Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It Takes A Lot Of Balls!

My card today uses the new "Right On Par" set which will be released by Paper Pretties this Wednesday 1st April. This set is great for those men in our lives, aren't we always looking for stamps that would suit males. With Father's Day just around the corner this is a great set to have!

The set contains the image included here and a number of fun sentiments, including some relating to Fathers & Father's Day. I just couldn't resist using this fun sentiment on my card today hehe!

The giant golf ball on the top right hand side of my card was creating using my circle nestabilities and my tiny dots cuttlebug embossing folder. I turned the embossed shape over so that the dots were debossed rather than embossed.

On Sunday April 1st, Paper Pretties will be having their monthly Stampin In Your Jammies party!! The party starts at 6pm CDT and will last until 9pm. We will be issuing a challenge every hour so be sure to come and play along!! Besides the challenges, chatter, and all around fun, we will also be releasing Sophia Ballerina, Sweets for the Sweet in Rubber, Bunny Slippers in Rubber, and a new set!! Sneak peeks start on Monday, March 30th!! Hope to see you there!!

Paper Pretties is having a release on April 1st so that means it is time for another CUTIE PIE CONTEST!!! All you have to do to enter is upload a card you have made using Paper Pretties stamps to the Cutie Pie Contest gallery over at the Paper Pretties website. Entries must be in by no later than 8pm CST on March 31st to be considered for the prize. Besides getting to call yourself a CutiePie, you will also receive all the new stamps that are released on the 1st!! Good luck!!

Stamps: Right On Par - Paper Pretties
Paper: White; Black; Cranberry Crisp - SU; DP - Unknown
Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Tiny Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Black Brads; Foam Tape; Copics

A Sweet Little Boy!

My card today uses one of the new stamp sets which will be released by MFT Stamps this Wednesday 1st April. This set is called "Cuddle Up Carter"..... and has been named after Carole's four year old son Carter!

This is stamp set is MFT Stamps newest charity set, with $2.00 from every set sold over the next 6 months going to benefit kids with Cerebral Palsy (like Carole's son, Carter) via the non-profit Euro-Peds clinic in Pontiac, Michigan!

I just love this new set ... Carter is so sweet (both the stamp and the real boy hehe!) ..... having a husband who collects trains I also loved that this set includes a cute little train which I have also used on my card. This set would also work well with Nite Nite Ellie which was released by MFT Stamps last month.

I paper pieced the blanket that Carter is holding. The train border along the bottom of the card was created using the Martha Stewart train border punch. I used the Sizzix baby geo texture plate to create the texture on my card.

My Favorite Things is having a New Release Cocktail Party on Wednesday, April 1st from 9-10 PM EASTERN. This month there are 4 new sets being released!

Head over to the MFT forum HERE to find out all the details and to find out how YOU can be the next MFT Guest Designer. We hope to see you there on Wednesday night.

Stamps: Cuddle Up Carter - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Black; Baja Breeze & So Saffron - SU; Nursery Boy Stack - DCWV
Other: Black Ink; So Saffron SU Ink; Martha Stewart Train Border Punch; Baby Geo Sizzix Texture Plate; Star Punches; Blue Brads; Foam Tape; Copics

Monday, March 30, 2009

Here's to Good Friends!

Hi again everyone.

I am back today with my first of this week's MFTeasers that I have to share with you. MFT Stamps will be releasing 4 new stamp sets this Wednesday 1st April.

The set I used on this card is "Girl's Night Out", I used last week's SCS sketch challenge for the layout of my card.

I added Swarovski crystals to the corners of the centre panel and the tip of the diamond. These are from the Swarovski Crystal - Spring Collection, these were applied using the Professional Touch HotFix Crystal Applicator. Both are available from MFT Stamps.

My Favorite Things is having a New Release Cocktail Party on Wednesday, April 1st from 9-10 PM EASTERN. This month there are 4 new sets being released!

Head over to the MFT forum HERE to find out all the details and to find out how YOU can be the next MFT Guest Designer. We hope to see you there on Wednesday night.

Stamps: Girls Night Out - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip & Pink Pirouette - SU; Whimsey Stack - DCWV
Other: Black Ink; Swarovski Crystals Spring Collection; Foam Tape; Copics

An Easter Treat!

