Sunday, July 31, 2011

Another Birthday!

I made this for my friend, Shari who has a birthday today :)

I used a new stamp set, along with one of the shapes from the new Big Shot Perfect Pennants Die. Love that!

Stamps : Patterned Party
Cardstock : Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Shimmery White
Ink : SU Markers, Poppy Parade
Accessories : Big Shot, Perfect Pennants Die, Markers, Circle Scissors Plus

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Birthday Celebrations

I'm going out to dinner tonight with one of my dear friends tonight ~ Dawn Marie ~ she's a fellow SU demo and if you click on her name you can see her blog! I wanted to take her a card made with goodies from the new catty and decided to use the triple wheel. She shared with me that she didn't 'really' care for it, so I thought I'd try to make her change her mind!!! I popped up the little flags on the bunting to make it a bit more special. I really love how this turned out, I hope she does too :)

Stamps : Awning, Happy BDay, Pennant (Builder Wheel)
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler
Ink : Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories : Builder Wheel, Lace Ribbon Border Punch

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Keeping it Simple

Just a quick card before my bedtime ... this one proves that you don't have to get all fancy schmancy ... 2 background stamps and one sentiment with a tiny bit of ribbon trim and Bob's your Uncle! If you're not English, you won't know what that means .... hee hee!

I cut a piece of ruffled ribbon in half lengthwise and glued the ruffled edge to the sentiment strip. Easy peasy, lemon squeasy :)

Stamps : Netting & Sweet Floral Background Stamps, Perfectly Penned (sentiment)
Ink : Crumb Cake, Island Indigo
Cardstock : Crumb Cake
Accessories : Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon

Joi's Birthday

My new friend and downline, Joi, has her birthday today. I've been trying to make her a card all week and my cards were just 'blah' so I'd given up! Well, I just thought I'd have a quick go at the sketch today from SCS and I came up with this! I'm going to drive the card over to her house and leave it at her front door while she visits her mum (shhhh, don't tell her!).

Look at this cute rose made out of Stampin' Up's seam binding ribbon. I was taught how to do this from a tutorial from a fellow SU demo in Dorset, England, Jo Dumbleton. Here's her video. It's really easy to follow ... and the results are FABULOUS! Thanks Jo!

Stamps : Build a Cuupcake, Distressed Dots
Ink : Concord Crush, Rose Red, Lucky Limeade
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Rose Red
Accessories : Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon, 1/2 Crystals, Dimensionals, SU Stampin' Write Markers

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday Colour Challenge

I haven't made a card in a while because Sarah got back from her month's trip to stay with my parents in England last Tuesday. We've been busy catching up and sorting out and entertaining friends! It's great to have her back in the house :)

Today's Colours on Splitcoast are Pool Party, Wild Wasabi and Chocolate Chip. Here's what I came up with. The photo makes it look like there's a nasty splodge by the butterfly (top right) ... but it's just my shimmer spray, it looks fine in the flesh!

Stamps : Precious Butterflies
Ink : Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi
Accessories : Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, 1/2 Pearls, Scallop Lace Border Punch

Monday, July 11, 2011

Reverse Masking

It was nice to see an older technique over on Splitcoast today, reverse masking. I kept mine fairly simple, making a mask out of the Scallop Squares Duo Big Shot Die and placing the floral blooms from 'Field Flowers' in the centre. Simple, but effective!

Stamps : Field Flowers
Ink : Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake
Cardstock : Naturals Ivory, Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush
Accessories : So Saffron Taffeta Ribbon, 1/2 Pearls, Sponge, Big Shot, Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Baby Clothesline

Friends of ours had a baby boy when Sarah and I were away in England in June. I HAD to make a baby card ... and had a brainwave while making the pig card (below) ... why not try a washing line and pin up a baby-gro with the new mini pegs? How cute is this? I'm chuffed with this one ;)

So easy to make ~ take your Baby Tees wheel and roll your desired Baby-Gro onto Shimmery White Cardstock. Cut it out and colour it, stamp 2 trees to 'hang' your washing line on, string across your white baker's twine and hang your baby-gro onto the clothesline with the new Stampin' Up mini clothespins. Easy, peasy!

Stamps : Baby Tees (wheel), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink : Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade
Accessories : White Baker's Twine, Mini Clothespins, SU Markers, Dazzling Diamonds, Scallop Edge Punch, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon

Thank you PIG

For those who know me, and have visited my home, it's no surprise that I bought the stamp set with the pig in it ... I LOVE pigs, I have them surreptitiously dotted all over my home ... oink! The best one is a pig 'bust' hanging on the wall over my sink in the kitchen, Sarah thinks it's creeeeeepy!!! LOL.

Anyway, how could anyone resist this cute piggie with his button nose? Come on now!!!!! I also managed to use one of the new cute little clothes pegs, how cute are they? I need to make a baby card next, maybe I could make one with a baby-gro hanging on a washing line? Hmmmm ... off to make some more ...

