Monday, November 20, 2006


Thought that would get your attention! Hee hee!

It is my week to host the challenge on Stamp Shack and I chose kissing. I love this technique and it is so easy.

You ink a solid stamp with a light ink. You then ink a background/patterned stamp with a darker coordinting ink.

Press the solid stamp onto the background stamp just once so you don't blur the pattern and then stamp it onto card stock and tah dah! You will have a really cool pattern.

This card is a CASE of a card I saw on Splitcoaststampers made by Tashers and I thought it would be really cool done as a kissed card.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

VSN's over and I'm carded out!

This is the card I made for the quilt challenge, you had to make a card that looked like a quilt. I decided to make a teabag folded tree and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. The teabag folding took a while and so I didn't have any more time to add anything as you only have 45 minutes to do each challenge.

I used Stampin Up designer papers for all the elements.

This was a card where you had to use your birthday color, which in my case was purple as my birthstone for February is amethyst, and you had to use beads.

So, I was having difficulty coming up with any ideas, so I turned to my faithul friend, Roses in Winter. This set is just so great for making a card in a rush, because you can come up with a great image with very little effort.

The one thing I learned, stamp and emboss the sentiment before you add the beads. I couldn't stamp the sentiment properly because the beads stopped the stamp from stamping!

I love the colors of this card. I used Vintage Violet, Lavender Lace and Certainly Celery, I will definitely use this color combination again.

I hate how this card turned out. As I was watercoloring the bird, my aquapainter was too wet and so all the colors ran! Hmppppfffff!

I do love this bird on a branch, it is so versatile and you can use it for so many occasions. The bird is raised on dimensionals, so maybe I can do another and replace it after VSN is over, but again I ran out of time.

I was having a bad day this morning, I was making stupid mistakes, but I guess that's what happens when you only have 45 minutes.

I have a new heat gun and it is much more powerful than my old heat gun, so if you look at this card carefully you will see I burned a hole in the top half of the ribbon and in the bottom right corner under the sentiment.

I am really disappointed that my camera could not capture the sparkliness of this card. I used Ruby Twinkle powder and it is just like Dorothy's shoes in real life!

Now I just have to make a birthday card for my son's friend, as Luke is going to his birthday party this afternoon!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Friday's challenge cards!

This is a card I made for the challenge to make a buckle card. I have never made a buckle card before and I tnink it turned out well. I have CASED myself, which is naughty, lol. But I just thought a buckle card really lent itself to this design. Everything is embossed in either black or white embossing powder. It looks really striking IRL, except that I used black cardstock with a texture on it and so the white embossing looks a little patchy in places, lol.

I'm really proud of this card, the only cardstock I used is white and I sponged or stamped all the color you see. It ended up looking quite effective I think. I used Cranberry Crisp and True Thyme ink and the sets I used are Linen, Print Pattern, Snow Flurries, Riveted and Glad Tidings.
I love the VSN challenges because they make you think outside the box and be creative!

Finally, I did this card for a Happy New Year card. I called it What Was I thinking? And what was I thinking, lol? It is sooooo bright, but I also think it is quite cute! I just love that Christmas wire set by Stampendous, it looks so gorgeous when you emboss it.

Now I need to get my vitamins to start on tonight's challenges, lol!

What did I make on Friday?

This is a card I made for the Limited Supply Challenge. I was only allowed to use brown and one other color and I was only allowed to use one embellisment, I chose ribbon.
The snowflake is embossed with white embossing powder and then I sponged chocolate ink over the top and then buffed it with a tissue to wipe off the excess ink.
I quite like these two colors together, just not sure for a Christmas card!
Today, Saturday, is VSN night on Splitcoaststampers, so I am hopefully going to do some of the challenges tonight. Well, I have to do Lisa's challenge (Stampinthyme), or she'll whinge! (Just teasing Lisa!) She usually has great challenges when she is the hostess, so it shoudl be great fun!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Rememberance Day

It is Rememberance Day on Sunday and I made this card for a challenge on Stamp Shack to make a card for Rememberance.
I kept my card simple deliberately to let the sentiment speak. We can only enjoy the dreams of tomorrow thanks to the sacrifice of yesterday.
In our stores over here, we have old soldiers selling poppies for the Rememberance Day appeal. I love seeing them, they are so proud and so uncomplaining and I make sure that Luke buys a poppy and understands the sacrifice that these men and their friends made. He loves to speak to the old soldiers and they seem to love speaking to him, I am so proud of all of them!

I love this card!

It's 10.45am and I have already made a card for this week's card sketch challenge on Splitcoast. It's unheard of for me to make anything before lunch, hahahahaha!
I love how this turned out! I used crayon resist to make the snow and then sponged on the color, I think it turned out pretty good. It may have a sponging overload but that's OK!
I might make this my Christmas card that I send to everyone this year! What do you think? Be kind!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Today's color challenge

This is the card I did for today's color challenge on Splitcoast, the colors are chocolate chip, more mustard and cool caribbean. I must admit, I just love Cool Caribbean with anything, I think it is my favorite SU color.
Rob took the camera to work, so I had to scan the image and I never realised how bad any card looks when scanned, it loses any of it's depth. There are actually 3 flowers and 2 leaves mounted on this card, but you can't tell.
It did not look anything like I expected it to, when I started but sometimes the sketch in your head just doesn't work!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

What did I make today?

This is what I made today! I'm not overjoyed by it, but it's OK. I wanted to do cracked glass on a snowglobe, but I don't like the colors I used, so back to the drawing board to try again!
I used prismacolor pencils and gamsol to color the image and I used clear UTEE to "crack" the image.
I love this technique, it is so useful.
I have made some other cards, but nothing worth uploading.
I'm very blaahhh about my cards at the moment, I just can't get excited about cardmaking and stamping at the moment.
Never mind, it is VSN next week, so maybe that will get me excited!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Oh my gosh! I'm in love!

Oh my goodness! How much do I love this stamp? It is a limited edition stamp produced by Sherry from the Stamp Shack (link on the right) and I absolutely love it!
I used it along with some of my precious SU 12 x 12 paper! The trouble is, I love it so much, I will have trouble giving it away, lol!
Now I have to get back to stamping more, as I am way behind!