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April Blog Hop - 'Women In Our Lives'

 

 

  

Hello

  

 Welcome to the April Blog Hop with the ‘Art from the Heart team.  Isn’t the year just flying by so fast! The Art with Heart team led by Claire Daly, is a group of more than 90 Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from across Australia. If you would like to be part of this supportive group of talented paper crafters email me for more details. 

  

 

You may have come from Di Dunk’s  blog, but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here by clicking on the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post. We hope you can take the time to visit each blog to see the wonderful creations we have to show you! If you leave a comment on every blog and then email Nikki at nikki@inkyart.com.au, your name will be put into the hat to win some beautiful Blog Candy. You have until 6am EST on 3 May 2010 to leave your comments and only those who are not Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are eligible to win the Blog Candy.

With Mother’s Day less than 2 weeks away, the theme for this month’s Blog Hop is appropriately ‘Women in our Lives’. The first item I have for you is a scrapbook page featuring a photo of my mother taken in the late 1950’s when she was in her twenties. This is one of my favourite photos of her and I love the look of simple elegance captured in black and white. My goal was to create a similar feel on this page, so I will leave you to judge whether that has been achieved.

Mum-Scrap-Page  

The ribbon tails on the left side of the photo is the handle to pull out the journaling panel. I have typed my text on the computer, printed it onto Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out using the Top Note die and the Big Shot. All the details of the products used are provided below.

Mum-Scrap-Page_4b

 

Scrapbook Page Details 

Stamps 

Brocade Basics 

Cardstock & Papers 

Basic Black, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette (all textured), Rose Red, Whisper White

Ink 

Versamark, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss

Accessories 

1” Rose Red double stitched grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, Fluerettes (retired), Silver Hodgepodge, Small flower & flat back pearls (Pretties Kit)

Tools

Eyelet Border punch, Small Oval punch, Computer & printer, Top Note Die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies, Big Shot, Sponge daubers, Xyron, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack

 

The second item I have for you is a Mother’s Day card. You are probably familiar with the Flower Pot card and this is my take on it – the ‘Bowl of Roses’ card! The bowl has been formed from a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock folded in half and then dry embossed. The bowl shape was then cut from the embossed card, with the fold at the bottom. The roses and buds have been stamped in Riding Hood Red and Summer Sun using the ‘A Rose Is A Rose’ 2-step stamp set. The two-toned effect was created by stamping off the first image, then using full colour on the second. The roses have been popped up on the top of the panel that slides into the bowl.  I’ve finished it off with some taffeta ribbon and a sentiment from the new ‘Tiny Tags’ stamp set from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue. The full details are below.

 

Bowl-of-Roses
 

Here is a view with the rose panel pulled up from the bowl. The card fits into a 15cm square envelope.

 

 Bowl-of-Roses-2  

 

Card Details

Stamps

A Rose is A Rose, Tiny Tags, Occasional Greetings

Cardstock & Papers

Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White

Ink

Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip

Accessories

Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread

Tools

Medium Jewellery  Tag Punch, Sponge daubers, Dimensionals, Diamonds & Dots embossing folder, Cuttlebug

 

 

Your next stop on the “Art with Heart’ team Blog Hop – enjoy the creations from Tina Gillespie. 

Here are links to the other participants in this month’s Blog Hop. 

 

Ros Davidson
Nikki Sadler
Tanja Westwood
Kristine Thompson
Sue Madex
Gayatri Murali
Christine Blain
Di Dunk
Tina Gillespie
Kathryn Mangelsdorf
Alisha Watson
Nicole Rouillon
Kathryn Lowe

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your weekend.

 

 

 


Thinking of You

Hello

 You may have guessed that I’m really enjoying the new products from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue.  There isn’t much on this card that isn’t out of the new catalogue!

 I have made this card for my Mum who is back in hospital in Perth to have her knee replacement done for a second time.  This is one of those horror stories of hospital acquired antibiotic resistant infections that has taken 15 months to resolve (hopefully).  She had surgery on Monday but woke up to find that they decided not to go ahead until they did more pathology on ‘stuff’ they found in her knee.  She has to wait another 5 days to find out whether there is still an infection present.  I hope this card will brighten her day.

