Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunny Sketch

Hi Everyone,
Well, this is my last week as Guest Designer for Sunny Challenges and Creations. I must say I have had a ball of fun working with Gwen, Chris & Vicky, they’ve really helped me get motivated.

Here’s my card for the sketch this week…


The paper is from the Festival of Prints paper stack – very versatile! The stamp I have used is the Memorable Moments stamp set along with the party hat from Papaya Collage. I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder on the banners and sponged them with Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake inks.


The delicious Taffeta ribbon is sitting a labels Framelit and the Delicate Doilies die cut from Calypso Coral cardstock. I also love how the Labels framelit fits perfectly around the frame stamp from the Memorable Moments stamp set. I couldn’t draw those dots any straighter than that!

I hope you like my card this week, and I look forward to seeing what you make to enter into the Sketch Challenge at Sunny Challenges and Creations.

I am sad to end my Guest Designer spot, but am also looking forward to entering the challenges to come.
Ciao for now…
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Holiday fun with Sunny Challenges

Hi Everyone,
Wow, I can’t believe 3 weeks have passed already!
My time as Guest Designer is whizzing past so very fast.
So is the time until Christmas is upon us!

This week at Sunny Challenges and Creations we are celebrating the Holiday Catalogue. ( I think I’ve been doing that for while anyways) but please do check out what the girls have made on the main blog. They really are a talented bunch!


I’ve put together a quick and easy card this week. I am actually in the middle of moving house, so it’s a little simpler than I’d normally like to do! Embossing folders and Framelits that match Stamps have really come to the fore here to give what is essentially just some coloured cardstocks a touch of luxurious texture. The Holiday Collection framelits and Scentsational Season stamp set are available as a “Bundle” which is a wonderful way to save some money!


This coffee cup is a lovely depiction of Hot Chocolate on a cold Winters’s day. If only our Winter and Christmas coincided in Australia, as it is – my coffee cup is likely to be filled with Ice Tea at Christmas time! lol The embossing folders used were Vintage Wallpaper, Perfect Polka Dots and the new Fancy Fan.

If you went mad in the Holiday Catalogue like I did, just admit it and show us what you’ve made using the Sketch Challenge at Sunny Challenges and Creations.

See you again next week for my final Challenge as
"Guest Designer"
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Shaking it up at Sunny Challenges and Creations

Hello Again Everyone!

Hope you had some fun with Perfect Plum last week! I know I did! This week at Sunny Challenges and Creations we are Shaking it up with Shaker Cards for the Sketch Challenge.

Mine is surrounded in embossed tulips, aren’t they pretty!


I made mine a Christmas Shaker which, this close to Christmas, is a perfect excuse to use the Holiday Framelits is it not? Stampin’ Up has a wonderful new product too that makes Shaker Cards easy peasy to do! They are called Shaker Frames (page 177 of the Annual Catalogue if you can’t spot them). They are essentially a double sided foam tape circle frame in various sizes. 

The small one was perfect for the star in the Holiday Collection Framelits set.


It looked a little boring on it’s own, so lined each cut out with some designer paper from the Festival of Prints paper stack and hand cut the internal part before putting the window sheet behind it all.

The sentiment is from the Embellished Events Stamp set.

I look forward to seeing what you make with a shaker card so head on over to Sunny Challenges and Creations to get your entry in.
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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Perfect Plum for Sunny Challenges

Hi Everyone,

This is my very first card as Guest Designer for Sunny Challenges and Creations. Thank you so much to Gwen, Chris and Vicky for inviting me along to have some fun with you all during November!

A nice big present made from International Bazaar paper and all wrapped in delicious Taffeta Ribbon – Perfect Plum indeed. Silver sparkle Dazzling Details around the frame and on the party hat glitter nicely in the light and give a real party feel to this card!


Guest Designer – hmmm I like the sound of that! lol I hope you like the card I have made for the sketch challenge SC0066/12 this week. Head on over to Sunny Challenges and Creations to see the sketch and have a go at it yourself. You have a whole week to do so! Don’t forget to use the Stampin’ Up colour Perfect Plum!


