Saturday, June 21, 2014

McAleese Lookalike!!

Good morning everyone.
I'm back this time with a card that I made especially for a friend's brother's birthday.
He used to drive McAleese semis so Lex wanted a semi trailer in McAleese colours on the card.
Here is the result.   The inspiration for the layout and embellishments are from this card by Ans Gilbert.
At first this card just wouldn't work but once I coloured the darker blue stripe with a bit more Island Indigo, I forged ahead. 
The base is SU Naturals White with a layer of Island Indigo.  In my recent stash buying, I bought this dsp by Kaisercraft called Base Coat Cracked.  It's actually a picture of a brick wall that has been rendered a few times.  I picked out a corner that looked like bitumen coming off road base....which I might add is what quite a few of our roads look like.  lol
Then a piece of Silver Foil Sheet was run through the Tim Holtz Diamond Plate embossing folder.  I matted this onto Basic Grey.   For this card I had the wonderful opportunity to use my new Gilding Paste.  Love this stuff.  It smells like shoe polish.  I rubbed Black Gilding Paste over the checker plate, gears, number and had a marvellous time with it.  rofl
 My semi trailer is a Stamp It stamp coloured with Prisma Colour pencils with the dark blue stripe over coloured with Island Indigo ink and blender pen.  For the background of the semi, I stamped the World Map stamp after stamping off first.
Tyre tracks from Rev Up The Fun have been stamped on the Smokey Slate layer and to clean my stamp a bit, I stamped randomly over my checker plate piece.
The grid paper is from Soho Subway and then with my old spiral punch I made it look like paper from a notebook. 
Enjoy The Journey seemed appropriate for the card and this has been stamped onto another piece of Soho Subway dsp.
Black photo corners, screw top brads, gears, paper clip, an age number and ticket provided embellishments for the card.
I had a wonderful time distressing, gilding, stamping and embellishing this card.
Lex loved the card and she is positive her brother will too.

The rest of today will be spent in making a couple of cakes and two potato bakes.  I also have to cut up kabana, cheese, heat up cheerios, butter bread rolls and worst of all, cut up onions. sniff, sniff.
My son is having a 21st birthday party here tonight.  Eeeeekkkk!!!!
Wish me luck! lol
Enjoy the rest of your day and keep well.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dare To Dream.

Good morning.
I'm showing today one of the cards that my Saturday ladies made in their class yesterday.
The inspiration for this card came from this one by Stamping Shanni.
I used a stamp from a new Stampin' Up set called Traveller.  The Australian/New Zealand new catalogue goes live on the 1st July.  
The base is Crumb Cake, next layer, Midnight Muse, then Crumb Cake again.   I stamped the World Map with Soft Suede onto Very Vanilla twice.  The join from stamping twice is under the ship's log piece which has been stamped on Crumb Cake and layered onto Midnight Muse.
To tie in the Cherry Cobbler that I stamped the ship with, I used some mesh that I bought from Sharon at the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
The edges of all the layers and the banner have been distressed and inked lightly with Soft Suede.
The rope around the image is from Sharon too.  The anchor, which is from The Open Sea, I stamped in Midnight Muse then cut out. Along the rope on the anchor, I glued the frayed string and then threaded it through the hole, knotted it and tucked the end up under the oval.
The banner was die cut and then 'Dare To Dream slightly bent to the curve of the banner and stamped using the stamp-a-ma-jig.
Hemp twine and a button made a wonderful nautical embellishment.
A very fine line of Multi Media Matte around the oval so my knotted rope would stick and a compass charm completed the card.
Hope you have a wonderful day or night as the case may be.
Keep well.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Big Catch!

Can you see it?   The big fish?? lol  I had a lovely time designing this card because I was having a chuckle all the while.  This card was inspired by a card made Cootje - here.
I used a base of Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  On to that I layered a piece of creek pebble dsp that I purchased while I was away at camp in March.  The image is from Joy Crafts Fishing Fun paper block. I chose this particular image because I felt that it was more of a creek or dam than the ocean and would go with my 'pebbles' well.   The green layer is Wild Wasabi (I think) and the hessian paper is one out of the Kaisercraft Base Coat range.
The woven jute ribbon is from Linda at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  This jute ribbon is fabulous BUT it is interwoven with nylon, like fishing line so it's a bit of a nuisance to try and fold. The grass die is Impression Obsession and I use it a lot.  The man in the boat silhouette and fish dies are from Joy Crafts.  I die cut the smallest fish out of silver card and added a bling eye.  The fishing 'line' is some hemp twine.  The Big Catch stamp is from one of the matching stamp sets in the Joy Crafts Fishing Fun series.  Unfortunately I cannot purchase the other one. It's mostly in Dutch but I just love some the images and words in it.  Pity.
Last but not least, is my Gone Fishin' old stamp by Stylish Images.  Love it.
The ladies in class who made this card were thrilled with it and they had a chuckle too. lol
Thanks for visiting my blog.

