Wednesday, October 29, 2008

For Baby Joshua...

My friend had a baby boy on Saturday, so I have been frantically trying to finish this quilt for him (hence the lack of posting!) It's finally finished and ready to be handed over with much love. Just thought I'd give you a peak at what has been consuming all my time (other than my children!!)

Here's a close up of one of the cute! Makes me want to have another baby

Friday, October 24, 2008

Free Standing Pop-Up

Here's another fun card to make. I followed the instructions from a Splitcoaststampers Tutorial which you can find HERE. The stamp set used is "True Friend" from the Stampin' Up! Spring Mini Catalogue which means it's only available until the end of November so you'd better get in soon if there's anything in it that you're after! I used my Stampin' Write Markers to colour the flower image. Firstly I coloured the main petals of the flower with Barely Banana then outlined the petals with Rose Red as well as the inside and outside dots. The stem and leaves are coloured with Certainly Celery. Whenever I colour with my markers directly onto the stamp, I always give it another huff after stamping to get a second image, particularly if it is a detailed image. It does turn out much lighter, but I figure I might as well get another image for my effort! The base of the card has also been stamped with Rose Red ink on Rose Red cardstock just for a subtle look.

This is how the card folds down which is great because it will fit in a standard C6 envelope and makes it postage friendly. As you can see, brads are really my friend at the moment - they just finish things off so nicely I think. Enjoy!

Materials Used:

Cardstock: Rose Red, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Stamps: True Friend
Inks: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Stampin' Write Markers - Rose Red,
Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Certainly Celery 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon,
Brads - Barely Banana, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Bit Cute...

You've probably seen lots of these "onesies" around blogland lately - and now here's my take on them. A very dear friend of mine is having a baby and her due date is today. So I've made a pink one and a blue one so that I'm ready for the news! Now all I have to do is finish making the present - LOL!

They are so quick and easy and lots of fun to make and everyone just seems to love them. You can find instructions on how to make them HERE.

Materials Used for Pink Onesie:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Paper: Berry Bliss Designer Series
Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes
Inks: Basis Grey, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Pretty in Pink 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Pretty in Pink Brads (Soft Subtles Collection),
1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Blender Pen

Materials Used for Blue Onesie:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Brocade Blue
Paper: Summer Picnic Designer Series
Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes
Inks: Basis Grey, Barely Banana, Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom
Accessories: Bashful Blue Brads (Soft Subtles Collection), 1-3/8" Circle Punch,
Scallop Circle Punch, Blender Pen

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Quick and Easy

Here' s a quick and easy birthday card made with the "Fun & Fast Notes". I love this stamp set because there is a stamp for every occassion. I also love this set because I've found that by cutting and mounting the images and sentiments separately I've doubled my stamps from 8 to 16! I know that you can just ink the part of the image that you want to use, but I've found it so much easier to use this way. I've also found that I use the sentiments so much more when they are separate to the main image.

The idea for gathering the ribbon came from my friend Lin. I love the way that it creates a bit of texture and adds interest to the card. To do this I stuck a piece of sticky strip on the front of the blue card and folded the overhang to the back. I then took my piece of ribbon and secured one end to the back on the sticky strip, turned the card over to the front and began gathering and pleating the ribbon and sticking it down onto the strip a little bit at a time. When I got to the end I turned the card back over and secured the ribbon to the back of the card. Too easy!

The image was coloured with Stampin' Pastels and a Blender Pen. I also used the Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel with Barely Banana ink over the base of the card front and finished off with three pink brads and a dusting of Dazzling Diamonds - gotta have a bit of bling!

Materials Used
Cardstock: Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes, Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel
Inks: Basic Black, Barely Banana, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Pretty in Pink 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Pretty in Pink Brads
(Soft Subtles Collection), Stampin' Pastels, Blender Pen,
Dazzling Diamonds, Word Window Punch

Monday, October 20, 2008

Hi there and welcome!

Hi there ... well here I am ... taking the plunge of starting my own blog! It's somthing that I've been thinking of doing for a long time now but I've finally decided to jump right in. I'll try to post fairly regularly, but having four children could quite possibly interfere with my intentions!
My plan is to show you snippets of what I've been up to or possibly apologising for not doing anything!! I'm guessing this is going to be quite a journey as I'm not the most computer literate person - but hang in there and I'm sure we'll get through ... thanks for dropping in and welcome to my blog!