"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Purple Orchids

Made the below card for a sketch challenge over at Annabelle Stamps.

This is the sketch:

Picture of my card:

Copics: 0, V01, G24, V000, RV000, G21, V04, G28, V12, V17, BG78, V15 and G20.
Stamps: Flourishes - Orchids and Stamp-It siset014 "especially for you"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: DCWV Textured Brights, X-Press It Blending card and DCWV The Painted Petals Stack
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles and Sizzix circle framelits
Other: Fiskars rotary trimmer, double sided tape, Pebble Pearlescent chalks - Jewel Tones, Papercraft pearls, Sizzix Big Shot, scissors, Scor-Pal, Tsukineko daubers, acrylic stamping blocks and AtYou Spica #00 Clear and #01 Lavender.

Sunday, 27 January 2013


Tried my hand at photographing fireworks last night - being Australia Day it was a good opportunity. Probably should have read some tips on photographing fireworks before we went instead of just "winging it" when we got out there - but I'm pretty happy with these first time shots anyway. Although there is still plenty of room for improvement. Small lack of communication between my husband and I meant we weren't quite prepared for tired and hungry kids at a windy beach - but we survived and the kids did enjoy their first time firework show. I took a lot of photos - these are just a small selection - there are more at our Picasa web albums - see here.

Baby Shower

Have seen some beautifully folded cards on the internet and decided to try a tri-shutter card. Found a fantastic tutorial here. It really was a lot easier than it looks! A friend was having a baby shower soon so I decided to make the card for her. Since I didn't know whether she is having a boy or girl I decided to make the card yellow and green - which fits in perfectly with Scrapbook Boutique's January Challenge where you need to make a project using yellow, green and white and their photo as inspiration (see challenge page).

Here are some pictures of my card:
This is what it looks like when it is folded closed

Picture from front of card with card open

Card open

Card open - different angle

Copics: Y11, Y13, Y15, Y23, Y28, Y17, Y06, Y02, YG23, YG25, YG11, YG17, YG13, E30, E31, 110, G43, G40, B32, B02, B34, B000, B00, V000, W1, W3, W00, 0, R20, YR30, YR04, YR02 and Copic multiliners 0.1 mm and 0.3 mm.
Stamps: Stamp-It "Springtime Trio" (2457E CHERISH), Sizzix and Hero Arts Stamp and Die Set #657852, Crafter's Companion Popcorn the Bear "Say it with Flowers", Teddy Bo & Co (Free Stamps with Issue 50 of Australian Simply Cards), Studio g VS4325 Series 8, Crafter's Companion Humphrey's Corner Collection "Humphrey", Whimsy Wee Stamps (free with Issue 46 of Australian Simply Cards), Sizzix and Hero Arts Stamp and Die Cut Set #657778, Crafter's Companion Popcorn the Bear "Father's Day", Kaiser Craft "Wedding" (added the word Congratulations to top blank panel after I took the photos) and My Sentiments Exactly "Card Backs" (on back of card - not shown in pictures).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Color #22 Fresh Green and #42 Lime, Distress Ink "Milled Lavender", "Tattered Rose", "Spiced Marmalade", "Aged Mahogany", "Peeled Paint" and "Shabby Shutters".
Cardstock: Creativ Plain, Kaiser Craft "Fine and Sunny", Merci "Tangerine Tang", Quill XL Multiboard white and X-Press It Blending card.
Dies: Sizzix and Hero Arts Stamp and Die Cut Sets #657852 and #657778, Spellbinders Nestabilities "Labels Seventeen", La-La Land Die - Water Lily, Spellbinders Nestabilities "Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large", Sizzix oval framelit, Spellbinders Nestabilities "Lacy Squares" and Spellbinders Nestabilities "Blossom Three".
Other: Carl CP-2 circle 7/8" punch, Distress Markers "Milled Lavender", "Tattered Rose", "Dusty Concord", "Aged Mahogany", "Shabby Shutters" and "Pine Needles", scissors, Fiskars Rotary Trimmer, stanley trimmer, ruler, Scor-Pal, compass, needle, Milford Mercer thread, Pebbles Pearlescent chalks - Jewel Tones, Inkssentials cut 'n' dry foam, Sizzix Big Shot, Inkssentials glossy accents, double sided tape, Helmar acid free glue, orange circle brad (from my stash), acrylic stamping blocks (various sizes), Tsukineko daubers, Distress Stickles "Shabby Shutters", Stickles "Star Dust", "Yellow", "Orange Peel", "Firefly", "Lavender", "Fruit Punch", "Waterfall" and slotted quilling tool.

