Friday, November 30, 2007

From Our House to Yours!

I finally played with my bind it all that my DH got for me a few months ago. I saw this idea on Colleen's Stampin with the Goddess' blog and had to try it myself. Colleen has even included a link for you to download the pages for inside the book that she created ... how cool is that!

I covered my coasters using some of the Basic Grey Figgy Pudding DP .... I love this DP! I used the Kitty from The Cat's Pajama's Kitty Christmas set and my oval nestabilities. The crisscross piece is done using a Cuttlebug die.

I am not sure why I need this book right now.... seeing I have almost finished my Christmas shopping ... but I loved the idea so why not ... making one will remind me for next year when I have to start all over again! I will be using this one for this year ... and it did make me use my Bind it All which I will have to use more often now.
Recipe:
Stamps: Kitty Christmas Clear Set - The Cat's Pajamas
Paper: Figgy Pudding DP - Basic Grey; White Photocopy Paper; Coasters
Other: Black Ink; Oval Nestabilities; Floral Cuttlebug Die; Bind It All


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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fa La La La La La La La La!

This the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la! Ooops sorry I was getting carried away there singing, hehehe! You guys are lucky blogs don't have sound .... cause my family normally complain when I start singing!

I have been wanting to make this type of card for a while and it was a perfect opportunity to make one for this weeks challenge with my fab/sassy friends on SCS .... our challenge was to use a tab &/or tag on a card. As you can tell I went with the tab punch for mine.

I have been wanting some of The Cat's Pajamas stamps for sometime now and recently they had a 25% off sale so it was the perfect opportunity to order some ... most of them have been hidden away by one of my daughter as that will be her present to me for Christmas ... but it seemed pretty silly to get Christmas themed stamps on Christmas Day so I kept them (and besides that would have made it beyond her budget anyway LOL! :) )

I stamped my penguins on my white card using black ink and colored them ..... I had to stretch the fa la la la la la la la la verse on my acrylic block to get it to fit in the space I had left ... and stamped it at the top and bottom of the penguins using red ink. I then took my versamark ink pad and applied that all over my decorated card covered with iridescent ice EP and heat set. This was then layered to green card.

The red ornament was cut out using my CM circle cutter leaving a small amount of card intact at the top so it was a folded card. I stamped the swirls included in set all over the front of the ornament using red ink. The penguin panel was then attached to the centre of the card.

I punched out a tab from green card, folded in half and attached it to the front of the card using red brads. The red ribbon allows the ornament to be hung on a tree or wherever you want to hang it.

Recipe: Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas
Paper: Real Red & Garden Green - Stampin' Up; White
Other: Black Ink; Real Red SU Ink; Versamark Ink; Iridescent Ice EP; Tab Punch; Red Brads; Red Ribbon
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

May Your Day Be Merry & Bright!

I just couldn't help myself .... I just had to make another card for this weeks sketch challenge. I am not sure why I made a Christmas card ... it isn't as if I need anymore, the majority of my cards will be posted tomorrow. But I guess it doesn't hurt to have a few extras just in case and if I don't use them this year ... then there is always next year!

I received some Basic Grey DP from a friend for Christmas .... so I just had to get some out and play with it. I also wanted to use my "Take a Bough" set from Papertrey Ink ... I have used the verses in other cards but not the actual branch and ornaments so I figured it was about time I did ... I do love this set!

The bough, leaves & verse are stamped directly onto the blue DP. The ornament is stamped on white card, punched out using a circle punch and then attached to the card ..... I also clear circle page pebble to highlight the ornament. To finish off that panel I added a paper pierced corner to the top right corner.


Recipe:
Stamps: Take A Bough - Papertrey Ink
Papers: Always Artichoke & Bravo Burgundy - Stampin' Up; Black; Figgy Pudding DP - Basic Grey
Other: Black Ink; Chocolate Chip & Cranberry Crisp SU Ink; Old Olive & Dark Moss Fluid Chalk; Burgundy Grosgrain Ribbon; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool
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Birthday Flowers!

Todays card is for this weeks sketch challenge on SCS. I had a little bit of the DP that I used for my CCEE challenge card leftover so I decided to use some of that to create this card today. The colors do match a lot better in real life ... unfortunately sometimes the camera doesn't show the true colors of the card.

Recipe:
Stamps: Pick a Petal - Stampin' Up; Verse - Paper Inspirations; Snowflake - Hanna Stamps
Paper: Brocade Blue & Night of Navy - SU; White; DP - Memory Makers
Other: Night of Navy DP; Not Quite Navy; Bordering Blue; Blue Brads
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

My Elf Name is ....

I found this today on blogthings.com which I thought was a little bit of fun ... why not check what your name is!



Your Elf Name Is...

Stubby Cartwheels
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Monday, November 26, 2007

A Pocketful of Thanks!

It is Monday again (the week's are just flying by aren't they!). So of course it is time for another challenge with my dear & wacky CCEE friends on SCS.

This week our challenge was a supply challenge, Charlene sent us all the following supplies:
  1. 6 x 6 Memory Keepers designer Paper
  2. Thank you charm
  3. 3 white punched stars
  4. 1 button
  5. Stampin' Up's night of Navy grosgrain Ribbon
I keep remembering to take a photo of the supplies sent to us AFTER I have cut them all up and created my card ... arghhhhhhhhh!

