Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Film Star Froggies...

Here's another froggy card using the "Unfroggetable" stamp set as promised. This one uses lots of the masking technique. Remember to keep your masks that you've made in with the stamps you've made them for so that they are easily accessible for the next time you want to use them (it saves having to make more). I used my Colour Coach wheel to help me decide what colours to use. I knew I wanted to colour my frog Gable Green so I just looked it up on my wheel and went with its recommendations (Gable Green - Bashful Blue, Cameo Coral and Apricot Appeal) - I like its thinking!!! I've used the Classic Stars jumbo wheel inked in Gable Green over the background card. The smile sentiment is from the "Be Happy" stamp set. I've created the black film strip with the Spiral punch. Just thinking now that a bit of Dazzling Diamonds on the dragonfly's wings would also be cute!! Stay tuned for more frogs...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hoppy Birthday!

My Ryan had a friends birthday party to go and nothing in my stash seemed to cut the mustard to so I decided that it was the perfect excuse to do some stamping! I think the "Unfrogettable" stamp set is sooo cute, but to be honest I really haven't done much with it...until now! Stay posted and I'll show you some more froggy cards that I've made, but for now here's the birthday card...

I've used Old Olive card (one of my fave colours!) and Fall Flowers Designer Series Paper. The froggy I stamped with Basic Gray ink and coloured with My Old Olive ink pad and Blender pen. I also used some Soft Sky Double-Stitched Ribbon and a piece of silver Hodgepodge (this stuff is fabulous!). If you look closely you can see that I added some googly eyes to my frog.

Inside I created a money pocket. What child doesn't love getting money??
...or adult for that matter!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mummy's Girls...

Mikayla was watching me intently today as I was making some birthday cards for my stash. She absolutely loves to do anything creative, so to be able to have a play with Mum's stuff is a really fun thing for her - and nice for me too! We decided to make a start on her christmas cards that she will give to her school friends. Jordyn also had to join in of course!! So here are my girls, stamping their 'art out...

Fun, fun, fun!!

My Jordy Pordy...

...and Mikayla

So we've had a lovely afternoon together stamping while the boys have wrestled and just been boys!!

Christmas Cards

I cannot believe that it's only 33 more sleeps to Christmas - I find that absolutely frightening! Each year I tell myself that I'm going to be better organised next Christmas and yet here I am again panicking about all I have to do! I am however proud to say that I have all my Christmas cards ready to write and send, but then I must confess that is because I made them all last year and didn't get around to posting them!! LOL Anyway, here are some Christmas cards that I made up for a class. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed making them and were very impressed at just how easy they were to make.

This card uses the "Holiday Wishes" stamp set. I've stamped and gold embossed the tree onto Whisper White card and then coloured some parts of it using my ink pads (So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate & Wild Wasabi) and a blender pen. The tree has been mounted onto Wild Wasabi card and the sentiment "Warmest Wishes" was carefully inked to omitt the word "Holiday" with Wild Wasabi ink. A piece of Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate ribbon was then tied around the front and then the whole lot mounted onto the Purely Pomegranate card base.

Inside I've created and decorated a pocket for money or gift vouchers. Looks good with a Fifty, but I personally prefer green ones - I think they'd match the card better!!

Here's a cute Christmas Bauble card. I've cut a circle using Old Olive card and then put a belly band accross it using the striped paper from the Fall Flowers Designer Series Paper pack. Some Soft Sky Double-Stitched ribbon was also added to the belly band. The sentiment "Very Merry" from "Short & Sweet" stamp set was stamped in Soft Sky ink and embellished with some silver Hodgepodge. The top of the bauble is made with the Round Tab punch and Soft Sky card. The whisper white background I've embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and then mounted onto the Old Olive card base.

This card uses the So Swirly Jumbo Wheel. It's been inked with River Rock and then rolled onto River Rock card. I've then randomly stamped the tiny poinsettia from the "Season of Joy" stamp set with Purely Pomegranate ink. The paper at the top of the card is from the "Holiday Harmony" Designer Series Pack. The "Sparkle" sentiment is from the "Sweet Serendipity" stamp set. I finished off with some Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon and a ribbon slide from the Antique Brass Hodgepodge set.

I just love this "Season of Joy" stamp set and will be so sad to see it go at the end of the month :( I've stamped the flourishes with Always Artichoke ink. The poinsettias have been stamped with Ruby Red ink, cut out and layered (offset) and finished off with three gold brads in the centre. The sentiment "Merry Christmas" has been gold embossed. I mounted all of this onto River Rock card and then again onto Ruby Red card and finally onto the Always Artichoke card front. Some gold cord (which is sadly no longer available and I have metres and metres of the stuff!) was also tied around the front.

So I hope you get some ideas from these for some Christmas Cards of your own.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Goodies & Time for a Play...

I've just managed to get a few moments to myself (thanks to an overcast day and a dvd for the kiddos) and hide away in my room to have a play with some new goodies. As soon as I saw this little bookmark I thought it was such a cute idea and would just be the finishing touch to a book gift this christmas. It was so quick and easy and thanks to Stampin' Up's gorgeous coordinating papers, inks and stamps it really took the guess work out of matching. I found the instructions for this on the Kaisercraft website which you can get HERE.

I'm thinking I'll be making me a few more of these!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Post-It Note Holder

It's been a crazy, busy week but I've finally made it back to the computer. I've just had the most fabulous weekend away scrapping with lots of other women. It was so fun and so great to escape - no kids, no cooking, no doing dishes, no cleaning ... just creative bliss!! But you always have to come back to reality and it tends to hurt a little when you do. I've had appointment after appointment after appointment this week and the sad thing is it's only Wednesday! Oh well, I know that it's just one of those weeks that I have to hold on and ride it through - I'm sure you all relate! So now here's a really quick and easy little project that is so simple to make. There's actually no stamping used on this one, just patterned papers, punches and a couple of brads. I was thinking of making up a few more for teacher's christmas prestents and those "secret santas" that we all get a bit lost with. So here it is ... a Post-It Note Holder.

It ties shut at the front with a piece of ribbon.

The top has a little pocket for you to slide a pen into so there's always one on hand.

And this is what it looks like inside ... pretty cool huh?

I worked from a tutorial that i found HERE and then played around with the measurements so that it would fit a larger Post-It pad and a mechanical pencil.

Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green, Tempting Turquoise
Paper: East Coast Prep Designer Series
Accessories: Scallop Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, More Mustard Brads, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon