Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Paper Players #180 - A Sketch Challenge

Well hello!!!  It's certainly been a long time since I've blogged anything!  :(

I saw a fabulous sketch at The Paper Players this week & just had to play along. It ended up being a double challenge for me. First challenge (the easy part) was the sketch, which was perfect for a card I needed to make & the second challenge was remembering how to get on & blog, lol!

Here is my card:-


& here is the awesome sketch that inspired it:-


I've used the new SU tag topper punch & some yummy SAB paper. The scrunchy bloom is made from four different punches with foliage from the bird punch. The black mat is raised up on dimensionals & I used the slide out tag as a spot to attach some cash to "make a wish" come true!

If you would like to join in too, you can find the awesome DT inspiration & challenge details here.

Card Components
All Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Paper Players #164

Goodness me, look how long it's been since I've been here! It's been over a month since I have even made a card, & two months since I posted anything, so I thought I would play along with The Paper Players this week to rectify that situation.  :)

I need a big batch of thank you cards, so this is the first of many:-


I have used some of my favourite tools - the Big Shot, embossing folders & dies, as well as some favourite cardstock colours - Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, White Shimmer & Silver Glitter to make this card. You can't really pick  it from the photo (night-time photography), but I inked my woodgrain embossing folder with Illuminate ink & then Craft White ink to soften the woodgrain texture & get a bit of a shimmery "white wash" look happening.

I've used all three of the Expressions Thinlits Dies to create the script sentiment & the "so much" comes from the Simply Sketched Hostess set.

Here is Sandy's awesome sketch:-


& you can find the challenge, as well as the fabulous array of DT samples here.

Card Components (All SU)
Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, White Shimmer & Silver Glitter cardstock,
Versamark, Illuminate & Craft White Ink, White embossing powder, Circle Framelit & Expressions Thinlit Dies, Woodgrain & Perfect Polka Dots embossing folders, Coastal Cabana Ruffled Trim & Rhinestones

Monday, July 22, 2013

Just Add Ink #174 - Chalk & Clay

Another fabulous challenge from the Just Add Ink Team this week had me keen to join along!  With gorgeous colours & new toys to play with, I created these little boxes:-


I used a chocolate mould to create the seahorse & cone shell from Simply Pressed Clay. They were coloured with an aquapainter & ink, then spritzed with shimmer spray.

Both the box lids & bases were stamped with images from the Going Grunge set & the sentiment panels came from the Chalk Talk set.



The best part (other than being able to give them to the two lovely ladies that I had lunch with today :) ), was that these sweet little boxes of Guylian chockies fitted perfectly inside. (I could say it was cleverly planned that way, but it was just a very happy coincidence!)

(oops, a fuzzy phone camera photo, but you get the idea!)  :)

You can play along in the Challenge & check out the wonderful inspiration from the JAI Team here:-


Project Components (all SU)
Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla & Coastal Cabana cardstock, Baked Brown Sugar 
& Coastal Cabana inkpads, Chalk Talk stamp set & framelits, Going Grunge stamp set, 
Simply Pressed Clay, Pearls & dimensionals

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Just Add Ink #173 - Watercoloured Simply Sketched

This week the lovely ladies at JAI have a fantastic challenge of "Just Add Water".  Seeing as watercolouring is one of my all time, favourite techniques, I have created this card using my aquapainter & some gorgeous goodies from the new SU catty:-


The ruffled stretch trim is just divine ♥, so I decided I needed a double row! The cantaloupe cardstock has been spritzed with shimmer spray & the blooms have been washed with shimmer paint.  :)

The challenge is just about to end, but you can check out the fabulous DT samples & the gallery here.

Card Components (All SU except as noted)
Crisp Cantaloupe & Watercolour cardstock, Staz On & Crisp Cantaloupe Inkpads, Old Olive Marker, Blender Pen, Aquapainter, Simply Sketched Stamp Set, Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffled Stretch Trim, White Baker's Twine, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Frost White Shimmer Paint (retired), Corner Rounder Punch, Chalk Talk Framelit Dies, Vintage Faceted Button
Non SU - Rubbing Alcohol

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Minion Fun!!!! @ The Paper Players & Just Add Ink

Well, it has been a very long time between posts here, so I thought I would combine two of my favourite challenges this week to create a card for our DD (who loves all things animated).  She has just celebrated her birthday, as well as obtaining a mentoring position in her chosen field, so she has lots to celebrate!

I have used The Paper Players challenge for the outside of the card:-



& Just Add Ink's inspiration challenge for the inside (as well as those gorgeous colours):-



& here is a close up of those little minions :)


I used the the Pop N Cuts Base & Dress Form Dies to create the card & various punches, dies, fussy cutting & crystal effects to create the minions.  My favourite component is their hair - which I created using some bristles from an old paintbrush!

I was inspired to make these mini minions after seeing Helen's awesome big minion here.  :)

Thank you to the Design Teams at Just Add Ink & The Paper Players for the fantastic challenges!


Card Components
(All SU except as noted)
Pop N Cuts Base Card Die, Dress Form Pop N Cuts Die,  Pennant Punch, 1.1/4" Circle Punch, Mini Oval Punch, Itty Bitty Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Word Window Punch, retired Triple Heart Punch, Crystal Effects, Letter It Stamps, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point & Coastal Cabana Inks, White Shimmer, Brushed Silver, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight & Pacific Point Cardstock, Dimensionals, Basic Black Marker, Quatrefancy Specialty DSP, Dimensionals, Rhinestones,
Non SU 1.1/8" Circle Punch & Paintbrush Bristles


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Paper Players Challenge #146 - Masculine CAS

This week at The Paper Players, the theme is Masculine Clean & Simple.

Well, I have taken that quite literally & made my card really "clean" by using bleach as the colouring medium, lol:-


I punched some 1/2", 3/4" & 1" cardstock circles & temporarily adhered them to the card panel.  I mixed up a 50:50 solution of bleach & water in a spray bottle & misted the panel.  I removed the circle masks, gave the panel a blast from the heat gun & this is the outcome.

A popped up banner sentiment & some white baker's twine made it a quick & simple creation.  (A tip re the twine - you can't see it in the photo, but I used my scoring tool to create four vertical lines to lay the baker's twine in.  This keeps it nice & straight!)

You can check out the fabulous projects from The Paper's Player Design Team, peruse the Gallery & play along here:-

(Click on the graphic)

Card Components
All SU except for the bleach solution.
Whisper White & Bravo Burgundy cardstock, Itty Bitty Banners stamp set & dies, 
1/2", 3/4" & 1" Circle Punches, White Baker's Twine

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mother's Day Box - Sent With Love ♥


I made this project for my Mum for Mother's Day.  I just had to make a little box, tied up with string (aka Calypso Coral baker's twine), using the stamps & papers from the Sent with Love products from SU.  It is 3" x 3" x 3":-


It opens like this & holds a gift card holder & a mini photo album:-


Here is the mini album:-



& here is the gift card holder:-



The Paper Players are hosting a Mother's Day challenge this week so I have joined in the fun!  You can find the fabulous DT inspiration projects & challenge here (click on the graphic):-


Project Components
All Stampin' Up!