Just Pretty

I must be getting quicker - this card only took me one afternoon instead of a day or two (inbetween tending to kids)! Made this card for The Shabby Tea Room's Week #150 - 'Just Pretty' challenge.

The photos don't seem to show the colours quite right (the flower isn't quite as dark as it seems in the photos) - but that's as close as I could get).


Picture from an angle so you can see the raised flourish and sentiment:

Copics: G40, G43, G24, E02, R00, RV00, R20, N1, N0, N3, RV00, RV02, RV23, RV21, RV14, C1, C3, 0, V01, V000, W00, W1 and E0000.
Stamps: Penny Black 4065K Bountiful and Studio g VS4325 Series 8.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: DCWV Textured Neutrals, KaiserCraft Precious Moments, X-Press It Blending card and Merci Royal High Tea.
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Labels Eight, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fantastic Flourish Two, Spellbinders Nestabilities A2 Fancy Weave and Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen.
Other: Fiskars rotary trimmer, Sizzix Big Shot, scissors, double sided tape, X-Press It high tack foam mounting tape, Inkssentials cut 'n' dry foam, acrylic stamping block, Scor-Pal, Papercraft Pearls, Crafter's Choice spray adhesive, Helmar acid free glue, BoBunny All Stuck Up flowers, square brad (from my stash), Pebbles Pearlescent chalks Jewel Tones, Stickles "Star Dust" and "Fruit Punch", Sizzix Texturz - Texture Plate "Twizzle" and Tsukineko daubers.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Two cards

Been so busy these last few weeks... wakeboarding (I took the photos), cars breaking down - and being fixed again by my fantastic husband, back to work after Christmas, breaking my toe, attending a wedding - my sister-in-law and our friend got married! (and 3 out of 4 members of our little family were in the bridal party) - and in between all that found some time to make some cards - just not time to upload them to my website!

So here are two.... one I made for a friend at our church who just had a gorgeous little boy and the other is the wedding card I made.

Baby card:

Made this one a while ago and can't seem to find the piece of paper that I wrote my materials list on... so this is only what I can remember:
Memento Tuxedo Black ink, X-Press It Blending card, copics (sorry - can't remember exactly which ones), scor-pal, fiskars rotary trimmer, Dovecraft - Hely Cuppleditch - Pepper and Friends "Pepper's Friends" clear stamps, Kaiser Craft wedding clear stamps "congratulations", DCWV - The Home Spun Stack, Crafter's Choice - primary basics, compass, ruler, needle, Milford Mercer sz 40 "string", Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 17, Sizzix Big Shot, Sizzix oval framelits, Inkssentials cut and dry foam, acrylic stamping block, Quill XL Multiboard - cold colours pack, Distress Ink Pad - wild honey, Pebbles Pearlescent chalks and Carl CP-2 circle 7/8" punch.
This card was also the first one that I have done any sewing on :-)

Wedding card:

Copics: YG03, YG17, YG25, G24, G46, G28, E53, E55, E57, V000, V01, V04, V06, E0000, E00, 0, N1, N3, N5, R20, YR12, YR15, YR18, W00, W1, W3, RV14, RV17, RV19, RV00, RV02 and RV04.
Stamps: Humphrey's Corner Collection "Birthday Girl" (mirror image) and "Flowers for you", Kaiser Craft Wedding clear stamps "On your wedding day" and ODBD Scripture Collection 2 (used on inside of card).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Versa Color #42 Lime
Cardstock: Merci Vintage Romance, DCWV The Painted Petals Stack, X-Press It Blending card, KaiserCraft Chapter One and DCWV Textured Neutrals
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 17 (on inside of card), Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Labels Eight and Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fantastic Flourish Two (on inside of card)
Other: Fiskars rotary trimmer, Sizzix Big Shot, Scor-Pal, Scissors, double sided tape, Helmar acid free glue, X-Press It high tack foam mounting tape, Inkssentials cut n dry foam, acrylic stamping block, American Crafts Premium Ribbon, Papercraft pearls, Pebbles Pearlescent chalks Jewel Tones, Tsukineko sponge daubers, Crafter's Choice spray adhesive, Atyou Spica Glitter Pens #00 clear, #03 red, #01 lavender and #14 blossom, clear contact (still on the paper) - used to make the mirror image of the stamp and Bostik Blu Tack.

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