Scrappy Goodness!

Hello everyone!

Long time, no blog post. So much has happened these past few months, some are good, some bad. Let’s do the good stuff first.

The Christmas in the Country Craft Show is coming up on October 31st through to 2nd November, and I have been creating madly for it. For those who have been before to this event, you know how fun it is and the quality of product offered. It is a fabulous fundraiser for the local school Peace Lutheran Primary, one which my children used to attend when I lived in the area. This year I will have a lot more on offer and have tried a few new things. My favourite so far is the spinning pinwheels I have created. I love them!

Some other good news is that my sister just gave birth on the 13th September to a beautiful baby girl weighing in at 8lb 7oz. There is no name as yet, my sister is undecided, so I’m not sure what she is calling her when she talks to her, lol. When I get a decent photo I will share it with you. The ones I have turned out blurry. Tamara, if you are reading this I think her name should be Elizabella!!! haha!

Now for the sad news, my beloved paint horse Cash passed away late in the evening on the 9th September. The poor boy was diagnosed with Bronchitis two months earlier, but never got better. He was given two different Antibiotics (at different times of course), but neither of them helped. The vet started to think he may have had an abscess in his lungs after he was tested for EIA (Equine Infectious Anaemia), and it returned a negative result. His last week of life was spent on Bute to help with pain and his fevers, but his big heart gave out in the end. It was not what I or the vet expected and I can assure you I was devastated when I found him at my before bed check. I decided not to go through with a Autopsy. I felt I couldn’t go through the process and clean up after. I had him buried with our other two horses Lukey and Guardian in the paddock the very next day. I was inconsolable for three days and it took another three to not cry if I spoke of him. All that has placated me is that he is pain-free and running around in horsey heaven, racing Lukey and playing tiggy with Guardian. We have one horse left, Dusty, and he is feeling a little lost without his pal, so I will have to look into getting him a paddock mate. I don’t think I will be ready to buy another horse for quite a while, none of them would compare to my buddy Cash. I will need to start afresh when it doesn’t hurt so much.

Here are a couple of pics of my boy.

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The last one is of Cash and Dusty hanging out in the yards. I miss you buddy!

Okay, no more sadness. I have some scrapbooking to share with you. The first one is one I taught in workshop recently and the other is what I created with the scraps from the first one with some “other” embellishments.

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They are just super quick and easy layouts and I am very much enjoying using different sized photos in conjunction with the regular 4″x6″. You will se a lot more of that from me I think.

Here is a list of what I have used

  • I Am Me Designer Series Paper
  • Washi tape from the This and That collection
  • Label die from Apothecary Accents
  • Large Scallop Edgelit
  • Basic Grey and Pool Party spritzers I made with the re-inkers
  • Calypso Coral twine
  • Chalk Talk SS and framelits
  • White embossing powder

All of these items can be found at my online store available through Stampin’ Up! If you have any questions about my layout and how I did it please ask via email or in the comment section below.

Thanks for dropping by!

Kirsty

Gorgeous Grunge!

Hello everyone!

I have just placed an order from the new Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalogue (you can find a link for it in my sidebar), and I am just full of creative mojo. I also have the Christmas in the Country Craft show coming up in November. I know it sounds like ages away but this year has gone so fast already, so I am now in design mode for that. I’m very excited indeed. I am also holding a Catalogue Launch in a couple of weeks, I know, I know….I’m a little behind, but I have only just rediscovered my mojo. It was patiently waiting behind the “Get you life in order” box. Now that box is unpacked, mojo was found.

Anyway I had a little play with one of the stamp sets we received at convention. Gorgeous Grunge, which is fast becoming one of my favourite stamp sets. Back ground elements are so very useful and can create a quick and easy card.

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The colour combo I used came out of the catalogue too. On every page there are photos of samples and they list the background colours of every pic and they  are great colour combos. This one is Raspberry Ripple, Island Indigo, Soft Sky and Crumb Cake.

Well I’m off to do all that creating I told you about! LOL.

Thanks for dropping by,

Kirsty

 

Finally a Rosette!

Hello everyone!

This is the very last card I created at retreat, there is no more to show. I will have to show you what I have been making at home for the past couple weeks next time.