Anyway Charlene also sent us some instructions that we had to follow for this challenge. As November is the month of Thanksgiving in the USA, we were to create a thank-you pocket card. We could make any type of pocket card we wanted to, but she included the link to Beate's Pocket Card tutorial. We had to use at least one piece or all of the DP, the thank you charm, the ribbon and either the button or one or more of the punched stars. We could change the color of the ribbon if we really wanted to as long as we did use ribbon.

Our thank-you pocket cards are to be mailed to one of the SCS challenge hostesses and to let them know why we are thankful to them! I thought this was a really great idea as they all do such a fantastic job each week providing us with new fun challenges! So thank you to ALL the SCS challenge hostesses! Each of us will be sending our pocket cards to a different hostess ......... mine will be going to Beth Silaika who hosts the Featured Stamper challenge ....... I think you all know that this is one of my fav challenges on SCS :)


Here is the inside view of my pocket card. It is hard to tell on these photos ... I used the weave BG from CHF on the red flap of the pocket. The penquin on the front is stamped onto a white oval nestabilities and layered onto navy and red scalloped oval shapes.

I used the same DP as I used in the front for the inside tag, adhering my star punchies to this paper. The penguins stamped just above the DP and then the dot border was stamped to each side of the tag. The red tab is attach to the white card using the snow brad.


Recipe:
Stamps:
Winter Blast - My Favorite Things; Faux Ribbon Set - Papertrey Ink; Weave BG - Cornish Heritage Farms; Verse - Hero Arts
Papers: Real Red & Night of Navy - SU; White; Memory makers DP
Other: Black Ink; Real Red & Night of Navy SU Ink; Tab Punch; Oval Nestabilities; Snowflake Brad; Star Punch; Night of Navy Grosgrain Ribbon; Thank You Charm; Foam Tape; White Gel Pen

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Blog Candy Winner!

Wow what I lot of posts I got for the Hanna Stamps blog candy ... looks like everyone wanted to win them :)

I used random.org to select the winner for this prize ....... here are the results!

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and the winner is .........................

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Leenda
leenda said...

You ladies are always such a tease!! Thanks for the chance to win some fun blog candy.

Leenda please email me or pm your snail mail details within the next 24 hrs so that I can forward this info onto Kristi so she can send you your prize.

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Sandy Claws Transparent Card


This is for this weeks featured stamper challenge on SCS. This week the featured stampers is Bev aka Texas Grammy on SCS. Tex is also on the Hanna Stamps design team so I have been getting to know her a little better recently through emails. I enjoyed browsing through her gallery and decided to CASE this card, I have done transparent cards before ... but hadn't thought to use the nestabilities so of course had to so one.

As per the rules of the Featured Stamper challenge I changed at least 2 things.
  • I changed the image used
  • I changed the colors.
  • I used a different stamp to stamp my transparency going all over my background
One thing I did learn while creating this card is to assemble the scallops on the inside of the card before you actually stamp the verse ... for a transparency card it is important that everything lines up so you can't see them through the front when closed and if you stamp first your verse can be crooked!

Recipe:
Stamps: Sandy Claws - Gina K Designs; Snowflake - Hanna Stamps
Paper: White; Red; Transparency
Other: Black Ink; White Stazon Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Sheer Ribbon

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!


I have had a chance this weekend to get any cards made as yet .... I have been pretty busy first with some Christmas shopping and then when we got home on Saturday my DH and I worked a little bit more on our Christmas Village we do each year. We don't have the room as yet to go out so instead we go up .... using our enclosed fireplace as the base for the village (that is the flue you can see in the centre. Each year we purchase a little bit more to add to it ... this year we added the North Pole up the very top and our wharf area down the bottom (it doesn't look all that wharf-like I guess .... but we will work on that for next year)

We also put our Christmas tree up, with all our ornaments and the train around the base .... it was pretty hard taking a good photo of this as I don't have a lot of room in get in front of the tree to get in everything at once ... my DH did move the table for me which did help a lot. The tree looks a little like it has a bit of a lean on it ... it doesn't really ... it is likely the angle I had to take my photo. It will look even better once the pressies are under the tree.

That is another thing I have been busy doing this weekend .... wrapping up presents and getting all my Christmas cards written in ready to post .... I love making them but the hardest part in my opinion is getting them ready for mailing ... now maybe I can relax and get some cards made!


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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Rebus - Halloween




This months rebus cards are a little later being posted here than normal, as I had to wait for one of the swap cards to arrive before could sort it all and post mine to my blog ... it has been done now and posted back to the participants so I can upload mine here. These are are rebus cards for the month of October which is why we decided to go with the theme of Halloween. Hope you enjoy trying to solve this puzzle.

For those of you who do play along here are the solutions to last months Seasons/Weather rebus cards found here.
  • cyclone
  • tornado
  • lightning
  • fog
  • forecast
  • sleet
  • autumn
  • summer
  • tidal wave
  • hail
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Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Snowman!

This card was created a few weeks ago for My Favorite Things Sketch challenge in the members forums of SCS. However I couldn't post it then as I had to send it to a friend in the US for her birthday and I didn't want her to see it on here first as I know she does come looking here on occasions. ;)

The snowman is stamped on white card, sponging around the edges of the card. I used my square nestabilities to create the scalloped square layer. The DP on the base of the card was cut into quarters and embossed using my snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder before layering it to the blue and then white card.

