Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bright baby elephant

Hi all,

well I have another bright one this week for Makeesha weekly
challenge. I was going to make a baby card, in monochromatic blues but when I pulled out my Washinton Apple paper to check out the Bashful Blue pattern I saw the checked paper and decided it would be the perfect background to the card. So from monchromatic blue to red, yellow and blue!! Here's the sketch for the challenge and my card will follow.

As the baby card is for good friends expecting a boy in the next month or two I started with a Bashful Blue base, layered that with Riding Hood Red and then the DSP. I stamped the elephant onto a Whisper White panel then again, cropped the second out and mounted it on dimensionals above the first. I also stamped one in Bashful so I could crop out the ear and then mount that on top of the second Red elephant. To finish off the main panel I added some striped RHR grosgrain ribbon, tied using silver cord, with a Bashful Blue button (both retired). In the top corner I added the "twinkle, twinkle" baby sentiment from In the Stars. Oh and I added some rows of free hand piercing under the elephants feet and pierced a border around three sides of that main panel. ( I love the way
Debbie Olson does this unfortunately my first go didn't turn out quite as elegantly as I would have like - oh well!). The three squares running down the RHS were quickly done using my small square punch to punch out some quirkly contrasting bits of Washington Apple DSP all framed in Basful Blue.

Overall I was pretty happy with how it turned out - its nice and bright and fun and has a bit of impact - something that will welcome a brand new little bub into the world.
Thanks for visiting
Recipe: All SU unless other wise noted
Stamps: Wild About You, In the Stars(R)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Washington Apple DSP, mat pack and piercing tool, 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 circle punches, 11/4 square punch, Striped grosgrain Riding Hood Red ribbon, Bashful Blue button (R), silver cord(R), dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bright birdie

Hi there,

we have just had a beautiful spring day here - its just so nice !! and I love seeing all the flowers in my garden. Actually the challenge Makeesha set this week was a perfect match - really bright sunny colours. Here is her colour pick

The colours just made me think of a bright sunny day, the blue sky and birds may'be cause my munchkins get me up early enough to hear them ;). So that's what I went with.

Sorry for the crooked photo but it was the only one where you could see the scoring on the bottom. Here's a straight one.

I started with a Pacific Point base and layered that with White, the bottom of whihc I scored like the panelling you see in the inspiration pic. The top half of the card I layered with some Summer Sun DSP from the Good Morning Sunshine DSP pack. The central panel is firstly some Pacific Point DSP from the same DSP pack, a white panel with a quirky little birdy stamped in Pacific Point. He has a yellow rhinestone brad for an eye, and is surrounded by branches stamped in Summer Sun. The leaves have been covered with crystal effects and glitter. The last elements are some Pacific Point ribbon where the top and bottom layers merge and of course the greeting - to match the bird.

I haven't finished the inside yet, was just too tired and tuckered the other night when I was stamping to get there.

I must admit I really like how happy and fresh this colour combo was - something I will go back to I think.

Thanks for visiting.


Recipe:(All SU unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Birdie Trio (Basic Grey), Swingin' By (Our Craft Lounge)
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Summer Sun
Accessories: Good Morning Sunshine DSP, Pacific Point Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Fire Rhinestone, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Two way glue pen, Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Inspired by..

Hi there,

Well its been a while as things have been busy on the home front, and our sorry saga of germs also continues - Mr 1.5 must be on his 5th or 6th case of mystery red spots and I still have a cold!!

Anyway onto this week challenge by Makeesha Byl, Keesh set quite nice combo for a colour challenge. Here are the colour picks and following that my card.

The card is largely a case of, and inspired by a gorgeous creation that my lovely talented friend Sam, created for a class on emboss resist, which I was lucky enough to attend. Having just acquired a brayer I decided to have a go at my version using the challenge colours. It took a bit of fiddling but in the end I decided to stamp Regal Rose onto Whisper White using my Floral background stamp. Then over that I stamped the large daisies from Inspired by Nature in versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I inked up the brayer with Real Red and went over the whole panel, the embossed daisies suddenly popping out. Once the brayering was done I just wiped off the ink that remained over the embossing. The image panel was mounted onto a white panel and that onto a Regal Rose panel. To finish off the card I added Saffron buttons threaded with red embroidery thread, then using glue dots stuck one each onto the three daisies. Across the bottom I ran some Saffron grosgrain ribbon (from this months ribbon bundle special), tied across and up the top added the sentiment, using the word window punch. Then this triple layered panel was popped up on dimensionals and adhered to the Real Red card base. The inside was finished off very simply just by stamping off the daisies inside in Real Red.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting.

Recipe (All SU unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, A Little Birthday Cheer, Floral (R)
Cardstock: Real Red, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Regal Rose, Versamark
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, Button Latte, So Saffron wide grosgrain ribbon, Word Window punch, Red embroidery thread (DMC), glue dots, dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive.