Inspired by Nature…

The layout for these pages have been inspired both by the photos & of course the Stamp Set – Inspired by Nature.  I think this set is perfect for these photos without taking away from the photos.  I love to scrap my photos, while at the same time not have the photo/s become lost on the page.
Page 1 –
I matted my photo onto Crumb Cake & then onto Garden Green Cardstock.  I inked my image with Crumb Cake Ink & radomly stamped around Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I tried to bring the weeds from the photo onto the page.
Wanting to add a little bit of green & the colour of the T-Shirt Amber is wearing, I decided to ink the flower image using Garden Green, So Saffron & Pacific PointSU Markers & stamp over the top of the reeds.  I repeated this step twice.  I then applied Crystal Effects to the flowers so that the colours would pop out more.
Once the Crystal Effects had dried, I adhered my photo to the page.
Using my Basic Black SU Marker, I wrote onto a scrap piece of Vanilla Vanilla, punched out using my Oval Punch & adhered to a piece of Pacific Point Cardstock, which had been punched with my Scallop Oval Punch
I punched a hole either side of the oval with my Handheld Punch & thread a piece of Linen Thread through either side.  I think this blends in well with the whole scrub theme.
Page 2 –
This page was really very easy & took all of about 5 minutes.
I matted my photo onto Crumb Cake & then to Marina Mist Cardstock.

I stamped my reeds onto Very Vanilla Cardstock with Crumb Cake Ink.  I again inked my flower image with Pacific Point, Garden Green & So Saffron SU Markers & stamped them onto the page.  I applied Crystal Effects to the flowers & set aside to dry.

 I adhered my photo the centre of the page & with my SU Basic Black Marker, wrote a little bit of “What’s Happening
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Inspired by Nature
Ink – Crumb Cake
Cardstock – Pacific Point, Very Vanilla,
Garden Green, Crumb Cake
Punches – Handheld, Scallop Oval, Oval
Accessories – Linen Thread, Snail Adhesive, Crystal Effects, SU Markers
Unti next time, Enjoy!

Make & Take – Scrap…

One of our Make & Take Projects from Regionals was this 6″ x 6″ scrap page featuring “Under the Big Top” stamp set.  I have had my eye on this set since the new catalogue come out as it is perfect for colouring in.  Oh, how I LOVE to colour!  Luckily, I never got round to purchasing it, as this was given to us at Regionals – how great is that?????

The colours for this page are so bright & cherry!  I knew immediatley the photo I wanted to use, as the little clown in this set reminds me of “Ronald MacDonald“.  It was when Julie & I went to Bali for a much deserved break from Timor – the first stop on our venture being MacDonalds.  Julie had been craving it for 6 months, so there was no stopping her!!!!!
Don’t you think this is the perfect photo?????
It was a fairly easy & fun page to put together & didn’t take long to complete at all.  I only wish the pages I am working on at the moment would be so co-operative!!!!!!
Great page for a workshop!!!!

Until next time, Enjoy!!!!

SC 013/11…

Crikey, can you believe it!!!!!  This is week 13 of our challenge – time does fly when you’re having fun.

This week, the challenge was brought to you by our own Gwen & boy, has she made it very easy for us  – NO 2nd part of the challenge!!!!!  Yep, you read right – NO 2nd part of the challenge!!!!  In other words, you have a free hand on what you create as long as you stick basically to the sketch!!!!!!
Now, my mind went into overdrive & had so many ideas, but this is the one I ended up going with, as when I first saw the sketch, a kid’s birthday card popped into my head.  This card can be used for boy/girl!!!!
To check out my 2nd card, pop back in later on in the week!

Base Card – Poppy Parade – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored & folded in half landscape
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 4″ x 5 3/4″ or 10cm x 14.5cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 3 7/8″ x 5 5/8″ or 9.5cm x 14cm
Layer 3 – Poppy Parade – 4″ x 2 3/8″ or 10cm x 6cm
Layer 4 – DSP – 3 7/8″ x 2 1/4″ or 9.5cm x 5.5cm

I layered my DSP onto Whisper White Cardstock & then onto the Base Card – Poppy Parade, using Snail Adhesive.  I layered the smaller piece of DSP onto the piece of Poppy Parade Cardstock, then onto the middle of the Base Card with Snail Adhesive.

I punched a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with my Scallop Circle Punch & layered a piece of Wild Wasabi Cardstock onto it.  This piece had been punched with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch.  I punched a So Saffron circle from my 1 1/4″ Circle Punch & adhered to the top of Wild Wasabi circle.


With Envelope…


With my Early Expresso Ink, I stamped the bottom of the cupcake, while the top was stamped using So Saffron Ink.  I punched both pieces with my Cupcake Builder Punch, stamped over the So Saffron top with Early Expresso Ink – this put the “chips” onto the “icing” & adhered this piece to the top of the cupcake bottom with Snail Adhesive.  I drew dots around the circle with my SU Marker – Early Expresso & adhered the whole cupcake to the So Saffron Circle with Su Dimensionals.

