Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Joining in the fun with Chaitali and Amy for the Coffee Lovers' Bloghop!

I saw this very appropriate saying when I was searching for inspiration for my Coffee Lovers card in Pinterest, so I thought I'd create a version using alpha from Mama Elephant, stamped in Momento Luxe Rich Cocoa, together with American Crafts patterned paper. My first attempt was created using a cup stamp from Paper Smooches, but it seemed too clean (maybe decaf LOL!), so boosted the caffine and did another with a coffee ring stamp from Bo Bunny. 
For an extra dash of caffine, I thought I'd 
link up a few of my earlier coffee cards here too 
(click on the images to get to the original posts)...

Card #2 playing along with Catered Crop Seeing Red,

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Week 4, Scrapping Fun!

Hi there Winnie and Walter friends and fans, so soon the month has flown by, and I have had a blast! Happy and sad to be bringing you my fourth and final installment of Winnie and Walter Leading Lady inspiration, but the best news is, not long to wait til the next fabulous Winnie and Walter new release!

For my final week, I thought I'd go back to my paper crafting origins and bring you some scrapbook layouts featuring Winnie and Walter.


First up, a layout about My Happy Place, featuring Winnie and Walter The Big, the Bold and the HappyThe Big, the Bold and FunThe Big, the Bold and Blessingsand The Write Stuff: Picture Perfect stamps with The Big, the Bold and Seasons cut file. Layout inspired by Stuck Sketches September Anniversary Challenge (see below).

In this layout I focused on keeping my sets of three elements in a triangle, focused on the photo, for example three The Big, the Bold and Seasons cut file suns, three patterned paper circles, three asterisks, and each patterned paper/colour also appears three times in a triangle. The "my happy", "so many joyful memories" and "family time at the beach and date" are all created from a combination of Winnie and Walter stamps mentioned above. The base paper is Pink Paislee, with the other papers a combination of American Crafts, Bo Bunny and Simple Stories. The mis-matched "place" is covered with Simple Stories woodgrain paper, to tie in with the painted wooden beach huts.

Next up, a more CAS layout about my Autumn daughter, featuring Winnie and Walter Digital Elements A Tree for All Seasons tree and leaves, together with A Tree for All Seasons stamped leaves and small sentiment and The Big, The Bold and Seasons Autumn sentiment. Layout inspired by Creative Scrappers Sketch #277 and 1-2-3 Get Scrappy Lots of leaves, Brown background, Long title (see below).

The large A Tree for All Seasons tree was cut out in reverse from Pebbles patterned paper and a sheet of scrap paper. I used the scrap paper version as a guide for stamping the leaves on the kraft background. To achieve more of an Autumn effect with variations in the colour of the leaves, I stamped them in Momento Luxe Morocco, and rocked the stamp from side to side or top to bottom as I was stamping, rather than stamping straight down as I normally would. The fussy cut leaves are a base of watercolour paper with Luminarte paints, the smaller ones are overstamped in Momento Luxe Lilac Posies, and the larger one was fussy cut using the cut-file template from last weeks Season Shakers. The sentiments were also stamped in Momento Luxe Lilac Posies.

Last but not least...
I am the first to admit I am a TOTAL novice at digital scrapbooking, but when Walter and Winnie have such gorgeous digital elements at such reasonable prices (you can even download the digital elements I used for FREE!), how could I resist giving it a go. I am so glad I did, as this A4 sized layout took me all of 5 minutes to create in Word (yes, that's how much of a novice I am LOL!), and being digital it you can print it out any size you wish! The background, glitter buck and two sentiments are all from the Winnie and Walter The Daily Grind Collection Vol. 1: Holiday Mint Add-On.
Kinda makes me wish it was Christmas already!

Remember, it's your last week to leave a comment here on my blog to be in the running for a fabulous Winnie and Walter $30 gift voucher.

Layout # 2 Inspired by Creative Scrappers Sketch #277 and 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - September...

Surfing the net today and happy to discover I'm on holidays for my first Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.
So happy to be able to join in with this quick card. Inspired by the warm colours and textures of today's inspiration photo, so I thought I'd create a not quite so traditionally coloured Christmas card. Using my favourite "Peace" die-cut from Papertrey Ink and papers from Echo Park Victoria Gardens, together with this gorgeous charcoal rose ribbon I discovered at a local discount fabric shop.

Happy Hopping!

Also playing along with Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes and 
(I realised I have a die cut rather than a punch, so I hope that's OK!)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Golden Sunny FUSION...

I thought I'd run with the sunflower theme after seeing this fabulous FUSION inspiration photo, and created my stamped sunflower using My Favourite Things stamps and WOW Gold Pearl embossing powder, paired with Happy Birthday from Winnie and Walter, also in Gold Pearl, and a piece of gold vellum, just in case anyone thought it wasn't golden enough LOL!

How to join in the fun...
1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.
5. Please read the other considerations on the Our Rules Page before playing along.

Can't wait to see how you will be inspired by this fortnight's FUSION!

The Design Team have some FABULOUS creations to inspire you!
The fabulous Amy Tsura is back on the team!

Please check the linky for the days left to play with us.
Hope to see you playing along, can't wait to see what you create!

Clearly Freshly Made...

