Thursday, 21 July 2011

Colour Throwdown 151

As soon as I saw the inspiration from the Colour Throwdown team, I got this idea. I'm pretty chuffed to say that it worked!

Card front

Card inner
This was the inspriation from the team:

This card is designed to be a really sweet baby shower card, especially when the gender of bubs is unknown! The elephant on the front is mounted on dimensionals. The sentiment on the inner was just created on Word and printed out.

Stamps: Celebrate Everyday (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Basic Black and Rich Razzleberry (SU)
Paper: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pacific Point and Rich Razzleberry DSP (SU); Whisper White and Basic Grey (SU)
Punch: Small Heart (Fiskars)

Theresa x

Inkspirations 78

I am going to say from the outset that I don't particularly like this card, but nearly as much I don't like the photo of it... UGH!

Poor lighting made for a poor photo. Oh well!

I used Inkspiration Challenge 78 for the colours of this card. It looked much better in my head!

Stamps: Garden Whimsy and Scribble This (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Perfect Plum (SU)
Paper: Rose Red and Perfect Plum SP (SU); Kraft and a 'very vanilla-ish' paper
Embellisment: Rose Red brad (SU)

Theresa x

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Happy Birthday, Joshua!

This weekend, we are celebrating my nephew's fifth birthday. He is the eldest of the seven cousins on my husband's side. We are celebrating at an indoor play centre... Not my favourite place to be on a Sunday in winter, but the kiddles will have a blast!

He is really into Bob the Builder at the moment, so I got some colouring book images and created a photo frame and a card for the little man.

Photo frame, designed to fit a landscape 10x15cm photo (on the yellow DSP)
CAS (very...) card for the birthday boy
Paper: Tempting Torquoise, Wild Wasabi and So Saffron DSP, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Embellishments: Silver Brads (SU); foam letters (Thickers)

Theresa x

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Happy Birthday, Little Monster

Well, a new era is upon us! The first of the second babies of my mother's group has turned one. He is a spunky little boy and this card suits him down to the ground!

I have used the fabulous colour combination from The Paper Players, and the sketch from Inkspirations to help me make this card.

The middle monster was stamped onto Whisper White card, coloured in with my Poppy Parade Stampin' Write marker and blender pens and then fussy cut. That and the sentiment have been mounted with dimensionals (a bit hard to pick up on in the picture).

Stamps: Make a Monster and Fun & Fast Notes (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Basic Black, Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze and Early Espresso (SU)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Basic Grey and Whisper White (SU); Poppy Parade DSP (SU); kraft card
Embellishments: Silver brads (SU)

Theresa x

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Christmas in July

What a nice way to get through these dreary, wet days! It was nice to start thinking about my Christmas cards... The team at Our Creative Corner wanted us to have a go at creating a Christmas card in July.

I feel I must apologise for the shocking photo quality. I've taken it at night, in a rush while I cook my daughter's dinner... And the baby's in the background crying!!

What doesn't show up very well is that the sentiment has been mounted on dimensionals.

Stamps: Every Little Bit and Wonderful Favourites (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive (SU)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry DSP, Whisper White (SU)
Embellishments: Silver Brads (SU)

Theresa x

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Happy Birthday, Fella!

Looking at my birthday calender, there are a few blokes birthdays coming up... So, using the Mojo Monday sketch as inspiration, I have created a blokey birthday card that I hope will be appreciated.

Card for a male friend.

I highlighted the word 'friend' on this particular card and will do the same for the other card. But, for my brother's card, I will highlight 'brother' and 'uncle'.

Stamps: Wonderful Favourites and Fun & Fast Notes (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie (SU)
Paper: Going Grey, Basic Grey, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White (SU); newspaper
Embellishments: Silver Brads (SU); staples

Theresa x

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Happy Birthday Nanna May

This Sunday, my family are celebrating my grandmother's 84th birthday. This does pose the age old question of what to get her? A book and some choccies never go astray and since the birth of my daughters I have given her a framed picture of them.

But this year, I wanted to give her a framed picture of all six great grandchildren!

Layout, unframed.
Beautiful poem!

Theresa x

Just Add Ink #74 and Inkspirations #76

The design team at Just Add Ink had a fancy fold blog hop this week. It was so much fun and so interesting to see all the fantastic fold techniques. I learnt a lot and hope to go back and try some different folds. For this card, I used Kathy's multi-fold card with pocket.

I also used the colours at Inkspirations:

In between caring for a sick 6 month old baby and amusing a two and a half year old (with cabin fever as the weather has been shocking in Melbourne) I managed to make this card over three days. I can't wait to try this card again, but it will have to wait until I have enough time!

Removable band to hold the card closed for posting.

With band removed, front flaps opened.

With top flap folded over, removable card inside pocket.

Removable card.

Stamps: Scribble This (Stampin' Up!) and Wishes All Around (Fiskars)
Ink: Poppy Parade and Baja Breeze (SU)
Paper: Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait and Baja Breeze DSP, Whisper White (SU)
Embellishments: Silver Brads (SU)

Theresa x

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Train Birthday

We are celebrating our nephew's first birthday this weekend with a trip to the Bulla Hill Miniature Railway (weather permitting...) I am really looking forward to it! My two and a half year old daughter is so excited about seeing her cousins (there's seven of them all together) and I reckon she'll love going on the trains.

