Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Summer Shells

Hello Everyone!!  I hope you are all enjoying your Christmas Break!  Here in Australia it's Summer time, so I was feeling in a warm, beachy mood when I made this card!  For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope this makes you feel a little warmer through your winter!!  Every Christmas I make my Grandmother a pack of cards for various occasions and this is one that went into her pack.  I thought it would be good to have a no sentiment card and one that could be used for a male or female.  (OK - admittedly, perhaps I shouldn't have added the pearls if it goes to a male, but it's too late now!)

I started with a base of aqua bazzill and layered with So Saffron and some Very Vanilla that has been embossed with the Floral and Stone Impressabilities that I put through my Grand Calibur!!  I sponged a little Antique Linen ink over it to make the embossing pop a bit more.  Next I cut a piece of Windsor Knot DP (retired) with the Label 17 Nestabilities (and boy does the Grand Calibur cut like BUTTAH!!!!  Love it!!!!)  Across this I added some Natural Mesh (May Arts).  The shells are from JustRite's By The Sea set and have been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics.  It was cut out with Small Oval Nestabilities and matted with aqua bazzill cut with Large Oval Nestabilities and matted again with So Saffron cut with Large Scallop Oval Nestabilities.  To finish I added a couple of Kaisercraft Chino Pearls to the top and bottom corner.

Stamps - By The Sea (JustRite)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Aqua Bazzill, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Windsor Knot DSP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Antique Linen
Accessories - Copics, Nestabilities: Small Oval, Large Oval, Large Scallop Oval, Label 17; Floral and Stone Impressabilities, May Arts Natural Mesh, Kasiercraft Blush Pearls.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!  :)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Butterfly Birthday

Hello Everyone!!  The other day I was playing with the Butterflies and Blossoms new release by Flourishes and I had coloured a few of the images - today I decided to use a couple of the pieces that I hadn't used the first time!  :)  Makes for a quick card when you have pre-coloured images just waiting for you!!

I started with a base of green bazzill and layered with Very Vanilla and then used some Basic Grey Cappella DP.  Across this I added two pieces of dark ivory satin ribbon and knotted the bottom one.  I cut out the Clematis flowers with Large Square Nestabilities and stamped the sentiment from Tag Lines in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I then cut a piece of vanilla and pieced around the edges and finally framed it with green cut with Lacey Square Nestabilities.  The butterfly was cut out and popped up on foam tape.  Both the flower and the butterfly were coloured with Copics (Clematis - 0, BV00, BV02, BV04, YG11, YG13, YG17; Butterfly - YR00, YR02, YR07, YR24, B00).  To finish I added a couple of Kaisercraft Blush Pearls to the top corner.

Stamps - Butterflies and Blossoms, Tag Lines (Flourishes)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Green Bazzill, Very Vanilla, Basic Grey Cappella DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Large Square and Lacey Square Nestabilities, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, Ivory Satin Ribbon, Kaisercraft Blush Pearls, Foam Tape.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!  :)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas Everyone and blessings to you and yours!!!  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Day celebrating the birth of our Saviour!!  Today I am celebrating with my family - 4 generations of us!!  So today, I'm just going to post a few of my favourite Christmas cards and projects that I've made this year.  :)






Merry Christmas!!!
Hugs
Kathy  :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Hello Everyone!!  I've been doing so many red Christmas cards lately, that I've decided to boycott red for this card!!  :)  Instead I'm going with monochromatic green!  I really like the crisp, fresh look of white and one other colour and was happy with the way this turned out!

I've started with a base of green bazzill and layered with light green bazzill and some white that was embossed with the Jemara EF.  Across this I've added two pieces of green satin ribbon.  For my feature panel, I've stamped the outer border and the inner border from JustRite's Christmas Nested Frames in Memento Bamboo Leaves onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured them with Copics (YG93, YG95).  The outer border was cut out with the new Nested Frames Die by JustRite!  These dies are made by Spellbinders and JustRite is a Preferred Stamp Company - so you know they are going to be good!  :)  The inner border was cut out using the Nested Sentiment Dies and I used the Grand Calibur to die cut it, beautiful crisp cutting, first time, every time!!  :)  I actually cut a little green mat to go around it just to make it pop!  The sentiment comes from the Christmas Nested Sentiments and Verse set and has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, I've cut it with my trimmed and matted it with more green.  I then cut a 5" x 3.25" of green card and used the MS Deco Fan punch around the page set to create a beautiful frame for my sentiment and popped it all up on foam tape.

Stamps - Christmas Nested Frames, Christmas Nested Sentiments and Verse (JustRite)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Green and Light Green Bazzill
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Bamboo Leaves
Accessories - Nested Frames Dies, Nested Sentiment Dies (JustRite), MS Deco Fan Punches, Jemara EF, Green Satin Ribbon, Foam Tape.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!  :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

SSSC97 Peace at Christmas

Hello Everyone!  This is the last Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge for the year and it's such a great one that I had to play along!  Thankfully we don't have to wait long and Karen will be back with more on January 2nd!

I started with a base of Aqua bazzill and layered with white and some red bazzill.  The paper is Cosmo Cricket's Jolly by Golly DP.  The middle panel is some white card that I stamped the sentiment from Christmas Blessings in Memento Tuxedo Black.  For a little texture I then embossed it with the Snowflakes EF.  Across the bottom, I've added another piece of red that's been punched with the MS Loop Punch and then topped with some white May Arts satin ribbon.  The snowflake is from ODBD's Peace and Joy set and has been stamped in Celadon Versacolor ink and cut out using the Custom Snowflake die.  (You can buy them in a bundle and save 10%!)  To finish I added some Kaisercraft Silver Rhinestones to the Snowflake and the top corners.

Stamps - Christmas Blessings, Peace and Joy (ODBD)
Paper - Aqua, Red and White Bazzill, Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Celadon Versacolor
Accessories - Snowflake Die (ODBD), MS Loop Punch, Snowflakes EF, May Arts Satin Ribbon, Kaisercraft Silver Rhinestones.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Butterfly Wishes

Hello Everyone!!!  Today I was inspired to stamp by the Featured Stamper Challenge!  I love this challenge and the chance to view different galleries!!  I'm also entering this in the last Flutter By Wednesday challenge to use a butterfly, fairy or angel.  Today I chose MaryRose's Rudolph card, changing the colours and image, moving the ribbon bow and adding some pearls.  I had the joy of playing with the new Butterflies and Blossoms set by Flourishes!  Isn't this image DIVINE!!!  *happy sigh*.  I actually had to look up what sort of flower this was - it's a Clematis and comes in a variety of colours although the most common are shades of purple, so that's what I decided to go with today.  :)

I started with a base of green bazzill and layered with purple bazzill, white and some MME DP that I found in my stash.  Across the card I've added some white crochet lace and topped with green satin ribbon.  The image is from Butterflies and Blossoms and has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.  I've coloured it with Copic Markers - Butterfly: YR00, YR02, YR07, YR24, B000, B02; Flowers: BV00, BV02, BV04, 0, Y21, Y35, Y38, G20, G21, G24.  I cut the image out with Large Square Nestabilities and matted with purple bazzill cut with Lacey Square Nestabilities and popped it up on foam tape.  Next I added a green satin bow and topped it with a white button (actually it's kind of mother of pearl, don't know why it looks green here) and some silver cord.  To finish I added some tiny Kaisercraft Snow Pearls to the corners.

Stamps - Butterflies and Blossoms (Flourishes)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Green, White and Purple Bazzill, MME DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Large Square and Lacey Square Nestabilites, White Crochet Lace, Green Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Button, Silver Cord, Kaisercraft Snow Pearls, Foam Tape.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Came Early!!

I can't even BEGIN to tell you how excited I was when the gorgeous machine arrived on my doorstep late yesterday afternoon!!!!  I squealed like a little girl and even the lady mail deliverer was laughing at me!!!  :)  This is the gorgeous Grand Calibur by Spellbinders!!!!  I have been DYING to try this out - it's hard to tell from pictures, but unlike my old Cuttlebug, this one has a mouth size of 8 1/2 inches - so you can put an entire piece of A4 Cardstock through it without trimming!!!!!  *HAPPY SIGH*  AND - can you see the plates are all coloured coded and NAMED!!!  Oh Happy Day - no more picking up the wrong one!!!  YIPPEEE!!!  :)

Now I really should be doing things in preparation for Christmas, but instead I'm going to show you some pics of how this machine works!!  :)
The Grand Calibur has to have the ridges of the die facing up, so to make sure my Large Circle Nestabilities die doesn't move, I've taped it with some Scotch Removable Magic Tape where I want it to stay.  I have a roll of this permanently on my desk!  The Poppies are from JustRite Stamper's Plant a Little Love stamp set.
This is the sandwich for cutting with your Spellbinders dies, from the bottom -
*Gray A Plate
* Then your die (that I've taped to my poppies image)
*Paper/Cardstock
*White C Plate
Make sure your sandwich is flat and then place it into the mouth of the Grand Calibur and wind the handle!  Yep, this one is a winder, not a crank action like the Wizard, and it is SOOOOOOO smooth!!!
To emboss the edges of your shape, leave the paper/cardstock in your die (it cuts so well that your paper will just pop out easily - beautiful crisp cutting!!!) and follow this sandwich -
* Gray A Plate
* Die with paper still inside
* Tan Embossing Mat (comes with the Grand Calibur)
* Pink B Plate

Make sure your sandwich is flat and put it through the Grand Calibur!!  Remember I said it was a winder and how smooth it was??  Here is my 3yr old winding the embossing sandwich through - she loves helping!  ;-)

Look at the beautiful embossing result the Grand Calibur gives....

To give a comparison between machines, I cut and embossed two of the Heirloom Ornaments dies (same size,  both using Very Vanilla Cardstock) and here is the result....
The Grand Calibur's embossing is SO much sharper!!!

If you've stayed with me this long - thanks for indulging me today with my new toy machine, actually the box says it's not a toy, but it sure is lots of fun!!!  :)

Hugs
Kathy  :)

FTC - Grand Calibur graciously provided by Spellbinders for me to play with!!  :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sprinkled Moon Dust...

Hi Everyone!  Today I was inspired to stamp by this month's SCS Fan Club Central Challenge!  I was playing with the new Cling set by JustRite Stampers called In The Moonlight and features this super cute fairy - doesn't it just bring the old Carpenters song to mind about sprinkling moon dust and golden starlight!!!  :)  And isn't she sweet looking over her shoulder like that!!  :)  I had so much fun making my last shaker card, that I decided to do another!  This time I used some Gold Flower Soft because my yellow moon makes it look like Moon Dust or perhaps that should be Golden Star Light!!  :)  I'm also entering this into this week's Flutter By Wednesday challenge to use a butterfly, fairy or angel!  :)

The base is Aqua Bazzill and layered with white, then some Kaisercraft Twinkle DP.  I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured her with Copics (BV00, BV04, R02, R22, E33, E35, E37, E50, E51, YG11, YG63, BG10, BG15, Y00, Y21).  I airbrushed the sky and made the shaker frame and stuck it to the front of the card.  Finished by stamping the sentiment - also from In The Moonlight - at the bottom, added a few pearls as well as a flower to accent the top!  Bit of faux stitching and you're done!!  :)

Stamps - In The Moonlight (JustRite Stampers)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Aqua Bazzill, White, Kaisercraft Wish Upon, Twinkle DP, Acetate
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copic Markers, Label 8 Nestabilities, Gold Flower Soft, Kasiercraft Flowers, Kaisercraft Snow Pearls, Foam Tape.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!  :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ornament or Gift Tag?

Hello Everyone!!!  Can you believe that Christmas is coming up fast!!!  I still have a couple of gifts to buy and ALL of them to wrap!!!  YI, YI,YI!!!!  So of course, instead of wrapping I'm playing in my craft room!!  LOL!!!  I was colouring this Christmas Ornament by ODBD and thought it would make such a pretty ornament to hang on our tree.....but then I thought, wouldn't this be a nice gift tag to add to a present......what do you think??

I started by stamping the largest ornament from Ornaments by ODBD in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.  Then I airbrushed it with a Y35 Copic Marker, making it a little darker on the edges.  I have done a lot of red poinsettias this season, so I decided to change the trend and make this one deep pink!  I used Copics R83, R85 and R89 for the Poinsettia, YG93 and YG95 for the leaves and then accented with Gold Spica on the swirls and centre of the poinsettia.
It is extremely difficult to capture the subtle shimmer of Spica - but I think you get the idea. I actually cut this one out by hand and then matted it with Rich Razzleberry die cut with Spellbinders' Heirloom Ornaments set!  Both the ornaments in this stamp set are designed to fit perfectly inside the Spellbinders dies - how FAB is that!!  :)  You can buy the Ornaments Stamp Set and Spellbinders Die Bundle from ODBD for $39.30!!  To finish I simply added a pink button tied with gold cord and added some gold organdy ribbon to the top.  How easy is that??!!  :)

Stamps - Ornaments (ODBD)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Rich Razzleberry
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Gold Spica, Heirloom Ornaments Nestabilities, Pink Button, Gold Cord, Gold Organdy Ribbon.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!  :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dreams Come True

Hello Everyone!!  I am late playing this week's Featured Stamper challenge, but it's better late than never right?!  I chose to case Lisa's Thanks a Bunch card - altered the layout since this was a sketch, but kept the oval feature, different image and moved the bling and ribbon. I decided to play with my new JustRite Stampers Cling sets and used the Garden Fairy Wishes set.  The Cling sets are fabulous since you can store four sets in a Mini Binder Box and just peal them on and off your clear block!  These fairies are just adorable - my 3yr old daughter thinks they are 'pwetty' and I can see I'll be using them a lot for birthdays and fairy parties that are bound to come my way in coming years!!  :)  After 2 boys, it's a nice change from dinosaurs and trucks!!!

The base is Kiwi Kiss and then layered with white that has been punched with the Martha Stewart Deco Fan punch (I soooooo love this punch!!!  Have you got one yet Marisa??) and then topped with some Cosmo Cricket DeLovely DP.  Across the card I've added some white organdy ribbon and topped with some white satin ribbon.  The fairy is from Garden Fairy Wishes and has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.  I had such fun colouring her with my Copics!  (E000, E01, R20, V01, V12, V15, V17, BG0000, BG11, BG72, R02, R22, R24, E33, E35, E37, G12, G21, G24, Y21, Y35.)  She was cut out with Large Oval Nestabilities and matted with Kiwi Kiss cut with Beaded Oval Nestabilities and popped up on foam tape.  To finish I added a little white satin bow and some bling to three corners and the sentiment from the same set in the bottom corner.

Stamps - Garden Fairy Wishes (JustRite)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Kiwi Kiss, White, Cosmo Cricket DeLovely DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Large Oval and Beaded Oval Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Deco Fan Punch, White Organdy and White Satin Ribbon, Kaisercraft Silver Rhinestones, Foam Tape.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!  :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Inspired Thank You

Hello Everyone!  Today's Inspiration Challenge took us to Shabby Apple and what did I see but the Queensland Collection and since Queensland is my home state, of course I had to choose something from there!  I have been to many of the beaches named, but I chose Couran Cove which is just down the highway from where I live!  Brown with a little ruffle has led me to create my card!  :)

I started with a base of Very Vanilla layered with Chocolate Chip and some Kaisercraft Cafe Culture.  For my ruffles I punched some more Chocolate Chip with the Martha Stewart Deco Fan punch and topped with more Cafe Culture DP and some dark ivory satin ribbon.  The sentiment panel is from JustRite's Joyful Hearts set and has been stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa onto Very Vanilla.  I've matted it with the Beaded Oval Nestabilites, once again in Chocolate Chip and popped it up on foam tape.  To finished I added a couple of Kaisercraft Blush Pearls to the top corner.

