Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Birthday Angel

Last Wednesday's OWH Stars and Stamps midweek throwdown was a recipe challenge...to make a card using a die cut or punch, ribbon and heat or dry embossing!

I punched out 5 hearts and glued them together to make the button...I finished it off with some Crystal Effects and tied it with some embroidery thread. I hand ruffled the ribbon to match the ruffles in the angels dress and I embossed the background with an embossing folder.

Supplies:-
Stamp - Birthday Angel by Penny Black
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
SU markers
Aquapainter
Cuttlebug embossing folder
SU coloured cardstock
SU ribbon
Embroidery thread
Foam dots
SU heart punch
Crystal Effects

Monday, August 30, 2010

Make Everyday the Best

G'day.....be sure to check in at the {Ippity} Blog to see the full list of today's Blog Hop participants and all their wonderful {Ippity} creations...and to see what this week's challenge is!

This week I had fun playing with the {Ippity} set So This Is Love. Both cards have been airbrushed with Copic markers.


Don't forget you can purchase all the {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 great day!


Supplies:-
Stamps - So This is Love by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
SU coloured cardstock
Copics
DP SU and unknown
Sizzix Embosslits Beautiful Wings
Best Occasions Metal Dots
Foam dots
Ribbon
Paper flowers
Button
Embroidery cotton

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Kindness...

The Playdate Cafe is holding a Colour Horribilis Challenge this week with the colours hot pink, navy blue and mustard.

When I pulled these colours onto my craft table I have to admit I did screw up my nose! Navy blue and hot pink are great together but with mustard...icky! But the strangest thing happened...as I looked at my card I liked the finished product. I'm not sure I'll use these colours together again but I think I made it work?????

Supplies:-
Stamps - Mouse Love by Penny Black and Heard From the Heart by SU
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
SU markers
Aquapainter
Felt flowers
Crotchet flowers
Ribbon
Embroidery Cotton

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Happy New Baby

The Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World this week is this photo: Light & Bright...

I decided to make a baby card (because I needed one) in the colours from the photo and used clean lines like the furniture in the photo. I mainly used white to keep it light and bright! When I printed the photo on my printer the colours looked like Stampin' Up's Pacific Point blue, Rose Red and Apricot Appeal...looking at the photo on my screen I can now see that the colours should have been Taken With Teal, Melon Mambo and YoYo Yellow...I might have to try this challenge again!

Supplies:-
Stamps - Unity KOTM Joly 2010
PTI white cardstock
SU ink
SU coloured cardstock
SU ribbon
DCWV embossed card front
Foam dots

Friday, August 27, 2010

Trust in the Lord

This week's Ippity challenge is to add paint to your card/project! I dug out my watercolour paints and painted a little heart to go with the verse from the Ippity set Devoted. I love painting inchies....one inch squares of chipboard...but this square is a little larger at 1 1/2 ".

Supplies:-
Stamp - Devoted by Ippity
Watercolour paper
SU coloured cardstock
SU DSP
SU markers
Foam Dots

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Little Pickup

Danielle, over at D-Dazzled Designs is hosting Tangled Up In Creativity's challenge this week. She challenged us to:-

1. Create a card using the colour 'Pacific Point' blue by Stampin' Up!
2. Make it suitable for a male recipient
3. Incorporate ribbon or the look of ribbon into your design.

This challenge was perfect timing because I needed a masculine "Thinking of You" card for a family friend in Australia who is having surgery this week...I want something to be waiting for him when he gets home from hospital in a couple of weeks. I decided to use stamps from the SU set Loads of Love and while I was looking through my patterned papers I came across this one from SU and it reminded me of tire tracks so I cut strips of it to use in place of ribbon.

And here's my card...

Supplies:-
Stamps - Loads of Love by SU
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
SU coloured cardstock
SU DSP
SU markers
Aquapainter
Color Box Chalk
Foam dots

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My heart trusts in Him

This week's Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge is to make something that represents what could be your life verse, a place where God has revealed to you that you can trust in Him, something representing a turning point in your life, or just focusing on Psalm 56:3..."When I am afraid, I will trust in THEE."

Cindy Coutts is this week's host and she courageously shared why Psalm 56:3 has special meaning to her. Her story resonated with me and brought back lots of memories of my big move to America five years ago. It was a very scary time for me and for the first time in my life I learnt what it truly meant to "trust in Him". This helped me tremendously over the last five years and although I may not always understand God's plan for my life I know He has one and that makes me joyful and gives me reason to give thanks...hence the choice of verse for my card today..."The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in Song." Psalm 28:7

Supplies:-
Stamps - Something Within by Unity and Music of My Heart by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
SU coloured cardstock
SU ink
ColorBox Chalk
SU button
SU ribbon
Lace
DP unknown

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Follow Your Dreams

I made today's card for OWH Stars and Stamps sketch challenge. Here's the sketch...

