Sunday, 29 July 2012

Coral Floral Tic Tac Toe...


It's time for another fun challenge over at the Paper Players and this week we're playing Tic Tac Toe...
I chose the bottom row of Floral + Ribbon + Punches and indulged in a very 'me' card! This is the sort of card that I love to make and it's my favourite style, although I do try to attempt a variety of different styles (CAS still alludes me though lol!).

I used the Creative Elements set which I've only just got my hands on and created some dimensional flowers (I stamped the flower 6 times with Calypso Coral ink then cut out three layers per flower, watecoloured the petals a little then scrunched each layer and built up the flowers using dimensional glue). The flourished background was stamped with Soft Suede ink and coloured with a Crumb Cake marker then I added a few tiny pearls to embellish. The dsp is a mix of Crumb Cake patterns and Paisley Petals. I added some lace trim and a big poofy bow that I created with a bow maker (I'm not clever enough to make one of those without one!) - I couldn't resist adding an antique brad in the centre! The sentiment is where the punches come in - stamped on Crumb Cake dsp  and punched out with the Word Window punch then layered on a modern label punched piece of Soft Suede.

Here's a couple of close ups:

I used the colour scheme of the current CR84FN challenge for this one:

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Creative Elements, Apothecary Art
Ink: Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake marker
Paper: Paisley Petals dsp, Neutrals patterns pack, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory
Tools: Modern Label punch, Word Window punch
Accessories: Crumb Cake seam binding, lace trim, pearls, antique brads

Check out what the rest of the design team have created for this fun challenge:
The Paper Players Design Team

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Friday, 27 July 2012

Christmas mashup...


At the Friday Mashup this week it's time to get festive..!

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:
  1. Make a project "For Christmas."
  2. Or Make a "Greeting Card & Decorate the Inside."
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Christmas Card & Decorate the Inside."

I actually ran a Christmas in July class last Saturday which was great fun so I thought I'd share one of those cards for this challenge.

I created a window using the Labels Framelits dies - and embossed a frame around by using the next size up and using the crease mat for the Big Shot instead of a cutting mat. I attached a piece of vellum behind the frame to create a frosted effect, added a mini silver brad to each corner then popped it up with dimensionals. The image underneath is a piece of attic boutique dsp stamped with Dasher with some 'snow drifts' added, created with the edgelits die and coordinating embossing folder. The sentiment from Curly Cute was embossing with silver EP on Island Indigo card.

Here's a shot to show that I decorated the inside too...

Make sure you check out the rest of the design team's creations over at the Friday Mashup!

Just wanted to show you what we found outside our door this morning...

She was cold, hungry and very friendly and had no collar either (she only looks around 8 weeks old). I tried leaving her outside but she cried (loudly enough for me to hear her inside!) so I brought her inside and gave her some watered down milk while I went to see if I could find her owners -  knocked on the surrounding neigbours' doors but no one knew anything about her. She's certainly made herself at home, exploring the place and letting our other cats know that she can hold her own lol! Am going to take her to the vet tomorrow to see if she has a microchip - if not, we'll have to decide what to do with her, although if she has a say in it she'll probably want to stay! Adorable though eh..?

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Monday, 23 July 2012

Sweet Wedding Duo...

Hi there,

I combined a couple of challenges yesterday...


And came up with this...

When I saw the colours I thought of romance and so I took out the Love & Laughter set from the current mini catty and made a wedding card. The papers are a mix of the patterns pack and the Mocha Morning specialty patterns (I used one of my last scraps of the gorgeous black flocked paper). I stamped the cake using Basic Black ink and added some punched hearts with a rhinestone in the centre of each. The little tab at the side of the image is Basic Grey card embossed with white EP and punched out with the modern label punch. Some Poppy Parade ribbon and extra rhinestones finished this one off.

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Up, Up and Away Birthday...