Stamps - Joyful Hearts (JustRite)
Paper - Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Kaisercraft Cafe Culture DP
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories - Large Oval and Beaded Oval Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Deco Fan Punch, Ivory Satin Ribbon, Kaisercraft Blush Pearls, Foam Tape.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!!  :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thank You Teacher

Hello Everyone!!!  It's that crazy time of year when we have so much going on, Carols, Christmas Shopping, parties and so on - but for those of us in Australia with children, it is also the last week of school!  The last week has been a blur and I'm sorry I haven't been posting as often, but with everything going on, I haven't been able to keep up!  Yesterday my son finished his Prep year - in January he will be in Year 1!  How time flies!!!  For end of year teacher gifts I usually make a journal and card (and considering my Prep boy had a teacher and two assistants - that's 3 sets!) and this is what I made for his teacher this year.
The card is a base of Very Vanilla and layered with black and some Kaisercraft After Five paper.  The middle panel is black, red and more After Five.  Across the middle I've punched a piece of black on both sides with a Fiskars Lace border punch and topped with some wide red satin ribbon.  For my feature panel, I made up the sentiment using the 15pt Times New Roman Font and a 2" Circle Mount.  The circular border is from Seeds of Kindness and the flower centre is from the brand new Cling set called Garden Fairy Seeds.  Love these new Cling sets - they stamp beautifully and they come on storage sheets that fit PERFECTLY inside the new Mini Binder Boxes!  Thank goodness, because I don't know about you - but my stamps are breeding and I needed something to keep them organised - and even better, they are on sale until December 30th!!
I asked the teacher what her favourite colour was (she said red) and incorporated it into the journal.  Once again I used the After Five DP to cover the front, then added a panel of red topped with more After Five DP and then added some red ribbon over the side.  Through the middle I've added a piece of red punched on both sides with the Fiskars Lace border punch and topped with white embossed with Swiss Dots.  I created the name using the retired SU set Headline Alphabet and then added some red Kaisercraft Flowers topped with Snow Pearls to each side.  (Note to self - make sure you buy more paper when making a journal so that the card will match better!)

That's all I have today - my eldest is finishing Year 3 today and I'm hoping for a little quiet time with all of the school stuff out of the way, but with 3 kids then at home, I don't know --- what do you think??  Thanks for visiting today!!  :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Decking the Halls

Hello Everyone!!!  It's the first Monday of the month and that means it's another Bring Back Beautiful Challenge!!!  For this month’s Bringing Back Beautiful Challenge, use beauty in stamping to create an accent piece for a table, a mantle, a decoration or any kind of home d├ęcor. ‘Tis the season for stamping and entertaining –so let’s see if you can create a match made in heaven by using both! Link up your Bringing Back Beautiful creation HERE to enter. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB05. You have until December 31st to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a True Beauty blog button to display proudly on their blog!
  For my project, I decided to make a Luminaria using the recently released Christmas Classics set by Flourishes!  The tutorial for the luminaria was done by our very own Beauty Girl, Beate and can be found in the Resources section at SCS! 

I followed the Luminaria Tutorial, using Riding Hood Red for my base, Large Rectangle Nestabilities for the opening, vellum and adhered it all together with X-press It High Tack Tape.  I wanted to create a fireplace look, so I added a frame around the rectangle by using the same Rectangle Nestabilities set to cut some white and then embossed it with the Tiny Mosaic embossing folder and then sponged a little Antique Linen over it.  I thought the Martha Stewart Iron Gate punch would give that wrought iron look to my fireplace, so I punched some black card and adhered it to the top of the luminaria.  Next I stamped the stocking image from the Christmas Classics stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.  I coloured it with A LOT of Copics!!!  :)  (G21, G16, G19, G28, Y21, Y35, Y38, C1, C3, R24, R29, R39, RV32, RV34, B21, B24, B26, E21, E25, E27, BG11, BG13)  I very carefully cut the stockings out with scissors and popped them up with foam tape so that they 'hung' over my fireplace.  To finish I stamped the sentiment, also from Christmas Classics, in black onto white card, cut it out with a one inch punch and matted with green cut with Lacey Circles Nestabilities.  Finally I added a flame less (battery operated) tea light candle and placed it inside my luminaria!  This is what it looks like in the dark.....

Stamps - Christmas Classics (Flourishes)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Riding Hood Red, White, Black, Vellum
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Lacey Circles and Large Rectangle Nestabilities, 1" Circle Punch, Martha Stewart Iron Gate Border Punch, Tiny Mosaic Embossing Folder, Scissors, Foam Tape, X-press It High Tack Tape, Flame Less Tea Light Candle.

Don't miss all the Beautiful creations the rest of the Beauty Girls have in store for you!!!!

