Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy!

For the OWH Memorial Weekend Blog Hop please click HERE. There's some {Ippity} blog candy up for grabs so you won't want to miss it!

Welcome to another fun H{ippity} Hop Monday! Be sure to check in at the {Ippity} Blog to see the full list of Blog Hop participants and all their wonderful {Ippity} creations...and to see what today's challenge is!

As today is Memorial Day in the US I thought I would make today's cards in a red, white and blue theme! The first card uses the "happy" stamp from A Little Buggy and this card could really be used for any happy occasion!

My next card uses a quote from Delightful Little Things which I thought went perfectly with the patterned paper in the background!

Don't forget you can purchase {Ippity} stamp sets and paper from me HERE and you won't pay any shipping within the US!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Supplies:-
Stamps - A Little Buggy and Delightful Little Things by {Ippity}
PTI white cardstock
SU ink
SU coloured cardstock
Bazzil textured cardstock
Assorted scraps
Lace
Ribbon
Binder punch
Brad
Pinking shears
Foam dots

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Buttons

For this weekend's Memorial Weekend Blog Hop post please click HERE.

Last Tuesday's Trigger over at Moxie Fab World was to use Betsy Veldman's card below as inspiration for our own card.


Here's what her card inspired me to make...I love buttons and thought this was a perfect design to show them off! It was about 10 years ago when I was busy quilting that I discovered how much I liked buttons...not just using them but collecting them! Who knew my collection would come in so handy years later? I love using buttons on my cards...they are great by themselves, threaded with cotton or even tied with a ribbon! They go perfectly with ribbons, fabric or lace and can easily be matched to different papers. I love adding texture to my cards and buttons are a great way to do it! I store my buttons mostly according to colour so it was easy to find lots of different purple buttons for this monochromatic card.

Supplies:- Stamp - Happy Birthday Cursive by Savvy Stamps
SU coloured cardstock
Bazzil textured cardstock
Assorted scrap paper
Buttons
CM corner punch
Scallop square punch
SU ink
Nestabilities

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Pocket Full Of Love

Hello and welcome to the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop! If you are not hopping and would like to...please click HERE for the start of the hop! There are over 140 participants in today's Hop and lots of great prizes to be won!
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I have been living in the US for five years but am originally from Australia. I have friends and family scattered all over the world and I love sending them my handmade cards.....it’s like sending them a little piece of me. When I learnt that Operation Write Home collects handmade cards to send to the troops overseas so they can send cards to their loved ones I knew I wanted to help. I love being able to donate my cards to this wonderful cause because I know how much it means to send them.

If you would like to learn more about supporting the armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them then please visit Operation Write Home's website for all the information you will need to contribute and also visit Stars and Stamps Blog for great tips, tutorials and challenges to get your creative juices flowing!
A BIG thank you to the troops all over the world for their huge sacrifice for our freedom!

Our theme for today's blog hop is red, white and blue "Missing You" cards and here's what I made to share with you today...

Here's a close up of the little tags in the pocket...


Before you hop over to the next blog I have a little blog candy to offer. Just leave a comment at the bottom of this post by 8pm Monday the 31st of May and I will select one random comment to win this great set of stamps from {Ippity}...perfect for making cards to send over to the troops! I will announce the winner on Tuesday the 1st of June and you will have one week to send me an email to claim your prize. For an extra chance to win sign up to follow my blog and you wont miss the good news on Tuesday! If the prize is not claimed I will pick another random comment. Good luck!

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by today and leave a comment. Have a great weekend and enjoy the rest of the Hop!

Click here for the next stop on the hop ~ Melissa!

Supplies:-
Stamps - Unity KOTM July 2009
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance Ink
SU ink
SU corner punch
CM patterned paper
Brads
Eyelets
Ribbon
SU coloured cardstock
SU heart punch

Friday, May 28, 2010

Faux Challenge

This week's {Ippity} challenge was to create a project using your {ippity} stamps and incorporate something FAUX. It can be anything faux...such as faux stitching, faux buttons, faux tearing...the options are endless!

I couldn't decide what faux thing to incorporate so I chose a few. There is faux stitching around the centre circle to match the stitching on the background paper, I used a thin strip of patterned paper under the embroidery cotton to replace ribbon and I made a faux button to match!