I really enjoy using the You’re Amazing stamp set from Stampin’ Up. The sentiment combines with a die from the Apothecary Accents Framelits set to cut it out perfectly and this little elephant above with a party hat on helps you celebrate!

Let’s see what you can make with Perfect Plum and the Sketch from Sunny Challenges and Creations! I look forward to commenting on your entries!

Thanks for stopping by…
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Inky Mojo Monday Card

Hello Again,

I wanted to share this card I made for the Mojo Monday challenge this week.


This card was made with a little arty farty and inky bit of fun. There’s nothing like getting your hands all inky and gluey and painted now is there?

This is the sketch this week…

I started with a mixture of purple inks on the frame from the Everything Eleanor stamp set and stamped it onto glossy white cardstock. Then I stamped a pile of different images onto some plain white tissue paper. I then ripped the tissue paper around the images I wanted on the card and stuck them down with clear glue.

The frame is black card stock that has been cut with two Labels collection framelits and embossed with the Lattice embossing folder.

I used a pile of black ink and sponged messy edges on, they were a bit too dark so I went over them with Shimmer Paint and a brush. 

There’s also Bakers Twine of course – because I’m addicted to it, some Dazzling Details glitter and a bit of ribbon and flowers all stacked up too.

Hope you like my card this week and don’t forget to come back and join me next week when my Guest Designer spot starts with Sunny Challenges & Creations.
I would love you to join in with the sketches each week!

Ciao for now…
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Snow Flurry Christmas Card

Hi Everyone,
They say there are no mistakes in crafting and ‘they’ are so very right! This card was made using a die cut that was only half cut in error. The Snow Flurry Bigz die was cut out of Whisper White cardstock, only it slipped when I was rolling it through the Big Shot and I only got 3/4’s of the biggest shape cut out!
Never mind – I just mounted it onto the edge of the designer paper from the Festival of Prints paper pack, like it was supposed to be that way! The black card stock underneath helps to really make the pattern stand out and some Island Indigo Bakers Twine holds the Jewellery Tag punch, stamped with a merry sentiment from the Tiny Tags stamp set.

It’s been a while since I joined the fun over at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, they have a die cuts theme happening this week which is just perfect for this card!
Hope you like it !
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Surprise Pop Up Bird Card

Hi Everyone,

I made these two delightful Surprise Pop Up cards using a tutorial on Split Coast Stampers as the basis for the card’s mechanism. However, I substituted the front panel for an  Elegant Bird Die cut from Stampin Up. They are earmarked for a couple of little girls who are Sisters and have birthdays a few days apart at the beginning of November. (yes, they’ve probably guessed it now and I’ve spoiled the surprise!)

Bird Surprise Pop Up 1

They really are surprisingly easy to make once you have the template and as you open the card up, it looks like the bird is almost taking flight! There is room on the tab that pulls out to write your message and an inspirational little quote appears in the window created by pulling the bird upwards.

Bird Surprise Pop up 2      P1040063

Both the girls love pink and purple, but I wanted them both to be a little unique. The Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder gave the birds a lovely texture and I then added the Silver Sparkles to the raised parts to highlight the pattern and give a bit of bling. The Everything Eleanor stamp set has the perfect frame for writing into, as well as a little birdy. Word Play is set used for the window sentiments. Go in the Direction of your Dreams and Wish Big!

Bird Surprise Pop up 4

Here’s a picture of one up and one down. Do you like the torn paper on the right hand bird? I got some black ink on one of my die cuts so I ripped it into pieces and stuck just the un-inked pieces on. It came out looking amazing! All I have to do now is figure out which girl will like which bird better?

I hope you like my birds today, I’ll be sharing them for the challenge at 
and at Twist of Faith Challenges where my good friend Trish is a Design Team member, who also happens to have an Animals theme for the challenge. 

Speaking of Design Team members, I’ve been offered a Guest Designer position with Sunny Challenges and Creations next month. So keep an eye out here for my take on the sketches next month and don’t forget to come and join me with your entries each week for the month of November. How exciting!

