Saturday, January 31, 2009

House Mouse Birthday Cupcake

At last, here I am. I have weeks like this last one, when I'm not at home for most of the week. Other commitments.

I've made this card for a Valentine Swap. I started off just wanting to paper piece the outside of the patty case paper. So I did that using the blue heart paper from the set of papers called Lovestruck by Kaisercraft, then colouring the image matching colours to papers. The sketch I used is one I found while blog surfing last weekend, on Ana Wohlfahrt's cupcake anniversary challenge for Taylored Expressions. As usual, I've missed the cut off date but anyway I liked the sketch. I did change the size of one of the layers. I stoked with the way it turned out and also that I could use the brads that match the designer papers.
Stamps - House Mouse Birthday Cupcake, SU So Many Sayings
Cardstock - Kaisercraft Lovestruck, Firehearts, Artesian Pool, Blue by Bazzill
Inks - Stazon timber brown, SU chocolate chip marker
Accessories - Kaisercraft lovestruck brads and white 5cm flowers, prismacolour pencils, SU 1¼ & 1⅜ round punches.

It's raining cats and dogs here. Windy as well. There's a severe weather warning out telling us that there is a monsoon trough and low out there in the ocean that's bringing all this rain. So we'll have webbed feet soon. Lots of roads cut further north and flooding in the north west of Queensland.
Once again, thanks for checking out my blog.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Acetate challenge

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who comments on my blog. I think it's wonderful that you take the time to do this. I enjoy reading the comments so much. Thanks.

This card is for our team challenge which is to make an acetate card. Mmmmmm I knew exactly what I wanted to do and I've made the card but whether I'll ever be able to send it, is another matter.
I made my card then put an acetate overlay on it. You can't really see it in the photos but it's there. Sorry about the reflection of the light.
Cardstock - night of navy, whisper white
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree, Many merry messages
Ink - Black archival (stazon would work), versamark, night of navy
Accessories - white embossing powder, dazzling diamonds glitter
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Desk Calendar

I've finished it!!!!! This is a birthday present for a friend of mine. The photo is one that her MIL 'borrowed' for me and I copied. This desk calendar is one of the Beyond the Page items by Kaisercraft. Unfortunately, I'm not very good at doing this sort of work so the decorating was a bit beyond me. Luckily for me, Amanda is not a frilly sort of person anyway. I am not a painter either, so you won't see the back of this at all. lol Well, it's not that bad çause I am giving it as a gift. Yes, I know the photo is oval and doesn't really 'go' but that was the shape of the original that I had to copy. The papers are Lovestruck, one of the new range by Kaisercraft with matching brads. Thank you to Robyn for the idea of adding a big square matching brad to the bulldog clip. I twisted the actual brad arms off and then used foam squares to fill the back of the brad up and attach to the clip.
Cardstock - Kaisercraft Lovestruck dp, Bazzill Fourz red (don't know the name)
Accessories - SU Scalloped edge punch, Kaisercraft bling and brads, Prima flowers and SU night of navy narrow grosgrain ribbon.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

House Mouse Squeaky Clean

This card is my entry for House Mouse Monday Challenge #21. The stipulations for this challenge were that we were to use a House Mouse image (of course) and three colours, night of navy, cameo coral, old olive or as close to as possible.
Off I went searching through my now large collection of House Mouse stamps to find an image that was suitable to use. Found!!! Squeaky Clean. Now I wanted to use Stazon Timber Brown on very vanilla to take away the starkness, (mind you in the photo it looks white) but though I knew I had bought a Timber Brown stazon, I had to find the jolly thing. Half an hour later and with some more stash put away, I had my ink pad.
One thing I learnt while colouring this image was that a little blue goes a looooonnnnngggg way.
For my card I used an adaption of Mojo Monday Week 32 card sketch. Instead of the embellishment where it is on the sketch, I moved my greeting to the lower right hand side so it didn't cover my coloured picture. To give the card a bit of texture I cuttlebug embossed my strip under my House Mouse image and added kindyglitz to the bubbles.
All products by SU except where stated.
Stamps - House Mouse Squeaky Clean, Sanded, Riveting
Cardstock - night of navy, cameo coral, old olive, very vanilla, ginger blossom dp
Inks - night of navy, cameo coral, Stazon Timber Brown
Accessories - Cuttlebug embossing folder Tiny Bubbles, 1⅜, 1¼, scallop round punches, crystalina kindy glitz, prisma coloured pencils, solvent, dimensionals, sponge, night of navy narrow grosgrain ribbon.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Keesh's Colour Challenge #3

This is the first time I've attempted one of Makeesha's challenges. Once I got going with this card, it came together quite well.
We had to use blue bayou, chocolate chip, ruby red, very vanilla to make something masculine or feminine.
Here's my take on this challenge. For inspiration, I used a sketch which I think I found on Bec's page maps site years ago.

