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Thursday, July 29, 2010

gothic Arch ATC

This weeks theme at Gothic Arches is Marie Antionette- how could I resist this? I made 3 arch ATC's but here's my favourite.
Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Tea Party DSP
Forever Flowers Wheel
En Francais
Elegant Eggplant Ribbon
White Gel Pen
words from Vintage french dictionary
lace from Granny's stash
Images from Graphics Fairy, find it Here

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Story of a Tree

On the night of the Lunar Eclipse (Sat June 26th) it was a bit stormy in Wellington- some of you may say what else is new? Well, it was particularly stormy that night. It was date night for me and hubby off into town for a show- kids are watching a movie, when there is a rumbling noise, the house starts to shake- so we all pause thinking "Earthquake". The trembling stops, followed by a very Loud CRACKING noise, and I know it's the big old gum tree coming down that sits on our neighbours boundary. There's a pause as cracking stops and you can hear the tree falling which feels like lifetime, and I'm all tense waiting for it to hit our house. Finally the tree lands very safely slap bang between both houses- thank you angels.
Here is a 12 X 12 scrapbook page of some of the photos of the tree as it transitions from majestic tree to firewood. Every free day we have worked as a family to clear the tree and chop it up- 1 month and 1 new chain saw later (hubby very happy) we finished yesterday:)
This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is a sketch challenge, perfect for a scrapbook layout with 4 photos and a story to tell.
I've used Haiku paper- which I love, and hand stamped the tag with one of the stamps from Lovely as A Tree- using Tangerine Tango, spritzed with water then stamped again with Old Olive, a bit of Linen thread and Certainly Celery and we're done.

Faces From the Past

I've been having a look around ALOT of blogs and I've found some different Challenge Blogs. Here's a tag I've made for the Tag Tuesday Challenge- check out the other pretty entries here
The theme this week is faces, and I've used some vintage photos of my grandma and great grandma as my starting point. I wanted a different shape too for my tag so I've cut a Top Note shape. I've layered Bravo Burgandy Cardstock with layers of DSP and Stamped Very Vanilla. Added some detail with brads and felt flowers from the Flower Fusion Set and a hat pin from the Pretties Set
Stamp Sets Used:
Tres Chic
En Francais
Bella's Bloom
Inks: Bravo Burgandy
Staz On - Black

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Window ATC

This week with Melissa Davies over at Swap Sisters we made this really cool ATC with little shutters, this is the one I made. To create the background I've sponged in Garden Green and Certainly Celery and then inked the Forever Flowers wheel with Garden Green and randomly run it over the Very Vanilla Cardstock. Finally I highlighted the pattern with the white gel pen. I used some patterned Vellum (Non SU) but you could just as easily use the window sheets. I love 18th Century imagery, so here's Marie Antoinette.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

To the Heart

As you probably know by now I like to make little books, this is my latest take on little books. I've cut some hearts from Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP (Sadly now sold out) and cut some white hearts also. I've then used a simple book binding method to bind them using the Linen thread (page 151, current catalogue, $10.25). Finally decorating the cover using the very versatile 2 Step Bird Punch (mini catalogue $35.95), the heart from the Always Stamp Set (page 95, $66.95).
Sorry the photos aren't that great- depth of winter makes for poor photography light.

Monday, July 19, 2010


This weeks Challenge at Just Add Ink is Just add Embossing. I love embossing some of the ladies have been saying how when they first learned to emboss- they embossed everything gold- I still love embossing in gold- though I don't think I pop it on everything- anymore...
I've heavily embossed a wooden domino in gold and then stamped in Staz On with a small shell from the Seaside Set. Then I've added some hemp twine and a starfish charm ( non- SU). The background I brayered in Pacific Point and Not Quite Navy. Stamped the Starfish from Seaside, masked it and stamped over it with En Francais. I also added DSP- Haiku, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon and some distressing.
I mounted it on to Brilliant Blue- which is only with us for about 6 more weeks, as it's one of the retiring colours. Contact me for the complete list of Retiring Colours or to make your order before supplies run out.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tote Notes

Here is the tote gift bag with notecards I made at one of Paula's classes- such a cool little gift this made my mom. Want to make your own tote gift bag and notecards? Then contact me.

Free Personal signatures - cool!


Traditional Squash Book

I made this little squash book a while ago, it's so cute made from 3 pieces of 6 X 6 Elegant Eggplant cardstock, which gives a folded size of 3 X 3- cute!
I've decorated with the Autumn Traditions DSP and various stamps from the Always Set- so versatile this set a must have as far as I'm concerned and Lovely As A Tree.
Let me know if you want to learn how to make one of these little books.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tea Party

I've designed this card using the sketch over on Stamping 411 this week. Using Tea Party DSP, En Francis Stamp and lots of Dazzling Diamonds! With a little stitching and Certainly Celery Ribbon for detail. An easy but pretty card to make.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Antique Peonies

This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is a colour combo that's pretty and bright. So I made my card with the Asian Artistry Stamp Set, this is still one of my favourites, and peonies are one of my favourite flowers! I wanted to produce a card that had an antique look to it, the Soft Suede is a perfect ink for this. I have stamped and masked the Peony stamp and using Aqua Painters coloured them in with soft suede ink and Rose Red Pastel. I've sponged a mountain and sky background again with Soft Suede but also the Elegant Eggplant. Finally I added some bling from a brad and some ribbon. I thought the colour on the combo was Whisper White, so added the ribbon in that colour only to discover as I finished that it was actually Very Vanilla... Nevermind I don't have any Very Vanila Ribbon anyway.

Monday, July 5, 2010

JAI Sketch

Well I've had a very prolific day! Here's the sketch I've done for the Just Add Ink Challenge. I've brayered, spritzed and sponged the background with Certainly Celery and Garden Green onto Very Vanilla Cardstock. I've then stamped with Organic Grace (Hostess Level 1 Set) I also used the brayer to reverse some of the fern fronds. I little embossing and some pretty flowers and it's complete.

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch

I popped over to the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch this morning and they have a simple but elegant sketch this week and this 6 X 6 scrapbook page is what I came up with.
The lovely Sweet Slumber DSP is sadly all Sold Out, which acts as a reminder to order yor DSP or other supplies that we already know will be retiring Now! Contact me for a list of Retiring colour List.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Swap Sisters ATC

This weeks Swap Sisters ATC Challenge was to create 3 ATC's with a theme and using certain materials, here are my 3. I'm pretty happy with how they've turned out- set the Bird Free!!!