On that note, I’ll be off to get working on my posts !
Have a great day.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Good Luck Triple Time Card

Hello again,

Yes, I’m back so soon… Sunny Challenges and Creations were after a card using the Triple Time technique, which I had learned recently, so I thought – hey, I can have some more fun. This card is made for a friend's daughter who will be on her way to Sydney for the National Cheerleading Championships after her team won the State Championships!


I combined the challenge with the Dynamic Duos again this week – their colour challenge always helps me make a decision on colours (otherwise I’d still be fiddling around!) I didn’t end up using the other option – die cuts, because the punches did the job instead!


I have used both an old stamp set and a new one – the old one is a retired Sale-A-Bration set called punch bunch and the new one is A Fitting Occasion which has these circular sentiments and lots of little pictures for the centre. The owl was perfect here of course!


Hope you like my take on the Triple Time stamping technique.
I look forward to sharing more with you next week.
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

U Rock My Mojo

Hi Everyone,
It’s Mojo Monday time again and I love this card!


The sketch was soooo much fun as I got to use some new items, like the wonderful Paper-Piercing Tool available from Stampin’ Up. It’s on page 181 of the Annual Catalogue is amazing value for money! I used it to pierce around the sentiment in a perfect sized circle and also on the inside and outside of the Curly Label punch. (Which is also new to me – how have I lived without this punch for so long?)
Of course the doily die was inescapable on this sketch..


As was the little Bitty heart shaped Button that I’ve tied with a bit of Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine.  You may also notice that I used a multitude of Green’s for this card from Old Olive to Certainly Celery with Lucky Limeade in between. It just goes to show that different tones of similar colours can look wonderful together!


Hiding in my Craft Room is all about Die cuts this week, 
so I thought i'd share my card there too. 
The Delicate Doilies Die is lovely after all. (he he the start of an addiction me thinks!)
 I hope my card Rocks your world too! Ciao for now…
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Bargello Butterfly Thanks Card

Hi Again,

Well the girls at Sunny Challenges and Creations outdid themselves with simplicity this week – thanks be to Gwen Smile It was all too easy, and the results I think are brilliant!


Nothing is ever perfect, and my layers here will vouch for that lol! However, when something isn’t perfect we cut and trim and try to make it so – leaving a lovely heap of scrappy strips of beautiful papers which, if you’re anything like me, you can’t bear to throw out.

We now have the solution ladies! The Bargello Technique! Simply take a peice of Multipurpose Adhesive paper and cover a peice of cardstock (make it the size of the feature peice you want to save supplies). Peel back the top to expose the sticky side and start sticking down your strips of patterned paper in geometric type patterns.


It makes a wonderful background to the Elegant Butterfly Die and matching stamp set – Papillon Potpourri. The Thanks is from the Kindness Matters set and it’s stamped onto some Certainly Celery cardstock that’s been cut to shape with one of the Lots of Tags Sizzlits. Bakers Twine in Lucky Limeade finishes it off.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope I’m providing you with plenty of inspiration – especially where butterflies are concerned lately! I’m not done yet thought, just wait until you see my Hanging Butterfly Easel card! I did promise it back in September and it’s nearly ready to blog! So keep an eye out in the next couple of days for it, in the meantime – enjoy life!
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Thank You Card

Mojo Monday strikes again with a wonderful sketch challenge to accomplish. 
Do you like the bakers twine butterfly trails?


Here’s the sketch…


Dynamic Duos also picked a lovely colour combo this week, so I combined the two again!


I had a blast making this card, the butterflies were all stamped on glossy paper, either fussy cut or punched out – depending on the size. Then a bit of Dazzling Details in Silver Sparkle – Stampin’ Ups own version of glitter glue which can be found on page 23 of the Holiday Catalogue.


The Delicate Doilies Sizzlets have become a fast favourite of mine. Here I used Whisper White cardstock to cut the doily and then rubbed it all over the Pool Part ink pad to give it just the right colour – without wasting my Pool Party coloured cardstock! 
Just a little tip for you Smile

That’s it for now with the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and the Elegant Butterfly die. A wonderful combination of tools to make life easy indeed!

