Thursday, 26 February 2009

Birthday Book

Good evening all!

I finished off a birthday book which is destined to go in a parcel to my SIL tomorrow. This book was made from scratch and uses the Stampendous Agapanthus stamp which I adore!

I alternated grosgrain and coloured paper on every other page. Besides the date page which you can see, I also have added a sheet to the back of each tag which features bulleted notes.

For added strength, I used bookbinding cloth on the spine, which was a funny colour olive. I fixed that by inking it up with black StazOn.

I think these books make great little presents which should last for years to come.

What do you think?

Monday, 23 February 2009

Hope Your Day Shines

Hi all,
I haven't been able to stamp today, but thought I would share this one, made some time ago. I love this Hero Arts stamp. I steered away from cutesy colours just to see how it would turn out. I work so much with the maroons/pinks/purples that is sometimes nice to work outside the comfort zone. I was pretty chuffed with the way it all panned out!

Sunday, 22 February 2009

All in Purple!

Evening people! I made this one up whilst watching CSI and CSI Miami tonight.

I love the colour purple!!! This is not quite monochromatic, but almost there! The image is one of the quirky ladies by Eclectic Images and the raised wording is from Stampin Up.

Hope you enjoy looking!

Friday, 20 February 2009

I Am Back!

Stamps:Hero ArtsE3742 Baby Bib
Cardstock: Bazzill
Inks: StazOn Timber Brown
Other: Prisma Pencils 1016 Pink Rose, 914 Cream, Odourless Mineral Solvent, Paper Stumps, Pink Brads, White Cord, Feet Embellishment, DCWV Text Prints - The Paper Stack, Magenta Pink Gingham, Kaiser Blushed P257 Devotion, Glitter Glue, Paper Piercer and Template

Well firstly, apologies for my absence. I have been fighting pneumonia. Not back to normal yet, but at least I am no longer in bed all day!

I owe a baby card to one young couple in our area who had their baby girl at the end of last month, so I thought that the baby one had to be first in my long line of things I have to make as of yesterday! I just had the dad in question come to the house, but no way was he getting the card before I scanned it in!

I have owned this little bib for yonks but have not used it. I am not really into baby cards as a rule. Though, it seems everyone around me is having babies, making me do them more often in the last twelve months than I have in the last 10 years!

Can't promise anything, but I DO hope to slowly get back into the swing of things over the next week.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Glittery Butterflies Again

Stamps: Stamp It siset010 Butterfly Sheet, Hero Arts CL139 Birthday Messages, Amazing Creations Shadow Rectangle
Inks: Kaleidacolour Riviera, StazOn Black
Cardstock: Prisma Green, Bazzill Black, Floral Green Vellum, White Matt Unknown
Other: Small Ric Rac, Glitter Glue (Crystal), Brayer, Cuttlebug Dots Embossing Folder, Cuttlebug, paper Piercer

Good morning people,

I am going to quickly post this card and then turn the computer off! Another slightly different version of my glitter card. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Glittery Butterflies

Stamps: Stamp It siset010 Butterfly Sheet, Hero Arts C3891 Best Girlfriend, Amazing Creations Shadow Rectangle
Inks: Kaleidacolour Riviera, StazOn Black
Cardstock: Prisma Green, Bazzill Black, Floral Green Vellum, White Matt Unknown
Other: Brads, Small Ric Rac, Glitter Glue (Crystal), Brayer, Stampin Up Tearing Ruler

Afternoon all,

It surely has been a sobering couple of days with the death toll steadily rising in Victoria from those dreadful fires. No way can I imagine the absolute horror of experiencing such a firestorm! It is heartwrenching to see that level of destruction and loss, both human and animal. The most devastating thing about the whole thing is that it was deliberately lit! One can only hope they catch the arsonist/s, tie them to an ant's nest and walk away!!!!

I decided to brighten the day with colour. Here is sample of a card I am working on for a glitter card challenge. I wasn't in the mood for all out glitter it takes me weeks to eliminate just one little session of that stuff, so I resorted to the good old glitter glue. I used it to highlight the swirls amongst all the butterflies. I had to take the photo side on as the glitter was really flashing out the whole card...but trust IS there!

Monday, 9 February 2009

More Simple Brayering

Good afternoon fellow stampers!

