Friday, February 20, 2009

Kristina Werner Challenge #42

Hi all,

So sorry that I haven't blogged for a while. I have been a bit busy with school stuff and also making a plague for a friend of my mum's It turned out quite nice so I will post a photo of it a little later.

But right now I have the current Kristina Werner challenge to show you. Here are the colours she gave us this week. As you can see she has used Kiwi Kiss which we don't have here in Oz so I have substituted with Old Olive.

And here is my entry. I have used 2 stamp sets and both of them are from the Hostess benefits sets; Oh, So Lovely and For a Friend.

Here are all the materials used;
Stamp sets - Oh, So Lovely; For a Friend
Card Stock - Old Olive, Really Rust, More Mustard and Whisper White
DS Papers - Prints DS Paper - Old Olive
Stamp Pads - Staz On Black;
Ribbons - 1/4" White Grosgrain
Other - Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Pastels

Let me know what you think.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Kristina Werner Challenge #41

Hello all,

Here is my contribution to Kristina's current challenge.

I actually made this card a while ago now but felt it applied to this challenge perfectly.

I actually love the combination of blacks, reds and whites together but I am not always brave enough to use them.
Anyway, enjoy and keep being crafty

Monday, February 9, 2009

A Beautifully fixed card

Well this time I thought that I would show you how I fixed a plain card and made it more interesting.

I made this card on the weekend but wasn't quite happy with it. I asked my husband and my 7 year old daughter, Gabriella - who just happens to be my best critic - what they thought. They both agreed that it was just a little too plain and it needed the white card broken up a bit. I placed it on my buffet where I would walk past it continuously and be able to be inspired further. This, however was fruitless and I decided to abondon my efforts and put the card away. After placing it on my workbench and getting about my housework on Monday, I just happened to walk past it one more time, and that's when inspiration hit. I got to work and made my adjustments. I added some linen thread to the top, changed the orientation of the white grosgrain ribbon and then added some buttons I had lying around (probably leftovers from those extras you get from kids clothes!!) I did have the edges of the flowers curled up before but they do look better now with buttons added.

What do you think?

Both my husband and daughter agreed it was an improvement. Phew!

Here's the materials I used;

Card stock; Lovely Lilac, Pink Passion, Green Galore, Whisper White
Stampin' Pads; Lovely Lilac, Pink Passion, Green Galore
Stamp Sets; A beautiful life, Short and Sweet
Ribbons; 1/4" White grosgrain
Punches; Scallop edge punch
Accessories; Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Adhesive
Buttons - not Stampin' Up!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Make a wish in Old Olive and Blue Bayou

Ok so I can definately see another theme creeping in here with me again. It is safe to say I must be over my Bashful Blue and Real Red phase, and heading fast into my Old Olive stage. I seem to be using it in every project I make these days. Oh well, let's call it an Old Olive Showcase instead!

I have also been trying to challenge myself to make more masculine cards lately as well, so hopefully this one will pass muster.

Here are the materials I used;

Card Stock - Old Olive, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Stampin' Pads - Craft White, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Stamp sets - Big Bold Birthday
DS Paper - Spring Break
Ribbon - Whisper White grosgrain
Sponge daubers
stampin' dimensionals

Techniques used;

Paper tearing
Stamping off
Distressing with sponge daubers

If any of these techniques interest you or are new to you then let me know and I will put together a detailed description.
Or better still, book a workshop with me today and I will show you in person.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

My First KWerner Challenge

I decided today to do my very first online colour challenge from Kritina Werner Challenges. I have admired other bloggers work when doing challenges for quite some time now so I thought I was up for the challenge today too. This is the image and colours that she gives us a challenge to go and get creative.

This particular lady,, who sets this challenge is such a talented crafter. I signed up for her newsletter today and just can't wait for it to arrive.
Anyway, here is my attempt at her current challenge.

Tell me what you think!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Stampin' Scrapbook layout

I thought it was high time that I showed you all an example of how you can use Stampin' Up products for scrapbooking. This layout was quick and simple to make and it just so happens that I have used this layout in a few others in years gone by.
Here is what I used;

12x12 textured card in Soft Sky
A4 Blue Bayou c/stock
12x12 DS paper from Spring Break collection
Whisper White c/stock
Old Olive Stampin' Pad
Soft Sky Stampin' Pad
Blue Bayou Stampin' Pad
Stampin' Dimensionals
Mini Glue dots
White grosgrain ribbon
SAB Stamp set Polka Dot Punch
Schoolbook Serif Alphabet Stamp set
Stampin' write markers

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Black and White Wedding

Just a quick card today as the girls will be walking in the door soon from school.
I had to make a card to RSVP to an upcoming wedding for the daughter of one of my neighbours. The invitation was made professionally on a black card with a silver embossed ivory cover sheet. The only two colours used were black and white. The invitation itself was very simple and elegant, and I really wanted to follow the same theme but struggled with just using the two colours. So rather than go completely different, I thought I would just highlight with some very faint colour and inject some silver to add to its formal occassion. Tell me what you think.

Materials used;

Basic black Card stock
Whisper white card stock
Fun and Fast notes Stamp set
So Many Sayings stamp set
Silver Stampin emboss powder
Top Boss Tinted embossing pad
Bashful blue stampin pad
Real red stampin pad
Aqua Painter
Stampin' Dimensionals