Saturday, January 29, 2011

To You Mojo 175, from me

Hello to anyone reading this,

I had made myself a promise to be consistent with my blogging and chose the Mojo Monday sketches to be consistent with each week.

I must admit that this week I was not feeling up to it - a little overwhelmed with all the talent around me I suppose as I have been browsing blogs, you tube etc and checking out all the different techniques and stuff that can be done.

I'm so overwhelmed I just didn't know where to start today, so I used the sketch and stuck to a flower theme I found at Just Add Ink who posted a beautiful yellow flower to inspire us. Anyways - here's my card and I hope you like it.

I have used two Stampin Up stamps - The big flower is from the Looks Like Spring stamp set and the sentiment is from the Best Yet stamp set. I also used Stampin Up Tempting Torquise ink on the flower and around the edges of the patterned paper. I sprayed the whole sentiment with a fine mist of glimmer too, although I don't think you can see it. I used spellbinders circle dies and a gel pen to place some dots around the edges. My ribbon is secured with a push pin that has a butterfly bead attached to the bottom.

I'm off to a friends' place tonight to try a brayer technique, hopefully to make a sunrise on my card. Will post the results tomorrow :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

I Heart Roses

I really do - Heart Roses!!! The roses on my card today were so easy to make and all I needed was a little glue, scissors and a post it note! I think they look awesome!!!
I have glued each rose down to a scalloped heart that was cut out with spellbinders and my Big Shot, and then it was matted onto white cardstock and I love you stamped in the bottom corner. The stamp was purchased at Sam's Warehouse of all places! The white cardstock has been paper pierced around the edges and matted onto some orange paper and then onto the red card. I put one little yellow rose in the bottom of the arrangement just to offset the colour against the I love you stamped in red.

 Here's a sideways shot showing the depth of these roses, luckily they're being hand delivered and I don't have to squash them into an envelope. I'm sure my hubby is gonna love this.

This is the perfect Valentines card of course so I will enter it in a couple of challenges and see what everyone else thinks.

Over at the Scrapbook Boutique there is some Valentines inspiration in the form of cupcakes that are just the ticket! Check them out here.

Also at Lexi's Creations : Challenge #32 is a Valentines challenge, so here you are.

The Corrosive Challenge Blog had something a little different which is always nice, a challenge to Reuse, Reduce & Recycle, which I think I have by using the Post It Notes. Maybe, maybe not - did they have to be used ones?

Click on the links to visit these guys and check out what everyone else has done, or maybe enter the challenges yourself.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Vintage Vogue 'ish Canvassy Thingy

Hello Again,

This is what I've been playing with in Girl World all day today.

I had the time out from everything today and decided this was a perfect opportunity to have my own take on something I did in a class quite some time ago with a lady named Kasha. ( I think that's how you spell it). Anyway I really enjoyed the board we did in her class. I have packed it away now, so can't show you a photo of it, but it was really lovely.

This is my take ...

I started with a plain piece of cardboard, it's about 33cm long and 23cm high.
I distressed the cardboard and pulled the top layer off to reveal the corrugations underneath around the edges only. Then coated the whole thing with a coat of pink acryllic paint. Dried it off with a heat gun and gave it a rough coat of some green'ish blue acryllic paint, but only brushing it on here and there to give a mottled look. After drying this coat off, I then smooshed some silver acryllic metallic paint around in the same manner. The whole board was covered in mottled pink, green & silver by this stage.

I already had a theme in mind as I had these lovely vintage prints & birds in cages so I wanted to create a kind of trapped love feel to whole thing. (I am married after all, ha get it - trapped love? he he he)

I then took some pink tissue paper and stamped some random patterns onto it - the diamonds across the top, the little flowers in clusters, bits of a background stamp that has words on it and the scroll type things. Make sure the tissue paper is a little larger than your board so you can fold it around the sides. 
The whole board is then covered in watered down PVA glue and the stamped tissue paper is laid over it and more PVA glue is brushed on to hold it all in place, even going over the edges and around the back to seal it all on good and proper.

