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Welcome to my blog. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope that you will find some inspiration for your projects as I have from many lovely people. This is just a little space for me to share some of my cards, scrap book pages and maybe even some of my embroidery and quilting projects.

Enjoy and stop back often.


Monday, 28 September 2009

Coaster Box and an Acetate Box decorated using Sunshine’s Stamps

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for dropping by for my second post for the day. Today I am bringing to you 2 new images from Sunshine’s Stamps. I also thought I would have a go at a couple of other projects other than a card or a scrapbook page. I think they came up o.k. I found the templates on Splitcoast Stampers so I will give you the url where you can find them with each project.

The first image that I used was Racy Randyne, she is very cute Motorbike. I know my 18 year old niece would love her in green, however my little girl is into pink so I thought I would colour her in pink. I made a coaster box only I didn’t use coasters. I bought a chipboard mini square album to use. I didn’t need the little tray that comes with the coasters and I could find a square one anyway. This little album already had 2 holes punched so I just evenly spread the other holes that were needed around the 2 holes already there and it came out o.k. I think. I left the coloured markers in the box so that you could see it used for a pencil holder. Of course you could use it as a gift box as well.

Here is the inside of the box for you to have a look at:

Here is what I used:

I used the Sweet Always DSP from Stampin’ Up to cover the chipboard. I also used Pretty in Pink Card Stock for the inside of the box. Instead of Modge Podge which the tutorial from Splitcoaststampers used I just used double sided tape making sure that the paper was secure at the edges of the chipboard before using my emery board to sand of the excess paper and card stock. After each application of the card stock or paper I then re-punched the wholes in the paper. I had already done this in the chipboard before covering. I thought this would be easier as I already had the 2 pre-punched holes. I also used double sided tape to adhere the bottom of the box as I didn’t have strong liquid glue to do this and it has held up quite well. This was quite time consuming but well worth it. I coloured the edges of the chipboard in with a pink marker. Anyway have a look at the tutorial to get the full details on how to make the box itself.

For the image I used Racy Randyne on whisper white card stock and backed her on Pretty in Pink Card Stock and these are the colour that I used for her.
All Stampin’ Write Markers: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Going Grey, Basic Grey, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Only Orange, Pink Passion, Pixie, Pink and Pretty in Pink. I also used some orange satin ribbon to tie the box together.
For the Acetate Box I used Sunshine’s digital stamp, Vanity. No I am not one who wears make up but I’m sure if you have a girlfriend who is into makeup you might be able to use this image on the box to give a s a gift. I left the pens in the box so that you would get the idea. You can also find the tutorial for this box at Splitcoaststampers.

Sorry that the picture is a little dark, it was a grey, wet and very cold day in Melbourne when I took this photo.
I used for this box and overhead transparency, close to cocoa, whisper white and pretty in pink card stock. The DSP is Stampin’ Up’s Pink Pirouette Patterns DSP. The colours I used for Vanity are Close to Cocoa, Chocolate chip, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Cameo Coral, Lavender Lace, Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue and Bashful Blue. I also used the Crop-a-dile and some white grosgrain ribbon. Make sure you have left enough ribbon so you can pull the lid up to fill your gift box.

Well that is all for now. Hope that you have been inspired to have a go yourself somewhere in the busy-ness of your life.

Don’t forget to check out the other DT members of Sunshine’s for some more inspiration. You can find them on my side bar as well as Sunshine’s blog and her store.

Have a great day and thanks for spending a little of your time with me.

Take Care

A couple of Card Fronts

Hi Everyone,

thanks for dropping in today. I just wanted to do a quick post to show you the 2 card fronts I made for the September Card Front Swap at SBT50. We were to make a Thank You card and also a flower card.

The card fronts have to be 9 x 13 cm to fit onto the front of a Kaiser blank card.

This is what I came up with:

Here is the recipe:

All Paper and inks are from Stampin’ Up. Check out Claire Daly’s blog if you want to see what else Stampin’ Up has to offer.

Card Stock: Chocolate chip, Close to Cocoa and Very Vanilla
DSP: Close to Cocoa DSP
Stamp: Stampin’ Up’s Elegant Thank You, small branch from the Touch of Nature Stamp Set
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: Sponge Daubers, dimensionals, DS tape, personal trimmer

Here is the recipe:

Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Watercolour Paper
Stamps: Hydrangea from Bloomin’ with Beauty, Background stamp is from the Peaceful Wishes stamp set.
Ink: Versa Mark, Basic Grey, chocolate chip. colouring done using watercolour wonder crayons
Ribbon: Brocade Blue Grosgrain 5/8” ribbon
Other: Aqua Painter, Sponge Dauber, personal trimmer, ds tape.

Hope that you like these 2 card fronts.

Take Care and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Happy Birthday from Ref Rodney and Fumble!

Hi everyone,

It is another Monday so time for another look at what Sunshine’s Stamps have on offer. This week I have used 2 images from Sunshine’s Stamps on the one card: Fumble the football and Ref Rodney. I have also used Midnights Madness Sketch #19 for the basis of my card. I printed out 2 Ref Rodney’s coloured them the same, cut out one and popped it using dimensionals. I also popped the sentiment and a couple of Fumble the Football. I haven’t sponged the edges of the sentiment or around the oval as I wanted a very clean look for this card. I know when you are playing football there is nothing that is clean about it! Hope you like it.

