Seize the Birthday #6 Masculine

Hi there

I finally have a card to show you today using the Seize the Birthday #6 sketch for a masculine card.  I thought I would ink up the new 'By the Tide' stamp set for the first time.  Here is the sketch:

I have created the sand and water background using various sponging options before stamping elements of the 'By the Tide' stamp set and finally white embossing the coral.  The centre circle is intended to magnify part of the scene (hopefully that is obvious).  This one got the nod from my husband who has snaffled it for a friend's birthday. 



Project Details
Stamps By the Tide, Perfectly Penned, Sandy Speckles Wheel (retired)
Card stock & Papers Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink River Rock, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Versamark,Whisper White Craft
Accessories None
Tools     Nestabilities Circle dies, Big Shot, 7/8" Circle punch (not SU),  Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, Inkssentials Blending tool, Blender Pen, White embossing powder, Heat gun, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

ETA:  Thanks to the DT for choosing this card for 'Birthday Honours'.

Birthday Honours

Seize the Birthday #2 Masculine

Hi there

After making 2 masculine cards already this week, I almost wussed out of the Seize the Birthday #2 Challenge, which is making a masculine card with this sketch:

However, I pulled out my trusty 'Open Seas' stamp set to come up with this card. I have brayered Crumb Cake ink onto the Woodgrain embossing folder and then embossed the Sahara Sand card stock to achieve what I hope is a drift wood-looking panel.  I have also added some clouds to the ocean scene by masking off the ship and stamping with a cloud background stamp (not SU).

So far I have managed to keep my New Year crafting resolution to finish the inside of the card when I make it.  It is early days, but putting it here to show you will help me to keep on the straight and narrow!  It is actually easier to do it when you have all of the bits and pieces to hand.



Project Details
Stamps Open Seas, Perfectly Penned, It's Your Day (Retired), Cloud Background (not SU),
Card stock & Papers Midnight Muse, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler, Confetti White (retired), In Colour Pattern Stack, Nautical Expedition DSP (retired)
 Ink Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue
Accessories Linen Thread
Tools     Woodgrain & Square Lattice embossing folders, Oval Nestabilities, Bitty Banner Framelits, Big Shot,  Dimensionals, Sponge daubers, Brayer, Stampamajig

Thanks for stopping by.

Still AddINKtive Challenge #2

Hi there

After expressing my uncertainty about Summer Starfruit a while back, here is the second card in 2 days that features this colour.  Plus, another masculine card (well, at least I think it is) for my stash. The challenge at Still AddINKtive was a combination of sketch and/or colour challenge. I have kind of done both, although the centre panel isn't square, the card base is. SA_2I have used the lovely 'Serene Silhouettes' stamp set for the first time and created the background using a combination of brayer and mask for the hills and then sponging for the sky.  I wanted to create something very natural looking - not sure that I have succeeded, but I do quite like Summer Starfuit and Tempting Turquoise together.  I have kept the rest of the card plain to keep  focus on the centre panel.


I have decorated the inside simply, using another of the tree stamps from 'Serene Silhouettes' in Chocolate Chip which was clear embossed. Both of these images are great for masculine cards.


Project Details
Stamps Serene Silhouettes, On Your Birthday (Retired)
Card stock & Papers Chocolate Chip, Summer Starfruit, Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake Textured (Retired), Whisper White, In Colour Patterns Stack
Ink Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black
Accessories Brights buttons, Linen Thread
Tools     Itty Bitty Banner Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Stampamajig, Brayer, Inkssentials sponge applicator, Glue dots, Clear embossing powder, Heat gun

Thanks for looking!

JAI # 139 Theme Challenge

Hi there

This week at Just Add Ink they are having a challenge to JUST ADD SOMETHING NEW.  I've been a bit time constrained as Lars (Rotary Exchange student) has come to stay for 2 weeks and I seem to be on a cooking and washing treadmill.  I'm sure my friends with teenage children will be laughing as they read this (I hear 'I told you so'!).

