Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Splash of green!

I've been itching to play with this challenge ever since it was posted. Why? And I don't even like the colour green? Well what intrigued me was that Pantone announced the colour 'Green' as the colour of the year for 2013 and so Play Date Cafe decided to add it to their challenge. Why I don't like green? It was my school uniform colour! Anyway, I'm going to embrace and celebrate the Pantone Green this year to overcome my fear! Here is my card with my favourite flower from PTI coupled with Basic Grey Serenade paper! Oh, I also used my new Fiskars stamping tool for the first time (sentiment only) - took me three goes before I got it right! You have to press very hard and walk around the whole stamp. Personally, I prefer to stamp on a telephone directory and tear out the soiled pages after each use! Anyway, practice makes better!

Cardstock - Neenah
Paper - Basic Grey Serenade 6x6
Stamps - Papertrey Ink Lovely Layers, Hero Arts Big Ticket
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black, Hero Arts Field Greens

CASE Sketch

Back with a quick CAS(E) Sketch. Very simple card using extra wide Washi tape and a bit of stamping! I've used the beautiful paper from Basic Grey True Love for this card. Thanks for dropping by!

Paper - Basic Grey True Love
Stamps - Hero Arts Big Ticket and Ancient Flowers and Butterflies
Ink - Hero Arts Pool, Ranger Archival Jet Black
Others - MT Tape, Franchville rhinestones, white gel pen, Ranger stickles

Monday, 28 January 2013

Happy 18th

We've been invited to an 18th birthday party next weekend and I wanted to use my newest acquisition from Basic Grey's True Love collection. I received a prize from BG when I ordered a warehouse clearance parcel last year. I received the 12x12 papers, some chipboard alphabets, embellishments and a chipboard album last week. It took me ages to get this card together - such a simple sketch and so hard to pick the elements to go with the sketch. Here is my card along with the Retro Sketch #48. Thanks for dropping by!

Cardstock - Neenah
Paper - Basic Grey True Love
Stamps - Darkroom Door Numbers, Hero Arts Find Joy
Ink - Hero Arts Wet Cement and Royal Red
Others - BG True love stickers and embellishments, MT Washi tape, Fiskars Notebook punch

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Carolina Herrera Card

I'm back again with a one layer card which came together very easily. The inspiration is from Runway Inspired Challenge #28 - Carolina Herrera. I picked colours from the dress for the card and used the Eclipse masking sheet for the first time.  I also used an extra long card for the CAS-ual Friday Long and Short challenge and used Retro Sketch #47. As I'm using an old Hero Arts stamp set (Many Dots), I'm also entering this card to the A Blog Named Hero's Golden Oldie challenge and Moxie Fab World Make a Background challenge. Thanks for dropping by!

Cardstock - Neenah Solar White
Stamps - Hero Arts CL519 Many Dots, CL497 Find Joy
Ink - Hero Arts Wet Cement, Green Fields, Butter Bar, Pool, Stone Wash and Tim Holtz Broken China
Others - Tim Holtz Distress Marker Broken China, Kaisercraft rhinestone

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Washi Happy

Alright, have I told you about my Washi tape addiction... Here's another card which was a publication submission reject. The card was dry embossed and also die cut. A word of advice, do the dry embossing last! This card is for the Simon Says Stamp Use Washi Tape challenge and the Moxie Fab World Make a Window challenge. Thanks for dropping by and also a big welcome to couple of new followers!

Cardstock - Neenah Solar White, Tim Holtz Distress Kraft Core
Dies - MFT DieNamics high rise alphabets
Embossing - Hero Arts Flourish
Others - MT Tape, Kaisercraft rhinestones, MME enamel dots

Monday, 21 January 2013

Last CR84FN

I am saddened to hear that Mona is hosting her last CR84FN challenge. This challenge has a special place on my blog as I got Terrific Top Three for a card I submitted last year in CR84FN49 and it prompted me to start a blog. Now, 10 months later, I have submitted over 100 cards last year in challenges and publication calls. So, I've made a special effort to get a card submitted in time. I decided to use Sweet Sunday Sketch 176 with the colours for the CR84FN70 challenge, along with my newest stamps. I'm also submitting this card to Moxie Fab World's Make a Background challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Herocontest on Splitcoast.
I've just heard on Twitter that USPS will be increasing their international rates by 60% and it will take effect late February. This is not good news and it will mean that it will take us longer to get the newly released stamps! So I'm not too happy and will be placing some orders soon to beat the increase!

Cardstock - Neenah Solar White and Dessert Storm
Stamps - PTI Lovely Layers, Hero Arts Tweed Background, SSS Sentiment
Ink - Hero Arts Mid Tone Inks - Pool, Wet Cement and Butter Bar, Tim Holtz Broken China
Dies - SSS Banner, MFT Dienamics Flags STAX
Others - Twine and brad

Sunday, 20 January 2013

75th Birthday

I've been busy with a few publication submissions lately. This is one of the rejects which I enhanced for a 75th birthday card for my Aunty. The background was white embossed, inked with distress inks and sprayed with perfect pearls (one of my favourite techniques). The vellum flowers were also white embossed and fussy cut. I'm submitting this card into the Hero Arts January contest, Moxie Fab World's Make a Background challenge and PaperCraft's January Flickr Gallery challenge. Thanks for dropping by!

