Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sketch Challenge with M&M's. mmmm....

Today I wanted to try a really cute punch art I saw on Pinterest created by Melyssa Connolly.
Plus I wanted to do the Sketch Challenge with Paper Players this week.

Come and see what I made.
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Isn't she cute! hehe. My friend is going to hospital next week and she loves M&M's so I thought this would make her smile.
Here's a closer look for you. I have used Pool Party cardstock embossed with the Polka Dots Emboss Folder. Some lovely designer paper from the Amore Collection p.10 of the seasonal mini. Bordered with some Real Red Card and Very Vanilla Scallop Trim Border.

Well what do you think? Do you think I actually managed to follow the sketch this time???
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think I love to hear from you.

Come back again next time. I have another M&M card to show you. (They are rather addictive - just like the real thing! LOL!)

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tea for Two - Tea Caddy

I have always wanted to make one of these Tea Caddy Boxes so when I got my Tea for Two designer paper it seemed destiny to put the two together! hehe. I used black cardstock for the base and some natural trim and pearls around the edge of the lid.

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Come and have a closer look.
Here's a view of the lid. What do you think of my flower?
This flower was made with two Blossom Punched flowers using the Tea for Two designer series paper. I scrunched them up and inked them lightly on the edges with black ink. I then used one of the new designer builder brads to hold them together. On top of the brad I have placed a little flower from the flower trim (p.5 of the new mini) with a large pearl attached to the centre. Then I spritzed the whole lot with some gorgeous shimmer paint mist to give it a sparkly appearance. Phew! Did you see that my flower is green? More on that later.

I bet you think there are only tea bags in this Tea Caddy?
Nope! I managed to squeeze in some choc caramel eclairs as well! Something sweet with your tea?

I love the words in the Tea Shoppe Stamp Set. This stamp set is a perfect fit with the Tea for Two designer paper too. (p.57 main catalogue) Though I really wish I could stop taking photos on an angle! LOL!

Now about that fabric flower from the flower trim being green? Yes I coloured it with some re inker. I also coloured a few more to show everyone how easy it was. These were used as hostess gifts and lucky door prizes.
You can also use your inkpad and a sponge dauber to colour them. Blend the ink into the flower with an aqua painter.

I hope you liked my Tea Caddy and flower trim flowers today. Please leave a comment I love hearing from you.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Pinwheel tutorial

Hey everyone. Do you remember the pinwheel from this card?
Well I did promise you a quick tutorial to refresh everyone's memory on how to make pinwheels.
So here it is a quick Pinwheel Demonstration for you.
Take a square of designer paper. Mine is 5cm x 5cm. I have drawn on this piece to show you where you need to cut. Don't cut all the way to the centre. The circle is to show you where to stop (approx.).

I just fold my square in half diagonally one way, then the other to get my lines.
Then cut up the lines - but not all the way - or you will just get four little triangles! LOL!
Now place a glue dot or some snail in the centre and bring the right hand corner of each triangle in the centre as shown.
When you have got them all down you can place something pretty in the centre.
Here are a few more "Centre" ideas.
Pearls, Diamantes, Flower Dahlias, Punched shapes, Buttons, Brads.
Now here is a "Bonus" Idea!!
Want to save even more time????
How about using this pinwheel Paper in Tea for Two Designer Paper in the new Seasonal Mini.
Can you see all the lovely squares and triangles already marked for cutting out?
Then just make your pinwheel as before.
How easy is that!
I expect to see lots of pinwheels floating around in blog land now. hehe.  Have fun.
Please leave a comment if this was helpful. I love hearing from you.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Buttons, Bows and Baby

Well I am not really one for buttons and bows (reminds me a bit too much of the '80s'! haha.)
But The Paper Players Challenge was just that this week.

As you may know I have set myself a challenge this year to do more Clean and Simple (CAS) cards so I just had to have a go at this.
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I couldn't resist using the new Happy Whale Clear Sizzlit in the Seasonal Mini. I love this whale and I am sure you will be seeing lots of him.
I have used Summer Starfruit for my background. Pacific Point for the whale and Marina Mist and Midnight Muse for the background.
Come and have a closer look at the background. I think it is pretty nifty.
This is just sponge daubers with Marina Mist and Midnight Muse dabbed on a piece of whisper white. I even went round the edge with the Midnight Muse sponge dauber. Then I sprayed it with some shimmer paint mist to make it all sparkly. (wish you could see it IRL).
For a touch more sparkle I used some dazzling diamond glitter on the hearts and star at the top. These come with the Happy Whale Sizzlit too. You get a star, heart, anchor, fish and the little water bursts with the whale! Fantastic value for AU$12.95!  (the smaller heart is from the Owl Builder Punch. I just added that to tie in with the hearts at the top.)

