Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Stormy Skies

Hello Everyone!  Hope you've all had a happy Christmas - we went away and spent time with family and just had time to relax and was WONDERFUL!!  Just before Christmas, I had a Copic Tutorial go up on the Copic Oz Blog showing how to create this stormy sky.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas our city was hammered with storm after storm, so I thought it would be appropriate.  :)  For all the details about the Copic colours and how to create the scene click HERE.

The rest of the card is pretty simple, a base of Old Olive and layered with white, Daffodil Delight and a piece of MME Hattie DP (found DEEP in my stash).  The vertical panel is Old Olive punched with Iron Gate Border Punch and topped with more Hattie DP, then I've also added a horizontal piece of Hattie DP as well.  Down the side I've added a piece of white ribbon.  The image was cut with Large Circle Nestabilities and matted with Old Olive cut with Stately Circles Nestabilities.  To finish I've added a spiral clip with ribbon and a couple of clear Dew Drops to the corner.

Stamps - Hodgepodge of Happiness (Unity)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Old Olive, White, Daffodil Delight, MME Hattie DP
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders Large Circle and Stately Circle Nestabilities, Iron Gate Border Punch, Spiral Clip, White Ribbon, Dew Drops, X-press It Foam Tape, Mask It

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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Camellia Notebook

Hello Everyone!!  How are you all surviving The Crazy Season?  December in Australia is the time for Christmas Parties, End of Year Parties - since our school year finishes at the beginning of December, and of course trying to get organised for Christmas Day with our families and friends.  With three children finishing school during these weeks, my life has been on the slightly insane side!  I'm part of a  Craft Group that is a gathering of school Mums who have talents in various areas - we all learn from each other and try different things - I've taught Copic colouring for example and one Mum (bless her), tried her best to teach me to crochet!  Last week was our final gathering of the year (or what we here in Australia call a Break Up Party - since we are breaking for the end of the year) and we were having a Secret Santa - the catch was it had to be something we made.  I decided to make a notebook.

I've taken a Spirax notebook and a piece of pretty patterned paper from my stash and punched along the edge with a spiral punch and glued down.  Next I took a piece of white and embossed it with Imperial M-Bossabilities folder - then decided it was too bright, so I toned it down by airbrushing it with Copic E51 - matted with Blushing Bride and wrapped a piece of ivory ribbon around it.  I've printed the Camellias image onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (G20, G21, G24, G28, RV000, RV52, RV55, R30, R81, R83, R85, R89).  I've cut this out with Spellbinders Labels 25 and matted it with Blushing Bride cut with Majestic Labels 25.  To finish I've decorated with pearls and ribbons

Stamps - Camellias (Power Poppy)
Ink - Printer
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Blushing Bride, MME DP
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders Labels 25, Majestic Labels 25, Imperial MBossabilities Folder, Kaisercraft Chino Pearls, Ribbons

Thankfully the recipient really liked it!  :)  Are you making gifts this Christmas season?  I hope whatever you are doing that you are having fun and are inspired to stamp!  :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Teacher Gift Set

Hello Everyone!  Last Friday, my eldest finished Grade 7 which means next year he is off to High School!  Grade 7 has been the final year of Primary School as long as I can remember in Queensland (although my mother tells me in her day Grade 7 was High School - the Education Dept obviously change the rules every generation or so), however this cohort will be the last to finish in Primary School, with the Grade 6 class finishing this week also heading to High School next year.  Such a strange feeling to have a child heading to High School.

Last Friday, the Grade 7's had their Graduation Ceremony which also included 10 Awards Presentation - these being Art, Mandarin, Music, Academic etc....  Finally the last award was announced, the June Hammer Memorial Award - which is given to one boy and one girl and is decided by no less than 20 staff and the winners kept a closely guarded secret by only 2-3 people.  The winners names will be engraved on the Honour Board at the school.  You can't imagine my surprise and gasp as my son's name was announced (I didn't even hear the girl's name I was so stunned - although I saw her go up on stage - Congratulations Ruth).  Needless to say, I shed a couple of tears.  We are so incredibly proud of you Zac - what an amazing young man you are growing up to be!

Now that I have had my Proud Mum moment - onto today's project!  Every year I make journals for the kids to give to their teachers (I do have others but you won't see those for a while due to the stamps I've used on them) - Zac had a male teacher who liked to torture the class with music from the 80's, so he wanted a journal in this theme.  (Not that Zac hates 80's music, he's been learning guitar to some of the songs of that era.)  You can imagine how this got my brain working - how was I going to do 80's theme?  I found some random bright, circular patterned paper deep in my stash which I thought would work, punched the edge with a spiral punch and glued it down.  I've made a black and orange panel for the front, and cut out the teacher's name in yellow and green using Spellbinders Upper Case Font One.  The guitar was cut using MFT's Rock and Roll Die-namics (I can't find it in their store - perhaps it's retired?) in a variety of colours.  Next came the cassette - I found Retro Cassette shape in the Silhouette Online Store and cut all the pieces and glued them together and attached as shown.
The card was made in matching colours, with the added use of the Music M-Bossabilities folder, the sentiment from MFT's A la Mode Rock Star set (also retired - boohoo - I miss the a la modes) which I've secured with a staple.

Stamps - Rock Star (MFT ret)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Kiwi Kiss, Black, Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, White, Unknown DP from stash
Accessories - MFT Rock and Roll Die-namics, Spellbinders Music M-Bossabilities and Upper Case Font One, Silhouette Retro Cassette Cutting File, Silhouette Machine

Sorry this has been a long post today and thanks for hanging in there until the very end!  I hope whatever craziness is happening in your part of the world, that you remember to enjoy it and celebrate every day!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Winter Blitz Release!

Hello Everyone!!  It's Power Poppy Hop Day!! Today both sets, Camellias and Winter Pick-Me-Up are available to purchase.......however a lucky person may yet WIN both sets simply by commenting on the blogs of the Bloom Brigade!!  It could be you, so don't forget comment!  :)

Have you seen the peeks over the last couple of days?  The team have made some beautiful cards over the last couple of days and there are more to inspire you today!

For my card, I've used Winter Pick-Me-Up....isn't this just a beautiful image!  I've started my card using a base of Very Vanilla and layered with Wisteria Wonder cut with Resplendent Rectangles.  Next I've cut a piece of Pion DP using the next smallest die from the same set.  I've printed the Winter Pick-Me-Up image onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured it with Copics (G20, G21, G24, G28, B60, B63, B66, W1, W3, C1, C3, Y21, Y28, YR30, YR31).  I've cut it out with Majestic Labels Twenty-Five and popped it up on foam tape.  I've shrunk the sentiment down, printed it out and cut it out with Lacey Ovals.  While still in the die, I've lightly airbrushed it with Copic B63 and then popped it up on foam tape.  To finish I've added a few pearls to the corners.

Stamps - Winter Pick-Me-Up (Power Poppy)
Ink - Printer
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Very Vanilla, Wisteria Wonder, Pion DP
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles, Lacey Ovals and Majestic Labels Twenty-Five, Kaisercraft Chino Pearls, X-press It Foam Tape

It's time to travel around the blogs and feast your eyes on the inspiring work of the Bloom Brigade!!!  Don't forget to comment for your chance to WIN!!!
 That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!!  :)


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