G'day to you all!

Monday means it is time for another challenge with my CCEE Stamper friends. This week we have a supply challenge, this is when someone send everyone the same or similar supplies for them to create their project with. This week is was my time to host this challenge and the supplies came from Helene of Alota Rubber Stamps.

Helene sent us all the following:
  • Easter themed stamps
  • Groovy Guava card
  • Button diecuts
  • Ribbon
I decided to use my Easter image to create this fun Treat Purse that was a recent Try a New Technique challenge over on SCS. This was lots of fun to make!

The card that Helene sent me for my project matched a new designer paper I just purchased so of course I had to use that.
Here is the inside of my treat bag .... i used some of the diecut buttons to decorate the flap.
A big thanks to Helene for sending us all the supplies this week.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the CCEE Stampers creations by visiting our CCEE Stamper blog.

Stamps: All Stamps - Alota Rubber Stamps
Paper: White; Groovy Guava - SU; DP - Kaisercraft
Other: Black Ink; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool; Pumpkin Eyelets; Thin Magnet; Square Punches; Square Scallop Punch; Foam Tape; Copics

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Chocolate Bunny!

Hello everyone!

Easter is only a few weeks away now so it is time to get some Easter cards made to give to family and friends. I used the Easter Bunny stamp from Alota Rubber Stamps to create this card today. It reminded me of a chocolate bunny that you might get at Easter so I just had to color it brown.

I added paper piercing to the top right corner of my main image panel. The punched look on this card isn't done with a punch but is the actual pattern on the designer paper that I used on my card.

Stamps: Easter Bunny with Bow & Sentiment - Alota Rubber Stamps
Paper: White; Chocolate Chip & Pretty In Pink; DP - Sweet Stack DCWV
Other: Black Ink; Brown Grosgrain Ribbon; Key Tag Punch; Flowers; Brown Brad; Rectangle Nestabilities; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool; Foam Tape; Copics

Rebus - Queensland Towns

Hi everyone!

Yes it is that time of the month again (no not that one) ... it is rebus time!!!!

This month the theme was "Name of Queensland Towns". I hope this isn't too hard for those of you who like to play along who live in the Northern Hemisphere, if it helps I got all the names for my rebus on the Wikipedia site here. Being a Queenslander I probably could have thought up some without looking at the site .... but it is always good to look just in case it comes up with something I hadn't thought of.

If you would like to solve it, why not post a comment to this blog post with your answers. I will let you know what the correct answers are next time I post a rebus card here.

Here are the solutions: from last months "D Words Rebus":
  • Disneyland
  • Dinosaur
  • Drummer
  • Dementor (from Harry Potter)
  • Daughter
  • Dangerous
So how did you go?????

Don't forget that you can see all my past rebus posts here. If you scroll down to some of the earlier ones it might help you work out what some of the symbols can be used for.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I Think The World Of You!

G'day everyone. My card today is for this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner. Kim Teasdale gave us a color challenge to use to create our cards this time round. The colors we had to use were: More Mustard, Not Quite Navy & Bashful Blue.

The first thing I did when I began to make my card was gather the card and designer papers I had in those colors ... I managed to find a couple of pieces of designer papers, one in more mustard and the other in bashful blue. I also wanted to play with this cute Changito Space set I purchased a few weeks back at the Papercraft Convention I attended. My card started off being a recently Mojo sketch challenge ... but it changed along the way ... so I guess you can say it was inspired by that sketch.

This is actually a standard sized card .... which is amazing because I seldom manage to make standard sized cards even though I would like to more often LOL.

Here is the inside of my card ... now isn't that a cute little monkey!!!!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the OCC Designers cards over on the OCC Blog.

Stamps: Space Changito - Stampendous
Paper: White; More Mustard, Not Quite Navy & Bashful Blue - SU; DP - SU
Other: Black Ink; Not Quite Navy SU Ink; Corner Rounder; Star Brads; Foam Tape; Copics

Victorian Bushfire Fundraiser Update!!!!

Hi everyone,

The Splitcoast Stampers Non Raffle for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal has been extended until 3rd April.