Supplies:-
Stamps - Delightful Little Things by {Ippity}
DSP by October Afternoon
SU coloured cardstock
SU circle punch
SU markers
Nestabilities
Tim Holtz distress Inks
Scallop punch
Embroidery cotton
Foam Dots

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thanks!

Today's card was made for a couple of reasons. I needed some thank you cards for people at my husbands work and so I used the Operation Write Home sketch challenge this week to give me inspiration!

I needed a couple of feminine cards and five masculine cards and here's what I created...I used the stripey paper as my inspiration for the masculine card on a navy coloured base.
I decided to go with a classic black and white colour combination for the women...

Supplies:-
Stamp - Lone Pine Designs
PTI white cardstock
Copics - YR23, YG17, R46, B93, B39, 1oo
SU markers
SU coloured cardstock
Ribbon
Foam Dots
SU Scallop punches

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Anything Is Possible!

The Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge this week was inspired by the bible verse from Isaiah 64:6..."But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." The challenge is to use distressing or sponge the edges of your card/project to give it a vintage or distressed look.

I must admit that this is a technique I don't use very often but that's the great thing about a challenge...it makes us step outside our comfort zone and try something new. I sponged Tim Holtz Distress Inks on the edges of all my paper in my card to give it a vintage feel. What do you think?

Supplies:- Stamps - Delightful Little Things and Because Of You by Ippity
Gina K luxury cardstock
Jim Holtz distress ink
Patterned paper by October Afternoon
SU ink
SU markers
Ribbon
Foam Dots

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Mum!

Today is a very special day....it's my Mum's birthday. Happy Birthday Mum! This is the card I sent to her in Australia and thankfully it arrived just in time for her birthday. As I post this card, her birthday is almost finished due to the time difference in Australia but I hope you had a truly wonderful day! Love you heaps!

Supplies:-
Stamp - Lilly Pilly by Stamps Happen
PTI white cardstock
Clear embossing powder
Copics
SU coloured cardstock
Scallop punch
SU ribbon
Paper flowers
SU brad

Monday, May 24, 2010

While I breathe, I hope...

Welcome to another fun H{ippity} Hop Monday! Be sure to check in at the {Ippity} Blog to see the full list of Blog Hop participants and all their wonderful {Ippity} creations...and to see what today's challenge is!

I have three cards to share with you today...all use stamps from the new release and all have been air brushed with Copic markers. The first card uses one of my favourite sentiments from this new collection....While I breathe, I hope. I can see myself using this stamp a lot on cards for encouragement and support. The patterned paper in the background was not quite the right colour so I lightly air brushed it in the shade I wanted so it would match the rest of the card but so you could still see the pattern.

After air brushing this next card I cut out the centre piece, framed it in black and attached it to the card right where I had cut it out with foam dots...I wanted the background to match the centre image.

For this last today I punched out the flowers from my air brushing over spray which is a great way to use up all the scraps and have them match!


Don't forget you can purchase {Ippity} stamp sets and paper from me HERE and you won't pay any shipping within the US!
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Supplies:-
Stamps - The Simple Things and Delightful Little Things by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
Copic markers
SU coloured cardstock
Bazzil textured cardstock
Basic Grey DSP
SU button
Embroidery thread
Foam dots
Flower punch
Ribbon
Hemp cord

Sunday, May 23, 2010

You Simply Shine

Here is the card I promised from yesterday's post. This card was made for Stars and Stamps midweek challenge which was to create any card using STARS! I cut the stars by hand out of shiny gold cardstock and with all the gold this card certainly shines!

Supplies:-
Stamp - Shine On! by Unity
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
Creative Memories gold cardstock
Brad
Nestabilities

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Star Light, Star Bright

Today's card is for this week's Stars and Stamps sketch challenge. Here's the sketch...

...and here's my card...I made this card before I saw Stars and Stamps midweek challenge which is to use stars on your card! I have made another card for that challenge and will get it photographed today and post it tomorrow.

Supplies:-
Stamps - Moonbeams & Heartstrings by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
SU markers
SU coloured cardstock
Fiskars paper
SU button
Embroidery cotton
Color Box chalk
Foam Dots

Friday, May 21, 2010

Make Music In Your Heart

This week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge is to make a card or project that depicts singing or music or other joyful praise. I chose to use this lovely verse from Ephesians and printed it from my computer. I stamped the background with the sheet music stamp from {Ippity}'s set Music Of My Heart.

