Monday, September 28, 2015

Toot Toot it's another birthday!

I enjoyed my adventure last week in Watercooler Wednesday Challenge Land...and when I saw it was "Anything Goes" I knew I couldn't resist playing again.
You can find them here by clicking this LINK Watercooler Wednesday

WWC35 -- Marsha's "Anything Goes" Challenge

Welcome to our new challenge.  This week we feature Marsha's "anything goes" challenge.  What does that mean?    Simply put, it is whatever you want it to be.

Another birthday boy's card...
And who better to put on a 2 year old's birthday card....
than that famous Blue Tank Engine....Thomas!

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 Isn't he lovely!!! I went to Pinterest for my ideas. This Thomas is a combination of about 6 different Punch Art cards LOL! then with some of my own ideas added in - he became my very own hybrid version!
So what did I use...
Circle punches from 2 inch, 1 3/4", 1/2" and the owl builder punch
Circle from the Circle thinlits and 2/12" circle punch for larger circles.
Plus various rectangle pieces.
That is all really, circles and rectangles for most of this punch art card.

The triangle eyebrows are hand cut from the corner of a square piece of card.
The planks for the railway are cut from the hardwood stamp stamped in soft suede.

and what present do you think we gave him??
Want to see? 
A cute Thomas Train of course!

Toot Toot till next time!!

I will have something Christmassy to show you...promise. Vx

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Smile for the Camera!

 I was so happy with this card I made for my youngest son's birthday. He loves filming and cameras. So when I saw this design on Pinterest using the Envelope Punch Board I just had to make one for him.
Super Easy card but so effective!
I did use some retired Stampin Up: Lattice Embossing Folder,Ticket Punch, Sketched Birthday Stamps, Black Ribbon.
But all of this would be easy to substitute with something else.

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Couldn't resist using one of our new Enamel red dots from the Holiday Catalogue, on the word window punch with a small rectangle of silver metallic card stock.

Well it isn't actually my son's birthday for a few days yet, but as he never reads my blog I think I am pretty safe to show it early to you all. hehe.

I have another cute card to show you next time....but for a much younger male. Thanks as always for stopping by. Vx

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Punch the Man!

Yes today I am talking Cards for Men. And what I often turn to, to make them.
Punches and Punch Art!
So many possibilities and so easy to do.
September is Man Month in this house with Fathers Day, Husband Birthday, Son's Birthday and several Nephew's Birthdays.

So armed with my trusty Pinterest ideas (always great for inspiration!) Here are some of the cards I have made.

Fathers Day - couldn't go past a BBQ card - seeing as he was getting some new Weber BBQ tools for Fathers Day gifts.

 I used up some old dsp for the background.

Then a Yoda Card for his birthday. Anja Beckmann shared a card like this one and I loved it so I just had to re-create one myself.

Do you like the witty greeting. Held a round table conference with the family to come up with this one. hehe.
I think the chunky silver glitter really makes it!

Sadly was informed after I had made the card that Yoda doesn't have a blue light saber. sigh. Oh well.

My 14 year old nephew was a little difficult so I just went with this rather groovy circle idea I had seen. In colours, Real Red, Soft Suede, Calypso Coral and Tip Top Taupe with Whisper White.
I glued the different coloured circles onto the Soft Suede cardstock then ran it through the bigshot in the Tiny Triangles Embossing folder.

I cut out white circles to frame each of the circles. The Happy Birthday Circle was then placed on top.

We have just got back from a whirlwind weekend at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. In two full days we saw 8 prize winning gardens, Two Church displays, Two major Park Garden Displays and The Grand Street Parade! And there was so much more we could have seen. The Carnival of Flowers runs for 10 days and you could easily spend a week seeing everything.
And yes we did come home with a few plants to put in the garden plus 300 photos of the time spent.
Don't worry I am not going to show you them all! haha.

 Thanks for stopping by.
Come back soon.


