Monday, March 31, 2014

Male Vintage

Over at the Male Room the card challenge this time was for a Vintage Style Male Card.

When I went looking for vintage style stamps I found I didn't seem to have as many choices as I first thought. After a bit of playing though I think I have come up with a vintage Male card.

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I used my Dictionary Background Stamp (another favourite of mine) which I stamped In Early Expresso, on a strip of Very Vanilla Cardstock.
I stamped the duck/goose? from Wetlands in Soft Suede and added some ink blobs from Gorgeous Grunge in Early Expresso.
Around the edges I smudged my Clear Versamark Ink Pad and then heat embossed Gold Embossing Powder on it.

The Fine Feathers are hand cut from Summer Starfruit card stock and are stamped in Early Expresso. I went around these with the Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder as well. (a bit hard to see the gold highlights around the edges).

I added a stamp from Postage Due to the feathers stamped in Early Expresso and punched out with the 1 inch Square Punch and the Postage Punch.

I thought the Perfectly Penned Stamp Set had the right vintage look for a greeting for my card.
I stamped Happy Birthday in Early Expresso on Summer Starfruit card stock and used a Chalk Talk Framelit to cut it out.

The background piece is Natural Composition Specialty designer paper. I brayered a woodgrain piece with Early Expresso Inkpad. This specialty paper has a shiny raised clear pattern on each piece that can be used with ink to create various "resist" patterns. Very cool. You can see the "shininess in the first photo".

Cardstock: Early Expresso, Very Vanilla, Summer Starfruit
Natural Composition Specialty designer paper
Ink: Early Expresso, Soft Suede
Stamps: Dictionary Background, Wetlands, Gorgeous Grunge, Fine Feathers, Postage Due, Perfectly Penned.
Punch: 1 inch square, postage
Framelit: Chalk Talk

Speaking of Vintage...
We took a trip down memory lane on Sunday. We visited the Brisbane City Hall in King George Square. Opened in 1880.

Inside the City Hall is the original Shingle Inn which  is the reincarnation of Brisbane’s oldest and most loved cafĂ©.  Originally opened in 1936 on Edward Street, Shingle Inn was well known for its superior quality cakes, unique environment and outstanding service.

The facade and fittings were moved when the old building was torn down to make way for a multi level shopping centre. I used to go to the Shingle Inn for Staff Birthday Cakes way back ... 30 years ago! And they were just as mouth watering delicious as they are today. Mmmmm! Yum! Loved the beautiful wood finishes and silver service. It really is just the way it was back then. Lovely.

Make sure you check out the other vintage male cards. Just click on the link at the top of the post.
And hopefully I will see you again tomorrow. I have another male card to show that is very different from this one.
Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comments (always read and appreciated).

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Friday, March 28, 2014

An Extra Special Birthday Card for Time Travellers.

Today I have a special card I made for a lovely young friend who is a Timeless Dr. Who Fan (just like me!)
This special young lady is an excellent paper crafter and so an ordinary card was simply out of the question.

Come and see what I made for her.

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Just like Dr. Who's Tardis. This card has surprises waiting inside. A card within a card?!

 If you open the Tardis front you find inside....
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 TaDa! A cute little minion with party balloons! hehe.
Minion is made from the Owl Builder Punch.
Party Balloons and hat from Sketched Birthday Stamp set.
I made the greeting on the bottom with my computer.
Happy Birthday is from Bring on the Cake Stamp Set. (I coloured it in with markers in various blues and yellows.)

Here is a side view. I just made a little strip of card and glued to card to attach the scallop circle.

The beams of light (in case you didn't know what they were. lol.). Are made with a piece of paper and
a sponge dauber with crushed curry ink. Just sponged along the edge of paper and move the paper in an arc across the card stock, a centimetre or so at a time. 

 And here is her gift with the card.

 A small selection of Dr. Who goodies. Nice!

 Hope you have a good weekend. It has been raining non-stop here and is supposed to be set in for the weekend according to the weatherman. I just love the rain - as long as I don't have to go anywhere.
Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions about this card please feel free to drop me a line. Vx

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Challenge in Purple.

Dynamic duos have an interesting colour combination this week.

I didn't have Pale Plum but substituted with Wisteria Wonder. This was definitely a challenge for me as I am not usually much good with "purple tones". This is what I came up with.

I had fun with collage stamping on this card.
I used stamps from Clockworks in (Rich Razzleberry and Soft Sky),
Gorgeous Grunge ink spots in(Soft Sky) and
Hardwood Background in (Wisteria Wonder). I only inked the bottom of the stamp and stamped at the bottom of card and then top of card. I also *"stamped off" to get a paler version of the colour.