So far Splitcoast members have raised just over $2,000 (USD) and were hoping to raise a little more. Please consider giving a donation of $5 or $25 USD. All donators will be put in the drawing for over 100 fabulous prizes, which you can see in the prize gallery!

You can find more information on this appeal here on SCS.

Watch Out For That Tree!

Hi there everyone.

Today I have another scrapling to share with you ... I love scraplings have I told you that already hehe!

Here is Timber Riley doing what he does best .... he has his trusty chain saw and is chopping down trees .... I used my favourite Kaiser paper that has trees and owls over it ... the piece I used is all trees which is what I needed for this scrapling. It looks like Riley has a whole forest
of trees behind him.

Stamps: Timber Riley - Hanna Stamps
Paper: White; Chocolate Chip & Mellow Moss - SU; DP - Kaiser
Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Foam Tape; Copics

Friday, March 27, 2009

Elzybell's has free shipping!

Elzybells Art Stamps is offering free shipping worldwide from Saturday 28th March to Monday 30th March

It will be applicable on all orders, worldwide (excluding wholesale orders). There'll be no coupon code to use - the shop will automatically deduct the shipping, so it's easy-peasy!

You can find more information over on Elizabeth's blog here.

More Wee Hanna Paper Dolls

I have another Wee Hanna Paper doll set to share with you today. This is similar to one I made earlier in the month ..... as I needed two I made them both different.

Here is the inside of my paperdoll holder ... all the clothes and dolls can fit inside the pocket while they are not being used.

Stamps: Wee Hanna - Hanna Stamps
Paper: White; Soft Sky & Blue Bayou - SU; DP - Unknown
Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Copics

Thursday, March 26, 2009

You've Grown!

Hi everyone!

It's Thursday which means it is time for another MFT sketch challenge over on the MFT Stamps member forum. This week it is my turn to host the challenge.

I used the new Sara Williams "Spring Sprouts" set that was released by MFT Stamps last week.

A few week's ago Amy Sheffer post a tutorial on how to create Paper Pleating over on the MFT Stamps HTDT Forum (how'd they do that). So I decided to do some and use it on my card for today. I also used my Martha Stewart picket fence border punch to create the border on my card. The flower centres were created using the Glittered Dots and Flowers - Spring Collection
Here's this week's sketch! Cindy and I would love you to play along. Don't forget to upload your card to the MFTSC74 gallery on SCS to be in the running to win a $5 gift certificate. We will select the winner next week when we upload the next sketch challenge.

Stamps: Spring Sprouts - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette & Cameo Coral - SU; DP - MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Martha Steward Picket Fence Border Punch; Grosgrain Ribbon; Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Glittered Dots; Foam Tape; Copics

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off To Read I Go!

Hi again!

It is Pretties Wednesday which means it is time for another Pretties challenge with the Pretties Girls.

Two week's ago Christi Thorsen challenged the Pretties Girls to create a bookmark.

When I started thinking about my bookmark that I had to create, I thought of course of books and then this made me think of school so I decided to use "Off To School Sophia" for my bookmark!

I used the Martha Stewart picket fence border punch and attached this to the top portion of the footpath I created for the bottom of my bookmark. I had this alphabet designer paper in my stash which I also thought would work well with this bookmark.

I masked out the "school" portion of the sentiment and used my computer to print out "read", which I then cut out and adhered over the school part of this sentiment. I also added a tassel to the top of my bookmark.

Don't forget to check out the other Design Teams blogs to see there creations this week.

Stamps: Off To School Sophia - Paper Pretties
Paper: White; Bordering Blue & Riding Hood Red - SU; DP - Unknown
Other: Black Ink; Picket Fence Border Punch; Tassel; Hole Punch; Copics

Whimsical Wishes!

Hello everyone!!

First up I would like to say thank you to everyone who helped make my birthday so special over the past couple of days. It is one I will remember for a long long time!

Now I know that being an owl lover myself, I have a lot of people who follow my blog for this reason, as I often make owl cards. Well over the last few days owl cards have been everywhere and I wouldn't want anyone to miss out on any of them.

My CCEE Stamper friends surprised me for the challenge we all do on Mondays with all their cards/scraplings being created using owls and you can see them here.

