Monday, 30 April 2012

Fresh Daisy Date...

Hi there,

I combined this week's Freshly Made Sketch with the Play Date colour story...

    

And here's what I ended up with:


I used Basic Grey, So Saffron and Elegant Eggplant (although I was wondering if I should have used Rich Razzleberry...). Some new DSP plus a couple of dies - the rest is pretty self-explanatory so I'll leave you with the recipe:

Stamps: Four Frames, For the Family
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Twitterpated dsp, Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron, Whisper White
Tools: Daisy die, Swirls sizzlit die, decorative label punch
Accessories: antique brad, rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Bright Best Wishes...

Hiya,

Just popping in quickly to share a card I made last night for the Play Date Cafe colour challenge together with the sketch over at Create with Connie & Mary...


I dug out some new goodies from the Summer mini catty coming in May and ended up with this:


Pretty bright eh?? I used a new flower set with the coordinating punch, together with the new Framelits and Edgelits dies. I added some rhinestones to the centre of the flower and some white die-cut leaves (I really like how those turned out!).

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Mixed Bunch
Ink: Melon Mambo
Paper: Flirtatious dsp, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Tools: Blossom punch, Framelits die, Edgelits die & embossing folder, Polka dots embossing folder, corner rounder punch, Little Leaves sizzlits die, Designer frames embossing folder
Accessories: rhinestones, white taffeta ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Monday, 23 April 2012

CR84FN So Grateful...

Hi there,

I'm creating a bunch of samples from the new summer mini catty at the moment and my fave set is definitely Apothecary Art. I love to colour in and this set is perfect for that! I combined the CR84FN colour challenge and this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

 

And this is where I ended up...


I stamped the image on Very Vanilla card and coloured with markers, adding some glitter to the centre of the flowers for a bit of sparkle. The sentiment was stamped on Crumb Cake and cut into a banner shape. The Blushing Bride background was stamped with the Music Notes wheel. I added some lace trim, Blushing Bride pleated ribbon, buttons and some butterflies with rhinestones to embellish.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Apothecary Art, Music Notes wheel
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Confetti Cream
Tools: Framelits die, Beautiful Wings embosslits die, 1 3/8" square punch
Accessories: Victorian lace trim, Blushing Bride pleated ribbon, rhinestones, Twitterpated buttons

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Mashed Up Balloons...

Hi there,

I was playing around yesterday with a number of challenges and ended up combining three for this card - the Friday Mashup challenge (to use their sketch plus the ghosting technique), the Colour Q colours and the Case Study challenge. Here's the inspiration line up...


I pulled out a new set from the Summer mini catty called Up, Up and Away and decide to make a man's card...


I took inspiration from Laurie's card with the black card base with rounded corners, plus the woodgrain panel and the pop of colour against the neutral background. I made the woodgrain panel using the following steps:
  1. Stamp the Woodgrain background stamp on glossy white cardstock using Versamark ink
  2. Leave to dry
  3. Drag the Charcoal inkpad from SU's distressing kit from top to bottom, ovelapping each streak slightly
  4. Rub off excess ink with some kitchen towel to reveal the woodgrain pattern underneath.
I was really happy with how this turned out - exactly the effect I wanted! The balloons were stamped using two-step stamping and a combination of More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Stazon ink, together with the baskets using Charcoal ink. I cut them out and layered them on a panel that I'd stamped some birds and clouds on (also using Charcoal ink but stamping off to get paler impressions). The sentiment is from For the Family and is punched and layered using my favourite sentiment combo - the word window and modern label punches. I added some glittery brads either side, and some linen thread and baker's twine to the top of the tag to finish off.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Up, Up and Away, Woodgrain, For the Family
Ink: Versamark, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Charcoal, Stazon
Paper: Glossy White, Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Grey
Tools: Modern label punch, word window punch, Two Tags die
Accessories: glimmer brads,  linen thread, baker's twine

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Rose Wreath Throwdown...

Hiya,

I've had a creative day so far and caught up with a bunch of challenges that I've had my eye on... I combined the Colour Throwdown colours with the CPS sketch this week:

 

I my favourite new set - Apothecary Art - to come up with this...