*Stamping off is when you ink the stamp and then stamp onto a sheet of scrap paper first then immediately stamp onto the card stock.

On the burlap ribbon, which I frayed on the edges, I have used flowers from
Petite Petals Stamp and punch (Rich Razzleberry)
Secret Garden Stamp and framelit (Soft Sky)
Leaf from Secret Garden framelit (Rich Razzleberry)

Thinking of you from Wetlands is punched with the Large Oval punch and I have the Scalloped Oval punch in Wisteria Wonder behind it.

Also added a double butterfly with Large and Small butterfly punch. Stamp from Papillion Potpourri.

Lots of lovely pearls to finish the flowers and butterfly off and we are done!
I know exactly who is getting this card too. A favourite "purple" person. hehe.

As you may know I have had a "crush" on Crushed Curry this week.
Soooooo.... I just had to make this card again.
This time in Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana.
Come and have a look.

I used the same stamps and layout with these colours.
Flowers: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay - I did add some dazzling diamonds on to the petals.
Butterfly: Bermuda Bay
Leaf: Bermuda Bay

I don't know which one I like the best? What do you think?

Here is the Dynamic Duo one again just as a reminder. You only have a little while left if you want to join in.

Thanks for stopping by. Drop back tomorrow and I will show you something that is "out of this world". hehe.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Developing a Crush...on Curry!

Yes you heard right. I have indeed developed a "crush" on Crushed Curry. My favourite "yellow colour" at the moment.
I just love it with Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay. But don't take my word for it. Come and have a look for yourself.

I have made a card for Create with Connie and Mary Sketch Challenge 

and the Less is More ChallengeTHREE
of something on your cards 
We'd like you to visit and comment on three other participants,

And here is what I made.
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I am not sure if this is too busy for Simply Less Is More. But I love the clean and simple look and feel I do need to keep challenging myself. One day I might finally get it right. hey?
In my defence, believe it or not, this is pared down from the original design. LOL. 

I stamped the lovely flowers from Happy Watercolour in Bermuda Bay, on white and then cut them out in 3 sections and mounted them on Daffodil Yellow card stock. I also stamped another flower sprig directly on the Coastal Cabana card stock.

I added a little Crushed Curry butterfly with some dazzling diamonds on the wings and a greeting from the Six-sided Sampler Set punched with the 1 inch circle punch and placed a scalloped 1 1/4 inch scalloped circle behind half of it to highlight the word.

The lovely ric-rac is from the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die (which I absolutely Love by the way! Fantastic for classes as it cuts several different designs and you can cut at least 4 pieces of card at a time - great time-saver.) I anchored the 3 pieces of ric-rac with a gold glitter brad.

Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Daffodil Yellow, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Stamps: Happy Watercolour, Six-sided Sampler, Papillion Potpourri
Punches: 1 inch circle, 1 1/4 inch scallop circle, Small Butterfly
Dies: Tasteful Trim Bigz XL

Oh and that is not all....
I had a few pieces lying on the table after it was finished and I realised I could make a nice bookmark to go with this card.

The stamped image on whisper white was cut out with a Chalk Talk Framelit. I wanted to match the little peak at the top so placed my Crushed Curry piece into the side of my Decorative Label Punch. I think it was a good match. The stamp is non-SU but you can always print this saying out on the computer if you wish. 
So now I have a lovely little gift for book-loving friend. (I have a few of them - maybe I might need to make a few more! Oh yes, and maybe one for myself too. hehe.)
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Since being ill I have re-discovered my love of reading. I don't know why I stopped, I guess I just seem to run out of time. sigh. Big mistake. Don't let life stop you from enjoying the things you really love doing. So I am busy making up for lost time.
At the moment I am reading The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony. An Autobiographical book about his story of re-introducing wild elephants into his South African Conservation Park. Thula Thula. Really well written and on the edge of your seat action as he deals with poachers, rogue elephants, deadly snakes, lions etc. 

Speaking of wild animals....(and isn't this post super-long today!) Sorry about that.
But I just wanted to post a few pics from our walk in Daisy Hill Forest Park on the weekend.
We met a little friend who was so busy munching away on the new grass blades that he didn't seem bothered at all by our closeness.

Anyway if you have been very patient and kind, and read this all the way through, thank you so much. I won't keep you any longer today but do come back tomorrow as I have another Crushed Curry card to share (and I promise to keep the post shorter!).
See you then. Vx

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello Doily Dynamic Duo

This week at Dynamic Duos the challenge is to use Black and More Mustard.