And then if that wasn't enough excitement already the Paper Pretties Design Team surprised my with a birthday blog hop that had an owl twist. If you would like to see those cards you will need to follow along with the hop which starts here.

Now onto my card for today which is for this week's sketch challenge over on SCS. Of course I had to use one of my new stamp sets that I received for my birthday and after seeing the sketch I decided to go with this "Forest Frenzy" set by CHF that I received yesterday morning by my "Prettie Girl" friend Danielle. I also used one of my new DCWV stack pads I got this week, this I used here the Green Stack which I just love!

Surprise, surprise I actually used kraft card for this card without having to use it cause it is a challenge hehe! It seemed to work well with the colors on the designer paper. I also used two of the sizzix texture templates to add texture to both kraft pieces.

Stamps: Forest Frenzy - CHF
Paper: White; Black; Kraft - SU; Green Stack DP - DCWV
Other: Black Ink; Black Brads; Baby Geo & L7s Sizzix Texture Plates; Foam Tape; Copics

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

Hi everyone!

It's Pretties Tuesday so I have another Paper Pretties card to share with you today. I figured that seeing it was also my birthday today that I would make my card a birthday card!

I used "Bunny Hop Sophia" to create my card today ... now this is normally an Easter image but I wanted to try and use this for something other then Easter! Bunny Hop Sophia normally is wearing bunny ears and carrying Easter eggs in her basket, I cut off the bunny ears and colored what remained to look like her hair and a hair band ... you have to look very close to notice anything and I think only those of us who know that she had bunny ears would notice. I also added some flower soft to the basket so it looks like she is carrying flowers rather then eggs.

I used white wide grosgrain ribbon for the 3 panels at the side of my card ... I colored them blue using my copic marker.

This week the Pretties weekly challenge is a sketch challenge ... now you know I had to play this one. This is another great sketch that Danielle has created for us today.

How to Enter: make your card using the provided sketch and any Paper Pretties stamp set(s). Upload the card to the Paper Pretties gallery.

Please include it in the Weekly Challenges category on the forum and use keyword PWC44.

Deadline: midnight on Wednesday, March 25th

Prize: $5.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique.

The winner will be randomly selected from among the qualifying entrants and announced after the contest has ended.

Stamps: Bunny Hop Sophia & Sentiment - Paper Pretties
Paper: White; Soft Sky, Pretty In Pink & Regal Rose - SU; DP - Basic Grey
Other: Black Ink; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool; Label Tag Die; Long Rectangle Nestabilities; Pink Brads; White Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics

Monday, March 23, 2009

Good Friend!

Hello all my blogging friends! It is time for another challenge with my CCEE Stamper friends!

One of my favorite new things to create are scaplings so this week's CCEE challenge is to create a scrapling. For those of you who haven't heard of scraplings before you can see a few more on my blog here.

Scraplings are normally 1.25" x 4.25" because they are often made from the off cuts you get when you make a square card (4.25" square) from a piece of card that is 4.25" x 5.5". However if you are like me your scraplings may be a little wider depending on what you are working on at the time.

Now for me 1.25" is way too narrow and I normally have wider card then that left over so you can makes yours wider .... BUT for this challenge they cannot be any wider then 2.5 inches that is for the base of the scrapling ... you can have wider pieces hanging off like I did with my scrapling above, that is up to you .... as long as they are no wider then 2.5 inches.

I used the "Good Friend" stamp set from Stampin' Up to create my scrapling today ... love the bright colors of this designer paper which is also by SU!

Here is the inside of my scrapling!

Stamps: Good Friend - Stampin' Up; Karen Foster Snap Stamps
Paper: White; Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss & Good Morning Sunshine DP - SU
Other: Black Ink; Pacific Point SU Ink; Grosgrain Ribbon; Circle Nestabilities; Foam Tape; Copics

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Taylors Cupcake Challenge #60

It has been a while since I have had the time to play Taylor's of Taylored Expressions Cupcake challenge. I have wanted to for a while cause I have had a few new cupcake stamps I have been wanting to play with for at least a month if not more ... yikes!