I stamped the greeting in Early Expresso Ink onto a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock, cut around it ensuring I allowed enough card at both ends of the greeting, one end to slide under the Scalloped Circle, while the other end, I snipped a “V” into it.  I then used my scissors to shape the pennant & adhered the left hand end to the card with Snail Adhesive.

For something a little different, I decided to have another cupcake for the inside, but I wanted it to pop up when opened.  For this, I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock 4″ x 5 3/4″ or 10cm x 14.5cm, measured the middle along the long side & marked with a pencil.  To get the bit to stand, I measured 1/8″ or 3mm either side of the halfway mark.  I then drew a line on both sides about 1 1/8″ or 2.5cm down, scored across the bottom to where both sides meet & cut along the lines to the score mark.


Inside – Pop Up Cupcake…


I again stamped my images using Early Expresso & So Saffron Inks onto Whisper White Cardstock, punched using my Cupcake Builder Punch & adhered to the piece with Snail Adhesive.  I punched the cherry from DSP with the same punch.  I inked my wording with my SU Marker – Poppy Parade & stamped in the middle. 

For the bottom half, I cut a strip of DSP, adhered to a piece of Early Expresso Cardstock, then to the Whisper White Cardstock, allowing a small edge of the White to show at the bottom.

All in all a very simple card but with a bit of a WOW, I think!!!!!  I would relly like to know what you think?

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Create a Cupcake, A Word for You
Ink – Early Expresso, So Saffron
Cardstock – Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi
DSP – Just Add Cake
Punches – 1 3/8″ Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle, Scallop Circle, Cupcake Builder
Accessories – SU Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, SU Markers – Early Expresso & Poppy Parade
Don’t forget to hop over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Gwen & Kris have created using the same sketch.  While there, create your own card, link it to your blog or online group.forum with Mr Linky.  Both Mr Linky & ourselves would really love to see your creation.  Who knows, you could be our next “Ray of Sunshine“.
Until next time, Enjoy!

Inkspirations Challenge #73…

It is amazing what you find when you clean your desk & how bits of left over scraps will come together to make a card, let alone fit a challenge.  This is what I did for the Sketch Challenge over at Inkispirations Challenge  I took the colours from scraps lying on my desk & teamed them with the scraps of DSP.  I don’t feel so guilty of not cleaning my desk!  That is my excuse anyhow.

I was recently asked if I stamped my envelopes to match my cards.  Ever since I started making cards, I had to match the envelopes to my cards.  I know the ladies I used to do cards with, thought it funny & strange, but that was me – has to match.  I also do the inside to match as well.  In future, I will show you both the envelope & inside, along with the card.

Base Card – Crumb Cake– 5 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ or 15cm x 10.5cm
Layer 1 –  Cherry Cobbler – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Very Vanilla – 2 1/4″ x 2″ or 6cm x 5cm
Layer 3 – DSP – 2 1/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 5.5cm x 4.5cm
Layer 4 – Soft Suede – 5 3/4″ x 7/8″ or 14.5cm x 1cm

Layer 5 – Early Expresso – 3″ x 2 1/2″ or 8cm x 6.5cm
Layer 6 – Very Vanilla – 2 78″ x 2 1/8″ or 7.5cm x 6cm

I adhered both pieces of DSP to Soft Suede & Very Vanila &  attached to Cherry Cobbler – as per the sketch.  Using Early Expresso & Soft Suede Inks, I stamped the image randomly onto the piece of Very Vanilla, adhered it to the Expresso Expresso, then to the Cherry Cobbler.  This piece was then adhered to the Base Card – Crumb Cake.
Using my Boho Blossoms Punch, I punch 5 flowers in Cherry Cobbler & adhered these randomly to the card.  Basic Pearls were adhered to the middle of each flower. 
I used my Cherry Cobbler SU Marker to colour in the greeting, stamped directly onto Very Vanilla & punched out using the Word Window Punch.  I adhered this to the punched piece of Soft Suede which had been punched using my Modern Label.  This was adhered to the card.  I didn’t exactly place it as per the sketch, so I hope the operators will forgive for this.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Just Believe, So Happy for You
Inks – Early Expresso, Soft Suede
Cardstock – Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Early Expresso
DSP – Elegant Soriee
Punches – Word Window, Modern Label, Boho Blossoms
Accessories – Multipurpose Glue, Basic Pearls, SU Markers
All in all, another easy, fun CAS card!
Until next time, Enjoy!

Box of Notes…

With what started out something compeletely different, I am quite happy with the end result.  Although these little boxes have been around for quiet sometime, I wanted to try something or add something to it.  It gives the box a completely different look, yet still being useful to store your notes for messages.  Actually, now that I have seen the box in a new light, there are tons of ideas going around in my head.