This is then allowed to dry properly before you stick on you pictures, flowers, chipboard embellishments, whatever you want to stick on there just do it! I have used the same process with the PVA glue to stick my paper cut outs on. I've brushed a bit more silver paint here and there over the top and added some glitter paint too. 
I glued on a couple of small silver pegs to hold the hanging rope and ta daaa. It's done.
(mind you I will probably change the gold rope to silver when I find some)

Here are some close ups of the decorations.

The silver paint is very shiny and a little difficult to photograph, but you get the idea.

One of these days I'll figure out how to place these photos in some semblance of order. But at least you can see them. The colour isn't showing too true, so here's another with the flash on and we'll see if you can actually see pink and green.
Ahh that's a little better.

I really enjoyed making this canvassy thingy and hope you enjoyed looking at it.

Big Brother's Birthday Card

Hello, thanks for coming back to my blog :)

I've had to make a quick dash back to Girl World today (after spending all day in there playing with paint and ink and all sorts of things which I'll show you later) because it's my Brother's Birthday and I nearly forgot!!!!

Don't know how I could possibly forget the fact that he gets a public holiday every year because he's an Australia Day baby  (jealousy & sarcasm should be detected here).

Anyway, here's the quick  card I wacked together for him. Found a piece of paper with some boyish patterns and colours on it along with some pre cut letters that my friend Roz gave me ages ago as they were surplus to her needs. Did a little stamping and colouring and false stitching and Bro is sorted!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mojo 174 & Lollipops this week...

Well true to my promise I'm still consistent - and upping the ante on myself as well. 
Not only this week do I have a Mojo Monday Sketch card completed, but I've used colour challenge # 12 with The Lollipop Ladies as my inspiration. I'm getting quite good at this blogging and creating game.

The Lollipop Ladies colours are derived from some yummy Licorice Allsorts

Rather special if you ask me, I love Licorice Allsorts!

Here is my Card, and before you look at it, I must tell you that it was perfect until I walked out of my shed (otherwise known as "Girl World") and into a rain storm!!!

I'm sorry about the smudge across their knees, but I don't have the stamina to colour that all in again!

I used the only two copics that I have - skin colours, along with just some ordinary texta pens for the rest. My little "You're a Great Friend" stamp is one I bought on ebay with a bunch of other stuff from someone else's stash and card and stripey paper is from my own stash. The ribbon was purchased at Spotlight some time ago. A little sticker book I had floating around netted me the little lady bugs and my good friend loaned me her Spellbinder circles & circle scallops for a few days. Thank you Trishy, love you. xx

Hope you all are having a good week, be back soon.

Oh I forgot to mention that I found the image that I coloured in - awesome site for free pictures to colour. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rubbing it on for Sandie

Hi All, sorry if that heading sounds a bit rude, but hey, you get that!

The one thing I nearly didn't have in my stash due to a pre-Christmas clean out and a lot of my rub-ons were set hard and thrown out! (this is due to my lack of a storage solution and my incessant meddling when it is new just to pull it out of wrapper and check it out! ) I promised myself that I would not open the packet in future until I was ready to use it. Plastic wrapping is after all - see through!

Anyway, over at Sandie's place  there's a challenge on to use Rub Ons - so here is my card with the last remaining rub-ons in my stash! If you want to join in too - here's the link to Sandie's Place.

These white rub-ons were all corner lace motifs, unfortunately a couple of them were damaged, so I used the two good ones in the top corners and then thought it needed something extra, so I used the good parts of the two left to line the bottom of the leaf and highlight a little flower I made. The large flower I made too - very proud of them. If you would like to learn how to make these flowers, check out Valita's Designs & Fresh Folds - she has some awesome tutorials!

I left if free of sentiment so It could be multi-purpose.

Hope you like it.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Mojo 173 Love

Yep, It's love for Mojo this week and it took it's sweet time coming too - it's nearly time for the next Mojo!

