Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I was in Spotlight on Saturday (BIG mistake!), and saw this cute American Crafts ribbon. So, I had another attempt at making a card with the same image as previously - SU Rainy Days - I tend to stamp 2-3 images, and colour them in at the same time.
I pulled out some patterned paper and cardstock - and changed my mind. Pulled out some more cardstock and patterned paper, and changed my mind again. In the end, I chose this cardstock - cos I love the colour - (marigold morning, which of course, you cannot buy anymore from a SU demo) and thought the paper went well with it. Then I thought - rightly or wrongly - that yeah, some of the colours in the paper matched some of umbrellas in the ribbon. You may want to squint and tilt your head on the correct angle and imagine they go, but they do! :)
What do ya think.....

Don't know why I put the buttons there though - colour wise, good match, but really - what was I thinking??? flowers, umbrellas, squares, scallop circles....and then I put it out there for all to see!

anyway - feel free to comment - tell me truely that yeah, I wasn't thinking!


PS - any SU demos out there who have half a pack of marigold morning they wish to sell, feel free to send me a email..... :)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I made these two cards a few months ago - I love the gerbra flower stamp (by TAC), I think it one of the nicest flower stamps I own, and it's a great size for card fronts.
The first card used SU cardstock, ink and some ribbon, the buckle is from making memories. I used a small slot punch to make a hole in the fold/crease of the card to thread the ribbon through. At times, I wonder how other crafters use/attach ribbons to cards - whether they snip the ends and have the raw edges on the card fronts, or wrap around the card like I have, or just under a mat on the front with the ends tucked under. I have tried all 3 ways - and more - but don't know which way I prefer!
The second card again used some old SU patterned paper, cardstock and ink, but TAC stamps for the text and of course, the flower. I raised the image on some pop dots, and used a small circle punch and made the 'ticket corner' look. The brads are just some I had kicking around in my stash.

Both the gerbra flowers were coloured in with my faber-castell pencils. I do like them, don't know if I should get a larger set with more colours to play with, or save my pennies and buy some 'real' pencils from a art store (or maybe.....some copics!)

I didn't have time to sit and make anything today - I went down to my room - my desk was really, really messy so I tidied it and put things away....and got soooo sidetracked that I ran out of time to make anything! I might try during the week now that all winter sports practices have finished and the kids have nothing else on (yay!) I have all these ideas churning around in my head, I just need to put them on paper...fingers crossed.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This morning I made my lunch to have at work.
This is a momentous occassion. I usually not have lunch, or, will purchase a salad roll from the bakery. But, there was a fresh roll left over, a slice of roast beef left (from making 5 other lunches!), I even opened a new block of cheese, and sliced some fresh crunchy cucumber.
When I got to work, I put the roll in the fridge.
At lunch time, I made myself yet another cup of coffee (probably my 3rd or 4th cup) and went to the fridge to get my roll.
Today was the day someone decided to clean out the fridge!! And threw my lunch in the bin!!

However, when I got home from work, there was a little parcel for me from Canada in my letterbox!
Lookie what I won....

some Christmas charms, Christmas ribbons, Christmas papers, flowers, buttons, felt embellies, prima flowers, snowman embellies, xmas stocking embellies and a little cupcake stamp set

One of the blogs I visit regularly - Kelly - was giving away some blog candy - AND I WON! Totally made my day when she announced I won, and again it made my day when I received it  - after someone throwing away my lunch!
Make sure you check out Kelly's blog - kelly.studiobeemusic.com - have a look around, and post a comment or two. (It's where i'm heading off to now.....) And again, I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to Kelly!


Monday, October 12, 2009

So yesterday, I started out inspired and full of enthusiasm to make a card, and what do ya know - I make the same ole design....boring! I think it needs something but, what???

I even used the same sentiment inside the card as previously, however, I do think it suits!

cardstock is SU - whisper white and brocade blue, paper is Provocraft (baby shower), image is SU rainy days, sentiment is TAC, ink is SU going grey and brocade blue. Coloured in with my coloured pencils

After making the card, I had a lookie at something I started a couple of months ago - a little recipe album for one of my nieces for Christmas. I had some Teresa Collins paper that really appealed to me, and I feel red always looks effective on black & white. It's still not finished - I need to dig out my bind-it-all and do the binding. (So we have to 'pretend' its bound so you can get an overall image of what is should look like...)

Hindsight being what it is, I should have used a deep green to go with the colours already in the paper - I will next time. Next time, I will also NOT use my old creative memories alpha stickers, but something a bit more modern/stylie looking, and mat the front 'RECIPE' so it doesn't look lost/floating in mid air. The next mini album will be better....promise.
I do like the size though - the BIA covers fitted index cards I got from Warehouse Stationery - I did have to cut some plain white cardstock for the tabbed pages - they only had lined.
Its a great size for lots of things - mini albums, autograph books, recipe books, doodle books, and the like.

Anyway, that's all from me tonite. Again, feel free to post all constructive criticism - please!


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Yesterday was World Card Making Day. So, I did a scrapbook page.
Today, I mad a card - waaaay different from my usual style!
I found this blog, www.apathofpaper.blogspot.com - she is a Close To My Heart demonstrator, but has some great cards on there. I totally did the Picket Fence Card from her July 08 post - for some reason it appealed to me.
I left it blank inside, cos I don't know what I will use it for - birthday/thinking of you/thanks etc
Here is my version:

I used some SU cardstock and ink, and a Hero Arts stamp (row of flowers) and coloured it in with my good ol' pencils...maybe Santa will bring me some Copics (hint, hint) The brads are just a couple of ones I had in my stash
I do hope the CTMH comes to New Zealand, Stampin Up! did, so maybe they could too!
If you do check out Deneen's blog, make sure you look at the photos she posted of the hand art - there are some truly talented, creative, imaginative people out there!

Well, that's all from me today - hope you like the card. Feel free to comment


Thursday, October 1, 2009

I updated my photo!
I don't normally have my photo taken - as a rule, I'm the one behind the camera.
However, I have the 'meanest' boss ever, and he thought it was time I got my business card, so he took this photo in the office. Turned out quite well really (at least, I don't have half a horse growing out of my head like the other photo that hubby took!)
What do ya think???