31 July 2010

JAI #28 take two

I whipped up this cute bookmark last night using this weeks colour/masculine challenge over at Just Add Ink. It is a total case of one that Dawn McVey made recently and I just love it so much I had to make one for my hubby, who is a total bookworm! While I was at it I also made a 'girly' one to match :)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: chocolate chip, kraft, baja breeze, very vanilla, pretty in pink
Ink: Baja breeze, chocolate chip, pretty in pink, basic black
Other: Bookmark die by Papertrey Ink, sewing, circle punch, ribbon in baja breeze and chocolate chip.

29 July 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge #28

Wow another week has zipped right by, which means it's challenge time again over at Just Add Ink! But this week is different, because it's a DOUBLE CHALLENGE! The theme is to make a 'Man Card' but you also have the added bonus of this gorgeous masculine colour combination to help you :)
I just absent mindedly went with a Father's Day theme card because it was the first thing that came into my head, and only later did it hit me that I have nobody to give it to. It's so strange how after three and a half years I can forget that my dad is no longer here. But if he were, I know that he would have really liked this card. He used to proudly show off anything I made him to anyone who would look! lol I guess parent's don't outgrow the joy of showing off their kids handywork huh, no matter how big their kids get!Supplies:
Stamps - Wonderful favourites, lovely as a tree and weathered background.
Cardstock - baja breeze, chocolate chip, very vanilla and kraft.
Other: string, large pewter brads, stitching, stampin' pastels, distressing tool.

Birthday goody bags

My dd is having a small party this weekend to celebrate her 14th birthday, and she chose a cute little bag template that I had as her party favour bags. I thought it would be a huge job, but once I got an assembly line going it didn't really take me that long (about 4-5 hours in total). Now I just have to fill them up with some fun 'girly' items :)All supplies are Stampin' Up!
Paper: Berry Bliss Designer Series Paper (Retired)
Cardstock: very vanilla, whisper white, close to cocoa, pretty in pink, purely pomegranate, rich razzleberry.
Other: Label punch, various brads, sticky strip, pink tissue paper.
Haute Tote Template from www.creationsbyar.com

28 July 2010

WOYWW 28 July

Well it's technically not my workdesk, but my dining table. You see, I have a bit of an assembly line going today (and in fact it's still going!) as I am making party 'goody' bags for my dd's 14th birthday party on Saturday. I still have a couple to do and then I just need make some little embellishments and name tags for them and they will be done. I will post pics of the finished bags separately when they are ready!

26 July 2010

Friend to Friend

Here is a cute little girly card I whipped up on the weekend, using a digi image that I had coloured. The papers are the same as in my last card post, but I had already done this card first when I thought that the spotty paper would make great cupcake patty papers so I went ahead and used it on my next card. But I promise my next card will be more different! LOL
Supplies: Cardstock: Old Olive, purely pomegranate, whisper white. DSP by Kaiser
Stamps: digi Sarah Kay image, sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments set by SU!
Other: purely pomegranate satin ribbon, button, stitching, prisma pencils, stampin' pastels.

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 79

Here is my card for this week's sketch challenge over at Karen Giron's Blog. I used the Adirondack Dimensional Pearls in Espresso and Cranberry to 'frost' my cupcakes and they look so yummy! I then just added a little bit of dazzling diamonds to the frosting :)
Cardstock: Espresso (bazzill), purely pomegranate, old olive and very vanilla (all SU!)
Stamps: Cupcake and greeting by Taylored Expressions, Canvas background stamp by SU!
Ink: Chocolate chip and Black Staz On.
DSP: Kaiser
Other: Stitching, nestabilities, crystal brads, prismacolour pencils.

23 July 2010

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I was chosen to be the guest designer this week over on Keesh's blog and while I was soooo excited I was also very nervous! Why is it that the minute I 'have to perform' I second guess every little thing that I do ... never ceases to amaze me. Stage fright is what they call it, right? ;)
Anyway after a few false starts on this sketch, I finally came up with this card. And now that the pressure is off so to speak who knows, maybe I will even make a second one! To see what the regular and very talented design team have come up with be sure to pop over to Makeesha's blog and check out their entries this week. Supplies: Cardstock: Chocolate chip, cool caribbean, very vanilla (all SU!) DSP by Kaiser. Ink: Cool caribbean, close to cocoa. Stamps: Ippity Stamps . Other: Dazzling Diamonds (SU!), nestabilities, stitching

22 July 2010

It's party time!

I quickly whipped up these invites tonight for my dd's birthday ... nothing like getting them made the night before she wants to hand them out. lol
I am not completely happy with them, but they are done and ready to go so that's the main thing :) And dd likes them so I suppose that's all that matters right? (I have just deleted the personal info for privacy reasons). Inspiration for these invites came from Amanda Reddicliffe.
Cardstock: black, melon mambo, gable green.
Stamps: Itty Bitty Backgrounds, crazy for cupcakes.
Other: Boho flower punch, melon mambo ribbon, top notch die.

Just Add Ink 27

Is it really challenge time again? I can't believe how quickly this week has gone! Probably because it was a short one with the kids going back to school mid-week. Either way, I am just glad that tomorrow is Friday :)

Today the JAI team have a great sketch challenge for you to try! So feel free to play along and then pop over to the JAI Blog to post your project.

And here is my card. Not a stamp in sight for this one!

Supplies: Cardstock: close to cocoa, baja breeze and whisper white
Other: Many Thanks Sizzlit die, polka dot embossing folder, parisian breeze paper, felt fusion flowers, brads, baja breeze ribbon and stitching.