Cardstock - Neenah Solar White, Tim Holtz Kraft Core
Paper - Patterned vellum paper
Stamps - Hero Arts Lattice Background, Four Flowers and Find Joy
Dies - MFT DieNamics By the Numbers
Ink - Versamark, Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers, Scattered Straw and Bundled Sage
Others - White EP, White brads, Twine from The Twinery

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Mad on Tweed

When I first saw the new Hero Arts stamp with a tweed background, I had to get it. There are so many possibilities with this stamp. My order from Simon Says Stamp arrived two days ago and I've played with it a few times before I made this card today. Again in the eleventh hour, I'm submitting this card to Retro Sketches #46 , Runway Inspired Cacharel Hero Arts January contest and the Simon Says Stamp Herocontest on Splitcoast. You'll see many more cards with this new stamp! Thanks for dropping by!

Card - Neenah Solar White
Stamp - Hero Arts S564 Tweed Pattern, CL497 Find Joy
Ink - Versamark, HA Pool, Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers, Scattered Straw and Bundled Sage
Others - Clear EP, Twine from The Twinery, Kaisercraft rhinestone

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Retro bird

I couldn't let the Retro sketch challenge go this week without submitting a card. So in the last hour, this is the card I made. My cardstock supplier has finally got Neenah Desert Storm in stock now, so I'm stamping on it for the first time. I'm also submitting this card for the Hero Arts January contest - Try something new (Neenah cardstock and Basic Grey Serenade) and Basic Grey's New Beginnings/Something New challenge. Thanks for dropping by!

Cardstock - Neenah Desert Storm
Paper - Basic Grey Serenade
Stamps - Hero Arts Timely Bird CG292, Simon Says Stamp Sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Others - Kaisercraft rhinestones

Friday, 11 January 2013

Repeats and Rainbow

It's difficult when we have to make a sympathy card. I wanted to make a cheery Sympathy card for someone who passed away just before Christmas. He had a long battle with cancer and would always bounce back after each bout of chemotherapy. This card is to celebrate his life and his final release from all the suffering. I was reading Nicole Heady's blog on PTI's Make it Monday and knew this is what I wanted to make. I've used colours from HA's mid tone inks to match the rainbow set number 6 as I do not have any PTI inks. I'm also entering this card to Moxie Fab World's Make a Background challenge. Here is my card that I'm going to post tomorrow, thanks for dropping by!

Cardstock - Neenah Solar White, green card stock
Stamps - PTI Lovely Layers, HA CL497
Inks - HA Midtone Inks: Pool, Butter Bar, Green Fields, Bubble Gum and Stone Wash

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

MFT Guest DT Jan13 Challenge

There has been a lot of chalkboard inspired cards on Pinterest and on various galleries. I have been wanting to try out this technique. This is the original post by Betsy Veldman which started the chalkboard trend. Sounds easy? I thought I'll give it a go with the current MFT Guest DT sketch challenge. It was easy to do, but I didn't have much black smooth paper, hunted high and low and found some! I don't have any vertical sentiments and I had to flip the card around to use the sentiment I wanted to use. I also repeated the bottom of the sentiment and added it to the top to even it off. I'm also entering the card into this week's ColourQ - Challenge 170 (Choose an Colour Palette). I chose cQc #146, although my card does not have a lot of green, the other main colours are there. Anyway here is the result!

This sentiment in this card reflects my thoughts - I'm a dreamer.... One day, it's going to happen... I can craft full time and don't have to work for a living!! ... until my dreams come true... I would love to be a guest DT!! I would love to win $200 worth of MFT products!!

Cardstock - Neenah Desert Storm, Black cardboard
Paper - Basic Grey Konnichiwa
Stamp - MFT My Favourite Sentiments
Ink - Versamark, Versamark Chalk Ink Cloud White
Dies - MFT Fishtail STAX, MFT Upsy Daisy
Others - White EP, Hemp from Hemtique, white brad, white gel pen

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Washi Thank You

Some of my regular followers will know that I won $100 worth of MT wash tapes before Christmas with this card. I made a 'Thank You' card for Sam from Paperpoint who picked my winning card from the November washi tape contest on Facebook. This card was made with some of my winnings and some tapes already in my stash. Paperpoint is my favourite shop to visit in South Melbourne. I get all my card stock (they are now stocking Neenah Desert Storm) in A3 sheets and cut them down to size. They also have a great range of ribbons, card stock and patterned papers! I love going there!! CAS-ual Fridays have just announced their new challenge today - CAS Thank You card! The sister to this card (the negative) will be submitted for a magazine publication as I like it a lot! This card is also submitted for Simon Says Stamp's Use Washi Tape Challenge!
My card is below...

This is the stash I won from PaperPoint. I added a tape cutter to my collection. It came in handy during Christmas when I used it for place cards, last minute gift tags, etc. I can't wait to use some of the other tapes...

Cardstock - Neenah Solar White
Tapes - MT 
Dies - MFT DieNamics alphabets
Others - Rhinestones and pearls from Kaisercraft

Friday, 4 January 2013

Sweet Dreams

I couldn't resist the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger and had to wait until the craziness of Festive Season settled. The trigger photo beckoned me to use MME All is Bright (believe it or not, I did not use it for any Christmas cards) and BG Paper Cottage. I wanted to use the PTI Lovely layers and combine it in a sketch from Random Acts of Creativity's Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #86. My card is below and the trigger photos below that. The sentiment I used was from a new HA stamp set I just received, so I'm entering this card to the HA January contest and A Blog Named Hero's New Year New You challenge. Thanks for all the lovely comments on my previous blog!

Cardstock - Neenah Solar White
Papers - BG Paper Cottage, MME All is Bright
Stamps - PTI Lovely Layers, Hero Arts CL497
Ink - HA Pool
Dies - Spellbinders Scallop Circles, PTI Lovely Layers, MFT Dienamics Fishtail STAX
Others - Pearl Brad, Hemp from Hemptique

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