To finish off the card I used my oval punch and snowflake brads to embellish the top left and bottom right hand corners. And used my word window punch to papertrey word set for the greeting.

Recipe:
Stamps: Snowman - Whipper Snapper; Words - Papertrey Ink
Paper: Not Quite Navy - Stampin' Up; White; Snow Text DP - DCWV
Other: Black Ink; Not Quite Navy SU Ink; Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Square Nestabilities; Word Window Punch; Oval Punch; Snowflake Brads; Foam Tape

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Hanna Stamps Blog Candy

Everyone on the design team of Hanna Stamps is helping Kristi celebrate her official Hanna Stamps web site going live this Friday. You all have the chance to win one set of the new not yet released sayings set from Hanna Stamps! Here is a sneak peek at just one of the sayings in this set.

There are 28 sayings included in this set and they are a perfect addition to the Hanna Stamps range as they work soooo perfectly with the Hanna stamps that have all ready been released and some which will be released in the future .... I know I could have used this sentiment above for my Hanna card I created in the post below if only I had it ..... it would have worked sooo well.

For your chance to win this Hanna sentiment set here is what you need to do:

  • Leave your comment on this post by Sunday 25th November 2007.
  • I will use random.org to draw a winner and will post it to my blog on Monday.
  • You will need to get back to me with your details within 24 hours .... if I do not hear from the winner within this time a new winner will be randomly selected.
  • The winner will be sent her prize via Kristi of Hanna Stamps.
  • This is open to everyone no matter which country you live in!

For more chances to win .... don't forget to check out the other design team members of Hanna Stamps and Kristi's blog too .... you can find all the links to these on the sidebar at the right of my blog.
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Make a Wish Hanna!

Today's card is for a challenge I do with a group of Fab/Sassy friends on SCS. As everyone in our group owns some if not all of the Hanna stamps released so far, it was decided that our challenge this week would be to create a card using any Hanna stamp.

I had already decided that I would use "Tis the Season" Hanna, but while I was browsing through my stamp catalog I have of the stamps I own ... I placed Hanna on a image of a cloud in my catty and an idea was born.

I am sure many of you have seen movies where angels (I presume) are placing stars in the sky ... this is what Hanna is doing here. By chance I also decided to use Julee's of Poetic Artistry's Mojo Monday #10 sketch challenge ... now I look at the finished piece the circle part of this card kind of looks like the moon or earth .... this wasn't really what I was thinking at the time I picked this sketch for this card ... but as it turned out it fits quite well.

Hanna's dress is paper pieced using the same DP as I used to create the circle in the bottom left hand corner.

Recipe: Stamps: Tis the Season - Hanna Stamps; Make a Wish Set - Gina K
Paper: Elegant Eggplant - Stampin' Up; White; Black; Skate Shoppe DP - Basic Grey
Other: Black Ink; Celeste Blue Impress Ink; Versamark Ink; Ticket Corner Punch; Creative Memories Circle Cutter; Purple Stitched Ribbon; Foam Tape


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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Pinwheel Card Tutorial using Tag Punch

A couple of weeks ago I made two pinwheel cards which you will find here and here. As I had a number of enquires as to how to create one of these cards, I figured the easiest way to show you is to make a tutorial for you.

Most of the pinwheel cards I have seen have been created using Stampin' Up tag punch, as I don't have this particular punch at this stage and I wanted to make these pinwheel cards I decided to use my scallop tag punch by Marvy Uchida. The instructions are the same whichever punch you have ... the only thing you might need to do is adjust the amount of tags you punch to create your pinwheel .... experiment and have fun.

For my pinwheel above I punched out 9 tags from a DP ..... you may find however if you are using another style of punch you only need 8 tags.

The easiest way to explain how to fold your tags is to show you with picture.

Tag #1 ... Shows the tag ready to be folded.

Tag #2 ... Fold the right side of the tag over towards the left side of the tag ... the fold should start at the bottom left and may overlap the tag when folded.

Tag #3 ... Now take the piece you have previously folded as per tag #2 and bring back approx 1/2 down the already folded tag. Again the fold starts at the bottom left corner.

Once you have your required number of tags folded .... I normally punch out a circle and attach my pieces to this ... this allows me to then place the completed pinwheel wherever I wish on the card easily.

Finish off your pinwheel but embellishing the centre of the pinwheel using other circle punches and /or brads ... this hides any spaces etc you might have created while making your pinwheel.

Try it and have fun!!!!!
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Best Friends!


This card is for this weeks sketch challenge on SCS, this was a nice quick card to create. Looking through my stamps that would take up the majority of the width of a card I came upon this image by Rubber Romance which I thought would work OK for this sketch.

I stamped the image onto white card, colored and sponged the edges of the card with old paper distress ink and layered onto choc chip card. I cut two pieces of the floral DP and layered those also to choc chip card ... attaching pink brads to each end of each panel. The main image was then layered to the centre of the pink card and then the floral panels attached above and below this image.