I decided last minute (like 16 minutes before cutoff time!) that I needed to make a card for the (soon to be not so) current Clearly Besotted Autumn / Halloween Challenge. Playing along with Freshly Made SketchesColor Q and Little Red Wagon Fall Themed too. These fabulous papers from Lily Bee Designs matched the Color Q colours perfectly. Die cuts are Clearly Besotted Autumn Flowers and Leafy Accents, with Happy Days sentiment stamped in Momento Luxe Nautical Blue.


Monday, September 22, 2014

CAS(E) this Study...

Playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch, and another fabulous inspiration card from Debby Hughes at CASE Study, together with Catered Crop Good Medicine Recipe Swap.

Created with a kraft base, two super cute die cut feathers from when we went away with Joy (sorry, I can't remember who makes them!), Lil Inkers Stitched Polaroid, Clearly Besotted Fancy Feathers sentiment embossed in Zing White, and Studio Calico Woodgrain Enamel Dots.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Week 3, Seasonal Shakers

Hi there Winnie and Walter friends and fans, it's that time again! It is an honour to bring you the next installment of Winnie and Walter Leading Lady inspiration. I hope you have been enjoying it so far, I know I have!

Remember to leave a comment on this post, or any of the Winnie and Walter Leading Lady posts on my blog throughout September for your chance to WIN a $30 gift card for Winnie and Walter, just for leaving a comment!

Wherever you are in the world, September sees you entering a new season, whether it be Spring, Autumn or Fall! So I thought I'd shake things up a little and create a Winnie and Walter seasonal celebration with...

The front panels for each of the shaker cards are created using Winnie and Walter cut files - Winter, Spring and Summer The Big, The Bold and the Seasons, and Autumn A Tree for all Seasons.

To create a shaker card you will also need:
  • Fabulous Winnie and Walter stamps
  • White cardstock for front panel and card base
  • Sequins
  • Clear acetate sheet from your local office supply store
  • Foam sheet from your local craft store
  • Circle die (to cut the foam layer)
  • Patterned paper (or be brave and make your own!)
  • (Lots) of double-sided tape!
Shaker cards are fun to make, but they can be tricky to photograph!

First up, "Winter Wishes"... 
Layer 1: White cardstock cut using this gorgeous snowflake cut file from Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold and the Seasons, and stamped in Soft Pool and Pool inks with Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold and the Seasons sentiment. The cardstock is adhered with double-sided tape to...
Layer 2: a sheet of clear acetate, cut to the same size as the white cardstock front, then adhered using double-sided tape to...

Layer 3: a foam rectangle the same size as the white cardstock front, with a circle die-cut piece removed and the remaining "void" filled with a combination of silver snowflake sequins and some special "thank you" sequins from my last Winnie and Walter order, then sealed with double-sided tape to...
Layer 4: the Kaisercraft patterned paper background panel, then adhered using double-sided tape to...
Layer 5: the card base.

Next up "Spring Flowers"...
Featuring this cute flower cute file from Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold and the Seasons, and stamped in Pear Tart and Angel Pink Momento Luxe inks with Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold and the Seasons sentiment, filled with Verve Pastel sequins, with Fancy Pants patterned paper.

Next up "Celebrate Sun / Summer"
Featuring this fun sun cut file from Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold and the Seasons, and stamped in Dandelion and Rose Bud Momento Luxe inks with Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold and the Seasons sentiment (highlighting "sun" in yellow ink), filled with Neat and Tangled Pink Lemonade and Gold sequins, with Echo Park patterned paper.

And last but not least "Autumn Bliss"...
Featuring this fabulous leaf cut file from Winnie and Walter A Tree for all Seasons, and stamped in Lilac Posies and Morocco Momento Luxe inks with Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold and the Seasons sentiment, and filled with Neat & Tangled Festive Fall sequins and gold glass beads from my stash, with the background panel created using Luminarte paints on watercolour paper.
"Autumn Bliss" card playing along with 

I hope you are inspired to try and create your own shaker card - whatever the reason and no matter the season!

Once again, a HUGE thanks to Shay and Julie for their generosity, and for this fabulous opportunity and to to Jenny for being my Silhouette saviour!

Merry, Festive, Seasons Greetings, a KIS with No Stamps...

OK so, I realise I may be leaving it a little late to start on my Christmas cards this year, but isn't that what October and November are for LOL! Inspired by the pinks, silvers and sparkles over at Festive Friday and Merry Monday The Words Have it! Christmas Challenges, I whipped up this card using an A5 sized piece of Princess Pink metal sheet from Add a Little Dazzle, ran it through the cuttlebug with a Tim Holtz Christmas sentiments folder, dipped a cotton bud in acetone to remove the pink layer from the "Seasons Greetings" sentiment and reveal the silver underneath, added some American Crafts silver glitter sheet, and voila my first Christmas card of the year!
Reminder for Keep it Simple No Stamps, and FUSION Shiny Pink too! 


Friday, September 19, 2014

P.S. Keep It Simple with No Stamps...

Keeping it Simple No Stamps, just die cuts! What will you use? Die cuts, stickers, paints, paste, stencils, mixed media? 

Created using patterned paper scraps from my stash and Paper Smooches Flowers and Get Well sentiment die cuts. 

You can catch some more FABULOUS DT No Stamps inspiration over at 







I can't wait to see what you create!

Playing along with Paper Smooches Sparks Picture Perfect
Clean and Simple SketchCatered Crop Good Medicine Challenge
Color Throwdown and Curtain Call Wishing Well (emphasis on well!)