Cardstock - chocolate chip, blue bayou, very vanilla, ginger blossom dsp
Stamps - Seaside, So Many Sayings
Ink - chocolate chip
Accessories - ruby red button, double stitched chocolate chip ribbon, natural hemp twine, photo corner, word window punches, ruby red brad, dimensionals, dazzling diamonds glitter, glue pen.
All supplies by Stampin' Up®
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

House Mouse Sleeping with Strawberries

Are you tired of House Mouse cards yet? Sorry, I'm not. lol Then again I intend to make a card today that isn't a House Mouse. I have some of it done, so need to finish it off.

This card isn't for anyone in particular, well not yet anyway, but I love the image. I also managed to find a Stampa Rosa House Mouse accessory cube that has four little images on it to match some of the stamps. So I used the strawberry one, embossed in gold.
The sketch is an adaption of SCS SC202. No doubt there is a sketch somewhere that is closer to my card somewhere but I did use the SC202 as inspiration.
I found that the striped dp from Deck the Halls by Kaisercraft went perfectly with the colours I had used to colour the image. Woo Hoo off I went. I did a little bit of ramdon sponging with creamy caramel ink on the white image background çause it was too stark. Sometimes, I never know whether to stamp on cream or white cardstock. It's only after I've coloured my pic that I decide on papers etc.
Cardstock - SU textured chocolate chip, real red, garden green, creamy caramel, Kaisercraft Deck the Halls dp
Ink - SU creamy caramel, chocolate chip, versamark, Archival black
Stamps - House Mouse Sleeping with Strawberries, House Mouse accessory cube
Accessories - SU chocolate chip wide grosgrain ribbon, gold embossing powder, photo corners, 1 3/8", 1 1/4" square punches, gold brad, Prismacolour pencils and solvent.
What do you think? Will it pass?
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

House Mouse Ace of Hearts

Here's another House Mouse card that I've made using SCS SC199. This is for Dad's birthday. I've always loved this image. Cracks me up. The look on those two faces is priceless. rofl Again I've used Prisma pencils and solvent. Also the background has been stamped with a Judikins Bolio.
Stamps - House Mouse Ace of Hearts, Just for You - Printblocks Aust, Judikins Bolio Games
Cardstock - real red, wild wasabi, tempting turquoise, more mustard
Ink - wild wasabi, archival black, real red
Accessories - SU tempting turquoise brads and ribbon
What do you think? Hope I've coloured the image decently. I was unsure about this one.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

House Mouse Sunflower Smooch

This card is for a challenge over on SCS Blogger Group 7. We had to make a Valentine's Day card but not use Pink, Red or White. I used Very Vanilla to stamp my image on with Versafine Vintage Sepia. Then using SU chalks, I coloured it in, then sealed it with fixative. The sketch I used for inspiration is Mojo Monday Week 21. I'm not sure whether I've technically followed the sketch or not by not adding half circles in the indicated spots, so inspired giving credit is best.
Cardstock - SU Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink - SU More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Versafine Vintage Sepia
Stamp - House Mouse Sunflower Smooch, SU Sanded
Accessories - Old Olive brads, Old Olive ribbon, SU round scallop,1 3/8" & 1" round punches,
gold heart from stash, SU chalks
I'm really pleased with the way this card came together.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Kristina Werner's Colour Inspiration #37

I decided to join in Kristina Werner Colour Inspiration challenge this week. These stamps are by Victoria's Secret here in Australia and are absolutely gorgeous. The three squares that make up the main stamp are popped up on dimensionals, as are the Old Olive butterfly in the centre and the large butterfly on the corner.
I added Diamond Dust to both butterflies with a glue pen. The sketch is SCS SC207 and seemed to suit the main stamp.
I also paper pierced the corners to emphasise the off centre strips. Soft Sky has been used instead of Baja Breeze. There isn't a lot of embellishments on this card because I did feel the stamps say it all.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ocean Commotion SCS Colour Challenge 200

I decided that I needed to do another workshop card. My Artfully Asian challenge card won't be liked by the ladies. Soooooo, I was on SCS this morning and saw the Colour Challenge #200. This card seemed to flow quite easily. I cased one of my own cards, and again using Ocean Commotion this is the result.
I sponged the Confetti White with Brilliant Blue, Garden Green and Pumpkin Pie, all stamped off twice first. I wanted to give the impression of the sea in the background and sand on the ocean floor. The side edges of the confetti white were sponged in Garden Green and Pumpkin Pie on the bottom. One fish and the seahorse are popped up on dimensionals. I used my Quickie glue pen and SU Chunky sprinkles to highlight the seaweed and sand on the ocean floor. Also Dazzling Diamonds on the fish and seahorse. There isn't a greeting, this card could be used for quite a lot of occasions and besides that, there wasn't room. lol
Cardstock - Brilliant Blue, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Confetti White
Ink - Brilliant Blue, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie
Stamps - SU Ocean Commotion (Summer Mini Catalogue)
Accessories - Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, chunky sprinkles, diamond dust, scallop edge punch.
I did make another card but I'll keep that for another day. I'll have to get a stock pile up çause I'm out and about practically every day next week.
Thanks for looking.