That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and can't wait to see how you Deck the Halls!!!  :) 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Count Your Blessings

Hello Everyone and welcome to the December Hop for Our Daily Bread Designs!!  If you have come from Julie's Blog then you are in the right place!!!  If not, you may want to start back at the ODBD Blog so that you won't miss any of the beautiful creations along the way!!  :)  If any links are broken, you can find the full list on the ODBD Blog.


The Hop will run from 8am USA EST on Dec 1 until 8pm USA EST December 2nd!  The Hop will run Dec. 1 and 2. Post or schedule your post for 8am Eastern. The hop will end 8pm Est. Dec. 2.   There will be 4 prizes. Kelley has very generously offered to give Three prizes of Choice of One set and, and One GRAND PRIZE of the December Bread Basket Bundle!!!!  The winner will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Dec. 3.

So how do you win one of these fabulous prizes?  Simply leave a comment on each blog and then leave a comment on the ODBD Blog saying that you've commented (if you haven't been able to leave a comment on a particular blog, just let us know which one) and then answer the question that is waiting for you there!  Winners will be randomly selected from the ODBD Blog.

I'm sure by now you've noticed that the new Christmas Ornaments set is being used with the new 2010 Heirloom Ornaments Spellbinders......Our Daily Bread designs is so proud and pleased to be chosen by the Spellbinders company as a Preferred Stamp Partner.  Our partnership with Spellbinders will be a blessing to the stamping community as well, as we expand our line to include perfect match sentiments, Scriptures and images to Spellbinders products.  We look forward to a long and blessed partnership with such a fine product as Spellbinders.

Today I chose to showcase the new Blessings stamp set by ODBD!  The one I chose reminded me when I was a teenager and even in my 20's when life got hard, my Mum would say to me...'Count Your Blessings and put me near the top; I love you.'  So I guess this card is dedicated to my wonderful Mother!  :)

I started with a base of pale pink, layered with white, darker pink and some Memory Box Gossamer DP.  The next panel is more dark pink layered with white that's been embossed with Victoria EF.  Next I cut some dark pink with the Lacey Circles Nestabilites and glued it into place and then attached a pink satin ribbon over the top.  I stamped the sentiment from Blessings in Memento Tuxedo Black onto white and cut it out with Large Circle Nestabilities and attached it over the top of the ribbon and Lacey Circles panel.  Next I took some ZVA flowers and glued them and some branches (cut with the MS Branch punch) below the sentiment and at the top of the embossed panel.  To finish I added a pink bow made with my Bow Easy and a few white pearls to the top corner.

Stamps - Blessings (ODBD)
Paper - Pale and Dark Pink Bazzill, White, Memory Box Gossamer DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Large Circle and Lacey Circle Nestabilities, ZVA Roses, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Victoria Embossing Folder, Pink Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Kaisercraft Snow Pearls.

From here, your next stop is the darling Debi and just wait until you see the beautiful card she has for you!!!  :)

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the Hop!!!  :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Heavenly Christmas

Hello Everyone for my card today I have chosen to use the new Christmas Blessings set which will be available TOMORROW!!  :)

I started with a base of white and layered with Riding Hood Red and then more white that has been embossed with Swiss Dots EF.  Through the middle I've added some red taffeta ribbon.  For the frame, I've cut two panels using the Label 8 Nestabilites and then used the Small Oval Nestabilities to cut a hole in the red panel and the Large Oval Nestabilities to cut a hole in the white panel.  I then added a little texture and embossed the white frame with Swiss Dots as well.  I then stamped the sentiment from Christmas Blessings in Memento Tuxedo Black onto white card and used foam tape to pop the Label 8 frame on top of it to give a window effect.  The Poinsettia is from the Blessed Christmas set and has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copic Markers (R35, R37, R39, G24, G28) and then die cut using the custom Poinsettia Die - got to love that, NO fussy cutting!!!  :)  For a little sparkle I added some Gold Flower Soft to the centre of the poinsettia!  To finish I added some ribbon tails from under the Poinsettia and a red pearl to each corner!

Stamps - Christmas Blessings, Blessed Christmas
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, White, Red
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Poinsettia Die, Label 8, Large and Small Oval Nestabilities, Gold Flower Soft, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Copics, Foam Tape, Red Pearls.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!  :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

FS199 Christmas Ornament

It's Sunday, so it's time for another Featured Stamper challenge!  This week the honour goes to Kris (aka Krischer) who inspired me with her Olive and Artichoke card.  Kris likes using the Top Note die, although I don't own that particular die, I thought the Label 17 Nestabilities would work nicely!!  :)  I changed the theme and colours of the original and omitted the sentiment, adding a couple of ribbons and a bow.  :)

I started with a base of Riding Hood Red and layered with gloss gold and some Wassail DP.  Next I cut some gold using the Label 17 Nestabilites and then some more Wassail using the same die and cutting along the emboss line.  Around both these panels I attached some ivory satin ribbon and topped with some red satin ribbon.  The ornament is from Our Daily Bread's December release (available Dec 1st!) called Christmas Ornaments and has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card.  Firstly I airbrushed the whole thing using the Copic Airbrush System and a Y23 Copic Marker.  I made it a little heavier on the edges, leaving it lighter in the middle.  I then coloured the image with Copics (YG91, YG93, YG95, R35, R37, R39, R89, Y23, YR23) and added some accenting with a Gold Spica Pen.  It was cut out with a pair of scissors and popped up on a gold panel cut with the Heirloom Ornaments die by Spellbinders.  To finish I added some gold cord to the top of the ornament and a red satin bow to the bottom made with a Bow Easy.