Recipe:
Stamps: Rubber Romance
Paper: Pretty In Pink & Chocolate Chip - Stampin' Up: White; Glitter Stack Pack - DCWV
Other: Black Ink; Pink Brads
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Black & White with a Splash of Color!

Black & White with a splash of color! This was the challenge that Sherry & Jeanne are running this week for their Just Because We Wanna (JBWW) challenge on their blogs.

For my card I decided to go with black and white with a splash of red. I stamped the penguin from Gina K's Sandy Claws set onto my white card and used my circle nestabilities to cut out my various colored circles you can see here. The background is created using the snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder. The black strip is layered onto red card and I used my scallop scissor to create the fancy edge. The black & white polka dot ribbon was tied around the strip, paper piercing was added to the top and bottom of this strip.

The layout from this card is from Jen of Iheart2stamp's weekly "sketch for you to try" (sfytt).

Recipe: Stamps: Sandy Claws Set - Gina K; Greeting - Papertrey Ink
Papers: White; Black; Real Red - SU
Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Scallop Scissors; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool; B & W Polka Dot Ribbon; Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Black Brads; Foam Tape

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Merry & Bright!

This is for my Monday challenge I do with my CCEE group on SCS. This week we had a color challenge, to use Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum and Certainly Celery to create our cards .... sounds easy .... but there was a catch ..... our cards had to have a Christmas or winter theme.

After some thought I decided to pull out this snowman stamp from Darcies Rubber Stamps as I knew there was plenty on there that I could color in with those colors.

I stamped the snowman onto white card and colored in, paper pierced 3 corners of this card and layered onto the eggplant & celery cards .... I also used my ticket corner punch to punch the corners of the eggplant layer (an idea I borrowed from Cindy_Haffner). I used my snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss my pale plum and eggplant panels.

The layout for this card is taken from Julee's of Poetic Artistry's Mojo Monday #11 sketch challenge


Recipe: Stamps: Snowman - Darcies; Verse - Papertrey Ink
Papers: Pale Plum; Elegant Eggplant; Certainly Celery & Certainly Celery DP - Stampin' Up; White
Other: Black Ink; Ticket Corner Punch; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool; Purple Brads; Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Foam Tape; Purple Button Brads
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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Got Milk?

It is time for another featured stamper challenge. Today's featured stamper is Shelly aka Papermoon04 on SCS, I had lots of fun browsing her gallery and finally decided on this one.

I have been wanting to create a fence using tag punches for some time now so when I saw her card that had this peeking cat looking over the fence I just had to CASE it. As with every featured stamper challenge, I had to change at least 2 things, here are my changes:
  • Used a different tag punch
  • Used a different verse
  • Change the colors
  • Added brads to the top corners
  • Used foam tape to rain the cat & fence from the rest of the card
  • Added a fish skeleton to the bottom left of card
Recipe:
Stamps: Cat - Eureka; Weatherwood Backgrounder - Cornish Heritage Farms; Verse - Second Star from the Right
Paper: Eggplant - SU; Lime; White; Black
Other: Black Ink; Celeste Blue Impress Ink; Creamy Caramel SU Ink; Cloud Stencil; Purple Brads; Fish Skeleton Button; Foam Tape
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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Penguin's Play in the Snow!

This card is for Beate's weekend sketch challenge, this is the first time I have played with my penguins from My Favorite Things which I received earlier in the week. This wasn't a set I was planning on purchasing, but after my friend Cindy on SCS kept tempting me with the wonderful cards she was creating with this set in recent months I just had to order it when I placed my order for the latest releases!

I used my circle nestabilities to create my circles for the penguins, I added glitter to represent snow on the bottom section of the circle and some snow flurries (from Hanna Stamps) on the top section. The thin panel behind the circle was created using a cuttlebug die which was layered onto various widths of card.

The white panel was embossed using the cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder. I added a snowflake brad to the top right corner of the card. The verse is by Papertrey Ink and punched out using both sizes of oval punches by SU. The DP is from Stampin' Up's Holiday Thyme collection.

Recipe:
Stamps: Winter Blast -MFT; Verse - Papertrey Ink; Snow Flurries (Tis the Season Set) - Hanna Stamps
Paper: Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue & Hoiliday Thyme DP - SU; White
Other: Black Ink; Bordering Blue SU Ink; Oval Punches Lge & Sml; Circle Nestabilities; Lattice Cuttlebug Die; Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Glitter; Snowflake Brad; Foam Tape

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Sending You Sunshine!

This card is for this weeks My Favorite Things sketch challenge over at the member forums of SCS. As I got my new stamps in the mail this week it was a great opportunity to get out a set and play. I also found this striped DP in a scrapbook shop I visited on the way home from visiting my mother earlier this week too ... so I just had to pull that out as well.

MFT stamps are well known for their headless people .... with this set you have an option of stamping the hat which comes with the set so that the image doesn't appear headless .... I decided to go with that option for this particular card.

The red panel which is also the inside of the card was stamped with one of the shells from the set using real red SU ink ... it is hard to see by my photo you can see it better in real life. I also paper pierced the two top corners of the card on the red panel. The grosgrain ribbon was originally white as I wanted navy I colored this using my alcohol markers.