While it's always been my tradition to buy the boys a Tonka truck for their first birthday, this year I thought I'd add in this frame, too. That way my sister in law can add in a photo of the birthday boy at his party.

It's set up for a landscape 10x15cm photo. This is the third time I've used this concept for children's gifts this year. I'm going to try to do it for all the children, as a nice keepsake.

Paper: Real Red, Old Olive and Pacific Point DSP (Stampin' Up)
Embellishments: Silver small Hodgepodge brads (SU)
Image is from a children's colouring book.

Theresa x

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Thank You

In a few weeks, I am hosting a Stampin' Up! party. One of my closest friends will be the demonstrator and I am really looking forward to it. I have work friends, friends from mother's group, friends from play group, family and family friends attending. I love that so many of my friends from different areas of my life can get together for one reason - the love of paper crafting!

This is the thank you card that I will give to my friends who attend. I'll probably give them a small box of chocolates, too!

This card has been inspired by two sketch challenges. The first one being from Less is More:

And the second one being from The Paper Players:

 Stamps: Every Little Bit (Stampin' Up), Wishes All Round (Fiskars)
Ink: Perfect Plum (SU)
Paper: Poppy Parade and Perfect Plum DSP, Whisper White (SU)
Embellishments: Silver brad (SU), red bow button and kitchen twine

Theresa x

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Your Own Style - Design Team Call

The team at Our Creative Corner are seeking new design team members, so I'm going to have a go at entering. After all, you've gotta be in it to win it. It's a simple enough challenge - show the team your own style!

I chose to make this card as it uses my personal favourite stamp set (Garden Whimsy: Stampin' Up!) and my favourite colour combination (red and purple). One of my favourite books is Flowers in the Attic, and one of the childen, Carrie, makes a red and purple snail to put on the wall of the attic to brighten it up a bit. I must have read that when I was quite young, as it struck me as a really pretty combination and I've enjoyed it ever since.
The rest of the design has been adapted from a page layout I made for a friend's daughter for her third birthday. I enjoyed making that layout and I was quite proud of it, so I decided that this was the best way to show off my style.

This card making caper is definitely a 'learn as you go' experience and so I am still developing my own style. But I think even the most experienced card makers would be evolving their own style all the time!

I enjoy clean finishes that aren't too cluttered. I'm not the biggest fan of the 'shabby' look.
As I don't have access to many tools (ie. embossing folders, die cut folders and punches), I make do with what I've got.
I'm getting better with fussy cutting.
I'm constantly learning and trying different inking techniques.
I enjoy trying new layouts, which is why I enjoy getting inspiration from the many amazing challenge blogs out there.

For me, card making is 'my time'. I wait until that magic time of day when both my daughters have a day nap, then my dining table becomes unrecognisable and covered in supplies and cards. The housework waits!

The most important thing for me is making nice cards with good finishes that people would appreciate receiving. I'm still working on getting great finishes, but I believe that will come with time and practice!

Stamps: Garden Whimsy and Fun & Fast Notes (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Perfect Plum and Poppy Parade (SU)
Paper: Perfect Plum and Poppy Parade DSP, Whisper White (SU); vellum
Embellishments: Hodgepodge Hardware silver rectangle holder, Pretty in Pink and Perfect Plum brads (SU)

Thanks for stopping by!

Theresa x

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #75

The team at Inkspirations Challenges have provided a sketch challenge this week, with this as the inspriation:

There are two techniques on this card that I tried for the very first time! I attempted 'spot lighting' and while my attempt is not the true form, I'm actually still happy with the result. I also tried gathering the ribbon. I wasn't so happy with the finish. After asking my Stampin' Up consultant (and very close friend!!) for advise, I now know what to do better next time. Turns out, I really just used the incorrect adhesive. Who woulda thunk it?

Paper: Cre8tiv Mini Stack; Bright Young Things collection (Grace Taylor); Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Embellishments: Blue ribbon, blue buttons and kitchen twine.

Thanks for stopping by!

Theresa x

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Best Wishes

This 'best wishes' card has been inspired by two challenges.

Our Creative Corner have a colour challenge this week:

And Mojo Monday have a sketch challenge:

I know I said in a previous blog that I was enjoying making CAS cards... Although this one isn't overly detailed, it's not as simple as I had been doing. I am still trying to find a style that I like and finishes that I am happy with! 

Stamps: Squarely Sentimental (Fiskars)
Ink: Regal Rose and Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede (SU); Baja Breeze and Rich Razzleberry DSP (SU); newspaper
Embellishments: Silver brads (SU); ribbon, button and kitchen twine

Monday, 20 June 2011

Wonderful Friend

I am entering this quick and easy card into three challenges this week!

The Paper Players have got a Clean and Simple week, with this sketch:

CAS-ual Fridays have a colour block challenge; and Inkspirations... have a colour challenge (basic grey, melon mambo, old olive and whisper white).

Stamp: Wonderful Favourites (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Old Olive (SU)
Paper: Melon Mambo & Old Olive DSP, Whisper White and Basic Grey (SU)
Embellishment: Star button and kitchen twine.