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The Pink Elephant meets Stamp Something

10 Apr

After being out early for netball and Auskick I decided a lazy afternoon at home was in order. So after lunch (we have a cooked lunch on Saturday before Michael goes to work for the evening ) and a bit of cleaning and washing I sat back and started to make a card.

As I was doing my usual surf through my fav blogs I discovered that I had made the top 3 at Anya Ink, YEY! I was quite surprised as this challenge was meant to be until next Friday (Kristy accidentally closed it a week early and as such has re-opened it and will draw another 3 next Thursday)  but it gave me a huge boost.

I have seen some of the super talented Aussie ladies using paper doilies in their creations lately and decided to give it a go therefore that was one of the basis of my card. The other being that I wanted to partake in this weeks challenge at The Pink Elephant (nature) and Stamp Something (stitching) but did not really have a sketch in mind. I decided to push myself and just make up my own layout and not bother about doing a sketch and I have to say I surprised myself (although it is very basic).

 

 

The image is Swiss Pixie from All That Scraps, Paper is Cosmo Cricket and the cardstock is Stampin Up. I have added so faux stitching, coloured with copics and also distressed my edges. Think that is about it.

You will once again have to excuse the lighting on the pick (it has also not really picked up the shadings too well in colouring) but up here in the Dandenong’s it has been overcast and gloomy all day. Think this is going to be the story for quite a while now with Winter approaching.

 Anyhow I better be off I need to go decorate Robbie’s cake for his party tomorrow.

Until next time xoxo

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Sweeping my way into lots of challenges

16 Mar

So I got my new windswept stamp last week from Funky Kits (it is one of those stamps that I hummed and ahhed about for ages and I must say I am so pleased I finally got it) and have been aching to get it out and play with it. I actually coloured it on Sunday afternoon and then put it aside waiting for some mojo to arrive!

So this morning after I dropped the kids to school I came home pumped up the music cleaned the house, did some washing and then sat down with a clear head. I knew that I wanted to do this weeks sketch over at Friday Sketchers so that is where I headed straight away. I saw that one of the DT Members, Claudia, had done a gatefold card which inspired me to follow suit as I have not done a gatefold in ages. I am also entering this into this weeks Stamp Something challenge (something Green and Cream), Totally Gorjuss (something Sweet, becuase the colours in the papers remind me of a sweet lolly and the also think the image is very sweet), and The Pink Elephant which is Spring themed (seeming spring is renowned for being windy).

So here is the wonderful sketch provided by Jacque the host of Friday Sketchers this week:

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And here is my card:

 

I have to say that I love the papers and can not believe that the groovy guava that I had hanging around matched the colour of the flowers in the patterned paper perfectly. The patterned paper is called I’m yours by Vintage Valentine. The lace I picked up from Dandenong market a few weeks ago at an absolute steal for $1 per metre! I have also used groovy guava double stitched ribbon and watercolour pencils. I really struggled to come up with a flower embellishment so I cut out some of the flowers from the patterned paper and had mounted it on, here is a closer look:

 

 

I love the simplicity of this card and will be putting it aside as for my mum, for mother’s day, as she has always loved the gatefold cards.

Well it is now 3pm so I better get this posted before I have to pick up my cherubs from school.

I hope you are all having a great week.

Until next time xoxo

 

 

 

What do Flower Power & The Pink Elephant have in common?

25 Feb

ARGH…. That is how I feel at the moment! I have been on the job hunt for the last few weeks and had another interview today and I must say I am NOT enjoying it!!! Although I have not had success yet, although I seem to be told that I just missed out on each of them (I am sure this is just a standard line), I am not all that bothered as we are not desperate for me to return to the workforce it is something I would like to do to help pay for my addiction! Oh yeah and to break up some of the hours why the kids are at school. I will hopefully find out about this one by the beginning on next week. Fingers crossed with this one though as it is 5 minutes from home and only 10-15 hours per week, ideal.

One of the gorgeous mums at school asked me the other day for a couple cards one for her mum and one for her niece who is turning 7. I went home and started going through my stash only to notice that although I have lots of cards for ladies I did not have much for young girls (must because the kids are always going to parties so I use them) so my challenge over the next few days is to build up some reserve of cards for younger girls.

I turned to this weeks sketch over at The Pink Elephant and also took on the challenge at Totally Gorjuss which is Flower Power.

 

 

Please excuse the photo the colours are bit darker than in life and it seems to be a bit blurly. Does not show like this on my computer so not sure what is happening.

 I know that I used this paper not long ago but I hate having half bits of paper hanging around as I feel that it will go to waste. The other good thing about wanting to use up this paper is of course that it is flower patterned. Also I thought the image of the girl, which came from All that Scraps CC Designs Spring Kit (which I have cut out and 3D onto the top of the tree trunk) reminded me of a little flower power kid with the hair in pigtails and of course with the flower on her tee-shirt suited the flower theme well.

I came across a great tutorial the other day (sorry ladies can not for the life of me, remember where it was) on how to make the perfect bow. Although it is far from perfect I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised I think the red/purple ribbon looks great over the lace.

I have used my latest favorite colouring tool, watercolour pencils for this and have also applied some faux stitching.  The cardstock is Kraft from Stampin Up.

I have to say that I am enjoying my card making again this week so hopefully I will be back soon with another card for you.

Until next time xoxo

Two in One

23 Jan

Hello again! I hope you have all had a great week and now getting into a nice relaxing weekend.

 I was spoilt by hubby on Thursday night as he took me to the movies to see The Avatar and some dinner out. It was a great night, thanks to Dol for our tickets to goldclass (Christmas present 2008), my wonderful supportive parents for taking the kids for the night and of course for Michael for actually thinking of taking me out. The movie was great I would recommend you go see it.

My sister, Sarah, called this morning for a chat and asked if I had a spare card laying around that she could use for an engagement. After looking through my stash I realized that I didn’t so off I went to quickly whip something up. I ended up following this week’s challenge at Quixotic Challenges, stamp up something old, and this weeks sketch challenge over at The Pink Elephant.

  

 

I really enjoyed making this card as I got to use Fifth Avenue Floral, which I have had for about 6 months but only used maybe once or twice.

I have used lots of Stampin Up on this card, DS Paper and Cardstock, stamps, scallop punch and watercolour crayons. The only things not stampin up are the pearl ribbon, watercolour paper and the kinder glitz I have added to the tips of the flower (you cant really see this in the photo).

I will let you get back to enjoying your weekend.

One more week of school holidays (not that I am counting) and then after that I can hopefully get some routine back and perhaps be able to bring you more cards.

Until next time xoxo