Recipe:
Stamps: Bye the Seashore - My Favorite Things
Paper: Real Red & Night of Navy - SU; White; Parade Celebrate Stripes DP - My Mind's Eye
Other: Black Ink; Real Red SU Ink; White Grosgrain Ribbon; Red Brads; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool; Foam Tape


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Toilet ...... Duck!


I just had to create this card ..... my Gina K stamps arrived yesterday morning and later I was chatting with my friends talking about the duck from Hanna's stamps and this idea flashed into my head .... I am not sure if you will all "get it" ... as I don't know if you have the same names of products for things that we do .... this is the name of a toilet cleaner down here in Aust. My friend gave me the idea to also use the puddle with the toilet ... I guess if you had a duck jump into the toilet it could tend to overflow ;) .... thanks Kim!

I debated which verse to put on this card ... i did think about putting the one in the title of this post .... but in the end I decided to go with one of the verses in the toilet set. If you look closely at the toilet roll you can see I also added a pattern to that ... I like patterned TP ;) .... I used the snow flourish from tis the season to do that.

Don't forget that the Hanna Stamps " Rain, Rain" set will be released today at midnight ..... some of the girls on the design team are going to help keep her awake!

Recipe:
Stamps: Rain, Rain Set - Hanna Stamps; Way to Go Set - Gina K Stamps
Paper: White; Bahama - Bazzill; Teal & Orange from DCWV Brights Stack; Stripe DP from Cricut Animal DP Pad; Soft Sky - Stampin' Up
Other: Black Ink; Yellow Brads; Swirl Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Dimensional Magic; Foam Tape

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Hopeful Hanna!

Here is another sneak peek at the new Hanna Stamps "Rain, Rain, Come This Way!" which is due for release this Friday 16th November. Kristi tells me she will be up late Thursday night so any of you who wish to order at midnight EST can. Kristi has a few volunteers to help keep her awake this time round ... myself included which is pretty easy for me seeing it will be 3pm here for me LOL!

I am calling this card Hopeful Hanna because in this scene it isn't raining and Hanna is with her pet ducks and her umbrella just walking around wishing for rain LOL!

For this card I first stamped Hanna and the ducks, masking 2 of the ducks to get the other to the side of the other two. I stamped Hanna's coat again on DP and attached that to my previous image. While the images were still masked I stamped the grass and sponge the sky using a cloud stencil.

The verse is stamped so it appears in two lines and punched out using oval punch and layered to the lime colored piece punched out using label punch.

The layout of this card is taken from a sketch I found recently on Jen's I heart 2 stamps blog.


Recipe:
Stamps: Rain Rain Come this Way Set - Hanna Stamps; Grass - Hero Arts
Paper: Lime & Yellow Brights Stack - DCWV; White; Black; Phoebe DP - Basic Grey
Other: Black Ink; Lime & Olive Pastel Fluid Chalks; Celeste Blue Impress Ink; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool; Swirl Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Orange Grosgrain Ribbon; Label Punch; Oval Punch; Orange Brads; Foam Tape
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Buckle Up for Christmas!

This week our challenge with my fab/sassy friends on SCS was to create a buckle card. I also wanted to combine it with this weeks color challenge. It has been a few weeks since I have done the color challenges and I really liked this color combo this week which is to use Pomegranate, Kraft and White. I don't often use kraft card but I had some here so it was fun to give it a shot.

The main image is one I got in an order this week and is by Inque Boutique ... it is a two parter (there is an optional border that you can add to it which was way to big for this card). And of course I used my square nestabilities for my layering.

For the inside I stamped my verse in pomegranite .... I didn't like the edge that can be seen when the card is closed plain so I added the flourishes and also the photo corner.

Here is a view of the card when it is open.

Recipe:
Stamps: Bauble Frame - Inque Boutique; Silent Night Script - Stamp It (Aust); Merry Christmas Verse - Paper Inspirations; Seasons of Joy - Stampin' Up; Texture - Lucy's Stamps
Paper: Pomegranate, Kraft - SU; White
Other: Pomegranate SU Ink; Photo Corner Punch; Square Nestabilities; Micro Brads; Foam Tape
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hey There!

It's Wednesday so time for another sketch challenge on SCS. This week the sketch was a familiar one for me as one of the samples happened to be my "You're a Hoot!" card found in this post.

Today I decided to use this cute little stamp by High Hopes Stamps .... she looks like she is having quite a nice conversation with the little worm on the leaf :) . I selected the background paper that I wanted to use for this card and from this I selected my colors I needed to use to color in my image and also for the layering.

Recipe:
Stamps: Girl & Verse - High Hopes Stamps
Paper: Blue & Oranges - DCWV Brights Stack; Pink DP - DCWV Glitter Stack; White; Black
Other: Black Ink; Word Window Punch; Pink & Blue Brads; Foam Tape
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Rain, Nice Weather for Ducks!

I guess most of you have heard that saying .... about rain being nice weather if you are a duck ... especially if it has been raining heaps and we are sick of it ...... right! Well how could a set based around rain be complete without a duck in it!

This cute little duck is part of the Hanna Stamps "Rain, Rain, Come this Way" stamp set which is to be released on Friday 16th November from Hanna Stamps! Now I know this duck would look great walking behind Hanna or whatever you wish to do ... but I decided to get out one of my stack punches and create a quilt design for something different ... I used the verse again that comes in the set to use in the yellow squares.