The card I have for you today, is for my Mum's husband John who is having a birthday at the end of the week.  He loves ships, sailing and fishing, so I have inked up my new 'Open Sea' stamp set. I finally decided to purchase this when it came into the Annual Catalogue. I have stamped it with my new Early Espresso ink pad which I love, as it gives a much richer image.  Finally, the sentiment is from the new 'Itty Bitty Banners' stamp set and cut out with the matching Framelit dies.

I wanted to create a view looking out a port hole, with the ship in the distance.  To add to the look, I die cut acetate to create the 'glass' of the port hole and then popped it up over the image. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get the 'glass' to show up in the photo, so you will have to take my word for it.

Project Details
Stamps Open Sea, Itty Bitty Banners
Card stock & Papers Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Nautical Expedition DSP (Retired), Acetate
 Ink Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy
Accessories Cherry Cobbler Twine, Real Red brads,
Tools     Bitty Banner Framelits, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot, Dimensionals

 Thanks for stopping by.

Combined Challenge

Hi there

I have ventured out of my comfort zone today with this week's Just Add Ink #138 Challenge.  It includes Summer Starfruit, which is the one new In Colour that I haven't used yet because I'm not sure whether I like it or not.  I have combined this with the layout from this week's  Freshly Made Sketches #55  challenge. 

This is the colour combo from Just Add Ink.JAI_138
This is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

I have inked up the new 'Everything Eleanor' stamp set for the first time, which has a nice combination of elements to suit a variety of occasions and is a great replacement for the retired Baroque Motifs set.   This is what I came up with.


I'm still not sure about Summer Starfruit, but it might grow on me!

Project Details
Stamps Everything Eleanor, Sweet Essentials
Card stock & Papers Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, In Colour Pattern Stack
Ink Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit
Accessories Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Thanks for looking!


Thanks to Jen B. for choosing this card as your Top Pick this week.

Princess Badge

Retro Sketch #21

Hi there

It has been a busy time catching up since being away.  Unfortunately, both Artie and Crafty had a trip to the vet in the days after we got back  with a dose of cat flu, despite being vaccinated.  We have had bad luck over the years putting our cats in the 'pet resort' while we are away.  They are both on the mend now, thankfully. We were also up before the sparrows (4am!!) on Sunday morning for a trip to the airport to meet the 16 year old German Rotary Exchange student that we will be hosting from November.  As I've only ever been the parent of 4 legged furry things, I'm sure it will be an adventure that (hopefully) I (and he) will survive!

The card I have for you today is based on last week's Retro Sketch #21.  I didn't make the cut off, but never mind. Here is the sketch:

I have used the lovely floral paper from the soon to be retired 'Domestic Goddess' DSP as the focus with Crumb Cake to tone it down a bit (not sure I succeeded there!).   Here it is:



Project Details
Stamps Elementary Elegance (Retired Sale-a-bration)
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake, Calyspo Coral, Pool Party, Domestic Goddess DSP, Whisper White, Calypso Coral Patterns
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake
Accessories Basic Pearls, White Seam Binding ribbon (not SU), Linen Thread

Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Sizzlit, Tag, Doily, Rolled Rose & Leaves Dies (not SU), Big Shot, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber

Thanks for stopping by.

Back from the Snow

Hi there

I have been away for the last week at the Perisher ski fields in New South Wales.  We met our Godson and his family in Jindabyne and the 5 males spent the week skiing.  For the most part, the weather was fabulous for them.  I don't ski any more due to my arthritis and I was never particularly good at it when I could.  However, it was lovely to relax in front of an open fire every night and chat and look at the photos and videos they had taken during the day.  On the last day I went up the Kosciuszko Express chair lift at Thredbo as a foot passenger to have lunch at the Eagles Nest restaurant. It was a beautiful blue sky day, but it was very, very chilly on the chair lift! This is a photo of me rugged up in the snow outside the restaurant. At the top right you can see a snow bunny that someone made in the snow.

I did take a few stamps to colour and some punches to make a few flowers.  I had already cut the main elements to make this card using the Mojo Monday #249 sketch, so I took them with me and then coloured the image and put it together.  I really like the simplicity of this sketch:

This was definitely a 'limited supplies' challenge as well, as I had to make do with the few bits I had with me, so it is very simple.



