Monday, 31 December 2012

A Passion for Papertrey - Love You Forever


I just whipped up a quick card this afternoon in response to the A Passion for Papertrey challenge which ends in a couple of hours. I couldn't resist using the inspiration because it is one of my favourite colour combinations.

Here is my card.
I used PTI Think Big Favourites #11, Postmarks, and Tiny Tags II. The patterned paper is Plain Jane. I also used Hero Arts Envelope Pattern background. Colours are PTI Basic White, SU! Real Red, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake. Twine is Maraschino by The Twinery.

I really tried to make it more "full", but my CAS leanings won out again. :-)

This was the inspiration.
Thanks for coming by!

Wishing you all a very happy new year!


CASADIA (a CASE + an idea)


Have you been following Wida Miller's CASADIA? I have been watching since day one, and it is such a fun idea! I finally built up the courage to ask to be one of the participants, and here I am!

What's CASADIA? It's a card chain, like the game of Chinese Whispers (or Telephone, if that is what you call it). Each time the "message" (card design) is sent, it is interpreted and then sent again slightly differently by the next person. I'm person number 24, following Kelly Griglione. The first person in the chain was Laura Bassen (and she didn't know what she was starting), who was CASEd by Jennifer Rzasa, who was then CASEd by Wida Miller, who then invited all of us to join in the fun!

The first card was this one by Laura. (Please, if you want to pin, go visit Laura's post and pin from there).
The most recent card was this one by Kelly (again, please visit Kelly's post if you want to pin this one).
To see all the cards that came in between, pop over to Wida's CASADIA page.

So now to my card. Kelly was a very hard act to follow. Pop over to her post to see just how she created those gorgeous trees! Amazing! It took me a couple of weeks (in between Christmas preparations and family visits) to think up my own idea. Finally I decided to use the three trees (only I used flowers), the colours, the dots, and the green sentiment. Here it is.
I used PTI Lovely Layers stamps and dies, Hexagon Cover Plate die, Aqua Mist patterned paper, vellum (between patterned paper and cover plate), and Basic White card. Colours are SU! Tempting Turquoise, Glorious Green (which I don't believe I've ever used before), and Garden Green. The buttons are SU! Itty Bitty Buttons, and they fit the central flower image on Lovely Layers perfectly! All topped with three rhinestones for some extra sparkle.

Thanks for coming by. If you want to join in this fun, contact Wida for more information.


Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Papertrey Ink December Blog Hop


I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas! I have had a fabulous week of family celebrations!

It's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop time again!  This time the theme is White & White. Oh dear! White on White (WOW) cards are a nemesis of mine. I can't say that practice has made perfect yet... it looks so simple, and beautiful, and how I struggle to get my own versions to look simple and beautiful, too!

This is my effort.
I used PTI Pretty Peonies stamps and dies. The grey is Memento Grey Flannel. Card base is PTI Basic White.  

My white butterfly looked naked without something stamped on its wings. So now it isn't as white as it once was, LOL! The butterfly is actually four die-cuts layered on top of each other to create depth.

This is the inspiration board.
So much inspiration there. So many ideas to use. I am going to be dreaming ideas all night tonight as a result. Perhaps I'll wake up in the morning with a second card to create. :-)

Right now I'm off to sleep. I'll link up in the morning when the Blog Hop is well and truly underway. ;-)

Thanks for coming by to visit. I look forward to coming by to look at everyone else's contributions to the hop this time... and perhaps pick up a few ideas on how to do these WOW cards! :-)


Saturday, 15 December 2012

RIC #25


If you've beaten me to my editing, forgive the raw post. I made it with about 10 seconds to spare to enter Runway Inspired Challenge #25. Editing now. ;-)

Phew! That was another example of my speed card-making skills! This card was made, photographed, uploaded, and linked within 20 minutes.

Here is a closer look at the card, with my unglamourous sofa and cushion background, LOL!
I used PTI Pretty Peonies, Filigrie Border, and I forget where that little sentiment came from. The leaves are Sizzix small leaves. Colours are SU! Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, and Tempting Turquoise, and PTI White.

Inspiration was provided by this delicious outfit.
Isn't it cute? :-) I'm not sure about those socks/tights and flippers, but the dress itself screams PARTY to me!

