Friday, July 14, 2017

Touch of Paradise

Hello Everyone!!  Today I'm playing with the July release stamps and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs and this month it was all about summery tropicals!  A lot of people think of the dry outback when they think of Australia, but I live in the sub-tropical coastal area and around here you will find Bird of Paradise plants a lot!  So when I saw the latest release, well of course I had to pick that one, but it was a hard choice let me tell you!  I was also thrilled to see that there was a selection of tropical themed dies for Frangipani (I have one of those in my back yard!), Hibiscus (every colour of the rainbow around here!) and a beautiful selection of leaves and ferns!  Looooooovely!!!

I've used Aloha for the bird of paradise image and the sentiment and accented with leaves from Frangipani Dies and a leaf shape from Tropical Leaves Dies.  Excitingly, the image has a matching Bird of Paradise Die

I've used a base of peach card and layered with spotted Boho Bolds paper and then layered with the matching solids from Boho Bolds and topped with white card cut the Lattice Background Die.  Across this I've attached some white and golden yellow ribbon.  The feature panel is white cut with Pierced Circles Dies and I've airbrushed it with yellow and orange Copics while still in the die.  I've stamped the Bird of Paradise image from Aloha twice onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics and then die cut with the matching Bird of Paradise Die.  To make it look a little more like a bird of paradise plant, I've surrounded these with green leaves cut with Frangipani Dies and Tropical Leaves Dies and airbrushed these with a darker green Copic marker.  To finish I've stamped the sentiment from the Aloha and die cut it with Pennant Flags Dies.

Stamps - Aloha (ODBD)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Peekaboo Peach, White, ODBD Boho Bolds Paper Pad
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - ODBD Dies: Bird of Paradise, Frangipani, Tropical Leaves, Pennant Flags, Pierced Circles, Lattice Background; White and Golden Yellow Ribbon, X-press It Foam Tape



For my second card I've used a base of kraft card, trimming the corners.  Across the top I've added a piece of purple solid paper and spotty green paper from Boho Bolds.  Around this I've added white and purple ribbons.  I've stamped the image from Aloha, coloured withe Copics and cut it out with the matching Bird of Paradise Die.  I've added a die cut leaf using Tropical Leaves (also Copic airbrushed) so it didn't look quite to bare.  I've then stamped the sentiment from Aloha direct to the card face and accented with some enamel dots.  To finish I've added a purple bow and green button.

Stamps - Aloha (ODBD)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Kraft, ODBD Boho Bolds Paper Pad
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - ODBD Dies: Bird of Paradise, Tropical Leaves; White and Purple Ribbons, Bow Easy, Button, Enamel Dots, Twine

Want to have a peek at what the Breadsticks have been creating for today??  Make sure you swing by these blogs!!
Cathy * Lisa * Sandee * Dawn * Kathy * Lori * Diana

That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Friday, July 7, 2017

July Power & Spark!


Hello Everyone!!  It's the first Friday of a new month and that means it's time for a brand new Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge!!  This month our lovely hostess is Ally and she's challenged you all to.....Copy a Bloomie!

What does that mean??  Find a card or project made by any member of the Power Poppy Bloom Brigade (look to the right side of my blog and under the Bloom Brigade pic for the list of names), and do your own take on it!  Easy right?!  AND - don't forget there is a $50 Shopping Spree to WIN!!  Find all the details on the Power Poppy Blog!

I chose TOSHA's beautiful card found HERE to copy!  I've used the same layout (different dies though still round) and her idea for seam binding (not something I use very often) and switched out the sequins for buttons.  I've used a very different colour palette because it's a cold, wet Winter day here in Australia and I felt like using some warmer hues to pretend it's a little warmer!!

I've used a base of cream and layered with apricot card and some Wild Rose Studio DP.  The panel is more cream and more Wild Rose Studio DP.  Around this I've added the seam binding and topped with a wooden heart button.  I've printed the DIGI image, Sunset Sway onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copic Markers.  I've cut this out with Pierced Circle Dies and while in the die, I've sponged some ink around the edges.  I've matted this with cream card cut with Stately Circles Dies and popped it up on foam tape.  To finish I've added some round wooden and brown buttons.

Stamps - Sunset Sway (Power Poppy)
Ink - Printer
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Cream, Apricot, Wild Rose Studio Meadow Harvest DP
Accessories - Copics, ODBD Pierced Circles Dies, Spellbinders Stately Circles, Seam Binding, Buttons, X-press It Foam Tape

Don't miss all today's gorgeous creations, by checking out the POWER POPPY BLOG!