This card wasn’t a challenge, but I saw someone else make one and decided to make my own. These rosettes seem to be the “in thing” at the moment and I can’t miss out on it. LOL!

I used the stamp set Spiced Paisley and Fabulous Phrases. Colours used are Soft Suede, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz and More Mustard. The designer brad is a Pool Party Printed brad. I think I might make some more cards with this rosette, I think it is awfully cute! LOL!

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Best Dad Birthday!

Hey everyone!

Before I show you todays delicious stamping eye candy I just wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes for a happier 2012 for the Brown family on my last post. I wish you all a fabulous and prosperous 2012 as well. I plan on making this year less stressful. I am going to cut back on some things and do more of others. I just have to figure out exactly what those things are! LOL!

I know one of them would be to join another DT because I am already missing Inkspirations. I love challenges. So I am going to keep my eye out for that one.

Speaking of challenges the card I am showing you today was the last card I made for Inkspirations but we finished with challenge #100 this one was #101 and it was a colour challenge. Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Marina Most and Whisper White

I love this combo! I am also very happy with how this one turned out. Hopefully my dad will like it too.

Another challenge I have set my self is to get back into my scrapping a bit more. I miss my scrapping nights and hope to restart them. There is nothing like getting together with other scrappers and spend a night a week scrapping into the wee hours of the morn. A lot of chocolate was consumed on those nights. LOL! Maybe that’s what I am missing?! hahaha!

Anyway thanks for dropping by!

Inkspirations Challenge #84

Hey everyone!

It’s colour challenge time and this ones a doozy!! I was completely stumped with them and had a couple attempts at it. Of course these other attempts will never see the light of day! LOL! I do like the end result though.

A funky little ensemble, dont you think? Quite a while ago in Stampin’ Up!’s Impression Magazine {only available to demonstrators}, they shared a technique with us, which I have finally got round to doing! LOL! It was about mixing two different coloured embossing powders to give a very different look! The magazine showed us Black and white mixed together and was quite impressive. I did however want the Concord Crush showing through the embossing and opted to mix Clear and Silver.

Here’s a closer look

Gives quite a different look doesn’t it? I might have a go at mixing some other colours and see what happens!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the DT and link your creation over at the Inkspiration Challenge Blog

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Inkspirations Challenge #77

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It’s Inkspiration time! unfortunately my crafting has not ‘got the flow’ if you know what I mean……probably not so let me explain. When I start a card I don’t always have the end result in my head. It starts with a colour or stamp set. Gradually different ideas form as I work as I think what would suit the look I want and also the element that would make the card ‘pop’. Some very good elements and accents come out of this process. This is what I mean about missing mojo. You may have heard me mention about this before. So at this moment that flow is not happening and I get stuck on things and I now rush the card to get it finished in time for deadlines {which I think I was late for anyway….bugger!}. Oh well! Hopefully it will come back to me. Wish me luck! LOL!

Okay so the sketch for this week is

and my submission

I don’t know I am just not feelin’ it! It’s a nice enough card but I know it’s not the best I could do with it! LOL!

It is our neighbours sons 1st birthday this weekend, hence the theme. I am sure they will love it.

I glittered the dragonflies wings with dazzling diamonds and made the red beetle nice and shiny with crystal effects! They were meant to make the card ‘pop’…LOL!

Dont forget to go the Inkspirations Challenge blog to check out the rest of the DT’s creations and to submit your interpretation of this weeks challenge.

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Inkspiration Challenge #71

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This weeks Inkspiration was a little tough for me…..I am not even sure why. It is a gorgeous sketch and easy to work with….maybe it was all the options that were leaping at me as soon as I saw it. It is hard to narrow it down sometimes. I also picked up a couple of tricks at convention I wanted to try. Teneale’s ruffled ribbon and Delys’s Shimmer paint and chalk mix. The perfect set to combine these techniques was the Nature Walk set.

Here’s a closer look at that fabulous bird

To colour him in I mixed Not Quite Navy Chalk with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint. After the initial all-over coat. I dabbed the bird with the brush to give more texture. I then used an Early Espresso and Crumb Cake marker to colour his beak and feet in. So simple but so effective. Thanks girls for all the inspiration at convention. I am full of ideas, I just now have to adapt them to my projects. All the DSP is from the coordinating pack Botanical Gazette. Love this paper and must buy more.