Supplies:-
Stamp - Music of my Heart by Ippity
Georgia Pacific white cardstock
SU ink
Nestabilities
SU coloured cardstock
Silk ribbon
Foam Dots
SU heart punch

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sending You Birthday Wishes

Last night was my monthly stamp club meeting that I attend and the theme for our card swap this month was anything masculine. This is a Stampin' Up club so the card needs to be made from SU materials so everything on this card except for the eyelets is from Stampin' Up. I took the Happy Birthday stamp from the set Four Square and stamped it several times in different colours to make the background. I only own Stampin' Up's ink spots and I had to make 12 cards so this ended up being a lot of stamping!

Supplies:-
Stamps - SU Circle of Friendship and Four Square
SU ink
SU coloured cardstock
SU circle punches
SU ribbon
Eyelets

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May Sunshine Light Your Day

This week's Eyelets, Ribbon, Paper, Oh My! challenge is being hosted by Jenn over at Jax Bean Stalks. Our challenge is to make a card following Jennipher Lowery's sketch below. We have to use this sketch to “LIGHT” the way to our creation! This challenge is open to everyone so check out Jenn's blog for all the details!

The sentiment on my card reads "May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day".

Supplies:-
Stamps - Sentiment is from Unity's KOTM February 2010 and Ladybug 'n Hedgehog by Penny Black
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
Copics - 0, C3, YG09, YG17, E000, E11, R20, E35, R29, Y02, Y08
Patterned paper unknown
CM corner rounder
K & C daisies
Basic Grey brads

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thinking of You

This week's {Ippity} challenge is to make a project inspired by this lovely photo...

Here's what I created...the pots are part of the Easter basket in the {Ippity} set Sweet Thoughts of Spring and the flowers are from Sweet Thoughts of Spring, Fishy Philosophy and Kissmas & Mistletoe.

Supplies:-
Stamps - Sweet Thoughts of Spring, Kissmas & Mistletoe, Music of my Heart, Fishy Philosophy by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
Patterned paper unknown
Fiskar paper edgers
SU markers
Foam Dots

Monday, May 17, 2010

H{ippity} Hop Monday!

Welcome to another fun H{ippity} Hop Monday! Be sure to check in at the {Ippity} Blog to see the full list of Blog Hop participants and all their wonderful {Ippity} creations...and to see what today's challenge is!

I have two cards to share with you today that both use stamps from the new Spring Collection. The first card uses the flowers and tree from the set A Little Buggy and the sentiment is from Fall For You.

This next card uses the cute little bird from Fall For You which I couldn't resist putting cute googly eyes on!


Don't forget you can purchase {Ippity} stamp sets and paper from me HERE and you won't pay any shipping within the US!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Supplies:-
~Happy Birthday~
Stamps - A Little Buggy and Fall For You by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance Ink
Copics - C1, C3, C5, C7
Oriental Trading buttons
American Crafts ribbon
SU coloured cardstock

~Laugh With Your Eyes~
Stamps - Fall For You by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
SU markers
Brilliance ink
SU coloured cardstock
SU heart punch
CM corner rounder
Foam Dots
SU ink
Googly eyes

Sunday, May 16, 2010

You're A Friend Of Mine

The Midweek Throwdown this week over on Operation Write Home's Stars and Stamps blog was to create a card using the free Rainy Day digital image provided by *Wink*Wink Ink. I have never used a digital image on my cards before...I love a stamp and some ink! I loved this cute image so I couldn't resist joining the challenge. I printed out the image on my laser printer and then coloured it with Copics. I then air brushed the sunshine to go with the sentiment...which I also printed from my computer. Have a great day!

Supplies:- Image - Rainy Day by *Wink*Wink Ink
PTI white cardstock
Copics - BG10, BG72, Y000, Y11, Y13, E30, E33, G40, G82, R81, R85
Brads
SU scallop punch
SU DSP
SU coloured cardstock
Foam Dots

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Coral and Blue Delight

Every Tuesday over at Moxie Fab World there is a new Trigger Challenge which I have really enjoyed participating in the last few weeks. You never know what might inspire you from the trigger photo. Here is this week's trigger photo....I love this coral colour and the two toned daisies!