Hi there,

It's time for another Paper Players challenge and this time we're playing along with Jaydee's sketch:

I flipped the sketch and used Up, Up and Away to create a masculine birthday card (which I never seem to have enough of!!)...

I used the Colour Q challenge this week to get me started on a colour scheme:

The balloons were stamped with black/pear pizzazz, real red/crumb cake and black/crumb cake then cut out and popped up over the baskets that I stamped in crumb cake on the whisper white panel. The Crumb Cake panel was embossed with the square lattice embossing folder that I had inked with crumb cake ink. The sentiment is from the same stamp set punched out and layered with a few circle punches - I added a couple of pieces of pear pizzazz ribbon to dress up the sentiment a bit.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Up, Up & Away
Ink: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black
Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
Tools: Square Lattice embossing folder, circle punches
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz ribbon, Real Red brads, white Signo gel pen
Check out what the rest of the design team have created:

The Paper Players Design Team
Anne Marie Hile (taking a break)
Ann Schach (taking a break)

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Friday, 20 July 2012

Mashup sketch...


I'm popping in with another Friday Mashup card for this week's challenge...

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:
  1. Make a project with "the Sketch."
  2. Or Make a project w/ a "Lazy Summer Day theme (under the shade of a tree/ biking / Swimming / Sitting in an adirondack chair)."
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project w/ the "Sketch & the Lazy Summer Day Theme."

I must admit to forgetting about the theme part until after I'd made this card using the sketch - oops!! I guess flowers count as summery though..?

I layered one of the flowers from Mixed Bunch over a flower I made using Build a Blossom and finished it with an antique brad in the centre. The dsp in the background is from Domestic Goddess and the sentiment is from a current hostess set. Pretty simple really! Make sure you stop by the Friday Mashup and check out the rest of the designers' projects!

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Fresh vintage thank you...

Hi there,

Two posts in one day! To see my Paper Players project, click here. I wanted to post this card quickly so I can make the deadline for Colour Q - I combined their colours with this week's Freshly Made Sketch...

I pulled out an old set - Vintage Vogue - and did some rock 'n' rolling and fussy cutting...

The leaves are from the French Foliage stamp set, stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink. I added a brad to the centre of each flower for a bit more texture. The dsp is a mix of Domestic Goddess and Twitterpated. I'm gonna keep it short and sweet today!

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Paper Players: Wordsmith...


It's time for another challenge over at the Paper Players and this week LeAnne is challenging us to play with words...

I decided the easiest way to go CAS was to use some lovely dsp that would compliment the sentiment so I pulled out my favourite print from Paisley Petals together with a sentiment from Just Believe...

This was pretty simple to put together (which I suppose is the point of CAS!) - the sentiment was stamped on Very Vanilla and punched out with a 1 3/4" circle punch then layered on a Baja Breeze cirlce (cut from the Circles #2 die) then on a decorative circle cut from Bravo Burgundy card using the Perfect Pennants die. I added some lace trim and Baja Breeze pleated ribbon as well as a few pearls to finish.

Check out what the rest of the design team have created...

Thanks for stopping by today!

x Amy x

Friday, 13 July 2012

Mashed Up Banner...


It's time for another challenge over at the Friday Mashup and this week we're having fun with flags and banners!

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:
  1. Make a project with a "Banner or Flag."
  2. Or Make a project with a "Matching Envelope."
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project with a "Banner / Flag & a Matching Envelope."

And here's what I came up with...

I started with the image from Need for Speed and thought the banner and colours would work well for a guy's card. The banner was created using the Petite Pennants punch - I didn't use the whole triangle, but trimmed them to make them a bit smaller. The colours were taken from the Tickets and Tags Simply Scrappin kit and I added Night of Navy as a contrast colour. For the coordinating envelope I added a layer of dsp with a coordinating strip and some borders from the SS kit, as well as some whisper white for the address.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Need for Speed, Party this way
Ink: Night of Navy, Poppy Parade
Paper: Tickets and Tags Simply Scrappin Kit, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Kraft card base & envelope
Accessories: Poppy Parade ribbon, mini silver brads, petite pennants punch, Circles #2 die, striped embossing folder

Make sure you stop by the Friday Mashup challenge to see what the rest of the DT have created!

