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Friday, December 31, 2010

Pink Wishes

I've been missing the challenges over this busy Christmas time- but I needed to make this card for a special lady who's fighting breast cancer and currently undergoing chemo treatment. I wanted to send her a pick me up - so a pretty in pink card is just the ticket. Over at Case Study there are some gorgeous cards inspired by Nina, December's muse.

cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla.
Inks: Melon Mambo, Versa Mark.
Stamp Sets: SU Fresh Cuts.
Other: Ribbon,hemp twine, buttons, diamantes, gold smooch, shimmer paint, glitter, Jewelery tag.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ventian Dreams

As some of you will know- I love creating themes for our Christmases in NZ. This year I picked Venice. Here are some photos of the christmas crackers I made. And some of the table decked out with the masks I decorated. We ate an Italian feast... and in classic Italian fashion took all afternoon and evening to eat it, finishing with tiramsu and grappa.
I've also added a little video my mom took of the table.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I'm a Ginger Gem!

I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to blog or even check how my card did in the Vintage Hues Colour Challenge over at Gingersnap Creations. So I finally got chance this morning and Whoo how I'm a Ginger Gem- I'm really thrilled about this x

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Here's a cool page I made with the photos of last years Christmas Work "Do". I've designed the whole page a pressie- which I think looks cool. Then inside the pressie are all the fun photos we took on the day- we always have such a good time :) Friends and good work colleagues are a gift :)

I'm entering this page into this months Stamp A Memory Challenge, check out the design teams pages Here

And as usual I'd love to here what you think of my page.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Vintage Scene

I've been wanting to do one of the challenges over at Gingersnap Creations for a while- and I finally got chance. This card is for their current colour challeng- which is Vintage Hues.
I've sponged and stamped the scene with Soft Suede and Chocolate Chip, with a hint if Baja Breeze. I wasn't sure how the sky would turn out with the brown tones, but actually I'm pleased with the result.
I've also added Victoria lace and Early Expresso satin ribbon and some smooch and of Dazzling Diamonds.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Whoo Hoo Again!!

I'm thrilled because this week- I'm a Top Pick at Just Add Ink. I'v been working on improving my cards- so I'm thrilled to get Top Pick for a card rather than a scrapbook page.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Kiwi Christmas

Ths week at Just add Ink it's a sketch challenge- i've been busy behind the scenes making Chrissy pressies for family- and so this is the first chance I've had to blog for about 10 days.
I wanted to make a summer christmas card something that reflects the gorgeous blue sky of NZ.
I'm giving you a sneek peek too of the new DSP in the Summer Mini released on Wednesday.

Stamp Sets; Lovely as a Tree, curly Cute.
Inks:Pacific point, Tempting Turquoise, Pear pizzazz, Soft Suede.
DSP:Island Oasis.
Ribbon- Olive Taffeta.
Other: shimmer paint.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Whooo Hooo!!!!!!!

I'm absolutely thrilled to have been picked in the Top Three this week at Case Study. Especially as I only decided at the last minute to make a card for this weeks challenge.
Here's my card.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Kind Words

I didn't think I would have time for the Case Study Challenge this week but I just managed to squeeze it in :)
I've cased the layout from this months muse Heather Pulvirenti. I've layered textured Real Red Cardstock with DSP from Jolly Holiday and Newsprint and some Crumb Cake cardstock textured with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. I've sponged and distressed all the layers. And finally stamped with the retired Hostess Stamp Set Echoes of Kindness, I love this set. I've watercoloured the flowers with Riding Hood Red ink and Shimmer Paint. For final touches I've shimmer painted two butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Dies, and some wide Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and Hemp Twine.

Pretty Christmas

I've made this pretty vintage Christmas card for two challenges this week. Over at Just Add Ink the theme is just Add Christmas!!!! well that's a big Challenge - too much choice :) so I've combined that with this weeks sketch at Stamping 411.

I stamped the blossoms from Elements of Style in Marina Mist then used the Vintage wallpaper Embossing Folder. Stamped the main image again in Marina Mist from Welcome Christmas. layered with Cocoa Speciality DSP. Added Early Expresso Satin Ribbon and the Victoria Lace. Some extra details with Vintage trinkets and Diamonds. I've added the aged elements with Soft Suede Ink.
I'm really happy with how this card's turned out.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pretty Birds

It's the Raphael House School Toy and Craft fair on sunday- and we have all been asked to make these cute birds to hang in one of the festival rooms- they are a celebration of our communties diversity.
Guess which one I made? hehe
My youngest and eldest also made birds. We have cut the bird from Very Vanilla, then stamped with our favourite images in our favourite colours. Stamped again on the Vellum wings, and then pop them together- so simple - but effective- Image a room full of these hanging....