I will come back and edit the recipe for this card later tonight...but for now, I will just post the card.

Using the brayer one more time, I whipped up this very simple card. My daughter already wants to relieve me of it....I suspect because it features the colour purple. It is one of the first things I learned using gloss card, Versamark, Kaleidacolour and a brayer and still appeals to me many, many years later. I think it definitely would qualify for the clean and simple category! What do you think?

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Brayer Bouncing

Evening all,

Just a quick post tonight. This card shows off the Brayer Bouncing technique using Kaleidacolour Flannel dye ink, with a Penny Black flower and Hero Arts wording. It is a quick and easy background made with gloss card. It is Saturday here and I have spent the day in the company of my daughter, Magella, shopping in Mackay. Am really tired now and looking just to blob somewhere in the cool! Catch you tomorrow!

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Madras Stamping with one of My Favourite Stamps!

Stamps: Rubber Poet Mazza of the Moon, Lucy's Word
Inks: Kaleidacolour Blue Breeze, StazOn Black
Cardstock: Prisma Blue,White Gloss Card, Bazzill Blackberry and Unknown Mauve
Other: Teal Grosgrain, Teal Brads, Hardware, Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots Folder, Dimensional Magic, Ultra Fine Micro Beads, Kwik Sheets Sticky Paper, Brayer

Evening people,

Here is my card from last night, as promised. I absolutely love this Rubber Poet stamp. I have had her for many years, but she has always stamped superbly and is great for showing off techniques.

In this case, I have been playing with the brayer and using the Madras technique, which I think is a wonderful tech for getting pretty colour on your gloss card. I believe the brayer is an under-utilised tool in our armoury because it sure comes up trumps with backgrounds.

This one should really be seen in person as the photo doesn't show it properly. I have covered Mazza with a full layer of ultra fine clear micro beads, giving the whole thing a "wet" look. I also filled the embellishment up with Dimensional magic so it would have the "wet" look too!

I think I am pleased with how she turned out.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Mad On Yellow Part 2

Stamps: Hero Arts Clear Stamps CL140 Thinking of You Messages
Inks: StazOn Black
Cardstock: Prisma Yellow, Bazzill Raven, Yes White
Other: Ribbon, Kaiser Gems, Stampin Up Tearing Ruler Tombow 055 Canary Yellow

Afternoon all,

Here is another very yellow card. I don't normally work much with yellow, but I do love this lovely bright shade. I find it very cheerful and very eyecatching!

It is sooooo wet here now. Nearly bogged the car getting out of the driveway this morning! In this weather, one has to be super careful with one's stamping stuff. I close off my room. Windows remain closed and I keep the door closed too. The less moisture the better for all that cardstock and pretty paper. I am already half there as I keep the card in plastic bags...deters the dratty little geckos from pooing all over it!

Now, you can really feel the "dankness" in the air. It sure doesn't look like letting up any time soon...But hey, better the rain than the heatwave the poor buggers down south are copping!

Monday, 2 February 2009

Mad on Yellow Part 1

Stamps: Hero Arts Clear Stamps CL140 Thinking of You Messages
Inks: StazOn Black
Cardstock: Prisma Yellow, Bazzill Raven, Yes White
Other: Ribbon, Kaiser Gems, Tombow 055 Canary Yellow, 985 Orange Yellow, Marvy Markers11 Light Green

I have changed the image to a photo. It has come out better than the scan but IRL, it is really a canary yellow...very bright.

I love Prisma cardstock for its vibrancy and as a little change to the usual Bazzill I use. This card isout of 2008's Hero Arts catalogue. I just changed the colours and ribbon but the design remains very similar.

I have decided this set from Hero Arts is quite versatile and am very pleased I have it!...oh and now it is no longer in the uninked pile!!!! Brownie points for Shell!!!!

Must see Demo

I was visiting Louise's great site when I came across a post referencing the sharpening of punches. Now sharpening punches has been a royal pain in times past, but this lady, has an interesting way of attacking it! Worth a go if your punch is at death's door...Nothing to lose, and hey, it really does look like it works.

I have been blog hopping all morning doing some catching up since I had the busiest of weekends ...beginning on Friday, and intend to post something this afternoon!

Stay tuned.