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Friday, September 18, 2015

Ombre Blue Dreams - Watercooler Wednesday Challenge no. 34

Well here is a random "off the cuff" post! I was visiting a site last night and saw a Weekly Challenge that I couldn't go past.
I haven't done any challenges for a long time but I have to admit I have a soft spot for a lovely Stampin Up Demonstrator called Jean. And this was her challenge. I felt I just had to join in. Click on the link below to take you to it. You have a couple of days left before the challenge ends.
Weekly Watercooler Wednesday Challenge no. 34
 Jean's Challenge.
Welcome to our new challenge.  This week we feature Jean's Colour Challenge---with a twist.  What does that mean?  Jean has put together a challenge within a challenge.  For this challenge, you get to pick your colour (that's right, I said colour---singular) and then use it in an Ombre Effect. 

I immediately had visions of the colour Blue. I pulled out Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pacific Point and Night of Navy ink refils. Placed drops of these  in lines across several folded baby wipes and I had an Ombre Blue Custom Made Ink Pad! Voila.

 Using the fern leaf from Butterfly Basics and big ink spots Stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set, I created this card. I stamped my larger piece of whisper white with the Grunge stamp and the Custom Ink pad.

 Using a small piece of 4.5cm x 12cm whisper white, I sponged the colours using ink pads, then
I stamped the fern image in Night of Navy with two of the images floating off onto the larger white piece that had been stamped with the Grunge stamp.
 I added small touches of silver with ribbon, dazzling detail and a few diamantes, though looking at it now I am thinking it might be a tad too much!

(I blame this perhaps overdone "Sparkle" on the fact that it was past midnight when I finished and I am in Christmas Mode at the moment! haha!)
 Inside I placed another fern image that was stamped with the Custom Ink Pad.
And there you have a pretty Ombre Challenge Card.
So much fun and so easy to achieve. I love making Custom Ink Pads - every time you stamp you get a different effect. Why not give it a go yourself?

We are off to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers this weekend. So I had better get packing! Can't wait to check out all the beautiful gardens and flowers and events. (and take lots of photos so I can share a few with you.) This annual event held in Toowoomba rivals any other flower/garden event we have in Australia, so worth going.

Pop back again soon as I want to share some punch art cards with you. Thanks for stopping by Vx

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

happy 60th anniversary

Mum called me the other day and said it was her sister and brother-in-laws 60th Wedding Anniversary in two days time....and if I had the time could I just whip up a card for her and post it to them! haha. Yes...well...of course...what else could I say...60 years marriage deserves some priority.

I remembered my Aunty Una's favourite colour was blue so I went with blue and silver for the card.
Pretty short on Anniversary images I pulled out one of the 25 year special sets from last year.

And this is what I "whipped up"! Sorry the photo is a little dark.

Used some silver metallic cardstock embossed with the Lacey Embossing folder and some dazzling diamonds Glimmer cardstock.

 Added diamantes and the number Sixty to acknowledge the special Anniversary.
(60th Wedding Anniversary is Diamonds by the way.)

 I had some none SU words for inside.

 And a few photos from our walk down the bush the other day. These tree ferns are really big. Much bigger than they grow in my yard anyway. haha.

Thanks for stopping by. Vx

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Trendy Bendi

Have you seen the Bendi Cards? They seem to be everywhere at the moment. A little like when the Card in the Box idea took off.
So of course I had to make one.
This one I found measurements for on Pinterest. There are heaps there or you can check out Youtube for a video tutorial.

I made this for a special friend and class lady using the Pretty Petals Paper Stack (just love that paper!).
And a line up of the "usual suspects" in my fancy folds cards -Flowershop and Petite Petals and Butterfly Thinlits.

 These are the two flaps open
 You tuck the first side in.
Then the other side in.
Here is a top view. I even raised the centre of the greeting up with dimensionals for a curved look.
Flowers and butterflies in Old Olive, Pacific Point and Calypso Coral, to match my Pretty Petals Designer Paper.

Now look what I found...or should I say...Rosie the garden next to the garden shed.
What you can't see anything but a plant????

Take a closer look. A Blue Tongue Lizard trying to grab a bit of sun.

This one is the biggest I have seen. It's body was close to a 30 cm (10 inches) and very fat. I think there might be some baby blue tongues arriving any day now.

 Have a good day. Thanks for stopping by. Vx

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