The base card is Pale Plum which I think is a great coordinating colour for the new Cottage Wall DSP. It is a lot softer than Orchid Opulence and matches really well with the pattern on the DSP.  Unfortunately, Pale Plum is one of the colours we will be losing as a result of the Colour Renovation (more on that later) that will occur with the release of the new 2010-11 Idea Book & Catalogue in September.  Don't worry there will be plenty of time to stock up on the retiring colours.

The centre panel is based on the Top Note die cut from Whisper White. The vine from Vintage Vogue has been stamped in the corners.  The sentiment panel is a tag cut using the Big Shot and the Lots of Tags die set. I cut a second tag from Whisper white and cut out the oval and stamped it and popped it up in the centre. The bird was cut with the new XL Two Step Bird punch. You can cut the shapes from one piece of card or DSP or the individual shapes from smaller pieces. The full details of the products used are below.

Cottage_Plum_2
 

Card Details

 

Stamps

Vintage Vogue, Sincere Salutations

Cardstock & Papers

Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum, Whisper White, Kraft, Cottage Wall DSP

Ink

Rich Razzleberry

Accessories

White Taffeta ribbon

Tools

Sponge daubers, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Lots of Tags Die, Eyelet Border punch, Dimensionals, White Gel Pen

 I hope you enjoy your weekend. 


Just for Him

Hi there

Events and technology have frustrated my attempts to get this post done in the last couple of days, but hey, that's life. 

I have made this card for my DH as it is our wedding anniversary this week but I'm pretty sure he won't be looking at this post before then. The Kraft panel has been stamped with En Francais and Versamark and then over stamped with images from Organic Grace (Level 1 Hostess set) in Chocolate Chip.  I love this effect. I have and sponged the edges in Sahara Sand and popped it up on Brocade Blue.  The sentiment has been created with the computer in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla.  See my Tips & Hints for the details of the RGB colours to match the Stampin' Up! colour families. This is a great option if you don't have a stamp to match what you need. 

Unfortunately, the lighting on this photo isn't great - it is either dark in the morning or dark when I get home. Hopefully I can take a better photo on the weekend when I can get some daylight. Anyway, here it is with the rest of the details below.

Organic_Grace 
 

Card Details

Stamps

Organic Grace, En Francais

Cardstock & Papers

Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Kraft, Bella Bleu DSP, Very Vanilla

Ink

Versamark, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip

Accessories

Kraft Taffeta ribbon, Vintage brads

Tools

Sponge daubers, Ticket Punch (NAH), Dimensionals, Corner Rounder Punch

See you soon.


A Vintage Cottage Birthday

Hello again

Thanks for stopping by my little piece of cyberspace.  The card I have for you today is for my lovely upline Claire Daly whose birthday it is today - have a wonderful day Claire!

The base card is the gorgeous new In Colour Rich Razzleberry. The next layer is Kraft that has been stamped with the vine from Vintage Vogue using Versamark and sponged around the edges with Sahara sand. The centre panel layers patterns from the Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper on Orchid Opulence cardstock and is finished off with some Kraft taffeta ribbon. I like how the Kraft gives the rich colours of the cardstock and DSP a vintage feel and tones them down a bit.  Here it is with the rest of the details below.

Vintage-Cottage

Card Details

Stamps

Vintage Vogue, Occasional Greetings

Cardstock & Papers

Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White, Kraft, Cottage Wall DSP

Ink

Rich Razzleberry, Versamark, Sahara Sand, Orchid Opulence

Accessories

Kraft Taffeta ribbon, Vintage brads

Tools

Sponge daubers, Corner Rounder punch, Eyelet Border punch, Scallop Oval punch, Oval & Small Oval punches, Dimensionals

My box of new goodies from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue arrived last night so I'm looking forward to having a good play. I hope to be back soon with some more creations to share with you.

In the meantime, have a good day.


