You Amaze Me!

Hello everyone,

Again it’s long time no post. I struggle to find the time to blog these days. I don’t even create as often as I used to. Things have changed in the Brown House, that’s for sure. The girls have become heavily involved in horse riding. They attend various clinics and competitions and our usual Pony Club rally days. So most weekends and some weekday afternoons are busy with that. I have this year become Treasurer of our local Pony Club and Vice President of the Primary School my youngest attend. I also volunteer in the Prep-2 classroom once a week, plus I am the uniform shop lady at the same school. I am also on the High School’s tuckshop roster. If that’s not enough, the boys will be starting soccer soon, so there is another item to add to the list. I really do need to organise myself better though, I have been known to triple booking my self on occasion. I now actually have two, yes 2, diaries on the go. One for my business and one for everything else. Maybe I should start putting in designated crafting time!!

I have still managed to hold workshops here from home. I have missed a couple last month, but I am now back in business. I thought I would share with you one of the creations from last week. I have totally fallen in love with it and I hope it inspires you to create one too.

you amaze me

I had a play with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die and turned it into a card pocket. I also created a little coordinating gift box with the Tiny Treat Box.

you amaze me

I used the Crazy About You Bundle to create the title and the delicious Indescribable Gift flower stamp for the image. We used our ‘blendies’ to colour it in.

treat flower

The beautiful Bouquet Bigz Die was used to create the flower.

you amaze me

you amaze me

These could easily be turned into beautiful invites with a few changes….. I can imagine some pretty special wedding ones, just change the sentiment on the front and put the details on the card inside. I will post below the list of all products used in case you would like recreate these one, or if you are just curious as to what I used

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Live the Life You’ve Imagined!

Hello everyone,

Since I did the big move to Southbrook I restarted some workshops and quickly found that a scrapbook workshop is the popular choice here in this quaint little town. I haven’t shared any of these projects on my blog and thought I should start. This particular page I am sharing today was this weeks workshop.

Live the Life You've Imagined

I used quite a few stamp sets, six in fact. It is one of the reasons I love Stampin’ Up! The stamp sets coordinate well with each other. Another item I love about Stampin’ Up!, and it is totally free, is the brown packing paper in the Big Brown Box that is filled with your goodies. I use it on my projects as a DSP (designer series paper). You can tear it, scrunch it, stamp on it, spritz ink on it, anything you can think of really. It’s a great neutral ‘filler’ for your layout. It especially looks good on boy themed layouts. Can you tell I love it?!

Live the Life You've Imagined

I sprinkled Whisper White ink in one of my Stampin’ Spritzer bottles over the layout and added a few Candy Dots for a pop of colour. I also outlined some pieces including the DSP with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker. I use this technique to make that particular element stand out, but it’s not too much that it takes away from the photo. I used Dimensionals to lift the photo off the page and slide my three tags beneath it. I will use the white for journalling and the other two will be fillers or you can put some smaller photos on them.

Live the Life You've Imagined

It’s a great simple layout anyone can do and the ladies attending loved the workshop. It  also gave me a good excuse to crack open the NEW KRAFT CARDSTOCK!! This stuff is awesome. It is heavier than our regular CS and this is a more natural Kraft colouring. Be sure to check that stuff out, plus any of the other gorgeous products I used.

Thanks for dropping by,

Kirsty

Perfect Peacock!

Hello everyone,

With the release of the new catalogue, there are so many things I would love to have, but if I don’t win Lotto anytime soon (maybe actually buying a ticket would heighten my chances of winning Lotto?! LOL), I will have to get it all bit by bit. So that meant I had to choose very carefully and decide what I couldn’t live without in the short-term. I decided that was the stamp Perfect Peacock and a selection of Blendabilities. I have never had a play with alcohol markers before and wasn’t in the market to purchase any, but that Peacock needed colouring and I decided to get some. I will have a go water colouring it shortly and see how that goes.

In the meantime here is the gorgeousness called Perfect Peacock

Perfect Peacock

Isn’t it just the most beautiful peacock stamp you have ever seen? You will probably see a lot of this stamp as I don’t seem to be able to put to down.

To achieve the background I used the Dictionary stamp. I buy these in clear mount so that I can selectively stamp sections of the stamp. When they are unmounted they are flexible and can be manipulated to stamp what you want. I also used Gorgeous Grunge for the spots. I then sponged in Crumb Cake around the edges of the Whisper White, Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake CS.

The Blendabilities used were Cool Caribbean, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight. I used a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker to colour the beak. I did stamp the peacock twice. One to colour and cut out, the other for the base. When I cut the peacock out I then used a Basic Black Marker to colour the edges of the peacock. This got rid of any white edge.

Perfect Peacock

 

I love how this one turned out, I might even try some different colours next time. I’m thinking Rich Razzleberry.

I do hope I have inspired you to try your hand at Blendabilities. They are crazy fun and easy to use, and I am very happy I bought them. I cannot wait to get my hands on some more colours.

Thanks for dropping by!