Now that I think of it, the Box of Notes may also qualify for Latenight Stampers Weekly Challenge # 123, which is Making the Grade – showing your appreciation to those teachers who have made a difference in your child’s life, or your own life for that matter.  This is able to be in the form of a card, gift, treat, etc

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Punch Bunch
Ink – Nil
Cardstock – Concord Crush, Whisper White, Blushing Bride
DSP – Lap of Luxury
Embosslits Dies – Beautiful Wings
Punches – Scallop Circle
Ribbon – 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon – Pretty in Pink
Accessories – Sticky Strip, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Bigshot, Basic Rhinestones, SU Markers
Non-SU – Pink Rhinestones

Do you think mine fits the challenge?
Until next time, Enjoy!

Accordion Card…

The person I have made this for doesn’t like bling, busy, but just simple & plain, so this is what I come up with.
These cards have been around for sometime, but as usual I didn’t chase any instructions to make mine.  Instead, I did mine to suit the Aust standard envelopes.  To ensure it still fitted into the envelope, I didn’t want to put too much onto the card & bulk it up.
It is my first time at making an “Accordion Card“, so hopefully you will be able to understand my instructions.  I’ve discovered they are very easy to make & a lot of fun embellishing.
Front –
I adhered Real Red Cardstock to the Base Card, applied DSP to the bottom, stamped the image directly onto Very Vanilla Cardstock using my SU Markers.  I then adhered this piece to Daffodil Delight Cardstock before adhering to the base.
Inside 1 –
Left Hand Side – I adhered DSP to Pear Pizzazz Cardstock & stuck this to the base card.  I then stamped the greeting using Real Red Ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstok, adhered it to Chocolate Chip Cardstock & then to the DSP.
Right Hand Side – Prior to adhering the 2 base cards together, I cut an oval out of the Chocolate Chip Cardstock, stamped the image onto Very Vanilla Cardstock using my SU Markers.  I cut a smaller oval of Real Red Cardstock & adhered it to the back of the Chocolate Chip.  I then adhered the Very Vanilla Cardstock to the back of the Real Red Cardstock.  The whole lot was then adhered to the smaller card to form the accordion.  I applied a Basic Pearl to the centre of the flower.  When adhering, ensure that you have your Valley, Fold, Valley.
I punched 4 corners using my Corner Punch – 2 in DSP & 2 in Very Vanilla Cardstock.  These were adhered to the card as per photo.
Inside 2 –
Left Hand Side – I cut a piece of DSP & adhered it to the base card.  Very easy as I didn’t want anything else on this.  I will type & print a verse out to adhere here prior to posting.
Right Hand Side – I punched 2 corners using the Corner Punch – 1 in DSP & 1 in Chocolate Chip Cardstock.  These were adhered to Very Vanilla Cardstock which had been adhered to the Chocolate Chip base.  I punched a strip of Real Red with Border Punch and a strip of DSP using the same punch.  These were adhered to the bottom of the Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I stamped the 3 flower images directly onto the Very Vanilla Cardstock using Real Red Ink.  I applied 3 Basic Peals to the centre of the flowers.
Once folded, I adhered a piece of ribbon to the front, ensuring it wrapped around the whole card & tied a bow at the front.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Friends Never Fade, Blessed Mother
Ink – Real Red
Cardstock – Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla
Punches – Corner Punch, Eyelet Border
Ribbon – 1/2″ Stitched-Poly – Pear Pizzazz
Accessories – SU Markers, Basic Pearls, Multipurpose Glue, Snail Adhesive
Instructions –
Card 1 – Chocolate Chip Cardstock – 3″ x 4 1/8″ or 9cm x 15cm – Score in middle & fold
Card 2 – Chocolate Chip Cardstock – 10.5″ x 4 1/8″ or 27cm x 15cm – Score @ 3 1/2″ x twice or 9cm twice
Adhere Card 1 to Card 2 ensuring that you have a Valley, Fold, Valley
Embellish card to complete

Until next time, Enjoy!

Medallion…

As I have to make a couple of male birthday cards this month & not having any cards in my stash – haha – this is the prefect sketch to complete a couple of cards.

Gotta love how all the measurements are done for you –

Layer 1  – Cardbase cut at 5.5 x 8.5″, scored & folded
Layer 2 – 4 x 5.25″
Layer 3 – 4 x 1.75″

I’ve used Baja Breeze for my card base, scored & folded
Cut smaller piece of Early Expresso Cardstock
Cut DSP – Pear Pizzazz
Cut Very Vanilla Cardstock
Stamp image directly onto Very Vanilla using Early Expresso Ink
Using your Early Expresso SU Marker, colour in sentiment & stamp directly onto Very Vanilla
Adhere both pieces to the Early Expresso Cardstock
Adhere Ribbon – Pear Pizzazz across the join, tuck ends under & tie knot
Adhere Early Expresso Cardstock to base card – Baja Breeze

This is a great sketch for that 5 minute card.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Mediallion, A Word for You
Inks – Early Expresso, Pear Pizzazz
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Early Expresso
DSP – Pear Pizzazz
Ribbon – 1/2″ Stitched-Poly Pear Pizzazz
Accessories – Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Snail Glue, SU Markers
Until next time, Enjoy!