Sunday 30 October 2011

Wonderful Life

I made this card for today's featured stamper challenge at SCS - Michelle (istamp31) had a lovely card with a sentiment and butterfly which inspired me.  I stamped the sentiment twice, cut out the word "life", sponged with Shabby Shutters ink, then popped it up on the circle.  I attached the twine on a small strip of black cardstock - it means I save on twine by not wrapping it around the card which is hard to do lengthwise on a  tent fold anyway!
This sentiment is a good one for all of us who have perfectionist tendencies!
Other supplies include:
Verve Words of Wisdom
twine (The Twinery)
Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles
Spellbinders Butterflies Two
Ranger Distress Shabby Shutters ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
black pearls

Thursday 27 October 2011

Golden Leaves

I made this for the Ways to Use It challenge at Splitcoaststampers today - to use leaves.  I sponged a square masked with post-it-notes using various inks and then embossed the leaves in gold - they're from a fabulous Sweet and Sassy Set called Autumn Leaves.  The sentiment was stamped onto the card but I messed it up with a big splodge of ink so I had to redo and pop it up.  In the end, it made it stand out more.  I finished off by adding brushed gold brads and gold cord, which is a favorite of mine.
I was inspired by the wonderful gallery of Heather T at SCS who masks and sponges beautifully - you can see what I mean HERE.
Other supplies include:
Spellbinders Nestabilities Petite Ovals
SU Perfect Plum, Real Red, Blushing Bride, Orchid Opulence ink
Verve Kind Words sentiment

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Be Still and Know

I used one of the October Viva La Verve sketches for my card, this one is designed by Charmaine.  I love this verse, it's one I'm trying more and more to put into practice.  And for me, it takes practice - being still mentally or physically, doesn't come naturally!  I'm also trying to practice knowing that He is God - by that I mean letting Him deal with circumstances and people around me and not feeling like I have to sort everyone and everything out! : )
I embossed the back panel and popped it up, then added rolled felt roses to the circle with the sentiment.  I love how these roses turn out in any color, but cream is my favorite!
I cut up the flourish to add greenery and leaves, then finished off with pearls, and gold cord.
Other supplies include:
MFT rolled roses Die-namic
Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish die
Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles
gold cord
Versafine Black Onyx ink

Monday 24 October 2011

Cupcake Thankyou

I made this card based on a CAS sketch by Patricia (PHinVA) at Splitcoaststampers today.  The cupcake was designed by my friend Dina Kowal and is available at her etsy shop along with a fun cupcake background.
I used post-it-notes to mask a strip and sponged with various inks.  The cupcake icing is liberally covered with Stickles and extra glitter!
This card is going to a group of ladies at our church who organise fun nights for us and they call it "Cupcakes"!  I've enjoyed the opportunity to get to know people better, relax and have fun.  At our last get- together I sat beside a mother and daughter who really helped me as they shared the experiences of what their family had gone through - it encouraged me to keep praying about certain things with faith.  
I thought it was time to let those ladies know I appreciate our Cupcake get-togethers!
Other supplies include:
Waltzingmouse Say It Loud sentiment stamps
SU Cool Caribbean, Orchid Opulence ink
Memento Angel Pink ink
Ranger Distress Shabby Shutters ink
Versafine Black Onyx ink
twine (The Twinery) 

Friday 21 October 2011

Amazing Grace

This is a card I made for Andrea Ewen's Get Your Diva On Verve challenge called Handmade Happiness - to use a handmade embellishment on our cards.  I mde a flower from Spellbinders Nestabilities Peonies, sponging the edges with ink, and scrunching up the dp thoroughly!  I stamped some music because this sentiment reminds me of the beautiful old hymn Amazing Grace.  Grace, or God's goodness to me even when I don't deserve it, really is amazing to me!
I love Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish, it's so much fun to snip and arrange on a card in various ways!
Other supplies include:
Ranger Distress Scattered Straw ink
SU Taken with Teal ink
SU buttons
My Minds Eye Six by Six Everyday Flair
Spellbinders Circles
October Afternoon music stamp

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Sweet and Sassy Stamps and The Twinery Blog Hop

Sweet and Sassy Stamps and The Twinery have teamed up for a blog hop with 24 fabulous stampers!
Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a twine fanatic, so I was delighted when Sweet and Sassy Stamps started selling a beautiful selection of twine from The Twinery - check out all the beautiful colors here!

