Friday, December 28, 2012

Last Christmas Card

Good morning! Hopefully you have recovered from Christmas and you are able to sit down and relax and hopefully do some crafting.

This was a card which I had worked ahead for on my Festive Friday design team commitment, but as you know they were cancelled due to lack of participants :(
Any way you still get to see what I created! We were asked to use piercing and piercing templates. Here's what I created:

I've gone with a soft subtle look of baja breeze, crumb cake and whisper white. I've cut the bottom with my adorning accents and pierced the bottom, then I've pierced two labels and cut them in half to create the frame around the image. I used my pennant parade to make my Christmas trees and I ripped some whisper white to create texture and depth in the image and more piercing around the edge.

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Bright Birthday Four!


Well the day that we've all planned and scurried around for is finally here! I hope that you are able to enjoy family and good times today and dont eat too much (as I know I seem to do!)

We still have a challenge on today at Try Stampin' On Tuesday, and its a goodie! I need a card for my DD who has a birthday early January and this sketch was perfect. 

I wanted to use bright, fun colours, so out came my brights collection from Stampin' Up. I used my beautiful wings embosslit and my heart punch to create my panel and then I inlaid embossed it with my square lattice embossing folder. I actually made a second embossed panel, but it was way too heavy on the card, so I've used some vellum, embossed with my perfect polka dot folder and trimmed with a very thin piece of pumpkin pie. I was happy with the result, as I can still see the bottom panel. The scallop circle is from spellbinders and I've cut out my number 4 in white and popped it up on dimensionals.  My twine is actually from a pack I got with a magazine, but it is a perfect match with the tempting turquoise - score!
Here's another view - do you think a 4 year old would love to get this?? I know I would:)

Go past Try Stampin On Tuesday and see the other creations the design team have come up with as usual they are amazing!

Thanks for looking

Friday, December 21, 2012

Owl Christmas

Good morning! I was asked to create a cute little envelope to package some tickets for a family member. I decided to make a money slider - you can see another version here - as these are such an effective way to display your gift.

How cute is that little guy? I'm trying to use items which have been slightly neglected of late. I've used retired jolly holiday dsp (trying to use up my stash) and the sentiment is from 'four the holidays'. Any questions just ask.

Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Simple Tag's

Hi! I just wanted to quickly share these simple tags I made up for the gift bags for Christmas.

I used some retired dsp and a few different elements and created 10 of these in about a half hour - too easy. Any questions just ask :)

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Joy to the World

Hello! So we are well and truly into the festive season and hopefully you aren't getting too busy or too run off you feet! At Try Stampin' On Tuesday Jenn has a created a simple sketch for you to use and keep those creative juices flowing even in these busy times.

I was in need of two more Christmas cards for some neighbors and this was exactly the sketch I needed! Quick and simple, yet so effective. Now I'm not one to use dsp - I buy it loving the patterns or colours, but when it comes to using it I either freak out because using a pattern other than polka dots is too scary or I dont want to cut into it because it's too pretty - I see a few of you nodding your heads knowing where I'm coming from ;) So I decided it was time and used this gorgeous paper for my creation. The dsp is retired jolly holiday and my colours are old olive, cherry cobbler and very vanilla. The sentiment is from my favourite set for Christmas sentiments "jolly jingles".

Make sure you pop past the Try Stampin' On Tuesday to see all the stunning creations from the design team.

Thanks for looking

Friday, December 14, 2012

Festive Friday #49 - Sketch Challenge

Good morning! Well we start off with some bad news first - Nicole has decided to finish the Festive Friday's, as we weren't getting too many entries. It such a shame as I was so organised this year at Christmas with my cards as I'd made them right through the year. Anyway, on to my final installment for Festive Fridays.

Nicole has another sketch for us to play along with at Festive Friday this week and boy is it a good one!
Here it is:

As soon as I saw it I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I hadn't had a chance to play much with the triple time stamping technique yet and this sketch just lent itself to it.

I've used "snow swirled" for the snowflakes and the colours are real red, old olive and crumb cake. I have also used my new favourite stamp set "jolly jingles" for my sentiment and a few rhinestones for the bling and I was done! I'm quite pleased with the result and this card has already made it's way to some special friends (have you sent out your Christmas cards yet?)

So go past Nicole's blog see what the other design team members have created and help us finish with a bang! Remember to link your creation up to the froggie - it's great seeing what you come up with!

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Live, Laugh & Love

Hi! Well it's time again for another Try Stampin' On Tuesday, and once again Jenn has created a fantastic sketch!

Here's the sketch:
 I love how this sketch lends itself to adding a few more layers or keeping it nice and simple, which is what I did.

I've layered three panels all dry embossed with a different folder (final press, manhattan flower and vintage wallpaper) and layered them onto my not quite navy card base. I love how striking this colour combo is. I've added my happy birthday sentiment stamped in not quite navy, from "on your birthday" and added a few hearts with a pearl to finish them off. I actually made a few of these simple cards, as early January I have a stack of birthdays which seem to creep up on me - so I'm now well prepared :)

Now over to you! We love seeing what you come up with and you'll definitely want to go past Try Stampin On Tuesday to see what the other design members have created.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sweet Sunday Sketch #173 & The Paper Players #124

Hi! Just wanted to share a card which uses a few challenges. Over at The Paper Players Ann has set us a challenge of 'snow men' - which for me is something I never really do on Christmas cards as we are warm and sunny in Australia for Christmas. I also used the sketch Karen has done over at Sweet Sunday Sketch.

I was quite happy with the end result, but I know that the photo doesn't do it justice :) Any questions just ask.
Thanks for looking :)

Here's the challenges I'm entering:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Try Stampin' On Tuesday #95

Hello! Well this is my first challenge as guest designer for Try Stampin on Tuesday! And Jenn has a great sketch for us to work with.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my creation:

I absolutely adore this sweet stamp! And I'm slowly getting better at my colouring :) This card started brewing as soon as I saw the sketch and is pretty much how I wanted it to turn out (love when that happens ;) 

I masked off sections to create my 'Heavenly glow' and brayered the rays in so saffron. One tip I will say for the rays is to make sure the point of the ray goes to the very middle of your image. This was my second attempt as the rays were coming out of Joseph's head.

I've used my blender pen and neutrals, old olive, certainly celery, not quite navy and marina mist ink for my colouring. The sentiment is from my 'Jolly Jingles' wheel which I've cut up so I could use the sentiments individually. I used some blue twine, crumb cake as my base and the dsp is from the subtle paper stack. 

We would love to see what you come up with using the sketch. And I highly recommend going past Try Stampin on Tuesday just to check out the amazing creations that the design team have come up with.

Thanks for looking :)