Monday, January 28, 2013

January ATC's - Punch Art

I LOVE punch art, its so satisfying to make things out of punched shapes. Am I reverting to my childhood ? lol I think so, I love to cut, punch and color.

Its good to see that my frog fetish is still alive and well ! lol Everything was stamped or embossed, cut/punched and then adhered. His tongue is long and curly. LOVE him xxx
The other punch art creations :

January SU party

I dont do a lot of SU parties, but during Sale-a-bration they seem to get more popular. I did a party recently and just loved the cards we made :
The Papillion Potpourri stamp set and co-ordinating punch is just fantastic. I colored the rhinestones with sharpie markers to match the butterfly colors and the sentiment is from the Blooming with Kindness stamp set.

 I made another of the triple time stamping cards, using Elements of Style. I stamped the humming bird in pink, brave burgundy for the flowers and then used a blender pen to do a little coloring. The blender pens are so fantastic and easy to use. The embelishment is distressed circles adhered with a brad. The sentiment 'Life in a matter of moments' is just perfect.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day x

December ATC - The 12 Days of Christmas

The challenge was to each choose one of the 12-days of Christmas and make our ATC's for that theme. I chose, 3 french hens. I feel  a little superstitious about the number 3, I have 3 children - so its my lucky number :-) They all parlez le francais also, so another reason why I chose it. The back ground collage is made with kitchen roll and luminere paints. I had so much fun doing that.

The full set of December ATC's : 3 french hens, 4 calling birds, 5 gold rings and 9 ladies dancing. They are all so different - I really enjoyed this festive ATC exchange. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Are the walls closing in in my craft room ?

I am sure that the walls are closing in in my craft room ! It seems to get smaller and smaller. I'm having trouble find a home for my purchases ! lol So tonight I incorporated some new storage - ok, its white so doesn't really match, but we had it and it was free so who cares ! My stamp sets are now sorted into categories and on the new shelves, my embelishments are sorted and in the glass fronted cabinet, as are all my 'coloring' things ! (Embossing powder, glitter, markers, copics etc, etc). I am super excited and thought I'd better take a few pics whilst its tidy !


I am an avid reader, in two book clubs and active on the Good Reads website - if you like to read and havent been there yet - I highly recommend it. Bookmarks, therefore seem to be an appropriate thing for me to make. This is made with the PTI bookmark die and a Tim Holtz Visual Artistry stamp set, Flights of Fancy. What a fabulous sentiment.

You may think you are seeing double, but I shadow stamped the flowers to give it depth and it also co-ordinated better with the letters, which are kind of shadowed.
The cardstock, ribbon and ink are Stampin' Up! raspberry ripple and wild wasabi.

Thanks for looking x

Interference Perfect Pearls

I love perfect pearls, but recently came across interference perfect pearls. WOW ! It basically works the opposite way to perfect pearls. You apply the powder to the dark cardstock and stamp with your versamark/perfect medium inked up stamp. The versamark removes the perfect pearls, leaving a beautiful image. Set it with a light spritz of H20.
This card is created for my best friend Katrina for Valentines, sending love across the miles to her xxx

I also used the MFT cloud dies and a retired love stamp set. I made the heart from sculpey clay - a new hobby ! Another one - Oh my !!!! lol

Thanks for looking x

Friday, January 18, 2013

WMS January 2013 Blog Party

Its that time again, the WMS blog party. I dont always get to play, but this month I made the time. I had an excuse for crafting time, I have met a wonderful group of motivated crafters and we will meet weekly -how great is that :) I look forward to participating more regularly in challenges (especially WMS) and I might even get caught up on my scrapbooking - I started Projec Life 2 weeks ago - yikes, I'm already behind ! lol Anyway, on to business .....

This month's WMS blog party has the LOVE theme ! I decided to make a card for my son. He is about to turn 11 and a really fantastic kid, I am so proud of him. As soon as I saw the little hero additions stamp set, I knew I just had to have it.  I love the sentiments and will use them often to express myself to my boys xxx
( I am taking the photos at night so I dont miss the submission deadline - bit disappointed in the color in the photo, it is so much more vibrant in real life / day light. )

I coloured the boy in copics highlighting with a little prismacolor white and gel pen, paper pieced the teddy, used various Spellbinders sets - banners, majestic elements resplendent rectangles and can you see the heart peeping out from behind the boy. The small hearts in the blue heart and punched using a Creative Memories confetti heart punch. The gorgeous background paper is from a 6x6 paperpack by Crate Paper - Toy Box Collection. 

Do you see the red heart ?  The heart is my new found hobby - Sculpey clay. It is really easy to work with and is available in a large variety of colours and metallics. When baked it is very hard and light weight - kinda the perfect medium for making your own embellishments. Close up :

Thanks for looking. I am off to look at all the other wonderful creations on the WMS blog.

Just for comparison, I took another photo this morning, with natural light :-)

January SU parties

Having 3 sons, I dont get much chance to use flowers, so I decided that pinwheels are my new flowers :) Stampin' Up! has a new pinwheel die in the spring catalogue. During the workshop I wanted to demo using the die and also making your own. The smaller one is with the die, the larger one is hand cut - super easy.

SU recipe :
Stamp set : Bitty banners
Ink : Midnight Muse
Cardstock : Print Poetry dsp, Whisper white and naturals white
Embellishments : Glimmer brad, pool party bakers twine, mini silver brads
Tools : Pinwheel die, Clear oval accent bigz die, Chevron embossing folder

The second card was a design I have been looking forward to doing, triple time stamping. It is easy and very effective. Some people used this flower stamp from elements of style, whilst others made a male card - yes, its true, a card for a man !!! lol We used The Open Sea stamp set for that and I hope the recipients are appreciative !

SU recipe :
Stamp set : Elements of Style
Ink : Bravo burgundy
Cardstock : Very vanilla, bravo burgundy
Embellisments : Brights button, linen twine

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Last WMS Sketch Challenge #129

Oh no ..... its the last sketch challenge from Waltzing Mouse Stamps !

Even though I don't often get to 'play', I love the creative inspiration from the samples in these challenges. I will really miss it, my Saturday mornings just wont be the same.

So, obviously I just had to create something for the last challenge, #129. Thank you Claire for running this challenge for so long, and I look forward to what you do next.

It is almost my sons 11th Birthday, so I made a card for him and also a challenge entry. I have three sons, so no frilly pink flowers etc around here ! lol

I took inspiration from the Generation Tech DCWV paper stack I recently bought, specifically the pacman sheet. This is my pacman, just made more fabulous and awesome to co-ordinate with my amazing son :-) The pacman is made using my WMS Doily Stamps, the sentiments are from Free Spirit Sentiments and the banners are Bitty Banners.

Thanks for looking and Happy New Year x