Don't forget to drop by again tomorrow ... I will have another Hanna sneak peak for you complete with Hanna and her pet ducks!

Recipe: Stamps: Rain, Rain, Come this Way! - Hanna Stamps
Paper: White; Yellow & Orange - DCWV stack packs
Other: Black Ink; 40cm Stack Punch; Yellow & Orange Brads
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Just Because Bella

This card is for this week Bella Sketch challenge on the Stamping Bella Forums of SCS.

I used paper piercing to the top right and bottom left corners of the main image. The wide grosgrain ribbon was colored using a pink alcohol marker and then attached to the DP before attaching to the base card. The verse is from MFT's new Essential Sentiments set.


Recipe:
Stamps: Walk a Bella - Stamping Bella; Verse -My Favorite Things
Paper: White; Regal Rose & Chocolate Chip - Stampin' Up; Glitter Stack Pack DP - DCWV
Other: Black Ink; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool; Ticket Corner Punch; Word Window Punch; White Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Rain, Rain, Come this Way! sneak peak

I don't normally like rain but as we are in a severe drought down here in Australia and are on very strict water restrictions ... like only have 4 min showers .... not being able to wash a car or water the garden etc ..... this is something I seem to be saying a lot in past months .... However not this week please as I need my driveway dry so they can come and put in a new one for us ... my DH dug the old one up last week ... so if it rains at present it is just mud ... not much fun trying to get my car out of that LOL!

This card is another sneak peak at the newest Hanna Stamps set being released this Friday 16th November ... this set is called ...... "Rain Rain Come this Way" and I just love it.

On this card I have used my Hanna stamp with the circle nestabilities ... the verse fitted perfectly on two word window punched pieces ... I inked up the verse ... placed some tape over part of the verse I didn't want on one section and then stamped and then did it again masking off the other section and then punched these out using the word window punch.


Recipe:
Stamps: Rain Rain Come this Way! - Hanna Stamps
Paper: Chocolate Chip & Blue Bayou - Stampin' Up; White; DP - Basic Grey
Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Word Window Punch; Brads
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Monday, November 12, 2007

Twins Happy Hanna!

Are you ready for another sneak peak of the next Hanna Stamp set to be released this coming Friday 16th November .... I know I am dying to show you all! Well here it is!!!

This card is also for a couple of challenges ... firstly it is for my weekly CCEE challenge I do each week with a bunch of goofy friends on SCS! Last month we started picking out a SCS username that appealed to us and we all made cards relating to that name and then sent that person all our cards we made ... last month the person was 4Hounds .... can you pick who we selected for this month!!!!!!


TwinsHappy!!!!!!!!!

yes that is why there are two Hanna's on my card ... the Hanna image you get in the new set to be released on Friday is the one on the right of my card ... the other one is mirror imaged, I also had to go over the lines again using a black marker after mirror imaging to get the look I wanted. Also in this set is the puddle and rain ..... of course there are some other great stamps too which I will try and show you during the week in my other sneak peak posts.

For my CCEE card we were instructed that we had to have twins of some type on our card ... 2 of something ... it could be animals, flowers any image at all of course I decided to go for Twin Hanna's .... we also had to include the word "Happy" on our card somewhere.

During the weekend there was also a VSN mini on SCS ... one of the challenges for this event was a "lipstick" challenges ... we were to use our favorite lipstick color or a lipstick color on our cards ... I went with pinks .... it isn't really my favorite color (I seldom wear lipsticks these days .... seeing I am home most of the time). I used these colors on my card with this challenge in mind.

I masked the coats & parts of the umbrella of both Hanna's so I could stamp the the snowflake b/g from the tis the season set on the dress and the pale pink section of the umbrella as I wanted some pattern on it ... I also added dimensional magic to the puddle & raindrops to make it look more like water.

Recipe:
Stamps: Rain Rain Hanna Set & tis the season set - Hanna Stamps; Verse - Stampin' Up; Mirror Image Stamp
Papers: White; Pretty in Pink & Rose Red - SU
Other: Black Ink; Rose Red & Pretty In Pink SU Ink; Celeste Blue Impress Ink; Olive Pastel Fluid Chalks; Dimensional Magic; Word Window Punch; Pink Brads; Foam Tape



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Sunday, November 11, 2007

And the Featured Stamper this week is.........

Wow I am sooooo excited here .... everyone knows how much I enjoy doing the featured stamper challenge every Sunday on SCS. Well today I got an email from Beth telling me to check out the challenge which she had posted early ..... OMG the featured stamper is ..... ME!!!!!!!! Of course I am almost dancing all around the room :) You can find more info on the featured stamper here.

It is going to be so much fun seeing everyone CASE my cards this week ..... thank you Beth for the great job you do on SCS.
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It's a Jungle Out There!


This card is for Beate's weekend sketch challenge, I didn't get much of a chance to make this yesterday when I normally would have made it because my dh and I decided to go out for a while and then in the afternoon I had to prepare for a few friends that were coming over for dinner. I did get my lion stamped, cut out and colored and wouldn't you know it the last marker I picked up and opened to color the purple jewel in the crown left a great big blob! arghhhhhhhhhh! So of course I had to start all over again ... and then I had trouble with my brown marker I wanted to use for the main so it is a little darker than I would have liked ... after all that I ended up putting jewels on the crown anyway ... so I needn't have bothered coloring LOL!