21 July 2010

WOYWW 21 July

Well it's been a while since I played along with the 'What's on your workdesk Wednesday' challenge. But now that the kids are back at school and I am slowly getting back to my normal routine I thought it was time to post some pics.

I have two photos today, taken about 20 minutes apart. I included both because I thought I would show you how I have started hanging the RAK's that I receive on my blinds (a great idea shared by another clever stamper!) It is so much better to have them where I get to enjoy them rather than in a box huh!

You will also notice that I have pushed my desk back towards the wall, it just gives me a lot more floor space to move around in the room but I am not sure how I prefer it, so it may end up back where it was soon :)
The second photo is what is currently on my desk as I am just about to start a project, which I won't be able to share for another few days yet.

Be sure to pop over to Julia's Blog and check out the other entries this week!
Note: If they are not up yet, just check back later as it is a UK site (I think) and there Wednesday starts a bit later than ours does ;)

19 July 2010

West Australian Museum - A Day in Pompeii

Since it was the last day of the school holidays today, hubby took the day off work and we all went to the WA Museum to see the 'A day in Pompeii' exhibition. It was also a chance to look around the rest of the museum since we have never been there before. I just thought I would share a few pics. Unfortunately you weren't allowed to take pics in the Pompeii exhibition, but it was pretty cool!

I cased myself :)

I promise I will have some 'new' stuff to share soon, but everything I have made the last couple of days are for upcoming challenges so you will have to wait to see those :)
But I did have to whip up another card to mail out, so I copied my teacup card only this time I used the in-colour combo of bermuda bay, melon mambo and crushed curry.

Supplies: cardstock and ink in melon mambo, crushed curry, bermuda bay and whisper white. Stamps: Share a cup and sip by sip. Other: clear polysparkle embossing powder, versamark inkpad, polkda dot embossing folder, stitching, bermuda bay ribbon.

16 July 2010

JAI26 - second card sample

This was my first card for this week's challenge over at Just Add Ink (just add embossing). That was before I realised that the great friend set was not in the current catalogue ... duh!

Anyway, I thought I would still share it here. You will notice that I used the same idea for my teacup card :) I am really hoping they bring this set back in our new catalogue, because I really do like this little butterfly!

Guess who ...

...is going to be the guest designer next week for Makeesha's Inkspirations Challenge???

Yes ... MOI!! I am soooo excited :)

I received an email today saying that my card for the sketch challenge this week (which you can see here) was chosen as the winner and with that I receive the honour of being guest designer next week over on Keesh's blog! I am so excited and really looking forward to playing along!

Cancer Sucks!

Just when you think you are one step ahead of the monster it grabs you by the a$$ and drags you back!

Sadly further pathology tests on my dear friend Kathleen's lymph nodes showed that they were not clear after all. So that means more surgery on Monday and it also now means she will need extensive chemo followed by radiotherapy.

So if you could please keep her in your thoughts, I know that it would be much appreciated!

15 July 2010

JAI26 - Just Add Embossing

It's time for another weekly challenge over at JUST ADD INK. And this week the challenge is to just add embossing. I am very excited (and nervous) since it is my first official week posting a project as a JAI design team member!

It had been a while since I had taken my heat gun off the shelf and I had a lot of fun rediscovering the joy of heat embossing! I think it was one of the first 'wow' techniques that really caught my eye when I discovered stamping all those years back.

Since I didn't have the matching Stampin' Up! craft inkpads that I needed, I used the old versamark and dye ink trick to get the same effect and ensure that my images matched my cardstock. If you have never done this before and would like to give it a try it really is very easy, there are just 4 simple steps!

1. Ink your stamp using a versamark ink pad
2. Ink the same image into the coloured ink pad of your choice.
3. Stamp your image onto your cardstock
4. Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the image and then set using your heat gun.

Anyway, enough of my rambling. Here is my card for this week's challenge. And if you didn't just come here from Just Add Ink , be sure to pop over there and see all of the wonderful creations from the other design team members.
Stamps: Share a cup, Sip by Sip
Cardstock: Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Baja Breeze, So Saffron
Other: Old Olive satin ribbon, stitching, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, clear embossing powder, heat gun

14 July 2010

I {heart} you pie

Last night I made a beef casserole for dinner, and as is customary in this house the next day I use the leftovers to make pies.
I was making the pies when hubby came home and decided to help. He finished cutting the pastry for me and popped a couple in to be cooked and when they were ready this is what I found :)
Gotta love pie that says 'I {heart} You' :) It even has a little 'x' in the top right corner. And it was delicious too!

13 July 2010

Meet my Fishy Friends

It's been a while since I played with this cute stamp set, and once I did one card last night I couldn't stop and ended up making a set of three :) I also managed to incorporate two sketch challenges. And although I have never used these colours together before but I just love them! I should also add, that these images have a LOT of glitter on or around them so are very sparkly IRL. It was hard to capture that in the photos though.

This first card uses the Clean & Simple Sketch Challenge FTL98 over at Clean & Simple Stamping.
The second card was done for this week's Inkspirations Sketch #31 over at Keesh's blog.
And this last one was actually the first card I did, and doesn't use any challenges at all :)
Stamps: Fishy Friends (retired), Fishy wheel, share a cup sentiment, teeny tiny sentiments and best yet.
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Green Galore, Gable Green, Whisper White
Ink: basic black, gable green
Other: Stitching, stampin' dimensionals, dazzling diamonds (lots of it!) various border punches and embossing folders, bermuda bay ribbon, circle punches.