Here's my card for this week - Love - Love the colours, Love the Mojo sketch, Love the paper and Love that I got to use those cute little blue blingy hearts that have been falling out of their bag for several months now and driving me nuts.

I have to say that I'll dedicate this card to all the people in Queensland and beyond being affected by flooding at the moment. I can't imagine how devastating they must feel having lost everything they own and even some of them their lives, or the lives of loved ones. I have been in tears all week watching the news and also been scared to death that it will just keep raining and the flooding will extend to where I live - a mere 80 Klms south of Brisbane! So my love to all of those suffering, and prayers of thanks that my Grandma's house in the Lockyer Valley is on somewhat of a hill.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My First Digi & Corrosive Challenge #97

I decided to step outside my normal realm and do a challenge at The Corrosive Challenge Blog, here's a link

I liked the idea of Purple & Yellow - they're two of my favourite colours!
Another thing that is outside the norm for me is using a "digi" stamp.

I picked up a freebie from Kenny K  you can check them out here:

Although the freebie I used and the current freebie will probably be different. It took me a while to decide to use it. I have coloured it in with watercolour pencils - which looks a bit lame compared to the girls using copics - must do a class with them and see if I'm any good at it. Gawd forbid I could quite easily gain another addiction with copics - and an expensive one at that! Here's my card anyways....

Now off to enter it in the challenge over at The Corrosive Challenge Blog...bye.

Vintage Card Class at J.A.M

Hi All,

Well, as promised yesterday, here are the pictures of the cards I made at the class with Jackie.

Apart from knowing that everything on these cards is available in Jackie's store which I'm sure you can find at her website
I do recall that some of the papers are made by Websters Pages and that I love the lace and glitter and flowers sprayed with Tattered Angels stuff.

Now because the devil is in the details I'm gonna post some close ups of all those lovely bits...

One of these days I'll figure out how to move all these pictures into the spots I want them!

Sorry it's all a bit out of kilter, but you can see them at least.

I really enjoyed doing this class, my friend Trish came along too and had some child free time during this school holidays. I think she really appreciated it.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Magical Mojo #172

Finally pulled my finger out and got my Mojo on for the week.

Was inspired today by some Vintage cards I made at a class - I'll show you them later (gorgeous!), for now, here is my Mojo Monday 172 Sketch.

I have used cream cardstock and inked the edges with Stampin Up "Pumpkin Pie" orange.

Then matted a distressed edge Kaiser paper for the background, from the Empire Collection, inked on the edges with a combo of "certainly celery" and "marina mist" to kind of tie into the colour of the sentiment backing.

The sentiment is stamped from a Rosie's Studio clear stamp set, as is the Fairy.
The orange patterned paper (also edged with the same combo),  were used today in my class at J.A.M (see later post for details of class done), anyway I've no idea what the paper was called but had these left over.

There's a little bauble ribbon under the sentiment that was in my stash and the pearl flourish was from Kaiser.
Hope you like my card and the way I've incorporated the Mojo Sketch for this week.

I'll be back later with my class cards to show off.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Beautiful Flowers on Lattice

Hi Blog-land,

Today I have been having a blast making these gorgeous Lattice front cards. I have been inspired by another blog and this amazing lady who owns it even gives tutorials. Her name is Valita and here is a link to her blog so you can try it out for yourself!

Among other things on Valita's blog that I love are the flowers decorating the lattice. I am going to be back with Valita for a few more lessons in other gorgeous crafty cardy things for sure!

Here's what I made today...

The blue flowers have a little perfect pearls on them - of course! and the red/pink ones have a bit of glitter. I used a spellbinders die (labels 4) to cut the window on each of them. The Yellow card has been embossed with the budding vine embossing folder and the a bosskut flourish used as stems. The green card was stamped with ink boutiques memoirs and a little crepe paper used as stems.The cards are all from my Stacks.

Hope you like them, however, they have nothing on Valita's works of art - do check her out at the link above, her work is amazing!