Stamps - Christmas Ornaments (ODBD)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Riding Hood Red, Gloss Gold, Basic Grey Wassail DP 
Ink -Memento Tuxedo Black 
Accessories - Copics, 2010 Heirloom Ornaments Nestabilities, Label 17 Nestabilities, Ivory Satin and Red Satin Ribbons, Gold Cord, Bow Easy, Foam Tape, Scissors.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!  

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holly Inspiration


Hello Everyone!!!  I hope all my US friends have had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!  Today I was looking around SCS and came across this week's Inspiration Challenge which led me to The Country Porch.  Now I don't know about you, but I STILL have a big Christmas card list to get through and when I saw this Holly Berry Tablecloth, it reminded me so much of the Kaisercraft Be Merry DP in my stash!  I also used this week's 2 Sketches 4 You sketch for the layout!

I started with a base of Riding Hood Red and layered with white and some Be Merry DP.  Next I took a piece of gloss gold and punched one side with a scallop punch and layered it with Old Olive that has been stamped in Versamark with the Poinsettia Background stamp and also punched with the scallop border punch.  Over the top of these layers I attached some white lace and red satin ribbon.  For my feature panel, I inked up only the holly part from the Holly Tag Set using my brush tipped black Multiliner and stamped it onto the X-press It Blending Card.  Next I stamped it again using  the stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the holly corner to create a frame.  The sentiment is also from the Holly Tag Set and has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.  The holly has been coloured using Copics - G24, G28, R24, R29.  To finish I added a red satin bow to the image corner and some red pearls to the bottom of the card.

Stamps - Holly Tag Set, Poinsettia Background (ODBD)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Riding Hood Red, White, Old Olive, Gold Gloss, Kaisercraft Be Merry DP
Ink - Black Multiliner, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Rectangle and Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, SU Scallop Punch, White Crochet Lace, Red Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Kaisercraft Red Pearls, Foam Tape.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!  :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

From Our Family


Hi Everyone!!  Today I was looking at this week's SCS Sketch Challenge and don't you just love a layer or FIVE!!  :)  I managed to sneak away while the kids were busy and whip up this card for it!!  :)

I started with a base of Riding Hood Red and layered with white that I'd stamped with the Poinsettia Background in Real Red.  Next I took another piece of RHR, punched the bottom with the MS Deco Fan border punch and layered with some Wassail DP that I found deep in my stash!  The next layer is more RHR that has been cut using the Label 16 Nestabilities.  The next panel is more RHR and Wassail and this time I've attached some red satin ribbon.  My feature panel has been stamped using the Poinsettia Tag Set in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (R24, R29, G24, G28).  The sentiment is from the Mistletoe Tag Set and has also been stamped in black.  It was cut out using the Custom Tag Die - how easy is that!!  :)  Next I attached some red satin ribbon and popped the panel up on foam tape.  To finish I added a couple of Kaisercraft Snow Pearls to the Label 16 panel and a small red bow to the side of the tag.

Stamps - Poinsettia Tag Set, Mistletoe Tag Set, Poinsettia Background (ODBD)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Riding Hood Red, Basic Grey Wassail DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red
Accessories - Copics, Tag Die (ODBD), Label 16 Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Deco Fan Border Punch, Red Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Kaisercraft Snow Pearls, Foam Tape.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!  :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Blessed Christmas

Hello Everyone!!  Today I had the chance to play in this week's Featured Stamper challenge at SCS - I have to admit with everything that's been going on lately, it's been a while since I had the chance to play along!!  This week the honour goes to CriminalGrace and I chose her Dancing Snowflakes card to case.  I changed the colours, moved the snowflake and sentiment and added a ribbon and rhinestones.

I started with a base of pale blue bazzill and layered with glossy silver and more pale blue (I added a little piercing to each of the corners because they looked a little bare!).  Next I cut two sizes of Label 17, one in glossy silver and the other in white.  On the white I stamped the Snowflake Background (ODBD) in Sky Blue Versacolor and then added the sentiment from the Mistletoe Tag Set (ODBD) in Tuxedo Memento Black.  Around all the layers I attached some silver satin ribbon and knotted it to one side.  The snowflake is from ODBD's Peace and Joy set and has been stamped in Versamark onto darker blue bazzill and embossed with opaque white EP and then cut out using the custom Snowflake Die!  To finish I added several clear rhinestones to the snowflake to give it a little sparkle!!  :)

As a special bonus this week - Our Daily Bread Designs are offering FREE SHIPPING (USA only)!!!  You have until November 28th to make this most of this offer!!!

