Tuesday, 30 September 2008

It's Still School Holidays!!!!!!!!

I know that I haven't posted in a few days but IT'S STILL THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS!!! Now don't get me wrong... I love my children and I love spending time with them but they iritate each other after a while and I become the referee. My DS is 3 and he just loves to touch his sister's precious drawings and creations... and then she is yelling at him to stop and then he start taunting her and then she starts crying... you get the idea.
I have absolutely loved not having to get up every morning, wake up the kids and get them dressed and fed by 7.45am... in fact my DS has even got into the habit of sleeping in a bit! I do love the school holidays for that reason alone!
So what have I been doing? Well I have made about 10 cards this week... here are a couple! I bought this set last year when I first became a SU demo but I have struggled to use it. I am determined to use it more.

For this card I used my So Saffron and Always Artichoke markers to colour the stamp.. it took a few goes to get it just how I liked it. I put it on top of a square of Le Jardin DSP and matted it in Artichoke and Saffron. I then used the So Swirly wheel on a piece of River Rock and added some Very Vanilla ribbon.

This card uses the same set. I have used Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink and Basic Black cardstock. I used the rock and roll technique on the flower and stamped the crosshatch stamp in Bashful on the blue square.
I am pleased with both of these cards and I have broken the block I had with this stamp set.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Where have I been?

Hi All.. it is the school holidays here in sunny Queensland so this week I have spent lots of time with my two darling children! So not too much card-making has been going on!!! I did have a great day on Wednesday at my upline, Kim's, house. There was lots of kids... lots of eating.. and lots of cardmaking going on. I can't show you my projects yet as they are still a work in progress but it was lots of fun!
Never fear... I do have some things to show you! I have to say sorry the photos are a little dark but it was take them tonight at my desk or wait another to make a post. I will try to redo the photos tomorrow for you!

In Australia... we don't really celebrate Halloween but I have seen some fabulous projects on SCS so I thought I would make some little treats to take with me on Wednesday for all the kids. I used the scraps off my desk to create the covers- 2' x 5 3/4". I then punched out scallops and circles and stamped out the animals from In the Wild. I scored the cardstock a quarter inch from each end and at the 3" mark. I then used my CAD to punch a hole in the middle of the 1/2 inch panels at each end. (Does any of that make sense? E-mail me if you have any questions)

On Saturday.. I did a workshop for one of my customers... she wanted to know more about the pastels and the markers. Here are the 2 projects that we made.

For this card, we coloured the Artfully Asian stamp using the markers. The colours are Blush Blossom, Rose Red and Always Artichoke. The colours were on my desk together from other projects and they just seemed to go!

This second card I demo-ed the poppin' pastels technique... where you stamp in Versamark and then use daubers to put the colour on the images. We used the Polka Dots and Petals set. The colours used were Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom, Barely Banana and Certainly Celery.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

More Swap Cards

Here are a few more of my swaps that I made last week's Field Training. I did not make more than one of any of these cards as I was using up bits off my desk.

This set has become a bit of a favourite of mine. It is called Bud Basics and it is such a versatile set. For this card, I have used Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi and Close to Cocoa. I love how great these colours look together and I will definitely be using them again.

Now as I said, this set is a favourite of mine and I just had to try this technique that I saw onDawn Griffith'sblog. I have used Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal and Certainly Celery chalks to colour the Whisper White cardstock.

These two cards use the same DSP- Spring Fling and Be Happy stamp set but I have changed the cardstock. The first card used Wild Wasabi and So Saffron cardstock. The second card uses Sage Shadow, Pretty in Pink and So Saffron.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Field Training

Last night I went to Field Training at the Convention Centre. What a great night!! We got A NEW STAMP SET!! It is called Live Your Dreams and will be available in the Summer Mini in December. I will post some projects with it very soon!
For the event... we were able to make swaps. I decided that I would use up the little bits and pieces of cardstock that is taking over my desk. Here are a few of the ones I made:
I have made this one before using pink and brown. This one uses Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel. I have used the flowers from Time Well Spent and Bashful Blue striped ribbon.
I had a little strip of DSP from Outlaw... and I knew I just had to use it some way... so I made this very simple card.I stamped the background with the one of the little stars from the Wanted set, and coloured the scallop stamp with markers.
I seem to have lots of little bits of DSP... so I used a piece to finish this card. I love the Berry Bliss paper and it really finished off and tied together all the colours I have used... Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink and Purely Pomegranate.

I love this card... It is the second one I have made like this. I have used Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal and Blush Blossom. The set is Polka Dots and Petals.

I have heaps more to show you... and I will post more soon!

Friday, 5 September 2008

Scallop Flowers

I was at my friend Karen's blog and saw a very cool card she made.... and I just had to make it too!

I have used the same colours but mixed them around a bit. The flowers were super easy to make and I love how it has turned out!
Thanks Karen!

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

A Challenge

I was surfing blogs tonight and came across Mandy's blog. I was intrigued by the colour combination so I decided I would give it a go. Here is my take on her card.

I have changed the colours around and used the rock and roll technique on the butterfly. I am quite pleased with how it has turned out. The only thing I didn't do was add the glitter... it is just too messy for it's own good! LOL... I always end up with more glitter on me than on the card! Ha Ha!
The colours used here are Sage Shadow, Real Red and Chocolate Chip... not colours I would usually use but I quite like them.
Thanks Mandy!

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

First Father's Day Card

Here is the Father's Day card I have made for my FIL. I got the idea from my friend Diane.Thanks Di for your great instructions!

I used Chocolate Chip and Confetti Cream cardstock.
It was super easy to make and I am sure he will like it! My DH was very impressed with it too. Too bad I can't make him the same card! I will have to put my "thinking cap" on for his card and one for my own Dad.

More cards to come in the next few days.