I had a marvellous idea - which didn't eventuate - sorry! LOL.
Instead I ended up with this card.
As we can substitute colours if we don't have the exact ones I thought Summer Starfruit was a good alternative.

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I used Summer Starfruit, Basic Black and Very Vanilla colours.
The Hello Doily Background stamp was stamped in black on both plain Summer Starfruit card stock and Sweet Sorbet designer paper. I then cut it down to meet in the middle. The Summer Starfruit piece was cut out around the edges. I embossed the doily with embossing powder.

I placed a piece of crochet trim lace under the edge of the designer paper doily, between the two doilies and popped a Flower shop flower stamped in Summer Starfruit on top. Seeing I was going "vintage" I added a Very Vintage Designer Button on top and coloured the centre in with a sharpie.
The Thank you is from Gifts of Kindness, punched out with the word window punch and then cut the end into a banner shape.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my card today. I love hearing from you. Thankyou for visiting. Vx

p.s. I was wondering to myself how I have managed to do so many cards and challenges this week when I happened to glance down at my floor. Then the light bulb came on!
I have forgotten to do the housework this week!!! LOL!
So that is where all the spare time came from. haha.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Happy Watercolour Clean and Simple Insomnia Card

Well this is a change from my last card I promise you.
Have you ever suffered with Insomnia? As a child I was told about a neighbour who stayed up most of the night because she suffered from Insomnia. I thought this sounded marvellous. Only needing 3 or 4 hours sleep - think what you could get done with so much more time.

However, as I have discovered that is not what Insomnia is. It is when you really need to sleep, want to sleep, but you just can't.
Unfortunately I have developed Insomnia due to my Anxiety. I was advised not to lie in bed awake  but to get up and do things.
After I had read for a while, cleaned my craft desk up, put away the dishes, well there was only one thing left to do wasn't there? That's right - A Challenge Card!!! LOL!
Incredibly, despite the fact that it was 5.30am and I hadn't slept yet I whipped this card together pretty quickly.

I have created a Clean and Simple Card for Create with Connie and Mary Colour Challenge

and The Paper Players Challenge

Come and have a look.
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I have used Strawberry Slush, Basic Black, Whisper White card stock.
Happy Watercolour, Perfect Pennants (greeting) and dots at bottom, Papillion Potpourri butterfly.

I coloured the flowers with Strawberry Slush ink and a blender pen.
Stems are Old olive and centre of flowers.
The flowers were also stamped twice and I cut out a section and placed on top of the stamped flowers to give a 3D look. (I wonder if you can still call this clean and simple?)
Added some lovely dazzling diamonds glitter.

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So it is good to have something positive come out of it. I think it turned out really well. (but remember I have only had about 3 hours broken sleep. haha.)
Yes I did fall asleep at about 6.30am for a couple of hours.
Not looking forward to tonight as I have been through this before and when I don't sleep one night it takes several bad nights for me to get back to a bit better sleeping.

So if you are having trouble sleeping maybe try a challenge or two, I will probably be up. hehe.

Thanks for visiting. Love hearing from you. Come back tomorrow as I have another card for you.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Green and Gold Saleabration.

Only two weeks left of Saleabration!
I just loved the Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper and when I saw Just Add Ink's "Saleabration" Challenge for this week I had to play along.
For those who know I have been on a Green and Yellow Binge lately - sorry - but I can't seem to stay away from it. LOL.

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 This card is an easel card. So you need to see it open as well.

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I have used Saleabration dsp Sweet Sorbet and the Saleabration Greeting Stamp Set - Set See Ya Later.

Cardstock Summer Starfruit and Old Olive.
Inks: Summer Starfruit , Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding(inked around the negative of an oval framelit.
The leaf and stems are from Fabulous Florets and inked in Brown Sugar.
Flowers: Flower shop and Petite Petals.

I also went a bit OTT with elements on this card.
I used natural buttons with bakers twine on the flower centres. The boho blossom punch for the little flower under the buttons. A sprinkle of diamantes because one just isn't enough! haha.

 The burlap ribbon was fringed to replicate the gold and white washi tape (well I just got it and you know how it just have to use it on a card immediately...don't you!?)

Here is the inside of the card.

Well there you go. Do you think I have had enough of Green and Yellow now????!
Hmmmm....??? hehe.
Maybe I need to look at some colour challenges to challenge me with other colours? There's an idea!

Come back soon. Thanks for visiting. Vx

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