Sunday, February 24, 2013

Lots of sympathy...

I didn't know what to title this post as it is going to consist mainly of sympathy cards because that is what I needed to make today. Recently one of my best friends' husband and father of their three beautiful daughters died at his own hands and it has therefore been a very traumatic week for all of us.

Rather than make just one sympathy card for them all, as they are such close friends and I watched the girls grow up over the last 16+ years, I wanted to make one for each of them in which I can write a personal message to them individually.

I don't know if it has been the task at hand or the memories of a lost friend or the rekindling of feelings due to the recent loss of my mother or a number of other things, or maybe all combined, but I have been very emotional and teary all it has been nice coming to the end of making these cards and sharing them here, while the house is quiet...just me and Chloe, the dog! For a short time atleast.

The colour focus of my cards was Primrose Petals and I just had to play with my new embelishments from the current Stampin' Up! Seasonal Catalogue. I used the Artisan Embelishments Kit, 5/8" Flower Trim and Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

I even took the time to decorate the inside of each card and now I have to find the right words to put in them.

On a brighter note, I did finish my crafting session with a bright and cheery card for my niece Shaina's birthday, which happened to fall on the day of the funeral, and so I was not organised and she will get this card late...I think she will forgive Auntie Mae on this occasion even if she is only turning 4! Happy birthday Shaina!

For those with a clever eye you might spot the designer tag from the Artisan Embelishments Kit, what I stamped the little girl image on. This is what the beautiful ribbon is wrapped around when you first open the kit. The image is from the Greeting Card Kids stamp set and I have also used Designer Builder Brad with an In Color Dahlia adhered to it. The greeting is from a retired Stampin' Up! stamp set.

Now begins our count down, 7 sleeps, for our trip (hubby and I) away for the whole month of March. We are travelling, with a camper trailer, from Melbourne to Perth, WA. Leaving home next Sunday for Devonport, to catch the Spirit of Tasmania on the Monday.

I am hoping to get a few cards made this week to have scheduled to post while I am away but with the way my life is travelling at the moment I am really not sure what is going to get done this week...whatever happens, happens and the rest will just wait until we return, hopefully refreshed and well rested.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week.

Friday, February 15, 2013

JAI #153 Colour Challenge

As you might have guessed from my last few posts I managed to find some time to play in my craft room last weekend, which was a long weekend for us in the South of Tasmania, and so I also made the card for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. I was hoping to make few more of them (which I will do at some stage) because I thought they would be nice as a little set, tied with some raffia, for sale at one of my markets.

However, the week just got away with me and so I did not find any time to create some more before I had to prepare this post. So it is just one gift card that I share with you today...

We had to use this Colour Combination (suggested by the lovely Nikki Spencer)...

You should pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see the other fabulous cards made using these colours by the Design Team and then join in the fun yourself.

I hope I find some more time to play as I just received a few little goodies from the new Seasonal Catalogue from Stampin' Up! that I want to play with. Click on the image of the catalogue on the left-hand side of my blog if you would like to see what is on offer.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Just Add Hearts!

Well with Valentine's Day coming up over at Just Add Ink we had to have a suitable challenge and so it is to...
Just Add...Hearts ♥

Now this doesn't mean you have to make a Valentine's Day card, it could be a gift, a layout or even a card for a loved one going through a tough time, a wedding, an engagement, a sympathy card .... anything that you could add a heart to.

I have been playing around in my craft room today with other challenges and ideas, but just kept turning the page in my catalogue to page 24 and thinking I would like to make something similar to the image in the right hand corner - well I didn't! I did end up using the stamp set pictured, You Are Loved and in particular the heart shaped image, Raspberry Ripple ink and Pretty in Pink cardstock but other than that my card is very different. Oh, and I did add some 'real' stitching to it too!

Here is my card...

As with the card in my previous post, I decided to again use the Vintage Faceted Buttons but this time I placed a pearl inside the indented section and stuck it over a little flower using the Boho Blossoms punch. I also used my new Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Folder, however, I adhered it with the raised side down as I preferred the muted effect behind my striking heart.

Using the Pinking Hearts Border Punch I added some additional hearts in Raspberry Ripple cardstock down the left side and added my greeting (from the Field Flowers stamp set) with a Bitty Banners Framelit Die.
I seem to be on a roll and my mojo seems to have returned so I might see how organised I can get by doing some future JAI challenges, but you will just have to wait until those weeks to see the outcomes! Don't forget to pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see what the other DT members put up for this week's challenge.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend as much as I am, especially as I have an extra day off tomorrow and can really do the things I must do then.

Sketch and Colour Challenge

This morning while everyone was still sleeping, once I am awake I have to get up, I decided to get into my craft room and play. Not that I was up that early - 8am which is actually a big sleep in for me, even on a weekend.

To get the creative juices flowing I thought I would play with a challenge and the one over at Still addINKtive was both a sketch and colour challenge so that definitely gave me a good starting point. Here is the challenge, which you could either use together or one element of, either the sketch or the colours, I decided to use both!