 

ALSO ~ a heads up about the delay in shipping of stamps and dies and excitingly there is 20% off DIGIS!!  Don't forget to use the code VACATIONDIGIS at the checkout!!


That's all from me today, hope you play along this month, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!!  :)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Happy 80th


Hello Everyone!  I recently had a request from a friend to make an 80th Birthday card for her father who was a horse lover.  I found myself in a bit of strife when I realised that I didn't actually own a horse stamp - I know right - all the stamps I have and no horses!  So I had a bit of a cheat on this one and found a horse image online and printed it in sepia tones as my image for the card.

The rest of the card is quite easy, a base of blue layered with cream (pierced around the edges) and topped with 2 pieces of Vintage Ephemera Collection paper.  Over the join I've attached some grosgrain ribbon.  I've taken the image, cut it with Circles Dies and matted with blue cut with Pierced Circles Dies.  I've cut some deep blue, cream and blue cut withe Pennant Flags Dies and popped the image up on foam tape over the top.  Next I've used Large Numbers Dies to cut some cream card and airbrushed it with Copic E84 will it was still in the dies.  The sentiment across the bottom is made using the Happy Birthday Script Die and I've finished with a couple of pewter pearls in the top corner.

Stamps - NONE!
Ink - Printer
Paper - Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, White, Blue, ODBD Vintage Ephemera Paper Collection
Accessories - ODBD Dies: Happy Birthday Script, Large Numbers, Circles, Pierced Circles, Pennant Flags; Grosgrain Ribbon, X-press It Foam Tape, Kaisercraft Pewter Pearls

I'm happy to say my friend loved her card and I hope her Dad did too!  That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Licenced to Drive


Hello Everyone!  I have a fun card for you today!  Recently one of my young co-workers passed her Driver's Test and is now a P Plater!  We were very happy for her - especially since her commute to work has gone from 1 1/2hrs by bus to 1/2hr by car!  Of course a card had to be made to celebrate her achievement....

This card is a mix of so many different companies and it was fun to just grab all sorts of products to make a fun card.  The basics are a base of pink, layered with Baked Brown Sugar (retired - I REALLY want Stampin' Up to bring this back!) and then a white layer cut with Double Stitched Rectangles Dies (ODBD).  Then I've created the background with many pieces of patterned paper, making sure to have a strip of green PP across the bottom.  The fence is cut out of white card using the Woodgrain Fence Die by MFT.  The image is created from two stamp sets by Waltzing Mouse which has closed its doors, however the Half Pint Heroes and Half Pint Heroines are now available through Gina K.  I've stamped this on X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics.  The sentiment is from Power Poppy's Dream Wedding set and has been cut out with Pennant Flags by ODBD.  The bunting is created with Pennant Row Alphabet stamps and Pennant Row dies by ODBD.

Stamps - Half Pint Heroes and Half Pint Heroines, Pennant Row Alphabet
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Altenew Pinks
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Pink, Baked Brown Sugar, White, Kaisercraft DP
Accessories - Copics, Dies: ODBD Pennant Flags, Pennant Row, Double Stitched Rectangles; MFT Woodgrain Fence, X-press It Foam Tape

That's all from me today, thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Follow Your Heart


Hello Everyone!  It's time for another look back at the latest ODBD release which is full of stamps, dies and paper and the theme is all about weddings!  I've used several of the latest products in my card today - a lovely stamp set called Happy Wedding Day and two dies called Heart Topiary (to match the stamp - YAY!) and Scalloped Chain (that lovely chain background!) as well as two well loved favs from ODBD - Pennant Flags and Pierced Circles!  See that pretty paper - yep, that's new too called Wedding Wishes Paper Collection and it's available now!  :)

I've used a base of cream card and layered with some gold paper from Wedding Wishes Paper Collection.  Next I've cut a piece of cream card with Scalloped Chain die and placed a piece of patterned paper the same size as the die cut, also from Wedding Wishes behind it.  Around these layers I've attached some blue ribbon.  Next I've cut a piece of cream using Pierced Circles dies and while still in the die, I've airbrushed a little Y26 Copic for a golden look.  I've cut off one side and attached it as shown.  Next I've stamped the topiary from Happy Wedding Day in black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured it with Copics (Y21, Y26, Y28, G43, G46, E84, E87, B41, B32) and then die cut it with Heart Topiary die and popped it up on foam tape.  Finally I've stamped the sentiment, also from Happy Wedding Day, in Rich Cocoa on cream and die cut it with Pennant Flags and glued it into place.