Here is my card...I apologise for the poor lighting...I think it is much nicer in person! The two layered daisies from K&C are white so I pulled them apart and airbrushed the back layer with my copics in blue. I also airbrushed the four layers of waves at the bottom to represent the lovely frilly edges of the plates.

Supplies:-
Stamp - Delightful Little Things by {Ippity}
Georgia Pacific white cardstock
SU coloured cardstock
Copics - B14, R12, R14
SU markers
SU ink
K & C Company flowers
SU button
Ribbon
CM corner Rounder
Foam Dots

Friday, May 14, 2010

You're an Original!

The Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge this week is to create something using any shades of brown, blue and white. I love these colours for a masculine card so that is what I decided to make using a stamp from the {Ippity} set Love In Return.

Supplies:-
Stamp - Love In Return by {Ippity}
PTI white cardstock
SU ink
SU coloured cardstock
SU ribbon Patterned paper - unknown
Bazzil textured cardstock
Pinking shears
Nestabilities
Foam Dots

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Today's Ippity Challenges

I had a little time today to participate in the {Ippity} challenges to celebrate the release of the new Spring Collection.

The first challenge was to create a S-P-R-I-N-G card for the Spring release!

S=scallops
P=piercing
R=ribbon
I=ink
N=new-doesn't have to be the new Ippity stamps (although if you have them, why not show them off, just something new to you
G=any shade of green

...and here's my card...

The other challenge that I participated in was the Sketch Challenge...

...and here's my card...

Supplies:-
~Worth Waiting For~
Stamps - Season of Joy, The Simple Things and Now & Always by {Ippity}
PTI white cardstock
SU coloured cardstock
Basic Grey DSP
SU ink
SU brad
Scallop Punch
Ribbon

~Thanks~
Stamps - Season of Joy and The Simple Things by {Ippity}
Gina K Luxury cardstock
SU coloured cardstock
Bazzil textured cardstock
Heidi Grace DSP
SU ink
Color Box Chalk
Button
Ribbon
Foam Dots

{Ippity} 2010 Spring Collection is finally here!

Welcome to this special H{ippity} Hop to celebrate the release of the 2010 Spring Collection! Be sure to check in at the {Ippity} Blog to see the full list of Blog Hop participants and all their wonderful {Ippity} creations.

You can view and purchase all the {Ippity} sets from me HERE with FREE shipping within the US.

It was tough trying to decide which stamps to use for today's blog hop as there are so many great stamps in this new collection to choose from. I have three cards to share with you today...

The first card uses stamps from the set Now & Always and paper from the new release by October Afternoon. As soon as I saw this flower I knew it would be great layered with different papers!

This next stamp is from the set Delightful Little Things and I airbrushed the card and stars using my Copics.

My last card today was made for this week's {Ippity} challenge which is to use lace on our card/project. I used stamps from Now & Always and Delightful Little Things.

Thanks for stopping by...have a wonderful day!
Supplies:-
~May You Never Forget~
Stamps - Ippity
SU coloured cardstock
Gina K luxury cardstock
Patterned papers by October Afternoon
SU circle punch
Bazzil textured cardstock
Fiskar paper edgers
Foam Dots
Button
Colour Box Chalk

~I Will Love The Light~
Stamps - Ippity
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
SU coloured cardstock
Copics - Y02, Y15
Foam Dots
Cricut

~AnythingIs Possible~
Stamps - Ippity
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
Copics - R81, R83, R85, R89
SU markers
SU buttons
SU coloured cardstock
Lace
SU ribbon
Foam dots
Embroidery cotton

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

You are in my thoughts...

Today's card was made using the sketch from this week's Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Challenge. I used one of my favourite Penny Black stamps "Angel Comfort" and coloured it with watercolours.

Don't forget that {Ippity} releases their Spring 2010 Collection tomorrow at 12am CST and that all sets will be available from me HERE.


Supplies:-
Stamps - Angel Comfort by Penny Black and sentiment by Amuse
Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Brilliance ink
Clear embossing powder
Watercolours
SU coloured cardstock
Felt flower
Paper flower
Scrap patterned paper
Button
Embroidery cotton

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Another Christmas Greeting

As I mentioned in an earlier post I've decided this year to work on my Christmas cards throughout the year instead of it being a mad rush at the end of the year and as most of my Christmas cards are sent overseas they really have to be ready early in December. This card was made using an Annette Allen Watkins stamp and a Christmas Greeting from Stampin' Up.