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Delightful Coral Roses...


Today is another fun challenge over at the Paper Players, and this week is a colour challenge...

I wanted to create some two-toned roses with the Daffodil and Coral so that's the direction I went in...

I stamped the flowers from Growing Green on watercolour paper and coloured with inkpads and an aquabrush then cut out and layered on a label that I'd stamped with the leaves and coloured. The strip of Lucky Limeade card at the side was stitched using Lucky Limeade thin organdy ribbon then tied into a bow at the top.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Growing Green, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Stazon, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade
Paper: Everyday Enchantment dsp, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla, watercolour
Tools: Framelits
Accessories: Lucky Limeade ribbon, lace trim

Make sure you check out what the rest of the Paper Player's design team have made:

The Paper Players Design Team
Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Olympic Mashup...!


It's my turn to host the Friday Mashup this week - how exiting!! Seeing as in the UK we are getting excited about the London Olympics coming up, I thought it would be fun to have a challenge based on the Olympic rings...

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge :
  1. Make a project with "The Olympic Colour Combination of Marina Mist, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi & Red."
  2. Or Make a Project using "Multiple Circles."
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project with the "Olympic Color Combo and Multiple Circles."
I wanted to make a circle card using these colours so I came up with this...

Can you count the circles? I used a flower from Mixed Bunch with circles in the centre, as well as an antique brad that is circular. The flower was stamped with Real Red on Very Vanilla, then I coloured in the details on the petals with a Daffodil Delight marker and cut out by hand. I layered this on a punched flower from Real Red cardstock. The card base was created using the scallop circle die and Marina Mist card then I layered a Basic Black circle and First Edition dsp circle (both cut by hand and distressed).

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Tea Shoppe
Ink: Marina Mist, Real Red, Daffodil Delight marker
Paper: First Edition dsp, Basic Black, Marina Mist, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi
Tools: Scallop circle die, leaves sizzlit die, blossom punch, oval punches
Accessories: lace trim, antique brad

I do hope you'll stop by the Friday Mashup challenge and check out what the the rest of the DT have created! Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Trendy Tree Thanks...


Just popping in quickly with a simple card I made last night for a guy that has helped out at a big event at work recently. I struggle with men's cards and I had NO thank you cards for men in my stash so I had to start from scratch. I used this week's Retro sketch to get me started and came up with this...

I was working with the Dynamic Duos colour challenge but only just realised that Early Espresso is not a neutral you're allowed to add (always worth checking before you begin..!!). I used Always Artichoke and Early Espresso for the trees and added some early espresso ribbon (retired) and always artichoke brads (also retired). The Crumb Cake strip was stamped with the Music Notes wheel for a bit of extra detail.

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Paper Players Polar Party...!

Hi there,

I'm so excited - today is my first challenge as a member of the Paper Players DT! I'm so honoured to have been asked by Lesley to join the team for the next 6 months and I'm looking forward to playing along with all the great challenges coming up. This week there's a theme challenge:
For this Christmas-themed challenge I just had to pull out Polar Party - my favourite Christmas set in our current catty...

I created some snow drifts using one of the Adorning Accents edgelits dies and embossing folder, layering them onto a piece of Baja Breeze textured card that I had stamped with snowflakes (in both Baja Breeze ink and Frost White shimmer paint). I stamped the polar bear and penguin onto Shimmer White card and coloured with blender pens and ink, then cut them out and layered on the snow drifts with dimensionals. The dsp in the background is from a retired pack - it has a fuzzy flocked snowflake on it which adds extra texture to the card. I added some pleated satin Baja Breeze ribbon and a few rhinestones to finish this one off.

Make sure you check out what the rest of the DT have created...

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x