...and here's my card. I dug out my Stampscape stamps and airbrushed them with Copics.

Supplies:-
Stamps - Stampscapes
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
Copics
SU coloured cardstock
Ribbon
Foam dots

Monday, August 23, 2010

Life Is Too Short

It's Monday...so it's time for another {Ippity} Blog Hop! 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 a few cards to share with you today so I'll be brief...the first, uses a stamp from the Ippity set Quotes a'la Happy.

The next two cards use stamps from the cute set Bitty Pixie Paisley...



Don't forget you can purchase all the {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 great day!


Supplies:-
Stamps - Quotes a'la Happy and Bitty Pixie Paisley by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
Gina K Luxury cardstock
SU coloured cardstock
DP Echo Park, Hot Off The Press and Colorbox
SU ink
Brilliance ink
Ribbon
Nestabilities
Foam dots
Buttons
Embroidery Thread
Fiskar Paper edgers
Corner rounder

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bloom, Grow, Live

Here is another card for this week's OWH Stars and Stamps Midweek Throwdown challenge which is to create a card using any Michelle Perkett Studios digital image. You can enter your cards at the Michelle Perkett Studio challenge blog this week too, the challenge is "Anything Goes" using a Michelle Perkett Studio image! A prize will be drawn there as well for a gift certificate to Michelle's Etsy store.

Supplies:-
Digital Stamp by Michelle Perkett
PTI white cardstock
DP unknown
Copics
SU markers
SU coloured cardstock
Basic Grey Brad
Foam dots
SU scallop punch

Saturday, August 21, 2010

My Special Friend

This week's OWH Stars and Stamps challenge is to make cards with any Michelle Perkett Studios digital image. There are a couple of free designs available on the Stars and Stamps blog until August 24, 2010 at 10:00 PM MST...why don't you play along! Here's my card...

Supplies:-
Digital Stamp by Michelle Perkett
SU coloured cardstock
Bazzil textured cardstock
Color Box chalk
Copics
DP unknown
Crochet and paper flowers
Brad
Foam dots
American Crafts ribbon

Friday, August 20, 2010

May You Never Forget...

I really enjoy the Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Triggers and this week was no exception. Here's this weeks trigger: An exercise in exotic...

I knew as soon as I saw it I wanted to incorporate some beads onto my card. The paper was a different story...as I was looking through my stash of patterned papers I just couldn't find anything that seemed to fit the challenge so I dug out my scrap bucket and it all seemed to come together. I do love it when I make a card completely out of scraps! The flower and sentiment are from the Ippity set Now & Always.

Supplies:-
Stamps - Now & Always by Ippity
SU coloured cardstock
Scraps
SU ink
SU circle punch
Beads
Gold Chain
Brads
Foam dots

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Happy Birthday

This week's Ippity challenge is to use string or twine on your card/project. I used the tie stamp from the new Ippity set Authentic Man and I hung them on hemp twine for this masculine birthday card.

Supplies:-
Stamps - Authentic Man and Life's Little Moments by Ippity
SU cardstock
SU DSP
SU ink/markers
Hemp twine
Eyelets
Foam Dots

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Artists don't get old...

Today's card is actually for two challenges this week...I usually like to make a new card for each challenge but when I was making my card for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge I thought the OWH Stars and Stamps sketch worked perfectly! The Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge is to create a "clean" humorous card and here is the OWH sketch...

...and here's my card!

Supplies:-
Stamps - Elzybell's Masterpiece
PTI white cardstock
SU coloured cardstock
Bazzil textured cardstock
DP unknown
Copics - Eooo, E11, R20, E25, E29, B21, BG11, YR12, V12, V15, Y13, Y11, YG11
SU ribbon
Foam dots
Brad

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I'm Here For You

When I saw the colour challenge this week over at Play Date Cafe I thought I would give it a miss as the colours just didn't speak to me. Then I thought that was silly...isn't it supposed to be a challenge?

I've been wanting to make a card using my Cricut and the Storybook cartridge for ages and I saw this as the perfect opportunity to dig it out. I very rarely use my Cricut for card making...I mainly use it for scrapbooking and I really haven't been doing too much of that lately! I chose the lovely sentiment from Unity's KOTM April 2010 and paper pierced around the card to match the sentiment.

Supplies:-
Stamp - Unity's KOTM April 2010
SU coloured cardstock
SU ink
Foam dots
Cricut - Storybook

Monday, August 16, 2010

Welcome

It's time for another {Ippity} Blog Hop! 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!
You might remember this little house I made back in March, 2010 using 6 different Ippity sets. Click HERE for more details.