Stamps - Peace and Joy, Snowflake Background, Mistletoe Tag Set (ODBD)
Paper - Blue and Pale Blue Bazzill, White, Gloss Silver
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Sky Blue Versacolor
Accessories - Snowflake Die, Label 17 Nestabilities, Silver Satin Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Clear Rhinestones.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!  :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Garden Shaker

Hello Everyone!!!  Yesterday I was talking to my friend Mandi who had recently made a shaker card and I had to admit that I'd never done one myself!  I know, it's one of those things that I said I'd get to 'one day'.  Well I decided to challenge myself to actually make one and was inspired by this week's SCS Inspiration Challenge by an adorable pinafore!  :)  

Don't forget that the CopicOz challenge to do some feathering is closing soon - come join us for the chance to win a FABULOUS prize!!!!  :)

I started with the scene I was going to create and used Copics and a baby wipe to create the 'grass', airbrushed the sky and drew in a few little flowers with my multiliner.  I then stamped this sweet Sarah Kay image in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics.  I cut her out and popped her up on top of my scene.  The frame was created by cutting a back panel of white and the green top panel with the Label 17 Nestabilities.  Behind the green panel I've added a piece of acetate and before I adhered it with foam tape, I added some Sweet Pea Flower Soft as my 'Shaker' pieces.  Once all this was done I started putting the card together, starting with a base of Old Olive and layered with white and some Kaisercraft Wish Upon DP.  (It's actually Christmas paper, but I thought it was perfect for this card.)  Now I could have used my sewing machine to stitch around the edge, but since I have a dubious relationship with my sewing machine, I decided on faux stitching which I did with my .3 Black Multiliner.  Then I added a skinny panel of pink bazzill and topped with some white satin ribbon.  I then placed my shaker over the top.  To finish off, I used three Kaisercraft white flowers and airbrushed them, layered them and topped with a pearl that was coloured with a Copic Marker.

Stamps - Spring is Back (Sarah Kay)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, White Gloss Card, Old Olive, Pink Bazzill, White, Kaisercraft Wish Upon DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Black Multiliner
Accessories - Copics, Airbrush System, Label 17 and Label 6 Nestabilities, Acetate, Kaisercraft White Flowers, Kaisercraft Snow Pearl, Sweet Pea Flower Soft, Foam Tape.

Well that's all from me today, thanks for visiting!!  :)

On Your Special Day

Hi Everyone!!  Today is another JustRite Stampers Challenge and this week it's sponsored by Flower Soft!!!  We've had the opportunity to play with their new Gold and Silver Flower Soft and I've chosen to use their Silver Flower Soft today for the Wedding/Holiday/Celebration challenge.  I've also used JustRite's Wedding Nested Sentiments set for the sentiment!

I started with a base of black and layered with Riding Hood Red and some MME Lush DP.  The horizontal panel is made of more red punched on one side with the MS Iron Gate border punch and topped with some silver satin ribbon.  The feature panel has been stamped using the Wedding Nested Sentiments set in Memento Tuxedo Black and cut out with Large Oval Nestabilities.  I then added some Flower Soft Glue around the edge of the oval and sprinkled on the Silver Flower Soft, gently tapping off the excess.  It was matted with Label 13 die cuts in red and black and popped up on foam tape.  To finish I added some clear rhinestones to the top corners and a large silver bow!  :)

Stamps - Wedding Nested Sentiments (JustRite)
Paper - Black, White, Riding Hood Red, MME Lush DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Silver Flower Soft, Label 13 and Large Oval Nestabilities, MS Iron Gate Border Punch, Silver Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Kaisercraft Clear Rhinestones, Foam Tape.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting and hope you play along with us this week!!  :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Joyous Noel

Hello Everyone!!  Today I decided to play along with this week's Splitcoast Sketch Challenge - don't know about you, but I am STILL in need of Christmas cards and thought this sketch would be perfect!!  :)

I started with a base of Riding Hood Red and stamped the Poinsettia Background stamp by Our Daily Bread Designs in versamark just to give the plain card base a bit of 'oompf'!  For the next two panels I used some left over scraps of Kaisercraft Belle DP and matted them with some green bazzill.  Around the top panel I've attached some 1/2" white satin ribbon.  Next I stamped the Holly Tag from ODBD in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured the Holly in with Copics (G24, G28, R24, R29) and then stamped the sentiment from the same set in the middle of the tag.  I used the matching Tag Die to cut it out - how easy is that!!!  :)  Next I added a matching white satin bow and topped it with a red button and gold cord.  To finish I added a few white pearls to the top corner.

Stamps - Holly Tag Set, Poinsettia Background (ODBD)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Riding Hood Red, Green Bazzill, Kaisercraft Belle DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories - Copics, Tag Die, White Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Red Button, Gold Cord, Kaisercraft Snow Pearls

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!  :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Vacation Time!

I mentioned in my last post that the family and I were away on a vacation - my hubby had been planning this ALL YEAR and surprised us all!!  :)  He had a business trip on Hamilton Island - part of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, right in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef!!  Because I now have to madly catch up on my card work, today you get photos from Hamilton Island to inspire you!!  :)

This is the view from our holiday home - looking over some of the Whitsunday Islands, back towards mainland Australia.  Can you see the dark patches in the water??  That is just a small part of the coral reefs that are all throughout the area!


This is Catseye Beach - the main beach on Hamilton Island!  We were there early and had it all to ourselves!  :)


Everyone gets around in a Golf Buggy on Hamilton Island (us too!) - this is Peak Hour!!  :)


Another part of the beach looking east.