Well I hope you have a chance to play and head over to the Inkspiration Challenge Blog to submit your creation and check out the rest of the DT.

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Inkspirations Challenge #63

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It’s Inkspiration time, and this time it is a sketch. I had a lot of fun with this one. Maybe it’s because I got to ink up some new rubbah! LOL! Tonight people, I am giving you a sneak peek at a stamp set that will be soon released on April 1st in the new Autumn\Winter Mini. I absolutely adore this SS and the coordinating DSP. I haven’t used the DSP on this card but I am sure in no time I will have it all consumed and I will be buying some more.

I haven’t played with the cracked glass technique in a while so I thought I would with this challenge as there is a panel on the sketch that is perfect for this technique. I love, love, LOVE this technique. Take a look at the sketch-

The colours were selected from the Colour Coach. Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze. I added the Dynamic Duo, Basic Grey as well. There is also a teeny bit of Perfect Plum as I needed a fifth colour. Can you spot it? LOL!

A little close up of the cracked glass panel. After cracking the panel I like to rub some ink over it. It gets caught in the cracks and gives them more emphasis. Now my panel does look a little yellow but that is because I sponged Crumb Cake ink over the panel before clear embossing. It looks a little like I have burnt the embossing, doesn’t it?! Oh well you live and learn! LOL! The three panels behind were stamped randomly  then spritzed with Basic Black. I love this tool. I find I am using it a lot lately.

Well I hope I have inspired you to create and have a play with this weeks Inkspiration challenge and I hope to see your submission soon.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the DT too

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée
Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

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Feeling a little Grungy!!

Hey everyone!

I had a fabulous day today! I created a couple of cards, I had awesome company {waving at Andrea} and I took some very cute photos of my son, Darcy and his cute little girlfriend Ava.

The card I am showing you today had been sitting on my desk for about a month……not the whole thing of course or I would have blogged it. Have you ever started a card and thought….Hmmmmm it needs something….but OMG!!! I don’t have it. So you buy it just to finish it? Well in this case I needed the Smooch Spritz in silver foil colour and I am so glad I waited. LOL!

I really like this one!! A LOT! There is a lot going on more than you probably realise. The base piece is Naturals Ivory. I clear embossed the diamond pattern stamp from the Grunge Rock set, scrunched up the CS, then smooch spritzed it then ‘tapped’ the real red ink pad over the top. Pretty nice huh?

I ruffled the Black ribbon and stapled it into place. I love this effect and think it suits the style well.

Okay…..now I have to show you a couple of these photos I took today. But first a little BG. We first met the Francis family when Darcy and Ava were a few months old. Ava’s sister, Sahmara, is best friends with my youngest girl Akayla and Ava’s Mum, Andrea, is my good friend and scrapping buddy.

We have always joked about Ava and Darcy being an item…….but not this early!! LOL!

They were super funny. Ava was playing with some lipstick and dolled herself up just a little bit. Darcy also wanted it on so Ava obliged. Ava did inform us though that Darcy’s lippy was a bit messy and hers was just perfect..LOL! We of course had to take some piccy’s…..and look what happened next……

We didn’t want that lipstick to go to waste now did we?! Oh how CUTE!!!

Well that’s all from me today…..I fell like making another card!

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Inkspirations Challenge #61

Hey everyone!

It’s Inkspiration time ladies, We have a sketch for you this week and it is super easy and adaptable to just about any stamp set.

I might even have another play with it.

I kept this one real simple, LUV simple and I love this card. 

Here’s my super cute monster

I’m sure you remember my little grumble about Wild Wasabi last week and how I barely play with it and I’m not sure what to do with it…..well I decided to play with it. Do you know how well it goes with Garden Green (another one of those colours I don’t play with) and Crumb Cake?! Which happens to be some of the colours in the Woodland Walk collection. These papers are just gorgeous. I wasn’t sure of them at first but I have fallen in love with them.

Don’t forget to play along over at the Inkspirations Challenge Blog and upload your creation for all to see!

Check out the rest of the DT

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée
Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

Thanks for dropping by!