This sketch was perfect to use my nestabilities again .... I just love these .... if you don't have them yet .... you really do need them!

If nothing else this one passes the seal of approval from my DH who passed it as I was setting it up to take a photo and told me he really likes it ... as I wasn't looking for comments from him this means a lot!

Recipe:
Stamps: Lion - Whipper Snapper; Verse - My Favorite Things
Paper: White; More Mustard, Chocolate Chip & Old Olive - Stampin' Up; Garbardine /Urban Coulture DP - Basic Grey
Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Brown & Olive Brads; Photo Corner Punch; Oval Punch; Label Punch; Gems.

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SCS Enabled!


Well today is the day for the 2nd of the VSN mini's to be held in conjunction with the upcoming VSN which will be held in January 2008!

Here is one card I have made so far for one of the challenges "Splitcoast Enabler Challenge" - we had to create a card using some of the things we HAD to buy cause we saw them on SCS! Well I am sure there are a ton of things I just had to have because of SCS .... but here are just a few which I used to create this card.

Bronc Buster Wanted Outlaw DP Nestabilites Floral Scroll Cuttlebug Die (Die piece at bottom) Ticket Corner Punch SU Inks (as if I didn't have enough ink pads already!) SU Card (ditto above)
If you would like to play along with this or any one of the 4 challenges which were posted today you can find them here.
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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Another VSN Mini

Have you heard the news???? There is another Virtual Stamp Night Mini happening Saturday night (10th Nov) at 7pm or if you are an Aussie that would be 10am (Qld time) Sunday morning.

Four wonderful challenges will be posted at the same time for your stamping pleasure. There are NO time limits, and you have until November 27th to upload your creation. Be sure to stop by and check out the kickoff, stamp a challenge or four, and join in the fun!

You can find more information about VSN here.
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Friday, November 9, 2007

Merry Christmas - Club Project

Yesterday I went down to my stamp club that I attend monthly. Each month someone in our club nominates a project from one of our national stamping magazines. This project was created by Jayne Mercer and appeared in a Stamping & Papercraft magazine late last year I believe.

In my magazine the cards look more purple then blue but appears my magazine is the only one that has that problem ... every other mag I saw yesterday the card looked like it should in blue ... weird. This does look a little bluer in real life too but this was the best I could get the color for this post!

I did make a couple of minor changes to the original project ... eg I used the Merry verse and decided to add the Christmas to the bottom using the word window punch.

Recipe:
Stamps: Holiday Spirit - Stampin' Up; Christmas Verse - Stampendous
Paper: Night of Navy - SU; Splash - Bazzill; White
Other: Night of Navy SU Ink; White Ink; Light & Navy Blue Brads; Word Window Punch; Navy Grosgrain Ribbon

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Birthday Pinwheel!

This card is for the challenge I do each week with my Sassy Friends (formerly Fab Friends) on SCS. This week we were CASEing a card from our newest member Sherry, after browsing her gallery we all decided to CASE two of her cards found here and here. The idea this week was to CASE the pinwheel part of Sherry's card which is what I did here.

I actually created this card on Sunday afternoon, before I found out that Jimmi was this weeks featured stamper. This card is probably the reason I ended up CASEing the pinwheel tent card in Jimmi's gallery.

I don't have either of the SU tag punches as yet so I opted for a Marvy tag punch I do have that has a scallop edge ... the folding was done exactly the same way you would the SU tag punches, however I did need more tags.

I also used my Happy Birthday cuttlebug embossing folder to create the background on this card.

You can find my tutoral on how to create the pinwheel here.

Recipe: Stamps: Verse - Papertrey Ink
Paper: Glitter Stack DP - DCWV; Brights Card Stack - DCWV
Other: Black Ink; Oval Punch; Photo Corner Punch; Marvy Tag Punch; Circle Punch; Yellow & Blue Brads; Grosgrain Ribbon; Happy Birthday Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Holly Santa

This card is for today's sketch challenge ... I decided to go with yet another Christmas card .... this is a great way to build up your Christmas card stash .... esp seeing it is less then a month before I will have to post them all out. I was actually planning on using one of my new snowmen stamps if the sketch suited it (which this one would have) .... but as Roxie's sample for this sample used a snowman I decided to go with something different instead.

For this card I used my spots and dots cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the red background layer. The holly DP paper was a leftover from the Santa sack I made earlier in the week ... great to use up leftover pieces of DP! The holly embellishments on the squares and that Santa is holding are actually buttons from Dress It Up ... they have some fantastic button embellishments!


Recipe:
Stamps: Believe - Papertrey Ink
Paper: Real Red & Garden Green - Stampin' Up; White; Holly DP - Basic Grey
Other: Black Ink; Spots & Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Holly Buttons; Foam Tape
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Bella Christmas!

This is for a the Bella sketch challenge on the Stamping Bella Member Company Forum of SCS. As I got the DCWV Christmas Stack today while I was out shopping, I thought I would make my card a Christmas card ... after all you can never have too many Christmas cards at this time of the year .... and any that don't get used this year gives you a head start for the next :) , not that I am expecting to have any left over this year.