I stamped the label image on watercolour card with Stazon ink and die-cut using one of the Framelits dies coming in the new Summer mini catty. I coloured the image with inkpads and an aquabrush, stamped the image again on Naturals Ivory and cut out, stamping the sentiment in the middle with Always Artichoke ink. The dsp is from the Flirtatious pack - it fit the colour challenge perfectly! I stamped the En Francais background on the right-hand side of the Always Artichoke panel to represent the panel at the bottom of the sketch (which I flipped to suit my image).

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Apothecary Art, En Francais
Ink: Stazon, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo
Paper: Flirtatious dsp, watercolour, Naturals Ivory, Whisper White, Always Artichoke
Tools: Framelits dies
Accessories: Pearls

I'll be back soon with another creation to share! Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

My 1st award...!

Hi there,

I'm popping in today with a bit of a different post - I found out that I've been nominated for the Liebster Award by sweet Kelly over at Kelly's Craftin' Corner - thank you so much Kelly! She is a fellow SU demo and has fab creations on her blog to inspire you.


This award originated in Germany from what I can see - I learnt German at school and I remember that 'Ich liebe dich' means 'I love you' so I'm thinking that this award is about sharing the love! (Kelly said on her post that Liebster means beloved or dearest.)

The honour of accepting the award is traditionally done in the following way:

1. show thanks to the blogger who awarded you by linking back to their blog
2. choose 5 blogs with less than 200 followers and let them know about your nomination by leaving a comment on their blog
3. post the award on your blog!
So without further ado the people I would like to pass on this award to are:

Judy May @ Just Judy Designs
Narelle Farrugia @ Stamplicious
Christyne Kane @ Stampin' with Sugar
Heather Klump @ Downstairs Designs
Riley Fitzgerald @ Stampin' with Riley

These blogs contain loads of fabulous creativity that inspire me - I hope they inspire you too!

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Paris Apothecary...

Hi there,

I played along with the Case Study challenge again this week - I just love Laurie's work and casing her seems to result in cards that I'm really happy with! Here's what I ended up with:


I think the 'casing' elements are pretty obvious when you look at Laurie's card...! I used the same colour combo, vintage feel, embossed label, pink flowers, lace... maybe I should list the things I did differently lol!

I used my FAVE set from the new mini catty called Apothecary Art... my word this is a gorgeous stamp set! Right up my street as far as style and detail goes. I stamped the label image on Naturals Ivory cardstock and embossed with black EP then die-cut with the new framelits dies. I added a bit of Crumb Cake ink using an aquabrush to shade a little. The greeting is from the same set and was stamped with Rose Red ink. The background is Crumb Cake card, stamped with images from French Foliage using Crumb Cake ink and then the Eiffel Tower image was stamped over the top with Charcoal ink. I sponged and distressed the edges to imitate the shabby chic feel of Laurie's card. The flowers were created by die-cutting some circles from the Circles #2 die and cutting them into spirals and making rolled flowers - the leaves were cut from Soft Suede card using the Little Leaves die. I added some lace and some AMAZING new pleated ribbon from the summer mini as well as a few pearls to finish.

This card also fits with the Crafty Friends Challenge - to use two die cuts on your card.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Apothecary Art, French Foliage, Artistic Etchings
Ink: Versamark, Crumb Cake, Charcoal, Rose Red
Paper: Mocha Morning dsp, Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory, Basic Black
Tools: Framelits dies, Little Leaves die, Circles #2 die, distressing tool
Accessories: Chantilly lace trim, Blushing Bride pleated ribbon, Black EP, pearls

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Tea for Me... and You!

Hello!

I have been having fun playing with my latest delivery of new goodies... sneak peeks from the Summer mini catty. I combined this week's Colour Q palette with the layout from Deconstructed Sketches and got  inky with the fab Tea Shoppe set.

 

I created some china tea cups with these colours...


I stamped and cut out the tea cups then glazed them with crystal effects. The sentiment was selectively inked with coordinating markers then punched out with an oval punch. I added some faux stitching with a black marker around the sentiment, image panel and dsp background layer. The three patterned panels are from a new dsp pack in the Summer mini called Attic Boutique.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Tea Shoppe
Ink: Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie, Stazon
Paper: Attic Boutique dsp, Tea Time Simply Scrappin kit, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Dotted scallop ribbon border punch, oval punch, scallop oval punch, crystal effects, black marker

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Friday, 13 April 2012

Unscripted Penguin Muppet...

