Sunday, February 27, 2011

SUO and 3 Squares

I have been a bit busy lately creating in a different way, I have been making a couple of storage units for my desk.  I have posted an update to the  My Creative Space page with my woodworking creativity. 

Now that my desk is more organised I wanted to jump in and do another challenge.  I love the new challenge site "Less is More" as sometimes I think it's easy to get carried away with trying to put too much on a creation.  This is the first time I have joined in with their "3 Squares" challenge and I have taken it a bit out of the box so to speak.  I have created a cute little box from a video tutorial from Chick n Scratch  the 3 Squares are 1) the 6"x6" square the box is made from, 2) the 1 3/4" square of DSP on the sides, and 3) the scallop square on the front.  I love the new little For You Flower stamp in the Sale-A-Bration Punch Bunch set.  This is usually a round stamp centred in a scallop circle, however I wanted to use just the centre of the stamp and put it in the middle of a scallop square instead - I love, love, love a versatile stamp!  The other reason I wanted to use this stamp was because it fits with the Stampin' Up Only Challenge (SUO) which is to use one of the Sale-A-Bration stamps.   Versatile stamps are great, FREE versatile stamps are even better and that's what Sale-A-Bration is all about, so contact me if you are interested in learning more.

The little box is perfect to hold  a single Ferrero Rocher I took the picture of this little box and then gave it to my daughter who was feeling a bit down. Sadly I didn't check the photo before giving it to her and I realise now you can't see the chocolate.  I would take another picture but the chocolate vanished rather quickly lol.

I used the In-Colours Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla, and Daffodil Delight in the centre of the flower.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day Card

This is the card I made with love for my hubby for Valentine's Day.  I knew when I saw the chocolate hearts that I would use the Loads Of Love stamp set for this card.  I was going to wait until Monday to post, but it is also an entry in a couple of challenges.  My second entry in Just Add Ink - Just Add Love, and the Fussy and Fancy Friday - Sweet Treats challenge, adding something edible to the project, and the chocolate heart certainly fits this!  Though the card might be a bit more masculine than usually found at Fussy and Fancy!

I just love the Loads of Love stamp set, have from the first moment I set eyes on it, I just don't get it out very often.  I was so pleased the little truck was just the right size to carry the chocolate heart to my hubby!  I watercoloured the truck in Soft Suede and Cajun Craze.  For the windows I used Frost White Shimmer Paint, and for the bumper I used the Platinum Shimmer Paint just applying them with my Aqua Painter.  I also used the Champagne Shimmer Paint in a mister on the sentiment.  The trees in the background I used Old Olive and used the stamping off technique to get the three levels of colour.  I used my sponges to add a soft mistiness of colour to the trees and the ground.  And it's hard to see but I also made some clouds at the top of the card using my scallop circle as a template and sponging over it to create nice fluffy clouds.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Challenge Time Again

I wanted to do another challenge or two (or three) so went searching, and found the Colour Q challenge for the week and almost freaked out - look at all those pinks ... and I am not a pink girl so I knew it would in fact be a challenge.  To help out I went in search of a sketch and the Mojo Monday seemed just the thing, its a bit of a quirky sketch but caught my eye and a plan started to form in my mind.  I had planned to also do the Just Add Ink challenge this week as a farewell to the lovely Danielle and Amanda who are stepping down from hosting this great site.  I haven't entered much but I have often visited for inspiration so wanted to join in with their Just Add Love challenge.

This is the card I came  up with, not tooo pink, but I did manage to put all three pinks on the card - one is a very thin border or Pretty in Pink around the Pink Pirouette layer.  The triangle piece is from the Blushing Bride, and I have stamped it in Blushing Bride ink with the biggest of the Sweet Summer stamps and then spritzed with Champagne Shimmer Mist.  The Crumb Cake base I did the same thing with and it's easier to see the stamping on it, maybe because I didn't spritz!  The ribbon is the White Organza that I have ruffled up.  The flower stamps are all from the Sweet Summer Sale-A-Bration set which is totally free with any purchase of $100 of any current Stampin' Up! products!  Contact me if you are interested in learning more.

The sentiment is from the Well Scripted a set in the current Mini Catalogue, and I finished this off with 3 sizes of self-adhesive pearls available in the main Idea Book and Catalogue. Over all I was really happy with this card, not to pink and girly but soft and feminine instead.  Thanks for visiting my blog.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

SAB - Punch Bunch Baby

I was having a little play with the lovely Punch Bunch stamp set that you can earn during Sale-A-Bration just by spending $100 on anything from the current catalogues!  I don't have many baby themed stamps so was pleased that there was one in this set.  I wanted to make a girl's card first so chose the bright Melon Mambo as my base, and used 2 of the patterned DSP that Stampin' Up have on offer this year. 

I wanted a second baby stamp on the card so chose the pram from Fun & Fast Notes, it's a very versatile set and it came in my starter kit when I joined as a demonstrator.  I stamped this in Melon Mambo and then to colour it I simply used the Aqua Painter to drag the colour from the stamped image over the parts that I wanted.  The wheels I picked up just a little of the Basic Black ink.

To finish off the pram and the mobile stamp I used some of the self-adhesive pearls, these are amazing, and the little ones are so much smaller than any non-Stampin' Up ones I have seen, so are more versatile for those little places like this stamp.  I used another technique that we were shown at Regional Training Day to scrunch the ribbon for a delicate girly look.

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