Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Winter Wonderland Sketch Challenge

I thought I would do one more post before we leave on holidays in the morning. I made this card today for the Winter Wonderland sketch challenge. The challenge this week was to use the sketch provided and include Santa somewhere on the sketch. The image is a favourite of mine from Sunshine Designs. The paper is from Bo Bunny.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Easter. I will be back posting next week.
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Monday, March 29, 2010

Scrap Pile Saturday Challenge 5

Good morning everyone. A bit of an early start for me today as I have lots to do to get ready for our Easter road trip to Cairns. We leave early Wednesday morning so should arrive late Thursday afternoon. I will try to post again before then, as I still have a few things I want to make before we go.
Here is the card I made for this week's Scrap Pile Saturday Challenge over at Stampin Inspirations. The challenge this week was to use three designer papers. The papers I have used are from K & Co's Blue Awning range. I purchased these papers for an ATC swap and still had a few scraps left over. The stamp is from Judikins. I've stamped the image onto some white Bazzill using Cobalt Archival Ink. I sponged some Peeled Paint Distress Ink onto the image and then applied Cobalt to the edges.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Winter Wonderland Aperture Card Challenge

I made this card for the Aperture Card challenge over at Winter Wonderland. I've kept the design pretty simple using mainly my Spellbinder dies. The only stamping on this one is around the edge of the card where I've used a texture stamp with some white ink and and some white embossing powder. The embellishments are from a package I bought at Michael's on my last trip to Canada.

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Card Tote Set

I've been on a mission lately, trying to use up some of my massive stock pile of craft supplies. Not only do I have a huge scrap pile, but also a very large amount of unused paper, cardstock and embellishments that I have accumulated over the years.
I came across a fantastic little template for making a card tote over at Stampin Inspirations. Maria has graciously shared her template, in two formats. One for cutting using SCAL with your Cricut or similar machine and a printable template as well.
I knew this would be a perfect project to help me use up some of my stash. The papers are from Daisy D's French Market collection. (I imagine that it is now a discontinued line.) The flower was also from a project kit from the same range. Anyway I made this one last night. The tote holds six 3" x 3" cards. I've cut mine using my Cricut. I was able to cut two totes from one sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock. There was enough paper left to make two handles as well.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blossom Card

I made this card today for over on the Downunder Direct website. I've previously done a tutorial over there on how to make the flower, but I thought I would share a brief how to here as well. It is quite an easy technique, but I've also included a couple of photos.

Materials required to make the flower:

Spellbinder Die-Blossom
Wizard Die Cutting Machine (or similar)
Bazzill Basics Cardstock-two coordinating shades
JustRite Rubber Stamp (optional)
Stazon Ink Pad
Heat Tool

Step One:
You will need to cut one each of the four largest dies and one of the smallest. I alternated layers using Petalsoft Bazzill and Romance Bazzill. If you wish to stamp a greeting as I have done, do so before cutting out so that you may position the die over the stamped image. You will need to use Stazon Ink for the stamping.

Step Two:

Dip each petal into some water, leaving briefly so that it soaks into the paper. Carefully scrunch up the wet petal as small as you can, and then very carefully open up. Scrunch up again if you want more texture.

Step Three:

Using a heat tool, dry each petal. Petals will curl and harden as they dry.

Once you haved dried all the layers, you can stick them together using craft glue or a split pin.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Scrap Pile Saturday Challenge 4

Ok, so I am definately hooked on the Scrap Pile Saturday challenge over at Stampin Inspirations. The challenge this week was to use a stamp that we have in our stash but have never used before. Seeing that I have one or two unused stamps that was the easy part. It was however challenging to find card and paper in my scrap box that I thought went well together. In the end I did manage to find something I liked.
The image on the card is from Sunshine Designs. (I think this one has been in a drawer for about two years.) I've stamped and embossed the image and then coloured the image using my Tombows. This is another thing I haven't used for ages. Since getting my set of Copics, the Tombows have been collecting dust on my desk top. Everything on this card including the card base came from my scrap pile.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Scrap Pile Saturday Challenge 3

Hello again. I can't believe it is Friday already. Where did the week go? I didn't think I was going to get time to participate in this week's Scrap Pile Saturday Challenge over at Stampin Inspirations, but I finally managed to get some time this afternoon.
As well as the usual rules, we had to incorporate at least three circle elements. I managed to include four. The image, the background paper, the washers and nuts and the circle border. The circle border was cut from a template I created to cut on my Cricut using SCAL. The image is a digi stamp from Pink Cat Studio.