Kirsty

Festive Friday Challenge #24

Hello everyone!

It is Festive Friday Challenge time and our challenge this week was FABRIC!! I must say I love our Stampin’ Up! Fabric, but I haven’t played with it too much. So to get some ideas of something different I can do with it I went looking through our Stampin’ Up! magazine Impressions. I came across this gorgeous little creation that I just had to re-create. It so happened it used the Petal Cone die…..another product I haven’t played with much. So the plan was looking better and better by the minute.

And here it is

I have fallen in love with it! I think I might make a few of these the Christmas in the Country Art and Craft show which is coming up in November on the 2nd and 3rd. They could be a hit. Here’s a closer look

To make this I had to adhere the fabric to cardstock and then run it through the BigShot on the Petal Cone die. The flower on the front however is not adhered to cardstock. I diecut the larger flower shape from the Perfect Pennants die, I then folded them in half and half again. I used a hot iron to help me get the shape. I hot glued the four pieces to a 1 1/4″ circle cardstock. I must say I used the hot glue gun to do a lot of the adhering. Magic stuff that! LOL! The little silver bell is just tied on with the white thread through the Real Red button. But the button is hot glued!

Anyway, please link your creation up at Nicole’s blog for us all to see. I would love to know what other people can do with fabric.

Thanks for dropping by!

More Established Elegance…

Hello everyone!

I did tell you I couldn’t put the Established Elegance stamp set away, right?! LOL! This one though I think is a little prettier. This is also a sneak peek at something that is new in our upcoming Autumn/Winter Mini. Can you pick it?

I really love this card. It was also a challenge from Madonna, but this challenge was for everyone (we had three of these). This was a sketch challenge, and it was actually one of the Sweet Sunday Sketches from Karen Giron’s site and this was challenge #151.

You may have noticed I used some of my favourite paper, First Edition. Love that stuff. The “Hello” is from one of the Sale-A-Bration sets Elementary Elegance. I used some Victoria Crochet Trim and an Antique Brad and the new item I used was the Pleated Satin Ribbon. The colour is Blushing Bride. Isn’t it just divine?!

This card, you may have noticed is a teeny bit shimmery, here’s a closer look

I used the Vanilla Smooch Spritz over the top of the card when finished. I love this stuff. It just makes your project really shine.

Anyway, I will be back again soon with another creation to share.

Thanks for dropping by!

Inkspiration Challenge #72

Hey everyone!

I am sure the weeks are getting faster. Didn’t I just do #71 yesterday?! LOL! I must say I love it though. It ensures I keep playing with my goodies and also using the grey matter to create something different each time….well at least I try to! Hehe!

This weeks colours were a little difficult for me. I tried several options but having Not Quite Navy as a predominate colour on this card would just not work. So in the end I used it to stamp the sentiment. It seems a lot like cheating doesn’t it? LOL!

Again this week I played with the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint {so lurve this stuff}. This time though I just stamped the image in Peach Parfait and then using a paint brush, painted the shimmer over the top. You cannot see it too well but I ran a sponge dauber, dipped in shimmer paint, around the edges of the card. You can just see it along the top………well I can anyway! LOL!

Heres a closer look at that flower

I pulled out an old favourite, Petal Pizzazz. I bet you noticed! I seem to go through some favourites don’t I? Currently it is Elements of Style, but that could soon turn into Nature Walk…….but then again French Foliage is a new one I have just acquired! Hmmmmmmm! I will let you know! LOL!

Don’t forget to go to the Inkspirations Challenge Blog to link your creation and of course check out the rest of the DT.

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A Princesses Castle!

Hey everyone!

I know, I know……SHOCK, HORROR! I am doing a blog post that isn’t  an Inkspirations Challenge! LOL! It had to happen sometime right?

This particular post is about my upcoming workshops here in Gatton and local city Toowoomba. After coming home from convention I was chock block full of ideas and inspiration. The inspiration for these creations originated from a swap I received from Pat Carr. Pat is one super creative punch art designer and I had a blast recreating it.

Have a look a the card class-

a closer look-

I love how cute this is and I have a recipient already in mind. She is my little princess Akayla. When she saw this she ooohhed and aahhhed for ages. Sometimes hinting at having one of her own, God Bless her! Her favourite colours too! LOL!

Okay, I also do a scrapbook workshop and I usually keep it the same theme as the card class. This makes life much easier for me, as I tend to take to looooooooong thinking about scrap pages.

I must say my daughter Jemma was horrified when she saw this photo. LOL! I think she forgot on the day of her 6th birthday party she had her face painted like a cat and then ran around for the rest of the day. She ended up looking like a witch NOT a princess!! LOL! I do love how this page turned out, but the photos doesn’t do these projects justice.

I have taken some closer ones though-

Gotta love that Champagne Mist shimmer paint and the clear embossing. I also sponged a lot of edges to add some definition to the page. I am sure the girls will love creating these projects. Thank you Pat for the inspiration!

Well that’s all I have to show you today!

Thanks for dropping by!