When I saw the new set, House a Home, I thought it was time to make another house! They are so much fun to make and this time I used the large chipboard house from Doodlebug Design Inc. I used 8 stamps from 4 of the new Summer sets and all the papers from the Summer paper pack. I think my favourite part is the birds on the window sill...only three fit so I put the fourth bird on the fence! The side windows have lace curtains and the bottom windows have flowers from Bitty Pixie Paisley...they're a little hard to see because it was difficult to photograph! It's almost a foot tall!



Don't forget you can purchase all the {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 great day!

Supplies:-
Stamps - House a Home, Totally Happy, Bitty Pixie Paisley and Quotes a'la Happy by Ippity
SU coloured cardstock
DP Echo Park
SU ink
SU markers
SU pearls
SU scallop border punch
Lace
Fiskar paper edgers
Foam dots

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Card for the Fall

I grew up in Australia and I never really experienced the Fall (we actually call it Autumn in Australia) until moving to New Hampshire. Wow, what a spectacular time of year! The colours here are absolutely amazing and although it's lots of work picking up all the leaves and pine needles I really don't mind. I love the crackle underfoot, the wonderful smell and of course all the beautiful, changing colours.

This week's OWH Stars and Stamps midweek throwdown challenge is to make a fall themed, any occasion card with no sentiment on the front. I used a stamp from the new Ippity set So This is Love and airbrushed it with my Copics.

Supplies:-
Stamps - So This Is Love by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
Copics
SU coloured cardstock
SU DSP
Paper flowers
Nestabilities
Button
Embroidery thread

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Just Keep Swimming

I made today's card for last Monday's Ippity challenge - Dog days of Summer...create anything you want, using {ippity} stamps, that makes you think of summertime. I thought of the sun, the sea and walking along the beach looking for shells. Here's my card and the cute little shell in the corner is actually a button...I cut off the shank so that it would lay flat on my card.

Supplies:-
Stamps - Fishy Philosophy and Quotes a'la Happy by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
DP Basic Grey and unknown
Copics
Button
Corner rounder
SU rope
Foam dots
Stickles

Friday, August 13, 2010

Thoughts Of You

Rose, over at Pink Lemonade is hosting this week's Tangled Up In Creativity Blog Group Challenge. She has challenged us to make a Very Vintage card/project.

I used a new stamp from the Ippity 2010 Summer Collection called Thoughts From the Past and the sentiment is from the Ippity set Regal Greetings. I added some velvet ribbon, lace, button and stitching and distressed the edges to try and get a vintage feel.

Supplies:-
Stamps - Thoughts From The Past and Regal Greetings by Ippity
Gina K luxury cardstock
DP by Basic Grey
SU ink
Color Box chalk
Lace
Ribbon
Button

Thursday, August 12, 2010

{Ippity} Summer 2010 Collection is here!

Welcome to this special Thursday H{ippity} Hop to celebrate the release of the 2010 Summer Collection! Be sure to check in at the {Ippity} Blog to see the full list of Blog Hop participants.
You can view and purchase all the {Ippity} sets from me HERE with FREE shipping within the US. If you have any questions please email me HERE.

I have four cards to share with you today. The first card is for today's {Ippity} Rainbow Challenge which is to use ALL the colours of the rainbow on your project RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, and PURPLE. I used stamps from the new set Quotes a'la Happy...I love this set!

The second card was made for today's {Ippity} Shape Card Challenge...make any shaped card. It can be die cut or hand cut, as long as it is the main shape of your card. I chose to use the new set House A Home and hand cut my card to look like one of the houses in the set and it fits into a standard card size envelope. This card also uses paper from the {Ippity} Summer Paper Pack by Echo Park.


The third card is for today's {Ippity} Inspiration Challenge using the photo below....

...here's my card. The sentiment is from the new {Ippity} set Authentic Man , the swirls are from Now & Always and the heart from Music Of My Heart.

Lastly, I airbrushed this card and used stamps from the {Ippity} set Totally Happy. There are so many great stamps in this Summer Collection which are perfect for airbrushing...I can't wait to airbrush them all!

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by today and a BIG "thank you" to everyone who left me a comment...enjoy the rest of the hop and have a wonderful day!
Supplies:-
Rainbow Challenge Card
Stamps - Quotes a'la Happy by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
SU markers
SU coloured cardstock
SU heart punch
Foam dots

Shape Card Challenge
Stamps - House A Home by Ippity
SU ink
SU coloured cardstock
DP Echo Park - Ippity Summer Paper
SU ribbon
Foam dots

Inspiration Challenge Card
Stamps - Now & Always, Music Of My Heart and Authentic Man by Ippity
SU coloured cardstock
Brilliance ink
SU ribbon
SU marker
Foam Dots

Totally Happy Card
Stamps - Totally Happy by Ippity
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
Copics
Bazzil textured cardstock
SU coloured cardstock
SU button
Embroidery thread
SU DP
Foam dots

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thanks Fairy Much!