To The Beach!!

Well I'd love to go but unfortunately it's a busy day here in my household. lol
Please excuse the quality of the photo, a. it's a very grey murky day here and b. the camera wouldn't keep still (yep, I was shaking).
I have another class on Friday with my ladies from Mackay.  
Due to the fact that I love beach themed papers and embellishments, there will be quite a few beach/boat/fishing themed cards in the coming weeks. I only hope the ladies won't get tired of them.
This card uses Graphic 45 By The Sea range of papers and stamps.  The sketch is from LOTV ideas to inspire sketch. I started with a base of Stampin' Up Naturals White.  The blue layer is retired Not Quite Navy.  The check out of By The Sea is gorgeous.  I added two panels of the starfish/anemone paper as per sketch and that's where I went off on a tangent.  The finished card looks nothing like the sketch.  Oh well, so be it.
The sign and wording 'To The Beach' are stamps which match the Graphic 45 By The Sea range of papers.  The birds and grass are Impression Obsession dies and the umbrella is a Memory Box die. The birds have been sponged with Weathered Wood distress ink.  
I added shells, fussy cut from the papers, I think there is a check on the other side.  Then a piece of fishing net with some actual shells attached finished off the card.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog.
Hope you like my card.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Treasured Memories.

Do you remember going to the beach and looking for shells along the high tide mark?  I do.  I loved the beach when I was a kid and still love walking along the beach when I get a chance.
This card was inspired by this card by Primia.
I love it.  Thanks Primia.

OK, I started with a base of  Stampin' Up Naturals White.  Next layer is Night Of Navy.   The dsp is Fab Scraps which I purchased from Charlotte's Web and Daisy Chain Scrapbooks.
I used three different papers of the same range.  Love them.   The image is from the Nellie Snellen Vintage selection.
I layered the image onto Kraft card stock then Night Of Navy.  The hessian and cheesecloth are from Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  'Treasured Memories' are a Kaszazz stamp set.
I then arranged some different flourishes and flowers at the side of the image to mimic the colours of the seaweed and ocean.  Also to give a bit of a lift to the arrangement, the apricot flowers and glass spray highlighted the little girl's hair.  A cluster of pearls with some little shells and my card is finished.
The photo doesn't pick it up but there is Clear Rock Candy distress stickles on the ocean and dry Clear Rock Candy distress glitter on the sand.

The ladies will be making this card in class tomorrow.  I'm pretty sure they'll like it.
Thanks for visiting today and hope you like my card.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Twin Boys.

Well I'm back again with another card that I made some time ago.  A friend of mine needed a card for twin baby boys so this is what I came up with.   I think there was a card some where that was my inspiration but 
I'm sorry, can't remember where.
The image is from Doodle Pantry and can be found here.
The papers I used are Kaisercraft with textured Stampin Up card stock.  A bear at each end of the 'clothes line' added a cute little touch.  All up quite a simple but effective card I thought.
Thanks for visiting today,
Enjoy your crafting.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Beware Of Trains!!

Well once again, I'm behind with my blog.   I have plenty of made cards but haven't put any on here.
Well I'll make a start with this one.   
I have a class next week and a number of card orders.  One of the orders is for a male in his early twenties who works for Aurizon (what we used to call Queensland Rail).  So I combined his card with my class. I'm sure my ladies will like this card.

OK, on to details.  I started with a base of SU Early Espresso with a layer of Cajun Craze.  The dsp is retired SU Well Worn.  I love these papers, so perfect for the images I'm using at the moment.
My train, which is an image from Studio Light, has been layered onto Not Quite Navy, then Early Espresso.
I have distressed the edges of my image and layers but didn't ink them.  Inking them, sometimes, make the card too dark and in this case I didn't want that sort of look.
My pointing finger is a stamp by Deep Red.  Deep Red make some fabulous stamps and I've managed to collect quite a few. lol
My railway lamp and sign are also images from Studio Light.  I attached some Antique Brass brads to the sign. Oh I forgot to say, that the sketch I've used is  Deconstructed Sketch #146.
I had chosen some other gear type charms for my wheels but wasn't really sure so I sent a photo of them to my Train Driver OH, who gently indicated that perhaps the teeth around the gears I had chosen weren't really suitable for train tracks and that the wheels should be a smooth circle!  pmsl  He did approve the lamp though!!!
So with a little banner punched from some of the dsp to match my Not Quite Navy layer and my toothless gears to represent wheels, my card is finished.
Thank you for visiting my blog today.
Enjoy your crafting everyone.