Archive for February, 2012
I just had a very lovely weekend with my upline Madonna and 10 other fellow demos on retreat. It was just fabulous to get away and just create non-stop……well maybe we stopped to eat and sleep, but that’s about it. I walked away with lots of cards to share with you all and I will be posting them here for the next couple of weeks.
The first one I want to share is one of the cards I made from the ‘challenge bag’. Madonna had a brown paper bag full of challenges. We had to close our eyes and pick one out. Mine was to create a monochromatic card.
I may have pulled this stamp set out more than once on the weekend, but hey, I cannot help myself, I just love it. I did play with my stapler on this one, though, so there was something a little different. LOL! I also have to tell you that I did use the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch A LOT! I used it so much and I asked for it so often that everyone just started calling it the KB punch for short because I also kept forgetting the proper name for it. LOL!
Anyway, I hope you stick around for the next couple of weeks so I can show you all the things I made and that I can inspire you in some way.
Before I go I just have to share with you all a couple of pics of my ultra cute and too funny Nephew Tre.
One with his mummy
And one with my kiddies. He is seriously cute people.
I was taking a gander around blog world yesterday and I decided it was about time I had a play with a challenge. It has been a while don’t you think?! One of the first ones I checked was Just Add Ink and they had a gorgeous colour combo challenge. Take a peek
Isn’t that a beautiful combo? But also a challenge for me as I always have a bold colour in the mix, maybe even two, but I don’t class any of these as bold. But I managed to make the Wisteria Wonder pop by embossing it. Have a look
Here’s a closer look
I used the stamp sets Field Flowers, French Foliage and Precious Butterflies for the sentiment. I used one of my favourite brads and the pretty Pool Party ribbon to add an accent. I also used the Woodgrain BG stamp on the base.
It was great having a go at a challenge again…..should do it again real soon!
I just wanted to quickly show you the card I made for Theresa’s workshop last weekend. She loved the Nature Walk set so that is what we worked with, Theresa also had a look back at my cards and said she really liked the Kindness Matters card I made for an Inkspiration challenge a while ago, so this is the end result
Colour combo is Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla and Old Olive. I love it and so did the girls who made it at Theresa’s party. Thank you Theresa for a lovely day especially the lunch afterwards. It was great to catch up as it has been a while since we had done any crafting together.
I’m back again! I have cheated however. I made this card last week with the Spiced Paisley ‘Hello’ card. But I think it better I share them individually rather than all at once. Otherwise there would be no eye candy for a whole week. LOL!
On that day I decided to play with some stamp sets that I haven’t really played with a lot since getting them. Build a Blossom was one of them.
As you can see I also used the Spiced Paisley Stamp Set. Hahaha! Seem to be a new favourite of mine. I didn’t see that coming! I used the strip of circles stamp out of the Spiced Paisley Stamp Set to create the BG on the Very Vanilla and the biggest paisley for the Perfect Plum base. The other two colours used are Lucky Limeade and Red Riding Hood. A rather cute combo I think.
Wow!! I have another card to show you all…..can you believe it?! LOL
This card was made for my very dear friend, Theresa who on the weekend hosted a workshop for me. I was trying to channel her while creating this fun little card. I know she loves layers and texture and things that are ‘vintagey’ (lol). I was told by Theresa that I did extremely well! Yep that’s right!! SHE LOVES IT!!! Actually, I nearly didn’t give it to her as I loved it as soon as it was finished, but hey I can make another one! It may not be exactly the same but close.
You know how I said in my last post that I love the ‘hello’ stamp in the My Friend Stamp Set, well I used it again. Only subtly this time. I also used the large leaf and flower stamp in the same set. I clear embossed them on the card. I did use quite a few sets to finish this one but the main element is from Field Flowers. The colours are Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake, with Very Vanilla as the canvas. I used the technique Emboss Resist just slightly to highlight the embossing.
I do love these sorts of cards even if it took a couple of hours to complete! They are so worth it, especially when you are giving it to a dear friend!
It’s been a little quiet here on my blog over the holidays, and now the kids are back at school (3 weeks now), I hope to get a routine in place for regular blogging and crafting. I have received a few emails asking where I am and that they miss my inspiration and some even asking if I have quit Stampin’ Up!. I know I haven’t responded to everyone yet, please bear with me. I promise to respond to all. I definitely haven’t quit SU! There has been some changes but definitely not leaving. LOL! I am also very flattered so many miss my little creations and I am very happy to inspire you all. I hope I continue to do so.
I can say though that I have been struggling to clear my head space to actually sit and craft. Life has just been crazy and here I thought I would have more time on my hands with my last one at school! HA! That’s a joke! I seem more busier. But I think that’s because I have taken on more school duties, because I can. It has affected my routine at home but I can see light at the end of the tunnel and should be back on course soon with a new routine in place. I know so far that I will be scrapping on Wednesdays and card making on Fridays. All other days are taken up with school activities…..I think! LOL!
In the past couple of months I had hoped to apply for some design team positions that were doing DT calls, but I missed out on applying for any. I just couldn’t get my time organised to create some new projects to apply with. I will keep my eye open though for others and if you know of any let me know. Being on a DT will help me get back to being regular! LOL!
Anyway I have some inspiration for you all
This is really simple but I love how it has turned out. I paired the new stamp set Spiced Paisley available in the current Summer Mini and the stamp set My Friend from the current IB&C. I think they go together quite well, but then again I think that ‘hello’ stamp goes with pretty much anything! LOL I also used some coordinating DSP Spice Cake. Very yummy stuff. I used colours More Mustard, Pool Party, Soft Suede, River Rock and Pear Pizzazz. A surprisingly gorgeous compilation of colours I must say.