How's that for a weird title eh? I've combined two challenges - the Unscripted 3rd anniversary sketch (the one from week 3) and the Friday Mashup challenge: to make a kid's card using the colours of your favourite Muppet character... I chose Elmo!


Hee hee - so cute... and I love his voice! I used his colours of red, orange, white and black to come up with this:


I'm not usually so good with kids' cards but I love how this turned out! I used one of the penguins and the present stack from Polar Party and coloured him with markers and a blender pen then cut him out. I popped the image up on a white circle cut with the Circles #2 die then layered onto a Riding Hood Red decorative circle from the Perfect Pennants die. The banner was created using dsp and the Petite Pennants punch then tied together with Baker's Twine. I added some Basic Black 1/8" taffeta ribbon and a sentiment from Happiest Birthday Wishes (a hostess set).

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Polar Party, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink: Stazon
Paper: Riding Hood Red and Pumpkin Pie dsp, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Polka Dots embossing folder, Circles #2 die, Perfect Pennants die, Petite Pennants punch, Basic Black 1/8" taffeta ribbon, white Baker's Twine

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Berry Blossom Cupcakes...

Hi there,

Are you enjoying the regular posts? I must say I'm enjoying my time off and having more time to craft... Some of my crafty friends drop little hints when my blog posts get a bit sporadic (hey Lyn!) so hopefully this week is making up for my absences last month! I recently got my hand on the Berry Blossoms dsp from the current mini catty and I really like the colour combo. I had lots of fun stamping bits and pieces from the Create a Cupcake stamp set (also in the current mini) using the colours from the dsp pack then cut them out (I don't have the coordinating punch yet) and assembled them... a very tasty-looking production line! I used some sketches to help me put together a set of coordinating cards...

Here are the sketches I used:



First up, the Sweet Stop sketch:


For this one I stamped the top of the cupcake in Calypso Coral (2nd generation ink) and added some flowers inked with markers with a rhinestone in the centre of each. I cut some flowers and the strawberry image from the dsp to layer on the card. The punched border is from the eyelet lace border punch and I stamped a border underneath using a stamp from Borderlines (also from the current mini).

The next one is using the Card Patterns sketch:


On this one the cupcake wrapper was stamped in Lucky Limeade (2nd generation ink to get the paler colour) and the bow stamped over the top with Chocolate Chip. The cherry was inked with markers and 'glazed' with crystal effects.  I used the Designer Frames oval embossing folder to frame the image.

This one used Karen's Sweet Sunday sketch:


The top of the cupcake was stamped in 2nd generation choc chip ink with the sprinkles stamped over the top. I added a heart and candle to decorate.

The last card started as the Card Patterns sketch but kinda wandered a bit!


More fussy cutting of the dsp for the flowers... Some choc chip buttons and ribbon finished things off.

Here's the supplies:
Stamps: Create a Cupcake
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder
Paper: Berry Blossoms dsp, Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Accessories: Calypso Coral and Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon, Choc Chip scallop dots ribbon, Choc Chip satin ribbon, rhinestones, Old Olive brads, Choc Chip buttons, Eyelet border punch, word window punch, modern label punch, Designer Frames embossing folders, crystal effects, baker's twine, 1 3/8" square punch

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Monday, 9 April 2012

Blue Romance...

Hello!

I was excited to see that the amazingly talented Laurie Schmidlin is this month's muse over at Case Study. I love her work and she always manages to make every style look fabulous so I was keen to play along casing her card. I used some new goodies coming up in our mini catty to create this:


I kept the layout and the colours of Laurie's card, and tried to imitate the sentiment block by embossing with white on black card. The image was stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with inkpads and an aquabrush. I stamped the image another two times and cut out the flowers and layered them over the top for extra dimension. The image was cut out with one of the new framelits dies. I added a black satin bow with an antique brad in the centre to finish things off.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Bordering on Romance, For the Family
Ink: Versamark, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Tea Stain
Paper: Twitterpated dsp, Attic Boutique dsp, watercolour, Basic Black
Accessories: Framelits labels die, black EP, white EP, SU markers, word window punch, edgelits adorning accents die, antique brad, black satin ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Nautical Mojo...