Here is the recipe:

Card Stock: Stampin’ Up night of Navy, Bordering Blue and Whisper White
DSP: Stampi’ Up Urban Garden
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Going Grey, Basic Grey, Creamy Caramel, Blush Blossom, Real Red, Really Rust, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Brilliant Blue and Night of Navy.
Other: Black Half Pearls, Dimensional, Double Sided tape, Scissors and Personal Trimmer

Here is the sketch from the Midnight Madness team:
I also promised that I would show you a scrapbooking pages that I had worked on in August but just haven’t had time to post it. I do have more but you can wait until another post for those. This page I did as challenges for SBT50 Australia. It was a fun Cyber Crop in August where we also had to make a card using the scraps from our pages. It was a great idea so here is a page that I came up with for one of the challenges.

This page was a quote challenge as well as a challenge to have stars as the main attraction so to speak. I used Stampin’ Up Pretty in Pink card stock to create the title (which is also the quote we were to use and all the stars. I cut it all out on my Craft Robo. Man did it come in handy for this project. I had seen a similar page where it was almost all the one colour so I thought I would give a monochromatic layout a go and I quite like how it turned out. The background paper is also Stampin’ Up and was from the Berry Bliss DSP pack.

Here is the card I made using the scraps. The stamp is also from Stampin’ Up from the Best Yet set. I also used Pink Passion as the ink on this card.

Well that is all for now, oh alright just because you begged. I will show you one more page and card.

This layout I also did for the Cyber Challenge at SBT50 We each had certain criteria that we had to use. I had to use 2 different ribbons, a one word title, use at least 3 buttons and use something made of chipboard. This is what I came up with. I just love this photo of my Sarah. I had never made flowers with ribbon before so I thought I would give it a go and they came out o.k. The background paper is Stampin’ Up, the green torn paper is creative memories, The ribbon is Stampin’ Up and then we have the sticker alpha’s, buttons and chipboard flourishes to finish it all off.

This card is using the same stamp set as the previous card obviously because it is the same sentiment: Stampin’ Up’s Best Yet set. The paper, ribbon, and buttons are the same as the page as we had to use our scraps to make it as the extra challenge. I also used Stampin’ Up’s scallop circle punch.

Well thanks for stopping by and spending a little of your time with me.

Take Care

Monday, 14 September 2009

Need a Lift?

Hi everyone thanks for dropping by to take a look at what I have been up to. Well I have had an extremely busy week so I have only had a chance to do one card this week. I have used Sunshine’s Stamps latest release – Cledus for my card. He is rather cute. The sentiment is particularly needed at our house this week, Michael has had a really tough week at work and my week hasn’t been that great either. But we did have 1 highlight which sometimes is all you need. Our DD had her 8th birthday. We had a great day celebrating but I will show you photos another day.

Back to Cledus. I have used this weeks Midnight Madness Sketch for the basis of my card.

Here is the recipe for the card.

Card Stock: Green cardstock unknown, Stampin’ Up Whisper White
Patterned Paper: Stampin’ Up Old Olive DSP
Ink: All Stampin’ Up colours – Blush Blossom, Pumpkin Pie, Yoyo Yellow, Ruby Red,
Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Sahara Sand, Going Grey,
Basic, Grey, Basic Black, Mellow Moss, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Always Artichoke.
Embellishments: antique brass eyelets, black half pearls, orange satin ribbon
Other: dimensionals, double sided tape, personal trimmer, Stampin’ Up curly label punch
Here is the sketch from Midnight Madness:
Hope you like the latest installment from Sunshine's Stamps. Don't forget to go over and have a look at what else she has to offer and also look at the DT blogs for more inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by.
Take Care

Monday, 7 September 2009

Suzanne Swordfish and Frankie Forklift

Well how are you today? Hope that you are all having a great day. We had a very busy weekend but I will tell you more about that later.

First I would like to show you 2 new releases from Sunshine’s Stamps. Please make sure you look at the other members of the Design Team for more inspiration for using these great digital stamps.

For my first card I used Suzanne Swordfish, she is part of Sunshine’s Ocean Dweller’s series. I used Lord Have Mercy’s sketch challenge for this card.

This is the recipe:
Card Stock: Stampin’ Up Pretty in Pink, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Patterned Paper: Stampin’ Up Pink Pirouette DSP
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Blush Blossom, Pink Passion, Pixie, Pink Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Fiskars Vines Texture plate, Personal Trimmer
Embellishments: Half pearls.

Here is the sketchfor MTSC37:

I used Frankie Forklift for my second card this week. As soon as I saw him I knew that I could use him for a great card to give to my husband. The sentiment just came to me as soon as I saw him. I used this weeks Midnight Madness Sketch for this card.

Here is the recipe:
Card Stock: Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Patterened Paper: Stampin’ Up Close to Cocoa DSP, Chocolate Chip DSP
Ink: Stampin’ Up Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel,
More Mustard, Really Rust, So Saffron, Blush Blossom, Bashful Blue,
Ballet Blue, Bliss Blue, Sahara Sand, Going Grey, Basic Grey, Basic Black
Accessories: Personal Trimmer, Crop-A-Dile, Personal Trimmer, Sewing Needle, Thread.
Embellishments: eyelets
This is the sketch:

Well I hope that you like these latest images from Sunshine's Stamps
Thanks for stopping by and spending a little of your precious time with me.
Take Care

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