I made today's card for this week's OWH Stars and Stamps sketch challenge. Here's the sketch...

...and here's my card in one of my favourite colour combinations ~ pink and brown!

Don't forget Ippity is releasing their new Summer Collection tomorrow....and all of the Ippity sets will be available from me HERE. There will be a special blog hop tomorrow to showcase all the great new sets!

Supplies:-
Stamps - Pink Cat Studios
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
Copics
SU coloured cardstock
SU DSP
Ribbon
Foam dots

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

So Very Sorry

The Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge this week is to create a card of apology or one reaching out to someone and encouraging them to put the past behind them and move forward.

I have a funny story about this card...I have a large bag of lace and cream ribbons left over from a quilt I made many years ago and I dug it out to find a piece of lace for this card and left the bag next to my chair on the floor as I really had no room left on my table! I left the room for about 15 minutes and when I returned I had lace and ribbons from one end of my craft room to the other...wound around chair legs and table legs and a very sheepish looking cat in the corner...I'm sure if she could speak she would have said "so very sorry".
Here is my cat, Snowflake, asleep on the window in my craft room!
Supplies:-
Stamps - Three Little Words by SU
PTI white cardstock
SU ink
SU coloured cardstock
DP unknown
Bazzil textured cardstock
SU scallop border punch
Lace
Ribbon
Button
Foam dots

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ippity Hop Time!

It's time for another {Ippity} Blog Hop! 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 the design team members with their sneak peaks of the new collection to be released on Thursday...and to see what today's challenge is!

I have two paper pieced cards to share today...the first is a card I needed for a new baby using the {Ippity} set Moonbeams & Heartstrings. I paper pieced the hearts in patterned paper.

The second card features the cute, little bird from Fall For You on a bright, birthday card. I paper pieced the bird to match the bright colours of the background paper.

Are you getting excited for the new {Ippity} 2010 Summer Collection release? The new sets will be available on the 12th of August. Don't forget you can purchase all the {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 great day!

Supplies:-
Stamps - Moonbeam & Heartstrings and Fall For You by Ippity
PTI white and coloured cardstock
DP by DCWV and PTI
SU coloured cardstock
SU ink
Brilliance ink
SU marker
Fiskar paper edgers
Lace
Button
Foam dots

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hello

My very first Stampin' Up set was Unfrogettable...and it is still one of my favourites. I used one of the frogs on today's clean and simple notecard. The sentiment is handwritten in SU marker to match the frog.

Supplies:-
Stamp - Unfrogettable by SU
PTI white cardstock
SU markers
Brilliance ink
Aquapainter
SU coloured cardstock
Foam dots

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hedgehog Visit

I made today's card for this weeks Play Date Cafe challenge...the next stop on their tour around the world is Positano, Italy.

I'm so glad I don't live on top of others like this! When I saw the colour palette for this challenge I couldn't resist using this cute stamp from Penny Black...I left it blank so I can use it for any occasion...thank you, birthday, thinking of you or just as a note card!

Supplies:-
Stamps - Hedgehog Visit by Penny Black
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
SU markers
Copics
Aquapainter
SU coloured cardstock
Bazzil textured cardstock
Paper flowers
SU brad

Friday, August 6, 2010

Ippity Christmas Challenge

I'm loving all these Christmas challenges lately....at this rate I'll have my Christmas cards made in plenty of time to send most of them to Australia. I love making cards but it always seems like such a chore trying to get them all finished and in the mail in time! December is always so busy!

Anyway....this week's Ippity challenge is to make a Christmas card and I decided to combine stamps from both the Ippity Christmas sets Kissmas & Mistletoe and Season of Joy to make this card. It was tough to photograph with all the gold but hopefully you'll be able to see it ok....the background paper has a repeated "Happy Holidays" in gold on it and I stitched the buttons on the bows with gold embroidery thread.

Supplies:-
Stamps - Ippity
Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder
Gold paper
DP - Hot Off the Press
Buttons
Ribbon
Gold embroidery thread
Fiskars paper edgers

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sorry I'm Late

I made today's card for the OWH Stars and Stamps sketch challenge. Here's the sketch...
...and here's my card...

Supplies:-
Stamps - Garden Buggy! by Penny Black and sentiment from Unity's KOTM January 2010
PTI white cardstock
Brilliance ink
SU ink
SU markers
Aquapainter
SU coloured cardstock
SU DSP
Foam dots