Saturday, April 30, 2011

Playing With Photoshop...

Olivia had her fourth birthday recently - I can't believe she's 4!!  I've been playing with a few snaps I took on the day... I'm a complete beginner with Photoshop, but I thought I'd share a few here.  :-)

I even made myself a new watermark.  *grin*  Check out this fabulous tutorial at The CoffeeShop Blog to see how to do it. 

And a new obsession begins...  ;-)


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

An Ode From A Dark Time...

I've been pretty absent from my blog lately, for a few different reasons.  One reason was because hubby and I were busily preparing our downstairs living area and backyard for Olivia's 4th birthday party on the 25th.  We had a lot of boxes still to go through, and a lot of the boxes contained random things from over the past 4 years.  Because that time has been rather turbulent, I've avoided going through the boxes.  There are journals that I've written in when I was at my sickest (with PND) and naturally, they're not exactly light reading! 

So when hubby came upstairs with a notebook in hand and said "I found this notebook from before... I think you need to read this entry...", I stopped what I was doing to give it my full attention.  He seemed very serious.

I was expecting something dark and confronting...

But I'd forgotten about this entry that I'd written one night as... well, you'll see...  ;-)

Not as dark and confronting as I thought it was going to be... ;-)


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sugar Addicts Showcase... :-)

Hi there!  I just wanted to share with you all that I'm being featured on the Sugar Nellie blog today!  I'm absolutely thrilled! 

I created these cards for my daughter's fourth birthday invitations (she turns 4 next week).  I just love this image (it's called Upside Down and is designed by Diane Duda) because it's so joyful - how could I not use it??

And here's the lot of them together.  :-)

I used my new Papertrey Ink Polka Dots Impression Plate with Stampin' Up! Taken With Teal craft ink to create the letterpress pattern on the lower half of the card.  I love the effect!

Thanks so much for visiting, and thanks so much to Elaine from Sugar Nellie for showcasing me!  :-)

I'm also going to enter this in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge which is to create a card for a child... hopefully invitations qualify!!

Stamp sets - Sugar Nellie - Upside Down (by Diane Duda)
Cardstock - Watercolour paper, Naturals Ivory
Inks - Versamark, Blush Blossom, Bermuda Bay, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Riding Hood Red, Creamy Caramel, Taken With Teal craft
Accessories - Black embossing powder, heat tool, Aqua painter, Big Shot, Nestabilities, PTI Polka Dot IP, sponge daubers


Olivia's Challenge Entry!

When I watercolour, my (almost) 4 year old daughter, Olivia, likes to watercolour too.  So we both sit at the dining room table with our water brushes and palettes - it's very sweet!  So this is her latest work, which I'm entering into the Simon Says Stamp Special Children's Challenge, which is for kids between 2 and 16 to enter.  Fabulous idea, isn't it?

Olivia has used a Diane Duda Sugar Nellie stamp called Pure of Heart.  My favourite parts are the tree in the background and the rain cloud.  :-)


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

CAS Embosslit Cards

I thought I'd share some photos of my second project for Ustamp Bigshot Brilliance.  It's a set of CAS (Clean And Simple) cards using the Stampin' Up! Embosslits.  And it was also the hostess gift for my most recent hostess.  :-)

And here's another photo with the cute folder I made to hold the set.

The next round of UStamp is coming up soon too - "Classes, Clubs and Camps"... click on the blinkie below to join!

Thanks for visiting!  :-)


Sunday, April 3, 2011

PDCC75 - Baby Bundle In Pink

When I was playing with my Derwent Inktense Pencils, I coloured a couple of different prams at the same time.  I was really pleased with how my previous card turned out, so I used the same layout for this one.  The colours are taken from the current Play Date Cafe Challenge - PDCC75  and the current Jay Gee's Nook Challenge.

Thanks for visiting!  :-)

Stamp sets - Baby Bundle
Cardstock - White Cambric Linen, Watercolour paper
Inks - Versamark, Brilliance Platinum Planet, Derwent Inktense Pencils, Baja Breeze
Accessories - Big Shot, Nestabilities, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Aqua Painter, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, sponge dauber, dimensionals

April 7th
Edited To Add...

Woohoo!  I was delighted to discover that I made the Fab 4 at The Play Date Cafe for this card.  :-)  Thanks so much!