Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Due to popular demand, I'm even running Crop Nights again. I had the first one a couple of weeks ago, and we had heaps of fun. I have lots of space for everyone to sprawl out now. We made these two 6x6 pages and I also did a "Tool Time" session, and taught everyone how to use the Circle Scissor. They were all experts by the end, and cut perfect circles every time. Then, we all worked on our own projects. There was some furious stamping, punching and Big Shotting going on!
6x6 pages are a great place to start if you aren't used to Scrapbooking. You only need one photo, and they frame up beautifully if you don't want to put them in an album. I'll be putting mine into a desktop Calendar for my Mum's Christmas present. 2 pages per month will see me done by September...that will be a first!
My next Crop Night is on Friday 14th May. I'd love to see you there!
Materials (all Stampin' Up!)
stamps: Vintage Vogue, Cottage Garden
ink: Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede
card: Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Whisper White
other: Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon, Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon, Circle Scissor, Photo Corner Punch,
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I have the last 2 challenge cards to show you. We're finishing on a high note because, miracle of miracles, I was actually happy with BOTH of these creations!
Here's the Sketch Challenge from March:
I'll be using this Sketch again; it's such a nice simple one. Details HERE
And the Colour Challenge (Details HERE):
Doesn't it just make you go "aaawwww"?! Actually, it made my hubby go "B is for Turtle, O is for Lion???" *sigh*
One thing I've learnt through this whole exercise of 'picking the dud' is that everybody is so different. What appeals to me doesn't always appeal to you guys (and vice versa!). So, because I actually like these ones, that will probably mean that you all hate them LOL
So, dare I ask....What do you think?
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Since I'm not there with him to give him an Anniversary Present, I'm going to ask you all to give him one! Dave has just started a Blog, and I know he would be tickled pink to receive a bunch of comments on there. So, if you'd like to see what happens at a Balloon Convention (and see a hilarious photo of Dave dressed up in retro afro wig and porno mo for the Theme Dinner), head on over HERE, and wish him a Happy Anniversary!
From the January cards, I preferred Card Number 1. Even though it's not my usual style (messy, instead of crisp), I kinda liked it. Card number 2 was a just a bit boring, I thought.
Of today's two cards, one I dislike so much that I'm really tempted not to show you at all. I was going to re-make it, but I haven't had time, so I'm going to show it to you in all it's ugliness. I'm not even going to make you guess. Here it is, a Sketch Challenge:
Yuk. Where do I begin?? The black on there is all wrong, the colours are really really bright, and the background is too plain. Basically, it needs a complete overhaul!
If you want to see what NOT to put on card, click HERE
Card Number 2 is a bit better. I'm not sold on the colours, but it came together OK:
I wanted to try out a "snow dome" Sweet Treat Cup. I've sealed up a cup with water and glitter inside, and popped Mr Whale from "Fox and Friends" behind it. I had heaps of fun making this one! (and it hasn't leaked yet!)
You can see the ingredients for this one HERE
So, are we all in agreement today?? LOL
Friday, April 16, 2010
Here's an easy one...can you pick it?
Sketch Challenge: (full details HERE)
Colour Challenge: (Full details HERE)
Happy Birthday Ten, hope you have a really fabulous day!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The 'dud' is much easier to pick today!
First a Colour Challenge "Sugar Plum Fairy" (sometimes I wonder if Carol chooses the name first, or the colours!) Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Pink Pirouette, Kraft:
Very girly colours, these! I used a Mojo Monday sketch and it all came together really quickly.
You can find all the details HERE
And a Sketch Challenge:
I used a stamp from Pocket Silhouettes to make lavender. You can see the details of this one HERE
And the Scallop Oval in my last post? I cut a large oval using the Ovals Big Shot Die and used the Corner Rounder with the guard removed to work my way around the edge, making scallops! Easy Peasy!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
See if you can guess which one I didn't like out of these two!
November Colour Challenge (Riding Hood Red, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip)
Carol chose some lovely Christmas colours for November's Challenge, but since I am 6 month's late, I decided not to go Christmassy for this card...although if you substituted a Christmas sentiment, I guess this could pass as a Christmas card.
I've turned the Bird on a Branch punch into a little robin. I've done lots of sponging on him, and his little eye has Crystal Effects on it. The background stamps and words are from the new Level 2 Hostess set "Asian Artistry". I only just got this set, and I love it already...you'll be seeing a lot more of it from me! Isn't that Ribbon Originals crinkly ribbon just gorgeous? Any guesses as to how I did the Scalloped Oval?
You can find a list of ingredients HERE
November Sketch Challenge:
Baroque Motifs is an all-time favourite set of mine, and another one I haven't used in a while. That's the thing about Mini Catalogues...there's always such great new stuff to use that I tend to neglect my other stamp sets. I did sneak in one new stamp - I stamped the Medallion in the background in Versamark ink. I used some Felt flowers, Rhinestone brads and did some spritzing on this one. More Ribbon Originals - gorgeous Baja Breeze Satin ribbon this time.
See more details HERE
....So, which one's the dud?
Monday, April 12, 2010
I love to join in, and I was shocked (and I think it says a lot about what my life has been like over the past few months) when I realised that the last challenge I did was back in September! *gasp!*
Any stamping that I've done in the last few months has been purely for business not pleasure (and here I count myself so lucky that I have to stamp for my job, and it is always fun, even when it's "work"). I've designed projects for classes and Blog Hops, but haven't sat down and stamped "just because". When I do stamp for fun, I find that I enjoy it more if it has a bit of structure, and that's why I love challenges. I find having a few boundaries makes the creativity flow in the right direction, instead of spilling out everywhere into a confused muddle.
Anyway, I'll stop rambling and get to the point... I've had a lovely time over the past week catching up on Challenges. Over the next few days I'll show you my creations for the Challenges from October through to March, 12 cards in all. I've done the Sketch Challenge and Colour Challenge for each month (I didn't do the stamp set challenges as they were all from Mini Catalogues that are now retired...thank goodness, or I think I'd still be going!!), and it was so much fun to sit and stamp again. I'm never leaving it this long again!
October Colour Challenge (Pink Passion, Kiwi Kiss and Basic Black)
Carol called this one Passionate Kisses, but I've actually cheated and substituted Melon Mambo for Pink Passion, so maybe this one would be called Mambo Kisses or Kiwi Melons LOL
I just couldn't resist using the new In Colour, especially since Melon Mambo has the gorgeous Polka Dot ribbon to go with it. I pulled out Garden Whimsy, which I love, but has been terribly neglected lately. This one was also a Mojo Monday Sketch from Jan 11. You can find all the details for this card HERE.
October Sketch Challenge:
I'll be back with November's challenges soon!
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Many thanks to all of you who took the time to leave comments on our blogs and let us know you liked the projects we created for you using products from the new mini catalogue. We hope we inspired you and showed you that creative opportunities are endless!
Two winners of the blog candy have been drawn and they are:
PAULA FULLER and LISA MARTIN
Congratulations Paula and Lisa! You have each won a bundle of Stampin' Up! goodies!
Thursday, April 01, 2010
In Colour Ribbon Share
In Color Ribbon Share (approx 3.4m of each new In Color) $15.40
Designer Series Paper Share
6"x 6" Paper Share (12 6"x6" squares of Autumn Traditions and Cottage Wall papers) $4.40
Pendant Notes Share
3 Pendant Notecards and Envelopes $3.60