorable little kitten I just had to share!

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tri Shutter 50th

Hi there again!! Two posts today!! lol. Here is another card that I found on my camera, it was made around the same time as the wedding card. This is a Tri Shutter Card that I am sure nearly everyone out there has made one now!! haha On this card I have given colouring a flower from the Pretties kit a go!! After attaching it to the card, i realised that maybe I should have made the colour a bit deeper as it seems a bit washed out! But it still looks fine! I have used my Cricut - Alphalicious Cartridge to cut the 50.

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Cardstock & Inks - Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Basic Gray, Whisper White. Stamp Set - Eastern Blooms. Accessories - Pretties Kit, Filgree Designer Brad, Elegant Eggplant 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, DP - Basic Gray & Rose Red. Other - Kaiser Rhinestones, Nestabilites, Cricut.

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A Wedding Card

Hi there!! I was going through the memory card off my camera and came across this Wedding Card I made a couple months ago, it is a bit too shimmery in the photo because of the flash, but IRL it is a bit more toned down!! This card was made rather quickly, but it turned out pretty good.

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Cardstock & Inks - Brushed Gold, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Versamark. Stamp Set - Always, Sweet Little Sentiments. Accessories - Gold EP, Oval Punches, Scallop Oval Punch, Eyelet Border Punch. Other - Cream Organza Ribbon.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Male Birthday Cards

Morning!! Well like I said previously I am working through my 'Offcuts' drawers, so here are a couple of 'male' birthday cards. Funnily enough they are both inspired using the same Mojo Sketch!! (Mojo108) I just couldn't seem to get it right with the first one! Both of these will be popped in envelopes ready to post off as I zoom ahead with my 'Birthday Cards in Advance' resolution!!

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Cardstock & Inks - Blue Bayou, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie. Stamp Sets - That's Funny, Party Hearty. Accessories - Spring Break DP, Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Star Punches. Other - Gold star brad.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A couple Sympathy Cards

Hi there! I have had a request from a friend to make a Sympathy Card. So I thought I had better get in and do it! One problem.....School Holidays + 2 Boys = Headache!! Honestly they are less than 2 feet from each other but they are shouting!! It's 40+ degrees outside, so they can't go out there!! So I am going to make another cuppa and try and hide down the other end of the house again!! (problem is our house isn't very big!! Oh well!!) I think I might ask for some soundproofing!!

Well on to the cards hey? This is what I have come up with. I have gone with the Bella Bleu DP and the Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set. These could quite easily pass as a sympathy card to give to a male even?? What do you think? I am also thinking of making a couple of pink ones, but my brain just isn't working today - too much noise.

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Cardstock & Inks - Not Quite Navy, Kraft, Whisper White, Sahara Sand. Stamp Set - Thoughts and Prayers. Accessories - Hodgepodge Hardware - Antique Brass, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Bella Bleu DP. Other - Ribbon from Stash.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Happy Birthday ZAK!

Hi there!! Well this is the plan....I am on a roll at the moment and pretty well intend to keep the ball rolling!! Last year I was forever late with my Birthday Greetings for my Nieces and Nephews, and well some people didn't get cards at all!! (Apologies to those people). I am currently ahead!! yes I said AHEAD of schedule with my 2010 greetings! (yeah I know we are only half way through January!!! BUT I plan to stay ahead!) So the plan is to make the card, pop it in an envelope with stamp and date to post!!!!, photograph the card (before putting in the envelope - of course!), Blog it and schedule the post to load on the day of the Birthday (this keeps me blogging regularly!) and the the big one!! remembering to put the card in the mail!!! Will I succeed??? How long will it last??? We will see! and you will just have to keep popping back to see if I am successful! (hee hee)

Anyway, about the card.... One thing I plan to do to start the year off is to go through and use a lot of the craft products that I hand B-SU (Before Stampin Up!) A few years ago I was in to everything HOTP (Hot Off the Press) and therefore have HEAPS. The image from this card and several others that will pop up soon are from an Annie Lang Book, she has the most adorable little characters!! so Cute! though most of my nieces, nephews and friends kids are growing out of the cutsie stage. For this card the only Non SU is the image and the blue background.

Materials Used - Stamping Up! - Cardstock & Inks - Basic Black, Stazon Black. Stamps Sets - It's Your Birthday. Accessories - 1/4" Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Pewter Hodgepodge & Crimper. Other - Annie Lang Image, Sizzix Little Sizzles Pad - Rainbow.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Inspired by Gadget!!

