Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kristina Werner Colour Inspiration #28

I just had to participate in another of Kristina's Colour Inspirations as it closes on my birthday, 30 October! I also have a couple of friends celebrating birthdays around this time as well. So as I made this for one of them I hope she does not see it on my blog before I finally get around to giving it to her.

Kristina's colour combination was: Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Sage Shadow and Whisper White.

And here is my creation!
Stamps: Delight in Life (retired), So Swirly Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Whisper White
Inks: Sage Shadow, Ruby Red, Versamark
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, heat gun, Pumpkin Pie ribbon, stampin' dimensionals

Happy birthday to anyone else celebrating at this time of the year, may the coming year bring you lots of enjoyment and pleasant surprises.

Happy stamping!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

One Sheet Wonder 12x12 DSP

I have decided to make a lot of my christmas presents this year and so I thought I should get started before I run out of time. The first gift that I made today was a gift box of greeting cards. To do this quickly I used the techniques of a "One Sheet Wonder" where you take one sheet of paper, in this case I used a Stampin' Up! 12x12 Designer Series Paper "Summer Picnic" and cut it up in a design I created. These pieces were then used as the key elements on 15 cards that I created using matching Stampin' Up! cardstock - Real Red, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive.

Here is my group of cards and I also made a matching box to give them in.

To see each of the cards individually as well as the template that I made to create these, click on the slideshow below.

Thanks for looking and I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Happy stamping!

Zindorf tutorials

One of the blogs I like to regularly visit and whose cards inspire me is Michelle Zindorf - who is very talented with the brayer! As I had not had a chance to get my creative juices running for the last few weeks (busy in my regular job, coming home and being mum, as well as being the typist for my husband's assignments - which thankfully are now submitted and finished until study starts again in the new year!) I thought I would attempt a few of Michelle's tutorials. Michelle has several beautiful cards on her blog for which she takes you step by step through the process of creating them. I enjoyed doing them but have decided I definately need more practice with the brayer and sponging (I would so much like to participate in one of her classes but a trip overseas in not on my horizon at this point in time - oh well, I will just have to keep practicing following her online tutorials).

Anyway here are the three cards that I created (showing links to Michelle's tutorials).

I was not really happy with my sponging on this one and as I did not have a large flourish I used the "So Swirly" Stampin' Around Jumbo Wheel. It is amazing what 'sins' ribbons can hide, because underneath this ribbon is a mark from my white gel pen that looked wrong. Here is the link to Michelle's tutuorial.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Both Way Blossoms" (retired), Jumbo Wheel "So Swirly"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Night of Navy, Soft Sky
Inks: Stampin' Up! Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Night of Navy, Basic Black
Accessories: Sponges, White Gel Pen, Black Marker, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Silver brads

The next card I made was following Michelle's Whirling Leaves of Autumn tutorial and as I didn't have any stamps of whirling leaves I thought I would see if one of my Stampin' Up! wheels would work. At first I did not like my efforts but thought I would see it through and mount the card to see if I changed my mind - and I did, I quite like it when put all together.

Stamps: Stampin’ Up! “Lovely as a Tree”, Jumbo Wheel "It's Beautiful"
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Cool Caribbean ('07 In Color), Night of Navy, Mellow Moss, Whisper White
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Cool Caribbean, Mellow Moss, Basic Black
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Brads, Creative Memories Circle Template, Sponge, Versamark Pad, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

The third card that I made following Michelle's tutorials was based on her California Sunset tutorial and again as I didn't have any stamps of Palm Trees I thought I would modify this and use a Stampin' Up! stamp that I had. I chose the "Summer by the Sea" set, which I masked before doing any brayering. I also was not patient when I dyed my white ribbon with Pink Passion ink and it was still damp when I applied it to the card, so if you look very close you can see some smudges of where the ink has bled onto the card beneath the brads. Sometimes we just need to be patient for the best results!

Stamps: Stampin’ Up! “Summer by the Sea”
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink Passion
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Regal Rose, Marigold Morning ('07 In Color), Lovely Lilac, Basic Black
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon (which I dyed with Pink Passion), Brads, Sponge, Stampin' Up! Markers, Stampin' Up! Rub Ons

Thanks for looking and enjoy experimenting with your talents.

Happy stamping!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Stampin' Up! - Birthday Promotion

What: Stampin' Up!'s 20th Birthday

Spend $20 on regular catalogue merchandise and get 20% off these select birthday stamp sets:

ItemPage #


Retail Price 20% Off Price
112594 37

Big Bold Birthday


Pretty Princess


Birthday Best


Crab & Company


Short & Sweet


When: 1-31 October 2008

Contact me today to celebrate with Stampin' Up! and get 20% off select stamp sets!

Happy stamping!

Kristina Werner Colour Challenge

Another blog that I regularly follow is Kristina Werner's and I especially enjoy participating her in colur challenges. Today I noticed that she had uploaded her 25th colour challenge and the colours seemed to go well with cards that I needed to make for a couple of new babies! So here is my card (I still have to make the other one!)...

Stamp Set: Pocket Fun (retired), Warm Words
Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Whisper White, So Saffron, Ruby Red, Certainly Celery, Summer Picnic (designer series paper, Spring Mini Catalogue 2008)
Inks: Ballet Blue, Certainly Celery, Ruby Red marker
Accessories: So Saffron brads, paper piercer

Happy stamping!

Zindorf tutorials

One of the stamping blogs I like to look at when I have the time and from which I have picked up some techniques for using my brayer is Michelle Zindorf. Today my friend Jodyann and I finally managed to find some 'me'/'us' time for creating and so we decided to give a couple of Michelle's tutorials a try! Here are my two cards, nothing like Michelle's but atleast I had a go and realised I still need more 'play' time with both sponging and brayering.

Thanks for looking and I encourage you to have a look at Michelle's blog to see what other beautiful cards she makes and try out some of her tutuorials. I only wish I could attend in person at one of her classes to see her in action!

Happy stamping!


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