I didn't quite know what I was going to do but decided to just let myself play and see what comes together and I must say I was very happy with the results. I was trying to use the sketch literally, however, I felt that the greeting from the Field Flowers stamp set was too big on the oval shape from the Designer Frames Folder, which is the shape across the middle of the sketch. So I decided to just use a smaller greeting and frame which I felt did not then overpower my card.

Here is my card...

I like to continually browse through my Stampin' Up! catalogue because it gives me lots of ideas and inspiration and on page 21 of the current catalogue I noticed that a metallic split pin seemed to have been used with a Vintage Faceted Button and I thought that I would use that on my project. Except I used a Rhinestone Brad (Ice Circles) [retired] to match in with the colour scheme.

I even decorated the inside of my card, however, it was a bit difficult to get a good shot and when I opened the card and tried to take the photo that way the inside looked yellowy rather than white, so I decided to go with the shadow look photo instead (see below).

Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue
Cardstock/Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Bashful Blue DSP
Stamps: Field Flowers, Made for You
Accessories: Textured Empressions Embossing Folders - Lacy Brocade, Top Note Die, Designer Label Punch (retired), Rhinestone brad (retired), Vintage Faceted Designer Button, Crochet Trim Victoria, Stampin Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive  

I had fun creating this card and now I must get back to the usual routine as everyone is beginning to stir and my daughter needs help with a job application, hubby needs help with preparation for our upcoming camping holiday and I need to do some dusting/ironing/cleaning....the list goes on!

Thanks for popping in and I hope you find some inspiration here, and thanks for Bron and Kathy for the inspiration from their sketch and colour combo.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Late again!

Well I am getting back on schedule for being late with birthday cards for nieces and nephews again! So before I put this one in the post tomorrow, it should have been there last Friday, for my smart little nephew Gideon - he beats me at backgammon! Just like his little 3 year old sister beats me at Go Fish! As my son, Dylan says "they have been taught by the best", because my brother, their father, is very clever and a competitive game player, not that I am competitive when I play against him in Scrabble, Monopoly, cards etc!

I decided to break open one of my latest DSP purchases, "Storytime", and use that as my feature element because their family has a cute Labradoodle called "Gus" and Gideon just turned 6 and the numbered panel had 6 puppies, very appropriate!

I am also kicking myself for not taking photos of two baby cards I made recently as a request from a work colleague, however, I have asked her to take a photo of them before she gives them away, so maybe I can share them here sometime soon. They were personalised with the babies names and I thought they were quite cute and she was very happy with them.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Seasonal Catalogue 2013

Today not only begins the month of February but also begins the Seasonal Catalogue from Stampin' Up! There is such a vintage feel to this catalogue, with lots of yummy new DSP, embelishments and stamps etc. Everytime a new catalogue comes out I just have to have lots of new things, even though I haven't used up all of my others supplies yet...but that is the fun of crafting I can never have enough!

If you would like your own copy of the Seasonal Catalogue, plus a copy of the Sale-a-Bration brochure, email me and I will be happy to send you one (Australian residents only please).

Some quick tips to get the vintage look:
  • Go for lots of texture. You can get this with embossing and using different materials like lace, doilies, twine and buttons.
  • Distress. You can achieve this by inking edges, sanding, tearing and crumbling up materials like doilies and DSP and then straightening them by hand before you adhere them.
  • Layer in a haphazard way. You want little bits tucked in here and there and nothing looking too perfect.
Don't forget that any order of $100 or more also qualifies for a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure until 22 March. So there is an additional reason to get in early with your order of new products from this lovely new catalogue.

Just Add...any Shape!

Friday has come around again and that means time for another Just Add Ink challenge and this week it is to...

Just Add...any Shape!

I have so many things that I have bookmarked or pinned on Pinterest that I want to make or to use for inspiration that I thought why not for this week's challenge. I have been wanting to make some of the 'side dresser' cards for a while now, as I think they are especially cute for baby cards, but I also like them for a vintage feel too. So that is what I did.

Here is my first card...

I used the tutorial by Jackie Topa as she makes it look easy and it is! I especially love the little touch of lace ribbon peaking out of the top drawer.

I also decorated the inside of my card too with a little rhyme...

Since I had so much fun making this first card I thought I would make another but for a bigger girl and I have also been wanting to have a go at making a dress using the Scallop Die that I have pinned on Pinterest from Krista's Paper Cafe.

I again decorated the inside of my card and repeated the little Gumball Green flower from the dress on the inside along with some coordinating Crumb Cake DSP.


It was so nice to get some time to play in my craft room again and as I needed to find my mojo I thought I would use the inspiration from other talented card makers out there to get me started. So if you like me need some inspiration or ideas then pop on over to our Just Add Ink blog and see what the other DT members created for this challenge and have some fun joining in with us and sharing your creations.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some inspiration here.


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