If you're hopping along, you'll have arrived from Julie Ranae's blog.  If you've just discovered the hop, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss out on a single blog!  You'll find a complete list of bloggers there too!

Here's my card using two colors of twine - Charcoal and Blossom Pink.  I just love mixing twine and using it liberally - my sister and I have a saying that applies - "If something's worth doing, it's worth over doing!" : )
               I've used Sweet and Sassy Stamps beautiful silhouette from Wildflowers and the sentiment is from Poppies and Sayings.

I stamped the silhouette with Versafine's Black Onyx ink because it gives good strong color.  The circles were cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Small and Large sets and the doily with Cheery Lynn Designs English Pastry die which can now be found at Sweet and Sassy Stamps!
I colored the pearls with a copic to match the dp which is made by Craft Creations.

Your next stop on the hop is with the talented

Here's the fabulous prize The Twinery has up for grabs today valued at $25 - The Ultimate Color Sampler Pack

And here's the prize Sweet and Sassy Stamps is offering - the wonderful Season of Change Stamp Set and Die Bundle valued at $28

For a chance to win these prizes you MUST comment on EACH blog in the hop.
Winners will be announced on Sunday, October 23 on both
So good luck and thanks for joining us today for the hop!


Thursday 13 October 2011

Take Care

There's a Hope You Can Cling To butterfly challenge and a pink challenge over at Splitcoastampers today so I combined both.  This photo hasn't been doctored, the pink really is that bright!
I layered the butterflies, with black behind the pink for more definition and masked the card base with post-it-notes before sponging for a square.  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse, I love the combo of large bold lettering with a smaller sentiment.  I'm asked to make "thinking of you" cards more than any other type - it's great that people are not only thinking about each other, but letting them know too!
The pearl button as a grayish hue so I colored the pearls with a light gray copic so that they'd match.
Other supplies include:
Cheery Lynn Designs large butterfly die
SU Melon Mambo ink
Versafine Onyx black ink

Monday 10 October 2011

Hey Chick!

I made this for Tammy's Hope You Can Cling To Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers called Bosom Buddies, it's all about friends!  If you haven't checked out these challenges for a great cause you can find out all about them hereIt's a fantastic opportunity to support ladies who are battling breast cancer, by joining in a card drive - the cards are being sent to UT MD Anderson Cancer Center for the encouragement of the patients and their families!
These little chicks are colored with copics and poped up - the sentiment was computer generated.
Other supplies include:
Stampendous Chick Family
Echo Park dp
SU Regal Rose cardstock
Mini buttons
Memento Angel Pink ink
Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles large, small

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Sweet Baby

I made this for the sketch challenge at SCS and also for one of the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges - Victoria challenged us to use only paper on a card!  If you haven't checked out these challenges which are on during the whole month of October you should hop over and see all the beautiful creations being made for the encouragment of those fighting breast cancer - and join in the fun for this cause!
It was hard not to reach for embellishments, bling, and ribbon or twine, but I managed - after all, that's why they're called challenges!
I used a black fine line marker to add a border to this sweet image from A Day for Daisies - I love the whimsical style of these digi's!
Here's a list of supplies:
My Favorite Things rolled rose, faux crochet Die-namics
A Day for Daisies Kiss for Sis digi
Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags Die and Stamps
Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish
SU Melon Mambo Cardstock
SU, Memory Box dp
Black fine line marker

Monday 3 October 2011

Above and Beyond

I used the CAS sketch at Splitcoaststampers for my birthday card to my Dad - I think I can post it here, safe in the knowledge that he won't be browsing craft blogs on the web!  I cut some hills from scrap dp, sponging the edges for definition and sponged some clouds using a diecut (Papertrey Ink) as a mask.  The sentiment was computer generated to go with Papertrey Ink's Everyday Button Bits hot air balloon images. 
It was a fun card to make and thankfully I can say I mean every word of the sentiment about my dear Dad!
Other Supplies include:
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
SU Cool Caribbean Ink
Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles
Twine (The Twinery)
October Afternoon buttons