Friday, December 31, 2010

JAI49 - Just Add Summer

I'm not a Summer kind of person.  That's why I really like living in Tasmania!  The usual temperature in Summer here is around 20-25.  Beautiful!  So when it came time to do Just Add Summer, I was stumped.  Summer?  Ummm.... I settled on using summery colours.  :-)


It's quite different to the other DT entries...


And I'm proud to say my sponging is improving!  Small victories... ;-)


Materials:
Stamp sets - Greeting Card Kids
Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Watercolour paper 
Inks - Versamark, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Blush Blossom, Blushing Bride 
Accessories - Black embossing powder, heat tool, Aqua painter, Crochet trim, dimensionals, sponges 

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

CAS Cattitude

Hi there! 

A quick card share for you tonight.  I had a couple of challenges that I wanted to participate in - CAS99 - Wild & Krafty Chocolates (Wild Wasabi, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, White) and TSG87- Recycle It (the ribbon is from a gift from Christmas).  I also wanted to practice my sponging technique.  I still have a long way to go, but I think this is okay...ish!


I'm also entering this into the challenge at Simon Says Stamp, which is Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!  :-)

Materials:
Stamp sets - Cattitude (There She Goes)
Cardstock - White Cambric Linen, Whisper White
Inks - Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Prismacolour pencils
Accessories - Odourless Mineral Spirits, paper blending stumps, Big Shot, Nestibilities, dimensionals, brown ribbon, sponge dauber


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Poser

Hi there!  I have a few Christmas photos to share with you.  Before I get to the gorgeous shots, I have to share a couple of our cat Bronte from Christmas Eve.  Apparently he doesn't like the idea of leaving a glass of milk for Santa...




*shakes head*

On to the gorgeous photos!  I picked up a set of dress up shoes, complete with tiara and jewelry for Olivia for Christmas.  Best $20 I've spent!  After all, Diamonds are Plastic is a girls best friend!  She spent all day trying on shoes and declaring herself to be a princess.  And she's a natural in heels!  Within minutes she was running up and down the deck in all her finery... the large windows give great reflections.  :-)

And because she loves having her photo taken, (she's nothing like me in that regard!), I have lots of photos to share of "Princess Olivia".  :-)





No photo session with Olivia is complete without capturing some of her more... quirky poses...



*sigh*  Such a gorgeous kid.  :-)

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Another Greeting Card Kids Card...

Another card using Greeting Card Kids.  I coloured this image at the same time as this one, so I figured I'd do the whole card.  :-) 



 
These are the challenges I've used for this card:

 

PPA74-Celebrity Sketch Challenge:


Also, Shelli Gardner's Terrific Technique Creative Challenge (I've done watercolouring), and the challenge at Simon Says Stamp, which is Anything Goes.

Thanks for visiting!

Materials:
Stamp sets - Greeting Card Kids
Cardstock - Whisper White, Watercolour paper, Early Espresso, Greenhouse Gala DSP
Inks - Versamark, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Blush Blossom
Accessories - Black embossing powder, heat tool, Aqua painter, Early Espresso satin ribbon, dimensionals


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Greeting Card Kids... And A Few Challenges...

Hello!  I hope you've had a fabulous Christmas!  We did.  :-)  I'll be posting a few photos of that soon.  But this post is all about a card I've made for a few challenges.  It's been nice to get back in the swing of creating just because.  :-)  I've used my latest favourite set, Greeting Card Kids.


I heat embossed this super cute image onto watercolour paper and coloured it using SU! inks and my Aqua painter. 



These are the challenges I've used for this card:

 

PPA74-Celebrity Sketch Challenge:


Also, Shelli Gardner's Terrific Technique Creative Challenge (I've done watercolouring), and the challenge at Simon Says Stamp, which is Anything Goes.

Thanks for visiting!

Materials:
Stamp sets - Greeting Card Kids
Cardstock - Whisper White, Watercolour paper, Early Espresso, Greenhouse Gala DSP, Vellum
Inks - Versamark, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Blush Blossom
Accessories - Black embossing powder, heat tool, Aqua painter, Pear Pizzazz ribbon, dimensionals, Basic Pearls


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

One Last Christmas Card...

Hi there!  A quick card share for you.  This is one last Christmas card that will be hitting the postbox tomorrow.  I know it won't make it in time, but hopefully the recipient will like it when it arrives!


Isn't she adorable?  I'm pretty proud of my watercolouring in this one.  :-)


I'm entering this card in a couple of challenges.  The first is Curtain Call Color Challenge: {ACT 61} with this gorgeous colour combination (although I did need to add a little green for the tree...):


Also, Shelli Gardner's Terrific Technique Creative Challenge, and the challenge at Simon Says Stamp, which is Anything Goes.