Project Details
Stamps Spring Kiki (not SU), Easy Events (Sentiment)
Card stock & Papers Baja Breeze (smooth & textured) Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Twitterpated DSP, X-PressIT Blending Card
Ink Tuxedo Black
Accessories Medium Blue Rhinestone Circle brad, Basic Pearls
Tools     Faux Crochet Border die (not SU), Big Shot, Dimensionals, Paper Piercer, Copics, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

Have a good week.

Mojo Monday #248

Hi there

We had our first fine weekend in a month here in Melbourne.  It was so wonderful to see some blue sky after lots of cold, grey, wet weather.  I spent a lot of time in the garden pruning my roses and sweeping up leaves.  Yes, while most every other deciduous tree in the neighbourhood has been bare for ages, ours is still dropping its leaves.  I swear that the number of leaves doubles every year! Needless to say that today it looks like I barely did anything.

The card I have for you today is based on this weeks Mojo Monday #248 sketch. I loved the sketch as soon as I saw it but unfortunately I missed the deadline for submission. Here it is:

I have gone for one of my favourite colour combos - various shades of pink, brown and kraft.  The centre panel is the lovely branch of Cherry Blossom from the retired 'Easter Blossoms' stamp set, coloured with markers.  I got out some of my old (non SU) punches to come up with some matching cherry blossom flowers.


Project Details
Stamps Easter Blossoms
Card stock & Papers Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink (textured), Pink Pirouette Patterns, Crumb Cake (smooth and textured), Crumb Cake Patterns, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink Stazon Timber Brown, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink
Accessories 1" Chocolate Chip Stitched Grosgrain ribbon (retired), Rose Red Seam Binding ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Framelits Labels, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Scribbles Sizzlit, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Oval Nestabilities, Big Shot, Scallop Border punch, Dimensionals, Sponge daubers, Stampin' Write markers, Fray Stoppa

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Merry Monday #20

Hi there

I was delighted to be invited by Lesley to be a Guest Designer this week for the Merry Monday Challenge #20.  These sketches are a great opportunity to kick start my Christmas card stash.  I've decided to make two similiar cards each time while I have all the materials on my craft desk. Here is the sketch:

I dug deep in my stash and came up with a (non SU) stamp that I haven't used for years.  I hope we get some Christmas stamps in our new IBC that are good for colouring.  This is what I came up with:



Project Details
Stamps Partridge in Pear Tree (not SU), Season of Joy
Card stock & Papers Garden Green (Textured), Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Regals Patterns Stack, Xpress-IT Blending card
Ink Mememto Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories Antique brads, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon
Tools     Petals a Plenty Embossing folder, Big Shot,  Dimensionals, Copics, White embossing powder, Heat gun

Don't forget to check out the inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Merry Monday #18

Hi there

Well, it had to happen eventually.  Making the first Christmas card of the year, that is.  Now that we are in May, there is no escaping the fact that the year is galloping away, again. Despite my best intentions I always seem to start my Christmas cards too late as I like to make lots of different designs rather than many of one design.

Today's card uses this week's Merry Monday #18 sketch. I have been wanting to try out this sketch challenge for a while and when I saw the sketch, I thought of the Santa stamp that I hadn't used yet. First up, here is the sketch:


I have used the retired 'Christmas Cocoa' DSP which is one of my very favourite Christmas designer papers from Stampin' Up!  I love the combination of Real Red, Soft Suede and Whisper White as it is traditional with a bit of a twist.  I have coloured the vintage Santa in keeping and matted him with textured Soft Suede to make him pop. For the narrow centre strip in the sketch I have used a row of 'stars' from one of the matching papers.  With the busy background, I have kept the embellishments to a minimum.



Project Details
Stamps Clearly Sentimental About Christmas (not SU)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Whisper White, Real Red, Soft Suede (Textured), Christmas Cocoa DSP (Retired), XPress-IT Blending card
Ink Mememto Tuxedo Black, Basic Black
Accessories Small gold flat back 'pearls'
Tools     Oval Nestabilities, Big Shot,  Dimensionals, Copics, White Gel pen

Thanks for looking!


Many thanks Lesley, for choosing my card as a Merry Monday Winner this week.