Stamps - Happy Wedding Day (ODBD)
Paper - Wedding Wishes Paper Collection, X-press It Blending Card, Cream
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa
Accessories - ODBD Dies: Heart Topiary, Pierced Circles, Scalloped Chain, Pennant Flags; Copics, Blue Ribbon, X-press It Foam Tape

Don't miss all the creations that the Breadsticks have for you today!!

Sandee * Lisa * Cathy * Diana * Julie 
Kathy * Robin * Lori * Helen * Dawn * Sabrina

That's all from me for now, thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happy Wedding Day!


Hello Everyone!!  It's the first of the month so that means it's time for a brand new ODBD Release!!  This month we've got wedding products galore!!!  Stamps, Dies, Paper - it's all waiting for you!!  You can find all the details on the ODBD Blog!

Of course it wouldn't be release day without PRIZES to be WON!! 
Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until June 2, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on June 3rd so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

I have used several new products to show you today, Happy Wedding Day stamp set, Heart Topiary Die, Bride and Groom Die and Wedding Wishes Paper Pad!!  (If you are wondering...the Side Step Card Die, Vintage Labels and Vintage Borders Dies are also from ODBD!!)





 I've cut some cream card using the Side Step Card Die and then cut some Wedding Wishes Paper Pad paper to create some panels.  Next I've cut some peachy coloured card with Vintage Borders Dies and topped with cream cut with Vintage Labels Dies.  I've stamped the topiary from Happy Wedding Day in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copic Markers.  I've then used the Heart Topiary Die to cut the shape out and then popped it up on foam tape.  I've also used Happy Wedding Day to stamp the sentiment across the bottom of the card.  The little birdies have also been stamped from Happy Wedding Day and die cut with Heart Topiary Die and popped up on foam tape!  Aren't they just adorable!!  Finally I've cut the 'Bride and Groom' out of Wedding Wishes Paper Pad with Bride and Groom Die and then glued it into place.

The Breadsticks have some amazing projects waiting for you today, so make sure you hop by these blogs to have a peek!

Cathy * Grace * Angie * Dawn * Chris 
Sandee * Helen * Julie * Robin * Lori
Lisa * Diana * Kathy * Sabrina

 That's all from me today, don't forget to comment for you chance to win and hope you are inspired to stamp!!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

12th Birthday Boy


Hello Everyone!  Would you believe it's yet ANOTHER male project today!  This is a quick one I made for my son who turned 12 this week.  I can't believe he's 12 - where did that time go??  It's been a pretty busy week with two sick sons, followed by a daughter heading off on her very first school camp, fighting off the sickness myself and finished off with a birthday party for the now well 12yr old boy!  No wonder I'm tired!

So for this card it had to be red because that's his favourite colour!  I've used Cherry Cobbler for the base and topped with some Very Vanilla.  The DP is some fun moustache paper that I just had to use - for some reason the boy has a fascination with moustaches, I have no idea why!!  I've created a panel of red topped with the reverse of the DP and then added some little Pennant Flags to the side.  I've cut an oval of Vanilla and then popped up the '12' which has been cut out of red with Large Numbers Dies.

Stamps - None
Paper - Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, DP
Ink - None
Accessories - ODBD Dies: Large Numbers Dies, Pennant Flags Dies

That's all from me today, hope everything is going great in your part of the world and hope you are inspired to stamp!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Birthday Box

Hello Everyone!  Today I have a fun project that I made for a co-worker for their birthday.  It is just a little something to mark the day and of course being a male means no pretty stuff, but I tried to make it fun anyway!  :)

I've used some craft card and ODBD's Luminous Lantern Die to create the box and glued it together.  Around the base I've added some orange twill ribbon.  I've then used Pennant Flags Dies to cut the blue panel and then cut the 'Happy Birthday' out of orange card with Happy Birthday Script Die and glued to the top of the pennant.  I found some fun spotty paper and die cut it with Pennant Row Dies and matted with blue cut with the other die from the same die set.  To finish I've tied it closed with an orange ribbon.

Stamps - None
Paper - Kraft, Pumpkin Pie, Blue, DP
Ink - None
Accessories - ODBD Dies: Luminous Lantern Die, Pennant Flags Dies, Happy Birthday Script Die, Pennant Row Dies; Orange Twill Ribbon, Orange Grosgrain Ribbon

That's all from me today, thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp!

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