Wishing you all a fabulous Christmas!!  :-)

Materials:
Stamp sets - Greeting Card Kids
Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Watercolour paper
Inks - Versamark, Bravo Burgundy, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Blush Blossom
Accessories - Black embossing powder, heat tool, Aqua painter, Crochet trim


Woohoo!  I'm a Show Stopper for this card!  :-)


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Little Stir Crazy...?

Hi there!

I have nothing crafty to share today, I've been busily working on top secret projects... ;-)  Need to know basis, you know how it is...

So I thought I'd amuse myself you all myself by posting some photos of my lovely cat, who seems to be going a little stir crazy now that he's an inside cat.  We've caught him asleep in the washing machine a lot recently!  No pics of that, but I do have pics of this... we've never caught him here before...


Just casually sitting in the kitchen sink...


And he's never done this before...


Of course, he doesn't like being mocked about the situation either.  This is his "What's your problem?" face...


Crazy cat...
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Friday, December 17, 2010

JAI48 - Pendant Park

Time for a sketch challenge at Just Add Ink!  Because the silly season is upon us, this week's challenge will run for 2 weeks, so you have plenty of time to get your entry in!

Here's the sketch:


I decided to flip the sketch.  You'll see it's fundmentally the same, but a bit stretched.  I'm also entering this in CASE Study Challenge #19, I think it's a good fit.


I just got Pendant Park this week (it's a bargain with the December Frenzy at the moment!), and for some reason I decided to try and watercolour a sunset.  I did it by embossing the image in black on watercolour paper, spraying the paper with water until it was pooling on the top, and then add my colours.  It's not exactly what I envisioned, but I think it's okay.  What do you think?


Materials:
Stamp sets - Pendant Park
Cardstock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Watercolour paper
Inks - Versamark, More Mustard, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy
Accessories - Black embossing powder, heat tool, water spray bottle, aqua painter, EK Success Embossed Scallop Punch, dimensionals

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Curtain Call Act 60 and TSG85 - Snowy Days

A quick card share tonight for the Curtain Call Colour Challenge {Act 60} and There She Goes TSG85- Use Your Stash


I found this one really challenging, and I'm not entirely sure that I like what I've come up with... ah well!  The stash I've used is this gorgeous retired DSP.  I love it!


I had to cheat a little and add a little blue and yellow to make the Christmas Tree look festive.  And it's the first time I've used my Nestibilities to sponge around the image (there's a great tutorial here). I think I went a little overboard...


Anyway... after spending far too much time on it, I figured I may as well post it!  :-)

Thanks for visiting!


Materials:
Stamp sets - Snowy Days (There She Goes)
Cardstock - White Cambric Linen, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP 
Inks - Prismacolour pencils, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Nestibilities, Dimensionals, sponge


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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Casing Amanda Reddicliffe

When I saw Amanda's Just Add Christmas card, my first thought was "I must case that!"  It's so gorgeous, and uses three elements that I just adore - Crumb Cake cardstock (the cardstock formerly known as Kraft), heat embossing and that scrumptious wide striped grosgrain ribbon.  Heavenly!

Here are my two versions (I had to play around because I don't have the sets Amanda used... they're now on my ever expanding wishlist!):



My bows aren't as good as Amanda's... *sniff*

Now... is it poor form to send someone a CASE of their card for Christmas??  ;-)



Materials:
Stamp sets - Contempo Christmas, Serene Snowflakes, Snowy Days (There She Goes)
Cardstock - Crumb Cake
Inks - Versamark, Black Stazon
Accessories - White embossing powder, heat tool, Red Riding Hood Striped Grosgrain Ribbon


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Friday, December 10, 2010

Another CAS Christmas Card

Yep, I'm still making Christmas cards!!  So far, I've sent 2.  I'm pretty slack when it comes to actually sending cards!! 


Obviously it's another CAS (clean and simple) card.  But that DSP is too gorgeous, I just had to make it the focus!


Materials:
Stamp sets - Contempo Christmas
Cardstock - Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP
Inks - Basic Black
Accessories - Real Red grosgrain ribbon


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JAI47 - A Tricky Colour Combo

I found this week's Just Add Ink Colour Challenge really tough.  It was the Tempting Turquoise that threw me.  No matter what I tried, it just looked out of place.  So what I've ended up with is nothing like what I was going for...


Yep, another CAS card.  I commented to my hubby recently that if I keep it up with so many CAS cards, how long until I start photographing plain cardstock??  ;-)






Materials:
Stamp sets - Awash With Flowers
Cardstock - Naturals Ivory, Tempting Turquoise, Watercolour paper
Inks - Black Stazon, Riding Hood Red, Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey
Accessories - Daffodil Delight satin ribbon, red twine, Aqua painter, dimensionals


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