Yep!! We were babysitting our GrandKitten last Saturday, and I was crafting away, I needed to make a card for Petra, to go with the little treat box I was sending her (hope you have it now Petra!! Otherwise I have spoilt the surprise!!) My challenge at the moment is to start the year off emptying out my drawers of offcuts!! (which are rather full!!) So I have made the mini treat box from some largish scraps of Sarah DP (retired like 2 years ago??) and this card is made using the left over that I had from that! Petra (from Craft Factory) sent me some stamps last year, so I thought I'd make a card for her using one of them, use some scraps and knock off another Mojo Monday Sketch!! This is Mojo 107.

I am really happy with how it turned out, though I had several changes with the paper piecing, changing the ribbon, then the box, the flaps of the box.......and finally settled on this look. The kitten body and the base of the tail are glued and the head and tip of the tail are raised on foam tape to make him look like he is sitting out of the box.

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Cardstock and Inks - Bordering Blue, So Saffron. Papers - Sarah DP (retired). Accessories - Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon. Other - Blue Brads, Nestabilities, Bow Easy (Wow this is a cool tool!!) Grey watercolour Pencil.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

January Class

Wow I am on a roll!! (hee hee)

This is what my craft ladies are making for our January Class, it a Valentines theme, but for those who don't have a Valentine, it can just be a card to say 'I loveYou' for anyone. We are making the 2 cards and a cute little giftbox, which again is from Timeless Templates. This one is called Time for TakeOut. (there is actually a light pink flower between the two red ones on the back card, but the flash as glared it out! we may use a darker pink on the day)

Materials Used - Stamping Up - Cardstock & Inks - Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Kraft, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette. Stamp Set - A Happy Heart, Sanded BG, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (retired). Accessories - Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Circle & Circle Punches. Other - Nestabilites

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Gift Card Holders

Here I am again! This year I plan to be ON TIME with all my Birthday Greeting from my neices and nephews, I came across Timeless Templates late last year after seeing many beautiful creations on various blogs, so just befre Christmas purchased a pile of them!! One was called Cash or Charge and contained 3 templates for Giftcard Holders. I used one on my packaging for Zoe's Pandora Beads and this is another.

I like to make the packaging to match the colour of the Giftcards!! So these bright green ones were a challenge! But I think I have done ok!! The bit with the card on pulls out, but if you undo the bow, the sides open up and the centre part folds down to reveal the card also. So with these four I am now ahead with my Giftcards! (yippee!!) On the brown ones I have actually - for the very first time - used chipboard shapes and coloured them with my inks using daubers!! Wow what fun and so easy!! I am not sure why I haven't before. This year I plan to use up a lot of stuff that I have accumulated over the years - especially my scrap box!!

Materials Used - Stampin Up - Cardstock & Inks - Green Galore, Only Orange, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss. Papers - Retired Spring Flowers & Sarah. Accessories - Mellow Moss Taffetta Ribbon, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets. Other - Black Twine, Chipboard Flowers, Black DP, Buttons.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Mr Gadget!!

Hi there Everyone! Meet my new Grand Kitten - Gadget!! He is Zoe's kitten and she has gotten in to the habit of calling us Grandma and Grandpa!! So we are playing along!! lol. He came over with them for Christmas and we got so used to having a kitten around that we are actually going to be adopting an orphaned kitten. (I hope to pick him/her up next week) The owner is still bottle feeding it. More on that later!!

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Card from The Past!

Hi All! I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and New Year!! We in Aus are now in 'Back to School' mode!! completing booklists, covering books, labelling EVERYTHING!! (Oh the pain!!) haha. This year is going to be extra special as Jayden was elected one of our School Captains (we have 2)!! So a challenging year for him!! I am confident that he will do very well!!

Anyway, back to the card! I haven't posted in a while and the other day this post by Jean McKenzie (love her work) popped up in my Google Reader!! I love the stamp and actually have it in my collection! I was thinking about the card I made with it which was cased from a magazine back in 2000!! I searched for a photo but for the life of me couldn't find one, but when I was sitting down having a cuppa telling my DH a lightbulb moment happened and I jumped up, grabbed out my box of handmade cards that have been given to me and there it was!! I had actually never used the card!! So here is a pic of it!! and a link to Jean's card also (above). The cute little Hedgehog is actually swinging in the window of the card in its little hammock!! Hmmm I am thinking that this stamp may come out to play again soon!! lol.

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