A Change of Pace

Hello

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break. The weather in Melbourne was fabulous so I got out in the garden to do some autumn chores.  Artie and Crafty enjoyed playing hide and seek around the flower pots which was very entertaining. Crafty hadn't been outside before, but he is so fearless at the moment and everything is an adventure. We have some windows that go down to the floor and he loves sunning himself behind the glass, something that seems common with white cats.

I also got some time to 'play' in my craft room as I have a number of birthdays to prepare for. I find masculine cards a bit of a challenge so I thought I would get this one done early (instead of stressing the night before!). I recently purchased the Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper for the first time to share with a friend.  This provides the focus for the card, which is pretty simple and understated and I hope sufficiently masculine - what do you think?

Urban-Oasis


Card Details

Stamps

Cute & Curly

Cardstock & Papers

Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink

Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze

Accessories

Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Pewter Jumbo Brads, Linen Thread

Tools

Curly Label Punch, Crop-a-dile, Dimensionals

Enjoy the rest of your week.


Sharing a Cup

Hi there

I hope you are enjoying your Easter holiday. I'm certainly enjoying pottering around today and not being on a schedule.

I'm back to normal (kind of J) after spending a hectic 2 weeks visiting friends and family in WA.  I didn't get much time to craft myself (except for the card in the previous Blog Hop post) but did help my friend Fiona (waving Fiona!) set up her craft space and I hope she will get some time over Easter to use it.  She lives in the country and her craft table is in front of a large window that gets morning sun and overlooks roses, fruit trees and native bush. It is a really peaceful space.  I also spent a lovely afternoon with my friend Karen and her lovely girls Kate and Grace in Perth showing them how to make the Easter treat baskets.  They are quick learners and had 3 each whipped up in no time. Karen's garden was looking so fabulous and unfortunately it got trashed in the big storm they had in Perth on the afternoon I left. However, they and their pets (dogs, chooks and guinea pigs) were unharmed despite the damage to their house. Luckily we took some photos in the garden and I'm looking forward to doing a scrapbook page to remember how lovely it was.

After getting back from Perth we picked up our new kitten 'Crafty'. A strange name you say - well we already have 'Artie' (pictured in the bar on the left) so you can see my husbands weird sense of humour.  He is such a joy with a lovely temperament and bursting with energy. He has 2 speeds - full on or off! Building a relationship with new big brother Artie is a work in progress, but I'm sure they will become good friends soon.  Here are a couple of pictures of Crafty who by the way, is 14 weeks old and is a Lynx Point Spotted Bengal.    
Crafty_7a  He loves this cat tree that Artie has now out grown and has his afternoon sleep in the igloo at the top. Isn't he too cute? Wouldn't this photo look good on a cat food can?







 Crafty_8 

Here he is in full play mode ready to pounce on the cord dangling from the camera.




 

 



So it has been a very full few weeks, but I hope to get more creating time over Easter. I made the next card for our Art with Heart Team card swap using new products from the new Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue that commenced yesterday. This is a simple card using the single 'Share a Cup' stamp and the 3 new In Colours - Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Soft Suede.  This is a cute stamp and to make it more versatile I cut the 'hello' sentiment off the bottom and mounted it on the side of the block (it only comes as a wood mount for $11.95) . It makes it easier to create the stack of cups shown in the card.  The 'wall paper' background flowers are from the new Cottage Garden stamp set, which I purchased in the clear mount option. Each of the new In Colors comes with the matching  grosgrain ribbon - polka dots on one side and plain on the other for great versatility.  Here it is and the details are below:

Share_a_Cup_Cottage_Flower

Card Details

Stamps

Share a Cup, Cottage Garden

Cardstock & Papers

Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Whisper White

Ink

Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede

Accessories

Soft Suede Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon

Tools

Paper Snips, Dimensionals,

If you would like your own copy of the Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue to browse, please contact me and I will put one in the mail for you. I'm looking forward to receiving my order of goodies from the catalogue in the next week and will be back to show you more.

Enjoy the rest of your Easter break.