Sweet Sunday Sketch #161!

Hello everyone!

Currently Karen who is the creator of Sweet Sunday Sketches is have a DT call on her blog. I thought I would have a go, you never know unless you try right?

So here is this weeks sketch

and here is my submission

I decided to have a play with the My Friend stamp set accompanied by Always Elegant. I did some second stage stamping with the main image of flowers and leaves. I also did quite a bit of sponging to make some of the panels ‘pop’. The little vintage brad was dipped in white Staz-On to change the colour a little.

I hope you all like my card,

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Hello My Friend!

Hello everyone!

The card you are about to see was the first card I made while away on retreat. It was also Madonna’s Colour Challenge for everyone for the retreat weekend.

I used a stamp set I don’t own. Simply Soft. It is a hostess set in the front of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue. I paired it with My Friend {one of my faves}. The challenge colours were. Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Sahara Sand, Basic Grey and Marina Mist. Madonna was all about rediscovering the Neutral collection to show your creations don’t have to be bright to look gorgeous. So we received lots of goodies in neutral colours, like a share of the Mocha Morning SDSP. Thanks Mads. I dyed my white twine with Marina Mist ink lightly and I love how it looks.

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Thank You Friend!

Hello everyone!

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!

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Hey everyone!

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.

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Building Blossoms!

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I have finally had a play with my Build a Blossom stamp set……and I love it! I couldn’t help it, though I had to play with Calypso Coral and I teamed it up with Poppy Parade. I love them together. I used to struggle with Poppy Parade but with the new addition of Calypso Coral in our colour palette it has made it easier to play with. Have a look

I had lots of fun making this one. I only made it today too. Are you shocked that I am blogging it already? LOL!

I had a great morning creating with two new stamping buddies today. I started a scrap page, finished two projects and created this card. Not too shabby huh? I wish all my mornings were like that…lol! I bet your double surprised I blogged the creation on the same day! LOL!

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Inkspiration Challenge #87

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It’s Inkspiration time and I am not going to miss this one. I have so much inspiration lying around me in the shape of brand new SU goodies that I have no excuse! lol!

Here’s this weeks sketch

I really like this sketch and found there was a lot of options with this design. So to help me along a little I pulled out what I find to be one of my most useful tools when I need a little push, the Colour Coach. I wanted to use a colour I have trouble using. The first one that came to mind was Always Artichoke. I checked the card out and saw a very interesting combo. Always Artichoke, So Saffron and Cajun Craze. So here is my result-

I really love the end result of this one. I played with my one of my newest SS, My Friend and my newest ribbon, Seam Binding. This stuff is great to tie bows with. So soft and pliable, you will be seeing me use this a lot.

I stamped the leaf image in second generation with both So Saffron and Cajun Craze then I stamped the “Hello” sentiment in Always Artichoke over the top.

Anyway, hop on over to the Inkspiration Challenge Blog to check out the rest of the DT’s designs and to submit your creation for all to share.

I have one more thing to share, it is a pic of my youngest dressed up in a dragon costume but for the purpose of his dress up theme of “Under the Sea” at Kindy he was the Lochness Monster! lol

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