Sketch provided as an optional guide.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Easter Basket

I thought I would share this little basket that I made this morning for my design team work over at Downunder Direct. I created the template a few years ago as part of an Easter class I ran in my shop. If you would like a copy of the template you can get it over at my Platypus Creek website. It is available in pdf fromat and I hope to have it available as an svg as well. The template can be found in the Off the Page section of the Gallery.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Black & White Floral

I made this card this morning using my new Sure Cuts Alot (SCAL) program for my Cricut. I created an SVG file in Inkscape for the cutwork card base. I downloaded that program from the internet last week and have been playing with it alot, trying to figure it out and produce something that I actually like. The card was designed as a one piece free standing card, but because of all the cut work it was a little flimsy. I've attached a piece of Bazzill in behind to make it more sturdy. I may rework the pattern and turn it into just an overlay.
I've been having alot of fun playing, but unfortunately haven't accomplished much. SCAL is a dream to use, but it is taking alot of persistance to figure out Inkscape.
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Scrap Pile Saturday Challenge #2

This is my take on this week's Scrap Pile Saturday Challenge over at Stampin Inspirations. The stamp that I've used is from Sunshine Designs. I've coloured the image using my Copic Ciao markers. The strip of white cardstock has been embossed using Impressabilities Flowers from Spellbinders. The embellishments that I have used are diamantes on the flower centres, three brads and a charm. Details of the challenge are below.

The rules of the challenge are easy. Other than your card base, use only cardstock and paper from your scrap pile. All embellishments and ribbon used must come from an open packet.
For this weeks challenge we used the sketch below and had to incorporate three different types of embellishments.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Easter Greetings

It has been another miserable day here in Brisbane. I think it has been raining for about 8 days now. I guess the good thing about the rain is it gives me a good excuse to spend the day in the craft room. I even managed to tidy my room up a bit today. It's amazing how much you can accomplish when you can actually see the top of your desk. I'm usually pretty good at working around the chaos, but it had got pretty out of hand of late.
Anyway cleaning aside, I did manage to make a few cards today. This is the second Easter card I've made so far this year. I don't usually make Easter cards, but I've had this cute little fellow sitting in a drawer for a couple of years and thought it time I introduced him to some ink.
The stamp used is Easter Collection from Sunshine Designs. I've used my Spellbinders to cut all the papers and my Copic Ciao Markers to colour in the image.
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Friday, March 5, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #102

This is the card I created last night for this week's sketch challenge over at Taylored Expressions. The papers used are from Cosmo Cricket. The Stamp used is a Digi stamp from Pink Cat Studio. I've coloured the image using my Copic markers.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fun Flower Card

This is the card I created for the Downunder Direct website. The card itself is quite large measuring 150mm x 150mm. I've used my Spellbinder Petite Ovals to make the petals. The colours used are Hopi and Diva bling. The printed paper is from a DCWV Stack. The stamp used is Tiny Words Centre and Border set from JustRite. Full instructions are over at Downunder Direct.
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Monday, March 1, 2010

Scrap Heap Saturday Challenge #1

I was over at Stampin Inspirations last night and came across this fantastic challenge. The challenge was to make a card using paper from your scrap box. What a great idea! I just had to join in. Using up my massive amount of "stuff" was one of my New Year's resolutions. I seem to accumulate so much more than I am able to use.
Anyway, this is the card I created. The stamp is from Stamp It and I believe the paper is from Sei but I'm not sure. The sketch and details of the challenge are below.

The rules of the challenge were simple:

Other than your card base, all paper, printed and plain must come from your scrap heap. Do not cut up any new cardstock.

All ribbon and embellishments must come from an open packet. Do not open any new packets or rolls of ribbon.

A butterfly must be be incorporated into your card.

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