Friday, December 30, 2011

Holiday Happiness...

One of the best things about being on holidays is that I get to play... with my family and with my stash LOL!

I couldn't resist these gorgeous colours from The Paper Players - brilliant for Christmas, and for Valentines Day!  Combined with this weeks sketch from Deconstructing Jen - couldn't resist turning those scallops into hearts :) I used Couture Creations Key to my Heart embossing folder for the main heart, and Heidi Swapp All my love sentiment with Pipe Dream Ink embossing powder in Banksia.

Hope you have time to play too :)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Up for a Colour Challenge...


Loved, loved, loved the colour palette at The Colour Room this week, I used their sketch as inspiration too - and it meets the inspiration at Colour Q!!  Just love that magenta.  Christmas baubles are stamped with silver tinsel and the My Favourite Things sentiment is stamped in white seafoam - looks just like fresh snow :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

With thanks...

Now that Christmas dinner is packed away and I have my craft room back, just in time to be inspired by the colours of Christmas at the Play Date Cafe, this gorgeous sketch from Skipping Stones Design and CAS-ual Fridays brown paper and string!!!

I stamped the background swirl with watermark ink and clear embossing powder to create this thank you card - had fun playing with twine from MME to create the butterfly trail.  Gorgeous colours from the PDC to create a non-Christmas card too!

Hope you had a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing Christmas - we did!!! Really looking forward to a crafty 2012 too :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

We lost the whole of December...

DD was watching Five Children and It when I overheard the line "a while ago we lost the whole of October", that's how I feel about December!  Not sure where it disappeared to, but it did.

I can't believe my first baby is no longer at primary school (and amazed at how handy scrapbooking supplies are for decorating for graduation!)

Now just putting the final touches to our renos in time for Christmas.

Here's to a safe and Merry Christmas to all and looking forward to a healthy and happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

My Favourite Things...

Spied the sweetest card over on Karen Girons website today, using one of the latest release stamp sets from My Favourite Things.  Great Pearls of Wisdom :)

My Gradads favourite quote was from Saint Francis of Assisi...
"Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference."

Do you have a favourite?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Paper Players on a CAS-ual Friday...

Loved the classic colours at The Paper Players this week... gorgeous navy teamed with white and silver, together with a very elegant sketch at CAS-ual Friday.

I used a sharp blade to cut around my angel outline (adapted from one I found on-line at Pink Paper Peppermints), leaving just a couple of millimetres gap for folding the image forward to make a 3D card.  Pop dots for the white angel image to give added depth, and my favourite silver tinsel embossing powder with Hero Arts sentiment stamp.

Think I might try another version with textured embossed cardstock next... and here it is!

Hope you are enjoying your Thursday too :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thank whoo... TCR & Tuesday Morning Sketches

I just LOVE the colour palette this week at The Colour Room, coupled with this great sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I created this cute Thank whoo... thank you card by combining punched cardstock and some great patterned paper by Rose Moka.  Stamped my owl image using Snow white embossing powder & embossing pen for the text.

Thank whoo for stopping by - hope you enjoy your Monday too :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Throwdown a Challenge... (or two)

Colours from this weeks Colour Throwdown Challenge reminded me of Pooh Bear, add to this the spots and dots challenge at Scrapbook Boutique - led to lots of circles here!

Couldn't wait to play with this little bear & robin set by Gillian Roberts, coloured in with Derwent Watercolour pencils and added text from My Favourite Things "Sending You a Little Christmas" set.  Vanilla cardstock embossed using Couture Creations "Swiss Dots" embossing folder, and red and dark grey cardstock cut using Spellbinders "Lacy Circles".  The paper I have used is an old line from Scenic Route, but a similar effect could be achieved by stamping.

Being a newbie to card making I'm still experimenting - LOTS!  I find that I prefer to stamp my outlined images in Stone Grey StazOn ink - what do you use?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Taking the time...

When there is so much going on in life, it is really a privilege to be able to take the time to create a little something.  So here is my little something for today:

As you can see, todays little something was inspired by the colours at The Paper Players, and the sketch at Mojo Monday.

Hope you can take the time to create a little something today too :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Time for another Play Date...

DD and her friend and I had put a lot of effort into our stall at the school market, and it looked great.  Fantastic weather meant there were great crowds outside - not so many ventured inside though, but we still made enough to cover costs - will be selling excess at another local school market and probably also on Etsy.

Had fun with this weeks colours at the Play Date Cafe...  who doesn't love a splash of orange!!
Stamped the happy couple twice - once in black on white cardstock, and once in white on black cardstock, cut around the black cardstock to create the black suit, shoes & top hat, then added the bouquet of flowers to tie in the colours.  Managed to tie the knot so it reads "tie the knot" too!

Hope you are enjoying your Monday!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Loving Light...

Had the opportunity to join Danielle Quarmby in her Loving Light photography session yesterday - great fun and a fantastic day weather-wise.

Discovered that going from Auto to Manual selection is harder than anticipated, and I really need to practice my focusing skills!!!  Perhaps because I love capturing "moments" I find I need to be able to focus instantly rather than mucking around adjusting for the "perfect" photo - I just like to embrace the imperfection of life :)

These my favourites for the day.  I don't have the time to play around with my images in photo editing software, so I have just added an auto adjust colour from microsoft editing software to enhance the colours of these.

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Time for a Play Date...

About 60 cards done so far - what can I say, I am a slow scrapper, and not surprisingly a slow card-maker too LOL.

Got some inspiration from this weeks Play Date Cafe colour palette #106 featuring pink, yellow & grey to create this card...

The card was first stamped, heat embossed and dry embossed before I added the cute Tim Holtz flower.

Wishing you a beautiful day too...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trick or treat...

Hope you enjoyed your Halloween too :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A ColourQ Courtier

 First week playing at ColourQ and my card was awarded this...


Here are some of my latest...

Enjoy :)