Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Congratulations - Tiger Lily Easel card

Stampin Up Kiwi Kiss card stock, Stampin Up Vintage Vogue Stamp set, Cuttlebug & Embossing folder, Stamp It Congratulations stamp.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Stampin Up - Fifth Avenue Floral

I absolutely loved this card created by very talented Tenealle Williams. I've seen lots of CASE'd versions of this card, it's just so beautiful. The main rose is stamped using Black Stazon and I watercoloured the petals using Stampin Up Pink Pirouette ink pad. The background card is SU Pink Pirouette using the same colour to randomly stamp images from Stampin Up Vintage Vogue stamp set. The ribbon technique is called 'double ruffled ribbon' which creates a stunning feature on it's own.
I had stamped the rose image at my last watercolour technique class with Charmaine Black so if I'd had a spare image, I would have added another layer to the rose to add dimension. I feel it really needs this to finish it off. (I will probably add this later if I can sweet talk someone into letting me borrow their set ... hint hint sis!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Expectant Mum Baby card

A work mate asked me to make a baby card which she wanted to give the expectant mother a few months before baby was born. You could also use this for a baby shower card. I have had these stickers for a while so it came together really quickly.

Baby card for Twins

I made this card today for a work mate who is having twins next month. The stamps used are from a Hero Arts unmounted stamp set which belongs to my sister. I stamped the images ages ago and finally had a reason to use them. The only Stampin Up product used was the Stampin Up Certainly Celery ribbon.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Paper Sculpture - Swans

These beautiful Swans were the creation of the most amazingly talented Artist, Designer and Paper Sculpturist - Greg Sukendro. His work has been published numerous times in the Australian Stamping & Papercraft magazine. He is amazing! Mine are cheap knockoffs and this card is still a work in progress. As my holidays finish today and I return to work tomorrow, (boo hoo!!!) my posting will be a bit random so wanted to share these now. The patterns and instructions for the Swan is outlined in the S&P Magazine.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Stampin up - Sale-a-bration Happy Moments

Tip: This card could easily be converted into a male card by changing the ribbon to a simple thick black ribbon.
Card idea & design CASE'd from Tenealle Williams whose beautiful blog I visit regularly for ideas.

Stampin Up - Flower Fancy flower pot card

These Flower Pot cards were on all the blogs early this year (so I'm lagging a bit behind!), but I thought I'd give them a go. I used the Stampin Up Vintage Vogue set (which I think is a little 'busy', and the Stampin Up Flower Fancy stamp set (which turned out lovely). I've also seen this done brilliantly with the SU Petal Pizzaz.

One thing I didn't like about the flower pot cards is that you couldn't stand them upright. So to fix this I attached a little easel on the back which folds down flat to fit in an envelope (see piccy below). Problem solved!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Punch art Sunflower

This card was CASE'd (Copy & Share Everything) from Tami White.
Materials used: Stampin Up Small Oval punch (petals); SU Scallop Circle punch; SU Scallop Border punch; SU Large & Small Circle punches (layers in middle of sunflower); SU Vintage Vogue Stamp Set; SU Vintage Labels Stamp Set.

Punch art Owls on a branch

I saw these owls using various Stampin Up punches and just loved them. Although I only had a couple of the required punches, I was able to easily make do with what I had. As per the blog where I CASE'd the idea (click here to view Sarah Makin's design), I've also included a picture of the punches I used. I copied the first card almost completely, then came up with my own layout (square card).

This is another great way of using the Stampin Up Curly Label punch which I what I used to create the top of the owls head. Note Sarah Makin used a different punch for a similar effect. The 2 Stampin Up circle punches used were sizes 3.5cm and 1.3cm.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Punch art Tigerlily & Tiger

Okay, I definately bit off more than I could chew with this project. A good work friend asked me to design a baby card as her son and partner had a little girl last week. Bubby's name is 'Faith Tigerlilly' - Tiger because her son is crazy over tigers (the grrr type) and Lilly is a family name. Therefore I decided I would try to incorporate both themes ... there was my 1st mistake!

As time consuming as punch art is - I love it. It's cute and great for baby/kids cards however to make them reasonably quickly and easily - you need all the punches ... and there's mistake #2 - I don't have all the punches. So I adapted what I had and free drew shapes to create the tiger. Fiddly yet very cute I think. (The tiger design credit goes to Marie from Stamping Inspiration). Both websites credited in this post were random websites found doing a google search.

Speaking of which, after much searching for punch art lillies (and I'm talking hours), I found an online video tutorial (all credits go to Valita's Designs and Fresh Folds site). I won't explain how to make the lillies as the video is really good. After all this research, these tigerlillies are going to pop up on a few future cards! Anyway mistake #2 was repeated for the lillies as again I didn't have all the punches but made do with what I had.

Regardless of this, I'm really happy with it. Not a traditional baby card I know, but cute huh?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Side-step card

I decided to give these 'Side-Step cards' a go today. I had some pretty designer paper (non-Stampin Up) which I thought would be perfect for this fancy fold card. I was really happy with the final product.

The large red flower (attached to the last fold) was cut from the designer paper. I used the Stampin Up Large Circle and SU Circle Scallop punches for the flower, and the SU Small Oval punch for the leaves. SU Butterfly punch and SU 'Best Yet' stamp set for the words in the flower stamped with SU Riding Hood Red.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Stampin up - Vintage Vogue

Howdy all - hope you've had a superb Sunday. After cleaning the house, then taking the dogs on a bush walk, I've been a busy crafter today - inbetween basking in the sun and heading back inside to continue on with today's project.

A few weeks ago I posted some cards which I'd made for some work mates as some ladies asked to have a look. I'm pleased to say they got snapped up, however as my stocks are so low, so I'm making some more of the ones that were really popular. Even non-crafters appreciate how beautiful Stampin Ups Vintage Vogue stamp set is, and as this is one of my favourites, I was thrilled to pull it off the shelf first and have a play.

I used Stampin Up Vintage Vogue stamp set, SU Sage Shadow ink (green), SU Orchid Opulence (Purple), SU Night of Navy (Dark Blue). To get the textured coloured card, I used my Cuttlebug machine (just love that machine!!!).

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I've been gifted - Beautiful Blogger award

Can you believe it! I've been awarded the Beautiful Blogger Award from another lady who definately deserves this honour, Stampin Up Demonstrator "Charmaine Black". I feel very honoured and grateful! I love creating papercraft so it's just lovely to share in the wonderful world of online crafty blogging! Thanks Charmaine for this wonderful gift!

Now I have to divulge 10 things about myself...
  1. I absolutely love lollies to the point of addiction.

  2. I have a 10 year plan to pack up and travel around Australia with my other half (and 2 fur kids) in a Winabago.

  3. I have 2 sisters, one older & one younger.

  4. I studied as a mature age student, obtaining my Business degree a few years ago, double majoring in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations and graduated with 'Distinction'.

  5. I love deep sea fishing.

  6. I hate cold feet.

  7. I decided a few years ago to live by the motto 'Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway' after reading this wonderful book.

  8. I love learning new things and challenge myself everyday to grow and develop.

  9. I use to have a prickle haircut and still haven't lived down that major fashion flop!

  10. I grew up on a farm and am still a country girl at heart.