For my card I used the Bosskut Vintage Tag for my main image and then I stamped Stella Cupcake onto my tag. It is hard to see in this photo, (how I miss my photo editing program:() the black panel has been embossed using the flower power Sizzix texture plate ... I am loving these. If you love using the cuttlebug embossing folders then you will also love these and the best thing about them there size .... they are almost twice the size of the cuttlebug. The designer paper I used here is from a new DCWV Stack I picked up in the shops today called Sweet Stack.

Stamps: Stella Cupcake - Stamping Bella
Paper: White; Black; Regal Rose - SU; Sweet Stack DP - DCWV
Other: Black Ink; Bosskut Vintage Tag; Flower Power Sizzix Texture Plate; Lace Doiley Border Punch; Glittered Dots (MFT); Foam Tape; Copics

Saturday, March 21, 2009

An OCC Sketch Challenge!

G'day everyone!

It's Saturday so it is time for another OCC challenge over at Our Creative Corner. This week Kim gave us a sketch challenge to do ... now you know I love sketch challenges hehe!

I used Anya from the Rock the Farm set which is available from The Greeting Farm! I am loving this new designer paper from Stampin' Up ... expect to see a lot of it cause I am having fun using it. When the new in colors came in last year in the US I didn't think I would be using the pacific point and kiwi kiss colors too much ... but I think that has changed now LOL ... I love the combo! I used my copic marker to color my white grosgrain ribbon to get the color I needed for my card.

Wanna play along and have a chance to win $25 worth of Clear Dollar Stamps? Lori McCroskey has generously donated this week's prize and all you have to do is upload your card to your blog or gallery and leave us a link here in this post so we can see what you made! To be included in a random drawing for the CDStamps, please have your card linked here by 12 noon on Friday, March 27th. If you upload to Splitcoast, please include OCCC in the keywords. The winner will be announced Saturday, March 28th.

Don't forget to visit the Our Creative Corner blog to see the creations from the rest of the OCC girls this week.

Stamps: Rock The Farm - The Greeting Farm
Paper: White; Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss & Good Morning Sunshine DP - SU
Other: Black Ink; Oval Nestabilities; White Grosgrain Ribbon; Label Tag Die; Blue Brads; Foam Tape; Copics

From One Doll To Another ....

Hi there!

My card today is for the Hanna Stamps challenge over on the Hanna Stamps members forum. This week the challenge is to use embossing on your card, heat embossing or dry embossing. Bonus points for doing both.

Well I didn't earn any bonus points because I only used one type of embossing ... dry! I used my Swiss Dots cuttlebug embossing folder emboss the top portion of this card.

This card using "Dress Up Hanna" which was released by Hanna Stamps earlier in the month.

I have had this sentiment for years and I figured it suited this card so I used it.

Stamps: Dress Up Hanna - Hanna Stamps; Sentiment - Me & Carrie Lou
Paper: White; Soft Sky & Blue Bayou - SU; DP - Unknown
Other: Black Ink; Oval Nestabilities; Baja Breeze Grosgrain Ribbon; Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Foam Tape; Copics

Friday, March 20, 2009

Good Luck!

My card today uses Horseshoe Riley ... isn't he a cutie! I created this card using the Sizzix top note die.

The dots up the top of this card were made using the "tween dots" sizzix texture plates.

Stamps: Horseshoe Riley - Hanna Stamps
Paper: White; Baja Breeze & Chocolate Chip - SU; DP - Unknown
Other: Black Ink; Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Brown Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics

A Polka Dot Challenge!

Hi there everyone! It is time for another Elzybells challenge over on the Elzybells Art Stamps blog. This week the challenge is to use polka dots on your card.

The image I used on my card is called "Shopaholic". All the layers including the base of my card were created using the curved rectangles nestabilities ... I have been wanting to use these for the whole card for a while and finally got around to actually doing it. To create my polka dots on the girls dress I first used my white gel pen and then colored each white dot using my blue copic marker ... now the dress matches my designer paper.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Elzybells Design Team came up with for this challenge at the Elzybells blog.

Stamps: Shopaholic & Happy Birthday - Elzybells
Paper: White; Riding Hood Red & Baja Breeze - SU; DP - Unknown
Other: Black Ink; Curved Rectangles Nestabilities; Baja Breeze Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape; White Gel Pen; Copics