Stamps : Button Buddies, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink : Regal Rose, Versamark
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Regal Rose
Accessories : Clear EP, Heat Gun, Clothes Peg, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Button, White Baker's Twine, 1/2 Pearls

Cheery Bright Thank You

One of my new Stampin' Up sets is "Up, Up & Away", it's glorious! So today, I thought I'd browse the Featured Stamper gallery to see if anything would work with this set ... hey presto! Look at this photo of Patter's paint daubers! Fabulous colours! Just the thing for inspiration.

So I took my new set out and came up with this ...

... and a closer look ...

Stamps : Up, Up & Away, Kindness Matters (sentiment)
Ink : Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise
Cardstock : Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade, Shimmery White
Accessories : Lots of dimensionals, rotary cutter

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Welcome Home

The Inspiration Challenge on SCS today included a photo of a T-Shirt with the Union Jack on it. I decided to make a card for my daughter Sarah who returns from England on Tuesday. It'll be so good to have her back home! Here's my take on the Union Jack, it's made with Pool Party & Calypso Coral ... love it!

Here's a close-up of the centre. I really like how this turned out :)

Stamps : Floral Fillers, Borderlines, Happy Greetings, Elements of Style
Ink : Versamark, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Accessories : Heat Gun, White EP, Tangerine Tango EP, Heart Punch, Big Shot & Top Note Die

Colour Focus Challenge

I wanted to participate in some of the July Creative Crew challenges (from SCS). I chose to make a card for the Colour Challenge ~ New In Colours. I love them all put together on a card. How cute is this? I LOVE the new ruffled ribbon, this one is Pool Party ... GORGEOUS! So easy to work with and tie ... and look at that little blue-bird! So quick and easy to put together, here's a close-up.

Stamps : The Best of Everything
Ink : Pool Party plus In Colour Markers
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Accessories : SU In Colour Markers, 1/2 Pearl, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Small Oval Punch, Dimensionals

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Doily Challenge!

I'm still trying to organise my retired and new SU goodies, but wanted to make time for some stamping today! The 'Ways to Use It challenge on SCS today is 'Doilies' ... hooray! I have a new DSP and a new Doily set ~ coupled with fabulous, vibrant coloured Embossing Powder ... and hey presto! Challenge done :) I wanted a few close-up shots to see if you can see the background I made layering up the doily with embossing powders, they look so shiny an pretty in real life. The camera hasn't really captured that, but you get the idea!

This central doily is cut out of the specialty DP called 'Flirtatious' ... you get a whole sheet of these doilies which can be cut apart, or used as a whole sheet. Love it!

Stamps : Perfectly Penned (greeting), Delicate Doilies
Ink : Versamark
Cardstock : Flirtatious Specialty DSP, Shimmery White
Accessories : Embossing Powders in Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango, 1/2 Crystals, Heat Gun, Dimensionals

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Sketch & Some New SU Goodies

I'm in the middle of unpacking my huge box of Stampin' Up new goodies but HAD to take some time to make a card for today's sketch challenge! I love, love, love this DSP called "Domestic Goddess" (the colour scheme reminds me of the 50's) and the single stamp called "Now You're Cookin". I thought it would make a good New Home card for my friend Jenni who recently moved to Chicago. Here's the sketch ...

And here's my card ...

Stamps : Now You're Cookin'
Cardstock : Domestic Goddess DSP, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Shimmery White
Ink : Pool Party, Calypso Coral
Accessories : Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, 1/2" Circle Punch, Pinking Hearts Border Punch

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Minna's Christening Card

My main job this weekend was to make a Christening Card for my cousin Kate's little girl, Minna. She's being Christened up in Yorkshire on Sunday next ... but due to the American 4th July Holiday, the card won't get there in time. I should have been more organised! Story of my life. Oh well, better a few days late than never.

Here's a closer look ~ I used the newly retired paper, Nursery Suite because a) I had tons of it left and b) it's too darn cute NOT to use :)

And here's the inside, it's such a fun fold which I cased from Mary Fish. The video showing you how to use it is here.

Stamps : Curly Cute, Simple Serif Alpha & Numbers (RETIRED)
Cardstock : Blushing Bride, Shimmery White, Chocolate Chip, Nursery Suite (RETIRED)
Ink : Chocolate Chip
Accessories : Vintage Trinkets, 1/2 Pearls, Lace Ribbon, Heart Punch, Pennant Punch, Dimensionals, Scallop Trim Edge Punch

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fairy Shoes

My sister made me a pair of fairy shoes for my birthday. They are exquisite ... made from silk ... just simply fabulous! Every girl should have a pair. I shan't talk about them, I'll just show you ... and look how tiny they are sitting in my hand .... thank you, Sarah ~ what a wonderful gift. I shall treasure them, I know that was a labour of love!