Hope you've enjoyed some of my holiday snaps and hopefully next time you visit I'll have some new cards for you!  :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Peace on Earth

Hello Everyone!!  As you read this, I'm away with the family on a short vacation!  YAY!!  :)  After a busy four days in Sydney working at the Sydney Paper Crafts Festival in the Copic Booth followed by a full, yet wonderful day teaching the Copic Certification Class; hubby decided that it was a good time to take a break!!!  :)  For today's card I'm featuring one of the new tag sets released by ODBD this month!  This is the Holly Tag Set and the sentiment is from the same set!!!  As a little extra, the background is stamped using the Poinsettia Background stamp!!

I started with a base of Riding Hood Red and layered with gold and white.  The white was stamped with the Poinsettia Background stamp in Antique Linen for a subtle background.  Next is another piece of RHR that has been punched both sides with the MS Deco Fan punch and topped with some Echo Park Merry Christmas DP.  The Holly Tag has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black (the sentiment is from the same set) onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (R24, R29, G24, G28) and then cut out using ODBD's custom Tag Die (how EASY does that make cutting these out!!).  I've added some white organdy ribbon vertically over the card and then attached the die cut with some red satin ribbon.  I've finished by adding a red satin bow that I've made with my Bow Easy and a couple of red pearls to the corner.


Stamps - Holly Tag Set, Poinsettia Background (ODBD)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Riding Hood Red, Gold Gloss, White, Echo Park Merry Christmas DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Antique Linen
Accessories - Copics, Tag Die (ODBD), MS Deco Fan Border Punch, Bow Easy, Red Satin Ribbon, White Organdy Ribbon, Red Pearls, Foam Tape.

Well that's all from me today, thanks for visiting!!  :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop #10


Welcome to the 10th week of JustRite Stampers’  Wednesday feature, 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops!  Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving we have been showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps!  Don’t forget that JustRite has some Christmas stamps in their newly released CLING line of stamp sets, too -- you can find them HERE.

For the month of November we thought we would also throw in some holiday gift ideas for any of your JustRite stamps so be watching for those, too, on November’s hops!  And in celebration of JustRite’s 10th week of Christmas Blog Hops, they have a huge surprise for you -- Now through November 29 take 25% off all JustRite Original Christmas stamp sets, with free shipping within the U.S. on orders over $50!

Today's project is a candle and matching gift card that I've made using JustRite's From Our House stamp set.  I stamped the center and border in Memento Tuxedo Black onto some Tissue Paper and coloured with Copic Markers (R24, R29, G24, G28, Y17).  I then cut the tissue paper close and then placed it on the candle with some waxed paper over the top to keep it smooth and flat and melted the tissue paper into the candle with my heat gun.  Then I decided to make a matching gift card for it and once again used the From Our House set, stamping it in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and also coloured it with Copic Markers (R24, R29, R39, G12, G24, G28, Y15, Y17).  It was cut out with Large Square Nestabilities and matted it with Riding Hood Red cut with Lacey Squares Nestabilities and popped up on foam tape.  The base is made of Riding Hood Red, White, Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly DP and on the corners I've added some white ribbon.

Stamps - From Our House (JustRite)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Tissue Paper, White, Riding Hood Red, Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Large Square and Lacey Square Nestabilities, White Satin Ribbon, Candle, Heat Gun, Waxed Paper, Foam Tape.

Please visit these designers’ blogs to see what fabulous JustRite Christmas inspiration they have for you on the hop today! 

JustRite Inspiration Blog

Sharon Harnist

Debbie Olson

Beate Johns

Kazan Clark

Stephanie Kraft

Michele Kovack

Angela Barkhouse

Sankari Wegman

Heidi Blankenship

Kathy Jones

Eva Dobilas
 

That's all for today, thanks for visiting and enjoy the Hop!!  :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Personal Engagement

Hi Everyone!!!  Recently I had a friend ask if I could make an engagement card for her to give to her nephew and fiancee.  The invitation was purple, black and white - so I went with that colour palette.  She also wanted to have their names on the card - JustRite to the rescue!!  :)  Actually, that was the first thing that drew me into JustRite, was the ability to customise my cards with names and dates and such.

I started with a base of black and layered with white and some purple bazzill that I embossed with a heart embossing folder from Provocraft's Love Language set.  Next I added a square of MME Lush DP which was layered with a piece of black cut with Label 16 Nestabilities and then added a piece of white May Arts Satin Ribbon.  I created the sentiment panel with the Romantic Sentiments Centers and customised the outside with the 15 point font from the 2" Wood Stamper, Font and Center set.  I cut it out with Large Circle Nestabilities and matted with the new Lacey Circles Nestabilities and popped it all up on foam tape.  To finish I added a little bling to each of the corners!!  :)

Stamps - Romantic Sentiments Centers, 2" Wood Stamper, Font and Center Set (JustRite)
Paper - Black, White, Purple Bazzill, MME Lush DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Label 16, Large Circle and Lacy Circle Nestabilities, May Arts Satin Ribbon, Love Language EF, Kaisercraft Silver Rhinestones, Foam Tape.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!  :)

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