Now, back to writing out those Christmas cards... some might arrive before Christmas...

Thanks for coming by!


Sunday, 9 December 2012

Shimmer, Shine, and Sparkle!


This is my second card today.
It was a challenge to photograph, so here is the other angle.
I used PTI Happiest of Holidays, Hero Arts Envelope Pattern Background, and Hero Arts Collage Music Background. Colours are PTI Fresh Linen and SU! Soft Suede. I used Silver paper for the sentiment frame. There are pearls and rhinestones all over, and the card itself sparkles with glimmer mist (although you can't see that in the photos). That beautiful button is SU! The ribbon is from my stash.

This card is in response to three challenges.

Tuesday Trigger this week is: Shimmer and Shine. My silver frame is that tray, and I've added gold, silver, rhinestones, and pearls.
and CASE Study #120 is this gorgeous card by Windy Robinson. I used the central die cut and the bow and the symmetrical layout.

Okay, now I'm off to do the ballet preparations!

Thanks for visiting.


Blue Birthday


A couple of quick posts today. I have to get my little one to her ballet concert and am still yet to do hair and make-up or get myself ready, eek!

This card is my entry to CAS(E) This Sketch #8 and Play Date Cafe Challenge #160.
I used Jane's Doodles Pretty Peonies, and PTI Strawberry Sentiments, and Hero Arts Envelope Pattern Background stamp. Colours are SU! Not Quite Navy and Bashful Blue, and PTI Fresh Linen.

The sketch over at CAS(E) this sketch is this one.
And the colour scheme at The Play Date Cafe is this one.
Thanks for coming to visit!


Sunday, 2 December 2012

Dynamic Duos #31


This is the last card for this week-end. Once this post is up, I'm off to collapse into deep sleep!

I made a card for Dynamic Duos challenge #31.
I used PTI Harvest Berries, and Think Big Favorites #20. Colours are SU! Certainly Celery and Real Red.
This card is very simple, but it appeals to me deeply! It's one layer, so easy to post. It's bright, but with lots of white so it isn't overpowering. And it uses Harvest Berries, which would have to be one of my all-time favourite stamp sets. :-) It may be that red sentiment, also, I thought a long time before deciding on the red (such agonising over such a little decision, LOL!).

I hope you like it.


Christmas Baubles


It's Christmas card season. I have to get some of these posted this week. I do want some of my overseas friends and family to actually receive cards from me this year, and BEFORE Christmas would be great!

I made this card for three challenges.
I used PTI Peace, Love, Joy, and Snowflake Serenade, as well as SU! Ornament Keepsakes. Colours are SU! Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla. I embossed the sentiments in gold. Twine is Twinery Cappuccino. 

I can't tell you how long I have been watching Papertrey Ink's Make-It-Monday, and I don't think I've ever entered, despite being endlessly inspired! This is challenge #93, and it is all about splitting die cuts. For these baubles, I stamped the baubles, then I cut top and bottom of the centre strip, and then I die-cut (and the centre fell out). By doing this, I wasn't trying to hold that little bauble in my paper-trimmer and keep a straight line.

Over at Addicted to CAS, for their challenge #2, the code word is BAUBLE. I don't think further explanation is necessary on this one. :-)

And just before I made this card today, the new inspiration board was published at Jay Gee's Nook. This is challenge #26. I loved those coppery-gold baubles, and the creams, and hot chocolate. I couldn't resist!

Thanks for coming by to visit!


Tuesday Trigger: Frame by Frame


Today I get to show off some of my new stamps that haven't had a blog outing yet. I bought Mama Elephant's Nursery Deco set when it was first released, because it is totally irresistible! Here is today's card.
Stamps are Mama Elephant Nursery Deco. Patterned papers are a variety from Stampin' Up! and Papertrey Ink. Colours are PTI Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Fresh Linen, SU! Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, Coral, Barely Banana. Ink is Memento Tuxedo Black and SU! Early Espresso.

The inspiration came from Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger: Frame by Frame
I went a bit bolder in the colours that I used, but I think I still ended up with a card that reflects the trigger. :-)

Those of you who have been hanging out with me for a while will know that I'm not a fan of fussy cutting, but this card is full of it. I can say that I feel that, in this case, it was worth it. ;-)

Thanks for dropping by.