Check out all the other gorgeous hand made gifts at The Toy and Craft Fair:
Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School
27 Matuhi Street, Tirohanga, Lower Hutt

10am-3pm, Sunday 14th November.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Snowy Girl

I just fancied doing some thing a little different.This stamp is a Sugar Nellie stamp, I've watercoloured her- adding Shimmer Paint. This weeks challenge over at Just Add Ink is a sketch Challenge.

Inks: baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Basic Grey, Perfect Plum.
DSP; Christmas Cocoa.
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Whisper White, Crumb cake.
Other: Wide Striped Grosgrain- Marina Mist, Antique Brads.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Just Add Birthdays

This weeks challenge at JAI is Just add Birthdays. For me it can be hard to do simple cards I tend to want to make things "busy", but I really wanted to try and make a pretty but elegant ladies birthday card.
I have heat embossed with glitter using the rose from the Fifth Avenue Floral set. I've "coloured" in the rose with Shimmer paint. I have layered with basic Black and Perfect Plum. I have to say that the photo just doesn't do this card justice.

Stamp sets: Fifth Ave Floral, Curly Cute.
Inks: Versamark.
cardstock: Rich razzleberry, basic Black, Perfect Plum.
Other: Glitter, Sticky Diamonds, Scallop Trim Border Punch.

Glitter mania

This is my second entry in this weeks Case Study Challenge. I love Christmas and I love glitter. I've just discovered Heat and Stick Powder- Whoo Hooo I love this stuff. I wanted to make a card this time that was completely Baroquely over the top- and I think I managed that!

Stamp sets: Friends 24/7, Delightful Decorations, Music Notes Wheel.
Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Versamark.
cardstock: Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Black.
Ribbon: Mistletoe.
Other:Glitter and Dazzling Diamonds.

Check out the DT's Work and other entries Here

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cased Joy

I was on a bit of a creative rush yesterday this was the last thing I made yesterday, I've cased it from the Case Study Challenge site. I've cased the layout and theme- check out the other cards as there are lots of nice Christmassy ones.

Stamp Sets: Winter Post, Welcome Christmas.
DSP: Level 1 Hostess set.
Cardstock: Real Red, Very Vanilla.
Inks: Riding Hodd Red, Wild Wasabi.
Other: Real Red Satin Ribbon, Bling.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Vintage Family

My first paper craft love is definatley scrapbooking- and I've been out of practice for a while- so time to get cracking again. For this layout I've taken inspiration from a sketch challenge over at Liz's siteMy Little Sketch Blook. This sketch is great, I hope you like my layout?

All products are SU.
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant,Whisper White, Baja Breeze.
DSP: Greenhouse Gala, Newsprint.
Stamp Sets: Friends Never fade, Baroque Motifs, Friends 24/7.
Other: Vellum,Subtles Buttons, Antique Brads, Adhesive Diamnonds, Marina Mist Satin Ribbon, Hemp Twine.
Inks: Concord Crush.
Punches: Fancy Flower, Oval, Scallop Oval.

ATC Swap

I've been meaning to show you these for a while. These Atc's were made by my team mates.
Top row:
mine, Lisa Bullock, Carol McCready, Kristine McNickle
Bottom Row:
Vicky-Lee Mueller, Joanne Rowntree, Wendy Jane.

Aren't they great? The theme was -The Man in Your Life.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Just add Venice

My dad recently scanned and sent me these old photos of when we were in Venice, and since then they've been on my must Scrap List... So I've taken advantage of the colour challenge over at Just Add Ink to start.
I've stamped the Sahara Sand background with stamps from Extreme Elements and the Music Notes Wheel in Pear Pizzazz. Then sponged with Bl ushing Bride and added some Shimmer Paint. The DSP is from the Level 1 Hostess Set.The rose is made from the Fancy Flower Punch in Blushing Bride Cardstock with Shimmer Paint added again. The leaves are punched from the 2 step bird punch. The Hummingbird is from Elements of Style.