So where are those buttons and bows you may ask?

Here they are!! I used the Clear Bitty Buttons and backed them with some Pacific Point Cardstock. Some white bakers twine to add to the Nautical Feel of the card and a little white twine bow in the centre to finish it off! The Scallop edge is from the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die that I love so much.

So do you think I achieved the Clean and Simple Look today????
Please leave a comment and let me know. I love hearing from you.

Be sure to come back next week. I have the Quick Tutorial on making Pinwheels for you.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hearts a Flutter Birdcage

I saw a brilliant card by Penny Smiley who used a framelit from the Hearts a Flutter set to make a birdcage.
I just had to use the idea in a card of my own.
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I used some of the designer paper Sycamore Street from Saleabration. And embossed the other side with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.

The little bird is from Everything Eleanor (I just drew a branch on under it's feet.)

I made two of these one as a Get Well card and one for a Shower Tea. I love a versatile design don't you?

If you liked my card or have any questions please leave a Comment.
Until next time.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Simple Chalkboard

Have you seen all the Chalkboard Cards around lately?
We did one in class last week. Come and have a look.
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The chalkboard technique is itself very easy.
First stamp your image. I used versamark then embossed with white embossing powder. Don't worry if it isn't perfect as that is how chalkboards are anyway.
Next use some white craft ink on a sponge and lightly sponge around and over the cardstock. If it is too inky you can smudge or wipe it off with the other side of the sponge.
Then use a white pencil, mine is a white charcoal pencil from an art store, to draw a frame around your picture.
I added some banners to my card as well to showcase some more saleabration goodies and the lovely new designer builder brads from the new seasonal mini.

And just for fun... here is another one I did in a different colour.
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Hope you enjoyed the chalkboard cards and you feel inspired to make one yourself.
Until next time. Vx

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day for Yesterday. Did you have a nice day?
Here are the gifts my class ladies got from me.
Aren't they pretty and very regal rose pink! They were quick and easy to make which was good as I had a few to do.
The Hearts a Flutter Framelits cut my scallop heart super quick through the layers. And then I used the cut out heart on the marshmallow pack. Amore designer paper was the perfect accompaniment for the yummy choc hearts.
And then cause I am sooooo nice and these ladies are soooooo special to me - I even baked!!!!
LOL! With help from Mrs.White Wings. hehe.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

How not to do a sketch challenge!

Well that title has you wondering doesn't it? Or maybe not if you know me! hehe!
So my friend Carolyn tells me card sketches are easy and I should try one. So I decide to - late at night and after the computer is off. But hey, I can remember the sketch I saw earlier that day - right?!

So this is the card I came up with -
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I was really happy with it too... until I went back the next day to see the sketch again......


Hmmmm.....?? Whoops! Think I would learn not to trust the old memory by now (knowing how bad it is! haha.)!

This card is a special birthday card for someone's birthday coming up real soon so I'm glad I made it anyway. Come and have a closer look at the pretty details.

I added some interest with lots of little pearls all over the tree branches and on the butterfly.

To give some depth to my tree I have used Shimmer Cardstock for the Oval and washed lightly over the bottom half with some summer starfruit ink diluted with an aqua pen. My favourite part is the little branch at the bottom I have added to replicate the tree branches.

I hope to try another sketch challenge soon just to prove to myself and you that I can "F.O.C.U.S" for five minutes and pay attention to the details! LOL!! and next time I promise to check the sketch BEFORE I start! hehe!

If you liked today's card please leave a comment. I love to hear from you.

Card Details
I have used Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit cardstock. 
The stamp set Thoughts and Prayers for the tree. Labels collection framelit and Ovals bigz die for the frame.. Delicate Design Emboss Folder. Scallop edge punch for the strip down the side.
Sycamore Street Designer paper and the "for you" from Pretty Petites Stamp Set and  Petite Curly Label Punch all from the Saleabration range.
Finally a butterfly from Beautiful Wings Embosslits and a branch punched from the bird builder punch.

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