Have a great day now.
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Retro Elegant Butterflies

Hi Everyone

I’ve been going mad with the Elegant Butterfly punch today 
and this is just the first card to show you.


How easy is that, a bit of designer paper and a punch with a little bling added.


Itty Bitty Banners with the matching Bitty Banners Dies also make a job easier!

This card was made to go with the sketch at Retro Sketches, head on over there yourself to see what everyone else did. Some of them are quite awesome!

Hope you like it and I’ll be back soon with the Mojo Monday – before it’s actually Monday !  I’ve already missed one linky list this week, best not miss another one!
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Celebrate Card

Hi Everyone,

Busy time of year for me, but still must keep up with the birthday list!


I used the sketch challenge over at Sunny Challenges and Creations again, only I missed the linky list to hook up with the challenge – only just though! Never mind, I’ll let the girls know it’s here and they can take a look anyway.

I did find a challenge called In the Pink which was just perfect
Pink plus One (other colour - white?)

I’m actually quite pleased with how this card turned out. Regal Rose cardstock and Designer Series papers with the lovely new 3.2mm Taffeta Ribbon in the same colour. All offset with white and a bit of Chevron embossing.


The champagne glasses full of bubbles just had to be pink too, and I embossed them with a slightly lighter colour – pretty in pink. A few bubbles cut out and the word window punch around the celebrate sentiment from the same stamp set - Embellished Events. Beautiful, Quick and Easy! It's why we love Stampin' Up after all.

Have a great day, I’ll be back sometime over the weekend with some more to share. 
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

It’s SPOOL time…

Hi Everyone,

I have a fun little You Tube video to share with you today which has been released by Stampin’ Up to celebrate their Spool Time Promotion.

Watch it here

What a crack up!

Here’s the deal 

Spool Time Oct 12 Graphic (2)

Dates: 1-31 October 2012

Promotion Details: At Stampin' Up!, it's spool time! For the month of October, get a FREE package of 3/8" (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon-a $15.95 value-for every $60 you spend!

Choose from the following ribbons:
      Item      Description                                            Retail Value
126848    Ribbon Gumball Green 3/8" (1 cm) Stitched Satin       $15.95
126847    Midnight Muse 3/8" (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon       $15.95
126844    Primrose Petals 3/8" (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon      $15.95
126845    Raspberry Ripple 3/8" (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon  $15.95
126846    Summer Starfruit 3/8" (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon  $15.95
How do you like them apples huh!, Spend $300 and you get all 5 in colours for free!

If you'd like to take up this offer, feel free to send me an email with your order and I can have it shipped directly to you for just 5% of the total order value or $5.95, whichever is biggest!

Hope the fun video put a smile on your face for the day at the very least! Have a good one.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Triple Time Card

Hi Everyone,

Well – here it is, my first attempt at creating a card using the Triple Time Stamping technique that has been taking Stampin Up demonstrators by storm! Everywhere I look lately I see this technique and I love it! I think the first example I saw was from the esteemed Mary Fish back in July, (who cased it from Dawn Olchefski who has a tutorial for it HERE)


I used the Everything Eleanor stamp set along with the Itty Bitty Banners stamp and matching die with Crumb Cake and Regal Rose colours for cardstock, ink and ribbon for a pretty effect. A bit of a fancy edge with the Scallop Trim Border punch is set off by the pink that is showing through from the inside of the card…


Went a little overboard maybe, but I do like it!
You may notice that my flowers overlay the swirls, but you can’t actually see the swirls through the flowers.

How did I do that you ask? A simple matter of masking. The flowers were stamped and embossed, then masked ( a little paper cut out of the same stamp is very lightly stuck down over the original)  the swirls were then stamped with Crumb Cake ink, the masks removed and Voila! The ink doesn’t touch the flowers under their masks.

Here’s the stamp set, isn’t it gorgeous?

Everything Eleanor

Hope you all have a great week, I’ll be back in a coupe of hours with a new Stampin Up Promotion where you can earn some free ribbon – How exciting, off to write the post now.

In the meantime, enjoy my Triple Time Stamped Card Smile
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p.s Hiding in my Craft Room went Freestyle this week, so I just had to enter!