Supplies:-
Stamps - Santa by Annette Allen Watkins and SU sentiment
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
SU markers
Copics - YG91, YG95, E00, R20, R29, Y06, Y21, C7, C1, 0
SU coloured cardstock
SU DSP
SU ribbon
SU button
Embroidery thread
Fiskars paper edgers

Monday, May 10, 2010

Music Of My Heart

Welcome to another fun H{ippity} Hop Monday! Be sure to check in at the {Ippity} Blog to see the full list of Blog Hop participants and all their wonderful {Ippity} creations...and to see what today's challenge is!

Mark your calendars...{Ippity} is releasing it's Spring 2010 Collection THIS THURSDAY! Join us for a special blog hop on Thursday...check in at the {Ippity} Blog at 12:00am CST to see the full list of Blog Hop participants.

I have a few cards to share with you today...the first card was made for my blog group's challenge this week. The challenge issued by Dawn was to make a card with a relatively plain front, a window cut out...and the stamping on the inside. I used stamps from the {Ippity} set Music of My Heart. Here's the front...

...and here's the inside...

I love this sheet music stamp and when I saw the 'Just a Note' stamp in the {Ippity} set 'Just Wanted to Say' I knew they would make a cute set of note cards.

Here's a close-up of one of the simple cards...


Don't forget you can purchase {Ippity} stamp sets and paper from me HERE and you won't pay any shipping within the US!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Supplies:-
Stamps - Music of my Heart, Because of You and Just Wanted to Say by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance Ink
SU markers
Copics
Signo white gel pen
SU coloured cardstock
SU DSP
Nestabilities dies
Ribbon
SU circle punch
SU heart punch
CM corner rounder
Scallop punch
Foam Dots

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

To all the mothers out there "Happy Mother's Day" and to my special Mum who is a long way away in Australia....thank you...thank you for being a wonderful mother. I hope you all have a fantastic day!

This is the card I made for my Mum...she loves soft, pastel colours and silk ribbon.

Supplies:- Stamps - Bitty Bear Angel by Penny Black and sentiment by Hero Arts
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
Copics - R20, E30, E31, BV00, V000
SU markers
SU coloured cardstock
K&C Company paper
Fiskars paper edgers
Silk ribbon
Foam Dots

Saturday, May 8, 2010

First Holy Communion

My neighbour's daughter is having her first Holy Communion in a couple of weeks and so I made this card for her...the inside of the card reads "May God bless you on your first Holy Communion". The Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps blog issued a colour challenge on Wednesday to make a card using your favourite colour. I love most colours but I think my most favourite is pink and I reach for it way too often! I actually have to make myself work with other colours sometimes or I think nearly every card I make would have pink on it! I know my neighbour's 8 year old daughter loves pink so this card was perfect for the challenge...any excuse to play with pink!

Supplies:- Stamps - What Matters Most by {Ippity}
PTI white cardstock
SU ink
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Sizzix Embosslits Beautiful Wings
Half pearls
Ribbon
Foam Dots

Friday, May 7, 2010

You're Simply The Best!

I made today's card for this week's Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World. The flower stamp was stamped twice to get the two different shades of pink. Whenever cutting out my small stamped images I always use my 3 1/2" decoupage scissors with a curved tip...they make cutting into small, tight areas a breeze!

Below is the trigger photo for this week's challenge. I think you can see I was inspired by the colours, flowers and spotty fabric.


Supplies:- Flower and Sentiment from AC Moore
SU ink
SU coloured cardstock
SU markers
Buttons
SU DSP
PTI white cardstock
Foam Dots

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Birthday Wishes

My first card today was made for this week's Operation Write Home sketch challenge over on the Stars and Stamps blog. I stayed true to the sketch and kept in clean and simple (CAS) using {Ippity} stamps and paper. Don't forget I sell these lovely stamps and paper HERE and that this time next week {Ippity} is releasing it's Spring Collection.

I 've also been working on some birthday cards as I seem to have very few left in my stash and wanted some masculine ones so I made these two cards and kept them CAS.


Supplies:-
Stamps - Just Wanted to Say, Love in Return and Life's Little Moments by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
SU coloured cardstock
Ippity paper
Gina K luxury cardstock
SU ink
Unknown patterned paper
SU circle punch
Foam Dots