Recipe:
Stamps: Bella - Stamping Bella; Greeting and Circle - Papertray Ink
Papers: Christmas Scrapbook in a Kit Stack - DCWV; White
Other: Black Ink; Cranberry Crisp SU Ink; Red & Green Brads; Circle Nestabilities; Ticket Corner Punch; Foam Tape.

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Santa's Sack!


This weeks challenge I do with my CCEE friends on SCS is a little different this week. Our direction for this challenge was to decorate any type of bag. It could be a lunch bag, a handled bag or a handmade bag .... as you can see by the photo above I opted for creating & decorating a handmade bag..... it could also be for any occasion .... of course I went with Christmas!

To create this I started with a template from Darcies Rubber Stamps to make the bag itself. The Santa image is also by Darcies ... and after cutting out and scoring the bag where needed I attached the image to the bag, cut out the opening and attached acetate behind the opening.

Every year I normally make some sort of bag or box to hold some lollies that my DH enjoys to get ... the lollies aren't anything really special but are ones he likes to eat .... guess I have got my bag made earlier than normal ... I will keep this for when I purchase the lollies.

Yes you can already see something in the bag .... I bought them on the weekend so I had something inside it when I took the photo ... these are another Christmas tradition .... I remember buying these as kids every Christmas along with some other Christmas goodies .... not sure these ones are going to last till Christmas ... oops!


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Jimmi's Pinwheel!

I didn't get a chance to upload my featured stamper card yesterday as the challenge was late being posted ... I think it was about 11pm when I finally discovered it had been posted .... and how exciting to find my friend Jimmi aka JPMayo on SCS was the featured stamper!!!!!!! Yahhhhh Jimmi!

After browsing her gallery and waiting for Jimmi to come online so I could congratulate her before I went to bed ... I discovered this card to CASE .... and surprise I even got it made before I went to bed ... but it was way too late to take photos!

As usual I had to change at least 2 items on Jimmi's card:
  • changed the colors
  • changed the DP used
  • used a different tag punch to create the pinwheel
  • used different colored ribbons
  • used a different verse & flowers on the tag.
  • used a larger brad for centre of pinwheel
You will find my tutorial on how to create this pinwheel here.

Recipe:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Papers: White; Black; Glitter Stack - DCWV
Other: Black Ink; Black & White Grosgrain Ribbon; Tag Cuttlebug Die; Marvy Tag Punch
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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Hi Little Ladybug!

This piece is just something I created for a little book club swap I belong to ... the owner of the book requested that we all create something grid related ... as I was the last person to complete a page in the book it took me a little while to think what to do for this one as most of the other grid type techniques had already been done ... I finally decided to go with the modern grid technique!

Recipe:
Stamps: Little Lady - Papertrey Ink
Paper: Red, Blackk & White
Other: Black Ink; Red Ink;
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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Seven Wooden Owls

My card for Beate's Weekend Sketch challenge is a little late today. I have been out most of the day on a Christmas shopping expedition with my Mother, sister and our girls .... these aren't always the most fun of shopping trips and can be tiring but we do achieve a lot and today was no exception .... hopefully we will only need one more before Christmas.

Beate's sketch on her blog showed that the image panel was a wide/short type image ... I know I can adapt this if I want to, but I did want to use something similar to the sketch ... so while hunting around my stamps for a suitable stamp I remember this owl stamp I received from my VSN Secret Sister recently.

Recipe:
Stamps: Owls - Sideshow Stamps; Rice Paper B/G - Cornish Heritage Farms
Paper: Vanilla, Really Rust, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip & Outlaw DP - Stampin' Up
Other: Black Ink; Really Rust SU Ink; Creamy Caramel SU Ink; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool; Photo Corner Punch; Brads; Foam Tape

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Another Tent Card

Just a quick tent card today that I made a few weeks ago when I first received my nestablities dies ... I just love using those dies. For this one I put the white circle piece back through my die cutter so I could get the embossed look around the edge ... it is great how you have an option to have this look or not!

Recipe:
Stamps: Seasons of Joy - Stampin' Up
Paper: Real Red & Old Olive - Stampin' Up; White; Fruitcake DP - Basic Grey
Other: Black Ink; Marvy Markers #96 & #6; Circle Nestablities; Label Punch; Oval Punch; Grosgrain Ribbon; Star Brad
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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Snow Much Fun!

It is time for another challenge with my fab friends (actually I believe we are Sassy Six now as we have a new member, but I am not sure we have changed all that as yet ;) )

This week our challenge was to include scallops ...... it could be using scallop punches, nestabilities, scissors, punches whatever as long as there were scallops somewhere on the card. Of course I had to use my nestabilities again ;)

I also decided to combine Julee's Poetic Artistry's Mojo#9 sketch challenge that she posted to her blog earlier on in the week.

I used my snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder to add texture to my DP before layering it to my orange card and placing it on my card. I wanted ribbon so I punched holes in the scallop circles so I could thread it through ... it allowed for a little more ribbon to show this way.

Recipe:

Stamps: Snowman - Whipper Snapper; Verse - Darcies
Paper: White; Orange, olive & Glitter Stack Pack - DCWV; Blue Brocade - SU
Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Slot Punch; Orange Grosgrain Ribbon; Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool; Foam Tape
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