Hiya,

I've been having fun playing with some new goodies from the UK summer mini catalogue - nothing quite like new stamps! One of the stamp sets called Open Sea is perfect for men's cards (and seeing as I find these quite a challenge, I need all the help I can get!). I pulled out some grungy papers from the main catty (Well Worn) and using the Mojo Monday sketch came up with this:


I love how detailed the images are in this set! I stamped the globe onto a Vanilla circle with Baja Breeze and distressed the edges with Tea Stain ink. That was layered onto a shape die-cut with some brand-new dies coming in the mini catty - I can't put these babies down! The ship was stamped in Cajun Craze and Not Quite Navy then cut out and the water was blended a little with an aquabrush. The ribbon piece was tied with new baker's twine with an anchor attached (stamped with Early Espresso then blended and cut out). The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and was stamped on Naturals Ivory and punched with a Word Window punch.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso
Paper: Well Worn dsp, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory
Accessories: Black striped grosgrain, island indigo baker's twine, adorning accents edgelits die, framelits die, word window punch, distressing kit

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Soft Garden Thanks...

Hi there,

I saw a gorgeous technique on Betsy Veldman's blog the other day which I've been keen to try so I combined the Colour Q challenge with this week's Freshly Made sketch and started playing!


I used SU's Growing Green set with some dsp from the new mini catty to come up with this:


The flowers and leaves were embossed with white EP then sponged with inks then I sprayed the whole piece with water and left it to dry. I added some butterflies die-cut from Vellum cardstock and Peach Parfait card, layered them and added some rhinestones to the middle.The punched piece on the right was created with the Lace Ribbon border punch then trimmed to shape it.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Growing Green, Happiness Shared, Sweetheart
Ink: Versamark, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, So Saffron
Paper: Twitterpated dsp, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, So Saffron, Whisper White, watercolour
Accessories: White EP, Beautiful Wings embosslits die, oval punches, rhinestones, lace ribbon border punch

I'll be popping back soon with my Mojo card...

Thanks for stopping by!

 x Amy x

Friday, 6 April 2012

Unscripted Throwdown Bloom

Hiya,

I've been playing with some new goodies from our Summer mini catalogue coming in May and combined the Unscripted sketch and Colour Throwdown challenges to create this:


I used a new flower punch and stamp to create this flower (I also used the 5-petal flower punch and Boho Blossoms punch as well). Lots of curling of petals with a bone-folder to create this effect, with an antique brad in the middle. The leaves from French Foliage were stamped with Pear Pizzazz. You might spot the embossed scalloped border - that's using another couple of new goodies from the mini catalogue! The turquoise panel was embossed with the stiped embossing folder which I inked with Tempting Turquoise ink.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Tagtastic (hostess), Mixed Bunch
Ink: Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turqouise
Paper: First Edition dsp, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turqouise, Very Vanilla
Accessories: antique brads, blossom punch, 5-petal flower punch, boho blossoms punch, corner rounder punch, vanilla seam binding, pearls, 1 3/4" circle punch, circles #2 die, perfect pennants die, adorning accents edgelit die & embossing folder.

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Basic Saffron Owl...

Hi there,

Tomorrow is the start of my Easter break - woohoo - so I started this evening by getting creative. I played along with the colour challenge by Connie & Mary as well Chupa's Sketchbook Saturday layout:

 

Here's what I came up with:


I used some paper from a Simply Scrappin kit for the background, along with some So Saffron dsp. The owl was mounted on a circle layered on a decorative grey circle cut from the Perfect Pennants die. I stamped some swirls from Season of Joy using Charcoal ink as well as the greeting from Curly Cute with the same ink. I added some Crystal Effects to the owl's eyes and buttons for a bit of shine.

That's all from me for the moment - I'll be back more often over the next couple of weeks and will have some sneak peeks of some new goodies coming in the Summer mini catalogue... {grin!}

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x