Missing in Action

I'm here everyone, but just haven't made anything yet to put on my blog. Sunday I had to work at the Tourist centre in Sarina (volunteer work). Monday was a day in town (Mackay). A huge day. Tuesday I was in town again, not for as long. Came home and tidied the house for my visitors yesterday.
My visitors were a couple of my crafting girlfriends. We had a lovely day, the three of us. I coloured House Mouse images, Fay put together heaps of 3d's and Kerry made some cards using magazine pages she had saved for inspiration. Thinking back, I should have taken some photos. Damm. Oh well next time.
The weather here is humid and raining. Real wet season weather. We had the air con on all day yesterday çause once the sun comes out, you can just about see the steam rising from the ground after the rain.
Right, rambled on enough. Hope to be back soon with a couple of photos.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Artfully Asian

I made this card for our SU Team challenge. The challenge was to use the colours in this pic or the pic itself to inspire us to make something. I thought Oriental with the black, red, gorgeous purple and touch of gold. So out came SU Artfully Asian set.
I decided upon SCS SC197. Also, because again I need a workshop card, I've kept to SU supplies, reasonably simple and cost effective.
I embossed the Real Red layer with the leaves out of Artfully Asian and also the black layer with the wording, both in gold. Paper pierced the photo corners embellishment and added gold brads to try and balance it. There is an expanse of Elegant Eggplant showing but I think I'll leave it çause the Real Red layer is busy enough.
Cardstock - Basic Black, Brushed Gold Metallic, Real Red, Elegant Eggplant
Ink - Versamark
Stamps - Artfully Asian
Accessories - gold brads, photo corner punch, piercing mat and tool, gold embossing powder, Elegant Eggplant narrow grosgrain ribbon.
Thanks for looking.


I coloured this image yesterday afternoon. It's by Stamp It and called 'Frangipani' lol #1780F
After it was coloured, I thought I should go outside and check a real Frangipani flower. Mmmmm should have done that first. Oh well, I think I'll get away with it. The general idea of the colours are there. In actual fact, the buds should have a touch of pink on them even though it was the Yellow variety I was looking at.
The sketch is SCS SC179. I scratched around and found these dp that I've had a for a couple of years by Alison Ellis Design.
Supplies: C/s Bazzill, prisma pencils, solvent, brads, stamps - Stamp It & SU, dp Alison Ellis Design, ribbon SU, ink - Colourbox Warm Green & SU Garden Green, black Archival.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

House Mouse Bunny RN

Hello Everyone. Yep, another card. I have a pile of House Mouse stamps that I want to use for upcoming birthdays and occasions. I've got them prioritised and this one is the first.
It's called Bunny RN and I thought it would be perfect for the Get Well card I wanted.
Image stamped with Archival Black and then coloured with Prismas and solvent. I used my super duper new set of pencils. Wow, it's great to have soooooo much choice with my colours especially all the greys. The sketch I used is SCS SC189 which I felt was just right for a larger stamp.
The blue and brown cardstock seemed to go really well with the coloured image and I love those two colours together. To make the card a bit more feminine I used the lemon ribbon, brads and punched circle. Cardstock is Worldwin and the other bits are from my stash. Punches are Stampin' Up. Oh the get well stamp is a Hero Arts one stamped with Expresso Adirondack ink.
Thanks so much for looking.

Kristina Werner's Colour Inspiration #36

I've combined two challenges here, one Kristina Werner's Colour Inspiration and SCS

New Year's Eve party 2008 - Katherine which was to use something "new". Well this set Carte Postale from this year's Australian SU catty has never seen ink. (blush) This card uses a layout that a friend of mine found on Donna's blog (Butternut Sage Designs) Thank you. I also needed something that was reasonably cost effective and simple for a workshop. Please let me know what you think.
Stamps - Carte Postale
Cardstock - Old Olive, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Rose Red DSP
Ink - Rose Red
Accessories - Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, crimper, Large and small oval, 5 petal flower and spring flower bouquet punches, silver brad embossed with white embossing powder.
I'm sure that Bonjour greeting is straight on the real card. Obviously my photography skills need a lot of polishing.
Thanks for looking.